Histopathological study of feline eosinophilic dermatoses

Alessandra Fondati, Dolores Fondevila, Luis Ferrer

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A retrospective study was conducted on skin specimens from 24 cats with eosinophilic granuloma complex. The specimens were stained with haematoxylin and eosin and Gallego's trichrome stain. In all specimens, flame figures and/or large foci of so-called 'collagen degeneration' were detected and histopathological features were not predictive of the clinical picture. Use of the term eosinophilic dermatosis was advocated in diagnostic dermatopathology. On trichrome-stained sections, normally stained collagen fibres were identified in the middle of both flame figures and large foci of 'collagen degeneration' and the debris surrounding collagen bundles showed the same tinctorial properties as eosinophil granules. Eosinophil degranulation around collagen bundles seemed to represent the major pathogenetic event in these lesions, analogous with human flame figures. The term flame figures might therefore be more accurately used to designate those foci of eosinophilic to partly basophilic debris commonly referred to as 'collagen degeneration'.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-338
JournalVeterinary Dermatology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2001


  • Cat
  • Collagen
  • Eosinophilic granuloma
  • Eosinophils
  • Granuloma


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