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Fine structure and morphogenesis of spironolactone bodies in the zona glomerulosa of the human adrenal cortex
  1. K. Kovacs,
  2. E. Horvath,
  3. W. Singer
  1. Department of Pathology, St Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  2. Department of Medicine, St Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


    Numerous spironolactone bodies have been detected in the zona glomerulosa cells of the adrenal cortex of a 36-year-old spironolactone-treated woman whose non-tumorous right adrenal gland was removed surgically because of primary hyperaldosteronism. Electron microscopy revealed spherical laminated whorls which consisted of a central core composed of an amorphous electron-dense material surrounded by numerous smooth-walled concentric membranes. Continuous with and deriving from the endoplasmic reticulum, they were present in viable cells and were not associated with ultrastructural features indicating cellular injury. Cytoplasmic inclusions similar to spironolactone bodies can be detected in other organs after the administration of various compounds. Thus, they can be regarded as neither specific to spironolactone treatment nor exclusively inducible in the zona glomerulosa of the adrenal cortex.

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