Periosteal Gaucher-like cells in beta-thalassemia major.


A 24-year-old Chinese woman who has undergone staged surgery for craniofacial deformity secondary to beta-thalassemia major is presented. Local clusters of Gaucher-like cells were found in the periosteum of the mandible. The histologic and ultrastructural features of these cells are described and the pathogenesis and differential diagnoses discussed. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of Gaucher-like cells occurring outside the lymphohematopoietic system in thalassemic patients.

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@article{Chan1993PeriostealGC, title={Periosteal Gaucher-like cells in beta-thalassemia major.}, author={Angus C W Chan and P Wu and Ian W Ormiston and Henk Tideman}, journal={Journal of oral pathology & medicine : official publication of the International Association of Oral Pathologists and the American Academy of Oral Pathology}, year={1993}, volume={22 7}, pages={331-3} }