Scanning Microscopy


Birefringent crystals of calcium oxalate have been previously identified in the colloid of human thyroid glands. We found such crystals in 19/20 adult thyroids at autopsy, in 4/ 20 infants at autopsy, and, using frozen sections, in 19/20 thyroids partially or totally removed at surgery. These crystals were soluble in hydrochloric acid, insoluble in acetic acid, and contained only calcium by energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis, confirming their calcium oxalate character. Similar crystals were found in equine and ovine thyroids.

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