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Light microscopy of liver tissue using the reticulin stain whereby silver is deposited on collagen fibres. The liver cells (orange-brown hepatocytes) are stained with neutral red stain. The reticulin method reveals the walls o the many small blood vessels (called vascular sinusoids) forming radial patterns in the form of indistinct polygons with empty, small blood vessels (called central veins) at the centre. These represent the hepatic lobules through which blood percolates among the hepatocytes. Blood leaves a lobule by passing into the central veins that ultimately unite to form hepatic veins passing to the inferior vena cava. Magnification x45 when printed at 10 cm.
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