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April 1947

RETICULUM, OR LATTICE, FIBERS: Further Studies

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SAN FRANCISCO

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;55(4):478-492. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520040047005
Abstract

THESE studies pertaining to the argyrophil, reticulum or lattice fibers had a threefold purpose; first, to inquire into the factor or factors responsible for their development, second, to account for their presence in areas distant from vessels and infiltrating cells and, third, to inquire into their function and diagnostic value. In view of the scant attention that has been paid to the subject in dermatologic circles, it appears justifiable to begin with the fundamentals, even at the risk of approaching the elementary. Regardless of the voluminous literature, the histogenesis of these fibers is still a debatable problem.

Ormsby and Montgomery1 hinted at their importance when they stated that "there is a third system of fibers in the corium known as reticulum or lattice fibers which increase in numbers in various pathologic conditions, especially those involving the reticulo-endothelial system of the skin."

Oppel2 in 1891 seems to have been

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