Ultrastructure of neuroendocrine tumors: This photo shows a number of membrane-bound, dense-cored granules with a narrow halo around the core. These vary in size and frequency in neuroendocrine tumors. They tend to be large and numerous in carcinoid tumors (100-350 nm in diameter), intermediate in WDNC, and small (about 120 nm) and infrequent or absent in small cell carcinomas [1].


1. Mackay B, Ordoñez N, Bennington J, Dugan C. Ultrastructural and morphometric features of poorly differentiated and undifferentiated lung tumors. Ultrastruct Pathol 1989; 13:561-571.


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