Psammoma body

Micrograph of psammoma body in the centre of the field in a meningioma of brain. H&E stain.

A psammoma body is a round collection of calcium, seen microscopically. The term is derived from the Greek word ψάμμος (psámmos), meaning "sand".


Psammoma bodies are associated with the papillary (nipple-like) histomorphology and are thought to arise from,

  1. Infarction and calcification of papillae tips.
  2. Calcification of intralymphatic tumor thrombi.[1]

Association with lesions

Psammoma bodies are commonly seen in certain tumors such as:

Benign lesions

Micrograph of a psammomatous melanotic schwannoma with a psammoma body, as may be seen in Carney complex. H&E stain.

Psammoma bodies may be seen in:


Psammoma bodies usually have a laminar appearance, are circular, acellular and basophilic.


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