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Caseous Necrosis

  • Caseous Necrosis is a particular morphological pattern of Necrosis. Caseous necrosis is most frequently encountered at the center of granulomas surrounding foci of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. The necrotic area is histologically amorphous and characterized by a grossly white, cheesy appearance which provides this pattern its namesake. This pattern of necrosis may be due to the release of large amounts of Mycolic Acids from the M. tuberculosis cell wall.