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Artery, vein, nerve, elastin stain

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Peripheral arteries, veins, and nerves tend to travel and branch in parallel.  Wherever one of these structures is found, the other two are likely to be closeby.

In this specimen, elastic tissue is colored dark brown, collagen is pale pink and cytoplasm (in smooth muscle and nerve) is purple.  The background is adipose connective tissue

Note differences between artery and vein, most notably the thickness of the vessel wall relative to the lumen.

For an enlarged view of an arterial wall, click on the thumbnail at left.

CARDIOVASCULAR IMAGE INDEX

Comments and questions: dgking@siu.edu

SIUC / School of Medicine / Anatomy / David King

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Last updated:  15 September 2003 / dgk