This information is provided by Provet for educational purposes only.
You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.
It is important to recognise that ATROPHIC CELLS ARE NOT DEAD CELLS - but they do have reduced functional capabilities.
The precise mechanism by which cells become atrophic is not known , but the cells do lose some of their substance such as intracellular organelles and supportive structures.
Atrophy can usually be reversed except in advanced stages when cell death may actually occur.
Last updated : October 2013