November 6, 2020
Golgi Tendon Organ
In reviewing this skeletal muscle biopsy, what is this structure and what is its function? (Hematoxylin and Eosin stained FFPE tissue section, original magnification: 400x)
Answer: This is the Golgi Tendon Organ (GTO), a normal finding in skeletal muscle, and it serves as a proprioceptive receptor that senses tension within tendons. Note the small nerve twig entering the structure from the left (9 o’clock).