Cowdry bodies are eosinophilic nuclear inclusions composed of nucleic acid and protein seen in cells infected with Herpes simplex virus, Varicella-zoster virus, and Cytomegalovirus. They are named after Edmund Cowdry.
There are two types of intranuclear Cowdry bodies:
- Type A (as seen in herpes and VZV infections) 
- Type B (as seen in infection with poliovirus), though it may seem that this is an antiquated and perhaps illusory type.
Light microscopy is used for detection of cowdry bodies.
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