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Virchows Archiv A

, Volume 414, Issue 4, pp 321–324 | Cite as

Electron microscopic studies of endocrine hyperplasia in duodenal adenomas in familial adenomatous polyposis

  • Anne Mellon Mogensen
  • Esther Hage
  • Steffen Bülow
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Summary

Electron microscopical studies on endocrine cell hyperplasia of duodenal adenomas from five patients with familial adenomatous polyposis were performed. All the endocrine cell types normally found in the duodenal mucosa were identified. A constant feature was proliferation of duodenal-enterochromaffin cells but an increase in the number of all other endocrine cell types apart from pyloricgastrin cells and somatostatin cells, was also observed. Certain types of intestinal endocrine cells (the intestinal enterochromaffin cell and the glicentin cell) are rare cells in the normal duodenal mucosa. The finding of these cells may indicate increased biological aggressivity.

Key words

Familial adenomatous polyposis Duodenal adenomas Endocrine hyperplasia Electron microscopical studies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne Mellon Mogensen
    • 1
  • Esther Hage
    • 1
  • Steffen Bülow
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pathology and Department of Surgical Gastroenterology C, RigshospitaletUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagen ØDenmark

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