Mucinous Carcinoma, Upper Gastrointestinal Tract
Colloid carcinoma; Mucinous adenocarcinoma; Mucoid carcinoma
Mucinous carcinoma is one of the five main types of gastric adenocarcinoma in the World Health Organization (WHO) classification scheme. These adenocarcinomas are characterized by the production of abundant intracellular and extracellular mucus; by convention, more than 50% of the tumor consists of extracellular mucus.
Gastric carcinoma accounts for the fifth most common form of cancer worldwide. Mucinous gastric carcinoma compromises approximately 2–5% of all gastric carcinomas.
Incidence increases progressively with age and is not different from other types of gastric carcinoma.
Men are more at risk of developing gastric cancer than women. In the study of Choi et al., 77% of patients with mucinous gastric carcinoma were men, while in non-mucinous gastric carcinoma, 67% were men.
The entire stomach can be involved; most frequently, mucinous gastric carcinomas are...
References and Further Reading
- Bosman, F. T., Carneiro, F., Hruban, R. H., & Theise, N. D. (2010). WHO classification of tumours of the digestive system (4th ed.). Lyon: IARC.Google Scholar