Stomach, Glandular Stomach - Atrophy
comment:Lesions of the glandular stomach are rare in NTP mice. Focal mucosal atrophy characterized by decreased size and number of mucosal epithelial cells may result from ulceration, inflammation, mineralization, or infarction. Generalized mucosal atrophy can be chemically induced as in Figure 2 and Figure 4 . Diffuse atrophy can also be an age-related change with a diffuse decrease of mucosal height and increased mucosal fibrous connective tissue. In the aged rat, fundic glands may be diffusely atrophic, with fewer parietal and chief cells, and contain cysts. Glands are replaced by fibrous connective tissue with focal lymphocytic infiltrates in the lamina propria and the glandular epithelium and a mixed inflammatory infiltrate along the limiting ridge.
recommendation:Atrophy should be diagnosed and graded. Severity grade depends on the extent of the lesion and degree of loss/decreased size of epithelial cells.
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