Small bowel (small intestine)
Benign tumors and tumor-like conditions
Enteritis cystica profunda


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Hanni Gulwani, M.B.B.S.
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Definition / general
  • Mucosal glands and mucinous cysts in submucosa or deeper layer (J R Soc Med 2004;97:29, Arch Pathol Lab Med 2010;134:378)
  • Usually asymptomatic but may cause obstruction or intussuception
  • Pathogenesis: herniation, implantation after ulceration, mucosal microdiverticula and reepithelialization of fistulae (e.g. in Crohn's disease)
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Mucosal glands and mucinous cysts in submucosa or deeper (subserosa) layer with hemosiderin, foreign body giant cells and lamina propria around the epithelium
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Mucin filled cysts (PAS diastase)

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