Benign tumors

Serrated polyp

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Michael Feely, D.O.
Raul S. Gonzalez, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Benign serrated lesion of the appendix
Essential features
  • Benign appendix polyp that may show cytologic atypia / dysplasia
  • Harbors KRAS mutations
  • Serrated polyp is currently preferred terminology over sessile serrated adenoma / polyp, as appendiceal lesions appear to have different mutations than similar lesions in the colon (Am J Surg Pathol 2016;40:14)
  • Presence or absence of dysplasia should be noted
Clinical features
  • Typically an incidental finding at the time of appendectomy
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Localized serrated epithelial lesion within the luminal appendix, with retention of the muscularis mucosae
  • Often circumferential
  • Typically minimal to no nuclear atypia, though visible cytologic dysplasia (low grade or high grade) may sometimes be present
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Molecular / cytogenetics description
Sample pathology report
  • Appendix, appendectomy:
    • Serrated polyp with cytologic low grade dysplasia
    • Negative for malignancy.
    • Margin of resection negative for serrated polyp.
    • Background acute appendicitis.
Differential diagnosis
Additional references
Board review style question #1
Serrated polyp of the appendix differs from sessile serrated polyp / adenoma of the colon in what way?

  1. It favors KRAS mutation over BRAF mutation
  2. It has a higher incidence
  3. It never shows cytologic atypia
  4. It only occurs in patients with Lynch syndrome
  5. It rarely loses MLH1 by immunohistochemistry
Board review style answer #1
A. It favors KRAS mutation over BRAF mutation

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