Other nonneoplastic
Gastric heterotopia

Topic Completed: 1 September 2013

Minor changes: 8 December 2020

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PubMed Search: gastric heterotopia colon

Raul S. Gonzalez, M.D.
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Cite this page: Gonzalez R. Gastric heterotopia. website. Accessed January 22nd, 2021.
Definition / general
  • Gastric tissue aberrantly present in colon
  • See also heterotopia topic
  • < 50 cases reported
Clinical features
  • Mean age 18 years, but wide range
  • Slight male predominance
  • Associated with other heterotopias, with vertebral and digital anomalies
  • In rectum, usually presents with rectal bleeding and tenesmus (J Clin Gastroenterol 1994;19:41)
  • At colonoscopy, may appear as polyp, ulcer or diverticulum
Case reports
  • Excision, H2 blockers
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Gastric tissue (typically oxyntic-type but may be pyloric-type) in colon
  • Helicobacter pylori organisms may be present
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Gastric and colonic mucosa

Gastric and colonic mucosa

Heterotopic gastric mucosa with cystic dilatation

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