Colorectal Biopsies

  • Teri A. Longacre
  • Cecilia M. Fenoglio-Preiser

Abstract

THE ABILITY TO ENDOSCOPICALLY VISUALIZE the entire mucosal surface of the large bowel and to biopsy or cytologically sample normal and abnormal appearing areas has revolutionized the diagnosis and management of diseases of the colon and rectum. Generally, biopsy specimens fall into two major categories: (1) those derived from small, flexible punch biopsy forceps that produce mucosal specimens only, which may be utilized in all portions of the colon and rectum; and (2) large particle biopsies, aspiration, or suction-type, that provide larger specimens, which sample both the mucosa and submucosa. The latter biopsies are usually obtained from the rectum, and, if properly interpreted, may provide a great deal of information in the routine evaluation of colorectal diseases. In both types of specimens the presence or absence of disease and, if present, its pattern of distribution, extent, or severity can be assessed.

Keywords

Foam Adenoma Tuberculosis Ileal Mast 

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  • Teri A. Longacre
  • Cecilia M. Fenoglio-Preiser

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