Surfactant-Like Material in Human Esophageal Mucosa: An Ultrastructural Study

  • R. T. Spychal
  • S. Y. Kwun
  • A. Watson
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Phospholipid structures, closely resembling those present in pulmonary surfactant, have been found in the mucosa of the stomach and small intestine [1–4]. Gastric surfactant is believed to represent an important component of the defence of the epithelium against luminal aggression [4–6].


Tannic Acid Phosphatidyl Choline Lamellar Body Functional Layer Oesophageal Mucosa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. T. Spychal
  • S. Y. Kwun
  • A. Watson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Wallace Freeborn BlockRoyal North Shore HospitalSt. LeonardsAustralia

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