Heterotopic gastric mucosa with focal intestinal metaplasia and squamous epithelium in the rectum

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Heterotopic gastric mucosa has been described in all levels of the gastrointestinal tract. However, gastric heterotopia of the rectum is a rare finding. It is usually reported along with polyp located in the rectum between 5 and 8 cm from the anal verge. The most common symptom is painless rectal bleeding, and non-specific gastrointestinal symptoms may also be presented. We report an incidentally found case of a 46-year-old man without any gastrointestinal symptoms. The pathology showed gastric mucosa and squamous epithelium and focal intestinal metaplasia. This finding could be a clue as to the origins of the heterotopic gastric mucosa. Although there are no guidelines for treatment or the follow-up period, regular endoscopic surveillance is necessary for gastric cancer screening.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-48
Number of pages3
JournalDigestive Endoscopy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology

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