esophageal gland


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esophageal gland

Any of the small scattered mucous-secreting exocrine glands in the submucosa of the esophagus.
See also: gland
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In a histologic study of the EGJ in 44 resection specimens for gastric cardiac cancer in Chinese patients, among which the entire EGJ was examined microscopically in 31 cases, Fan et al (23) used the most distal end of squamous mucosa, along with deep esophageal glands and ducts, as the histologic landmarks of the mucosal EGJ.
Recent histopathologic studies have characterized the morphologic features of the mucosal EGJ and defined the following histologic features of the mucosal EGJ as the distal ends of (1) squamous mucosa or islands (Figure 4); (2) deep esophageal glands and ducts (Figure 5); (3) multilayered epithelium (Figure 6) and hybrid glands; and (4) double-layered muscularis mucosa.
Squamous mucosa and deep esophageal glands and ducts are unique to the esophagus and absent in the stomach.

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