Upper endoscopy and random biopsies: Endoscopic findings with disconcordant pathology

Jason A. Varzaly, Peter G. Devitt, James Gossage, Rajvinder Singh, Sarah K. Thompson

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Gastric carcinoid tumours are rare tumours arising from enterochromaffin cells (of Kulchitsky) in the gut.1 The term carcinoid traces back to 1907 when a German pathologist first described these tumours as ‘karzinoide’ meaning ‘cancer‐like’, as he believed they behaved in a benign manner, although microscopically they may mimic an adenocarcinoma.1 Over the past 100 years, however, the term ‘carcinoid’ has been described as unfortunate, misleading, outmoded, archaic, confusing and even a misnomer!2 The World Health Organization now more correctly describes a carcinoid as a well‐differentiated neuroendocrine tumour (NET),3 even though the term carcinoid is still used.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)986-988
Number of pages3
JournalANZ Journal of Surgery
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • biopsy
  • upper endoscopy
  • communication
  • pathology


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