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what doeas history of intestinal metaplasia mean.

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Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Tissue change,,: Metaplasia is a change in tissue from one form to another, usually from an outside stress. For example squamous metaplasia is a change from another form of tissue like gland tissue to squamous or skin tissue. It's not cancerous, but can lead to cancer if it continues. It may have been found on your colonoscopy or some other test. See your doctor to discuss which report gave this result.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Intestinal metaplasia is generally reported if the pathology team sees it in the stomach or in a Barrett's esophagus. It's one part of the whole picture that's taken into consideration in planning treatment.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Reversible: You probably mean intestinal metaplasia in the stomach. In any case, the term "metaplasia" means reversible change in one tissue type into an other.
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see be: Intestinal metaplasia (im) of the stomach is a risk factor in developing intestinal-type gastric cancer and hence the question of reversibility is vit ... Read More
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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No Cancer: The results probably reflect regeneration process from an injury like acid burns of the mucosa.
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