Pathology dictionary

What does desmoplasia mean?

Desmoplasia describes the way a special type of connective tissue called stroma looks under the microscope after it has come in contact with cancer cells.

Desmoplasia allows pathologists to find even small groups of cancer cells. Desmoplasia can also be used to tell the difference between early or non-invasive cancer and invasive cancer because cancer because desmoplasia is usually only seen with invasive cancer.

Another word that means the same thing as desmoplasia is desmoplastic.

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