December 1, 2023


In pathology, the term papillary is used to describe finger-like projections of tissue with cells lining the outside surface of the tissue and a central fibrovascular core. Pathologists use the term micropapillary to describe similar but smaller projections of tissue.

Papillary growth is most commonly seen in tumours including both benign (noncancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tumours. Some nontumoural medical conditions such as diffuse papillary hyperplasia of the thyroid gland can also show a papillary pattern of growth.

Examples of benign (noncancerous) tumours that show papillary growth:
Examples of malignant (cancerous) tumours that show papillary growth:

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