mucin

Goblet cells

Goblet cells are large, round, mucin-filled cells found in the body’s mucous membranes. They are responsible for producing mucus. This secretion is a protective lubricant coating the lining of various organs, including parts of your digestive and respiratory systems. Where are goblet cells normally found? Goblet cells are typically located in the linings of your …
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Mucinous

What does mucinous mean? Mucinous is used in pathology reports to describe the presence of a material called mucin inside cells (intracellular mucin) or in the tissue surrounding the cells (extracellular mucin). Mucin is a protein that is used to make a thick fluid called mucus. Mucin is made by many normal cells throughout the …
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Mucicarmine

What is mucicarmine? Mucicarmine is a special stain test (using a colouring stain) performed by pathologists to look for a type of protein called mucin. Mucin is made by specialized epithelial cells and it helps protect cells from damage. Mucin-producing cells are very common in the digestive tract (notably the colon) and the respiratory tract …
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Mucinous cystadenoma of the ovary

What is mucinous cystadenoma? A mucinous cystadenoma is a non-cancerous type of ovarian tumour.¬† While these tumours are non-cancerous, they can grow to be very large in size and can cause significant symptoms for many patients. How do pathologists make this diagnosis? For most women, the diagnosis of mucinous¬†cystadenoma is only made when the entire …
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Mucinous borderline tumour of the ovary

What is a mucinous borderline tumour? A mucinous borderline tumour is a non-cancerous type of ovarian tumour. While the tumour is considered non-cancerous, it is associated with a small risk of turning into cancer over time. The behaviour of this tumour is thought to fall somewhere in between a mucinous cystadenoma which is a non-cancerous …
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Low grade appendiceal mucinous neoplasm (LAMN)

What is a low grade appendiceal mucinous neoplasm? Low grade appendiceal mucinous neoplasm (LAMN) is a tumour that arises in the appendix, a small finger-shaped organ that connects with your large bowel (colon) by a thin opening. Where in the appendix does a low grade appendiceal mucinous neoplasm start? All LAMN start from a thin …
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Mucin

What is mucin? Mucin is a protein made by cells. It is used to make a thick fluid called mucus. Mucus is normally found in saliva and other substances throughout the body. When viewed under the microscope, mucin has a light blue or grey colour. A special stain called mucicarmine makes can be performed to …
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