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cardiac glads (non gastric)
MUCUS secretion
LP of esophagus
-gastroesophageal border
esophageal glands
MUCUS secretion
-lube the lining of the esophagus and lack capacity to buffer acid
esophageal submucosa
cardiac glands
-gastric pits 1/4 to 1/2 into mucosa
-highly coiled
-uniform H&E
where esophaus meets the stomach
gastric glands
-gastric pits 1/4 into mucosa
-hetero H&E
fundus and body of stomach
pyloric glands
-gastric pits >1/2 mucosa
-uniform H&E
pylorus (distal stomach)
-single basal nucleus
-abundance of mucin granules in apical cytoplasm
-gastric mucosal defense
entire stomach lining (gastric mucosa)
mucous neck cells
-simple columnar
more acidic than SMCs
below gastric pits (gastric mucosa)
undifferentiated cells
-progenitor cells that migrate up and down to replace senescent or injured cells
below gastric pits (gastric mucosa)
parietal cells
-large spherical to ovoid
-LOTS of mitochondria
-intensely eosinophilic H&E
high up in gastric gland below base of gastric pit (gastric mucosa)
no H&E staining
gastric mucosa
Brunner's glands
-neutralize acidic chyme
small intestine submucosa
Auerbach's plexus
well developed parasympathetic ganglia
-regulate peristalsis
between inner circular and outer longitudinal muscularis externa of small intestine
-columnar with microvili coated with glycocalyx
-single nucleus at base
-supranuclear golgi
-abundant R and SER
-tight junctions and desmosomes
-terminal digestion of carbs and protein
small intestine mucosa
goblet cell
-hour glass shape
MUCIN (by exocytosis to lube GI tract)
-basal nucleus and large pale staining supranuclear region
increases as progresses distally in small intestine and large intestine
undifferentiated cells (SI)
-stem cells
-replace senescent or injured cells thru migration and observed differentiation
small intestine at base of crypts
paneth cells
-intense H&E
-large cells
-single nucleus
-well devo RER
-large secretory granules in apical cytoplasm containing lysozyme to degrade walls of certain bacteria
very base of crypts of small intestine
peyer's patches
-large aggregates of confluent lymphatic nodules (lymph, plasma, Macs)
-M cells on luminal surface
ileal mucosa (and sometimes into submucosa)
M cells
-transport luminal Ag to underlying lymphocytes
-no H&E
overlying peyer's patches at luminal surface
colonic epithelium
-lacks vili
-no well devo crypts
-simple columnar
large intestine mucosa
lymphatic nodules (numerous)
isolated and confluent
-chronic state of inflammation
mucosa and submucosa of appendix (extending from cecum)
circumanal glands
specialized apocrine sweat glands
anal canal LP
chief cells
PEPSINOGEN (housed in secretory granules) cleaved to pepsin (active form)
-polygonal to round
-basophilic H&E due to abundance of RER in basal component of cell
base of gastric glands (gastric mucosa)
role of bicarb in stomach protection
works with mucus to keep secreted hydrogen ions from reentering the mucosa in a phenomenon referred to as hydrogen ion back diffusion
role of epithelial renewal in stomach protection
SMCs (3-5 days)
parietal cells (3 weeks)
-ensures healthy cells on demand
role of blood flow in stomach protection
-serve metabolic needs of organ
-buffer hydrogen ions that may get past the mucus/bicarb barrier
-acid can be picked up in blood stream and effectively buffered and eliminated
role of motility in stomach protection
substances don't stay in contact with its lining for any great length of time normally

mixed and dispensed in alliquots that the duodenum can handle
role of H. pylori in stomach at risk
-attaches physically to surface mucous cells and injects them with cytotoxic factors
-negates mucous and bicard secretion protection (no cells, no mucus, no bicarb)
effect of ethanol in putting stomach at risk
-tonic effect
-great dessicant and great fixative
effect of smoking in putting stomach at risk
predispose to ulcers
-nicotine is powerful vasoconstrictor and this negates the effects of robust blood flow
effect of zollinger ellison syndrome in putting stomach at risk
-raging ulcer disease produced from extremely high concentrations of gastrin
-small tumors (gastrinomas) are found in liver, small I, mainly in pancreas
-gastrin causes the parietal cells to become hyperstimulated to produce overwhelming amounts of acid
-no cells, no mucus, no bicarb)
effect of NSAIDS in putting stomach at risk
-second leading cause of ulcers
-ability to inhibit endogenous PG synthesis in the body
-PGs linked to inflammation and pain
-PGs also mediate protective responses of stomach
-NSAIDS will inhibit the good PG effects on the gut (#1-5)
protective features of stomach
1) mucus
2) bicarb
3) epithelial renewal
4) blood flow
5) motility
aggressive features on stomach
1) h. pylori
3) EtOH
4) smoking
5) Zollinger Ellison syndrome
major salivary glands
1) parotid
2) sublingual
3) submandibular
minor salivary glands
1) Labial
2) Buccal
3) Molar
4) Lingual
5) Palatine
serous acini secrete:
zymogen (amylase and lipase)
mucous acini secrete:
seromucous acini secrete
zymogen and mucus
cell shape of serous glands
pyramidal cells arranged in circular groups around central lumen
cell shape of mucous glands
pyramidal cells arranged in circular groups around central lumen
nuclei of serous glands
nuclei of mucous glands
serous vs. mucous
both have RER, Mi, golgi

serous just has more
glands containing myoepthelial cells
serous and mucous

semi: seromucous
hallmark of seromucous glands
demilunes: few serous secreting cells "cap" an acinus (which is mostly composed of mucus)
H&E: serous glands
DARK (all serous acini)
H&E: mucous glands
LIGHT (mucus is extracted)
H&E: seromucous glands
parotid gland is made up of what type of acini
submandibular gland is made up of what type of acini
serous > mucinous
mucous gland is made up of what type of acini
mucous > serous
salivary gland ducts
lining of intercalated duct
low cuboidal to squamous
lining of striated duct
lining of interlobular duct
pseudostratified columnal -> stratified columnar -> stratified squamous
what is stenson's duct
main excretory duct of parotid gland
what is wharton's duct
main excretoy duct of submandibular gland
pancreatic ducts
lining of intercalated pancreatic ducts
squamous to low cuboidal
lining of intralobular pancreatic ducts
cuboidal or low columnar
excretory pancreatic ducts
pancreatic acini cell shape
pyramidal; circular pattern
pancreatic acini nucleus
euchromatic at base
H&E for pancreatic acini
basal: basophilic
apical: eosinophilic
pancreatic secretory granule contents
digestive enzymes: lipase, amylase
portal triad
hepatic artery, portal vein, bile duct
characteristics of sinusoid
-thin, discontinuous highly fenestrated endothelium (squamous cells)
-resting on incomplete basal lamina
what is the space of disse
-interposed between endothelial lining and underlying hepatocytes
-hepatocytes gain access to soluble components of blood
arrangment of hepatocytes
in plates, one cell layer thick (adults) or 2 layers (children) separated by sinusoids
formation of bile canaliculi
fusion of plasma membranes sealed by tight junctions
location of hepatocytes
parenchyma in between sinusoids
location of kupffer cells
-w/in liver sinusoids
-spanning the lumen
-attached to endothelium
location of hepatic stellate cells
within space of disse
locaton of fibroblasts
(and sometimes within space of disse)
function of kupfer cells
-phagocytic and help eliminate particular matter
-plays a role in breakdown of RBCs
function of hepatic stellate cells
-store vit A in droplets
-source of collagen and extracellular matrix components deposited in excess during development of cirrhosis
location of gall bladder
posterior aspect of Right lobe of liver
lining of gall bladder
simple columnar epithelium
organelles of gall bladder epithelium
microvilli, Mi, golgi, RER, pinocytic vesicles, tight junctions
layers of gall bladder
-simple columnar epi
-lamina propria
-single layer of smooth m
function of gall bladder
-stores and concentrates bile
-contracts with meals
GI is all smooth muscle except:
1) pharnx
2) proximal 1/3 esophagus
3) external anal sphincter
phasic contractions
efficient mixing and transit of chyme
tonic contractions
limit flow or provide a reservoir function (e.g. sphincters)
what are caveolae
micropits on surface of smooth muscle
-allow for increased surface area
-role in transmembrane calcium flux during muscle cell stimulation
gap junctions in smooth muscle
areas of close apposition for intercellular communication through ion channels
what is a syncytium
large number of individual cells become activated and contract as though one unit
smooth muscle is lacking what compared to skeletal muscle
-sarcomeres (A and M are arranged in myofilaments)
ability to stretch to a greater length and compress to a shorter length than skeletal m
phasic contraction (smooth m)
-short duration of contraction followed by relaxation
-segmentation and peristalsis
segmentation contraction
-small and large intestine
-segment contracts with muscles on either side relaxing
-chyme moves along intestine
-circular and longitudinal muscle layers
-in presence of bolus distension
-contraction proximal to bolus, relaxation below
tonic contraction( smooth m,)
-divide GI into functional segments
-maintain tone at baseline and relax to allow contents to pass
microits on the surface of smooth m cells
gap junction (smooth m cells)
-areas of close apposiion for intercellular communication thru ion channels
-functionally couple cells to each other - stim or one results in activation of a number of cells
large number of individual cells become activated and contract as though one unit
-thin and thick filaments run thorugh roughly parallel to the long axis of the smooth m with greater thin than thick filaments

-shortening the muscle along its long axis
ability to stretch to a greater length and compress to a shorter length than skeletal m
gut electromechanical channels
-slow-leaking Ca
-voltage-gated Na
phasic contraction (smooth m)
-short duration of contraction followed by relaxation
-segmentation and peristalsis
segmentation contraction
-small and large intestine
-segment contracts with muscles on either side relaxing
-chyme moves along intestine
-circular and longitudinal muscle layers
-in presence of bolus distension
-contraction proximal to bolus, relaxation below
tonic contraction( smooth m,)
-divide GI into functional segments
-maintain tone at baseline and relax to allow contents to pass
microits on the surface of smooth m cells
gap junction (smooth m cells)
-areas of close apposiion for intercellular communication thru ion channels
-functionally couple cells to each other - stim or one results in activation of a number of cells
large number of individual cells become activated and contract as though one unit
-thin and thick filaments run thorugh roughly parallel to the long axis of the smooth m with greater thin than thick filaments

-shortening the muscle along its long axis
ability to stretch to a greater length and compress to a shorter length than skeletal m
gut electromechanical channels
-slow-leaking Ca
-voltage-gated Na
slow waves affect on smooth m contraction
determine the maximum FREQUENCY of contraction but are not sufficient to cause contraction
regulatory step of smooth m contraction
binding of Ca to calmodulin
ICCs location
between 2 layers of muscularis externa and muscular plexus

between nerve terminals and smooth m cells
ICCs function
-establish rhythmicity of contraction in the gut by acting as pacemakers for the electrical slow waves

-relays for transmission from enteric motor neurons to GI musculature
effect of ACh on slow waves
-inc slow wave amplitude and duration
-inc AP frequency
-inc contraction strength
effect of NE on slow waves
-dec slow wave amplitude and duration
-dec AP frequency
-dec contraction strength
3 pharmoco-mechanical mechanisms in Ca+ movement
-neurocrine (released from nerves)
-paracrine (non-neural cells in close proximity to the muscle)
-endocrine (hormones delivered to the muscle by blood)
sequnece of smooth m contraction
extracellular Ca enters the cell -> calmodulin binds Ca and activates MLCK -> MLCK phosphorylates myosin turning it on -> m interacts with a -> contraction
Why do some depolarizations cause
smooth muscle cells to contract and
others do not?
motorneurons (innervate smooth m. -> When motor neurons produce action
potentials, Ach is liberated)
layers of enteric nervous system
submucosal plexus
circular muscle
longitudinal muscle (w/ myenteric plexus ganglia and intragang fiber tract)
predominant functions of ENS
-secretion and maintenance of interdigestive migrating motor complex
sensory function of ENS
-wall tension
2 ganglionated plexuses of ENS
1) myenteric (Auerbachs)
2) submucosal (Meissners)
location of myenteric plexus
between circular and longitudinal muscle layers
location of submucosal plexus
in submucosal region between circular m layer and mucosa
role of glial cells in ENS
modulating inflammatory responses in intestine
inhibitory NTs in ENS
VIP, NO synthase
excitatory NTs in ENS
ACh, tachykinins, substance P, substance K
inhibitory role of sphincters
inhibitors are nL off
-activated in relaxation of anal sphincter during defacation
inhibitory role of non-sphincters
inhibitorys control extent of progression of myogenic excitation
intrinsic neurons of ENS
sensory of myenteric and submucosal plexuses
interneurons of ENS
multisynaptic pathway and control distances along intestine for which parastaltic waves are propogated
motor neurons of ENS
excitatory: locally, orally, ACh, Substance P

inhibitory: caudally, NO, VIP
parasymp nerves of ENS
vagal n.
sacral n (2,3,4)
sympathetic nerves of ENS
interomediolateral column of spinal cord between the levels of the 5th thoracic and 3rd lumbar segments
cell bodies of parasympathetics ENS
ganglion cells within enteric nervous system
cell bodies of sympathetics ENS
cell bodies located in perverterbral ganglia (outside the GI tract)
function of vagal n

-P or S

motor and secretomotor of upper GI: esophagus, stomach, prox small intestine, prox colon
area of control of sacral n

P or S

distal colon and rectum
area of control of extrinsic 2,3,4 and pelvic n

P or S

anorectum and left hemicolon
area of control of 2,3,4 and pudendal n

P or S

external anal sphincter

P or S

alpha function

contraction of sphincter

P or S

beta function

relaxation of sphincter

P or S

alpha 2 function

inhibition of non-sphincter
function of vagal and splanchnic
primary afferent

mechanical distension of the gut, lumincal concentration of glucose, AA, or LCFAs
function of vagal n. in ENS
Controls upper gut
tonic and phasic

-Fundic relaxation
-Antral contraction
peristaltic reflex: trigger
distension: caused by bolus of food, gas, or foreign body
peristaltic reflex: response
above/proximal contraction due to ACh/SP/SK

below/distal relaxation due to VIP/NO
locations for:
Water and electrolyte secretion
- Stomach, pancreas, liver and gut
locations for: Enzyme secretion
- Stomach and pancreas
locations for: Trophic effect
- Gastric mucosa, pancreas, gut mucosa
responsible for:
Endocrine secretion
- GI hormones, insulin, glucagon,
locations for: motility
- Hollow gut, sphincters and gallbladder
locations for: Intestinal absorption
- Water, electrolytes, nutrients
peptide families

-Pancreatic Polypeptide/PYY/NPY
-Tachykinins (substance P,K)/Bombesin
-Opioid Met- and Leu-enkephalin,dynorphin
gastrin: what's required for bio activity
c term
where is gastrin released from
G cell antral mucosa and some duodenal
functions of gastrin
-released in response to products of protein digestion, gastric distension
-stimulates acid release
-trophic mucosal effect
-inhibited by antral acidification (pH <3)
CCK: what's required for bio activity
c term
functions of CCK
-gall bladder contraction
-pancreatic enzyme secretion
-sphincter of Oddi relaxation
-trophic effect on pancreas
-release stimulated by digested protein, fatty acids, not carbs
secretin relased from
released from S cells in the duodenum and proximal jejunum
CCK released from
I cells of duodenum and proximal jejunum
functions of secretin
-stimulates pancreatic, water, bicarb secretion
-inhibits acid secretion
-stimulates growth of exocrine pancreas
-release stimulated by acid
GIP function
-stimulation of insulin release
motilin functions
-potent stimulator of upper gut motility
somatostatin functions
-potent inhibitor of gut hormone release, secretion, and motility
somatostatin is released from
D cells in pancreatic islets
VIP functions
-mediates gut relaxation (especially sphincter)
watery diarrhea syndrome is seen bc of what hormone
VIP is what type of hormone
function of enkephalins
-activate opiate receptors, sphinteric muscle contraction, inhibit secretion
location of enteroglucagon
distal gut
enteroglucagon function
ileal break
glucagon like peptide - 1 function
may stimulate insulin release
pancreatic polypeptide function
islet cell peptide released in response to vagal stimulation
peptide YY function and location
distal gut - ileal break
nitric oxide function
smooth m relaxation
somatostatinoma characteristics
-gall stones, low acid secretion, steatorrhea, and glucose intolerance
tx of somatostatinoma
the analogoue: treat functional islet cell tumors, some diarrheal state
what can augment CCK induced enzyme secretion
what stimulates GIP
glucose, fat, AA
what stimulates somatostatin
luminal fat and Protein
location of neurotensin
distal small bowel
what hormone is involved in zollinger-ellison syndrome
gastrin (producing tumor)
peptide YY function and location
distal gut - ileal break
nitric oxide function
smooth m relaxation
somatostatinoma characteristics
-gall stones, low acid secretion, steatorrhea, and glucose intolerance
tx of somatostatinoma
the analogoue: treat functional islet cell tumors, some diarrheal state
what can augment CCK induced enzyme secretion
what stimulates GIP
glucose, fat, AA
what stimulates somatostatin
luminal fat and Protein
location of neurotensin
distal small bowel
what hormone is involved in zollinger-ellison syndrome
gastrin (producing tumor)
2 products of pancreas (function of each)
bicarb (neutralize gastric acid)

enzymes (digestion of protein/fat/starch, digestion required for absorption)
incomplete pancreas divisum
significant accessory duct connecting main pancreatic duct and duodenum
pancreas divisum
accessory duct drains via the minor papilla without connection to main duct (all ducts are connected together - draining from 2 orifaces)
ducts of pancreas
-accessory duct (santorini)
-main duct (wirsons)
-minor and major papilla
acinar cells produce:
digestive enzymes
ductal cells produce
basal pancreatic secretion level
0.2-0.3 mL/min
stimulated pancreatic secretion
4-4.5 mL/min
definition of protease
break down large proteins into smaller oligos and even into a few individual amino acids
3 pancreatic proteases
2 types of starches
bonds seen in amylose
linear string of simple sugars held together by alpha 1-4

600 glucose residues
bonds seen in amylopectin
branched string of simple sugars held together by alpha 1-4 linkages but punctuated by alpha 1-6 linkages

6000 glucose residues
end products of amylase:
amylose: maltose, maltotriose

amylopectin: maltose, maltotriose, alpha-limit dextrins
brush border enzymes that further break down oligos produced by amylose (oligos)
-isomaltose (alpha -limit dextrin)
-sucrase (sucrose)
-lactase (lactose)
2 enzymes needed for fat digestion and absorption
lipase characteristics
-secreted in active form (alkaline environment)
-dysfunctional in presence of bile
-inactivated in pH < 4
colipase characteristics
-secreted in inactive form (procolipase)
-procolipase is converted to active form with trypsin
-allows lipase to work in presense of bile
-does not protect lipase from low pH
steps of bicarb secretion
-CO2 enters the cell by diffusion or generated by cell metabolism
-carbonic anhydrase catalyzes the hydration of CO2 into carbonic acid
-carbonic acid dissociates to produce bicarb
-luminal Cl- is required which is released by the cAMP regulated CFTR
4 categories of pancreatic simulation
1) basal
2) cephalic
3) gastric
4) intestinal
basal pancreatic secretion
minimal secretion
cephalic secretion
CNS integration to GI tract
-efferent vagal impulses
-stimulates enzyme and bicarb secretion
-20% with most meals, up to 50% if intense
gastric secretion
initiated by gastric distension
-vagally mediated
-release of enzyme > bicarb
-no more than 10% of meal-induced pancreatic stimulation
intestinal secretion
most powerful
-cholinergic reflexes
-2 hormones: cholecystokinin and secretin
-produced/released by?
-in response to..
-responsible for?
neuroendocrine S cells
-acidic pH
-production of bicarb, slows gastric emptying, gastric acid production
-produced/released by?
-in response to..
-responsible for?
-I cells
-fatty acid, amino acids, peptides
-production of pancreatic enzymes
CCK releasing peptide:
-produced by?
-in response to?
-degraded by?
-duodenal cells
-acts on I cells causing them to secrete more CCK
-proteolytic enzymes from pancrease which act on CCK-rp
sites where atresia can occue
-small intestine
-large intestin
-biliary tree
clinical characteristics of atresia
-ab distension
-biliary vomitting
-failure to pass meconium
tx of atresia
-relieve obstruction
-anastomose ends
cause of esophageal atresia
-failure of division of foregut into respiratory and digestive portions at wk 4-5
most common TEF
-blind-ended proximal esophagus and fistula b/w trachea and distal esophagus
unique clinical presentation of TEF
resp distress
pts seen with duodenal atresia
-premature babies
-down syndrome
tx of duodenal atresia
unique clinical presentation of duodenal atresia
-double bubble on Xray (stomach, prox duodenum)
-mucosal web distal to ampulla
associated anamolies with TEF
-VATER syndrome
-Down syndrome
unique clinical presentation of jejunal atresia
-bilious vomitting without distension
unique clinical presentation of ileal atresia
-distended loops of bowel (with calcification)
-small unused colon
calcification in ileal atresia
-dystrophic calcification with fibrosis, scarring, and granulation tissue which all replaces the lumen
sasuage/beads on a string looking bowel
ileal atresia
2 theories about etilogy of small intestinal atresia
1) failure of recanalization of lumen (esp in duod)
2) in utero mesenteric vascular accident (jej and il -> ischemia, necrosis -> disintegration of bowel and mesentary supplied by vasculature -> wedge-shaped defect
types of small intestine atresa
I: lumen interrupted, intact mes
II: blind ends, mes intact, fibrous cord
III: blind ends, unattached mes
clinical findings of colonic atresia
-rarest form
-blind ended distal colon
tx of colonic atresia
clinical charac of anal atresia
-most common
-males > females
cause of anal atresia
abnL devo of urorectal septum


imperforate anal membrane
location of intestinal duplication cysts
-esophagus, small I, large I

rare: colon and stomach
what are intestinal duplication cysts
saccular or cystic duplication of gut
cause of intestinal duplication cysts
abnL recanalization into 2 parts - one part is nL gut, one part is the cyst
clinical presentation of IDCs
-abdominal pain, mass, vomitting

-cyst on mesenteric side

-does not communicate with nL bowel
what is meckle's diverticulum?
-persistance of omphalomesenteric (vitelline) duct
-connection between midgut and umbilicus
clinical features of meckle's
-most common congenital abnL of gut
-male > female
-may perforate, ulcerate, bleed, inteusscept
meckle's main features
-always ileum
-2 ectopias: gastric, pancreatic
rule of twos
(what dz?)
meckle's diverticulum
-2% of population
-2 ectopias
-2 cm long
-2 feet from ileocecal valve
clinical characterisitics of pyloric stenosis
-projectile vomitting at 2-3 weeks old
-M > F (first born males)
-familial, multifactorial
-hypertrophied pylorus
-firm oval mass "olive"
tx of pyloric stenosis
hirschsprungs dz aka?
-congenital megacolon
what is hirschsprungs?
-distal obstruction due to absence of myenteric, submucosal enteric ganglia
-aganglionic segment always distal - rectum and extends prox
cause of hirschsprungs
-failure of neuroblast migration, division, survival, and differentiation
nL migration location:
week 8
transverse colon
nL migration location:
week 9
descending colon
nL migration location:
week 10
sigmoid colon
nL migration location:
week 12
genetics of hirschsprungs
RET gene which codes for receptor for devo regulator involved in neuronal migration

hetero, LOF mutation
hallmark of hirschsprungs
transition zone
clinical features of hirschsprungs
-m > f
-newborn with obstruction or older child with long hx of constipation
assoc syndromes with hirschsprungs
downs, FH, GU tract, anorectal anomalies
dx of hirschsprungs
-transition zone
-delaed empyting of barium enema
tx of hirschsprungs
relieving obstruction, connecting ganglionated bowel to anus
without tx hirschsprungs has risk of...
necrotizing enterocolitis
transition zone is seen with
pseudomembrane of inflamm cells and necrotic debris due to obstruction -> distension -> dec perfusion -> ischemia -> necrosis
what is extrahepatic biliary atresia
partial or complete absence of bile ducts between porta hepatis and duodenum
clinical features of extrahepatic biliary atresia
-persistent neonatal cholestasis
-acholic stools
assoc anamolies with extrahepatic biliary atresia
situs inversus
pathology of extrahepatic biliary atresia
extra bile ducts: fibrous cords
intra bile ducts: proliferation to compensate

-can devo into cirrhosis if not tx
tx of extrahepatic biliary atresia
kasai portoenterostomy: prox jejunum up into porta hepatis


2 types of body wall defects
etiology of omphalocele
-gut fails to return to abdomen
pathology of omphalocele
-sac covers intestine, liver
(may rupture)
-small perioneal cavity
tx of omphalocele
-get guts into abdomen
-primary closure or staged closure (silo)
associated anamolies with omphalocele
-diaphragmatic hernia
-cardiac, renal abnL
-trisomay 13, 18, 21
-beckwith-wiedemann syndrome (chrom 11)
gastroschisis cause

due to antenatal evisceration

-hernation of bowel on one side of cord

belly cleft
pathology of gastroschisis
-full thickness ab wall defect
-usually R of umbilicus
-no SAC, guts are external but not liver
-peritonitis! exposure of serosa to amniotic fluid
assoc anaomlies with gastroschisis
-lower mortality than omphalocele
necrotizing enterocolitis presentation
-shock, sepsis
-ab distension
necrotizing enterocolitis pathology
-distended loops of bowel
-ischemic necrosis
-iliocolic region most affected
location of necrotizing enterocolitis
iliocolic region
hallmark of necrotizing enterocolitis

-air bubbles in walls of bowel
tx of necrotizing enterocolitis
Abx, fluids, surgery
downs assoc with what conditions
-duodenal atresia
wedge shaped mesenteric defect seen in what locations
jej and ile
types of esophageal diverticulum
-zenker's diverticulum
-traction diverticulum
-epiphrenic diverticulum
location of zenkers
-posterior to cricopharyngeous muscle
location of traction div
midpoint of esophagus
location of epiphrenic div
above LES
features of zenkers
-mass lesion
-oropharyngeal dysphagia
-respiratory complications
feature of tractiion div
granulomatous inflammation
-histo/TB in adjacent lymph nodes
feature of epiphrenic div
assoc motility disorder
schiatski's ring
-mucousal ring at GE junction
-marks squamocolumnar junction
-intermetent solid food dysphagia
-treat with dilation
location of esophageal webs
cervical/mid esophagus
-anterior projections
clinical features of esophageal webs
older women, skin blistering dz, chronic GVHD, GERD, solid food dysphagia
epithelium of esophageal webs
thin stratified squamous
epithelium of esophageal rings
squamocolumnar junction
clinical features of eosinophilic esophagitis
-young men
-history of atopy (allergies, asthma, hayfever)
-sx: dysphagia, food impaction, heartburn
tests for eosinophilic esophagitis
lab: elevated IgE, peripheral eosinophilia

barium swallow: small caliber, focal or long tapered strictures, concentric rings

EGD-ringed esophagus, linear furrows, eosinophilic abscesses

must exclude GERD

biopsies: >15 eos/HPF
tx for eosinophilic esophagitis
-trial of PPI
-dietary changes
-allergy referral
-cautious dilation
other causes of dysphagia
-extrinsic compression
-NM disorders (motility, infiltrative)
***characteristics of plummer vinson syndrome
-cervical web
-iron deficiency**
-inc risk of squamous cell carcinomas of pharynx/esophagus
symptoms of medication induced esophagitis
-chest pain, pain with swallowing, acute heartburn
-underlying risk factor
-presence of offending medication
location of medication induced esophagitis
-mid esophagus/aortic arch
-transition zone between skeletal/smooth muscle
tx of medication induced esophagitis
-avoid offending agent
-symptom control
-acid reflux prevention
-behavioral changes
causes of infectious esophagitis
candida - infectious esophagitis
-use of inhaled corticosteroid
-immunocompentent or immunocompromised
-odynophagia or dysphagia
-KOS/PAH stain
-oral thrush in 2/3
-systemic therapy
HSV : infectious esophagitis
-odynophagia, dysphagia, chest pain, fever
-vesicles, small ulcers, "volcano like"
-biospy from edge of ulcer
-multinucleated giant cells, ground glass nuclei, eosinophilic inclusions
-acyclovir, famcyclovir, valcyclovir
cells seen in HSV infectious esophagitis
-multinucleated giant cells, ground glass nuclei, eosinophilic inclusions
cells seen in CMV infectious esophagitis
intranuclear inclusion bodies
ulcers seen in HSV infectious esophagitis
vesicles, small ulcers, volcano like
ulcers seen in CMV infectious esophagitis
linear and deeper, larger
HIV infectious esophagitis
idiopathic ulcer
-dx of exclusion
-CD <100
-thalidomide for refractory cases
two types of esophageal cancer
symptoms of esophageal CA
-weight loss
-GI bleeding
-chest pain
risk factor and type of CA assoc:
black men
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white men
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nitrosamine exposure
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corrosive injury
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vit def
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plummer vinson
tx of esophageal CA
-stage with CT, EUS, PET CT
-neoadjuvant chemo
types of gastrides (location)
1) h. pylori (distal antral)
2) environmental (body and antral)
3) autoimmune (body)
h. pylori gastritis characteristics
-low socioeconomic, immigrant
-chronic inflammatory cells (lymphocytes)
-high acid production, hypogastrinemia
-duo ulcers common
environmental gastritis characteristics
-mucosal atrophy/intestinal metaplasia (risk for gastric CA)
autoimmune metaplastic atrophic gastritis
-assoc with pernicious anemia, Ab to IF/parietal cell, vit B12 def, elevated gastrin levels
-autoimmune dz
-relation to gastric carcinoids
sx of reactive gastropathies
-hemorrhage, erosions, ulcers without significant inflammation
causes of reactive gastropathies
-NSAIDS, alcohol, cocain, bile reflux, stress
what is a peptic ulcer
defects or breaks in mucousa with depth and have extended through muscularis mucousa
clinical presentation of PUD
-epigastric pain "dull, aching, hunger like, empty
-duodenal ulcer relieved with food
-gastric ulcers: eating makes worse
-alarm symptoms: acute change in pain, overt GI bleeding, anemia, weight loss, vomitting, early satiety
ulcer relived with ingestion of food
ulcer made worse with ingestion of food
alarm symptoms of ulcer dz
-change in pain
-overt GI bleeding
-weight loss
-early satiety
pathogenesis of PUD
-imbalance between gastrin/pepsin > gastric mucousal defenses
-h. pylori
gastric ulcers assoc with?
duodenal ulcers assoc with?
ZE syndrome
4 other risk factors assoc with PUD
-smoking (slows healing)
-corticosteroids (suppress PG synthesis and impair healing)
-hyperCa+ (stimulates gastrin)
stress ulcers: head/SCI trauma
stress ulcers: severe burn
etiology of stress ulcers
decreased mucousal protection and mucousal ischemia
how does h. pylori do its damage?
-produces urease which alkalinizes the mucousa and forms ammonia
-ammonia is toxic to cells which causes inflammation which allows pepsin and gastrin to overwhelm protective measures
h. pylori acting as carcinogen can lead to
gastric adeno
how do NSAIDS do their damage
-inhibit COX1
-dec PG synthesis
-dec mucousal protection
complications of PUD
childhood games: silly PUddy and BOP 'eM

-GI bleeding
-mortality (10%)
diagnostics of PUD
-EGD > barium because you can biopsy for both h. pylori and malignancy
tx of PUD
-heal, prevent recurrence, h. pylori test, NSAID use, acid suppression
h. pylori tx
-PPI and 2 Abx (amox, clary, metro, tetra)
-7-14 days
what are hypertrophic astropathies
-giant gastric folds
-epithelial hyperplasia
-no inflammation
menetriers dz
protein losing gastropathy with enlarged folds in body of stomach

etiology of menetriers dz
overexpression of TGF
assoc with h. pylori and CMV
symptoms of menetriers dz
-epigastric pain
-GI bleeding
-weight loss
tx of menetriers dz
what is ZE syndrome
-gastrin secerting endocrine tumor (gastrinoma)
-5 fold incerase in parietal cell mass -> gastrin hypersecretion
clinical ZE
-chronic diarrhea
-solitary tumors in SI/pancreas
dx of ZE
-increased gastrin levels, EUS/oct scan
MEN 1 (name?) - features
multiple endocrine neoplasia

-3 Ps (pancreatic > parathyroid, pituitary)
MEN 1 tx
somatostatin receptors
gastric polyps
-due to hyperplasia of epithelial or stomal cells
fundic gland polyps
-inc gastrin
-acid suppression
most common location for gastric adenoma
gastric adenocarcinoma: symptoms
-weight loss, anorexia, epigastric abdominal pain, iron deficiency anemia
most common location for gastric adenocarcinoma:
lesser curvature of antrum
virchow's node
mets to supraclavicular sentinal lymph node
sister mary joseph nodule
mets to periumbilical region to form subQ nodule
linitus plastica appearance:
what is it?
when is it seen?
rugal flattening and thick/rigid wall

diffuse gastric adenoCA
types of gastric adenoCA
-intestinal (metaplasia/atrophy, bulky tumors)
-diffuse (poor prog, younger pts)
gastric lymphoma characteristics
-extranodal lymphoma
-B cell tumor, lymphocytic infiltrate
-chronic inflammation
-h. pylori
gastric lymphoma symptoms
-weight loss, epigastric pain, dysopepsia, GI bleeding

-B: fever, night sweats

-mucuousal erythema, nodularity, ulcer, polyp, infiltrative
gastric carcinoids features
-arise from enterochromaffin like cells - endocrine cells
-sheets of uniform cells
-yellow or tan and firm submucosal masses
-40% in small intestine
-synaptophysin and chromogranin A positive stains
classification of carcinoids
foregut carcinoid tumors
stomach (chronic atrophic gastritis/pernicious anemia)
dudodenum (prox to ligament of treitz)
esophagus (b9, cured with resection
midgut carcinoid tumors
jejunum and ileum
-poorer prognosis
-more likely assoc with carcinoid syndrome
-multiple and aggressive
hindgut carcinoid tumors
appendix and colorectum
-usually b9
carcinoid syndrome symptoms
-colicky ab pain
-right sided cardica valvular fibrosis
carcinoid syndrome etiology
release of vasoactive substances in systemic circulation
GIST arise from
intersitial cells of cajal (pacemaker cells of gut)
GIST features
-mesenchymal cells
-60s (age)
GIST causes
ckit oncogenic GOF
what is acute pancreatitis
-acute inflammatory event that originates in pancreas
pathophys acute pancreatitis
autodigestion of pancreas by enzymes meant for secretion
dynamic process of pancreatitis
insult -> trypsin (with tissue damage activates -> zymo and lyso fuse -> blocks secretion) tissue damage -> inflamm response ->SIRS -> MOF
initiating factor of acute pancreatitis
increase in intracellular Ca+ flux with premature activation of trypsinogen within the pancreas
acute pancreatitis: intracellular injury results in...
generation of proinflammatory cytokines
release of proinflamm cytos into the circulation results in
dx of acute pancreatitis
-abdominal pain
-amylase and/or lipase > 3X ULN
-CT ab imaging
other dz with elevates amylase and lipase
-intestinal infarction
-renal failure
-severe nausea
symptoms of acute pancreatitis
-ab pain, radiates to back
-grey-turner sign
-epigastric tenderness
grey-turner seen in
acute pancreatitis
complications of acute pancreatitis
-pulmonary edema
-bac infection of destroyed tissue
elevated markers of inflammation
markers of MOF
elevated creatinine, hypoxemia
elevated AST, ALT, and bili may indicate?
gallstone pancreatitis
classification of acute pancreatitis
less common etiologies of acute pancreatitis
-outflow obstruction
-post ERCP
strong evidence of drug etiology of acute pancreatitis
positive Re-challenge with drug
management of acute pancreatitis
-iv hydration
-nutritional support
abx needed in acute pancreatitis when
-proven pancreatic or extra-pan infection
where does stimulation occur in TPN
where does inhibition occur in TPN
what is chronic pancreatitis
diffuse fibrosis of the pancreas with loss of pancreatic mass
clinical manifestations of chronic pancreatitis
-abdominal pain
-foul smelling oily stool
-weight loss
pathogenesis of chronic pancreatitis
recurrent low grade episodes of injury lead to fibrosis
cause of chronic pancreatitis
congenital abnLs that predispose to chronic low grade injury
complications of chronic pancreatitis
-pancreatic insufficiency
-debilitating pain
dx of chronic pancreatitis
-pancreatic calcifications on xray
-small pancreas on CT
-amylase and lipase not elevated
tx of chronic pancreatitis
-alleviation of pain
-enzyme therapy
-surgical drainage of pancreatic duct into jejunum
how does enzyme tx work to alleviate pain
-negative feedback inhibition
-enzyme supplement -> inactivates CCK-rp by serine proteases -> reduces pancreatic stimulation
genetics of hereditary pancreatitis
-PRSS1 mutation
-cationic trypsinogen gene
-causes trypsin to be resistant to lysis or causes premature trypsinogen activation
hereditary pancreatitis shows inc risk of what?
pancreatic CA
genetics of familial pancreatitis
-binds and inactivates intra-pancreatic trypsin activity
what is a pseudocyst

cyst without lining, complication of pancreatitis
what is a true cyst

lined by epithelium, occur in PCdz and von-hippel lindau
serous cystadenoma: m or b9
mucinous cystic neoplasm: m or b9
risk of m
intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm: m or b9
risk of m
ductal adenoCA neoplastic
with cystic degen
pancreatic adenoCA location
symptoms of pancreatic adenoCA
-painless jaundice (+ diltation of gall bladder) (courvoiseir sign)
-abdominal pain
trousseau's syndrome:
-what CA
pancreatic adenoCA
-hypercoAg state with formation of thrombi all over the body called migration thrombophlebitis
what is gallbladder dyskinesia
delayed empyting of gall bladder in absence of stone or sludge
what is sphincter of oddi dysfunction
-stenosis/fibrosis, inflammation or both

-can cause biliary pain, biliary obstruction, and abnL liver enzymes
what is sphincter of oddi
valve that controls the flow of digestive juices thru ampulla of vater into the second part of the duodenum

-relaxed by CCK via VIP
occurence of gallstones
10-20% of adults
classic gall stone pain
constant aching/pressure RUQ or epigastric pain radiating to the back lasting 1/2-4 hours (esp after fatty meal)

passage of stone fragment or impacion in gallbladder neck, cystic duct, or phincter of Oddi
cholesterol stone
-yellow, yellow tan round, faceted

-when cholesterol concentration exceeds the soluilizing capability of the bile and precipitates out
pigmented stone
-calcium bilirubinate
-multiple small black or brown
-inc unconjugated (insoluble) bilirubin in the bile
dx of gall stone
ab ultrasound
thickened gall bladder wall
tenderness over gall bladder
risk factors of cholesterol stone
female, fat, forty (old age)
risk factors for pigmented stone
chronic hemolysis
what is acute cholecystitis
inflammation of gall bladder due to
-action of bile on GB wall
pathogenesis of acute cholecystitis
-gall stones
what is acalculous
ishcemic compromise of cystic artery
symptoms of acute cholecystitis
RUQ pain, hx of biliary colic, jaundice, inc WBC and chills
complications of acute cholecystitis
-2 infection
most common dz in gall bladder
chronic cholecystitis
hallmark of chronic cholecystitis

inc risk of...
procelain gall bladder (calcified wall)

hyperplasia of muscularis
most common tumor of gall bladder
what is choledocolithiasis
stones in the common bile duct at level of ampulla
symptoms of choledocolithiasis
acute pancreatitis
complications of choledocolithiasis
acute pancreatitis
dx of choledocolithiasis
dilated common bile duct
tx of choledocolithiasis
cholecystectomy and removal of stones from common bile duct
charcot's triad in cholangitis
-RUQ pain
reynolds pentad in cholangitis
-RUQ pain
-mental confusion
etiology of cholangitis
usually bacterial infection
-biliary stone dz
-malignant stricture (primary sclerosing cholangitis)
tx of cholangitis
-relieve obstruction
what is cholangitis
infection of common bile duct
klatskin tumor
carcinoma of bifurcation of right and left hepatic bile ducts
cancer arising from the bile duct epithelium
major risk factor for cholangiocarcinoma
primary sclerosing cholangitis
mirizzi syndrome:
what is it?
complication of what?
stone in cystic duct compressing neighboring bile duct causing biliary obstruction

-acute cholecystitis
cullen's sign
ecchymosis on periumbilical area

-acute pancreatitis
abdominal CT may show what in acute pancreatitis
-pancreatic swelling
-peripancreatic inflammation
-pancreatic necrosis
-abdominal fluid collections
the bulk of the pancreas drains through
dorsal pancreatic duct and minor papilla
cause of pancreas divisum
failure of dorsal and ventral buds to fuse
cystic fibrosis
-CFTR anion channel allows for chloride and bicarb secretion into the pancreatic ducts and thus allows flushing of liberated enzymes and proenzymes into duodenum

-mutation produce a viscous, conentrated, acidic pancreatic juice leading to ductal obstruction
gallstone pancreatitis
impacted gallstone in distal bile duct leadin to obstruction of pancreatic duct
micro findings in chronic cholecystitis
-chronic inflamm
-rokitansky-aschoff sinuses may be prominent
pathology of adenoCA
glands in desmoplastic stroma, direct spread to liver via venous drainage to gallbladder ged (quadrate lobe)
periampullary CA
ampulla of vater
-better prog than adeno
-presents early with signs of obstruction
what is primary sclerosing cholangitis?
chronic, progressive, irreversible scarring of bile ducts
results of primary sclerosing cholangitis
strictures and obstruction of intrahepatic ducts and extrahep biliary tract
primary sclerosing cholangitis assoc with
ulcerative colitis
symptoms of primary sclerosing cholangitis (ROBE)
weight loss
complications of primary sclerosing cholangitis
bacterial cholangitis
biliary cirrhosis
ERCP findings in primary sclerosing cholangitis
multifocal strictures with dilated segments
what is a diverticula
an outpouching of alimentary tract containing all visceral layers
zenker diverticula
immediately above UES, due to weakness of striated muscle
traction diverticula
middle of esophagus, due to attachment to mediastinal lymph node
mucosal web (common location)
ledge like protrusions of the mucosa into esophageal lumen

(upper esophagus)
mucosal rings
-concentric plates of tissue protruding into lumen of distal esophagus
schatzki ring
mucosal ring at gastro-esophageal junction (GE)
failure of relaxation of LES
known causes of achalasia
chagas dz (tryp cruzi in s. america)
micro findings in achalasia
absence of myenteric ganglia
achalasia : at risk for...
xray characteristic in achalasia
bird beak
gross findings in ahclasia
esophageal dilation proximal to LES
macro/micro findings in candida esophagitis
gray-white pseudomembranes

yeast and pseudohyphae
pts with candida esophagitis
macro/micro findings in herpes esophagitis
-punches out ulcer
-pink to purple intranuclear inclusions (cowdry type a)
-multinucleated giant cells (cowdry type b)
macro/micro findings in CMV esophagitis
-discrete superficial ulcer
-squamous epithelium with neutros
-prominent intranuclear basophilic inclusions
eosinophilic esophagitis micro
large numbers of eos superficially