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Gastrointestinal regulatory peptides in familial adenomatous polyposis.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Digestion
Publication Date
Volume
46
Issue
4
Pages
228–232
Identifiers
PMID: 2178136
Source
Medline

Abstract

The etiology of adenomas in the stomach and duodenum in patients with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) is unknown. In this study the plasma concentration of epidermal growth factor (EGF), and other gastrointestinal polypeptides with a possible trophic effect on the gastrointestinal mucosa, was unchanged before and after meal stimulation. In 3 of 7 patients an increased EGF immunoreactivity was found in duodenal adenomas. This study has not indicated that regulatory peptides are involved in development of duodenal polyps in FAP, but suggests further studies to determine the role of EGF in FAP.

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