Chronic Ulcerative Colitis

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These photos are from a total colectomy done for clinically severe, intractable chronic ulcerative colitis (CUC). The photo above shows a veritable shag carpet of inflammatory pseudopolyps. Yes, this does look an awful lot like a case of familial adenomatous polyposis, but microscopically there was no adenomatous or otherwise dysplastic change anywhere in the whole colon.

The photo below may look like bacon frying in a cast iron skillet, but it's actually a closeup of three longitudinal sections through the colon wall. For each section, the serosa/adventitial connective tissue is shown as bright yellow lumps on the bottom. Right above is the ribbon-like muscularis propria, unbesmirched and indifferent to the devastation that has made an inflammatory ruin of the mucosa and submucosa above it.

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The photo below shows a slightly closer view of a longitudinal section through the colon wall. This demonstrates not only the angry red mucosa but also the tendency for the inflamed tissue to throw itself up into inflammatory pseudopolyps.

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These photos were taken with a Minolta X-370 and a Rokkor 100mm bellows lens, on Kodak Elite daylight film, ISO 100, with a blue filter to compensate for tungsten illumination. The tissue was formalin-fixed, but the nice red coloration of the inflamed tissue was recovered by soaking the specimen overnight in 70% alcohol before shooting.

Photograph by Ed Uthman, MD. Public domain. Posted 13 May 00


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