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Keywords:

  • histochemistry;
  • mucins;
  • intestinal metaplasia;
  • gastric polyps;
  • gastric carcinoma

The histochemical demonstration of sulphomucin secretion by gastric adenomatous polyps and adjacent metaplastic epithelium suggests this glycoprotein may be a marker of premalignant change. A possible relationship with fetal sulphoglycoprotein antigen is discussed.