Benign tumors
Hyperplastic polyp / mucinous hyperplasia

Reviewer: Jaleh Mansouri, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 23 February 2016, last major update August 2012

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Clinical features
  • Resembles colonic hyperplastic polyp
  • More common in women, which may reflect higher incidence of incidental appendectomy in women
  • Usually age 40+ years
  • Associated with adenocarcinoma of right colon, although not precancerous per se
  • Gross description
  • Usually sessile or flat
  • May appear as diffuse lesion without well-defined borders
  • Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Resembles colonic hyperplastic polyp: columnar and goblet cell proliferation with elongated and dilated tubules
  • Luminal outlines are serrated
  • Minimal hyperchromasia and no stratification
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Villous adenoma (dysplastic nuclei), serrated polyp with abnormal proliferation/sessile serrated polyp/sessile serrated adenoma (Am J Clin Pathol 2010;133:623)