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High Resolution Images: Oesophageal Inlet Patch
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An inlet patch is a small area of heterotopic gastric epithelium in the cervical part of the oesophagus. This finding is common, about 2-4 % of all patients undergoing upper endoscopi have an inlet patch. The finding is considered clinically insignificant, the patch does not cause any symptoms, and there is no risk of cancer. A coincidence of Barrett oesophagus and inlet patch has been found, suggesting some kind of shared embryonic etiology.
Here is one of the best descriptions of Inlet patches:
Arch Pathol Lab Med 2004 Apr;128(4):444-7.
Tang P, McKinley MJ, Sporrer M, Kahn E:
Inlet patch: prevalence, histologic type, and association with esophagitis, Barrett esophagus, and antritis.
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