Oct 1, 1989

Carcinoembryonic antigen, alpha 1-antitrypsin, and alpha-fetoprotein in the pancreas of patients with cystic fibrosis

Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
P M ScheeleM B Ray


The ductular accumulation of "abnormal mucus" is the key histologic feature in cystic fibrosis. This material is periodic acid-Schiff positive and diastase resistant, suggesting that it is glycoprotein in nature. We used the avidin-biotin-peroxidase method to identify this material using antibodies to the serum glycoproteins carcinoembryonic antigen, alpha 1-antitrypsin, and alpha-fetoprotein on paraffin sections of pancreas obtained from a total of 21 patients: 9 with cystic fibrosis, 5 with chronic pancreatitis, and 7 controls. The control patients had normal pancreatic histologic findings, no alpha 1-antitrypsin or alpha-fetoprotein was demonstrated, and only the ductular epithelium reacted weakly for carcinoembryonic antigen. The pancreas in pancreatitis showed fibrosis, acinar atrophy, and ectasia of the ducts that contained only a small amount of periodic acid-Schiff-positive material. This material reacted weakly for carcinoembryonic antigen and alpha 1-antitrypsin. The appearance of the pancreas in cystic fibrosis was similar to that in chronic pancreatitis. However, the ducts contained a greater amount of periodic acid-Schiff-positive material, mostly in the form of globules that reacted strongly for carcinoembryonic a...Continue Reading

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Benign Tumor of Pancreas
Carcinoembryonic Antigen Measurement
Pathological Dilatation
Carcinoembryonic Antigen
Cystic Fibrosis

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