Altered contractile proteins and neural innervation in idiopathic megarectum and megacolon.
JM Gattuso, VV Smith, MA Kamm
Histopathology | Published : 1998
AIM: The aetiology of idiopathic megarectum and idiopathic megacolon is unknown. We postulated that biochemical or ultrastructural abnormalities may be pathologically important, as has been observed in patients with chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudo-obstruction. METHODS AND RESULTS: Resection specimens from five patients with idiopathic megarectum or megacolon were processed for paraffin wax-embedded tissue histology (haematoxylin and eosin, Gomori trichrome and picrosirius stains, phosphatase activity and periodic acid-Schiff staining), and frozen tissue for histochemistry and electron microscopy. The antibodies used in the immunohistochemistry were to myosin light chain kinase, smooth m..View full abstract