Distinguishing benign dissecting mucin (stromal mucin pools) from invasive mucinous carcinoma

Diana Molavi, Pedram Argani

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Mucin dissecting stroma suggests the presence of an invasive mucinous (colloid) carcinoma. However, in virtually every organ in which invasive mucinous carcinoma exists, there exist benign mimickers associated with dissecting mucin. This article reviews diagnostic criteria for the differential diagnosis of mucinous lesions of the breast, pancreas, biliary tract, colon, appendix, and bladder, emphasizing practical points, which we find helpful in daily diagnostic surgical pathology practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalAdvances in anatomic pathology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008


  • Colloid carcinoma
  • Dissecting mucin
  • Extravasated mucin
  • Mucinous adenocarcinoma
  • Mucocele

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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