Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


Endoscopic biopsy specimens of normal human duodenum from patients with duodenal ulcer disease were studied by light microscopy and by scanning electron microscopy. For scanning, the tissue was dried by the critical point-drying technique. SEM criteria for both normal and abnormal duodenal surfaces were determined. SEM evidence for the presence of "tuft cells" similar to those found on the surface of rat duodenum was found in both the normal and abnormal human material. Although other reports have described the favorable effects of carbenoxolone sodium treatment on duodenal ulcer disease, our SEM studies of four patients found that this treatment had no effect on the duodenal surface.