Journal Article Lanthanum Deposition in the Stomach: Usefulness of Scanning Electron Microscopy for Its Detection

Iwamuro, Masaya  ,  Urata, Haruo  ,  Tanaka, Takehiro  ,  Ando, Akemi  ,  Nada, Takahiro  ,  Kimura, Kosuke  ,  Yamauchi, Kenji  ,  Kusumoto, Chiaki  ,  Otsuka, Fumio  ,  Okada, Hiroyuki

71 ( 1 )  , pp.73 - 78 , 2017-02 , Okayama University Medical School
After having been treated with lanthanum carbonate administration for 4 years for hyperphosphatemia, a 75-year-old Japanese woman undergoing hemodialysis was diagnosed with lanthanum phosphate deposition in the stomach. The deposition, seen as white microgranules, was observed using esophagogastroduodenoscopy with magnifying observation. To the best of our knowledge, these are the minutest endoscopy images of lanthanum phosphate deposition in the gastric mucosa. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation enabled easier identification of the deposited material, which was visible as bright areas. The present case suggests the usefulness of SEM observation in the detection of lanthanum phosphate deposition in the gastrointestinal tract.

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