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It was determined that the Cajal cells were encountered more frequently in the control group.
The number of cells in 10 separately screened areas was calculated and the total number of Cajal cells in the areas, 0-3, 4-8, and >8 cells were regarded as sparse, few and many, respectively.
c-kit positive Cajal cells, which are easily distinguished from the mast cells in the UPJ, were demonstrated in this study.
Although the ultrastructural configurations in the gastrointestinal and neuronal systems have frequently been evaluated via electron microscopic methods, studies about the electron microscopic evaluation of Cajal cells in human UPJs have not been encountered in the literature.
Both types of cells express the CD 117 protein, but Cajal cells do not stain for CD 34 nor for other muscle cell antigens frequently seen in GIST cells.