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Hyperplasia

Definition

Hyperplasia is increased cell production in a normal tissue or organ. Hyperplasia may be a sign of precancerous changes. This is called pathologic hyperplasia.

It can also be due to the growth of completely normal cells. This is called physiologic hyperplasia.

Alternative Names

Hypergenesis


Review Date: 8/11/2009
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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