Basic Histology -- Small Intestinal Crypts Next Home Back

The crypts (i.e., mucosal glands) of the small intestine lie within a lamina propria which is rich in lymphocytes, eosinophils, and plasma cells.

Most of their epithelial cells are absorptive, and are tall columnar with purple cytoplasm. A few of their cells are goblet cells, i.e., mucus producers. They appear plump and stain pale, with the nucleus pushed to the bottom.

This is a group of small intestinal crypts.

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