Hyperplasia is increased cell production in a normal tissue or organ. Hyperplasia may be a sign of abnormal or precancerous changes. This is called pathologic hyperplasia.
It can also be due to the growth of normal cells. This is called physiologic hyperplasia.
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Hyperplasia is the increased cell production of normal tissue in the body which causes the organ to increase in size.
Review Date: 7/30/2021
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