Table 2: Relationship between white zone distinctiveness and crypt depth. The depths of crypts in areas where the white zones were distinct and those in lesions where the white zones were nondistinct or invisible were 182 ± 52 μm and 81 ± 25 μm, respectively. The depth of crypts in the surrounding gastric mucosa was 171 ± 42 μm. The crypts in lesions showing a distinct white zone and those in the surrounding gastric mucosa were significantly deeper than those in lesions with a nondistinct or invisible white zone ( ).

Distinctness of white zone The depth of crypts

Lesion with distinct white zone 182 ± 52 μm*
Lesions with nondistinct or invisible white zone 81 ± 25 μm**
Surrounding gastric mucosa 171 ± 42 μm*

*Versus ** .