ABSTRACT: Small bowel lipomas are rare gastrointestinal benign neoplasms, whose signs and symptoms are often obscure. When symptoms are clinically present, one of the most common is usually gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. It is very difficult to make a precise preoperative diagnosis in the absence of evident signs. Definitive diagnosis can only be made through histopathological examination, after the surgical resection. We report a case of obscure and persistent GI bleeding in a 78-year-old woman. Through the combination of endoscopy and computed tomography (CT), it was possible to identify a small bowel lesion, being its direct cause. CT showed a certain fat component within the mass pinpointing the hypothesis of a lipoma. We then performed a laparoscopic resection of 21 cm of the middle jejunum, including the mass and an intussusception. The results of the subsequent histopathological examination of the resected specimen allowed us to conclude that the lesion was an intestinal lipoma. Surgical resection appears to be the most successful approach as good short- and long-term results are achieved.
Updates in surgery. 06/2011; 64(2):153-6.
ABSTRACT: Peripheral nerve sheath tumors are soft tissue neoplasms rarely encountered in the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses.
To describe the clinicopathologic and immunohistochemical features of a series of schwannomas of the sinonasal tract.
Surgical pathology files were searched for the diagnosis "sinonasal schwannoma." All histologic documents and clinical data were reviewed. Immunohistochemistry was performed on paraffin-embedded tissue with antibodies to S100 protein, epithelial membrane antigen, CD34, and MIB-1. RESULSTS: Five cases of sinonasal schwannoma were retrieved; patients included 3 women and 2 men, aged 20 to 56 years. Three cases were located in the ethmoid sinus. Clinical symptoms were nonspecific (nasal obstruction, epistaxis, and anosmia). All tumors were treated with conservative surgical resection. Pathologic examination showed a spindle cell proliferation without encapsulation in all cases. No cytologic atypia was seen, and the mitotic activity was low (<3 mitotic figures/10 high-power fields). Immunohistochemistry showed diffuse positivity with S100 protein and negativity with CD34 and epithelial membrane antigen. MIB-1 staining was low (1%-5% of tumor cell nuclei stained). During the follow-up (median, 6 years), no recurrence or metastasis was observed.
Schwannoma is a very unusual tumor of the sinonasal tract and is associated with nonspecific symptoms. Histologically, sinonasal schwannomas differ from schwannomas of other locations by their lack of a peripheral capsule and possible ulceration of the epithelial covering. Sinonasal schwannomas are treated with conservative surgical resection and have an excellent prognosis.
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