BMJ Case Reports 2011; doi:10.1136/bcr.01.2011.3746
  • Reminder of important clinical lesson

The disappearing abdominal mass: a duodenal pseudotumour

  1. Sheida Vessal2
  1. 1Department of General Medicine, Barnet Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Clinical Radiology, Barnet Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Faraan Khan, Faraan{at}


Reports of inflammatory pseudotumours can be found in the literature affecting different organs of the body. The authors present a case and discuss the differential diagnosis of an inflammatory duodenal mass. Both symptomatology and radiological findings suggested a more sinister cause, such as a malignancy. However, histological analysis revealed normal mucosa and after conservative management the mass spontaneously resolved.


  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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