BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr.02.2012.5726
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Mesenteric paraganglioma’s: an important differential diagnosis in intra-abdominal tumours

  1. Peter C Hale1
  1. 1Department of Digestive Diseases, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, Brighton, UK
  2. 2Department of Histopathology, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, Brighton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nebu Chacko Jacob, nebujacob{at}


We present the case of a 63-year-old lady who complained of feeling constantly tired and lethargic, and was found to have iron deficiency anaemia. There was no history of per vaginal bleeding. Examination was normal apart from a large, mobile, firm, well-defined abdominal mass in the upper abdomen approximately 10cm in diameter. The abdominal CT scan revealed a large intra-abdominal tumour (figure 1). Histology of the specimen obtained by surgical resection revealed this to be a mesenteric …

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