BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2017-220221
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Retroperitoneal schwannoma: an unusual cause of abdominal distention

  1. Nasir Saleem
  1. Department of Internal Medicine, Presence St Joseph Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  1. Correspondence to Nasir Saleem, nasirsaleemmd{at}, nasirsaleemmd{at}
  • Accepted 27 April 2017
  • Published 12 May 2017


A 54-year-old Caucasian woman with no significant medical history presented to her primary care physician with chief complaints of right-sided abdominal dull pain and distension. There were no constitutional symptoms or other complaints such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea, melena or hematochezia. She was a non-smoker with no significant family history. Vital signs were stable and physical exam was insignificant except for dull pain on deep palpation of the right mid-abdomen. Laboratory studies including complete blood count, basic metabolic panel, liver function tests, serum amylase and serum lipase were all within normal range. CT of the abdomen revealed a large retroperitoneal mass which was …

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