Desmoid tumours, also known as aggressive fibromatosis, are fibromuscular neoplasms that arise from mesenchymal cell lines. Desmoid tumours are usually benign and are locally aggressive tumours. We report a case of a 31-year-old man presenting with abdominal mass associated with dyspepsia and early satiety. CT scan demonstrated a large heterogeneous mass adherent to or arising from the jejunum. The patient underwent a successful elective exploratory laparotomy with resection of the tumour arising from the wall of the ileum with a 10 cm margin. The patient had an uneventful recovery and no recurrence at 6-month follow-up. Pathology report and immunohistochemistry analysis revealed the mass to be a primary desmoid tumour of the small bowel, as the tumour was negative for c-kit and Discovered on GIST 1 (DOG-1) and positive for beta-catenin and smooth muscle actin.
- small intestine
- gastrointestinal surgery
- surgical oncology
- small intestine cancer
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Contributors SKE: conceptualisation of the work, drafted the first draft of the manuscript. SHD: edited the manuscript, review of literature, assisting surgeon in the mentioned surgery. RC: operating surgeon in the mentioned surgery, edited the review of literature. JSP: edited the final manuscript, conceptualisation of the work.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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