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Schwannoma of the colon: a rare submucosal neoplasm
  1. Divya Naresh1,
  2. Ali Baqar2 and
  3. Afaq Khan3
  1. 1Department of Surgery, Box Hill Hospital, Box Hill, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2Department of Surgery, Bairnsdale Regional Health Service, Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia
  3. 3Anatomical Pathology, Dorevitch Pathology, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Divya Naresh; divyanaresh238{at}


Schwannomas are nerve sheath tumours that can be found throughout the body along peripheral nerves. Primary schwannomas of the colon are very rare. They are usually benign and their surgical resection is considered curative. They are, however, difficult to diagnose preoperatively and therefore tend to be overtreated with major colorectal surgery.

  • Colon cancer
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Radiology
  • Endoscopy

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  • Contributors DN—primary author of the main manuscript draft of the case report, corresponding author, multiple revisions of drafts and sought consent from the patient. AB—substantial contribution to discussion of the case, critical revision of the manuscript and final approval of the manuscript for publication. AK—substantial contribution to discussion of the case, provided clinical pathological images for use, critical revision of the manuscript and final approval of the manuscript for publication.

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  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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