ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

Lipoma of the Large Intestine: A Clinicopathological Review of Six Cases
Nazif Erkan 1, Cemil Çalışkan 2, Mustafa Korkut 2, Enver Vardar 3, Cengiz Yılmaz 4
1Departments of General Surgery, İzmir Bozyaka Training and Research Hospital, İzmir
2Department of General Surgery, Medical Faculty of Ege University, İzmir
3Departments of Radiology, İzmir Bozyaka Training and Research Hospital, İzmir
4Departments of Pathology İzmir Bozyaka Training and Research Hospital, İzmir
Pages : 6-10


Objectives: Symptoms of colonic lipomas generally have a silent clinical course. We presented the clinical features, treatment methods, and follow-up results of six cases with large bowel lipoma.

Patients and Methods: A retrospective review of patients with a diagnosis of large bowel lipoma between January 2000 and December 2006 was conducted. Data related to presentation, diagnosis, surgical treatment and pathology were analyzed.

Results: Six patients (4 men, 2 women; mean age 63 years; range 43 to 82 years) were operated on due to lipoma of large intestine. Abdominal pain was the most common presenting complaint. One of the patients was treated urgently due to colo-colonic intussusception and the others were operated in elective conditions. The endoscopic biopsies were inconclusive. The preoperative diagnosis was colonic lipoma in two patients and four patients were treated due to suspected tumor of the colon. The locations of the lesions were ascending and transverse colon in two patients, cecum and sigmoid colon in the others. Right hemicolectomy was performed in three patients, left hemicolectomy, sigmoid and segmenter colon resections were performed in the others. Histopathologic examinations of the resected materials showed submucosal lipoma of the large intestine. Postoperative period was uneventful in all of the patients.

Conclusion: In large symptomatic colonic lipomas that can cause obstruction or hemorrhage, surgical treatment is needed to prevent complications and to exclude the possibility of malignancy.

Keywords : Lipoma; large intestine
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