Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery

, Volume 16, Issue 7, pp 1446–1449

Enteropathy-Associated T Cell Lymphoma Presenting with Acute Abdominal Syndrome: a Case Report and Review of Literature

  • Yifan Yang
  • Sukhjeet S. Batth
  • Mingyi Chen
  • Dariusz Borys
  • Ho Phan
Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s11605-012-1878-6

Cite this article as:
Yang, Y., Batth, S.S., Chen, M. et al. J Gastrointest Surg (2012) 16: 1446. doi:10.1007/s11605-012-1878-6

Abstract

Introduction

Enteropathy-associated T cell lymphoma (EATL) is a rare peripheral non-Hodgkin's T cell lymphoma originating from intraepithelial T lymphocytes of the intestines. In general, this condition has a poor prognosis. A common initial presentation of this cancer which is a small intestinal perforation necessitating emergency surgery is of interest to practicing surgeons. The diagnosis is rarely made prior to pathological examination.

Methods

We report a case of a 39-year-old African American man who presented with acute abdomen and was found to have a deep necrotic ulcer of the jejunum during exploratory laparotomy.

Results

Pathological examination and laboratory results demonstrated EATL, type 2, which is not associated with celiac disease. A review of the literature on EATL is also presented.

Copyright information

© The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yifan Yang
    • 1
  • Sukhjeet S. Batth
    • 3
  • Mingyi Chen
    • 2
  • Dariusz Borys
    • 2
  • Ho Phan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of California, Davis Medical CenterSacramentoUSA
  2. 2.Department of PathologyUniversity of California, Davis Medical CenterSacramentoUSA
  3. 3.University of California, Davis Medical SchoolSacramentoUSA