, 10:81,
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Date: 15 May 2012

Schwannoma of ascending colon treated by laparoscopic right hemicolectomy


Schwannomas of the colon are rare and are difficult to diagnose preoperatively, since they often defy endoscopic and radiographic detection. Immunohistochemical stains are useful postoperatively to confirm this tumor, but more reliable diagnostic techniques (such as colonoscopic biopsy with immunohistochemistry) have emerged to enhance preoperative diagnostic accuracy. Here we report an instance of schwannoma arising in the ascending colon, where immunohistochemical staining of a preoperative biopsy facilitated diagnosis. After laparoscopic resection, histologic examination was confirmatory.