Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 584–588

Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tumor of the Small Bowel Mesentery: An Unusual Cause of Abdominal Pain and Uveitis

  • Audrey H. Choi
  • Olga L. Bohn
  • Timothy D. Beddow
  • Christopher R. McHenry
Original Article



An inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT) of the small bowel mesentery with diffuse immunohistochemical staining for the anaplastic lymphoma kinase 1 gene is reported in a patient who presented with abdominal pain and uveitis.


To our knowledge, only seven cases of IMT affecting the small bowel mesentery have previously been reported in the English literature. The association of IMT and uveitis is a rare phenomenon, previously reported in patients with IMT affecting the head and neck. Surgical resection of the IMT resulted in rapid resolution of the uveitis.


IMT should be considered in the differential diagnosis for a mesenteric mass.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Audrey H. Choi
    • 1
  • Olga L. Bohn
    • 2
  • Timothy D. Beddow
    • 2
  • Christopher R. McHenry
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, MetroHealth Medical CenterCase Western Reserve University School of MedicineClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pathology, MetroHealth Medical CenterCase Western Reserve University School of MedicineClevelandUSA

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