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Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 180, Issue 4, pp 897–900 | Cite as

Three synchronous gastrointestinal tumours

  • B. M. Boland
  • C. G. Collins
  • E. Christiansen
  • A. O’Brien
  • J. Duignan
Case Report

Abstract

Mucinous cystadenomas of the appendix are rare, with significant malignant potential [Lo and Sarr in Hepatogastroenterology 50(50):432–437, 2003]. Carcinoid tumours are similarly uncommon, rarely occurring in Meckel’s diverticula but are still the commonest tumour of Meckel’s diverticulae [Nies et al. in Dis Colon Rectum 35(6):589–596, 1992; Modlin and Lye in Cancer 97(4):934–959, 2003; Sutter et al. in Schweiz Med Wochenschr Suppl 89:20S–24S, 1997; Weber and McFadden DW in J Clin Gastroenterol 11(6):682–686, 1989]. A 77-year-old woman presented to our clinic with a 6-week history of non-specific lower abdominal pain. A pelvic ultrasound showed an 8 × 3 × 2.5 cm mass in the right iliac fossa. Colonoscopy and CT confirmed this mass and also revealed a left colonic tumor. At laparotomy, three tumours were identified; in the appendix, a Meckel’s diverticulum, and the descending colon. A subtotal colectomy and diverticulectomy were performed. Histology confirmed a T3N0 Dukes B colonic adenocarcinoma, a carcinoid of Meckel’s diverticulum and a mucinous adenoma of the appendix. The patient is tumor free to date, 5 years after presentation. The presence of three synchronous tumours of different histological origin in the gastrointestinal tract has not previously been described in the literature.

Keywords

Mucinous cystadenoma Appendix Meckel’s Diverticulum Adenocarcinoma Synchronous tumours Carcinoid 

Notes

Acknowledgments

No source of support in the form of grants, equipment, drugs or all of these was received in the writing of this article.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. M. Boland
    • 1
  • C. G. Collins
    • 1
  • E. Christiansen
    • 1
  • A. O’Brien
    • 2
  • J. Duignan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgerySt Michaels HospitalDun LaoghaireIreland
  2. 2.Department of PathologySt Michaels HospitalDun LaoghaireIreland

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