Diseases of the Colon & Rectum

, Volume 33, Issue 6, pp 511–514 | Cite as

Colonic leiomyoma—An unusual cause of gastrointestinal hemorrhage in childhood

Report of a case
  • Steven P. Cummings
  • Kevin P. Lally
  • Victor Pineiro-Carrero
  • David E. Beck
Case Reports


Leiomyomas of the intestine are rarely found in the pediatric population. The authors' review of the literature revealed only three colonic leiomyomas previously described. The authors present the first reported case of a child with lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage secondary to a colonic leiomyoma. Pathologic aspects of intestinal leiomyomas are discussed along with the difficulty in histologic differentiation from leiomyosarcomas. Wide resection is recommended for spindle cell neoplasms of the intestine owing to difficulty in differentiating benign from malignant tumors.

Key words

Gastrointestinal hemorrhage Colon leiomyoma Intestinal leiomyoma Gastrointestinal hemorrhage in children 


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© American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven P. Cummings
    • 1
  • Kevin P. Lally
    • 1
  • Victor Pineiro-Carrero
    • 1
  • David E. Beck
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Surgery and PediatricsWilford Hall USAF Medical CenterLackland AFB

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