Diseases of the Colon & Rectum

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 103–110 | Cite as

Anal duct/gland cyst

Report of a case and review of the literature
  • Mahmoud N. Kulaylat
  • Ralph J. Doerr
  • Mike Neuwirth
  • Sateesh K. Satchidanand
Case Reports


PURPOSE: The purpose of this communication is to report a case of anal duct/gland cyst and review cases of perianal and presacrococcygeal mucus-secreting cysts reported in the literature with emphasis on their histopathologic features. METHOD: Our patient presented with coccydynia. An extraluminal retrorectal tumor was felt on rectal examination. A computerized tomographic scan demonstrated a presacrococcygeal mass closely related to the anorectal junction. The tumor and the coccyx were excised using a posterior approach. Cases of perianal and presacroccygeal mucus-secreting cysts reported in the literature were reviewed. RESULTS: In our case, the tumor proved to be an anal duct/gland cyst. Some of the reported cases of presacrococcygeal glandular cysts had histopathologic features suggestive of anal duct/gland origin. CONCLUSION: Diagnosis of anal duct/gland cyst is based on routine histologic features, histochemical characteristics of mucus, and/or the presence of a communication with an anal duct or crypt. Based on these criteria, some of the reported cases of mucus-secreting cysts occurring around the anorectum may prove to be anal duct/gland in origin.

Key words

Anal duct/gland Mucus-secreting cyst Presacrococcygeal cyst Developmental cyst 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mahmoud N. Kulaylat
    • 1
  • Ralph J. Doerr
    • 1
  • Mike Neuwirth
    • 1
  • Sateesh K. Satchidanand
    • 2
  1. 1.From the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of SurgeryBuffalo General HospitalBuffalo
  2. 2.From the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of PathologyBuffalo General HospitalBuffalo

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