Journal of Gastroenterology

, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 875–879 | Cite as

Diffuse cavernous hemangioma of the rectum: MR imaging with endorectal surface coil and sphincter-saving surgery

  • Hirotoshi Hasegawa
  • Tatsuo Teramoto
  • Masahiko Watanabe
  • Yutaka Imai
  • Makio Muaki
  • Susumu Kodaira
  • Masaki Kitajima
Case Report


We describe the clinical features, diagnostic procedures, and treatment of two patients with diffuse cavernous hemangioma of the rectum. Sphincter-saving operations were performed in both patients, with satisfactory results. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with an endorectal surface coil, as well as a conventional body coil, was used to determine the extent of the hemangiomas. We recommend sphincter-saving surgery for the treatment of this benign disease that can cause life-threatening hemorrhage. MRI with an endorectal coil achieves higher-resolution images than conventional MRI.

Key words

diffuse cavernous hemangioma rectum sphincter-saving surgery MRI endorectal coil 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hirotoshi Hasegawa
    • 1
  • Tatsuo Teramoto
    • 1
  • Masahiko Watanabe
    • 1
  • Yutaka Imai
    • 2
  • Makio Muaki
    • 3
  • Susumu Kodaira
    • 4
  • Masaki Kitajima
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, School of MedicineKeio UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Radiology, School of MedicineKeio UniversityTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Department of Pathology, School of MedicineKeio UniversityTokyoJapan
  4. 4.First Department of Surgery, School of MedicineTeikyo UniversityTokyoJapan

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