Solitary benign neurofibromas of the abdominal cavity may achieve gigantic proportions before coming to the attention of the surgeon, who is then faced with the difficult task of treatment. Such tumors are, fortunately, rare, and have been mentioned in the medical literature only on infrequent occasions.
It is generally accepted that these lesions represent a manifestation of von Recklinghausen's disease, and in most reported cases there is evidence of more widespread distribution in the form of cutaneous and other visceral nodules. The case presented in this report is unusual in that the tumor was of huge size and apparently solitary, no other stigmata of von Recklinghausen's disease having been so far discovered.
Report of a Case
A 22-year-old man was referred to hospital on Sept. 26, 1951, with a noticeable abdominal mass of three weeks' duration. This was associated with a vague, generalized, aching pain in the lower abdomen, also
LEACH WB. Giant Neurofibroma of Mesentery. AMA Arch Surg. 1957;74(3):438-441. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1957.01280090136017