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March 18, 1944


JAMA. 1944;124(12):773-774. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.62850120001008

Retroperitoneal hemangiomas large enough to have any clinical significance are so rare that practically no mention of the condition is made in standard textbooks on pathology. However, Stout1 in his volume on human cancer cites 2 instances, 1 a case of retroperitoneal hemangioma which was mistaken for a kidney, as reported by Harris, and the other a recurring lipoma which had areas of cavernous hemangiomas in it as described by Hilse. Of the few additional cases found elsewhere in the literature almost all are of renal origin. The present case of retroperitoneal cavernous hemangioma is presented because of its large size, its extrarenal origin and its rather unusual clinical picture and course.

REPORT OF CASE  I. K., a man aged 32, married, a hardware clerk, presented himself in September 1939 complaining of generalized abdominal pains of six months' duration. His family and past histories were noncontributory. He had always

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