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July 7, 1962

Benign Tumors of the Duodenum

Author Affiliations

Columbus, Ohio

JAMA. 1962;181(1):49-51. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050270051014a

CRUVEILHIER REPORTED the first case of a benign tumor involving the duodenum in 1835. This was regarded as an unique medical curiosity until Rokitansky, in 1861, reviewed several cases from his extensive postmortem dissections and wrote a treatise describing the basic pathology and clinical symptoms. Since that time, numerous case reports of benign duodenal lesions have appeared in the literature. In a monumental piece of work River, Silverstein and Tope reviewed 1,399 benign small intestinal tumors reported in the literature. Their study included 211 benign duodenal tumors.

Within a recent 4-week period, 3 patients were admitted to our hospital for surgical excision of benign duodenal lesions. A subsequent review of the hospital case records for the past eight years disclosed an additional 4 operated cases and 8 nonoperated cases. In the 8 nonoperated cases the diagnosis was made by the characteristic roentgenologic appearance and confirmed by a follow-up of 3