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November 1955

Submucous Lipoma of the Transverse Colon: Report of a Case

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Veterans Administration Hospital, Seattle, and the University of Washington School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Surg. 1955;71(5):780-783. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1955.01270170138025

Submucous lipoma is the second commonest benign neoplasm of the gastrointestinal tract. However, its appearance not infrequently causes surprise, and its true nature may not be suspected until after an extensive surgical procedure has been carried out to remove it. The lesion is thus very important because it occurs in patients of the cancer age. In dealing with these persons, the surgeon is conditioned to removing lesions with adjacent normal tissue. The recognition of the true nature of the lesion is most important, if it be a submucous lipoma. Fortunately, this lesion can be easily identified at surgery, in most instances, if it is suspected. With this in mind, an illustrative case of lipoma of the colon is reported which showed all the characteristics of such a lesion. This report and attendant discussion may serve as a reminder of the existence of such a surgically pleasant lesion.


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