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November 1956

Lymphoid Polyps of the Rectum: Report of Three Cases in Siblings

Author Affiliations

U. S. Army
From the Department of Surgery, Tripler Army Hospital, Honolulu, T. H.

AMA Arch Surg. 1956;73(5):753-756. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1956.01280050021005

Lymphoid polyps (benign lymphomata) of the rectum are infrequently reported in the literature. Hayes and Burr collected about 206 cases and added 22 of their own. This condition, which is distinguished from the commoner polyps of the rectum primarily by its microscopic features, was found in 53 of 813 tissue blocks examined by Ehrlich and Hunter, of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. All were excised from patients of military age. Helwig and Hansen also reported 70 cases from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, all between age 17 and age 62. Li found 2 instances in children, aged 6 and 7, in 49 cases. Barba's case was aged 9. No other cases in childen were found. Harris, reporting 60 cases of polyposis of the rectum in children under the age of 12, noted no instance of lymphoid polyp.

Granet recorded lymphoid polyps in identical twins. This is the only