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March 1960

A Desmoid Tumor of Multicentric Origin

Author Affiliations

Oakland, Calif.; New York
From the Memorial Center for Cancer and Allied Diseases, New York.

AMA Arch Surg. 1960;80(3):489-494. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1960.01290200133024

Desmoid tumors are known to occur anywhere in the body. They are most commonly found in the anterior abdominal wall. Involvement of intra-abdominal structures is rare but may follow contiguous growth from a primary tumor in the abdominal wall. This case report deals with a desmoid tumor of the mesentery of the small bowel similar to a desmoid in the abdominal wall controlled many years previously with surgery and extensive radiation therapy.

Report of a Case  A 54-year-old nulliparous white woman first presented herself at Memorial Center in October, 1954, with an abdominal mass. It had been present for 13 years. Her other complaint was rectal bleeding of two years' duration. Eighteen years prior to admission, a subtotal supracervical hysterectomy had been performed at another hospital for uterine fibroids. Scanty monthly menstrual periods lasting two days continued for only six months. Two months after hysterectomy, she noted a dime-sized thickening