n South African Journal of Surgery - Adenocarcinoma in a retrorectal cystic hamartoma : case report
|Article Title||Adenocarcinoma in a retrorectal cystic hamartoma : case report|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||South African Journal of Surgery|
|Author||A. Rogers, E. Simpson and A. Atherstone|
|Publication Date||Nov 2007|
|Pages||148 - 150|
Retrorectal cystic hamartomas are rare congenital lesions derived from the vestigial portion of the embryonic hindgut. These lesions present in a vague manner and so mimic the presentation of more common mass lesions in the pelvic region. They most frequently afflict middle-aged women, causing vague pelvic pains, discomfort with defaecation or sitting, and altered bowel function. Malignant transformation within these lesions is extremely rare.
We describe a case of adenocarcinoma within a retrorectal cystic hamartoma, initially manifesting in a 54-year-old woman and recurring over a 5-year period. A computed tomography (CT) scan and pathology reports are included in the study, and findings at operations are discussed. We also include a comprehensive review of the literature.
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