Giant tubular adenoma with malignancy clinical characteristics in a female teenager: Case report and a review of the literature


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Abstract

Background:Adenomas of the colon are usually benign tumors which carry a tendency for malignancy. These tumors can be villous, tubular, tubulovillous, or sessile serrated. Those with adenomatous structure can develop malignant characteristics in 1.5% to 9.4% of cases.Methods:We present a case report of a 16-year-old female adolescent with an adenoma of the descending colon. History revealed prolonged diarrheic syndrome for the past 6 months, repeated headache, and a weight loss of ∼5 kg in the past month. One week before the admission, the patient presented an episode of inferior digestive hemorrhage.Results:On admission laboratory tests revealed iron deficiency anemia, and a mildly increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate. The abdominal ultrasound revealed an inhomogeneous mass of the descending colon and 2 hyperechoic lesions in the liver. The colonoscopy showed a tumor of the descending colon, a tubular adenoma according to the pathological examination. Additionally, we noted an atypical presentation of the tumor and the signs of mild dysplasia identified at the pathological examination.Conclusion:Weight loss, bowel transit alterations, loss of appetite, and inferior hemorrhage in an adolescent can be symptoms of a benign or malignant tumor of the colon.

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