Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology / 2009 / Article

Brief Communication | Open Access

Volume 23 |Article ID 814894 | 2 pages | https://doi.org/10.1155/2009/814894

Occult Dysplasia in a Localized Giant Pseudopolyp in Crohn’s Colitis: A Case Report

Received10 Jun 2008
Accepted10 Jun 2008

Abstract

Localized giant pseudopolyposis of the colon (pseudopolyp larger than 1.5 cm in size) is a rare complication of inflammatory bowel disease. There is one report of an occult carcinoma within such a lesion, and no reports of sole dysplasia. A case of a 42-year-old man with longstanding Crohn’s colitis who underwent a colonoscopy revealing a large, multilobulated mass at the splenic flexure that was not amenable to endoscopic removal, is described. Multiple biopsies showed no dysplasia and histology was consistent with an inflammatory pseudopolyp. Computed tomographic colonography demonstrated a mass resembling a large villous tumour. A decision for surgery was made. The surgical specimen was a complex anastomosing inflammatory pseudopolyp 5 cm × 4 cm × 3 cm in size, with a focus of low-grade dysplasia in an area free of inflammation.The present case is the first reported occult dysplasia in a giant pseudopolyp. Occult dysplasia without superficial dysplasia may exist in these lesions and further studies are needed to examine risk factors that make a giant pseudopolyp more likely to harbour dysplasia and/or carcinoma.

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