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Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 926963, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/926963
Case Report

Aggressive Pseudomyxoma Peritonei: A Case Report with an Unusual Clinical Presentation

Department of General Surgery, General Hospital of Chalkis, 48 Gazepi Street, Chalkis, 34100 Evia, Greece

Received 15 August 2013; Accepted 14 October 2013

Academic Editors: D. V. Jones, D. Lindquist, and F. Micci

Copyright © 2013 Zisis Touloumis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Introduction. Pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) is an uncommon surgical entity. We report a case of aggressive disease with an unusual clinical presentation and we analyze current data on diagnosis and management of PMP. Case Presentation. A 71-year-old male patient presented with intermittent diarrhea and loss of appetite during the last two months, without any other classic symptoms of PMP. The clinical examination was misleading due to patient’s obesity. The radiological evaluation revealed ascites of the abdomen and possible mucocele of the appendix, whereas the laboratory exams showed high values of specific tumour markers. The patient underwent an exploratory laparotomy for definite diagnosis. Biopsies and immunohistochemical examination confirmed the diagnosis of an aggressive and extended peritoneal mucinous carcinomatosis (PMCA). The patient was programmed for adjuvant systematic chemotherapy, which was not completed due to progression of the disease. Conclusions. Progressed PMP can present with unspecific symptoms that mislead diagnosis. Cytoreductive surgery in combination with systematic chemotherapy could be appropriate for aggressive PMCA, even with an unfavourable prognosis.