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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2013, Article ID 926514, 3 pages
Case Report

Cecal Lipoma Presenting as Acute Intestinal Obstruction in an Elderly Woman: A Case Report

1First Department of Surgery, Saint George General Hospital of Chania, 73100 Crete, Greece
2Primary Health Care Centre of Kissamos, Chania, 73400 Crete, Greece
3Private Family Practice Unit in Heraklion, 74100 Crete, Greece

Received 1 May 2013; Accepted 12 June 2013

Academic Editors: C. Barnett, D. J. Bentrem, T. Hotta, A. K. Karam, and A. R. Novotny

Copyright © 2013 Miltiades Kastanakis 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.


Colonic lipomas are rare nonepithelial tumors that are usually detected incidentally during surgery or colonoscopy. Although lipomas generally remain asymptomatic, when they exceed 2 cm of diameter they may cause abdominal pain, obstruction, or intussusception. Here we present a case of an elderly woman referred by her general practitioner to a general hospital of Crete because of acute abdominal pain along with signs of intestinal obstruction and a positive history of appetite loss. Abdominal computed tomography was performed. To marginalise the risk of malignancy, a right hemicolectomy was performed. Histopathological examination of the resected specimen confirmed the diagnosis of cecal lipoma.