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Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Volume 2011, Article ID 142781, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/142781
Case Report

Cecal Schwannoma: A Rare Cause of Gastrointestinal Bleeding in a Young Woman with Review of Literature

1Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, 1650 Grand Concourse, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, 10457, USA
2Department of Medicine, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, 1650 Grand Concourse, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York 10457, USA
3Department of Pathology, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, 1650 Grand Concourse, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York 10457, USA

Received 28 December 2010; Accepted 19 April 2011

Academic Editor: Massimo Raimondo

Copyright © 2011 Kalyan Kanneganti 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

Schwannomas are rare mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. Occurrence of these tumors is more common in the stomach than in the large intestine. These tumors usually present as polypoidal intraluminal lesions and based on their location can present with rectal bleeding, colonic obstruction, and abdominal pain or defecation disorders. We present a case of a thirty-five-year-old woman who presented with abdominal pain and melena. Patient was diagnosed with a nonobstructing superficially ulcerated mass in the cecum on colonoscopy and required right hemicolectomy. A very rare pathological diagnosis of cecal schwannoma was made postoperatively.