Colon non tumor
Nonneoplastic, noncongenital lesions

Author: Raul S. Gonzalez, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 10 January 2017, last major update July 2013

Copyright: (c) 2003-2017,, Inc.

PubMed search: colonic adhesions NOT tumor

Cite this page: Adhesions. website. Accessed August 17th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Serosa-based fibrous bands of scar tissue that cause colon to connect and adhere to nearby structures, typically other viscera
  • Can occur anywhere in GI tract, commonly between bowel segments or abdominal wall and operative site
  • Typically due to injury, such as prior surgical procedures, infection (i.e. peritonitis), or radiation damage
  • Also Crohn disease or serosal endometriosis
  • Rarely congenital
Clinical features
  • Typically observed radiologically or during surgery; can also be seen microscopically
Clinical images

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Between loops of intestine

Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Cellular fibrous connective tissue containing vessels and nerves; may contain fat and smooth muscle clusters (J Pathol 2000;192:67)
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Attached to intestinal
serosa and linking viscera