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26 March 2014 - Case of the Week #305

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Dr. Semir Vranic, M.D - Breast malignant, males, children Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS), Breast malignant,males, children Classic infiltrating lobular carcinoma

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Case of the Week #305

Clinical History:
A 63 year old man with a history of tubular adenoma presented with a new colon polyp.

Micro images:

What is your diagnosis?

Ganglioneuroma (colon polyp)

Ganglioneuroma is a rare, benign, slow-growing, peripheral neuroblastic tumor characterized by ganglion cell hyperplasia, nerve fibers and supporting cells. It derives from sympathetic neuronal cells and occurs mostly in children. It is found in various anatomic locations, but only rarely in the colon, where it is associated with multiple endocrine neoplasia type IIB (MEN IIB), neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), juvenile polyposis, polyposis coli, tuberous sclerosis (J Med Case Rep 2012;6:304) and the PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome (which includes Cowden and Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndromes, World J Gastroenterol 2014;20:1833). Syndromic cases tend to be associated with ganglioneuromatosis, not solitary polyps.

Solitary polyps are often incidental findings at endoscopy, although they are rarely associated with colonic intussusception (J Pediatr Surg 2009;44:e17). Excision is adequate treatment.

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