Huge desmoid tumor of the anterior abdominal wall mimicking an intraabdominal mass in a postpartum woman: a case report

  • Khaled Trigui
  • Mahdi Bouassida
  • Houda Kilani
  • Mohamed Mongi Mighri
  • Selim Sassi
  • Fathi Chebbi
  • Hassen Touinsi
  • Sadok Sassi

Abstract

Desmoid tumors are benign neoplasms that most often arise from muscle aponeurosis and have been associated with both trauma and pregnancy. The etiology of desmoids has not been determined. We report the case of anterior abdominal wall desmoid tumor in a female patient with previous history of cesarean section. Preoperative ultrasound and computed tomography demonstrated a large mass mimicking a large hematoma or an intraabdominal mass. The tumor was removed by wide excision with safe margins. The abdominal wall defect was reconstructed with polypropylene mesh. Subsequent histology revealed a desmoid tumor. Desmoid tumors in females are often associated with pregnancy or occur post-partum. The reasons behind this association are unclear. The most common sites are in the abdominal muscles.

Pan African Medical Journal 2013; 14:52

Author Biographies

Khaled Trigui
Department of surgery, MTM Hospital, Nabeul. Tunisia
Mahdi Bouassida
Department of surgery, MTM Hospital, Nabeul. Tunisia
Houda Kilani
Department of cytology, MTM Hospital, Nabeul, Tunisia
Mohamed Mongi Mighri
Department of surgery, MTM Hospital, Nabeul. Tunisia
Selim Sassi
Department of surgery, MTM Hospital, Nabeul. Tunisia
Fathi Chebbi
Department of surgery, MTM Hospital, Nabeul. Tunisia
Hassen Touinsi
Department of surgery, MTM Hospital, Nabeul. Tunisia
Sadok Sassi
Department of surgery, MTM Hospital, Nabeul. Tunisia
Published
2013-05-02
Section
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