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Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2000 May;12(5):583-6.

Toxic megacolon: a rare presentation of primary lymphoma of the colon.

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  • 1Department of General and Digestive Surgery, La Fe Hospital, Valencia, Spain. virseda5@openbank.es


Primary colonic lymphoma is rare and accounts for less than 1% of colon malignancies. Moreover, diffuse neoplastic invasion of the colon is exceptional. This case describes a patient with primary non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of the colon presenting as toxic megacolon. This unique presentation is the first case reported in the literature of a diffuse colonic lymphoma diagnosed in the setting of a toxic megacolon. Histological confirmation was performed on the piece of colectomy.

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