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Am J Surg. 2009 Jul;198(1):e1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2008.09.018. Epub 2009 Mar 6.

Ileal intussusception secondary to small bowel metastases from melanoma.

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  • 1Department of Digestive Surgery, Instituto Oncológico Fundación Arturo López Pérez, Rancagua 678, Santiago, Chile.


A 54-year-old man on palliative treatment for disseminated cutaneous malignant melanoma presented with abdominal pain and abdominal distention. A computed tomography scan showed an area in the distal ileum suggesting intussusceptions. In an exploratory laparotomy, a 10-cm mass was found comprised of the distal ileum that had intussuscepted secondary to the small bowel metastases of melanoma. A palliative resection of 2 segments of the small bowel was performed.

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