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Int J Surg Case Rep. 2016;29:30-33. doi: 10.1016/j.ijscr.2016.10.056. Epub 2016 Oct 26.

Rapid progression of a pregnancy-associated intra-abdominal desmoid tumor in the post-partum period: A case report.

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1
University of Maryland School of Medicine, 655 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, United States. Electronic address: David.Hanna@som.umaryland.edu.
2
Department of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201, United States. Electronic address: mmagarakis@smail.umaryland.edu.
3
Department of Pathology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201, United States. Electronic address: wtwaddell@umm.edu.
4
Department of Surgery, Division of General and Oncologic Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201, United States. Electronic address: HRAlexander@smail.umaryland.edu.
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Department of Surgery, Division of General and Oncologic Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201, United States. Electronic address: skesmodel@smail.umaryland.edu.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The clinical behavior of desmoid tumors can be unpredictable, particularly when they arise in the ante-partum or post-partum period. We present a case of an intra-abdominal desmoid tumor that was identified in the ante-partum period, progressed rapidly in the post-partum period, and was subsequently resected.

PRESENTATION OF CASE:

The patient is a 19 year-old female who was found to have a 12cm intra-abdominal mass on a fetal assessment ultrasound. The decision was made to observe the patient and monitor the mass for growth. However, the mass rapidly grew in the post-partum period. The patient was transferred to our institution after an exploratory laparotomy revealed a large intra-abdominal mass emanating from the small bowel mesentery. The 30cm×24cm×16cm mass was successfully resected with negative margins, and the pathologic diagnosis of desmoid tumor was confirmed. The patient had an uncomplicated post-operative course and was discharged on post-operative day 6.

DISCUSSION:

The majority of pregnancy-associated desmoid tumors are in the abdominal wall, arising from the rectus abdominus muscle or from previous Cesarean section scars. These tumors may spontaneously regress in the post-partum period and therefore, patients with these tumors are often observed. Close follow-up is important so that rapid tumor progression, which may lead to unresectability, can be identified and managed appropriately.

CONCLUSION:

A patient with a rare case of a giant pregnancy-associated, intra-abdominal desmoid tumor that rapidly progressed in the post-partum period and was successfully treated with surgical resection with negative margins.

KEYWORDS:

Desmoid rapid progression; Intra-abdominal desmoid tumor; Post-partum desmoid; Pregnancy-associated desmoid; Soft tissue tumor

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