Peritoneal lymphomatosis confounded by prior history of colon cancer: a case report
1 Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea
2 Center for Colorectal cancer, Research Institute and Hospital, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea
3 Department of Pathology, Research Institute and Hospital, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea
BMC Cancer 2011, 11:276 doi:10.1186/1471-2407-11-276Published: 27 June 2011
It is well known that carcinomas of the gastrointestinal tract are frequently associated with peritoneal carcinomatosis. In contrast to that entity extensive involvement of the peritoneal cavity with malignant lymphoma is rare.
This is the first case reporting coexistence of peritoneal lymphomatosis and a previous history of colon cancer, which is a highly challenging clinical situation.
If not aware of this unusual condition medical history, radiologic finding and laboratory data alone can lead to wrong diagnosis as in this case.