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Open Access Case report

Peritoneal lymphomatosis confounded by prior history of colon cancer: a case report

Yun Gi Kim1, Ji Yeon Baek2*, Sun Young Kim2, Dong Hyeon Lee1, Weon Seo Park3, Youngmee Kwon2, Min Ju Kim2, Jeehoon Kang1 and Joo Myung Lee1

Author Affiliations

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

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BMC Cancer 2011, 11:276  doi:10.1186/1471-2407-11-276

Published: 27 June 2011

Abstract

Background

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.

Case presentation

This is the first case reporting coexistence of peritoneal lymphomatosis and a previous history of colon cancer, which is a highly challenging clinical situation.

Conclusions

If not aware of this unusual condition medical history, radiologic finding and laboratory data alone can lead to wrong diagnosis as in this case.