A pelvic “loose” body tumour causing urinary symptoms in a 73-year-old man

  • T Rosic University of the Witwatersrand
  • V Khumalo University of the Witwatersrand
  • Gladness Dakalo Nethathe University of the Witwatersrand
Keywords: giant loose body, appendiceal epiploacae

Abstract

Giant peritoneal loose bodies are very rare. Only a few cases have been reported in the literature. The mechanism of their formation is currently unknown. However, the hypothesis is that a detached appendix epiploicae becomes calcified over time in the abdominal cavity. We present a case of a 73-year-old man who presented with urinary symptoms. Computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen and pelvis revealed a well circumscribed mass in the pelvis. A firm egg-shaped mass was excised laparoscopically. Histology confirmed a giant loose peritoneal body.

Author Biographies

T Rosic, University of the Witwatersrand
MD, FCS (SA)
Department of Surgery
Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital
University of the Witwatersrand
V Khumalo, University of the Witwatersrand
MBChB
Department of Surgery
Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital
University of the Witwatersrand
Gladness Dakalo Nethathe, University of the Witwatersrand

MBChB, DA(SA), FCA(SA),MMed (Anaes), Cert Crit Care (SA)Department of Intensive Care
Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital
University of the Witwatersrand

Published
2016-06-29
How to Cite
Rosic, T., Khumalo, V., & Nethathe, G. (2016). A pelvic “loose” body tumour causing urinary symptoms in a 73-year-old man. South African Journal of Surgery, 54(2), 53-54. Retrieved from http://sajs.redbricklibrary.com/index.php/sajs/article/view/1928
Section
Case Reports