Lymphangioma of the colon: a case report and review of the Japanese literature

Acta Gastroenterol Belg. 2000 Apr-Jun;63(2):239-41.


Intraabdominal lymphangiomas are rare, although these lesions can occur in the mesentery, omentum, retroperitoneum, or gastrointestinal tract wall. Here we report a case of lymphangioma of the transverse colon and review the other cases reported in the Japanese literature. Our patient presented with lower abdominal pain and barium enema revealed a filling defect in the transverse colon. Colonoscopy disclosed a submucosal tumor, which changed shape with alteration the patient's position and showed the cushion sign. This lesion was covered with normal-looking mucosa. A correct diagnosis was made from these findings. Knowledge of these endoscopic features may help physicians to provide appropriate diagnosis and treatment of colonic lymphangioma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy, Needle
  • Colectomy
  • Colonic Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Colonic Neoplasms / surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Japan
  • Lymphangioma / diagnosis*
  • Lymphangioma / surgery
  • Middle Aged
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed