Inflammatory fibroid polyp or Vanek's tumour

Dig Surg. 2007;24(3):231-3. doi: 10.1159/000103326. Epub 2007 May 30.


We report a case of a 65-year-old woman who presented with recurrent episodes of severe, postprandial abdominal pain followed by projectile vomiting. Gastroscopy revealed a large polyp in the prepyloric region. During peristalsis, the polyp was repeatedly 'passing' through the pylorus into the duodenal bulb, hence obstructing the lumen. The polyp was eventually removed in a piecemeal fashion. Histopathologic examination revealed an inflammatory fibroid polyp (known also as Vanek's tumour). A brief review on inflammatory fibroid polyps follows.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Pain / etiology*
  • Aged
  • Duodenum
  • Female
  • Gastric Outlet Obstruction / diagnosis*
  • Gastric Outlet Obstruction / etiology
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Polyps / diagnosis*
  • Intestinal Polyps / surgery
  • Pylorus
  • Stomach Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Stomach Neoplasms / surgery