Retrorectal hemangiopericytoma: a case report

Acta Chir Belg. Jul-Aug 2007;107(4):438-41. doi: 10.1080/00015458.2007.11680092.


Hemangiopericytoma is a rare, vascular soft tissue tumour originating from the pericytes, the contractile cells that surround capillaries. A case of retrorectal hemangiopericytoma in a 49-year-old woman is reported. With a posterior sagittal approach, the tumour was completely removed. Pathological examination, including immunohistological stains, was consistent with a hemangiopericytoma. A step-by-step approach to a retrorectal tumour is exemplified, and a very rare pathological entity is added to the spectrum of retrorectal masses.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Hemangiopericytoma / pathology*
  • Hemangiopericytoma / surgery
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Middle Aged
  • Rectal Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Rectal Neoplasms / surgery