Mucinous adenocarcinoma at the ileocecal valve mimicking crohn's disease

Karen M. Horton, Bronwyn Jones, Theodore M. Bayless, Audrey J. Lazenby, Elliot K. Fishman

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Two patients presented to their clinicians with bowel complaints thought to be suggestive of Crohn's disease. The patients were sent for radiological studies to confirm that diagnosis. The radiologic findings in both patients were thought to be consistent with Crohn's disease, although not classical. No further diagnostic studies were initially undertaken. Each patient suffered small bowel obstruction and at surgery each was found to have a mucinous adenocarcinoma of the ileocecal valve. No evidence of Crohn's disease was found. At pathologic examination some interesting characteristics of the tumors were observed, which perhaps accounted for the misdiagnosis of Crohn's disease. It also was evident that the clinical information supplied to the radiologist may have influenced the radiologic interpretations. These cases stress the importance of obtaining tissue diagnoses in situations where radiographic findings are consistent but atypical with the clinical diagnosis of Crohn's disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2276-2281
Number of pages6
JournalDigestive Diseases and Sciences
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Crohn's disease
  • carcinoma, mucinous
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • radiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Gastroenterology


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