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RECURRENT ABDOMINAL PAINS DUE TO LIPOMA OF ILEUM

JOHN T. ELLIS, M.D., F.I.C.S. (D.I.B.S.); S. W. WINDHAM, M.D.
AMA Arch Surg. 1951;63(6):859-860. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1951.01250040875018.
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LIPOMA of the ileum is a rare disease and usually manifests itself by recurring attacks of abdominal pain finally resulting in acute intussusception. In 50,775 surgical specimens examined by Merchant,1 only six benign tumors of the small bowel were found. In reviewing 7,340 autopsies, he found only 18 cases of benign tumors of the small bowel. Raiford2 found 88 cases of a similar lesion in 11,500 autopsies and 45,000 surgical specimens. Merchant concluded that the incidence of benign tumors of the small intestine was 8.7% of all neoplasms in the intestinal tract. Shottenfeld3 was able to collect 275 cases of gastrointestinal lipomas from the world literature. Fifty-six per cent of these occurred in the small intestine, and 52% of those occurring in the small intestine occurred in the ileum.

As indicated from the statistics given above, a larger percentage of benign tumors of the small bowel are

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