Incidental rectal carcinoid discovered after stapled hemorrhoidopexy: importance of histopathologic examination

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Antonio Di Cataldo
Rosalia Latino
Aldo Cocuzza
Giovanni Li Destri
Raffaele Lanteri
Mitchell Wachtel
Eldo Ermenegildo Frezza


AIM: Haemorrhoids are the most common surgically-treated gastrointestinal disorder. Complications of this surgery are generally non-neoplastic. Because rectal tumours usually present demonstratively during endoscopic examination, it is perhaps tempting to omit histopathologic examination after haemorrhoidectomy, especially in younger patients.

METHODS: The AA present a case of an early rectal carcinoid discovered after surgical treatment of haemorrhoids in a 27 years old man as an example of why it is essential to send all such specimens in the pathologist.

RESULTS: The detection of early lesions permits the adequate follow-up necessary to preclude more extensive surgery and eventually to prevent recurrence of tumour.

CONCLUSION: All tissue resected by haemorrhoidopexy must be sent to the pathology laboratory to protect the life and health of the patient .

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Di Cataldo, Antonio, et al. “Incidental Rectal Carcinoid Discovered After Stapled Hemorrhoidopexy: Importance of Histopathologic Examination”. Annali Italiani Di Chirurgia, vol. 82, no. 2, Mar. 2011, pp. 155-7,
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