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Colitis cystica profunda


Colitis cystica profunda is a benign disease of the colon. Its importance lies in differentiating it from mucus-producing adenocarcinoma. It has rarely been described in the surgical literature. A review of records of patients seen at the Mayo Clinic produced 66 clinical cases of localized colitis cystica profunda, and in 21 patients the diagnosis was confirmed histologically. Follow-up, which was available in all patients, ranged from 2 months to 29 years, with a mean followup of more than 8 years. The data suggest that local excision is the preferred initial therapy.

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Correspondence to J. Kirk Martin M.D..

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Read at the meeting of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Hollywood, Florida, May 11 to 16, 1980.

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Martin, J.K., Gulf, G.E. & Weiland, L.H. Colitis cystica profunda. Dis Colon Rectum 23, 488–491 (1980). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02987084

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Key words

  • Colitis cystica profunda
  • Colon
  • Cyst(s), submucosal
  • Polyp(s), rectal