Surgical management of large desmoid tumour of the anterior abdominal wall

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Desmoid tumours are uncommon. They are locally invasive and incomplete excision leads to recurrence, which can pose a significant management challenge. Patients therefore require effective treatment, which essentially entails tumour excision with a clear surgical margin. The resulting wide defect may lead to difficulty in closure of the anterior abdominal wall. We report our experience in treating large desmoid tumours of the anterior abdominal wall. Between January 2000 and December 2001, three patients with large desmoid tumour of the anterior abdominal wall were treated with wide excision, which included a 3-cm margin of uninvolved tissues. This led to a considerable abdominal wall defect. The peritoneal defect was closed as a separate layer, though under considerable tension, while the abdominal wall musculature defect was closed with a polypropylene mesh. All three patients recovered well with no immediate or late postoperative morbidity. Follow-up until December 2006 has not revealed any tumour recurrence or hernia development. Wide excision of an anterior abdominal wall desmoid tumour with a clear margin of 3 cm including the peritoneum should be considered when managing such tumours. Closure under tension of the peritoneum did not seem to produce any morbidity. © 2008 Elsevier. All rights reserved.




Arshad, A. R., & Normala, B. (2008). Surgical management of large desmoid tumour of the anterior abdominal wall. Asian Journal of Surgery, 31(2), 90–95.

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