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Kameda, Miwa, Kawabata, Marukawa, Murakami, Noura, Shimizu, and Hasegawa: Laparoscopic Resection of a Jejunal Inflammatory Fibroid Polyp that Caused Occult Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Diagnosed via Capsule Endoscopy and Double-Balloon Enteroscopy: A Case Report


An inflammatory fibroid polyp (IFP) is a mesenchymal tumor of the gastrointestinal tract. IFPs in the small intestine are the most frequently detected with symptoms, such as abdominal pain and tarry stool due to intussusception. Accordingly, few studies have reported jejunal IFP as a cause of occult gastrointestinal bleeding (OGIB) diagnosed via both of capsule endoscopy (CE) and double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE). A 68-year-old woman presented with a progression of anemia and a positive fecal occult blood test result. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy and total colonoscopy findings were unremarkable. CE revealed a tumor with bleeding in the jejunum. DBE also revealed a jejunal polypoid tumor. Bleeding from the tumor seemed to have caused anemia. The patient underwent partial laparoscopic resection of the jejunum, including resection of the tumor. The tumor was histopathologically diagnosed as IFP. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of laparoscopic resection of jejunal IFP with OGIB diagnosed via CE and DBE preoperatively.


Occult gastrointestinal bleeding (OGIB) can occur anywhere throughout the gastrointestinal tract and is defined as gastrointestinal persistent or recurrent bleeding with no visible symptoms to the patient or physician and no definitive source, and usually identified via initial esophagogastroduodenoscopy or colonoscopy [1]. Thus far, several reports have shown the usefulness of capsule endoscopy (CE) for evaluating patients with OGIB [2,3]. Indeed, at present, OGIB is the foremost indication for CE, with a high detection rate and low retention rate [4].
Inflammatory fibroid polyps (IFPs) are benign and neoplastic lesions that can occur throughout the gastrointestinal tract. IFP is often found in the stomach and is rarely occurs in the jejunum [5]. IFP in the small intestine is most frequently detected with initial symptoms such as abdominal pain and tarry stool because of intussusception. Thus, emergency surgery is often performed [6]. However, little has been reported on the cases of laparoscopic surgery for IFPs as the focus of OGIB in the small intestine that are diagnosed using CE and double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE). We had a case of jejunal IFP with OGIB detected on CE and DBE that was successfully treated with laparoscopic resection.

Case reports

A 68-year-old woman presented with a 2-month history of progression of anemia and positive fecal occult blood test findings. She had underlying medical conditions, including diabetes mellitus and chronic renal failure on dialysis, and a history of right nephrectomy for renal cancer, breast-conserving surgery for right breast cancer, appendectomy for appendicitis, and right oophorectomy for ovarian cyst. She had no complaints of abdominal pain, melena, or weight loss. A physical examination showed that she had anemic conjunctivae. In addition, she was obese, with a body mass index of 29 kg/cm2, and she had a scar caused by several operations in the lower-middle part of the abdomen, right lower quadrant of the abdomen, and right lateral abdomen. The scars in the lower middle part of the abdomen and right lateral abdomen had an incisional hernia. Laboratory examination showed that her serum hemoglobin level had decreased from 9.2 to 6.6 mg/dL over 2 months. These findings suggested gastrointestinal bleeding. Thus, esophagogastroduodenoscopy and total colonoscopy were performed, neither of which was useful for identifying any focus of active bleeding. Subsequently, CE was performed to determine the cause of OGIB, and a mass with bleeding in the jejunum was identified (Fig. 1A, B). DBE confirmed the mass to be approximately 20 mm in diameter with erosion in the jejunum, and no signs of obstruction (Fig. 2). Although the diagnosis on the basis of an endoscopic biopsy was jejunitis and no neoplastic changes were observed, the anemia seemed to have been caused by bleeding from the tumor. Therefore, surgery was recommended for the diagnosis and treatment of the tumor.
Laparoscopic resection was selected. A 12-mm port for the laparoscope was inserted into the umbilical site, and two 5-mm ports were inserted in the left lateral abdomen (Fig. 3A). Laparoscopy confirmed the preoperative tattooing localization of a tumor 150 cm from the ligament of Treitz. No specific findings were found in the serosa (Fig. 3B). The tattooed part of the jejunum was removed extracorporeally, and partial resection of the jejunum and functional end-to-end anastomosis were performed. The macroscopic findings of the resected specimen showed a partially dark-red polypoid mass in the jejunal wall, measuring 12×10×10 mm in size (Fig. 4A). Histological examination revealed the tumor to be located in the submucosa mainly and an apparently-destroyed mucosal layer. The tumor was not a neoplastic lesion but a granulomatous one with erosion, edema, proliferation of the small vessels and infiltration of rich eosinophils and lymphocytes (Fig. 4B, C). These findings coincided with IFP developing in the jejunum. After surgery, the patient’s recovery was uneventful, and she has remained well since. Her anemia ceased, and her blood hemoglobin level has remained in the normal range in the 18 months following her discharge.


IFP was first described by Vanek as gastric submucosal granuloma with eosinophilic infiltration [7]. The symptoms caused by IFP are various. The patients often complain of abdominal pain, weight loss, melena, dyspeptic symptoms and obstruction depending on the location and size of the IFP lesion [8]. Most IFPs in the small intestine reported in the literature to date have been found to cause bowel obstruction as a result of intussusception [9]. However, only a few cases of IFP in the small intestine with OGIB on endoscopic and imaging tests have been reported [10,11]. Sami presented an overview of the literature on cases of intussusception due to IFP that were reported between 1976 and 2011. He found that IFPs measured between 1.5 and 11 cm (median, 3.5 cm) in diameter at the time of diagnosis [12]. Our case, which had a diameter of 1.2 cm, was macroscopically smaller than any IFP in that review. Therefore, the IFP in our case might have been identifiable on CE even without subjective symptoms.
Conventional endoscopic examinations for the small intestine are limited because of difficulty in observing the jejunum and ileum. Therefore, CE is a useful noninvasive diagnostic tool and has proved to be an extraordinarily safe device with few adverse events and complications [2]. The American society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy guideline recommends CE as the first-choice diagnostic tool to evaluate the small bowel for OGIB if no contraindications are present [13]. CE allows the exploration of the entire small intestine in nearly 85% of the cases with OGIB in a meta-analysis [2,14]. Accordingly, several studies have reported that the diagnostic yield of CE in patients with OGIB is 46%–81% [15,16]. However, Han et al. reported that the miss rate of CE for the small intestine was 16.5% [17]. Our present patient with progression of anemia was found to have a tumor in the jejunum on CE, although the detection of small bowel tumors with no subjective symptoms is rare owing to the difficulty of such a diagnosis. Shimada et al. evaluated the factors associated with positive CE findings in patients with OGIB, showing that a low hemoglobin level was associated with an increased prevalence of positive CE findings [4].
We performed not only CE but also DBE to obtain detailed information on the tumor in the jejunum. DBE is another novel endoscopic technique that allows for deep insertion of an endoscope for evaluating the small bowel mucosa [18]. In addition, DBE enables tumor biopsy to obtain a final diagnosis prior to surgery and marking of the surgical site to identify the lesion during surgery and perform therapeutic procedures for small bowel lesions. In our case, DBE enabled the identification of a site for a tumor biopsy and preoperative localization of the tumor by tattooing. Imaoka et al. evaluated the characteristics of small bowel tumors detected using DBE and found that this procedure was a historical diagnosis of all cases investigated [19]. In the present case, DBE could not confirm the accurate pathological diagnosis of jejunal tumor prior to surgery because the IFP was a submucosal tumor. However, we could still prepare for the operation in accordance with the diagnosis made from the tumor biopsy and successfully performed laparoscopic resection of the tumor, which has low invasiveness, owing to the case of identification of the tumor location during the operation.
Many studies have demonstrated the minimal invasiveness of laparoscopic surgery as compared with open surgery, with such results as reduced postoperative pain, less blood loss, shorter length of hospital stay, fewer postoperative complications, and better cosmetic outcome. Consequently, the use of laparoscopic techniques has rapidly increased worldwide [20]. In our case, the patient was obese and had incisional hernia due to several open surgeries, in addition to underlying diabetes mellitus and chronic renal failure on dialysis. Therefore, owing to laparoscopic resection, the risk of complications such as surgical site infection and incisional hernia in the present case was reduced.
We searched the English and Japanese-language medical literatures related to IFP with OGIB in the small intestine diagnosed with endoscopy that were published between 1997 and August 2017, using PubMed and Japan the Medical Abstracts Society databases. The key words used were “inflammatory fibroid polyp in small intestine”. We found a total of six reports on IFPs in the small intestine detected using endoscopy. As far as we know, there was no report wherein the IFP diagnosed by both CE and DBE before laparoscopic resection.
In conclusion, we had a case of jejunal IFP that caused OGIB diagnosed using CE and DBE. CE and DBE are useful procedures for visualizing the entire small intestine in case of OGIB and can aid in the performance of laparoscopic surgery, which is the preferred treatment for patients.


Conflicts of Interest:The authors have no financial conflicts of interest.

Fig. 1.
(A, B) Video capsule endoscopic image showing the tumor with bleeding in the distal jejunum.
Fig. 2.
Double balloon enteroscopy showing a polypoid mass in the distal jejunum.
Fig. 3.
(A) A 12-mm initial access site established at the umbilicus by using the Hasson open technique. A 12-mm trocar and two 5-mm trocars are inserted as indicated. (B) Laparoscopic image confirming the preoperative tattooing of the tumor in the jejunum.
Fig. 4.
Macroscopic and histopathological examinations of the surgical specimen. (A) The macroscopic findings show a partially dark-red polypoid mass in the jejunal wall. The histopathological examination result shows that the tumor consisted of fibrous granulation tissue (hematoxylin and eosin [H&E] staining, original magnification ×40) (B) with mild infiltration of eosinophils and lymphocytes. (H&E, original magnification ×100) (C).


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