Benign Tumors Of The Small Intestine

Different types of tumors may develop in the small intestine, but most of them are benign. Non cancerous tumors of the intestine may be classified by their origin as follows:

  • Lipomas originating from fat cells
  • Neurofibromas which develop from the nerve cells
  • fibromas of the connective tissue
  • leiomyomas which originate in the muscle cells

The benign tumors developing in the small intestine are usually asymptomatic. Occasionally, some tumors may start bleeding resulting in black tarry stools or melena. Large tumors may result in intestinal obstruction which may be partial or total. Intussusception is a dangerous condition that may develop, in which one part of the intestine gets pushed into its adjacent part as in a collapsing telescope. It results in intestinal strangulation, as the blood supply is cut off. This can be a life threatening condition which requires medical intervention at the earliest.

Minimally invasive procedures using an endoscope can destroy small tumors. Electrocautery by direct application of electric current, or thermal obliteration using direct heat on the noncancerous tumors, are two options for destroying them. In laser phototherapy high energy light is focused on the tumor to destroy the abnormal tissue. Larger tumors may have to be surgically removed to relieve the obstruction in the intestine

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Yasser Elnahas

MD, PHD, Professor Of CardioVascular Surgery
Dr. Yasser Elnahas, Is an associate Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery. Dr. Elnahas was trained as a fellow At Texas Heart Institute And Mayo Clinic Foundation.Dr. Elnahas is dedicated to educating the general public about different disease conditions and simplifying the medical knowledge in an easy to understand terminology.

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