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Type I enteropathy-associated T-cell lymphoma in the colon of a 29-year-old patient and a brief literature review

Authors Zhang J, Wang Y, Wang X, Zhang F

Received 20 September 2015

Accepted for publication 15 January 2016

Published 22 February 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 863—868


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Daniele Santini

Jiu-Cong Zhang, Yong Wang, Xiu-Feng Wang, Fang-Xin Zhang

Department of Gastroenterology, Lanzhou General Hospital of Lanzhou Military Command, Lanzhou, People’s Republic of China

Abstract: Enteropathy-associated T-cell lymphoma (EATL) is a rare gastrointestinal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, originating from intraepithelial T-lymphocyte, which is specifically associated with celiac disease. EATL most commonly presents in the sixth and seventh decades of life. We report a unique case of type I EATL in the colon with liver metastasis, which was presented with nonspecific radiological findings and at a very young age (29 years old) compared with previously published data. We suggest that EATL should be regarded as part of differential diagnosis in any patient presenting with abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, and malabsorption because delay in treatment can result in an irreversible clinical outcome.

Keywords: enteropathy-associated T-cell lymphoma, colon, ulcer, liver metastasis

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