Inflammatory cap polyposis in a 42-year-old male

Meredith Mason, Syed Adeel Faizi, Edgar Fischer, Ashwani Rajput

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INTRODUCTION: Inflammatory cap polyposis (CP) is an uncommon, non-malignant condition whose pathogenesis is poorly understood. Initial presentation of CP may mimic other gastrointestinal conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, pseudomembranous colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and colon cancer. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 42-year-old male presented with symptoms of constipation, abdominal pain and weight loss, which were suggestive of a malignancy. DISCUSSION: Since the symptoms of CP resemble closely those of other gastrointestinal diseases, particularly colon cancer, making the initial diagnosis can be challenging and it is often delayed. The mainstay of initial treatment is conservative, however symptomatic and complicated cases require prompt surgical intervention with close clinical follow-up. CONCLUSION: We chose to report this case because it represents a rare and unique disease process that may masquerade as a colon cancer. It is important for surgeons to be aware of this non-malignant condition since inadequate surgery usually results in recurrence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-353
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Cap polyposis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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