Monophasic synovial sarcoma presenting as a primary ileal mass: a case report and review of the literature
King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, P.O. Box 59046, Riyadh 11525 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2012, 6:83 doi:10.1186/1752-1947-6-83Published: 13 March 2012
Synovial sarcoma is a rare malignant mesenchymal tumor mainly arising in the peri-articular tissue in young adults. There are few cases reported in other areas.
We report the case of a 29-year-old Saudi woman of Arabian ethnicity with synovial sarcoma arising primarily from the ileum who presented with abdominal pain, a palpable mass and incomplete intestinal obstruction. A literature review was performed to gather information on this rare gastrointestinal tract sarcoma.
Although it is a rare tumor of the pre-articular tissues, synovial sarcoma can present, in exceedingly rare cases, in unusual anatomical sites such as the gastrointestinal tract. We believe the reporting of all rare or unexpected presentations of sarcoma will eventually improve our understanding of this relatively unusual malignancy.