A Rare Case of Invasive Endometriosis of the Rectum, Presenting as a Colonic Obstruction

Elias Fakhoury, Danon Garrido, Michael A. Lopez, Miguel A. Lopez-Viego, Robert Kozol


Complete colonic obstruction due to endometriosis is infrequently seen. Acute colonic obstruction, as presented in this case study, is an even more rare event with very few incidences having been reported in the literature. The signs and symptoms of such an event are very non-specific and may mimic the differential diagnosis of a malignant neoplasm. We present a case of a 34 year-old female whos clinical and radiographic course mimicked a neoplasm and it was not until the histopathological examination during surgery that the diagnosis of endometriosis was made. This report discusses the etiology, differential diagnosis, and surgical management of such a case.



Edometriosis; Colonic obstruction; Surgery; Neoplasm

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