Intestinal T-cell lymphoma presenting as colonic perforation in the setting of ulcerative colitis: a case report


Clin J Gastroenterol. 2020 Nov 10. doi: 10.1007/s12328-020-01279-1. Online ahead of print.


The intestinal T-cell lymphomas are a rare group of lymphatic malignancies arising from the gastrointestinal tract. They frequently manifest with non-specific clinical and radiographic findings that may mimic several other disease processes. The most common subtype is linked with refractory coeliac disease and commonly affects the small intestine. We report a case where the diagnosis was uncovered endoscopically in a patient presenting with colonic perforation on a background of long-standing

ulcerative colitis. Surgical source control was required prior to considering chemotherapy, which is the usual treatment option in lymphatic malignancies. The case highlights the importance endoscopic evaluation in inflammatory conditions of the colon.