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World J Gastroenterol. Apr 28, 2015; 21(16): 4802-4808
Published online Apr 28, 2015. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v21.i16.4802
Vanek’s tumor of the small bowel in adults
Bassam Abboud
Bassam Abboud, Department of General Surgery, Hotel Dieu de France Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Saint-Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon
Author contributions: Abboud B designed and performed the research, analysed the data and wrote the paper.
Conflict-of-interest: The author declares no conflict of interest.
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Correspondence to: Bassam Abboud, MD, Department of General Surgery, Hotel Dieu de France Hospital, Alfred Naccache Street 16-6830, Beirut, Lebanon.
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Received: November 11, 2014
Peer-review started: November 14, 2014
First decision: January 22, 2015
Revised: January 28, 2015
Accepted: March 18, 2015
Article in press: March 19, 2015
Published online: April 28, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Inflammatory fibroid polyps, or Vanek’s tumor, are one of the least common benign small bowel tumors. Abdominal computed tomography is currently considered the most sensitive radiological method to show the polyp or to confirm complications. This report aims at reviewing the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment options of this entity, with emphasis on the success rate of radiologic investigations, the need for laparoscopic diagnosis and the role of surgery. The debate arises over the importance of the differential diagnosis. Moreover, if surgery is performed, consideration needs to be given to what operation should be undertaken and in which patients.