A giant peritoneal loose body

Hyun Soo Kim, Ji Youn Sung, Won Seo Park, Youn Wha Kim

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Peritoneal loose bodies (PLBs) are usually discovered incidentally during laparotomy or autopsy. A few cases of giant PLBs presenting with various symptoms have been reported in the literature. Here, we describe a case of a giant PLB incidentally found in the pelvic cavity of a 50-year-old man. Computed tomography revealed a free ovoid mass in the pelvic cavity that consisted of central dense, heterogeneous calcifications and peripheral soft tissue. The mass was an eggshaped, hard, glistening concretion measuring 7.5×7.0×6.8 cm and weighing 160 g. This concretion consisted of central necrotic fatty tissue surrounded by concentrically laminated, acellular, fibrous material. Small PLBs usually do not require any specific treatment. However, if PLBs cause alimentary or urinary symptoms due to their large size, surgical removal may be recommended. It is essential for clinicians to be aware of this entity and its characteristic features to establish the correct diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-382
Number of pages5
JournalKorean Journal of Pathology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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