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A Low-Grade Appendiceal Mucinous Neoplasia and Neuroendocrine Appendiceal Collision Tumor: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Rare co-existance of disease or pathology

Massimo Villa, Daniele Sforza, Leandro Siragusa, Andrea Martina Guida, Matteo Ciancio Manuelli, Brunella Maria Pirozzi, Marco Pocci, Giampiero Palmieri, Michele Grande

Italy Department of Emergency, Policlinico Tor Vergata Hospital, Rome, Italy

Am J Case Rep 2021; 22:e927876

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.927876

Available online: 2021-01-15

Published: 2021-02-23


BACKGROUND: Incidental appendiceal neoplasms account for 1-2% of appendectomies. Mucinous neoplasms and carcinoids are the most frequent lesions, with an incidence of 0.6% and 0.3-0.9%, respectively. Appendiceal collision tumors are extremely rare and result from the proliferation of 2 different cellular lines. This report describes a young woman with a collision tumor composed of a low-grade appendiceal mucinous neoplasia (LAMN) and an appendiceal neuroendocrine tumor (ANET).
CASE REPORT: A 31-year-old woman was admitted to our institution presenting with abdominal pain and dysuria. After ultrasound assessment of a dilated appendix with wall thickening and distension by anechogenic material, a diagnosis of acute appendicitis was made. The patient, after a period of antibiotic therapy and observation, underwent an urgent laparoscopic appendectomy due to worsening condition. Surprisingly, the histological exam revealed a Tis LAMN extending from the base of the appendix to the resection margins, and a T3 grade-1 ANET, chromogranin-A and synaptophysin-positive, with a Ki67 less than 1%. On the basis of histological examination and European Neuroendocrine Tumor Network guidelines, in light of the positive LAMN resection margin and ANET mesoappendiceal invasion, after multidisciplinary team discussion, an elective laparoscopic hemicolectomy was indicated. The patient is now in good condition following a regular 5-year follow-up.
CONCLUSIONS: A collision LAMN and ANET is an exceedingly rare condition. The heterogeneity of clinical presentation and lack of solid evidence seem to recommend a tailored management. Laparoscopy is a safe and useful tool in localized mass excision.

Keywords: Adenocarcinoma, Mucinous, Appendiceal Neoplasms, Carcinoma, Neuroendocrine