A finger in the duodenum

Hayley Clifford, Millie Lui, Roger Lee and Andrew Thomson
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb03384.x
Published online: 7 December 2009

A 70-year-old man developed melaena after taking aspirin and clopidogrel for 2 months to treat ischaemic heart disease. Other medications the patient was taking included metformin and metoprolol. A lipoma, the endoscopic appearance of which resembled a finger (Figure), was the only endoscopic abnormality. It was resected endoscopically, with the aid of an endoloop to cut off its blood supply before removal with a snare. The diagnosis was histologically confirmed but ulceration was not found, possibly because one section of the lesion was not retrieved. Lipomas are soft and typically appear as an isolated bulge of smooth mucosa, often with a yellow hue. Such lesions bleed rarely.

  • Hayley Clifford1
  • Millie Lui1
  • Roger Lee2
  • Andrew Thomson1,3

  • 1 Gastroenterology and Hepatology Unit, Canberra Hospital, Canberra, ACT.
  • 2 Calvary Hospital, Canberra, ACT.
  • 3 Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.



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