Neuromuscular and Vascular Hamartoma: Starting Point in Crohn’s Disease?

Samyak Dhruv, Shamsuddin Anwar, Meena Kashi, Indraneil Mukherjee


Neuromuscular and vascular hamartoma (NMVH) is a benign and rare lesion comprising abnormal proliferation of cellular elements in the mucosa of the small intestine. NMVH shares certain histological features with inflammatory conditions like Crohn’s disease, radiation and ischemic enteritis, and has been a part of ongoing debate since it was first described in 1982. We intend to describe an interesting case of small bowel obstruction caused by NMVH and emphasize the importance of keeping it as an important differential diagnosis in cases of small bowel obstructions for general practitioners and gastroenterologists. After detailed analysis of the 28 cases of the NMVH in the literature we are also suggesting NMVH as a starting point in Crohn’s disease, and if proven it will change the management strategies for Crohn’s disease.

J Med Cases. 2021;12(8):332-337


Hamartoma; Neuromuscular and vascular hamartoma; Crohn’s disease; Inflammatory bowel disease

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