Laparoscopic total colectomy in an eight-year-old with familial adenomatous polyposis: A case report

Sarah Masroor Jeelani, Ayesha Saleem, Sohail Asghar Dogar, Amir Hafeez Shariff, Saqib Hamid Qazi

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Familial Adenomatous Polyposis accounts for <1% of all the colorectal cancer cases, with progression to colorectal cancer usually at >20 years of age. Endoscopy is essential for the diagnosis with definitive treatment involving prophylactic total colectomy. With current surgical advances, this is routinely being performed with the aid of laparoscopy. Due to resource limitations and nonavailability of the screening programs in the developing world, such cases remain under diagnosed. Genetic testing is necessary for prognostication of both the index case and their at-risk family members. Thus, we present a rare case of an eight-year-old female, with an early onset progression to colorectal cancer with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis. We performed a prophylactic laparoscopic total procto-colectomy with ileo-anal anastomosis, which to our knowledge is the first ever-performed procedure in Pakistan. We conclude that progression to colorectal carcinoma in familial adenomatous polyposis can present at an earlier age than that reported in the literature. Laparoscopic total colectomy has similar outcomes than open surgical methods with better cosmetic results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)740-742
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Colectomy
  • Familial adenomatous polyposis


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