Osseous Metaplasia in Rectal Polyp: A Case Report with Review of Probable Pathogenesis
Azar Naimi1, Mehrdad Hosseinpour2
1 Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2 Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
|Date of Web Publication||23-May-2018|
Dr. Azar Naimi
Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Heterotopic bone formation is a rare event in gastrointestinal lesions, especially in the pediatric population. Osseous metaplasia is exceedingly rare in colonic polyps. We present a case of rectal juvenile polyp with stromal osseous metaplasia in a 10-year-old male child. This histologic finding is very rare in children with colorectal polyps.
Keywords: Juvenile, osseous metaplasia, pediatric, rectal polyp
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Naimi A, Hosseinpour M. Osseous Metaplasia in Rectal Polyp: A Case Report with Review of Probable Pathogenesis. Adv Biomed Res 2018;7:78
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Naimi A, Hosseinpour M. Osseous Metaplasia in Rectal Polyp: A Case Report with Review of Probable Pathogenesis. Adv Biomed Res [serial online] 2018 [cited 2019 Feb 21];7:78. Available from: http://www.advbiores.net/text.asp?2018/7/1/78/233025
| Introduction|| |
Osseous metaplasia is rarely detected in the gastrointestinal tract. It is a phenomenon that has been described in a wide variety of tissue types with respect to mainly neoplastic and rarely nonneoplastic conditions. In colonic polyps, its occurrence is extremely rare.
Heterotopic bone formation in the digestive tract usually occurs in the colorectal area in association with benign or malignant epithelial tumors.
Here, we report a rare case of heterotopic bone formation in a juvenile polyp, with discussing potential etiologies.
| Case Report|| |
A 10-year-old male child with a history of rectorrhagia since the past 2 weeks visited to the gastrointestinal clinic of our hospital.
The local examination of the rectum revealed no abnormal finding.
A colonoscopic examination revealed a single pedunculated polyp at 5 cm of anal verge measuring 3 cm × 2 cm × 1 cm.
The rest of the colonoscopic examination was unremarkable. Thereafter, according to rather large size of polyp, the patient referred to a surgeon and a polypectomy was performed under general anesthesia and the polypoid mass was sent to the laboratory.
On gross examination, one polypoid tissue fragment of gray-white color with rather soft consistency was seen. The tissue was embedded totally. On microscopic examination, sections showed a polypoid colonic mucosa which was ulcerated, with granulation tissue, edema, and a mixed inflammatory cell infiltrate, bony trabeculae in lamina propria, which were surrounded by osteoblastic cells, was encountered also [Figure 1]a and [Figure 1]b.
|Figure 1: (a) Juvenile polyp histology predominantly composed of granulation tissue (H and E, ×40). (b) Osseous metaplasia (arrow) in polyp stroma|
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| Discussion|| |
The osseous metaplasia has been reported in a wide variety of tissue types such as prostate, uterus, breasts, skin appendages, pulmonary system, and gastrointestinal organs with respect to both neoplastic and nonneoplastic conditions.,
Osseous metaplasia has been described in various types of gastrointestinal polyps as well as in mucin-producing tumors. These include adenomatous, hyperplastic, and hamartomatous polyps.
Although it mostly occurs in adenomatous polyps, only rare cases of osseous metaplasia have been reported in benign colonic polyps.
In 1981, Sperling described bone formation within a benign lesion, a rectal polyp. Since then, it has been described a few cases of gastrointestinal polyps with osseous metaplasia. The majority of the occurrences have been rectal or left-sided lesions. Other case reports comment on lesions located in the ileum, stomach, and Barrett's esophagus. In one case report of a patient with Peutz–Jeghers syndrome, osseous metaplasia was found in 3 of 15 polyps in the jejunum.
In a review of case studies among the cases with juvenile polyps, a majority of the patients were males, with a mean age of 7.4 years (range 3–15 years). The polyp size varied from 5 mm to 20 mm, with a mean size of 9 mm.
Histologically, necrosis, inflammation, preexisting calcification, increased vascularity, active chronic inflammation, ulceration, and extracellular mucin deposition were reported to be associated with heterotopic bone formation in tumors.,
Various mechanisms have been proposed for the mechanism of bone formation.
van Patter and Whittick  and Sanerkin  thought that mucinous stromal infiltration was associated with osseous metaplasia and, similar to dystrophic calcification, frequently occurred close to tumor necrosis or squamous metaplasia. Groisman et al. first described bone formation within a benign tubulovillous adenoma without signs of necrosis or mucinous accumulation.
In 1989, Randall et al. suggested alkaline phosphatase expression, a marker of osteoblasts from proliferating mesenchymal cells. Recently, most of the studies have suggested expression of bone morphogenic proteins (BMPs) in the setting of osseous metaplasia. BMP2 and BMP4 were noted in the stromal fibroblasts. Kypson suggested BMP2 expression in rectal adenocarcinoma with osseous metaplasia.
In in vitro studies, under the influence of four specific transcription factors (Oct3/4, Sox2, c-Myc, and Klf4), they have been found to generate pluripotent stem cells. Subsequently, these stem cells have demonstrated the capability to differentiate into different cell types., Hence, mature fibroblasts which present within the stromal component are under the influence of these similar transcription factors, leading to differentiation of stem cells to osteoblasts.
Other factors of osteogenesis may include growth factors such as transforming growth factor β1 and β2 or other paracrine factors; however, this warrants further investigation.
An osseous metaplasia is clinically and prognostically insignificant, and most of the times, it is an incidental finding.
| Conclusion|| |
Although detecting bone tissue in intestinal polyp stroma is a rare event, it cannot exclude the diagnosis of guvenile polyp.
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