Surgery Section DOI : 10.7860/JCDR/2018/34017.11508
Year : 2018 | Month : May | Volume : 12 | Issue : 05 Page : PD09 - PD10

Osseous Metaplasia of Juvenile Polyp

Vinitkumar Deshmukh1, Abhijit Jagdale2, Rahul Dhake3, Deepak Naik4

1 Senior Registrar, Department of Surgery, BJGMC and Sassoon Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, BJGMC and Sassoon Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
3 Consultant Pathologist, Department of Pathology, Inlaks and Budhrani Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
4 Consultant Surgeon, Department of Surgery, Inlaks and Budhrani Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India.

NAME, ADDRESS, E-MAIL ID OF THE CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Dr. Abhijit Jagdale, Sn-19, Gondhale Nagar, Hadapsar, Pune-411028, Maharashtra, India.

Bone formation in the gastrointestinal tract is very uncommon. We came across a case of 12-year-old boy with rectal bleeding because of rectal polyp. Snare redivtion of that polyp was done, and pathology report was suggestive of juvenile polyp with osseous metaplasia. There are only 6-7 similar cases which were reported worldwide. There is striking similarity in presentation and histopathological findings of these patients. This study also tries to throw some light on possible pathological mechanism of osseous metaplasia.

Case Report

A 12-year-old boy presented to general surgery OPD with complaints of recurrent painless bleeding per rectum for 7-8 months especially after hard stools. His other elder sibling was normal with no similar complains. Haematological investigations were suggestive of mild anaemia. Colonoscopy was performed and was suggestive of two pedunculated polyps in the rectum 8-10 cm from the anal verge side by side [Table/Fig-1]. Snare polypectomy was performed. Gross specimen measured 1×2×2 cm and 0.5×1×1 cm in size. Histopathologically, it was juvenile polyp with hamartomatous tissue and multiple cystic dilated glands. To our surprise there were 4-5 islands of osseous metaplasia separated from glandular tissue by fibrous connective tissue [Table/Fig-2]. Osseous metaplasia was present in both polyps. Inflammatory cell infiltrate was present throughout the fibrous stroma. There was no evidence of atypia or malignancy. Patient recovered well and discharged with oral dose of liquid haematinics preparation. He was devoid of any complaints after one month. Follow up colonoscopy was advised after six months.

Colonoscopy view of polyps (white arrow).

Haematoxylin and eosin staining showing juvenile hamartomatous polyp with osseous metaplasia (black arrow), yellow arrow showing gland (10X).


Patient discussed in present case report presented with painless bleeding per rectum for which colonoscopy was done. Hyperplastic polyps, inflammatory polyps, hamartomatous polyp like Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, rarely neoplastic polyps associated with adenomatous polyposis coli, hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer can present with the similar complaints [1]. Being the most common polyp of paediatric age group and rectum as the most common location, we suspected the type of polyp in current patient as juvenile polyp which was confirmed on histopathology [2,3]. Colonoscopy and if needed, then endoscopic intervention are the standard treatment for bleeding per rectum. In the present case, rectal polyp was found as the main reason for bleeding per rectum.

Epithelial metaplasia is an adaptive process resulting from the transformation of one type of epithelium into another type with a different structure and function [4]. Juvenile polyps are relatively common under 10 years of age (up to 2%) and occur most commonly at rectosigmoid region and presenting as recurrent bleeding per rectum. These are non neoplastic hamartomatous polyp and consist of dilated cystic spaces, inflammation, increased vascularity and areas of tissue destruction. Usually these polyps are 1-3 cm in size, smooth, red and tend to bleed easily [5].

There are only few cases reported in literature with osseous metaplasia in juvenile polyps given in [Table/Fig-3]. Surprisingly only one patient was female, others were male [6-11]. Todd I, studied 25 patients with juvenile polyp where 15 patients were male, and 10 patients were female [12]. This shows that there is male preponderance. All patients were below 15 years of age. Polyps were located in rectum with variable distance from anal verge. On histopathology, inflammatory infiltrate was the strikingly common feature of all specimens [6-11].

Comparison of present case with other reports on osseous metaplasia of juvenile polyp published in literature.

Reported byLocation and gross morphologyAge/sexProminent histopathological findingsPresentation
Current patient, India, 2017Pedunculated polyps 2 in number, 8-10 cm from the anal verge in rectum, side by side, largest 1×2×2 cm12/M4-5 islands of osseous metaplasia Inflammatory cell infiltrate throughout fibrous stromaRectal bleeding for 7-8 months
Marks MM and Atkinson KG, Kansas, USA 1964 [6]Rectal polyps, 2 in number, on posterior wall, 7 cm above anal verge, largest measuring 2×1×0.7 cm10/MMarked infection and inflammation, one polyp showed bone tissuePainless rectal bleeding since 6 months
Ahmed R et al., Pakistan, 2009 [7]Solitary polypoidal lesion in upper rectum, 1×0.6 cm without stalk15/MUlcerated surface. composed of cystic and dilated crypts filled with neutrophils and inspissated mucin, Foci of osseous metaplasia, lamina propria with inflammatory infiltrateBleeding per rectum since 3 months
Garg M et al., India, 2013 [8]Rectal polyp, mass protruding from anus. Solitary polypoidal 1.5×1×0.5 cm6/MLamina propria infiltrated by mixed acute and chronic inflammatory cell infiltrate along with granulation tissue, dilated crypts filled with mucinous material, bony trabeculaeMass protruding from anus, blood mixed with stools since 5 months
Bhattacharya N and Sarkar T, India 2013 [9]Rectal polyp, 1 cm in size, 5 cm away from anal verge14/MUlcerated, with granulation tissue, oedema and a mixed inflammatory cell infiltrate, bony trabeculae in lamina propriaRectal bleed since 1 month
Haynes HR et al., UK 2017 [10]Single pedunculated polyp 1.5 cm in maximum diameter in the rectosigmoid colon6/MAreas of mucosal ulceration, dilated colonic crypts and a chronic inflammatory cell infiltrate, polyp stalk showed metaplastic ossification.Rectal bleed since 1 year
Bhat V et al., [11]Upper rectum5/FExtravasated mucin and mixed inflammatory cell infiltrateRectal bleeding

There are two theories for the metaplastic conversion of normal epithelium. According to first theory, inflamed tissue changes differentiation of the stem cells to metaplastic epithelium. Second theory says chronic inflammation leads to tissue inflammation and stem cell failure. This event induces recruitment of the bone marrow stem cells into the tissue stem cell niche. Factors secreted by inflammatory infiltrate alters bone marrow niche environment which leads to metaplastic differentiation of bone marrow stem cell [4].

It is reported and proved in rat model experiments that adenocarcinoma can produce osseous tissue in the stroma. In the cell line and carcinogenesis experiment, it is thought that the osseous tissue may have been produced by mesenchymal cells rather than epithelial cells, and mesenchymal cells may be affected to produce osseous tissue by some factor, probably from transformed epithelial cells such as carcinoma cells [13].


Chronic inflammation is the constant feature of the juvenile rectal polyps associated with osseous metaplasia. Chronic inflammation can cause osseous metaplasia in some patients of juvenile polyp.


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