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Colonic Cancer During Pregnancy: Case Report and Review of the Literature

Authors
Journal
Mayo Clinic Proceedings
0025-6196
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
67
Issue
12
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0025-6196(12)61148-3
Keywords
  • Case Report
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Colonic cancer during pregnancy is rare. Herein we describe a case of adenocarcinoma of the transverse colon in a 29-year-old pregnant patient. Early diagnosis is difficult because the initial symptoms of colorectal cancer, such as abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, constipation, and abdominal distention, are often attributed to a normal pregnancy. Management of colonic cancer during pregnancy depends on gestational age and operability of the tumor. Medical and surgical management considerations are discussed.

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