An unusual presentation of carcinoma of the colon in a child. A case report

Heydenrych J.J. ; Warren B. (1984)


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A patient with carcinoma of the large bowel who presented with a subphrenic abscess is reported. This case emphasizes two important facts relating to colonic cancer in childhood: (i) premalignant disease of the large bowel is no prerequisite for the development of colonic cancer; and (ii) in childhood this disease is characterized by a fulminating course and high mortality. In about 50% of cases the tumor is of the signet ring or mucin-producing type, which explains the grave prognosis.

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