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Distinguishing rectal cancer from other rectal pathology during pregnancy: a deadly difference

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

Colorectal cancer during pregnancy is very uncommon. The overlapping signs and symptoms between the cancer and pregnancy leads almost always to a late diagnosis and subsequently poor survival. When the diagnosis is made, the doctors are left with many challenges and questions concerning the mother and her unborn child. The present article describes a 32-year-old pregnant woman who was diagnosed with an advanced anal tumor at a term pregnancy. Despite all efforts the patient succumbed. Colorectal problems during pregnancy are often related to the pregnancy, but are sometimes are due to something else. As a clinician one should always think out of the box and consider rare events, even if they seem not obvious.
Journal: Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics and Gynecology
ISSN: 0390-6663
Volume: 44
Pages: 616 - 618
Publication year:2017
Keywords:Age & gender related medicine