Colorectal adenocarcinoma in young patients. Is it a different type of carcinoma?

I. Levin, A. Glicksman, J. Goldstein, A. Shkolnik

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In a review of 239 patients with adenocarcinoma of the large bowel over a 5-year period between 1981 to 1985 at the Soroka Medical Center, Beer-Sheva, Israel, ten cases were found in patients less than 35 years of age. This represents an incidence of 4.2 percent. Patients ranged in age from 23 to 33 years old. All the patients had relevant symptoms for a period longer than four months before seeking medical attention. Clinical presentation and patients' symptoms were identical to other patients presenting adenocarcinoma of colon. Six of the ten patients had poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma. Seventy percent of tumors were mucin producing. Five patients were clinically staged as Dukes 'D' before surgery and four presented with evidence of intestinal obstruction. No accompanying colonic pathologies were found. Eight of the ten patients are of Sepharadic Jewish origin (North African), but are all native born Israelis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-26
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Bloodless Medicine and Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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