VOLUME 36 - NUMBER 4 - 2015

Focus on the diagnostic problems of primary adenocarcinoma of the third and fourth portion of the duodenum. Case report

  • Bandi M., Scagliarini L., Anania G., Pedriali M., Resta G.
  • Clinical practice, 183-186
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  • Although the small intestine constitutes over 75% of the length and 90% of the mucosal surface of the gastrointestinal tract, small intestine cancer is rare and accounts for only 1% of gastrointestinal malignancies. Adenocarcinoma together with carcinoid tumours are the most common histological types of primary malignant tumours of the small bowel but others, including lymphoma and leiomyosarcoma, may less frequently be encountered. Adenocarcinomas are predominantly located in the duodenum. Primary adenocarcinoma of the duodenum is a rare malignant tumor, accounting for 0.3-0.5% of all gastroenteral malignancies. The diagnosis of primary adenocarcinoma of duodenum is often delayed because its symptoms and signs are nonspecific. In this work we want to focus on the diagnostic and therapeutic problems of duodenal adenocarcinoma, reporting a case report.

  • KEY WORDS: Duodenum - Adenocarcinoma - Surgery.