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Metastatic paediatric colorectal carcinoma.

St. James's Hospital, James's St., Dublin 8.
Irish medical journal (Impact Factor: 0.51). 03/2012; 105(3):88-9.
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ABSTRACT A 16-year-old girl presented to our unit with crampy abdominal pain, change in bowel habit, a subjective impression of weight loss and a single episode of haematochezia. She was found to have a rectosigmoid adenocarcinoma and proceeded to laparoscopic anterior resection, whereupon peritoneal metastases were discovered. She received chemotherapy and is alive and well ten month later with no radiological evidence of disease. Colorectal carcinoma is rare in the paediatric population but is increasing in incidence. Early diagnosis is critical to enable optimal outcomes.

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