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Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology  2017, Vol. 44 Issue (4): 616-618    DOI: 10.12891/ceog3929.2017
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Distinguishing rectal cancer from other rectal pathology during pregnancy: a deadly difference
O. Najim1, 2, M.T. Huizing1, 3, S. Altintas1, 3, J. Van den Brande3, M. Peeters3, K. Papadimitriou1, 3, W.A.A. Tjalma1, 2, *()
1 Multidisciplinary Breast and Gynecologic Oncology Clinic, Antwerp University Hospital, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Antwerp University Hospital, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
3 Department of Medical Oncology Antwerp University Hospital, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
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Abstract  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.
Key words:  Rectal cancer      Pregnancy      Rectal problems      Delivery      Female     
Published:  10 August 2017     
*Corresponding Author(s):  W.A.A. TJALMA     E-mail:  wiebren.tjalma@uza.be

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O. Najim, M.T. Huizing, S. Altintas, J. Van den Brande, M. Peeters, K. Papadimitriou, W.A.A. Tjalma. Distinguishing rectal cancer from other rectal pathology during pregnancy: a deadly difference. Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2017, 44(4): 616-618.

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