Mucinous adenocarcinoma of the rectum in a 13-year-old child - a case report

Mostafa Zain, Mostafa Kotb, Basmal Abdulkareem, Yasmine Elwany, Dina Abdallah, Hanan Tayel


Although colorectal carcinoma (CRC) is the second most common primary gastrointestinal system malignancies in children after liver tumors, it is extremely rare in pediatric age. Due to the lack of awareness of the disease, diagnosis is usually delayed till it is in advanced stage, leading to a poor prognosis as compared to adults. We present a case of CRC in a 13-year-old girl who presented with abdominal pain, vomiting and unintentional weight loss. Clinical examination and imaging did not reveal a clear pathology. On exploration, a marked circumferential thickening of the wall of the sigmoid colon and the rectum was noted. Biopsies proved to be a mucinous adenocarcinoma of the rectosigmoid, infiltrating the wall till subserosal fat.



colorectal cancer; mucinous adenocarcinoma; signet-ring cells.


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