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Crohn’s disease associated adenocarcinoma of ileocaecal region: a miscalculated approach


Adenocarcinoma of the bowel is a dreadful sequelae of inflammatory bowel disease that can be difficult to diagnose and has been shown to have poor prognosis. The diagnosis is often made on histopathological examination of the resected specimen for what is suspected to be an exacerbation of the underlying intestinal Crohn’s. A 39-year-old woman who was being treated for small bowel Crohn’s disease for 4 years presented with features of intermittent intestinal obstruction that was refractory to medical therapy. A contrast CT of the abdomen was suggestive of ileocaecal Crohn’s disease, and colonoscopy revealed a stricture at proximal transverse colon with multiple superficial ulcers. She underwent a mesentery sparing right hemicolectomy and had an uneventful recovery. The biopsy, however, was reported to be moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma stage T3N0 with a harvest of four pericolic nodes. Adjuvant chemotherapy was advised, which she deferred. Ten months later, she presented to the emergency room with features of intestinal obstruction. Contrast CT of the abdomen showed thickening at the anastomotic site with intestinal obstruction. On exploratory laparotomy, tumour recurrence was noted at the site of the anastomosis and diffuse peritoneal metastasis. A palliative diversion ileostomy was done due to inoperable obstructing disease. She was then given palliative therapy and subsequently succumbed to the illness. The inclusion of mesentery with the resected specimen in Crohn’s disease has been a debate over many years. Since the preoperative diagnosis of carcinoma of the bowel in Crohn’s disease is challenging, all ileocolic resections should be radical as done in oncological resections. This would yield better oncological safety and may improve survival rates.

  • crohn's disease
  • colon cancer
  • gastrointestinal surgery
  • surgical oncology

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