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Colonic angiosarcoma: A case report and review of literature.
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PMID:  23279809     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: Angiosarcomas are rare tumours that arise from the vascular endothelium. They can occur anywhere in the body, mostly affecting the head and neck. Their occurrence in the gastrointestinal tract is quite rare with a few reported cases in medical literature.
PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 40-year-old man presented with metastatic sigmoid colon angiosarcoma, for which he was operated due to endoscopically uncontrollable massive tumour bleeding. The patient is presently still alive at 24 months after his first presentation. He is receiving palliative care.
DISCUSSION: This article presents a review of the literature on this rare clinical entity, emphasising the very aggressive behaviour and the poor outcome of this malignancy. We present, briefly, 17 reported cases on primary colonic angiosarcoma since 1949.
CONCLUSION: The role of chemotherapy and radiation is established neither in the adjuvant setting nor in metastatic disease. Surgery is the mainstay to treat localised colorectal angiosarcomas.
Osama S Al Beteddini; Daniel Brenez; Christophe Firket; Roberto Algaba; Ahmad Tabech
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-12-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of surgery case reports     Volume:  4     ISSN:  2210-2612     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Surg Case Rep     Publication Date:  2013  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-14     Completed Date:  2013-01-15     Revised Date:  2013-04-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101529872     Medline TA:  Int J Surg Case Rep     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  208-11     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Surgical Associates Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of General and Digestive Surgery, IRIS Sud Hospitals, Brussels, Belgium.
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