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Korean J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2007 Mar;10(1):81-85. Korean.
Published online Mar 31, 2007.
Copyright © 2007 The Korean Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
A Case of Mucinous Adenocarcinoma of the Sigmoid Colon in a Child
ae Youl Jung, Yu Koyng Seo, Ae Suk Kim, Sun Ju Lee, Sung Min Cho, Dong Seok Lee, Doo Kwun Kim, Sung Min Choi and Dong Hoon Kim*
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine,Dongguk University, Pohang, Korea.
*Department of Clinical Pathology, College of Medicine,Dongguk University, Pohang, Korea.

Colorectal carcinomas occur primarily in elderly people and are rare in children. Unlike adult colorectal carcinomas, the overall prognosis is very poor because of the usual delay in diagnosis and advanced stages at presentation or initial diagnosis, and a high incidence of aggressive tumor pathology such as mucinous adenocarcinoma. Colon cancer should not be excluded in children only based on age or barium enema results. Therefore, colonoscopy should be performed in pediatric patients with unexplained rectal bleeding and abdominal pain. We report a rare case of a child with a mucinous adenocarcinoma of the sigmoid colon in a 12-year-old boy, who presented with an abdominal mass and abdominal pain and review the medical literature.

Keywords: Colorectal carcinoma; Mucinous adenocarcinoma; Children