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Am J Surg. 1987 Apr;153(4):350-4.

Primary malignant tumors of the small bowel. The Hartford Hospital experience, 1969-1983.


The medical records of 51 patients with primary small bowel cancer were reviewed. Twenty patients had carcinoid tumors, 17 had adenocarcinomas, 8 had leiomyosarcomas, and 6 had lymphomas. Presenting complaints were protean in nature and only 33 percent of patients had a correct diagnosis at the time of operation. Curative resection was attempted in 55 percent, but most patients presented late in their illness and only 27 percent had localized tumors. Survival has been poor: at most recent follow-up, 59 percent were dead, 14 percent were alive with disease, and 27 percent were alive and well. Earlier diagnosis may improve survival. Patients at risk for these tumors are usually more than 50 years of age with vague complaints such as weight loss, pain, abdominal fullness, and fatigue. They should undergo complete evaluation centered around exhaustive radiographic studies and liberal use of endoscopy.

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