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Am J Gastroenterol. 1996 May;91(5):1045-6.

Colon cancer with a high serum alpha-fetoprotein level.

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Second Department of Surgery, Asahikawa Medical College, Japan.


We report on a patient with colon cancer and a very high serum alpha-fetoprotein level. This 75-yr-old man presented with right lower quadrant abdominal pain. An abdominal CT scan as well as ultrasonography showed a tumor in the cecum. Serum alpha-fetoprotein level was extremely high (3,070 ng/ml). At laparotomy, a large mass was found in the cecum, and a right hemicolectomy was performed. Histological examination, including immunohistochemical study, showed an adenocarcinoma of the colon producing alpha-fetoprotein.

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