DELAY IN THE DIAGNOSIS AND PROGNOSIS OF CAECAL CARCINOMA - A STUDY OF 20 CASES
AbstractBackground: Caecum is the dilated part of the right colon situated in the right iliac fossa, therefore the etiology ofthis cancer is similar to those of the rest of the colon. Caecal carcinoma is more common in developed countries butit is not a rare disease in underdeveloped countries. This is more common in high socio-economic people who use lessfibrous and purified diet. With improvement in health education and social status of the people of Pakistan, there isan emerging trend of Westernization in our society. This may increase the incidence of cancer in Pakistan. Carcinomaof caecum is curable disease if diagnosed early and treated. If we are aware of the pathogenesis, etiology, clinicalpresentation and management of the disease, we can offer a lot to these patients by diagnosing the caecal carcinomaat an earlier stage, this was the aim of this study. Methods: 20 cases (15 males and 5 females) of Carcinoma of Caecumwere studied from January 1997 to December 1999. Out of these six patients presented in emergency ward, 2 as acuteappendicitis and 4 as intestinal obstructions. After routine non-specific investigations, our specific investigationsincluded USG abdomen, barium contrast studies and colonoscopy, Barium study and USG remained of primaryimportance. Results: Most of the patients were between age 45-65 years, oldest patient being 80 years old and theyoungest was of only 30 years. Most of the patients presented as mass in the right iliac fossa and only some patientsas intestinal obstruction. Right hemicolectomy with primary ileo-transverse anastomosis was our standard surgicalprocedure and was done in about 14 cases. But in some cases ileo-transverse by-pass operation was done as the growthwas locally advanced. However, only the omental biopsy was taken in the cases where carcinoma was too advanced.Conclusions: We think that our sociodemographic factors put a hindrance in detection of this carcinoma at earlystages and therefore curative procedures are difficult to bear good results.
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