Mucinous Carcinoma of the Rectum in a Boy Presenting with Bloody Diarrhea

Ataseven H. , YÜKSEL İ., Arhan M., Koklu S., Basar O., Ertugrul I., ...More

CLINICAL COLORECTAL CANCER, vol.8, no.3, pp.169-171, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Editorial Material
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.3816/ccc.2009.n.028
  • Page Numbers: pp.169-171


Colorectal carcinoma, primarily a disease of adulthood, accounts for 0.2% of malignancies in adolescents and has very rarely been reported in childhood. Herein, we report a 15-year-old boy who presented with rectal bleeding, lower abdominal pain, and diarrhea. His physical examination revealed tender abdomen with hepatomegaly. A hard mass was palpated by digital rectal examination. Histologic examination revealed a mucinous rectal adenocarcinoma. He died 4 months after diagnosis. This case highlights the need for awareness of colorectal carcinomas and their invasive nature in the differential diagnosis of rectal bleeding and diarrhea in adolescents.