Carcinoma of the duodenum: Management and survival in 14 cases

V. Cangemi, P. Volpino, S. Gentili, A. Giuliani, M. Di Martino, R. Cangemi, M. Clementi, G. P. Piat

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Aims. The aim of this study is to evaluate the role of surgery in the treatment of adenocarcinoma of the duodenum. Methods. From 1955 to 1994, 14 patients with primary adenocarcinoma of the duodenum underwent surgical treatment in our department. Presenting signs and symptoms were mainly related to obstruction and bleeding. Upper gastrointestinal contrast study, Computed Tomography (CT) and duodenoscopy were the primary diagnostic procedure modalities. All diagnoses were confirmed histologically. The tumors were staged pathologically according to the new TNM classification (UICC, 1992). Eight patients received palliative treatment or exploratory laparotomy. The remaining 6 patients were resectable for cure. Result. Operative mortality was 35.7%. The 5-year survival rate for patients who underwent curative resection was 33.3%. None of the patients who underwent palliative procedures or exploratory laparotomy survived for more than 11 months. Conclusions. In the management of resectable adenocarcinomas of the duodenum surgical radicality including lymphadenectomy should be pursued. Unresectable adenocarcinomas treated with palliative procedure had a very poor prognosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-29
Number of pages6
JournalPanminerva Medica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1997


  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Duodenum
  • Survival

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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