Synchronous mucinous adenocarcinoma of the rectosigmoid seeding onto a pre-existing anal fistula

Nemandra Sandiford, Patsy R. Prussia, Antonio Chiappa, Andrew P. Zbar

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Carcinoma within a long-standing fistula-in-ano is rare and may be defined by specific neoplastic involvement of the fistulous track in the absence of rectal mucosal carcinoma. The presence of a carcinoma of mucinous histology occurring synchronously in the perianal region and the colon is exceptionally rare. We present a case with a review of the literature concerning its aetiopathogenesis and treatment. A 72-year-old man with a 2 months history of dark red rectal bleeding and mucus per rectum with alternating constipation and diarrhoea, was observed. Clinical examination and a barium enema showed a perianal fistula and an annular stenosing lesion of the rectosigmoid. Preoperative CT scan confirmed the colonic lesion. Colonic resection and wide fistula excision were performed. Histology showed an adenocarcinoma with a clear resection margins. The fistula also showed a similar histology. Chemoradiation (5-Fluorouracil (425 mg/m2) and Leucovorin (20 mg/m2) with 4500 cGy external beam radiotherapy was utilized. Subsequent clinical follow-up and CT examination of the patient has not revealed recurrent disease at 14 months.

Original languageEnglish
Article number25
JournalInternational Seminars in Surgical Oncology
Publication statusPublished - Sep 8 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Surgery


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