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Chirurgia 2005 April;18(2):81-4

language: Italian

Iron deficiency anemia: often early sign of ascending colorectal cancer

Cavallaro A., Lauretta A., Pennisi S., Cavallaro V.


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We evaluated the role of anemia and symptoms anemia-related as early sign of ascending colorectal cancer. In a retrospective study concerning right colon cancers cases treated since 1997 we experienced abdominal pain (62%), astenia (44%), diarrhea (38%), fatigue (25%), cutaneous and mucous pallor (29%), rettorragy (6%), bowel occlusion (1,2%) as early symptom. Laboratory evidence of anemia as early sign is very common (37%). Delay in iron-deficiency anemia related causes diagnosys or unsuited and unprudent suppletive iron therapy may be the cause of prognosys inversion in early staged ascending colon cancers or gastrointestinal cancers.

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