Colon Metastasis, 8 years after Gastrectomy, for Stage I Gastric Cancer
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Gastric cancers and particularly signet ring cell carcinoma are aggressive tumors and have poor prognosis. The recurrence rate after curative treatment of gastric cancer varies between 40 and 65% in 5 years . These recurrences mainly concern stage II cancers or higher and occur in 70% of cases in the first 2 years; beyond 5 years, they are of the order of 6% . Metastases in the gastrointestinal tract are rare with a rate of 2.3% in a Japanese study . We report a case of stager I gastric signet ring cell carcinoma which recurred 8 years later at an unusual site which is the colon.
A 62-year-old man underwent surgery at the age of 54 for a tumor of the gastric antrum. He had a partial gastrectomy with a D1 flushing. Pathological examonation revealed a signet ring cell carcinoma of the gastric antrum invading the muscularis propria. The limitations of duodenal and gastric resections were not invaded; none of the 18 removed lymph nodes were positive....
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