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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Qurrat-ul-ain Abid, M.D.[2]

Overview

Symptoms of small intestine cancer include abdominal pain, weight loss, nausea, bloating, loss of appetite, and jaundice.

History and Symptoms

History:

Patients usually present with non-specific history of:[1]

Common Symptoms:

  • Majority of patients with small Intestinal cancers are asymptomatic or have non-specific symptoms, which contributes to its late diagnosis, misdiagnoses and more investigations.[1]
  • Symptoms are nonspecific and can include:
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Abdominal pain
    • Abdominal mass
    • Lethargy

Less common symptoms:

  • Symptoms related to obstruction appear when tumor is at advanced stage as, contents of small intestine are mostly fluid.
  • Due to non-specific symptoms, a very high level of suspicion is required.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Williamson JM, Williamson RC (January 2014). "Small bowel tumors: pathology and management". J Med Assoc Thai. 97 (1): 126–37. PMID 24701741.
  2. Zollinger RM (June 1986). "Primary neoplasms of the small intestine". Am. J. Surg. 151 (6): 654–8. PMID 2424326.
  3. Wilson JM, Melvin DB, Gray GF, Thorbjarnarson B (August 1974). "Primary malignancies of the small bowel: a report of 96 cases and review of the literature". Ann. Surg. 180 (2): 175–9. PMC 1343634. PMID 4843046.
  4. Ouriel K, Adams JT (January 1984). "Adenocarcinoma of the small intestine". Am. J. Surg. 147 (1): 66–71. PMID 6691554.

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