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Generally, the most common signs of small intestinal cancer are emaciation, lethargy, abdominal tenderness, abdominal mass, hepatomegaly, ascites, icterus, enlarged lymph nodes and pallor. Other signs include low-grade fever, discomfort on palpation, rectal bleeding, abdominal mass, and jaundice.
- Clinical features of small intestinal tumors have not been clearly studied, as its a rare condition.
- Advanced stage tumors present with signs of intestinal obstructions.
- Common physical exam findings include abdominal tenderness, abdominal mass, hepatomegaly, ascites, icterus, or enlarged lymph nodes.
- Symptoms related to obstruction appear when tumor is at advanced stage as, contents of small intestine are mostly fluid.
Appearance of the Patient:
- Tachycardia due to anemia
- Lungs may be normal on auscultation
- Heart sounds may be normal
- In case of distant involvement there may be findings on auscultation
- Physical examination of back is usually normal in patients with small intestine cancer
- Abdomen may show signs of obstruction and mass
- Depending on the stage of the disease may be normal or agitated
- Extremities may show mass loss and emaciation in late stage