Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
Print version ISSN 0037-8682
ADAD, Sheila Jorge et al. Association of chagasic megacolon and cancer of the colon: case report and review of the literature. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2002, vol.35, n.1, pp. 63-68. ISSN 0037-8682. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0037-86822002000100012.
There are few descriptions of association between chagasic megacolon and colon cancer. We report a case of obstructive abdomen caused by adenocarcinoma of the left colon in chagasic megacolon. A review of the literature revealed 8 cases of this association and, analyzing together the series of findings of cancer in chagasic organomegalies, we found a frequency of 4.8% in megaesophagus and 0.1% in megacolon.
Keywords : Chagas' disease; Chagasic megacolon; Colorectal cancer; Cancer in organomegalies.