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[PRESENTATION OF ACUTE ABDOMINAL SYMPTOMS WITH UNDERLYING MALIGNANT DISORDERS]

ZARÁND Attila, BESZNYÁK István, MERSICH Tamás

MARCH 20, 2004

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2004;14(03)

[Patients with different type of undiagnosed malignancy occasionally referred to emergency departments with acute disease-related symptoms as first signs of their underlying process. However, this broad spectrum of clinical signs and symptoms do not occur very often but may result in very poor outcome for these patients. It is therefore essential to establish correct diagnosis in time and provide appropriate care of patients with acute abdominal complaints. Cancer patients are frequently referred to doctor because of gastro-intestinal obstruction, perforation or bleeding and with symptoms of inflammation. In 3-5% of the cases an urgent operation is necessary. As the cure rate of the cancer patients is largely dependent on the stage of the tumour, it is important to make relevant staging, to set up diagnosis at the earliest phase and start the appropriate therapy in due time in a multidisciplinary way.]

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