A small, well-differentiated rectal neuroendocrine tumor with multiple lymph node metastases: A case report
© 2018, Spandidos Publications. All rights reserved. The incidence of rectal neuroendocrine tumor (NET), which is often diagnosed during routine surveillance endoscopy, is increasing. The majority of these tumors are small and asymptomatic, possessing benign features with favorable prognoses. At present, small rectal NETs without high-risk factors are typically treated by local resection, including endoscopic mucosal resection, endoscopic submucosal dissection, or transanal endoscopic microsurgery, with or without additional imaging follow-up by abdominal computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging. The present study, however, describes a case of a small rectal NET without any known risk factors, which was accompanied by substantial locoregional lymph node metastasis, underscoring the importance of imaging studies for rectal NETs.
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