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Surgical Case Reports

, 2:94

First Online: 09 September 2016Received: 26 June 2016Accepted: 02 September 2016


BackgroundWe experience many cases of liver metastasis from colorectal cancer, but synchronous occurrence of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma ICC and liver metastasis from a rectal cancer is extremely rare. We herein report a case of ICC coinciding with a liver metastasis from a known rectal carcinoma.

Case presentationA 68-year-old man was referred to our hospital for investigation of multiple liver tumors. Total colonoscopy and computed tomography CT revealed a rectal carcinoma, coinciding with liver metastasis. He was planned to receive chemotherapy following rectal resection. During chemotherapy for the rectal cancer, one of the liver tumors gradually grew after first shrinking. The following hepatectomy revealed the presence of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma ICC. Despite intensive chemotherapy for the ICC, he passed away 6 months after the hepatectomy.

ConclusionsWe should also suspect the possibility of multiple primary cancers, even if the patient has a history of cancer that is likely to cause metastatic lesions. When simultaneous neoplasms are diagnosed, systematic treatment should be targeted to the tumor with the worst prognosis.

KeywordsIntrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma Metastatic liver tumor Colorectal carcinoma metastasis AbbreviationsCA 19-9Cancer antigen 19-9

CEACarcinoembryonic antigen

CTComputed tomography


GISTGastrointestinal stromal tumor

HandEHematoxylin and eosin

ICCIntrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma

MRIMagnetic resonance imaging

PETPositron emission tomography

SUVStandardized uptake value

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Autor: Shintaro Akabane - Masahiro Ohira - Tsuyoshi Kobayashi - Shintaro Kuroda - Naoki Tanimine - Seiichi Shimizu - Hiroyuki Taha


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