Splenic abscess associated with colon cancer: A case report

Tatsuo Teramoto, Kiyoshi Kawamoto, Masahiko Watanabe, Suguru Kase, Tomoo Shatari, Hirotoshi Hasegawa, Shin Fujita, Tsong Hong Kuo, Yukio Kawano, Masaki Kitajima, Makio Mukai

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The present report describes a case of colon cancer which presented with a rare complication of splenic abscess. A 52-year-old Japanese man with diarrhea, fever and chills was admitted to our hospital. He complained of fever, with chills at night, and abdominal pain occurring during the last month. The origin of the fever was investigated, and Escherichia coli grew from a blood culture. Multilocular splenic abscesses and wall thickening of the descending colon were revealed by CT scan, magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound. A cancer of the descending colon was found by barium enema and colonoscopy. A curative resection was performed and the pathological report revealed the splenic abscess to have developed from a direct extension of, and perforation by, the carcinoma of the descending colon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-388
Number of pages5
JournalJapanese journal of clinical oncology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1993 Dec
Externally publishedYes


  • Carcinoma of the colon
  • Fever
  • Splenic abscess

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research


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