Retrospective Study
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World J Gastrointest Oncol. Jul 15, 2016; 8(7): 550-554
Published online Jul 15, 2016. doi: 10.4251/wjgo.v8.i7.550
Management of colorectal neoplasia during pregnancy and in the postpartum period
Erman Aytac, Gokhan Ozuner, Ozgen Isik, Emre Gorgun, Luca Stocchi
Erman Aytac, Gokhan Ozuner, Ozgen Isik, Emre Gorgun, Luca Stocchi, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Digestive Disease Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH 44195, United States
Author contributions: Aytac E and Isik O collected and analyzed the data; Aytac E and Ozuner G drafted the manuscript; Stocchi L provided analytical oversight; Ozuner G, Aytac E and Gorgun E designed and supervised the study; Aytac E, Ozuner G, Isik O, Gorgun E and Stocchi L revised the manuscript for important intellectual content; Aytac E and Ozuner G offered the technical or material support; Ozuner G and Gorgun E provided administrative support; all authors have read and approved the final version to be published.
Institutional review board statement: Approved by the institutional review board.
Informed consent statement: A waiver of consent was obtained from the Institutional Review Board.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
Data sharing statement: The study team used the data only.
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Correspondence to: Gokhan Ozuner, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Digestive Disease Institute, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Ave. A30, Cleveland, OH 44195, United States.
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Received: January 4, 2016
Peer-review started: January 4, 2016
First decision: February 1, 2016
Revised: March 9, 2016
Accepted: April 20, 2016
Article in press: April 22, 2016
Published online: July 15, 2016
Core Tip

Core tip: This paper summarizes the experience of a tertiary referral colorectal center in the United States on the management of colorectal neoplasia during the pregnancy and postpartum period. Eight patients who were diagnosed with colorectal cancer during pregnancy or in the postpartum period between 8/1997 and 4/2013 were reviewed. No maternal and neonatal mortality occurred related to surgical treatment. While surgery for colorectal cancer during pregnancy can be performed safely and may not affect maternal and fetal outcomes adversely, there has been a significant delay in the diagnosis of colorectal cancer which is probably due to overlap of symptoms and signs between these tumors and a normal pregnancy.