Totally Curative Surgical Resection of Retrorectal Tumors.

Hepatogastroenterology 2015 May;62(139):606-11

Background/aims: Retrorectal (also known as presacral) tumor (RT) is a rare disease of retrorectal space. There is no large numbered case series in the literature. Well documented small numbered case series will help to establish meta-analysis and surgical decision making.

Methodology: Between 2000 and 2014 medical records of patients with diagnosis of RT at two institutions were reviewed. Clinical features, diagnostic studies, type of surgery, surgical findings, surgical technique, and histopathology of the tumor, morbidity and survival are examined based on data registry.

Results: During 14 years period of time, total of 12 patients operated with diagnosis of RT were retrieved to this study. There were five men and seven women. The median age at the time of diagnosis was 43 (27-56) years. The most frequent findings were pain and palpable mass. There were five anterior, four posterior and three anteroposterior approaches for surgery. There is no recurrence or disease related mortality observed after median of 7 years (1-14).

Conclusion: The primary and only satisfactory treatment is surgery for RTs. Prognosis is directly related primary local control with complete excision, which is often difficult to achieve for malignant lesions.

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