n South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Colon cancer presenting as a hepatic mass in pregnancy : a case report and review of the literature : case report

Volume 20, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0038-2329
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The incidences of hepatic masses and colon cancer in pregnancy are low. The clinical features of each can mimic those of pregnancy, thereby posing a diagnostic challenge to clinicians, particularly when the clinical scenario is complicated by HIV infection. This report illustrates such diagnostic difficulties, and the need to offer diagnostic colonoscopy to HIV-infected pregnant women who present with both a hepatic mass and minor gastrointestinal symptoms. It also highlights an approach to the management of colon carcinoma presenting as a hepatic mass in pregnancy.

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