Title

Retrorectal Tumor: Is Biopsy Risky?

Publication/Presentation Date

11-1-1986

Abstract

A 55-year-old white man with an extensive retrorectal tumor died after transrectal needle biopsy. The indications and methods for biopsy of tumors in this location are controversial and are not well delineated in the literature. When resection seems unlikely or risky, or if a neoplasm is suspected which could be treated by nonsurgical means, biopsy is indicated. Antibiotics with aerobic and anaerobic coverage should be given prophylactically. When CT scan or sigmoidoscopic findings suggest a necrotic tumor, the transrectal approach should be avoided.

Volume

79

Issue

11

First Page

1437

Last Page

1439

ISSN

0038-4348

Disciplines

Other Medical Specialties | Surgery

PubMedID

2877499

Department(s)

Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Faculty

Document Type

Article