Hyperthermia significantly increased the number of patients with tumors located within 8 cm of the anal verge
who were able to have sphincter-sparing surgery: 57% in the hyperthermia group compared to only 35% in the group that did not receive hyperthermia (p=0.
She underwent colonoscopy, which revealed a fungating tumour at 10 cm from the anal verge
in the rectum and rest of the colon was normal (Figure 1).
At physical exploration, a nodular mass 4 cm from the anal verge
A 60-year-old Caucasian woman without a significant medical history was diagnosed with a rectal mass 12 cm from the anal verge
on screening examination in March 2003.
In about 20% of cases, the disease extends onto the buttocks and perineum and even into the anal canal, so lesions on the anal verge
should prompt physicians to look in the canal as well.