Gastroenterology

Tumor Seeding During Colonoscopy as a Possible Cause for Metachronous Colorectal Cancer

In patients who have undergone surgery for colorectal cancer (CRC), 3% have recurrence of (metachronous) CRC. We investigated whether tumor seeding during colonoscopy (iatrogenic implantation of tumor cells in damaged mucosa) increases risk for metachronous CRC.

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