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Total proctocolectomy for rectal cancer in Lynch syndrome: indications and considerations


Patients with Lynch syndrome and rectal cancer present a unique clinical challenge. Management of the primary rectal cancer and prophylactic removal of the colon should be considered. In patients requiring a mesorectal excision, a combined prophylactic colon removal can be considered. Although surveillance of the colon with frequent colonoscopies is an alternative, concerns of metachronous colon cancer development support prophylactic removal of the colon as an alternative.

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