DESCRIPTIONA small-intestine tumor is an abnormal new growth in the small intestine. Only 10% of small-intestine tumors are cancerous. The various segments of the small intestine are involved. Small-intestine tumors can affect both sexes, all ages, but is less common in children than adults.
Appropriate health care includes:
Physician's monitoring of general condition and medications.
Surgery to remove the tumor (sometimes).
Radiation treatment (sometimes).
Self-care after surgery or during treatment.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMSNo symptoms (sometimes).
Blood in stools or black, tarry stools.
Unexplained weight loss.
RISK FACTORSRegional ileitis (Crohn's disease).
PREVENTING COMPLICATIONS OR RECURRENCENo specific preventive measures.
Your own observation of symptoms.
Medical history and physical exam by a doctor.
Laboratory blood studies for anemia.
X-rays of the intestinal tract (upper and lower GI series).
POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONSIntestinal obstruction. Symptoms include a distended abdomen, severe colicky pain, nausea, vomiting, and fever.
Most tumors are removed surgically, regardless of whether they are malignant. With surgery or other treatment, the disorder is curable and a normal life span is expected for your child.
HOME CARENo specific instructions except those under other headings.
Cortisone drugs to reduce bowel inflammation that may cause obstruction.
See Medications section for information regarding medicines your doctor may prescribe.
Your doctor may prescribe:
No restrictions. Your child can resume normal activities as soon as possible after surgery.
DIET & FLUIDS
Your doctor may prescribe a special diet for the child following surgery or during treatment with radiation or anti-cancer drugs.
OK TO GO TO SCHOOL?After recovery from treatment, including surgery, if needed.
CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF
Your child has symptoms of a tumor of the small intestine.
Your child has symptoms of intestinal obstruction (see
New, unexplained symptoms develop. Drugs used in treatment may produce side effects.