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Adenocarcinoma of the appendix

Other Names for this Disease
  • Colonic type adenocarcinoma
  • Cystadenocarcinoma
  • Mucinous adenocarcinoma
  • Nonmucinous adenocarcinoma
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Adenocarcinoma of the appendix is a epithelial cancer of the appendix.[1] The term 'epithelium' refers to cells that line hollow organs and glands and those that make up the outer surface of the body. Epithelial cells help to protect or enclose organs. Some produce mucus or other secretions.[2] Types of adenocarcinoma of the appendix include mucinous adenocarcinoma, non-mucinous adenocarcinoma, and possibly signet cell carcinoma of appendix (this is still debated).[1][3]
Last updated: 8/26/2009


  1. Sarosi GA, Turnage RH.. Miscellaneous topics. In: Feldman et al, eds. Sleisenger & Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders; 2006;
  2. Epithelium. MedlinePlus. 2006; Accessed 8/6/2008.
  3. Ahmed K, Hoque R, El-Tawil S, Khan MS, George ML. Adenocarcinoma of the appendix presenting as bilateral ureteric obstruction. World J Surg Oncol. 2008 Feb 21;
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  • Cancer.Net, oncologist-approved cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, has information about appendix cancer. Click on the link to view the information.

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  • O'Donnell ME, Carson J, Garstin WIH. !LINK!. Int J Clin Pract.  2007;61(3):431-437