Which physical findings are characteristic of colon cancer?

Updated: Apr 15, 2020
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Physical examination findings can be very nonspecific (eg, fatigue, weight loss) or normal early in the course of colon cancer. In more advanced cases, any of the following may be present:

  • Abdominal tenderness

  • Macroscopic rectal bleeding

  • Palpable abdominal mass

  • Hepatomegaly

  • Ascites


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