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A 52-year-old female asked:

I have a nodule on the duodenum of 22mm and it is flat. what does this mean. can it turn into cancer if not removed?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Nobody knows: I don't know what it is- it could be many things. If possible, a biopsy or surgical procedure to remove it should be done - especially if there are symptoms related to it- i.e. Bleeding etc.
Dr. Douglas Tisdale
36 years experience
Needs a biopsy: The duodenum is not a common site of cancer, nor of nodules, except in certain cancer-predisposed families. The prognosis for an individual becomes clearer once the tissue has been examined under the microscope, since a nodule could be non-malignant, pre-cancerous, or cancer. Usually an upper endoscopy is required.
Dr. William Mitchell
62 years experience
Unlikely: Cancer of the duodenum is rare.

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