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of 'Tattooing and other methods for localizing colonic lesions'
Accuracy of colonoscopy in localizing colonic cancer.
Stanciu C, Trifan A, Khder SA
Rev Med Chir Soc Med Nat Iasi. 2007;111(1):39.
UNLABELLED: It is important to establish the precise localization of colonic cancer preoperatively; while colonoscopy is regarded as the diagnostic gold standard for colorectal cancer, its ability to localize the tumor is less reliable.
AIM: To define the accuracy of colonoscopy in identifying the location of colonic cancer.
METHODS: All of the patients who had a colorectal cancer diagnosed by colonoscopy at the Institute of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Iaşi and subsequently received a surgical intervention at three teaching hospitals in Iaşi, between January 2001 and December 2005, were included in this study. Endoscopic records and operative notes were carefully reviewed, and tumor localization was recorded.
RESULTS: There were 161 patients (89 men, 72 women, aged 61.3 +/- 12.8 years) who underwent conventional surgery for colon cancer detected by colonoscopy during the study period. Twenty-two patients (13.66%) had erroneous colonoscopic localization of the tumors. The overall accuracy of preoperative colonoscopic localization was 87.58%.
CONCLUSIONS: Colonoscopy is an accurate, reliable method for locating colon cancer, although additional techniques (i.e., endoscopic tattooing) should be performed at least for small lesions.
Institute of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, "Gr. T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iaşi.