Diagnosis of cyst infection in patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease: Attributes and limitations of the current modalities

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Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (Impact Factor: 3.58). 10/2012; 27(10):3746-51. DOI: 10.1093/ndt/gfs352
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Cyst infection is a diagnostic challenge in patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) because of the lack of specific manifestations and limitations of conventional imaging procedures. Still, recent clinical observations and series have highlighted common criteria for this condition. Cyst infection is diagnosed if confirmed by cyst fluid analysis showing bacteria and neutrophils, and as a probable diagnosis if all four of the following criteria are concomitantly met: temperature of >38°C for >3 days, loin or liver tenderness, C-reactive protein plasma level of >5 mg/dL and no evidence for intracystic bleeding on computed tomography (CT). In addition, the elevation of serum carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA19-9) has been proposed as a biomarker for hepatic cyst infection. Positron-emission tomography after intravenous injection of 18-fluorodeoxyglucose, combined with CT, proved superior to radiological imaging techniques for the identification and localization of kidney and liver pyocyst. This review summarizes the attributes and limitations of these recent clinical, biological and imaging advances in the diagnosis of cyst infection in patients with ADPKD.

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    • "The role of positron-emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) has been analyzed in two retrospective series that support it as the gold standard imaging strategy for CI diagnosis (4,6). However, key questions and points remain unanswered and/or unaddressed (7), including the establishment of factors distinctly associated with kidney and liver CI, how often it affects multiple cysts and/or organs, to what extent this imaging strategy can be used in CI management, and a proposal of how and when invasive procedures should be performed. To address these issues, we carried out a retrospective cohort study in hospital-admitted ADPKD patients with clinically suspected CI. "
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    ABSTRACT: Positron-emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) has improved cyst infection (CI) management in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). The determinants of kidney and/or liver involvement, however, remain uncertain. In this study, we evaluated clinical and imaging factors associated with CI in kidney (KCI) and liver (LCI) in ADPKD. A retrospective cohort study was performed in hospital-admitted ADPKD patients with suspected CI. Clinical, imaging and surgical data were analyzed. Features of infected cysts were evaluated by PET/CT. Total kidney (TKV) and liver (TLV) volumes were measured by CT-derived multiplanar reconstruction. CI was detected in 18 patients who experienced 24 episodes during an interval of 30 months (LCI in 12, KCI in 10 and concomitant infection in 2). Sensitivities of CT, magnetic resonance imaging and PET/CT were 25.0, 71.4, and 95.0%. Dysuria (P<0.05), positive urine culture (P<0.01), and previous hematuria (P<0.05) were associated with KCI. Weight loss (P<0.01) and increased C-reactive protein levels (P<0.05) were associated with LCI. PET/CT revealed that three or more infected cysts were present in 70% of the episodes. TKV was higher in kidney-affected than in LCI patients (AUC=0.91, P<0.05), with a cut-off of 2502 mL (72.7% sensitivity, 100.0% specificity). TLV was higher in liver-affected than in KCI patients (AUC=0.89, P<0.01) with a cut-off of 2815 mL (80.0% sensitivity, 87.5% specificity). A greater need for invasive procedures was observed in LCI (P<0.01), and the overall mortality was 20.8%. This study supports PET/CT as the most sensitive imaging method for diagnosis of cyst infection, confirms the multifocal nature of most hospital-admitted episodes, and reveals an association of kidney and liver volumes with this complication.
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    • "Hepatic cyst wall thickening and heterogeneous fluid (debris) are suggestive for infection. The diagnostic accuracy of MRI is unknown and CT-scanning has a low sensitivity and specificity to identify cyst infection [29]. 18 F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET)-imaging technique is preferable to detect the exact location of the infected lesion(s) [29]. "
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