To assess accuracy of CT colonography (CTC) in identifying synchronous lesions in patients with colorectal carcinoma.
This study included 174 consecutive patients undergoing CTC as part of staging or primary investigation where a colorectal cancer was diagnosed between 2004 and 2007. Prone unenhanced and portal phase enhanced supine series with air or CO(2) distension were acquired using 4- or 16-slice CT (Toshiba) and read by 2D +/- 3D formats. Synchronous lesions were classified according to American College of Radiology's (ACR) polyp classification. Segmental gold standard was flexible sigmoidoscopy/colonoscopy within 1 year and/or histology of colonic resection supplemented by follow-up. Nine patients without gold standard were excluded. Sensitivity, specificity and accuracy were calculated on a per polyp, per patient and per segment basis and discrepancies analysed.
Direct comparable data were available for 764/990 colonic segments from 165 patients. Of 41 (C2-C4) synchronous lesions on "gold standard", 33 were correctly identified on virtual colonoscopy (VC), overall per polyp sensitivity was 80.5%, with detection rates of 20/24 C3 (83.3%) and 3/3 C4 (100%) with per patient and per segment specificity of 95.4% and 99.2%, respectively.
CTC is an accurate technique to assess for significant synchronous lesions in patients with colorectal cancer and is applicable for total pre-operative colonic visualisation.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Oropharyngeal candidiasis (OPC) is one of the most common local side effects of current therapy in chronic asthma. New therapeutic options with fewer side effects and reverse chronic changes are needed. Curcumin, as a promising antiinflammatory and antifungal agent, could be a candidate of alternative therapy in asthma. This study aimed to determine the efficacy of orally administrated curcumin on lung histopathology, serum nitric oxide levels and fungal burden in a murine model of asthma and OPC.
Thirty five BALB/c mice were divided into five groups: I, II, III, IV (placebo) and V (control). All groups except the control were sensitized and challenged with ovalbumin. OPC model was established after the model of chronic asthma. Lung histology, serum nitric oxide levels and fungal burden were evaluated after 5 days of treatment with curcumin, dexamethasone, curcumin-dexamethasone combination and placebo. Evaluation of lung histology included subepithelial smooth muscle and epithelial thickness and number of goblet and mast cells by using light microscopy.
All histological parameters improved in curcumin group similar to dexamethasone group. Curcumin and dexamethasone-curcumin combination were also as effective as dexamethasone on decreasing nitric oxide levels. Oral fungal burden was significantly lower in curcumin-treated group than dexamethasone.
In our study we demonstrated that curcumin administration alleviates the pathological changes in asthma and decreases the fungal burden. Curcumin may have a potential effect on treating chronic asthma and decreasing the frequency of the OPC.
Archives of medical research 02/2011; 42(2):79-87. DOI:10.1016/j.arcmed.2011.01.011 · 2.65 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: CT Colonography (CTC) is being increasingly used for the radiological evaluation of colorectal symptoms. Aim of this study was to assess the role of CTC in excluding a colorectal cancer (CRC) in older symptomatic patients.
1,359 CTC studies performed between March 2002 and December 2007 were analysed retrospectively. Gold standard was an endoscopic examination within 1 year and/or clinical, endoscopic and/or radiological follow-up until the time of data analysis. Patients not diagnosed as having a CRC on CTC were assumed as true-negatives if the gold standard was negative and did not feature on the regional cancer registry (at least 18 months post-CTC). Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values were calculated for detection of colorectal cancer.
After exclusions, 1,177 CTC studies were included. These were undertaken in 463 men and 714 women. Median age of patients undergoing CTC was 71 (range, 27-96) years. 59 invasive CRC were detected. Median follow-up was 34.5 (range 18-84) months. Three small colorectal cancers were missed. Sensitivity and negative predictive value for CRC were 94.9% (95% CI:84.9%-98.7%) and 99.7% (95% CI:99.1%-99.9%) respectively.
CTC has a high sensitivity and negative predictive value in excluding a CRC in patients with colorectal symptoms.
European Radiology 05/2011; 21(10):2029-38. DOI:10.1007/s00330-011-2151-1 · 4.01 Impact Factor
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