The inter-observer reliability is very low at clinical examination of parastomal hernia.
ABSTRACT Parastomal hernia in patients with a permanent colostomy is common. The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability of the diagnosis based on clinical examination and to compare this examination with the result of a specially designed questionnaire and computerised tomography (CT) scan.
Forty-one patients operated upon with an abdominoperineal resection due to rectal cancer at three hospitals between 1996 and 2002 were included. At minimum of 4 years after the operation, they underwent clinical examination by two or three independent surgeons, answered a colostomy questionnaire and were offered a CT scan of the abdominal wall.
At Hospital I, 17 patients were examined by three surgeons, with inter-observer kappa values between 0.35 and 0.64. At Hospital II, 13 patients were examined by three surgeons, the kappa values ranged between 0.29 and 0.43. At Hospital III, 11 patients were examined by two surgeons, with kappa value of 0.73. The kappa value between CT scan and the colostomy questionnaire was 0.45.
The inter-observer reliability was low, indicating that parastomal hernia is difficult to diagnose by patient history and clinical examination. Some herniae may not be detected by CT scan, and the correlation to patient-reported complaints is low. A more sensitive radiological method to detect parastomal hernia is needed.
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ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical and radiological incidence of parastomal hernia and to analyze the risk factors for parastomal hernia. We reviewed retrospectively 108 patients with end colostomy from January 2003 to June 2010. Age, sex, surgical procedure type, body mass index (kg/m(2)), stoma size, and respiratory comorbidity were documented. There were 61 males (56.5%) and 47 females (43.5%). During an overall median follow-up of 25 months (range, 6 to 73 months), 36 patients (33.3%) developed a radiological parastomal hernia postoperatively and 29 patients (26.9%) presented with a clinical parastomal hernia. In multivariate analysis, gender (odds ratio [OR], 6.087; P = 0.008), age (OR, 1.109; P = 0.009) and aperture size (OR, 6.907; P < 0.001) proved to be significant and independent risk factors after logistic regression analysis. This study showed that the incidence of radiological parastomal hernia is higher than clinical parastomal hernia. Risk factors for parastomal hernia proved to be female, age, and aperture size.Journal of the Korean Surgical Society 01/2013; 84(1):43-7. · 0.21 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the recently developed 3D intrastomal ultrasonography in diagnosing stoma-associated complaints and suspected complications after parastomal hernia repair such as peristomal fistula and abscesses. 3D intrastomal ultrasonography was used to image peristomal tissue in two patients with complaints after parastomal hernia repair performed with IPOM (intraperitoneal onlay mesh). One patient had ulcerative colitis and one Crohn's disease. Both patients were investigated because of pain and in one case also signs of a subcutaneous abscess. Intrastomal ultrasonography revealed fistulas connected to the intestinal segment leading to the stoma in both cases. Both cases also showed signs of a fistula descending to the abdominal cavity. In one case, a subcutaneous abscess was identified and in the other a small abscess adjacent to the fistula and the edge of the fascia. Stoma complaints after surgery for parastomal hernia with implantation of IPOM mesh can be diagnosed using 3D intrastomal ultrasonography. This new 3D technique for imaging intrastomal hernia can be used to complement traditional methods in the detection of stoma-associated abscesses and fistulas with or without foreign material such as mesh.Techniques in Coloproctology 04/2012; 16(3):233-6. · 1.54 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine intra- and interobserver reliability in 3D intrastomal ultrasound imaging of parastomal hernia and protrusion. METHOD: A total of 40 patients were investigated. Two or three physicians evaluated the images twice, 1 month apart. RESULTS: Inter-observer agreement was 72 % with a kappa value 0.59. For the last 10 patients there was an agreement of 80 % with a kappa value of 0.70. Intraobserver agreement was 80 % for one observer and 95 % for the other. The learning curve levelled out at around 30 patients. CONCLUSION: Considering the learning curve of 30 patients, 3D intrastomal ultrasound is a reliable investigation method. 3D intrastomal ultrasonography has the potential to be the investigation of choice to differentiate between a bulge, a hernia, or a protrusion.International Journal of Colorectal Disease 07/2012; · 2.24 Impact Factor