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Title: Clinical value of whole-body emission tomography in potentially curable colorectal liver metastases
Authors: Topal, Baki ×
Flamen, P
Aerts, Raymond
D'Hoore, André
Filez, Ludo
Van Cutsem, Eric
Mortelmans, Luc
Penninckx, Freddy #
Issue Date: May-2001
Series Title: European Journal of Surgical Oncology vol:27 issue:2 pages:175-9
Abstract: AIMS: In selected patients with colorectal liver metastases, hepatic resection offers an opportunity for cure, with a 25-38% 5-year survival rate. The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate whether patient selection could be improved with pre-operative whole-body 18-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) scan. METHODS: Ninety-one consecutive patients were considered to be eligible for liver resection after investigation with conventional diagnostic methods (CDM). In all these patients a whole-body PET scan with FDG was performed prior to surgery. Follow-up was complete with a mean of 23 months (2 weeks-92 months). All PET images were reviewed blinded to intraoperative and follow-up data. RESULTS: PET confirmed liver metastases in 90 (99%) patients, while it provided additional information in 10 (11%) patients, i.e., seven intra-abdominal, and three extra-abdominal. PET falsely upstaged six (6.6%) patients in whom malignancy was excluded by additional investigation, at the time of surgery, or during follow-up. PET falsely understaged seven (7.7%) patients with small intra-abdominal lesions. CONCLUSION: In patients with potentially curable colorectal liver metastases according to conventional diagnostic methods, whole-body FDG-PET can be considered as a complementary examination in order to further select patients for potentially curative liver resection, and to optimize therapeutic strategy.
ISSN: 0748-7983
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging
Abdominal Surgical Oncology
Translational Research in GastroIntestinal Disorders
Clinical Digestive Oncology (+)
× corresponding author
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