Accuracy of the double contrast enema in evaluation of the abdominal diffusion of ovarian carcinoma

G. Cozzi, L. Balzarini, M. Bellomi, M. C. Castoldi, P. Pizzetti, M. Zambetti, A. Severini

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Abstract

The results of 103 double contrast enemas in 72 patients with ovarian carcinoma (stage III and IV) were compared with laparoscopic and/or laparotomic findings at comparable times. The evaluation of the validity of radiology in detecting the presence of abdominal disease showed an 84% overall accuracy, 75% specifity and 86% sensitivity. The accuracy in detecting signs of adhesion and parietal infiltration of the large bowel was 76.3%, due to the limited size of most of the lesions. Forty-seven of the 72 patients underwent a double contrast enema and laparoscopy during presurgical staging: accuracy in detecting lesions was the same for both examinations (80.4%). When double contrast enema and laparoscopy were used together in the evaluation of abdominal extension of the disease, the diagnostic accuracy rose to 93.6%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-304
Number of pages4
JournalTumori
Volume71
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research

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