The monoclonal antibody (Mab) 131I-MOv18 was administered to 30 patients with ovarian carcinoma intravenously (n = 20) and intraperitoneally (n = 10). After intraperitoneal administration, higher tumour uptake (mean values 1.3% vs. 0.8%) and a better tumour/background ratio (mean values 2.8 vs. 1.9) than after intravenous injection were obtained. Moreover, after intraperitoneal administration the uptake in non-affected organs, such as liver and spleen, was lower. However, occasionally the favourable results of the intraperitoneal route were cancelled by persistent pelvic non-specific accumulations of 131I-MOv18. The possibility to change the biodistribution pattern in the latter cases with peritoneal washing was evaluated. 3 patients were submitted to this procedure and an improvement in the radiotracer biodistribution was obtained in 1 case. With regard to tumour detection, the average sensitivity (73%) showed a significant difference from the sensitivities for abdominal (61%) and pelvic lesions (90%). No false positive results were noted.
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- Cancer Research