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Contrast-enhanced ultrasonography compared to gray-scale and power doppler in the diagnosis of peripheral lymphadenopathy.
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PMID:  23298797     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to evaluate the ability of contrast-enhanced ultrasonography compared to gray-scale B-mode and power Doppler in distinction between benign and malignant lymphadenopathy. METHODS: In a prospective study ultrasonography was performed in 133 patients with superficial lymphadenopathy (73 men, 60 women; mean age of 51 years, range: 18-86 years), who were examined for palpable mass in the neck, axilla or groin (104/133) and for clinical suspicion of lymphoma on the basis of positive PET/CT (29/133). 133 nodes were examined, subsequently preoperatively localized under ultrasound guidance and surgically removed; longitudinal to transverse ratio, location of nodal vessels by power Doppler and pattern of enhancement by contrast-enhanced ultrasonography with 1.5ml intravenous bolus of sulphur hexafluoride contrast agent were documented. The ultrasound findings were compared with the histology. RESULTS: Of all the nodes extirpated, 33 were benign, 100 were malignant (40 metastases, 60 lymphomas). Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value and accuracy of conventional techniques were 72%, 63.6%, 85.7%, 42.9%, 67.8% for longitudinal to transverse ratio; 73%, 60.6%, 84.9%, 42.6%, 68.3% for power Doppler versus 98.0%, 54.5%, 86.7%, 90.0%, 76.3% for contrast-enhanced ultrasonography according to Receiver Operating Characteristic analysis. CONCLUSIONS: Receiver Operating Characteristic analysis confirmed higher degree of diagnostic accuracy of contrast-enhanced ultrasonography in comparison with conventional techniques. Evaluation of nodal perfusion after intravenous administration of microbubble contrast agent can be helpful in differentiation of benign from malignant nodes.
Radka Slaisova; Karel Benda; Jiri Jarkovsky; Hana Petrasova; Petr Szturz; Vlastimil Valek
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of radiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-7727     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Radiol     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8106411     Medline TA:  Eur J Radiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Department of Radiology, University Hospital Brno and Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University Brno, Jihlavska 20, 625 00 Brno, Czech Republic. Electronic address:
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