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The radiology corner. Is an air-fluid level within a gastric ulcer a reliable roentgen sign of benignancy?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  910783     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A review of 108 cases of benign gastric ulcers and 33 ulcerated malignant gastric neoplasms showed that air-fluid levels were present within 25 benign ulcers and in only one malignant ulcer. These differences are statistically significant. Since, however, in unusual circumstances, a malignant ulcer may contain an air-fluid level, use of this roentgen sign alone to determine benignancy is not recommended. If used in conjunction with other accepted roentgen criteria, the presence of an air-fluid level within a gastric ulcer substantiates the diagnosis of benignancy in the majority of cases.
R K Harned; G L Wolf
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of gastroenterology     Volume:  67     ISSN:  0002-9270     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Gastroenterol.     Publication Date:  1977 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-11-30     Completed Date:  1977-11-30     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0421030     Medline TA:  Am J Gastroenterol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  616-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Adenocarcinoma / radiography
Body Fluids
Diagnosis, Differential
Stomach Neoplasms / radiography*
Stomach Ulcer / radiography*

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