Potential value of sonazoid-enhanced intraoperative laparoscopic ultrasonography for liver assessment during laparoscopy-assisted colectomy

Tetsuya Itabashi, Akira Sasaki, Koki Otsuka, Toshimoto Kimura, Hiroyuki Nitta, Go Wakabayashi

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Abstract

Purpose: Laparoscopy-assisted colectomy (LAC) has gained acceptance for the treatment of colorectal cancer. However, conventional palpation of the liver and adequate observation of the abdominal cavity are not achievable during LAC. The aim of this study was to assess the clinical value of using Sonazoid (contrast enhanced)-intraoperative laparoscopic ultrasonography (S-IOLUS) in patients with primary colorectal cancer. Methods: From May 2005 to August 2008, 454 patients underwent 339 LACs and 115 open colectomies for colorectal cancer. One hundred forty-eight patients with clinical stage II or III colorectal cancer, as determined by preoperative imaging, who were undergoing LACs were prospectively enrolled. Results: Although IOLUS did not detect any lesions, small hypoechoic lesions were detected by the S-IOLUS (n = 71) in the Kupffer-phase view of two patients (2.8 %). None of the 71 patients who underwent S-IOLUS showed liver metastases within 6 months after LAC. In the conventional IOLUS group (n = 77), metastatic lesions were identified in two patients (2.6 %). The new liver metastases in these two patients were detected within 6 months after LAC. Conclusions: S-IOLUS of the liver during colorectal cancer surgery is useful for staging and as a diagnostic modality. It can identify lesions that are undetectable by preoperative imaging, and may be considered for routine use during LAC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)696-701
Number of pages6
JournalSurgery Today
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 04-2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery

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