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Ann Ital Chir. 2000 Nov-Dec;71(6):693-9.

[Colonoscopic screening in first-degree relatives of patients with sporadic colorectal cancer].

[Article in Italian]

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  • 1Chirurgia Generale II, Universit√† di Cagliari. scintu@unica.it

Abstract

Colonoscopic screening has been recommended in asymptomatic first-degree relatives of patients with colorectal cancer. In fact this population is believed to have an increased risk in developing colorectal neoplasia. The purpose of this study is to report the impact of colonoscopy in a series of completely asymptomatic first-degree relatives of patients operated on for colorectal cancer at our institution. A total of 480 individuals was requested to participate in a screening program based on faecal occult blood testing (FOBT) and colonoscopy in those with positive FOBT. Colonoscopy was also suggested to persons with negative FOBT. After the first 195 examined relatives, FOBT was abandoned because of continuously increasing acceptance of colonoscopy.

RESULTS:

Two hundred fifty four subjects (52.4%) accepted to participate at the screening program. After the first 195 examined relatives, FOBT was abandoned because of continuously increasing acceptance of colonoscopy. A total of 142 colonoscopies was performed. Colonoscopy was completed in 112 relatives (78.9%). Thirty-three subjects (23.2%) had a positive colonoscopy: one had invasive adenocarcinoma, one had large villous adenoma and 31 had 54 polyps. Twenty-three lesions (40.3%) were located proximal to the splenic flexure. Of the 54 polyps, 45 (83.3%) were less than 1 cm in size. These findings confirm the utility of colonoscopic screening in asymptomatic first-degree relatives of patients with colorectal cancer. However, its feasibility with the current endoscopic facilities remains an unsolved question.

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