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J Surg Oncol. 2007 Feb 1;95(2):142-7.

CEA, CA 19-9, and CA 125 in the differential diagnosis of benign and malignant pancreatic diseases with or without jaundice.

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Fifth Department of Surgery, SSK Okmeydani Training Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey. nduraker@hotmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:

In this study, the value of the serum tumor markers carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), CA 19-9, and CA 125 was assessed in the differential diagnosis of benign and malignant pancreatic diseases with and without obstructive jaundice.

METHODS:

Serum levels of CEA, CA 19-9, and CA 125 were measured by immunoradiometric assay before the treatment in 123 patients with pancreatic carcinoma and 58 patients with a benign pancreatic disease.

RESULTS:

The sensitivity of CEA, CA 19-9, and CA 125 in the diagnosis of pancreatic carcinoma was 39.0%, 81.3%, and 56.9%; and specificity was 91.4%, 75.9%, and 77.6%, respectively. Although there was no significant difference between the CA 19-9 positivity ratios of the jaundiced (84.3%) and nonjaundiced (73.5%) patient subgroups of the pancreatic carcinoma, this ratio was significantly higher in the jaundiced subgroup (64.7%) than the nonjaundiced subgroup (7.3%) of the benign pancreatic diseases (P < 0.001). The CEA and CA 125 positivity ratios of jaundiced and nonjaundiced subgroups of patients with benign and malignant pancreatic diseases were not significantly different.

CONCLUSIONS:

In the differential diagnosis of pancreatic carcinoma from benign pancreatic diseases, CA 19-9 can be useful in the nonjaundiced patients, whereas CA 125 provides a limited contribution in jaundiced patients.

PMID:
17262731
DOI:
10.1002/jso.20604
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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