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Medicine (Baltimore). 2019 Jun;98(24):e16028. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000016028.

Biomarkers for detecting malignant pleural mesothelioma: Protocol for a reanalysis of published data based on systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy.

Author information

1
Department of Respiratory, Lanzhou University Second Hospital, Lanzhou University Second Clinical Medical College.
2
Key Laboratory for Gastrointestinal Diseases of Gansu Province, Lanzhou University.
3
Department of Gastroenterology, First Hospital of Lanzhou University, Lanzhou University First Clinical Medical College, Lanzhou, China.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a highly invasive tumor caused primarily by asbestos exposure. In recent decades, the incidence of MPM has shown an increasing trend, posing a great threat to human health. Although there is currently no effective way to treat MPM, patients can survive for more than 5 years if the tumor is removed early. Several systematic reviews (SRs) have evaluated the diagnostic value of biomarkers for diagnosing MPM. However, no studies have been conducted to analyze the quality of these SRs and it remains unclear which biomarker is the excellent diagnostic test. This study aims to assess the methodological quality of the SRs and reanalyze the published data based on SRs to find the optimal biomarker for the early diagnosis of MPM.

METHODS:

A systematic search will be performed in PubMed, Embase.com, the Cochrane Library of Systematic Reviews, and Web of Science to identify SRs reporting value of biomarkers for detecting MPM. We will evaluate the risk of bias of the included SRs according to the Assessment of Multiple Systematic Reviews-2 (AMSTAR-2) instrument. Standard pairwise meta-analysis and adjusted indirect comparison will be used to compare the diagnostic value of different biomarkers.

RESULTS:

The results of this study will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal for publication.

CONCLUSION:

This study will reanalyze the published data based on SRs to find a biomarker with the superior diagnostic performance for the diagnosis of MPM.

ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION:

Ethics approval and patient consent are not required as this study is an overview based on published systematic reviews.

PROSPERO REGISTRATION NUMBER:

CRD42019125880.

PMID:
31192957
PMCID:
PMC6587538
DOI:
10.1097/MD.0000000000016028
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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