Serum CA19-9 in patients with solid pancreatic mass
Gastroenterology and Hepatology from Bed to Bench,
Vol. 6 No. 1 (2013),
14 January 2013
Page Gastroenterol Hepatol Bed Bench 2013;6(1):32-35
Aim: This study evaluated the results and efficacy of serum CA 19-9 in determining the nature of a pancreatic solid mass in patients referred for investigation of possible malignancy.
Background: A wide variety of tumor markers have been proposed for pancreatic cancer but currently the only one with any practical usefulness for diagnosis, prognosis, and monitoring of treatment is “CA 19-9”.
Patients and methods: This present study is a single center 2 year descriptive, prospective and case series studying patients with a pancreatic solid mass.
Results: Serum CA 19-9 was checked in 159 patients .The majority of patients were male (68%) and 81% had mass in the head of pancreas. Pathologic assessment revealed 131 adenocarcinomas (82%), 10 other malignancies (6%), 7 benign lesion (4%) and was non-diagnostic in 11 cases (7%). Mean level of this tumor marker in patients with adenocarcinoma, non-adenocarcinoma malignancy, benign and non-diagnostic pathology was 1094, 1004, 120, 259 U/ML respectively. With regarding 58 U/ML as a cutoff point; sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value and accuracy of this tumor marker for diagnosing the adenocarcinoma were 85%, 67%, 88%, 60% and 81% respectively.
- Pancreatic neoplasm
- CA 19-9.
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