Journal article

An evaluation of left sided colonic polyps as a marker for right sided cancers.

R Ryan, P Neary, J Stone, H Mulcahy, D O'Donoghue, K Sheahan, J Hyland

Irish Medical Journal | Published : 2004


The detection of a left-sided polyp on flexible sigmoidoscopy has been suggested as providing a heralding sign for right-sided tumours. We assessed our own experience with right-sided colonic cancers with reference to detection modality, surgical intervention and their association with left-sided polyps. We performed a retrospective review of a prospectively collected colorectal cancer database, with endoscopic and radiological records. Patients were subcategorised on the basis of the presence or absence of left-side polyps. Ninety-one consecutive patients who underwent curative surgery for right-sided colonic cancers were studied. Endoscopy was used to detect right-sided carcinomas in 10 (8..

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