Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
versión impresa ISSN 1130-0108
URBANO, M. et al. Team approach to ERCP-directed single-brush cytology for the diagnosis of malignancy. Rev. esp. enferm. dig. [online]. 2008, vol.100, n.8, pp.462-465. ISSN 1130-0108.
Objective: to evaluate the clinical usefulness of single-brush cytology performed at ERCP as initial method for detecting pancreatobiliary malignancy, ensuring a very close relationship between endoscopists, cytotechnicians, and cytopathologists. Study design: all 125 cytodiagnoses considered in this study correspond to the first brushing for each patient, collected by one of the three members of a fixed team of endoscopists in the presence of the same cytotechnician. Smears were fixed immediately with Merckofix® spray, stained with Papanicolau, and analyzed by the same cytopathologist in a laboratory exclusively devoted to gastrointestinal cytopathology located at the endoscopy unit. Results: of 125 cytological diagnoses 94 were considered benign, 4 suspicious, and 27 malignant. These findings were compared to the final diagnosis of 45 malignant and 80 benign lesions obtained either by surgical pathology or after at least one year of clinical follow-up. The comparison yielded 30 true positives, 78 true negatives, 1 false positive and 16 false negative results, which corresponds to a sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, and accuracy of 65.2, 98.7, 96.8, 83, and 86.4%, respectively. Conclusion: results seem to confirm the usefulness of an effective team approach to ERCP-directed brush cytology for the diagnosis of pancreatobiliary malignancy. However, sensitivity continues to be rather low.
Palabras clave : Pancreatic malignancy; Biliary malignancy; Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP); Brush cytology; Diagnosis.