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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Balance between endoscopic and genetic information in the choice of ileorectal anastomosis for familial adenomatous polyposis.

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The number of rectal polyps and the site of mutations in the APC (Adenomatous polyposis coli) gene have been used to guide the surgical management in patients with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). The aim of this study is to assess the utility of the APC mutation screening compared to the degree of the rectal polyposis in surgical decision making. METHODS: The post-surgical courses of 25 patients submitted to subtotal colectomy with ileorectal anastomosis (IRA) were reviewed. Preservation of the rectum was prospectively decided on the basis of well-defined endoscopic criteria. The number of rectal polyps was assessed preoperatively and every 6-12 months. APC gene was screened for mutations by heteroduplex analysis, single strand conformation polymorphism, in vitro synthesized protein (IVSP), and DNA sequencing. Patients negative for APC mutations were tested for MYH mutations. RESULTS: On the basis of preoperative polyp rectal count we categorized patients as follows: Group I, 5 or fewer adenomas; Group II, 6-9 adenomas; Group III, 10 or more adenomas. After a follow-up ranging from 12 to 225 months we have observed a significant difference of recurrent rectal adenomas between Groups I-II versus III. No difference was detected among patients of Group I and II. The mean number of adenomas/year/patient was 0.67, 1.62, and 9.29 for Group I, II, and III, respectively. Carpeting polyposis of the rectal stump developed in three patients with APC mutation at codon 1309 and two of them needed later proctectomy. Diffuse rectal polyposis was observed in one patient with mutation at exon 9 who had 10 small polyps at time of surgery. Mutation at the 5'-end of APC (codons 144-232), mutation of MYH and unknown APC or MYH mutation were correlated with a low number of polyps both at presentation and follow-up. No IRA patients developed rectal cancer. CONCLUSIONS: In our experience fewer than 10 rectal polyps at presentation can predict a favorable outcome after IRA. Identification of specific germ-line APC or MYH mutation can address the choice of surgical treatment. J. Surg. Oncol. 2007;95:28-33. (c) 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.[1]


  1. Balance between endoscopic and genetic information in the choice of ileorectal anastomosis for familial adenomatous polyposis. Valanzano, R., Ficari, F., Curia, M.C., Aceto, G., Veschi, S., Cama, A., Battista, P., Tonelli, F. Journal of surgical oncology (2007) [Pubmed]
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