TITLE

Evaluation of Chest Radiography versus Chest Computed Tomography in Screening for Pulmonary Malignancy in Advanced Head and Neck Cancer

AUTHOR(S)
Warner, Giles C.; Cox, Graham J.
PUB. DATE
March 2003
SOURCE
Journal of Otolaryngology;Mar/Apr2003, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p107
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Objective: To evaluate the role of chest radiography versus chest computed tomography (CT) in screening for pulmonary malignancy in advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Design: Retrospective review of imaging. Setting: Head and neck cancer unit. Method: Over a period of 1 year, 26 patients with advanced HNSCC (T3/T4) were screened for pulmonary malignancy with both chest radiography and chest CT prior to definitive therapy. Outcome Measures: Radiologic evidence of malignancy. Results: Twenty patients had a normal chest radiograph and a normal CT scan. Four patients had a normal chest radiograph but an abnormal CT scan. Three of these patients had a pulmonary malignancy and one had a suspicious lesion that resolved following surgery to the index tumour. Two patients had both an abnormal chest radiograph and CT scan. One of these had a pulmonary malignancy and one had a CT-guided biopsy of the chest lesion 4 weeks postoperatively, which was normal. Chest CT scanning therefore identified three chest malignancies that would have been missed by chest radiography alone. Conclusions: Chest CT is an effective tool in screening for malignant pulmonary disease in patients with advanced head and neck cancer and should be used instead of chest radiography to avoid false-negative results.
ACCESSION #
10351132

 

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