Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 452–455 | Cite as

Role of Ultrasonography in the Surveillance of Disease-Free Patients with Colorectal Cancer: a Retrospective Audit

  • Garima Suman
  • Akshay D. BahetiEmail author
  • Suman Kumar Ankathi
  • Nitin Shetty
  • Suyash Kulkarni
  • Vikas Ostwal
  • Avanish P. Saklani
Original Article


Close surveillance of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients is helpful as early detection of resectable metastasis has a survival benefit. Ultrasonography (USG) is a frequently used modality to detect liver recurrence, although international guidelines do not include it. To evaluate the potential added role of USG in early detection of CRC recurrence. We performed a retrospective analysis of 230 patients of colorectal cancer treated at our institute in 2013–2014 who underwent abdominal USG for surveillance. 77/230 (33%) developed recurrence, with liver being the second most common site (22/230). 5/230 (2%) patients had recurrent disease first detected on USG, four of which also had raised serum CEA (carcinoembryonic antigen) levels. There were three false positive and four false-negative cases on USG. There was no added advantage of USG for early detection of CRC recurrence.


Colorectal cancer Surveillance Ultrasonography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Garima Suman
    • 1
  • Akshay D. Baheti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Suman Kumar Ankathi
    • 1
  • Nitin Shetty
    • 1
  • Suyash Kulkarni
    • 1
  • Vikas Ostwal
    • 2
  • Avanish P. Saklani
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of RadiodiagnosisTata Memorial CenterMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Medical OncologyTata Memorial CenterMumbaiIndia
  3. 3.Department of Surgical OncologyTata Memorial CenterMumbaiIndia

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