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Diagnosis of bladder tumours in patients with macroscopic haematuria: A prospective comparison of split-bolus computed tomography urography, magnetic resonance urography and flexible cystoscopy

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Abstract Objective. The aim of this study was to compare split-bolus computed tomography urography (CTU), magnetic resonance urography (MRU) and flexible cystoscopy in patients with macroscopic haematuria regarding the diagnosis of bladder tumours. Materials and methods. In this prospective study, 150 patients underwent CTU, MRU and flexible cystoscopy. Two uroradiologists individually reviewed the images without any clinical information, using a questionnaire. Patient records and pathology reports were also reviewed. Results. At flexible cystoscopy, MRU and CTU, 32, 19 and 15 bladder lesions were identified, respectively. Histopathology showed that 13 of the 29 biopsied lesions were transitional cell carcinomas. Compared with the histopathology, the sensitivity and specificity for detection of tumours by CTU and MRU were 61.5% and 94.9%, and 79.9% and 93.4%, respectively. False-positive detection of bladder tumours, compared with histopathology, was reported in seven CTUs and nine MRUs, whereas the number of false-negative findings was five for CTUs and three for MRUs. Conclusions. Split-bolus CTU or MRU cannot replace cystoscopy in cases of macroscopic haematuria. MRU has a higher sensitivity than split-bolus CTU, and is a potential alternative to flexible cystoscopy. Patients with a low risk of bladder cancer may forgo flexible cystoscopy if a bladder tumour is identified by either CTU or MRU, and proceed straight to transuretheral resection of the bladder.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftScandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
Vol/bind49
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)224-229
ISSN0036-5599
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StatusUdgivet - 2015

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