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The Ultrasonic Imaging of the Rectum

  • G. Feifel
  • U. Hildebrand
  • B. Koch
  • C. Alzin
Conference paper

Abstract

Until now, the pre-operative staging of rectal cancer comprises rectal digital examination, proctoscopy and sample excision. Growths confined to the rectum can be identified correctly within 10 cm of the anal verge. Rectal digital examination is therefore undeniably necessary but has definite limits:
  1. 1.

    It is limited to tumours which are located within 10 cm of the anal verge

     
  2. 2.

    Its value is particularly limited in tumours whose upper boundary cannot be palpated

     
  3. 3.

    Rectal digital examination cannot recognize pathological categories of tumour spread with any accuracy [1,4]

     
  4. 4.

    It is subjective and in comparison with imaging methods is not reproducible

     

Keywords

Rectal Cancer Anal Verge Rectal Digital Examination Muscle Wall Compute Tomogra 
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    Dixon AK, Fry K, Morson BC, Nicholls RJ, Mason AY (1981) Pre-operative computed tomography of carcinoma of the rectum. Br J Radiol 54: 655–659PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Nicholls RJ, Mason AY, Morson BC, Dixon AK, Fry IK (1982) The clinical staging of rectal cancer. Br J Surg 69:404–409PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Feifel
  • U. Hildebrand
  • B. Koch
  • C. Alzin

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