Alicja Klimczak, Michał Mik, Łukasz Dziki, Wojciech Seroka and Adam Dziki
Resections and Palliative Procedures in Patients Operated on for Colorectal Cancer in Poland in 2005-2008
The aim of the study was analysis of the number of resection and palliative procedures in patients operated on for colorectal cancer in Poland. We also analyzed the number of sphincter-sparing surgery in patients with rectal cancer.
Material and methods. Statistical data about surgical procedures performed in patients with colorectal cancer were obtained from the National Institute of Hygiene in Warsaw. The procedures were divided into palliations and resections. The analysis was performed for the period from 2005 to 2008. We analyzed the data including women and men.
Results. We observed an increase in the number of resections from 3381 to 3768 (85.6-88% of all treatments) (2005-2008) in patients with colon cancer. A similar regularity was observed in patients who underwent surgery for rectal cancer from 2335 to 2712, respectively (76.4 to 81.4% of all treatments). Similarly, the number of sphincter-sparing surgery over the course of the period has increased from 1502 to 1916 operations.
Conclusions. The increase in the percentage of resections and sphincter-sparing surgery may indicate the progress in the earlier detection of colorectal cancer. Another reason for this increase may be improving the level of education of surgeons due to the better availability of workshops and training. However, analysis is based on too short period of time and these conclusions cannot be regarded as final.
Jarosław Buczyński, Ewa Langner and Adam Dziki
A foreign body in the rectum is not a very common emergency case in surgical practice, of various etiology. In the years 2003-2011, 8 people were hospitalised in the Clinic of General and Colorectal Surgery due to a foreign body in the rectum. All the patients were male. All of them were qualified for foreign body removal in a surgical suite, under general anaesthesia due to a potential need for expanding the scope of the procedure. In all situations attempts were made at removing the object through the anus, which proved successful in 7 cases, without complications.In one case the scope of the procedure needed to be expanded with laparotomy and sigmoidotomy, through which the foreign body was removed. This procedure was also carried out with no complications.
Łukasz Dziki, Michał Mik, Radzisław Trzciński, Marcin Włodarczyk, Mariusz Skoneczny and Adam Dziki
A perianal fistula is a pathological canal covered by granulation tissue connecting the anal canal and perianal area epidermis. The above-mentioned problem is the reason for the patient to visit the surgeonproctologist. Unfortunately, the disease is characterized by a high recurrence rate, even despite proper management.
The aim of the study was to determine the current condition of perianal fistula treatment methods in everyday surgical practice, considering members of the Society of Polish Surgeons. Material and methods. 1523 members of the Society of Polish Surgeons received an anonymous questionnaire comprising 15 questions regarding perianal fistula treatment in everyday practice.
Results. Results were obtained from 807 (53%) members. After receiving answers, questionnaire results were collected, analysed, and presented in a descriptive form.
Conclusions. Study results showed that most Polish surgeons choose the fistulectomy/fistulotomy method. Considering treatment of perianal fistulas the most important issue is to find the correct, primary fistula canal. Further methods should be individually selected for each patient. One should also remember that every fistula is different. Surgical departments that operate a small number of perianal fistulas should direct such patients to reference centers.
Łukasz Dziki, Michł Mik, Radzisław Trzciński, Jarosław Buczyński, Justyna Darnikowska, Michał Spychalski, Anna Wierzbicka and Adam Dziki
Loop stoma allows reducing the percentage of anastomotic leak and re-operation caused bythis complication. Our department has performed the loop stoma on a skin bridge since 2011.
The aim of the study was to evaluate the early results of treatment after the skin bridge loop stoma creation in comparison with the stoma made on a plastic rod. Both groups had 20 patients.
Material and methods. The study involved 40 patients with ileostomy, operated 2010-2013. We evaluated 20 patients with a loop ileostomy on a plastic rod, compared to 20 other patients with a skinbridge ileostomy. The study included 24 men and 16 women. Median age was 68.3. All evaluated patients were previously operated due to rectal cancer.
Results. It has been shown that the surgical site infection is more common in the group with a plastic rod (5 vs 1 patient). Inflammation of the skin around the stoma occurred in 18 patients (90%) in the first group, while no such complication was found in patients in the second group. The average number of exchanged ostomy wafers was 2,9 per weekin the first group of patients, and 1,1 in the second group (p 0,05).
Conclusions. The creation of the skin bridge stoma allows for tight fit of the ostomy appliance immediately after surgery completion. The equipment has stable and long-lasting contact with the skin, no skin inflammatory changes occur. Also the surgical site infection rates are lower in this group of patients. As perioperative patient does not require an increased number of ostomy appliance, the cost of treatment can be considered as an important aspect.
Anna Walczak, Karolina Przybyłowska, Radzisław Trzciński, Andrzej Sygut, Łukasz Dziki, Adam Dziki and Ireneusz Majsterek
Association of -1112 C/T Promoter Region Polymorphism of the Interleukin 13 Gene with Occurrence of Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal carcinoma is one of the leading causes of death from cancer amongst adults. Considering its molecular background, cytokines are the key component of the inflammatory microenvironment of these tumors. Investigations that enable better understanding of colorectal cancer concerning the molecular level, may provide important tools for genetic screening of disease high-risk groups, as well as molecular diagnostics for the non-invasive detection of cancer in its early stages.
The aim of the study was to evaluate the association between colorectal cancer and the -1112 C/T single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of the interleukin-13 gene.
Material and methods. The study group comprised 150 cancer patients and 170 healthy subject genotypes from the Polish population. Analysis was performed by PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP).
Results. We showed that the CT genotype is connected with a higher risk of colon cancer occurrence (OR 2.51; 95% CI 1.57-4.02; p < 0.0001). We also correlated the polymorphic variants of the IL-13 gene with the clinical characteristics of colorectal cancer patients. We observed no association between the investigated polymorphism and colorectal cancer progression, evaluated by tumor stage, as well as lymph node metastasis.
Conclusions. The presented study suggested the possibility of a connection between the IL-13 gene polymorphism (-1112 C/T) and colorectal cancer risk in the Polish population.
Michał Spychalski, Łukasz Dziki, Jarosław Buczyński, Andrzej Kulig, Stanisław Sporny and Adam Dziki
Celecoxib - A Selective Cyclooxygenase-2 Inhibitor Exhibits Dose - Dependent Chemopreventive Activity on an Animal Model of Colorectal Cancer*
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is still one of the unresolved issues in medicine. Despite constant improvements in diagnosis and treatment, the prognosis for CRC is unsatisfactory. In recent years, much attention has been paid to experiments concerning chemoprevention of CRC.
The aim of the study was evaluation of the effectiveness of celecoxib, a selective Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitor of chemically-induced CRC carcinogenesis in Fisher F344 rats.
Material and methods. Forty-five four-week old male F344 rats were randomized into four groups. In Groups 1, 2, and 3, we induced the CRC carcinogenesis through two subcutaneous injections of Azoxymethane in doses of 20 mg/kg. Rats from groups 1 and 2 were treated with celecoxib in doses of 10 and 30 mg/kg from the start of the experiment. Group 4 was a negative control. The experiment ended in the 26th week. We assessed the following parameters: the number of Aberrant Crypt Foci (premalignant lesions in colons) and the immunoexpression indexes: COX-2, Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), and c-myc.
Results. Celecoxib reduced the ACF number. The ACF reduction was dose-dependent. The median ACF number per field of vision was as follows for each of the groups: 1.7, 0.75, 3.2, and 0.2. Celecoxib, irrespective of the dose, reduced the VEGF immunoexpression index. We did not observe a reduction of COX-2 or c-myc immunoexpression in the celecoxib groups.
Conclusions. In this experiment, we proved that celecoxib possessed chemopreventive activity. Carcinogenesis inhibition by selective COX-2 inhibitor was dose-dependent. We demonstrated that celecoxib hidners angiogenesis, expressed as VEGF immunoexpression. We indirectly confirmed the hypothesis of a celecoxib COX-2 independent pathway mechanism of action.
Anna Walczak, Karolina Przybyłowska, Andrzej Sygut, Łukasz Dziki, Cezary Chojnacki, Jan Chojnacki, Adam Dziki and Ireneusz Majsterek
The -2518 A/G MCP-1 Polymorphism as a Risk Factor of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are disorders originated from immune disturbances.
The aim of the study was to evaluate the association between the -2518 A/G MCP-1 polymorphism and the risk of IBD development.
Material and methods. Genotypes were determined by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) method. Study group consisted of 197 subjects with IBD (120 with ulcerative colitis and 77 with Crohn's disease) as well as 210 healthy controls.
Results. The presence of the -2518 G/G MCP-1 genotype in the investigated groups seems to be connected with higher risk of inflammatory bowel disease as well as Crohn's disease only (OR 2.26; 95% CI 1.44-3.54 and OR 2.08; 95% CI 1.21-3.46, respectively).
Conclusions. Our data showed that the -2518 A/G MCP-1 polymorphism might be associated with the IBD occurrence and might be used as predictive factor of these diseases in a Polish population.
Karolina Przybyłowska, Jerzy Mrowicki, Andrzej Sygut, Piotr Narbutt, Łukasz Dziki, Adam Dziki and Ireneusz Majsterek
Contribution of the -173 G/C Polymorphism of Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor Gene to the Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) represents a heterogeneous group of chronic disorders characterized by inflammation of gastrointestinal tract, typically with a relapsing and remitting clinical course of unknown etiology. Presumably, IBD develops with response exogenous environmental factors only in persons with genetic predisposition. This predisposition was suggested to be associated with polymorphism and mutations in genes encoding proinflammatory immune system proteins. Enhanced production of macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) was found in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and mice with experimental colitis. These results suggest that MIF plays a critical role in etiology of the colitis.
The aim of the study was determine whether the MIF -173 G/C gene polymorphism is associated with the susceptibility to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Material and methods. A total of 99 IBD patients, including 58 patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) and 41 with Crohn's disease (CD) and 436 healthy controls recruited from the Polish population, were genotyped for MIF polymorphisms. Genotyping of MIF gene polymorphism was performed by a RFLP-PCR.
Results. We found an increased risk of UC for the C allele of the MIF-173 G/C polymorphism. The distribution of the genotypes was not significantly different in the CD group compared with the controls.
Conclusions. We demonstrated that the C allele is associated with an increased risk for development of UC. This suggests that the G/C polymorphism in the MIF gene promoter may be a potential risk factor for UC in Polish population.
Michał Spychalski, Jarosław Buczyński, Jarosław Cywiński, Łukasz Dziki, Ewa Langner, Andrzej Sygut, Radzisław Trzciński and Adam Dziki
Large Colorectal Polyps - Endoscopic Polypectomy as an Alternative to Surgery
Endoscopic polypectomy of colorectal polyps is a common procedure. However, endoscopic treatment of large polyps (those with a diameter exceeding 2 cm) remains questionable. There is a serious risk of colorectal carcinoma presence inside these lesions, which eventually would require surgical intervention. Apart from this fact endoscopic polypectomy of large polyps is connected with substantial risk of complications, such as perforation and bleeding. Many patients with large colorectal polyps are qualified for surgical intervention.
The aim of the study was to determine the efficacy and safety of polypectomy of large colorectal polyps.
Material and methods. The study presented results of endoscopic treatment in case of patients with large colorectal polyps at the Department of General and Colorectal Surgery, Medical University in Łódź. Patients were admitted to the hospital during the period between January, 2008 and January, 2010. The following parameters were analysed: location of polyps, percentage of high grade dysplasia, complete excision rate, and complications connected with polypectomy procedures.
Results. During the analyzed period of time 488 endoscopic polypectomies were performed. Forty-three large colorectal polyps were removed (8.8%). Seven (16.3%) of them were classified as flat polyps. Out of 488 removed polyps, 39 were classified as adenomas with high grade dysplasia (7.9%), while 16 were large-exceeding 2 cm (37.2%). Considering the group of large polyps no invasive carcinoma case was detected. The radical excision rate for large pedunculated polyps was obtained in 88.8% (32/36) of cases. In case of flat adenomas the above-mentioned parameter was lower - 57.1% (4/7). During polypectomy of large colorectal polyps one perforation was observed during the excision of a flat cecal polyp. In two cases immediate bleeding occurred (2/43). In both cases endoscopic treatment of bleeding proved sufficient.
Conclusions. Endoscopic polypectomy of large pedunculated polyps is a safe and efficient method, which makes it a rationale alternative for surgery. Polypectomy of flat adenomas is connected with a lower radical excision rate and higher risk of perforation.