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Title
The natural history of aberrant crypt foci.
Pubmed ID
18178205 (View this publication on the PubMed website)
Publication
Gastrointest. Endosc. 2008 Jun; Volume 67 (Issue 7): Pages 1097-102
Authors

Schoen RE, Mutch M, Rall C, Dry SM, Seligson D, Umar A, Pinsky P

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Aberrant crypt foci (ACF) are the putative precursors to colorectal adenomas and may be useful as biomarkers. Knowledge of their natural history is essential to understanding their potential utility.

OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to examine ACF detection 1 year after initial observation.

DESIGN: We conducted a multicenter study of ACF by using a standardized protocol. ACF in the rectum were assessed and subjects returned 1 year later to evaluate the natural history of the lesions.

SETTING: Ancillary study to the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial.

RESULTS: Of 78 subjects enrolled, 64 (82%) returned for a repeat examination 1 year later. The mean age was 71 years, 70% were male, and 54% had a history of adenomatous polyps. At the initial examination, 66% of subjects had at least 1 ACF detected in the rectum, with a mean of 2.1 +/- 2.3 per person. One year later, 60% of these subjects had at least 1 of the original ACF reidentified, but only 43% of all ACF were reidentified. A total of 56% of subjects had new ACF identified.

LIMITATIONS: These results are generated from the pilot phase. Improvements or change in technique over time could have influenced the results.

CONCLUSIONS: A total of 60% of subjects who had ACF continued to have at least one ACF 1 year later, but less than half the specific ACF could be reidentified, and more than 50% of subjects had new ACF. These results imply a considerable dynamic to ACF detection over a 1-year period of observation.

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