The radioguided 111In-pentetreotide surgery in the management of ACTH-secreting bronchial carcinoid.

Pierluigi Granone, Venanzio Porziella, Alfredo Cesario, Filippo Lococo, Stefano Margaritora, Giovanni Francesco Livio D'Errico

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: A correct intra-operative detection of the tumour and, therefore, the complete surgical resection is critical to success in ACTH-secreting bronchial carcinoids. To date, all available preoperative and intra-operative procedures remain not entirely satisfactory. The use of intra-operative 111In-pentetreotide detection could offer a potentially reliable and rapid tool of real time assessment to achieve a radical resection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In two cases of ACTH-secreting bronchial carcinoids, after a preliminary 111In-pentetreotide scan, radio-guided surgery was performed using a hand-held gamma probe 24 h after i.v. administration of the tracer. RESULTS: The 111n-pentetreotide radioguided surgery with hand-held gamma probe, if compared with pre-operative 111In-pentetreotide, significantly improved the intra-operative surgical management by detecting a millimetric nodule in one case; detecting mediastinal lymph node metastasis in both cases and ruling out any other disease localization. DISCUSSION: Intra-operative 111In-pentetreotide detection appears to be safe and easy to perform. This technique allowed to achieve a complete resection of all the tumor locations, that would have been impossible to detect with conventional surgical approach. On the basis of these results we advocate for a wider investigation of the potentialities connected with the radioguided surgery coupled with pre-operative 111In-pentetreotide scan as a promising procedure in the management of ACTH-secreting bronchial carcinoids
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)587-591
Numero di pagine5
RivistaEuropean Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2011


  • carcinoid


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