Predictive value of common symptom combinations in diagnosing colorectal cancer.

@article{Thompson2007PredictiveVO,
  title={Predictive value of common symptom combinations in diagnosing colorectal cancer.},
  author={Michael D Thompson and Rafael Perera and Asha Senapati and Steve Hatfield Dodds},
  journal={The British journal of surgery},
  year={2007},
  volume={94 10},
  pages={1260-5}
}
BACKGROUND This study compared the diagnostic values of age and single symptoms of colorectal cancer with those of age and symptom combinations. METHODS Consecutive patients with lower gastrointestinal symptoms referred to a surgical clinic over a 12-year period were studied prospectively. The diagnostic value of age and common symptoms of bowel cancer, individually and in combination, was determined by measuring positive predictive value, sensitivity and specificity. RESULTS In total, 467… CONTINUE READING