Fewer post-op complications for colorectal cancer patients
Categorie(s) : News, Research
Published : 1 February 2021
Colorectal cancer surgeries are particularly prone to complications, with between 3% and 20% of patients affected by CAL, or colorectal anastomotic leakage. This infection, diagnosed an average of four to seven days post-op, is a major cause of mortality. CEA-Leti is engaged in the EIT Exuchek project, which addresses this issue. The institute is developing a comprehensive CAL monitoring system that will include a device that can be integrated into the surgical drain, an algorithm to trigger alerts at certain thresholds, and a user interface for caregivers.
The system will constantly monitor biomarker concentrations for early diagnosis of infection. The pH and lactate sensors, which must be sensitive, robust, and capable of providing repeatable measurements within the range necessary for the future system, pose a unique challenge.