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Revista de Salud Pública

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GARCIA-MOLINA, Mario et al. 18FDG-PET/CT cost-effectiveness compared to CT at the end of treatment in pediatric Hodgkin's lymphoma patients. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2014, vol.16, n.2, pp.260-269. ISSN 0124-0064.

Objective Estimating the cost-effectiveness of 18FDG-PET/CT (positron emission tomography) compared to computer tomography (CT) followed by 18FDG-PET/CT as a confirmatory test for a positive case at the end of treatment in Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) patients under 18 years-old. Methods A decision tree was built for comparing 18FDG-PET/CT to CT followed by 18FDG-PET/CT as a confirmatory test for a positive case in detecting residual lesions; outcome was measured in life years gained (LYG). The cost-effectiveness ratio was calculated; the threshold was 3 times the per capita GDP per LYG. Values were expressed in Colombian pesos for 2010 (1 US dollar=$ 1,897.89) and submitted to deterministic and probabilistic sensitivity analysis. Results Assuming a difference of 13 months in true positives' life expectancy compared to that for false negatives, the cost of an additional LYG with 18FDG-PET/CT compared to CT followed by 18FDG-PET/CT as a confirmatory test for a positive case when evaluating the end of pediatric HL patients' treatment was $ 34,508,590 (COP). Conclusion If differential life-expectancy between true positives and false negatives is at least 1.03 years, then using 18FDG-PET/CT for evaluating the end of HL pediatric patients' therapy is a cost-effective strategy for Colombia.

Keywords : Cost-benefit analysis; Hodgkin's disease; positron-emission tomography; pediatrics.

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