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Zsolt Zador, Andrew T King, Nophar Geifman
BACKGROUND: Atypical meningiomas are common central nervous system neoplasms with high recurrence rate and poorer prognosis compared to their grade I counterparts. Surgical excision and radiotherapy remains the mainstay therapy but medical treatments are limited. We explore new drug candidates using computational drug repurposing based on the gene expression signature of atypical meningioma tissue with subsequent analysis of drug-generated expression profiles. We further explore possible mechanisms of action for the identified drug candidates using ingenuity pathway analysis (IPA)...
2018: PloS One
Laurie Cook, Michelle Tensley, Wm Tod Drost, Christopher Koivisto, Michael Oglesbee
A 4 yr old border collie presenting for mydriasis and decreased mentation and a 7 yr old Boston terrier presenting for obtundation, head tilt, and paraparesis were both evaluated using MRI. Findings in both included mass lesions of the thalamus and brainstem that were hypo- to isointense on T1-weighted images and hyperintense on T2-weighted images with regions of hypointensity, and robust contrast enhancement and displacement of adjacent structures. Postmortem histopathology findings, tumor location, and a mixed pattern of epithelial cell differentiation were consistent with germ cell tumor in both cases...
March 20, 2018: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Oğuz Ahmet Hasdemir, Serhat Tokgöz, Fulya Köybaşıoğlu, Harun Karabacak, Cüneyt Yücesoy, Gökşen İnanç İmamoğlu
BACKGROUND: Metaplastic carcinoma of the breast (MpBC) is defined as a group of heterogeneous malignant neoplasms that contain glandular and non-glandular components with mixed epithelial and mesenchymal differentiations. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to research the clinical and pathological characteristics of MpBC determining its rank among all breast cancers. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Metaplastic carcinoma of the breast was found in 7 out of 1,164 patients who had been diagnosed with breast cancer within the period of 12 years in our hospital...
March 19, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Waltraud Friesenbichler, Angela Schumich, Ingrid Simonitsch-Klupp, Renate Panzer-Grümayer, Oskar Haas, Georg Mann, Michael Dworzak
Myelofibrosis is associated with a wide variety of neoplastic and non-neoplastic bone marrow diseases, predominately myeloproliferative neoplasms and acute myeloid leukemia. The following case documents an unusual patient presenting with pancytopenia and acute myelofibrosis accompanied by precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This very rare clinical presentation raises questions concerning the relationship between concurrent occurrence of acute myelofibrosis and acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
March 19, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
Simeon U Springer, Chung-Hsin Chen, Maria Del Carmen Rodriguez Pena, Lu Li, Christopher Douville, Yuxuan Wang, Joshua David Cohen, Diana Taheri, Natalie Silliman, Joy Schaefer, Janine Ptak, Lisa Dobbyn, Maria Papoli, Isaac Kinde, Bahman Afsari, Aline C Tregnago, Stephania M Bezerra, Christopher VandenBussche, Kazutoshi Fujita, Dilek Ertoy, Isabela W Cunha, Lijia Yu, Trinity J Bivalacqua, Arthur P Grollman, Luis A Diaz, Rachel Karchin, Ludmila Danilova, Chao-Yuan Huang, Chia-Tung Shun, Robert J Turesky, Byeong Hwa Yun, Thomas A Rosenquist, Yeong-Shiau Pu, Ralph H Hruban, Cristian Tomasetti, Nickolas Papadopoulos, Ken W Kinzler, Bert Vogelstein, Kathleen G Dickman, George J Netto
Current non-invasive approaches for detection of urothelial cancers are suboptimal. We developed a test to detect urothelial neoplasms using DNA recovered from cells shed into urine. UroSEEK incorporates massive parallel sequencing assays for mutations in 11 genes and copy number changes on 39 chromosome arms. In 570 patients at risk for bladder cancer (BC), UroSEEK was positive in 83% of those who developed BC. Combined with cytology, UroSEEK detected 95% of patients who developed BC. Of 56 patients with upper tract urothelial cancer, 75% tested positive by UroSEEK, including 79% of those with non-invasive tumors...
March 20, 2018: ELife
Dafang Zhang, Philip Blazar, Brandon E Earp
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to determine the rates and types of complications and secondary surgeries after mini-open carpal tunnel release. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed for 1,328 patients who underwent mini-open carpal tunnel release from August 2008 to July 2013. Patients were excluded for acute trauma, the index procedure being revision surgery, neoplasm, age less than 18 years, incomplete records, and postoperative follow-up less than 1 month, which yielded 904 patients who underwent 1,144 surgeries...
March 1, 2018: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
Bayardo Perez-Ordoñez
Primary neuroendocrine carcinomas (NECs) of the larynx and head and neck are an uncommon and heterogeneous group of neoplasms categorized by the 2017 WHO Classification of Head and Neck Tumors as: (a) well-differentiated (WD-NEC), (b) moderately-differentiated (MD-NEC), and (c) poorly-differentiated (PD-NEC) with small cell and large cell types. The classification incorporates elements of differentiation and grading and closely correlates to the 5-year disease specific survival of 100, 52.8, 19.3 and 15.3% for each diagnostic category...
March 20, 2018: Head and Neck Pathology
Shinya Fujie, Hiroyuki Matsubayashi, Hirotoshi Ishiwatari, Hiromasa Hazama, Takaaki Ito, Keiko Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ono
A 70-year-old man was referred to our hospital with exacerbation of diabetes. His blood tests showed elevated levels of serum IgG4 and HbA1c. Computed tomography of the pancreatic body demonstrated a weakly enhanced mass, 2 cm in size, with indistinct borders. Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography revealed a narrowing of the main pancreatic duct (MPD) at the pancreatic body, a markedly dilated upstream duct, and a slightly dilated downstream duct. Endoscopic ultrasonography demonstrated an iso-hypoechoic heterogeneous mass, protruding and spreading in the pancreatic duct...
March 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
Stefano Francesco Crinò, Mirko D'Onofrio, Laura Bernardoni, Luca Frulloni, Michele Iannelli, Giuseppe Malleo, Salvatore Paiella, Alberto Larghi, Armando Gabbrielli
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Endoscopic ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation (EUS-RFA) is a promising technique for the treatment of pancreatic neoplasm. We evaluated the feasibility, safety, and technical success of pancreatic EUS-RFA performed in a single center. METHODS: 9 consecutive patients (8 with pancreatic adenocarcinoma and 1 with renal cancer metastasis) were referred for EUS-RFA between November 2016 and July 2017. EUS-RFA was performed using 18-gauge internally cooled electrode with a 5 or 10 mm exposed tip...
March 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
Valentina Tardivo, Francesca Vincitorio, Matteo Monticelli, Luca Bertero, Francesco Zenga, Alessandro Ducati, Paola Cassoni, Diego Garbossa
BACKGROUND: Brain metastases in pancreatic cancer are a rare condition and are usually seen in case of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Only few cases of brain metastasis in patients affected by Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN) are actually reported. CASE DESCRIPTION: We report a patient diagnosed with double cystic brain lesions that the histological examination reveal to be consistent, with pancreatic metastasis. Our patient had an history shown of stable pancreatic IPMN which has never made the oncologist suspicious about neoplastic progression or degeneration into pancreatic carcinoma...
March 20, 2018: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Rebecca D Chernock, Eric J Duncavage
Salivary neuroendocrine carcinomas are rare and the overwhelming majority is high-grade. The parotid gland is the most commonly involved site followed by the submandibular gland. Most arise de novo but rare examples occurring as a high-grade transformation of another type of salivary gland neoplasm exist. There is significant morphologic and immunophenotypic overlap with neuroendocrine carcinomas of other sites, especially the skin. Like cutaneous neuroendocrine (or Merkel cell) carcinomas, approximately three-fourths are cytokeratin 20 positive...
March 20, 2018: Head and Neck Pathology
Katarzyna Jakubowska, Luiza Kańczuga-Koda, Wojciech Kisielewski, Mariusz Koda, Waldemar Famulski
Squamous cell carcinoma (SqCC) of the breast should be differentiated between the primary skin keratinizing squamous carcinoma and squamous metaplastic cancer. In the current study, the cases of two patients who were diagnosed with SqCC originated from skin and the breast were discussed. A fine-needle aspiration biopsy confirmed the presence of atypical squamous cells. In both cases, the microscopic examination of the surgical specimen revealed a malignant neoplasm differentiated into SqCC characterized by keratinizing cancer cells with abundant eosiphilic cytoplasm with large, hyperchromatic vesicular nuclei...
April 2018: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Ting-Ying Lee, Chia-Wen Wang, Teng-Wei Chen, De-Chuan Chan, Guo-Shiou Liao, Hsiu-Lung Fan
BACKGROUND: Gallbladder cancer is unusually seen but can result in highly mortality rate. It makes challenge to diagnose for clinicians due to present asymptomatic or non-specific clinical presentation including abdominal pain, anorexia. It usually also accompanies with cholelithiasis (incidence is 1-2%) and incidentally detected by radiologic examination such as ultrasound, computed tomography or intra-operative intervention accidentally. Gallbladder cancer results in highly fatal malignancy because it is difficult to early detect...
March 20, 2018: BMC Research Notes
Julia R Schneider, Deborah R Shatzkes, Stephen C Scharf, Tristan M Tham, Kay O Kulason, François-Alexandre Buteau, Michela Del Prete, Shamik Chakraborty, Todd A Anderson, Saeed Asiry, Jean-Mathieu Beauregard, David J Langer, Peter D Costantino, John A Boockvar
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE: Olfactory neuroblastoma, also known as esthesioneuroblastoma (ENB), is a malignant neoplasm with an unpredictable behavior. Currently, the widely accepted treatment is inductive chemotherapy, with or without surgery, followed by radiotherapy. Since data on genetics and molecular alterations of ENB are lacking, there is no standard molecularly targeted therapy. However, ENB commonly expresses the somatostatin receptor (SSTR) that is also expressed by neuroendocrine tumors...
March 14, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Xin Zhao, Jing Wei, Xiaoxin Li, Haochang Yang, Pei Wang, Susheng Cao
Adequate lymph node evaluation is recommended for optimal staging in patients with malignant neoplasms including breast cancer. However, the role of negative lymph nodes (LNs) remains unclear in breast cancer according to N substage (N1, N2, and N3). In this study, for the first time, we analyzed the prognostic significance of negative LNs in breast cancer patients. A critical relationship was observed between negative LN count and survival, independent of patient characteristics and other related molecular variables including estrogen receptor (PR) status, progesterone receptor (ER) status, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) status, depth of tumor invasion and degree of differentiation...
2018: PloS One
Pablo Cortegoso Valdivia, Mauro Bruno, Silvia Gaia, Giorgio M Saracco, Claudio DE Angelis
We report a rare case of gastric fistulization in a patient with main-duct (MD) intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN). Fistulization to adjacent organs is a rare complication of this disease, mainly affecting the duodenum; the fact that the stomach was the only organ involved makes this case even more peculiar. The diagnosis of the fistula was made after examination with Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS), since a previous computed tomography (CT) scan wasn't able to detect it.
March 16, 2018: Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
Sakura Okamoto, Hideo Saka, Masahide Oki, Namie Somiya, Sachiyo Yokoyama, Yoshihiro Mizutani, Akiko Kada, Akira Tomita
Airway stenting is a procedure in which a stent is inserted into a stenotic site in the airway. However, the optimal ventilation for airway stenting remains controversial. We have planned a randomized, unblinded controlled study to compare intraoperative respiratory status by dividing patients, who underwent airway stenting, into spontaneous respiration (SP) and controlled ventilation with muscle relaxants (MR) groups. This study started in April 2016. The subjects, patients aged ≥20 years with airway stenosis caused by malignant neoplasms for which airway stenting was scheduled, are randomly allocated to SP and MR groups...
March 16, 2018: Kurume Medical Journal
Alper Sayiner, Dinc Suren
PURPOSE: Distinction of thyroid neoplasms that include papillary carcinoma (PC) and follicular carcinoma (FC) from benign thyroid neoplasms can be performed successfully by histopathologic examination in most of the cases. However, in some cases it may be difficult to distinct PC and FC as well as FC and follicular adenoma (FA) and also FA and the dominant nodule of multinodular goiter (MNG) histopathologically. In this study, we aimed to determine the role of expression of the human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) in the distinction of thyroid neoplasms and its relation with prognostic factors by immunohistochemical methods...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Adina Nemes, Viorica Nagy
Multiple primary neoplasms (MPN) represent particular entities with growing impact in our daily practice due to their increasing incidence and implications in the treatment and outcome of oncological patients. MPN have a specific deffinition and can be classified as synchronous or metachronous depending on the time of diagnosis of the first and latter malignancies. We review in this article the possible risk factors involved in the etiology of MPN, the most frequent cancer associations, the incidence of synchronous and metachronous tumors, the stage at diagnosis, the treatment administered to the patients with MPN and the survival of patients with MPN...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Hitoshi Kameyama, Tatsuo Kanda, Yosuke Tajima, Yoshifumi Shimada, Hiroshi Ichikawa, Takaaki Hanyu, Takashi Ishikawa, Toshifumi Wakai
Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) is the most common mesenchymal neoplasm of the gastrointestinal tract. However, rectal GIST is rare, the incident rate of it is approximately 5% of all GISTs. Rectal GIST symptoms generally include bleeding and/or pain and occasionally, urinary symptoms. Immunohistochemical evaluation finds that most rectal GIST tumors are CD117 (KIT) positive, and are sometimes CD34, platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRA), smooth muscle actin, S-100, or vimentin positive...
2018: Translational Gastroenterology and Hepatology
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