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Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) has been linked to 15 chromosomal loci, 7 autosomal-dominant (LGMD1A to E) and 10 autosomal-recessive (LGMD2A to J). To determine the distribution of subtypes among patients in the United States, 6 medical centers evaluated patients with a referral diagnosis of LGMD. Muscle biopsies provided histopathology and(More)
BACKGROUND Molecular oncology testing is important for patient management, and requests for the molecular analysis of cytology specimens are increasingly being made. Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) cell blocks of such specimens have been routinely used for molecular diagnosis. However, the inability to assess cellularity before cell block(More)
AIMS A 49-year-old man presented with a single thyroid tumour that showed a combination of conventional papillary carcinoma, follicular variant of papillary carcinoma, clear cell papillary carcinoma, columnar cell carcinoma and poorly differentiated carcinoma. As all of the morphologies have been associated with papillary carcinoma in the literature, we(More)
BACKGROUND Extraction of DNA from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue is a critical step in molecular oncologic testing. As molecular oncology testing becomes more important for prognostic and therapeutic decision making and tissue specimens become smaller due to earlier detection of suspicious lesions and the use of fine needle aspiration(More)
AIMS Mastocytosis is an abnormal mast cell proliferation involving one or more organs, in particular the skin and bone marrow. In children, disease is usually limited to the skin, with three distinct clinical presentations: urticaria pigmentosa, diffuse cutaneous mastocytosis and solitary mastocytoma. Although the KIT D816V mutation is typically found in(More)
Primary aneurysmal bone cyst (ABC) is a neoplastic process due to recurrent translocations involving the USP6 gene. By fluorescence in situ hybridization, up to 69% of primary ABCs harbored USP6 translocations; no USP6 translocation was found in secondary ABC or giant cell tumor of bone (GCT). GCT can recur locally, metastasize to the lungs in some cases,(More)
Fine-needle aspiration (FNA) is commonly used for primary evaluation of thyroid nodules. Twenty to 30 percent of thyroid nodules remain indeterminate after FNA evaluation. Studies show the BRAF p.V600E to be highly specific for papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), while RAS mutations carry up to 88 percent positive predictive value for malignancy. We(More)
Solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) is a mesenchymal tumor of fibroblastic origin, which can affect any region of the body. 10-15% of SFTs metastasize and metastatic tumors are uniformly lethal with no effective therapies. The behavior of SFT is difficult to predict based on morphology. Recently, an intrachromosomal gene fusion between NAB2 and STAT6 was(More)
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