Alessandro Inserra

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Isolated torsion of the fallopian tube is a rare clinical entity, especially in adolescents and at menarche. The diagnosis is essentially made at laparoscopy or at laparotomy because of nonspecific clinical signs. We present a case of isolated tubal torsion in a 12-year-old girl a few days after menarche, highlighting the sonographic and MR findings. Both(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Fibrosarcoma is a rare soft tissue sarcoma (STS) that has two peaks of incidence in pediatric patients: one in infants and young children (infantile fibrosarcoma), another in older children ("adult type" fibrosarcoma). The purpose of this study was to describe the clinical features and the treatment results in patients affected by(More)
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant condition whose signs and symptoms may vary from a few hypopigmented skin spots to epilepsy, severe mental retardation, and renal failure. The disease is caused by mutations in either TSC1 or TSC2 gene, at chromosome 9q34 and 16p13.3. Inactivation of both alleles at TSC1 or TSC2 loci is associated(More)
Perturbation of the function of the retinoblastoma (Rb) protein is found in most human tumors. Id2 is a natural target of the Rb protein that is recruited by Myc oncoproteins to bypass the tumor suppressor function of Rb. Here we report that an "N-Myc-Id2 pathway" persists during late development of the nervous system and parallels the rising levels of(More)
Myofibroblasts are spindle cells having ultrastructural features in common with smooth muscle cells and fibroblasts. In the last few years, tumours have been described in which myofibroblasts represent not only a reactive mechanism but also a true neoplastic component. They constitute new nosologic entities which might be termed "myofibroblastic tumours".(More)
The Polycomb group (PcG) proteins regulate stem cell differentiation via the repression of gene transcription, and their deregulation has been widely implicated in cancer development. The PcG protein Enhancer of Zeste Homolog 2 (EZH2) works as a catalytic subunit of the Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 (PRC2) by methylating lysine 27 on histone H3 (H3K27me3),(More)
OBJECTIVE The optimal management of congenital adenomatoid malformation of the lung remains controversial. Prenatal ultrasonographic analysis has increasingly discovered asymptomatic lesions, raising questions about the need for and timing of surgical treatment for asymptomatic congenital adenomatoid malformation. The aim of our study was to analyze the(More)
PURPOSE The aim of the study is to increase clinical awareness of torsion of wandering spleen (WS) in childhood and the need of a rapid diagnosis. METHODS Four cases operated for torsion of WS are retrospectively reviewed. Ages at presentation were, respectively, 30 months, 5 years, 4 years, and 3 years, without sex preference. All subjects led a history(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE The growing use of routine ultrasonography during pregnancy is leading to an increasing number of prenatally diagnosed neuroblastomas. Optimal strategy has not yet been defined for these patients, because knowledge on this particular neuroblastoma (NB) population is still limited. However, definite guidelines are needed to avoid(More)
AIM Adrenocortical tumors are very rare in children. The distinction between adenoma and carcinoma is complex because of their clinical/histological characteristics. The analysis of the cases registered in two consecutive Italian Studies is described, in order to provide additional insight into their nature and possibly identify benign and malignant(More)