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OBJECTIVE To determine preoperative tumor-, patient-, and treatment-related factors that are independently associated with incomplete mesorectal excision. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Incomplete total mesorectal excision (TME) for rectal cancer is associated with increased local and overall recurrences. Factors predicting incomplete mesorectal excision have(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS The role of endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) in Barrett's neoplasia is ill-defined, although it might provide a higher curative resection rate and better histologic assessment than endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR). We aimed to assess efficacy, safety, and long-term results of ESD. PATIENTS AND METHODS A retrospective(More)
Light has been shed on the genotype/phenotype correlation in hepatocellular adenoma (HCA) recognizing HNF1 α -inactivated HCA (H-HCA), inflammatory HCA (IHCA), and β -catenin-activated HCA (b-HCA). We reviewed retrospectively our surgical HCA series to learn how to recognize the different subtypes histopathologically and how to interpret adequately their(More)
CONTEXT Unlike the small bowel, the colorectal mucosa is seldom the site of metastatic disease. Objective.-To determine the incidence of truly colorectal metastases, and subsequent clinicopathologic findings, in a substantial colorectal cancer population collected from 7 European centers. DESIGN During the last decade, 10 365 patients were identified as(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Idiopathic pancreatitis is considered to be a multigenic and multifactorial disease. Genetically determined pancreatitis is associated with mutations in the PRSS1,SPINK1 and CFTR genes. This study aimed at examining the clinical and morphological characteristics of patients diagnosed with genetically determined sporadic pancreatitis. (More)
Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) allows en-bloc resection of superficial gastrointestinal tumors, providing specimens on which lateral margin analysis can be performed reliably. Positive lateral margins have been linked to higher rates of recurrence/residual tumor. There are no guidelines for macroscopic processing of lateral margins. Currently, most(More)
OBJECTIVES Assessment of proliferation by the Ki-67 labelling index (Ki67-LI) is an important parameter of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumour (pNET) prognosis on resection specimens. Ki67-LI values for grading are not fully established on endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (EUS-FNA). The aim of the study was to determine the accuracy of(More)
Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer and KRAS mutation are unlikely to benefit from treatment with anti-EGFR antibodies, and testing for KRAS mutation in this setting is recommended. Pathologists have a crucial role in accurate testing for KRAS mutations, whether or not testing is performed in their own laboratory, as mutation analysis is performed on(More)
The histologic examination of endoscopic biopsies or resection specimens remains a key step in the work-up of affected inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients and can be used for diagnosis and differential diagnosis, particularly in the differentiation of UC from CD and other non-IBD related colitides. The introduction of new treatment strategies in(More)
AIM Data on quality control of the pathologic evaluation of total mesorectal excision (TME) specimens are scarce. We aimed to assess differences between evaluation by local pathologists participating in PROject on CAncer of the REctum (PROCARE; a Belgian improvement project on rectal cancer) and by a review panel of experts. METHOD Based on photographic(More)