Francisca Cerdán

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Copper, zinc, magnesium, calcium and iron were measured in serum and lung tissue - tumor mass and histologically nonneoplastic tissue - from lung cancer patients and compared with serum concentrations in healthy subjects and control lung tissue obtained from patients with nonmalignant lung disease. Lung cancer patients showed a significant increase in serum(More)
AIM The introduction of multimodal or fast track (FT) rehabilitation and laparoscopy in colorectal surgery has improved patient recovery and shortened hospital stay (HS). This study aimed to determine the influence of laparoscopic or open surgery on the postoperative recovery of colorectal cancer patients having a conventional care (CC) or FT protocol in(More)
The prognostic information provided by preoperative serum CEA and CA 19.9 antigen assay on the postoperative outcome of 150 patients with colorectal cancer was analysed. The influence of both markers was studied by Cox's proportional-hazard regression analysis. In the univariate analysis, patients whose initial CA 19.9 level was higher than 37 U/ml had a(More)
INTRODUCTION Salmonellosis is one of the most frequent causes of gastroenteritis in Spain. Serotyping is the gold standard epidemiological marker for subdividing Salmonella spp. strains. A small number of serotypes are very frequently isolated, reducing the discriminatory power of serotyping. Thus, to increase our knowledge of Salmonella spp. epidemiology,(More)
Serum zinc (Zn), copper (Cu), and the Cu/Zn ratio were evaluated in 84 patients with pulmonary lesions before surgery and in 100 healthy normal controls. There were 20 patients with benign and 64 with malignant lung tumors. Only the mean (+/- SD) Cu/Zn ratio was significantly higher in malignant tumors (2.24 +/- 0.78) than in benign tissue (1.63 +/- 0.33)(More)
BACKGROUND Dietary heterocyclic aromatic amines (HAAs) are members of a family of chemicals that comprise highly mutagenic compounds related to colon cancer. The polymorphic N-acetyltransferase 2 enzyme (NAT2, E.C. 2.3.1.5) plays a key role in the transformation of HAAs to ultimate carcinogens. NAT2 enzyme activity is expressed in a genotype-dependent(More)
Resting anal canal pressure was measured in 15 patients with anal fissure before and after lateral internal sphincterotomy. This pressure was found to be significantly higher in these subjects (mean 95 +/- 23.08 mm HG) than in the control group (mean 66.10 +/- 14.28 mm Hg) before surgery (P less than 0.005). After surgery, a normal anal canal pressure was(More)
Using the system of morphometric analysis described in this paper, human peripheral blood T and B lymphocytes, labeled with specific surface markers, can be compared on different analytical levels. They show differences in their surface and the eccentricity of cells, in the relative surfaces occupied by peripheral and central condensed chromatin, in the(More)
We have studied 61 resected colorectal adenocarcinomas in order to investigate p53 mutations as a prognostic factor for this pathology. Mutations in exons 5-9 of the p53 gene were analyzed by the polymerase chain reaction-single strand conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) technique followed by sequencing. Our data indicate that p53 exon 7 mutations were(More)
BACKGROUND As the enzyme telomerase extends the life of the cell through its ability to lengthen telomeres, its activity in different types of tumor has been evaluated as a possible factor involved in tumorigenesis. The aim of this study was to assess the prognostic significance of telomerase activity in patients with colorectal carcinoma. PATIENTS AND(More)