Gianni Tunesi

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PURPOSE To determine whether immunohistochemical thymidylate synthase (TS) quantitation predicts for clinical outcome in patients with advanced colorectal cancer treated by fluorouracil (FUra)-based chemotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS TS levels were measured immunohistochemically on archival specimens of colorectal cancer metastases from 48 patients(More)
Solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) is a rare mesenchymal neoplasm which may be found everywhere in the body. It is now distinguished into two forms, pleural and extrapleural, which morphologically resemble each other. Abdominal localizations are quite rare, with 10 cases only reported in bladder; rarely they can be source of paraneoplastic syndromes (i.e.,(More)
A case of cervical juxtamedullary meningeal melanocytoma is presented along with results of careful neuroradiological and pathological examinations. The authors review the previous literature and discuss the problems related to the intriguing diagnosis of this very rare entity. CT and MRI show variable appearances due to different degrees of melanization(More)
Recently, we have demonstrated that thymidylate synthase (TS) protein expression predicts for the clinical response to a regimen of infusional 5-fluorouracil (5FU) in advanced colorectal cancer patients. Previous studies by other groups that showed a correlation between TS gene expression and response to the fluoropyrimidine also involved infusional(More)
Silver-binding nucleolar organizer regions (AgNORs) have been counted in sections of routinely processed paraffin embedded material. The AgNOR score has been correlated with proliferative activity of various neoplasms. An increase in the AgNOR score can be related to cellular growth fractions or DNA-ploidy. We have examined 301 invasive ductal breast(More)
PURPOSE The pemetrexed/platinum agent combination represents the standard of care in first-line treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). However, there are no established indicators of responsiveness that can be used to optimize the treatment. This retrospective study aimed to assess the role of excision repair cross-complementing group-1 (ERCC1)(More)
Thymidylate synthase (TS) expression in colorectal cancer metastases has been shown to predict for the clinical response to 5-fluorouracil. Because primary tumors may easily provide accessible sources of tissue for marker analysis, we have investigated the stability of TS expression between primary colorectal cancer and the corresponding distant metastases(More)
Lymphocytic hypophysitis is a very unusual disease typically observed in the peripartum period but found also in non-pregnant women or in men. We report the case of a 50-year-old woman with a five-year history of erithema nodosus for which was treated with variable doses of steroids. One year before admission the patient began to complain of headache,(More)
Eight new cases of Human Subcutaneous Dirofilariasis due to Dirofilaria repens in subjects aged 14 to 83 years, 5 men and 3 women, are recorded. The patients were living in Piedmont (5 cases), Tuscany (1), Friuli-Venetia Julia (1) and Apulia (1). The nematodes were immature in 6 cases (2 males and 4 females) and adults in 2 (both females). Microfilariae in(More)