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IgG4-related disease is a newly recognized fibro-inflammatory condition characterized by several features: a tendency to form tumefactive lesions in multiple sites; a characteristic histopathological appearance; and-often but not always-elevated serum IgG4 concentrations. An international symposium on IgG4-related disease was held in Boston, MA, on 4-7(More)
Autoimmune pancreatitis seems to be a disease with a heterogeneous appearance. Our intention was to establish key diagnostic criteria, define grades of severity and activity, identify features of potential subtypes and evaluate the diagnostic relevance of biopsy specimens. Histopathological criteria and clinical features were recorded in pancreatic(More)
The perivascular epithelioid cell (PEC) is a cell type constantly present in a group of tumors called PEComas. PEC expresses myogenic and melanocytic markers, such as HMB45 and actin. Recently, recurrent chromosomal alterations have been demonstrated in PEC. At present, PEComa is a widely accepted entity. In the past 10 years, the use of this term has(More)
INTRODUCTION In recent years a type of chronic pancreatitis has been described that is clearly distinct from alcoholic chronic pancreatitis. It is characterized by its special pathology, immunologic features, clinical presentation, and steroid responsiveness. Because of its histologic hallmarks, i.e., ductal and periductal infiltration by lymphocytes,(More)
Intraductal papillary growth of mucin producting hypersecreting, columnar cells characterizes a group of rare pancreatic exocrine neoplasms which we propose to call intraductal papillary-mucinous tumors (IPMT). We analysed the histopathology of 26 IPMT in relation to gastro-enteropancreatic marker expression, genetic changes and biology. Four IPMT showing(More)
A distinct form of chronic pancreatitis occurring predominantly in and around the duodenal wall (near the minor papilla) has been reported under various names, including cystic dystrophy of heterotopic pancreas, pancreatic hamartoma of duodenum, para-duodenal wall cyst, myoadenomatosis, and groove pancreatitis. Our experience with these lesions and the(More)
Pancreatic cancer remains one of the most lethal of malignancies and a major health burden. We performed whole-genome sequencing and copy number variation (CNV) analysis of 100 pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas (PDACs). Chromosomal rearrangements leading to gene disruption were prevalent, affecting genes known to be important in pancreatic cancer (TP53,(More)
OBJECTIVES Autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) is a particular type of chronic pancreatitis that can be classified into diffuse and focal forms. The aim of this study was to analyze clinical and instrumental features of patients suffering from the diffuse and focal forms of AIP. METHODS AIP patients diagnosed between 1995-2008 were studied. RESULTS A total of(More)
OBJECTIVE Mucinous cystic neoplasms (MCNs) of the pancreas have often been confused with intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms. We evaluated the clinicopathologic characteristics, prevalence of cancer, and prognosis of a large series of well-characterized MCNs in 2 tertiary centers. METHODS Analysis of 163 patients with resected MCNs, defined by the(More)
Intraductal neoplasms are important precursors to invasive pancreatic cancer and provide an opportunity to detect and treat pancreatic neoplasia before an invasive carcinoma develops. The diagnostic evaluation of these lesions is challenging, as diagnostic imaging and cytological sampling do not provide accurate information on lesion classification, the(More)