Gloria Montanari

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The authors report two cases of epidermal growth factor receptor gene (EGFR)-mutant stage IV lung adenocarcinomas developing immunohistochemically proven squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) "transformation" concurrently with T790M EGFR mutation, leading to acquired resistance to EGFR inhibitors. Moreover, the histologic change of EGFR-mutant lung adenocarcinoma(More)
BACKGROUND It has been suggested that circulating fibrocytes and endothelial cells actively participate in the intense remodelling of the pulmonary vasculature in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Indeed, fibrotic areas exist that have fewer blood vessels, whereas adjacent non-fibrotic tissue is highly vascularized. The number of(More)
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways with variable clinical severity from very mild and occasional symptoms to recurrent critical exacerbations, at risk of fatal or near-fatal outcome, in a small percentage of patients. Within the different inflammatory cascades involved in asthma, eosinophils play a central role in the pathogenesis and(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Bronchial fibroepithelial polyp is an uncommon, poorly recognised lesion, lacking clear diagnostic criteria at histology, but possibly mimicking neoplastic growth on clinico-radiologic and histopathological grounds. The aim of this study was to define the clinico-pathological features, bronchoscopic appearance and treatment of bronchial(More)
The term diffuse idiopathic pulmonary neuroendocrine cell hyperplasia (DIPNECH) may be used to describe a clinico-pathological syndrome, as well as an incidental finding on histological examination, although there are obvious differences between these two scenarios. According to the World Health Organization, the definition of DIPNECH is purely(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic, progressive respiratory symptoms are associated with great psychological and emotional impact in patients suffering from interstitial lung disease (ILD). This single-centre pilot study evaluated for the first time the safety, feasibility and efficacy of a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) in a group of patients with ILD.(More)
The finding of collections of macrophages/histiocytes in lung biopsy and bronchoalveolar lavage is relatively common in routine practice. This morphological feature in itself is pathological, but the exact clinical significance and underlying disease should be evaluated together with clinical data, functional respiratory and laboratory tests and imaging(More)
A 77-year-old man, former smoker, followed for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) presented with right side chest pain. Chest X-rays showed a right pulmonary mass of the lower lobe (absent the year before), and high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) imaging confirmed the presence of a right lung mass (maximum diameter 65 9 32 mm) with relatively(More)
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