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OBJECTIVES The c-met tyrosine-kinase receptor and its ligand hepatocyte growth factor are involved in cell survival, proliferation, motility, and invasion. Experimental data have suggested a putative role in melanomagenesis and progression of cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM). We sought to evaluate c-met expression in a cohort of 62 primary CMM patients(More)
Intestinal vasculitis is an infrequent entity in the absence of systemic vasculitis or chronic inflammatory bowel disease. The primary involvement of gut restricted to mesenteric venous territory is exceedingly rare. We report a pseudotumoural lesion of the cecum caused by localized phlebitis and venulitis associated with thrombosis, with a putative immune(More)
BACKGROUND Viral infection has been the main epidemiologic concern in the hemodialysis unit; however, bacterial infection is responsible for more than 30% of all causes of morbidity and mortality in our patients, vascular access infection being the culprit in 73% of all bacteremias. METHODS A prospective multicenter cohort study of bacterial infections(More)
PURPOSE Autogenous fistulas are the preferential vascular access for hemodialysis. The aim of this retrospective study was to determine the efficacy of angioplasty for dysfunctional fistulas because of inflow dysfunction. 
 METHODS We reviewed all the angiographic procedures performed on our institution between April 2007 and April 2009. Procedures(More)
The rare reports of primary, nonneuroendocrine small cell carcinomas of the thyroid have not provided enough evidence to support the recognition of these tumors as an entity or to understand their etiopathogenesis. We report the second case of a primary, nonneuroendocrine small cell carcinoma of the thyroid displaying diffuse expression of cytokeratins,(More)
In the past, undifferentiated (anaplastic) carcinoma of the thyroid included a small-cell variant with either a diffuse or a compact morphology. After the mid-1980s, with the advance of immunohistochemistry, almost all those rare tumors with the former characteristic were reclassified as low-grade lymphomas and those with the latter characteristic as(More)