John M. Kasznica

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BACKGROUND Infliximab is a humanized antibody against tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) that is used in the treatment of Crohn's disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Approximately 147,000 patients throughout the world have received infliximab. Excess TNF-alpha in association with tuberculosis may cause weight loss and night sweats, yet in animal models(More)
Two cases of glomerulocystic kidneys (GK) are described and 35 cases are reviewed from the literature. Glomerular cysts formed by dilatation of Bowman's space are the basic and predominant lesion of GK. GK can occur in two different settings: (1) cases in which GK are the only major anomaly or are associated with variable types of anomalies that do not(More)
Papillary fibroelastomas are uncommon benign tumors usually involving the heart valves, which historically have been diagnosed at autopsy. With the advent of echocardiography, however, the number of patients diagnosed in life has increased. Papillary fibroelastomas represent a surgically treatable cause of cerebrovascular and cardiovascular ischemia and(More)
An 80-year-old nullipara had a 2.0-cm cystic tumor of the right labium majus. Histologic diagnosis was mucinous eccrine carcinoma. Seventy-five percent of these rare skin adnexal tumors arise on the face, eyelid, or scalp; but none has been reported on the vulva. Indolent localized growth is usual with regional nodal spread in 11% and distant metastases in(More)
A case of fatal cardiac larva migrans in a 10-year-old boy is described. The autopsy findings were quite dramatic, with a bosselated, sessile polypoid mass involving the left ventricular myocardium and protruding into the ventricular lumen. The precise morphologic characterization of the zoonotic ascarid larva was impaired by advanced resorption of the(More)
We present a patient with a distinctive lesion of the skull base, which, at imaging, showed expansile destruction of the sphenoid bone, hemorrhage with fluid-fluid levels, and contrast enhancement of a solid portion. These features ordinarily suggest either giant cell tumor or aneurysmal bone cyst; however, pathologic examination confirmed instead a rare(More)
A case of an aggressive variant of conventional congenital mesoblastic nephroma (CMN) occurred in a 10-month-old male infant. The tumor proved to be fatal, with two abdominal recurrences, but no metastases were found. Of the various terms used to designate the tumor, atypical mesoblastic nephroma (AMN) is preferred. We reviewed 17 previously reported cases(More)
A case of a rare condition of uterine vascular malformation is reported in a stillborn fetus. No other vascular lesion was identified in the fetus during autopsy. The finding of a uterine vascular malformation in a stillborn fetus confirms the congenital nature of some uterine vascular lesions. Congenital uterine vascular malformations warrant clinical and(More)
To identify developmental aspects and establish morphologic criteria useful for clinical recognition of sinusoids and coronary artery abnormalities in pulmonary atresia and intact ventricular septum, we studied 17 autopsy hearts with this lesion. Hearts from age- and weight-matched infants served as controls. There were two stillborn fetuses, 12 full-term(More)
Cathepsin B (CB) is involved in the hydrolysis of thyroglobulin (Tg) and thought to be regulated by thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in the normal thyroid. Our analyses of 91 thyroid tissues from 71 patients with Graves' disease (GD), multinodular goiter (MNG), papillary carcinoma (PC), or follicular carcinoma (FC), demonstrated a 2-fold increase in(More)