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BACKGROUND An association between ocular adnexal MALT lymphoma (OAL) and Chlamydia psittaci (Cp) infection has been proposed, and recent reports suggest that doxycycline treatment causes tumor regression in patients with Cp-related OAL. The effectiveness of doxycycline treatment in Cp-negative OAL has not been tested. METHODS In a prospective trial, 27(More)
Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is increasing in incidence and detection, primarily because of the aging of our population and the widespread use of automated serum calcium determination. As a result, a substantial number of "early" cases or "biochemical" PHPT are being detected. The indications for parathyroidectomy in such early cases of PHPT are(More)
Natural killer (NK) cell activity and antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity of 48 posttraumatic splenectomy patients was found to be normal despite the increase in the proportion and the absolute number of large granular lymphocytes (LGLs). The NK cell activity of 2 further posttraumatic splenectomy cases was severely decreased, despite elevated number(More)
The neoplastic cells of CLL are able to produce TNF which is known to stimulate the proliferation of CLL cells in an autocrine and paracrine manner. Genetic polymorphism of molecules of the TNF ligand superfamily has been described and certain alleles were suspected to predispose to variant biological responses. Previously, the rare allele TNFB*1 of the(More)
Mutation of the non-muscle myosin heavy chain type II-A results in MYH9-related hereditary macrothrombocytopenia (HMTC), including four autosomal dominant platelet disorders: May-Hegglin anomaly (MHA), Sebastian (SBS), Fechtner (FS) and Epstein (EPS) syndrome. Denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography (DHPLC) was optimised for rapid screening of the(More)
Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma, in contrast to well-differentiated thyroid carcinoma, has a dismal prognosis, and little progress has been made in improving survival for this disease. We reviewed our experience during a 23-year period to identify risk factors and possible methods to improve outcome. Between 1966 and 1989, 340 patients with thyroid carcinoma(More)
PURPOSE Some infectious agents contributing to lymphomagenesis have been considered targets for new therapeutic strategies. Chlamydia psittaci DNA has been detected in 80% of ocular adnexal lymphomas. The present pilot study was carried out to assess whether C psittaci-eradicating antibiotic therapy is associated with tumor regression in ocular adnexal(More)
Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is an aggressive neoplastic disease of the lymphatic system, the activated B-cell type of this disease is likely to have a substantially worse prognosis. In this study, we report the favorable outcome of the activated B-cell type of DLBCL, though untreated, 7 years after diagnosis. In 2003, DLBCL localized to the root(More)
Increased numbers of circulating lymphocytes and large granular lymphocytes (LGL) were observed in 115 individuals splenectomized for haematological disease (74 cases) or for trauma (41 cases). LGL lymphocytosis was present in 78.4% of haematologically indicated and in 85.4% of traumatic splenectomies. A 70.5% of these values was above the 97.5 percentile(More)
In contrast to a few follicles arranged in a wedge-shaped segment at the periphery of a lymph node, a significant amount of thyroid tissue in a cervical lymph node is considered evidence of metastatic thyroid carcinoma. In a consecutive series of 243 patients with papillary carcinomas, 52 presented with lateral cervical masses that proved to be lymph nodes(More)