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To improve understanding of glutathione S-transferase (GST) behavior in terms of a development and prognostic factor for gastric adenocarcinoma, we investigated the association between the GSTM1 and GSTT1 null genotypes and gastric cancer risk or the prognostic value of the GSTM1 and GSTT1 null genotypes was evaluated. Using a polymerase chain(More)
Multiple gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are extremely rare and usually associated with type 1 neurofibromatosis and familial GIST. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical, phenotypic, and genetic characteristics of multiple GISTs to gain insights into their underlying pathogenesis and clinical behavior. Forty-seven paraffin blocks of(More)
The virtual lack of well-characterized metastatic pancreatic cancer tissues for study has limited systematic studies of the metastatic process of this deadly disease. To address this important issue, we have instituted a rapid autopsy protocol for the collection of high quality tissues from patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer, called the(More)
We present two cases of solitary necrotic nodules of the liver which on radiologic images mimicked hepatic metastasis. Solitary necrotic nodule of the liver is a rare but benign entity which histopathologically consists of an outer fibrotic capsule with inflammatory cells and a central core of amorphous necrotic material. The lesion was seen on(More)
PURPOSE To correlate computed tomographic (CT) features of inflammatory pseudotumors of the liver with histopathologic results in patients with recurrent pyogenic cholangitis. MATERIALS AND METHODS CT features of 13 cases of inflammatory hepatic pseudotumor in 10 patients with recurrent pyogenic cholangitis were reviewed. Diagnosis was made by means of(More)
Giant colonic diverticulum is a very rare entity in colonic diverticular disease and is characterized by a high rate of complications such as perforation, abscess formation and even carcinoma. We report a case of a complicated giant diverticulum of the transverse colon accompanied by a right inguinal hernia of the greater omentum in a 52-year-old man, as(More)
MKK4 (MAP2K4/SEK1) is a member of the mitogen-activated protein kinase family, originally identified as a kinase involved in the stress-activated protein kinase pathway by directly phosphorylating c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase. MKK4 genetic inactivation has been observed in a subset of pancreatic carcinomas, implicating deregulation of the stress-activated(More)
OBJECTIVE. We describe the CT and pathologic features of malignant papillary neoplasms of the intrahepatic bile ducts in 15 patients. CONCLUSION. CT is a useful technique for revealing intraductal lesions, although the findings are nonspecific and variable. When intraductal masses or nodules are seen with localized dilatation of the intrahepatic bile ducts(More)
Primary pericardial sarcomas are extremely rare. The authors report a case of a 46-yr-old woman in whom a large mediastinal mass was discovered. The patient presented with cough, dyspnea, and orthopnea. Diagnostic investigations, such as echocardiography, computed tomography, and exploratory thoracotomy provided the evidence of a large mass in the(More)
Tuberculous aortitis generally develops at the distal aortic arch and the descending aorta that are close to specific groups of mediastinal lymph nodes, but exceptionally it develops in the ascending aorta. We report a case of rupture of the ascending aorta after tuberculous aortitis in a 53-year-old man without a history of tuberculosis or evidence of a(More)