Larissa V. Furtado

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BACKGROUND About half of Americans 50 to 75 years old do not follow recommended colorectal cancer (CRC) screening guidelines, leaving 40 million individuals unscreened. A simple blood test would increase screening compliance, promoting early detection and better patient outcomes. The objective of this study is to demonstrate the performance of an improved(More)
Mutational analysis of KRAS codons 12 and 13 is standard for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer since mutations in these codons predict lack of response to anti-EGFR therapies. However, even among patients whose tumors are wildtype for KRAS codons 12 and 13, only a subset respond to therapy. Since additional activating mutations downstream of EGFR(More)
Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) represents a clonal proliferation of Langerhans cells. BRAF V600E mutations have been identified in approximately 50% of cases. To discover other genetic mechanisms underlying LCH pathogenesis, we studied 8 cases of LCH using a targeted next-generation sequencing platform. An E102_I103del mutation in MAP2K1 was identified(More)
Patients with treated phenylketonuria (PKU) can have subtle deficits in intellect, academic skills, and executive functioning. This study evaluates the relationship between intellectual outcome and concentration/variation in blood phenylalanine (Phe) during specific developmental periods (0–6 years, 7–12 years, >12 years) in our patients with PKU. Verbal(More)
This study was undertaken to determine the prevalence of cervical ribs in stillborn fetuses undergoing autopsy at our institution and to search for significant associations with cervical ribs. European studies have reported an increased prevalence of cervical ribs in patients with childhood cancer and in stillborn fetuses. We reviewed data from autopsies(More)
Aortopathies are a group of disorders characterized by aneurysms, dilation, and tortuosity of the aorta. Because of the phenotypic overlap and genetic heterogeneity of diseases featuring aortopathy, molecular testing is often required for timely and correct diagnosis of affected individuals. In this setting next generation sequencing (NGS) offers several(More)
PURPOSE Adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) is an endocrine malignancy with a poor prognosis. The association of adult-onset ACC with inherited cancer predisposition syndromes is poorly understood. Our study sought to define the prevalence of Lynch syndrome (LS) among patients with ACC. PATIENTS AND METHODS One hundred fourteen patients with ACC were evaluated(More)
CONTEXT Molecular genotyping by analysis of DNA microsatellites, also known as short tandem repeats (STRs), is an established method for diagnosing and classifying hydatidiform mole. Distinction of both complete hydatidiform mole and partial hydatidiform mole from nonmolar specimens is relevant for clinical management owing to differences in risk for(More)
Extragonadal yolk sac tumors are uncommon and usually seen in sacrococcygeal, mediastinal, intracranial, and retroperitoneal sites. Yolk sac tumors of the head and neck region are rare, and the few reported cases have arisen in neonates or infants in conjunction with a teratoma or other germ cell tumor subtypes. We report a unique case of a pure yolk sac(More)
Connective tissue diseases characterized by aortic aneurysm, such as Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome and Ehlers Danlos syndrome type IV are heterogeneous and despite overlapping phenotypes, the natural history, clinical manifestations and interventional course for each diagnosis can be quite unique. The majority of mutations involved in the etiology(More)