Laura Viberti

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Evidence for the existence of neuroendocrine (NE) differentiation in non-small cell lung carcinomas (NSCLCs) is at present based on histochemical, ultrastructural, and immunohistochemical data. The aim of this study was to investigate the extent of NE differentiation in NSCLCs as revealed by mRNA analysis. Different techniques including immunohistochemistry(More)
BACKGROUND The primary objectives of this study on carcinomas with equivocal HER2 expression were to assess the impact of distinct recommendations with regard to identifying patients eligible for anti-HER2 agents by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and to elucidate whether multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) may be of support in(More)
Solitary fibrous tumours (SFT), originally described in the pleura, were subsequently recognized in numerous extrapleural sites. This suggests that a common stem cell, present in various organs and tissues, may be at the origin of SFT and that specific factors may be involved in the proliferation of such cells. Recently it has been described that steroid(More)
A case of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) presenting as a solitary metastasis in the right arm muscle is described in an elderly hyperthyroid male patient. A 2-cm nodule in the right bycipites muscle was found to be a papillary carcinoma of thyroid origin and a primary, 3.5-cm tumor was subsequently found in the left lobe of a hyperfunctioning gland due(More)
BACKGROUND The study was aimed at comparing the diagnostic accuracy of the quantitative bladder tumor antigen (BTA) TRAK immunoassay with exfoliative urine cytology in the detection of primary and recurrent bladder cancer. METHODS The analysis was carried out on 194 high risk patients undergoing a diagnostic cystoscopy, 279 patients with previous history(More)
In lung carcinomas, the proliferative activity, as detected by Ki-67 antigen immunostaining of surgical specimens, is a valuable factor predicting clinical evolution and response to treatment. We investigated whether bronchial endoscopic and fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsies of lung carcinoma can provide a reliable estimation of the tumor proliferative(More)
BACKGROUND Pleural malignant mesothelioma (PMM) is a rare and highly aggressive tumor, whose development is strictly related to occupational exposure to asbestos. The prognosis of PMM is generally poor (median survival, 4-12 months), but a few have a relatively long survival. The objective of this study was to evaluate the use of the cell cycle-related(More)
The group of small cell tumors of the lung includes fine following: (1) small cell carcinoma (SCC) of neuroendocrine (NE) origin, (2) poorly differentiated squamous carcinoma, (3) the rare basaloid (basal cell) carcinomas, and (4) malignant lymphomas, primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNETs), and rhabdomyosarcomas. The differential diagnosis among these(More)
PURPOSE Both BTA TRAK and NMP22 urine concentrations have shown a sensitivity superior to urine cytology in the detection of bladder cancer. We compared these tumor markers with urine cytology performed on 3 consecutive samples and evaluated by an expert cytopathologist. PATIENTS AND METHODS The investigations were conducted on 94 patients undergoing a(More)
Solitary fibrous tumour (SFT), first described as a pleural lesion, has been reported in several extrathoracic sites over the past 10 years. We describe a SFT of the left adrenal gland incidentally discovered in a 23-year-old, 22-week pregnant woman and characterised by a rapid growth during the third trimester of pregnancy. Elevated serum and urinary(More)