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OBJECTIVE To define the value of silver-stained nucleolar organizer regions (AgNOR) in the evaluation of uveal malignant melanomas (MM). STUDY DESIGN Morphometric analysis of AgNORs was performed on 30 uveal MM of spindle A, B, epithelioid and mixed cell types. Findings were compared with cytotype, largest tumor dimension (LTD) and clinical outcome. (More)
FNA biopsy of 51 orbital masses is critically reviewed. Aspiration was performed with a 23 G needle inserted by an ophthalmologist; the smears were prepared by a cytologist. Forty-two cases (83%) were correctly diagnosed as benign or malignant either with (68%) or without (15%) correct specification of the histology. There were two false-negative and seven(More)
BACKGROUND As for rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) of other anatomic regions, the evaluation of traditional clinicopathological parameters does not allow the unequivocal outcome prediction of the single cases of orbital RMS. We investigated the role of DNA ploidy and immunohistochemical expression of p53, bcl-2, MDR-1 and Ki67 (MIB1) in the prognostic evaluation of(More)
This study describes the synthesis of novel biodegradable graft copolymers based on a backbone of poly (L-lactic acid) (PLLA) on which short blocks of polyacrylamide (PAcr) were grafted. Preliminary results of their potential in the field of controlled-release technologies also have been reported. The copolymers have been synthesized through the radical(More)
Neuroblastoma (NB) is a paediatric tumor that arises from neural crest and shows heterogeneous clinical and biological features. The serine-protease high temperature requirement A1 (HtrA1) has a pivotal role in both cell proliferation and differentiation. Here we report the expression and localization of HtrA1 in NB tumor samples to assess HtrA1 role as a(More)
Infants affected by neuroblastoma with symptomatic epidural compression require early diagnosis and appropriate treatment to avoid severe late complications. However, no established guidelines are available regarding the optimal treatment of these patients. We describe 5 such infants. The interval between the onset of symptoms and tumor diagnosis was 3 to 8(More)
AIMS Ovarian granulosa cell tumour (OGCT) is a sex-cord stromal tumour with a general trend toward late relapse and/or metastasis. However, mortality rate corrected for long-term follow-up shows that about 50% of patients die within 20 years of diagnosis. Classical clinicopathological parameters are unable to predict the biological behaviour of OGCT. The(More)
Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma is an uncommon vascular tumor of the soft tissues. Several reports have described this tumor in visceral locations such as liver, lung, and brain. To the best of our knowledge this is the first report of an immunohistochemical and ultrastructural study of a primary epithelioid hemangioendothelioma occurring in the larynx.(More)
The exact worldwide incidence of Burkitt’s lymphoma is not known. There are three distinct clinical variants of Burkitt’s lymphoma, each manifesting differences in epidemiology, clinical presentation, morphology, biology and genetic features: the endemic (African), the sporadic (non-endemic), and the immunodeficiency-associated form. In particular, we(More)