Patricia M Alli

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OBJECTIVES Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of liver disease in the United States and is prevalent in morbidly obese patients. While weight loss and treatment of risk factors are recommended, the reported effects of bariatric surgery on NAFLD are mixed. RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES We examined liver histology at the(More)
The significance and clinical management of atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASCUS) on cervical cytologic smears has been an area of much controversy. This study compiled a list of criteria useful in identifying the subset of cases that would be categorized as atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance- rule out high-grade(More)
Methylation of tumor suppressor genes has been implicated in breast cancer development. However, methylation profiles of different breast lesions, subtypes of carcinoma in particular, have not been examined in detail. In this study, we use methylation-specific PCR (MSP) to generate gene methylation profiles of different breast lesions and to test the(More)
Meningiomas with both malignant clinical behavior and cytology are rare. Meningiomas comprise approximately 15% of the primary brain tumors. The majority are benign; less than 1% metastasize, most commonly to the lung (61%) followed by liver, lymph node, and bone. Approximately 130 cases of extracranial metastatic meningiomas have been described. Only 13%(More)
BACKGROUND This study was designed to optimize a liquid-based Papanicolaou (Pap) test by using common cytopathology laboratory equipment and resulted in an inexpensive test that was equivalent at least diagnostically to the conventional Papanicolaou (Pap) smear. METHODS Adult women (n = 482) were consented, enrolled, and included in this Institutional(More)
High levels of fatty acid synthase (FAS) have been found in cancer precursor lesions of the colon, stomach, esophagus, oral cavity, prostate, and breast. Inhibition of FAS with C75 has led to a significant antitumor effect in both human breast and prostate cancer xenografts. Recently, HER2/neu, which has also been identified in preneoplastic breast lesions,(More)
The identification of malignant melanoma in a visceral organ of nonepidermal origin is not an uncommon occurrence. Frequently, these cases are solitary metastases that present years after a thin epidermal melanoma has been diagnosed (and sometimes forgotten). However, primary visceral melanomas have been reported that have not been preceded by an epidermal(More)
Telecytologic diagnosis of cervical-vaginal smears is potentially useful because it could allow more efficient use of cytopathologist resources and expertise. A pathologist in one location could, in principle, review cytotechnologists' findings using a video display hundreds or thousands of miles away. Currently, bandwidth restrictions limit practical(More)
This report describes three cases of osteonecrosis of the lunate bone of the wrist in patients with systemic sclerosis presenting with wrist pain. All three patients had limited skin scleroderma but severe Raynaud's phenomenon. Two patients never received corticosteroids and one patient received only low doses for a brief period. None of the patients had(More)