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As a result of major recent advances in understanding the biology of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs), specifically recognition of the central role of activating KIT mutations and associated KIT protein expression in these lesions, and the development of novel and effective therapy for GISTs using the receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor STI-571, these(More)
Focal hepatosplenic candidiasis has been recognized with increasing frequency in recent years. We reviewed the cases of eight patients seen between 1982 and 1985, and information on 60 patients whose cases have been reported in the world literature. The characteristics of focal hepatosplenic candidiasis include persistent fever in a neutropenic patient(More)
Although the significance of various prognostic factors, such as tumor size and mitotic index (MI), has been well established for smooth-muscle tumors of the stomach, the significance of these factors in other sites is less well defined. We studied 1004 patients with gastrointestinal smooth-muscle tumors for whom vital status could be determined. The(More)
Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) has emerged in the past year as a prototypical neoplasm that responds to therapy directed against a single target molecule-the KIT receptor tyrosine kinase protein. Although GIST seldom responds to conventional chemotherapeutic agents, early experience with the tyrosine kinase inhibitor, STI-571 (Gleevec; Novartis,(More)
The acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a devastating new illness which appears to be sexually and parenterally transmissible. AIDS was first described in the male homosexual community; however, the disease has more recently been described among intravenous drug abusers, Haitians, hemophiliacs, and others. The etiologic agent is unknown. AIDS may(More)
Eight immunocompromised cancer patients with tissue-proved candidiasis underwent serial abdominal ultrasound (US) and computed tomography (CT). At US, four patterns of hepatic and splenic candidiasis were recognized, one of which the authors call a "wheels-within-wheels" pattern. In addition, periportal linear areas of increased attenuation, possibly(More)
Fifty-two cases of malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH) were evaluated for amplification of the MDM2 gene, mutation of the P53 gene, accumulation of the P53 gene product, and their relation to disease-free and overall survival. All tests were carried out on formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue samples. Amplification of the MDM2 gene was detected in 15(More)
Lymphocytic interstitial pneumonitis (LIP) and nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis (NIP) are pulmonary complications of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection that occur in the absence of a detectable opportunistic infection or neoplasm. We reviewed lung biopsy specimens from 50 adult HIV-infected patients, of whom four had LIP and 46 had NIP. The(More)
To evaluate possible relations between clinical and histopathologic cardiac findings in patients with the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), 58 consecutively autopsied AIDS patients were reviewed retrospectively. Twenty-six (45%) had histopathologic myocarditis. Fifteen of these 26 (58%) had greater than or equal to 1 clinical cardiac(More)