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ABSTRACT: Chest X ray showing bilateral hilar adenopathies of the mediastinum associated with erythema nodosum suggests the diagnosis of Löfgren syndrome rather than the presence of a lymphoproliferative disorder. However, the occasional finding of high serum levels of copper can induce diagnostic doubts since serum copper increase is an index of lymphoproliferative disorders, particularly of Hodgkin's disease. We observed four patients with Löfgren syndrome presenting with fever, arthralgies, bilateral hilar adenopathies of the mediastinum and erythema nodosum. All patients underwent whole staging for sarcoidosis and serum copper levels were measured. In all cases clinical and instrumental data allowed the diagnosis of sarcoidosis and in all the patients we found high levels of serum copper with an average of 34.8 mumol/L (30.7-39.4) at the onset of the disease. Three months later, the sarcoid process spontaneously remitted and the serum copper levels returned to normal range. Although the finding of an increase of serum copper in patients with mediastinal adenopathies is usually indicative of a lymphoproliferative disorder (Hodgkin's disease), our data suggest that its increase can be related also to non neoplastic adenopathies of the mediastinum, including sarcoidosis.Sarcoidosis 10/1995; 12(2):147-9.
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ABSTRACT: To define the basis for the conflicting reports on the prognosis of lung cancer in young adults. Retrospective review of lung cancer patients between 1977 and 1988. Medical centers in Chicago (Northwestern Memorial Hospital), northern Israel (Rambam Medical Center), and northern Italy (S. Anna and U. of Pavia Hospitals). Patients were < or = 45 years of age with a diagnosis of primary lung cancer identified from tumor registry records, pathology reports, and hospital charts, plus a sample of patients > 45 years of age. In Chicago, younger patients had a higher incidence of chest pain, fever, and neurologic symptoms at presentation than the older patients, and fewer were asymptomatic. They also had more lower lobe lesions on chest roentgenogram, a higher incidence of adenocarcinoma, more advanced disease, an increased likelihood of receiving chemotherapy, and reduced survival (p < 0.03). The poorer prognosis was due to more advanced disease at presentation. In Israel, younger patients more frequently presented with stage I disease than the older patients and they had a higher incidence of adenocarcinoma, an increased likelihood of receiving treatment especially surgery, and better survival (p < 0.02). There were no differences between the two age groups for symptoms, symptom duration, and chest roentgenogram findings. Compared with the younger patients in Chicago and Israel, those from northern Italy had more squamous cell cancers and fewer adenocarcinomas, more commonly presented with stage I or II disease, received radiation therapy less frequently, and were given supportive care more often. Survival was low and comparable to that reported from Chicago. Differences exist in the clinical characteristics, pathologic findings, and prognosis of younger and older patients with lung cancer from the same region and of younger patients from different regions. The difference in prognosis is related in part to the stage of disease at presentation and the ability to undergo resectional surgery.Chest 01/1993; 102(6):1723-9. · 7.48 Impact Factor
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- Giornale italiano di chemioterapia 32(2):337-8.
- Giornale italiano di chemioterapia 30(2-3):141-3.
- Giornale italiano di chemioterapia 30(2-3):145-7.
- Giornale italiano di chemioterapia 26(1-2):297-300.