R Ranaldi

Ospedali Riuniti di Bergamo, Bérgamo, Lombardy, Italy

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Publications (47)144.33 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Primary systemic therapy (PST) adds some practical problems to the pathologic examination of neoplastic breast tissue obtained from patients before and after chemotherapy. Pathologists, oncologists, breast surgeons, radiotherapists and radiologists in the Marche Region held a Consensus Meeting in Ancona on May 13, 2010, in which 15 statements dealing with neoadjuvant chemotherapy were approved by all participants. The first two statements are related to the pre-PST phase and concern the technical procedures and the histological report of the core biopsy. The other statements deal with similar issues of the post-PST surgical specimen.
    Pathologica 10/2011; 103(5):294-8.
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    ABSTRACT: Toscana virus (TOSV) infection is a frequent cause of meningitis in central Italy during summer. The disease generally has a benign course. Rarely, the infection produces a severe disease, with encephalitis and signs of systemic involvement, including lymphadenopathy. Since there is no clinical necessity of performing lymph node biopsy in such cases, the histopathological feature of TOSV-related lymphadenitis is not known. We herein present a case in which lymphadenopathy preceded the onset of meningitis. The excised lymph node showed a non-specific mixed-type lymphoid hyperplasia, with follicular hyperplasia, sinusal expansion and paracortical involvement. We also demonstrated the presence of viral protein and viral RNA in the lymph node tissue.
    Pathology - Research and Practice 11/2010; 207(3):197-201. · 1.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Papillary carcinoma can arise from ectopic thyroid tissue, but teratoma have not been described. Differentiation into thyroid follicles does not occur in mediastinal teratomas. A case of upper mediastinal immature teratoma occurred in an 18-day-old male newborn. The histologic examination revealed the presence of a discontinuous rim of compressed thyroid follicles on the outer aspect of the tumor capsule. This finding is consistent with the origin of the teratoma in ectopic thyroid tissue, and it has not been previously described in the literature. The patient was free of disease after 22 months, in accordance with the benign behavior of immature teratoma in infancy. Ectopic thyroid tissue can undergo the same pathologic changes as the thyroid gland, including the rare occurrence of teratoma.
    Analytical and quantitative cytology and histology / the International Academy of Cytology [and] American Society of Cytology 09/2009; 31(4):233-8. · 0.58 Impact Factor
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    Acta Dermato Venereologica 02/2009; 89(3):299-301. · 4.24 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The prognostic significance of KIT or platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRalpha) mutations in gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) is still controversial. In all, 104 patients were diagnosed with GISTs by KIT immunoreactivity; tumor DNA was sequenced for the presence of mutations in KIT exons 9, 11, 13 and 17 and in PDGFRalpha exons 12 and 18. Disease-free survival (DFS) was analyzed in 85 radically resected patients. KIT mutations occurred in exon 11 (69), in exon 9 (11) and in exon 17 (1). PDGFRalpha mutations were detected in exon 18 (10) and in exon 12 (3). Ten GISTs were wild type. Exon 11 mutations were as follows: deletions in 42 cases and point mutations in 20 cases and insertions and duplications, respectively, in 2 and 5 cases. A better trend in DFS was evident for duplicated and point-mutated exon 11 KIT GISTs. There was a significant association between PDGFRalpha mutations, gastric location and lower mitotic index. Moreover, PDGFRalpha-mutated GISTs seemed to have a better outcome. Point mutations and duplications in KIT exon 11 are associated with a better clinical trend in DFS. PDGFRalpha-mutated GISTs are preferentially localized in the stomach and seem to have a favorable clinical behavior.
    Annals of Oncology 05/2008; 19(4):706-10. · 6.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We reviewed the clinico-pathological features of 73 primary cutaneous B-cell lymphomas (PCBCLs), diagnosed in 10 years in Marche region in central Italy, which included 16 marginal zone lymphomas (MZL), 33 follicle centre lymphomas (FCL) and 24 diffuse large B cell lymphomas (DLBCL). We also investigated the presence of Borrelia burgdorferi in tissues by polymerase chain reaction. Differences in age, sex, location site, response to therapy, disease recurrence and 5-year disease-specific survival were observed among the 3 histological groups. Specific DNA sequences of Borrelia burgdorferi were not detected in any of the 73 cases of PCBCL. We conclude that PCBCLs in Marche region behave according to the literature data and do not seem to be associated with Borrelia burgdorferi. Additional investigations should be performed on other possible etiologies, at least in our geographical area.
    Leukemia and Lymphoma 12/2007; 48(11):2184-8. · 2.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Chlamydia pneumoniae, Chlamydia trachomatis and Chlamydia psittaci were detected at low frequencies (<20%) among 69 pulmonary mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphomas, 30 other lymphoproliferative disorders (LPD) and 44 non-LPD. The incidence of individual Chlamydiae was generally higher in MALT lymphoma than non-LPD, although not reaching statistical significance. Mycoplasma pneumoniae DNA was not detected.
    British Journal of Cancer 10/2007; 97(7):949-51. · 4.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Infectious agents play a critical role in MALT lymphoma development. Studies from Italy showed Chlamydia psittaci infection in 87% of ocular adnexal MALT lymphomas and complete or partial regression of the lymphoma after C. psittaci eradication in four of nine cases. However, C. psittaci was not demonstrated in ocular adnexal MALT lymphomas from the USA. This study was thus designed to investigate further the role of C. psittaci, and other infectious agents commonly associated with chronic eye disease, in the development of ocular adnexal MALT lymphoma. The presence of C. psittaci, C. trachomatis, C. pneumoniae, herpes simplex virus 1 and 2 (HSV1, HSV2), and adenovirus 8 and 19 (ADV8, ADV19) was assessed separately by polymerase chain reaction in 142 ocular adnexal MALT lymphomas, 53 non-marginal zone lymphomas, and 51 ocular adnexal biopsies without a lymphoproliferative disorder (LPD), from six geographical regions. C. psittaci was detected at similar low frequencies in non-LPD and non-marginal zone lymphoma groups from different geographical regions (0-14%). Overall, the prevalence of C. psittaci was significantly higher in MALT lymphomas (22%) than in non-LPD (10%, p=0.042) and non-marginal zone lymphoma cases (9%, p=0.033). However, the prevalence of C. psittaci infection in MALT lymphoma showed marked variation among the six geographical regions examined, being most frequent in Germany (47%), followed by the East Coast of the USA (35%) and the Netherlands (29%), but relatively low in Italy (13%), the UK (12%), and Southern China (11%). No significant differences in the detection of C. pneumoniae, C. trachomatis, HSV1, HSV2, ADV8, and ADV19 were found between lymphomas and controls from different geographical regions. In conclusion, our results show that C. psittaci, but not C. pneumoniae, C. trachomatis, HSV1, HSV2, ADV8 or ADV19, is associated with ocular adnexal MALT lymphoma and that this association is variable in different geographical areas.
    The Journal of Pathology 08/2006; 209(3):344-51. · 7.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To increase knowledge on the behavior of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) and factors influencing therapy. The clinicomorphological features of 158 GISTs were analyzed. Survival analysis was performed on the whole series, as well as on a selected group of patients with high risk GIST who did not receive imatinib mesylate. The impact of imatinib mesylate on the prognosis was investigated. Most of the GISTs had a benign behavior. The risk class was a powerful prognostic factor but was unable to predict the outcome in a single case; even patients in the high risk class not receiving imatinib mesylate had a low mortality rate. In this group, it was the mitotic activity that better correlated with prognosis, and a cut point of 10 mitoses per 50 high-power field can be fixed to discriminate cases with favorable or unfavorable outcome. Patients with GISTs presenting as aggressive disease received great benefit from imatinib mesylate therapy. Mitotic activity is important in predicting the outcome of patients with high risk GIST who present at diagnosis without dissemination. This finding can have therapeutic implications.
    Analytical and quantitative cytology and histology / the International Academy of Cytology [and] American Society of Cytology 07/2006; 28(3):137-47. · 0.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We present a case of mycetoma by Actinomadura spp. on the foot of an Albanian young man arrived to our observation approximately 5 years after the first clinical manifestations (hard tumefaction, slightly painful upon weight-bearing and palpation and cutaneous fistulas that discharged an abundant granulomatous secretion). Direct microscopic analysis and culture of the white-yellowish grains included Gram staining, which showed extensively branched Gram-positive hyphae less than 1 mm in diameter, allowing to make a diagnosis of Actinomycetoma. Since Actinomycetoma is sensitive to drug treatment, the patient was given trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole and amikacin twice daily for 45 days. After six months of chemotherapy, the patient's general condition improved, the swelling is slightly diminished and grain extrusion has ceased. The patient has been able to resume ambulation with normal footwear. Given the absence of liver and kidney functional alterations, the patient is scheduled to continue pharmacological treatment with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.
    Joint Bone Spine 06/2006; 73(3):321-4. · 3.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Nous décrivons une observation de mycétome du pied dû à Actinomadura spp. chez un homme albanais que nous avons vu cinq ans environ après le début des manifestations cliniques. Celles-ci consistaient en une tuméfaction dure et légèrement douloureuse à la mise en charge et à la palpation, et en de multiples fistules cutanées, d'où s'écoulait un pus abondant. Le pus contenait des grains blanc-jaunâtre, dont l'examen microbiologique a révélé des filaments Gram positifs fortement ramifiés et mesurant moins de 1 mm de diamètre, affirmant le diagnostic d'actinomycétome. L'actinomycétome étant sensible au traitement pharmacologique, le malade a reçu une association de triméthoprime–sulfaméthoxazole et d'amikacine administrés deux fois par jour pendant 45 jours. Le relais a été pris par triméthoprime–sulfaméthoxazole en monothérapie. Après six mois de traitement, l'état général s'était amélioré, la tuméfaction avait légèrement diminué de volume et l'élimination des grains avait cessé. Le malade pouvait à nouveau marcher avec des chaussures normales. Étant donné l'absence d'altérations fonctionnelles hépatiques et rénales, il a été décidé de poursuivre la pharmacothérapie par triméthoprime–sulfaméthoxazole.
    Revue du Rhumatisme 05/2006; 73(5):509-512.
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    ABSTRACT: This study correlates bone marrow changes after Rituximab (RTX) treatment with the clinical characteristics and outcome of 26 patients with small B-cell lymphomas. The percentage, phenotypic profile and clonality pattern of bone marrow lymphoid infiltrate were analysed before and after RTX treatment. Clinical, histological and molecular responses to RTX were correlated to the clinical outcome of the patients. Sixteen out of twenty-six patients obtained a complete clinical remission (CR). A favourable histology--follicular lymphoma (FL), hairy cell leukaemia (HCL) and marginal zone lymphoma (MZL)--was associated with a higher frequency of clinical CR and histological remission (HR), in comparison with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) and lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma (LPL). Two patterns of bone marrow HR were observed: 1) complete lymphoid cell disappearance (9 patients); or 2) nodular/interstitial T-cell infiltration (10 patients). Three histological persistence (HP) patterns were observed: 1) persistence of CD20+ small lymphoid cells in 1 patient with MCL; 2) loss of CD20 antigen expression in 4 patients with CLL; or 3) persistence only of clusters of monotypic plasma cells in 2 patients with LPL. CR and HR were strongly correlated. The percentage of lymphomatous infiltrate after RTX was higher in patients who subsequently died of the disease. Molecular response showed no correlations with the further clinical course in 12 patients achieving a complete clinical remission. In conclusion, bone marrow morphological and immunohistochemical analysis with a restricted panel of antibodies is useful to avoid 42% false positive and 85% false negative interpretations. Persistence of monoclonality after RTX might have a role in evaluating the molecular pattern of CD20-negative clones that can emerge after RTX as a tumoral escape to therapy.
    International journal of immunopathology and pharmacology 01/2006; 19(2):421-31. · 2.51 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Combined high-dose Interferon-alpha and psoralen plus ultraviolet A irradiation (PUVA) have been reported to be effective in the treatment of early mycosis fungoides (MF); however, our study is the first controlled prospective study in the literature exploring the activity and tolerability of the combination with low dosages and evaluating further clinical outcome of early-MF patients. We carried out a multicentric prospective Phase II clinical study on 89 patients with early-stage IA to IIA MF treated for 14 months with low-dose IFN-alpha2b (6-18 MU/wk) and PUVA. Treatment success was analysed in terms of freedom from treatment failure. Complete remission (CR) was achieved in 84% and an overall response rate in 98% of cases: six-month CR was associated with a non-confluent skin infiltrate at histology (P = 0.044) and 14-month CR with high epidermal CD1a+ dendritic-cell density (P = 0.030). The combination protocol was successfully tolerated and the most common reason of 'failure' was related to relapse and not to toxicity. Sustained remissions were achieved in 20% of patients. High CD8+ lymphoid T-cell density was associated with a lower relapse rate (P = 0.002). We think that our combination therapy can be considered an alternative approach compared with other modalities. Good immunological host surveillance in the skin lesions seems to be an optimal basis for the therapeutic success.
    European Journal Of Haematology 09/2005; 75(2):136-45. · 2.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma is specifically associated with t(11;18)(q21;q21), t(1;14)(p22;q32) and t(14;18)(q32;q21). t(11;18)(q21;q21) fuses the N-terminus of the API2 gene to the C-terminus of the MALT1 gene and generates a functional API2-MALT1 product. t(1;14)(p22;q32) and t(14;18)(q32;q21) bring the BCL10 and MALT1 genes respectively to the IGH locus and deregulate their expression. The oncogenic activity of the three chromosomal translocations is linked by the physiological role of BCL10 and MALT1 in antigen receptor-mediated NFkappaB activation. In this study, MALT1 and BCL10 expression was examined in normal lymphoid tissues and 423 cases of MALT lymphoma from eight sites, and their expression was correlated with the above translocations, which were detected by molecular and molecular cytogenetic methods. In normal B-cell follicles, both MALT1 and BCL10 were expressed predominantly in the cytoplasm, high in centroblasts, moderate in centrocytes and weak/negative in mantle zone B-cells. In MALT lymphoma, MALT1 and BCL10 expression varied among cases with different chromosomal translocations. In 9/9 MALT lymphomas with t(14;18)(q32;q21), tumour cells showed strong homogeneous cytoplasmic expression of both MALT1 and BCL10. In 12/12 cases with evidence of t(1;14)(p22;q32) or variants, tumour cells expressed MALT1 weakly in the cytoplasm but BCL10 strongly in the nuclei. In all 67 MALT lymphomas with t(11;18)(q21;q21), tumour cells expressed weak cytoplasmic MALT1 and moderate nuclear BCL10. In MALT lymphomas without the above translocations, both MALT1 and BCL10, in general, were expressed weakly in the cytoplasm. Real-time quantitative RT-PCR showed a good correlation between MALT1 and BCL10 mRNA expression and underlining genetic changes, with t(14;18)(q32;q21)- and t(1;14)(p22;q32)-positive cases displaying the highest MALT1 and BCL10 mRNA expression respectively. These results show that MALT1 expression pattern is identical to that of BCL10 in normal lymphoid tissues but varies in MALT lymphomas, with high cytoplasmic expression of both MALT1 and BCL10 characterizing those with t(14;18)(q32;q21).
    The Journal of Pathology 03/2005; 205(3):293-301. · 7.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To describe the clinicopathological features of a large number of surgically treated and followed up primary gastric lymphomas and thereby gain a better understanding of their biology, with particular reference to the prognostic factors of high grade tumours. A retrospective study of 152 patients. High grade gastric lymphomas, both pure and with a residual low grade component, differed from low grade mucosa associated lymphoid tissue (MALT)-type lymphomas in that they were more frequently large, ulcerated, at an advanced stage, and highly proliferating. In addition, patients were older and had a worse outcome. The prognosis of high grade lymphomas was influenced by patient age, tumour stage, depth of infiltration in the gastric wall, and the invasion of adjacent organs. Adjuvant postsurgical treatment prolonged survival only in patients with advanced stage and deep neoplastic infiltration. There is a sharp distinction between low grade MALT-type lymphomas and tumours with a high grade component, justifying their different treatment approach. The postsurgical management of high grade lymphomas should be based on the accurate evaluation of the neoplastic extension.
    Journal of Clinical Pathology 06/2002; 55(5):346-51. · 2.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The development of gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma is a multistep process and can be clinico-pathologically divided into Helicobacter pylori-associated gastritis, low-grade tumors, and high-grade tumors. The molecular events underlying this progression are largely unknown. However, identification of the genes involved in MALT lymphoma-specific t(11;18)(q21;q21) and t(1;14)(p22;q32) has provided fresh insights into the pathogenesis of this disease. T(11;18)(q21;q21) results in a chimeric transcript between the API2 and the MALT1 genes, whereas t(1;14) (p22;q32) causes aberrant nuclear BCL10 expression. Significantly, nuclear BCL10 expression also occurs frequently in MALT lymphomas without t(1;14)(p22;q32), suggesting an important role for BCL10 in lymphoma development. Thirty-three cases of H pylori gastritis, 72 MALT lymphomas, and 11 mucosal diffuse large B-cell lymphomas (DLBCL) were screened for t(11;18)(q21;q21) by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction followed by sequencing. BCL10 expression in lymphoma cases was examined by immunohistochemistry. The API2--MALT1 fusion transcript was not detected in H pylori gastritis and mucosal DLBCL but was found in 25 of 72 (35%) MALT lymphomas of various sites. Nuclear BCL10 expression was seen in 28 of 53 (53%) of MALT lymphomas. Of the gastric cases, the largest group studied, the frequency of both t(11;18)(q21;q21) and nuclear BCL10 expression was significantly higher in tumors that showed dissemination to local lymph nodes or distal sites (14 of 18 = 78% and 14 of 15 = 93%, respectively) than those confined to the stomach (3 of 29 = 10% and 10 of 26 = 38%). Furthermore, t(11;18)(q21;q21) closely correlated with BCL10 nuclear expression. These results indicate that both t(11;18)(q21;q21) and BCL10 nuclear expression are associated with advanced MALT lymphoma and that their oncogenic activities may be related to each other. (Blood. 2001;98:1182-1187)
    Blood 09/2001; 98(4):1182-7. · 9.78 Impact Factor
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    Gastroenterology 06/2000; 118(5):988-9. · 13.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Alveolar soft part sarcoma (ASPS) is a rare tumor typically located in skeletal muscles and muscolofascial planes. Isolated cases of ASPS have been described as arising in the viscera. We report a mesenchymal tumor of the stomach in a 54-year-old Italian woman without evidence of primary neoplasm elsewhere ten years following the initial diagnosis. The histologic, histochemical, immunohistochemical, and electron microscopic findings were all consistent with the diagnosis of ASPS and allowed differentiating it from morphologically similar and more common tumors, such as metastatic renal cell carcinoma and paraganglioma. The patient is alive and well ten years following the initial presentation.
    Pathology - Research and Practice 02/2000; 196(7):519-25. · 1.56 Impact Factor
  • Gastroenterology 01/2000; 118(5):988-989. · 12.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Bronchopulmonary well-differentiated neuroendocrine carcinoma (WDNEC) represents a more aggressive neoplasm than does typical carcinoid. Its biological behavior is variable and cannot be predicted on the basis of histopathological features. Nineteen typical carcinoids and 23 WDNECs were studied in order to obtain multiple parameters that should be used in the differential diagnosis between these two lesions and as prognostic markers of WDNEC. Flow-cytometry was performed on paraffin-embedded sections. Mutant p53 protein, the bcl-2 oncoprotein and the Ki-67 antigen were detected by immunohistochemical methods and evaluated quantitatively. WDNEC was more frequently aneuploid than typical carcinoid, had a higher percentage of Ki-67 positive nuclei and presented more frequently the mutant p53 protein. In WDNEC, the mutant p53 (p = 0.001), the bcl-2 oncoprotein (p = 0.002) and the high expression (> or = 16%) of Ki-67 (p = 0.0021) were associated with poor prognosis. The prognostic significance of mutant p53 and bcl-2 oncoprotein could be confirmed by Cox multiple regression survival analysis (p = 0.0005). It seems to be advisable to evaluate these features for the management of the patients affected by WDNEC.
    Pathology - Research and Practice 02/1999; 195(7):467-74. · 1.56 Impact Factor

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  • 2009
    • Ospedali Riuniti di Bergamo
      Bérgamo, Lombardy, Italy
  • 2007
    • Università Politecnica delle Marche
      Ancona, The Marches, Italy
  • 2006
    • University of Cambridge
      • Department of Pathology
      Cambridge, England, United Kingdom