[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background/Aim: Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are involved in cancer biology. Expression of MMP7 (matrilysin) in colorectal cancer is associated with metastatic disease even though it is expressed in most tumour states. In the present study, our purpose was to analyze MMP7 in bowel and lymph nodes of different tumour stages and to evaluate its expression as a cancer biomarker.
28 patients surgically-treated for benign and malignant colorectal tumours were recruited and analyzed for MMP7 in tumoural tissue, lymph nodes and serum by histology, immunohistochemistry, ELISA and western blotting.
Immunohistochemistry showed prevalent expression of MMP7 in advanced cancer. A significant increase (p<0.001) was evident in serum of stage III/IV cancers compared to both adenomas and non-metastatic disease. MMP7 was increased in cancer tissues with prevalence in stage I/II. Lymph nodes presented a significant increase of MMP7 (p<0.05 adenoma vs. stage I/II and p<0.001 vs. stage III/IV).
MMP7 increases with dysplasia and cancer disease stage in tumour tissue as well as in the regional lymph nodes. It may be used as a complement in investigating suspected locally advanced cancer.
In vivo (Athens, Greece) 07/2014; 28(1):105-10. · 1.15 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Axillary node dissection (ALND) is affected by various complications, (hematoma, seroma, lymphocele, infections). The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of Harmonic Focus (HF) in reducing these complications.
92 patients requiring ALND, were divided into two group: Group A (HF) (33 women, 14 men), and Group B (control) (28 women, 17 men).
Operating time was lower in Group A than in Group B. The amount of drain volume was lower in Group A than in Group B, the drain was removed earlier in Group A than in Group B. Seroma incidence was lower in Group A than in Group B.
The use of HF during ALND is effective in reducing operating time, drain volume and complications.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Type 1 neurofibromatosis (NF1) is a genetic disease characterized by neoplastic and not neoplastic disorders, involving tissues of neuroectodermal or mesenchymal origin. The mainly involved districts are skin, central nervous system, and eye, and there is a wide range of severity of clinical presentations.
Abdominal manifestations of NF1 comprehend five categories of tumors: neurogenic with neurofibromas, malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors and ganglioneuromas, neuroendocrine with pheochromocytomas and carcinoids, non-neurogenic gastrointestinal stromal tumors, i.e., GISTs, and embryonal tumors and miscellaneous.
Early diagnosis of these abdominal manifestations is very important given the risk of malignancy, organic complications such as in the case of pheochromocytomas or hemorrhagic-obstructive complications such as in the case of the tumors of the gastrointestinal tract (GISTs and neurofibromas). The importance of an annual clinical evaluation on the part of a multidisciplinary pool of clinicians in highly specialized centers allows early detection of complications and of neoplastic transformation.
Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery 07/2009; 14(1):186-94. · 2.36 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Peri-inguinal hernias are rare defects of ventral lateral abdominal wall, just above the inguinal region. These hernias are due to congenital defects of internal oblique and transverse muscles. Since their rarity and the complex anatomy of the region, their correct classification is still debated. It is possible to make diagnosis by clinical examination; imaging can help the physician to recognize this rare pathology. The Authors describe a case of strangulated peri-inguinal hernia, that required urgent surgery.