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Publications (2)3.97 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) are regarded as the same entity, with SLL restricted to tissue cases featuring no leukemic phase. In this study, the authors evaluate a group of SLL cases for cytogenetic abnormalities and IgVH gene mutational status to illicit differences between CLL and SLL. IgVH gene polymerase chain reaction amplification and subsequent sequencing were preformed on formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded archival tissue of 44 patients (SLL n = 34 or CLL n = 10). Cytogenetic data, CD38, and ZAP-70 expression were also evaluated for these cases. The data indicate that 9/34 (26%) SLL cases have somatic hypermutation >2%, which is less than the CLL group where 40% were mutated (4/10). Cytogenetic abnormalities were seen in 58% of the SLL cases with many showing abnormalities associated with favorable to intermediate prognosis. The authors' attempt to compare CLL with SLL with regards to cytogenetic and IgVH mutational status shows no statistically significant difference.
    International Journal of Surgical Pathology 05/2011; 19(5):563-9. DOI:10.1177/1066896911406918 · 0.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Core needle biopsy (CNB) and fine-needle aspiration (FNA) are increasingly replacing excisional lymph node biopsy in the diagnosis of lymphomas. However, evaluation of CNB and FNA remains challenging owing to limited architectural information and the more detailed subclassification of lymphomas required by the WHO Classification of Tumours of Haematopoietic and Lymphoid Tissues. Our study is the largest study to assess diagnostic accuracy of CNB and FNA in conjunction with ancillary studies. We analyzed 263 cases and a diagnosis was established in 237, of which 193 were completely subclassified. In cases in which excisional biopsy was available as a reference for comparison, CNB and FNA had a sensitivity of 96.5%, a specificity of 100%, a positive predictive value of 100%, and a negative predictive value of 90%. CNB and FNA with ancillary studies represent a viable alternative in the diagnosis of lymphoma, as long as the number and size of cores for morphologic studies are not compromised.
    American Journal of Clinical Pathology 04/2011; 135(4):516-24. DOI:10.1309/AJCP3WZ8ZDRJQDOU · 3.01 Impact Factor