Clinical relevance of the expression of somatostatin receptors in digestive endocrine tumours

II Medical School Sapienza University of Rome, Sant'Andrea Hospital, Italy.
Digestive and Liver Disease (Impact Factor: 2.96). 03/2010; 42(3):173-4. DOI: 10.1016/j.dld.2009.12.009
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