David A Albertson

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States

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Publications (3)8.6 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The management of metastasis from parathyroid carcinoma (PC) is an unusual challenge. Systemic therapy has minimal effect on the course of the disease and its associated hypercalcemia. Resection of isolated pulmonary metastases is an attractive option in the setting of recurrent hypercalcemia. We report a case of a patient who underwent resection of multiple functional PC pulmonary metastases almost 20 years after the original neck resection. The patient originally presented in 1982 with what was thought to be hyperparathyroidism secondary to a parathyroid adenoma. Surgical exploration revealed the presence of a well differentiated PC. The patient was transiently normocalcemic, but underwent surgical exploration in 1993 and 1996 for recurrent PC in the neck. The patient again improved, but presented in 2001 with diffuse arthralgia, fatigue, malaise, weight loss, and decreased appetite. She was found to have a serum calcium of 12.7 mg/dL and an intact parathyroid hormone of 1542 pmol/L. Computed tomography identified the presence of two right-sided and two left-sided pulmonary masses. Sternotomy with bilateral pulmonary metastectomy was performed. Functional PC metastasis was confirmed on pathological examination. One year following metastectomy the patient is hypocalcemic, requiring oral calcium and vitamin D supplementation. Functional pulmonary metastasis from PC is a rare cause of hypercalcemia. Complete resection of isolated pulmonary metastases can provide effective palliation with long-term survival.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2003 · The American surgeon
  • Yi-Kong Keung · Vetta Higgs · David A Albertson · James O Cappellari
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    ABSTRACT: Helicobacter pylori have been causally linked to primary gastric B-cell lymphoma of the mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) type. Antibiotic therapy to eradicate H. pylori has been shown to induce remission of such lymphoma. We report a case of primary B-cell MALT lymphoma of the jejunum associated with H. pylori. The literature of intestinal MALT lymphoma is reviewed.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2003 · Leukemia and Lymphoma
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    ABSTRACT: An example of the rare papillary cystic tumor of the pancreas was diagnosed cytologically by aspiration of the primary neoplasm. Subsequently, it metastasized, proving its low-grade malignant behavior. Diagnostic cytomorphologic features included abundant straight and branched papillary tissue fragments, and uniform, pale nuclei with folds or grooves. Although the primary tumor had a typical histologic appearance, metastases demonstrated increased nuclear pleomorphism and hyperchromasia, bizarre tumor giant cells, and an increased mitotic rate. Vimentin was diffusely positive, whereas neuron-specific enolase and somatostatin were focally and weakly reactive. Neurosecretory and zymogen granules were absent ultrastructurally. By flow cytometric study, the tumor was aneuploid (DNA Index = 1.3).
    Preview · Article · Aug 1990 · Cancer

Publication Stats

93 Citations
8.60 Total Impact Points


  • 1990-2003
    • Wake Forest University
      • • Comprehensive Cancer Center
      • • Department of Pathology
      Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States