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ESSIC identifies mast cell infiltrates of detrusor muscle as a diagnostic criterion for bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis. However, an increased mast cell count is also characteristic of overactive bladder syndrome. The lack of uniformity in mast cell detection methods hampers data comparison. Using state-of-the-art techniques we investigated whether mast cells differ among bladder conditions.
Materials and methods:
We analyzed bladder biopsies from 56 patients, including 31 with bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis with (12) or without (19) Hunner lesions, 13 with overactive bladder syndrome and 12 without bladder symptoms to determine the quantity, location, distribution and activation of mast cells using immunohistochemistry with anti-mast cell tryptase. Patients were allocated to study groups by key bladder symptoms commonly used to define conditions (pain and major urgency).
Subepithelial mast cell localization (p <0.001) and an increased detrusor mast cell count (p = 0.029) were characteristic of bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis with Hunner lesions. The optimal cutoff of 32 detrusor mast cells per mm(2) achieved only 68% accuracy with 38% positive predictive value. No difference was observed between bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis without Hunner lesions and overactive bladder syndrome. Patient groups differed in lymphocyte infiltration (p = 0.001), nodular lymphocyte aggregates (p <0.001) and urothelium integrity (p <0.001).
Subepithelial mast cell distribution was characteristic of bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis with Hunner lesions. Detrusor mastocytosis had poor predictive value for bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis. Mast cell assessment did not distinguish bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis without Hunner lesions from overactive bladder syndrome.
Full-text · Article · Jan 2015 · The Journal of Urology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: Vulvar squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) arising in association with vulvar lichen planus (LP) are poorly documented. Objectives: We sought to present clinicopathological features of 38 patients (median age 61 years, range 39-90 years) with LP-associated vulvar SCCs. Methods: Evaluated were location of vulvar SCC and metastases at presentation, recurrences, survival, precursor lesions, presence of human papillomavirus DNA, p16(ink4a), and p53 expression. Results: In all, 32 solitary (5 pT1a, 20 pT1b, 7 pT2) and 6 multifocal SCCs, located in the vestibulum (n = 20) and in nonhair-bearing modified and glycogenated mucosa (n = 18), arose in erosive (n = 13) and nonerosive (n = 25) LP. All SCCs were human papillomavirus DNA and p16(ink4a) negative. Sixteen of 38 (42%) women had inguinal metastases at presentation. Treatment was surgery with clear margins (36/38) and chemoradiation (2/38). Fourteen of 36 (39%) surgically treated patients developed between 1 and 5 new SCCs in the residual diseased mucosa. Of all recurrences, 68% developed within 12 months via precursors revealing various histologic features including elongated, but also flat rete ridges, basaloid and hypertrophic differentiation with inconsistent p53 expression. Fourteen of 38 (37%) patients died of SCCs. Limitations: Retrospective study and lack of a standardized treatment protocols are limitations. Conclusion: LP-associated SCCs were located in nonhair-bearing vulvar mucosa. Patients had a high rate of inguinal metastases, recurrent vulvar cancers in diseased mucosa, and disease-related death.
Preview · Article · Jul 2014 · Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Introduction. Lichen planus (LP) is a chronic cytokine-mediated disease of possible auto-immune etiology. 25% of men have anogenital manifestations. Erosive penile LP causes a scarring phimosis of the foreskin in uncircumcised men. Mast cells as potent immune modulators have been implicated in a number of autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases, but have not been investigated in LP. Material and Methods. Formalin-fixed tissues of 117 circumcision specimens of adult men affected by LP were evaluated for the extent of mast cell and lymphocyte infiltrates, characterized immunohistochemically with antibodies to CD 3,4,8,20,21,25,30,117c and human mast cell tryptase. Specimens with dense mast cell infiltrates were analyzed for point mutations of the c-kit gene (D816V). Results Unaffected skin and modified mucosa of foreskins contained ⟨5 mast cells/mm². The inflammatory infiltrate of LP-lesions displayed ⟨15 mast cells/mm² in 33/117 foreskins, 16-40 mast cells/mm2 in 22/117 and ⟩40 mast cells/mm² (average 70, range 40-100) in 62/117 foreskins. Lesional mast cells of 29/117 (24%) foreskins showed aberrant CD25-expression and/or spindled morphology, with 11/29 men having erosive LP, 13/29 a lymphocytic vasculitis and 1/28 a systemic mastocytosis. Neither CD30-expression nor c-kit mutations were identified. Atypical mast cell infiltrates in LP correlated with high disease activity, erosive LP and presence of lymphocytic vasculitis Conclusions Increased mast cells in penile LP, mostly representing a benign hyperplasia/activation syndrome, suggests them as targets for innovative therapy options for symptomatic LP-patients not responding to corticosteroid therapy. Presently, the biological implications of atypical mast cell infiltrates in penile LP are unknown.
No preview · Article · Jan 2014 · Histology and histopathology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background
Vulvar squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) arising in association with vulvar lichen planus (LP) are poorly documented.
We sought to present clinicopathological features of 38 patients (median age 61 years, range 39-90 years) with LP-associated vulvar SCCs.
Evaluated were location of vulvar SCC and metastases at presentation, recurrences, survival, precursor lesions, presence of human papillomavirus DNA, p16ink4a, and p53 expression.
In all, 32 solitary (5 pT1a, 20 pT1b, 7 pT2) and 6 multifocal SCCs, located in the vestibulum (n = 20) and in nonhair-bearing modified and glycogenated mucosa (n = 18), arose in erosive (n = 13) and nonerosive (n = 25) LP. All SCCs were human papillomavirus DNA and p16ink4a negative. Sixteen of 38 (42%) women had inguinal metastases at presentation. Treatment was surgery with clear margins (36/38) and chemoradiation (2/38). Fourteen of 36 (39%) surgically treated patients developed between 1 and 5 new SCCs in the residual diseased mucosa. Of all recurrences, 68% developed within 12 months via precursors revealing various histologic features including elongated, but also flat rete ridges, basaloid and hypertrophic differentiation with inconsistent p53 expression. Fourteen of 38 (37%) patients died of SCCs.
Retrospective study and lack of a standardized treatment protocols are limitations.
LP-associated SCCs were located in nonhair-bearing vulvar mucosa. Patients had a high rate of inguinal metastases, recurrent vulvar cancers in diseased mucosa, and disease-related death.
Preview · Article · Jan 2014 · Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Penile squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) arise either through transforming infections with human papillomavirus (HPV) or independent of HPV, often in the background of lichen sclerosus (LS) and lichen planus (LP). Despite impact on therapy and prognosis, etiologic stratifications are missing in most histological diagnoses and publications about penile cancers/precursors. OBJECTIVE: Classification of penile lesions into HPV-induced or HPV-negative via immunohistochemical demonstration of p16ink4a overexpression, a surrogate marker for transforming HPV-high-risk infections, and p53 expression in the absence of p16ink4a overexpression. METHODS: Archival formalin-fixed material of 123 invasive penile cancers and 43 pre-invasive lesions was evaluated for the presence of LS, LP, 28 HPV genotypes, and expression of p53 and p16ink4a. RESULTS: Seventy-two of 123 SCCs and 33 of 43 pre-invasive lesions showed p16ink4a overexpression independent of HPV-HR genotypes involved; 66 of 72 SCCs and 29 of 43 precursor lesions revealed a single HPV-high-risk-genotype (HPV-HR16 in 76% followed by HPV33, HPV31, HPV45, HPV18, HPV56); 5 of 72 SCCs and 4 of 43 precursor lesions revealed multiple HPV-HR-genotypes. One SCC revealed HPV-LR and HR-DNA. Fifty-one of 123 SCCs and 10 precursor lesions were p16ink4a negative, but showed nuclear p53 expression in tumor cells and basal keratinocytes. Forty-nine of 51 SCCs and 10 of 10 precursor lesions lacked HPV DNA. Two of 51 SCCs contained HPV18 and HPV45 DNA, respectively, but p16ink4a negativity classified them as non-HPV-induced. Twenty-seven of 51 SCCs showed peritumoral LS, 13 of 51 SCCs showed peritumoral LP, and 11 SCCs revealed no peritumoral tissue. Histologically, HPV-negative precursors showed hyperkeratotic, verrucous, atrophic, and basaloid differentiation. LIMITATIONS: This was a retrospective study. CONCLUSIONS: p16ink4a overexpression identifies HPV-HR-induced penile carcinogenesis independent of HPV-HR genotype. p53 expression along with p16ink4a negativity identifies HPV-negative cancers. Correct etiologic classification of penile lesions during diagnostic work-up allows optimal therapy decisions.
No preview · Article · Mar 2013 · Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
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Elastofibroma dorsi is a benign soft tissue lesion composed of abnormal elastic fibers. Degenerated elastic fibers in skin and liver are associated with clusterin, an apoprotein that shares functional properties with small heat shock proteins. We evaluated the staining pattern and possible role of clusterin in elastofibroma dorsi.
Material and methods:
Twenty-one subcutaneous elastofibromas from the scapular region were evaluated with Elastica van Gieson and Orcein stains, immunohistochemically with antibodies to clusterin, smooth muscle actin, S-100, vimentin and CD34 and correlated with clinical data with respect to physical trauma.
Clusterin correlated with the staining pattern of Elastica van Gieson and labelled abnormal broad coarse fibrillar and globular elastic fibers in all elastofibromas. Orcein stains additionally identified fine oxytalan fibers which were not stained by clusterin. Clusterin staining was observed only on the outside of the elastin fibers, while the cores of fibers and globules were unstained. 4/21 elastofibromas showed cellular nodules with a myxoid/collagenous stroma. The round to oval cells showed cytoplasmic staining with vimentin and clusterin; CD34 labelled mostly cell membranes. The cells lacked SMA and S-100 expression. The central areas of the nodules were devoid of elastic fibers, but the periphery contained coarse fibers and globules. 9/ 11 patients, for whom clinical data were available, reported trauma to the scapular region.
Many investigated ED were associated with trauma, which supports a reactive/degenerative etiology of ED. The abnormal large elastic fibers in all ED were enveloped by clusterin. Clusterin deposition may protect elastic fibers from degradation and thus contribute indirectly to the tumor-like presentation of ED.
No preview · Article · Jan 2013 · Histology and histopathology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: Prediction of lymph node (LN) metastases in penile invasive cancer relies on clinical features and histologic characteristics of the primary tumor. Correct prediction, however, is difficult, as only 50% patients undergoing lymphadenectomies will have LN metastases. In 2009, the tumor, nodes, metastases (TNM) classification for staging of early penile cancers was revised. We tested the predictive accuracy of the revised TNM classification in a low incidence area for penile carcinoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The presence of LN metastases in 76 men with pT1 penile cancers was correlated with the 2009 TNM subclassification, which is based on a combined evaluation of tumor grade and lymphatic invasion, but also with individual parameters, such as histologic grade, lymphatic invasion, perineural invasion, invasion depth, growth pattern and human papilloma virus (HPV) status. RESULTS: 76pT1 penile cancers were reclassified into 31pT1a squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) and 45pT1b (41 SCC; 4 clear-cell carcinomas); 12/22 men (55%; 8 SCC, 4 clear-cell carcinomas) undergoing lymphadenectomy for enlarged inguinal lymph nodes had metastases, 54 patients without enlarged LN and lymphadenectomies had no LN metastases during follow-up of median 47 months. Statistically, clear cell differentiation of the primary carcinoma was highly associated with metastases (100% clear-cell carcinomas vs. 11% SCC) and poor survival (50% vs. 5.5%). Among conventional SCC, only lymphatic invasion showed a highly significant association with metastases with 100% specificity. The 2009 TNM classification, tumor grade alone, perineural invasion, growth pattern, invasion depth or HPV status could not predict LN status. Lymphadenectomy for enlarged LN resulted in 100% sensitivity and 42% predictive probability for identifying metastases and a 16% false positive rate. Statistically, survival correlated significantly with clear-cell differentiation and with lymphatic invasion in both clear-cell carcinomas and conventional SCC. CONCLUSIONS: Penile clear-cell carcinomas are more aggressive cancers than SCC. Our observation suggests a benefit of a prophylactic lymphadenectomy for patients with clear-cell carcinomas. Among conventional SCC, only lymphatic invasion predicted LN metastases. Neither tumor grade alone nor perineural invasion, growth pattern, depth of invasion, and subgrouping according to the revised TNM classification correlated with metastases. Clinical evaluation of the LN status was superior to histologic risk stratification.
No preview · Article · Mar 2012 · Urologic Oncology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Despite the strong association of lichen sclerosus (LS) and vulvar squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the role of LS as precancerous lesion is unclear and the risk for recurrent SCC in residual LS after surgery for a LS-associated SCC is unknown.
Recurrences in residual vulvar LS after complete resection of a LS-associated SCC were analyzed in 75 women. Primary SCC, recurrences and 19 biopsies obtained 1-6 months before recurrent SCC were evaluated histologically, and for presence of HPV and monoclonally rearranged T-cell receptor gamma locus (mTRG@).
40/75 patients (53%; primary SCC 25pT2, 9pT1b, 6pT1a) had no recurrence for 64 months (range 10-176 months), but 35/75 women (47%; primary SCC 1pT3, 18pT2, 13pT1b, 3pT1a) developed recurrences after 42 months (range 3-156 months). Twenty-five women had 1 recurrence: 13SCC within 18 months, 1SCC after 26 months, 10SCC and 1 differentiated vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (d-VIN) after 74 months (range 52-136 months). Ten patients suffered multiple recurrences: 3 women had 2 recurrent d-VIN, 7 patients had multiple successive de-novo SCC with lymphocytes with mTRG@ in 6 patients. Wider resections correlated with no/late recurrences. Nineteen HPV-negative biopsies before diagnosis of recurrent SCC revealed 4 classical d-VIN and 15 verrucous, atrophic or flat intraepithelial proliferations different from d-VIN.
With a 50% recurrence rate after cancer surgery, residual anogenital LS has a high risk for de-novo cancer. Extent of resection of LS-affected skin and activity of residual LS with lymphocytes with mTRG@ are important criteria for recurrences, which develop rapidly through a variety of HPV-negative intraepithelial lesions.
No preview · Article · Jul 2011 · Gynecologic Oncology