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Neoplasma Vol.53, p.247-252, 2006

Title: A correlation of microvascular density and proliferative activity to clinical and histological characteristics in neuroblastoma.
Author: Drozynska E, Izycka-Swieszewska E, Niedzwiecki M, Balcerska A, Perek D, Wachowiak J.

Abstract: Seventy-four neuroblastoma patients were analyzed according to the clinical data including age, stage, bone metastases, primary tumor localization, tumor diameter, LDH, and serum ferritin. Histological examination of tumor specimens comprised calculation of proliferative index (PI) on slides stained with anti Ki-67 antibody and assessment of microvascular density (MVD) on anti-CD34 stained sections. Wide range of PI (1.5-79; median 37.8%) and MVD (41-385; median 172/mm2) values was observed. Significant relationship between higher PI and tumor diameter more than 5 cm (40.3 vs 37.2%) was found. Lower PI was found more frequently in stroma-rich tumors. Significantly higher median MVD was found in infant tumors and in smaller tumors <5 cm. Tendency to inverse relationship between PI and MVD was observed. The high values of both PI and MVD were found in some aggressive tumors in patients >1-year old. We evaluated the new parameter: proliferative-vascular index (PVI) as PVI=PIxMVD which ranged from 213-18333. Among eleven patients >1 year old, with PVI >7000, seven (64%) had a poor outcome within the mean period of 22 months. Our results suggest that the simultaneous estimation of proliferative activity and vascularity of neuroblastomas could be studied as a prognostic indicator. Further investigations are needed to confirm this finding.

Keywords: proliferative index, angiogenesis, microvascular density, neuroblastoma
Year: 2006, Volume: 53, Issue: Page From: 247, Page To: 252

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