" Colonic mucosa control in Cdx2 score based diagnosis of BO related metaplasia, dysplasia, adenocarcinoma"
Mohammed Naim, Professor, Pathology,
December 20, 2010
Ref:Immunohistochemical assessment for Cdx2 expression in the Barrett metaplasia-dysplasia-adenocarcinoma sequence; This original study confirms to its cited and previous reports on Cdx2 expression in BO related intestinal metaplasia and its downregulation with the evolution of lesion to dysplasia and adenocarcinoma. A well documented research communication about authors' confirmation and conclusion that the Cdx2 down regulation was linear and significant from BO metaplasia to dysplasia to adenocarcinoma, and that the Cdx2 evaluation hence, was a reliable parameter for diagnosing and distinguishing the three entities from one another by IHC score using normal colonic mucosa as control. However, the normal colonic mucosa control mentioned by authors in last paragraph of methods was neither depicted with the tests IHC images which was essential in view of novelty of the study, nor this sole novel aspect of the study was mentioned in their effective conclusion, to say that any case of BO related metaplasia, dysplasia, adenocarcinoma was Cdx2 score-able using normal colonic mucosa as control and finally diagnosable on the basis of IHC score despite inconclusive histopathological evidence. References: 1. Fitzgerald RC. Molecular basis of Barrett's oesophagus and oesophageal adenocarcinoma Gut 2006;55:1810-1820
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