34 e-Letters

published between 2009 and 2012

  • IgG4-related disease in synovial tissues
    Sujoy Khan

    Dear Editor, We read with interest the comprehensive review on IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) by Drs Culver and Bateman [1], and wish to add on IgG4-RD in synovial tissue. A previous report suggested that up to 10% of patients with IgG4-RD have arthritis [2]. Two reports of arthropathy by Umekita K et al and Shinoda K et al showed evidence of infiltration of IgG4-positive plasma cells in the synovium [3, 4]. It is therefo...

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  • Mucosal large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma of the head and neck regions:inconsistent data
    Shaodong Yang

    Dear Editor,

    I read with interest the recent original article entitled 'Mucosal large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma of the head and neck regions in Japanese patients: a distinct clinicopathological entity' by Kusafuka et al.[1] The patient (Case 2) in this article had been previously reported.[2] I note some discrepancies between these two papers. In this original article, the patient (Case 2) was a 65-year-old...

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  • EGFR expression in vulvar carcinomas: correlation with gene status
    Beatriz M. Maia

    Re: EGFR gene copy number increase in vulvar carcinomas is linked with poor clinical outcome. Woelber et al. J Clin Pathol. 2012 Feb;65(2):133-9.

    Dear editor,

    A very novel issue was assessed by Woelber et al.[1] in their recently published study. This subject has major importance since the medical interest for vulvar carcinoma has increased in the last decade as the recognition of the increasing inci...

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  • Enhanced Biomedical Scientist roles - experiences from Southampton
    Joanne Horne

    Dear Editor,

    We read this article with great interest and would like to share our own similar experiences in support of this growing evidence base. Our department has the added complexity of being one of the UK ST1 training schools, with between ten and fifteen ST1 - ST5 trainees per year. We have trained and developed a senior Biomedical Scientist (BMS) in all specimen dissections who has gained the RCPath D...

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    Richard Herriot


    In defining underlying causes of pulmonary granulomatous inflammation in their study population(s), Mukhopadhyay et al[1] correctly list immunodeficiency disorders as one possible association. They define a causal link between pathologist-observed granulomata and immune deficit where the latter has been already been identified clinically in individual patients. However, granulomatou...

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  • Expression of NCAM may be associated with the immune response against well differentiated thyroid carcinoma.
    Laura Sterian Ward

    Dear Editor,

    A very important issue was assessed by Yang et al in their outstanding study recently published by this journal1. As pointed out by the authors, distant metastasis is the most preoccupant complication of differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) and a very anguishing therapeutic challenge for the attending physician. A series of studies have been trying to establish a molecular pattern able to predic...

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  • Detection of breast cancer stem cells in tumor samples: single vs. double immunostaining.
    Marco A. Velasco-Velazquez

    To the Editor,

    We noted with interest the study entitled "Breast cancer stem cell markers CD44, CD24 and ALDH1: expression distribution within intrinsic molecular subtype", published by Ricardo and colleagues [1]. Papers like this one have major importance since retrospective studies analyzing the proportion of cancer stem cells in breast tumor biopsies as prognosis factors are still required. Ricardo et al. al...

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  • RE: Differential expression of microRNA-675, microRNA-139-3p and microRNA-335 in benign and malignant adrenocortical tumours. Schmitz et al. 64:529-535 doi:10.1136/jcp.2010.085621
    Stan B Sidhu

    Puneet Singh, Patsy S H Soon and Stan B Sidhu

    Cancer Genetics Unit, Hormones & Cancer Group, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

    RE: Differential expression of microRNA-675, microRNA-139-3p and microRNA-335 in benign and malignant adrenocortical tumours. Schmitz et al. 64:529-535 doi:10.1136/jcp.2010.085621

    To the Editor,

    We noted with i...

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  • Uncommon adverse effects of imatinib
    David M. Ross

    To the Editor,

    I read with interest the report of Chakupurakal and colleagues on a patient who developed peripheral neuropathy during imatinib treatment.(1) Their report highlights the importance of vigilance for late, unexpected adverse events in patients receiving potentially lifelong maintenance chemotherapy.

    The authors assert that neuropathy has not previously been reported as a side effect of im...

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  • Simplified normal heart weight scale
    Masahito Hitosugi
    Editor - We found the article entitled "Derivation of new reference table for human heart weights in light of increasing body mass index", written by Gaitskell et al, extremely interesting.1 Postmortem heart weight is important in diagnosing whether the heart is normal. In this article, the author described that heart weight (HW) correlated slightly better with body surface area (BSA) than body weight and presented new reference c...
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