The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) has proven to be such a close associate of gastric malignancies that many were led to posit that it was in part at least responsible for its development. However, as often happens in medicine, a large number of brilliant and advanced studies have demonstrated that the issue is more complex. In terms of medical practice, EBV-associated turnouts have been shown to be characterised by specific morphological features and a clinical behaviour that is less aggressive than EBV-negative tumours. As regards the acquisition of theoretical knowledge on the subject, the amount of information collected so far has undoubtedly advanced our understanding of the mechanisms inducing the development of gastric carcinomas. The issue seems therefore to deserve closer attention since by intensifying observations and research on EBV we may be able to integrate the advances which - with far greater deployment of resources are being achieved in the study of Helicobacter pylori and Hp-related gastric diseases.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Endoscopia Digestiva|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|
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