Human papillomavirus in head and neck carcinomas: Prevalence, physical status and relationship with clinical/pathological parameters

Gianna Badaracco, Aldo Venuti, Roberto Morello, Antonio Muller, Maria Luisa Marcante

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The association of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection to head and neck squamous cell carcinomas was evaluated in 66 patients affected by tumours of the oral cavity (n = 38), the tonsil (n = 4), the pharynx (n = 2), and the larynx (n = 22). HPV DNA was detected by PCR-based assays, recognizing late and early genes. Twenty-four cases were HPV infected (36.4%), mostly by high and/or intermediate risk types. HPV 16 was integrated in 7/12 positive tumours without site-specificity. HPV infection was not related to age, gender, tumour stage, differentiation grade, and use of alcohol and/or tobacco. The findings indicate that HPV infection may be related to a proportion of head and neck carcinomas but its association is not as clear as that found in cervical cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1301-1305
Number of pages5
JournalAnticancer Research
Issue number2 B
Publication statusPublished - 2000



  • Head and neck cancer
  • HPV physical state
  • HPV prevalence
  • HPV typing
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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