Nucleolar organizer regions: a prognostic factor in infiltrating ductal carcinoma in the breast.

M. Canepa, C. Gambini, L. Borgiani, A. Pastorino, G. Buccaran, L. Gallo, A. Storace, S. Rovida

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Abstract

By means of an AgNOR technique, the authors have carried out a retrospective study on proliferative activity in 170 cases of infiltrating ductal breast carcinoma (so-called carcinoma NOS). The follow-up period was 138 months. A statistically significant correlation was found between AgNOR score and outcome of the disease ("vital status"), clinical stage and OS respectively. By means of discriminant analysis a threshold value of AgNOR score was identified (= 9.5) which distinguished two risk groups among the cases under examination. Those cases with an average AgNOR score below the threshold value showed a favourable prognosis. The cases with an AgNOR score greater than 9.5 had an unfavourable outcome. The authors suggest that AgNOR score may be used as a prognostic parameter in breast carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-162
Number of pages12
JournalPathologica
Volume85
Issue number1096
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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