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Lege Artis Medicinae

JANUARY 20, 2012

[Complex pathological diagnosis of breast cancer and the patient care based on it over the past 20 years]

CSERNI Gábor

[The diagnosis of breast cancer has become more complex in the past 20 years. Intraoperative diagnosis has been mostly replaced by multidisciplinary preoperative/ nonoperative diagnostics. Surgical treatment can be planned in advance for the breast as well as for the axilla. In many cases, routinely performed radical surgery has been replaced by selectively applied, less radical, conservative operations (sectoral or wide local excisions, sentinel lymph node biopsy) that are suitable for smaller tumours mostly detected by screening. In addition to prognostic markers listed in the pathology reports (lymph node status, tumour size, vascular invasion, status of resection margins), an increasing emphasis has been placed on predictive markers (estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors, HER-2, basal and proliferation markers) that allow molecular typing of breast carcinomas and that mostly influence systemic treatment. Tools to predict the efficiency of treatment have become increasingly available, and these might also help in planning neoadjuvant therapies, a modality which has also been introduced in the past 20 years. The present article gives a brief, subjective, thematic insight into some of these changes, selected on the basis of their relation to the pathological diagnosis of breast carcinoma.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JANUARY 20, 2012

[Pilomatrix carcinoma with a lymph node metastasis - First Hungarian publication of a rare case]

VAJDA Adrienne, LÉVAY Bernadett

[INTRODUCTION - Pilomatrix carcinoma is a very rare malignant tumour, which derives from hair matrix cells. The male:female ratio among patients is 4:1, the mean age of patients is 45 years. This tumour type is very aggressive and grows slowly. CASE REPORT - The authors describe the case of a 37-year-old man who presented in 2004 with an approximately 2×2 cm, compact lesion tumour in the lumbar region. The tumour was excised and diagnosed as carcinoma sebaceum on the basis of histological examination. Several weeks after surgery, a protruding, semi-spherical lesion with a diameter of 2 cm appeared in the scar. The patient was referred to our hospital for excision of this lesion and for assessing the possibility of Muir-Torre syndrome. The examinations did not indicate the presence of any internal tumours. The recurrent tumour was excised with a 2 cm intact margin. Histological examination confirmed the diagnosis of pilomatrix carcinoma. In 2005, two new tumours were excised and semithick skin was transplanted in several sessions. At an oncological follow-up examination in 2009, a 13×7 mm lymph node was felt in the righ inguinal region, which was found to be a metastasis of pilomatrix carcinoma on the basis of aspiration cytology. Surgical block dissection was performed, followed by postoperative radiotherapy at a dose of 25×2 Gy. At present, the patient is symptom- free. Thoracic-abdominal CT and clinical examination performed in early June 2011 did not indicate progression of the original disease. CONCLUSION - Pilomatrix carcinoma with a lymph node metastasis has not been previously reported in Hungarian. The diagnosis was established on the basis of histological examination, which was indispensable for successful treatment.]

LAM KID

OCTOBER 20, 2011

[Pain relief in metastatic bone disease]

BOÉR Katalin

[Metastatic bone disease is a hallmark of distant relapse of a number of solid tumours. The treatment of bone metastases is palliative, the main goal is to relieve pain, whereas it’s also important to reduce the risk of bone fractures, prolong survival and maintain the physical activity of patients. Pain is one of the most common symptoms of bone metastases, and state-of-the-art pain relief has an important role in maintaining the patients’ quality of life. Therapies to control pain include drug therapy, radiotherapy, surgery, systemic oncotherapy, such as chemotherapy and/or hormone therapy, multibone radioisotope therapy and administration of bisphosphonates. Regarding the relief of pain caused by malignant tumours, the guidelines developed by the World Health Organization should be followed. The algorithm of pain relief starts with assessment of the pain’s intensity and includes both pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions. Analgesics used for pain relief include nonopioids, opioids and adjuvant agents. The pain can be efficiently relieved with the combined use of modern analgesics in the great majority of patients.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

MAY 20, 2011

[The modern disciplines of diagnosing and treating back pain]

BÁLINT Géza

[The author presents the recommendations of international guidelines in the modern diagnosis and treatment of low back pain. Regarding diagnosis, it is very important to differentiate between “specific” and “aspecific” or “nonspecific” low back pain. The term “specific low back pain” includes all diseases and pathologies with well-defined aetiology and pathological process, including bacterial spondylitis, rheumatic spondylarthropathies, primary or secondary tumours, malignancies, myelon- or cauda equine compression, paresis, metabolic base diseases, pathological or nonpathological fractures are suspected. The presence of so called “red flags” indicate“specific” low back pain. This type of low back pain requires quick and precise diagnosis and specific treatment. All other kinds of low back pain, even those with very painful radiculopathy, and without paresis, cauda- or myelon compression can be considered as aspecific, even if caused by a herniated disc, because there is no absolute indication of discectomy. In case of aspecific low back pain, there is no need of any diagnostic imaging methods, because they would not influence treatment. The main points of treatment are to keep the patient active, quick mobilisation with appropriate analgesia and antiinflammatory treatment following no more than 2-3 days of bed rest, and return to work as soon as possible, with easier work conditions if needed. The longer the patient is on sick leave, the higher the risk he or she will never return to work. If initial active treatment is not is effective enough, the patient's case should be reassessed in 3-6 weeks. If a herniated disc is suspected, the necessary imaging methods should be performed, and the patient should be operated if necessary. With this method, chronic, disabling low back pain can be avoided in many cases. The danger of developing chronic low back pain are indicated by the so called “yellow flags”: dissatisfaction with work, allowance claim, insufficient and even false ideas about the causes and consequences of low back pain, fear, anxiety, depression. These problems can be alleviated by the positive athmosphere of the workplace, appropriate patient education, activity, anxiolytic and antidepressant drugs, activity and regular exercise.]

Hungarian Radiology

APRIL 10, 2005

[Radiological diagnostics of the pancreas neoplasms - Onco Update 2005]

FORRAI Gábor, BODOKY György

[Authors reviewed the recent results of pancreas tumour radiological diagnostics and the place of the imaging and interventional methods. Systematical review of the most recent articles were summarized (July 2003-December 2004) in the following subjects: the etiology and clinico-pathology, general diagnostic and therapeutical questions of early pancreatic neoplasms, abdominal ultrasound, computed tomography, multidetector computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, MR-cholangiopancreatography, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, endoscopic ultrasound, intraductal ultrasound, endoscopic ultrasound-guided cytology, percutaneous biopsy, positron emission tomography, positron emission tomography - computed tomography, special pancreatic tumours. Experiences about the pancreas diagnostic methods are accumulating year-to-year rapidly. Therefore the current examination algorithm is changing continuously. New diagnostic and therapeutic modalities are entering in the daily practice. These are the reasons why the up-to-date knowledge of the literature is mandatory.]

Hungarian Radiology

DECEMBER 21, 2009

[The effect of endovascular intervention in the presence of rare celiac trunk developmental anomalies]

VÁGÓ Andrea, SZENTPÉTERY László, FORRAI Gábor

[INTRODUCTION - The congenital absence of celiac trunk and it’s subtotal stenosis are rare abnormalities and often recognised only during digital substraction angiography (DSA). This anomaly is significant when there is a need to perform local intraarterial chemoperfusion or chemoembolisation of malignant hepatic tumours. In these cases the liver is supplied with arterial blood through the superior mesenteric artery and the gastroduodenal arch. The direction of blood flow in the common hepatic artery is changed ensuring the flow to the splenic and left gastric artery. In such circumstances it is not possible to obtain local chemotherapy. CASE REPORT - Two male patients (61 and 75 years old) are reported. Both patients were candidates for chemotherapy due to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In these two cases the planned therapy was impossible because of a stenosis of the celiac trunk in one, and atresia of the celiac trunk in the other. CONCLUSION - The recognition of vascular anomaly prior to endovascular intervention significantly affects the planning of the therapy.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JULY 20, 2006

[ACTINOMYCOSIS MIMICKING LUNG CANCER]

CSERNI Gábor, BORI Rita, BOROSS Gábor, FRANK Emil, LÓRÁND Katalin, SERÉNYI Péter, LENGYEL Mária, KOVÁCS Károly, HALÁSZ Mátyás

[INTRODUCTION - The mortality of lung cancer is high, but with early diagnosis the disease can often be cured. The differential diagnosis of pulmonary carcinoma is widely diverse. CASE REPORT - In a 53-year-old male patient, who had been successfully treated for pneumonia complicated with thoracic empyema, both a CT scan and bronchoscopy raised the suspicion of a malignant tumour. Brush cytology was inconclusive; it raised the possibility of malignancy but was not felt diagnostic of a malignant process, whereas biopsy revealed only inflammatory changes. After right lower lobectomy, actinomycosis was diagnosed by histology. This case is used in the paper as an opportunity to discuss the pseudotumorous presentation of thoracic actinomycosis. CONCLUSION - Pulmonary and thoracic actinomycosis is rare, but due to its ability to simulate tumours, it is an important disease to consider in the differential diagnosis of lung cancer.]

Clinical Neuroscience

FEBRUARY 10, 2004

[Brachytherapy of brain stem tumours]

JULOW Jenő, VIOLA Árpád, MAJOR Tibor, VALÁLIK István, SÁGI Sarolta, MANGEL László, KOVÁCS Rita Beáta, REPA Imre, BAJZIK Gábor, NÉMETH György

[Introductions - The optimal therapy of brain stem tumours of different histopathology determines the expected length of survival. Authors report 125Iodine interstitial irradiation of brain stem tumours with stereotactic brachytherapy. Case reports - Two patients having brain stem tumours were suffering from glioma or from metastases of a carcinoma. In Case 1 the tumour volume was 1.98 cm3 at the time of planning interstitial irradiation. The control MRI examination performed at 42 months post-op showed a postirradiation cyst size of 5.73 cm3 indicating 65.5% shrinkage. In Case 2 the shrinkage was more apparent as the tumour vo-lume measured on the control MRI at 8 moths post-op was only 0.16 cm3 indicating 97.4% shrinkage of the 6.05 cm3 target volume at the time of brachytherapy with the metastasis practically disappearing. Quick access to histopathological results of the stereotactic intraoperative biopsy made it possible to carry out the 125Iodine stereotactic brachytherapy immediately after the biopsy, resulting in less inconvience for patients of a second possible intervention. The control MRI scans show significant shrinkage of tumours in both patients. Conclusion - The procedure can be performed as a biopsy. The CT and image fusion guided 125Iodine stereotactic brachytherapy can be well planned dosimetrically and is surgically precise.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JULY 10, 2001

[Endoscopic diagnosis of oesophageal intramural metastasis from an adenocarcinoma of the gastrooesophageal junction]

SZÁNTÓ Imre, VÖRÖS Attila, NAGY Pál, GONDA Gábor, ALTORJAY Áron, BANAI János, GAMAL E. Mohamed, KISS János

[INTRODUCTION - Authors present six cases of intramural oesophageal metastases of adenocarcinomas located in the gastro-oesophageal junction. The tumours and metastases were diagnosed by endoscopic examinations. PATIENTS AND METHODS - Between 01. 01. 1994. and 31. 12. 2000. a total number of 143 patients were examined with the diagnosis of adenocarcinoma of the gastro-oesophageal junction. In six patients (4,19 %), intramural oesophageal metastases were verified. In each case the diagnosis was confirmed by histological examination. TNM stage of the tumours was assessed considering the results of endoscopic ultrasound examination, the findings at initial operation and the pathological data in all cases, where resection was performed. The tumours were localized according to Siewert- Stein’s classification. RESULTS - In six patients who had adenocarcinoma of the gastro-oesophageal junction, the diagnosis of intramural oesophageal metastases was confirmed. The histological structure of the primaer tumours and metastases were the same. Metastases were detected by endoscopic ultrasound examination in three cases of the four examined patients as submucosal masses. All of the cardiac tumours proved to be well advanced: four of them classified as T4N1 by endoscopic ultrasound. Intramural metastases were diagnosed in each Siewert-Stein subgroups. CONCLUSION - Endoscopic examination is of crucial importance in the diagnosis of adenocarcinomas of the gastro-oesophageal junction and in their intramural metastases as well. Beside the endoscopic identification the primary tumour, the thorough examination of the proximal part of the oesophagus seems to be of great importance. These metastatic cancers appeared in the advanced stage of the disease. Endoscopic ultrasound examination is of great help in these cases to identify whether the mass causing oesophageal impression is outside of the wall of the organ, or in which layer it is localized. Endoscopic ultrasound examination also gives the possibility for preoperative assessment of the TNM stage of the disease.]