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1.  A Distribution Weighted Prognostic Scoring Model for Node Status in Advanced Rectal Cancer 
Purpose
There are various lymph node-based staging systems. Nevertheless, there is debate over the use of parameters such as the number of involved lymph nodes and the lymph node ratio. As a possible option, the distribution of metastatic lymph nodes may have a prognostic significance in rectal cancer. This study is designed to evaluate the impact of distribution-weighted nodal staging on oncologic outcome in rectal cancer.
Materials and Methods
From a prospectively maintained colorectal cancer database of our institution, a total of 435 patients who underwent a curative low anterior resection for mid and upper rectal cancer between 1995 and 2004 were enrolled. Patients were divided into 3 groups according to the location of apical metastatic nodes. A location-weighted prognostic score was calculated by a scoring model using a logistic regression test for location based-statistical weight to number of lymph nodes. All cases were categorized in quartiles from lymph node I to lymph node IV using this protocol.
Results
The location of lymph node metastasis was an independent factor that was associated with a poor prognostic outcome (p<0.001). Based on this result, the location-weighted-nodal prognostic scoring model did not show lesser significant results (p<0.0001) in both overall survival and cancer-free survival analyses.
Conclusion
The location of apical nodes among the metastatic nodes does not have a lesser significant impact on oncologic result in patients with advanced rectal cancer. A location-weighted prognostic scoring model, which considered the numbers of involved lymph nodes as the rate of significance according to the location, may more precisely predict the survival outcome in patients with lymph node metastasis.
doi:10.4143/crt.2014.46.1.41
PMCID: PMC3918526  PMID: 24520222
Rectal neoplasms; Prognostic scoring model; Lymph nodes; Neoplasm staging
2.  Primary leiomyosarcoma of the pancreas 
Journal of the Korean Surgical Society  2011;81(Suppl 1):S69-S73.
Primary sarcomas of the pancreas are extremely rare, accounting for 0.1% of malignant pancreatic (non-islet) neoplasms. Pancreatic leiomyosarcoma is a highly aggressive malignancy that spreads in a similar manner to gastric leiomyosarcoma, i.e., by adjacent organ invasion, hematogenous spread, and lymph node metastasis. These tumors are large at the time of diagnosis and are usually found at an advanced stage. We report a case of a 70-year-old female with intermittent right upper quadrant abdominal discomfort. Radiological, histopathological, and immunohistochemical studies revealed the tumor to be a primary leiomyosarcoma of the pancreas. Herein, we describe a patient with a primary leiomyosarcoma of the pancreas who presented with clinical and radiological findings indicative of a mass in the pancreatic head.
doi:10.4174/jkss.2011.81.Suppl1.S69
PMCID: PMC3267071  PMID: 22319744
Leiomyosarcoma; Pancreas; Primary
3.  Undifferentiated carcinoma of the pancreas with osteoclast-like giant cells 
Undifferentiated carcinoma with osteoclast-like giant cells is a rare neoplasm of the exocrine pancreas. Some similar cases have been reported, but the histogenesis of these tumors varies and is controversial. We report here on a case of undifferentiated carcinoma of the pancreas with osteoclast-like giant cells. A 77-year old woman presented with abdominal pain and anorexia. Abdominal computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging showed an approximately 10 × 5 cm highly attenuated mass arising from the tail of the pancreas and invading the spleen and adjacent bowel loop. The initial impression was a malignant endocrine tumor or solid-pseudopapillary tumor of the pancreas. The patient underwent a distal pancreatectomy with splenectomy and left hemicolectomy. The histopathology and immunohistochemistry helped make the diagnosis that of an undifferentiated carcinoma with osteoclast-like giant cells of the pancreas.
doi:10.4174/jkss.2011.81.2.146
PMCID: PMC3204565  PMID: 22066115
Osteoclast-like giant cells; Undifferentiated carcinoma; Pancreas
4.  Intrahepatic biliary cystadenoma: Is there really an almost exclusively female predominance? 
Biliary cystic tumors, such as cystadenomas and cystadenocarcinomas, are rare cystic tumors of the liver, accounting for less than 5% of all intrahepatic cysts of biliary origin. Biliary cystadenomas have been known to occur predominantly in women (> 85%), and 38%-44% of biliary cystadenocarcinomas have occurred in males. We wrote this letter to comment on a brief article (World J Gasteroenterol 2011 January 21; 17(3): 361-365) regarding a case of intrahepatic biliary cystic neoplasm treated with surgery. The adenoma-carcinoma sequence is the possible mechanism of carcinogenesis. If the carcinogenesis of biliary cystadenocarcinoma occurs in the adenoma-carcinoma sequence, we believe that the male-to-female ratio of cystadenoma should be higher than the incidence rate that has been reported to date.
doi:10.3748/wjg.v17.i25.3073
PMCID: PMC3132262  PMID: 21799657
Biliary cystadenoma; Cystadenocarcinoma; Carcinogenesis; Incidence
5.  Liver resection for hepatocellular carcinoma: case-matched analysis of laparoscopic versus open resection 
Purpose
To analyze the outcomes of laparoscopic liver resection compared with open liver resection in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).
Methods
Between July 2005 and December 2009, 26 consecutive patients with HCC underwent a pure laparoscopic liver resection, and data from this group (laparoscopic liver resection group, L-group) were compared with a retrospective control group of 29 patients who underwent open liver resection for HCC (open liver resection group, O-group) during the same period. The two groups were matched in terms of demographic data, tumor size, degree of liver cirrhosis, American Society of Anesthesiology score, type of resection, and tumor location.
Results
Median operation time and the amount of intraoperative packed red blood cell transfusion in the L-group were 147.5 minutes and 0.35 units, respectively. The L-group revealed a shorter operation time (147.5 vs. 220.0 minutes, P = 0.031) than the O-group. No difference in perioperative morbidity or mortality rates was observed (3.8, 0 vs. 24.1%, 0%; P = 0.054, non-specific, respectively); the L-group was associated with a shorter hospital stay than the O-group (11.08 vs. 16.07 days, P = 0.034). After a mean follow-up of 23.9 months (range, 0.7 to 59.4 months), the 1-year disease-free survival rate was 84.6% in the L-group and 82.8% in the O-group (P = 0.673).
Conclusion
Laparoscopic liver resection for HCC is feasible and safe in selected patients and can produce good surgical results with a shorter postoperative hospital stay and similar outcomes in terms of perioperative morbidity, mortality, and disease-free survival than open resection.
doi:10.4174/jkss.2011.80.6.412
PMCID: PMC3204693  PMID: 22066068
Laparoscopic surgery; Open surgery; Hepatocellular carcinoma; Resection
6.  Cystic lymphangioma of the pancreas mimicking pancreatic pseudocyst 
Journal of the Korean Surgical Society  2011;80(Suppl 1):S55-S58.
Lymphangiomas are rare congenital benign tumors arising from the lymphatic system, and are mostly encountered in the neck and axillary regions of pediatric patients (95%). Lymphangioma of the pancreas is extremely rare accounting for less than 1% of these tumors. We report here on a case of pancreatic cystic lymphangioma. A 54-year-old woman presented with intermittent postprandial abdominal discomfort and radiating back pain. Abdominal computed tomography scan revealed 8 × 6.5 cm hypodense cystic mass arising from the tail of the pancreas without septa or solid component. The initial impression was a pancreatic pseudocyst. The patient underwent distal pancreatectomy with splenectomy. The histopathologic and immunohistochemical study helped make the diagnosis of a pancreatic cystic lymphangioma. Herein, we report a case of pancreatic cystic lymphangioma mimicking pancreatic pseudocyst and review the relevant medical literature.
doi:10.4174/jkss.2011.80.Suppl1.S55
PMCID: PMC3205361  PMID: 22066085
Pancreas; Cystic lymphangioma; Surgical excision; Pseudocyst

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