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Lung Cancer. 1996 Jun;14(2-3):229-37.

Evaluation and prognostic value of DNA content and of morphometric parameters in malignant mesothelioma using digital image analysis.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, University of Antwerp (U.I.A), Edegem, Belgium.


Fifty-seven cases of malignant mesothelioma were analyzed for nuclear diameter, DNA content and ploidy-related parameters, using Feulgen stained paraffin sections with a digital imaging analysis system. Thirty cases had a mean nuclear diameter > 7 microns and 31 cases were classified as near-diploid. A statistically significant correlation between survival and the mean nuclear diameter (P = 0.0006) and between survival and DNA index (P = 0.007) was obtained. For other DNA content parameters (proliferation index, 5c exceeding rate), only one of the two statistical tests showed a significant correlation with survival while the other test was of borderline significance. In this malignant mesothelioma population, the prognosis for patients with the epithelial type was better than for those with sarcomatous tumours (P = 0.01). In this population of patients, about half of the malignant mesotheliomas were aneuploid. The mean nuclear diameter, DNA index analysis and proliferation index analysis of the tumour cells on Feulgen stained paraffin sections can be used as independent prognostic parameters.

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