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Am J Clin Pathol. 2013 Sep;140(3):341-7. doi: 10.1309/AJCP8P2DYNKGRBVI.

Poorly differentiated colorectal cancers: correlation of microsatellite instability with clinicopathologic features and survival.

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Department of Surgery, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 86, Asanbyeongwon-gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul 138-736, Korea.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To evaluate the association of microsatellite instability (MSI) with clinicopathologic features and oncologic outcomes in patients with poorly differentiated colorectal cancer (PD).

METHODS:

Study patients were divided into well-differentiated colorectal cancer (WD) and PD, which were compared according to histologic differentiation and MSI status.

RESULTS:

Among 1,941 patients, PD was more frequent among microsatellite-unstable tumors (23.6%) than among microsatellite-stable (MSS) tumors (4.2%, P < .001). Patients with PD had worse 4-year overall survival rates than patients with WD (78.6% vs 88.2%, P = 0.010). Compared with MSS-PD tumors, MSI-PD tumors were characterized by right-colon predilection, larger size, and infrequent lymph node metastasis (P < .001 to P = .007).

CONCLUSIONS:

The clinicopathologic characteristics of PD were closely associated with those of MSI. The outcomes of MSI-PD tumors were better than those of MSS-PD tumors, but this finding did not reach statistical significance.

KEYWORDS:

Colorectal adenocarcinoma; Microsatellite instability; Prognosis

PMID:
23955452
DOI:
10.1309/AJCP8P2DYNKGRBVI
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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