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Histopathology. 1987 Jan;11(1):63-72.

Vimentin: an evaluation of its role as a tumour marker.


In this study we examined 198 sarcomas, 38 carcinomas, 13 'tumours with a spindle cell component' and 22 malignant melanomas with a commercial monoclonal vimentin antibody. All histopathological material was formalin fixed and paraffin embedded. The results show this antibody to be a sensitive and specific marker of mesenchymal derivation or differentiation. It is a useful tool in separating sarcomas from most carcinomas, and in separating malignant melanomas from carcinomas. When used in combination with a cytokeratin antibody it identifies carcinosarcomas and synovial sarcomas.

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