Publications by authors named "Kourosh Mougouei"

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Determining the relationship between "microvessel density" and different grades of astrocytoma based on immunohistochemistry for "factor VIII-related antigen" (von Willebrand factor) expression in tumor microvessels.

Indian J Pathol Microbiol 2010 Oct-Dec;53(4):605-10

Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.

Background: Astrocytic brain tumors are the most common primary central nervous system tumors, which are classified into four grades. One of the most important pathologic criteria for the diagnosis of higher-grade astrocytomas (especially glioblastoma multiforme) is microvessel proliferation, particularly in the form of glomeruloid complex. Because tumor angiogenesis is a necessary factor for growth and invasiveness of malignancies, microvessel density (MVD) and intensity of angiogenesis may be used to determine the grade of astrocytomas and plan therapy accordingly. We have planned this study to evaluate the relationship between vwf expression in microvessels and different grades of astrocytoma.

Materials And Methods: Sixty-four formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded blocks of surgical specimens with diagnosis of astrocytoma (grades I to IV, each of them 16 blocks) were selected in a simple-nonrandom sampling. Thin sections of tissue blocks underwent immunohistochemical staining for vwf. The stained slides were examined using a light microscope at low (100) and high (400) magnifications. MVD was estimated by calculating the mean number of stained microvessels in three areas of highest vascularization in the high-power field (400). The intensity of staining was determined based on a 3 scale model, in which scores 0, 1, 2, and 3 mean no detectable stain, trace staining, moderate amount of diffuse stain, and strong diffuse staining, respectively.

Results: Thirty-six (56%) patients were male and 28 (44%) were female. Scores 0 and 1 of microvessel staining intensity were not observed in any grades studied, but severe staining intensity (score 3) was observed in 18.8%, 37.5%, 56.3%, and 87.5% of grades I, II, III, and IV astrocytomas, respectively. "Vwf vessel index" (MVD staining intensity of microvessels) was 23.84, 25.62, 31.62, and 62.43 in grades I, II, III, and IV astrocytomas, respectively.

Conclusion: We found a significant relationship between staining intensity of vwf in microvessels and different grades of astrocytomas. The intensity of microvessel stain increases in parallel with increasing tumor grade. Regarding "microvessel density" and "vwf vessel index," the difference is predominantly between grade IV and all other grades. However, there is no other statistically meaningful difference between grades I, II and III.
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February 2011

Solitary epidural brain metastasis of a peripheral neuroepithelioma (a primitive neuroectodermal tumor): a case report.

J Radiol Case Rep 2008 1;2(1):16-9. Epub 2008 Jul 1.

Department of Radiology, Saint Alzahra hospital, Isfahan University of medical sciences.

A 14 year old male was referred to a CT scan at our hospital for evaluation of headache. The patient was a known case of cervical soft tissue primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET) who has undergone surgery and radiotherapy 4 years ago. CT scan showed a large solitary extra axial, epidural lesion in the right parietal region, with mass effect and bony involvement. Subsequently, surgery was performed and the resultant biopsy was neuroepithelioma. After diagnosis the patient has undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy. He remained symptom free, and also follow up CT scans of the brain, chest, and abdomen were normal after two years post surgery. This is the first reported case of epidural metastasis of a head and neck (peripheral) PNET.
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September 2012