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Articles by Maria Vittoria Davì
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Between 2009 and 2019, M. V. Davì wrote the following 13 articles about Pancreatic Neoplasms.
 
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1 Guideline None 2018

Grimaldi, Franco / Fazio, Nicola / Attanasio, Roberto / Frasoldati, Andrea / Papini, Enrico / Cremonini, Nadia / Davi, Maria V / Funicelli, Luigi / Massironi, Sara / Spada, Francesca / Toscano, Vincenzo / Versari, Annibale / Zini, Michele / Falconi, Massimo / Oberg, Kjell. ·Endocrinology and Metabolic Disease Unit, Azienda Sanitaria Universitaria Integrata di Udine, Udine, Italy. · Division of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology and Neuroendocrine Tumor, European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy. · Endocrinology Service, Galeazzi Institute IRCCS, Milan, Italy. · Endocrinology Unit, Azienda Ospedaliera S. Maria Nuova IRCCS, Reggio Emilia, Italy. · Department of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, Regina Apostolorum Hospital, Albano Laziale (Rome), Italy. · Endocrinology Clinics, Clinica Villalba, Bologna, Italy. · Section of Endocrinology, Medicina Generale e Malattie Aterotrombotiche e Degenerative, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata, Verona, Italy. · Division of Radiology, European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy. · Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy. · Endocrinology, Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine, Sant'Andrea Hospital, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy. · Nuclear Medicine Unit, Azienda Ospedaliera S. Maria Nuova IRCCS, Reggio Emilia, Italy. · Division of Pancreatic Surgery, Pancreas Translational and Clinical Research Center, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Vita e Salute University, Milan, Italy. · Department of Endocrine Oncology, University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden. ·Endocr Metab Immune Disord Drug Targets · Pubmed #29237387.

ABSTRACT: Well-established criteria for evaluating the response to treatment and the appropriate followup of individual patients are critical in clinical oncology. The current evidence-based data on these issues in terms of the management of gastroenteropancreatic (GEP) neuroendocrine neoplasms (NEN) are unfortunately limited. This document by the Italian Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AME) on the criteria for the follow-up of GEP-NEN patients is aimed at providing comprehensive recommendations for everyday clinical practice based on both the best available evidence and the combined opinion of an interdisciplinary panel of experts. The initial risk stratification of patients with NENs should be performed according to the grading, staging and functional status of the neoplasm and the presence of an inherited syndrome. The evaluation of response to the initial treatment, and to the subsequent therapies for disease progression or recurrence, should be based on a cost-effective, risk-effective and timely use of the appropriate diagnostic resources. A multidisciplinary evaluation of the response to the treatment is strongly recommended and, at every step in the follow-up, it is mandatory to assess the disease state and the patient performance status, comorbidities, and recent clinical evolution. Local expertise, available technical resources and the patient preferences should always be evaluated while planning the individual clinical management of GEP-NENs.

2 Review The Zollinger-Ellison syndrome: is there a role for somatostatin analogues in the treatment of the gastrinoma? 2018

Guarnotta, Valentina / Martini, Chiara / Davì, Maria Vittoria / Pizza, Genoveffa / Colao, Annamaria / Faggiano, Antongiulio / Anonymous10670923. ·Biomedical Department of Internal and Specialist Medicine (DIBIMIS), Section of Endocrine-Metabolic Diseases, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy. · Clinica Medica 3^, Department of Medicine, DIMED, University of Padova, Padova, Italy. chiara.martini@aopd.veneto.it. · Section of Endocrinology, Medicina Generale e Malattie Aterotrombotiche e Degenerative, Department of Medicine, University of Verona, Verona, Italy. · Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, "Federico II" University of Naples, Naples, Italy. · Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery Unit, Istituto Nazionale per lo studio e la cura dei tumori "Fondazione G. Pascale" - IRCCS, Naples, Italy. ·Endocrine · Pubmed #29019150.

ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: Analyze the role of somatostatin analogues (SSAs) in the treatment of sporadic and MEN1-related gastrinomas, trying to define whether recent trials have changed the landscape of gastrinoma therapy. METHODS: We evaluate the rationale of SSA use in the treatment of gastrinomas, summarize the current literature concerning the effect of SSAs on the control of Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (ZES) and gastrinomas tumor progression and discuss their role in the most recent guidelines. RESULTS: The medical treatment of gastrinoma and related ZES is aimed at controlling acid hypersecretion and tumor progression, in inoperable patients. The use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to control the syndrome is a cornerstone in the ZES therapy. SSAs are not usually indicated for antisecretory purpose, because PPIs are considered the treatment of choice, due to their long lasting high efficacy and oral availability. The antiproliferative effect of SSAs has been established by two placebo-controlled trials that have clearly demonstrated a significant increase in progression free survival in patients affected by non-functioning well-differentiated advanced neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). The recent ENETS guidelines recommend the use of SSAs in advanced well differentiated NETs as antiproliferative agents. CONCLUSIONS: The high sstr-expression in gastrinomas make them highly responsive to SSAs and support the use of such drugs to counteract the tumour growth in patients not amenable to surgical cure. Unfortunately, limited data, mainly case reports or small series, support the use of SSAs in advanced gastrinomas, therefore, it is difficult to quantify their ability to control tumour growth and disease progression.

3 Review ACTH-secreting pancreatic neoplasms associated with Cushing syndrome: clinicopathologic study of 11 cases and review of the literature. 2015

Maragliano, Roberta / Vanoli, Alessandro / Albarello, Luca / Milione, Massimo / Basturk, Olca / Klimstra, David S / Wachtel, Antonio / Uccella, Silvia / Vicari, Emanuela / Milesi, Marina / Davì, Maria Vittoria / Scarpa, Aldo / Sessa, Fausto / Capella, Carlo / La Rosa, Stefano. ·*Department of Surgical and Morphological Sciences, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy ‡‡Department of Pathology, Ospedale di Circolo, Varese, Italy †Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy ‡Department of Pathology, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy §Department of Pathology, National Institute of Cancer, Milan, Italy #Department of Pathology, Multimedica, Milan, Italy **Department of Medicine, "G.B. Rossi" University Hospital, Verona, Italy ††ARC-NET Research Center and Department of Pathology and Diagnostics, University of Verona, Verona, Italy ∥Department of Pathology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY ¶Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplásicas, Lima, Peru. ·Am J Surg Pathol · Pubmed #25353285.

ABSTRACT: Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)-secreting pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PanNETs), although rare, are responsible for about 15% of ectopic Cushing syndrome (CS). They represent a challenging entity because their preoperatory diagnosis is frequently difficult, and clear-cut morphologic criteria useful to differentiate them from other types of PanNETs have not been defined. Ectopic ACTH secretion associated with CS can also be rarely due to pancreatic acinar cell carcinoma (ACC) and pancreatoblastoma, rare tumor types with morphologic features sometimes overlapping those of PanNETs and, for this reason, representing a diagnostic challenge for pathologists. We herein describe the clinicopathologic and immunohistochemical features of 10 PanNETs and 1 ACC secreting ACTH and associated with CS together with an extensive review of the literature to give the reader a comprehensive overview on ACTH-producing pancreatic neoplasms. ACTH-secreting PanNETs are aggressive neoplasms with an immunohistochemical profile that partially overlaps that of pituitary corticotroph adenomas. They are generally large and well-differentiated neoplasms without distinctive histologic features but with signs of aggressiveness including vascular and perineural invasion. They are more frequent in female individuals with a mean age of 42 years. At 5 and 10 years after diagnosis, 35% and 16.2% of patients, respectively, were alive. ACTH-secreting ACCs and pancreatoblastomas are very aggressive pediatric tumors with a poor prognosis. Using an appropriate immunohistochemical panel including ACTH, β-endorphin, trypsin, and BCL10 it is possible to recognize ACTH-secreting PanNETs and to distinguish them from the very aggressive ACTH-secreting ACCs.

4 Article Metformin Use Is Associated With Longer Progression-Free Survival of Patients With Diabetes and Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors Receiving Everolimus and/or Somatostatin Analogues. 2018

Pusceddu, Sara / Vernieri, Claudio / Di Maio, Massimo / Marconcini, Riccardo / Spada, Francesca / Massironi, Sara / Ibrahim, Toni / Brizzi, Maria Pia / Campana, Davide / Faggiano, Antongiulio / Giuffrida, Dario / Rinzivillo, Maria / Cingarlini, Sara / Aroldi, Francesca / Antonuzzo, Lorenzo / Berardi, Rossana / Catena, Laura / De Divitiis, Chiara / Ermacora, Paola / Perfetti, Vittorio / Fontana, Annalisa / Razzore, Paola / Carnaghi, Carlo / Davì, Maria Vittoria / Cauchi, Carolina / Duro, Marilina / Ricci, Sergio / Fazio, Nicola / Cavalcoli, Federica / Bongiovanni, Alberto / La Salvia, Anna / Brighi, Nicole / Colao, Annamaria / Puliafito, Ivana / Panzuto, Francesco / Ortolani, Silvia / Zaniboni, Alberto / Di Costanzo, Francesco / Torniai, Mariangela / Bajetta, Emilio / Tafuto, Salvatore / Garattini, Silvio Ken / Femia, Daniela / Prinzi, Natalie / Concas, Laura / Lo Russo, Giuseppe / Milione, Massimo / Giacomelli, Luca / Buzzoni, Roberto / Delle Fave, Gianfranco / Mazzaferro, Vincenzo / de Braud, Filippo. ·Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori di Milano, ENETS Center of Excellence, Milan, Italy. Electronic address: sara.pusceddu@istitutotumori.mi.it. · Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori di Milano, ENETS Center of Excellence, Milan, Italy; Fondazione Istituto FIRC di Oncologia Molecolare (IFOM), Milan, Italy. · Dipartimento di Oncologia, Università degli Studi di Torino, A. O. Ordine Mauriziano, Turin, Italy. · Dipartimento di Oncologia, Santa Chiara Hospital, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Pisana, Pisa, Italy. · IEO - Istituto Europeo di Oncologia, ENETS Center of Excellence, Milan, Italy. · Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy. · Centro di Osteoncologia e Tumori Rari, Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori (IRST) IRCCS, Meldola, Italy. · Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Luigi Gonzaga, Orbassano, Italy. · Policlinico Sant'Orsola Malpighi, Bologna, Italy. · Unità di chirurgia tiroidea e paratiroidea, Istituto Nazionale per lo studio e la cura dei tumori "Fondazione G. Pascale" - IRCCS, Naples, Italy. · IOM- Istituto Oncologico del Mediterraneo, Catania, Italy. · Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Sant'Andrea, ENETS Center of Excellence, Rome, Italy. · Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria, Verona, Italy. · Fondazione Poliambulanza, Brescia, Italy. · A. O. U. Careggi, Firenze, Italy. · Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Ospedali Riuniti, Ancona, Italy. · Policlinico di Monza, Monza, Italy. · IRCCS Fondazione Pascale, ENETS Center of Excellence, Naples, Italy. · Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Santa Maria della Misericordia, Udine, Italy. · Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, SC oncologia, Pavia, Italy. · Policlinico di Modena, Italy. · Unit of Endocrinology, Ospedale Mauriziano, Torino, Italy. · Istituto Clinico Humanitas, Rozzano, ENETS Center of Excellence, Italy. · Ospedale Policlinico Borgo Roma, Verona, Italy. · Ospedale S Croce e Carle, Cuneo, Italy. · Ospedale Valduce Como, Italy. · Endocrinology Section, Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, "Federico II" University of Naples, Italy. · Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori di Milano, ENETS Center of Excellence, Milan, Italy. · Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori di Milano, ENETS Center of Excellence, Milan, Italy; Medical-Surgical Science and Traslational Medicine Departement, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy. · Department of Surgical Sciences and Integrated Diagnostics, University of Genoa, Italy. · Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori di Milano, ENETS Center of Excellence, Milan, Italy; Universita' degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy. ·Gastroenterology · Pubmed #29655834.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND & AIMS: Metformin seems to have anticancer effects. However, it is not clear whether use of glycemia and metformin affect outcomes of patients with advanced pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs). We investigated the association between glycemia and progression-free survival (PFS) of patients with pNETs treated with everolimus and/or somatostatin analogues, as well as the association between metformin use and PFS time. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of 445 patients with advanced pNET treated at 24 medical centers in Italy from 1999 through 2015. Data on levels of glycemia were collected at time of diagnosis of pNET, before treatment initiation, and during treatment with everolimus (with or without somatostatin analogues), octreotide, or lanreotide. Diabetes was defined as prior or current use of glycemia control medication and/or fasting plasma glucose level ≥ 126 mg/dL, hemoglobin A1c ≥ 6.5% (48 mmol/L), or a random sample of plasma glucose ≥ 200 mg/dL (11.1 mmol/L), with reported classic symptoms of hyperglycemia or hyperglycemic crisis. Patients were assigned to groups based on diagnosis of diabetes before or during antitumor therapy. PFS was compared between patients with vs without diabetes. Among patients with diabetes, the association between metformin use and PFS was assessed. We performed sensitivity and landmark analyses to exclude patients who developed diabetes while receiving cancer treatment and to exclude a potential immortal time bias related to metformin intake. RESULTS: PFS was significantly longer in patients with diabetes (median, 32.0 months) than without diabetes (median, 15.1 months) (hazard ratio for patients with vs without diabetes, 0.63; 95% confidence interval, 0.50-0.80; P = .0002). PFS of patients treated with metformin was significantly longer (median PFS, 44.2 months) than for patients without diabetes (hazard ratio for survival of patients with diabetes receiving metformin vs without diabetes, 0.45; 95% confidence interval, 0.32-0.62; P < .00001) and longer than for patients with diabetes receiving other treatments (median PFS, 20.8 months; hazard ratio, 0.49; 95% confidence interval, 0.34-0.69; P < .0001). In multivariable analysis, adjusted for other factors associated with outcomes, metformin was associated with longer PFS but level of glycemia was not. Metformin was associated with increased PFS of patients receiving somatostatin analogues and in those receiving everolimus, with or without somatostatin analogues. Sensitivity and landmark analyses produced similar results. CONCLUSIONS: In a retrospective study of patients with pNETs, we found a significant association between metformin use and longer PFS.

5 Article Comparison of imaging-based and pathological dimensions in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. 2017

Paiella, Salvatore / Impellizzeri, Harmony / Zanolin, Elisabetta / Marchegiani, Giovanni / Miotto, Marco / Malpaga, Anna / De Robertis, Riccardo / D'Onofrio, Mirko / Rusev, Borislav / Capelli, Paola / Cingarlini, Sara / Butturini, Giovanni / Davì, Maria Vittoria / Amodio, Antonio / Bassi, Claudio / Scarpa, Aldo / Salvia, Roberto / Landoni, Luca. ·Salvatore Paiella, Harmony Impellizzeri, Giovanni Marchegiani, Marco Miotto, Anna Malpaga, Claudio Bassi, Roberto Salvia, Luca Landoni, General and Pancreatic Surgery Department, Pancreas Institute, University and Hospital Trust of Verona, 37134 Verona, Italy. ·World J Gastroenterol · Pubmed #28533666.

ABSTRACT: AIM: To establish the ability of magnetic resonance (MR) and computer tomography (CT) to predict pathologic dimensions of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PanNET) in a caseload of a tertiary referral center. METHODS: Patients submitted to surgery for PanNET at the Surgical Unit of the Pancreas Institute with at least 1 preoperative imaging examination (MR or CT scan) from January 2005 to December 2015 were included and data retrospectively collected. Exclusion criteria were: multifocal lesions, genetic syndromes, microadenomas or mixed tumors, metastatic disease and neoadjuvant therapy. Bland-Altman (BA) and Mountain-Plot (MP) statistics were used to compare size measured by each modality with the pathology size. Passing-Bablok (PB) regression analysis was used to check the agreement between MR and CT. RESULTS: Our study population consisted of 292 patients. Seventy-nine (27.1%) were functioning PanNET. The mean biases were 0.17 ± 7.99 mm, 1 ± 8.51 mm and 0.23 ± 9 mm, 1.2 ± 9.8 mm for MR and CT, considering the overall population and the subgroup of non-functioning- PanNET, respectively. Limits of agreement (LOA) included the vast majority of observations, indicating a good agreement between imaging and pathology. The MP further confirmed this finding and showed that the two methods are unbiased with respect to each other. Considering ≤ 2 cm non-functioning-PanNET, no statistical significance was found in the size estimation rate of MR and CT ( CONCLUSION: MR and CT scan are accurate and interchangeable imaging techniques in predicting pathologic dimensions of PanNET.

6 Article Whole-genome landscape of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours. 2017

Scarpa, Aldo / Chang, David K / Nones, Katia / Corbo, Vincenzo / Patch, Ann-Marie / Bailey, Peter / Lawlor, Rita T / Johns, Amber L / Miller, David K / Mafficini, Andrea / Rusev, Borislav / Scardoni, Maria / Antonello, Davide / Barbi, Stefano / Sikora, Katarzyna O / Cingarlini, Sara / Vicentini, Caterina / McKay, Skye / Quinn, Michael C J / Bruxner, Timothy J C / Christ, Angelika N / Harliwong, Ivon / Idrisoglu, Senel / McLean, Suzanne / Nourse, Craig / Nourbakhsh, Ehsan / Wilson, Peter J / Anderson, Matthew J / Fink, J Lynn / Newell, Felicity / Waddell, Nick / Holmes, Oliver / Kazakoff, Stephen H / Leonard, Conrad / Wood, Scott / Xu, Qinying / Nagaraj, Shivashankar Hiriyur / Amato, Eliana / Dalai, Irene / Bersani, Samantha / Cataldo, Ivana / Dei Tos, Angelo P / Capelli, Paola / Davì, Maria Vittoria / Landoni, Luca / Malpaga, Anna / Miotto, Marco / Whitehall, Vicki L J / Leggett, Barbara A / Harris, Janelle L / Harris, Jonathan / Jones, Marc D / Humphris, Jeremy / Chantrill, Lorraine A / Chin, Venessa / Nagrial, Adnan M / Pajic, Marina / Scarlett, Christopher J / Pinho, Andreia / Rooman, Ilse / Toon, Christopher / Wu, Jianmin / Pinese, Mark / Cowley, Mark / Barbour, Andrew / Mawson, Amanda / Humphrey, Emily S / Colvin, Emily K / Chou, Angela / Lovell, Jessica A / Jamieson, Nigel B / Duthie, Fraser / Gingras, Marie-Claude / Fisher, William E / Dagg, Rebecca A / Lau, Loretta M S / Lee, Michael / Pickett, Hilda A / Reddel, Roger R / Samra, Jaswinder S / Kench, James G / Merrett, Neil D / Epari, Krishna / Nguyen, Nam Q / Zeps, Nikolajs / Falconi, Massimo / Simbolo, Michele / Butturini, Giovanni / Van Buren, George / Partelli, Stefano / Fassan, Matteo / Anonymous7980896 / Khanna, Kum Kum / Gill, Anthony J / Wheeler, David A / Gibbs, Richard A / Musgrove, Elizabeth A / Bassi, Claudio / Tortora, Giampaolo / Pederzoli, Paolo / Pearson, John V / Waddell, Nicola / Biankin, Andrew V / Grimmond, Sean M. ·ARC-Net Centre for Applied Research on Cancer, University and Hospital Trust of Verona, Verona 37134, Italy. · Department of Pathology and Diagnostics, University and Hospital Trust of Verona, Verona 37134, Italy. · Wolfson Wohl Cancer Research Centre, Institute of Cancer Sciences, University of Glasgow, Garscube Estate, Switchback Road, Bearsden, Glasgow G61 1QH, UK. · West of Scotland Pancreatic Unit, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow G31 2ER, UK. · The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, Cancer Division, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, University of New South Wales, 384 Victoria St, Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia. · Department of Surgery, Bankstown Hospital, Eldridge Road, Bankstown, Sydney, New South Wales 2200, Australia. · South Western Sydney Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Liverpool, New South Wales 2170, Australia. · QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Herston Road, Brisbane 4006, Australia. · Queensland Centre for Medical Genomics, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia. · Department of Surgery, Pancreas Institute, University and Hospital Trust of Verona, Verona 37134, Italy. · Medical Oncology, University and Hospital Trust of Verona, Verona, Italy. · Department of Pathology, General Hospital of Treviso, Department of Medicine, University of Padua, Italy. · Department of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology, University and Hospital Trust of Verona, Verona, Italy. · The University of Queensland, School of Medicine, Brisbane 4006, Australia. · Pathology Queensland, Brisbane 4006, Australia. · Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Brisbane 4006, Australia. · Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. · School of Environmental &Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, Ourimbah, New South Wales 2258, Australia. · Key Laboratory of Carcinogenesis and Translational Research (Ministry of Education/Beijing), Centre for Cancer Bioinformatics, Peking University Cancer Hospital &Institute, Beijing 100142, China. · Department of Surgery, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Ipswich Rd, Woollongabba, Queensland 4102, Australia. · Department of Anatomical Pathology. St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia. · Academic Unit of Surgery, School of Medicine, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow G4 OSF, UK. · Department of Pathology, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Greater Glasgow &Clyde NHS, Glasgow G51 4TF, UK. · Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Human Genome Sequencing Center, Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza, MS226, Houston, Texas 77030-3411, USA. · Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery and The Elkins Pancreas Center, Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza, Houston, Texas 77030-3411, USA. · Children's Hospital at Westmead, Westmead, New South Wales 2145, Australia. · Children's Medical Research Institute, The University of Sydney, Westmead, New South Wales 2145, Australia. · Department of Surgery, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, Sydney, New South Wales 2065, Australia. · University of Sydney. Sydney, New South Wales 2006, Australia. · Tissue Pathology and Diagnostic Oncology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, New South Wales 2050, Australia. · School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, Penrith, New South Wales 2175, Australia. · Department of Surgery, Fremantle Hospital, Alma Street, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia. · Department of Gastroenterology, Royal Adelaide Hospital, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia. · School of Surgery M507, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Nedlands, Western Australia 6009, Australia. · St John of God Pathology, 12 Salvado Rd, Subiaco, Western Australia 6008, Australia. · Bendat Family Comprehensive Cancer Centre, St John of God Subiaco Hospital, Subiaco, Western Australia 6008, Australia. · University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 3010, Victoria, Australia. ·Nature · Pubmed #28199314.

ABSTRACT: The diagnosis of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (PanNETs) is increasing owing to more sensitive detection methods, and this increase is creating challenges for clinical management. We performed whole-genome sequencing of 102 primary PanNETs and defined the genomic events that characterize their pathogenesis. Here we describe the mutational signatures they harbour, including a deficiency in G:C > T:A base excision repair due to inactivation of MUTYH, which encodes a DNA glycosylase. Clinically sporadic PanNETs contain a larger-than-expected proportion of germline mutations, including previously unreported mutations in the DNA repair genes MUTYH, CHEK2 and BRCA2. Together with mutations in MEN1 and VHL, these mutations occur in 17% of patients. Somatic mutations, including point mutations and gene fusions, were commonly found in genes involved in four main pathways: chromatin remodelling, DNA damage repair, activation of mTOR signalling (including previously undescribed EWSR1 gene fusions), and telomere maintenance. In addition, our gene expression analyses identified a subgroup of tumours associated with hypoxia and HIF signalling.

7 Article Role of Combined 68Ga-DOTATOC and 18F-FDG Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography in the Diagnostic Workup of Pancreas Neuroendocrine Tumors: Implications for Managing Surgical Decisions. 2017

Cingarlini, Sara / Ortolani, Silvia / Salgarello, Matteo / Butturini, Giovanni / Malpaga, Anna / Malfatti, Veronica / DʼOnofrio, Mirko / Davì, Maria Vittoria / Vallerio, Paola / Ruzzenente, Andrea / Capelli, Paola / Citton, Elia / Grego, Elisabetta / Trentin, Chiara / De Robertis, Riccardo / Scarpa, Aldo / Bassi, Claudio / Tortora, Giampaolo. ·From the *Department of Oncology, Comprehensive Cancer Center, G.B. Rossi University Hospital of Verona; †Department of Nuclear Medicine, Sacro Cuore Don Calabria Hospital, Negrar; ‡Hepato-Biliary and Pancreas Unit, Pederzoli Hospital, Peschiera; Departments of §Pancreatic Surgery, ∥Radiology, ¶Internal Medicine, #Hepatobiliary Surgery, and **Pathology, Comprehensive Cancer Center, G.B. Rossi University Hospital of Verona, Verona, Italy. ·Pancreas · Pubmed #27906872.

ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVES: Ga-DOTATOC (Ga) positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) is recommended in the workup of pancreas neuroendocrine tumors (PanNETs); evidence suggests that F-FDG (F) PET/CT can also provide prognostic information. Aims of this study were to assess the role of combined Ga- and F-PET/CT in the evaluation of grade (G) 1-2 PanNETs and to test the correlation between F-PET/CT positivity and tumor grade. METHODS: Preoperative Ga- and F-PET/CT of 35 patients with surgically resected G1-2 PanNETs were evaluated. For grading, the 2010 World Health Organization Classification was used; an ancillary analysis with Ki67 cutoffs at 5% to 20% was conducted. Correlation between F-PET/CT positivity (SUVmax > 3.5) and grade was assessed. RESULTS: Of 35 PanNETs, 28.6% and 71.4% were G1 and G2 as per World Health Organization. Ga-PET/CT showed high sensitivity (94.3%) in detecting G1-2 PanNETs. F-PET/CT was positive in 20% and 76% G1 and G2 tumors (P = 0.002). F-PET/CT identified G2 PanNETs with high positive predictive value (PPV, 90.5%). F-PET/CT correlated with tumor grade also in the ancillary analysis (P = 0.009). CONCLUSIONS: The high sensitivity of Ga-PET/CT in NET detection is known. The high PPV of F-PET/CT in the identification of G2 forms suggests its potential role in PanNETs prognostication and risk stratification.

8 Article Italian Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AME) position statement: a stepwise clinical approach to the diagnosis of gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms. 2014

Grimaldi, Franco / Fazio, Nicola / Attanasio, Roberto / Frasoldati, Andrea / Papini, Enrico / Angelini, Francesco / Baldelli, Roberto / Berretti, Debora / Bianchetti, Sara / Bizzarri, Giancarlo / Caputo, Marco / Castello, Roberto / Cremonini, Nadia / Crescenzi, Anna / Davì, Maria Vittoria / D'Elia, Angela Valentina / Faggiano, Antongiulio / Pizzolitto, Stefano / Versari, Annibale / Zini, Michele / Rindi, Guido / Oberg, Kjell. ·Endocrinology and Metabolic Disease Unit, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria "S. Maria della Misericordia", P.le S.M. della Misericordia, 15-33100, Udine, Italy, franco.grimaldi@aliceposta.it. ·J Endocrinol Invest · Pubmed #25038902.

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9 Article Presentation, diagnostic features and glucose handling in a monocentric series of insulinomas. 2013

Toaiari, M / Davì, M V / Dalle Carbonare, L / Boninsegna, L / Castellani, C / Falconi, M / Francia, G. ·Department of Internal Medicine D, "G.B. Rossi" University Hospital, Verona, Italy. ·J Endocrinol Invest · Pubmed #23608735.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: New aspects have emerged in the clinical and diagnostic scenarios of insulinoma: current guidelines have lowered the diagnostic insulin threshold to 3 μU/ml in the presence of hypoglycemia (<55 mg/dl); post-prandial hypoglycemia has been reported as the only presenting symptom; preexisting diabetes mellitus (DM) was recognized in some patients. AIM: To evaluate clinical features, diagnostic criteria and glucose metabolic profile in a monocentric series of patients affected by insulinomas including two subgroups: sporadic and multiple endocrine neoplasia type-1 syndrome (MEN-1). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Clinical, pathological and biochemical data regarding 33 patients were analyzed. RESULTS: following the current guidelines the 72-h fasting test was initially positive in all cases but one. In this case the test, initially negative, became positive after a 2-yr follow-up. Nadir insulin level was ≥ 3 μU/ml but <6 μU/ml in 3 patients and ≥ 6 μU/ml in the remaining 30 cases. At presentation, 27 patients (82%) reported only fasting symptoms, 3 (9%) only post-prandial and 3 (9%) both. Seven cases (21%) had previously been affected by type 2 DM or impaired glucose metabolism. CONCLUSIONS: In our series the new cut-off of insulin increased the sensitivity of the 72-h fasting test from 87% to 97%. The absence of hypoglycemia during the test cannot definitively rule out the diagnosis and the test should be repeated in every highly suspicious case. Post-prandial hypoglycemia can be the only presenting symptom. DM may be associated with the occurrence of insulinoma. So that a possible diagnosis of insulinoma must not be ignored if previous impaired glucose handling is evident.

10 Article Natural history of gastro-entero-pancreatic and thoracic neuroendocrine tumors. Data from a large prospective and retrospective Italian epidemiological study: the NET management study. 2012

Faggiano, A / Ferolla, P / Grimaldi, F / Campana, D / Manzoni, M / Davì, M V / Bianchi, A / Valcavi, R / Papini, E / Giuffrida, D / Ferone, D / Fanciulli, G / Arnaldi, G / Franchi, G M / Francia, G / Fasola, G / Crinò, L / Pontecorvi, A / Tomassetti, P / Colao, A. ·Department of Molecular and Clinical Endocrinology and Oncology, Section of Endocrinology, University of Naples "Federico II", Italy. ·J Endocrinol Invest · Pubmed #22080849.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The few epidemiological data available in literature on neuroendocrine tumors (NET) are mainly based on Registry databases, missing therefore details on their clinical and natural history. AIM: To investigate epidemiology, clinical presentation, and natural history of NET. DESIGN AND SETTING: A large national retrospective survey was conducted in 13 Italian referral centers. Among 1203 NET, 820 originating in the thorax (T-NET), in the gastro-enteropancreatic tract (GEP-NET) or metastatic NET of unknown primary origin (U-NET) were enrolled in the study. RESULTS: 93% had a sporadic and 7% a multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1)-associated tumor; 63% were GEP-NET, 33% T-NET, 4% U-NET. Pancreas and lung were the commonest primary sites. Poorly differentiated carcinomas were <10%, all sporadic. The incidence of NET had a linear increase from 1990 to 2007 in all the centers. The mean age at diagnosis was 60.0 ± 16.4 yr, significantly anticipated in MEN1 patients (47.7 ± 16.5 yr). Association with cigarette smoking and other non-NET cancer were more prevalent than in the general Italian population. The first symptoms of the disease were related to tumor burden in 46%, endocrine syndrome in 23%, while the diagnosis was fortuity in 29%. Insulin (37%) and serotonin (35%) were the most common hormonal hypersecretions. An advanced tumor stage was found in 42%, more frequently in the gut and thymus. No differences in the overall survival was observed between T-NET and GEP-NET and between sporadic and MEN1-associated tumors at 10 yr from diagnosis, while survival probability was dramatically reduced in U-NET. CONCLUSIONS: The data obtained from this study furnish relevant information on epidemiology, natural history, and clinico-pathological features of NET, not available from the few published Register studies.

11 Article Presentation and outcome of pancreaticoduodenal endocrine tumors in multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 syndrome. 2011

Davì, Maria Vittoria / Boninsegna, Letizia / Dalle Carbonare, Luca / Toaiari, Marco / Capelli, Paola / Scarpa, Aldo / Francia, Giuseppe / Falconi, Massimo. ·Department of Medicine, University of Verona, Italy. mariavittoria.davi @ ospedaleuniverona.it ·Neuroendocrinology · Pubmed #21464564.

ABSTRACT: AIM: To assess presentation and outcome of pancreaticoduodenal endocrine tumors (PDETs) in a single center series of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) patients. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data of MEN1 patients observed at the University of Verona. RESULTS: Thirty-one MEN1 patients had PDETs, including 16 nonfunctioning (NF), 6 insulinomas and 9 Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (ZES). In 16 of these patients (52%), PDET was the manifestation which led to the diagnosis of MEN1; among this group, 15 patients (94%) previously had unidentified primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT), which was asymptomatic in 9 cases (60%). Of the 31 patients, 19 (61%) underwent curativesurgery and 13 (68%, 7 NF-PDETs, 4 insulinomas and 2 ZES) were disease-free after a median follow-up of 3 years (range: 0.5-15). One patient had debulking surgery with stable disease after 2 years of follow-up. Eight patients with NF-PDETs ≤20 mm and 2 with ZES, treated with a conservative approach, showed stable disease. One patient with insulinoma was lost to follow-up. CONCLUSIONS: PDET may be the manifestation that leads to MEN1 diagnosis since the almost constant presence of PHPT is very often unrecognized or considered sporadic. Conversely, the presence of PDETs should be looked for in all patients presenting PHPT, even if asymptomatic, particularly before age 50. Surgery may be curative in the majority of insulinomas and can prolong disease-free survival in NF-PDET, but is not proven to be effective in ZES. A conservative approach can be safely reserved for patients with NF-PDETs ≤20 mm.

12 Article Hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia associated with ectopic Cushing's syndrome due to a pancreatic endocrine tumor in a Type 2 diabetes mellitus patient: clinical implications of a rare association. 2011

Filippella, M / Davì, M V / Doveri, G / Lillaz, E / Ciccarelli, A / Massimetti, E / Toaiari, M / Falconi, M / Colao, A / Faggiano, A. ·SC Internal Medicine Unit of Diabetology and Endocrinology, Parini Hospital, Aosta, Italy. ·J Endocrinol Invest · Pubmed #20386090.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The coexistence of insulin and ACTH hypersecretion in the same patient is extremely rare. A diabetic patient with a pancreatic endocrine tumor (PET) co-secreting insulin and ACTH is even rarer and has never been described. The combination of these two endocrine syndromes results in a peculiar clinical picture. AIM: To determine the cause of glycemic variations in a patient with previously stable diabetes mellitus. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This is a clinical case report from the Endocrinology Unit of Aosta Hospital and Internal Medicine and Surgical Unit of Verona University. A 69-yr-old diabetic patient was hospitalized for recurrent severe hypoglycemic events persistent after withdrawal of anti-diabetic drugs. The causes of hypoglycemia and subsequent resumption of hyperglycemia were investigated. RESULTS: An insulin-secreting PET was diagnosed. Diazoxide and octreotide therapy initially was able to control hypoglycemic symptoms, then, a Cushing's syndrome occurred resulting in worsening of diabetes control. ACTH was found to be released by the PET previously diagnosed as an insulin-secreting tumor. The tumor was removed and the histology was consistent with a well differentiated endocrine carcinoma. After surgery, adrenal function was normal and insulin therapy was again necessary to control diabetes. CONCLUSIONS: A single PET may be responsible for both a hyperinsulinemic and a Cushing's syndrome. When this rare association occurs, each of the two syndromes may affect the other resulting in a peculiar clinical course. Finally, an insulin-secreting PET has to be kept in mind as a rare cause of hypoglycemia in diabetic patients.

13 Minor Pancreas: Insulinoma--new insights into an old disease. 2009

Davì, Maria Vittoria / Falconi, Massimo. · ·Nat Rev Endocrinol · Pubmed #19465896.

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