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Pancreatic Neoplasms: HELP
Articles by Roberto De Giorgio
Based on 5 articles published since 2009
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Between 2009 and 2019, Roberto De Giorgio wrote the following 5 articles about Pancreatic Neoplasms.
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1 Review Risk Factors for Malignancy of Branch-Duct Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms: A Critical Evaluation of the Fukuoka Guidelines With a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. 2016

Ricci, Claudio / Casadei, Riccardo / Taffurelli, Giovanni / Zani, Elia / Pagano, Nico / Pacilio, Carlo Alberto / Ingaldi, Carlo / Bogoni, Selene / Santini, Donatella / Migliori, Marina / Di Marco, Mariacristina / Serra, Carla / Calculli, Lucia / De Giorgio, Roberto / Minni, Francesco. ·From the Departments of *Medical and Surgical Sciences, and †Specialist, Diagnostic and Experimental Medicine, S.Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy. ·Pancreas · Pubmed #27776043.

ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the accuracy of the risk factors proposed by Fukuoka guidelines in detecting malignancy of branch-duct intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms. METHOD: Diagnostic meta-analysis of cohort studies. A systematic literature search was conducted using MEDLINE, the Cochrane Library, Scopus, and the ISI-Web of Science databases to identify all studies published up to 2014. RESULTS: Twenty-five studies (2025 patients) were suitable for the meta-analysis. The "high risk stigmata" showed the highest pooled diagnostic odds ratio (jaundice, 6.3; positive citology, 5.5; mural nodules, 4.8) together with 2 "worrisome features" (thickened/enhancing walls, 4.2; duct dilatation, 4.0) and 1 "other parameters" (carbohydrate antigen 19-9 serum levels, 4.6). CONCLUSIONS: An "ideal risk factor" capable of recognizing all malignant branch-duct intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms was not identified and some "dismal areas" remain. However, "high risk stigmata" were strongly related to malignancy, mainly enhancing mural nodules. Among the "worrisome features," duct dilatation and thickened/enhancing walls were underestimated, and their diagnostic performance was similar to those of "high risk stigmata." The carbohydrate antigen 19-9 serum level should be added to the Fukuoka algorithm because this value could help in carrying out correct management.

2 Article Validation of the 2010 WHO classification and a new prognostic proposal: A single centre retrospective study of well-differentiated pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours. 2016

Ricci, Claudio / Casadei, Riccardo / Taffurelli, Giovanni / Campana, Davide / Ambrosini, Valentina / Pagano, Nico / Santini, Donatella / De Giorgio, Roberto / Ingaldi, Carlo / Tomassetti, Paola / Zani, Elia / Minni, Francesco. ·Department of Internal Medicine and Surgery (DIMEC), Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, S.Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, Italy. Electronic address: claudiochir@gmail.com. · Department of Internal Medicine and Surgery (DIMEC), Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, S.Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, Italy. · Department of Haematology and Oncology (DIMES), Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, S.Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, Italy. ·Pancreatology · Pubmed #26924664.

ABSTRACT: BACKGOUND: In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) modified the classification for pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (NETs). Recently, some modifications were proposed to improve its prognostic value. The aim of this study was to test the prognostic value of both the original and the modified 2010 WHO grading systems. METHODS: One hundred and twenty consecutive patients surgically resected for well-differentiated NETs were evaluated in multivariate Cox regression models. Age, sex, hormonal status, size, lymph node ratio, stage, margin status and grading were evaluated in order to predict disease-free survival (DFS). Four models were evaluated: model 1: grading according to the 2010 WHO; model 2: modified grading with cut-off at 5% of the Ki-67 index; model 3: modified grading in which the G2 category was divided into two subgroups (2-5% and 5-20%) and model 4: the Ki-67 index as a continuous variable. Decision curve analysis (DCA) was carried out to evaluate the clinical utility of the various cut-offs. RESULTS: All the grading systems remained independent factors in predicting DFS. Model 2 (c index = 0.814 and P = 0.012) and model 3 (c index = 0.865 and P = 0.015) showed higher predictive powers with respect to model 1 (c index = 0.799). Model 4 had a high predictive value (c index 0.848, P = 0.013). Decision curve analysis confirmed that biological behaviour represented the best prognostic parameter. CONCLUSION: This study presented some limitations: single centre, retrospective design and a long period of enrolment. The result showed that, by increasing the cut-off of the G2 category to 5% or by creating two subgroups in the G2 category, it was possible to obtain a better stratification of patients.

3 Article Contrast Harmonic-Endoscopic Ultrasound Is Useful to Identify Neoplastic Features of Pancreatic Cysts (With Videos). 2016

Fusaroli, Pietro / Serrani, Marta / De Giorgio, Roberto / D'Ercole, Maria Cristina / Ceroni, Liza / Lisotti, Andrea / Caletti, Giancarlo. ·From the *Gastrointestinal Unit, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, Imola Hospital, and †Internal Medicine Unit, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, St. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy. ·Pancreas · Pubmed #26474428.

ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the potential role of contrast harmonic endoscopic ultrasound (CH-EUS) in the differential diagnosis of pancreatic cysts and detection of malignancy. METHODS: Patients who underwent CH-EUS for evaluation of cyst wall, septae, and solid components of pancreatic cysts were included. The findings were compared to fine needle aspiration and surgery. RESULTS: Seventy-six patients were included. Serous and mucinous cysts were both hyperenhanced (86% and 89%, respectively; P = ns), whereas pseudocysts were hypoenhanced in 90% of the cases (P = 0.000004 vs serous cysts and P = 0.000005 vs mucinous cysts). Patients showing hyperenhanced solid components were finally diagnosed with malignancy (2 malignant intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms, 2 cystic neuroendocrine tumors), in contrast to the patients with nonenhanced solid components who resulted to have either benign cysts with internal mucus clots (n = 10) or pseudocysts with internal debris (n = 8). CONCLUSIONS: CH-EUS allowed differentiation between pseudocysts and other pancreatic cysts but not mucinous versus serous cysts. Malignant vegetations inside pancreatic cystic lesions were clearly shown by CH-EUS as solid components with features of hyperenhancement, directing EUS-fine needle aspiration of potential neoplastic areas and avoiding puncture of debris and mucus plugs.

4 Article Contrast harmonic endoscopic ultrasonography in the characterization of pancreatic metastases (with video). 2014

Fusaroli, Pietro / D'Ercole, Maria Cristina / De Giorgio, Roberto / Serrani, Marta / Caletti, Giancarlo. · ·Pancreas · Pubmed #24713844.

ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: The differential diagnosis between primary pancreatic neoplasms versus pancreatic metastases (PM) is challenging. Endoscopic ultrasonography with fine-needle aspiration can be used to differentiate primary versus metastatic tumors although with a suboptimal accuracy. Recently, contrast harmonic EUS (CH-EUS) has been reported as an adjunct in the diagnosis of pancreatic neoplasms. We evaluated the potential role of CH-EUS in the differential diagnosis of PM. METHODS: This study is a retrospective analysis of a prospectively maintained database. Of the 266 patients, 4.1% were diagnosed with PM. Endoscopic ultrasonography with fine-needle aspiration and/or surgical pathology represented our criterion standard. RESULTS: The origins of PM were renal cancer (3 patients), colon cancer(2 patients), breast cancer (2 patients), ovarian cancer (1 patient), melanoma(1 patient), lymphoma (1 patient), and sarcoma (1 patient). All lesions appeared hypoechoic at standard EUS. At CH-EUS, of the 11 lesions, 6 appeared hypoenhancing (colon cancer, sarcoma, and breast and ovarian cancer), 4 were hyperenhancing (renal cancer and lymphoma),and 1 was isoenhancing (melanoma). CONCLUSIONS: In our population, standard EUS features of PM were unremarkable. At CH-EUS, most of the PM appeared hypoenhancing suggesting a possible malignant origin. However, a subset of PM showed hyperenhancing pattern. In the appropriate context, particularly when cancer history is present, CH-EUS may add to the differential diagnosis and potentially spare endoscopic ultrasonography with fine-needle aspiration.

5 Article Contrast-enhanced ultrasound in the differential diagnosis of exocrine versus neuroendocrine pancreatic tumors. 2013

Serra, Carla / Felicani, Cristina / Mazzotta, Elena / Piscitelli, Lydia / Cipollini, Maria Luigia / Tomassetti, Paola / Pezzilli, Raffaele / Casadei, Riccardo / Morselli-Labate, Antonio Maria / Stanghellini, Vincenzo / Corinaldesi, Roberto / De Giorgio, Roberto. ·Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences/Digestive Diseases and Internal Medicine, St Orsola-Malpighi Hospital Bologna, Italy. ·Pancreas · Pubmed #23531999.

ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVES: Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) has been developed to better characterize the microvasculature of solid masses in several organs, including the pancreas. In this study, we assessed CEUS accuracy in differentiating exocrine from endocrine pancreatic tumors. METHODS: A total of 127 patients with single, undetermined pancreatic masses were prospectively examined with transabdominal ultrasound and CEUS, before surgical resection or percutaneous biopsy. RESULTS: Exocrine and endocrine pancreatic tumors showed different intralesional vascularization patterns: 98.9% (90/91) of exocrine tumors were hypoenhancing, whereas 95.8 % (23/24) of endocrine tumors had a hypervascular supply. A hypoenhancing pattern, indicative of ductal adenocarcinoma, had a significant (P < 0.001) diagnostic accuracy of 91.3% with a sensitivity of 96.8%, a specificity of 85.3%, a positive predictive value and a negative predictive value of 94.7% and 90.6%, respectively. The hyperenhancing pattern, indicative of endocrine tumors, had a significant (P = 0.031) diagnostic accuracy of 73.8% with a sensitivity of 83.3%, a specificity of 60.0%, a positive predictive value and negative predictive value of 83.3% and 60.0%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Contrast-enhanced ultrasound has a valuable diagnostic accuracy in differentiating exocrine from endocrine pancreatic tumors, which is a fundamental step to address appropriate histological evaluation, therapeutic approach, and follow-up.