Prognostic factors of gastrointestinal stromal tumors

Drazen Kovac, Mladen Petrovecki, Mladen Jasic, Renata Dobi-Babic, Nikola Ivanis, Milivoj Rubinic, Simun Krizanac, Nives Jonjic, Clara Rizzardi, Mauro Melato

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Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) are rare neoplasms of unknown etiology and pathogenesis. Their clinical behavior is very unpredictable and a reliable prognostic factor is lacking. The aim of this study was to analyze some prognostic factors and estimate which one is the most reliable. Thirty-eight biopsy specimens of GIST were immunolabeled for PCNA, CD34, vimentin, NSE and actin. The greatest diameter, histological grading, mitotic count, DNA-index and S-phase were estimated for each case. All patients were followed-up for at least 24 months or to death. The data were analysed by univariate and multivariate statistical analysis using a computer program. The results showed that greatest diameter, tumor grade, mitotic count and PCNA-index are prognostic factors in univariate analysis. In multivariate analysis only the greatest diameter is a useful prognostic factor for planning further therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1913-1917
Number of pages5
JournalAnticancer Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Flow-cytometry
  • GIST
  • Intestine
  • Prognosis
  • Stomach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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