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      Clinicopathological Features and Prognostic-Related Risk Factors of Gastric Signet Ring Cell Carcinoma: A Meta-Analysis


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          Gastric signet ring cell carcinoma (SRCC) has shown a growth growing trend worldwide, but its clinicopathological features and prognostic-related risk factors have not been systematically studied. This systematic review was devoted to this.


          PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library, and Web of Science databases were retrieved, and retrospective cohort studies comparing clinicopathological features and related risk factors in SRCC patients were included.


          In SRCC patient population, males were more than females (male, OR = 1.38, 95% CI: 1.20-1.60); N3 patients were more than N0-2 patients (N0-2, OR = 3.19, 95% CI: 1.98-5.15); M1 patients were more than M0 patients (M0, OR = 3.30, 95% CI: 1.88-5.80); patients with tumor > 5 cm were more than those with tumor (≤5 cm, OR = 7.36, 95% CI: 1.33-40.60). Patients with age < 60 years (age ≥ 60 years, OR = 1.03, 95% CI: 1.01-1.05), lymphatic vessel invasion (no, OR = 1.74, 95% CI: 1.03-2.45), T2 (T1, OR = 1.17, 95% CI: 1.07-1.28) and T4 (T1, OR = 2.55, 95% CI: 2.30-2.81) stages, and N1 (N0, OR = 1.73, 95% CI: 1.08-2.38), N2 (N0, OR = 2.24, 95% CI: 1.12-3.36), and N3 (N0, OR = 3.45, 95% CI: 1.58-5.32) stages had higher hazard ratio (HR).


          SRCC may occur frequently in male. Age, lymphatic vessel invasion, TN, and M stage may be risk factors for poor prognoses of SRCC patients.

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                Comput Math Methods Med
                Comput Math Methods Med
                Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
                5 August 2022
                : 2022
                : 3473445
                1Department of Oncology, The First Hospital of Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang, Hebei 050000, China
                2Thoracic Surgery Department, The First Hospital of Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang, Hebei 050000, China
                3Department of Oncology, Tengzhou Central People's Hospital, Tengzhou, Shandong 277500, China
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                Academic Editor: Tao Huang

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                This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

                : 25 May 2022
                : 6 July 2022
                : 17 July 2022
                Funded by: Medical Science Research Project of Hebei Provincial Health Commission
                Award ID: 20180255
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