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      Syphilitic Pulmonary Inflammatory Pseudotumor: A Diagnostic Challenge

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          A 46-year-old man presented with nonproductive cough and lower limb swelling. Chest radiograph showed a left lower lobe lung mass and multiple subpleural nodules. Other investigations revealed that he had nephrotic syndrome. Core biopsies of the left lower lobe lung mass showed features of inflammatory pseudotumor with endarteritis obliterans and a lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate. Immunohistochemical stain for Treponema pallidum was positive. Resolution of the lung mass and nephrotic syndrome was achieved after treatment with intramuscular benzathine benzylpenicillin. The differential diagnosis of pulmonary inflammatory pseudotumor, manifestations of pulmonary syphilis, and a literature review of secondary syphilis of the lung are discussed.

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          Consensus statement on the pathology of IgG4-related disease.

          IgG4-related disease is a newly recognized fibro-inflammatory condition characterized by several features: a tendency to form tumefactive lesions in multiple sites; a characteristic histopathological appearance; and-often but not always-elevated serum IgG4 concentrations. An international symposium on IgG4-related disease was held in Boston, MA, on 4-7 October 2011. The organizing committee comprising 35 IgG4-related disease experts from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Holland, Canada, and the United States, including the clinicians, pathologists, radiologists, and basic scientists. This group represents broad subspecialty expertise in pathology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, allergy, immunology, nephrology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, and surgery. The histopathology of IgG4-related disease was a specific focus of the international symposium. The primary purpose of this statement is to provide practicing pathologists with a set of guidelines for the diagnosis of IgG4-related disease. The diagnosis of IgG4-related disease rests on the combined presence of the characteristic histopathological appearance and increased numbers of IgG4⁺ plasma cells. The critical histopathological features are a dense lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate, a storiform pattern of fibrosis, and obliterative phlebitis. We propose a terminology scheme for the diagnosis of IgG4-related disease that is based primarily on the morphological appearance on biopsy. Tissue IgG4 counts and IgG4:IgG ratios are secondary in importance. The guidelines proposed in this statement do not supplant careful clinicopathological correlation and sound clinical judgment. As the spectrum of this disease continues to expand, we advocate the use of strict criteria for accepting newly proposed entities or sites as components of the IgG4-related disease spectrum.
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            Global Estimates of the Prevalence and Incidence of Four Curable Sexually Transmitted Infections in 2012 Based on Systematic Review and Global Reporting

            Background Quantifying sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevalence and incidence is important for planning interventions and advocating for resources. The World Health Organization (WHO) periodically estimates global and regional prevalence and incidence of four curable STIs: chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis and syphilis. Methods and Findings WHO’s 2012 estimates were based upon literature reviews of prevalence data from 2005 through 2012 among general populations for genitourinary infection with chlamydia, gonorrhoea, and trichomoniasis, and nationally reported data on syphilis seroprevalence among antenatal care attendees. Data were standardized for laboratory test type, geography, age, and high risk subpopulations, and combined using a Bayesian meta-analytic approach. Regional incidence estimates were generated from prevalence estimates by adjusting for average duration of infection. In 2012, among women aged 15–49 years, the estimated global prevalence of chlamydia was 4.2% (95% uncertainty interval (UI): 3.7–4.7%), gonorrhoea 0.8% (0.6–1.0%), trichomoniasis 5.0% (4.0–6.4%), and syphilis 0.5% (0.4–0.6%); among men, estimated chlamydia prevalence was 2.7% (2.0–3.6%), gonorrhoea 0.6% (0.4–0.9%), trichomoniasis 0.6% (0.4–0.8%), and syphilis 0.48% (0.3–0.7%). These figures correspond to an estimated 131 million new cases of chlamydia (100–166 million), 78 million of gonorrhoea (53–110 million), 143 million of trichomoniasis (98–202 million), and 6 million of syphilis (4–8 million). Prevalence and incidence estimates varied by region and sex. Conclusions Estimates of the global prevalence and incidence of chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis, and syphilis in adult women and men remain high, with nearly one million new infections with curable STI each day. The estimates highlight the urgent need for the public health community to ensure that well-recognized effective interventions for STI prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment are made more widely available. Improved estimation methods are needed to allow use of more varied data and generation of estimates at the national level.
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              Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor: comparison of clinicopathologic, histologic, and immunohistochemical features including ALK expression in atypical and aggressive cases.

              Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT) is a neoplasm of intermediate biologic potential. In this study, we report a subset of IMTs with histologic atypia and/or clinical aggressiveness that were analyzed for clinicopathologic features, outcome, and immunohistochemical expression of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) and other markers to identify potential pathologic prognostic features. Fifty-nine IMTs with classic morphology (5 cases), atypical histologic features (21 cases), local recurrence (27 cases), and/or metastasis (6 cases) were studied. Immunohistochemistry was performed for ALK1 and other markers (Mib-1, c-Myc, cyclin D1, caspase 3, Bcl-2, Mcl-1, survivin, p27, CD56, p53, MDM-2) using standard techniques. The 59 IMTs had an age at diagnosis ranging from 3 weeks to 74 years (mean 13.2 y, median 11 y, 44% in the first decade). The mean tumor size was 7.8 cm. Sites included the abdomen or pelvis in 64%, lung in 22%, head and neck in 8%, and extremities in 5%. The follow-up ranged from 3 months to 11 years, with a mean of 3.6 years and a median of 3 years. Thirty-three patients had local recurrences, including 13 with multiple local recurrences and 6 patients with both local recurrences and distant metastases. Six patients died of disease, 5 with local recurrences, and 1 with distant metastases. Histologic evolution to a more pleomorphic cellular, spindled, polygonal, or round cell morphologic pattern was observed in 7 cases. Abdominal and pelvic IMTs had a recurrence rate of 85%. Recurrent and metastatic IMTs were larger, with mean diameters of 8.7 and 11 cm, respectively. Cytoplasmic ALK reactivity was seen in 56%. ALK-negative IMTs occurred in older patients (mean age 20.1) years and had greater nuclear pleomorphism, atypia, and atypical mitoses. All 6 metastatic IMTs were ALK-negative. Nuclear expression of p53 was detected in 80% of IMTs overall, but in only 25% of the metastatic subset. There were no significant differences among the subgroups for c-Myc, cyclin D1, MDM-2, Mcl-1, Bcl-2, CD56, p27, caspase 3, or survivin expression. In conclusion, among these 59 IMTs, ALK reactivity was associated with local recurrence, but not distant metastasis, which was confined to ALK-negative lesions. Absent ALK expression was associated with a higher age overall, subtle histologic differences, and death from disease or distant metastases (in a younger subset). Other proliferative, apoptotic, and prognostic markers did not correlate well with morphology or outcome. Thus, ALK reactivity may be a favorable prognostic indicator in IMT and abdominopelvic IMTs recur more frequently.

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                International Journal of Surgical Pathology
                Int J Surg Pathol
                SAGE Publications
                February 2021
                June 02 2020
                February 2021
                : 29
                : 1
                : 90-96
                [1 ]University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
                [2 ]PathCare, Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa
                [3 ]NHLS-Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
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