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Ferrari P.,Fremantle Hospital | Ferrari P.,University of Western Australia | Fidler S.,Australian Paired Kidney Exchange Program | Fidler S.,University of Western Australia | And 7 more authors.
American Journal of Transplantation | Year: 2011

We developed and tested a new computer program to match maximal sets of incompatible live donor/recipient pairs from a national paired kidney donation (PKD) registry. Data of 32 incompatible pairs included ABO and 4 digit-high-resolution donor and recipient HLA antigens and recipient's HLA antibodies. Three test runs were compared, in which donors were excluded from matching to recipients with either donor-specific antibodies (DSA) >8000MFI (mean fluorescent intensity) at low-resolution (Run 1) or >8000MFI at high-resolution (Run 2) or >2000MFI and high-resolution (Run 3). Run 1 identified 22 703 possible combinations, with 20 pairs in the top ranked, Run 2 identified 24 113 combinations, with 19 pairs in the top ranked and Run 3 identified 8843 combinations, with 17 pairs in the top ranked. Review of DSA in Run 1 revealed that six recipients had DSA 2000-8000MFI causing a possible positive crossmatch resulting in breakdown of two 3-way and three 2-way chains. In Run 2, four recipients had DSA 2000-8000MFI, also potentially causing breakdown of three 2-way chains. The more prudent approach of excluding from matching recipients with DSA with >2000MFI reduces the probability of matched pairs having a positive crossmatch without significantly decreasing the number of possible transplants. © 2010 The American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

Carroll G.,Perth Radiological Clinic | Breidahl W.,Perth Radiological Clinic | Robbins P.,PathWest
Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology | Year: 2013

Aim To assess the MRI findings of musculoskeletal lymphoma primarily presenting clinically as a bone lesion or soft tissue mass. Methods Magnetic resonance imaging of 23 cases of musculoskeletal lymphoma were retrospectively reviewed. Features assessed included tumour location, morphology, signal intensity (SI) characteristics, cortical destruction, involvement of multiple anatomic compartments, encasement of adjacent neurovascular structures/tendons and subcutaneous oedema. Results Osseous lesions were typically poorly defined and hypointense on T1-weighted imaging. T2-weighted SI was usually heterogeneous, with 54% of cases having a 'mosaic' pattern of marrow replacement. Ninety-two per cent of osseous tumours had cortical abnormalities, most commonly a permeative pattern. A periosseous soft tissue cuff was present in 46% of cases while 38% had a more significant extraosseous component. All cases of soft tissue lymphoma were iso-/slightly hyperintense to muscle on T1-weighted images and hyperintense on T2-weighted images. Multicompartment involvement by extraosseous tumour was present in 75% of cases, and 67% had subcutaneous oedema. Eighty-three per cent of soft tissue tumours showed encasement of adjacent structures. Multifocal lymphoma had similar morphology and SI characteristics to single-site lesions. Histopathologically, there were 21 cases of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and two of Hodgkin's lymphoma. Conclusion Magnetic resonance imaging features of primary osseous lymphoma include T2 heterogeneity, a periosseous soft tissue cuff or a more substantial mass, and cortical disruption often disproportionate to the extent of extraosseous tumour. Features characteristic of soft tissue lymphoma include relative homogeneity on T1- and T2-weighted imaging, multicompartment involvement and encasement of neurovascular structures. © 2013 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.

Duffy D.L.,Queensland Institute of Medical Research | Antill Y.C.,Peter MacCallum Cancer Center | Stewart C.J.,PathWest | Young J.P.,Queensland Institute of Medical Research | Spurdle A.B.,Queensland Institute of Medical Research
Twin Research and Human Genetics | Year: 2011

There is evidence that tamoxifen treatment of BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers for prior breast cancer increases risk of endometrioid subtype endometrial cancer (EC), and suggestive evidence that BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers may be predisposed to EC in the absence of tamoxifen exposure. We assessed the association of EC with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation status in Australasian breast-ovarian families. Report of at least one case of EC was significantly greater in BRCA1-positive families (35/218 (16%); p = .03) and non-significantly greater in BRCA2-positive families (23/189 (12%); p = .6), compared to high-risk breast cancer families without a BRCA1/2 mutation (86/796 (11%)). EC was the first/concurrent cancer for 41% of EC cases with multiple cancer diagnoses from BRCA1/2 families, and early onset for most of these diagnoses. Mutation status was imputed for ungenotyped individuals from 57 BRCA1/2 pedigrees reporting EC using BRCAPRO. Effects of genotype on EC diagnosis age, and interaction with tamoxifen therapy, were assessed using Cox proportional hazards regression analysis. EC risk was non-significantly marginally greater for BRCA1 carriers (hazard ratio = 1.25, 95%CI = 0.65-2.41), and BRCA2 carriers (HR = 1.12, 95%CI = 0.51-2.45), compared to non-carrier family members. Tamoxifen therapy was highly significantly associated with EC (HR = 6.68, 95%CI = 3.12-15.15; p = 1.7 × 10-6) in BRCA1/2 families, with no evidence for interaction between tamoxifen therapy and BRCA1/2 genotype. Our family-based study supports a 7-fold increase in EC risk with tamoxifen exposure for female family members from BRCA1/2 families. Early onset EC in carriers without tamoxifen use suggests that further study is required to assess association of modest EC risk with BRCA1/2 mutation status alone.

Kennedy B.F.,University of Western Australia | Mclaughlin R.A.,University of Western Australia | Kennedy K.M.,University of Western Australia | Chin L.,University of Western Australia | And 5 more authors.
Biomedical Optics Express | Year: 2014

We present optical coherence micro-elastography, an improved form of compression optical coherence elastography. We demonstrate the capacity of this technique to produce en face images, closely corresponding with histology, that reveal micro-scale mechanical contrast in human breast and lymph node tissues. We use phase-sensitive, three-dimensional optical coherence tomography (OCT) to probe the nanometer-to-micrometer-scale axial displacements in tissues induced by compressive loading. Optical coherence micro- elastography incorporates common-path interferometry, weighted averaging of the complex OCT signal and weighted least-squares regression. Using three-dimensional phase unwrapping, we have increased the maximum detectable strain eleven-fold over no unwrapping and the minimum detectable strain is 2.6 με. We demonstrate the potential of mechanical over optical contrast for visualizing micro-scale tissue structures in human breast cancer pathology and lymph node morphology. © 2014 Optical Society of America.

Caccetta T.P.,Royal Perth Hospital | Dessauvagie B.,PathWest | McCallum D.,PathWest | Kumarasinghe S.P.,Royal Perth Hospital
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology | Year: 2012

Background: Multiple minute digitate hyperkeratosis (MMDH) is a rare disorder of keratinization with many different names. Objective: We present a case of MMDH and review the literature. We propose and discuss the classification the digitate keratoses, which include MMDH, lichen spinulosus, phrynoderma, spiny keratoderma, arsenical keratosis, multiple filiform verrucae, postirradiation digitate keratosis, trichodysplasia spinulosa, and hyperkeratotic spicules. We present a table of suggested and synonymous terms and propose a diagnostic algorithm for these digitate keratoses. Methods: A literature search using PubMed and MEDLINE was performed. This included the search terms "MMDH," "familial disseminated filiform hyperkeratosis," "punctate porokeratotic keratoderma," "disseminated spiked keratosis," "minute aggregate keratosis," "digitate keratosis," "conical keratosis," "hyperkeratotic spicules," and "music box spine dermatosis." A case of MMDH in an 89-year-old woman is described. Results: The digitate keratoses are presented alongside their synonymous terms and are divided into those that are generalized or localized using an algorithm. Limitations: Separate disease entities are likely to arise within the digitate keratoses with increased reporting of immunohistochemical keratin analysis and molecular genetic studies. Conclusion: We report a new case of MMDH and provide a clinical approach to diagnosis of the digitate keratoses. © 2012 by the American Academy of Dermatology, Inc.

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