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1/3479. Disorders in cerebellar ocular motor control. II. Macrosaccadic oscillation. An oculographic, control system and clinico-anatomical analysis.

    A distinctive cerebellar ocular motor disorder, macrosaccadic oscillation, evolved simultaneously with an acute cerebellar syndrome in 4 patients, 2 with haemorrhagic metastatic melanoma deep in the vermis, a third with a presumed cerebellar haematoma and a fourth with focal demyelinating disease. Ocular oscillations were conjugate, horizontal, symmetrical, occurred in bursts of several seconds duration, had amplitudes of 30 degrees to 50 degrees, and were evoked whenever the patient attempted to shift visual fixation or pursue a moving target. Photo-electric recordings in one patient with tumour defined features of this disorder of saccadic eye movement: (i) oscillation was composed of saccades, (ii) frequency was 2 Hz, (iii) bursts occurred with amplitude first increasing and then decreasing, (iv) intervals between beginnings of saccades averaged 260 ms and (v) eye position did not exhibit systematic drift during the intersaccadic period. These features documented the inreased gain and instability of the visually guided saccadic system. By using increased feed-forward gain in a sampled-data control model we simulated the pattern of macrosaccadic oscillation. We belive that the acute loss of the calibrator function of the cerebellum accounts for the gain abnormality underlying macrosaccadic oscillation. ( info)

2/3479. Intra-articular metastatic melanoma of the right knee.

    melanoma can metastasize to almost every organ and tissue. Although bone metastases have been reported frequently, the authors are aware of only a single report of intra-articular synovial metastasis. A case of metastatic melanoma, mimicking degenerative medial meniscal tear of the right knee, is presented. Further examination revealed asymptomatic metastases in the liver, subcutaneous tissue, and left trochanter minor. Arthroscopic examination revealed widespread synovial metastasis and a palliative arthroscopic synovectomy was performed. ( info)

3/3479. Epithelioid cell histiocytoma: a simulant of vascular and melanocytic neoplasms.

    Epithelioid cell histiocytoma (ECH) is an unusual and still poorly recognized variant of benign fibrous histiocytoma. Epithelioid cell histiocytoma differs from most benign fibrous histiocytomas in five important ways: the predominance of epithelioid cells, relative lack of secondary elements (such as giant cells, foamy, or hemosiderin-laden macrophages), relative sharp circumscription, prominent vascularity, and centering in the papillary dermis in most cases. A strong resemblance to melanocytic and vascular lesions has been noted, and a recent case was reported with features suggesting endothelial origin. Fifteen new cases of ECH, including one example of the rare deep cellular variant, are presented herein, with emphasis on features mimicking vascular and melanocytic neoplasms. Labeling with endothelial markers, including previously unreported CD-31 labeling, showed abundant vascular staining, which may be challenging to interpret, but which does not indicate an endothelial origin of ECH. ( info)

4/3479. melanosis in association with metastatic malignant melanoma: report of a case and a unifying concept of pathogenesis.

    An unusual case of melanosis associated with metastatic malignant melanoma is reported. This was characterized by progressive blue/gray discoloration of the skin of the chest and abdomen in an elderly patient, 1 year after removal of a polypoid malignant melanoma from the right arm. A biopsy of involved skin revealed perivascular aggregates of melanin-laden histiocytes throughout the dermis, the histopathologic hallmark of melanosis. An unusual aspect of the case was the coincidental finding of a tumor embolus within a small dermal vessel, probably a lymphatic. To date, neoplastic melanocytes have been detected in only a small minority of skin biopsies with features of melanosis. This case and a distillation of related information in the literature lead to the conclusion that the essence of melanosis, and the feature that distinguishes this from conventional metastatic melanoma, is the persistent and cumulative dissemination of melanin, via the bloodstream, throughout the body. This in turn leads to progressive pigmentation of all internal organs and the skin. Only continuous access to the circulation by neoplastic melanocytes could explain such a phenomenon. Potential mechanisms by which this could arise are discussed in the context of existing knowledge. ( info)

5/3479. Primary anorectal malignant melanoma: report of a case.

    Primary anorectal malignant melanoma is a fairly uncommon but highly malignant disease. This disease is sometimes mistaken for such benign conditions as either a hemorrhoid or rectal polyp. We herein describe a case of early primary malignant melanoma of the anal canal. In this case, magnetic resonance (MR) imaging was found to be useful for diagnosing the melanotic melanoma. We especially emphasize the usefulness of a fat-saturation MR image in distinguishing melanotic melanoma from other rectal tumors. ( info)

6/3479. Multifocal choroidal malignant melanoma: at least 3 melanomas in one eye.

    OBJECTIVES: To describe a case of an enucleated eye harboring multiple choroidal malignant melanomas. methods: Clinical, ultrasonographic, and histopathological evaluations. RESULTS: Meticulous sectioning of the globe did not disclose any structural continuity between the 3 choroidal melanomas. Fourth and fifth masses were connected to one of the tumors by fibrous tissue and therefore were not considered as additional distinct lesions. CONCLUSION: Although very rare, a single eye can harbor multiple distinct choroidal melanomas. ( info)

7/3479. Early-onset scleral necrosis after iodine I 125 plaque radiotherapy for ciliochoroidal melanoma.

    A 62-year-old man with a large ciliochoroidal melanoma developed early-onset scleral necrosis with tumor extrusion within 1 month of epibulbar iodine I 125 plaque radiotherapy. The eye was enucleated. Pathologic study revealed nonmicrobial scleral necrosis with extrusion of histologically intact and necrotic uveal melanoma cells. The patient has been followed up for 15 months without clinical recurrence. We discuss possible mechanisms to explain the early development of scleral necrosis after plaque therapy in this patient. ( info)

8/3479. A natural cytotoxic T cell response in a spontaneously regressing human melanoma targets a neoantigen resulting from a somatic point mutation.

    We have studied a case of human primary melanoma displaying the classical signs of a spontaneous regression in order to characterize potentially efficient anti-tumor T cell responses. In a previous series of experiments a unique TCR Vbeta16 T cell was shown to be highly expanded at the tumor site. The corresponding clone was isolated in vitro and found to be a CD8 cytotoxic T lymphocyte with a strong and selective cytolytic activity against the autologous tumor cell line. Here, we demonstrate that this predominant Vbeta16 tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte recognizes a peptide encoded by a novel unconventional myosin class I gene. This peptide includes a mutation due to a single nucleotide substitution. The resulting Glu-->Lys replacement at position 911 of the coding sequence is critical to generate the recognized T cell epitope. These experiments demonstrate the existence of a natural tumor-specific cytolytic T cell response in a primary regressing human melanoma lesion. ( info)

9/3479. A MAGE-6-encoded peptide is recognized by expanded lymphocytes infiltrating a spontaneously regressing human primary melanoma lesion.

    In recent years, experiments based on the in vitro stimulation of either autologous peripheral blood lymphocytes or tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes with melanoma cells have shown that distinct members of the large MAGE gene family encode tumor-associated antigenic peptides. However, little is still known about natural anti-MAGE responses in vivo. We have studied a case of spontaneously regressing human melanoma, hypothesizing that in this unique situation, the host immune system had developed an efficient cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) response against the cancer cells. Amongst the dense tumor infiltrate, certain clonal populations of T cells were shown to be amplified, thereby suggesting that an antigen-driven selection had occurred at the tumor site. One of the expanded tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes was shown to be a Vbeta13 CD8 CTL displaying a strong and selective cytotoxic activity against the autologous melanoma cells. Here we show that this cytotoxic T cell clone recognizes a MAGE-6-encoded peptide. MAGE-6 is therefore the fourth gene of the MAGE family shown to encode antigenic peptide recognized by T cells. Together, these data provide further evidence that T cell responses against MAGE antigens may naturally develop in vivo. ( info)

10/3479. Microvascular reconstruction of the skull base: indications and procedures.

    PURPOSE: The aim of the current study was to review the use of free tissue transfer for reconstruction of the skull base and for coverage of intracranial contents. patients AND methods: From 1990 until 1996, revascularized flaps were transferred to the skull and the skull base in 11 patients in whom intracranial/extracranial resection of tumors of the skull base was performed in cooperation with the Department of neurosurgery. The defects resulted from removal of squamous cell carcinomas (n = 4), basal cell carcinomas (n = 4), malignant melanoma, malignant schwannoma, and malignant meningioma. Defect repair was accomplished by revascularized transfer of latissimus dorsi muscle flaps in seven cases and rectus abdominis flaps and forearm flaps in two cases each. In five patients with extensive intracranial tumor spread, reconstruction was performed for palliative reasons. RESULTS: A safe soft tissue closure of the intracranial and intradural space was achieved in all patients, whereas the contour of the facial skull and the neurocranium was satisfactorily restored at the same time. By using the entire length of the grafted muscle, the vascular pedicle could be positioned next to the external carotid artery and conveniently connected to the cervical vessels. The mean survival time of the patients with palliative treatment was 8.4 months, with an average duration of hospital stay of 24.5 days. CONCLUSIONS: Despite the increased surgical effort of revascularized tissue transfer, microvascular reconstruction of large skull base defects appears to be justified, even as a palliative measure. ( info)
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