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The prevalence and prognostic significance of trophoblastic proteins in testicular teratoma

, : The prevalence and prognostic significance of trophoblastic proteins in testicular teratoma. Diagnostic Histopathology 6(3-4): 247-252

Testicular neoplasms incorporating trophoblastic tumour can contain HCG, SPI and PP5 and have a bad prognosis. These placental proteins also may be localized immunocytochemically in other germ cell tumours in isolated cells which morphologically resemble those in the syncytial layer of trophoblastic tumour, but the prognostic significance of these syncytial giant cells is not established. In sections from 89 malignant teratoma intermediate tumours of pathological stage P1 syncytial giant cells containing HCG were observed in 66 per cent, PP5 in 47 per cent and SPI in 46 per cent. No correlation was observed between the presence of cells staining for each protein and survival at 4 years. Immunocytochemical localization of these proteins in this group of tumours is not a necessary part of a diagnostic service.

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