Flow Cytometry Unit, Department of Pathology, Molinette Hospital, Turin Italy. email@example.com.
Flow cytometry (FC) is considered a sensitive and specific technique for the detection of occult lymphomacells in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).
The diagnostic sensitivity of a FC approach which uses a combination of 10 antibodies, a single-tube evaluation, and a six-color instrument, was evaluated and compared to conventional cytology (CC) for the detection of lymphomatous cells in the CSF of 44 patients affected by B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (B-NHL) considered at high risk of central nervous system spread.
The CSF obtained from 36 newly diagnosed and 8 relapsed patients affected by B-cell lymphoma was assessed by FC and CC on a total of 62 samples; 52/62 (82.6%) were considered paucicellular as they had fewer than 10 cells/μl. All cases were evaluated by both methods. FC gave 15/62 (24%) positive results, CC 10/62 (16%) positive results; none of the samples evaluated had a positive CC with a negative FC result.
The use of a multiparameter FC approach, which collects an elevated number of monoclonal antibodies in a single tube and identify different cell populations with a selective gating strategy analysis, allows for the evaluation of lymphocyte subsets and the detection of leptomeningeal disease in B-NHL, even in the presence of paucicellularity of samples.
Am old enough to understand the difference between the Bay of Pigs - and roasting a pig at a epicurian feast. Been thru the hippy, yippie and yuppie years - always remaining who I am.
Very much believe in "Sing your own song - weave your own tapestry"
Am young enough to still know the thrill of new discoveries, the beauty of the evening, to celebrate the joy of another tommorow.
Survived these many decades with a severe medical problems. Sorting out the maze of now having two lymphomas and all their nasty little companions, but I continue.
Besides, being a simple iconoclastic eclectic, have been called many things. An incurable romanticist - with a strong touch of reality. Thinker, intellectual (God, how I hate that term) - been told I am a lion with the heart of the poet.
Know how to wage war and conquer my foes - but would rather be known as one who brings hope and life. To bring hope into anothers life is the ultimate of joys.
Life should be about bringing hope, peace, vision... a sense of purpose beyond yourself.