The contribution of image cytometry to the characterization of clinical subgroups of lipomas
The aim of the present study was to investigate whether biological features determined through image cytometry are able to characterize clinical subpopulations of lipomas. Forty lipomas excised from 36 patients were studied. On the one hand, the tumors were clinically characterized by means of patient-related and pre- and post-operative features. On the other, the tumors were analyzed by means of the computer-assisted microscopy analysis of Feulgen-stained nuclei. This analysis generated 3 groups of biological quantitative variables describing morphonucelar aspects (i.e. the chromatin pattern of the cell nuclei), the nuclear DNA content (DNA ploidy level), and architectural features (such as the cell density and the topographical cell nuclei organization). Possible relations between the clinical and the biological features of the lipomas were investigated by means of univariate and multivariate statistical analyses. The results show the existence of such relations, in particular between the morphonuclear and architectural features of lipomas, on the one hand, and their consistency, volume and weight, on the other. Furthermore, multivariate analysis made it possible to distinguish two subpopulations of lipomas exhibiting different biological characteristics in terms of morphonuclear patterns.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Plastic Surgery, Brugmann Hospital, Brussels, Belgium
Publication date: June 1, 2001
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