Virchows Archiv A

, Volume 418, Issue 4, pp 301–309 | Cite as

DNA-ploidy and survival in gastric carcinomas: a flow-cytometric study

  • G. Baretton
  • O. Carstensen
  • M. Schardey
  • U. Löhrs


In 125 gastric carcinomas the nuclear DNA content was determined by flow cytometry from formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded tissue of surgical specimens. The carcinomas were of intestinal or mixed type (85), and diffuse type (40). DNA-aneuploidy was found in 46% of the intestinal type and in 42% of the mixed type, but only in 15% of the diffuse-type carcinomas (P<0.01). The total rate of DNA-aneuploidy was 34%. Carcinomas localized in the cardia were more frequently DNA-aneuploid than tumours in other localizations (P<0.01). DNA-aneuploid carcinomas had metastasized more frequently to regional lymph nodes (P<0.05) whereas no correlations with tumour stage and cytological/histological grade were detected. In 94 patients follow-up data were available. DNA-aneuploidy was associated with a statistically significant poorer prognosis when compared to DNA-diploid tumours only in advanced gastric carcinomas with lymph node metastases (P=0.0488) and in the subgroup of advanced intestinal and mixed-type tumours (P=0.0289).

Key words

Flow cytometry Gastric cancer DNA-aneuploidy Prognosis Histological type 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Baretton
    • 1
  • O. Carstensen
    • 1
  • M. Schardey
    • 2
  • U. Löhrs
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für PathologieMedizinische Universität zu LübeckLübeck 1Federal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryMedical University of LübeckLübeckFederal Republic of Germany

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