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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 114-118

Subcutaneous adipose tissue as a biomarker of pancreatic cancer: A pilot study in male patients


1 Unit of Diagnostic Imaging, Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Rome; Unit of Diagnostic Imaging, Presidio Ospedaliero Orientale “M. Giannuzzi” Di Manduria Azienda Sanitaria Locale Di Taranto, Manduria, Italy
2 Unit of Diagnostic Imaging, Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Rome, Italy

Correspondence Address:
Federico Greco
Unit of Diagnostic Imaging, Università Campus Bio-medico di Roma, Via Alvaro Del Portillo, 21, 00128, Rome; Unit of Diagnostic Imaging, Presidio Ospedaliero Orientale “M. Giannuzzi” Di Manduria Azienda Sanitaria Locale Di Taranto, Via Mandonion, 1, 74024, Manduria
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ccij.ccij_36_19

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) and pancreatic cancer (PC) in male patients. Methods: In this retrospective study, two groups were included. Quantitative assessment of adipose tissue was performed by measuring total adipose tissue (TAT) area, visceral adipose tissue (VAT) area, and the SAT area in both the groups. Then, VAT/SAT ratio was calculated. Results: Statistically significant differences between the two groups were found in the SAT area (P < 0.05), TAT area was slightly above the threshold of significance, while no significant difference was found in the VAT area and VAT/SAT ratio. Conclusions: The results of this study suggest an association between SAT reduction and PC risk.


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