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Table 1 Clinical and pathological characteristics of included patients.

From: Perioperative cancer cell dissemination detected with a real-time RT-PCR assay for EpCAM is not associated with worse prognosis in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

  EpCAM (+)
N = 10
EpCAM (-)
N = 30
Total
N = 40
p-value
Age (±SD) 56.3 (±10.0) 65.7 (±9.5) 63.3 (±10.3) 0.01
Gender (M:F) 5:5 18:12 23:17 NS
pG     NS
   1 0 3 (10.0%) 3 (7.5%)  
   2 2 (20%) 12 (40.0%) 14 (35.0%)  
   3 8 (80%) 15 (50.0%) 23 (57.5%)  
pT     NS
   1 0 2 (6.7%) 2 (5.0%)  
   2 0 4 (13.3%) 4 (10.0%)  
   3 10 (100%) 24 (80.0%) 34 (85.0%)  
pN     NS
   0 3 (30.0%) 10 (33.0%) 13 (32.5%)  
   1 7 (70.0%) 20 (67.0%) 27 (67.5%)  
AJCC stage     NS
   Stage IA 0 2 (6.7%) 2 (5.0%)  
   Stage IB 3 (30.0%) 8 (26.7%) 11 (27.5%)  
   Stage IIA 0 1 (3.3%) 1 (2.5%)  
   Stage IIB 7 (70.0%) 18 (60.0%) 25 (62.5%)  
   Stage III 0 0 0  
   Stage IV 0 1 (3.3%) 1 (2.5%)  
ECLNI     NS
   0 7 (70.0%) 27 (90.0%) 34 (85%)  
   1 3 (30.0%) 3 (10.0%) 6 (15%)  
Total LN count 16.5 (10 - 39) 17 (6 - 35) 17 (6 - 39) NS
LVI *     NS
   0 3 (33.3%) 20 (69.0%) 12 (31.6%)  
   1 6 (66.7%) 9 (31.0%) 26 (68.4%)  
PNI     NS
   0 1 (10.0%) 7 (23.3%) 8 (15%)  
   1 9 (90.0%) 23 (76.7%) 32 (85%)  
  1. NS: non-significant; pG: tumour differentiation grade; pN: lymph node status; ECLNI: Extracapsular lymph node involvement; LVI: lymphovascular invasion; PNI: perineural invasion.
  2. * In 2 patients the presence of LVI was not evaluated.