This study evaluated usefulness of serum tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) levels in the diagnosis and prognosis of oral squamous cell carcinoma (O-SCC). We performed a clinico-pathological estimation of 38 patients with O-SCC and determined the more valuable factors in making a prognosis. The mean serum concentration of TNF-alpha for the patients with O-SCC (14.13 +/- 13.17 pg/ml) was significantly higher (p < 0.05) than that of the healthy controls (3.49 +/- 2.97 pg/ml). The mean serum concentrations of TNF-alpha were significantly higher (p < 0.05) in the good-prognosis group (16.73 +/- 18.64 pg/ml) than in the poor-prognosis group (9.62 +/- 5.92 pg/ml). The survival curve revealed a better prognosis for patients with serum TNF-alpha-positive than for patients with serum TNF-alpha negative. There was a significant correlation (p < 0.05) with serum TNF-alpha levels and two tumor markers (SCCA, IAP). These results of the present study suggest that a evaluation of serum TNF-alpha levels in O-SCC is a valuable tool as a tumor marker for the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment monitoring of O-SCC.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Fukuoka igaku zasshi = Hukuoka acta medica|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 1998|
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