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Letters to the Editor in normal appearing biliary tract mu- Notice of Retraction: Pancreatobiliary cosa adjacent to a malignancy.5 Omission of Author in Malignancies— The current study by Henson et al1 has provided an additional boost to ‘‘Malakoplakia Outside An Appreciation of the the concept of ﬁeld cancerization the Urinary Tract’’ ‘‘Field Cancerization with regard to biliopancreatic malig- (Arch Pathol Lab Med. Theory’’ nancies, and it should lead to an in- creased sharing of ideas by clinicians 2007;131(2):297–300) To the Editor.—We read with interest and scientists who have special inter- the article by Henson et al.1 The ar- ests in the individual malignancies To the Editor.—We recently published ticle has provided a piece of epide- (gallbladder, extrahepatic bile duct the following review article in the miologic evidence to support the con- cholangiocarcinomas, and pancreatic ARCHIVES: Yousef GM, Naghibi B. cept of ‘‘ﬁeld cancerization’’ in malig- cancers). This endeavor could help Malakoplakia outside the urinary nancies of the biliopancreatic tree. unravel the etiopathogenesis and tract. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2007; As has been pointed out in this ar- contribute to our understanding, the 131(2):297–300. I realize that the ticle, a closer look at malignancies of management, and hopefully the out- name of Mowafak M. Hamodat, MB, the gallbladder, extrahepatic bile comes of these malignancies that ChB, MSc, FRCPC, was inadvertently duct, pancreas, and ampulla reveals have traditionally been looked upon omitted from the author list. that they actually share a common with nihilism. I am, therefore, writing to notify proﬁle in more ways than one. The you of this oversight on my part, and authors have based their inference on I ask you to recognize Dr Hamodat the parallel linear rate patterns for SAVIO GEORGE BARRETO, as a coauthor. the 4 sites. There remain some addi- MBBS, MS To clarify, the roles of the authors tional factors as well. Department of General and were as follows: Dr G. M. Yousef, The commonality of poor out- Digestive Surgery writing and designing the review ar- comes associated with gallbladder,2 Flinders Medical Centre ticle; Dr B. Naghibi, sharing in the extrahepatic bile duct, and pancreatic Adelaide, Australia design of the article; and Dr M. M. head carcinomas3 has been well doc- Hamodat, contributing information umented. In addition, the genetic PARUL J. SHUKLA, MS, FRCS about a case report of malakoplakia proﬁle of these malignancies, p53 Department of Gastrointestinal of the neck, which was mentioned in mutations, and K-ras mutations re- Surgical Oncology the article. main a common denominator. Also, Tata Memorial Hospital The corrected citation is as follows:
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