Tumor size-dependent elevations of serum gangliosides in patients with head and neck carcinomas

Biochem Int. 1989 Apr;18(4):759-65.


Serum gangliosides were studied in 100 patients with benign or tumoral head and neck lesions. Whereas very few changes over the normal level were noticed in benign cases, 78% of patients with head and neck carcinomas had a significant elevation of serum gangliosides, mostly accounted for by GM3 and GD3. Such an increase was correlated with the observed tumor size, and the level of serum gangliosides returned to normal within one month after surgery. Follow-up of patients showed that further elevations of serum gangliosides were associated with relapses.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biomarkers, Tumor / blood*
  • G(M3) Ganglioside / blood
  • Gangliosides / blood*
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / blood*
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / pathology
  • Humans
  • N-Acetylneuraminic Acid
  • Sialic Acids / blood


  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • G(M3) Ganglioside
  • Gangliosides
  • Sialic Acids
  • N-Acetylneuraminic Acid