Prognostic factors in adrenal cortical tumors. A mathematical analysis of clinical and morphologic data

Am J Clin Pathol. 1979 Sep;72(3):390-9. doi: 10.1093/ajcp/72.3.390.


Forty-one patients with adrenal cortical tumors were evaluated retrospectively for the presence of histologic and non-histologic features associated with malignant behavior. The patients who survived operation were followed at least five years. The association of these features with subsequent metastasis was examined by both parametric and nonparametric statistical methods. Twelve criteria were statistically significant in predicting subsequent metastasis. The most significant of these were: clinical evidence of weight loss, broad fibrous bands traversing the tumor, a diffuse growth pattern, vascular invasion, tumor cell necrosis, and tumor mass. The tendency toward metastasis for each tumor was expressed in indices that correlated well with diagnoses made by conventional histologic means, but were more accurate in predicting subsequent clinical behavior than nonquantitative methods of evaluation.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adrenal Cortex Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Adrenal Cortex Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Mathematics
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis