Table 8

Correlation between ECM1 staining and LMVD (LMV per 200× field of vision)

ECM1 staining


Tissue type

-

+

U

P


Cancer tissues

7.50 ± 1.63(10)

15.17 ± 2.14(31)

85.50

0.045*

Lymph nodes

2.71 ± 0.62(28)

11.46 ± 2.77(13)

48.00

0.000***


"+", "++" and "+++" for ECM1 immunochemistry staining was all grouped together as "+".

* P < 0.05 and *** P < 0.001 is considered statistically significant

Within parenthesis: number of eligible cases. Abbreviation: LMVD: lymphatic microvessel density; LMV per 200× field of vision: lymphatic microvessel 200× field of vision

Wu et al. BMC Cancer 2012 12:47   doi:10.1186/1471-2407-12-47

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