Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 873953, 6 pages
Diagnostically Relevant Molecular Markers in Head and Neck Neoplasms
1Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Mar Baselious Dental College and Hospital, Kothamangalam, Kerala, India
2Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Rajah Muthiah Dental College and Hospital, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India
3Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Indiragandhi Dental College, Kothamangalam, Kerala, India
Received 15 March 2013; Accepted 16 May 2013
Academic Editors: R. Smith and Z. Wang
Copyright © 2013 Soma Susan Varghese et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Tumor markers are grouped into diagnostic and prognostic markers. Specific diagnostic markers appear extensively in cells of a particular neoplasm and not in other tumors. These markers can be used to assess the cellular lineage and histogenic origin of various neoplasms. Thus, diagnostic markers can be used for the confirmatory diagnosis of various tumors. This paper reviews the literature on various diagnostic markers and aims to group them based on the cellular lineage of neoplasms.