Malignidad

Definición

El término "malignidad" (neoplasia maligna) se refiere a células cancerosas que tienen la capacidad de diseminarse a otros sitios en el cuerpo (hacer metástasis) o invadir y destruir tejidos. Estas células malignas tienden a tener un crecimiento rápido e incontrolable debido a cambios en su estructura genética.

Las células malignas que son resistentes al tratamiento pueden reaparecer después de haberse eliminado o destruido todos los restos detectables de ellas.

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Referencias

Moscow JA, Cowan KH. Biology of Cancer. In: Goldman L,Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2011:chap 185.

Revision

Last reviewed 8/30/2012 by David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.

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