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Education ?

Medical School Score
University of Illinois at Chicago (1998)

Awards & Distinctions ?

American Board of Pathology

Affiliations ?

Dr. Oliai is affiliated with 7 hospitals.

Hospital Affiliations



  • UT Southwestern University Hospital - St. Paul
    5909 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75235
    Top 25%
  • Las Colinas Medical Center
    6800 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75039
  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
    2222 Welborn St, Dallas, TX 75219
  • Pine Creek Medical Center
    9032 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75235
  • Doctors Diagnostic Hospital
  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
  • North Central Surgical Center Llp
    9301 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75231
  • Publications & Research

    Dr. Oliai has contributed to 8 publications.
    Title The Utility of C4d, C9, and Troponin T Immunohistochemistry in Acute Myocardial Infarction.
    Date February 2010
    Journal Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

    Full activation and involvement of the complement pathway follows acute myocardial infarction. Complement fragment C4d is a stable, covalently bound marker of complement activation. Troponin T is specific for cardiomyocytes.

    Title Reactivity with Tdt in Merkel Cell Carcinoma: a Potential Diagnostic Pitfall.
    Date June 2008
    Journal American Journal of Clinical Pathology

    Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a high-grade neuroendocrine carcinoma of skin characterized by cells with a "blastic" appearance, scant cytoplasm, and fine, evenly distributed chromatin. Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TdT) is a DNA polymerase present in thymic T cells, lymphoblastic lymphoma/leukemia, and some cases of acute myeloid leukemia. After observing TdT immunoreactivity in a case of MCC, we analyzed 26 tumors by immunohistochemical analysis to determine their spectrum of reactivity with TdT and identified TdT in 19 (73%) of 26 MCCs. Staining intensity was variable but was often moderate to strong and present in a significant percentage of cells. Because MCC has cytomorphologic features similar to those of lymphoblastic lymphoma and may manifest as metastatic disease, reactivity with TdT in MCC could represent a diagnostic pitfall in the differential diagnosis with lymphoblastic lymphoma, particularly because the latter may lack CD45 and/or CD20, yet both neoplasms may express PAX-5, a B-cell-associated marker.

    Title Hodgkin's Lymphoma Associated with Plasma Cell Neoplasia: Cytological Features and Review of the Literature.
    Date November 2005
    Journal Diagnostic Cytopathology

    Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) associated with plasma cell neoplasia is extremely rare. Here, we report one case diagnosed by fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) and review the clinical features of 15 previously reported cases. Our specimen was obtained by FNAB of an enlarged right inguinal lymph node. Air-dried Diff-Quik (DQ)-stained slides and alcohol-fixed slides stained with hematoxylin-eosin (H&E) and Papanicolaou stains were reviewed. The specimen was cellular, consisting of lymphocytes and plasma cells. Flow cytometric analysis revealed a monoclonal (M) plasma-cell population. Admixed large atypical mono- and binucleated cells immunoreactive for CD30 were noted also. A diagnosis of plasma-cell neoplasm associated with classic HL was confirmed histologically after surgical removal of the lymph node. The diagnosis of both HL and plasma-cell neoplasia in the same patient is exceedingly rare. Adding another case to the 15 previously reported cases was unique because our case was diagnosed through FNAB.

    Title "parapharyngeal Space" Tumors: a Cytopathological Study of 24 Cases on Fine-needle Aspiration.
    Date May 2005
    Journal Diagnostic Cytopathology

    The parapharyngeal space (PPS) is a well-defined anatomic zone of loose connective tissue lying deep to the tonsil and lateral to the pharynx. Neoplasms arising within the PPS are rare. We retrospectively reviewed 24 PPS fine-needle aspirations (FNAs) performed at The Johns Hopkins Hospital over the past 16 years (1987-2002). Patients presented with neck pain, dysphagia, and/or intraoral swelling of varying duration. Radiographic imaging disclosed PPS masses, varying in size from 2.5 to 8 cm. The most common clinicoradiographic suspicion was a nerve sheath tumor. Six cases had FNA performed using a 23-gauge needle via a transoral approach in the outpatient suite whereas the remainder were aspirated via a 22-gauge Franseen needle under CT guidance. Six of 24 cases (25%) were nondiagnostic due to lack of adequate cellular material. Of the 18 cases considered diagnostic, there were nine (50%) pleomorphic adenomas (PAs); three (17%) squamous-cell carcinomas (SCC); and one each of oncocytoma, adenocarcinoma, not otherwise specified (NOS), adenoid cystic carcinoma, lipoma, neurofibroma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, together comprising the remaining 33%. Four of the six cases deemed nondiagnostic (consisting predominantly of blood) on subsequent tissue follow-up revealed paraganglioma (two cases), SCC (one case), and schwannoma (one case). PPS is an uncommon target of an FNA procedure. PPS masses represent a heterogeneous group of neoplasms of which PA appears most common, representing 50% of our diagnostic cases. The rate of nondiagnostic FNA samples is moderately high due to excessive bleeding encountered in this location and other technical problems relating to adequately targeting the lesion in close vicinity of major neck vessels.

    Title Can Basal Cells Be Seen in Adenocarcinoma of the Prostate?: an Immunohistochemical Study Using High Molecular Weight Cytokeratin (clone 34betae12) Antibody.
    Date September 2002
    Journal The American Journal of Surgical Pathology

    Rare reports describe high molecular weight cytokeratin (clone 34betaE12) antibody cross-reactivity in scattered prostate carcinoma (PCa) cells, yet most often not in a true basal cell distribution. There are no data specifically describing 34betaE12 reactivity in basal cells in PCa. From August 10, 1995 to May 1, 2000, a total of 3198 consult prostate needle biopsies with PCa and a 34betaE12 immunoperoxidase stain were reviewed at our institution. Thirty-six cases (1.1%), which on hematoxylin and eosin stain were unequivocal cancer, had at least focal 34betaE12 positivity in a basal cell distribution. Twenty-five had original diagnostic slides for review. All cancers were Gleason score 6. The mean number of cancer glands per case was 36.9 (10-108) with an average of 39% of glands (1-100%) showing 34betaE12 reactivity. Twenty-one cases had patchy staining in a basal cell distribution with one other case showing continuous staining. An additional case showed mainly tumor cell reactivity with rare basal cell staining. The final two cases showed a zonal staining pattern with small glands toward one side of the lesion showing basal cells [one with high grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (HGPIN); one without HGPIN]. HGPIN was present in 16 of 25 (64%) cases adjacent to PCa. The mean number of HGPIN glands was 1.36 (1-6). In cases with HGPIN the mean ratio of cancer to HGPIN glands was 6.8 (0.5-13.0). In 12 cases in which the lesion was still present on deeper sectioning, we were able to confirm in nine cases the presence of basal cells using antibodies to p63, another marker for prostatic basal cells. Four of the 25 men underwent radical prostatectomy; all showed Gleason score 6 PCa. Three radical prostatectomies demonstrated 34betaE12 reactivity: two with patchy staining in a basal cell distribution and one with mainly tumor cell staining. Adjacent HGPIN was present in all three radical prostatectomy specimens. Rare lesions with the appearance of PCa show 34betaE12 staining in a basal cell distribution either from retention of basal cells by early invasive cancer or from HGPIN outpouching. The lack of adjacent HGPIN in some cases and the large ratio of small atypical glands to HGPIN glands argue against HGPIN outpouching as the sole explanation. In cases with adjacent HGPIN a comparison of the proximity and number of the small, atypical, infiltrative appearing glands to HGPIN is helpful. The diagnosis of PCa in the face of positive 34betaE12 basal cell staining should be made with extreme caution, only in the face of unequivocal cancer on the hematoxylin and eosin stain.

    Title A Clinicopathologic Analysis of Urothelial Carcinomas Diagnosed on Prostate Needle Biopsy.
    Date July 2001
    Journal The American Journal of Surgical Pathology

    No data exist on urothelial carcinoma diagnosed on prostatic needle biopsy. We reviewed 21 cases (19 consultations) of urothelial carcinoma diagnosed on prostate needle biopsy from 1991 to 1998. In 13 of 21 (62%) cases, urothelial carcinoma showed in situ urothelial carcinoma involving prostatic ducts and acini (DCIS) only; 6 of 21 (29%) cases showed both DCIS and invasive carcinoma and 2 of 21 (9%) cases showed widespread stromal invasion without DCIS. In contrast to prostatic adenocarcinoma, cases exhibited greater nuclear pleomorphism, variably prominent nucleoli, increased mitoses, and necrosis. Immunostains for PSA and PSAP were negative in all 18 cases studied. CK7 was positive in 14 of 16 cases, CK20 was positive in 13 of 16 cases, and 34betaE12 was positive in 11 of 17 cases. A total of 7 of 17 (41%) men had no prior or subsequent history of urothelial carcinoma outside the prostate, 6 of 17 (35%) had concurrent urothelial cell carcinomas of the bladder (1 with extensive carcinoma in situ [CIS] at cystoprostatectomy), 2 of 17 (12%) had a prior urothelial cell carcinoma, and 2 of 17 (12%) developed urothelial cell carcinomas outside the prostate subsequent to the needle biopsy diagnosis. A total of 14 of 18 (78%) men had an elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA), abnormal digital rectal examination, or abnormal ultrasound suggestive of prostatic adenocarcinoma. Follow-up information was available in 17 cases. Six of nine (67%) patients with DCIS eventually died of disease (DOD) (2 with prior urothelial cell carcinoma, 1 with no prior or subsequent history, 3 without information), and 3 of 9 (33%) patients with DCIS were alive with residual disease (AWD). Of the patients with invasive carcinomas, 4 of 8 (50%) were DOD, 2 of 8 (25%) were AWD, and 2 of 8 (25%) were alive without evidence of disease. All men who are alive were treated aggressively with surgery and often adjuvant chemotherapy-radiation. Overall, 10 of 17 (59%) men were DOD with a mean survival after diagnosis of 23.2 months (2-72 months). The diagnosis of urothelial carcinoma on prostate needle biopsy is difficult because it is rare and clinically can mimic prostatic adenocarcinoma; often there is no history of urothelial carcinoma elsewhere. Although the prognosis is poor even with only apparent DCIS, histologic recognition is essential because the only opportunity for improved outcome is early and aggressive treatment.

    Title Leiomyosarcoma of the Pulmonary Veins.
    Date September 1999
    Journal The American Journal of Surgical Pathology

    Primary sarcomas of the great vessels are rare, but the most common site is the inferior vena cava. Herein are reported five new cases arising from the pulmonary veins with clinicopathologic correlation and comparison to previously reported cases. All new cases occurred in women ranging in age from 23 to 64 years at diagnosis (mean, 56 years). They had symptoms suggestive of left heart failure, including three patients with dyspnea, one with hemoptysis, and one with cough. Three cases showed tumor extension along the pulmonary veins into the left atrium. Tumors ranged in size from 2.8 to 7 cm in greatest dimension. Histologically, all were leiomyosarcomas. They were highly cellular tumors. Three cases had predominantly spindle cell morphology and two were predominantly epithelioid; one had foci of calcification. Most showed extensive necrosis. All tumors were reactive with antibodies to actin and desmin. Two cases were reactive with antibodies to MIC-2 (dotlike); two cases showed reactivity to keratin antibodies; and two showed reactivity for estrogen, progesterone receptor protein, or both. None were positive for antibodies to S-100 protein. All cases were treated with surgical excision. Follow-up ranged from 2 months to 21 years (mean, 4.8 years). Two patients were alive and well; two were alive with metastases; and one died of disease. Pulmonary vein sarcomas represent intermediate- to high-grade leiomyosarcoma. Although often lethal, complete surgical excision can lead to long-term survival. They occur predominantly in women and may express hormone receptors. Therefore, hormonal manipulation may offer promise as adjuvant therapy.

    Title Xp11.2 Translocation Renal Carcinoma with Placental Metastasis: a Case Report.
    Journal International Journal of Surgical Pathology

    Renal cell carcinomas with sporadic Xp11.2 translocations are uncommon malignancies in children and young adults associated with several different reciprocal translocations involving the TFE3 gene located on chromosome Xp11.2. Placental metastases are extremely rare, with only a handful of cases reported. This study reports the case of a 20-year-old woman with an Xp11.2 translocation renal carcinoma that metastasized to the placenta. This is the first reported case of a renal cell carcinoma metastatic to the placenta and highlights the aggressive behavior of Xp11 translocation renal cell carcinomas.

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