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PURPOSE This was an open-label, dose-escalation trial of intratumoral administration of IL-4 Pseudomonas exotoxin (NBI-3001) in patients with recurrent malignant glioma. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 31 patients with histologically verified supratentorial grades 3 and 4 astrocytoma were studied. Of these, 25 patients were diagnosed with glioblastoma(More)
OBJECT The purpose of this study was to determine the predictive value of [18F]fluoroethyl-L-tyrosine (FET)-positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy for tumor diagnosis in patients with suspected gliomas. METHODS Both FET-PET and MR spectroscopy analyses were performed in 50 consecutive patients with newly diagnosed(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about variables associated with overdrainage complications and neurofunctional and health-related quality of life outcomes in idiopathic normal-pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH) patients after shunt surgery. OBJECTIVE To identify candidate demographic and disease-specific predictors of overdrainage and patient-related outcomes,(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the reliability of the gravitation-assisted adjustable proGAV shunt system with a prospective multicenter study conducted in 10 German hospitals. METHODS Enrollment for this observational study began in April 2005 and concluded in February 2006. The protocol required re-examinations 3 and 6 months postoperatively and fixed the(More)
The coexistence of a pituitary macroadenoma and a tuberculum sellae meningioma is very rare. This article demonstrates the surgical technique of the simultaneous resection of a pituitary macroadenoma and a tuberculum sellae meningioma using an endoscopic, endonasal, biportal, transsphenoidal approach. A 36-year-old woman presented with frontal headache and(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate whether gravitational valves reduce the risk of overdrainage complications compared with programmable valves in ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt surgery for idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH). BACKGROUND Patients with iNPH may benefit from VP shunting but are prone to overdrainage complications during posture changes.(More)
Objective The number of cases of spinal DRGs (German Diagnosis-Related Groups) is calculated on the basis of the data released by the German DRG-Institute. The data thus obtained were subsequently compared with the previously publicly debated data of cases, which were based on the counting of OPS (German Procedure Classification) codes. Methods Specific and(More)
BACKGROUND Conventional open surgery of large meningiomas has proven to be challenging even in experienced hands. Intense retraction and dissection around neurovascular structures increase morbidity and mortality. In the present study, we retrospectively analyzed the surgical technique, and outcome in 40 patients with large anterior cranial fossa(More)