Helle-Brit Fiebrich

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CONTEXT Catecholamine excess is rare, but symptoms may be life threatening. OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to investigate the sensitivity of 6-[F-18]fluoro-l-dihydroxyphenylalanine positron emission tomography ((18)F-DOPA PET), compared with (123)I-metaiodobenzylguanidine ((123)I-MIBG) scintigraphy and computer tomography (CT)/magnetic resonance(More)
BACKGROUND Mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor everolimus administered to four insulinoma patients rapidly controlled hypoglycemia (Kulke et al., N Engl J Med 2009;360:195-197). We wanted to identify the kinetics of everolimus effects on controlling hypoglycemia and understand underlying mechanisms. METHODS Three consecutive patients with a(More)
UNLABELLED Everolimus increases progression-free survival in patients with advanced neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). Currently, no biomarkers are available for early selection of patients who will benefit from everolimus. Everolimus can reduce vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A) production by tumor cells. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the effect(More)
Pancreatic islet cell tumors are neuroendocrine tumors, which can produce hormones and can arise as part of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 or von-Hippel-Lindau-disease, two genetically well-defined hereditary cancer syndromes. Currently, technical innovation improves conventional and specific molecular imaging techniques. To organize the heterogeneous(More)
Positron emission tomography (PET) using 6-[18F]fluoro-L-dihydroxyphenylalanine (18F-dopa) has an excellent sensitivity to detect carcinoid tumour lesions. 18F-dopa tumour uptake and the levels of biochemical tumour markers are mediated by tumour endocrine metabolic activity. We evaluated whether total 18F-dopa tumour uptake on PET, defined as whole-body(More)
AIM Carcinoid patients frequently develop a second primary malignancy (SPM), which can deserve full treatment. Distinguishing a SPM from carcinoid lesions is therefore important. Differentiation can be achieved using the difference in uptake between different positron emission tomography (PET) tracers. METHODS AND RESULTS Between January 2005 and August(More)
Carcinoids are rare tumors arising from neuroendocrine cells that can produce and secrete hormones. Carcinoid disease may include cardiac involvement, with right-sided endocardial and valvular fibrous lesions of the heart.1 This so-called carcinoid heart disease may present with cardiac failure and arrhythmias. More uncommonly, myocardial metastases are(More)
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