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Recent studies suggest that immunization with autologeous dendritic cells (DCs) pulsed with tumor antigen result in protective immunity and rejection of established tumors in various human malignancies. The objective of this study was to develop a DC vaccination therapy in patients with metastasized medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC). Mature DCs were(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of varying amounts of iodine intake on the prevalence of thyroid dysfunction, autoimmunity and goitre in old age. DESIGN The first screening study where elderly subjects with varying amounts of iodine supply but from the same geographical and ethnographical region (Carpathian basin) were compared, and all hormone(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether DNA image cytometry (ICM) could be of value in the specific identification of neoplastic cells in cytologic specimens of the thyroid. STUDY DESIGN FNABs of thyroid from 162 patients with different benign and neoplastic diseases were investigated. Nuclear DNA content in thyroid cells was measured after Feulgen staining(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the ability of the more sensitive second-generation TSH receptor (TRAb) assay to predict recurrent Graves' disease (GD) vs. remission depending on TRAb levels. 93 patients with active GD were included in the study. By using a cut-off limit of 1.0 IU/l, all 93 patients were positive for TRAb (median: 4.6 IU/l) at the(More)
We evaluated the technical robustness of the new commercial TBII assay using human recombinant TSH-R, and describe its use for the clinician in the routine laboratory. The human recombinant TSH-R assay (DYNOtest TRAK human) was compared to a conventional TBII assay (TSH-REZAK). Specificity was adjusted at 99.1% for both assays by ROC plot analysis including(More)
Autoimmune Thyroiditis (AIT) is the most common autoimmune disease, which is characterized by cellular and humoral immunity leading to thyroid destruction. The impact of the humoral immunity on the risk to develop hypothyroidism has not exactly been defined yet. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association between thyroid antibody levels(More)
Anticonvulsant therapy causes changes in calcium and bone metabolism and may lead to decreased bone mass with the risk of osteoporotic fractures. The two widely used antiepileptic drugs phenytoin and carbamazepine are recognized to have direct effects on bone cells. The aim of our study was to measure the influence of long-term treatment with antiepileptic(More)
Pheochromocytoma is a rare entity. When it presents during pregnancy, rapid recognition and diagnosis are crucial in order to avoid the maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality associated with severe, uncontrolled hypertension. Difficulties arise from the differential diagnosis of pre-eclampsia. We report two patients operated on for pheochromocytoma(More)
OBJECTIVE Selenium (Se) in the form of selenocysteine is an essential component of the family of the detoxifying enzymes glutathione peroxidase (Gpx) and of the iodothyronine selenodeiodinases that catalyze the extrathyroidal production of tri-iodothyronine (T(3)). Thus, Se deficiency may seriously influence the generation of free radicals, the conversion(More)
OBJECTIVE With increasing use of computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, pituitary adenomas are being discovered incidentally with increasing frequency. However, limited data are available concerning the clinical importance and natural history of such 'incicentalomas'. We have undertaken a prospective study to investigate changes in adenoma size(More)