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We evaluated the endocrinological outcomes of gamma knife radiosurgery (GKS) for the treatment of growth hormone (GH)-producing pituitary adenomas. Twenty-six patients treated with GKS (median treatment [tumour] volume: 0.8 mL; median marginal radiation dose: 20Gy) were followed for a median of 84 months. "Disease remission" was defined as either nadir(More)
A 26-year-old man was hospitalized with a 1-month history of fever. Cervical lymph node biopsy showed necrosis in the paracortical area with abundant nuclear debris and proliferation of histiocytes. A diagnosis of histiocytic necrotizing lymphadenitis (HNL) (Kikuchi's disease) was made. He received methylprednisolone pulse therapy (MPT) (0.5 g/day for 3(More)
A 26-year-old woman 3 months post-partum was admitted to our hospital suffering from gross visual disturbance. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a pituitary mass, extending into the suprasellar cistern, with intense gadolinium enhancement. Lymphocytic hypophysitis (LHy) was suspected, and the patient received high dose methylprednisolone pulse(More)
A 55-years-old man was admitted to our hospital with a 6-month history of general fatigue, purulent nasal discharge, polyuria, and polydipsia. Endocrinological findings revealed central diabetes insipidus (CDI) with mild anterior pituitary dysfunction. Imaging studies revealed thickening of the proximal end of the pituitary stalk just below the third(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The solid-phase immunoassay, semi-quantitative procalcitonin (PCT) test (B R A H M S PCT-Q) can be used to rapidly categorize PCT levels into four grades. However, the usefulness of this kit for determining the prognosis of adult patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is unclear. METHODS A prospective study was conducted(More)
Chymase degrades angiotensin I (AI) to form angiotensin II (AII), probably constituting a bypass of the renin-angiotensin cascade. Chymase activity increases in some vascular diseases. In the kidney, an increase in chymase activity was reported in an animal model of ischemic kidney of renovascular hypertension (RVH); however, no such evidence has been(More)
A 38-year-old woman was admitted with severe thirst and polyuria at 31 weeks' gestation. The plasma concentration of vasopressin (AVP) was very low (0.73 pg/ml) under conditions of high plasma osmolality (316 mOsm/ kg). T1-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) images revealed enlargement of the pituitary posterior lobe with absence of the hyperintense signal.(More)
We report a case of a growth hormone secreting microadenoma associated with empty sella treated by gamma knife radiosurgery and we evaluate the effectiveness of radiosurgery for this lesion. A 58-year-old female complained of an acromegalic appearance for 10 years. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed an enlarged sella floor with a compressed, but slightly(More)
OBJECTIVE Ischemic heart disease is a pivotal complication for diabetic patients. Electron-beam computed tomography (EBCT) represents the only noninvasive method that allows for accurate quantification of coronary artery calcification that reflects underlying atherosclerotic disease. Although coronary calcium score (CCS) cut points that predict the presence(More)
OBJECTIVE We evaluated the effectiveness of gamma knife radiosurgery in the treatment of nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas. METHODS Between January 1994 and December 1999, we treated 34 patients with nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas. Thirty-one of these patients were followed for more than 30 months. Their mean age was 52.9 years. All patients underwent(More)