Klaus von Ammon

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The central neurocytoma is a supratentorial, often calcified brain tumour affecting young adults and is typically located in the lateral ventricles in the region of the foramen of Monro. Clinically, the tumour causes signs of increased intracranial pressure, visual and mental disturbances and, occasionally, pyramidal or endocrine symptoms. By light(More)
Mutations of the p53 tumor suppressor gene are a genetic hallmark of human astrocytic neoplasms, but their predictive role in glioma progression is still poorly understood. We analyzed 144 biopsies from 67 patients with recurrent astrocytoma by single-strand conformation polymorphism and direct DNA sequencing. We found that 46 of 67 patients (69%) had a p53(More)
The central neurocytoma has recently been added to the differential diagnosis of intraventricular tumors. Histopathologically, this tumor is characterized by a uniform neoplastic cell population with features of neuronal differentiation. Central neurocytomas occur in young adults, develop in the area of the foramen of Monro, and are usually associated with(More)
Glioblastoma multiforme is a clinically and histologically heterogeneous lesion; however, to date, it has not been possible to subdivide glioblastomas on a clinical, histopathological or biological basis. Previous studies have demonstrated that loss of portions of chromosomes 10 and 17 and amplification of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene(More)
BACKGROUND Studies suggest that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widely used in the European Union (EU). We systematically reviewed data, reporting research quality and the prevalence of CAM use by citizens in Europe; what it is used for, and why. METHODS We searched for general population surveys of CAM use by using Ovid MEDLINE (1948 to(More)
Seventy of 178 patients with acoustic tumors initially were treated conservatively and have been followed up for an average of 26 +/- 2 months. The tumor size was determined by the mean maximum anteroposterior and mediolateral diameters, using computed tomographic or magnetic resonance imaging scans obtained sequentially throughout the follow-up period. The(More)
Brain tumors pose a particular challenge to molecular oncology. Many different tumor entities develop in the nervous system and some of them appear to follow distinct pathogenic routes. Molecular genetic alterations have increasingly been reported in nervous system neoplasms. However, a considerable number of affected genes remain to be identified. We(More)
This report describes clinical, neuropathological and molecular genetic findings in a Swiss family with four brain tumours in only two generations. The neoplasms observed covered a wide range of biologic behaviour, from a slowly growing lesion already apparent at birth, to anaplastic astrocytoma in a young adult and glioblastomas at the age of less than 10(More)
The influence of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) on tracer uptake was investigated in 21 patients with gliomas and meningiomas using PET, [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG), [18C]methionine (MET) and the K+ analog rubidium-82 (RUB) whose uptake into brain is largely prevented if the BBB is intact. Tracer uptake was quantitated by (1) multiple time graphical(More)