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OBJECTIVE The Leksell gamma knife (LGK) is one of the treatment options for pituitary adenomas. We report on our long-term experience treating acromegaly using LGK. DESIGN Since 1993 we have followed 96 acromegaly patients through periods of from 12 to 120 months. The mean follow-up period was 53.7 +/- 26.8 months. Seventy-two patients were treated with(More)
PURPOSE The superiority of chemoradiotherapy (CRT) over radiation alone in locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has been proven, but the relative merits of a concurrent schedule versus their sequential administration are less clear. This study compared the safety and efficacy of concurrent and sequential CRT, with chemotherapy (CT) consisting(More)
Quantitative qPCR is a routinely used method for the accurate quantification of nucleic acids. Yet it may generate erroneous results if the amplification process is obscured by inhibition or generation of aberrant side-products such as primer dimers. Several methods have been established to control for pre-processing performance that rely on the(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the main factors of the 30 days mortality rate of patients operated on for abdominal aortic aneurysm rupture (RAAA. PATIENTS AND METHOD Univariate and multivariate analysis of various factors associated with RAAA was performed in a group of 73 patients operated on for RAAA between 1996-2001. RESULTS The 30 days mortality rate was(More)
OBJECTIVE Radiation therapy is one of the treatment options for pituitary adenomas. The most common side effect associated with Leksell gamma knife (LGK) irradiation is the development of hypopituitarism. The aim of this study was to verify that hypopituitarism does not develop if the maximum mean dose to pituitary is kept under 15 Gy and to evaluate the(More)
OBJECTIVE Pharmacological treatment with dopaminergic agonists (DA) is the treatment of choice for prolactinomas. Surgical and radiation treatment is also indicated in certain situations. We describe our 12-year experience in treating prolactinomas with the Leksell gamma knife (LGK). DESIGN We followed 35 prolactinoma patients (25.7% microprolactinomas,(More)
Background. Several mathematical models have been developed for predicting individual breast cancer risk. Such models can help clinicians to choose appropriate preventive and therapeutic interventions for each patient. Unfortunately, the validity of these models has not been tested outside the USA.   Methods. The authors describe a case–control study in the(More)
UNLABELLED Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases 1 (TIMP1) regulates not only extracellular matrix catabolism but the major effect in tumor tissue is promotion of cell growth and anti-apoptotic activity. The aim of our study was to evaluate plasma TIMP1 levels and tissue TIMP1 mRNA expression as prognostic markers in NSCLC patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS(More)
The objective of our study was to examine the changes in coagulation parameters and inflammatory reaction over the course of 15 days in patients with severe sepsis. We tried to identify mechanisms by which sepsis-induced pathophysiological changes may influence the effectiveness of subcutaneously (SC) administered enoxaparin 40 mg once daily. A total of 16(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the role of BTA stat, BTA TRAK, UBC Rapid, UBC IRMA and voided urinary cytology in the detection of bladder transitional cell carcinoma (TCC). METHODS The study included 78 patients with TCC of the bladder (group A), 62 patients with a history of bladder TCC without tumor recurrence at the time of examination (B, control group), 20(More)