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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)
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)
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)
Relatively frequent pituitary hormone deficiencies are observed after traumatic brain injury (TBI) and subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and according to the published studies the neuroendocrine consequenses of traumatic brain injury are underdiagnosed. In a cohort of 59 patients (49 males, mean age 68.3 years, 36-88 years) after evacuation of subdural hematoma(More)
OBJECTIVES The expression pattern of PAX5 in the tissue of superficial bladder transitional cell carcinoma (TCC), its prognostic value and its correlation with p53 immunohistochemistry and p53 mutation analysis were evaluated. METHODS Study comprised 61 patients with histologically confirmed superficial bladder TCC. Expression level of PAX5 mRNA was(More)
UNLABELLED The pathogenesis of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) is a complex process in which atherosclerosis and inflammation play a leading role. Cytokines are important mediators of both processes. The aim of our study was to determine whether plasma levels of cytokines which are most involved in AAA pathogenesis can be used as endogenous markers of AAA(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)
The aim of the study was to evaluate skin microvascular reactivity (MVR) and possible influencing factors (fibrinolysis, oxidative stress, and endothelial function) in patients with Cushing's syndrome. Twenty-nine patients with active Cushing's syndrome (ten of them also examined after a successful operation) and 16 control subjects were studied. Skin MVR(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the reproducibility of parameters estimated by pulse wave analysis (PWA), mainly of central systolic blood pressure in the aorta (CSP), central systolic pressure-time index (CSPTI, area under the systolic part of the curve in the pressure-time graph per minute), and central augmentation index (CAI, pressure peak caused by wave(More)