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Asthma is a common chronic disease characterized by airway inflammation and structural remodeling. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a major regulator of angiogenesis, is elevated in asthma patients. VEGF contributes to airway responsiveness and remodeling. It has been shown that treatment of asthma patients decreases VEGF levels, and inhibition of(More)
Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in childhood. It is well known that genetic variability contributes to asthma risk. One of the most replicated asthma candidate genes is ORM1-like 3 (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) (ORMDL3), which has been associated with childhood asthma susceptibility. Another asthma candidate gene is signal transducer and(More)
An 18-year-old girl was found dead in her bed. The autopsy revealed a colloid cyst of the third ventricle. The cyst obstructed the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, leading to prominent internal hydrocephalus with consecutive brain edema and compression of the caudal medulla at the foramen magnum. The girl's only previous complaints were episodic headaches for(More)
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