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OBJECTIVE To describe an association of growth hormone (GH) secreting pituitary microadenomas and empty sella (ES), which has been described in case reports - the underlying mechanisms are unclear. METHODS We retrospectively analyzed patients operated for GH-producing pituitary adenomas between February 2004 and February 2009. Magnetic resonance imaging(More)
The study described here examined the feasibility of using high-frequency intra-operative ultrasound (hfioUS) guidance to resect superficial intra-cerebral lesions through a single burr hole. A cohort of 23 consecutive patients with a total of 24 intra-cerebral lesions (9 intra-cerebral metastases, 8 gliomas, 4 infections, 2 lymphomas and 1 cavernoma) were(More)
BACKGROUND To present our intraoperative low-field magnetic resonance imaging (ioMRI) technique for stereotactic brain biopsy in various intracerebral lesions. METHOD Seventy-eight consecutive patients underwent stereotactic biopsies with the PoleStar N-20/N-30 ioMRI system and data were evaluated retrospectively. Biopsy technique included ioMRI before(More)
Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) often leads to hydrocephalus, which is commonly treated by placement of a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt. There is controversy over which factors affect the need for such treatment. In this study, data were prospectively collected from 389 consecutive patients who presented with an aneurysm-associated SAH at a single center.(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess clinical and radiographic risk factors for intraoperative aneurysm rupture (ioAR) during surgical clipping after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) and to analyze its influence on patient outcome. METHODS Patient selection was based on a retrospective analysis of our prospective subarachnoid hemorrhage patient database including(More)
OBJECTIVE Glioblastomas are the most common primary malignant brain tumors in adults with a poor prognosis. The current study sought to identify risk factors in glioblastoma patients that are closely associated with communicating hydrocephalus. METHODS We retrospectively analyzed data from 151 patients who were diagnosed with a glioblastoma between 2007(More)
Glioblastoma is the most aggressive primary tumor of the central nervous system with a medium overall survival of 7-15 months after diagnosis. Since tumor cells penetrate the surrounding brain tissue, complete surgical resection is impossible and tumor recurrence is almost a certainty. New treatment modalities are therefore needed, and these should be able(More)
BACKGROUND Meningiomas are associated with the highest postoperative rate of venous thromboembolic events (VTE) among all intracranial tumors. The aim of this study is to compare two entirely different VTE prophylaxis regimens in 724 consecutive patients undergoing meningioma surgery. METHODS Two cohorts at a single institution treated with different(More)
BACKGROUND Spinal melanocytoma is one of the most infrequent space-occupying lesions of the central nervous system. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of primary bifocal intradural melanocytoma of heterogeneous pathological grade to date. CASE DESCRIPTION We report the case of a 43-year old patient with primary bifocal melanocytoma,(More)
OBJECTIVE Klotho is a lifespan-influencing gene expressed mainly in the kidneys. Soluble α-Klotho (αKL) is released into the circulation. In this study, we present baseline αKL serum levels of patients with acromegaly compared with controls with other pituitary adenomas and assess changes following transsphenoidal surgery. DESIGN Prospective controlled(More)