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Thyrotropin (TSH)-secreting adenomas are rare and, as most adenomas are large, invasive and difficult to cure by surgery only, many require additional medical treatment. Many TSH-secreting adenomas cosecrete growth hormone (GH) and/or prolactin (PRL). We evaluated the relationship between pathology and the effect of dopamine agonist bromocriptine and(More)
Angiogenesis plays a crucial role in tumor growth. Recently, endocan has emerged as a new marker of vascular endothelial cells from cancers in other organs. In this study, we elucidated the relationship between endocan expression and tumor invasion of pituitary adenoma. Tumor tissues were obtained from 70 patients with pituitary adenoma and were examined(More)
Gremlin is an antagonist of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) and a major driving force in skeletal modeling in the fetal stage. Several recent reports have shown that Gremlin is also involved in angiogenesis of lung cancer and diabetic retinopathy. The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of Gremlin in tumor angiogenesis in pituitary adenoma.(More)
BACKGROUND Knot-tying in the deep operative field is very complicated because of the narrow working space during endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery. We present a novel technique for tying deep knots called the "easy slip-knot," which was developed from a knot used to tie fishing lines. METHOD After threading the dura, an easy slip-knot is made outside the(More)
In recent years, resections of midline skull base tumors have been conducted using endoscopic endonasal skull base (EESB) approaches. Nevertheless, many surgeons reported that cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage is still a major complication of these approaches. Here, we report the results of our 42 EESB surgeries and discuss the advantages and limits of this(More)
Skull base metastasis from differentiated thyroid carcinoma including follicular thyroid carcinoma (FTC) and papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is a rare clinical entity. Eighteen FTC cases and 10 PTC cases showing skull base metastasis have been reported. The most common symptom of skull base metastasis from FTC and PTC is cranial nerve dysfunction. Bone(More)
With the development of endoscopic technology and surgery, resection of midline skull base tumors has been achieved using endoscopic endonasal skull base (EESB) approaches. EESB approaches reportedly have a greater risk of postoperative cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage. Recently, the introduction of the nasoseptal flap (NSF) decreased dramatically the(More)
Background and Importance. Sellar arachnoid cysts and Rathke's cleft cysts are benign lesions that produce similar symptoms, including optochiasmatic compression, pituitary dysfunction, and headache. Studies have reported the use of various surgical treatment methods for treating these symptoms, preventing recurrence, and minimizing operative complications.(More)
Secretoglobin (SCGB) 3A2 was originally identified as a downstream target for the homeodomain transcription factor NKX2-1 in the lung. NKX2-1 plays a role in the genesis and expression of genes in the thyroid, lung and ventral forebrain; Nkx2-1-null mice have no thyroid and pituitary and severely hypoplastic lungs and hypothalamus. To demonstrate whether(More)