Simona Cirillo

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Fourteen cases of intracranial lipomas are reported and 200 cases from the literature are reviewed. Intracranial lipomas are rare lesions of developmental origin, which mainly occur in the region of the corpus callosum, more rarely in the ambient, interpeduncular, cerebellopontine angle and sylvian cisterns. Although they are usually asymptomatic, they can(More)
The effects of a 12- to 24-month treatment with depot long-acting octreotide (OCT-LAR) on hormone profile, tumor mass, and clinical symptoms were reported in 36 patients with active acromegaly [GH, 34.2 +/- 5.6 microg/L; insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), 784.5 +/- 40.4 microg/L]. Fifteen patients were de novo whereas 21 had previously undergone(More)
The authors have examined the relationship between magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and histopathological features in 35 surgically verified intracranial meningiomas. Tumor signals on T1-weighted images were rather similar regardless of the histologic subtype of the tumors. On T2-weighted images, hypointense meningiomas were mainly fibroblastic and(More)
PURPOSE To describe the etiology, characteristics, and clinical evolution of epilepsy in patients with gelastic seizures (GSs). METHODS Nine patients whose seizures were characterized by typical laughing attacks were observed between 1986 and 1997. Patients were selected based on electroencephalogram (EEG) or video-EEG recordings of at least one GS and on(More)
Cabergoline (CAB), a long-lasting dopamine-agonist, specific for the D2 receptor, is effective in normalizing serum PRL levels in most patients with microprolactinoma or idiopathic hyperprolactinemia. Because few data are presently available on the effects of CAB treatment in macroprolactinomas, the aim of this open-label study was to investigate whether(More)
A case is reported of successful occlusion of a dural carotid-cavernous fistula (type D) by means of a transvenous anterior approach. Through the left angular vein, the distal superior ophthalmic vein (SOV) and the cavernous sinus were cannulated and three Gianturco coils were delivered close to the fistulous communications. Obliteration of the(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The extensive application of advanced MR imaging techniques to the study of ALS has undoubtedly improved our knowledge of disease pathophysiology, even if the actual spread of the neurodegenerative process throughout the central nervous system is not fully understood. The present study aimed to detect WM patterns of microstructural(More)
The "default-mode" network is an ensemble of cortical regions that are typically deactivated during demanding cognitive tasks in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies. Using functional connectivity analysis, this network can be studied as a "stand-alone" brain system whose functional role is supposed to consist in the dynamic control of(More)
Epilepsy is the most frequent presenting sign in patients with cavernous angiomas and is the major cause of morbility. Persistence of seizures after surgical treatment prompted many authors to examine the possibility of removing the cavernoma and the surrounding tissue. In our series of 53 cavernous angiomas, all the 35 patients with preoperative seizures(More)
To investigate whether previous treatment with bromocriptine (BRC) or quinagolide (CV) impairs a subsequent response to long-term cabergoline (CAB) treatment, we prospectively studied 110 patients with macroprolactinoma. Four groups of patients were considered: 1) naive: 26 untreated patients with a mean serum PRL levels of 1013.4 +/- 277.7 microg/L (+/-(More)