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In this paper the authors present the first evidence that meningiomas respond to treatment with hydroxyurea. Hydroxyurea was administered as an adjunct chemotherapeutic treatment in patients with recurrent and unresectable meningiomas. Hydroxyurea was used because experimental data demonstrated that it inhibits growth of cultured human meningioma cells and(More)
A procedure is described for the dilution and storage of antisera in glass staining jars into which whole slides are immersed for incubation during light microscopic neuropeptide immunocytochemistry. Diluted antisera, stored at 4 degrees C and continuously reused, were found to be stable for long periods of time (to date over 3 years), and consistently(More)
Circulating autoantibodies to human fetal pituitary cells were detected in 13 out of 51 patients who underwent transsphenoidal microsurgery for Cushing's disease. The absence of Fc receptors on human fetal pituitary corticotropin-producing cells allowed the detection of antibodies to these cells. In all the 13 patients, the antibodies were present before(More)
Meningiomas, which invade intracranial bone structures and the adjacent connective tissue, are frequently unresectable because of their aggressive and recalcitrant growth behavior. They have a high recurrence rate, and in approximately 10% of these tumors there is an increased risk of malignancy. Significant morbidity and mortality rates associated with(More)
Though meningiomas are benign intracranial tumors, a minor group invades the skull base and the connective tissue of the sinus cavernous inducing neurological deficits. These patients can not be cured by surgical treatment. Therefore, the development of an adjuvant medical therapy has been the goal during the last decade. We report here on different medical(More)
A total of 52 patients (38 women, 14 men) with a primary "empty" sella syndrome underwent dynamic endocrine testing consisting of insulin-induced hypoglycaemia and a combined anterior pituitary stimulation test utilizing GnRH and TRH. The diagnosis of an "empty" sella turcica was made on the basis of thin collimation CT reconstructions and in addition(More)
OBJECT It has been demonstrated that growth of cerebral meningiomas found in humans is controlled by a variety of factors, including growth factors, aminergic agents, neuropeptides, and steroids. To further our knowledge of this process, the authors investigated the presence and function of the cytokines leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF), interleukin-6(More)
Metallic plates are known for their passive intraosseous transmission in the growing skull. To avoid plate removal, resorbable material with strength comparable to that of metallic plates and predictable resorption would be desirable. This should be accomplished without causing inflammatory complications and foreign body reactions often seen with highly(More)