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OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS Hearing loss can be associated with a decrease in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure because changes in CSF pressure induce changes in perilymph pressure. Hearing loss after neurosurgical procedures have been reported, but clinical information on hearing loss after the placement of ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunts, the most commonly(More)
Because of the rarity of intracranial hemangiopericytomas (HPCs), the role of postoperative radiation therapy (PORT) in the management of HPC remains unclear. This study therefore analyzed the effects of PORT on patterns of failure and survival improvement in patients with HPC. Fifty-two patients surgically treated for intracranial HPC at our institution(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the efficacy and safety of fractionated stereotactic radiosurgery for large brain metastases (BMs). METHODS Between June 2011 and December 2013, a total of 38 large BMs >3.0 cm in 37 patients were treated with fractionated Cyberknife radiosurgery. These patients comprised 16 men (43.2%) and 21 women, with a median age of 60 years(More)
Chordomas and chondrosarcomas occur rarely in the skull base and have been often considered commonly with respect to the management. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical results in each series of these tumors and analyze comparative outcome. Between 1991 and 2005, 30 consecutive patients with pathological diagnosis of chordoma (n=19) or(More)
Inorganic pyrophosphatase (PPase) catalyzes the hydrolysis of pyrophosphate to form orthophosphate. Pyrophosphate can substitute for ATP under certain circumstances. We previously conducted a proteomic analysis to investigate tumor-specific protein expression in gastric cancer, and PPase was identified as a potential gastric tumor-specific marker; it was(More)
BACKGROUND Despite advances in skull base surgery, achieving effective surgical management of jugular foramen schwannomas (JFSs) that avoids postoperative cranial nerve (CN) deficits remains a challenge. Subtotal resection followed by radiosurgery (rather than radical resection) is increasingly being viewed as a better treatment strategy. Here, an(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to identify the anatomical location and course of the facial nerve (FN) and their relationship to the tumor size in surgically treated vestibular schwannomas. METHODS A retrospective study was conducted on 163 patients who had been treated by the microsurgical resection for a newly diagnosed vestibular schwannoma(More)
Although cabergoline is effective in the treatment of micro- and macro-prolactinoma, little is known about its efficacy in the treatment of invasive giant prolactinoma. We investigated the efficacy and safety of cabergoline in 10 male patients with invasive giant prolactinoma. Before treatment, mean serum prolactin level was 11,426 ng/mL (range,(More)
BACKGROUND Successful treatment of acromegaly is known to normalize serum insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) levels within days after surgery. However, our clinical observations indicate that many cases of acromegaly show delayed normalization of serum IGF-1 levels after complete tumor resection. OBJECTIVE To study long-term changes of the serum IGF-1(More)
Endolymphatic sac tumor is rare, locally aggressive hypervascular tumor of papillary structure, arising from the endolymphatic duct or sac in the posterior petrous bone. We present four cases with this tumor. Two patients were male and the other two were female. Age of each patient was 15, 52, 58, and 67 years. Three patients presented with progressive(More)