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The presence of an intracranial aneurysm together with a pituitary adenoma presents tremendous risk of subarachnoid hemorrhage, during transsphenoidal surgery, particularly when the aneurysm lies near the operative field. A left supraclinoid internal carotid artery aneurysm and a clinically nonfunctioning pituitary adenoma coexisted in a 57-year-old woman.(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)
Atypical pituitary adenomas (APAs) are aggressive tumors, harboring a Ki-67 (MIB-1) staining index of 3% or more, and positive immunohistochemical staining for p53 protein, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) classification in 2004. Pituitary carcinomas (PC) usually develop from progressive APAs and predominantly consist of hormone-generating(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)
OBJECTIVE The pulsed laser-induced liquid jet (LILJ) system is an emerging surgical instrument intended to assist both maximal removal of the lesion and functional maintenance through preservation of fine vessels and minimal damage to the surrounding tissue. The system ejects the minimum required amount of pulsed water through a handy bayonet-shaped(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)