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B. K. Kleinschmidt-DeMasters, Ken R. Winston, David Rubinstein, and Mary H. Samuels

✓ Ectopic pituitary adenomas without associated intrasellar adenomas are rare and are usually located in the sphenoid sinus. Most have been reported without modern radiological, endocrinological, or electron microscopic (EM) documentation. The case of a 47-year-old man with a third ventricular, ectopic, clinically non-secretory pituitary adenoma, which was shown to be a gonadotrophic adenoma by immunohistochemical and EM study, is reported. Neurological examination, extensive neurodiagnostic imaging, surgical anatomical observation, and endocrinological evaluation showed no evidence of neoplasia outside the third ventricle.

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Marjorie C. Wang, David Rubinstein, Glenn W. Kindt, and Robert E. Breeze

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A familial predisposition toward cerebral aneurysms has been previously described in patients with two or more affected family members. In the present study the familial incidence of unruptured intracranial aneurysms was studied in 96 patients with at least one first-degree relative (parent, sibling, or child) in whom a cerebral aneurysm was diagnosed.

Methods

All patients were between 20 and 70 years of age and underwent three-dimensional fast–spin echo magnetic resonance imaging. Sixty-one patients (63.5%) were women. The majority of patients (84%) were caucasian and the remainder were Hispanic (13%) or African-American (3%). No patient suffered a medical condition (excluding hypertension and smoking) known to be associated with cerebral aneurysm formation.

In four patients at least one aneurysm was found (two harbored multiple aneurysms). Three of the four patients were women. Two of the patients were siblings. The estimated prevalence in first-degree relatives was 4.2% (95% confidence interval 1.2–10.1). Of note, the mean age in the current study population was 39 years. The authors of recent metaanalyses have suggested that the prevalence of nonfamilial aneurysms is approximately 2%, despite earlier reports in which higher figures were cited.

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The authors conclude that first-degree relatives of patients with aneurysms are at higher risk for harboring an intracranial aneurysm.

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Abraham B. Rubinstein, David Loven, Abraham Geier, Eli Reichenthal, and Natan Gadoth

✓ Intracranial meningiomas from 51 surgical patients consecutively treated during an 18-month period were evaluated for the presence of receptors to progesterone and estrogen. Thirty-eight patients underwent initial resection during this time and 13 underwent reoperation for recurrent disease. With positivity defined as receptor levels greater than 10 fmol/mg of cytosol protein, 84% of all the meningiomas were positive for progesterone receptors, whereas only 33% were positive for estrogen receptors. Among the recurrent meningiomas, 92% showed evidence of progesterone receptors and 54% of estrogen receptors; these figures were not significantly different from the corresponding incidence of 82% and 26%, respectively, among the initially excised tumors. However, the mean concentration of progesterone receptors in the recurrent tumor group was significantly higher when compared to the concentration in the initially excised group (p < 0.02).

Twenty meningiomas (39%) were considered to be radiation-induced, since they were removed from patients who had received scalp irradiation during childhood. The incidence and concentration of receptors in the radiation-induced tumors were generally comparable to those in the spontaneous meningiomas.

This study confirms previous reports of a high incidence of hormone receptors, mainly for progesterone, in meningiomas. In addition, it shows that in recurrent meningiomas these receptors persist and even increase. The results therefore support hormone treatment for nonresectable meningiomas, especially at recurrence.