Tissue samples from 17 intracranial tumors were analysed for the cytosolic estrogen and progestin receptor concentration. Three of the four meningiomas were progestin receptor-positive, but all were estrogen receptor-negative. All the four meningioma patients were postmenopausal women. The intracranial metastasis of a mammary carcinoma contained both estrogen and progestin receptors. Low progestin receptor concentration was found in an astrocytoma of a postmenopausal women. In addition, the presence of estrogen and progestin receptors was studied in four prolactinomas, two glioblastomas, two oligodendrogliomas, two mixed-cell carcinomas and one astrocytoma. All these tumors were estrogen and progestin receptor-negative.