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Most attacks of acute pancreatitis are mild and self-limiting. In 10-20% of the cases, however, severe disease with multiple systemic complications develops. During the last few years it has been recognized that activated leukocytes have an important role in the multisystem involvement during acute pancreatitis. Activated leukocytes are thus a pathogenetic(More)
Experimental studies have shown that interleukin-6 induces all major acute-phase proteins in the liver, including C-reactive protein. In 50 patients with acute pancreatitis, the serum concentrations of interleukin-6 and C-reactive protein were determined daily during the first week of hospitalization. Patients were divided into three groups according to(More)
Complexes of granulocyte elastase and α1-antitrypsin are markers for granulocyte activation. In 75 patients with acute pancreatitis these complexes were immunologically determined daily in plasma during the first week of hospitalization. Patients were classified into three groups: mild pancreatitis (I, ≤1 complication, N=34), severe pancreatitis (II, ≥2(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS By contrast with animal models, in most cases it is not possible to examine the systemic response in patients in the first hours after onset of acute pancreatitis. The aim was to determine whether endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography (ERP)-induced pancreatitis can be used as a human model for the study of cytokine release and(More)
The aims of initial diagnostic procedures leading to early treatment in an appropriate setting in acute pancreatitis are: initial diagnosis and differential diagnosis, assessment of etiology and assessment of prognosis. Etiology can be assessed with certainty only by endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography. This method allows us to differentiate(More)
HISTORY AND CLINICAL FINDINGS About 10 weeks before admission to hospital a 73-year-old woman developed a fever of up to 40 degrees C for three days. She then had subfebrile temperature for several weeks with some rises to 39 degrees C. She was known to have type II a diabetes mellitus and pulmonary silicosis, having worked in a porcelain and ceramic(More)
INTRODUCTION The desmoid fibromatosis is a very rare connective tissue disease which is recognized as semimalignant. The aim of this work is to review the relevant literature and to analyze the management of our patient collective. MATERIAL AND METHOD Surgery was performed on 7 patients with extraabdominal desmoid fibromatosis between August 1998 and May(More)
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