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BACKGROUND Laparoscopic adjustable silicone gastric banding (LASGB) has replaced vertical banded gastroplasty (VBG) as the most widespread restrictive bariatric operation in Europe. Although these two procedures are similar in principle, the experience concerning the preoperative examinations and follow-up cannot be arbitrarily transferred from VBG to… (More)
Musculoskeletal disorders can be examined by conventional radiography, nuclear bone scan, computerized tomography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging. The potentials and limitations of each method determine the individual application, depending whether the etiology, the extension or the follow-up of a bony lesion is evaluated.
A 42-year-old man with multiple cutaneous neurofibromacules, café-au-lait and gangrene of toes was diagnosed having neurofibromatosis in 1976. An aortography performed because of severe hypertension had shown a coarctation and bilateral renal artery stenosis in 1982. Conservative antihypertensive therapy with an ACE-inhibitor, a vasodilatating agent and a… (More)