Andreas H. A. Kurth

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BACKGROUND Oral anticoagulants, such as dabigatran etexilate, an oral, direct thrombin inhibitor, that do not require monitoring or dose adjustment offer potential for prophylaxis against venous thromboembolism (VTE) after total knee replacement surgery. METHODS In this randomized, double-blind study, 2076 patients undergoing total knee replacement(More)
BACKGROUND After hip replacement surgery, prophylaxis following discharge from hospital is recommended to reduce the risk of venous thromboembolism. Our aim was to assess the oral, direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran etexilate for such prophylaxis. METHODS In this double-blind study, we randomised 3494 patients undergoing total hip replacement to(More)
This trial compared the efficacy and safety of oral dabigatran, a direct thrombin inhibitor, versus subcutaneous enoxaparin for extended thromboprophylaxis in patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty. A total of 2,055 patients were randomised to 28-35 days treatment with oral dabigatran, 220 mg once-daily, starting with a half-dose 1-4 hours after(More)
Bone marrow contains a population of rare progenitor cells capable of differentiating into bone, cartilage, tendon, and other connective tissues. These cells, referred to as mesenchymal stem cells, can be purified and culture-expanded from animals and humans and have been shown to regenerate functional tissue when delivered to the site of musculoskeletal(More)
Treatment of an underlying disease is often initiated after the occurrence of an osteoporotic fracture. Our aim was to investigate whether teriparatide (PTH 1-34) and strontium ranelate affect fracture healing in ovariectomized (OVX) rats when provided for the first time after the occurrence of an osteoporotic fracture. We combined the model of an OVX rat(More)
BACKGROUND Three randomized, double-blind trials compared dabigatran, an oral direct thrombin inhibitor, with enoxaparin for the primary prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients undergoing elective total hip and knee arthroplasty. OBJECTIVES AND METHODS We conducted a pre-specified pooled analysis of these trials. 8,210 patients were(More)
Arthropathy of the hip is moderate in frequency in haemophiliac patients, but is less common than ankle, knee or elbow arthropathy. We report about our experience with total hip replacement in patients with severe bleeding disorders over a period of 30 years. Between July 1972 and 2002, 15 hips in 13 patients were replaced. The main bleeding disorders were(More)
Lumbar disc herniation is rare in patients under the age of 20 years. In the department of orthopaedic surgery of the University Hospital of Frankfurt, 33 patients below the age of 20 with lumbar disc herniation were treated over a period of 10 years. Eighteen were managed conservatively and 15 surgically. The purpose of this study is to report on the(More)
Percutaneous vertebroplasty has become an efficient technique for the treatment of painful vertebral fractures. Osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures are characterized by severe back pain and immobilization causing other complications like thrombosis or pneumonia. Vertebral cement augmentation provides increased strength of the vertebral body and an(More)