Anne Glitsch

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BACKGROUND Natural-orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) is regarded as safer and less invasive than laparoscopic surgery. However, there has been no documentation of the opinions of surgically active, experienced gynecologists about the indications, contraindications, risks, and complications of transvaginal access. METHODS A two-page(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of the study was to prospectively assess the impact of neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy on the formation of major anastomotic rectal leaks and treatment by endoscopic transanal vacuum-assisted rectal drainage (ETVARD). MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty six patients with malignancies with rectal anastomotic leaks were prospectively treated,(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS A major leak from a rectal anastomosis is an important surgical complication. Endoscopic transanal vacuum-assisted rectal drainage (ETVARD) is a new method for treating nonseptic major anastomotic leaks after extraperitoneal rectal anastomoses. PATIENTS AND METHODS Between January 2002 and March 2007 a total of 17 patients (mean(More)
PURPOSE Evaluation of the feasibility, cost-effectiveness, time of surgery, morbidities, and other/additional findings during laparoscopy for suspected appendicitis. METHODS Prospective evaluation of 148 laparoscopies for suspected acute appendicitis. RESULTS Laparoscopic appendectomy was safe and cost-effective. No appendiceal stump leaks or wound(More)
BACKGROUND Acute pancreatitis is the most common complication of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). In spite of continuing research, no pharmacologic agent capable of effectively reducing the incidence of ERCP-induced pancreatitis has found its way into clinical practise. A number of experimental studies(More)
The aim of our study was to discuss the option of endovascular treatment compared to surgery for patients with endoscopically unmanageable nonvariceal hemorrhage of the upper gastrointestinal tract. From 2000 to 2006, 23 patients (male, 15 male; female, 8; mean age, 69 years) who failed endoscopic therapy for upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage were(More)
Intra-abdominal schwannoma is a rare tumor entity. Although often detected incidentally, its diagnosis and surgical planning are difficult-as with all intramural intra-abdominal tumors. Puncturing is often not satisfying due to the inhomogeneous proliferation rates of different regions of the tumor. We describe the procedure using the example of a gastric(More)
Development of an innovative method of endoscopic laser-supported diaphanoscopy, for precise demonstration of the location of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) at laparoscopy is described. The equipment consists of a light transmission cable with an anchoring system for the gastric mucosa, a connecting system for the light source, and the laser light(More)
BACKGROUND Persistent urachal sinuses or fistulas are rare but may potentially cause various symptoms and lead to repeated operations. Both laparoscopic and open surgery have been used for the resection of the urachus. METHODS This report describes the first case of an external urachal fistula with recurrent infections and discharge of the umbilicus(More)
Endoscopic drainage is a widely used treatment for pancreatic pseudocysts. Drainage-related complications may be related directly to the procedure or may occur later as stents migrate or erode into adjacent structures. Migration of a self-expanding metal stent into peritoneal cavity and incorporation in the omental bursa is rare. When endoscopic retrieval(More)