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The effects of cyclic, mechanical compression on human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal progenitor cells undergoing chondrogenic differentiation were examined in this study. Mesenchymal progenitor cells were injected into cylindrical biodegradable scaffolds (hyaluronan-gelatin composites), cultured in a defined, serum-free chondrogenic medium and subjected(More)
PURPOSE Vertebral osteomyelitis (VO) is an infection of the vertebral body and the adjacent disc space. The aim of our study was to identify outcome-related co-factors of patients with VO treated in the last decade. METHODS AND RESULTS We retrospectively identified 105 patients with VO (mean age 66.1 years) who had been treated at our institution from(More)
STUDY DESIGN Eighty-six surgical interventions in 76 consecutive patients with symptomatic spinal metastases were reviewed retrospectively. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the postoperative outcome and quality of life of patients surgically treated for symptomatic spinal metastases. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA The standard surgical treatment for patients with(More)
Experiencing communication problems in our emergency services, we developed an innovative communication network and system the NOAH-system (NOAH, which stands for Notfall -, Organisations - und Arbeitshilfe or Emergency-Organisation Active Aide System). In contrast with the currently established emergency services communication in Germany by radio wave,(More)
INTRODUCTION CT scans are deemed to be the gold standard for the evaluation of calcaneal fractures. However, the reliability of the interpretation has not been studied systematically. PATIENTS AND METHODS In a prospective multicenter study, the CT data set of five different fractures was presented to 57 evaluators. The participating surgeons were asked to(More)
BACKGROUND Prospective evaluation of atlanto-occipital dissociations (AODs) at a level 1 trauma centre within 5 years. METHODS Over a period of 5 years (2005-2009), all CT scans of the skull base and the upper cervical spine due to traumatic injuries were prospectively entered into a database. Furthermore, in cases of confirmed AOD all empirical data were(More)
INTRODUCTION Physical fitness and trunk stability are essential factors for successful soccer competition. MATERIALS AND METHODS We investigated the impact of soccer exposure on the trunk muscle profile of players of different skill levels. Professional and amateur soccer players were examined for trunk flexibility and maximum isometric muscle strength in(More)
After the anaesthetist has induced anaesthesia, it is desirable that the surgeon is present and ready to start surgery, otherwise the team needs to wait for the surgeon. From another perspective, however, the surgeon does not necessarily wish to be present from the start of induction, since that process can take a variable time and the surgeon might be(More)
PURPOSE Prospective investigation of incidence and outcome of occipital condyle fractures (OCF) in a level 1 trauma centre. METHODS Over a period of 5 years, we prospectively recorded all cases of OCF, and performed a 1-year post-injury radiological and clinical follow-up using CT imaging, SF-36 and Neck Disability Index, respectively. RESULTS A total(More)