Christoph Melzer

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An experimental study was performed on cadaveric joint specimens of the shoulder to determine the accuracy of US and MRI in diagnosis of abnormalities of the rotator cuff. The value of different morphological criteria was evaluated for discrimination of degeneration as well as partial and complete disruption. A total of 38 surgically exposed specimens of(More)
BACKGROUND High-cutoff hemofilters are characterized by an increased effective pore size designed to facilitate the elimination of inflammatory mediators in sepsis. This study compares diffusive versus convective high-cutoff renal replacement therapy (RRT) in terms of cytokine clearance rates and effects on plasma protein levels. METHODS Twenty-four(More)
OBJECTIVE High cutoff hemofilters are characterized by an increased effective pore size designed to facilitate the elimination of inflammatory mediators in sepsis. Clinical data on this new renal replacement modality are lacking. DESIGN Prospective, randomized clinical trial. SETTING University hospital, intensive care units. PATIENTS : Thirty(More)
BACKGROUND Regional anticoagulation with trisodium citrate is an effective form of anticoagulation for continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) in patients at a high risk of bleeding. In a prospective, observational study we compared an established regional citrate anticoagulation protocol [Mehta R et al: Kidney Int 1990;38:976-981] versus a standard(More)
BACKGROUND The Genius dialysis system is a close loop dialysis batch system increasingly used as an intermittent hemodialysis device in intensive care units. The aim of this study was to test the safety and feasibility of a regional citrate anticoagulation protocol with respect to acid-base and electrolyte disarrangements in critically ill patients with(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES We investigated the effect of 1 week of nocturnal overdrive pacing (NOP) on the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) in patients with a chronically implanted pacemaker and diagnosed during a screening phase with sleep apnea. DESIGN Randomized, single-blind, crossover study. SETTING University medical centers in Zürich, Switzerland, and Berlin,(More)
AIMS The prevalence of pacing-induced cardiomyopathy (PiCMP) has been reported to be 9% 1 year after implantation. As long-term data are sparse, the aim of our study was to evaluate the prevalence of PiCMP in a cohort of patients with at least 15 years of right ventricular (RV) pacing. METHODS AND RESULTS Inclusion criteria were RV stimulation for at(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is generally associated with a low to moderate increase of the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). In some patients, however, LVEF improves remarkably and reaches near-normal values. The aim of the present study was to further characterize these so called 'super-responders' with a special focus on(More)
Chronotropic incompetence (CI), which has not been systematically examined in the ICD patient population, may have implications for device programming. A total of 123 ICD patients were classified into three groups: single-chamber ICD with sinus rhythm, dual-chamber ICD with sinus rhythm, and single-chamber ICD with permanent atrial fibrillation. Heart rate(More)
AIM Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an important risk factor for perioperative morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Despite high clinical relevance, current guidelines lack clear recommendations on the optimal approach for patients with insufficiently treated COPD and urgent need for cardiac surgery. The aim of the(More)