Ekkehard Schleußner

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Aberrant activity of the signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (Stat3) is believed to be essential for neoplastic cell behaviour and thus for the malignancy of tumor cells [Bowman T, Garcia R, Turkson J, Jove R. STATs in oncogenesis. Oncogene 2000;19:2474-88]. Extravillous trophoblast cells resemble malignancies in their invasive and(More)
Maternal nutrition in pregnancy has a crucial impact on the development of the fetus. Dietary trans fatty acids (t FA) are known to have adverse health effects, especially during pregnancy. However, the distribution of t FA produced via partial hydrogenation of vegetable oils (mainly elaidic acid; t 9) differs compared to ruminant-derived t FA (mainly(More)
Thrombocytopenia during pregnancy is a common diagnostic and management problem. Several differential diagnosis must be considered including manifestations of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). We report here on a case of a 21-year-old pregnant woman who presented initially severe thrombocytopenia (8 Gpt/l) in the 20(th)+1 week of gestation. The(More)
Die postpartale Blutung (PPH) zählt zu den Hauptursachen der Müttersterblichkeit auch in der westlichen Welt. Die PPH stellt eine Notfallsituation dar, die eine rasche Entscheidung und v. a. eine exakte Diagnose und Ursachenanalyse notwendig macht, um die korrekten therapeutischen Maßnahmen in interdisziplinärer Zusammenarbeit rechtzeitig einzuleiten. Neben(More)
OBJECTIVE The potentially life threatening long QT syndrome should be diagnosed during pregnancy to improve perinatal care. METHODS A patient with a family history for a hereditary long QT syndrome presented at 30 weeks of her first pregnancy with fetal bradycardia and a narrow oscillation bandwidth on cardiotocography without structural abnormalities of(More)
OBJECTIVE A database with reference values of the durations of the various waveforms in a magnetocardiogram of fetuses in uncomplicated pregnancies is assessed. This database will be of help to discriminate between pathologic and healthy fetuses. A fetal magnetocardiogram is a recording of the magnetic field in a location near the maternal abdomen and(More)
OBJECTIVE Besides foetal or maternal disorders, placental dysfunction is a major cause of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). Although numerous macro- and histopathological changes have been described, little is known about the precise aetiology and the contribution of foetal/placental genes in this disorder. DESIGN Placental tissues of 20 IUGR and(More)
Fetal brain development involves the development of the neuro-vegetative (autonomic) control that is mediated by the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Disturbances of the fetal brain development have implications for diseases in later postnatal life. In that context, the fetal functional brain age can be altered. Universal principles of developmental biology(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy of inducing labour using a double-balloon catheter and oral misoprostol sequentially, in comparison with oral misoprostol alone. DESIGN A multicentre randomised controlled trial. SETTING Five hospitals in Germany. POPULATION A total of 326 pregnant women with an unfavourable cervix undergoing labour induction at(More)
Pregnancy due to its physiological changes is a procoagulant state. The rate of cardiac valve prosthesis thrombosis, deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are all increased. Thrombolytic therapy with tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) is an approved therapy for ischemic stroke, myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism and thrombosis of cardiac(More)