Elisabeth Dittrich

Learn More
Infections are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in hemodialysis patients. Still, due to altered pharmacokinetics and potential toxic sideeffects, safe and efficient antibiotic therapy in dialysis patients remains a major challenge. We reviewed our experience with intermittent administration of betalactam antibiotics for treatment of severe(More)
BACKGROUND During pregnancy, familial hyperlipidemia or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) can exacerbate having devastating consequences for both mother and fetus. Immunoadsorption is established for removal of pathogenic proteins lipoproteins or autoantibodies, but this procedure has only rarely been used in pregnancy. METHODS We evaluated(More)
Up to now one of the major problems for successful organ transplantation has been the reaction of the immune system of the recipient against the donor organ. This could lead to acute and chronic rejection, and in cases of unsuccessful treatment to the loss of the transplant. In organ graft recipients, immunosuppressive agents are used to prevent or treat(More)
BACKGROUND Residual renal function is an independent predictor of survival in peritoneal dialysis patients. Systemic administration of radio contrast media (CM) may increase the risk of acute renal failure in patients with impaired renal function not on dialysis. There are few data on the influence of CM administration in dialysis patients. METHODS We(More)
OBJECTIVE Iron supplementation plays a major role in erythropoietin-treated end-stage renal disease patients. For peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients, oral iron substitution is more convenient than intravenous therapy. However, disturbed iron absorption and adverse effects may be limiting factors for oral treatment. Nevertheless, we compared the response to a(More)
OBJECTIVE Sufficient iron substitution leads to a decrease in the required recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) dose and/or an increased hematocrit in dialysis patients. Intravenous (i.v.) application of larger doses of iron sucrose may be associated with hyperferritinemia, appearance of catalytically free iron, and impaired phagocyte function.(More)
Rapamycin is a new immunosuppressive agent approved for maintenance therapy after kidney transplantation. It may allow calcineurin-inhibitor-free, non-nephrotoxic immunosuppression. We report, however, on four kidney-transplant recipients who developed post-transplantation glomerulonephritis after conversion from a calcineurin-inhibitor-based(More)
The distribution of GnRH immunopositive cells in the rat was studied from day 13 of fetal life to day 10 of postnatal life with the aid of a GnRH antibody (H-16) generated against the decapeptide p-Glu1-LHRH in the rabbit and following a PAP immunohistochemical staining protocol on 70 um serial Vibratome sections. The first appearance of GnRH cells was(More)
The peritoneal equilibration test (PET) is an important tool for evaluating peritoneal membrane characteristics. The polyglucose icodextrin induces ultrafiltration caused by colloid osmosis through the small pores of the peritoneal membrane and therefore is especially effective during long dwell times. The main indications for polyglucose solutions are(More)