Ernest J. T. Luiten

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OBJECTIVE A randomized, controlled, multicenter trial was undertaken in 102 patients with objective evidence of severe acute pancreatitis to evaluate whether selective decontamination reduces mortality. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Secondary pancreatic infection is the major cause of death in patients with acute necrotizing pancreatitis. Controlled clinical(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the nature and severity of the arm complaints among breast cancer patients after axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) and to study the effects of this treatment-related morbidity on daily life and well-being. 400 women, who underwent ALND as part of breast cancer surgery, filled out a treatment-specific quality of(More)
Canine herpesvirus (CHV1) is found in dogs all over the world and may spread by oronasal or sexual contact. We developed an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for the detection of antibodies against CHV1 in dogs. The antigen used for this ELISA was prepared by purifying CHV1 virions from the medium of infected A72 cells. To investigate the prevalence(More)
BACKGROUND Axillary reverse mapping (ARM) is a technique that discerns axillary lymphatic drainage of the arm from the breast. This study was performed to evaluate both the feasibility of this technique and the proportion of metastatic involvement of ARM-nodes. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with invasive breast cancer and an indication for axillary lymph(More)
OBJECTIVE It is thought that patients fare better when they participate in treatment decision-making, and when they have more control over the amount and type of information they receive. To facilitate informed decision-making, interactive decision aids have been introduced in health care. This article describes how much, and which information patients(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the effects of the Interactive Breast Cancer CDROM as a decision aid for breast cancer patients with a choice between breast conserving therapy (BCT) and mastectomy (MT). PATIENTS AND METHODS Consecutive patients with stage I and II breast cancer were enrolled. A quasi-experimental, longitudinal, and pretest/posttest design was(More)
Two hundred and forty-one hip fracture patients over 70 years of age still living at home at the moment of the accident were followed prospectively until three months postoperatively. The patients were admitted to the department over a five year period (1978-1983). One hundred and forty-four patients returned home. In order to predict whether an elderly hip(More)
Results of a previous randomized multicenter trial involving 102 patients with severe acute pancreatitis treated with or without adjuvant selective decontamination (SD) were analyzed additionally with regard to the bacteriologic status of (peri)pancreatic necrosis. The incidence of gram-negative pancreatic infection was significantly reduced in patients(More)
A study was undertaken to describe the treatment preferences and choices of patients with breast cancer, and to identify predictors of undergoing breast-conserving therapy (BCT) or mastectomy (MT). Consecutive patients with stage I/II breast cancer were eligible. Information about predictor variables, including socio-demographics, quality of life, patients’(More)