Florian Eckel

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Owing to the lack of randomised controlled trials no standard of chemotherapy exists in the treatment of advanced biliary tract carcinoma. 5-fluorouracil or gemcitabine is recommended based on small and predominately phase II trials. The aim of this analysis was to analyse existing trials, even small and nonrandomised, and identify superior regimens.(More)
The chemotherapeutic oxaliplatin causes a sensory-motor neuropathy with predominantly hyperpathic symptoms. The mechanism underlying this hyperexcitability was investigated using rat sensory nerve preparations, dorsal root ganglia and hippocampal neurons. Oxaliplatin resulted in an increase of the amplitude and duration of compound action potentials. It(More)
PURPOSE To prospectively compare the protective effect of acetylcysteine, theophylline, and both agents combined in patients who are admitted to the intensive care unit with at least one risk factor for contrast material-induced nephropathy and who receive at least 100 mL of iodinated contrast medium. MATERIALS AND METHODS Institutional ethics review(More)
UNLABELLED We have determined the ability of PET with the thymidine analog 3'-deoxy-3'-(18)F-fluorothymidine (FLT) to detect pancreatic cancer and to differentiate malignant from benign pancreatic lesions. METHODS In this prospective study, (18)F-FLT PET was performed on 31 patients with undefined pancreatic lesions. Routine diagnostic procedures included(More)
While central ports are located at the chest, peripheral ports (PP) are inserted at the patients' forearms. Two new PPs (Healthport miniMax((R)) and Bard Titan Low Profile Port) and two well-established types (Port-A-Cath((R)) P.A.S. Port and PeriPort(TM) peripheral access system) were tested. 125 patients were given the choice between PP and chest ports,(More)
OBJECTIVE Volume depletion and/or increased hematocrit are associated with poor prognosis in necrotizing pancreatitis. Several studies suggest that intrathoracic blood volume index (ITBI) might be superior to central venous pressure (CVP) with regard to preload assessment. Therefore, the aim of our study was to evaluate the predictive value of CVP and(More)
Biliary cancer: ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up F. Eckel, T. Brunner & S. Jelic On behalf of the ESMO Guidelines Working Group* Department of Internal Medicine, Technical University of Munich, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich, Germany; Gray Institute of Radiation Oncology and Biology, University of Oxford, Churchill(More)
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer-related death. Despite the advances of the molecular pathogenesis, pancreatic cancer remains a major unsolved health problem. Overall, the 5-year survival rate is < 5% and only approximately 20% of the 10% of patients with resectable disease survive 5 years. Recently, the European Study Group for(More)
INTRODUCTION Oxaliplatin has been proven antitumoral activity in numerous clinical trials. Peripheral sensory neuropathy with predominantly hyperpathic symptoms induced by cold is the most severe and dose-limiting toxicity resulting from oxaliplatin therapy. We demonstrated that oxaliplatin alters sodium channel kinetics on sensory neurons. This effect(More)