Folkhard Schmidt

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Interferon alpha (IFNalpha) is used for the treatment of several disorders, such as chronic hepatitis or malignant melanoma. During the therapy, IFNalpha may cause severe neuropsychiatric syndromes including depression with suicidal ideation, paranoid psychoses, or confusional states. The reasons and management of these side effects are widely unknown. Our(More)
Median survival time of nonresectable hilar bile duct cancer is only 4 to 6 months owing to tumor spread in the biliary tree, refractory cholestasis, and sepsis or liver failure. We explored whether local photodynamic therapy of nonresectable bile duct cancer could improve survival. A sample size of 23 patients is required to detect an increase in 6-month(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Length of survival of patients with low-grade glioma correlates with the extent of tumor resection. These tumors, however, are difficult to distinguish intraoperatively from normal brain tissue, often leading to incomplete resection. Our goal was to evaluate the effectiveness of intraoperative MR guidance in achieving gross-total(More)
Malignant tumors with high glucose metabolic rates accumulate [18F]-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG), a positron emitting tracer. The aim of this study was to evaluate FDG positron emission tomography (PET) for detection and staging of human cholangiocarcinoma (CC). Patients with adenocarcinoma of the biliary tree (n = 26), with benign lesions of the bile ducts (n(More)
Psychiatric disorders or drug addiction are often regarded as contraindications against the use of interferon alfa (IFN-alpha) in patients with chronic hepatitis C. Our aim was to obtain prospective data on adherence to as well as efficacy and mental side effects of treatment with IFN-alpha in different psychiatric risk groups compared with controls. In a(More)
BACKGROUND Pegylated liposomal doxorubicin has an enhanced efficacy and reduced toxicity compared with free doxorubicin. The efficacy and toxicity of pegylated liposomal doxorubicin was investigated in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with histologically confirmed, locally advanced or metastatic hepatocellular(More)
In 1991 mummies from Leipzig collections were investigated by means of conventional X-ray techniques and by computer tomography. The dental state of one of these mummies prompted a re-examination of the question of whether a dental profession actually existed in Ancient Egypt or not. To answer this question, different types of source material are discussed.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows excellent tissue characterization in the area of the petroclival region and can depict lesions not visualized with ultrasound or computed tomography (CT). The aim of this study was to demonstrate the clinical feasibility and utility of an interactive MR-guidance system to target and biopsy tumors in the petroclival(More)
Interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) treatment is frequently complicated by symptoms of depression. The mechanism by which peripherally administered IFN-alpha enters and modulates the central nervous system remains unclear. The cell adhesion molecule ICAM-1 is involved in the regulation of blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability. ICAM-1 expression was shown to(More)