Freek J. Zijlstra

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BACKGROUND Alternatives to surgery are needed for the treatment of vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia. We investigated the effectiveness of imiquimod 5% cream, a topical immune-response modulator, for the treatment of this condition. METHODS Fifty-two patients with grade 2 or 3 vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia were randomly assigned to receive either(More)
 Patients with essential thrombocythemia (ET), who frequently have bleeding complications, may manifest an excessive prolongation of the bleeding time (BT) after ingestion of aspirin (ASA). The reason for this excessive prolongation of the BT is unknown, but it is attributed to qualitative platelet defects. Since patients with ET may also have acquired(More)
1. The antimigraine drug, sumatriptan, contracts the human coronary artery and, in some patients, elicits chest symptoms (e.g. pressure and pain), particularly after subcutaneous administration. We studied the effects of the thromboxane A2 (TxA2) analogue, U46619 and endothelin-1 on contractile responses to sumatriptan in the human isolated coronary artery(More)
BACKGROUND The Complex Regional Pain Syndrome type 1 (CRPS1) is a complication of surgery or trauma but spontaneous development is also described. Although the pathogenesis remains debatable, afferent, efferent and central nervous system mechanisms are proposed. Recently we showed involvement of the proinflammatory cytokines IL-6 and TNFalpha which is(More)
This review focuses on some clinical aspects of the complex regional pain syndrome, such as oedema, local temperature changes and chronic pain, as a result of supposed neurogenic inflammation. Involvement of the immune system could imply the subsequent release of neuropeptides, pro-inflammatory cytokines and eicosanoids, which in turn leads to a complex(More)
Mucosal tissue damage in chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is partly caused by an enduring exposure to excessive amounts of reactive oxygen metabolites (ROM). To protect themselves from the toxic effects of ROM, most intestinal cell types constitutively express the highly specific, key ROM-neutralizing cytosolic enzyme Cu/Zn-superoxide dismutase(More)
We designed this study to evaluate the usefulness of thermographic temperature measurement with an infrared camera, compared with patient response to cold and pinprick, as a means of assessing the success or failure of axillary blockades. Axillary blocks were performed on 25 patients undergoing surgery on the hand or forearm using a nerve stimulator(More)
BACKGROUND This double-blind, randomized, controlled trial investigated the effect of the phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor tadalafil on the microcirculation in patients with cold Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in one lower extremity. METHODS Twenty-four patients received 20 mg tadalafil or placebo daily for 12 weeks. The patients also participated in(More)
BACKGROUND An increasing number of noninvasive, supraglottic airway devices are currently available. In this randomized single-blind study, we compared the Cobra Perilaryngeal Airway (CobraPLA) to the [Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA)-Classic] during gynecological laparoscopy. METHODS Forty patients received either an LMA-Classic or a CobraPLA. Insertion,(More)
A liquid chromatographic method for the determination of 14C-labelled prostaglandins, leukotrienes and other lipoxygenase products formed by human lung tissue is described. In this paper we report our problems identifying these substances when 3H- or 14C-labelled compounds are compared with measurements of the mass by absorption or radioimmunoassay.(More)