Gabriele Nöldge-Schomburg

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Breath analysis has attracted a considerable amount of scientific and clinical interest during the last decade. In contrast to NO, which is predominantly generated in the bronchial system, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are mainly blood borne and therefore enable monitoring of different processes in the body. Exhaled ethane and pentane concentrations(More)
A well-defined relationship has to exist between substance concentrations in blood and in breath if blood-borne volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are to be used as breath markers of disease or health. In this study, the impact of inspired substances on this relationship was investigated systematically. VOCs were determined in inspired and expired air and in(More)
Fulminant acute myocarditis can be the cause of rapid cardiac decompensation that is resistant to maximal medical therapy. Successful weaning from left ventricular mechanical support is very rare in fulminant myocarditis. We report the case of a young patient with viral myocarditis who was successfully weaned from a Thoratec left ventricular assist device(More)
Perioperative liver injury due to decreased perfusion may be an underlying mechanism behind the development of systemic inflammatory response syndrome. We designed this animal study to assess whether thoracic epidural anesthesia (TEA) impairs liver oxygenation due to induced hypotension. After ethical approval, 19 anesthetized and acutely instrumented pigs(More)
Postoperative hoarseness (PH), sore throat (ST), and vocal cord injuries (VCI) are common complications after general anesthesia. Excellent endotracheal intubating conditions are associated with less laryngeal morbidity than good or poor intubating conditions. Thus, we tested the hypothesis that a rapid-sequence induction (RSI) with succinylcholine would(More)
Pulmonary aspiration of gastric contents in the perioperative phase is associated with increased postoperative morbidity and mortality. For the management of aspiration, differentiation between acid-associated aspiration pneumonitis and aspiration pneumonia as a consequence of a secondary bacterial contamination is of crucial importance. The incidence of(More)
INTRODUCTION Acute lung injury (ALI) is an inflammatory disorder of pulmonary or extrapulmonary origin. We have previously demonstrated that netrin-1 dampens murine ALI, and in an attempt to advance this finding into future clinical practice we evaluated whether netrin-1 would reduce alveolar inflammation during porcine ALI. METHODS This was a controlled(More)
Breath tests are attractive since they are noninvasive and can be repeated frequently in the dynamically changing state of critically ill patients. Volatile organic compounds can be produced anywhere in the body and are transported via the bloodstream and exhaled through the lung. They can reflect physiologic or pathologic biochemical processes such as(More)
BACKGROUND To evaluate the short-term outcome of patients predominantly at high risk treated with the MitraClip® device for severe mitral valve regurgitation (MR) using one or more clips. METHODS We prospectively analyzed patients with highly symptomatic MR classified as inoperable (logistic EuroSCORE 24.16 ± 13.64%; STS-score 29.9 ± 14.5%) but subject to(More)
CONTEXT Residual paralysis is associated with post-operative pulmonary complications, including critical respiratory events. OBJECTIVE We determined the incidence of critical respiratory events, such as hypoxaemia, in patients with minimal residual neuromuscular blockade and compared these data with those from patients with full recovery of blockade. (More)