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OBJECTIVES To illustrate the correlations and effects of age, gender and cause of accident on the type of vertebral fracture and fracture distribution, as well as on the likelihood to sustain an associated injury or neurological deficit. DESIGN Retrospective analysis of 562 patients with a traumatic fracture of the spine. Each patient was analysed by(More)
Silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) are widely used in different areas, e.g., in the food, electronic, or clothing industry due to well-known slow-release antiseptic activities. Despite the widespread use of nanosilver, there is a serious lack of information concerning the biological activities of nanosilver on human tissue cells. In this study, the influence of(More)
Spondylodiscitis is a rare bacterial infection of the spine with an inflammatory, destructive course. To obtain further information on the therapeutic management and clinical course of spondylodiscitis, we retrospectively investigated 78 patients after surgical intervention. Mean age was 64 years (+/-4.6 years; range 21-80 years), the mean length of stay 49(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe the surgical handling, potential complications, and remodeling of an injectable, osteoconductive calcium phosphate cement (Norian SRS) for joint depression-type calcaneal fractures in humans, and to illustrate the clinical efficacy of this cement with special reference to early postoperative full weight bearing. DESIGN Prospective(More)
We analysed the pattern of injury of 101 adult patients who were treated in our Trauma Center after a fall from an average height of 7.2 m between 1987 and 1990. In 62 patients the fall was accidental, and 39 jumped with suicidal intent. The most common injuries were fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine (83.0 per cent) especially of the thoracolumbar(More)
INTRODUCTION The standard method of treating acute primary dislocation of the glenohumeral joint is immobilization of the arm in adduction and internal rotation with a sling. The recurrence rate for anterior instability after nonoperative treatment in young active patients is extremely high (up to 90%) and well reported. A new method of immobilization with(More)
OBJECTIVE Presentation of a new triangular osteosynthesis technique that permits early weight-bearing in vertically unstable sacral fractures. DESIGN Retrospective evaluation of a consecutive series. SETTING Level I trauma center. PATIENTS Thirty-four patients, twenty-eight of whom were polytraumatized, all with vertically unstable sacral fractures.(More)
Nickel-titanium shape-memory alloys (NiTi-SMA) were coated with calcium phosphate by dipping in oversaturated calcium phosphate solution. The layer thickness (typically 5-20 micrometer) can be varied by choice of the immersion time. The porous nature of the layer of microcrystals makes it mechanically stable enough to withstand both the shape-memory(More)
Tracheostomy is a common surgical procedure performed in long-term ventilated patients in intensive care. Since the role of percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy (PDT) on Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has become steadily more important in the last few years, a prospective study was started to evaluate the economic efficiency and to show the minimization of the(More)
Retrograde intramedullary locking nailing as well as the LIS system are propagated as minimally invasive treatment options for distal femoral fractures following total knee arthroplasty. In a retrospective study, we reviewed the clinical results after operative treatment of 18 periprosthetic supracondylar femoral fractures. The fracture was stabilized with(More)