Hans Peter Simmen

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OBJECTIVE Little is known about the effects of reduced sensory input and motor output in the human brain. Therefore, we conducted a longitudinal study to investigate whether limb immobilization after unilateral arm injury is reflected in structural plastic changes in gray matter (cortical thickness) and white matter (fractional anisotropy [FA]). METHODS(More)
Advances in diagnostic imaging and the introduction of damage control strategy in trauma have influenced our approach to treating liver trauma patients. The objective of the present study was to investigate the impact of change in liver trauma management on outcome. A total of 468 consecutive patients with liver trauma treated between 1986 and 2010 at a(More)
Little is known about how many bacteria are present at an infectious focus at the onset of antibiotic therapy. The number of cfu was determined in pus and infected peritoneal fluids obtained from 41 patients. Pathogens were detected in 71% of specimens. There were high concentrations of bacteria in culture-positive samples, in both soft-tissue and(More)
The diagnostic significance of pH, pO2 (partial pressure of oxygen), and pCO2 (partial pressure of carbon dioxide) was studied in pus, peritoneal fluid, and drainage fluid obtained during or after abdominal surgery. Measurements of these fluids in 59 patients with clinically and bacteriologically documented abdominal or anorectal infection (median pH: 6.75,(More)
The pharmacokinetics of cefotaxime, moxalactam, and ceftazidime were investigated in six human volunteers who received in a crossover fashion doses of 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 g of each drug by a 5-min infusion. Doses of 1.0 g were repeated after the administration of probenecid. Serum and urine concentrations were assayed with an agar diffusion method. Serum(More)
During an 8-month-period, 241 patients suffering from abdominal pain unrelated to trauma (mean age 48 years) attended the emergency room of the Department of Surgery of the University Hospital, Zürich. Forty-three percent presented during working hours, while 57% were admitted during the night or at the weekend. Clinical examination, abdominal(More)
The effect of dosing regimen on nephrotoxicity, high frequency ototoxicity, efficacy and serum kinetics was studied in a prospective, randomised clinical study. Therapy was started with total daily doses of 6 mg/kg given once (od) or thrice (tid) daily to 56 and 57 patients, respectively. Subsequent doses were adjusted according to serum levels. No major(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the efficacy of laparoscopic appendectomy compared with open appendectomy in patients with acute appendicitis and to compare the morbidity between the two groups. DESIGN Prospective sampling of 102 patients who underwent diagnostic laparoscopy and laparoscopic appendectomy for acute appendicitis and retrospective hospital chart(More)
Fractures can occur during violent muscular violence such as occur in the course of epileptic seizures, though this is rare (0.3%). The proximal part of the humerus is most frequently affected. The typical lesion is bilateral posterior dislocation or fracture-dislocation. We present a rare case of bilateral anterior fracture-dislocation of the shoulder(More)
Ligation of the internal iliac artery mostly remains without consequences because of the well established collateral network. In patients with compromised collateral circulation however, acute interruption of both hypogastric arteries during aorto-iliac surgery or transluminal embolisation can lead to necrosis of the gluteal muscles and other adjacent(More)