Harald Dalichau

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BACKGROUND The incidence of a bronchopleural fistula (BPF) as a major complication after non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) surgery has decreased in recent years, due to new surgical refinements and a better understanding of the bronchial healing process. We reviewed our most recent experience with BPFs and tried to determine methods which may(More)
The traumatic pulmonary hernia is a rare and uncommon observation. We report a case of a 52-year-old patient who had a car accident. Beside multiple polytraumatic injuries we were able to diagnose an incarcerated pulmonary hernia. Hernia size, incarceration and the respiratory insufficiency of the patient necessitating immediate surgical intervention. We(More)
BACKGROUND Congenital coronary artery fistulas, a subgroup of anomalies of the coronary arteries, are an extremely rare cardiac defect. Most patients are asymptomatic, and if symptoms are presented, they depend on the underlying anatomy. Knowledge of those fistulas is important for prognosis and management. METHODS Thirteen adult patients with congenital(More)
Clinical experience with permanent transvenous pacing during a 6 year period at Hannover Medical School is presented. A total of 1,376 pacemaker operations were performed in 799 patients, with a mortality rate of 1.1 per cent. The most common complications were premature battery failure, dislocation of endocardial electrodes, infections of the generator(More)
We report a case of chylous ascites as a rare complication following elective aortic aneurysm repair in a 66-year-old male. After early development of this condition on the second postoperative day, relaparotomy was performed with ligation of fistulae as well as omentoplasty. After recurrence of chylous ascites, conservative treatment consisting of(More)
Aneurysms of the gluteal arteries are rare and mostly are caused by pelvic fractures or penetrating injuries. As such these aneurysms are pseudoaneurysms. As an absolute rarity we report the case of a 43-year-old man with a histologically verified 5 cm-diameter, true saccular aneurysm of the left superior gluteal artery. The patient was admitted with(More)
The Toronto SPV bioprosthesis for aortic valve replacement has been prospectively evaluated in 100 patients, since March 1993. Intraoperative transoesophageal and postoperative transthoracic echocardiography were used to assess valve function. Follow-up was complete in 74 patients at 6 months and in 38 patients at 1 year. The average valve size implanted(More)
BACKGROUND Review of the most recent chest re-explorations for lung surgery complications may show methods by which risks can effectively be reduced. METHODS The data on rethoracotomies following lung surgery over the past 14 years in our department were retrospectively reviewed. The indication, the type of operation, the outcome, and various factors(More)
Embolectomy by means of the Fogarty catheter is the therapy of choice in the event of acute occlusions of limb arteries. However, less invasive catheter procedures have become established means to perform embolectomies lately. In order to improve the results after using the above mentioned methods, we have developed a new embolectomy procedure. The system(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the clinical patterns, short- and long-term survival in elderly patients after surgery for non-small cell lung carcinoma. The 273 patients aged over 70 years who underwent curative resection from 1986 to 2001 were retrospectively assessed. Mean age was 73.2+/-3.1 years, (11% were>80 years). The mean follow-up was(More)