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BACKGROUND Worldwide the incidence of necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is on the rise. This rapidly progressive infection is a true infectious disease emergency due to its high morbidity and mortality. The mainstay of therapy is prompt surgical debridement, intravenous antibiotics, and supportive care with fluid and electrolyte management. Because of its high(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Neuroimaging techniques such as diffusion- and perfusion-weighted MR imaging have been proposed as tools for advanced diagnosis in hyperacute ischemic stroke. There is, however, substantial doubt regarding the feasibility and practicality of applying MR imaging for the diagnosis of stroke on a routine basis, especially with respect to(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Intravenous recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA) administration is an effective therapy for ischemic stroke when initiated within 3 hours and possibly up to 6 hours after symptom onset. To improve patient selection, a fast diagnostic tool that allows reliable diagnosis of hemorrhage and ischemia, vessel status, and tissue(More)
The application of dermal substitutes in deep partial and full-thickness burn wounds in a two-stage procedure prior to skin grafting has become increasingly popular. Synchronous application of dermal substitutes and skin graft has not yet been established as a standard procedure. In a consecutive study 20 wounds in 10 patients with severe burns (age(More)
Tissue changes in ischaemic stroke are detectable by diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) within minutes of the onset of symptoms. However, in daily routine CT is still the preferred imaging modality for patients with acute stroke. Our purpose of this study was to determine how early and reliably ischaemic brain infarcts can be identified by CT and DWI. Three(More)
Acetic acid has been commonly used in medicine for more than 6000 years for the disinfection of wounds and especially as an antiseptic agent in the treatment and prophylaxis of the plague. The main goal of this study was to prove the suitability of acetic acid, in low concentration of 3%, as a local antiseptic agent, especially for use in salvage procedures(More)
We studied the diagnostic and prognostic value of diffusion- and perfusion-weighted magnetic resonancce imaging (DWI and PWI) for the initial evaluation and follow-up monitoring of patients with stroke that had ensued less than 6 hours previously. Further, we examined the role of vessel patency or occlusion and subsequent recanalization or persistent(More)
BACKGROUND Adipogenous tissue derived stem cells (ASC) are available in abundance in the human body and can differentiate in the presence of lineage-specific induction factors, for example, in myogenic, adipogenic, chondrogenic and osteogenic cells. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of osteogenic induced ASC's (O-ASC) on revascularization and(More)
BACKGROUND Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is still a source of high morbidity and mortality. These difficult cases are increasingly referred to burn centers due to special wound and critical care issues. Here we examine our institution's recent experience with a large series of NF. METHOD We performed a retrospective chart review of 32 consecutive patients(More)
BACKGROUND The treatment of burn wounds is still a challenge regarding the management of antiseptic wound conditioning. Especially, in the United States, silver-containing dressings, such as Acticoat and Aquacel are frequently used. Because silver-containing dressings have well-known drawbacks such as an antimicrobial lack against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, we(More)