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PURPOSE The aim of this study was to prospectively compare diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI) and [(11)C]choline positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) with computed tomography (CT) for preoperative lymph node (LN) staging in prostate cancer (PCa) patients. METHODS Between June 2010 and May 2012, CT, DWI and(More)
PURPOSE To assess lesion detection and artifact size reduction of a multiacquisition variable-resonance image combination, slice encoding for metal artifact correction (MAVRIC-SEMAC) hybrid sequence (MAVRIC-SL) compared to standard sequences at 1.5T and 3T in porcine knee specimens with metal hardware. MATERIALS AND METHODS Artificial cartilage and bone(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence and localization of lymph node metastases in patients with pT1 carcinoma of the esophagus, esophagogastric junction, and stomach. BACKGROUND Retrospective analysis and topographic description. METHODS We included 793 consecutive patients with pT1 carcinomas who underwent primary surgery for squamous cell carcinoma(More)
BACKGROUND C-terminal agrin fragment (CAF, size 22 kDa) is a promising new biomarker for kidney function. This study evaluated the usefulness of CAF as a serum biomarker for residual renal function (RRF) in patients undergoing automated peritoneal dialysis (APD). PATIENTS AND METHODS Serum, urine and dialysate samples were obtained in 12 end-stage renal(More)
BACKGROUND C-terminal agrin fragment (CAF), cleavage product of agrin, was previously correlated with kidney function in renal transplant patients. This article studies the predictive value of CAF for long-term outcomes in renal transplant recipients. METHODS In this observational cohort study, serum CAF, creatinine and blood-urea-nitrogen (BUN)(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM The intake of polyethylene glycol (PEG) prior colonoscopy is frequently associated with nausea and abdominal discomfort. The aim of this study was to investigate whether sodium picosulfate and magnesium citrate (PMC) is superior to a polyethylene glycol (PEG) preparation in regard to patient acceptance. Furthermore, it investigates(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of the present study was to investigate the influence of the pronator quadratus (PQ) muscle repair following volar plate fixation of distal radius fractures with special regards to the forearm pronation strength. During the early recovery period of 3 months, an improvement of pronation strength and functional scorings was hypothesized(More)
The demethylating agent azacitidine (AZA) is currently the standard of care for patients with higher-risk myelodys-plastic syndromes (MDS) not eligible for allogeneic stem cell transplant (HSCT). Although approximately 50% of patients show a response to AZA it is not currently possible to accurately predict which patients will respond. In addition ,(More)
AIMS Ebstein's anomaly (EA) is often associated with right ventricular (RV) dysfunction. Data on echocardiographic quantification of RV function are, however, rare. The aim of this study was to determine how non-volumetric echocardiographic indices and qualitative assessment of global systolic RV function correlate with cardiovascular magnetic resonance(More)
BACKGROUND While it is a known fact that warming increases blood flow in healthy tissue, little is known about the impact of active thermoregulation on the altered microcirculation of free flaps. The objective of the study was to identify the impact of postoperative active thermoregulation on free flap microcirculation. METHODS Tissue temperature was(More)