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OBJECTIVES Small diameter PTFE grafts are prone to thrombosis and intimal hyperplasia development. Heparin graft coating has beneficial effects but also potential drawbacks. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the experimental efficacy of PEG-hirudin/iloprost coated small caliber PTFE grafts. METHODS Thirty-six femoro-popliteal ePTFE grafts(More)
BACKGROUND At present, surgical treatment with R(0) resection offers the only chance of cure for patients suffering from pancreatic cancer. Carcinomas of the pancreas are frequently diagnosed at an inoperable stage because of local tumor progression by vessel wall infiltration. In a small series of patients, efforts have been made to increase curative(More)
A 17-year-old male patient presented with diffuse abdominal pain, acute drop in hemoglobin and free subhepatic fluid. The patient was transferred to our unit for investigation of presumed spontaneous hepatic bleeding. Questioning revealed daily medication of 2 g acetylsalicylic acid because of influenzal infection. At exploratory laparoscopy 1.8 l hematoma(More)
BACKGROUND The long-term prognosis of arteriovenous (AV) polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) hemodialysis grafts is dissatisfying. Responsible for the poor outcome is a stenosis of the venous anastomosis. This originates from both pseudointimal (PI) and neointimal hyperplasia (IH) development. Although cuffed grafts have a better short-term prognosis than(More)
Liver resection combined with the resection and reconstruction of the vena cava represents the only potential curative therapy for malignant hepatic tumors with invasion of the vena cava. We performed a liver resection with segmental replacement of the retrohepatic vena cava by synthetic grafts in 29 patients. In three cases, the additional presence of(More)
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