Katharina Holzer

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PURPOSE Real-time tissue elastography, a qualitative elastography method, has shown promising results in the diagnostic work up of thyroid nodules. However, to our knowledge no study has evaluated a quantitative elastography method in the thyroid gland. The present study is a feasibility study evaluating Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse-Imaging, a novel(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess anxiety and depression symptoms, suicidal ideation, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in a large series of consecutive patients with primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT) before and after parathyroidectomy. DESIGN This prospective multicenter study investigated preoperative and postoperative depression, anxiety, suicidal(More)
BACKGROUND Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI)-Imaging is an ultrasound-based elastography method enabling quantitative measurement of tissue stiffness. The aim of the present study was to evaluate sensitivity and specificity of ARFI-imaging for differentiation of thyroid nodules and to compare it to the well evaluated qualitative real-time elastography(More)
The less frequent complications of colonoscopy include pneumothorax, pneumoperitoneum, emphysema of the retroperitoneum or of the subcutis, septicemia and injuries of visceral organs (mainly the spleen). Since the mid 1970 s more than 30 splenic injuries during colonoscopy have been described. Any cause of increased splenocolic adhesions (inflammatory bowel(More)
The presence of fetal cells in a maternal compartment is defined as fetal-maternal microchimerism, which has been detected in thyroids of mothers suffering from autoimmunity. We analyzed the immunohistology of paraffin-embedded thyroid specimen taken at surgery from 49 women with Hashimoto's thyroiditis (n = 25), Graves' disease (n = 15), or nodular or(More)
From our own experience with 104 patients with liver trauma treated by laparotomy we confirmed the present trends in treating blunt liver trauma, i.e. conservative therapy of minor lesions under closed observation with imaging procedures (US and CT-scan); minor local measures in superficial liver injuries when laparotomy is performed for other reasons;(More)
BACKGROUND Vitamin D receptor (VDR) expression has been shown to be upregulated in several tumors and is supposed to represent an important endogenous response to tumor progression. To investigate the role of the VDR gene and its influence on 25(OH)D(3) and 1,25(OH)(2)D(3) plasma levels in thyroid carcinoma, we analyzed four VDR polymorphisms in patients(More)
Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) is a critical regulator of cell proliferation and influences the development of tumors. The role of PDGF in benign thyroid diseases is presently not well-determined. The purpose is to evaluate PDGF isoforms and receptors in primary culture of thyrocytes isolated from human thyroid tissue. Forty patients with uninodular(More)
BACKGROUND Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) near thyroid transcription factor genes (FOXE1 rs965513/NKX2-1 rs944289) have been shown to be associated with differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) in Caucasoid populations. We investigated the role of those SNPs in German patients with DTC and also extended our analysis to tumor stages and lymphocytic(More)
BACKGROUND Common polymorphisms of the vitamin D receptor gene have been reported to affect the risk of breast, colon, prostate, and differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC), but polymorphisms within the genes of vitamin D metabolizing enzymes have not been studied in DTC. The aim of the present study was to investigate the genes for vitamin D enzymes in(More)