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Totally implantable central venous catheters are widely used in the management of patients with haematological or malignant disease. This paper investigates device-related complications and compares it with the literature. A total of 143 Port-a-Caths (PaCs) were implanted in 140 patients at a single centre during 2004 and followed until March 2005.(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Angiography permits an evaluation of the morphology of the coronary artery, stratification of risk and optimal therapeutic management in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). The sophisticated apparatus, cost and invasiveness of the procedure necessitate well-considered application of this method. In spite of an exact(More)
An obstruction of the afferent loop after Billroth-II-resection is an extremely rare late complication of this procedure. We report on a 76-year-old female patient with a history of Billroth-II-resection 11 years ago who was admitted due to acute pancreatitis and obstructive jaundice. Abdominal sonography lead to the suspicion of a dilated afferent loop,(More)
Leptospirosis is a ubiquitous and potentially fatal zoonosis with protean manifestations. Human infection commonly occurs through contact with contaminated water or soil. In developed countries, leisure or household activities are increasingly associated with the disease. Within few months, we encountered five unrelated and autochthonous cases of severe(More)
A sonographic method for diagnosis, follow-up and quantification of normal and hypertrophied masseter muscles is presented. This technique lends itself to diagnosis of macroscopic structural alterations of the muscle as well as tumors in the vicinity. Functional or microscopic tissue changes like trigger points in myofacial pain-dysfunction syndrome cannot(More)
BACKGROUND Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) plays an important role in maintaining enteral nutrition in patients with swallowing disorders of different etiologies. The aim of our study was to record indications and complications of PEG-placement in a one-year period. METHODS All patients were investigated prospectively regarding indications,(More)
The syndrome "unstable angina" (UA) covers a broad spectrum of patients. In this study we tried to determine the relationship between the severity of UA and angiographic findings. We evaluated 1000 consecutive patients undergoing coronary angiography. Those with the clinical diagnosis "UA" were included in the study. In a retrospective analysis of their(More)
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