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BACKGROUND/AIMS The commonly used kidney function tests have limitations, especially in thyroid dysfunction. Therefore, we studied the most commonly used kidney function tests in patients with hypo- and hyperthyroidism and after reaching euthyroidism. METHODS Prospective case series in 16 patients with thyroid dysfunction. Serum creatinine, 24-hour(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic peritoneal dialysis (PD) can be complicated by encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis (EPS), the most severe complication associated with long-term PD. METHODS In this study, we retrospectively analysed 49 EPS patients regarding clinical presentation, histopathological findings, treatment and long-term clinical outcome at our referral(More)
INTRODUCTION Secondary hyperparathyroidism develops in nearly all patients with end-stage renal disease. Parathyroidectomy is often performed when medical therapy fails. The most common postoperative complication, hungry bone syndrome (HBS), requires early recognition and treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 84 patients who underwent(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Emergency departments (EDs) have a growing role in hospital admissions, but few studies address AKI biomarkers in the ED. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS Patients admitted to the internal medicine service were enrolled during initial workup in the ED at Robert-Bosch-Hospital, Stuttgart, Germany. Daily serum(More)
OBJECTIVE Giant cell arteritis (GCA) and polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) generally respond well to treatment with glucocorticoids (GC). We sought to determine the value of clinical, histopathologic, immunohistochemical, and genetic findings and the expression of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) for discriminating between patients who achieve complete(More)
OBJECTIVES Peritonitis is one of the most important causes of treatment failure in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients. This study describes changes in characteristics of causative organisms in PD-related peritonitis and antimicrobial susceptibility. METHODS In this single center study we analyzed retrospective 487 susceptibility profiles of the peritoneal(More)
BACKGROUND The two most relevant pathologies of long-term peritoneal dialysis (PD) are simple sclerosis and encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis (EPS). The histological differentiation of those two entities is difficult. The Aim of the study was to establish a method to standardize and facilitate the differentiation between simple sclerosis and EPS METHODS:(More)
BACKGROUND The medical history is acknowledged as the sine qua non for quality medical care because recognizing problems is pre-requisite for managing them. Medical histories typically are incomplete and inaccurate, however. We show here that computers are a solution to this issue of information gathering about patients. Computers can be programmed to(More)
BACKGROUND Validated guidelines to manage low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol are utilized inconsistently or not at all even though their application lowers the incidence of coronary events. New approaches are needed, therefore, to implement these guidelines in everyday practice. METHODS AND RESULTS We compared an automated method for applying The(More)
OBJECTIVE Encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis (EPS) is a rare but life-threatening complication of peritoneal dialysis (PD). The optimal management of patients with EPS is uncertain. In the present study, we investigated differences in the expression of nuclear receptors [progesterone (PR), androgen (AR), vitamin D (VDR), and glucocorticoid (GCR)] in the(More)