Mark Dominik Alscher

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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 Increased local levels of fibrogenic growth hormones contribute substantially to the process of encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis (EPS) in animal models. METHODS We analyzed probes from patients with normal kidney function (n = 10), with normal kidney function and inflammation (n = 10), on PD without (n = 10) and with EPS (n = 9). We(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)
Encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis (EPS) is a rare but life-threatening complication of peritoneal sclerosis (PD). In 2000, the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis outlined diagnostic guidelines and a clinical definition of EPS. Over the intervening years, new evidence was published and several centers became more experienced managing patients(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)
BACKGROUND Encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis (EPS) is a rare but devastating complication of peritoneal dialysis composed of chronic abdominal pain, chronic ileus, and severe malnutrition. Operative therapy for EPS is a complex procedure, including perionectomy and enterolysis (PEEL). In contrast to simple adhesiolysis, PEEL comprises a restitution of(More)
Calciphylaxis, nowadays called calcific uremic arteriolopathy (CUA), is a rare but life-threatening syndrome characterized by systemic medial calcification and arterial occlusion of the arterioles, leading to skin necrosis. Actually, the pathogenesis of CUA is complex and poorly understood. The vast majority of published cases presented with ulcers. We(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)
BACKGROUND Puumala virus (PUUV) is the most common species of hantavirus in Central Europe. Nephropathia epidemica (NE), caused by PUUV, is characterized by acute kidney injury (AKI) and thrombocytopenia. The major goals of this study were to provide a clear clinical phenotyping of AKI in patients with NE and to develop an easy prediction rule to identify(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)