Martin Karl Walz

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PURPOSE Combined chemoradiotherapy with and without surgery are widely accepted alternatives for the curative treatment of patients with locally advanced esophageal cancer. The value of adding surgery to chemotherapy and radiotherapy is unknown. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the esophagus were(More)
PURPOSE Preoperative chemotherapy is an accepted standard in the treatment of localized esophagogastric adenocarcinoma. Adding radiation therapy to preoperative chemotherapy appears promising, but its definitive value remains unknown. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with locally advanced (uT3-4NXM0) adenocarcinoma of the lower esophagus or gastric cardia(More)
Posterior retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy is a new minimally invasive method. It represents an alternative to conventional open procedures and laparoscopic techniques. Between July 1994 and November 1995 a total of 30 retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomies were performed on 27 patients. In 24 patients, unilateral tumors were seen (size 1-7 cm): seven(More)
BACKGROUND The posterior retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy is less popular than the laparoscopic transabdominal method. Due to the direct approach to the adrenal glands, however, the posterior retroperitoneal access is easy to use and may offer advantages not available with other endoscopic procedures for adrenalectomy. METHODS Between July 1994 and(More)
Stimulated by the concept of Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES), minimizing the access even further has become a new trend in minimally invasive surgery. We compare our recently described new method of endoscopic single-access adrenalectomy with the conventional retroperitoneoscopic approach in a matched-pairs study. Fifty single-access(More)
p > 0.05) from that seen with complete extirpation (46 patients operated during the same period). All patients with Conn adenomas and pheochromocytomas were biochemically and clinically cured (follow-up 11 months; range 1–31 months). The four patients with Cushing adenoma currently require decreasing cortisol substitution. In the two MEN-II patients adrenal(More)
CONTEXT Paraganglioma syndrome includes inherited head and neck paragangliomas (HNPs) and adrenal or extra-adrenal pheochromocytomas and are classified according to the susceptibility genes SDHB, SDHC, and SDHD. In contrast with those with germline mutations of the SDHB and SDHD genes, clinical and genetic data on patients with mutations of SDHC are scarce.(More)
Minimally invasive video-assisted thyroidectomy (MIVAT) was described in 1998. In this study we collected the experience of four third-level referral centers that adopted this technique. A total of 336 patients (279 females, 57 males) were selected for MIVAT. Selection criteria were thyroid volume <15 ml, nodules not exceeding 3.5 cm of diameter, and an(More)
Today, endoscopic adrenalectomy has become a gold standard in endocrine surgery. To minimize the morbidity and improve cosmesis, a single access retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy (SARA) has been developed. Patients were placed in prone position. Through a single 1.5 cm skin incision at the tip of the 12th rib the creation of the retroperitoneal space and(More)
Objective: To analyse the accuracy of cannula placement and the extent of tracheal lesions of the anterior tracheal wall after percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy (PDT). Design: A clinico-pathological study of tracheal specimens following PDT. Setting: University hospital. Materials: Forty-two tracheal specimens of intensive care patients (24 male, 18(More)