Matthias Buechter

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A 68-year-old male patient was referred to our institution in May 2011 for a suspected tumor in the pancreatic head with consecutive jaundice. Using magnetic resonance imaging, further differentiation between chronic inflammation and a malignant process was not possible with certainty. Apart from cholestasis, laboratory studies showed increased values for(More)
BACKGROUND More recently, autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) in association with IgG4-positive cholangitis (IAC) has been recognised as a new and challenging entity. Currently, initiation of high dose steroids (e.g., prednisolone 0.5 - 1 mg/kg/day) followed by a steroid dose taper in combination with purine antagonists (e.g., azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine)(More)
OBJECTIVES Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a relatively rare cause of hepatic dysfunction, which can lead to acute liver failure (ALV) and cirrhosis if not treated. The performance of transient elastography (TE) compared to liver biopsy has been evaluated in many liver diseases. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the performance of TE and other(More)
INTRODUCTION Upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) is a severe and life-threatening complication among patients with portal hypertension (PH). Covered transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is the treatment of choice for patients with refractory or recurrent UGIB despite pharmacological and endoscopic therapy. In some patients, TIPS(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Portal hypertension (PH) is a common complication of chronic liver disease and results in esophageal and gastric variceal bleeding, which is associated with a high mortality rate. Measurement of the hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) is considered the gold standard for diagnosing PH and estimating the risk of varices and bleeding. In(More)
Bleeding from esophageal varices is a major cause of mortality in patients with advanced liver disease. Although standard treatment and secondary prophylaxis are effective, in some patients sustained hemostasis cannot be achieved. We report the case of a woman with alcoholic liver disease in whom pharmacological, endoscopic, and intravascular therapies(More)
Background Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is considered the gold standard for treatment of gastrointestinal variceal bleeding refractory to endoscopic therapy in patients with portal hypertension. Clinically relevant hemorrhage from rectal varices is less frequent than from other sources, and the therapeutic role of TIPS is still(More)
Introduction. Most investigations on autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) were published on Asian cohorts while those on Caucasians are limited. However, there might be differences related to the origin. Patients and Methods. We analyzed 36 patients and compared type 1 (AIP1) with type 2 (AIP2). Results. The majority of patients suffered from AIP1 (55.6%). AIP1(More)
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