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PURPOSE Approximately 2-13% of the world population suffers from onychomycosis. Recently, lasers have been introduced for treatment. However, no effect was found with in vitro laser irradiation of pathogens on agar plates. This study aimed to investigate the efficacy of laser irradiation against fungi using an alternative in vitro approach. MATERIALS AND(More)
Despite growing clinical evidence of ablative fractional photothermolysis (AFP), little is known about the spatiotemporal molecular changes within the targeted compartments. Six subjects received three different single AFP treatments using a scanned 250 mum CO(2)-laser beam. Spatiotemporal changes of skin regeneration were estimated by immunohistochemical(More)
BACKGROUND Endovenous treatment modalities are used increasingly to treat varicose veins. The ClariVein® catheter is a new endoluminal mechanico-chemical obliteration technique which can be used without tumescent anesthesia. It is still unclear what changes the mechanical tip of the catheter has on the walls of the vein. PATIENTS AND METHODS Five great(More)
The therapy of varicose veins is multimodal and depends on the individual clinical findings. In addition to compression therapy, invasive approaches for elimination of reflux for the treatment of varicose veins are available, such as surgical and interventional methods and sclerotherapy. The administration of a sclerosing agent into a varicose vein results(More)
PURPOSE Ablative fractional photothermolysis is a new concept for treatment of aged skin. Despite the low frequency of side effects there are now several reports about scarring, especially in non-facial regions like the neck. Our study aimed to investigate the in vivo wound healing process and remodelling in an area prone to scarring using a fractional(More)
Atopic eczema/dermatitis syndrome (AEDS) commonly often arises during early infancy. In several intervention studies a beneficial influence on AEDS course of certain intestinal bacteria, administered as 'probiotics', has been described. To evaluate the possible role of the natural intestinal microflora in children with allergic eczema/dermatitis syndrome(More)
INTRODUCTION High serum levels of estradiol are associated with clinical evidence of varicose veins in women; however, the relationship between serum sex steroid hormones and varicose veins in men is unclear. To address this issue, serum levels of testosterone, estradiol, and androstenedione were determined in the great saphenous (GSV) and cubital veins of(More)
Stage III/IV melanoma remains incurable in most cases due to chemotherapeutic resistance. Thus, predicting and monitoring chemotherapeutic responses in this setting offer great interest. To overcome limitations of existing assays in evaluating the chemosensitivity of dissociated tumor cells, we developed a label-free monitoring system to directly analyze(More)
BACKGROUND As the number of elderly patients diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) increases, the number of patients receiving dermatologic surgery also increases. Multimorbidity in this patient group is common. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study is to assess the aesthetic and functional outcomes and complications of forehead flap (FHF) in elderly(More)