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The results of “Fast-track” colonic surgery in an unselected population outside of specialised units has been unknown yet. Data from 24 German hospitals performing “Fast-track” rehabilitation as the standard peri-operative care for patients undergoing elective colonic resection were collected in a prospective multi-centre study conducted between April 2005(More)
We studied, under outpatient conditions, nine patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease who were hypertensive on their usual diet, and nine normotensive healthy probands. The subjects were examined in random order on the 7th day after equilibration on a low-sodium diet (20 mmol/day) and again on the 7th day after equilibration on the same(More)
BACKGROUND The optimal management of inoperable desmoid tumors is still unclear. We report a 26 year-old female patient with familial adenomatous polyposis suffering from a recurrent inoperable intraabdominal desmoid tumor and its sequential treatment. METHODS Treatment strategies included low-dose tamoxifen (30 mg orally per day), high-dose tamoxifen (90(More)
We describe a 28-year-old female who presented with metastatic spread of a suspected occult tumor. The diagnosis of alveolar echinococcosis was established by needle biopsy of the liver and ELISA. The patient's clinical symptoms initially decreased after treatment with mebendazole, but the lesions progressed during the following 6 months. Albendazole was(More)
The benefit of DDD(R) pacing is proven even in patients with intermittent atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation developing during dual chamber pacemaker implantation creates a difficult problem. Maneuvers to reestablish a stable atrial rhythm often are required if atrial fibrillation sets in. This study was performed to determine if atrial lead placement(More)
Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) release is a marker of increased myocardial wall tension, which is elevated in patients with disturbed left ventricular function. As it is increasingly being used as a reliable marker for diagnosis, optimization of pharmacological treatment, and risk stratification, BNP measurement might be also relevant for patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the prevalence and characteristics of cerebrovascular accidents (CVA) in a large population of adults with congenital heart disease (CHD). METHODS AND RESULTS In a retrospective analysis of aggregated European and Canadian databases a total population of 23 153 patients with CHD was followed up to the age of 16-91 years (mean 36.4(More)
From 1985 to 1989 265 patients with a carcinoma of the sigmoid or sigmoid diverticulitis have been operated in our clinic. 23 of the treated patients synchronously had a carcinoma and a diverticulitis. The carcinoma in these cases was found to be significantly more frequent in a stage T1 or T2. We also found a significantly higher rate of perforations in(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The natural course of sigmoid colon diverticulitis during conservative therapy and the assessment of the perioperative morbidity after sigmoid colon resection are differently evaluated by surgeons and gastroenterologists. The "fast-track" rehabilitation accelerates the reconvalescence and reduces the rate of postoperative general(More)