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OBJECT To date, both arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) and cavernomas have been considered to be congenital malformations. A recent survey of the literature has shown the potential for de novo generation of both familial and sporadic cavernomas as well as AVMs. Therefore, it was of interest to determine the biological behavior of these lesions in detail.(More)
We investigated the angiogenetic and proliferative activity of the endothelium of 30 consecutive surgical cases of AVM treated at our institution by immunohistochemical detection of the PCNA, MIB-1, Flk-1 and VEGF antibodies. Endothelial positive immunostaining was observed in 87% of the cases for PCNA, in 20% for MIB-1, and in 80% for Flk-1. Of 22(More)
Shape-memory polymers produced from many natural or synthetic raw polymers are able to undergo a shape transformation after exposure to a specific external stimulus. This feature enables their use in minimal-invasive surgery with a small, compact starting material switching over to a more voluminous structure in the body. The use of biomaterials in modern(More)
In Western industrialised countries the prevalence of neoplastic colonic lesions and diverticular disease markedly increases with age. In contrast, the coincident occurrence of both diseases seems to fall below their individual epidemiologic estimates. Because directly comparing data are rare, this retrospective study evaluates the coincidence of neoplastic(More)
BACKGROUND During endotoxemia, the systemic inflammatory response often leads to severe pulmonary damages. Destruction of endothelial cells, interstitial edema, and interstitial alveolitis depress pulmonary circulation and raise extravascular lung water and intrapulmonary shunt. As protective effects of zinc are described in vitro as well as in vivo, this(More)
BACKGROUND The formation of adhesions following abdominal surgery is a well known problem. In previous studies we demonstrated the efficacy and safety of intraperitoneally applied phospholipids in order to prevent adhesion formation. This study evaluates the influence of blood on the efficacy of intraperitoneally applied phospholipids for prevention of(More)
Porcine models are well established for studying intestinal anastomotic healing. In this study, we aimed to clarify the anatomic differences between human and porcine small intestines. Additionally, we investigated the influences of longitudinal and circular sutures on human small intestine perfusion. Intestines were obtained from human cadavers (n = 8;(More)
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