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Bacterial nanocellulose (BNC), synthesized by the bacterium Gluconacetobacter xylinus, is composed of highly hydrated fibrils (99 % water) with high mechanical strength. These exceptional material properties make BNC a novel biomaterial for many potential medical and tissue engineering applications. Recently, BNC with cellulose content of 15 % has been(More)
OBJECTIVE In a human cadaver study, a single-port operator-controlled flexible endoscope (Flex® System), facilitated with a high-definition camera and two accessory channels was tested for skull base surgery. DESIGN Skull base surgery was performed on human cadavers (n=4) using the Flex® System. A modified surgical midfacial approach, performed by rigid(More)
Damage of cartilage structures in the head and neck region as well as in orthopedic sites are frequently caused by trauma, tumor resection, or congenital defects. Despite a high demand in many clinical fields, until today, no adequate cartilage replacement matrix is available for these fields of application. Materials that are clinically applied for joint(More)
BACKGROUND The prognostic role of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) after induction chemotherapy using docetaxel, cisplatin and fluorouracil (TPF) prior to surgery and adjuvant (chemo)radiation in locally advanced oral squamous cell cancer (OSCC) was evaluated. METHODS In this prospective study, peripheral blood samples from 40 patients of the phase II study(More)
Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) has become an accepted treatment option for head and neck cancer. However, anatomical limitations and a relevant financial burden require alternative developments in this field. To this end, a patient presenting with a T2 squamous cell carcinoma of the lower lateral oropharyngeal wall was effectively treated with a new(More)
BACKGROUND Functional septorhinoplasty (SRP) is a surgical procedure for improvement of symptomatic deformity of the inner and outer nose. Due to inadequate preoperative analysis and consequently insufficient surgical indication, septoplasty (SPL) alone may be performed. A frequent cause for revision septorhinoplasty (rSRP) in our institution was found to(More)
BACKGROUND Autologous transplants consisting of skin and cartilage, so-called composite grafts (CGs), are useful in nasal reconstruction of multilayered defects. A CG from the auricle's cavum conchae serves both functional and esthetic demands. This article outlines the indications and the requirements of the CG, making special considerations to improve(More)
The engineering of living tissues in vivo requires new concepts in cell culture technology. In contrast to conventional cell cultures, the development of tissues depends on a three-dimensional arrangement of cells and the formation or synthesis of an appropriate extracellular matrix. Special emphasis is given to the major role of the extracellular matrix(More)
New cell culture techniques raise the possibility of creating cartilage in vitro with the help of tissue engineering. In this study, we compared two resorbable nonwoven cell scaffolds, a polyglycolic acid/poly-L-lactic acid (PGA/PLLA) (90/10) copolymer (Ethisorb) and pure PLLA (V 7-2), with different degradation characteristics in their aptitude for(More)
The aim of this study was to determine whether the biomechanical and biochemical properties of tissue-engineered human septal cartilage vary with donor age and in vitro culture time. Chondrocytes were isolated from human septal cartilage of patients from 15 to 60 year old and maintained in primary monolayer culture for 14 days. Cells were seeded onto 0.5%(More)