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The available methods to quantitate vertebral deformity in osteoporotics are not satisfactory in comparing follow-up measurements in patients. This paper describes a newly developed 'spine deformity index' (SDI) which allows the quantitation of the extent of vertebral fractures. It is based on the observation that, in 110 normal persons, the heights of all(More)
In familial dysautonomia (FD), i.e., Riley-Day syndrome, parasympathetic dysfunction has not been sufficiently evaluated. The cold face test is a noninvasive method of activating trigeminal brain stem cardiovagal and sympathetic pathways and can be performed in patients with limited cooperation. We performed cold face tests in 11 FD patients and 15(More)
Radiologic identification of vertebral fractures is most important in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with spinal osteoporosis. Different methods, using vertebral height measurements for fracture identification, have therefore been developed. We compared four methods for fracture identification in spinal x-rays of 62 female patients with primary(More)
There is no agreed definition for the assessment of vertebral fractures and deformities in patients with osteoporosis. Radiographs of 66 patients randomized for therapy with etidronate or placebo were analyzed at baseline and during follow-up (60/120/150 weeks) independently using two procedures. The first method of spinal deformity index (SDIG) and(More)
Background: It has long been suspected that mechanical influences may enhance the release of viable colorectal cancer cells into the circulation. The objective of this study was to determine the extent of hematogenous tumor cell spread in colorectal cancer patients during colonoscopy. Methods: Peripheral venous blood samples were taken before and after(More)
 Organ transplantation is associated with a high turnover of bone metabolism, and an increased loss of bone mass and incidence of osteoporotic fractures. Established therapies for osteoporosis after organ transplantation are still lacking, however. We report on an intravenous bisphosphonate therapy initiated in transplant patients because of a high rate of(More)
Patients with spinal osteoporosis suffer from vertebral deformation, loss of height and back pain, as well as from functional limitations and alterations of mood. So far little is known about the extent of these clinical symptoms at all and whether they are related in a predictable manner to the fractures or damages of bone structure. In the present study(More)