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OBJECTIVE This evaluated the long-term outcome after endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) from below D1 to D4, using a single-site access technique for primary hyperhidrosis of the upper limbs. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Primary hyperhidrosis of the upper limbs is a distressing and often socially disabling condition. Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy is(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate of the results of thoracoscopic sympathicotomy for upper limb hyperhidrosis with a median observation period of more than 15 years. DESIGN Retrospective clinical observation study. SETTING University-affiliated tertiary referral centre. SUBJECTS 630 consecutive operations in 352 patients (median age 30.1 yrs) for primary palmar(More)
BACKGROUND Thoracoscopic sympathicotomy has proved successful in the treatment of palmar hyperhidrosis. However, up to 8% of patients experience Horner's syndrome, and about 50% show compensatory sweating. This study evaluates the role of video assistance in thoracoscopic sympathicotomy for primary hyperhidrosis of the upper limb. METHODS Six hundred(More)
113 patients suffering from purulent peritonitis entered this retrospective study for evaluation of the prognostic value of the Mannheim Peritonitis-Index. There was no lethality below an index x = 21, between x = 21 and x = 29, it was 29% and lethality increased to 100% in patients with an index x greater than or equal to 30. Statistical validation showed(More)
BACKGROUND Thoracoscopic sympathicotomy (TS) evolved as treatment of choice in severe hyperhidrosis. The aim of this study was to assess the role of video-assistance in TS (VATS) versus conventional TS (CTS) for primary hyperhidrosis of the upper limb with regard to safety, side-effects and long-term outcome. METHODS 734 TS were performed from below T1 to(More)
Studies performed on healthy volunteers have revealed that catecholamines down-regulate the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced production of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)alpha, interleukin (IL)-6, and IL-1beta. We extended this observation and show that this effect is based on changes in the mRNA concentration of these cytokines. Catecholamines are increased in(More)
In a 46-year-old man endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and computed tomography scan showed a stenosis of the common bile duct by a hypodense mass highly suggestive of a Klatskin tumor. Histologic examination of the resected tumor revealed only non-specific inflammatory, fibrotic tissue without any evidence of malignancy. Three months later, the(More)
Monoclonal antibodies against estrogen receptor (ER) were used for determination of ER status immunocytochemically in histologic specimens from 192 primary breast carcinomas. All tumors were also assayed biochemically for ER with the dextran-coated charcoal method (DCC). The comparison of biochemically and immunocytochemically determined ER status showed(More)
Post-transplant lymphoceles (LC) may lead to impaired graft function. Treatment modalities include fine-needle aspiration, percutaneous drainage, and surgical internal drainage. Recently, laparoscopic fenestration has been performed with good results, but experience is still limited. Between January 1991 and August 1996, 919 kidney transplantations were(More)
AIM To evaluate the clinical efficacy of percutaneously placed biliary Wallstents in the management of malignant hilar obstruction with regard to the obstruction type. PATIENTS AND METHODS Sixty-six Wallstents were inserted in 41 patients with inoperable hilar obstruction: 13 patients had a type I obstruction according to Bismuth-classification, 18 a type(More)