Ralph Oberacker

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1. In acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) induced by endotoxins, a high production of inflammatory mediators by microvascular lung endothelial cells (LMVEC) can be observed. Activation of cells by endotoxins may result in elevated secretion of phospholipase A(2) (sPLA(2)) which is thought to contribute to tissue damage. The present study was(More)
Serum concentrations of catecholamines are high in patients with sepsis or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Because chemokines mediate the recruitment of neutrophils into inflammatory sites, we addressed the question of whether dopamine (DA) is able to influence chemokine production in endothelial cells under basal and proinflammatory conditions.(More)
Data on prevalence rates of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in different patient populations are scarce. Most studies on this topic focus on older patients or patients with malignancies, immobilization or thrombophilia. Less is known about the VTE risk profile of non-surgical patients presenting with a variety of medical diseases of differing severity. Aim of(More)
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