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Comfrey (Symphytum officinale L.) is a medicinal plant with anti-inflammatory, analgesic and tissue regenerating properties. In a double-blind, multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled, group comparison study on patients suffering from unilateral acute ankle sprains (n = 142, mean age 31.8 years, 78.9% male), the percutaneous efficacy of an ointment of(More)
BACKGROUND The present study investigated polysomnographically assessed sleep parameters in alcohol-dependent patients after withdrawal and in healthy control subjects during baseline and after a cholinergic stimulation paradigm. The aim of the study was to test whether sleep parameters, especially rapid eye movement (REM) sleep variables, may serve as(More)
BACKGROUND Absence of cardiac symptoms is not a valid indicator of low cardiac risk in the sedentary patient who is being considered for vascular surgery. Invasive methods of cardiac assessment in such patients are associated with risk and are expensive. This study was carried out to evaluate the utility of pre-operative cardiac risk stratification with(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate a novel time-resolved contrast-enhanced (CE) projection reconstruction (PR) magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) method for identifying potential bypass graft target vessels in patients with Class II-IV peripheral vascular disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty patients (M:F = 15:5, mean age = 58 years, range = 48-83 years), were(More)
Hernia repair is one of the most frequent operative procedures performed throughout the world. The technique has continued to evolve and we now are performing these repairs utilizing mesh as a patch and also as a plug. The mesh plug concept has been advocated by Rutkow and others. With this change in technique, we have seen a new complication of hernia(More)
In many instances surgical intervention in the chest has been replaced by the minimally invasive thoracoscopic or VATS approach. With such a technique there are disadvantages, complications and contraindications that develop or exist. Disadvantages include the loss of tactile sensation and the cost of the procedural equipment. Absolute contraindications(More)
Vascular steal syndromes result from many causes. Most often, however, they are due to arteriosclerotic occlusive disease and involve the innominate and the subclavian vessels. We have seen a number of patients with the steal syndrome and, in review, a number of unusual iatrogenic-induced steal syndromes. These included subclavian steal from the vertebral(More)
A 35-year-old white woman with a history of migraine headaches and a grade 2 systolic murmur presented with symptoms of slurred speech, left-sided facial droop, and left hemiparesis after a hysterectomy. These symptoms resolved over several days, and in an effort to identify a potential cardiac source of embolism, a transesophageal echocardio-gram was(More)