Rita Dittmer

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Introduction and methods: A prospective observational multicenter study with 18 hospitals was performed to assess preoperative risk, therapeutic management and outcome of patients with peritonitis. Data collection was carried out according to standardized and recommended definitions. Included in the study were 355 patients with macroscopically confirmed(More)
Acquired von Willebrand syndrome (AVWS) is a rare bleeding disorder that may cause life-threatening hemorrhages in patients with plasma cell dyscrasias (PCDs). Early diagnosis and treatment require a thorough understanding of its underlying pathophysiology. Two patients with IgG MGUS presented with dramatically decreased plasma von Willebrand factor (VWF)(More)
Acquired von Willebrand syndrome (aVWS) accounts for 22% of patients with abnormal von Willebrand factor. Most patients with known pathophysiological mechanisms suffer from cardiovascular, myeloproliferative and lymphoproliferative disorders. Less frequent associations are of autoimmune origin, due to hyperfibrinolysis, adsorption to tumor cells, reduced(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Clopidogrel resistance is blamed for thromboembolic complications in neurovascular stent placement. Platelet-function assays are weakly standardized. The aim of this study was to correlate the results of 3 different platelet-inhibition measurements (from light transmission aggregometry, the VerifyNow P2Y12 test, and the Multiplate(More)
In 7 patients 10 cycles (5 to 21 days, dosage: 30 to 430 mg, median 138 mg) of OKT3 therapy were performed after liver transplantation. In all patients reactivation of an EBV-infection with hepatitis was observed. Two patients treated with high dosages (430 mg respectively 195 mg) developed lymphoproliferative lesions. In one patient with persistent(More)
Acquired hemophilia A (AHA) and acquired von Willebrand Syndrome (AVWS) are both rare bleeding disorders that can be associated with lymphoproliferative or autoimmune diseases. AHA is uniformly caused by inhibitory autoantibodies against coagulation factor VIII (FVIII), while the pathophysiology of AVWS comprises several distinct mechanisms, including(More)
Inherited disorders of platelet function are a heterogeneous group. For optimal prevention and management of bleeding, classification and diagnosis of the underlying defect are highly recommended. An interdisciplinary guideline for a diagnostic approach has been published (AWMF # 086-003 S2K; Hämostaseologie 2014; 34: 201-212). Underlying platelet disorder,(More)
HISTORY AND CLINICAL FINDINGS We report on a 66-year-old female patient, who presented with a new occurrence of mucosal bleeding and also developed a vitreous hemorrhage. INVESTIGATIONS AND DIAGNOSIS The bleeding symptoms were caused by an acquired von Willebrand disease (VWD) associated with Waldenström macroglobulinemia. In this context, acquired VWD(More)
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