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BACKGROUND Histological phenotype and clinical behaviour of malignant tumours are not only dependent on alterations in the epithelial cell compartment, but are affected by their interaction with inflammatory cells and tumour-associated stroma. Studies in animal models have shown influence of tumour-associated macrophages (TAM) on histological grade of(More)
Solid pseudopapillary neoplasm (SPN) of the pancreas is a rare tumor which typically affects young women without significant clinical symptoms. SPN usually shows an indolent behavior and only rare cases recur and/or metastasize after complete resection. We report our experience with four cases of SPN of the pancreas. All four patients were female with an(More)
Visceral artery aneurysms (VAA) are relatively rare disease patterns. With regard to the aetiology two different entities of VAA can be distinguished: (i)  real VAA, where arteriosclerosis plays an important role, particular in elderly patients, and (ii)  pseudo-aneurysms. Here, previous abdominal trauma or former inflammatory processes are considered to be(More)
PURPOSE The aim of curative surgery for colon carcinoma is the complete resection of the neoplasm. In locally advanced colon carcinomas with adhesion to neighboring organs, standard surgical procedures often turn into multivisceral resections. The purpose of this study was to investigate the value of multivisceral resection in primary colon carcinomas and(More)
Pseudouni- or multiaxonal Dogiel type II neurons are the intrinsic primary afferent (sensory) neurons (IPANs) in the guinea pig small intestine. Our aim was to decipher the chemical code of human myenteric type II neurons and to establish their putative vertical projections, i.e., from the myenteric plexus to the submucosa/mucosa. Additionally, we tried to(More)
BACKGROUND Accurate histopathological evaluation of resected lymph nodes (LN) is essential for the reliable staging of colorectal carcinomas (CRC). With conventional sectioning and staining techniques usually only parts of the LN are examined which might lead to incorrect tumor staging. A molecular method called OSNA (One Step Nucleic Acid Amplification)(More)
BACKGROUND Minimally invasive liver surgery is growing worldwide with obvious benefits for the treated patients. These procedures maybe improved by robotic techniques, which add several innovative features. In Germany, we were the first surgical department implementing robotic assisted minimally invasive liver resections. MATERIAL AND METHODS Between June(More)
To identify early symptoms of familial adenomatous polyposis with a view to improve early diagnosis and treatment. Diagnosis on the basis of genetic testing is usually limited to where there is a known family history, so FAP is more usually diagnosed on clinical grounds. Except for those identified via FAP registers, the majority of patients are symptomatic(More)
PURPOSE TNM-staging of colorectal carcinomas (CRC) relies on the histopathologic workup of the surgically removed specimen. If valid preoperative staging methods existed, patients could be selected for adequate individual therapy before surgery. Microarray techniques provide a promising tool to identify stage-specific molecular signatures on primary tumor(More)
Colorectal-carcinoma specimens are heterogeneous and include areas of nonmalignant mucosal and connective tissue. For those study designs in which laser microdissection and RNA preamplification are impracticable, the optimal yield of genuine cancer RNA is a key factor in gene-expression analysis. In this study we compared alternative methods of tissue(More)