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BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Esophageal strictures are a common problem after surgical repair in children with esophageal atresia. The traditional procedure in these patients is dilation using bougie dilators, usually controlled fluoroscopically or endoscopically. Nowadays, an alternative technique is balloon-catheter dilation. The aim of this study was to(More)
BACKGROUND Combinations of gemcitabine-oxaliplatin, gemcitabine-5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and 5-FU-oxaliplatin have synergistic activity and nonoverlapping adverse effect profiles. This trial assessed efficacy and safety of the triple combination gemcitabine-oxaliplatin and infusional 5-FU in patients with locally advanced (n=11) or metastatic (n=32) pancreatic(More)
Repeated application of GnRH agonists causes a reversible suppression of ovarian function. Suppression on estrogen release is the fundamental idea of this hormonal therapy of endometriosis. We treated twelve patients with histologically proved endometriosis with leuprolide acetate depot in a dose of 3.75 mg s.c. every 4 weeks over a period of 6 months. In(More)
BACKGROUND Long-term nasogastric tube feeding is often associated with irritation of the hypopharynx or dislocation of the tube. These pitfalls may be circumvented by percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy. Although frequently used in adults, there is limited experience with the procedure in children. METHODS A series of 139 patients (aged 3 weeks to 36.5(More)
Background:Gemcitabine, oxaliplatin and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) are active in biliary tract cancer and have a potentially synergistic mode of action and non-overlapping toxicity. The objective of these trials was to determine response, survival and toxicity separately in patients with bile duct cancer (BDC) and gallbladder cancer (GBC) treated with(More)
UNLABELLED We report an 10 month old male infant, who developed an obstruction of the pylorus by dislocation of the retention disk 5 months after percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). This could be corrected under endoscopic control. Two years after PEG insertion diarrhoe occurred immediately after feeding caused by a gastrocolic fistula with(More)
We report on a 3.8-year-old German girl who presented with signs of subacute liver failure based on a 4-month history. Investigations done before admission excluded infectious, metabolic and immunological diseases. Laboratory findings were increased values of aminotransferases, hyperbilirubinaemia, hyperammonaemia and deteriorated plasmatic coagulation.(More)
A 13-year-old girl with previously undiagnosed fructose intolerance was operated on for acute appendicitis. Postoperatively she received several infusions containing fructose or sorbitol. Haematemesis occurred on the fourth postoperative day, as well as tarry stools and jaundice. Blood sugar was 2 mg/100 ml, Quick test 3%, liver enzymes were markedly(More)
More than 50% of children with chronic hepatitis B do not respond to treatment with alpha-interferon. Since these patients continue to display high viral replication and progressive liver disease, retreatment should be considered. To date it has not been well evaluated whether a second course of treatment could increase the response rate. In two(More)