Stefan Peters

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Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is associated with fibrofatty replacement of cardiac myocytes, ventricular tachyarrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. In 32 of 120 unrelated individuals with ARVC, we identified heterozygous mutations in PKP2, which encodes plakophilin-2, an essential armadillo-repeat protein of the cardiac desmosome.(More)
BACKGROUND The diagnostic dilemma in arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia-cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C) is that a single diagnostic test does not exist and that there is a need for broadening diagnostic criteria. As standard ECG contributes significantly to clinical diagnosis and represents a tool for screening in family studies ECG data should be(More)
In vitro incubation of bone marrow cells with cytokines has been used as an approach to expand stem cells and to facilitate retroviral integration. Expansion of hematopoietic progenitor cells has been monitored by different in vitro assays and in a few instances by in vivo marrow renewal in myeloablated hosts. This is the first report of studies, using two(More)
OBJECTIVES To report the successful induction of remission with the monoclonal anti-CD20 antibody rituximab in a patient with hepatitis C virus (HCV) associated cryoglobulinaemic vasculitis and a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) resistant to previously advocated conventional treatments. CASE REPORT The patient was a 45 year old woman with HCV associated(More)
BACKGROUND Epsilon potentials in right precordial leads are reliable diagnostic electrocardiographic (ECG) criteria of arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia-cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C). Sensitivity of epsilon potentials can be enhanced by highly amplified and modified ECG recording technique. Nevertheless, in many cases the definition of epsilon potentials(More)
We performed a phase II study combining 41.8 degrees C whole body hyperthermia with ICE chemotherapy, i.e. ifosfamide (5 g/m(2)), carboplatin (300 mg/m(2)) and etoposide (150 mg/m(2) on days 2 and 3), administered every 4 weeks, for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Of 27 chemonäive, non-metastatic patients enrolled, 25 patients were evaluable(More)
UNLABELLED Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia-cardiomyopathy is in most cases a benign cause of ventricular arrhythmias in young patients. The major reason of mortality is sudden arrhythmic death with an annual rate of 2-3% as the first manifestation of the disease in most cases. Little is known about risk factors of sudden arrhythmic death so far.(More)
In a cardiological department of a non-referral hospital responsible for 80,000 inhabitants with 2500 in-hospital patients and 1500 out-hospital patients per year, the prevalence, symptoms and prognosis of arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia-cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C) were examined retrospectively. From 1997 to 2002, ARVD/C was diagnosed in 35 females(More)
UNLABELLED Sudden arrhythmic death and heart failure are essential factors influencing the prognosis of arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia-cardiomyopathy. Heart failure is a rare, but often lethargic event although little is known about morphology, time course and non-invasive predictors. METHOD In a retrospective study of a consecutive cohort of(More)