Stephan Hollerbach

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We studied the role of brain electrical activity mapping (BEAM) in the assessment of neuropsychiatric disturbances in 48 cirrhotic patients without clinical evidence of hepatic encephalopathy (no HE, n = 19), with subclinical HE (grade 0, denoting pathological psychometric tests, n = 13) and mild-to-moderate HE (grade I, n = 6; grade II, n = 10). Results(More)
In noncardiac chest pain (NCCP), altered visceral perception may result from abnormal cerebral processing of sensory input rather than abnormalities of afferent pathways. However, the interactions between symptoms, autonomic function and oesophageal stimuli are poorly studied. Oesophageal stimulation elicits reproducible cortical evoked potentials [CEP] and(More)
Targeting the epidermal growth factor receptor pathway in pancreatic cancer seems to be an attractive therapeutic approach. This study assessed the efficacy of cetuximab plus the combination of gemcitabine/oxaliplatin in metastatic pancreatic cancer. Eligible subjects had histological or cytological diagnosis of metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma. The(More)
BACKGROUND BI 2536, a novel Polo-like kinase 1 inhibitor, was assessed in patients with unresectable advanced exocrine adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. METHODS The study employed a two-stage design. Randomised first-line patients received BI 2536 200 mg on day 1 (n=43) or 60 mg on days 1-3 (n=43) every 21 days. Recruitment of second-line patients was(More)
Recording of evoked potential responses represents an objective and quantifiable method to study visceral afferent sensory pathways in humans. We examined the evoked responses to mechanical distension (balloon) and electrical stimulation of the proximal and distal esophagus. A standard manometric catheter with a latex balloon and an additional electrode(More)
Increasing awareness is attributed to altered sensory perception in the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal disorders. Evoked potentials (EP), which represent the brain's electrical response to peripheral stimulation, have recently been used to investigate where and how (GI) afferent information is processed along the brain-gut axis. EP can be obtained with(More)
We analysed visceromotor (VMR) and corticosterone responses to colorectal stimuli under control conditions and following acoustic stress in rats selectively bred for increased sensitivity to cholinergic agonists, the Flinders Sensitive Line (FSL) rats, compared with Flinders Resistant Line (FRL) rats. FSL rats demonstrated a significant VMR response at the(More)
Recording of cerebral evoked responses (EP) allows the assessment of visceral afferent pathways and gut-brain communication, but the optimal stimulation parameters remain to be established. The present study determined the optimal stimulation frequency of electrical stimulation of the oesophagus to elicit EP responses. In 13 healthy male volunteers (24.1(More)
Electrical and mechanical stimulation of the oesophagus has been recently proposed to examine the physiological effects of autonomic stimulation in humans. Cortical evoked potentials (EPs) to oesophageal stimulation provide an assessment of afferent fibres and central processing. However, habituation takes place during averaging of cortical EPs and reduces(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was designed to determine whether esophageal vago-afferent electrostimulation, over a wide range of stimulus intensities, can sustain a cardiac vago-efferent effect by way of central nervous system processing. METHODS Studies were performed in ten healthy male subjects (23.9 +/- 6.3 years). Esophageal electrostimulation was carried(More)