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INTRODUCTION Because the irreversible monoamine oxidase inhibitor tranylcypromine (TCP) was introduced nearly 50 years ago, only few studies exist on today's clinical prescribing practice together with 2nd and 3rd generation psychotropic drugs. METHODS We performed a practice-based observational study of patients with depression treated with TCP in two(More)
OBJECTIVES Catatonia is a psychomotor syndrome with concomittant akinesia and anxiety which both respond almost immediately to benzodiazepines such as lorazepam. The benzodiazepine receptor distribution was therefore investigated in akinetic catatonia with single photon emission tomography (SPECT) using iodine-123-iomazenil ((123) I Iomazenil). METHODS(More)
The sera of 59 patients with Crohn's disease (CD) and of 46 patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) were tested for autoantibodies (Aab) by indirect immunofluorescence with modern histochemical techniques using 19 different human tissues as antigenic substrates. Control collectives consisted of 19 patients with coeliac disease and of 100 healthy subjects. It(More)
A method for the simultaneous quantification of the antidepressant drug amitriptyline, its demethylated metabolite nortriptyline and four hydroxy metabolites (E-10-hydroxyamitriptyline, Z-10-hydroxyamitriptyline, E-10-hydroxynortriptyline, Z-10-hydroxynortriptyline) in human serum or plasma has been developed. The method is based on a three-step(More)
The 2015 European Guidelines on Pulmonary Hypertension did not cover only pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), but also other significant subgroups of pulmonary hypertension (PH). In June 2016, a Consensus Conference organized by the PH working groups of the German Society of Cardiology (DGK), the German Society of Respiratory Medicine (DGP) and the(More)
It was demonstrated by indirect immunofluorescence that Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are serologically distinct. In 59 patients with Crohn's disease, confirmed by endoscopy and histology, 23 (39%) had serum autoantibodies against exocrine pancreas; in 17 (29%) the titre was 1 : 100 or higher. In 46 patients with confirmed ulcerative colitis(More)
Until recently, assessment of patients with pulmonary hypertension has mainly relied on functional and haemodynamic parameters. Health-related quality of life (HRQOL), however, has become increasingly important in defining overall health status. The present study investigated the performance and clinical relevance of the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure(More)
We have used the platelet analyzer PFA-100TM to assess the effect of aspirin (ASA) in patients with documented peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Thirty-one previously untreated patients were recruited. Laboratory investigations, including the collagen and adenosine diphosphate closure time (CADP-CT) and the collagen and epinephrine closure time (CEPI-CT)(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of reduced haloperidol, the main metabolite of the antipsychotic drug haloperidol, on psychopathology improvement and extrapyramidal adverse effects in acute schizophrenia. The steady-state pharmacokinetics of reduced haloperidol was studied. Serum concentrations of reduced haloperidol (C(RH)) and(More)
Although several studies have been performed on the serum level-therapeutic effect relationship of neuroleptic drugs, the application of therapeutic drug-monitoring of neuroleptics is still a matter of controversy. Until now, haloperidol provided the most promising results. For this reason, an investigation of the dependence of clinical improvement on(More)