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OBJECTIVE This study investigates the course of serum cytokine levels in patients with multiple trauma, patients with a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), and patients undergoing elective AAA repair and the relationship of these cytokines to the development of adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and multiple organ failure (MOF). SUMMARY(More)
Patients suffering from multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) comprise a heterogeneous population, which complicates research in its pathogenesis. Elucidation of the mechanisms involved in the development of MODS will ultimately necessitate the collection of tissue samples and the performance of invasive procedures. These requirements greatly reduce(More)
BACKGROUND Perioperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy is used as an adjunct to cytoreductive surgery (CS) for peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC) in order to prolong survival. Worldwide, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), early postoperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy (EPIC), and combinations of the two are used. It remains unclear which(More)
The influence of an intravenous 5-day combined chemotherapy with bleomycin (2 mg/kg/d), 5-fluorouracil (10 mg/kg/d) and cis-diamminedichloroplatinum (0.35 mg/kg/d) on the healing of ileal anastomoses was investigated in rats. Ninety-six male Wistar rats were used, divided into four groups. The rats in the control group had surgery without administration of(More)
BACKGROUND Biologic grafts hold promise of a durable repair for ventral hernias with the potential for fewer complications than synthetic mesh. This systematic review was performed to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of biologic grafts for ventral hernia repair. METHODS MEDLINE, Embase, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were searched(More)
OBJECTIVE measurement of baseline soluble interleukin 6 receptor (sIL-6R) and interleukin 6 (IL-6) levels in biological fluids in non-pathological conditions. SUBJECTS AND MATERIALS Blood and urine were obtained from healthy volunteers. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and synovial fluid (SF) were obtained from patients during spinal puncture and athroscopy,(More)
To characterize the acidic endochitinase EP3, able to rescue somatic embryos of the carrot cell line ts11, the enzyme was purified from the medium of wild-type suspension cultures. Peptide sequences, deduced amino acid sequences of corresponding PCR-generated cDNA clones, serological relation and biochemical properties showed that there were at least five(More)
Anastomotic dehiscence remains a major complication in surgery of the large bowel, and studies on the healing sequence of experimental anastomoses are necessary to define underlying mechanisms and find ways to improve surgical outcome, particularly in high-risk situations. For the quantitative description of anastomotic repair, both mechanical and(More)
Early post-operative local or systemic administration of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) is under investigation as a means to improve outcome after resection of intestinal malignancies. It is therefore quite important to delineate accurately its potentially negative effects on anastomotic repair. Five groups (n = 24) of rats underwent resection and anastomosis of(More)
We present a novel animal model which allows the continuous intra-arterial infusion in one hindlimb of non-anaesthetized rats, without inducing ischemia. Using this model the effect of continuous infusion (1 ml/h) for 24 h with tert-butylhydroperoxide (tert-BuOOH) at a concentration of 25 mM on soft tissue of the left hind limb was studied and compared to(More)