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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)
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)
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)
In Cichorium hybrid clone '474' (C. intybus L., var. sativum x C. endivia L., var. latifolia), the direct somatic embryogenesis process in leaf tissues is accompanied by an overall increase in the amount of proteins secreted into the culture medium. Amongst these, three major protein bands of 38 kDa, 32 kDa and 25 kDa were found in the conditioned media.(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical studies report conflicting results on the safety of primary intestinal anastomoses in the presence of peritonitis, and comprehensive experimental data are lacking. The present study investigated whether the strength of experimental colonic anastomoses is affected if surgery is performed in the presence of pre-existing bacterial(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 Uncontrolled and increased extracellular matrix degradation during early anastomotic repair in the intestine may reduce wound strength increasing the risk of anastomotic dehiscence. AIMS To characterise the metalloproteinases present in intact and anastomosed ileum and colon to study their role in matrix degradation after surgery. SUBJECTS(More)
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 regimen is most(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)