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PURPOSE Neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) can be imaged with scintigraphy using radiolabelled somatostatin analogues. The aim of our study was to compare the value of (68)Ga-DOTATOC PET and (111)In-DTPAOC SPECT (Octreoscan) in the detection of NET manifestations. METHODS Twenty-seven NET patients were prospectively examined. (68)Ga-DOTATOC PET and(More)
BACKGROUND Transurethral laser prostatectomy has evolved as a viable alternative for the management of benign prostate enlargement. Since the renaissance of laser prostatectomy with the advent of the holmium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser in the 1990s, various lasers and subsequent procedures have been introduced. These techniques can be categorized as(More)
BACKGROUND Neoadjuvant chemotherapy for unresectable colorectal liver metastases can downsize tumours for curative resection. We assessed the effectiveness of cetuximab combined with chemotherapy in this setting. METHODS Between Dec 2, 2004, and March 27, 2008, 114 patients were enrolled from 17 centres in Germany and Austria; three patients receiving(More)
This article mainly reviews urinary tract injuries in patients with multiple trauma. Approximately 10% of all traumatic injuries resulting from an external force will involve the genitourinary system. The article discusses mechanisms of injury, diagnosis, and therapeutical approaches for renal, ureteral, bladder, and urethral trauma. Due to the complexity(More)
PURPOSE There is a lack of studies comparing shock wave lithotripsy (SWL), retrograde intrarenal surgery (RIRS) and minimally invasive percutaneous nephrolithotomy (MIP) in renal stone treatment. This study compared treatment outcome, stone-free rate (SFR) and stone-free survival (SFS) with regard to stone size and localization. METHODS This analysis(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the clinical outcomes between thulium laser transurethral enucleation of the prostate (ThuLEP) (70 W) and holmium laser transurethral enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) (90 W) in a prospective randomized trial with 18 months of follow-up. Both ThuLEP and HoLEP effectively relieve the obstructive symptoms due to benign prostatic(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the effect of preoperative ureteral stenting on success rates of ureteroscopy (URS) for nephroureterolithiasis. MATERIALS AND METHODS We retrospectively evaluated patients who underwent URS for nephroureterolithiasis without preoperative indwelling ureteral stents. These patients were matched according to age, sex, body mass index,(More)
BACKGROUND Gemcitabine plus a platinum-based agent (eg, cisplatin or oxaliplatin) is the standard of care for advanced biliary cancers. We investigated the addition of cetuximab to chemotherapy in patients with advanced biliary cancers. METHODS In this non-comparative, open-label, randomised phase 2 trial, we recruited patients with locally advanced(More)
PURPOSE Thulium:YAG (Tm:YAG) vaporesection has been introduced and efficiency was shown on smaller prostates. Criticism mainly referred to prolonged operation time in larger prostates, which appears to be a potential limitation compared to HoLEP. Aim of the study was to evaluate feasibility and efficiency of Tm:YAG VapoEnucleation in larger prostates. (More)
BACKGROUND Transurethral removal of prostatic tissue is the treatment choice for benign prostatic enlargement and benign prostatic obstruction. Urodynamic results are directly linked to the amount of removed tissue which, however, is directly associated with intra- and postoperative morbidity. Transurethral laser operations of the prostate offer the(More)