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BACKGROUND Myenteric ganglia are key-structures for the control of intestinal motility and their mRNA expression profiles might be altered under pathological conditions. A drawback of conventional RT-PCR from full-thickness specimens is that gene expression analysis is based on heterogeneously composed tissues. To overcome this problem, laser(More)
To demonstrate the normal topography and structure of the enteric nervous system (ENS) in the human colon, the colonic wall of patients (n = 10, mean age 66.3 years), who underwent abdominal surgery unrelated to intestinal motility disorders, was submitted to wholemount immunohistochemistry. The specimens were stretched out and separated into the tunica(More)
BACKGROUND The pathogenesis of diverticular disease (DD) is attributed to several aetiological factors (e.g. age, diet, connective tissue disorders) but also includes distinct intestinal motor abnormalities. Although the enteric nervous system (ENS) is the key-regulator of intestinal motility, data on neuropathological alterations are limited. The study(More)
Abstract Clinical studies have shown that probiotics influence gastrointestinal motility, e.g. Escherichia coli Nissle 1917 (EcN) (Mutaflor) proved to be at least as efficacious as lactulose and more potent than placebo in constipated patients. As the underlying mechanisms are not clarified, the effects of EcN culture supernatants on human colonic motility(More)
BACKGROUND Postoperative surveillance after curative resection for colorectal cancer has been demonstrated to improve survival. It remains unknown however, whether intensified surveillance provides a significant benefit regarding outcome and survival. This study was aimed at comparing different surveillance strategies regarding their effect on long-term(More)
PURPOSE diverticula of the esophagus represent a rare pathological entity. Distinct classifications of the disease imply different surgical concepts. Surgery should be reserved for symptomatic patients only. Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for treatment of esophageal diverticula encompasses rigid and flexible intraluminal endoscopy, thoracoscopy and(More)
OBJECTIVE In general, chronic pancreatitis (CP) primarily requires conservative treatment. The chronic pain syndrome and complications make patients seek surgical advice, frequently after years of progression. In the past, surgical procedures involving drainage as well as resection have been employed successfully. The present study compared the different(More)
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