Uwe Straub

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Fibrosing mediastinitis is the most often observed benign cause of mediastinal compression syndromes, particularly the vena cava superior syndrome. We report 3 cases with such compression syndromes (2 x superior vena cava syndrome, 1 x symptomatic tracheal obstruction) due to fibrosing mediastinitis in which tumor resection led to a relief of symptoms. The(More)
Despite excellent results as a bail-out procedure for the management of abrupt closure after balloon angioplasty and the potential beneficial effects on restenosis after angioplasty, intracoronary stenting is limited, especially by subacute stent thrombosis. In 100 consecutive patients with intracoronary implantation of 118 Palmaz-Schatz stents, 10 patients(More)
Since the introduction of the proteinase inhibitor aprotinin in cardiac surgery, a strong increase of the activated clotting time (ACT) during the extracorporeal circulation phase (ECC) was reported in many clinical studies, but with a lack of correlation between ACT and heparin concentration. In searching for a cause of this inconsistency we investigated(More)
OBJECTIVE The cytokine vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is capable of triggering angiogenesis and at higher concentrations vasculogenesis. We report on a pilot study where VEGF-DNA as an additional therapy to coronary artery bypass grafting was injected into the myocardium in 24 patients (pts) with proximal coronary artery stenosis and diffuse(More)
Dissections after coronary balloon angioplasty are risk factors for acute or subacute vessel closures. Intracoronary stenting was developed to avoid these complications by pressing the intimal and medial flaps against the vessel wall, thus reducing the risk of acute thrombosis. A total of 22 stents were implanted into the coronary arteries of 15 patients(More)
OBJECTIVE Intracoronary stenting was designed to overcome acute complications after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty and to achieve a reduced rate of restenosis, both of which are major limitations of this well accepted method for treating coronary heart disease. This report describes the experience at one centre with the implantation of(More)
The efficacy of ganglionic local opioid analgesia (GLOA) at the superior cervical ganglion (SCG) was retrospectively investigated in 74 consecutive patients with neuropathic pain in the head and face region. It was possible to retrospectively analyze the short-term and medium-term treatment results in 64 of 74 patients. The long-term effect was subsequently(More)
BACKGROUND Autoantibodies against nervous system structures have been proven to be a prognostic factor in small cell lung cancer. However, little is known about humoral autoimmunity in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and its prognostic significance. METHODS We examined antineural antibodies (AnAb) and antinuclear antibodies (ANA) in the sera of 61(More)
OBJECTIVE Bronchopulmonary carcinosarcoma is a very rare tumor and the prognosis of patients with carcinosarcoma is assessed as unfavourable. The problems concerning diagnosis, therapy, and prognosis after resection treatment are discussed with reference to our seven cases and with consideration of the pertinent literature. METHODS The retrospective data(More)
The advantages of chordal preservation in mitral valve replacement have been demonstrated, but there is no detailed information available on the effect of chordal preservation in patients undergoing multiple valve operations. We assessed therefore a series of 61 patients who underwent multiple valvular procedures either with (Group A, n = 42) or without(More)