Víctor H Ziegler

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In a previous paper, we reported on nickel sensitivity in 2400 consecutive patients in 5 countries. 3 years later, we reassessed 104 of the 157 nickel-positive patients of this former study and found 13 now to be negative to nickel sulphate. Nearly all the others can no longer tolerate nickel contact. 68 patients were free from nickel dermatitis, 16 showed(More)
To determine whether the clinical, immunological and serological features of patients with silica-associated systemic sclerosis are different from patients with the 'idiopathic' form of systemic sclerosis (SS) we studied 22 underground coal miners who were exposed to silica dust (SD), 30 mine workers who later developed silicosis (S) and 17 mine workers(More)
In a survey done in East Germany between 1981 and 1988, we found that 93 of 120 male scleroderma patients had long-term exposure to silica dust. We describe our findings in 12 patients with scleroderma and silicosis. The exposure time to silica dust was between 3 and 34 years; the interval between the beginning of exposure and the onset of scleroderma(More)
Climacteric Japanese plums were harvested at six developmental stages with no intermediate storage period, and cell wall compositional changes were analyzed. Arabinose proved to be the principal neutral monosaccharide constituent in cell walls during growth and the most dynamic neutral sugar in pectic fractions. Arabinose loss from tightly bound pectins was(More)
A group of 191 patients with systemic scleroderma and 12 patients with silicosis-associated scleroderma were investigated for connective tissue turnover. The serum levels of type III collagen aminopropeptide (P-III-P), the laminin PI (Lam PI) fragment and the acid lysosomal beta-galactosidase (beta-Gal) were determined by specific radioimmunoassays and(More)
Scleroderma-like diseases can be induced by a number of chemical compounds, such as plastics, solvents and drugs. Contaminated rapeseed oil was the cause of the toxic oil syndrome and L-tryptophan induces the so-called eosinophilia-myalgia-syndrome. On the other hand, paraffin and silicon can trigger so-called adjuvant disease, while long-term exposure to(More)
There is a close correlation between the systemic sclerosis and the exposure to crystalline silica in the GDR. The silica content was investigated in the skin of the patients. Silica particles were found using phase-contrast and polarizing microscopy. The size of the crystals varied from 1 to 90 micrometer. Below a silica content of 10% in the dust it is(More)
Next to oxygen silicium is the most common substance of our environment. It occurs mostly in form of quartz (SiO2). In the past silica was usually mentioned in connection with foreign body granulomas in dermatological papers. Recently relations between occupational silica exposure and several diseases were reported. Silica exposure was related to the(More)