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Rheumatoid arthritis is a common autoimmune disease primarily manifesting as chronic synovitis, subsequently leading to a change in joint integrity. Progressive disability and systemic complications are strongly associated with a decreased quality of life. To maintain function and health in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, early, aggressive and guided(More)
Bei nekrotisierenden Weichteilinfektionen des Halses geht man ursächlich von toxinbildenden virulenten Bakterien aus. Die Mortalität einer Sonderform, der nekrotisierenden Fasziitis, wird in der Literatur mit bis zu 76% angegeben. Von 2000 bis 2001 wurden 4 Patienten mit schweren nekrotisierenden Halsweichteilinfektionen und 5 Patienten mit einer(More)
PAPP-A is a macromolecular glycoprotein associated with human pregnancy. In vitro, PAPP-A is produced by explant cultures of trophoblast and decidua. The present work was undertaken to see if the presence of decidua had any effect on the disappearance rate of PAPP-A after removal of the placenta either by surgery or by spontaneous delivery. PAPP-A was(More)
No guidelines for the application of qualitative and quantitative analysis of the capillaroscopic examination in the rheumatologic practice exist. The aims of the study were to compare qualitative and quantitative analysis of key capillaroscopic parameters in patients with common rheumatic diseases and to assess the reproducibility of the qualitative(More)
BACKGROUND To gain insight into the mechanisms responsible for tissue neutrophil immigration in sinusitis, primary nasal fibroblasts are analyzed for synthesizing and delivering neutrophil chemokines. METHODS Primary nasal fibroblast cell culture was treated with tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha concentrations of 20 and 200 ng/ml for 2, 8, 24 and 72 h.(More)
Pigeons aged 3 weeks were vaccinated, subcutaneously, with an inactivated aqueous-suspension LaSota vaccine. Irrespective of the level of maternally-derived antibodies the single vaccination gave protection lasting 1 year as shown by resistance against an intramuscular challenge with a virulent 'pigeon' PMV-1 strain.
PURPOSE The aim of the study was to compare nail fold capillaroscopic findings of the fingers with those of the toes in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS Thirty-six patients with SSc were included in the study: 30 patients had limited SSc, 5 patients had diffuse SSc, and 1 patient had an overlap syndrome. Of these 36 patients, 30 were women(More)
BACKGROUND The appearance of neutrophils in rhinitis and sinusitis led to the working hypothesis that neutrophil-specific attractants commonly called chemokines are generated by stimulation with proinflammatory cytokines and bacteria. The receptor mechanism of chemokine synthesis by bacterial products is under discussion and still has to be elucidated. (More)
Electrical impedance measurements of the porcine liver were performed during orthotopec transplantation and preservation. By this method a simultaneous pulssynchronous and over all impedance registration is possible. The vascular passage, diffusion and intrahepatic retention of an injected tracer is shown in a clearance curve. There was a clear correlation(More)