Walter Brunner

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Acute bowel inflammation frequently originates from thin-walled diverticula of the colon. Not the presence of diverticula, but the demonstration of an inflamed diverticulum, is diagnostic of diverticulitis in cases of bowel wall thickening and pericolic inflammation. The aim of this study was to investigate the sonographic appearance and detectability of(More)
OBJECTIVE On the way to 'no-scar' techniques we developed a novel method for colorectal resection utilizing three intraumbilical trocars which results in a nonvisible postoperative scar. METHOD Two female patients (Age: 56a, 42a) underwent laparoscopic colorectal resection for diverticulitis and infiltrating endometriosis of the rectosigmoid colon,(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the wound complication rate in patients undergoing transumbilical single-incision laparoscopic (SIL) surgery. BACKGROUND SIL surgery claims to be less invasive than conventional laparoscopy. Small SIL series have raised concerns toward a higher wound complication rate related to the transumbilical incision. METHODS In a 44-month(More)
In a search for evidence of biochemical disorders in regions of postmortem brain other than the motor cortex in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), ganglioside patterns were also examined in the frontal, temporal, and parahippocampal gyrus cortex. In 21 ALS brains studied (20 sporadic, 1 familial), abnormal patterns were found in the frontal cortex (81%),(More)
OBJECTIVE Overlying intestinal gas often impairs transabdominal sonographic assessment of the lower sigmoid colon. The aim of this study was to investigate the usefulness of transrectal sonography in addition to transabdominal sonography for the evaluation of sigmoid diverticulitis. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Eighty-six consecutive patients with clinically(More)
Background. Abdominoperineal resection (APR) has been associated with impaired survival in nonmetastatic rectal cancer patients. It is unclear whether this adverse outcome is due to the surgical procedure itself or is a consequence of tumor-related characteristics. Study Design. Patients were identified from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results(More)
BACKGROUND Postoperative bowel paralysis is common after abdominal operations, including colectomy. As a result, hospitalization may be prolonged, thereby leading to increased cost. A recent randomized controlled trial showed that the consumption of regular black coffee after colectomy is associated with a significantly faster resumption of intestinal(More)