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OBJECTIVE To evaluate a new 2-step technique for obtaining adequate but short-term parenchymal hypertrophy in oncologic patients requiring extended right hepatic resection with limited functional reserve. BACKGROUND Patients presenting with primary or metastatic liver tumors often face the dilemma that the remaining liver tissue may not be sufficient.(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the effect of peridural analgesia on long-term survival in patients who underwent surgical treatment of colorectal carcinoma. BACKGROUND Clinical and animal studies suggest a potential benefit of peridural analgesia on morbidity and mortality after cancer surgery. The effect of peridural analgesia on long-term outcome after surgery(More)
We demonstrated previously that phosphocholine and phosphocholine-modified macromolecules efficiently inhibit ATP-dependent release of interleukin-1β from human and murine monocytes by a mechanism involving nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChR). Interleukin-1β is a potent pro-inflammatory cytokine of innate immunity that plays pivotal roles in host(More)
The primitive neuroectodermal tumor is a rare soft tissue neoplasm occurring in children and young adults. It derives from a carcinogeneic alteration of pluripotent neural crest cells, caused by a balanced reciprocal translocation t(11;22) (q24;q12). Treatment of this undifferentiated, extremely malignant small cell tumor is carried out in compliance with(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess pancreatic fistula rate and secondary endpoints after pancreatogastrostomy (PG) versus pancreatojejunostomy (PJ) for reconstruction in pancreatoduodenectomy in the setting of a multicenter randomized controlled trial. BACKGROUND PJ and PG are established methods for reconstruction in pancreatoduodenectomy. Recent prospective trials(More)
The endothelium plays an important role in the regulation of haemostasis by producing substances such as thrombomodulin (TM). The influence of long-term volume replacement with different types of fluid on the TM-protein C-protein S system was investigated in a prospective, randomized study. Thirty trauma patients and 30 patients suffering from sepsis after(More)
High pretransplantation sCD30 levels have been shown to be associated with lower 5-year kidney graft survival in mainly Cyclosporine A (CsA)-treated recipients (Collaborative Transplant Study database). To analyze the effect of different immunosupressive regimens (CsA/Azathioprine [Aza], CsA/Mycophenolate Mofetil [MMF], Tacrolimus [Tacr]/Aza) on sCD30, we(More)
BACKGROUND To elucidate the pathogenesis of bronchiolitis obliterans (BO) a reliable animal model is needed. According to the literature, lung transplantation from Fischer 344 (F344) to Wistar Kyoto (WKY) rats is the only model that reliably results in BO without a further stimulus. METHODS We performed orthotopic left lung transplantation in F344 to WKY(More)
BACKGROUND Mediastinal tumors show a wide variability, and therefore, a standardized diagnostic and therapeutic workup is instrumental. We subdivided mediastinal tumors into nonlymphatic mediastinal tumors (NLMTs), most of which require surgical resection without need of preoperative histology, and mediastinal lymphadenopathy (MLA), requiring surgical(More)