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Jansen N.L.,Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich | Schwartz C.,Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich | Graute V.,Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich | Eigenbrod S.,Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich | And 10 more authors.
Neuro-Oncology | Year: 2012

Oligodendroglial components (OC) and loss of heterozygosity on chromosomes 1p and 19q (LOH 1p/19q) are associated with better outcome in patients with glioma. We aimed to assess the fitness of [18F]fluoroethyltyrosine positron-emission-tomography (FET-PET) for noninvasively identifying these important prognostic/predictive factors. One hundred forty-four patients with MRI-suspected WHO grade II and III glioma underwent FET-PET scans prior to histological diagnosis. FET-PET analyses included maximal tumoral uptake (SUVmax/BG), biological tumor volume (BTV), mean tumoral uptake (SUVmean/BG), total tumoral uptake (SUVtotal/BG), and kinetic analysis. Suspicion of OC was based on static and dynamic FET-uptake parameters. PET results were correlated with histology and 1p/19q status. OC tumors exhibited significantly higher uptake values, compared with astrocytomas (AC) (SUVmax/BG 3.1 vs 2.3, BTV 15.5 mL vs 7.2 mL, SUV total/BG 38.5 vs 17.4, P <. 01 each; SUVmean/BG 2.2 vs 2.1, P <. 05). These differences were more pronounced in WHO grade II gliomas. Comparable results were found with respect to 1p/19q status. Kinetic analysis misclassified 18 of 34 low-grade OC tumors as high-grade glioma but misclassified only 5 of 45 of the low-grade ACs. FET-based suspicion of OC resulted in concordance rates of both 76 for the prediction of OC and LOH 1p/19q. FET-uptake was significantly higher in gliomas with OC, compared with AC, and likewise in 1p/19q codeleted, compared with noncodeleted tumors. However, FET-PET analysis did not reliably predict the presence of OC/LOH 1p/19q in the individual patient, mostly because of an overlap in PET characteristics of OC tumors and high-grade AC. Histological examination is still required for an accurate diagnosis. © 2012 The Author(s).


Saleh-Ebrahimi L.,German Cancer Research Center | Zwicker F.,German Cancer Research Center | Zwicker F.,University of Heidelberg | Muenter M.W.,Katharinen Hospital | And 8 more authors.
Radiation Oncology | Year: 2013

Background: We report our experience in 49 consecutive patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma who were treated by Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) combined with simultaneous but not adjuvant chemotherapy (CHT). Methods: The medical records of 49 patients with histologically proven primary nasopharygeal carcinoma treated with IMRT and concurrent platin-based CHT (predominantly cisplatin weekly) were retrospectively reviewed. The majority of patients showed advanced clinical stages (stage III/IV:72%) with undifferentiated histology (82%). IMRT was performed in step-and-shoot technique using an integrated boost concept in 84%. In this concept, the boost volume covered the primary tumor and involved nodes with doses of 66-70.4 Gy (single dose 2.2 Gy). Uninvolved regional nodal areas were covered with doses of 54-59.4 Gy (median single dose 1.8 Gy). At least one parotid gland was spared. None of the patients received adjuvant CHT. Results: The median follow-up for the entire cohort was 48 months. Radiation therapy was completed without interruption in all patients and 76% of the patients received at least 80% of the scheduled CHT. Four local recurrences have been observed, transferring into 1-, 3-, and 5-year Local Control (LC) rates of 98%, 90% and 90%. One patient developed an isolated regional nodal recurrence, resulting in 1-, 3-, and 5-year Regional Control (RC) rates of 98%. All locoregional failures were located inside the radiation fields. Distant metastases were found in six patients, transferring into 1-, 3, and 5-year Distant Control (DC) rates of 92%, 86% and 86%. Progression free survival (PFS) rates after 1, 3 and 5 years were 86%, 70% and 69% and 1-, 3- and 5-year Overall Survival (OS) rates were 96%, 82% and 79%. Acute toxicity ≥ grade III mainly consisted of dysphagia (32%), leukopenia (24%), stomatitis (16%), infection (8%) and nausea (8%). Severe late toxicity (grade III) was documented in 18% of the patients, mainly as xerostomia (10%). Conclusion: Concurrent chemoradiation without the addition of adjuvant chemotherapy cycles using IMRT with an integrated boost concept yielded good disease control and overall survival in patients suffering from primary nasopharyngeal cancer with acceptable acute side effects and limited rates of late toxicity. © 2013 Saleh-Ebrahimi et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.


Passauer J.,University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus | Petrov H.,Evangelisches Krankenhaus Konigin Elisabeth Herzberge | Schleser A.,Katharinen Hospital | Leicht J.,Dialysezentrum Schwandorf | Pucalka K.,Dialysezentrum Thornerstr.
Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation | Year: 2010

Background. Dry weight assessment (DWA) is essential to efficient therapy of haemodialysis (HD) patients. However, so far objective methods for DWA have not been applicable to daily routine. Thus, exact fluid management in HD remains difficult and is often based on clinical criteria. The aims of this study were (1) to objectively define pre-and post-dialytic ranges of extracellular volume in a large cohort of HD patients (in whom DWA had been defined according to clinical criteria), (2) to compare the hydration status between diabetic and non-diabetic patients, and (3) to assess a patient subgroup that might benefit from correction of target weight.Methods. We measured fluid overload (FO) prior to a mid-week HD session in 370 randomly selected HD patients (50 with diabetes) from five dialysis centres. A new bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) device that implies a validated body composition model was applied. This tool allows correct quantification of extracellular FO or-deficiency in comparison to a healthy reference population (normal range-1.1 to 1.1 L according to the 10th and 90th percentile of measurements). In addition, weight and blood pressure were recorded before and after treatment.Results. Pre-dialytic FO ranged from-0.5 to 4 L and post-dialytic FO from-2.5 to 2 L (10th and 90th percentile of measurements), indicating that on average the hydration status of healthy subjects is considered as the optimal target weight in HD patients. Comparison of FO between diabetic and non-diabetic patients revealed no difference. Based on the consideration that an FO <-1.1 L before and >1.1 L after HD indicates inadequate DWA, we identified 98 (26) patients who might benefit from correction of target body weight.Conclusion. BIS is an interesting, objective method to support clinical DWA. Further studies should be performed to investigate beneficial clinical effects of this approach.


Heye T.,University of Heidelberg | Zausig N.,University of Heidelberg | Klauss M.,University of Heidelberg | Singer R.,University of Heidelberg | And 4 more authors.
World Journal of Gastroenterology | Year: 2011

AIM: To investigate predilection sites of recurrence of pancreatic cancer by computed tomography (CT) in follow-up after surgery. METHODS: Seventy seven patients with recurrence after pancreatic cancer surgery were retrospectively identified. The operative technique, R-status, T-stage and development of tumor markers were evaluated. Two radiologists analyzed CT scans with consensus readings. Location of local recurrence, lymph node recurrence and organ metastases were noted. Surgery and progression of findings on follow-up CT were considered as reference standard. RESULTS: The mean follow-up interval was 3.9 ± 1.8 mo, with a mean relapse-free interval of 12.9 ± 10.4 mo. The predominant site of recurrence was local (65%), followed by lymph node (17%), liver metastasis (11%) and peritoneal carcinosis (7%). Local recurrence emerged at the superior mesenteric artery (n = 28), the hepatic artery (n = 8), in an area defined by the surrounding vessels: celiac trunk, portal vein, inferior vena cava (n = 22), and in a space limited by the mesenteric artery, portal vein and inferior vena cava (n = 17). Lymph node recurrence occurred in the mesenteric root and left lateral to the aorta. Recurrence was confirmed by surgery (n = 22) and follow-up CT (n = 55). Tumor markers [carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA19-9), carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA)] increased in accordance with signs of recurrence in most cases (86% CA19-9; 79.2% CEA). CONCLUSION: Specific changes of local and lymph node recurrence can be found in the course of the cardinal peripancreatic vessels. The superior mesenteric artery is the leading structure for recurrence. © 2011 Baishideng. All rights reserved.


Gutt C.N.,University of Heidelberg | Encke J.,University of Heidelberg | Koninger J.,University of Heidelberg | Harnoss J.-C.,University of Heidelberg | And 17 more authors.
Annals of Surgery | Year: 2013

Objective: Acute cholecystitis is a common disease, and laparoscopic surgery is the standard of care. Background: Optimal timing of surgery for acute cholecystitis remains controversial: either early surgery shortly after hospital admission or delayed elective surgery after a conservative treatment with antibiotics. Methods: The ACDC ("Acute Cholecystitis-early laparoscopic surgery versus antibiotic therapy and Delayed elective Cholecystectomy") study is a randomized, prospective, open-label, parallel group trial. Patients were randomly assigned to receive immediate surgery within 24 hours of hospital admission (group ILC) or initial antibiotic treatment, followed by delayed laparoscopic cholecystectomy at days 7 to 45 (group DLC). For infection, all patients were treated with moxifloxacin for at least 48 hours. Primary endpoint was occurrence of predefined relevant morbidity within 75 days. Secondary endpoints were as follows: (1) 75-day morbidity using a scoring system; (2) conversion rate; (3) change of antibiotic therapy; (4) mortality; (5) costs; and (6) length of hospital stay. Results: Morbidity rate was significantly lower in group ILC (304 patients) than in group DLC (314 patients): 11.8% versus 34.4%. Conversion rate to open surgery and mortality did not differ significantly between groups. Mean length of hospital stay (5.4 days vs 10.0 days; P < 0.001) and total hospital costs (€2919 vs €4262; P < 0.001) were significantly lower in group ILC. Conclusions: In this large, randomized trial, laparoscopic cholecystectomy within 24 hours of hospital admission was shown to be superior to the conservative approach concerning morbidity and costs. Therefore, we believe that immediate laparoscopic cholecystectomy should become therapy of choice for acute cholecystitis in operable patients. © 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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