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Schutt M.,University of Lübeck | Fach E.-M.,Diabetes Schwerpunktpraxis | Seufert J.,University Hospital Freiburg | Kerner W.,Heart and Diabetes Center Mecklenburg Vorpommern | And 4 more authors.
Diabetic Medicine | Year: 2012

Aim Elderly and old patients with Type1 diabetes represent a growing population that requires thorough diabetes care. The increasing relevance of this subgroup, however, plays only a minor role in the literature. Here, we describe elderly patients with Type1 diabetes on the basis of a large multi-centre database in order to point out special features of this population. Method Data of 64609 patients with Type1 diabetes treated by 350 qualified diabetes treatment centres were assessed and analysed by age group. Results Compared with the age group ≤60years, patients aged >60years (n=3610 61-80years and n=377 >80years old) were characterized by a longer diabetes duration (27.7 vs. 7.7years), an almost double risk for severe hypoglycaemia (40.1 vs. 24.3/100patient-years), a lower level of HbA 1c [60 vs. 67mmol/mol (7.6 vs. 8.3%)] and higher percentages of microalbuminuria (34.5 vs. 15.6%), diabetic retinopathy (45.2 vs. 8.3%), myocardial infarction (9.0 vs. 0.4%) or stroke (6.8 vs. 0.3%). Elderly patients used insulin pumps less frequently (12.2 vs. 23.8%), but more often used conventional premixed insulin treatment (10.8 vs. 3.8%). Differences between elderly and younger patient groups were significant, respectively. Conclusion Diabetes care of elderly patients with Type1 diabetes involves individualized treatment concepts. Increased hypoglycaemia risk and functional impairment attributable to diabetes-associated and/or age-related disorders must be taken into account. © 2012 The Authors. Diabetic Medicine © 2012 Diabetes UK.


Nouri K.,Medical University of Vienna | Litschauer B.,Medical University of Vienna | Sator M.,Medical University of Vienna | Tiringer D.,Medical University of Vienna | And 4 more authors.
Asian Journal of Andrology | Year: 2014

The aim of the present study was to assess if semen quality declines during in vitro fertilization (IVF) and whether or not this phenomenon is triggered by chronic male stress. In order to test this hypothesis, we first investigated a retrospective cohort of 155 male IVF patients (testing cohort). Subsequently, we started a prospective cohort study in men undergoing their first IVF and assessed semen quality and subjective male chronic stress using a validated tool, i.e. the Fertility Problem Inventory (FPI) questionnaire. The association between stress and sperm quality decline measured 4-6 weeks before the start of IVF (T1) and at the day of oocyte retrieval (T2) was the primary outcome. Live birth rate, first trimester abortion and rate of poor responders were secondary outcomes. In the testing cohort, mean progressive motility, but not mean sperm density significantly declined. There were 78/154 (51%) men who showed a decline in semen density and 50/154 (32%) men who showed a decline in progressive motility. In the validation cohort, progressive motility declined, whereas, sperm density increased from T1 to T2. Of 78 men, 27 men had increased stress (FPI-score > 146). Sperm density and progressive motility were not significantly different in men with and without stress. However, in the presence of male stress, couples had a higher rate of poor responders, miscarriages and a lower rate of live births. Subjective stress is not associated with a decline in semen quality observed during IVF but may be associated with adverse pregnancy outcome.


Bosmuller H.,Krankenhaus Barmherzige Schwestern | Von Weyhern C.H.,University of Tübingen | Adam P.,University of Tübingen | Alibegovic V.,Krankenhaus Barmherzige Schwestern | And 2 more authors.
Virchows Archiv | Year: 2011

Paratesticular fibrous pseudotumor (nodular periorchitis, inflammatory pseudotumor of the spermatic cord) is a rare, benign condition of unknown etiology characterized by solitary or multiple intrascrotal nodules composed of dense fibrous tissue with a variable, sometimes sparse inflammatory infiltrate. Based on certain similarities to other fibroinflammatory disorders characterized by infiltrates of IgG4-expressing plasma cells and recently subsumed under the heading of IgG4-mediated diseases, we investigated the plasma cell distribution and immunoglobulin isotypes in three cases of paratesticular fibrous and inflammatory pseudotumor. All three cases showed a high number of IgG4-positive plasma cells with an IgG4 to IgG ratio of 44-48%. This finding indicates that paratesticular fibrous pseudotumor might belong to the growing list of IgG4-related diseases, which by now includes such diverse entities as retroperitoneal fibrosis, sclerosing pancreatitis and cholangitis, Riedel's thyroiditis, or sclerosing sialadenitis. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.


This report describes an unusual EBV-negative lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma of the vulva in a 73-year-old patient. The lesion was localised at the right minor labium and was resected by partial vulvectomy. A synchronous sentinel lymph node biopsy revealed a single micrometastasis in the right inguinal region, which prompted local radiotherapy. Follow-up nine months later showed only slight vulvar atrophy, without signs of local recurrence or distant metastases.Although lymphoepithelioma-like carcinomas of the skin and the female genital tract are presumed to have a better prognosis than their counterparts in the upper aerodigestive tract, possibly due to earlier detection and therapy, this case documents their potential for early metastasis.


Goliasch G.,Medical University of Vienna | Goliasch G.,Mount Sinai School of Medicine | Forster S.,Medical University of Vienna | El-Hamid F.,Medical University of Vienna | And 5 more authors.
European Journal of Clinical Investigation | Year: 2013

Background: The prognosis of elderly patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is poor, and information on specific risk factors remains scarce. The aim of our study was to assess the influence of platelet count on cardiovascular mortality in very elderly patients with acute myocardial infarction (≥ 85 years of age). Methods: We identified 208 elderly AMI patients and compared the platelet count with 208 matched young AMI patients (≤ 65 years) and 208 matched intermediate age AMI patients (66-84 years) who derived from the same cohort. Results: During a median follow-up of 4·7 years, 25% of patients (n = 156) died of cardiovascular causes (97 very elderly, 46 intermediate age and 13 young age patients). We detected a mean platelet count of 227G/l (SD ± 83) in very elderly AMI patients, of 236G/l (SD ± 78) in the intermediate AMI group and of 254G/l (SD ± 79) in 208 young AMI patients (anova P = 0·002). We revealed a significant interaction between age and platelet count with regard to cardiovascular mortality (p for interaction = 0·014). Platelet count displayed a significant risk transformation from an independent risk factor for cardiovascular mortality in very elderly AMI patients (adj. hazard ratio (HR) per 1-SD increase 1·25;95%CI 1·02-1·54;P = 0·028), via displaying no association with mortality in the intermediate age group (P = 0·10), to a strong inverse association in young patients (adj. HR 0·36;95%CI 0·18-0·68;P = 0·002). Conclusion: Our study demonstrates an independent association between elevated platelet count and long-term cardiovascular mortality in the growing and vulnerable group of very elderly AMI patients. Nevertheless, the pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying this age-dependent effect have to be further clarified. © 2013 Stichting European Society for Clinical Investigation Journal Foundation.


Dorler J.,Innsbruck Medical University | Edlinger M.,Innsbruck Medical University | Alber H.F.,Innsbruck Medical University | Altenberger J.,Paracelsus Medical University | And 8 more authors.
European Heart Journal | Year: 2011

Aims Pre-treatment with clopidogrel results in a reduction of ischaemic events in non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndromes. Data on upstream clopidogrel in the setting of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are limited. The aim of this study was to investigate whether clopidogrel loading before arrival at the PCI centre may result in an improved outcome of primary PCI for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Methods and results In a multicentre registry of acute PCI, 5955 patients undergoing primary PCI in Austria between January 2005 and December 2009 were prospectively enrolled. The patients consisted of two groups, a clopidogrel pre-treatment group (n = 1635 patients) receiving clopidogrel before arrival at the PCI centre and a peri-interventional clopidogrel group (n = 4320 patients) receiving clopidogrel at a later stage. Multiple logistic regression analysis including major confounding factors stratified by the participating centres was applied to investigate the effect of pre-treatment with clopidogrel on the in-hospital mortality. Additionally, two subgroups, with or without the use of GP IIb/IIIa antagonist therapy in the catheterization laboratory, were analysed. On univariate analysis, clopidogrel pre-treatment was associated with a reduced in-hospital mortality (3.4 vs. 6.1, P< 0.01) after primary PCI. On multivariate analysis, clopidogrel pre-treatment remained an independent predictor of in-hospital mortality [odds ratio (OR) 0.60, 95 confidence interval (CI) 0.350.99; P = 0.048], especially in patients receiving additional GP IIb/IIIa antagonist therapy in the catheterization laboratory (OR 0.40, 95 CI 0.190.83; P = 0.01). Conclusion Clopidogrel pre-treatment before arrival at the PCI centre is associated with reduced mortality in a real world setting of primary PCI. These results strongly support the recommendation of clopidogrel treatment 'as soon as possible' in patients with STEMI undergoing pimary PCI. © 2011 The Author.


Studer U.E.,University of Bern | Whelan P.,St James Hospital | Wimpissinger F.,Rudolfstiftung Hospital | Casselman J.,Damiaan Ziekenhuis | And 6 more authors.
European Urology | Year: 2014

Background Trials assessing the benefit of immediate androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) for treating prostate cancer (PCa) have often done so based on differences in detectable prostate-specific antigen (PSA) relapse or metastatic disease rates at a specific time after randomization. Objective Based on the long-term results of European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) trial 30891, we questioned if differences in time to progression predict for survival differences. Design, setting, and participants EORTC trial 30891 compared immediate ADT (n = 492) with orchiectomy or luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone analog with deferred ADT (n = 493) initiated upon symptomatic disease progression or life-threatening complications in randomly assigned T0-4 N0-2 M0 PCa patients. Outcome measurements and statistical analysis Time to first objective progression (documented metastases, ureteric obstruction, not PSA rise) and time to objective castration-resistant progressive disease were compared as well as PCa mortality and overall survival. Results and limitations After a median of 12.8 yr, 769 of the 985 patients had died (78%), 269 of PCa (27%). For patients receiving deferred ADT, the overall treatment time was 31% of that for patients on immediate ADT. Deferred ADT was significantly worse than immediate ADT for time to first objective disease progression (p < 0.0001; 10-yr progression rates 42% vs 30%). However, time to objective castration-resistant disease after deferred ADT did not differ significantly (p = 0.42) from that after immediate ADT. In addition, PCa mortality did not differ significantly, except in patients with aggressive PCa resulting in death within 3-5 yr after diagnosis. Deferred ADT was inferior to immediate ADT in terms of overall survival (hazard ratio: 1.21; 95% confidence interval, 1.05-1.39; p [noninferiority] = 0.72, p [difference] = 0.0085). Conclusions This study shows that if hormonal manipulation is used at different times during the disease course, differences in time to first disease progression cannot predict differences in disease-specific survival. A deferred ADT policy may substantially reduce the time on treatment, but it is not suitable for patients with rapidly progressing disease. © 2013 European Association of Urology. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


PubMed | Krankenhaus Barmherzige Schwestern and Medical University of Vienna
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Archives of gynecology and obstetrics | Year: 2016

The MPO system plays an important role in the control of infections and the deletion of malignant cells. Nevertheless, alternations in the MPO system can lead to DNA damage and carcinogenesis. Polymorphisms in the MPO Gene have been associated with an increased expression of MPO and a higher risk for development of cancer. This study evaluates the association between -463G/A MPO gene polymorphism and the risk for CIN.The MPO gene polymorphism (-463G/A) was investigated in 616 women with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia and in 206 healthy women. Association between MPO gene polymorphism and risk of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia were analyzed by univariate and multivariable models.No significant difference in genotype distribution of the MPO gene polymorphism was observed in women with CIN and controls (p = 0.4; OR 1.2, 95 % CI 0.8-1.6). A subgroup analysis only including women with CIN did not show an association between -463G/A MPO gene polymorphism and risk for high-grade CIN (CIN 2/3) (p = 0.09; OR 1.5, 95 % CI 0.9-2.3).The investigated MPO gene polymorphism is not associated with risk for the development of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia.


PubMed | EORTC Headquarters, Krankenhaus Barmherzige Schwestern, Pinderfields Hospital, University of Zürich and 6 more.
Type: Comparative Study | Journal: European urology | Year: 2015

Trials assessing the benefit of immediate androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) for treating prostate cancer (PCa) have often done so based on differences in detectable prostate-specific antigen (PSA) relapse or metastatic disease rates at a specific time after randomization.Based on the long-term results of European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) trial 30891, we questioned if differences in time to progression predict for survival differences.EORTC trial 30891 compared immediate ADT (n=492) with orchiectomy or luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone analog with deferred ADT (n=493) initiated upon symptomatic disease progression or life-threatening complications in randomly assigned T0-4 N0-2 M0 PCa patients.Time to first objective progression (documented metastases, ureteric obstruction, not PSA rise) and time to objective castration-resistant progressive disease were compared as well as PCa mortality and overall survival.After a median of 12.8 yr, 769 of the 985 patients had died (78%), 269 of PCa (27%). For patients receiving deferred ADT, the overall treatment time was 31% of that for patients on immediate ADT. Deferred ADT was significantly worse than immediate ADT for time to first objective disease progression (p<0.0001; 10-yr progression rates 42% vs 30%). However, time to objective castration-resistant disease after deferred ADT did not differ significantly (p=0.42) from that after immediate ADT. In addition, PCa mortality did not differ significantly, except in patients with aggressive PCa resulting in death within 3-5 yr after diagnosis. Deferred ADT was inferior to immediate ADT in terms of overall survival (hazard ratio: 1.21; 95% confidence interval, 1.05-1.39; p [noninferiority]=0.72, p [difference] = 0.0085).This study shows that if hormonal manipulation is used at different times during the disease course, differences in time to first disease progression cannot predict differences in disease-specific survival. A deferred ADT policy may substantially reduce the time on treatment, but it is not suitable for patients with rapidly progressing disease.


PubMed | Paracelsus Medical University, Krankenhaus Barmherzige Schwestern, Katharinenhospital, University of Ulm and University of Regensburg
Type: | Journal: Journal of pediatric urology | Year: 2016

Cowpers syringocele is a cystic dilation of the bulbourethral gland duct, initially defined by Maizels etal. in 1983. Although obstructive and non-obstructive types of this rare anomaly are described, clinical symptoms are highly unspecific. Therefore, we report 12 cases of children and young adults diagnosed with Cowpers syringocele to further clarify clinical course, comorbidity and treatment strategies.We retrospectively collected clinical data of 12 children and young adults from birth to 18.5 years (median 7.2 years) who had been treated in four different institutes during a period of 16 years. The primary specific diagnostic work-up consisted of ultrasound, cystourethrography, and cystoscopy.3Older patients with a median age of 11.8 years clinically presented with obstructive voiding pattern or gross hematuria; infants with a median age of 0.6 years presented with febrile urinary tract infections (UTIs). After cystoscopic confirmation in all patients, endoscopic treatment was possible in nine; open surgical resection was necessary in three patients. Because of intrauterine megacystis and chronic renal failure, one boy underwent suprapubic diversion with a cystostomy soon after birth. Owing to urological comorbidity or later complications, additional procedures were necessary, for example, resection of minor urethral valves, prophylactic circumcision for UTI, endoscopic or open antireflux procedures, and occasionally complex bladder reconstructions in the long term.According to our data, the initial clinical symptoms of Cowpers syringocele were related to presenting age rather than the previously described type of syringocele according to Maizels etal. Infants presented with febrile UTIs; however, older boys and young adults had mainly voiding problems or nocturnal enuresis. Therefore, the clinical significance of the described syringocele types must be questioned. Eighty-three percent of our patients showed additional urological pathology such as vesicoureterorenal reflux, ureteropelvic junction obstruction, megaureter, or minor urethral valves. Thus, Cowpers syringocele hardly seems to be an isolated pathology.Although rare, Cowpers syringoceles should be considered in differential diagnosis of infravesical obstruction in boys and young adults. Diagnostics are usually justified by presenting symptoms such as UTI or urinary flow impairment, which seem to be age dependent. Despite modern diagnostic tools, diagnosis is usually made by cystourethrography and sometimes accidentally by cystoscopy. Considerable urological comorbidities and consecutive bladder dysfunction need long-term follow-up.

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