D Henne-Bruns

Universität Ulm, Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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    ABSTRACT: A condylomata acuminata infection is caused by human papillomaviridae (HPV). This sexually transmitted condition most often affects the perineal region. Importantly, infections with types 16 and 18 are associated with an increased risk for anal and cervix cancer. In most cases topical therapy is sufficient for successfully treating condylomata acuminata. Here, we report the case of a 51-year old patient who suffered from a giant perianal located condylomata acuminata which had developed over a period of more than 10 years. Imaging by MRI revealed a possible infiltration of the musculus sphincter ani externus. Because a topical treatment or a radiotherapy was considered unfeasible, a surgical treatment was the only therapeutic option in this unusual case. First, a colostomy was performed and subsequently a resection of the tumor in toto with circular resection of the external portion of the musculus sphincter ani externus was performed. The large skin defect was closed by two gluteus flaps. The rectum wall was reinserted in the remnant of the musculus sphincter ani externus. Postoperatively, parts of the flaps developed necrosis. Therefore, a vacuum sealing therapy was initiated. Subsequently, the remaining skin defects were closed by autologous skin transplantation. Six months later the colostomy could be reversed. To date, one year after first surgery, the patient has still a normal sphincter function and no recurrence of the condylomata acuminata. This case report demonstrates how giant condylomata acuminata can be successfully treated by extended surgical procedures including colostomy and plastic reconstruction of resulting defects upon resection.
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    ABSTRACT: Cellular signal transduction components are usually regulated not only on transcriptional or translational level, but also by posttranslational modifications. Among these, reversible phosphorylation represents the most abundant modification. In general, phosphorylation events are essential for regulating the activity of central signal transduction proteins, also including kinases itself. Members of the CK1 family can be found as central signal transduction proteins in numerous cellular pathways. Due to its wide variety of cellular functions the activity of CK1 family members has to be tightly regulated. We previously reported that PKA and Chk1 are able to phosphorylate CK1δ within its C-terminal regulatory domain, consequently resulting in altered CK1 kinase activity. In the present study, we show by several methods that protein kinase C α (PKCα) as well is able to phosphorylate CK1δ at its C-terminally located residues S328, T329, and S370. Furthermore, we analyze the functional consequences of PKCα-mediated phosphorylation on CK1δ kinase activity. Mutation of S328, T329, or S370 to alanine dramatically alters the kinetic parameters of CK1δ. By using the PKCα-specific inhibitor Go-6983 in a selected cell culture model, we finally show that the in vitro detected regulatory connection between PKCα and CK1δ is also relevant in the cellular context. Taken together, these data contribute to a deeper understanding of cellular signal transduction networks thereby helping to form a basis for the development of future therapeutic concepts.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Amino Acids
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    ABSTRACT: Cancers arising from the large intestine or rectum are called colorectal cancer (CRC) and represent the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Since casein kinase 1 (CK1) isoforms are involved in many cellular processes and have been reported to be deregulated in various tumor entities, CK1 has become an interesting drug target. In this study, we examined the potential of CK1δ expression levels in tumor tissue of CRC patients as a prognostic biomarker. We show by quantitative RNA expression analyses that decreased CK1δ expression levels in tumor tissue predict prolonged survival rates. Random sampling of CK1δ stained tumor tissue indicates that CK1δ gene expression corresponds with CK1δ protein expression. Especially in low grade (grade 1, grade 2) and in UICC II/III classified tumors decreased CK1δ RNA levels correlate with significantly improved survival rates when the tumor was located in the right colon. We furthermore found gender-specific differences within these subgroups, revealing most significant increase in overall survival rates in male patients with tumors in right colon expressing low levels of CK1δ RNA. Results become even clearer, when only male patients over 50 years were considered. Together, these findings support the assumption that CK1δ might be a prognostic biomarker for CRC thereby providing an interesting drug target for the development of new therapy concepts.
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    ABSTRACT: Risk classification and prediction of prognosis in GIST is still a matter of debate. Data on the impact of age and gender as potential confounding factors are limited. Therefore we comprehensively investigated age and gender as independent risk factors for GIST. Two independent patient cohorts (cohort I, n = 87 [<50 years]; cohort II, n = 125 [≥50 years]) were extracted from the multicentre Ulmer GIST registry including a total of 659 GIST patients retrospectively collected in 18 collaborative German oncological centers. Based on demographic and clinicopathological parameters and a median follow-up time of 4.3 years (range 0.56; 21.33) disease-specific-survival (DSS), disease-free-survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) were calculated. GIST patients older than fifty years showed significantly worse DSS compared to younger patients (p = 0.021; HR = 0.307, 95% CI [0.113; 0.834]). DSS was significantly more favorable in younger female GIST patients compared with elderly females (p = 0.008). Female gender resulted again in better prognosis in younger patients (p = 0.033). Patient age (<50 years) and female gender were significantly associated with a more favourable prognosis in GIST. Extended studies are warranted to confirm our clinical results and to elucidate underlying pathophysiological mechanisms.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2015 · BMC Cancer
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    ABSTRACT: Pancreatic tumors comprise benign lesion and malignant lesion, most importantly pancreatic adenocarcinoma, acinar cell carcinoma, neuroendocrine carcinoma or metastasis. Surgical resection provides the only chance for cure for malignant pancreatic tumors. In some cases, surgical resection is performed because a malignant lesion is suspected, however, histopathological examinations eventually reveal a benign lesion. Here, we report the case of a 49-year-old woman, who was initially diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor of the pancreas with metastasis to the liver. The patient underwent distal pancreatectomy and atypical liver resection. Surprisingly, however, histopathological examination revealed an intrapancreatic accessory spleen (IPAS) of the pancreatic tail as well as liver hemangioma. This unique case report highlights the impact of extensive preoperative examinations to differentiate benign and malignant pancreatic lesions and, possibly, prevent patients from unnecessary surgery.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
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    ABSTRACT: CK1 protein kinases form a family of serine/threonine kinases which are highly conserved through different species and ubiquitously expressed. CK1 family members can phosphorylate numerous substrates thereby regulating different biological processes including membrane trafficking, cell cycle regulation, circadian rhythm, apoptosis, and signal transduction. Deregulation of CK1 activity and/or expression contributes to the development of neurological diseases and cancer. Therefore, CK1 became an interesting target for drug development and it is relevant to further understand the mechanisms of its regulation. In the present study, Cyclin-dependent kinase 2/Cyclin E (CDK2/E) and Cyclin-dependent kinase 5/p35 (CDK5/p35) were identified as cellular kinases able to modulate CK1δ activity through site-specific phosphorylation of its C-terminal domain. Furthermore, pre-incubation of CK1δ with CDK2/E or CDK5/p35 reduces CK1δ activity in vitro, indicating a functional impact of the interaction between CK1δ and CDK/cyclin complexes. Interestingly, inhibition of Cyclin-dependent kinases by Dinaciclib increases CK1δ activity in pancreatic cancer cells. In summary, these results suggest that CK1δ activity can be modulated by the interplay between CK1δ and CDK2/E or CDK5/p35. These findings extend our knowledge about CK1δ regulation and may be of use for future development of CK1-related therapeutic strategies in the treatment of neurological diseases or cancer.
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    Alexandre Serra · Doris Henne-Bruns
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Molecular genetic techniques have greatly improved the understanding of pediatric illnesses. Based on our own experience, the aim of this review is to illustrate the importance of such molecular studies for the development of the pediatric surgery. Methods: Various molecular techniques for the investigation of DNA, RNA, Chromosomes, gene sequences, genomic rearrangements and gene amplifications have been employed to answer the clinical and therapeutic questions. Suitable statistic methods allowed the comparison of the results between patients and controls whenever possible. Results: We demonstrated that essential information for diagnostics and therapy of pediatric illnesses can be obtained through molecular genetic testing, including (but not limited to) translocations and consequent protein chimera expression in infantile lung tumors, the occurrence of genomic variants associated to neuroblastomas, the occurrence of microdeletions and insertions in target genes for autonomic diseases, the significantly higher occurrence of target gene mutations and polymorphisms in hypertrophic pyloric stenosis, the identification of a somatic gonosomal mosaicism and uniparental disomy in a complex disorder of sex differentiation and finally the simultaneous occurrence of embryonal tumors as early consequences of genomic instability. Conclusions: The importance of molecular genetic research for the development of pediatric surgery is evident from the multiple findings hereby described, demonstrating that the application of molecular genetic techniques and the development of a “genetically oriented” thinking for diagnostic and therapy strategies may indeed broaden the expertise and knowledge of pediatric surgeons, ultimately resulting in a better quality of care and higher rate of success for the pediatric patients.
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    ABSTRACT: Meropenem serves as a clinically important, broad-spectrum antibiotic. While meropenem is commonly used in obese patients, its pharmacokinetics in this patient group is not well known. Our aim was to characterize the population pharmacokinetics and target attainment in plasma, subcutaneous tissue and peritoneal fluid for meropenem in morbidly obese patients. Four doses of 1g meropenem were given as 15-min infusions every 8h to five morbidly obese patients (BMI: 47.6-62.3 kg/m(2)). After the fourth dose, serial meropenem concentrations were determined in plasma and, via microdialysis, in subcutaneous tissue and peritoneal fluid. All concentrations were simultaneously analyzed via population modeling and target attainment probabilities predicted via Monte Carlo simulations using the target of unbound meropenem concentrations above the MIC for at least 40% of the dosing interval. For patients with 53 kg fat-free mass, total clearance was 18.7 L/h and volume of distribution at steady-state 27.6 L. Concentrations in subcutaneous tissue and peritoneal fluid largely paralleled those in plasma (equilibration half-life <30 min). The area under the curve (AUC) in subcutaneous tissue divided by the plasma-AUC had a mean of 0.721. For peritoneal fluid this AUC ratio had a mean of 0.943. Target attainment probabilities were >90% after meropenem 1g every 8h as 15-min infusion for MICs up to 2 mg/L in plasma and peritoneal fluid, and 0.5 mg/L in subcutaneous tissue. Meropenem pharmacokinetics in plasma and peritoneal fluid of obese patients was predictable but subcutaneous tissue penetration was highly variable. Copyright © 2015, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.
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    ABSTRACT: Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is an obesity associated common cause of liver inflammation and there are concerns that it may turn out to be the most common cause of liver failure as prevalence of obesity increases. We determined the prevalence of NASH in relation to gender and body mass index (BMI). Furthermore, we assessed the association of NASH with the length of the small bowel. 124 liver samples obtained during routine operations were examined looking for NAFLD Activity Score (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease). The length of small bowel was measured intraoperatively. For evaluation, patients were divided into four groups according to their BMI (group 1: normal weight, group 2: overweight, group 3: grade I/II morbidly obese, and group 4 grade III morbidly obese patients). BMI showed a strong positive correlation with risk of NASH and a weak positive correlation with small bowel length. No normal weight patient was at risk of NASH, whereas in group 2 14% had uncertain and 32% definite NASH. In group 3 11% had uncertain and 27% definite NASH. In group 4 nearly two-thirds were classified as uncertain or definite NASH. Median length of small bowel in all patients was 450 cm (range 226-860 cm). Within group 4, patients with definite/uncertain NASH had a longer small bowel than patients without NASH. Prevalence of NASH is high in morbidly obese. Small bowel length could influence the complex etiology of the disease.
    Preview · Article · Jul 2015 · BMC Research Notes
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    ABSTRACT: Aim: Adjuvant treatment is still controversially discussed for elderly colon cancer (CC) patients. Our aim was to investigate the benefit of adjuvant treatment for younger (<70 years) and elderly (≥70 years) patients. Patients and Methods: The long-term outcome of patients (n=855) enrolled in a randomized controlled trial comparing adjuvant chemotherapy with 5-FU alone, 5-FU plus folinic acid (FA), and 5-FU plus interferon-alpha (IFNa) was compared in younger (<70 years) and elderly (≥70 years) patients using a quotient of each patient's survival time and his expected residual life expectancy (QSL) and a multivariate Cox proportional hazards model. Results: Eightyear overall survival (OS) rates were 58.3% and 57.4% for younger (n=653) and elderly (n=202) patients, respectively. In elderly patients, 8-year OS rates were 51.4%, 61.8%, and 56.3, and median QSL scores were 0.338, 0.371, and 0.343 for 5-FU (n=59), 5-FU plus FA (n=76), and 5-FU plus IFNa (n=67), respectively. In elderly patients treatment with 5-FU plus FA decreased the risk for an event by 1.5-fold compared to 5-FU (HR=0.657, 95%CI=0.495-0.870, p=0.004) and 5- FU plus INFa (HR=0.685, 95%CI=0.515-0.912, p=0.009). Conclusion: Our analysis clearly demonstrates for the first time an additional benefit of FA for adjuvant treatment of elderly CC patients. We conclude that this regimen is very safe and effective for adjuvant treatment of elderly patients.
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    ABSTRACT: Disorders of sex development (DSD) affect the development of chromosomal, gonadal and/or anatomical sex. We analyzed a patient with ambiguous genitalia aiming to correlate the genetic findings with the phenotype. Blood and tissue samples from a male patient with penoscrotal hypospadias were analyzed by immunohistochemistry, karyotyping and FISH. DNA was sequenced for the AR, SRY and DHH genes, and further 26 loci in different sex chromosomes were analyzed by MLPA. The gonosomal origin was evaluated by simple tandem repeat (STR) analysis and SNP array. Histopathology revealed a streak gonad, a fallopian tube and a rudimentary uterus, positive for placental alkaline phosphatase, cytokeratin-7 and c-kit, and negative for estrogen, androgen and progesterone receptors, alpha-inhibin, alpha-1-fetoprotein, β-hCG, and oct-4. Karyotyping showed a 45,X/46,XY mosaicism, yet FISH showed both 46,XX/46,XY mosaicism (gonad and urethral plate), 46,XX (uterus and tube) and 46,XY karyotypes (rudimentary testicular tissue). DNA sequencing revealed intact sequences in SOX9, WNT4, NR0B1, NR5A1, CYP21A2, SRY, AR, and DHH. STR analysis showed only one maternal allele for all X chromosome markers (uniparental isodisomy, UPD), with a weaker SRY signal and a 4:1 ratio in the X:Y signal. Our findings suggest that the observed complex DSD phenotype is the result of somatic gonosomal mosaicism and UPD despite a normal blood karyotype. The presence of UPD warrants adequate genetic counseling for the family and frequent, lifelong, preventive follow-up controls in the patient. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.
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    ABSTRACT: With an increasing number of cancer survivors quality of life (QoL) becomes more and more important in the treatment of rectal cancer (RC). QoL after sphincter-preserving anterior resection (AR), however, was found nonsuperior to abdominoperineal resection. The aim of our study was to evaluate QoL after AR compared with colon cancer patients after right hemicolectomy (CC) and healthy lay persons without history of cancer (HL) in long-term follow-up. Consecutive alive RC patients (n = 293) who received an AR between 1998 and 2008 were included. CC patients (n = 201) and HL of the same age were used as a surgical and a nonsurgical control group, respectively. QoL was assessed using European Organization of Research and Treatment of Cancer questionnaires QLQ-C 30 and -CR 38. Questionnaires from 116 RC patients, 105 CC patients, and 103 HL were evaluable with a median time after surgery of 5 years. The global health status did not differ. Social functioning, future perspectives, and financial difficulties tended to poorer scores in the cancer groups. Physical functioning was better in RC and CC patients compared with HL. Defecation problems and diarrhea were more frequent in RC patients (P < .05). An additional open question revealed a median stool frequency of 3, 2, and 1 per day for RC, CC, and HL, respectively. Defecation problems were more frequent in RC patients who received radiation therapy (P < .05). Diarrhea and defecation problems impaired QoL after AR for RC, which was worsened after radiation therapy. To improve QoL of RC patients in the future, physicians have to focus on minimization of gastrointestinal side effects while optimizing surgical reconstruction. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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    Katrin Bauer · Marcel Schroeder · Franz Porzsolt · Doris Henne-Bruns
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to determine if international guidelines differ in their recommendations concerning additive therapy for advanced, but potentially curable, gastric cancer. A systematic search of the English and German literature was conducted in the databases Medline, Cochrane Database, Embase, and PubMed. The search terms used were 'guidelines gastric cancer,' 'guidelines stomach cancer,' and 'Leitlinien Magenkarzinom.' Six different guidelines published after January 1, 2010, in which the tumors were classified according to the seventh edition of the TNM system (2010), were identified. Although the examined guidelines were based on the same study results, their recommendations concerning accompanying therapy for gastric cancer differ considerably. While perioperative chemotherapy is recommended in Germany, Great Britain, and large parts of Europe, postoperative adjuvant radiochemotherapy or perioperative chemotherapy is recommended in the USA and Canada. In Japan, postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy is recommended.The results of identical studies were interpreted differently in different countries. Since considerable effort is required for each country to separately test relevant studies for their validity and suitability, an international cooperation could simplify the creation of a common basis for guidelines and contribute to improved comparability of international guidelines.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2015 · Journal of Gastric Cancer
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    ABSTRACT: White adipose tissue has now been recognized as an important endocrine organ secreting bioactive molecules termed adipocytokines. In obesity, anti-inflammatory adipocytokines like adiponectin are decreased while pro-inflammatory factors are over-produced. These changes contribute to the development of insulin resistance and obesity-associated diseases. Since members of the casein kinase 1 (CK1) family are involved in the regulation of various signaling pathways we ask here whether they are able to modulate the functions of adiponectin. We show that CK1δ and ε are expressed in adipose tissue and that the expression of CK1 isoforms correlate with that of adiponectin. Furthermore, adiponectin co-immunoprecipitates with CK1δ and CK1ε and is phosphorylated by CK1δ at serine 174 and threonine 235, thereby influencing the formation of adiponectin oligomeric complexes. Furthermore, inhibition of CK1δ in human adipocytes by IC261 leads to an increase in basal and insulin-stimulated glucose uptake. In summary, our data indicate that site-specific phosphorylation of adiponectin, especially at sites targeted by CK1δ in vitro, provides an additional regulatory mechanism for modulating adiponectin complex formation and function. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2015 · Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
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    ABSTRACT: Currently available data on prognostic implication of additional neoplasms in GIST miss comprehensive information on patient outcome with regard to overall or disease specific and disease free survival. Registry data of GIST patients with and without additional neoplasm were compared in retrospective case series. We investigated a total of 836 patients from the multi-center Ulmer GIST registry. Additionally, a second cohort encompassing 143 consecutively recruited patients of a single oncology center were analyzed. The frequency of additional malignant neoplasms in GIST patients was 31.9% and 42.0% in both cohorts with a mean follow-up time of 54 and 65 months (median 48 and 60 months), respectively. The spectrum of additional neoplasms in both cohorts encompasses gastrointestinal tumors (43.5%), uro-genital and breast cancers (34.1%), hematological malignancies (7.3%), skin cancer (7.3%) and others. Additional neoplasms have had a significant impact on patient outcome. The five year overall survival in GIST with additional malignant neoplasms (n = 267) was 62.8% compared to 83.4% in patients without other tumors (n = 569) (P < .001, HR=0.397, 95% CI: 0.298-0.530). Five-year disease specific survival was not different between both groups (90.8% versus 90.9%). 34.2% of all deaths (n = 66 of n = 193) were GIST-related. The presented data suggest a close association between the duration of follow-up and the rate of additional malignancies in GIST patients. Moreover the data indicate a strong impact of additional malignant neoplasms in GIST on patient outcome. A comprehensive follow-up strategy of GIST patients appears to be warranted. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Inc.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2015 · Neoplasia (New York, N.Y.)
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    ABSTRACT: To elucidate diagnostic criteria, clinicopathological features and clinical outcome in patients with esophageal gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), representing an extremely rare subform of GIST with an estimated incidence of about 0.1 to 0.3 per million people. Esophageal GIST cases from the Ulmer GIST registry consisting of 1077 cases were pooled with case reports and case series of esophageal GIST extracted from MEDLINE. Data were compared with those from 683 cases with gastric GIST from the Ulmer GIST registry. In comparison to gastric GIST, esophageal GIST (n = 55) occurred significantly more frequent in men (p = 0.035) as well as in patients younger than 60 at diagnosis (p < 0.001). Primary tumor sizes were significantly larger (p < 0.001), thereby resulting more frequently in a high-risk classification (OR = 4.53, CI 95% 2.41-8.52, p < 0.001). The 5-year rates of disease-specific survival (DSS), disease-free survival (DFS), and overall survival (OS) were 50.9%, 65.3% and 48.3%, respectively. The prognosis of esophageal GIST was less favorable compared with gastric GIST (DSS: p < 0.001, HR = 0.158, 95% CI: 0.087-0.288; DFS: p = 0.023, HR 0.466, 95% CI: 0.241-0.901; OS p = 0.003, HR = 0.481, 95% CI: 0.294-0.785; univariate Cox model) after a median follow-up time of 28 months (range 1.9 to 202). Mutational analysis for KIT showed more frequently wild-type status in esophageal GIST (OR = 10.13, CI 95% 3.02-33.96, p < 0.001). Esophageal GIST differ significantly from gastric GIST in respect to clinicopathological features and clinical outcome. To optimize treatment options further prospective data on patients with esophageal GIST are urgently warranted.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2015 · American Journal of Cancer Research
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    ABSTRACT: Background and Objectives: To elucidate diagnostic criteria, clinicopathological features and clinical out-come in patients with esophageal gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), representing an extremely rare subform of GIST with an estimated incidence of about 0.1 to 0.3 per million people. Patients and methods: Esophageal GIST cases from the Ulmer GIST registry consisting of 1077 cases were pooled with case reports and case series of esophageal GIST extracted from MEDLINE. Data were compared with those from 683 cases with gastric GIST from the Ulmer GIST registry. Results: In comparison to gastric GIST, esophageal GIST (n = 55) occurred significantly more frequent in men (p = 0.035) as well as in patients younger than 60 at diagnosis (p < 0.001). Primary tumor sizes were significantly larger (p < 0.001), thereby resulting more frequently in a high-risk classification (OR = 4.53, CI 95% 2.41-8.52, p < 0.001). The 5-year rates of disease-specific survival (DSS), disease-free survival (DFS), and over-all survival (OS) were 50.9%, 65.3% and 48.3%, respectively. The prognosis of esophageal GIST was less favorable compared with gastric GIST (DSS: p < 0.001, HR = 0.158, 95% CI: 0.087-0.288; DFS: p = 0.023, HR 0.466, 95% CI: 0.241-0.901; OS p = 0.003, HR = 0.481, 95% CI: 0.294-0.785; univariate Cox model) after a median follow-up time of 28 months (range 1.9 to 202). Mutational analysis for KIT showed more frequently wild-type status in esophageal GIST (OR = 10.13, CI 95% 3.02-33.96, p < 0.001). Conclusions: Esophageal GIST differ significantly from gastric GIST in respect to clinicopathological features and clinical outcome. To optimize treatment options further prospec-tive data on patients with esophageal GIST are urgently warranted. Introduction Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) are the most common mesenchymal neoplasms of the gastrointestinal tract with an annual incidence of 7 to 20 per million [1-6]. There is substantial evidence that GISTs differentiate parallel to the gut pacemaker cells, the interstitial cells of Cajal suggesting an origin from the Cajal cells or their progenitor cells [7-9]. Despite prognos-tic relevance of metastases at primary stage and tumor rupture, risk stratification in GIST is related to tumor size, mitotic rate and as recent-ly recognized also to tumor location. The major-ity of GISTs are located in the stomach (60-70%) and the small intestine (25-30%), whereas GISTs of the colo-rectum (up to 5%) and extra-gastrointestinal manifestations (< 5%) are less common [10-12]. Esophageal GIST is a very rare entity of GIST and represents < 1% of all cases. Therefore data on clinicopathological characteristics and clinical outcome are limit-ed. The aim of the present study was to eluci-date comprehensively demographic and
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    ABSTRACT: A 60-year-old patient presented with a solitary mass within the right hepatic lobe. Diagnostic imaging revealed a solid tumor on the diameter of 3 cm. In absence of any extrahepatic manifestation and based on FNAC findings the lesion was classisfied a primary hepatic chondroid sarcoma. However, after right hemihepatectomy histologic assessment resulted the final diagnosis of a benign chondroid hamartoma. Our findings add another variant to the versatile phenotype of liver hamartoma.
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    ABSTRACT: The clinical picture of an acute abdomen is frequently encountered in emergency medicine. In most cases abdominal pathologies underlie Johannes Lemke 1 Jan Scheele1 this condition, however, also extra-abdominal diseases may present or Stefan Schmidt2 cause an acute abdomen. The fact that this condition is potentially lifeMathias Wittau1 threatening highlights the importance of instant action. Here, we report on the case of a young woman that presented with an acute abdomen Doris Henne-Bruns1 in our clinic. Imaging revealed a massively distended stomach reaching the lesser pelvis. Initially, the etiology for the gastric dilatation remained unsolved. On the same day we performed an explorative laparotomy in 1 Clinic of General and Visceral Surgery, University of Ulm, Germany which massive amounts of clotted, undigested food was recovered via a gastrotomy. Postoperatively, upon psychiatric consultation, an eating disorder with daily eating binges could be revealed as being the cause 2 Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University of Ulm, Germany for the acute and dramatic gastric dilatation. The patient fully recovered from surgery and psychiatric co-treatment was initiated. This unique case report demonstrates how a psychiatric condition may lead to an acute abdomen, however, it also emphasizes the importance of prompt diagnosis and adequate therapy to avoid complications and allowing for full recovery.
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    Sabine Hofmann · Thomas F.E. Barth · Marko Kornmann · Doris Henne-Bruns
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction: The Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS) is a rare hereditary, autosomal-dominant disorder. It is characterized by a gastrointestinal polyposis and mucocutaneous melanic spots. It has also been reported as a precondition for malignancies with a life-time-hazard for cancer up to 93%, caused by a germline mutation in the STK11 gene. Presentation of case: A 21-year-old man presented with nausea and abdominal pain. He had a known history of PJS since the age of 13 when he was treated for intussusception due to a hamartomatous polyp. Preoperative diagnostics revealed a second intussusception and an extensive intestinal polyposis. Intraoperative findings confirmed the suspected diagnoses and desvagination was performed. Nearly 50 polyps were removed from the small intestinum over several longitudinal sections. As the appendix appeared thickened an appendectomy was performed simultaneously. Histology showed hamartomatous polyps and the incidental finding of a pT1 carcinoid of the appendix. The patient recovered well and needed no further treatment for his carcinoid tumor. Discussion: The mechanism of carcinogenesis in PJS still remains debatable, although the genetic disorder underlying the syndrome is known. A predisposition for carcinoid tumors also stays questionable. To our knowledge there is no description of an association between carcinoid tumors of the appendix and PJS to date. Conclusion: Life-expectancy in patients with PJS is reduced. Causes are the development of malignancies and complications from the polyps such as intussusception. Since there is no treatment possible main focus must be aimed at early recognition of malignancies and the prevention of complications.
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  • 2004-2015
    • Universität Ulm
      • • Clinic of General and Visceral Surgery
      • • Clinic of Internal Medicine I
      Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • 2013
    • Universitätsklinikum Halle (Saale)
      Halle-on-the-Saale, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
  • 2010
    • Technische Universität München
      München, Bavaria, Germany
  • 2009
    • Asklepios Paulinen Klinik Wiesbaden
      Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany
  • 2008
    • Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg
      • Institute for Pathology
      Halle-on-the-Saale, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
  • 1993-2003
    • Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
      • Division of Molecular Oncology
      Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  • 1997
    • Ruhr-Universität Bochum
      Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • 1995
    • University of Freiburg
      Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • 1988-1991
    • University of Hamburg
      Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • 1987-1991
    • University Medical Center Hamburg - Eppendorf
      Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • 1990
    • University of Chicago
      • Department of Surgery
      Chicago, Illinois, United States