Beatrix Wulkersdorfer

Medical University of Vienna, Wien, Vienna, Austria

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    ABSTRACT: Background: Intoxication with Amanita phalloides is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Treatment therapies include general support, toxin elimination, pharmacotherapy with agents such as the hepatoprotective agent silibinin, and, in extreme states, liver transplantation. Despite these therapeutic interventions, mortality remains relatively high. Case reports: We present reports of 2 patients with severe hepatic failure following intoxication with Amanita phalloides. Both patients were admitted to the intensive care unit; 1 patient suffered from hepatic failure solely, and the second patient experienced severe 5-organ failure. In addition to conventional intensive care treatment, both patients were treated additively with classical homeopathy. The 2 patients survived without any residual pathological sequelae. Conclusion: Based on the 2 cases, including 1 extreme situation, we suggest that adjunctive homeopathic treatment has a role in the treatment of acute Amanita phalloides-induced toxicity following mushroom poisoning. Additional studies may clarify a more precise dosing regimen, standardization, and better acceptance of homeopathic medicine in the intensive care setting.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2014 · Ochsner Journal
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    B Meyer · A Bojic · GJ Locker · T Staudinger · B Wulkersdorfer · M Müllner · A Spittler · E Schuster · B Reith · A Kaye · M Frass

    Full-text · Article · Mar 2008 · Critical Care
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    ABSTRACT: Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection in lung transplant patients induces an inflammatory response, including local production of cytokines involved in viral clearance. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential value of monitoring interleukin (IL)-10 with respect to HCMV persistence in blood and/or bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL). A quantitative polymerase chain reaction assay was used for HCMV-DNA detection in plasma and BAL. IL-10 was measured with an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in blood and with BAL in 101 lung transplant patients. IL-10 levels were correlated with clinical outcome. A total of 23 patients of 35 (66%) with detectable HCMV in plasma and/or BAL exhibited increased levels of IL-10 in plasma and/or BAL. Complete clearance of HCMV was observed after 168 (median 130) days in the IL-10-positive group (n=23) in comparison with 87 (median 58) days in the IL-10-negative group (n=12; P<0.024). In the seven HCMV-positive patients with positive IL-10 levels in BAL only, HCMV persisted in BAL for a median of 579 days without signs of systemic infection (positive plasma levels) or clinical symptoms. We show that in lung transplant patients with elevated levels of IL-10 in plasma and/or BAL, HCMV clearance is prolonged because of the influence of anti-inflammatory cytokines.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2007 · Transplantation
  • Edvin Turkof · Beatrix Wulkersdorfer · Adam Bukaty
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    ABSTRACT: The review discusses the efficacy of reconstructing the neurovascular bundle to regain sexual function if nerve-sparing prostatectomy is unfeasible. Eleven studies could be found describing the reconstruction of neurovascular bundles. All reconstructive procedures displayed technical inadequacies. The effectiveness of unilateral neurovascular bundle reconstruction remains statistically insignificant when compared with procedures without reconstruction. The efficacy of reconstructing both neurovascular bundles ranges between 0 and 43%. Concerning basic anatomy, the neurovascular bundle contains fibers innervating the cavernous nerves, prostate, rectum, and levator ani muscle. The terms cavernous nerve and neurovascular bundle have often been wrongly considered synonymous. The pelvic splanchnic nerves probably do not join the neurovascular bundle proximal to the bladder/prostate junction but rather at variable distances from 10 to 20 mm distal to it. Therefore, described proximal coaptation sites at the bladder/prostate junction possibly encompass only the hypogastric nerve. Modest clinical results are partly due to inadequate surgical techniques and are mainly due to the anatomical and topographical complexity of the cavernous nerves. Contemporary nerve grafting techniques probably do not allow for the regeneration of all cavernous nerves.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2006 · Current Opinion in Urology
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    ABSTRACT: Training of National Aeronautics and Space Administration space shuttle astronauts revealed difficult airway management with endotracheal tubes (ETTs) under microgravity conditions. The authors performed a randomized comparative study of ETT and Combitube (ETC; Tyco Healthcare, Pleasanton, CA). The aim of the study was to evaluate ease, time of insertion, and success rates during normogravity and parabolic flights using mannequins. After normogravity experiments, four flyers performed intubation on a mannequin during the flights. Sixty-two intubation attempts were performed using the ETC (normogravity, 29; microgravity, 33), and 58 intubation attempts were performed using the ETT (each 29 attempts, both conditions). Time to completion of the intubation procedure, success rate, and ease of insertion were recorded. The ETC performed equally well between normogravity (median, 18 s; range, 17-25 s) and microgravity (median, 18.5 s; range, 17-28 s), whereas the ETT performed significantly slower under microgravity (median, 20 s; range, 17-27 s) as compared with normogravity (median, 18 s; range, 16-22 s; P = 0.019). One hundred nine of 120 (90%) were successful. The ETT and ETC were comparable with respect to successful intubations, under normogravity or microgravity, respectively. Both the ETC and ETT perform comparably well. Slight differences could be found with respect to time of insertion in favor of the ETC. Because this is the first experiment using the ETC on the KC-135, it is shown that there is enough time to perform the insertion procedure. Because the ETC airway requires less training and is easier to insert than an ETT, it is recommended for further study as an alternative airway to what is currently on the shuttle.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2006 · Anesthesiology
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    ABSTRACT: High pressures exerted by balloons and cuffs of conventional endotracheal tubes, the Combitube (Tyco Healthcare Nellcor Mallinckrodt, Pleasanton, CA), the EasyTube (Teleflex Ruesch, Kernen, Germany), the Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA North America, San Diego, CA), the Intubating Laryngeal Mask Airway (Fastrach; LMA North America), the ProSeal (LMA North America), and the Laryngeal Tube (LT; VBM Medizintechnik, Sulz, Germany) may traumatize the pharyngeal mucosa. The aim of this study was to compare pressures exerted on the pharyngeal, tracheal, and esophageal mucosa by different devices designed for securing the patient's airways. Nineteen fresh cadavers were included. To measure mucosal pressures, microchip sensors were fixed on the anterior, lateral, and posterior surfaces of the proximal balloon and the distal cuff of the investigated devices. Depending on the respective airway device, the cuff volume was increased in 10-ml increments at the proximal balloon starting from 0 to a maximum of 100 ml, and in 2-ml increments at the distal cuff starting from 0 up to 12 ml. Tracheal mucosal pressures were significantly higher using the Combitube compared with the endotracheal tube and the EasyTube. Maximal esophageal pressures were significantly higher using the EasyTube compared with the Combitube. Using cuff volumes according to the manufacturers' guidelines, we found the highest pharyngeal pressures with the Intubating Laryngeal Mask Airway versus all other devices. At maximal volumes, the Laryngeal Mask Airway, the Intubating Laryngeal Mask Airway, and the ProSeal induced significantly higher pharyngeal pressures compared with all other devices. Using a pharyngeal cuff volume of 40 ml, the Intubating Laryngeal Mask Airway followed by the Laryngeal Mask Airway exerted significantly higher pressures compared with the other devices. Although some devices exhibit a somewhat higher mucosal pressure when compared with others, the authors believe that the observed differences of the cuff pressures do not suggest a clinically relevant danger, because the investigated devices, except the endotracheal tubes, are not intended for prolonged use.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2006 · Anesthesiology
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    Full-text · Article · Jun 2006 · The Journal of Men&#39 s Health & Gender
  • Michael Frass · Beatrix Wulkersdorfer · Ilse Muchitsch · Helmut Friehs · Gerhard Resch

    No preview · Article · Dec 2005 · Zeitschrift für Klassische Homöopathie

  • No preview · Article · Sep 2005 · Resuscitation