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  1. M R Kraus,
  2. A Schäfer,
  3. M Scheurlen
  1. Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik II, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
  1. Dr M R Kraus, Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik II, University of Würzburg, Klinikstr. 6–8, D-97070 Würzburg, Germany; kraus_m{at}

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