Afroditi Pantzaki

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CONTEXT Neoplasms of the pancreas usually show ductal, acinar or endocrine differentiation. Tumors with mixed exocrine and endocrine components are unusual. We herein describe a case of a mixed ductal-endocrine tumor. CASE REPORT A 65-year-old woman was referred to our department with a diagnosis of carcinoma of the tail of the pancreas. The patient had a(More)
BACKGROUND A common strategy for the prevention of intra-abdominal adhesions post-operatively has been the application of adhesion barriers into the peritoneal cavity. Side effects of these barriers are infection, abscesses and inadequate wound healing. There is no information about such a side effect of these materials on renal function. The aim of this(More)
Solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) arises in the pleura and less commonly in extrapleural sites. SFT can be found in various head and neck sites. SFTs of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses are extremely rare with only ten previously reported cases in the world literature. This case report presents an additional case of SFT of the nasal cavity underlining the(More)
OBJECTIVE Tubular atrophy is one of the factors predicting poor outcome of renal function in primary immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN). However, the development of tubular atrophy is a late phenomenon during the disease progression. It would be useful to identify early factors that potentially result in renal damage and could be used as early predictors(More)
AIM Urinary cytokine excretion may reflect histological changes in immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN), and their measurement can give information about disease outcome. METHODS Thirty-three IgAN patients were prospectively followed for 5.6 +/- 3.1 years. Urinary levels of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), interleukin (IL)-6 and epidermal growth(More)
BACKGROUND Detection of urinary cytokines in pauci-immune focal segmental necrotizing glomerulonephritis (FSNGN) may provide valuable information about disease pathogenesis and prognosis. METHODS Epidermal growth factor (EGF), transforming growth factor (TGF-β1) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) were measured by ELISA, and Interleukins,(More)
IgA nephropathy (IgAN) is a very common glomerulonephritis among young adults, but the best therapeutic approach has not been fully elucidated. This study evaluated the effect of two different treatment regimes in IgAN, steroids alone or in combination with azathioprine. Among 122 patients with primary IgA nephropathy diagnosed in the 2000–2007 period, 22(More)
OBJECTIVE Steroids and immunosuppressants can delay progression of renal function in IgAN, but their possible effect in local cytokines has not been studied. MATERIAL AND METHODS Histology in 53 IgAN patients (M/F 35/18 age 40.5 years (17 - 65)) was evaluated using the Oxford classification system. IL-1β, -2, -4, -5, -6, -10, -12 and -17, INF-γ and MCP-1(More)
Five cases of sirenomelia presented with rare manifestations are discussed. Three neonates were born alive and died within 2 to 12 hours after birth. One case was the offspring of a triple in vitro fertilization pregnancy with history of early intrauterine death of one of the triplets. The main features included fusion of lower extremities (five of five),(More)
Malakoplakia represents a chronic inflammatory disease associated with a broad spectrum of bacterial infections. On histopathology, Michaelis-Gutmann bodies are considered as pathognomonic histopathological findings. Rarity of the disease and wide variety of clinical presentation makes its diagnosis very challenging. We report herein the case of a(More)