Anastasia J Garoufi

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OBJECTIVE In children and adolescents with cardiovascular risk factors, the assessment of subclinical target-organ damage is of paramount importance. This study investigated factors associated with carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) in adolescents. DESIGN AND METHODS A cross-sectional study was performed in 448 apparently healthy adolescents recruited(More)
The case of a 13-year-old girl with primary Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection and concomitant cholestatic hepatitis, which initially presented as acute acalculous cholecystitis (AAC), is described. The diagnosis of AAC was documented by clinical and ultrasonographic criteria, whereas acute EBV infection was confirmed serologically. AAC may develop during(More)
OBJECTIVE Lipid abnormalities and thyroid dysfunction have been reported in patients treated with antiepileptic drugs. The aim of this study was to evaluate prospectively the association between thyroid and lipid profile in children treated with carbamazepine (CBZ) monotherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS Thyroid function was evaluated in 18 epileptic children,(More)
Plasma total homocysteine (p-tHcy), serum folate (s-F), serum vitamin B-12 (s-B12) and plasma pyridoxal-5'-phosphate (p-PLP) were measured in epileptic children before and after a 20-week period of sodium valproate (group A, n=32) and carbamazepine (group B, n=20) monotherapy. P-tHcy significantly increased in both groups, s-F and s-B12 significantly(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to investigate by a prospective, self-controlled method, whether treatment with carbamazepine (CBZ) and sodium valproate (VPA) monotherapy may alter serum lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)] concentrations in epileptic children. METHODS Serum Lp(a) concentrations have been determined in 18 epileptic children before and at 6, 12 and(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE To evaluate prospectively the changes and possible associations in lipid and thyroid profiles in children treated with oxcarbazepine (OXC) monotherapy. METHODS Serum total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), triglycerides (TGs), lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)], free(More)
BACKGROUND Small dense low density lipoprotein-cholesterol (sdLDL-C) molecules are more atherogenic compared with large buoyant ones. Phytosterols-enriched diets are effective in decreasing total cholesterol (TC) and low density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) concentrations in hyperlipidemic children without significant adverse effects. Limited data on the(More)
PURPOSE Hyperuricemia has been shown to be related to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. There is controversial data about the effect of sodium valproate (VPA) monotherapy on serum uric acid concentrations. The purpose of this study was to investigate by a long-term, prospective method, whether treatment with VPA monotherapy may alter serum uric acid(More)