Andreas N Protopapas

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BACKGROUND The efficacy of pegylated interferon alfa-2b alone or in combination with lamivudine for the treatment of patients with hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) negative (-) chronic hepatitis B (CHB) is understudied. MATERIAL/METHODS One hundred twenty-six patients with HBeAg(-)chronic hepatitis B received pegylated interferon alfa-2b > or =1.5 micro(More)
EDITOR—The proband was a male infant born to a 28 year old mother and 24 year old father. The parents were healthy and non-consanguineous. There was no significant family history. The pregnancy was complicated by intrauterine growth retardation. At term, birth weight was 2300 g and bilateral talipes were noted, as were a number of dysmorphic features. These(More)
Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is currently considered the least invasive, innovative endoscopic intervention for permanent treatment of all types of esophageal achalasia [1]. POEM, however, is a technically demanding procedure, necessitating high-quality endoscopic abilities to manage the individualized technical diffi culties. Herein we report a(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatitis C virus infectivity and replication efficiency appears to be dependent on the lipid content and organization of the plasma membrane of the host cell, as well as of the intracellular membranous web. As there is increasing awareness of a role played by the efflux pump ABCB1 (p-glycoprotein, P-gp) in lipid homeostasis, its function could(More)
Basioukas S. and Xinopoulos D. [1] previously reported successful endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) of early gastric cancer, type '0-IIa' , in a Greek hospital. We would also like to add our experience from gastric and rectal ESD and one-year follow up. Although, narrow band imaging (NBI) magnification endoscopy is a prerequisite, for detailed(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the satisfaction of patients with chronic hepatitis C who used the pegylated interferon α-2b pen device. METHODS Patients from multiple centers in Greece were recruited to participate in this noninterventional, observational study. Patients received pen device training for at least 6 weeks before treatment(More)
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