Antonios D Farmakis

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OBJECTIVES To assess the value of the telomerase enzyme as a bladder cancer detection marker, we investigated the expression of the catalytic subunit of the complex (human telomerase reverse transcriptase [hTERT]) in the urine of patients with malignant or benign urinary lesions, as well as of healthy individuals, and compared the results with urine(More)
To evaluate the efficacy of two prophylactic schemes for prostate biopsy using a single dose of oral levofloxacin given either before, or immediately after transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy. A total of 300 men formed two groups of 150 patients each: the first group received one dose of 500 mg of levofloxacin 30 min to an hour before, and the(More)
Urolithiasis is a common diagnosis in patients presenting at our hospital with flank pain. One of the most important steps in the diagnostic algorithm of renal colic is the presence of hematuria, but this fact has been challenged by authors reporting a negative urinalysis for microscopic hematuria in about 9–18% of such patients. Our aim was to investigate(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the characteristics of patients with incidental prostate cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS The proportion of incidentally diagnosed prostate cancer was investigated in patients who underwent transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) at our clinic over a 5-year period. "True" incidental prostate cancer was defined as cases where the(More)
OBJECTIVE To report our experience with open surgery for the management of complete staghorn calculi using a modified anatrophic nephrolithotomy technique. MATERIAL AND METHODS Between 1990 and 2001, 24 patients underwent anatrophic nephrolithotomy in our department. Bilateral complex stone disease was present in 9 patients, so that a total of 33(More)
INTRODUCTION Chronic pyelonephritis is associated with progressive renal scarring and occurs, most of the time, in patients with major anatomical anomalies, including urinary tract obstruction, calculi, renal dysplasia or vesicoureteric reflux. We report the computed tomography imaging findings of a patient with chronic pyelonephritis appearing as a renal(More)
We report on 3 patients with the rare syndrome of diabetes insipidus, diabetes mellitus, optic atrophy, neurosensory deafness, atony of the urinary tract and other abnormalities (DIDMOAD or Wolfram's syndrome). All 3 patients had diabetes mellitus, optic atrophy, deafness and dilatation of the urinary tract. In 2 patients there was diabetes insipidus. The(More)
Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors (MPNSTs) of the prostate are extremely rare. A very unusual case of simultaneous adenocarcinoma and MPNST of the prostate is reported. A 60-year-old Caucasian male presented for annual urologic examination. Digital rectal examination revealed a painless, toughish, and asymmetrically enlarged prostate. Serum(More)