Asimina Paspala

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Pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD) is a rare cause of pulmonary hypertension (PH). Misdiagnosis of the disease is common since PVOD presents with clinical and radiographic features mimicking idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension or even PH due to interstitial lung disease. Vasodilators may not be efficacious in PVOD and may in fact worsen(More)
We describe the case of a fatal septic illness in a previously healthy young man caused by community-acquired methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus of Staphylococcus protein A (spa) type t044. The patient developed a devastating Lemierre-like syndrome with extensive thrombosis of inferior vena cava and iliac veins with multiple metastatic septic(More)
The systemic vasculitides are multifocal diseases characterized by the presence of blood vessel inflammation in multiple organ systems. Their clinical presentation is variable extending from self-limited illness to critical complications including diffuse alveolar hemorrhage and glomerulonephritis. Alveolar hemorrhage is a life-threatening manifestation of(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension most often results from obstruction of the pulmonary vascular bed by nonresolving thromboemboli. Misdiagnosis of the disease is common because patients often present with subtle or nonspecific symptoms. Furthermore, some features in chest imaging may mimic parenchymal lung disease. The most clinically(More)
BACKGROUND Temporary hepatic ischemia is inevitable during open aortic surgery when supraceliac clamping is necessary, as in thoracoabdominal or pararenal aneurysms. Remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) has been described as a potential protective means against ischemia - reperfusion injury (IRI) in various tissues including the liver. The aim of this(More)
BACKGROUND Bilateral vocal cord paralysis can produce severe airway obstruction, leading to acute respiratory failure. Discriminating the pathology of the upper airway from chronic obstructive diseases of the lower airways often presents a challenge for clinicians in the Emergency Department. OBJECTIVES To underlie the value of clinical examination and(More)
BACKGROUND Exercise impairment is a common symptom of systemic sclerosis (SSc), a disorder which is frequently complicated by cardiopulmonary involvement. OBJECTIVES This study's aims were: (a) to define the prevalence and the potential causes of limited exercise capacity and (b) to study potential differences in clinical, radiological and functional(More)
BACKGROUND Non traumatic liver herniation through a diaphragmatic defect is rare. CASE REPORT A 44 year old woman presented with lower lobe opacity at the right lung. Chest Computed tomography (CT) demonstrated a round tumor adjacent to the right diaphragm. Percutaneous needle biopsy revealed liver tissue. A small liver herniation through a diaphragmatic(More)
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