Athanassios Chatzimichael

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In order to establish the most reliable marker for distinguishing urinary tract infections (UTI) with and without renal parenchymal involvement (RPI), we recorded the clinical features and admission leukocyte count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP), and serum procalcitonin (PCT) in 57 children (including 43 girls) aged 2–108(More)
Between late May and July 2012, 105 children (62 boys) originating from 2 cities of Thrace were examined because of fever, headache and abdominal pain. Thirty-three of them were hospitalized. They had normal hemograms, and mild to moderate cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis. Echovirus 30 was isolated from fecal and cerebrospinal fluid samples. Among confirmed(More)
Controversy exists regarding the type and/or sequence of imaging studies needed during the first febrile urinary tract infection (UTI) in young children. Several investigators have claimed that because acute-phase Tc-99m dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) renal-scan results are abnormal in the presence of dilating vesicoureteral reflux, a normal DMSA-scan(More)
SUMMARY The researchers describe the case of a earlier healthy 3-year-old boy, who developed immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) 26 days after immunization with the second dose of seasonal influenza vaccine. He recovered quickly and uneventfully within 2 days after receiving a single dose of intravenous immunoglobulin. Review of the medical literature(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare the reliability of procalcitonin (PCT) with conventional laboratory parameters in predicting for renal parenchymal inflammation (RPI). METHODS The study cohort consisted of 57 children who were admitted for a first-episode urinary tract infection. All patients underwent measurement of the leukocyte count, erythrocyte sedimentation(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical manifestations of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) tend to overlap with those of deep-seated musculoskeletal infections (MSIs). Consequently, the incidence of DVT as a complication of MSI may be underestimated. The objective of this study was to evaluate the incidence, clinical features, and outcomes of MSI-related DVT in children. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to assess the knowledge on pulse oximetry among health care professionals involved in pediatric care. METHODS A multiple-choice questionnaire was distributed to 505 pediatric health care professionals from 19 hospitals and health centers throughout Greece. Exploratory factor analysis was performed to identify(More)
Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a rare infection associated with well-established risk factors mainly in adults. We describe an 11-year-old girl without any known risk factors who presented with fever and localized spinal tenderness in the lumbar area and was diagnosed with spinal MRI as suffering from a posterior SEA extending between T11 and L4. She was(More)
Propranolol has emerged as a new treatment option for infantile hemangiomas. We describe a 20-month-old boy with a large right parotid hemangioma diagnosed at the age of 37 days. Starting at the age of 2.5 months, he received oral propranolol for 6.5 months. Although the mass regressed, it recurred when propranolol was discontinued. He was successfully(More)
OBJECTIVE Childhood asthma is a frequent cause of absenteeism that affects school performance. We aimed to investigate the impact of asthma on absenteeism and school performance level of elementary and high school students. METHODS Data about sociodemographics, absenteeism, and academic achievement were obtained from 1539 students attending 98 schools in(More)