Charalampos G. Markakis

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Introduction. Gastrointestinal stromal tumors of the esophagus are rare. Case Presentation. This is a case of a 50-year-old male patient who was referred to our department complaining of atypical chest pain. A chest computed tomographic scan and endoscopic ultrasound revealed a submucosal esophageal tumor measuring 5 cm in its largest diameter. Suspecting a(More)
INTRODUCTION Superior mesenteric venous thrombosis as a result of acute cytomegalovirus infection is rare, with only a few cases reported in the literature. CASE PRESENTATION We present the case of a 40-year-old Caucasian man who was admitted to our hospital with a 5-day history of fever. His serological test and pp65 antigen detection of cytomegalovirus(More)
The liver is a solid organ with a wide variety of primary benign or malignant tumors as well as metastatic lesions. Surgical resection of these tumors remains the only curative modality. Several limitations, however, do not allow the performance of these operations. This review evaluates the indications and limitations regarding these extended hepatic(More)
Myocardial infarction is the most common cause of congestive heart failure. Novel strategies such as directly reprogramming cardiac fibroblasts into cardiomyocytes are an exciting area of investigation for repair of injured myocardial tissue. The ultimate goal is to rebuild functional myocardium by transplanting exogenous stem cells or by activating native(More)
Post-sternotomy deep sternal wound infection (DSWI) is a severe complication of cardiac surgery. The introduction of omental and muscle flaps has resulted in a significant decrease in morbidity and mortality. In this article, we present the findings for a series of 55 consecutive patients with DSWI treated using an alternative bi-pectoral musculofascial(More)
BACKGROUND The Belsey Mark IV operation has been used for the management of hiatal hernia for over 40 years, but with the introduction of laparoscopic techniques its role has become questionable. To determine the current role of this procedure we present a contemporary series of patients. METHODS We reviewed fifteen consecutive patients, mean age of 63(More)
The objective of this study is to assess long-term prognosis and patterns of failure in patients with retroperitoneal sarcoma who underwent surgery with curative intent at a single institution. We also provide a thorough review of the literature including several series and widely variable data regarding local and distant failure. During a 25-year period(More)
The objective of this study was to test the efficacy of an equine pericardial patch for repairing full-thickness defects of the stomach wall. Circular defects, 1.5 cm in diameter, were created on the anterior wall of the stomach of 12 female New Zealand rabbits. The defects were repaired by an equine pericardial patch. After euthanasia at different time(More)