Constantinos A. Pavlides

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OBJECTIVE To compare the survival, fertilization, early embryonic development, and clinical outcomes from fresh and vitrified cohort oocytes. DESIGN Review of egg-sharing program, in which the eggs from one donor were shared by recipients of fresh and vitrified eggs. SETTING IVF center. PATIENT(S) 77 women, comprising 36 patients receiving vitrified(More)
Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome is a condition characterized by inflammation of the liver capsule with concomitant pelvic inflammation without involvement of liver parenchyma. It is classically seen in young women who present with sharp, pleuritic right upper quadrant pain, usually but not always accompanied by symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), and(More)
A new gallstone solvent, monooctanoin, was tested in vitro on gallstones from 43 patients and compared with heparin, sodium dehydrocholate, and saline. Monooctanoin proved to be an excellent solvent, far superior to the other agents. It can completely dissolve or substantially reduce the size of most gallstones (except those composed of bilirubinate) in a(More)
Hemodialysis is an important component of chronic renal replacement therapy, which is increasingly being provided with indwelling venous catheters. Catheter malfunction is commonly dealt with using Urokinase instillation or endovascular catheter stripping. We describe the application of a simple technique that allows the indwelling dialysis catheter to be(More)
In five patients with bile duct obstruction, a previously inserted endoprosthesis became occluded. After repeat percutaneous biliary drainage, the prostheses were mechanically unclogged, removed, or removed and replaced. No patient required surgery, and no prosthesis reoccluded. We discuss technique for deoccluding and, if necessary, removing and replacing(More)
Results of a bacteriologic study of 194 intravascular catheters inserted in 56 critically ill surgical patients showed that with strict adherence to aseptic insertion techniques and proper care, catheter contamination could be reduced to a minimum, and catheter-induced septicemia could be avoided. Our findings in septic patients showed that in the(More)
A retrospective study was conducted to analyze the surgical aspects of the splenectomy in chronic myelogenous leukemia. Twenty patients, Philadelphia chromosome-positive, were initially treated with busulfan until remission was reached. Elective splenectomy was then performed and chromosomal studies repeated at four- and six-month intervals yielding the(More)