Despina Papakosta

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BACKGROUND The prevalence of respiratory allergy to fungi spores (FS) is not precisely known but is estimated at 20-30% of atopic patients. There are no aerobiological records, necessary for respiratory allergy diagnosis and treatment, in Thessaloniki and generally in Greece. AIM Creation of a database on FS circulation and investigation of skin(More)
BACKGROUND Very limited allergenic pollen records exist in Greece so far; moreover, there is a lack of investigation on patient sensitization. The above data are necessary for respiratory allergy diagnosis and treatment worldwide. METHODOLOGY Daily records and identification of 16 airborne pollen species were made using a Burkard trap (1987-2001). Skin(More)
INTRODUCTION Few data are available on the epidemiology of interstitial lung diseases (ILDs), especially after the current classification of idiopathic interstitial pneumonias. The aim of this study is to provide data on the epidemiology of ILDs in Greece, under the ATS/ERS international consensus. METHODS Departments of Pneumonology were contacted and(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Increased pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP) usually coexists with impaired lung function in IPF. Data on the effect of pulmonary hypertension (PH) on cardiopulmonary responses during exercise in IPF patients is very limited. We sought to investigate the impact of PH on exercise capacity and the correlation between systolic PAP(More)
The aim of this study was to prospectively evaluate the prevalence of pulmonary hypertension (PH) in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). One hundred thirty-nine patients (101 male, mean age = 68.6 ± 9 years), with confirmed IPF and who were admitted to eight Pulmonary Departments in Greece between November 2005 and December 2006 were included(More)
BACKGROUND Oxidant-antioxidant imbalance may play an important role in the development and progression of bronchial asthma. However, the role of blood antioxidants especially in asthma exacerbation has not been fully discussed. OBJECTIVE This study examines a part of the intracellular antioxidant defense mechanism in asthmatic patients admitted to(More)
BACKGROUND Lung cancer (LC) is a disease with high morbidity and mortality while the prevention and treatment constitutes a significant financial burden. This economic burden has an increasing trend, with hospitalization being the highest cost factor in most studies, while the patients' quality of life (QoL) and response to treatment is not proven to be(More)
Asthma is a complex chronic inflammatory disease of the airways caused by the interaction of genetic susceptibility with environmental influences. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) represent the most powerful approach for asthma, that have identified several genes (e.g., IL18R1, IL33, SMAD3, ORMDL3, HLA-DQ and IL2RB loci). HLA super-locus is a genomic(More)
INTRODUCTION Hydrocarbon pneumonitis is an acute, intense pneumonitis resulting from aspiration of volatile hydrocarbon compounds with low viscosity and surface tension, most of which are members of the paraffin, naphthene and aromatic classes. CASE PRESENTATION Six hours after participating in a party for teenagers, a 16-year-old boy developed dyspnea,(More)
INTRODUCTION About 5-25% of 16 000 athletes involved in preparation for the Athens 2004 Olympics may encounter respiratory allergy (asthma and rhinoconjunctivitis) triggered by exposure to aeroallergens (pollen and fungi spores). AIM Provide information about circulating aeroallergens in three Olympic cities and ensure safety for the allergic athletes who(More)