Dimitrios Gioulekas

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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)
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 The presence of important house dust and storage mite species in the microenvironment of atopic dogs has not been thoroughly investigated. OBJECTIVES To compare the presence and population of five dust mite species (Dermatophagoides farinae, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, Acarus siro, Tyrophagus putrescentiae and Lepidoglyphus destructor)(More)
A pollen calendar has been constructed for the area of Thessaloniki and relationships between pollen transport and meteorological parameters have been assessed. Daily airborne pollen records were collected over a 15-year period (1987-2001), using a Burkard continuous volumetric pollen trap, located in the centre of the city. Sixteen allergenic pollen types(More)
The indoor and outdoor environmental pollution effects on the respiratory system of 3,559 children aged 9-12 were studied. It was a cross-sectional and interlocal (geographical differentiation) study. The research was conducted during the period between 2000-2001 in five cities of Western Macedonia and more particularly: 1046 children from Ptolemaida, 1249(More)
The purpose of this study is to identify pathological findings among pigeon breeders in the Salonica area. Fifty-four volunteer breeders with varying intensity of contact with pigeons participated in the study. All the breeders, after filling in a questionnaire that included questions about the existence of conjunctivitis, rhinitis, chronic cough and(More)
We examined the effect of the wind vector analyzed into its three components (direction, speed and persistence), on the circulation of pollen from different plant taxa prominent in the Thessaloniki area for a 4-year period (1996-1999). These plant taxa were Ambrosia spp., Artemisia spp., Chenopodiaceae, Corylus spp., Cupressaceae, Olea europaea, Pinaceae,(More)
This open randomized, cross-over study compared the clinical efficacy and patient acceptability of the two bronchodilator delivery systems, terbutaline Turbuhaler (0.5 mg t.i.d.) and salbutamol Rotahaler (0.4 mg t.i.d.), each given for 3 weeks. Thirty-two adult asthmatics (21 males and 11 females with a mean age of 34 years) who demonstrated at least 15%(More)
BACKGROUND Ocular allergies affect a great part of the general population and often co exist with other allergic manifestations. In the present study, the prevalence of allergic conjunctivitis and the commonest allergens in allergic patients at an outpatient unit in Thessaloniki, Greece were evaluated. METHODS This is a retrospective study regarding(More)
The number of studies on the prognosis of bronchial asthma (BA) is rather limited. The aim of the study was to determine the evolution of BA in a long-term 12-year follow-up and to investigate possible contributing factors. One hundred and sixty-three patients who visited the Out-patient Clinic for BA from 1989 to 1993 (Visit 1) were included in the study.(More)