Dionissios Karavias

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The amount and the types of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) present in human pancreatic carcinoma were examined and compared with those in normal pancreas. Human pancreatic carcinoma contained increased levels (4-fold) of total GAGs. Particularly, this carcinoma is characterized by a 12-fold increase of hyaluronan (HA) and a 22-fold increase in chondroitin(More)
Peritoneal echinococcosis is rare, even in areas where hydatid disease is endemic. Although the liver and lungs are the organs most commonly involved, peritoneal echinococcosis, either primary or secondary, represents an uncommon but significant manifestation of the disease. We reviewed the medical records of 121 patients with abdominal echinococcosis(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the significance of sonographically detected thyroid calcifications in the diagnosis of thyroid cancer. METHODS One hundred eighty-eight patients with thyroid disease, including 37 with thyroid cancer, were included in the study. Each patient underwent preoperative, high-resolution sonography to(More)
Background: Hepatic epithelioid hemangioendothelioma (PHEHE) is a multifocal, low-grade malignant neoplasia characterized by its epithelial-like appearance and vascular endothelial histogenesis. The outcome of 16 patients treated with orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) is the subject of this report. Methods: A retrospective study of 16 patients with(More)
AIMS Major liver surgery can be performed safely and hepatic resection for metastatic disease is increasingly carried out. However, the role of liver resection for hepatic metastases from non-colorectal, non-neuroendocrine (NCNN) cancers is unknown. Our aim was to evaluate our experience from hepatectomies for NCNN metastases. A retrospective study of 170(More)
PURPOSE This study investigates the expression of tumor growth factors TGFbeta1, TGFbeta2 and TGFbeta3 in tissue material from patients with colorectal carcinoma and evaluates their correlation with known prognostic markers and patient survival. PATIENTS AND METHODS The study included 124 patients with colorectal carcinoma. According to the TNM(More)
The influence of total parenteral nutrition (TPN) was studied in 67 patients with severe acute pancreatitis having three or more criteria according to Ranson (mean +/- SD = 3.8 +/- 0.21). Although TPN has been reported to not be of benefit in the progress and severity of the disease, we have found that the time TPN is started is important in influencing the(More)
BACKGROUND Occludin and claudins are integral constituents of tight junction proteins and are de-regulated in various malignancies, including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This study investigated whether expression of claudins 1, 4, 5, 7 and occludin may be used as prognostic markers for overall and disease-free survival in patients with HCC after(More)
Insulinomas are the most common pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Most insulinomas are benign, small, intrapancreatic solid tumors and only large tumors have a tendency for malignancy. Most patients present with symptoms of hypoglycemia that are relieved with the administration of glucose. We herein present the case of a 75-year-old woman who presented with(More)
Seventeen patients, aged 11-67 years (mean, 32.6), with major vascular injuries associated with traumatic orthopaedic injuries, were treated operatively in the authors' institution over a 4-year period. The most common mechanism of trauma was a high-energy injury (70.8%), and the rate of open injuries was 88.2%; 64.9% of the injuries were located in the(More)