Eftathios Mitsopoulos

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PURPOSE The objective of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of serum procalcitonin (PCT) in hemodialysis (HD) patients and its correlation to other traditional inflammatory markers. METHODS We measured plasma PCT levels in 120 patients on maintenance HD. PCT levels were compared with C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6), prealbumin,(More)
Roseomonas is a newly described genus of pink-pigmented, nonfermentative, gram-negative bacteria that have been recognized as a cause of human infections. Roseomonas fauriae is a species rarely isolated from clinical specimens. We report the first known case of peritonitis caused by R. fauriae in a patient receiving continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis.
BACKGROUND Experimental studies have shown that increased levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH) in uremia may cause elevation of intracellular calcium, predisposing to insulin resistance and lipid metabolism abnormalities. Administration of calcium-channel blockers (CCBs) in these models protects against the development of lipid profile abnormalities. This(More)
PURPOSE The assessment of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the most commonly used test of renal function. Cystatin-C, a cysteine protease inhibitor, which can be measured by light-scattering immunoassay, possesses many of the attributes required of the ideal GFR marker. Conversely, many endogenous markers that are widely used for the estimation of GFR(More)
AIM To investigate the abnormalities of cellular immune responses in patients on hemodialysis (HD) and in those on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). PATIENTS AND METHODS Forty-five (45) healthy volunteers, 34 patients on HD therapy, and 37 patients on CAPD were recruited for the present study. Lymphocyte subpopulations (CD2+, CD3+,(More)
OBJECTIVE The clinical relevance of altered lymphocyte function and the possible relation with uremic toxins, such as parathyroid hormone (PTH) is not well understood. We studied the changes in cellular immunity in patients in hemodialysis (HD) therapy and examined the relationship between T-lymphocyte function and plasma levels of PTH. PATIENTS AND(More)
BACKGROUND We studied lymphocyte subset counts in comparison with normal subjects in order to clarify the abnormalities of cellular immune responses in uremic patients undergoing continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). METHODS The study included 37 CAPD patients and 45 normal individuals, as the control group. For the study, CAPD patients were(More)
Despite the progress in animal research concerning the pathophysiology and the progress in clinical practice regarding the methods of therapy, the incidence and mortality of acute renal failure remain high, especially when other organs are involved. New pharmacological interventions have led to the perspective that in the near future it may be possible to(More)
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