Evita Zoucas

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The effects of intermittent inhalation of 57 ppm nitric oxide (NO) were studied in eight anesthetized, ventilated pigs given a continuous infusion of Escherichia coli endotoxin. Seven animals served as controls. By administering NO synchronized with inspiration and close to the orotracheal tube, measurable amounts of the toxic metabolite, NO2, in the(More)
Improved surgical techniques and oncological treatment render many advanced pelvic tumors amenable to curative resection. We evaluated morbidity, survival, and quality of life (QoL) after extended pelvic procedures. From January 2003 to November 2008, 85 patients underwent multivisceral pelvic resection; 87% had colorectal or anal malignancies.(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate prospectively the effect of bilateral thoracoscopic splanchnicectomy on pancreatic pain and function. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Severe pain is often the dominant symptom in pancreatic disease, despite a wide variety of methods used for symptom relief. Refinement of thoracoscopic technique has led to the introduction of thoracoscopic(More)
AIM Mortality after curative surgery for rectal cancer is increased if surgery is not performed within a week of completed short course radiotherapy. A link to the suppression of leucocytes after neoadjuvant radiotherapy has been suggested. This study investigates the effects of radiotherapy on peripheral leucocyte counts, complications and survival. (More)
Purpose: To compare the development of intimal hyperplasia after deployment of a self-expanding nitinol stent with and without previous percutaneous transluminal balloon angioplasty (PTA), with the results after PTA alone. Methods: In nine healthy pigs, the iliac arteries were divided into three groups: group 1 (n = 6 arteries) was treated with PTA; group 2(More)
Purpose: To evaluate which of six different commonly available stents inserted into an artery without percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) causes the least endothelial damage. To compare the degree of endothelial injury after insertion of such a stent with injury caused by PTA. Methods: Twelve healthy pigs were used in the experiments. In the first(More)
The effect of alcohol ingestion on primary hemostasis was investigated in fasting healthy humans. Primary hemostasis was measured with the template bleeding time and platelet aggregation assayed with the turbidometric method. Blood was collected to study coagulation and fibrinolysis. 1 h after ingestion of 2 ml/kg body weight of 40% alcohol the plasma(More)
Platelet aggregation was measured by Born's method. Plasma from Sprague-Dawley rats and inbred albino rabbits was used. 20% ethanol in 0.9% (w/v) NaCl was added to plasma at final concentrations of 56.5 mM, 85.9 mM 171.5 mM and 343.1 mM or to whole blood at final concentrations of 8.7 mM, 17.4 mM, 52.5 mM, 171.5 mM and 343.1 mM. Experiments using 0.9% NaCl(More)
PURPOSE Evaluation of the early proliferative reaction of smooth muscle cells (SMC) in the media of the artery following percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA), compared with the reaction on insertion of self-expandable stents. MATERIAL AND METHODS In 6 healthy pigs, one iliac artery was overdilated with an 8-mm diameter angioplasty balloon. A(More)