Georgios P Fragulidis

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The occurrence of an enteric fistula in the middle of an open abdomen is called an enteroatmospheric fistula, which is the most challenging and feared complication for a surgeon to deal with. It is in fact not a true fistula because it neither has a fistula tract nor is covered by a well-vascularized tissue. The mortality of enteroatmospheric fistulae was(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to compare ischemic preconditioning with the intermittent vascular occlusion technique in liver resections performed under inflow and outflow occlusion. METHODS Fifty-four patients with resectable liver tumors assigned were randomly to undergo surgery with either ischemic preconditioning (IP group, n = 27) or with(More)
BACKGROUND The liver presents a remarkable capacity for regeneration after hepatectomy but the exact mechanisms and mediators involved are not yet fully clarified. Erythropoietin (EPO) and Granulocyte-Macrophage Colony Stimulating Factor (GM-CSF) have been shown to promote liver regeneration after major hepatectomy.Aim of this experimental study is to(More)
BACKGROUND An intestinal fistula in the "open abdomen" is called "enteroatmospheric" and is a great challenge for the surgeon because of the high mortality and morbidity rates associated with it. This report is a study of the surgical strategy for treating patients with enteroatmospheric fistulae. METHODS During a 3-year period (2005-2007), two males and(More)
Pancreaticoduodenectomy after transhiatal esophagectomy is a technically demanding procedure in sense of preserving the blood supply to the gastric tube. We report a case of pylorus-preserving pancreaticoduodenectomy for pancreatic head cancer, 13 years after a transhiatal esophagectomy, sparing the gastric tube and the right gastroepiploic artery and vein.(More)
BACKGROUND Biliary stenting is a well-established method to treat patients with malignant and benign biliary diseases. However, occlusion of plastic biliary stents is considered as a drawback and bacterial colonization seems to be the key factor in this process. METHODS During a 3-year period, 51 plastic biliary stents were extracted from 42 patients.(More)
Gastric glomus tumors are rare mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. We describe a 72-year-old patient who presented with episodes of melena and was subsequently investigated for a tumor of the antrum of the stomach. Surgical resection revealed a 2 x 2 x 1.7 cm well circumscribed submucosal tumor, extending into the muscularis propria. The(More)
A case of a ruptured bile duct cyst in a 25-year-old male patient is presented. The initial management of the clinical presentation of acute abdomen consisted of an exploratory laparotomy and a T-tube cystostomy of a choledochal cyst. Two months later, he was admitted to our surgical department. Preoperative evaluation showed a type IV-A choledochal cyst.(More)
When confronting a biliary stricture, both benign and malignant etiologies must be carefully considered as a variety of benign biliary strictures can masquerade as hilar cholangiocarcinoma (CCA). Therefore, patients could undergo a major surgery despite the possibility of a benign biliary disease. Approximately 15% to 24% of patients undergoing surgical(More)