Ioannis Koukis

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The simultaneous existence of thoracic aortic aneurysm and lung cancer is a rare finding, especially if the malignancy is primary and does not involve the aortic wall. In this report, we present a case of a typical descending thoracic aneurysm combined with a primary adenocarcinoma of the left lower lobe. The aneurysm was repaired with a Dacron graft(More)
We report a case of a left atrial myxoma associated with mitral valve regurgitation in a pregnant patient, describing the importance of transoesophageal or transthoracic echocardiography, preoperatively and during the operation, as a useful tool to rule out any associated valvular damage or mitral annular dilatation as an underlying cause of mitral(More)
UNLABELLED The use of opioid analgesics to control pain after median sternotomy in cardiac surgical patients is worldwide accepted and established. However, opioids have a wide range of possible side effects, concerning prolonged extubation time, gastrointestinal tract dyskinesia and urinary tract disorders mostly retention. All these may lead to a(More)
We present a symptomatic 40-year-old cirrhotic man who presented with sudden onsets of syncope. Echocardiography revealed right ventricular outflow track obstruction caused by a huge right atrial mass. The tumor was surgically excised under cardiopulmonary bypass. Although no primary cancerous lesion in the liver was detected, histopathology revealed that(More)
Staging is of the utmost importance in the evaluation of a patient with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) because it defines the actual extent of the disease. Accurate staging allows multidisciplinary oncology teams to plan the best surgical or medical treatment and to predict patient prognosis. Based on the recommendation of the International Association(More)
We report a case of Staphylococcus aureus endocarditis with late onset in a 39-year-old male drug abuser, who presented with bacterial meningitis. Despite resolution of the meningitis as the result of appropriate antimicrobial chemotherapy he developed triple valve endocarditis. Some striking features of this case and a comparison with other reported cases(More)
A case of bilateral pneumothorax, lung cavitations, and pleural empyema in a cocaine user is described. The patient was treated by left tube thoracostomy and right lower lobectomy. The postoperative course was uneventful. Six months later, the patient remains asymptomatic. The pathology examination of the specimen revealed infected bronchiectasis,(More)
In this report we present a patient who was initially diagnosed as suffering from mitral valve endocarditis. The proper use of diagnostic modalities revealed a pseudo aneurysm of the left ventricle which was mimicking mitral valve vegetations. This allowed better planning of the subsequent operation. The optimal preoperative diagnostic studies are discussed(More)