Konstantinos Douros

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BACKGROUND Protracted bacterial bronchitis is a major cause of persistent cough in childhood. The organisms most commonly isolated are nontypable Haemophilus influenzae and Streptococcus pneumoniae . There are no studies addressing typing of these organisms when recovered from the lower airways. METHODS Isolates of these two organisms (identified in BAL(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic wet cough strongly suggests endobronchial infection, which, if left untreated, may progress to established bronchiectasis. Our aim was to compare the effectiveness of chest high-resolution CT (HRCT) scanning and flexible bronchoscopy (FB) in detecting airway abnormalities in children with chronic wet cough and to explore the association(More)
OBJECTIVE Today, no uniformly accepted diagnostic and therapeutic criteria have been established for the management of pediatric acute mastoiditis. The aim of this study is determine the efficacy and safety of an algorithmic approach for treating pediatric acute mastoiditis. METHODS The medical records of all children (n=167) with a diagnosis of AM(More)
The aim of our study is to evaluate the association between CFTR gene mutations with asthma and pulmonary function abnormalities. For this purpose, 214 mutation carriers were compared to 185 non-carriers. Although the relative risk of asthma did not differ between groups (OR=0.61, 95% CI: 0.23-1.61, p=0.32), the values of FEV1, and FEV1/FVC ratio were lower(More)
We describe the case of a 12-year-old boy with gloves and socks syndrome caused by coinfection with HHV-6 and PVB19, and review the published cases from 5 to 18 years of age to profile the disease in this age group. The review of the literature yielded 25 cases of gloves and socks syndrome. Most patients were febrile and had acute PVB19 infection.
OBJECTIVE Auditory neuropathy (AN) has been a well-accepted clinical entity during the last years. Though we are able to diagnose AN reliably, little is known concerning its epidemiology, etiology and prognosis. This study is aimed at presenting a particular characteristic of the disease, namely its potential transient behaviour, observed in a group of high(More)
Impaired vitamin K status in cystic fibrosis (CF) has been considered as a newly emerged pathogenetic factor for reduced bone mineral density (BMD). Our aim was to evaluate the effectiveness of vitamin K supplementation in managing bone formation abnormalities in children and adolescents with CF. The statuses of vitamins K and D in relation to biochemical(More)
BACKGROUND Improvements in socioeconomic conditions in the 20th century had a dramatic impact on the growth and development of children, resulting in greater somatic growth and earlier pubertal maturation. Furthermore, in the last part of that century childhood obesity took on epidemic proportions in many countries The aim of the study was to present the(More)
BACKGROUND In Greece recently, higher-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) replaced the 7-valent (PCV7); the 10-valent (PCV10) became available in May 2009 and the 13-valent (PCV13) in June 2010. METHODS We investigated the nasopharyngeal colonization with Streptococcus pneumoniae in day-care center attendees in Athens and the prefecture of(More)