Kyriakos Anastasiadis

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BACKGROUND Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) constitute a family of zinc-dependent proteases (endopeptidases) whose catalytic action is the degradation of the extracellular matrix components. In addition, they play the major role in the degradation of collagen and in the process of tissue remodeling. The present clinical study investigated blood serum levels(More)
We challenge the hypothesis of enhanced myocardial reperfusion after implanting a left ventricular assist device together with bone marrow mononuclear stem cells in patients with end-stage ischemic cardiomyopathy. Irreversible myocardial loss observed in ischemic cardiomyopathy leads to progressive cardiac remodelling and dysfunction through a complex(More)
BACKGROUND Pleural effusions can be caused by highly different underlying diseases and are characterized by complex interactions of various local and circulating cells as well as numerous soluble parameters like interleukins (IL). Knowledge of this complex network can be helpful in order to make the differential diagnosis in known malignant pleural(More)
OBJECTIVE Malignant chest wall tumors are rare neoplasms. Resection with wide-free margins is an important prognostic factor, and massive chest wall resection and reconstruction are often necessary. A recent case series of 20 consecutive patients is reported in order to find any possible correlation between tumor histology, extent of resection, type of(More)
Backround Lipomatous hemangiopericytoma (LHPC) is a very rare tumor with uncertain biologic behavior. This report handles with the clinical, radiological and histological features of the 1st case to date of LHPC, occurring in the thoracic inlet and the surgical technique is described. Methods A 18-year-old, non smoking, male, patient, with no significant(More)
A 57-year-old patient experienced acute decompensation of heart failure and pulmonary oedema (Fig. 1). Off-pump implantation of Jarvik 2000 was performed as a salvage procedure as well as bridge to transplantation with immediate clinical improvement (Fig. 2). Use of a short-term VAD for symptomatic relief can be avoided. Fig. 1. Chest roentgenogram showing(More)
Objective: Atheromatous ascending aortic aneurysms (AAA) frequently present with aortic regurgitation (AR) from dilatation of the sino-tubular junction (STJ) and extension of the pathological process into the root. Experience suggests that root dilatation begins in the non-coronary, then right coronary sinus. Rather than employ aortic root replacement or(More)
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