Manousos M. Konstandoulakis

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Bleeding originating from the presacral venous plexus during pelvic operations is difficult to control, constituting a potentially life-threatening complication. Although suture ligatures, packing, and placement of tacks are established hemostatic techniques, they are often proved to be ineffective. We report a simple novel technique using spray diathermy(More)
BACKGROUND Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is normally produced and secreted by trophoblastic cells during pregnancy and from gestational trophoblastic neoplasms. It is also detected in ovarian, stomach, and colon adenocarcinomas, as well as in squamous cell carcinoma of the oesophagus. Recently, interest in its role in the pathogenesis of tumours has(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome in patients with liver cirrhosis who underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy for symptomatic gallstone disease. METHODS Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data of 34 patients operated between March 1998 and April 2006. RESULTS There were 19 male and 15 female patients with a(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate the levels of several pituitary and gonadal hormones in pancreatic adenocarcinoma. We examined circulating levels of LH, FSH, Testosterone, Oestradiol, Progesterone and delta 4-Androstenedione in 36 patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma, 12 patients with chronic pancreatitis and 87 age matched controls.(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) has been shown to actively replicate in cells of the immune system, altering both their function and cytokine expression. Naked nucleocapsids have been reported in the serum of infected patients. We investigated interference of recombinant non-enveloped capsid-like particles with signaling pathways in T cells. HCV non-enveloped(More)
To evaluate the presence in serum and the clinical relevance of several antinuclear autoantibodies, we investigated 31 patients with initially diagnosed gastric cancer and 40 age-matched healthy controls. Autoantibodies against ssDNA, dsDNA, cardiolipin, actin, myosin, tropomyosin, GM1, GD1b and GT3 gangliosides, were detected with an enzyme-linked(More)
In the present study we evaluated the importance of autoimmune mechanisms in cardiomyopathies. Sera from 22 patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, 23 patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, 24 patients with myocardial infarction and 40 apparently healthy blood donors were tested with an immunoassay method for the presence of autoantibodies against dsDNA,(More)
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