Maria N. Dimopoulou

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UNLABELLED More aggressive treatment approaches (methotrexate, cytarabine, cyclophosphamide, vincristine, prednisone, and bleomycin [the MACOP-B regimen] or consolidation with high-dose therapy and autologous stem cell transplantation) have been considered to be superior to cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (CHOP) in patients with(More)
Splenectomy has traditionally been considered as a standard first line treatment for splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL) conferring a survival advantage over chemotherapy. However it carries significant complications, especially in elderly patients. The purpose of this retrospective study was to report our experience on the efficacy of Rituximab as first(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is an important health problem worldwide. The aim of the study is to describe the baseline characteristics and possible epidemiological changes of the patients with chronic HCV infection included in a nationwide Greek study. PATIENTS AND METHODS two thousand eight hundred seventeen (2817) patients,(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Interleukin-10 (IL-10) is a pleiotropic cytokine which increases bcl-2 levels and protects cells from steroid or doxorubicin-induced apoptosis. Hodgkin and Reed-Sternberg (HRS) cells bear functional IL-10 receptors. Thus serum IL-10 (sIL-10) might inhibit apoptosis in HRS cells, which could occur as a result of either chemotherapy(More)
Primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma (PMLBCL) is a unique clinicopathologic entity, usually presenting with bulky anterior mediastinal masses with or without local symptoms, including the superior vena cava syndrome. Post-treatment residual masses are very common because of initial disease bulk and fibrosis, a prominent histologic feature of PMLBCL.(More)
UNLABELLED Neovascularisation and bone resorption are related to myeloma disease activity. OBJECTIVES To investigate the possible prognostic importance of serum syndecan-1, basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and osteoprotegerin (OPG) levels, the relationship between them, with parameters of disease activity and the effect of treatment on their levels.(More)
BACKGROUND Syndecan-1 (CD138) is expressed by the Hodgkin-Reed-Sternberg (HRS) cells of classic Hodgkin's lymphoma (cHL), but not in nodular lymphocyte-predominant HL. Syndecan-1 may be involved in the interaction between HRS cells and the cellular and stromal microenvironment typical of nodular sclerosing HL. PATIENTS AND METHODS Serum levels of soluble(More)
Pulmonary involvement in Waldenström's macroglobulinaemia (WM) occurs in 3-5% of cases, but lung involvement without bone marrow infiltration is extremely rare. We report 2 patients who presented with bilateral consolidations on chest X-ray and non-specific symptoms and were treated for a long period of time for pulmonary infections until the diagnosis was(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Serum beta(2)-microglobulin (s beta(2)m) is an established prognostic factor for multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, but only limited data suggest an adverse prognostic significance for Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL). This study was undertaken to examine the impact of s beta(2)m on the prognosis of patients with HL. DESIGN AND(More)
B-CLL is the most common adult leukemia in the Western world. It is a neoplasia of mature looking B-monoclonal lymphocytes co-expressing the CD5 antigen (involving the blood, the bone marrow, the lymph nodes and related organs). Much new information about the nature of the neoplastic cells, including chromosomal and molecular changes as well as mechanisms(More)