Markos N. Marangos

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This is a prospective randomized study comparing cefuroxime to 2 antistaphylococal agents (fusidic acid and vancomycin), for prophylaxis in total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in an institute, where methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis (MRSE) prevalence exceeds 25%(More)
BACKGROUND The term "SAPHO (Synovitis, Acne, Pustulosis, Hyperostosis and Osteitis) syndrome" includes a variety of musculoskeletal disorders associated with skin conditions; Osteitis is the most prominent skeletal lesion, whereas palmoplantar pustulosis and acne are the main skin lesions. Diagnosing SAPHO syndrome is difficult, because this syndrome is(More)
Invasive candidiasis is a life-threatening infection in patients with haematological malignancies. The objective of our study was to determine the incidence, microbiological characteristics and clinical outcome of candidaemia among hospitalized adult patients with haematological malignancies. This is a population-based, prospective, multicentre study of(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify risk factors for KPC-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (KPC-Kp) enteric colonization at intensive care unit (ICU) admission. Recently, the emergence and spread of KPC-producing Enterobacteriaceae in healthcare facilities has become an important issue. Understanding the extent of the reservoir in ICUs may be important for targeted(More)
Coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS), especially Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus haemolyticus, have emerged as opportunistic pathogens in immunocompromised patients and those with indwelling medical devices. In this study, CNS recovered from patients with bloodstream infections (BSIs) or prosthetic-device-associated infections (PDAIs) were(More)
Limited information exists regarding the disposition of ofloxacin in rabbits. Pharmacokinetic information is necessary for the design of appropriate therapeutic regimens for the treatment of organisms (e.g. Pasteurella multocida) commonly infecting this species. This study evaluated the pharmacokinetics of ofloxacin following intravenous (i.v.) and(More)
The antibacterial effects of liposomal vancomycin and teicoplanin against intracellular methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) were evaluated using a macrophage infection model. Human blood-derived monocytes were cultured for 7 days to obtain adherent macrophages. Uptake of each drug by macrophages was markedly enhanced by liposomal(More)
In the present study the effect of ciprofloxacin versus ceftazidime on concentrations of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines in the sera of patients with severe sepsis was evaluated. The study included 58 previously healthy patients suffering from severe sepsis caused by gram-negative bacteria, treated with either ciprofloxacin or ceftazidime after(More)
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) represent the most common cause of bacterial infection in renal allograft recipients. The purpose of this study was to estimate the predisposing factors and the impact of UTIs in the long-term graft function. We studied 122 patients (75 males and 47 females), aged 44 ± 12 years. UTIs occurring during the first month, during(More)
The optimal dose of in vivo-administrated alemtuzumab in the allogeneic transplantation setting has not been defined. We report our experience on 37 patients with high-risk diseases, mainly acute leukemia (AML 23, ALL 10 patients), who underwent sibling (49%) or unrelated (51%) PBSCT (35 patients), and received a total dose of only 10-20 mg Campath-1H as(More)