Michalis Hadjigavriel

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BACKGROUND The utility of differentiating ascites into 'transudate' and 'exudate' has recently been challenged. The aim of the present study was to compare the diagnostic accuracy of the serum/ascites albumin gradient, proposed as a new biochemical criterion for the differential diagnosis of ascites, with the markers traditionally used for the(More)
The X-linked Alport syndrome (ATS) is caused by mutations in COL4A5 and exhibits a widely variable expression. Usually ATS is heralded with continuous microhematuria which rapidly progresses to proteinuria, hypertension and chronic or end-stage renal disease (ESRD) by adolescence, frequently accompanied by sensorineural deafness and ocular complications.(More)
Alport syndrome (ATS) results from X-linked, COL4A5 mutations (85%) or from autosomal recessive homozygous or compound heterozygous COL4A3/A4 mutations (15%), associated with alternate thinning and thickening as well as splitting and lamellation of the glomerular basement membranes. In contrast, familial microhematuria with thin basement membranes is(More)
Iron is essential for all living organisms. Under normal conditions there is no regulatory and rapid iron excretion in humans and body iron levels are mainly regulated from the absorption of iron from the gut. Regular blood transfusions in thalassaemia and other chronic refractory anaemias can result in excessive iron deposition in tissues and organs. This(More)
Muzolimine, the new sulphonamide-free loop-diuretic with both high ceiling and long-lasting activities, was tested in 21 adult patients with chronic renal failure (CRF) (creatinine clearance ranging from 30 to 5 ml/min) and acute fluid overload. Low-protein diet and individual drug therapy were unchanged throughout the study. All patients received a single(More)
The overall prognosis for patients with β-thalassemia has improved considerably during the past decades mainly due to regular blood transfusions, improvements in chelation therapy, and enhanced surveillance with imaging studies examining iron overload and other clinical complications. However, the prolonged survival of these patients leads to the(More)