Nicolaos Karatzas

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Currently, in patients with malignant melanoma there is no clear cut-off point of Breslow thickness in order to avoid unnecessary lymph node excision surgery, without missing metastatic nodes. We retrospectively studied a cohort of 64 patients, with pathologically proven malignant melanoma, who underwent lymph node scintigraphy and surgical resection of the(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the bone mineral density (BMD) of 50 patients aged 9–28 years, with thalassemia major and to assess the alterations of bone density in a 4-year follow-up study. They were measured with a DPX densitometer at the lumbar spine and femur area and divided into three groups: preadolescents, adolescents, and adults. All(More)
Interleukin (IL)-6 and -8 are important inflammatory cytokines in bacterial infections. Their serum and urine concentrations were measured in 27 neonates with urinary tract infection (UTI) at onset and the second week of therapy, as well as in 23 control neonates. Escherichia coli was isolated in 89% of cases. 99mTc-dimercaptosuccinic acid (99mTc-DMSA)(More)
Synovial sarcoma is a rare malignant soft-tissue tumor that most commonly occurs in the extremities of young adults. Primary pericardial synovial sarcoma is extremely rare. We report the case of a 37 year old male patient who presented with intermittent fever, nocturnal sweating and asthenia. Chest X-ray revealed an enlarged cardiac silhouette.(More)
Early diagnosis and prompt treatment of acute osteomyelitis are of paramount importance in children because they can prevent irreversible bone damage. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with its superior spatial resolution and lack of ionizing radiation is routinely preferred over bone scan for this purpose. Increased blood flow, hyperemia and focally(More)
BACKGROUND Long acting somatostatin analogues combined with platinum analogues have demonstrated an antiproliferative effect on growth of human SCLC xenographs. METHOD 130 previously untreated SCLC patients--54 with limited disease (LD) and positive somatostatin receptors were included in the study. All patients performed 111In-Octreotide scanning before(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequently occurring cardiac arrhythmia with often serious clinical consequences. Many patients have contraindications to anticoagulation, and it is often underused in clinical practice. The addition of clopidogrel to aspirin (ASA) has been shown to reduce vascular events in a number of high-risk populations.(More)
Mean hair zinc was found to be significantly lower in 20 mild hypertensive patients treated with thiazides for 6-36 months than in 19 mild hypertensive patients who had not been given diuretics for at least six months before study. Mean serum zinc did not differ significantly between the two groups. Chronic diuretic treatment can result in zinc deficiency(More)
Left ventricular diastolic filling is a fundamental constituent of cardiac performance. Diastolic function in both adults and children can be routinely assessed by radionuclide ventriculography (RNV). It has previously been shown that factors such as heart rate (HR) and age can significantly modify diastolic performance in adults, thus limiting the clinical(More)
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