Nikolaos Flaris

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OBJECTIVE The purpose of the present study is to compare the standard bare metal stents (BMS) with the Paclitaxel-Drug Eluting Stent (DES) in the ureter of a pig model. MATERIALS AND METHODS We report on an experimental study with ten female pigs weighing between 25 and 30 kg. The stents were randomly placed in either the right or left ureter in each of(More)
Introduction. Severe leptospirosis, also known as Weil's disease, can cause multiorgan failure with high mortality. Scoring systems for disease severity have not been validated for leptospirosis, and there is no documented method to predict mortality. Methods. This is a case series on 10 patients admitted to ICU for multiorgan failure from severe(More)
Five patients with rapidly evolving, severe weakness had an unusual myopathy with virtually complete loss of myosin in 5 to 40% of muscle fibers. Three of the 5 patients began to develop weakness 1 to 2 weeks after lung transplantation. The fourth became weak after a febrile illness. The fifth presented with diabetic ketoacidosis and weakness. All patients(More)
We evaluated a 69-year-old man with Waldenström's macroglobulinemia (IgM-kappa M-protein) and progressive weakness over 2 to 3 years. The neurological examination showed symmetrical, predominantly proximal weakness. Electrophysiological testing revealed small brief motor unit potentials with fibrillations and positive sharp waves consistent with an(More)
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