Panagiotis Panagou

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Intrapleural administration of fibrinolytics has been shown in small numbers of patients with complicated parapneumonic effusions (CPE) and pleural empyema to be effective and relatively safe. Although streptokinase (SK) is recommended as the fibrinolytic of choice, there are no comparative studies among fibrinolytics. We therefore compared the efficacy,(More)
OBJECTIVE Unilateral pulmonary artery agenesis (UPAA), a rare congenital anomaly that is frequently associated with other cardiovascular abnormalities, is usually diagnosed in childhood. Most patients who have no associated cardiac anomalies have only minor or absent symptoms and survive into adulthood. The conditions of such patients are frequently(More)
We aimed to evaluate the predictive value of anthropometric measurements and self-reported symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) in a large number of not yet diagnosed or treated patients. Commonly used clinical indices were used to derive a prediction formula that could identify patients at low and high risk for OSAS. Two thousand six hundred(More)
BACKGROUND Expired breath condensate (EBC) has never been used to explore the level of oxidative stress in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Therefore, the aim of this study was to measure the levels of H2O2 and 8-isoprostane, as biomarkers of oxidative stress, in the EBC of patients with IPF. MATERIALS AND METHODS We investigated 16 patients with IPF(More)
There have been reports that optimal CPAP pressure can be predicted from a previously derived formula, with the Hoffstein formula being the most accurate and accepted in the literature so far. However, the validation of this predictive model has not been applied in different clinical settings. Our aim was to compare both the Hoffstein prediction formula and(More)
SETTING The tuberculin skin test is widely used to define the tuberculous infection in the community. Serial representative tuberculin surveys demonstrate the trend of the risk of tuberculous infection. OBJECTIVE The study of tuberculous infection in Hellenic army recruits for the purposes of BCG vaccination, which with chemoprophylaxis and early(More)
Previous studies on baseline pulmonary function testing (PFT) abnormalities in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are conflicting because most of them have incorporated patients suffering from both ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD). The aim of the study is to investigate whether any PFT abnormalities could be detected in a large(More)
BACKGROUND Lignocaine is commonly used for local anesthesia during fiberoptic bronchoscopy (FOB). Several studies have reported the peak serum concentration of lignocaine in relation to time, but most of them did not specify the administered dose of lignocaine gel and its possible correlation with peak serum concentration. OBJECTIVE The aim of our study(More)
The frequency of obstructive sleep apnea–hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) remains controversial. The aim of this study was to assess the frequency of OSAHS in newly diagnosed IPF patients and to identify possible correlations with body mass index and pulmonary function testing parameters. Thirty-four newly(More)
Inhaled prostaglandin (PG)E2 has been found to cause bronchodilation in asthmatics, although it does not have bronchodilative effects in normal subjects. The aim of this study was to investigate the levels of PGE2 in the expired breath condensate of patients with asthma, the possible contribution of smoking habit to its levels and the possible relationship(More)