Slawomir Michalak

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AIM The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of the serum osteopontin (OPN) level as a biomarker for discriminating between malignant and benign ovarian tumors. Furthermore, comparisons with the diagnostic usefulness of the other tests were performed. METHODS The study included 114 consecutive women with ovarian tumors (82 benign and 32 malignant)(More)
Although the platelet activation profile after stroke is a well-known issue, the platelet reactivity assessed prospectively after ischaemic stroke still remains equivocal. The aim of this study was to evaluate the reactivity of platelets in response to stimulation with thrombin receptor-activating peptide (TRAP) at 1, 10 and 90 days after ischaemic stroke(More)
Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is an autoimmune, demyelinating disorder of the central nervous system (CNS) with typical clinical manifestations of optic neuritis and acute transverse myelitis attacks. Previously believed to be a variant of multiple sclerosis (MS), it is now considered an independent disorder which needs to be differentiated from MS. The(More)
Some studies have shown correlations between selected proinflammatory factors and carotid atherosclerosis. It has not been established whether anti-inflammatory cytokines are associated with carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), an ultrasound surrogate marker of atherosclerosis. Therefore, the authors studied the relationship between the carotid IMT and(More)
The study was aimed at the evaluation of blood platelet activation and reactivity in patients in the convalescent phase of stroke (n=58) and controls matched in respect to risk factors of vascular pathology (n=55). Both groups were treated daily with acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), 150 mg/day. Using flow cytometry, the expressions of P-selectin and the active(More)
OBJECTIVE The relationship between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and cardiovascular disease is intensively discussed. Endothelial leukocyte adhesion molecule (E-selectin) is one of factors facilitating leukocyte migration to the subendothelial layer which could be considered proatherogenic. The aim of the study was to determine E-selectin levels and total(More)
Cerebellar degeneration may be recognized as a remote effect of a growing tumor. We have analysed serum concentrations of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), macrophage chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), thyroxine and insulin to elucidate the pathomechanism which may be of importance for the development of central degeneration in cachectic Morris(More)
BACKGROUND Hyperechogenicity of the substantia nigra (SN) measured by transcranial sonography (TCS) is a characteristic feature observed in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). To our knowledge, no SN hyperechogenicity data are available for Polish population. Moreover most of studies come from few centres, which used the one type of ultrasound device.(More)
The aim of our study was the evaluation of HE4 usefulness as a test in assessment of ovarian tumors which are suspicious and difficult to classify correctly via subjective ultrasound examination. In this retrospective cohort study 253 women diagnosed with adnexal masses were examined preoperatively. Suspicious tumors (n = 145) were divided into groups of:(More)
Insulin resistance is the first step in glucose intolerance and the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus, thus effective prevention strategies should also include dietary interventions to enhance insulin sensitivity. Nutrients, such as microelement chromium(III) and thiamine, play regulatory roles in carbohydrate metabolism. The objective of this study(More)