Stavroula Giannouli

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BACKGROUND Because of its long-term effectiveness in clinical practice, methotrexate (MTX) is currently the preferred disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) for patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RRA). However, many patients do not experience remission and continue to have signs and symptoms of active disease while receiving a maximally(More)
Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), an acquired clonal disorder of haemopoietic progenitor cells, is characterized by haemopoietic insufficiency associated with cytopenias, leading to serious morbidity plus the additional risk of leukaemic transformation. In MDS an acquired insult to the haemopoietic stem cell leads to impaired differentiation and(More)
A meta-analysis of case–control studies that investigated the association between the C677T and/or A1298C polymorphisms in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) was carried out. Pooled odds ratios (OR) of various genetic contrasts of each polymorphism were estimated using random (RE) and fixed effects(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the clinical aspects and evolution of autoimmune inflammatory manifestations (AIMs) in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and ascertain the prognostic implications of these manifestations in MDS. METHODS Seventy patients diagnosed for MDS were enrolled in a prospective cohort study of 4-yr duration. Thirteen patients with(More)
Hematological abnormalities are very common in systemic lupus erythematosus. Α nemia is found in approximately 50% of patients, with anemia of chronic disease being the most common form. Impaired erythropoietin response and presence of antibodies against erythropoietin may contribute to the pathogenesis of this type of anemia. Patients with autoimmune(More)
BACKGROUND Primary Sjögren's syndrome (SS) is associated with an increased frequency of non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (NHLs), mainly of low histological grade. However, aggressive diffuse large B cell lymphomas (DLBCL) characterised by poor treatment outcome can also be encountered in SS. It has recently been shown that rituxan has significant therapeutic(More)
Immunologically mediated thrombocytopenia is a frequent clinical manifestation in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Autoantibodies targeting platelet membrane glucoproteins have a central role in peripheral platelet destruction. Autoantibodies against thrombopoietin are also present in about one-third of patients, but their pathogenetic role(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the safety and therapeutic response of a regimen consisting of cyclophosphamide/doxorubicin/vincristine/prednisone (CHOP) plus rituximab in patients with Sjögren's syndrome (SS) and aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). METHODS Four SS patients with aggressive marginal zone NHL were enrolled in this trial. All patients were(More)
We consider the problem of the global convergence of gradient-based optimization algorithms for interstitial high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy dose optimization using variance-based objectives. Possible local minima could lead to only sub-optimal solutions. We perform a configuration space analysis using a representative set of the entire non-dominated(More)