Themistoklis G Vasiliadis

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the risk and predictors of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in HBeAg-negative chronic hepatitis B patients of the large HEPNET.Greece cohort study who received long-term oral antivirals starting with lamivudine monotherapy. DESIGN Retrospective analysis of HCC incidence in HBeAg-negative chronic hepatitis B patients from a(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Patients with HBV-related decompensated cirrhosis (HBV-DeCi) should be treated with potent nucleos(t)ide analogues (NA)[entecavir (ETV) or tenofovir (TDF)]. The aim was the evaluation of safety and efficacy in terms of changes in liver disease course in HBV-DeCi patients treated with ETV or TDF. METHODS In 52 HBV-DeCi patients clinical and(More)
The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the success rate and complications of three precut techniques of sphincterotomy after failure of conventional techniques of cannulation of common bile duct (CBD). Between January 2003 and October 2011, 2,903 consecutive ERCPs were performed in patients with naïve major papilla. In 283 patients in whom(More)
BACKGROUND The use of endoclipping may minimize the risk of bleeding after endoscopic polypectomy of large pedunculated polyps. The aim of this study was to assess the safety and efficacy of endoclipping of the stalk before resection of large pedunculated colorectal polyps, drawing particular attention to the cases in which the use of this method could be(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Osteoporosis has been recognized in patients with liver cirrhosis, although the prevalence and the exact mechanisms vary considerably in the literature. We have studied the prevalence of bone disease in cirrhotic patients, the pathogenesis and the relation to the etiology and the severity of liver failure. METHODOLOGY The study included 83(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence and long-term outcome of halitosis before and after eradication therapy in patients with functional dyspepsia and Helicobacter pylori infection. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Halitosis and dyspepsia-related symptoms were investigated by way of a questionnaire. Only patients with functional dyspepsia,(More)
OBJECTIVE This study assessed the diagnostic yield of capsule endoscopy (CE) and its impact on patients with obscure gastrointestinal bleeding (OGIB). SUBJECTS AND METHODS Between May 2007 and May 2009, 63 patients with OGIB (overt bleeding: 25, and occult blood loss with chronic ferropenic anemia: 38) and normal upper and lower endoscopy were studied by(More)
INTRODUCTION Thyroid dysfunction (TD) is a well-established adverse effect in chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients, treated with interferon-alpha (IFN-α), with or without ribavirin. However, the long-term outcome is not well-studied. The purpose of this study was to estimate the prevalence and long-term outcome of TD after HCV-therapy. (More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Adverse effects of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs) on the upper gastrointestinal tract and small intestine are well described. Evidence is also accumulating that implicate NSAIDs in inducing and exacerbating damage in the distal gastrointestinal tract. In this article we describe eight cases of colonic inflammation associated(More)
BACKGROUND Bile leak is a common and serious complication of cholecystectomy with endotherapy being an established method of treatment. This retrospective study presents the 11-year experience of a referral center in endoscopic management of post-cholecystectomy bile leaks. METHODS During the period between January 2000 and December 2010, records of(More)