Vasileios A. Kontogeorgakos

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BACKGROUND The decision, whether to amputate or reconstruct a mangled extremity remains the subject of extensive debate since multiple factors influence the decision. METHODS Sixty three patients with high energy extremity trauma and attempts at limb salvage were retrospectively reviewed. We analyzed 10 cases of massive extremity trauma where there was(More)
UNLABELLED Skeletal reconstruction of large tumor resection defects is challenging. Free vascularized fibular transfer offers the potential for rapid autograft incorporation in limbs compromised by adjuvant chemotherapy or radiation. We retrospectively reviewed 30 patients treated with free vascularized fibular graft reconstruction of large skeletal defects(More)
A novel technique for managing ruptured tibialis anterior tendon complicated by infection and tendon substance loss in a young adult is described. A two-stage reconstruction technique with a silicon tube and tendon autograft was performed. At first, after local control of the infection, scar excision and placement of a silicone tube was performed. Ten weeks(More)
Tumors and tumor-like lesions in or around the median nerve are uncommon causes of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). The purpose of the present study is to highlight the diagnostic approach and point out the profile of patients with CTS and potential underlying pathology. Twenty-eight patients with 32 affected hands had CTS correlated to a mass in or around the(More)
Soft tissue sarcoma (STS) with extensive intra-tumoral hemorrhage is an infrequently described entity, usually misdiagnosed as intra-muscular hematoma. The outcomes in this group of patients have not been previously described. We retrospectively identified 15 patients, with initial clinical or imaging diagnosis of hematoma, or hematoma versus hemorrhagic(More)
The aim of the present study is to evaluate the effects of erythropoietin to the collateral sprouting by using systemically delivered erythropoietin in an end-to-side nerve repair model. Forty-five rats were evaluated in four groups: (A) end-to-side neurorrhaphy only, (B) end-to-side neurorrhaphy and erythropoietin administration, (C) end-to-end(More)
AIMS   The aims of the present study were to determine the protein levels and cellular distribution of the endoribonucleases Drosha, Dicer and Ago2, major components of the microRNA-processing machinery, in benign and malignant soft tissue smooth muscle tumours, and to correlate the cellular levels of these enzymes with clinicopathological parameters(More)
Numerous high quality studies have shown the positive effects of various osteoporotic medical treatment regimens on bone mass and on the reduction of risk for new spinal, hip and non-spinal fractures in osteoporotic patients. However, the effect of osteoporotic treatment on the functional and clinical outcome of patients who have sustained hip fractures and(More)
In the present study we assessed the expression and distribution of endoribonuclease Dicer in soft tissue tumors and correlated its cellular levels with clinicopathological parameters, including clinical outcome. Dicer was expressed in the tested cell line as well as in the majority of the sarcomas examined. Staining intensity was significantly higher in(More)
Ancient schwannomas are benign long standing schwannomas of the neural sheaths. Histological findings are these seen as in conventional schwannomas, but ancient schwannomas additionally demonstrate cystic hemorrhagic changes and degenerative nuclei with pleomorphism and hyperchromasia. Due to the nuclear atypia, and cystic degeneration, ancient schwannomas(More)