Vassilios Papastamopoulos

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BACKGROUND Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection depletes CD4+ lymphocytes, which may benefit patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The aim was to compare the course of IBD in HIV patients with a matched group of IBD seronegative patients. METHODS A total of 20 IBD (14 Crohn's disease, 6 ulcerative colitis) HIV infected patients and 40(More)
We present a patient with chronic HIV-1 infection and primary multi-drug resistance, the magnitude of which was underestimated by the baseline genotypic resistance testing (GRT) due to reversion of some of the mutations of the transmitted strain. This resulted in complete failure of his first antiretroviral regimen with rapid appearance of presumably(More)
We present a unique case of acute bacterial prostatitis caused by a very rare human pathogen, Raoultella planticola, in a renal allograft recipient 3.5 months post transplantation. Only a few cases of human infection by this pathogen have been reported worldwide. The present study reports the case of a 67-year-old man who was admitted to our transplant unit(More)
BACKGROUND Numerous studies have shown that baseline drug resistance patterns may influence the outcome of antiretroviral therapy. Therefore, guidelines recommend drug resistance testing to guide the choice of initial regimen. In addition to optimizing individual patient management, these baseline resistance data enable transmitted drug resistance (TDR) to(More)
Staphylococcus aureus (SA) bacteriuria may accompany SA bacteremia, but primary SA urinary tract infection (UTI) may also occur. Our clinical observation of SA UTIs following intravenous catheter-related phlebitis lead us to review hematogenous and ascending route-related risk factors in patients with primary SA UTIs. The charts from all patients with SA(More)
We report an extreme case of high-grade needlestick exposure of a health-care worker to serum from multiple HIV-infected patients after trying to prematurely remove the respective tubes from an automated biochemical analyser. After review of the medical records of the eight source patients, we offered the health-care worker an expanded postexposure(More)
Primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) is a unique form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, mainly met in severely immunocompromised, HIV-positive patients. PEL is aetiologically related to human herpes virus-8 (HHV-8) and it usually presents as a lymphomatous body cavity effusion in the absence of a solid tumour mass. Recently, cases of HIV-positive patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Rates of invasive group B Streptococcus (GBS; Streptococcus agalactiae) disease in adults are on the rise. Invasive GBS disease can be community- or healthcare-associated. We report an outbreak of GBS catheter-related bacteremia in a hemodialysis (HD) unit. MATERIALS AND METHODS Two patients undergoing HD at the same outpatient HD unit were(More)