Letter from the Editor

ACHAIKI IATRIKI | 2021; 40(2):80

C. Triantos


Dear colleagues,

In the current issue, the editorial by Bouras N, comments on the psychological burden on people’s working and social lives due to the rapid worldwide spread of COVID-19 and presents the most common consequences of the virus on mental health based on a rapidly growing literature. The editorial by Peteinaris et al. discusses the development of laser lithotripsy as an option for urinary stone treatment, and its current use for the treatment of urolithiasis of every part of the urinary tract. The original article by Tsounis et al. evaluates the impact of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) on liver fibrosis in β-Thalassemia major (β-TM) patients with chronic HCV infection with the utilization of transient elastography (TE). Another original study by Akinosoglou et al. investigates dentists’ perspectives on infectious diseases and explores their knowledge and practices towards respective patients.

Moreover, this issue includes two case reports. Vogiatzis et al. describes the case of a male patient who presented with spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) extending in the middle of the left anterior descending (LAD) after coronary angiography and complete angiographic healing in the coronary angiography, 6 months later. Ntouvas et al. presents the rare case of a patient with a rupture of a salmonella infected iliac aneurysm, who was operated successfully with complete excision of the aneurysmal sac, debridement of the surrounding infected tissue and arterial revascularization via femo-femoral bypass.

Lastly, the review article of this issue, by Sapsani et al. summarizes existing data on the efficacy and safety of natalizumab, with a special reference to progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), in an attempt to determine which patients are in the highest risk of developing this infection and which patients could possibly benefit from natalizumab treatment.

C. Triantos
Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine
and Gastroenterology Faculty of Medicine,
School of Health Sciences, University of Patras
Editor-in-Chief of the journal “ACHAIKI IATRIKI”