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Reactivation of hepatitis B virus infection in rheumatic diseases: risk and management considerations.

Koutsianas C, Thomas K, Vassilopoulos D.

Ther Adv Musculoskelet Dis. 2020 Mar 16;12:1759720X20912646. doi: 10.1177/1759720X20912646. eCollection 2020. Review.


Pneumocystis Jirovecii Pneumonia after Initiation of Tofacitinib Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Case-Based Review.

Grigoropoulos I, Thomas K, Christoforou P, Fanidi I, Papavdi M, Kyriakou F, Deutsch M, Pirounaki M, Vassilopoulos D.

Mediterr J Rheumatol. 2019 Sep 30;30(3):167-170. doi: 10.31138/mjr.30.3.167. eCollection 2019 Sep. Review.


Twenty Years of Targeted Treatment in Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Greek Databases: Achievements and Unmet Needs.

Sidiropoulos P, Sfikakis PP, Boumpas DD, Vassilopoulos D.

Mediterr J Rheumatol. 2019 Sep 30;30(3):141-146. doi: 10.31138/mjr.30.3.141. eCollection 2019 Sep.


Anakinra for corticosteroid-dependent and colchicine-resistant pericarditis: The IRAP (International Registry of Anakinra for Pericarditis) study.

Imazio M, Andreis A, De Ferrari GM, Cremer PC, Mardigyan V, Maestroni S, Luis SA, Lopalco G, Emmi G, Lotan D, Marcolongo R, Lazaros G, De Biasio M, Cantarini L, Dagna L, Cercek AC, Pivetta E, Varma B, Berkson L, Tombetti E, Iannone F, Prisco D, Caforio ALP, Vassilopoulos D, Tousoulis D, De Luca G, Giustetto C, Rinaldi M, Oh JK, Klein AL, Brucato A, Adler Y.

Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2019 Oct 15:2047487319879534. doi: 10.1177/2047487319879534. [Epub ahead of print]


An emerging role of neutrophils and NETosis in chronic inflammation and fibrosis in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and ANCA-associated vasculitides (AAV): Implications for the pathogenesis and treatment.

Frangou E, Vassilopoulos D, Boletis J, Boumpas DT.

Autoimmun Rev. 2019 Aug;18(8):751-760. doi: 10.1016/j.autrev.2019.06.011. Epub 2019 Jun 8. Review.


Clinical significance of pleural effusions and association with outcome in patients hospitalized with a first episode of acute pericarditis.

Lazaros G, Antonopoulos AS, Imazio M, Solomou E, Lazarou E, Vassilopoulos D, Adler Y, Stefanadis C, Tousoulis D.

Intern Emerg Med. 2019 Aug;14(5):745-751. doi: 10.1007/s11739-019-02041-3. Epub 2019 Mar 13.


Rheumatoid Arthritis-associated Interstitial Lung Disease in Greece: A Multicentre Epidemiological and Clinical Study.

Karageorgas T, Sidiropoulos P, Vassilopoulos D, Boumpas D.

Mediterr J Rheumatol. 2018 Dec 18;29(4):236-238. doi: 10.31138/mjr.29.4.236. eCollection 2018 Dec.


Prevalence of comorbidities in systemic sclerosis versus rheumatoid arthritis: a comparative, multicenter, matched-cohort study.

Panopoulos S, Tektonidou M, Drosos AA, Liossis SN, Dimitroulas T, Garyfallos A, Sakkas L, Boumpas D, Voulgari PV, Daoussis D, Thomas K, Georgiopoulos G, Vosvotekas G, Vassilopoulos D, Sfikakis PP.

Arthritis Res Ther. 2018 Dec 4;20(1):267. doi: 10.1186/s13075-018-1771-0.


Five-year prospective multi-center cohort study of patients with giant cell arteritis in Greece.

Tsalapaki C, Nikitopoulou E, Boki KA, Boumpas D, Sfikakis PP, Vosvotekas G, Voulgari PV, Vassilopoulos D.

Mediterr J Rheumatol. 2018 Jun 29;29(2):103-105. doi: 10.31138/mjr.29.2.103. eCollection 2018 Jun.


The landscape of acute pericarditis in Greece: Experience from a tertiary referral center.

Lazaros G, Solomou E, Antonopoulos AS, Vlachopoulos C, Vasileiou P, Karavidas A, Bei E, Leontsinis G, Lazarou E, Vassilopoulos D, Tsioufis C, Kallikazaros I, Stefanadis C, Tousoulis D.

Hellenic J Cardiol. 2019 Mar - Apr;60(2):139-140. doi: 10.1016/j.hjc.2018.06.011. Epub 2018 Jun 27. No abstract available.


Recurrent ventricular arrhythmia in a patient with aortitis and myocardial inflammation due to possible immunoglobulin G4-related disease.

Georgiopoulos G, Thomas K, Vaina S, Tsiachris D, Alexopoulos N, Tousoulis D, Vassilopoulos D.

Intern Med J. 2018 May;48(5):598-601. doi: 10.1111/imj.13778. No abstract available.


Predictors of switching from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to corticosteroids in patients with acute pericarditis and impact on clinical outcome.

Lazaros G, Antonopoulos AS, Vlachopoulos C, Oikonomou E, Karavidas A, Chrysochoou C, Lazarou E, Vassilopoulos D, Imazio M, Tousoulis D.

Hellenic J Cardiol. 2018 Apr 20. pii: S1109-9666(18)30095-2. doi: 10.1016/j.hjc.2018.04.001. [Epub ahead of print]


Combined brain and heart magnetic resonance imaging in systemic vasculitides: fiction or real need?

Mavrogeni S, Kitas GD, Lamb HJ, Psychogios K, Dimitroulas T, Koutsogeorgopoulou L, Boki K, Vartela V, Kolovou G, Markousis-Mavrogenis G, Kallenberg CG, Guillevin L, Vassilopoulos D.

Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2018 Mar-Apr;36 Suppl 111(2):152-159. Epub 2018 Apr 10. Review.


Low disease activity-irrespective of serologic status at baseline-associated with reduction of corticosteroid dose and number of flares in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus treated with belimumab: A real-life observational study.

Fanouriakis A, Adamichou C, Koutsoviti S, Panopoulos S, Staveri C, Klagou A, Tsalapaki C, Pantazi L, Konsta S, Mavragani CP, Dimopoulou D, Ntali S, Katsikas G, Boki KA, Vassilopoulos D, Konstantopoulou P, Liossis SN, Elezoglou A, Tektonidou M, Sidiropoulos P, Erden A, Sfikakis PP, Bertsias G, Boumpas DT.

Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2018 Dec;48(3):467-474. doi: 10.1016/j.semarthrit.2018.02.014. Epub 2018 Feb 23.


Multicenter Cross-sectional Study of Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis in Greece: Results from a cohort of 2.491 patients.

Thomas K, Lazarini A, Kaltsonoudis E, Drosos A, Papalopoulos I, Sidiropoulos P, Katsimbri P, Boumpas D, Tsatsani P, Gazi S, Fragkiadaki K, Tektonidou M, Sfikakis PP, Pantazi L, Boki KA, Grika EP, Vlachoyiannopoulos PG, Karagianni K, Sakkas LI, Dimitroulas T, Garyfallos A, Kassimos D, Evangelatos G, Iliopoulos A, Areti M, Georganas C, Melissaropoulos K, Georgiou P, Vounotrypidis P, Ntelis K, Mavragani CP, Bournazos I, Katsifis G, Mavrommatis C, Kitas GD, Vassilopoulos D.

Mediterr J Rheumatol. 2018 Mar 19;29(1):27-37. doi: 10.31138/mjr.29.1.27. eCollection 2018 Mar.


Severe pancytopenia and splenomegaly associated with felty's syndrome, both fully responsive solely to corticosteroids.

Liatsos GD, Tsironi I, Vassilopoulos D, Dourakis S.

Clin Case Rep. 2018 Jan 31;6(3):509-512. doi: 10.1002/ccr3.1396. eCollection 2018 Mar.


Increased Frequency of Peripheral B and T Cells Expressing Granulocyte Monocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients.

Makris A, Adamidi S, Koutsianas C, Tsalapaki C, Hadziyannis E, Vassilopoulos D.

Front Immunol. 2018 Jan 10;8:1967. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2017.01967. eCollection 2017.


The Role of Colchicine in Pericardial Syndromes.

Lazaros G, Imazio M, Brucato A, Vlachopoulos C, Lazarou E, Vassilopoulos D, Tousoulis D.

Curr Pharm Des. 2018;24(6):702-709. doi: 10.2174/1381612824666180116101823. Review.


High 3-year golimumab survival in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis: real world data from 328 patients.

Thomas K, Flouri I, Repa A, Fragiadaki K, Sfikakis PP, Koutsianas C, Kaltsonoudis E, Voulgari PV, Drosos AA, Petrikkou E, Sidiropoulos P, Vassilopoulos D.

Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2018 Mar-Apr;36(2):254-262. Epub 2017 Nov 9.


Study of the natural course and specific immunity after herpes zoster in patients with rheumatoid arthritis receiving biologic DMARDs.

Thomas K, Sfikakis PP, Boumpas D, Boki K, Vassilopoulos D.

Mediterr J Rheumatol. 2017 Sep 29;28(3):164-168. doi: 10.31138/mjr.28.3.164. eCollection 2017 Sep.


The Therapeutic Role of Interleukin-1 Inhibition in Idiopathic Recurrent Pericarditis: Current Evidence and Future Challenges.

Lazaros G, Antonatou K, Vassilopoulos D.

Front Med (Lausanne). 2017 Jun 12;4:78. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2017.00078. eCollection 2017.


Tregs restrain dendritic cell autophagy to ameliorate autoimmunity.

Alissafi T, Banos A, Boon L, Sparwasser T, Ghigo A, Wing K, Vassilopoulos D, Boumpas D, Chavakis T, Cadwell K, Verginis P.

J Clin Invest. 2017 Jun 30;127(7):2789-2804. doi: 10.1172/JCI92079. Epub 2017 Jun 5.


The effect of TNF-a antagonists on aortic stiffness and wave reflections: a meta-analysis.

Vlachopoulos C, Gravos A, Georgiopoulos G, Terentes-Printzios D, Ioakeimidis N, Vassilopoulos D, Stamatelopoulos K, Tousoulis D.

Clin Rheumatol. 2018 Feb;37(2):515-526. doi: 10.1007/s10067-017-3657-y. Epub 2017 May 8.


Biologic treatment for rheumatic disease: real-world big data analysis from the Greek country-wide prescription database.

Sfikakis PP, Bournia VK, Sidiropoulos P, Boumpas DT, Drosos AA, Kitas GD, Konstantonis G, Liossis SN, Manoussakis MN, Sakkas L, Tektonidou M, Tzioufas AG, Vlachoyiannopoulos PG, Kani C, Paterakis P, Litsa P, Vassilopoulos D.

Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2017 Jul-Aug;35(4):579-585. Epub 2017 Mar 3.


Immunization in patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases.

Thomas K, Vassilopoulos D.

Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2016 Oct;30(5):946-963. doi: 10.1016/j.berh.2016.10.009. Epub 2016 Nov 23. Review.


Hepatitis B Reactivation in Rheumatic Diseases: Screening and Prevention.

Koutsianas C, Thomas K, Vassilopoulos D.

Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2017 Feb;43(1):133-149. doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2016.09.012. Epub 2016 Oct 22. Review.


Infections and vasculitis.

Thomas K, Vassilopoulos D.

Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2017 Jan;29(1):17-23. Review.


Safety profile of repeated rituximab cycles in unselected rheumatoid arthritis patients: a long-term, prospective real-life study.

Vassilopoulos D, Delicha EM, Settas L, Andrianakos A, Aslanidis S, Boura P, Katsounaros M, Athanassiou P, Tempos K, Skarantavos G, Antoniadis C, Papazoglou S, Sakkas L, Galanopoulou V, Skopouli F, Boki K, Daoussis D, Vritzali E, Sfikakis PP.

Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2016 Sep-Oct;34(5):893-900. Epub 2016 Jul 5.


Clinical and financial burden of active lupus in Greece: a nationwide study.

Bertsias G, Karampli E, Sidiropoulos P, Gergianaki I, Drosos A, Sakkas L, Garyfallos A, Tzioufas A, Vassilopoulos D, Tsalapaki C, Sfikakis P, Panopoulos S, Athanasakis K, Perna A, Psomali D, Kyriopoulos J, Boumpas D.

Lupus. 2016 Oct;25(12):1385-94. doi: 10.1177/0961203316642310. Epub 2016 Apr 6.


Prevention of HBV reactivation in patients treated with biologic agents.

Koutsianas C, Thomas K, Vassilopoulos D.

Expert Rev Clin Pharmacol. 2016 Apr;9(4):579-589. doi: 10.1586/17512433.2016.1143773. Epub 2016 Feb 6.


Effusive-constrictive pericarditis successfully treated with anakinra.

Lazaros G, Vasileiou P, Danias P, Koutsianas C, Vlachopoulos C, Tousoulis D, Vassilopoulos D.

Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2015 Nov-Dec;33(6):945. Epub 2015 Oct 30. No abstract available.


HCV Treatments and Their Integration Into Rheumatology.

Vassilopoulos D, Calabrese LH.

Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2015 Aug;17(8):51. doi: 10.1007/s11926-015-0526-z. Review.


Anakinra: an emerging option for refractory idiopathic recurrent pericarditis: a systematic review of published evidence.

Lazaros G, Imazio M, Brucato A, Vassilopoulos D, Vasileiou P, Gattorno M, Tousoulis D, Martini A.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown). 2016 Apr;17(4):256-62. doi: 10.2459/JCM.0000000000000266. Review.


Rituximab for eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis with severe vasculitic neuropathy: Case report and review of current clinical evidence.

Fanouriakis A, Kougkas N, Vassilopoulos D, Fragouli E, Repa A, Sidiropoulos P.

Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2015 Aug;45(1):60-6. doi: 10.1016/j.semarthrit.2015.03.004. Epub 2015 Mar 26. Review.


Women's health and fertility, family planning and pregnancy in immune-mediated rheumatic diseases: a report from a south-eastern European Expert Meeting.

Ntali S, Damjanov N, Drakakis P, Ionescu R, Kalinova D, Rashkov R, Malamitsi-Puchner A, Mantzaris G, Michala L, Pamfil C, Rednic S, Tektonidou MG, Tsiodras S, Vassilopoulos D, Vojinovic J, Bertsias GK, Boumpas DT.

Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2014 Nov-Dec;32(6):959-68. Epub 2014 Nov 7. Review.


Anakinra for the management of resistant idiopathic recurrent pericarditis. Initial experience in 10 adult cases.

Lazaros G, Vasileiou P, Koutsianas C, Antonatou K, Stefanadis C, Pectasides D, Vassilopoulos D.

Ann Rheum Dis. 2014 Dec;73(12):2215-7. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-205990. Epub 2014 Aug 27. No abstract available.


Validation of the classification criteria for cryoglobulinaemic vasculitis.

Quartuccio L, Isola M, Corazza L, Ramos-Casals M, Retamozo S, Ragab GM, Zoheir MN, El-Menyawi MA, Salem MN, Sansonno D, Ferraccioli G, Gremese E, Tzioufas A, Voulgarelis M, Vassilopoulos D, Scarpato S, Pipitone N, Salvarani C, Guillevin L, Terrier B, Cacoub P, Filippini D, Saccardo F, Gabrielli A, Fraticelli P, Sebastiani M, Tomsic M, Tavoni A, Mazzaro C, Pioltelli P, Nishimoto N, Scaini P, Zignego AL, Ferri C, Monti G, Pietrogrande M, Bombardieri S, Galli M, De Vita S.

Rheumatology (Oxford). 2014 Dec;53(12):2209-13. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/keu271. Epub 2014 Jul 3.


Adalimumab decreases aortic stiffness independently of its effect in disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Vassilopoulos D, Gravos A, Vlachopoulos C, Kandili A, Ioakeimidis N, Pectasides D, Stefanadis C.

Clin Rheumatol. 2015 Feb;34(2):359-64. doi: 10.1007/s10067-014-2718-8. Epub 2014 Jun 15.


Frequent conversion of tuberculosis screening tests during anti-tumour necrosis factor therapy in patients with rheumatic diseases.

Hatzara C, Hadziyannis E, Kandili A, Koutsianas C, Makris A, Georgiopoulos G, Vassilopoulos D.

Ann Rheum Dis. 2015 Oct;74(10):1848-53. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-205376. Epub 2014 May 22.


Interleukin-8 as a predictor of acute idiopathic pericarditis recurrences. A pilot study.

Vasileiou P, Tsioufis C, Lazaros G, Hadziyannis E, Kasiakogias A, Stefanadis C, Kallikazaros I, Vassilopoulos D.

Int J Cardiol. 2014 Apr 1;172(3):e463-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2014.01.029. Epub 2014 Jan 22. No abstract available.


The natural course of chronic hepatitis B virus infection and its management.

Hadziyannis SJ, Vassilopoulos D, Hadziyannis E.

Adv Pharmacol. 2013;67:247-91. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-405880-4.00007-X. Review.


Tissue factor expression in neutrophil extracellular traps and neutrophil derived microparticles in antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody associated vasculitis may promote thromboinflammation and the thrombophilic state associated with the disease.

Kambas K, Chrysanthopoulou A, Vassilopoulos D, Apostolidou E, Skendros P, Girod A, Arelaki S, Froudarakis M, Nakopoulou L, Giatromanolaki A, Sidiropoulos P, Koffa M, Boumpas DT, Ritis K, Mitroulis I.

Ann Rheum Dis. 2014 Oct;73(10):1854-63. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-203430. Epub 2013 Jul 19.


Hepatitis B reactivation following treatment with abatacept in a patient with past hepatitis B virus infection.

Fanouriakis A, Vassilopoulos D, Repa A, Boumpas DT, Sidiropoulos P.

Rheumatology (Oxford). 2014 Jan;53(1):195-6. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/ket221. Epub 2013 Jun 14. No abstract available.


Bell's palsy and hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsy (HNPP): is there a common genetic background?

Karadima G, Kokotis P, Kalfakis N, Vassilopoulos D, Panas M.

J Clin Neurosci. 2013 Jul;20(7):1042. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2012.10.017. Epub 2013 Apr 29. No abstract available.


Hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related cryoglobulinemia: cryoglobulin type and anti-HCV profile.

Minopetrou M, Hadziyannis E, Deutsch M, Tampaki M, Georgiadou A, Dimopoulou E, Vassilopoulos D, Koskinas J.

Clin Vaccine Immunol. 2013 May;20(5):698-703. doi: 10.1128/CVI.00720-12. Epub 2013 Mar 6.


Viral hepatitis: review of arthritic complications and therapy for arthritis in the presence of active HBV/HCV.

Vassilopoulos D, Calabrese LH.

Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2013 Apr;15(4):319. doi: 10.1007/s11926-013-0319-1. Review.


Dietary and lifestyle variables in relation to incidence of Parkinson's disease in Greece.

Kyrozis A, Ghika A, Stathopoulos P, Vassilopoulos D, Trichopoulos D, Trichopoulou A.

Eur J Epidemiol. 2013 Jan;28(1):67-77. doi: 10.1007/s10654-012-9760-0. Epub 2013 Feb 2.


The Byzantine Empress Zoe Porphyrogenita and the quest for eternal youth.

Panas M, Poulakou-Rebelakou E, Kalfakis N, Vassilopoulos D.

J Cosmet Dermatol. 2012 Sep;11(3):245-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1473-2165.2012.00629.x.


Long-term safety of rituximab in patients with rheumatic diseases and chronic or resolved hepatitis B virus infection.

Mitroulis I, Hatzara C, Kandili A, Hadziyannis E, Vassilopoulos D.

Ann Rheum Dis. 2013 Feb;72(2):308-10. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2012-202088. Epub 2012 Aug 28. No abstract available.


Successful treatment of adult patients with idiopathic recurrent pericarditis with an interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (anakinra).

Vassilopoulos D, Lazaros G, Tsioufis C, Vasileiou P, Stefanadis C, Pectasides D.

Int J Cardiol. 2012 Sep 20;160(1):66-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2012.05.086. Epub 2012 Jun 15. No abstract available.


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