20th International Congress on Thrombosis


June 25-28, 2008 - Athens, Greece




Dear Colleagues,

The XX biennial International Congress on Thrombosis organized by the Mediterranean League against Thromboembolic Diseases (MLTD) and the Hellenic society of the MLTD, held in the city of Athens from 25-28 June 2008, has already successfully finished. Our congress aimed and achieved to bridge science and clinical practice, bringing together specialists in Haematology, Vascular surgery, Angiology, Haemostasis, Vascular Biology, Cardiology, Neurology, Nephrology, Radiology, Orthopedics, Gynaecology and many other fields related to Thrombosis.

Some of the papers presented in the congress were collected to be published in the present Proceedings of the Congress and I am sure this will be welcome by the scientific society.

On behalf of the MLTD Officers and the Local Organizing Committee
Professor Christos D. Liapis
President of the XX MLTD International Congress on Thrombosis








Training the Vascular Specialist: An International Perspective

J.L. Cronenwett and C.D. Liapis


The European Board of Vascular (EBVS) Examinations: An Update

D. Bergqvist

Training in Vascular Surgery – The "Scandinavian Model"

H.O. Myhre, E. Laxdal, T. Schroeder, M. Lepäntalo and J. Swedenborg





Epidemiology of Venous and Arterial Thrombosis in Medical Patients

E.Th. Petridou and I. Matsoukis


Venous Thromboembolism in Patients with Arterial Thrombosis: Results of Postmortem Studies

D. Bergqvist, Ĺ. Eliasson, M. Björck and M. Ögren





Biological Markers in Carotid Disease

C.D. Liapis, E.D. Avgerinos and N.P.E. Kadoglou


Blood Markers of Atherosclerosis

P. Poredos


Molecular Basis of Quantitative Fibrinogen Disorders

M. Neerman-Arbez


HIT: Recent Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment

A. Girolami, R. Scandellari and B. Girolami


Detection of MMP-2 and MMP-9 in Normal Uncomplicated Pregnancy

J. Prochazkova, M. Prochazka, L. Slavik, J. Ulehlova, R. Pilka and A. Mechurova





Serum Levels of TRAIL, OPG and RANKL in Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction

L. Vida-Simiti, A. Cristea, S. Blaga, I. Marian and A. Simiti


Influence of Circulating Cell-derived Microparticles on Thrombin Generation in Thrombophilia Patients

A. Hluší, L. Slavík, J. Úlehlová, J. Procházková, N. Klusová, J. Jezáková and V. Krčová





Tissue Factor Initiated Blood Coagulation

J. McVey


Local Activation of Coagulation in Severe Infection

T. van der Poll





The Emmerging Link Between Innate Immunity and Thrombosis

M. Speletas


Increased Inflammatory Activity Rather than Platelet Function Predicts Events During Acetylsalicylic Acid (ASA) Therapy for Secondary Prevention – A 10 Years Follow-up

H. Sinzinger, H. Kritz, R. Berent, P. Schmid and D. Steinbrenner





New Targets for the Treatment of Thrombosis in the Antiphospholipid Syndrome

P. Youinou


Catastrophic Antiphospholipid (Asherson’s) Syndrome

R. Cervera


Thrombosis of Legs and Skin Arteries: Imputability of Anti-Phospholipid Antibodies

K.M. Taouli, O. Boudghene Stambouli, J.F. Schved and A. Reghis





Pregnancy As A Proacoagulable Trigger

N.A. Vitoratos


Particularities for Pulmonary Thromboembolism in Women

R. Avram, M. Balint, F. Parv, T. Ciocarlie, C. Popa, V. Moga and J. Avram


The Antiphospholipid Syndrome – Important Cause of Thrombotic Events in Pregnancy

A. Dumitrascu, C. Draghici, I. Tamsula, M. Popescu, C. Dumitrascu and C. Tanaseanu





Interventions to Prevent Venous Thrombosis After Air Travel: Are They Necessary?

S.C. Cannegieter


Travelers’ Thrombosis (TT) in Romania

J. Avram, R. Avram, M. Pasztori, S. Manciu, I. Avram, M. Avram and Fl. Pirv





Coronary Artery Disease

Harisios Boudoulas


Resistance and Hypersensitivity Reactions to Heparins

D.A. Tsakiris, K. Scherer and A.J. Bircher


Anti-Platelet Drug Resistance

D. Varon


Impact of Femoro-popliteal By-passes on Length of Life in Diabetics and Non-diabetics

I. Mirkovic, D. Pikot, I. Srdoc, R. Vidos, A. Angelini and F. Rozman


Stenting of Central Venous Stenoses and Occlusions to Maintain
Hemodialysis Vascular Access

D. Kaitzis, A. Mpalitas, M. Mantelas, A. Hatzibaloglou and I. Moros


Acute Renal Artery Occlusion from Unusual Non-traumatic Causes: Is It an Uncommon Mimic?

S.A. Makris, E. Kanellopoulos, A. Chronopoulos and N. Doundoulakis


Thrombosis of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

M. Popescu, I. Tiglea, A. Dumitrascu, E. Iordachita and C. Tanaseanu


Importance of Antiphospholipid Antibodies in Pathogenesis of Thrombotic Events Associated with Bacterial Respiratory Tract Infections

C.M.Tanaseanu, A. Dumitrascu, I. Tamsulea, M. Popescu, St. Tanaseanu and E. Moldoveanu

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