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Diagnostic tests for the new coronavirus, SARS COV-2

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Sars COV – 2 ( Covid – 19) emerged in 2020 as a global epidemic disease. In fact, quite a number of decades had followed since the last dispersion of a disease of such a magnitude.

It goes without saying that the scientific community and pharmaceutical industry have concentrated all their efforts on an attempt to intercept the transmission of the disease and as such it has certainly become a burning issue. To this purpose, talks concern the test tracing of the new Coronavirus. No doubt, one cannot stress enough the significance of diagnostic tests conducted after the patient has consulted their clinical doctor as it will determine the most suitable test for each patient’s case.

Currently the tests available today bear the following features:

  1. The Molecular test Real Time PCR
  • This test detects the presence of the virus in samples taken from the patient’s Oropharynx or Nasopharynx with a specific cotton swab. It is a quick and painless procedure which lasts a few seconds.
  • Real Time PCR, the gold standard method, is used for the diagnosis due to its ability to trace the virus’ genetic substance and thereby confirm the contamination.
  • Rt- PCR is also capable of tracing with precision the virus in its incubation period, way before clinical symptoms appear.
  • The test is conducted on a daily basis at the Central Laboratories at Mediterraneo Hospital. The results are ready within 24 to 48 hours.
  • For emergency cases there is a possibility of rapid Real Time PCR which can be completed within few hours.
  1. Serological Antibodies Test against Corona virus IgM/IgA/IgG.
  • The test detects antibodies which are produced by our immune system within a few days after the symptoms’ onset. That is why it is regarded as a contributory test rather than the main test to confirm the diagnosis of viral contamination.
  • Their presence can be detected in blood samples for weeks even months after recovery. Detection of IgM means recent infection, whereas IgG past infection.
  • For the time being, it is not known whether or not a patient acquires lifelong immunity after contact with the virus.
  • A blood sample is drawn for the test and is conducted on a daily basis at the Central Laboratories at Mediterraneo Hospital. The results are ready within 24 to 48 hours.
  1. Rapid Antigen Test
  • This is a quick test, as the name suggests, also known as lateral flow immunochromatographic assays (like pregnancy test).
  • The test focuses on qualitative detection of virus antigens in a sample collected with a cotton swab from the Nasopharynx or Oropharynx. This method is particular effective in large population groups and in cases where RT –PCR is not available.
  • It’s a low cost test, can be completed in 15 minutes in the laboratory. It lacks, however, the reliability that the molecular method PCR possesses. In other words the test is limited in sensitivity and tends to produce false negative results.
  • The test is conducted on a daily basis at the Central Laboratories at Mediterraneo Hospital. The results are ready within half an


  • If a patient is tested positive after a molecular test they need to notify their clinical doctor. It’s important that the required measures be taken in order to intercept further dissemination of the disease.
  • Alternatively one can consult the Internist at Mediterraneo Hospital who can deliver precise instructions for each case in question.
  • If a patient is tested negative for covid 19 after a molecular test, it is highly likely that they were not affected by the virus at all. However, a negative outcome could also mean that the virus could have been early in incubation period the moment that the testing sample was taken.

The aforementioned tests are all available at Mediterraneo Hospital Central Laboratories. To make an appointment, simply call 2109117000.

Your health and safety are completely ensured at the hospital as all precautionary measures are adopted.


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Georgia Dragini, The Lady of Mediterraneo Hospital


The CEO of Mediterraneo Hospital, the private hospital located in Glyfada, in the wider area of the Athenian Riviera, talks about all the pioneering work of the hospital which makes it stand out from the crowd.

The Boutique Hospital is a completely new concept in the healthcare sector. What is the philosophy?

The inspiration came from boutique hotels, which are the contemporary perception of tourism and suit my philosophy perfectly. In the case of the hospital, the term boutique is translated into modern high-tech facilities, staffed with medical experts who provide personalized services. It is a model that opposes mass production, focusing on quality and taking into account the diverse needs of each patient.

You recently created the Mediterraneo First Care Polyclinic.

It is an extension of the boutique approach in another area of medical services, that of Primary Healthcare. An aesthetic multi-specialty clinic has been created within a historic Shopping Centre in Glyfada. Emphasis was given to a wide range of services including modern specializations that are complementary to those of the hospital. All this takes place in direct collaboration with the hospital, utilizing our own expertise in the selection of medical colleagues.

Which are the centers of excellence of Mediterraneo Hospital?

I would say that all of the departments of Mediterraneo function as centers of excellence, in the sense that they operate in line with international guidelines and are based on the best medical practices. If we focus on those departments offering holistic and innovative services, with a large volume of patients and significant clinical and academic work, I will mention the following departments: the Spinal Cord Neurosurgery Dpt, the Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Dpt, the Interventional Pulmonology and Gastroenterology Dpt, the Acute Stroke Unit and the Breast Clinic. Within the next few months, we will be adding the standard Radiotherapy Unit to them.

Can patients from other countries receive medical care?

We have given great importance to catering to foreign patients. All of our staff speak English, additionally all diagnoses are made in English, and we have been certified for many years to ensure that all of our services are adapted to foreign patients’ needs.

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SYNAPSE® 3D for the detection of lung tumors!


endo1 - In The NewsMediterraneo Hospital is the first Greek Hospital to install a FujiFilm Europe SYNAPSE® 3D system that allows for the mapping and exploration of suitable bronchial pathway, and has the ability to simulate virtual bronchoscopy to detect lung tumors, using elements collected from a CT scan. In conjunction with a complete Probe Radial Ultrasonic System, the team of Clinical Interventional Pulmonologists, Filippos Emmanouil & Nikolaos Koufos, now have new UNIQUE capabilities in accessing peripheral pulmonary lesions.

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The first Greek patient successfully treated for age-related macular degeneration of the eye at Mediterraneo Hospital


The medical team of the EyeRAD Surgical Radiotherapy Center at the Mediterraneo Hospital, successfully treated the first Greek patient for “age-related macular degeneration of the eye” following the approval of the Central Board of Health (KESY), the advisory body of the National Health System. Thus, Greek patients who meet the medical criteria and indications, as established by the Hellenic Ophthalmological Society, can also have access this treatment.

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Healthy eating for a healthy heart

Eugenia Eliadou, Clinical Dietitian at Mediterraneo Hospital

Making some changes to your diet could help reduce the risk of heart disease, especially if you’ve already had a heart attack (M.I.). We should eat foods in the right balance to ensure that we are getting the right amount of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats and protein).

There are 3 important ways to help protect your heart, these are:

  • Eat oily fish
  • Reduce saturated fat and use monounsaturated fat
  • Eat more fruits and more vegetables

Follow the healthy eating plate:

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The Nutritional Value Of Walnuts


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Walnuts have the highest value among dried nuts, as they protect the body from chronic diseases (cardiovascular and neurological diseases, as well as some forms of prostate and breast cancer). This is mainly due to their antioxidant and antithrombotic activity. Walnuts contain the highest amount of omega3 fatty acids from all other dried nuts, in the form of alpha-linoleic acid. Thirty grams of walnuts, correspond to about ¼ cup or a handful, and contain 2.5 grams of omega3 fatty acids.

Walnuts are rich in antioxidants, especially polyphenols. In walnuts there are unique antioxidants that are not found in other foods, such as quinone juglone, the telimagrandin (a rare tannin) and flavonol morin. That’s why they have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities. Polyphenols, according to studies, reduce tumor cell proliferation mainly in prostate cancer by mechanisms that are not fully defined yet.

During the past two decades, given the increased incidence of cardiovascular disease, several studies have set up to evaluate the effect of the ingredients found in walnuts. Due to their high content of the amino acid l-arginine, vitamin C and other components, walnuts reduce the ‘bad’ cholesterol (up to 15%) and blood pressure, two major risk factors for the occurrence of cardiovascular disease.

Walnuts are undoubtedly one of the healthiest foods and reinforce body health.

Consume about a handful per day as a snack or use in your cooking!

Pregnancy and nutritional guidelines

Eugenia Eliadou, Clinical Dietitian at Mediterraneo Hospital

pregnancy1 - In The NewsΑ woman who enters pregnancy in an inadequate nutritional status has a risk of having poor pregnancy performance, of depleting her own body stores of nutrients, and of entering lactation in a state of suboptimal nutritional status, which could deteriorate further as lactation progresses. Infants who are undernourished in the womb are at risk of a variety of adverse outcomes, ranging from low birth weight to severe mental and physical retardation and even death. The effects of undernutrition before pregnancy and during pregnancy and lactation, depends on the stage at which undernutrition occurs. Each stage of this part of the life cycle has specific tissue needs for nutrients and shortcomings in tissue supply of these nutrients may have undesirable consequences. The success of pregnancy is also affected by intake of substances such as alcohol, nicotine and drugs, the physical and emotional stresses to which she is subjected, and the presence of any infections or other diseases.

Mediterraneo Hospital represented Greece at the international invasive endoscopy contest in Chicago!


The Gastroenterology Department of Mediterraneo Hospital represented Greece at the World Cup of Endoscopy 2017 held at the American Digestive Disease Week 2017 in Chicago on 9-12 May. This is the most important scientific event in the field of gastroenterology with over 16,000 participants from around the world.

For the first time in the world was presented a colorectal obstruction case that was dealt with without surgery. Dr. Maurogenis Georgios and his colleagues (I. Tsevgas and D. Zachariadis) performed an endoscopic colopexy and colostomy on a patient with a heavy medical history that was not able to undergo surgery. Under moderate sedation and 24-hour hospitalization, endoscopy was successfully performed and high-risk surgery was avoided.

The presentation received positive feedback from the conference jury and was published in the June issue of the American Invasive Endoscopy Journal. VideoGIE

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The first Australian patient at Mediterraneo Hospital for the ORAYA treatment!


Mr. Barry Allen R. is the first Australian patient who travelled to Greece just to visit Mediterraneo Hospital and receive stereotactic therapy for treatment of wet macular degeneration; a therapy that is offered only in Mediterraneo Hospital and selected centers in Switzerland, Germany and Great Britain.
The pictures of the admission and treatment are published with the consent of the patient and his accompanying person.

A pioneer medical team and a grateful patient!


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Weight loss: Is there a magic solution for it?

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Nutrition Department of Mediterraneo Hospital

In the recent years, nutrition has been increasingly drawing scientific interest. Admittedly, should one enter a popular internet search engine, the terms “diet”, “weight loss” etc. will generate thousands of results. However, some of these results may not be scientifically documented and they may be associated with various health risks.

Undoubtedly, the ways to lose weight, providing fast and spectacular results, always draw people’s attention. Within that frame, “magic” pills and “forbidden” foods have emerged, being presented as the only solution for the treatment of overweight and obesity. But where does the truth lie?
As far as the ”forbidden” foods are concerned, food intolerance tests have been recently available, indicating which foods are fattening or block one’s metabolism. Afterwards, it is recommended that the person should remove these foods from his daily diet for a short or a long period of time. There is no documented scientific study available, showing that there are foods affecting metabolism or being associated with weight loss or weight gain respectively. Weight loss and weight gain are solely due to the energy balance, namely the relationship between “energy in” (food calories taken into the body through food and drink) and “energy out” (calories being used in the body for our daily energy requirements and physical activities). Intolerance is a condition in which the body is unable to digest one or several food components, causing various symptoms, that are not associated with weight gain. The two most frequently occurring kinds of intolerance is gluten intolerence (celiac disease) and lactose intolerance, being both diagnosed with specialized tests that are not carried out at fitness centers or private practice.

Many people have been subjected to these tests and seem to have lost weight, which is absolutely reasonable, since they exclude foods from their diet, meaning that they consequently reduce their caloric intake. Unfortunately, when the exclusion of some food groups from one’s diet lasts for a long period of time, it can cause significant deficiencies in nutrients, being essential for the proper body function.
According to the Hellenic Dietetic Association, no intolerence test is an effective way to reduce body weight.

Apart from intolerance tests, numerous dietary supplements are also available, promising big weight loss, mainly by reducing appetite or by causing malabsorption of ceratin nutrients, such as fat. Most of them have been studied in the literature. The majority of studies conclude that there are insufficient data supporting their success in weight loss and further investigation is needed. Their results are short-term, and it is not clear if some of them are associated with adverse effects on health.

To sum up, nothing can substitute a balanced diet. There are not good and bad foods or magic ways to lose weight. A variety of foods should be consumed along with moderate levels of physical activity, which not only ensure a healthy weight and fat mass loss, but also a successful weight maintenance or loss.