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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system (CNS) characterized by multiple regions of demyelination and inflammation along axons with a T cell-mediated autoimmune etiology. While the cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA-4) gene seems to be a strong candidate gene in autoimmune diseases, we investigated its association with a group(More)
OBJECTIVE Early and accurate diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is of critical concern. Optimum and rapid laboratory facilities are not routinely available for detecting the etiologic agents of meningitis. The objective of this study was to compare polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay with culture for detection of bacteria in central nervous system (CNS)(More)
Rapid diagnosis of acute pyelonephritis is important because of its association with long-standing complications. This study was conducted to compare the reliability of serum procalcitonin (PCT) and interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β) with conventional laboratory parameters for diagnosis of acute pyelonephritis in children. Seventy nine children with urinary tract(More)
The therapeutic effect of M-2000 (C6H10O7) molecule was tested in Adriamycin-induced nephropathy. To induce experimental nephrosis, Adriamycin was given once by a single intravenous injection (7.5 mg/kg) through the tail vein. Six days after injection of Adriamycin, therapeutic protocol was developed by intraperitoneally (i.p) administration of 30 mg/kg(More)
OBJECTIVE In view of the side effects of voiding cystourethrography (VCUG), identification of noninvasive markers predicting the presence of vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) is important. This study was conducted to determine the predictive value of serum interleukin-8 (IL-8) in diagnosis of VUR in children with first febrile urinary tract infection (UTI). (More)
OBJECTIVE Recognition of risk factors for febrile seizures (FS) and epilepsy is essential. Studies regarding the role of melatonin in these convulsive disorders are limited. This study determines the relationship between serum melatonin levels and FS and epilepsy in children. MATERIALS & METHODS A population of 111 children with simple FS, complex FS, and(More)
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