Ahmet Baltalarli

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In the present study of mitral valve replacement, we investigated whether complete preservation of both leaflets (that is, the subvalvular apparatus) is superior to preservation of the posterior leaflet alone. Seventy patients who underwent mitral valve replacement in our clinic were divided into 2 groups: MVR-B (n=16), in whom both leaflets were preserved,(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the study was to investigate the in vivo efficacy of local and systemic antibiotic prophylaxis in the prevention of Staphylococcus (S.) epidermidis graft infection in a rat model and to evaluate the bacterial adherence to frequently used prosthetic graft materials. METHODS Graft infections were established in the subcutaneous tissue(More)
BACKGROUND Abdominal aortic surgery can cause ischemic/reperfusion (I/R) injury in not only the lower extremities, but also in the remote organs and tissues such as lungs, kidneys, heart, and liver during abdominal aortic surgery. It can result in mortality and morbidity because of the remote organ injury in early postoperative period. In this study, we(More)
Cardiac herniation and torsion is a rare condition associated with a high mortality rate. We present an unusual case of sudden cardiogenic shock that was caused by torsion and herniation of the heart after an operation for a penetrating cardiac injury. The patient was successfully treated by urgent surgical intervention.
BACKGROUND We investigated the coronary arterial origins and course and the position of the great arteries in hearts with discordant ventriculoarterial connections. At the same time, we sought to evaluate the practicality of alphanumeric classifications in accounting for surgically relevant features of the coronary arteries. METHODS AND RESULTS We studied(More)
BACKGROUND Neurological injury because of transient cerebral ischemia is a potential complication of cardiovascular surgery. In this study, the neuroprotective effects of L-carnitine, vitamin E, and the combination of these agents on ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury were determined in a rat model of transient global cerebral I/R. METHODS Rats were(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of preserved integrity of pleura on postoperative bleeding and respiratory function in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). METHODS AND RESULTS Seventy-two CABG patients who received pedunculated IMA graft without opening the pleura (group of intact pleura, group IP)(More)
In 37 Wistar albino rats, we investigated the effects of topical vancomycin on deep sternal wound infection caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Partial median sternotomy was performed under sterile conditions. Group I (n=6) was the sham, and group II (n=7) was the control. Group III (n=8) received topical vancomycin, group IV (n=8)(More)
The objectives of this study were to compare the protective effects of ascorbic acid and iloprost on lung injury caused by ischemia reperfusion (I/R) of the lower extremities of rats. Wistar albino rats (n = 34) were divided into five groups. In the I/R group (n = 6), the aorta was cross-clamped for 3 hr, followed by 1 hr of reperfusion. In the vitamin C(More)
OBJECTIVE Paraplegia remains a devastating complication after thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic surgery for coarctations, dissections or aneurysms. Since the advent of ischaemic preconditioning of the myocardium, attention has been directed to the nervous system. This study was designed to evaluate the acute protective effect of ischaemic preconditioning(More)