Aylin Okçu Heper

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BACKGROUND Appropriate management of progressive, unverified brain lesions should be guided by conclusive pathological diagnosis. Stereotactic biopsy (SB) is established as a less invasive surgical procedure that provides diagnosis. In this prospective study, we analyzed the diagnostic difficulties and risk of SB in the various brain mass lesions, the rate(More)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) may sometimes present as a mass lesion that is clinically and radiologically indistinguishable from brain tumor. The initial recognition of such cases is essential to avoid a surgical intervention and supplementary treatment. Sometimes areas adjacent to a tumor may present similar histopathological features with non-neoplastic(More)
We report a new clinical variant of epidermolysis bullosa simplex with muscular dystrophy (EBS-MD) that was associated with cardiac involvement. A 33-year-old patient had atrial fibrillation, pericardial effusion, and hypokinetic left ventricular cardiac walls. The muscle biopsy material revealed diffuse endomysial fibrosis and small atrophic muscle fibers(More)
Esophageal carcinoma metastatic to the cerebellum and causing cerebellar compression is a rare entity. The authors report on the case of a 54-year-old woman in whom a metastatic cerebellar tumor secondary to esophageal carcinoma was treated. The patient presented with progressively increasing occipital headache. Computerized tomography scanning and magnetic(More)
A 55-year-old man presented with oral mucosal ulcers, blackening of both hands, and hyperpigmentation on axillary, anal, and inguinal regions for the last 3 months, which were all progressive. The patient was referred to the oncology department with the diagnosis of acanthosis nigricans for investigation of an underlying malignancy. He was a smoker. A(More)
We describe herein a patient with primary intracerebral malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH) to demonstrate this very rare central nervous system tumor. A 42-year-old male was admitted to our institute with the complaints of headache and speech impairment. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a tumor consistent with meningioma and we(More)
We present a case of nail apparatus melanoma in a 50-year-old woman presenting as new and changing longitudinal melanonychia of the right thumb. Very heavy melanin pigmentation involving both the epidermis and dermis interfered with dermatopathological assessment, which initially leads to a diagnosis of nail matrix blue nevus. After consultation with a(More)
To the Editor, Solid organ transplant rejection is still a problem despite the use of immunosuppressive therapy. The currently available regimens for transplant rejection may predispose patients to malignancies such as nonmelanoma skin cancers and opportunistic infections [1]. Extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) is a leukapheresis-based immunomodulatory(More)