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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Pollens from the Cupressaceae family are considered important allergens in the Mediterranean area, though reports of the prevalence of allergic symptoms have ranged from 1.04% to 35.4%. Our aim was to detect the prevalence of cypress pollen sensitization and determine its clinical importance in patients with seasonal respiratory(More)
Allergic reactions to latex are common in patients with spina bifida. Its incidence varies between 28% and 67%. The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence of latex allergy and its risk factors in patients with spina bifida in Izmir, Turkey. Forty-six patients (24 male, mean age 10 years) were included in the study. A questionnaire was completed(More)
BACKGROUND Statins may provide additional benefits in patients with cardiac failure due to their pleiotropic effects besides their cholesterol-lowering actions. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the impact of 12-week fluvastatin therapy on the inflammatory cytokines and the ventricular performance markers in patients with heart failure. METHODS AND(More)
BACKGROUND The oesophagus is normally devoid of eosinophils. There are some disorders accompanying with eosinophil infiltration. Food allergy has been reported as a common reason, especially in children but some other studies have also indicated that aeroallergens might have a role in oesophageal eosinophil accumulation. OBJECTIVE In this study we(More)
BACKGROUND The precision of the methods used to diagnose latex allergy is of great importance due to false-positive results. Neither the skin prick test (SPT) nor the latex-specific IgE assay has 100% diagnostic accuracy. We analysed the diagnostic value of latex-specific IgE by the first-ever concomitant use of the SPT and nasal provocation test (NPT). (More)
BACKGROUND Studies show that nerve growth factor (NGF) exhibits immunomodulatory activity. This neurotrophin is found at high levels in the serum of asthmatic individuals, is released during allergic reactions, and is reported to augment in vitro histamine and leukotriene C4 release by human basophils. OBJECTIVE Because basophils represent a substantial(More)
Allergy has been reported as an important factor in the etiology of nasal polyposis. Asthma, chronic sinusitis and aspirin hypersensitivity are frequently found together with nasal polyposis. Total IgE, RAST for specific IgE and skin prick test were used to investigate the incidence of allergy in 95 patients with nasal polyposis. In addition,(More)
BACKGROUND Arthritis is an important and sometimes life-threatening complication in patients with common variable immunodeficiency (CVID). OBJECTIVE To describe a patient with CVID and arthritis due to Chlamydia pneumoniae, which is usually regarded as a respiratory tract pathogen and has not previously been detected in the synovial fluid by cell culture(More)
We studied serum ECP levels in 21 seasonal allergic patients (16 patients with rhinitis; 5 with rhinitis and asthma) diagnosed by history, skin tests, and RAST. Seventeen healthy subjects were selected as a control group. None of the patients had received medications. Total IgE levels were also measured and correlated with ECP levels. Mean IgE level was(More)
BACKGROUND Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is characterized by hypogammaglobulinemia, defective antibody production, and recurrent upper and lower airway tract infections. OBJECTIVES To reveal the clinical heterogeneity of this condition, analyze the high frequency of respiratory and gastrointestinal complications despite satisfactory trough(More)