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OBJECTIVES To evaluate the diagnostic significance of serum cystatin C levels in clinical practice. DESIGN AND METHODS Serum (99m)Tc-DTPA clearance was compared with serum cystatin C, creatinine, beta(2)-microglobulin levels and creatinine clearance in a group of patients aged 42.61 +/- 7.55 years with glomerular filtration rates of 10-60 mL/min/1.73 m(2)(More)
In patients with chronic renal failure, mechanical and hemodynamic changes could occur in the lungs without obvious pulmonary symptoms and findings and their effects could pave the way to pulmonary functional disorders. In this study, pulmonary functional disorders and especially alveolocapillary defects, which are frequently seen in uremia, were determined(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Cytokine secretion is known to play an important role in the pathophysiology of depression, and levels of proinflammatory cytokines are increased in chronic renal failure (CRF) patients. The objective of this study was to examine the correlation between levels of proinflammatory cytokines in CRF patients and degree of depression. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVES Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of mortality in patients receiving hemodialysis (HD) and continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) due to chronic renal failure. Increased lipid peroxidation and depletion of antioxidants may contribute to increased risk of atherosclerosis. We have therefore assessed the effect of hemodialysis and(More)
In the present study, our aim is to investigate the effects of the treatment modality, depression, malnutrition and inflammation on quality of life (QoL) in chronic kidney disease (CKD). Twenty-six patients with CKD on conservative management, 68 patients on haemodialysis (HD), 47 patients on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) and 66 healthy(More)
BACKGROUND Depression, which is the most common psychological disorder among patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), is commonly associated with poor oral intake which can aggravate anemia and malnutrition in chronic dialysis patients. The objective of this study is to explore the association between depression and C-reactive protein (CRP), ferritin,(More)
BACKGROUND Hypertension is one of the principal risk factors for cardiovascular disease. We aimed to evaluate the impact of hypertension on fibrinolytic balance and endothelial function by measuring plasma levels of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), tissue plasminogen activator antigen (tPA), tPA/PAI-1 complex and fibrinogen. METHODS Patients(More)
In the present study, the effects of C-reactive protein (CRP) and ferritin on serum albumin, transferrin and haemoglobin (Hb) were assessed to investigate the relationship between inflammation, hypoalbuminaemia and anaemia in haemodialysis patients. A total of 117 patients who were followed at three haemodialysis units in Kocaeli were enrolled. The mean age(More)