Birsen Durmaz Cetin

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BACKGROUND Colistin (COL) has become the backbone of the treatment of infections due to extensively drug-resistant (XDR) Gram-negative bacteria. The most common restriction to its use is acute kidney injury (AKI). METHODS We conducted a retrospective cohort study to evaluate risk factors for new-onset AKI in patients receiving COL. The cohort consisted of(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this trial was to determine the spectrum of diseases with fever of unknown origin (FUO) in Turkey. METHODS A prospective multicenter study of 154 patients with FUO in twelve Turkish tertiary-care hospitals was conducted. RESULTS The mean age of the patients was 42+/-17 years (range 17-75). Fifty-three (34.4%) had infectious(More)
Leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by pathogenic leptospires and may vary in degree from an asymptomatic infection to severe and fatal illness. Sixteen patients (all males; aged 40+/-17 years) with leptospirosis were admitted to Sişli Etfal Training and Research Hospital between July 1998 and August 2003 and were retrospectively reviewed. Age,(More)
We aimed to investigate the demographic, clinical, diagnostic, treatment and outcome features of patients with urinary tuberculosis (UTB). Patients with UTB admitted to seven separate centers across Turkey between 1995 and 2013 were retrospectively evaluated. The diagnosis of UTB was made by the presence of any clinical finding plus positivity of one of the(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has recently become the major cause of chronic liver disease among patients on chronic hemodialysis. The use of erythropoietin for treatment of anemia has reduced the number of blood transfusions, but the frequency of HCV infection has not declined in hemodialysis units. The exact mode of transmission of HCV within dialysis(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to delineate mortality indicators in pneumococcal meningitis with special emphasis on therapeutic implications. METHODS This retrospective, multicenter cohort study involved a 15-year period (1998-2012). Culture-positive cases (n=306) were included solely from 38 centers. RESULTS Fifty-eight patients received(More)
In this study a total of 219 patients who developed nosocomial infections and were treated in Sisli Etfal Training and Research Hospital between January 2001 and March 2003 were evaluated retrospectively. In all, 337 bacterial strains were isolated in these patients. The aim of our study was to assess the causative agents of catheter-related nosocomial(More)
OBJECTIVE Wound infection, flap necrosis rates and peripheral complete blood cell count changes related to intraoperative whole-blood transfusions were investigated. BACKGROUND Evidence is growing that whole-blood cell transfusions are immunosuppressive and predispose patients to postoperative infections. METHODS 102 female breast carcinoma patients(More)
BACKGROUND CONTEXT No direct comparison between brucellar spondylodiscitis (BSD) and tuberculous spondylodiscitis (TSD) exists in the literature. PURPOSE This study aimed to compare directly the clinical features, laboratory and radiological aspects, treatment, and outcome data of patients diagnosed as BSD and TSD. STUDY DESIGN A retrospective,(More)
AIM Spontaneous pyogenic spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a rare condition but might be devastating and fatal. Traditional treatment is surgical decompression and antibiotics. A retrospective study was designed to assess the eff ect of clinical findings and treatment methods on the outcome. MATERIAL AND METHODS 14 patients were reviewed (10 male, 4(More)