Bulent Mustafa Ertugrul

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OBJECTIVE To investigate the incidence, risk factors and the etiology of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in surgical emergency intensive care unit (ICU) patients. METHODS We conducted this prospective cohort study in the surgical emergency ICU of Istanbul Medical Faculty between December 1999 and May 2001. We included 100 mechanically ventilated(More)
OBJECTIVE Sporadic Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) cases were first reported in Turkey in 2002, arising particularly in northeastern Anatolia. Epidemics have been reported in neighboring countries since the 1970s. With the increase in number of CCHF virus infected or suspected cases in the Aydin region of western Anatolia by 2006, we decided to focus(More)
BACKGROUND In Turkey, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is seen particularly in the north-eastern part of Anatolia. Aydin was thought to be a non-endemic area, however the first case was reported from Aydin in 2006 and a total of 39 cases were reported between 2006 and 2010. METHODS Four hundred and twenty-nine volunteers from 3 endemic regions of(More)
Subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) is frequently encountered in the general population. Since it is generally asymptomatic, these patients are mostly identified through routine screening or evaluation of non-specific symptoms. It has been suggested as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. On the other hand, mean platelet volume (MPV), which is a(More)
BACKGROUND The annual incidence of tuberculous meningitis (TM) is unknown. TM is a disease that still often results in residual sequelae, and has a mortality rate ranging between 15 and 51%. Experience of countries such as Turkey where drug-resistant tuberculosis and TM are prevalent is important. METHODS Clinical and laboratory findings of 42 patients(More)
BACKGROUND Insulin had been shown to have a mitogenic effect on thyroid cell cultures. The aim of this study was to investigate insulin resistance in patients with euthyroid nodular goiter. METHODS Sixty-three patients with nodular thyroid disease and 83 healthy controls were included in the study. Both the patient and the control group were euthyroid,(More)
This study was planned to determine the risk factors of candidemia, and the most common Candida species causing bloodstream infections. A case-control study which included adult patients was conducted over a 1-year period at tertiary-care educational hospitals in Turkey. A total of 83 candidemia episodes were identified during the study period. Candida(More)
PURPOSE Prosthetic vascular graft infection (PVGI) still occurs at an unacceptably high rate, despite the many measures that have proven effective against infection. The major cause of PVGI is perioperative contamination, which usually occurs before a histological barrier is completed and may threaten graft viability. We assessed the efficacy of(More)
The Turkish Association of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Diabetic Foot Infections Working Group conducted a prospective study to determine the factors affecting the outcomes of diabetic foot infections. A total of 96 patients were enrolled in the study. Microbiological assessment was performed in 86 patients. A total of 115 causative(More)