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BACKGROUND There are no country-based data focused on aspirin (ASA)-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD) in Turkey. OBJECTIVE To assess the prevalence of AERD in adult patients with asthma. METHODS A structured questionnaire was administered via face-to-face interview by a specialist in pulmonology/allergy at seven centres across Turkey. RESULTS A(More)
BACKGROUND Nasal polyposis (NP) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the upper respiratory tract, which is often coexist with asthma. However, the pathogenesis of especially in patients with NP is still a matter of debate. OBJECTIVE To better understand the immunopathologic mechanism involved in this relationship, we investigated the inflammatory cell(More)
Fas-Fas Ligand (FasL) is one of the major mediator system that activates programmed cell death. Cleavage of membranebound FasL by a metalloproteinase-like enzyme resulted in the formation of soluble FasL (sFasL). sFasL as well as the transmembrane form of FasL binds to Fas and transduces apoptotic signal in Fas-expressing cells. It's suggested that soluble(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) family member MMP-9 degrades type IV collagen, which is one of the main constituents of the basement membrane. MMP-9 is closely associated with the invasive and metastatic potential of most types of lung cancer. In this study we investigated the levels of MMP-9 in serum and bronchial lavage fluid from lung(More)
To assess the prevalence of allergic diseases and atopy in adults, a two-step population-based epidemiological study was undertaken in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. In step 1, a screening questionnaire adapted from the European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS) was applied in a cross-sectional manner. In step 2, a nested case-controlled(More)
Intolerance or idiosyncrasy to acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is a crucial problem because these drugs are frequently used in medical treatment. In this study, we tested whether nimesulide, a selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitor, might be a valid alternative for patients with histories of adverse(More)
We report a case of a laryngectomized patient who accidentally aspirated a wooden stick through his tracheal stoma in highly unusual circumstances. He was in a habit of cleaning secretions of upper airway with a wooden stick covered with cotton on the tip soaked in olive oil, via tracheostomy. After applying topical aerolized lidocaine spray through the(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of asthma of varying severity and associated risk factors are unknown in Turkey. OBJECTIVE The study investigated the distribution of asthma severity, the factors having roles in asthma severity, and the relationship between serum eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) levels and disease severity. METHODS Three hundred patients with(More)
The factors underlying analgesic intolerance (AI), particularly the role of ethnic characteristics, are readily not clear. In this trial, we aimed to assess the predictive features of AI in Turkish subjects. One hundred and ninety patients with AI were enrolled into the study conducted in our tertiary care clinic. The types of drug causing adverse(More)
OBJECTIVE Malnutrition, which is a complication frequently observed in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and negatively affects prognosis, has become a parameter that must be monitored. Even though various methods are applied to assess malnutrition, biochemical parameters, especially serum prealbumin levels, are useful. MATERIALS AND METHODS(More)