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BACKGROUND AND AIMS Metabolic bone disease is common in patients with chronic liver disease. Comparative studies on the efficacies of antiosteoporotic agents in hepatic osteodystrophy have not been conducted yet. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of different therapeutic regimens on hepatic osteodystrophy. METHODS Eighty-one(More)
Interferon therapy is the cornerstone of chronic hepatitis C treatment. Side effects of interferon include possible triggering or exacerbation of immune diseases in consequence of immunomodulatory effects. We describe the unique case, in which pyoderma gangrenosum and exacerbation of psoriasis were developed 8 weeks after pegylated interferon alpha 2a and(More)
BACKGROUND Primary hepatic carcinosarcoma is a rare malignant tumor containing an intimate mixture of carcinomatous and sarcomatous elements. Reports on risk factors, epidemiology, and pathogenesis of the tumor as well as the experience in its treatment are limited. METHOD We present a case of primary carcinosarcoma of the liver in a 69-year-old man who(More)
Fibric acid derivatives and statins have been increasingly recognized as causes of rhabdomyolysis and acute renal failure. We report severe rhabdomyolysis and acute renal failure associated to combination treatment with statin and fenofibrate in two patients with underlying coronary artery disease. Both patients developed rhabdomyolysis-induced acute renal(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study is to assess the prevalence of unrecognized adult celiac disease in Central Anatolia of Turkey and establish if prevalence figures are similar to other reports in the international literature. METHODS Subjects were randomly selected from patients at the time of blood sampling because of a routine examination or suspicion(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Clostridium difficile is the most common cause of nosocomial infectious diarrhea. The frequency of colonization in hospitalized patients varies between 10 and 43%. METHODOLOGY Clostridium difficile common antigen was investigated in stool samples of 50 patients who developed nosocomial diarrhea (group 1), 65 outpatients who attended the(More)
Local deposition of amyloid without systemic involvement is rather uncommon and has been found in many organs. A 67-year- old man was admitted to our hospital presenting with weight loss, fatigue and poor appetite. Blood work and bone marrow examination revealed megaloblastic anemia. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy reveeled e purple polypoid wass lesion of(More)
Heart rate recovery after exercise is a function of vagal reactivation, and its impairment is an independent prognostic indicator for cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. The aim of our study was to evaluate heart rate recovery in patients with familial Mediterranean fever (FMF). The study population included 38 patients with FMF (14 men; mean age, 36.2(More)
AIM Occult hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection can be defined as the presence of HBV DNA in the liver and/or blood in the absence of detectable serum hepatitis B surface antigen (HBs Ag). There is a high prevalence of occult HBV infection in dialysis patients. This study investigated the prevalence of occult HBV infection in continuous ambulatory peritoneal(More)