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AIM To investigate serum levels of homocysteine (Hcys) and the risk that altered levels carry for thrombosis development in ulcerative colitis (UC) patients. METHODS 55 UC patients and 45 healthy adults were included. Hcys, vitamin B12 and folic acid levels were measured in both groups. Clinical history and thromboembolic events were investigated. (More)
A number of cutaneous changes are known to occur in the course of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), including pyoderma gangrenosum, erythema nodosum, perianal disease, erythematous eruptions, urticaria, and purpura. However, occurrence of skin manifestations prior to the development of ulcerative colitis is a rare occasion. Here, we report a case of(More)
A 46-year-old female was admitted to the hospital with jaundice and pruritus. The patient had no previous history of liver or biliary disease. She had no reported any drug use nor had she any history of cigarette smoking or drinking alcohol. In the physical exam, she had icterus in the sclera of her eyes, and no pathologic exam finding was observed other(More)
OBJECTIVE To report the third published case, as of April 8, 2006, of methylprednisolone-induced toxic hepatitis. CASE SUMMARY A 47-year-old woman was admitted to our clinic with weakness, fatigue, pruritus, and scleral icterus that had developed 10 days prior to presentation. She had been taking topiramate for one year for treatment of chronic isolated(More)
OBJECTIVE Red cell distribution width (RDW) which is reported as part of complete blood count in routine clinical practice, is a measure of variability in size of the erythrocytes in the circulation. It is a novel predictor of mortality both in unselected populations and in some selected group of patients. We aimed to search whether RDW values differ(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS To assess the sensitivity of magnetic resonance enterography (MRE) in the diagnosis of Crohn's disease (CD) activity and correlation between endoscopic and MRE scores in predicting the activity grade. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty-five ileal CD patients with clinical and biochemical evidence of activation underwent ileocolonoscopy and MRE(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Patients with ulcerative colitis still need effective therapy without major side effects. It has been found that strontium can suppress NFκB activation induced by TNF-α. This opens a gate to a new anti-TNF agent which is cheap and can be given orally. We for the first time aimed to investigate the effect of strontium chloride (SrCl2) on(More)
BACKGROUND The possible relationship between psoriasis and coeliac disease (CD) has been attributed to the common pathogenic mechanisms of the two diseases and the presence of antigliadin antibodies in patients has been reported to increase the incidence of CD. OBJECTIVE The aim of this report was to study CD-associated antibodies serum antigliadin(More)
OBJECTIVE Helicobacter pylori (HP) is a cause of chronic gastritis. Beta-2 microglobulin has been used as a simple inflammatory indicator in some diseases. We investigate the usability of beta-2 microglobulin as a simple marker that may reflect the severity of inflammation and intensity of HP in gastric mucosa. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 114(More)
OBJECTIVES To explore possible factors explaining a low participation rate to breast cancer screening for Turkish women living in Antwerp, Belgium, and to develop ways to increase participation rate. MATERIAL AND METHODS The authors used focus group discussions with Turkish women to explore their reasons to participate or not to participate in breast(More)