Fusun Zeynep Akcam

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This study sought to evaluate the efficacy of the Bactec blood culture system for culturing sterile body fluids, in comparison with traditional culture methods. A total of 906 specimens were cultured using both conventional media and the Bactec detection system. Differences in numbers of isolates determined by each system were compared. Clinically(More)
The changes in balance of cytokine profile may result in either recovery or persistence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. This study aims to reveal a possible correlation between cytokine levels, ie, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α; interferon-gamma (IFN-γ); interleukin (IL)-10, IL-18, and transforming growth factor-beta(More)
OBJECTIVES Most previous studies on the frequency of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) have analyzed data obtained from blood donors and risk groups. Few studies have been conducted in the field in rural and urban areas of Turkey. The aim of this study was to determine the seroprevalence of HBV and HCV and to investigate the association(More)
Methicillin resistance in staphylococci is primarily due to the presence of a mecA gene which encodes the novel penicillin binding protein2a. Some chromosomal factors such as femA and femB also participate in the expression of methicillin resistance. This study was designed to detect methicillin resistance by cefoxitin disk diffusion and penicillin binding(More)
We report a case in a 50-year-old male who had been treated with ceftriaxone for 3 weeks to treat meningitis. He was admitted 4 days after cessation of the ceftriaxone treatment with fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, myalgia, arthralgia, pruriginous skin rashes, and with edema on face. Blood tests showed marked eosinophilia and atypic lymphocytosis. He was(More)
All tetracyclines are deposited in calcifying areas of the bones and teeth and may cause discoloration. Although hyperpigmentation of the skin, teeth and nails have been reported and well documented due to other tetracycline intake, it has been rarely reported that discolored nails induced by doxycycline in pediatric patients. Here we report an(More)
AIMS FibroTest and ActiTest are noninvasive tests used in determining the level of fibrosis and the degree of necroinflammatory activity in the liver. In our study, we aimed to investigate whether these tests could be alternative to liver biopsy. MATERIALS AND METHODS Fifty patients were included in the study. Serum samples were obtained and liver needle(More)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a nosocomial pathogen that causes morbidity and mortality worldwide. The options for the treatment of MRSA infections are limited. Linezolid is an antibacterial agent of oxazolidinone group. It has a spectrum limited to gram-positive bacteria. Tigecycline is a broad-spectrum antibiotic of glycylcycline(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of this cross-sectional study was to determine seroprevalence of hepatitis B surface antigen and related risk factors among new recruits in a military unit in Turkey. METHODS Eight thousand five hundred eighty-nine newly-recruited soldiers were enrolled in the study. Blood samples were drawn from them between January 2006 and(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)