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Invasive fungal disease (IFD), predominantly aspergillosis, is associated with significant morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients, especially those with haematological malignancies and recipients of allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation. There has been a great deal of scientific debate as to the effectiveness of antifungal(More)
Despite the development of various guidelines, the approach to antifungal treatment in stem cell transplantation centers differs according to country or even between centers. This led to the development of another survey that aims to understand the antifungal treatment policies of Turkish stem cell transplantation centers. Although there has been an(More)
OBJECTIVE Patients with neutropenia due to cancer chemotherapy are prone to severe infections. Cancer patients canexperience >1 infectious episode during the same period of neutropenia. This study aimed to determine the etiologicaland clinical characteristics of secondary infectious episodes in cancer patients with febrile neutropenia and to identifythe(More)
  • Hamdi Akan
  • 2011
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to determine the current state of antifungal prophylaxis in Turkish stem cell transplantation (SCT) centers. METHODS he were 38 active stem cell transplantation centers in Turkey, 28 of which were registered with the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT). Survey questionnaires were sent to the 28 EBMT(More)
OBJECTIVE Neutropenia is a critical risk factor for invasive fungal infections (IFIs). We retrospectively performed this study to assess the performance of the D-index, a new test that combines both the duration and the severity of neutropenia, in predicting IFIs among patients with acute myelogenous leukemia. 
 MATERIALS AND METHODS Fifteen patients with(More)
This is the last of a series of articles on invasive fungal infections prepared by opinion leaders in Turkey. The aim of these articles is to guide clinicians in managing invasive fungal diseases in hematological malignancies and stem cell transplantation based on the available best evidence in this field. The previous articles summarized the diagnosis and(More)
We respectfully commemorate Prof. Dr. Erich Frank, who pioneered landmark advances in Turkish medicine and established the predecessor of the Turkish Journal of Hematology, on the 130 th anniversary of his birth (1884-1957) (Figure 1). Dr. Frank completed his doctorate in Strasburg after graduating from the Breslau University School of Medicine and earned(More)
One of the most problematic issues in hematological malignancies is the diagnosis of invasive fungal diseases. Especially, the difficulty of mycological diagnosis and the necessity of immediate intervention in molds have led to the adoption of "surrogate markers" that do not verify but rather strongly suggest fungal infection. The markers commonly used are(More)
The introduction of novel antifungal agents for the treatment of invasive fungal disease in hematological malignancies and also changing treatment strategies have had a great impact in managing affected patients. The medical literature includes some important clinical studies that are being used as evidence for guidelines. The problem with these studies and(More)
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