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BACKGROUND/PURPOSE The aim of this study was to identify preoperative prognostic parameters for gangrenous cholecystitis to differentiate this subgroup of patients with acute cholecystitis in order to provide immediate surgical therapy. METHODS The medical records of patients who had an emergency cholecystectomy with the diagnosis of acute cholecystitis(More)
Serum free prostate-specific antigen (fPSA) is the most useful tumor marker for prostatic cancer screening. However, recently, fPSA has also been detected in sera from patients with pancreatic diseases. In addition, it has been shown that zinc (Zn) concentration might change in both serum and tissues in pancreatic disease. In the present study, we measured(More)
AIM We sought to investigate the results of flow reduction with prospective Doppler ultrasonography (USG)-guided surgery. PATIENTS AND METHODS Thirty patients with end-stage renal failure with high-flow arterio-venous (AV) fistulae (n = 25) or AV grafts (n = 5) were included in the study. The indications for operation were as follows: cardiac failure (n =(More)
Diagnosis of pancreatitis is based on the determination of serum amylase and lipase levels. However, recent identification of specific leptin receptors in the pancreas suggests that this peptide may also play some roles in the modulation of pancreatic function. The objective of the present study was to investigate the relationship between serum leptin(More)
INTRODUCTION This study aims to investigate gadolinium chloride (Gd) pre-treatment with/without splenectomy (Splx) in the setting of renal ischemia/reperfusion (IR) injury in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS Under anesthesia, male Wistar albino rats with or without splenectomized (Splx) were right nephrectomized and subjected to 45 min of renal pedicle(More)
Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a rare complication of herpes zoster disease in which reactivation of latent varicella zoster virus infection occurs in the geniculate ganglion causing otalgia, unilateral vesicular eruption in a restricted dermatomal distribution, and peripheral facial paralysis. Dermal infections caused by human pathogenic herpes viruses are common(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the present study was to investigate the impact of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection on the long-term survival of renal transplant recipients. METHODS Outcomes and survivals among 325 patients who received renal allografts from July 1991 to September 2005 were compared between those known to have pretransplantation HCV infection(More)
The Symphony study assessed whether mycophenolate mofetil (MMF)-based regimens containing reduced doses of adjunct immunosuppressants could reduce toxicity while maintaining efficacy. Here, we examined the impact of acute rejection and associated risk factors. The incidence of biopsy-proven acute rejection in the low-dose tacrolimus group was approximately(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was designed to determine the serum lipid profile and the activity of paraoxonase (PON1, the lipophilic antioxidant component of high-density lipoprotein [HDL]-cholesterol) in acute pancreatitis. METHODS Acute pancreatitis was induced by injection of ethyl alcohol into the common biliary duct. Oxidative stress marker(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate etiologic, diagnostic, and management aspects of stone disease in renal transplant recipients and donors. Calculi from five patients were analyzed. The immunosuppressive regimen included tacrolimus or cyclosporine, mycophenolate mofetil, and corticosteroids in all cases. The etiology of the stone disease was cadaveric(More)