Mehmet Bektaş

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In this study we screened 3060 consecutive blood donors for an unbound iron-binding capacity level of <28 μM and then performed HFE mutation analysis in these subjects. Sixty-five of the 75 subjects with a low initial unbound iron-binding capacity (all had normal ferritin levels) came back and only 5 (8%) had a low fasting unbound iron-binding capacity.(More)
INTRODUCTION Invasive and non-invasive tests can be used to evaluate the activity of inflammatory bowel diseases. OBJECTIVE The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of fecal calprotectin in evaluating inflammatory bowel disease activity and the correlation of fecal calprotectin with the erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C reactive protein(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Alterations in expression of mucins and aberrant expression of various types of mucin genes were observed in colorectal adenomas and carcinomas, though their significance in neoplastic transformation of colorectal epithelium is yet to be determined. The aim of this study was to determine expression of MUC1, MUC2, MUC5AC, and MUC6 through(More)
Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PNET) are fairly uncommon. Recent data highlight the importance of EUS in diagnosis of PNET. With this background, we decided to review our experience from a tertiary cancer center with regard to the presentation and clinical features of PNET and the diagnostic utility of EUS-FNA in this scenario. We identified patients who(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Hepatocellular carcinoma is the fifth most common cancer and a major public health problem worldwide. Differences in distribution of hepatocellular carcinoma incidence are probably due to different levels of exposure to hepatocellular carcinoma risk factors: chronic infections with hepatitis B virus (HBV) and aflatoxin exposure in developing(More)
The esophagus is the most common site of origin of gastrointestinal tract granular cell tumors. Approximately 270 cases of esophageal granular cell tumors have been reported in the literature. Most esophageal granular cell tumors are found incidentally during endoscopy. Although granular cell tumor of the esophagus has become easily recognizable by its(More)
BACKGROUND Excessive release of gastrin leads to hypertrophy and hyperplasia of enterochromaffin-like cells (ECL) and prolonged stimulation of these cells causes functional impairment. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection and long-term proton pump inhibitors (PPI) use on ECL cells. METHODS(More)
The aims of this cohort study were to evaluate the association of malignant lymphoproliferative disorders in patients with chronic viral hepatitis and to compare the results with those in individuals with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. A total of 3,873 patients with chronic liver disease who were seen consecutively in the Liver Disease Outpatient Clinic(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Proton pump inhibitors have been widely used in recent years. However, there are studies suggesting that proton pump inhibitors may not control the gastric acidity effectively during the night, especially in gastroesophageal reflux disease. It has therefore been suggested that H2 receptor blockers should be added to the therapy. The aim of(More)
Aim/Materials and Methods Between January 2000 and June 2007, 3,548 endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) were performed for extrahepatic cholestasis, cholangitis, and choledocholithiasis. The results of ERCPs were evaluated retrospectively and examined carefully to investigate the management and endoscopic therapy of biliary parasites.(More)