Mehmet Dakak

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OBJECTIVE Bronchiectasis is defined permanent dilatations of bronchi with destruction of the bronchial wall. It is still a major cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries. The aim of this retrospective study is to present our surgical experiences, the early and long-term results of 238 patients with bronchiectasis during a 10-year period. (More)
PURPOSE Taurine, the major intracellular free amino acid found in high concentrations in mammalian cells, is known to be an endogenous antioxidant and a membrane-stabilizing agent. It was hypothesized that taurine may be effective in reducing ischemia-reperfusion injury after lung transplantation and an experimental study was conducted in a rat model. (More)
The fragmentation impact of high-velocity bullets penetrating the body after piercing through the magazines carried by soldiers was investigated experimentally. In this study, 16 pigs and 7.62x51-mm full metal jacket bullets were used. Pigs were assigned into two groups, and within 5 minutes of their being sacrificed with overdose anesthesia, bullets were(More)
OBJECTIVE Hydatidosis in man is frequently encountered in sheep and cattle raising regions of the world. We reviewed 422 patients, treated surgically for pulmonary hydatid disease in our clinic between January 1980 and January 1998, assessing the clinical features and results of results of operative treatment management in our centre. PATIENTS AND METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to investigate the factors that influence the severity of soft tissue and bone injuries occurring in gunshot traumas and to compare the effects of handgun and rifle bullets on these injuries. METHODS Sixteen tissue simulants which were made of transparent gel candle blocks and calibrated to muscle tissue were targetted(More)
Various techniques have been described for correction of the congenital anterior chest wall deformities. We described a new technique in which 33 patients were used in correction of those deformities. In this new technique we used the resorbable copolymer plaque and polymer screw for the fixation of the sternum. We have obtained excellent results in(More)
PURPOSE To report our experience with mechanical coil embolization of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVM) MATERIAL AND METHODS: Coil embolizations were performed in 6 men (mean age 21.1, age range 20-23 years) with PAVM between 1999 and 2004. Five F Cobra catheters and various size coils were used for embolization. Clinically, cases were followed(More)
BACKGROUND The most common congenital chest wall deformities are pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum. Various techniques have been described for correction of pectus deformities. We describe our experience with surgical repair of pectus deformity (PD) in adults, including our new technique, which uses a resorbable plaque for fixation of the sternum. (More)
OBJECTIVE Tuberculosis remains one of the most fatal diseases in the world. Extrapulmonary tuberculosis increases in parallel fashion with the rise of incidence of pulmonary tuberculosis. Tuberculosis of the chest wall is rare. METHODS Our study retrospectively evaluated 10 patients with tuberculosis of the chest wall who were treated with surgery in(More)