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OBJECTIVE Toxoplasmosis is caused by an obligate intracellular protozoan parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. Most of these infections are asymptomatic or benign, but may cause severe or fatal consequences in immunodeficient patients, transplant recipients, and in the fetus. Transmission may occur by eating uncooked meat, contaminated vegetables, blood transfusion,(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the willingness of university students regarding blood donation and to compare results among residents living in the Kayseri city center. METHODS Admission for blood donation after donor acquisition campaigns and the rates of repeated donation over a one-year period were compared between the two groups.(More)
It has been shown that the frequency of ABO blood groups differs between populations [1,3]. Determination of the frequency of blood groups in a particular region facilitates timely provision of blood and blood products. There are many studies on the distribution of blood groups in Turkey [4-10]; however, none have considered Kayseri Province, a densely(More)
BACKGROUND A variety of apheresis instruments are now available on the market for double dose plateletpheresis. We compared three apheresis devices (Fenwal Amicus, Fresenius COM.TEC and Trima Accel) with regard to processing time, platelet (PLT) yield, collection efficiency (CE) and collection rate (CR). STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS The single-needle or(More)
Blood component donations by apheresis have become more common in modern blood transfusion practices. We compared three apheresis instruments (Fenwal Amicus, Fresenius COM.TEC, and Trima Accel) with regard to platelet (PLT) yield, collection efficiency (CE), and collection rate (CR). The single-needle or double-needle plateletpheresis procedures of the(More)
Background We prospectively compared restrictive and liberal transfusion strategies for critically ill children regarding hemodynamic and laboratory parameters. Methods A total of 180 children requiring packed red blood cells (PRBCs) were randomized into two groups: the liberal transfusion strategy group (transfusion trigger < 10 g/dL, Group 1) and the(More)
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