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INTRODUCTION Thrombocytopenia is associated with increased mortality in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Mean platelet volume (MPV) reflects platelet function and activation. Elevated MPV is associated with poor outcomes and increased mortality rate in diseases that are commonly encountered in the respiratory ICU. METHODS We retrospectively enrolled 95(More)
Heart failure is an entire clinical syndrome affecting many aspects of life, rather than merely a usual disease. This cross-sectional study was designed to assess heart failure patients' quality of life and activities of daily living (ADL). Seventy-five patients who applied to the cardiology department were included in the study. The data were obtained(More)
BACKGROUND New tumour biomarkers are being intensely investigated for malignant mesothelioma (MM). Fibulin-3 is produced in MM but its role remains uncertain. The aim of this study was to evaluate the validity of measuring serum fibulin-3 in the diagnosis and prognosis of MM. MATERIALS AND METHODS This prospective study was performed on 43 patients and 40(More)
PURPOSE The effect of alopecia on men and women has not been fully documented in the literature, especially for Turkish cancer patients. The aim of this study was to determine the incidence of chemotherapy-related alopecia and how it affects the body image and quality of life of Turkish male and female cancer patients, in order to identify variables that(More)
BACKGROUND Most breast cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), usually in parallel with their conventional treatments. This study was planned to determine the prevalence and determining factors for use of CAM by breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS This descriptive study was carried out between(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the potential value of certain biomarkers in predicting the presence of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) in individuals environmentally exposed to asbestos. This prospective study investigated three groups; a control group composed of 41 healthy subjects, an asbestos exposure group consisting of 48(More)
BACKGROUND Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is common disease among hemodialysis (HD) patients and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. However, its pathogenesis has not been completely elucidated. We aimed to evaluate the frequency of PAH in HD patients, as well as the relationship between fluid status and PAH. MATERIAL AND METHODS We(More)
OBJECTIVES We aimed to investigate the importance of neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for identifying the severity of inflammation and recognition of acute exacerbation. METHODS We retrospectively enrolled 100 patients with a diagnosis of COPD exacerbation who were admitted to our clinic.(More)
Vitamin D affects skeletal muscle strength and functions via various mechanisms. Strength and/or functional dysfunctions of the pelvic floor muscles may be associated with the distortion of pelvic floor functions. We hypothesized that vitamin D deficiency may contribute to pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) by affecting pelvic floor muscle strength (PFMS). The(More)