Murat Ersel

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OBJECTIVE To compare the effectiveness of smoking cessation counseling in the emergency department (ED) versus in outpatient clinics (OCs) setting. METHODS Over a 3-month period, smokers and recent quitters presenting to ED or OCs were questioned about their smoking habits and desire to quit. They also completed the Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence(More)
Hereditary angioedema (HAE) is a rarely seen disorder of C1 inhibitor (C1-INH) deficiency usually manifested by non-pruritic swelling of the skin. Acute exacerbations are not sensitive to conventional medications, and C1-esterase inhibitor concentrates are recommended as the first-line therapy. However, fresh frozen plasma is the main treatment alternative(More)
The porphyrias are a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by abnormal heme biosynthesis. Although all subtypes are rare, acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) is the most common form of the neuroporphyrias. Abdominal pain, peripheral neuropathy, and changes in cognitive function are the classical triad of an acute porphyric attack but the variability(More)
BACKGROUND We aimed to show the sensitivity of Extended Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (e-FAST) for detection of pneumothorax, hemothorax and intraabdominal injury. We also investigated the relationship between e-FAST and need for invasive treatment. METHODS This study included patients who experienced multiple trauma. The emergency(More)
OBJECTIVE Emergency residency training programs, which have been developing in Turkey over the last 14 years, have been improving emergency health services by training each year a significant number of emergency medicine specialists. Sufficient data about these emergency residency training programs is not currently available. The purpose of this study is to(More)
Various aetiologies have been reported that cause severe trauma segment and T-wave abnormalities that are not related to acute coronary syndromes. However, the reports of transient ECG abnormalities associated with acute cholecystitis are limited in the literature. We describe a 42-year-old man presented with abdominal pain and hypertensive episode that(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the diagnostic accuracy of D-dimer testing for detection of acute aortic dissection. METHODS This study is a retrospective chart review of patients who had been evaluated with suspicion of acute aortic dissection. All patients' D-dimer levels were determined prior to their further work up in the emergency department. The study was(More)
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is an autoimmune disorder characterised by thrombocytopenia, haemolytic anemia, fluctuating neurological deficits, fever, and renal impairment. This case report is about a young man who presented with acute onset right sided paralysis, dysarthria, and central facial paralysis, suggestive of cerebrovascular accident,(More)
Tricyclic antidepressant overdose is known to cause cardiopulmonary and central nervous system complications. As with other cardiovascular complications, amitriptyline toxicity may cause acute myocardial infarction. This paper reports the case of a young female with acute myocardial infarction as a novel consequence of tricyclic antidepressant overdose.