Mustafa Sirlak

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Primary pericardial mesothelioma is an extremely rare tumor. This case illustrates the typical late presentation of primary pericardial mesothelioma with symptoms and signs of constrictive pericarditis. An unusual feature was the complete encasement of the heart by the tumor. No satisfactory treatment was available.
To assess the results of bilateral pectoralis major muscle flaps (BPMMF) and vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) at different stages of postcardiac surgery mediastinitis. Of 65 patients with a deep sternal wound infection (DSWI) after cardiac surgery, 33 with a stable sternum were treated with VAC (59.3 ± 11.7 years of age) and 32 with an unstable sternum or(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the present study was to determine whether pretreatment with oral thyroid hormone had beneficial effects in cardiac function and morbidity and mortality after cardiac operations. METHODS Eighty patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting with a preoperative left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) less than 30% scheduled for(More)
OBJECTIVE The effects of microfibrillar collagen hemostat (Colgel) and oxidized cellulose (Surgicel) on bleeding and allogeneic transfusions were compared in cardiac operations with a predicted high risk of bleeding. METHODS Between August 1999 and November 2001, 71 patients undergoing elective, high risk of bleeding operations were studied after giving(More)
OBJECTIVE Postoperative anemia and multiple blood transfusions are still important problems in cardiac surgery. During the past few years, there have been some reports indicating that multiple recombinant human erythropoietin infusions starting at least 2 weeks before the operation induced erythropoiesis. We aimed to reduce the risk of adverse reactions of(More)
A literature review suggests an interaction between an anomaly of the inferior vena cava and thrombophilia in the pathogenesis of deep vein thrombosis. Genetic thrombotic abnormalities have been found in some of the subjects having venous thromboembolic diseases. We report a case of a young man presenting with venous thrombosis of the upper and lower(More)
OBJECTIVE Endothelial dysfunction with decreased nitric oxide (NO) levels has been implicated on reperfusion injury. Although L-arginine has been shown to diminish reperfusion injury in in vitro studies, clinical studies were very limited. METHODS Forty patients with acute myocardial ischemia undergoing CABG were randomized to a study and a control group.(More)
OBJECTIVE Brucellosis is frequently seen in Mediterranean and Middle East countries, including Turkey. We report the medical and surgical management of 31 cases of native endocarditis. MATERIAL AND METHOD Thirty-one patients were admitted to our clinic with suspected Brucella Endocarditis. The diagnosis was established by either isolation of Brucella(More)
BACKGROUND Arrhythmias following cardiac surgery is still a difficult complication to treat. Magnesium sulfate is an effective antiarrhythmic agent with negligible side effects. In this study, effects of magnesium sulfate as a first line antiarrhythmic agent was compared with results of two different well-accepted antiarrhythmic agents. METHODS One(More)