Mustafa Tahtaci

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The treatment of caustic esophageal strictures is a challenging topic. Although traditional therapies have limited efficacy, most of these patients eventually require surgery. Biodegradable (BD) stents are newly designed stents for benign conditions. This is a retrospective case series of seven patients with caustic esophageal stricture. BD esophageal(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the rate of distal symmetrical polyneuropathy (DSP) in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, to evaluate the role of history, neurological examination and the electrodiagnostic methods in the diagnosis of DSP, and to determine the association between electromyography-supported neuropathy (ESN), neuropathic complaints (NCs) and risk(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to compare serum levels of tetanus antibody in diabetic patients over 50 years of age with those of age- and sex-matched non-diabetic controls. MATERIAL/METHODS The study population consisted of 115 type 2 diabetic patients and 115 age- and sex-matched non-diabetic patients. Serum levels of tetanus IgG were measured by(More)
AIM To evaluate the main platelet volume (MPV) as a severity marker in patients with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). MATERIALS AND METHODS Thirty-nine patients with biopsy-proven and as yet untreated PBC followed between January 2008 and January 2015 were included in this study. Liver biopsies were categorized as early stage (stage 1 and 2 according to(More)
Results comparing the effectiveness of lamivudine used as monotherapy or in combination with interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B are not conclusive. This study compared the effects of IFN-alpha alone or in combination with lamivudine for the treatment of hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg)-negative patients with chronic hepatitis(More)
Colonoscopy is the gold standard method to detect colonic disorders, especially colorectal carcinoma and adenomatous polyps. The diagnostic efficacy of colonoscopy depends on the quality of bowel preparation, and pathologic lesions may be missed due to inadequate cleansing (1-3). Cleansing quality determines quality, difficulty, speed, and completeness of(More)
Corresponding author: Dr. Oguz Karabay, Department of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Izzet Baysal University School of Medicine, Golkoy, Bolu, Turkey. E-mail: Hepatitis B infection is prevalent worldwide and a major health burden due to the associated complications of hepatic fibrosis, cirrhosis and hepatocellular(More)
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