Nurdan Taçyildiz

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The complications of right atrial catheters (RACs) in pediatric oncology patients are unknown for centers in developing countries. This study examined the complications of RACs at Ankara University Medical School, Turkey. A total of 90 RACs were placed in 61 children for long-term chemotherapy with a total experience of 15,536 catheter days. The rate of(More)
We measured circulating serum levels of granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF), granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating comparable to the levels of these factors in 12 children with acute febrile infections without malignancy or hematological disorders and 15 age matched healthy controls. There were significantly elevated levels of G-CSF, GM-CSF(More)
Obstructive jaundice is an unusual manifestation of non-Hodgkin lymphomas in children. Although surgical drainage is one of the initial treatment choices in some cases, usually lymphomatous masses rapidly response to chemotherapy and jaundice decreases due to regression of the mass, without any surgical procedure. The authors report the case of a(More)
Serum levels and leukemic cell-tumor tissue expression of intracellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1/CD 54) were detected in 54 children with acute leukemia and malignant lymphoma. Serum samples were obtained from all patients before treatment and after cessation of the therapy from malignant lymphoma cases and during remission from leukemic patients. Twelve(More)
In this study, we describe four patients from two unrelated families of different ethnicities with a primary immunodeficiency, predominantly manifesting as susceptibility to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-related diseases. Three patients presented with EBV-associated Hodgkin's lymphoma and hypogammaglobulinemia; one also had severe varicella infection. The fourth(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the presentation patterns and results of management of retinoblastoma at a tertiary care center in Ankara, Turkey, with special emphasis on globe conservation rate in unilateral and bilateral intraocular retinoblastoma. METHODS Patients were grouped according to the International Classification of Retinoblastoma. For intraocular(More)
Genistein sensitizes cancer cells to chemotherapy and radiation by modulating cell survival pathways. At the same time, genistein's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects may protect normal tissues from adverse effects of chemotherapy and radiation, which are largely due to oxygen-free radicals and inflammation. We conducted a small pilot study with a(More)
Sixty-three Turkish children with Burkitt's lymphoma (BL) diagnosed over a 10-year period in a single institution were retrospectively analyzed. Burkitt's lymphoma included 41.7% of non-Hodgkin's lymphomas and 17.2% of all childhood malignant solid tumors diagnosed in our department in this duration. The patients studied with BL were aged between 3 and 14(More)
In this study, 82 Turkish children with Hodgkin's disease (HD) between 1 and 14 years of age and diagnosed over a 10-year period were evaluated retrospectively. More than half of the patients (54%) presented with advanced stages of HD. Mixed cellularity (MC) was the most frequent (56.1%) histopathologic type, which was followed by nodular sclerosing (NS,(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) seems to play a central role in angiogenesis-lymphangiogenesis in hematological malignancies. There are limited data related to childhood hematologic malignancies. The aim of the study was to evaluate soluble VEGF (sVEGF) levels in children with acute leukemia and malignant lymphoma (ML) at diagnosis and in(More)