Ramazan Dertli

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The mechanisms underlying hepatic inflammation and fibrogenesis in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) are complex and several cytokines are involved. Tumor necrosis factor-like weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK) is a member of the tumor necrosis factor superfamily which also acts as a cytokine. This study was conducted to evaluate serum soluble TWEAK (sTWEAK) levels(More)
The occurrence of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) is significantly increased in carriers of nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-containing protein 2 (NOD2) variants, suggesting that local immune alterations might be implicated in bacterial translocation (BT). We aimed to assess the role of the NOD2 gene in conferring susceptibility to SBP. We(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Albumin is the most important protein synthesized by the liver. Posttranscriptional changes occur in the molecular structure of albumin due to various factors and isoforms arise. Ischemic modified albumin (IMA) is one such isoform. This study was conducted to evaluate serum IMA concentrations in patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related(More)
Drug addiction is an important medical and social problem. "Body packing" is frequently used for concealed transportation of illegal drugs. The drug is packed in small plastic packages and swallowed or placed into body cavities, such as the rectum or the vagina. Another aspect is "body stuffing," in which the drug package is usually hastily swallowed in(More)
Portal hypertension and associated complications cause significant morbidity and mortality in cirrhotic patients. Variceal development is the most important portal hypertension related complication. Varices most commonly occur around the gastroesophageal junction, but ectopic varices may develop in many gastrointestinal and extra-gastrointestinal(More)
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