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Pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis is a rare disorder, only 173 cases having been reported worldwide. Fifty two cases from Turkey are reported, 49 of which have previously been described only in Turkish publications. The mean age of the patients was 27 (SD 12) years, 34 were male, and 10 were symptomless. In 40 of the 52 cases diagnosis was confirmed(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was designed to assess the time between the first appearance of symptoms and the start of treatment among Turkish servicemen with tuberculosis (TB). METHODS Ninety-seven patients with pulmonary TB were enrolled in the study. We surveyed their complaints and education levels, the opportunity to visit a health care facility, and the(More)
Pneumoconiosis was diagnosed by open lung biopsy in two dental technicians who had interstitial lung disease. Mineralogical analysis was performed to investigate the origin of the dust that had been inhaled. A marked accumulation of silicon and phosphorus was found in both cases. The hard metals chromium and cobalt were also found. Dental technician's(More)
BACKGROUND Glutathione S-transferase mu (GST mu) enzyme detoxifies carcinogens in tobacco smoke. We assessed the clinical usefulness of serum assay of GSTm in determining the risk for lung cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS Fifty-nine patients with primary lung cancer and 32 control cases were enrolled. GSTm detection was performed by the method ELISA. (More)
BACKGROUND It is known that tissue and serum sialic acid levels may be altered by malignant transformation. In this study, sialic acid levels were determined in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BAL) and serum in two groups of patients with lung cancer and non-malignant diseases of the lung. METHODS Colorimetric methods were used for determination sialic acid(More)
OBJECTIVE To define the light microscopic cytologic changes due to chemotherapy (CT) and/or radiotherapy (RT); to evaluate the differentiation of those changes according to treatment; to find out whether a relation exists between treatment type and its duration and the cytologic findings; and to determine the role of sputum cytology in evaluating efficacy(More)
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