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OBJECTIVES This study aimed to provide an overview of morbidity and mortality among patients admitted to the Hospital of the Medicine Faculty of Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey, after the 1999 Marmara earthquake. METHODS Retrospective analysis of the medical records of 645 earthquake victims. Patients' demographic data, diagnosis, dispositions, and(More)
We aimed to describe the characteristics of forensic autopsies of firearm-related deaths in two industrial cities of Turkey, in order to provide further data for the characterisation of firearm-related fatalities in Turkey, having the remarkable scarcity of such information from Turkey in mind. In the period from January 1999 until the end of 2003, 3463(More)
BACKGROUND Peripheral vascular injuries are frequently encountered in lethal and nonlethal trauma. Although significant improvements in treatment have been achieved, such injuries are still important causes of mortality. METHODS In this study, the records of 6769 autopsies performed between 1996 and 2006 at the Council of Forensic Medicine Bursa Group(More)
Blast injury is becoming more common in the non-military population but it is still rare to see such injuries and deaths unrelated to terrorist acts. The exact mechanisms involved in blast injuries are unclear. Civilian physicians and surgeons need to have a basic understanding of the patho-mechanics and physiological effects of blast injuries. We report a(More)
Forensic age estimation, a recent topic of research in forensic medicine, is of primary importance to criminal and civil law. Previous studies indicate that the observation of medial clavicular ossification allows for age discrimination along the completed 18th and 21st years of life. Experts recommend that the Schmeling and Kellinghaus methods be used(More)
Clusterin is a circulating multifunctional glycoprotein produced in several kinds of epithelial and neuronal cells. Clusterin is upregulated during different physiological and pathological states, such as senescence, type-2 diabetes mellitus, Alzheimer disease, and in various neoplasms. Herein, we investigated the immunohistochemical expression of clusterin(More)
BACKGROUND Despite many published retrospective analyses on cardiac injuries in treated patients, there is a striking scarcity of population-based studies that include autopsies. OBJECTIVES To provide data on fatal traumatic heart wounds in autopsied cases. METHODS We reviewed 2,487 medico-legal autopsy records from the morgue of the Bursa branch of the(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to determine the epidemiology and clinical features of the trauma in elderly patients, to investigate the factors influencing mortality and morbidity and to make a contribution to the national trauma data. METHODS We retrospectively investigated the medical records of three hundred seventy-one trauma patients (231(More)
BACKGROUND Electrical energy has gained wide acceptance since the middle of 20th century. Rapid progress of industrialization and widespread utilization of electrical appliances lead to many electrical accidents and deaths. Aim of our study was to analyze such injuries with a forensic perspective and to draw conclusions. METHODS Sixty-three death cases(More)
BACKGROUND Acute poisonings are frequent causes of admission to emergency departments and these cases may have hazardous outcomes. METHODS In the present study, medical records of 1818 poisoned patients admitted to Uludag University Medical School's Emergency Department between January 1996 and December 2001 were investigated. The age, sex, outcomes of(More)