Sema Karakuş

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The combination of melphalan-prednisone-thalidomide (MPT) has been investigated in several clinical studies that differed significantly with regard to patient characteristics and treatment schedules. This prospective trial differs from previous melphalan-prednisone (MP) vs. MPT trials by treatment dosing, duration, routine anticoagulation, and permission(More)
Iron-deficiency anemia is one of the major problems encountered in renal transplant recipients. The aim of this retrospective study was to reevaluate the causes of anemia among 100 anemic kidney recipients. Patients with serum creatinine levels greater than 2 mg/dL were excluded from the study. Female patients were considered to be anemic if the hemoglobin(More)
In the presence of a pathogenetic mutation in JAK2 or MPL, a differential diagnosis of essential thrombocythemia (ET) from reactive causes is relatively simple. However, in patients with suspected ET who lack JAK2 and MPL mutations, the exclusion of secondary causes is especially important. The study was aimed to explore the clinical application of(More)
A 41-year-old woman, Philadelphia positive chronic myeloid leukemia patient, had progressive decline in hemoglobin levels. She had been receiving interferon alpha treatment for five years. Autoimmune hemolytic anemia was diagnosed. Subsequent bone marrow examination revealed translocation t(7;14). She was placed on prednisone treatment. The patient(More)
Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) is an important growth factor involved in clonal hematopoietic expansion, neoangiogenesis, and bone marrow fibrosis, all of which are important pathobiologic features of clonal chronic myeloproliferative disorders (CMPD) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). The aim of this study was to assess circulating bFGF(More)
Two hundred and five patients referred for evaluation of platelet functions and 126 healthy controls were tested with the PFA-100 instrument. A cut-off value of 150 s for collagen/epinephrine (CEPI) closure time (CT) produced most acceptable sensitivity (90%), specificity (85.2%), and positive (82.6%) and negative (91.6%) predictivity values for screening(More)
We report a case of Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome (KTS) with serious morbidity caused by the rupture of hemangiomas of the spleen and inferior epigastric artery (IEA). A 40-year-old woman, who had suffered from edema and varicose veins in her left leg and toes since birth, underwent emergency laparotomy and splenectomy for a spontaneous splenic rupture.(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate coagulation and fibrinolytic systems in Behçet's disease (BD). Accordingly, various parameters of the coagulation and fibrinolytic systems were investigated in 39 patients with BD and 31 age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers as the control group. Seven of these patients with BD had histories of thrombotic(More)
INTRODUCTION The aim of this study is to assess circulating thrombopoietin concentrations in patients with both clonal and reactive thrombocytosis (RT), which are two distinct categories of extreme platelet production circumstances. Investigation of the thrombopoietin levels in clonal versus reactive thrombocytosis may help us to understand the interactions(More)
C-kit ligand (stem cell factor, SCF) is a hematopoietic growth factor with diverse effects. It has stimulatory effects on megakaryocytopoiesis acting in synergism with interleukin-3 (IL-3), thrombopoietin (TPO) and granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF). The relationship between SCF and megakaryocytopoiesis, especially the correlations(More)