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INTRODUCTION Pulmonary hypertension (PHT) has been reported to occur in a considerable proportion of patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). It is a progressive condition of the pulmonary circulation that poses prognostic importance. In this study, we sought to investigate the prevalence and the predictors of PHT among ESRD patients undergoing renal(More)
OBJECTIVES Pulmonary complications after liver transplant significantly affect mortality and morbidity; however, their relation has not been clearly established. We sought to determine pulmonary complications during the early and late term after liver transplant and identify risk factors for mortality. MATERIALS AND METHODS At our institution, 130 liver(More)
BACKGROUND Surfactant Protein D (SP-D) is an important marker in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Serum SP-D levels increase while lung production of SP-D decreases in COPD. SP-D is a specific biomarker for monitoring COPD, assessment of exacerbation frequency and arrangement of treatment modalities. In the present study, we aimed to(More)
INTRODUCTION Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) have some systemic effects including systemic inflammation, nutritional abnormalities, skeletal muscle dysfunction, and cardiovascular, skeletal and neurological disorders. Some studies have reported the presence of peripheral neuropathy (PNP) at an incidence of 28-94% in patients with COPD. Our(More)
Chronic liver disease is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the worldwide adult population. Liver transplant is the gold standard therapy for end-stage liver disease and many patients are on the waiting list for a transplant. A variety of pulmonary disorders are encountered in cirrhotic patients. Pleura, lung parenchyma, and pulmonary(More)
INTRODUCTION Portopulmonary hypertension (PPH) is an uncommon but serious complication of chronic liver disease. It is accepted to be a poor prognostic factor in the follow-up of patients who have undergone orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). The presence of severe PPH is accepted as a contraindication to OLT. In this study we sought to identify the(More)
BACKGROUND Recipients of solid organ transplants (SOTs) are at higher risk to develop pulmonary infections (PIs) owing to their immunocompromised state. Flexible bronchoscopy (FB) is frequently performed to diagnose nature of these infections. The aim of 12-year review was to evaluate the demographic characteristics of SOT recipients with PIs and to study(More)
PURPOSE Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is a public health problem. There is an effort to establish the genetic contributions to the development of OSAS. One is matrix metalloproteinases, extracellular matrix degrading enzymes related to systemic inflammation. However, the impact of matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) genotypes on the development of(More)
Background: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is present in a significant proportion of patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) and is of prognostic importance. Data on the effect of renal transplant on PH is very limited. In this study, the aim was to examine the effect of renal transplant on systolic pulmonary artery pressure (SPAP) determined by Doppler
BACKGROUND Pulmonary disorders are among the commonly encountered and prognostically important problems in patients with chronic liver disease. To define the prevalence and types of respiratory disorders in patients with advanced liver disease evaluated for liver transplant (LT) candidacy, and to determine factors affecting postoperative outcome. (More)