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BACKGROUND The aim of the present study was to investigate the cardioprotective effect of Taurine on the donor hearts during cold ischemic period. METHODS 32 rats were divided into four groups (sham, taurine, ischemia, treatment group, 8 rats in each). All rats were fed with rat food for three weeks. Taurine and treatment groups were given a 200 mg/kg/day(More)
BACKGROUND Angiogenesis is the formation of new blood vessels from pre-existing vasculature. Many factors and substances may stimulate angiogenesis and exhibit proliferative effect. In this study, we aimed to investigate the angiogenic and proliferative effects of sodium nitrite. MATERIAL AND METHODS The angiogenic activity of sodium nitrite was examined in(More)
Introduction. Digital ischemia is a rare complication of several chemotherapeutic medications. We aimed to present a patient with digital ischemia, secondary to a new generation chemotherapeutic drug, oxaliplatin. Case Report. 62-year-old woman presented to our department with severe pain, paresthesia, and distal acrocyanosis on her right hand fingertips.(More)
BACKGROUND Assessing therapeutic efficacy and patient satisfaction objectively and quantitatively has always been a problem in patients with vasospastic disorders. We aimed to present the additive value of ultrasonographic assessment of peripheral arteries secondary to cold stimulation, as a test for treatment efficacy during follow-up. MATERIAL AND(More)
We read the article by Fawzy et al. and congratulate the authors on their study [1]. However, there are some conflicting points that should be highlighted. First of all, in the 'Patients and Methods' section, the authors mentioned several exclusion criteria. Among these, we did not note atrial dilatation, left ventricular aneurysm, long aortic clamping,(More)
Intravenous leiomyomatosis (IVL) is a rare neoplasm characterized by histologically benign-looking smooth muscle cell tumor mass, which is growing within the intrauterine and extrauterine venous system. In this report we aimed to present an unusual case of IVL, which is originating from iliac vein and extended throughout to right cardiac chambers. A(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this retrospective study was to compare the short-term outcomes of surgical versus transcatheter closure of secundum atrial septal defect (ASD) in adults. METHODS From January 2008 to October 2012, 229 patients aged 18 years and older with significant isolated secundum ASDs were admitted to our hospital. We focused only on objective(More)
BACKGROUND Vasospastic disorders are common worldwide. In daily practice, routine blood samples are used for several investigations. In this study we aimed to determine the possible correlations between lymphocyte count, platelet indices, and the severity of vasospastic disorders. MATERIAL AND METHODS Data of 102 patients admitted to our department with(More)
OBJECTIVES With the adoption of novel operative techniques and aggressive care protocols that facilitate earlier extubation and mobilization of patients, postoperative length of stay (LOS) following coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) has declined. However, there is paucity of information regarding preoperative electrocardiographic predictors of LOS(More)
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