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Balkan Medical Journal

Marko Bjeloševič, Martina Fabiánová, Peter Olejník, Pavol Kunovský
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September 18, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Hatice Gamze Demirdağ, Bengü Nisa Akay, Ayça Kırmızı, Aylin Okçu Heper
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 11, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Muzaffer Akçay, Muhammed Tosun, Fatih Gevher, Senad Kalkan, Cevper Ersöz, Yunus Kayalı, Abdulkadir Tepeler
BACKGROUND: Scoring systems (SS) are useful to inform the patients about the success and complication rates of the operation prior the surgery. AIMS: We aimed to determine the applicability of the popular SS (Guy's, S.T.O.N.E and CROES) by means of examining preoperative data of patients treated with percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PNL). STUDY DESIGN: Cross sectional. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed files of the patients who had undergone PNL in our center between 2011 and 2015...
September 11, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Umut Mousa, Hasan Sav, Osman Köseoğluları, Murat Faik Erdoğan
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September 11, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Melda Sarıman, Neslihan Abacı, Sema Sırma Ekmekçi, Aris Çakiris, Ferda Perçin Paçal, Duran Üstek, Mesut Ayer, Mustafa Nuri Yenerel, Sevgi Beşışık, Kıvanç Çefle, Şükrü Palandüz, Şükrü Öztürk
Background: Multiple Myeloma (MM) is plasma cell dyscrasia characterized by transformation of B cells into malignant cells. Although there are data regarding molecular pathology of multiple myeloma, molecularmechanisms of the disease has not been fully explained. Aims: To investigate gene expression profiles in bone marrow myeloma cells via RNA sequencing technology. Study Design: Cell study. Methods: Four untreated MM patients myeloma cells and 4 healthy donors B cells from bone marrow were sorted using FACSAria II...
August 6, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Salih Kılıç, Ahmet Çelik, Elif Çekirdekçi, Servet Altay, Deniz Elçik, Mehmet Kadri Akboğa, Mine Durukan, Çağrı Yayla, Mehdi Zoghi
Background: The use of warfarin and aspirin combination is restricted for limited patients in relevant guidelines. Aims: The aim of this study is to evaluate the prevalence of inappropriate combination of aspirin and warfarin therapy in daily practice and its risks. Study Design: Cross-section study. Methods: WARFARIN-TR study is a multi-center observational study that includes 4987 patients using warfarin for any reason between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014...
August 6, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Irman Forghani
Efforts on recognition, diagnosis and management of the presumed, most common connective tissue disorder, Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos syndrome have been an ongoing challenge, decades after the description of this condition. The recent international consortium proposed a revised Ehlers Danlos syndrome classification, an update much needed since Villefranche nosology, in 1998. Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos is the only subtype in these groups of syndromes with no known genetic cause(s). This effort brought significant attention to this often underappreciated condition...
July 31, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Ana Ninić, Miron Sopić, Jelena Munjas, Vesna Spasojević-Kalimanovska, Jelena Kotur-Stevuljević, Nataša Bogavac-Stanojević, Jasmina Ivanišević, Sanja Simić-Ogrizović, Milica Kravljača, Zorana Jelić-Ivanović
BACKGROUND: Chronic renal failure, especially end-stage renal disease is a serious health problem associated with high mortality rate. Uremic syndrome leads to increased oxidative stress, inflammation and dyslipidemia. AIMS: The purpose of this study was to examine superoxide dismutase isoenzyme gene expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patients on haemodialysis and to determine associations between superoxide dismutase isoenzymes gene expression, oxidative stress and non-enzymatic antioxidative protection...
July 31, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Cristine Ding, Tarik Tihan
Pilocytic and Pilomyxoid Astrocytomas constitute one of the most common gliomas in children and young adults, and are considered indolent neoplasms with long overall survival probability. The genetic characteristics of these neoplasms have been well characterized, and the deeper understanding of molecular alterations has led to novel treatment strategies and approaches. Currently, we can account for some of the unusual behavior of these neoplasms such as oncogene-induced senescence and associated spontaneous regression, anaplastic transformation and cerebrospinal dissemination...
July 9, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Özlem Ediboğlu, Cenk Kıraklı
BACKGROUND: Prognostic value of nT-proBNP levels in patients with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has not been fully established. AIMS: We aimed to investigate the predictive value of nT-proBNP levels in terms of mortality, the need for noninvasive mechanical ventilation (NIV), invasive mechanical ventilation (IMV) and weaning success in this study. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. METHODS: Patients who were admitted to ICU between December 2015 and December 2016 due to acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD) were included into the study...
July 3, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Şükrü Güngör, Fatma İlknur Varol, Ramazan Kutlu, Sezai Yılmaz, Mukadder Ayşe Selimoğlu
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July 3, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Şeniz Öngören, Ayşe Salihoğlu, Tuğçe Apaydın, Sevil Sadri, Ahmet Emre Eşkazan, Muhlis Cem Ar, Tuğrul Elverdi, Zafer Başlar, Yıldız Aydın, Teoman Soysal
BACKGROUND: Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a potentially life-threatening condition. Although introduction of therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) has reduced mortality rates from over 90% to 10-20%, approximately 40% of patients relapse and refractory patients might have fatal outcomes. There is clearly a need for additional therapeutic approaches. The anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody rituximab has been reported to result in high response rates. Vincristine (VCR) might offer a considerable alternative...
July 3, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Fuat Bilgili, Yavuz Sağlam, Süleyman Bora Göksan, Önder Murat Hürmeydan, Fevzi Birişik, Mehmet Demirel
BACKGROUND: The rate of spontaneous normalization in type IIa hip is reported to be high, whereas in 5-10%, dysplasia persists or worsens. We aimed to evaluate the natural course of type IIa hips by using Graf's own perspective of physiological immaturity and maturational deficit. AIMS: To evaluate the natural course of type IIa hips by using Graf's own perspective of physiological immaturity and maturational deficit. STUDY DESIGN: A single centre, retrospective cohort study...
July 3, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Ivana Kavecan, Milan Obrenovic, Jadranka Jovanovic Privrodski, Boris Privrodski, Mihajlo Jeckovic
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 3, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Emre Ocak, Rebecca S Eshraghi, Ali Danesh, Rahul Mittal, Adrien A Eshraghi
The etiology and underlying pathogenetic mechanisms in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are still largely unknown. In this manuscript, a comprehensive review of the studies which are relevant to ASD and CAPD is conducted and the relationship of ASD and central auditory processing disorders (CAPD) is discussed in the light of recent studies on this subject that may provide new paths in the therapeutical perspective. Many studies confirm that most of the individuals with ASD have some degree of sensory dysfunction related to disorders of processing auditory, visual, vestibular and/or tactile stimuli...
June 28, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Yiğit Akın, Matthew Young, Muhammad Elmussareh, Nickolaus Charalampogiannis, Ali Serdar Gözen
Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) is a clinical entity that is predominantly common in females. Determining the exact underlying cause of PFD can be difficult, and making surgical intervention may be challenging. The PFD can affect the quality of life of the patient by causingstress urinary incontinence (SUI), pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or a combination of both. There are well-defined surgical treatment options for PFD, with minimally invasive approaches and novel techniques are recently being introduced. We here evaluated management options in patients presenting with SUI and POP focussing on novel and minimally invasive treatment modalities and their implications on future uro-gynaecological practice...
June 28, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Amr Ahmed El-Arabey, Salama Abdu Salama, Adel Rashad Abd-Allah
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June 28, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Feng Mei, Yanfeng Wu, Jin Wu
BACKGROUND: Insomnia often coexists with depression, and there is compelling evidence for a genetic component in the etiologies of both disorders. AIMS: We genotyped an exonic variant, rs4290270, in tryptophan hydroxylase-2 (TPH-2) gene to investigate its association with primary insomnia in Han Chinese, and further with depression symptoms in patients with primary insomnia. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cross-sectional study. METHODS: This study included 152 patients with primary insomnia and 164 age- and gender-matched normal controls...
June 28, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Onur Argan, Dilek Ural, Serdar Bozyel
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June 28, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Hasan Bozkurt, Serkan Şahin
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July 24, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
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