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Sahin L.,Kafkas University | Bozkurt M.,Kafkas University | Celik O.,Inonu University | Celik N.,Behcet Uz Children Hospital | And 2 more authors.
Gynecological Endocrinology | Year: 2015

Objectives: The objective of this study is to evaluate plasma concentrations of salusin-α and salusin-β levels in women with endometrioma and non-endometriotic benign ovarian cysts.Method: Endometrioma patients (n = 14), non-endometriotic ovarian cysts (n = 14), and age-matched normal healthy fertile subjects (n = 14) participated in this study. Plasma salusin-α and salusin-β levels at the time of mid-luteal phase before and 3 months after L/S cystectomy were measured using ELISA and EIA tests, and their relation with demographic parameters was also assessed.Results: The mean salusin-α and salusin-β levels were significantly higher in women with endometrioma before the removal of cyst compared with cases with non-endometriotic cyst and fertile cases. Surgical removal of the endometrioma decreased the mean salusin-α and salusin-β levels to the level of those with non-endometriotic cyst before and after the cystectomy and fertile women, in both unilateral and bilateral endometrioma cases. Plasma salusin-β concentrations were found to be positively correlated with age, size of cyst, bilaterality, and salusin-α levels. Salusin-β values showed no correlations to BMI and size of the ovarian cysts.Conclusions: Plasma salusin-α and salusin-β levels are increased in endometrioma patients and positively correlated with endometrioma size. Laparoscopic removal of the endometrioma by stripping technique decreases the salusin levels to a similar level of fertile women. © 2015 Informa UK Ltd. Source

Narin N.,Erciyes University | Baykan A.,Erciyes University | Pamukcu O.,Erciyes University | Argun M.,Erciyes University | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Interventional Cardiology | Year: 2015

Objectives Main aim of our study to show that ADO II device can be used for the small ventricular septal defects successfully and safely with low complication rates in pediatric population. Background It is hard to find an ideal device to use for every VSD successfully. If inappropriate device was chosen; complication rate increases, procedure time gets longer that prolongs exposure to ionizing radiation. Therefore interventionalists are in the search for new ideal devices. Material Between the dates April 2011-October 2014, 21 VSD closures with ADO-II device. were performed. Twenty patients were included, age ranged between 4 months 18 years. Weight of the patients was between 5-76 kg. Results VSD diameter ranges between 2-6 mm (3.75 ± 1.25). VSD types were muscular in 2 patients, rest of them were perimembranous type. Most of the perimembranous defects (19/21) were aneursymatic and tunnel shaped. All the cases were successfully closed, no major complications were reported. There was no incidence of left bundle branch block, P-R prolongation, or complete heart block. Conclusion Considering perimembraneous ventricular septal defects as difficult and risky for percutaneous closure because of its proximity to aortic, atrioventricular valves and conduction tissue, we suggest that ADO II device can be safely and effectively used for such defects in particular if an aneurysm formation is present which is also compatible with the literature. © 2015, Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Source

Inal-Emiroglu F.N.,Dokuz Eylul University | Karabay N.,Dokuz Eylul University | Resmi H.,Dokuz Eylul University | Guleryuz H.,Dokuz Eylul University | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Affective Disorders | Year: 2015

Background The amygdala is repeatedly implicated as a critical component of the neurocircuitry regulating emotional valence. Studies have frequently reported reduced amygdala volumes in children and adolescents with bipolar disorder (BD). Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and nerve growth factor (NGF) play critical roles in growth, differentiation, maintenance, and synaptic plasticity of neuronal systems in adolescent brain development. The aim of the present study was to assess amygdala volumesand its correlation with serum levels of NGF and BDNF in euthymic adolescents with BD and healthy controls. Methods Using structural MRI, we compared the amygdala volumes of 30 euthymic subjects with BD with 23 healthy control subjects aged between 13 and 19 years during a naturalistic clinical follow-up. The boundaries of the amygdala were outlined manually. Serum BDNF and NGF levels were measured using sandwich-ELISA and compared between the study groups. Results The right or left amygdala volume did not differ between the study groups.The right and left amygdala volumes were highly correlated with levels of BDNF in the combined BD group and the valproate-treated group.Both R and L amygdala volumes were correlated with BDNF levels in healthy controls. The left amygdala volumes were correlated with BDNF levels in the lithium-treated group. Limitations This cross-sectional study cannot inform longitudinal changes in brain structure. Further studies with larger sample sizes are needed to improve reliability. Conclusions The correlations between amygdala volumes and BDNF levels might be an early neuromarker for diagnosis and/or treatment response in adolescents with BD. © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Source

Sekerel B.E.,Hacettepe University | Soyer O.U.,Hacettepe University | Keskin O.,University of Gaziantep | Uzuner N.,Dokuz Eylul University | And 17 more authors.
Quality of Life Research | Year: 2012

Introduction: The reliability and validity of Turkish version of Childhood Asthma Control Test (C-ACT). Purpose: The management of asthma is an important as well as difficult issue of physician's daily practice particularly in busy clinical settings. C-ACT was created to identify asthma control levels in children aged 4-11 years. Our aim was to evaluate the reliability, validity and responsiveness of C-ACT in a Turkish sample of children with asthma. Method: In this multicenter study, 368 children were enrolled. C-ACT was completed every month by parents and patients who were evaluated in 3 visits within 2 month intervals. At each visit, physicians interpret the control level and decided for the treatment step as established in GINA guidelines. Results: The internal consistency reliability of the Turkish version of C-ACT (C-ACT1 to C-ACT5) was found to be 0.82, 0.83, 0.82, 0.82 and 0.80, respectively (reliability statistics, Cronbach's alpha). Test-retest reliability was 0.71. There was significant correlation between C-ACT and physician's assessment of asthma control at visit 1 (r = 0.65, P <0.001). Conclusions: Turkish version of C-ACT is an accurate and reliable tool to evaluate asthma control in children aged 4-11 years. Its widespread use may facilitate appropriate assessment of asthma control and may lead to decrease the number of uncontrolled patients. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011. Source

Foltran F.,University of Padua | Passali F.M.,University of Rome Tor Vergata | Berchialla P.,University of Turin | Gregori D.,University of Padua | And 79 more authors.
International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology | Year: 2012

Foreign body (FB) inhalation, aspiration or ingestion are relatively common events in children. Despite many efforts made in several countries to achieve acceptable safety levels for consumer products devoted to children, small toys or toy parts are still frequently mentioned among risky foreign bodies. The aim of the present study is to characterize the risk of complications and prolonged hospitalization due to toys inhalation, aspiration or ingestion according to age and gender of patients, FB characteristics, circumstances of the accident, as emerging from the Susy Safe Registry. The Susy Safe Registry started in the 2005 to collect data to serve as a basis for a knowledge-based consumer protection activity. It is actually one of the wider databases collecting foreign body injuries in the upper aero-digestive tract in pediatric patients. It is distinguished by a deep characterization of objects which caused the injuries and a multi-step quality control procedure which assures its reliability.Preventive strategies imposing a regulation of industrial production, even if fundamental, are not sufficient and need to be integrated along with other intervention addressed to make aware caregivers toward a proper surveillance of children. © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. Source

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