Sekerel B.E.,Hacettepe University |
Soyer O.U.,Hacettepe University |
Keskin O.,University of Gaziantep |
Uzuner N.,Dokuz Eylül 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.
PubMed | Behcet Uz Children Hospital
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of interventional cardiology | Year: 2015
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.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.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 5-76kg.VSD diameter ranges between 2-6mm (3.751.25). 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.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.
PubMed | Behcet Uz Children Hospital and Izmir University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Turk Kardiyoloji Dernegi arsivi : Turk Kardiyoloji Derneginin yayin organidir | Year: 2015
This study aimed to evaluate biventricular function, brain natriuretic peptide levels, respiratory function test and 6 minute walking test (6MWT) in children with repaired tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), and analyse the correlation between these variables and clinical status.Twenty-five children (14 boys, 11 girls; aged 6 to 17 years) with repaired TOF (Group 1) and 25 age-sex matched healthy controls (Group 2) were enrolled in the study. Tissue Doppler echocardiography, respiratory function test, 6MWT distance and brain natriuretic peptide levels were measured.Mean ages of the children at TOF corrective surgery and at study time were 5.13.5 years and 11.62.7 years respectively. The duration between palliative operation and corrective surgery was 4.32.0 years, and the follow-up period after corrective surgery was 6.33.0 years. The right ventricular and left ventricular myocardial performance indices (MPIs), and isovolumic relaxation and contraction times were significantly higher in Group 1 than in Group 2 (p<0.01). Spirometry displayed significantly reduced forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1), forced expiratory flow 25-75% (FEF25-75) and inspirational capacity in Group 1 compared to Group 2 (p<0.01). In Group 1, 6MWT distances were significantly lower than in Group 2 (p=0.001). Right ventricular MPI is correlated with FEV1, FVC and 6MWT distance in the current study.The children with repaired TOF had impaired ventricular and pulmonary functions. Hence, right ventricular MPI along with FEV1, FVC and 6MWT distance may be useful in the follow-up of children with repaired TOF.
PubMed | Inonu University, Kafkas University, Firat University and Behcet Uz Children Hospital
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Gynecological endocrinology : the official journal of the International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology | Year: 2015
The objective of this study is to evaluate plasma concentrations of salusin- and salusin- levels in women with endometrioma and non-endometriotic benign ovarian cysts.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- and salusin- 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.The mean salusin- and salusin- 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- and salusin- 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- concentrations were found to be positively correlated with age, size of cyst, bilaterality, and salusin- levels. Salusin- values showed no correlations to BMI and size of the ovarian cysts.Plasma salusin- and salusin- 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.
Inal-Emiroglu F.N.,Dokuz Eylül University |
Karabay N.,Dokuz Eylül University |
Resmi H.,Dokuz Eylül University |
Guleryuz H.,Dokuz Eylül 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.
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.
PubMed | Behcet Uz Children Hospital, University of Kansas Medical Center and Dokuz Eylül University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Neurological sciences : official journal of the Italian Neurological Society and of the Italian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology | Year: 2016
Ketogenic diet (KD) is one of the most effective therapies for intractable epilepsy. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidant molecules and has some beneficial effects on lipid profile, inflammation and oxidant status. The aim of this study was to evaluate the serum lipid levels of children who were receiving olive oil-based KD for intractable seizures at least 1 year. 121 patients (mean age 7.45 4.21 years, 57 girls) were enrolled. At baseline and post-treatment 1, 3, 6, and 12 months body mass index-SDS, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglyceride levels were measured. Repeated measure ANOVA with post hoc Bonferroni correction was used for data analysis. The mean duration of KD was 15.4 4.1 months. Mean total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and triglyceride levels were significantly higher at 1st, 3rd, 6th and 12th months of the KD treatment, compared to pre-treatment levels (p = 0.001), but showed no difference among during-treatment measurements. Mean body mass index-SDS and HDL-cholesterol levels were not different among the baseline and follow-up time points (p = 0.113 and p = 0.067, respectively). No child in this study discontinued the KD because of dyslipidemia. Even if rich in olive oil, high-fat KD causes significant increase in LDL-cholesterol and triglyceride levels. More studies are needed to determine the effect of KD on serum lipids in children using different fat sources in the diet.
PubMed | Behcet Uz Children Hospital and Dokuz Eylül University
Type: | Journal: Seizure | Year: 2016
Long-term ketogenic diet (KD) treatment has been shown to induce liver steatosis and gallstone formation in some in vivo and clinical studies. The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the hepatic side effects of KD in epileptic children.A total of 141 patients (mean age: 7.14.1years [2-18 years], 45.4% girls), receiving KD at least one year for intractable epilepsy due to different diagnoses (congenital brain defects, GLUT-1 deficiency, West syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, hypoxic brain injury, etc.) were included in the study. Serum triglyceride, cholesterol, aminotransferase, bilirubin, protein and albumin levels and abdominal ultrasonography were recorded before and at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months following after diet initiation.The mean duration of KD was 15.94.3months. At one month of therapy, three patients had elevated alanine and aspartate aminotransferase levels. These patients were receiving ketogenic diet for Doose syndrome, idiopathic epilepsy and GLUT-1 deficiency. Hepatosteatosis was detected in three patients at 6 months of treatment. Two of these patients were treated with KD for the primary diagnosis of tuberous sclerosis and one for Landau Kleffner syndrome. Cholelithiasis was detected in two patients at 12 months of treatment. They were receiving treatment for West syndrome and hypoxic brain injury sequelae.Long-term ketogenic diet treatment stimulates liver parenchymal injury, hepatic steatosis and gallstone formation. Patients should be monitored by screening liver enzymes and abdominal ultrasonography in order to detect these side effects.
PubMed | Behcet Uz Children Hospital and Dokuz Eylül University
Type: | Journal: Biological trace element research | Year: 2016
The aim of the present study was to evaluate serum selenium levels in children receiving olive oil-based ketogenic diet (KD) for intractable seizures for at least 1year. Out of 320 patients who were initiated on KD, patients who continued receiving KD for at least 12months were enrolled. Sixteen patients who had selenium deficiency at the time of starting KD were excluded. Finally, a total of 110 patients (mean age 7.34.2years) were included. Serum selenium levels were measured at baseline and at 3, 6, and 12months after treatment initiation by using atomic absorption spectroscopy. Selenium deficiency was defined as a serum selenium level <48g/L at each visit. Repeated measure ANOVA with post hoc Bonferroni correction was used for data analysis. Mean duration of KD was 15.34.3months. Mean serum selenium levels were significantly lower at 6 and 12months of KD treatment (66.223.3 and 57.216.2g/L, respectively) compared to pre-treatment levels (79.325.7g/L) (p=0.001). On the other hand, selenium levels did not show any significant difference at 3months of KD treatment (70.021.2g/L) compared to baseline levels (p=0.076). A total of 54 patients (49.1%) were diagnosed with selenium deficiency, and oral selenium medication was initiated for these patients. No relevant clinical findings were detected, and echocardiographic findings were normal in all patients. The decline of the serum selenium concentrations after 6 and 12months of ketogenic diet suggests that patients on this highly prescriptive dietary treatment need close monitoring of this trace element.