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Belli A.A.,Research Hospital | Dervis E.,Kafkas University
European Journal of Dermatology | Year: 2014

Background: Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP) is a systemic and immune complex-related leukocytoclastic vasculitis. A positive correlation has been found between IgM deposition along with IgA in skin lesions diagnosed by direct immunofluorescence (DIF) and renal involvement with HSP. Objectives:We sought to investigate the relationship between the systemic associations of the disease and the severity of the skin lesions, as well as the immune deposition findings of the lesional skin provided by DIF in patients with HSP. Materials & Methods: Between 2001 and 2012, 47 patients with HSP were investigated at our dermatology clinic. Epidemiologic data, laboratory findings, localizations of the palpable purpura, existence of bulla or necrosis in the skin lesions, accompanying systemic involvement, and DIF findings of skin biopsy specimens were recorded. Results: Of the 47 patients 22 were men and 25 were women (age range 16-88 years, mean 42.2). Among all cases with skin involvement, we found 22 (46.8%) articular involvement, 20 (42.6%) renal involvement and 12 (25.5%) gastrointestinal tract involvement. The frequency of bulla and/or necrosis in the skin lesions was significantly high in patients with gastrointestinal and renal involvement (p<0.05). The risk of renal involvement was significantly high in patients whose DIF examination revealed IgM deposition (p<0.05). No association was found between systemic involvement and IgG, complement 3 (C3) and fibrinogen deposition. Conclusion: Patients with HSP, having bullous and/or necrotic lesions and whose skin DIF investigations reveal IgM deposition along with IgA, should be surveyed for the risk of renal involvement.

Gungor H.E.,Research Hospital | Tahan F.,Research Hospital
Pediatric, Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology | Year: 2013

Gelatin, a product obtained by the partial hydrolysis of collagen, is widely used in foods and pharmaceuticals. In the past, most commercially available vaccines, both live and inactivated, contained gelatin as a stabilizer, and allergic reactions to gelatin contained in measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine were reported. However, gelatin-allergy to foods was thought to be rare. It was unknown what factors predisposed recipients to vaccine-related gelatin allergy. There can be a genetic predisposition to gelatin allergy. We report a patient who experienced anaphylactic reaction on ingestion of jelly candy containing bovine gelatin and using hair gel. © 2013, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

Kotil K.,Research Hospital | Ozyuvaci E.,Research Hospital
Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine | Year: 2010

Vertebroplasty of the axis is a challenging procedure, and little is known about its therapeutic outcome. Cervical fibrous dysplasia with a distinct cyst is a rare entity and few cases have been reported in the literature. A 55-year-old man with fibrous dysplasia of axis presented with severe neck pain and left arm since six months. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed an expansile, destructive lesion involving the axis, and no spinal cord. He was submitted to retropharyngeal surgery and the lesion was fulled by vertebroplasty. Microscopic examination was consistent with the diagnosis of monostotic fibrous dysplasia. After the surgery no recurrence was observed. The patient had remarkable improvement in clinical relief of neck pain at 1-year follow-up. Although there are descriptions of vertebral fibrous dysplasia, this is the 13th case of monostotic fibrous dysplasia of the cervical spine, and the 3rd case of the axis described in the literature. The unique case who had treated with ope vertebroplasty.

Baykal B.,Research Hospital | Erdim I.,Research Hospital | Kayhan F.T.,Research Hospital | Oghan F.,Dumlupinar University
Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery | Year: 2014

Purpose The study aim was to compare patient satisfaction levels among patient groups with nasal hump deformity (NHD), nasal axis deviation (NAD), and NHD plus NAD using the Rhinoplasty Outcomes Evaluation Questionnaire (ROEQ) pre- and postoperatively. Materials and Methods Forty-seven patients were divided into the NHD (n = 16), NAD (n = 13), and NHD + NAD (n = 18) groups according to the patients' physical examination results. Deviation angles were measured using frontal views and the AutoCAD 2012 computer program. Levels of patient satisfaction were assessed by the ROEQ pre- and postoperatively. Results The preoperative ROE scores were 6 in the NAD group and 4.9 in the NHD group. In the NAD + NHD group, the preoperative ROE score was 6.6. The postoperative ROE scores were 17.4, 21.4, and 19.1, respectively. The pre- and postoperative ROEQ scores were significantly different for all groups. The preoperative ROE score was 5.6 in women. The score was 18.6 at 6 months after surgery. In male patients, the preoperative ROE score was 6.2. The score was 20.4 at 6 months after surgery. The preoperative ROE score was 6.3 in patients younger than 30 years; the score was 19.4 in the postoperative period for this group. Preoperatively, the ROE score was 5.2 for patients older than 30 years. Postoperatively, the ROE score was 19.3 (P <.05). Conclusion Patient satisfaction and quality of life should improve after rhinoplasty. Patient satisfaction ranged from high to low for patients, with the NHD group the most satisfied, followed by the NAD + NHD group and the NAD group. © 2014 Published by Elsevier Inc on behalf of the American Association of Oral.

Melikoglu M.,Research Hospital | Melikoglu M.A.,Ataturk University
Rheumatology International | Year: 2013

Behçet's disease (BD) is a chronic disorder characterized by mucocutaneous and multisystem manifestations. Fibromyalgia (FM) is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and may be present concomitantly with several rheumatic diseases. Our aims were to investigate the prevalence of FM in patients with BD and to evaluate the possible relation of FM presence with BD disease activity. A total of 104 Behcet patients were included in this study. Age, sex, disease durations and the BD Current Activity Form (BDCAF) scores as disease activity evaluation were recorded. Presence of FM and the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) scores was investigated. Also, ESR and CRP concentrations were determined in all patients. Mann-Whitney U test and Pearson's correlation tests were used for the statistical analysis. There were 60 female and 40 male patients with an age range of 19-51 years. Eighteen of 100 BD patients were diagnosed as FM. Although ages, disease duration and laboratory parameters did not differ between BD patients with and without FM, BD patients with FM were more frequently female (p < 0.000). The presence of FM did not differ significantly between patients with and without systemic manifestations. Also, oral-genital ulcers, erythema nodosum, thrombophlebitis, pustular lesions and doctor's impression of disease activity scores were not found to be different in BD patients with or without FM. However, there were significant differences in fatigue, headache, arthralgia and patient impression of disease activity (today and last 28 days) between these groups (p < 0.000; p < 0.01; p < 0.01; p = 0.021 and p = 0.027, respectively). Also, there were significant correlations between BDCAF and FIQ items that refer pain and fatigue (p < 0.01). FM is a common and important clinical problem that may represent an additional factor that worsens pain and physical limitations in patients with BD. The higher prevalence of FM in patients with BD seems to be affected by BD itself, rather than its severity. © 2012 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

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