Mucahit Yemisen

Istanbul University, İstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

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    International journal of infectious diseases: IJID: official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases 05/2015; 35. DOI:10.1016/j.ijid.2015.05.007 · 2.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Idiopathic granulomatous mastitis (IGM) is a benign rare inflammatory pseudotumor. Bilateral involvement of IGM has been reported in a few cases. To our knowledge, this study is the largest series of bilateral cases to date. The goals of this study were to present clinical features of bilateral IGM and to evaluate the results of treatments. We performed a retrospective review of the idiopathic granulomatous mastitis database from 2010 to 2013. Ten female patients who met required histologic and clinical criteria of IGM in both breasts were included in study. Demographic data, clinical findings, medication history, and radiologic findings are presented. The mean age at onset of the disease was 38.4 ± 8.3 years (range: 29-52 years). Nine patients had no recurrence during a mean follow-up period of 21 months (range: 11-26 months). Additionally, the median time to second breast involvement was 15.6 months. Bilateral IGMs have a higher rate of more relapse and greater resistance to medical therapies than do unilateral IGMs. Surgical management should be avoided unless all medical treatment options have been exhausted. Nevertheless, expectant management seems a rational option for the treatment of bilateral IGM. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Taiwan.
    05/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.asjsur.2015.02.003
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    ABSTRACT: We aimed to investigate the predictors for the limb loss among diabetic patients with complicated skin-soft tissue infections. In this observational study, consecutive patients with diabetic foot infection (DFI) from 17 centers in Turkey, between May 2011 and May 2013 were included. The Turkish DFI Working Group performed the study. Predictors of limb loss were investigated by multivariate analysis. In total 455 patients with DFI were included. Median age was 61 years, 68% were male, 65% of the patients were hospitalized, 52% of the patients used antibiotics within the last month, and 121(27%) had osteomyelitis. Of the 208 microorganisms isolated, 92(44.2%) were Gram-positive cocci and 114(54.8%) were Gram-negative rods(GNR).The most common GNR was Pseudomonas; the second was E. coli, with ESBL positivity of 33%. Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus species were found in 14% (29/208). Amputations were performed in 126/455 (28%) patients, 44/126 (34%) of these major amputations. In multivariate analysis, significant predictors for limb loss were, male gender (OR; 1.75, 95% CI; 1.04-2.96, p=0.034), duration of DM>20 years (OR; 1.9, 95% CI; 1.18-3.11, p=0.008), infected ulcer vs cellulitis (OR; 1.9, 95% CI; 1.11-3.18, p=0.019), history of peripheral vascular disease (OR; 2, 95% CI; 1.26-3.27, p=0.004), retinopathy (OR; 2.25, 95% CI; 1.19-4.25, p=0.012), ESR>70 mm/hr (OR;1.6, 95% CI; 1.01-2.68, p=0.05), and infection with GNR (OR; 1.8, 95% CI;1.08-3.02; p=0.02). Multivariate analysis revealed that, besides the known risk factors such as male gender, duration of DM>20 years, infected ulcers, history of peripheral vascular disease, and retinopaty, detection of GNR predicted limb loss significantly. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Clinical Microbiology and Infection 04/2015; 21(7). DOI:10.1016/j.cmi.2015.03.018 · 5.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective We aimed to compare community-onset healthcare-associated (CO-HCA) and hospital-acquired (HA) urinary tract infections (UTIs) caused by extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Escherichia coli in terms of epidemiology, clinical outcomes and antimicrobial activities.Methods Patients from both groups with ESBL-producing E. coli detected by urine culture between January 2009 and January 2011 were included in this retrospective study. Relevant demographical, microbiologic and clinical data were obtained from case records.ResultsA total of 173 patients (mean age of 58 years, 74% female) were included, of whom 75 (43.4%) had a CO-HCA UTI and 98 (56.6%) had an HA UTI. Eighty (46.2%) patients had more than one comorbid disease, of whom 57 (32.5%) had urological problems. The most common clinical manifestations were pyelonephritis (43.9%) and urosepsis (16.2%). An age of > 65 years (p = 0.005) in addition to urinary catheterisation (p = 0.001), urosepsis (p = 0.001) and mortality (p = 0.001) were significantly more common in the HA UTI group. Acute cystitis (p = 0.027), complicated cystitis (p = 0.001) and non-urologic neoplasm (p = 0.032) were significantly more common in the CO-HCA UTI group. No isolate was resistant to carbapenems or fosfomycin. Sensitivities to nitrofurantoin, amikacin, trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole-trimoxazole and quinolones were 97.6%, 89%, 29.4% and 17.9% respectively. Both groups showed similar rates of antibiotic resistance.ConclusionESBL-producing E. coli should be taken into consideration in patients with a CO HCA UTI, not only in hospital settings but also in outpatient settings. We suggest ertapenem as a first-line empirical treatment for patients with an upper UTI and fosfomycin and nitrofurantoin for those with a lower UTI when ESBL-producing E. coli is suspected.
    International Journal of Clinical Practice 02/2015; 69(7). DOI:10.1111/ijcp.12608 · 2.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Predicting unfavorable outcome is of paramount importance in clinical decision making. Accordingly, we designed this multinational study, which provided the largest case series of tuberculous meningitis (TBM). 43 centers from 14 countries (Albania, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Hungary, Iraq, Italy, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Syria, Turkey) submitted data of microbiologically confirmed TBM patients hospitalized between 2000 and 2012. Unfavorable outcome was defined as survival with significant sequela or death. In developing our index, binary logistic regression models were constructed via 200 replicates of database by bootstrap resampling methodology. The final model was built according to the selection frequencies of variables. The severity scale included variables with arbitrary scores proportional to predictive powers of terms in the final model. The final model was internally validated by bootstrap resampling. A total of 507 patients' data were submitted among which 165 had unfavorable outcome. Eighty-six patients died while 119 had different neurological sequelae in 79 (16 %) patients. The full model included 13 variables. Age, nausea, vomiting, altered consciousness, hydrocephalus, vasculitis, immunosuppression, diabetes mellitus and neurological deficit remained in the final model. Scores 1-3 were assigned to the variables in the severity scale, which included scores of 1-6. The distribution of mortality for the scores 1-6 was 3.4, 8.2, 20.6, 31, 30 and 40.1 %, respectively. Altered consciousness, diabetes mellitus, immunosuppression, neurological deficits, hydrocephalus, and vasculitis predicted the unfavorable outcome in the scoring and the cumulative score provided a linear estimation of prognosis.
    Journal of Neurology 01/2015; 262(4). DOI:10.1007/s00415-014-7651-5 · 3.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study reviewed the clinical, laboratory, therapeutic and prognostic data on genitourinary involvement of brucellosis in this largest case series reported. This multicentre study pooled adult patients with genitourinary brucellar involvement from 34 centres treated between 2000 and 2013. Diagnosis of the disease was established by conventional methods. Overall 390 patients with genitourinary brucellosis (352 male, 90.2%) were pooled. In male patients, the most frequent involved site was the scrotal area (n = 327, 83.8%), as epididymo-orchitis (n = 204, 58%), orchitis (n = 112, 31.8%) and epididymitis (n = 11, 3.1%). In female patients, pyelonephritis (n = 33/38, 86.8%) was significantly higher than in male patients (n = 11/352, 3.1%; p< 0.0001). The mean blood leukocyte count was 7530 AE 3115/mm 3 . Routine laboratory analysis revealed mild to moderate increases for erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP). The mean treatment duration and length of hospital stay were significantly higher when there were additional brucellar foci (p< 0.05). Surgical operations including orchiectomy and abscess drainage were performed in nine (2.3%) patients. Therapeutic failure was detected in six (1.5%), relapse occurred in four (1%), and persistent infertility related to brucellosis occurred in one patient. A localized scrotal infection in men or pyelonephritis in women in the absence of leucocytosis and with mild to moderate increases in inflammatory markers should signal the possibility of brucellar genitourinary disease.
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Rashes in febrile neutropenic patients present an important problem in differential diagnosis for their physicians. In these patients, rashes may be the first and only evidence of a serious and life-threatening infection. In this study, we aimed to retrospectively report the etiology of skin lesions in febrile neutropenic patients with hematologic malignancies. Methods: In our study, hospitalized febrile neutropenic patients with hematologic malignancy, aplastic anemia, or bone marrow transplantation were included. Patient files were screened retrospectively and patients with skin lesions during febrile neutropenic episodes were selected. Patients with febrile neutropenia were initiated an antipseudomonal beta-lactam therapy according to IDSA guidelines. Skin lesions of these patients during febrile neutropenic episode, consulted and evaluated with infectious disease and dermatology specialists Results: A total of 50 patients were included in our study. Twenty six (52%) of the patients were male and the average age was 45.8 (± 15), respectively. The most common underlying disease was acute myeloid leukemia with 29 (48%) patients. The most frequently observed type of lesion was maculopapular eruption (40%) whilst it was followed by erythematous necrotic nodule (18%). The most common cause of skin lesions were infections and drug eruptions with 26 (52%) and 16 (32%) patients, respectively. Ecthyma gangrenosum in 8 patients, skin involvement of oppurtunistic fungal infections in 7 patients and herpes labialis in 5 patients were most common causes of skin lesions in infection group. In 16 (32%) patients the skin lesions were found to be related to drugs; piperacillin/tazobactam, co-trimaxazol and etoposid were the most common cause of drug related skin lesions. Of the patients, 6 patients died during or soon after the development of skin lesions and in 5 of 6 patients, the skin lesions were found to be related with infectious causes. Conclusion: Infections were found to be the most common cause of skin lesions in febrile neutropenic patients.
    IDWeek 2014 Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America; 10/2014
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Rate of coinfection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) varies in different countries. This may be attributable to common transmission routes as well as social, economic, and cultural factors. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence and risk factors of HCV infection among HIV-positive patients in Istanbul, Turkey. Patients and Methods: Since January 2006 to November 2013, 949 HIV-positive patients that were enrolled in this study by ACTHIV-IST (Action Against HIV in Istanbul) Study Group, which consists of five centers to follow up HIV-positive patients in Istanbul. Epidemiologic and clinical data were collected retrospectively from medical records and were transferred to an HIV database system. Results: Among 949 patients, 84% were men and the mean age was 37.92 ± 11.54 years (range, 17-79). The most frequent route of transmission was heterosexual intercourse (48.8%), followed by men having sex with men (30.5%). Only nine patients (0.9%) had history of injection drug use (IDU). The prevalence of HIV/HCV coinfection was 0.9% (9:949). The IDU rate was 44.4% (4:9) in patients with HIV/HCV coinfection (three of them were not Turkish citizens), whereas this rate was only 0.6% (5:881) in patients with only HIV infection (P < 0.01). Genotypes 1b, 2a/2c, and 3 were determined in five, one, and two patients, respectively. Genotype could not be determined in one patient. History of residence in a foreign country (P < 0.01) and imprisonment (P < 0.01) were also considered as risk factors in terms of HIV/HCV coinfection. Conclusions: Prevalence of HIV/HCV coinfection is considerably low in Turkey. The extremely rare prevalence of IDU might have a role in this low prevalence.
    Hepatitis Monthly 08/2014; 14(8):e18128. DOI:10.5812/hepatmon.18128 · 1.80 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose Idiopathic granulomatous mastitis (IGM) is a rare benign inflammatory disease of the breast. It can mimic breast carcinoma clinically and radiologically, and usually affects females of childbearing age. There is no commonly accepted optimal treatment for IGM. In this study, we present the clinical and histopathological features and outcomes of the therapeutic management of IGM, as well as the clinical course of the disease when patients were treated with oral corticosteroids. Methods This retrospective study included 49 of 87 patients who met the required histological criteria for IGM who were followed up between January 2009 and December 2011. All patients had a disease-free follow-up period of at least 6 months. The data regarding the clinical features at presentation, laboratory values and the treatment modalities were obtained from the medical records of the patients. Results The mean age of the patients was 34.3 ± 4.37 years. Forty patients were treated with prednisolone, five were started on antituberculosis treatment, two received non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, one received antibiotics and one underwent wide excision. All patients who received steroids responded well to the therapy. Conclusion Systemic therapy with corticosteroids is an effective and appropriate treatment option for IGM. It can provide complete disease resolution and prevent recurrence in the long term. A multidisciplinary approach including specialists in the fields of both general surgery and infectious diseases is essential for the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of IGM.
    Surgery Today 07/2014; 45(4). DOI:10.1007/s00595-014-0966-5 · 1.21 Impact Factor
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    Resat Ozaras · Ilker Inanc Balkan · Mucahit Yemisen · Fehmi Tabak
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    ABSTRACT: The natural history of hepatitis B virus infection is not uniform and affected from several factors including, HBV genotype. Genotype D is a widely distributed genotype. Among genotype D, several subgenotypes differentiate epidemiologically and probably clinically. D1 is predominant in Middle East and North Africa, and characterized by early HBeAg seroconversion and low viral load. D2 is seen in Albania, Turkey, Brazil, western India, Lebanon, and Serbia. D3 was reported from Serbia, western India, and Indonesia. It is a predominant subgenotype in injection drug use-related acute HBV infections in Europe and Canada. D4 is relatively rare and reported from Haiti, Russia and Baltic region, Brazil, Kenya, Morocco and Rwanda. Subgenotype D5 seems to be common in Eastern India. D6 has been reported as a rare subgenotype from Indonesia, Kenya, Russia and Baltic region. D7 is the main genotype in Morocco and Tunisia. D8 and D9 are recently described subgenotypes and reported from Niger and India, respectively. Subgenotypes of genotype D may have clinical and/or viral differences. More subgenotype studies are required to conclude on subgenotype and its clinical/viral characteristics.
    Gastroentérologie Clinique et Biologique 07/2014; 39(1). DOI:10.1016/j.clinre.2014.06.005 · 1.98 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study reviewed the clinical, laboratory, therapeutic, and prognostic data on genitourinary involvement of brucellosis in this largest case series reported. This multi-centre study pooled adult patients with genitourinary brucellar involvement from 34 centres treated between 2000 and 2013. Diagnosis of the disease was established by conventional methods. Overall 390 patients with genitourinary brucellosis (352 males, 90.2%) were pooled. In males, the most frequent involved site was scrotal area (n=327, 83.8%) as epididymo-orchitis (n=204, 58%), orchitis (n=112, 31.8%), and epididymitis (n=11, 3.1%). In females pyelonephritis (n=33/38, 86.8%) was significantly higher than males (n=11/352, 3.1%; p<0.0001). The mean blood leukocyte count was 7530±3115/mm(3) . Routine laboratory analysis revealed mild to moderate increases for erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), and C-reactive protein (CRP). The mean treatment duration and length of hospital stay was significantly higher when there were additional brucellar foci (p<0.05). Surgical operations including orchiectomy and abscess drainage were performed in nine (2.3%) patients. Therapeutic failure was detected in six (1.5%), relapse occurred in four (1%), and persistent infertility related to brucellosis occurred in one patient. A localized scrotal infection in males or pyelonephritis in females in the absence of leucocytosis and with mild to moderate increases in inflammatory markers should alert for brucellar genitourinary disease. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Clinical Microbiology and Infection 05/2014; 20(11). DOI:10.1111/1469-0691.12680 · 5.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to report the epidemiological profile of HIV-1 positive patients from, Istanbul, Turkey, which has one of the lowest HIV-1/AIDS prevalences in Europe. The patients were followed by ACTHIV-IST group which was established by the Infectious Diseases Departments of five teaching hospitals (three university hospitals and two public hospitals) in Istanbul, Turkey. The HIV-1positive patients were added to the standard patient files in all of the centers; these files were then transferred to the ACTHIV-IST database in the Internet. A total of 829 naiv-untreated HIV-1 positive patients were chosen from the database. The numbers of male patients were 700 (84.4%) and the mean age of the patients was 37 years (range, 17-79). In our study group 348 (42%) of the patients were married, 318 (38.7%) of the patients were single. The probable route of transmission was heterosexual intercourse in 437 (52.7%) patients and homosexual intercourse in 256 (30.9%) patients. In 519 (62.6%) patients the diagnose was made due to a screening test and in 241 (29.1%) patients, the diagnose was made due to an HIV-related/non-related disease. the mean CD4+ T cell number in 788 of the patients was 357.8/mm3 (±271.1), and the median viral load in 698 of the patients was 100,000 copies/mL (20-9,790,000). In Turkey, the number of HIV-1 positive patients is still low and to diagnose with a screening test is the most common way of diagnostic route.
    Current HIV research 04/2014; 12(1). DOI:10.2174/1570162X12666140411111803 · 2.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives We aimed to provide data on the diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis (TBM) in this largest case series ever reported. Methods Haydarpasa-1 study involved microbiologically confirmed patients for TBM in Albania, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Hungary, Iraq, Italy, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Syria, and Turkey between 2000-2012. A positive culture, PCR or Ehrlich-Ziehl-Neelsen staining (EZNs) from the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was mandatory for inclusion of meningitis patients. Results 506 TBM cases were included. The sensitivities of the tests were as follows: Interferon gamma (IFN-γ) release assay (IGRA, Quantiferon TB gold in tube) 90.2%, automated culture systems (ACSs) 81.8%, Löwenstein Jensen medium (L-J) 72.7%, adenosine deaminase (ADA) 29.9%, and EZNs 27.3%. CSF-ACS was superior to CSF L-J culture and CSF-PCR (p<0.05 for both). Accordingly, CSF L-J culture was superior to CSF-PCR test (p<0.05). Combination of L-J and ACS was superior to using these tests alone (p<0.05). There were poor and inverse agreements between EZNs and L-J culture (κ,-0.189); ACS and L-J culture (κ -0.172) (p<0.05 for both). Fair and inverse agreement was detected for CSF-ADA and CSF-PCR (κ,-0.299, p<0.05). Conclusions Diagnostic accuracy of TBM was increased when both ACS and L-J cultures were used together. Non-culture tests contributed to TBM diagnosis to a degree. However, due to the delays in the diagnosis with any of the cultures, combined use of nonculture tests appears to contribute early diagnosis. Hence, diagnostic approach to TBM should be individualized according to technical capacities of medical institutions with poor resources in particular.
    Clinical Microbiology and Infection 11/2013; DOI:10.1111/1469-0691.12478 · 5.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Infections due to Chryseobacterium indologenes (C. indologenes) are rare and generally associated with immunosupression and indwelling catheters. We report a recurrent port infection caused by C. indologenes. In the first bacteremia episode we did not remove the port and only applied antibiotherapy. However, the patient presented with bacteremia with the same bacteria and successfully treated with antibiotherapy and removal of the port.
    02/2013; 45(1):60-1. DOI:10.5152/eajm.2013.11
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    ABSTRACT: Background: The etiology of fever of unknown origin has changed because of the recent advances in and widespread use of invasive and non-invasive diagnostic tools. However, undiagnosed patients still constitute a significant number. Objective: To determine the etiological distribution and role of non-invasive and invasive diagnostic tools in the diagnosis of fever of unknown origin. Materials & Methods: One hundred patients who were hospitalized between June 2001 and 2009 with a fever of unknown origin were included in this study. Clinical and laboratory data were collected from the patients' medical records retrospectively. Results: Fifty three percent of the patients were male, with a mean age of 45 years. The etiology of fever was determined to be infectious diseases in 26, collagen vascular diseases in 38, neoplastic diseases in 14, miscellaneous in 2 and undiagnosed in 20 patients. When the etiologic distribution was analyzed over time, it was noted that the rate of infectious diseases decreased, whereas the rate of rheumatological and undiagnosed diseases relatively increased because of the advances in imaging and microbiological studies. Seventy patients had a definitive diagnosis, whereas 10 patients had a possible diagnosis. The diagnoses were established based on clinical features and non-invasive tests for 61% of the patients and diagnostic benefit was obtained for 49% of the patients undergoing invasive tests. Biopsy procedures contributed a rate of 42% to diagnoses in patients who received biopsies. Conclusion: Clinical features (such as detailed medical history-taking and physical examination) may contribute to diagnoses, particularly in cases of collagen vascular diseases. Imaging studies exhibit certain pathologies that guide invasive studies. Biopsy procedures contribute greatly to diagnoses, particularly for malignancies and infectious diseases that are not diagnosed by non-invasive procedures.
    International journal of medical sciences 10/2012; 9(8):682-9. DOI:10.7150/ijms.4591 · 1.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Bacterial isolates producing Class D OXA-48 carbapenemase may be missed in routine laboratory testing, allowing them to spread undetected. The purpose of the present study was to detect bla(OXA-48) among ESBL-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae and Escherichia coli isolates collected from a university hospital, Turkey. Ninety-two ESBL-producing isolates (66 E. coli, 26 K. pneumoniae) were obtained in 2010. Antibiotic susceptibility tests were performed using the disc diffusion method and VITEK 2 system. Carbapenemase activity was screened using modified Hodge test. Beta-lactamase genes were detected by PCR and bla(OXA-48)-positive amplicons were sequenced. Genetic relatedness among K. pneumoniae isolates was investigated by pulsed-field gel-electrophoresis (PFGE). Carbapenemase activity was detected in 1 E. coli and 9 K. pneumoniae isolates and 8 of the K. pneumoniae plus the E. coli isolates were resistant to ertapenem. Three K. pneumoniae and 1 E. coli isolates were resistant to imipenem. All 10 isolates were susceptible to meropenem. bla(OXA-48) was present in all 10 isolates. Additionally, 9 isolates contained at least one beta-lactamase gene, including bla(SHV') bla(CTX-M) and bla(VEB) type. PFGE revealed different karyotypes among 9 K. pneumoniae isolates suggesting that the dissemination of bla(OXA-48) gene was not spread by a single K. pneumoniae clone. Thus OXA-48-producing isolates found in carbapenem-susceptible strains according to CLSI guidelines.
    The Southeast Asian journal of tropical medicine and public health 09/2012; 43(5):1178-85. · 0.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Brucella endocarditis (BE) is a rare but life-threatening complication of human brucellosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the course of BE along with the therapeutic interrelations. A total of 53 patients with BE hospitalised in 19 health institutions between 2006 and 2011 were included in the Gulhane study. Diagnosis of brucellosis was established by either isolation of Brucella sp. or the presence of antibodies, and the definition of endocarditis was made according to Duke's criteria. There were four treatment groups: ceftriaxone combined with oral antibiotics (Group 1); aminoglycosides combined with oral antibiotics (Group 2); oral antibiotic combinations (Group 3); and aminoglycoside plus ceftriaxone combined with an oral antibiotic (Group 4). Involvement rates of the aortic, mitral and tricuspid valves were 49.1%, 43.4% and 5.7%, respectively. Thirty-two patients (60.4%) had an underlying cardiac valvular problem, including previous prosthetic valve replacement (n=18). Medical treatment was provided to 32 patients (60.4%), whilst concordant medical and surgical approaches were provided to 21 patients (39.6%). Mortality in Group 1 was 15% (3/20), whilst in Group 2 it was 5.3% (1/19). In Group 3, 25.0% (3/12) of the cases died, whereas none of the cases in Group 4 died. In conclusion, mortality increased 47-fold with pericardial effusion and 25-fold due to congestive heart failure that developed after BE. Although mortality was lower in the aminoglycoside-containing arm (Groups 2 and 4), statistical analysis could not be performed owing to the small number of patients.
    International journal of antimicrobial agents 06/2012; 40(2):145-50. DOI:10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2012.04.009 · 4.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Helicobacter pylori (HP) is recognized as a common chronic human bacterial infection and is the most common cause of gastritis. Recent studies suggest an increased HP prevalence in patients with various extra-digestive inflammatory diseases. Since many respiratory diseases are characterized by chronic inflammation as well as increased immune response, and HP may enter the nasopharyngeal cavity by gastroesophageal reflux, an association between respiratory disorders and HP infection has been suggested. Several studies discover HP in clinical samples from the patients with upper respiratory system infections. Even some of them revealed a relief after the treatment directed to HP eradication. However some studies do not support this theory and whether this association means a definite proof of a causal relationship between HP and respiratory diseases needs to be clarified. In this study, we aimed to review the reports about the role of HP in upper respiratory system infections.
    Current Infectious Disease Reports 04/2012; 14(2):128-36. DOI:10.1007/s11908-012-0237-9
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    ABSTRACT: Spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH) is recognized with increasing frequency. A throbbing headache occurring or worsening in the upright position and improving after lying down, a so-called 'orthostatic headache', low cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure, and diffuse pachymeningeal enhancement on brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are the major features of the classic syndrome. These patients, who are admitted with fever, headache, and CSF findings revealing lymphocytic pleocytosis, elevated protein concentration, normal glucose levels, and negative culture results, are prone to be misdiagnosed with aseptic meningitis. The aims of this single-centre retrospective study were to determine the epidemiological, clinical, laboratory, and radiological features of patients initially evaluated as having aseptic meningitis but subsequently diagnosed with SIH, and to touch upon the key points of the differential diagnosis in daily infectious diseases practice. Patients referred to Cerrahpasa Medical School with a presumed diagnosis of aseptic meningitis or viral meningitis between 1 January 2006 and 1 January 2011 were reviewed. Epidemiological, clinical, laboratory, radiological, and follow-up data obtained from the hospital database were processed. Patients confirmed to have SIH syndrome were included for evaluation. Eleven cases of SIH syndrome were diagnosed during the study period (8 male and 3 female, median age 30 y, range 21-44 y). All had headache, hearing changes, and nausea. Vomiting (10/11) and posterior neck pain (9/11) were also frequent. Seven had fever and 5 had a stiff neck. Four cases had lymphocytic pleocytosis, 4 cases had elevated CSF protein concentrations (> 1.5 times the upper limit of normal), and 2 cases had slightly lower CSF glucose levels. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analyses of the CSF for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2, and enteroviruses were negative in all cases. MRI of the 11 cases revealed signs of spontaneous CSF leaks with diffuse pachymeningeal gadolinium enhancement (11/11), sagging of the brain (9/11), enlargement of the pituitary (6/11), engorgement of the venous structures (5/11), and subdural fluid collections (2/11). CSF leaks were demonstrated by intrathecal magnetic resonance or computed tomography myelography at different levels along the thoracic spine (7/11), cervico-thoracic junction (2/11), and thoraco-lumbar junction (2/11). Autologous blood injection into the spinal epidural space ('blood patch') was performed for treatment. Strict bed rest followed, and all patients recovered fully within a week; no recurrence or complication was observed during the follow-up periods, which ranged from 6 months to 5 y. Findings of fever, headache, and meningeal irritation are generally accepted as the clinical features of meningitis. When CSF findings are not characteristically compatible with bacterial meningitis and particularly when the headache is orthostatic in nature, SIH should also be included in the differential diagnosis. MRI findings are characteristic and clearly contribute to the differential diagnosis between viral meningitis and SIH.
    Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases 03/2012; 44(7):481-8. DOI:10.3109/00365548.2012.664776 · 1.64 Impact Factor

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  • 2004–2015
    • Istanbul University
      • • Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology
      • • Department of Infectious Diseases
      • • Department of Family Medicine (Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine)
      İstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2009
    • Nisa Hospital, Turkey
      İstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey