Ayca Sari

Mersin University, Zephyrium, Mersin, Turkey

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Publications (13)16.35 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is a headache syndrome characterized by elevated intracranial pressure with normal cerebrospinal fluid content, normal cranial imaging, and elevated appearance of the optic disc. We report on a 6.5-year-old boy with complaints of headache and right esotropia causing diplopia. A lumbar puncture indicated an opening cerebrospinal fluid pressure of 28 cm H(2)O. The headache, diplopia, and esodeviation resolved after the lumbar puncture. However, at 2-week follow-up, the elevated appearance of the optic disc continued despite normal cerebrospinal fluid pressure. A second ophthalmologic consultation revealed optic disc drusen, as also demonstrated by ocular ultrasonography. To date, two such cases have been reported in the literature. To our knowledge, this patient is the youngest with coexisting optic disc drusen and idiopathic intracranial hypertension.
    Pediatric Neurology 03/2012; 46(3):187-8. · 1.42 Impact Factor
  • Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology 04/2010; 45(2):188-9. · 1.15 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To develop a new experimental ocular allergy animal model induced by beta-lactoglobulin (BLG), a major cow's milk allergen, and to discuss the clinical, histopathological and immunohistochemical findings. Forty Balb/c mice were randomized and separated into groups of 10. Groups were determined according to the different concentrations of BLG drops used. Study groups were immunized with 2.5, 5 or 10 mg/ml topical BLG (groups 2, 3 and 4, respectively) following intraperitoneal injection for the systemic immunization. The control group (group 1) was immunized with aluminium hydroxide (alum) alone within the same intervals. After ocular challenge, all the animals were evaluated clinically, histopathologically (mast cell and eosinophil infiltration) and immunhistochemically in terms of both T helper type 1- (IFNgamma, TNFalpha) and T helper type 2- (IL-3, IL-4, IL-5, IL-10) specific cytokines. Both clinical and immunohistochemical findings showed that an allergic conjunctivitis was induced in all study groups, with an optimized dosage of topical 5 mg/ml BLG. The conjunctivitis was associated with both Th1 and Th2 response, with a slight predominance of Th1 reaction. We describe a new murine model of acute allergic conjunctivitis induced by BLG. We believe that this new preliminary model has the immune parameters of the late phase of acute allergic conjunctivitis and it provides an alternative means for studying the pathogenesis and future treatments of ocular allergy. Our results should be enhanced with more detailed cellular and humoral parameters.
    Ophthalmic Research 01/2010; 44(2):119-24. · 1.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the effects of repeated 1.25-mg intravitreal bevacizumab injections on cornea and uveoretinal tissues using histologic and biochemical analyses. Twenty-four New Zealand albino rabbits were used. Twelve rabbits received an injection of bevacizumab in their right eyes three times with an interval of 25 days (Group 1); their contralateral eyes served as controls (Group 2). Six rabbits had an injection of vehicle in both eyes (Group 3), with the same regimen as bevacizumab, and six rabbits' eyes were used as a sham group (Group 4). Enucleated eyes were used for histologic and biochemical analyses, which included the activities of caspase 3 and 8 enzymes, glutathione content, catalase activity, and malondialdehyde content. No inflammation in aqueous humor and no sign of corneal or uveoretinal toxicity was found in bevacizumab-injected eyes. The difference of activity of corneal caspase 8 enzyme between Groups 1 and 2 and between Groups 1 and 4 was statistically significant (P < 0.05). In the uveoretinal tissue, in Group 1, the activities of caspase 3 and 8 enzymes were the lowest, and uveoretinal malondialdehyde content was also significantly lower than Group 4. A repeated dose of intravitreal bevacizumab injection did not cause a toxic effect on cornea and uveoretinal tissue. Biochemically, it also did not cause any apoptosis, oxidative reaction, or lipid peroxidation. Instead, bevacizumab injection caused a considerable decrease in the apoptotic enzyme activities and lipid peroxidation in the uveoretinal tissue. Further studies are needed to be conducted for possible detrimental side effects and apoptotic and oxidative effects of repeated bevacizumab injections on both the injected and the contralateral eyes.
    Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.) 10/2009; 29(9):1346-55. · 2.93 Impact Factor
  • Ayça Sari, Ufuk Adigüzel, Tulin Ismi
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    ABSTRACT: Traumatic strabismus due to isolated extraocular muscle rupture is uncommon. Treatment usually depends on the severity of both the subjective and objective findings. We report a male patient with restricted abduction and supraduction in the right eye follow ing a blunt ocular trauma. The exploration revealed the rupture of superior rectus, superior oblique, and lateral rectus muscles. Only lateral rectus muscle could be sutured to the proximal segment. Superior rectus and superior oblique muscles were severed brutally, so that repairing was not possible. On the day after exploration and primary suturation, there was 25 prism diopters (PD) hypotropia and 15 PD esotropia in his right eye with severe limited supraduction and abduction. His major complaint was a large vertical diplopia which resolved partially with the prismatic glasses prescribed. After 6 months follow-up, medial rectus and inferior rectus recession was performed in the right eye. The patient had a limited but improved abduction after the operation. He was orthotropic and had a single binocular vision in the primary position. In suspected extraocular muscle ruptures, orbital imaging methods and surgical exploration should be considered promptly. MRI may be mandatory to demonstrate the severed muscles in cases with persistent diplopia and normal CT. Prognosis is usually better in patients having partial extraocular muscle damage and treatment options should be evaluated on patient basis.
    Strabismus 09/2009; 17(3):95-7.
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    ABSTRACT: Ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T) is an autosomal recessive condition presented by progressive cerebellar ataxia, oculocutaneous telangiectasia, humoral and cellular immunodeficiencies and a predisposition to malignancy. We report on a 13 years old male patient with the diagnosis of A-T associated with uncommon clinical features; optic disc drusen and vitiligo. To our knowledge, this is the first report of A-T associated with these findings.
    Ophthalmic Genetics 04/2009; 30(1):19-22. · 1.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Orbital implants are often used for the correction of volume deficit after enucleation or evisceration. An orbital implant enhances aesthetics and improves mobility of the subsequent prosthetic eye. With advancements in technology and techniques, implant-related complication rates have been decreased. However, implant exposition as one of the most common complications of socket surgery is still a problem for the oculoplastic surgeon. Many factors are thought to cause orbital implant exposure: Large implants, tension on the wound, and textured surface of the implant may cause a breakdown of the covering layers over the implant. Inadequate fibrovascular ingrowth into the porous implant is the most important factor. Various surgical methods have been described to cover the defect, most offering the use of various tissues as a graft, which are not always satisfactory. We describe a case with silicone implant exposition that was managed with a vascularized superficial temporal fascia flap. According to our knowledge, this is the first article reporting the usage of a vascular tissue in the management of an orbital implant exposure.
    The Journal of craniofacial surgery 04/2009; 20(2):502-4. · 0.81 Impact Factor
  • The Journal of craniofacial surgery 12/2008; 19(6):1715-6. · 0.81 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report 3 siblings from a nonconsanguineous white family with bilateral persistent pupillary membranes with dissimilar forms of severity. Two of the patients required no treatment; 1 was treated surgically for occlusion of the pupillary axis and moderate visual acuity decrease. Anterior segment examination was otherwise normal in the siblings. Although persistent pupillary membranes are usually sporadic, cases in which they are associated with other anterior chamber abnormalities might be inherited autosomal dominant. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a familial isolated persistent papillary membrane case with no other anterior chamber abnormality.
    Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery 04/2008; 34(3):523-4. · 2.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To report the efficacy of intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide injection for acute treatment of a patient with serpiginous choroiditis. A 50-year-old male patient with serpiginous choroiditis presenting with the complaint of decreased visual acuity in his right eye for the last 10 days. The best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of the patient was counting finger from 1 meter. Fundus examination and fundus fluorescein angiography of right eye revealed active macular choroiditis in right eye. Intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide (4 mg/0.1 ml) was injected into vitreous, and the patient was followed with visual acuity testing, intraocular pressure measurement, and fundus examination, including fundus fluorescein angiography. Visual acuity of the patient improved to 20/100 after 2 weeks in spite of the triamcinolone crystals, and to 20/50 after 4 weeks with a single dose intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide injection. Complete resolution of the active lesion has been maintained during the 6 months of follow-up. Single dose intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide injection is sufficient for controlling the active lesions in serpiginous choroiditis. It needs further evaluation as an alternative treatment for achieving rapid and significant visual acuity recovery.
    Ocular Immunology and Inflammation 01/2007; 14(6):375-8. · 1.08 Impact Factor
  • Annals of Plastic Surgery 08/2006; 57(1):119-20. · 1.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pterygium is a proliferative, inflammatory, and invasive ocular surface disease associated with excessive ultraviolet radiation exposure and has several tumor-like characteristics. Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) is an inducible enzyme and recently increased expression of the enzyme was found in many cancers and premalign lesions. This study was conducted to identify the COX-2 expression in pterygium tissues. Immunohistochemical staining using a primary antibody for COX-2 was performed on 30 specimens with primary pterygium (20 pterygium without recurrence and 10 pterygium which recurred during a 12-month follow-up), 11 specimens with recurrent pterygium, and 8 specimens of conjunctival tumor. As a control we used 10 specimens of normal conjunctiva. Extent and intensity of cytoplasmic and membranous staining in epithelial cells were evaluated. Higher expression of COX-2 was detected in conjunctival tumor (87.5%) specimens and recurrent pterygium specimens (72.7%) compared to the both normal conjunctiva (30%) and primary pterygium without recurrence (30%). COX-2 expression in primary pterygium tissues with recurrence (60%) was not different from primary pterygium without recurrence (p=0.114) and recurrent pterygium (p=0.537). However, recurrent pterygium tissues were found to express higher COX-2 than primary pterygium without recurrence (p=0.022). COX-2 expression is increased in recurrent pterygium tissues and COX-2 expression may be a marker for the prediction of recurrence.
    European journal of ophthalmology 17(6):879-84. · 0.91 Impact Factor
  • Acta reumatologica portuguesa 36(2):182-3. · 0.70 Impact Factor