Hüseyin Töz

Ege University, Ismir, İzmir, Turkey

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    ABSTRACT: Transplantation is the most effective treatment strategy for end-stage renal failure. We aimed to investigate the correlation of volume control parameters with health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in renal transplant patients in the pre- and post-transplant periods. Seventy-seven patients who underwent renal transplantation from deceased donors between January 2011 and January 2013 were included in the study. The biochemical markers, complete blood count, and creatinine levels were measured during the pre-transplant and at post-transplant 6th month. The Turkish version of Short Form 36 (SF-36) health survey questionnaires was used for the assessment of HRQoL. Blood pressure (BP) and echocardiographic measurements were used to evaluate the volume status. Significant improvements were achieved in all echocardiographic measurements, biochemical parameters except for Ca(2+) and SF-36 questionnaire domain score (DS)s except for vitality in the post-transplant period. Systolic BP (SBP), the left atrium index, vena cava inferior collapsibility index (VCCI), and diastolic BP were associated with vitality (P = .02, .03, .05, and .04, respectively), SBP was associated with social functioning (P < .01), and role emotional (P < .01) and left ventricular mass index were associated with mental health (P = .05) DSs in the pre-transplant period. In the post-transplant period, VCCI, left ventricular mass index, and SBP were associated with general health (P = .02, .05, and .05, respectively), VCCI and SBP were also associated with mental health (P = .05 and .01, respectively), and the left atrium index was associated with role emotional (P = .05) DSs. Concomitant improvement in the volemic status may contribute to improvements in HRQoL after renal transplantation. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Transplantation Proceedings 01/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.transproceed.2014.11.003 · 0.95 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of cyclosporine-A (CsA) medication on gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) LL-37, human neutrophil peptide (HNP)1-3 and adrenomedullin (ADM) levels. CsA-treated renal transplant recipients with GO (CsA GO+) and without GO (CsA GO-), tacrolimus-medicated renal transplant recipients (n=20/group), systemically healthy subjects with gingivitis (n=21) and individuals free of periodontal and systemic diseases (n=20) were included in the present study. Periodontal parameters were recorded and GCF samples were obtained from the study participants. GCF LL-37, HNP1-3 and ADM levels were analyzed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. GCF LL-37 total amount was higher at GO+ sites than the other study sites (p<0.05). Total amount of GCF HNP1-3 was higher in immunosuppressive treatment groups than healthy and gingivitis groups, regardless of GO presence (p<0.05). GCF ADM total amount was similar in all study groups. GCF volume, papillary bleeding index and hyperplastic index (p<0.05) were significantly correlated with GCF LL-37 total amounts (p<0.05), but not with GCF HNP1-3 and ADM total amount at GO+ sites (p>0.05). Neutrophil infiltration due to extended inflammation might have increased GCF LL-37 levels at GO+ sites and contributed to the pathogenesis of CsA-induced GO. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Archives of Oral Biology 12/2014; 60(3):508-515. DOI:10.1016/j.archoralbio.2014.12.007 · 1.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract The imbalance between organ demand and supply causes the increasing use of suboptimal donors. The aim of this study is to investigate the survival and allograft function of kidney transplantation from standard (SLD) and elderly living (ELD), standard criteria (SCDD) and expanded criteria deceased (ECDD) donors. All patients transplanted from 1997 to 2005 were investigated according to the donor characteristics. Data were collected retrospectively during the 83.4 ± 43.1 months of follow-up period. ELD was defined as donor age ≥60 years. ECDD was defined as UNOS criteria. A total of 458 patients were divided into four groups: SLD (n:191), ELD (n:67), SCDD (n:154), and ECDD (n:46). Seven-year death-censored graft survival in SLD, ELD, SCDD, and ECDD were 81.6%, 64.8%, 84.7%, and 68.3%, respectively (p = 0.003). The death-censored graft survival in ELD group was lower than in SLD (p = 0.007) and SCDD (p = 0.007) groups, while in ECDD group it was lower than in SCDD group (p = 0.026). Patient survival was similar. In ECDD group, 83% of total deaths occurred within the first 3 years, mainly due to infections (66.6%) (p < 0.05). Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) was lower in ELD (compared with SLD and SCDD); and ECDD (compared with SCDD) at last visit. In multivariate analysis, ELD, experience of an acute rejection episode and presence of delayed graft function were the independent predictors for death censored graft loss. Transplantation of a suboptimal kidney provides inferior graft survival and function. A higher number of deaths due to infection in the early post-transplant period in the ECDD group are noteworthy.
    Renal Failure 12/2014; 37(2):1-5. DOI:10.3109/0886022X.2014.982488 · 0.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: West Nile virus (WNV) infection which is asymptomatic or mild in normal population, it may cause serious clinical conditions leading to death in eldery and immunosupressed patients. The virus is mainly transmitted by mosquito bites, however transfusion, transplantation, transplasental and nosocomial ways have also been reported to be responsible for viral transmission. It is known that WNV may cause life-threatining conditions such as central nervous system (CNS) infections especially in bone marrow and solid organ transplant recipients. In this report, the first case of WNV encephalitis in an immunosuppressed patient with renal transplant in Turkey was presented. A 25-year-old male patient admitted to our hospital with the complaints of generalized myalgia, nausea and vomiting, after the 24. day of renal transplantation from a live donor. Since he developed diffuse tonic clonic seizures during his follow up, he was diagnosed as meningoencephalitis with the results of cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MR) and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biochemistry. Bacterial and fungal cultures of blood and CSF yielded negative results. CMV antigenemia test and CMV IgM in blood, and nucleic acid tests for CMV, EBV, HSV-1/2, VZV, HHV-6, enterovirus and parvovirus in CSF were also negative. However, WNV RNA was detected in CSF by an in-house reverse transcriptase (RT) nested PCR method. The sequence analysis (GenBank BLAST) of the virus showed that it had 99% similarity with Lineage-1 WNV strains. To define the transmission way of the virus to the recipient, WNV-RNA was searched in the renal biopsy sample and found negative by RT nested PCR. The clinical condition of the patient was improved with supportive therapy and by the de-escalation of immunosuppressive drugs [Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF; 1 g/day), cyclosporin (1 mg/kg/day)]. However WNV meningoencephalitis recurred one month later. The patient presented with fever, myalgia, confusions, leukocytosis, anemia, and repeating WNV-RNA positivity in CSF. This time cyclosporin was stopped, MMF was given in low dose (1 g/day), and high dose parenteral acyclovir and intravenous immunoglobulin (400 mg/kg/day, 7 days) were initiated. The patient recovered completely after 10 days without any neurological abnormalities. In conclusion, especially in endemic areas, WNV should be considered in the differential diagnosis of CNS infections develop in solid organ transplant cases and patients with other immunodeficiencies who present with fever, generalized myalgia, gastrointestinal symptoms and/or neurological disorders.
    Mikrobiyoloji bülteni 10/2014; 48(4):674-82. · 0.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Various reasons such as malignancies and chronic infections may cause weight loss in kidney transplant patients. In this report, iron overload as a rare cause of weight loss in a kidney transplant patient is presented. Forty-seven-year-old male patient who transplanted from a deceased donor 5 years ago was hospitalized because of 20 kg of weight loss. In medical history, he had history of hemodialysis for 89 months and received 100-300 mg of intravenous iron therapy per week before transplantation and transfused eight units of blood. In physical examination, weight and height were 45 kg and 185 cm, respectively. Respiratory and cardiac auscultation was normal. Laboratory results revealed as follow: glucose 76 mg/dL, urea 60 mg/dL, creatinine 1.35 mg/dL, aspartate aminotransferase 74 U/L, alanine aminotransferase 77 U/L, C-reactive protein 2.59 mg/dL, albumin 3.3 g/dL, globulin 3.4 g/dL, white blood cells 3200/mm(3), hemoglobin 13.1 g/dL and platelets 190,000/mm(3). Chest and abdominal tomography didn't reveal any pathology. Portal Doppler ultrasound showed signs of early cirrhosis. Viral and autoimmune hepatitis markers were negative. Ferritin was 5300 ng/mL and transferrin saturation was 82%. In liver biopsy, hemosiderosis was diagnosed and heterozygous H63D gene mutation was detected. Totally, 19 units of phlebotomy were performed. Liver function tests and serum ferritin decreased gradually. At outpatient follow-up in 6 months, he returned to former weight. In conclusion, there can be several causes of weight loss in kidney transplant patients. Iron overload can come across as a rare cause of weight loss. In these patients, ferritin levels should be checked and diagnosis should be clarified by liver biopsy and gene mutation analysis.
    Renal Failure 09/2013; DOI:10.3109/0886022X.2013.832860 · 0.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: Measurement of carotid artery intima-media thickness (CA-IMT) is directly associated with cardiovascular (CV) outcomes. We retrospectively investigated the impact of CA-IMT progression on new CV events in patients on peritoneal dialysis (PD). MATERIAL and METHODS: All PD patients who have been followed in our unit (n=163) were screened. The patients who had no CA-IMT were excluded. Ninety-six patients who had baseline CA-IMT measurement were included. Fifty-two patients had second CA-IMT measurement. Fatal and nonfatal CV events were screened from patients' charts. RESULTS: At baseline, mean CA-IMT was 0.62±0.16 mm (median 0.60 mm). In patients treated with PD more than 2 years, CV event rate was higher in patients with high CA-IMT (>0.60 mm) compared to the patients with low CA-IMT at baseline (22.2% versus 4.2%, p=0.041).
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    ABSTRACT: The term cardiorenal syndrome (CRS) has been used to define interactions between acute or chronic dysfunction of the heart or kidney. When primary chronic kidney disease contribute to cardiac dysfunction, it is classified as type 4 CRS. Cardiac dilatation, valve regurgitations, and left ventricular dysfunction are observed in end-stage renal failure patients with uremic cardiomyopathy. Because of perioperative risks in these patients, they may not be considered a candidate for kidney transplantation. However, uremic cardiomyopathy can be corrected when volume control is achieved by appropriate dose and duration of ultrafiltration. By presenting two cases with occult hypervolemia in uremic cardiomyopathy whose cardiac functions improved early after kidney transplantation, attention is drawn to the importance of kidney transplantation on cardiac function in such patients primarily and the importance of strict volume control on cardiac function in dialysis patients waiting for kidney transplantation.
    Renal Failure 04/2013; DOI:10.3109/0886022X.2013.780616 · 0.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Although the number of end-stage renal disease patients on the waiting list has increased, the number of deceased kidney donors has not increased proportionately. Therefore, the use of kidney donors defined as "marginal" has become an issue. Since the acceptance of deaths due to poisoning or suicide as donors has been proposed, we evaluated the clinical courses of kidney transplantations from suicidal death donors. We analyzed retrospectively the outcomes of nine deceased donor kidneys (8 males) from suicide victims between 2001 and 2012. Demographic and clinical characteristics of donors and recipients were collected from medical files. The mean donor age was 27.8 ± 11.9 years. Causes of death were: gunshot wounds to the head (n:4), pesticide intoxication (n:2), methanol intoxication (n:1), hanging (n:1), or carotid artery laceration (n:1). Mean donor creatinine level, urine output per hour, and 24-hour urine volume were 0.94 ± 0.53 mg/dL, 270 ± 113 mL, and 5496 ± 832 mL, respectively. Mean cold ischemia time was 12.3 ± 5.7 hours. Primary allograft nonfunction occurred in one recipient requiring nephrectomy. The average posttransplantation creatinine level at 1 year was 1.19 ± 0.62 mg/dL. The mean follow-up was 55 ± 49 months. Allograft loss occurred due to chronic rejection in three patients at 10, 37, and 40 months. Five patients are still undergoing follow-up with functioning grafts. Brain death cases caused by the suicide should be considered for organ donation.
    Transplantation Proceedings 04/2013; 45(3):872-4. DOI:10.1016/j.transproceed.2013.02.053 · 0.95 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Solid organ transplantation is a risk factor for mucormycosis. Mucormycosis is a necrotizing opportunistic fungal infection with high morbidity and mortality. We report a fatal mucormycosis case with rhino-orbital-cerebral involvement in a renal transplant patient, which presented with orbital apex syndrome and hemiplegia.
    International Urology and Nephrology 09/2012; 45(6). DOI:10.1007/s11255-012-0295-9 · 1.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The number of women who would like to have a baby after renal transplantation has increased. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of pregnancy on the lipid profiles and renal functions among transplantation patients as well as the maternal and fetal results of pregnancy. We searched files of female patients who underwent renal transplantation between 1998 and 2008 to discover 31 pregnancies among 24 women. Mean duration of dialysis and age at transplantation for the 24 cases were 22.7 ± 24.1 months (range, 0-72) and 21.2 ± 4.6 years (range, 13-34), respectively. The time between transplantation and conception as well as age at conception were 5.2 ± 1.9 and 26.4 ± 4.4 years, respectively. Creatinine levels in the second trimester were significantly lower (P = .000). Gestational bicarbonate and albumin levels were significantly lower (P = .009 and P = .001, respectively). There were significant differences between the preconception triglyceride (TG) and those in the second and third trimesters (P = .006 and P = .00, respectively). TG levels increased as trimesters progressed (P = .000). Moreover, TG levels were higher among patients taking cyclosporine. Of pregnancies that passed the first trimester, 88.4% resulted in live births. There were 23 (74.19%) live births among 31 pregnancies with a cesarean section rate of 58%. Of the cases, 16.1% delivered preterm and 19.4% of babies had low birth weights. We believe that women with renal transplants can have healthy babies with close monitoring during pregnancy and without any effect on graft survival.
    Transplantation Proceedings 09/2011; 43(7):2579-83. DOI:10.1016/j.transproceed.2011.06.041 · 0.95 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this cross-sectional study is to investigate gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) osteocalcin, cross-linked N-terminal telopeptide (NTx), and calprotectin levels in cyclosporin A (CsA)-induced gingival overgrowth (GO). Forty medicated patients with CsA including 20 with GO (CsA GO+), 10 without GO (CsA GO-), 10 with GO and chronic periodontitis (CsA CP) and 60 patients with CP alone, 20 patients with gingivitis, and 20 healthy patients were enrolled. Probing depth, clinical attachment level, plaque index, and papillary bleeding index were recorded. GCF calprotectin, osteocalcin, and NTx levels were analyzed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Parametric tests were used for statistical analysis. The CsA GO+ and CP groups had significantly lower GCF osteocalcin levels and osteocalcin/NTx ratio than the healthy group, whereas GCF osteocalcin levels and osteocalcin/NTx ratio in the gingivitis group were higher than the CsA GO+, CsA GO-, CsA CP, and CP groups (P <0.05). The CP group had elevated GCF calprotectin levels compared to the other study groups (P <0.05). The CsA GO+ and CsA GO- groups also had higher GCF calprotectin levels compared to the CsA CP, gingivitis, and healthy groups (P <0.05). Increased GCF calprotectin and decreased GCF osteocalcin levels in the CsA GO+ and CsA GO- groups might suggest that CsA plays a role on the levels of these markers. The similarity of GCF osteocalcin, NTx, and calprotectin levels in the CsA GO+ and CsA GO- groups might suggest that these molecules are not involved in the pathogenesis of GO.
    Journal of Periodontology 02/2011; 82(10):1490-7. DOI:10.1902/jop.2011.100600 · 2.57 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The rationale of this study was to address whether local or systemic changes reflect proteolytic (matrix metalloproteinase-13) or oxidative (myeloperoxidase) stress in renal transplant patients receiving cyclosporine-A (CsA) and having gingival overgrowth (GO), in patients receiving CsA therapy and having no GO and patients receiving tacrolimus therapy. Gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) samples were collected from sites with (GO+) and without GO (GO-) in CsA patients having GO; GO- sites in CsA patients having no GO; sites from tacrolimus, gingivitis and healthy subjects. GCF and serum myeloperoxidase (MPO) and matrix metalloproteinase-13 (MMP-13) levels were determined by ELISA. GO+ sites in CsA patients having GO had elevated GCF MPO levels than those of CsA patients having no GO, tacrolimus and healthy subjects (p<0.005), but comparable to those of gingivitis. GCF MPO levels were higher in GO+ compared to GO- sites in CsA patients having GO (p<0.05). Patient groups had similar, but higher GCF MMP-13 levels than healthy group. These results show that CsA and tacrolimus therapy have not a significant effect on GCF MPO and MMP-13 levels, and gingival inflammation seems to be the main reason for their elevations.
    Archives of oral biology 10/2010; 55(10):719-27. DOI:10.1016/j.archoralbio.2010.06.011 · 1.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Primary hyperoxaluria (PH) is a rare autosomal recessive disease caused by the functional defect of alanine-glyoxylate aminotransferase (AGT) enzyme in the liver and it is characterized by the deposition of diffuse calcium oxalate crystals. A 38-year-old male patient presented with history of recurrent nephrolithiasis and has received chronic hemodialysis treatment for 2 years. Cadaveric renal transplantation was applied to the case. The patient was reoperated on postoperative day 13 because of the collection surrounding the urethra. During this operation, kidney biopsy was made due to late decrease in creatinine levels. Deposition of diffuse oxalate crystal was detected in allograft kidney biopsy, whereas in the 0-hour biopsy there were no oxalate crystals. Oxalate level was found to be high in a 24-hour urine specimen (118 mg/L, normal level: 7-44 mg/L). The patient was identified with primary hyperoxaluria and followed up in terms of systemic oxalate deposition as well as allograft kidney. In the kidney biopsy taken after 18 months, we detected that oxalate crystals almost entirely disappeared. In our case, bilateral preretinal, intraretinal, and intravascular diffuse oxalate crystals were detected, and argon laser photocoagulation treatments were needed for choroidal and retinal neovascularization. Repeated ophthalmic examinations showed the regressive nature of oxalate depositions. In the 18th month, fundus examination and fluorescein angiography revealed that oxalate crystals were significantly regressed. To increase the quality of life and slow down the systemic effects of oxalosis, kidney-only transplantation is beneficial.
    Renal Failure 10/2010; 32(9):1131-6. DOI:10.3109/0886022X.2010.509900 · 0.94 Impact Factor
  • Archives of Oral Biology 01/2010; · 1.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The contribution of nitric oxide (NO) to immune response and matrix degradation in the periodontal environment suggests a role for NO and NO-synthase (NOS) activity in the pathogenesis of cyclosporin A (CsA)-induced gingival overgrowth (GO). However, current knowledge on this topic is limited to experimental animal studies. The present study was undertaken on the basis of a hypothesis whether altered nitrite/nitrate levels in gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) and endothelial NOS (eNOS) and inducible NOS (iNOS) immunoreactivity in gingiva of CsA-treated patients contribute to the pathogenesis of CsA-induced GO. Twenty-four CsA-medicated renal transplant patients with GO (GO+; n = 12) or without GO (GO-; n = 12), 10 gingivitis, and 10 healthy subjects were included in the study. GCF samples from two proximal sites facing interdental papilla were collected, and papilla was excised. iNOS and eNOS were determined by immunohistochemistry. GCF nitrite/nitrate levels were analyzed based on the Griess reaction. Weak iNOS immunostaining was observed in the healthy and GO- groups. In the gingivitis and GO+ groups, iNOS immunostaining significantly increased in connective tissue. Epithelial immunostaining of iNOS was localized to basal keratinocytes and the lower layer of stratum (str.) spinosum in the gingivitis group. In the GO+ group, iNOS immunostaining was differentially localized to keratinocytes of str. superficiale but considerably decreased in the str. basale. Weak eNOS immunostaining was found in the healthy and GO- groups, whereas higher immunostaining was observed in the gingivitis and GO+ groups. No intergroup differences were observed regarding nitrite/nitrate levels in GCF. CsA differentially upregulated iNOS, but not eNOS, in overgrown gingiva, which may play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of CsA-induced GO.
    Journal of Periodontology 10/2009; 80(10):1638-47. DOI:10.1902/jop.2009.090138 · 2.57 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to compare the clinical and histopathological course of HCV infection acquired before and during or after renal transplantation. According to HCV status, 197 RT patients were divided into three groups. At the time of RT, anti-HCV antibody was positive in 47 patients (pre-RT HCV group). In 27 patients, in whom anti-HCV negative at the time of RT, anti-HCV and/or HCV RNA was found to be positive following an ALT elevation episode after RT (post-RT HCV group). Both anti-HCV and HCV RNA were negative at all times in remaining 123 patients (control group). Liver biopsy was performed in 31 of 47 patients in pre-RT and 24 of 27 in post-RT HCV group after RT. Duration of follow-up was similar in all groups with a mean of 7.1 +/- 4.0 yr. Ascites and encephalopathy were seen in only post-RT HCV group (22%). Histological grade (6.5 +/- 2.7 vs. 4.1 +/- 1.4) and stage (2.0 +/- 1.5 vs. 0.8 +/- 0.8) was significantly severe in post-RT HCV group (p < 0.01). Three patients died due to liver failure in post-RT HCV group. HCV infection acquired during or after RT shows a severe and rapidly progressive clinicopathological course, which is significantly different from pre-transplant anti-HCV positive patients.
    Clinical Transplantation 07/2009; 23(5):723-31. DOI:10.1111/j.1399-0012.2009.01017.x · 1.49 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Though an important cause of morbidity and mortality in solid organ transplantation (SOT), the long-term outcomes of cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease treatment have not been well studied. In a randomized trial, 321 SOT recipients with CMV disease were followed 1 year after treatment with either twice daily intravenous ganciclovir or oral valganciclovir (for 21 days) followed by once daily valganciclovir until day 49 in all patients. Clinical and viral eradication of CMV disease was similar between groups. Clinical recurrence beyond day 49 was found in 15.1% and virological recurrence in 30.0%, no difference between groups (p > 0.77). In a multivariable logistic regression analysis, the only independent predictor for recurrence was failure to eradicate DNAemia by day 21 (clinical: OR 3.9 [1.3-11.3], p = 0.012; virological: OR 5.6 [2.5-12.6], p < 0.0001). Eight patients developed ganciclovir resistance, with no difference between groups (p = 0.62). Twenty patients (valganciclovir: 11, ganciclovir: 9, p = 0.82) died, 12 due to infections, two involving CMV disease. There were no differences in long-term outcomes between treatment arms, further supporting the use of oral valganciclovir for treatment of CMV disease. Persistent DNAemia at day 21, CMV IgG serostatus and development of resistance may be relevant factors for further individualization of treatment.
    American Journal of Transplantation 05/2009; 9(5):1205-13. DOI:10.1111/j.1600-6143.2009.02617.x · 6.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: There is an emerging consensus on conversion from calcineurin inhibitor (CNI)-based regimens to proliferation signal inhibitor (PSI)-based protocols for the prevention of a progressive decline in graft function due to CNI toxicity. Thirty-one primary renal transplant recipients within 17-48 years of age (mean, 32.2 +/- 1.6) were enrolled in this dual-center study. Eligible patients had a baseline (pre-engraftment) biopsy and completed at least 12 months of follow-up with deteriorating graft function indicative of chronic CNI toxicity with or without nonspecific interstitial fibrosis/tubular atrophy (IF/TA) on a biopsy specimen. A fast conversion protocol, being defined as a 50% initial reduction followed by complete withdrawal of CNI drug within 2 weeks of introducing rapamycin was performed in all patients. A sirolimus (SRL) loading dose was not prescribed; all subjects directly received maintenance (2-5 mg/d) doses of the drug. The primary endpoint of this study was assessement of renal function using cGFR and renal histology by protocol biopsy at 1 year after conversion. The mean follow-up after conversion was 21.6 months. The difference between cGFR before compared with cGFR after 12 months after conversion (40.8 +/- 2.36 mL/min vs 55.7 +/- 3.6 mL/min; P < .000) and at the last follow-up (40.8 +/- 2.36 mL/min vs 53.8 +/- 2.96 mL/min; P < .000) was significant. The mean IF/TA with glomerulosclerosis and chronic vasculopathy scores of biopsy specimens at baseline, during conversion, and at 12 months of the study were 2.25 +/- 0.3, 3.30 +/- 0.24, and 3.0 +/- 0.30, respectively. The change in scores was indicative of mild progression; however, the difference was not significant. IF/TA, glomerulosclerosis, and chronic vasculopathy scores improved in 8 (30%) subjects, remained unchanged in 11 (42%) and worsened in 7 (28%) after 1 year of SRL therapy. After conversion there was no patient or graft loss in this group. Moreover, SCr and GFR improved in 21 or 29 patients (72%), remained stable in 4 (14%), and decreased in 4 (14%) patients. The predictors of successful conversion in our study were GFR > or = 40.6 mL/min, SCr < or = 2.34 mg/dL, and histological allograft damage score < or =3. SRL-MPA/MMF-ST combination may be a good therapeutic strategy against chronic CNI toxicity, particularly for patients whose conversion biopsy specimens demonstrated mild IF/TA, glomerulosclerosis, and chronic vasculopathy scores (< or =3.1 +/- 0.3).
    Transplantation Proceedings 04/2009; 41(2):756-63. DOI:10.1016/j.transproceed.2009.01.044 · 0.95 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the response of tuberculin skin test (TST) and the parameters that affect the response in patients with chronic renal failure (CRF) on different treatment regimens. The study population consisted of 150 patients (78 females, mean age 48.1 + or - 16.7 years, the mean disease duration 6.6 + or - 6.1 years). Of these patients, 50 were on haemodialysis (HD), 50 were renal transplant patients, 26 were on peritoneal dialysis (PD) and 24 were treated medically. TST was performed to all patients, an induration with a diameter of 10 mm or more was accepted as positive response in HD, PD, medical treatment groups, whereas 5 mm or more was considered as positive in transplant group. TST was positive in 52% of the study population (56% in HD group, 54% in PD group, 44% in transplant group, 58% in medical treatment group, p> 0.05). There was a positive correlation between TST and age in patients older than 60 of transplant and medical treatment groups (p= 0.008). In HD patients with negative TST, the number of female patients was higher (p= 0.02). In transplant patients with positive TST, duration of HD was shorter (p= 0.01), the blood urea level was lower (p= 0.04), hemoglobin level was higher (p= 0.04). The ratio of negative TST was higher (p< 0.05), TST reactivity was smaller (p= 0.01) in only transplant patients with no BCG scar. The number of BCG scar was correlated positively with TST (p= 0.04). In the medical treatment group, patients with positive TST response were older (p= 0.02) and in PD group the tuberculin reactivity was not affected by any of the patient-related parameters. It must be considered that the response to TST is low in young patients with uncontrolled CRF and under immunosuppressive therapy.
    Tuberkuloz ve toraks 01/2009; 57(3):268-76.

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  • 2002–2015
    • Ege University
      • • Department of Nephrology
      • • Department of Periodontology
      • • Department of Hand Surgery
      Ismir, İzmir, Turkey
  • 2011
    • Selcuk University
      • Division of Nephrology
      Konya, Konya, Turkey