Deniz Tugcu

Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Training and Research Hospital Istanbul, İstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

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Publications (9)10.31 Total impact

  • Experimental and clinical transplantation: official journal of the Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation 06/2014; 12(3):279-280. · 0.59 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background:The plasminogen activator system controls intravascular fibrin deposition; besides, it also participates in a wide variety of physiologic and pathologic processes, including cancer.Procedure:In this study, we examined the levels of plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1) and vitronectin in 32 newly diagnosed pediatric patients with malignancies, determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay between January 2009 and January 2010 and compared them to 35 age-matched healthy children, using SPSS 16.0 software.Results:The mean level of PAI-1 was 23.02 ± 15 (8.2-71.19) ng/mL and vitronectin was 83.10% ± 23.77% (12%-126%) in the tumor group. Thirty-five healthy children in the same age range were enrolled in the control group. The levels of PAI-1 and vitronectin were 23.63 ± 10.44 (11.67-58.85) ng/mL and 85% ± 20.85% (39%-126%), respectively. No significant difference was found between the 2 groups by independent sample t-test (P = .86 and P = .69).Conclusions:This is a preliminary study done in children with malignancies, investigating PAI-1 and vitronectin. Further study is needed, including larger trials and tumor tissue with histopathological examination as in adults.
    Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis 04/2014; · 1.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the study is to assess the relationship between T2* magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) values and age, serum ferritin level, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), splenectomy status, and to identify appropriate modifications to chelation therapy based on T2* MRI results of children with thalassaemia major. Sixty-four patients with thalassaemia major (37 girls/27 boys) older than 8 years of age were enrolled in the study. Based on the first T2* MRI, the patients' myocardial iron depositions were classified into three groups: T2* MRI <10 ms (high risk group), T2* MRI 10-20 ms (medium-risk group) and T2* MRI >20 ms (low-risk group). There was no significant relationship between T2* MRI value and ages, serum ferritin levels and splenectomy status of thalassaemia major patients. The mean LVEFs were 60, 75, and 72.5 % in the high-, medium-, and low-risk groups, respectively (P = 0.006). The mean cardiac iron concentrations calculated from the T2* MRI values were 4.96 ± 1.93, 1.65 ± 0.37, and 0.81 ± 0.27 mg/g in the high-, medium-, and low-risk groups, respectively. Chelation therapies were re-designed in 24 (37.5 %) patients according to cardiac risk as assessed by cardiac T2* MRI. In conclusion, until recently, T2* MRI has been employed to demonstrate cardiac siderosis without a direct relationship with the markers used in follow-up of patients with thalassaemia. However, modifications of chelation therapies could reliably be planned according to severity of iron load displayed by T2* MRI.
    International journal of hematology 04/2014; · 1.17 Impact Factor
  • Pediatric Transplantation 02/2014; · 1.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Congenital rare factor deficiencies may present in infancy by life-threatening bleedings or may not show any symptoms until adulthood. It is reported more commonly in countries having consanguineous marriages. Data regarding surgical interventions of rare congenital factor deficiencies are based on case reports and records of guidelines. There are no well documented and separately prepared directories related to pre-surgical and prophylactic approaches of surgical interventions of these deficiencies. Our retrospective study consisted of 171 rare factor deficiencies that were followed up in our clinic, and of whom 61 had 88 surgical interventions between 1990 and 2012. Of these patients, 45 were having factor VII deficiency, and factor V, X, XI, XIII and fibrinogen deficiencies were present in five, four, three, two and two patients, respectively. In 23 patients, factor coagulant activities were under 5% (37.7%), in 15 it was between 5 and 30% (24.6%), and in 23 between 30 and 50% (37.7%). Twenty-eight were symptomatic and 33 were asymptomatic. Information of 51 (83.6%) male and 10 (16.4%) female patients with an age range of 5-25 years (13 ± 5.27), whose age at presentation ranged between 3 weeks and 18 years (7 ± 4.66), were retrieved from patient records and from the records contained in the data-processing environment introduced in 2005. The rate of familial consanguinity was 49.2%. Of the surgical interventions, 24 (27.3%) were major, 24 (27.3%) were minor and 40 (45.4%) were circumcision. We used fresh frozen plasma in 32, recombinant factor (rF)VIIa in 20, prothrombin complex concentrate in five and fibrinogen in three patients during surgical interventions. In 18 patients, antifibrinolytic agents were also used. In 27 patients, surgical interventions were applied without any replacement therapy. No additional doses were required after surgical prophylaxis doses. Thrombotic events were not observed. Antibody occurrence was not detected in these patients. In our study, we evaluated preparation for surgical procedures, factor replacement therapy before surgical intervention and postoperative follow-up in patients with rare coagulation factor deficiency.
    Blood coagulation & fibrinolysis: an international journal in haemostasis and thrombosis 10/2013; · 1.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy, cost, and effects of anti-D immunoglobulin (anti-D Ig), methylprednisolone, or intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy on the development of chronic disease in children who are Rh-positive with diagnosed immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Children with newly diagnosed ITP and platelet count <20,000/mm(3) were prospectively randomized to treatment with anti-D Ig (50 μg/kg), methylprednisolone (2 mg/kg/day), or IVIG (0.4 g/kg/day, 5 days). Sixty children with a mean age of 6.7 years were divided into three equal groups. No difference was observed between platelet counts before treatment and on day 3 of treatment. However, platelet counts at day 7 were lower in the methylprednisolone group than in the IVIG group (P = 0.03). In the anti-D Ig group, hemoglobin and hematocrit levels were significantly lower at the end of treatment (P < 0.05). Chronic ITP developed in 30 % of the anti-D Ig group, 35 % of the methylprednisolone group, and 25 % of the IVIG group, but no significant difference was noted among the groups. The cost analysis revealed that the mean cost of IVIG was 7.4 times higher than anti-D Ig and 10.9 times higher than methylprednisolone. In the treatment of ITP in childhood, one 50 μg/kg dose of anti-D Ig has similar effects to IVIG and methylprednisolone. Among patients who were treated with anti-D Ig, serious anemia was not observed, and the cost of treatment was less than that of IVIG treatment.
    Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis 09/2012; · 1.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Diagnosis of secondary malignancies began with the increasing survival in childhood cancer. Children treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) have an increased risk for developing mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) of the parotid gland. The latent period ranges from 5 to 16 years. A 2 6/12-year-old girl was treated for pro-B ALL. Treatment included multidrug chemotherapy, prophylactic intrathecal methotrexate, and cranial radiotherapy. MEC of the left parotid gland was diagnosed at the age of 8 years, 3 years after completing treatment. She was treated with multiple surgery and radiotherapy. The authors aimed to emphasize the need for concern about second cancers of the parotid gland in children treated for ALL.
    Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 05/2012; 29(4):380-5. · 0.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Congenital factor VII deficiency is the most common form of rare coagulation factor deficiencies. This article presents a retrospective evaluation of 73 factor VII deficiency cases that had been followed at our center. The study consisted of 48 males and 25 females (2 months-19 years). Thirty-one (42.5%) of them were asymptomatic. Out of symptomatic patients, 17 had severe clinical symptoms, whereas 8 presented with moderate and 17 with mild symptoms. The symptoms listed in order of frequency were as follows: epistaxis, petechia or ecchymose, easy bruising, and oral cavity bleeding. The genotype was determined in 8 patients. Recombinant activated factor VII (rFVIIa) was used to treat 49 bleeding episodes in 8 patients after 2002. In 2 patients with repeated central nervous system bleeding prophylaxis with rFVIIa was administered. No allergic and thrombotic events were observed during both treatment and prophylaxis courses. Antibody occurrence was not detected in the patients during treatment.
    Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis 02/2012; · 1.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Li-Fraumeni syndrome (LFS) is one of the familial cancers characterized by different tumors and hereditary TP53 mutations. The adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) association with acute leukemia is unusual in childhood, even in LFS. The authors here present a family with pR337P mutation in TP53 gene who had a child with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and associated adrenocortical carcinoma as a case 1 and his cousin with brain tumor as a case 2. A hereditary TP53 mutation supported the diagnosis of LFS in this family. The patients had many difficulties in treatment strategies and succumbed to death. The availability of a reliable molecular marker to detect the R337P TP53 mutation allows the rapid identification of carriers in families that have a child with ACC. Once identified, carriers could be screened for early detection of ACC by imaging and endocrine studies and should be given psychological support to prevent anxiety for death. Whether early detection of ACC will reduce the mortality in these patients remains to be determined.
    Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 05/2010; 27(4):297-305. · 0.90 Impact Factor

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5 Citations
10.31 Total Impact Points


  • 2012–2014
    • Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Training and Research Hospital Istanbul
      İstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
    • Ankara Children's Hematology Oncology Training and Research Hospital
      Engüri, Ankara, Turkey