Publications by authors named "Ahmet Gürkan Erdemir"

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Does Internal Mammary Node Irradiation for Breast Cancer Make a Significant Difference to the Diameter of the Internal Mammary Artery? Correlation with Computed Tomography.

Breast Care (Basel) 2020 Dec 22;15(6):635-641. Epub 2020 Jun 22.

Department of Radiology, Hacettepe University Medical School, Ankara, Turkey.

Objective: Lymphatic irradiation in breast cancer improves locoregional control and has been shown to decrease distant metastasis. However, irradiation also accelerates the formation of atherosclerosis and can cause stenosis, not only in the coronary arteries but also in the internal mammary artery (IMA). The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of radiation on IMAs via computed tomography (CT).

Methods: We reviewed the data of 3,612 patients with breast cancer treated with radiotherapy (RT) between January 2010 and December 2016. We included 239 patients with appropriate imaging and nodal irradiation in the study. All patients were treated with lymphatic irradiation of 46-50 Gy, and a boost dose (6-10 Gy) to the involved internal mammary nodes (IMNs) when imaging studies demonstrated pathological enlargement. Bilateral IMA diameter and the presence of calcification were assessed via thin contrast-enhanced CT and those of ipsilateral irradiated IMAs were compared with those of contralateral nonirradiated IMAs.

Results: The mean diameter of irradiated IMAs was significantly shorter than that of nonirradiated IMAs, regardless of laterality. All vascular calcifications were determined on the irradiated side. A boost dose of radiation to the IMNs and radiation technique did not significantly affect the IMA diameter or the presence of calcification.

Conclusions: The diameter of the IMA is decreased due to RT regardless of laterality, radiation technique, and administration of a boost dose. Evaluation of vessels on CT before coronary artery bypass graft or flap reconstruction can help the surgeon select the most appropriate vessel.
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December 2020

The associations of RENAL, PADUA and C-index nephrometry scores with perioperative outcomes and postoperative renal function in minimally invasive partial nephrectomy.

Turk J Urol 2021 Jan 9;47(1):14-21. Epub 2020 Oct 9.

Department of Urology, University of Health Sciences, Antalya Training and Research Hospital, Antalya, Turkey.

Objective: This study aimed to assess the utility of the radius, exophytic/endophytic, nearness, anterior/posterior, location (RENAL); preoperative aspects and dimensions used for an anatomic evaluation (PADUA), and centrality index (C-index) scores for the outcomes of partial nephrectomy (PN).

Material And Methods: The patients who underwent PN with contrast-enhanced preoperative imaging from January 2015 to June 2018 were identified. The RENAL, PADUA, and C-index scores were assigned. The correlation between these scoring systems and perioperative and long-term renal functional outcomes were evaluated.

Results: A total of 78 patients were included in the study (58 men and 20 women; age, 58±11.4 years). Median warm ischemia time (WIT), estimated blood loss (EBL), and operation time (OT) were 26 min, 115 mL, and 140 min, respectively. The RENAL score was related to WIT, EBL, and OT (p<0.001, p=0.003, and p=0.023, respectively). The PADUA score was associated with WIT, EBL, and OT (p<0.001, p=0.013, and p=0.005, respectively). The C-index score was correlated with WIT, EBL, and OT (p<0.001, p=0.010, and p=0.001, respectively). The C-index score also correlated with the percentage change in the estimated glomerular filtration rate (p=0.037). However, on univariable and multivariable regression analyses, only WIT significantly affected the postoperative estimated glomerular filtration rate reduction.

Conclusion: The RENAL, PADUA, and C-index scores were significantly associated with perioperative outcomes of PN. In addition, the C-index score was correlated with long-term renal functional outcomes.
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January 2021