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Our journal is the official publication of Inonu University Medical Faculty and published uninterruptedly for 25 years. It was first published as the name of Inonu University Medical Journal and later as Journal of Turgut Ozal Medical Center. During its publication period, the journal accepted Turkish or English articles for publication.

Abstracting in an international index is just a paramount objective in the 25th year of the journal. Because of this goal, it was necessary to make a decision both in terms of journal name and publication language. It was important in this respect that the name of a general medical journal should be related to medicine again and it should be in English. For these reasons, the name of the journal was switched to Annals of Medical Research and its publication language is changed to in English. The logo of the journal was chosen as an apricot, which is the symbol of our city Malatya, the world capital of apricot. I hope the journal succeeds with its new name. Annals of Medical Research is published monthly.



An 8 Years' experience in surgical treatment of anal fistula (p.2031-5)

An 8 Years' experience in surgical treatment of anal fistula (p.2031-5)

Selcuk Gulmez
Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Kartal Kosuyolu Higher Specialty Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
Copyright © 2020 by authors and Annals of Medical Research Publishing Inc.


Aim: To review our experience with patients who had been operated for perianal fistula based on cryptoglandular etiological basis and to reveal risk factors affecting postoperative results.
Material and Methods: A total of 65 perianal fistula patients, who underwent surgical treatment, were screened for this retrospective study.
Results: The mean age was 45.4 ± 10.6 years, with a predominance rate of male patients. The previous surgery rate for anal sepsis was 44.6%. The median (min-max) follow up time was 19 (15–103) weeks, and the duration of symptoms was 18 (6-250) weeks. The most common fistula type was intersphincteric (36.9%), and fistulotomy was the most preferred surgery (50.8%). New postoperative incontinence was found in 6 (8.2%) of patients, 5 (83.3%) of them had gas incontinence. The healing rate in the follow-up period was unsatisfactory for 12 (18.5%) patients. The significant risk factors for failure were BMI≥30 kg/m2 (p0.001), complex fistula with multiple fistula tracts (p=0.001), duration of symptoms ≥12wk (p=0.012), a history of previous surgery for anal sepsis (p=0.001), the presence of baseline incontinence (p=0.003), procedures except for fistulotomy (p=0.009).
Conclusion: The risk factors most associated with failure were obesity (BMI≥30 kg/m2) and multiple fistula tracts. Other significant risk factors leading to failure were duration of symptoms ≥12wk, a history of previous surgery for anal sepsis, the presence of baseline incontinence, complex fistula type, and non-fistulotomy procedures. This study suggests the need for comparative, randomized controlled studies that investigate methods and their outcomes, particularly in complex fistulas.

Keywords: Fistulotomy, LIFT, perianal fistula


doi: 10.5455/annalsmedres.2020.05.528 


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Annals of Medical Research is the scientific official journal of the Inonu University Faculty of Medicine. It is published monthly. The essential aim of the Annals of Medical Research is to publish scientifically high quality clinical and experimental research articles on fields of medicine which can contribute to the literature data. In addition, review articles, case reports, editorials, letters to the editors and manuscripts on publication ethics and medical history, which can contribute to the education and practices of physicians and health sector professionals within the scope of the journal’s target audience and which can increase the level of scientific communication between the authors and readers, are included in the scope of the journal.


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