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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.



Aerobic culture results of samples taken during lumbar disc herniation operations (p.2580-4)

Aerobic culture results of samples taken during lumbar disc herniation operations (p.2580-4)

Ozkan Ozger1, Necati Kaplan2
1Clinic of Neurosurgery, Medicalpark Canakkale Hospital, Canakkale, Turkey
2Clinic of Neurosurgery, Corlu Reyap Hospital, Rumeli University, Tekirdag, Turkey
Copyright © 2020 by authors and Annals of Medical Research Publishing Inc.


Aim: This study aimed to determine the rate of aerobic bacterial infection in disc samples taken from the surgical field in patients with lumbar disc herniation (LDH) undergoing single-level lumbar microdiscectomy (LMD).
Material and Methods: Disc tissue samples were collected from the surgical fields in patients with single-level LDH undergoing elective LMD between September 2019 and May 2020. Tissues were then cultivated in cultures to determine the rate of aerobic bacteria and the results obtained were noted. The effects of parameters such as age, gender, affected side, Modic changes (MCs), and accompanying systemic diseases on culture results were statistically investigated. The patients were examined retrospectively with their demographic values.
Results: This study included 33 patients with single-level LDH and all of these patients underwent LMD. Two patients additionally underwent posterior lumbar instrumentation. The mean age was 50.87±12.20 years (25-71 years) and 17 (51.51%) of the patients were men and 16 (48.49%) were women. The mean follow-up duration was 3.03±1.64 months (1–8 months). Aerobic infection was observed in four patients (12.12%). Two of them (6.06%) were Enterobacteriaceae and the other two (6.06%) were coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS). The antibiotic that patients were sensitive to was added to the postoperative medical treatment for two weeks according to the culture and antibiogram results. Age, gender, affected side, MC, and accompanying systemic diseases were found to have no statistically significant effect on culture results.
Conclusion: The prevalence of subclinical aerobic bacterial infection has been found to be 12.12% in patients undergoing LMD. Although sterilization rules have been strictly followed, the possibility of contamination of disc cultures could have not been completely rejected. In conclusion, the present study has shown that culture results have no effect on postoperative outcomes.

Keywords: Culture; discectomy; enterobacteriaceae; staphylococcus


doi: 10.5455/annalsmedres.2020.05.541          


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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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