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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.



Importance of hair trace metal analysis after pectus bar implantation (p.73-7)

Importance of hair trace metal analysis after pectus bar implantation (p.73-7)

Murat Akkus1, Yunus Seyrek1, Afife Binnaz Yoruc Hazar2, Fikrettin Sahin3
1Department of Thoracic Surgery, Saglik Bilimleri University, Mehmet Akif Ersoy Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
2Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
3Department of Genetics and Bioengineering, Faculty of Engineering, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey
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Aim: This study aimed to determine if there was a significant increase in scalp hair levels of trace metals in children with implanted pectus bars and investigate previously unreported hair metal levels after minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum (MIRPE).
Materials and Methods: Between November 2013 and December 2019, we prospectively collected scalp hair samples from patients before MIRPE and prior to pectus bar explantation (1 day before bar removal) to evaluate trace metal levels following the implantation of metal bars. Two study groups were involved: a group of consecutive patients who underwent pectus bar removal 2–5 years after MIRPE (study group, n = 97), and a group including the same patients (control group, n = 97) prior to MIRPE.
Results: The mean patient age was 13.3 ± 2.7 years (range, 11–19 years) preoperative and 16.4 ± 2.3 years (range 14–23 years) postoperative; 64% of the patients were male (n = 62). Statistically significant increases in all studied trace metal levels (chrome, iron, nickel, and molybdenum) were identified in the intergroup comparison of hair trace metal analysis.
Conclusion: The results of this prospective study show that hair is a good biological marker for the monitoring and study of trace metals released from pectus bars. This simple assessment may be useful for the screening of trace metal increase due to the pectus bar. When metal allergy is suspected during follow-up after MIRPE, the availability of preoperatively collected hair samples will be quite beneficial.

Keywords: Hair trace metals; metal allergy; stainless steel pectus bar




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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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