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Department of allergology

Prof. Dr. Recep Aydilek
allergology

About the department

The department of allergology at Memorial Sisli Hospital Istanbul is responsible for diagnosing and treating pathologies caused by allergies. An allergy occurs when a patient's immune system reacts to a particular substance that can be swallowed, inhaled or touched, causing a reaction with some characteristic symptoms. The medical team considers all possible factors for allergies and provides simple and quick access to their diagnosis. Patients can take blood tests for immunoglobulin E and specific allergens in the department's laboratory. Doctors of the department evaluate and interpret clinical, biochemical laboratory tests, and immunogram tests and, based on their results, decide on personal therapy.

The department's primary goal is to allow patients to enjoy the flowering of plants again, eat certain products, contact with pets, and overcome allergies. Doctors specialize in drug treatment of patients with bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis, drug allergies, food allergies, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, urticaria, Quincke's oedema, serum sickness and other allergic diseases. At the same time, specific immunotherapy is carried out using allergens from international manufacturers. The department also uses non-drug methods to treat and rehabilitate allergic diseases and concurrent immune disorders, such as nebulizer therapy, ultraviolet radiation therapy, and physiotherapy exercises.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Angioedema
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Seasonal allergies (hay fever)
  • Asthmatic status
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Food allergy
  • Recurrent colds
  • Recurrent herpes
  • Allergic conjunctivitis
  • Hemolytic anaemia
  • Immune complex disease
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Anaphylactic shock
  • Urticaria, chronic urticaria

Diagnostics:

  • Anamnesis (family history)
  • Physical examination (auscultation)
  • Laboratory analyzes
  • Skin prick tests
  • Determination of general and specific immunoglobulins E
  • Immunoblotting method (detection of antibodies to individual antigens)
  • Molecular allergy diagnostics
  • Determination of eosinophilic cationic protein (a specific marker of allergy)
  • Provocative tests
  • Elimination tests

Treatment:

  • Non-specific immunotherapy
  • Drug therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory therapy
  • Antihistamine therapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Allergen-specific immunotherapy
  • Corticosteroid therapy
  • Alternative methods of treatments 
  • Other treatment services
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1968 Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine
  • 1976 - 1980 Chest Diseases Specialization Training, GATA, Ankara, Turkey
  • 1980 - 1983 Allergy Diseases Specialization Training at Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine

Experience

  • 1969 - 1971 Chief Medical Officer at the Military Academies
  • 1971 - 1974 Kars Garrison Chief Medical Officer 
  • 1974 - 1976 Chief Medical Officer at the General Staff
  • 1983 - 1986 Lecturer at GATA Medical Faculty Chest Diseases USA
  • 1986 - 1998 Head of the Department of Chest Diseases at GATA Haydarpasa Training and Research Hospital
  • 1998 - 2002 Assistant Dean at Yeditepe University Faculty of Medicine
  • since 2001 Head of the Department of Allergy at Memorial Sisli Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Thoracic Society
  • Turkish Respiratory Research Society
  • Allergy Diseases and Immunology Society
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