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Tiev Kiet Phong - - 2009
Nitric oxide metabolites (NOx) in serum, and alveolar concentration of NO (CA(NO)), are markers of inflammation and alveolitis, respectively, in systemic sclerosis (SSc). We prospectively evaluated the usefulness of both NOx and CA(NO) to assess lung involvement and skin fibrosis in SSc. Serum NOx, and CA(NO) measured by two different ...
Ng J J L - - 2008
AIM: To determine the prevalence and nature of chest radiographic abnormalities in patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with suspected acute coronary syndrome but without signs or symptoms of other pathology. METHODS: A retrospective study was undertaken of patients presenting to a tertiary referral ED between July 2005 and ...
Natarajaseenivasan K - - 2008
ELISA based on the recombinant OmpL1 and LipL41 antigens of Leptospira interrogans serovar autumnalis strain N2 have been developed, for the serodiagnosis of the severe pulmonary form of leptospirosis on the endemic Andaman Islands. The recombinant OmpL1 and LipL41 were produced using Escherichia coli expression systems and then purified before ...
Ugalde Paula - - 2008
BACKGROUND: The physiologic advantages of preserving phrenic nerve integrity and normal diaphragmatic motion (DM) during the course of pnemonectomy are incompletely understood. This study was conducted to investigate potential benefits of this strategy on postoperative lung function. METHODS: Among 523 consecutive patients who underwent pneumonectomy for lung cancer between January ...
Yoon Se-Hee - - 2009
BACKGROUND: Various studies have indicated that malnutrition and chronic inflammation are strong predictors of morbidity and mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between pulmonary function, malnutrition and chronic inflammation in patients with CKD. METHODS: One hundred and six ...
Damjanov N - - 2009
BACKGROUND: Induced sputum (IS) is a noninvasive tool, which can be used to collect cellular and soluble materials from lung airways. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if IS may be a useful and safe tool for the detection of airway inflammation in patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) in systemic sclerosis (SSc). ...
Bouaziz Mounir - - 2008
The aim of this retrospective descriptive study was to describe both epidemiologically and clinically manifestations following severe scorpion envenomation and to define simple predictive factors which can be used in routine practice in general Intensive Care Units (ICU) as an indicator of poor prognosis. Cases were collected from hospital patients' ...
Bargagli E - - 2008
Calgranulins are small calcium-binding proteins with several immunological functions involved in inflammatory processes. Calgranulin A is reported to be mainly associated with acute inflammation while calgranulin B seems to play a role in chronic inflammatory disorders. In this study we used a proteomic approach to analyse calgranulin B expression in ...
heather harris
Purpose: The aim of this study is to assess the incidence and natural history of cavitating lung lesions in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), note thrombus position between patients with and without a cavity and determine whether their development is a predictor of mortality. Materials &amp; Methods: All patients with ...
Sehlstedt Maria - - 2009
INTRODUCTION: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disorder, which frequently affects the lungs, with manifestations of interstitial lung disease (ILD) with lung fibrosis and of pulmonary hypertension. The pathogenesis remains largely unrecognised. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to elucidate the inflammation in the bronchial mucosa in patients with ...
Romagnoli M - - 2008
At present, no studies have evaluated the role of bronchoscopic transbronchial lung biopsy (TBLB) in the diagnosis of diffuse drug-induced lung disease (DILD), and there is no consensus for a definite diagnostic workup approach for this rare clinical entity. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the clinical ...
Moran-Mendoza O - - 2008
BACKGROUND: Approximately half of the world's population, and up to 90% of households in rural areas of developing countries, depend on biomass for cooking and heating. SETTING: The National Institute of Respiratory Diseases, México City. OBJECTIVE: To describe wood smoke-associated lung disease (WSLD). DESIGN: Description of the clinical, functional and ...
Marchand-Adam S - - 2008
Chronic beryllium disease (CBD) is a granulomatous disorder that affects the lung after exposure to beryllium. The present study reports short- and long-term evolution of granulomatous and fibrotic components in eight patients with severe CBD receiving corticosteroid therapy. Eight patients with confirmed CBD were studied at baseline, after initial corticosteroid ...
Dimitroulas T - - 2008
OBJECTIVES: SSc is a CTD characterized by vascular involvement, with generalized disturbance of the microcirculation, which may lead to pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH). Asymmetrical dimethylarginine (ADMA) is an endogenous nitric oxide (NO) inhibitor. Increased concentrations of plasma ADMA may also contribute to endothelial dysfunction in patients with pulmonary vascular disease. ...
van Daele P L A - - 2008
A patient with therapy-resistant and progressive systemic sclerosis (SSc) with pulmonary involvement who was treated with imatinib mesylate is described herein. Prior to treatment, pulmonary fibroblasts obtained from the patient were cultured and incubated with imatinib mesylate. Preincubation of the fibroblasts for 16 hours with 2.5 microg/ml imatinib mesylate efficiently ...
Restrepo Angela - - 2008
In paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM), the primary lung infection remains silent. In this study, attempts were done to define the primary target organ by correlating lung radiographic abnormalities with the time course of mucosal/skin lesions concurrently exhibited at diagnosis by 63 patients in whom microscopy and/or isolation of Paracoccidioides brasiliensis from respiratory ...
Flörchinger Bernhard - - 2008
BACKGROUND: Pumpless extracorporeal lung assist (PECLA) was developed to support pulmonary function in patients with severe respiratory insufficiency. METHODS: Since 1996, 159 patients with an age ranging from 7 to 78 years were provided with a PECLA system. Fifteen patients were referred to us by air or ground transport after ...
Distler Jörg H W - - 2008
Interstitial lung disease, which is common in patients with mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), can progress to severe pulmonary fibrosis. The tyrosine kinase inhibitor imatinib mesylate has recently been shown to prevent experimental pulmonary, dermal, and renal fibrosis. Our patient, a 64-year-old woman with MCTD and rapidly progressive pulmonary fibrosis, ...
Nagai S - - 2008
BACKGROUND: Based on the recognition of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis as a fibroproliferative disease with the usual interstitial pneumonia histology, pharmacotherapies should be reconsidered. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to grasp the therapeutic efficacy of the drugs for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients based on reports and the authors' own ...
Bargagli E - - 2008
Airborne trace elements are implicated in the etio-pathogenesis of a large number of pulmonary diseases. The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability and effectiveness of direct determination of Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb, V, and Zn concentrations in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples from patients with ...
Ide Mioko - - 2008
Thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1), a multifunctional matricellular glycoprotein, can activate transforming growth factor-beta, an important profibrotic cytokine involved in various fibrotic diseases. TSP-1 is expressed in the lung tissue of animal models of bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis and in patients with some interstitial lung diseases. The present study investigated the serum and bronchoalveolar ...
Foulon Guillaume - - 2008
In this retrospective study, we analyzed 17 patients presenting with pulmonary fibrosis and a positive ANCA testing. This group was compared with a control group of 12 patients with IPF and negative ANCA testing. Patients were 15 males and 2 females, with a mean age of 66 years. Eight patients ...
Goldin Jonathan G JG David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Department of Radiology, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1721, USA. - - 2008
Lung disease has become the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in scleroderma (SSc) patients. The frequency, nature, and progression of interstitial lung disease seen on high-resolution CT (HRCT) scans in patients with diffuse SSc (dcSSc) compared with those with limited SSc (lcSSc) has not been well characterized. Baseline HRCT ...
Saliman Joshua A - - 2008
Only limited data exist on the relationship of lung function to patients with extreme obesity. To assess the relationship between lung function tests and clinical characteristics in a cohort of morbidly obese patients undergoing evaluation for bariatric procedures in a university hospital in the United States. Consecutive patients undergoing clinical ...
McGovern Margaret M - - 2008
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to characterize the clinical features of patients with Niemann-Pick disease type B and to identify efficacy end points for future clinical trials of enzyme-replacement therapy. METHODS: Fifty-nine patients who had Niemann-Pick disease type B, were at least 6 years of age, and manifested ...
Walker U A - - 2009
BACKGROUND: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a vasculopathy with increased tissue deposition of collagen. The aetiology is unknown. Genetic and environmental susceptibility factors have been implicated. It is unknown whether disease presentation varies within Europe. AIMS AND METHODS: The baseline data of all SSc patients entered in the EULAR Scleroderma Trials ...
Chen Min - - 2008
Antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) is increasingly recognized in older patients. The differences in disease presentation and outcome between older and younger patients remain controversial. We conducted the current study to analyze the characteristics of patients aged over 65 years with AAV and to compare the younger and older ...
Caccavo D - - 2008
The aim of this study is to evaluate the presence of antibodies to carbonic anhydrase I and/or II (ACAI and ACAII) in patients affected by connective tissue diseases (CTD) and to investigate their association with lung involvement evaluated by High resolution CT scan (HRCT). Ninety-six patients affected by CTD were ...
Kampolis C - - 2008
OBJECTIVE: To define the risk factors associated with a relatively rapid increase in estimated pulmonary arterial systolic pressure (PASP) in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: SSc patients undergoing screening for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) by echocardiography were identified and their charts were retrospectively reviewed. In all patients, we recorded ...
Alzeer Abdullaziz H - - 2008
High-resolution CT scan (HRCT) and its score have an important role in delineating pathological changes and pulmonary functional impairment in patients with bronchiectasis. To assess pulmonary function tests (PFTs) in patients with cystic and cylindrical bronchiectasis. To correlate HRCT score with PFTs and systolic pulmonary artery pressure (SPAP) in both ...
Toklu Akin Savas - - 2008
BACKGROUND: Air cysts or blebs in the lungs may predispose pulmonary barotrauma (PBT) by causing air trapping when there is a change in environmental pressure. The changes in the environmental pressure are also seen during hyperbaric oxygen treatments (HBOT). AIM: The aim of this study was to determine how patients ...
Yang Chih-Jen - - 2008
Combined interstitial lung disease and the presence of 'mechanic's hands' could be a clinical clue in the early diagnosis of the rare disease, amyopathic antisynthetase syndrome for which anti-Jo-1 antibody is a useful diagnostic tool. The case is reported of a patient who suffered from shortness of breath and dry ...
Kumar Uma - - 2008
INTRODUCTION: Development of pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH) worsens the prognosis of systemic sclerosis (SSc). There is paucity of data on PAH in patients with SSc in India. We have attempted to determine the prevalence and predictors of pulmonary artery hypertension in systemic sclerosis using noninvasive cardiopulmonary evaluation. OBJECTIVES: (1) To ...
Gumuser Fikriye G - - 2008
OBJECTIVE: Behçet's disease (BD) is a multisystem disorder characterized by vasculitis, and consists of a triad of recurrent ulcers of the oral and genital mucosa with relapsing uveitis. The prevalance of pulmonary involvement varies in the range of 1-10% in various studies and its complications are severe and life threatening. ...
Kyung Sun Young - - 2008
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Legal pulmonary disability in Korea is decided for chronic respiratory patients who have been diagnosed for a year or more, and the patients haven't gotten better after more than 2 months of sufficient treatment and they have shown no change in their pulmonary function within the two years after ...
Marom Edith M - - 2008
The purpose of this study was to assess the radiographic features of pulmonary fusariosis, an increasingly encountered cause of severe opportunistic mold pneumonia. Pulmonary fusariosis has radiographic manifestations that are suggestive of an angioinvasive mold. Nodules or masses were the most common findings at CT, seen in 82% of patients ...
Heresi Gustavo A - - 2008
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a relatively rare chronic connective tissue disease characterized by varying degrees of skin fibrosis and visceral organ involvement. Pulmonary compromise, including pulmonary arterial hypertension and interstitial lung disease, is currently the leading cause of death in patients with SSc. Digital ulcers are common complications which lead ...
Fathi Maryam - - 2008
OBJECTIVE: To estimate predictors and long-term outcome of interstitial lung disease (ILD) in patients with polymyositis (PM) and dermatomyositis (DM). METHODS: We conducted a prospective study in which newly diagnosed PM/DM patients, regardless of clinical symptoms of pulmonary disease, were investigated with repeated chest radiography, high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) of ...
Alameri Hatem F - - 2008
OBJECTIVE: To examine pulmonary function, dyspnea and exercise capacity in adult Saudi sickle cell disease (SCD) patients. METHODS: The patients were recruited from the hematology clinic at King Khalid University Hospital in Riyadh from January to December 2005. The study involved 39 patients with stable SCD (20 women and 19 ...
Alavi Mehrossadat - - 2008
In cases of chronic pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) with negative sputum smears, particularly when they are symptomatic, physicians encounter problems in differentiating the active from the inactive stage of the disease. This study was undertaken to determine the usefulness of technetium-99m hexakis methoxy isobutyl isonitrile ((99m)Tc-MIBI) pulmonary scintigraphy and lactic dehydrogenase ...
Adamantos Sophie - - 2008
Fluid therapy in patients with pulmonary disease is challenging. Although a single set of rules cannot be applied to every patient, the following guidelines can be used when managing patients with pulmonary disease. Euvolemic patients with adequate tissue perfusion should be given sufficient isotonic fluid to balance insensible losses. If ...
Kumánovics G - - 2008
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between serum levels and clinical signs of lung fibrosis in patients with systemic sclerosis and inflammatory myopathies. METHODS: ELISA tests for a mucin-like glycoprotein KL-6, von Willebrandt factor (vWF), soluble E-selectin (sES) and surfactant protein D (SP-D) were performed in sera of 104 patients with ...
Xing J - - 2008
The abnormality of DNA methylation is involved in tumour progression, and thus has a modulating effect on clinical outcome of cancer patients. In this study, we measured the mRNA expression levels of three methylation-regulating genes (DNMT1, DNMT3b, and MBD2) in 148 tumour samples from patients with non-small cell lung cancer ...
Hong Yoonki - - 2008
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: A new interpretative strategy for pulmonary function tests (PFT) has been proposed by the American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society (ATS/ERS) Task Force. To assess the accuracy of this strategy, clinical diagnosis was compared with the PFT interpretation in patients showing concomitant decreases in FEV(1) and FVC. METHODS: ...
Bourbonnais J M - - 2008
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) adversely affects outcome in sarcoidosis and is an important predictor of mortality in these patients. Early and accurate diagnosis of this complication may improve outcome. The current authors hypothesised that integration of 6-min walk test (6MWT) as part of the evaluation leads to an earlier diagnosis of ...
Weinreich U M - - 2008
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the colonisation rate and type in different groups of patients with chronic lung diseases, bronchial lavage (BL) fluid was investigated for bacteria. METHODS: All patients underwent fibre-optic bronchoscopy as part of routine investigation for remote haemoptysis or nodule investigation. The standard procedure included BL and microbiological culture ...
Boin Francesco - - 2008
Lung involvement is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in systemic sclerosis (SSc; scleroderma), and interstitial lung disease (ILD) is the most common pulmonary manifestation. An abnormal profibrotic Th2/Tc2-polarized T cell response is postulated to mediate tissue damage and fibrosis. The aim of this study was to investigate whether ...
Edmé J L - - 2008
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary fibrosis in systemic sclerosis (SSc) involves inflammatory processes in the lower respiratory tract. Analysis of exhaled breath condensate (EBC) is a non-invasive method for studying inflammatory mediators, such as cytokines, which are of interest from both physiological and therapeutic perspectives. The aim of this study was to assess ...
Viswanathan Sangeetha - - 2008
Patients with large left to right shunts as a result of congenital heart disease can develop changes in pulmonary vasculature that are initially reversible. It is critical in these patients to determine whether closure of the defect would reverse some of the changes in the pulmonary vasculature. A comprehensive clinical ...
Minai Omar A - - 2008
Dyspnea and functional limitation in interstitial lung diseases (ILD) are not always adequately explained by the degree of compromise in pulmonary function alone. Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is felt to be a major contributor to morbidity and mortality in these patients. It is not clear whether treatment with newer vaso-active agents ...
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