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Measuring subepithelial thickness using endobronchial ultrasonography in a patient with asthma: a case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14565685     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The chronic inflammation of bronchial asthma is characterized by swelling of the subepithelial mucosa. However, it is difficult to assess subepithelial edema clinically. We report the case of a patient with asthma whose subepithelial edema was evaluated by endobronchial ultrasonography. Receiving montelukast 10 mg/day for 2 weeks, a 42-year-old man with mild, persistent asthma had his symptoms controlled by beta2-inhalation alone. Pretreatment endobronchial ultrasonography revealed subepithelial thickening in the right main stem bronchus, with a low absorption area suggestive of edema. Two weeks of montelukast therapy diminished the amount of subepithelial edema. Endobronchial ultrasonography is a promising technique for determining subepithelial edema in the asthmatic airway.
A Yamasaki; K Tomita; H Sano; M Watanabe; H Makino; J Kurai; Y Hitsuda; E Shimizu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Lung     Volume:  181     ISSN:  0341-2040     ISO Abbreviation:  Lung     Publication Date:  2003  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-10-20     Completed Date:  2003-11-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7701875     Medline TA:  Lung     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  115-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
Third Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Tottori University, 36-1 Nishi-machi, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-8504, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Asthma / ultrasonography*
Bronchi / ultrasonography*
Edema / ultrasonography*
Epithelium / ultrasonography
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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