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Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases

Sun Mi Choi, Jinwoo Lee, Young Sik Park, Chang-Hoon Lee, Sang-Min Lee, Jae-Joon Yim
BACKGROUND: Patients undergoing flexible bronchoscopy usually experience anxiety before and during the procedure. OBJECTIVES: We performed this study to investigate whether verbal empathy and intentional touch from a bronchoscopist could reduce anxiety in patients undergoing flexible bronchoscopy. METHODS: We conducted a prospective randomized trial in a university-affiliated hospital. Participants were randomly assigned to one of the following groups: a control group, a verbal empathy group, or a verbal empathy and touch group...
October 21, 2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Donald Simon, Coenraad F N Koegelenberg, Soumitra Sinha Roy, Brian W Allwood, Elvis M Irusen
A 66-year-old female from a rural area in South Africa presented with non-life-threatening haemoptysis. Radiologic and serological investigations attributed her symptoms to bilateral, large echinococcal cysts. She declined surgery despite her lung physiologic parameters, which deemed her eligible. Medical therapy with oral albendazole was initiated with excellent clinical and radiologic response during a follow-up period of 18 months. To our knowledge, this is one of the first reported cases in the literature that shows complete resolution of bilateral large echinococcal cysts with medical treatment alone in an adult patient...
October 20, 2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Sabina Guler, Saskia Brunner-Agten, Sophia Bartenstein, Hans Ueli Bettschen, Thomas Geiser, Peter Keller, Manuela Funke
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 20, 2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Mark J Schuuring, Peter I Bonta, Michele van Vugt, Frank Smithuis, Otto M van Delden, Jouke T Annema, Kees Stijnis
A 44-year-old woman with a history of pulmonary embolism and abdominal echinococcosis complained of sudden thoracic pain and shortness of breath. A D-dimer of 77.5 mg/l (reference ≤0.5 mg/l) was found. Chest CT scan revealed obstruction of the right lower and middle lobe pulmonary artery (PA). Anticoagulation therapy was initiated for the presumed diagnosis of recurrent pulmonary embolism. However, due to persistent symptoms of dyspnea, follow-up CT angiography of the chest was performed 3 months later. A persistent PA obstruction was found and the presumed diagnosis of embolism was questioned...
October 20, 2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Lorenzo Corbetta, Ariela Tofani, Flavio Montinaro, Lucio Michieletto, Loris Ceron, Chiara Moroni, Pier Giorgio Rogasi
BACKGROUND: The poor treatment outcomes of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) and the emergence of extensively drug-resistant TB and extremely and totally drug-resistant TB highlight the urgent need for new antituberculous drugs and other adjuvant treatment approaches. OBJECTIVES: We have treated cavitary tuberculosis by the application of endobronchial one-way valves (Zephyr®; Pulmonx Inc., Redwood City, Calif., USA) to induce lobar volume reduction as an adjunct to drug treatment...
October 12, 2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Haruka Chino, Eri Hagiwara, Hideya Kitamura, Tomohisa Baba, Hideaki Yamakawa, Tamiko Takemura, Takashi Ogura
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) is a rare systemic vasculitis that often involves the lung. However, interstitial pneumonia (IP) is rarely seen in GPA patients. We herein report 3 cases of IP associated with GPA diagnosed by surgical lung biopsy. High-resolution CT showed uniform subpleural reticular opacity with traction bronchiectasis. Biopsies from all 3 patients revealed neutrophilic capillaritis, microabscesses with giant cells, and coexisting histological findings of usual IP pattern or fibrosing nonspecific IP pattern...
October 6, 2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Franziska C Trudzinski, Philipp M Lepper, Daniela Leppert, Frank Langer, Christian Lensch, Monika Flaig, Robert Bals, Heinrike Wilkens, Peter Minko, Sebastian Fähndrich
Reducing hyperinflated areas in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, either surgically or endoscopically, leads to improvement of functional parameters. It is unclear if bilateral treatment with endobronchial valves (EBV) aiming at total lobar occlusion is beneficial. The aim of this study was to assess the results after staged bilateral endoscopic treatment with EBV. This is a retrospective analysis of patients with severe airflow obstruction, who were treated bilaterally with EBV in two stages, aiming at subsequent atelectasis...
October 5, 2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Alessandro Vatrella
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 5, 2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Inga Jarosch, Sebastian Gehlert, Daniel Jacko, Rembert Andreas Koczulla, Marion Wencker, Tobias Welte, Wilhelm Bloch, Sabina Janciauskiene, Klaus Kenn
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) improves oxidative capacity of peripheral muscles in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The exercise-induced oxidative skeletal muscle adaptation in COPD patients with inherited alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (A1ATD) has not been studied. OBJECTIVES: To compare PR effects on skeletal muscle adaptation in COPD patients with and without A1ATD. METHODS: Nine COPD patients with A1ATD (genotype PiZZ, 6 receiving A1AT augmentation therapy), and 10 'usual' COPD patients (genotype PiMM) performed an incremental cycling test and underwent musculus vastus lateralis biopsies before and after a 3-week PR program including exercise training...
September 30, 2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Stefan Markun, Thomas Rosemann, Kaba Dalla-Lana, Claudia Steurer-Stey
BACKGROUND: Recruiting patients for research in primary care is difficult with diseases that tend to remain underdiagnosed, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Researchers may consider introducing case finding into patient recruitment, but the impact on recruitment yield is largely unknown. OBJECTIVES: To assess the impact of case finding on recruitment yield and population characteristics in primary care-based COPD research. METHODS: For a cluster randomized controlled trial of COPD in primary care, an opportunistic case finding strategy was introduced into patient recruitment, in addition to recruiting patients with previously diagnosed COPD...
September 29, 2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Lingling Hong, Yiming Zeng, Dongyong Yang
BACKGROUND: Recurrent airway granulation hyperplasia and scar formation make airway stenosis a clinical challenge. Therefore, a new approach for the treatment of airway stenosis is necessary. OBJECTIVE: To explore the inhibitory effect of β-elemene on the proliferation of fibroblasts and airway granulation. METHODS: In vivo: (1) study of the effect of local β-elemene injection by bronchoscopy. (2) During bronchoscopy, granulation tissues both before and after treatment were obtained...
September 28, 2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Wen Ting Siow, Evelyn Siew-Chuan Koay, Chun Kiat Lee, Hong Kai Lee, Venetia Ong, Wang Jee Ngerng, Hui Fang Lim, Adeline Tan, Julian Wei-Tze Tang, Jason Phua
BACKGROUND: Pathogens are often not identified in severe community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), and the few studies using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques for virus detection are from temperate countries. OBJECTIVE: This study assesses if PCR amplification improves virus and bacteria detection, and if viral infection contributes to mortality in severe CAP in a tropical setting, where respiratory pathogens have less well-defined seasonality. METHODS: In this cohort study of patients with severe CAP in an intensive care unit, endotracheal aspirates for intubated patients and nasopharyngeal swabs for non-intubated patients were sent for PCR amplification for respiratory viruses...
September 21, 2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Pierachille Santus, Dejan Radovanovic, Giovanni Balzano, Matteo Pecchiari, Rita Raccanelli, Nicola Sarno, Fabiano Di Marco, Paul W Jones, Mauro Carone
BACKGROUND: Lung diffusing capacity (DLCO) and lung volume distribution predict exercise performance and are altered in COPD patients. If pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) can modify DLCO parameters is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To investigate changes in DLCO and ventilation inhomogeneity following a PR program and their relation with functional outcomes in patients with COPD. METHODS: This was a prospective, observational, multicentric study. Patients were evaluated before and after a standardized 3-week PR program...
September 7, 2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Maribel Botana-Rial, Virginia Leiro-Fernández, Manuel Núñez-Delgado, Maximiliano Álvarez-Fernández, Susana Otero-Fernández, Helena Bello-Rodríguez, Carlos Vilariño-Pombo, Alberto Fernández-Villar
BACKGROUND: Endoscopes represent the medical devices most commonly linked to health care-associated outbreaks and pseudo-outbreaks. Most of the recent outbreaks and pseudo-outbreaks have resulted from contaminated automated endoscope reprocessors (AER) or the use of damaged or malfunctioning bronchoscopes or contaminated equipment. OBJECTIVES: We investigated a pseudo-outbreak of Pseudomonas putida and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia recovered from bronchial washing (BW) specimens obtained during bronchoscopy in a bronchoscopy unit...
2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Alexandru Corlateanu, Victor Botnaru, Serghei Covantev, Silvia Dumitru, Nikolaos Siafakas
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major cause of morbidity in the elderly population. COPD leads to a reduced health-related quality of life (HRQL), but the factors which contribute to this are not well understood. A better understanding of the factors which determine HRQL should lead to an improved care for such patients. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate possible age-related differences in HRQL in a population of patients with a similar severity of obstruction...
2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Christoph Lange, Salman Siddiqui
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Masamichi Mineshita, Hirotaka Kida, Hiroshi Handa, Hiroki Nishine, Naoki Furuya, Takeo Inoue, Shin Matsuoka, Teruomi Miyazawa
BACKGROUND: Regional lung sound distribution in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is reported to be asynchronous. Mathematical analyses using vibration response imaging (VRI), such as left and right lung asynchrony (gap index; GI) and regional lung asynchrony (asynchrony score; AS), are useful measures to evaluate lung sound asynchrony. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the association of lung sound asynchrony with pulmonary functions and emphysematous lesions in COPD patients...
2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Dae Young Hong, Sang O Park, Jong Won Kim, Kyeong Ryong Lee, Kwang Je Baek, Ji Ung Na, Pil Cho Choi, Young Hwan Lee
BACKGROUND: Early prediction of the clinical outcomes for health care-associated pneumonia (HCAP) patients is challenging. OBJECTIVES: This is the first study to evaluate procalcitonin (PCT) as a predictor of outcomes in HCAP patients. METHODS: We conducted an observational study based on data for HCAP patients prospectively collected between 2011 and 2014. Outcome variables were intensive care unit (ICU) admission and 30-day mortality. PCT was categorized into three groups: <0...
2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Michael Dreher, Christian Gabriel Cornelissen, Manuel Armin Reddemann, Annegret Müller, Christian Hübel, Tobias Müller
BACKGROUND: Endobronchial administration of local anesthetics such as lidocaine is often used for cough suppression during bronchoscopy. To achieve a better distribution of lidocaine in the tracheobronchial tree, spray catheters have been developed, allowing nebulization of the local anesthetic solution. However, there are little data on the efficacy and safety of this approach, or on the consumption of sedative drugs and lidocaine during nebulized administration. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the tolerability of nebulized lidocaine compared to conventional lidocaine administration via syringe through the working channel of the bronchoscope in patients undergoing bronchoscopy...
2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Christina Paul, Ammy Lin-Shaw, Mariamma Joseph, Keith Kwan, Gianluigi Sergiacomi, Marco Mura
Organising pneumonia (OP) is usually promptly responsive to corticosteroid treatment. We describe a series of 3 cases of severe, progressive, biopsy-proven fibrosing OP causing respiratory failure. All cases presented with peribronchial and subpleural consolidations, had a fibro-inflammatory infiltrative component in the alveolar septa, and only had a partial and unsatisfactory response to corticosteroids. However, they responded to mycophenolic acid (MPA) treatment with resolution of respiratory failure as well as clinical and functional improvement...
2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
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