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Diagnosis of pneumonia

Carol Kelly, James D Chalmers, Iain Crossingham, Nicola Relph, Lambert M Felix, David J Evans, Stephen J Milan, Sally Spencer
BACKGROUND: Bronchiectasis is a chronic respiratory disease characterised by abnormal and irreversible dilatation and distortion of the smaller airways. Bacterial colonisation of the damaged airways leads to chronic cough and sputum production, often with breathlessness and further structural damage to the airways. Long-term macrolide antibiotic therapy may suppress bacterial infection and reduce inflammation, leading to fewer exacerbations, fewer symptoms, improved lung function, and improved quality of life...
March 15, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Stephanie Elyse Ambrose, Julina Ongkasuwan, Kavita Dedhia, Gillian Ruth Diercks, Samantha Anne, Subhadra Shashidharan, Nikhila Raol
Importance: Vocal fold motion impairment (VFMI) is a known risk factor following congenital heart surgery (CHS). The impact of this diagnosis on utilization and outcomes is unknown. Objective: To evaluate the cost, postprocedure length of stay (PPLOS), and outcomes for neonates with VFMI after CHS. Design, Setting, and Participants: A cross-sectional analysis of the 2012 Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) of neonates who underwent CHS was carried out...
March 15, 2018: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Yuji Otsuki, Hirofumi Konn, Keisa Takeda, Masahiko Koike
Obturator hernia (OH) is a rare condition that accounts for 0.073-1% of abdominal hernias and 0.48% of bowel obstructions. OH frequently occurs in elderly women, with an incidence that increases with age. The only treatment for OH is surgical intervention, and the approaches used vary greatly. Consequently, a well-defined consensus has not yet emerged. We assessed the efficiency and safety of the midline extraperitoneal approach for OH. Six patients with OH repaired using the midline extraperitoneal approach at KKR Sapporo Medical Center between April 2011 and January 2016 were included in the study...
March 14, 2018: Keio Journal of Medicine
A Alaga, Y X Yew, M K Razul
A 47-year-old female, with multiple comorbidities, presented with a cough of two months, loss of weight and appetite. She was treated for pneumonia. A chest X-ray showed bilateral reticulonodular opacities. She was noted to have a vague central abdominal mass and a systolic murmur over the mitral region. Ultrasonography and computed tomography of the abdomen showed an omental mass and loculated ascites. Oesophagoduedenoscopy showed antral gastritis and during colonoscopy the surgical team was unable to advance the scope beyond 40 cm due to external compression...
December 2017: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Dileep Unnikrishnan, Nasreen Shaikh, Ahmad Sharayah, Chandler Patton
A 47-year-old woman with a medical history of Raynaud's phenomenon presented with fever, cough and shortness of breath. She was found to have left lower lobe consolidation and pleural effusion and was treated as a case of pneumonia. During the hospital course, her respiratory status worsened, and she was intubated on the third hospital day. To investigate the high A-a gradient, a Computerized Tomographic Pulmonary Embolism (CTPE) study was done which identified a large left lower pulmonary artery embolism. She was also found to have a new murmur, and an echocardiogram demonstrated a large lesion on tricuspid valve...
March 13, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Laurens J De Sadeleer, Ellen De Langhe, Nicolas Bodart, Alain Vigneron, Xavier Bossuyt, Wim A Wuyts
Although included in the serological domain of the 'interstitial pneumonia with auto-immune features' (IPAF) research statement, the search for myositis-specific antibodies (MSA) is not incorporated in routine clinical practice. The objective of the study was to evaluate MSA prevalence in an idiopathic interstitial pneumonia (IIP) cohort (n = 68) with suggestive morphological interstitial lung disease patterns. Twelve of 68 patients (17.6%) carried MSA, whereof only two were anti-nuclear antibody-positive...
March 12, 2018: Lung
Ashok Kumar Singh, Aditya Shukla, R Bajwa, Roshni Agrawal, Neha Srivastwa
Pulmonary nocardiosis is a rare disease, which mainly affects immunocompromised hosts such as uncontrolled diabetics; HIV patients; and patients on immunosuppressive therapies such as anticancer drugs, systemic steroids, and transplant recipients. The diagnosis is often missed and delayed, resulting in inappropriate treatment and thus higher mortality. We are reporting a case of pulmonary nocardiosis with acute presentation in an immune-competent host, who presented with community-acquired pneumonia to the Intensive Care Unit...
February 2018: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Alexander R Levine, Midori Tran, Jonathan Shepherd, Edgar Naut
BACKGROUND: Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most common reasons women seek treatment in the emergency department (ED). The biomarker procalcitonin (PCT) has gained popularity over the last decade to improve the diagnosis of bacterial infections and reduce unnecessary exposure to antibiotics. PCT has been extensively studied in patients with pneumonia and sepsis and may have additional role in UTI. METHODS: A retrospective study of patients who presented to the ED in which a urinalysis test and a PCT level was obtained within the first 24h of presentation...
March 3, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
D Yao, L Zhang, P L Wu, X L Gu, Y F Chen, L X Wang, X Y Huang
BACKGROUND: The primary pulmonary lymphoma (PPL), with a low incidence, was highly misdiagnosed in clinic. The present study analyzes the clinical features, laboratory and imaging data, pathologic characteristics, and summarizes misdiagnosis reasons of PPL cases, aims to provide a better understanding and increase the accuracy of early diagnosis and minimize the misdiagnosis of PPL. METHODS: The clinical data of 19 cases were collected from the first affiliated hospital of Wenzhou medical university (PRC) from April 2010 to May 2016...
March 12, 2018: BMC Cancer
William Bortcosh, Ashkon Shaahinfar, Sakina Sojar, Jean E Klig
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The diagnostic capability, efficiency and versatility of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) have enabled its use in paediatric emergency medicine (PEM) and paediatric critical care (PICU). This review highlights the current applications of POCUS for the critically ill child across PEM and PICU to identify areas of progress and standardized practice and to elucidate areas for future research. RECENT FINDINGS: POCUS technology continues to evolve and advance bedside clinical care for critically ill children, with ongoing research extending its use for an array of clinical scenarios, including respiratory distress, trauma and dehydration...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
Anıl Er, Aykut Çağlar, Fatma Akgül, Emel Ulusoy, Hale Çitlenbik, Durgül Yılmaz, Murat Duman
AIM: High-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) is a new treatment option for pediatric respiratory distress and we aimed to assess early predictive factors of unresponsiveness to HFNC therapy in a pediatric emergency department (ED). METHOD: Patients who presented with respiratory distress and were treated by HFNC, were included. The age, gender, weight, medical history, diagnosis, vital signs, oxygen saturation/fraction of inspired oxygen (SpO2 /FiO2 ) ratio, modified Respiratory Distress Assessment Instrument (mRDAI) scores, medical interventions, duration of HFNC therapy, time to escalation, adverse effects, and laboratory test results were obtained from medical and nursing records...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Pulmonology
Gaye Ulubay, Ebru Ayvazoglu Soy, Irem Serifoglu, Fisun Sozen, Gokhan Moray, Mehmet Haberal
OBJECTIVES: Despite improved success with solid-organ transplant procedures, recipients remain at risk for infections, including pneumonia, due to their immunosuppressive regimens. In solid-organ transplant patients, clinical findings of pneumonia can be nonspecific, and diagnosis of pneumonia may be difficult as several conditions (drug lung, hypervolemia, infections, hemorrhage) can led to pulmonary infiltrates, mimicking pneumonia in these patients. The role of mean platelet volume, a predictor of inflammatory disease, with elevated values inversely correlated with inflammatory problems, in the diagnosis of pneumonia has not yet been investigated in solid-organ transplant patients...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Sehnaz Tezcan, Ebru Ayvazoglu Soy, Nihal Uslu, Mehmet Haberal
Urinary tract infection is the most common complication after kidney transplant and often is associated with graft loss and mortality. Ultrasonography is the most widely applied imaging modality for diagnosis of complications after kidney transplant. Here, we report a case of a 52-year-old male patient who underwent renal transplant 1 month earlier and who presented with fever, leukocytosis, and leukocyturia. Klebsiella pneumoniae was found in the urine and blood cultures. Ultrasonography revealed multiple, ill-defined margined, hypoechoic areas and cysts within the cortex...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Yogendra Amatya, Jordan Rupp, Frances M Russell, Jason Saunders, Brian Bales, Darlene R House
BACKGROUND: Lung ultrasound is an effective tool for diagnosing pneumonia in developed countries. Diagnostic accuracy in resource-limited countries where pneumonia is the leading cause of death is unknown. The objective of this study was to evaluate the sensitivity of bedside lung ultrasound compared to chest X-ray for pneumonia in adults presenting for emergency care in a low-income country. METHODS: Patients presenting to the emergency department with suspected pneumonia were evaluated with bedside lung ultrasound, single posterioranterior chest radiograph, and computed tomography (CT)...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
Ryohei Ono, Koji Uehara, Izumi Kitagawa
Emphysematous osteomyelitis is a rare but potentially fatal infection. It is caused by gas-forming organismsand is characterized by the presence of intraosseous gas. A 75-year-old woman with untreated diabetes mellitus presented with difficulty in moving and anorexia. Laboratory studies revealed inflammation, a urinary infection, and diabetic ketoacidosis. Klebsiella pneumoniae was detected in both urine and blood cultures. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed emphysematous lesions in the paravertebral soft tissue, spinal canal, and iliopsoas muscle, with intraosseous gas at L1 and L2...
March 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
Kyoko Otani, Dai Inoue, Tomoo Itoh, Yoh Zen
AIMS: The diagnosis of IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) requires a multidisciplinary approach, in which histology plays an important role. Although a diagnosis was previously established using surgically resected specimens, there is increasing clinical demand to diagnose this systemic condition by biopsies. The present study aimed to elucidate how useful transbronchial lung biopsies (TBLBs) are for this diagnostic purpose. METHODS AND RESULTS: The study cohort consisted of 20 consecutive patients diagnosed with IgG4-RD in other organs who underwent TBLBs for potential pulmonary involvement...
March 11, 2018: Histopathology
Rocío Martínez, Carlos Torrente
A 3-month-old intact male Prague ratter was presented to the emergency service for evaluation of progressive lethargy, weakness, coughing and labour breathing after an episode of resistance to oral deworming. The patient exhibited depression, increased respiratory effort and cyanosis at initial presentation. Results of first diagnostic work-up (complete blood cell count, biochemistry panel and thoracic x-rays) were all consistent with aspiration pneumonia. The puppy was initially treated with balanced isotonic crystalloids, broad spectrum antibiotics, nebulization with thoracic coupage and was transferred to an infant incubator with a sustained FiO2 of 40-50%...
December 2017: Topics in Companion Animal Medicine
Ioannis Psallidas, Nikolaos I Kanellakis, Rahul Bhatnagar, Rahul Ravindran, Ahmed Yousuf, Anthony J Edey, Rachel M Mercer, John P Corcoran, Robert J Hallifax, Rachelle Asciak, Prashanth Shetty, Tao Dong, Hania E G Piotrowska, Colin Clelland, Nick A Maskell, Najib M Rahman
BACKGROUND: Pleural infection is a common complication of pneumonia associated with high mortality and poor clinical outcome. Treatment of pleural infection relies on the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, since reliable pathogen identification occurs infrequently. We performed a feasibility interventional clinical study assessing the safety and significance of ultrasound (US)-guided pleural biopsy culture to increase microbiological yield. In an exploratory investigation, the 16S rRNA technique was applied to assess its utility on increasing speed and accuracy versus standard microbiological diagnosis...
March 7, 2018: Chest
Miriam Steinberg, Joseph P Gaut, Stanley Paul Hmiel, Aadil Kakajiwala
Monoclonal gammopathies are a rare diagnosis in pediatric patients. A 19-year-old female patient with past medical history of hypogammaglobulinemia and natural killer cell deficiency and stage III follicular lymphoma, in remission, presented with a right-sided pneumonia, noted to have acute kidney injury and proteinuria. Complement C3 and C4 levels were normal. Anti-double-stranded DNA antibodies, antinuclear antibodies, anti-extractable nuclear antigen antibodies, and antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies were negative...
March 9, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Khalid Gafoor, Shalin Patel, Francis Girvin, Nishant Gupta, David Naidich, Stephen Machnicki, Kevin K Brown, Atul Mehta, Bryan Husta, Jay Ryu, George Sarosi, Tomas Franquet, Johny Verschakelen, Takeshi Johkoh, William Travis, Suhail Raoof
Cavities are occasionally encountered on thoracic imaging. Their differential diagnosis is large and includes, among others, various infections, autoimmune conditions and primary and metastatic malignancies. We offer an algorithmic approach to their evaluation by initially excluding mimics of cavities then broadly classifying them according to the duration of clinical symptoms and radiological abnormalities.. An acute or subacute process (<12 weeks) suggests common bacterial and uncommon nocardial and fungal causes of pulmonary abscesses, necrotizing pneumonias, and septic emboli...
March 5, 2018: Chest
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