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Jennifer L Medlin, Karen E Hansen, Sara S McCoy, Christie M Bartels
OBJECTIVES: Phenotypes differ between late- and early-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Prior studies suggested that there may be more pulmonary disease among late-onset patients. Our objective was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the differences in pulmonary manifestations in late- versus early-onset SLE. METHODS: We searched the literature using PubMed, CINAHL, Web of Science, Cochrane Library, and EMBASE. We excluded studies that did not include American College of Rheumatology SLE classification criteria, an early-onset SLE comparison group, or those that defined late-onset SLE as <50 years of age...
January 31, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Jiakai Tian, Liang Xu
The aim of this study was to determine whether twinkling artifact (TA) detected on color Doppler ultrasonography can effectively determine the presence of pleural calcification compared with computed tomography (CT) and differentiate tuberculous pleuritis (TP) and cancerous pleuritis (CP). One hundred six cases of TP and 26 cases of CP were scanned using gray-scale ultrasonography (GSU) and TA to determine the presence of pleural calcification. With CT as the reference standard, 63.3% and 79.6% of patients with pleural calcification were identified with GSU and TA, respectively...
March 14, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Laura Miller, Gerardo J Pacheco, Jud C Janak, Rose C Grimm, Nicole A Dierschke, Janice Baker, Jean A Orman
Background: Military working dogs (MWDs) are a major asset in the theater of operations. Their unique abilities make them ideal for tasks such as tracking, patrol, and scent detection. MWDs deployed to a war zone are exposed to harsh environments and battlefield dangers that increase their risk of disease, injuries, and death. Although canines have been used extensively in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), no published studies have reported detailed causes of death among MWDs deployed to these conflicts...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Atsushi Nagayasu, Satoshi Kubo, Kazuhisa Nakano, Shingo Nakayamada, Shigeru Iwata, Ippei Miyagawa, Shunsuke Fukuyo, Kazuyoshi Saito, Yoshiya Tanaka
An 81-year-old man was admitted with bilateral pleural effusion. A clinical examination showed lymphocytic pleura effusion and elevated serum IgG4 levels, so that IgG4-related disease was suggested, whereas tuberculous pleurisy was suspected because of high adenosine deaminase (ADA) levels in the pleural effusion. A surgical pleural biopsy revealed that there were large numbers of IgG4-positive cells and IgG4/IgG positive cell ratio exceeded 40% in several sites. Accordingly, we diagnosed IgG4-related pleuritis and treated with the patient with glucocorticoid therapy...
March 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
Go Saito, Masato Kono, Akari Tsutsumi, Yu Koyanagi, Koichi Miyashita, Takeshi Kobayashi, Hironao Hozumi, Yoshihiro Miki, Yoshifumi Arai, Yoshiro Otsuki, Dai Hashimoto, Tomoyuki Fujisawa, Toru Nakamura, Takafumi Suda, Hidenori Nakamura
A 68-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with fever and pleural effusion. Her thoracentesis showed eosinophilic pleural effusion (EPE) without any evidence of malignancy, infection, or trauma. Pleural biopsy revealed pleuritis and intercostal myositis. Characteristic skin manifestations, including Gottron's sign, interstitial lung disease, and pericardial effusion, appeared later in the clinical course. She was finally diagnosed with anti-PL-7 antisynthetase syndrome (ASS) based on the presence of anti-PL-7 antibody, and she fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for dermatomyositis...
March 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
Nicolize O'Dell, Luke Arnot, Chris Eric Janisch, Johan Ca Steyl
African horse sickness (AHS) is a fatal vector transmitted viral disease of horses caused by the African horse sickness virus (AHSV). This disease is characterised by circulatory and respiratory failure, resulting from vascular endothelial injury affecting many organs. The susceptibility of dogs to AHS has been demonstrated in the past following experimental infection through consumption of infected horse meat. clinical cases of AHS in dogs (cAHS) have been documented, without a history of ingesting infected horse meat, over a period of 12 years...
March 8, 2018: Veterinary Record
Yasushi Mizuno, Hiroharu Imoto, Natsuko Takahashi, Chihiro Ichikawa, Hiroaki Nishioka
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February 27, 2018: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
Ya-Chun Hsu, Chwan-Yau Luo, Yi-Shan Tsai
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January 31, 2018: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Pramod K Mathur, Roos Vogelzang, Herman A Mulder, Egbert F Knol
Animal health and welfare are monitored during meat inspection in many slaughter plants around the world. Carcasses are examined by meat inspectors and remarks are made with respect to different diseases, injuries, and other abnormalities. This is a valuable data resource for disease prevention and enhancing animal welfare, but it is rarely used for this purpose. Records on carcass remarks on 140,375 finisher pigs were analyzed to investigate the possibility of genetic selection to reduce the risk of the most prevalent diseases and indicators of suboptimal animal welfare...
January 24, 2018: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
Chiaki Hosoda, Yusuke Hosaka, Kai Ryu, Akira Kinoshita, Keisuke Saito, Kazuyoshi Kuwano
We herein present a case of a 71-year-old woman with primary Sjogren's syndrome (SjS), who developed bilateral pleural effusion and ground glass opacity during treatment with low-dose prednisolone. The pleural effusion and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid revealed elevation of lymphocytes. Thoracoscopic pleural biopsy showed infiltration of lymphocytes with no evidence of other diseases, confirming SjS-related pleuritis. Therefore, we initiated 20 mg prednisolone and pleural effusion was rapidly resolved. Our results indicate that SjS can be rarely complicated with pleuritis...
February 2018: Respirology Case Reports
Nazife Sule Yasar Bilge, Ismail Sari, Dilek Solmaz, Soner Senel, Hakan Emmungil, Levent Kilic, Sibel Yilmaz Oner, Fatih Yildiz, Sedat Yilmaz, Duygu Ersozlu Bozkirli, Muge Aydin Tufan, Sema Yilmaz, Veli Yazisiz, Yavuz Pehlivan, Cemal Bes, Gozde Yildirim Cetin, Sukran Erten, Emel Gonullu, Fezan Sahin, Servet Akar, Kenan Aksu, Umut Kalyoncu, Haner Direskeneli, Eren Erken, Mehmet Sayarlioglu, Muhammed Cınar, Timucin Kasifoglu
AIM: Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is the most common autoinflammatory disease. One of the common characteristics of this disease is its young age predominance. Nearly 90% of patients experience disease flares during early adult age periods. Currently there are limited data for the comparison of early versus late onset FMF and therefore the primary aim of this study was to investigate these two subsets with regard to their certain demographic, clinical and genetic differences. METHODS: Early (≤ 20 years, Group 1) and late (> 20 years, Group 2) onset FMF patients were identified from the national FMF registry that involves 2246 patients from 15 adult rheumatology clinics located in different geographical areas of Turkey...
January 5, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
Rogério Luizari Guedes, Odd Viking Höglund, Juliana Sperotto Brum, Niklas Borg, Peterson Triches Dornbusch
The aim of this pilot test was to test a new self-locking resorbable implant for hilum occlusion during a video-assisted thoracoscopic lung lobectomy in a surviving pig model. Once the thoracic cavity was assessed and structures identified, the right middle lobe and its respective hilum were exposed. The implant was introduced with a semiclosed loop through a working channel and positioned around the pulmonary lobe. Occlusion was performed with a conventional Crile forceps and a laparoscopic Kelly forceps. Lobe section was done with laparoscopic Metzenbaum scissors and tissue removal through the dorsal access...
January 1, 2018: Surgical Innovation
Kazuo Tsuchiya, Mikio Toyoshima, Atsuki Fukada, Daisuke Akahori, Kazuhito Funai, Takafumi Suda
A 63-year-old man with occupational exposure to silica presented with cutaneous ulcer, pleuritic pain, and a fever. Laboratory data showed lymphopenia and positive serum antinuclear and anti-DNA antibodies. Computed tomography of the chest showed egg shell-like calcification of the hilar and mediastinal lymph nodes without pulmonary parenchymal involvement of silicosis. A surgical biopsy showed silicotic nodules with surrounding infiltration of lymphocytes and plasma cells in the parietal pleura. With a diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic corticosteroid therapy was given, which led to the resolution of symptoms and laboratory abnormalities...
December 27, 2017: Internal Medicine
Theerada Assawasaksakul, Viboon Boonsarngsuk, Pimpin Incharoen
Background: In a patient with pleural effusion, cytological study (CS) is one of the most useful investigations, especially when malignancy is suspected. Instead of applying only CS, the pleural fluid can be further processed using the cell block (CB) technique, which may augment the diagnostic utility. The aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic yields of CS, CB, and the combination of both, regardless of the etiology of pleural effusion. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on patients with pleural effusions who underwent thoracentesis from June 2015 to May 2016...
September 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Drew R Magstadt, Amanda J Fales-Williams, Jean-Sébastien Palerme, Heather Flaherty, Tracy Lindquist, Kristina G Miles
A 9-year-old female mixed breed dog presented for an acute onset of anorexia, vomiting, and cough. Initial examination and diagnostics revealed a large multilobular cranial mediastinal mass with unidentified fungal organisms on cytology. The disease progressed in spite of therapy until the dog was euthanized 8 months later. Gross necropsy findings were a large multilobular intrathoracic mass, mild pleuritis, and generalized lymphadenopathy. Histologic evaluation showed granulomatous inflammation and necrosis with numerous 20- to 70-micron, periodic acid-Schiff- and Gomori methenamine silver-positive spherules effacing lymph node parenchyma, as well as severe inflammation within the midbrain...
March 2018: Veterinary Pathology
Sojung Park, Kyung-Wook Jo, Sang-Do Lee, Woo Sung Kim, Tae Sun Shim
BACKGROUND: The incidence of nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infection has increased over the last 10 years. However, the clinical characteristics and treatment outcomes of patients with NTM pleuritis have not been well defined. METHODS: Patients with pleural effusion and NTM lung disease diagnosed between 1997 and 2013 were enrolled and their medical records were reviewed retrospectively. The subjects were divided into definite (n = 9, NTM isolated from the pleura or pleural effusion) and possible (n = 5, NTM lung disease with pleural effusion and improvement of effusion after anti-NTM treatment) groups...
December 2017: Respiratory Medicine
Merlin Thomas, Wanis H Ibrahim, Tasleem Raza, Kamran Mushtaq, Adeel Arshad, Mushtaq Ahmed, Salma Taha, Saber Al Sarafandi, Hanfa Karim, Hisham A Abdul-Sattar
BACKGROUND: With the exception of areas with high prevalence of tuberculosis, medical thoracoscopy is becoming the diagnostic modality of choice for exudative pleural effusions. The aims of this study were to determine the diagnostic yield and safety of medical thoracoscopy for exudative pleural effusions and ascertain the etiology of such effusions in Qatar. METHODS: This is a retrospective-descriptive study of 407 patients who underwent diagnostic medical thoracoscopy for exudative pleural effusions from January, 2008 till December, 2015 at the only tertiary referral center performing this procedure in Qatar...
November 22, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
R R Rech, D Gava, M C Silva, L T Fernandes, V Haach, J R Ciacci-Zanella, R Schaefer
From 2009 to 2015, 74 lungs from suckling (6.8%), nursing (70.3%), fattening (20.3%) pigs and pregnant sows (2.7%) with respiratory signs from pig farms in Southern Brazil were submitted to a diagnostic laboratory for necropsy and/or histologic examination and screening for respiratory agents by RT-qPCR, immunohistochemistry (IHC), virus isolation (VI) and subtyping for influenza A virus (IAV), IHC and nested PCR for Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (Mhyo), PCR for porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2), RT-qPCR for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and bacterial culture...
November 14, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
Valluvan Jeevanandam, Tae Song, David Onsager, Takeyoshi Ota, Colleen Juricek LaBuhn, Thomas Lammy, Gabriel Sayer, Gene Kim, Sonna Patel-Raman, Nir Uriel
BACKGROUND: The intravascular ventricular assist system (iVAS) is a new, minimally invasive, ambulatory counterpulsation heart assist system delivered via the subclavian artery and powered by a portable driver. It is designed for recovery, bridge to transplantation (BTT) or for prolonging medical therapy. We report the first-in-human (FIH) experience with iVAS. METHODS: This is a prospective, non-randomized single arm, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved early feasibility trial in patients listed for cardiac transplantation...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Ahmad Alsarah, Osama Alsara, Heather S Laird-Fick
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is autoinflammatory disorder characterized by sporadic attacks of fever, peritonitis, pleuritis, and arthritis. It is mainly seen in patients from Mediterranean origins, but it is now reported more frequently in Europe and North America due to immigration. To analyze the data on the cardiovascular manifestations in FMF patients, we searched PubMed using the terms "Familial Mediterranean Fever" or "FMF" in combination with other key words including "cardiovascular diseases" "pericardial diseases" "atherosclerosis" "coronary artery diseases" "cardiomyopathy" "pulmonary hypertension" or "valvular diseases...
October 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
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