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Refractory asthma

Ahmed Abushahin, Abdulla Zarroug, Magda Wagdi, Ibrahim Janahi
Wheezing and cough are common case scenarios that pediatricians encountered in their office practices. Although a bronchogenic cyst is an uncommon condition, it is essential to be considered in the differential diagnosis of a chronic cough and wheezing among young children who fail to respond to appropriate medical treatment. A 28-month-old girl was referred to our pediatric pulmonology clinic with persistent symptoms of a cough and wheeze unresponsive to standard asthma therapy. This presentation prompted us to undertake a detailed diagnostic evaluation...
2018: Case Reports in Pediatrics
Michael C Peters, Sheena Kerr, Eleanor M Dunican, Prescott G Woodruff, Merritt L Fajt, Bruce D Levy, Elliot Israel, Brenda R Phillips, David T Mauger, Suzy A Comhair, Serpil C Erzurum, Mats W Johansson, Nizar N Jarjour, Andrea M Coverstone, Mario Castro, Annette T Hastie, Eugene R Bleecker, Sally E Wenzel, John V Fahy
BACKGROUND: Airway type 2 inflammation is usually corticosteroid sensitive, but the role of type 2 inflammation as a mechanism of asthma in patients on high dose inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) is uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To determine if airway type 2 inflammation persists in patients treated with ICS and to evaluate the clinical features of patients with steroid resistant airway type-2 inflammation. METHODS: We used qPCR to generate a composite metric of type-2 cytokine gene expression (type 2 Gene Mean, "T2GM") in induced sputum cells from healthy controls, severe asthma patients on ICS (n=174), and non-severe asthma patients on ICS (n=85)...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Abhishek Biswas, Hiren J Mehta, Michael A Jantz
A 62-year-old Hispanic woman, a resident of Puerto Rico, presented with symptoms of chronic cough and shortness of breath for the past 2 years that were slowly and progressively getting worse. She received a diagnosis of asthma on the basis of her history of symptomatic "wheezing" and had been on treatment with inhaled bronchodilators and corticosteroids with minimal symptomatic improvement. The peculiarity of her symptoms was that her dyspnea was worse when she was reclining in bed and she would often hear a "whistling" noise in her throat during those times...
March 2018: Chest
Amy L Dimachkieh, Allison Dobbie, Damon R Olson, Mark A Lovell, Jeremy D Prager
OBJECTIVE: To review tracheal paragangliomas and describe the clinical presentation, radiologic findings, operative management, and histologic findings of a pediatric patient who presented with stridor refractory to traditional asthma therapy. METHODS: Chart review of an 8-year-old male who presented to a tertiary care pediatric hospital and literature review of tracheal paragangliomas. RESULTS: We present the case of an 8-year-old male who presented with new-onset of wheezing and dyspnea on exertion...
April 2018: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Jing Li, Jingang Zheng, Yifeng Zhou, Xiaofei Liu, Wenhua Peng
BACKGROUND: Kounis syndrome (KS) is the concurrence of acute coronary syndrome associated with mast-cell and platelet activation in the setting of hypersensitivity and allergic or anaphylactic insults. Many drugs and environmental exposures had been reported as inducers, but various inducers and the mechanism of KS remained unknown till now. The widely used traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as a potential sensitizer were scarcely reported to induce allergic vasospasm due to the ignorance of the linkage between traditional medicine allergy and vasospasm...
February 27, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Yan Li, Wei Wang, Zhe Lv, Yun Li, Yan Chen, Kewu Huang, Chris J Corrigan, Sun Ying
The epithelial cytokines IL-33, thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP), and IL-25 have been implicated in asthma pathogenesis because they promote Th2-type cytokine synthesis, but their expression is relatively poorly documented in "real-life" human asthma. Using bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), we measured airway concentrations of these mediators and compared them with those of Th1- and Th2-type cytokines, airway infiltration of neutrophils and eosinophils, and lung function in a large group of asthmatic patients with a range of disease severity ( n = 70) and control subjects ( n = 30)...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Sung Shine Shim, Mark L Schiebler, Michael D Evans, Nizar Jarjour, Ron L Sorkness, Loren Denlinger, Alfonso Rodriguez, Sally Wenzel, Eric A Hoffman, Ching-Long Lin, David S Gierada, Mario Castro, Sean B Fain
BACKGROUND: Quantitative computed tomography (QCT) biomarkers of airway morphology hold potential for understanding and monitoring regional airway remodeling in asthma. OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine if the change of airway lumen area between TLC and FRC lung volumes measured from CT imaging data was correlated with severe outcomes in asthma patients. METHODS: We studied 152 asthma patients (90 female and 62 male) and 33 normal subjects (12 female and 21 male) with QCT...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Francesco Patalano, Konstantinos Kostikas, Caterina Brindicci
Both asthma and COPD are complex, heterogeneous conditions comprising a wide range of phenotypes, some of which are refractory to currently available treatments. Elucidation of these phenotypes and identification of biomarkers with which to recognize them and guide appropriate treatment remains a priority. This review describes the utility of blood eosinophils as a surrogate biomarker of eosinophilic airway inflammation, a common feature of specific asthma and COPD phenotypes. The role of blood eosinophils in airway disease is described, as is their relevance in reflecting airway eosinophilia...
February 12, 2018: Current Drug Targets
Federica Gani, Carlo Lombardi, Laura Barrocu, Massimo Landi, Erminia Ridolo, Massimo Bugiani, Giovanni Rolla, Gianenrico Senna, Giovanni Passalacqua
Background: Allergic Rhinitis (AR) is a high-prevalence disease. In Europe about 25% of the general population is affected, and in Italy the prevalence is estimated to be 19.8%. The Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma (ARIA) international document underlined that the prevalence of severe or refractory or overlapping rhinitis is increasing and represents a non-negligible socio-economic burden. In general, despite the social healthcare costs, allergic rhinitis remains underestimated, not sufficiently controlled and often undertreated...
2018: Clinical and Molecular Allergy: CMA
Kensuke Fukumitsu, Yoshihiro Kanemitsu, Takamitsu Asano, Norihisa Takeda, Hiroya Ichikawa, Jennifer Maries Go Yap, Satohi Fukuda, Takehiro Uemura, Osamu Takakuwa, Hirotsugu Ohkubo, Ken Maeno, Yutaka Ito, Tetsuya Oguri, Atsushi Nakamura, Masaya Takemura, Akio Niimi
BACKGROUND: Asthmatic cough is often refractory to standard treatments such as inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting β2 agonists (ICS/LABA). Tiotropium may modulate cough reflex sensitivity of acute viral cough, but its efficacy in asthmatic cough remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether tiotropium improves cough and cough reflex sensitivity in asthmatic patients refractory to ICS/LABA. METHODS: Seventeen consecutive asthmatic patients with chronic cough despite the use of ICS/LABA [13 females; 43...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
Abdullah Haddad, Triston Smith, Aneel Bole, Moneal Shah, Mithun Chakravarthy
Kounis syndrome defined as the occurrence of acute coronary syndrome in the setting of allergic reaction due to mast cells activation and inflammatory mediators release that induces coronary vasospasm, plaque erosion, or even stent thrombosis. A 25-year-old postpartum female with asthma and recurrent episodes of chest pain was admitted with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction in the setting of coronary artery spasms. The patient was started on calcium channel blockers and nitrite-based medication with no improvement...
January 2018: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
Yolanda Ballestero, Jimena De Pedro, Nancy Portillo, Otilia Martinez-Mugica, Eunate Arana-Arri, Javier Benito
OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy of high-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) oxygen therapy and safety in children with asthma and moderate respiratory failure in the emergency department (ED). STUDY DESIGN: This was a prospective randomized pilot trial of children (aged 1-14 years) presenting to a tertiary academic pediatric ED with moderate-to-severe asthma exacerbations between September 2012 and December 2015. Patients with a pulmonary score (PS) ≥6 or oxygen saturation <94% with a face mask despite initial treatment (salbutamol/ipratropium bromide and corticosteroids) were randomized to HFNC or to conventional oxygen therapy...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
F G Kavanagh, W Hasan, D A Smyth, J E Fenton
OBJECTIVE: To explore the link between nasal polyposis, refractory otitis media with effusion and eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis. METHODS: A retrospective observational study was carried out of patients diagnosed with refractory otitis media with effusion necessitating grommet insertion and who had nasal polyps. Patients were evaluated to determine if they fulfilled the diagnostic criteria of eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis. RESULTS: Sixteen patients (10 males and 6 females) were identified...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
Imran Sulaiman, Garrett Greene, Elaine MacHale, Jansen Seheult, Matshediso Mokoka, Shona D'Arcy, Terence Taylor, Desmond M Murphy, Eoin Hunt, Stephen J Lane, Gregory B Diette, J Mark FitzGerald, Fiona Boland, Aoife Sartini Bhreathnach, Breda Cushen, Richard B Reilly, Frank Doyle, Richard W Costello
In severe asthma, poor control could reflect issues of medication adherence or inhaler technique, or that the condition is refractory. This study aimed to determine if an intervention with (bio)feedback on the features of inhaler use would identify refractory asthma and enhance inhaler technique and adherence.Patients with severe uncontrolled asthma were subjected to a stratified-by-site random block design. The intensive education group received repeated training in inhaler use, adherence and disease management...
January 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Catherine E Hanratty, John G Matthews, Joseph R Arron, David F Choy, Ian D Pavord, P Bradding, Christopher E Brightling, Rekha Chaudhuri, Douglas C Cowan, Ratko Djukanovic, Nicola Gallagher, Stephen J Fowler, Tim C Hardman, Tim Harrison, Cécile T Holweg, Peter H Howarth, James Lordan, Adel H Mansur, Andrew Menzies-Gow, Sofia Mosesova, Robert M Niven, Douglas S Robinson, Dominick E Shaw, Samantha Walker, Ashley Woodcock, Liam G Heaney
BACKGROUND: Patients with difficult-to-control asthma consume 50-60% of healthcare costs attributed to asthma and cost approximately five-times more than patients with mild stable disease. Recent evidence demonstrates that not all patients with asthma have a typical type 2 (T2)-driven eosinophilic inflammation. These asthmatics have been called 'T2-low asthma' and have a minimal response to corticosteroid therapy. Adjustment of corticosteroid treatment using sputum eosinophil counts from induced sputum has demonstrated reduced severe exacerbation rates and optimized corticosteroid dose...
January 4, 2018: Trials
Anna Rams, Marek Żółciński, Weronika Zastrzeżyńska, Stanisław Polański, Agnieszka Serafin, Joanna Wilańska, Jacek Musiał, Stanisława Bazan-Socha
Asthma therapy with monoclonal antibodies is a promising and effective approach for those with a severe and refractory type of disease. Although such a targeted therapy is considered to be safe, unusual complications may occur. We present a case of a 45 year-old female patient with severe allergic asthma and chronic spontaneous urticaria, who developed autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 2 (APS-2) after 26 months of omalizumab administration. The patient was diagnosed with primary adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease) and Hashimoto's thyroiditis accompanied by autoimmune atrophic gastritis...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
T Bidder, J Sahota, C Rennie, V J Lund, D S Robinson, H H Kariyawasam
INTRODUCTION: Chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) and asthma often coexist and thus treating both with one intervention is an attractive strategy. OBJECTIVE: To prospectively evaluate whether treatment with the monoclonal antibody against IgE Omalizumab for severe allergic asthma also effectively treats co-existent CRSwNP. METHODS: SNOT-22 and the ACQ-7 scores were recorded at 4 and 16 weeks of treatment in a cohort of patients with both CRSwNP and severe refractory allergic asthma treated with Omalizumab (n=13) according to UK guidelines for their severe asthma...
December 30, 2017: Rhinology
Owen N Kramer, Marla S Barkoff, Claudia Hernandez
A 51-year-old woman with a history of asthma and Hashimoto's thyroiditis presented to the dermatology service with a chief complaint of "itchy bumpy rashes" that persisted beyond 24 hours. She noted that, 3 days prior to the onset of urticaria, a pyrroloquinoline quinone supplement had been started. The urticaria was accompanied by variable episodes of transient facial swelling and difficulty breathing. The patient noted that exposure to fish, nuts, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs triggered facial swelling...
2017: Skinmed
Aida Paivandy, Martin Sandelin, Helena Igelström, Per Landelius, Christer Janson, Fabio R Melo, Gunnar Pejler
Mast cells are implicated as detrimental players in inflammatory lung diseases, particularly asthma. Mast cells respond to activating stimuli by releasing a wide panel of pro-inflammatory compounds that can contribute profoundly to the pathology, and there is currently an unmet need for strategies that efficiently ameliorate harmful effects of mast cells under such conditions. Here, we sought to evaluate a novel concept for targeting human lung mast cells, by assessing the possibility of selectively depleting the lung mast cells by induction of apoptosis...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
G Mortuaire, I Gengler, M Balden, M Capron, G Lefèvre
OBJECTIVES: To assess the impact of allergy on clinical presentations (phenotypes) and inflammatory patterns (endotypes) of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP). METHODS: A single-center prospective study was conducted over an 18-month period. Fifty-seven patients with refractory CRSwNP were included. The diagnosis of allergy was based on concordant skin prick tests and symptoms. Phenotypes were determined on symptom severity score, polyp size classification and Lund-Mackay CT staging...
December 8, 2017: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
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