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Sibel Kara, Nazan Sen, Sule Akcay, Gokhan Moray, Murat Kus, Mehmet Haberal
Hydrothorax occurs frequently in patients with endstage liver disease and usually requires drainage of pulmonary effusion during the hepatectomy phase of liver transplant. Reexpansion pulmonary edema is a rare but potentially fatal complication seen after rapid reexpansion of the collapsed lung following thoracentesis of pleural fluid or tube drainage of pneumothorax. This condition, which manifests with various degrees of clinical severity, is rarely reported following liver transplantation. Herein, we present a 62-year-old male patient who developed reexpansion pulmonary edema after drainage of massive pleural effusion, which caused a total collapse in the right hemithorax during liver transplant...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
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
Shu-Lan Hsu, Chih-Wei Tseng
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hepatic hydrothorax is a nonmalignant pleural effusion associated with portal hypertension that may cause increased morbidity or mortality in cirrhotic patients. For patients who are refractory to salt restriction and diuretics, thoracentesis and catheter drainage are necessary for symptomatic relief. This review aimed to identify the best drainage method in patients with hepatic hydrothorax. RECENT FINDINGS: Chest tube placement is discouraged in cases of hepatic hydrothorax due to high complication and mortality rates...
March 7, 2018: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
S Li, H Huang, K Xu, Z J Xu
Objective: To describe the clinical characteristics of respiratory manifestations of yellow nail syndrome. Methods: We conducted a retrospective analysis of 2 patients with respiratory diseases associated with yellow nail syndrome. Their clinical and chest radiological data were collected. We searched PubMed, Wanfang and CNKI databases with the keywords "yellow nail syndrome, yellow nail and lung" in Chinese and English. And the relevant literatures, including 6 articles in Chinese and 81 articles in English, were reviewed...
March 12, 2018: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Samanta Sarmento da Silva, Guilherme Eckert Peterson, Sérgio Luis Amantéa, Patrícia Miorelli, Jane Maria Ulbrich, Eliane Roesch, Paulo Roberto Sanches, Jose Carlos Fraga
PURPOSE: To evaluate the concentration of transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGFB1) levels in a rat pleural effusion obtained by inoculation of intrapleural bacteria or turpentine through thoracentesis. METHODS: Thirty-Nine Wistar rats were divided into three groups: Staphylococcus aureus (SA, n = 17); Streptococcus pneumoniae (SP, n = 12); and turpentine (control, n = 10). Pleural fluid was collected through ultrasound-guided thoracentesis 12 h, 24 h, and 36 h after instillation of bacteria or turpentine...
February 2018: Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira
Paolo Ceruti, Sara Lonni, Francesca Baglivo, Giampietro Marchetti
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an asbestos-related aggressive tumor, that requires proper diagnosis and management. Symptoms are nonspecific and chest computed tomography (CT) and chest ultrasound (US) are important radiological tools in the initial workup to identify early pathological signs. Performing a medical thoracoscopy (MT) is essential for a definitive diagnosis of MPM. The procedure, integrated with a prior US, allows a global evaluation of the pleural cavity and the execution of multiple targeted biopsies, with low risk of complications...
January 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Silvia Bielsa, Alberto García-Zamalloa, Paula Monteagudo, Didac González-Sans, David Ascanio, Aureli Esquerda, Jorge Taboada-Gómez, José M Porcel
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether changes in pleural fluid (PF) biochemistries between two consecutive thoracenteses enable clinicians to predict malignant or benign pleural effusions (PE). METHODS: Retrospective study of patients with lymphocytic exudates and negative PF cytology, who underwent a second thoracentesis in our center in the last 15 years in whom a final diagnosis was reached (derivation sample). Absolute (Δa) and percentage differences (Δp) in PF biochemistries which predicted a malignant or benign PE in the derivation sample were evaluated in an independent population (validation sample)...
February 26, 2018: Archivos de Bronconeumología
Carlos Romero, Daryelle S Varon, Salim Surani, Joseph Varon
We present the case of a 61-year-old gentleman with history of stage IV esophageal cancer presented to the emergency department with the complaints of dyspnea on exertion and cough of 1-month duration. Patient had undergone resection of distal esophagus 4 years' prior this admission. Chest radiograph revealed a large right pleural effusion and, a computed tomography scan of the chest revealed a portion of the effusion herniating between the ribs in the right hemithorax. Thoracentesis was performed with improvement in patient's dyspnea and overall condition...
2018: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
Edward Yi-Yung Yu, Fei-Shih Yang, Yu-Jen Chiu, Fuu-Jen Tsai, Chi-Cheng Lu, Jai-Sing Yang
Biliopleural fistula (BF) and formation of biliopleural effusion is a rare complication following percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage (PTBD). It occurs when the pleura is traversed by the catheter before entering the bile duct. Biliopleural fistula should be suspected when right side pleural effusion develops following the PTBD procedure. The diagnosis of biliopleural fistula is made when greenish pleural fluid with high concentration of bilirubin is aspirated. Here we present a case where a patient develops a biliopleural fistula following PTBD due to obstructive jaundice caused by neuroendocrine tumor of pancreas...
March 2018: BioMedicine
Darian Volarić, Veljko Flego, Gordana Žauhar, Ljiljana Bulat-Kardum
Introduction: We investigated whether tumour markers carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), neuron-specific enolase (NSE), cancer antigen 125 (CA-125), and cytokeratin 19 fragment (CYFRA 21-1) in pleural effusions and serum can be used to distinguish pleural effusion aetiology. Materials and methods: During the first thoracentesis, we measured pleural fluid and serum tumour marker concentrations and calculated the pleural fluid/serum ratio for patients diagnosed with pleural effusion, using electrochemiluminescence immunoassays...
February 15, 2018: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
Thomas W Carver
OBJECTIVE: Surgical critical care (SCC) fellows are expected to receive training in critical care ultrasound (CCUS) but training is sporadic and there is no standardized curriculum to guide educators. Previous studies show wide variation in CCUS training during fellowship across specialties but SCC has been underrepresented. This study was performed to assess SCC program directors' views regarding CCUS during fellowship training. DESIGN: Adult SCC program directors were surveyed regarding the role of CCUS in fellowship training...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Surgical Education
Joshua T Bucher, Christopher Bryczkowski, Grant Wei, Renee L Riggs, Anoop Kotwal, Brian Sumner, Jonathan V McCoy
BACKGROUND: The purpose of our study is to investigate rates of individual procedures performed by residents in our emergency medicine (EM) residency program. Different programs expose residents to different training environments. Our hypothesis is that ultrasound examinations are the most commonly performed procedure in our residency. METHODS: The study took place in an academic level I trauma center with multiple residency and fellowship programs including surgery, surgical critical care, trauma, medicine, pulmonary/critical care, anesthesiology and others...
February 14, 2018: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
Monika Zielinska-Krawczyk, Elzbieta M Grabczak, Marcin Michnikowski, Krzysztof Zielinski, Piotr Korczynski, Anna Stecka, Tomasz Golczewski, Rafal Krenke
BACKGROUND: Although the impact of therapeutic thoracentesis on lung function and blood gases has been evaluated in several studies, some physiological aspects of pleural fluid withdrawal remain unknown. The aim of the study was to assess the changes in pleural pressure amplitude (Pplampl ) during the respiratory cycle and respiratory rate (RR) in patients undergoing pleural fluid withdrawal. METHODS: The study included 23 patients with symptomatic pleural effusion...
February 14, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
Steven J Campbell, Rabih Bechara, Shaheen Islam
Spreading beyond the realm of tertiary academic medical centers, point-of-care ultrasound in the intensive care unit is an important diagnostic tool. The real-time feedback garnered can lead to critical and clinically relevant changes in management and decrease potential complications. Bedside ultrasound evaluation in the intensive care setting with a small, portable equipment is well-suited for placement of central lines, lumbar puncture, thoracentesis or other bedside ICU procedures and in the evaluation of cardiac activity, pleural and abdominal cavity and the overall fluid volume...
March 2018: Clinics in Chest Medicine
Marc Fortin, Niloofar Taghizadeh, Alain Tremblay
BACKGROUND: Malignant pleural effusions (MPE) are a common clinical problem. Little is known about the burden of MPE and of the treatments used to alleviate its symptoms on the United States Health Care System. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to obtain a better portrait of inpatient pleural procedures performed in the United States. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of MPE-associated hospitalizations using the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project-Nationwide Inpatient Sample, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (HCUP-NIS 2012)...
February 7, 2018: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Elzbieta M Grabczak, Rafal Krenke, Monika Zielinska-Krawczyk, Richard W Light
Although pleural manometry is a relatively simple medical procedure it is only occasionally used to follow pleural pressure (Ppl) changes during a therapeutic thoracentesis and pneumothorax drainage. As some studies showed that pleural pressure monitoring might be associated with significant advantages, pleural manometry has been increasingly evaluated in the last decade. The major clinical applications of pleural pressure measurements include: the prevention of complications associated with large volume thoracentesis, diagnosis and differentiation between various types of an unexpandable lung and a possible prediction of the efficacy of chest tube drainage in patients with spontaneous pneumothorax...
January 31, 2018: Respiratory Medicine
Hiba Ezzeddine, Ahmad Husari, Hussein Nassar, Mariam Kanso, Ghina El Nounou, Mohamad Khalife, Walid Faraj
BACKGROUND: Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed aesthetic procedures. It is performed worldwide as an outpatient procedure. However, the complications are underestimated and underreported by caregivers. We present a case of delayed diagnosis of bilothorax secondary to liver and gallbladder injury after tumescent liposuction. METHODS: A 26-year-old female patient was transferred to our emergency department from an aesthetic clinic with worsening dyspnea, tachypnea and fatigue...
January 31, 2018: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Ria Dancel, Daniel Schnobrich, Nitin Puri, Ricardo Franco-Sadud, Joel Cho, Loretta Grikis, Brian P Lucas, Mahmoud El-Barbary, Nilam J Soni
Executive Summary: 1) We recommend that ultrasound should be used to guide thoracentesis to reduce the risk of complications, the most common being pneumothorax. 2) We recommend that ultrasound guidance should be used to increase the success rate of thoracentesis. 3) We recommend that ultrasound-guided thoracentesis should be performed or closely supervised by experienced operators. 4) We suggest that ultrasound guidance be used to reduce the risk of complications from thoracentesis in mechanically ventilated patients...
February 2018: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
Estefania Rivera, Yaron Gesthalter, Paul Vardelaan, Alex Chee, Adnan Majid
A 65-year-old woman, never smoker, with medical history of hypertension, nonischemic cardiomyopathy, and moderate pulmonary hypertension presented with symptomatic bilateral pleural effusions. Thoracentesis revealed a lymphocyte predominant transudate and was negative for malignancy, microbiologic cultures were negative for an infectious cause. Chest tomography showed mediastinal and bilateral hilar lymphadenopathy, lymph node biopsy with endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration showed non-necrotizing granulomas compatible with sarcoidosis...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
Brian P Lucas, David M Tierney, Trevor P Jensen, Ria Dancel, Joel Cho, Mahmoud El-Barbary, Ricardo Franco-Sadud, Nilam J Soni
Ultrasound guidance is used increasingly to perform the following 6 bedside procedures that are core competencies of hospitalists: abdominal paracentesis, arterial catheter placement, arthrocentesis, central venous catheter placement, lumbar puncture, and thoracentesis. Yet most hospitalists have not been certified to perform these procedures, whether using ultrasound guidance or not, by specialty boards or other institutions extramural to their own hospitals. Instead, hospital privileging committees often ask hospitalist group leaders to make ad hoc intramural certification assessments as part of credentialing...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
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