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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049239/clinical-features-and-diagnosis-of-chronic-pulmonary-aspergillosis-in-chinese-patients
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Xiaomeng Hou, Hong Zhang, Lei Kou, Wei Lv, Jingjing Lu, Ji Li
Chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA) has recently been recognized as a significant global health burden. In China, the diagnosis of CPA is still unfamiliar to most doctors. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the clinical manifestations and diagnoses of CPA in China.A multidisciplinary team of doctors retrospectively screened 690 records of patients diagnosed with pulmonary aspergillosis from January 2000 to December 2016 at Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Beijing, China. Of these, 69 patients were diagnosed with CPA...
October 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046956/unpredictable-episodic-breathlessness-in-patients-with-advanced-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-lung-cancer-a-qualitative-study
#2
P Linde, G Hanke, R Voltz, S T Simon
PURPOSE: The internationally consented definition and categorization describe two categories of episodic breathlessness: predictable (with known triggers) and unpredictable. The link of known triggers only to predictable episodes can be read that unpredictable episodes have none known trigger. Our aim was to illuminate patients' experiences with episodes of unpredictable breathlessness, to collect descriptions of the episodes' impact on the patients' lives, and, in turn, the patients' individual coping strategies in this connection...
October 18, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037301/asthma-symptoms-among-chinese-children-the-role-of-ventilation-and-pm10-exposure-at-school-and-home
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X-J Fan, C Yang, L Zhang, Q Fan, T Li, X Bai, Z-H Zhao, X Zhang, D Norback
SETTING: Respiratory symptoms in relation to environment in Taiyuan, China. OBJECTIVE: To study associations between school/home exposure and prevalence of respiratory symptoms and self-reported respiratory infections (RIs) among students. DESIGN: A total of 2134 pupils from 10 schools answered a questionnaire; air pollution at school was measured. RESULTS: The prevalence of current wheeze, daytime attacks of breathlessness, nocturnal cough, nocturnal respiratory symptoms and RI was respectively 4...
November 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034296/diagnosis-of-asthma-in-symptomatic-children-based-on-measures-of-lung-function-an-analysis-of-data-from-a-population-based-birth-cohort-study
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Clare Murray, Philip Foden, Lesley Lowe, Hannah Durrington, Adnan Custovic, Angela Simpson
BACKGROUND: Concerns have been expressed about asthma overdiagnosis. The UK National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) proposed a new diagnostic algorithm applying four lung function measures sequentially (ratio of forced expiratory volume in 1 s [FEV1] to forced vital capacity [FVC] <70%, bronchodilator reversibility ≥12%, fractional exhaled nitric oxide [FeNO] ≥35 parts per billion, and peak expiratory flow variability >20%). We aimed to assess the diagnostic value of three of the tests individually, and then test the proposed algorithm in symptomatic children...
October 2017: Lancet Child Adolesc Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026608/diffuse-idiopathic-pulmonary-neuroendocrine-cell-hyperplasia-diagnosed-by-tranbronchoscopic-cryoprobe-biopsy-technique
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Ravi Patel, Carolina Collazo-Gonzalez, Arthur Andrews, Jean Johnson, Mark Rumbak, Maxwell Smith
Diffuse idiopathic pulmonary neuroendocrine cell hyperplasia (DIPNECH) remains a poorly understood clinical entity. It is currently classified as a premalignant condition by the World Health Organization (WHO). Symptoms are similar to those associated with obstructive lung disease, including breathlessness and cough. The presentation is often initially ascribed to other diseases such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Here, we present what we believe is the first described case of DIPNECH diagnosed by transbronchoscopic cryoprobe biopsy...
November 2017: Respirology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023174/subjective-responses-to-sprint-interval-exercise-in-adults-with-and-without-exercise-induced-bronchoconstriction
#6
Joshua Good, Shilpa Dogra
OBJECTIVE: Little is known of the subjective response to exercise that involves short "all out" bursts of effort, separated by recovery periods (sprint interval exercise (SPRINT)) among adults with exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIBC). The purpose of this study was to compare subjective responses to SPRINT and moderate intensity continuous exercise (MOD) among adults with EIBC, and to compare these responses between adults with EIBC and those without EIBC. METHODS: Eight adults (22...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021576/the-recording-and-characteristics-of-pulmonary-rehabilitation-in-patients-with-copd-using-the-health-information-network-thin-primary-care-database
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Ali Hakamy, Tricia M McKeever, Jack E Gibson, Charlotte E Bolton
Pulmonary rehabilitation is recommended for patients with COPD to improve physical function, breathlessness and quality of life. Using The Health Information Network (THIN) primary care database in UK, we compared the demographic and clinical parameters of patients with COPD in relation to coding of pulmonary rehabilitation, and to investigate whether there is a survival benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation. We identified patients with COPD, diagnosed from 2004 and extracted information on demographics, pulmonary rehabilitation and clinical parameters using the relevant Read codes...
October 11, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021387/timing-of-onset-of-symptoms-in-people-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Thomas Hewson, Tricia M McKeever, Jack E Gibson, Vidya Navaratnam, Richard B Hubbard, John P Hutchinson
Little is known about when symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis first develop. We identified incident cases of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis-clinical syndrome (IPF-CS) from a UK primary care database and assessed the frequency of consultations for common symptoms in the 5 years prior to diagnosis. 1671 cases were identified with 5 years of data prior to diagnosis. Breathlessness was the most common symptom, followed by cough. Cases were significantly more likely than controls to experience these symptoms (p<0...
October 11, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017260/waterpipe-use-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa-data-from-the-breathe-study
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Ashraf Alzaabi, Bassam Mahboub, Hocine Salhi, Wisco Kajingu, Nauman Rashid, Abdelkader El-Hasnaoui
Introduction: In recent decades, waterpipe use has gained popularity, notably in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This study describes waterpipe use and characteristics of waterpipe users among the general population of the MENA region. Methods: This study was a sub-analysis of the BREATHE study, a cross-sectional survey of chronic obstructive respiratory disease conducted in the general population of 11 countries of the MENA region. The study population consisted of subjects aged ≥40 years who completed the screening questionnaire and who reported waterpipe use (alone or with cigarettes)...
November 1, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016620/the-easi-model-a-first-integrative-computational-approximation-to-the-natural-history-of-copd
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Alvar Agustí, Albert Compte, Rosa Faner, Judith Garcia-Aymerich, Guillaume Noell, Borja G Cosio, Robert Rodriguez-Roisin, Bartolomé Celli, Josep Maria Anto
The natural history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is still not well understood. Traditionally believed to be a self-inflicted disease by smoking, now we know that not all smokers develop COPD, that other inhaled pollutants different from cigarette smoke can also cause it, and that abnormal lung development can also lead to COPD in adulthood. Likewise, the inflammatory response that characterizes COPD varies significantly between patients, and not all of them perceive symptoms (mostly breathlessness) similarly...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988256/primary-leiomyosarcoma-of-the-atrium-with-heterologous-differentiation
#11
Shaesta Zaidi, Sufia Husain, Dona Barakah
We report a case of a 47-year-old female who presented with breathlessness and palpitations for two weeks. On clinical evaluation, bilateral pedal edema was noticed. A CT pulmonary angiogram showed a mass in the left atrium causing significant obstruction to cardiovascular outflow. After extensive work-up, the mass was surgically resected. Histopathological findings from the acquired specimen revealed a high-grade leiomyosarcoma with extensive necrosis and heterologous (cartilaginous) differentiation. The early postoperative period was complicated by cardiac tamponade and the patient died on the second postoperative day due to ventricular arrhythmia, shock and multiorgan failure...
September 2017: Annals of Saudi Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978210/clinical-updates-on-the-management-of-asthma
#12
Suzanne Bollmeier
Asthma is a complex airway disorder that involves multiple inflammatory cells and cellular elements. Genetic and environmental factors result in recurrent episodes of the symptoms of asthma: coughing, wheezing, breathlessness, and chest tightness. Left untreated, these initial symptoms can transform into exacerbations ranging from spontaneous reversible airflow obstruction and airway remodeling to death. As a result, the need for novel therapeutic options for the treatment and long-term management of asthma has become increasingly vital...
February 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28977536/transabdominal-robot-assisted-diaphragmatic-plication-a-3-5-year-experience
#13
Sreeja Biswas Roy, Cassandra Haworth, Taylor Ipsen, Paul Kang, David Hill, Annie Do, Elbert Kuo
OBJECTIVES: Diaphragmatic paralysis, a known cause of dyspnoea, can drastically reduce breathing efficiency, diminishing quality of life. We report our 3.5-year experience with 22 consecutive patients who underwent transabdominal, robot-assisted diaphragmatic plication for diaphragmatic paralysis. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 22 consecutive patients who underwent this procedure by a single surgeon from 5 September 2012 to 12 May 2016. The primary outcome measure was change in dyspnoea severity, which was measured with the 5-point Medical Research Council dyspnoea scale (a score of 5 indicates breathlessness so severe, the individual is homebound)...
July 25, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28971777/itraconazole-induced-congestive-heart-failure-a-case-study
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Aby Oommen Abraham, Prasan Kumar Panda
Only few cases have been reported with cardiovascular side effects, especially congestive heart failure (HF), of intraconazole therapy after black box warning by US-FDA (2001). It is unknown which category of patients should avoid this important antifungal treatment. A middle-aged man having past history of treated pulmonary tuberculosis and obstructive uropathy presented with 2-weeks of progressive cough with scanty purulent sputum and breathlessness without any fever, chest pain, or pedal edema. Chest examination demonstrated bilateral crackles in upper thorax...
October 3, 2017: Current Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965097/does-laryngeal-reinnervation-or-type-i-thyroplasty-give-better-voice-results-for-patients-with-unilateral-vocal-fold-paralysis-vocalist-study-protocol-for-a-feasibility-randomised-controlled-trial
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Helen Blackshaw, Paul Carding, Marcus Jepson, Marina Mat Baki, Gareth Ambler, Anne Schilder, Stephen Morris, Aneeka Degun, Rosamund Yu, Samantha Husbands, Helen Knowles, Chloe Walton, Yakubu Karagama, Kate Heathcote, Martin Birchall
INTRODUCTION: A functioning voice is essential for normal human communication. A good voice requires two moving vocal folds; if one fold is paralysed (unilateral vocal fold paralysis (UVFP)) people suffer from a breathy, weak voice that tires easily and is unable to function normally. UVFP can also result in choking and breathlessness. Current treatment for adults with UVFP is speech therapy to stimulate recovery of vocal fold (VF) motion or function and/or injection of the paralysed VF with a material to move it into a more favourable position for the functioning VF to close against...
September 29, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28955409/a-case-of-exertional-breathlessness
#16
M Vishnu Sharma
Can you diagnose this case of exertional breathlessness in a patient who underwent radical neck dissection? http://ow.ly/YvbN30dxyfs.
September 2017: Breathe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28952156/positive-expiratory-pressure-therapy-versus-other-airway-clearance-techniques-for-bronchiectasis
#17
REVIEW
Annemarie L Lee, Angela T Burge, Anne E Holland
BACKGROUND: People with bronchiectasis experience chronic cough and sputum production and require the prescription of airway clearance techniques (ACTs). A common type of ACT prescribed is positive expiratory pressure (PEP) therapy. A previous review has suggested that ACTs including PEP therapy are beneficial compared to no treatment in people with bronchiectasis. However, the efficacy of PEP therapy in a stable clinical state or during an acute exacerbation compared to other ACTs in bronchiectasis is unknown...
September 27, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945277/malt-lymphoma-arising-on-a-background-of-reactive-pulmonary-lymphoid-hyperplasia-in-a-patient-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#18
Ute Laggner, Reena Khiroya, Andrew C Wotherspoon, Sujal R Desai, Andrew G Nicholson
Interstitial lung diseases are not infrequently complicated by development of malignancies and whilst most cases are carcinomas, rare cases of lymphoma have been reported,(1 2) these being diffuse large B-cell lymphomas and often associated with connective tissue disorders (CTDs). Reactive pulmonary lymphoid hyperplasia (RPLH), typically in the form of lymphoid interstitial pneumonia (LIP) often arises in patients with CTDs and only rarely shows malignant transformation,(3) with many of the early putative cases of transformation to MALT (mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue) lymphoma from LIP being lymphoma 'de novo'...
September 25, 2017: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942392/progressive-breathlessness-following-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
#19
Jack P M Andrews, Nicholas L Cruden, Alastair J Moss
: An 84-year-old man presented urgently to the cardiology clinic with rapid onset exertional dyspnoea while walking on the flat. Five months previously, he underwent implantation of a balloon-expandable 26 mm transcatheter heart valve (SAPIEN 3, Edwards Lifesciences) for severe aortic stenosis. On clinical examination, the jugular venous pressure was elevated and a mid-late ejection systolic murmur was audible in the aortic region. ECG demonstrated sinus rhythm with a left ventricular (LV) strain pattern...
November 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941948/efficiency-and-safety-of-varying-the-frequency-of-whole-blood-donation-interval-a-randomised-trial-of-45%C3%A2-000-donors
#20
Emanuele Di Angelantonio, Simon G Thompson, Stephen Kaptoge, Carmel Moore, Matthew Walker, Jane Armitage, Willem H Ouwehand, David J Roberts, John Danesh
BACKGROUND: Limits on the frequency of whole blood donation exist primarily to safeguard donor health. However, there is substantial variation across blood services in the maximum frequency of donations allowed. We compared standard practice in the UK with shorter inter-donation intervals used in other countries. METHODS: In this parallel group, pragmatic, randomised trial, we recruited whole blood donors aged 18 years or older from 25 centres across England, UK...
September 20, 2017: Lancet
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