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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079846/patient-confidence-and-quality-of-life-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-and-sarcoidosis
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Jalpa Kotecha, Christopher Atkins, Andrew Wilson
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and sarcoidosis impact significantly on health-related quality of life (HRQOL). There are few studies on the impact of patient confidence on HRQOL in these conditions. OBJECTIVES: 1. To investigate whether patient confidence is associated with HRQOL, anxiety, depression, dyspnoea or fatigue. 2. To assess if patient confidence is associated with inpatient admissions, access to community healthcare and, for IPF patients, mortality and disease severity...
December 23, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074723/-a-woman-with-excessive-dynamic-airway-collapse
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R L T N Salden, S Postma
BACKGROUND: 'Excessive dynamic airway collapse' (EDAC) is a form of tracheamalacia, that does not affect the rings of cartilage on the anterior side of the trachea, but in which the posterior wall of the trachea collapses during inspiration and expiration. CASE DESCRIPTION: An 80 year-old woman presented to the accident and emergency department with dyspnoea and severe inspiratory and expiratory stridor, with sudden onset a few hours previously. Following a series of investigations, she was shown to have a narrowing of the trachea, radiating from the posterior wall...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074704/the-toxicology-of-zinc-chloride-smoke-producing-bombs-and-screens
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Ayman El Idrissi, Lisanne van Berkel, Nadia E Bonekamp, Diana J Z Dalemans, Marcel A G van der Heyden
CONTEXT: Zinc chloride (ZnCl2)-based smoke bombs and screens are in use since the Second World War (1939-1945). Many case descriptions on ZnCl2 smoke inhalation incidents appeared since 1945. OBJECTIVE: We provide a comprehensive overview of the clinical symptoms and underlying pathophysiology due to exposure to fumes from ZnCl2 smoke producing bombs. In addition, we give a historical overview of treatment regimens and their outcomes. METHODOLOGY: We performed a literature search on Medline, Scopus and Google Scholar databases using combinations of the following search terms "smoke bomb", "smoke screen", "ZnCl2", "intoxication", "poisoning", "case report", "HE smoke", "hexachloroethane smoke", "smoke inhalation" and "white smoke"...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073631/-assessing-motivation-to-smoking-cessation-in-hospitalized-patients
#4
Juana María Sepúlveda-Sánchez, José Carlos Canca-Sánchez, Francisco Rivas-Ruiz, Mónica Martín-García, Celia Lorente Márquez, Eva María Timonet-Andreu
AIM: To assess motivation to quit smoking in patients admitted to an acute care hospital, determine predictors of readiness to change, and identify a risk group that requires targeted motivational interviewing. METHODS: A cross-sectional descriptive study. A retrospective study was performed on the medical records of 248 patients aged >18 years with smoking habits admitted to the medical and surgery units of a district hospital between May 2014 and April 2015...
January 7, 2017: Enfermería Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069787/bilateral-indwelling-pleural-catheter-for-hepatic-hydrothorax
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Rossella D'Amato, Luisa E Eiroa González, Ana Isabel Hernández Méndez
A 68-year-old man with alcoholic liver cirrhosis and portal hypertension was admitted due to ascites. Bilateral severe hepatic hydrothorax did not resolve despite sodium restriction, and diuretic treatment, requiring repeated thoracentesis for relief of dyspnoea. Curative options, as transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt and liver transplantation were both contraindicated. An attempt of pleurodesis was ineffective. Bilateral insertion of tunnelled pleural catheter allowed symptom control and home discharge...
January 9, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069251/elevated-troponin-i-level-assessed-by-a-new-high-sensitive-assay-and-the-risk-of-poor-outcomes-in-patients-with-acute-heart-failure
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R Zymliński, M Sokolski, P Siwolowski, J Biegus, S Nawrocka, E A Jankowska, J Todd, R Yerramilli, J Estis, W Banasiak, P Ponikowski
BACKGROUND: The interpretation and clinical usefulness of elevated levels of cardiac troponins in acute heart failure (AHF) remain controversial. We aimed to characterize the relationship between changes in cardiac troponin I (measured using a new high-sensitive immunoassay by single-molecule counting technology, Singulex, Alameda, USA; hs-TnI) during first 48h of hospital stay and patients' characteristics and the outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: We measured hs-TnI at baseline, after 24 and 48h in 130 AHF patients (mean age: 65±13years, 77% men)...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062164/two-rare-case-reports-of-confirmed-ceylon-krait-bungarus-ceylonicus-envenoming-in-sri-lanka
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R M M K Namal Rathnayaka, S A M Kularatne, K D M Kumarasinghe, K Jeganadan, P E A Nishanthi Ranathunga
The Ceylon krait (Bungarus ceylonicus) is a deadly venomous elapid snake endemic to Sri Lanka. Its habitat is mainly in the wet zone of the island. Despite its frequent encounters in and near human dwellings, reports of envenoming are rare and limited to four in the literature. The first and last fatal reports envenoming by B. ceylonicus was in 1993. After over two decades, we report two confirmed cases of B. ceylonicus bites-one a dry bite and the other with signs and symptoms of moderate envenoming. The envenoming occurred at night while the victim was asleep, causing tightness in the chest and dyspnoea on waking up, followed by neuromuscular paralysis that did not cause respiratory failure and complete recovery was observed three days following the bite...
January 3, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055002/identifying-possible-asthma-copd-overlap-syndrome-in-patients-with-a-new-diagnosis-of-copd-in-primary-care
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Camilla Boslev Baarnes, Peter Kjeldgaard, Mia Nielsen, Marc Miravitlles, Charlotte Suppli Ulrik
The asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) overlap syndrome (ACOS) remains poorly characterised. Our aim was to describe an algorithm for identifying possible ACOS in adults with newly diagnosed COPD in primary care. General practitioners (n=241) consecutively recruited subjects ⩾35 years, with tobacco exposure, at least one respiratory symptom and no previous diagnosis of obstructive lung disease. Possible ACOS was defined as chronic airflow obstruction, i.e., post-bronchodilator (BD) forced expiratory volume 1/forced vital capacity (FEV1/FVC) ratio<0...
January 5, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044005/biomechanical-ct-metrics-are-associated-with-patient-outcomes-in-copd
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Sandeep Bodduluri, Surya P Bhatt, Eric A Hoffman, John D Newell, Carlos H Martinez, Mark T Dransfield, Meilan K Han, Joseph M Reinhardt
BACKGROUND: Traditional metrics of lung disease such as those derived from spirometry and static single-volume CT images are used to explain respiratory morbidity in patients with COPD, but are insufficient. We hypothesised that the mean Jacobian determinant, a measure of local lung expansion and contraction with respiration, would contribute independently to clinically relevant functional outcomes. METHODS: We applied image registration techniques to paired inspiratory-expiratory CT scans and derived the Jacobian determinant of the deformation field between the two lung volumes to map local volume change with respiration...
January 2, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042077/symptom-burden-in-advanced-soft-tissue-sarcoma
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Nicholas Gough, Jonathan Koffman, Joy R Ross, Julia Riley, Ian Judson
CONTEXT: There is little information on symptom prevalence and severity in advanced soft tissue sarcoma (STS). Understanding symptom burden will aid clinical consultations, clarify which symptom interventions are needed and better define optimum timings of palliative and supportive care referrals. OBJECTIVES: To describe symptom prevalence and severity in patients undergoing different treatment options for advanced STS: [i] First-line palliative chemotherapy (FLC) [ii] Active surveillance (AS) pre and post-FLC and [iii] Palliative care (PC) alone...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041785/a-semi-quantitative-translational-pharmacology-analysis-to-understand-the-relationship-between-in-vitro-ent1-inhibition-and-the-clinical-incidence-of-dyspnoea-and-bronchospasm
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Lyn Rosenbrier Ribeiro, R Ian Storer
Adenosine contributes to the pathophysiology of respiratory disease, and adenosine challenge leads to bronchospasm and dyspnoea in patients. The equilibrative nucleoside transporter 1 (ENT1) terminates the action of adenosine by removal from the extracellular environment. Therefore, it is proposed that inhibition of ENT1 in respiratory disease patients leads to increased adenosine concentrations, triggering bronchospasm and dyspnoea. This study aims to assess the translation of in vitro ENT1 inhibition to the clinical incidence of bronchospasm and dyspnoea in respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease and healthy volunteer populations...
December 29, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040707/stridor-secondary-to-a-subglottic-neuroendocrine-tumour
#12
Daniel W Scholfield, S Virk Jagdeep, Paul Stimpson
Large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma is a rare high-grade neuroendocrine neoplasm of the larynx, that exhibits particularly aggressive behaviour. We present a case of a 42-year-old patient with progressive dyspnoea and biphasic stridor, initially treated as asthma and resulting in delayed definitive management. Flow volume loops demonstrated narrowed inspiratory and expiratory flow volume loops. Subsequent CT neck and thorax indicated a mass arising from the subglottis and the patient proceeded to microlaryngoscopy and trans-oral CO2 laser debulking...
December 30, 2016: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038782/-functional-decline-and-presence-of-symptoms-in-palliative-care-cause-or-consequence
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Alfredo Zamora-Mur, María Nabal-Vicuña, Aranzazu Zamora-Catevilla, Rafael García-Foncillas, Verónica Calderero-Aragón, Óscar Aubí-Catevilla, Fernando Lostalé-Latorre
INTRODUCTION: Several publications have related functional decline to the appearance of symptoms, especially psychiatric or psychological ones, such as anxiety and depression. Moreover, an initial depressive disorder or prior to functional decline usually worsens it. It was decided to investigate the relationship between the presence of functional decline, measured by a decrease in the Barthel index (BI), and the presence of symptoms. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective analytical study conducted on patients referred to a Home Care Support Team (HCST)...
December 27, 2016: Revista Española de Geriatría y Gerontología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032431/degree-of-dyspnoea-in-patients-with-non-st-elevation-acute-coronary-syndrome-a-report-from-japanese-multicenter-registry
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Yasuyuki Shiraishi, Shun Kohsaka, Ikuko Ueda, Taku Inohara, Mitsuaki Sawano, Yohei Numasawa, Kentaro Hayashida, Yuichiro Maekawa, Yukihiko Momiyama, Keiichi Fukuda
BACKGROUND: Degree of dyspnoea is almost universally evaluated in the patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), but its clinical implications has not been thoroughly investigated. We aimed to describe the relationship between the severity of dyspnoea and in-hospital outcomes in patients with non-ST elevation ACS (NSTE-ACS) complicated with acute heart failure (AHF). METHODS: Between 2009 and 2014, 3287 consecutive patients with NSTE-ACS were enrolled in the Japanese prospective multicenter PCI registry...
December 2016: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032253/effect-of-cadence-on-locomotor-respiratory-coupling-during-upper-body-exercise
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Nicholas B Tiller, Mike J Price, Ian G Campbell, Lee M Romer
INTRODUCTION: Asynchronous arm-cranking performed at high cadences elicits greater cardiorespiratory responses compared to low cadences. This has been attributed to increased postural demand and locomotor-respiratory coupling (LRC), and yet, this has not been empirically tested. This study aimed to assess the effects of cadence on cardiorespiratory responses and LRC during upper-body exercise. METHODS: Eight recreationally-active men performed arm-cranking exercise at moderate and severe intensities that were separated by 10 min of rest...
December 28, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031841/long-term-outcome-of-nitinol-stenting-to-treat-asphyxia-caused-by-postpneumonectomy-syndrome
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Jiro Abe, Toru Hasumi, Ryota Tanaka, Yasuki Saito, Keishi Kanma, Satomi Takahashi
The long-term outcome of nitinol stents introduced into a patient with postpneumonectomy syndrome is described. Postpneumonectomy syndrome is a rare but crucial complication after pneumonectomy characterized by severe dyspnoea and recurrent airway infection caused by compression of the main bronchus. Surgical correction of mediastinal displacement and endobronchial stent placement are two major treatments for this complication; however, endobronchial stenting may be limited to those who are not suitable for operative procedures because long-term management is difficult in terms of controlling airway infections...
January 2017: Respirology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031837/carcinomatous-pleuritis-and-pericarditis-accompanied-by-pulmonary-tuberculosis
#17
Munechika Hara, Shin-Ichiro Iwakami, Naohisa Matsumoto, Taichi Miyawaki, Ryo Wada, Kazuhisa Takahashi
Although both lung cancer and pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) commonly occur in clinical practice, little attention has been paid to their coexistence. A 62-year-old female was admitted with acute dyspnoea secondary to cardiac tamponade. During her admission, a mass lesion harbouring air bronchograms in the right upper lobe rapidly increased in size. Surgical lung, pericardial, and pleural specimens yielded TB from a nodule in the right upper lobe and lung adenocarcinoma from the pericardium and pleura. Anti-tuberculous therapy was administered and gefitinib was subsequently started after the positive identification of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation (exon 19 deletion)...
November 2016: Respirology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031830/development-of-diffuse-alveolar-damage-after-initiation-of-nijutsuto
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Motoyasu Kato, Shinichi Sasaki, Hiroshi Izumi, Toshimasa Uekusa, Shigeru Tominaga, Kazuhisa Takahashi
Chinese traditional medicine, Nijutsuto, is used to treat patients with frozen shoulder and osteoarthritis. Herbal medicine is often linked to the development of interstitial lung disease. An 83-year-old Japanese man with osteoarthritis who was on Nijutsuto was admitted to our hospital with dyspnoea and severe cough after 2 weeks from initiation of Nijutsuto. A chest computed tomography scan on admission showed diffuse ground glass opacity with traction bronchiectasis. Thus, he was diagnosed with Nijutsuto-induced interstitial lung disease, and was treated with a high dose of methylprednisolone and cyclophosphamide...
November 2016: Respirology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031828/three-simultaneous-cases-of-hypersensitivity-pneumonitis-and-acute-lung-injury-caused-by-dichloromethane
#19
Kei Takamura, Takahiro Ogi, Makoto Yamamoto, Keisuke Kikuchi
Three middle-aged male patients were admitted to our hospital complaining of dry cough, dyspnoea, and fever. All three of them had cleaned a refrigerator at a Chinese noodle mill using paint remover containing dichloromethane (90%) the previous day. Chest X-rays revealed bilateral diffuse infiltrative shadows on the lungs. We performed transbronchial lung biopsies and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) via bronchoscopy for each patient. Bronchoalveolar lavage showed increased total cell count as well as lymphocyte and neutrophil fraction...
November 2016: Respirology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031825/severe-bilateral-bronchial-stenosis-with-acute-respiratory-failure-from-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis
#20
Pattraporn Tajarernmuang, Atikun Limsukon, Chalerm Liwsrisakun, Yutthaphan Wannasopha
We report a 48-year-old female patient hospitalized with dyspnoea, wheezing, and respiratory failure due to bilateral main bronchial stenosis from granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) involvement. By computed tomography imaging and flexible bronchoscopy, we measured the narrowest diameter at 2 mm. The patient promptly recovered from respiratory failure after treatment with flexible bronchoscopic balloon dilatation (BBD) without any procedure-related adverse event. This report showed the benefits of urgent flexible BBD that was used as a rescue therapy in a GPA patient who presented life-threatening acute respiratory failure from severe bilateral bronchial stenosis...
November 2016: Respirology Case Reports
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