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Erin V McGillick, Sandra Orgeig, Dino A Giussani, Janna L Morrison
Exposure to altered intrauterine conditions during pregnancy influences both fetal growth and organ development. Chronic fetal hypoxaemia is a common pregnancy complication associated with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) that may influence the risk of infants experiencing respiratory complications at birth. There are a variety of signalling pathways that contribute to normal fetal lung development at the molecular level. The specific molecular effects of chronic hypoxaemia associated with IUGR on lung development are likely to be dependent on the specific aetiology (maternal, placental and/or fetal factors) that can alter hormone concentrations, oxygen and nutrient transport to the fetus...
August 21, 2016: Paediatric Respiratory Reviews
David Fitzpatrick, Patrick O'Meara, Andrew Cunningham
This short report describes the case of a young adult male who had smoked a synthetic cannabinoid legal high product called 'Exodus Damnation'. The patient's presentation was atypical from that described in the literature, with hypotension and hypoxaemia. Of note was the rapid recovery after pre-hospital intervention with high-flow oxygen therapy and intravenous fluids. The patient refused on-going care, despite repeated advice to attend the Emergency Department. The distinct lack of specialist support and referral to drug treatment for this patient population, with whom ambulance services are coming into contact with increasing frequency, is reported...
September 29, 2016: Scottish Medical Journal
Bertrand Prunet, Pierre-Yves Cordier, Nicolas Prat, Sophie DE Bourmont, David Couret, Dominique Lambert, Pierre Michelet
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the short-term respiratory tolerance and haemodynamic efficiency of low-volume resuscitation with hypertonic saline and hydroxyethylstarch (HS/HES) in a pig model of lung contusion and controlled haemorrhagic shock. We hypothesised that a low-volume of HS/HES after haemorrhagic shock didn't impact contused lungs in terms of extravascular lung water 3hours after trauma. METHODS: A lung contusion resulting from blunt chest trauma was induced in 28 anaesthetised female pigs with five bolt shots to the right thoracic cage, followed by haemorrhagic shock and fluid resuscitation...
September 19, 2016: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
Martin R Cowie
The majority of patients with heart failure have sleep-disordered breathing (SDB)-with central (rather than obstructive) sleep apnoea becoming the predominant form in those with more severe disease. Cyclical apnoeas and hypopnoeas are associated with sleep disturbance, hypoxaemia, haemodynamic changes, and sympathetic activation. Such patients have a worse prognosis than those without SDB. Mask-based therapies of positive airway pressure targeted at SDB can improve measures of sleep quality and partially normalise the sleep and respiratory physiology, but recent randomised trials of cardiovascular outcomes in central sleep apnoea have been neutral or suggested the possibility of harm, likely from increased sudden death...
September 17, 2016: Current Heart Failure Reports
Peter A Dargaville, Omid Sadeghi Fathabadi, Gemma K Plottier, Kathleen Lim, Kevin I Wheeler, Rohan Jayakar, Timothy J Gale
OBJECTIVE: To assess the performance of a novel algorithm for automated oxygen control using a simulation of oxygenation founded on in vivo data from preterm infants. METHODS: A proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control algorithm was enhanced by (i) compensation for the non-linear SpO2-PaO2 relationship, (ii) adaptation to the severity of lung dysfunction and (iii) error attenuation within the target range. Algorithm function with and without enhancements was evaluated by iterative linking with a computerised simulation of oxygenation...
September 15, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
S Asker, M Asker, M Ozgokce, B Ozbay
Objective: We hypothesized that the effect of intermittent and continuous hypoxia on carotid and brachial artery intima-media thicknesses (IMTs) may be similar. We aimed to assess the carotid and brachial arteries' IMTs in cases with intermittent [obstructive sleep apnea syndrome] (OSAS) and continuous (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) [COPD] hypoxemia together with other confounding demographic and biochemical factors. Methods: The study was prospectively performed on 197 patients allocated in three groups: 80 patients with severe OSAS, 80 severe COPD patients and 37 healthy controls...
February 12, 2016: West Indian Medical Journal
Kazuki Okura, Atsuyoshi Kawagoshi, Masahiro Iwakura, Keiyu Sugawara, Hitomi Takahashi, Takeshi Kashiwagura, Mitsunobu Homma, Masahiro Satake, Takanobu Shioya
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Diaphragm function might be useful to predict nocturnal oxygen desaturation in COPD. Ultrasonography has been widely used for the assessment of the diaphragm. We aimed to investigate the relationship between the contractile capability of the diaphragm assessed by ultrasonography and the nocturnal percutaneous arterial oxygen saturation (NSpO2 ) in COPD. METHODS: Twenty-eight male patients with COPD (age, 73 ± 7 years; forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1 ), 54...
September 9, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
Andrew K Roy, Jerome Garot, Antoinette Neylon, Marco Spaziano, Fadi J Sawaya, Thierry Lefèvre
Progressive dyspnea and hypoxaemia in the subacute phase after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) are uncommon and warrant immediate assessment of valve and prosthesis leaflet function to exclude thrombosis, as well as investigation for other causes related to the procedure, such as left ventricular dysfunction, pulmonary embolism, and respiratory sepsis. In this case, we report the observation of a patient presenting two weeks after TAVI with arterial hypoxaemia in an upright position, relieved by lying flat, and coupled with an intracardiac shunt detected on echocardiography in the absence of pulmonary hypertension, raising the suspicion of Platypnea-Orthodeoxia Syndrome (POS)...
2016: Case Reports in Cardiology
Benjamin Kasenda, Willi Sauerbrei, Patrick Royston, Alain Mercat, Arthur S Slutsky, Deborah Cook, Gordon H Guyatt, Laurent Brochard, Jean-Christophe M Richard, Thomas E Stewart, Maureen Meade, Matthias Briel
OBJECTIVES: A recent individual patient data (IPD) meta-analysis suggested that patients with moderate or severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) benefit from higher positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) ventilation strategies. However, thresholds for continuous variables (eg, hypoxaemia) are often arbitrary and linearity assumptions in regression approaches may not hold; the multivariable fractional polynomial interaction (MFPI) approach can address both problems. The objective of this study was to apply the MFPI approach to investigate interactions between four continuous patient baseline variables and higher versus lower PEEP on clinical outcomes...
September 8, 2016: BMJ Open
Jia-Feng Chang, Cheng-Hsien Hsieh, Jian-Chiun Liou, Jen-Kuang Lee
: A 60-year-old man had a long history of chronic hepatitis C. He presented to the emergency department with 2 days of progressive dyspnoea. Clinical manifestations included respiratory distress, cyanosis, digital clubbing, spider naevi on the upper chest and shifting dullness in the abdomen (see online supplementary figure S1). The ECG showed sinus tachycardia and left axis deviation. The chest radiography depicted blunting of right costophrenic angle with small pleural effusions and bilateral prominent pulmonary vascular markings (see online supplementary figure S2)...
September 1, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Anne-Fleur Gaston, Fabienne Durand, Emma Roca, Grégory Doucende, Ilona Hapkova, Enric Subirats
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of exercise-induced hypoxaemia (EIH) developed at sea-level on exercise responses at moderate acute altitude. METHODS: Twenty three subjects divided in three groups of individuals: highly trained with EIH (n = 7); highly trained without EIH (n = 8) and untrained participants (n = 8) performed two maximal incremental tests at sea-level and at 2,150 m. Haemoglobin O2 saturation (SpO2), heart rate, oxygen uptake (VO2) and several ventilatory parameters were measured continuously during the tests...
2016: PloS One
Gemma K Plottier, Kevin I Wheeler, Sanoj K M Ali, Omid Sadeghi Fathabadi, Rohan Jayakar, Timothy J Gale, Peter A Dargaville
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of a novel rapidly responsive proportional-integral-derivative (PID) algorithm for automated oxygen control in preterm infants with respiratory insufficiency. DESIGN: Interventional study of a 4-hour period of automated oxygen control compared with combined data from two flanking periods of manual control (4 hours each). SETTING: Neonatal intensive care unit. PARTICIPANTS: Preterm infants (n=20) on non-invasive respiratory support and supplemental oxygen, with oxygen saturation (SpO2) target range 90%-94% (manual control) and 91%-95% (automated control)...
August 29, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
T K P Nguyen, T H Tran, C L Roberts, S M Graham, B J Marais
Worldwide, pneumonia is the leading cause of death in infants and young children (aged <5 years). We provide an overview of the global pneumonia disease burden, as well as the aetiology and management practices in different parts of the world, with a specific focus on the WHO Western Pacific Region. In 2011, the Western Pacific region had an estimated 0.11 pneumonia episodes per child-year with 61,900 pneumonia-related deaths in children less than 5 years of age. The majority (>75%) of pneumonia deaths occurred in six countries; Cambodia, China, Laos, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Viet Nam...
July 18, 2016: Paediatric Respiratory Reviews
Aya Banno, Keijiro Chiba, Hiroko Kasai, Keiichi Nagami
Pulmonary tumour thrombotic microangiopathy (PTTM) resulting in fatal pulmonary hypertension is a rare complication of malignancy. Patients with PTTM generally suffer rapid deterioration of hypoxaemia, and a diagnosis is often only made at autopsy. We report a case of extramammary Paget's disease associated with PTTM. An ante-mortem diagnosis was made based on cytology of blood aspirated from a pulmonary artery catheter in a wedged position. Together with a review of the literature, this case highlights the potential diagnostic value of blood cytology in patients with cancer with rapidly progressing pulmonary hypertension...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
R D Anderson, W Wilson, J Morton, A Aggarwal
Atrial septal defects (ASD) are an uncommon cause of dyspnoea. A high index of suspicion is required, and further investigation should be prompted in patients with unexplained hypoxaemia, particularly those with pulmonary hypertension. Hypoxic ASD without pulmonary hypertension are rare, and only a handful of cases have been published. We present a middle-aged man with progressive dyspnoea with a successfully closed ASD without pulmonary hypertension caused by elevated right ventricular pressures secondary to an idiopathic cardiomyopathy...
August 2016: Internal Medicine Journal
Ainara Garde, Guohai Zhou, Shahreen Raihana, Dustin Dunsmuir, Walter Karlen, Parastoo Dekhordi, Tanvir Huda, Shams El Arifeen, Charles Larson, Niranjan Kissoon, Guy A Dumont, J Mark Ansermino
OBJECTIVE: Hypoxaemia is a strong predictor of mortality in children. Early detection of deteriorating condition is vital to timely intervention. We hypothesise that measures of pulse oximetry dynamics may identify children requiring hospitalisation. Our aim was to develop a predictive tool using only objective data derived from pulse oximetry and observed respiratory rate to identify children at increased risk of hospital admission. SETTING: Tertiary-level hospital emergency department in Bangladesh...
2016: BMJ Open
Muhammad Akhter Hamid, Ayesha Chandna, Sohaib Siddiqui, Jabeen Fayyaz
The infant mortality rates are high in developing countries and, according to World Health Organisation (WHO), statistics show that the main contributors are acute respiratory infections and pneumonia. In children hypoxaemia is an ominous sign associated with respiratory tract infections. Hypoxia can be detected easily with pulse oximetry. It is a non-invasive, readily available and cost-effective way to identify hypoxaemia. If we identify hypoxaemia at the primary care level, especially in a low-income setting, we can make early referral to tertiary care settings...
August 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Samir Jaber, Nicolas Molinari, Audrey De Jong
INTRODUCTION: Tracheal intubation in the intensive care unit (ICU) is associated with severe life-threatening complications including severe hypoxaemia. Preoxygenation before intubation has been recommended in order to decrease such complications. Non-invasive ventilation (NIV)-assisted preoxygenation allows increased oxygen saturation during the intubation procedure, by applying a positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) to prevent alveolar derecruitment. However, the NIV mask has to be taken off after preoxygenation to allow the passage of the tube through the mouth...
August 12, 2016: BMJ Open
Magalie Ladouceur, Louise Benoit, Jelena Radojevic, Adeline Basquin, Claire Dauphin, Sébastien Hascoet, Pamela Moceri, Charlene Bredy, Laurence Iserin, Marielle Gouton, Jacky Nizard
OBJECTIVE: There is growing evidence that maternal mortality in pregnant women with pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with congenital heart disease (PAH-CHD) is lower than that in available data. In order to evaluate this hypothesis, we collected data of pregnancies in women with PAH-CHD. METHODS: Women with PAH-CHD followed in seven French referral centres were retrospectively included from 1997 to 2015. All pregnancies were recorded. We collected data on maternal, obstetrical and neonatal outcomes...
August 10, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Yoshio Nakahara, Hiroyuki Taniguchi, Tomoki Kimura, Yasuhiro Kondoh, Shinichi Arizono, Koichi Nishimura, Koji Sakamoto, Satoru Ito, Masahiko Ando, Yoshinori Hasegawa
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) in COPD is associated with morbidity and mortality. Previous studies showed a relationship between resting hypoxaemia and PH, but little is known about the relationship between exercise hypoxaemia and PH in COPD without resting hypoxaemia. METHODS: A retrospective observational study of COPD patients without resting hypoxaemia was conducted to evaluate the relationships between exercise hypoxaemia and pulmonary haemodynamics...
July 28, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
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