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Pleural effusion

Douglas Z Liou, Derek Serna-Gallegos, Joshua L Chan, Jerald Borgella, Shah Akhmerov, Harmik J Soukiasian
Malignant pleural effusions (MPE) are commonly managed with either pleural catheter (PC) or talc pleurodesis (TP). The aim of this study was to compare survival in MPE patients treated with either PC or TP. A retrospective review of our cancer center database was performed. Patients with metastatic cancer and MPE were analyzed. Demographic and clinical data were tabulated and compared. A total of 238 patients with MPE treated by either PC or TP were included. Of these, 79 patients comprised the PC group and 159 the TP group...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Deniz Koksal, Aydin Seref Koksal, Ahmet Gurakar
Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is a chronic progressive cholestatic liver disease caused by diffuse inflammation, destruction and fibrosis of the intrahepatic bile ducts, ultimately leading to cirrhosis, portal hypertension and liver failure. The pathogenesis of PBC is incompletely understood, but current data suggest roles for genetic susceptibility and environmental factors. PBC is often thought of as an organ-specific autoimmune disease, which mainly targets the liver; however, lung tissue is also a site for autoimmune involvement of PBC...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
Steven Walker, Anna C Bibby, Nick A Maskell
Malignant pleural effusions (MPEs) are an important cause of cancer-related mortality and morbidity. It is a heterogeneous group of conditions, which leads to debilitating symptoms and confers a poor prognosis. Recent well-designed randomized trials have provided a broader evidence base for an expanding range of treatment options. Together, with new prognostic scoring systems and a greater understanding of how different patient phenotypes respond to treatment, this allows greater personalization of management...
October 24, 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease
A T Bambara, S M Ouédraogo, S Maïga, K A Sondo, K Boncoungou/Nikièma, G Ouédraogo, B Koumbem, A S Ouédraogo, M Djibril, G Badoum, A R Ouédraogo, M Ouédraogo
This study aimed to present the survival of patients with malignant and paramalignant pleural effusion (MPE) in a context of resource-limited countries. We retrospectively studied patients received for malignant and paramalignant pleural effusion in three health facilities in Ouagadougou from 1st August 2009 to 30 July 2015. Survival was analyzed according to various characteristics related to patients and disease. Eighty patients with a mean age of 54 years were selected. The sex-ratio was 0.9. Sixteen patients had comorbidities...
October 21, 2016: Revue de Pneumologie Clinique
Louis J Imbriano, Joseph Mattana, James Drakakis, John K Maesaka
BACKGROUND: There is controversy over the prevalence of the syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH) and cerebral or renal salt wasting (RSW), 2 syndromes with identical common clinical and laboratory parameters but different therapies. The traditional approach to the hyponatremic patient relies on volume assessment, but there are limitations to this method. METHODS: We used an algorithm that relies on fractional excretion of urate (FEurate) to evaluate patients with hyponatremia and present 4 illustrative cases...
October 2016: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
C H Kim, J K Lim, D H Lee, S S Yoo, S Y Lee, S I Cha, J Y Park, J Lee
BACKGROUND: In an era of increasing concerns about drug resistance, there are limited data on treatment outcomes and recurrence rates after standard short-course anti-tuberculosis treatment in patients with culture-negative tuberculous pleural effusion (TPE). OBJECTIVE: To compare treatment outcomes and recurrence rates between a standard anti-tuberculosis regimen with negative culture and unavailable drug susceptibility testing (DST) data, and a tailored anti-tuberculosis regimen based on individual DST data...
November 2016: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Alexander J Sweidan, Navneet K Singh, Natasha Dang, Vinh Lam, Jyoti Datta
INTRODUCTION: Amiodarone is often used in the suppression of tachyarrhythmias. One of the more serious adverse effects includes amiodarone pulmonary toxicity (APT). Several pulmonary diseases can manifest including interstitial pneumonitis, organizing pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, diffuse alveolar hemorrhage, pulmonary nodules or masses, and pleural effusion. Incidence of APT varies from 5-15% and is correlated to dosage, age of the patient, and preexisting lung disease...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
J Budna, Ł Spychalski, M Kaczmarek, M Frydrychowicz, J Goździk-Spychalska, H Batura-Gabryel, J Sikora
Tumors exert suppressive effects on the host immune system and tumor progression can be linked to functional impairments of immune cells. Regulatory T cells (Treg) are a subpopulation of T lymphocytes and play a key role in suppressing immune responses against autoimmune diseases and cancer. The aim of the study was to investigate the prevalence of Treg in malignant and benign pleural effusions and to evaluate the relationship between Treg frequency and disease advance. Pleural effusions from 76 patients were subjected to a routine laboratory diagnosis and analyzed by conventional cytology...
October 18, 2016: Immunobiology
Maenia Scarpino, Giovanni Lanzo, Francesco Cappelli, Marco Moretti, Gianni Misuri, Luca Voltolini, Massimo Pistolesi, Aldo Amantini, Antonello Grippo
Cerebral fat embolism (CFE) is an uncommon disease occurring mainly after traumatic lower limb long bone fractures. A 64-year-old woman with pneumonia and bilateral pleural effusion underwent video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). After 3 days, the patient had an acute decrease in consciousness level followed by the onset of seizures and right hemiparesis. Brain computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging showed findings suggestive of CFE. CFE occurring after an uncommon nontraumatic cause of fat embolism, such as VATS, is a rare clinical event whose diagnosis could be challenging...
November 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Qian Li, Dong-Mei Yuan, Li-Hong Ma, Chen-Hui Ma, Ya-Fang Liu, Tang-Feng Lv, Yong Song
Malignant pleural effusion (MPE) is associated with a poor prognosis in lung cancer. Currently, no effective cure exists for MPE. Chloroquine (CQ) has been demonstrated to induce vascular normalization and inhibit tumor growth. The aim of this study was to assess whether CQ affects MPE. The xenografts mice were divided into normal saline (NS), CQ, or bevacizumab (BE) group. Tumor growth and microvascular density (MVD) were monitored. We explored the effect of CQ on the proliferation, survival, and proangiogenic signaling of tumor cells in vitro...
October 22, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Ran Ren, Pengpeng Yin, Yan Zhang, Jianyun Zhou, Yixing Zhou, Rufu Xu, Hai Lin, Chunji Huang
BACKGROUND: Several studies have investigated the diagnostic value of fibulin-3 for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), but the results were various. Therefore, we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the diagnostic value of fibulin-3 for MPM. RESULTS: Eight studies were included in this work. The overall sensitivity of blood fibulin-3 were 0.87 (95% CI, 0.58 - 0.97) and 0.89 (95% CI, 0.77 - 0.95), respectively. The overall sensitivity and specificity of PF fibulin-3 for MPM were 0...
October 17, 2016: Oncotarget
Niamh M Long, Andrew J Plodkowski, Rachel Schor-Bardach, Alexander I Geyer, Junting Zheng, Chaya S Moskowitz, Michelle S Ginsberg
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to describe the computed tomographic features of organizing pneumonia (OP) in an oncologic patient population and to also identify features associated with lung cancer and patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). METHODS: In retrospective computed tomographies from 151 patients with pathologically confirmed OP between January 2009 and September 2014, number of lesions, location, size, margin type, and consistency, as well as volume of lymphadenopathy and the presence and size of pleural effusions, were recorded...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Xiu-Zhi Wu, Qiong Zhou, Hua Lin, Kan Zhai, Xiao-Juan Wang, Wei-Bing Yang, Huan-Zhong Shi
RATIONALE: Toll like receptor (TLR) 2 is well known by sensing multiple ligands; however, its role in the development of malignant pleural effusion (MPE) remains unknown. We performed the present study to explore the impact of TLR2 signaling on the development of MPE, and to define the underline mechanisms by which TLR2 works. METHODS: Development of MPE was compared between TLR2-/- and wild type (WT) mice. The effect of TLR2 on differentiation of Th17, Th9, and Th2 cells in MPE was explored...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
P Baburaj, B V Shankara, Edwin J George, V P Gopinathan, Dinesha Prabhu
Pleural disease in Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma is well documented and commonly presents with pleural effusion in 20% of patients. However, solid pleural involvement is less common and is usually a secondary event. Primary pleural lymphomas are extremely rare. Hereby we report a rare case of primary pleural lymphoma presenting as chylothorax.
October 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Sachin S Dole, Gauri P Godbole, Himanshu S Pophale
BACKGROUND: Medical thoracoscopy has received interest in recent past for diagnostic as well as therapeutic uses. In this study we describe our experience with diagnostic medical thoracoscopy in pleural effusions of undiagnosed etiology. OBJECTIVE: 1.To detect diagnostic yield of medical thoracoscopy in pleural effusions of unknown etiology. 2.To find complication rate in these patients. METHODOLOGY: In a retrospective analysis of thoracoscopic procedures performed between March 2011 and December 2014, diagnostic yield and complications of thoracoscopic pleural biopsy for achieving a diagnosis in undiagnosed pleural effusions were evaluated...
October 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Baodong Liu, Lei Liu, Mu Hu, Kun Qian, Yuanbo Li
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to retrospectively evaluate percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) combined with palliative thoracoscopic pleurodesis (TP) for malignant pleural effusion and/or pleural disseminated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), diagnosed by thoracoscopy. METHODS: The study was composed of 40 patients with primary NSCLC with malignant pleural effusion and/or pleural dissemination recognized for the first time during thoracoscopic exploration...
September 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Kpp Abhilash, P R Mannam, K Rajendran, R A John, P Ramasami
BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE: Respiratory system involvement in scrub typhus is seen in 20-72% of patients. In endemic areas, good understanding and familiarity with the various radiologic findings of scrub typhus are essential in identifying pulmonary complications. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients admitted to a tertiary care center with scrub typhus between October 2012 and September 2013 and had a chest X ray done were included in the analysis. Details and radiographic findings were noted and factors associated with abnormal X-rays were analyzed...
October 2016: Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
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October 2016: Netherlands Journal of Medicine
A Vukic Dugac, A Hecimovic, M Jankoviç Makek, F Dzubur, S Seiwerth, M Samarzija
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October 2016: Netherlands Journal of Medicine
Balaji K Tamarappoo, Allan L Klein
Post-pericardiotomy syndrome (PPS) occurs in a subgroup of patients who have undergone cardiothoracic surgery and is characterized by fever, pleuritic pain, pleural effusion, and pericardial effusion. It is associated with significant morbidity, and the leading complications include tamponade and constrictive pericarditis. Epidemiologic studies have found that PPS often occurs among younger patients; however, there is a lack of comprehensive risk stratification. It is therefore important to be able to identify patients who are at high risk for developing this disease...
November 2016: Current Cardiology Reports
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