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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909682/case-report-of-invasive-disseminated-candidiasis-with-peripheral-nodular-cavitary-lesions-in-the-lung
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Hafiza Arshad, Silvia Garcia, Misbahuddin Khaja
We report a case of invasive candidiasis presenting as multiple lung nodules and cavitary lesions with minimal pleural effusion. Candida infections of the lung are rare but can occur after hematologic dissemination of the yeast from other body sites, such as the skin and the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts. Here, we describe the case of a 56-year-old female with a history of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who presented with fever, productive cough, and pulmonary nodules and cavitary lesions seen on a chest computed tomography (CT)...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904842/the-challenges-of-cardiothoracic-surgery-practice-in-nigeria-a-12-years-institutional-experience
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Bode Falase, Michael Sanusi, Adeola Animasahun, Ogadinma Mgbajah, Adetinuwe Majekodunmi, Onyekwelu Nzewi, Jonathan Nwiloh, David Oke
BACKGROUND: Although the specialty of cardiothoracic surgery has been practiced in Nigeria for many years, open heart surgery (OHS) has only in the last decade become relatively more frequent, mainly through visiting foreign cardiac surgical teams. At this early phase of development it is faced with multiple challenges, especially financing and local skilled manpower for which solutions have to be identified in order to ensure sustainability and future growth. This study is aimed at highlighting these obstacles to growth of cardiothoracic surgery based on our own institutional experience at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and the current status of OHS activity in other cardiothoracic centers in Nigeria...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904546/cured-transudative-pleural-effusion-a-case-report
#3
Mohsen Shafipoor, Arda Kiani, Kambiz Sheikhy, Atefeh Abedini, Majid Golestani Eraghi
Echinococcosis or hydatid disease is a helminthic infection caused by larvae of tapeworm Echinococcus granulosus. While the cysts can involve all organs, liver is the most common site of infection and the lungs are the second most commonly involved organ in young adults. In addition to endemic areas its incidence is growing all around the world due to the ease of transcontinental travel. Disease presentation varies and usually is due to mass effect or dysfunction of the involved organ and surgical resection is the recommended treatment...
2016: Tanaffos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903668/malignant-pleural-mesothelioma-an-update-on-investigation-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Anna C Bibby, Selina Tsim, Nikolaos Kanellakis, Hannah Ball, Denis C Talbot, Kevin G Blyth, Nick A Maskell, Ioannis Psallidas
Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an aggressive malignancy of the pleural surface, predominantly caused by prior asbestos exposure. There is a global epidemic of malignant pleural mesothelioma underway, and incidence rates are predicted to peak in the next few years.This article summarises the epidemiology and pathogenesis of malignant pleural mesothelioma, before describing some key factors in the patient experience and outlining common symptoms. Diagnostic approaches are reviewed, including imaging techniques and the role of various biomarkers...
December 2016: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902616/diagnostic-accuracy-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-assay-for-tuberculous-pleurisy-a-prisma-compliant-meta-analysis
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Min Li, Zhuang Luo, Wenye Zhu, Rana Sami Ullah Khan, Saeed Ummai Ummair, Shaoqing Shi
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of tuberculous pleurisy is difficult and traditional methods are not always helpful. Many studies have focused on the tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) assay in pleural effusion for the diagnosis of tuberculous pleurisy, but the results remain controversial. This meta-analysis was conducted to determine the overall diagnostic accuracy of TNF-α. METHODS: Relevant studies were searched from PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Wangfang, and Weipu...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901387/quantification-and-characterization-of-pleural-fluid-in-healthy-dogs-with-thoracostomy-tubes
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Germaine C Hung, M Casey Gaunt, Joseph E Rubin, Gregory S Starrak, Sherisse A Sakals
OBJECTIVE To quantify and characterize pleural fluid collected from healthy dogs after placement of a thoracostomy tube (TT). ANIMALS 8 healthy Coonhound-cross dogs (mean ± SD weight, 27.2 ± 1.6 kg). PROCEDURES Thoracic CT of each dog was performed before placement of a TT and daily thereafter for 7 days. Thoracic fluid volume was calculated from CT images. Effusion was aspirated when detected; volume was recorded, and cytologic analysis and bacterial culture were performed. RESULTS Mean ± SD volume of pleural effusion detected by CT was 1...
December 2016: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900548/predictors-of-response-to-corticosteroids-for-dyspnea-in-advanced-cancer-patients-a-preliminary-multicenter-prospective-observational-study
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Masanori Mori, Akemi Naito Shirado, Tatsuya Morita, Kenichiro Okamoto, Yoshinobu Matsuda, Yoshihisa Matsumoto, Hirohide Yamada, Hiroki Sakurai, Etsuko Aruga, Keisuke Kaneishi, Hiroaki Watanabe, Takashi Yamaguchi, Takuya Odagiri, Shuji Hiramoto, Hiroyuki Kohara, Naoki Matsuo, Hideki Katayama, Tomohiro Nishi, Takashi Matsui, Satoru Iwase
PURPOSE: Although corticosteroids can relieve dyspnea in advanced cancer patients, factors predicting the response remain unknown. We aimed to explore potential factors predicting the response to corticosteroids for dyspnea in advanced cancer patients. METHODS: In this preliminary multicenter prospective observational study, we included patients who had metastatic or locally advanced cancer, were receiving specialized palliative care services, and had a dyspnea intensity of ≥3 on a 0-10 Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) (worst during the last 24 h)...
November 29, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900328/blunt-traumatic-tension-chylothorax-case-report-and-mini-review-of-the-literature
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Kamal Idris, Michael Sebastian, Ashraf F Hefny, Navidul Haq Khan, Fikri M Abu-Zidan
Tension chylothorax following blunt thoracic trauma is an extremely rare condition. Here we report such a case and review its management. A 31-year-old man was involved in a road traffic collision. The car rolled over and the patient was ejected from the vehicle. On arrival at the Emergency Department the patient was conscious and haemodynamically stable. Clinical examination of the chest and abdomen was normal. The patient had sustained fractures of the sixth cervical vertebra and the tenth thoracic vertebra, left pleural effusion, haematoma around the descending aorta and fracture of the right clavicle...
November 16, 2016: World Journal of Clinical Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900084/sister-mary-joseph-nodule-caused-by-metastatic-desmoplastic-small-round-cell-tumor-a-clinicopathological-report
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Noppadol Larbcharoensub, Atcharaporn Pongtippan, Duangjai Pangpunyakulchai, Sith Phongkitkarun, Panuwat Lertsithichai, Thitiya S Dejthevaporn
Sister Mary Joseph nodule is an uncommon metastatic intra-abdominal malignancy involving the umbilicus. The present study describes a rare case of desmoplastic small round cell tumor (DSRCT), histological grade 3, high grade, Gilly classification 4, stage IV, in an 18-year-old Thai man presenting with the Sister Mary Joseph nodule, ascites and pleural effusion. The histopathological examination of the umbilical mass revealed the presence of malignant small round cells associated with prominent stromal desmoplasia...
November 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900083/primary-malignant-pericardial-mesothelioma-with-increased-serum-mesothelin-diagnosed-by-surgical-pericardial-resection-a-case-report
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Takeyuki Kurosawa, Keishi Sugino, Kazutoshi Isobe, Yoshinobu Hata, Yuri Fukasawa, Sakae Homma
A 37-year-old female smoker without a history of exposure to asbestos was referred to our hospital with persistent pericardial effusion. Chest computed tomography imaging examination revealed an irregular thickened pericardium with large amounts of pericardial effusion and a small pleural effusion. Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography imaging demonstrated intrapericardial FDG accumulation. Blood tests revealed an increase in serum mesothelin levels. Examination of a surgically resected specimen revealed a grayish-white thickening of the pericardium, with a straw-colored mucinous pericardial effusion...
November 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900079/solitary-pleural-myeloma-diagnosed-by-semi-rigid-thoracoscopy-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Jin-Sheng Ouyang, Yu-Ping Li, Peng Li, Min Ye, Jun-Ru Ye, Bei-Bei Wang, Ying Zhou, Cheng-Shui Chen
Multiple myeloma (MM) is characterized by abnormal proliferation of neoplastic plasma cells. Pleural effusion as an initial presentation of this disease is rare, as is true pleural myeloma. We herein present a case of solitary pleural myelomatous lesion in a 70-year-old male patient diagnosed by pleural biopsy via semi-rigid thoracoscopy followed by histopathological examination. Furthermore, a review of the related English literature identified 22 cases of pleural myeloma, only 3 of which were diagnosed by video-assisted thoracoscopy...
November 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899783/-a-case-of-recurrent-breast-cancer-with-carcinomatous-pleurisy-successfully-treated-with-biweekly-paclitaxel-and-bevacizumab
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Takashi Yoshida, Yoshinari Goto, Kana Sakiyama, Morihiko Kimura
A 72-year-old woman underwent mastectomy with axillary lymph node dissection for left breast cancer at the age of 43 years, and was diagnosed with breast cancer metastasis to the pleura at the age of 68 years. She had been sequentially treated with hormonal therapies, but complained of a cough and dyspnea after 4 years. Chest radiography showed right pleural effusion, and cytological examination of the pleural effusion revealed adenocarcinoma cells. Biweekly paclitaxel and bevacizumab therapy was administered...
November 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899384/rifampicin-induced-adrenal-crisis-in-a-patient-with-tuberculosis-a-therapeutic-challenge
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Nicholas Denny, Sarika Raghunath, Praveen Bhatia, Muntasir Abdelaziz
A 55-year-old Indian man presented with productive cough and a large left pleural effusion. Pleural fluid culture grew Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and he was started on antituberculosis therapy. One week later, the patient presented to hospital with drowsiness, dehydration and hypotension. He was transferred to critical care and only improved after starting hydrocortisone and stopping rifampicin. His short synACTHen test subsequently confirmed primary adrenal insufficiency, and a CT of the abdomen showed bilateral adrenal enlargement...
November 29, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898632/point-of-care-thoracic-ultrasonography-in-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-kaposiform-lymphangiomatosis
#14
Manu S Raam, Ara Festekjian, Marsha A Elkhunovich
Kaposiform lymphangiomatosis is a generalized lymphatic disorder complicated by consumptive coagulopathy and pericardial and pleural effusions. We present the case of a 13-year-old female adolescent given a diagnosis of a large pleural effusion by point-of-care thoracic ultrasonography, which led to further evaluation and diagnosis of this rare disorder. We review the use of point-of-care thoracic ultrasonography for the diagnosis of pleural effusion.
December 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898215/randomized-trial-of-pleural-fluid-drainage-frequency-in-patients-with-malignant-pleural-effusions-the-asap-trial
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Momen M Wahidi, Chakravarthy Reddy, Lonny Yarmus, David Feller-Kopman, Ali Musani, R Wesley Shepherd, Hans Lee, Rabih Bechara, Carla Lamb, Scott Shofer, Kamran Mahmood, Gaetane Michaud, Jonathan Puchalski, Samaan Rafeq, Stephen M Cattaneo, John Mullon, Steven Leh, Martin Mayse, Samantha M Thomas, Bercedis Peterson, Richard W Light
RATIONALE: Patients with malignant pleural effusions have significant dyspnea and shortened life expectancy. Indwelling pleural catheters (IPC) allow patients to drain pleural fluid at home and can lead to auto-pleurodesis. The optimal drainage frequency to achieve auto-pleurodesis and freedom from catheter has not been determined. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether an aggressive daily drainage strategy is superior to the current standard every other day drainage of pleural fluid in achieving auto-pleurodesis...
November 29, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897243/diagnostic-performance-of-contrast-enhanced-ct-in-pyrrolizidine-alkaloids-induced-hepatic-sinusoidal-obstructive-syndrome
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Xuefeng Kan, Jin Ye, Xinxin Rong, Zhiwen Lu, Xin Li, Yong Wang, Ling Yang, Keshu Xu, Yuhu Song, Xiaohua Hou
Hepatic sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (HSOS) can be caused by pyrrolizidine alkaloids(PAs)-containing herbals. Since PAs exposure is obscure and clinical presentation of HSOS is unspecific, it is challenge to establish the diagnosis of PAs-induced HSOS. Gynura segetum is one of the most wide-use herbals containing PAs. The aim of our study is to describe the features of contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) in gynura segetum-induced HSOS, and then determine diagnostic performance of radiological signs...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896327/a-case-of-mediastinitis-accompanied-with-hyperosmolar-nonketotic-coma
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Mazhar Muslum Tuna, Faruk Kilinc, Zafer Pekkolay, Hikmet Soylu, Alpaslan Kemal Tuzcu
Mediastinitis is a serious infection involving mediastinal spaces after cervical infections spread along the facial planes. A late diagnosis of mediastinitis may result in death. Here we present a diabetic patient suffered from mediastinit accompanied with hyperosmolar nonketotic coma. A 61 years old male patient with type 2 diabetes was admitted to our hospital, with complaint of generalized worsening and fever. A diagnosis of nonketotic hyperosmolar coma was done and proper treatment started immediately. Neck tomography revealed abscess formation in the upper mediastinum...
June 2016: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895919/recurrent-pleural-effusions-and-cardiac-tamponade-as-possible-manifestations-of-pseudoprogression-associated-with-nivolumab-therapy-a-report-of-two-cases
#18
Bhaskar C Kolla, Manish R Patel
BACKGROUND: Checkpoint inhibitors are a class of agents that employ host's adaptive immune defenses in fighting cancer. With many new indications and several ongoing clinical trials in a variety of malignancies, the usage of these agents is set to increase significantly. One of the key challenges patients and physicians face while using these drugs is with the appropriate assessment of response to therapy. CASE PRESENTATION: We are reporting two patients with lung cancer who were treated with nivolumab and experienced rapidly accumulating recurrent pleural effusions requiring multiple thoracenteses (6 and 4 times each for patient 1 and 2 respectively) with in the first few weeks of initiation of therapy and also developed pericardial effusion with cardiac tamponade requiring pericardiocentesis...
2016: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895818/case-of-pseudo-meigs-syndrome-caused-by-gastric-cancer-related-metastatic-ovarian-tumor-with-prolonged-survival
#19
Masaru Okamoto, Kazunori Maeda, Atsushi Yanagitani, Kiwamu Tanaka
A 48-year-old woman presented with bilateral enlarged ovaries, ascites, bilateral pleural effusion, and advanced gastric cancer. Pleural fluid cytology did not reveal malignant cells. Oophorectomy, performed as a palliative procedure, was followed by rapid resolution of the pleural effusion and ascites. The patient was diagnosed with pseudo-Meigs' syndrome, and underwent chemotherapy followed by partial gastrectomy. At the last follow-up, 84 mo following oophorectomy, she was alive, and free of disease recurrence, despite not receiving any further treatment...
November 15, 2016: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894618/primary-pulmonary-pleural-melanoma-in-a-13-year-old-presenting-as-pleural-effusion
#20
Nick Baniak, Mark Podberezin, Selliah C Kanthan, Rani Kanthan
Melanoma in children, adolescents, and young adults is uncommon and reported almost exclusively as cutaneous melanoma. Melanoma presenting as a pleural effusion is very rare in adults and not reported in the pediatric population. Additionally, primary pulmonary melanoma is overall very rare and undocumented in pediatric patients. Furthermore, the distinction between a primary pulmonary/pleural melanoma versus a regressed cutaneous melanoma with pulmonary/pleural metastases remains extremely challenging. We discuss a case of a previously healthy 13-year-old girl that presented with a left-sided pleural effusion...
November 16, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
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