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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102968/thoracic-ultrasound-recognition-of-competence-a-position-paper-of-the-thoracic-society-of-australia-and-new-zealand
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Jonathan P Williamson, Scott H Twaddell, Y C Gary Lee, Matthew Salamonsen, Mark Hew, David Fielding, Phan Nguyen, Daniel Steinfort, Peter Hopkins, Nicola Smith, Christopher Grainge
The ability to perform bedside thoracic ultrasound is increasingly recognized as an essential skill for thoracic clinicians, extending the clinical examination and aiding diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Thoracic ultrasound reduces complications and increases success rates when used prior to thoracentesis or intercostal chest tube insertion. It is increasingly difficult to defend performing these procedures without real or near-real time image guidance. To assist thoracic physicians and others achieve and demonstrate thoracic ultrasound competence, the Interventional Pulmonology Special Interest Group (IP-SIG) of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) has developed a new pathway with four components: (i) completion of an approved thoracic ultrasound theory and hands-on teaching course...
February 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099226/computed-tomography-in-cystic-fibrosis-combining-low-dose-techniques-and-iterative-reconstruction
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Johannes Kahn, David Kaul, Ulrich Grupp, Georg Böning, Diane Renz, Doris Staab, Vera Schreiter, Florian Streitparth
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of iterative reconstruction (IR) and low-kilovolt technique on dose reduction and image quality of chest computed tomography scans obtained in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). METHODS: A total of 124 CF patients were examined; group A (n = 63) was examined with a dose reduction protocol using IR and group B (n = 61) with a standard protocol using filtered back projection. Further subgroups with tube voltage modulations were established...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095022/estimating-effective-dose-of-radiation-from-pediatric-cardiac-ct-angiography-using-a-64-mdct-scanner-new-conversion-factors-relating-dose-length-product-to-effective-dose
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Sigal Trattner, Anjali Chelliah, Peter Prinsen, Carrie B Ruzal-Shapiro, Yanping Xu, Sachin Jambawalikar, Maxwell Amurao, Andrew J Einstein
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to determine the conversion factors that enable accurate estimation of the effective dose (ED) used for cardiac 64-MDCT angiography performed for children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Anthropomorphic phantoms representative of 1- and 10-year-old children, with 50 metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor dosimeters placed in organs, underwent scanning performed using a 64-MDCT scanner with different routine clinical cardiac scan modes and x-ray tube potentials...
January 17, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091937/ocular-mycobacteriosis-dual-infection-of-m-tuberculosis-complex-with-m-fortuitum-and-m-bovis
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Kusum Sharma, Natasha Gautam, Megha Sharma, Mohit Dogra, Priya Bajgai, Basavaraj Tigari, Aman Sharma, Vishali Gupta, Surya Prakash Sharma, Ramandeep Singh
BACKGROUND: We report unfavorable outcome in a patient with subretinal granuloma caused by dual infection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex with Mycobacterium fortuitum and Mycobacterium bovis in an immunosuppressed, non-HIV patient. We did a systematic review of literature on dual infection due to M. tuberculosis and M. fortuitum via MEDLINE and PUBMED and could not find any case reported of causing this kind of dual infection in the eye. RESULTS: A 38-year-old Indian male patient presented with decreased vision in the left eye for 3 months, diagnosed as tubercular choroidal granuloma with associated retinal angiomatosis proliferans (RAP) lesion...
December 2017: Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087110/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials-assessing-safety-and-efficacy-of-posterior-pericardial-drainage-in-patients-undergoing-heart-surgery
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Mirosław Gozdek, Wojciech Pawliszak, Wojciech Hagner, Paweł Zalewski, Janusz Kowalewski, Domenico Paparella, Thierry Carrel, Lech Anisimowicz, Mariusz Kowalewski
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the potential beneficial effects of posterior pericardial drainage in patients undergoing heart surgery. METHODS: Multiple online databases and relevant congress proceedings were screened for randomized controlled trials assessing the efficacy and safety of posterior pericardial drainage, defined as posterior pericardiotomy incision, chest tube to posterior pericardium, or both. Primary endpoint was in-hospital/30 days' cardiac tamponade...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087049/-the-benefits-of-digital-chest-drainage-in-pleural-decortication-in-thoracic-empyema-prospective-randomized-control-trial
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José M Mier, Gildardo Cortés-Julián, Juan Berrios-Mejía, Zotés Víctor-Valdivia
BACKGROUND: Prolonged air leak after pleural decortication is one of the most frequent complications. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to compare the effects of prolonged air leak between the digital chest drainage (DCD) system and the classic drainage system in patients with empyema class IIB or III (American Thoracic Society classification) in pleural decortication patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 37 patients were enrolled in a prospective randomized control trial over one year, consisting of 2blinded groups, comparing prolonged air leak as a main outcome, the number of days until removal of chest drain, length of hospital stay and complications as secondary outcomes...
January 10, 2017: Cirugia y Cirujanos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079832/usefulness-of-low-dose-chest-ct-for-initial-evaluation-of-blunt-chest-trauma
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Sung Jung Kim, Anjali Basnyat Bista, Young Gi Min, Eun Young Kim, Kyung Joo Park, Doo Kyoung Kang, Joo Sung Sun
We aimed to compare the diagnostic performance and inter-observer consistency between low dose chest CT (LDCT) and standard dose chest CT (SDCT) in the patients with blunt chest trauma.A total of 69 patients who met criteria indicative of blunt chest trauma (77% of male; age range, 16-85) were enrolled. All patients underwent LDCT without intravenous (IV) contrast and SDCT with IV contrast using parameters as following: LDCT, 40 mAs with automatic tube current modulation (ATCM) and 100 kVp (BMI <25, n = 51) or 120 kVp (BMI>25, n = 18); SDCT, 180 mAs with ATCM and 120 kVp...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079759/the-quantiferon-tb-gold-in-tube-assay-in-neuro-ophthalmology
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Leanne M Little, Mohammed Rigi, Ayman Suleiman, Stacy V Smith, Edward A Graviss, Rod Foroozan, Andrew G Lee
BACKGROUND: Although QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT) testing is regularly used to detect infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, its utility in a patient population with a low risk for tuberculosis (TB) has been questioned. The following is a cohort study analyzing the efficacy of QFT-GIT testing as a method for detection of active TB disease in low-risk individuals in a neuro-ophthalmologic setting. METHODS: Ninety-nine patients from 2 neuro-ophthalmology centers were identified as having undergone QFT-GIT testing between January 2012 and February 2016...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079399/safety-and-efficacy-of-tissue-plasminogen-activator-tpa-and-deoxyribonuclease-dnase-for-complicated-pleural-effusions-secondary-to-abdominal-pathology
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Adnan Majid, Sebastian Ochoa, Sumit Chatterji, Sebastian Fernandez-Bussy, Fayez Kheir, Estefania Rivera, George Cheng, Erik Folch
RATIONALE: Exudative pleural effusions may arise secondary to inflammation of intra-abdominal structures. Pleural space loculations can complicate these effusions, preventing adequate chest tube drainage and leading to consideration of surgical intervention. Previous studies have demonstrated that intrapleural administration of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) combined with human recombinant deoxyribonuclease (DNase) can improve fluid drainage and reduce surgery for patients with loculated parapneumonic effusions; however, the efficacy of this treatment has not been evaluated for complicated pleural effusions attributed to intraabdominal inflammation...
January 12, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074805/misdirected-minitracheostomy-tube
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Ajmer Singh, Chinmaya Nanda, Yatin Mehta
We report a patient who after an uneventful coronary artery bypass graft surgery and left ventricular aneurysmorrhaphy developed intracerebral hemorrhage and subsequently required minitracheostomy. Chest X-ray showed misdirected minitracheostomy tube facing upward toward the laryngeal opening which was repositioned using bronchoscope.
January 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074791/selection-of-an-appropriate-left-sided-double-lumen-tube-size-for-one-lung-ventilation-among-asians
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Siti Salwani Ideris, Muhamad Rahimi Che Hassan, Mohd Ramzisham Abdul Rahman, Joanna Su Min Ooi
CONTEXT: Selecting an appropriate size double-lumen tube (DLT) for one-lung ventilation has always been a challenge as most choose it based on experience or using the existing guidelines based on gender and height. AIMS: The aim of this study was to determine if the appropriate choice of this tube could be based on the patients' height, weight, tracheal diameter (TD), or the left main stem bronchus diameter (LMBD) and also to determine the relationship between height and depth of insertion among Asians...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068786/topical-and-low-dose-intravenous-tranexamic-acid-in-cyanotic-cardiac-surgery
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Jigar Patel, Mrugesh Prajapati, Hardik Patel, Hemang Gandhi, Shilpa Deodhar, Himani Pandya
Background Coagulopathy is a major problem in surgery for cyanotic congenital heart disease. Tranexamic acid has been used both topically and systemically and plays a vital role in pediatric cardiac surgery by reducing blood loss and blood product requirement. We aimed to determine the anti-fibrinolytic effectiveness of low-dose systemic or topical tranexamic acid or a combination of both. Methods Seventy-five patients were divided in 3 groups of 25. Group A patients were given tranexamic acid 20 mg kg(-1) intravenously after sternotomy and 20 mg kg(-1) after heparin reversal...
January 1, 2017: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066667/preoperative-computed-tomography-guided-dye-injection-to-localize-multiple-lung-nodules-for-video-assisted-thoracoscopic-surgery
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Yao-Hui Tseng, Yee-Fan Lee, Min-Shu Hsieh, Ning Chien, Wei-Chun Ko, Jo-Yu Chen, Jang-Ming Lee, Pei-Ming Huang, Mong-Wei Lin, Jin-Shing Chen, Yeun-Chung Chang
BACKGROUND: Preoperative computed tomography (CT)-guided localization of small lung nodules is important for accurate and efficient video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). Resection of multiple small pulmonary nodules in one VATS procedure can aid in patient management. The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of CT-guided Patent Blue V (PBV) dye localization in patients with multiple pulmonary nodules who underwent VATS. METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted from January 2013 to December 2015...
October 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066665/pleural-tenting-as-an-effective-adjunct-in-patients-with-pneumothorax-secondary-to-emphysema-evaluated-with-computed-tomography-scan
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Chao-Chun Chang, Ying-Yuan Chen, Jia-Ming Chang, Yau-Lin Tseng, Chia-Ying Lin, Ming-Tsung Chuang, Yi-Ting Yen
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of thoracoscopic blebectomy and pleurodesis for secondary spontaneous pneumothorax (SSP) is often attenuated by diffuse emphysematous parenchyma. In this study, we reviewed our surgical results of pleural tenting and its association with preoperative chest computed tomography (CT) in patients with SSP. METHODS: From September 2005 to December 2014, there were 96 surgeries on 84 patients with SSP due to pulmonary emphysema. The data was collected on age, sex, smoking status, preoperative chest CT scan image, surgical procedure, blood loss, operative time, duration of tube thoracostomy, and hospital stay...
October 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066589/thoracoscopic-anterior-fissure-first-technique-for-left-lung-cancer-with-an-incomplete-fissure
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Joji Samejima, Mingyon Mun, Yosuke Matsuura, Masayuki Nakao, Hirofumi Uehara, Ken Nakagawa, Munetaka Masuda, Sakae Okumura
BACKGROUND: Dealing with incomplete lung fissures during thoracoscopic surgery is difficult. Our objective was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a thoracoscopic anterior 'fissure first' technique for dealing with incomplete left lung fissures. METHODS: One hundred and seventy patients underwent left upper lobectomy or left lower lobectomy between April 2008 and July 2014. Of these, 34 patients underwent surgery using a thoracoscopic anterior 'fissure first' technique for incomplete fissures (group A) and 136 underwent surgery using a conventional thoracoscopic method for unfused fissures (group B)...
November 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063680/gastric-tube-esophagoplasty-for-pediatric-esophageal-replacement
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Mahmoud M A Elfiky, Gamal El Tagy, Wissam Mohamed, Osama Abdel Azim, Mohamed A Elfiky
BACKGROUND: Esophageal replacement in children is indicated in cases of esophageal atresia with or without fistula, in case of long gap esophageal atresia or failed primary repair. Intractable post corrosive esophageal stricture is considered also a major indication for replacement. METHODS: This is a cohort retrospective study of esophageal replacement cases by gastric tube carried out at the pediatric surgery department at Cairo University between 2011 and 2015...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063634/-predictive-factors-of-complications-during-ct-guided-transthoracic-biopsy
#17
C Fontaine-Delaruelle, P-J Souquet, D Gamondes, E Pradat, A de Leusse, G R Ferretti, S Couraud
INTRODUCTION: CT-guided transthoracic core-needle biopsy (TTNB) is frequently used for the diagnosis of lung nodules. The aim of this study is to describe TTNBs' complications and to investigate predictive factors of complications. METHODS: All consecutive TTNBs performed in three centers between 2006 and 2012 were included. Binary logistic regression was used for multivariate analysis. RESULTS: Overall, 970 TTNBs were performed in 929 patients...
January 4, 2017: Revue de Pneumologie Clinique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062681/dialyzer-based-cell-salvage-system-a-superior-alternative-to-conventional-cell-salvage-in-off-pump-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting
#18
Amber Malhotra, Pankaj Garg, Arvind Kumar Bishnoi, Pranav Sharma, Vivek Wadhawa, Komal Shah, Sanjay Patel, Umesh Kumar Ahirwar, Dayesh Rodricks, Himani Pandya
OBJECTIVES: Our goal was to test the hypothesis that the use of a dialyzer-based cell salvage system during off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCABG) reduces requirements for homologous blood transfusions (HBT) and improves postoperative haemtochemical parameters. METHODS: Data were prospectively collected for 222 patients who had OPCABG using 3 different cell salvage techniques: (1) dialyzer-based cell salvage (DBCS) (n = 75), (2) conventional cell salvage (CCS) (n = 73) and (3) without cell salvage (WCS) (n = 74)...
January 6, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057296/routine-post-operative-esophagram-is-not-necessary-after-repair-of-esophageal-atresia
#19
Jamie Golden, Natalie E Demeter, Joanna C Lim, Henri R Ford, Jeffrey S Upperman, Christopher P Gayer
INTRODUCTION: Esophagrams are routinely performed following repair of esophageal atresia (EA) with or without tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF); however, its utility has not been validated. METHODS: EA/TEF repair performed from 2003 to 2014 at a single pediatric hospital and from 2004 to 2014 in the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS) database were retrospectively reviewed to determine utility of esophagrams. RESULTS: Esophagram was performed in 99% of patients at our institution (N = 105)...
December 30, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052587/pilot-study-of-dornase-alfa-pulmozyme-therapy-for-acquired-ventilator-associated-infection-in-preterm-infants
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Melissa Scala, Deborah Hoy, Maria Bautista, Judith Jones Palafoutas, Kabir Abubakar
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of adjunctive treatment with dornase alfa in preterm patients with ventilator-associated pulmonary infection (VAPI) compared to standard care. WORKING HYPOTHESIS: We hypothesize that therapy with dornase alfa will be safe and well tolerated in the preterm population with no worsening of symptoms, oxygen requirement, or need for respiratory support. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, blinded, pilot study comparing adjunctive treatment with dornase alfa to sham therapy...
January 3, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
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