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Fen Chen, Shulin Li, Dong Sun
Blood oxygen level-dependent magnetic resonance imaging (BOLD MRI) has recently been utilized as a noninvasive tool for evaluating renal oxygenation. Several methods have been proposed for analyzing BOLD images. Regional ROI selection is the earliest and most widely used method for BOLD analysis. In the last 20 years, many investigators have used this method to evaluate cortical and medullary oxygenation in patients with ischemic nephropathy, hypertensive nephropathy, diabetic nephropathy, chronic kidney disease (CKD), acute kidney injury and renal allograft rejection...
March 8, 2018: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
Joel T Zelt, Joshua H Jones, Daniel M Hirai, Trevor J King, Danilo C Berton, Kyra E Pyke, Denis E O'Donnell, J Alberto Neder
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases play a major role in morbidity and mortality in the earlier stages of COPD. We hypothesized that systemic vascular dysfunction would be present even in patients who are currently considered at "low-risk" for negative cardiovascular outcomes, i.e., those with largely preserved FEV1 , few exacerbations and only mild burden of respiratory symptoms (GOLD spirometric grade 1, clinical group A). METHODS: 16 patients (FEV1  = 86 ± 13%) and 16 age- and gender-matched controls underwent measurements of: a) central arterial stiffness by pulse wave velocity, b) brachial flow-mediated dilation and c) forearm muscle oxygenation by near-infrared spectroscopy...
March 2018: Respiratory Medicine
Shaney L Barratt, Jonathon Shaw, Rachel Jones, Anna Bibby, Huzaifa Adamali, Naveed Mustfa, Ian Cliff, Helen Stone, Nazia Chaudhuri
BACKGROUND: Pre-flight risk assessments are currently recommended for all Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) patients. Hypoxic challenge testing (HCT) can inform regarding the need for supplemental in-flight oxygen but variables which might predict the outcome of HCT and thus guide referral for assessment, are unknown. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of ILD patients attending for HCT at three tertiary care ILD referral centres was undertaken to investigate the concordance between HCT and existing predictive equations for prediction of in-flight hypoxia...
February 2018: Respiratory Medicine
Thida Win, Nicholas J Screaton, Joanna C Porter, Balaji Ganeshan, Toby M Maher, Francesco Fraioli, Raymondo Endozo, Robert I Shortman, Lynn Hurrell, Beverley F Holman, Kris Thielemans, Alaleh Rashidnasab, Brian F Hutton, Pauline T Lukey, Aiden Flynn, Peter J Ell, Ashley M Groves
PURPOSE: There is a lack of prognostic biomarkers in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) patients. The objective of this study is to investigate the potential of 18F-FDG-PET/ CT to predict mortality in IPF. METHODS: A total of 113 IPF patients (93 males, 20 females, mean age ± SD: 70 ± 9 years) were prospectively recruited for 18F-FDG-PET/CT. The overall maximum pulmonary uptake of 18F-FDG (SUVmax), the minimum pulmonary uptake or background lung activity (SUVmin), and target-to-background (SUVmax/ SUVmin) ratio (TBR) were quantified using routine region-of-interest analysis...
January 16, 2018: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Nikolas Bernhard, Philipp M Lepper, Claus Vogelmeier, Martina Seibert, Stefan Wagenpfeil, Robert Bals, Sebastian Fähndrich
BACKGROUND: Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) is a rare genetic disorder that is associated with low levels of circulating alpha-1-antitrypsin in serum. In comparison to the genotype PiZZ, PiSZ usually leads to lower risk of emphysema, better lung function and better survival. The aim of this study was to analyze the relationship between cigarette smoking (packyears) and the AATD genotypes (PiZZ and PiSZ) concerning quality of life (SGRQ), transfer factor of the lung for carbon monoxide (TLCO), forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1 ) and exacerbation rate...
September 2017: Respiratory Medicine
Hülya Şahin, İlknur Naz, Yelda Varol, Berna Kömürcüoğlu
Introduction: COPD and obesity are major public health problems that cause mortality and morbidity all over the world. The combined of COPD and obesity is predicted to increase further in the coming years. Obesity primarily affects the pulmonary system by altering respiratory functions, exercise capacity, pulmonary gas exchange, and endurance and power of respiratory muscles. In this study, we aimed to compare the dyspnea sensation, exercise capacity, walk work and workload in obese COPD patients compared to preobese and normal overweight COPD patients...
September 2017: Tüberküloz Ve Toraks
Bruno Degano, Thibaud Soumagne, Thomas Delaye, Patrick Berger, Thierry Perez, Alicia Guillien, Jean-Luc Pellegrin, David Launay, Nadine Magy-Bertrand, Christian Agard, Kiet Phong Tiev, Thông Hua-Huy, Catherine Tardiff, Véronique Diaz, Arnaud Chambellan, Anh Tuan Dinh-Xuan
Screening is important to determine whether patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) have pulmonary hypertension because earlier pulmonary hypertension treatment can improve survival in these patients. Although decreased transfer factor of the lung for carbon monoxide (TLCO) is currently considered the best pulmonary function test for screening for pulmonary hypertension in SSc, small series have suggested that partitioning TLCO into membrane conductance (diffusing capacity) for carbon monoxide (DMCO) and alveolar capillary blood volume (VC) through combined measurement of TLCO and transfer factor of the lung for nitric oxide (TLNO) is more effective to identify pulmonary hypertension in SSc patients compared with TLCO alone...
October 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Sanja Stanojevic, Brian L Graham, Brendan G Cooper, Bruce R Thompson, Kim W Carter, Richard W Francis, Graham L Hall
There are numerous reference equations available for the single-breath transfer factor of the lung for carbon monoxide (T LCO); however, it is not always clear which reference set should be used in clinical practice. The aim of the study was to develop the Global Lung Function Initiative (GLI) all-age reference values for T LCOData from 19 centres in 14 countries were collected to define T LCO reference values. Similar to the GLI spirometry project, reference values were derived using the LMS (lambda, mu, sigma) method and the GAMLSS (generalised additive models for location, scale and shape) programme in R...
September 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Sebastian Fähndrich, Nikolas Bernhard, Philipp M Lepper, Claus Vogelmeier, Martina Seibert, Stefan Wagenpfeil, Robert Bals
BACKGROUND: Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) is a genetic disorder that is associated with a higher risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema. The annual declines in lung function (FEV1) and transfer factor of the lung for carbon monoxide (TLCO) predict all-cause mortality. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We investigated the longitudinal follow-up data over 11 years (mean follow-up period of 4.89 years) from the German AATD registry and analyzed the relationship between annual loss of FEV1 and TLCO and sex, age, body mass index (BMI), nicotine consumption, occupational dust exposure, St...
August 2017: Respiratory Medicine
Milena Adina Man, Sorin Claudiu Man, Nicoleta Ştefania Motoc, Carmen Monica Pop, Antigona Carmen Trofor
Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP; extrinsic allergic alveolitis) is a rare non-immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated inflammatory lung disease caused by inhalation exposure (occupational, recreational or ordinary home exposure). A 36-year-old female patient, without significant medical history, is referred to an outpatient pulmonology clinic for dry cough, shortness of breath, fever, fatigue and weight loss. Chest high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) was performed, and significant lung fibrosis (especially centrilobular and interlobular in bilateral "thick lines"), traction bronchiectasis and alveolitis in both superior lobes are described...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
Neil J Greening, Paul Vaughan, Inger Oey, Michael C Steiner, Mike D Morgan, Sridhar Rathinam, David A Waller
Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) has been shown to be beneficial in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but there is low uptake, partly due to perceived concerns of high operative mortality. We aimed to develop an individualised risk score following LVRS.This was a cohort study of patients undergoing LVRS. Factors independently predicting 90-day mortality and a risk prediction score were identified. Reliability of the score was tested using area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUROC)...
June 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
S Karrasch, M Simon, B Herbig, J Langner, S Seeger, A Kronseder, S Peters, G Dietrich-Gümperlein, R Schierl, D Nowak, R A Jörres
Ultrafine particles emitted from laser printers are suspected to elicit adverse health effects. We performed 75-minute exposures to emissions of laser printing devices (LPDs) in a standardized, randomized, cross-over manner in 23 healthy subjects, 14 mild, stable asthmatics, and 15 persons reporting symptoms associated with LPD emissions. Low-level exposures (LLE) ranged at the particle background (3000 cm(-3) ) and high-level exposures (HLE) at 100 000 cm(-3) . Examinations before and after exposures included spirometry, body plethysmography, transfer factors for CO and NO (TLCO, TLNO), bronchial and alveolar NO, cytokines in serum and nasal secretions (IL-1β, IL-5, IL-6, IL-8, GM-CSF, IFNγ, TNFα), serum ECP, and IgE...
July 2017: Indoor Air
Brian L Graham, Vito Brusasco, Felip Burgos, Brendan G Cooper, Robert Jensen, Adrian Kendrick, Neil R MacIntyre, Bruce R Thompson, Jack Wanger
This document provides an update to the European Respiratory Society (ERS)/American Thoracic Society (ATS) technical standards for single-breath carbon monoxide uptake in the lung that was last updated in 2005. Although both D LCO (diffusing capacity) and T LCO (transfer factor) are valid terms to describe the uptake of carbon monoxide in the lung, the term D LCO is used in this document. A joint taskforce appointed by the ERS and ATS reviewed the recent literature on the measurement of D LCO and surveyed the current technical capabilities of instrumentation being manufactured around the world...
January 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Oana Claudia Deleanu, Ana Maria Zaharie, Aneta Şerbescu, Floarea Mimi NiŢu, Florin Dumitru MihălŢan, Oana Cristina Arghir
The features of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) components and the severity of pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) were analyzed in the first Romanian cohort of patients admitted to "Marius Nasta" Institute of Pneumophtisiology, Bucharest, Romania. A six-year follow-up study based on bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) data was performed between January 2007 to December 2012. Study cohort consisted in 20 inpatients diagnosed with PAP, based on BALF cytological findings and÷or on histopathological findings. Demographic, medical history, tobacco use, clinical and radiological features, disease progression with or without whole lung lavage (WLL) therapy were collected...
2016: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
Bastien Milani, Annalisa Ansaloni, Sofia Sousa-Guimaraes, Nima Vakilzadeh, Maciej Piskunowicz, Bruno Vogt, Matthias Stuber, Michel Burnier, Menno Pruijm
Background: Determinations of renal oxygenation by blood oxygenation level-dependent magnetic resonance imaging (BOLD-MRI) in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients have given heterogeneous results, possibly due to the lack of a reproducible method to analyse BOLD-MRI. It therefore remains uncertain whether patients with CKD have a reduced renal tissue oxygenation. We developed a new method to analyse BOLD-MRI signals and applied it to CKD patients and controls. Methods: MRI was performed under standardized conditions before and 15 min after IV furosemide in 104 CKD patients, 61 hypertensives and 42 controls...
December 1, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Yanjiao Zhang, Yushun Gao
BACKGROUND: Lung cancer is a malignancy with high morbidity and mortality rates worldwide. Surgery is the preferred treatment for non-small cell lung cancer. This study aims to investigate the effects of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy, VATS segmentectomy, and open thoracotomy on pulmonary function in the early postoperative stage and compare the difference among three groups. METHODS: Pulmonary function data of patients were collected from September 2015 to February 2016 in Department of Thoracic Surgical Oncology, Cancer Hospital Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences...
October 20, 2016: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
Tahreema N Matin, Najib Rahman, Annabel H Nickol, Mitchell Chen, Xiaojun Xu, Neil J Stewart, Tom Doel, Vicente Grau, James M Wild, Fergus V Gleeson
Purpose To compare lobar ventilation and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values obtained with hyperpolarized xenon 129 ((129)Xe) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging to quantitative computed tomography (CT) metrics on a lobar basis and pulmonary function test (PFT) results on a whole-lung basis in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Materials and Methods The study was approved by the National Research Ethics Service Committee; written informed consent was obtained from all patients. Twenty-two patients with COPD (Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease stage II-IV) underwent hyperpolarized (129)Xe MR imaging at 1...
March 2017: Radiology
Julie Obert, Olivia Freynet, Hilario Nunes, Pierre-Yves Brillet, Makoto Miyara, Robin Dhote, Dominique Valeyre, Jean-Marc Naccache
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a common form of extramuscular involvement in patients with polymyositis/dermatomyositis and is associated with poor prognosis. This study was designed to describe the long-term outcome of myositis-associated ILD. This retrospective observational study was conducted in 48 consecutive patients. Two groups defined according to outcome were compared to determine prognostic factors: a "severe" group (vital capacity [VC] < 50 % or carbon monoxide transfer factor [TLCO] < 35 % or death or lung transplantation) and a "nonsevere" group (other patients)...
December 2016: Rheumatology International
Jalpa Kotecha, Ludmila Shulgina, Darren W Sexton, Christopher P Atkins, Andrew M Wilson
BACKGROUND: Declining lung function signifies disease progression in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) concentration is associated with declining lung function in 6 and 12-month studies. Alveolar nitric oxide concentration (CANO) is increased in patients with IPF, however its significance is unclear. This study investigated whether baseline plasma VEGF concentration and CANO are associated with disease progression or mortality in IPF. METHODS: 27 IPF patients were studied (maximum follow-up 65 months)...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine
B Milani, A Ansaloni, S Sousa-Guimaraes, M Piskunowicz, B Vogt, M Stuber, M Burnier, M Pruijm
OBJECTIVE: The determination of renal tissue oxygenation by BOLD-MRI in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients has given heterogeneous results, possibly due to the lack of a widely accepted procedure to analyze the R2* maps. We present a new technique for the analysis of renal BOLD-MRI called the twelve-layer concentric objects method (TLCO). We measured its reproducibility and assessed whether differences in the intra-renal distribution of R2* as a measure of oxygenation were detected between CKD patients and controls...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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