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C T Lau, A Kan, N Shek, P Tam, K K Y Wong
BACKGROUND: Congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM) is an increasingly recognized disease with potential mortality. Owing to limited published studies, the true incidence is yet to be determined. We carried out this prospective study with the aim to estimate its true incidence on a population basis. METHODS: An antenatal ultrasonography program was implemented since 2009. Fetuses with suspected intra-thoracic lesions were monitored by regular follow-ups...
October 21, 2016: Pediatric Surgery International
Eric L Scholten, Roy Semaan, Peter Illei, Christopher Mallow, Sixto Arias, David Feller-Kopman, Karen Oakjones-Burgess, Bernice Frimpong, Ricardo Ortiz, Hans Lee, Lonny Yarmus
BACKGROUND: Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) of thoracic structures is a commonly performed tissue sampling technique. The usage of an inner-stylet in the EBUS needle has never been rigorously evaluated, and may be unnecessary. METHODS: In a prospective randomized single blinded controlled clinical trial, patients with a clinical indication for EBUS-TBNA underwent lymph node sampling using both with-stylet and without-stylet techniques...
October 18, 2016: Chest
Mark J Schuuring, Peter I Bonta, Michele van Vugt, Frank Smithuis, Otto M van Delden, Jouke T Annema, Kees Stijnis
A 44-year-old woman with a history of pulmonary embolism and abdominal echinococcosis complained of sudden thoracic pain and shortness of breath. A D-dimer of 77.5 mg/l (reference ≤0.5 mg/l) was found. Chest CT scan revealed obstruction of the right lower and middle lobe pulmonary artery (PA). Anticoagulation therapy was initiated for the presumed diagnosis of recurrent pulmonary embolism. However, due to persistent symptoms of dyspnea, follow-up CT angiography of the chest was performed 3 months later. A persistent PA obstruction was found and the presumed diagnosis of embolism was questioned...
October 20, 2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Élizabeth Lalande, Chantal Guimont, Marcel Émond, Marc Charles Parent, Claude Topping, Brice Lionel Batomen Kuimi, Valérie Boucher, Natalie Le Sage
OBJECTIVES: The main objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of emergency department (ED) point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) for rib fracture diagnosis in patients with minor thoracic injury (mTI). Secondary objectives were to 1) evaluate patients' pain during the PoCUS procedure, 2) identify the limitations of the use of PoCUS technique, and 3) compare the diagnosis obtained with PoCUS to radiography results. METHODS: Adult patients who presented with clinical suspicion of rib fractures after mTI were included...
October 17, 2016: CJEM
Valerie R Madden, Gretchen L Schoeffler
OBJECTIVE: To describe clinically significant thromboembolism as the result of idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) in a dog. CASE SUMMARY: A 3-year-old neutered female Boxer was evaluated for 2-week history of progressive respiratory difficulty and hemoptysis. A brief thoracic ultrasound performed shortly after presentation identified a presumed thrombus within the left atrium. Initial blood work revealed a marked eosinophilia 6.8 × 10(9) /L (6.8 × 10(3) /μL; reference interval, 0...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Francesca M Trovato, Daniela Catalano, Guglielmo M Trovato
Imaging workup of patients referred for elective assessment of chest disease requires an articulated approach: Imaging is asked for achieving timely diagnosis. The concurrent or subsequent use of thoracic ultrasound (TUS) with conventional (chest X-rays-) and more advanced imaging procedures (computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging) implies advantages, limitations and actual problems. Indeed, despite TUS may provide useful imaging of pleura, lung and heart disease, emergency scenarios are currently the most warranted field of application of TUS: Pleural effusion, pneumothorax, lung consolidation...
September 28, 2016: World Journal of Radiology
Ahmed H El-Sherief, Charles T Lau, Nancy A Obuchowski, Atul C Mehta, Thomas W Rice, Eugene H Blackstone
BACKGROUND: Accurate and consistent regional lymph node classification (N) is an important element in the staging and multidisciplinary management of lung cancer. Regional lymph node definition sets-lymph node maps-have been created to standardize N. In 2009, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) introduced a lymph node map to supersede all pre-existing lymph node maps. AIM: To study if, and how lung cancer specialists apply the IASLC lymph node map when classifying thoracic lymph nodes encountered on computed tomography (CT) during lung cancer staging...
October 3, 2016: Chest
Dimuthu Vinayagam, Sophie Bowe, Elaine Sheehan, Basky Thilaganathan, Asma Khalil
BACKGROUND: Due to the importance of cardiovascular dysfunction and advances in the development and use of non-invasive cardiac output (CO) monitoring devices, there is a growing interest in their use in the obstetric population. The aim of this study was to compare two commercially available, non-invasive CO monitors in the assessment of heart rate (HR), stroke volume (SV), CO, cardiac index (CI) and total peripheral resistance (TPR) in an obstetric population. METHODS: This was a prospective, comparative study including two groups...
October 6, 2016: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Isabelle Pagé, Martin Descarreaux, Stéphane Sobczak
Palpation methods (PMs) have been proposed to guide clinicians in locating the thoracic transverse processes (TTPs). However, no studies have assessed the validity of TTPs palpation or the added value of musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSU). The objectives of the present study were (1) to explore the validity of TTPs location using palpation as commonly performed by clinicians, (2) to develop an accurate and valid PM, and (3) to assess the added value of MSU. A standardized procedure was used on six cadavers. It consisted in the insertion of markers through the T3, T5, T6 and T8 TTPs and spinous processes, which were identified using palpation and MSU...
September 20, 2016: Manual Therapy
Michael F Rosser, Dana M Lindemann, Anne M Barger, Matthew C Allender, Shih-Hsuan Hsiao, Mark E Howes
A 5-yr-old, intact male red ruffed lemur ( Varecia rubra ) presented for evaluation as the result of a 1-wk history of lethargy and hyporexia. Physical examination findings included thin body condition, muffled heart sounds, harsh lung sounds, and liquid brown diarrhea. Complete blood count and serum biochemistry showed an inflammatory leukogram, mild hyponatremia, and mild hypochloremia. Orthogonal trunk radiographs revealed a severe alveolar pattern in the right cranial lung lobes with cardiac silhouette effacement...
September 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Anca Simioniuc, Erberto Carluccio, Stefano Ghio, Andrea Rossi, Paolo Biagioli, Gianpaolo Reboldi, Gian Giacomo Galeotti, Fei Lu, Cornelia Zara, Gillian Whalley, Pier Luigi Temporelli, Frank Lloyd Dini
BACKGROUND: B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and echocardiography are potentially useful adjunct to guide management of patients with chronic heart failure (HF).Thus, the aim of this retrospective, multicenter study was to compare outcomes and renal function in outpatients with chronic HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) who underwent an echo and BNP guided or a clinically driven protocol for follow-up. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 1137 consecutive outpatients, management was guided according to echo-Doppler signs of elevated left ventricular filling pressure and BNP levels conforming to the protocol of the Network Labs Ultrasound (NEBULA) in HF Study Group in 570 (mean EF=30%), while management was clinically driven based on the institutional protocol of the HF Unit of the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Department in 567 (mean EF=33%)...
September 18, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
M Atteritano, E Di Mauro, V Canale, A M Bruzzese, C A Ricciardi, V Cernaro, A Lacquaniti, M Buemi, D Santoro
: In hemodialysis patients, vertebral fractures were associated with elevated sclerostin levels, suggesting that sclerostin could reflect bone fragility in these patients. INTRODUCTION: Fragility fractures are common in hemodialysis patients. The aims of our study were to determine the prevalence of vertebral fracture and analyze associations between sclerostin serum levels and vertebral fractures in hemodialysis patients. METHODS: Ninety-two hemodialysis patients and 100 controls matched for age and sex were studied...
September 28, 2016: Osteoporosis International
George Ceremuga, Joshua Sole, Rodney Samuelson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Michael M Bottros, Jacob D AuBuchon, Lauren N McLaughlin, David W Altchek, Karl A Illig, Robert W Thompson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 23, 2016: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Sebastián Fernández-Bussy, Gonzalo Labarca, Mario Lanza, Erik Folch, Adnan Majid
The use of thoracic ultrasound as a diagnostic tool in the emergency department, intensive care unit or in patients with pulmonary diseases is increasing steadily. It is used to guide percutaneous tracheostomies, to assess pleural effusions, to rule out pneumothorax, and to guide the placement of endovascular and pleural catheters. It is also useful in the assessment of patients with dyspnea. The aim of this review is to provide the practical and technical basics for the use of this diagnostic tool among internists and specialists in pulmonary diseases...
July 2016: Revista Médica de Chile
Yeon-Dong Kim, Seon-Jeong Park, Junho Shim, Hyungtae Kim
The recently introduced pectoral nerve (Pecs) block is a simple alterative to the conventional thoracic paravertebral block or epidural block for breast surgery. It produces excellent analgesia and can be used to provide balanced anesthesia and as a rescue block in cases where performing a neuraxial blockade is not possible. In the thoracic region, a neuraxial blockade is often used to manage zoster-associated pain. However, this can be challenging for physicians due to the increased risk of hemodynamic instability in the upper thoracic level, and comorbid and contraindicated medical conditions such as coagulopathy...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Anesthesia
G D Rezende, A Tiso Costa Figueiredo, K Rodrigues Pinheiro
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Tahar Chouihed, Stéphane Manzo-Silberman, Nicolas Peschanski, Sandrine Charpentier, Meyer Elbaz, Dominique Savary, Eric Bonnefoy-Cudraz, Said Laribi, Patrick Henry, Nicolas Girerd, Faiez Zannad, Carlos El Khoury
BACKGROUND: An appropriate diagnostic process is crucial for managing patients with acute heart failure (AHF) in emergency department (ED). Our study aims to describe the characteristics and therapeutic management of patients admitted to the ED for dyspnea suspected to have AHF, their in-hospital pathway of care and their in-hospital outcome. METHODS: Consecutive patients admitted in 26 French ED for dyspnea suspected to be the consequence of AHF, prior to in hospital diagnostic test, were prospectively included at the time of their admission in the DeFSSICA Survey...
September 17, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Xin Yu, Zhenping Zhai, Yongfeng Zhao, Zhiming Zhu, Jianbin Tong, Jianqin Yan, Wen Ouyang
The aim of this prospective observational study was to evaluate the performance of lung ultrasound (LUS) in detecting post-operative atelectasis in adult patients under general anesthesia. Forty-six patients without pulmonary comorbidities who were scheduled for elective neurosurgery were enrolled in the study. A total of 552 pairs of LUS clips and thoracic computed tomography (CT) images were ultimately analyzed to determine the presence of atelectasis in 12 prescribed lung regions. The accuracy of LUS in detecting peri-operative atelectasis was evaluated with thoracic CT as gold standard...
September 14, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
M R Blichfeldt-Eckhardt, C B Laursen, H Berg, J H Holm, L N Hansen, H Ørding, C Andersen, P B Licht, P Toft
Moderate to severe ipsilateral shoulder pain is a common complaint following thoracic surgery. In this prospective, parallel-group study at Odense University Hospital, 76 patients (aged > 18 years) scheduled for lobectomy or pneumonectomy were randomised 1:1 using a computer-generated list to receive an ultrasound-guided supraclavicular phrenic nerve block with 10 ml ropivacaine or 10 ml saline (placebo) immediately following surgery. A nerve catheter was subsequently inserted and treatment continued for 3 days...
September 16, 2016: Anaesthesia
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