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Pulmonary functional MRI

Heather M Young, Fumin Guo, Rachel L Eddy, Geoffrey Maksym, Grace Parraga
Ventilation heterogeneity is a hallmark finding in obstructive lung disease and may be evaluated using a variety of methods including multiple-breath gas-washout and pulmonary imaging. Such methods provide an opportunity to better understand the relationships between structural and functional abnormalities in the lungs, and their relationships with important clinical outcomes. We measured ventilation heterogeneity and respiratory impedance in 100 subjects (50 asthmatics, 22 ex-smokers and 28 COPD), using oscillometry and hyperpolarized3 He magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and determined their relationships with quality-of-life scores and disease control/exacerbations...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
Shota Hodono, Akihiro Shimokawa, Neil J Stewart, Yukiko Yamauchi, Renya Nishimori, Mami Yamane, Hirohiko Imai, Hideaki Fujiwara, Atsuomi Kimura
PURPOSE: High Mobility Group Box1 (HMGB1), which is one of the damage-associated molecular pattern molecules relating to various inflammatory diseases, has gained interest as a therapeutic target because of its involvement in wound healing processes. In the present study, we investigated HMGB1 as a potential therapeutic target in a model of lung fibrosis using a preclinical hyperpolarized129 Xe (HPXe) MRI system. METHODS: Lung injury was induced by intra-peritoneal injection of bleomycin (BLM) in 19 mice...
March 9, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences: MRMS
Nabham Rai, Swathi Veeroju, Yves Schymura, Wiebke Janssen, Astrid Wietelmann, Baktybek Kojonazarov, Norbert Weissmann, Johannes-Peter Stasch, Hossein Ardeschir Ghofrani, Werner Seeger, Ralph Theo Schermuly, Tatyana Novoyatleva
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a progressive disorder characterized by remodeling of the pulmonary vasculature and a rise in right ventricular (RV) afterload. The increased RV afterload leads to right ventricular failure (RVF) which is the reason for the high morbidity and mortality in PAH patients. The objective was to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy and antiremodeling potential of the phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor sildenafil and the soluble guanylate cyclase stimulator riociguat in a model of pressure overload RV hypertrophy induced by pulmonary artery banding (PAB)...
2018: BioMed Research International
Neil J Stewart, Ho-Fung Chan, Paul J C Hughes, Felix C Horn, Graham Norquay, Madhwesha Rao, Denise P Yates, Rob H Ireland, Matthew Q Hatton, Bilal A Tahir, Paul Ford, Andrew J Swift, Rod Lawson, Helen Marshall, Guilhem J Collier, Jim M Wild
BACKGROUND: To support translational lung MRI research with hyperpolarized129 Xe gas, comprehensive evaluation of derived quantitative lung function measures against established measures from3 He MRI is required. Few comparative studies have been performed to date, only at 3T, and multisession repeatability of129 Xe functional metrics have not been reported. PURPOSE/HYPOTHESIS: To compare hyperpolarized129 Xe and3 He MRI-derived quantitative metrics of lung ventilation and microstructure, and their repeatability, at 1...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Yukiko Komeno, Yasunori Ota, Tomohiko Koibuchi, Yoichi Imai, Kuniko Iihara, Tomiko Ryu
BACKGROUND Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the pathogen Treponema pallidum. Prevalence continues to rise, especially among men who have sex with men (MSM). Due to changes in patterns of sexual activity, manifestations of the disease are highly variable. CASE REPORT A 27-year-old male visited the hospital for a low-grade fever and tender 5-cm mass in the right side of his neck. His right tonsil was swollen and covered with a white coating. Levofloxacin was prescribed, but ineffective. The patient's levels of liver function enzymes increased gradually...
March 4, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Jonathan R Weir-McCall, Patrick Sk Liu-Shiu-Cheong, Allan D Struthers, Brian J Lipworth, J Graeme Houston
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary pulse wave velocity (PWV) allows the non-invasive measurement of pulmonary arterial stiffening, but has not previously been assessed in COPD. The aim of the current study was to assess PWV in COPD and its association with right ventricular (RV) remodelling. METHODS: Fifty-eight participants with COPD underwent pulmonary function tests, 6-min walk test and cardiac MRI, while 21 healthy controls (HCs) underwent cardiac MRI. Thirty-two COPD patients underwent a follow-up MRI to assess for longitudinal changes in RV metrics...
February 27, 2018: European Radiology
Jens M Hohlfeld, Jens Vogel-Claussen, Heike Biller, Dominik Berliner, Korbinian Berschneider, Hanns-Christian Tillmann, Simone Hiltl, Johann Bauersachs, Tobias Welte
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hyperinflation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with reduced biventricular end-diastolic volumes and increased morbidity and mortality. The combination of a long-acting β agonist (LABA) and a muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) is more effective in reducing hyperinflation than LABA-inhaled corticosteroid combination therapy but whether dual bronchodilation improves cardiac function is unknown. METHODS: We did a double-blind, randomised, two-period crossover, placebo-controlled, single-centre study (CLAIM) at the Fraunhofer Institute of Toxicology and Experimental Medicine (Hannover, Germany), a specialty clinic...
February 21, 2018: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
Kiran S More, Pankaj Sakhuja, Regan E Giesinger, Joseph Y Ting, Matthew Keyzers, Jesal N Sheth, Anie Lapointe, Amish Jain, Aideen M Moore, Steven P Miller, Patrick J McNamara
OBJECTIVE:  This article compares hemodynamic characteristics of neonates with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) receiving therapeutic hypothermia (TH) with normal versus abnormal brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS:  Serial echocardiography (echo) was performed within 24 hours, after 48 to 72 hours of cooling, within 24 hours of normothermia, and after starting feeds. Pulmonary hemodynamics, cardiac output, and ventricular function were evaluated...
February 23, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
Ruriko Seto-Yukimura, Emiko Ogawa, Takashi Hisamatsu, Sayuki Torii, Akihiko Shiino, Kazuhiko Nozaki, Akira Fujiyoshi, Katsuyuki Miura, Yasutaka Nakano, Hirotsugu Ueshima
AIM: We aimed to investigate the association between reduced lung function and cerebral small vessel diseases via cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the cross-sectional study of the general Japanese population. METHODS: We recruited participants aged ≥40 years from the general population of a single city in Japan. We clarified the comorbidities and treatments, smoking habits, second-hand smoke exposure, current alcohol consumption, education level, exercise habits, and occupation...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
Francesca Pennati, David J Roach, John P Clancy, Alan S Brody, Robert J Fleck, Andrea Aliverti, Jason C Woods
BACKGROUND: Lung disease is the most frequent cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), and there is a shortage of sensitive biomarkers able to regionally monitor disease progression and to assess early responses to therapy. PURPOSE: To determine the feasibility of noncontrast-enhanced multivolume MRI, which assesses intensity changes between expiratory and inspiratory breath-hold images, to detect and quantify regional ventilation abnormalities in CF lung disease, with a focus on the structure-function relationship...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Miyuki Shibata, Keiichi Itatani, Taiyu Hayashi, Takashi Honda, Atsushi Kitagawa, Kagami Miyaji, Minoru Ono
The optimal timing for pulmonary valve replacement after Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) repair remains controversial. In this study, we estimated the feasibility of using flow energy loss (FEL) to predict right ventricular (RV) deterioration due to pulmonary regurgitation after TOF repair. We examined RV outflow tract (RVOT) flow in nine patients who underwent TOF or double-outlet right ventricle repair in the intervention group (Group I) and compared them with three healthy children in the control group (Group C)...
February 16, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Michael P DiLorenzo, Elizabeth Goldmuntz, Susan C Nicolson, Mark A Fogel, Laura Mercer-Rosa
Introduction The right ventricular adaptations early after surgery in infants with tetralogy of Fallot are important to understand the changes that occur later on in life; this physiology has not been fully delineated. We sought to assess early postoperative right ventricular remodelling in patients with tetralogy of Fallot by cardiac MRI. Materials and method Subjects with tetralogy of Fallot under 1 year of age were recruited following complete surgical repair for tetralogy of Fallot. Protocol-based cardiac MRI to assess anatomy, function, and flows was performed before hospital discharge using the feed and sleep technique, an unsedated imaging technique...
February 15, 2018: Cardiology in the Young
Courtney A Bishop, Valeria Ricotti, Christopher D J Sinclair, Matthew R B Evans, Jordan W Butler, Jasper M Morrow, Michael G Hanna, Paul M Matthews, Tarek A Yousry, Francesco Muntoni, John S Thornton, Rexford D Newbould, Robert L Janiczek
Subjects with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) suffer from progressive muscle damage leading to diaphragmatic weakness that ultimately requires ventilation. Emerging treatments have generated interest in better characterizing the natural history of respiratory impairment in DMD and responses to therapy. Dynamic (cine) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) may provide a more sensitive measure of diaphragm function in DMD than the commonly used spirometry. This study presents an analysis pipeline for measuring parameters of diaphragmatic motion from dynamic MRI and its application to investigate MRI measures of respiratory function in both healthy controls and non-ambulant DMD boys...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
L Harlaar, P Ciet, A T van der Ploeg, E Brusse, N A M E van der Beek, P A Wielopolski, M de Bruijne, H A W M Tiddens, P A van Doorn
Respiratory muscle weakness frequently occurs in patients with neuromuscular disease. Measuring respiratory function with standard pulmonary function tests provides information about the contribution of all respiratory muscles, the lungs and airways. Imaging potentially enables the study of different respiratory muscles, including the diaphragm, separately. In this review, we provide an overview of imaging techniques used to study respiratory muscles in neuromuscular disease. We identified 26 studies which included a total of 573 patients with neuromuscular disease...
November 24, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
Miriam Kuhn, Andreas Hornung, Heidi Ulmer, Christian Schlensak, Michael Hofbeck, Gesa Wiegand
There are many complex cardiac malformations that are characterized by a functionally univentricular physiology. Staged surgical repair according to the Fontan principle separates the systemic and pulmonary circulations by connecting the systemic venous return to the pulmonary arteries. However, long-term follow-up studies demonstrate a gradual deterioration of cardiac function, particularly from the second or third decade. Noninvasive evaluation of the cardiac function is, therefore, important in the follow-up of these patients...
February 3, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Kyle Raasck, Jason Khoury, Ahmed Aoude, Fahad Abduljabbar, Peter Jarzem
RATIONALE: Spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma (SSEH) manifests from blood accumulating in the epidural space, compressing the spinal cord, and leading to acute neurological deficits. The disease's cloudy etiology and rarity contribute to dangerously suboptimal therapeutic principles. These neural deficits can be permanent, even fatal, if the SSEH is not treated in a timely and appropriate manner. Standard therapy is decompressive laminectomy, though nonsurgical management is a viable course of action for patients who meet a criterion that is continuously being refined...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Justin Z Lee, See-Wei Low, Ahmed K Pasha, Carol L Howe, Kwan S Lee, Prakash G Suryanarayana
Background: Accurate determination of right ventricular ejection fraction (RVEF) is challenging because of the unique geometry of the right ventricle. Tricuspidannular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE) and fractional area change (FAC) are commonly used echocardiographic quantitative estimates of RV function. Cardiac MRI (CMRI) has emerged as the gold standard for assessment of RVEF. We sought to summarise the available data on correlation of TAPSE and FAC with CMRI-derived RVEF and to compare their accuracy...
2018: Open Heart
Xi-Jiang Zhao, Xin-Sheng Qi, Zhi-Xiang Mao, Quan-Ming Wang, Xiang-Bin Gao, Xian-Jun Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the clinical application and therapeutic effect of percutaneous vertebroplasty(PVP) and open vertebroplasty for metastatic spinal tumor. METHODS: The clinical data of 126 patients with metastatic spinal tumor underwent surgery and obtained follow-up from January 2012 to March 2016 were retrospectively analyzed. These 126 cases were divided into two groups according to different operative methods. The metastatic tumor of 43 cases encroached vertebral canal oppressing spinal cord and nerve root, they were treated with open operation(open vertebroplasty group);and other 83 cases without obviously spinal cord or nerve root compression, or unfit for open operation, were treated with PVP (percutaneous vertebroplasty group) ...
February 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Lina Wu, Xiaofei Wen, Xiance Wang, Chunan Wang, Xilin Sun, Kai Wang, Huiying Zhang, Todd Williams, Allen J Stacy, Junjie Chen, Anne H Schmieder, Gregory M Lanza, Baozhong Shen
Eighty percent of lung cancers originate as subtle premalignant changes in the airway mucosal epithelial layer of bronchi and alveoli, which evolve and penetrate deeper into the parenchyma. Liquid-ventilation, with perfluorocarbons (PFC) was first demonstrated in rodents in 1966 then subsequently applied as lipid-encapsulated PFC emulsions to improve pulmonary function in neonatal infants suffering with respiratory distress syndrome in 1996. Subsequently, PFC nanoparticles (NP) were extensively studied as intravenous (IV) vascular-constrained nanotechnologies for diagnostic imaging and targeted drug delivery applications...
2018: Theranostics
Mona Salehi Ravesh, Jens Scheewe, Tim Attmann, Abdullah Al Bulushi, Marka-Jill Jussli-Melchers, Michael Jerosch-Herold, Dominik D Gabbert, Philip Wegner, Hans-Heiner Kramer, Carsten Rickers
BACKGROUND: Optimal pulmonary perfusion is crucial for a well-functioning Fontan circulation in patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). To obtain an adequate size of the left pulmonary artery (LPA), patch enlargement is a routine part of Hemi-Fontan procedure in our center. However, LPA patch enlargement at the time of the modified Norwood procedure may have surgical advantages. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate if anatomical and functional effects of the new approach are superior...
December 26, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
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