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pleural effusions review

Ka Pang Chan, Deirdre B Fitzgerald, Y C Gary Lee
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Pleural infection remains an important pulmonary disease, causing significant morbidity and mortality. There is a resurgence of disease burden despite introduction of antibiotics and pneumococcal vaccines. A revisit of the pathogenesis and update on intervention may improve the care of pleural infection. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies have uncovered the prognostic implication of the presence of a pleural effusion in patients with pneumonia. Identifying where the bacteria lives may have diagnostic and therapeutic implications...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
Shu-Lan Hsu, Chih-Wei Tseng
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hepatic hydrothorax is a nonmalignant pleural effusion associated with portal hypertension that may cause increased morbidity or mortality in cirrhotic patients. For patients who are refractory to salt restriction and diuretics, thoracentesis and catheter drainage are necessary for symptomatic relief. This review aimed to identify the best drainage method in patients with hepatic hydrothorax. RECENT FINDINGS: Chest tube placement is discouraged in cases of hepatic hydrothorax due to high complication and mortality rates...
March 7, 2018: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
Bharat Kumar, Jennifer Strouse, Melissa Swee, Petar Lenert, Manish Suneja
INTRODUCTION: Hydralazine is an antihypertensive medication that has been associated with drug-induced lupus erythematosus (DIL) as well as ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). Although rare, early diagnosis is critical since drug cessation is the mainstay of therapy. This retrospective study aims to characterize the clinical, laboratory, and histopathologic features of this disease. METHODS: Once approval was obtained from the Institutional Review Board at the University of Iowa, all patients carrying a diagnosis of vasculitis (ICD9 code: 447...
January 12, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
S Li, H Huang, K Xu, Z J Xu
Objective: To describe the clinical characteristics of respiratory manifestations of yellow nail syndrome. Methods: We conducted a retrospective analysis of 2 patients with respiratory diseases associated with yellow nail syndrome. Their clinical and chest radiological data were collected. We searched PubMed, Wanfang and CNKI databases with the keywords "yellow nail syndrome, yellow nail and lung" in Chinese and English. And the relevant literatures, including 6 articles in Chinese and 81 articles in English, were reviewed...
March 12, 2018: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Rossella Bruno, Greta Alì, Gabriella Fontanini
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive tumor associated with asbestos exposure. Histopathological analysis of pleural tissues is the gold standard for diagnosis; however, it can be difficult to differentiate malignant from benign pleural lesions. The purpose of this review is to describe the most important biomarkers and new diagnostic tools suggested for this differential diagnosis. There are many studies concerning the separation between MPM and benign pleural proliferations from both pleural tissues or effusions; most of them are based on the evaluation of one or few biomarkers by immunohistochemistry (IHC) or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs), whereas others focused on the identification of MPM signatures given by microRNA (miRNA) or gene expression profiles as well as on the combination of molecular data and classification algorithms...
January 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Devasahayam J Christopher, Sridevi Dinakaran, Richa Gupta, Prince James, Barney Isaac, Balamugesh Thangakunam
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Extrapulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB) accounts for ~15% of all TB patients, and TB pleural effusion is the second most common site of EPTB. The diagnosis of pleural TB is challenging due to the pauci-bacillary nature of the disease. Histopathology of thoracoscopically obtained pleural biopsy provides the highest diagnostic yield. The Xpert MTB/RIF assay (Xpert) is a PCR test that can identify both Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) and rifampicin resistance. Currently, there is a lack of clarity regarding the value of Xpert on pleural tissue...
February 27, 2018: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
Rachel M Mercer, Maged Hassan, Najib M Rahman
Pleurodesis is used to obliterate the pleural space, most commonly in patients with symptomatic malignant pleural effusions but also in patients with benign effusions or pneumothorax. Areas covered: Traditionally, chemical pleurodesis has been undertaken at thoracoscopy or using instillation of a slurry through a chest drain. The optimum method of achieving pleurodesis, whether surgical or medical, has yet to be proven. Evidence in the different disease areas will be reviewed, along with ongoing trial evidence, which may change practice...
April 2018: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
Timothy Lee, Aaron J Weiss, Elbert E Williams, Fuad Kiblawi, Joanna Dong, Khanh H Nguyen
OBJECTIVES: Although the median sternotomy has been the traditional approach for congenital heart surgery, young patients and their families often find the midline scar to be cosmetically unappealing. At our center, a right transverse axillary incision has become the standard approach for many congenital cardiac lesions due to its safety, versatility, and unsurpassed aesthetic result. We present our experience with the axillary approach for a diverse array of congenital defects. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients receiving a right transverse axillary incision for congenital cardiac surgery between 2005-2016 was conducted...
February 21, 2018: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Motohiro Tamiya, Akihiro Tamiya, Takako Inoue, Madoka Kimura, Kei Kunimasa, Kenji Nakahama, Yoshihiko Taniguchi, Takayuki Shiroyama, Shun-Ichi Isa, Kazumi Nishino, Toru Kumagai, Hidekazu Suzuki, Tomonori Hirashima, Shinji Atagi, Fumio Imamura
PURPOSE: To conduct a retrospective multicenter trial to determine the significance of metastatic site as a predictor of nivolumab efficacy in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. METHODS: This study was conducted across three medical centers in Japan. We retrospectively reviewed all patients who commenced nivolumab treatment at these centers between December 17, 2015 and July 31, 2016. Clinical data were collected, including age, sex, smoking status, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status, and metastatic site (lymph nodes, liver, brain, bone, lungs [intrapulmonary metastasis], and malignant pleural effusion) at the time of commencing nivolumab treatment...
2018: PloS One
H Kassem Youssef, A Blind, F Chouta Ngaha, B Drenou, H Nojavan, C Michel
INTRODUCTION: Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that can affect numerous organs in its secondary or tertiary stages. We describe a case of secondary syphilis with pulmonary involvement and we present a literature review. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A 69-year-old male patient was admitted to hospital for dyspnoea and extended papular exanthema with palmoplantar involvement. The serological test for syphilis was positive. Ocular examination showed bilateral papillitis and retinal haemorrhage...
February 17, 2018: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
Osman Nuri Dilek, Emine Özlem Gür, Turan Acar, Serpil Aydoğmuş
INTRODUCTION: Endometrial cancer is the fourth most common female cancer and also distant metastases to the chest wall associated with these tumors are seen less common. Surgical treatment options for metastases of endometrial cancer are limited. CASE: A 57-year-old patient who underwent total abdominal hysterectomy + bilateral salpingo oophorectomy and received adjuvant chemotherapy for endometrioid-type adenocarcinoma of the endometrium and tuba is presented...
February 12, 2018: Acta Chirurgica Belgica
Samuel L Casella, Aditya Kaza, Pedro Del Nido, James E Lock, Audrey Marshall
Objective In patients with a Glenn shunt and unilateral pulmonary vascular abnormalities, supplemental pulmonary blood flow may improve antegrade flow in the target lung and may permit eventual Fontan completion, while mitigating the risks of uncontrolled additional flow to the contralateral lung. We attempted this by inserting a small aortopulmonary shunt into the affected pulmonary artery and banding the central pulmonary artery. .Methods We performed a retrospective review of all patients who underwent this procedure from 2000-2015...
February 8, 2018: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Darrell Wu, Arina E Chesnokova, Shahab Akvan, Matt D Price, David J Sugarbaker, Joseph S Coselli, Scott A LeMaire
OBJECTIVE: Chylothorax is a potentially deadly complication that can occur after thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA) repair. We describe our contemporary experience (2005-2014) with this complication, our efforts to identify perioperative variables associated with it, and our attempts to assess treatment outcomes. METHODS: We reviewed the records of 1092 consecutive patients who underwent TAAA repair between 2005 and 2014. Standard bivariate analysis was used to test for between-group differences...
February 8, 2018: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
José Luis Morales-Rull, Silvia Bielsa, Alicia Conde-Martel, Oscar Aramburu-Bodas, Pau Llàcer, Miguel Angel Quesada, Iván Suárez-Pedreira, Luis Manzano, Manuel Montero-Pérez Barquero, José M Porcel
BACKGROUND: The incidence of pleural effusions (PEs) in acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) is not well established. We aimed to determine their prevalence, clinical characteristics and prognostic implications. METHODS: Retrospective review of 3245 consecutive patients with ADHF from the Spanish RICA Registry. The clinical characteristics of those with or without PEs on chest radiographs were compared and a predictive PE model was generated. RESULTS: Patient's median age was 80 years and 60% had a left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) >50%...
February 7, 2018: European Journal of Internal Medicine
Case Newsom, Rebecca Jeanmonod, Wendy Woolley, Nirali Shah, Shellie Asher, Eric Bruno, Michael Silberman, Mark Reiter, Donald Jeanmonod
OBJECTIVES: To prospectively validate and refine previously published criteria to determine the potential utility of chest x-ray (CXR) in the evaluation and management of patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with non-traumatic chest pain. METHODS: A prospective observational study was performed of patients presenting to three EDs in the US with a chief complaint of non-traumatic chest pain. Previously defined high-risk history and exam elements were combined into a refined decision rule and these elements were recorded for each patient by the ED physician...
February 10, 2018: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Danai Khemasuwan, Jeffrey Sorensen, David C Griffin
INTRODUCTION: Combined Intrapleural therapy with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) and deoxyribonuclease (DNase) has been shown to reduce the need for surgical intervention for complicated pleural effusion/empyema (CPE/empyema). For patients in whom tPA/DNase is likely to fail, however, receipt of this therapy may simply delay the inevitable. The goal of this study was to identify risk factors for failure of combined intrapleural therapy. METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review of patients who received intrapleural tPA/DNase for the treatment of CPE/empyema...
February 6, 2018: Chest
Juuso Paajanen, Sanna Laaksonen, Ilkka Ilonen, Henrik Wolff, Kirsti Husgafvel-Pursiainen, Eeva Kuosma, Hely Ollila, Marjukka Myllärniemi, Tapio Vehmas
OBJECTIVES: Appropriate clinical staging of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is critical for correct treatment decisions. Newly revised TNM staging protocol has been released for MPM. We investigated baseline computed tomography (CT) characteristics of MPM patients, the new staging system and a simple tumor size (TS) assessment in terms of survival. MATERIALS AND METHODS: As part of our study that included all MPM patients diagnosed in Finland 2000-2012, we retrospectively reviewed 161 CT scans of MPM patients diagnosed between 2007 and 2012 in the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa...
February 2018: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
Alberto Goffi, Richelle Kruisselbrink, Giovanni Volpicelli
PURPOSE: Lung ultrasound (LUS) has emerged as an effective and accurate goal-directed diagnostic tool that can be applied in real time for the bedside assessment of patients with respiratory symptoms and signs. Lung ultrasound has definite and easily recognized findings and has been shown to outperform physical examination and chest radiography for the diagnosis and monitoring of many pulmonary and pleural conditions. In this article, we review the principles of LUS image acquisition and interpretation, summarizing key terms and sonographic findings...
February 6, 2018: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
C L Poh, Y d'Udekem
AIM: We now know that 20-40% of patients with a single ventricle will develop heart failure after the second decade post-Fontan surgery. However, we remain unable to risk-stratify the cohort to identify patients at highest risk of late failure and death. We conducted a systematic review of all reported late outcomes for patients with a Fontan circulation to identify predictors of late death. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, Embase and PubMed with subject terms ("single ventricle", "Hypoplastic left heart syndrome", "congenital heart defects" or "Fontan procedure") AND ("heart failure", "post-operative complications", "death", "cause of death", "transplantation" or "follow-up studies") for relevant studies between January 1990 and December 2015...
December 20, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Elzbieta M Grabczak, Rafal Krenke, Monika Zielinska-Krawczyk, Richard W Light
Although pleural manometry is a relatively simple medical procedure it is only occasionally used to follow pleural pressure (Ppl) changes during a therapeutic thoracentesis and pneumothorax drainage. As some studies showed that pleural pressure monitoring might be associated with significant advantages, pleural manometry has been increasingly evaluated in the last decade. The major clinical applications of pleural pressure measurements include: the prevention of complications associated with large volume thoracentesis, diagnosis and differentiation between various types of an unexpandable lung and a possible prediction of the efficacy of chest tube drainage in patients with spontaneous pneumothorax...
January 31, 2018: Respiratory Medicine
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