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Pulmonary Review

Noor Ul-Ain Baloch, Marvi Bikak, Abdul Rehman, Omar Rahman
INTRODUCTION: Idiopathic systemic capillary leak syndrome (SCLS) is a unique disorder characterized by episodes of massive systemic leak of intravascular fluid leading to volume depletion and shock. A typical attack of SCLS consists of prodromal, leak and post-leak phases. Complications, such as compartment syndrome and pulmonary edema, usually develop during the leak and post-leak phases respectively. Judicious intravenous hydration and early use of vasopressors is the cornerstone of management in such cases...
March 22, 2018: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
Stefan Rupp, Christian Jux
While in adults major advances in heart failure therapy in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy were documented in the last two decades, research on the mechanism and therapies of heart failure in children with left ventricular dilated cardiomyopathy has lagged behind. Despite the lack of sufficient randomized prospective studies, ACE inhibitors are first line and ß-receptor antagonists are second-line strategies in children. Following the adult guidelines, without having data concerning the pediatric population, mineral corticoids are also accepted in the treatment of pediatric heart failure, while diuretics should only be used to achieve a euvolemic status...
March 22, 2018: Heart Failure Reviews
Marie-Isabel Murray, Ahran Arnold, Murad Younis, Swaroop Varghese, Andreas Michael Zeiher
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety outcomes of the treatment with cryoballoon (CB) compared to the treatment with traditional irrigated radiofrequency ablation (RF) for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (pAF) and refractory to antiarrhythmic drug therapy (AAD). DESIGN: We conducted a systemic review to find and include more than two randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with at least 20 patients in each of the CB and RF groups...
March 21, 2018: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
Christopher R Broda, Svetlana B Shugh, Rohan B Parikh, YunFei Wang, Tobias R Schlingmann, Cory V Noel
After an arterial switch operation (ASO), serial imaging is necessary to monitor for maladaptive changes. We compared cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) to 2-D transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in assessing post-operative ASO patients. We performed a retrospective review of patients at a single tertiary care center who underwent an ASO and subsequently had a CMR performed from 7/2010 to 7/2016. Those with single ventricle anatomy, congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries, or previous atrial switch operation were excluded...
March 22, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Ding Li, Jianbo Wang
The mammalian heart is the first organ to form and is critical for embryonic survival and development. With an occurrence of 1%, congenital heart defects (CHDs) are also the most common birth defects in humans, and major cause of childhood morbidity and mortality (Hoffman and Kaplan in J Am Coll Cardiol 39(12):1890-1900, 2002; Samanek in Cardiol Young 10(3):179-185, 2000). Understanding how the heart forms will not only help to determine the etiology and to design diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for CHDs, but may also provide insight into regenerative medicine to repair injured adult hearts...
March 22, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Hye Yeon Yi, Soo Young Jeong, Soo Hyun Kim, Yoomin Kim, Suk-Joo Choi, Soo-Young Oh, Cheong-Rae Roh, Jong-Hwa Kim
Objective: Reviewing indications and characteristics of obstetric patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a tertiary care center, comparing those patients by time period and place of delivery, and to verify clinical utility of acute physiology and chronic health evaluation (APACHE) II score in ICU-admitted women. Methods: Retrospective analyses were carried out for parturients admitted to the ICU of our institution from 1994 to 2015. Clinical characteristics were compared between time period (period 1: 1994-2004; period 2: 2005-2015) and place of delivery (our institution and local hospitals)...
March 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
Jun-Il Yoo, Yong-Chan Ha
Sarcopenia was listed in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) as M62.84, on October 1, 2016. Sarcopenia is primarily associated with metabolic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, and cachexia, as well as chronic renal failure, congestive heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Sarcopenia is also significantly associated with osteoporosis in elderly populations and the combined disease is defined as osteosarcopenia. Several studies have confirmed that sarcopenia and osteoporosis (osteosarcopenia) share common risk factors and biological pathways...
February 2018: Journal of Bone Metabolism
Sangheun Lee, Heeyoung Lee, Lucy Youngmin Eun, Seung Woong Gang
Purpose: Cardiomyopathy is becoming the leading cause of death in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy because mechanically assisted lung ventilation and assisted coughing have helped resolve respiratory complications. To clarify cardiopulmonary function, we compared cardiac function between the home ventilator-assisted and non-ventilator-assisted groups. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy from January 2010 to March 2016 at Gangnam Severance Hospital...
February 2018: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
Santhi Iyer Kumar, Kathleen Doo, Julie Sottilo-Brammeier, Christianne Lane, Janice M Liebler
BACKGROUND: Studies exploring the effect of body mass index (BMI) on outcomes in the intensive care unit (ICU) have yielded mixed results, with few studies assessing patients at the extremes of obesity. We sought to understand the clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients with super obesity (BMI > 50 kg/m2 ) as compared to morbid obesity (BMI > 40 kg/m2 ) and obesity (BMI > 30 kg/m2 ). METHODS: A retrospective review of patients admitted to the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California medical intensive care unit (MICU) service between 2008 and 2013 was performed...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
Paul C Jordan, Sarah K Stevens, Jerome Deval
Influenza virus, respiratory syncytial virus, human metapneumovirus, parainfluenza virus, coronaviruses, and rhinoviruses are among the most common viruses causing mild seasonal colds. These RNA viruses can also cause lower respiratory tract infections leading to bronchiolitis and pneumonia. Young children, the elderly, and patients with compromised cardiac, pulmonary, or immune systems are at greatest risk for serious disease associated with these RNA virus respiratory infections. In addition, swine and avian influenza viruses, together with severe acute respiratory syndrome-associated and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome coronaviruses, represent significant pandemic threats to the general population...
January 2018: Antiviral Chemistry & Chemotherapy
H T Gu, J Y Zhou, T Wu, J Y Zhou
Objective: To investigate the clinical features and prognosis of patients with pulmonary sarcomatoid carcinoma (PSC). Methods: The study retrospectively reviewed the clinical, radiological, pathological characteristics and prognosis of 76 patients with PSC who were treated in the First Affiliated Hospital of Medical School of Zhejiang University from January 2011 to December 2016. Gender, age, smoking history, tumor location, tumor size, lymph node metastasis, distant metastasis, TNM staging and treatment methods were analyzed to determine the factors affecting the prognosis of PSC patients...
March 13, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Tulshidas S Patil, Ashwini S Deshpande, Shirish Deshpande, Pravin Shende
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by the pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Prolonged administration of high dose antibiotics using oral and injectable routes and their associated side effects, show limitations to successful treatment outcome of TB. Nanocarrier-based dry powder inhalers (DPIs) may provide a breakthrough as an alternative therapeutic approach because of their stable, non-invasive nature and ability to target the drug at the site of infection. The current review focuses on the roadmap of the respiratory system, drug deposition and targeting at the site of infection via pulmonary route...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Drug Targeting
Tang-Wei Chuang, Shou-Chien Chen, Kow-Tong Chen
AIMS: The aim of this study was to explore the recent advances in diagnosis and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). METHODS: Previous studies were searched using the terms "gastroesophageal reflux disease" and "diagnosis" or "treatment" in Medline and Pubmed. Articles that were not published in the English language, manuscripts without an abstract, reviews, meta-analysis, and opinion articles were excluded from the review...
July 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Bon-Hee Gu, Matthew C Madison, David Corry, Farrah Kheradmand
Multicellular organisms synthesize and renew components of their subcellular and scaffolding proteins, collectively known as the extracellular matrix molecules (ECMs). In the lung, ECMs maintain tensile strength, elasticity, and dictate the specialized function of multiple cell lineages. These functions are critical in lung homeostatic processes including cellular migration and proliferation during morphogenesis or in response to repair. Alterations in lung ECMs that expose cells to new cryptic fragments, generated in response to endogenous proteinases or exogenous toxins, are associated with the development of several common respiratory diseases...
March 17, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Lee Fidler, Nicole Sitzer, Shane Shapera, Prakesh S Shah
BACKGROUND: Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is common in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and has been proposed as a potential contributor to disease progression and exacerbation. Whether treatment of GER improves health outcomes in patients with IPF is controversial. Our objective was to review the efficacy and safety of GER treatments in IPF. METHODS: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis using MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTRAL and Clinicaltrials...
March 17, 2018: Chest
Ana Margarida Alho, José Meireles, Manuela Schnyder, Luís Cardoso, Silvana Belo, Peter Deplazes, Luís Madeira de Carvalho
Cardiopulmonary nematodes are life-threatening pet parasites increasingly reported throughout Europe, with overlapping endemic areas. Dirofilaria immitis is a mosquito-borne whilst Angiostrongylus vasorum is a snail-borne pathogen. Both adult nematodes reside in the pulmonary arteries and right cardiac ventricle of domestic and wild canids, causing a wide spectrum of clinical presentations ranging from cough, dyspnoea and exercise intolerance to severe vascular and pulmonary disease with hearth failure that may lead to death...
March 15, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
Laura Coremans, Frederik de Clerck
BACKGROUND: Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome or acute perihepatitis is considered a rare complication of pelvic inflammatory disease, mostly associated with chlamydial or gonococcal salpingitis. Peritoneal tuberculosis is a rare site of extra-pulmonary infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Infection usually occurs after reactivation of latent tuberculous foci in the peritoneum and more seldom after contiguous spread from tuberculous salpingitis. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a case of a 21-year old female of Somalian origin diagnosed with Fitz-Hugh Curtis syndrome associated with tuberculous salpingitis and peritonitis, presenting with new onset ascites...
March 20, 2018: BMC Gastroenterology
Zachary R Smith, Bryan Kelly, Rana L Awdish, Sara Hegab
Treprostinil diolamine is the first oral dosage preparation of a prostacyclin analogue for use in treatment naive pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). This case series and review of the available literature describes the experience of patients with PAH receiving treprostinil by intravenous (IV), subcutaneous (SQ), or inhalation route who were transitioned to treprostinil diolamine. At our institution, 3 patients were transitioned to treprostinil diolamine who received treprostinil administered by each of the alternative routes: IV, SQ, and inhalation...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Zili Zhang, Jian Wang, Wenju Lu
Exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2 ) has long been linked to elevated mortality and morbidity from epidemiological evidences. However, questions remain unclear whether NO2 acts directly on human health or being an indicator of other ambient pollutants. In this study, random-effect meta-analyses were performed on examining exposure to nitrogen oxide (NOx ) and its association with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The overall relative risk (RR) of COPD risk related to a 10 μg/m3 increase in NO2 exposure increased by 2...
March 20, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Massimiliano Polastri, Vittoria Comellini, Angela Maria Grazia Pacilli, Stefano Nava
Magnetotherapy (MT) is a therapeutic treatment based on the use of magnetic fields (MF) that can have an anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect. MT represents a possible treatment or an ancillary therapeutic intervention for a wide range of diseases and it is often used in the field of physiotherapeutic practices. A crucial point in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, to counteract muscular depletion and respiratory symptoms, is represented by physiotherapy. Nevertheless, the knowledge about the application of MF as a therapeutic option in COPD patients is very limited...
March 20, 2018: COPD
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