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pulmonary vascular disease

Yanhong Ren, Min Zhu, Yan Liu, Xiaoli Diao, Yuhui Zhang
Primary pulmonary angiosarcoma is a rare type of malignant vascular tumor with a very aggressive clinical course and a grim prognosis. To date, only a handful of cases have been reported in English literature. Its rarity and consequent low index of suspicion makes clinical diagnosis difficult. In this report we present three cases of primary pulmonary angiosarcoma with cough, hemoptysis, and progressive dyspnea to contribute to the sparse literature on this disease. A review is made of previous reports of primary pulmonary angiosarcomas, and the clinical characteristics, diagnosed method, treatment options, and prognosis of pulmonary angiosarcoma are also discussed...
September 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Yoonki Hong, You-Sun Kim, Seok-Ho Hong, Yeon-Mok Oh
There is no therapy currently available that influences the natural history of disease progression in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Although stem cell therapy is considered a potential therapeutic option in COPD, there are no clinical trials proving definitive therapeutic effects in patients with COPD. Recently, it was reported that pioglitazone might potentiate the therapeutic effects of stem cells in patients with heart or liver disease. To test the capacity of pioglitazone pretreatment of stem cells for emphysema repair, we evaluated the therapeutic effects of pioglitazone-pretreated human adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ASCs) on elastase-induced or cigarette smoke-induced emphysema in mice...
October 21, 2016: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
Joshua W Hustedt, Andrew Chung, Daniel D Bohl, Neil Olmscheid, Scott Edwards
PURPOSE: The clinical decision to replant an amputated digit is driven primarily by surgical indication. However, the extent to which patient comorbidity should play into this decision is less well defined. This study was designed to determine the effect of patient comorbidities on the success, risk, and cost of digital replantation. METHODS: All amputation injuries and digital replantation procedures captured by the National Inpatient Sample during 2001 to 2012 were identified...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery
Leslie A Blair, April K Haven, Natalie N Bauer
BACKGROUND: Microparticles (MPs) stimulate inflammatory adhesion molecule expression in systemic vascular diseases, however it is unknown whether circulating MPs stimulate localized ICAM-1 expression in the heterogeneically distinct pulmonary endothelium during pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Pulmonary vascular lesions with infiltrating inflammatory cells in PAH form in the pulmonary arteries and arterioles, but not the microcirculation. Therefore, we sought to determine whether circulating MPs from PAH stimulate pulmonary artery endothelial cell-selective ICAM-1 expression...
October 20, 2016: Respiratory Research
Kevin Forton, Yoshiki Motoji, Gael Deboeck, Vitalie Faoro, Robert Naeije
There has been revival of in interest in exercise testing of the pulmonary circulation for the diagnosis of pulmonary vascular disease, but there still is uncertainty about body position and the most relevant measurements. Doppler echocardiography pulmonary hemodynamic measurements were performed at progressively increased workload in 26 healthy adult volunteers in supine, semi-recumbent and upright positions which were randomly assigned at 24 hours intervals. Mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP) was estimated from the maximum tricuspid regurgitation jet velocity...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
Jason Gien, Nancy Tseng, Gregory J Seedorf, Katherine Kuhn, Steven H Abman
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is the chronic lung disease associated with premature birth, characterized by impaired vascular and alveolar growth. In neonatal rats bleomycin decreases lung growth and causes pulmonary hypertension (PH), which is poorly responsive to nitric oxide. In the developing lung, through rho-kinase (ROCK) activation, ET-1 impairs endothelial cell function, however, whether ET-1-ROCK interactions contribute to impaired vascular and alveolar growth in experimental BPD is unknown. Neonatal rats were treated daily with intra-peritoneal bleomycin with and without selective ETA (BQ123/BQ610) and ETB (BQ788) receptor blockers, non-selective ET receptor blocker (ETRB) (bosentan) or fasudil (ROCK inhibitor)...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Sharon L I Wong, Maria B Sukkar
Secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC) is a matricellular protein which regulates interactions between cells and their surrounding extracellular matrix (ECM), and thus governs fundamental cellular functions such as cell adhesion, proliferation and differentiation. SPARC also regulates the expression and activity of numerous growth factors and matrix metalloproteinases essential for ECM degradation and turnover. Studies in SPARC-null mice have revealed a critical role for SPARC in tissue development, injury and repair, and in the regulation of the immune response...
October 19, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Jose F Condado, Vasilis Babaliaros, Travis S Henry, Brian Kaebnick, Dennis Kim, Gerald W Staton
BACKGROUND: The best treatment of patients with external pulmonary vascular compression due to advanced sarcoidosis is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To report a single-center experience of percutaneous treatment for pulmonary vascular stenosis caused by external compression due to advanced sarcoidosis. METHODS: We report a case series of 5 patients with biopsy confirmed advanced sarcoidosis, seen at our academic institution with worsening dyspnea despite increase of immunosuppressive therapy...
October 7, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
Masato Nishimura, Toshiko Tokoro, Satoru Yamazaki, Tetsuya Hashimoto, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Toshihiko Ono
BACKGROUND: We examined the prevalence, prognosis, and effect of endothelin receptor antagonists on survival in end-stage kidney disease patients with idiopathic pre-capillary pulmonary hypertension. METHODS: We investigated 1988 end-stage kidney disease patients in Toujinkai Hospital from January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2014. Pulmonary hypertension was screened by symptoms (dyspnea, hypotension, or near syncope) and echocardiography, and diagnosed by computed tomography with enhancement, pulmonary flow scintigraphy, and right heart catheterization...
October 19, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
Seth H Richman, Marcelo Bogliolo Piancastelli Siqueira, Kirk A McCullough, Mark J Berkowitz
BACKGROUND: K-wire fixation has been the most common method of fixation for hammertoe deformity. However intramedullary devices are gaining ground in both number of available choices and in procedures performed. This study aimed to compare the outcomes of hammertoe correction performed with K-wire fixation versus a novel intramedullary fusion device (CannuLink). METHODS: A retrospective review of hammertoe correction by a single surgeon was performed from June 2011 to December 2013...
October 18, 2016: Foot & Ankle International
Rosaria Talarico, Simone Barsotti, Elena Elefante, Chiara Baldini, Chiara Tani, Marta Mosca
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to provide a critical analysis of the recent literature on this topic, with particular focus on the most relevant studies published over the last year. RECENT FINDINGS: Many studies are published every year on the diagnosis, pathogenesis and treatment of pulmonary involvement in antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV). The main subjects covered by this article are the pathogenesis, diagnosis and clinical aspects of lung involvement in ANCA-associated vasculitis and non-ANCA-associated vasculitis...
October 17, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Kyoung Im Cho, Min Gu Chon
OBJECTIVE: Inhaled ilroprost can improve clinical status and symptoms in Eisenmenger syndrome (ES). Right ventricular (RV) function is important prognostic factor of pulmonary arterial hypertension. But there has been insufficient data in echocardiographic parameters related to RV function after long term iloprost therapy. So we evaluated effect of long term iloprost treatment on RV function and other parameters measured by echocardiography in this study. DESIGN AND METHOD: Eleven consecutive patients with ES associated with congenital heart disease underwent echocardiographic measurements at baseline and 48 weeks after iloprost therapy...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Raya Elfadel Kheirbek, Janusz Wojtusiak, Sorina O Vlaicu, Farrokh Alemi
BACKGROUND: Heart failure is the leading cause for 30-day all-cause readmission. Although racial disparities in health care are well documented, their impact on 30-day all-cause readmission rate is inconclusive. OBJECTIVE: We examined the impact of racial disparity on 30-day readmission for hospitalized patients with heart failure. METHODS: This is a retrospective secondary data analysis for a large veteran cohort in 130 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers...
October 2016: Quality Management in Health Care
Nan Yu, Xia Wei, Yan Li, Lei Deng, Chen-Wang Jin, Youmin Guo
The aim of this study was to investigate the vascular alteration of the whole lung and individual lobes in patients with COPD, and assess the association between pulmonary vessels and the extent and distribution of emphysema as well as pulmonary function by a 3-dimensional automated approach.A total of 83 computed tomography images from COPD patients were analyzed. Automated computerized approach was used to measure the total number of vessels at the fifth generation. The extent of emphysema (%LAA-950) in the whole lung and individual lobes were also calculated automatically...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Christophe Colas-Ribas, Isabelle Signolet, Samir Henni, Mathieu Feuillloy, Frédéric Gagnadoux, Pierre Abraham
The prevalence of pulmonary disease in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) has not been extensively studied. Recent evidence has shown that ∼20% of the patients have an atypical chest transcutaneous oxygen pressure (TcpO2) pattern during exercise, which suggests walking-induced hypoxemia. The main objectives of this study were to: (1) describe in a retrospective way the characteristics of the patients suffering from claudication, who attended a treadmill testing in our laboratory, (2) assess the prevalence of known or unknown pulmonary disease...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Yasemin Yalçinkaya, Suzan Çinar, Bahar Artim-Esen, Sevil Kamali, Lale Öcal, Günnur Deniz, Murat Inanç
OBJECTIVES: To determine the relationship between vascular biomarkers reflecting the vascular injury and organ involvement in systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: Seventy-two SSc patients (66 female) fulfilling 2013 ACR/EULAR Criteria were evaluated. Serum samples of patients were collected for flow-cytometric analysis of sCD40L, tPA, MCP-1, sE-selectin, IL-8, IL-6, VEGF, sP-selectin, TGF-β1 and VCAM levels (Bender MedSystems) in SSc patients and 20 healthy controls...
September 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Anikó Ilona Nagy, Ashwin Venkateshvaran, Béla Merkely, Lars H Lund, Aristomenis Manouras
AIMS: The diastolic pulmonary pressure gradient (DPG) has recently been introduced as a specific marker of combined pre-capillary pulmonary hypertension (Cpc-PH) in left heart disease (LHD). However, its diagnostic and prognostic superiority compared with traditional haemodynamic indices has been challenged lately. Current recommendations explicitly denote that in the normal heart, DPG values are greater than zero, with DPG ≥7 mmHg indicating Cpc-PH. However, clinicians are perplexed by the frequent observation of DPG <0 mmHg (DPGNEG ), as its physiological explanation and clinical impact are unclear to date...
October 17, 2016: European Journal of Heart Failure
Anna Olasińska-Wiśniewska, Marek Grygier, Maciej Lesiak, Olga Trojnarska, Aleksander Araszkiewicz, Anna Komosa, Marcin Misterski, Marek Jemielity, Marek Proch, Stefan Grajek
BACKGROUND: In patients treated with transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), age is recognized as one of the most important risk factors. The aim of our study was to evaluate whether early and mid-term results of TAVI were worse in patients over 85 year old compared with the younger population. METHODS: From September 2010 to November 2015, 162 consecutive patients (mean age 78.4 ±7.1 years, 47.5 % females) underwent TAVI in our Institution. Patients were divided into two groups: 1) elderly (≥ 85 year old) and 2) younger patients (< 85 year old)...
October 17, 2016: Cardiology Journal
Tetsuro Sawata, Masashi Bando, Masayuki Nakayama, Naoko Mato, Hideaki Yamasawa, Yukihiko Sugiyama
Objective The influence of smoking on the pathogenesis and clinical course of interstitial pneumonia has recently attracted attention. To clarify the influence of smoking on the clinical patient characteristics and therapeutic effects in patients with interstitial pneumonia presenting with a non-specific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP) pattern, we compared the clinical patient characteristics and therapeutic effects in smokers and nonsmokers in this study. Methods We divided 31 NSIP (16 idiopathic nonspecific interstitial pneumonia and 15 collagen vascular disease-associated nonspecific interstitial pneumonia) patients into smoker and non-smoker groups for each case...
2016: Internal Medicine
Soohyun Hwang, Joungho Han, Misun Choi, Myung-Ju Ahn, Yong Soo Choi
Background: We reviewed a series of 188 resected pulmonary mucinous adenocarcinomas (MAs) to clarify the prognostic significance of lepidic and non-lepidic patterns. Materials and Methods: Non-lepidic patterns were divided into bland, non-distorted acini with uncertain invasiveness (pattern 1), unequivocal invasion into stroma (pattern 2), or invasion into alveolar spaces (pattern 3). Results: The mean percentage of invasive patterns (patterns 2 and 3) was lowest in small (≤3 cm) tumors, and gradually increased in intermediate (>3 cm and ≤7 cm) and large (>7 cm) tumors (8...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine
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