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Hongyan Li, Heng Weng, Changqing Lan, Hongying Zhang, Xinhang Wang, Jianguang Pan, Lulu Chen, Jinbao Huang
The aim of this study was to compare the clinical features of patients with avian influenza A (H7N9) and influenza A (H1N1) complicated by acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).The clinical data of 18 cases of H7N9 and 26 cases of H1N1 with ARDS were collected and compared in the respiratory intensive care unit (RICU) of Fuzhou Pulmonary Hospital of Fujian from March 2014 to December 2016.Patients with H7N9 had a higher acute physiology and chronic health evaluation-II score (P < .05) and lung injury score (P < ...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Tamara L Sheldon, Chandini Sankaran
Between 1990 and 2015, Indonesia lost nearly 25 percent of its forests, largely due to intentional burning to clear land for cultivation of palm oil and timber plantations.1 The neighboring "victim countries" experienced severe deteriorations in air quality as a result of these fires. For example, Singapore experienced record air pollution levels in June of 2013 and again in September of 2015 as a result of the Indonesian forest fires.2 This air pollution is associated with increased incidences of upper respiratory tract infections, acute conjunctivitis, lung disease, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and pneumonia, among other ailments...
May 2017: American Economic Review
Ashwant Kumar Vadepally, Ramen Sinha, A V S S Subramanya Kumar
Background: Patients with limited mouth opening (LMO) often associated with difficult intubation. Retrograde intubation is an alternative technique of establishing definitive airway in these patients when blind nasal intubation fails and fiberoptic bronchoscope is not available. We tested the retrograde intubation through nasal route in patients with LMO less than 2 cm. Materials and methods: The procedure was performed with some modification with regard to retrograde guide on 18 patients requiring maxillofacial surgical procedures to increase mouth opening...
January 2018: Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research
Miriam Barrecheguren, Marc Miravitlles
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 16, 2018: Archivos de Bronconeumología
Thais Mauad, Felipe B P do Nascimento, Marisa Dolhnikoff, Milena C M Picka, Paulo H N Saldiva
BACKGROUND: Mortality related to asthma has decreased worldwide since the introduction of inhaled corticosteroid therapy in the past decades. However, there are still some asthma fatalities identified mainly in populations with less access to regular treatment. Pulmonary interstitial emphysema due to alveolar rupture has been rarely described as a complication of an acute severe asthma attack, and its identification in pathological analysis can be difficult. Previous studies reported the association of pulmonary interstitial emphysema and bronchial ductal gland ectasia in asthma...
March 20, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
Adriana Correa Melo, Isabella Cattani-Cavalieri, Marina Valente Barroso, Nicolas Quesnot, Lycia Brito Gitirana, Manuella Lanzetti, Samuel Santos Valença
Emphysema results in a proteinase - antiproteinase imbalance, inflammation and oxidative stress. Our objective was to investigate whether atorvastatin could repair mouse lungs after elastase-induced emphysema. Vehicle (50 μL) or porcine pancreatic elastase (PPE) was administered on day 1, 3, 5 and 7 at 0.6 U intranasally. Male mice were divided into a control group (sham), PPE 32d (sacrificed 24 h after 32 days), PPE 64d (sacrificed 24 h after 64 days), and atorvastatin 1, 5 and 20 mg treated from day 33 until day 64 and sacrificed 24 h later (A1 mg, A5 mg and A20 mg, respectively)...
March 16, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Mazin Merdad, Nitin Bhatia, Elie E Rebeiz
Our objectives were to review our experience with laser-assisted diverticulotomy (LAD) in the treatment of Zenker diverticulum (ZD) and compare our results with those in published literature on other endoscopic and surgical techniques. We conducted a retrospective chart review of 57 patients who underwent LAD treatment of ZD in a single tertiary care institution. Data on surgical complications, length of stay, and follow-up were collected. Age ranged from 56 to 89 years. Endoscopic exposure of the diverticulum was not possible in 2 patients...
March 2018: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
Christine M Clark, Shivani Shah-Becker, Abraham Mathew, Neerav Goyal
A patient with Rett syndrome presented to our Emergency Department with extensive subcutaneous emphysema in the cervical region, chest wall, upper extremities, and back. Diagnostic evaluation revealed a mucosal tear in the posterior pharyngeal wall and an abscessed retropharyngeal lymph node, but she had no known history of trauma to account for these findings. This report discusses the occurrence of subcutaneous emphysema in the context of a rare neurodevelopmental disorder and proposes accentuated aerophagia, a sequela of Rett syndrome, as the most likely underlying mechanism...
March 2018: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
Cumhur Murat Tulay, Sadık Yaldız, Adnan Bilge
PURPOSE: To identify occult pneumothorax with oblique chest X-ray (OCXR) in clinically suspected patients. METHODS: In this retrospective study, we examined 1082 adult multitrauma patients who were admitted to our emergency service between January 2016 and January 2017. Clinical findings that suggest occult pneumothorax were rib fracture, flail chest, chest pain, subcutaneous emphysema, abrasion or ecchymosis and moderate to severe hypoxia in clinical parameters...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
David Z Silberstein, Kalimuthu Karuppanan, Hnin Hnin Aung, Ching-Hsien Chen, Carroll E Cross, Karen A McDonald
Proteases and reactive oxygen species (ROS) have long been implicated in playing key roles in host tissue injury at sites of inflammatory processes dominated by macrophage activations and/or neutrophil infiltrations. Imbalances between proteases/antiproteases and ROS/antioxidants are recognized to contribute to amplification of inflammatory-based host tissue injury. This has been especially well-documented in such respiratory tract diseases as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, and acute respiratory distress syndrome...
March 15, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Maria C Mirabelli, Tegan K Boehmer, Scott A Damon, Kanta D Sircar, Hilary K Wall, Fuyuen Y Yip, Hatice S Zahran, Paul L Garbe
INTRODUCTION: Poor air quality affects respiratory and cardiovascular health. Information about health risks associated with outdoor air quality is communicated to the public using air quality alerts. This study was conducted to assess associations of existing respiratory and heart disease with three aspects of air quality awareness: awareness of air quality alerts, discussing with a health professional strategies to reduce air pollution exposure, and avoiding busy roads to reduce air pollution exposure when walking, biking, or exercising outdoors...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Vaideesh Parasaram, Nasim Nosoudi, Aniqa Chowdhury, Naren Vyavahare
mphysema is characterized by degradation of lung alveoli that leads to poor airflow in lungs. Irreversible elastic fiber degradation by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and reactive oxygen species (ROS) activity leads to loss of elasticity and drives the progression of this disease. We investigated if a polyphenol, pentagalloyl glucose (PGG) can increase elastin production in pulmonary fibroblasts. We also studied the effect of PGG treatment in reducing MMP activity and ROS levels in cells. We exposed rat pulmonary fibroblasts to two different types of inflammatory environments i...
March 14, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Naoya Sakamoto, Kyohei Tsuchiya, Mayu Hikone
We report the case of a 47-year-old man with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who was referred to our hospital for acute dyspnea. The radiologic findings revealed consolidation with a cavity in the left upper lobe of the lung. Blood/sputum cultures detected Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Despite intensive care, the patient died from respiratory failure. Autopsy revealed multiple small necrotizing cavities that had coalesced. Although P. aeruginosa is a known causative pathogen of community-acquired pneumonia in patients with structural lung disease, the radiologic findings were non-specific...
March 2018: Respiratory Investigation
Mattia Laffranchi, Romina Berardelli, Riccardo Ronzoni, David A Lomas, Annamaria Fra
The most common genotype associated with severe α1-antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) is the Z homozygote. The Z variant (Glu342Lys) of α1-antitrypsin (AAT) undergoes a conformational change and is retained within the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) of hepatocytes leading to the formation of ordered polymeric chains and inclusion bodies. Accumulation of mutated protein predisposes to cirrhosis whilst plasma AAT deficiency leads to emphysema. Increased risk of liver and lung disease has also been reported in heterozygous subjects who carry Z in association with the milder S allele (Glu264Val) or even with wild-type M...
March 10, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Yojiro Makino, Yoshihisa Shimada, Masaru Hagiwara, Masatoshi Kakihana, Jinho Park, Naohiro Kajiwara, Tatsuo Ohira, Norihiko Ikeda
OBJECTIVES: Emphysema is one of the main causes of respiratory complications in patients operated on for lung cancer. We have used three-dimensional computed tomography (3D CT) for surgical simulations, as well as for depicting emphysematous areas as low attenuation areas (LAAs) and visual scores based on the Goddard classification (Goddard score), which is a visual scale of the area of vascular disruption and LAA for each lung field. This study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of the 3D CT function for assessing emphysema severity and its association with respiratory complications...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Claudio Caviezel, Carlson Aruldas, Daniel Franzen, Silvia Ulrich, Ilhan Inci, Didier Schneiter, Walter Weder, Isabelle Opitz
OBJECTIVES: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is considered a contraindication for lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). Because, it has been reported that endobronchial lung volume reduction may have a beneficial effect without increased mortality in patients with emphysema and PH, we evaluated its effect on PH in patients undergoing LVRS. METHODS: From January 2014 until June 2016, 119 LVRSs were performed at Zurich University Hospital. PH was a contraindication for patients with homogeneous emphysema but was acceptable for those with heterogeneous emphysema...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Wolfgang Michael Schaefer, Daniela Knollmann, Jerome Avondo, Andreas Meyer
AIM: In pulmonary emphysema lung volume reduction procedures (LVRP) can optimize respiratory pump function. Identification of the most affected lobe can be reached using relative lobar volume (relVol) from CT, but this approach disregards the corresponding lobar perfusion. The aim of the study was therefore to establish a new parameter combining relVol from CT and relative perfusion (relPerf) from perfusion SPECT as a single parameter (volume/perfusion ratio (VPR)) to optimize the identification procedure...
February 2018: Nuklearmedizin. Nuclear Medicine
Elizabeth C Oelsner, Benjamin M Smith, Eric A Hoffman, Ravi Kalhan, Kathleen M Donohue, Joel D Kaufman, Jennifer N Nguyen, Ani W Manichaikul, Jerome I Rotter, Erin D Michos, David R Jacobs, Gregory L Burke, Aaron R Folsom, Joseph E Schwartz, Karol Watson, R Graham Barr
RATIONALE: Large airway dimensions on computed tomography (CT) have been associated with lung function, symptoms, and exacerbations in COPD, and symptoms in smokers with preserved spirometry. Their prognostic significance in persons without lung disease remains undefined. OBJECTIVES: To examine associations between large airway dimensions on CT and respiratory outcomes in a population-based cohort of adults without prevalent lung disease. METHODS: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis recruited participants ages 45-84 years without cardiovascular disease in 2000-02; we excluded participants with prevalent chronic lower respiratory disease (CLRD)...
March 12, 2018: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Nicole S L Goh
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March 11, 2018: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
Rachel L Clifford, Nick Fishbane, Jamie Patel, Julia L MacIsaac, Lisa M McEwen, Andrew J Fisher, Corry-Anke Brandsma, Parameswaran Nair, Michael S Kobor, Tillie-Louise Hackett, Alan J Knox
Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a heterogeneous disease of the lungs that is currently the fourth leading cause of death worldwide. Genetic factors account for only a small amount of COPD risk, but epigenetic mechanisms, including DNA methylation, have the potential to mediate the interactions between an individual's genetics and environmental exposure. DNA methylation is highly cell type-specific, and individual cell type studies of DNA methylation in COPD are sparse...
2018: Clinical Epigenetics
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