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Joanna Shi-En Chan, Jeremy C Wee, R Ponampalam, Evelyn Wong
BACKGROUND: Injuries in divers resulting purely from impact with the water are uncommon in the published literature. We present a case report of pulmonary contusion in a young diver. CASE REPORT: A young, healthy competitive platform diver landed flat on his back in the water from a dive of 10 meters. He complained of upper back pain and had an episode of hemoptysis after the dive. He was initially observed for 15 hours postinjury, and was discharged when three chest radiographs (CXRs) taken at 1, 7, and 11 hours postinjury did not show significant abnormalities...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Katherine Moore, Rachel Haroz
BACKGROUND: Intractable bone pain is a notorious adverse effect of granulocyte-colony stimulating factors (G-CSFs), such as pegfilgrastim and filgrastim, which are given to help prevent neutropenia in patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. G-CSF-induced bone pain is surprisingly common and often refractory to treatment with conventional analgesics. CASE REPORT: This article describes an emergency department case of opiate and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug-resistant pegfilgrastim-induced bone pain that was successfully alleviated with 10 mg of oral loratadine, allowing for discharge home...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Suleiman Ezoubi, Hassan Kahal, William Stephen Waring
MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamfetamine, Ecstasy) is a widely used recreational drug. We present a case of pneumomediastinum as a complication of MDMA use in a 21-year-old man with no previous history of lung or gastrointestinal pathology. We have performed a literature review, and summarised the symptoms, signs, and prognosis for this under-recognised complication of a commonly used recreational drug. We recommend enquiring about illicit drug use in any patient presenting with spontaneous pneumomediastinum.
2016: Acute Medicine
Giorgia A Osman, Alberto Ricci, Fabrizio Terzo, Carlo Falasca, Maria R Giovagnoli, Pierdonato Bruno, Andrea Vecchione, Salvatore Raffa, Sabatino Valente, Maria R Torrisi, Chiara De Dominicis, Simonetta Giovagnoli, Salvatore Mariotta
INTRODUCTION: Lipoid pneumonia is a clinical condition that may be initially asymptomatic or confused with an infectious or malignant lung disease. OBJECTIVES: We report four cases of this pathological condition. METHODS: The first case concerned an 85-year old woman with bilateral confluent pulmonary opacities, ground-glass type. Diagnosis was based on the cytology of the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid followed by its ultrastructural examination...
September 22, 2016: Clinical Respiratory Journal
Takeshi Saraya, Sunao Mikura, Miku Oda, Hajime Takizawa
A 47-year-old previously healthy man was admitted to the hospital with a 5-day history of fever, dry cough, and dyspnoea. Thoracic radiographs and CT scan showed extensive bilateral consolidation predominantly involving the central portions of the upper lung lobes, along with multiple scattered nodules. On taking a thorough history, it was found that the patient had visited a gritty 100-year-old Japanese folk house 1 week ago. An urgent bronchoscopy was performed, and the results were consistent with the findings of acute eosinophilic pneumonia (AEP)...
October 3, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
Robin Paudel, Prerna Dogra, Saurav Suman, Saurav Acharya, Jyoti Matta
Amiodarone is an antiarrhythmic drug which is highly effective against a wide spectrum of ventricular tachyarrhythmias making it irreplaceable in certain group of patients. We report an unusual case of acute liver and renal failure within 24 hours of initiation of intravenous (IV) amiodarone which resolved after stopping the medication. The mechanism of acute liver and renal toxicity is not clearly known but is believed to be secondary to amiodarone induced (relative) hypotension, idiosyncratic reaction to the drug, and toxicity of the vector that carries the medication, polysorbate-80...
2016: Case Reports in Critical Care
George Sikalengo, Adria Ramirez, Diana Faini, Kim Mwamelo, Manuel Battegay, Levan Jugheli, Christoph Hatz, Klaus Reither, Emilio Letang
BACKGROUND: Extrapulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB) is associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality. Diagnosis of EPTB is challenging in resource-limited settings due to difficulties in obtaining samples, as well as the paucibacillarity of the specimens. Skeletal tuberculosis accounts for 10-35 % of EPTB cases, with vertebral osteomyelitis (Pott's disease) representing 50 % of the cases. We present two cases of suspected Pott's disease, diagnosed through GeneXpert MTB/RIF assay in urine at a rural Tanzanian hospital...
September 26, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Fernanda Duarte, Jessica Wentling, Humayun Anjum, Joseph Varon, Salim Surani
The most common cause of a pneumoperitoneum is a perforation of a hollow viscus and the treatment is an exploratory laparotomy; nevertheless, not all pneumoperitoneums are due to a perforation and not all of them need surgical intervention. We hereby present a case of pneumoperitoneum due to a diaphragmatic defect, which allowed air from a pneumothorax to escape through the diaphragmatic hernia into the abdominal cavity.
2016: Case Reports in Critical Care
Emad Alkhankan, Ahmad Nusair, Rida Mazagri, Mohammed Al-Ourani
Pleural pigtail catheter placement is associated with many complications including pneumothorax, hemorrhage, and chest pain. Air embolism is a known but rare complication of pleural pigtail catheter insertion and has a high risk of occurrence with positive pressure ventilation. In this case report, we present a 50-year-old male with bilateral pneumonia who developed a pneumothorax while on mechanical ventilation with continuous positive airway pressure mode. During the placement of the pleural pigtail catheter to correct the pneumothorax, the patient developed a sudden left sided body weakness and became unresponsive...
2016: Case Reports in Pulmonology
Aaron Samuel Weinberg, Suhail Dohad, Danny Ramzy, Hooman Madyoon, Victor F Tapson
Clinical guidelines support the use of systemic thrombolytic therapy for acute massive pulmonary embolism (PE). When anticoagulation and thrombolysis fail or are contraindicated, options become limited. We report an acute PE case in which treatment options were limited, and a novel device, the FlowTriever (Inari Medical, Irvine, California), was successfully used. This is the first case report of the use of this device that we are aware of.
September 6, 2016: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
Joshua Misha Lewis Casan, George Grigoriadis, Noel Chan, Sanjeev Chunilal
Following orthopaedic surgery, a 56-year-old woman developed heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), complicated by extensive proximal deep vein thrombosis. The patient did not respond to multiple conventional therapies; however, a prompt treatment response occurred after starting rivaroxaban at standard dosing. This case represents the first documentation of efficacy for rivaroxaban in the setting of treatment refractory HIT and strengthens the limited existing evidence for this agent in HIT.
2016: BMJ Case Reports
Ali Zakaria, Bayan Al-Share, Khaled Al Asad
Amebiasis is a parasitic infection caused by the protozoan Entamoeba histolytica. While most infections are asymptomatic, the disease could manifest clinically as amebic dysentery and/or extraintestinal invasion in the form of amebic liver abscess or other more rare manifestations such as pulmonary, cardiac, or brain involvement. Herein we are reporting a case of a 24-year-old male with history of Down syndrome who presented with severe right side pneumonia complicated with multicystic empyema resistant to regular medical therapy...
2016: Case Reports in Pulmonology
Jason Mann, Rodrigo Cavallazzi
The objective of this study was to present a case report that highlights the limitation of serum procalcitonin levels greater than 10 ng/mL as being almost exclusively secondary to septic shock. Data source was a medical intensive care unit patient at the University of Louisville. Anaphylactic shock may cause elevations of serum procalcitonin to levels greater than 10 ng/mL.
January 2015: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Vincent Jachiet, Laurent Laine, Thierry Gendre, Carole Henry, Daniel Da Silva, Etienne de Montmollin
BACKGROUND: Stiff-person syndrome (SPS) is a rare disorder characterized by progressive muscle stiffness, rigidity, and spasms involving the axial muscles. Acute respiratory distress has rarely been reported in this condition. METHODS: We report a case of a 49-year-old woman with autoimmune SPS diagnosed during an episode of acute respiratory failure secondary to repetitive episodes of apnea, requiring intensive care. RESULTS: Acute respiratory failure manifesting with apneic episodes is a life-threatening and unpredictable complication of SPS...
July 18, 2016: Neurocritical Care
David Mark Smith
A 69-year-old male patient who was treated with intravesical BCG for carcinoma in situ of the bladder, went on to develop systemic features of BCG-osis. This diagnosis was supported by significant radiological and clinical findings. These systemic features include pulmonary miliary lesions, a mycotic abdominal aortic aneurysm and penile lesions. Owing to a breakdown in the relationship between the patient and the National Health Service, the patient has declined BCG treatment. This case highlights the potential rare side effects of intravesical BCG treatment and the risk associated with non-treatment of BCG-osis...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
Hui Huang, Rui E Feng, Shan Li, Kai Xu, Ya Lan Bi, Zuo Jun Xu
Systemic sclerosis (SSc)-associated interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD) has become the leading SSc-related cause of death. Although various types of immunosuppressive therapy have been attempted for patients with SSc-ILD, no curative or effective treatment strategies for SSc-ILD have been developed. Therefore, management of patients with SSc-ILD remains a challenge. Here, we report a Chinese, female, SSc-ILD patient who was negative for Scl-70 and showed an excellent response to pirfenidone without obvious adverse effects...
July 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Hang Zhang, Juan Zhang, Du-Jiang Xie, Xiaoming Jiang, Feng-Fu Zhang, Shao-Liang Chen
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) predicts poor outcome in patients with left heart disease. A 62-year-old man was referred for heart failure associated with ischemic cardiomyopathy. He received a diagnosis of combined postcapillary and precapillary PH secondary to left heart disease on the basis of hemodynamic parameters. After the pulmonary artery denervation procedure was performed, hemodynamic parameters were markedly improved, which resulted in a significant increase in functional capacity.
June 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
Yasmin Sabet, Saul Ramirez, Elizabeth Rosell Cespedes, Marimer Rensoli Velasquez, Mateo Porres-Muñoz, Sumit Gaur, Juan B Figueroa-Casas, Mateo Porres-Aguilar
Acute pulmonary toxicity associated with brentuximab appears to be a rare but serious adverse effect that can be potentially fatal. We report the case of a twenty-nine-year-old female with Hodgkin's lymphoma who was treated with brentuximab and later presented with severe acute pulmonary toxicity; she improved after the discontinuation of brentuximab and administration of antibiotics and glucocorticoid therapy. Currently there is very little data in the literature in regard to the clinical manifestations and characteristics of patients taking brentuximab and the potential development of acute severe pulmonary toxicity, as well as the appropriate therapeutic approach, making this particular case of successful treatment and resolution unique...
2016: Case Reports in Pulmonology
Pierre-Yves Olivier, Marie Joyeux-Faure, Thibaut Gentina, Sandrine H Launois, Marie Pia d'Ortho, Jean-Louis Pépin, Frédéric Gagnadoux
Baclofen, a gamma-aminobutyric acid-B agonist with muscle-relaxant properties, is widely used in patients with severe spasticity. In animals, baclofen has been shown to decrease respiratory drive. In humans, however, use of baclofen at the standard dose did not significantly impair sleep-disordered breathing in a susceptible population of snorers. Recently, there has been increasing interest in the role of baclofen for the treatment of alcohol dependence. We describe severe central sleep apnea (CSA) in four patients with none of the conditions commonly associated with CSA who were receiving chronic baclofen therapy for alcohol withdrawal...
May 2016: Chest
Nicholas Sunderland, Robert Maweni, Srikanth Akunuri, Elena Karnovitch
Re-expansion pulmonary oedema (REPO) is a rare complication of pleural fluid thoracocentesis and has been associated with a high mortality rate. There is limited evidence to inform on its most effective management. We present two cases of large volume thoracocentesis resulting in acute respiratory decompensation that was treated by reintroducing the drained pleural fluid back into the pleural cavity. We also present a review of the literature specifically assessing the reported incidence rate of REPO after pleural fluid drainage...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
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