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  1. Bronchoscopy in Rural Areas?

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    Reidar Berntsen


    Full Text Available Quality of bronchoscopy performed by one single pulmonologist in a scarcely populated subarctic area was compared to the guidelines provided by the British Thoracic Society (BTS. 103 patients underwent bronchoscopy. Diagnostic yield was increased to 76.6% when the first bronchoscopy was supplemented by bronchial washing fluid and brush cytology and to 86.7% (BTS guidelines >80% after a second bronchoscopy. Median time from referral to bronchoscopy was 10 days and 8 days from positive bronchoscopy to operative referral to another hospital. 1% of patients that underwent transbronchial lung biopsy had minor complications. One pulmonologist had rate of correct diagnosis based on visible endobronchial tumors that was comparable to the rates of numerous pulmonologists at larger centers performing the same procedure. Time delay was short. Rate of complications was comparable. Bronchoscopy performed by one pulmonologist alone could, in organized settings, be carried out at local hospitals in areas of scattered settlement.

  2. Anesthesia for bronchoscopy. (United States)

    José, Ricardo J; Shaefi, Shahzad; Navani, Neal


    To discuss the recent advances in sedation and anesthesia for the practice of both flexible and rigid bronchoscopy, which are increasingly performed outside of the operating room by interventional pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons. Studies have recently documented the advantages of pharmacological sedatives and anesthetics for use in bronchoscopy. In particular, we review the increasing body of literature highlighting the advantages and benefits of propofol anesthesia for both flexible and rigid bronchoscopy. As our practice expands, relocation of appropriately triaged pulmonary interventional procedures including rigid bronchoscopy that were previously assigned to a traditional operating room setting improves provider flexibility, presents more cost-effective options while maintaining patient safety and satisfaction and reducing the time to recovery. Anesthesia practice has, therefore, shifted to caring for these sick patients outside the operating room and increasingly cooperation between anesthesiologist and proceduralist is required.

  3. Adult Bronchoscopy Training (United States)

    Wahidi, Momen M.; Read, Charles A.; Buckley, John D.; Addrizzo-Harris, Doreen J.; Shah, Pallav L.; Herth, Felix J. F.; de Hoyos Parra, Alberto; Ornelas, Joseph; Yarmus, Lonny; Silvestri, Gerard A.


    BACKGROUND: The determination of competency of trainees in programs performing bronchoscopy is quite variable. Some programs provide didactic lectures with hands-on supervision, other programs incorporate advanced simulation centers, whereas others have a checklist approach. Although no single method has been proven best, the variability alone suggests that outcomes are variable. Program directors and certifying bodies need guidance to create standards for training programs. Little well-developed literature on the topic exists. METHODS: To provide credible and trustworthy guidance, rigorous methodology has been applied to create this bronchoscopy consensus training statement. All panelists were vetted and approved by the CHEST Guidelines Oversight Committee. Each topic group drafted questions in a PICO (population, intervention, comparator, outcome) format. MEDLINE data through PubMed and the Cochrane Library were systematically searched. Manual searches also supplemented the searches. All gathered references were screened for consideration based on inclusion criteria, and all statements were designated as an Ungraded Consensus-Based Statement. RESULTS: We suggest that professional societies move from a volume-based certification system to skill acquisition and knowledge-based competency assessment for trainees. Bronchoscopy training programs should incorporate multiple tools, including simulation. We suggest that ongoing quality and process improvement systems be introduced and that certifying agencies move from a volume-based certification system to skill acquisition and knowledge-based competency assessment for trainees. We also suggest that assessment of skill maintenance and improvement in practice be evaluated regularly with ongoing quality and process improvement systems after initial skill acquisition. CONCLUSIONS: The current methods used for bronchoscopy competency in training programs are variable. We suggest that professional societies and certifying

  4. [Interventional bronchoscopy in pediatrics]. (United States)

    Donato, L; Litzler, S; Tran, T M H; Mihailidou, E


    There is a wide range of indications for therapeutic bronchoscopy in children today: foreign body removal, bronchoaspiration, endoscopy-assisted tracheal intubation, selective intubation and airway management during thoracic surgery or in children undergoing mechanical ventilation. Some adult-derived methods may find potential indications in pediatric patients: airway stenosis dilation, laser photoresection, tracheobronchial stenting. There are no rules regarding such procedures in children, and supposed benefits have to be weighted against those of more conventional therapies.

  5. Simulation in bronchoscopy: current and future perspectives. (United States)

    Nilsson, Philip Mørkeberg; Naur, Therese Maria Henriette; Clementsen, Paul Frost; Konge, Lars


    To provide an overview of current literature that informs how to approach simulation practice of bronchoscopy and discuss how findings from other simulation research can help inform the use of simulation in bronchoscopy training. We conducted a literature search on simulation training of bronchoscopy and divided relevant studies in three categories: 1) structuring simulation training in bronchoscopy, 2) assessment of competence in bronchoscopy training, and 3) development of cheap alternatives for bronchoscopy simulation. Bronchoscopy simulation is effective, and the training should be structured as distributed practice with mastery learning criteria (ie, training until a certain level of competence is achieved). Dyad practice (training in pairs) is possible and may increase utility of available simulators. Trainee performance should be assessed with assessment tools with established validity. Three-dimensional printing is a promising new technology opening possibilities for developing cheap simulators with innovative features.

  6. Bronchoscopy Education: An Experiential Learning Theory Perspective. (United States)

    Murgu, Septimiu D; Kurman, Jonathan S; Hasan, Omar


    Bronchoscopy programs implementing the experiential learning model address different learning styles. Problem-based learning improves knowledge retention, critical decision making, and communication. These modalities are preferred by learners and contribute to their engagement, in turn leading to durable learning. Follow-up after live events is warranted through spaced education strategies. The objectives of this article are to (1) summarize and illustrate the implementation of experiential learning theory for bronchoscopy courses, (2) discuss the flipped classroom model and problem-based learning, (3) illustrate bronchoscopy checklists implementation in simulation, and (4) discuss the importance of feedback and spaced learning for bronchoscopy education programs. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Accelerated idioventricular rhythm during flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy

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    Borgeat, A.; Chiolero, R.; Mosimann, B.; Freeman, J.


    We report the case of a patient who developed severe hypoxemia and an unusual arrhythmia, accelerated idioventricular rhythm, during flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy. Coronary artery disease was subsequently suspected despite an unremarkable history and physical examination, and confirmed by a thallium 201 imaging. The appearance of accelerated idioventricular rhythm during fiberoptic bronchoscopy should raise the possibility of underlying coronary artery disease.

  8. Role of Bronchoscopy in Malignant Pleural effusion

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    Gomathi. R. G.


    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to assess the role of Bronchoscopy in plural effusion in cancer condition. Pleural effusion is one of the commonest problems with which patients present to the hospital. Around a million patients worldwide develop pleural effusion each year. This is a Prospective and Observational Study. All patients diagnosed to have pleural effusion by xray, clinical examination and ultrasound examination of pleura if needed will undergo informed. All 32 patients underwent bronchoscopy procedure, 30 patients had endobronchial mass and biopsy was done which was positive for malignancy and 2 patients had bronchial wash cytology positive for malignancy We conclude that bronchoscopy has a definite role in the etiological diagnosis of pleural effusion.

  9. Reliable and Valid Assessment of Clinical Bronchoscopy Performance

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    Konge, Lars; Larsen, Klaus Richter; Clementsen, Paul


    Background: There have been several attempts to systematically assess performance in bronchoscopy. Earlier validation studies have used bronchoscopy simulators, not real-life performance in patients. Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore the reliability and validity of an assessment tool...... aimed for the use in a clinical setting. Methods: Five junior residents, 5 senior residents and 9 consultants performed 3 bronchoscopies each. All 57 bronchoscopies were video-recorded and assessed blindly and independently by two bronchoscopy experts using the new assessment tool. Results......: The interrater reliability was high, with Cronbach's a = 0.86. Assessment of 3 bronchoscopies by a single rater had a generalizability coefficient of 0.84. The correlation between experience and performance was good (Pearson correlation = 0.76). There were significant differences between the groups for all...

  10. Flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy service; an aid to patient management

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    Marathe, N


    The study illustrates advantages of Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy, a new service started at St. Luke’s General Hospital in patient care since April 2014. Retrospective review of Bronchoscopies and referrals to Tertiary care unit for Bronchoscopy, prior and after initiation of service at St. Luke’s Hospital were studied. In total, 106 procedures were performed out of which 103(98%) were for diagnostic purpose. Common indications for bronchoscopy were functional airway assessment in 38 cases (35%) of chronic cough, 26 cases (24.8%) of suspected malignancy. The average time taken for procedure was 15 + 1 minute with overall rate of complication recorded in 1 case (0.95%). 32(30%) inpatients were referred before bronchoscopy services were started locally. Fifteen (14%) patients were referred for Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) after diagnostic procedure performed at St. Luke’s Hospital. To conclude, Bronchoscopy is a safe procedure used for diagnosis of various Lung conditions. The services offered locally reduced the time and cost involved in referrals. The diagnostic bronchoscopies performed for malignancy at St. Luke’s Hospital have rightly increased references for EBUS at Tertiary care Unit

  11. Using Performance in Multiple Simulated Scenarios to Assess Bronchoscopy Skills

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    Konge, Lars; Arendrup, Henrik; Buchwald, Christian von


    Background: International guidelines suggest that trainees should perform at least 100 flexible bronchoscopies in a supervised setting, but this number is not evidence based. An objective assessment method could provide educational feedback to trainees and help supervisors decide when basic...

  12. Therapeutic bronchoscopy vs. standard of care in acute respiratory failure

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    Ellekjaer, K L; Meyhoff, T S; Møller, M H


    BACKGROUND: We aimed to assess patient-important benefits and harms of therapeutic bronchoscopy vs. standard of care (no bronchoscopy) in critically ill patients with acute respiratory failure (ARF). METHODS: We conducted a systematic review with meta-analysis and trial sequential analysis (TSA......) according to the Cochrane Handbook and GRADE methodology, including a predefined protocol (PROSPERO no. CRD42016046235). We included randomized clinical trials (RCTs) comparing therapeutic bronchoscopy to standard of care in critically ill patients with ARF. Two reviewers independently assessed trials...... judged as having high risk of bias. There was no difference in all-cause mortality between therapeutic bronchoscopy and standard of care (TSA adjusted RR 0.39; 95% CI 0.14 to 1.07; I(2) 0%), and only 3% of the required information size had been accrued. There was no difference in ICU length of stay...

  13. Endosonography vs conventional bronchoscopy for the diagnosis of sarcoidosis

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    von Bartheld, Martin B; Dekkers, Olaf M; Szlubowski, Artur


    Tissue verification of noncaseating granulomas is recommended for the diagnosis of sarcoidosis. Bronchoscopy with transbronchial lung biopsies, the current diagnostic standard, has moderate sensitivity in assessing granulomas. Endosonography with intrathoracic nodal aspiration appears...

  14. Establishing Pass/Fail Criteria for Bronchoscopy Performance

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    Konge, Lars; Clementsen, Paul; Larsen, Klaus Richter


    Background: Several tools have been created to assess competence in bronchoscopy. However, educational guidelines still use an arbitrary number of performed procedures to decide when basic competency is acquired. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to define pass/fail scores for two...... bronchoscopy assessment tools, and investigate how these scores relate to physicians' experience regarding the number of bronchoscopy procedures performed. Methods: We studied two assessment tools and used two standard setting methods to create cut scores: the contrasting-groups method and the extended Angoff...... method. In the first we compared bronchoscopy performance scores of 14 novices with the scores of 14 experienced consultants to find the score that best discriminated between the two groups. In the second we asked an expert group of 7 experienced bronchoscopists to judge how a borderline trainee would...

  15. Assessment of competence in simulated flexible bronchoscopy using motion analysis

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    Collela, Sara; Svendsen, Morten Bo Søndergaard; Konge, Lars


    intermediates and 9 experienced bronchoscopy operators performed 3 procedures each on a bronchoscopy simulator. The Microsoft Kinect system was used to automatically measure the total deviation of the scope from a perfectly straight, vertical line. Results: The low-cost motion analysis system could measure...... with the performance on the simulator (virtual-reality simulator score; p simulators might help new bronchoscopists learn how to handle...... the bronchoscope like an expert. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel....

  16. Optical coherence tomography in conjunction with bronchoscopy

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    Rodrigues, Ascedio Jose; Takimura, Celso Kiyochi; Lemos Neto, Pedro Alves; Figueiredo, Viviane Rossi, E-mail: [Servico de Endoscopia Respiratoria, Hospital das Clinicas, Universidade de Sao Paulo (FM/USP), SP (Brazil)


    To evaluate the feasibility of and the potential for using optical coherence tomography in conjunction with conventional bronchoscopy in the evaluation of the airways. Methods: This was a pilot study based on an ex vivo experimental model involving three animals: one adult New Zealand rabbit and two Landrace pigs. An optical coherence tomography imaging catheter was inserted through the working channel of a flexible bronchoscope in order to reach the distal trachea of the animals. Images of the walls of the trachea were systematically taken along its entire length, from the distal to the proximal portion. Results: The imaging catheter was easily adapted to the working channel of the bronchoscope. High-resolution images of cross sections of the trachea were taken in real time, precisely delineating microstructures, such as the epithelium, submucosa, and cartilage, as well as the adventitia of the anterior and lateral tracheal walls. The corresponding layers of the epithelium, mucosa, and cartilage were clearly differentiated. The mucosa, submucosa, and trachealis muscle were clearly identified in the posterior wall. Conclusions: It is feasible to use an optical coherence tomography imaging catheter in combination with a flexible bronchoscope. Optical coherence tomography produces high resolution images that reveal the microanatomy of the trachea, including structures that are typically seen only on images produced by conventional histology. (author)

  17. [Airway foreign bodies removal with flexible bronchoscopy in children]. (United States)

    Laín, A; Fanjul, M; García-Casillas, M A; Parente, A; Cañizo, A; Carreras, N; Matute, J A; Vázquez, J


    Aspiration of foreign bodies in children is a frequent and potentially serious condition. Traditionally it has been solved by rigid bronchoscopy. Nowadays an increasing number of authors support the use of flexible bronchoscopy for its resolution. Analyze our experience in airway foreign body removal in children using flexible bronchoscopy. We retrospectively analyzed 65 patients diagnosed of foreign body aspiration with a mean age of 3.65 + 3.1; 60% males and 40% females. We compared two historical cohorts of homogeneous distribution. The first one (group A), from 1994 to 1998, included 41 children treated by rigid bronchoscopy, and the second one (Group B) (1999-2006) 24 patients treated with the flexible bronchoscope. We studied: rate of success of initial extraction (RSIE), foreign body localization, type of foreign body, hospital stay, complications and mortality. Statistical analysis was done using t-student for cuantitative variables, and chi square for cualitative. Only a p < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Data are presented as mean +/- standard error of the mean. Group A had a medium hospital stay of 1.89 + 2.6 days. RSIE was 85.36%. Six patients needed a second therapeutic procedure (5 rigid bronchoscopies, 1 flexible brochoscopy). Complication rate was 4.87%: 2 cases of bronchitis. Group B presented a medium hospital stay of 1.34 +/- 0.27 days with a RSIE of 70.83%, needing a second intervention 7 children (4 fiberbonchoscopies, 3 rigid bronchoscopies). Postextraction complications in this group consisted of 1 bronchitis episode and a pneumothorax in 2 patients (8.33%). No deaths occurred in any group. No statistically significant differences were found in hospital stay, RSIE, type of second therapeutic procedure and complication rate. Our experience shows that flexible bronchoscopy removal of airway foreign bodies is safe and efficient; therefore, we think that it should be taken into account as first choice method of treatment at any

  18. [Value of flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy under local anesthesia in infants]. (United States)

    Bodart, E; De Lange, M; Vliers, A


    From October 1991 through April 1992, 16 infants aged 5 to 25 months (mean age 14.3 months) underwent bronchoscopy with a flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope, under local anesthesia. The technique is described in detail. Reasons for bronchoscopy included recurrent or persistent pneumonia (n = 4), persistent atelectasia (n = 4), lymphadenopathy and/or airway compression (n = 2), suspected foreign body (n = 2), bronchoalveolar lavage to investigate diffuse interstitial lung disease (n = 2), and severe recurrent wheezing (n = 2). The procedure established the accurate diagnosis in 14 cases. Adverse events (32%) were minor (transient hypoxia, n = 3; moderate fever, n = 1; and laryngospasm, n = 1) and resolved completely. Flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy under local anesthesia is a simple procedure which is safe in patients under 30 months of age when performed by a experienced operator in an adequate facility. This method is useful for the diagnosis and/or treatment of a broad spectrum of conditions.

  19. Management of antithrombotic agents in patients undergoing flexible bronchoscopy

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    Sami Abuqayyas


    Full Text Available Bleeding is one of the most feared complications of flexible bronchoscopy. Although infrequent, it can be catastrophic and result in fatal outcomes. Compared to other endoscopic procedures, the risk of morbidity and mortality from the bleeding is increased, as even a small amount of blood can fill the tracheobronchial tree and lead to respiratory failure. Patients using antithrombotic agents (ATAs have higher bleeding risk. A thorough understanding of the different ATAs is critical to manage patients during the peri-procedural period. A decision to stop an ATA before bronchoscopy should take into account a variety of factors, including indication for its use and the type of procedure. This article serves as a detailed review on the different ATAs, their pharmacokinetics and the pre- and post-bronchoscopy management of patients receiving these medications.

  20. Rate of new findings in diagnostic office bronchoscopy. (United States)

    Soldatova, Liuba; DeSilva, Brad W; Matrka, Laura A


    Awake Flexible Tracheobronchoscopy (FTB) is an alternative to rigid bronchoscopy or sedated flexible bronchoscopy and allows an awake examination of the tracheobronchial tree. We hypothesized that the ability to perform office bronchoscopy as the need arises during a clinic visit would lead to a high rate of previously undiagnosed and clinically relevant findings. This study reports the rate and nature of such findings for this procedure at our institution. Retrospective chart review. The records of 127 adult patients evaluated at the voice and swallowing disorders clinic between June of 2012 and January of 2015 were reviewed. New findings were defined as new pathology visualized during FTB exam that was not previously diagnosed by means of other diagnostic modalities. A total of 233 scope procedures (84 transnasal bronchoscopies and 149 tracheoscopies) were reviewed, 232 of which were completed and one of which was incomplete due to severe subglottic stenosis. New, clinically relevant findings were seen in 57% of transnasal bronchoscopies (48 of 84) and 21% of tracheoscopies (32 of 149). All of these findings provided additional information directing workup or resulted in a change in patient management. Office-based evaluation of the tracheobronchial tree yields a high rate of new findings. In our study, office bronchoscopy had a 57% rate of new findings and was performed without complications. The utility of tracheoscopy was also apparent in its ability to quickly and safely examine the trachea, with a 21% rate of new findings. 4. Laryngoscope, 127:1376-1380, 2017. © 2016 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  1. Alveolar ventilation in children during flexible bronchoscopy. (United States)

    Sadot, Efraim; Gut, Guy; Sivan, Yakov


    Hypoxia and hypercarbia complicate flexible bronchoscopy (FB). Unlike oxygenation by pulse-oximetry, alveolar ventilation is not routinely monitored during FB. The aim of this study was to investigate ventilation in children undergoing FB by measuring carbon-dioxide (CO2 ) levels using the transcutaneous technique. Children admitted for FB were recruited. In addition to routine monitoring, transcutaneous CO2 (TcCO2 ) levels were recorded. All were sedated using the same protocol. Ninety-five children were studied. There was no association between peak TcCO2 or rise in TcCO2 and age, weight percentile, bronchoscope size, or diagnosis. Median baseline TcCO2 was 36 mmHg (IQR 32,40), median peak TcCO2 was 51 mmHg (IQR 43,62) with median TcCO2 rise of 17 mmHg (IQR 6.5,23.7). A rise of 15 mmHg or higher was recorded in 55% (n = 52) patients. Children requiring total propofol dose over 3.5 mg/kg had a significantly higher TcCO2 peak of 57.6 mmHg (IQR 47.8,66.7) compared to 47.1 mmHg (IQR 40,57) (P = 0.004) and a higher rise in TcCO2 22.5 mmHg (IQR 17,33.9) compared to 13.6 mmHg (6,22) (P = 0.001). Results were not affected by intranasal midazolam and broncho-alveolar lavage. No complications were reported. Non clinically significant (i.e., not lower than 90%) brief drops in oxygen saturation were observed. A large proportion of children undergoing FB have significant alveolar hypoventilation indicated by a rise in TcCO2 . Monitoring ventilation with TcCO2 is feasible and should be added during FB particularly in cases that are expected to require large amounts of sedation and patients susceptible to complications from respiratory acidosis. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2016;51:1177-1182. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. EMLA Cream is an Effective Topical Anesthetic for Bronchoscopy

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    Benjamin Sohmer


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: EMLA cream (AstraZeneca Inc, Canada (1:1 eutectic mixture of lidocaine 2.5% and prilocaine 2.5% has traditionally been used for topical anesthesia of the skin. Recent reports of EMLA's use for anesthesia of the oral mucosa suggest an application in topical anesthesia for bronchoscopy.

  3. Flexible bronchoscopy contribution in the approach of diagnosis and ...

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    Flexible bronchoscopy contribution in the approach of diagnosis and treatment of children's respiratory diseases: the experience of a unique pediatric unit in Tunisia. Samia Hamouda, Amal Oueslati, Imen Belhadj, Fatma Khalsi, Faten Tinsa, Khadija Boussetta. Bechir Hamza Children's Hospital of Tunis, Department B.


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    Nikša Šegota


    Full Text Available Background. The aim of our study was to evaluate the role of bronchoscopy in the diagnosis and treatment of hospital pneumonias by microbiological cultures obtained from bronchial aspirates.Methods. We included all patients treated for hospital pneumonias during 1999 in General Hospital Celje (Division of cardiology and pulmonary medical care, internal and surgical intensive care unit in whom bronchoscopy was performed. Only the patients with obtained microbiological cultures (isolation and bacterial sensitivity to antibiotics were studied.Results. We performed 112 bronchoscopies. Sixty-nine (62% patients were males and 43 (38% of female. Microbiological cultures were positive in 95 (85% and negative in 17 (15% specimens. Mortality rate was 32% and average length of stay was 14 days. The most frequently isolated bacteria was Pseudomonas aeruginosa (20 patients – 26%, followed by methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus – MSSA in 14 patients. E. coli was present in 14 cultures and Streptococcus pneumoniae in 12 patients. Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus – MRSA was found in 10 patients. Blood and central venous catheter clutures were positive in 10 patients. The same bacteria were also isolated in other specimens in 26 patients.Conclusions. Bronchoscopy is an important aid in diagnosing hospital pneumonias. In high percentage it provides microbiological evaluation of bronchial aspirate, and has major impact in selection of an appropriate antibiotic treatment.

  5. CT-video registration accuracy for virtual guidance of bronchoscopy (United States)

    Helferty, James P.; Hoffman, Eric A.; McLennan, Geoffrey; Higgins, William E.


    Bronchoscopic biopsy is often used for assisting the assessment of lung cancer. We have found in previous research that live image guidance of bronchoscopy has much potential for improving biopsy outcome. We have devised a system for this purpose. During a guided bronchoscopy procedure, our system simultaneously draws upon both the bronchoscope's video stream and the patient's 3D MDCT volume. The key data-processing step during guided bronchoscopy is the registration of the 3D MDCT data volume to the bronchoscopic video. The registration process is initialized by assuming that the bronchoscope is at a fixed viewpoint, giving a target reference video image, while the virtual-world camera inside the MDCT volume begins at an initial viewpoint that is within a reasonable vicinity of the bronchoscope's viewpoint. During registration, an optimization process searches for the optimal viewpoint to give the virtual image best matching the fixed video target. Overall, we have found that the CT-video registration technique operates robustly over a wide range of conditions, with considerable flexibility in the initial-viewpoint choice. Further, the system appears to be largely insensitive to the differences in lung capacity during the MDCT scan and during bronchoscopy. Finally, the system matches effectively in a wide range of anatomical circumstances.

  6. Pseudo-outbreak of Actinomyces graevenitzii associated with bronchoscopy. (United States)

    Peaper, David R; Havill, Nancy L; Aniskiewicz, Michael; Callan, Deborah; Pop, Olivia; Towle, Dana; Boyce, John M


    Outbreaks and pseudo-outbreaks of infection related to bronchoscopy typically involve Gram-negative bacteria, Mycobacterium species or Legionella species. We report an unusual bronchoscopy-related pseudo-outbreak due to Actinomyces graevenitzii. Extensive epidemiological and microbiological investigation failed to identify a common source. Strain typing revealed that the cluster was comprised of heterogeneous strains of A. graevenitzii. A change in laboratory procedures for Actinomyces cultures was coincident with the emergence of the pseudo-outbreak, and we determined that A. graevenitzii isolates more readily adopted a white, dry, molar tooth appearance on anaerobic colistin nalidixic acid (CNA) agar which likely facilitated its detection and identification in bronchoscopic specimens. This unusual pseudo-outbreak was related to frequent requests of bronchoscopists for Actinomyces cultures combined with a change in microbiology laboratory practices. Copyright © 2015, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  7. Computed Tomography-Guided Bronchoscopy With an Ultrathin Fiberscope

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    Toshiaki Kobayashi


    Full Text Available Bronchoscopy was performed under computed tomography (CT guidance using an ultrathin fiberscope in a patient with a fluoroscopically invisible lesion that was visualized by CT in the right S8 and with poor pulmonary function. Under local anesthesia, the ultrathin fiberscope (3 mm in diameter was inserted close to the lesion (1.5 mm in diameter under direct visual guidance, and a brush was inserted into the lesion under CT guidance. Cytologic specimens obtained by the brush and washing revealed adenocarcinoma. This is the first report of CT-guided bronchoscopy, which is a new examination method for peripheral small lung lesions and is a less invasive examination than either endoscopic examination with a conventional bronchoscope or open lung biopsy, especially for those with poor pulmonary function.

  8. Cryotherapy: A viable tool to remove broncholiths under flexible bronchoscopy. (United States)

    Campbell, Sabrina N; Lala, Deepa; Rubio, Edmundo


    Broncholithiasis is the presence of calcific material within the tracheobronchial tree. Asymptomatic patients can be managed with observation only, whereas symptomatic disease requires surgery, rigid or flexible bronchoscopic removal. Recent reports have shown that flexible bronchoscopy can be a safe and effective option for removal of loose in addition to partially imbedded broncholiths. We present a case of a 65-yearold man with chronic cough that underwent successful cryotherapy assisted bronchoscopic removal of an imbedded broncholith. We will also review current literature regarding the management broncholithiasis.

  9. Training on a new, portable, simple simulator transfers to performance of complex bronchoscopy procedures

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    Loumann Krogh, Charlotte; Konge, Lars; Bjurström, Johanna Margareta


    Virtual-reality (VR) simulation provides a safe and effective learning environment prior to practicing on patients. However, existing bronchoscopy simulators are expensive and not easily portable.......Virtual-reality (VR) simulation provides a safe and effective learning environment prior to practicing on patients. However, existing bronchoscopy simulators are expensive and not easily portable....

  10. Pseudo-outbreak of pseudomonas aeruginosa in HIV-infected patients undergoing fiberoptic bronchoscopy

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    Kolmos, H J; Lerche, A; Kristoffersen, Kirsten Lydia


    Pseudomonas aeruginosa was isolated from bronchoalveolar lavage fluid from 8 consecutive patients undergoing bronchoscopy at an infectious diseases unit. None of the patients developed signs of respiratory tract infection that could be ascribed to the organism. The source of contamination was the...... indicate faulty disinfection of bronchoscopy equipment and thereby point to a risk of transmission of true respiratory pathogens such as mycobacteria....

  11. Pseudo-outbreak of pseudomonas aeruginosa in HIV-infected patients undergoing fiberoptic bronchoscopy

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    Kolmos, H J; Lerche, A; Kristoffersen, Kirsten Lydia


    Pseudomonas aeruginosa was isolated from bronchoalveolar lavage fluid from 8 consecutive patients undergoing bronchoscopy at an infectious diseases unit. None of the patients developed signs of respiratory tract infection that could be ascribed to the organism. The source of contamination...... indicate faulty disinfection of bronchoscopy equipment and thereby point to a risk of transmission of true respiratory pathogens such as mycobacteria....

  12. Deep monocular 3D reconstruction for assisted navigation in bronchoscopy. (United States)

    Visentini-Scarzanella, Marco; Sugiura, Takamasa; Kaneko, Toshimitsu; Koto, Shinichiro


    In bronchoschopy, computer vision systems for navigation assistance are an attractive low-cost solution to guide the endoscopist to target peripheral lesions for biopsy and histological analysis. We propose a decoupled deep learning architecture that projects input frames onto the domain of CT renderings, thus allowing offline training from patient-specific CT data. A fully convolutional network architecture is implemented on GPU and tested on a phantom dataset involving 32 video sequences and [Formula: see text]60k frames with aligned ground truth and renderings, which is made available as the first public dataset for bronchoscopy navigation. An average estimated depth accuracy of 1.5 mm was obtained, outperforming conventional direct depth estimation from input frames by 60%, and with a computational time of [Formula: see text]30 ms on modern GPUs. Qualitatively, the estimated depth and renderings closely resemble the ground truth. The proposed method shows a novel architecture to perform real-time monocular depth estimation without losing patient specificity in bronchoscopy. Future work will include integration within SLAM systems and collection of in vivo datasets.

  13. High dynamic range (HDR) virtual bronchoscopy rendering for video tracking (United States)

    Popa, Teo; Choi, Jae


    In this paper, we present the design and implementation of a new rendering method based on high dynamic range (HDR) lighting and exposure control. This rendering method is applied to create video images for a 3D virtual bronchoscopy system. One of the main optical parameters of a bronchoscope's camera is the sensor exposure. The exposure adjustment is needed since the dynamic range of most digital video cameras is narrower than the high dynamic range of real scenes. The dynamic range of a camera is defined as the ratio of the brightest point of an image to the darkest point of the same image where details are present. In a video camera exposure is controlled by shutter speed and the lens aperture. To create the virtual bronchoscopic images, we first rendered a raw image in absolute units (luminance); then, we simulated exposure by mapping the computed values to the values appropriate for video-acquired images using a tone mapping operator. We generated several images with HDR and others with low dynamic range (LDR), and then compared their quality by applying them to a 2D/3D video-based tracking system. We conclude that images with HDR are closer to real bronchoscopy images than those with LDR, and thus, that HDR lighting can improve the accuracy of image-based tracking.

  14. Cardiac arrhythmias during fiberoptic bronchoscopy and relation with oxygen saturation

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    Hassan G


    Full Text Available To evaluate the occurrence of electrocardiographic abnormalities during fiberoptic bronchoscopy, in relation to specific stages of the procedures, patients′ age, sex, smoking, pre-existing lung disease, premedication and oxygen saturation, a prospective study was conducted on 56 patients aged 35 to 75 (mean 62 years without pre-existing cardiovascular disease. Patients were connected to a 12-lead computerized electrocardiographic recorder and pulse oximeter. Fall of oxygen saturation from mean of 95.12% before the procedure to below 80% was observed in 12 (21.4% patients and below 75% in 5 (8.9% patients, at various stages. Statistically highly significant (p < 0.001 fall of oxygen saturation was observed during the procedures while bronchoscope was introduced into the airways and tracheobronchial tree examined. Major disturbances of cardiac rhythm (i.e. atrial, ventricular or both developed in 23 (41.07% patients. Out of these, sinus tachycardia was noted in 16 (69.5%, ventricular premature complexes in 5 (21.7% and paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia in 2 (8.6% patients. Arrhythmias were most frequent in association with periods of maximum oxygen desaturation in 18 (78.2% of these 23 patients. Oxygen desaturation persisted for more than half an hour in 38 (67.8% of the 56 patients. However, no correlation was observed between the frequency of arrhythmias during bronchoscopy and patients′ age, sex pre-medication or pre-existing pulmonary disease.

  15. Central airway stenoses: preliminary results of spiral-CT-generated virtual bronchoscopy simulations in 29 patients

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    Ferretti, G.R. [Department of Radiology, Hopital Michallon, CHU Grenoble BP 217, F-38 043 Grenoble Cedex 09 (France); Knoplioch, J. [GE Medical Systems, 283 rue de la Miniere, BP 34 F-78 533 Buc Cedex (France); Bricault, I. [TIMC-IMAG-UJF, URA CNRS D 1618, Institut Albert Bonniot, Domaine de la Merci, F-38 700 La Tronche (France); Brambilla, C. [Department of Respiratory Disease, CHU Grenoble BP 217, F-38 043 Grenoble Cedex 09 (France); Coulomb, M. [Department of Radiology, Hopital Michallon, CHU Grenoble BP 217, F-38 043 Grenoble Cedex 09 (France)


    The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of using virtual bronchoscopy simulations to depict stenoses of the tracheobronchial tree. Virtual bronchoscopy simulations, based on ray casting, were applied to spiral-CT data sets of 29 patients presenting 41 stenoses of the central airways, proved with fiberoptic bronchoscopy. Simulations of the inner walls of the airways were of good quality in 27 of 29 patients. Airway stenoses were depicted in 39 of 41 cases. Evaluation of the length of stenoses and surrounding tissues required simultaneous display of multiplanar reformations. Virtual bronchoscopy provides a valuable road map for bronchoscopy, in an image format familiar to bronchoscopists. (orig.). With 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  16. The effect of respiratory motion on pulmonary nodule location during electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy. (United States)

    Chen, Alexander; Pastis, Nicholas; Furukawa, Brian; Silvestri, Gerard A


    Electromagnetic navigation has improved the diagnostic yield of peripheral bronchoscopy for pulmonary nodules. For these procedures, a thin-slice chest CT scan is performed prior to bronchoscopy at full inspiration and is used to create virtual airway reconstructions that are used as a map during bronchoscopy. Movement of the lung occurs with respiratory variation during bronchoscopy, and the location of pulmonary nodules during procedures may differ significantly from their location on the initial planning full-inspiratory chest CT scan. This study was performed to quantify pulmonary nodule movement from full inspiration to end-exhalation during tidal volume breathing in patients undergoing electromagnetic navigation procedures. A retrospective review of electromagnetic navigation procedures was performed for which two preprocedure CT scans were performed prior to bronchoscopy. One CT scan was performed at full inspiration, and a second CT scan was performed at end-exhalation during tidal volume breathing. Pulmonary lesions were identified on both CT scans, and distances between positions were recorded. Eighty-five pulmonary lesions were identified in 46 patients. Average motion of all pulmonary lesions was 17.6 mm. Pulmonary lesions located in the lower lobes moved significantly more than upper lobe nodules. Size and distance from the pleura did not significantly impact movement. Significant movement of pulmonary lesions occurs between full inspiration and end-exhalation during tidal volume breathing. This movement from full inspiration on planning chest CT scan to tidal volume breathing during bronchoscopy may significantly affect the diagnostic yield of electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy procedures.

  17. Transmission of Infection by Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Bronchoscopy (United States)

    Peters, Frans T. M.; van der Mei, Henny C.; Degener, John E.


    SUMMARY Flexible endoscopy is a widely used diagnostic and therapeutic procedure. Contaminated endoscopes are the medical devices frequently associated with outbreaks of health care-associated infections. Accurate reprocessing of flexible endoscopes involves cleaning and high-level disinfection followed by rinsing and drying before storage. Most contemporary flexible endoscopes cannot be heat sterilized and are designed with multiple channels, which are difficult to clean and disinfect. The ability of bacteria to form biofilms on the inner channel surfaces can contribute to failure of the decontamination process. Implementation of microbiological surveillance of endoscope reprocessing is appropriate to detect early colonization and biofilm formation in the endoscope and to prevent contamination and infection in patients after endoscopic procedures. This review presents an overview of the infections and cross-contaminations related to flexible gastrointestinal endoscopy and bronchoscopy and illustrates the impact of biofilm on endoscope reprocessing and postendoscopic infection. PMID:23554415

  18. Bronchoscopy as a supplement to computed tomography in patients with haemoptysis may be unnecessary

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    Nielsen, Klaus; Gottlieb, Magnus; Colella, Sara


    . RESULTS: A total of 326 patients were included in the study (mean age 60.5 [SD 15.3] years, 63.3% male). The most common aetiologies of haemoptysis were cryptogenic (52.5%), pneumonia (16.3%), emphysema (8.0%), bronchiectasis (5.8%) and lung cancer (4.0%). In patients diagnosed with lung cancer......, bronchoscopy, CT and the combination of bronchoscopy and CT had a sensitivity of 0.61, 0.92 (ppneumonia, emphysema and bronchiectasis. Bronchoscopy did...

  19. Airway management for rigid bronchoscopy via a freshly performed tracheostomy in a child with Goldenhar syndrome. (United States)

    Ahmed, Zulfiqar; Alalami, Achir; Haupert, Michael; Rajan, Sankar; Durgham, Nasser; Zestos, Maria M


    A case of tooth aspiration in a 6 year old boy with Goldenhar syndrome and known difficult intubation is presented. A fresh tracheostomy was performed after a failed fiberoptic intubation and dental aspiration. The patient was transferred to our tertiary-care children's hospital for emergency bronchoscopy through the fresh tracheostomy for removal of an aspirated tooth. Rigid bronchoscopy performed via a fresh tracheostomy presents several challenges. The major complications associated with bronchoscopy performed via a fresh tracheostomy, as well as management of airway emergencies are discussed. Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  20. Anaesthesia and peri-interventional morbidity of rigid bronchoscopy: A retrospective analysis

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    Jerry Tan


    Conclusion: The choice of anaesthetic technique possibly affects the complication of patients undergoing rigid bronchoscopy. Volatile anaesthetics appeared to be driven by presumably shorter procedure, but was associated with higher systemic complication.

  1. Impact of multimedia information on bronchoscopy procedure: is it really helpful?

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    Ersin Gunay


    Full Text Available Aim: In this study, we aimed to investigate the effect of written informed consent and comprehensive multimedia information on the anxiety level of patients, consumption of sedatives, difficulties during bronchoscopy, complications and duration of procedure. Methods: 150 patients undergoing bronchoscopy were included to this study. They were randomized into two groups Multimedia information group (MIG, n = 75 and written-informed consent group (WICG, n = 75. Signed written informed consent was obtained from all patients. Patients in MIG group watched comprehensive multimedia presentation. State anxiety scores of all patients were evaluated with State and Trait anxiety inventory (STAI-S. Results: STAI-S score of patients in MIG (40.31 ± 8.08 was lower than patients in WICG (44.29 ± 9.62 (P = 0.007. Satisfaction level was higher in MIG (P = 0.001. Statistically higher difficulties during "passage through vocal cords" and "interventions during bronchoscopy" were present in WICG group (P = 0.013 and P = 0.043, respectively. Total midazolam dose during bronchoscopy, and duration of bronchoscopy were statistically lower in MIG patients (P < 0.001 and P = 0.045, respectively. Difficulties during "waiting period", "passage through nasal/oral route", "applications of local anesthesia" and "complication frequency" were similar in both groups. Conclusion: Besides reducing the state anxiety, multimedia information can reduce the dose of sedation, shorten the processing duration and reduce the difficulties during bronchoscopy.

  2. [Clinical analysis of therapeutic bronchoscopy for tracheal neoplasm]. (United States)

    Ding, Y F; Chen, L; Huang, H D; Dong, Y C; Yao, X P; Huang, Y; Wang, Q; Zhang, W; Li, Q; Bai, C


    Objective: To analyze the clinical features in adults with tracheal neoplasm and to evaluate the efficacy of interventional bronchoscopic treatment. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed the clinical features of 43 adults undergoing therapeutic bronchoscopy for tracheal neoplasm diagnosed in Changhai Hospital affiliated to the Second Military Medical University from January 2004 to July 2014.The degree of stenosis, the grade of dyspnea, and Karnofsky performance status scale were evaluated before and after the last procedure. All cases were followed up for 2 years. Results: The 43 cases took (4.6±3.9) months on average to be diagnosed since initial symptom. The initial misdiagnosis rate was 41.9%(18/43), and 11 cases were mistaken for asthma (11/43). Malignant tumors were more common than benign tumors for tracheal neoplasm in adults. Squamous cell carcinoma and adenoid cystic carcinoma were the top 2 histological types. Central airway obstruction was completely or partially alleviated with significant relief of dyspnea after the procedures, and all 6 cases of tracheal benign tumors got complete alleviation (the overall response rate was 100%). The grade of dyspnea was 3.2±0.7 before and 1.5±0.8 after the procedures(t=6.63, Pneoplasm.

  3. Interactive CT-video registration for the continuous guidance of bronchoscopy. (United States)

    Merritt, Scott A; Khare, Rahul; Bascom, Rebecca; Higgins, William E


    Bronchoscopy is a major step in lung cancer staging. To perform bronchoscopy, the physician uses a procedure plan, derived from a patient's 3D computed-tomography (CT) chest scan, to navigate the bronchoscope through the lung airways. Unfortunately, physicians vary greatly in their ability to perform bronchoscopy. As a result, image-guided bronchoscopy systems, drawing upon the concept of CT-based virtual bronchoscopy (VB), have been proposed. These systems attempt to register the bronchoscope's live position within the chest to a CT-based virtual chest space. Recent methods, which register the bronchoscopic video to CT-based endoluminal airway renderings, show promise but do not enable continuous real-time guidance. We present a CT-video registration method inspired by computer-vision innovations in the fields of image alignment and image-based rendering. In particular, motivated by the Lucas-Kanade algorithm, we propose an inverse-compositional framework built around a gradient-based optimization procedure. We next propose an implementation of the framework suitable for image-guided bronchoscopy. Laboratory tests, involving both single frames and continuous video sequences, demonstrate the robustness and accuracy of the method. Benchmark timing tests indicate that the method can run continuously at 300 frames/s, well beyond the real-time bronchoscopic video rate of 30 frames/s. This compares extremely favorably to the ≥ 1 s/frame speeds of other methods and indicates the method's potential for real-time continuous registration. A human phantom study confirms the method's efficacy for real-time guidance in a controlled setting, and, hence, points the way toward the first interactive CT-video registration approach for image-guided bronchoscopy. Along this line, we demonstrate the method's efficacy in a complete guidance system by presenting a clinical study involving lung cancer patients.

  4. Cost-effectiveness of collecting routine cytologic specimens during fiberoptic bronchoscopy for endoscopically visible lung tumor. (United States)

    Govert, J A; Kopita, J M; Matchar, D; Kussin, P S; Samuelson, W M


    Fiberoptic bronchoscopy is the most common modality used to diagnose endobronchial carcinoma. Collection of brushing and washing specimens for cytology is common during bronchoscopy for endobronchial abnormality, but it is unknown if collection of these specimens is cost-effective. Retrospective review of a computerized database with cost-effectiveness analysis. Tertiary care medical center. Two hundred one patients undergoing bronchoscopy for endobronchial lung tumor. All patients in the study underwent fiberoptic bronchoscopy that included forceps biopsies, washings, and brushings. In addition to analyzing the sensitivity of forceps-biopsy, washings, and brushings at diagnosing malignancy, we analyzed the cost-effectiveness of three potential specimen collection strategies. These strategies were (1) collection of both washings and brushings in addition to forceps biopsy specimen, (2) collection of either washings or brushings in addition to forceps biopsy specimen, and (3) collection of forceps biopsy specimen only. The sensitivity of bronchoscopy, including biopsy, washing, and brushing is 85.3% (95% confidence interval [CI], 80.1 to 90.5%). The sensitivity of forceps biopsy is 80.8% (95% CI, 75.0 to 86.6%). The addition of washings and brushings increases the sensitivity of bronchoscopy from 80.8 to 85.3% (McNemar's p = 0.01). Cost-effectiveness analysis reveals that forceps biopsy plus washing or brushing has a marginal cost-effectiveness ratio of $308 per reduced-quality day avoided compared with forceps alone. Adding an additional cytology specimen has a marginal cost-effectiveness ratio of $5,500 per reduced-quality day avoided. There is a modest but definite increase in the sensitivity of bronchoscopy in diagnosing endobronchial cancer with the addition of washings and brushings for cytology. Cost-effectiveness analysis reveals that collection of either washings or brushings is probably the best strategy.

  5. Therapeutic rigid bronchoscopy at a tertiary care center in North India: Initial experience and systematic review of Indian literature

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    Karan Madan


    Full Text Available Background and Aim: Rigid bronchoscopy is often an indispensable procedure in the therapeutic management of a wide variety of tracheobronchial disorders. However, it is performed at only a few centers in adult patients in India. Herein, we report our initial 1-year experience with this procedure. Materials and Methods: A prospective observational study on the indications, outcomes, and safety of various rigid bronchoscopy procedures performed between November 2009 and October 2010. Improvement in dyspnea, cough, and the overall quality of life was recorded on a visual analog scale from 0 to 100 mm. A systematic review of PubMed was performed to identify studies reporting the use of rigid bronchoscopy from India. Results: Thirty-eight rigid bronchoscopies (50 procedures were performed in 19 patients during the study period. The commonest indication was benign tracheal stenosis followed by central airway tumor, and the procedures performed were rigid bronchoplasty, tumor debulking, and stent placement. The median procedure duration was 45 (range, 30-65 min. There was significant improvement in quality of life associated with therapeutic rigid bronchoscopy. Minor procedural complications were encountered in 18 bronchoscopies, and there was no procedural mortality. The systematic review identified 15 studies, all on the role of rigid bronchoscopy in foreign body removal. Conclusions: Rigid bronchoscopy is a safe and effective modality for treatment of a variety of tracheobronchial disorders. There is a dire need of rigid bronchoscopy training at teaching hospitals in India.

  6. Low rate of positive bronchoscopy for suspected foreign body aspiration in infants. (United States)

    Sheehan, Cameron C; Lopez, Joseph; Elmaraghy, Charles A


    To describe our institution's low rate of positive bronchoscopy in infants suspected of inhaling a foreign body. Retrospective chart review. A retrospective review was performed of patients at a tertiary children's hospital with suspected inhalation of a foreign body. Charts were reviewed for demographic information, radiologic findings, operative reports, and respiratory viral panels were reviewed. Sixteen pediatric patients under 12 months of age were identified from 2008 to 2016 with a diagnosis of possible airway foreign body inhalation who underwent emergent bronchoscopy. Of these patients, only one was positive for a foreign body present in the airway. The remaining 15 children were found to have a negative direct laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy evaluation for a foreign body. Of these fifteen patients, 14 were found to have structural airway abnormalities and 7 tested positive for a respiratory viral infection. Our institution has a low rate of positive bronchoscopy for highly suspected foreign body inhalation in a group of patients less than 12 months of age. Patients presenting with respiratory distress, stridor, or other airway symptoms were often found to have an underlying airway abnormality or viral infection, which coupled with an unclear history, would increase the suspicion for an airway foreign body and subsequent decision to perform bronchoscopy. In stable patients, diagnostic evaluation for an underlying respiratory infection should be performed in these cases. Case Series. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  7. [Neonatal bronchoscopy: a retrospective analysis of 67 cases and a review of their indications]. (United States)

    Oliveira-Santos, J A; Pereira-da-Silva, L; Clington, A; Serelha, M


    The availability of newer, more sophisticated and versatile bronchoscopes has expanded the spectrum and scope of the indications for bronchoscopy in the newborn infant both for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. The aim of this study was to carry out a retrospective analysis of the bronchoscopies performed on newborn infants, and to review the indications of this procedure in this age group. Sixty-three patients were submitted to 67 bronchoscopies in a period of 13 years, allowing the diagnosis of 45 anomalies and malformations of the tracheo-bronchial tree, and the performance of 24 bronchoalveolar lavages. In six cases, endoscopic removal of secretions helped to resolve resistant atelectasia, while in another case, with esophageal atresia, intra-operative definition of the fistula tract was possible through catheterisation of the fistula with the bronchoscope. The flexible bronchoscope was preferred for diagnosis by direct visualisation, and the rigid bronchoscope for some diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Stridor, unexplained cyanosis, hemoptysis, persistent or recurrent pulmonary images, difficulties in the intubation or extubation, and persistent disturbances in ventilation are among the main indications for bronchoscopy in the newborn infant. Bronchoscopy also allows the performance of subsidiary techniques, such as bronchoalveolar lavage, biopsy and laser therapy.

  8. Effect of music on state anxiety scores in patients undergoing fiberoptic bronchoscopy. (United States)

    Colt, H G; Powers, A; Shanks, T G


    To study the effect of music on state anxiety levels in patients undergoing flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy (FFB). Randomized clinical trial using pretests, posttests, and two groups. Pulmonary special-procedures unit of a tertiary-care referral center. Sixty adult patients: 30 patients received music during bronchoscopy and 30 control subjects received no music. The study population had baseline state anxiety levels similar to those previously reported in surgical patients (42.6 +/- 13 vs 42.7 +/- 14; p value, not significant [NS]) and higher than those reported in normal working adults (42.6 +/- 13 vs 34.4 +/- 10; p music through headphones during FFB did not result in a statistically or clinically significant reduction in either state or trait anxiety when compared to control subjects. Relaxation music administered through headphones to patients during flexible bronchoscopy does not decrease procedure-related state anxiety.

  9. Radiography, computed tomography and virtual bronchoscopy in four dogs and two cats with lung lobe torsion. (United States)

    Schultz, R M; Peters, J; Zwingenberger, A


    This report describes the imaging features of radiography, computed tomography and virtual bronchoscopy in dogs and cats with lung lobe torsions. The medical records, thoracic radiographs and computed tomography images of four dogs and two cats with confirmed lung lobe torsions were retrospectively reviewed. Computed tomography with virtual bronchoscopy showed bronchial narrowing, collapse or occlusion in all six animals, while this was only appreciated on one radiographic examination. A tapering terminating angle of the air-filled bronchus proximal or distal to the collapsed region was seen only on computed tomography and virtual bronchoscopy in all six animals. The vesicular emphysema pattern typical of lung lobe torsion was seen on three computed tomographies but only on one radiographic examination. The lung lobe torsion-specific findings of vesicular emphysema and a proximally narrowed or occluded bronchus were more easily recognised on computed tomography and virtual bronchoscopy than with radiographs. Computed tomography slices acquired through the bronchus and lung lobe of interest in a cat or dog with possible lung lobe torsion can be reformatted into virtual bronchoscopic images that can be utilised along with computed tomography to help make a more definitive preoperative diagnosis.

  10. Diagnosis of Peripheral Lung Lesions via Conventional Flexible Bronchoscopy with Multiplanar CT Planning

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    Marianne Anastasia De Roza


    Full Text Available Background. Conventional flexible bronchoscopy has limited sensitivity in the diagnosis of peripheral lung lesions and is dependent on lesion size. However, advancement of CT imaging offers multiplanar reconstruction facilitating enhanced preprocedure planning. This study aims to report efficacy and safety while considering the impact of patient selection and multiplanar CT planning. Method. Prospective case series of patients with peripheral lung lesions suspected of having lung cancer who underwent flexible bronchoscopy (forceps biopsy and lavage. Endobronchial lesions were excluded. Patients with negative results underwent CT-guided transthoracic needle aspiration, surgical biopsy, or clinical-radiological surveillance to establish the final diagnosis. Results. 226 patients were analysed. The diagnostic yield of bronchoscopy was 80.1% (181/226 with a sensitivity of 84.2% and specificity of 100%. In patients with a positive CT-Bronchus sign, the diagnostic yield was 82.4% compared to 72.8% with negative CT-Bronchus sign (p=0.116. Diagnostic yield was 84.9% in lesions > 20 mm and 63.0% in lesions ≤ 20 mm (p=0.001. Six (2.7% patients had transient hypoxia and 2 (0.9% had pneumothorax. There were no serious adverse events. Conclusion. Flexible bronchoscopy with appropriate patient selection and preprocedure planning is more efficacious in obtaining a diagnosis in peripheral lung lesions compared to historical data. This trial is registered with Identifier: NCT01374542.

  11. Comparison of Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA with Inhalation Anesthesia in Pediatric Bronchoscopy

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    Majid Razavi


    Full Text Available Background: Because of airway stimulations during the bronchoscopy and lack of direct access to the airway, preferred method of anesthesia for rigid bronchoscopy is already controversial. In this study we compared inhalation anesthesia with total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA for rigid bronchoscopy. Method and Materials: 30 patients aged 2-6 years were chosen divided on two same groups. Anesthesia in group I maintained with halothane and in group II maintained with remifentanil and propofol. Oxygenation, heart rate, respiratory rate, coughing, bucking, laryngospasm, bronchospasm were evaluated during and after surgery. Also Operation success and surgeon’s satisfaction were recorded as well.Results: Demographic findings were the same in both groups. Oxygenation and heart rate were more stable in group II (P=0.047 and P=0.026 respectively but there was no significant difference in respiratory rate between two groups (P=1. Success rate was also similar in both groups but surgeon’s satisfaction was significantly higher in TIVA (P=0.003. There was not any significant different between complications in two groups. Conclusion: We suggest TIVA for rigid bronchoscopy because of better oxygenation, more homodynamic stability, surgeon’s satisfaction, lack of air pollution and less interference with surgeon’s visual field.

  12. Application of the Virtual Bronchoscopy in Children with Suspected Aspiration of the Foreign Body - Case Report

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    Kostic Gordana


    Full Text Available In diagnosing the aspiration of the foreign body (AFB in children most important are: medical history, clinical signs and positive radiography of the lungs. Common dilemmas in the diff erential diagnosis are life-threatening asthma attacks or difficult pneumonia. Conventional rigid bronchoscopy (RB is not recommended as a routine method. Virtual bronchoscopy (VB can be a diagnostic tool for solving dilemmas. Fiber-optic bronchoscopy (FOB has a therapeutic stake in severe cases. Herein, we describe a girl, at the age of 6, who was hospitalized due to rapid bronchoconstriction and based on the anamnesis, clinical symptoms and physical fi ndings the suspicion was that she aspirated the foreign body. Due to the poor general condition and possible sequel, the idea of RB was dropped out. Multidetector computed tomography of the chest and VB was performed and AFB was not found. Due to positive epidemiological situation, virus H1N1 was excluded. FOB established that the foreign body does not exist in the airways. During bronchoscopy numerous castings are aspirated from the peripheral airways which lead to faster final recovery. With additional procedures, the diagnosis of asthma was confirmed and for girl that was the first attack. Along with inhaled corticosteroids as prevention she feels well.

  13. Photodynamic therapy via navigational bronchoscopy for peripheral lung cancer in dogs. (United States)

    Musani, Ali I; Veir, Julia K; Huang, Zheng; Lei, Tim; Groshong, Steve; Worley, Deanna


    In the setting of lung cancer, photodynamic therapy (PDT) is typically used to treat centrally located endobronchial tumors. The development of navigational bronchoscopy has opened the potential for using PDT to treat peripheral lung tumors. However, there is limited information about the feasibility of this approach for treating peripheral lung cancers, and about its effects on surrounding healthy lung tissue. We studied the use of PDT delivered by electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy to treat peripheral lung cancer in dogs. Three dogs with peripheral lung adenocarcinomas were given intravenous porfimer sodium (Photofrin® [Pinnacle Biologics, Inc., Chicago, IL]) to photosensitize the tumors, then navigational bronchoscopy was used to deliver photoradiation. One week after PDT, the tumors and involved lung lobe were surgically excised and evaluated histologically. PDT was successful in all three dogs and was associated with tolerable and manageable adverse effects. Tissue sections from within PDT-treated tumors showed regions of coagulative central necrosis admixed with small numbers of inflammatory cells, and arterial thrombosis. Viable adenocarcinoma was seen in the surrounding areas. These results suggest that PDT can be successfully deployed to treat peripheral lung cancers using navigational bronchoscopy. Furthermore, damage to surrounding noncancerous tissues can be minimized with accurate placement of the optical fiber. Studies of this modality to treat peripheral lung cancers in humans may be warranted. Lasers Surg. Med. © 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  14. Bronchoscopy, Imaging, and Concurrent Diseases in Dogs with Bronchiectasis: (2003-2014). (United States)

    Johnson, L R; Johnson, E G; Vernau, W; Kass, P H; Byrne, B A


    Bronchiectasis is a permanent and debilitating sequel to chronic or severe airway injury, however, diseases associated with this condition are poorly defined. To evaluate results of diagnostic tests used to document bronchiectasis and to characterize underlying or concurrent disease processes. Eighty-six dogs that had bronchoscopy performed and a diagnosis of bronchiectasis. Retrospective case series. Radiographs, computed tomography, and bronchoscopic findings were evaluated for features of bronchiectasis. Clinical diagnoses of pneumonia (aspiration, interstitial, foreign body, other), eosinophilic bronchopneumopathy (EBP), and inflammatory airway disease (IAD) were made based on results of history, physical examination, and diagnostic testing, including bronchoalveolar lavage fluid analysis and microbiology. Bronchiectasis was diagnosed in 14% of dogs (86/621) that had bronchoscopy performed. Dogs ranged in age from 0.5 to 14 years with duration of signs from 3 days to 10 years. Bronchiectasis was documented during bronchoscopy in 79/86 dogs (92%), thoracic radiology in 50/83 dogs (60%), and CT in 34/34 dogs (100%). Concurrent airway collapse was detected during bronchoscopy in 50/86 dogs (58%), and focal or multifocal mucus plugging of segmental or subsegmental bronchi was found in 41/86 dogs (48%). Final diagnoses included pneumonia (45/86 dogs, 52%), EBP (10/86 dogs, 12%) and IAD (31/86 dogs, 36%). Bacteria were isolated in 24/86 cases (28%), with Streptococcus spp, Pasteurella spp, enteric organisms, and Stenotrophomonas isolated most frequently. Bronchiectasis can be anticipated in dogs with infectious or inflammatory respiratory disease. Advanced imaging and bronchoscopy are useful in making the diagnosis and identifying concurrent respiratory disease. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

  15. Prospective study of percutaneous tracheostomy: Role of bronchoscopy and surgical technique

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    Tanel Laisaar


    Full Text Available Objective: Percutaneous tracheostomy is a common procedure but varies considerably in approach. The aim of our study was to evaluate the need for intraoperative bronchoscopy and to compare various surgical techniques. Methods: During 1 year all percutaneous tracheostomies in three intensive care units were prospectively documented according to a unified protocol. In one unit, bronchoscopy was used routinely and in others only during the study. Results: A total of 111 subjects (77 males with median age 64 (range, 18–86 years and body mass index 25.4 (range, 15.9–50.7 were included. In unit A, tracheal wall was directly exposed; in unit B, limited dissection to enable tracheal palpation was made. In both units, bronchoscopy was used to check the location of an already inserted guiding needle; needle position required correction in 8% and 12% of cases, respectively. In unit C, in tracheostomies without pretracheal tissue dissection, bronchoscopy was used to guide needle insertion; needle position required correction in 66% of cases. Median duration of operations performed by thoracic surgeons and residents was 10 (range, 3–37 min and by intensive care doctors and residents was 16.5 (range, 3–63 min (p < 0.001. Time from the beginning of preparations for tracheostomy until the end of the whole procedure was median 32 min for bedside tracheostomies and 64 min for operations in the operating theatre (p < 0.001. Conclusion: Limited pretracheal tissue dissection enabled proper guiding needle insertion and bronchoscopy was rarely needed. Percutaneous tracheostomies performed by thoracic surgeons took less time, and duration of the whole procedure was remarkably shorter when performed at bedside.

  16. High-Flow Nasal Interface Improves Oxygenation in Patients Undergoing Bronchoscopy

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    Umberto Lucangelo


    Full Text Available During bronchoscopy hypoxemia is commonly found and oxygen supply can be delivered by interfaces fed with high gas flows. Recently, the high-flow nasal cannula (HFNC has been introduced for oxygen therapy in adults, but they have not been used so far during bronchoscopy in adults. Forty-five patients were randomly assigned to 3 groups receiving oxygen: 40 L/min through a Venturi mask (V40, N=15, nasal cannula (N40, N=15, and 60 L/min through a nasal cannula (N60, N=15 during bronchoscopy. Gas exchange and circulatory variables were sampled before (FiO2 = 0.21, at the end of bronchoscopy (FiO2 = 0.5, and thereafter (V40, FiO2 = 0.35. In 8 healthy volunteers oxygen was randomly delivered according to V40, N40, and N60 settings, and airway pressure was measured. At the end of bronchoscopy, N60 presented higher PaO2, PaO2/FiO2, and SpO2 than V40 and N40 that did not differ between them. In the volunteers (N60 median airway pressure amounted to 3.6 cmH2O. Under a flow rate of 40 L/min both the Venturi mask and HFNC behaved similarly, but nasal cannula associated with a 60 L/min flow produced the better results, thus indicating its use in mild respiratory dysfunctions.

  17. Post-bronchoscopy pneumonia in patients suffering from lung cancer: Development and validation of a risk prediction score. (United States)

    Takiguchi, Hiroto; Hayama, Naoki; Oguma, Tsuyoshi; Harada, Kazuki; Sato, Masako; Horio, Yukihiro; Tanaka, Jun; Tomomatsu, Hiromi; Tomomatsu, Katsuyoshi; Takihara, Takahisa; Niimi, Kyoko; Nakagawa, Tomoki; Masuda, Ryota; Aoki, Takuya; Urano, Tetsuya; Iwazaki, Masayuki; Asano, Koichiro


    The incidence, risk factors, and consequences of pneumonia after flexible bronchoscopy in patients with lung cancer have not been studied in detail. We retrospectively analyzed the data from 237 patients with lung cancer who underwent diagnostic bronchoscopy between April 2012 and July 2013 (derivation sample) and 241 patients diagnosed between August 2013 and July 2014 (validation sample) in a tertiary referral hospital in Japan. A score predictive of post-bronchoscopy pneumonia was developed in the derivation sample and tested in the validation sample. Pneumonia developed after bronchoscopy in 6.3% and 4.1% of patients in the derivation and validation samples, respectively. Patients who developed post-bronchoscopy pneumonia needed to change or cancel their planned cancer therapy more frequently than those without pneumonia (56% vs. 6%, ppneumonia, which we added to develop our predictive score. The incidence of pneumonia associated with scores=0, 1, and ≥2 was 0, 3.7, and 13.4% respectively in the derivation sample (p=0.003), and 0, 2.9, and 9.7% respectively in the validation sample (p=0.016). The incidence of post-bronchoscopy pneumonia in patients with lung cancer was not rare and associated with adverse effects on the clinical course. A simple 3-point predictive score identified patients with lung cancer at high risk of post-bronchoscopy pneumonia prior to the procedure. Copyright © 2017 The Japanese Respiratory Society. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Case report: Inhaled foreign body mismanaged as TB, finally removed using a rigid bronchoscopy after 6 years of impaction

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    Justin Rubena Lumaya


    Full Text Available Foreign body aspiration is an important cause of mortality in children aged less than three years. Foreign body (FB inhalation can pose diagnostic and therapeutic challenges, especially in longstanding cases and complications such as recurrent pneumonia, lung collapse and lung abscess may develop. We report a case of an 11-year old boy with foreign body impacted in his bronchus for six years, which was mistakenly managed as pulmonary tuberculosis. Radiological evidence confirmed the diagnosis and a rigid bronchoscopy was used to remove the metallic foreign body. The standard of care for the management of a FB in a bronchus is a rigid bronchoscopy; however flexible bronchoscopy can be used, especially in adults. A thorough history with radiological evidence are essential and sometimes, followed by a diagnostic bronchoscopy.

  19. Medical image of the week: virtual anatomical dissociation during electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy

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    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated after the first page. A 59 year-old woman with a 40 pack-year smoking history was referred to our practice with a 2.5 cm spiculated right upper lobe lung nodule for a diagnostic bronchoscopy. We performed electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy under general anesthesia in the operating room. After successfully navigating to the lesion and obtaining 3 needle biopsy samples and two cytology brush samples we lost target alignment. After attempting to rotate and reposition the catheter several times it was decided to re-navigate from the trachea. Two images comparing virtual navigation to real anatomy during the first and second navigation attempts are provided bellow (Figures 1 and 2. Why are the virtual images different? 1. It is an artifact from respiratory movements; 2. The locatable guide is outside the sensing volume; 3. You should suspect a pneumothorax; 4. Your registration procedure was suboptimal, you should repeat it. ...

  20. Comparative study between computed tomography and bronchoscopy in the diagnosis of lung cancer

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    Oliveira, Christopher; Saraiva, Antonio, E-mail: asaraiva@estescoimbra.p [Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saude de Coimbra (ESTeSC), Coimbra (Portugal)


    Objective: to analyze the role of computed tomography and bronchoscopy in the diagnosis of lung cancer, evaluating the effectiveness of these techniques in the presence of this disease. Parameters such as age, gender, smoking habits, histological types, staging and treatment were also analyzed. Materials and methods: the sample of the present study included 70 patients assisted at the Department of Pneumology of Hospital Distrital da Figueira da Foz, Coimbra, Portugal, who were submitted to both diagnostic methods, namely, computed tomography and bronchoscopy, to confirm the presence or the absence of lung cancer. Results: thirty-seven patients (23 men and 14 women) were diagnosed with lung cancer. Histologically 40.54% were adenocarcinoma, followed by squamous carcinoma (32.43% cases) and small-cell lung cancer (18.92%). Staging showed 6.70% stage IB disease, 23.30% stage IIIA and 36.70% stage IIIB, and 33.30% stage IV. Chemotherapy alone was the first treatment of choice for 75.7% of patients. Bronchoscopy sensitivity was 83.8%, specificity 81.8%, and accuracy 82.8%. Computed tomography sensitivity was 81.1%, specificity 63.6%, and accuracy 72.8%. Conclusion: bronchoscopy results corroborated the relevance of the method in the diagnosis of lung cancer, considering its dependence on the anatomopathological study of tissue or cells obtained through different biopsy techniques. Computed tomography presented good sensitivity (81.1%), however the specificity of only 63.6% is related to the rate of false-positive results (36.4%). (author)

  1. Diagnosis of peripheral pulmonary lesions with radial probe endobronchial ultrasound-guided bronchoscopy. (United States)

    Boonsarngsuk, Viboon; Kanoksil, Wasana; Laungdamerongchai, Sarangrat


    The diagnosis of peripheral pulmonary lesions (PPLs) is a challenging task for pulmonologists. Radial probe endobronchial ultrasound (R-EBUS) has been developed to enhance diagnostic yield. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of R-EBUS in the diagnosis of PPLs. A retrospective study was conducted on 174 patients diagnosed with PPLs who underwent EBUS-guided bronchoscopy. Histological examination of specimens obtained by transbronchial lung biopsy (TBLB) and cytological examinations of brushing smear, brush rinse fluid and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) were evaluated for the diagnosis. The mean diameter of the PPLs was 25.1 ± 10.7 mm. The final diagnoses included 129 malignancies and 45 benign lesions. The overall diagnostic yield of EBUS-guided bronchoscopy was 79.9%. Neither size nor etiology of the PPLs influenced the diagnostic performance of EBUS-guided bronchoscopy (82.9% vs. 74.6% for PPLs>20mm and PPLs≤20mm; p=0.19, and 82.9% vs. 71.1% for malignancy and benign diseases; p=0.09). TBLB rendered the highest yield among these specimens (69.0%, 50.6%, 42.0%, and 44.3% for TBLB, brushing smear, brush rinse fluid, and BALF, respectively; p<0.001). The combination of TBLB, brush smear, and BALF provided the greatest diagnostic yield, while brush rinse fluid did not add benefits to the outcomes. R-EBUS-guided bronchoscopy is a useful technique in the diagnosis of PPLs. To achieve the highest diagnostic performance, TBLB, brushing smear and bronchoalveolar lavage should be performed together. Copyright © 2014 SEPAR. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  2. Nebulized versus Standard Local Application of Lidocaine during Flexible Bronchoscopy: A Randomized Controlled Trial. (United States)

    Dreher, Michael; Cornelissen, Christian Gabriel; Reddemann, Manuel Armin; Müller, Annegret; Hübel, Christian; Müller, Tobias


    Endobronchial administration of local anesthetics such as lidocaine is often used for cough suppression during bronchoscopy. To achieve a better distribution of lidocaine in the tracheobronchial tree, spray catheters have been developed, allowing nebulization of the local anesthetic solution. However, there are little data on the efficacy and safety of this approach, or on the consumption of sedative drugs and lidocaine during nebulized administration. To investigate the tolerability of nebulized lidocaine compared to conventional lidocaine administration via syringe through the working channel of the bronchoscope in patients undergoing bronchoscopy. Consumption of sedative drugs and lidocaine was also compared between the two lidocaine administration approaches. Patients requiring bronchoscopy with endobronchial or transbronchial biopsy were randomly assigned to receive topical lidocaine either via syringe or via nebulizer. Endpoints were consumption of lidocaine and sedative drugs, as well as patient tolerance and safety. Thirty patients were included, 15 in each group. Patients in the nebulizer group required lower doses of endobronchial lidocaine (184.7 ± 67.98 vs. 250.7 ± 21.65 mg, p = 0.0045) and intravenous fentanyl (0.033 ± 0.041 vs. 0.067 ± 0.045 mg, p = 0.0236) than those in the syringe group; midazolam or propofol dosages did not differ between the two groups. In addition, there were no between-group differences in patient tolerance or safety (all p > 0.05). Endobronchial administration of lidocaine during bronchoscopy via nebulizer was found to be well tolerated and safe and was associated with reduced lidocaine and fentanyl dosages compared to administration via syringe. © 2016 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  3. 3D pulmonary airway color image reconstruction via shape from shading and virtual bronchoscopy imaging techniques (United States)

    Suter, Melissa; Reinhardt, Joseph M.; Hoffman, Eric A.; McLennan, Geoffrey


    The dependence on macro-optical imaging of the human body in the assessment of possible disease is rapidly increasing concurrent with, and as a direct result of, advancements made in medical imaging technologies. Assessing the pulmonary airways through bronchoscopy is performed extensively in clinical practice however remains highly subjective due to limited visualization techniques and the lack of quantitative analyses. The representation of 3D structures in 2D visualization modes, although providing an insight to the structural content of the scene, may in fact skew the perception of the structural form. We have developed two methods for visualizing the optically derived airway mucosal features whilst preserving the structural scene integrity. Shape from shading (SFS) techniques can be used to extract 3D structural information from 2D optical images. The SFS technique presented addresses many limitations previously encountered in conventional techniques resulting in high-resolution 3D color images. The second method presented to combine both color and structural information relies on combined CT and bronchoscopy imaging modalities. External imaging techniques such as CT provide a means of determining the gross structural anatomy of the pulmonary airways, however lack the important optically derived mucosal color. Virtual bronchoscopy is used to provide a direct link between the CT derived structural anatomy and the macro-optically derived mucosal color. Through utilization of a virtual and true bronchoscopy matching technique we are able to directly extract combined structurally sound 3D color segments of the pulmonary airways. Various pulmonary airway diseases are assessed and the resulting combined color and texture results are presented demonstrating the effectiveness of the presented techniques.

  4. Removal of metallic tracheobronchial stents in lung transplantation with flexible bronchoscopy

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    Fruchter Oren


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Airway complications are among the most challenging problems after lung transplantation, and Self-Expandable Metallic Stents (SEMS are used to treat airway complications such as stenosis or malacia at the bronchial anastomosis sites. Several transplantation centers are reluctant to use SEMS since their removal is sometimes needed and usually requires the use of rigid bronchoscopy under general anesthesia. The objective of the current report is to describe our experience in SEMS retrieval by flexible bronchoscopy under conscious sedation. Methods A retrospective review was done of patients requiring tracheobronchial stent placement after lung transplantation in which the SEMS had to be removed. The retrieval procedure was done by flexible bronchoscopy on a day-care ambulatory basis. Results Between January 2004 and January 2010, out of 305 lung transplantation patients, 24 (7.8% underwent SEMS placement. Indications included bronchial stenosis in 20 and bronchomalacia in 4. In six patients (25% the SEMS had to be removed due to excessive granulation tissue formation and stent obstruction. The average time from SEMS placement to retrieval was 30 months (range 16-48 months. The stent was completely removed in five patients and partially removed in one patient; no major complications were encountered, and all patients were discharged within 3 hours of the procedure. In all procedures, new SEMS was successfully re-inserted thereafter. Conclusions The retrieval of SEMS in patients that underwent lung transplantation can be effectively and safely done under conscious sedation using flexible bronchoscopy on a day-care basis, this observation should encourage increasing usage of SEMS in highly selected patients.

  5. Incidence of Fever and Bacteriemia Following Flexible Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy: A Prospective Study

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    Babak Sharif-Kashani


    Full Text Available The latest American Heart Association (AHA statement for preventing infectious endocarditis, has not recommended prophylactic antibiotic therapy prior to fiberoptic bronchoscopy (FB except for patients with preexisting predisposing cardiac conditions. Our aim was to determine the incidence of bacteriemia and fever following FB in our experience and compare with those which have been mentioned in AHA guideline as well as other studies. Venous blood of 85 consecutive patients was evaluated for both aerobic and anaerobic cultures before (for detecting possible previous bacteriemia and after FB. None of the patients were treated with antibiotics prior to the procedure. All the patients were examined during the first 24 hours after FB for detecting fever defined as temperature more than 38 °C. Positive hemocultures were noted in 7 (8.2 % patients after FB examination. Coagulase negative Staphylococcus, coagulase positive Staphylococcus, beta haemolytic Streptococcus, Citrobacter freundii and Streptococcus viridans were found in 4, 1, 1 and 1 cultures of patients, respectively. By excluding 6 contaminated samples, the rate of bacteriemia reduced to 1 (1.1% patient in whom the identical pathogen (Streptococcus viridans was found both in bronchial lavage and venous blood culture. We also found fever in 9 (10.5 % cases in the first 24 hours following the bronchoscopy. Our results were in consistent with AHA recommendations regarding prevention of infectious endocarditis as a practical gridline in patients who schedule for FB. Besides, transient fever following bronchoscopy is a common self-limited event which does not need medical intervention.

  6. Stenotrophomonas maltophilia Pseudo-outbreak at a University Hospital Bronchoscopy Unit in Turkey (United States)

    Ece, G; Erac, B; Limoncu, MH; Baysak, A; Oz, AT; Ceylan, KC


    Objective: Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is an opportunistic pathogen found predominantly in the enviroment and hospital setting. Invasive procedures and treatment methods, instruments used for diagnosis and irrational antibiotic use play major roles in the spread of this pathogen. The study aimed to evaluate consecutive S maltophilia isolation from bronchoalveolar lavage samples during bronchoscopy procedure during a week. Methods: Four patients consecutively had S maltophilia isolated during bronchoscopy between September 8 and 15, 2012. The identification of the isolates and their antibiotic susceptibility were studied by automated Vitek version 2.0 (Biomerieux, France) system. The clonal relationship between the isolates was studied by enterobacterial repetitive intergenic consensus (ERIC) polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Results: Four consecutive S maltophilia isolates had identical band patterns and showed clonal relatedness. Conclusion: Bronchoscopy is a common invasive procedure that is utilized in chest diseases departments and intensive care units (ICUs). Contamination may take place due to inappropiate use and cause spread of infectious pathogens. In the current study, we detected consecutive S maltophilia strains with identical band patterns isolated within a week. After appropiate disinfection and cleaning procedures, no further isolation was detected. PMID:25303196

  7. The influence of airway supporting maneuvers on glottis view in pediatric fiberoptic bronchoscopy

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    Tarik Umutoglu


    Full Text Available ABSTRACTINTRODUCTION:Flexible fiber optic bronchoscopy is a valuable intervention for evaluation and management of respiratory diseases in both infants, pediatric and adult patients. The aim of this study is to investigate the influence of the airway supporting maneuvers on glottis view during pediatric flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy.MATERIALS AND METHODS:In this randomized, controlled, crossover study; patients aged between 0 and 15 years who underwent flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy procedure having American Society of Anesthesiologists I---II risk score were included. Patients having risk of difficult intubation, intubated or patients with tracheostomy, and patients with reduced neck mobility or having cautions for neck mobility were excluded from this study. After obtaining best glottic view at the neutral position, patients were positioned jaw trust with open mouth, jaw trust with teeth prottution, head tilt chin lift and triple airway maneuvers and best glottis scores were recorded.RESULTS:Total of 121 pediatric patients, 57 girls and 64 boys, were included in this study. Both jaw trust with open mouth and jaw trust with teeth prottution maneuvers improved the glottis view compared with neutral position (p 0.05. Head tilt chin lift and triple airway maneuvers improved glottis view when compared with both jaw trust with open mouth and jaw trust with teeth prottution maneuvers and neutral position (p 0.05.

  8. Intra-procedural Bronchoscopy to Prevent Bronchial Compression During Pulmonary Artery Stent Angioplasty. (United States)

    O'Byrne, Michael L; Rome, Nita; Santamaria, Ramiro W Lizano; Hallbergson, Anna; Glatz, Andrew C; Dori, Yoav; Gillespie, Matthew J; Goldfarb, Samuel; Haas, Andrew R; Rome, Jonathan J


    Stenosis of the pulmonary arteries frequently occurs during staged palliation of hypoplastic left heart syndrome and variants, often necessitating stent angioplasty. A complication of stent angioplasty is compression of the ipsilateral mainstem bronchus. Following such a case, we re-evaluated our approach to PA stent angioplasty in these patients. The incident case is described. A retrospective observational study of children and adults with superior (SCPC) and/or total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC) undergoing left pulmonary artery (LPA) stent angioplasty between January 1, 2005 and January 5, 2014 and subsequent chest CT was performed to assess the incidence of bronchial compression. The current strategy of employing bronchoscopy to assess bronchial compression during angioplasty is described with short-term results. Sixty-five children and adults underwent LPA stent angioplasty. Other than the incident case, none had symptomatic bronchial compression. Of the total study population, 12 % had subsequent CT, of which one subject had moderate bronchial compression. To date, seven subjects have undergone angioplasty of LPA stenosis and bronchoscopy. In one case, stent angioplasty was not performed because of baseline bronchial compression, exacerbated during angioplasty. In the rest of cases, mild-moderate compression was seen during angioplasty. Following stent angioplasty, the resultant compression was not worse than that seen on test angioplasty. Bronchial compression is a rare complication of stent angioplasty of the pulmonary arteries in children and adults with SCPC/TCPC. Angioplasty of the region of interest with procedural bronchoscopy can help to identify patients at risk of this complication.

  9. Flexible bronchoscopy with moderate sedation in COPD: a case–control study

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    Full Text Available Peter Grendelmeier, Michael Tamm, Kathleen Jahn, Eric Pflimlin, Daiana Stolz Clinic of Pulmonary Medicine and Respiratory Cell Research, University Hospital Basel, Petersgraben, Basel, Switzerland Background: Flexible bronchoscopy is increasingly used for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. We aimed to examine the safety of flexible bronchoscopy with moderate sedation in patients with COPD. Methods: This study is a prospective, longitudinal, case–control, single-center study including 1,400 consecutive patients. After clinical and lung function assessments, patients were dichotomized in COPD or non-COPD groups. The primary end point was the combined incidence of complications. Results: The incidence of complications was similar in patients with and without COPD and independent of forced expiratory volume in the first second % predicted. Patients with COPD more frequently required insertion of a naso- or oropharyngeal airway; however, this difference was no longer significant after adjustment for age, gender, and duration of the procedure. Hypotension was significantly more common among patients with COPD. The number of episodes of hypoxemia ≤90% did not differ between the groups. However, patients with COPD had a lower mean and nadir transcutaneous oxygen saturation. Transcutaneous carbon dioxide tension (PtcCO2 change over the time course was similar in both groups, but both peak PtcCO2 and time on PtcCO2 >45 mmHg were higher in the COPD group. There were no differences in patient-reported outcomes. Conclusion: The safety of flexible bronchoscopy is similar in patients with and without COPD. This finding confirms the suitability of the procedure for both clinical and research indications. Keywords: bronchoalveolar lavage, propofol, complication, risk, respiratory insufficiency

  10. Timing in initiating lung cancer treatment after bronchoscopy in France: Study from medico-administrative database. (United States)

    Kudjawu, Yao Cyril; Chatellier, Gilles; Decool, Elsa; de Maria, Florence; Beltzer, Nathalie; Grémy, Isabelle; Meyer, Guy; Eilstein, Daniel


    Time-to-treatment of cancer is becoming a serious political and social issue. A greater understanding of the timeframes involved in cancer care is needed to reduce inequalities in access to care caused by delays. To describe time delays in each phase of lung cancer treatment after bronchoscopy. Using the international classification of diseases and medical procedures codes, from national hospital discharge database we selected patients newly diagnosed for Lung cancer in 2009-2010 who had undergone treatment. We included 14,596 patients. Median times from bronchoscopy to 1) neo-adjuvant chemotherapy and to surgery in patients with surgical pathway were 34d (Q25=22; Q75=47) and 44d (Q25=26; Q75=82), respectively, 2) chemotherapy and to radiotherapy in patients with non-surgical pathway, were 33d (Q25=22; Q75=49) and 88d (Q25=46; Q75=162) respectively, 3) first treatment irrespective of pathway and treatment combination was 34d (Q25=22; Q75=50). Time to first treatment was significantly higher with age and with the status of the first care center. It was longer in most northern regions and in overseas districts and shorter in southern and eastern regions of the country. To our knowledge, this is the first study based on medico-administrative database describing time to first treatment after bronchoscopy in patients suffering from lung cancer in France. It could inform decision-making on guidelines on times to access lung cancer treatment. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Tracheobronchopathia osteochondroplastica presenting as a respiratory insufficiency: diagnosis by bronchoscopy and MRI

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    Hantous-Zannad, S. E-mail:; Sebaie, L.; Zidi, A.; Ben Khelil, J.; Mestiri, I.; Besbes, M.; Hamzaoui, A.; Ben Miled-M' rad, K


    Tracheobronchopathia osteochondroplastica (TO) is a rare benign disorder affecting the trachea and occasionally the bronchi. We report a case of TO presenting as a respiratory insufficiency. Chest radiograh revealed an irregular narrowing of the intra thoracic trachea and a parenchymal consolidation of the left lower lobe. Magnetic resonance examination of the chest showed a diffuse irregular thickening of the trachea and central bronchi, which had an intermediate signal intensity with punctiform low signal intensity suggesting calcifications and no contrast enhancement. The diagnosis was confirmed by bronchoscopy and biopsies.

  12. Controlled vs Spontaneous Ventilation for Bronchoscopy in Children with Tracheobronchial Foreign Body

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    Leila Mashhadi


     Results: Fifty-one patients (31 male and 20 female entered the study. The mean age was 26.76 months, ranging from 6 to 100 months. Choking and cough were present in 94% and 96.1% of the patients, respectively. Nuts were the most common foreign body (76.9%. The controlled ventilation group had significantly fewer complications, and surgeon comfort was significantly higher in this group. Oxygen desaturation was significantly more prevalent in the spontaneous ventilation group during laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy (P

  13. Three-dimensional virtual bronchoscopy using a tablet computer to guide real-time transbronchial needle aspiration. (United States)

    Fiorelli, Alfonso; Raucci, Antonio; Cascone, Roberto; Reginelli, Alfonso; Di Natale, Davide; Santoriello, Carlo; Capuozzo, Antonio; Grassi, Roberto; Serra, Nicola; Polverino, Mario; Santini, Mario


    We proposed a new virtual bronchoscopy tool to improve the accuracy of traditional transbronchial needle aspiration for mediastinal staging. Chest-computed tomographic images (1 mm thickness) were reconstructed with Osirix software to produce a virtual bronchoscopic simulation. The target adenopathy was identified by measuring its distance from the carina on multiplanar reconstruction images. The static images were uploaded in iMovie Software, which produced a virtual bronchoscopic movie from the images; the movie was then transferred to a tablet computer to provide real-time guidance during a biopsy. To test the validity of our tool, we divided all consecutive patients undergoing transbronchial needle aspiration retrospectively in two groups based on whether the biopsy was guided by virtual bronchoscopy (virtual bronchoscopy group) or not (traditional group). The intergroup diagnostic yields were statistically compared. Our analysis included 53 patients in the traditional and 53 in the virtual bronchoscopy group. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value and diagnostic accuracy for the traditional group were 66.6%, 100%, 100%, 10.53% and 67.92%, respectively, and for the virtual bronchoscopy group were 84.31%, 100%, 100%, 20% and 84.91%, respectively. The sensitivity ( P  = 0.011) and diagnostic accuracy ( P  = 0.011) of sampling the paratracheal station were better for the virtual bronchoscopy group than for the traditional group; no significant differences were found for the subcarinal lymph node. Our tool is simple, economic and available in all centres. It guided in real time the needle insertion, thereby improving the accuracy of traditional transbronchial needle aspiration, especially when target lesions are located in a difficult site like the paratracheal station.

  14. Emergency bronchoscopy for foreign-body aspiration in a child with type I mucopolysaccharidosis: a challenging airway management experience. (United States)

    Kendigelen, Pinar; Tunali, Yusuf; Tutuncu, Ayse; Ashyralyyeva, Gulruh; Emre, Senol; Kaya, Guner


    The mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) is a rare lysosomal storage disease. Glycosaminoglycans (GAG) accumulate in musculoskeletal system, connective tissues. Enlarged tongue, short immobile neck, and limited mobility of the cervical spine and temporomandibular joints render the airway management potentially risky. MPS children have high anesthetic risks, especially in airway management of emergency situations. The foreign-body aspiration requiring intervention with rigid bronchoscopy is an urgent and risky clinical situation. We present our experience with a challenging airway management with a three-year-old child with MPS who needed emergency bronchoscopy due to peanut aspiration.

  15. Methylene Blue-Aided In Vivo Staining of Central Airways during Flexible Bronchoscopy

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    Sabine Zirlik


    Full Text Available Background. The early diagnosis of malignant and premalignant changes of the bronchial mucosa remains a major challenge during bronchoscopy. Intravital staining techniques are not new. Previous small case series suggested that analysis of the bronchial mucosal surface using chromoendoscopy allows a prediction between neoplastic and nonneoplastic lesions. Objectives. The aim of the present study was to evaluate chromobronchoscopy as a method to identify malignant and premalignant lesions in the central airways in a prospective manner. Methods. In 26 patients we performed chromoendoscopy with 0.1% methylene blue during ongoing flexible white light bronchoscopy. Circumscribed lesions in central airways were further analyzed by biopsies and histopathologic examination. Results. In the majority of cases neither flat nor polypoid lesions in the central airways were stained by methylene blue. In particular, exophytic growth of lung cancer did not show any specific pattern in chromobronchoscopy. However, a specific dye staining was detected in one case where exophytic growth of metastatic colorectal cancer was present in the right upper lobe. In two other cases, a circumscribed staining was noted in unsuspicious mucosa. But histology revealed inflammation only. Conclusions. In contrast to previous studies, the present findings clearly indicate that chromobronchoscopy is not useful for early detection of malignant or premalignant lesions of the central airways.

  16. Flexible bronchoscopy and mechanical ventilation in managing Mounier-Kuhn syndrome: a case report

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    Aslihan Gürün Kaya


    Full Text Available ABSTRACT CONTEXT: Mounier-Kuhn syndrome is a rare congenital condition with distinct dilatation and diverticulation of the tracheal wall. The symptoms may vary and the treatment usually consists of support. CASE REPORT: The patient was a 60-year-old male with recurrent hospital admission. He was admitted in this case due to dyspnea, cough and sputum production. An arterial blood sample revealed decompensated respiratory acidosis with moderate hypoxemia. A chest computed tomography (CT scan showed dilatation of the trachea and bronchi, tracheal diverticula and bronchiectasis. Flexible bronchoscopy was performed, which revealed enlarged airways with expiratory collapse. Furthermore, orifices of tracheal diverticulosis were also detected. Non-invasive positive pressure ventilation (NPPV was added, along with long-term oxygen therapy. At control visits, the patient’s clinical and laboratory findings were found to have improved. CONCLUSION: Flexible bronchoscopy can be advocated for establishing the diagnosis and non-invasive mechanical ventilation can be used with a high success rate, for clinical wellbeing in Mounier-Kuhn syndrome.

  17. Analogosedation during flexible bronchoscopy using a combination of midazolam, propofol and fentanyl - A retrospective analysis. (United States)

    Müller, Tobias; Thümmel, Kristina; Cornelissen, Christian G; Krüger, Stefan; Dreher, Michael


    According to current guidelines flexible bronchoscopy is usually performed under sedation. Previously it has been demonstrated that combined sedation with e. g. the combination of midazolam and propofol or an opioid might have several advantages over sedation with just one sedative drug. However, little is known about the efficacy and safety of combined sedation with midazolam, fentanyl and propofol (MFP) compared to sedation with midazolam and fentanyl (MF) or midazolam and propofol (MP). We carried out a retrospective analysis of bronchoscopies performed under triple (MFP) or double sedation (MF and MP) in an academic hospital. 1392 procedures were analyzed (MFP: n = 824; MF: n = 272; MP: n = 296). In particular, we compared the occurrence of complications and the dosage of administered sedative drugs between the groups. The occurrence of adverse events (MFP vs. MF: odds ratio (OR) 1.116 [95% CI 0.7741 to 1.604]; MFP vs. MP: OR 0.8296 [95% CI 0.5939 to 1.16] and severe adverse events (MFP vs. MF: OR 1.581 [95% CI 0.5594 to 4.336]; MFP vs. MP: OR 3.47 [95% CI 0.908 to 15.15]; all p>0.05) was similar in all groups. The dosage of midazolam was lower in the MFP compared to the MF or MP group (MFP vs. MF: Cohen's d 0.075; MFP vs. MP: Cohen's d 0.225; all ppropofol compared to the MP group (Cohen's d 1.22; ppropofol.

  18. Commentary on “Music Does Not Alter Anxiety in Patients with Suspected Lung Cancer Undergoing Bronchoscopy: A Randomised Controlled Trial” – European Clinical Respiratory Journal

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    Jeppesen, Elisabeth; Pedersen, Carsten Michel


    of the study was to measure the effect of “MusiCure -music as medicine”, on bronchoscopy-related anxiety. We hypothesised that MusiCure reduces bronchoscopy-related anxiety. MusiCure is music composed by the danish composer Niels Eje. There are contradictory findings both on the effect of MusiCure on anxiety...... with the bronchoscopy (Figure 1). depression-anxiety-Department-Respiratory-Medicine Figure 1: Patient from Department of Respiratory Medicine, Bispebjerg Hosptial, who had supporting colleagues who printed this t-shirt for her. This patient expressed major worries about the bronchoscopy she had to undergo. The aim...... and of the effect of music on bronchoscopy-related anxiety [2-5]. The patients included in our study had state-anxiety scores ranging from no anxiety to considerable anxiety, with a median state anxiety score at 39 (Spielberger’s State-Trait Anxiety Inventory - STAI) (Figure 2). depression-anxiety...

  19. Follow-up after stent insertion in the tracheobronchial tree: role of helical computed tomography in comparison with fiberoptic bronchoscopy

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    Ferretti, G.R.; Kocier, M.; Calaque, O.; Coulomb, M. [Service Central de Radiologie et Imagerie Medicale, INSERM EMI 9924, CHU, BP 217, 38043, Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Arbib, F.; Pison, C. [Departement de Medecine Aigue Specialisee (DMAS), CHU Grenoble, CHU, BP 217, 38043, Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Righini, C. [Service d' Oto Rhino Laryngologie, CHU Grenoble, BP 217, 38043, Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)


    The aim of this study was to compare helical CT with fiberoptic bronchoscopy findings to appraise the medium-term results of proximal-airways stenting. Twenty-five patients with 28 endobronchial metallic stents inserted for local advanced malignancy (n=13) or benign diseases (n=12) underwent follow-up CT from 3 days to 50 months (mean 8 months). All studies were obtained using helical CT with subsequent multiplanar reformation and three-dimensional reconstruction including virtual bronchoscopy. The location, shape, and patency of stents and adjacent airway were assessed. The results of CT were compared with the results of fiberoptic bronchoscopy obtained with a mean delay of 2.5 days (SD 9 days) after CT scan. Twelve stents (43%) remained in their original position, patent and without deformity. Sixteen stents were associated with local complications: migration (n=6); external compression with persistent stenosis (n=4); local recurrence of malignancy (n=4); fracture (n=1); and non-congruence between the airway and the stent (n=1). The CT demonstrated all the significant abnormalities demonstrated at fiberoptic bronchoscopy except two moderate stenoses (20%) related to granulomata at the origin of the stent. Ten of 14 stents inserted for benign conditions were without complications as compared with 2 of 14 in malignant conditions (p=0.008). Computed tomography is an accurate noninvasive method for evaluating endobronchial stents. The CT is a useful technique for follow-up of patients who have undergone endobronchial stenting. (orig.)

  20. The Role of Conventional Bronchoscopy in the Workup of Suspicious CT Scan Screen-Detected Pulmonary Nodules

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    van't Westeinde, Susan C.; Horeweg, Nanda; Vernhout, Rene M.; Groen, Harry J. M.; Lammers, Jan-Willem J.; Weenink, Carla; Nackaerts, Kristiaan; Oudkerk, Matthijs; Mali, Willem; Thunnissen, Frederik B.; de Koning, Harry J.; van Klaveren, Rob J.

    Background: Up to 50% of the participants in CT scan lung cancer screening trials have at least one pulmonary nodule. To date, the role of conventional bronchoscopy in the workup of suspicious screen-detected pulmonary nodules is unknown. If a bronchoscopic evaluation could be eliminated, the

  1. The role of conventional bronchoscopy in the workup of suspicious CT scan screen-detected pulmonary nodules

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    S.C. van 't Westeinde (Susan); N. Horeweg (Nanda); R. Vernhout (Rene); H.J.M. Groen (Henk); J.-W.J. Lammers (Jan-Willem); C. Weenink (Carla); K. Nackaerts (Kristiaan); M. Oudkerk (Matthijs); W.P. Mali (Willem); F.B.J.M. Thunnissen (Frederik); H.J. de Koning (Harry); R.J. van Klaveren (Rob)


    textabstractBackground: Up to 50% of the participants in CT scan lung cancer screening trials have at least one pulmonary nodule. To date, the role of conventional bronchoscopy in the workup of suspicious screen-detected pulmonary nodules is unknown. If a bronchoscopic evaluation could be

  2. Improving patient safety after rigid bronchoscopy in adults: laryngeal mask airway versus face mask - a pilot study. (United States)

    Nisi, Fulvio; Galzerano, Antonio; Cicchitto, Gaetano; Puma, Francesco; Peduto, Vito Aldo


    There are still no clear guidelines in the literature on per procedural bronchoscopic management for anesthesiologists, and few relevant datasets are available. To obtain rapid recovery from anesthesia, it is often necessary to keep patients in the recovery room for several hours until they become clinically stable. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that the laryngeal mask airway (LMA) enables better respiratory and hemodynamic recovery than the oxygen face mask (FM) in patients undergoing rigid bronchoscopy. Twenty-one patients undergoing elective bronchoscopy of the upper airway were randomized to ventilation assistance with FM or LMA after a rigid bronchoscopy procedure under general anesthesia. The primary endpoint was duration of post-surgical recovery and the secondary endpoints were postoperative hemodynamic and respiratory parameters. Assessment of the study endpoints was performed by an intensive care specialist blinded to the method of ventilation used. The statistical analysis was performed using the Fisher's Exact test for nominal data and the Student's t-test for continuous data. There was no statistically significant difference in post-procedural time between the two groups (P=0.972). The recovery parameters were significantly better in the LMA group than in the FM group, with significantly fewer desaturation, hypotensive, and bradycardic events (P<0.05). We conclude that the LMA may be safer and more comfortable than the FM in patients undergoing rigid bronchoscopy.

  3. The effect of general anesthesia versus intravenous sedation on diagnostic yield and success in electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy. (United States)

    Bowling, Mark R; Kohan, Matthew W; Walker, Paul; Efird, Jimmy; Ben Or, Sharon


    Navigational bronchoscopy is utilized to guide biopsies of peripheral lung nodules and place fiducial markers for treatment of limited stage lung cancer with stereotactic body radiotherapy. The type of sedation used for this procedure remains controversial. We performed a retrospective chart review to evaluate the differences of diagnostic yield and overall success of the procedure based on anesthesia type. Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy was performed using the superDimension software system. Once the targeted lesion was within reach, multiple tissue samples were obtained. Statistical analysis was used to correlate the yield with the type of sedation among other factors. A successful procedure was defined if a diagnosis was made or a fiducial marker was adequately placed. Navigational bronchoscopy was performed on a total of 120 targeted lesions. The overall complication rate of the procedure was 4.1%. The diagnostic yield and success of the procedure was 74% and 87%, respectively. Duration of the procedure was the only significant difference between the general anesthesia and IV sedation groups (mean, 58 vs. 43 min, P=0.0005). A larger tumor size was associated with a higher diagnostic yield (P=0.032). All other variables in terms of effect on diagnostic yield and an unsuccessful procedure did not meet statistical significance. Navigational bronchoscopy is a safe and effective pulmonary diagnostic tool with relatively low complication rate. The diagnostic yield and overall success of the procedure does not seem to be affected by the type of sedation used.

  4. Routine examination for tuberculosis is still indicated during bronchoscopy for pulmonary infiltrates

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    Laub, Rasmus Rude; Sivapalan, Pradeesh; Wilcke, Torgny


    INTRODUCTION: Tuberculosis (TB) can present in numerous ways and can be radiological indistinguishable from cancer. In several guidelines for bronchoscopy (FOB) in low-incidence areas, a Mycobacterium tuberculosis test is only recommended when TB is clinically suspected. Due to the expenses...... associated with M. tuberculosis cultures, we did an analysis of tests obtained by FOB and other invasive procedures (endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)-guided needle biopsy via the oesophagus or trachea and percutaneous needle lung biopsy (PNLB)). METHODS: All patients tested positive for M. tuberculosis by culture...... and with samples obtained by FOB, EUS or PNLB in the 2008-2012 period were identified retrospectively in two centres in a low-incidence area (Copenhagen, Denmark). Patient records and radiological reports were reviewed. RESULTS: A total of 57 (1.2%) patients out of the 4,680 tested were M. tuberculosis culture...

  5. Flexible bronchoscopy during mechanical ventilation in the prone position to treat acute lung injury

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    F. Guarracino


    Full Text Available In patients with severe acute lung injury (ALI or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS the prone position has been shown to improve survival of patients who are severely hypoxemic with an arterial oxygen tension to inspiratory oxygen fraction ratio (PaO2/FiO2 < 100. In those patients tracheobronchial toilette is crucial in preventing or treating airways obstructed by secretions and deterioration of oxygenation. Flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy is widely recognized as an effective technique to perform bronchial toilette in the intensive care unit (ICU.Flexible bronchoscopy performed during prone mechanical ventilation in two cardiosurgical patients who developed ALI after complex surgery, proved feasible and safe and helped to avoid undesirable earlier cessation of prone mechanical ventilation. However decision making about bronchoscopy in severe hypoxia should be even more cautious than in the supine patient, as dangerous delay in resuscitation manoeuvres due to postponed switching the patient to the supine position should always be prevented. Resumo: Em pacientes com lesão pulmonar aguda grave (LPA ou síndrome de dificuldade respiratória aguda (ARDS, foi demonstrado que a posição de decúbito ventral melhora a sobrevivência de pacientes que sejam gravemente hipoxémicos com uma relação entre a pressão de oxigénio no sangue arterial e a fração inspirada de oxigénio (PaO2/FiO2 <100. Nesses pacientes, a toilette traqueobrônquica é fundamental para a prevenção ou tratamento das vias respiratórias obstruídas por secreções e a deterioração da oxigenação. A fibrobroncoscopia flexível é amplamente reconhecida como uma técnica eficaz para realizar a toilette brônquica na unidade de cuidados intensivos (UCI. A broncoscopia flexível realizada durante a ventilação mecânica em posição de decúbito ventral em 2 pacientes de cirurgia cardíaca que desenvolveram LPA após cirurgias complicadas, provaram ser viáveis e


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    Full Text Available Lung cancer has become a complicated health problem in the world. In 2005, approximately 172,500 people diagnosed with lung cancer in the United States. In Indonesia, lung cancer ranks fourth highest. Lung cancer is also the most common cause of death from cancer, so we need appropriate early detection modality to reduce the number of deaths from lung cancer. Compared with other modalities that currently available, Autofluorescence Bronchoscopy (AFB seems to have better accuracy in early diagnosis of lung cancer. AFB can be used to evaluate patients with high-grade sputum atypia, evaluating patients with suspected or had suffered from lung cancer, and have a role in follow-up of bronchial high-grade intraepithelial neoplasia.

  7. Music does not alter anxiety in patients with suspected lung cancer undergoing bronchoscopy

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    Jeppesen, Elisabeth; Pedersen, Carsten M; Larsen, Klaus R


    BACKGROUND: The use of music to relieve anxiety has been examined in various studies, but the results are inconclusive. METHODS: From April to October 2015, 160 patients undergoing examination of pulmonary nodules were randomly assigned to MusiCure or no music. MusiCure was administered through......-cortisol, physiological variables, dosage of sedatives, movements measured by Actigraph, bronchoscopy duration, number of re-examinations, and overall perception of the sounds in the operating theatre measured by Visual analogue scale. RESULTS: The STAI scores were similar on admission, but after a 10-min wait...... in the operating theatre, scores varied significantly between patients with and without music, with lower scores in the music group [median (interquartile range, IQR) 35 (18) vs. 43 (25); p=0.03]. Post hoc multiple regression revealed treatment group as insignificant when adjusting for sex and baseline anxiety...

  8. Ultrathin bronchoscopy for solitary pulmonary lesions in a region endemic for tuberculosis: a randomised pilot trial. (United States)

    Franzen, Daniel; Diacon, Andreas H; Freitag, Lutz; Schubert, Pawel T; Wright, Colleen A; Schuurmans, Macé M


    The evaluation of solitary pulmonary lesions (SPL) requires a balance between procedure-related morbidity and diagnostic yield, particularly in areas where tuberculosis (TB) is endemic. Data on ultrathin bronchoscopy (UB) for this purpose is limited. To evaluate feasibility and safety of UB compared to SB for diagnosis of SPL in a TB endemic region. In this prospective randomised trial we compared diagnostic yield and adverse events of UB with standard-size bronchoscopy (SB), both combined with fluoroscopy, in a cohort of patients with SPL located beyond the visible range of SB. We included 40 patients (mean age 55.2 years, 45 % male) with malignant SPL (n = 16; 40 %), tuberculous SPL (n = 11; 27.5 %) and other benign SPL (n = 13; 32.5 %). Mean procedure time in UB and SB was 30.6 and 26.0 min, respectively (p = 0.15). By trend, adverse events were recorded more often with UB than with SB (30.0 vs. 5.0 %, p = 0.091), including extensive coughing (n = 2), blocked working channel (n = 2), and arterial hypertension requiring therapeutic intervention (n = 1), all with UB. The overall diagnostic yield of UB compared to SB was 55.0 % vs. 80.0 %, respectively (p = 0.18). Sensitivity for the diagnosis of malignancy of UB and SB was 50.0 % and 62.5 %, respectively (p = 0.95). UB is not superior to SB for the evaluation of SPL in a region endemic with tuberculosis, when combined with fluoroscopic guidance only. (Identifier: NCT02490059 ).

  9. Pre-clinical validation of virtual bronchoscopy using 3D Slicer. (United States)

    Nardelli, Pietro; Jaeger, Alexander; O'Shea, Conor; Khan, Kashif A; Kennedy, Marcus P; Cantillon-Murphy, Pádraig


    Lung cancer still represents the leading cause of cancer-related death, and the long-term survival rate remains low. Computed tomography (CT) is currently the most common imaging modality for lung diseases recognition. The purpose of this work was to develop a simple and easily accessible virtual bronchoscopy system to be coupled with a customized electromagnetic (EM) tracking system for navigation in the lung and which requires as little user interaction as possible, while maintaining high usability. The proposed method has been implemented as an extension to the open-source platform, 3D Slicer. It creates a virtual reconstruction of the airways starting from CT images for virtual navigation. It provides tools for pre-procedural planning and virtual navigation, and it has been optimized for use in combination with a [Formula: see text] of freedom EM tracking sensor. Performance of the algorithm has been evaluated in ex vivo and in vivo testing. During ex vivo testing, nine volunteer physicians tested the implemented algorithm to navigate three separate targets placed inside a breathing pig lung model. In general, the system proved easy to use and accurate in replicating the clinical setting and seemed to help choose the correct path without any previous experience or image analysis. Two separate animal studies confirmed technical feasibility and usability of the system. This work describes an easily accessible virtual bronchoscopy system for navigation in the lung. The system provides the user with a complete set of tools that facilitate navigation towards user-selected regions of interest. Results from ex vivo and in vivo studies showed that the system opens the way for potential future work with virtual navigation for safe and reliable airway disease diagnosis.

  10. Simulation-Based Training in Flexible Bronchoscopy and Endobronchial Ultrasound-Guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration (EBUS-TBNA)

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    Naur, Therese Maria Henriette; Nilsson, Philip Mørkeberg; Pietersen, Pia Iben


    BACKGROUND: The use of simulators in a training programme for technically challenging procedures has the advantages of lowering the risk of patient complications while helping the trainees with the initial part of their learning curve. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to perform a systematic...... review of simulation-based training in flexible bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS). METHODS: We identified 1,006 publications in the PubMed database and included publications on flexible bronchoscopy below the carina and EBUS involving hands-on simulation-based training. Publications were...... excluded if they were written in languages other than English, if paediatric airways were involved or if they were not journal articles. The screening process was performed by 2 individuals, and a third reviewer made the final decision in case of disagreement. RESULTS: We included 30 publications...

  11. Use of serial rigid bronchoscopy in the treatment of plastic bronchitis in children. (United States)

    Soyer, Tutku; Yalcin, Şule; Emiralioğlu, Nagehan; Yilmaz, Ebru Arik; Soyer, Ozge; Orhan, Diclehan; Doğru, Deniz; Sekerel, Bülent Enis; Tanyel, Feridun Cahit


    Plastic bronchitis (PB) is a rare disorder characterized by formation of bronchial casts (BC) in the tracheobronchial tree with partial or complete airway obstruction. Although lysis of casts with several fibrinolytic agents has been reported, removal of BC with bronchoscope provides better clearance of airways. A retrospective study was performed to evaluate the use of serial rigid bronchoscopy (RB) in the treatment of PB in children. Between 2011 and 2015, children with partial or complete airway obstruction with PB were evaluated for age, gender, underlying disease, clinical findings, results of bronchoscopic interventions and histopathologic findings. Five patients with 14 RB interventions were evaluated. The mean age of the patients was 7.8years (min: 3years - max: 14years) and male-female ratio was 4:1. All of the patients were diagnosed as asthma and none of them had underlying cardiac disease. Suction of mucus plaques and bronchoalveolar lavage were performed in all patients with flexible bronchoscopy. Also, aerosolized tissue plasminogen activator was used in two patients. During follow-up serial RB was indicated in patients with persistent atelectasis and severe airway obstruction. The most common localization of BC was left main stem bronchus and bilateral cast formation was detected in 7 interventions. Although, removal of BC was challenging in two patients because of cast friability and fragmentation, most of the plugs were successfully removed with optical forceps and rigid suctioning. Two patients underwent repeated RB (min: 3 - max: 8) for recurrent symptoms. Histopathologic evaluation of BC revealed Charcot-Leyden crystals with inflammatory cells in all patients. The time interval between RB interventions was one to five months. BC are tenacious mucus plugs which are firmly wedged to the tracheobronchial tree. The use of optical forceps with rigid suction provides adequate removal of BC during RB. Because of underlying disease, it is difficult to

  12. Evaluation of a flexible bronchoscope prototype designed for bronchoscopy during mechanical ventilation: a proof-of-concept study. (United States)

    Nay, M-A; Auvet, A; Mankikian, J; Herve, V; Dequin, P-F; Guillon, A


    Bronchoscopy during mechanical ventilation of patients' lungs significantly affects ventilation because of partial obstruction of the tracheal tube, and may thus be omitted in the most severely ill patients. It has not previously been possible to reduce the external diameter of the bronchoscope without reducing the diameter of the suction channel, thus reducing the suctioning capacity of the device. We believed that a better-designed bronchoscope could improve the safety of bronchoscopy in patients whose lungs were ventilated. We designed a flexible bronchoscope prototype with a drumstick-shaped head consisting of a long, thin proximal portion; a short and large distal portion for camera docking; and a large suction channel throughout the length of the device. The aims of our study were to test the impact of our prototype on mechanical ventilation when inserted into the tracheal tube, and to assess suctioning capacity. We first tested the efficiency of the suction channel, and demonstrated that the suction flow of the prototype was similar to that of conventional adult bronchoscopes. We next evaluated the consequences of bronchoscopy when using the prototype on minute ventilation and intrathoracic pressures during mechanical ventilation: firstly, in vitro using a breathing simulator; and secondly, in vivo using a porcine model of pulmonary ventilation. The insertion of adult bronchoscopes into the tracheal tube immediately impaired the protective ventilation strategy employed, whereas the prototype preserved it. For the first time, we have developed an innovative flexible bronchoscope designed for bronchoscopy during invasive mechanical ventilation, that both preserved the protective ventilation strategy, and enabled efficient suction flow. © 2017 The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.

  13. Comparison of samples obtained from bronchoscopy of patients with and without bronchial anthracosis for investigating the prevalence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (United States)

    Samet, Mohammad; Ayatollahi, Jamshid; Aboutorabi, Atefeh; Rahimian, Masoud; Shahcheraghi, Seyed Hossein; Mirjalili, Seyed Alireza


    Objective Bronchial anthracosis is caused by the deposition of carbon, silica or asbestos particles in mucosal and submucosal cells and macrophages, and it can lead to chronic bronchial obstruction. Certain studies have reported an association between bronchial anthracosis and infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This study aimed to compare the samples obtained from bronchoscopy of patients with and without bronchial anthracosis for investigating the prevalence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Methods This was a cross-sectional study conducted between 2010 and 2013. A total of 514 patients underwent diagnostic bronchoscopy for pulmonary diseases. A sample of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid was taken from each patient and tested for Mycobacterium tuberculosis through smear and culture techniques. The data were analyzed with Chi-square and Fisher's exact test, with p ≤.05 set as the significant level. Results Totally, 514 patients were evaluated through bronchoscopy; bronchial anthracosis was diagnosed in 207 cases, of which 129 (62.3%) were women. The rate of pulmonary tuberculosis was significantly higher (p = .002) in the bronchial anthracosis group. Conclusion In our study, the prevalence of pulmonary tuberculosis was significantly higher in the bronchial anthracosis group. Given that pulmonary tuberculosis is still one of the health problems of the present century, increased attention to specific risk factors including bronchial anthracosis in patients having pulmonary symptoms is recommended. PMID:26405675

  14. Therapeutic bronchoscopy for malignant airway stenoses: Choice of modality and survival

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    Chhajed Prashant


    Full Text Available Background: There are no data regarding the factors influencing the choice of therapeutic bronchoscopic modality in the management of malignant airway stenoses. Objectives: To assess the choice of therapeutic bronchoscopy modality and analyze factors influencing survival in patients with malignant central airway obstruction. Materials and Methods: We performed 167 procedures in 130 consecutive patients, for malignant central airway obstruction, over six years. Results: Laser was used either alone or in combination with stent insertion in 76% procedures. Laser only was used in 53% procedures for lesions below the main bronchi. Stents alone were used for extrinsic compression or stump insufficiency. Combined laser and stent insertion was most frequently used for lesions involving the trachea plus both main bronchi or only the main bronchi. The Dumon stent was preferred in lesions of the trachea and the right bronchial tree, the Ultraflex stent for lesions on the left side and stenoses below the main bronchi. Survival was better in patients with lung cancer, lesions restricted to one lung and when laser alone was used compared to esophageal cancer, metastases and tracheal involvement. Conclusion: The choice of different airway stents can be made based on the nature and site of the lesion. Dumon stents are suited for lesions in trachea and right main bronchus and the Ultraflex stents on the left side and stenoses beyond the main bronchi. Survival can be estimated based on the diagnosis, site of the lesion and treatment modality used.

  15. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy for the rapid diagnosis of smear-negative pulmonary tuberculosis

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    Shin Jung


    Full Text Available Abstract Background This study was aimed to investigate the diagnostic value of fiberoptic bronchoscopy (FOB with chest high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT for the rapid diagnosis of active pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB in patients suspected of PTB but found to have a negative sputum acid-fast bacilli (AFB smear. Methods We evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of results from FOB and HRCT in 126 patients at Gangnam Severance Hospital (Seoul, Korea who were suspected of having PTB. Results Of 126 patients who had negative sputum AFB smears but were suspected of having PTB, 54 patients were confirmed as having active PTB. Hemoptysis was negatively correlated with active PTB. Tree-in-bud appearance on HRCT was significantly associated with active PTB. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV, and negative predictive value (NPV of FOB alone was 75.9%, 97.2%, 95.3%, and 84.3%, respectively, for the rapid diagnosis of active PTB. The combination of FOB and HRCT improved the sensitivity to 96.3% and the NPV to 96.2%. Conclusions FOB is a useful tool in the rapid diagnosis of active PTB with a high sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV in sputum smear-negative PTB-suspected patients. HRCT improves the sensitivity of FOB when used in combination with FOB in sputum smear-negative patients suspected of having PTB.

  16. Anatomy and bronchoscopy of the porcine lung. A model for translational respiratory medicine.

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    Judge, Eoin P


    The porcine model has contributed significantly to biomedical research over many decades. The similar size and anatomy of pig and human organs make this model particularly beneficial for translational research in areas such as medical device development, therapeutics and xenotransplantation. In recent years, a major limitation with the porcine model was overcome with the successful generation of gene-targeted pigs and the publication of the pig genome. As a result, the role of this model is likely to become even more important. For the respiratory medicine field, the similarities between pig and human lungs give the porcine model particular potential for advancing translational medicine. An increasing number of lung conditions are being studied and modeled in the pig. Genetically modified porcine models of cystic fibrosis have been generated that, unlike mouse models, develop lung disease similar to human cystic fibrosis. However, the scientific literature relating specifically to porcine lung anatomy and airway histology is limited and is largely restricted to veterinary literature and textbooks. Furthermore, methods for in vivo lung procedures in the pig are rarely described. The aims of this review are to collate the disparate literature on porcine lung anatomy, histology, and microbiology; to provide a comparison with the human lung; and to describe appropriate bronchoscopy procedures for the pig lungs to aid clinical researchers working in the area of translational respiratory medicine using the porcine model.

  17. Bronchial Brushing Increases the Diagnostic Yield of Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy in Bronchogenic Carcinoma

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    Recep Bedir


    Full Text Available Background: The importance of rapid and accurate cytopathological diagnosis in bronchial cancers is increasing due to advances in treatment modalities. Aims: We evaluated the diagnostic methods and cytologic subtypes of bronchial cancers to determine the diagnostic reliability of different bronchoscopic techniques. Material and methods: Retrospective data were obtained from the hospital files and pathological specimens of the patients with diagnosis of primary lung cancer from a period of 36 months. Cytological tumor typing was determined using histopathology of bronchoscopic forceps biopsy (FB, bronchial-bronchoalveolar lavage (BL, bronchial brushing (BB, transbronchial fine-needle biopsy. Computed tomography or ultrasonography guided transthoracic biopsy and surgical biopsies were used where the other interventional methods were inadequate for diagnosis. Results: A total of 124 patients were diagnosed during study period. 119 (96% of them were male. The median age was 68, ranging between 36 and 88 years. Histopathologic subtypes were determined as non-small cell carcinoma (NSCC in 104 (83.9%, squamous cell carcinoma in 64 (51.6%, adenocarcinoma in 16 (12.9%, NSCC not otherwise specified in 24 (19.3% and small cell carcinoma in 20 (16.1% patients. The combination of FB, BL and BB established the diagnosis of bronchogenic carcinoma in most of the cases (92.6%. Conclusions: Lung cancer is seen commonly in elderly male patients with smoking history and squamous cell carcinoma is the most common cytologic type. High diagnostic accuracy can be achieved by a combination of bronchoscopic FB, BB and BL procedures.   Keywords: Bronchoscopy; Lung cancer; Bronchial brushing

  18. Virtual bronchoscopy-guided transbronchial biopsy for aiding the diagnosis of peripheral lung cancer

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    Iwano, Shingo, E-mail: [Department of Radiology, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, 65 Tsurumai-cho, Shouwa-ku, Nagoya 4668550, Aichi (Japan); Imaizumi, Kazuyoshi [Department of Respiratory Medicine, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, 65 Tsurumai-cho, Shouwa-ku, Nagoya 4668550 (Japan); Okada, Tohru [Research Center for Charged Particle Therapy, National Institute of Radiological Science, 4-9-1 Anagawa, Inage-ku, Chiba 2638555 (Japan); Hasegawa, Yoshinori [Department of Respiratory Medicine, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, 65 Tsurumai-cho, Shouwa-ku, Nagoya 4668550 (Japan); Naganawa, Shinji [Department of Radiology, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, 65 Tsurumai-cho, Shouwa-ku, Nagoya 4668550, Aichi (Japan)


    Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical value of virtual bronchoscopy (VB) in aiding diagnosis of peripheral lung cancer by transbronchial biopsy (TBB). In addition, we sought to systematically analyze the factors that affect the diagnostic sensitivity of VB-guided TBB for the evaluation of peripheral lung cancers. Materials and methods: A hundred and twenty-two peripheral lung cancers from 122 patients (82 men and 40 women, 38-84 years; median 68.5 years) who were performed VB-guided TBB were evaluated retrospectively. VB was reconstructed from 1- or 0.5-mm slice thickness images of multi-detector CT (MDCT). Experienced pulmonologists inserted the conventional and ultrathin bronchoscopes into the target bronchus under direct vision following the VB image. Results: A definitive diagnosis was established by VB-guided TBB in 96 lesions (79%). The diagnostic sensitivity of small pulmonary lesions {<=}30 mm in maximal diameter (71%) was significantly lower than that of lesions >30 mm (91%, p = 0.008). For small pulmonary lesions {<=}30 mm (n = 76), internal opacity of the lesion was the independent predictor of diagnostic sensitivity by VB-guided TBB, and the non-solid type lung cancers were significantly lower than the solid type and part-solid type lung cancers for diagnostic sensitivity (odds ratio = 0.161; 95% confidence interval = 0.033-0.780; p = 0.023). Conclusion: Use of an ultrathin bronchoscope and simulation with VB reconstructed by high quality MDCT images is thought to improve pathological diagnosis of peripheral lung cancers, especially for solid and partly solid types. For small pulmonary lesions {<=}30 mm, the lesion internal opacity is a significant factor for predicting the diagnostic sensitivity, and the sensitivity was low for small non-solid type of lung cancers.

  19. Radiological spectrum of anthracofibrosis: A series of 40 patients with computed tomography, bronchoscopy, and biopsy

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Anthracofibrosis is a lesser known clinical entity. Patients present with chronic symptoms of cough and breathlessness with a history of biofuel/wood fire smoke exposure. There are distinct computed tomography (CT imaging features of anthracofibrosis that can differentiate it from more common conditions such as tuberculosis (TB and bronchogenic carcinoma. Findings include multifocal noncontiguous stenosis of bronchial tree, calcified enlarged mediastinal or hilar nodes, and secondary lung parenchymal changes. However, in TB, bronchostenosis usually involves a single lobar bronchus in a contiguous manner with trachea and/or major bronchi also being affected. In this study, we highlight the imaging characteristics of anthracofibrosis. Context: The CT findings of anthracofibrosis closely mimic TB and bronchogenic carcinoma, hence we highlight the key imaging features of anthracofibrosis. Aims and Objectives: To identify and describe the CT imaging features of anthracofibrosis and correlate it with bronchoscopic findings. Setting and Design: Retrospective study. Materials and Methods: Retrospectively, 40 patients were selected who were diagnosed with anthracofibrosis on bronchoscopy and biopsy. However, CT scan records of only 14 patients were available for review. Two radiologists reviewed the scans independently. Results: Most common CT finding was multisegmental noncontiguous bronchostenosis seen in 93% patients mostly involving the right middle lobe. 85% of the cases showed lymph node enlargement involving hilar, peribronchial, and mediastinal nodes. The nodes were calcified in 91.7% of the cases, with 58% showing pressure effect on adjacent bronchi due to nodal enlargement. The next common findings were peribronchial cuffing and bronchial obstruction seen in 57 and 28% of the cases, respectively. Conclusion: The key imaging features of anthracofibrosis on CT are multifocal involvement of bronchi with smooth peribronchial

  20. Discomfort during bronchoscopy performed after endobronchial intubation with fentanyl and midazolam: a prospective study. (United States)

    Minami, Daisuke; Takigawa, Nagio; Kano, Hirohisa; Ninomiya, Takashi; Kubo, Toshio; Ichihara, Eiki; Ohashi, Kadoaki; Sato, Akiko; Hotta, Katsuyuki; Tabata, Masahiro; Tanimoto, Mitsune; Kiura, Katsuyuki


    Although endobronchial intubation during a bronchoscopic examination is useful for invasive procedures, it is not routine practice in Japan. The present study evaluated discomfort due to endobronchial intubation using fentanyl and midazolam sedation during bronchoscopy. Thirty-nine patients were enrolled prospectively from November 2014 to September 2015 at Okayama University Hospital. Fentanyl (20 µg) was administered to the patients just before endobronchial intubation, and fentanyl (10 µg) and midazolam (1 mg) were added as needed during the procedure. A questionnaire survey was administered 2 h after the examination. In the questionnaire, patient satisfaction was scored using a visual analog scale as follows: excellent (1 point), good (2 points), normal (3 points), uncomfortable (4 points) and very uncomfortable (5 points). An additional question ('Do you remember the bronchoscopic examination?') was also asked. Predefined parameters (blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation and complications) were recorded. The enrolled patients included 22 males and 17 females; their median age was 70 (range: 28-88) years. The patients received a mean dose of 47.9 µg of fentanyl (range: 30-90 µg) and 2.79 mg of midazolam (range: 1-7 mg). In total, 28 patients (71.7%) agreed to undergo a second bronchoscopic examination; the mean levels of discomfort and for the re-examination were 2.07 points each. About 41% of the patients remembered the bronchoscopic examination. No severe complications were reported. Endobronchial intubation using fentanyl and midazolam sedation during an invasive bronchoscopic procedure might be recommended. UMIN000015578 in the UMIN Clinical Trials Registry.

  1. Feasibility of bispectral index-guided propofol infusion for flexible bronchoscopy sedation: a randomized controlled trial.

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    Full Text Available There are safety issues associated with propofol use for flexible bronchoscopy (FB. The bispectral index (BIS correlates well with the level of consciousness. The aim of this study was to show that BIS-guided propofol infusion is safe and may provide better sedation, benefiting the patients and bronchoscopists.After administering alfentanil bolus, 500 patients were randomized to either propofol infusion titrated to a BIS level of 65-75 (study group or incremental midazolam bolus based on clinical judgment to achieve moderate sedation. The primary endpoint was safety, while the secondary endpoints were recovery time, patient tolerance, and cooperation.The proportion of patients with hypoxemia or hypotensive events were not different in the 2 groups (study vs. control groups: 39.9% vs. 35.7%, p = 0.340; 7.4% vs. 4.4%, p = 0.159, respectively. The mean lowest blood pressure was lower in the study group. Logistic regression revealed male gender, higher American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status, and electrocautery were associated with hypoxemia, whereas lower propofol dose for induction was associated with hypotension in the study group. The study group had better global tolerance (p<0.001, less procedural interference by movement or cough (13.6% vs. 36.1%, p<0.001; 30.0% vs. 44.2%, p = 0.001, respectively, and shorter time to orientation and ambulation (11.7±10.2 min vs. 29.7±26.8 min, p<0.001; 30.0±18.2 min vs. 55.7±40.6 min, p<0.001, respectively compared to the control group.BIS-guided propofol infusion combined with alfentanil for FB sedation provides excellent patient tolerance, with fast recovery and less procedure interference.ClinicalTrials. gov NCT00789815.

  2. Pediatric obstructive fibrinous tracheal pseudomembrane--characteristics and management with flexible bronchoscopy. (United States)

    Soong, Wen-Jue; Jeng, Mei-Jy; Lee, Yu-Sheng; Tsao, Pei-Chen; Yang, Chia-Feng; Soong, Yen-Hui


    To evaluate the incidence, characteristics, flexible bronchoscopy (FB) findings, interventions and outcome of pediatric obstructive fibrinous tracheal pseudomembrane (OFTP) in our pediatric and neonatal intensive care units (ICUs). This is a retrospective study of medical and FB video records in a single tertiary university-affiliated teaching hospital over a ten-year period. Data was collected from patients who were admitted and extubated of endotracheal tube in the ICUs with a FB diagnosis of an OFTP-like lesion. The associated medical information, FB interventions and video records were reviewed and analyzed. Eight patients with OFTP were enrolled, with an incidence rate of 1.48% in the postextubation respiratory distress patients. Mean age was 32 ± 32 months (range, 2 months to 13 years); mean body weight was 13.7 ± 8.1 kg (range, 4.3-45 kg); mean intubation period was 37.6 ± 12.3h; mean time for symptoms to develop after extubation was 3.6 ± 1.4h. Symptoms lasted for 20.8 ± 20.3h before FB examination. All patients were accurately diagnosed with OFTP at the first postextubation FB examination and revealed various morphologies. The estimated cross-sectional tracheal lumen was reduced by 70-90% and the mean length of lesion was 18.1 ± 5.2mm (range, 10-30 mm). All OFTP were successfully ablated immediately after the diagnosis in one FB session by using various techniques and without any complication. Total duration for both diagnostic and interventional FB was 19.4 ± 2.5 min. No recurrence was noted thereafter. OFTP should always be considered in the event of postextubation respiratory distress, especially in the pediatric and neonatal ICUs. Early diagnosis and effective ablation can be achieved with aid of FB. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Role of bronchoscopy in evaluation of cases with sputum smear negative pulmonary tuberculosis, interstitial lung disease and lung malignancy: A retrospective study of 712 cases. (United States)

    Kumar, Raj; Gupta, Nitesh


    The introduction of flexible bronchoscope has revolutionized the field of pulmonary medicine and is a standard instrument used for diagnostic purpose. A retrospective analysis of the clinico-radiological profile, indication, biopsy procedure and complications, for patients undergoing bronchoscopy at one of the respiratory unit at a tertiary care center in India. Retrospective analysis of 712 bronchoscopies was done in regard to demographic profile, clinical and radiological presentation and diagnostic indication. The results were analyzed on basis of bronchoscopy inspection and histopathological specimen obtained from transbronchial (TBLB), endobronchial biopsy (EBLB) and cytology specimen by transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA). Furthermore, diagnostic yield of each biopsy procedure and their combination was evaluated. Of 712 patients undergoing bronchoscopy, the pathological diagnosis was achieved in 384 (53.93%). Of 384 diagnosed cases, the clinic-radio-pathological diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis in 88 (22.19%), interstitial lung disease (ILDs) in 226 (58.85%), and lung cancer in 70 (18.22%) cases. Of 116 sputum smear negative tuberculosis patients, 88 (75.86%) were diagnosed to be pulmonary tuberculosis; the contribution of BAL being 71.59%. Of 226 ILDs, sarcoidosis was most common 148/226 (65.48%). Among 70 lung cancer diagnosed cases, squamous cell carcinoma was most common (54.28%). The results from current study reemphasizes on the diagnostic utility as well as safety of the bronchoscopy procedure. Copyright © 2015 Tuberculosis Association of India. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Multidetector CT evaluation of central airways stenoses: Comparison of virtual bronchoscopy, minimal-intensity projection, and multiplanar reformatted images

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    Dinesh K Sundarakumar


    Full Text Available Aims: To evaluate the diagnostic utility of virtual bronchoscopy, multiplanar reformatted images, and minimal-intensity projection in assessing airway stenoses. Settings and Design: It was a prospective study involving 150 patients with symptoms of major airway disease. Materials and Methods: Fifty-six patients were selected for analysis based on the detection of major airway lesions on fiber-optic bronchoscopy (FB or routine axial images. Comparisons were made between axial images, virtual bronchoscopy (VB, minimal-intensity projection (minIP, and multiplanar reformatted (MPR images using FB as the gold standard. Lesions were evaluated in terms of degree of airway narrowing, distance from carina, length of the narrowed segment and visualization of airway distal to the lesion. Results: MPR images had the highest degree of agreement with FB (Κ = 0.76 in the depiction of degree of narrowing. minIP had the least degree of agreement with FB (Κ = 0.51 in this regard. The distal visualization was best on MPR images (84.2%, followed by axial images (80.7%, whereas FB could visualize the lesions only in 45.4% of the cases. VB had the best agreement with FB in assessing the segment length (Κ = 0.62. Overall there were no statistically significant differences in the measurement of the distance from the carina in the axial, minIP, and MPR images. MPR images had the highest overall degree of confidence, namely, 70.17% (n = 40. Conclusion: Three-dimensional reconstruction techniques were found to improve lesion evaluation compared with axial images alone. The technique of MPR images was the most useful for lesion evaluation and provided additional information useful for surgical and airway interventions in tracheobronchial stenosis. minIP was useful in the overall depiction of airway anatomy.

  5. Feasibility and Safety of Flexible Bronchoscopy Performed Via Tracheal Tubes in Patients With Tracheostomies: A Retrospective, Single-Center Experience. (United States)

    Ferrer, Gustavo; Lee, Chi Chan; Shaharyar, Sameer; Perez, Osman; Moor, Molly; Gomez, Frank; Tse, Fanny; Feiz, Hamid; Danckers, Mauricio


    Flexible bronchoscopy (FB) is commonly performed to assess, diagnose, and treat patients with respiratory disease, and is typically performed via transnasal or transoral approaches. FB can be performed via tracheal tubes in patients with tracheostomies; however, the safety and technical feasibility has not been established. The present study evaluates the safety and feasibility of performing FB via tracheal tubes. A total of 45 patients underwent 56 procedures involving FB via tracheal tubes at a single institution from November 2013 to November 2014 and were included in this retrospective case series. Patients had a median age of 68 years (interquartile range, 56 to 82.5), and 51% were female. Most patients had 2 comorbidities (interquartile range, 1 to 3), with the most common being hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and chronic kidney disease. Upper airway obstruction was the primary indication for bronchoscopy in 40% of patients. Fifty-three percent of patients had a Shiley tube #6, [internal cannula diameter (ICD) of 6.5 mm]; tracheal tubes in the remaining patients ranged from Shiley #4 (ICD, 5.5 mm) to Shiley #8 (ICD, 8.5 mm). One patient did not complete the procedure due to severe hypertension (intraprocedural systolic blood pressure >180 mm Hg). During FB, no patients experienced cardiorespiratory arrest, arrhythmia, bleeding, or desaturation that required resuscitation. Eleven patients had a mucus plug leading to atelectasis during bronchoscopy, and 8 of these had a postprocedural chest x-ray finding of lung reexpansion. FB via tracheal tubes is a technically feasible and safe procedure that does not compromise patient oxygenation.

  6. Automated Rotational Percussion Bed and Bronchoscopy Improves Respiratory Mechanics and Oxygenation in ARDS Patients Supported with Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. (United States)

    Sharma, Nirmal S; Wille, Keith M; Bellot, S Christopher; Diaz-Guzman, Enrique


    Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has been used to provide "lung rest" through the use of low tidal volume (6 ml/kg) and ultralow tidal volume (respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Low and ultralow tidal volume ventilation can result in low dynamic respiratory compliance and potentially increased retention of airway secretions. We present our experience using automated rotational percussion beds (ARPBs) and bronchoscopy in four ARDS patients to manage increased pulmonary secretions. These beds performed automated side-to-side tilt maneuver and intermittent chest wall percussion. Their use resulted in substantial reduction in peak and plateau pressures in two patients on volume control ventilation, while the driving pressures (inspiratory pressure) to attain the desired tidal volumes in patients on pressure control ventilation also decreased. In addition, mean partial pressure of oxygen in arterial blood (PaO2)/fraction of inspired oxygen (FiO2) ratio (109 pre-ARPB vs. 157 post-ARPB), positive end-expiratory pressure (10 cm H2O vs. 8 cm H2O), and FiO2 (0.88 vs. 0.52) improved after initiation of ARPB. The improvements in the respiratory mechanics and oxygenation helped us to initiate early ECMO weaning. Based on our experience, the use of chest physiotherapy, frequent body repositioning, and bronchoscopy may be helpful in the management of pulmonary secretions in patients supported with ECMO.

  7. A novel non-invasive ventilation mask to prevent and manage respiratory failure during fiberoptic bronchoscopy, gastroscopy and transesophageal echocardiography. (United States)

    Cabrini, Luca; Landoni, Giovanni


    Fiberoptic bronchoscopy (for difficult intubation, bronchoalveolar lavage or biopsies), gastric endoscopies and transesophageal echocardiography (for transfemoral aortic valve replacement, MitraClip or left atrial appendage closure), are widespread diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Non-invasive ventilation during upper endoscopies can be used to prevent or treat acute respiratory failure especially in high risk or sedated patients. We describe a novel full face mask specifically developed not only for "elective" non-invasive ventilation during upper endoscopies but also for emergent application without probe removal. The mask is formed by two halves fixed only at the upper extremity allowing opening and closure while the probe is in place. Position of the port and shape of the mask allow easy insertion (through the nose or the mouth) and handling of different sized probes. The mask, commercialized as "Janus", preserves arterial oxygenation during procedures in spontaneously breathing patients with or at risk of hypoxemia (mainly fiberoptic bronchoscopy for guided tracheal intubation or for bronchoalveolar lavage). In patients requiring a true ventilatory support (like patients with neuromuscular disease or those deeply sedated), Janus also allows effective manual or mechanical ventilation. Its use can improve safety, patient's comfort (as sedation can be titrated to the desired effect without fearing respiratory depression) and efficiency, avoiding time wasting and allowing procedure completion. Prospective trials are required to confirm its effectiveness.

  8. Randomised controlled trial of the effect of standard and detailed risk disclosure prior to bronchoscopy on peri-procedure anxiety and satisfaction. (United States)

    Uzbeck, M; Quinn, C; Saleem, I; Cotter, P; Gilmartin, J J; O'Keeffe, S T


    Deciding what risks to disclose before a procedure is often challenging for clinicians. Consecutive patients undergoing elective fibreoptic bronchoscopy were randomised to receive simple or more detailed written information about the risks of the procedure and the effects on anxiety and satisfaction levels were compared. A 100 mm anxiety visual analogue scale (VAS) and a modified Amsterdam preoperative anxiety (scored 4-20) scale (APAIS) were completed before and after reading the designated information leaflet. Following bronchoscopy, subjects completed a satisfaction questionnaire. Of 142 consecutive patients, 122 (86%) (mean age 57.8 years, 53% male) completed the study. Baseline demographic, clinical and anxiety measures were similar in the two groups. Those who received more detailed risk information had significantly greater increase in anxiety levels than those who received simple information on both the VAS (mean 14.0 (95% CI 10.1 to 17.9) vs 2.5 (95% CI -1.4 to 6.4), pinformation reported that they felt they had received too much information about complications or that the information they had received about bronchoscopy had been worrying. Provision of more detailed risk information before bronchoscopy may come at the cost of a small but significant increase in anxiety.

  9. Benzodiazepine and opioid sedation attenuate the sympathetic response to fiberoptic bronchoscopy. Prophylactic labetalol gave no additional benefit. Results of a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study. (United States)

    Fox, Benjamin D; Krylov, Yuri; Leon, Perla; Ben-Zvi, Ilan; Peled, Nir; Shitrit, David; Kramer, Mordechai R


    Hypertension and tachycardia are common during fiber-optic bronchoscopy (FOB), and this may lead to cardiac ischemia. The prophylactic addition of a beta-adrenergic anatagonist might mask this response and prevent the deleterious cardiovascular effects of FOB. We performed a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial of labetalol 10mg iv given with midazolam-alfentanil sedation. We monitored heart rate (HR) and systolic/diastolic blood pressure (SBP/DBP) throughout the bronchoscopy and calculated the rate-pressure product (RPP=(HRxSBP)/100). One-hundred twenty patients were enrolled. In the placebo group, there was no rise in HR, SBP, DBP or RPP, and there was no difference between the placebo and labetalol groups. Adverse events during bronchoscopy were similar in both groups. In a subgroup of patients undergoing interventional bronchoscopy, there was a trend towards lower SBP (p=0.06). Patients undergoing FOB under adequate midazolam-alfentanil sedation do not develop excessive sympathetic drive that may lead to cardiac stress. The addition of labetalol did not confer additional benefit or risk to the patients. ( number, NCT00394537).

  10. Gene expression from bronchoscopy obtained tumour samples as a predictor of outcome in advanced inoperable lung cancer.

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    Rafal Suwinski

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Several studies have shown the prognostic and predictive potential of molecular markers in combined therapy for lung cancer. Most of them referred, however, to operable early stage NSCLC. The aim of the present study is to correlate the expression of multiple mRNA markers in bronchoscopy obtained cancer specimens with clinical outcome of advanced lung cancer. METHODS: Bronchoscopy cancer specimens were taken from 123 patients with radiological diagnosis of advanced lung tumor. Out of 123 patients 50 were diagnosed with squamous cell cancer, 17 with adenocarcinoma, 12 with NOS, 32 with SCLC and one with large cell neuroendocrinal cancer. In 11 patients other tumours were diagnosed. The group was heterogeneous with respect to clinical stage, performance of the patients and treatment. Quantitative real time PCR was carried out by ABI 7900 HT machine, with Universal Probe Library (Roche fluorescent probes. The genes selected for the analysis were ERCC1, EGFR, BRCA1, CSF1, CA9, DUSP6, STAT1, ERBB3, MMD, FN1, and CDKN1B. RESULTS: More than 50 ng of RNA (the amount considered sufficient for the analysis was isolated in 82 out of 112 lung cancer specimens (73%, including 60/80 (75.0% of NSCLC specimens and 22/32 (68,7% of SCLC samples. The highest Cohen's κ coefficient for discrimination between small cell, squamous cell and adenocarcinoma was found for CDKN1B, CSF and EGFR1 (κ = 0.177, p = 0.0041. A multivariate Cox regression model has shown a significant impact of clinical stage (p<0.001, RR = 4.19, ERCC1 (p = 0.01, RR = 0.43 and CA9 (p = 0.03, RR = 2.11 expression on overall survival in a group of 60 patients with NSCLC. CONCLUSION: These results show the feasibility of multiple gene expression analysis in bronchoscopy obtained cancer specimens as prognostic markers in radiotherapy and chemotherapy for advanced lung cancer. A limiting factor was relatively high proportion of samples from which sufficient

  11. Respiratory insufficiency and dynamic hyperinflation after rigid bronchoscopy in a patient with relapsing polychondritis -a case report-. (United States)

    Ahn, Hyun-Joo; Kim, Jie Ae; Yang, Mikyung; Lee, Eun Kyung


    Relapsing polychondritis (RP) is an uncommon disease that is characterized by inflammation and destruction of cartilaginous structures. When tracheobronchial tree is involved, respiratory obstructive symptoms can occur. A 35-year-old man, with a previous diagnosis of RP, was scheduled for rigid bronchoscopy to relieve dyspnea, caused by subglottic stenosis. After laser splitting of the subglottic web, the spontaneous respiration of the patient was insufficient, and hypercarbia developed progressively even with assisted ventilation. After 20 minutes of aggressive hyperventilation to reduce end-tidal CO2 level, sudden extreme tachycardia and hypotension developed. Ventilation rate was reduced and prolonged expiration time was allowed to alleviate a near-tampon status from dynamic hyperinflation. After the hemodynamic status was stabilized, the patient was transferred to the ICU for mechanical ventilation. He received ICU care for 30 days, and now, he was on supportive care on a ward, considering Y stent insertion to prevent luminal collapse from tracheobronchomalacia.

  12. Surfactant therapy of pulmonary conditions excluding those with primary surfactant deficiency and bronchoscopy as delivery method: an overview of Russian patents and publications. (United States)

    Jargin, Sergei V


    Preparations of pulmonary surfactant are used for the treatment of respiratory distress syndrome in a newborn. Their applicability as a method of routine for lung diseases beyond the neonatal period is questionable. Some publications from the former Soviet Union (SU) have reported on successful surfactant therapy of ARDS in children and adults as well as for inhalation injuries, pneumonia, and tuberculosis. Bronchoscopy was used and recommended as a method of surfactant delivery for ARDS, some types of pneumonia and tuberculosis. Manufacturing processes of surfactant preparations from bovine lung and amniotic fluid, described by Russian patents, and bronchoscopy as a delivery mode are discussed here. A concluding point is that some reports from the former SU about administration of exogenous surfactant in pulmonary conditions, excluding those with primary surfactant deficiency, are only partly confirmed by the international literature.

  13. Utilization of low-dose multidetector CT and virtual bronchoscopy in children with suspected foreign body aspiration

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    Adaletli, Ibrahim; Kurugoglu, Sebuh; Ulus, Sila; Ozer, Harun; Kantarci, Fatih; Mihmanli, Ismail; Akman, Canan [Istanbul University, Department of Radiology, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Istanbul (Turkey); Elicevik, Mehmet [Istanbul University, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Istanbul (Turkey)


    Foreign body aspiration is common in children, especially those under 3 years of age. Chest radiography and CT are the main imaging modalities for the evaluation of these children. Management of children with suspected foreign body aspiration (SFBA) mainly depends on radiological findings. To investigate the potential use of low-dose multidetector CT (MDCT) and virtual bronchoscopy (VB) in the evaluation and management of SFBA in children. Included in the study were 37 children (17 girls, 20 boys; age 4 months to 10 years, mean 32 months) with SFBA. Chest radiographs were obtained prior to MDCT in all patients. MDCT was performed using a low-dose technique. VB images were obtained in the same session. Conventional bronchoscopy (CB) was performed within 24 h on patients in whom an obstructive abnormality had been found by MDCT and VB. Obstructive pathology was found in 16 (43.25%) of the 37 patients using MDCT and VB. In 13 of these patients, foreign bodies were detected and removed via CB. The foreign bodies were located in the right main bronchus (n = 5), in the bronchus intermedius (n = 6), in the medial segment of the middle lobe bronchus (n = 1), and in the left main bronchus (n = 1). In the remaining three patients, the diagnosis was false-positive for an obstructive pathology by MDCT and VB; the final diagnoses were secretions (n = 2) and schwannoma (n = 1), as demonstrated by CB. In 21 patients in whom no obstructive pathology was detected by MDCT and VB, CB was not performed. These patients were followed for 5-20 months without any recurrent obstructive symptomatology. Low-dose MDCT and VB are non-invasive radiological modalities that can be used easily in the investigation of SFBA in children. MDCT and VB provide the exact location of the obstructive pathology prior to CB. If obstructive pathology is depicted with MDCT and VB, CB should be performed either for confirmation of the diagnosis or for the diagnosis of an alternative cause for the obstruction

  14. [Value of liquid-based cytology of brushing specimens obtained via fiberoptic bronchoscopy for the diagnosis of lung cancer]. (United States)

    Zhao, Huan; Guo, Huiqin; Zhang, Chuanxin; Zhao, Linlin; Cao, Jian; Pan, Qinjing


    To investigate the value of the liquid-based cytology (LBC) of brushing specimens obtained via fiberoptic bronchoscopy for clinical diagnosis of lung cancer. We retrospectively analyzed the LBC cases in our hospital from January 2011 to May 2012, and evaluate its role in the diagnosis of lung cancer. The clinical data of a total of 4 380 cases were reviewed and 3 763 of them had histopathological or clinical follow-up results (including 3 306 lung cancer cases and 457 benign lesion cases). The sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of LBC diagnosis for lung cancer were 72.4% (2 392/3 306), 99.3% (454/457) and 75.6% (2 846/3 763), respectively. Of the 1 992 lung cancer cases diagnosed by brushing LBC, 528 cases (26.5%) were failed to take forceps biopsy and 113 cases (5.7%) showed negative forceps biopsy results. The accurate rate of subtyping of LBC for non-small cell carcinoma and small cell carcinoma was 99.0% (1 487/1 502) (P 0.05). Fiberoptic bronchoscopic brushing liquid-based cytology can significantly improve the detection rate of lung cancer, and have a high specificity and accurate rate of subtyping. It is an effective tool for the diagnosis and subtyping of lung cancer.

  15. Defining a Ventilation Strategy for Flexible Bronchoscopy on Mechanically Ventilated Patients in the Medical Intensive Care Unit. (United States)

    Greenstein, Yonatan Y; Shakespeare, Eric; Doelken, Peter; Mayo, Paul H


    Flexible bronchoscopy (FB) in intubated patients on mechanical ventilation increases airway resistance. During FB, two ventilatory strategies are possible: maintaining tidal volume (VT) while maintaining baseline CO2 or allowing reduction of VT. The former strategy carries risk of hyperinflation due to expiratory flow limitation with FB. The aim of the authors was too study end expiratory lung volume (EELV) during FB of intubated subjects while limiting VT. We studied 16 subjects who were intubated on mechanical ventilation and required FB. Changes in EELV were measured by respiratory inductance plethysmography. Ventilator mechanics, EELV, and arterial blood gases, were measured. FB insertions decreased EELV in 64% of cases (-325±371 mL) and increased it in 32% of cases (65±59 mL). Suctioning decreased EELV in 76% of cases (-120±104 mL) and increased it in 16% of cases (29±33 mL). Respiratory mechanics were unchanged. Pre-FB and post-FB, PaO2 decreased by 61±96 mm Hg and PaCO2 increased by 15±7 mm Hg. There was no clinically significant increase in EELV in any subject during FB. Decreases in EELV coincided with FB-suctioning maneuvers. Peak pressure limiting ventilation protected the subject against hyperinflation with a consequent, well-tolerated reduction in VT, and hypercapnea. Suctioning should be limited, especially in patients vulnerable to derecruitment effect.

  16. [Local efficiency of percutaneous radiotherapy in lung cancer. Analysis of 215 repeated bronchoscopies in relation to applied radiation dosage]. (United States)

    Schwegler, N; Vrh, N; Kern, T; Notter, M; Frey, M; Grossenbacher, M; Hausmann, M; Pfenninger, T; Ragaz, A; Schmid, R; Siebenschein, R; Keller, R


    During a locoregional radiotherapy with curative attempts of lung cancer patients bronchoscopic examinations with biopsies and/or cytologic lavages were repeated to assess the accuracy of limiting the total dose to 60 Gy. In order of the applied dose macroscopic changements of the endoluminal tumor and microscopic elimination should be made out. The correlation between macro- and microscopical regression should allow a statement about reliability of single results. The clinical course and a conventional thoracic X-ray examination seemed to be a to large-meshed screen to evaluate the effect at the end of therapy. The aim was to improve the criterias of success and to adapt and optimize the radiation dose individually. The prospective, together with the pneumologists, defined treatment concept included the repetition of bronchoscopic evaluations after the application of 60 Gy and 80 Gy. These radiation doses from 60 Gy up to 80 Gy have been given with a shrinking-field technique to the mediastinum and the primary. In order to record statistically the optical tumor changements we were urged to create a so-called bT-score. The structure of this score was orientated towards the periphery of the tracheobronchial tree. Hundred and forty-four patients with endoscopically and histologically verified bronchogenic carcinomas were treated. On the subjects 215 re-bronchoscopies accomplished with biopsies were performed and allowed to analyze the macro- and microscopical behavior under treatment. A histological/cytological elimination of tumor was achieved after 60 Gy in 35.1%, after 80 Gy in 62.3%. Macroscopically no tumor was visible after 60 Gy in 43.6%, after 80 Gy in 82%. A correlation between identical micro- and macroscopical observations was only seen in 61%, respectively in 71%. The escalation of the radiation dose from 60 Gy up to 80 Gy with shrinked fields could increase the local tumor sterilization rate by 1.8 times from 35.1% to 62.3%. The refining and completion

  17. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and toilet bronchoscopy as a bridge to pneumonectomy in severe community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus pneumonia. (United States)

    Panchabhai, Tanmay S; Khabbaza, Joseph E; Raja, Siva; Mehta, Atul C; Hatipoğlu, Umur


    Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) pneumonia is associated with very high mortality. Though surgical evacuation of necrotic tissue is desirable in patients unresponsive to antimicrobial therapy, most patients are acutely ill precluding surgical intervention. We utilized a combination of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) with frequent toilet bronchoscopies to salvage an unaffected right lung from spillage of necrotic pus from left lung cavitary CA-MRSA pneumonia in a 22-year-old patient. Our patient while on ECMO and after decannulation was positioned with the right lung up at all times with 1-2 toilet bronchoscopies every day for almost 30 days. This time was utilized for ventilator weaning and optimizing the nutritional status prior to extrapleural left pneumonectomy. Prevention of soilage of the unaffected right lung and mitigating volutrauma with ECMO support combined with the subsequent surgical evacuation of necrotic left lung tissue led to a favorable outcome in this case. This strategy could be of value in similar presentations of unilateral suppurative pneumonia, where the progressive disease occurs despite optimal medical therapy.

  18. Utility of Flexible Bronchoscopy in Intensive Care Unit: Experience of Türkiye Yüksek İhtisas Education and Research Hospital

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    Sema Turan


    Full Text Available Objective: Fiberoptic bronchoscopy (FOB is the most frequently used tool for invasive pulmonary evaluation with high diagnostic yield and low incidence of major complications. These advantages led to increasing use of FOB in intensive care units. In this article, we discussed our experiences of FOB applications in mechanical ventilated critically ill patients. Materials and Methods: We investigated FOB procedures of 118 patients on mechanical ventilation for respiratory failure in intensive care unit retrospectively. All patients’ demographic data, indications, complications and arterial blood gas analyses belong to before and after bronchoscopy were evaluated. Results: FOB indications of the patients were 55.1% for mucoid plug clearance, 9.3% for treatment of atelectasia, 7.6% for identifying hemorrhagic foci, 17.8% for tracheostomy management, 6.8% for bronchoalveolar lavage and 3.4% for exploratory purposes. Overall complication rate of FOB was 11.9%. Arterial blood gas analyses statistically improved after FOB. Conclusion: In this study, we observed that FOB is being performed with many different indications and acceptable complication rates in our intensive care unit and also contributes to diagnose and treatment of intensive care patients. (Journal of the Turkish Society of Intensive Care 2010; 8: 48-53

  19. Tomografia de coerência óptica broncoscópica Optical coherence tomography in conjunction with bronchoscopy

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    Ascedio José Rodrigues


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a viabilidade e o potencial do uso da tomografia de coerência óptica em conjunto com um broncoscópio convencional na avaliação das vias aéreas. MÉTODOS: Estudo piloto baseado em um modelo experimental ex vivo com três animais: um coelho adulto da raça Nova Zelândia e dois suínos da raça Landrace. Um cateter de imagem de tomografia de coerência óptica foi inserido no canal de trabalho de um broncoscópio flexível para alcançarmos a traqueia distal dos animais. As imagens foram obtidas sistematicamente em toda a traqueia ao longo das paredes, partindo da porção distal para a proximal. RESULTADOS: O cateter de imagem se adaptou com facilidade ao canal de trabalho do broncoscópio. Imagens em alta resolução de cortes transversais da traqueia foram obtidas em tempo real, sendo delineadas microestruturas, tais como epitélio, submucosa, cartilagem e camada adventícia nas paredes anteriores e laterais da traqueia. As camadas correspondentes do epitélio, mucosa e cartilagens foram claramente diferenciadas. Na parede posterior, foi possível identificar mucosa, submucosa e musculatura traqueal. CONCLUSÕES: O uso de tomógrafo de coerência óptica em conjunto com um broncoscópio flexível é viável. A tomografia de coerência óptica produz imagens de alta resolução que permitem visualizar a microanatomia da traqueia, inclusive estruturas que normalmente são visualizadas somente na histologia convencional.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility of and the potential for using optical coherence tomography in conjunction with conventional bronchoscopy in the evaluation of the airways. METHODS: This was a pilot study based on an ex vivo experimental model involving three animals: one adult New Zealand rabbit and two Landrace pigs. An optical coherence tomography imaging catheter was inserted through the working channel of a flexible bronchoscope in order to reach the distal trachea of the animals. Images of the

  20. The potential regimen of target-controlled infusion of propofol in flexible bronchoscopy sedation: a randomized controlled trial.

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    Full Text Available Target-controlled infusion (TCI provides precise pharmacokinetic control of propofol concentration in the effect-site (Ce, eg. brain. This pilot study aims to evaluate the feasibility and optimal TCI regimen for flexible bronchoscopy (FB sedation.After alfentanil bolus, initial induction Ce of propofol was targeted at 2 μg/ml. Patients were randomized into three titration groups (i.e., by 0.5, 0.2 and 0.1 μg/ml, respectively to maintain stable sedation levels and vital signs. Adverse events, frequency of adjustments, drug doses, and induction and recovery times were recorded.The study was closed early due to significantly severe hypoxemia events (oxyhemoglobin saturation <70% in the group titrated at 0.5 μg/ml. Forty-nine, 49 and 46 patients were enrolled into the 3 respective groups before study closure. The proportion of patients with hypoxemia events differed significantly between groups (67.3 vs. 46.9 vs. 41.3%, p = 0.027. Hypotension events, induction and recovery time and propofol doses were not different. The Ce of induction differed significantly between groups (2.4±0.5 vs. 2.1±0.4 vs. 2.1±0.3 μg/ml, p = 0.005 and the Ce of procedures was higher at 0.5 μg/ml titration (2.4±0.5 vs. 2.1±0.4 vs. 2.2±0.3 μg/ml, p = 0.006. The adjustment frequency tended to be higher for titration at 0.1 μg/ml but was not statistically significant (2 (0∼6 vs. 3 (0∼6 vs. 3 (0∼11. Subgroup analysis revealed 14% of all patients required no further adjustment during the whole sedation. Comparing patients requiring at least one adjustment with those who did not, they were observed to have a shorter induction time (87.6±34.9 vs. 226.9±147.9 sec, p<0.001, a smaller induction dose and Ce (32.5±4.1 vs. 56.8±22.7 mg, p<0.001; 1.76±0.17 vs. 2.28 ±0.41, p<0.001, respectively, and less hypoxemia and hypotension (15.8 vs.56.9%, p = 0.001; 0 vs. 24.1%, p = 0.008, respectively.Titration at 0.5 μg/ml is risky for FB sedation. A

  1. Papel da fibrobroncoscopia no diagnóstico de pacientes com suspeita de tuberculose pulmonar Role of the fiberoptic bronchoscopy in the diagnosis of patients with suspected pulmonary

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    que representam diagnósticos diferenciais.BACKGROUND: Pulmonary tuberculosis is an infectious disease of high prevalence and incidence. The use of sputum bacilloscopy is a sure and speedy way of reaching a diagnosis. However as 30% to 50% of the bearers of pulmonary tuberculosis have a negative sputum smear or have no sputum the fiber bronchoscopy acquires a special importance. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the sensitivity of the specimens collected by means of the fiber bronchoscopy (brochoalveolar lavage and transbronchial biopsy for the diagnosis of patients suspected of having pulmonary tuberculosis, without confirmation by sputum bacilloscopy. METHOD: By review of the ledgers of fiber bronchoscopies carried out from March 1997 to March 2001, we identified and included in the study patients over 18 years of age and referred with suspicion of tuberculosis and at least three negative sputum smears. Data regarding age, gender, changes detected at thorax imaging and endoscopy were collected. RESULTS: Fifty-two patients with ages ranging from 19 to 77 years (median of 39, were included, 58% were of the male gender and 37% were patients from the Official Health System. Prevailing finding at chest X-ray was the alveolar infiltrate (80%. In 35 patients tuberculosis was the final diagnosis (one with associated neoplasia; in 28 patients (80% diagnosis was achieved by bronchoscopy. Other diagnoses disclosed by bronchoscopy were neoplasias, histoplasmosis chronic eosinophil alvelolitis, pneumonia by Pneumocystis carinii and pulmonary fibrosis. CONCLUSION: results of this study point to the use of fiber bronchoscopy in patients suspect of tuberculosis, not diagnosed thorough sputum bacilloscopy, not only for pulmonary tuberculosis but also of those that represent differential diagnoses.

  2. A prospective study to evaluate the utility of bronchoalveolar lavage by fiberoptic bronchoscopy in sputum smear negative patients with high suspicion of pulmonary tuberculosis

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    Ritesh Kamal


    Full Text Available Aim: To evaluate the utility of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL by flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy (FOB in sputum smear negative patients with clinical and radiological characteristics of pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB. Materials and Methods: This prospective study was carried out in 30 sputum smear negative patients of age group 20 to 70 years, who were highly suspicious for PTB by clinical and radiographic criteria. All patients were subjected to sputum culture, BAL stains and cultures, and cytopathology. Patients with moderate to massive pleural effusion, obvious accessible lymph node, history of antitubercular therapy (ATT, and contraindication to FOB were excluded. Results: Sputum culture for acid fast bacilli (AFB was positive in four (12% patients, BAL fluid was positive for Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN stain in nine (27% patients, including four sputum culture patients, while BAL culture for AFB on Lowenstein-Jensen (LJ medium was positive in 18 (60%, including 9 BAL fluid ZN stain positive patients. Six (20% patients had growth on pyogenic culture, while two (7% patients had malignant cell on cytological examination of BAL fluid. Remaining four (13% patients were empirically started on ATT. They had complete response to ATT at 2 months and were retrospectively diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB. All the bacteriologically confirmed PTB patients were given ATT for 6 months and all patients had complete response. Conclusion: We concluded that FOB guided BAL is extremely useful for establishing diagnosis of PTB or other pulmonary diseases in sputum smear negative patients, who have high suspicion for PTB by clinical and radiographic criteria.

  3. Minimally invasive electro-magnetic navigational bronchoscopy-integrated near-infrared-guided sentinel lymph node mapping in the porcine lung.

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    Hironobu Wada

    Full Text Available The use of near-infrared (NIR fluorescence imaging with indocyanine green (ICG for sentinel lymph node (SN mapping has been investigated in lung cancer; however, this has not been fully adapted for minimally invasive surgery (MIS. The aim of our study was to develop a minimally invasive SN mapping integrating pre-operative electro-magnetic navigational bronchoscopy (ENB-guided transbronchial ICG injection and intraoperative NIR thoracoscopic imaging.A NIR thoracoscope was used to visualize ICG fluorescence. ICG solutions in a 96-well plate and ex vivo porcine lungs were examined to optimize ICG concentrations and injection volumes. Transbronchial ICG injection (n=4 was assessed in comparison to a traditional transpleural approach (n=3, where after thoracotomy an ICG solution (100 μL at 100 μg/mL was injected into the porcine right upper lobe for SN identification. For further translation into clinical use, transbronchial ICG injection prior to thoracotomy followed by NIR thoracoscopic imaging was validated (n=3. ENB was used for accurate targeting in two pigs with a pseudo-tumor.The ICG fluorescence at 10 μg/mL was the brightest among various concentrations, unchanged by the distance between the thoracoscope and ICG solutions. Injected ICG of no more than 500μ L showed a localized fluorescence area. All 7 pigs showed a bright paratracheal lymph node within 15 minutes post-injection, with persistent fluorescence for 60 minutes. The antecedent transbronchial ICG injection succeeded in SN identification in all 3 cases at the first thoracoscopic inspection within 20 minutes post-injection. The ENB system allowed accurate ICG injection surrounding the pseudo-tumors.ENB-guided ICG injection followed by NIR thoracoscopy was technically feasible for SN mapping in the porcine lung. This promising platform may be translated into human clinical trials and is suited for MIS.

  4. A novel technique of non-invasive ventilation: Pharyngeal oxygen with nose-closure and abdominal-compression--Aid for pediatric flexible bronchoscopy. (United States)

    Soong, Wen-Jue; Jeng, Mei-Jy; Lee, Yu-Sheng; Tsao, Pei-Chen; Harloff, Morgan; Matthew Soong, Yen-Hui


    To evaluate the safety, feasibility and efficacy of a novel non-invasive ventilation (NIV) technique--pharyngeal oxygen with nose-closure and abdominal-compression (PhO2 -NC-AC)--to aid pediatric flexible bronchoscopy (FB). A prospective 1 year study of patients who received FB. A basic PhO2 flow (0.5-1.0 L/kg/min, maximal 5.0 L/min) was routinely applied. Active NIV was initiated when the heart rate dropped 10 sec. It was performed as follows: NC 1 sec for inspiration then released, followed by AC 1 sec for active expiration at a rate of 20-30 cycles/min until vital signs returned to acceptable levels for >10 sec. When the patients were stable, supplementary NIV was optionally given. Cardiopulmonary parameters were collected and analyzed. Three hundred thirty-seven FBs, including 188 therapeutic, were conducted in 286 patients with a mean age of 18.3 months (± 14.4, 10 min to 12 years) and a mean body weight of 13.5 kg (± 6.7, 0.5-35 kg). Three hundred thirty-three active NIVs were executed with a mean duration of 87.8 sec (± 40.4, 28-190 sec). A significantly longer FB duration (33.2 ± 16.7 min vs. 7.2 ± 2.8 min, P < 0.001) and a higher application rate of active NIV (1.44/FB vs. 0.42/FB) were noted in the therapeutic compared to the diagnostic group. Vital signs and blood gases (35 cases) improved rapidly and returned to baseline within 3 min. All FBs were safely and successfully completed without significant complications. PhO2 -NC-AC is a simple, safe and effective NIV technique for respiratory support and rescue during various pediatric FB procedures. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Non-anesthesiologist-administered Propofol is not Related to an Increase in Transcutaneous CO2 Pressure During Flexible Bronchoscopy Compared to Guideline-based Sedation: A Randomized Controlled Trial. (United States)

    Mercado-Longoría, Roberto; Armeaga-Azoños, Carolina; Tapia-Orozco, Jasel; González-Aguirre, Julio E


    Evidence for the use of non-anesthesiologist-administered propofol for sedation during flexible bronchoscopy is scarce. The main objective of this study was to determine whether non-anesthesiologist-administered propofol balanced sedation was related to higher transcutaneous CO2 pressure compared with current guideline-based sedation (combination midazolam and opioid). Secondary outcomes were post-procedural recuperation time, patient satisfaction and frequency of adverse events. In this randomized controlled trial we included data from outpatients aged 18 years or older with an indication for flexible bronchoscopy in a university hospital in northern Mexico. Ninety-one patients were included: 42 in the midazolam group and 49 in the propofol group. During 60min of transcutaneous capnometry monitoring, mean transcutaneous CO2 pressure values did not differ significantly between groups (43.6 [7.5] vs. 45.6 [9.6]mmHg, P=.281). Propofol was related with a high Aldrete score at 5, 10, and 15min after flexible bronchoscopy (9 [IQR 6-10] vs. 10 [9,10], P=.006; 9 [8-10] vs. 10 [IQR 10-10], P<.001 and 10 [IQR 9-10] vs. 10 [10], respectively) and with high patient satisfaction on a visual analogue scale of 1 (not satisfied) to 10 (very satisfied) (8.41 [1.25] vs. 8.97 [0.98], P=.03). Frequency of adverse events was similar among groups (30.9% vs. 22.4%, P=.47). Compared with guideline-recommended sedation, non-anesthesiologist-administered propofol balanced sedation is not associated with higher transcutaneous CO2 pressure or with more frequent adverse effects. Propofol use is associated with faster sedation recovery and with high patient satisfaction. NCT02820051. Copyright © 2017 SEPAR. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  6. Detection of EML4-ALK fusion genes in a few cancer cells from transbronchial cytological specimens utilizing immediate cytology during bronchoscopy. (United States)

    Kanaji, Nobuhiro; Bandoh, Shuji; Ishii, Tomoya; Tadokoro, Akira; Watanabe, Naoki; Takahama, Takayuki; Haba, Reiji; Imataki, Osamu; Dobashi, Hiroaki; Matsunaga, Takuya


    The presence of fusion genes between the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) and echinoderm microtubule-associated protein-like 4 (EML4) genes is useful for determining appropriate molecular-targeted therapies in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The diagnosis of NSCLC is often judged from transbronchial cytological specimens. The efficacy of RT-PCR for detection of EML4-ALK fusion genes in transbronchial cytological specimens has not been studied. Here, we evaluated the detection rate of EML4-ALK fusion genes in transbronchial cytological specimens positive for NSCLC by immediate cytology during bronchoscopic examination. Various numbers of H2228 cells carrying EML4-ALK variant 3 were combined with 1×10(6) wild-type WBCs. The RNA was extracted and the sensitivity of detection of the EML4-ALK fusion gene was determined using a nested RT-PCR. A total of 161 cell samples, from cases without available tissue samples, obtained by bronchoscopic examinations utilized for immediate cytology in patients with NSCLC were subsequently analyzed for EML4-ALK fusion genes using a nested multiplex RT-PCR. EML4-ALK variant 3 was detected in a small number of H2228 cells (10 cells), even in the presence of 1×10(6) WBCs (sensitivity: 0.001%). In the patient cytological samples, EML4-ALK fusion genes were detected in five of 161 NSCLCs (3.1%) and four of 88 adenocarcinomas (4.5%). Sequencing confirmed that these samples included three variant 1 genes, one variant 2 gene and one variant 3 gene. Using the same cytological samples, EGFR mutations were detected in 39 of 161 NSCLCs (24.2%) and 36 of 88 adenocarcinomas (40.9%). There was no case in which both EML4-ALK fusion and EGFR mutation were simultaneously detected. Rapid diagnosis during bronchoscopy utilizing immediate cytology contributed to the selection of the best samples for genetic analysis. EML4-ALK fusion genes as well as EGFR mutations were successfully detected in a small number of cancer cells from

  7. Early fiberoptic bronchoscopy during non-invasive ventilation in patients with decompensated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease due to community-acquired-pneumonia. (United States)

    Scala, Raffaele; Naldi, Mario; Maccari, Uberto


    Inefficient clearance of copious respiratory secretion is a cause of non-invasive positive pressure ventilation (NPPV) failure, especially in chronic respiratory patients with community-acquired-pneumonia (CAP) and impaired consciousness. We postulated that in such a clinical scenario, when intubation and conventional mechanical ventilation (CMV) are strongly recommended, the suction of secretions with fiberoptic bronchoscopy (FBO) may increase the chance of NPPV success. The objective of this pilot study was, firstly, to verify the safety and effectiveness of early FBO during NPPV and, secondly, to compare the hospital outcomes of this strategy versus a CMV-based strategy in patients with decompensated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) due to CAP who are not appropriate candidates for NPPV because of inefficient mucous clearance and hypercapnic encephalopathy (HE). This is a 12-month prospective matched case-control study performed in one respiratory semi-intensive care unit (RSICU) with expertise in NPPV and in one intensive care unit (ICU). Fifteen acutely decompensated COPD patients with copious secretion retention and HE due to CAP undergoing NPPV in RSICU, and 15 controls (matched for arterial blood gases, acute physiology and chronic health evaluation score III, Kelly-Matthay scale, pneumonia extension and severity) receiving CMV in the ICU were studied. Two hours of NPPV significantly improved arterial blood gases, Kelly and cough efficiency scores without FBO-related complications. NPPV avoided intubation in 12/15 patients (80%). Improvement in arterial blood gases was similar in the two groups, except for a greater PaO2/fraction of inspired oxygen ratio with CMV. The rates of overall and septic complications, and of tracheostomy were lower in the NPPV group (20%, 20%, and 0%) versus the CMV group (80%, 60%, and 40%; P < 0.05). Hospital mortality, duration of hospitalisation and duration of ventilation were similar in the two groups. In patients

  8. Estudo comparativo do diagnóstico de câncer pulmonar entre tomografia computadorizada e broncoscopia Comparative study between computed tomography and bronchoscopy in the diagnosis of lung cancer

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    Christopher Oliveira


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar a tomografia computadorizada e a broncoscopia no diagnóstico do câncer pulmonar e verificar a eficácia destas técnicas perante a presença desta doença. Os parâmetros idade, gênero, hábitos tabágicos, tipos histológicos, estadiamento e terapêutica foram, igualmente, analisados. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foram analisados 70 pacientes do Serviço de Pneumologia do Hospital Distrital da Figueira da Foz, Coimbra, Portugal, que realizaram ambas as técnicas em estudo, tendo-se confirmado ou não a presença de câncer pulmonar. RESULTADOS: Diagnosticaram-se 37 tumores pulmonares, 23 casos no gênero masculino e 14 no feminino. Histologicamente, 40,54% eram adenocarcinomas, seguido do carcinoma escamoso (32,43% dos casos e do carcinoma de pequenas células (18,92%. O estadiamento mostrou 6,70% no estádio IB, 23,30% no estádio IIIA comparativamente ao IIIB com 36,70%, encontrando-se 33,30% dos doentes no estádio IV. A quimioterapia isolada foi efetuada em 75,7% dos doentes. A sensibilidade da broncoscopia foi de 83,8%, a especificidade, de 81,8%, e a precisão, de 82,8%. A sensibilidade da tomografia computadorizada foi de 81,1%, a especificidade, de 63,6%, e a precisão, de 72,8%. CONCLUSÃO: Os resultados da broncoscopia confirmaram a sua importância no diagnóstico do câncer pulmonar, pela dependência deste no exame anatomopatológico do tecido ou células, obtido por várias técnicas de biópsia. A tomografia computadorizada apresentou boa sensibilidade, de 81,1%, contudo, a sua especificidade, de apenas 63,6%, resulta do número de falso-positivos (36,4%.OBJECTIVE: To analyze the role of computed tomography and bronchoscopy in the diagnosis of lung cancer, evaluating the effectiveness of these techniques in the presence of this disease. Parameters such as age, gender, smoking habits, histological types, staging and treatment were also analyzed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The sample of the present study included 70

  9. Uso da broncoscopia virtual em pacientes pediátricos com suspeita de aspiração de corpo estranho Use of virtual bronchoscopy in children with suspected foreign body aspiration

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    Full Text Available A aspiração de corpo estranho (ACE para o trato respiratório é um problema comum em pacientes pediátricos, em especial abaixo dos três anos de idade. Na avaliação radiológica inicial, cerca de 30% dos pacientes apresentam radiograma de tórax normal. A tomografia com broncoscopia virtual (BV pode auxiliar no diagnóstico precoce desse quadro e seu pronto manejo. O tratamento definitivo se dá com a retirada do corpo estranho através de broncoscopia rígida e mediante anestesia geral. O objetivo deste trabalho foi descrever o uso da BV na abordagem de dois pacientes com suspeita de ACE e realizar uma revisão da literatura sobre este tópico. Os dois pacientes tiveram início súbito de sintomas respiratórios e relato de tosse ou engasgo com alimentos antecedendo o quadro. Os pacientes foram submetidos à BV, e foi detectada a presença de corpo estranho endobrônquico em ambos os casos, com remoção posterior por broncoscopia rígida convencional em um caso. A BV é um método não-invasivo recente e com potencial para detectar a presença de corpo estranho na via respiratória em crianças. Em casos selecionados, BV pode auxiliar na localização correta do corpo estranho e até mesmo evitar o procedimento de broncoscopia rígida na ausência de corpo estranho.Foreign body aspiration (FBA into the tracheobronchial tree is a common problem in children, especially in those under three years of age. Preliminary radiological evaluation reveals normal chest X-rays in nearly 30% of such patients. Tomography-generated virtual bronchoscopy (VB can facilitate the early diagnosis and rapid management of these cases. The definitive treatment is the removal of the foreign body by means of rigid bronchoscopy under general anesthesia. The objective of this study was to describe the use of VB in two patients with suspicion of FBA, as well as to review the literature regarding this topic. The two patients presented with sudden onset of respiratory

  10. Respiratory Cytology--Current Trends Including Endobronchial Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy and Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy: Analysis of Data From a 2013 Supplemental Survey of Participants in the College of American Pathologists Interlaboratory Comparison Program in Nongynecologic Cytology. (United States)

    Sturgis, Charles D; Marshall, Carrie B; Barkan, Guliz A; Booth, Christine N; Kurtycz, Daniel F I; Souers, Rhona J; Keylock, Joren B; Tabatabai, Z Laura; Russell, Donna K; Moriarty, Ann T; Doyle, Mary A; Thomas, Nicole; Yildiz-Aktas, Isil Z; Collins, Brian T; Laucirica, Rodolfo; Crothers, Barbara A


    Nongynecologic cytology (NGC) practices are expanding in relationship to historical gynecologic cytology screening programs. Bronchopulmonary cytology is experiencing an evolution regarding new procedural types. The College of American Pathologists (CAP) tracks practice patterns in NGC by developing questionnaires, surveying participants, and analyzing respondent data. To analyze responses to a 2013 CAP supplemental survey from the Interlaboratoy Comparison Program on bronchopulmonary NGC. The "NGC 2013 Supplemental Questionnaire: Demographics in Performance and Reporting of Respiratory Cytology" was mailed to 2074 laboratories. The survey response rate was 42% (880 of 2074) with 90% of respondents (788 of 880) indicating that their laboratories evaluated cytology bronchopulmonary specimens. More than 95% of respondents indicated interpreting bronchial washings (765 of 787) and bronchial brushings (757 of 787). A minority of laboratories (43%, 340 of 787) dealt with endobronchial ultrasound-guided samples, and an even smaller fraction of laboratories (14%, 110 of 787) saw cases from electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy. Intraprocedural adequacy assessments by pathologists (and less often by cytotechnologists or pathologists-in-training) were routinely performed in percutaneous transthoracic aspiration cases (74%, 413 of 560) with less involvement for other case types. Most laboratories reported that newly diagnosed primary pulmonary adenocarcinomas were triaged for molecular testing of epidermal growth factor receptor and anaplastic lymphoma kinase. The parameters examined in this 2013 survey provide a snapshot of current pulmonary cytopathology practice and may be used as benchmarks in the future.

  11. Utilidade da investigação rotineira de infecção fúngica pela broncoscopia em pacientes infectados ou não pelo HIV em um hospital geral, referência para SIDA Usefulness of routine investigation of fungal infection through bronchoscopy in patients HIV-infected or not in a general hospital, reference to AIDS

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    Luiz Claudio Lazzarini-de-Oliveira


    Full Text Available Avaliamos a freqüência de fungos nos materiais de broncofibroscopia em pacientes infectados ou não pelo vírus da imunodeficiência humana (HIV, quais as espécies de fungos mais encontradas e se a infecção pelo HIV alterava o perfil destes fungos. Foram revistas 1943 broncofibroscopias realizadas em hospital de referência para SIDA, no período de 1990-1995. Deste total, 47% foram realizadas em pacientes HIV positivos e 53% em HIV negativos . Dos 908 HIV positivos, 38 (4% tiveram diagnóstico de micose pulmonar enquanto que dos 1035 HIV negativos, somente 4 (0,2% tiveram tal diagnóstico (p The diagnostic yields and the spectrum of pulmonary fungal infection obtained in samples collected by fiberoptic bronchoscopy from HIV-positive and HIV-negative patients were evaluated from 1990 to 1995. A total of 1943 bronchoscopies were performed during this period, 47% in the HIV-positive group and 53% in the HIV- negative group. Of 908 HIV-positive patients, 38 (4% had a fungus isolated from the pulmonary sample whereas of 1035 HIV-negative patients, only 4 (0.2% had a fungus isolated. Histoplasmosis and Cryptococcosis were more frequently found in HIV-positive than in HIV-negative patients (p < 0.001. Paracoccidioides brasiliensis was found in only 3 patients, all of them immunocompetent. The study demonstrated that, despite the low yields, the HIV-positive group may benefit from routine screening for fungal elements in specimens obtained by fiberoptic bronchoscopy.

  12. Flexible bronchoscopy contribution in the approach of diagnosis and ...

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    cheal fistula (ETF) was suspected. The substance was introduced in the esophagus through a gastric tube pro- gressively, retrograde and simultaneously to an endo- scopic trachea and hull exploration. The fibro-aspiration consisted in unblocking airways facilitated, if needed, by the instillation of a few saline milliliters in ...

  13. Flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy in respiratory care: Diagnostic yield ...

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    Mar 8, 2016 ... Others=Posterior mediastinal mass, pulmonary nodule, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and tracheo‑esophageal fistula. Table 2: Performance of cytological techniques in the diagnosis of bronchial cancer. Cytological technique. Histology (%). Total. Positive. Negative. Bronchial brushing. Positive. 9 (64.2).

  14. Transmission of Infection by Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Bronchoscopy

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    Kovaleva, Julia; Peters, Frans T. M.; van der Mei, Henny C.; Degener, John E.

    Flexible endoscopy is a widely used diagnostic and therapeutic procedure. Contaminated endoscopes are the medical devices frequently associated with outbreaks of health care-associated infections. Accurate reprocessing of flexible endoscopes involves cleaning and high-level disinfection followed by

  15. Avaliação do risco de contaminação por bactérias, no paciente submetido à broncoscopia, após o reprocessamento do broncoscópio Evaluation of the risk of bacterial contamination in the patient submitted to bronchoscopy, after reprocessing the bronchoscope

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    bronchoscopy at the Hospital São Paulo of Unifesp University, State of São Paulo. Methods: From 1997 to 1998, bronchoscope reprocessing included cleaning, rinsing with sterile or potable water, followed by rinsing with 2% glutaraldehyde for 20 minutes, rinsing again with sterile or potable water, and rinsing with 70% ethyl alcohol, and forced-air drying through the suction channel. Samples of 65 patients were collected for microbiologic tests by instilling sterile saline solution through the suction channel of the bronchoscope. Results: After reprocessing, the following were found in the samples: Staphylococcus epidermidis, Enterobacter sp, Acinetobacter baumanni, Streptococcus viridans, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus beta hemoliticus A, Staphylococcus coagulase negative, and mycobacterial growth was found in the culture of five samples. Conclusions: Bronchoscope disinfection with 2% glutaraldehyde was not sufficient to assured disinfection of the scope and the presence of Staphylococcus epidermidis shows that there was bronchoscope contamination due to handling after disinfection.

  16. A 64-slice multidetector CT of tracheobronchopathia osteochondroplastica with virtual bronchoscopy view


    Cardinale, L; Busso, M.; A. Cataldi; Volpicelli, G


    A 65-year-old female presented in our Emergency Department complaining of cough and progressive dyspnea. Plain chest radiography showed long-segment narrowing of the trachea. Multislice computed tomography confirmed the tracheal narrowing and demonstrated multiple nodular calcifications protruding into the visceral lumen, involving also the main and segmental bronchi but sparing the pars membranacea trachealis (Fig. A).

  17. Novel use of laryngeal mask airway classic excel™ for bronchoscopy and tracheal intubation

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    Anusha Kannan


    Full Text Available The usage frequency and scope of supraglottic airway devices in anesthesia has expanded since the original laryngeal mask airway (LMA prototype was invented by Dr Archie Brain in the early 1980s. Today, anesthesiologists are spoilt-for-choice with more than thirty options. The LMA Classic Excel™ was introduced to anesthesia practice in 2009; designed with an epiglottic elevating bar and a removable airway connector to facilitate tracheal intubation using the LMA as a conduit. We present a case report of a women diagnosed with papillary carcinoma of thyroid, who underwent bronchoscopic assessment of the trachea and subsequent intubation for an en-bloc dissection and removal of thyroid gland through the LMA Classic Excel™.


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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND. The appropriateness of the fibertracheobronchoscopy (FTBS in patients with severe impaired consciousness, including with acute ischemic stroke (AIS, is still under debate. There is an ambiguous relation to FTBS performance.MATERIAL AND METHODS. Study of cardiac index (CI, systemic vascular index-grained resistance (ISSS, heart rate (HR, systolic, diastolic, mean arterial blood pressure (SBP, DBP, BP Wed, extravascular lung water (EVLW, gas exchange (oxygenation index (RaO2 /FiO2 , were held from 1 to 7 days of the acute period of stroke by 40 patients before and after FTBS.RESULTS AND CONCLUSION. In both groups, SI, SBP, DBP, Wed Blood pressure, heart rate are increased. ISSS is decreased. Increased PaO2 /FiO2 , difference 27,61±4,9 mm pt.ct. Chronic and acute endobronchitis 1—2 degrees were revealed using endoscopy. Conducting FTBS reduced respiratory failure, PaO2 /FiO2 is increased. Heart failure is cause of deterioration after FTBS. Initially low C (less than 2,5 l/min/m2 , high ISSS (3000 dyn·s·cm-5·m2 contraindication to FTBS. 

  19. [Profitability of the bronchoscopy in the diagnosis of focal pulmonary malignant lesions]. (United States)

    García Quero, C; García Luján, R; González Torralba, F; de Miguel Poch, E; Alfaro Abreu, J; Villena Garrido, V; López Ríos, F; López Encuentra, A


    We define focal pulmonary lesion (FPL) as an intra-parenchymatous pulmonary lesion that is well circumscribed and completely surrounded by healthy lung. It is considered that the profitability of the fine needle aspiration puncture (FNAP) in FPL profitability of the FNAP in the malignant FPL and study if it varies according to site, size and histology. We analyzed all the FBCs of our Unit between 01/2000 and 12/2001 in patients with solitary FLP profitability by size, site and histology was analyzed with Pearson's chi(2) statistics. 124 patients. Mean FBC per patient was 1.3. A total of 101 cases (82%) were diagnosed with FBC, 15 by thoracotomy and 8 by FNAP. Global diagnostic profitability of the FBC was 0.82 and the transbronchial biopsy 0.76. There are no diagnostic profitability differences by size ( 2 cm) (0.81 vs 0.82 p = 0.96), site (peripheral vs central) (0.79 vs 0.85 p = 0.41) and histology (epidermoid vs adenocarcinoma) (0.89 vs 0.75 p = 0.21). Profitability of the FBC in malignant FPL in our hospital is elevated without differences by size, site or histology. In our site, the initial diagnostic approach of the FLP is done with FBC.

  20. Applications of Flexible Bronchoscopy in Infants with Congenital Vocal Cord Paralysis: A 12-Year Experience

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    Chien-Hung Kuo


    Conclusion: In order to allow prompt diagnosis of congenital VCP, FB should be performed in every newborn infant with stridor. Patients with congenital VCP should undergo additional imaging studies to detect any associated neurological abnormalities and intrathoracic comorbidities. The majority of patients can be managed conservatively and monitored carefully using serial FB. Corrective surgery should be reserved for those with a lack of resolution at prolonged follow-up, and those with significant comorbidities.

  1. KRAS and TP53 mutations in bronchoscopy samples from former lung cancer patients. (United States)

    Gao, Weimin; Jin, Jide; Yin, Jinling; Land, Stephanie; Gaither-Davis, Autumn; Christie, Neil; Luketich, James D; Siegfried, Jill M; Keohavong, Phouthone


    Mutations in the KRAS and TP53 genes have been found frequently in lung tumors and specimens from individuals at high risk for lung cancer and have been suggested as predictive markers for lung cancer. In order to assess the prognostic value of these two genes' mutations in lung cancer recurrence, we analyzed mutations in codon 12 of the KRAS gene and in hotspot codons of the TP53 gene in 176 bronchial biopsies obtained from 77 former lung cancer patients. Forty-seven patients (61.0%) showed mutations, including 35/77 (45.5%) in the KRAS gene and 25/77 (32.5%) in the TP53 gene, among them 13/77 (16.9%) had mutations in both genes. When grouped according to past or current smoking status, a higher proportion of current smokers showed mutations, in particular those in the TP53 gene (P = 0.07), compared with ex-smokers. These mutations were found in both abnormal lesions (8/20 or 40%) and histologically normal tissues (70/156 or 44.9%) (P = 0.812). They consisted primarily of G to A transition and G to T transversion in both the KRAS (41/56 or 73.2%) and TP53 (24/34 or 70.6%) genes, consistent with mutations found in lung tumors of smoking lung cancer patients. Overall, recurrence-free survival (RFS) among all subjects could be explained by age at diagnosis, tumor stage, tumor subtype, and smoking (P lung cancer patients. However, the presence of mutation of bronchial biopsies was not significantly associated with a shorter RFS time. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy without fiber optic bronchoscopy-Evaluation of 80 intensive care units cases

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    J.A. Calvache (Jose Andrés); R.A. Molina García (Rodrigo); A.L. Trochez (Adolfo); J. Benitez (Javier); L.A. Flga (Lucía Arroyo)


    textabstractBackground: The development of percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy techniques (PDT) has facilitated the procedure in Intensive Care Units (ICU). Objective: To describe the early intra and post-operative complications in ICU patients requiring percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy

  3. EBUS: Uma nova dimensão na broncoscopia EBUS: A new dimension in bronchoscopy

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    Full Text Available O autor revê neste artigo, sob a forma de editorial, a implementação da ecografia endobrônquica na broncologia, as suas indicações e futuras aplicações. No começo dos anos 90, com o início do desenvolvimento da ecografia endobrônquica, o seu primeiro objectivo era avaliar a infiltração das vias aéreas centrais por tumores externos. A TAC torácica permanece o exame standard de avaliação e estadiamento pré-operatório do cancro do pulmão. Contudo, sabe-se actualmente que este exame imagiológico não é totalmente fidedigno na análise do envolvimento ganglionar e totalmente insuficiente na detecção de infiltração da parede das vias aéreas. O desenvolvimento da EBUS (endobronchial ultrasound, foi inicialmente complicado por motivos técnicos e anatómicos relacionados com as diferentes interfaces da estrutura pulmonar, e, posteriormente, dificilmente aceite pelos pneumologistas, dado o seu reduzido contacto prévio com a ecografia. O primeiro reconhecimento da utilidade desta técnica partiu dos cirurgiões cardiotorácicos ao tentarem saber de antemão a eventual invasão da parede das vias aéreas, nomeadamente da traqueia, antes de cada cirurgia. Actualmente, a ecografia endobrônquica é executada em mais de cem centros de broncoscopia a nível mundial. A ecografia endobrônquica pode ser realizada com uma sonda de 20- MHz, o que permite analisar as diferentes camadas teciduais das vias aéreas centrais, estruturas peritraqueais ou peribrônquicas, avaliação da permeabilidade pós-estenótica da árvore brônquica, ou através de um broncofibroscopio com transducer incorporado de 7,5- MHz que apenas analisa as estruturas adjacentes das vias aéreas centrais, com a possibilidade de puncionar em tempo real essas mesmas estruturas. Estas duas técnicas são complementares, sendo a utilização de uma ou outra dependente das necessidades de cada centro. Apesar de apresentar uma curva de aprendizagem lenta, a EBUS será uma técnica com futuro e que permitiu, nos centros onde é efectuada, a redução drástica do número de mediastinoscopias e aumento da rentabilidade da TBNA (transbronchial needle aspiration.

  4. Superiority of Spacer/Mask Topical Anesthetic Compared with Conventional Spray and Gargle Method for Fibreoptic Bronchoscopy

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    RC Balkissoon


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To compare the safety and efficacy of a new spacer-oral nasal mask device with those of the standard needle nozzle spray method for the delivery of aerosolized lidocaine to the upper airway for pre-bronchoscopic anaesthesia in a tertiary care hospital.

  5. Bronchoscopy and Fogarty Balloon Insertion of Distal Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula for Oesophageal Atresia Repair With Video Illustration. (United States)

    Rinkel, Rico; Van Poll, Daan; Sibarani-Ponsen, Renate; Sleeboom, Christien; Bakx, Roel


    During repair of esophageal atresia with distal tracheo-esophageal fistula, air leakage through the fistula during mechanical ventilation can cause respiratory demise. From February 2012 until November 2014, all patients with esophageal atresia and distal tracheo-esophageal fistula were subjected to preoperative tracheobronchoscopy. Relatively distal fistulas were cannulated with a Fogarty catheter and blocked by insufflation (video illustration). Relatively proximal distal fistulas were sealed by precise placement of a cuffed ventilation tube. Nine of 12 patients received Fogarty balloon placement. The fistula of the remaining 3 patients were sealed by careful tube placement. No complications related to tracheobronchoscopy or Fogarty placement were noted. All procedures were uneventful. Preoperative tracheobronchoscopy to evaluate the usefulness of Fogarty balloon insertion or correct tube placement for distal tracheo-esophageal fistula is a safe and easy to perform procedure that can avoid complications in type C esophageal atresia repair. © The Author(s) 2016.

  6. Diagnostic value of bronchoscopy, CT and transbronchial biopsies in diffuse pulmonary lymphangiomatosis: case report and review of the literature

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    El Hajj, L. [Department of Radiology, University of Toulouse, Avenue Jean Poulhes, 31403 Toulouse (France); Mazieres, J. [Department of Pneumology, University of Toulouse, Avenue Jean Poulhes, 31403 Toulouse (France); Rouquette, I. [Department of Anatomopathology, University of Toulouse, Avenue Jean Poulhes, 31403 Toulouse (France); Mittaine, M. [Department of Pneumology, University of Toulouse, Avenue Jean Poulhes, 31403 Toulouse (France); Bolduc, J.P. [Department of Radiology, University of Toulouse, Avenue Jean Poulhes, 31403 Toulouse (France); Didier, A. [Department of Pneumology, University of Toulouse, Avenue Jean Poulhes, 31403 Toulouse (France); Dahan, M. [Department of Thoracic Surgery, University of Toulouse, Avenue Jean Poulhes, 31403 Toulouse (France); Joffre, F. [Department of Radiology, University of Toulouse, Avenue Jean Poulhes, 31403 Toulouse (France); Chabbert, V.C. [Department of Radiology, University of Toulouse, Avenue Jean Poulhes, 31403 Toulouse (France)]. E-mail:


    The authors present the case of a 48-year-old man with diffuse pulmonary lymphangiomatosis. This rare lymphatic disorder is characterized by proliferation of anastomosing lymphatic vessels varying in size. Clinical presentation and imaging findings are highly suggestive. Bronchoscopic examination of this patient showed, for the first time to our knowledge, vesicles disseminated throughout the bronchial tree. Histopathological examinations are necessary to differentiate lymphangiomatosis from lymphangiectasis. The diagnosis can be made by transbronchial biopsy without performing open lung biopsy which was, until now, considered necessary for diagnosis.

  7. Airway segmentation and centerline extraction from thoracic CT : Comparison of a new method to state of the art commercialized methods

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    Reynisson, P.J.; Scali, M.; Smistad, E.; Hofstad, E.F.; Leira, H.O.; Lindseth, F.; Nagelhus Hernes, T.A.; Amundsen, T.; Sorger, H.; Lango, T.


    Our motivation is increased bronchoscopic diagnostic yield and optimized preparation, for navigated bronchoscopy. In navigated bronchoscopy, virtual 3D airway visualization is often used to guide a bronchoscopic tool to peripheral lesions, synchronized with the real time video bronchoscopy.

  8. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in AIDS patients: clinical course in relation to the parasite number found in routine specimens obtained by fiberoptic bronchoscopy

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    Orholm, M; Nielsen, T L; Holten-Andersen, W


    of pulmonary symptoms requiring FB, and in 75 of these episodes a diagnosis of PCP was made. Specimens were stained with Giemsa and methenamine silver nitrate and the number of parasites found was given as: numerous, many, few or none. The following signs and symptoms were registered: cough, dyspnoea, fever...... and the clinical course or outcome of the PCP, the symptoms before the FB or the paraclinical examinations were found. In conclusion, the routinely obtained quantitative results of the microbiological examinations of material from the lungs were not correlated to the severity of the PCP....

  9. Type I anaphylactic reaction due to contrast induced angioedema causing neck swelling: the role of sitting fiberoptic bronchoscopy in emergent intubation

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    Ali Dabbagh


    Full Text Available Contrast induced angioedema is a rapidly progressive state involving a number of organ systems including the upper airway tract; which is usually a type I anaphylactic reaction also known as immediate hypersensitivity reaction. Prompt preservation of the respiratory tract is the cornerstone of this situation. The use of fiberoptic bronchoscope for tracheal intubation though very helpful, has some special considerations due to the anatomic distortions created by edema.This manuscript describes a patient with contrast induced angioedema managed successfully. Serum levels of IgE were highly increased during the first hours after the event; while serum levels of complement were normal. However, rapid airway management and prophylactic intubation saved the patient and prevented the possible aftermath of airway obstruction.Keywords: airway management; type I anaphylactic reaction, angioedema; fiberoptic bronchoscope.Conflict of interest: none of the authors has any conflict of interest.

  10. Tracheal rupture (United States)

    ... that may be done include: Neck CT scan Chest x-ray Bronchoscopy ... People who have had a trauma will need to have their injuries ... who have breathed a foreign body into the airways, bronchoscopy ...

  11. Pseudo-outbreak of Phaeoacremonium parasiticum from a hospital ice dispenser. (United States)

    Blake, Molly; Embil, John M; Trepman, Elly; Adam, Heather; Myers, Renelle; Mutcher, Pam


    In 31 patients, Phaeoacremonium parasiticum was recovered from bronchoscopy specimens (biopsies and aspirates). The pseudo-outbreak was caused by contaminated ice used to control hemorrhage during bronchoscopy and was associated with deficiencies in equipment cleaning. The bronchoscopy technique was modified, the ice dispenser was disinfected, bronchoscope reprocessing was improved, and there were no recurrences.

  12. Virtual reality simulation of basic pulmonary procedures

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    Konge, Lars; Arendrup, Henrik; von Buchwald, Christian


    Background: Virtual reality (VR) bronchoscopy simulators have been available for more than a decade, and have been recognized as an important aid in bronchoscopy training. The existing literature has only examined the role of VR simulators in diagnostic bronchoscopy. The aim of this study...

  13. Airway Foreign Body Aspirations in Children at Muhimbili National ...

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    on the history, physical examination, radiology and bronchoscopy. Da history, physical examination, radiology and bronchoscopy. Da history, physical examination, radiology and bronchoscopy. Data was collected using ta was collected using a structured questionnaire and analyzed with SPSS computer software version ...

  14. Suplemento de oxigénio necessário em voluntários saudáveis quando submetidos a broncoscopia com lavado broncoalveolar Oxygen supplementation is required in healthy volunteers during bronchoscopy with lavage

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    Andrew J Ghio


    Full Text Available A hipoxemia pode complicar a broncoscopia, limitando a utilidade e realização da técnica. As causas mais frequentes de hipoxemia durante a broncoscopia são a doença pulmonar subjacente, a obstrução das vias aéreas, o pneumotórax, a hemorragia secundária e a biópsia pulmonar transbrônquica ou outro procedimento broncoscópico, a sedação exagerada e o broncoespasmo. Os autores decidiram testar o postulado de que a broncoscopia com lavado broncoalveolar precisa de oxigénio suplementar em voluntários saudáveis submetidos ao exame. Todos os voluntários demonstraram não ter sintomas respiratórios e que o exame objectivo e a avaliação da função pulmonar eram normais. A broncofibroscopia foi realizada sem sedação e não foram efectuadas biópsias. Antes da broncoscopia, foi colocada uma sonda nasal na narina oposta à do broncofibroscópio. Seis voluntários foram submetidos a oxigenioterapia a 2L/min e seis voluntários não foram sujeitos a oxigenioterapia. Depois de iniciar a técnica, assim que a saturação fosse igual ou inferior a 90% aumentava-se o suplemento de O2. Os autores verificaram que todos os voluntários não submetidos a oxigenioterapia necessitaram de suplemento de oxigénio na mesma fase do procedimento técnico, em contraste com os voluntários que iniciaram a broncoscopia com O2, que não revelaram nunca hipoxemia. A dessaturação de O2 nos voluntários que efectuaram a broncoscopia sem O2 a hipoxemia começou sempre quando se iniciou o lavado broncoalveolar. Os autores, perante a análise deste grupo, concluíram que a administração de O2 suplementar nos doentes submetidos a broncoscopia deve ser uma regra, pois pode minimizar as complicações relacionadas, particularmente com a hipoxemia.

  15. Virtual reality simulation of basic pulmonary procedures

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    Konge, Lars; Arendrup, Henrik; von Buchwald, Christian


    Background: Virtual reality (VR) bronchoscopy simulators have been available for more than a decade, and have been recognized as an important aid in bronchoscopy training. The existing literature has only examined the role of VR simulators in diagnostic bronchoscopy. The aim of this study...... procedures, each on a VR bronchoscopy simulator. They performed 3 diagnostic bronchoscopies, 2 bronchoalveolar lavages, and 3 procedures in which they used all the available biopsy tools (needle, brush, and forceps) that could be used for tumors of increasing procedural difficulty. After the procedures...

  16. Bronchoscopic management of a rare benign endobronchial tumor


    K. Madan; R. Agarwal; A. Bal; D. Gupta


    Benign endobronchial tumors are uncommon. Bronchoscopic removal is the preferred modality of treatment although surgery may be required in some cases. Rigid bronchoscopy is usually recommended in the management of these tumors. However, flexible bronchoscopy is also used in many centers. We present a case of endobronchial lipoma, where an unusual complication during flexible bronchoscopic resection using snare forceps necessitated urgent rigid bronchoscopy. This case highlights the importance...

  17. Rupture of the left mainstem bronchus following endotracheal intubation in a neonate

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    Hawkins, C.M. [University Hospital, Department of Radiology, 234 Goodman St., ML0761, P. O. Box 670761, Cincinnati, OH (United States); Towbin, Alexander J. [Cincinnati Children' s Hospital, Department of Radiology, Cincinnati, OH (United States)


    Tracheobronchial rupture is a rare diagnosis with very high associated mortality in the neonatal population. Our case demonstrates the opportunity to diagnose this entity in a neonate via CT and introduces the utility of virtual bronchoscopy in clinical scenarios that preclude traditional bronchoscopy. (orig.)

  18. Missed Distal Tracheal Foreign Body in Consecutive ...

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    May 18, 2017 ... Since invention, bronchoscopy has become the gold standard in the diagnosis and extraction of airway FB.[4]. Foreign bodies may be missed at bronchoscopy if covered by granulation tissue or multiple with the remaining ones not searched for. This article reports the case of a 6‑year‑old boy who had three ...


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    A neonate with respiratory distress due to a right pneumothorax is presented. After drainage of the pneumothorax, atelectasis of the entire right lung developed. Because the atelectasis persisted, bronchoscopy was performed. On bronchoscopy the carina and right main-stem bronchus could not be

  20. Spirometer-controlled cine magnetic resonance imaging to diagnose tracheobronchomalacia in pediatric patients

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    Ciet, Pierluigi; Wielopolski, Piotr; Manniesing, Rashindra


    -MRI was compared with bronchoscopy or chest-CT in 7 subjects. TBM was diagnosed by cine-MRI in 7 out of 12 children (58%) and was confirmed by bronchoscopy or CT. In 4 patients, cine-MRI demonstrated tracheal narrowing that was not present in the static scans.Spirometer-controlled cine-MRI is a promising technique...

  1. Does cytomegalovirus predict a poor prognosis in Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia treated with corticosteroids? A note for caution

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    Jensen, A M; Lundgren, Jens Dilling; Benfield, T


    treated with adjunctive CS who had CMV cultured from BAL fluid had a two times higher mortality within 3 months from bronchoscopy than others (p = 0.08). This difference could not be explained by differences in CD4 count, PO2 or PCO2 at time of bronchoscopy. CONCLUSION: With the accepted usage...

  2. Spirometer-controlled Cine-Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Diagnosis of Tracheobronchomalacia in Pediatric Patients

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    Ciet, P.; Wielopolski, P.; Manniesing, R.; Lever, S.; Bruijne, M. de; Morana, G.; Muzzio, P.C.; Lequin, M.H.; Tiddens, H.A.W.M.


    Tracheobronchomalacia (TBM) is defined as an excessive collapse of the intrathoracic trachea. Bronchoscopy is the gold standard to diagnose TBM, but bronchoscopy has major disadvantages, such as general anaesthesia. Cine-CT is a non-invasive alternative to diagnose TBM, but its use in children is

  3. End-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring during flexible fiberoptic ...

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    No correlation was found between decreasing ET-Pco2 and Spo2 decreased during bronchoscopy. We also speculate that this reflects airway obstruction by the instrument. Further studies and more experimental analysis in this field are recommended. Keywords: end-tidal Pco2, fiber optic bronchoscopy, Spo2

  4. Short Communication Communication

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    induction with fiber optic bronchoscopy in the diagnosis of tuberculosis. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical. Care Medicine 33: 1570-1574. Conde, M.B., Soares, S.L., Mello, F.C. (2000). Comparison of sputum induction with fiber optic bronchoscopy in the diagnosis of tuberculosis: experience at an acquired.

  5. Fluoroscence bronhoscopy

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    Tomić Ilija


    Full Text Available Background. Fluorescence bronchoscopy is one of the methods of the early detection of lung cancer that involves the large airways. The method is based on the detection of the altered autofluorescence of malignantly transformed tissue, and confirmed by biopsy and histopathologic examination. Method. Fluorescence bronchoscopy was performed in 18 patients, mean age of 51.2 years (male n=12, female n=6 due to the suspected lung cancer. Fluorescence bronchoscopy was performed using the Xillix LIFE-Lung System Vancouver, Canada. After conventional white-light bronchoscopy, the tracheobronchial tree was illuminated by blue light (442 nm using helium-cadmium laser, and the results of autofluorescence were classified into three classes. Normal mucosa was of green fluorescence (Class I abnormal mucosa was red or dark brown fluorescence (Class II and II, which was the indication for performing biopsy. Results. Normal endoscopy findings were established in 15 patients by conventional bronchoscopy. In the same group, by fluorescence bronchoscopy, Class I of fluorescence (normal finding was found in 9 patients, while Class II changes occured in 6 patients. Histopathologic analysis of bronchial mucosa with Class II changes was performed detecting planocellular carcinoma in situ in one patient. Tumor-like changes were detected in 3 patients by conventional bronchoscopy and were determined as Class III changes by fluorescence bronchoscopy. By the biopsy of these chages carcinoma was documented in 2 patients while in one patient metaplasia of epithelium and granulation tissue around aspirated foreign body was detected. Conclusion. Fluorescence bronchoscopy is one of the methods for detecting metaplasia, carcinoma in situ and cancerous changes of bronchial epithelium in the large airways. However, the high rate of falsely positive findings represents a limitation of this method.

  6. Bacterial Pericarditis Accompanied by Sudden Cardiac Tamponade After Transbronchial Needle Aspiration Cytology. (United States)

    Matsumoto, Takeshi; Otsuka, Kojiro; Imai, Yukihiro; Tomii, Keisuke


    A 48-year-old man was referred for an abnormal shadow in his chest x-ray. Transbronchial needle aspiration cytology was performed at the mediastinal necrotic lymph node #7, and he was diagnosed as having small cell carcinoma. Fifteen days after bronchoscopy, sudden cardiac tamponade occurred and pericardial drainage suggested a diagnosis of bacterial pericarditis. He was successfully treated by drainage and administration of antibiotics. Complication of bacterial pericarditis associated with bronchoscopy is rare. However, physicians should watch for the appearance of this condition for up to 3 weeks after bronchoscopy, especially in cases with necrotic lymph nodes.

  7. Pulmonary actinomycosis (United States)

    ... have a higher chance of developing the infection: Alcohol use Scars on the lungs ( bronchiectasis ) COPD The ... Tests that may be done include: Bronchoscopy with culture Complete blood count (CBC) Chest x-ray Chest ...

  8. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (United States)

    ... Humidifier or air-conditioner lung; Bird breeder's or bird fancier's lung Patient Instructions Interstitial lung disease - adults - discharge Images Bronchoscopy Respiratory system References Douglass JA, Sandrini A, Holgate ST, O' ...

  9. The real value of endobronchial ultrasound

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    ) has become a standard procedure worldwide, used in conjunction with bronchoscopy to obtain biopsies for mediastinal disorders. We describe a case where EBUS-TBNA was pivotal in reducing the number of invasive procedures in a.

  10. Traumatic bronchial injury

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    Ali Cheaito, MD


    Conclusion: A high level of suspicion and the liberal use of bronchoscopy are important in the diagnosis of tracheobronchial injury. A tailored surgical approach is often necessary for definitive repair.

  11. Danish Guidelines 2015 for percutaneous Dilatational Tracheostomy in the Intensive Care Unit

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    Madsen, Kristian Rørbæk; Guldager, Henrik; Rewers, Mikael


    Percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy is a common procedure in intensive care. This updated Danish national guideline describes indications, contraindications and complications, and gives recommendations for timing, anaesthesia, and technique, use of fibre bronchoscopy and ultrasound guidance...

  12. Cryoextraction: A novel approach to remove aspirated chewing gum

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    Edmundo Rubio


    Full Text Available The extraction of aspirated foreign bodies can prove challenging at times, requiring even rigid bronchoscopy. Cryotherapy probes have been reported to help with extraction of foreign bodies. We present a case where successful "cryoextraction" was performed on an aspirated chewing gum. The case highlights the fact that this technique is useful to extract all materials that have water content. This technique can be performed through flexible bronchoscopy and can save patients from more aggressive approaches.

  13. Bronchoscopic guidance of endovascular stenting limits airway compression. (United States)

    Ebrahim, Mohammad; Hagood, James; Moore, John; El-Said, Howaida


    Bronchial compression as a result of pulmonary artery and aortic arch stenting may cause significant respiratory distress. We set out to limit airway narrowing by endovascular stenting, by using simultaneous flexible bronchoscopy and graduated balloon stent dilatation, or balloon angioplasty to determine maximum safe stent diameter. Between August 2010 and August 2013, patients with suspected airway compression by adjacent vascular structures, underwent CT or a 3D rotational angiogram to evaluate the relationship between the airway and the blood vessels. If these studies showed close proximity of the stenosed vessel and the airway, simultaneous bronchoscopy and graduated stent re-dilation or graduated balloon angioplasty were performed. Five simultaneous bronchoscopy and interventional catheterization procedures were performed in four patients. Median age/weight was 33 (range 9-49) months and 14 (range 7.6-24) kg, respectively. Three had hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and one had coarctation of the aorta (CoA). All had confirmed or suspected left main stem bronchial compression. In three procedures, serial balloon dilatation of a previously placed stent in the CoA was performed and bronchoscopy was used to determine the safest largest diameter. In the other two procedures, balloon testing with simultaneous bronchoscopy was performed to determine the stent size that would limit compression of the adjacent airway. In all cases, simultaneous bronchoscopy allowed selection of an ideal caliber of the stent that optimized vessel diameter while minimizing compression of the adjacent airway. In cases at risk for airway compromise, flexible bronchoscopy is a useful tool to guide endovascular stenting. Maximum safe stent diameter can be determined without risking catastrophic airway compression. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  14. Posterior pharyngeal candidiasis in the absence of clinically overt oral involvement: a cross-sectional study. (United States)

    Glavey, Siobhan V; Keane, Niamh; Power, Maria; O'Regan, Anthony W


    Although oropharyngeal candidiasis is associated with inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) usage, there is sparse data on the prevalence of posterior pharyngeal candidiasis in those without any detectable oral candidiasis on clinical examination. We systematically investigated the relationship between oral candidiasis on clinical examination and the presence of posterior pharyngeal candidiasis at bronchoscopy. We conducted a cross-sectional study on a convenience sample of 100 patients undergoing bronchoscopy at our institution. Patients were assessed for symptoms of and risk factors for candida infection and had an examination of their oropharynx for evidence of candidiasis before bronchoscopy. They subsequently had a detailed assessment for posterior candidiasis at bronchoscopy. We performed a posteriori subgroup analysis, which focused solely on those patients on ICS maintenance therapy. Median age was 54.7 (27-84) years, and 55 patients were male; 47 % of patients were on ICS, and 20 % of this cohort received recent oral corticosteroids. Twenty-eight percent of this convenience sample had posterior pharyngeal candidiasis; however, only 10.7 % (3/28) of these patients had clinically detectable oral candidiasis on clinical examination before bronchoscopy. Factors that were independently associated with the presence of pharyngeal candidiasis at bronchoscopy were OR (95 % CI) ICS usage 6.9 (2.5-19.2), particularly fluticasone usage 6.8 (2.62-17.9) and the presence of dysphonia 3.2 (1.3-8.0). In the subgroup analysis of ICS usage, posterior pharyngeal candidiasis was correlated with the presence of dysphonia but was not independently associated with fluticasone or budesonide dosage. This study demonstrates that posterior pharyngeal candidiasis in the absence of clinically overt oral candidiasis is frequent amongst ICS users. A history of ICS use, particularly fluticasone usage, as well as the presence of dysphonia are associated with posterior pharyngeal candidiasis at

  15. Analysis on Clinical Features of 2168 Patients with Lung Cancer Diagnosed by Bronchoscope

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    Yu Zhang


    Full Text Available Objective: To analyze the clinical features of lung cancer diagnosed by bronchoscopy. Methods: The clinical features of 2168 patients with lung cancer diagnosed by bronchoscopy were retrospectively analyzed, including gender, age, pathological type, diseased region, manifestations under bronchoscopy and methods of drawing materials. Results: The ratio of male/female was 4.8:1 and the peak onset age was 60 - 69 years old. The major pathological type was squamous cell carcinoma (44.5%, then adenocarcinoma (25.9% and small cell lung cancer (18.3%. The incidence of squamous cell carcinoma was the highest in males (50.6%, while that of adenocarcinoma in females (56.2%. The positive diagnostic rates of forceps biopsy, brush biopsy, bronchial alveolar lavage and transbronchial needle aspiration were 81.6%, 49.4%, 18.2% and 62.6%, respectively, whereas that of biopsy combined with brush biopsy came up to 89.0%. Conclusion: Bronchoscopy is an important method in diagnosis of lung cancer. Different ages and genders of patients with lung cancer have different onset, and the distribution of pathological types is diverse. Attaching more importance to bronchoscopy and improving biopsy technique can significantly improve the diagnostic rate and provide reliable evidences for clinical treatment.

  16. Rigid bronchoscopic management of acute respiratory failure in a 30-year-old woman

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    Karan Madan


    Full Text Available A 30-year-old woman presented with a history of progressive shortness of breath, cough, and hoarseness. Stridor was audible on examination. Chest X-ray showed normal lung fields and contrast-enhanced computed tomography thorax showed lower tracheal occlusion with endoluminal growth. Diagnostic flexible bronchoscopy demonstrated multiple whitish glistening nodules over both vocal cords and lower tracheal occlusion by whitish nodular growth. In view of critical central airway obstruction, rigid bronchoscopy and excision of the lower tracheal growth were performed. Histopathological examination of the excised specimen demonstrated features of squamous papillomas. A diagnosis of respiratory papillomatosis was established. On follow-up surveillance bronchoscopy, there was a gradual spontaneous regression of the residual lesions, and the patient remains currently asymptomatic 1 year since the procedure.

  17. The Management of Near-Fatal Hemoptysis with Left Secondary Carinal Y Stent

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    Levent Dalar


    Full Text Available Massive hemoptysis can be a life threatening condition and needs urgent treatment in lung cancer. In the fiberoptic bronchoscopy of a fifty-two-year-old who was admitted with hemoptysis, left upper lobe upper division orifice was seen totally obstructed with a submucosal infiltration. One hour after the mucosal biopsies, massive hemoptysis occurred. Urgent rigid bronchoscopy was performed. The left main bronchus was occluded by sterile gauze. After cleaning of the coagulum patient was intubated and charged to intensive care unit. The next day, rigid bronchoscopy was repeated and the bleeding was observed to continue from the left upper lobe. Removing the gauze, 14 × 10 × 10 mm silicon Y stent was inserted in the left main bronchus after adjustments were made. Bleeding was stopped after insertion of the stent and patient could be extubated. In this case a successful control of hemoptysis was sustained after insertion of a customized silicon stent was presented.

  18. Detection of Bronchial Neoplasia in Uranium Miners by Autofluorescence Endoscopy (SAFE-1000

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    T. Horvath


    Full Text Available The increase in the detection rate for premalignant changes of bronchial epithelium was studied in 56 symptom-free volunteers from the risk group of Czech uranium miners (mean age 50.69 years, mean WLM 21.06 (1 Working Level Month is equal to the absorption of latent energy of 2.08 × 10–5 J/m3 in one month, i.e. 170 working hours by the additional employment of the System of Autofluorescence Endoscopy (SAFE-1000 Pentax to conventional white-light bronchoscopy, comparing results with those of bronchial biopsy histopathology examination. Histopathology using hematoxylin and eosin staining confirmed intraepithelial neoplasias in 15 areas in 10 persons. White-light bronchoscopy sensitivity was 21.05%, and specificity 93.7% which an autofluorescence bronchoscopy sensitivity was 78.95% and specificity 81.89%.

  19. [Video recording system of endoscopic procedures for digital forensics]. (United States)

    Endo, Chiaki; Sakurada, A; Kondo, T


    Recently, endoscopic procedures including surgery, intervention, and examination have been widely performed. Medical practitioners are required to record the procedures precisely in order to check the procedures retrospectively and to get the legally reliable record. Medical Forensic System made by KS Olympus Japan offers 2 kinds of movie and patient's data, such as heart rate, blood pressure, and Spo, which are simultaneously recorded. We installed this system into the bronchoscopy room and have experienced its benefit. Under this system, we can get bronchoscopic image, bronchoscopy room view, and patient's data simultaneously. We can check the quality of the bronchoscopic procedures retrospectively, which is useful for bronchoscopy staff training. Medical Forensic System should be installed in any kind of endoscopic procedures.

  20. Endobronchial ultrasound for the diagnosis of peripheral pulmonary lesions. A controlled study with fluoroscopy. (United States)

    Sánchez-Font, Albert; Giralt, Laia; Vollmer, Ivan; Pijuan, Lara; Gea, Joaquim; Curull, Víctor


    Fluoroscopy-guided bronchoscopy is usually performed for the diagnosis of peripheral pulmonary lesions (PPL), but the diagnostic yield varies widely among studies. Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) can increase the diagnostic yield of bronchoscopic diagnosis of PPL. To compare the diagnostic yield of fluoroscopy-guided bronchoscopy and EBUS with fluoroscopy-guided bronchoscopy in the study of PPL. All patients who underwent bronchoscopy to study PPL from January 2009 to December 2012 were prospectively included. 145 consecutive patients were randomly distributed in two groups: EBUS and fluoroscopy (50 patients, 71.3 ± 8.2 years) or fluoroscopy alone (95 patients, 68 ± 10.5 years). The mean diameter of the lesions was 41.97 ± 19.22 mm. Cytological brushing and transbronchial biopsies were obtained. All procedures were performed under fluoroscopic guidance with intravenous conscious sedation. EBUS was performed using an endoscopic ultrasound system equipped with a 20-MHz radial miniprobe introduced via a guide-sheath. Bronchoscopist, cytologist, study protocol, techniques and tools were the same throughout the whole study. 129 (89%) patients had malignant disease. A diagnosis with bronchoscopy was established in 105 (72.4%) patients. EBUS plus fluoroscopy obtained a diagnostic yield in 78% of patients and fluoroscopy alone in 69.5% (non-significant). In contrast, for lesions smaller than 30 mm, EBUS plus fluoroscopy guidance provided significantly greater diagnostic performance than fluoroscopy alone (90 vs. 52%; P=.05). Bronchoscopy under EBUS plus fluoroscopy guidance is a technique that has become useful for the diagnostic of LPPs, especially those smaller than 30 mm in diameter. Copyright © 2013 SEPAR. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  1. Endobronchial tuberculosis presented as multiple endobronchial vesicular lesions

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    Farah Idrees


    Full Text Available Endobronchial tuberculosis (EBTB is a tuberculous infection of the tracheobronchial tree with microbiological and histopathological evidence, with or without parenchymal involvement. EBTB commonly presents as acute or insidious onset cough, wheeze, low grade fever, and constitutional symptoms. In elderly patients, other differentials like malignancy and pneumonia may lead to misdiagnosis. Hence, bronchoscopy is essential for confirmation of EBTB. Here we report a rare presentation of EBTB in a 65 year old patient who presented with 3 months history of fever and cough and have multiple endobronchial vesicular lesions on bronchoscopy.

  2. Antibody responses to a major Pneumocystis carinii antigen in human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients with and without P. carinii pneumonia

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    Lundgren, Bettina; Lundgren, Jens Dilling; Nielsen, T


    Antibody responses to a major purified human Pneumocystis carinii surface antigen (gp95) were determined by ELISA in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients. Serum IgG directed against gp95 was measured in 129 consecutive HIV-infected patients who underwent bronchoscopy for evaluation...... was higher (mean optical density ratio: 0.6 vs. 0.23 and 0.2, respectively; P less than .01). Changes in antibody response were investigated in 78 patients for whom serial serum samples taken around the time of bronchoscopy were available. Of the 47 patients with verified PCP, 20 (43%) mounted an antibody...

  3. Paint in the Pipe: An Unusual Foreign Body. (United States)

    Garg, Neha; Gupta, Natasha; Shah, Dheeraj; Gupta, Piyush


    Foreign bodies in the airway can be a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. 30-month-old girl with complaints of noisy and fast breathing following fall over a pile of sand. Sand was suctioned out by direct bronchoscopy. The child improved initially but condition worsened in next four days with marked stridor and wheeze. Imaging revealed elongated sharp radiodense opacity in the cervical region, suggestive of foreign body. At repeat bronchoscopy, paint material was removed from the airway, leading to recovery. Paint material mixed in the sand can adhere to the walls of the airway, and cause persistent symptoms of obstruction.

  4. Corpo estranho traqueal em cão

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    Full Text Available The occurrence of a tracheal foreign body in a three-month-old male Poodle referred to a Teaching Veterinary Hospital due to acute coughing, gagging and nausea is reported. A bronchoscopy under general anesthesia was performed in order to obtain a diagnose. During the bronchoscopy a foreign body (maize popcorn was observed in the intrathoracic trachea. The surgeon attempted to remove it by endoscopy, but no success was achieved. Therefore, an open procedure was performed and the foreign body removed. The patient progressed satisfactorily after the thoracotomy.

  5. Medical image of the week: granulation tissue

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    Ganesh A


    Full Text Available A 57 year old woman presented with a tickling sensation in the back of throat and intermittent bleeding from the healing stoma one month after decannulation of her tracheostomy tube. On bronchoscopy a granuloma with surrounding granulation tissue was present in the subglottic space (Figure 1. Argon plasma coagulation (APC was performed to cauterize the granulation tissue (Figure 2. Formation of granulation tissue after tracheostomy is a common complication which can result in tracheal stenosis. APC and electrocautery using flexible bronchoscopy has been shown to safely and effectively remove the granulation tissue.

  6. Cushing’s like syndrome in typical bronchial carcinoid a case report and review of the literature

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    Full Text Available Cushing’s syndrome occurred in 1–5% of cases of bronchial carcinoids. In this paper we describe a case of typical bronchial carcinoid in a nonsmoker young male with clinical manifestations mimicking a Cushing’s syndrome. The patient performed chest radiograph and computed tomography. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy revealed the presence of an endobronchial mass occluding the bronchus intermedius. A rigid bronchoscopy was necessary for the conclusive diagnosis and for partial resection of the intraluminal tumor. Despite of the presence of Cushingoid features, the normal blood levels of ACTH and cortisol excluded the coexistence of a Cushing’s syndrome.

  7. Tuberculosis presenting as bronchoesophageal fistula

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    Full Text Available We report a case of bronchoesophageal fistula associated with tuberculosis. A 25 year old woman presented to us with 3 month history of cough worsening with deglutition. Radiological examination revealed mediastinal lymphadenopathy and bronchoscopy with esophagoscopy confirmed the presence of fistulous communication with features of endobronchial tuberculosis. Histological examination of bronchial biopsy specimen showed non necrotic granuloma with the PCR positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis in her bronchial secretions. She was begun on antituberculous treatment and became asymptomatic after 2 months. Bronchoscopy done during follow up after 4 months showed normal bronchial lumen with disappearance of fistulous tract. Imaging showed resolution of lung lesions.

  8. Foreign Body Aspiration in Pregnancy

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    Full Text Available A 24-year-old morbidly obese African American gravida 1, with a history of severe asthma complicated by multiple inpatient admissions, presents at 30 weeks gestation with a foreign body in her left main stem bronchus. After a failed bronchoscopy postpartum, the patient slipped into respiratory failure and was subsequently intubated, spending two weeks in the intensive care unit. After two more attempts of trying to retrieve the foreign object from her lung via bronchoscopy, she eventually contracted a postobstructive pneumonia and underwent a left lower lung lobectomy for curative treatment.

  9. Foreign body in the bronchus in children: 22 years experience in a ...

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    Foreign body in the bronchus in children: 22 years experience in a tertiary care paediatric centre. SS Panda, M Bajpai, A Singh, DK Baidya, M Jana. Abstract. Background: Our objective was to assess types, presentation, duration of symptoms and usefulness of rigid bronchoscopy for diagnosis and treatment of bronchial ...

  10. Management of gastro-bronchial fistula complicating a subtotal esophagectomy: a case report.

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    Martin-Smith, James D


    BACKGROUND: The development of a fistula between the tracheobronchial tree and the gastric conduit post esophagectomy is a rare and often fatal complication. CASE PRESENTATION: A 68 year old man underwent radical esophagectomy for esophageal adenocarcinoma. On postoperative day 14 the nasogastric drainage bag dramatically filled with air, without deterioration in respiratory function or progressive sepsis. A fiberoptic bronchoscopy was performed which demonstrated a gastro-bronchial fistula in the posterior aspect of the left main bronchus. He was managed conservatively with antibiotics, enteral nutrition via jejunostomy, and non-invasive respiratory support. A follow- up bronchoscopy 60 days after the diagnostic bronchoscopy, confirmed spontaneous closure of the fistula CONCLUSIONS: This is the first such case where a conservative approach with no surgery or endoprosthesis resulted in a successful outcome, with fistula closure confirmed at subsequent bronchoscopy. Our experience would suggest that in very carefully selected cases where bronchopulmonary contamination from the fistula is minimal or absent, there is no associated inflammation of the tracheobronchial tree and the patient is stable from a respiratory point of view without evidence of sepsis, there may be a role for a trial of conservative management.

  11. Management of gastro-bronchial fistula complicating a subtotal esophagectomy: a case report

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    Abstract Background The development of a fistula between the tracheobronchial tree and the gastric conduit post esophagectomy is a rare and often fatal complication. Case presentation A 68 year old man underwent radical esophagectomy for esophageal adenocarcinoma. On postoperative day 14 the nasogastric drainage bag dramatically filled with air, without deterioration in respiratory function or progressive sepsis. A fiberoptic bronchoscopy was performed which demonstrated a gastro-bronchial fistula in the posterior aspect of the left main bronchus. He was managed conservatively with antibiotics, enteral nutrition via jejunostomy, and non-invasive respiratory support. A follow- up bronchoscopy 60 days after the diagnostic bronchoscopy, confirmed spontaneous closure of the fistula Conclusions This is the first such case where a conservative approach with no surgery or endoprosthesis resulted in a successful outcome, with fistula closure confirmed at subsequent bronchoscopy. Our experience would suggest that in very carefully selected cases where bronchopulmonary contamination from the fistula is minimal or absent, there is no associated inflammation of the tracheobronchial tree and the patient is stable from a respiratory point of view without evidence of sepsis, there may be a role for a trial of conservative management.

  12. Fluorescence imaging of early lung cancer (United States)

    Lam, Stephen; MacAulay, Calum E.; Le Riche, Jean C.; Ikeda, Norihiko; Palcic, Branko


    The performance of a fluorescence imaging device was compared with conventional white-light bronchoscopy in 100 patients with lung cancer, 46 patients with resected State I nonsmall cell lung cancer, 10 patients with head and neck cancer, and 67 volunteers who had smoked at least one pack of cigarettes per day for twenty-five years or more. Using differences in tissue autofluorescence between premalignant, malignant and normal tissues, fluorescence bronchoscopy was found to detect more than twice as many moderate-severe dysplasia and carcinoma in situ sites than conventional white-light bronchoscopy. The use of fluorescence imaging to detect small peripheral lung nodules was investigated in a micro metastatic lung model of mice implanted with Lewis lung tumor cells. Fluorescence imaging was found to be able to detect small malignant lung lesions. The use of (delta) -aminolevulinic acid (ALA) to enhance fluorescence detection of CIS was investigated in a patient after oral administration of 60 mg/kg of ALA four hours prior to bronchoscopy, although ALA enhanced the tumor's visibility, multiple sites of false positive fluorescence were observed in areas of inflammation or metaplasia.

  13. Endobronchial Ultrasound-Guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration of Undiagnosed Chest Tumors

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    Eckardt, Jens; Olsen, Karen E; Licht, Peter B


    BACKGROUND: A number of patients with radiologically suspicious chest tumors remain undiagnosed despite bronchoscopy or CT-guided fine-needle aspiration (CT-FNA). Such patients are often referred for mediastinoscopy, which is an invasive surgical procedure that poses a small but significant risk...

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    Design And Settings: Case series study in Medina Hospital, Mogadishu - Somalia. Subject and Methods. Thoracotomies were performed in thirty-two patients with traumatic and non- traumatic conditions. No proper pre-operative investigations were available such as spirometry, haemoga~anal~sis, bronchoscopy and CT ...

  15. Tuberculosis mimicking lung cancer

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    I. Hammen


    Our case report presents two patients, who were referred to the Thorax diagnostic centre at the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Odense University Hospital, with presumptive diagnosis of neoplasm and had proved lung TB with no evidence of malignancy instead. In the first case diagnosis was confirmed after thoracotomy, in the second case after bronchoscopy.

  16. Conservative management of a major post-intubation tracheal injury and review of current management

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    Mullan, Geoffrey P. J.; Georgalas, Christos; Arora, Asit; Narula, Anthony


    Tracheal rupture represents a rare but serious complication of intubation. We discuss a case of a major post-intubation rupture. After investigation with CT scan tracheoscopy and bronchoscopy a low tracheostomy was formed protecting the rupture from pressure changes associated with ventilation. The

  17. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in AIDS patients

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    Orholm, Marianne; Nielsen, T L; Holten-Andersen, W


    The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the amount of Pneumocystis carinii organisms found at fiberoptic bronchoscopy (FB) performed on HIV-positive patients correlated to the character of the P. carinii pneumonia (PCP). A consecutive series of 105 patients presented with 131 episodes...

  18. Cytomegalovirus Viral Load in Bronchoalveolar Lavage to Diagnose Lung Transplant Associated CMV Pneumonia. (United States)

    Lodding, Isabelle Paula; Schultz, Hans Henrik; Jensen, Jens-Ulrik; Kirkby, Nikolai; Perch, Michael; Andersen, Claus; Lundgren, Jens D; Iversen, Martin


    The diagnostic yield for cytomegalovirus (CMV) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) viral load in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) or in plasma to diagnose CMV pneumonia in lung transplant recipients remains uncertain and was investigated in a large cohort of consecutive lung transplant recipients. Bronchoscopies within the first year of lung transplantation with CMV detectable in BAL by PCR (ie, viral load, ≥273 IU/mL) were included (66 recipients; 145 bronchoscopies); at each bronchoscopy episode, 2 independent experts reviewed clinical and laboratory information to determine whether the patient at that time fulfilled the criteria for CMV pneumonia per current international recommendations. Corresponding plasma CMV PCR viral load determined at time of the bronchoscopy (n = 126) was also studied. Optimal CMV PCR viral load cutoff for CMV pneumonia diagnosis was determined using receiver operating characteristics. CMV was detected in BAL with CMV PCR in 145 episodes, and 34 (23%) of these episodes fulfilled the criteria for CMV pneumonia. The area under the curve-receiver operating characteristics for CMV in BAL was 90% at the optimum cutoff (4545 IU/mL) with a corresponding sensitivity of 91% and specificity of 77% (in plasma the corresponding values were 274 IU/mL, 63% and 76%, respectively). CMV PCR viral load in BAL had a high performance to diagnose CMV pneumonia in lung transplant recipients; plasma CMV viral load did not reliably aid as a diagnostic tool.

  19. Development and Enhancement of a Model of Performance and Decision Making Under Stress in a Real Life Setting. (United States)


    input. Mr. Ho unfortunately left to go into industry at a far higher salary. We believe Mr. Luo is an equivalent rplacement. Experimental Psychology GRA...Ches -a AB 19 Verily tube position Chest Physiotherapy Needle/Tub.a and/or Thoracostomy Bronchoscopy PEEP Titration < F1025 0.50YesEn Control

  20. Optical coherence tomography for identification and quantification of human airway wall layers

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    d'Hooghe, Julia N. S.; Goorsenberg, Annika W. M.; de Bruin, Daniel M.; Roelofs, Joris J. T. H.; Annema, Jouke T.; Bonta, Peter I.


    High-resolution computed tomography has limitations in the assessment of airway wall layers and related remodeling in obstructive lung diseases. Near infrared-based optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a novel imaging technique that combined with bronchoscopy generates highly detailed images of the

  1. Diagnostic utility of endobronchial ultrasound with a guide sheath under the computed tomography workstation (ziostation) for small peripheral pulmonary lesions. (United States)

    Matsumoto, Yuji; Izumo, Takehiro; Sasada, Shinji; Tsuchida, Takaaki; Ohe, Yuichiro


    The application of radial probe endobronchial ultrasound (R-EBUS) and virtual bronchoscopic navigation has improved the diagnostic outcome of bronchoscopy for peripheral pulmonary lesions (PPLs). Nonetheless, while existing navigation systems are very useful for selecting the bronchus containing the target lesion, the associated introductory costs are high. Therefore, we focused on virtual bronchoscopy (VB) using the workstation, ziostation that was already available in many countries as an adjunct modality. Consecutive patients who underwent bronchoscopy with R-EBUS for PPLs (major diameter ≤30 mm) were enrolled. From late June 2013 to November 2013, 121 patients were examined with ziostation, and from September 2012 to early June 2013, 113 patients were examined without ziostation. We compared the diagnostic yield, EBUS detection rate and procedure time between two groups to evaluate the utility of the VB. The ziostation group had significantly higher diagnostic yield than the non-ziostation group (77.7% vs 64.6%, P = 0.030). Following the multivariate analysis, use of ziostation was a significant factor affecting the diagnostic yield. Meanwhile, EBUS detection rate was significantly higher in the ziostation group (94.2% vs 75.2%, P workstation was a valuable tool that facilitated more accurate and rapid bronchoscopy procedure for diagnosis of PPLs. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  2. Barium aspiration and alveolarisation of barium in an infant: A case report and review of management

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    Alan F. Isles


    Full Text Available We describe a case of bilateral inhalation and alveolarisation of barium in an infant following a barium swallow for investigation of dusky spells associated with feeds. A bronchoscopy subsequently revealed the presence of a mid-tracheal tracheo-oesophageal cleft. We review the literature on barium aspiration, its consequences and make recommendations for management.

  3. Combination of Extracorporeal Life Support and Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy for Treatment of ARDS in Combat Casualties and Evacuation of Service Members with ARDS (United States)


    Lung and Heart Biopsy • Wet to Dry • Histology • Protein and RNA • Mitochondria function (Clark – Cyto – Mito – Complex assay) -Fiber-optic bronchoscopy...Airway Anatomy Evaluation • Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) • Protein, RNA • Fluids quantification • Differential cell counts 13 Impact. Development

  4. [Injury in air way of newborn with mechanical ventilation]. (United States)

    Flores-Nava, Gerardo; Mateos-Sánchez, Leovigildo; Jurado-Hernández, Víctor Hugo


    mechanical ventilation is used in all Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The patients with more than a week with mechanical ventilation can develop complications in the airway. The diagnosis is carrying out with a bronchoscope. to determine the type of complications presented in a group of neonates who had received, one o more weeks, mechanical ventilation, through bronchoscopy. we realized a retrospective reviewed of the charts of patients with mechanical ventilation in a NICU during a one-year period and whom a bronchoscopy was carried out for respiratory distress after extubation. We analyzed; the type of lesion, age of gestation and birth weight, gender, mechanical ventilation days, atelectasis, age and days of extra uterine life in the moment of the bronchoscopy. In the variables we achieved frequency, averages, media and standard deviations. we reviewed 55 charts. The mean gestational age was 34 weeks, birth weight 2075 g and 38 days with mechanical ventilation. Male 52.7 %. Atelectasis in 78.7 %, a third of the patients required mechanical ventilation after extubation. The airway lesions were (%); bronchial stenosis 25.4, laryngotracheobronchitis 18.1, laryngeal edema 10.9, laryngotracheitis 7.2, laryngomalacia 7.2 %, ulcer 7.2, cord paralysis 5.4, granulom 3.6 and normal 3.6. Three required tracheotomy. subglotic stenosis was the complications more frequent. Ideally all the neonates after mechanical ventilation shoud realized a bronchoscopy for preventing complications.

  5. Techniques in human airway inflammation - Quantity and morphology of bronchial biopsy specimens taken by forceps of three sizes

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    Aleva, RM; Kraan, J; Smith, M; ten Hacken, NHT; Postma, DS; Timens, W

    Background: In recent years, fiberoptic bronchoscopy has been introduced successfully in the research of bronchial asthma. Bronchial biopsy specimens obtained by this procedure are small, and an optimal biopsy technique is necessary to obtain high-quality tissue samples, as sufficient length of

  6. ORIGINAL ARTICLE ORIG Is airway diameter measured accurately ...

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    tracheal or bronchial stenoses includes bronchoscopy and CT (computed tomography).2 This process affords the opportunity to study aspects of CT relating to airway stenosis. Axial CT scans produce excellent resolution in the horizontal plane, but the extent of airway disease may be underestimated if only axial images are ...

  7. A Diagnostic Program for Patients Suspected of Having Lung Cancer

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    Stigt, Jos A.; Uil, Steven M.; Oostdijk, Ad H.; Boers, James E.; van den Berg, Jan-Willem K.; Groen, Harry J. M.


    In 297 patients suspected of having lung cancer, invasive diagnostic procedures followed positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET-CT) on the same day. For patients with a diagnosis of malignancy (215/297), investigations were finalized on 1 day in 85%, and bronchoscopy was performed in


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    A 77 yr old male was referred for dyspnoea and recurrent infections of the lower airways for the previous five months. On the lateral chest roentgenogram a process in the tracheal area was found, and during bronchoscopy a polypoid tumour was seen about four centimetres above the main carina. It

  9. Spirometer-controlled cine magnetic resonance imaging used to diagnose tracheobronchomalacia in paediatric patients. (United States)

    Ciet, Pierluigi; Wielopolski, Piotr; Manniesing, Rashindra; Lever, Sandra; de Bruijne, Marleen; Morana, Giovanni; Muzzio, Pier Carlo; Lequin, Maarten H; Tiddens, Harm A W M


    Tracheobronchomalacia (TBM) is defined as an excessive collapse of the intrathoracic trachea. Bronchoscopy is the gold standard for diagnosing TBM; however it has major disadvantages, such as general anaesthesia. Cine computed tomography (CT) is a noninvasive alternative used to diagnose TBM, but its use in children is restricted by ionising radiation. Our aim was to evaluate the feasibility of spirometer-controlled cine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as an alternative to cine-CT in a retrospective study. 12 children with a mean age (range) of 12 years (7-17 years), suspected of having TBM, underwent cine-MRI. Static scans were acquired at end-inspiration and expiration covering the thorax using a three-dimensional spoiled gradient echo sequence. Three-dimensional dynamic scans were performed covering only the central airways. TBM was defined as a decrease of the trachea or bronchi diameter >50% at end-expiration in the static and dynamic scans. The success rate of the cine-MRI protocol was 92%. Cine-MRI was compared with bronchoscopy or chest CT in seven subjects. TBM was diagnosed by cine-MRI in seven (58%) out of 12 children and was confirmed by bronchoscopy or CT. In four patients, cine-MRI demonstrated tracheal narrowing that was not present in the static scans. Spirometer controlled cine-MRI is a promising technique to assess TBM in children and has the potential to replace bronchoscopy.

  10. Case Report: Rapidly fatal Askin's tumor: a case report and literature ...

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    An 18-year-old male presented with a mass in the right anterior chest wall. Chest Computed tomography revealed a heterogenous mass of 19X13 cm in the right hemithorax with areas of necrosis. There was associated pleural effusion and infiltration of the soft parts of the chest wall. Bronchoscopy showed a tumor in middle ...

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    Jul 1, 2017 ... ... Irving L, Steinfort D. Bronchoscopic training and practice in australia and New Zealand is inconsistent with published society guidelines. Journal of bronchology & interventional pulmonology. 2014;21(2):117-22. 23. Moorthy K, Smith S, Brown T, Bann S, Darzi. A. Evaluation of virtual reality bronchoscopy.

  12. An acute adrenal insufficiency revealing pituitary metastases of lung ...

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    The chest X Rays revealed pulmonary opacity. Computed tomography scan of the chest showed a multiples tumors with mediastinal lymphadenopathy. Bronchoscopy and biopsy demonstrated a pulmonary adenocarcinoma. Hence we concluded to a lung cancer with multiple pituitary and adrenal gland metastases.

  13. Oxygen general saturation after bronchography anaesthesia . under

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    Aug 19, 1989 ... Katz AS, Michelson EL, Stawicki J, Holford FD. Cardiac arrhythmias, frequency during fiberoptic bronchoscopy and correlation with hypoxemia. Arch Inrern Med 1981; 141: 603-606. 7. Motley HL,Tomashefski JF. Acute effects of lipiodol instillation on respira- tory gas exchange. Am] Physio11951; 167: 812.

  14. Pulmonary co-morbidity in HIV-infected sputum AFB smear-negative ...

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    Objectives: To determine the extend of comorbidity present in HIV positive and negative patients with respiratory tract infections. Methods: Descriptive cross sectional study. Between October 2002 and December 2003 88 bronchoscopies were analysed at Mulago teaching hospital. Results: 70.5% of the patients were HIV ...

  15. Airway Autoimmune Inflammatory Response (AAIR) Syndrome: An Asthma-Autoimmune Overlap Disorder? (United States)

    Spencer, Chantal Y; Millman, Jennifer; Veiga, Keila; Vicencio, Alfin G


    Asthma encompasses numerous phenotypes that may require alternate approaches to diagnosis and therapy, particularly for patients whose symptoms remain poorly controlled despite escalating treatment. We describe 3 patients with apparent asthma who demonstrated unusual findings on cryobiopsy by flexible bronchoscopy and responded to therapy directed against autoimmune disease. Copyright © 2018 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  16. Proteomic analysis of human epithelial lining fluid by microfluidics-based nanoLC-MS/MS : A feasibility study

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    Franciosi, Lorenza; Govorukhina, Natalia; Fusetti, Fabrizia; Poolman, Bert; Lodewijk, Monique E.; Timens, Wim; Postma, Dirkje; ten Hacken, Nick; Bischoff, Rainer

    Microfluidics-based nanoLC-MS/MS (chipLC-MS/MS) was used to identify and quantify proteins in epithelial lining fluid (ELF), collected during bronchoscopy from the main bronchi of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients and healthy controls using microprobes. ELF is a biofluid that is

  17. Transcutaneous carbon dioxide in severe COPD patients during bronchoscopic lung volume reduction. (United States)

    Fruchter, Oren; Carmi, Uri; Ingenito, Edward P; Refaeli, Yeal; Kramer, Mordechai R


    Patients undergoing bronchoscopy are usually monitored only by pulse oximetry, hence hypoventilation cannot be assessed. Transcutaneous carbon dioxide tension (TcPCO(2)) monitoring is a non-invasive technique to assess hypoventilation. Patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) undergoing bronchoscopy are at increased risk for sedation-induced hypoventilation. The aim of the study was to measure TcPCO(2) using a digital sensor to examine the occurrence of hypoventilation during bronchoscopic lung volume reduction (BLVR). Combined TcPCO(2) and SpO(2) saturation and arterial blood gases (ABG) were prospectively measured in 15 patients with severe COPD (Mean FEV(1) 29%) undergoing BLVR under conscious sedation with IV midazolam and IV alfentanil. A highly significant correlation was noted between simultaneous ABG PCO(2) samplings and TcPCO(2) measured (R = 0.85, p 55 mmHg), observed in 7 (46%) patients, was 9 min (range 0-53). Bronchoscopy performed under conscious sedation in patients with severe COPD is frequently associated with significant hypoventilation that can only be detected by TcPCO(2) monitoring. Combined measurement of SpO(2) and TcPCO(2) during bronchoscopy enhances patient safety, helps guide administration of sedation, and can alert physicians to the need for anesthesia reversal following completion of bronchoscopic interventions. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Normal lymph node size at Endobronchial ultrasound guided Transbronchial needle aspiration correlates to benign cytopathological diagnosis but does not rule out malignancy

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    Ida Skovgaard, Christiansen; Bødtger, Uffe


    , bronchoscopy and thoracoscopy did not differ between groups.Conclusion Malignancy is the most likely diagnosis in patients with PE referred to pulmonologists. Half of cases were diagnosed by thoracentesis but without a reduction in number of investigations used. Additional tissue for advanced...... immunohistochemistry, or same-day investigational procedures might be underlying causes for this discrepancy....

  19. Radial probe endobronchial ultrasound for peripheral pulmonary lesions. A 5-year institutional experience. (United States)

    Chen, Alexander; Chenna, Praveen; Loiselle, Andrea; Massoni, Jennifer; Mayse, Martin; Misselhorn, David


    Technological advances have improved the ability of bronchoscopists to access peripheral pulmonary lesions for tissue sampling. Radial probe endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) provides real-time feedback to guide biopsies of peripheral lesions, thereby potentially improving diagnostic yield over conventional bronchoscopy. We assessed the overall diagnostic yield of peripheral bronchoscopy using radial probe EBUS for peripheral pulmonary lesions, as well as factors that might influence the diagnostic yield, such as radial ultrasound view, lesion size, and ability to locate the peripheral lesion. We conducted a retrospective review of peripheral bronchoscopy cases in which radial probe EBUS was utilized to diagnose peripheral pulmonary lesions at a tertiary care university hospital. Our study cohort comprised 496 patients who underwent bronchoscopies between January 2008 and December 2012 for the diagnosis of peripheral pulmonary lesions. Radial probe EBUS was used alone for diagnostic purposes in 467 patients. A diagnosis was made on that basis in 321 (69%) of 467 patients. A diagnosis was obtained for 83 of 144 (58%) of nodules 1-2 cm in diameter, 99 of 137 (72%) of nodules 2.1-3 cm, 54 of 70 (77%) of nodules 3.1-4 cm, 41 of 47 (87%) of nodules 4.1-5 cm, and 35 of 40 (88%) of nodules larger than 5.1 cm. Of all 467 nodules, 446 (96%) were successfully identified using radial probe EBUS. When the radial probe position was within the target lesion, the diagnostic yield was 84% compared with 48% when the probe was positioned adjacent to the lesion. Radial probe EBUS can be used to guide biopsy during peripheral bronchoscopy. This technique provides real-time ultrasound-based confirmation of target lesion localization prior to biopsy. Using radial probe EBUS, the vast majority of peripheral pulmonary nodules can be identified. Radial EBUS probe position relative to the target lesion significantly affects the diagnostic yield.

  20. [Diagnosis of children with occult bronchial foreign body]. (United States)

    He, Beibei; Huang, Ying; Li, Qubei; Dai, Jihong; Yuan, Xiaoping


    To investigate the clinical manifestation of children with occult bronchial foreign body, to analyze the reasons of misdiagnosis, to summarize the way of diagnosis and to emphasize the value of bronchoscopy in diagnosis and treatment of children with such disease. A retrospective analysis of 22 cases of occult bronchial foreign body diagnosed and treated with bronchoscopy in Children's Hospital of Chongqing Medical University during the period from March 1, 2009 to February 28, 2014. Of the 22 cases, 15 were male and 7 female. Their age ranged from nine months and eight days to fourteen years and six months. The course of disease ranged in length from six days to one year. It took us one to thirty-three days in diagnosing the problem. They or their parents all denied aspirating foreign body and the patients did not have irritating chokes. They did not have tracheal displacement or flapping sound. There were no direct signs of bronchial foreign body in their imaging examination. Twenty-one patients were diagnosed as pneumonia before bronchoscopy, and the remaining one was diagnosed as tuberculosis. All of the patients were complicated with infection; atelectasis was found in 15 cases/times, lung consolidation in 10 cases/times, emphysema in 4, pleural effusion in 5, bronchiectasis in 4, one case had respiratory failure, one case had septicemia. The clinical symptoms were relieved in the patients after bronchoscopy, 3 cases were cured, 19 cases were improved. Occult bronchial foreign body with certain complications and great harm is hard to diagnose. We should pay more attention to the important clues, such as a child with repeated pulmonary infection, indirect signs of airway obstruction and difficult to treat. Early bronchoscopy will be useful to improve diagnostics once the vital clue is found.

  1. Muddy clinical waters: a missed betel nut in the bronchus. (United States)

    Karande, Sunil; Vaideeswar, Pradeep; Muranjan, Mamta


    A toddler presented with a 5-month history of recurrent episodes of cough, wheezing and fever. Before referral, the toddler had been initially diagnosed as having bronchial asthma and later as having pulmonary tuberculosis. On examination, the patient was febrile and had severe respiratory distress. Chest radiograph and high-resolution CT of the chest revealed collapse of the entire left lung with diffuse bronchiectasis along with a grossly hyperinflated right lung. CT virtual bronchoscopy did not reveal any foreign body. The parents denied any history suggestive of foreign body aspiration and refused consent for rigid bronchoscopy. Nine days after admission, chest physiotherapy was inadvertently prescribed to the patient. Within an hour, the patient experienced acute respiratory deterioration and died. Autopsy revealed a piece of betel nut in the right main bronchus; it had got dislodged from its initial site in the left main bronchus following the chest physiotherapy session. 2015 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

  2. Early diagnosis of early stage lung cancer

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    Andrej Debeljak


    Full Text Available Background: For the detection of premalignant changes of bronchial mucosa and early stages of lung cancer frequent chest X-ray, spiral low dose computed tomography, fluorescence bronchoscopy, sputum cytology (also with automated systems with genetic and molecular changes in the sputum cells and bronchial mucosa were used. These screening methods of the high-risk groups for lung cancer achieved: earlier diagnosis of lung cancer in lower stage, higher operability, longer 5-year survival, but without mortality reduction.Conclusions: In the clinical practice we can examine higher risk groups for lung cancer in randomised control trials with multimodality approach: frequent chest low-dose fast spiral computed tomography, sputum cytology with genetic and molecular examinations and fluorescence bronchoscopy. Smoking cessation remains the best means to achieve mortality reduction from lung cancer.

  3. Endobronchial Perineurioma: An Unusual Soft Tissue Lesion in an Unreported Location

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    Lisa Duncan


    Full Text Available We report the first case of an endobronchial perineurioma, a rare benign neoplasm typically occurring in soft tissue. A 53-year-old nonsmoking female presented with a three-month history of persistent bronchitis. A CT scan followed by bronchoscopy demonstrated an endobronchial lesion involving the left mainstem bronchus. Removal of the lesion by bronchoscopy was accomplished. The tumor was composed of bland spindle cells in a variably collagenized stroma. These cells had long cytoplasmic processes. No mitotic activity or necrosis was observed. Neoplastic cells were immunoreactive for epithelial membrane antigen (EMA, CD34, and claudin-1. Smooth muscle actin (SMA, desmin, and S-100 immunostains were all negative. Based on the morphologic appearance and immunophenotype, a diagnosis of perineurioma was rendered.

  4. Antibody responses to a major Pneumocystis carinii antigen in human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients with and without P. carinii pneumonia

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    Lundgren, Bettina; Lundgren, Jens Dilling; Nielsen, T


    Antibody responses to a major purified human Pneumocystis carinii surface antigen (gp95) were determined by ELISA in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients. Serum IgG directed against gp95 was measured in 129 consecutive HIV-infected patients who underwent bronchoscopy for evaluation...... of pulmonary symptoms. Significantly more patients with P. carinii pneumonia (PCP) had detectable antibodies compared with HIV-infected patients without PCP and with HIV-negative controls (50 [66%] of 76 vs. 18 [34%] of 53 and 7 [35%] of 20, respectively; P less than .001), and the level of antibody response...... was higher (mean optical density ratio: 0.6 vs. 0.23 and 0.2, respectively; P less than .01). Changes in antibody response were investigated in 78 patients for whom serial serum samples taken around the time of bronchoscopy were available. Of the 47 patients with verified PCP, 20 (43%) mounted an antibody...

  5. Extraction of airway foreign bodies in adults: experience from 1987-2008. (United States)

    Ramos, Montserrat Blanco; Fernández-Villar, Alberto; Rivo, José Eduardo; Leiro, Virginia; García-Fontán, Eva; Botana, María Isabel; Torres, María Luísa; Cañizares, Miguel Angel


    To determine the incidence and the clinical, radiographic, and endoscopic characteristics of adult patients in our area diagnosed with tracheobronchial foreign bodies (FBs), we have performed a descriptive retrospective study analysing rigid and flexible bronchoscopies practised at our department between 1987 and 2008 in patients older than 14 years. Of the 9781 bronchoscopies performed, 32 involved cases of bronchoaspiration of FBs. The mean age of the patients was 43.81 years (S.D. 21.43); 65.6% were male and 34.4% were female. Acute or recurrent infection was the most frequent clinical presentation. Chest radiographs provided data for diagnosis in 68% of the cases. The most common FB aspirated were inorganic (pins and plastic devices 21.4%, respectively). In conclusion, we can state that in our area tracheobronchial aspiration of FBs by adults is not common. The clinical symptoms are highly variable and the FBs are usually lodged in the right bronchial tree.

  6. Endobronchial neurogenic tumor: A combination of traumatic neuroma and neurofibroma

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    Amit Tandon


    Full Text Available Traumatic neuromas are uncommon and benign lesions arising from a peripheral nerve injury during surgery. Here we describe a case with histopathologic features of both a traumatic neuroma and neurofibroma in a patient without integumentary physical exam findings nor prior surgical history. A 54 year old male was admitted for surgical debridement of a foot ulcer. During pre-operative evaluation and review of imaging multiple CT scans revealed a stable, 4 mm endobronchial lesion in the left lower lobe. Given history of nicotine abuse, bronchoscopy was performed. Bronchoscopy showed a pearly, polypoid lesion. Histopathological results showed strong positivity for S-100 protein and spindle cell proliferation. Repeat CT chest showed no new lesions in the bronchial tree. The rarity of this case is noted not only by the limited number of bronchial neurogenic tumors, but the combined features in this case of a traumatic neuroma and neurofibroma which has not been described.

  7. Left upper lobe mass and diffuse reticular-nodular infiltrate. (United States)

    Jackson, H D; Carney, K J; Knautz, M A; Tenholder, M F


    We encountered a clinical problem in a young man who presented with a left upper lobe mass and a diffuse reticular-nodular infiltrate. We thought we had appropriately applied Murphy's Law (the famed bank robber who "went where the money is"), and Ockham's Razor (the philosopher William of Ockham [1285 to 1349]-"Entities are not to be multiplied beyond necessity") as we rapidly diagnosed the lung mass with computed tomography, scintigraphy, and fine-needle aspiration. However, when his invaluable previous chest radiographs arrived, bronchoscopy with transbronchial biopsy, bronchoalveolar lavage, brushings, and postbronchoscopy sputum revealed the more ominous diagnosis in this patient. This case illustrates the complementary nature of current imaging and bronchoscopy techniques; but, even more importantly, it demonstrates the value of the history coupled with the previous radiograph. Even an unusual case can provide lessons in cost containment.

  8. Pneumonia, lung cancer or Medlar's core?

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    Filippo Luciani


    Full Text Available Here, we report a case of 57-year-old previously healthy man with six-months medical history of significant chronic cough and recurring episodes of fever. Cytology, bacteria, fungi and acid fast bacilli in the sputum were negative. CT scan, initially interpreted as suspected lung cancer, detected by chest x-ray, revealed pneumonia. Bronchoscopy is frequently necessary for the diagnosis as well as the treatment as a routine practice and in this case was applied. Our patient underwent to fiberoptic rigid bronchoscopy in the right upper lobe in general anaesthesia. Unexpectedly, a vegetal FB, Medlar's core instead a tumor, was removed. After two-months follow-up the patient was found healthy without any old or other symptoms.

  9. Clear plastic cups: a childhood choking hazard. (United States)

    Weiss, R L; Goldstein, M N; Dharia, A; Zahtz, G; Abramson, A L; Patel, M


    The disposable plastic beverage cup is not usually regarded as hazardous to young children. Certain varieties of these products however, are manufactured from a brittle, clear plastic that easily cracks and fragments. While most conscientious parents keep their children safe from peanuts, balloons, and other known choking hazards, a child can surreptitiously bite a cup edge and aspirate the fragment. We report two cases of foreign body aspiration involving clear plastic cups that went undetected one of which remained 21 months following a negative rigid bronchoscopy. Diagnostic difficulties are related to the transparency and radiolucency of these objects. When suspicious of foreign body aspiration in children, otolaryngologists should inquire about the availability of clear plastic cups in the household and be mindful of the diagnostic pitfalls. Further investigations including CT scanning and repeat bronchoscopy may be helpful in cases of suspected missed foreign bodies. An educational campaign aimed at prevention and placement of product package warning labels should be established.

  10. [Bronchospasm and hemoptysis. Could have the same cause?]. (United States)

    Damas, C; Hespanhol, V


    The authors describe the case of a man, 46 years old, former smoker, former bird breeder, followed in the service of Imunoallergology for bronchospasm without response to the treatment. After experiencing an hemoptysis he was admitted in our service. He was submitted to many exams, which include a flexible bronchoscopy. This technique allows the identification of an endobronquial necrotic mass, which almost obstructed the main right bronchus. In order to obtain a bigger and more representative sample a rigid bronchoscopy was performed. This technique showed a broncholith, which was partially removed, and a bronchial fistula. Actually he is assimptomatic and under annual surveillance. First described for Aristoteles, the broncholithiasis is defined by the presence of stones in the bronchial tree. It is a very rare pathology, with a variable clinical expression, which must be considered whenever there is respiratory complaints in association with hilar or mediastinic calcifications.

  11. Resolution of obstructive atelectasis with non-invasive mechanical ventilation. (United States)

    Mirambeaux Villalona, Rosa; Mayoralas Alises, Sagrario; Díaz Lobato, Salvador


    Bronchoscopy is a commonly used technique in patients with atelectasis due to mucus plugs. We present here the case of an 82-year-old patient with a history of Meige's syndrome who developed acute respiratory failure due to atelectasis of the right upper lobe associated with hospital-acquired pneumonia. The patient had a severely reduced level of consciousness, significant work-of-breathing and severe hypercapnic acidosis, all of which contraindicated bronchoscopy. Bi-level noninvasive mechanical ventilation (NIMV) was initiated by way of a face mask. Progress was favourable, with clear clinical and gasometric improvement. The chest X-ray performed 12hours later showed complete resolution of the atelectasis. These data suggest that NIMV may be useful in the treatment of atelectasis is some critical patients. Copyright © 2013 SEPAR. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  12. Diagnostic use of PCR for detection of Pneumocystis carinii in oral wash samples

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    Helweg-Larsen, J; Jensen, Jens Ulrik Stæhr; Benfield, T


    There is a need to develop noninvasive methods for the diagnosis of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in patients unable to undergo bronchoscopy or induction sputum. Oral wash specimens are easily obtained, and P. carinii nucleic acid can be amplified and demonstrated by PCR. In routine clinical use...... and was compared to a previously described PCR protocol (mitochondrial RNA) run in a research laboratory. Both PCR methods amplified a sequence of the mitochondrial rRNA gene of P. carinii. Paired bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and oral wash specimens from 76 consecutive human immunodeficiency virus type 1-infected...... persons undergoing a diagnostic bronchoscopy were included. The TD-PCR procedure was quicker than the mitochondrial PCR procedure (oral wash...

  13. Management of blunt tracheal trauma in children: a case series and review of the literature. (United States)

    Duval, Elisabeth L; Geraerts, Saskia D; Brackel, Hein J


    Blunt tracheal trauma seldom develops in children because of their anatomy and the mobility of the cartilage. It has the potential to be overlooked, either because of the severity of concomitant injuries or because of the unfamiliarity of paediatricians with this type of injury. However, tracheal injury might be lethal due to airway compromise. Early bronchoscopy may be necessary to anticipate complications and prevent permanent dysfunction. We present a retrospective, double-institution case series over a 5-year period, describing five children, aged 3 to 14 years, with tracheal injury after blunt cervical trauma. All patients showed emphysema with pneumomediastinum. After explorative bronchoscopy, all patients were successfully treated with antibiotics and/or supportive ventilation. In summary, minimal lesions due to blunt tracheal trauma could be treated conservatively in children. Since the external signs of tracheal injury are not indicative of the extent of the trauma, a high index of suspicion is warranted in these patients.

  14. Bilateral lung disease, extensive and diffuse. Diagnosis of pulmonary alveolar proteinosis by bronchoscopic cryobiopsy

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    Sebastián Gando


    Full Text Available Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP is a rare disease characterized by the intra-alveolar accumulation of a proteinaceous phospholipid-laden material called surfactant. Clinically, this disease should be suspected with respiratory failure in association with a crazy paving pattern on high-resolution chest computed tomography. We report a 24-year-old gentleman who was referred to us for a history of respiratory failure, treatment with invasive ventilation and tracheostomy. His blood exams and biochemistry were normal. His infectious and rheumatological panel was negative for a secondary disease. A flexible bronchoscopy with a transbronchial biopsy through a CryoProbe was performed. An anatomopathological analysis was periodic acid-Schiff positive for PAP. A CryoProbe is a recently developed diagnostic tool that improves the diagnostic yield in diffuse lung diseases compared to bronchoscopy with transbronchial biopsy. This method should be considered for patients with diffuse lung disease and PAP.

  15. Diagnostic use of PCR for detection of Pneumocystis carinii in oral wash samples

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    Helweg-Larsen, J; Jensen, Jens Ulrik Stæhr; Benfield, T


    There is a need to develop noninvasive methods for the diagnosis of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in patients unable to undergo bronchoscopy or induction sputum. Oral wash specimens are easily obtained, and P. carinii nucleic acid can be amplified and demonstrated by PCR. In routine clinical use...... and was compared to a previously described PCR protocol (mitochondrial RNA) run in a research laboratory. Both PCR methods amplified a sequence of the mitochondrial rRNA gene of P. carinii. Paired bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and oral wash specimens from 76 consecutive human immunodeficiency virus type 1-infected...... persons undergoing a diagnostic bronchoscopy were included. The TD-PCR procedure was quicker than the mitochondrial PCR procedure (wash...

  16. Bronchial and cardiac ruptures due to blunt trauma. (United States)

    Misao, Takahiko; Yoshikawa, Takeshi; Aoe, Motoi; Iga, Norichika; Furukawa, Masashi; Suezawa, Takanori; Tago, Mamoru


    Tracheobronchial and cardiac injuries following blunt thoracic trauma are uncommon but can be life-threatening. We report a case in which the patient with bronchial and right atrial ruptures due to blunt trauma survived after emergent repairs. An 18-year-old female driver was transported to our hospital after a traffic accident and was hemodynamically stable on arrival. Chest computed tomography revealed cervicomediastinal emphysema and hemopericardium, and fiberoptic bronchoscopy showed a tear in the right main bronchus. She was intubated with a double-lumen endotracheal tube guided by bronchoscopy. A median sternotomy was undertaken, and a laceration of the right atrium was oversewn without the use of cardiopulmonary bypass. After that, right-sided thoracotomy was performed. The tear in the membranous portion of the right main bronchus was repaired with interrupted sutures, and the suture lines were wrapped with a pedicled flap of intercostal muscle.

  17. Late-onset Pompe disease with left-sided bronchomalacia. (United States)

    Yang, Chia-Feng; Niu, Dau-Ming; Jeng, Mei-Jy; Lee, Yu-Sheng; Taso, Pei-Chen; Soong, Wen-Jue


    Pompe disease is a rare autosomal recessive disorder caused by α-glucosidase deficiency. Lower airway involvement and management are rare in patients with late-onset Pompe disease. We describe the case of a 16-y-old girl with late-onset Pompe disease who presented with obvious progressive deterioration in respiratory function. Pulmonary hypertension was also apparent on echocardiography. She had been on enzyme replacement therapy and nighttime CPAP ventilation for several years. Flexible bronchoscopy was used for diagnosis and subsequent implantation of a bronchial airway stent. Following implantation of the stent, the patient's pulmonary function stabilized, and her pulmonary hypertension resolved. The patient continued on enzyme replacement therapy and nighttime CPAP ventilation. This case highlights that lower airway involvement may occur with late-onset Pompe disease and that flexible bronchoscopy can be an effective tool for both diagnosis and management of lower airway collapse in late-onset Pompe disease. Copyright © 2015 by Daedalus Enterprises.

  18. Herpetic tracheitis in association with rituximab therapy


    Thong, Lorraine; Plant, Barry J.; McCarthy, Julie; Murphy, Desmond M.


    Abstract A 58?year old lady under active follow?up with the respiratory services at our institution for bronchiectasis secondary to hypogammaglobulinaemia presented with hoarseness and haemoptysis. She was also receiving rituximab maintenance therapy for follicular lymphoma. Bronchoscopy demonstrated vesicular lesions on her vocal cords and trachea, confirmed as herpes simplex virus (HSV) on cytological analysis of brushings. She responded well to intravenous valacyclovir. Rituximab is increa...

  19. Interstitial lung disease pattern turned out to be a predominantly lepidic lung adenocarcinoma

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    Irena Hammen, Dr. Med


    Full Text Available We report a case of a 46-year-old woman without any medical history who presented to our Respiratory Department with exertional dyspnoea for the last 6 weeks associated with non-productive cough. Chest radiography showed bilateral diffuse interstitial opacity. Bronchoalveolar lavage and transbronchial biopsies performed during flexible bronchoscopy as a step in the diagnostic workup of idiopathic interstitial pneumonia showed cells of pulmonary adenocarcinoma.

  20. Metastasizing Bronchopulmonary Leiomyosarcoma


    Speros Livieratos MD; Eddie Fatakhov MD; Ali Ammar MD; Thomas Dillard MD; Bruce Davis MD


    An otherwise healthy 55-year-old female, nonsmoker, was seen in pulmonary consultation for progressively worsening shortness of breath. She had undergone a complete hysterectomy 7 years prior for bleeding leiomyomas. On presentation, her initial chest X-ray showed a large right-sided pleural effusion with multiple pulmonary nodules. Two thoracenteses failed to reveal any cytologic abnormalities. Bronchoscopy revealed smooth, round, endobronchial lesions. Histologic examination showed features...

  1. Venovenous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation as a Treatment for Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome


    Umei, Nao; Ichiba, Shingo


    The mortality rate for respiratory failure resulting from obesity hypoventilation syndrome is high if it requires ventilator management. We describe a case of severe acute respiratory failure resulting from obesity hypoventilation syndrome (BMI, 60.2 kg/m2) successfully treated with venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO). During ECMO management, a mucus plug was removed by bronchoscopy daily and 18 L of water was removed using diuretics, resulting in weight loss of 24 kg. Th...

  2. Medical image of the week: tracheoesophageal fistula

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    Wong C


    Full Text Available A 51 year old woman with a history of tracheal and bronchial stents for airway impingment from small cell carcinoma was intubated for respiratory failure. After prolonged intubation, she underwent tracheostomy to transition into hospice. The tracheal stent was removed during the procedure due to its location. A tracheoesophageal fistula was demonstrated by visualization of her feeding tube on bronchoscopy performed the next day. The patient underwent palliative ablation of the tracheal tumor and died several days later in hospice.

  3. Effect of premedication on stress and plasma cortisol in patients bronchoscoped under local anaesthesia

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    Wesseling, H.; Edens, E. Th.

    Four groups of 8 patients undergoing bronchoscopy were premedicated with either pentobarbitone 1 mg/kg i.m. followed by i.v. saline, or diazepam 10 mg and saline i.v., or diazepam 10 mg i.m. followed by diazepam 20 mg i.v. and, diazepam 20 mg i.m. and then saline i.v. Both the patients and the

  4. Management of massive haemoptysis with the rigid bronchoscope and cold saline lavage.


    Conlan, A A; Hurwitz, S S


    Twelve successive patients with massive haemoptysis were treated by emergency rigid bronchoscopy and lavage of the bleeding lung with cold saline. All patients stopped bleeding during the procedure and all blood and clot was evacuated from the accessible airways. The bleeding source was localised to a lobe in seven cases, and lateralised in the remaining five patients. Five patients had a second haemorrhage during that hospital stay and cold saline lavage again terminated it. Further therapy,...

  5. Massive cryptogenic hemoptysis undergoing pulmonary resection: clinical and pathological characteristics and management


    Xia, Xiao-Dong; Ye, Le-Ping; Zhang, Wei-Xi; Wu, Cheng-Yun; Yan, Sun-Shun; Weng, Hai-Xia; Lin, Jie; Xu, Hui; Zhang, Yue-Feng; Dai, Yuan-Rong; Dong, Liang


    Massive cryptogenic hemoptysis is a common presenting symptom and cause of hospitalization for respiratory diseases, and represents a challenging condition in the clinical. This study aimed to analyze the clinical and pathologic data and management of patients with massive cryptogenic hemoptysis. We retrospectively reviewed 12 patients with massive cryptogenic hemotysis in our hospital between January 2003 and December 2012. Bronchoscopy showed submucosal vascular abnormalities in 4 patients....


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    Fachzi Fitri


    Full Text Available AbstrakAspirasi benda asing di bronkus adalah kasus emergensi THT-KL yang merupakan salah satu penyebab morbiditas dan mortalitas utama pada anak, terutama usia dibawah 3 tahun. Aspirasi benda asing yang tersering pada bayi dan anak adalah benda organik, sehingga membutuhkan penanganan yang cepat karena akan menimbulkan komplikasi serius apabila tindakannya terlambat. Keterlambatan diagnosis aspirasi benda asing dipengaruhi oleh faktor tingkat pengetahuan orang tua, ketidak tajaman diagnosis awal dan komplikasi dari benda asing di jalan nafas. Tindakan bronkoskopi tepat waktu akan menghindarkan komplikasi yang ireversibel.Dilaporkan satu kasus aspirasi benda asing biji jeruk pada seorang bayi laki-laki usia 7 bulan dengan gagal nafas akut karena keterlambatan diagnosis dan tatalaksana dan telah dilakukan bronkoskopi dalam anastesi umum dengan menggunakan bronkoskopi kaku.Kata kunci : aspirasi benda asing organik, gagal nafas akut, keterlambatan diagnosis, bronkoskopi kaku, anastesi umumAbstractForeign body aspiration in bronchus is an emergency case in ENT-HNS, representing one of the major cause of morbidity and mortality in childhood, especially in children younger than 3 years of age. The most foreign body aspirated in infant and toddler is an organic product, which can cause severe complication if the management was delay. Delayed diagnosis of foreign body aspiration was influenced by parenthal education, early misdiagnosis and complication of the foreign body. Timely bronchoscopy will prevent an irreversible complication.A case of foreign body orange seed aspiration in a boy 7 months old with acute breathing failure because of delayed diagnosis and management, the management was bronchoscopy using rigid bronchoscopy in general anesthesia.Key word : organic foreign body aspiration, acute respiratory distress, delayed diagnosis, rigid bronchoscopy, general anesthesia

  7. Rickets and tracheobronchomalacia


    Bangalore, Harish; Bisht, Suniti; Inusa, Baba


    Rickets is increasingly encountered in practice, even in the Western world. One recent publication reports an overall incidence of 7.5 per 100 000 children. Respiratory infections are well known to be associated with rickets. We present a case of rickets with severe respiratory complications. Tracheobronchomalacia was detected on bronchoscopy. We believe that tracheobronchomalacia may be a hitherto unrecognised finding in rickets and may need to be investigated further.

  8. Endobronchial myxoma: Case report


    Rolo, R; Pereira,R; Eisele, L; Ferreira, L.; Nogueira, R.; Cunha, J.


    INTRODUCTION: Pulmonary myxoma is an extremely rare benign neoplasm. It is mostly parenchymal but may occasionally occur within the tracheobronchial tree. There are very few reports of endobronchial myxoma. CASE REPORT: We describe a case of endobronchial myxoma in a 40-year-old female patient with a history of asthma and repeated right-sided pneumonia. Thoracic computed tomography (CT) showed medium lobe atelectasis. Fiber optic bronchoscopy revealed a polypoid, well-circumscribed tumor,...

  9. A bronchial fibroepithelial polyp with abnormal findings on auto?fluorescence imaging


    Saito, Naomi; Yamasaki, Masahiro; Daido, Wakako; Ishiyama, Sayaka; Deguchi, Naoko; Taniwaki, Masaya


    Bronchial fibroepithelial polyps represent a rare type of tumour that displays endobronchial growth. The findings of these lesions on auto?fluorescence imaging (AFI) bronchoscopy have not been reported, despite the usefulness of AFI in detecting early lung cancer. We report the case of a patient with a bronchial fibroepithelial polyp that displayed positivity (magenta colour) on AFI. The patient was a 65?year?old man, in whom an endobronchial polypoid lesion of 10?mm diameter had been detecte...

  10. [A case of paragonimiasis miyazakii suspected after pathologic examination and subsequently confirmed]. (United States)

    Ota, Kyoko; Matsuyama, Masashi; Kokuho, Nariaki; Masuko, Hironori; Hayashi, Hiroki; Iizuka, Takashi; Hayashibara, Kenji; Saito, Takefumi; Kawabata, Yoshinori; Tomichi, Nobukazu


    A 58-year-old man presented with right backache and bloody sputum. Chest X-ray revealed a nodular opacity in the right lung. Since could not obtain a diagnosis by bronchoscopy, we performed a lower lobectomy. Histopathologically, there were irregularly shaped necrotizing granulomas and an area of acute hemorrhagic, eosinophilic abscess. We suspected paragonimiasis. The diagnosis of paragonimiasis miyazakii was confirmed by ELISA. This is a valuable case of suspected paragonimiasis confirmed pathologically.

  11. Innovative use of a Montgomery cannula in the bronchoscopic management of tracheal stenosis and failed tracheostomy decannulation. (United States)

    Huang, Haidong; Chen, Changming; Bedi, Harmeet; Bai, Chong; Li, Qiang; Hohenforst-Schmidt, Wolfgang; Zarogoulidis, Paul


    Endoprosthesis are being used in the everyday clinical practice either as a permanent solution or transient. They can be used in both benign and malignant situations. We report a case in which a temporary Montgomery cannula is used in conjunction with therapeutic bronchoscopy to manage a patient with failed tracheostomy decannulation secondary to a distal complex tracheal stenosis. This innovative use of the Montgomery cannula allowed for successful management of the patient's tracheal stenosis and subsequent tracheostomy tube decannulation.

  12. Virtual bronchoscopic approach for combining 3D CT and endoscopic video (United States)

    Sherbondy, Anthony J.; Kiraly, Atilla P.; Austin, Allen L.; Helferty, James P.; Wan, Shu-Yen; Turlington, Janice Z.; Yang, Tao; Zhang, Chao; Hoffman, Eric A.; McLennan, Geoffrey; Higgins, William E.


    To improve the care of lung-cancer patients, we are devising a diagnostic paradigm that ties together three-dimensional (3D) high-resolution computed-tomographic (CT) imaging and bronchoscopy. The system expands upon the new concept of virtual endoscopy that has seen recent application to the chest, colon, and other anatomical regions. Our approach applies computer-graphics and image-processing tools to the analysis of 3D CT chest images and complementary bronchoscopic video. It assumes a two-stage assessment of a lung-cancer patient. During Stage 1 (CT assessment), the physician interacts with a number of visual and quantitative tools to evaluate the patient's 'virtual anatomy' (3D CT scan). Automatic analysis gives navigation paths through major airways and to pre-selected suspect sites. These paths provide useful guidance during Stage-1 CT assessment. While interacting with these paths and other software tools, the user builds a multimedia Case Study, capturing telling snapshot views, movies, and quantitative data. The Case Study contains a report on the CT scan and also provides planning information for subsequent bronchoscopic evaluation. During Stage 2 (bronchoscopy), the physician uses (1) the original CT data, (2) software graphical tools, (3) the Case Study, and (4) a standard bronchoscopy suite to have an augmented vision for bronchoscopic assessment and treatment. To use the two data sources (CT and bronchoscopic video) simultaneously, they must be registered. We perform this registration using both manual interaction and an automated matching approach based on mutual information. We demonstrate our overall progress to date using human CT cases and CT-video from a bronchoscopy- training device.

  13. Intraoperative endobronchial rupture of pulmonary hydatid cyst: An airway catastrophe

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    Richa Gupta


    Full Text Available Hydatid cyst disease of lungs may not be symptomatic. It may present as spontaneous rupture in pleura or a bronchus. During spontaneous breathing, cyst content of endobronchially ruptured pulmonary hydatid cyst is mostly evacuated by coughing. However, during positive pressure ventilation such extruded fragments may lodge into smaller airway leading to an airway catastrophe. We present such accidental endobronchial rupture of pulmonary hydatid cyst during surgery, its prompt detection, and management by rigid bronchoscopy.

  14. Late diagnosis of foreign body aspiration in children with chronic respiratory symptoms. (United States)

    Karakoc, F; Cakir, E; Ersu, R; Uyan, Z S; Colak, B; Karadag, B; Kiyan, G; Dagli, T; Dagli, E


    Children with undiagnosed and retained foreign bodies (FBs) may present with persistent respiratory symptoms. Delayed diagnosis is an important problem in developing countries and several factors affect the delay. To investigate, the incidence of clinically unsuspected foreign body aspiration (FBA) in our flexible bronchoscopy procedures, the causes resulting in late diagnosis of FBA, and the incidence of the complications of FBA according to elapsed time between aspiration and diagnosis. We reviewed the records of all the patients who underwent flexible bronchoscopy between 1997 and 2004 in our clinic. Patients with FBA were identified and their medical records were reviewed. During the study period, 654 children underwent flexible bronchoscopy; 32 cases (4.8%) of FBA were identified. Median age of patients was 29.5 months at presentation with a median symptomatic period of 3 months. None of the patients had a history of FBA. The most common misdiagnosis was bronchitis. Flexible bronchoscopy was performed to these patients within 1 week following presentation. In 87% of the patients (n=28), FBs were in organic nature. Patients were followed up for 21.0 months after removal of the FBs. Fifty-three percent (n=17) of the patients had a complete remission after bronchoscopic removal of the FBs. However, nine (28.8%) patients had chronic respiratory problems and six patients (18.8%) developed bronchiectasis. Atypical or prolonged respiratory symptoms should alert the physician and clinical and radiological findings should be carefully evaluated for a possible FBA. Delay in diagnosis and treatment of FBA should be avoided to prevent complications.

  15. Subeschar Treatment of Burn-Wound Infection (United States)


    patients (31.5%) had suffered inhalation in- burn wound, after the course of subeschar antibiotic infusion, jury, a diagnosis established by some...combination of history, All surviving patients were Infected with Pseudomonas physical examination, flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy, xenon Xe aeruglnosa... Inhalation Organism In Initial Posttreatment Age/Sex Trotl Full Injury Biopsy Specimen (No.)t Biopsy Results Outcome$ Autopsy 23 yr/M 83.0 67.5 Yes

  16. Paired inspiratory/expiratory spiral CT and continuous respiration cine CT in the diagnosis of tracheal instability

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    Heussel, C.P.; Schreiber, W.; Thelen, M.; Kauczor, H.U. [Dept. of Radiology, Johannes Gutenberg Univ., Mainz (Germany); Hafner, B. [Dept. of Ear-Nose-Throat Surgery, Johannes Gutenberg Univ., Mainz (Germany); Lill, J. [Dept. of Pneumology, Johannes Gutenberg Univ., Mainz (Germany)


    In tracheo- and bronchomalacia, localisation and determination of collapse is necessary for planning of surgical procedure. We compared inspiratory and expiratory spiral CT, cine CT, bronchoscopy, exemplary cine MR, and evaluated the clinical relevance. Twenty-nine patients (2 follow-ups; mean age 61 years, age range 27-85 years) with suspected or verified tracheal stenosis or collapse (post-tracheotomy: n=17; neoplasm: n=5; other: n=7) underwent paired breath-hold inspiratory and expiratory spiral CT. Forty-five additional cine CT were performed at 1-4 levels (mean 1.5) during continuous respiration (increment 100 ms) to clarify respiratory collapse. The tracheal cross-sectional diameters of both techniques were calculated. Comparison with bronchoscopy, follow-up, and influence upon therapy were evaluated retrospectively. Exemplary comparison with cine MR (8 frames/s) was done in 3 cases. In addition to bronchoscopy, further information concerning localisation, extent, collapse, stability of the tracheal wall, distal portions of the stenosis and extraluminal compressions were obtained. A significantly higher degree and more pathological collapses (>50%) were seen using cine CT (38%) compared with paired spiral CT (13%; degree: p<0.0001; number: p<0.001). The findings changed the further therapeutic procedure in 16 of 29 patients. Further stenoses were excluded and bronchoscopy was verified in another 13 of 29. Temporal resolution of cine CT and cine MR is sufficient; however, spatial resolution of cine MR is inferior. Paired inspiratory and expiratory spiral CT localises tracheal stenoses and demonstrates relevant extraluminal compression. Significantly improved evaluation of respiratory collapse and further information of localised tracheal instability is obtained by cine CT. Cine MR promises more functional information especially due to free choice of imaging plane. (orig.)

  17. Case report

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    28 janv. 2015 ... Abstract. Les corps étrangers intratrachéobronchiques (CEITB) sont des accidents fréquents chez les enfants. Dans les pays développés, l'extraction de ces. CEITB est réalisée grâce à la fibroscopie bronchique ou à la bronchoscopie rigide. Le recours à la chirurgie est rare. Dans notre contexte, le plateau.

  18. Role of inflammation in nocturnal asthma.


    MacKay, T. W.; Wallace, W A; Howie, S. E.; Brown, P. H.; Greening, A P; Church, M. K.; Douglas, N. J.


    BACKGROUND--Nocturnal airway narrowing is a common problem for patients with asthma but the role of inflammation in its pathogenesis is unclear. Overnight changes in airway inflammatory cell populations were studied in patients with nocturnal asthma and in control normal subjects. METHODS--Bronchoscopies were performed at 0400 hours and 1600 hours in eight healthy subjects and in 10 patients with nocturnal asthma (> 15% overnight fall in peak flow plus at least one awakening/week with asthma)...

  19. Periscopic Spine Surgery (United States)


    Aided Interventions and Medical Robotics (CAIMR), Imaging Science & Information Systems (ISIS) Center, George - town University Medical Center...Washington, DC, USA bDepartment of Engineering Management and System Engineer- ing, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA cDiagnostic Radiology...Lucas T, Gleeson K (2001) Transbronchial biopsy with virtual CT bronchoscopy and nodal highlighting. Radi- ology 221:531–536 2. Choi J, Anderson E, Cleary

  20. Management of antenatally detected fetal airway obstruction. (United States)

    Walker, Paul; Cassey, John; O'callaghan, Stephen


    Five cases of antenatally diagnosed fetal airway obstruction have been cared for at the John Hunter Children's Hospital, Newcastle, Australia. A multidisciplinary team manages them during the perinatal period. We present our technique at the time of delivery, which aims to afford us the greatest flexibility in managing both the mother, her child's airway, and the underlying lesion. We begin with an ex utero intrapartum technique (EXIT) and favor routine rigid bronchoscopy to secure the neonate's airway without preliminary attempts at endotracheal intubation.

  1. Diagnostic value of procalcitonin, CRP, leukocytes and BAL neutrophils for pulmonary complications in the immunocompromised host

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    Daiana Stolz


    Full Text Available We evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of laboratory biomarkers and BAL differential cell count for the diagnosis of bacterial infection in severe immunosuppressed patients. One-hundred and seven consecutive patients undergoing bronchoscopy for suspected pulmonary infection were included in this study. Assessment included history, clinical examination, chest image studies, CRP, procalcitonin (ProCT, leukocyte counts, and BAL results. Patients were classified as having proven, possible, and non-bacterial infection.

  2. Esophageal Metastasis From Occult Lung Cancer


    Hsu, Po-Kuei; Shai, Sen-Ei; Wang, John; Hsu, Chung-Ping


    A 66-year-old man with dysphagia was found to have a poorly differentiated esophageal carcinoma by incision biopsy. Following esophagectomy, reconstruction with a gastric tube was performed. Pathological examination and immunohisto-chemistry showed infiltration of adenocarcinoma cells with positive thyroid transcription factor 1-staining in the submucosal layer, which indicated metastatic esophageal carcinoma. Although no pulmonary lesion could be visualized by imaging or bronchoscopy, pulmon...

  3. Analysis of fatty acids in Ghee and olive oil and their probable causal effect in lipoid pneumonia


    Zein Mirghani; Tayseer Zein; Samuel Annoble; John Winter; Randa Mostafa


    Aim: To analyze and identify the fatty acids found in homemade ghee and in olive oil and compare those to fatty acids found in bronchoalevolar lavage of children with lipoid pneumonia.Methods: The fatty acids found in homemade fat ”Ghee” and olive oil were analyzed by gas chromatography. Methyl ester derivatives suitable for GC analysis were prepared directly from olive oil or from Ghee using anhydrous methanolic-HCl. Bronchoscopy and bronchoalevolar lavage was performed in eight children age...

  4. Cine MRI of Tracheal Dynamics in Healthy Volunteers and Patients With Tracheobronchomalacia. (United States)

    Ciet, Pierluigi; Boiselle, Phillip M; Heidinger, Benedikt; Andrinopoulou, Eleni-Rosalina; O'Donnel, Carl; Alsop, David C; Litmanovich, Diana E


    Bronchoscopy and MDCT are routinely used to assess tracheobronchomalacia (TBM). Recently, dynamic MRI (cine MRI) has been proposed as a radiation-free alternative to MDCT. In this study, we tested cine MRI assessment of airway dynamics during various breathing conditions and compared cine MRI and MDCT measurements in healthy volunteers and patients with suspected TBM. Cine MRI was found to be a technically feasible alternative to MDCT for assessing central airway dynamics.

  5. Endobronchial Ultrasound Changed the World of Lung Cancer Patients: A 11-Year Institutional Experience. (United States)

    Chen, Chia-Hung; Liao, Wei-Chih; Wu, Biing-Ru; Chen, Chih-Yu; Chen, Wei-Chun; Hsia, Te-Chun; Cheng, Wen-Chien; Tu, Chih-Yen; Hsu, Wu-Huei


    The role of advanced bronchoscopic diagnostic techniques in the detection and staging of lung cancer has increased sharply in recent years. The development of endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) improved minimally invasive mediastinal staging and diagnosis of peripheral lung lesions (PLLs). We investigated the impact of using EBUS as a diagnostic method for tissue acquisition in lung cancer patients. In a single center observational retrospective study, 3712 subjects were diagnosed with lung cancer from 2003 to 2013 (EBUS was introduced in 2008). Thus, we divided the data into two periods: the conventional bronchoscopy period (2003 to 2007) and the EBUS period (2008 to 2013). A total of 3712 patients were included in the analysis. Comparing the conventional bronchoscopy period with the EBUS period data, there has been a significant reduction in the use of diagnostic modalities: CT-guided biopsy (P < 0.0001) and pleural effusion cytology (P < 0.0001). The proportion of subjects diagnosed using bronchoscopy significantly increased from 39.4% in the conventional period to 47.4% in the EBUS period (P < 0.0001). In the EBUS period, there has also been a significant increase in the proportion of patients proceeding directly to diagnostic surgery (P < 0.0001). Compared to bronchoscopy, the incidence of complications was higher in those who underwent CT guide biopsy. The incidence of iatrogenic pneumothorax significantly decreased in the EBUS period. Advanced bronchoscopic techniques are widely used in the diagnosis of lung cancer. At our institution, the increasing use of EBUS for providing lung cancer diagnosis has led to a significant reduction in other diagnostic modalities, namely CT-guided biopsy and pleural effusion cytology. These changes in practice also led to a reduction in the incidence of complications.

  6. Endobronchial Ultrasound Changed the World of Lung Cancer Patients: A 11-Year Institutional Experience.

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    Chia-Hung Chen

    Full Text Available The role of advanced bronchoscopic diagnostic techniques in the detection and staging of lung cancer has increased sharply in recent years. The development of endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS improved minimally invasive mediastinal staging and diagnosis of peripheral lung lesions (PLLs. We investigated the impact of using EBUS as a diagnostic method for tissue acquisition in lung cancer patients.In a single center observational retrospective study, 3712 subjects were diagnosed with lung cancer from 2003 to 2013 (EBUS was introduced in 2008. Thus, we divided the data into two periods: the conventional bronchoscopy period (2003 to 2007 and the EBUS period (2008 to 2013.A total of 3712 patients were included in the analysis. Comparing the conventional bronchoscopy period with the EBUS period data, there has been a significant reduction in the use of diagnostic modalities: CT-guided biopsy (P < 0.0001 and pleural effusion cytology (P < 0.0001. The proportion of subjects diagnosed using bronchoscopy significantly increased from 39.4% in the conventional period to 47.4% in the EBUS period (P < 0.0001. In the EBUS period, there has also been a significant increase in the proportion of patients proceeding directly to diagnostic surgery (P < 0.0001. Compared to bronchoscopy, the incidence of complications was higher in those who underwent CT guide biopsy. The incidence of iatrogenic pneumothorax significantly decreased in the EBUS period.Advanced bronchoscopic techniques are widely used in the diagnosis of lung cancer. At our institution, the increasing use of EBUS for providing lung cancer diagnosis has led to a significant reduction in other diagnostic modalities, namely CT-guided biopsy and pleural effusion cytology. These changes in practice also led to a reduction in the incidence of complications.

  7. Diagnostic Value of Bronchoalveolar Lavage in Leukemic and Bone Marrow Transplant Patients: The Impact of Antimicrobial Therapy


    John Norman Greene; Abraham Tareq Yacoub; Dani Thomas; Carol Yuan; Frank Walsh; David Solomon; Skai Schwartz; Arthur Andrews


    Background Pneumonia carries significant morbidity and mortality in leukemic and bone marrow transplant patient.  The development of pulmonary infiltrates in the setting of such immunocompromise raises concern for both infectious and non-infectious etiologies, some of which are potentially treatabl.  Performing bronchoscopy provides several different options for sampling the lower respiratory tract.  Among these, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) is especially effective at collecting samples f...

  8. Tracheobronchial Amyloidosis Mimicking Tracheal Tumor

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    Elif Tanrıverdi


    Full Text Available Tracheobronchial amyloidosis is a rare presentation and accounts for about 1% of benign tumors in this area. The diagnosis of disease is delayed due to nonspecific pulmonary symptoms. Therapeutic approaches are required to control progressive pulmonary symptoms for most of the patients. Herein, we report a case of a 68-year-old man admitted with progressive dyspnea to our institution for further evaluation and management. He was initially diagnosed with and underwent management for bronchial asthma for two years but had persistent symptoms despite optimal medical therapy. Pulmonary computed tomography scan revealed severe endotracheal stenosis. Bronchoscopy was performed and showed endotracheal mass obstructing 70% of the distal trachea and mimicking a neoplastic lesion. The mass was successfully resected by mechanical resection, argon plasma coagulation (APC, and Nd-YAG laser during rigid bronchoscopy. Biopsy materials showed deposits of amorphous material by hematoxylin and eosin staining and these deposits were selectively stained with Congo Red. Although this is a rare clinical condition, this case indicated that carrying out a bronchoscopy in any patient complaining of atypical bronchial symptoms or with uncontrolled asthma is very important.

  9. Involvement of central airways in vibroacoustic disease patients. (United States)

    Ferreira, José Reis; Monteiro, Miguel B; Tavares, Fernanda; Serrano, Isabel; Monteiro, Emanuel; Mendes, Carla P; Alves-Pereira, Mariana; Branco, Nuno A A Castelo


    Vibroacoustic disease (VAD) is the whole-body pathology caused by excessive exposure to LFN. For the past 25 years, it has been know that low frequency noise (LFN, < 500 Hz, including infrasound) targets the respiratory system. In LFN-exposed rodents, the morphological changes of respiratory tract tissue partially explained some respiratory symptoms reported by VAD patients. However, many questions remain unanswered. Recently, some volunteer VAD patients underwent bronchoscopy in order to ascertain possible damage that could be associated with their respiratory complaints. Fourteen fully-informed and volunteer VAD patients were submitted to bronchoscopy, and biopsies were removed for analysis. All patients exhibited small submucosal vascular-like lesions near the spurs, consisting of increased collagen and elastin fibres. Histology disclosed cilliary abnormalities, basal membrane hyperplasia, and thickening of vessel walls. In five patients, collagen bundles appeared degenerative and disrupted. No inflammatory process was ever identified, and no differences were seen between smokers and non-smokers. Data is in accordance with what was observed in LFN-exposed animal models and also in 8 VAD patients who developed lung tumours. Collagen disruption and degeneration was also observed in electron microscopy images of the respiratory tract of LFN-exposed rodents. Thickened blood and lymphatic vessel walls have been consistently seen in images of VAD patients and of LFN-exposed rodents. During bronchoscopy performed by other reasons, this sort of structural aspects is not frequently seen. Taken together, it is strongly suggested that these findings could be VAD-specific.

  10. "One-stop shop" spectral imaging for rapid on-site diagnosis of lung cancer: a future concept in nano-oncology. (United States)

    Darwiche, Kaid; Zarogoulidis, Paul; Krauss, Leslie; Oezkan, Filiz; Walter, Robert Fred Henry; Werner, Robert; Theegarten, Dirk; Sakkas, Leonidas; Sakkas, Antonios; Hohenforst-Scmidt, Wolfgang; Zarogoulidis, Konstantinos; Freitag, Lutz


    There are currently many techniques and devices available for the diagnosis of lung cancer. However, rapid on-site diagnosis is essential for early-stage lung cancer, and in the current work we investigated a new diagnostic illumination nanotechnology. Tissue samples were obtained from lymph nodes, cancerous tissue, and abnormal intrapulmonary lesions at our interventional pulmonary suites. The following diagnostic techniques were used to obtain the samples: endobronchial ultrasound bronchoscopy; flexible bronchoscopy; and rigid bronchoscopy. Flexible and rigid forceps were used because several of the patients were intubated using a rigid bronchoscope. In total, 30 tissue specimens from 30 patients were prepared. CytoViva® illumination nanotechnology was subsequently applied to each of the biopsy tissue slides. A spectral library was created for adenocarcinoma, epidermal growth factor receptor mutation-positive adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, usual interstitial pneumonitis, non-specific interstitial pneumonitis, typical carcinoid tumor, sarcoidosis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma, thymoma, epithelioid and sarcomatoid mesothelioma, cryptogenic organizing pneumonia, malt cell lymphoma, and Wegener's granulomatosis. The CytoViva software, once it had created a specific spectral library for each entity, was able to identify the same disease again in subsequent paired sets of slides of the same disease. Further evaluation of this technique could make this illumination nanotechnology an efficient rapid on-site diagnostic tool.

  11. Image-enhanced bronchoscopic evaluation of bronchial mucosal microvasculature in COPD. (United States)

    Fathy, Eman Mahmoud; Shafiek, Hanaa; Morsi, Tamer S; El Sabaa, Bassma; Elnekidy, Abdelaziz; Elhoffy, Mohamed; Atta, Mohamed Samy


    Bronchial vascular remodeling is an underresearched component of airway remodeling in COPD. Image-enhanced bronchoscopy may offer a less invasive method for studying bronchial microvasculature in COPD. To evaluate endobronchial mucosal vasculature and changes in COPD by image-enhanced i-scan3 bronchoscopy and correlate them pathologically by analyzing bronchial mucosal biopsies. This case-control study analyzed 29 COPD patients (41.4% Global initiative for chronic Obstructive Lung Disease B [GOLD B] and 58.6% GOLD D) and ten healthy controls admitted at Alexandria Main University Hospital, Egypt. Combined high-definition white light bronchoscopy (HD WLB) with i-scan3 was used to evaluate endobronchial mucosal microvasculature. The vascularity was graded according to the level of mucosal red discoloration (ie, endobronchial erythema) from decreased discoloration to normal, mild, moderate, and severe increased red discoloration (G-1, G0, G+1, G+2, and G+3, respectively) and scored by three bronchoscopists independently. Bronchial mucosal biopsies were taken for microvascular density counting using anti-CD34 antibody as angiogenesis marker. Different grades of endobronchial erythema were observed across/within COPD patients using combined HD WLB + i-scan3, with significant agreement among scorers (P=0.031; median score of G+1 [G-1-G+2]) being higher in GOLD D (P=0.001). Endobronchial erythema significantly correlated with COPD duration, exacerbation frequency, and body mass index (Pmicrovasculature and surface changes in COPD, which may represent vasodilatation rather than angiogenesis.

  12. Tracheal rupture caused by blunt chest trauma: radiological and clinical features

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    Kunisch-Hoppe, M.; Rauber, K.; Rau, W.S. [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Justus Liebig Univ., Giessen (Germany); Hoppe, M. [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, University Hospital, Philipps University, Marburg (Germany); Popella, C. [Dept. of ENT, Justus Liebig University, Giessen (Germany)


    The aim of this study was to assess radiomorphologic and clinical features of tracheal rupture due to blunt chest trauma. From 1992 until 1998 the radiomorphologic and clinical key findings of all consecutive tracheal ruptures were retrospectively analyzed. The study included ten patients (7 men and 3 women; mean age 35 years); all had pneumothoraces which were persistent despite suction drainage. Seven patients developed a pneumomediastinum as well as a subcutaneous emphysema on conventional chest X-rays. In five patients, one major hint leading to the diagnosis was a cervical emphysema, discovered on the lateral cervical spine view. Contrast-media-enhanced thoracic CT was obtained in all ten cases and showed additional injuries (atelectasis n = 5; lung contusion n = 4; lung laceration n = 2; hematothorax n = 2 and hematomediastinum n = 4). The definite diagnosis of tracheal rupture was made by bronchoscopy, which was obtained in all patients. Tracheal rupture due to blunt chest trauma occurs rarely. Key findings were all provided by conventional chest X-ray. Tracheal rupture is suspected in front of a pneumothorax, a pneumomediastinum, or a subcutaneous emphysema on lateral cervical spine and chest films. Routine thoracic CT could also demonstrate these findings but could not confirm the definite diagnosis of an tracheal rupture except in one case; in the other 9 cases this was done by bronchoscopy. Thus, bronchoscopy should be mandatory in all suspicious cases of tracheal rupture and remains the gold standard. (orig.)

  13. Kasus Serial : Aspirasi Peluit pada Anak

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    Aci Mayang Sari


    Full Text Available AbstrakKasus aspirasi benda asing selalu memberikan tantangan bagi dokter spesialis Telinga Hidung TenggorokKepala dan Leher (THT-KL. Aspirasi benda asing lebih sering terjadi pada anak-anak khususnya pada umur 1-3tahun dan jarang terjadi pada dewasa. Aspirasi peluit pada anak merupakan kasus yang banyak terjadi pada golonganbenda asing anorganik. Untuk menegakkan diagnosis aspirasi benda asing diperlukan ketajaman anamnesis,pemeriksaan fisik dan hasil radiografi. Bronkoskopi merupakan teknik yang digunakan sebagai alat diagnostik danterapeutik pada kasus aspirasi benda asing. Kasus aspirasi peluit pada tiga orang anak (2 laki-laki dan 1 perempuantelah dilaporkan dan ditatalaksana menggunakan teknik bronkoskopi kaku.Kata kunci: Aspirasi benda asing, benda asing peluit, bronkoskopiAbstractForeign body aspiration continues to provide challenges for otorhinolaryngologists. Foreign body aspiration ismore common in children, especially at the age of 1-3 years and rarely occurs in adults. Whistle aspiration in childrenis a case that occurs in many inorganic foreign body type. The diagnosis of foreign body aspiration based ondiscernment anamnesis, physical examination and radiographic results. Bronchoscopy is a technique that is used as adiagnostic and therapeutic tool in cases of foreign body aspiration.Cases of whistle aspiration in 3 children (2 malesand 1 femalewas reported and treated using rigid bronchoscopy technique. Arial 9 italicKeywords: foreign body aspiration, a whistle foreign body, bronchoscopy.

  14. "Detachment of the carinal hook following endobronchial intubation with a double lumen tube"

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    Rocha Ana C


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Carinal hooks increases difficulty at endotracheal intubation. Amputation of the carinal hook during passage and malpositioning of the tube to the hook are some of the potential problems related with left-sided Carlens double lumen tube (DLT. This article reports an amputation of the hook during a difficult selective intubation and aimed at calling the attention to complications associated with DLTs and the importance of fiberoptic bronchoscopy. Case presentation A 68 year-old woman was scheduled for right-sided thoracotomy in whom blind DLT insertion was performed. Narrowed trachea causes difficulty in rotating the DLT 90° counter-clockwise. After carinal hook was noticed upon visual inspection of the DLT, fiberoptic bronchoscopy was used to remove the missing part (with the use of forceps from the right mainstem bronchus. Conclusion Insertion of DLTs with carinal hook is associated with technical problems and potentially life-threatening hazards have discouraged their use. Fiberoptic evaluation and repositioning solves most of the problems. Although amputation of the carinal hook has not been previously reported, clinicians should be alert. This case report emphasizes the utility of the fiberoptic bronchoscopy in the operating theatre for placement, positioning and inspection of the carinal hook DLT.

  15. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in HIV/AIDS patients at an urban district hospital in Kenya. (United States)

    Chakaya, J M; Bii, C; Ng'ang'a, L; Amukoye, E; Ouko, T; Muita, L; Gathua, S; Gitau, J; Odongo, I; Kabanga, J M; Nagai, K; Suzumura, S; Sugiura, Y


    Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia has generally been regarded to be an uncommon opportunistic infection in HIV infected individuals in sub-Saharan Africa. The reason for this has not been clear but postulates included a lack of suitable pathogenic types in the African environment, diagnostic difficulties and the more commonly held belief that African HIV infected individuals were dying early from common non-opportunistic pathogens before severe degrees of immunosuppression occured. Recently a trend has emerged at the Mbagathi district hospital whereby an increasing number of HIV infected patients are empirically treated for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) based on clinical and radiological features. To determine the prevalence of PCP and clinical outcomes of HIV infected patients presenting at the Mbagathi District Hospital, Nairobi with the presumptive diagnosis of PCP. Mbagathi District Hospital, a 169-bed public hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. Patients presenting with a sub-acute onset of cough and dyspnoea were eligible for the study if they were found to have bilateral pulmonary shadows and had negative sputum smears for AFBS. Consenting patients who had no contraindication to fiberoptic bronchoscopy had a clinical evaluation which was followed with a fiberoptic bronchoscopy procedure where bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) was obtained. BALF was examined for cysts of P. carinii using toluidine blue stain and immunofluorescent antibody test (IFAT). BALF was also processed for fungi, bacteria and mycobacteria using routine procedures. Standard treatment with high dose cotrimoxazole was offered to all patients who were then followed up until discharge from hospital or death whichever came first. Between June 1999 and August 2000 a total of 63 patients were referred for bronchoscopy. Of these four declined to undergo the fiberoptic bronchoscopy procedure, four died before the procedure could be done, one was judged too sick to undergo the procedure and three had

  16. Airway Segmentation and Centerline Extraction from Thoracic CT - Comparison of a New Method to State of the Art Commercialized Methods.

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    Pall Jens Reynisson

    Full Text Available Our motivation is increased bronchoscopic diagnostic yield and optimized preparation, for navigated bronchoscopy. In navigated bronchoscopy, virtual 3D airway visualization is often used to guide a bronchoscopic tool to peripheral lesions, synchronized with the real time video bronchoscopy. Visualization during navigated bronchoscopy, the segmentation time and methods, differs. Time consumption and logistics are two essential aspects that need to be optimized when integrating such technologies in the interventional room. We compared three different approaches to obtain airway centerlines and surface.CT lung dataset of 17 patients were processed in Mimics (Materialize, Leuven, Belgium, which provides a Basic module and a Pulmonology module (beta version (MPM, OsiriX (Pixmeo, Geneva, Switzerland and our Tube Segmentation Framework (TSF method. Both MPM and TSF were evaluated with reference segmentation. Automatic and manual settings allowed us to segment the airways and obtain 3D models as well as the centrelines in all datasets. We compared the different procedures by user interactions such as number of clicks needed to process the data and quantitative measures concerning the quality of the segmentation and centrelines such as total length of the branches, number of branches, number of generations, and volume of the 3D model.The TSF method was the most automatic, while the Mimics Pulmonology Module (MPM and the Mimics Basic Module (MBM resulted in the highest number of branches. MPM is the software which demands the least number of clicks to process the data. We found that the freely available OsiriX was less accurate compared to the other methods regarding segmentation results. However, the TSF method provided results fastest regarding number of clicks. The MPM was able to find the highest number of branches and generations. On the other hand, the TSF is fully automatic and it provides the user with both segmentation of the airways and the

  17. Airway Segmentation and Centerline Extraction from Thoracic CT – Comparison of a New Method to State of the Art Commercialized Methods (United States)

    Reynisson, Pall Jens; Scali, Marta; Smistad, Erik; Hofstad, Erlend Fagertun; Leira, Håkon Olav; Lindseth, Frank; Nagelhus Hernes, Toril Anita; Amundsen, Tore; Sorger, Hanne; Langø, Thomas


    Introduction Our motivation is increased bronchoscopic diagnostic yield and optimized preparation, for navigated bronchoscopy. In navigated bronchoscopy, virtual 3D airway visualization is often used to guide a bronchoscopic tool to peripheral lesions, synchronized with the real time video bronchoscopy. Visualization during navigated bronchoscopy, the segmentation time and methods, differs. Time consumption and logistics are two essential aspects that need to be optimized when integrating such technologies in the interventional room. We compared three different approaches to obtain airway centerlines and surface. Method CT lung dataset of 17 patients were processed in Mimics (Materialize, Leuven, Belgium), which provides a Basic module and a Pulmonology module (beta version) (MPM), OsiriX (Pixmeo, Geneva, Switzerland) and our Tube Segmentation Framework (TSF) method. Both MPM and TSF were evaluated with reference segmentation. Automatic and manual settings allowed us to segment the airways and obtain 3D models as well as the centrelines in all datasets. We compared the different procedures by user interactions such as number of clicks needed to process the data and quantitative measures concerning the quality of the segmentation and centrelines such as total length of the branches, number of branches, number of generations, and volume of the 3D model. Results The TSF method was the most automatic, while the Mimics Pulmonology Module (MPM) and the Mimics Basic Module (MBM) resulted in the highest number of branches. MPM is the software which demands the least number of clicks to process the data. We found that the freely available OsiriX was less accurate compared to the other methods regarding segmentation results. However, the TSF method provided results fastest regarding number of clicks. The MPM was able to find the highest number of branches and generations. On the other hand, the TSF is fully automatic and it provides the user with both segmentation of the

  18. Practice patterns after tracheotomy in infants younger than 2 years. (United States)

    Kraft, Shannon; Patel, Sapna; Sykes, Kevin; Nicklaus, Pamela; Gratny, Linda; Wei, Julie L


    To report survey results of members of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO) on the practice patterns of surveillance endoscopy and management of suprastomal granuloma (SSG) in children younger than 2 years with indwelling tracheostomy tubes and to review our internal practice patterns. All patients younger than 2 years who underwent tracheotomy between 1996 and 2006 at a tertiary children's hospital. (1) Retrospective medical chart summary and (2) ASPO-approved and -administered online surveys to the membership of a 14-question survey on indications for infant tracheotomy, indications for bronchoscopy after tracheotomy, and treatment preferences for SSG in this population. Summary and findings of survey results and of data collected from medical chart review, including demographics, medical comorbidities, age at time of tracheotomy, indications for tracheotomy, frequency of bronchoscopy after tracheotomy, frequency of observed SSG, and interventions for SSG. Seventy-five ASPO members completed the online surveys. Practice patterns varied for frequency of bronchoscopy: only as needed, every 12 months, every 6 months, and every 3 months were reported by 38% (n = 26), 25% (n = 17), 24% (n = 17), and 9% (n = 6) of ASPO members, respectively. Most important indications for bronchoscopy were preparation for laryngotracheal reconstruction and decannulation (100% [n = 65] and 92% [n = 60], respectively), bleeding (76% [n = 59]), and difficult tracheostomy tube changes (70% [n = 57]). Lumen obstruction of 25% to 50% and 50% to 75% by SSG would likely receive intervention (30% [n = 22] and 14% [n = 11], respectively) with skin hook eversion and removal being the most popular technique. We reviewed the medical records of a total of 201 infants who underwent tracheotomy at our institution (110 boys [54.7%]). Indications included ventilator dependence (32.2%), craniofacial anomaly (15.0%), cardiopulmonary insufficiency(15.0%), neuromuscular indication (15

  19. Airway Segmentation and Centerline Extraction from Thoracic CT - Comparison of a New Method to State of the Art Commercialized Methods. (United States)

    Reynisson, Pall Jens; Scali, Marta; Smistad, Erik; Hofstad, Erlend Fagertun; Leira, Håkon Olav; Lindseth, Frank; Nagelhus Hernes, Toril Anita; Amundsen, Tore; Sorger, Hanne; Langø, Thomas


    Our motivation is increased bronchoscopic diagnostic yield and optimized preparation, for navigated bronchoscopy. In navigated bronchoscopy, virtual 3D airway visualization is often used to guide a bronchoscopic tool to peripheral lesions, synchronized with the real time video bronchoscopy. Visualization during navigated bronchoscopy, the segmentation time and methods, differs. Time consumption and logistics are two essential aspects that need to be optimized when integrating such technologies in the interventional room. We compared three different approaches to obtain airway centerlines and surface. CT lung dataset of 17 patients were processed in Mimics (Materialize, Leuven, Belgium), which provides a Basic module and a Pulmonology module (beta version) (MPM), OsiriX (Pixmeo, Geneva, Switzerland) and our Tube Segmentation Framework (TSF) method. Both MPM and TSF were evaluated with reference segmentation. Automatic and manual settings allowed us to segment the airways and obtain 3D models as well as the centrelines in all datasets. We compared the different procedures by user interactions such as number of clicks needed to process the data and quantitative measures concerning the quality of the segmentation and centrelines such as total length of the branches, number of branches, number of generations, and volume of the 3D model. The TSF method was the most automatic, while the Mimics Pulmonology Module (MPM) and the Mimics Basic Module (MBM) resulted in the highest number of branches. MPM is the software which demands the least number of clicks to process the data. We found that the freely available OsiriX was less accurate compared to the other methods regarding segmentation results. However, the TSF method provided results fastest regarding number of clicks. The MPM was able to find the highest number of branches and generations. On the other hand, the TSF is fully automatic and it provides the user with both segmentation of the airways and the centerlines

  20. Expandable metallic stents in the palliative treatment of malignant tracheobronchial stenosis

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    Park, Jong Woong; Jung, Gyoo Sik; Kim, Seong Min; Lee, Seung Ryong; Kim, Hyun Sook; Huh, Jin Do; Joh, Young Duk [Kosin Medical College, Pusan (Korea, Republic of)


    The purpose of this study is to report the outcome of using expandable metallic stent in the management of malignant tracheobronchial stenosis with dyspnea. Under fluoroscopic and bronchoscopic guidance, seven patients with malignant airway stenosis were treated with ten expandable metallic stents. The cause of stenosis was metastasis from esophageal cancer in five patients, recurrent adenoid cystic carcinoma of the trachea in one, and primary lung cancer in one. The major sites of obstruction were the trachea in four patients, the left main bronchus in one, the trachea and left main bronchus in one, and the trachea and both bronchi in one. Chest radiography (n=7), bronchoscopy (n=5), pulmonary function test (PFT)(n=3), and spirometry(n=1) were performed before and after stent placement. In all seven patients, the stent was successfully placed at the lesion sites and dyspnea began to improve immediately. After the procedure, chest radiography and bronchoscopy showed an increase in airway diameter. After the procedure, chest radiography and bronchoscopy showed an increase in airway diameter. After stent placement, forced vital capacity (FVC) and forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) improved 53% and 56%, respectively. Peak flow velocity also changed from 46 L/min to 200 L/min. During median follow-up of 67 (41-1565) days, one stent migration occurred. In one patient, proximal tumor overgrowth occurred, and in one, tumor ingrowth was treated with balloon dilatation. For in the palliative treatment of malignant tracheobronchial stenosis with dyspnea, placement of expandable metal stents is safe and effective. (author). 21 refs., 1 tabs., 3 figs.

  1. Foreign body aspiration in children: clinical aspects, radiological aspects and bronchoscopic treatment

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    Fraga, Andrea de Melo Alexandre; Reis, Marcelo Conrado dos; Zambon, Mariana Porto [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, SP (Brazil). Pediatric Emergency Room]. E-mail:; Toro, Ivan Contrera [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, SP (Brazil). Dept. of Thoracic Surgery; Ribeiro, Jose Dirceu; Baracat, Emilio Carlos Elias [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, SP (Brazil). Dept. of Pediatric Pulmonology


    Objective: To describe the clinical manifestations and bronchoscopic treatment of foreign body aspiration in children under 14 years of age, correlating the clinical aspects with the bronchoscopic findings. Methods: A retrospective, descriptive study analyzing data related to children under 14 years of age undergoing bronchoscopy due to clinical suspicion of foreign body aspiration at the State University at Campinas Hospital das Clinicas from January of 2000 to December of 2005. Results: The sample consisted of 69 patients, ranging in age from 8 months to 12 years/7 months (75.4% under 3 years of age), 62.3% of whom were male. The principal complaint was sudden-onset cough (75.4%), auscultation was abnormal in 74%, and dyspnea was observed in 29%. Radiological abnormalities were seen in 88% of the cases. Aspirations were primarily into the right lung (54.8%), and 30.7% of the foreign bodies were of vegetal origin (principally beans and peanuts). In the follow-up period, 29% presented complications (most commonly pneumonia), which were found to be associated with longer aspiration time (p = 0.03). Mechanical ventilation was required in 7 children (10.1%), and multiple bronchoscopies were performed in 5 (7.2%). Conclusions: A history of sudden-onset choking and cough, plus abnormal auscultation and radiological findings, characterizes the profile of foreign body aspiration. In such cases, bronchoscopy is indicated. Longer aspiration time translates to a higher risk of complications. The high prevalence of foreign bodies of vegetal origin underscores the relevance of prevention at children younger than three years of age. (author)

  2. Fluoroscopic-Guided Radial Endobronchial Ultrasound Without Guide Sheath For Peripheral Pulmonary Lesions: A Safe And Efficient Combination. (United States)

    Casutt, Alessio; Prella, Maura; Beigelman-Aubry, Catherine; Fitting, Jean-William; Nicod, Laurent; Koutsokera, Angela; Lovis, Alban


    Several guidelines recommend computed tomography scans for populations with high-risk for lung cancer. The number of individuals evaluated for peripheral pulmonary lesions (PPL) will probably increase, and with it non-surgical biopsies. Associating a guidance method with a target confirmation technique has been shown to achieve the highest diagnostic yield, but the utility of bronchoscopy with radial probe endobronchial ultrasound using fluoroscopy as guidance without a guide sheath has not been reported. We conducted a retrospective analysis of bronchoscopy with radial probe endobronchial ultrasound using fluoroscopy procedures for the investigation of PPL performed by experienced bronchoscopists with no specific previous training in this particular technique. Operator learning curves and radiological predictors were assessed for all consecutive patients examined during the first year of application of the technique. Fifty-one PPL were investigated. Diagnostic yield and visualization yield were 72.5 and 82.3% respectively. The diagnostic yield was 64.0% for PPL ≤20mm, and 80.8% for PPL>20mm. No false-positive results were recorded. The learning curve of all diagnostic tools showed a DY of 72.7% for the first sub-group of patients, 81.8% for the second, 72.7% for the third, and 81.8% for the last. Bronchoscopy with radial probe endobronchial ultrasound using fluoroscopy as guidance is safe and simple to perform, even without specific prior training, and diagnostic yield is high for PPL>and ≤20mm. Based on these findings, this method could be introduced as a first-line procedure for the investigation of PPL, particularly in centers with limited resources. Copyright © 2014 SEPAR. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  3. A system for endobronchial video analysis (United States)

    Byrnes, Patrick D.; Higgins, William E.


    Image-guided bronchoscopy is a critical component in the treatment of lung cancer and other pulmonary disorders. During bronchoscopy, a high-resolution endobronchial video stream facilitates guidance through the lungs and allows for visual inspection of a patient's airway mucosal surfaces. Despite the detailed information it contains, little effort has been made to incorporate recorded video into the clinical workflow. Follow-up procedures often required in cancer assessment or asthma treatment could significantly benefit from effectively parsed and summarized video. Tracking diagnostic regions of interest (ROIs) could potentially better equip physicians to detect early airway-wall cancer or improve asthma treatments, such as bronchial thermoplasty. To address this need, we have developed a system for the postoperative analysis of recorded endobronchial video. The system first parses an input video stream into endoscopic shots, derives motion information, and selects salient representative key frames. Next, a semi-automatic method for CT-video registration creates data linkages between a CT-derived airway-tree model and the input video. These data linkages then enable the construction of a CT-video chest model comprised of a bronchoscopy path history (BPH) - defining all airway locations visited during a procedure - and texture-mapping information for rendering registered video frames onto the airwaytree model. A suite of analysis tools is included to visualize and manipulate the extracted data. Video browsing and retrieval is facilitated through a video table of contents (TOC) and a search query interface. The system provides a variety of operational modes and additional functionality, including the ability to define regions of interest. We demonstrate the potential of our system using two human case study examples.

  4. Cayenne aspiration: an unusual type of lower airway foreign-body aspiration

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    Full Text Available Lianjun Lin,1 Yuchuan Wang,1 Xiankui Zha,2 Fei Tang,2 Liping Lv,2 Xinmin Liu1 1Geriatric Department, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing, 2Pulmonary Intervention Department, Anhui Chest Hospital, Hefei, People’s Republic of China Purpose: Cayenne aspiration is an unusual type of foreign-body aspiration that is usually misdiagnosed. This article analyzes the clinical features of cayenne aspiration in the lower airway.Patients and methods: Clinical data on eight adult patients with cayenne aspiration were retrospectively analyzed. Six were elderly patients. The data were collected from Peking University First Hospital and Anhui Chest Hospital between January 2010 and August 2014.Results: The most common symptoms of cayenne aspiration were cough (eight cases, 100% and sputum (five cases, 62.5%. Only one patient (12.5% could supply the history of aspiration on his first visit to doctor and was diagnosed definitely without delay. The other seven cases were misdiagnosed as pneumonia and the time to accurate diagnosis was from 1 month to 6 months. The history of aspiration could be recalled after confirmed diagnosis for the other seven cases. The most common presentation shown by chest computed tomography (CT was pneumonic opacity (eight cases, 100%. The existence of cayenne could not be detected by chest CT in any of the patients. All the patients were diagnosed definitively and managed successfully with flexible bronchoscopy. Cayenne was more often lodged in the right bronchus tree (seven cases, 87.5%, especially the right lower bronchus (four cases, 50%. The segment of cayenne was complete in five cases (62.5% and scattered in three cases (37.5%.Conclusion: The clinical features of cayenne aspiration are usually obscure and nonspecific which may lead to delay in diagnosis. Flexible bronchoscopy is safe and useful for early diagnosis and effective management. Keywords: clinical features, flexible bronchoscopy, chest CT, pneumonia

  5. Pilot safety study of intrabronchial instillation of bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells in patients with silicosis. (United States)

    Morales, Marcelo M; Souza, Sérgio A L; Loivos, Luiz Paulo; Lima, Marina A; Szklo, Amir; Vairo, Leandro; Brunswick, Taís H K; Gutfilen, Bianca; Lopes-Pacheco, Miquéias; Araújo, Alberto J; Cardoso, Alexandre P; Goldenberg, Regina C; Rocco, Patricia R M; Fonseca, Lea M B; Lapa e Silva, José R


    Silicosis is an occupational disease for which no effective treatment is currently known. Systemic administration of bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells (BMDMCs) has shown to be safe in lung diseases. However, so far, no studies have analyzed whether bronchoscopic instillation of autologous BMDMCs is a safe route of administration in patients with silicosis. We conducted a prospective, non-randomized, single-center longitudinal study in five patients. Inclusion criteria were age 18-50 years, chronic and accelerated silicosis, forced expiratory volume in 1 s 40 %, forced vital capacity ≥60 % and arterial oxygen saturation >90 %. The exclusion criteria were smoking, active tuberculosis, neoplasms, autoimmune disorders, heart, liver or renal diseases, or inability to undergo bronchoscopy. BMDMCs were administered through bronchoscopy (2 × 10(7) cells) into both lungs. Physical examination, laboratory evaluations, quality of life questionnaires, computed tomography of the chest, lung function tests, and perfusion scans were performed before the start of treatment and up to 360 days after BMDMC therapy. Additionally, whole-body and planar scans were evaluated 2 and 24 h after instillation. No adverse events were observed during and after BMDMC administration. Lung function, quality of life and radiologic features remained stable throughout follow-up. Furthermore, an early increase of perfusion in the base of both lungs was observed and sustained after BMDMC administration. Administration of BMDMCs through bronchoscopy appears to be feasible and safe in accelerated and chronic silicosis. This pilot study provides a basis for prospective randomized trials to assess the efficacy of this treatment approach. CLINICAL TRIALS. NCT01239862 Date of Registration: November 10, 2010.

  6. The clinical features of foreign body aspiration into the lower airway in geriatric patients. (United States)

    Lin, Lianjun; Lv, Liping; Wang, Yuchuan; Zha, Xiankui; Tang, Fei; Liu, Xinmin


    To analyze the clinical features of foreign-body aspiration into the lower airway in geriatric patients. The clinical data of 17 geriatric patients with foreign-body aspiration were retrospectively analyzed and compared with 26 nongeriatric adult patients. The data were collected from Peking University First Hospital and Anhui Chest Hospital between January 2000 and June 2014. (1) In the geriatric group, the most common symptoms were cough and sputum (15 cases, 88%), dyspnea (six cases, 35%), and hemoptysis (four cases, 24%). Five patients (29%) in the geriatric group could supply the history of aspiration on their first visit to doctor, a smaller percentage than in the nongeriatric group (13 cases, 50%). Only three cases in the geriatric group were diagnosed definitely without delay. Another 14 cases were misdiagnosed as pneumonia or lung cancer, and the time of delayed diagnosis ranged from 1 month to 3 years. Complications due to delay in diagnosis included obstructive pneumonitis, atelectasis, lung abscess, and pleural effusion. (2) Chest computed tomography demonstrated the foreign body in three cases (21%) in the geriatric group, which was lower than the positive proportion of detection in the nongeriatric group (nine cases, 35%). The most common type of foreign body in the geriatric group was food, such as bone fragments (seven cases, 41%) and plants (seven cases, 41%), and the foreign body was most often lodged in the right bronchus tree (eleven cases, 65%), especially the right lower bronchus (seven cases, 41%). Flexible bronchoscopy removed the foreign body successfully in all patients. The clinical features of foreign-body aspiration in geriatric patients are usually more obscure than in nongeriatric adults, which may lead to long delay in diagnosis. Flexible bronchoscopy is safe and useful for early diagnosis and effective management in geriatric patients. We suggest flexible bronchoscopy as the first-line approach to similar patients, especially those

  7. Specificity and sensitivity of hemosiderin-laden macrophages in routine bronchoalveolar lavage in children. (United States)

    Salih, Zeynep N; Akhter, Afreen; Akhter, Javeed


    The presence of iron or hemosiderin in macrophages obtained in routine bronchoalveolar lavage is considered crucial in the diagnosis of the clinical syndrome of hemosiderosis. However, there do not appear to be any data on the sensitivity and specificity of the finding of hemosiderin-laden macrophages (HLMs) in bronchoalveolar lavage in children. To review data from bronchoalveolar lavage studies done in children to correlate the presence of HLMs with pneumonia and hemosiderosis and to determine what proportion of HLMs has the optimal sensitivity and specificity for the diagnosis of hemosiderosis. One hundred ten bronchoalveolar lavage specimens obtained via flexible bronchoscopy were reviewed retrospectively. The data collected for demographics, indication for the bronchoscopy, diagnosis of pneumonia, anemia, and bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage findings were compared between patients diagnosed with hemosiderosis and those diagnosed with other diseases. Six patients were diagnosed with hemosiderosis by clinical findings, lung biopsy, or autopsy. There were no statistical differences in pneumonia (P > .99), anemia (P > .99), or coughing (P = .08) between patients with hemosiderosis and other patients. Hemoptysis was the only symptom that was significantly different between the 2 groups (P = .04). The mean HLM index for patients with hemosiderosis was 56% +/- 16.17% and for other patients, 7.5% +/- 10.74% (P < .001). A HLM index of 35% gave a sensitivity of 1% and a specificity of .96%. These results confirm a strong association between HLM index and diagnosis of hemosiderosis in a pediatric population. Availability of this HLM index will result in accurate and timely diagnosis of pulmonary hemosiderosis, which may influence treatment and long-term prognosis.

  8. Point-of-use membrane filtration and hyperchlorination to prevent patient exposure to rapidly growing mycobacteria in the potable water supply of a skilled nursing facility. (United States)

    Williams, Margaret M; Chen, Tai-Ho; Keane, Tim; Toney, Nadege; Toney, Sean; Armbruster, Catherine R; Butler, W Ray; Arduino, Matthew J


    Healthcare-associated outbreaks and pseudo-outbreaks of rapidly growing mycobacteria (RGM) are frequently associated with contaminated tap water. A pseudo-outbreak of Mycobacterium chelonae-M. abscessus in patients undergoing bronchoscopy was identified by 2 acute care hospitals. RGM was identified in bronchoscopy specimens of 28 patients, 25 of whom resided in the same skilled nursing facility (SNF). An investigation ruled out bronchoscopy procedures, specimen collection, and scope reprocessing at the hospitals as sources of transmission. To identify the reservoir for RGM within the SNF and evaluate 2 water system treatments, hyperchlorination and point-of-use (POU) membrane filters, to reduce RGM. A comparative in situ study of 2 water system treatments to prevent RGM transmission. An SNF specializing in care of patients requiring ventilator support. RGM and heterotrophic plate count (HPC) bacteria were examined in facility water before and after hyperchlorination and in a subsequent 24-week assessment of filtered water by colony enumeration on Middlebrook and R2A media. Mycobacterium chelonae was consistently isolated from the SNF water supply. Hyperchlorination reduced RGM by 1.5 log(10) initially, but the population returned to original levels within 90 days. Concentration of HPC bacteria also decreased temporarily. RGM were reduced below detection level in filtered water, a 3-log(10) reduction. HPC bacteria were not recovered from newly installed filters, although low quantities were found in water from 2-week-old filters. POU membrane filters may be a feasible prevention measure for healthcare facilities to limit exposure of sensitive individuals to RGM in potable water systems.

  9. [Diffuse interstitial pneumopathy after the treatment with gold salts of a patient with rheumatoid polyarthritis]. (United States)

    Strâmbu, I; Stoicescu, I P


    We present the case of a male patient with sero-negative rheumatoid arthritis, treated with gold salts, admitted for clinical symptoms and chest X-ray alterations suggesting an interstitial lung disease. This was confirmed by complex lung function tests and fiber bronchoscopy with broncho-alveolar lavage. Considerations are made about the etiology of interstitial lung disease (pulmonary determination of the rheumatoid arthritis or secondary to the gold salts therapy), about the treatment and long-term prognosis, and about the good clinical, functional and radiological evolution under treatment.

  10. Herpetic tracheitis in association with rituximab therapy. (United States)

    Thong, Lorraine; Plant, Barry J; McCarthy, Julie; Murphy, Desmond M


    A 58-year old lady under active follow-up with the respiratory services at our institution for bronchiectasis secondary to hypogammaglobulinaemia presented with hoarseness and haemoptysis. She was also receiving rituximab maintenance therapy for follicular lymphoma. Bronchoscopy demonstrated vesicular lesions on her vocal cords and trachea, confirmed as herpes simplex virus (HSV) on cytological analysis of brushings. She responded well to intravenous valacyclovir. Rituximab is increasingly utilised in the treatment of haematological and auto-immune disorders. This case highlights the potential of this drug to potentiate susceptibility to infection in an already immunocompromised individual.

  11. Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage in a patient with acute poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis caused by impetigo. (United States)

    Yoshida, Masahiro; Yamakawa, Hideaki; Yabe, Masami; Ishikawa, Takeo; Takagi, Masamichi; Matsumoto, Kei; Hamaguchi, Akihiko; Ogura, Makoto; Kuwano, Kazuyoshi


    We herein report a case of pulmonary renal syndrome with nephritis in a 17-year-old boy with diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH) associated with acute poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis (APSGN). The patient exhibited hemoptysis two weeks after developing impetigo, and DAH was diagnosed on bronchoscopy. Respiratory failure progressed, and high-dose methylprednisolone therapy was administered; the respiratory failure regressed immediately after the onset of therapy. Streptococcus pyogenes was detected in an impetigo culture, and, together with the results of the renal biopsy, a diagnosis of APSGN was made. This case demonstrates the effects of high-dose methylprednisolone therapy in improving respiratory failure.

  12. [Tracheal Injury Successfully Treated without Surgery;Report of a Case]. (United States)

    Ikeda, Toshihiro; Nakano, Jun; Yokomise, Hiroyasu


    A 73-year-old man was injured after crashing his automobile into a concrete wall, and was admitted to our hospital with breathing difficulties. Chest computed tomography showed extensive mediastinal emphysema, right traumatic pneumothorax, and a suspected tracheal injury at the membranous region. Because of the associated tracheomalacia, the site of the tracheal injury was difficult to find by bronchoscopy. In addition, as the patient's respiratory condition was stable, surgical treatment was not chosen. Due to the continuous air leakage from the right lung, the patient underwent surgery after mediastinal and subcutaneous emphysema improved. The postoperative course was uneventful.

  13. February 2018 pulmonary case of the month

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    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated after first page. History of Present Illness: A 75-year-old woman was diagnosed with a thymic carcinoid tumor in April, 2015 (Figure 1. This was treated with surgical resection followed by radiation therapy. She began having cough and dyspnea 1 to 2 months later and in August, 2015 had a thoracic CT scan of her chest (Figure 2. Which of the following are true? 1. Bronchoscopy should be performed; 2. She should be given an empiric course of antibiotics; 3. The most like diagnosis is radiation pneumonitis. 4.\t1 and 3; 5. All of the above. …

  14. Paediatrisk pulmonologi

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    Bisgaard, H; Pedersen, S E; Schiøtz, P O


    as an official subsection of the European Confederation of Specialists in Paediatrics (CESP) and acknowledged by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). A training syllabus has been defined and training centres in all EU countries, including Denmark, have been identified and approved by the local...... paediatric organisations. The training syllabus emphasises routine in the clinical diagnosis and treatment of the diseases, as well as methods such as lung function in all age groups, bronchoscopy, biopsy, and others. This article summarises the status of this specialty, and the training syllabus...

  15. Huge Tracheal Diverticulum in a Patient with Mounier-Kuhn Syndrome

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    Michele Mondoni


    Full Text Available Tracheal diverticulum is a rare benign entity. Tracheobronchomegaly (TBM, also known as Mounier-Kuhn syndrome, is a rare disorder characterized by marked dilation of the trachea and main bronchi, associated with thinning or atrophy of the elastic tissue. Because of the weakened trachea and increased intraluminal pressure related to chronic cough, some patients may develop mucosal herniation leading to tracheal diverticulosis. We report the case of a patient with TBM with a huge tracheal diverticulum, diagnosed by bronchoscopy and computed tomography with three-dimensional reconstruction. To our knowledge this is the largest tracheal diameter described in a patient affected by this syndrome.

  16. Posterior tracheal diverticulosis. (United States)

    Madan, Karan; Das, Chandan J; Guleria, Randeep


    Multiple tracheal diverticulosis is a rare clinical entity. Tracheal diverticula are usually recognized radiologically as solitary right paratracheal air collections on thoracic computed tomography examination. They are usually asymptomatic but can occasionally present with persistent symptoms. We herein report the case of a 50-year-old male patient who underwent extensive evaluation for persistent cough. Multiple posterior right paratracheal air collections were recognized on thoracic multidetector computed tomography examination, which was confirmed as multiple-acquired posterior upper tracheal diverticula on flexible bronchoscopy. The patient improved with conservative medical management.

  17. Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis complicated by Down syndrome. (United States)

    Watanabe, Hirofumi; Ayusawa, Mamoru; Kato, Masataka; Chou, Ami; Komori, Akiko; Abe, Yuriko; Matsumura, Masaharu; Kamiyama, Hiroshi; Izumi, Hiroyuki; Takahashi, Shori


    We report the case of a 9-year-old girl with Down syndrome (DS) diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis (IPH). Although acute pneumonia complicated by hemolytic anemia was suspected, IPH was finally diagnosed on bronchoscopy. Treatment with prednisolone achieved good clinical response. An association between IPH and DS was not able to be identified, but immunological issues in DS may contribute to the onset of IPH. Recurrent and intractable respiratory symptoms with marked infiltrative shadows in the bilateral lungs and complicated by severe anemia in patients with DS should suggest IPH. © 2015 Japan Pediatric Society.

  18. CD4 lymphocyte counts and serum p24 antigen of no diagnostic value in monitoring HIV-infected patients with pulmonary symptoms

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    Orholm, M; Nielsen, T L; Nielsen, Jens Ole


    The diagnostic value of the CD4 cell counts and the HIV p24 antigen were evaluated in a consecutive series of 105 HIV-infected patients experiencing 128 episodes of pulmonary symptoms which required bronchoscopy. One-third of patients with opportunistic infection (OI) had CD4 counts greater than 0....... In conclusion, the CD4 cell counts and the presence of p24 antigen in serum had a very limited predictive value for the presence of OI in HIV-infected patients with pulmonary symptoms....

  19. Metastasizing Bronchopulmonary Leiomyosarcoma

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    Speros Livieratos MD


    Full Text Available An otherwise healthy 55-year-old female, nonsmoker, was seen in pulmonary consultation for progressively worsening shortness of breath. She had undergone a complete hysterectomy 7 years prior for bleeding leiomyomas. On presentation, her initial chest X-ray showed a large right-sided pleural effusion with multiple pulmonary nodules. Two thoracenteses failed to reveal any cytologic abnormalities. Bronchoscopy revealed smooth, round, endobronchial lesions. Histologic examination showed features consistent with leiomyosarcoma. We present a rare case of a patient that initially had possible leiomyomas of the uterus surgically removed and years later presented with bronchopulmonary leiomyosarcoma.

  20. Aspiration of a cockroach

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    Albert Bousso


    Full Text Available It is described a five-month-old infant admitted to our pediatricintensive care unit who aspirated a cockroach. The cockroach wasremoved through bronchoscopy. The child arrived at the emergencyroom in cardiopulmonary arrest and despite full respiratory andcardiovascular support was discharged with evidence of severeneurological sequelae. It is known that this is the first case of acockroach aspiration in a five-month-old infant and reinforces thataspiration of an insect must be considered a possibility in patientswith an unidentified organic foreign body aspiration.

  1. Successful treatment of azole-resistant invasive aspergillosis in a bottlenose dolphin with high-dose posaconazole

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    Paulien E. Bunskoek


    Full Text Available Invasive aspergillosis due to azole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus is difficult to manage. We describe a case of azole-resistant invasive aspergillosis in a female bottlenose dolphin, who failed to respond to voriconazole and posaconazole therapy. As intravenous therapy was precluded, high dose posaconazole was initiated aimed at achieving trough levels exceeding 3 mg/l. Posaconazole serum levels of 3–9.5 mg/l were achieved without significant side-effects. Follow-up bronchoscopy and computed tomography showed complete resolution of the lesions.

  2. Medical image of the week: severe atelectasis with tracheal shift

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    Full Text Available A 59-year-old woman with severe oxygen dependent COPD presented with acute respiratory distress requiring intubation and was found to have left lower lobe collapse with tracheal shift. Her past medical history consists of severe malnutrition, alcohol abuse, and emphysema with recurrent pneumonias associated with acute respiratory failure often requiring intubation. She has greater than a 50-pack year history of tobacco use. She has undergone bronchoscopy and multiple CT Chest imaging without evidence of an endobronchial lesion or malignancy. Postural drainage and percussion along with antibiotics and inhaled bronchodilators resulted in marked improvement in the left lower lobe.

  3. [Our experience with bronchofibroscopy]. (United States)

    Besso, J C; Bollinelli, M; Bernard, P; Monteil, G; Pachowski, G


    Five hundred and eighty three broncho-fibroscopies were performed by the authors. Tumoural pathology represents 60% of diagnostic indications. Histological samples have a satisfying yield : 72.4% for the whole tumoural pathology, 80% for primitive bronchial tumours. The comparison with the results of sampling done by bronchoscopy is in favour of broncho-fibroscopy, especially for distal localizations (62% of positive results against 47%). In respiratory intensive care, a place of its own should be given to bronchoaspiration, where this technique of tracheo-bronchial clearing seems well adapted.

  4. "Luck's always to blame": silent wounds of a penetrating gunshot trauma sustained 20 years ago. (United States)

    Tomos, Ioannis; Manali, Effrosyni D; Argentos, Stylianos; Raptakis, Thomas; Papiris, Spyros A


    Gunshot tracheal injuries represent life-threatening events and usually necessitate emergent surgical intervention. We report a case of an exceptional finding of a patient with retained ballistic fragments in the soft tissues of the thorax, proximal to the right subclavian artery and the trachea, carrying silently his wounds for two decades without any medical or surgical intervention. The bullet pellet on the upper part of the trachea seen accidentally in the chest computed tomography, was also found during bronchoscopy. In short "luck's always to blame".

  5. Laryngeal cleft type 1

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    Danilo de Assis Pereira


    Full Text Available The clinical itinerary and the institution of conservative therapy in a case of laryngeal cleft type 1 refers to a child born by cesarean section, Apgar 9 and 10, a history of placental nd abruption in the 2 month of pregnancy, with respiratory nd distress on the 2 day of life and difficulty in breast feeding mothers. Presented evidence of aspiration pneumonia. The videodeglutogram showed aspiration of large amounts of material contrasted during swallowing. In bronchoscopy was visualized formation of threadlike small slit making the diagnosis of laryngeal cleft. We then decided, by institution of conservative treatment with enteral nutrition training and thickened with swallowing.

  6. A case of endobronchial lipoma mimicking bronchial asthma

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    Full Text Available Sevket Ozkaya1, Hasan Demir1, Serhat Findik21Samsun Chest Diseases and Thoracic Surgery Hospital, Samsun, Turkey; 2Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ondokuz Mayis University, Kurupelit, Samsun, TurkeyAbstract: Endobronchial lipoma is a rare neoplasm of the tracheobronchial tree and it may cause irreversible pulmonary damage due to recurrent pneumonia. Rarely, it may mimic bronchial asthma. We present a 53-year-old woman with an endobronchial lipoma, which had been treated as a bronchial asthma for four years. She also had developed recurrent pneumonia three times.Keywords: endobronchial lipoma, asthma, radiology, bronchoscopy

  7. Ludwig's angina and airway considerations: a case report. (United States)

    Kulkarni, Anand H; Pai, Swarupa D; Bhattarai, Basant; Rao, Sumesh T; Ambareesha, M


    Patients with deep neck infections present challenging airways for an anesthesiologist. Patients with Ludwig's angina may die as a result of the inability to effectively manage the airway. Here we discuss the anesthetic management with fiberoptic intubation of a 45-year-old man with Ludwig's angina scheduled for emergency drainage. Awake fiberoptic intubation under topical anesthesia may be the ideal method to secure the airway in advanced cases of Ludwig's angina. When fiberoptic bronchoscopy is not feasible, not available or has failed, an awake tracheostomy may be the preferred option.

  8. Alveolar damage in AIDS-related Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

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    Benfield, T L; Prentø, P; Junge, Jette


    OBJECTIVE: Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia is the most common and serious of the pulmonary complications of AIDS. Despite this, many basic aspects in the pathogenesis of HIV-associated P carinii pneumonia are unknown. We therefore undertook a light and electron microscopic study of transbronchial...... biopsy specimens to compare pathologic features of P carinii pneumonia and other HIV-related lung diseases. DESIGN AND PATIENTS: Thirty-seven consecutive HIV-infected patients undergoing a diagnostic bronchoscopy. RESULTS: P carinii pneumonia was characterized by an increase in inflammation, edema...... with P carinii pneumonia, whereas none without P carinii pneumonia had this finding (p pneumonia. The changes may form...

  9. Wegener's granulomatosis: chest computed tomography findings; Granulomatose de Wegener: aspectos na tomografia computadorizada de torax

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    Monteiro, Evelise de Azevedo; Marchiori, Edson; Martins, Erick Malheiro Leoncio [Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, RJ (Brazil). Dept. de Radiologia]. E-mail:; Souza Junior, Arthur Soares [Faculdade de Medicina de Sao Jose do Rio Preto (FAMERP), SP (Brazil). Hospital de Base; Cerqueira, Elza Maria F.P. de [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas. Dept. de Radiologia; Irion, Klaus L. [Pavilhao Pereira Filho, Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Araujo Neto, Cesar de [Bahia Univ., Salvador, BA (Brazil). Dept. de Radiologia; Souza, Rodrigo Azeredo de [Universidade Federal, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Dept. de Radiologia


    Wegeners granulomatosis is an inflammatory systemic necrotizing idiopathic vasculitis affecting mainly small vessels. In this paper we analyzed the computed tomography findings of seven patients with Wegeners granulomatosis. The most common findings were masses and nodules (71.4%), areas of ground glass attenuation (57.1%), consolidation (42.8%), halo sign (42.8%), cavitation (42.8%), interlobular septa thickening (14.2%), bronchial wall thickening (14.2%) and pleural effusion (14.2%). Although radiological findings are mostly nonspecific, computed tomography and particularly high-resolution computed tomography are important tools in the evaluation of disease activity when evaluated in association with bronchoscopy findings and clinical data. (author)

  10. Diffuse abnormalities of the trachea: computed tomography findings

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    Marchiori, Edson [Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil). Dept. de Radiologia]. E-mail:; Pozes, Aline Serfaty [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Dept. de Radiologia; Souza Junior, Arthur Soares [Faculdade de Medicina de Sao Jose do Rio Preto (FAMERP), SP (Brazil). Escola de Medicina. Dept. de Radiologia; Escuissato, Dante Luiz [Universidade Federal do Parana (UFPR), Curitiba, PR (Brazil). Dept. de Radiologia; Irion, Klaus Loureiro [The Cardiothoracic Centre NHS Trust, Liverpool (United Kingdom); Araujo Neto, Cesar de [Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), Salvador, BA (Brazil). Dept. de Radiologia; Barillo, Jorge Luiz; Zanetti, Glaucia [Faculdade de Medicina de Petropolis (FMP), RJ (Brazil). Dept. de Cirurgia Clinica; Souza, Carolina Althoff [University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON (Canada)


    The aim of this pictorial essay was to present the main computed tomography findings seen in diffuse diseases of the trachea. The diseases studied included amyloidosis, tracheobronchopathia osteochondroplastica, tracheobronchomegaly, laryngotracheobronchial papillomatosis, lymphoma, neurofibromatosis, relapsing polychondritis, Wegener's granulomatosis, tuberculosis, paracoccidioidomycosis, and tracheobronchomalacia. The most common computed tomography finding was thickening of the walls of the trachea, with or without nodules, parietal calcifications, or involvement of the posterior wall. Although computed tomography allows the detection and characterization of diseases of the central airways, and the correlation with clinical data reduces the diagnostic possibilities, bronchoscopy with biopsy remains the most useful procedure for the diagnosis of diffuse lesions of the trachea. (author)

  11. Airway foreign body in children

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    Full Text Available Introduction and objective: The aspiration of a foreign body in children is a frequent emergency in pediatrics, being potentially lethal. Method: Narrative review. Results: This pathology mainly affects children under 5 years of age with a peak of incidence between the first and third years of life. The clinic will depend on the type of foreign body (size, shape, possibility of breaking, organic or not, the age of the child and the location of the object. In our environment, the most frequent is the aspiration of nuts (peanuts and sunflower seeds. After the initial picture, an asymptomatic period tends to occur, which favors delayed diagnosis and leads to possible errors in the diagnosis. Discussion: An adequate clinical history and a high diagnostic suspicion are fundamental to favor an early treatment. The presence of a normal chest X-ray does not exclude the presence of a foreign body in the airway, so a bronchoscopy is indicated if the diagnostic suspicion is high. The treatment of choice is extraction by rigid bronchoscopy, being controversial the use of flexible fibrobronchoscope. Conclusions: Conclusions: The aspiration of a foreign body is a pediatric emergency that requires a diagnosis and early treatment. The highest incidence occurs in children under 3 years and more frequently in men. The most commonly aspirated material in our environment are nuts, mainly located in the bronchial tree. The initial episode may go unnoticed, delaying the diagnosis and may lead to progressive respiratory distress in the child. A detailed clinical history and suspicion of this pathology are essential in children at risk age who present with cough and dyspnea of sudden onset. The existence of a normal chest radiograph should not postpone bronchoscopy when there is high clinical suspicion. The treatment of choice for the extraction of foreign bodies in airways in children is rigid bronchoscopy, being controversial the use of the flexible fibrobronchoscope

  12. Fractura brônquica: Tratamento broncoscópico com colocação de prótese e broncoplastia com balão

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    Daniela Ferreira


    Full Text Available Resumo: A fractura brônquica é uma lesão rara, de mortalidade elevada, e geralmente secundária a traumatismos torácicos fechados. O seu diagnóstico exige alto índice de suspeição, na medida em que as manifestações são variáveis e não específicas. A broncoscopia desempenha um papel primordial no diagnóstico e, em casos seleccionados, no tratamento das fracturas brônquicas.Os autores apresentam o caso clínico de um doente politraumatizado com um traumatismo torácico grave após um acidente de trabalho. A broncoscopia revelou fractura extensa do brônquio principal esquerdo, tendo sido realizado tratamento conservador com colocação de prótese e broncoplastia com balão.Apresentase uma revisão da literatura da fractura brônquica e o papel diagnóstico e terapêutico da broncoscopia.Rev Port Pneumol 2008; XIV (3: 409-414 Abstract: Bronchial fracture is a rare, life-threatening injury usually associated with blunt chest trauma. It represents a great task in diagnosis, as its manifestations are various and nonspecific.Bronchoscopy has a primordial role to diagnose and, in selective cases, to treat bronchial fractures.The authors present the case report of a patient with a thoracic trauma after an accident in the workplace. The bronchoscopy revealed a fracture of the left main bronchus. Conservative treatment was performed with endobronchial stenting and balloon dilatation.In conclusion, a review of the literature on bronchial fracture and the role of bronchoscopy is presented.Rev Port Pneumol 2008; XIV (3: 409-414 Palavras-chave: Fractura brônquica, traumatismo, broncoscopia, prótese brônquica, broncoplastia com balão, Key-words: Bronchial fracture, trauma, bronchoscopy, endobronchial stent, balloon bronchoplasty

  13. Coinfection with Cryptococcus gattii and Mycobacterium tuberculosis in an otherwise healthy 18-year-old woman. (United States)

    Van Tongeren, Lindsay; Shaipanich, Tawimas; Fleetham, John A


    A case of Cryptococcus gattii (pulmonary and central nervous system) and Mycobacterium tuberculosis (pulmonary) coinfection in an otherwise healthy young woman is reported. The patient presented with a two-month history of dry cough. She had an unremarkable medical history. Both tuberculosis and cryptococcosis were diagnosed following bronchoscopy, and a subsequent lumbar puncture revealed C gattii in the cerebrospinal fluid. There is evidence that both M tuberculosis and C gattii may have suppressive effects on the host immune system. This suggests a mechanism by which an otherwise healthy individual developed these two infections.

  14. Coinfection with Cryptococcus Gattii and Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in an Otherwise Healthy 18-Year-Old Woman

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    Lindsay Van Tongeren


    Full Text Available A case of Cryptococcus gattii (pulmonary and central nervous system and Mycobacterium tuberculosis (pulmonary coinfection in an otherwise healthy young woman is reported. The patient presented with a two-month history of dry cough. She had an unremarkable medical history. Both tuberculosis and cryptococcosis were diagnosed following bronchoscopy, and a subsequent lumbar puncture revealed C gattii in the cerebrospinal fluid. There is evidence that both M tuberculosis and C gattii may have suppressive effects on the host immune system. This suggests a mechanism by which an otherwise healthy individual developed these two infections.

  15. The Changing Role for Tracheostomy in Patients Requiring Mechanical Ventilation. (United States)

    Mahmood, Kamran; Wahidi, Momen M


    Tracheostomy is performed in patients who require prolonged mechanical ventilation or have upper airway instability. Percutaneous tracheostomy with Ciaglia technique is commonly used and rivals the surgical approach. Percutaneous technique is associated with decreased risk of stomal inflammation, infection, and bleeding along with reduction in health resource utilization when performed at bedside. Bronchoscopy and ultrasound guidance improve the safety of percutaneous tracheostomy. Early tracheostomy decreases the need for sedation and intensive care unit stay but may be unnecessary in some patients who can be extubated later successfully. A multidisciplinary approach to tracheostomy care leads to improved outcomes. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Bilateral pulmonary nodules in an adult patient with bronchiolitis obliterans-organising pneumonia. (United States)

    Kopanakis, Antonios; Golias, Christos; Pantentalakis, George; Patentalakis, Michalis; Mermigkis, Charalampos; Mermigkis, Christos; Charalabopoulos, Alexandros; Peschos, Dimitrios; Batistatou, Anna; Charalabopoulos, Konstantinos


    A 58-year-old male ex-smoker was admitted to hospital because of nodular infiltrates on chest x rays. He was complaining of fatigue, dyspnoea with exertion, low grade fever and weight loss. Physical examination was unremarkable. Bronchoscopy was inconclusive but revealed endobronchial lesions of chronic active inflammation. The diagnosis of cryptogenic organising pneumonitis bronchiolitis obliterans-organising pneumonia (COP-BOOP) was established by open lung biopsy. Proliferative bronchiolitis with regions of organising pneumonia is the characteristic feature of COP. The radiological picture of bilateral pulmonary nodules is an infrequent manifestation of COP. Lung biopsy, open or with video assistance thoracic surgery, is recommended to confirm the diagnosis.

  17. Cough quality in children: a comparison of subjective vs. bronchoscopic findings

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    Cox Nancy C


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cough is the most common symptom presenting to doctors. The quality of cough (productive or wet vs dry is used clinically as well as in epidemiology and clinical research. There is however no data on the validity of cough quality descriptors. The study aims were to compare (1 cough quality (wet/dry and brassy/non-brassy to bronchoscopic findings of secretions and tracheomalacia respectively and, (2 parent's vs clinician's evaluation of the cough quality (wet/dry. Methods Cough quality of children (without a known underlying respiratory disease undergoing elective bronchoscopy was independently evaluated by clinicians and parents. A 'blinded' clinician scored the secretions seen at bronchoscopy on pre-determined criteria and graded (1 to 6. Kappa (K statistics was used for agreement, and inter-rater and intra-rater agreement examined on digitally recorded cough. A receiver operating characteristic (ROC curve was used to determine if cough quality related to amount of airway secretions present at bronchoscopy. Results Median age of the 106 children (62 boys, 44 girls enrolled was 2.6 years (IQR 5.7. Parent's assessment of cough quality (wet/dry agreed with clinicians' (K = 0.75, 95%CI 0.58–0.93. When compared to bronchoscopy (bronchoscopic secretion grade 4, clinicians' cough assessment had the highest sensitivity (0.75 and specificity (0.79 and were marginally better than parent(s. The area under the ROC curve was 0.85 (95%CI 0.77–0.92. Intra-observer (K = 1.0 and inter-clinician agreement for wet/dry cough (K = 0.88, 95%CI 0.82–0.94 was very good. Weighted K for inter-rater agreement for bronchoscopic secretion grades was 0.95 (95%CI 0.87–1. Sensitivity and specificity for brassy cough (for tracheomalacia were 0.57 and 0.81 respectively. K for both intra and inter-observer clinician agreement for brassy cough was 0.79 (95%CI 0.73–0.86. Conclusions Dry and wet cough in children, as determined by clinicians and

  18. Diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary mucormycosis: A case report. (United States)

    Luo, Zhiming; Zhang, Lin


    Pulmonary mucormycosis, a relatively rare pulmonary fungal disease, is difficult to diagnose and lacks effective treatment. The present study reports the case of a 64-year-old patient who was treated successfully for pulmonary mucormycosis in Xuan Wu Hospital. The patient presented with low-grade fever and a productive cough that persisted for 1 month with no evident cause, and also suffered from diabetes mellitus. Prior antibiotic treatment with levofloxacin had been ineffective. Culture of mucus obtained by bronchoscopy resulted in a diagnosis of pulmonary mucormycosis. The patient received a cumulative dose of 1,355 mg amphotericin B over 2 months and presented a full recovery.

  19. Removal of inhaled foreign bodies--middle of the night or the next morning? (United States)

    Mani, Navin; Soma, Marlene; Massey, Sarah; Albert, David; Bailey, C Martin


    Foreign body inhalation is a potentially life-threatening emergency and is the commonest cause of accidental death in children under one year old. There is varying opinion regarding the urgency for removal of inhaled foreign bodies; most centres in the United Kingdom will take the patient to theatre as soon as can be arranged, regardless of the time of day. At Great Ormond Street Hospital for children it has been standard practice to perform rigid bronchoscopy and removal of an inhaled foreign body on the next available daytime operating list, providing the patient is clinically stable, even if this incurs a delay until the following day. We aimed to identify if any additional morbidity resulted from delaying removal of the foreign body. Retrospective case note review of all cases of foreign body inhalation seen at our institution over an 11-year period between July 1996 and July 2007. 165 patients were referred to our institution with a suspected inhaled foreign body in the study period. 14 patients were managed conservatively due to low clinical suspicion and 57 patients underwent a negative bronchoscopy: these groups were excluded from our analysis. Of the remaining 94 patients, only 7 were taken to theatre outside a scheduled daytime operating list. All of these patients had signs of severe respiratory distress and were operated upon within 4h of their arrival. Of the remaining patients, 41 were taken to theatre on the day of presentation and 46 on the day after presentation; all within normal daytime working hours. No additional post-operative morbidity was identified as a result of our policy to delay bronchoscopy until the next available daytime operating list. It is our perception that delaying removal of suspected inhaled foreign bodies to allow optimal circumstances for manipulation of the paediatric airway is a safe practice at our institution. We have not identified any adverse outcomes related to delaying bronchoscopy to the next available daytime

  20. Tracheo-esophageal fistula in children: a diagnosis to keep in mind. Two case reports and review of the literature = Fístula traqueoesofágica en niños: un diagnóstico para tener en cuenta. Reporte de dos casos y revisión de la literatura

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    Olga Lucía Morales Múnera


    Full Text Available The tracheo-esophageal fistula without esophageal atresia is a rare type esophageal malformation. It has a multifactorial etiology including environmental and genetic factors. Common clinical manifestations are coughing and choking after meals, cyanosis and/or recurrent pneumonia. Diagnosis requires a high clinical suspicion index. Fistula confirmation is done with imaging studies including upper digestive series, video-fluoroscopy or with the use of bronchoscopy wich allows direct visualization of the fistula or methylene blue passage through the abnormal communication. Fistula closure can be done endoscopically or surgically, in both cases with good results.

  1. Granulomatous reaction to a foreign body mimicking bronchogenic tumor. CT findings with virtual endoscopy; Granulome a corps etranger mimant une tumeur bronchique. Aspects en TDM avec vue par endoscopie virtuelle

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    Mignon, F.; Chambellan, A.; Duboucher, C.; Dangeard-Chikhani, S.; Leclerc, P.; Lemesle, J. [Centre Hospitalier, 78 - Saint-Germain-en-Laye (France); Mesurolle, B. [Hopital Ambroise-Pare, 92 - Boulogne (France)


    The aim of this study is to report the spiral CT findings of an endobronchial foreign body (chicken`s bone) unknown on the postero-anterior chest radiograph and on the first bronchoscopy. The double originality of this case is the association with endobronchial actinomycosis mimicking a bronchial neoplasm and the utilization of virtual endoscopy by endo-luminal 3D reconstruction in this context which has never been reported. The endo-luminal 3D reconstruction of the bronchial tree could help guide the endoscopic procedure by better localization of the lesions. (authors)

  2. Taylor′s approach in an ankylosing spondylitis patient posted for percutaneous nephrolithotomy: A challenge for anesthesiologists

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    Jindal Parul


    Full Text Available We describe a patient with long-standing ankylosing spondylitis who underwent percutaneous nephrolithotomy under spinal anesthesia. At preoperative assessment, it was considered that intubation of the trachea was likely to be difficult. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy was attempted, but without success. As the standard technique for spinal anesthesia failed, a variation of the paramedian approach in the lumbosacral approach, also known as Taylor′s approach was successfully attempted. This resulted in adequate sensory and motor blockade for the surgical procedure. The patient did not require airway interventions, but equipment and aids to secure airway were available.

  3. Acute Kidney Injury Following Plastic Bronchitis Associated with Influenza B Virus in a Child with Nephrotic Syndrome. (United States)

    Fujinaga, Shuichiro; Hara, Taichi


    Plastic bronchitis is a rare but life-threatening disorder and is usually associated with congenital heart disease or pulmonary disease. A 5-year-old boy with minimal change nephrotic syndrome who developed a relapse along with cough, fever and dyspnea. Chest X-ray showed atelectasis of right upper lobe of lung, and nasal swab was positive for influenza B virus. His respiratory condition worsened, and required ventilation; bronchoscopy revealed bronchial casts. This was followed by acute kidney injury which was successfully managed with hemodialysis. Children with nephrotic syndrome on immunosuppressive agents can develop plastic bronchitis and acute kidney injury, following influenza virus infection.

  4. Uncommon evolution of fibrosing alveolitis in a hard metal grinder exposed to cobalt dusts. (United States)

    Zanelli, R; Barbic, F; Migliori, M; Michetti, G


    This study reports a case of fibrosing alveolitis with uncommon evolution in a 27-year-old male non-smoker, working as a hard metal grinder for 10 years. Personal and occupational history, routine clinical and laboratory check-up, chest X-rays, lung function tests, fiberoptic bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage and open lung biopsy returned a diagnosis of hard metal lung fibrosis. The patient felt greatly improved after removal from the workplace, without any therapy. At present, he is complaining of only mild exertional dyspnea and shows an attenuation of his ventilatory defect. The radiological picture has clearly improved and the cellular pattern of bronchoalveolar lavage was normal.

  5. Fractured tracheostomy tube presenting as a foreign body in a paediatric patient. (United States)

    Gupta, Suman Lata; Swaminathan, Srinivasan; Ramya, Ravivalar; Parida, Satyen


    Tracheostomy tube fracture and aspiration into the tracheobronchial tree leading to airway obstruction is a dangerous complication after tracheostomy. We report a case of a fractured tracheostomy tube in a 6-year-old child who had been maintained on a tracheostomy tube for the past 5 years. The tracheostomy tube got fractured at the junction of the tube and neck plate, and impacted in the trachea and right main bronchus. Rigid bronchoscopy performed through the tracheostomy stoma to retrieve the fractured tracheostomy tube and the anaesthetic management during the period are discussed. 2016 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

  6. Cervical approach for repair of congenital tracheo-esophageal fistula presenting in an adult.

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    Albuquerque K


    Full Text Available Congenital tracheo-esophageal fistula without esophageal atresia was diagnosed on barium swallow radiography and esophagoscopy findings in an adult patient presenting with difficult in swallowing. The fistulous opening seen on the anterior wall of the esophagus led to the trachea. On bronchoscopy, the tracheal opening was located posteriorly 5 cm below the vocal cords. Successful repair was undertaken via a left cervical approach. The anatomical and developmental basis for the preferred approach is discussed with a brief literature review on the subject.

  7. Successfully repaired traumatic tracheal disruption and cardiac rupture with cardiopulmonary support. (United States)

    Daitoku, Kazuyuki; Sakai, Takehiro; Yamada, Yoshitsugu; Tsushima, Takao; Koyama, Masayuki; Takaya, Shunichi


    A 19-year-old man suffering from dyspnea associated with tracheal and cardiac rupture from a traffic accident was found by bronchoscopy to have a 7.5 cm longitudinal tear in the membranous portion of the trachea. Right posterolateral thoracotomy was conducted and open ventilation through the left main bronchus initiated with standby cardiopulmonary bypass cannulation of the right femoral artery and vein. When oxygenation was poor, extracorporeal circulation was initiated through the cannulated artery and vein. Under the cardiopulmonary bypass, we safely repaired the tracheal laceration and cardiac rupture.

  8. [Kartagener's syndrome: a case report]. (United States)

    Thiam, M; Gning, S B; Faye, M B; Fall, P D; Mbaye, A; Charpentier, P


    The authors report a rare case of Kartagener's syndrome in 8 years old girl revelated by congenital cardiopathy with chronic bronchitis and severe heart failure. Incomplet endocardial cushion defect with single atrium was found and situs inversus suspected, confirmed by ultrasonography. She undergone cardiac surgery in Europe: atrial septation and mitralvalve repair. Surgery redux was neccessary formitral insufficency and residual shunt. Persistent atelectasia in lower inferior lobe indicated bronchoscopy. Lung biopsy confirmed Kartagener's syndrome. Now, she has no cardiac symptom, but bronchitis and chronic pansinusitis.

  9. Esophageal Metastasis From Occult Lung Cancer

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    Po-Kuei Hsu


    Full Text Available A 66-year-old man with dysphagia was found to have a poorly differentiated esophageal carcinoma by incision biopsy. Following esophagectomy, reconstruction with a gastric tube was performed. Pathological examination and immunohisto-chemistry showed infiltration of adenocarcinoma cells with positive thyroid transcription factor 1-staining in the submucosal layer, which indicated metastatic esophageal carcinoma. Although no pulmonary lesion could be visualized by imaging or bronchoscopy, pulmonary origin was highly suspected as a result of positive thyroid transcription factor 1-staining. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of metastatic esophageal carcinoma from occult lung cancer (AJCC TNM stage TX.

  10. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in West Highland white terriers. (United States)

    Heikkilä-Laurila, Henna P; Rajamäki, Minna M


    Canine idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (CIPF) is a chronic, progressive, interstitial lung disease affecting mainly middle-aged and old West Highland white terriers. Other dogs, especially terriers, have been diagnosed with the disease. The cause is largely unknown, but it is likely to arise from interplay between genetic and environmental factors. CIPF shares several features with human idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. This article summarizes the current literature; describes the findings in physical examination, arterial blood gas analysis, bronchoscopy, bronchoalveolar lavage, diagnostic imaging, and histopathology; compares the canine and human diseases; gives an overview of potential treatments; and discusses biomarker research. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Pulmonary hydatidosis: An unusual cause of haemoptysis

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    Pandey A


    Full Text Available A 28-year-old female patient was referred to us with complaints of massive haemoptysis and cough with expectoration, of two years′ duration. Her chest radiograph, computed tomography scan and video-bronchoscopy revealed a cystic lesion in the right upper and lower zones of the lungs. Aspiration from the cyst fluid was grossly hemorrhagic and full of inflammatory cells. On digestion of the fluid with potassium hydroxide, it showed plenty of hooklets and scolices of Echinococcus granulosus . An intact brood capsule was also seen. Diagnosis of hydatidosis was further confirmed by a positive serological and therapeutic response to albendazole.

  12. Left upper lobectomy with bronchoplasty in uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery for bronchial carcinoid. (United States)

    Zhang, Zhi; Yuan, Fangliang; Yin, Rong; Xu, Lin


    A 36-year-old male smoker presented with a bronchial carcinoid in the left upper lobe (LUL) associated with bronchial occlusion of the LUL bronchus. A left upper lobectomy with bronchoplasty was performed through a 3.5 cm single-incision in video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). The procedure was successful and the recovery uneventful. Pathological examination revealed a carcinoid tumor with no lymph node involvement (T1bN0M0). The follow-up bronchoscopy and computed tomography (CT) scan confirmed no stenosis and no signs of recurrence.

  13. Pulmonary zygomycosis in a diabetic patient

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    Anuradha K


    Full Text Available We report a case of pulmonary zygomycosis in an adult male diabetic patient who presented with fever and altered sensorium initially and later developed streaky haemoptysis. Bronchoscopy showed picture of necrotizing pneumonia. Sputum was negative for fungal elements on admission but later bronchial wash and repeat sputum samples were positive by microscopy and culture showed growth of Rhizopus species. Immediately the patient was put on amphotericin B but had a bout of massive haemoptysis and succumbed. A high index of suspicion is needed for an early diagnosis and aggressive treatment of this infection in view of the high mortality rate.

  14. Transcutaneous closure of chronic broncho-pleuro-cutaneous fistula by duct occluder device

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    Vikas Marwah


    Full Text Available Bronchopleural fistula (BPF is a well known complication of several pulmonary conditions posing challenging management problem and is often associated with high morbidity and mortality. Though no consensus exists on a definite closure management algorithm, strategies for closure widely include various methods like tube thoracostomy with suction, open surgical closure, bronchoscopy directed glue, coiling and sealants which now also includes use of occlusion devices. We report a case in which a novel method of delivery and closure of recurrent post-operative broncho-pleuro-cutaneous fistula by a duct occluder device was done transcutaneously which has not been previously described in literature.

  15. Endoscopic Management of Recurrent Tracheoesophageal Fistula with Fibringlue and Electrocautery


    Ospina, Juan Camilo; Hospital Universitario San Ignacio; Wuesthoff, Carolina; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana-Hospital Universitario San Ignacio


    Recurrent Tracheoesophageal Fistulas (RTEF) remains a therapeutic challenge, cause of the high rates of morbidity and mortality associated with open surgical closure and their frequent recurrence. Endoscopic techniques provide an alternative approach with the potential for improved surgical outcomes. We present a case of successful repair of recurrent tracheoesophageal fistula using bronchoscopy and esophagoscopy, as well as a combined technique with electrocautery and fibrin glue. We believe...

  16. A Foreign Body Aspiration Showing Migration and Penetration: Hordeum Murinum

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    Duygu Mergan


    Full Text Available Aspiration of foreign bodies is an important cause of mortality and morbidity in the childhood period. Very rarely seen among the tracheobronchial foreign body aspirations is the Hordeum Murinum, which has an atypical clinical presentation. It may cause unavoidable sequelae in the bronchial system requiring surgery, like bronchiectasis and destruction of the lung parenchyma in patients with delayed diagnosis. Hordeum Murinum, which is hard to pull out due to its progressive nature, may cause interesting clinical pictures. In this study, a case of Hordeum Murinum aspiration is reported which has been diagnosed early due to hemopty-sis could be pulled out by thoracotomy after negative bronchoscopy.

  17. Gigi tiruan sebagian lepasan sebagai benda asing dalam trakea (Removable partial denture as foreign body in trachea

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    Sri Herawati JPB


    Full Text Available Foreign bodies in the trachea are not uncommon. Usually the patients come with dyspnea and a history of having aspirate something. This is an emergency case and needs extraction of the foreign body via bronchoscopy with general anesthesia as soon as possible. The optimal preparation is a controlled, well-equipped and well prepared operative setting. A case of removable partial denture as foreign body in trachea was reported and the extraction of the denture was done with difficulty due to the size of the denture compared with the width of the rima glottis and the trachea.

  18. Post-intubation tracheal injury: report of three cases and literature review. (United States)

    Medina, Carlos Remolina; Camargo, José de Jesus; Felicetti, José Carlos; Machuca, Tiago Noguchi; Gomes, Bruno de Moraes; Melo, Iury Andrade


    Post-intubation tracheal injury is a rare and potentially fatal complication. Among the most common causes, cuff overinflation and repetitive attempts of orotracheal intubation in emergency situations are paramount. Diagnosis is based on clinical and radiological suspicion, confirmed by fiberoptic bronchoscopy. Both conservative and surgical management apply, and the decision-making process depends on the patient profile (comorbidities, respiratory stability), characteristics of the lesion (size and location) and the time elapsed between the occurrence of the injury and the diagnosis. We report the cases of three patients presenting tracheal laceration due to traumatic orotracheal intubation, two submitted to surgical treatment and one submitted to conservative treatment.

  19. Induced sputum in young healthy children with cystic fibrosis. (United States)

    Forton, Julian


    Young children with CF are often asymptomatic and non-productive, yet CF lung disease occurs early in life. Cough swabs are used routinely to sample bacteria from the CF respiratory tract in non-productive healthy children; bronchoscopy is used to definitively sample the lower airway, but is an invasive procedure. Induced sputum is a non-invasive approach to sampling the lower airway. The article concentrates on how well it is tolerated in children, how successful it is in identifying respiratory pathogens, and how it may be important in routine surveillance if 16S technology is to be used in the clinical forum. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Analysis of ICU treatment on resection of giant tumors in the mediastinum of the thoracic cavity. (United States)

    Kang, Nai-Min; Xiao, Ning; Sun, Xiao-Jun; Han, Yi; Luo, Bao-Jian; Liu, Zhi-Dong


    The purpose of this study was to assess prognosis after resection of giant tumors (including lobectomy or pneumonectomy) in the mediastinum. Patients with resection of a giant tumor in the mediastinum of the thoracic cavity received ICU treatment including dynamic monitoring of vital signs, arterial blood pressure and CVP detection, determination of hemorrhage, pulmonary function and blood gas assay, treatment of relevant complications, examination and treatment with fiber optic bronchoscopy, transfusion and hemostasis as well as postoperative removal of ventilators by invasive and non-invasive sequential mechanical ventilation technologies. Six patients were rehabilitated successfully after ICU treatment with controlled postoperative errhysis and pulmonary infection by examination and treatment with fiber optic bronchoscopy without second application of ventilators and tubes after sequential mechanical ventilation technology. One patient died from multiple organ failure under ICU treatment due to postoperative active hemorrhage after second operative hemostasis. During peri-operative period of resection of giant tumor (including lobectomy or pneumonectomy) in mediastinum of the thoracic cavity, the ICU plays an important role in dynamic monitoring of vital signs, treatment of postoperative stress state, postoperative hemostasis and successful removal of ventilators after sequential mechanical ventilation.

  1. Fiberoptic intubation through laryngeal mask airway for management of difficult airway in a child with Klippel-Feil syndrome

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    Ravi Bhat


    Full Text Available The ideal airway management modality in pediatric patients with syndromes like Klippel-Feil syndrome is a great challenge and is technically difficult for an anesthesiologist. Half of the patients present with the classic triad of short neck, low hairline, and fusion of cervical vertebra. Numerous associated anomalies like scoliosis or kyphosis, cleft palate, respiratory problems, deafness, genitourinary abnormalities, Sprengel′s deformity (wherein the scapulae ride high on the back, synkinesia, cervical ribs, and congenital heart diseases may further add to the difficulty. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy alone can be technically difficult and patient cooperation also becomes very important, which is difficult in pediatric patients. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy with the aid of supraglottic airway devices is a viable alternative in the management of difficult airway in children. We report a case of Klippel-Feil syndrome in an 18-month-old girl posted for cleft palate surgery. Imaging of spine revealed complete fusion of the cervical vertebrae with hypoplastic C3 and C6 vertebrae and thoracic kyphosis. We successfully managed airway in this patient by fiberoptic intubation through classic laryngeal mask airway (LMA. After intubation, we used second smaller endotracheal tube (ETT to stabilize and elongate the first ETT while removing the LMA.

  2. Management of complicated airway foreign body aspiration using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). (United States)

    Park, Albert H; Tunkel, David E; Park, Erica; Barnhart, Douglas; Liu, Edward; Lee, Justin; Black, Richard


    Successful removal of an airway foreign body can be very challenging. We present three patients with airway foreign body aspiration successfully treated using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Their clinical presentation and findings will be reviewed to determine when ECMO should be considered for treatment. Retrospective multi-institutional review of a case series of patients with airway foreign body who underwent successful treatment using ECMO. After institutional review board approval, the use of ECMO during airway foreign body procedures in children was reviewed from the pediatric research in otolaryngology (PRO) network. This network comprises of over 20 Children's hospitals to improve the health of and healthcare delivery to children and their families with otolaryngology conditions. Specific parameters were recorded for each patient. Three children presented with airway foreign body and required ECMO for successful removal. Mean age was 18 months. Presenting symptoms included severe and worsening respiratory distress. Indications for ECMO included an inability to perform rigid bronchoscopy due to the child's unstable respiratory status and an airway foreign body lodged in the trachea that could not be removed without potential loss of airway support. All three children underwent successful removal of their airway foreign bodies. There were no complications from ECMO or bronchoscopy. ECMO may be a useful adjunct in cases of life threatening airway foreign body aspiration. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Autofluorescence Detection of Bronchial Tumors With the D-Light/AF

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    K. Häußinger


    Full Text Available We present a newly developed diagnostic system combining a conventional light source (white light mode and two different fluorescence excitation modes, a bronchoscope and optionally a highly sensitive camera (Baumgartner et al., Photochem. Photobiol. 1987; 46(5: 759–763. Routine diagnostics can be performed with the autofluorescence bronchoscopy (AFB and the white light bronchoscopy (WLB in one diagnostic procedure. The image is visible directly with the naked eye. The system was evaluated in a pilot study including 60 patients. Two hundred and sixty-four biopsies were taken to detect premalignant and malignant findings (Stanzel et al., Contribution to 10th World Congress for Bronchology, June 1998. The sensitivity of the combination of WLB and AFB was 2.8 times higher than that of the conventional WLB. The specificity decreased from 94% (WLB to 89% (WLB + AFB. The results of this preliminary pilot study are being confirmed in a multicenter study, which will begin at seven European centers.

  4. CT findings of the chest in adults with aspirated foreign bodies

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    Zissin, R.; Shapiro-Feinberg, M. [Dept. of Diagnostic Imaging, Sapir Medical Center, Kfar Saba (Israel); Rozenman, J.; Apter, S.; Hertz, M. [Dept. of Diagnostic Imaging, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Tel Aviv (Israel); Smorjik, J. [Dept. of Pulmonary Medicine, Sapir Medical Center, Kfar Saba (Israel)


    The aim of this study was to assess the imaging findings in adult patients with tracheobronchial foreign body aspiration. Nineteen patients (11 men and 8 women; age range 26-89 years) with foreign-body aspiration were retrospectively reviewed. Nine patients were outpatients with non-specific symptoms and ten were hospitalized with nonresolving pneumonia (n=6), after detection of a dental fragment on a chest radiograph following intubation (n=3), and there was one mentally retarded patient with empyema. An aspirated dental fragment was seen on a chest radiograph in 3 patients and an endobronchial foreign body on CT in 16, appearing as a dense structure within the bronchial lumen. The foreign body was right sided in 14 cases and left sided in 5. Three cases were missed at first interpretation. Associated findings on CT were volume loss, hyperlucency with air trapping and bronchiectasis in the affected lobe. Thirteen patients were managed with bronchoscopy, whereas 2 needed thoracotomy. In 1 patient bronchoscopy failed to detect a foreign body, indicating a false-positive CT diagnosis. One patient expelled an aspirated tablet and two refused invasive procedure. The foreign bodies found mainly were bones and dental fragments. A high clinical suspicion is necessary to diagnose a foreign body. Since CT is often used to evaluate various respiratory problems in adults, it may be the first imaging modality to discover an unsuspected aspirated foreign body in the bronchial tree. (orig.) (orig.)

  5. Bronchial carcinoma: recent developments in diagnosis and therapy

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    Hahn, H.L.; Longin, F.


    Basic methods of diagnosis for bronchial carcinoma are X-ray examinations, flexible bronchoscopy to obtain cytological and histological preparations, simple cytology of the sputum and percutaneous needle biopsy of peripheral tumours with fluoroscopic control. The best results are obtained with surgical measures in stages 1 and 2. In case of general inoperability, also radiation may destroy the tumour in these stages. However, if tumours are only irradiated in stage 3 because of local inoperability as is most often the case, relief will be given but the survival time will not be prolonged considerably. Small-cell carcinomas are never operated on as tumours of this type of histology will generally have metastases at the time of discovery. A combined therapy of polychemotherapy and irradiation will prolong life in these cases but will not lead to healing. All in all, there is only a 10% chance of survival with bronchial carcinoma. Chances may be higher if specific risk groups are screened and new techniques of diagnosis are applied: Use of tumour labels and thermo- and radiosensitive probes in bronchoscopy, establishment of label profiles in the serum, use of new techniques like CT, ultrasonic methods, xerotomography, and scintiscanning with new radionuclides. Immunotherapy with BCG lengthens the interval between operation and recurrence of the tumour. Interferon treatment is now being tested.

  6. Winter sports athletes: long-term effects of cold air exposure. (United States)

    Sue-Chu, Malcolm


    Athletes such as skaters and skiers inhale large volumes of cold air during exercise and shift from nasal to mouth breathing. Endurance athletes, like cross-country skiers, perform at 80% or more of their maximal oxygen consumption and have minute ventilations in excess of 100 l/min. Cold air is always dry, and endurance exercise results in loss of water and heat from the lower respiratory tract. In addition, athletes can be exposed to indoor and outdoor pollutants during the competitive season and during all-year training. Hyperpnoea with cold dry air represents a significant environmental stress to the airways. Winter athletes have a high prevalence of respiratory symptoms and airway hyper-responsiveness to methacholine and hyperpnoea. The acute effects of exercise in cold air are neutrophil influx as demonstrated in lavage fluid and airway epithelial damage as demonstrated by bronchoscopy. Upregulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines has been observed in horses. Chronic endurance training damages the epithelium of the small airways in mice. Airway inflammation has been observed on bronchoscopy of cross-country skiers and in dogs after a 1100-mile endurance race in Alaska. Neutrophilic and lymphocytic inflammation with remodelling is present in bronchial biopsies from skiers. Repeated peripheral airway hyperpnoea with dry air causes inflammation and remodelling in dogs. As it is currently unknown if these airway changes are reversible upon cessation of exposure, preventive measures to diminish exposure of the lower airways to cold air should be instituted by all winter sports athletes.

  7. Endoscopics findings in patients with hemoptysis and normal chest X-ray

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    Sandra Beltrán Labaut


    Full Text Available Hemoptysis is defined as the outcomming of blood from the subglotic region, habitually by the mechanism of cough. A cross- sectional, retrospective, transverse and descriptive study was carried out in patients with hemoptysis and normal PA thorax's x-ray. To whom were practiced bronchoscopy in the "Benéfico Jurídico" Neumologyc Hospital from January 1999, to January 2009, with the purpose of identifing the endoscopyc discoveries obtained through this procedure. The information was obtained from the bronchoscopy, microbiology and pathological Anatomy records of this center. The population was composed by 197 sick people and the sample was constituted by 67 patients. The statistical analysis was carried out in the program EPIDAT version 3.0. Mediates and standard (SD were used for quantitative variables and absolute frequency and the percentages with their respective intervals of trust of 95% were used in all the variables. The masculine sex prevailed with a total of 45 patients (67.2% and the age group was among 40-49 years old. In 70.1% of the cases it was observed inflammatory signs, and it was also obtained growth of pathogenics germs in 16 patients and in 17 (25.3% it was confirmed the diagnosis of neoplasic desease by biopsy and/or bronchial brushing.

  8. Efficacy and safety of spontaneous ventilation technique using dexmedetomidine for rigid bronchoscopic airway foreign body removal in children. (United States)

    Cai, Yirong; Li, Wenxian; Chen, Kaizheng


    In children, removal of an airway foreign body is usually performed by rigid bronchoscopy under general anesthesia. Debate continues regarding the respiratory mode (spontaneous or controlled ventilation) and appropriate anesthetic drugs. Dexmedetomidine has several desirable pharmacologic properties and appears to be a useful agent for airway surgeries. This study evaluates the efficacy of spontaneous ventilation (SV) technique using dexmedetomidine for bronchoscopic removal of foreign bodies in children. Eighty pediatric patients undergoing rigid bronchoscopy for airway foreign body removal were randomly divided into two groups. In the SV group, dexmedetomidine (4 μg∙kg(-1)) and topical lidocaine (3-5 mg∙kg(-1)) were administered and the patients were breathing spontaneously throughout the procedure. In the manual jet ventilation (MJV) group, anesthesia was induced with fentanyl (2 μg∙kg(-1)), propofol (3-5 mg∙kg(-1)), and succinylcholine (1 mg∙kg(-1)), and MJV was performed. The success rates of foreign body removal, the incidence of body movement and other perioperative adverse events, and hemodynamic changes were similar between the two groups. The SV patients required longer stays in the postanesthesia care unit (P depression or hemodynamic instability. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  9. [Foreign body aspiration in Kigali University Teaching Hospital, Rwanda]. (United States)

    Van Steirteghem, S; Umuhoza, C; Casimir, G


    We present the case of a 12-year-old girl referred to Kigali University Teaching Hospital (KUTH) for persistent cough, fever and haemoptysis. Respiratory symptoms started acutely with a stridor at age 4. Thereafter she developed a chronic cough with intermittent fever. She was treated ambulatory in the health care centre with oral antibiotics and finally referred to the district hospital at age 7. The chest X-ray then suggested tuberculosis for which a 6 month treatment was given with no improvement. The cough persisted and haemoptysis appeared so the patient was referred to the reference hospital (KUTH). Chest X-ray showed diffuse lesions of the left lung with bronchiectasis. Bronchoscopy revealed the presence of a foreign body in the left intermediary bronchus and a piece of plastic was extracted. Symptoms rapidly disappeared with antibiotic treatment. This case illustrates how important it is to include foreign body inhalation in the differential diagnosis of respiratory disease in children. Bronchoscopy plays a key role in diagnosis and treatment. The authors point out the advantages of the joint efforts of the Belgian Development Aid Agency (BTC) and the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in the development of this activity in the Rwandese context.

  10. Multiplex genomic test of mutation and fusion genes in small biopsy specimen of lung cancer. (United States)

    Oshita, Fumihiro; Kasajima, Rika; Miyagi, Yohei


    We evaluated multiple oncogenic mutations and fusion genes in small specimen obtained by bronchoscopy. Eight patients with lung cancer were recruited, 3 small cell lung cancer, 3 non-small cell lung cancer, 1 adenocarcinoma and 1 squamous cell carcinoma. A median value of extracted RNA and DNA amounts from specimen was 1573 ng (range 367.5 to 8900) and 6700 ng (range 550 to 68000 ng), respectively. We applied amplicon sequencing panels that cover exon regions of 41 genes related to lung tumorigenesis as well as total 61 major variants of ALK, ROS, RET or NTRK1 fusion transcripts. Nineteen of 41 gene mutations were detected in our isolated DNAs of 8 patients. We could detect four to eleven mutations in each specimen; however the mutation combination in each 8 patients were different. The most common genetic alterations were TP53, KMT2D, MET, NOTCH2 and SETD2, which were detected in 4 to 6 patients. We did not detect fusion transcripts of ALK, ROS, RET and NTRK1 in every specimen. In conclusion, multiplex genomic test was performed on small amounts specimen of bronchoscopy biopsy with a 100% success rate. Such testing is considered to be able to assist physicians in matching patients with approved or experimental targeted treatments. © 2016 Old City Publishing, Inc.

  11. Laringoscopia de suspensão para o cirurgião torácico: quando e como utilizá-la Suspension laryngoscopy for the thoracic surgeon: when and how to use it

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    Antonio Oliveira dos Santos Júnior


    Full Text Available A laringoscopia de suspensão é um dos procedimentos mais comumente utilizados em otorrinolaringologia para a abordagem diagnóstica e cirúrgica da laringe mas é pouco conhecida e utilizada pelo cirurgião torácico. As indicações para sua utilização são similares às da broncoscopia rígida (dilatações, aplicação de próteses endotraqueais e ressecções tumorais, podendo ser realizada em crianças e adultos. Constitui-se em uma alternativa eficaz, mormente na indisponibilidade de equipamento de traqueobroncoscopia rígida, sendo, portanto, uma alternativa viável em centros menores. Nesta comunicação, descrevemos a técnica e suas aplicações na cirurgia torácica.Suspension laryngoscopy is one of the most common otolaryngological procedures for the diagnosis and surgical approach to the larynx. However, most thoracic surgeons are not familiar with the procedure and seldom use it. The indications for its use are similar to those for that of rigid bronchoscopy (dilatation, endoprosthesis insertion, and tumor resection. It can be performed in children and adults. Suspension laryngoscopy is an alternative when rigid bronchoscopy is unavailable and is therefore a viable option for use at smaller facilities. In this communication, we describe the technique and the applications of suspension laryngoscopy in thoracic surgery.

  12. Levodropropizine in the premedication to fibrebronchoscopy. (United States)

    Guarino, C; Cautiero, V; Cordaro, C; Catena, E


    The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of cough-preventing treatment with levodropropizine, a drug inhibiting peripheral cough reflexes, in patients undergoing bronchial endoscopy. Sixteen patients, aged 37-73 years, suffering from chronic obstructive lung disease in the hypersecretory phase, were included in the study. The experiment was designed as double blind with double observer, controlled versus placebo. As comparative efficacy parameters were considered the number of anaesthetic boluses (lidocaine at 2%) administered during and immediately after the manoeuvre. The number of coughs during and 10 min after bronchoscopy was registered on a magnetic tape and read by a blinded observer thereafter. Levodropropizine was given as oral drops (20 each time, equal to 60 mg active drug) 12 h and 1 h before bronchoscopy. Data analysis was performed by descriptive statistical tests and by the non-parametric Wilcoxon test for paired samples. Levodropropizine treatment significantly reduced the number of anaesthetic enemas (p less than 0.01), and presented an excellent tolerability and safety profile.

  13. Value of virtual tracheobronchoscopy and bronchography from 16-slice multidetector-row spiral computed tomography for assessment of suspected tracheobronchial stenosis in children

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    Honnef, Dagmar; Wildberger, Joachim E.; Das, Marco; Hohl, Christian; Mahnken, Andreas H.; Guenther, Rolf W.; Staatz, Gundula [University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Aachen (Germany); Barker, Michael [University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Department of Pediatrics, Aachen (Germany)


    To evaluate the value of dose-reduced 16-slice multidetector-row spiral computed tomography (16-MDCT) using virtual tracheobronchoscopy (VTB) and virtual bronchography (VBG) in children with suspected tracheobronchial stenosis. 12 children (4 d to 3 years, body weight 1.2 kg to 13.5 kg) with stridor and suspected tracheobronchial stenosis were examined by contrast-enhanced low-dose 16-MDCT. Conventional axial slices, MPRs, VTB, and VBG were calculated. Image findings were correlated with the results of fiberoptic bronchoscopy (12 out of 12) as a gold standard and subsequent surgery (8 out of 12). VTB and VBG demonstrated the fiberoptic bronchoscopically suspected tracheal stenosis in 11 of 12 children due to vascular compression because of the brachiocephalic trunk (6), a double aortic arch (2), a vascular compression of the left main bronchus (2), and a right aberrant subclavian artery (1). Eleven out of 12 stenoses were correctly depicted by conventional axial slices, MPRs, VTB, and VBG. Dose reduction was 79 to 85.8% compared to a standard adult chest CT. Dose-reduced 16-MDCT with the use of VTB and VBG is effective for the evaluation of tracheobronchial stenosis in children and correlates well with fiberoptic bronchoscopy. (orig.)

  14. Mantle cell lymphoma involvement of the pleura and tuberculous pleurisy with pulmonary tuberculosis: a case report and literature review. (United States)

    Anai, Satoshi; Hashisako, Mikiko; Ikegame, Satoshi; Wakamatsu, Kentarou; Nagata, Nobuhiko; Nakanishi, Yoichi; Kajiki, Akira


    A 78-year-old Japanese woman was admitted to our hospital for fever, dry cough, and right pleural effusion. She was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) at 73 years of age and was treated with carcinostatics, but MCL was refractory. Chest computed tomography (CT) on admission revealed a localized trabecular shadow in the middle lobe of the right lung and right pleural effusion with thickened visceral pleura. Right pleural effusion was exudative, lymphocytes were dominant, and adenosine deaminase isoenzymes were elevated. (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/CT revealed positive findings in the right thickened visceral pleura and right middle lobe. We suspected tuberculosis, but bronchoscopy revealed that the washing fluid was negative for Ziehl-Neelsen staining. Thoracoscopy under local anesthesia revealed redness on the parietal and visceral pleura and fibrin network. Pathological findings from pleural biopsy included granulomas, Langhans-type giant cells, and diffuse invasion of lymphocytes with atypical nuclei. Immunophenotypes were CD5(+), CD10(-), CD19(+), CD20(+), λ(+), CD25(+) by flow cytometry and CD20(+), CD45RO(-), cyclin D1(+), bcl2(+), bcl6(-) by immunohistochemistry. We diagnosed MCL involvement of the pleura, and highly suspected tuberculous pleurisy. The patient received antituberculosis therapy with rifampicin, isoniazid, pyrazinamide, and ethambutol. After 4 weeks, culture of bronchoscopy washing fluid was positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis. We diagnosed pulmonary tuberculosis. Patients with malignant lymphoma are vulnerable to tuberculosis. In addition to diagnosing MCL involvement of the pleura, it is important to consider the possibility of complication with tuberculosis.

  15. Throat Swabs and Sputum Culture as Predictors of P. aeruginosa or S. aureus Lung Colonization in Adult Cystic Fibrosis Patients.

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    Darius Seidler

    Full Text Available Due to frequent infections in cystic fibrosis (CF patients, repeated respiratory cultures are obtained to inform treatment. When patients are unable to expectorate sputum, clinicians obtain throat swabs as a surrogate for lower respiratory cultures. There is no clear data in adult subjects demonstrating the adequacy of throat swabs as a surrogate for sputum or BAL. Our study was designed to determine the utility of throat swabs in identifying lung colonization with common organisms in adults with CF.Adult CF subjects (n = 20 underwent bronchoscopy with BAL. Prior to bronchoscopy, a throat swab was obtained. A sputum sample was obtained from subjects who were able to spontaneously expectorate. All samples were sent for standard microbiology culture.Using BAL as the gold standard, we found the positive predictive value for Pseudomonas aeruginosa to be 100% in both sputum and throat swab compared to BAL. However, the negative predictive value for P. aeruginosa was 60% and 50% in sputum and throat swab, respectively. Conversely, the positive predictive value for Staphylococcus aureus was 57% in sputum and only 41% in throat swab and the negative predictive value of S. aureus was 100% in sputum and throat swab compared to BAL.Our data show that positive sputum and throat culture findings of P. aeruginosa reflect results found on BAL fluid analysis, suggesting these are reasonable surrogates to determine lung colonization with P. aeruginosa. However, sputum and throat culture findings of S. aureus do not appear to reflect S. aureus colonization of the lung.


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    Nafia Ozlem Kazanci


    Full Text Available Foreign body aspiration (FBA is common under 3 years of age. FBA can cause sudden respiratory failure. Furthermore, it leads to many respiratory system complications. Therefore, FBA is an important cause of mortality and morbidity for this age group. FBA cases are usually followed by diagnoses like pneumonia, bronchitis or bronchial asthma in the late period that history, clinical and laboratory findings suggesting foreign body aspiration can not be detected. We reported a 2-year-old male patient with pneumonia, who were administered various treatments. In thorax CT of this case, an image compatible with foreign body was seen in the right middle lobe-upper lobe separation area. Granulation tissue was detected in the entrance of the right main bronchus by rigid bronchoscopy and marked improvement occured in lung aeration after bronchoscopy. This case was reported to emphasize the importance of early diagnosis of foreign body aspiration because of high mortality and morbidity and the necessity of considering the foreign body aspiration in children with recurrent pulmonary infections. [J Contemp Med 2013; 3(1.000: 58-61

  17. Traumatic Asphyxia with Diaphragmatic Injury: A Case Report

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    Hussein Lateef


    Full Text Available Traumatic asphyxia, or Perthe’s syndrome, is a rare clinical syndrome characterized by cervicofacial cyanosis, petechiae, subconjunctival hemorrhage, neurological symptoms, and thoracic injury. It affects both adults and children after blunt chest traumas. The diagnosis of this condition is based mainly on the specific clinical signs, which should immediately bring to mind the severity of the trauma, the various probable types of pulmonary injuries, and the need for screening and careful assessment of other organs that might also be injured. In this report, we describe the case of a 39-year-old male who developed traumatic asphyxia after severe blunt chest trauma during his work at a construction site. The patient had multiple injuries to the chest, abdomen, head and neck, which were treated conservatively. An associated diaphragmatic injury was successfully treated by video-assisted thoracic surgery. This patient is one of five patients who were admitted to Saqr Hospital in the United Arab Emirates, diagnosed with traumatic asphyxia, and treated by mechanical ventilator, supportive measures, and fiberoptic bronchoscopy, for both diagnostic and therapeutic indications, in our unit in the period between July 2006 and June 2013. As traumatic asphyxia is a systemic injury, careful assessment of the patient and looking for other injuries is mandatory. Treatment usually involves supportive measures to the affected organs, but surgical intervention may sometimes prove to be an important part of the treatment. Bronchoscopy should be performed for diagnostic and therapeutic reasons because of the associated pulmonary and possible tracheobronchial injuries.

  18. Surgical tracheotomy performed with and without dual antiplatelet therapy (United States)

    Sinkovič, Andreja; Čizmarević, Bogdan


    Some patients who need dual antiplatelet therapy sometimes require tracheotomy. Aim of this study was to compare the rate of complications during and after surgical tracheotomy between patients requiring dual antiplatelet therapy and those without dual antiplatelet therapy. We retrospectively included 79 patients (62% men, mean age 64 ± 14 years) in the period 2007–2011. The following complications were analyzed: need for surgical revision within 24 hours after tracheotomy, need for bronchoscopy within 24 hour after tracheotomy, need for blood transfusion within 24 hours after tracheotomy, death attributed to tracheotomy and any complication attributed to tracheotomy. We compared patients where tracheotomy was performed while receiving dual antiplatelet therapy (n=27, 34%) to patients where tracheotomy was performed without dual antiplatelet therapy (n=52, 66%). Nonsignificant differences between the two groups were observed general characteristics. There were no statistically significant differences in complications after tracheotomy (surgical revision after tracheotomy p=0.63, bronchoscopy after tracheotomy p=0.74, blood transfusion after tracheotomy p=0.59, death attributed to tracheotomy p=1.00 and any complication attributed to tracheotomy p=1.00). The study shows that tracheotomy is safe in cardiac patients on dual antiplatelet therapy. PMID:28352684

  19. [A well-inked pneumonia… can you decrypt it? (United States)

    Tetart, M; Trosini-Désert, V; Fekkar, A; Chenivesse, C


    We report a case of pneumonia associated with necrotic mediastinal lymph nodes in an immunocompetent patient. The case report illustrates the difficulties in making a diagnosis in necrotic mediastinal lymph nodes and discusses strategies to optimize sampling. A 21-year-old immunocompetent woman was admitted to hospital with dyspnea and fever occurring ten days after delivery. Physical examination, biological results and chest X-ray led to the diagnosis of right upper lobe pneumonia. Treatment with three broad-spectrum antibiotics was ineffective. Thoracic CT-scan showed compressive mediastinal and hilar necrotic adenopathies and consolidation of the right upper lobe. Bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage and transbronchial needle aspiration was non-diagnostic. A second bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage and transbronchial needle aspiration performed in close collaboration with the mycology laboratory led to the diagnosis of cryptococcosis. Antifungal therapy with fluconazole resulted in a complete resolution of clinical and radiological signs. Although it is extremely rare, pulmonary cryptococcosis should be considered in immunocompetent patients presenting with necrotic pneumonia. Effectiveness of lymph node sampling can be improved by collaboration between clinicians and microbiologists. Copyright © 2016 SPLF. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  20. Stridor and respiratory failure due to tracheobronchomalacia: case report and review of the literature

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    Ramon Andrade de Mello

    Full Text Available CONTEXT: Tracheobronchomalacia (TBM results from structural and functional abnormalities of the respiratory system. It is characterized by excessive collapse: at least 50% of the cross-sectional area of the trachea and main bronchi. In this paper, we present a rare case of a patient with TBM who first presented with stridor and respiratory failure due to exacerbation of chronic bronchitis. CASE REPORT: An 81-year-old Caucasian man was admitted presenting coughing, purulent sputum, stridor and respiratory failure. He had a medical history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD and silicosis and was a former smoker. Axial computed tomography on the chest revealed marked collapse of the trachea in its middle third. Bronchoscopy showed characteristics compatible with TBM. He was treated with noninvasive ventilation, without any good response. Subsequently, a Dumon Y stent was placed by means of rigid bronchoscopy. After the procedure, he was discharged with a clinical improvement. CONCLUSION: TBM is fatal and often underdiagnosed. In COPD patients, stridor and respiratory failure may be helpful signs that should alert physicians to consider TBM as an early diagnosis. Thus, these signs may be important for optimizing the treatment and evolution of such patients.

  1. A survey of current practices in the diagnosis of and interventions for inhalational injuries in Canadian burn centres. (United States)

    Yeung, Justin K; Leung, Leslie Tze Fung; Papp, Anthony


    To summarize current Canadian practice patterns in the diagnosis of and interventions for inhalation injuries (INHI). A 10-question survey regarding the diagnosis of and interventions for INHI was sent to the medical directors of all 16 burn centres across Canada. The response rate to the survey was 50%. Fibreoptic bronchoscopy is required for the diagnosis of INHI in only four centres (50%). The departments of intensive care, plastic surgery, otolaryngology and respirology are involved in performing fibreoptic bronchoscopy in 87.5%, 37.5%, 12.5% and 12.5% of Canadian burn centres, respectively. Intubation for INHI is most often based on physical examination results (87.5%) and clinical history (75%). The most common physical features believed to be most consistent with INHI are dyspnea (87.5%) and hoarseness (87.5%). Common treatments include intubation (87.5%), routine ventilatory support (87.5%) and chest physiotherapy (75%). None of the centres used nebulized heparin. A total of five centres (62.5%) routinely changed the fluid resuscitation protocol when INHI was diagnosed. Only two centres (25%) routinely used prophylactic antibiotics for INHI. Prospective, multicentre trials are needed to generate evidence-based consensus in the areas of diagnosis, grading and treatment for INHI in Canada.

  2. Quand le dentier devient danger! (United States)

    Sadak, Nouzha; Herrak, Laila; Achachi, Leila; El Ftouh, Mustapha


    Bien que rare chez l'adulte, l'inhalation de corps étranger (CE) est un accident grave pouvant mettre en jeu le pronostic vital ou entrainer des séquelles importantes. Nous rapportons l'observation d'un patient de 50 ans, sans antécédents pathologiques particuliers, qui s'est présentée aux urgences pour douleur thoracique, toux intermittente et dyspnée d'effort, six jours après avoir inhalé, accidentellement, sa prothèse dentaire en plastique lors d'un repas. L'examen clinique était sans particularités. La radiographie thoracique ainsi que l'ASP ne montraient pas d'anomalie. Une bronchoscopie souple sous anesthésie générale a permis de visualiser le CE au niveau du tronc intermédiaire et l'extraction a été réalisée avec succès évitant ainsi le recours à un geste beaucoup plus invasif. La radiographie standard peut s'avérer utile en visualisant les CE radio-opaque ou par des signes indirects évoquant la présence d'un CE, mais le recours à la bronchoscopie à visée diagnostique et thérapeutique est primordial. PMID:28904706

  3. The penetration of ceftibuten into the respiratory tract. (United States)

    Krumpe, P; Lin, C C; Radwanski, E; Cayen, M N; Affrime, M B


    To determine the penetration of ceftibuten into various respiratory tissues and fluids. Single-dose, open-label, pharmacokinetic study. Veterans Administration Medical Center. Twelve hospitalized men aged 34 to 75 years with a variety of noninfectious pulmonary symptoms/diseases. Patients received a single oral dose of ceftibuten, 200 mg, prior to undergoing diagnostic fiberoptic bronchoscopy. Plasma samples for the determination of ceftibuten concentrations were collected pretreatment and up to 12 h postdosing. Nasal secretions, tracheal secretions, BAL fluid, and lung tissue from a biopsy were obtained at bronchoscopy from 2 to 7 h postdosing. Mean pharmacokinetic parameters for ceftibuten in plasma were the following: maximum observed plasma concentration (Cmax), 8.77 microg/mL; time to reach Cmax, 2.2 h; area under the plasma concentration-time curve extraploated to infinity, 49.21 microg/h/mL; and terminal elimination half-life, 3.17 h. These parameters were similar to those obtained in studies using healthy volunteers. Mean penetration of ceftibuten into nasal, tracheal, and bronchial secretions was 47%, 50%, and 30%, respectively. Mean penetration into BAL fluid was 81%, whereas penetration into lung tissue was 39%. No patient experienced any adverse effects related to ceftibuten. Ceftibuten penetrates well into various tissues and fluids of the upper and lower respiratory tracts. The results support the activity of ceftibuten in the treatment of upper and lower respiratory tract infections.

  4. CT findings of plastic bronchitis in children after a Fontan operation

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    Goo, Hyun Woo [University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, Seoul (Korea); Jhang, Won Kyoung; Kim, Young Hwee; Ko, Jae Kon; Park, In Sook [University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Asan Medical Center, Seoul (Korea); Park, Jeong-Jun; Yun, Tae-Jin; Seo, Dong-Man [University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Department of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Asan Medical Center, Seoul (Korea)


    Plastic bronchitis is a rare cause of acute obstructive respiratory failure in children. Life-threatening events are much more frequent in patients with repaired cyanotic congenital heart disease, and most frequent following a Fontan operation. Commonly, the diagnosis is not made until bronchial casts are expectorated. Detailed CT findings in plastic bronchitis have not been described. To describe the CT findings in plastic bronchitis in children after a Fontan operation. Three children with plastic bronchitis after a Fontan operation were evaluated by chest CT. Bronchial casts were spontaneously expectorated and/or extracted by bronchoscopy. Airway and lung abnormalities seen on CT were analyzed in the three children. CT demonstrated bronchial casts in the central airways with associated atelectasis and consolidation in all children. The affected airways were completely or partially obstructed by the bronchial casts without associated bronchiectasis. The airway and lung abnormalities rapidly improved after removal of the bronchial casts. CT can identify airway and lung abnormalities in children with plastic bronchitis after a Fontan operation. In addition, CT can be used to guide bronchoscopy and to monitor treatment responses, and thereby may improve clinical outcomes. (orig.)

  5. Tracheal cartilaginous sleeve association with syndromic midface hypoplasia. (United States)

    Stater, Brian J; Oomen, Karin P Q; Modi, Vikash K


    We report 2 new cases of tracheal cartilaginous sleeve and perform a systematic literature review of all documented cases of this condition. We aim to increase awareness of this anomaly and provide recommendations for both intraoperative and postoperative management of patients with tracheal cartilaginous sleeve undergoing tracheostomy. We studied the clinical records of 2 children with tracheal cartilaginous sleeves and short tracheas treated at our institution. One of these patients had Beare-Stevenson syndrome, and the other had Crouzon syndrome. Both patients required tracheostomy for persistent upper airway obstruction, and both required custom-length tracheostomy tubes. Bronchoscopy and needle localization were beneficial in performing tracheostomy on these patients. All documented cases of tracheal cartilaginous sleeve in the literature were found to be associated with midface hypoplasia secondary to syndromic craniosynostosis. Seventy-five percent of cases required tracheostomy. Tracheal cartilaginous sleeve can be associated with Beare-Stevenson syndrome. In infants with midface hypoplasia associated with a craniosynostosis syndrome undergoing tracheostomy, the surgeon must be prepared to encounter and manage tracheal cartilaginous sleeve intraoperatively. Bronchoscopy and needle localization can be beneficial when performing tracheostomy in these patients. Customized, shorter-length tracheostomy tubes should be considered for these patients.

  6. Mechanical complication of endobronchial tuberculosis

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    Quratulain Fatima Kizilbash


    Full Text Available A 19-year-old Vietnamese lady was diagnosed with culture positive, left upper lobe pulmonary tuberculosis for which medical treatment was initiated. Four months into treatment, she developed a 'rubber-band-like' stretching sensation in her left chest with wheezing and shortness of breath. Decreased respiratory excursion over the left lung was present on physical-examination. Chest-Xray revealed left-upper-lobe collapse with leftward deviation of the trachea and mediastinum. CT thorax revealed a long segment of stenosis in the left mainstem bronchus. FEV1 was 1.26 L (45% predicted, FVC 1.53 L (49% predicted, FEV1/FVC 82% (95% predicted indicating airway limitation. Ventilation-perfusion scan noted 9.8% ventilation to the left lung and 92.8% to the right lung and 7.6% perfusion to the left lung and 92.4% to the right lung. Bronchoscopy was notable for pin point stenosis of the left mainstem bronchus beyond which was inflamed mucosa and abnormal cartilage rings in the left upper and middle lobe bronchi. Nine months of medical therapy for tuberculosis along with oral steroid taper was completed successfully; however the patient has required six serial bronchscopies with dilatations without stent placement at four to six week intervals due to partial restenosis, with the last bronchoscopy at four months after completion of tuberculosis therapy.

  7. The study of risk factors affecting the prognosis of lung abscess

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    Aghajan Zadeh M


    Full Text Available In spite the emergence of potent and broad spectrum antibiotics and recent advances in bronchoscopy and pulmonary physiotherapy, still there is a high rate of morbidity and mortality because of lung abscess. The objective of this study is the indication of risk factors, which have undesirable effects on the prognosis of lung abscess. In a retrospective study, all cases of lung abscess who was confined to bed during 1994 to 1999 in Rasht were collected and analyzed. From 52 cases, 40 (77% were male and 12 (23% were female. The mean duration of stay was 20 day (15 to 35. The secondary cause for lung abscess was as follows: 10 cases (19% COPD, 10 cases (19% preumonia, 15 cases (29% bronchiectasia 2 cases lung cancer, 2 cases lung hydatid cyst and 3 cases atelectasia. Extrapulmonary causes of lung abscess were consist of: 10 case (10% aspiration, 10 case (19% esophageal diseases tending to reflux, 5 case (9% periodontal disease. The factors, which had underiable effects on prognosis of disease were lung cancer, anemia, hypoalbuminemia, age over 60, abscess with pseudomonas, abscess cavity greater thus 8 cm, lower lobe in right lung and TB. Because of high mortality and morbidity of lung abscess, due attention for internal drainage, bronchoscopy, physiotherapy and timed surgery are seriously indicated.

  8. [Vascular tracheal compression presenting as bronchiolitis in infants]. (United States)

    Flurin, V; Deschildre, A; Fourier, C; Martinot, A; Hue, V; Ramon, P; Petyt, L; Vaksmann, G; Leclerc, F


    Anomalies of the aortic arch and pulmonary arteries may produce compression of the trachea with chronic stridor or wheezing aggravated by crying, feeding and flexion of the neck. Three infants, 3, 5 and 2 months-old, respectively, were admitted suffering from acute bronchiolitis. The first patient had intermittent wheezing for one month; lateral chest X-rays showed an opaque area inserted between the trachea and oesophagus and computed tomography showed pulmonary artery sling with tracheal stenosis which was successfully operated. The second patient displayed pulmonary atelectasia which required bronchoscopy; this technique showed tracheal stenosis which was due to pulmonary artery sling. The third patient had a history of congenital stridor: he required endotracheal intubation; a bronchoscopy performed because persistent pulmonary atelectasia showed tracheal stenosis which was secondary to a double aortic arch. The condition was improved after surgical correction. A history of stridor and/or wheezing in patients admitted for bronchiolitis must lead to consider the possibility of vascular compression of the trachea and to perform specific investigations.

  9. Imaging Findings of Isolated Bronchial Anthracofibrosis: A Computed Tomography Analysis of Patients With Bronchoscopic and Histologic Confirmation. (United States)

    Kahkouee, Shahram; Pourghorban, Ramin; Bitarafan, Mahdi; Najafizadeh, Katayoun; Makki, Seyed Shahabeddin Mohammad


    To evaluate the chest computed tomography (CT) findings of patients with isolated bronchial anthracofibrosis confirmed by bronchoscopy and histopathology. Fifty-eight patients with isolated bronchial anthracofibrosis (29 females; mean age, 70 years) were enrolled in this study. The diagnosis of bronchial anthracofibrosis was made based on both bronchoscopy and pathology findings in all patients. The various chest CT images were retrospectively reviewed by two chest radiologists who reached decisions in consensus. Central peribronchial soft tissue thickening (n=37, 63.8%) causing bronchial narrowing (n=37, 63.8%) or obstruction (n=11, 19%) was identified as an important finding on imaging. Multiple bronchial stenoses with concurrent involvement of 2, 3, and 5 bronchi were seen in 12 (21%), 9 (15%), and 2 (3.4%) patients, respectively. Segmental atelectasis and lobar or multilobar collapse were detected. These findings mostly occurred in the right lung, predominantly in the right middle lobe. Mosaic attenuation patterns, scattered parenchymal nodules, nodular patterns, and calcified or non-calcified lymph nodes were also observed. On chest CT, isolated bronchial anthracofibrosis appeared as peribronchial soft tissue thickening, bronchial narrowing or obstruction, segmental atelectasis, and lobar or multilobar collapse. The findings were more common in the right side, with simultaneous involvement of multiple bronchi in some patients. Copyright © 2014 SEPAR. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  10. Relevance of diagnostic investigations in patients with uveitis: Retrospective cohort study on 300 patients. (United States)

    Hadjadj, Jérôme; Dechartres, Agnès; Chapron, Thibaut; Assala, Manal; Salah, Sawsen; Dunogué, Bertrand; Musset, Lucile; Baudin, Bruno; Groh, Matthieu; Blanche, Philippe; Mouthon, Luc; Monnet, Dominique; Le Jeunne, Claire; Brézin, Antoine; Terrier, Benjamin


    The diagnostic workup of uveitis is a challenge due to the wide range of diagnoses and the lack of a well-codified diagnostic procedure. We aimed to evaluate the relevance of diagnostic investigations for the etiological diagnosis of uveitis. Retrospective cohort study of patients referred for etiological diagnosis of uveitis. Uveitis related to ophthalmological diseases or occurring during the course of previously diagnosed diseases were not included. Three hundred patients were included. Chest CT-scan was suggestive of sarcoidosis in 83 (29%). Features associated with abnormal CT-scan were: snowballs and/or peripheral multifocal choroiditis (PMC) upon ocular examination (P=0.004), blood lymphopenia (P1.5 ULN (P=0.0003). Bronchoscopy showed granuloma in 18 (11%) while alveolar lymphocytosis suggestive of sarcoidosis was reported in 45 (27%). Presence of granuloma on bronchial biopsies was always associated with chest CT-scan abnormalities, whereas 31% of patients with alveolar lymphocytosis had normal CT-scans. Features associated with contributive bronchoscopy were: snowballs and/or PMC (P=0.003), ACE>1.5 ULN (P=0.007), abnormal chest-CT scan (Puveitis were latent tuberculosis (25%) and sarcoidosis (22%), but 34% remained of undetermined origin. Uveitis relapses were observed in 31% and did not differ between patients with an identified diagnosis and those with idiopathic uveitis. Identification of factors associated with abnormal investigations might improve the optimal diagnostic workup adapted to each patient. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Diagnose of occult bronchial foreign body: A rare case report of undetected Chinese medicine aspiration for 10 long years. (United States)

    Wang, Lan; Pudasaini, Bigyan; Wang, Xue-Fen


    Occult bronchial foreign body can be very difficult to diagnose early in an adult patient without acute symptoms. This report describes a rare case of undetected Chinese medicine "Coptis chinensis" aspiration for 10 long years. A case was reported that a female patient complained of a 10-year history of productive cough. A battery of tests were given to confirm the diagnosis. Chest computed tomography (CT) showed extensive bronchiectasis and multiple nodules, along with stenosis of left lower lobar bronchus. An extensive solid lesion with surrounding inflammatory granulation tissue was seen on her first bronchoscopy and biopsy revealed chronic mucosal inflammation. A neglected history of Coptis chinensis regularly kept in-mouth while sleeping for the last 10 years in this patient provided clues for a final diagnosis. Confirmatory diagnosis of bilateral tracheobronchial foreign bodies caused by recurrent inhalation of Coptis chinensis was made by a second bronchoscopy. This case clearly demonstrates that a precise medical history is often overlooked. A high index of suspicion, a precise medical history, radiographic features of chronic respiratory symptoms not explained by other conditions were keys to diagnosing this case.

  12. Relationship between length of longitudinal extension and maximal depth of transmural invasion in roentgenographically occult squamous cell carcinoma of the bronchus (nonpolypoid type). (United States)

    Nagamoto, N; Saito, Y; Suda, H; Imai, T; Sato, M; Ohta, S; Kanma, K; Sagawa, M; Takahashi, S; Usuda, K


    This study was designed to verify our hypothesis that there are two different growth types in roentgenographically occult squamous cell carcinoma of the bronchus. Serial blocks prepared from the entire bronchial tree of 83 resected specimens of occult carcinoma were used for the evaluation of the relationship between the length of longitudinal extension and the maximal depth of transmural invasion. We prepared a length-depth diagram of 92 lesions, including multifocal carcinomas, which confirmed that there are at least two types: Most of these lesions are of the creeping type, which shows a marked superficial growth; the minority are of the penetrating type, which shows a marked downward growth. The diagram suggests that occult carcinoma has a propensity either for longitudinal growth along the bronchial lumen or for transmural growth into the bronchial wall at the time of occurrence. It is likely that the penetrating type grows rapidly and becomes advanced in a short time. Identification of longer lesions of the creeping type is occasionally problematical both at bronchoscopy and at surgical treatment. The stump is usually positive for carcinoma unless frozen sections or imprint specimens of the margin of resection are examined, because it is frequently difficult to identify the proximal end of extension by bronchoscopy.

  13. Bronchoscopic hemostatic tamponade with oxidized regenerated cellulose for major hemoptysis control: two case reports

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    C.C. Nogueira


    Full Text Available Hemoptysis is a common and alarming clinical problem. Acute massive hemoptysis is a life threatening condition. Different therapeutic strategies such as surgery, endovascular treatment and/or bronchoscopy have been applied. We report two cases of patients with severe hemoptysis who were treated by bronchoscopy guided topical hemostatic tamponade therapy with oxidized regenerated cellulose. Resumo: Hemoptises são um problema clinico comum e grave. Nalguns casos, como nas hemoptises maciças, podem causar mortalidade elevada. Para o seu controlo e/ou tratamento têm sido aplicadas diferentes estratégias como a cirurgia, embolização das artérias brônquicas e tratamentos broncoscópicos. Os autores descrevem dois casos clinicos de pacientes com hemoptises graves, cujo controlo foi efectuado por broncoscopia com aplicação de tamponamento hemostático com celulose oxidade regenerada (Surgicell®, Johnson and Johnson's, London. Keywords: Hemoptysis, Bronchoscopic hemostatic therapy, Oxidized regenerated cellulose, Palavras-chave: Hemoptises, Terapêutica broncoscópica hemostática, Celulose oxidada regenerada

  14. August 2014 pulmonary case of the month: a physician's job is never done

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    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated at 150 words. History of Present Illness: A 75-year-old man presented with recurrent minimally productive cough, dyspnea, fatigue, low-grade fevers, and weight loss in November 2013. The patient had been treated twice as an outpatient with antibiotics in the previous 6 weeks for pneumonia. PMH, FH, SH: The patient has a history of obstructive sleep apnea but is not compliant with his prescribed continuous positive airway pressure. He also as a history of obesity, dyslipidemia, and peripheral vascular disease. There is no significant family history. He is a retired brick layer with a 50 pack-year smoking history but quit a few weeks prior to admission. He drinks a case of beer/week. Physical Examination: VS stable. There were no significant findings on physical examination. Radiography: A chest radiograph (Figure 1 was performed. What should be done next? 1. Bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage; 2. Bronchoscopy with transbronchial biopsy; 3. Needle biopsy; 4. Thoracentesis; 5. Video-assisted ...

  15. A Rare Case of Idiopathic Plastic Bronchitis. (United States)

    Raoufi, Mohammed; Achachi, Leila; Mrabet, Fatima Zahra; Herrak, Laila; Ftouh, Mustapha El; Bourhroum, Najoua; Ouazzani Taibi, Nezha


    Plastic bronchitis is a rare disorder characterized by formation of large, branching bronchial casts, which are often expectorated. We present an interesting case of a 35-year-old woman who presented for evaluation of a chronic cough productive of voluminous secretions. Clinical and radiological examination confirmed a total left lung atelectasis without any pathological mediastinal node. Flexible bronchoscopy demonstrated tenacious, thick, and sticky whitish secretions blocking the left stem bronchus. This material was extracted, and inspection demonstrated a bronchial cast, whose pathological analysis revealed necrotic epithelial cells, some eosinophils, and Charcot-Leyden crystals. Two days after bronchoscopy, the patient rejected more bronchial casts, and dyspnea improved. Control of chest x-ray revealed complete left lung aeration and the diagnosis of idiopathic plastic bronchitis was obtained. This article shows the interest in clinical practice to evoke the diagnosis of plastic bronchitis in front of a productive chronic cough. Our case illustrates a rare clinical presentation represented by an atelectasis of an entire lung.

  16. A Rare Case of Idiopathic Plastic Bronchitis

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    Mohammed Raoufi


    Full Text Available Plastic bronchitis is a rare disorder characterized by formation of large, branching bronchial casts, which are often expectorated. We present an interesting case of a 35-year-old woman who presented for evaluation of a chronic cough productive of voluminous secretions. Clinical and radiological examination confirmed a total left lung atelectasis without any pathological mediastinal node. Flexible bronchoscopy demonstrated tenacious, thick, and sticky whitish secretions blocking the left stem bronchus. This material was extracted, and inspection demonstrated a bronchial cast, whose pathological analysis revealed necrotic epithelial cells, some eosinophils, and Charcot-Leyden crystals. Two days after bronchoscopy, the patient rejected more bronchial casts, and dyspnea improved. Control of chest x-ray revealed complete left lung aeration and the diagnosis of idiopathic plastic bronchitis was obtained. This article shows the interest in clinical practice to evoke the diagnosis of plastic bronchitis in front of a productive chronic cough. Our case illustrates a rare clinical presentation represented by an atelectasis of an entire lung.

  17. Effect of music in endoscopy procedures: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. (United States)

    Wang, Man Cai; Zhang, Ling Yi; Zhang, Yu Long; Zhang, Ya Wu; Xu, Xiao Dong; Zhang, You Cheng


    Endoscopies are common clinical examinations that are somewhat painful and even cause fear and anxiety for patients. We performed this systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials to determine the effect of music on patients undergoing various endoscopic procedures. We searched the Cochrane Library, Issue 6, 2013, PubMed, and EMBASE databases up to July 2013. Randomized controlled trials comparing endoscopies, with and without the use of music, were included. Two authors independently abstracted data and assessed risk of bias. Subgroup analyses were performed to examine the impact of music on different types of endoscopic procedures. Twenty-one randomized controlled trials involving 2,134 patients were included. The overall effect of music on patients undergoing a variety of endoscopic procedures significantly improved pain score (weighted mean difference [WMD] = -1.53, 95% confidence interval [CI] [-2.53, -0.53]), anxiety (WMD = -6.04, 95% CI [-9.61, -2.48]), heart rate (P = 0.01), arterial pressure (P music group, compared with the control group. Furthermore, music had little effect for patients undergoing colposcopy and bronchoscopy in the subanalysis. Our meta-analysis suggested that music may offer benefits for patients undergoing endoscopy, except in colposcopy and bronchoscopy. Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


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    Full Text Available There were investigated 50 cytological preparations after fibro-optic bronchoscopy of 10 patients with cervical spinal cord injuries. The dynamics of broncho-pulmonary complications of spinal cord injuries was estimated on the basis of cytological broncho-alveolar lavage fluid investigations. In the work there were used clinico-neurologic methods, radiological (computer tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, endoscopic (fibro-optic bronchoscopy and cytomorphological investigations. Cytomorphological investigations of broncho-alveolar lavage fluid were carried out on the 3-4, 7, 14, 30th days. Cellular composition of the broncho-alveolar wash-out (endopulmonary cytogramme was estimated by calculation of more than 100 cells in 3 fields of the immersion microscope coverage. Quantitative changes of cellular elements were taken into account with respect to normal cell amount. The results were analyzed according to the average out method. Quantitative changes of inflammatory elements in endopulmonary cytogramme were determined by the degree of endobronchitic manifestations and were corresponding to clinico-radiological picture of development of broncho-pulmonary complications in different periods of spinal cord injury

  19. Protected sampling is preferable in bronchoscopic studies of the airway microbiome

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    Rune Grønseth


    Full Text Available The aim was to evaluate susceptibility of oropharyngeal contamination with various bronchoscopic sampling techniques. 67 patients with obstructive lung disease and 58 control subjects underwent bronchoscopy with small-volume lavage (SVL through the working channel, protected bronchoalveolar lavage (PBAL and bilateral protected specimen brush (PSB sampling. Subjects also provided an oral wash (OW sample, and negative control samples were gathered for each bronchoscopy procedure. DNA encoding bacterial 16S ribosomal RNA was sequenced and bioinformatically processed to cluster into operational taxonomic units (OTU, assign taxonomy and obtain measures of diversity. The proportion of Proteobacteria increased, whereas Firmicutes diminished in the order OW, SVL, PBAL, PSB (p<0.01. The alpha-diversity decreased in the same order (p<0.01. Also, beta-diversity varied by sampling method (p<0.01, and visualisation of principal coordinates analyses indicated that differences in diversity were smaller between OW and SVL and OW and PBAL samples than for OW and the PSB samples. The order of sampling (left versus right first did not influence alpha- or beta-diversity for PSB samples. Studies of the airway microbiota need to address the potential for oropharyngeal contamination, and protected sampling might represent an acceptable measure to minimise this problem.

  20. A randomised trial comparing real-time double-lumen endobronchial tube placement with the Disposcope(®) with conventional blind placement. (United States)

    Chen, P T; Ting, C K; Lee, M Y; Cheng, H W; Chan, K H; Chang, W K


    Double-lumen endobronchial tube placement is challenging. This study compared double-lumen tube placement with the Disposcope(®) , a wireless videostylet allowing real-time visualisation, with conventional blind placement. Patients undergoing elective thoracic surgery with normal airways requiring one-lung ventilation were randomly allocated into two groups (27 patients in each group). The Disposcope was used to assist left-sided double-lumen tube placement in one group, and conventional blind placement was performed in the control group. Placement in both groups was checked with fibreoptic bronchoscopy. The Disposcope-assisted group had a shorter total mean (SD) placement time (18.6 (2.5) s vs. 21.4 (2.9) s, p success rate of double-lumen tube placement, and shortened the total operation time when compared with standard placement with confirmation using fibreoptic bronchoscopy, and may replace the conventional method. © 2017 The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.

  1. Pulmonary tuberculosis in its pseudotumoral form; one new case

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    Full Text Available Pulmonary tuberculosis in its pseudo tumoral form is a rare entity. This pseudo tumor is suggested by a radiological parenchymal lesion or neoplastic-like presence in bronchoscopy of a bud or lung infiltration. The diagnosis is confirmed by bacteriological and/or different histological samples. We report a patient aged 26 with no history conditions, no notion of contagious tuberculosis and without toxic habits, who reports with three months isolated type left chest pain operating in a context of significant weight loss but not encrypted, evening fever and altered general condition. The clinical syndrome is a condensation of apical left and the rest of the examination is unremarkable. The chest radiograph shows an opaque round, dense and homogeneous apical left chest scan objective mass density tissue. Bronchoscopy was performed of a small bud at the apex of the segmental left upper lobe whose biopsy was inconclusive. Transparietal puncture with histological study confirmed the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis. The patient was then put under treatment with antibacillaire. The diagnosis of tuberculosis should be considered in any tumor-like lung, as well as to step up bronchoscopic radiation, especially in an epidemiological context and is suggestive. This will allow early treatment of tuberculosis. The aim of our study is to report the rare and special appearance of pulmonary tuberculosis pseudo-tumoral form in imaging.

  2. Daptomycin-induced acute eosinophilic pneumonia

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    Preeya Goyal


    Full Text Available Acute eosinophilic pneumonia (AEP is a rare but important and potentially fatal complication of daptomycin therapy. Here, we present the case of an 85-year-old man with a history of resected esophageal cancer and osteomyelitis treated with daptomycin on two separate occasions who presented for workup of recurrent pneumonia. X-ray and computed tomography of the chest showed right upper lobe and left lower lobe infiltrates. Bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage showed a WBC of 200/µL with 75% eosinophils. No infectious etiology was found despite multiple cultures for pathogens. His presenting symptoms improved over the course of hospitalization despite cessation of all antibiotics. Given the clinical picture and bronchoscopy results, his presentation was attributed to daptomycin-related eosinophilic pneumonia. Since the approval of daptomycin in 2003, approximately 20 case reports have been published demonstrating AEP associated with daptomycin use. We suggest that daptomycin-associated AEP is an under recognized complication and that the incidence will increase with greater use of the drug. Physicians should be especially cognizant of elderly male patients being treated with prolonged courses.

  3. [Annual review of Archivos de Neumología in interventional pneumology, interstitial diseases and lung transplantation]. (United States)

    Disdier, Carlos; Bollo, Elena; Morales, Pilar; Montero, Carmen


    A review has been made of original articles on invasive pneumology techniques, interstitial diseases and lung transplantation, published in the Archivos de Bronconeumología during the year 2008. We have selected the publication by Martínez-Olondrins et al on the mediastinal staging of bronchogenic carcinoma by transbronchial needle aspiration to highlight the role of this simple, safe and cost-effective technique at a time when aspiration by ultrasound-guided bronchoscopy is profiled as an alternative to staging by mediastinoscopy. Besides its usefulness in the study of lymph nodes, transbronchial needle aspiration increases the overall performance of bronchoscopy by 20%, which means that it should be considered as a basic tool in the study of lung cancer. We also comment on the work by Galvis-Caravajal et al, who describe percutaneous radiofrequency as an alternative to radiotherapy in small lung or metastasic tumours. In diffuse interstitial disease, Morell et al analysed the diagnostic methods in 500 patients with this clinical-radiological presentation in which a definitive diagnosis was achieved in 85%, with 25% of them being obtained by non-invasively. Baloira et al analysed the characteristics of 19 patients with desquamative interstitial pneumonia and respiratory bronchiolitis associated-interstitial lung disease obtained from the National register of Interstitial Diseases.

  4. Corpos estranhos sólidos das vias aéreas em adultos

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    Elizabethe Fonseca


    Full Text Available RESUMO: O estudo apresentado refere-se a um grupo de 16 doentes adultos, com o diagnóstico de corpo estranho sólido nas vias aéreas inferiores (CE, que ocorreram num período de 4 anos. Tem por objectivo a caracterização clínica, radiológica e endoscópica da população afectada e a avaliação da modalidade de tratamento utilizada e da evolução após a extracção do CE.Houve suspeite clínica de aspiração de CE em apenas 6 dos 16 casos. Em 4 casos havia associação de patologia reconhecida como predisponente. Consolidação e atelectasia foram os aspectos radiológicos mais frequentes. A broncofibroscopia (BF permitiu a visualização do corpo estranho em 14 doentes. Em 2 casos o aspecto endoscópico era de tumor; o diagnóstico e extracção foram efectuados respectivamente à 2.a e 3.a BF realizadas para repetição da biópsia. A extracção foi efectuada por BF em 14 doentes e por broncoscopia rígida nos restantes. Foi avaliada a evolução após extracção em 7 doentes; 6 estavam clinicamente bem eo 7.° apresentava hemoptises condicionadas por bronquiectasias não relacionadas com o CE.Há um baixo grau de suspeita diagnóstica na ausência de história de engasgamento ou de patologia reconhecida como predisponente. O aspecto endoscópico pode levar a falsos diagnósticos nos corpos estranhos com granuloma. A maioria das situações foi resolvida com a BF. ABSTRACT: The study we present relates to a group of 16 adult patients diagnosed as having solid foreign bodies in the lower airways within a 4 year period. Our objectives were to characterise, he affected population according to clinical, radiological and endoscopic parameters, evaluate the treatment used and follow the patient after extraction.There was clinical suspicion of aspiration in 6 of 16 cases, while 4 had associated illness considered as predisposing. Consolidation and atelectasis were the most frequent radiological findings. Bronchoscopy permitted direct

  5. Respiratory effects of particulate matter air pollution: studies on diesel exhaust, road tunnel, subway and wood smoke exposure in human subjects

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    Background: Ambient air pollution is associated with adverse health effects, but the sources and components, which cause these effects is still incompletely understood. The aim of this thesis was to investigate the pulmonary effects of a variety of common air pollutants, including diesel exhaust, biomass smoke, and road tunnel and subway station environments. Healthy non-smoking volunteers were exposed in random order to the specific air pollutants and air/control, during intermittent exercise, followed by bronchoscopy. Methods and results: In study I, exposures were performed with diesel exhaust (DE) generated at transient engine load and air for 1 hour with bronchoscopy at 6 hours post-exposure. Immunohistochemical analyses of bronchial mucosal biopsies showed that DE exposure significantly increased the endothelial adhesion molecule expression of p-selectin and VCAM-1, together with increased bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) eosinophils. In study II, the subjects were exposed for 1 hour to DE generated during idling with bronchoscopy at 6 hours. The bronchial mucosal biopsies showed significant increases in neutrophils, mast cells and lymphocytes together with bronchial wash neutrophils. Additionally, DE exposure significantly increased the nuclear translocation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) and phosphorylated c-jun in the bronchial epithelium. In contrast, the phase II enzyme NAD(P)H-quinone oxidoreductase 1 (NQO1) decreased after DE. In study III, the 2-hour exposures took place in a road tunnel with bronchoscopy 14 hours later. The road tunnel exposure significantly increased the total numbers of lymphocytes and alveolar macrophages in BAL, whereas NK cell and CD56+/T cell numbers significantly decreased. Additionally, the nuclear expression of phosphorylated c-jun in the bronchial epithelium was significantly increased after road tunnel exposure. In study IV, the subjects were exposed to metal-rich particulate aerosol for 2 hours at a subway station

  6. Image-enhanced bronchoscopic evaluation of bronchial mucosal microvasculature in COPD

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    Full Text Available Eman Mahmoud Fathy,1 Hanaa Shafiek,1 Tamer S Morsi,1,† Bassma El Sabaa,2 Abdelaziz Elnekidy,3 Mohamed Elhoffy,1 Mohamed Samy Atta1 1Chest Diseases Department, 2Pathology Department, 3Radiology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt †Doctor Tamer Morsi passed away on August 15, 2014 Background: Bronchial vascular remodeling is an underresearched component of airway remodeling in COPD. Image-enhanced bronchoscopy may offer a less invasive method for studying bronchial microvasculature in COPD. Objectives: To evaluate endobronchial mucosal vasculature and changes in COPD by image-enhanced i-scan3 bronchoscopy and correlate them pathologically by analyzing bronchial mucosal biopsies. Methods: This case–control study analyzed 29 COPD patients (41.4% Global initiative for chronic Obstructive Lung Disease B [GOLD B] and 58.6% GOLD D and ten healthy controls admitted at Alexandria Main University Hospital, Egypt. Combined high-definition white light bronchoscopy (HD WLB with i-scan3 was used to evaluate endobronchial mucosal microvasculature. The vascularity was graded according to the level of mucosal red discoloration (ie, endobronchial erythema from decreased discoloration to normal, mild, moderate, and severe increased red discoloration (G-1, G0, G+1, G+2, and G+3, respectively and scored by three bronchoscopists independently. Bronchial mucosal biopsies were taken for microvascular density counting using anti-CD34 antibody as angiogenesis marker. Results: Different grades of endobronchial erythema were observed across/within COPD patients using combined HD WLB + i-scan3, with significant agreement among scorers (P=0.031; median score of G+1 [G-1–G+2] being higher in GOLD D (P=0.001. Endobronchial erythema significantly correlated with COPD duration, exacerbation frequency, and body mass index (P<0.05. Angiogenesis was significantly decreased among COPD patients versus controls (10.6 [8–13.3] vs 14 [11

  7. MDCT assessment of tracheomalacia in symptomatic infants with mediastinal aortic vascular anomalies: preliminary technical experience

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    Lee, Edward Y. [Children' s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, Departments of Radiology and Medicine, Pulmonary Division, Boston, MA (United States); Mason, Keira P. [Children' s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, Department of Anesthesiology, Boston, MA (United States); Zurakowski, David [Children' s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Boston, MA (United States); Waltz, David A. [Children' s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, Department of Medicine, Division of Respiratory Diseases, Boston, MA (United States); Ralph, Amy; Riaz, Farhana [Children' s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, Department of Radiology, Boston, MA (United States); Boiselle, Phillip M. [Harvard Medical School, Department of Radiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA (United States)


    Mediastinal aortic vascular anomalies are relatively common causes of extrinsic central airway narrowing in infants with respiratory symptoms. Surgical correction of mediastinal aortic vascular anomalies alone might not adequately treat airway symptoms if extrinsic narrowing is accompanied by intrinsic tracheomalacia (TM), a condition that escapes detection on routine end-inspiratory imaging. Paired inspiratory-expiratory multidetector CT (MDCT) has the potential to facilitate early diagnosis and timely management of TM in symptomatic infants with mediastinal aortic vascular anomalies. To assess the technical feasibility of paired inspiratory-expiratory MDCT for evaluating TM among symptomatic infants with mediastinal aortic vascular anomalies. The study group consisted of five consecutive symptomatic infants (four male, one female; mean age 4.1 months, age range 2 weeks to 6 months) with mediastinal aortic vascular anomalies who were referred for paired inspiratory-expiratory MDCT during a 22-month period. CT angiography was concurrently performed during the end-inspiration phase of the study. Two pediatric radiologists in consensus reviewed all CT images in a randomized and blinded fashion. The end-inspiration and end-expiration CT images were reviewed for the presence and severity of tracheal narrowing. TM was defined as {>=}50% reduction in tracheal cross-sectional luminal area between end-inspiration and end-expiration. The presence of TM was compared to the bronchoscopy results when available (n = 4). Paired inspiratory-expiratory MDCT was technically successful in all five patients. Mediastinal aortic vascular anomalies included a right aortic arch with an aberrant left subclavian artery (n = 2), innominate artery compression (n = 2), and a left aortic arch with an aberrant right subclavian artery (n = 1). Three (60%) of the five patients demonstrated focal TM at the level of mediastinal aortic vascular anomalies. The CT results were concordant with the

  8. Incidence Rate of Post-Intubation Tracheal Stenosis in Patients Admitted to Five Intensive Care Units in Iran (United States)

    Farzanegan, Roya; Farzanegan, Behrooz; Zangi, Mahdi; Golestani Eraghi, Majid; Noorbakhsh, Shahram; Doozandeh Tabarestani, Neda; Shadmehr, Mohammad Behgam


    Background Tracheal stenosis is one of the worst complications associated with endotracheal intubation and it is the most common reason for reconstructive airway surgeries. Due to various local risk factors, the incidence rate of tracheal stenosis may vary in different countries. In order to estimate the incidence rate of post-intubation tracheal stenosis (PITS) in patients admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU), a follow-up study was planned. As there was no similar methodological model in the literature, a feasibility step was also designed to examine the whole project and to enhance the follow-up rate. Objectives To estimate the PITS incidence rate in patients admitted to ICUs, as well as to evaluate the feasibility of the study. Methods This prospective cohort study was conducted in five hospitals in two provinces (Tehran and Arak) of Iran from November 2011 to March 2013. All patients admitted to ICUs who underwent more than 24 hours of endotracheal intubation were included. Upon their discharge from the ICUs, the patients received oral and written educational materials intended to ensure a more successful follow-up. The patients were asked to come back for follow-up three months after their extubation, or sooner in case of any symptoms developing. Those with dyspnea or stridor underwent a bronchoscopy. The asymptomatic patients were given a spirometry and then they underwent a bronchoscopy if the flow-volume loop suggested airway stenosis. Results Some seventy-three patients (70% men) were included in the study. Multiple trauma secondary to motor vehicle accidents (52%) was the most common cause of intubation. Follow-ups were completed in only 14 (19.2%, CI = 0.109 - 0.300) patients. One patient (7%, CI = 0.007 - 0.288) developed symptomatic tracheal stenosis that was confirmed by bronchoscopy. The barriers to a successful follow-up were assessed on three levels: ineffective oral education upon discharge, improper usage of educational materials, and

  9. Aspirasi Benda Asing Paku dengan Komplikasi Atelektasis Paru dan Aspirasi Benda Asing Jarum Pentul Tanpa Komplikasi

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    Full Text Available Abstrak Aspirasi benda asing bronkus adalah masalah yang sering  pada anak-anak dan merupakan masalah seriusserta bisa berakibat fatal. Sebagian besar aspirasi benda asing di bronkus pada anak-anak karena kecenderunganmemasukkan sesuatu ke mulut, pertumbuhan gigi molar yang belum lengkap, kurangnya pengawasan dari orang tuadan lain-lain. Aspirasi jarum pentul di bronkus biasanya terjadi pada wanita remaja muslim yang menggunakan jilbab.Benda asing tajam di bronkus harus segera dikeluarkan dalam kondisi dan peralatan optimal untuk mencegahkomplikasi yang timbul. Komplikasi akibat aspirasi benda asing tajam yang paling sering berupa perforasi jalan nafas,trakeitis, bronkitis, jaringan granulasi, efusi pleura dan atelektasis. Tindakan bronkoskopi merupakan pilihan untukekstraksi benda asing tajam yang teraspirasi. Dilaporkan dua kasus aspirasi benda asing tajam di bronkus yaitu padaseorang anak laki-laki, berusia 6 tahun dengan aspirasi paku dengan komplikasi atelektasis paru dan seorang anakperempuan, berusia 14 tahun dengan aspirasi jarum pentul tanpa komplikasi yang telah berhasil diekstraksimenggunakan bronkoskopi kaku.Kata kunci: benda asing tajam di bronkus, aspirasi paku, aspirasi jarum pentul, atelektasis, bronkoskopi kaku  Abstract Bronchial foreign body aspiration is a common problem in children and it is a serious problem that can befatal. Most of bronchial foreign body aspiration occur in children because of the tendency to put something into themouth, the molar growth is not yet complete, the lack of supervision from parents and others situation . Aspiration of apin in the bronchi usually occurs in adolescent Muslim women who wear headscarf. Sharp foreign bodies in thebronchi must be removed immediately and the optimal equipment to prevent complications. Complications due tosharp foreign bodies aspiration most often in the form of perforation, tracheitis, bronchitis, granulation tissue, pleuraleffusion and atelectasis. Bronchoscopy

  10. The comparative development of elevated resistance to macrolides in community-acquired pneumonia caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae

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    Full Text Available Josef Yayan Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Sleep Medicine, Saarland University Medical Center, Homburg/Saar, Germany Background: Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP is an acute inflammation of the lungs, which is often caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae. CAP is the leading cause of death by infectious disease in industrialized countries. Therefore, an immediate and effective antibiotic therapy is of great importance for the nonfatal outcome of the disease. The literature contains increasing data about the development of resistance to antibiotics that are used for the treatment of CAP caused by S. pneumoniae; this article also examines the possible development of resistance to antibiotics in S. pneumoniae in recent years.Methods: Within the study period of 2004–2014, all hospital charts from patients with CAP caused by S. pneumoniae were collected from the Department of Internal Medicine, Saarland University Medical Center, Homburg/Saar, Germany. The tracheal secretions of S. pneumoniae in CAP patients were obtained by bronchoalveolar lavage; bronchial aspirates were obtained through flexible bronchoscopy and directly from sputum, and blood cultures were examined microbiologically for microorganisms.Results: From a total of 100 patients with CAP caused by S. pneumoniae, 23 (53.49% [34.78% female], 95% confidence interval, 38.58–68.4 patients with a mean age of 59.78±15.77 years met the inclusion criteria of this investigation. These patients were compared to a total of 20 (46.51% [35% female], 95% confidence interval, 31.6–61.42 patients with a mean age of 58.9±13.36 years with CAP who were infested with S. pneumoniae. In the latter group, the streptococcal antigen was detected in pulmonary aspirations by bronchoscopy or in urine using polymerase chain reaction and a rapid pneumococcal test. Penicillin G and vancomycin had a high rate of sensitivity on the antibiogram for S. pneumoniae, which was

  11. Postobstructive Pulmonary Edema following Tonsillectomy/Adenoidectomy in a 2-Year-Old with Poland-Moebius Syndrome

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    Tanisha Powell


    Full Text Available A 2-year-old male with Poland-Moebius syndrome was transferred from a local hospital to the Pediatric ICU at Children’s Hospital of Georgia for suspected postobstructive pulmonary edema (POPE after tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy (T&A. The patient’s respiratory status ultimately declined and he developed respiratory failure. Imaging suggested pulmonary edema as well as a left-sided pneumonia. Echocardiogram showed pulmonary hypertension and airway exam via direct fiberoptic bronchoscopy revealed tracheomalacia and bronchomalacia. He developed acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS and remained intubated for ten days. This case highlights the association between congenital upper body abnormalities with cranial nerve dysfunction and the development of POPE with delayed resolution of symptoms. Patients with upper body abnormalities as above are at great risk of postoperative complications and should therefore be managed in a tertiary-care facility.

  12. Postobstructive Pulmonary Edema following Tonsillectomy/Adenoidectomy in a 2-Year-Old with Poland-Moebius Syndrome. (United States)

    Powell, Tanisha; Sharma, Nirupma; McKie, Kathleen T


    A 2-year-old male with Poland-Moebius syndrome was transferred from a local hospital to the Pediatric ICU at Children's Hospital of Georgia for suspected postobstructive pulmonary edema (POPE) after tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy (T&A). The patient's respiratory status ultimately declined and he developed respiratory failure. Imaging suggested pulmonary edema as well as a left-sided pneumonia. Echocardiogram showed pulmonary hypertension and airway exam via direct fiberoptic bronchoscopy revealed tracheomalacia and bronchomalacia. He developed acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and remained intubated for ten days. This case highlights the association between congenital upper body abnormalities with cranial nerve dysfunction and the development of POPE with delayed resolution of symptoms. Patients with upper body abnormalities as above are at great risk of postoperative complications and should therefore be managed in a tertiary-care facility.

  13. Drains and Blushes: A Case of Impaired Venous Drainage Mimicking Pulmonary Torsion. (United States)

    Alvi, Nazia; Abraham, Raju Z; Alexander, Philip; Betlej, Thomas; Jagannathan, Arun


    A 47-year-old woman underwent elective right upper lobectomy with pneumopexy for adenocarcinoma. On postoperative day 2, she had tachycardia, and her chest radiograph, bronchoscopy, and computed tomography chest scan were suspicious for pulmonary torsion. She underwent emergent thoracotomy, and the right middle lobe was not torsed; it was purple, engorged, and not ventilated. The patient did well after right middle lobectomy. We suspect compromised middle lobe pulmonary venous drainage due to angulation after compensatory expansion. This uncommon phenomenon has not been described previously. High suspicion for pulmonary torsion and treatment led to avoidance of complications such as infection, gangrene, infarction, thromboembolism, and death. Copyright © 2017 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. [A method for the primary culture of fibroblasts isolated from human airway granulation tissues]. (United States)

    Chen, Nan; Zhang, Jie; Xu, Min; Wang, Yu-ling; Pei, Ying-hua


    To establish a feasible method to culture primary fibroblasts isolated from human airway granulation tissues, and therefore to provide experimental data for the investigation of the pathogenesis of benign airway stenosis. The granulation tissues were collected from 6 patients during routine bronchoscopy at our department of Beijing Tiantan Hospital from April to June 2011. Primary fibroblasts were obtained by culturing the explanted tissues. Cell growth was observed under inverted microscope. All of these 6 primary cultures were successful. Fibroblast-like cells were observed to migrate from the tissue pieces 3 d after inoculation. After 9-11 d of culture, cells reached to 90% confluence and could be sub-cultured. After passage, the cells were still in a typical elongated spindle-shape and grew well. The cells could be sub-cultured further when they formed a monolayer. Explant culture is a reliable method for culturing primary fibroblasts from human airway granulation tissues.

  15. A rash and a rare cause of unilateral diaphragmatic paralysis. (United States)

    Ashkir, Zakariye M; Tsaknis, George


    A 61-year-old man who was an ex-heavy smoker presented to our ambulatory care centre with a 4-week history of dyspnoea on mild exertion. 2 weeks prior to his symptoms, he had developed right-sided cervical herpes zoster for which he was prescribed oral acyclovir by his general practitioner. On examination, a rash over the right C4-5 dermatomes was noted and dullness on percussion of the right mid and lower zones with markedly reduced air entry. His chest radiograph showed a raised right hemi-diaphragm with associated right middle and lower lobe collapse. Further investigation with CT and bronchoscopy did not identify a cause and showed no evidence of underlying malignancy or endobronchial obstruction. An ultrasound 'sniff test' was performed to confirm diaphragmatic paralysis. We present a rare case of cervical herpes-induced diaphragmatic paralysis, and summarise our approach and the current understanding of this interesting condition. 2017 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

  16. Combined Intrathoracic and Intraperitoneal Splenosis after Splenic Injury: Case Report and Review of the Literature (United States)

    Moon, Chansoo; Choi, Yun-Jung; Kim, Eun Young; Lee, In Sun; Kim, Sae Byol; Jung, Sung Mo; Kim, Se Kyu; Chang, Joon


    Splenosis is defined as an autotransplantation of the splenic tissue after splenic rupture or splenectomy, and occurs most frequently in the peritoneal cavity. Splenosis is usually asymptomatic and is found incidentally. We report a case of combined intrathoracic and intraperitoneal splenosis in a 54-year-old male who worked as a miner for 10 years in his twenties, and was a current smoker. He was referred to our hospital for further evaluation of an incidental left diaphragmatic mass. Positron emission tomography-computed tomography and bronchoscopy were performed to evaluate the possibility of malignancy. There was no evidence of malignancy, but the spleen was not visualized. Reviewing his medical history revealed previous splenectomy, following a dynamite explosion injury. Therefore, splenosis was suspected and technetium-99m-labeled heat-damaged red blood cell scan confirmed the diagnosis. Radionuclide imaging is a useful diagnostic tool for splenosis, which could avoid unnecessary invasive procedures. PMID:23579787

  17. Metastatic melanoma after 23 years of primary ocular melanoma.

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    Karde, Supriya Ramesh


    We describe a case of 52-year-old man who presented with an episode of tonic-clonic seizures. He had right ocular melanoma 23 years ago with subsequent enucleation which was the standard treatment at that time. CT scans of the brain and of the thorax-abdomen-pelvis revealed widespread metastatic lesions in the brain, lung and liver. Further investigations including bronchoscopy with cytopathology uncovered that the metastatic disease was a recurrence of ocular melanoma. He received palliative radiotherapy and died 6 months later. Ocular melanoma is often associated with fulminant metastatic disease after a period of dormancy. Thus, despite successful treatment of the localised disease at initial presentation, an effort is needed for optimal long-term follow-up plan in order to improve survival in case of recurrence.

  18. Treatment of bronchial airway obstruction using a rotating tip microdebrider: a case report

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    Jimenez Carlos A


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Central airway obstruction is a common complication of lung cancer. The microdebrider is a new device available for treatment of central airway obstruction. Case Description We report a case a 59-yr-old male with T3N2M1 non-small cell lung cancer with malignant distal left mainstem obstruction treated successfully with a novel elongated rotating tip microdebrider via rigid bronchoscopy with sufficient length to reach distal bronchial lesions. Discussion and Conclusion The microdebrider is an excellent addition to the spectrum of interventions available for the management of central airway obstruction with advantages including accuracy and immediate removal of debris without a need for separate suctioning or limitation in oxygenation.

  19. Severe nitrofurantoin lung disease resolving without the use of steroids

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    Bhullar S


    Full Text Available We report a case of an elderly woman who developed a severe, chronic pulmonary reaction to nitrofurantoin therapy that she had taken continuously for three years to prevent urinary tract infections. The patient was taking no other drug known to cause lung disease but the diagnosis was delayed by failure to recognize the association between nitrofurantoin and adverse drug reactions affecting the lung. When originally seen, the patient was unable to care for herself due to dyspnea. Bronchoscopy with biopsy ruled out other causes of her pulmonary disease. Immediate withdrawal of nitrofurantoin led to substantial, sustained improvement and disappearance of symptoms over several months without administration of corticosteroids. Nitrofurantoin toxicity should always be considered in any person taking that drug who develops bilateral infiltrates.

  20. Low Prevalence of Chronic Beryllium Disease Among Workers at aNuclearWeaponsResearchandDevelopmentFacility (United States)

    Arjomandi, Mehrdad; Seward, James; Gotway, Michael B.; Nishimura, Stephen; Fulton, George P.; Thundiyil, Josef; King, Talmadge E.; Harber, Philip; Balmes, John R.


    Objective To study the prevalence of beryllium sensitization (BeS) and chronic beryllium disease (CBD) in a cohort of workers from a nuclear weapons research and development facility. Methods We evaluated 50 workers with BeS with medical and occupational histories, physical examination, chest imaging with high-resolution computed tomography (N = 49), and pulmonary function testing. Forty of these workers also underwent bronchoscopy for bronchoalveolar lavage and transbronchial biopsies. Results The mean duration of employment at the facility was 18 years and the mean latency (from first possible exposure) to time of evaluation was 32 years. Five of the workers had CBD at the time of evaluation (based on histology or high-resolution computed tomography); three others had evidence of probable CBD. Conclusions These workers with BeS, characterized by a long duration of potential Be exposure and a long latency, had a low prevalence of CBD. PMID:20523233

  1. An acute adrenal insufficiency revealing pituitary metastases of lung cancer in an elderly patient. (United States)

    Marmouch, Hela; Arfa, Sondes; Mohamed, Saoussen Cheikh; Slim, Tensim; Khochtali, Ines


    Metastases of solid tumors to the pituitary gland are often asymptomatic or appereas as with diabetes insipid us. Pituitary metastases more commonly affect the posterior lobe and the infundibulum than the anterior lobe. The presentation with an acute adrenal insufficiency is a rare event. A 69-year-old men presented with vomiting, low blood pressure and hypoglycemia. Hormonal exploration confirmed a hypopituitarism. Appropriate therapy was initiated urgently. The hypothalamic-pituitary MRI showed a pituitary hypertrophy, a nodular thickening of the pituitary stalk. The chest X Rays revealed pulmonary opacity. Computed tomography scan of the chest showed a multiples tumors with mediastinal lymphadenopathy. Bronchoscopy and biopsy demonstrated a pulmonary adenocarcinoma. Hence we concluded to a lung cancer with multiple pituitary and adrenal gland metastases. This case emphasizes the need for an etiological investigation of acute adrenal insufficiency after treatment of acute phase.

  2. Foreign body aspiration masquerading as difficult asthma

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    Rai S


    Full Text Available It is important to assess patients of difficult/therapy resistant asthma carefully in order to identify whether there are any correctable factors that may contribute to their poor control. It is critical to make a diagnosis of asthma and to exclude other airway diseases. A 65-years-old lady presented with repeated acute episodes of dyspnoea and wheezing. She was on regular medication for bronchial asthma for 18 years. There was no history of foreign body aspiration or loss of consciousness. Her chest radiograph was normal. She showed poor response to corticosteroids and bronchodilators. Fibreoptic bronchoscopy (FOB showed intracordal cyst of the left vocal cord and 1cm size irregular piece of betel nut in right main bronchus, which was removed endoscopically with the help of dormia basket, following which her condition improved and asthma was controlled on inhaled bronchodilators.

  3. Vocal Hoarseness and a Subglottic Mass

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    Sassan Rafizadeh PhD


    Full Text Available We report a patient with tracheopathia osteoplastica (TPO, a rare or perhaps underrecognized disorder, detected in approximately 1 in every 2000 to 5000 patients who undergo bronchoscopy. TPO is marked by proliferation of bony and cartilaginous spurs leading to airway stenosis. Multiple submucosal cartilaginous and osseous nodules can develop in the respiratory tract and may involve the entire trachea and mainstem bronchi. Symptoms may range from a completely silent condition to life-threatening respiratory failure and diagnosis is made based on radiological and bronchoscopic findings. Although the etiology has not been established, TPO can be familial and is sometimes associated with chronic inflammation, such as seen with rheumatic diseases. This case highlights the need for understanding TPO so that it can be differentiated from potentially serious conditions such as necrotizing granulomatous diseases, invasive infections, and cancer.

  4. Idiopathic Pulmonary Hemosiderosis With Allergic Asthma Diagnosis in a Pediatric Patient. (United States)

    Eldem, İrem; İleri, Talia; İnce, Elif; Asarcikli, Fikret; Pekpak, Esra; Çakmakli, Hasan F; Ceyhan, Koray; Uysal, Zümrüt


    Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis (IPH) is a rare disorder with unknown pathogenesis that usually presents in the first decade of life. As a result of diffuse alveolar hemorrhage, respiratory symptoms such as cough attacks, hemoptysis, dyspnea, and recurrent and refractory iron-deficiency anemia (IDA) are observed. We present an 8-year-old girl who was followed up with recurrent IDA and allergic asthma and later diagnosed with IPH. IPH was confirmed by the presence of hemosiderin-laden macrophages in bronchoalveolar lavage obtained by bronchoscopy and exclusion of the secondary causes of pulmonary hemosiderosis. Glucocorticoids and iron supplementation were started. Clinical and laboratory improvement was observed with therapy. Our case illustrates that refractory/recurrent IDA with any pulmonary symptoms may be the only presenting feature of IPH.

  5. Chest trauma: A case for single lung ventilation. (United States)

    Pandharikar, Nagaraj; Sachdev, Anil; Gupta, Neeraj; Gupta, Suresh; Gupta, Dhiren


    Chest trauma is one of the important causes of mortality and morbidity in pediatric trauma patients. The complexity, magnitude, and type of lung injury make it extremely challenging to provide optimal oxygenation and ventilation while protecting the lung from further injury due to mechanical ventilation. Independent lung ventilation is used sporadically in these patients who do not respond to these conventional ventilatory strategies using double-lumen endotracheal tubes, bronchial blocker balloons, etc. However, this equipment may not be easily available in developing countries, especially for pediatric patients. Here, we present a case of severe chest trauma with pulmonary contusion, flail chest, and bronchopleural fistula, who did not respond to conventional lung protective strategies. She was successfully managed with bronchoscopy-guided unilateral placement of conventional endotracheal tube followed by single lung ventilation leading to resolution of a chest injury.

  6. MRI tracheomalacia (TM) assessment in pediatric patients

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    Ciet, P.; Wielopolski, P.; Lever, S.

    Purpose: TM is an excessive narrowing of the intrathoracic part of the trachea. TM is a common congenital pediatric anomaly, but it’s often not recognized due to its unspecific clinical presentation. The aims of our study are: 1) to develop cine-MRI sequences to visualize central airways in static...... spirometry controlled breathing maneuvers (peak flow and coughing) using a MRI compatible spirometer. “Static” 13-second breath-hold scans covering the entire thoracic region were acquired at end-inspiration and end-expiration using a 3D GRE with TR/TE=1.2/0.5 ms, alpha = 2, sagittal isotropic volume (2.8) x...... breathing maneuvers. Images of central airways during static and dynamic conditions were acquired and could be analyzed. Three out of the 8 children had a TM just above the carina during forced expiration, confirmed by bronchoscopy. Conclusion: This pilot study shows that Dynamic-MRI is feasible...

  7. A rare tumor of trachea: Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor diagnosis and endoscopic treatment

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    Mehmet Akif Özgül


    Full Text Available Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors (IMTs are rare childhood neoplasms, with benign clinical course. Although etiology of IMTs are not clear, recent studies have reported that IMT is a true neoplasm rather than a reactive or inflammatory lesion. IMTs are rarely seen in adults and tracheal involvement is also rare both in adults and also in children. We describe a 16-year old female patient who was misdiagnosed and treated as asthma in another center for a few months and presented with acute respiratory distress due to upper airway obstruction. Computerized tomography (CT of the chest and rigid bronchoscopy revealed a mass lesion that was nearly totally obliterating tracheal lumen. Bronchoscopic resection was performed under general anesthesia and the final pathological diagnosis was tracheal IMT.

  8. [Total atalectasis of the left lung developing during the third month of treatment in a case of pulmonary tuberculosis]. (United States)

    Dalar, L; Karasulu, L; Sökücü, S; Düger, M; Altın, S


    Pulmonary tuberculosis and lung cancer are still important public health problems and can occur simultaneously. In this article, we present the case of a 38-year-old patient treated for smear positive pulmonary tuberculosis. During the third month of treatment, the patient developed respiratory distress and was found to have total atelectasis of the left lung. At rigid bronchoscopy, a lesion obstructing the left main bronchus was removed with a diode laser. Oncological treatment was started following the histological diagnosis of small cell bronchial carcinoma. Pulmonary tuberculosis and bronchial carcinoma can occur at the same time and cause diagnostic confusion. The possibility should be considered in situations where both diseases are endemic. Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS.

  9. [Postoperative respiratory insufficiency and its treatment]. (United States)

    Kösek, V; Wiebe, K


    The development of a postoperative respiratory insufficiency is typically caused by several factors and include patient-related risks, the extent of the procedure and postoperative complications. Morbidity and mortality rates in acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) are high. It is important to have consistent strategies for prevention and preoperative conditioning is essential primarily for high-risk patients. Treatment of established postoperative lung failure requires early tracheotomy, protective ventilation (tidal volume 6 ml/kg body weight), elevated positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP, 10-20 mmH2O), recurrent bronchoscopy and early patient mobilization. In critical cases an extracorporeal lung assist is considered to be beneficial as a bridge to recovery and for realizing a protective ventilation protocol. Different systems with separate indications are available. The temporary application of a lung assist allows thoracic surgery to be performed safely in patients presenting with insufficient respiratory function.

  10. Bronchial leiomyoma, a case report and review of literature

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    José Cárdenas-García, MD


    Full Text Available A 44 year old male former smoker from Ecuador presented with productive cough for 3 weeks, positive tuberculin skin test, 40 lbs weight loss and right lower lobe collapse. He denied wheezing or hemoptysis. He was treated with antibiotics and ruled out for tuberculosis with negative sputum smear. Bronchoscopy showed an endobronchial lesion at the distal end of bronchus intermedius as cause of the collapse. Endobronchial biopsy of the lesion revealed an endobronchial leiomyoma, a rare cause of endobronchial tumor. The patient underwent bilobectomy as definite therapy for the leiomyoma due to its large size and possible extra-luminal extension, which made it not amenable to bronchoscopic resection or bronchoplasty. Differential diagnoses of endobronchial lesions are discussed along with clinical, radiographic, pathologic characteristics and various treatment modalities for endobronchial leiomyomas.

  11. [Airway obstruction after tracheostomy in a neurologically impaired child]. (United States)

    Kawase, Mizuho; Arakura, Kumiko; Kawase, Soichiro; Shiozawa, Riyo; Inoue, Yasuro


    A 14-year-old boy neurologically impaired was scheduled for tracheostomy under general anesthesia because of the prolonged tracheal intubation. He had twice received artificial respiration under tracheal intubation for aspiration pneumonia. During emergence from anesthesia, bucking occurred and suddenly the patient's lungs could not be ventilated. Neither anesthetic circuit nor tracheostomy tube were not functioning well, and airway obstruction was not relieved by manual and positive pressure ventilation within 40 mmHg. SpO2 gradually decreased to 48%, resulting in bradicardia. However, it became possible to inflate the lungs immediately because of the respiratory effort decreased. SpO2 rapidly increased to normal range and heart rate recovered. The patient was suspected of having tracheomalacia as a result of flexible bronchoscopy performed through tracheostomy tube, revealing slight collapse of the trachea. Tracheomalacia can be a cause of sudden difficult ventilation in neurologically impaired children.

  12. Angiostrongylosis-related restrictive pneumopathy assessed by arterial blood gas analysis in a dog. (United States)

    Csöndes, Judit; Majoros, Gábor; Lajos, Zoltán; Psáder, Roland; Vajdovich, Péter; Manczur, Ferenc; Máthé, Ákos


    Pulmonary angiostrongylosis was diagnosed by the Baermann method and larval identification from faecal and bronchoalveolar lavage samples in a five-month- old male mongrel dog with dyspnoea and cough. Arterial blood gas analysis indicated arterial hypoxaemia and restrictive pneumopathy. In addition to the palliative treatment, fenbendazole was administered (50 mg/kg/24 h per os) for 14 days. The respiratory signs subsided within a short time clinically, but serial arterial blood gas analysis demonstrated an ongoing ventilation disorder. Repeated haematology, thoracic radiography, bronchoscopy and blood gas analysis were performed to follow the course of the disease. The most severe eosinophilia was detected after the beginning of the anthelmintic therapy, and the arterial pO2 level was permanently low. Arterial blood gas analysis provided the most adequate information about the course of the pneumopathy and it greatly facilitated the patient's medical management.

  13. A case of squamous cell carcinoma of lung presenting with paraneoplastic type of acanthosis nigricans

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    Subhasis Mukherjee


    Full Text Available A 70-years-old male presented with blackening of both hands and face for last six months which was progressive and attended dermatology outpatients department. Dermatologist opined the skin lesions as acanthosis nigricans. He was referred to our department to evaluate for any underlying internal malignancy as he was a smoker. His chest X-ray revealed right sided hilar prominence with a mid zone cavity with fluid level. Fibreoptic bronchoscopy was done, there was one ulcerative growth in right middle lobe bronchus. Biopsy from the ulcer revealed probable squamous cell carcinoma. CT scan of thorax was also done and CT guided FNAC of Rt lung lesion yielded non small cell carcinoma. His skin lesions were also biopsied and diagnosis of acanthosis nigricans was confirmed. Here we report a case of acanthosis nigricans associated with non-small cell cancer of lung.

  14. A rare cause of asymptomatic solitary pulmonary nodule: adult Schistosoma worm. (United States)

    Chaudhry, Ikram Ulhaq; Manah, Wejdan; Alghamdi, Mohammed; Mutairi, Hadi


    Solitary pulmonary nodule due to various pathologies has been reported in the medical literature. We report a case of solitary pulmonary nodule in an asymptomatic 60-year-old male smoker, who had a positive family history of pulmonary tuberculosis. His routine screening chest X-ray revealed a 2 × 1.5 cm nodule in the right lung upper zone. A CT scan of the thorax confirmed the finding. Bronchoscopy, lavage, biopsy and screening for tuberculosis were negative. Owing to its technical difficulty, a CT-guided biopsy was deferred by the radiologist, hence we decided to perform segmentectomy that showed granuloma harbouring an adult Schistosoma worm. This is the first case of asymptomatic solitary pulmonary nodule due to adult Schistosoma worm 26 years after the exposure.

  15. Tracheobronchomalacia post-pneumonectomy: A late complication

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    Ashima Datey


    Full Text Available An 83-year-old male presented with dyspnoea and stridor. He had undergone pneumonectomy 40 years ago. CT scan revealed gross shift of mediastinum (post-pneumonectomy syndrome with tortuous trachea kinked at the thoracic inlet. Fibre optic bronchoscopy showed a near total expiratory closure of trachea, right main bronchus, and segmental bronchi confirming tracheobronchomalacia. He was managed with long length, low tracheostomy in view of his poor general condition of permitting more invasive procedures. He showed adequate clinical improvement and was discharged home. Tracheobronchomalacia in post-pneumonectomy syndrome requires emergent management. Its occurrence after 40 years is very rare and may be easily missed. It can be diagnosed with dynamic CT and FOB. Although invasive management with stenting or surgical methods is routinely advised, conservative care can be effective in selected cases.

  16. Myocardial Infarction as a Complication of Bronchial Artery Embolization

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    Labbé, Hugo, E-mail: [Université Laval, Department of Medicine (Canada); Bordeleau, Simon [Université Laval, Department of Emergency Medicine (Canada); Drouin, Christine [Université Laval, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (Canada); Archambault, Patrick [Université Laval, Department of Emergency Medicine (Canada)


    Bronchial artery embolization is now a common treatment for massive pulmonary hemoptysis if flexible bronchoscopy at the bedside failed to control the bleeding. Complications of this technique range from benign chest pain to devastating neurological impairments. We report the case of a 41-year-old man who developed an ST elevation myocardial infarction during bronchial artery embolization, presumably because of coronary embolism by injected particles. In this patient who had no previously known coronary artery disease, we retrospectively found a communication between the left bronchial artery and the circumflex coronary artery. This fistula was not visible on the initial angiographic view and likely opened because of the hemodynamic changes resulting from the embolization. This case advocates for careful search for bronchial-to-coronary arterial fistulas and the need for repeated angiographic views during embolization procedures.

  17. Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis with pulmonary involvement; Papilomatose respiratoria recorrente com envolvimento pulmonar

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    Ikawa, Marcos Hiroyuki [Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Escola Paulista de Medicina. Dept. de Diagnostico por Imagem; Meirelles, Gustavo Souza Portes [Centro de Medicina Diagnostica Fleury, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)]. E-mail:


    A five-year-old girl developed hoarseness with gradual worsening at the age of eight months. Three months later, she underwent bronchoscopy in which papillomas in the vocal cords, larynx and trachea were observed. Because of serious bronchospasm crises and respiratory failure, she needed several hospitalizations, definitive tracheostomy and multiple endoscopic procedures for papilloma excision. The most recent chest radiography (Figure A) and computed tomography (CT) scans (Figures B and C) showed a nodule inside the trachea and multiple pulmonary nodules, cysts and consolidations. The anatomopathological findings from curettage of the lesions revealed benign squamous-cell papillomas. Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP) is directly related to the human papillomavirus (HPV). Its spread to the lower airways is uncommon, with involvement of trachea and/or proximal bronchi in 5% of the patients, and extension to the lungs in only 1% of the cases. (author)

  18. Iatrogenic tension pneumothorax in children: two case reports

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    Mayordomo-Colunga Juan


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Two cases of iatrogenic tension pneumothorax in children are reported. Case presentations Case 1: A 2-year-old boy with suspected brain death after suffering multiple trauma suddenly developed intense cyanosis, extreme bradycardia and generalized subcutaneous emphysema during apnea testing. He received advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation and urgent bilateral needle thoracostomy. Case 2: A diagnostic-therapeutic flexible bronchoscopy was conducted on a 17-month-old girl, under sedation-analgesia with midazolam and ketamine. She very suddenly developed bradycardia, generalized cyanosis and cervical, thoracic and abdominal subcutaneous emphysema. Urgent needle decompression of both hemithoraces was performed. Conclusion In techniques where gas is introduced into a child's airway, it is vital to ensure its way out to avoid iatrogenic tension pneumothorax. Moreover, the equipment to perform an urgent needle thoracostomy should be readily available.

  19. [Intratracheal lymphotropic ozone therapy in erosive-ulcerous tracheitis]. (United States)

    Chernekhovskaia, N E; Iarema, I V; Shishlo, V K; Andreev, V G; Khodos, D V


    Under observation there were 452 patients with chronic stenosis of hollow organs of the neck having cannulas during the period from 3 months to several years. During the tracheobronchoscopic examination it was found that 35 patients had trachea ulcers, 46 patients had erosive tracheobronchitis. The ulcers were localized on the anterior wall of the thoracic part of the trachea. Their diameter was from 1 to 2.5 cm. The ulcers were accompanied by diffuse bilateral bronchitis of the II-III degree of the inflammation intensity. 2-3 ml of ozonated sodium chloride solution with the concentration of ozone in it 5 mg/l were introduced into the ulcer edges, i.e. lymphotropically, into the submucous membrane. The same solution (40-60 ml) was used for daily sanitation of the tracheobronchial tree. Complete epithelization of the ulcers and cleansing of the bronchial tree took 3-4 curative bronchoscopies.

  20. An unusual cause for recurrent chest infections.

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    Lobo, Ronstan


    We present a case of an elderly non-smoking gentleman who, since 2005, had been admitted multiple times for recurrent episodes of shortness of breath, wheeze, cough and sputum. The patient was treated as exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and\\/or lower respiratory tract infections. Bronchoscopy was done which revealed multiple hard nodules in the trachea and bronchi with posterior tracheal wall sparing. Biopsies confirmed this as tracheopathia osteochondroplastica (TO). He had increasing frequency of admission due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and pseudomonas infections, which failed to clear despite intravenous, prolonged oral and nebulised antibiotics. The patient developed increasing respiratory distress and respiratory failure. The patient died peacefully in 2012. This case report highlights the typical pathological and radiological findings of TO and the pitfalls of misdiagnosing patients with recurrent chest infections as COPD.

  1. Uncommon presentation of pulmonary aspergilloma

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    Baradkar V


    Full Text Available Cases of pulmonary aspergilloma without any predisposing factors are rarely reported. Clinical presentation varies from case to case. Here, we report a case of pulmonary aspergilloma in a 60-year-old male patient who was admitted to the Intensive Respiratory Care Unit with spontaneous pneumothorax. The patient had a history of dyspnea on exertion since 9 months and mild haemoptysis since the last 6 months. A computerised tomographic scan of the lungs showed a lesion in the left main bronchus along with obstructive emphysema of the right lung, moderate pneumothorax and mediastinal emphysema. Bronchoscopy was performed and the biopsy samples were processed for histopathological examination and culture on Sabouraud′s dextrose agar, which yielded growth of Aspergillus flavus. Repeat sputum samples also yielded the growth of A. flavus . The patient responded to intravenous liposomaamphotericin B and intercostal drainage.

  2. [Foreign body aspiration in children]. (United States)

    Ibarz, J A Esteban; Samitier, A Sáinz; Alvira, R Delgado; Prades, P Burgués; Martínez-Pardo, N González; Pollina, J Elías


    The aim to this study is evaluate the history, symptoms, radiographic and endoscopic findings in 420 children who were admitted for suspected foreign body aspiration in our hospital between 1972 and 2005. In 13 children we didn't find foreign body and in 16 children the foreign bodies were lodged in larynx. The mean age was 33 months. The medical history, phisical exploration, auscultation and radiological findings were positive in 91,4%, 78,3%, 91,6% and 81%. The frecuency or foreign body aspiration is undervaluate and sometimes is excluded as diagnosis. Only 218 (51,9%) patients went to the hospital in the first 24 hours, although 87,8% of patients presented symptoms and 75,4% presented severe symptoms. Moreover the removed foreign bodies and suspected foreign bodies are the same in 82,95%. We think that bronchoscopy should by performed in all children who have had a choking episode.

  3. Endobronchial cryotherapy for a mycetoma. (United States)

    Rojas-Tula, Diego Germán; Gómez-Fernández, Máximo; García-López, José Javier; Cobos-Ceballos, María Jesús; Gil-Fuentes, América; Pérez-Laya, Jesús Manuel; Serrano-Rebollo, José Carlos; Ortega-González, Angel; Vargas-Hidalgo, Teresa; Ruíz de Oña-Lacasta, José María; Celdrán-Gil, José


    Mycetoma is defined as a fungus ball that fills a preexisting lung cavity, most frequently being of tuberculous or sarcoid etiology. The most frequently isolated fungus is the species of Aspergillus, but other fungi such as Fusarium or Zygomycetes can also be present. Most patients lack symptoms. However, presentation may also be with hemoptysis, which can be massive and life-threatening. We describe the case of a 50-year-old man with a history of prior pulmonary tuberculosis, with recurrent episodes of cough and hemoptysis. He was diagnosed to have mycetoma in the left upper lobe cavity. The mycetoma was extracted through bronchoscopy under general anesthesia using a cryoprobe. Treatment was completed with amphotericin B instilled in the cavity and the patient was placed on oral itraconazole. This is the first case report to date in which cryotherapy was used to remove a mycetoma.

  4. Thromboelastometric Profiles of Horses Affected by Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhages

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    Alessia Giordano


    Full Text Available Exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH commonly occurs in race horses. Thromboelastometry (TEM investigates the whole hemostatic process by evaluating the viscoelastic properties of the blood clot from its formation to fibrinolysis. The aim of this study was to assess whether horses with EIPH have abnormal thromboelastometric profiles. Intrinsic and extrinsic pathways, fibrinogen activity and fibrinolysis were investigated by TEM before and after the race in negative controls and in horses on which EIPH was confirmed by bronchoscopy. Compared with controls, horses with EIPH had an increased coagulability in both pre- and postrace samplings, especially for the intrinsic pathway and for the fibinrolytic activity. These results suggest that coagulation is preactivated in horses prone to develop EIPH, possibly due to recent or recurrent hemorrhage.

  5. Low Prevalence of Chronic Beryllium Disease among Workers at a Nuclear Weapons Research and Development Facility

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    Arjomandi, M; Seward, J P; Gotway, M B; Nishimura, S; Fulton, G P; Thundiyil, J; King, T E; Harber, P; Balmes, J R


    To study the prevalence of beryllium sensitization (BeS) and chronic beryllium disease (CBD) in a cohort of workers from a nuclear weapons research and development facility. We evaluated 50 workers with BeS with medical and occupational histories, physical examination, chest imaging with HRCT (N=49), and pulmonary function testing. Forty of these workers also underwent bronchoscopy for bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and transbronchial biopsies. The mean duration of employment at the facility was 18 yrs and the mean latency (from first possible exposure) to time of evaluation was 32 yrs. Five of the workers had CBD at the time of evaluation (based on histology or HRCT); three others had evidence of probable CBD. These workers with BeS, characterized by a long duration of potential Be exposure and a long latency, had a low prevalence of CBD.

  6. Isolated pauci-immune pulmonary capillaritis

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    Ashok Kumar Mehrotra


    Full Text Available A young house wife presented with low grade fever, cough, haemoptysis and SOB of unknown aetiology for 40 days duration. Respiratory system examination revealed diffuse crepts and rhonchi. Other organ system examination did not reveal any abnormality. X-ray chest PA view and CT thorax showed diffuse bilateral necrotising nodular lesions of various sizes with small pleural effusion. She also had low resting oxygen saturation with falling haematocrit. Her Serum was week positive for p-ANCA and negative for MPO-ANCA. Bronchoscopy revealed continuous bloody aspirates. We could not isolate any organisms in any of the specimens from her and she was unresponsive to any of the antibiotics either. Based on the clinical, laboratory data, radiological features and positive outcome to pulse therapy of methylprednisolone and cyclophosphamide, she was diagnosed as a case of IPIPC.

  7. CD4 lymphocyte counts and serum p24 antigen of no diagnostic value in monitoring HIV-infected patients with pulmonary symptoms

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    Orholm, M; Nielsen, T L; Nielsen, Jens Ole


    .200 x 10(9)/l, and 60% of patients without OI had CD4 counts less than 0.200 x 10(9)/l; 47 and 42% of patients with and without OI, respectively, had detectable p24 antigen in serum. Only 36% of the patients with OI presented the combination of CD4 cells less than 0.200 x 10(9)/l and p24 in serum......The diagnostic value of the CD4 cell counts and the HIV p24 antigen were evaluated in a consecutive series of 105 HIV-infected patients experiencing 128 episodes of pulmonary symptoms which required bronchoscopy. One-third of patients with opportunistic infection (OI) had CD4 counts greater than 0....... In conclusion, the CD4 cell counts and the presence of p24 antigen in serum had a very limited predictive value for the presence of OI in HIV-infected patients with pulmonary symptoms....

  8. Is There a Role for Bronchial Thermoplasty in the Treatment of Asthma?

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    Louis-Philippe Boulet


    Full Text Available Bronchial thermoplasty is a new technique proposed to improve control of moderate to severe asthma. It delivers thermal energy to the large airways during a bronchoscopy to decrease the amount of bronchial smooth muscle. This intervention has been shown to reduce asthma exacerbations, and improve asthma control and quality of life over a three-year period without significant complications up to a five-year period. It could be considered as another option in the treatment of selected patients requiring oral and/or high doses of inhaled corticosteroids to control asthma. It should, however, be performed in specialized centres in patients who understand the potential benefits and side-effects of this technique. The response to this treatment varies from one patient to another. Consequently, further studies are required to better define the role of this option in the treatment of asthma.

  9. Pulmonary eosinophilia associated to treatment with natalizumab. (United States)

    Curto, Elena; Munteis-Olivas, Elvira; Balcells, Eva; Domínguez-Álvarez, M Marisol


    Natalizumab (Tysabri(®)) is a leukocytes chemotaxis inhibitor that decreases the leukocytes passage through the hematoencephalic barrier and it is currently used in relapsing-remitting forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). We present a patient with allergic rhinoconjunctivitis diagnosed with MS who started treatment with natalizumab. She began to show mild asthmatic symptoms until she needed admission to the hospital due to respiratory insufficiency. Blood tests showed peripheral eosinophilia and the thoracic computed tomography scan demonstrated pulmonary infiltrates. The bronchoscopy with the bronchoalveolar lavage resulted in eosinophilic alveolitis. No evidence of bacterial, fungal and parasitic infection, connective tissue disease, or vasculitis were observed. After discontinuation of natalizumab, the patient improved without other treatments. As MS is a prevalent disease and the use of natalizumab is increasing, we consider important to point out that this drug can be associated with pulmonary eosinophilia, especially in patients with allergic rhinoconjunctivitis or asthma.

  10. Update in the extraction of airway foreign bodies in adults. (United States)

    Blanco Ramos, Montserrat; Botana-Rial, Maribel; García-Fontán, Eva; Fernández-Villar, Alberto; Gallas Torreira, Mercedes


    Foreign body (FB) aspiration into the airway is lees common in adults than children. Nevertheless its incidence does not decrease through time. We present clinical relevant aspects of airway FBs on the basis of a selective review of pertinent literature retrieved by a search in the PubMed database. The most common aspirated FBs by adults are organics, especially fragments of bones and seeds. Symptoms usually are cough, chocking and dyspnea. Right localization, especially bronchus intermedius and right lower lobe, is more frequent. Chest radiography can be normal in up to 20% of the cases and FBs can be detected in 26% of the patients. FBs can safely remove in the majority of patients under flexible bronchoscopy. Surgical treatment must be reserved for cases in which bronchoscope fails or there are irreversible bronchial or lung complications.

  11. A novel method of airway management in a case of penetrating neck injury

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    Malavika Kulkarni


    Full Text Available Direct injury to airway is a rare event and also a challenge to anaesthesiologist and surgeon. We present a case report of open tracheal injury with right pneumothorax in a young male following assault with a sharp weapon. In spite of a chest tube in situ, the patient came with collapse of one lung and tachypnoea which required surgical exploration. Lower airway was evaluated by fibre-optic bronchoscopy through the open tracheal wound while he was awake and tracheal tube was passed over the bronchoscope. There was no vascular or oesophageal injury detected. Although there was a pleural tear, there were no signs of injury to lung parenchyma. After evaluation, end to end anastomosis of the trachea was planned, for which orotracheal tube was passed with surgical assistance. Patient was shifted to post-operative high dependency unit and was electively ventilated for 7 days and was later successfully extubated under fibre-optic bronchoscope guidance.

  12. The Use of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in the Surgical Repair of Bronchial Rupture

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    Ju-Hee Park


    Full Text Available Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO has been used successfully in critically ill patients with traumatic lung injury and offers an additional treatment modality. ECMO is mainly used as a bridge treatment to delayed surgical management; however, only a few case reports have presented the successful application of ECMO as intraoperative support during the surgical repair of traumatic bronchial injury. A 38-year-old man visited our hospital after a blunt chest trauma. His chest imaging showed hemopneumothorax in the left hemithorax and a finding suspicious for left main bronchus rupture. Bronchoscopy was performed and confirmed a tear in the left main bronchus and a congenital tracheal bronchus. We decided to provide venovenous ECMO support during surgery for bronchial repair. We successfully performed main bronchial repair in this traumatic patient with a congenital tracheal bronchus. We suggest that venovenous ECMO offers a good option for the treatment of bronchial rupture when adequate ventilation is not possible.

  13. Invasive aspergillosis: results of multicenter study

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    N. N. Klimko


    Full Text Available We present the results of a multicenter study of 445 patients with “proven” and “probable” invasive aspergillosis (EORTC/MSG, 2008. Invasive aspergillosis usually occurs in patients with hematological malignancies (88 %, main underlying diseases were acute myeloid and acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The risk factors: prolonged agranulocytosis (64 %, cytostatic chemotherapy (57 %, corticosteroid treatment (45 %, and allogeneic hematopoietic stem cells transplantation (29 %. The pathogens – A. fumigatus (42 %, A. niger (33 %, and A. flavus (21 %. The main site of infection were lungs (86 %. 12 week overall survival was 83 %. Bronchoscopy use for the early diagnosis (p = 0.01, adequatetherapy with voriconazole (p = 0.002 and secondary antifungal prophylaxis (p = 0.0003 were positive prognostic factors for survival of patients with invasive aspergillosis.

  14. Ludwig's angina: need for including airways and larynx in ultrasound evaluation. (United States)

    Narendra, P L; Vishal, N S; Jenkins, Brian


    Ludwig's angina is a deep neck space infection. Unlike other abscesses elsewhere in the body, rapid progression of the disease results in serious complications such as airway oedema, distortion, total obstruction with loss of airway and death. Thus, early diagnosis and skilful airway management is necessary. For safe airway management, fibreoptic intubation or tracheostomy under local anaesthesia is recommended.1 We describe a case report where an initial attempt at fibreoptic intubation failed and subsequently bleeding ensued causing difficulty in viewing the larynx by fibreoptic bronchoscopy. Radiological investigations such as ultrasound and computer tomography (CT) are commonly ordered by surgeons and emergency physicians to know the extension of disease, but airways and larynx are seldom included. We discuss the role of ultrasound in airway assessment in such critical cases to ensure safe and uncomplicated airway access.

  15. Use of the TotalTrack VLM for emergent endotracheal intubation in predicted difficult airway with obstruction by expanding space-occupying lesions and reduced interincisor opening. (United States)

    Izquierdo-González, B; Gómez-Ríos, M Á; Freire-Vila, E

    Acute cervical pathology may lead to serious airway compromise resulting from anatomical distortion secondary to obstruction or deviation of the upper airway, scenarios where any airway device can be fallible. Passage of a fiberoptic bronchoscopy to expose the glottis may be very difficult and tracheostomy may be impractical or risky in advanced cases. We present the use of the TotalTrack VLM to secure the airway for emergent surgery in 2 uncooperative patients with difficult airway due to Ludwig's angina and neck hematoma, respectively, both accompanied by trismus. Copyright © 2017 Sociedad Española de Anestesiología, Reanimación y Terapéutica del Dolor. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  16. Add-on treatment with nebulized hypertonic saline in a child with plastic bronchitis after the Glenn procedure

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    Grzegorz Lis


    Full Text Available Plastic bronchitis (PB, although a rare cause of airway obstruction, has mortality rates up to 50% in children after Fontan-type cardiac surgery. We present the case of an 18-month-old female patient with PB following pneumonia. At 6 months of age, the patient underwent the Glenn procedure due to functionally univentricular heart. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy revealed complete blockage of the left bronchus by mucoid casts. Pharmacotherapy consisted of glucocorticosteroids, azithromycin, and enalapril maleate. The child also received nebulized 3% NaCl solution, which proved to be beneficial. In children submitted to Fontan-type procedures, physicians must be alert for PB, which can be triggered by respiratory tract infection.

  17. PCR-based RFLP analysis allows genotyping of the short arm of chromosome 3 in small biopsies from patients with lung cancer. (United States)

    Ganly, P S; Jarad, N; Rudd, R M; Rabbitts, P H


    The tumors of patients with lung cancers often show loss of heterozygosity (LOH) at polymorphic loci on the short arm of chromosome 3. Most examples of small-cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) cannot be examined since they are infrequently resected. Small biopsies are, however, usually available from patients with this disease. We have used the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to study lung tumor biopsies obtained by fiberoptic bronchoscopy and assign the genotype at 11 RFLPs in 7 well-established loci on 3p. We have demonstrated LOH in some and found that biopsy samples need to contain approximately 60% content of tumor cells if LOH is to be reliably detected. One SCLC tumor that we examined has an interstitial 3p deletion proximal to the locus D3F15S2 and thus provides information useful in mapping the position of the tumor suppressor gene on 3p.

  18. Comprometimento da árvore respiratória na granulomatose de Wegener Laryngeal and tracheobronchial involvement in Wegener's granulomatosis

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    Ascedio Jose Rodrigues


    managing those changes. OBJECTIVES: To describe the endoscopic abnormalities found in the airway mucosa of a group of patients with WG undergoing bronchoscopy at Hospital das Clínicas of the Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo (HC-FMUSP, and to report the therapeutic bronchoscopic interventions used in some cases. METHODS: The study assessed 15 patients diagnosed with GW from the Vasculitis Outpatient Clinic of the Department of Pulmonology, HC-FMUSP, referred for bronchoscopy at the Service of Respiratory Endoscopy, HC-FMUSP, from 2003 to 2007. RESULTS: Fifteen patients were studied [11 females (73.33%]; mean age, 34 ± 11.5 years. Airway changes were found in 80% of the patients, and the most frequent endoscopic finding was subglottic stenosis (n = 6. Therapeutic bronchoscopy was performed in three patients with subglottic stenosis and in other three patients with bronchial stenosis, all showing good results. CONCLUSION: Bronchoscopy allows for diagnosing, monitoring, and treating the airway lesions in WG, being a minimally invasive therapeutic option in selected cases.

  19. [Bronchoesophageal fistula secondary to mediastinal lymph node tuberculosis: a case report and review of the literature]. (United States)

    Liao, Li-yue; Wu, Hua; Zhang, Nuo-fu; Liu, Chun-li; Li, Shi-yue; Gu, Ying-ying; Chen, Rong-chang


    To analyze the clinical features of 1 case of bronchoesophageal fistula (BEF) secondary to mediastinal lymph node tuberculosis. The clinical, auxiliary examinational and pathological data of 1 case with BEF were presented, and the literatures were reviewed. The patient was a 19 year old female, who was admitted to hospital because of fever and cough associated with liquid intake. It was diagnosed by chest CT scan, endobronchial ultrasound biopsy of mediastinal lymph nodes, and clinical testing (methylene blue). The BEF was closed after anti-tuberculosis therapy and preventing contamination of the fistula by indwelling stomach tube. Bronchoesophageal fistula secondary to mediastinal lymph node tuberculosis is rare. Chest CT scan, fiberoptic bronchoscopy, and clinical testing (methylene blue) are useful diagnostic tools for BEF.

  20. Necrotizing sarcoid granulomatosis with an uncommon manifestation: clinicopathological features and review of literature. (United States)

    Giraudo, Chiara; Nannini, Nazarena; Balestro, Elisabetta; Meneghin, Alessia; Lunardi, Francesca; Polverosi, Roberta; Calabrese, Fiorella


    We report a rare case of an incidental diagnosis of necrotizing sarcoid granulomatosis (NSG) in a 60-y-old non-smoking male. The patient was admitted to the hospital for sudden back pain. Chest x-ray revealed areas of parenchymal consolidation and high-resolution computed tomography demonstrated a pulmonary nodular pattern with no lymph node enlargement. All laboratory and pulmonary function tests were normal. Bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage showed no sign of infection or specific inflammation. The diagnosis of NSG was made by histopathological examination of a surgical lung biopsy and by excluding other causes of granulomatous disease. In paucisymptomatic/asymptomatic patients, as in our case, therapy is not necessary, with a good prognosis and complete recovery. NSG is a rare systemic disease similar to sarcoidosis and Wegener's granulomatosis with a benign clinical course and should always be considered for patients with nodular pulmonary lesions even with subclinical or uncommon features. Copyright © 2014 by Daedalus Enterprises.

  1. Presentation of laryngeal papilloma in childhood: the Leeds experience. (United States)

    Harris, A T; Atkinson, H; Vaughan, C; Knight, L C


    The human papilloma virus (HPV) can cause laryngeal papillomatosis in childhood. The aetiology is thought to be vertical transmission. Clinically these children are usually asymptomatic for the first 6 months of life. As the papillomas develop locally, symptoms begin to develop. The symptoms range from voice change to frank hoarseness, and 'noisy' breathing, most commonly inspiratory stridor. Clinical images from microlaryngoscopy and bronchoscopy over a 12-year period were assessed for laryngeal papilloma. In Leeds seven cases presented to the specialist centre over the past 12 years, the average age at presentation was 6.8 years and duration of onset of symptoms to specialist review was 21 months. Five of the children had been treated for asthma and two presented in extremis. The take home message for clinicians is hoarse voice associated with shortness of breath needs specialist referral. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  2. Intrathoracic Endotracheal Metastasis from Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma:A First Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Heming Lu


    Full Text Available Intrathoracic endotracheal metastasis from a very distant site is extremely rare. We report the first case of such a disease in a 68-year-old man with nasopharyngeal carcinoma who presented with a cough and hemoptysis 34 months after finishing radiotherapy. Prior to tracheal metastasis, he developed a solitary metastasis in the lung and underwent chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy. Computed tomography showed the presence of an enlarged lymph node in the para-aortic arch. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy revealed an endotracheal tumor 1 cm above the carina. Histological and immunohistochemical analyses confirmed its nasopharyngeal origin. He was treated with conventional radiotherapy and three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy; complete tumor remission was achieved. He died of nonmalignant disease with no signs of tumor recurrence 2 years after treatment completion. Radiotherapy may be an appropriate management approach to achieve long-term tumor control for this disease.


    Stringer, Elizabeth; Cossaboon, Cindy; Han, Sushan; Taylor-Cousar, Jennifer L


    A 31-yr-old male Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) presented with 14 yr of chronic purulent nasal drainage and cough with intermittent exacerbation of symptoms requiring systemic antibiotic treatment. He was diagnosed with a cystic fibrosis (CF)-like condition. Evaluation consisted of bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage, culture, and computed tomography scanning of the sinuses and chest. Although the presence of low fecal elastase activity increased the suspicion for a diagnosis of CF, pilocarpine iontophoresis with sweat collection and analysis ("sweat testing") was inconclusive. Medical management included twice-daily nebulization with bronchodilators and alternating month inhaled antibiotics, pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy, and simethicone as needed. Sinopulmonary and gastrointestinal symptoms improved substantially with treatment. Several years later, the animal died acutely of colonic volvulus. Necropsy and histopathology confirmed CF-like lung disease with chronic air sacculitis.

  4. Quantitative culture of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid in community-acquired lower respiratory tract infections

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    Rasmussen, TR; Korsgaard, Jens; Møller, Jens Kjølseth


    were investigated. Results were compared to the findings in eight healthy control persons investigated in February 1998. There was no difference between study patients and control persons when quantitative culture of total cumulative bacterial findings or bacteria categorized as members...... a primary bronchial washing was compared to a secondary sampling from the same bronchus in the control group. Twenty-four (36%) of 67 patients were cultured as positive in the study group while all control persons were cultured as negative for bacteria categorized as potential pathogens. With a threshold......To evaluate the diagnostic value of quantitative bacterial culture of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid obtained by fibreoptic bronchoscopy, 67 consecutive immunocompetent adult patients admitted to hospital with community-acquired lower respiratory tract infections from September 1997 to May 1998...

  5. Complete cricotracheal transection due to blunt neck trauma without significant symptoms. (United States)

    Ershadi, Reza; Hajipour, Asghar; Vakili, Mohamadrahim


    Laryngotracheal injuries are relatively rare but their mortality rate is fairly high. Complete disruption of trachea is extremely rare and a systematic approach is needed for early diagnosis and favourable outcome. The patients symptoms and physical signs do not necessarily correlate with the severity of the injuries and this case report highlights it. This is a case report of 25-year-old man who arrived to the emergency department 8 h after a motor accident in which a rope was wrapped around his neck. Because of the good general and respiratory condition of the patient on admission, the pathognomonic signs of laryngeal injury were not noticed. A computed tomographic scan showed distortion of cricotracheal framework. Flexible bronchoscopy showed cricotracheal transaction. Immediately, the endotracheal tube was advanced distal to the transection site under bronchoscopic guide and then after neck exploration primary end-to-end cricotracheal anastomosis was performed.

  6. Tracheobronchial Foreign Body Aspiration: Dental Prosthesis

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    Ataman Köse


    Full Text Available It is important to extract foreign bodies for avoiding life-threatening complications. They can lead to death if they are not treated. Different signs and symptoms could occur according to the complete or partial airway obstruction. Foreign body aspiration is a rare incident in adults. The organic foreign materials such as foods are found to be aspirated more commonly and are usually settled in the right bronchial system. However, dental prosthesis and teeth aspirations are rare in literature. In our study, a 52-year-old male patient who had aspirated the front part of his lower dental prosthesis accidentally is presented and the foreign body is extracted by using rigid bronchoscopy. There are many causes of aspiration but dental prosthetic aspirations should be kept in mind during sleep. For this reason, dental apparatus must be taken out while asleep.

  7. Hemoptysis Caused by Leech Infestation: A Unique Case

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    Latif Moini


    Full Text Available Hemoptysis in the patients suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis (TB may be resulted by active TB or the complications of such disease which appears as bronchiectasis, fungal lesions deployed in tuberculosis cavities or Rasmussen aneurysm, Bronchiolitis or relapse and sometimes, it may be considered as caused by reasons irrelevant to TB. In this report, the patient is a 69-year-old man as complained of hemoptysis with a treated TB experience that was found as normal in the preliminary review of X-ray and CT. During bronchoscopy, a live leech (bloodsucker was found in hypopharynx area that was swallowed after repeated attempts to remove it through the gastrointestinal tract and its suction signs were appeared as a mucosal mass in the hypopharynx area. The patient had no symptoms during his stay in the hospital.

  8. Progressing subglottic and tracheobronchial stenosis in a patient with CHARGE syndrome diagnosed in adulthood

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    Keiko Mitaka Komatsuzaki


    Full Text Available A 33-year-old woman was admitted for a pseudocroup-like cough and wheezing after general anesthesia. Several months ago, she had undergone cardiac re-operation and turbinectomy, both of which had involved difficult intubations. Bronchoscopy indicated a pin-hall-like subglottic stenosis; therefore, emergency tracheotomy was performed. Six years later, a computed tomography scan demonstrated progressive stenosis of the entire circumference of the trachea and main bronchi. She died at 40 years. Her autopsy revealed marked tracheobronchial stenosis. She had many medical histories that had gone undiagnosed and had been clinically ill with only heart defects. She did not have coloboma but had microphthalmos, atresia choanae, retarded growth development, and deafness; thus, we diagnosed CHARGE syndrome that refers to multiple congenital anomalies, including airway abnormalities, which can lead to secondary complications such as traumatic stenosis after intubation. Physicians should have knowledge of this rare disease and should pay special attention to potential airway problems.

  9. A case of bronchiolitis obliterans organising pneumonia associated with SAPHO (synovitis-acne-pustulosis-hyperostosis-osteitis) syndrome. (United States)

    Hameed, Fawad; Steer, Henry


    A 57-year-old woman with SAPHO (synovitis-acne-pustulosis-hyperostosis-osteitis) syndrome presented with recurrent episodes of pneumonia. She was treated with multiple courses of antibiotics with no success. The transbronchial biopsy undertaken via bronchoscopy revealed organising pneumonia (OP). She was treated with steroids and responded well with full clinical recovery and normalisation of her chest X-ray.To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of OP in association with SAPHO syndrome. This case report highlights the importance of considering OP in patients with SAPHO syndrome who present with chest infection. © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd (unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

  10. Organising pneumonia in common variable immunodeficiency. (United States)

    Boujaoude, Ziad; Arya, Rohan; Rafferty, William; Dammert, Pedro


    Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is the most common of the primary immunodeficiency disorders. Pulmonary manifestations are characterised by recurrent rhinosinusitis, respiratory tract infections and bronchiectasis. Less commonly the lung may be affected by lymphoid disorders and sarcoid-like granulomas. Organising pneumonia (OP) is a rare pulmonary manifestation. We report the case of a 32-year-old woman with CVID who presented with fever, dyspnoea and persistent lung infiltrates despite antibiotic therapy. CT of the chest showed bilateral patchy alveolar infiltrates. Pulmonary function tests revealed moderate restriction and reduction in diffusion capacity. Initial bronchoscopy with transbronchial biopsies did not yield a diagnosis but surgical lung biopsies identified OP. Significant clinical, radiographic and physiological improvement was achieved after institution of corticosteroid therapy.

  11. Disseminated invasive aspergillosis in a patient with acute leukaemia. (United States)

    Gottfredsson, Magnús; Steingrímsdóttir, Hlíf


    A 46-year-old previously healthy woman was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. The induction phase was complicated by alpha-haemolytic streptococcal bacteremia which responded to antibacterial therapy. Subsequently, the patient developed pneumonie due to Chlamydiapneumoniae which responded to macrolides. Following this infection the patient developed recurrent fever and new pulmonary infiltrates were noted. Bronchoscopy was performed and treatment was administered with liposomal amphotericin B (L-AmB, AmBisome) for two days, but was complicated by acute renal failure. Aspergillus fumigatus was cultured from bronchoalveolar lavage fluid [corrected] L-AmB was discontinued and voriconazole and caspofungin were administered. Despite aggressive antifungal therapy the patient developed progressive invasive infection, with central nervous system involvement as well as lesions appearing in the kidneys and liver. The patient died one week following the diagnosis of aspergillosis.

  12. The prevalence of free-living amoebae in a South African hospital water distribution system

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    Petros Muchesa


    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to investigate the occurrence of free-living amoebae in the water system of a teaching hospital in Johannesburg (South Africa. Water and biofilm samples were collected from the theatres, theatre sterilisation service unit, central sterilisation service unit and endoscopy/bronchoscopy unit. The samples were filtered and seeded on non-nutrient agar spread with heat-killed Escherichia coli. Of the 71 samples collected, 63 (88.7% were positive for free-living amoeba. Acanthamoeba spp., Balamuthia spp. and Hartmanella spp. were identified by morphology. The presence of free-living amoeba in the hospital water network may be a potential health risk.

  13. Pseudomembranous tracheitis caused by Aspergillus fumigatus in the setting of high grade T-cell lymphoma

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    Prashant Malhotra, M.D.


    Full Text Available Pseudomembranous tracheitis (PMT is a rare condition most commonly caused by fungal or bacterial infection that is characterized by a pseudomembrane that partially or completely covers the tracheobronchial tree. PMT is most commonly found in immunocompromised patient populations, such as post-chemotherapy, AIDS, post-transplant and hematological malignancies. Due to its rarity, PMT is often not included in the differential diagnosis. This case describes a 65 year old male with persistent fever and refractory cough despite high dose empiric antibiotics. Subsequent bronchoscopy with biopsy revealed pseudomembranous tracheitis due to Aspergillus fumigatus in the setting of T-cell lymphoma. PMT should be considered in the differential diagnosis of refractory cough in the immunocompromised population. However, it has been described in patients with nonspecific respiratory symptoms such as dyspnea, cough, and other airway issues.

  14. Endobronchial Carcinoid and Concurrent Carcinoid Syndrome in an Adolescent Female

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    Full Text Available Endobronchial carcinoid tumors are the most common intrabronchial tumors in children and adolescents. Common signs and symptoms include persistent cough and wheezing not responsive to bronchodilators, hemoptysis, and recurrent fever. Diagnosis is frequently made by imaging and direct visualization with flexible bronchoscopy; surgery remains the gold standard treatment, and lung-sparing resections should be performed whenever possible. Though carcinoid syndrome—characterized by flushing, palpitations, wheezing, shortness of breath, and diarrhea—has been found in association with adult bronchial carcinoid tumors, to our knowledge only one previous study has reported the presence of carcinoid syndrome in a pediatric patient with an endobronchial carcinoid. Here, we report a case of a 14-year-old girl with chronic cough found to have an endobronchial carcinoid tumor and signs and symptoms consistent with carcinoid syndrome.

  15. Recurrent plastic bronchitis in a child with 2009 influenza A (H1N1) and influenza B virus infection. (United States)

    Kim, Sun; Cho, Hwa Jin; Han, Dong Kyun; Choi, Yoo Duk; Yang, Eun Seok; Cho, Young Kuk; Ma, Jae Sook


    Plastic bronchitis is an uncommon disorder characterized by the formation of bronchial casts. It is associated with congenital heart disease or pulmonary disease. In children with underlying conditions such as allergy or asthma, influenza can cause severe plastic bronchitis resulting in respiratory failure. A review of the literature showed nine cases of plastic bronchitis with H1N1 including this case. We report a case of a child with recurrent plastic bronchitis with eosinophilic cast associated with influenza B infection, who had recovered from plastic bronchitis associated with an influenza A (H1N1) virus infection 5 months previously. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of recurrent plastic bronchitis related to influenza viral infection. If patients with influenza virus infection manifest acute respiratory distress with total lung atelectasis, clinicians should consider plastic bronchitis and early bronchoscopy should be intervened. In addition, management for underlying disease may prevent from recurrence of plastic bronchitis.

  16. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Complicating Strongyloides stercoralis Hyperinfection

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    Ming-Ju Tsai


    Full Text Available Strongyloidiasis is endemic in tropic and subtropic areas, but is currently seldom encountered in developed area like Taiwan. We present an elder man with acute respiratory distress syndrome complicating Strongyloides stercoralis hyperinfection. There was no significant clue initially for diagnosing this patient as having S. stercoralis hyperinfection. Neither peripheral eosinophilia nor significant hemoptysis was noted. Bronchoscopy played a critical role to define the unexpected cause of his progressive pulmonary infiltrates. The correct diagnosis was soon made by recognition of the worm in bronchioloalveolar lavage cytology, and specific treatment was initiated promptly. For a septic patient with progressive pulmonary infiltrates, bronchoscopic studies including cytology may be necessary for defining the cause. Hyperinfection strongyloidiasis should be considered as a cause of acute respiratory distress syndrome in immunocompromised patient, especially with the presence of chronic gastrointestinal symptoms.

  17. Infected tracheal diverticulum: a rare association with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

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    Cecília Beatriz Alves Amaral


    Full Text Available Tracheal diverticulum, defined as a benign outpouching of the tracheal wall, is rarely diagnosed in clinical practice. It can be congenital or acquired in origin, and most cases are asymptomatic, typically being diagnosed postmortem. We report a case of a 69-year-old woman who was hospitalized after presenting with fever, fatigue, pleuritic chest pain, and a right neck mass complicated by dysphagia. Her medical history was significant: pulmonary emphysema (alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency; bronchiectasis; and thyroidectomy. On physical examination, she presented diminished breath sounds and muffled heart sounds, with a systolic murmur. Laboratory tests revealed elevated inflammatory markers, a CT scan showed an air-filled, multilocular mass in the right tracheal wall, and magnetic resonance imaging confirmed the CT findings. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy failed to reveal any abnormalities. Nevertheless, the patient was diagnosed with tracheal diverticulum. The treatment approach was conservative, consisting mainly of antibiotics. After showing clinical improvement, the patient was discharged.


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    O. V. Lovacheva


    Full Text Available Spontaneous pneumothorax was treated by placing two endobronchial valves during rigid bronchoscopy under anesthesia in a patient with severe end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (an emphysematous phenotype and overall paraseptal emphysema in the presence of grade III respiratory failure, with complicated spontaneous pneumothorax recurring manifold even after surgical treatment for spontaneous pneumothorax. This gave rise to the expansion of the lung that had collapsed within 18 months, to healing of bronchopleural fistula, and to return to normal life.The duration of a follow-up was 1 year with the valves being present in the bronchi and another year after their removal; there was no recurrence of spontaneous pneumothorax. Examination of respiratory function established significant positive changes (forced expiratory volume, vital capacity, and forced vital capacity after one year, then after removal of endobronchial valves. There were more significant positive changes in blood gas composition: normalization of blood oxygen saturation was achieved. 

  19. Bronchial damage and diffuse alveolar hemorrhage following chlorine gas inhalation: A case report. (United States)

    Uemura, Kosuke; Isono, Momoko; Kagohashi, Katsunori; Hasegawa, Ryuichi; Satoh, Hiroaki


    Chlorine is a toxic inhalant and sources of exposure for individuals include accidental releases of chlorine vapor due to industrial or chemical transportation accidents. Inhalation of a large quantity of gas may cause circulatory and respiratory disorders or even mortality; however, the effects of a small amount of chlorine gas may be asymptomatic. The present case study presents a successfully treated 55-year-old male patient exposed to chlorine gas, resulting in bronchial damage and diffuse alveolar hemorrhage. Endobronchial and alveolar injuries were evaluated by direct observation using fiberoptic bronchoscopy (FB) and analyzing bronchoalveolar lavage fluid obtained by FB. Taking a precise medical history from the patient is crucial to correctly diagnose toxic gas inhalation. In addition, a timely and proper evaluation with chest imaging as well as FB may provide useful clinical information. Therefore, clinicians should consider performing FB if the circumstances permit.

  20. Bronchial obstruction secondary to idiopathic scoliosis in a child: a case report

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    Alotaibi Saad


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Patients with severe idiopathic scoliosis are reported to have significant pulmonary complications, including recurrent chest infections, alveolar hypoventilation and respiratory failure. Case presentation We report a case of a 13-year-old boy with moderate-to-severe scoliosis resulting in torsion or twisting of the bronchus intermedius, which contributed to airflow obstruction defects, as revealed by both spirometry and bronchoscopy. Conclusion We recommend that inspection of the shape of the maximal expiratory flow-volume loop obtained from spirometry, as well as other parameters suggestive of obstructive lung disease, may be important in children with scoliosis. To the best of the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of a child in which pulmonary function testing and direct visualization via a flexible bronchoscope have been used to characterize intrathoracic large airway obstruction.

  1. Costal Exostosis Leading Diaphragm Laceration and Bronchiectasıs with Bronchial Web

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    Gokhan Yuncu


    Full Text Available Thoracic complications belong to exostosis with the other abnormality are extremely rare. A 40 year-old man presented with right-sided pleuritic chest pain. Computed tomographic scan of the chest revealed exostosis length 2.5 cm pushing pleura and diaphragm and compressing adjacent to lung and liver. Middle and lower lobe bronchiectasis was also identified. There were a web lesion in bronchial lumen at the level of middle lobe at bronchoscopy. In operation, diaphragm lac-eration was repaired with sutures. Bilobectomy inferior was performed and 10th costa was partially resected together with exostosis. Exostosis cases which lead to diaphragm laceration and bronchiectasis in addition with bronchial web as we present in this case are quite rare.

  2. Pulmonary nocardiosis with osteomyelitis; Nocardiose pulmonaire compliquee d'osteomyelite

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    Bechet, R.; Granier, P.; Mourad, M. [Centre Hospitalier Antoine-Gayraud, Service de Medecine Nucleaire, 11 - Carcassonne (France); Dufranc, A. [Centre Hospitalier Antoine-Gayraud, Service de Pneumologie, 11 - Carcassonne (France); Adoue, D. [Centre Hospitalier Antoine-Gayraud, Service de Medecine Interne et Immunopathologie Clinique, 11 - Carcassonne (France)


    We report a case of a 49-year-old female who developed a bronchopneumonia associated with atelectasis of the upper right lobe and back pain of bone origin. Bronchoscopy revealed an endobronchial mass at the origin of the right upper lobe bronchus. Scintigraphy showed three paravertebral spots of the seventh and eighth thoracic vertebrae, without any radiological modification. Culture of lung tissue obtained by trans-parietal punction under CT scan control became positive to Nocardia belonging to the pneumoniae complex. Positive diagnosis of pulmonary nocardiosis associated with two rare localizations was set, one was an endobronchial mass, the other was osteomyelitis of the posterior chest wall. The patient was treated with Trimethoprim ulfamethoxazole and recovered completely. (author)

  3. Medical image of the week: right neck mass with thoracic extension

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    Siddiqi TA


    Full Text Available A 28-year-old female with a history of chronic pancreatitis s/p total pancreatectomy and auto-islet cell transplantation developed a progressively enlarging right neck mass of 4 weeks duration. Coccidioides IgM antibodies were negative and IgG antibodies were positive by immunoassay (EIA, with titers 1:4 by complement fixation (CF. Fine needle aspiration with subsequent excisional biopsy of the right neck mass was performed and showed reactive lymphoid hyperplasia without fungal elements. Bronchoscopy with right upper lobe endobronchial biopsy and 4R lymph node endobronchial ultrasound-fine needle aspiration revealed granulomatous inflammation and Coccidioides spherules on Gomori's methenamine silver stain. Fungal cultures from the right neck mass fine needle aspiration, endobronchial biopsy, and 4R lymph node grew Coccidioides after three weeks of culture.

  4. Successful treatment of atelectasis with Dornase alpha in a patient with congenital muscular dystrophy. (United States)

    Crescimanno, G; Marrone, O


    A 28-year-old neuromuscular patient chronically treated with nocturnal noninvasive ventilation developed pulmonary lobar atelectasis and daytime hypoxemia. Twenty four-hour 5L/min oxygen was begun, while mechanical cough assist aids were applied for seven days. In the following three days, treatment with nebulized Dornase alpha (rhDNase) b.i.d. was tested, without any significant improvement. On 11 and 13th days rhDNase was instilled by flexible bronchoscopy. A rapid resolution of the atelectasis was observed with relief of hypoxemia, without significant side effects. On day 16 the patient was discharged without oxygen requirements. In non-intubated neuromuscular patients with atelectasis who do not respond successfully to non-invasive treatments intrabronchial instillation of rhDNase may safely help to improve airway clearance. Copyright © 2012 Sociedade Portuguesa de Pneumologia. Published by Elsevier España. All rights reserved.

  5. A rare case of fibrostenotic endobronchial tuberculosis of trachea

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    Cassiopia Cary


    Full Text Available Endobronchial tuberculosis (EBTB is a sequelae of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB that extends to the endobronchial or endotracheal wall causing inflammation, edema, ulceration, granulation or fibrosis of mucosa and submucosa. This case depicts a 20 year old foreign-born woman with a history of active pulmonary TB on anti-TB chemotherapy, who presented with worsening stridor, dyspnea, cough and weight loss. The disease state was diagnosed with multiple modalities including, spirometry, CT scan of the neck, and bronchoscopy. The biopsies of the tracheal web revealed fibrotic tissue without any granulomas or malignancy establishing the diagnosis of EBTB. Serial balloon dilations and anti-neoplastic therapy with Mitomycin C was used to accomplish sufficient airway patency to relieve her symptoms. ETBT is a rare consequence of TB, which although has a low incidence in the United States, so physicians should have a high clinical suspicion based on the need for prompt intervention.

  6. Diffuse bronchiectasis as the primary manifestation of endobronchial sarcoidosis

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    Paul D. Hiles


    Full Text Available Sarcoidosis is an idiopathic disease that most commonly involves the lungs and is characterized by granulomatous inflammation. Bronchiectasis is one pulmonary manifestation of sarcoidosis, although it is almost always observed as traction bronchiectasis in the setting of fibrotic lung disease. A 50-year-old woman was evaluated for chronic cough and bronchiectasis with a small amount of peripheral upper lobe honeycombing and no significant pulmonary fibrosis or lymphadenopathy. After an extensive laboratory and imaging evaluation did not identify a cause of her bronchiectasis, bronchoscopy was performed to assess for primary ciliary dyskinesia and revealed a diffuse cobblestone appearance of the airway mucosa. Endobronchial biopsies and lymphocyte subset analysis of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid were consistent with a diagnosis of sarcoidosis. We believe endobronchial sarcoidosis should be included in the differential diagnosis of patients presenting with bronchiectasis.

  7. Bordetella bronchiseptica pneumonia in a patient with lung cancer; a case report of a rare infection. (United States)

    Monti, Manlio; Diano, Danila; Allegrini, Francesco; Delmonte, Angelo; Fausti, Valentina; Cravero, Paola; Marcantognini, Giulia; Frassineti, Giovanni Luca


    Bordetella bronchiseptica (B.bronchiseptica) is a frequent cause of respiratory infections in animals but rarely causes serious infection in humans. We present a rare case of B. bronchiseptica pneumonia in a patient with lung cancer. A 52-year-old white male with non small cell lung cancer developed fever during treatment with nivolumab. A persistent productive cough and a deterioration in his clinical condition led to his hospitalization for evaluation. Bronchoscopy was performed and a diagnosis of B. bronchiseptica pneumonia was made. The infection was successfully managed by antiobiotic therapy. B. bronchiseptica is a pathogen that can cause serious infection in humans, especially in immunocompromised or immunoincompetent individuals. In our patient it showed unusual resistance to cephalosporins and poor sensitivity to amikacin. To our knowledge this is the first case of such an infection in a lung cancer patient undergoing treatment with nivolumab. When B. bronchiseptica is identified, the possibility of a nosocomial transmission must be considered.

  8. Bronchoscopic resection of endobronchial inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor: A case report and systematic review of the literature

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    Animesh Ray


    Full Text Available Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumour (IMT is a rare tumour affecting the tracheo-bronchial tree in the adult population. The clinical presentation of this tumour is diverse and diagnosis can be definitively clinched by histopathological examination. Treatment of this tumour usually requires surgical resection with bronchoscopic resection being described in few cases. We describe a 32 year old male presenting with hemoptysis who was diagnosed to have IMT. Resection of the tumour was done with the help of rigid bronchoscopy. Post-resection, hemoptysis stopped and no recurrence of tumour was noted on subsequent follow-up. We also present a systematic review of literature of all the cases of tracheo-bronchial IMT treated with bronchoscopic resection and conclude it to be a useful alternative to surgery in such cases.

  9. Idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage: morphology and differential diagnosis. Case report

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    Eduardo Cambruzzi


    Full Text Available Idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage (IPH is a rare cause of alveolar hemorrhage (AH with unknown etiology that primarily affects children. The process has a variable clinical progression, and its diagnosis is established after excluding all causes of AH. Herein, the authors report a case of IPH in an adult male patient referring cough and hemoptysis. The conventional radiography computed tomography imaging identified zones of consolidation and areas of ground-glass attenuation in the lower lobes and lingula. Forced spirometry, bronchoscopy, and laboratorial tests yielded normal results. Several alveolar hemosiderin-laden macrophages were identified on bronchoalveolar lavage and lung biopsy. Thus, the histopathological findings associated with clinical data were compatible with IPH.

  10. New Delhi Metallo-Β-Lactamase-Producing Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriacae Isolated From Bronchial Washings.

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    Cullivan, S


    The prevalence of Carbapenem resistance among Enterobacteriacae species is increasing and poses a potential major public health risk. In recent years, several new carbapenemases have been identified, including New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase (NDM). A 78-year-old non-smoking female with prior medical history of type 2 diabetes mellitus, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and prior coronary artery bypass grafting was referred to our respiratory outpatient service for evaluation of a chronic cough and dyspnoea in 2013. Clinical examination revealed bibasal pulmonary crepitations but was otherwise unremarkable. Computed tomography of the chest demonstrated atelectasis of the lingula and right middle lobe. She underwent bronchoscopy, which demonstrated laryngeal mucosa inflammation, consistent with her GERD. There was no growth on bacterial, fungal or mycobacterial bronchial washings cultures.

  11. Pulmonary eosinophilia associated to treatment with natalizumab

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    Elena Curto


    Full Text Available Natalizumab (Tysabri® is a leukocytes chemotaxis inhibitor that decreases the leukocytes passage through the hematoencephalic barrier and it is currently used in relapsing-remitting forms of multiple sclerosis (MS. We present a patient with allergic rhinoconjunctivitis diagnosed with MS who started treatment with natalizumab. She began to show mild asthmatic symptoms until she needed admission to the hospital due to respiratory insufficiency. Blood tests showed peripheral eosinophilia and the thoracic computed tomography scan demonstrated pulmonary infiltrates. The bronchoscopy with the bronchoalveolar lavage resulted in eosinophilic alveolitis. No evidence of bacterial, fungal and parasitic infection, connective tissue disease, or vasculitis were observed. After discontinuation of natalizumab, the patient improved without other treatments. As MS is a prevalent disease and the use of natalizumab is increasing, we consider important to point out that this drug can be associated with pulmonary eosinophilia, especially in patients with allergic rhinoconjunctivitis or asthma.

  12. Intravenous immune globulins (IVIg) treatment for organizing pneumonia in a selective IgG immune deficiency state. (United States)

    Gueta, Itai; Shoenfeld, Yehuda; Orbach, Hedi


    We describe herein a 61-year-old woman who presented with fever, night sweats and cough. The diagnosis of pneumonia was established, but with symptom recurrence following antibiotic therapy, further diagnostics were performed. Biopsy via bronchoscopy revealed cryptogenic organizing pneumonia, and later on follow-up, a selective IgG immune deficiency was also diagnosed. Initial treatment of high-dose glucocorticoid therapy induced remission, but with dose reduction recurrence was observed. Intravenous immune globulin treatment was initiated and induced a successful clinical and radiological remission. Few cases of cryptogenic organizing pneumonia and hypogammaglobulinemia have been reported. To our knowledge, this is the fourth case described of cryptogenic organizing pneumonia with a hypogammaglobulinemia state and the first reported case of a selective immune deficiency state treated successfully with intravenous immune globulins.

  13. A rare case of occupational lung disease – Talcosis

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    Sathish Kumar M, Dhipu Mathew, Thilagavathy, Aruna Shanmuganathan, Srinivasan R


    Full Text Available Talcosis/ Talcpneumoconiosis is one of the rarer forms of magnesium silicate induced lung disease, It usually occurs in the fourth decade and affects people working in talc related industries like roof, shingle, pharmaceutical companies, talcum powder industries, electric ceramics, rubber industry etc. We report a case of talc pneumoconiosis/talcosis in a 51yr old male who presented with breathlessness and dry cough for the past 5 yrs and progressively worsening for the past 5 days. Who was working in a talcum powder manufacturing company for >28yrs in the packaging section. The diagnosis was possible by history, clinical examination, Chest X-ray, PFT/DLCO, HRCT chest, Bronchoscopy & Trans bronchial lung biopsy showing interstitial fibrosis.

  14. Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis induced by hydrofluoric acid exposure during fire extinguisher testing. (United States)

    Kim, YuJin; Shin, JiYoung; Kang, ShinMyung; Kyung, SunYoung; Park, Jeong-Woong; Lee, SangPyo; Lee, SangMin; Jeong, Sung Hwan


    Automatic fire suppression systems use hydrofluorocarbons (HF) to extinguish fires chemically. At high temperatures, HF can release hydrofluoric acid (HFA), a toxic, potentially lethal gas. A 52-year-old male visited our Pulmonary Division with dyspnea of 8-months duration. He had been working at a facility that manufactured fire extinguishers. Bronchoscopy was performed and a transbronchial lung biopsy was taken from the right lower lobe. After the patient was diagnosed with pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP), whole-lung lavage was performed. In this case, fire extinguisher gas induced pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. This material should be used with care and investigated further. HFA is corrosive and penetrates organic materials, including body tissues. Depending on the mode of exposure, skin ulceration, pulmonary injury, or even systemic shock can result. This report describes PAP that developed after chronic, repeated exposure to fire extinguisher spray. Hydrofluoric acid can induce pulmonary disorders such as PAP.

  15. Mixed Infection of Respiratory Tract in a Dog Caused by Rhodotorula mucilaginosa and Trichosporon jirovecii: A Case Report. (United States)

    Biegańska, Małgorzata J; Rzewuska, Magdalena; Dąbrowska, Iwona; Malewska-Biel, Bożena; Ostrzeszewicz, Magdalena; Dworecka-Kaszak, Bożena


    This report describes the isolation of two environmental fungi: Rhodotorula mucilaginosa and Trichosporon jirovecii accompanied by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli from a dog with bronchotracheitis. All microorganisms were isolated routinely from a mucopurulent discharge, obtained during bronchoscopy from laryngotracheal area. The initial identification of yeasts was confirmed by API Candida and by molecular analysis of internal transcribed spacer region. Administered antimicrobial treatment with Marbofloxacin and Canizol has brought the improvement in the dogs' health status. The final results of control mycological culture were negative. Most probably underlying hypothyroidism and the use of steroids were the factors predisposing this patient to opportunistic infection of mixed aetiology. As far as we are concerned, this is the first case of dogs' respiratory tract infection caused by R. mucilaginosa and T. jirovecii.

  16. Low prevalence of chronic beryllium disease among workers at a nuclear weapons research and development facility. (United States)

    Arjomandi, Mehrdad; Seward, James; Gotway, Michael B; Nishimura, Stephen; Fulton, George P; Thundiyil, Josef; King, Talmadge E; Harber, Philip; Balmes, John R


    To study the prevalence of beryllium sensitization (BeS) and chronic beryllium disease (CBD) in a cohort of workers from a nuclear weapons research and development facility. We evaluated 50 workers with BeS with medical and occupational histories, physical examination, chest imaging with high-resolution computed tomography (N = 49), and pulmonary function testing. Forty of these workers also underwent bronchoscopy for bronchoalveolar lavage and transbronchial biopsies. The mean duration of employment at the facility was 18 years and the mean latency (from first possible exposure) to time of evaluation was 32 years. Five of the workers had CBD at the time of evaluation (based on histology or high-resolution computed tomography); three others had evidence of probable CBD. These workers with BeS, characterized by a long duration of potential Be exposure and a long latency, had a low prevalence of CBD.

  17. Differential diagnosis of chronic cough in children. (United States)

    Weinberger, Miles; Fischer, Anthony


    A cough is considered chronic when it lasts >4 weeks. Chronic cough can be from a variety of causes. This article provides a structured approach to evaluating the child with chronic cough. Beginning with the disturbing cough that is absent once asleep, consistent with the habit cough syndrome, the diagnostic criteria for 10 causes of chronic cough are discussed. Using a structured approach to the differential diagnosis, common and uncommon causes can be identified. Well-established causes of chronic cough, such as asthma, are likely to be well known to the reader, whereas more recently identified etiologies, such as protracted bacterial bronchitis, are presented in more detail. The differential value of flexible and rigid bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage for aiding in the differential diagnosis is included for those entities where their use is essential.

  18. Valor diagnóstico da lavagem brônquica e broncoalveolar na Tuberculose Pulmonar++ Trabalho em parte apresentado no X Congresso de Patologia Respiratória e publicado em resum o nos Arquivos da SPPR.

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    Full Text Available RESUMO: Durante um período de 3 anos, foram estudados 76 doentes com suspeita de Tuberculose Pulmonar (TP em que foi realizada broncofibroscopia com lavado bronquico (LB e brôncoalveolar (LBA para pesquisa de bacilos álcool-ácido resistentes (BAAR. A broncofibroscopia foi realizada ape.nas nos casos em que havia informação de negatividade do exame directo da expectoração ou quando os doentes não conseguiam expectorar. Destes, foi confirmada TP em 35 doentes (46%, tendo a broncofibroscopia contribuído para o diagnóstico em 30 casos (86%. A sensibilidade diagnóstica da LBA foi superior à do LB: a pesquisa de BAAR em exame directo do LB foi positiva em 11/30 (37%, havendo positividade em 13/29 (45% do LBA.; a cultura do LB demonstrou cresc:imento de Mycobacterium tuberculosis em 24/30 (80% e do LBA em 27/29 (93%; o LBA constituiu o único meio de diagnóstico precoce (isto é, positividade do exame directo em 2 casos e a única fonte de cultura positiva em 4, enquanto em apenas 2 casos isso aconteceu com o LB. Nos restantes 45 casos, com amostras broncoscópicas e de expectoração negativas, o diagnóstico de TP foi confarmado em 2 por outras técnicas (cultura do líquido pleural, biópsia ganglionar e noutros dois por resposta ao tratamento.Os nossos resultados confirmam o papel da broncofibroscopia no diagnóstioo da Tuberculose Pulmonar, sugerindo um valor importante - da lavagem broncoalveolar oeste contexto. ABSTRACT: During a 3-year period, 76 patients with suspected Pulmonary Tuberculosis (PT were submitted to fiberoptic bronchoscopy (FB with bronchial washings (BW and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL to search for acid-fast bacilli (AFB. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy was performed only in patients without sputum or with sputum smears negative for AFB. Pulmonary Tuberculosis was confumed in 35 cases (46%, FB contributing to the diagnosis in 30 patients (86%. Compared to BW, BAL bad a better diagnostic yield: BW positive smears in 11/ 30

  19. Extrinsic tracheal compression caused by scoliosis of the thoracic spine and chest wall degormity: A case report

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    Baek, Kyong min Sarah; Lee, Bae Young; Kim, Hyeon Sook; Song, Kyung Sup; Kang, Hyeon Hul; Lee, Sang Haak; Moon, Hwa Sik [St. Paul' s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Extrinsic airway compression due to chest wall deformity is not commonly observed. Although this condition can be diagnosed more easily with the help of multidetector CT, the standard treatment method has not yet been definitely established. We report a case of an eighteen-year-old male who suffered from severe extrinsic tracheal compression due to scoliosis and straightening of the thoracic spine, confirmed on CT and bronchoscopy. The patient underwent successful placement of tracheal stent but later died of bleeding from the tracheostomy site probably due to tracheo-brachiocephalic artery fistula. We describe the CT and bronchoscopic findings of extrinsic airway compression due to chest wall deformity as well as the optimal treatment method, and discuss the possible explanation for bleeding in the patient along with review of the literature.

  20. Sarcoidosis with Major Airway, Vascular and Nerve Compromise

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    Hiroshi Sekiguchi


    Full Text Available The present report describes a 60-year-old Caucasian woman who presented with progressive dyspnea, cough and wheeze. A computed tomography scan of the chest showed innumerable bilateral inflammatory pulmonary nodules with bronchovascular distribution and a mediastinal and hilar infiltrative process with calcified lymphadenopathy leading to narrowing of lobar bronchi and pulmonary arteries. An echocardiogram revealed pulmonary hypertension. Bronchoscopy showed left vocal cord paralysis and significant narrowing of the bilateral bronchi with mucosal thickening and multiple nodules. Transbronchial biopsy was compatible with sarcoidosis. Despite balloon angioplasty of the left lower lobe and pulmonary artery, and medical therapy with oral corticosteroids, her symptoms did not significantly improve. To the authors’ knowledge, the present report describes the first case of pulmonary sarcoidosis resulting in major airway, vascular and nerve compromise due to compressive lymphadenopathy and suspected concurrent granulomatous infiltration. Its presentation mimicked idiopathic mediastinal fibrosis.

  1. Proteomics as the Tool to Search for Lung Disease Markers in Bronchoalveolar Lavage

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    Isabelle Noël-Georis


    Full Text Available Most lung disorders are known to be associated to considerable modifications of surfactant composition. Numerous of these abnormalities have been exploited in the past to diagnose lung diseases, allowing proper treatment and follow-up. Diagnosis was then based on phospholipid content, surface tension and cytological features of the epithelial lining fluid (ELF, sampled by bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL during fiberoscopic bronchoscopy. Today, it appears that the protein content of ELF displays a remarkably high complexity, not only due to the wide variety of the proteins it contains but also because of the great diversity of their cellular origins. The significance of the use of proteome analysis of BAL fluid for the search for new lung disease marker proteins and for their simultaneous display and analysis in patients suffering from lung disorders has been examined.

  2. Bilateral Bronchiectasis as a Presentation Form of Pulmonary Marginal Zone B-Cell Lymphoma of Bronchus Associated Lymphoid Tissue

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    Glenda Ernst


    Full Text Available The pulmonary marginal zone B-cell lymphoma of bronchus associated lymphoid tissue of the lung (BALT is a rare illness that can remain without symptoms. Radiological findings of pulmonary lymphoma are heterogeneous. In literature, bronchiectasis is only described in one patient who also had besides adenomegalies. We reported on a 48-year-old female patient. She showed symptoms consistent with dyspnea with productive cough; there were crepitant sounds in the auscultation. Pulmonary functional test has shown a severe restrictive pattern with a low FVC and DLCO. CT scan showed bronchiectasis in the medium lobule without adenomegalies. Echocardiogram was normal, and the laboratory findings only showed leukocytosis. There were no findings in the bronchoscopy, but the lung biopsy showed a B-cell pulmonary lymphoma (positive to CD20 and CD79a in immunostaining. A wide variety of radiological manifestations has been previously described; however, we have presented this rare case, with bronchiectasis, as unique radiological finding.

  3. Complete Right Main Bronchus Rupture in a Child: Report of a Case

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    Bayram Altuntas


    Full Text Available Blunt chest trauma resulting in rupture of a main bronchus is rare and probably have a high prehospital mortality.These injuries are often fatal because of respiratory distress and the high frequency of associated multiple organ injuries. A six-year-old boy was admitted our clinic due to blunt chest trauma. The tube thoracostomy was performed for the right pneumothorax at another surgical center. He was referred to our clinic due to inadequate expansion of the lung. On the physical examination, there was middle intercostal retraction, cyanosis and tachypnoea. The initial chest x-ray showed total pnemothorax on the right side and the hilum replaced by inferiorly. The rigid bronchoscopy was performed and the the rupture of main bronchus was seen. The sleeve upper lobectomy was performed. We aimed to emphasize the important of early diagnosis and treatment in the bronchial ruptures.

  4. Epidemiology of invasive respiratory disease caused by emerging non-Aspergillus molds in lung transplant recipients. (United States)

    Peghin, M; Monforte, V; Martin-Gomez, M T; Ruiz-Camps, I; Berastegui, C; Saez, B; Riera, J; Solé, J; Gavaldá, J; Roman, A


    Our aim was to assess the impact of positive cultures for non-Aspergillus molds on the risk of progression to invasive fungal infection (IFI), and the effect of prophylactic nebulized liposomal amphotericin B (n-LAB) on these pathogens. This was an observational study (2003-2013) including lung transplant recipients (LTR) receiving lifetime n-LAB prophylaxis, in whom non-Aspergillus molds were isolated on respiratory culture before and after transplantation (minimum 1-year follow-up). We studied 412 patients, with a mean postoperative follow-up of 2.56 years (interquartile range 1.01-4.65). Pre- and post-transplantation respiratory samples were frequently positive for non-Aspergillus molds (11.9% and 16.9% of LTR respectively). Post transplantation, 10 (2.42%) patients developed non-Aspergillus mold infection (4 Scedosporium species, 4 Purpureocillium species, 1 Penicillium species, and 1 Scopulariopsis species); 5 (1.21%) had IFI, with 60% IFI-related mortality. Non-Aspergillus molds with intrinsic amphotericin B (AB) resistance were more commonly isolated in bronchoscopy samples than AB-variably sensitive or AB-sensitive molds (54.5% vs. 25%, P = 0.04) and were associated with a higher risk of infection (56.3% vs. 1.3%%, P molds is frequent, but IFI incidence (1.21%) is low. Purpureocillium is an emerging mold. AB-resistant non-Aspergillus species were found more often in bronchoscopy samples and were associated with a higher risk of infection. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  5. Diagnosis of lung cancer: a bronchoscopist's perspective. (United States)

    Griffin, John P; Zaman, Muhammad K; Niell, Harvey B; Tolley, Elizabeth A; Cole, F Hammond; Weiman, Darryl S


    Guidelines recommend multiple types of cytologic and tissue samplings in the diagnosis of lung cancer by bronchoscopy, but differences of opinion exist as to the relative value of bronchial brushings and endobronchial or transbronchial biopsies. Our objective was to determine concordance of these procedures by a test of symmetry in a historical cohort referred to the pulmonary diagnostic laboratory. From 1988 to 2001, patients with pathologic confirmation of primary lung cancer were examined by standard bronchoscopic techniques of that period. An electronic medical record system was used, with statistical analysis of symmetry between brushings and biopsies establishing the diagnosis. Of 968 patients, 98% had bronchoscopy for 624 central and 322 peripheral suspect lesions. Bronchial brushings from 915 patients confirmed pulmonary malignancy in 811 (89%) patients. Endobronchial or transbronchial biopsies from 739 patients showed lung cancer in 603 (82%) cases. Bronchial washings in 16 patients and transthoracic needle biopsies in 30 patients established diagnosis. Transbronchial needle aspiration of mediastinal nodes identified metastases in 94 patients. Only 14 patients required a surgical procedure for diagnosis, but 188 received surgical excision as primary treatment. Statistical evaluation used only patients with both bronchial brushings and endobronchial or transbronchial biopsies. Analysis by a test of symmetry showed a significant difference (P<0.0001). Positive, suspicious, and negative specimens were consistent, with bronchial brushings being more sensitive with a lower false-negative rate than endobronchial or transbronchial biopsies. Multiple techniques are recommended for bronchoscopic confirmation of lung cancer, but bronchial brushings should be collected initially, as technical or patient limitations might preclude diagnostic tissue biopsies.

  6. Early respiratory therapy reduces postoperative atelectasis in children undergoing lung resection. (United States)

    Kaminski, Patrícia Nerys; Forgiarini, Luiz Alberto; Andrade, Cristiano Feijó


    Early physiotherapy reduces pulmonary complications after lung resection in adult patients. However, the effectiveness and the techniques used in postoperative physiotherapy in children undergoing lung resection have not been well described. Therefore, the standardization of a physiotherapeutic attendance after lung resection in children is necessary. This was a retrospective and prospective, interventional, descriptive, and quantitative study. We evaluated 123 pediatric subjects undergoing lung resection. Fifty-two children were prospectively submitted to a standardized physiotherapy protocol that included a mask with a positive expiratory pressure of 10 cm H2O, expiratory rib cage compression, coughing, lifting the upper limbs, and ambulation, starting within the first 4 hours after surgery and continuing 3 times each day. A historical control group of 71 subjects received physiotherapeutic techniques without specific standardization and with variability in the start date and number of days attended. We recorded the presence of postoperative complications, prolonged air leak, postoperative bronchoscopy, the time of chest tube removal, and hospital stay following surgery. The group that received a standardized protocol of physiotherapy had fewer instances of atelectasis than the control group (15.4% vs 7.6%, P = .01). Subjects in the control group were more likely than those in the intervention group to require fiberoptic bronchoscopy for bronchial toilet (n = 14 [19.7%] vs n = 5 [9.6%], P ≤ .001). There was no difference in the time of drainage or hospital stay between the groups. Implementation of a standardized physiotherapeutic protocol after lung resection in children decreases atelectasis but does not reduce the time of chest tube removal or the duration of hospital stay.

  7. Natural-source d-α-tocopheryl acetate inhibits oxidant stress and modulates atopic asthma in humans in vivo. (United States)

    Hoskins, Aimee; Roberts, Jackson L; Milne, Ginger; Choi, Leena; Dworski, Ryszard


    Asthma is associated with oxidant stress and diminished antioxidant defenses. Yet, the mechanistic role of oxidant stress and antioxidant supplementation in human asthmatics remains uncertain. We determined the effect of high doses of the antioxidant natural-source d-α-tocopheryl acetate for 16 weeks on allergen-induced airway oxidant stress, inflammation, and bronchial responsiveness to methacholine and allergen in atopic asthmatics in vivo. Thirty-three mild atopic asthmatics underwent bronchoscopy with baseline bronchoalveolar lavage and segmental allergen challenge. The allergen-challenged airway was lavaged 24 h later. At least 3 weeks later, patients underwent inhaled challenges with methacholine and specific allergen. Volunteers took 1500 IU of natural-source d-α-tocopheryl acetate daily for at least 16 weeks. At the end of the treatment, the two bronchoscopies and inhaled methacholine and allergen challenges were repeated. F(2)-isoprostanes, specific markers of oxidant stress, and selected Th1 and Th2 cytokines were analyzed in the lavage fluid. Following supplementation of natural-source d-α-tocopheryl acetate, plasma concentrations of α-tocopherol increased and γ-tocopherol decreased. Both baseline and allergen-induced F(2)-isoprostanes significantly decreased, providing biochemical evidence for an antioxidant effect. Natural-source d-α-tocopheryl acetate reduced allergen-provoked concentrations of interleukin 3 and interleukin 4 and augmented levels of interleukin 12 in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. Natural-source d-α-tocopheryl acetate improved airway responsiveness to methacholine but did not alter airway reactivity to specific allergen. Inhibition of oxidant stress by natural-source d-α-tocopheryl acetate modulates allergic inflammation and airway hyperresponsiveness in human atopic asthmatics in vivo. These results need to be confirmed by a randomized placebo-controlled trial. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  8. Comparing Adrenaline with Tranexamic Acid to Control Acute Endobronchial Bleeding: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Mitra Samareh Fekri


    Full Text Available Background: Hemoptysis occurs due to either pulmonary diseases or bronchoscopy interventions. The aim of the present study was to compare the efficacy of the endobronchial instillation of adrenaline with that of tranexamic acid. Methods: Fifty patients were randomly selected as 2 double-blinded sample groups (n=25. In these patients, bleeding could not be controlled with cold saline lavage during bronchoscopy and they, therefore, required prescription of another medicine. Adrenaline (1 mg in one group and tranexamic acid (500 mg in the other group were diluted in 20 mL of normal saline and instilled through the bronchoscope. This technique was repeated 3 times at 90-second intervals, if necessary. In the case of persistent bleeding, 90 seconds after the last dose, a second medicine was given for bleeding control. Observation of clot through the bronchoscope meant that the bleeding had stopped. The efficacy of tranexamic acid and adrenaline was evaluated and then compared using the Mann–Whitney test. Results: The time of bleeding control had no significant difference between tranexamic acid and adrenaline (P=0.908. Another analysis was done to evaluate bleeding control with a second medicine; the results showed that 1 (4% patient in the tranexamic acid and 8 (32% in the adrenaline group needed the second medicine and there was no significant difference between the 2 groups (P=0.609. Conclusion: Our results suggested that tranexamic acid by endobronchial instillation was as efficient as adrenaline in controlling hemoptysis and required less frequent use of a second medicine. Trial Registration Number: IRCT2014120220188

  9. [The features of diagnosis and treatment of traumatic and non-traumatic pulmonary bleeding]. (United States)

    Danielyan, Sh N; Abakumov, M M; Tarabrin, E A; Kokov, L S; Gasanov, A M; Wilk, A P; Saprin, A A


    To analyze an efficacy of differentiated approach for pulmonary bleeding of different etiology and severity. The study included 134 cases of pulmonary bleeding for the period 2006-2015 including 53 patients with traumatic and 81 with non-traumatic etiology. Men/women ratio was 2.7:1, mean age was 43 years. Comparative retrospective analysis of X-ray and CT data in diagnosis of bleeding source was performed. Bronchoscopy was used to confirm these data. There were 43 endovascular examinations including 40 cases of bronchial arteriography (BAG). X-ray and CT-signs of bleeding source were detected more often in case of traumatic pulmonary bleeding (62.3% and 93%) compared with non-traumatic (27.2 and 54%; p<0.05). Bronchoscopy revealed ongoing pulmonary bleeding in 40 (30%) patients, completed - in 94 (70%) patients. Indirect angiographic signs were the most frequent for pulmonary bleeding origin: hypervascularization (32.6%), bronchial-pulmonary shunts (23.2%) and bronchial artery dilatation (20.9%). 17 patients with ongoing bleeding underwent bronchial obstruction with adequate hemostasis in all cases. Endovascular interventions included bronchial arteries embolization (EBA) (33), occlusion of intercostal arteries (3) and segmental branches of low-lobar pulmonary artery (1), aortic stenting (1). Early efficacy of EBA was 97% with 2 month recurrence of pulmonary bleeding near 12.5%. Ongoing traumatic pulmonary bleeding was an indication for emergency thoracotomy in 18.9% compared with 12.3% for non-traumatic bleeding when surgery was made after endoscopic and endovascular hemostasis. Differentiated approach depending on etiology and severity of pulmonary bleeding improves outcomes and reduces the number of operations for ongoing severe bleeding.

  10. Endobronchial Tuberculosis in Anthracotic Bronchitis. (United States)

    Rezaeetalab, Fariba; Farrokh, Donya


    Endobronchial tuberculosis (EBTB) is a serious form of pulmonary tuberculosis. In EBTB, mycobacterium tuberculosis involves trachea, large airways and bronchial trees Combustion of biomass fuels causes anthracotic bronchitis that is characterized by black pigmentation in bronchial tissue. The majority of anthracotic bronchitis are in aged patients, particularly rural women, that use biomass fuel for cooking or traditional bakery .The aim of this study was to evaluate the endobronchial tuberculosis in anthracotic bronchitis. In total, 483 EBTB patients who underwent flexible bronchoscopy (FB), for various indications, were included. Tuberculosis was confirmed by microbiological analysis of bronchoalveolar (smear and culture for Koch's bacillus) and histopathological methods. EBTB patients were divided in two groups: subjects with anthracotic bronchitis (group 1) and without anthracosis (group 2). Demographic data and important clinical, radiological and bronchoscopic findings were recorded. Chi-squre test and Spss 11.5 software were used for statistical analysis. 483 out of 1824 patients who underwent FB had EBTB. 73.7% patients had EBTB and anthracotic bronchitis (versus 27.3% EBTB without anthracosis). The mean age was significantly higher in EBTB and anthracotic bronchitis (68.45 ± 16.31 versus 49.08 ± 14.7). Female/male ratio was 1.4:4 in EBTB and anthracotic group versus 1:1 in non anthracotic patients. Dyspnea, cough, hemoptysis and wheezing were higher in group 1. History of biomass fuel was more significant in EBTB and anthracotic bronchitis. Mass, diffuse infiltration in lower lobes were revealed higher in radiography of group 1. Bronchoscopy showed the higher frequency of bronchial stenosis in EBTB with anthracosis (P value < 0.05). This study suggested significant association between EBTB and anthracotic bronchitis. Unusual findings in radiological and bronchoscopic features were seen in EBTB with anthracosis.

  11. Prophylactic versus clinically-driven antibiotics in comatose survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest-A randomized pilot study. (United States)

    Ribaric, Suada Filekovic; Turel, Matjaz; Knafelj, Rihard; Gorjup, Vojka; Stanic, Rade; Gradisek, Primoz; Cerovic, Ognjen; Mirkovic, Tomislav; Noc, Marko


    To investigate benefits of prophylactic antibiotics in comatose survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Patients without evidence of tracheobronchial aspiration on admission bronchoscopy were randomized to prophylactic Amoxicillin-Clavulanic acid 1.2g every 8h (P) or clinically-driven antibiotics (C) administered if signs of infection developed during initial 7days of intensive care unit (ICU) stay. Among 83 patients enrolled between September 2013 and February 2015, tracheobronchial aspiration was documented in 23 (28%). Accordingly, 60 patients were randomized. Percentage of patients on antibiotics between days 1-5 was significantly greater in P group. White blood count, C-reactive protein, procalcitonin (PCT) and CD 64 significantly increased during the postresuscitation phase. Except for lower CRP and PCT in group P on day 6 (p<0.05), there was no significant differences. Mini BAL on day 3 was less often positive in group P (7% vs. 42%; p<0.01). There was no significant difference in other microbiological samples and X-ray signs of pneumonia cumulatively documented in 50% in both groups. Use of vasopressors/inotropes (93% in both groups), duration of mechanical ventilation (5.4±3.7 vs. 5.2±3.1 days), tracheal intubation (6.5±4.6 vs. 5.9±4.3 days), ICU stay (7.7±5.2 vs. 6.9±4.5 days), survival (73% vs. 73%) and survival with good neurological outcome (50% vs. 40%) were also comparable between P and C groups. Bronchoscopy on admission documented tracheobronchial aspiration in 28% of comatose survivors of OHCA. In the absence of aspiration, prophylactic antibiotics did not significantly alter systemic inflammatory response, postresuscitation pneumonia, ICU treatment and outcome ( Identifier: NCT02899507). Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Descriptive data on cancerous lung lesions detected by auto-fluorescence bronchoscope: A five-year study

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    Asmitananda Thakur


    Full Text Available Background: Auto-fluorescence bronchoscopy (AFB has been used for the identification and localization of intra-epithelial pre-neoplastic and neoplastic lesions within the bronchus. Objectives: To determine the applicability of AFB for the detection and localization of precancerous and cancerous lesions, in addition to analyzing the morphologic presentation, their association to histological type and the variation between genders. Methods: A five-year study involving 4983 patients, who underwent routine bronchoscopy [B] examination in a local tertiary teaching hospital, was done. The B examination was performed under intratracheal lidocaine, and samples were obtained using suitable approach. One thousand four hundred and eighty-five pathologically confirmed lung cancer patients were included in the study. The following parameters were studied: Morphological presentation, biopsy sites, histology. Differences between the groups were analyzed using Chi square test. Result: One thousand four hundred and eighty-five patients who had hyperplasia or neoplastic lesions were further confirmed as lung cancer pathologically. Lung cancer was more commonly found in the right lung (51.58% vs. 42.82%. The lesion occurred more frequently in the upper lobe than the lower lobe (44.17% vs. 22.42%. Male patients with squamous cell carcinoma showed upper lobe involvement more commonly, while the left main bronchus was more commonly involved in female patients. Adenocarcinoma mostly involved lesion of the upper lobe. Squamous cell carcinoma and small cell carcinoma were the major proliferative types (80.15% and 76.16% respectively. Conclusion: AFB is efficient in the detection of pre-invasive and invasive lung lesions. The morphological presentation is associated to the histological type. There is variation in the presentation and histology of cancerous lung lesions between genders.


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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND We have studied 200 patients of pleural fluid presenting to our tertiary care centre. Presence of cases of pleural fluid is a common presentation both in pulmonary and extrapulmonary diseases. We analysed the patients having both exudates and transudates and studied the results. MATERIALS AND METHODS We selected patients above 20 years of age and classified the patients with pleural fluid as having transudates and exudates. We studied the causes of transudates and exudates. A total of 200 patients are studied in this prospective study. Diagnosis of pleural exudates is made on the basis of Light’s criteria, chest x-ray, pleural fluid analysis, CT scan in selected patients, sputum examination, bronchoscopy and bronchial washings. Moribund and non-cooperative patients and HIV positives were excluded from the study. RESULTS Among the 200 patients, 91% have exudates. 9% have transudates by Light’s criteria. Tuberculosis is the commonest cause of effusions (64.83% followed by malignancy (13.73% and sympneumonic or parapneumonic effusions (9.89%. Pleural effusions occurred predominantly in males. Prevalence of diabetes Mellitus among cases of tuberculous pleural effusions is 13.56%. Tuberculous effusions are predominantly right-sided. CONCLUSION Predominant cases of pleural fluid are exudates. Commonest cause of pleural effusion is Tuberculosis followed by malignancy both pulmonary and extrapulmonary and sym. and parapneumonic effusions. Prevalence of Diabetes among Tuberculous pleural effusion cases is more or less same as in general population. Cough, expectoration fever, chest pain and breathlessness are the common symptoms occurring in three fourths of the patients of tuberculous pleural effusion. Most of the cases of Tuberculous effusion are above 30 years of age. In the diagnosis of tuberculous pleural effusion, Pleural fluid ADA is very important. Pleural fluid cytology, pleural biopsy, bronchoscopy, bronchial washings and sputum

  14. Tuberculosis presenting as isolated bronchonodal fistula in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus: Case report. (United States)

    Bae, Kyungsoo; Jeon, Kyung Nyeo; Kim, Ho Cheol; Suh, Young Sun; Lee, Gi Dong; Kim, Ju-Young; Song, Dae Hyun


    Lymph node is a preferred site for extrapulmonary tuberculosis (TB). In the thorax, mediastinal tuberculous lymph nodes can erode adjacent structures such as heart, aorta, and esophagus, forming fistula, and causing fatal consequences. However, tuberculous bronchonodal fistula as a complication of lymph node TB in adults is rarely known in terms of imaging or clinical findings. Here, a case of isolated tuberculous bronchonodal fistula appearing as the first presentation of TB in a 74-year-old male with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is reported. A 74-year-old male with SLE visited the hospital with dry cough. In family history, his son was treated for pulmonary TB 9 years previously. Laboratory test revealed increased C-reactive protein level and erythrocyte sedimentation rate. Chest computed tomography (CT) scan revealed a necrotic lymph node in the right hilar area connected to the inferior wall of the right upper lobe bronchus and the lateral wall of bronchus intermedius. On bronchoscopy performed under guidance of 3-dimensionally reconstructed CT image, fistula formation between the right hilar lymph node and 2 bronchi (the right upper lobe and intermediate bronchus) was confirmed. Sputum culture revealed growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Anti-TB medication with isoniazid, ethambutol, pyrazinamide, and moxifloxacin for 9 months. The patient's symptom was gradually improved. Follow-up bronchoscopy performed at 3 months after starting the medication revealed decreased size of the fistula. This is a rare case of bronchonodal fistula appearing as the first presentation of TB in a 74-year-old male patient with SLE. CT provided useful information regarding the origin and progress of the disease.

  15. Role of Scintigraphy with Technetium-99m Depreotide in the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Suspected Lung Cancer

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    Axelsson, R.; Herlin, G.; Baaaath, M.; Aspelin, P.; Koelbeck, K.G. (Div. of Radiology, Dept. of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology (CLINTEC), and Div. of Pulmonary Medicine and Allergology, Dept. of Medicine, Karolinska Inst., Stockholm (Sweden))


    Background: In Sweden, there are over 3000 new lung cancer cases every year. There are still numerous patients with undetermined lesions after routine diagnostic evaluation by clinical examination, chest radiography, computed tomography (CT) of the thorax, and bronchoscopy. An appropriate method for further diagnostic workup is therefore needed. Purpose: To evaluate the diagnostic value of the somatostatin analogue depreotide in patients with suspected lung cancer, and to determine in which clinical settings it would be beneficial to use 99mTc-depreotide scintigraphy. Material and Methods: We included 99 consecutive patients referred to our hospital with suspected lung cancer. A clinical examination, bronchoscopy, chest radiography, CT of the thorax and upper abdomen, and scintigraphy were done. Scintigraphy was performed after injection of 740 MBq 99mTc depreotide with tomographical imaging of the thorax and whole-body scanning. The diagnostic outcome of the scintigrams was compared to CT, using morphology or clinical outcome as the endpoint. Results: 99mTc-depreotide uptake was found in 62 out of 66 malignancies, including 57 of 58 primary lung cancer cases. Two cases of lung metastasis (one from a colon cancer and one from an adenoid cystic carcinoma originating in the palate) and one rib chondrosarcoma did not show depreotide uptake. There were 33 patients with benign lesions, of whom 16 displayed false-positive 99mTc-depreotide uptake, whereof 11 were pneumonias. Tc-99m-depreotide uptake was absent in 17 patients with benign lesions, including all 10 hamartomas. The sensitivity in detecting malignancy was 94%, and in detecting lung cancer 98%. The specificity was calculated based on two sets of data. When all cases were used, the specificity was 52%. If the 12 pneumonias are excluded, the specificity was 77%. Conclusion: 99mTc-depreotide scintigraphy has a high sensitivity in detecting lung cancer. The method is useful in decision-making with respect to

  16. Management of tracheal chondrosarcoma almost completely obstructing the airway: a case report. (United States)

    Andolfi, Marco; Vaccarili, Maurizio; Crisci, Roberto; Puma, Francesco


    Primary malignant tracheal tumors account for only 0.2 % of all malignancies of the respiratory tract. Tracheal chondrosarcoma is a rare condition and only 17 cases have been described in the literature from 1965 to date. Herein we report the very unusual case of a patient with a tracheal chondrosarcoma, electively treated by curative surgery despite the virtually complete obstruction of the airway. We present the case of a 79-year old Caucasian man with long-lasting wheezing misdiagnosed as asthma and affected by a tracheal chondrosarcoma almost completely obstructing the airway. Videobronchoscopy and imaging investigations revealed a well-circumscribed mass arising from the cartilaginous rings of the cervical trachea with a posterior residual respiratory space of about 1 mm. Because of the mobility and flaccidity of the uninvolved pars membranacea, the tiny respiratory space slightly expanded during inspiration and expiration allowing the patient to be treated without an essential emergency procedure. Standard tracheal intubation was impossible. Rigid bronchoscopy enabled placement of a small tracheal tube distally to the tumor. Successful cervical tracheal resection and reconstruction was then performed, achieving complete tumor excision. Histologically, the mass was characterized as a low-grade tracheal chondrosarcoma. Videobronchoscopy performed 9 months after surgery showed a wide, well healed tracheal anastomosis. Ten months after surgery, the patient is alive and disease free. Complete surgical resection is the treatment of choice for tracheal chondrosarcoma. Rigid bronchoscopy is an essential tool for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. It allows the palliative maneuvers for obstruction relief but also, in resectable patients, the intraoperative safe and straightforward management of the obstructed airway.

  17. Coexistence of squamous cell tracheal papilloma and carcinoma treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy: a case report

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    Full Text Available Dimitrios Paliouras,1 Apostolos Gogakos,1 Thomas Rallis,1 Fotios Chatzinikolaou,2 Christos Asteriou,1 Georgios Tagarakis,3 John Organtzis,4 Kosmas Tsakiridis,5 Drosos Tsavlis,4 Athanasios Zissimopoulos,6 Ioannis Kioumis,4 Wolfgang Hohenforst-Schmidt,7 Konstantinos Zarogoulidis,4 Paul Zarogoulidis,4 Nikolaos Barbetakis1 1Thoracic Surgery Department, Theagenio Cancer Hospital, 2Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, 3Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, AHEPA University Hospital, 4Pulmonary Department-Oncology Unit, “G. Papanikolaou” General Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 5Cardiothoracic Surgery Department, “Saint Luke” Private Hospital, Panorama, Thessaloniki, 6Nuclear Medicine Department, University General Hospital of Alexandroupolis, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece; 7Medical Clinic I, “Fuerth” Hospital, University of Erlangen, Fuerth, Germany Background: Papillomatosis presents, most frequently, as multiple lesions of the respiratory tract, which are usually considered benign. Malignant degeneration into squamous cell carcinoma is quite common, although curative approaches vary a lot in modern literature.Case report: We report a case of a 66-year-old male patient with the coexistence of multiple squamous cell papilloma and carcinoma in the upper trachea with severe airway obstruction that was diagnosed through bronchoscopy and treated by performing an urgent tracheostomy, followed by concurrent chemotherapy and radiotherapy. There was no evidence of recurrence after a 12-month follow-up period.Conclusion: This study underlines the diagnostic and therapeutic value of bronchoscopy as well as multimodality palliative treatment in such cases. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to describe an immediate treatment protocol with tracheostomy and concurrent chemotherapy/radiotherapy in a patient with squamous cell tracheal papilloma and carcinoma

  18. Bronchoscopic diagnosis of peripheral pulmonary lung cancer employing sedation with fentanyl and midazolam. (United States)

    Minami, Daisuke; Nakasuka, Takamasa; Ando, Chihiro; Iwamoto Md, Yoshitaka; Sato, Ken; Fujiwara, Keiichi; Shibayama, Takuo; Yonei Md PhD, Toshirou; Sato, Toshio


    Sedation with fentanyl and midazolam during bronchoscopic examination is commonly employed by pulmonary physicians in the USA and Europe. We assessed the efficacy of such sedation in the bronchoscopic diagnosis of peripheral lung cancer. We retrospectively evaluated data from 102 patients who underwent transbronchial biopsies (TBB) for diagnosis of peripheral lung cancer. Bronchoscopies with and without fentanyl were performed in 61 (group A) and 41 (group B) patients, respectively. Midazolam was administered to all patients. Medical records were retrieved, and between-group comparisons were made using unpaired Student's t-tests. The mean fentanyl dose was 49.5 μg (range: 10-100 μg), and midazolam doses in groups A and B were 4.29mg (range: 1-14mg) and 5.54mg (range: 1-12mg), respectively. Diagnostic histological specimens were obtained from 75.4% and 65.8% of group A and B patients, respectively (P = 0.30). The diagnostic sensitivities for lung cancer, via at least one of TBB, cytological brushing, or bronchial washing, in groups A and B were 88.5% and 70.4%, respectively (P = 0.035). Moreover, lesion diagnostic sensitivities, via at least one of TBB, cytological brushing, and bronchial washing, in groups A and B were 98.1% and 68.0%, respectively (P = 0.01). Fentanyl and midazolam sedation during bronchoscopy facilitated the diagnosis of peripheral pulmonary lung cancers. Copyright © 2017 The Japanese Respiratory Society. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Glucocorticoids and β2-agonists regulate the pathologic metabolism of hyaluronic acid in COPD. (United States)

    Papakonstantinou, Eleni; Klagas, Ioannis; Karakiulakis, George; Tamm, Michael; Roth, Michael; Stolz, Daiana


    We have previously shown that airway smooth muscle cells (ASMC) from COPD patients exhibit an abnormal metabolism of hyaluronic acid (HA) and that COPD exacerbations are associated with pro-inflammatory degradation of HA. In the present study, we investigated the effect of glucocorticoids and long-acting β 2 -agonists (LABA) on the pathologic HA metabolism in COPD. Primary cultures of ASMC, established from endo-bronchial biopsies of COPD patients, were treated with glucocorticoids and LABA. Secretion of HA was measured by ELISA and HA synthase-1 (HAS-1) and hyaluronidase-1 (HYAL-1) were assessed by RT-PCR and western blotting. Furthermore, from a cohort of 97 patients that underwent diagnostic bronchoscopy, we identified 11 treatment-naïve patients and 13 patients on inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and LABA prior to bronchoscopy. HA, HAS-1 and HYAL-1 were measured in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) of these patients by ELISA and hyaluronidase activity by reverse zymography. The combination of glucocorticoids and LABA stimulated the secretion of HA with high molecular mass by ASMC from COPD patients. This effect was associated with increased expression of HAS-1 and reduced expression of HYAL-1. The effect of the drugs was mediated via their specific receptors since it was inhibited by specific receptor antagonists. Patients on ICS and LABA presented increased levels of HA and decreased levels of HYAL-1 and HYAL-1 activity in BAL. The combination of glucocorticoids with LABA counteracts the pathologic metabolism of HA in patients with COPD, suggesting an additional beneficial effect of the drugs when used for the treatment of COPD. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. In vivo imaging of the airway wall in asthma: fibered confocal fluorescence microscopy in relation to histology and lung function

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Airway remodelling is a feature of asthma including fragmentation of elastic fibres observed in the superficial elastin network of the airway wall. Fibered confocal fluorescence microscopy (FCFM is a new and non-invasive imaging technique performed during bronchoscopy that may visualize elastic fibres, as shown by in vitro spectral analysis of elastin powder. We hypothesized that FCFM images capture in vivo elastic fibre patterns within the airway wall and that such patterns correspond with airway histology. We aimed to establish the concordance between the bronchial elastic fibre pattern in histology and FCFM. Second, we examined whether elastic fibre patterns in histology and FCFM were different between asthmatic subjects and healthy controls. Finally, the association between these patterns and lung function parameters was investigated. Methods In a cross-sectional study comprising 16 subjects (8 atopic asthmatic patients with controlled disease and 8 healthy controls spirometry and bronchoscopy were performed, with recording of FCFM images followed by endobronchial biopsy at the airway main carina. Elastic fibre patterns in histological sections and FCFM images were scored semi-quantitatively. Agreement between histology and FCFM was analysed using linearly weighted kappa κw. Results The patterns observed in histological sections and FCFM images could be divided into 3 distinct groups. There was good agreement between elastic fibre patterns in histology and FCFM patterns (κw 0.744. The semi-quantitative pattern scores were not different between asthmatic patients and controls. Notably, there was a significant difference in post-bronchodilator FEV1 %predicted between the different patterns by histology (p = 0.001 and FCFM (p = 0.048, regardless of asthma or atopy. Conclusion FCFM captures the elastic fibre pattern within the airway wall in humans in vivo. The association between post-bronchodilator FEV1 %predicted and