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  1. Manifestaciones digestivas en pacientes con fibrosis quística

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    Eloísa Martí Castelló; Trini Fragoso Arbelo; Eduardo Sagaró González; Manuel Rojo Concepción; Berta Delgado Marrero

    1996-01-01

    La mayoría de los pacientes con fibrosis quística presentan una insuficiencia exocrina de la función pancreática que entraña trastornos digestivos complejos. Se estudian 8 pacientes entre 1 y 12 años con el diagnóstico de fibrosis quística. Se les realizó enzimas pancreáticas en suero, electroforesis de proteínas y marcadores virales de la hepatitis B y C. También se les efectuó ultrasonido abdominal, gammagrafía esofágica, hepática y biliar. Las manifestaciones clínicas más frecuentes fueron...

  2. Manifestaciones digestivas en pacientes con fibrosis quística

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    Eloísa Martí Castelló

    1996-08-01

    Full Text Available La mayoría de los pacientes con fibrosis quística presentan una insuficiencia exocrina de la función pancreática que entraña trastornos digestivos complejos. Se estudian 8 pacientes entre 1 y 12 años con el diagnóstico de fibrosis quística. Se les realizó enzimas pancreáticas en suero, electroforesis de proteínas y marcadores virales de la hepatitis B y C. También se les efectuó ultrasonido abdominal, gammagrafía esofágica, hepática y biliar. Las manifestaciones clínicas más frecuentes fueron la esteatorrea, cólicos abdominales y hepatomegalia. Se encontró la lipasa aumentada en suero en 2 pacientes con suficiencia pancreática y las transaminasas normales en todos ellos. Las manifestaciones hepáticas estuvieron presentes en 3 pacientes y el reflujo gastroesofágico y el prolapso rectal en 2, respectivamente. Se observó que el control terapéutico de estas manifestaciones reportan un buen estado nutricional y mejor calidad de vida.Most of the patients suffering from cystic fibrosis present an exocrine insufficiency of the pancreatic function leading to complex digestive disorders. 8 patients between 1 and 12 years old with the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis are studied. Pancreatic enzymes in serum, protein electrophoresis, and viral markers of hepatitis B and C were carried out. Abdominal ultrasound, esophageal, hepatic and biliary gammagraphy were also performed. The most frequent clinical manifestations were steatorrhea, abdominal colics and hepatomegalia. Augmented lipase in serum was found in two patients with pancreatic sufficiency, whereas transaminases were normal in all of them. 3 patients showed clinical manifestations and 2 had gastroesophageal reflux and rectal prolapse, respectively. It was observed that with the therapeutic control of these manifestations a good nutrional status and a better quality of life are reported.

  3. Efecto de los cambios posturales en las crepitaciones de pacientes con fibrosis quística versus fibrosis pulmonar. Comunicación preliminar POSITION DEPENDENCE OF CRACKLES IN CYSTIC FIBROSIS AND PULMONARY FIBROSIS

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    2002-01-01

    La influencia de los cambios posturales en la generación de crepitaciones se ha demostrado en pacientes con Fibrosis Pulmonar (FP). En la posición decúbito lateral, las crepitaciones pueden disminuir en el pulmón superior o aumentar en el pulmón que queda en la parte inferior. El objetivo del presente trabajo fue evaluar la dependencia postural de las crepitaciones en pacientes con Fibrosis Quística (FQ) y FP, a través del análisis computacional de los ruidos respiratorios. Se estudiaron 14 p...

  4. Fibrosis pulmonar asociada a vasculitis con anticuerpos anticitoplasmáticos positivos

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    Marcelo Fernández Casares; Alejandra González; Flavia Caputo; Yanina Bottinelli; Patricia Nastavi; Marcelo Zamboni

    2012-01-01

    Las complicaciones pulmonares más conocidas de las vasculitis con anticuerpos anticitoplasmáticos de los neutrófilos (ANCA) positivos (VAA), son la hemorragia alveolar, los granulomas y la estenosis de la vía aérea. En los últimos años han aparecido algunos informes aislados que muestran la asociación con fibrosis pulmonar (FP), sugiriendo que ésta sería otra complicación de las VAA. En este trabajo informamos dos casos con dicha asociación describiendo sus características clínicas, tomográfi...

  5. Manejo de la rinosinusitis crónica en pacientes con fibrosis quística

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    Silva, M

    2015-01-01

    La rinosinusitis crónica es una patología que se presenta en pacientes con fibrosis quística y se asocia a la expresión de numerosos genes que determinan una alteración en la secreción de cloro del canal CFTR e hiperplasia de las glándulas submucosas del epitelio sinusal. En este artículo se efectúa una revisión acerca de las indicaciones y distintas alternativas de cirugía endoscópica nasal para la rinosinusitis crónica en pacientes con fibrosis quística. Se realizó una búsqueda de artículos...

  6. Atención multidisciplinaria a pacientes con fibrosis quística

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    Tamara Rubio González

    1999-12-01

    Full Text Available Se presentan los resultados del trabajo realizado por el grupo multidisciplinario creado para la atención a los pacientes con fibrosis quística en la provincia de Santiago de Cuba, desde enero de 1993 hasta marzo de 1998. En ese período se registraron en total 20 pacientes diagnosticados por su cuadro clínico y la prueba del sudor, así como la historia familiar de la enfermedad. En todos se realizó estudio molecular, y en 9 de ellos se halló al menos una mutación para el gen de la fibrosis quística. Más de la mitad de los enfermos recibió tratamiento con fisioterapia y en el 50 % se utilizaron enzimas pancreáticas. Se destaca la importancia de la creación de grupos multidisciplinarios para el seguimiento de estos pacientes, lo que influye favorablemente en su evolución.We presented the results of the work performed from January 1993 to March 1998 by a multidisciplinary care team set up to take care of patients with cystic fibrosis in Santiago de Cuba. During this period, 20 patients in all were diagnosed with this disease, taking their clinical pictures, sweat test results and previous familial history into account. All the patients were applied molecular studies and nine of them disclosed at least one cystic fibrosis gene mutation. More than half of the sick received physiotherapeutical treatment and other pancreatic enzime-linked therapy. We underlined the importance of the set-up of these multidisciplinary teams for following these patients up which has a favorable impact on their recovery.

  7. Fibrosis pulmonar asociada a vasculitis con anticuerpos anticitoplasmáticos positivos

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    Marcelo Fernández Casares

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Las complicaciones pulmonares más conocidas de las vasculitis con anticuerpos anticitoplasmáticos de los neutrófilos (ANCA positivos (VAA, son la hemorragia alveolar, los granulomas y la estenosis de la vía aérea. En los últimos años han aparecido algunos informes aislados que muestran la asociación con fibrosis pulmonar (FP, sugiriendo que ésta sería otra complicación de las VAA. En este trabajo informamos dos casos con dicha asociación describiendo sus características clínicas, tomográficas e inmunológicas. Dado que en la asociación de FP y VAA notificada en los últimos años, la FP puede ser su primera manifestación, podría ser necesaria la búsqueda de ANCA en pacientes con FP, como causa de la misma y por el posible desarrollo posterior de vasculitis.

  8. Efecto de los cambios posturales en las crepitaciones de pacientes con fibrosis quística versus fibrosis pulmonar. Comunicación preliminar POSITION DEPENDENCE OF CRACKLES IN CYSTIC FIBROSIS AND PULMONARY FIBROSIS

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    IGNACIO SANCHEZ D.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available La influencia de los cambios posturales en la generación de crepitaciones se ha demostrado en pacientes con Fibrosis Pulmonar (FP. En la posición decúbito lateral, las crepitaciones pueden disminuir en el pulmón superior o aumentar en el pulmón que queda en la parte inferior. El objetivo del presente trabajo fue evaluar la dependencia postural de las crepitaciones en pacientes con Fibrosis Quística (FQ y FP, a través del análisis computacional de los ruidos respiratorios. Se estudiaron 14 pacientes (7 con FQ y 7 con FP, a través de la grabación de los ruidos pulmonares, utilizando micrófonos de contacto en los lóbulos inferiores derecho e izquierdo, primero en posición sentada, a derecha e izquierda en decúbito lateral y por último nuevamente en posición sentada. En pacientes con FQ la dependencia postural se observó en 3/7 pacientes, en cambio en FP se presentó en 6/7 pacientes, bilateral en 4 y unilateral en 2. Nuestros resultados sugieren que la dependencia postural de las crepitaciones es frecuente en FP pero no así en FQ. Lo cual se podría explicar porque existen diferentes mecanismos en la generación de crepitaciones, dentro de los que se destaca aumento de la retracción elástica pulmonar en FP versus el aumento de secreciones en la vía aérea en FQPosition dependence of crackles is noticed in patients with interstitial pulmonary fibrosis (IPF. In the lateral decubitus position (LDP, crackles may diminish in the upper lung or increase in the dependent lung. We hypothesized that different crackle mechanisms would lead to position dependence in IPF but not in Cystic Fibrosis (CF. We investigated this clinical finding by computerized sound analysis. Lung sounds over corresponding sites of the left and right lower lobes were recorded in 14 patients, 7 with CF and 7 with IPF, first in the sitting position, then the left and right LDP and again in the sitting position. In CF unilateral position dependence was observed in

  9. Soporte alimentario y nutricional en niños con fibrosis quística

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    Aida Esplugas Montoya

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCCIÓN. La fibrosis quística es una enfermedad que se manifiesta en las vías respiratorias, el páncreas y el tracto intestinal. El control nutricional es un aspecto decisivo en el tratamiento de la enfermedad. El objetivo del estudio fue caracterizar un grupo de pacientes que se encontraban en fases de soporte y rehabilitación nutricional. MÉTODOS. Se realizó un estudio prospectivo con 7 pacientes menores de 18 años, que ingresaron para su tratamiento en la unidad especializada en fibrosis quística del Hospital Pediátrico Universitario «William Soler» (La Habana. Se realizaron mediciones antropométricas al ingreso y al egreso, y se clasificó a los niños en desnutrido, de bajo peso y de peso normal. Los valores fueron comparados con las tablas de crecimiento y desarrollo de la población cubana. RESULTADOS. A 3 pacientes se les aplicó una intervención de soporte nutricional y 4 pacientes fueron tratados además con nutrición enteral suplementaria. En la evaluación nutricional se encontró que la distribución porcentual calórica que aportaron los alimentos fue de un 12 % para las proteínas, 37 % para las grasas y 51 % para los carbohidratos. La energía que aportaron los alimentos consumidos ascendió a 4 360 kcal, 134,27 g de proteínas, 177,51 g de grasas y 558,20 g de carbohidratos. CONCLUSIONES. Al aumentar la densidad calórica de los alimentos y aplicar nutrición enteral a los pacientes se obtuvo un incremento de la ganancia ponderal y mejoró el estado nutricional.

  10. Volúmenes pulmonares normales en pacientes con fibrosis pulmonar idiopática y enfisema Normal lung volumes in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema

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    Juan Pablo Casas

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available La fibrosis pulmonar idiopática (FPI es una enfermedad que se caracteriza por presentar un compromiso pulmonar de tipo restrictivo, resultante de una reducción en la complacencia pulmonar secundaria a fibrosis difusa. En el enfisema, la pérdida de elasticidad pulmonar y el colapso de las vías aéreas periféricas generan obstrucción e hiperinflación. El efecto simultáneo que ambas enfermedades producen sobre la fisiología pulmonar no es del todo claro y se han descripto volúmenes pulmonares normales o casi normales. Presentamos 4 pacientes de sexo masculino de 64, 60, 73 y 70 años, con antecedentes de tabaquismo e historia de disnea progresiva, tres de ellos con grave limitación en su calidad de vida al momento de la consulta. En la tomografía de tórax de alta resolución todos los pacientes presentaban signos de enfermedad intersticial pulmonar avanzada, con cambios de tipo fibrótico con predominio basal y subpleural, que coexistían con enfisema centroacinar con predominio en lóbulos superiores. Uno de ellos tuvo confirmación diagnóstica de ambas condicioes por biopsia pulmonar a cielo abierto. En los cuatro pacientes la espirometría y volúmenes pulmonares fueron normales, pero tenían importante compromiso del intercambio gaseoso evaluado mediante el test de caminata de 6 minutos. Tres de los pacientes tenían hipertensión pulmonar grave diagnosticado por ecocardiograma. La presencia de volúmenes pulmonares normales no excluye un diagnóstico de fibrosis pulmonar idiopática en pacientes fumadores si coexisten evidencias tomográficas de enfisema. En estos pacientes el grado de compromiso funcional, determinado por la reducción de los volúmenes pulmonares, no debería ser considerado en la evaluación de la gravedad.Pulmonary function tests in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis characteristically show a restrictive pattern, resulting from reduction of pulmonary compliance due to diffuse fibrosis. Conversely, an obstructive

  11. Neumotórax espontáneo asociado a fibrosis pulmonar en un paciente con neurofibromatosis tipo 2

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    Alcalá Cerra, Gabriel; Moscote Salazar, Luis Rafael; Lozano Tagua, Carlos Fernando; Sabogal Barrios, Rubén

    2010-01-01

    El compromiso pulmonar en pacientes con neurofibromatosis ha sido reiteradamente descrito como una complicación muy rara en la variedad tipo 1. Se caracteriza por enfermedad pulmonar intersticial difusa, fibrosis pulmonar, neoplasias torácicas y formación de bulas, estas últimas, con alto riesgo de ruptura. Describimos un caso de neumotórax espontáneo en una paciente con neurofibromatosis tipo 2, como consecuencia de cambios fibróticos pulmonares. A nuestro conocimiento, esta asociación no ha...

  12. Fibrosis pulmonar asociada a vasculitis con anticuerpos anticitoplasmáticos positivos Pulmonary fibrosis associated with anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-positive vasculitis

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    Marcelo Fernández Casares

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Las complicaciones pulmonares más conocidas de las vasculitis con anticuerpos anticitoplasmáticos de los neutrófilos (ANCA positivos (VAA, son la hemorragia alveolar, los granulomas y la estenosis de la vía aérea. En los últimos años han aparecido algunos informes aislados que muestran la asociación con fibrosis pulmonar (FP, sugiriendo que ésta sería otra complicación de las VAA. En este trabajo informamos dos casos con dicha asociación describiendo sus características clínicas, tomográficas e inmunológicas. Dado que en la asociación de FP y VAA notificada en los últimos años, la FP puede ser su primera manifestación, podría ser necesaria la búsqueda de ANCA en pacientes con FP, como causa de la misma y por el posible desarrollo posterior de vasculitis.The most frequently observed pulmonary complications of vasculitis (AAV with anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic positive antibodies (ANCA are alveolar hemorrhage, granulomas and airway stenosis. In recent years, some reports have been published that show the association of vasculitis with pulmonary fibrosis (PF, suggesting that it may be another complication of AAV. We report and describe here two cases with such association, and their clinical, tomographic and immunological characteristics. Given that in the association between PF and AAV, as reported in the last years, PF could be the first manifestation of AAV, the search for ANCA in patients with PF may be necessary, as a cause of it and for the possible subsequent development of vasculitis.

  13. Correlación clinico-microbiológica en 9 pacientes con fibrosis quística

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    Eloísa Martí Castelló

    1996-08-01

    Full Text Available En pacientes con fibrosis quística la Pseudomonas aeruginosa es el patógeno más importante como causa de infección pulmonar crónica y se ha demostrado que la respuesta inflamatoria del pulmón puede contribuir a la patogénesis de esta infección, con la participación de los mecanismos de defensa específicos e inespecíficos; por lo que se correlacionan las manifestaciones clínicas y microbiológicas en 9 pacientes con fibrosis quística. Los pacientes se diagnosticaron por la clínica y electrólitos en sudor y se les realizó estudio microbiológico de esputo o hisopado profundo, donde se aisló en todos los casos la Pseudomona aeruginosa. También se determinaron en suero los anticuerpos antiPseudomona aeruginosa y se relacionaron los resultados con la clínica. En todos los pacientes se obtuvieron títulos elevados en distintos serotipos determinados y existió relación entre los títulos de anticuerpos y las manifestaciones clínicas. Igualmente se observó disminución de los títulos en los pacientes tratados con esteroides o con tratamiento antiPseudomona.Among patients suffering from cystic fibrosis the Pseudomonas aeruginosa is the most important pathogen as a cause of chronic pulmonary infection and it has been proved that lung inflammatory response may contribute to the pathogenesis of this infection, with the participation of specific and unspecific defence mechanisms. Therefore, clinical and microbiological manifestations are correlated in 9 patients with cystic fibrosis. Patients were diagnosed by the clinic and electrolites in sweat and it was carried out a microbiological study of sputum or deep swab, where the Pseudomona aeruginosa was isolated in all cases. Antipseudomona aeruginosa antibodies in serum were determined and the results were connected with the clinic. Elevated titres were obtained in all patients in different determined serotypes and there was a relationship between antibody titres and clinical

  14. Caracterización epidemiológica de pacientes pediátricos con fibrosis quística Epidemiological characterization of pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis

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    Félix O. Dickinson

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available La fibrosis quística constituye un importante problema pediátrico por la elevada y prematura mortalidad que lo caracteriza, la deficiente calidad de vida que genera en los enfermos y la ausencia de un tratamiento curativo. Métodos: Se describieron algunas características de 15 pacientes con fibrosis quística ingresados en el Hospital Pediátrico “William Soler” entre 1998 y 2002. Se calcularon porcentajes según grupos de edad, sexo, síntomas y signos más frecuentes, motivo de ingreso, estadía hospitalaria, antibióticos aplicados, y otros. Resultados: No hubo fallecidos durante el período estudiado, predominaron las edades pediátricas (86,6 %, el sexo masculino (67 % y el color de la piel blanco (80 %. Los síntomas más frecuentes fueron las infecciones respiratorias (67 %, el bajo peso corporal (48 % y los trastornos digestivos (25 %, los cuales comenzaron como promedio a los 20,6 meses de edad. La caracterización genética fue mayormente delta F 508 (66 %. Entre las causas de los ingresos se encontraron, fundamentalmente, recibir antibiótico-terapia (45 %, para tratamiento por infecciones respiratorias bajas (22 % y por fibrosis quística (15 %. Hubo un total de 72 ingresos y se acumularon 1 088 días de estadía hospitalaria, con un promedio de 15 días. En casi todos los casos se aplicó antibiótico-terapia debido a los aislamientos de Psedomona aeruginosa como causa de infección respiratoria. Se utilizaron 11 antibióticos diferentes, de los cuales los más frecuentes fueron amikacina, ceftazidima, gentamicina, tobramicina y ciprofloxacina. La combinación más frecuente, pero no la única, fue la de un beta-lactámico y un aminoglucósidoCystic fibrosis is an important pediatric problem due to its high and premature mortality, to the deficient quality of life it generates in the patients and to the absence of a curative treatment. Methods: some characteristics of 15 patients with cystic fibrosis admitted in

  15. El suero salino hipertónico no es eficaz en niños menores de seis años con fibrosis quística

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    Gimeno Díaz de Atauri, Álvaro; Rivas Juesas, Cristina

    2012-01-01

    La principal conclusión de este artículo es que el suero salino hipertónico nebulizado durante 48 semanas no reduce la tasa de exacerbaciones en comparación con suero salino fisiológico en niños menores de seis años con fibrosis quística.

  16. El suero salino hipertónico no es eficaz en niños menores de seis años con fibrosis quística

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    Gimeno Díaz de Atauri, Álvaro; Rivas Juesas, Cristina

    2012-01-01

    La principal conclusión de este artículo es que el suero salino hipertónico nebulizado durante 48 semanas no reduce la tasa de exacerbaciones en comparación con suero salino fisiológico en niños menores de seis años con fibrosis quística.

  17. Soporte alimentario y nutricional en niños con fibrosis quística Nutritional support in children presenting with cystic fibrosis

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    Aida Esplugas Montoya

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCCIÓN. La fibrosis quística es una enfermedad que se manifiesta en las vías respiratorias, el páncreas y el tracto intestinal. El control nutricional es un aspecto decisivo en el tratamiento de la enfermedad. El objetivo del estudio fue caracterizar un grupo de pacientes que se encontraban en fases de soporte y rehabilitación nutricional. MÉTODOS. Se realizó un estudio prospectivo con 7 pacientes menores de 18 años, que ingresaron para su tratamiento en la unidad especializada en fibrosis quística del Hospital Pediátrico Universitario «William Soler» (La Habana. Se realizaron mediciones antropométricas al ingreso y al egreso, y se clasificó a los niños en desnutrido, de bajo peso y de peso normal. Los valores fueron comparados con las tablas de crecimiento y desarrollo de la población cubana. RESULTADOS. A 3 pacientes se les aplicó una intervención de soporte nutricional y 4 pacientes fueron tratados además con nutrición enteral suplementaria. En la evaluación nutricional se encontró que la distribución porcentual calórica que aportaron los alimentos fue de un 12 % para las proteínas, 37 % para las grasas y 51 % para los carbohidratos. La energía que aportaron los alimentos consumidos ascendió a 4 360 kcal, 134,27 g de proteínas, 177,51 g de grasas y 558,20 g de carbohidratos. CONCLUSIONES. Al aumentar la densidad calórica de los alimentos y aplicar nutrición enteral a los pacientes se obtuvo un incremento de la ganancia ponderal y mejoró el estado nutricional.INTRODUCTION. Cystic fibrosis is a disease of airways, pancreas and intestinal tract. The nutritional control is a decisive feature in treatment of disease. The objective of present paper was to characterize a group of patients in nutritional support and rehabilitation phases. METHODS. A prospective study was conducted in 7 patients aged under 18 admitted for treatment in the cystic fibrosis specialized unit or the "William Soler" University Children

  18. Terapia con antivirali ad azione diretta in pazienti con epatite cronica HCV e severa fibrosi o cirrosi

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    Vitale, Giovanni

    2016-01-01

    Introduzione: l’epatite cronica C è la più comune infezione virale trasmessa per via ematica e la principale causa di mortalità tra le epatopatie. La terapia antivirale può prevenire la progressione della malattia nei pazienti HCV. Telaprevir e simeprevir sono Direct Acting Antivirals e due inibitori delle proteasi, utili nell’eradicazione del virus. Scopo: stabilire l’efficacia e sicurezza di un regime di terapia antivirale con telaprevir, pegIFN/ribavirin e di uno con simeprevir-sofosbuvir+...

  19. DNA-fingerprinting di stipiti di Chryseobacterium spp isolati da pazienti con Fibrosi Cistica

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    Antonietta Lambiase

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: Pulmonary infections by Gram-negative bacteria, as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Burkholderia cepacia, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, are the major cause of morbidity in Cystic Fibrosis patients. In the past decade, several pathogens as Alcaligenes spp and no tuberculosis mycobacteria have been recovered in these patients. Bacteria of genus Chryseobacterium are widespread Gram-negative microrganisms and involved in human infections. Aims of this study were to value the isolation frequency of Chryseobacterium strains in a cohort of Cystic Fibrosis patients, to investigate their antimicrobial sensibility and to establish possible clonal likeness between strains. Methods:A retrospective study was undertaken between January 2003 and December 2005 on 300 patients receiving care at the Regional Cystic Fibrosis Centre of Naples University “Federico II”. Sputum samples were checked: for bacterial identification, selective media and commercial identification systems were used.The activity of antimicrobial agents was determined using diffusion and microdiluthion methods. For DNA-fingerprinting, a genomic DNA macrorestriction followed by pulsed-field electrophoresis was carried out. Results:A total of 26 strains from 17 patients were isolated (7 C. meningosepticum, 14 C. indologenes, 5 C. gleum. Strains were resistant to cephalosporins and carbapenems; some were sensitive to ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin and trimethoprim-sulphamethoxazole. Macrorestriction analysis showed substantial heterogeneity among strains. Conclusions: Actually, the prognostic role of Chryseobacterium in Cystic Fibrosis is unclear and although the small number of isolations, it is need to be on the look out regard such microorganisms. The considerable resistance implies difficulties on therapeutic approach. Results of DNA-fingerprinting indicate no evidence of clonal likeness and then of patient-to-patient spread.

  20. Expandiendo el espectro mutacional en pacientes chilenos con fibrosis quística Expanding the CFTR mutation spectrum in Chilean patients with cystic fibrosis

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    Marcos Vásquez D

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: La fibrosis quística (FQ es una enfermedad con herencia autosómica recesiva, que presenta una incidencia de 1 en 8.000 a 9.000 recién nacidos en Chile. A la fecha se han descrito más de 1.800 mutaciones diferentes en el gen CFTR. El diagnóstico molecular disponible consiste en el análisis de las 36 mutaciones presentes con mayor frecuencia en población caucásica, donde se describe una tasa de detección de un 85%. Sin embargo, en Chile el rendimiento corresponde a un 42%. Por esta razón, hemos iniciado un análisis sistemático en la región codificante del gen CFTR con elfin de identificar los restantes alelos en pacientes chilenos con FQ. Métodos: Análisis por secuenciación de los exones 6,7,14,19y 20, en 48pacientes chilenos del Programa Nacional de FQ. Se incluyeron pacientes con criterios clínicos y de laboratorio de FQ, y con sólo una mutación identificada en el panel de 36 mutaciones. Resultados: Se identificaron 3 mutaciones diferentes que no se analizan en el panel de diagnóstico molecular y que no habían sido reportadas en pacientes chilenos, totalizando 14 casos. Cuatro casos corresponden a una nueva mutación en el exón 14, que produce un corrimiento en el marco de lectura y un codón de término prematuro (c.2462_2463delGT/p.Ser821ArgfsX4. Ocho casos presentan la mutación c.3196C>T en el exón 20, mientras que en 2 casos se encontró la mutación c.3039delC en el exón 19. Ambas mutaciones han sido descritas previamente en otras poblaciones. Discusión: La identificación de estas mutaciones ha incrementado notablemente la tasa de detección obtenida en nuestros pacientes. Esto crea la necesidad de adaptar el análisis molecular inicial en pacientes chilenos con FQ, redundando en un diagnóstico de certeza en gran parte de los casos y permitiendo un adecuado asesoramiento genético para las familias.Introduction: Cystic Fibrosis (CF is an autosomal recessive disease and affects 1 in 8000

  1. Evolución de la fibrosis hepática en reclusos coinfectados por VIH y VHC que inician tratamiento con inhibidores de la proteasa potenciados

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    P. Saiz de la Hoya Zamácola

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos: Analizar la evolución de la fibrosis hepática medida por elastografía y pruebas bioquímicas en reclusos coinfectados por VIH y VHC que han iniciado tratamiento antirretroviral con lopinavir/ritonavir u otros inhibidores de la proteasa potenciados con ritonavir. Métodos: Estudio prospectivo, observacional y multicéntrico. Se comprobó durante 48 semanas la evolución de la fibrosis hepática medida mediante elastografía de transición (FibroScan y pruebas bioquímicas en población penitenciaria española coinfectada por VIH y VHC. Resultados: De los 94 pacientes incluidos, 54 (57,4% fueron seguidos durante 48 semanas. En la semana 48, no hubo cambios significativos en el grado de fibrosis medida mediante FibroScan (8,1 Kpa vs 8,3; p=0.20 o índice de FORNS (5,6 vs 5,1; p=0,50, aunque sí con el índice APRI (0.7 vs 0.6; p=0.05 y el índice FIB-4 (p=0,02. Cuando la medición se realizó en función del grado de fibrosis basal, se observó que el tratamiento redujo el porcentaje de pacientes con fibrosis basal de grado 3/4 (50% vs 15%; p=0,001, pero no hubo cambios en los que ya tenían basalmente grado 4 (20,4% vs 20,4%. Conclusión: Los reclusos coinfectados por VIH y VHC que inician tratamiento antirretroviral con lopinavir/ritonavir muestran una estabilización de la fibrosis hepática medida con FibroScan® tras un año de seguimiento. En conjunto, el tratamiento mejoró la fibrosis cuando la referencia de medición fue el índice APRI y el FIB-4, pero no con el índice FORNS o la elastografía.

  2. Estatus vitamínico actual en pacientes pediátricos y adultos jóvenes con fibrosis quística

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    D. González Jiménez; C. Bousoño García; J.J. Díaz Martín; M.F. Rivas Crespo; M.D. Acuña Quirós; S. Heredia González; A. Sojo Aguirre; A. Lázaro Almarza

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    Introducción y objetivos. Las enfermedades como la fibrosis quística (FQ) que asocian malabsorción de grasas, precisan de suplementación de vitaminas liposolubles para evitar su deficiencia. El objetivo de nuestro objetivo fue conocer el estado de las vitaminas A, D y E en pacientes pediátricos y adultos con FQ. Pacientes y métodos. Estudio multicéntrico descriptivo y transversal, realizado en cinco hospitales nacionales, 126 pacientes con FQ sin agudización respiratoria, con edades entre...

  3. Studio di prevalenza batterica e fungina su espettorati provenienti da pazienti con Fibrosi Cistica

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    Marina Brugia

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Over the past 20 years there has been a grater interest in infection control in cystic fibrosis (CF.The epidemiology of pathogens in CF patients has become more complex; many common and complex pathogens species may be pathogens in patients with CF. In addition the number of different bacterial species isolated from respiratory specimens from this patient population are also numerous.The main objective when treating people who have CF is to prevent, eradicate or control all types of respiratory infection, particularly endobronchial and pulmonary infection. We examined 475 sputum of 69 patients with FC during 2003. Pseudomonas aeruginosa was prevalent, occurs in 85% of CF patients studied.The mucoid phenotype was isolated in 44,4% of patients.The prevalence of S. maltophilia, A. xylosoxidans, Burkholderia cepacia and Aspergillus spp. in our patients is 1,8%, 2,1%, 2,9% and 26,1% respectively. CF isolates are tested for antibiotic susceptibility for control of antimicrobial resistance and the emergence of multidrug-resistant organism.The choice of antibiotic depends on in vitro sensitivity pattern.The regular microbiological monitoring can contribute to extend life for many CF patients but also contribute to improving the quality of life for this population.

  4. Aspergillus fumigatus in the cystic fibrosis lung: pros and cons of azole therapy.

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    Burgel, Pierre-Régis; Paugam, André; Hubert, Dominique; Martin, Clémence

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    Aspergillus fumigatus is the main fungus cultured in the airways of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis occurs in ~10% of CF patients and is clearly associated with airway damage and lung function decline. The effects of A. fumigatus colonization in the absence of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis are less well established. Retrospective clinical studies found associations of A. fumigatus-positive cultures with computed tomography scan abnormalities, greater risk of CF exacerbations and hospitalizations, and/or lung function decline. These findings were somewhat variable among studies and provided only circumstantial evidence for a role of A. fumigatus colonization in CF lung disease progression. The availability of a growing number of oral antifungal triazole drugs, together with the results of nonrandomized case series suggesting positive effects of azole therapies, makes it tempting to treat CF patients with these antifungal drugs. However, the only randomized controlled trial that has used itraconazole in CF patients showed no significant benefit. Because triazoles may have significant adverse effects and drug interactions, and because their prolonged use has been associated with the emergence of azole-resistant A. fumigatus isolates, it remains unclear whether or not CF patients benefit from azole therapy.

  5. Aspergillus fumigatus in the cystic fibrosis lung: pros and cons of azole therapy

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    Full Text Available Pierre-Régis Burgel,1,2 André Paugam,2,3 Dominique Hubert,1,2 Clémence Martin1,2 1Department of Respiratory Medicine, Cochin Hospital, Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, 2Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité, 3Parasitology-Mycology Laboratory, Cochin Hospital, Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, Paris, France Abstract: Aspergillus fumigatus is the main fungus cultured in the airways of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis occurs in ~10% of CF patients and is clearly associated with airway damage and lung function decline. The effects of A. fumigatus colonization in the absence of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis are less well established. Retrospective clinical studies found associations of A. fumigatus-positive cultures with computed tomography scan abnormalities, greater risk of CF exacerbations and hospitalizations, and/or lung function decline. These findings were somewhat variable among studies and provided only circumstantial evidence for a role of A. fumigatus colonization in CF lung disease progression. The availability of a growing number of oral antifungal triazole drugs, together with the results of nonrandomized case series suggesting positive effects of azole therapies, makes it tempting to treat CF patients with these antifungal drugs. However, the only randomized controlled trial that has used itraconazole in CF patients showed no significant benefit. Because triazoles may have significant adverse effects and drug interactions, and because their prolonged use has been associated with the emergence of azole-resistant A. fumigatus isolates, it remains unclear whether or not CF patients benefit from azole therapy. Keywords: itraconazole, voriconazole, posaconazole, azole resistance, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis

  6. Cumplimiento de las recomendaciones en rehabilitación respiratoria de la British Thoracic Society en pacientes con fibrosis quística: estudio en fisioterapeutas colombianos

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    Diana Duran-Palomino; Olga Chapetón; Jaime Martínez-Santa; Adriana Campos-Rodríguez; Robinson Ramírez-Vélez

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    Con el objetivo de evaluar el cumplimiento de las recomendaciones en rehabilitación respiratoria (ReR), planteadas por la British Thoracic Society (BTS) en pacientes con fibrosis quística (FQ) se realizó un estudio transversal entre 224 fisioterapeutas colombianos para identificar el tipo de intervenciones y las características de los programas de ReR como componentes del cumplimiento de las guías clínicas basadas en la evidencia de la BTS. Un elevado porcentaje de profesionales respondieron ...

  7. Volúmenes pulmonares normales en pacientes con fibrosis pulmonar idiopática y enfisema Normal lung volumes in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema

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    Juan Pablo Casas; Horacio Abbona; Adriana Robles; Ana María López

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    La fibrosis pulmonar idiopática (FPI) es una enfermedad que se caracteriza por presentar un compromiso pulmonar de tipo restrictivo, resultante de una reducción en la complacencia pulmonar secundaria a fibrosis difusa. En el enfisema, la pérdida de elasticidad pulmonar y el colapso de las vías aéreas periféricas generan obstrucción e hiperinflación. El efecto simultáneo que ambas enfermedades producen sobre la fisiología pulmonar no es del todo claro y se han descripto volúmenes pulmonares no...

  8. Fibrosis retroperitoneal

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    Claudio Orlich-Castelán

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    Full Text Available Se reporta el caso de una mujer de 61 años de edad, con antecedente de tuberculosis pélvica en la adolescencia, que se presentó con insuficiencia renal aguda y dolor lumbar y a quien se le diagnosticó fibrosis retroperitoneal. Se revisa la bibliografía reciente y los principales aspectos de esta enfermedadRetroperitoneal fibrosis. is an uncommon disease complicated by ureteral entrapment causing hydronephrosis and obstructive renal failure. We herein report a case recently diagnosed at our institution and review the literature on this topic

  9. Tipificación molecular de aislamientos de Pseudomonas aeruginosa obtenidos de pacientes con fibrosis quística Molecular typification of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains isolated from patients with cystic fibrosis

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    N. G. Iglesias

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available La fibrosis quística es la enfermedad genética letal de mayor frecuencia en la población caucásica. La infección pulmonar crónica es la principal causa de morbilidad de la enfermedad, siendo la infección por Pseudomonas aeruginosa la más importante, ya que resulta de difícil erradicación. El Centro de Referencia Provincial de Fibrosis Quística que funciona en el Hospital de Niños "Sor María Ludovica" de La Plata asiste a alrededor de 220 pacientes con fibrosis quística cuyas edades oscilan entre los dos meses y los 45 años. La edad de sobrevida depende de una serie de factores entre los que se encuentran el diagnóstico temprano de la enfermedad y la adquisición de la infección pulmonar crónica por P. aeruginosa. La misma puede adquirirse en forma directa, por transmisión persona a persona o de forma indirecta a través del uso de elementos hospitalarios contaminados. El objetivo de este trabajo fue la tipificación molecular de aislamientos de P. aeruginosa obtenidos de pacientes con fibrosis quística, con el fin de evaluar la relación genómica entre los mismos. El estudio se llevó a cabo mediante RAPD-PCR. El análisis demostró que existe gran heterogeneidad genética entre los aislamientos. La separación en cohortes de pacientes de acuerdo con su bacteriología, que implica la asistencia en días diferentes y las hospitalizaciones en habitaciones aisladas ha demostrado, junto a otras estrategias, disminuir las infecciones cruzadas.Cystic fibrosis is the most frequent lethal genetic disease that affects the caucasian population. The main cause of morbidity is the chronic lung infection, being the infection caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa the most difficult to eradicate. This bacteria can be acquired in direct form, by person-to-person transfer, or indirectly, by hospital acquired infection. The Centro Provincial de Referencia de Fibrosis Quística functioning in the Hospital de Niños "Sor María Ludovica", in La

  10. Fibrosis retroperitoneal

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    Claudio Orlich-Castelán

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    Full Text Available Se reporta el caso de una mujer de 61 años de edad, con antecedente de tuberculosis pélvica en la adolescencia, que se presentó con insuficiencia renal aguda y dolor lumbar y a quien se le diagnosticó fibrosis retroperitoneal. Se revisa la bibliografía reciente y los principales aspectos de esta enfermedad

  11. Cumplimiento de las recomendaciones en rehabilitación respiratoria de la British Thoracic Society en pacientes con fibrosis quística: estudio en fisioterapeutas colombianos

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    Diana Duran-Palomino

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Con el objetivo de evaluar el cumplimiento de las recomendaciones en rehabilitación respiratoria (ReR, planteadas por la British Thoracic Society (BTS en pacientes con fibrosis quística (FQ se realizó un estudio transversal entre 224 fisioterapeutas colombianos para identificar el tipo de intervenciones y las características de los programas de ReR como componentes del cumplimiento de las guías clínicas basadas en la evidencia de la BTS. Un elevado porcentaje de profesionales respondieron “realizar siempre” intervenciones con alto nivel de evidencia (grado A como: técnicas de higiene bronquial (54,0% y ciclo activo de la respiración (35,3%. Se observaron también intervenciones con menor grado de recomendación (grado D como: uso de solución salina hipertónica y broncodilatador para evitar el broncoespasmo (33,9%, y técnicas de terapia manual o ejercicios de movilidad torácica y resistida (38,4% para corregir problemas posturales y respiratorios. En conclusión, se encontraron importantes discrepancias con las intervenciones y componentes sugeridos por BTS en pacientes con FQ.

  12. Factores que influyen en la adherencia al tratamiento kinésico en los pacientes con fibrosis quística.

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    Pucciarelli, Daiana Díaz

    2010-01-01

    La Fibrosis Quística (FQ) es una enfermedad genética caracterizada por afectación pulmonar crónica, malabsorción de los alimentos y sudor salado. Se produce como consecuencia de la mutación del gen que controla el ingreso y escape de cloro y sodio (sal) a través de las paredes de las células y tejidos del cuerpo. Se trata de una exocrinosis, es decir que todas las glándulas exócrinas pueden estar afectadas, con producción de moco anormal, viscoso y adherente, que obstruye ...

  13. Análisis de isonimia en una muestra de padres de pacientes antioqueños con fibrosis quística

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    Astrid Rodríguez-Acevedo

    2012-03-01

    Conclusiones. Nuestros resultados sugieren un alto porcentaje de apellidos compartidos, lo cual se ve reflejado en los valores de isonimia. Similarmente, la presencia de un número reducido de apellidos en un porcentaje importante de la población se ve reflejado en los valores Fr obtenidos para ambos análisis, los cuales sugieren homogeneidad. Así, se espera un bajo número de mutaciones CFTR en los niños antioqueños con fibrosis quística.   DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7705/biomedica.v32i1.605

  14. Caracterización, por RAPD-PCR, de aislados de Pseudomonas aeruginosa obtenidos de pacientes con fibrosis quística RAPD-PCR characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains obtained from cystic fibrosis patients

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    Maribel Ortiz-Herrera

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Caracterizar a las cepas de P aeruginosa aisladas de lavados broncoalveolares de pacientes con fibrosis quística a lo largo de un periodo de tres años. MATERIAL Y MÉTODOS: Estudio prospectivo, de seguimiento de una población de pacientes con fibrosis quística. Se utilizó la técnica de la amplificación del ADN empleando PCR con bajas condiciones de especificidad (Random amplified polymorphic DNA, RAPD-PCR para la amplificación del ADN de cepas de P aeruginosa aisladas de lavados broncoalveolares de cinco pacientes con fibrosis quística, provenientes del Servicio de Neumología y Cirugía del Tórax del Instituto Nacional de Pediatría de la Ciudad de México, en el periodo de junio de 1996 a junio de 2002; se establecieron los patrones de amplificación de cada aislamiento, lo que permitió la identificación precisa de todas las cepas aisladas y el estudio de la epidemiología de P aeruginosa en los pacientes seleccionados con dicha enfermedad. RESULTADOS: Se definieron 18 patrones de amplificación del ADN que permitieron identificar a cada cepa de P aeruginosa aislada en las diferentes muestras de lavado broncoalveolar; no se encontró relación entre el fenotipo de P aeruginosa (mucoide o no mucoide y el genotipo de cada aislamiento, ya que cepas con fenotipos distintos mostraron patrones de amplificación semejantes; en nuestros pacientes se identificaron cepas con patrones de amplificación distintos a partir de una misma muestra, lo que sugiere la presencia de infecciones simultáneas por más de una cepa de P aeruginosa; se demostró que dos hermanos con la enfermedad compartían cepas con genotipos semejantes, lo que sugiere una contaminación cruzada entre ambos, y se demostró el aislamiento de cepas de P aeruginosa con genotipos semejantes a lo largo de los periodos estudiados. CONCLUSIONES: La identificación mediante la caracterización genotípica de las cepas de P aeruginosa aisladas de los pacientes con

  15. Utilidad de los diferentes métodos no invasivos de predicción de fibrosis hepática en pacientes del País Vasco con hemocromatosis fenotípica Utility of various non-invasive methods for fibrosis prediction among Basque Country patients with phenotypic hemochromatosis

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    A. Castiella

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: determinar si el producto de la edad por la concentración de hierro hepático (índice de fibrosis y los valores de plaquetas, ferritina y transaminasas están relacionados con el riesgo de padecer fibrosis avanzada (F ≥ 3 en hemocromatosis. Métodos: estudio retrospectivo de 32 pacientes con hemocromatosis hereditaria con expresión fenotípica. Todos los pacientes fueron biopsiados obteniéndose la concentración de hierro hepático. Resultados: en 7 pacientes se realizó RM (1,5T con obtención de concentración de hierro hepático (protocolo de Alustiza. Biopsia hepática: en 23 pacientes fibrosis 0-2; en 9 fibrosis 3-4. El índice de fibrosis mostró una especificidad del 68%, sensibilidad del 85,7%, VPP del 42,8% y VPN del 94,4% para fibrosis avanzada. La cifra de plaquetas ( 1.000 VPN 75% y el índice de fibrosis por RMN (punto corte 480.000 VPN 80%. La combinación de los mismos, el índice de fibrosis (por biopsia o por RM con las transaminasas y las plaquetas con las transaminasas, reveló un VPN del 100%. Conclusiones: el índice de fibrosis (> 480.000 y las plaquetas (Objective: to determine whether the product of multiplying age by liver iron concentration (LIC (fibrosis index; cut-off, 480,000, platelets, transaminases, and ferritin values are related to the risk of high grade fibrosis. Methods: a retrospective study of 32 patients with hereditary hemochromatosis (HH with phenotypic expression. All patients had a liver biopsy with LIC. Results: in 7 patients a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scan (1.5 T was obtained with LIC following Alustiza's protocol. Liver biopsy: fibrosis grade (F 0-2 in 23 patients; F 3-4 in 9. Fibrosis index (FI showed a specificity of 68%, sensitivity of 85.7%, positive predictive value (PPV of 42.8%, and negative predictive value (NPV of 94.4% for high-grade fibrosis. Platelet count ( 1,000 a NPV of 75%, and MRI-derived LIC x age (> 480,000 a NPV of 80%. The combination of FI (either by

  16. Utilidad de la elastografía de transición (Fibroscan® en la evaluación de la fibrosis hepática en pacientes con hepatopatía crónica

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    Daniel Álvarez

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available El pronóstico de la enfermedad crónica hepática depende de la extensión y la progresión de la fibrosis hepática. Actualmente la biopsia hepática es la técnica de elección para determinar el grado de fibrosis, pero es una prueba invasiva, no exenta de complicaciones. Por ello, el desarrollo de marcadores no invasivos de fibrosis hepática se convirtió en una necesidad indiscutible. Se propuso la elastografìa por transición (Fibroscan® para valorar la fibrosis hepática en pacientes con enfermedad crónica hepática, mediante la medición de la rigidez hepática. Nuestro objetivo fue evaluar la efectividad, la objetividad y la seguridad de esta técnica. Se estudiaron 68 pacientes a los que se les realizó una biopsia hepática en los 18 meses previos al estudio. Todos los procedimientos de elastografia y biopsia hepática fueron analizados por un mismo profesional (DA y MA, respectivamente. Para la valoración de la biopsia hepática se utilizó la escala METAVIR. El valor medio de rigidez en pacientes sin fibrosis o con fibrosis leve (F0-F1 y en los pacientes con fibrosis avanzada o cirrosis (F3-F4 fue 6.8 ± 3.0 kPa y 21.0 ± 15.1 kPa, respectivamente (con diferencia significativa, p < 0.01. Las áreas debajo de la curva ROC definieron los niveles de corte en cada grupo. Con independencia del diagnóstico etiológico de enfermedad hepática, hallamos una correlación positiva, en todos los pacientes, entre rigidez hepática medida por elastografìa y grado de fibrosis hepática en la biopsia. En conclusión, podemos considerar que el Fibroscan® es un método no invasivo, seguro, fácil y rápido, que lo convierte en la alternativa a la biopsia para identificar fibrosis significativa o cirrosis.

  17. Insulin resistance as a non-invasive method for the assessment of fibrosis in patients with hepatitis C: a comparative study of biochemical methods La resistencia a la insulina en la valoración no invasiva de la fibrosis en pacientes con hepatitis C: Estudio comparativo de métodos bioquímicos

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    Full Text Available Introduction: insulin resistance (IR promotes the progression of fibrosis and diminishes response to treatment in patients with hepatitis C. Recently, Sydney's index (includes IR has been proposed as a non-invasive method for the prediction of fibrosis. Objective: to assess the usefulness of Sydney's index for the prediction of advanced fibrosis (F3-F4 or absence of significant fibrosis (F0-F1 in patients with chronic hepatitis C. Patients and methods: we included 131 patients suffering from chronic hepatitis C. Mean age was 40 ± 11, 78 men and 53 women. Fibrosis stage was (F0-F1 69 patients, F2: 40, and advanced (F3-F4 in 22 patients. We measured baseline AST, ALT, GGT, platelet, cholesterol, alcohol, and IR (HOMA - IR levels. Sydney, Forns' and APRI indexes were calculated. Results: the area under the curve for the diagnosis of absence of significant fibrosis in each method was: Sydney: 0.80, Forns: 0.71, APRI: 0.70; p = ns. Moreover, the diagnostic capacity of advanced fibrosis was: Sydney: 0.88, Forns: 0.83, APRI: 0.82; p = ns. The predictive negative value of significant fibrosis was 74, 72, and 67%, respectively. Due to the presence of intermediate values, the indexes were not applicable to 36, 44 and 43% of patients respectively. Conclusions: the incorporation of insulin resistance among biochemical non-invasive methods slightly improves the yield of other indexes. Nevertheless, results are suboptimal, and more than one third of patients might not be correctly classified.Introducción: la resistencia a la insulina (RI promueve la progresión de la fibrosis y disminuye la respuesta al tratamiento en pacientes con hepatitis C. Recientemente, se ha propuesto el índice de Sidney como método no invasivo de predicción de la fibrosis que incluye la RI. Objetivo: valorar la utilidad del índice de Sidney en la predicción de fibrosis avanzada (F3-F4 o ausencia de fibrosis significativa (F0-F1 en pacientes con hepatitis C. Pacientes y m

  18. Microorganismos patógenos aislados en muestras respiratorias de niños con fibrosis quística Isolated pathogen microorganisms in respiratory samples from children with cystic fibrosis

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    M.M. Anzaudo

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    Full Text Available La fibrosis quística (FQ se caracteriza por disfunciones en las glándulas de secreción exocrina del organismo. Las primeras manifestaciones suelen observarse en el sistema respiratorio, constituyendo una de las causas más importantes de morbimortalidad en los pacientes afectados. Los microorganismos patógenos que colonizan frecuentemente el tracto respiratorio de estos pacientes son Staphylococcus aureus, Haemophilus spp., y Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Entre noviembre de 2001 y agosto de 2004 se estudiaron 222 muestras respiratorias de pacientes con FQ de entre 4 meses y 11 años de edad. Se aislaron S. aureus (38,7%, P. aeruginosa (37,4% y Haemophilus spp., (15,3%. En S. aureus la meticilina-resistencia fue del 25,9% y se asoció con altas resistencias a eritromicina (35,0% y clindamicina (29,4%. El mayor porcentaje de resistencia observado en las cepas de P. aeruginosa fue frente a gentamicina (31,0%. Los aislamientos de Haemophilus spp. fueron resistentes a ampicilina (23,0% debido a la presencia de beta-lactamasas, y a trimetoprima/sulfametoxazol (59,0%.Cystic Fibrosis (CF is characterized by a dysfunction of the exocrine secretion glands. The first symptoms often appear in the respiratory system which constitutes one of the most important morbimortality causes in these patients. Chronic respiratory tract colonization is caused mainly by bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Haemophilus spp. and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Respiratory samples from patients with CF (age group: 4 months to 11 years were analyzed from November 2001 to August 2004. The most frequently isolated microorganisms were S. aureus (38.7%, P. aeruginosa (37.4% and Haemophilus spp (15.3%. A high resistance to erithromycine (35.0% and clindamicine (29.4% was observed in S. aureus strains and 25.9% of them were methicillin-resistant. P. aeruginosa strains were mainly gentamicin-resistant (31.0%. The rate of ampicillin-resistant Haemophilus spp. was 23.0% and it was due to

  19. Revisión sistemática con meta-ánálisis: evidencia clínica de los beneficios del ejercicio físico para la salud en niños y adolescentes con fibrosis quística

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    Tesis a texto completo Presenta una revisión sistemática con meta-análisis en el cual se reúne la evidencia clínica disponible sobre los beneficios del ejercicio físico en niños y adolescentes con fibrosis quística, con el objetivo de analizar las principales variables moderadoras de las investigaciones experimentales que han incluido programas de entrenamiento físico en dicha población y así poder cuantificar efectos sobre la salud. Se inició con una búsqueda exhaustiva sobre las interven...

  20. Utilidad de la elastografía de transición (Fibroscan® en la evaluación de la fibrosis hepática en pacientes con hepatopatía crónica Usefulness of transient elastography (Fibroscan® in the assessment of fibrosis in patients with chronic liver disease

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    Daniel Álvarez

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    Full Text Available El pronóstico de la enfermedad crónica hepática depende de la extensión y la progresión de la fibrosis hepática. Actualmente la biopsia hepática es la técnica de elección para determinar el grado de fibrosis, pero es una prueba invasiva, no exenta de complicaciones. Por ello, el desarrollo de marcadores no invasivos de fibrosis hepática se convirtió en una necesidad indiscutible. Se propuso la elastografìa por transición (Fibroscan® para valorar la fibrosis hepática en pacientes con enfermedad crónica hepática, mediante la medición de la rigidez hepática. Nuestro objetivo fue evaluar la efectividad, la objetividad y la seguridad de esta técnica. Se estudiaron 68 pacientes a los que se les realizó una biopsia hepática en los 18 meses previos al estudio. Todos los procedimientos de elastografia y biopsia hepática fueron analizados por un mismo profesional (DA y MA, respectivamente. Para la valoración de la biopsia hepática se utilizó la escala METAVIR. El valor medio de rigidez en pacientes sin fibrosis o con fibrosis leve (F0-F1 y en los pacientes con fibrosis avanzada o cirrosis (F3-F4 fue 6.8 ± 3.0 kPa y 21.0 ± 15.1 kPa, respectivamente (con diferencia significativa, p The prognosis and management of chronic liver disease largely depends on the extent and progression of liver fibrosis. Unfortunately, liver biopsy, an invasive and painful technique with several limitations, continues to be the gold standard for the staging and grading of fibrosis. Therefore, accurate noninvasive tests for liver injury are urgently needed. During the last years, transient elastography (Fibroscan® has been proposed for the assessment of hepatic fibrosis in patients with chronic liver disease, by measuring liver stiffness. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness, objectivity and safety of this technique. We included 68 patients who underwent a liver biopsy in the last 18 months with a wide spectrum of chronic liver

  1. Chronic hepatitis C treatment in a cystic fibrosis patient in the pulmonary pre-transplant stage Tratamiento de hepatitis crónica C en un paciente con fibrosis quística en situación de pretrasplante pulmonar

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    L. Adán Merino

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The standard treatment of chronic hepatitis C, pegylated interferon and ribavirin (pegI/R, has many limitations in both effectiveness and secondary effects, which makes it unsuitable or even contraindicated for some patients. In hepatitis C virus-infected cystic fibrosis patients this treatment could increase respiratory infections with subsequent pulmonary function deterioration. On the contrary, hepatitis C virus (HCV infection may make lung transplant (LT unfeasible. We present the case of a cystic fibrosis-young man diagnosed with HCV infection during LT assessment who was treated with pegI/R. In spite of the lung function worsening and respiratory infections, he managed to complete treatment and even sustained virological response (SVR. At present he is on LT waiting list.El tratamiento estándar de la hepatitis crónica C, interferón pegilado (INF-peg y ribavirina (RBV, puede ser inadecuado o incluso estar contraindicado en algunos pacientes debido a sus limitaciones en cuanto a eficacia y efectos adversos. En pacientes con fibrosis quística infectados por el virus de la hepatitis C (VHC el tratamiento antiviral podría aumentar las infecciones respiratorias con el consiguiente empeoramiento de la función pulmonar. Por contra, la infección por VHC podría desestimar a estos pacientes para un necesario trasplante pulmonar. Presentamos el caso de un varón con fibrosis quística diagnosticado de infección VHC durante su evaluación previa al trasplante pulmonar. El paciente fue tratado con INF-peg y RBV. A pesar del empeoramiento en la función pulmonar y numerosas infecciones respiratorias intercurrentes, logró completar el tratamiento y obtener respuesta viral sostenida, encontrándose actualmente en lista de espera.

  2. Usual interstitial pneumonitis UIP presenting with Wells grade 3. Can imaging methods help predict further progression of disease?; Fibrosi polmanare idiopatica con grado 3 di Wells all'esordio: possono le metodiche di diagnostica per immagini aiutare a predire la progressione ulteriore della malattia?

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    Fasano, L.; Pacilli, A. M.G. [Bologna Policlinico, Bologna (Italy). Ist. di Fisiopatologia Respiratoria; Zompatori, M.; Monetti, N. [Bologna Policlinico, Bologna (Italy). Servizio di Medicina Nucleare; Battista, G. [Bologna Policlinico, Bologna (Italy). Ist. di Radiologia, Radiodiagnostica 1; Di Scioscio, V.; Sciascia, N.

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    Three different grades of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis can be identified by HRCT pattern. Patients with predominant ground-glass opacity (grade 1) usually improve after treatment and may have a better prognosis. The subjects with a predominant reticular pattern and honeycombing (grade 3.) have irreversible fibrosis and usually do not improve after immunosuppressive therapy. Nevertheless, these patients may worsen even in the absence of HRCT features of the so-called alveolitis. The aim of this report is to investigate the predictive role of some noninvasive imaging methods (HRCT with visual score of disease extent; Gallium scintigraphy; DTPA scintigraphy) in patients with idiopathic fibrosis and a prevalent macroscopic fibrosis at HRCT study. [Italian] La fibrosi polomare idiopatica viene distinta in 3 gradi con diversa prognosi in base alla predominanza di opacita' a vetro smerigliato da alveolite o di fibrosi irreversibile. La fibrosi irreversibile tuttavia non e' necessariamente una situazione stabile ma puo progredire ed evolvere ulteriormente. In particolare i pazienti che gia all'esordio presentano solo i segni della fibrosi possono peggiorare a distanza di tempo nonostante la terapia. Scopo del lavoro e' stato quello di individuare in un gruppo di pazienti con prevalente fibrosi macroscopica quale possa essere un parametro preditivo della successiva evoluzione della malattia.

  3. Fibrose miocárdica em pacientes com cardiomiopatia hipertrófica com alto risco para morte súbita cardíaca Fibrosis miocárdica en pacientes con cardiomiopatía hipertrófica con alto riesgo para muerte súbita cardíaca Myocardial fibrosis in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and high risk for sudden death

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    Afonso Akio Shiozaki

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    expresan la muerte súbita como primer síntoma. Trabajos recientes vienen sugiriendo que la fibrosis miocárdica puede constituirse en un importante sustrato para las arritmias ventriculares malignas, responsables de la muerte súbita en esta enfermedad. OBJETIVO: Evaluación de la prevalencia y cuantificación de la fibrosis miocárdica (FM, en pacientes con CMH con alto riesgo o recuperados de muerte súbita, portadores de cardiodesfibrilador implantable (CDI. MÉTODOS: Un total de 28 pacientes con CMH portadores de CDI fueron sometidos a la tomografía computadorizada con múltiples detectores, para la realización de la técnica de realce tardío, y evaluación de la fibrosis miocárdica. RESULTADOS: El 96% de los pacientes presentaba fibrosis miocárdica (20,38 ± 15,55 gramos y correspondía a 15,96 ± 10,20% de la masa miocárdica total. La FM fue significativamente más prevalente que los demás factores de riesgo clásicos para muerte súbita. CONCLUSIÓN: Concluimos que existe una alta prevalencia de fibrosis miocárdica en pacientes con cardiomiopatía hipertrófica de alto riesgo o recuperados de muerte súbita, como en este grupo - portadores de cardiodesfibrilador implantable. La mayor prevalencia de la fibrosis miocárdica comparada a los factores de riesgo de peor pronóstico levanta la hipótesis de que la fibrosis miocárdica pueda ser un importante sustrato potencialmente necesario en la génesis de las arritmias desencadenadoras de la muerte súbita.BACKGROUND: The stratification of risk for sudden death in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM continues to be a true challenge due to the great heterogeneity of this disease's presentation, as most individuals remain asymptomatic during their entire lives and others present sudden death as first symptom. Recent studies have suggested that myocardial fibrosis may represent an important substrate for the malignant ventricular arrhythmias, that are responsible for the cases of sudden death related to this

  4. Intervención nutricional en niños y adolescentes con fibrosis quística: Relación con la función pulmonar Nutritional intervention in children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis: Relationship with pulmonary function

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Evaluar los efectos de la intervención nutricional precoz y continuada en pacientes pediátricos con fibrosis quística (FQ y su posible implicación en la función pulmonar. Pacientes y métodos: Se incluyen el seguimiento de 19 pacientes con FQ (11 niñas, 8 niños de 17 meses a 18 años de edad y promedio de 10 años de enfermedad. El genotipo de 16 pacientes es delta F 508 (10 homo, 6 heterocigotos. Cada 2-3 meses se les ha realizado: valoración clínica, dietética y antropométrica clasificando el estado de nutrición (EN según Z pesto/talla, % peso para la talla, índice de masa corporal y Z talla/edad. Coincidentemente se obtuvo cultivo de secreciones respiratorias y espirometría; y anualmente determinaciones bioquímicas, hematológicas y de heces. La intervención nutricional incluyó: recomendaciones dietéticas, nutrición enteral (NE oral o invasiva y tratamiento farmacológico con ezimas pancreáticos, vitaminas liposolubles, minerales y oligoelementos. Resultados y comentarios: La mayoría experimentaron mejoría antropométrica resultando significativa para el peso, relaciónpeso/talla y pliegue tricipital (p Objective: To assess the effects of early and continuous nutritional intervention in pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis (CF and its possible implication in pulmonary function. Patients and methods:Included is the follow-up of 19 patients with CF (11 female and 8 male children, from 17 months to 18 years of age, and a mean disease duration of 10 years. Genotype from 16 patients is delta F 508 (10 homozygotic, 6 heterozygotic. The following items have been performed every 2-3 months: clinical, dietary and anthropometrical assessment, classifying nutritional status (NS by Z scores of weight/height, % of weight to height, body mass index, and Z scores of height/age. Concurrently, respiratory secretions culture and spiro-metry were obtained; and annually, biochemistry, hematologic and feces determinations

  5. Pulmonary Fibrosis

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    Pulmonary fibrosis is a condition in which the tissue deep in your lungs becomes scarred over time. This ... blood may not get enough oxygen. Causes of pulmonary fibrosis include environmental pollutants, some medicines, some connective tissue ...

  6. Aspergilosis broncopulmonar alérgica, una complicación del paciente con fibrosis quística: reporte de dos casos y revisión de la literatura = Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, a complication of patients with cystic fibrosis: Report of two cases and review of the literature

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    Ballesteros Calderón, Alicia Lucía

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    Full Text Available La aspergilosis broncopulmonar alérgica (ABPA es la enfermedad pulmonar resultante de hipersensibilidad a Aspergillus, que lleva a alteración de la depuración mucociliar, impactación mucosa con obstrucción de la vía aérea e infiltración pulmonar. Se caracteriza clínicamente por disnea, sibilancias, fiebre, malestar general y expectoración de color marrón o negro, y por la mala respuesta clínica al tratamiento habitual instaurado para las exacerbaciones en pacientes con enfermedad pulmonar crónica. En los pacientes con fibrosis quística (FQ puede ser difícil establecer el diagnóstico de ABPA debido a la superposición de las características clínicas, radiológicas e inmunológicas de las dos enfermedades y a la presencia frecuente de infecciones bacterianas pulmonares. Por ello, se recomienda que en el seguimiento de dichos pacientes se haga medición anual de la inmunoglobulina E (IgE sérica total y, según su resultado y el contexto clínico, se plantee el diagnóstico de ABPA y se haga el tratamiento oportuno con esteroides con el cual mejoran los síntomas, la función pulmonar, la calidad de vida y el pronóstico. Presentamos dos pacientes pediátricos con diagnóstico de FQ de difícil control, en quienes se hizo el diagnóstico de ABPA y cuya sintomatología pulmonar mejoró con el tratamiento esteroide.

  7. Síndrome de obstrucción intestinal distal en pacientes adultos con fibrosis quística: Casos clínicos

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    HEINE T,CLAUDIO; PARADA C,MARÍA TERESA; Gil D,Rodrigo; LÓPEZ K,FRANCISCO; LIZANA S,CARLOS; FERNÁNDEZ A,MANUEL; Quera P,Rodrigo

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    Distal Intestinal Obstruction Syndrome (DIOS) has a 16% incidence among patients with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). It is characterized by an intestinal obstruction secondary to fecal impaction in distal ileum or cecum. We report two adult patients with DIOS. A female with CF and subjected to lung transplantation at the age of 13 years old. Five years later, she consulted for an intestinal obstruction. She was treated conservatively with a good clinical evolution. She had a new episode of DIOS eight ...

  8. Síndrome de pseudo-Bartter como presentación de fibrosis quística con mutación DF508

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    Conclusiones: En pacientes con cuadros repetitivos de deshidratación hiponatrémica con alcalosis metabólica hipoclorémica o SPB debe considerarse como diagnóstico diferencial FQ. La FQ pude presentarse como SPB, principalmente en pacientes menores de 2 años.

  9. Determinación de volúmenes pulmonares mediante pletismografía en pacientes con fíbrosis quística Lung volume determinations by whole plethysmography in cystic fibrosis patients: A preliminary report

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    Full Text Available Introducción: La fibrosis quística (FQ exhibe un deterioro progresivo de la función pulmonar (FP asociada a infecciones recurrentes. Objetivo: Evaluar la FP en sujetos con FQ mediante espirometría, saturometría y pletismografía (PG determinando alguna relación matemática. Pacientes y Métodos: Se identificaron 10 pacientes capaces de realizar CVF, CRF, VR, CPT, VEF1, y FEF25-75 %; comparándose con los valores de Zapletal y de 33 controles sanos. Resultados: Edad promedio 13,6 años (rango: 9-20. Sa0(2y VEF1fueron normales en 10 y 5 sujetos, respectivamente (4 tenían VEF1entre 65-80%. La PG mostró 4 pacientes con VR/CPT > 30%, 3 con aumento de CRF y VR/CPT, sólo uno tuvo PG normal. Los promedios de CPT y VR fueron superiores a valores de referencia y controles (p Introduction: Cystic fibrosis (CF patients develop a progressive impairment of pulmonary function tests (PFT by recurrent infection. Objective: To evaluate PFT in CF patients using spirometry, oxygen saturometry (Sa0(2 and whole plethysmography (WP for determining possible mathematical relationships. Methods: FVC, FRC, RV, TLC, FEV1, FEF25.75, obtained in 10 CF patients were compared with Zapletal's reference values and with the values obtained in 33 healthy-school children. Results: Mean age 13.6 years-old (range: 9-20. All CF patients had normal Sa0(2, FEV1 was normal in five (four had FEV1 between 65-80%, 4 had RV/TLC > 30%, 3 had increased FRC and RV/TLC, only one CF patient had WP normal. The average of TLC and RV were higher than reference values and control group (p < 0.05. We found an inverse relationship between FEV1, FEF25-75 and RV/TLC [r = -0.642 (p < 0.05 and r = -0.803 (p < 0.01; respectively]. Conclusion: This study suggests an increase of pulmonary volume in CF patients with not necessarily abnormal spirometry and an inverse mathematical relationship between FEV1, FEF25-75 and RV/TLC

  10. Crianças hospitalizadas com Fibrose Cística: percepções sobre as múltiplas hospitalizações Niños con Fribrosis Quistica: percepciones sobre las multiples hospitalizaciones Children with Cystic Fibrosis: perceptions about multiple hospital admissions

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    Ruth Irmgard Bärtschi Gabatz; Nair Regina Ritter

    2007-01-01

    ... a hospitalização fica restringida, o que pode ser amenizado através da nossa escuta, compreensão e atenção.Los niños con fibrosis quística generalmente son hospitalizados innumerables veces a lo largo de sus vidas...

  11. Association of nutritional status, plasma, albumin levels and pulmonary function in cystic fibrosis Asociación entre el estado nutricional, niveles de albúmina plasmática y función pulmonar en pacientes con fibrosis quística

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    M. I. Souza dos Santos Simon

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    Full Text Available Background & aims: Malnutrition is related with pulmonary disease. The aim was to analyze the association of lung function respectively to nutritional status, identified pulmonary pathogens and socioeconomic condition of patients attending a pediatric CF reference center. Methods: Cross-sectional study performed with CF patients aged 6 to 18 years attending a CF-Center in southern Brazil. Nutritional status, plasma albumin level and pulmonary bacterial colonization were assessed. The outcome studied was forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1. Results: Eighty-five patients were included in this study. FEV1 was significantly associated with body mass index (BMI percentiles, plasma albumin level and methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA pulmonary colonization. Regression analysis showed that BMI below the 10th percentile was associated with a 25.58% drop in FEV1, and plasma albumin levels equal to or lower than 4.1 mg/dL was associated with 18.6% FEV1 reduction. FEV1 was 14.4% lower in the MRSA infected patients. Plasma albumin of 4.25 mg/dL predicted FEV1 of 60% with 76.9% sensitivity and 72.2% specificity, and 85.7% accuracy. The socioeconomic status was not association with pulmonary function. Conclusion: BMI below the 10th percentile and albumin below 4.1 mg/dL were predictors of low FEV1. Chronic MRSA infection was associated with lower FEV1. Longitudinal studies may better complement these results.Objetivos: Analizar la asociación entre la función pulmonar y tres factores: el estado nutricional, el estado de patógenos pulmonares y el estado socio-económico de pacientes en un centro de referencia en atención a pacientes pediátricos con fibrosis quística. Métodos: Se realizó un estudio longitudinal en pacientes con fibrosis quística, de 6 a 18 años atendidos en un centro de fibrosis quística del Sur del Brasil. Fueron evaluados: estado nutricional, niveles de albúmina plasmática y colonización bacteriana pulmonar

  12. O que é ser mãe de uma criança com fibrose cística Qué significa ser madre de un niño con fibrosis quística What is being a mother of a child with cystic fibrosis

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    Keila Okuda Tavares

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Conhecer o que é ser mãe de uma criança que apresenta fibrose cística é fundamental para o cuidado desses indivíduos, pois geralmente ela divide as responsabilidades relacionadas ao tratamento com o filho que apresenta essa doença grave e sem cura. Nesse sentido, este estudo teve como objetivo conhecer a vivência de ser mãe de uma criança com fibrose cística. Trata-se de um estudo descritivo-exploratório, qualitativo, de caráter fenomenológico. Foram entrevistadas 14 mulheres e a coleta de dados foi realizada por meio de uma entrevista semiestruturada. A análise das falas transcritas na íntegra seguiu direcionamentos propostos pela fenomenologia. Essa é uma experiência que a tristeza, angústia, dúvidas, sofrimento e medo estão presentes, levando essas mulheres a refletirem sobre suas vidas e a de seus filhos, promovendo mudanças em seu mundo vida e uma reorganização de toda a família.Conocer o que es ser madre de un niño con fibrosis quística es esencial para el cuidado de estas personas, porque generalmente ella divide las responsabilidades relacionadas con el tratamiento, con el niño que tiene esta enfermedad grave y sin cura. Este estudio tuvo como objetivo conocer la vivencia de ser madre de un niño con fibrosis quística. Se trata de un estudio descriptivo-exploratorio, cualitativo, fenomenológico. Fueron entrevistadas 14 mujeres y la colecta de datos se realizó por medio de una entrevista semiestructurada. El análisis de las elocuciónes transcriptas en la íntegra siguió direcciones propuestas por la fenomenologia. Esta es una experiencia donde la tristeza, angustia, dudas, sufrimiento y el temor están presentes, haciendo que esas mujeres reflexionen a respecto de sus vidas y la de sus hijos, promoviendo cambios en su mundo vida y una reorganización de toda familia.Knowing what is being a mother of a child with cystic fibrosis is essential to the care of these individuals, because she usually divides the

  13. Lola tinha uma coisa: construção de um livro educativo para crianças com fibrose cística Lola tenía una cosa: construcción de un libro educativo para niños con fibrosis cística Lola had one thing: building an educational book for children with cystic fibrosis

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    Tainá Maués Pelúcio Pizzignacco

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    Full Text Available Este trabalho descreve a experiência da construção de um livro de história com o objetivo de auxiliar profissionais de saúde e familiares a contarem para crianças menores de 5 anos sobre seu diagnóstico de Fibrose Cística. O livro traz a história de Lola, uma criança que descobre que tem Fibrose Cística e cria um monstro imaginário como representação da doença. A experiência emergida da prática profissional em um ambulatório multiprofissional de atendimento a esses pacientes, traduz a importância de conciliar teoria e prática, além da interdisciplinaridade para a construção de estratégias inovadoras e criativas no desenvolvimento do cuidado integral.Este trabajo describe la experiencia de la construcción de un libro de historia con el objetivo de auxiliar a profesionales de salud y familiares a contar a los niños menores de 5 años sobre su diagnóstico de Fibrosis Cística. El libro muestra la historia de Lola, un niño que descubre que tiene Fibrosis Cística y crea un monstruo imaginario como representación de la enfermedad. La experiencia emergida de la práctica profesional en un consultorio externo multiprofesional de atención a esos pacientes, traduce la importancia de conciliar la teoría y la práctica, además de la interdisciplinaridad para la construcción de estrategias innovadoras y creativas en el desarrollo del cuidado integral.This work describes the experience of constructing a story book with the objective of helping health professionals and families to share with children less than 5 years about their diagnosis of cystic fibrosis. The book tells the story of Lola, a child who discovers she has cystic fibrosis and creates an imaginary monster as a representation of the disease. The experience emerged out of professional practice in an outpatient multidisciplinary service for these patients, translating the importance of reconciling theory and practice, and interdisciplinarity for the construction of

  14. Efecto de la maniobra inspiratoria y de la hiperinsuflación pulmonar en los flujos espiratorios máximos en pacientes con fibrosis quística EFFECT OF INSPIRATORY MANEUVER AND LUNG HYPERINFLATION ON MAXIMAL EXPIRATORY FLOW-VOLUME CURVES IN CYSTIC FIBROSIS PATIENTS

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    Full Text Available El tiempo inspiratorio previo a la realización de una maniobra espiratoria forzada máxima (FEM es una variable que no ha sido completamente estudiada en Fibrosis Quística (FQ. El objetivo de este estudio fue evaluar la hipótesis que niños con FQ tendrían mayores volúmenes y flujos espiratorios forzados al disminuir la duración del tiempo inspiratorio. Se estudiaron 16 niños con FQ, en etapa estable, sin haber presentado una exacerbación respiratoria en los últimos dos meses, (10 hombres, de edad 11,9 ± 0,7 años (promedio ± ES, con un FEV1 de 62,8 ± 6,4% predicho. Las pruebas de función pulmonar consistieron en la medición de volúmenes pulmonares estáticos y resistencia de la vía aérea, seguido de evaluación dinámica de la función pulmonar. Esta última medición fue precedida de 3 maniobras inspiratorias diferentes en forma aleatoria [inspiración y detención de 0 segundos (M0, 2 segundos (M2 o 5 segundos (M5]. El grupo se dividió en pacientes con hiperinsuflación pulmonar detectada por VR/CPT > 30%, (n = 9 y sin hiperinsuflación pulmonar RV/CPT The time course of the inspiration preceding the maximal forced expiratory maneuver (MFEM has not been studied in cystic fibrosis (CF. We tested the hypothesis that CF children would have significantly higher forced expiratory volumes (FVC and flows with decreasing duration of the inspiratory breathhold. We studied 16 stable CF patients (10 males with no pulmonary exacerbation 2 months prior to the study, aged 11.9 ± 0.7 years (mean ± SEM with a FEV1 of 62.8 ± 6.4% predicted. Pulmonary function tests included static lung volume and airway resistance measurements, followed by dynamic lung function measurements. The latter were preceded by 3 different inspiratory maneuvers in a random order [breathhold of 0 (M0, 2 (M2 or 5 seconds (M5]. Patients were divided by the presence of lung hyperinflation (RV/TLC > 30%, with 9 children with hyperinflation and 7 no

  15. [Retroperitoneal fibrosis].

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    Babski, Paweł; Wojtuń, Stanisław; Gil, Jerzy

    2007-05-01

    Retroperitoneal fibrosis is a rare clinical entity characterised by the presence of patologic collagen tissue in a retroperitoneal space. The fibrous mass covers abdominal organs causing their disfunctions. RPF was described at the begining of XX century but its etiology is not clear yet. Usually it causes an ureter obstuction and hydronephrosis, that is why most commonly is diagnosed by urologists and nephrologists. However, retroperitoneal fibrosis can be multifacial disease. In some patients localisation of fibrosis is atypical and manifestationns can be varied. Gastrological symptoms like jaundice, bowel obstuction, ascites can occure. Besides, some early signs of RPF are nonspecific and can imitate alarming symptoms of neoplasma, e.g.: weight loss, anemia, malaise, anorexia, fever. This force us to initiate gastrological investigation. The awareness of this disease is important. The early diagnosis and treatment improves prognosis and alows to avoid heavy complications. In typical cases radiology is often enough for diagnosis. However, histological examination is needed in many cases, especialy when patological mass is located atypical. A treatment is made up of farmacology and surgery. The first one is based on steroids, immunossuppressant and tamoxifen. Surgery is needed to eliminate organs obstruction.

  16. Aislamientos bacterianos de muestras respiratorias de pacientes pediátricos con fibrosis quística y su distribución por edades Bacterial isolates from respiratory samples of pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis and their distribution by ages

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    Natalia P Busquets

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    Full Text Available Se investigaron los microorganismos aislados de muestras respiratorias de 50 pacientes pediátricos con fibrosis quística. Se analizó la distribución por edades y se examinó la resistencia a los antimicrobianos, la intermitencia de los aislamientos y la presencia de coinfecciones. Se aisló Staphylococcus aureus en el 72 % de los pacientes, seguido de Pseudomonas aeruginosa (58 %, Haemophilus influenzae (56 % y complejo Burkholderia cepacia (12 %. Encontramos baja frecuencia de aislamientos de P. aeruginosa resistentes a los antibióticos p-lactámicos (13,8 %. El 50,0 % de S. aureus fue resistente a la meticilina. El 57,1 % de H. influenzae fue resistente a la ampicilina por producción de ß-lactamasa. En niños menores de 4 años predominó S. aureus, seguido de P. aeruginosa y H. influenzae. Este orden se observó en todos los grupos etarios analizados, excepto en el de los niños de 10 a 14 años. Los aislamientos de Stenotrophomonas maltophilia y Achromobacter xylosoxidans fueron intermitentes y estuvieron acompañados por otros microorganismos. En suma, en este estudio observamos una gran variedad de especies bacterianas, lo que impone la necesidad de realizar rigurosos estudios microbiológicos en los materiales respiratorios de estos pacientes.The bacterial isolates from respiratory samples of 50 pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis, their distribution by ages and antimicrobial resistance pattern as well as the intermittence of isolations and coinfections, were investigated. Staphylococcus aureus was isolated in 72 % of patients, followed by Pseudomonas aeruginosa (58 %, Haemophilus. influenzae (56 %, and the Burkholderia cepacia complex (12 %. The frequency of resistance of P. aeruginosa isolates to ß-lactam antibiotics was low (13.8 %. Fifty percent of S. aureus isolates was methicillin-resistant, and 57.1 % of H. influenza was ampicillin-resistant due to ß-lactamase production. In children under 4 years-old, S. aureus was

  17. Cystic Fibrosis Research

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    ... please turn Javascript on. Feature: Steady Advances Against Cystic Fibrosis Cystic Fibrosis Research Past Issues / Fall 2012 Table of Contents "Remarkable strides in cystic fibrosis research over the past two decades have culminated ...

  18. Hepatic fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis C assessed by transient elastography: implications for determining the efficacy of antiviral therapy Evaluación de la fibrosis hepática en pacientes con hepatopatía crónica C mediante elastografía transitoria: implicaciones para determinar la eficacia del tratamiento antiviral

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    J. Mendoza

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    Full Text Available Background: the efficacy of combination therapy with peginterferon plus ribavirin to eradicate viral infection in patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC is well established; moreover, it is able to arrest or even reverse liver fibrosis. Aims: to analyze the measurements of hepatic stiffness as an index of liver fibrosis using transient elastography (TE in patients who underwent a sustained virological response (SVR during long-term follow-up; comparing the changes in the severity of fibrosis with non-responders patients. Material and methods: after hepatic fibrosis was studied in three patients with CHC who underwent a SVR during long-term follow up, a prospective study was initiated in 24 patients with CHC who received combination therapy to compare the evolution of fibrosis in those with SVR and those who were non-responders. The genotype of hepatitis C virus (HCV and the degree of viremia were determined. METAVIR scoring system was used for liver fibrosis. Hepatic stiffness was measured by TE. Results: of the initial three patients pre-treatment liver biopsies revealed active disease and fibrosis (stage 3 in two and mild fibrosis (stage 1 in one. After several years of follow up serum AST/ALT levels were normal and HCV RNA was undetectable in each case; in contrast to the baseline histological assessments of fibrosis, values for hepatic stiffness (3.4-6.9 KPa were compatible with an absence of any appreciable hepatic fibrosis. In the prospective study, 8 patients underwent a SVR and 16 were non-responders. TE indicated that the severity of hepatic fibrosis in the SVR group improved in 7 (88% patients, whereas in the non-responder it improved in only 4 (25% (p < 0.05. The difference between development of severe fibrosis (F ≥ 3 in responders and non-responders was not significant (p = 0.23, possibly due to the small sample size. Conclusions: regression of hepatic fibrosis appears to be common in patients with CHC who undergo a SVR. TE is a

  19. Socialization of children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis: support for nursing care El proceso de socialización de niños y adolescentes con fibrosis quística: apoyo para la atención de enfermería O processo de socialização de crianças e adolescentes com fibrose cística: subsídios para o cuidado de enfermagem

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    Tainá Maués Pelúcio Pizzignacco

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to identify the routine (school, work, free time activities and relationships with friends and family of children and adolescents with Cystic Fibrosis (CF through their experiences and identify situations that can affect these routines. The objects of analysis of this research are children and adolescents with CF who attend a teaching hospital in a city of the State of São Paulo - Brazil. It is a qualitative research, with data collection based on open interviews and patient charts. The data brought the following themes: misleading knowledge about the disease, concern with self-image, search for self-care and hope of improvement in the future. The results evidence the repercussion of CF in those patients' socialization process, evidencing the importance of health professionals knowing about these demands and incorporating them into the care plan, with a view to effective interventions to promote infant-juvenile growth and development.La finalidad de este estudio es conocer el día a día (escuela, trabajo, actividades de ocio e interacciones con la familia y amigos del niño y del adolescente con Fibrosis Quística (FQ a partir de sus propias vivencias e identificar situaciones que puedan interferir en esa cotidianidad. Los sujetos de la investigación son niños y adolescentes portadores de Fibrosis Quística bajo seguimiento en un hospital-escuela del interior del Estado de São Paulo, Brasil, con edad entre 7 y 18 años. Efectuamos una investigación con aproximación cualitativa. Los datos empíricos fueron recopilados mediante el análisis de registros médicos y entrevistas abiertas, revelando los siguientes temas: conocimiento equivocado sobre la enfermedad; preocupación con el autoimagen; búsqueda por autocuidado y esperanza de mejoras en el futuro. Los resultados evidencian las repercusiones de la Fibrosis Quística en el proceso de socialización de esos pacientes, es importante que los profesionales de

  20. Biomarkers for liver fibrosis

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    Jacobs, Jon M.; Burnum-Johnson, Kristin E.; Baker, Erin M.; Smith, Richard D.; Gritsenko, Marina A.; Orton, Daniel

    2015-09-15

    Methods and systems for diagnosing or prognosing liver fibrosis in a subject are provided. In some examples, such methods and systems can include detecting liver fibrosis-related molecules in a sample obtained from the subject, comparing expression of the molecules in the sample to controls representing expression values expected in a subject who does not have liver fibrosis or who has non-progressing fibrosis, and diagnosing or prognosing liver fibrosis in the subject when differential expression of the molecules between the sample and the controls is detected. Kits for the diagnosis or prognosis of liver fibrosis in a subject are also provided which include reagents for detecting liver fibrosis related molecules.

  1. Biomarkers for liver fibrosis

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    Jacobs, Jon M.; Burnum-Johnson, Kristin E.; Baker, Erin M.; Smith, Richard D.; Gritsenko, Marina A.; Orton, Daniel

    2017-05-16

    Methods and systems for diagnosing or prognosing liver fibrosis in a subject are provided. In some examples, such methods and systems can include detecting liver fibrosis-related molecules in a sample obtained from the subject, comparing expression of the molecules in the sample to controls representing expression values expected in a subject who does not have liver fibrosis or who has non-progressing fibrosis, and diagnosing or prognosing liver fibrosis in the subject when differential expression of the molecules between the sample and the controls is detected. Kits for the diagnosis or prognosis of liver fibrosis in a subject are also provided which include reagents for detecting liver fibrosis related molecules.

  2. Cystic fibrosis

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    Radlović Nedeljko

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Cystic fibrosis (CF is a multisystemic autosomal recessive disease caused by a defect in the expression of CFTR protein, i.e. chloride channel present in the apical membrane of respiratory, digestive, reproductive and sweat glands epithelium. It primarily occurs in the Caucasians, while being considerably or exceptionally rare in persons of other races. Absence, deficit or structural and functional abnormalities of CFTR protein lead to mucosal hyperconcentration in the respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems and malabsorption of chloride and sodium in the sweat glands. Thus, the clinical features of patients’ with CF are predominated by respiratory, digestive and reproductive disorders, as well as the tendency to dehydration in the condition of increased sweating. Beside genotype variations, the degree of disease manifestation is also essentially influenced by various exogenous factors, such as the frequency and severity of respiratory infections, the level of aero-pollution, quality of immunoprophylaxis, patients’ nutritional condition and other. Chloride concentration of over 60 mmol/L in sweat, a high level of immunoreactive chymotrypsinogen in blood and the verification of homozygous mutation of CFTR gene are the basic methods in the diagnostics of the disease. CF belongs to the group of severe and complex chronic diseases, and therefore requires multidisciplinary therapeutic approach. Owing to the improvement of healthcare provision, most patients with CF now survive into adulthood. In addition, their quality of life is also considerably improved.

  3. Fibrosis endomiocárdica

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    María Juliana Rodríguez-González

    2017-07-01

    Una de las formas más comunes de miocardiopatía restrictiva es la fibrosis endomiocárdica la cual es endémica en algunas zonas tropicales especialmente en África (países de bajos ingresos, pero en nuestro medio hay pocos reportes de aparición. Su etiología es desconocida, aunque existen diversos mecanismos que han sido involucrados en su fisiopatología. Su diagnóstico se basa en estudios imagenológicos (ecocardiograma transtorácico y resonancia magnética nuclear cardíaca. El pronóstico es muy pobre, y usualmente se diagnostica en etapas muy avanzadas de la enfermedad. Se describe el caso de una paciente femenina, adulta media, que debutó con cardiopatía restrictiva, cuyo diagnóstico final fue fibrosis endomiocárdica.

  4. El ejercicio es medicina en la fibrosis quística

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    Proyecto PS09/00194. Prescripción de un programa de ejercicio físico intrahospitalario para niños con fibrosis quística; Proyecto de investigación intrahospitalario para niños con fibrosis quística (Hospital Universitario Niño Jesús) No data (2015) UEM

  5. El ejercicio es medicina en la fibrosis quística

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    Proyecto PS09/00194. Prescripción de un programa de ejercicio físico intrahospitalario para niños con fibrosis quística; Proyecto de investigación intrahospitalario para niños con fibrosis quística (Hospital Universitario Niño Jesús) No data (2015) UEM

  6. What Causes Cystic Fibrosis?

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    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. What Causes Cystic Fibrosis? A defect in the CFTR gene causes cystic ... in the severity of the disease. How Is Cystic Fibrosis Inherited? Every person inherits two CFTR genes—one ...

  7. Learning about Cystic Fibrosis

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    ... Testing for Cystic Fibrosis Consensus Development Conference Statement Learning About Cystic Fibrosis What do we know about ... and treatment information. Hosted by the Dolan DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. What is ...

  8. Cystic fibrosis: case report

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    Park, Si Hyun; Lee, Hyun Ju; Kim, Ji Hye; Park, Chol Heui [Gachon Medical School, Inchon (Korea, Republic of)

    2002-12-01

    Cystic fibrosis is an autosomal recessive genetic disease. Among Caucasians, it is the most common cause of pulmonary insufficiency during the first three decades of life. The prevalence of cystic fibrosis varies according to ethnic origin: it is common among Caucasians but rare among Asians. We report a case in which cystic fibrosis with bronchiectasis and hyperaeration was revealed by high-resolution CT, and mutation of the cystic fibrosis conductance transmembrane regulator gene (CFTR) by DNA analysis.

  9. Autophagy in Hepatic Fibrosis

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    Yang Song

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Hepatic fibrosis is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Hepatic fibrosis is usually associated with chronic liver diseases caused by infection, drugs, metabolic disorders, or autoimmune imbalances. Effective clinical therapies are still lacking. Autophagy is a cellular process that degrades damaged organelles or protein aggregation, which participates in many pathological processes including liver diseases. Autophagy participates in hepatic fibrosis by activating hepatic stellate cells and may participate as well through influencing other fibrogenic cells. Besides that, autophagy can induce some liver diseases to develop while it may play a protective role in hepatocellular abnormal aggregates related liver diseases and reduces fibrosis. With a better understanding of the potential effects of autophagy on hepatic fibrosis, targeting autophagy might be a novel therapeutic strategy for hepatic fibrosis in the near future.

  10. How Is Cystic Fibrosis Treated?

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    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. How Is Cystic Fibrosis Treated? Cystic fibrosis (CF) has no cure. However, ... help oral pancreatic enzymes work better. Treatments for Cystic Fibrosis Complications A common complication of CF is diabetes . ...

  11. Genetics Home Reference: cystic fibrosis

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    ... Me Understand Genetics Home Health Conditions cystic fibrosis cystic fibrosis Enable Javascript to view the expand/collapse boxes. Download PDF Open All Close All Description Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease characterized by the buildup ...

  12. Neonatal cystic fibrosis screening test

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    Cystic fibrosis screening - neonatal; Immunoreactive trypsinogen; IRT test; CF - screening ... Cystic fibrosis is a disease passed down through families. CF causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in ...

  13. Crianças hospitalizadas com Fibrose Cística: percepções sobre as múltiplas hospitalizações Niños con Fribrosis Quistica: percepciones sobre las multiples hospitalizaciones Children with Cystic Fibrosis: perceptions about multiple hospital admissions

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    Ruth Irmgard Bärtschi Gabatz

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available As crianças com fibrose cística (FC geralmente são hospitalizadas inúmeras vezes ao longo de suas vidas. Este estudo objetiva conhecer as percepções destas crianças em relação às múltiplas hospitalizações, bem como identificar o que percebem sobre o tratamento e os cuidados recebidos. Trata-se de um estudo descritivo com abordagem qualitativa. Os sujeitos são sete crianças portadoras de FC, entre 6 e 11 anos. Os dados são coletados em uma unidade pediátrica de um hospital geral, através de uma entrevista focalizada, pouco estruturada, e analisados pelo método da análise compreensiva. Os resultados deste estudo demonstram que as crianças prezam muito sua liberdade, que durante a hospitalização fica restringida, o que pode ser amenizado através da nossa escuta, compreensão e atenção.Los niños con fibrosis quística generalmente son hospitalizados innumerables veces a lo largo de sus vidas. Este estudio objetiva conocer las percepciones de estos niños con relación a las múltiplas hospitalizaciones, así como reconocer lo que se dan cuenta sobre el tratamiento y los cuidados recibidos. Se trata de un estudio descriptivo con abordaje cualitativa. Los sometidos son siete niños portadores de fibrosis quística, entre 6 y 11 anos. Los datos son colectados en una unidad pediátrica de un hospital general, por medio de una entrevista enfocada, poco estructurada y examinados por el método de la análisis comprensiva. Los resultados de este estudio enseñan que los niños estiman mucho su libertad, donde durante la internación se pone restriñida, lo que puede ser amenizado por medio de nuestra escucha, comprensión y atención.Children with cystic fibrosis are usually admitted to the hospital many times through their lives. This study aims to know the perceptions of these children towards the multiple hospital admissions, as well to identify what they realize about the treatment and the care they get. This is a descriptive

  14. O cotidiano da família com filhos portadores de fibrose cística: subsídios para a enfermagem pediátrica El cotidiano de la familia con hijos portadores de fibrosis quística: aportes para la enfermería pediátrica The routine of families with children bearing cystic fibrosis: subsidies for pediatric nursing

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    Maria Cândida de Carvalho Furtado

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    Full Text Available A fibrose cística é uma doença genética caracterizada pelo aumento na produção de muco que, depositado em alguns órgãos, causa: doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica, insuficiência pancreática e nível elevado de eletrólitos no suor. Pretende-se, neste estudo, descrever o cotidiano de famílias com filhos portadores de fibrose cística nos aspectos relacionados à repercussão da doença crônica na dinâmica familiar. Para tanto, realizou-se um estudo qualitativo, com coleta de dados empíricos a partir de entrevistas com 14 famílias de pacientes menores de 18 anos em tratamento no Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto, da Universidade de São Paulo. Dos dados emergiram os seguintes temas: envolvimento da família, aceitação/entendimento da doença e enfrentando desafios. Identificamos uma vida de dependência relacionada à doença, com desgaste físico e emocional, tanto da criança quanto da família. Implicações para a enfermagem: constituição de modelos assistenciais que tenham a família como foco de atenção, considerando meio ambiente, estilo de vida e promoção à saúde como seus fundamentos básicos.La fibrosis quística es una enfermedad genética caracterizada por el aumento en la producción de moco que es depositado en algunos órganos causando: enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica, insuficiencia pancreática y nivel elevado de electrolitos en el sudor. El objetivo de este estudio es describir el cotidiano de las familias con hijos portadores de fibrosis quística en los aspectos relacionados a la repercusión de la enfermedad crónica en la dinámica familiar. Por lo tanto, se realizó un estudio cualitativo, a través de la recolección de datos empíricos a partir de entrevistas con 14 familias de pacientes menores de 18 años en tratamiento en el Hospital Clínicas de la Facultad de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto de la Universidad de São Paulo. De los datos emergieron los

  15. Fibrosis and Cancer

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    Cox, Thomas R.; Erler, Janine T.

    2016-01-01

    The relation between fibrosis and cancer has long been debated, specifically whether desmoplasia precedes, accompanies, or succeeds tumourigenesis, progression, and metastasis. Recent reports have published opposing data, adding to the perplexity. However, what is emerging is that it is likely...... the specific properties of the extracellular matrix (ECM) that determine the paradoxical nature of cancer-associated fibrosis....

  16. Fibrosis and Cardiac Arrhythmias

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    de Jong, Sanne; van Veen, Toon A. B.; van Rijen, Harold V. M.; de Bakker, Jacques M. T.

    2011-01-01

    In this review article about fibrosis and arrhythmias, we show that the amount of collagen, a normal element of the heart muscle, increases with age and in heart disease. The relation between fibrosis and electrophysiological parameters such as conduction, fractionation of electrograms, abnormal imp

  17. Learn About Pulmonary Fibrosis

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  18. Angiogenesis and liver fibrosis

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    Gülsüm ?zlem Elpek

    2015-01-01

    Recent data indicate that hepatic angiogenesis,regardless of the etiology, takes place in chronic liverdiseases (CLDs) that are characterized by inflammationand progressive fibrosis. Because antiangiogenictherapy has been found to be efficient inthe prevention of fibrosis in experimental models ofCLDs, it is suggested that blocking angiogenesis couldbe a promising therapeutic option in patients withadvanced fibrosis. Consequently, efforts are beingdirected to revealing the mechanisms involved inangiogenesis during the progression of liver fibrosis.Literature evidences indicate that hepatic angiogenesisand fibrosis are closely related in both clinical andexperimental conditions. Hypoxia is a major inducer ofangiogenesis together with inflammation and hepaticstellate cells. These profibrogenic cells stand at theintersection between inflammation, angiogenesis andfibrosis and play also a pivotal role in angiogenesis.This review mainly focuses to give a clear view on therelevant features that communicate angiogenesis withprogression of fibrosis in CLDs towards the-end point ofcirrhosis that may be translated into future therapies.The pathogenesis of hepatic angiogenesis associatedwith portal hypertension, viral hepatitis, non-alcoholicfatty liver disease and alcoholic liver disease are alsodiscussed to emphasize the various mechanisms involvedin angiogenesis during liver fibrogenesis.

  19. Endomyocardial fibrosis in infancy

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    Jatene Marcelo Biscegli

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The patient was a 4-month-old infant, who underwent persistent ductus arteriosus interruption with titanium clips at the age of 13 days and, since the age of 2 months, had crises of hypoxia and hypertonicity. After clinical investigation, the presence of pulmonary hypertension was confirmed and left ventricular inflow tract obstruction was suspected. The patient underwent surgical treatment at the age of 4 months, during which right and left ventricular endocardial fibrosis was identified. The fibrosis was resected, but the infant had an unfavorable clinical evolution with significant diastolic restriction and died on the sixth postoperative day. Anatomicopathological and surgical findings suggested endomyocardial fibrosis, although that pathology is very rare at the patient's age.

  20. Pergolide-induced pleuropulmonary fibrosis

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    Bleumink, G S; van der Molen-Eijgenraam, M; Strijbos, J H; Sanwikarja, S; van Puijenbroek, E P; Stricker, B H Ch

    2002-01-01

    Pleuropulmonary fibrosis is a rare, but well-recognized adverse effect of ergot alkaloids. We report on four patients who developed pleural and/or pulmonary fibrosis during treatment with pergolide and give characteristics of 87 cases with one or more symptoms of serosal fibrosis. Retroperitoneal an

  1. Understanding Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis

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    Tushar Chopra

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF is a rare and a debilitating disease noted uncommonly in patients with impaired renal function when exposed to low-stability gadolinium-based contrast agents (Gd-CAs. According to experimental studies, cytokines released by the stimulation of effector cells such as skin macrophages and peripheral blood monocytes activate circulating fibroblasts which play a major role in the development of NSF lesions. The presence of permissive factors, presumably, provides an environment conducive to facilitate the process of fibrosis. Multiple treatment modalities have been tried with variable success rates. More research is necessary to elucidate the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms which could potentially target the initial steps of fibrosis in these patients. This paper attempts to collate the inferences from the in vivo and in vitro experiments to the clinical observations to understand the pathogenesis of NSF. Schematic representations of receptor-mediated molecular pathways of activation of macrophages and fibroblasts by gadolinium and the final pathway to fibrosis are incorporated in the discussion.

  2. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis

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    Khurram, Misbah; Skov, Lone; Rossen, Kristian

    2007-01-01

    Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) is a fibrotic disease seen in renal failure patients that may lead to severe physical disability. It has been demonstrated in recent studies that NSF can be caused by some gadolinium-containing MRI contrast agents. In this report we present one of a total of 26...

  3. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis

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    Marckmann, Peter; Skov, Lone; Rossen, Kristian

    2006-01-01

    Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis is a new, rare disease of unknown cause that affects patients with renal failure. Single cases led to the suspicion of a causative role of gadodiamide that is used for magnetic resonance imaging. This study therefore reviewed all of the authors' confirmed cases of ne...

  4. Congenital hepatic fibrosis associated with von Recklinghausen's disease Fibrosis hepática congénita asociada a enfermedad de von Recklinghausen

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    O. A. Jorge

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available Congenital hepatic fibrosis is characterized by a ductal plate malformation with duct-like structures and fibrosis. It manifests clinically with portal hypertension and may be associated with multiple congenital defects. We present the case of a 16-year-old male with splenomegaly, leukopenia and thrombocytopenia, esophageal varices, and a histopathological diagnosis of congenital hepatic fibrosis. He exhibits "café au lait' spots and "Lisch' nodules, with a diagnosis of von Recklinghausen's disease. Congenital hepatic fibrosis belongs to the so-called fibropolycystic diseases, in which there is a disordered interaction between cells and the extracellular matrix. Von Recklinghausen's disease affects tissues derived from the neural crest and its diagnosis is based on clinical criteria. It is associated with multiple diseases. We describe its association with congenital hepatic fibrosis for the first time.La fibrosis hepática congénita se origina como consecuencia de una malformación de la placa ductal con estructuras tipo ductales acompañadas de fibrosis. Se manifiesta con hipertensión portal y puede asociarse a múltiples defectos congénitos. Presentamos un varón de 16 años con esplenomegalia, leuco- y plaquetopenia, varices esofágicas y diagnóstico histopatológico de fibrosis hepática congénita. La exploración física mostraba la existencia de manchas de "café con leche' y nódulos de "Lisch' con diagnóstico de enfermedad de von Recklinghausen. La fibrosis hepática congénita forma parte de las enfermedades fibropoliquísticas donde existiría una alteración en la interacción entre las células y la matriz extracelular. La enfermedad de von Recklinghausen afecta a los tejidos derivados de la cresta neural y su diagnóstico se basa en criterios clínicos. Se asocia a múltiples patologías. Presentamos por primera vez su asociación con fibrosis hepática congénita.

  5. Adipose tissue fibrosis

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    The increasing prevalence of obesity causes a majorinterest in white adipose tissue biology. Adipose tissuecells are surrounded by extracellular matrix proteinswhose composition and remodeling is of crucial importancefor cell function. The expansion of adipose tissue inobesity is linked to an inappropriate supply with oxygenand hypoxia development. Subsequent activation ofhypoxia inducible factor 1 (HIF-1) inhibits preadipocytedifferentiation and initiates adipose tissue fibrosis. Therebyadipose tissue growth is limited and excess triglyceridesare stored in ectopic tissues. Stressed adipocytes andhypoxia contribute to immune cell immigration andactivation which further aggravates adipose tissuefibrosis. There is substantial evidence that adipose tissuefibrosis is linked to metabolic dysfunction,both in rodentmodels and in the clinical setting. Peroxisome proliferatoractivated receptor gamma agonists and adiponectin bothreduce adipose tissue fibrosis, inflammation and insulinresistance. Current knowledge suggests that antifibroticdrugs, increasing adipose tissue oxygen supply or HIF-1antagonists will improve adipose tissue function andthereby ameliorate metabolic diseases.

  6. Gadolinium-Induced Fibrosis.

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    Todd, Derrick J; Kay, Jonathan

    2016-01-01

    Gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs), once believed to be safe for patients with renal disease, have been strongly associated with nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), a severe systemic fibrosing disorder that predominantly afflicts individuals with advanced renal dysfunction. We provide a historical perspective on the appearance and disappearance of NSF, including its initial recognition as a discrete clinical entity, its association with GBCA exposure, and the data supporting a causative relationship between GBCA exposure and NSF. On the basis of this body of evidence, we propose that the name gadolinium-induced fibrosis (GIF) more accurately reflects the totality of knowledge regarding this disease. Use of high-risk GBCAs, such as formulated gadodiamide, should be avoided in patients with renal disease. Restriction of GBCA use in this population has almost completely eradicated new cases of this debilitating condition. Emerging antifibrotic therapies may be useful for patients who suffer from GIF.

  7. Cystic fibrosis. Diagnosis.

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    Luis Ortigosa

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Cystic fibrosis (CF is one of the most frequent inherited mortal diseases in Caucasian population. Dysfunction in exocrine glands is described in CF patients, with severe pancreatic insufficiency and chronic lung disease. CF is inherited as an autosomal recessive disorder. More than 1000 disease-associated mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR gene have been described. DF508 mutation is the most common mutation in the CF gen. Diagnosis in CF is based on clinical and laboratory tests findings. Meconial ileus, CF in other relatives, chronic lung disease, congenital absence of the vas deferens with azoospermia are among other clinical findings, main criteria in CF patients. Two positive results in sweat chloride test , or demonstration in nasal epithelial ionic transport alteration (nasal potential difference and identification of two CF mutations in the patient are laboratory findings in CF.

  8. [News in cystic fibrosis].

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    Delaisi, B

    2013-08-01

    The improvement over the last two decades in the treatment of cystic fibrosis led to an increase in life expectancy approaching 40 years at birth. Logically, the population of adult patients has been increasing and is currently 50% of patients followed in France. These therapeutic advances have justified the establishment in 2003 of a generalized neonatal screening for cystic fibrosis. The latest data of this screening show an incidence of CF of 1/5359 live births, far below the incidence of 1/2500 which was widely accepted twenty years ago. The performance of this screening is currently based on the dosage of trypsin immuno reactive, followed in case of exceeding the threshold of a search of the 30 most common mutations, can detect around 96% of 150 to 200 CF cases every year. Therefore, the possibility of a false negative of the screening cannot be excluded and evocative symptoms of cystic fibrosis, even for children born after 2003, will lead to prescribe a sweat test. While treatments available so far goal consequences of cystic fibrosis, a new therapeutic class to correct the functional defect of the mutated protein, called CFTR modulators, is emerging. Ivacaftor, leader of this new class, belonging to the category of "CFTR potentiator" got its access on the market in September 2012 for patients carrying the G551D mutation. New other molecules, named "CFTR correctors" which can have synergistic effect with ivacaftor and concern patients carrying the most common mutation--DF 508--are under development. Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS.

  9. Molecular Diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis.

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    Deignan, Joshua L; Grody, Wayne W

    2016-01-01

    This unit describes a recommended approach to identifying causal genetic variants in an individual suspected of having cystic fibrosis. An introduction to the genetics and clinical presentation of cystic fibrosis is initially presented, followed by a description of the two main strategies used in the molecular diagnosis of cystic fibrosis: (1) an initial targeted variant panel used to detect only the most common cystic fibrosis-causing variants in the CFTR gene, and (2) sequencing of the entire coding region of the CFTR gene to detect additional rare causal CFTR variants. Finally, the unit concludes with a discussion regarding the analytic and clinical validity of these approaches.

  10. [Cystic fibrosis in 2008].

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    Durieu, I; Josserand, R Nove

    2008-11-01

    To describe the epidemiological, physiopathological, clinical and therapeutic knowledge concerning cystic fibrosis (CF). Important modifications in the health organization of the care concerning this orphan disease have been implemented in France. The life expectancy has dramatically increased, as well as the knowledge concerning the pathological structure and function of the CFTR gene and protein. This will lead to the development of emerging drug treatments for this lethal disease. The life expectancy is predicted to exceed 40 years for children born in the 2000s. As a result, there has been a tremendous growth of the adult population that reached 40% of the overall approximately 5000 patients included in the CF French registry (Observatoire National de la Mucoviscidose). Lung disease remains the primary cause of morbidity and mortality. The characteristic phenotypic presentation associates bronchial and rhinosinusal symptoms, pancreatic insufficiency and liver disease. Bronchial damage leads to progressive chronic respiratory insufficiency. Diabetes mellitus and osteoporosis frequently appears in adulthood. Neonatal screening has been implemented in France since 2002. It will prevent delayed diagnosis and its deleterious consequences. Some atypical cases of CF presenting only with one or two organ system involvement can be diagnosed in adulthood. Isolated chronic rhinosinusitis, bronchiectasis, congenital bilateral absence of vas deferens, recurrent pancreatitis, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, and some case of cholangitis may so revealed late form of cystic fibrosis. The health care is organized in cystic fibrosis centres. Despite gene discovery, treatment still remains symptomatic, based on intensive pulmonary and nutritional treatments. Challenges for new treatments are to correct the basic defect, either by gene therapy or by pharmacological modulation of the abnormal physiological processes.

  11. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis

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    Marckmann, Peter

    2008-01-01

    that gadolinium-containing contrast agents used for magnetic resonance imaging have an essential causative role in most, if not all, cases of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. One particular agent, gadodiamide, caused the majority of cases, but gadopentetate dimeglumine has also been implicated in several cases....... Increasingly poor renal function, aberrations in calcium-phosphate metabolism and erythropoietin treatment seem to increase the risk of the disease and its severity. Up to 25-30% of patients with renal failure exposed to gadolinium-based contrast agents may develop nephrogenic systemic disease. The figure...

  12. Cystic fibrosis and sleep.

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    Katz, Eliot S

    2014-09-01

    Sleep disturbances are frequently observed in cystic fibrosis (CF). The resultant sleep fragmentation, short sleep duration, and gas-exchange abnormalities are postulated to contribute to the neurocognitive, cardiovascular, and metabolic abnormalities associated with CF. There are no outcomes data to establish the optimal procedure for screening and treating CF patients for sleep-related respiratory abnormalities. Therapy with supplemental oxygen and bilevel ventilation are widely considered to be effective in the short term, but there are few evidence-based data to support long-term improvements in morbidity and mortality. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. [Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis].

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    Cavallini, L; Abaterusso, C; Bedogna, V; Pertica, N; Loschiavo, C; Lupo, A

    2008-01-01

    Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) is a new, rare, and severe disease occurring in patients with renal failure who have been exposed to gadolinium. The pathogenesis of NSF is not completely known. In fact, the first warning about a significant relationship between NSF and gadolinium (a contrast medium used in magnetic resonance imaging) was only issued in 2006. No cases of NSF have been reported in Italy to date. A nationwide investigation should therefore be carried out to assess the real prevalence of NSF within the Italian uremic population. Furthermore, we need guidelines to reduce the risk of NSF in renal patients undergoing MRI with contrast medium.

  14. Serum markers of liver fibrosis

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    Veidal, Sanne Skovgård; Bay-Jensen, Anne-Christine; Tougas, Gervais

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Fibrosis is a central histological feature of chronic liver diseases and is characterized by the accumulation and reorganization of the extracellular matrix. The gold standard for assessment of fibrosis is histological evaluation of a percutaneous liver biopsy. Albeit a considerable......-epitopes, may be targeted for novel biochemical marker development in fibrosis. We used the recently proposed BIPED system (Burden of disease, Investigative, Prognostic, Efficacy and Diagnostic) to characterise present serological markers. METHODS: Pubmed was search for keywords; Liver fibrosis, neo......, a systematic use of the neo-epitope approach, i.e. the quantification of peptide epitopes generated from enzymatic cleavage of proteins during extracellular remodeling, may prove productive in the quest to find new markers of liver fibrosis....

  15. Management strategies for liver fibrosis.

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    Altamirano-Barrera, Alejandra; Barranco-Fragoso, Beatriz; Méndez-Sánchez, Nahum

    2017-01-01

    Liver fibrosis resulting from chronic liver injury are major causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Among causes of hepatic fibrosis, viral infection is most common (hepatitis B and C). In addition, obesity rates worldwide have accelerated the risk of liver injury due to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Also liver fibrosis is associated with the consumption of alcohol, or autoimmune hepatitis and chronic cholangiophaties. The response of hepatocytes to inflammation plays a decisive role in the physiopathology of hepatic fibrosis, which involves the recruitment of both pro- and anti-inflammatory cells such as monocytes and macrophages. As well as the production of other cytokines and chemokines, which increase the stimulus of hepatic stellate cells by activating proinflammatory cells. The aim of this review is to identify the therapeutic options available for the treatment of the liver fibrosis, enabling the prevention of progression when is detected in time.

  16. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

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    Xaubet, Antoni; Ancochea, Julio; Molina-Molina, María

    2017-02-23

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a fibrosing interstitial pneumonia associated with the radiological and/or histological pattern of usual interstitial pneumonia. Its aetiology is unknown, but probably comprises the action of endogenous and exogenous micro-environmental factors in subjects with genetic predisposition. Its diagnosis is based on the presence of characteristic findings of high-resolution computed tomography scans and pulmonary biopsies in absence of interstitial lung diseases of other aetiologies. Its clinical evolution is variable, although the mean survival rate is 2-5 years as of its clinical presentation. Patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis may present complications and comorbidities which modify the disease's clinical course and prognosis. In the mild-moderate disease, the treatment consists of the administration of anti-fibrotic drugs. In severe disease, the best therapeutic option is pulmonary transplantation. In this paper we review the diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of the disease. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  17. Progressive fibrosis of the quadriceps muscle FIBROSIS PROGRESIVA DEL CUÁDRICEPS

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    Enrique Vergara-Amador

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Background. Fibrosis of the quadriceps in children is a frequently reported pathology which is associated with antibiotics having been injected into the thigh. This study presents a series of patients having a common background of having had a single pentavalent vaccine dose or injectable vitamin K and presenting progressive fibrosis of the quadriceps muscle. Materials and methods. Seven children were found who had progressive unilateral retraction of the knee. Six of them had a background of a single dose of vaccine having been given when they were four months old, suffering muscle contractions/spasms 4 to 8 weeks after the application; one child had been given vitamin K when born. Results. Magnetic resonance revealed alterations in the intermediate vastus medialis obliquus (VMO without intra-articular pathology. Average age when surgery was performed was 18 months (16-20 month range and preoperational flexion was 26° (20°-30°. The quadriceps central tendon was stretched, without quadriceplasy, flexion being improved to 90° in 1 case and 100° to 120° in the remaining ones. Minimum follow-up lasted six months, average post-operational flexion being 109° (90°-120°. Discussion. The intermediate VMO has been used for applying drugs. There is evidence that this muscular portion has poor perfusion in children. The fibrosis's physiopathology is still not exactly known. Many children are given a poor diagnosis, this being confused with articular pathologies so that they wrongly receive other types of surgery.Antecedentes. La fibrosis del cuádriceps en niños es una patología reportada con frecuencia y asociada a la aplicación de antibióticos en el muslo. Este estudio presenta una serie de pacientes que tenían como antecedente común la aplicación de una dosis única de la vacuna pentavalente o de vitamina K y presentaron fibrosis del cuádriceps progresivo. Material y métodos. Se encontraron siete niños con retracción progresiva

  18. Gadolinio y fibrosis sistémica nefrogénica Gadolinium and nephrogenic systemic fibrosis

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    Claudia Cejas

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Inicialmente llamada dermopatía fibrosante nefrogénica, la fibrosis sistémica nefrogénica (FSN está fuertemente ligada a la inyección endovenosa de medios de contraste -basados en gadolinio- en pacientes con insuficiencia renal. En esta revisión corta se analiza la fisiopatología y la clínica, la responsabilidad del radiólogo en la prevención a través de la puesta en práctica de las reglamentaciones vigentes y, por último, se mencionan algunos conceptos sobre el tratamiento de los pacientes con insuficiencia renal crónica que deben exponerse a la inyección de gadolinio.Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF, initially called nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy, is strongly linked to the intravenous injection of gadolinium-based contrast agents in patients with renal insufficiency. In this short review, we analyze the pathophysiology and clinical signs and symptoms, the medical responsibility of the radiologist in prevention through the implementation of the existing regulations and, finally, some concepts on the treatment of patients with chronic renal insufficiency who must receive a gadolinium injection.

  19. Role of vitamin A in liver fibrosis

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    Knook, D.L.; Bosma, A.; Seifert, W.F.

    1995-01-01

    The relationship between vitamin A and liver fibrosis was studied with a CCl4-induced fibrosis model in rats. Depending on the time of administration, vitamin A can potentiate or reduce fibrosis: when present during CCl4-treatment parenchymal cell damage and fibrosis were enhanced, whereas vitamin A

  20. Nutritional Issues in Cystic Fibrosis.

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    Solomon, Missale; Bozic, Molly; Mascarenhas, Maria R

    2016-03-01

    The importance of maintaining adequate nutrition in patients with cystic fibrosis has been well known for the past 3 decades. Achieving normal growth and maintaining optimal nutrition is associated with improved lung function. Comprehensive and consistent nutritional assessments at regular intervals can identify those at risk of nutritional failure and uncover micronutrient deficiencies contributing to malnutrition. Management of malnutrition in cystic fibrosis should follow a stepwise approach to determine the causes and comorbidities and to develop a nutritional plan. Nutritional management is crucial at every stage in a person's life with cystic fibrosis and remains a cornerstone of management.

  1. Epigenetic regulation in cardiac fibrosis

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    Li-Ming; Yu; Yong; Xu

    2015-01-01

    Cardiac fibrosis represents an adoptive response in the heart exposed to various stress cues. While resolution of the fibrogenic response heralds normalization of heart function, persistent fibrogenesis is usually associated with progressive loss of heart function and eventually heart failure. Cardiac fibrosis is regulated by a myriad of factors that converge on the transcription of genes encoding extracellular matrix proteins, a process the epigenetic machinery plays a pivotal role. In this minireview, we summarize recent advances regarding the epigenetic regulation of cardiac fibrosis focusing on the role of histone and DNA modifications and non-coding RNAs.

  2. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis.

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    Kennedy, C

    2010-11-05

    Nephroaenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) is a potentiallv fatal dermatiological condition found exclusively in patients with advanced renal I failure. There is minimal literature regarding the epidemiology and outcomes of patients with NSF in Ireland. A retrospective chart review was performed for all patients with NSF in Ireland. Ireland\\'s experience with the disease was examined in light of international reports. There have been three cases of NSF in Ireland; an area which serves 1915 dialysis patients--giving a point prevalence among Irish end-stage kidney disease patients of 0.002. There was a large variation in disease severity between the three patients. All three patients had significant exposure to gadolinium chelate. Caution with gadolinium administration must be exercised in patients with advanced renal failure.

  3. Profile of cystic fibrosis

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    Mona M. El-Falaki

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available It was generally believed that Cystic fibrosis (CF is rare among Arabs; however, the few studies available from Egypt and other Arabic countries suggested the presence of many undiagnosed patients. The aim of the present study was to determine the frequency of CF patients out of the referred cases in a single referral hospital in Egypt. A total of 100 patients clinically suspected of having CF were recruited from the CF clinic of the Allergy and Pulmonology Unit, Children’s Hospital, Cairo University, Egypt, throughout a 2 year period. Sweat chloride testing was done for all patients using the Wescor macroduct system for collection of sweat. Quantitative analysis for chloride was then done by the thiocyanate colorimetric method. Patients positive for sweat chloride (⩾60 mmol/L were tested for the ΔF508 mutation using primer specific PCR for cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR gene. Thirty-six patients (36% had a positive sweat chloride test. The main clinical presentations in patients were chronic cough in 32 (88.9%, failure to thrive in 27 (75%, steatorrhea in 24 (66.7%, and hepatobiliary involvement in 5 (13.9%. Positive consanguinity was reported in 50% of CF patients. Thirty-two patients were screened for ΔF508 mutation. Positive ΔF508 mutation was detected in 22 (68.8% patients, 8 (25% were homozygous, 14 (43.8% were heterozygous, and 10 (31.3% tested were negative. CF was diagnosed in more than third of patients suspected of having the disease on clinical grounds. This high frequency of CF among referred patients indicates that a high index of suspicion and an increasing availability of diagnostic tests lead to the identification of a higher number of affected individuals.

  4. [Lung physiotherapy in cystic fibrosis].

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    Gursli, S; Haanaes, O C

    1991-02-28

    This article is intended as a brief practical guide for physicians and physiotherapists concerned with the treatment of cystic fibrosis. Physiotherapeutic techniques for the treatment of chest diseases have been developed and modified as advances have taken place in the medical management of cystic fibrosis. The article describes forced expiratory technique, positive expiratory pressure, postural drainage, autogenic drainage and other techniques. Patients with cystic fibrosis live longer and have a better quality of life than ever before, but progressive deterioration of lung function will always be their most serious problem. Physical activity and chest physiotherapy are essential parts of all treatment regimens for cystic fibrosis. It is important to realize that the physiotherapist is a very important member of the team which includes nurses, physicians-and the patient.

  5. Pulmonary fibrosis associated with nabumetone.

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    Morice, A.; Atherton, A.; GLEESON, F; Stewart, S.

    1991-01-01

    A patient is described who developed a rapid onset of pulmonary fibrosis following treatment with a new non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, nabumetone. Resolution of symptoms, physical signs and radiographic changes followed drug withdrawal and steroid therapy.

  6. Fibrosis quística

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    Arturo Solís-Moya; José Pablo Gutiérrez-S

    2003-01-01

    Enfermedades Raras en Asturias. Dirección General de Salud Pública y Participación. Informes breves 09 Cystic fibrosis is a multisystem disease generates the formation and accumulation of viscous mucus that affects everything lungs, digestive system including liver and pancreas. Formerly known as mucoviscidosis or cystic fibrosis pancreas. Este proyecto ha sido financiado a cargo de los fondos para la cohesión territorial 2010 del Ministerio de Sanidad y Política Socia...

  7. Fibrosis quística

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    Arturo Solís-Moya; José Pablo Gutiérrez-S

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    Enfermedades Raras en Asturias. Dirección General de Salud Pública y Participación. Informes breves 09 Cystic fibrosis is a multisystem disease generates the formation and accumulation of viscous mucus that affects everything lungs, digestive system including liver and pancreas. Formerly known as mucoviscidosis or cystic fibrosis pancreas. Este proyecto ha sido financiado a cargo de los fondos para la cohesión territorial 2010 del Ministerio de Sanidad y Política Socia...

  8. Alveolar inflammation in cystic fibrosis

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    Ulrich, Martina; Worlitzsch, Dieter; Viglio, Simona

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND: In infected lungs of the cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, opportunistic pathogens and mutated cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein (CFTR) contribute to chronic airway inflammation that is characterized by neutrophil/macrophage infiltration, cytokine release...... accumulated in type II alveolar epithelial cells, lacking CFTR. P. aeruginosa organisms were rarely present in inflamed alveoli. CONCLUSIONS: Chronic inflammation and remodeling is present in alveolar tissues of the CF lung and needs to be addressed by anti-inflammatory therapies....

  9. Cytokines in human lung fibrosis.

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    Martinet, Y; Menard, O; Vaillant, P; Vignaud, J M; Martinet, N

    1996-01-01

    Fibrosis is a pathological process characterized by the replacement of normal tissue by mesenchymal cells and the extracellular matrix produced by these cells. The sequence of events leading to fibrosis of an organ involves the subsequent processes of injury with inflammation and disruption of the normal tissue architecture, followed by tissue repair with accumulation of mesenchymal cells in the area of derangement. The same sequence of events occurs in wound healing with normal granulation tissue and scar formation, but, while normal scar formation is very localized and transient, in contrast, in fibrosis, the repair process is exaggerated and usually widespread and can be chronic. Inflammatory cells (mainly mononuclear phagocytes), platelets, endothelial cells, and type II pneumocytes play a direct and indirect role in tissue injury and repair. The evaluation of three human fibrotic lung diseases, two diffuse [idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), and the adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)], and one focal (tumor stroma in lung cancer), has shown that several cytokines participate to the local injury and inflammatory reaction [interleukin-1 (IL-1), interleukin-8 (IL-8), monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha)], while other cytokines are involved in tissue repair and fibrosis [platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta), and basic-fibroblast growth factor (b-FGF)]. A better understanding of the cytokines and cytokine networks involved in lung fibrosis leads to the possibility of new therapeutic approaches.

  10. Therapeutic targets in liver fibrosis.

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    Fallowfield, Jonathan A

    2011-05-01

    Detailed analysis of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that mediate liver fibrosis has provided a framework for therapeutic approaches to prevent, slow down, or even reverse fibrosis and cirrhosis. A pivotal event in the development of liver fibrosis is the activation of quiescent hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) to scar-forming myofibroblast-like cells. Consequently, HSCs and the factors that regulate HSC activation, proliferation, and function represent important antifibrotic targets. Drugs currently licensed in the US and Europe for other indications target HSC-related components of the fibrotic cascade. Their deployment in the near future looks likely. Ultimately, treatment strategies for liver fibrosis may vary on an individual basis according to etiology, risk of fibrosis progression, and the prevailing pathogenic milieu, meaning that a multiagent approach could be required. The field continues to develop rapidly and starts to identify exciting potential targets in proof-of-concept preclinical studies. Despite this, no antifibrotics are currently licensed for use in humans. With epidemiological predictions for the future prevalence of viral, obesity-related, and alcohol-related cirrhosis painting an increasingly gloomy picture, and a shortfall in donors for liver transplantation, the clinical urgency for new therapies is high. There is growing interest from stakeholders keen to exploit the market potential for antifibrotics. However, the design of future trials for agents in the developmental pipeline will depend on strategies that enable equal patient stratification, techniques to reliably monitor changes in fibrosis over time, and the definition of clinically meaningful end points.

  11. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Noble Paul W

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF is a non-neoplastic pulmonary disease that is characterized by the formation of scar tissue within the lungs in the absence of any known provocation. IPF is a rare disease which affects approximately 5 million persons worldwide. The prevalence is estimated to be slightly greater in men (20.2/100,000 than in women (13.2/100,000. The mean age at presentation is 66 years. IPF initially manifests with symptoms of exercise-induced breathless and dry coughing. Auscultation of the lungs reveals early inspiratory crackles, predominantly located in the lower posterior lung zones upon physical exam. Clubbing is found in approximately 50% of IPF patients. Cor pulmonale develops in association with end-stage disease. In that case, classic signs of right heart failure may be present. Etiology remains incompletely understood. Some environmental factors may be associated with IPF (cigarette smoking, exposure to silica and livestock. IPF is recognized on high-resolution computed tomography by peripheral, subpleural lower lobe reticular opacities in association with subpleural honeycomb changes. IPF is associated with a pathological lesion known as usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP. The UIP pattern consists of normal lung alternating with patches of dense fibrosis, taking the form of collagen sheets. The diagnosis of IPF requires correlation of the clinical setting with radiographic images and a lung biopsy. In the absence of lung biopsy, the diagnosis of IPF can be made by defined clinical criteria that were published in guidelines endorsed by several professional societies. Differential diagnosis includes other idiopathic interstitial pneumonia, connective tissue diseases (systemic sclerosis, polymyositis, rheumatoid arthritis, forme fruste of autoimmune disorders, chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis and other environmental (sometimes occupational exposures. IPF is typically progressive and leads to significant

  12. [Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis].

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    Artunc, F; Schanz, S; Metze, D; Heyne, N

    2008-01-01

    Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) is a novel disease entity, increasingly diagnosed over the last years in patients with renal functional impairment and chronic kidney disease. Recently, gadolinium-containing MR contrast agents have been causally associated with the development NSF. Herein, we present the case of a dialysis-dependent young patient with systemic lupus erythematodes, who developed disabling cutaneous sclerosis of extremities, abdomen and mammae. Clinical and laboratory investigations revealed no signs of activity of the underlying disease. Histopathological examination of a skin biopsy was consistent with NSF showing profound thickening of tissue septae with mucine deposition and slight fibroblast proliferation without inflammatory reaction. Analysis of the patient's medical history revealed that she had undergone repeated contrast enhanced MR scans, including MR angiographies with high doses of gadopentetate. UV phototherapy was little effective, and not until kidney transplantation two years later with good allograft function, improvement of clinical symptoms was observed. Discussion of this case summarizes the current knowledge of clinical features and pathogeneses of NSF, including the role of gadolinium-containing contrast agents. Evolving clinical implications are summarized in the current Tübingen University Hospital guideline for the use of contrast-enhanced MR scans in patients with impaired renal function.

  13. Avances en fibrosis quística

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    Dr. C. Óscar Fielbaum

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available La supervivencia media de los pacientes de Fibrosis Quística (FQ ha aumentado considerablemente en la última década. Esto gracias a la intervención precoz y agresiva de las alteraciones respiratorias y de la nutrición; y al manejo de los pacientes en centros de FQ con atención multidisciplinara y basados en protocolos escritos y sistematizados. El conocimiento del defecto básico de la enfermedad, la falla cuantitativa o funcional de la proteína CFTR, de la que depende el equilibrio hidroelectrolítico en el lumen de las vías respiratorias, y de otros epitelios, ha llevado al desarrollo de terapias dirigidas a su corrección, que se encuentran en etapas avanzadas de investigación. Se ha abierto así, la esperanza de contar con terapias dirigidas a la causa de la FQ y sólo a aliviar sus consecuencias.

  14. Preventive effect of halofuginone on concanavalin A-induced liver fibrosis.

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    Jie Liang

    Full Text Available Halofuginone (HF is an active component of extracts derived from the plant alkaloid febrifugine and has shown therapeutic promise in animal models of fibrotic disease. Our main objectives were to clarify the suppressive effect of HF on concanavalin A (ConA-induced liver fibrosis. ConA injection into the tail vein caused a great increase in the serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST and alanine aminotransferase (ALT levels, while orally administration of HF significantly decreased the levels of the transaminases. In addition, the levels of hyaluronic acid (HA, procollagen III (PCIII and TGF-β1 in the serum and collagen I, α-SMA, tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinase 2 (TIMP2 and Smad3 in the liver tissue were significantly lowered with the treatment of HF. Histological examination also demonstrated that HF significantly reduced the severity of liver fibrosis. Since ConA-induced liver fibrosis is caused by the repeated activation of T cells, immunomodulatory substances might be responsible for the suppressive effect of HF. We found that the production of nuclear factor (NF-kB in the serum was increased in ConA-treated group, while decreased significantly with the treatment of HF. The changes of inflammatory cytokines tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-1β in the serum followed the same rhythm. All together, our findings indicate that orally administration HF (10ppm would attenuate the liver fibrosis by suppressing the synthesis of collagen I and inflammation-mediated liver injury.

  15. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis?

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    ... Twitter. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis? The signs and symptoms of cystic fibrosis (CF) ... respiratory, digestive, or reproductive systems of the body. Cystic Fibrosis Figure A shows the organs that cystic fibrosis ...

  16. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis

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    Bhushan Madke

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF is a relatively new fibrosing disorder which has caught the attention of various specialities in the past decade. NSF is an extremely disabling and often painful condition, affecting up to 13% of the individuals with chronic kidney disease. The administration of a gadolinium chelate contrast agent has been reported to induce the development of NSF, particularly in patients who have acute or chronic renal disease with a glomerular filtration rate (GFR lower than 30-mL/min/1.73 m 2 and in those with acute renal insufficiency. Mass spectroscopy studies have demonstrated particles of gadolinium in the lesional tissue. The exact pathogenesis of this curious sclerosing condition is unknown. The role of the aberrant targeting of ′circulating fibrocytes′ to the peripheral tissues and viscera has been hypothesized. NSF has distinct clinicopathological features in the setting of renal failure and needs to be looked upon as a new entity on the block. The condition is characterized by irregular indurated plaques, with amoeba-like projections and islands of sparing, chiefly on the trunk and extremities. Flexion contractures of fingers, knees, and elbow joints are known to occur in advanced cases of NSF. The course is frequently associated with painful episodes and loss of ambulation. Histopathology shows haphazard arrangement of thickened bundles of collagen, varying amount of mucin, and increased population of fibroblast-like cells in the dermis. Immunohistochemistry shows increased deposition of type-I procollagen and CD 34+ cells having fibroblastic activity. The condition is refractory to treatment with corticosteroids and immunosuppressive agents. Various modalities of therapy such as UVA1 phototherapy, imatinib mesylate, photodynamic therapy, plasmapheresis, extracorporeal photochemotherapy, and high-dose intravenous immunoglobulin have shown a moderate degree of improvement in skin thickness scores. A prudent

  17. ENDOMYOCARDIAL FIBROSIS IN CHINA

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    Purpose.To introduce the epidemical, pathological, and clinical characteristics as well as the diagnostic and therapeutical experiences of endomyocardial fibrosis(EMF) in China. Data sources.A CMBdisc search was done of the Chinese-language literature published from January 1983 through June 1997 about EMF and/or restrictive cardiomyopathy. A manual search was then done for other contributions, including abstracts, between January 1965 and June 1997.Results. Eighty-seven Chinese cases of EMF were collected in this paper. There were 49 men and 38 women, with a mean age of 28±13 years(range, 8 to 68 years). The distribution of the cases is mainly in the south of China. Combined right and left ventricular disease occurs in 48 percent of cases, with pure right ventricular involvement occurring in 42 percent and pure left ventricular involvement in the remaining 10 percent of patients who are examined postmortem. The diagnosis of EMF was confirmed in 21 cases at autopsy, and in 66 cases by echocardiography, angiocardiography, and/or endomyocardial biopsy which showed the characteristic changes. Clinically, right-sided disease is the commonest variety. Endocardiectomy and tricuspid(n=7) or mitral(n=1) valves replacement have been performed in 8 patients. There were 2 operative deaths. Six patients had a satisfactory recovery postoperatively and living well in the follow-up duration. Conclusion.EMF has been diagnosed clinically and confirmed at necropsy in a number of cases in the south of China. The etiology, incidence and epidemiology are still unknown. The pathological and clinical features are similar to those in tropical areas, but right ventricular involvement is the commonest type in our country.

  18. Using Cystic Fibrosis Therapies for Non-Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis.

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    ElMaraachli, Wael; Conrad, Douglas J; Wang, Angela C C

    2016-03-01

    Non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis (NCFB) is an increasingly prevalent disease that places a significant burden on patients and health systems globally. Although many of the therapies used to treat NCFB were originally developed as cystic fibrosis (CF) therapies, not all of them have been demonstrated to be efficacious in NCFB and some may even be harmful. This article explores the evidence for which therapeutic strategies used to treat CF have been translated into the care of NCFB. The conclusion is that therapies for adult NCFB cannot be simply extrapolated from CF clinical trials, and in some instances, doing so may actually result in harm.

  19. Pathological assessment of liver fibrosis regression

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    WANG Bingqiong

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Hepatic fibrosis is the common pathological outcome of chronic hepatic diseases. An accurate assessment of fibrosis degree provides an important reference for a definite diagnosis of diseases, treatment decision-making, treatment outcome monitoring, and prognostic evaluation. At present, many clinical studies have proven that regression of hepatic fibrosis and early-stage liver cirrhosis can be achieved by effective treatment, and a correct evaluation of fibrosis regression has become a hot topic in clinical research. Liver biopsy has long been regarded as the gold standard for the assessment of hepatic fibrosis, and thus it plays an important role in the evaluation of fibrosis regression. This article reviews the clinical application of current pathological staging systems in the evaluation of fibrosis regression from the perspectives of semi-quantitative scoring system, quantitative approach, and qualitative approach, in order to propose a better pathological evaluation system for the assessment of fibrosis regression.

  20. [Laparoscopic treatment of retroperitoneal fibrosis].

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    Joual, Abdenbi; Rabii, Redouane; El Mejjad, Amine; Fekak, Hamid; Debbagh, Adil; El Mrini, Mohamed

    2004-04-01

    The authors report a case of idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis (RPF) in a 38-year-old man presenting with obstructive acute renal failure. The initial management consisted of urinary diversion by bilateral double-J ureteric stenting. After restoration of normal renal function, CT urography demonstrated retroperitoneal fibrosis surrounding the two ureters. Surgical treatment was performed by laparoscopy using four trocars. The operation consisted of detachment of the ascending and descending colon followed by release of the ureters from the lumbar segment to the pelvic segment and finally intraperitonealization of the ureters. The operating time was six hours, the postoperative course was uneventful and the double-J stents were removed at the third week. Laparoscopic treatment of RPF is a treatment option providing all of the benefits of minimally invasive surgery. In the light of this case and a review of the literature, the authors describe the laparoscopic treatment of idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis.

  1. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis: epidemiology update

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    Marckmann, P.

    2008-01-01

    Purpose of review The aim of this article is to outline the history of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, a new and serious disease of patients with renal failure, and to give an update on its aetiology and prevalence. Recent findings Epidemiological and histochemical studies demonstrated that gadoli......Purpose of review The aim of this article is to outline the history of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, a new and serious disease of patients with renal failure, and to give an update on its aetiology and prevalence. Recent findings Epidemiological and histochemical studies demonstrated...

  2. Transient elastography for liver fibrosis diagnosis

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    Andersen, Ellen Sloth; Christensen, Peer Brehm; Weis, Nina

    2009-01-01

    fibrosis. Most of the studies have been conducted on patients with chronic hepatitis but a few studies have also covered fibrosis and cirrhosis due to other etiologies, and they also demonstrate the high sensitivity and specificity. Transient elastography for assessment of fibrosis may turn out...

  3. Cystic Fibrosis (CF): Chloride Sweat Test

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    ... Old Feeding Your 1- to 2-Year-Old Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Chloride Sweat Test KidsHealth > For Parents > Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Chloride Sweat Test Print A A A ... It Is A chloride sweat test helps diagnose cystic fibrosis (CF) , an inherited disorder that makes kids sick ...

  4. What's it Like to Have Cystic Fibrosis?

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    ... Emergency Room? What Happens in the Operating Room? Cystic Fibrosis KidsHealth > For Kids > Cystic Fibrosis Print A A A What's in this article? ... with a condition she's known all her life — cystic fibrosis (say: SIS-tik fi-BRO-sus). Her parents ...

  5. Pirfenidona, un nuevo fármaco para el tratamiento de la fibrosis pulmonar idiopática

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    Velando Crespo, Alejandro; Sánchez Morales, Santiago

    2013-01-01

    Pirfenidona es un fármaco antifibrótico, con propiedades antiinflamatorias. Recientemente se ha demostrado que reduce el declive de la función pulmonar en los pacientes con Fibrosis Pulmonar Idiopática (FPI) y retarda la progresión de la enfermedad. Aunque no se conoce bien el mecanismo de acción en humanos, más de 40 publicaciones preclínicas describen el mecanismo de acción antifibrótico y antiinflamatorio de Pirfenidona, y en modelos animales se ha demostrado que reduce la fibrosis enpulmó...

  6. Cough in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    M.J.G. Van Manen (Mirjam J.G.); S.S. Birring (Surinder S.); C. Vancheri (Carlo); V. Cottin (Vincent); Renzoni, E.A. (Elisabetta A.); Russell, A.-M. (Anne-Marie); M.S. Wijsenbeek (Marlies)

    2016-01-01

    textabstractMany patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) complain of chronic refractory cough. Chronic cough is a distressing and disabling symptom with a major impact on quality of life. During recent years, progress has been made in gaining insight into the pathogenesis of cough in IPF,

  7. Hepatic fibrosis: Concept to treatment.

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    Trautwein, Christian; Friedman, Scott L; Schuppan, Detlef; Pinzani, Massimo

    2015-04-01

    Understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying liver fibrogenesis is fundamentally relevant to developing new treatments that are independent of the underlying etiology. The increasing success of antiviral treatments in blocking or reversing the fibrogenic progression of chronic liver disease has unearthed vital information about the natural history of fibrosis regression, and has established important principles and targets for antifibrotic drugs. Although antifibrotic activity has been demonstrated for many compounds in vitro and in animal models, none has been thoroughly validated in the clinic or commercialized as a therapy for fibrosis. In addition, it is likely that combination therapies that affect two or more key pathogenic targets and/or pathways will be needed. To accelerate the preclinical development of these combination therapies, reliable single target validation is necessary, followed by the rational selection and systematic testing of combination approaches. Improved noninvasive tools for the assessment of fibrosis content, fibrogenesis and fibrolysis must accompany in vivo validation in experimental fibrosis models, and especially in clinical trials. The rapidly changing landscape of clinical trial design for liver disease is recognized by regulatory agencies in the United States (FDA) and Western Europe (EMA), who are working together with the broad range of stakeholders to standardize approaches to testing antifibrotic drugs in cohorts of patients with chronic liver diseases.

  8. Lung transplantation for cystic fibrosis

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    Adler, Frederick R; Aurora, Paul; Barker, David H; Barr, Mark L; Blackwell, Laura S; Bosma, Otto H; Brown, Samuel; Cox, D R; Jensen, Judy L; Kurland, Geoffrey; Nossent, George D; Quittner, Alexandra L; Robinson, Walter M; Romero, Sandy L; Spencer, Helen; Sweet, Stuart C; van der Bij, Wim; Vermeulen, J; Verschuuren, Erik A M; Vrijlandt, Elianne J L E; Walsh, William; Woo, Marlyn S; Liou, Theodore G

    2009-01-01

    Lung transplantation is a complex, high-risk, potentially life-saving therapy for the end-stage lung disease of cystic fibrosis (CF). The decision to pursue transplantation involves comparing the likelihood of survival with and without transplantation as well as assessing the effect of wait-listing

  9. Update on nephrogenic systemic fibrosis

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    Marckmann, P.; Logager, V.B.; Thomsen, Henrik S.

    2008-01-01

    Gadolinium-based contrast agents were for many years considered safe, but this is no longer the case. The least stable agents may trigger the development of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), a generalized fibrotic disorder, in renal failure patients. The use of gadodiamide and gadopentetate di...

  10. Lactate in cystic fibrosis sputum

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    Bensel, Tobias; Stotz, Martin; Borneff-Lipp, Marianne

    2011-01-01

    Antibiotic therapy is thought to improve lung function in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) by decreasing neutrophil-derived inflammation. We investigated the origin and clinical significance of lactate in the chronically inflamed CF lung. Methods Lactate was measured in sputa of 18 exacerbated ...

  11. Cough in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    M.J.G. Van Manen (Mirjam J.G.); S.S. Birring (Surinder S.); C. Vancheri (Carlo); V. Cottin (Vincent); Renzoni, E.A. (Elisabetta A.); Russell, A.-M. (Anne-Marie); M.S. Wijsenbeek (Marlies)

    2016-01-01

    textabstractMany patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) complain of chronic refractory cough. Chronic cough is a distressing and disabling symptom with a major impact on quality of life. During recent years, progress has been made in gaining insight into the pathogenesis of cough in IPF,

  12. Pseudomembranous colitis in cystic fibrosis.

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    Nagakumar, Prasad

    2013-05-01

    Cystic fibrosis (CF) patients may require frequent courses of antibiotics and repeated hospital admissions. Although children with CF have high carriage rate for C.difficile, they rarely develop colitis. Pseudomembranous colitis is more common in adult post lung transplant CF patients. Although rare, paseudomembranous colitis should be considered in CF patients presenting with abdominal symptoms even in the absence of diarrhoea.

  13. [Therapeutic update in cystic fibrosis].

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    Durupt, S; Nove Josserand, R; Durieu, I

    2014-06-01

    We present the recent therapeutic advances in the cystic fibrosis care. It concerns improvements in symptomatic treatment with the development of dry powder inhaled antibiotics that improved quality of life, and innovative treatments namely the modulators of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane protein conductance regulator (CFTR), molecules which act specifically at the level of the defective mechanisms implied in the disease. The life expectancy of cystic fibrosis patients born after 2000, is estimated now to be about 50 years. This improvement of survival was obtained with the organization of the care within the specialized centers for cystic fibrosis (Centre de ressource et de compétences de la mucoviscidose) and remains still based on heavy symptomatic treatments. Dry powder inhaled antibiotics constitute a significant time saving for patients to whom all the care can achieve two hours daily. Since 2012, the modulators of CFTR, molecules allowing a pharmacological approach targeted according to the type of the mutations, allows a more specific approach of the disease. Ivacaftor (Kalydeco(®)) which potentialises the function of the CFTR protein expressed on the cellular surface is now available for patients with the G551D mutation. Lumacaftor is going to be tested in association with ivacaftor in patients with the F508del mutation, that is present in at least 75% of the patients. The ataluren which allows the production of a functional protein CFTR in patients with a no sense mutation is the third representing of this new therapeutic class. We presently have numerous symptomatic treatments for the cystic fibrosis care. The development of CFTR modulators, today available to a restricted number of patients treated with ivacaftor represents a very promising therapeutic avenue. It will represent probably the first step to a personalized treatment according to CFTR genotype. Copyright © 2013 Société nationale française de médecine interne (SNFMI). Published by

  14. Nutrición, fibrosis quística y aparato digestivo Nutrition, cystic fibrosis and the digestive tract

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    Gabriel Olveira

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available La prevalencia de desnutrición en fibrosis quística es elevada aunque variable según los estudios. La detección de la misma debe realizarse mediante la combinación de diferentes métodos, en función de la disponibilidad de los mismos. No obstante, el criterio más sencillo y validado es medir en cada visita el peso (y la talla en niños para calcular el índice de masa corporal y clasificar la desnutrición en criterios absolutos; en adultos, con valores menores a 18,5 kg/m² y en niños, con percentiles del índice de masa corporal menores a 10. El empeoramiento del estado de nutrición guarda una relación directa con el descenso de los parámetros de función pulmonar y se ha propuesto como un factor predictor de morbilidad e incluso de mortalidad en personas con fibrosis quística, independientemente del grado de disfunción pulmonar. La insuficiencia pancreática exocrina está presente en aproximadamente el 70 al 90% de los pacientes con fibrosis quística y la correlación entre genotipo y fenotipo es alta. La mayoría de los pacientes con insuficiencia pancreática exocrina toleran una dieta alta en grasa si son tratados con enzimas pancreáticas a las dosis adecuadas. La prevalencia de diabetes aumenta con la edad alcanzando hasta el 40% de los casos en pacientes mayores de 30 años. La afectación hepática clínica es menos prevalente (aproximadamente afecta a 1/3 de los pacientes. Otras complicaciones intestinales como el íleo meconial, el reflujo gastroesofágico, la obstrucción del intestino distal o la colopatía fibrosante pueden condicionar también malnutrición. En los pacientes con fibrosis quística se recomienda que la ingesta habitual aporte entre el 120 y 150% de las calorías recomendadas y que contenga alto contenido en grasas. Si no consiguen alcanzar o mantener los objetivos nutricionales previstos con las modificaciones de la dieta, se pueden adicionar suplementos artificiales, si bien la recomendación de su

  15. Fibrosis quística: aumento de la sobrevida en un centro especializado a 10 años de seguimiento

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    Lentini, Eduardo; López, Adriana; Lores, Ana María; Pesciullesi, María Rosa; Ituarte, Leonor María; Viera, Teresa Beatriz

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    La Fibrosis Quística (FQ), la enfermedad genética más frecuente de la raza blanca, es una patología multisistémica y como tal requiere un abordaje multidisciplinario coordinado para obtener mejores resultados de sobrevida y calidad de vida. Con este propósito se organizó un Centro de Fibrosis Quística (CDFQ) en Mendoza, Argentina, y se diseñó este estudio con el objetivo de evaluar la hipótesis de que la organización y tratamiento de la FQ de acuerdo con normas internacionales, mejora la sobr...

  16. FIBROSIS QUÍSTICA EN EL ADULTO

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    Joel Melo T., DR.

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available La Fibrosis Quística (FQ es una enfermedad hereditaria autosómica recesiva. La detección precoz sumado a medidas de intervención temprana han modificado el curso de esta enfermedad con mejorías en su sobrevida, lo que ha llevado a una población creciente de pacientes de 18 años. La mutación genética determina una alteración en una Proteína Reguladora de Conductancia Transmembrana (CFTR que afecta a numerosos órganos y sistemas, pero el compromiso pulmonar es el que causa mayor morbimortalidad. El germen más frecuente que infecta a adultos es Pseudomonas aeruginosa y si bien hay una serie de medidas para el manejo de la infección crónica por Pseudomonas las terapia dirigida a la restauración de la función de la proteína CFTRhatomadorelevancia. Cuando la falla respiratoria progresa, la única alternativa disponible es el trasplante pulmonar que mejora la sobrevida y la calidad de vida en estos pacientes.

  17. Fibrosis quística que simula un síndrome de Bartter Cystic fibrosis mimicking Bartter syndrome

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    Neri G Campañá Cobas

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available La fibrosis quística es una enfermedad que se hereda como trastorno autosómico recesivo. La presentación clásica está caracterizada por enfermedad pulmonar crónica, deficiencia pancreática y concentraciones altas de electrolitos en sudor. En algunos pacientes la presentación puede ser monosíntomatica, por ejemplo, la depleción de electrolitos en sangre. El propósito de este informe es comunicar el caso de una lactante de 2 meses de edad diagnosticada de fibrosis quística, que inicialmente pareció ser un síndrome de Bartter. El motivo de ingreso fue un vómito, decaimiento y signos de deshidratación. Se realizó gasometría, estudio de electrolitos en sangre, determinación de concentración de electrolitos en la orina, prueba de electrolitos en sudor y estudio genético para fibrosis quística. La concentración de potasio (28 mEeq/L hizo pensar en un síndrome de Bartter y se comenzó tratamiento con indometacina y cloruro de potasio; se normalizaron todos los parámetros. Dos meses después reingresó con deshidratación ligera por un vómito, trastornos mixtos del equilibrio ácido-base, hiponatremia, hipocloremia y ligera hiperpotasemia. Se realizaron electrolitos en sudor en 3 ocasiones y fueron positivos, y el estudio genético para fibrosis quística demostró una mutación delta F508.Cystic fibrosis is a disease that is inherited as a recessive autosomal disorder. The classical presentation is characterized by chronic lung disease, pancreatic deficiency and high concentrations of electrolytes in sweat. In some patients, the presentation may be monosymptomatic as, for example, the depletion of electrolytes in blood. The objective of this paper is to report the case of a 2-months-old female infant with diagnosis of cystic fibrosis that initially seemed to be a Bartter syndrome. The reason to be admitted was vomit, dwindles and dehydration signs. Gasometry, study of electrolytes in blood, determination of concentration of

  18. [Mechanism of and Therapy for Kidney Fibrosis].

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    Kuma, Akihiro; Tamura, Masahito; Otsuji, Yutaka

    2016-03-01

    Fibrosis occurs in systemic tissues other than the brain and finally induces dysfunction of the fibrotic organ. Kidney fibrosis is related to scarring after acute kidney injury and the progression of chronic kidney disease. Kidney function decreases with the progression of kidney fibrosis. As fibrotic tissue cannot return to its original status, advanced kidney fibrosis requires the administration of dialysis or kidney transplantation. Thus, elucidation the mechanism of kidney fibrosis is an important research theme. The proliferation and activation of (myo) fibroblasts and the excessive production of an extracellular matrix are common mechanisms in fibrosis in many organs, but it seems that kidney fibrosis has specific pathways. Tubular epithelial, mesangial cells, and erythropoietin producing cells, which exist only in the kidney, participate in forming kidney fibrosis. This review highlights an understanding of the cells and their underlying mechanisms, which are specific to kidney fibrosis process: transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β), epithelial-mesenchymal transition, wingless/int-1 (WNT) signaling, renal anemia, and uremia. Finally, we describe potential therapies that focus on the mechanisms of kidney fibrosis: anti-TGF-β antibody and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR).

  19. Epidemiology of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Ley B

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Brett Ley, Harold R Collard Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA Abstract: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic fibrotic lung disease of unknown cause that occurs in adults and has a poor prognosis. Its epidemiology has been difficult to study because of its rarity and evolution in diagnostic and coding practices. Though uncommon, it is likely underappreciated both in terms of its occurrence (ie, incidence, prevalence and public health impact (ie, health care costs and resource utilization. Incidence and mortality appear to be on the rise, and prevalence is expected to increase with the aging population. Potential risk factors include occupational and environmental exposures, tobacco smoking, gastroesophageal reflux, and genetic factors. An accurate understanding of its epidemiology is important, especially as novel therapies are emerging. Keywords: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, epidemiology, incidence, prevalence, mortality, risk factors

  20. [Historical compilation of cystic fibrosis].

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    Navarro, Salvador

    2016-01-01

    Cystic fibrosis is the most common life-shortening recessively inherited disorder in the Caucasian population. The genetic mutation that most frequently provokes cystic fibrosis (ΔF508) appeared at least 53,000years ago. For many centuries, the disease was thought to be related to witchcraft and the "evil eye" and it was only in 1938 that Dorothy H. Andersen characterized this disorder and suspected its genetic origin. The present article reviews the pathological discoveries and diagnostic and therapeutic advances made in the last 75 years. The review ends with some considerations for the future. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and AEEH y AEG. All rights reserved.

  1. Pathogenesis of oral submucous fibrosis

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    Saba Khan

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Data from recent epidemiological studies provide overwhelming evidence that areca nut is the main etiological factor for oral submucous fibrosis (OSF. It is logical to hypothesize that the increased collagen synthesis or reduced collagen degradation is the possible mechanism in the development of the disease. There are numerous biological pathways involved in the above processes and it is likely that the normal regulatory mechanisms are either down regulated or up regulated at different stages of the disease. The copper content of areca nut is high and the possible role of copper as a mediator of fibrosis is supported by the demonstration of the up regulation of lysyl oxidase in OSMF biopsies. The aim of this article is to emphasize that the incorporation of copper into the areca nut is through the Bordeaux mixture, which is sprayed as a fungicide on areca plantations in regions with scheduled monsoons and of which copper sulfate is an important constituent.

  2. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: treatment update.

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    O'Connell, Oisin J

    2011-11-01

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is the most common of the idiopathic interstitial pneumonias. Despite multiple recent clinical trials, there is no strong evidence supporting a survival advantage for any agent in the management of patients with IPF. The limited effectiveness of current treatment regimes has led to a search for novel therapies including antifibrotic strategies. This article reviews the evidence supporting the treatments currently used in the management of IPF.

  3. Oral submucous fibrosis: an update

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    Wollina U

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Uwe Wollina,1 Shyam B Verma,2 Fareedi Mukram Ali,3 Kishor Patil4 1Department of Dermatology and Allergology, Academic Teaching Hospital Dresden-Friedrichstadt, Dresden, Germany; 2Nirvana Skin Clinic, Vadodara, Gujarat, India; 3Departments of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, SMBT Dental College, Sangamner, Maharashtra, India; 4Departments of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, SMBT Dental College, Sangamner, Maharashtra, India Abstract: Oral submucous fibrosis (OSF is a premalignant condition caused by betel chewing. It is very common in Southeast Asia but has started to spread to Europe and North America. OSF can lead to squamous cell carcinoma, a risk that is further increased by concomitant tobacco consumption. OSF is a diagnosis based on clinical symptoms and confirmation by histopathology. Hypovascularity leading to blanching of the oral mucosa, staining of teeth and gingiva, and trismus are major symptoms. Major constituents of betel quid are arecoline from betel nuts and copper, which are responsible for fibroblast dysfunction and fibrosis. A variety of extracellular and intracellular signaling pathways might be involved. Treatment of OSF is difficult, as not many large, randomized controlled trials have been conducted. The principal actions of drug therapy include antifibrotic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxygen radical mechanisms. Potential new drugs are on the horizon. Surgery may be necessary in advanced cases of trismus. Prevention is most important, as no healing can be achieved with available treatments. Keywords: betel nut, betel quid, oral disease, squamous cell carcinoma, tobacco, fibrosis

  4. Recommendations for quality improvement in genetic testing for cystic fibrosis European Concerted Action on Cystic Fibrosis

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    Dequeker, E; Cuppens, H; Dodge, J; Estivill, [No Value; Goossens, M; Pignatti, PF; Scheffer, H; Schwartz, M; Schwarz, M; Tummler, B; Cassiman, JJ

    These recommendations for quality improvement of cystic fibrosis genetic diagnostic testing provide general guidelines for the molecular genetic testing of cystic fibrosis in patients/individuals. General strategies for testing as well as guidelines for laboratory procedures, internal and external

  5. Cystic fibrosis from the gastroenterologist's perspective.

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    Ooi, Chee Y; Durie, Peter R

    2016-03-01

    Cystic fibrosis is a life-limiting, recessive disease caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. Increased survival outcomes and the multisystem nature of the disease, including the involvement of hepatobiliary and gastrointestinal tracts, now require the need for more extensive knowledge and expertise in cystic fibrosis among gastroenterologists. Manifestations are either a direct consequence of the primary defect in cystic fibrosis or a secondary complication of the disease or therapy. Adult patients with cystic fibrosis also have an increased risk of malignancy in the gastrointestinal and pancreatico-biliary tracts compared with the general population. Novel treatments that target the basic defects in the CFTR protein have emerged, but to date not much is known about their effects on the gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary systems. The introduction of such therapies has provided new opportunities for the application of intestinal endpoints in clinical trials and the understanding of underlying disease mechanisms that affect the gut in cystic fibrosis.

  6. Arteterapia con personas con discapacidad intelectual

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    Lorenzo Pipkau, Milena

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    Este proyecto pretende hacer una aproximaci??n al mundo del Arte Terapia y los beneficios que esta disciplina puede aportar a las personas con discapacidad intelectual. La idea surge de la experiencia previa de la autora en este ??mbito y con este colectivo. A trav??s de la documentaci??n bibliogr??fica se busca ampliar el conocimiento en cuanto al concepto de arteterapia y sus antecedentes, con la finalidad de elaborar una propuesta pr??ctica que se basar?? en el dise??o de un taller de arte...

  7. HIV Infection Accelerates Hepatitis C-Related Liver Fibrosis

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    ... HIV Infection Accelerates Hepatitis C–Related Liver Fibrosis HIV Infection Accelerates Hepatitis C–Related Liver Fibrosis Email ... the progression of other chronic diseases as well. HIV and Fibrosis Dr. Kirk and his team tapped ...

  8. The Sociology and Entrenchment. A Cystic Fibrosis Test for Everyone?

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    Koch, Lene; Stemerding, Dirk

    1994-01-01

    Socialmedicine, genetic screening, cystic fibrosis, ethics, political regulation, sociology of technology......Socialmedicine, genetic screening, cystic fibrosis, ethics, political regulation, sociology of technology...

  9. Recent concepts on cystic fibrosis Fibrosis quística

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    William Parra

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    Up to date concepts on Cystic Fibrosis are summarized in this article; the following are included: Incidence, pathogenesis, prenatal and postnatal diagnosis, treatment, genetics and future perspectives. Criteria are given for suspecting the disease and emphasis is made on the fact that its frequency in Colombia may be higher than usually thought.

    En este artículo se actualizan algunos conceptos sobre la Fibrosis Quística y su manejo; se incluyen los siguientes: incidencia, patogénesis, bases para el diagnóstico incluyendo el prenatal, tratamiento, aspectos gen éticos y perspectivas futuras. Se hace énfasis en la necesidad de pensar más a menudo en la enfermedad pues su frecuencia en Colombia puede ser mayor de lo que usualmente se acepta.

  10. Utilidad de la elastografía hepática (Fibroscan) en la caracterización y seguimiento de pacientes con hepatitis crónica B

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    Mena de Cea, Álvaro

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    [Resumen] Objetivos: el objetivo principal del presente estudio es determinar la prevalencia de fibrosis avanzada y definir los factores asociados a la misma, medida mediante EH, en pacientes con HCB clasificados como portadores inactivos, no portadores inactivos (en tratamiento o no) y coinfectados por VIH. Como objetivos secundarios se encuentran: evaluar el efecto del tratamiento antiviral en la fibrosis hepática, valorar la progresión de la fibrosis hepática en las disti...

  11. Endocrine Disorders in Cystic Fibrosis.

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    Blackman, Scott M; Tangpricha, Vin

    2016-08-01

    Cystic fibrosis is frequently complicated by endocrine disorders. Diabetes can be expected to affect most with CF and pancreatic insufficiency and varies widely in age of onset, but early identification and treatment improve morbidity and mortality. Short stature can be exacerbated by relative delay of puberty and by use of inhaled corticosteroids. Bone disease in CF causes fragility fractures and should be assessed by monitoring bone mineral density and optimizing vitamin D status. Detecting and managing endocrine complications in CF can reduce morbidity and mortality in CF. These complications can be expected to become more common as the CF population ages. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Outcome in cystic fibrosis liver disease.

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    Rowland, Marion

    2011-01-01

    Evidence suggests that cystic fibrosis liver disease (CFLD) does not affect mortality or morbidity in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). The importance of gender and age in outcome in CF makes selection of an appropriate comparison group central to the interpretation of any differences in mortality and morbidity in patients with CFLD.

  13. European Cystic Fibrosis Society Standards of Care

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    Stern, Martin; Bertrand, Dominique Pougheon; Bignamini, Elisabetta;

    2014-01-01

    Since the earliest days of cystic fibrosis (CF) treatment, patient data have been recorded and reviewed in order to identify the factors that lead to more favourable outcomes. Large data repositories, such as the US Cystic Fibrosis Registry, which was established in the 1960s, enabled successful...

  14. HOME CARE IN CYSTIC-FIBROSIS PATIENTS

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    VANAALDEREN, WMC; MANNES, GPM; BOSMA, ES; ROORDA, RJ; HEYMANS, HSA

    1995-01-01

    Intravenous antibiotics and enteral tube feeding at home for the treatment of pulmonary exacerbations and underweight condition in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients have become tools that are used in many cystic fibrosis centres, The experience with home care programmes from different countries is quite

  15. Self-management education for cystic fibrosis.

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    Savage, Eileen

    2011-01-01

    Self-management education may help patients with cystic fibrosis and their families to choose, monitor and adjust treatment requirements for their illness, and also to manage the effects of illness on their lives. Although self-management education interventions have been developed for cystic fibrosis, no previous systematic review of the evidence of effectiveness of these interventions has been conducted.

  16. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy in adult cystic fibrosis.

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    McGrath, D S

    2012-02-03

    Two female patients with Cystic Fibrosis, attending the Adult Regional Cystic Fibrosis centre at the Cork University Hospital, were investigated for upper abdominal pain and found to have gallstones at ultrasonography. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy was performed successfully and, without complication, in both patients.

  17. [Non-invasive assessment of liver fibrosis].

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    Cohen-Ezra, Oranit; Ben-Ari, Ziv

    2015-03-01

    Chronic liver diseases represent a major public health problem, accounting for significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. Prognosis and management of chronic liver diseases depend on the amount of liver fibrosis. Liver biopsy has long remained the gold standard for assessment of liver fibrosis. Liver biopsy is an invasive procedure with associated morbidity, it is rarely the cause for mortality, and has a few limitations. During the past two decades, in an attempt to overcome the limitations of liver biopsy, non-invasive methods for the evaluation of liver fibrosis have been developed, mainly in the field of viral hepatitis. This review will focus on different methods available for non-invasive evaluation of liver fibrosis including a biological approach which quantifies serum levels of biomarkers of fibrosis and physical techniques which measure liver stiffness by transient elastography, ultrasound or magnetic resonance based elastography, their accuracy, advantages and disadvantages.

  18. Pharmacotherapy in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Gaurav Acharya

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis is a form of chronic, progressive interstitial lung disease causing scarring of lung tissue and usually affect adults. Treatment is usually aimed at controlling inflammation and thus slowing the process of fibrosis. With only few patients responding to treatment and the disease being ultimately fatal with poor progression, the underlying lesion was considered to be fibrotic rather than inflammatory. Fibrotic foci, deposition of collagen, and lack of inflammatory cells are a predominant finding. Pirfenidone and N-acetyl cysteine are the only effective pharmacotherapy available till date. Interim results of PANTHER Trial clearly indicate more risk with triple therapy. However, in Indian patients, trial of steroid therapy may be tried when there is doubt of chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis. BIBF 1120 has also shown positive results in Phase II clinical trial and shows a positive response in deteriorating lung function. Supplemental oxygen, education of patient, pulmonary rehabilitation, and Streptococcus pneumoniae and influenza vaccine are the most important supportive care. Pulmonary rehabilitation should be used as a treatment in the majority of patients. [Int J Basic Clin Pharmacol 2014; 3(5.000: 761-763

  19. Cystic Fibrosis: Brazilian ENT Experience

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    Tania Sih

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Most published studies about Cystic Fibrosis (CF are European or North American. There are still few publications about the characteristics of fibrocystic populations in developing countries. The incidence of cystic fibrosis (CF in Brazil varies among different regions (1 : 10,000 in Minas Gerais, 1 : 9,500 in Paraná, 1 : 8,700 in Santa Catarina, and 1 : 1600 in Rio Grande do Sul. The prevalence of the DF508 mutation also varies according to population: 33% in Sao Paulo, 49% in Rio Grande do Sul, 27% in Santa Catarina, and 52% in Minas Gerais. Cough and nasal obstruction are the most common symptoms. The variation in nasal polyposis prevalence may be explained by population genotypic characteristics in a country that spans a continent. Findings on nasal endoscopy and computed tomography (CT have better correlation than do this information compared with surgical and clinical history. Microbiologic studies suggest a high level of early contamination of the airways. Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL occurs in these patients as a result of ototoxic antibiotics. The data compiled in this paper is useful, but also lead to the general agreement that more research would be welcome due to the unique characteristics of this country.

  20. Postinjection Muscle Fibrosis from Lupron

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    Erica Everest

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    Full Text Available We describe the case of a 6.5-year-old girl with central precocious puberty (CPP, which signifies the onset of secondary sexual characteristics before the age of eight in females and the age of nine in males as a result of stimulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. Her case is likely related to her adoption, as children who are adopted internationally have much higher rates of CPP. She had left breast development at Tanner Stage 2, adult body odor, and mildly advanced bone age. In order to halt puberty and maximize adult height, she was prescribed a gonadotropin releasing hormone analog, the first line treatment for CPP. She was administered Lupron (leuprolide acetate Depot-Ped (3 months intramuscularly. After her second injection, she developed swelling and muscle pain at the injection site on her right thigh. She also reported an impaired ability to walk. She was diagnosed with muscle fibrosis. This is the first reported case of muscle fibrosis resulting from Lupron injection.

  1. [Cystic fibrosis and other channelopathies].

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    Edelman, A; Saussereau, E

    2012-05-01

    Mutations in cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator gene, CFTR, are responsible for cystic fibrosis, CF, a channelopathie. CFTR protein is a multifunctional protein with a main function of Cl(-) channel. CFTR is expressed in epithelia (upper airways, intestine, pancreas etc.). In the first part of this revue, we describe the main properties of CFTR underlying that it is not only a Cl(-) channel protein but also a multifunctional protein. We present a hypothesis which postulates that CFTR is a hub protein interacting with more than 140 proteins, and through these interactions regulates a number of functions which are abnormal in CF (ion transport, inflammation etc.). In the second part of the revue we briefly present a selection of other epithelial channelopathies due to mutations in genes of other Cl(-) or cation channels. Of note, these channels either interacts with CFTR or are considered as alternative channels in CF, and, as such, are targets for pharmacotherapies. We want to leave the reader with a message that to investigate channalopathies, to dissect the molecular mechanisms underlying channels'activity, allow not only to better understand basic mechanisms of channel regulation but in fine, to propose new targets for pharmacotherapies. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  2. Heart involvement in cystic fibrosis: A specific cystic fibrosis-related myocardial changes?

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    Labombarda, Fabien; Saloux, Eric; Brouard, Jacques; Bergot, Emmanuel; Milliez, Paul

    2016-09-01

    Cystic fibrosis is a complex multi-systemic chronic disease characterized by progressive organ dysfunction with development of fibrosis, possibly affecting the heart. Over the last four decades pathological, experimental, and clinical evidence points towards the existence of a specific myocardial involvement in cystic fibrosis. Multi-modality cardiac imaging, especially recent echocardiographic techniques, evidenced diastolic and/or systolic ventricular dysfunction in cystic fibrosis leading to the concept of a cystic fibrosis-related cardiomyopathy. Hypoxemia and inflammation are among the most important factors for heart involvement in cystic fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Regulator was found to be involved in the regulation of cardiomyocyte contraction and may also account for cystic fibrosis-related myocardial dysfunction. This review, mainly focused on echocardiographic studies, seeks to synthesize the existing literature for and against the existence of heart involvement in cystic fibrosis, its mechanisms and prognostic implications. Careful investigation of the heart function may be helpful for risk stratification and therapeutic decisions in patients with cystic fibrosis.

  3. Beyond TGFβ : Novel ways to target airway and parenchymal fibrosis

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    Boorsma, C. E.; Dekkers, B. G. J.; van Dijk, E. M.; Kumawat, K.; Richardson, J.; Burgess, J.K.; John, A. E.

    2014-01-01

    Within the lungs, fibrosis can affect both the parenchyma and the airways. Fibrosis is a hallmark pathological change in the parenchyma in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), whilst in asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) fibrosis is a component of the remodelling of

  4. Role of Circulating Fibrocytes in Cardiac Fibrosis

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    Rong-Jie Lin; Zi-Zhuo Su; Shu-Min Liang; Yu-Yang Chen; Xiao-Rong Shu; Ru-Qiong Nie; Jing-Feng Wang

    2016-01-01

    Objective: It is revealed that circulating fibrocytes are elevated in patients/animals with cardiac fibrosis, and this review aims to provide an introduction to circulating fibrocytes and their role in cardiac fibrosis.Data Sources: This review is based on the data from 1994 to present obtained from PubMed.The search terms were "circulating fibrocytes" and "cardiac fibrosis".Study Selection: Articles and critical reviews, which are related to circulating fibrocytes and cardiac fibrosis, were selected.Results: Circulating fibrocytes, which are derived from hematopoietic stem cells, represent a subset of peripheral blood mononuclear cells exhibiting mixed morphological and molecular characteristics ofhematopoietic and mesenchymal cells (CD34+/CD45+/collagen I+).They can produce extracellular matrix and many cytokines.It is shown that circulating fibrocytes participate in many fibrotic diseases, including cardiac fibrosis.Evidence accumulated in recent years shows that aging individuals and patients with hypertension, heart failure, coronary heart disease, and atrial fibrillation have more circulating fibrocytes in peripheral blood and/or heart tissue, and this elevation of circulating fibrocytes is correlated with the degree of fibrosis in the hearts.Conclusions: Circulating fibrocytes are effector cells in cardiac fibrosis.

  5. Matrix Metalloproteinases-7 and Kidney Fibrosis

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    Ke, Ben; Fan, Chuqiao; Yang, Liping; Fang, Xiangdong

    2017-01-01

    Matrix metalloproteinase-7 (MMP-7) is a secreted zinc- and calcium-dependent endopeptidase that degrades a broad range of extracellular matrix substrates and additional substrates. MMP-7 playsa crucial role in a diverse array of cellular processes and appears to be a key regulator of fibrosis in several diseases, including pulmonary fibrosis, liver fibrosis, and cystic fibrosis. In particular, the relationship between MMP-7 and kidney fibrosis has attracted significant attention in recent years. Growing evidence indicates that MMP-7 plays an important role in the pathogenesis of kidney fibrosis. Here, we summarize the recent progress in the understanding of the role of MMP-7 in kidney fibrosis. In particular, we discuss how MMP-7 contributes to kidney fibrotic lesions via the following three pathways: epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) signaling, and extracellular matrix (ECM) deposition. Further dissection of the crosstalk among and regulation of these pathways will help clinicians and researchers develop effective therapeutic approaches for treating chronic kidney disease.

  6. Viral infection drives tissue fibrosis in vitro

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    Andrea P. Malizia

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF is a refractory and lethal interstitial lung disease characterized by loss of alveolar epithelial cells, fibroblast proliferation and extra-cellular matrix protein deposition. EBV, localised to alveolar epithelial cells of pulmonary fibrosis patients is associated with a poor prognosis. In this study we utilised a microarray-based differential gene expression analysis strategy to identify molecular drivers of EBV associated with lung fibrosis. A549 cells and an alveolar epithelial cell line infected with EBV (VAAK were used to identify genes whose expression was altered by EBV reactivation. EBV reactivation by TGFbeta1 drives alterations in expression of non-canonical Wnt pathway mediators, implicating it in epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT, the molecular event underpinning scar production in tissue fibrosis. Cell invasion, EMT correlated transcripts expression, GSK-3b and c-Jun activation were altered in response to non-canonical Wnt pathway regulation. The role of EBV in promoting fibrosis can be attenuated by antiviral strategies and inhibition of Wnt signalling. Activation of non-canonical Wnt signalling pathway by EBV in epithelial cells suggests a novel mechanism of tissue fibrosis. These data present a framework for further description of the link between infectious agents and fibrosis, a significant disease burden.

  7. MANEJO ACTUAL DE LA FIBROSIS QUÍSTICA

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    Dr. Óscar Fielbaum

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available La sobrevida y la calidad de vida de los pacientes de Fibrosis Quística (FQ ha mejorado notablemente en las últimas décadas, al punto que ha pasado de ser una enfermedad letal en la infancia, a ser más bien una enfermedad crónica, con la mayoría de los casos en edad adulta. Esto se debe al mejor conocimiento de la patología, a su diagnóstico cada vez más precoz y al manejo preventivo y agresivo de las complicaciones respiratorias y nutricionales, en centros de atención multidisciplinaria especializados. En esta revisión se describe su manejo actual y complicaciones.

  8. Transient elastography for liver fibrosis diagnosis

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    Andersen, Ellen Sloth; Christensen, Peer Brehm; Weis, Nina

    2008-01-01

    Liver biopsy is considered the "golden standard" for assessment of hepatic fibrosis. However, the procedure has limitations because of inconvenience and rare but serious complications as bleeding. Furthermore, sampling errors are frequent, and interobserver variability often poses problems....... Recently, a modified ultrasound scanner (transient elastography) has been developed to assess fibrosis. The device measures liver elasticity, which correlates well with the degree of fibrosis. Studies have shown that transient elastography is more accurate in diagnosing cirrhosis than minor to moderate...... to be a valuable diagnostic procedure and follow-up of patients with chronic liver diseases....

  9. Noninvasive Biomarkers of Liver Fibrosis: An Overview

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    Hind I. Fallatah

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Chronic liver diseases of differing etiologies are among the leading causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Establishing accurate staging of liver disease is very important for enabling both therapeutic decisions and prognostic evaluations. A liver biopsy is considered the gold standard for assessing the stage of hepatic fibrosis, but it has many limitations. During the last decade, several noninvasive markers for assessing the stage of hepatic fibrosis have been developed. Some have been well validated and are comparable to liver biopsy. This paper will focus on the various noninvasive biochemical markers used to stage liver fibrosis.

  10. Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes

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    Andersen, Henrik U; Lanng, Susanne; Pressler, Tania

    2006-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Cystic fibrosis (CF)-related diabetes has been regarded as a mild form of diabetes with a low risk of severe diabetes complications. The prevalence of CF-related diabetes increases with age, resulting in a 50% prevalence of diabetes at age 30 years. We sought to investigate whether...... microvascular complications in CF-related diabetes appear with a relevant frequency. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Thirty-eight patients aged 30 (range 18-55) years with CF-related diabetes for 20 (0-31) years were screened for diabetes complications. Because of chronic pulmonary infections, the majority...... of diabetic retinopathy was found in patients with insulin-treated CF-related diabetes, stressing the need for a regular screening program as in type 1 diabetes. Severely impaired kidney function was common in lung transplant patients, probably secondary to cyclosporine treatment....

  11. Cough in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Mirjam J.G. van Manen

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Many patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF complain of chronic refractory cough. Chronic cough is a distressing and disabling symptom with a major impact on quality of life. During recent years, progress has been made in gaining insight into the pathogenesis of cough in IPF, which is most probably “multifactorial” and influenced by mechanical, biochemical and neurosensory changes, with an important role for comorbidities as well. Clinical trials of cough treatment in IPF are emerging, and cough is increasingly included as a secondary end-point in trials assessing new compounds for IPF. It is important that such studies include adequate end-points to assess cough both objectively and subjectively. This article summarises the latest insights into chronic cough in IPF. It describes the different theories regarding the pathophysiology of cough, reviews the different methods to assess cough and deals with recent and future developments in the treatment of cough in IPF.

  12. Inhibitory effect of liposomal quercetin on acute hepatitis and hepatic fibrosis induced by concanavalin A

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    Y. Wan

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Immune response plays an important role in the development of hepatic fibrosis. In the present study, we investigated the effects of quercetin on hepatitis and hepatic fibrosis induced by immunological mechanism. In the acute hepatitis model, quercetin (2.5 mg/kg was injected iv into mice 30 min after concanavalin A (Con A challenge. Mice were sacrificed 4 or 24 h after Con A injection, and aminotransferase tests and histopathological sections were performed. Treatment with quercetin significantly decreased the levels of alanine aminotransferase (ALT and aspartate aminotransferase (AST. Consistent with this observation, treatment with quercetin markedly attenuated the pathologic changes in the liver. A hepatic fibrosis model was also generated in mice by Con A challenge once a week for 6 consecutive weeks. Mice in the experimental group were treated with daily iv injections of quercetin (0.5 mg/kg. Histopathological analyses revealed that treatment with quercetin markedly decreased collagen deposition, pseudolobuli development, and hepatic stellate cells activation. We also examined the effects of quercetin on the nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB and transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β pathways by immunohistochemistry and real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR. NF-κB and TGF-β production was decreased after treatment with quercetin, indicating that the antifibrotic effect of quercetin is associated with its ability to modulate NF-κB and TGF-β production. These results suggest that quercetin may be an effective therapeutic strategy in the treatment of patients with liver damage and fibrosis.

  13. Fibrosis quística. Aspectos diagnósticos

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    Luis Ortigosa

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available La fibrosis quística (FQ es una de las enfermedades genéticas mortales más frecuentes en la raza caucásica. Se caracteriza por una disfunción de las glándulas exocrinas, con insuficiencia pancreática y bronconeumopatía crónica. Es una enfermedad de transmisión autonómica recesiva, se sabe que el gen defectuoso está localizado en el cromosoma 7 humano, conocido como gen regulador de la conductancia transmembrana de la fibrosis quística (CFTR,y que de las más de mil mutaciones de este gen, la mutación DF508 es la más común, pues se halla en aproximadamente 70% de los alelos CFTR defectuosos. El diagnóstico de la FQ se ha basado clásicamente en la determinación de por lo menos 2-3 determinaciones positivas de electrólitos en sudor, junto con uno de los siguientes criterios clínicos: íleo meconial, historia familiar de FQ, insuficiencia pancreática exocrina, enfermedad pulmonar crónica, azoospermia obstructiva y síndrome de pérdida de sal. Los criterios diagnósticos actuales incluyen, junto a la presencia de las características clínicas, dos determinaciones de concentraciones de cloro en sudor superior a 60 mmol/l, o demostración de alteraciones en el transporte iónico a través del epitelio nasal (diferencia de potencial nasal o la detección de dos mutaciones reconocidas de FQ.

  14. Vitamin D deficiency as a risk factor for cystic fibrosis-related diabetes in the Scandinavian Cystic Fibrosis Nutritional Study

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    Pincikova, T; Nilsson, Kristine Kahr; Moen, I E;

    2011-01-01

    Many cystic fibrosis patients are vitamin D-insufficient. Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes is a major complication of cystic fibrosis. The literature suggests that vitamin D might possess certain glucose-lowering properties. We aimed to assess the relationship between vitamin D and cystic fibrosis...

  15. Gastrointestinal manifestations in cystic fibrosis.

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    Eggermont, E

    1996-08-01

    CFTR, or cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator, the gene product that is defective in cystic fibrosis, is present in the apical membrane of the epithelial cells from the stomach to the colon. In the foregut, the clinical manifestations are not directly related to the primary defect of the CFTR chloride channel. The most troublesome complaints and symptoms originate from the oesophagus as peptic oesophagitis or oesophageal varices. In the small intestinal wall, the clinical expression of CF depends largely on the decreased secretion of fluid and chloride ions, the increased permeability of the paracellular space between adjacent enterocytes and the sticky mucous cover over the enterocytes. As a rule, the brush border enzyme activities are normal and there is some enhanced active transport as shown for glucose and alanine. The results of continuous enteral feeding of CF patients clearly show that the small intestinal mucosa, in the daily situation, is not functioning at maximal capacity. Although CFTR expression in the colon is lower, the large intestine may be the site of several serious complications such as rectal prolapse, meconium ileus equivalent, intussusception, volvulus and silent appendicitis. In recent years colonic strictures, after the use of high-dose pancreatic enzymes, are being increasingly reported; the condition has recently been called CF fibrosing colonopathy. The CF gastrointestinal content itself differs mainly from the normal condition by the lower acidity in the foregut and the accretion of mucins and proteins, eventually resulting in intestinal obstruction, in the ileum and colon. Better understanding of the CF gastrointestinal phenotype may contribute to improvement of the overall wellbeing of these patients.

  16. Molecular and cellular mechanisms of pulmonary fibrosis

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    Todd Nevins W

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic lung disease characterized by excessive accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM and remodeling of the lung architecture. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is considered the most common and severe form of the disease, with a median survival of approximately three years and no proven effective therapy. Despite the fact that effective treatments are absent and the precise mechanisms that drive fibrosis in most patients remain incompletely understood, an extensive body of scientific literature regarding pulmonary fibrosis has accumulated over the past 35 years. In this review, we discuss three broad areas which have been explored that may be responsible for the combination of altered lung fibroblasts, loss of alveolar epithelial cells, and excessive accumulation of ECM: inflammation and immune mechanisms, oxidative stress and oxidative signaling, and procoagulant mechanisms. We discuss each of these processes separately to facilitate clarity, but certainly significant interplay will occur amongst these pathways in patients with this disease.

  17. Respiratory bacterial infections in cystic fibrosis

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    Ciofu, Oana; Hansen, Christine R; Høiby, Niels

    2013-01-01

    Bacterial respiratory infections are the main cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Pseudomonas aeruginosa remains the main pathogen in adults, but other Gram-negative bacteria such as Achromobacter xylosoxidans and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia as well...

  18. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis: clinical picture and treatment

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    Marckmann, Peter; Skov, Lone

    2009-01-01

    The classic hallmark symptoms of advanced nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) (skin thickening, hardening and hyperpigmentation, and disabling contractures in renal failure patients) in temporal association with Gd-based contrast agent (GBCA) exposure are almost pathognomonic of NSF. Less obvious...

  19. Pathohistological changes in fetuses with cystic fibrosis

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    Đolai Matilda

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Cystic fibrosis or mucoviscidosis is a genetically caused disease. The intensity of disease and histopathological changes grow throughout the life. According to the literature, pathological changes characteristic of cystic fibrosis become noticeable around the sixth month of life. Case Report. After amniocentesis of a 5-lunar month-old fetus had been done, which confirmed cystic fibrosis, the Ethics Commission approved the preterm labor. The autopsy and histopathological analysis demonstrated the existence of typical histopathological changes in the pancreas and intestines. Discussion. In the late fetal period or during the period around the delivery, cystic fibrosis is usually manifested as meconial cap with or without obstruction of the intestinal lumen. Morphological changes in the exocrine glands usually develop only after birth. In this case, the existence of meconial obstruction, as well as the typical acidofil content in the secretory ducts and acini of the pancreas was confirmed, which is unusual for the fetal age of five months.

  20. "End-stage" pulmonary fibrosis in sarcoidosis.

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    Teirstein, Alvin T; Morgenthau, Adam S

    2009-02-01

    Pulmonary fibrosis is an unusual "end stage" in patients with sarcoidosis. Fibrosis occurs in a minority of patients, and presents with a unique physiologic combination of airways dysfunction (obstruction) superimposed on the more common restrictive dysfunction. Imagin techniques are essential to the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of pulmonary fibrosis. Standard chest radiographs and CT scans may reveal streaks, bullae, cephalad retraction of the hilar areas, deviation of the trachea and tented diaphragm. Positive gallium and PET scans indicate residual reversible granulomatous disease and are important guides to therapy decisions. Treatment, usually with corticosteroids, is effective in those patients with positive scans, but fibrosis does not improve with any treatment. With severe functional impariment and patient disability, pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure may supervene for which the patient will require treatment. Oxygen, careful diuresis, sildenafil and bosentan may be salutary. These patients are candidates for lung transplantation.

  1. Nutrition in Cystic Fibrosis: Macro- and Micronutrients

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    Oudshoorn, Johanna Hermiena

    2006-01-01

    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common life-threatening autosomal recessive inherited disease in Caucasians, and is characterized by progressive lung disease, pancreatic insufficiency, malnutrition, hepatobiliary disease and elevated sweat electrolyte levels. The increased survival of CF patients d

  2. Unilateral subretinal fibrosis and uveitis syndrome.

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    Rehan, S; Javaid, Z; Al-Bermani, A

    2015-05-01

    Subretinal fibrosis and uveitis syndrome is a rare, potentially devastating, posterior uveitis of unknown aetiology, characterised bilaterally by initial multifocal choroiditis with later progressive subretinal fibrosis. We report a rare case of unilateral subretinal fibrosis and uveitis syndrome. To date, there are only two case reports of unilateral disease. Our patient presented with unilateral blur and was found to have reduced visual acuity. A Bartonella profile was positive and a diagnosis of Bartonella posterior uveitis was made. Several positive ocular findings in the anterior chamber and on fundoscopy consistent with the syndrome were found. When steroid therapy alone could no longer control active inflammation, the immunosuppressive agent mycophenolate was added. Over time subretinal fibrosis became established sparing the macula and associated complications occurred, but with mycophenolate, at four years, our patient's visual acuity had improved and remains stable. Moreover, four years after her initial presentation, her condition remains strictly unilateral.

  3. Imaging findings in idiopathic pelvic fibrosis

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    Wiesner, W.; Bongartz, G. [Inst. of Diagnostic Radiology University Hospital Basel (Switzerland); Stoffel, F. [Inst. of Urology, University Hospital Basel (Switzerland)

    2001-04-01

    Two patients presented with ureteric obstruction, and voiding symptoms and constipation, respectively, and were examined by means of intravenous urography and computed tomography. One patient was additionally examined by means of MR tomography. After CT (performed in both patients) and MRT (performed in one patient) had shown a diffuse, contrast-enhancing, infiltrating process in the small pelvis with infiltration of adjacent organs and vessels, surgical biopsy proved the diagnosis of idopathic pelvic fibrosis. Extension of retroperitoneal fibrosis below the pelvic rim is very rare. Clinical symptoms of pelvic fibrosis are variable and imaging findings may lead to a broad list of differential diagnoses. We present two patients with idiopathic pelvic fibrosis and discuss radiological findings and differential diagnoses of this rare disease. (orig.)

  4. Superantigen staphylococcal enterotoxin C1 mutant can reduce paraquat pulmonary fibrosis.

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    Li, Tiegang; Xu, Mingkai; Wang, Nana; Zhao, Min

    2015-01-01

    A network of inflammation factors is related to pulmonary fibrosis induced by paraquat (PQ) poisoning. At high doses, the superantigen staphylococcal enterotoxin C1 (SEC1) can induce immunological unresponsiveness and inhibit release of inflammation factors. In this study, site-directed mutagenesis was performed at the H118 and H122 amino acid residues of SEC1 to reduce SEC1 toxicity. The SEC1 mutant showed significantly decreased pyrogenic toxicity, but retained clonal anergy at high dosages in vitro. Pretreatment with the SEC1 mutant prior to PQ poisoning in mice reduced symptom duration and severity, prolonged survival time, and decreased the splenocyte response to ConA induction. The SEC1 mutant also down-regulated several important cytokines related to fibrosis in the plasma after PQ poisoning. SEC1 decreased the expression of genes related to pulmonary fibrosis, including α-SMA, COL1a1, COL3 and TGF-β1, in PQ poisoned mice. Histomorphological observation indicated alleviation of pathological changes in the lungs after SEC1 pretreatment compared to mice in the PQ group. In conclusion, the SEC1 mutant reduced pulmonary interstitial fibrosis induced by PQ poisoning.

  5. Educar con significado o con sentido

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    José Joaquín García García

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Hoy día, tres tendencias influyen directamente en la conformación de la escuela. En primer lugar, el afán de encontrar la esencia de todo encumbró a la razón e hizo de la racionalidad el único valor a defender en las aulas. En segundo lugar, el sistema capitalista hizo lo mismo con aquello que tiene valor de uso y valor de cambio, es decir, con la mercancía, validando solo lo que puede tener una utilidad económica conocida o posible. Esto convirtió a la educación en un proceso para certificar y ganar dinero, desdibujando así su intención de formar personas. Finalmente, la visión masculina y eurocéntrica con su locura por quererlo dominar todo, y de pensar que el hombre era el dueño del planeta e inclusive la vida y el destino de los otros hombres, mutiló culturas y eliminó a la naturaleza de los currículums en los centros educativos.

  6. con turbinas de disco con paletas planas

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    D. García-Cortés

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Las turbinas de disco con paletas planas son los impelentes de flujo radial más ampliamente utilizados en la industria por constituir el impelente que forma parte de la configuración geométrica estándar para obtener este patrón de flujo en los tanques agitados. El estudio detallado de la hidrodinámica en este sistema de agitación es fundamental para continuar obteniendo conocimientos básicos imprescindibles para la síntesis y la modelación matemática de diferentes procesos complejos que se llevan a cabo en los tanques agitados, por ejemplo, la cristalización esférica. El propósito de este artículo es hacer una revisión de la información publicada sobre la hidrodinámica y la modelación matemática de la dinámica de fluidos en los tanques agitados con turbinas de disco con paletas planas y señalar los avances logrados en cada uno de los aspectos abordados y aquellos en los cuales es necesario seguir investigando.

  7. The Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR)

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    Rosenberg, Mark F.; O'Ryan, Liam P.; Hughes, Guy; Zhao, Zhefeng; Aleksandrov, Luba A.; Riordan, John R.; Ford, Robert C.

    2011-01-01

    Cystic fibrosis affects about 1 in 2500 live births and involves loss of transmembrane chloride flux due to a lack of a membrane protein channel termed the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR). We have studied CFTR structure by electron crystallography. The data were compared with existing structures of other ATP-binding cassette transporters. The protein was crystallized in the outward facing state and resembled the well characterized Sav1866 transporter. We identified ...

  8. Ovarian Fibrosis: A Phenomenon of Concern

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    Zhou, Feng; Shi, Li-Bing; Zhang, Song-Ying

    2017-01-01

    Objective: Ovarian fibrosis is characterized by excessive proliferation of ovarian fibroblasts and deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) and it is one of the principal reasons for ovarian dysfunction. This review aimed to investigate the pathogenetic mechanism of ovarian fibrosis and to clarify the relationship between ovarian diseases and fibrosis. Data Sources: We searched PubMed for English language articles published up to November 2016. The search terms included ovarian fibrosis OR fibrosis, ovarian chocolate cyst OR ovarian endometrioma, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), premature ovarian failure, ECM, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), tissue inhibitors of matrix metalloproteinases (TIMPs), transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-β1), connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR-γ), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), endothelin-1 (ET-1), and combinations of these terms. Study Selection: Articles were obtained and reviewed to analyze the pathogenic mechanism of ovarian fibrosis and related ovarian diseases. Results: Many cytokines, such as MMPs, TIMPs, TGF-β1, CTGF, PPAR-γ, VEGF, and ET-1, are involved in ovarian fibrogenesis. Ovarian fibrogenesis is associated with various ovarian diseases, including ovarian chocolate cyst, PCOS, and premature ovarian failure. One finding of particular interest is that fibrogenesis in peripheral tissues around an ovarian chocolate cyst commonly causes ovarian function diminution, and therefore, this medical problem should arouse widespread concern in clinicians worldwide. Conclusions: Patients with ovarian fibrosis are susceptible to infertility and tend to have decreased responses to assisted fertility treatment. Thus, protection of ovarian function should be a priority for women who wish to reproduce when making therapeutic decisions about ovarian fibrosis-related diseases. PMID:28139522

  9. Role of Circulating Fibrocytes in Cardiac Fibrosis

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    Lin, Rong-Jie; Su, Zi-Zhuo; Liang, Shu-Min; Chen, Yu-Yang; Shu, Xiao-Rong; Nie, Ru-Qiong; Wang, Jing-Feng; Xie, Shuang-Lun

    2016-01-01

    Objective: It is revealed that circulating fibrocytes are elevated in patients/animals with cardiac fibrosis, and this review aims to provide an introduction to circulating fibrocytes and their role in cardiac fibrosis. Data Sources: This review is based on the data from 1994 to present obtained from PubMed. The search terms were “circulating fibrocytes” and “cardiac fibrosis”. Study Selection: Articles and critical reviews, which are related to circulating fibrocytes and cardiac fibrosis, were selected. Results: Circulating fibrocytes, which are derived from hematopoietic stem cells, represent a subset of peripheral blood mononuclear cells exhibiting mixed morphological and molecular characteristics of hematopoietic and mesenchymal cells (CD34+/CD45+/collagen I+). They can produce extracellular matrix and many cytokines. It is shown that circulating fibrocytes participate in many fibrotic diseases, including cardiac fibrosis. Evidence accumulated in recent years shows that aging individuals and patients with hypertension, heart failure, coronary heart disease, and atrial fibrillation have more circulating fibrocytes in peripheral blood and/or heart tissue, and this elevation of circulating fibrocytes is correlated with the degree of fibrosis in the hearts. Conclusions: Circulating fibrocytes are effector cells in cardiac fibrosis. PMID:26831236

  10. Inhibition of SIRT2 suppresses hepatic fibrosis.

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    Arteaga, Maribel; Shang, Na; Ding, Xianzhong; Yong, Sherri; Cotler, Scott J; Denning, Mitchell F; Shimamura, Takashi; Breslin, Peter; Lüscher, Bernhard; Qiu, Wei

    2016-06-01

    Liver fibrosis can progress to cirrhosis and result in serious complications of liver disease. The pathogenesis of liver fibrosis involves the activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs), the underlying mechanisms of which are not fully known. Emerging evidence suggests that the classic histone deacetylases play a role in liver fibrosis, but the role of another subfamily of histone deacetylases, the sirtuins, in the development of hepatic fibrosis remains unknown. In this study, we found that blocking the activity of sirtuin 2 (SIRT2) by using inhibitors or shRNAs significantly suppressed fibrogenic gene expression in HSCs. We further demonstrated that inhibition of SIRT2 results in the degradation of c-MYC, which is important for HSC activation. In addition, we discovered that inhibition of SIRT2 suppresses the phosphorylation of ERK, which is critical for the stabilization of c-MYC. Moreover, we found that Sirt2 deficiency attenuates the hepatic fibrosis induced by carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) and thioacetamide (TAA). Furthermore, we showed that SIRT2, p-ERK, and c-MYC proteins are all overexpressed in human hepatic fibrotic tissues. These data suggest a critical role for the SIRT2/ERK/c-MYC axis in promoting hepatic fibrogenesis. Inhibition of the SIRT2/ERK/c-MYC axis represents a novel strategy to prevent and to potentially treat liver fibrosis and cirrhosis.

  11. Recommendations for quality improvement in genetic testing for cystic fibrosis European Concerted Action on Cystic Fibrosis

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    Dequeker, E; Cuppens, H; Dodge, J; Estivill, [No Value; Goossens, M; Pignatti, PF; Scheffer, H; Schwartz, M; Schwarz, M; Tummler, B; Cassiman, JJ

    2000-01-01

    These recommendations for quality improvement of cystic fibrosis genetic diagnostic testing provide general guidelines for the molecular genetic testing of cystic fibrosis in patients/individuals. General strategies for testing as well as guidelines for laboratory procedures, internal and external q

  12. Recommendations for quality improvement in genetic testing for cystic fibrosis European Concerted Action on Cystic Fibrosis

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    Dequeker, E; Cuppens, H; Dodge, J; Estivill, [No Value; Goossens, M; Pignatti, PF; Scheffer, H; Schwartz, M; Schwarz, M; Tummler, B; Cassiman, JJ

    2000-01-01

    These recommendations for quality improvement of cystic fibrosis genetic diagnostic testing provide general guidelines for the molecular genetic testing of cystic fibrosis in patients/individuals. General strategies for testing as well as guidelines for laboratory procedures, internal and external q

  13. Taurine attenuates radiation-induced lung fibrosis in C57/Bl6 fibrosis prone mice.

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    Robb, W B

    2010-03-01

    The amino acid taurine has an established role in attenuating lung fibrosis secondary to bleomycin-induced injury. This study evaluates taurine\\'s effect on TGF-beta1 expression and the development of lung fibrosis after single-dose thoracic radiotherapy.

  14. Investigando con personas con dificultades de aprendizaje

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    Borja González Luna

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available El artículo muestra los orígenes de lo que Walmsley (2008 denomina «investigación inclusiva». Para comprender qué se entiende por investigación inclusiva tenemos que remontarnos a los debates epistemológicos sobre las metodologías cuantitativas y cualitativas, acontecidos en la década de los 90, en torno a la revista Disability & Society. A partir de una síntesis de dichos debates, focalizados en el ámbito de la «discapacidad intelectual y del desarrollo», se exponen dos estrategias de colaboración con dicha población: a una aproximación etnográfica (de trabajo grupal, y b una aproximación biográfica (de trabajo individual. A continuación se esboza un posible diseño de trabajo de campo que intenta superar el paradigma cualitativo «clásico» con el objetivo de incluir a dicho colectivo más allá del rol de «sujetos de la investigación». Para finalizar se recoge el debate sobre la accesibilidad de los resultados de la investigación a los participantes en dichas investigaciones, y con ello la necesaria innovación en el ámbito de las «devoluciones» de los resultados, cuando se trata de incluir a personas que presentan limitaciones para la comprensión del lenguaje abstracto oral y/o escrito.

  15. Cystic fibrosis: a clinical view.

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    Castellani, Carlo; Assael, Baroukh M

    2017-01-01

    Cystic fibrosis (CF), a monogenic disease caused by mutations in the CFTR gene on chromosome 7, is complex and greatly variable in clinical expression. Airways, pancreas, male genital system, intestine, liver, bone, and kidney are involved. The lack of CFTR or its impaired function causes fat malabsorption and chronic pulmonary infections leading to bronchiectasis and progressive lung damage. Previously considered lethal in infancy and childhood, CF has now attained median survivals of 50 years of age, mainly thanks to the early diagnosis through neonatal screening, recognition of mild forms, and an aggressive therapeutic attitude. Classical treatment includes pancreatic enzyme replacement, respiratory physiotherapy, mucolitics, and aggressive antibiotic therapy. A significant proportion of patients with severe symptoms still requires lung or, less frequently, liver transplantation. The great number of mutations and their diverse effects on the CFTR protein account only partially for CF clinical variability, and modifier genes have a role in modulating the clinical expression of the disease. Despite the increasing understanding of CFTR functioning, several aspects of CF need still to be clarified, e.g., the worse outcome in females, the risk of malignancies, the pathophysiology, and best treatment of comorbidities, such as CF-related diabetes or CF-related bone disorder. Research is focusing on new drugs restoring CFTR function, some already available and with good clinical impact, others showing promising preliminary results that need to be confirmed in phase III clinical trials.

  16. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis: Current concepts

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    Prasanta Basak

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF was first described in 2000 as a scleromyxedema-like illness in patients on chronic hemodialysis. The relationship between NSF and gadolinium contrast during magnetic resonance imaging was postulated in 2006, and subsequently, virtually all published cases of NSF have had documented prior exposure to gadolinium-containing contrast agents. NSF has been reported in patients from a variety of ethnic backgrounds from America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Skin lesions may evolve into poorly demarcated thickened plaques that range from erythematous to hyperpigmented. With time, the skin becomes markedly indurated and tethered to the underlying fascia. Extracutaneous manifestations also occur. The diagnosis of NSF is based on the presence of characteristic clinical features in the setting of chronic kidney disease, and substantiated by skin histology. Differential diagnosis is with scleroderma, scleredema, scleromyxedema, graft-versus-host disease, etc. NSF has a relentlessly progressive course. While there is no consistently successful treatment for NSF, improving renal function seems to slow or arrest the progression of this condition. Because essentially all cases of NSF have developed following exposure to a gadolinium-containing contrast agent, prevention of this devastating condition involves the careful avoidance of administering these agents to individuals at risk.

  17. Male fertility in cystic fibrosis.

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    Chotirmall, S H

    2011-04-05

    Infertility rates among males with cystic fibrosis (CF) approximate 97%. No information is currently available within Ireland determining an understanding of fertility issues and the best methods of information provision to this specialized group. This study aimed to determine understanding and preferred approaches to information provision on fertility issues to Irish CF males. A Descriptive Study utilizing prospective coded questionnaires was mailed to a male CF cohort (n=50). Sections included demographics, fertility knowledge & investigation. Response rate was 16\\/50 (32%). All were aware that CF affected their fertility. More than two-thirds (n=11) were able to provide explanations whilst only one-third (n=5) provided the correct explanation. Significant numbers stated thoughts of marriage and a future family. Half have discussed fertility with a healthcare professional (HCP). Mean age of discussion was 21.9 years. One third preferred an earlier discussion. The commonest first source for information was written material which was also the preferred source. Three-quarters requested further information preferring again, written material. Significant gaps in sex education of Irish CF males exist. Discussion should be initiated by HCPs and centre-directed written material devised to address deficiencies.

  18. [VITAMIN D AND CHRONIC LUNG COLONIZATION IN PEDIATRIC AND YOUNG ADULTS CYSTIC FIBROSIS PATIENTS].

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    González Jiménez, David; Muñoz Codoceo, Rosana; Garriga García, María; Molina Arias, Manuel; Alvarez Beltran, Marina; García Romero, Ruth; Martínez Costa, Cecilia; Meavilla Olivas, Silvia María; Peña Quintana, Luis; Gallego Gutierrez, Silvia; Marugan de Miguelsanz, Jose Manuel; Suarez Cortina, Lucrecia; Castejón Ponce, Esperanza Natividad; Leis Trabazo, Rosaura; Martín Cruz, Fayna; Díaz Martín, Juan Jose; Bousoño García, Carlos

    2015-10-01

    Introducción y objetivos: conocer la situación en la que se encuentran los pacientes con fibrosis quística en relación con sus niveles de vitamina D y su asociación con las colonizaciones pulmonares crónicas. Material y métodos: estudio multicéntrico transversal. Participaron 12 hospitales nacionales. De noviembre a abril del 2012 al 2014 se incluyeron 377 pacientes con fibrosis quística. Se consideraron insuficientes niveles de vitamina D vitamina D. Se observó una correlación inversa entre edad y niveles de vitamina D (r = -0,20 p vitamina D más altos. Los niveles de vitamina D presentaron una correlación inversa con el número de colonizaciones pulmonares (r = -0,16 p = 0,0015). Ajustando por edad, función pancreática y diagnóstico mediante cribado, la colonización por S. Aureus en menores de seis años y por Pseudomonas sp. en los mayores de esa edad, incrementaban el riesgo de presentar niveles insuficientes de vitamina D: OR 3,17 (IC95% 1,32-7,61) (p=0,010) y OR 3,77 (IC95% 1,37- 10,37)(p = 0,010), respectivamente. Conclusiones: a pesar de una suplementación adecuada, más de la mitad de nuestros pacientes no alcanzan niveles óptimos de vitamina D. La colonización crónica por Pseudomonas sp. en escolares y adolescentes y por S. Aureus en lactantes y preescolares se asocia de forma independiente con la deficiencia de vitamina D.

  19. A brief review on molecular, genetic and imaging techniques for HCV fibrosis evaluation

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    Sumrin Aleena

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Chronic HCV is one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the present day world. The assessment of disease progression not only provides useful information for diagnosis and therapeutic supervision judgment but also for monitoring disease. Different invasive and non invasive methods are applied to diagnose the disease from initial to end stage (mild fibrosis to cirrhosis. Although, liver biopsy is still considered as gold standard to identify liver histological stages, an assessment of the disease development based on non-invasive clinical findings is also emerging and this may replace the need of biopsy in near future. This review gives brief insight on non-invasive methods currently available for predicting liver fibrosis in HCV with their current pros and cons to make easier for a clinician to choose better marker to assess liver fibrosis in HCV infected patients. Methods More than 200 studies regarding invasive and noninvasive markers available for HCV liver disease diagnosis were thoroughly reviewed. We examined year wise results of these markers based on their sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV and AUROCs. Results We found that in all non-invasive serum markers for HCV, FibroTest, Forn's Index, Fibrometer and HepaScore have high five-year predictive value but with low AUROCs (0.60~0.85 and are not comparable to liver biopsy (AUROC = 0.97. Even though from its beginning, Fibroscan is proved to be best with high AUROCs (> 0.90 in all studies, no single noninvasive marker is able to differentiate all fibrosis stages from end stage cirrhosis. Meanwhile, specific genetic markers may not only discriminate fibrotic and cirrhotic liver but also differentiate individual fibrosis stages. Conclusions There is a need of marker which accurately determines the stage based on simplest routine laboratory test. Genetic marker in combination of imaging technique may be the better non invasive diagnostic method in future.

  20. Stigma and cystic fibrosis Estigma y fibrosis cística Estigma e fibrose c��stica

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    Tainá Maues Peluci Pizzignacco

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Cystic Fibrosis (CF, also known as Mucoviscidosis, is a chronic disease of autosomal recessive origin and so far incurable. This analysis considers some characteristics of patients and family members that indicate it is a stigmatizing disease. The CF stigma’s impact on the lives of children and adolescents can affect treatment adherence, socialization, family relationships and the formation of their life histories, with direct consequences on their quality of life.La fibrosis cística (FC, también conocida como mucoviscidosis, es una enfermedad crónica de origen autosómica recesiva y, hasta el momento, incurable. La presente reflexión presenta consideraciones a respecto de algunas características que acompañan a pacientes y familiares, permitiendo comprenderla como enfermedad que estigmatiza. Las repercusiones del estigma en la vida de niños y adolescentes con FC pueden interferir en la adhesión al tratamiento, en el proceso de socialización, en la relación con los familiares y en la formación de su biografía, con reflejo directo en la calidad de vida.A fibrose cística (FC, também conhecida como mucoviscidose, é doença crônica de origem autossômica recessiva e, até o momento, incurável. A presente reflexão traz considerações a respeito de algumas características que acompanham pacientes e familiares, permitindo compreendê-la como doença estigmatizante. As repercussões do estigma na vida de crianças e adolescentes com FC podem implicar na adesão ao tratamento, no processo de socialização, na relação com os familiares e na formação de sua biografia, com reflexo direto em sua qualidade de vida.

  1. The Role of Catalase in Pulmonary Fibrosis

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    Takigawa Tomoko

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Catalase is preferentially expressed in bronchiolar and alveolar epithelial cells, and acts as an endogenous antioxidant enzyme in normal lungs. We thus postulated epithelial damage would be associated with a functional deficiency of catalase during the development of lung fibrosis. Methods The present study evaluates the expression of catalase mRNA and protein in human interstitial pneumonias and in mouse bleomycin-induced lung injury. We examined the degree of bleomycin-induced inflammation and fibrosis in the mice with lowered catalase activity. Results In humans, catalase was decreased at the levels of activity, protein content and mRNA expression in fibrotic lungs (n = 12 compared to control lungs (n = 10. Immunohistochemistry revealed a decrease in catalase in bronchiolar epithelium and abnormal re-epithelialization in fibrotic areas. In C57BL/6J mice, catalase activity was suppressed along with downregulation of catalase mRNA in whole lung homogenates after bleomycin administration. In acatalasemic mice, neutrophilic inflammation was prolonged until 14 days, and there was a higher degree of lung fibrosis in association with a higher level of transforming growth factor-β expression and total collagen content following bleomycin treatment compared to wild-type mice. Conclusions Taken together, these findings demonstrate diminished catalase expression and activity in human pulmonary fibrosis and suggest the protective role of catalase against bleomycin-induced inflammation and subsequent fibrosis.

  2. Toward surface quantification of liver fibrosis progression

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    He, Yuting; Kang, Chiang Huen; Xu, Shuoyu; Tuo, Xiaoye; Trasti, Scott; Tai, Dean C. S.; Raja, Anju Mythreyi; Peng, Qiwen; So, Peter T. C.; Rajapakse, Jagath C.; Welsch, Roy; Yu, Hanry

    2010-09-01

    Monitoring liver fibrosis progression by liver biopsy is important for certain treatment decisions, but repeated biopsy is invasive. We envision redefinition or elimination of liver biopsy with surface scanning of the liver with minimally invasive optical methods. This would be possible only if the information contained on or near liver surfaces accurately reflects the liver fibrosis progression in the liver interior. In our study, we acquired the second-harmonic generation and two-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy images of liver tissues from bile duct-ligated rat model of liver fibrosis. We extracted morphology-based features, such as total collagen, collagen in bile duct areas, bile duct proliferation, and areas occupied by remnant hepatocytes, and defined the capsule and subcapsular regions on the liver surface based on image analysis of features. We discovered a strong correlation between the liver fibrosis progression on the anterior surface and interior in both liver lobes, where biopsy is typically obtained. The posterior surface exhibits less correlation with the rest of the liver. Therefore, scanning the anterior liver surface would obtain similar information to that obtained from biopsy for monitoring liver fibrosis progression.

  3. Acute exacerbation of airspace enlargement with fibrosis

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    Tomoyuki Kakugawa

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In 2008, Kawabata et al. described a lesion which they termed “airspace enlargement with fibrosis” that could be included on the spectrum of smoking-related interstitial lung diseases. This group also reported that patients with airspace enlargement with fibrosis but without coexisting interstitial pneumonia of another type had no acute exacerbations and favorable prognoses on clinical follow-up. Here we describe the first case, to our knowledge, of acute exacerbation of airspace enlargement with fibrosis without coexisting interstitial pneumonia of another type. An 82-year-old man was referred to our department for worsening dyspnea and new alveolar opacities on chest radiograph following left pulmonary segmentectomy (S6 for cancer. A diagnosis of acute exacerbation of airspace enlargement with fibrosis without coexisting interstitial pneumonia of other types was made, based on pathological evidence of airspace enlargement with fibrosis and organizing diffuse alveolar damage. Treatment with high-dose methylprednisolone followed by tapered oral prednisolone resulted in gradual improvement of the clinical condition and chest radiographic findings. Clinicians should be aware that patients with airspace enlargement with fibrosis may experience acute exacerbation.

  4. Evidence of epigenetic tags in cardiac fibrosis.

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    Grimaldi, Vincenzo; De Pascale, Maria Rosaria; Zullo, Alberto; Soricelli, Andrea; Infante, Teresa; Mancini, Francesco Paolo; Napoli, Claudio

    2017-02-01

    In cardiac fibrosis, following an injury or a stress, non-functional fibrotic tissue substitutes normal myocardium, thus leading to progressive heart failure. Activated fibroblasts are principal determinants of cardiac fibrosis by producing excessive fibrotic extracellular matrix and causing hypertrophy of cardiomyocytes. Epigenetic changes, such as DNA methylation, histone modifications, and miRNAs have been involved in these mechanisms. Therefore, there is a strong interest in reverting such epigenetic transformations in order to arrest myocardial fibrotic degeneration. Demethylating agents, such as 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine, 5-azacytidine, some selective histone deacetylase inhibitors, including mocetinostat, trichostatin A, and MPT0E014, have a direct action on important inducers of cardiac fibrosis. Also dietary compounds, such as resveratrol, can suppress the differentiation of fibroblasts to myofibroblasts. Although in vivo and in vitro studies suggest specific epigenetic therapies to treat cardiac fibrosis, the related clinical trials are still lacking. A better understanding of the epigenetic effects of dietary compounds (e.g. curcumin and green tea catechins) on the onset and progression of cardiac fibrosis, will allow the identification of protective dietary patterns and/or the generation of novel potential epidrugs.

  5. FIBROSIS PULMONAR IDIOPÁTICA

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    Álvaro Undurraga P., DR.

    2015-05-01

    Diversas comorbilidades se han descrito como la hipertensión pulmonar, la asociación con enfisema y el reflujo gastroesofágico. Sólo recientemente aparecen fármacos útiles, que son la Pirfenidona y el Nintedanib. El clásico esquema de prednisona, azatriopina y N-acetil cisteina, se ha demostrado ineficaz. Otros recursos que pueden utilizarse como complementos útiles en la enfermedad son el oxígeno, la rehabilitación, las terapias antirreflujo y el manejo sintomático de la tos.

  6. Correlación clinicorradiográfica de la fibrosis epidural en el síndrome poslaminectomía mediante epidurografía Clinical/radiography correlation of epidural fibrosis in postlaminectomy syndrome by epidurography

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    G. Cardona

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: La epidurografía es un recurso invasivo que evalúa deformidades y eventual ocupación del espacio epidural, además de ser un estudio fácilmente realizable, confiable, económico y que forma parte del algoritmo de manejo del síndrome poslaminectomía. Objetivo: Verificar si la localización y la extensión de la fibrosis epidural se correlacionan con el cuadro clínico presente en los pacientes con síndrome poslaminectomía. Material y métodos: Se incluyó a 30 pacientes con diagnóstico de síndrome poslaminectomía lumbar divididos en dos grupos: grupo A (n=15 pacientes con lumbalgia y dolor neuropático del miembro pélvico unilateral y grupo B (n=15 pacientes con lumbalgia con dolor neuropático bilateral. En todos los pacientes se realizó el abordaje caudal bajo control fluoroscópico en decúbito prono con aguja Tuohy #17. La epidurografía se realizó inyectando medio de contraste ioversol al 63%, acetato de metilprednisolona y lidocaína al 2%. Se relacionó la localización de la fibrosis con el cuadro clínico además de valorar la intensidad del dolor utilizando la escala visual analógica previa al procedimiento a las 2 y a las 4 semanas de realizado este. Resultados: Del total de la población, el 53,3% (16 tuvo correlación clinicorradiográfica, lo cual no se considera estadísticamente significativo (p=0,259. En relación con la evaluación de la escala visual analógica inicial se observó disminución significativa a las 2 semanas de realizado el procedimiento (p=0,0001. Conclusión: La epidurografía diagnóstica no tiene utilidad al momento de intentar correlacionar el sitio de fibrosis epidural con la presentación clínica en los pacientes con síndrome poslaminectomía.Introduction: Epidurography is an invasive technique that evaluates deformities and eventual occupation of the epidural space, besides being easy to perform, reliable and inexpensive, is part of the management algorithm of post

  7. Fibrocytes in pulmonary fibrosis: a brief synopsis

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    Shyam Maharaj

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Fibrocytes are bone marrow-derived, circulating mesenchymal progenitor cells that play a role in several fibrotic disorders, including lung fibrosis. They are attracted to injured tissue by various chemokines. It is likely that fibrocytes play a detrimental role in tissue homeostasis and promote fibrosis, although this paradigm needs further confirmation. This would make fibrocytes a possible novel treatment target for fibrotic disorders. Fibrocytes also have some potential as a biomarker for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF and other diseases, but the promising preliminary data from single centre studies still require independent validation. Despite several, as yet, unresolved issues, it has become clear that fibrocytes are more than an incidental finding in lung injury and repair, and may hold great promise for the future of IPF management.

  8. [Regeneration and fibrosis of corneal tissues].

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    Simirskiĭ, V N

    2014-01-01

    In this review, the features of the regeneration of corneal tissue and its disorders leading to the development of fibrosis are considered. The data on the presence of stem (clonogenic) cell pool in the corneal tissues (epithelium, endothelium, stroma) are given; these cells can serve as a source for regeneration of the tissues at injury or various diseases. The main steps of regeneration of corneal tissues and their disorders that lead to outstripping proliferation of myofibroblasts and secretion of extracellular matrix in the wound area and eventually cause the formation of connective tissue scar and corneal opacity are considered. Particular attention is given to the successes of translational medicine in the treatment of corneal tissue fibrosis. The methods of cell therapy aimed at the restoration of stem cell pool of corneal tissues are the most promising. Gene therapy provides more opportunities; one of its main objectives is the suppression of the myofibroblast proliferation responsible for the development of fibrosis.

  9. en pacientes con obesidad

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    Alcia María Alvarado Sánchez

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este estudio fue evaluar la eficacia de una intervención psicológica en pacientes con obesidad. Se utilizó un diseño cuasiexperimental con un grupo de estudio y un grupo control. Después de la intervención, se encontró una diferencia significativa en la reducción de peso entre los grupos. Asimismo, hubo un incremento significativo en la autoestima del grupo estudiado.

  10. Soledad con espectador

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    2011-01-01

    Este proyecto se plantea como una investigación de las posibilidades del dibujo como una herramienta para relatar una historia propia que se empapa de realidad y de ficción con el deseo de confundir al espectador y suscitarle preguntas. Para ello me he servido de mi propia imagen como personaje central. Éste se presenta duplicado, multiplicado, repetido e interactúa consigo mismo en un espacio imaginario con intención de simular aquello que se revela en el interior de la psique. Mi trabajo se...

  11. Funcionando con la computadora

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    Álvarez, Eduardo; Astiz, Mercedes; Medina, Perla; Montero, Y.; Oliver, María; Rocerau, M. Cristina; VALDEZ, Guillermo; Vecino, María; Vilanova, Silvia

    2004-01-01

    En este trabajo se presenta la descripción y resultados de la segunda etapa de una experiencia planteada con el objetivo de indagar la manera en que los alumnos determinan e interpretan funciones que explican situaciones problemáticas valiéndose de una nueva forma de trabajo en el aula: la utilización de la computadora como herramienta y un programa asistente matemático. La primera etapa consistió en el desarrollo de un taller optativo con alumnos de entre 14 y 15 años de edad del Colegio Dr....

  12. Giochiamo con i robot

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available "Giochiamo con i robot" e' un laboratorio interattivo per grandi e piccini realizzato per l'edizione 2007 del Festival della Scienza di Genova. Lungo un percorso che va dalla telerobotica alla robotica evolutiva, il laboratorio sviluppa il tema di dare intelligenza ai robot. Questo percorso, le cui tappe sono le varie installazioni, si conclude nella "bottega" dove e' possibile costruire e programmare i propri robot o smontare e modificare quelli esposti durante il percorso didattico. I visitatori sono coinvolti in attivita' ludiche grazie alle quali possonoentrare in contatto con alcune delle idee potenti della robotica,

  13. Telomerase and telomere length in pulmonary fibrosis.

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    Liu, Tianju; Ullenbruch, Matthew; Young Choi, Yoon; Yu, Hongfeng; Ding, Lin; Xaubet, Antoni; Pereda, Javier; Feghali-Bostwick, Carol A; Bitterman, Peter B; Henke, Craig A; Pardo, Annie; Selman, Moises; Phan, Sem H

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    In addition to its expression in stem cells and many cancers, telomerase activity is transiently induced in murine bleomycin (BLM)-induced pulmonary fibrosis with increased levels of telomerase transcriptase (TERT) expression, which is essential for fibrosis. To extend these observations to human chronic fibrotic lung disease, we investigated the expression of telomerase activity in lung fibroblasts from patients with interstitial lung diseases (ILDs), including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The results showed that telomerase activity was induced in more than 66% of IPF lung fibroblast samples, in comparison with less than 29% from control samples, some of which were obtained from lung cancer resections. Less than 4% of the human IPF lung fibroblast samples exhibited shortened telomeres, whereas less than 6% of peripheral blood leukocyte samples from patients with IPF or hypersensitivity pneumonitis demonstrated shortened telomeres. Moreover, shortened telomeres in late-generation telomerase RNA component knockout mice did not exert a significant effect on BLM-induced pulmonary fibrosis. In contrast, TERT knockout mice exhibited deficient fibrosis that was independent of telomere length. Finally, TERT expression was up-regulated by a histone deacetylase inhibitor, while the induction of TERT in lung fibroblasts was associated with the binding of acetylated histone H3K9 to the TERT promoter region. These findings indicate that significant telomerase induction was evident in fibroblasts from fibrotic murine lungs and a majority of IPF lung samples, whereas telomere shortening was not a common finding in the human blood and lung fibroblast samples. Notably, the animal studies indicated that the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis was independent of telomere length.

  14. Neutral zone and oral submucous fibrosis

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    Shaista Afroz

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Oral submucous fibrosis is a premalignant condition in which rigidity of the lip, tongue, and palate results in reduced mouth opening and tongue movement. Limited mouth opening, mucosal rigidity, and reduced salivary flow makes prosthodontic procedures difficult in these patients and affects the stability, retention, and the support of removable prostheses. The burning sensation in the mouth that these patients experience reduces the tolerance to prostheses. We report a case of oral submucous fibrosis where the conventional neutral zone technique with certain modifications was utilized to rehabilitate a completely edentulous patient with this condition.

  15. Genetics of Cystic Fibrosis: Clinical Implications.

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    Egan, Marie E

    2016-03-01

    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a common life-shortening autosomal recessive genetic disorder caused by mutations in the gene that encodes for the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein (CFTR). Almost 2000 variants in the CFTR gene have been identified. The mutational classes are based on the functional consequences on CFTR. New therapies are being developed to target mutant CFTR and restore CFTR function. Understanding specific CF genotypes is essential for providing state-of-the art care to patients. In addition to the variation in CFTR genotype, there are several modifier genes that contribute to the respiratory phenotype.

  16. Diagnosis of Adult Patients with Cystic Fibrosis.

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    Nick, Jerry A; Nichols, David P

    2016-03-01

    The diagnosis of cystic fibrosis (CF) is being made with increasing frequency in adults. Patients with CF diagnosed in adulthood typically present with respiratory complaints, and often have recurrent or chronic airway infection. At the time of initial presentation individuals may appear to have clinical manifestation limited to a single organ, but with subclinical involvement of the respiratory tract. Adult-diagnosed patients have a good response to CF center care, and newly available cystic fibrosis transmembrane receptor-modulating therapies are promising for the treatment of residual function mutation, thus increasing the importance of the diagnosis in adults with unexplained bronchiectasis.

  17. Angiotensinogen Gene Transcription in Pulmonary Fibrosis

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    Uhal, Bruce D.; Dang, My-Trang T.; Li, Xiaopeng; Abdul-Hafez, Amal

    2012-01-01

    An established body of literature supports the hypothesis that activation of a local tissue angiotensin (ANG) system in the extravascular tissue compartment of the lungs is required for lung fibrogenesis. Transcriptional activation of the angiotensinogen (AGT) gene is believed to be a critical and necessary step in this activation. This paper summarizes the data in support of this theory and discusses transcriptional regulation of AGT, with an emphasis on lung AGT synthesis as a determinant of fibrosis severity. Genetic data linking AGT polymorphisms to the severity of disease in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis are also discussed. PMID:22500179

  18. Angiotensinogen Gene Transcription in Pulmonary Fibrosis

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    Bruce D. Uhal

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available An established body of literature supports the hypothesis that activation of a local tissue angiotensin (ANG system in the extravascular tissue compartment of the lungs is required for lung fibrogenesis. Transcriptional activation of the angiotensinogen (AGT gene is believed to be a critical and necessary step in this activation. This paper summarizes the data in support of this theory and discusses transcriptional regulation of AGT, with an emphasis on lung AGT synthesis as a determinant of fibrosis severity. Genetic data linking AGT polymorphisms to the severity of disease in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis are also discussed.

  19. The cystic fibrosis of exocrine pancreas

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    Wilschanski, Michael; Novak, Ivana

    2013-01-01

    The cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein is highly expressed in the pancreatic duct epithelia and permits anions and water to enter the ductal lumen. This results in an increased volume of alkaline fluid allowing the highly concentrated proteins secreted by the acinar...... cells to remain in a soluble state. This work will expound on the pathophysiology and pathology caused by the malfunctioning CFTR protein with special reference to ion transport and acid-base abnormalities both in humans and animal models. We will also discuss the relationship between cystic fibrosis...

  20. The Role of PPARs in Lung Fibrosis

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    Heather F. Lakatos

    2007-01-01

    wound healing. PPARβ/δ agonists inhibit lung fibroblast proliferation and enhance the antifibrotic properties of PPARγ agonists. PPARγ ligands oppose the profibrotic effect of TGF-β, which induces differentiation of fibroblasts to myofibroblasts, a critical effector cell in fibrosis. PPARγ ligands, including the thiazolidinedione class of antidiabetic drugs, effectively inhibit lung fibrosis in vitro and in animal models. The clinical availability of potent and selective PPARα and PPARγ agonists should facilitate rapid development of successful treatment strategies based on current and ongoing research.

  1. Living with Cystic Fibrosis: A Guide for the Young Adult.

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    Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Atlanta, GA.

    Intended for the young adult with cystic fibrosis, the booklet provides information on dealing with problems and on advances in treatment and detection related to the disease. Addressed are the following topics: description of cystic fibrosis; inheritance of cystic fibrosis; early diagnosis; friends, careers, and other matters; treatment;…

  2. 78 FR 26681 - Medical Criteria for Evaluating Cystic Fibrosis

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    2013-05-07

    ... ADMINISTRATION RIN 0960-AF58 Medical Criteria for Evaluating Cystic Fibrosis AGENCY: Social Security....04 to evaluate claims involving cystic fibrosis in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the... information on the disability program. 2. Information for individuals with cystic fibrosis who apply...

  3. [Endomyocardial fibrosis with massive calcification of the left ventricle].

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    Trigo, Joana; Camacho, Ana; Gago, Paula; Candeias, Rui; Santos, Walter; Marques, Nuno; Matos, Pedro; Brandão, Victor; Gomes, Veloso

    2010-03-01

    Endomyocardial fibrosis is a rare disease, endemic in tropical countries. It is characterized by fibrosis of the endocardium that can extend to myocardium. Important calcification of the endocardium is rare with only a few cases reported in the literature. We report a case of endomyocardial fibrosis in a european caucasian patient, associated with massive calcification of left ventricle.

  4. Doxycycline Attenuated Pulmonary Fibrosis Induced by Bleomycin in Mice

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    Fujita, Masaki; Ye, Qing; Ouchi, Hiroshi; Harada, Eiji; Inoshima, Ichiro; Kuwano, Kazuyoshi; Nakanishi, Yoichi

    2006-01-01

    The administration of doxycycline prior to bleomycin in mice attenuated pulmonary fibrosis. Bronchoalveolar neutrophil influx and gelatinase activity, but not caseinolytic activity, were attenuated by doxycycline. Established fibrosis was not affected by doxycycline. Thus, doxycycline might be useful for slowing down pulmonary fibrosis by biological activity other than antibacterial activity.

  5. Left ventricular diastolic function in patients with advanced cystic fibrosis.

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    Koelling, Todd M; Dec, G William; Ginns, Leo C; Semigran, Marc J

    2003-05-01

    To assess left ventricular systolic and diastolic function in adult patients with cystic fibrosis using radionuclide ventriculography. Although myocardial fibrosis has been described in autopsy specimens of patients with cystic fibrosis, the possibility that myocardial dysfunction may occur during life in adult patients with cystic fibrosis has not been explored. To assess the possibility of cardiac dysfunction occurring in cystic fibrosis, we studied 40 patients with advanced cystic fibrosis with first-pass radionuclide ventriculography and compared them to 9 patients with advanced bronchiectasis and 18 normal control subjects. Indexes of right ventricular systolic function were similarly impaired in patients with cystic fibrosis and patients with bronchiectasis. Left ventricular ejection fraction of patients with cystic fibrosis, patients with bronchiectasis, and normal control subjects did not differ. Fractional left ventricular filling at 50% of diastole, an index of diastolic function, was significantly lower in patients with cystic fibrosis (54 +/- 13%, mean +/- SD) in comparison to patients with bronchiectasis (66 +/- 4%, p = 0.009) or normal control subjects (69 +/- 14, p = 0.0002). The contribution of atrial systole to total diastolic left ventricular filling was greater in patients with cystic fibrosis (38 +/- 18%) than in patients with bronchiectasis (21 +/- 4%, p = 0.01) or normal control subjects (25 +/- 12%, p = 0.01). Patients with advanced cystic fibrosis demonstrate impaired left ventricular distensibility when compared to normal control subjects and patients with bronchiectasis. Patients with cystic fibrosis may be at risk of heart failure due to right ventricular dysfunction or left ventricular diastolic dysfunction.

  6. Fibrosis Quística: comparativa de tres cuestionarios de calidad de vida

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    Comprender cuáles son los determinantes de la calidad de vida relacionada con la salud (CVRS) en fibrosis quística (FQ) podría ayudar al desarrollo de intervenciones para mejorarla. Cómo refiera una persona cuál es su CVRS puede estar influido por muchas variables: demográficas, clínicas, psicológicas y sociales. Algunos de estos factores probablemente estén interrelacionados, pero es útil tenerlos en cuenta cuando se diseña, analiza e interpretan estudios que midan la CVRS, ya que pueden inf...

  7. Usefulness of an index score as a predictor of hepatic fibrosis in obese patients undergoing bariatric surgery Utilidad de un índice de puntuación como predictor de fibrosis hepática en pacientes obesos sometidos a cirugía bariátrica

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    R. Díez Rodríguez

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    Full Text Available Objective: to evaluate the usefulness of a non-invasive clinical score to predict liver fibrosis in the steatosis associated with morbid obesity. Patients and methods: we included 88 patients, who underwent bariatric surgery in the Sanitary Area of León, Spain, and who showed a liver biopsy with steatosis greater than 5%. This is a retrospective study in which the rate of fibrosis is calculated from tests performed during the preoperative period, and is then compared to data from intraoperative hepatic biopsies. The analysis population was grouped according to the presence of advanced fibrosis in the liver biopsy (grade 3-4 or its absence (grade 0-2. The cutoff used for diagnosing advanced fibrosis was 0.676 (high cutoff point, and the cutoff point to exclude advanced fibrosis was -1.455 (low cutoff. Results: the prevalence of advanced fibrosis in the histological samples was 5.5%, and 65.9% of patients had no fibrosis. The cutoff for a low negative predictive value was 100%, and sensitivity was 100%. The cutoff point for a high positive predictive value was 1.7%, and specificity was 31.3%. Conclusions: this scoring system for morbidly obese patients eligible for bariatric surgery allows to identify those without advanced fibrosis, but cannot predict who may have advanced fibrosis.Objetivo: evaluar la utilidad de un índice de puntuación clínica no invasivo para predecir fibrosis hepática en la esteatosis asociada a la obesidad mórbida. Pacientes y métodos: se incluyeron 88 pacientes, intervenidos de cirugía bariátrica en el área sanitaria de León, que presentaron en la biopsia hepática una esteatosis mayor del 5%. Se trata de un estudio retrospectivo en el que se calculó el índice de fibrosis a partir de los datos analíticos del preoperatorio, y se comparó su resultado con los datos de la biopsia hepática intraoperatoria realizada. Para el análisis los pacientes fueron agrupados según presentaban en la biopsia hep

  8. fertilizada con diferentes abonos

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    Jorge Alberto Elizondo-Salazar

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Producción y calidad de la biomasa de morera (Morus alba fertilizada con diferentes abonos. Se llevó a cabo un experimento en la Estación Experimental “Alfredo Volio Mata” de la Universidad de Costa Rica con el fi n de evaluar la aplicación de 150 kg de N/ha/año proveniente de dos abonos orgánicos: lombriabono y compostaje; y de un fertilizante químico, sobre la producción y calidad de la biomasa de morera. El periodo experimental comprendió un ciclo de 12 meses, iniciando en julio del 2003 y fi nalizando en julio del 2004. Se utilizó una plantación de morera de 12 años de establecida con una densidad de siembra de 27.777 plantas/ ha. Se empleó un diseño de bloques completos al azar con cuatro tratamientos: dos abonos orgánicos, nitrato de amonio (33,5% N y un control. Las plantas se podaron a 0,6 m sobre el nivel del suelo al inicio del ensayo. Durante el periodo experimental, las plantas fueron podadas consecutivamente cada 90 días. Las hojas y los tallos fueron separados y analizados para determinar el contenido de materia seca y proteína cruda. La producción de materia seca fue 23% superior y el contenido de proteína cruda fue signifi cativamente mayor con el nitrógeno químico, mientras que el contenido de materia seca fue menor. No se encontraron diferencias signifi cativas entre el tratamiento control y los tratamientos orgánicos.

  9. Global analysis of gene expression in pulmonary fibrosis reveals distinct programs regulating lung inflammation and fibrosis

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    Kaminski, Naftali; Allard, John D.; Pittet, Jean F.; Zuo, Fengrong; Griffiths, Mark J. D.; Morris, David; Huang, Xiaozhu; Sheppard, Dean; Heller, Renu A.

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    The molecular mechanisms of pulmonary fibrosis are poorly understood. We have used oligonucleotide arrays to analyze the gene expression programs that underlie pulmonary fibrosis in response to bleomycin, a drug that causes lung inflammation and fibrosis, in two strains of susceptible mice (129 and C57BL/6). We then compared the gene expression patterns in these mice with 129 mice carrying a null mutation in the epithelial-restricted integrin 6 subunit (6/-), which develop inflammation but are protected from pulmonary fibrosis. Cluster analysis identified two distinct groups of genes involved in the inflammatory and fibrotic responses. Analysis of gene expression at multiple time points after bleomycin administration revealed sequential induction of subsets of genes that characterize each response. The availability of this comprehensive data set should accelerate the development of more effective strategies for intervention at the various stages in the development of fibrotic diseases of the lungs and other organs.

  10. Progressive fibrosis of the quadriceps muscle FIBROSIS PROGRESIVA DEL CUÁDRICEPS

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    Enrique Vergara-Amador; Jorge Andrés Largo González

    2011-01-01

    Background. Fibrosis of the quadriceps in children is a frequently reported pathology which is associated with antibiotics having been injected into the thigh. This study presents a series of patients having a common background of having had a single pentavalent vaccine dose or injectable vitamin K and presenting progressive fibrosis of the quadriceps muscle. Materials and methods. Seven children were found who had progressive unilateral retraction of the knee. Six of them had a background of...

  11. Clinical application of noninvasive diagnosis of liver fibrosis

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    ZHU Chuanlong

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Hepatic fibrosis is the common outcome of chronic liver diseases of various causes. At present, liver biopsy is the “gold standard” for the diagnosis of liver fibrosis, but it has limitations and is invasive, which leads to the development of noninvasive assessment of liver fibrosis. The article mainly introduces the technology and application of noninvasive diagnosis of liver fibrosis from the aspects of clinical manifestation, serology, and radiology. It has pointed out the clinical value of these noninvasive diagnosis techniques, and it discusses the progress in clinical research and its limitations for noninvasive diagnosis of liver fibrosis.

  12. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis: history and epidemiology

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    Thomsen, Henrik S

    2009-01-01

    Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) is a new disease; the first case was diagnosed in 1997. It took 9 years before an association between NSF and gadolinium-based contrast agents (Gd-CAs) was identified. Gadolinium has several advantages for use in relation to enhanced MRI, but it is also a toxic...

  13. Barriers to adherence in cystic fibrosis

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    Bregnballe, Vibeke; Schiøtz, Peter Oluf

    2012-01-01

    Danish patients with cystic fibrosis aged 14 to 25 years and their parents. Conclusions: The present study showed that the majority of adolescents with CF and their parents experienced barriers to treatment adherence. Patients and parents agreed that the three most common barriers encountered lack...

  14. Inhalation of antibiotics in cystic fibrosis

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    Touw, D J; Brimicombe, R W; Hodson, M E; Heijerman, H G; Bakker, W

    Aerosol administration of antipseudomonal antibiotics is commonly used in cystic fibrosis. However, its contribution to the improvement of lung function, infection and quality of life is not well-established. All articles published from 1965 until the present time concerning the inhalation of

  15. Pirfenidone treatment in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Salih, Goran Nadir; Shaker, Saher Burhan; Madsen, Helle Dall;

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Pirfenidone was approved by the European Medicines Agency and introduced in most European countries in 2011 for treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). OBJECTIVE: To describe the national Danish experiences of pirfenidone treatment for IPF during 30 months with respect...

  16. Nutritional assessment in children with cystic fibrosis

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    Optimal nutrition, including consuming 35–40% of calories (kcal) as fat, is a vital part of the management of cystic fibrosis (CF), and involves accurate assessment of dietary intake. We compared 3 methods of nutritional assessment in 8– to 14-year-old children (n=20) with CF: 1) a 24-h Dietary Reca...

  17. Zinc supplementation in children with cystic fibrosis

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    Cystic fibrosis (CF) leads to malabsorption of macro- and micronutrients. Symptomatic zinc deficiency has been reported in CF but little is known about zinc homeostasis in children with CF. Zinc supplementation (Zn suppl) is increasingly common in children with CF but it is not without theoretcial r...

  18. Agmatine attenuates silica-induced pulmonary fibrosis.

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    El-Agamy, D S; Sharawy, M H; Ammar, E M

    2014-06-01

    There is a large body of evidence that nitric oxide (NO) formation is implicated in mediating silica-induced pulmonary fibrosis. As a reactive free radical, NO may not only contribute to lung parenchymal tissue injury but also has the ability to combine with superoxide and form a highly reactive toxic species peroxynitrite that can induce extensive cellular toxicity in the lung tissues. This study aimed to explore the effect of agmatine, a known NO synthase inhibitor, on silica-induced pulmonary fibrosis in rats. Male Sprague Dawley rats were treated with agmatine for 60 days following a single intranasal instillation of silica suspension (50 mg in 0.1 ml saline/rat). The results revealed that agmatine attenuated silica-induced lung inflammation as it decreased the lung wet/dry weight ratio, protein concentration, and the accumulation of the inflammatory cells in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. Agmatine showed antifibrotic activity as it decreased total hydroxyproline content of the lung and reduced silica-mediated lung inflammation and fibrosis in lung histopathological specimen. In addition, agmatine significantly increased superoxide dismutase (p pulmonary nitrite/nitrate as well as tumor necrosis factor α. Collectively, these results demonstrate the protective effects of agmatine against the silica-induced lung fibrosis that may be attributed to its ability to counteract the NO production, lipid peroxidation, and regulate cytokine effects.

  19. Craniofacial morphology in children with cystic fibrosis.

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    Hellsing, E; Brattström, V; Strandvik, B

    1992-04-01

    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a hereditary metabolic disorder with clinical symptoms of abnormal mucus production. This blocks the airways, gives pancreatic insufficiency, and increases sweat electrolytes. The progressive respiratory disease often leads to respiratory insufficiency and cor pulmonale. The aim of the present investigation was to examine the facial morphology in children with cystic fibrosis. The sample comprised 11 children with cystic fibrosis, who were divided in two groups, one with gastrointestinal disorders and the other with predominantly respiratory insufficiency. Eleven healthy children with normal occlusions were selected as controls. Lateral skull radiographs obtained in natural head posture were digitized, and linear and angular variables for the different groups calculated and compared statistically. The cystic fibrosis group showed open bite, decreased posterior facial height, increased mandibular and craniocervical inclination. Additionally, within the CF-group, the children with respiratory insufficiency differed more from the controls than the children with gastrointestinal disorders. Despite the small number of subjects, the facial morphology of the CF children showed a similar pattern to that of children with nasal respiratory obstruction due to enlarged adenoids or tonsils.

  20. Inhalation of antibiotics in cystic fibrosis

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    Touw, D J; Brimicombe, R W; Hodson, M E; Heijerman, H G; Bakker, W

    1995-01-01

    Aerosol administration of antipseudomonal antibiotics is commonly used in cystic fibrosis. However, its contribution to the improvement of lung function, infection and quality of life is not well-established. All articles published from 1965 until the present time concerning the inhalation of antibi

  1. Cystic fibrosis : terminology and diagnostic algorithms

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    De Boeck, K; Wilschanski, M; Castellani, C; Taylor, C; Cuppens, H; Dodge, J; Sinaasappel, M

    2006-01-01

    There is great heterogeneity in the clinical manifestations of cystic fibrosis (CF). Some patients may have all the classical manifestations of CF from infancy and have a relatively poor prognosis, while others have much milder or even atypical disease manifestations and still carry mutations on eac

  2. Psychosocial problems in children with cystic fibrosis

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    Bregnballe, V; Thastum, M; Schiøtz, P O

    2007-01-01

    AIM: To compare the well-being of children (7-14 years) with cystic fibrosis (CF) (n = 43) with the well-being of healthy controls (n = 1121). METHODS: The self-report questionnaire Beck Youth Inventories (BYI) was used to study depression, anxiety, anger, disruptive behaviour and self...

  3. [Retroperitoneal fibrosis and multiple myeloma: fortuitous association?].

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    Sinapi, I; Caers, J; Connerotte, T; Koutaissoff, S; Lambert, M

    2010-05-01

    We report a 59-year-old man presenting with retroperitoneal fibrosis (RF) associated with IgG lambda multiple myeloma. Recent clinical and immunohistochemical findings suggest that RF might be a particular expression of plasma cell/lymphoid dyscrasia, and that this association is not merely fortuitous. We review the pathophysiological evidence supporting this hypothesis.

  4. Intestinal organoids as model for cystic fibrosis

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    Dekkers, J.F.

    2015-01-01

    Recent advances in adult stem cell culture technology have enabled long-term in vitro expansion of intestinal organoids or ‘mini-guts’. In this thesis, we used the organoid model to develop a novel assay to measure function of CFTR, the protein mutated in subjects with cystic fibrosis (CF). This met

  5. The lived experience with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Overgaard, Dorthe; Kaldan, Gudrun; Marsaa, Kristoffer

    2016-01-01

    The disease course in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is variable, but patients experience a progressive decline in lung function and increased symptom burden leading to death. Little is known about the patients' experience and their needs during the disease course or about the burden on family...

  6. Collagen immunostains can distinguish capsular fibrous tissue from septal fibrosis and may help stage liver fibrosis.

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    Chen, Wei; Rock, Jonathan B; Yearsley, Martha M; Hanje, A James; Frankel, Wendy L

    2014-01-01

    Core-needle biopsy remains essential for diagnosis of cirrhosis; however, evaluation of fibrosis in such biopsies is often challenging due to the fragmented nature of cirrhotic liver specimens. It is also common to see portions of liver capsules present in the biopsy which adds to the diagnostic challenge. The distinction between capsular/subcapsular fibrous tissue and septal fibrosis is critical to avoid potential overstaging of liver fibrosis. We compared the differential immunostaining in liver capsular and septal areas for collagens III, IV, V, VI, vitronectin, laminin, Orcein, and Trichrome in 15 whole sections of explanted cirrhotic livers and 5 simulated liver biopsies. Collagens III, IV, V, VI, Trichrome, and Orcein show distinct staining patterns in capsular fibrous tissue and septal fibrosis. Collagen IV shows strong diffuse septal staining and consistently weak to negative capsular staining. Collagens III and VI stain similar to IV for septal fibrosis, whereas collagen V, Trichrome, and Orcein show strong staining in both areas. Collagen IV, possibly with III or VI in addition to the routine Trichrome and hematoxylin and eosin stain, is useful in differentiating capsular fibrous tissue from septal fibrosis on challenging and fragmented liver biopsies.

  7. Reseña histórica de la fibrosis quística y su estudio y tratamiento en Cuba

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    José Antonio González Valdés

    Full Text Available Se revisan los aspectos históricos, la fisiopatología, diagnóstico y tratamiento actualizado de la fibrosis quística, así como su magnitud en el mundo y en Cuba. Se plantean los aspectos relacionados con la creación en 1974 de la Comisión Cubana de Fibrosis Quística por el profesor Manuel Rojo Concepción y colaboradores, el trabajo de esta en estos 40 años y los retos actuales y futuros.

  8. Nutrient Status of Adults with Cystic Fibrosis

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    GORDON, CATHERINE M.; ANDERSON, ELLEN J.; HERLYN, KAREN; HUBBARD, JANE L.; PIZZO, ANGELA; GELBARD, RONDI; LAPEY, ALLEN; MERKEL, PETER A.

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    Nutrition is thought to influence disease status in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). This cross-sectional study sought to evaluate nutrient intake and anthropometric data from 64 adult outpatients with cystic fibrosis. Nutrient intake from food and supplements was compared with the Dietary Reference Intakes for 16 nutrients and outcomes influenced by nutritional status. Attention was given to vitamin D and calcium given potential skeletal implications due to cystic fibrosis. Measurements included weight, height, body composition, pulmonary function, and serum metabolic parameters. Participants were interviewed about dietary intake, supplement use, pulmonary function, sunlight exposure, and pain. The participants’ mean body mass index (±standard deviation) was 21.8±4.9 and pulmonary function tests were normal. Seventy-eight percent used pancreatic enzyme replacement for malabsorption. Vitamin D deficiency [25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD)<37.5 nmol/L] was common: 25 (39%) were deficient despite adequate vitamin D intake. Lipid profiles were normal in the majority, even though total and saturated fat consumption represented 33.0% and 16.8% of energy intake, respectively. Reported protein intake represented 16.9% of total energy intake (range 10%–25%). For several nutrients, including vitamin D and calcium, intake from food and supplements in many participants exceeded recommended Tolerable Upper Intake Levels. Among adults with cystic fibrosis, vitamin D deficiency was common despite reported adequate intake, and lipid profiles were normal despite a relatively high fat intake. Mean protein consumption was adequate, but the range of intake was concerning, as both inadequate or excessive intake may have deleterious skeletal effects. These findings call into question the applicability of established nutrient thresholds for patients with cystic fibrosis. PMID:18060897

  9. sistema Web con JSP

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    César Viloria Núñez

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    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta el desarrollo de un sistema de información que permite la adquisición y la administración de información relacionada con los signos vitales como la presión arterial, la frecuencia cardiaca y respiratoria, y la saturación de oxígeno en la sangre de un paciente. La implementación del sistema se basa en una solución Web, permitiendo así que médicos especialistas puedan monitorear a sus pacientes desde cualquier punto conectado a la red en tiempo real y, al mismo tiempo, dar indicaciones críticas al personal médico que se encuentra en el lugar con el paciente.

  10. USO DEL TAMOXIFENO PARA TRATAMIENTO DE LA FIBROSIS SISTÉMICA NEFROGÉNICA

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    Full Text Available La fibrosis sistémica nefrogénica (FSN es una entidad infrecuente, que se desarrolla en pacientes insuficientes renales en diálisis, vinculándose su etiopatogenia con diversos factores tales como el uso de gadolinio intravenoso, el antecedente de cirugías vasculares, etc.El Tamoxifeno, es un modulador selectivo (inhibición competitiva de los receptores estrogénicos, que posee propiedades antifibróticas las cuales se emplean para el tratamiento de entidades tales como: fibrosis retroperitoneal, esclerosis peritoneal asociada a diálisis peritoneal, tumores desmoides y en algunos casos de esclerodermia.En el presente articulo presentamos la hipótesis original de que el tamoxifeno, por su propiedades fibrinolíticas, podría ser una terapia no inmunosupresora potencialmente útil para el tratamiento de la fibrosis sistémica nefrogénica, evitándose desde ya su uso en pacientes portadores de contraindicaciones para recibirlo.

  11. Trabajando fractales con Winlogo

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    Sabogal, Sonia; Arenas, Gilberto

    2007-01-01

    Después de una breve introducción en la cual se establecerán algunos conceptos teóricos básicos de la geometría fractal, se realizarán talleres en los cuales, con ayuda de las herramientas que trabaja el software WinLogo, se construirán diversos fractales, analizando sus principales características (autosimilitud, dimensión, etc.)

  12. Transporte forestal con cables

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    Anaya L. Héctor J.

    2012-01-01

    La explotación forestal es un problema fundamentalmente de transporte. El apeo y la preparación de las trozas, aunque a veces presentan algunas dificultades, son operaciones fáciles de resolver comparadas con la operación de transporte la cual absorbe del 60% al 70% o más del costo total del aprovechamiento del bosque. El 30% o 40% restante es absorbido por las faenas previas de apeo y troceo.

  13. Encuentros con Elena Poniatowska

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    Uzquiza González, José Ignacio

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    El autor analiza, desde su encuentro con Elena Poniatowska, la vertiente de la literatura testimonial como literatura de mujeres. Un análisis interior de la relación entre realidad y ficción, entre Elena, Jesusa o Tinísima. The author analyzes testimonial literature from the perspective of female literature through his meeting with Elena Poniatowska. An analysis of reality vs. Fiction in Elena, Jesusa and Tinisima.

  14. pacientes con falla cardiaca

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    Diana Marcela Achury Saldaña

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: determinar la adherencia al tratamiento de pacientes con falla cardiaca hospitalizados, al aplicar un plan educativo quefomenta el autocuidado.Método: estudio cuasiexperimental (entrevistas enfermera-paciente realizado entre diciembre de 2004 y mayo de 2006, con unamuestra de 50 pacientes seleccionados por conveniencia. Se diseñó un instrumento para evaluar los comportamientos de los pacientes,con base en algunos resultados de la adherencia y sus respectivos indicadores de la taxonomía NOC (Nursing out comes classification. Laadherencia al tratamiento fue medida en dos momentos: el primero durante la hospitalización, seguido de la aplicación del plan educativoantes del alta, que proporcionaba información en el manejo de su enfermedad desde una dimensión física, psicológica y social quepromueve el autocuidado; y el segundo un mes después del alta en su domicilio.Resultados: diferencias estadísticamente significativas (P=0,0001 que demuestran cómo mediante la capacitación al paciente enel manejo de su tratamiento farmacológico y no farmacológico, el establecimiento de una sana relación entre el profesional de enfermeríay el paciente, y la participación de la familia, se logra una total adherencia al tratamiento.Conclusiones: para lograr una adherencia total del paciente con falla cardiaca al tratamiento es necesario un proceso educativo y unseguimiento continuo y personalizado que motive permanentemente al paciente y se le reconozca el papel protagónico en su cuidado y manejo de la enfermedad.

  15. Lectura con adolescentes

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    Silvia Méndez Anchía

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    Full Text Available Con base en la premisa de que la lectura de textos literarios tiene una función formadora y que esta se acentúa en la adolescencia, me propongo demostrar que el cuento “Rapunzel” puede utilizarse como estrategia para explorar algunas situaciones que los sujetos adolescentes perciben como particulares en relación con su vida, pero que se inscriben dentro de grandes problemáticas estudiadas por varias disciplinas. Para ello, he identificado, desde dos marcos de referencia (sociológico y psicoanalítico, diversas problemáticas y discursos que se desprenden de la lectura del cuento realizada por dos mujeres adolescentes, quienes respondieron una guía de lectura y participaron en una entrevista a profundidad. Concluyo que la lectura y comentario del cuento hacen posible que una serie de experiencias que los sujetos adolescentes viven como únicas (como el embarazo de una amiga, las críticas de las personas adultas y las exigencias de padres y madres, ingresen en el circuito de los conocimientos generales al relacionarlas con los discursos y problemáticas en que se inscriben (por ejemplo, el discurso de la “crisis” de la adolescencia, el enfoque de derechos humanos, el mundo fantasmático materno. Por ello, recomiendo la lectura y comentario de textos literarios como estrategia didáctica para contribuir a la elaboración de la subjetividad de personas adolescentes.

  16. Multidisciplinary care in cystic fibrosis: a clinical-nutrition review Atención multidisciplinaria en la fibrosis quística: una revisión clínica y nutricional

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    A. Haack

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    Full Text Available The multidisciplinary care, at different referral centers of cystic fibrosis, is aimed at monitoring and treating cystic fibrosis patients. Mortality attributed to this hereditary disease is high, since it affects the exocrine glands, involving multiple organs, and evolves in a chronic, progressive way. However, systemized care and the improved, shared understanding of gastroenterologists, nutritionists and pulmonologists, contribute to prolonged survival and abated morbimortality. The aim of this study is to describe the main aspects of clinical and nutritional intervention in cystic fibrosis patients so that monitoring by a multidisciplinary team is optimized and performed as early as possible. The review was carried out on articles indexed in the Medline, Lilacs, SciELO, Current Contents and Cochrane databases, finding 189 articles in Portuguese, English and Spanish, with emphasis on articles published between 2000 and 2011. Due to the scientific relevant contribution, some publications before 2000 were included totalized 77 related to the multidisciplinary care. The reviewed studies suggest that multidisciplinary care is essential for knowledge integration in order to impose permanent update of scientific information, thereby contributing to the development of intervention strategies that enhance survival and motivate the development of skills to cope with the complex treatment regimen that is necessary for cystic fibrosis treatment and prevention of related complications.La atención multidisciplinaria, en diferentes centros de referencia de la fibrosis quística, tiene por objeto el seguimiento y el tratamiento de pacientes con fibrosis quística. La mortalidad atribuidas a esta enfermedad hereditaria es alto, ya que afecta las glándulas exocrinas, afecta múltiples órganos, y evoluciona de manera crónica y progresiva. Sin embargo, la atención sistematizada y la mejor comprensión compartida de los gastroenterólogos, nutricionistas y

  17. Pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema: Is the emphysema type associated with the pattern of fibrosis?

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    Anastasia; Oikonomou; Paraskevi; Mintzopoulou; Argyris; Tzouvelekis; Petros; Zezos; George; Zacharis; Anastasios; Koutsopoulos; Demosthenes; Bouros; Panos; Prassopoulos

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    AIM: To investigate whether the predominant emphysema type is associated with the high resolution computed tomography(HRCT) pattern of fibrosis in combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema(CPFE).METHODS: Fifty-three smokers with upper lobe emphysema and lower lobe pulmonary fibrosis on- HRCT-were retrospectively evaluated. Patients were stratified into 3 groups according to the predominant type of emphysema: Centrilobular(CLE), paraseptal(PSE), CLE = PSE. Patients were also stratified into 3 other groups according to the predominant type of fibrosis on HRCT: Typical usual interstitial pneumonia(UIP), probable UIP and nonspecific interstitial pneumonia(NSIP). HRCTs were scored at 5 predetermined levels for the coarseness of fibrosis(Coarseness), extent of emphysema(emphysema), extent of interstitial lung disease(Tot Ext ILD), extent of reticular pattern not otherwise specified(Ret NOS), extent of ground glass opacity with traction bronchiectasis(extG GOBx), extent of pure ground glass opacity and extent of honeycombing. HRCT mean scores, pulmonary function tests, diffusion capacity(DLCO) and systolic pulmonary arterial pressure were compared among the groups.RESULTS: The predominant type of emphysema was strongly correlated with the predominant type of fibrosis. The centrilobular emphysema group exhibited a significantly higher extent of emphysema(P P > 0.000). Although the pulmonary arterial pressure was higher in typical UIP group relative to the NSIP group, the difference was not statistically significant.CONCLUSION: In CPFE patients, paraseptal emphysema is associated more with UIP-HRCT pattern and higher extent of fibrosis than centrilobular emphysema.

  18. Cementos con cenizas volantes

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    Ossa M., Mauricio

    1984-03-01

    additions of 20 and 30% .

    Casi la generalidad de los estudios realizados sobre cementos con adición de cenizas volantes se refieren a sus características y comportamiento en pastas, morteros y hormigones, siempre en relación con aquéllos del cemento portland. Esta vez, se desarrolló un trabajo experimental orientado a relacionar entre sí los cementos con adiciones de cenizas volantes y de puzolana natural. Para ello se fabricaron a escala de laboratorio cementos de ambos tipos, empleando como materias primas comunes clinker y yeso y, como variables, diferentes porcentajes de las dos adiciones, que cumplieron previamente los requisitos normalizados en cuanto a sus actividades puzolánicas. La calidad de los cementos fabricados resultó adecuada y concordante con la del cemento portland-puzolánico obtenido a escala industrial con los mismos clinker, yeso y puzolana natural de este estudio. Posteriormente, se determinaron las características de los cementos experimentales y se confeccionaron morteros normales para la realización de ensayos físicos y mecánicos. Los resultados de ensayos indicaron que los cementos con adición de cenizas volantes (CCV requieren menos agua para consistencia normal, presentan tiempos de fraguado mayores y expansiones en autoclave menores que los cementos con adición de puzolana (CP. Los calores de hidratación a 7 y 28 días de edad fueron aproximadamente similares para ambos tipos de cemento. En morteros normales, los cementos CCV mostraron menor retracción de secado, mayor retentividad y mayor fluidez (para igual cantidad de agua que los cementos CP. En los ensayos de exudación se observó que ésta depende más de la finura que el tipo de adición. Finalmente, los ensayos mecánicos señalaron que las resistencias a compresión y flexotracción de los morteros con cementos CCV son menores a edades inferiores que 14 días (del orden de 5 a 10% a un día de edad, pero que a partir de entonces pasan a ser mayores que las de

  19. Stage scoring of liver fibrosis using Mueller matrix microscope

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    Zhou, Jialing; He, Honghui; Wang, Ye; Ma, Hui

    2016-10-01

    Liver fibrosis is a common pathological process of varied chronic liver diseases including alcoholic hepatitis, virus hepatitis, and so on. Accurate evaluation of liver fibrosis is necessary for effective therapy and a five-stage grading system was developed. Currently, experienced pathologists use stained liver biopsies to assess the degree of liver fibrosis. But it is difficult to obtain highly reproducible results because of huge discrepancy among different observers. Polarization imaging technique has the potential of scoring liver fibrosis since it is capable of probing the structural and optical properties of samples. Considering that the Mueller matrix measurement can provide comprehensive microstructural information of the tissues, in this paper, we apply the Mueller matrix microscope to human liver fibrosis slices in different fibrosis stages. We extract the valid regions and adopt the Mueller matrix polar decomposition (MMPD) and Mueller matrix transformation (MMT) parameters for quantitative analysis. We also use the Monte Carlo simulation to analyze the relationship between the microscopic Mueller matrix parameters and the characteristic structural changes during the fibrosis process. The experimental and Monte Carlo simulated results show good consistency. We get a positive correlation between the parameters and the stage of liver fibrosis. The results presented in this paper indicate that the Mueller matrix microscope can provide additional information for the detections and fibrosis scorings of liver tissues and has great potential in liver fibrosis diagnosis.

  20. Atender con ansiedad

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    Alberto Acosta

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Tener una personalidad ansiosa o estar ansioso en una determinada situación hace que atendamos de modo diferente a lo que acontece. Investigaciones recientes están descubriendo las relaciones específicas de la ansiedad-rasgo y de la ansiedad-estado con diferentes procesos atencionales. La intervención terapéutica para aliviar los trastornos de ansiedad, tan frecuentes en nuestra época, se va a beneficiar de este conocimiento.

  1. Arquitectura con discurso

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    Schaposnik, Viviana

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    En particular a la Carrera Arquitectura le compete un doble rol social: uno general, "educar" desde la Universidad y otro, específico, el que le es propio: dar respuesta a las necesidades planteadas por la sociedad haciéndole su lugar: construyéndolo junto con ella. Aparece la figura del "alumno de arquitectura"' nuestro destinatario específico. El alumno de arquitectura, también deberá tomar conciencia, entender, que el "espacio" que él deberá dominar a través d...

  2. Creo con mis dedos

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    S??nchez Aniceto, Monta??a

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    Las artes pl??sticas son muy importantes para los ni??os/as sobre todo para Educaci??n Infantil ya que promueven la creatividad mediante diferentes recursos y t??cnicas lo que favorece su motivaci??n en las competencias desde la edad temprana hasta la adolescencia. Es la primera forma que tiene el ni??o/a de expresarse en el mundo (a trav??s de los garabatos), de comunicarse, compartir sus emociones con los dem??s, creando su propio lenguaje que evolucionar?? hacia el lenguaje oral y escri...

  3. Eugenistas, pero con prudencia

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    Pogliano, Claudio

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    Full Text Available Thinking that one could not describe eugenics like a unique movement, since numerous bound varians took place related to the geographical and cultural context, this article tries to demostrate the peculiarity of the Italian case. If already in 1889 Giuseppe Sergi wanted that the artificial selection take it to end what should make the natural, avoiding the risk of the so called «degeneration», only in the face of the First World War seems to grow the alarm for the decadent quality of the population, finding a more and more wide echo. In 1919 the Siges was born (Società italiana de genetica ed eugenica shocked under the impression of the difusse fear about the butcher the war had caused. From there from now on fastens a «nazional» direction closely related to the traditional thought and also with the new political temper. A «moderate» direction, Fascist, Catholic, that was built in consonance with the pronatalism of the regime and in rough polemic with the presumed Anglo-Saxon eugenics aberration.

    Partiendo de la base de que no se puede describir la eugénica como un movimiento unitario, ya que se produjeron numerosas variantes ligadas al contexto geográfico y cultural, este artículo intenta demostrar la peculiaridad del caso italiano. Si ya en 1889 Giuseppe Sergi deseaba que la selección artificial llevase a cabo lo que debía de hacer la natural, evitando así el riesgo de la «degeneración », sólo ante la Primera Guerra Mundial parece crecer la alarma por la decadente calidad de la población, encontrando un eco cada vez más amplio. En 1919 nació la Sige (Società italiana de genetica ed eugenica bajo la impresión del difuso temor que la carnicería bélica había provocado. De ahí en adelante prende rápidamente una dirección «nazional» que se imbrica tanto con una tradición del pensamiento como con el nuevo temple político. Una dirección «moderada» fascista, católica, que se construyó en consonancia con el

  4. con problemas de aprendizaje

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    Claudia Jaquelina González Trujillo

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Un grupo de niños con diversos problemas de aprendizaje fue atendido bajo un programa de intervención de integración y adaptación social. Mejoras importantes se obtienen en competencias académicas bajo el presente programa de intervención y delimitan áreas de oportunidad para la mejora en aspectos cognitivos como el del proceso de atención e integración social. Las implicaciones de los resultados se discuten bajo un programa de apoyo psicopedagógico para la educación especial.

  5. Mayonesa con quitosano

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    Gaffrey, María Celeste

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    Introducción: El quitosano es un polímero natural que se obtiene a partir de la quitina, la cual forma parte de la estructura de soporte de numerosos organismos vivos, tales como artrópodos (crustáceos e insectos), moluscos y hongos. Presenta propiedades aplicables en los alimentos, como estabilizante, emulsificante, y quelante. No puede ser digerido por los seres humanos por lo cual está considerado como una fibra dietética con un contenido calórico cero. Objetivos: Evaluar...

  6. ROC curves in evaluation of serum fibrosis indices for hepatic fibrosis

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    Min Zheng; Wei-Min Cai; Hong-Lei Weng; Rong-Hua Liu

    2002-01-01

    AIM: Use Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves to find out the relationship between serum level of hyaluronic acid (HA), type Ⅲ procollagen (PCⅢ), N-terminal procollagen Ⅲ peptide (PⅢNP), laminin (LN), type Ⅳ collagen (C-Ⅳ) and hepatic fibrosis, as well as to determine their value in clinical practice.METHODS: 114 serum samples from chronic hepatitis patients were assayed for fibrosis indices including HA, PCⅢ, PⅢNP, LN and Ⅳ-C with radioimmunoassay (RIA). Liver biopsy was also performed in all these patients and the biopsy material was examined histopathologically.RESULTS: ROC curves analysis showed that area under the curve (AUC) of PⅢNP, HA, PCⅢ, C-Ⅳ and LN was 0.800,0.728, 0.727, 0.583 and 0.463, respectively. The analysis also showed that PⅢNP (r=0.452), HA (r=0.497) and PCⅢ (r=0.404) have greater diagnosis performances than C-Ⅳ (r=0.238) and LN (r=0.128) according to fibrosis staging. The sensitivity of HA plus PⅢNP was 55.1%, it was the most sensitive combination. Combined three or more than three indices that based on HA, the specificity was 100 %.Using combination assays can improve the specificity, but its sensitivity was not high. Serum fibrosis indices increased as the grade of inflammation aggravated. But only PⅢNP and PCⅢ had significant difference between G1 and G2 (PⅢNP: 13.16±8.07 VS8.32±5.09; PCⅢ: 164.22±65.69 VS 138.23±77.63). The coefficient correlation of the results of inflammation grade and fibrosis staging to HA was 0.525 and 0.553 respectively, that to PCⅢ, 0.446 and 0.412, that to LN, 0.234 and 0.194, and that to Ⅳ-C, 0.363 and 0.351, respectively.CONCLUSION: Serum fibrosis indices can indicate tendency of hepatic fibrosis, but it cannot replace liver biopsy. However, as diagnostic markers, more efficient serum fibrosis indices for the diagnosis of hepatic fibrosis need to be explored.

  7. Evaluación nutricional dietética en pacientes afectos de fibrosis quística Dietetic nutritional assessment in patients with cystic fibrosis

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    Aida E. Esplugas Montoya

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCCIÓN. La fibrosis quística es una enfermedad hereditaria de transmisión autosómica recesiva, que afecta a las células epiteliales exocrinas, y los órganos más afectados son el páncreas y los pulmones. La esteatorrea es la más importante manifestación clínica y afecta al estado nutritivo, al desarrollo y a la absorción de micronutrientes y vitaminas liposolubles. Mantener un estado nutricional adecuado es un aspecto decisivo en el tratamiento de estos pacientes. El objetivo de este trabajo fue caracterizar el estado nutricional dietético de niños que se encuentran en situaciones de riesgo nutricional. MÉTODOS. Se realizó un estudio descriptivo con un grupo de pacientes afectos de fibrosis quística. El universo comprendió 17 pacientes que recibieron atención médica y seguimiento en el Hospital Pediátrico Docente "William Soler". RESULTADOS. En la encuesta se encontró que la distribución porcentual calórica que aportaron los alimentos consumidos por los pacientes fue del 12 % para las proteínas, del 33 % para las grasas y del 55 % para los carbohidratos. La energía que aportaron los alimentos consumidos ascendió a 3400 kcal, con un intervalo mínimo de 1703 kcal y máximo de 6180 kcal. Para las proteínas el consumo fue de 101 g, con un rango de 49 a 207 g; para las grasas fue de 128 g, con rango de 60 g a 270 g y para los carbohidratos, 457 g con intervalo mínimo de 243 g e intervalo máximo de 704 g. CONCLUSIONES. La evaluación dietética de un niño puede predecir la alteración de su estado nutricional antes de la alteración bioquímica y mucho antes de que se hagan evidentes los signos clínicos de deficiencia.INTRODUCTION: Cystic fibrosis is a hereditary disease of recessive autosomal transmission, affecting the exocrine epithelial cells. The most affected organs are pancreas and lungs. Steatorrhea is the most significant clinical manifestation affecting the nutritional status, development and the

  8. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Treatment and Prognosis

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    Fujimoto, Hajime; Kobayashi, Tetsu; Azuma, Arata

    2015-01-01

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic progressive lung disease with a prognosis that can be worse than for many cancers. The initial stages of the condition were thought to mainly involve chronic inflammation; therefore, corticosteroids and other drugs that have anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive actions were used. However, recently, agents targeting persistent fibrosis resulting from aberrant repair of alveolar epithelial injury have been in the spotlight. There has also been an increase in the number of available antifibrotic treatment options, starting with pirfenidone and nintedanib. These drugs prevent deterioration but do not improve IPF. Therefore, nonpharmacologic approaches such as long-term oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, and lung transplantation must be considered as additional treatment modalities. PMID:27980445

  9. Macrophages in Tissue Repair, Regeneration, and Fibrosis.

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    Wynn, Thomas A; Vannella, Kevin M

    2016-03-15

    Inflammatory monocytes and tissue-resident macrophages are key regulators of tissue repair, regeneration, and fibrosis. After tissue injury, monocytes and macrophages undergo marked phenotypic and functional changes to play critical roles during the initiation, maintenance, and resolution phases of tissue repair. Disturbances in macrophage function can lead to aberrant repair, such that uncontrolled production of inflammatory mediators and growth factors, deficient generation of anti-inflammatory macrophages, or failed communication between macrophages and epithelial cells, endothelial cells, fibroblasts, and stem or tissue progenitor cells all contribute to a state of persistent injury, and this could lead to the development of pathological fibrosis. In this review, we discuss the mechanisms that instruct macrophages to adopt pro-inflammatory, pro-wound-healing, pro-fibrotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic, pro-resolving, and tissue-regenerating phenotypes after injury, and we highlight how some of these mechanisms and macrophage activation states could be exploited therapeutically.

  10. Congenital Fibrosis of the Extraocular Muscles

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    Leyla Niyaz

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Congenital fibrosis of the extraocular muscles (CFEOM is a rare disorder characterized by hereditary non-progressive restrictive strabismus and blepharoptosis. Although most of the cases are bilateral and isolated, some patients may have systemic findings. CFEOM is divided into three groups as CFEOM 1, 2, and 3 according to the phenotype. Primary responsible genes are KIF21A for CFEOM type 1 and 3 and PHOX2A/ARIX gene for CFEOM type 2. Studies suggest that abnormal innervation of the extraocular muscles is the cause of muscle fibrosis. Early treatment is important because of the risk of amblyopia. Surgery is the primary treatment option for strabismus and blepharoptosis. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2014; 44: 312-5

  11. Lymphoplasmacytic Sclerosing Pancreatitis and Retroperitoneal Fibrosis

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    Nigel K. F. Koo Ng

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Although cases of lymphoplasmacytic sclerosing pancreatitis (LSP associated with idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis have been reported, the association is rare. We describe a 74-year-old man who presented with obstructive jaundice and weight loss. Nineteen months earlier, he had been diagnosed with idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis and treated with bilateral ureteric stents. Initial investigations were suggestive of a diagnosis of LSP, however, a malignant cause could not be ruled out. He underwent an exploratory laparotomy and frozen sections confirmed the diagnosis of LSP. An internal biliary bypass was performed using a Roux loop of jejunum, and the patient made an uneventful recovery. This case illustrates the difficulty in distinguishing LSP from pancreatic carcinoma preoperatively.

  12. Inflammation and its genesis in cystic fibrosis.

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    Nichols, David P; Chmiel, James F

    2015-10-01

    The host inflammatory response in cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease has long been recognized as a central pathological feature and an important therapeutic target. Indeed, many believe that bronchiectasis results largely from the oxidative and proteolytic damage comprised within an exuberant airway inflammatory response that is dominated by neutrophils. In this review, we address the longstanding argument of whether or not the inflammatory response is directly attributable to impairment of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator or only secondary to airway obstruction and chronic bacterial infection and challenge the importance of this distinction in the context of therapy. We also review the centrality of neutrophils in CF lung pathophysiology and highlight more recent data that suggest the importance of other cell types and signaling beyond NF-κB activation. We discuss how protease and redox imbalance are critical factors in CF airway inflammation and end by reviewing some of the more promising therapeutic approaches now under development.

  13. Cyclic Nucleotide Signalling in Kidney Fibrosis

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    Elisabeth Schinner

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Kidney fibrosis is an important factor for the progression of kidney diseases, e.g., diabetes mellitus induced kidney failure, glomerulosclerosis and nephritis resulting in chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal disease. Cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP and cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP were implicated to suppress several of the above mentioned renal diseases. In this review article, identified effects and mechanisms of cGMP and cAMP regarding renal fibrosis are summarized. These mechanisms include several signalling pathways of nitric oxide/ANP/guanylyl cyclases/cGMP-dependent protein kinase and cAMP/Epac/adenylyl cyclases/cAMP-dependent protein kinase. Furthermore, diverse possible drugs activating these pathways are discussed. From these diverse mechanisms it is expected that new pharmacological treatments will evolve for the therapy or even prevention of kidney failure.

  14. Cystic fibrosis lung disease in adult patients.

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    Vender, Robert L

    2008-04-01

    As the longevity of all patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) continues to increase (median 2005 survival=36.8 years), more adult patients will be receiving their medical care from nonpediatric adult-care providers. Cystic fibrosis remains a fatal disease, with more than 80% of patients dying after the age of 18 years, and most deaths resulting from pulmonary disease. The changing epidemiology requires adult-care providers to become knowledgeable and competent in the clinical management of adults with CF. Physicians must understand the influence of specific genotype on phenotypic disease presentation and severity, the pathogenic factors determining lung disease onset and progression, the impact of comorbid disease factors such as CF-related diabetes and malnutrition upon lung disease severity, and the currently approved or standard accepted therapies used for chronic management of CF lung disease. This knowledge is critical to help alleviate morbidity and improve mortality for the rapidly expanding population of adults with CF.

  15. Painful connections: densification versus fibrosis of fascia.

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    Pavan, Piero G; Stecco, Antonio; Stern, Robert; Stecco, Carla

    2014-01-01

    Deep fascia has long been considered a source of pain, secondary to nerve pain receptors becoming enmeshed within the pathological changes to which fascia are subject. Densification and fibrosis are among such changes. They can modify the mechanical properties of deep fasciae and damage the function of underlying muscles or organs. Distinguishing between these two different changes in fascia, and understanding the connective tissue matrix within fascia, together with the mechanical forces involved, will make it possible to assign more specific treatment modalities to relieve chronic pain syndromes. This review provides an overall description of deep fasciae and the mechanical properties in order to identify the various alterations that can lead to pain. Diet, exercise, and overuse syndromes are able to modify the viscosity of loose connective tissue within fascia, causing densification, an alteration that is easily reversible. Trauma, surgery, diabetes, and aging alter the fibrous layers of fasciae, leading to fascial fibrosis.

  16. Dental Fusion with Oral Submucous Fibrosis

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    Ramachandran Sudarshan

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Dental Fusion is developmental anomaly due to the union of two tooth germs resulting in a single tooth. It is an infrequent phenomenon but may cause caries, periodontal, cosmetic and malocclusion abnormalities. Oral Submucous Fibrosis is a chronic inflammatory disorder and a precancerous condition affecting oral mucosa causing inability to open the mouth, burning sensation and leathery consistency. This manuscript describes a case of OSMF and dental fusion. [Cukurova Med J 2013; 38(2.000: 308-310

  17. Role of endothelin in lung fibrosis

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    D. Abraham

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Accumulating evidence suggests that idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF results from lung injury primarily following an abnormal wound healing response towards epithelial cell damage. Thus, rather than resulting from chronic inflammation, as thought previously, the inflammatory response acts as a modifier of the fibrogenic response, which can also be influenced by the host’s genetic background and environmental triggers. Several key mediators, including endothelin (ET-1, have been implicated in the fibrosis and scarring associated with IPF. Elevated levels of ET-1 have been detected in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and serum from patients with IPF and increased expression of ET-1 has been detected in small pulmonary blood vessels and macrophages. In vitro data show that ET-1 influences matrix production and degradation by promoting synthesis of collagen type I and III, inhibiting expression of matrix metalloproteinase-1 and promoting matrix remodelling. In addition, ET-1 promotes fibroblast differentiation to a myofibroblastic cell type, inducing the expression of proteins that contribute to a contractile phenotype including -smooth muscle actin. Moreover, ET-1 has been shown to initiate alveolar epithelial cell transition into fibroblast-like cells, a process termed epithelial–mesenchymal transition, and thereby contribute to pulmonary fibrosis. Furthermore, recently reported data from the BUILD (Bosentan Use in Interstitial Lung Disease-1 trial showed a trend towards a delay in time to disease progression or death following treatment with the endothelin receptor antagonist, bosentan, which was especially prominent in patients with biopsy-proven IPF. This adds to the evidence that ET-1 plays an important role in IPF. The present article examines recent evidence for the role of endothelin-1 in pulmonary fibrosis, and particularly, in the control of the function and differentiation of fibroblasts and myofibroblasts.

  18. MicroRNAs in renal fibrosis

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    Arthur Chi-Kong Chung

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available MicroRNAs (miRNAs are endogenous short noncoding RNAs that regulate most of important cellular processes by inhibiting gene expression through the post-transcriptional repression of their target mRNAs. . In kidneys, miRNAs have been associated in renal development, homeostasis, and physiological functions. Results from clinical and experimental animal studies demonstrate that miRNAs play essential roles in the pathogenesis of various renal diseases. Chronic kidney diseases (CKD is characterized by renal fibrosis. Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β is recognized as a major mediator of renal fibrosis because it is able to stimulate the accumulation of extracellular matrix proteins to impair normal kidney function. Recently, emerging evidence demonstrate the relationship between TGF-β signaling and miRNAs expression during renal diseases. TGF-β regulates expression of several microRNAs, such as miR-21, miR-192, miR-200, miR-433, and miR-29. MiR-21, miR-192, and miR-433 which are positively induced by TGF-β signaling play a pathological role in kidney diseases. In contrast, members in both miR-29 and miR-200 families which are inhibited by TGF-β signaling protect kidneys from renal fibrosis by suppressing the deposition of extracellular matrix and preventing epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition, respectively. Clinically, the presence of miRNAs in blood and urine has been examined to be early biomarkers for detecting renal diseases. From experimental animal studies of CKD, targeting microRNAs also provides evidence about therapeutic potential of miRNAs during renal diseases. Now, it comes to the stage to examine the exact mechanisms of miRNAs during the initiation and progression of renal diseases. Therefore, determining the function of miRNAs in renal fibrosis may facilitate the development of both early diagnosis and treatment of renal diseases.

  19. Acute Exacerbations of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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    Collard, Harold R.; Moore, Bethany B.; Flaherty, Kevin R.; Brown, Kevin K.; Kaner, Robert J.; King, Talmadge E.; Lasky, Joseph A.; Loyd, James E.; Noth, Imre; Olman, Mitchell A.; Raghu, Ganesh; Roman, Jesse; Ryu, Jay H.; Zisman, David A.; Hunninghake, Gary W.

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    The natural history of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) has been characterized as a steady, predictable decline in lung function over time. Recent evidence suggests that some patients may experience a more precipitous course, with periods of relative stability followed by acute deteriorations in respiratory status. Many of these acute deteriorations are of unknown etiology and have been termed acute exacerbations of IPF. This perspective is the result of an international effort to summariz...

  20. A comparison of four fibrosis indexes in chronic HCV: Development of new fibrosis-cirrhosis index (FCI

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    Khaliq Saba

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Hepatitis C can lead to liver fibrosis and cirrhosis. We compared readily available non-invasive fibrosis indexes for the fibrosis progression discrimination to find a better combination of existing non-invasive markers. Methods We studied 157 HCV infected patients who underwent liver biopsy. In order to differentiate HCV fibrosis progression, readily available AAR, APRI, FI and FIB-4 serum indexes were tested in the patients. We derived a new fibrosis-cirrhosis index (FCI comprised of ALP, bilirubin, serum albumin and platelet count. FCI = [(ALP × Bilirubin / (Albumin × Platelet count]. Results Already established serum indexes AAR, APRI, FI and FIB-4 were able to stage liver fibrosis with correlation coefficient indexes 0.130, 0.444, 0.578 and 0.494, respectively. Our new fibrosis cirrhosis index FCI significantly correlated with the histological fibrosis stages F0-F1, F2-F3 and F4 (r = 0.818, p Conclusions The fibrosis-cirrhosis index (FCI accurately predicted fibrosis stages in HCV infected patients and seems more efficient than frequently used serum indexes.

  1. con la cosecha mecanizada

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    Arturo Martínez Rodríguez

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Las investigaciones dirigidas a incrementar los indicadores de eficiencia y calidad durante la cosecha mecanizada del café, constituyen un tema de gran actualidad a nivel internacional. La determinación de las propiedades físico-mecánicas de los frutos y del sistema frutopedúnculo, es una etapa indispensable durante las investigaciones relacionadas con la cosecha mecanizada de este producto. En este trabajo se brindan los resultados sobre la determinación de un grupo de propiedades dimensionales, inerciales y elásticas del sistema fruto-pedúnculo de coffea arabica variedad Catuai en diferentes estadios de maduración, relacionadas con la cosecha mecanizada de este cultivo.Así mismo se determina el momento flector requerido para la ruptura de la unión fruto pedúnculo. Durante la investigación se emplearon técnicas de procesamiento de imágenes digitales, así como de extensometría eléctrica. Como resultado de la medición de las diferentes propiedades se apreciaron diferencias sustanciales en las características dimensionales, inerciales y elásticas de los frutos maduros y verdes, así como en el momento requerido para el desprendimiento de los frutos y en las formas en que se produce el desprendimiento.

  2. Entrevista con Giovanni Levi

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    Monica Oliveira

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    Full Text Available En esta entrevista, Giovanni Levi - como un conocedor del tema de Familia - realiza una importante evaluación sobre el actual estado de las investigaciones realizadas en el Brasil y em el exterior. Con estilo franco, agudo y lucido critica las visiones tradicionales y sus ilusiones ypropone nuevos conceptos y métodos. La historia de la familia debería ceder espacio para el estudio de las redes relacionales o de los mundos relacionales. De la misma forma, la historia cuantitativa debería abrir espacio para el estudio de las cualidades. Ya con relación a la historia de las elites, tan estudiada y reproducida en una diversidad de trabajos, que deberíase mirar en otra perspectiva. Es decir, no mirar a las reglas sociales predeterminadas, sino a los desvíos y a las variaciones. Levi defiende que los historiadores deben trascender a los documentos que se encuentran fácilmente y que pueden fortalecer perspectivas deformadas y esequilibradas de la sociedad. Para él, los historiadores deben esforzarse por estudiar a aquellos grupos que dejaron pocos rastros documentales. En ese esfuerzo existiría una nueva mirada sobre la historia de la familia.

  3. Entrevista con Patricia Ariza

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    Esperanza Londoño La Rotta

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Pensamiento, Palabra y Obra entrevista a una artista, feminista y activista política, quien como mujer y artista ha permitido pensar el arte más allá de un simple espectáculo. Toda una vida dedicada al teatro y a darle voz, a través de sus obras, a víctimas del conflicto colombiano, defensora de derechos humanos; además de hacer evidente en su vida y a través de la plataforma “Artistas por la paz”, las múltiples relaciones que se pueden establecer entre el arte, la construcción de paz y la resolución de conflictos. Hablamos en su casa, en medio del calor de la bienvenida con Patricia Ariza, directora del festival alternativo de teatro, de Mujeres en Escena y de la Corporación Colombiana de Teatro, entre otras muchas actividades que voluntariamente su espíritu libertario ha asumido. Esta entrevista se realizó antes del 2 de octubre, pero con la revisión de los acuerdos que propició el plebiscito ganado por una ínfima minoría por el no, sigue siendo vigente este planteamiento.

  4. Entrevista con Geoffrey Lloyd.

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    Fernando Colina Pérez

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Helenista y también sinólogo de relieve internacional, Geoffrey E. R. Lloyd nació en Londres (1933, de padres galeses. Es un gran historiador de la ciencia y del pensamiento griegos. En 1940 fue evacuado de Londres con su madre. Sus estudios significativos comenzaron, tras algún rodeo, en el King’s College donde estudiaba su hermano. Éste sería, como su padre, médico, y él mismo dudó en estudiar esa profesión, que late en sus libros. Pero un profesor de clásicas como John Raven –que redactó, con Geoffrey Kirk, Los filósofos presocráticos–, le indujo a ocuparse de la filosofía antigua; y otro maestro, William Guthrie –a quien debemos la gran Historia de la filosofía griega–, le inició, además, en la medicina griega.

  5. Correlación clinicorradiográfica de la fibrosis epidural en el síndrome poslaminectomía mediante epidurografía Clinical/radiography correlation of epidural fibrosis in postlaminectomy syndrome by epidurography

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    Cardona, G.; J.R. Hernández-Santos; S. Tenopala; A. Jiménez-Ramos; I.M. Narváez; Torres, J C

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    Introducción: La epidurografía es un recurso invasivo que evalúa deformidades y eventual ocupación del espacio epidural, además de ser un estudio fácilmente realizable, confiable, económico y que forma parte del algoritmo de manejo del síndrome poslaminectomía. Objetivo: Verificar si la localización y la extensión de la fibrosis epidural se correlacionan con el cuadro clínico presente en los pacientes con síndrome poslaminectomía. Material y métodos: Se incluyó a 30 pacientes con diagnóstico ...

  6. A rabbit model of lower eyelid fibrosis.

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    Griepentrog, Gregory J; Park, D J John; Zaldivar, Renzo A; Pulido, Jose S; Cameron, J Douglas; Woog, John J

    2010-01-01

    To create and validate a new model of lower eyelid fibrosis in Dutch-belted rabbits. Five Dutch-belted rabbits were injected with a transcutaneous 1-ml injection of standard 95% ethanol alcohol just inferior to the eyelid margin of one lower eyelid. A control injection of 1 ml of balanced saline solution was given to the opposite eyelid. A small tattoo was placed on the skin overlying the inferior orbital rim and used as a measuring point of reference in relation to the lower eyelid margin. Analysis was twofold: eyelid measurements were made over 8 weeks to determine the presence of eyelid shortening, and a histopathologic analysis was performed. Mean lower eyelid shortening was greater in the ethanol alcohol intervention eyelids than the control group (-3.4 mm +/- 1.67 mm vs. 0.5 mm +/- 0.71 mm, p = 0.01). Histopathologic analysis revealed extensive fibrosis in the ethanol alcohol invention eyelids compared with the control group. Ethanol alcohol induces eyelid fibrosis and lower eyelid shortening. This may be a useful model in the future testing of novel surgical or pharmacologic treatments.

  7. Mycobacterium abscessus and Children with Cystic Fibrosis

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    Sermet-Gaudelus, Isabelle; Le Bourgeois, Muriel; Pierre-Audigier, Catherine; Offredo, Catherine; Guillemot, Didier; Halley, Sophie; Akoua-Koffi, Chantal; Vincent, Véronique; Sivadon-Tardy, Valérie; Ferroni, Agnès; Berche, Patrick; Scheinmann, Pierre; Lenoir, Gérard

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    We prospectively studied 298 patients with cystic fibrosis (mean age 11.3 years; range 2 months to 32 years; sex ratio, 0.47) for nontuberculous mycobacteria in respiratory samples from January 1, 1996, to December 31, 1999. Mycobacterium abscessus was by far the most prevalent nontuberculous mycobacterium: 15 patients (6 male, 9 female; mean age 11.9 years; range 2.5–22 years) had at least one positive sample for this microorganism (versus 6 patients positive for M. avium complex), including 10 with >3 positive samples (versus 3 patients for M. avium complex). The M. abscessus isolates from 14 patients were typed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis: each of the 14 patients harbored a unique strain, ruling out a common environmental reservoir or person-to-person transmission. Water samples collected in the cystic fibrosis center were negative for M. abscessus. This major mycobacterial pathogen in children and teenagers with cystic fibrosis does not appear to be acquired nosocomially. PMID:14720400

  8. Promising Therapy Candidates for Liver Fibrosis

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    Ping eWang

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Liver fibrosis is a wound-healing process in response to repeated and chronic injury to hepatocytes and/or cholangiocytes. Ongoing hepatocyte apoptosis or necrosis lead to increase in ROS production and decrease in antioxidant activity, which recruits inflammatory cells from the blood and activate hepatic stellate cells changing to myofibroblasts. Injury to cholangiocytes also recruits inflammatory cells to the liver and activates portal fibroblasts in the portal area, which release molecules to activate and amplify cholangiocytes. No matter what origin of myofibroblasts, either hepatic stellate cells or portal fibroblasts, they share similar characteristics, including being positive for -smooth muscle actin and sproducing extra cellular matrix. Based on the extensive pathogenesis knowledge of liver fibrosis, therapeutic strategies have been designed to target each step of this process, including hepatocyte apoptosis, cholangiocyte proliferation, inflammation, and activation of myofibroblasts to deposit extracellular matrix, yet the current therapies are still in early-phase clinical development. There is an urgent need to translate the molecular mechanism of liver fibrosis to effective and potent reagents or therapies in human.

  9. Smoking and Pulmonary Fibrosis: Novel Insights

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    Katerina D. Samara

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The relationship between smoking and pulmonary fibrosis is under debate and intense investigation. The aim of this paper is to review the existing literature and identify further areas of research interest. Recently the negative influence of cigarette smoking on IPF outcome was highlighted, as non-smokers exhibit a better survival than ex-smokers and combined current- and ex-smokers. In patients with non-specific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP, a high prevalence of emphysema was recently demonstrated, providing an indirect support for a smoking pathogenetic hypothesis in NSIP. The coexistence of pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema has been extensively described in a syndrome termed combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema (CPFE. Connective tissue disorders (CTDs are a group of autoimmune diseases which affect the lung, as one of the most common and severe manifestations. However, the relationship between smoking and autoimmune disorders is still conflicting. Rheumatoid arthritis results from the interaction between genetic and environmental factors, while the best established environmental factor is tobacco smoking. Smoking has also a negative impact on the response of the RA patients to treatment. The aforementioned smoking-related implications give rise to further research questions and certainly provide one more important reason for physicians to advocate smoking cessation and smoke-free environment.

  10. [Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis with CFTR Modulators].

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    Tümmler, B

    2016-05-01

    Personalized medicine promises that medical decisions, practices and products are tailored to the individual patient. Cystic fibrosis, an inherited disorder of chloride and bicarbonate transport in exocrine glands, is the first successful example of customized drug development for mutation-specific therapy. There are two classes of CFTR modulators: potentiators that increase the activity of CFTR at the cell surface, and correctors that either promote the read-through of nonsense mutations or facilitate the translation, folding, maturation and trafficking of mutant CFTR to the cell surface. The potentiator ivacaftor and the corrector lumacaftor are approved in Germany for the treatment of people with cystic fibrosis who carry a gating mutation such as p.Gly551Asp or who are homozygous for the most common mutation p.Phe508del, respectively. This report provides an overview of the basic defect in cystic fibrosis, the population genetics of CFTR mutations in Germany and the bioassays to assess CFTR function in humans together with the major achievements of preclinical research and clinical trials to bring CFTR modulators to the clinic. Some practical information on the use of ivacaftor and lumacaftor in daily practice and an update on pitfalls, challenges and novel strategies of bench-to-bedside development of CFTR modulators are also provided.

  11. Role of interleukin-13 in fibrosis, particularly systemic sclerosis.

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    O'Reilly, Steven

    2013-01-01

    Chronic inflammation can lead to altered extracellular matrix deposition and ultimately fibrosis. Interleukin-13 (IL-13) is a cytokine that was found to promote IgE class switching and inhibit proinflammatory cytokines. However, it is now recognized as an important mediator in allergy and most importantly fibrosis. Indeed, animal studies with genetically deleted mice have demonstrated its critical role in fibrosis and although it shares over lapping functions with IL-4 it is the dominant cytokine in fibrosis. Systemic sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which there is chronic inflammation and fibrosis. The disease is associated with a Th2 polarization and IL-13 levels are elevated both in the blood and in the skin of patients. This review will examine the role of IL-13 in driving fibrosis with a particular emphasis on systemic sclerosis as a prototypical fibrotic disease. It will highlight recent research into the role of IL-13 and how this cytokine may be targeted in systemic sclerosis.

  12. Cystic fibrosis Delta F508 heterozygotes, smoking, and reproduction

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    Dahl, Morten; Tybjaerg-Hansen, A; Wittrup, H H

    1998-01-01

    Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal autosomal recessive disease affecting Caucasian populations. It remains a puzzle how this disease is maintained at such a remarkably high incidence, however, it could be due to a reproductive advantage in cystic fibrosis heterozygotes. We tested this hypot......Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal autosomal recessive disease affecting Caucasian populations. It remains a puzzle how this disease is maintained at such a remarkably high incidence, however, it could be due to a reproductive advantage in cystic fibrosis heterozygotes. We tested.......001). In conclusion, overall these results do not support a reproductive advantage for cystic fibrosis DeltaF508 heterozygotes. However, the data cannot totally exclude the possibility that nonsmoking DeltaF508 heterozygotes experience a reproductive advantage while smoking DeltaF508 heterozygotes experience...... the opposite, a reproductive disadvantage. Accordingly, the data suggest a previously undocumented role of smoking on fecundity among cystic fibrosis heterozygotes....

  13. Noninvasive diagnosis of hepatic fibrosis in chronic hepatitis C

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    2007-01-01

    Assessment of hepatic fibrosis is important for determining prognosis, guiding management decisions,and monitoring disease. Histological evaluation of liver biopsy specimens is currently considered the reference test for staging hepatic fibrosis. Since liver biopsy carries a small but significant risk, noninvasive tests to assess hepatic fibrosis are desirable. This editorial gives an overview on noninvasive methods currently available to determine hepatic fibrosis and their diagnostic accuracy for predicting significant fibrosis and cirrhosis in chronic hepatitis C. Based on available data, the performance of simple tests derived from routine laboratory parameters appears to be similar to that of more complex and expensive fibrosis panels. Transient elastography seems more accurate than blood tests for diagnosing cirrhosis.

  14. Research advances in immune cellular pathogenesis in liver fibrosis

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    Full Text Available Liver fibrosis is the common pathological consequence of all chronic liver diseases with various etiologies. The mechanism of liver fibrosis is associated with the activation and proliferation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs. The interaction between immune cells and HSCs can regulate the production of extracellular matrix (ECM and lead to the excessive deposition of ECM and subsequent liver fibrosis and cirrhosis. This article reviews the current understanding of the effects and action mechanisms of immune cells in the development of liver fibrosis and summarizes the regulatory functions of the innate and adaptive immune systems in liver fibrosis. Further study of the interactions between immune cells, cytokines, and HSCs and the regulatory mechanisms of the immune system will provide novel opportunity for the treatment of liver fibrosis.

  15. Environmental Mycobiome Modifiers of Inflammation and Fibrosis in Systemic Sclerosis

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  16. Congenital hepatic fibrosis, liver cell carcinoma and adult polycystic kidneys.

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    Manes, J L; Kissane, J M; Valdes, A J

    1977-06-01

    In reviewing the literature, we found no liver cell carcinoma (LCC) or well-documented adult polycystic kidneys (APK) associated with congenital hepatic fibrosis (CHF). We report a 69-year-old man with CHF, LCC, APK, duplication cyst of distal portion of stomach, two calcified splenic artery aneurysms, myocardial fibrosis and muscular hypertrophy of esophagus. The LCC was grossly predunculated and microscopically showed prominent fibrosis and hyaline intracytoplasmic inclusions in the tumor cells.

  17. Entrevista con Juan Marichal.

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    Full Text Available Juan Marichal nació en Santa Cruz de Tenerife, en 1922, en el seno de una familia ligada al partido republicano insular. Muy joven, en 1935, se trasladó a Madrid, ciudad en la que vive el estallido de la guerra civil. En 1937, pasa a Valencia y luego a Barcelona; tras su exilio en 1938, prosigue sus estudios secundarios en un liceo de París, concluyéndolos en Casablanca. En 1941 emigra a México, formándose en la UNAM: fue alumno de los exiliados José Gaos y Joaquín Xirau así como del mexicano Edmundo O 'Gorman. Luego, becado en Princeton desde 1946, lo fue de América Castro, donde preparó una tesis sobre Feijoo. Apoyado en las vastas perspectivas de sus maestros, fue orientándose hada nuestra historia intelectual, desde el siglo XV hasta hoy. Su carrera profesional se ha desarrollado en los Estados Unidos (coincidiendo con Amado Alonso y con Ferrater Mora: ha sido profesor de estudios hispánicos en la Universidad de Harvard, desde 1948 hasta 1988, año en que se jubiló voluntariamente como numerario (aunque había permanecido en el Bryn Mawr College, entre 1953 y 1957. A este trabajo se suman, con todo, sus conferencias en América Latina y en España. Ha colaborado en las revistas más importantes, en este campo, de México, Nueva York, Puerto Rico, La Habana, Buenos Aires o París así como de las españolas, desde los sesenta. Juan Marichal -hoy, miembro de la Junta Directiva de los Amigos de la Residencia de Estudiantes, director del Boletín de la Institución Libre de Enseñanza y asociado al Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset-, reside en España desde otoño de 1989: se considera a sí mismo «voluntario en Madrid», como había dicho Alfonso Reyes en su estancia madrileña (1914-1924.

  18. [Fat-soluble vitamins supplementation in patients with cystic fibrosis: is enough Aquadek's®?].

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    González Jiménez, David; Bousoño García, Carlos; Díaz Martin, Juan Jose; Jiménez Treviño, Santiago

    2015-04-01

    Introducción y objetivo: Conocer si la suplementación un nuevo polivitamínico (Aquadek´s®) durante 12 meses es segura y eficaz en pacientes con Fibrosis Quística (FQ). Material y Métodos: Estudio prospectivo, longitudinal y no controlado en pacientes con FQ insuficientes pancreáticos, clínicamente estables, que recibieron suplementación con Aquadek´s® (2 comprimidos masticables) durante 12 meses en lugar de su suplementación habitual. Se evaluaron niveles séricos de retinol, betacarotenos, 25 OH vitamina D y α-tocoferol un año antes, al inicio y tras un año de tratamiento. Análisis estadístico: Pruebas t para datos pareados. Resultados: Se incluyeron 28 pacientes entre 6 y 39 años (mediana 18,5 años). La suplementación con Aquadek´s® supuso un incremento en la dosis de vitaminas A y una disminución del número de comprimidos administrados. Al inicio, un 89% presentaban algún tipo de déficit vitamínico: (61% pro-Vitamina A y 54% vitamina D). Tras un año, se produjo un incremento de los niveles de betacarotenos: 160 mcg/l (IC 95% 98-222) (p.

  19. Oral calorie supplements for cystic fibrosis.

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    Smyth, Rosalind L; Rayner, Oli

    2017-05-04

    Poor nutrition occurs frequently in people with cystic fibrosis and is associated with other adverse outcomes. Oral calorie supplements are used to increase total daily calorie intake and improve weight gain. However, they are expensive and there are concerns they may reduce the amount of food eaten and not improve overall energy intake. This is an update of a previously published review. To establish whether in people with cystic fibrosis, oral calorie supplements: increase daily calorie intake; and improve overall nutritional intake, nutritional indices, lung function, survival and quality of life. To assess adverse effects associated with using these supplements. We searched the Cochrane Cystic Fibrosis Trials Register comprising references from comprehensive electronic database searches, handsearches of relevant journals and abstract books of conference proceedings. We contacted companies marketing oral calorie supplements.Last search: 18 October 2016. Randomised or quasi-randomised controlled trials comparing use of oral calorie supplements for at least one month to increase calorie intake with no specific intervention or additional nutritional advice in people with cystic fibrosis. We independently selected the included trials, assessed risk of bias and extracted data. We contacted the authors of included trials and obtained additional information for two trials. We identified 21 trials and included three, reporting results from 131 participants lasting between three months and one year. Two trials compared supplements to additional nutritional advice and one to no intervention. Two of the included trials recruited only children. In one trial the risk of bias was low across all domains, in a second trial the risk of bias was largely unclear and in the third mainly low. Blinding of participants was unclear in two of the trials. Also, in one trial the clinical condition of groups appeared to be unevenly balanced at baseline and in another trial there were

  20. Postirradiation pulmonary fibrosis complicated by aspergilloma and bronchocentric granulomatosis

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    Makker, H.; McConnochie, K.; Gibbs, A.R. (Univ. of Wales College of Medicine, Llandough Hospital, Penarth (UK))

    1989-08-01

    An asthmatic patient requiring cortico-steroid treatment developed a pulmonary aspergilloma in an area of postmastectomy radiation fibrosis. At necropsy bronchocentric granulomatosis was also found. (author).

  1. Bone marrow fibrosis in myelofibrosis: pathogenesis, prognosis and targeted strategies

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    Zahr, Abdallah Abou; Salama, Mohamed E.; Carreau, Nicole; Tremblay, Douglas; Verstovsek, Srdan; Mesa, Ruben; Hoffman, Ronald; Mascarenhas, John

    2016-01-01

    Bone marrow fibrosis is a central pathological feature and World Health Organization major diagnostic criterion of myelofibrosis. Although bone marrow fibrosis is seen in a variety of malignant and non-malignant disease states, the deposition of reticulin and collagen fibrosis in the bone marrow of patients with myelofibrosis is believed to be mediated by the myelofibrosis hematopoietic stem/progenitor cell, contributing to an impaired microenvironment favoring malignant over normal hematopoiesis. Increased expression of inflammatory cytokines, lysyl oxidase, transforming growth factor-β, impaired megakaryocyte function, and aberrant JAK-STAT signaling have all been implicated in the pathogenesis of bone marrow fibrosis. A number of studies indicate that bone marrow fibrosis is an adverse prognostic variable in myeloproliferative neoplasms. However, modern myelofibrosis prognostication systems utilized in risk-adapted treatment approaches do not include bone marrow fibrosis as a prognostic variable. The specific effect on bone marrow fibrosis of JAK2 inhibition, and other rationally based therapies currently being evaluated in myelofibrosis, has yet to be fully elucidated. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation remains the only curative therapeutic approach that reliably results in resolution of bone marrow fibrosis in patients with myelofibrosis. Here we review the pathogenesis, biological consequences, and prognostic impact of bone marrow fibrosis. We discuss the rationale of various anti-fibrogenic treatment strategies targeting the clonal hematopoietic stem/progenitor cell, aberrant signaling pathways, fibrogenic cytokines, and the tumor microenvironment. PMID:27252511

  2. [Rheumatoid arthritis and combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema].

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    Fernández Casares, Marcelo; Fielli, Mariano; Cristaldo, Laura; Zárate, Lucía; Nieves Capozzi, María

    2015-01-01

    The combination of pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema is a syndrome described in the last years, which has its own characteristics and it is not only the casual association between the two entities. The idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is the most common type of pulmonary fibrosis. However other interstitial lung diseases could be part of this syndrome. Among them is the connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung disease. We report a case of this syndrome associated with rheumatoid arthritis. It has the peculiarity that the connective disease became overt several years after the presentation of combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema syndrome, which is infrequently reported in the literature.

  3. Interstitial Fibrosis Restricts Osmotic Water Transport in Encapsulating Peritoneal Sclerosis

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    Morelle, Johann; Sow, Amadou; Hautem, Nicolas; Bouzin, Caroline; Crott, Ralph; Devuyst, Olivier; Goffin, Eric

    2015-01-01

    ...) characterized by extensive fibrosis of the peritoneum. Changes in peritoneal water transport may precede EPS, but the mechanisms and potential predictive value of that transport defect are unknown...

  4. Interstitial pulmonary fibrosis in an automobile body shop worker

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    Fischbein, A.; Rohl, A.N.; Suzuki, Y.; Bigman, O.

    1985-09-01

    Interstitial pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is often of uncertain etiology and is therefore named idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Some occupational exposures, however, are known to cause interstitial fibrosis, asbestos and silica being well-known examples. The authors present clinical and pathological findings of a case with IPF and the results of microchemical analysis of inorganic particulate matter in the lung tissue. A very high lung burden of inorganic contaminants was found, including silica and metallic compounds. Emphasis is given to the importance of obtaining detailed occupational histories and conducting microchemical analysis of lung tissue in order to clarify etiological factors in cases with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

  5. Mirando con la cabeza

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    Corrales, Capi

    2006-01-01

    Las matemáticas y la pintura trabajan con ideas. La palabra idea viene del griego ειδω, que significa ver, mirar u observar, y de ειδοζ, que significa figura, forma, aspecto o visión. Detrás de una montaña concreta está la idea de montaña, un dibujo abstracto, unas líneas que permiten reconocer la montaña detrás de las rocas, los pinos o la nieve. La diferencia entre este árbol y árbol, entre un círculo que dibujamos en la pizarra y círculo: la diferencia entre la cosa y la idea de la cosa. E...

  6. Musicalizarte con las Tics

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    Gamarra, Patricia Mabel; Velázquez, Helvecia Mercedes del Rocío; Verón, José María

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    El presente trabajo hace referencia a un relato de experiencia didáctica desarrollada en el Instituto Superior de Música “Prof. Carmelo H. de Biasi” de Corrientes- Argentina, donde el área de interés de Tecnología en Educación se dirige hacia “Aplicación de las TIC en Educación/ Experiencias concretas de utilización de TIC en Educación”. En el diagnóstico realizado en la institución, se pudo observar la escasa transversalidad e interrelación con las distintas áreas curriculares como ser: l...

  7. Entrevista con Georges Duby.

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    Full Text Available Duby, heredero de dos grandes historiadores como Marc Bloch y Lucien Febvre, es uno de los más importantes medievalistas europeos. Fue, y sigue siendo, un motor de la importante reforma en la historia producida desde los sesenta. En sus primeros trabajos se acusa la recepción de las ideas económicas y geográficas de la mejor historiografía. Su riguroso estudio sobre la base material de la Edad Media, le permitirá luego irrumpir en la historia de las mentalidades, analizando, como decía Febvre, el utillaje mental (vocabulario, sintaxis, lugares comunes, cuadros lógicos, etc. del Medioevo. Así, el ejemplo de Mauss y LéviStrauss le anima a trabajar sobre el matrimonio, la sexualidad y ciertos sistemas del pensamiento: el primero, con su defensa de los hechos sociales totales, y el segundo, que buscaba las dimensiones simbólicas de lo social, le impulsan a trabajar sobre la ideología entendida no como mero reflejo de la situación material sino como «proyecto de acción sobre lo vivido». A su obra individual, atenta a los impulsos culturales más vivos, se suma su empuje decisivo en la realización de proyectos colectivos como la Historia de la vida privada o la Historia de las mujeres. Prácticamente, han sido traducidos todos sus libros al castellano, y han podido verse en España asimismo varios de sus programas televisivos (ha sido presidente de la SEPT, cadena de televisión cultural fundada en 1985. La amplitud de sus intereses intelectuales, transmitidos en su obra con un lenguaje a la vez muy claro y bellamente elaborado, se hace palpable también en este diálogo.

  8. Caracterización de la fibrosis quística en el primer año de vida

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    Gladys Fuentes Fernández

    Full Text Available Introducción: la fibrosis quística es una enfermedad multisistémica, genética y letal, con daño pulmonar temprano y progresivo en los casos típicos. Objetivo: caracterizar el diagnóstico de la fibrosis quística en niños menores de un año. Métodos: estudio transversal, descriptivo, a pacientes diagnosticados con fibrosis quística según sospecha clínica, en el primer año de vida, en el Hospital Pediátrico Centro Habana, en el período 1993-2013, según datos obtenidos de los registros clínicos. Resultados: del total de 44 pacientes diagnosticados en el periodo, 35 clasificaron como enfermedad pulmonar típica, de ellos 13 fueron diagnosticados durante el primer año de vida, 7/21 en el periodo 1993-2003 (33,3 % y 6/14 entre 2004-2013 (42,8 %. Cuando se suman las formas clínicas no típicas, el total de niños diagnosticados durante su primer año fue de 16, con edad media al diagnóstico de 4,9 meses; en 11 niños (68,8 % el diagnóstico fue antes de los 6 meses, con predominio de los varones (10-62,5 %. La desnutrición estuvo presente en el 62,5 %. La forma típica con insuficiencia pancreática se evidenció en el 75 % de los menores de un año estudiados, y se aisló Pseudomona aeruginosa en el 68,8 %. Predominaron las manifestaciones respiratorias como la polipnea y el tórax hiperinsuflado (15 niños, 93,8 %, así como el tiraje (14 niños, 87,5 %, mientras que la distensión abdominal (11, 68,8 % y la esteatorrea (10, 62,5 %, fueron las más frecuentes alteraciones digestivas. La radiografía torácica mostró algún grado de alteración en todos los niños. Conclusiones: es importante una alta sospecha clínica para el diagnóstico temprano de las formas típicas de la fibrosis quística.

  9. Lack of correlation between pulmonary disease and cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator dysfunction in cystic fibrosis: a case report

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    Cleveland Robert H

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Mutations in both alleles of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator gene result in the disease cystic fibrosis, which usually manifests as chronic sinopulmonary disease, pancreatic insufficiency, elevated sodium chloride loss in sweat, infertility among men due to agenesis of the vas deferens and other symptoms including liver disease. Case presentation We describe a pair of African-American brothers, aged 21 and 27, with cystic fibrosis. They were homozygous for a rare frameshift mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator 3791delC, which would be expected to cause significant morbidity. Although 80% of cystic fibrosis patients are colonized with Pseudomonas aeruginosa by eight years of age, the older brother had no serum opsonic antibody titer to P. aeruginosa by age 13 and therefore would have failed to mount an effective antibody response to the alginate (mucoid polysaccharide capsule of P. aeruginosa. He was not colonized with P. aeruginosa until 24 years of age. Similarly, the younger brother was not colonized with P. aeruginosa until age 20 and had no significant lung disease. Conclusion Despite a prevailing idea in cystic fibrosis research that the amount of functional cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator predicts clinical status, our results indicated that respiratory disease severity in cystic fibrosis exhibits phenotypic heterogeneity. If this heterogeneity is, in part, genetic, it is most likely derived from genes outside the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator locus.

  10. preescolares desnutridos con madres con obesidad y sin obesidad

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    Viridiana Vanessa Conzuelo-González

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available El primer objetivo fue conocer cuántos menores de cinco años con diferentes grados de desnutrición tienen una madre con sobrepeso/obesidad/ en una comunidad indígena que vive en extrema pobreza y bajo condiciones de migración masculina internacional. El segundo fue comparar tres variables socionutricionales (ingreso familiar, educación de la madre y adecuación nutrimental de la dieta diaria entre estos hogares y los hogares con desnutrición infantil y madres sin obesidad. Se realizó un estudio transversal (2006-2007, en la comunidad mazahua de San Francisco Tepeolulco, Municipio de Temascalcingo; que incluyó a 85 hogares integrados por preescolares con desnutrición inscritos al programa Oportunidades. Se determinó el estado nutrición de los preescolares con indicadores antropométricos y se obtuvo el IMC de las madres de estos infantes. Se aplicó una encuesta socionutricional, incluida el recordatorio de 24 horas, y complementado con la observación participante (cualitativa. Se encontró que 83% de las madres mazahuas presentaron sobrepeso u obesidad. El estado de nutrición de los preescolares con madres con obesidad presentó un porcentaje mayor de desnutrición (76%. En la variable género, se encontró que 54% de los niños con madres con obesidad tenía baja talla. Al relacionar el nivel educativo de la madre, esta variable resultó ser estadísticamente significativa (p=0.015, donde el analfabetismo está más relacionado con la desnutrición infantil que tienen madres de bajo y/o peso normal. La elevada prevalencia de hogares conformados con preescolares con desnutrición y madres con obesidad, es un síntoma más de la pobreza en zonas indígenas en México, con bajo índice de desarrollo humano.

  11. Evaluación de la fibrosis hepática en la hepatitis crónica por virus C mediante la aplicación prospectiva del Sabadell's NIHCED score: Sabadell's Non Invasive, Hepatitis C Related-Cirrhosis Early Detection Score Prospective evaluation of liver fibrosis in chronic viral hepatitis C infection using the Sabadell NIHCED: non-invasive hepatitis C related cirrhosis early detection index

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    G. Bejarano

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: la hepatitis crónica por VHC cursa de forma asintomática desarrollando cirrosis hepática y sus complicaciones en un 20-40% de los casos. En estudios previos se ha demostrado que la fibrosis avanzada es un factor pronóstico fundamental. El método gold standard para la valoración del grado de fibrosis es la biopsia hepática. Nuestro grupo ha validado un índice predictivo, el NIHCED (Sabadell's Non Invasive, Hepatitis C related-Cirrosis Early Detection Score, basado en datos demográficos, analíticos y ecográficos para determinar la presencia de cirrosis. Objetivo: nuestro objetivo es el de evaluar si el NIHCED predice la presencia de fibrosis avanzada en los pacientes con hepatitis crónica por virus C. Material y métodos: estudio prospectivo donde se incluyeron pacientes con hepatitis crónica por VHC. Se les realizó una biopsia hepática y el NIHCED. El grado de fibrosis se correlacionó con el valor del NIHCED mediante curva de ROC y el coeficiente de correlación de Spearman. Resultados: se incluyeron un total de 321 pacientes (ratio hombre/mujer 1,27 con una edad media de 48 ± 14 años. La biopsia hepática mostró que 131 (30,5% no tenían fibrosis o era expansión portal, mientras que 190 (69,5% tenían fibrosis avanzada o cirrosis. Para un punto de corte de 6 puntos, la sensibilidad fue del 72%, especificidad del 76,3%, VPP del 81%, VPN del 63,7% y una precisión diagnóstica del 72,5%, con un área bajo la curva fue de 0,787 y un coeficiente de correlación de Spearman de r = 0,65. Conclusiones: el NIHCED predice la presencia de fibrosis avanzada en un elevado porcentaje de pacientes sin necesidad de realizar biopsia hepática.Introduction: liver disease resulting from chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV infection follows an asymptomatic course towards cirrhosis and its complications in 20-40% of cases. Earlier studies demonstrated that advanced fibrosis is a prognostic factor. The "gold standard" for the evaluation

  12. Vigas preesforzadas con refuerzo externo

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    Juan José Ferrer Narvaez

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Es de gran interés para la ingeniería colombiana el efecto del refuerzo externo de elementos estructurales con elementos metálicos. La Unidad de Estructuras ha venido realizando en el transcurso de esta década estudios en elementos en concreto con refuerzos externos a flexión con resultados satisfactorios. El proyecto ''Vigas preesforzadas con refuerzo externo" sirve de base en el estudio del comportamiento de este tipo de elementos estructurales y la extrapolación de los resultados obtenidos en elementos de concreto reforzado a concreto preesforzado.

  13. Current Strategies for Quantitating Fibrosis in Liver Biopsy

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    Yan Wang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The present mini-review updated the progress in methodologies based on using liver biopsy. Data Sources: Articles for study of liver fibrosis, liver biopsy or fibrosis assessment published on high impact peer review journals from 1980 to 2014. Study Selection: Key articles were selected mainly according to their levels of relevance to this topic and citations. Results: With the recently mounting progress in chronic liver disease therapeutics, comes by a pressing need for precise, accurate, and dynamic assessment of hepatic fibrosis and cirrhosis in individual patients. Histopathological information is recognized as the most valuable data for fibrosis assessment. Conventional histology categorical systems describe the changes of fibrosis patterns in liver tissue; but the simplified ordinal digits assigned by these systems cannot reflect the fibrosis dynamics with sufficient precision and reproducibility. Morphometric assessment by computer assist digital image analysis, such as collagen proportionate area (CPA, detects change of fibrosis amount in tissue section in a continuous variable, and has shown its independent diagnostic value for assessment of advanced or late-stage of fibrosis. Due to its evident sensitivity to sampling variances, morphometric measurement is feasible to be taken as a reliable statistical parameter for the study of a large cohort. Combining state-of-art imaging technology and fundamental principle in Tissue Engineering, structure-based quantitation was recently initiated with a novel proof-of-concept tool, qFibrosis. qFibrosis showed not only the superior performance to CPA in accurately and reproducibly differentiating adjacent stages of fibrosis, but also the possibility for facilitating analysis of fibrotic regression and cirrhosis sub-staging. Conclusions: With input from multidisciplinary innovation, liver biopsy assessment as a new "gold standard" is anticipated to substantially support the accelerated

  14. The Processes and Mechanisms of Cardiac and Pulmonary Fibrosis

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    Lucy A. Murtha

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Fibrosis is the formation of fibrous connective tissue in response to injury. It is characterized by the accumulation of extracellular matrix components, particularly collagen, at the site of injury. Fibrosis is an adaptive response that is a vital component of wound healing and tissue repair. However, its continued activation is highly detrimental and a common final pathway of numerous disease states including cardiovascular and respiratory disease. Worldwide, fibrotic diseases cause over 800,000 deaths per year, accounting for ~45% of total deaths. With an aging population, the incidence of fibrotic disease and subsequently the number of fibrosis-related deaths will rise further. Although, fibrosis is a well-recognized cause of morbidity and mortality in a range of disease states, there are currently no viable therapies to reverse the effects of chronic fibrosis. Numerous predisposing factors contribute to the development of fibrosis. Biological aging in particular, interferes with repair of damaged tissue, accelerating the transition to pathological remodeling, rather than a process of resolution and regeneration. When fibrosis progresses in an uncontrolled manner, it results in the irreversible stiffening of the affected tissue, which can lead to organ malfunction and death. Further investigation into the mechanisms of fibrosis is necessary to elucidate novel, much needed, therapeutic targets. Fibrosis of the heart and lung make up a significant proportion of fibrosis-related deaths. It has long been established that the heart and lung are functionally and geographically linked when it comes to health and disease, and thus exploring the processes and mechanisms that contribute to fibrosis of each organ, the focus of this review, may help to highlight potential avenues of therapeutic investigation.

  15. Current Strategies for Quantitating Fibrosis in Liver Biopsy

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    Yan Wang; Jin-Lin Hou

    2015-01-01

    Objective:The present mini-review updated the progress in methodologies based on using liver biopsy.Data Sources:Articles for study of liver fibrosis,liver biopsy or fibrosis assessment published on high impact peer review journals from 1980 to 2014.Study Selection:Key articles were selected mainly according to their levels of relevance to this topic and citations.Results:With the recently mounting progress in chronic liver disease therapeutics,comes by a pressing need for precise,accurate,and dynamic assessment of hepatic fibrosis and cirrhosis in individual patients.Histopathological information is recognized as the most valuable data for fibrosis assessment.Conventional histology categorical systems describe the changes of fibrosis patterns in liver tissue; but the simplified ordinal digits assigned by these systems cannot reflect the fibrosis dynamics with sufficient precision and reproducibility.Morphometric assessment by computer assist digital image analysis,such as collagen proportionate area (CPA),detects change of fibrosis amount in tissue section in a continuous variable,and has shown its independent diagnostic value for assessment of advanced or late-stage of fibrosis.Due to its evident sensitivity to sampling variances,morphometric measurement is feasible to be taken as a reliable statistical parameter for the study of a large cohort.Combining state-of-art imaging technology and fundamental principle in Tissue Engineering,structure-based quantitation was recently initiated with a novel proof-of-concept tool,qFibrosis.qFibrosis showed not only the superior performance to CPA in accurately and reproducibly differentiating adjacent stages of fibrosis,but also the possibility for facilitating analysis of fibrotic regression and cirrhosis sub-staging.Conclusions:With input from multidisciplinary innovation,liver biopsy assessment as a new "gold standard" is anticipated to substantially support the accelerated progress of Hepatology medicine.

  16. Co-morbidity of cystic fibrosis and celiac disease in Scandinavian cystic fibrosis patients

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    Fluge, Gjermund; Olesen, Hanne Vebert; Giljam, Marita

    2009-01-01

    Background: The co-morbidity of cystic fibrosis (CF) and celiac disease (CD) has been reported sporadically since the 1960s. To our knowledge, this is the first time a systematic screening is performed in a large cohort of CF patients. Methods: Transglutaminase-IgA (TGA), endomysium-IgA (EMA...

  17. Microbiological surveillance in patients with cystic fibrosis

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    Paola Gualdi

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary infections in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF, are a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Prevention, diagnosis and therapy in cystic fibrosis, lead to the necessary collaboration between clinical and laboratory to identify effective strategies and appropriate solutions to address the problems inherent isolation micro-organisms, antibiotic strategies, overcoming of bacterial resistance and other problems management of these patients. The task of the microbiology laboratory and research in quickly and accurately, the agents responsible for these infectious processes, in order to isolate them from material, identify and determine their sensitivity antibiotics. A microbiological surveillance on 34 patients (13 males and 21 females with CF and related to the “Support Services Provincial Trento for the treatment of cystic fibrosis “in the period July 2005 - August 2008, was carried out. 180 Gram positive and 278 of Gram negative bacteria as well as 235 fungi wre collected. Staphylococcus aureus was the most frequently organism found in patients with CF with an incidence of 23% on 156 strains isolated, Pseudomonas aeruginosa was collected 19% of all microorganisms isolated corresponding to 131 strains, Candida albicans is the yeast often isolated with a frequency 22% equal to 149 isolates, Aspergillus fumigatus was isolated at a rate of 8%. From the data we collected and processed has been noted that the local epidemiology of CF patients reflects as reported in the scientific literature and national international consulting, both as a type microorganisms that frequency also isolated compared to age groups. Considering the score of Bartlett as discriminating respiratory fitness of the material, it has been observed that only 32 samples over 327 total (10% would materials insignificant. It follows therefore that the time of sample collection, followed by personnel (physiotherapists dedicated to CF patients, represents a crucial step

  18. Liver Fibrosis and Altered Matrix Synthesis

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    Katrin Neubauer

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Liver fibrosis represents the uniform response of liver to toxic, infectious or metabolic agents. The process leading to liver fibrosis resembles the process of wound healing, including the three phases following tissue injury: inflammation, synthesis of collagenous and noncollagenous extracellular matrix components, and tissue remodelling (scar formation. While a single liver tissue injury can be followed by an almost complete restitution ad integrum, the persistence of the original damaging noxa results in tissue damage. During the establishment of liver fibrosis, the basement membrane components collagen type IV, entactin and laminin increase and form a basement membrane-like structure within the space of Disse. The number of endothelial fenestrae of the sinusoids decreases. These changes of the sinusoids are called 'capillarization' because the altered structure of the sinusoids resembles that of capillaries. At the cellular level, origin of liver fibrogenesis is initiated by the damage of hepatocytes, resulting in the recruitment of inflammatory cells and platelets, and activation of Kupffer cells, with subsequent release of cytokines and growth factors. The hepatic stellate cells seem to be the primary target cells for these inflammatory stimuli, because during fibrogenesis, they undergo an activation process to a myofibroblast-like cell, which represents the major matrix-producing cell. Based on this pathophysiological mechanism, therapeutic methods are developed to inhibit matrix synthesis or stimulate matrix degradation. A number of substances are currently being tested that either neutralize fibrogenic stimuli and prevent the activation of hepatic stellate cells, or directly modulate the matrix metabolism. However, until now, the elimination of the hepatotoxins has been the sole therapeutic concept available for the treatment of liver fibrogenesis in humans.

  19. [Berberine inhibits cardiac fibrosis of diabetic rats].

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    Lu, Kun; Shen, Yongjie; He, Jinfeng; Liu, Guoling; Song, Wei

    2016-10-01

    Objective To explore the effect of berberine on cardiac fibrosis of diabetic rats by observing the expressions of serum transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1), connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) , collagen type 1 (Col1) and collagen type 3 (Col3) in myocardial tissues of diabetic rats after berberine treatment. Methods The diabetic model was induced by intraperitoneal injection of streptococci (STZ). Forty-three diabetic rats were randomly divided into diabetic model group (n=9), berberine treated groups of different doses [50, 100, 150 mg/(kg.d), gavage administration for 12 weeks; n=9, 9, 8 respectively], and metformin group as positive control (n=8); other 8 normal rats served as a negative control group. After the last administration, fasting blood glucose, left ventricular systolic pressure (LVSP) and left ventricular end diastolic pressure (LVEDP) were measured; rats' heart were taken to calculate the heart mass index (HMI); ELISA was used to detect the serum levels of TGF-β1 and CTGF; collagenous fibers in cardiac tissues were tested by Masson staining; collagen volume fraction (CVF) was measured by image analysis; Col1 and Col3 in cardiac tissues were determined by Western blotting. Results Compared with the normal control group, the fasting blood glucose, LVSP, LVEDP absolute value, HMI, the degree of cardiac fibrosis, the expressions of TGF-β1, CTGF, Col1 and Col3 significantly increased in the model group. All indexes mentioned above were reduced obviously in berberine treated groups of 100 and 150 mg/(kg.d). Conclusion Berberine improves cardiac fibrosis in diabetic rats through down-regulating the expressions of TGF-β1 and CTGF and reducing the synthesis and deposition of Col1 and Col3.

  20. Entrevista con Giovanni Levi.

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    - Consejo de Redacción

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Nacido en Milán en 1939, Giovanni Levi, el importante y original historiador italiano, es heredero de una tradición familiar de grandes defensores de la libertad tanto cultural como política. En su práctica investigadora late siempre, de hecho, la memoria de un momento tan crítico de la historia italiana como el final del fascismo. Por añadidura, sus antepasados son judíos del Piamonte. Esta experiencia vital y las luchas sociales de los sesenta han marcado su quehacer como historiador y como estudioso. Levi, reconocido en Italia y asimismo en Europa y América, fue profesor en la Universidad de Turín y luego en la de Viterbo; actualmente es catedrático de Historia económica en Venecia, ejerciendo como profesor visitante en Francia. Su trabajo, muy creativo, aborda aspectos de la historia de la familia, la demografía y la agricultura en los siglos XVII y XVIII, pero su crítica como intelectual comprometido con el dudoso presente desborda su estricto ámbito de estudio.

  1. Airway clearance therapy in cystic fibrosis patients.

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    Pisi, Giovanna; Chetta, Alfredo

    2009-08-01

    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common life-shortening inherited disease affecting Caucasian people. In CF, the major feature of lung disease is the retention of mucus due to impaired clearance of abnormally viscous airway secretions. Airway clearance techniques (ACTs) may significantly improve mucociliary clearance and gas exchange, thereby being of clinical benefit in reducing pulmonary complications in CF patients. ACTs include conventional chest physiotherapy, active cycle of breathing techniques, autogenic drainage, positive expiratory pressure and high-frequency chest compression. In order to suit the needs of patients, families and care-givers, ACTs need to be individually and continuously adapted.

  2. [Cystic fibrosis: centers and care networks organization].

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    Bellon, G

    2012-05-01

    More than 20 years after the gene discovery, without specific treatment, the observed improvement of the cystic fibrosis prognosis appears due to management's organization as well as early diagnosis (neonatal screening) or progress in symptomatic treatment. The CF Centers (CRCM) official recognition was a necessary step before generalization of routine neonatal screening (October, 2002). Actually French CF management relies on three levels of organization: CF centers, regional care networks and French CF Society, in close relationship with patients association (Vaincre la Mucoviscidose). Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  3. [Measurement of pulmonary inflammation in cystic fibrosis].

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    Fayon, M; Chiron, R; Abely, M

    2008-06-01

    Lung inflammation is a pivotal phenomenon in the pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis. Inflammation can be measured and quantified within a research perspective, as well as in daily clinical practice. In this review paper, the "Inflammation Task Force" of the "Société Française de Mucoviscidose" has reviewed the literature regarding the various techniques currently available (bronchoalveolar lavage, sputum analysis, nasal wash and brushing, exhaled breath condensates, carbon monoxide and nitric oxide, and systemic measurements (plasma and urine)). The interpretation of all these determinations in children and adults is also discussed.

  4. Mycobacterium abscessus and Children with Cystic Fibrosis

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    Sermet-Gaudelus, Isabelle; Le Bourgeois, Muriel; Pierre-Audigier, Catherine; Offredo, Catherine; Guillemot, Didier; Halley, Sophie; Akoua-Koffi, Chantal; Vincent, Véronique; Sivadon-Tardy, Valérie; Ferroni, Agnès; Berche, Patrick; Scheinmann, Pierre; Lenoir, Gérard; Gaillard, Jean-Louis

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    We prospectively studied 298 patients with cystic fibrosis (mean age 11.3 years; range 2 months to 32 years; sex ratio, 0.47) for nontuberculous mycobacteria in respiratory samples from January 1, 1996, to December 31, 1999. Mycobacterium abscessus was by far the most prevalent nontuberculous mycobacterium: 15 patients (6 male, 9 female; mean age 11.9 years; range 2.5–22 years) had at least one positive sample for this microorganism (versus 6 patients positive for M. avium complex), including...

  5. Normal bone mineral density in cystic fibrosis

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    Hardin, D.; R. Arumugam; Seilheimer, D.; Leblanc, A.; Ellis, K.

    2001-01-01

    BACKGROUND—Osteoporosis has been reported as a complication of cystic fibrosis (CF).
AIMS—To measure bone mineral density (BMD) in non-acutely ill adults and bone mineral content (BMC) in children with CF.
METHODS—We analysed data from 28 adults and 13 children with CF. Corticosteroid use was minimal for the year prior to study in both groups. Dual x ray absorptiometry was used to measure total body and regional bone mineral density in adults. In children, whole body BMC was...

  6. [Congenital hepatic fibrosis: apropos of 12 cases].

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    Murga, M L; Jara, P; Díaz, M C; de la Rubia, L; Arroba, M L; Larrauri, J; Vázquez, C

    1988-02-01

    Twelve patients with congenital hepatic fibrosis have been retrospectively studied and followed for 1 to 14 years. Clinical features, hepatic function tests and biopsy have been analyzed. Presence of portal hypertension and congenital malformation have been investigated. Clinical presentations varies from newborn to nine years of age without male or female predominance. Most frequent clinical form has been hypertensive type. Cholangitic type has worse prognosis. Familiar recurrence rate is 20%. Congenital malformations are associated in 92% most frequently infantile polycystic kidney disease. Hepatic biopsy has confirmed diagnosis in all patients.

  7. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis: A brief review

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    Rajesh Waikhom

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis is a fibrosing disorder of the skin that develops in patients with advanced renal failure. It mostly presents with progressive hardening or induration of the skin of the extremities. Systemic involvement is also known to occur in this entity. Exposure to gadolinium contrast for radiological evaluation has been identified as the offending agent. The condition is progressive and can be seriously disabling. Therapeutic options are limited and not rewarding in majority of the cases. Awareness of this entity is important so that proper precautionary measures can be taken at the earliest to ameliorate the condition.

  8. Vitamin K supplementation for cystic fibrosis.

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    Jagannath, Vanitha A; Thaker, Vidhu; Chang, Anne B; Price, Amy I

    2017-08-22

    Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder which can lead to multiorgan dysfunction. Malabsorption of fat and fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) may occur and can cause subclinical deficiencies of some of these vitamins. Vitamin K is known to play an important role in both blood coagulation and bone formation. Supplementation with vitamin K appears to be one way of addressing the deficiency, but there is very limited agreement on the appropriate dose and frequency of use of these supplements. This is an updated version of the review. To assess the effects of vitamin K supplementation in people with cystic fibrosis and to determine the optimal dose and route of administration of vitamin K for both routine and therapeutic use. We searched the Cochrane Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Disorders Group's Trials Register comprising references identified from comprehensive electronic database searches and handsearches of relevant journals and abstract books of conference proceedings.Most recent search: 30 January 2017. Randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials of all preparations of vitamin K used as a supplement compared to either no supplementation (or placebo) at any dose or route and for any duration, in children or adults diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (by sweat test or genetic testing). Two authors independently screened papers, extracted trial details and assessed their risk of bias. Two trials (total of 32 participants) each lasting one month were included in the review and were assessed as having a moderate risk of bias. One was a dose-ranging parallel group trial in children (aged 8 to 18 years); and the other (with an older cohort) had a cross-over design comparing supplements to no treatment, but no separate data were reported for the first intervention period. Neither of the trials addressed any of the primary outcomes (coagulation, bone formation and quality of life). Both trials reported the restoration of serum vitamin K and undercarboxylated osteocalcin

  9. Diagnosis and Management of Endomyocardial Fibrosis.

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    Beaton, Andrea; Mocumbi, Ana Olga

    2017-02-01

    Endomyocardial fibrosis (EMF) remains an important cause of restrictive cardiomyopathy worldwide. Patients cluster in specific geographic locations and are almost universally living in extreme poverty. Specific etiology remains elusive and is likely multifactorial. Untreated EMF has a very poor prognosis. Medical management can mitigate symptoms for a time but has no curative benefit. Early surgical interventions may improve survival but are not readily available in most EMF-endemic regions. Increased awareness, advocacy, and research are needed to further understand this neglected tropical cardiomyopathy and to improve survival of those affected.

  10. CYSTIC FIBROSIS: MICROBIOLOGY AND HOST RESPONSE

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    Zemanick, Edith T.

    2016-01-01

    THE EARLIEST DESCRIPTIONS OF LUNG DISEASE IN PEOPLE WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS (CF) DEMONSTRATED THE INVOLVEMENT OF THREE INTERACTING PATHOPHYSIOLOGICAL ELEMENTS IN CF AIRWAYS: MUCUS OBSTRUCTION, INFLAMMATION, AND INFECTION. OVER THE PAST 7 DECADES, OUR UNDERSTANDING OF CF RESPIRATORY MICROBIOLOGY AND INFLAMMATION HAS EVOLVED WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW TREATMENTS, WITH INCREASED LONGEVITY, AND WITH INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED LABORATORY TECHNIQUES. IN THIS CHAPTER, WE WILL REVIEW THE CURRENT STATE OF UNDERSTANDING OF THE ROLES OF INFECTION AND INFLAMMATION AND THEIR ROLES IN DRIVING LUNG DISEASE. WE WILL ALSO DISCUSS HOW THIS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING INFORMATION IS USED TO INFORM CURRENT THERAPEUTIC STRATEGIES, MEASURES AND PREDICTORS OF DISEASE SEVERITY, AND RESEARCH PRIORITIES. PMID:27469179

  11. Glycyrrhizic acid alleviates bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis in rats

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    Lili eGao

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive and lethal form of interstitial lung disease that lacks effective therapies at present. Glycyrrhizic acid (GA, a natural compound extracted from a traditional Chinese herbal medicine Glycyrrhiza glabra, was recently reported to benefit lung injury and liver fibrosis in animal models, yet whether GA has a therapeutic effect on pulmonary fibrosis is unknown. In this study, we investigated the potential therapeutic effect of GA on pulmonary fibrosis in a rat model with bleomycin (BLM-induced pulmonary fibrosis. The results indicated that GA treatment remarkably ameliorated BLM-induced pulmonary fibrosis and attenuated BLM-induced inflammation, oxidative stress, epithelial-mesenchymal transition and activation of tansforming growth factor-beta signaling pathway in the lungs. Further, we demonstrated that GA treatment inhibited proliferation of 3T6 fibroblast cells, induced cell cycle arrest and promoted apoptosis in vitro, implying that GA-mediated suppression of fibroproliferation may contribute to the anti-fibrotic effect against BLM-induced pulmonary fibrosis. In summary, our study suggests a therapeutic potential of GA in the treatment of pulmonary fibrosis.

  12. Fibrosis: a structural modulator of Sinoatrial Node physiology and dysfunction

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    Thomas A Csepe

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Heart rhythm is initialized and controlled by the Sinoatrial Node (SAN, the primary pacemaker of the heart. The SAN is a heterogeneous multi-compartment structure characterized by clusters of specialized cardiomyocytes, enmeshed within strands of connective tissue or fibrosis. Intranodal fibrosis is emerging as an important modulator of structural and functional integrity of the SAN pacemaker complex. In adult human hearts, fatty tissue and fibrosis insulate the SAN from the hyperpolarizing effect of the surrounding atria while electrical communication between the SAN and right atrium is restricted to discrete SAN conduction pathways. The amount of fibrosis within the SAN is inversely correlated with heart rate, while age and heart size are positively correlated with fibrosis. Pathological upregulation of fibrosis within the SAN may lead to tachycardia-bradycardia arrhythmias and cardiac arrest, possibly due to SAN reentry and exit block, and is associated with atrial fibrillation, ventricular arrhythmias, heart failure and myocardial infarction. In this review, we will discuss current literature on the role of fibrosis in normal SAN structure and function, as well as the causes and consequences of SAN fibrosis upregulation in disease conditions.

  13. Improved detection of cardiac fibrosis : Biomarkers and novel imaging techniques

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    Jong, S. de

    2015-01-01

    Cardiac cells are embedded in a collagen network that provides strength in the heart against tension that occurs during contraction and relaxation. In almost every cardiac disease increased collagen (fibrosis) is observed. Fibrosis has adverse effects on cardiac pump function and increases the risk

  14. LUNG TRANSPLANTATION IN PATIENTS WITH CYSTIC-FIBROSIS

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    MANNES, GPM; VANDERBIJ, W

    1995-01-01

    Worldwide more than 600 heart-lung or lung transplantations have been performed in patients with cystic fibrosis and end-stage respiratory disease. At the University Hospital in Groningen 10 patients with cystic fibrosis underwent bilateral sequential lung transplantation until April 1994. The 1-yea

  15. Gefitinib attenuates murine pulmonary fibrosis induced by bleomycin

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    WANG Ping; TIAN Qing; LIANG Zhi-xin; YANG Zhen; XU Shu-feng; SUN Ji-ping; CHEN Liang-an

    2010-01-01

    Background Gefitinib, an inhibitor of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase, is an effective treatment for epithelial tumors, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and is generally well tolerated.However, some clinical trials revealed that gefitinib exposure caused lung fibrosis, a severe adverse reaction.This study investigated the effect of gefitinib on lung fibrosis in mice.Methods We generated a mouse model of lung fibrosis induced by bleomycin to investigate the fibrotic effect of gefitinib.C57BL/6 mice were injected intratracheally with bleomycin or saline, with intragastric administration of gefitinib or saline.Lung tissues were harvested on day 14 or 21 for histology and genetic analysis.Results The histological results showed that bleomycin successfully induced lung fibrosis in mice, and gefitinib prevented lung fibrosis and suppressed the proliferation of S100A4-positive fibroblast cells.In addition, Western blotting analysis revealed that gefitinib decreased the expression of phosphorylated EGFR (p-EGFR).Furthermore, quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) demonstrated that gefitinib inhibited the accumulation of collagens Ⅰ and Ⅲ.Conclusions These results reveal that gefitinib reduces pulmonary fibrosis induced by bleomycin in mice and suggest that administration of small molecule EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors has the potential to prevent pulmonary fibrosis by inhibiting the proliferation of mesenchymal cells, and that targeting tyrosine kinase receptors might be useful for the treatment of pulmonary fibrosis in humans.

  16. Model of mucociliary clearance in cystic fibrosis lungs

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    P. Kurbatova (Polina); N. Bessonov; V. Volpert; H.A.W.M. Tiddens (Harm); C. Cornu (Catherine); P. Nony; D. Caudri (Daan)

    2015-01-01

    textabstractMucus clearance is a primary innate defense mechanism in the human airways. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease caused by mutations in the gene encoding the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein. CF is characterized by dehydration of airway surface

  17. Pancreatitis autoinmune asociada a fibrosis retroperitoneal: evolución tras dos años de seguimiento Autoimmune pancreatitis associated with retroperitoneal fibrosis: outcome after 24 months of follow-up

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    M. Romero

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: la pancreatitis autoinmune es un tipo de pancreatitis crónica caracterizado por un infiltrado linfoplasmocitario y una elevación de IgG e IgG4, que se ha descrito asociada a diversas manifestaciones extrapancreáticas y enfermedades autoinmunes, lo cual apoya la teoría de un mecanismo autoinmune fisiopatólogico de base. Caso clínico: presentamos el caso de un varón que debutó simultáneamente con una pancreatitis autoinmune asociada a fibrosis retroperitoneal y lesión de la vía biliar extrapancreática, con respuesta total tras tratamiento con corticoides durante 4 meses y ausencia de recurrencia tras 24 meses de seguimiento. Discusión: la pancreatitis autoinmune es un tipo de pancreatitis crónica que probablemente forme parte de un proceso sistémico autoinmune, cuyas manifestaciones extrapancreáticas más frecuentes son la fibrosis retroperitoneal y las lesiones de la vía biliar extrapancreática. Su correcto diagnóstico e inicio precoz del tratamiento puede favorecer la resolución completa de las lesiones, principalmente en los casos de bajo grado de actividad, con menor probabilidad de recurrencia.Introduction: autoimmune pancreatitis is a kind of chronic pancreatitis characterized by the presence of lymphoplasmacytic infiltration and severely elevated serum IgG and IgG4, which has been associated to many extrapancreatic lesions and other autoimmune disorders, leading to the theory of an autoimmune mechanism involved in the pathogenesis of this disease. Case report: we report the case of a man who simultaneously presented with autoimmune pancreatitis associated with retroperitonal fibrosis, and a lesion of the extrapancreatic bile duct, with total response to corticosteroid treatment for 4 moths and absence of recurrence after 24 months of follow-up. Discussion: autoimmune pancreatitis is a kind of chronic pancreatitis that is probably a part of a systemic autoinmune disease, with retroperitoneal fibrosis and

  18. Vaccines for preventing infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cystic fibrosis

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    Johansen, H.K.; Gøtzsche, Peter C.; Johansen, Helle Krogh

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Chronic pulmonary infection in cystic fibrosis results in progressive lung damage. Once colonisation of the lungs with Pseudomonas aeruginosa occurs, it is almost impossible to eradicate. Vaccines, aimed at reducing infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, have been developed. OBJECTIVES......: To assess the effectiveness of vaccination against Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cystic fibrosis. SEARCH STRATEGY: We searched the Cochrane Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Disorders Group Trials Register using the terms vaccines AND pseudomonas (last search May 2008) and PubMed using the terms vaccin* AND cystic...... fibrosis (last search May 2008). SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomised trials (published or unpublished) comparing Pseudomonas aeruginosa vaccines (oral, parenteral or intranasal) with control vaccines or no intervention in cystic fibrosis. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: The authors independently selected trials...

  19. New insights into cystic fibrosis-related diabetes in children.

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    Ode, Katie L; Moran, Antoinette

    2013-09-01

    Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD) is the most common complication of cystic fibrosis. It is associated with significantly increased morbidity and mortality in adults and children. Adolescents with cystic fibrosis have a much higher prevalence of diabetes than any other similar age population. Glucose abnormalities that precede diabetes are even more common, especially in children younger than 10 years. The pathophysiology of glucose metabolic abnormalities is poorly understood, but insulin insufficiency is clearly the main component. Findings from animal studies have provided insight into the pathophysiology of CFRD, and imply that carbohydrate metabolic abnormalities might begin at much younger ages than was previously thought in patients with cystic fibrosis, and might be related to the basic cystic fibrosis chloride channel defect. In this Review we explore present knowledge of CFRD in children and adolescents, and new data that indicate that the pathophysiology of CFRD begins in very young patients.

  20. Reversal of liver fibrosis: From fiction to reality.

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    Zoubek, Miguel Eugenio; Trautwein, Christian; Strnad, Pavel

    2017-04-01

    In chronic liver diseases, an ongoing hepatocellular injury together with inflammatory reaction results in activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) and increased deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) termed as liver fibrosis. It can progress to cirrhosis that is characterized by parenchymal and vascular architectural changes together with the presence of regenerative nodules. Even at late stage, liver fibrosis is reversible and the underlying mechanisms include a switch in the inflammatory environment, elimination or regression of activated HSCs and degradation of ECM. While animal models have been indispensable for our understanding of liver fibrosis, they possess several important limitations and need to be further refined. A better insight into the liver fibrogenesis resulted in a large number of clinical trials aiming at reversing liver fibrosis, particularly in patients with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. Collectively, the current developments demonstrate that reversal of liver fibrosis is turning from fiction to reality. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  1. Progress of Research on Organic Fibrosis with Traditional Chinese Medicine

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    Qing-Lan Wang; Xiao-Ning Wang; Ping Liu

    2016-01-01

    Fibrosis is the remodeling and repair processes of chronic injuries. There are few effective therapies. Chinese medicine formula, the main pattern of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in clinic, applies a multi-component, multi-target and complicated approach in the treatment of diseases, and certainly shows good comprehensive therapeutic effects on fibrosis. In this review, the clinical study, effects and mechanism of action of Fuzheng Huayu recipe in the treatment of liver, pulmonary, and renal fibrosis was analyzed and evaluated. Meanwhile, based on the understanding of TCM pathogenesis for liver cirrhosis, this review will also briefly introduce the research of different classical Chinese medicine formulae with various functions in the treatment of experimental liver fibrosis induced by different methods, including comparing the efficacy, analyzing the action characteristics and mechanism of effective formulae, exploring pathological and biological basis of TCM diagnostic and therapeutic pattern, which will contribute to the research of TCM in the treatment of organ fibrosis.

  2. Effects of 4% Icodextrin on Experimental Spinal Epidural Fibrosis.

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    Karanci, Turker; Kelten, Bilal; Karaoglan, Alper; Cinar, Nilgun; Midi, Ahmet; Antar, Veysel; Akdemir, Hidayet; Kara, Zeynep

    2017-01-01

    The aim of this experimental study was to investigate whether spinal epidural 4% glucose polymer solution is effective in the prevention of postoperative fibrosis. Twenty eight adult Wistar albino rats were randomly divided into two equal groups, including treatment and control. Both groups underwent L1 vertebral total laminectomy to expose the dura. Topical treatment group received 4% icodextrin. Four weeks later, epidural fibrosis was examined in both groups histologically, biochemically and macroscopically. Topical use of 4% icodextrin prevented significantly epidural fibrosis following the laminectomy operation. Topical 4% icodextrin application inhibits postoperative epidural fibrosis with various mechanisms and prevents adhesions by playing barrier role between tissue surfaces through flotation. Our study is first to present evidence of experimental epidural fibrosis prevention with 4% icodextrin.

  3. Entrevista con Alberto Tenenti.

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    1995-01-01

    Full Text Available Gran especialista en historia moderna, Alberto Tenenti nació en Viareggio, en 1924. Tras realizar estudios superiores en Italia, trabajó en el Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique varios años, asesorado por Lucien Febvre. Ha dirigido el Archivo del Estado de Brescia; y, más tarde, ha enseñado en París, desde una cátedra en la École Pratique des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (VI Sección, alIado de Braudel. Su Il senso della morte e l'amore della vita nel Rinascimento, de 1957, es una obra maestra sobre los orígenes de la sensibilidad moderna: sin olvidar el naciente vitalismo, estudia el desarrollo de dos motivos, el del ars moriendi, que tiene su evolución propia desde 1350 hasta su difusión impresa, y el de lo macabro, que refleja la crisis de conciencia del siglo XV y adquiere «unas dimensiones desconocidas y verdaderamente anormales». En este libro sobre un problema clave como la muerte, apela de modo notable a la iconografía: Tenenti ha recordado que la cultura tradicional, eclesiástica sobre todo, percibió un mayor peligro en la capacidad de reflexión autónoma y de crítica de los hombres de letras, que en las renovaciones radicales de los artistas. Numerosos trabajos de conjunto realizados por él han perseguido una historia global: Los fundamentos del mundo moderno; Florencia en la época de los Medicis; La formación del mundo moderno; El Renacimiento; el primero de ellos estaba firmado con un historiador de su misma generación, R. Romano, estudioso de las relaciones comerciales en la época moderna en Europa y en la América española. Tenenti ha publicado monografías (Venezia e i corsari, 1961, colecciones de artículos (Credence, ideologie, libertinismi tra medioevo ed eta moderna, 1978; Stato: un'idea, una logica. Dal comune italiano all'assolutismo francese, 1987 y editado a clásicos como Il libri della famiglia de L. B. Alberti, 1969. Es también especialista en temas económicos, como el del

  4. Puentes con vigas pretensadas

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    Editorial, Equipo

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    Full Text Available This paper describes one of the three bridges which Hidrocivil, S. A., has built in Catalonia (northern Spain, over the river Ripoll. The other two bridges are very similar to this one, both in construction and design, and show only minor adjustments to the local topography. The contracting firm proposed several alterations in the prefabrication and constructional procedure, in relation to the initial project, and these changes were accepted. The main feature of these projects is the use of prestressed beams, built at the workshop in sections, and joined together by means of sixty 7 mm cables in each beam. As the shear forces are more acute at the joints, the end of each section has a kind of diaphragm, to provide a large contact area, and hence greater surface to transmit the shear forces. The methods of construction are also of interest. Briefly, they involve building the bridge piles, and use these to support a provisional structure with transversal movement. This provisional structure, in turn, served as platform for two bridge cranes, which lifted the girders to their final location. After the first span was completed, the deck was concreted and the auxiliary structure pushed forward to the next span, to repeat the same operations. This arrangement saved the use of provisional framework.En este trabajo se describe uno de los tres puentes que Hidrocivil, S. A., ha construido.—previo concurso— en la región catalana; concretamente, el que salva el río Ripoll. Los otros dos no han sido objeto de descripción general por ser muy similares, en lo que a ejecución y concepción se refiere, con la única variante que presentan las características topográficas locales. La empresa propuso ciertas variantes— que fueron aceptadas— en la prefabricación y métodos de construcción. El interés de estas obras se centra en el empleo de vigas pretensadas, prefabricadas en taller por trozos, y solidarizados en el mismo mediante las operaciones

  5. Violencia con el anciano

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    Rita Campillo Motilva

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    Full Text Available La violencia doméstica es tan antigua como la humanidad misma y se reconocen la violencia infantil, contra la mujer y al anciano, fundamentalmente; siendo este último grupo una población en ascenso por las mayores expectativas de vida de los últimos años. Como resultado de ello, el número de casos de abuso en el anciano se incrementará y el impacto de este abuso sobre la salud debe ser considerado de forma adecuada. La gama de maltratos es variadísima e incluye el abuso físico, emocional, financiero, sexual, por negligencia, negación a brindarle ayuda y otras formas más. Los ancianos con deterioro cognitivo son los más vulnerables. El médico en la atención primaria de salud es un pilar importante en la prevención y educación de este problema.Domestic violence is as old as humanity itself. Child, women and elderly abuse are mainly recognized. The elderly group is increasing due to the higher life expectancy experimented during the last years. As a result, the number of battered elderly will grow and the impact of this abuse on health should be adequately considered. The range of abuse is very wide and it includes physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse, negligence, rejection to give assistance and others. The elderly with cognitive deterioration are the most vulnerable. The physician at the primary health care level is an important milestone in the prevention and education of this problem.

  6. Entrevista con Bernard Vincent.

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    Fernando Colina Pérez

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Nacido en París (1941, Bernard Vincent es un historiador de renombre en Europa y América del Sur. Consiguió su agregación universitaria en 1966, y desde sus inicios se centró en la Historia Moderna, particularmente en grupos marginales de la España de los siglos XVI-XVII. Ha residido en nuestro país muchos años. Vincent fue miembro de la sección científica de la Casa de Velázquez inicialmente (1968-1971, algo más tarde director de estudios (1977-1978, y a continuación secretario general (1978-1982 de dicha institución. Asimismo ha encabezado el programa de cooperación francoespañol en ciencias sociales (1993-1996. Por otra parte, ha enseñado en la Universidad de París VII, en varias etapas de su vida; pero, sobre todo, ha pertenecido siempre a centros superiores de investigación: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (1976-1978, y a la École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, en donde ha sido director de estudios desde 1988 –era doctor de Estado ya en 1986–, y luego responsable de la Sección de Historia, desde 1996 hasta hoy. Sus colaboraciones con las universidades y centros investigadores españoles han sido constantes hasta el presente. Por añadidura, ha sido miembro del Consejo Nacional de las Universidades en Francia, en lo relativo a la historia moderna y contemporánea (1987-1988, 1992-1995, y es desde hace años miembro de la madrileña Academia de la Historia.

  7. Using ultrasound Nakagami imaging to assess liver fibrosis in rats.

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    Ho, Ming-Chih; Lin, Jen-Jen; Shu, Yu-Chen; Chen, Chiung-Nien; Chang, King-Jen; Chang, Chien-Cheng; Tsui, Po-Hsiang

    2012-02-01

    This study explored the feasibility of using the ultrasound Nakagami image to assess the degree of liver fibrosis in rats. The rat has been widely used as a model in investigations of liver fibrosis. Ultrasound grayscale imaging makes it possible to observe fibrotic rat livers in real time. Statistical analysis of the envelopes of signals backscattered from rat livers may provide useful clues about the degree of liver fibrosis. The Nakagami-model-based image has been shown to be useful for characterizing scatterers in tissues by reflecting the echo statistics, and hence the Nakagami image may serve as a functional imaging tool for quantifying rat liver fibrosis. To validate this idea, fibrosis was induced in each rat liver (n=21) by an intraperitoneal injection of 0.5% dimethylnitrosamine. Livers were excised from rats for in vitro ultrasound scanning using a single-element transducer. The backscattered-signal envelopes of the acquired raw ultrasound signals were used for Nakagami imaging. The Metavir score determined by a pathologist was used to histologically quantify the degree of liver fibrosis. It was found that the Nakagami image could be used to distinguish different degrees of liver fibrosis in rats, since the average Nakagami parameter increased from 0.55 to 0.83 as the fibrosis score increased from 0 (i.e., normal) to 4. This correlation may be due to liver fibrosis in rats involving an increase in the concentration of local scatterers and the appearance of the periodic structures or clustering of scatterers that would change the backscattering statistics. The current findings indicate that the ultrasound Nakagami image has great potential as a functional imaging tool to complement the use of the conventional B-scan in animal studies of liver fibrosis.

  8. Pirfenidone treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Ye Gan

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Ye Gan1,2, Erica L Herzog2, Richard H Gomer31Department of Medicine, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China; 2Department of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA; 3Department of Biology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USAAbstract: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF is a discrete clinicopathologic entity defined by the presence of usual interstitial pneumonia on high-resolution CT scan and/or open lung biopsy and the absence of an alternate diagnosis or exposure explaining these findings. There are currently no FDA-approved therapies available to treat this disease, and the 5-year mortality is ~80%. The pyridone derivative pirfenidone has been studied extensively as a possible therapeutic agent for use in this deadly disease. This review will present the unique clinical features and management issues encountered by physicians caring for IPF patients, including the poor response to conventional therapy. The biochemistry and preclinical efficacy of pirfenidone will be discussed along with a comprehensive review of the clinical efficacy, safety, and side effects and patient-centered foci such as quality of life and tolerability. It is hoped that this information will lend insight into the complex issues surrounding the use of pirfenidone in IPF and lead to further investigation of this agent as a possible therapy in this devastating disease.Keywords: pirfenidone, fibrosis, clinical trials 

  9. Is pirfenidone effective for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

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    Alejandro Jeldres

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Resumen Se ha planteado que la pirfenidona, un agente antifibrótico, podría cambiar el curso de la fibrosis pulmonar idiopática, una enfermedad de pronóstico ominoso y para la cual prácticamente no existen terapias efectivas. Utilizando la base de datos Epistemonikos, la cual es mantenida mediante búsquedas en múltiples bases de datos, identificamos trece revisiones sistemáticas que en conjunto incluyen nueve estudios primarios, siete de los cuales son aleatorizados y cuyos resultados se analizaron en este resumen. Extrajimos los datos, realizamos un metanálisis y preparamos tablas de resumen de los resultados utilizando el método GRADE. Concluimos que la pirfenidona disminuye la progresión de la enfermedad y la mortalidad en la fibrosis pulmonar idiopática. Si bien se asocia a efectos adversos gastrointestinales y cutáneos frecuentes, estos en general no son severos.

  10. Cystic fibrosis mortality trends in France.

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    Bellis, Gil; Cazes, Marie-Hélène; Parant, Alain; Gaimard, Maryse; Travers, Cécile; Le Roux, Evelyne; Ravilly, Sophie; Rault, Gilles

    2007-05-01

    In 1992 France set up a national cystic fibrosis observatory (Observatoire national de la mucoviscidose, ONM) to monitor the state of health of patients on an annual basis. Using the ONM data, this study estimates the main indicators for life expectancy and assesses the total number of cystic fibrosis patients. The data for the years 1994 to 2003 are divided into 3-year periods. Life tables are drawn up for these periods, from which mean and median lengths of life are determined. Using the most recent life table, the number of births in 2003 and the incidence of the disease, the total population of patients can be estimated, assuming a stationary population. In 2001-2003, life expectancy at birth of patients registered with the ONM was 39.1 years and median length of life was 36.4 years. These results, substantially better than those of 1994-1996, are linked to improved conditions of patient inclusion in the ONM database, to improvements in their healthcare, but also to the limitations of the life tables. Based on the 2003 data, the total theoretical number of patients is 6490, and coverage by the ONM database is thus 63.2%. These provisional results demonstrate the need to convert the ONM observatory into a registry providing exhaustive coverage of all patients.

  11. Natural Killer cells and liver fibrosis

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    Frank eFasbender

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In the 40 years since the discovery of Natural Killer (NK cells it has been well established that these innate lymphocytes are important for early and effective immune responses against transformed cells and infections with different pathogens. In addition to these classical functions of NK cells, we now know that they are part of a larger family of innate lymphoid cells and that they can even mediate memory-like responses. Additionally, tissue resident NK cells with distinct phenotypical and functional characteristics have been identified. Here we focus on the phenotype of different NK cell subpopulations that can be found in the liver and summarize the current knowledge about the functional role of these cells with a special emphasis on liver fibrosis. NK cell cytotoxicity can contribute to liver damage in different forms of liver disease. However, NK cells can limit liver fibrosis by killing hepatic stellate cell-derived myofibroblasts, which play a key role in this pathogenic process. Therefore, liver NK cells need to be tightly regulated in order to balance these beneficial and pathological effects.

  12. PROFILEing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: rethinking biomarker discovery

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    Toby M. Maher

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Despite major advances in the understanding of the pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF, diagnosis and management of the condition continue to pose significant challenges. Clinical management of IPF remains unsatisfactory due to limited availability of effective drug therapies, a lack of accurate indicators of disease progression, and an absence of simple short-term measures of therapeutic response. The identification of more accurate predictors of prognosis and survival in IPF would facilitate counseling of patients and their families, aid communication among clinicians, and would guide optimal timing of referral for transplantation. Improvements in molecular techniques have led to the identification of new disease pathways and a more targeted approach to the development of novel anti-fibrotic agents. However, despite an increased interest in biomarkers of IPF disease progression there are a lack of measures that can be used in early phase clinical trials. Careful longitudinal phenotyping of individuals with IPF together with the application of novel omics-based technology should provide important insights into disease pathogenesis and should address some of the major issues holding back drug development in IPF. The PROFILE (Prospective Observation of Fibrosis in the Lung Clinical Endpoints study is a currently enrolling, prospective cohort study designed to tackle these issues.

  13. CFTR protein repair therapy in cystic fibrosis.

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    Quintana-Gallego, Esther; Delgado-Pecellín, Isabel; Calero Acuña, Carmen

    2014-04-01

    Cystic fibrosis is a single gene, autosomal recessive disorder, in which more than 1,900 mutations grouped into 6 classes have been described. It is an example a disease that could be well placed to benefit from personalised medicine. There are currently 2 very different approaches that aim to correct the basic defect: gene therapy, aimed at correcting the genetic alteration, and therapy aimed at correcting the defect in the CFTR protein. The latter is beginning to show promising results, with several molecules under development. Ataluren (PTC124) is a molecule designed to make the ribosomes become less sensitive to the premature stop codons responsible for class i mutations. Lumacaftor (VX-809) is a CFTR corrector directed at class ii mutations, among which Phe508del is the most frequent, with encouraging results. Ivacaftor (VX-770) is a potentiator, the only one marketed to date, which has shown good efficacy for the class iii mutation Gly551Asp in children over the age of 6 and adults. These drugs, or a combination of them, are currently undergoing various clinical trials for other less common genetic mutations. In the last 5 years, CFTR has been designated as a therapeutic target. Ivacaftor is the first drug to treat the basic defect in cystic fibrosis, but only provides a response in a small number of patients. New drugs capable of restoring the CFTR protein damaged by the most common mutations are required.

  14. Targeting ion channels in cystic fibrosis.

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    Mall, Marcus A; Galietta, Luis J V

    2015-09-01

    Mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene cause a characteristic defect in epithelial ion transport that plays a central role in the pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis (CF). Hence, pharmacological correction of this ion transport defect by targeting of mutant CFTR, or alternative ion channels that may compensate for CFTR dysfunction, has long been considered as an attractive approach to a causal therapy of this life-limiting disease. The recent introduction of the CFTR potentiator ivacaftor into the therapy of a subgroup of patients with specific CFTR mutations was a major milestone and enormous stimulus for seeking effective ion transport modulators for all patients with CF. In this review, we discuss recent breakthroughs and setbacks with CFTR modulators designed to rescue mutant CFTR including the common mutation F508del. Further, we examine the alternative chloride channels TMEM16A and SLC26A9, as well as the epithelial sodium channel ENaC as alternative targets in CF lung disease, which remains the major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with CF. Finally, we will focus on the hurdles that still need to be overcome to make effective ion transport modulation therapies available for all patients with CF irrespective of their CFTR genotype.

  15. Imaging the Abdominal Manifestations of Cystic Fibrosis

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    C. D. Gillespie

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    Full Text Available Cystic fibrosis (CF is a multisystem disease with a range of abdominal manifestations including those involving the liver, pancreas, and kidneys. Recent advances in management of the respiratory complications of the disease has led to a greater life expectancy in patients with CF. Subsequently, there is increasing focus on the impact of abdominal disease on quality of life and survival. Liver cirrhosis is the most important extrapulmonary cause of death in CF, yet significant challenges remain in the diagnosis of CF related liver disease. The capacity to predict those patients at risk of developing cirrhosis remains a significant challenge. We review representative abdominal imaging findings in patients with CF selected from the records of two academic health centres, with a view to increasing familiarity with the abdominal manifestations of the disease. We review their presentation and expected imaging findings, with a focus on the challenges facing diagnosis of the hepatic manifestations of the disease. An increased familiarity with these abdominal manifestations will facilitate timely diagnosis and management, which is paramount to further improving outcomes for patients with cystic fibrosis.

  16. Fibroblasts in fibrosis: novel roles and mediators

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    Ryan Thomas Kendall

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Fibroblasts are the most common cell type of the connective tissues found throughout the body and the principal source of the extensive extracellular matrix (ECM characteristic of these tissues. They are also the central mediators of the pathological fibrotic accumulation of ECM and the cellular proliferation and differentiation that occurs in response to prolonged tissue injury and chronic inflammation. The transformation of the fibroblast cell lineage involves classical developmental signaling programs and includes a surprisingly diverse range of precursor cell types—most notably, myofibroblasts that are the apex of the fibrotic phenotype. Myofibroblasts display exaggerated ECM production; constitutively secrete and are hypersensitive to chemical signals such as cytokines, chemokines, and growth factors; and are endowed with a contractile apparatus allowing them to manipulate the ECM fibers physically to close open wounds. In addition to ECM production, fibroblasts have multiple concomitant biological roles, such as in wound healing, inflammation, and angiogenesis, which are each interwoven with the process of fibrosis. We now recognize many common fibroblast-related features across various physiological and pathological protracted processes. Indeed, a new appreciation has emerged for the role of noncancerous fibroblast interactions with tumors in cancer progression. Although the predominant current clinical treatments of fibrosis involve nonspecific immunosuppressive and anti-proliferative drugs, a variety of potential therapies under investigation specifically target fibroblast biology.

  17. [Vitamin E deficiency in cystic fibrosis].

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    Muñoz, C; Polanco, I; Hernanz, A; Carrasco, S; Barea, I; Murga, M L; Arroba, M L; Codoceo, R

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    Plasma vitamin E levels were measured by high performance liquid chromatography in 42 children with cystic fibrosis and were correlated with the following parameters: sex, age, time of follow-up, clinical evolution (Schwachman score), vitamin E/cholesterol and faecal fat excretion. All children in this study received oral alfa-tocoferol (50-100 mg daily) from the diagnosis. According to the vitamin E level patients were distributed in two groups. Group I: 27 patients (64.3%) with normal concentrations. Group II: 15 patients (35.7%) with decreases plasma levels but without clinical manifestations. Steatorrhea was present in all children except 4 patients from group I and one patient from group II. On the other hand, vitamin E/cholesterol was normal in 80% of patients with vitamin E deficiency (group II). We did not find any correlation between plasma vitamin E levels and the different clinical and biological parameters studied. Further studies should be carried out to throw more light on the mechanism underlying the pathogenesis of vitamin E deficiency in patients with cystic fibrosis.

  18. [Management of patients with pulmonary fibrosis].

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    Bestaev, D V; Karateev, D E; Nasonov, E L

    2014-01-01

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune systemic disease. Its systemic manifestations include interstitial lung lesions (ILL). According to morphological studies and X-ray computed tomography, the incidence of RA-associated ILL is 60-70% which gives reason to consider pulmonary fibrosis (PF) to be the main form of lung pathology in this disease. PF is a pathological process in the lungs characterized by high mortality rate and refractoriness to therapy. It is a heterogeneous group of disorders with progressive and irreversible destruction of lung architectonics due to scarification that in the end results in organ dysfunction, disturbed gaseous exchange and respiratory distress. Changes in the interstitial lung tissue resulting from local autoimmune rheumatoid inflammation develop by the same mechanisms that underlie idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis used as a model for classification, pathogenesis and treatment of RA-associated ILL. This review is focused on the therapeutic strategy for the management of PF in the context of consensus of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), European Respiratory Society (ERS), Japanese Respiratory Society (JRS) and Latin American Thoracic Association (ALAT, 2010/2011).

  19. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis: late skin manifestations

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    Bangsgaard, Nannie; Marckmann, Peter; Rossen, Kristian

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) is a serious disease that occurs in patients with severe renal disease and is believed to be caused by gadolinium-containing contrast agents. A detailed description of the late skin manifestations of NSF is important to help dermatologists and nephr......BACKGROUND: Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) is a serious disease that occurs in patients with severe renal disease and is believed to be caused by gadolinium-containing contrast agents. A detailed description of the late skin manifestations of NSF is important to help dermatologists...... confluent dermal plaques with thickening and hardening. In contrast, 3 patients presented with wrinkled, redundant skin as seen in cutis laxa. Patients with NSF had significantly poorer scores than control patients on the Daily Life Quality Index (mean [SD], 11. 4 [7.4] vs 1.5 [2. 3]; P ...: This descriptive case series of patients with NSF gives a detailed clinical picture of the skin manifestations late in the disease. It demonstrates that the clinical picture in the late stage has a varied presentation and that NSF has a significant effect on the quality of life....

  20. Cystic Fibrosis and the Nervous System.

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    Reznikov, Leah R

    2017-05-01

    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-shortening autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in the gene encoding the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR). CFTR is an anion channel that conducts bicarbonate and chloride across cell membranes. Although defective anion transport across epithelial cells is accepted as the basic defect in CF, many of the features observed in people with CF and organs affected by CF are modulated by the nervous system. This is of interest because CFTR expression has been reported in both the peripheral and central nervous systems, and it is well known that the transport of anions, such as chloride, greatly modulates neuronal excitability. Thus it is predicted that in CF, lack of CFTR in the nervous system affects neuronal function. Consistent with this prediction, several nervous system abnormalities and nervous system disorders have been described in people with CF and in animal models of CF. The goal of this special feature article is to highlight the expression and function of CFTR in the nervous system. Special emphasis is placed on nervous system abnormalities described in people with CF and in animal models of CF. Finally, features of CF that may be modulated by or attributed to faulty nervous system function are discussed. Copyright © 2016 American College of Chest Physicians. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Perifollicular fibrosis: pathogenetic role in androgenetic alopecia.

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    Yoo, Hyeon Gyeong; Kim, Jin Sook; Lee, Se Rah; Pyo, Hyun Keol; Moon, Hyung In; Lee, Jong Hee; Kwon, Oh Sang; Chung, Jin Ho; Kim, Kyu Han; Eun, Hee Chul; Cho, Kwang Hyun

    2006-06-01

    Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is a dihydrotestosterone (DHT)-mediated process, characterized by continuous miniaturization of androgen reactive hair follicles and accompanied by perifollicular fibrosis of follicular units in histological examination. Testosterone (T: 10(-9)-10(-7) M) treatment increased the expression of type I procollagen at mRNA and protein level. Pretreatment of finasteride (10(-8) M) inhibited the T-induced type I procollagen expression at mRNA (40.2%) and protein levels (24.9%). T treatment increased the expression of transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-beta1) at protein levels by 81.9% in the human scalp dermal fibroblasts (DFs). Pretreatment of finasteride decreased the expression of TGF-beta1 protein induced by an average of T (30.4%). The type I procollagen expression after pretreatment of neutralizing TGF-beta1 antibody (10 microg/ml) was inhibited by an average of 54.3%. Our findings suggest that T-induced TGF-beta1 and type I procollagen expression may contribute to the development of perifollicular fibrosis in the AGA, and the inhibitory effects on T-induced procollagen and TGF-beta1 expression may explain another possible mechanism how finasteride works in AGA.

  2. Global impact of bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis

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    Margarida Redondo

    2016-09-01

    To understand variation in the aetiology, microbiology and burden of bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis across different global healthcare systems.; Bronchiectasis is the term used to refer to dilatation of the bronchi that is usually permanent and is associated with a clinical syndrome of cough, sputum production and recurrent respiratory infections. It can be caused by a range of inherited and acquired disorders, or may be idiopathic in nature. The most well recognised inherited disorder in Western countries is cystic fibrosis (CF, an autosomal recessive condition that leads to progressive bronchiectasis, bacterial infection and premature mortality. Both bronchiectasis due to CF and bronchiectasis due to other conditions are placing an increasing burden on healthcare systems internationally. Treatments for CF are becoming more effective leading to more adult patients with complex healthcare needs. Bronchiectasis not due to CF is becoming increasingly recognised, particularly in the elderly population. Recognition is important and can lead to identification of the underlying cause, appropriate treatment and improved quality of life. The disease is highly diverse in its presentation, requiring all respiratory physicians to have knowledge of the different “bronchiectasis syndromes”. The most common aetiologies and presenting syndromes vary depending on geography, with nontuberculous mycobacterial disease predominating in some parts of North America, post-infectious and idiopathic disease predominating in Western Europe, and post-tuberculosis bronchiectasis dominating in South Asia and Eastern Europe. Ongoing global collaborative studies will greatly advance our understanding of the international impact of bronchiectasis and CF.

  3. Abdominal manifestations of cystic fibrosis in children

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    Chaudry, Gulraiz; Navarro, Oscar M.; Levine, Daniel S.; Oudjhane, Kamaldine [University of Toronto, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON (Canada)

    2006-03-15

    Pulmonary complications remain the main cause of mortality in cystic fibrosis, but the presenting symptoms in children are often related to gastrointestinal or pancreaticobiliary disease. Furthermore, abdominal manifestations are now seen throughout childhood, from infancy to adolescence. The child might present in the neonatal period with meconium ileus or its attendant complications. The older child might present with distal intestinal obstruction syndrome or colonic stricture secondary to high doses of pancreatic enzyme replacement. Less-common gastrointestinal manifestations include intussusception, duodenitis and fecal impaction of the appendix. Most children also show evidence of exocrine pancreatic deficiency. Radiologically, the combination of fat deposition and pancreatic fibrosis leads to varying CT and MR appearances. A higher than normal incidence of pancreatic cysts and calcification is also seen. Decreased transport of water and chloride also increases the viscosity of bile, with subsequent obstruction of the biliary ductules. If extensive, this can progress to obstructive cirrhosis, portal hypertension and esophageal varices. Diffuse fatty infiltration, hypersplenism and gallstones are also commonly seen in these patients. We present a pictorial review of the radiological appearance of these abdominal manifestations. The conditions are dealt with individually, together with typical appearances in various imaging modalities. (orig.)

  4. [Nutrition, cystic fibrosis and the digestive tract].

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    Olveira, Gabriel; Olveira, Casilda

    2008-05-01

    The prevalence of hyponutrition in cystic fibrosis is high although it may vary according to the different studies. Detection of hyponutrition should be done by combining different methods, depending on their availability. However, the simplest and most validated criterion is to measure at each visit the weight (and height in children) in order to calculate the body mass index and categorizing hyponutrition according to absolute criteria: in adults colon disease may also condition malnourishment. In patients with cystic fibrosis, a usual high-fat diet providing 120%-150% of the recommended calories is advised. If the nutritional goals are not achieved or maintained with diet modifications, artificial supplements may be added, although the recommendation for their use has not been endorsed by solid scientific evidences. The most frequently used preparations usually are polymeric or hypercaloric. The indications for enteral (through a tube, especially gastrostomy) or parenteral nutritional support are similar to those used in other pathologies. Dietary and nutritional control should be included in a multidisciplinary program allowing the improvement of the functional capacity and the quality of life and reducing, at least from a theoretical viewpoint, the morbimortality associated to malnourishment in these patients.

  5. Imaging findings in congenital hepatic fibrosis

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    Akhan, Okan [Department of Radiology, Hacettepe University, School of Medicine, 06100 Ankara (Turkey)]. E-mail: akhano@tr.net; Karaosmanoglu, Ali Devrim [Department of Radiology, Hacettepe University, School of Medicine, 06100 Ankara (Turkey); Ergen, Bilge [Department of Radiology, Hacettepe University, School of Medicine, 06100 Ankara (Turkey)

    2007-01-15

    Congenital hepatic fibrosis (CHF) is a rare congenital multisystemic disorder, mostly inherited in autosomal recessive fashion, primarily affecting renal and hepatobiliary systems. Main underlying process of the disease is the malformation of the ductal plate, the embryological precursor of the biliary system, and secondary biliary strictures and periportal fibrosis ultimately leading to portal hypertension. The natural course of the disease is highly variable ranging from minimally symptomatic disease to true cirrhosis of the liver. However, in most patients the most common manifestations of the diseases that are related to portal hypertension, particularly splenomegaly and bleeding varices. Many other disease processes may co-exist with the disease including Caroli's disease, choledochal cysts and autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) reflecting the mulstisystemic nature of the disease. The associating biliary ductal disease led the authors to think that all these entities are a continuum and different reflections of the same underlying pathophysiological process. Although, conventional method of diagnosis of CHF is the liver biopsy the advent of imaging technologies and modalities, today, may permit the correct diagnosis in a non-invasive manner. Characteristic imaging features are generally present and recognition of these findings may obviate liver biopsy while preserving the diagnostic accuracy. In this article, it is aimed to increase the awareness of the practising radiologists to the imaging findings of this uncommon clinical disorder and trail the blaze for future articles relating to this issue.

  6. Matrices con entradas enteras e inversa con entradas enteras

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    Mora, Walter

    2004-01-01

    Algunos artículos publicados en The American Mathematical Monthly discuten acerca de la construcción de matrices con entradas enteras, valores propios enteros y vectores propios con componentes enteras, en particular en [1] se hace una construcción que además permite construir, de manera sencilla, matrices con entradas enteras cuya inversa también tiene entradas enteras. Este artículo trata de estas últimas construcciones e incluye software en Java para generar y modificar ejemplos y para hac...

  7. Matrices con entradas enteras e inversa con entradas enteras

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    Mora, Walter

    2004-01-01

    Algunos artículos publicados en The American Mathematical Monthly discuten acerca de la construcción de matrices con entradas enteras, valores propios enteros y vectores propios con componentes enteras, en particular en [1] se hace una construcción que además permite construir, de manera sencilla, matrices con entradas enteras cuya inversa también tiene entradas enteras. Este artículo trata de estas últimas construcciones e incluye software en Java para generar y modificar ejemplos y para hac...

  8. qFibrosis: A fully-quantitative innovative method incorporating histological features to facilitate accurate fibrosis scoring in animal model and chronic hepatitis B patients

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    Tai, Dean C.S.; Wang, Shi; Cheng, Chee Leong; Peng, Qiwen; Yan, Jie; Chen, Yongpeng; Sun, Jian; Liang, Xieer; Zhu, Youfu; Rajapakse, Jagath C.; Welsch, Roy E.; So, Peter T.C.; Wee, Aileen; Hou, Jinlin; Yu, Hanry

    2014-01-01

    Background & Aims There is increasing need for accurate assessment of liver fibrosis/cirrhosis. We aimed to develop qFibrosis, a fully-automated assessment method combining quantification of histopathological architectural features, to address unmet needs in core biopsy evaluation of fibrosis in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients. Methods qFibrosis was established as a combined index based on 87 parameters of architectural features. Images acquired from 25 Thioacetamide-treated rat samples and 162 CHB core biopsies were used to train and test qFibrosis and to demonstrate its reproducibility. qFibrosis scoring was analyzed employing Metavir and Ishak fibrosis staging as standard references, and collagen proportionate area (CPA) measurement for comparison. Results qFibrosis faithfully and reliably recapitulates Metavir fibrosis scores, as it can identify differences between all stages in both animal samples (p biopsies (p biopsies: 10–44 mm in length). qFibrosis can significantly predict staging underestimation in suboptimal biopsies (<15 mm) and under- and over-scoring by different pathologists (p <0.001). qFibrosis can also differentiate between Ishak stages 5 and 6 (AUC: 0.73, p = 0.008), suggesting the possibility of monitoring intra-stage cirrhosis changes. Best of all, qFibrosis demonstrates superior performance to CPA on all counts. Conclusions qFibrosis can improve fibrosis scoring accuracy and throughput, thus allowing for reproducible and reliable analysis of efficacies of anti-fibrotic therapies in clinical research and practice. PMID:24583249

  9. Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator chloride channel blockers: Pharmacological, biophysical and physiological relevance

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    Paul; Linsdell

    2014-01-01

    Dysfunction of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane con-ductance regulator(CFTR) chloride channel causes cys-tic fibrosis, while inappropriate activity of this channeloccurs in secretory diarrhea and polycystic kidney dis-ease. Drugs that interact directly with CFTR are there-fore of interest in the treatment of a number of diseasestates. This review focuses on one class of small mol-ecules that interacts directly with CFTR, namely inhibi-tors that act by directly blocking chloride movementthrough the open channel pore. In theory such com-pounds could be of use in the treatment of diarrheaand polycystic kidney disease, however in practice allknown substances acting by this mechanism to inhibitCFTR function lack either the potency or specificity forin vivo use. Nevertheless, this theoretical pharmaco-logical usefulness set the scene for the developmentof more potent, specific CFTR inhibitors. Biophysically,open channel blockers have proven most useful as ex-perimental probes of the structure and function of theCFTR chloride channel pore. Most importantly, the useof these blockers has been fundamental in developing afunctional model of the pore that includes a wide innervestibule that uses positively charged amino acid sidechains to attract both permeant and blocking anionsfrom the cell cytoplasm. CFTR channels are also subjectto this kind of blocking action by endogenous anionspresent in the cell cytoplasm, and recently this blocking effect has been suggested to play a role in the physio-logical control of CFTR channel function, in particular as a novel mechanism linking CFTR function dynamically to the composition of epithelial cell secretions. It has also been suggested that future drugs could target this same pathway as a way of pharmacologically increasing CFTR activity in cystic fibrosis. Studying open channel blockers and their mechanisms of action has resulted in significant advances in our understanding of CFTR as a pharmacological target in disease states, of

  10. con el aborto provocado

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    José Luis Redondo Calderón

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Las vacunas de células diploides humanas (WI-38, MRC-5 tienen un origen éticamente objetable, dado que dichas células proceden de abortos provocados. Entre ellas destacan vacunas empleadas contra rubéola, sarampión, parotiditis, rabia, poliomielitis, viruela, hepatitis A, varicela y herpes zóster. Actualmente se encuentran en desarrollo otras vacunas cultivadas en células (293, PER.C6 transformadas mediante virus, procedentes de abortos. Entre ellas hay vacunas contra la gripe, virus respiratorio sincitial, parainfl uenza, HIV, virus del Nilo Occidental, virus Ébola, Marburg y Lassa, hepatitis B y C, glosopeda, encefalitis japonesa, dengue, tuberculosis, carbunco, peste, tétanos y paludismo. También con igual origen se trabaja en la elaboración de anticuerpos monoclonales y otras proteínas, terapia génica y genómica. Existe la tecnología necesaria para producir todo lo descrito sin recurrir a abortos provocados. Debe indicarse en los prospectos de vacunas y otros productos el origen de las células empleadas. Debe facilitarse el acceso a las vacunas existentes no cultivadas en células procedentes de abortos provocados. Debe potenciarse la investigación de opciones en aquellos casos en los que no exista una vacuna no originada en células procedentes de abortos provocados. Debe potenciarse la elaboración de anticuerpos monoclonales y de otras proteínas, así como la terapia génica y la genómica sin recurrir a células procedentes de abortos provocados. No sería consecuente rechazar productos obtenidos a partir de células troncales embrionarias y aceptar los originados en células procedentes de abortos provocados. Se debe evitar que la biotecnología basada en el aborto provocado invada todos los terrenos de la medicina.

  11. Non-invasive ventilation for cystic fibrosis.

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    Moran, Fidelma; Bradley, Judy M; Piper, Amanda J

    2017-02-20

    Non-invasive ventilation may be a means to temporarily reverse or slow the progression of respiratory failure in cystic fibrosis by providing ventilatory support and avoiding tracheal intubation. Using non-invasive ventilation, in the appropriate situation or individuals, can improve lung mechanics through increasing airflow and gas exchange and decreasing the work of breathing. Non-invasive ventilation thus acts as an external respiratory muscle. This is an update of a previously published review. To compare the effect of non-invasive ventilation versus no non-invasive ventilation in people with cystic fibrosis for airway clearance, during sleep and during exercise. We searched the Cochrane Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Disorders Group Trials Register comprising references identified from comprehensive electronic database searches, handsearching relevant journals and abstract books of conference proceedings. We searched the reference lists of each trial for additional publications possibly containing other trials.Most recent search: 08 August 2016. Randomised controlled trials comparing a form of pressure preset or volume preset non-invasive ventilation to no non-invasive ventilation used for airway clearance or during sleep or exercise in people with acute or chronic respiratory failure in cystic fibrosis. Three reviewers independently assessed trials for inclusion criteria and methodological quality, and extracted data. Ten trials met the inclusion criteria with a total of 191 participants. Seven trials evaluated single treatment sessions, one evaluated a two-week intervention, one evaluated a six-week intervention and one a three-month intervention. It is only possible to blind trials of airway clearance and overnight ventilatory support to the outcome assessors. In most of the trials we judged there was an unclear risk of bias with regards to blinding due to inadequate descriptions. The six-week trial was the only one judged to have a low risk of bias for all

  12. Perfil del trabajador con discapacidad

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    Capgemini y la Fundación Adeco analizan y reflexionan sobre empleo de las personas con discapacidad. A pesar de los avances que se están registrando en este ámbito, la situación laboral de las personas con discapacidad aún está lejos de alcanzar las cotas deseadas de normalización: mientras que la tasa de actividad de las personas sin discapacidad se sitúa en el 76,3%, la de las que sí la tienen desciende bruscamente hasta el 36,5%. En otras palabras, un 63,4% de las personas con discapacidad...

  13. Nursing interventions in monitoring the adolescent with Cystic Fibrosis: a literature review.

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    Reisinho, Maria da Conceição Marinho Sousa Ribeiro Oliveira; Gomes, Bárbara Pereira

    2016-12-08

    identificados, dos quais 8 atenderam os critérios de busca. As intervenções de enfermagem para adolescentes com fibrose cística e seus familiares foram identificadas. Essas intervenções foram organizadas de acordo com o papel dos enfermeiros, isto é, cuidador, coordenador, conselheiro, pesquisador, treinador e parceiro assistencial. as intervenções de enfermagem visam monitorar o adolescente ao longo do processo terapêutico, envolvendo a presença de pais/outras pessoas significantes, uma vez que tanto o adolescente como a família devem assumir a responsabilidade pelo autocuidado. Os profissionais da saúde devem ser capazes de identificar as necessidades específicas dos pacientes com doenças crônicas e suas famílias, visando alcançar uma melhor compreensão e adaptação ao processo de transição entre a saúde e a doença. buscar intervenciones de enfermería que se centren en la mejora de la calidad de vida y la promoción del autocuidado en adolescentes que sufren de Fibrosis cística. revisión de la literatura. Los criterios de inclusión fueron: estudios primarios y estudios con intervenciones desarrolladas por enfermeros en la población adolescente con Fibrosis cística, en portugués, español, francés e inglés, sin delimitación temporal, en las bases de datos Scopus, Web of Science y CINAHL. Los términos utilizados en la búsqueda fueron: enfermería AND cuidado AND adolescente AND "Fibrosis Cística" AND ("calidad de vida" OR "autocuidado"). al total, 59 artículos fueron identificados, de los cuales 8 cumplieron con los criterios de búsqueda. Las intervenciones de enfermería para adolescentes con Fibrosis Cística y sus familiares fueron identificadas. Esas intervenciones fueron organizadas según el papel de los enfermeros, esto es, cuidador, coordinador, consejero, investigador, entrenador y pareja asistencial. las intervenciones de enfermería visan monitorear el adolescente a lo largo del proceso terapéutico, involucrando la presencia de

  14. Enteral tube feeding for individuals with cystic fibrosis: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation evidence-informed guidelines.

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    Schwarzenberg, Sarah Jane; Hempstead, Sarah E; McDonald, Catherine M; Powers, Scott W; Wooldridge, Jamie; Blair, Shaina; Freedman, Steven; Harrington, Elaine; Murphy, Peter J; Palmer, Lena; Schrader, Amy E; Shiel, Kyle; Sullivan, Jillian; Wallentine, Melissa; Marshall, Bruce C; Leonard, Amanda Radmer

    2016-11-01

    Nutrition is integral to the care of individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF). Better nutritional status is associated with improved pulmonary function. In some individuals with CF, enteral tube feeding can be useful in achieving optimal nutritional status. Current nutrition guidelines do not include detailed recommendations for enteral tube feeding. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation convened an expert panel to develop enteral tube feeding recommendations based on a systematic review of the evidence and expert opinion. These guidelines address when to consider enteral tube feeding, assessment of confounding causes of poor nutrition in CF, preparation of the patient for placement of the enteral feeding tube, management of the tube after placement and education about enteral feeding. These recommendations are intended to guide the CF care team, individuals with CF, and their families through the enteral tube feeding process.

  15. Human Genome Project and cystic fibrosis--a symbiotic relationship.

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    Tolstoi, L G; Smith, C L

    1999-11-01

    When Watson and Crick determined the structure of DNA in 1953, a biological revolution began. One result of this revolution is the Human Genome Project. The primary goal of this international project is to obtain the complete nucleotide sequence of the human genome by the year 2005. Although molecular biologists and geneticists are most enthusiastic about the Human Genome Project, all areas of clinical medicine and fields of biology will be affected. Cystic fibrosis is the most common, inherited, lethal disease of white persons. In 1989, researchers located the cystic fibrosis gene on the long arm of chromosome 7 by a technique known as positional cloning. The most common mutation (a 3-base pair deletion) of the cystic fibrosis gene occurs in 70% of patients with cystic fibrosis. The knowledge gained from genetic research on cystic fibrosis will help researchers develop new therapies (e.g., gene) and improve standard therapies (e.g., pharmacologic) so that a patient's life span is increased and quality of life is improved. The purpose of this review is twofold. First, the article provides an overview of the Human Genome Project and its clinical significance in advancing interdisciplinary care for patients with cystic fibrosis. Second, the article includes a discussion of the genetic basis, pathophysiology, and management of cystic fibrosis.

  16. Monocyte Subsets in Schistosomiasis Patients with Periportal Fibrosis

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    Jamille Souza Fernandes

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A major issue with Schistosoma mansoni infection is the development of periportal fibrosis, which is predominantly caused by the host immune response to egg antigens. Experimental studies have pointed to the participation of monocytes in the pathogenesis of liver fibrosis. The aim of this study was to characterize the subsets of monocytes in individuals with different degrees of periportal fibrosis secondary to schistosomiasis. Monocytes were classified into classical (CD14++CD16−, intermediate (CD14++CD16+, and nonclassical (CD14+CD16++. The expressions of monocyte markers and cytokines were assessed using flow cytometry. The frequency of classical monocytes was higher than the other subsets. The expression of HLA-DR, IL-6, TNF-α, and TGF-β was higher in monocytes from individuals with moderate to severe fibrosis as compared to other groups. Although no differences were observed in receptors expression (IL-4R and IL-10R between groups of patients, the expression of IL-12 was lower in monocytes from individuals with moderate to severe fibrosis, suggesting a protective role of this cytokine in the development of fibrosis. Our data support the hypothesis that the three different monocyte populations participate in the immunopathogenesis of periportal fibrosis, since they express high levels of proinflammatory and profibrotic cytokines and low levels of regulatory markers.

  17. Triptolide Mitigates Radiation-Induced Pulmonary Fibrosis.

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    Yang, Shanmin; Zhang, Mei; Chen, Chun; Cao, Yongbin; Tian, Yeping; Guo, Yangsong; Zhang, Bingrong; Wang, Xiaohui; Yin, Liangjie; Zhang, Zhenhuan; O'Dell, Walter; Okunieff, Paul; Zhang, Lurong

    2015-11-01

    Triptolide (TPL) may mitigate radiation-induced late pulmonary side effects through its inhibition of global pro-inflammatory cytokines. In this study, we evaluated the effect of TPL in C57BL/6 mice, the animals were exposed to radiation with vehicle (15 Gy), radiation with TPL (0.25 mg/kg i.v., twice weekly for 1, 2 and 3 months), radiation and celecoxib (CLX) (30 mg/kg) and sham irradiation. Cultured supernatant of irradiated RAW 264.7 and MLE-15 cells and lung lysate in different groups were enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays at 33 h. Respiratory rate, pulmonary compliance and pulmonary density were measured at 5 months in all groups. The groups exposed to radiation with vehicle and radiation with TPL exhibited significant differences in respiratory rate and pulmonary compliance (480 ± 75/min vs. 378 ± 76/min; 0.6 ± 0.1 ml/cm H2O/p kg vs. 0.9 ± 0.2 ml/cm H2O/p kg). Seventeen cytokines were significantly reduced in the lung lysate of the radiation exposure with TPL group at 5 months compared to that of the radiation with vehicle group, including profibrotic cytokines implicated in pulmonary fibrosis, such as IL-1β, TGF- β1 and IL-13. The radiation exposure with TPL mice exhibited a 41% reduction of pulmonary density and a 25% reduction of hydroxyproline in the lung, compared to that of radiation with vehicle mice. The trichrome-stained area of fibrotic foci and pathological scaling in sections of the mice treated with radiation and TPL mice were significantly less than those of the radiation with vehicle-treated group. In addition, the radiation with TPL-treated mice exhibited a trend of improved survival rate compared to that of the radiation with vehicle-treated mice at 5 months (83% vs. 53%). Three radiation-induced profibrotic cytokines in the radiation with vehicle-treated group were significantly reduced by TPL treatment, and this partly contributed to the trend of improved survival rate and pulmonary density and function and the decreased severity of

  18. Ormond's disease or secondary retroperitoneal fibrosis? An overview of retroperitoneal fibrosis

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    Heckmann, M.; Uder, M.; Kuefner, M.A.; Heinrich, M.C. [Universitaetsklinikum Erlangen (Germany). Radiologisches Inst.

    2009-04-15

    Retroperitoneal fibrosis represents a rare inflammatory disease. About two thirds of all cases seem to be idiopathic (= Ormond's disease). The remaining one third is secondary and may be ascribed to infections, trauma, radiation therapy, malignant diseases, and the use of certain drugs. Up to 15 % of patients have additional fibrotic processes outside the retroperitoneum. The clinical symptoms of retroperitoneal fibrosis are non-specific. In sonography retroperitoneal fibrosis appears as a retroperitoneal hypoechoic mass which can involve the ureters and thus cause hydronephrosis. Intravenous urography and MR urography can demonstrate the typical triad of medial deviation and extrinsic compression of the ureters and hydronephrosis. CT and MRI are the modalities of choice for the diagnosis and follow-up of this disease. The lesion typically begins at the level of the fourth or fifth lumbar vertebra and appears as a plaque, encasing the aorta and the inferior vena cava and often enveloping and medially displacing the ureters. In unenhanced CT, retroperitoneal fibrosis appears as a mass that is isodense with muscle. When using MRI, the mass is hypointense in T1-weighted images and of variable intensity in T2-weighted images according to its stage: it may be hyperintense in early stages, while the tissue may have a low signal in late stages. After the administration of contrast media, enhancement is greatest in the early inflammatory phase and minimal in the late fibrotic phase. Dynamic gadolinium enhancement can be useful for assessing disease activity, monitoring response to treatment, and detecting relapse. To differentiate retroperitoneal masses, diffusion-weighted MRI may provide useful information. (orig.)

  19. Effects of leflunomide on inflamation and fibrosis in bleomycine induced pulmonary fibrosis in wistar albino rats.

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    Kayhan, Servet; Guzel, Aygul; Duran, Latif; Tutuncu, Serife; Guzel, Ahmet; Gunaydın, Mithat; Salis, Osman; Okuyucu, Ali; Selcuk, Mustafa Yasin

    2013-10-01

    Pulmonary fibrosis is a rare and progressive lung disease with a high mortality rate. The treatment regimens still fail to recover the disease. Leflunomide (LEF) is an immunomodulatory agent with antiproliferative activity that is used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. The purpose of the study is to investigate the potential therapeutic efficacy of LEF in bleomycin (BLM) induced pulmonary fibrosis. A total of 21 male, adult wistar albino rats were used. The animals were divided into three groups as control, BLM and BLM plus LEF groups (n=7). In BLM group, mice were treated with intratracheal instillation of BLM (2.5 U/kg). Control group received the same volume of saline instead of BLM. In LEF group, in addition to BLM, LEF (10 mg/kg, daily) was administrated by oral gavage. The effect of LEF on pulmonary inflammation and fibrosis was studied by measurements of serum clara cell protein-16 (CC-16), thiobarbituric acid reactive substance levels (TBARS), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and advanced oxidation protein products (AOPP) levels and lung tissue contents of IL-6, TNF-α and NF-κB by immunhistochemical examinations. LEF significantly increased the level of CC-16 and decreased the level of AOPP (P=0.042 and P=0.003 respectively). Lung tissue contents of IL-6, TNF-α and NF-κB significantly decreased in LEF group compared to BLM group by immunhistochemical examinations (P<0.001). LEF reduces oxidative stress factors, alveolar inflammation and attenuates lung injury and fibrosis.

  20. Activated MCTC mast cells infiltrate diseased lung areas in cystic fibrosis and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Löfdahl Claes-Göran

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although mast cells are regarded as important regulators of inflammation and tissue remodelling, their role in cystic fibrosis (CF and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF has remained less studied. This study investigates the densities and phenotypes of mast cell populations in multiple lung compartments from patients with CF, IPF and never smoking controls. Methods Small airways, pulmonary vessels, and lung parenchyma were subjected to detailed immunohistochemical analyses using lungs from patients with CF (20 lung regions; 5 patients, IPF (21 regions; 7 patients and controls (16 regions; 8 subjects. In each compartment the densities and distribution of MCT and MCTC mast cell populations were studied as well as the mast cell expression of IL-6 and TGF-β. Results In the alveolar parenchyma in lungs from patients with CF, MCTC numbers increased in areas showing cellular inflammation or fibrosis compared to controls. Apart from an altered balance between MCTC and MCT cells, mast cell in CF lungs showed elevated expression of IL-6. In CF, a decrease in total mast cell numbers was observed in small airways and pulmonary vessels. In patients with IPF, a significantly elevated MCTC density was present in fibrotic areas of the alveolar parenchyma with increased mast cell expression of TGF-β. The total mast cell density was unchanged in small airways and decreased in pulmonary vessels in IPF. Both the density, as well as the percentage, of MCTC correlated positively with the degree of fibrosis. The increased density of MCTC, as well as MCTC expression of TGF-β, correlated negatively with patient lung function. Conclusions The present study reveals that altered mast cell populations, with increased numbers of MCTC in diseased alveolar parenchyma, represents a significant component of the histopathology in CF and IPF. The mast cell alterations correlated to the degree of tissue remodelling and to lung function parameters. Further

  1. Impaired Lymphocyte Profile in Schistosomiasis Patients with Periportal Fibrosis

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    Luciana Santos Cardoso

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The Th2 immune response in chronic schistosomiasis is associated with the development of periportal fibrosis. However, little is known about the phenotype and activation status of T cells in the process. Objective. To evaluate the profile of T cells in schistosomiasis patients with periportal fibrosis. Methods. It was a cross-sectional study, conducted in the village of Agua Preta, Bahia, Brazil, which included 37 subjects with periportal fibrosis determined by ultrasound. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were obtained by the Ficcol-hypaque gradient and the frequency of T cells expressing the surface markers CD28, CD69, CD25, and CTLA-4 was determined by flow cytometry. Results. The frequency of CD4+CD28+ T lymphocytes was higher in individuals with moderate to severe fibrosis compared to patients with incipient fibrosis. We did not observe any significant difference in the frequency of CD4+ T cells expressing CD69 among groups of individuals. There was also no significant difference in the frequency of CD8+ T cells expressing CD28 or CD69 among the studied groups. Individuals with moderate to severe fibrosis presented a lower frequency of CD8+ T cells, CD4+CD25high T cells, and CD4+CTLA-4+ T cells when compared to patients without fibrosis or incipient fibrosis. The frequency of CD4+CD25low cells did not differ between groups. Conclusion. The high frequency of activated T cells coinciding with a low frequency of putative Treg cells may account for the development of periportal fibrosis in human schistosomiasis.

  2. Simvastatin attenuates bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis in mice

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    OU Xue-mei; FENG Yu-lin; WEN Fu-qiang; HUANG Xiang-yang; XIAO Jun; WANG Ke; WANG Tao

    2008-01-01

    Background Bleomycin-induced fibrosis is extensively used to model aspects of the pathogenesis of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis. This study aimed to determine the benefic effects and mechanisms of simvastatin on bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis in mice.Methods Bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis mice were administered with simvastatin in different doses for 28 days.We measured inflammatory response, fibrogenic cytokines and profibrogenic markers in both bleomycin-stimulated and control lungs, and correlated these parameters with pulmonary fibrosis.Results Simvastatin attenuated the histopathological change of bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis and prevented the increase of lung hydroxyproline content and collagen (Ⅰand Ⅲ) mRNA expression induced by bleomycin. Moreover,simvastatin down-regulated the increased expression of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) and connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) induced by bleomycin at both gene and protein levels. Simultaneously, the accumulation of neutrophils and lymphocytes and the increased production of tumor necrosis factor-(] (TNF-a) in bronchial alveolar lavage fluid were inhibited by simvastatin in early inflammatory phase after bleomycin infusion. The higher dose of simvastatin was associated with a more significant reduction in these inflammatory and fibrotic parameters. Furthermore,the inactivation of p38, RhoA and Smad2/3 signaling pathways was observed during simvastatin administration.Conclusions Simvastatin attenuated bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis, as indicated by decreases in Ashcroft score and lung collagen accumulation. The inhibitory effect of simvastatin on the progression of pulmonary fibrosis may be demonstrated by reducing inflammatory response and production of TGF-βI and CTGF. These findings indicate that simvastatin may be used in the treatment of pulmonary fibrosis.

  3. European Cystic Fibrosis Society Standards of Care: Quality Management in cystic fibrosis.

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    Stern, Martin; Bertrand, Dominique Pougheon; Bignamini, Elisabetta; Corey, Mary; Dembski, Birgit; Goss, Christopher H; Pressler, Tanja; Rault, Gilles; Viviani, Laura; Elborn, J Stuart; Castellani, Carlo

    2014-05-01

    Since the earliest days of cystic fibrosis (CF) treatment, patient data have been recorded and reviewed in order to identify the factors that lead to more favourable outcomes. Large data repositories, such as the US Cystic Fibrosis Registry, which was established in the 1960s, enabled successful treatments and patient outcomes to be recognized and improvement programmes to be implemented in specialist CF centres. Over the past decades, the greater volumes of data becoming available through Centre databases and patient registries led to the possibility of making comparisons between different therapies, approaches to care and indeed data recording. The quality of care for individuals with CF has become a focus at several levels: patient, centre, regional, national and international. This paper reviews the quality management and improvement issues at each of these levels with particular reference to indicators of health, the role of CF Centres, regional networks, national health policy, and international data registration and comparisons. Copyright © 2014 European Cystic Fibrosis Society. All rights reserved.

  4. [Effects of erdosteine on inflammation and fibrosis in rats with pulmonary fibrosis induced by bleomycin].

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    Erden, Ersin Sükrü; Kirkil, Gamze; Deveci, Figen; Ilhan, Nevin; Cobanoğlu, Bengü; Turgut, Teyfik; Muz, Mehmet Hamdi

    2008-01-01

    We aimed to investigate the levels of some chemokines, inflammatory cell counts in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid, histopathological changes in lung tissue, to determine the effect of erdosteine on acute inflammatory changes and fibrosis in a rat fibrosis model induced by bleomycine (BLM). Forty-five Wistar male rats were taken into the study. On day 0, intratracheal saline to control group (group 1, n= 15), intratracheal BLM 7.5 U/kg to BLM (group 2, n= 15) and erdosteine group (group 3, n= 15) was administered. In group 3, oral erdosteine (10 mg/kg/day) was applied two days before BLM. On day 0, 14, and 29th five rats in each groups were sacrificed, BAL fluid was performed. Malonyldialdehyde (MDA), macrophage inflammatory protein (MIP)-1alpha, MIP-2 levels in BAL fluid, hydroxyproline levels in lung tissue were measured. Histopathological examination was performed. When BLM group compared to erdosteine group, the levels of MDA, MIP-1alpha, MIP-2, and neutrophil counts, the hydroxyproline (OH-P) level of lung tissue were decreased in erdosteine group on acute inflammatory phase (day 14) (perdosteine group than BLM group on day 29 (p= 0.01). We conclude that erdosteine may prevent the acute lung inflammation and fibrosis by suppressing the accumulation of neutrophils, inhibition of lipid peroxydation, chemokine production, and release.

  5. Varicela sobreinfectada con Staphylococcus Aureus

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    Fabiana A. Bellot

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Paciente masculino de 5 años de edad internado por presentar un cuadro clínico de más o menos cuatro días de evolución caracterizado por la presencia de fiebre, malestar general, anorexia y dolor abdominal leve complicándose con la aparición de erupciones en piel, cuero cabelludo, cara, tronco y mucosas de características maculo-papulosas eritematosas con un halo eritematoso. Las mismas de tamaños y formas variables, tensas, con contenido purulento, acompañado de fiebre de 38 C°. Al examen físico se evidencian: lesiones dérmicas sobreinfectadas con secreción purulenta en algunas regiones del cuerpo (rostro y tronco. El diagnóstico de ingreso fue varicela sobreinfectada por estafilococo.

  6. Early bronchiectasis in cystic fibrosis detected by surveillance CT.

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    Pillarisetti, Naveen; Linnane, Barry; Ranganathan, Sarath

    2010-08-01

    There is emerging evidence that cystic fibrosis lung disease begins early in infancy. Newborn screening allows early detection and surveillance of pulmonary disease and the possibility of early intervention in this life-shortening condition. We report two children with cystic fibrosis who underwent a comprehensive assessment from diagnosis that included measurement of lung function, limited-slice high-resolution CT and BAL performed annually. Early aggressive surveillance enabled significant lung disease and bronchiectasis to be detected during the first few years of life and led to a change in management, highlighting a clinical role for CT scanning during the preschool years in children with cystic fibrosis.

  7. Pirfenidone treatment in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Salih, Goran Nadir; Shaker, Saher Burhan; Madsen, Helle Dall

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Pirfenidone was approved by the European Medicines Agency and introduced in most European countries in 2011 for treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). OBJECTIVE: To describe the national Danish experiences of pirfenidone treatment for IPF during 30 months with respect......-resolution computed tomography (HRCT), histopathology, forced vital capacity (FVC) and 6-min walk test (6MWT). Longitudinal data on FVC, walk test, adherence to the treatment and vital status were also collected. RESULTS: Pirfenidone treatment was initiated in 113 patients. Mean age was 69.6±8.1 years (±SD), and 71......: Patients with IPF treated with pirfenidone experienced tolerable adverse events. Patients were maintained on treatment due to a careful follow-up and dose adjustment programme. The annual decline in physiological parameters and mortality rate was comparable to previous randomised controlled trials....

  8. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis: clinical picture and treatment.

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    Marckmann, Peter; Skov, Lone

    2009-09-01

    The classic hallmark symptoms of advanced nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) (skin thickening, hardening and hyperpigmentation, and disabling contractures in renal failure patients) in temporal association with Gd-based contrast agent (GBCA) exposure are almost pathognomonic of NSF. Less obvious cases may be diagnosed on the basis of history of early GBCA-related NSF symptoms (warm swellings, pain, discoloration, itching of lower legs), signs of multiorgan involvement (lungs, nervous system), the exclusion of differential diagnoses, including scleromyxedema and systemic sclerosis, and the histology of deep skin biopsies. Symptomatic treatment with intensive physiotherapy and painkillers is important, but there is no known curative medical treatment. Spontaneous remission of NSF symptoms may occur with recovery of renal function after an episode of acute renal failure, or with kidney transplantation of chronic renal failure patients.

  9. Autogenic Drainage in Children With Cystic Fibrosis.

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    Corten, Lieselotte; Morrow, Brenda M

    2017-04-01

    Airway clearance is an essential part of the management of cystic fibrosis (CF) as it facilitates clearance of viscous pulmonary secretions. This review aimed to determine the effect of autogenic drainage (AD) and assisted autogenic drainage (AAD) compared with no, sham, or other types of airway clearance in children with CF. Two pediatric randomized cross-over trials were identified on the use of AD in children with CF; no studies were available on the use of AAD. In one study AD had a positive influence on the Huang score, and is preferred over postural drainage in this population. We could not determine the efficacy of AD and AAD in children with CF. We recommend the implementation of pediatric-specific randomized controlled trials with adequate sample sizes, appropriate clinical outcome measures, and analysis of adverse effects.

  10. Scoliosis in cystic fibrosis - an appraisal

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    Paling, M.R.; Spasovsky-Chernick, M.

    1982-03-01

    An unusually high prevalence (10%) of scoliosis is described in a series of 151 patients aged four years and older with cystic fibrosis. The scolioses were of the late onset (juvenile and adolescent) type, being typically thoracic with the curve convex to the right, although there was no significant preference for either sex. No direct relationship was found between the spinal curvature and the severity or distribution of the lung disease, although the worse scolioses tended to occur in patients with relatively severe pulmonary involvement. There was no evidence of metabolic bone disease as a predisposing cause. Some indication of a familial tendency towards scoliosis was apparent, and a genetic or constitutional basis is postulated with an unknown precipitating factor.

  11. Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms in cystic fibrosis

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    Høiby, Niels; Ciofu, Oana; Bjarnsholt, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    The persistence of chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa lung infections in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients is due to biofilm-growing mucoid (alginate-producing) strains. A biofilm is a structured consortium of bacteria, embedded in a self-produced polymer matrix consisting of polysaccharide, protein...... and DNA. In CF lungs, the polysaccharide alginate is the major part of the P. aeruginosa biofilm matrix. Bacterial biofilms cause chronic infections because they show increased tolerance to antibiotics and resist phagocytosis, as well as other components of the innate and the adaptive immune system....... As a consequence, a pronounced antibody response develops, leading to immune complex-mediated chronic inflammation, dominated by polymorphonuclear leukocytes. The chronic inflammation is the major cause of the lung tissue damage in CF. Biofilm growth in CF lungs is associated with an increased frequency...

  12. Influenza vaccination in children with cystic fibrosis.

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    Patria, Maria Francesca; Longhi, Benedetta; Esposito, Susanna

    2013-04-01

    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited autosomal recessive disease characterized by progressive pulmonary damage and respiratory failure. It is known that bacterial infections play a critical role in the development of significant lung damage, whereas the role of respiratory viruses in CF pulmonary exacerbations and the relationship between viral infections and the progression of lung damage are uncertain. Health authorities throughout the world recommend influenza vaccination for CF patients. The aim of this review is to analyze the impact of seasonal and pandemic influenza on CF patients and data concerning influenza vaccination in order to assess the current situation and identify areas for future study. As data are limited, further well-constructed clinical studies of the effectiveness of influenza vaccination on the main clinical outcome measures of pulmonary function and nutritional status in patients with CF are required.

  13. Ataluren for the treatment of cystic fibrosis.

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    Shoseyov, David; Cohen-Cymberknoh, Malena; Wilschanski, Michael

    2016-02-24

    Alleles causing diseases that carry premature termination codons (PTCs) will cause premature cessation of translation, leading to loss of function and consequent disease. Recently, a novel agent, Ataluren, was developed through a high throughput screening program. Ataluren is orally bioavailable and was shown to be effective in Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Phase I and II studies established the safety and dosing regimens for Ataluren. The results of a short study showed modest improvements in pulmonary function and a reduction in quantitative cough assessment. There was improvement in nasal potential difference and nasal epithelial CFTR protein. In a phase III trial this effect was not observed in patients that were concomitantly treated with tobramycin inhalation. Following these positive findings, a multinational Phase III placebo-controlled efficacy trial is currently underway.

  14. Acute Exacerbations of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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    Collard, Harold R.; Moore, Bethany B.; Flaherty, Kevin R.; Brown, Kevin K.; Kaner, Robert J.; King, Talmadge E.; Lasky, Joseph A.; Loyd, James E.; Noth, Imre; Olman, Mitchell A.; Raghu, Ganesh; Roman, Jesse; Ryu, Jay H.; Zisman, David A.; Hunninghake, Gary W.; Colby, Thomas V.; Egan, Jim J.; Hansell, David M.; Johkoh, Takeshi; Kaminski, Naftali; Kim, Dong Soon; Kondoh, Yasuhiro; Lynch, David A.; Müller-Quernheim, Joachim; Myers, Jeffrey L.; Nicholson, Andrew G.; Selman, Moisés; Toews, Galen B.; Wells, Athol U.; Martinez, Fernando J.

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    The natural history of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) has been characterized as a steady, predictable decline in lung function over time. Recent evidence suggests that some patients may experience a more precipitous course, with periods of relative stability followed by acute deteriorations in respiratory status. Many of these acute deteriorations are of unknown etiology and have been termed acute exacerbations of IPF. This perspective is the result of an international effort to summarize the current state of knowledge regarding acute exacerbations of IPF. Acute exacerbations of IPF are defined as acute, clinically significant deteriorations of unidentifiable cause in patients with underlying IPF. Proposed diagnostic criteria include subjective worsening over 30 days or less, new bilateral radiographic opacities, and the absence of infection or another identifiable etiology. The potential pathobiological roles of infection, disordered cell biology, coagulation, and genetics are discussed, and future research directions are proposed. PMID:17585107

  15. Diabetes mellitus in childhood cystic fibrosis.

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    Rauf, F

    2012-02-03

    Since 1984, five patients in the cystic fibrosis (CF) clinic at Cork Regional Hospital have developed diabetes mellitus (DM) and were treated with Insulin. None had received systemic corticosteroids but two had high calorie naso-gastric feeding regimes. Two died from lung disease. A fifteen year old boy developed bilateral cataracts. In nine other paediatric CF clinics in the Republic of Ireland (total: 420 patients), three patients have DM, two receiving Insulin. Abnormal glucose tolerance is becoming more common in CF as patients survive longer. The possible role of corticosteroid treatment and intensive carbohydrate feeding regimes in development of glucose intolerance must be considered. DM in CF differs from the usual childhood DM. Regular screening and early Insulin supplementation may be beneficial.

  16. A patadas con los botes

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    Lorenzo, José

    1994-01-01

    Presentamos a continuación una actividad desarrollada con alumnos de 4° de Enseñanza Secundaria Obligatoria, en la materia optativa: taller de resolución de problemas. Auna el enfrentamiento a una actividad real. cotidiana, con la utilización de procedimientos y conceptos fundamentales en la formación básica en matemáticas.

  17. Relating the disease mutation spectrum to the evolution of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR.

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    Lavanya Rishishwar

    Full Text Available Cystic fibrosis (CF is the most common genetic disease among Caucasians, and accordingly the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR protein has perhaps the best characterized disease mutation spectrum with more than 1,500 causative mutations having been identified. In this study, we took advantage of that wealth of mutational information in an effort to relate site-specific evolutionary parameters with the propensity and severity of CFTR disease-causing mutations. To do this, we devised a scoring scheme for known CFTR disease-causing mutations based on the Grantham amino acid chemical difference matrix. CFTR site-specific evolutionary constraint values were then computed for seven different evolutionary metrics across a range of increasing evolutionary depths. The CFTR mutational scores and the various site-specific evolutionary constraint values were compared in order to evaluate which evolutionary measures best reflect the disease-causing mutation spectrum. Site-specific evolutionary constraint values from the widely used comparative method PolyPhen2 show the best correlation with the CFTR mutation score spectrum, whereas more straightforward conservation based measures (ConSurf and ScoreCons show the greatest ability to predict individual CFTR disease-causing mutations. While far greater than could be expected by chance alone, the fraction of the variability in mutation scores explained by the PolyPhen2 metric (3.6%, along with the best set of paired sensitivity (58% and specificity (60% values for the prediction of disease-causing residues, were marginal. These data indicate that evolutionary constraint levels are informative but far from determinant with respect to disease-causing mutations in CFTR. Nevertheless, this work shows that, when combined with additional lines of evidence, information on site-specific evolutionary conservation can and should be used to guide site-directed mutagenesis experiments by more narrowly

  18. The pediatric NAFLD fibrosis index: a predictor of liver fibrosis in children with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

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    Pietrobattista Andrea

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Liver fibrosis is a stage of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD which is responsible for liver-related morbidity and mortality in adults. Accordingly, the search for non-invasive markers of liver fibrosis has been the subject of intensive efforts in adults with NAFLD. Here, we developed a simple algorithm for the prediction of liver fibrosis in children with NAFLD followed at a tertiary care center. Methods The study included 136 male and 67 female children with NAFLD aged 3.3 to 18.0 years; 141 (69% of them had fibrosis at liver biopsy. On the basis of biological plausibility, readily availability and evidence from adult studies, we evaluated the following potential predictors of liver fibrosis at bootstrapped stepwise logistic regression: gender, age, body mass index, waist circumference, alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase, gamma-glutamyl-transferase, albumin, prothrombin time, glucose, insulin, triglycerides and cholesterol. A final model was developed using bootstrapped logistic regression with bias-correction. We used this model to develop the 'pediatric NAFLD fibrosis index' (PNFI, which varies between 0 and 10. Results The final model was based on age, waist circumference and triglycerides and had a area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of 0.85 (95% bootstrapped confidence interval (CI with bias correction 0.80 to 0.90 for the prediction of liver fibrosis. A PNFI ≥ 9 (positive likelihood ratio = 28.6, 95% CI 4.0 to 201.0; positive predictive value = 98.5, 95% CI 91.8 to 100.0 could be used to rule in liver fibrosis without performing liver biopsy. Conclusion PNFI may help clinicians to predict liver fibrosis in children with NAFLD, but external validation is needed before it can be employed for this purpose.

  19. Esclerosis sistémica complicada con síncope y bloqueo AV completo

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    Francisco Femenía; Mauricio Arce; Martín Arrieta

    2010-01-01

    La esclerosis sistémica es una compleja enfermedad que afecta el tejido conectivo, el sistema vascular y el sistema inmunológico, y se caracteriza por fibrosis cutánea y de órganos viscerales. Los bloqueos de rama y los hemibloqueos se presentan en el 25 a 75% de los casos y constituyen predictores independientes de mortalidad. Los bloqueos auriculoventriculares de segundo o tercer grado son muy raros. Presentamos el caso de una mujer de 47 años de edad, con diagnóstico de esclerosis sistémic...

  20. Esclerosis sistémica complicada con síncope y bloqueo AV completo

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    Francisco Femenía; Mauricio Arce; Martín Arrieta

    2010-01-01

    La esclerosis sistémica es una compleja enfermedad que afecta el tejido conectivo, el sistema vascular y el sistema inmunológico, y se caracteriza por fibrosis cutánea y de órganos viscerales. Los bloqueos de rama y los hemibloqueos se presentan en el 25 a 75% de los casos y constituyen predictores independientes de mortalidad. Los bloqueos auriculoventriculares de segundo o tercer grado son muy raros. Presentamos el caso de una mujer de 47 años de edad, con diagnóstico de esclerosis sistémic...

  1. [Non-invasive evaluation of liver fibrosis in hepatitis C].

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    de Lédinghen, V; Poynard, T; Wartelle, C; Rosenthal, E

    2008-03-01

    In 2007, the recommended FibroScan, FibroTest or liver biopsy for the initial diagnosis of fibrosis in patients with hepatitis C without co morbidities. These methods have to be interpreted according to the clinical situation, keeping in mind negative and positive false results. For FibroTest, hemolysis, Gilbert syndrome or acute inflammation can modify the result. Pre-analytical and analytical conditions of FibroTest have to be respected according to manufactory recommendations. For FibroScan, the numbers of measurements, the rate of successful measurements, and the interquartile range have to be correct. In case of suspicious results, FibroTest or FibroScan have to be done again. The liver biopsy, FibroTest, and FibroScan are less relevant for the distinction of two adjacent stages of fibrosis. However, their performances are excellent for the diagnosis of severe fibrosis or cirrhosis compared to moderate fibrosis.

  2. Increased caffeine consumption is associated with reduced hepatic fibrosis

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    Modi, Apurva A; Feld, Jordan J; Park, Yoon; Kleiner, David E; Everhart, James E; Liang, T. Jake; Hoofnagle, Jay H

    2010-01-01

    Although coffee consumption has been associated with reduced frequency of liver disease, it is unclear whether the effect is from coffee or caffeine and whether there is an effect on hepatic fibrosis specifically...

  3. Attitudes of potential providers toward preconceptual cystic fibrosis carrier screening.

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    Poppelaars, F.; Ader, H.J.; Cornel, M.C.; Henneman, L.; Hermens, R.P.M.G.; Wal, G. van der; Kate, L. ten

    2004-01-01

    To determine the attitudes of potential providers (general practitioners and Community Health Service workers) towards preconceptual cystic fibrosis (CF) carrier screening and to determine which factors are associated with a positive attitude. A survey was conducted among 200 general practitioners (

  4. Complementary and alternative medicine use in children with cystic fibrosis.

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    Giangioppo, Sandra; Kalaci, Odion; Radhakrishnan, Arun; Fleischer, Erin; Itterman, Jennifer; Lyttle, Brian; Price, April; Radhakrishnan, Dhenuka

    2016-11-01

    To estimate the overall prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine use among children with cystic fibrosis, determine specific modalities used, predictors of use and subjective helpfulness or harm from individual modalities. Of 53 children attending the cystic fibrosis clinic in London, Ontario (100% recruitment), 79% had used complementary and alternative medicine. The most commonly used modalities were air purifiers, humidifiers, probiotics, and omega-3 fatty acids. Family complementary and alternative medicine use was the only independent predictor of overall use. The majority of patients perceived benefit from specific modalities for cystic fibrosis symptoms. Given the high frequency and number of modalities used and lack of patient and disease characteristics predicting use, we recommend that health care providers should routinely ask about complementary and alternative medicine among all pediatric cystic fibrosis patients and assist patients in understanding the potential benefits and risks to make informed decisions about its use. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Gluteal muscle fibrosis with abduction contracture of the hip.

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    Al Bayati, Mohammed Ali; Kraidy, Bakir Kadhum

    2016-03-01

    Gluteal muscle fibrosis with hip contracture is a rare condition and causes major disability; literature reports are sparse. The aim of this study is to present, for the first time in Iraq and the region, a case series of gluteal fibrosis and the results of surgical treatment. Seven children--six boys and one girl--diagnosed as having gluteal muscle fibrosis with hip contracture, were investigated and treated by open surgical release of fibrotic bands and physiotherapy. All patients improved dramatically over the subsequent weeks, and were able to sit and squat in the normal position. Gluteal muscle fibrosis with hip contracture is present in Iraq and more awareness is needed for early diagnosis. Surgical treatment provided excellent results. More studies are needed to delineate the aetiology of the condition.

  6. growth and nutrition in south african children with cystic fibrosis

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    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common life-threatening genetic disease among Caucasian ... effective pancreatic enzyme replacement formulations has made it possible to ... That this deficit was nutritional in origin is supported by the similar ...

  7. Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes: a distinct condition.

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    Cano Megías, Marta; González Albarrán, Olga

    2015-01-01

    Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal inherited autosomal recessive disease in Caucasians, affecting approximately one out of every 2,000 births. Survival of patients with cystic fibrosis has significantly improved due to advances in respiratory and nutritional care, and their current average life expectancy is 30-40 years. Development of cystic fibrosis-related diabetes is a comorbidity that increases with age and may reach a prevalence up to 50% in adults. Its development is associated to impaired lung function and nutritional status, and early diagnosis and treatment are therefore essential to improve quality of life and performance status. Insulin therapy for diabetes and other early carbohydrate metabolism disorders may improve lung function and nutritional status of patients with cystic fibrosis. Copyright © 2014 SEEN. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  8. Guidelines for the medical treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

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    Xaubet, Antoni; Molina-Molina, María; Acosta, Orlando; Bollo, Elena; Castillo, Diego; Fernández-Fabrellas, Estrella; Rodríguez-Portal, José Antonio; Valenzuela, Claudia; Ancochea, Julio

    2017-05-01

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is defined as chronic fibrosing interstitial pneumonia limited to the lung, with poor prognosis. The incidence has been rising in recent years probably due to improved diagnostic methods and increased life expectancy. In 2013, the SEPAR guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis were published. Since then, clinical trials and meta-analyses have shown strong scientific evidence for the use of pirfenidone and nintedanib in the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. In 2015, the international consensus of 2011 was updated and new therapeutic recommendations were established, prompting us to update our recommendation for the medical treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis accordingly. Diagnostic aspects and non-pharmacological treatment will not be discussed as no relevant developments have emerged since the 2013 guidelines. Copyright © 2017 SEPAR. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  9. A patient with combined mediastinal, mesenteric and retroperitoneal fibrosis.

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    Graal, M B; Lustermans, F A

    1994-06-01

    We report a patient with combined mediastinal, mesenteric and retroperitoneal fibrosis who first presented with signs of a superior vena cava syndrome. She was successfully treated with corticosteroids. The aetiology, clinical picture, and possible therapy of idiopathic fibrosclerosis are discussed.

  10. Inflammation in Achromobacter xylosoxidans infected cystic fibrosis patients

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    Hansen, C. R.; Pressler, T.; Nielsen, K. G.

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Achromobacter xylosoxidans infection may cause conspicuous chronic pulmonary inflammation in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients similar to Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc). Evolution in lung function was compared in chronically infected patients. Cytokine...

  11. Increased myocardial fibrosis and left ventricular dysfunction in Cushing's syndrome.

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    Yiu, K.H.; Marsan, N.A.; Delgado, V.; Biermasz, N.R.; Holman, E.R.; Smit, J.W.A.; Feelders, R.A.; Bax, J.J.; Pereira, A.M.

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Active Cushing's syndrome (CS) is associated with cardiomyopathy, characterized by myocardial structural, and ultrastructural abnormalities. The extent of myocardial fibrosis in patients with CS has not been previously evaluated. Therefore, the objective of this study was to assess myocar

  12. Contemporary use of elastography in liver fibrosis and portal hypertension

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    Thiele, Maja; Kjærgaard, Maria; Thielsen, Peter

    2017-01-01

    significant portal hypertension, techniques and limitations. Four types of ultrasound elastography exist, but there is scarce evidence comparing the different techniques. The majority of experience concern transient elastography for diagnosing fibrosis and cirrhosis in patients with chronic viral hepatitis C...

  13. Changes in Cystic Fibrosis Airway Microbiota at Pulmonary Exacerbation

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    Carmody, Lisa A.; Zhao, Jiangchao; Patrick D. Schloss; Petrosino, Joseph F.; Murray, Susan; Young, Vincent B.; Jun Z Li; LiPuma, John J.

    2013-01-01

    Rationale: In persons with cystic fibrosis (CF), repeated exacerbations of pulmonary symptoms are associated with a progressive decline in lung function. Changes in the airway microbiota around the time of exacerbations are not well understood.

  14. Adeno-associated virus for cystic fibrosis gene therapy

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    S.V. Martini

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Gene therapy is an alternative treatment for genetic lung disease, especially monogenic disorders such as cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a severe autosomal recessive disease affecting one in 2500 live births in the white population, caused by mutation of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR. The disease is classically characterized by pancreatic enzyme insufficiency, an increased concentration of chloride in sweat, and varying severity of chronic obstructive lung disease. Currently, the greatest challenge for gene therapy is finding an ideal vector to deliver the transgene (CFTR to the affected organ (lung. Adeno-associated virus is the most promising viral vector system for the treatment of respiratory disease because it has natural tropism for airway epithelial cells and does not cause any human disease. This review focuses on the basic properties of adeno-associated virus and its use as a vector for cystic fibrosis gene therapy.

  15. con mala calidad de vida

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    Agustín Martín-Rodríguez

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available En este estudio ex post facto se ha analizado si los familiares de pacientes con mala calidad de vida presentan diferencias en las variables clínicas de personalidad y relaciones familiares en función de que el paciente haya estado o no ingresado en una Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos. Seleccionamos dos grupos: 29 familiares de pacientes traumatizados graves transcurridos cuatro años de su ingreso en una UCI de Traumatología y con mala calidad de vida (debido a secuelas físicas y/o psicológicas tras el ingreso, tales como traumatismos craneoencefálicos, politraumatismos y tetraplejias traumáticas y 32 familiares de pacientes con mala calidad de vida con cuatro años de evolución de su enfermedad física (hipertensión, diabetes, artritis reumatoide y síndrome de intestino irritable que no han estado ingresados en la UCI. Para alcanzar nuestro objetivo empleamos una Encuesta Psicosocial y los siguientes instrumentos: Cuestionario de Análisis Clínico, Escala de Clima Social en la Familia y Escala de Adaptación Psicosocial de la Enfermedad. Los resultados mostraron que los familiares de pacientes con mala calidad de vida que estuvieron ingresados en la UCI hace cuatro años, presentan diferencias significativas en las variables agitación y expresividad comparados con los familiares de pacientes con mala calidad de vida que no han estado ingresados en la UCI.

  16. Encuentro con el tiempo: Adagio con variaciones de Alfredo Aracil

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    Rosa María Rodríguez Hernández

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Examinando analíticamente la obra sinfónica Adagio con variaciones de Aracil, estudiaremos los principales componentes para concluir con una evaluación de los mismos. A través de la cronología de la obra de Aracil175, observamos la importancia que adquiere en su trayectoria la memoria; su pensamiento va siempre unido a ésta. Uno de sus recursos principales es la cita; es Adagio con variaciones donde claramente observaremos la memoria lejana e inmediata al tiempo: Wagner es el punto de referencia al pasado, Wolf impulsa hacia el presente, y, Aracil advierte el devenir en cada una de sus variaciones.

  17. Post traumatic retroperitoneal fibrosis as a cause of low-back pain Fibrosis retroperitoneal postraumática como causa de dolor lumbar

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    A.M. Hidalgo-Ovejero

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available We present the case of a male patient with post traumatic retroperitoneal fibrosis whose main clinical expression was low-back pain. Diagnosis was established using CAT-scan and MRI, which revealed a large mass of soft tissue that almost entirely enveloped the abdominal aorta. Treatment with 40 mg of prednisone every 24 hours was established. This dose was reduced gradually, and progressive remission of clinical signs and symptoms was achieved, with a significant improvement of subsequent imaging-test results. Treatment was continued for one year. Two and a half years later the patient remains symptom-free, with no recurrence of his condition.Se presenta el caso de un paciente varón afecto de una fibrosis retroperitoneal postraumática, a cuyo diagnóstico se llegó a partir de dolor lumbar como síntoma principal. El diagnóstico se efectuó en base a los estudios mediante CT y RM, los cuales demostraron una gran masa de tejido de partes blandas que rodeaban la aorta. El tratamiento consistió en dosis de prednisona que inicialmente se instauró a 40 mg cada 24 horas, y posteriormente se fue reduciendo de forma gradual hasta la remisión de los signos y síntomas, y consecuentemente de los estudios de imagen. El tratamiento con corticoides se mantuvo durante un año. Dos años y medio el paciente está libre de síntomas sin recidiva de su proceso.

  18. Increased caffeine consumption is associated with reduced hepatic fibrosis.

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    Modi, Apurva A; Feld, Jordan J; Park, Yoon; Kleiner, David E; Everhart, James E; Liang, T Jake; Hoofnagle, Jay H

    2010-01-01

    Although coffee consumption has been associated with reduced frequency of liver disease, it is unclear whether the effect is from coffee or caffeine and whether there is an effect on hepatic fibrosis specifically. This study was undertaken to use a food-frequency instrument for dietary caffeine consumption to evaluate the relationship between caffeine intake and liver fibrosis. Patients undergoing liver biopsy completed a detailed caffeine questionnaire on three occasions over a 6-month period. Caffeine intake was compared between patients with mild and advanced liver fibrosis (bridging fibrosis/cirrhosis). Logistic regression was used to evaluate the association between caffeine consumption and hepatic fibrosis. One hundred seventy-seven patients (99 male, 104 white, 121 with chronic hepatitis C virus [HCV] infection) undergoing liver biopsy completed the caffeine questionnaire on up to three occasions. Results from repeated questionnaires were consistent. Daily caffeine consumption above the 75(th) percentile for the cohort (308 mg = approximately 2.25 cups of coffee equivalents) was associated with reduced liver fibrosis (odds ratio [OR], 0.33; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.14-0.80; P = 0.015) and the protective association persisted after controlling for age, sex, race, liver disease, body mass index, and alcohol intake in all patients (OR, 0.25; 95% CI, 0.09-0.67; P = 0.006), as well as the subset with HCV infection (OR, 0.19; 95% CI, 0.05-0.66; P = 0.009). Despite a modest trend, consumption of caffeine from sources other than coffee or of decaffeinated coffee was not associated with reduced liver fibrosis. A reliable tool for measurement of caffeine consumption demonstrated that caffeine consumption, particularly from regular coffee, above a threshold of approximately 2 coffee-cup equivalents per day, was associated with less severe hepatic fibrosis.

  19. New insights into cystic fibrosis: molecular switches that regulate CFTR.

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    Guggino, William B; Stanton, Bruce A

    2006-06-01

    Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), a Cl(-)-selective ion channel, is a prototypic member of the ATP-binding cassette transporter superfamily that is expressed in several organs. In these organs, CFTR assembles into large, dynamic macromolecular complexes that contain signalling molecules, kinases, transport proteins, PDZ-domain-containing proteins, myosin motors, Rab GTPases, and SNAREs. Understanding how these complexes regulate the intracellular trafficking and activity of CFTR provides a unique insight into the aetiology of cystic fibrosis and other diseases.

  20. A practical new way to measure kidney fibrosis.

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    Peti-Peterdi, János

    2016-11-01

    Proper histological measurement of kidney fibrosis is essentially important in both clinical pathology and basic research using animal models of chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, standard histology techniques and their blind evaluation are cumbersome. Ranjit et al. applied an advanced optical microscopy technique for hassle-free, unbiased, and highly sensitive characterization of kidney fibrosis and tested it in a classic model of chronic kidney disease in mice. This commentary emphasizes the advantages and future promise of this new approach.

  1. Increased caffeine consumption is associated with reduced hepatic fibrosis

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    Modi, Apurva A; Feld, Jordan J; Park, Yoon; Kleiner, David E; Everhart, James E.; Liang, T. Jake; Hoofnagle, Jay H.

    2009-01-01

    Background Although coffee consumption has been associated with reduced frequency of liver disease, it is unclear whether the effect is from coffee or caffeine and whether there is an effect on hepatic fibrosis specifically. Aim To use a food-frequency instrument for dietary caffeine consumption to evaluate the relationship between caffeine intake and liver fibrosis. Methods Patients undergoing liver biopsy completed a detailed caffeine questionnaire on 3 occasions over a 6-month period. Caffeine intake was compared between patients with mild and advanced liver fibrosis (bridging fibrosis/cirrhosis). Logistic regression was used to evaluate the association between caffeine consumption and hepatic fibrosis. Results 177 patients (99 male, 104 Caucasian, 121 with chronic hepatitis C virus [HCV] infection) undergoing liver biopsy completed the caffeine questionnaire on up to three occasions. Results from repeated questionnaires were consistent. Daily caffeine consumption above the 75th percentile for the cohort (308 mg ~2.25 cups of coffee equivalents) was associated with reduced liver fibrosis (OR 0.33, 95% CI: 0.14-0.80, p=0.015) and the protective association persisted after controlling for age, sex, race, liver disease, body mass index and alcohol intake in all patients (OR 0.25, 95% CI: 0.09-0.67, p=0.006), as well as the subset with HCV infection (OR 0.19, 95% CI: 0.05-0.66, p=0.009). Despite a modest trend, consumption of caffeine from sources other than coffee or of decaffeinated coffee was not associated with reduced liver fibrosis. Conclusion A reliable tool for measurement of caffeine consumption demonstrated that caffeine consumption, particularly from regular coffee, above a threshold of approximately 2 coffee-cup equivalents per day, was associated with less severe hepatic fibrosis. PMID:20034049

  2. Vaccines for preventing infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cystic fibrosis

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    Johansen, Helle Krogh; Gøtzsche, Peter C

    2013-01-01

    Chronic pulmonary infection in cystic fibrosis results in progressive lung damage. Once colonisation of the lungs with Pseudomonas aeruginosa occurs, it is almost impossible to eradicate. Vaccines, aimed at reducing infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, have been developed.......Chronic pulmonary infection in cystic fibrosis results in progressive lung damage. Once colonisation of the lungs with Pseudomonas aeruginosa occurs, it is almost impossible to eradicate. Vaccines, aimed at reducing infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, have been developed....

  3. Fucoidan partly prevents CCl4-induced liver fibrosis

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    Hayashi, Shinji; Itoh, Ayano; Isoda, Katsuhiro; Kondoh, Masuo; KAWASE, Masaya; Yagi, Kiyohito

    2008-01-01

    Fucoidan, a sulfated polysaccharide extracted from brown algae, has a wide range of biological activities, including anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-tumor activities. In the present study, we investigated the effects of fucoidan on CCl4-induced liver fibrosis. Administration of fucoidan reduced CCl4-induced acute and chronic liver failure. Hepatic fibrosis induced by CCl4 was also attenuated by injection of fucoidan. Damage to hepatocytes and activation of hepatic stellate cells are k...

  4. Pancreatic changes in cystic fibrosis: CT and sonographic appearances

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    Daneman, A. (Univ. of Toronto, Ontario); Gaskin, K.; Martin, D.J.; Cutz, E.

    1983-10-01

    The computed tomographic (CT) and sonographic appearances of the late stages of pancreatic damage in three patients with cystic fibrosis are illustrated. All three had severe exocrine pancreatic insufficiency with steatorrhea. In two patients CT revealed complete fatty replacement of the entire pancreas. In the third, increased echogenicity of the pancreas on sonography and the inhomogeneous attenuation on CT were interpreted as being the result of a combination of fibrosis, fatty replacement, calcification, and probable cyst formation.

  5. Rosiglitazone attenuates pulmonary fibrosis and radiation-induced intestinal damage

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    Mangoni, M.; Gerini, C.; Sottili, M.; Cassani, S.; Stefania, G.; Biti, G. [Radiotherapy Unit, Clinical Physiopathology Department, University of Florence, Firenze (Italy); Castiglione, F. [Department of Human Pathology and Oncology, University of Florence, Firenze (Italy); Vanzi, E.; Bottoncetti, A.; Pupi, A. [Nuclear Medicine Unit, Clinical Physiopathology Department, University of Florence, Firenze (Italy)

    2011-10-15

    Full text of publication follows: Purpose.-The aim of the study was to evaluate radioprotective effect of rosiglitazone (RGZ) on a murine model of late pulmonary damage and of acute intestinal damage. Methods.- Lung fibrosis: C57 mice were treated with the radiomimetic agent bleomycin, with or without rosiglitazone (5 mg/kg/day). To obtain an independent qualitative and quantitative measure for lung fibrosis we used high resolution CT, performed twice a week during the entire observation period. Hounsfield Units (HU) of section slides from the upper and lower lung region were determined. On day 31 lungs were collected for histological analysis. Acute intestinal damage: mice underwent 12 Gy total body irradiation with or without rosiglitazone. Mice were sacrificed 24 or 72 h after total body irradiation and ileum and colon were collected. Results.- Lung fibrosis: after bleomycin treatment, mice showed typical CT features of lung fibrosis, including irregular septal thickening and patchy peripheral reticular abnormalities. Accordingly, HU lung density was dramatically increased. Rosiglitazone markedly attenuated the radiological signs of fibrosis and strongly inhibited HU lung density increase (60% inhibition at the end of the observation period). Histological analysis revealed that in bleomycin-treated mice, fibrosis involved 50-55% of pulmonary parenchyma and caused an alteration of the alveolar structures in 10% of parenchyma, while in rosiglitazone-treated mice, fibrosis involved only 20-25% of pulmonary parenchyma, without alterations of the alveolar structures. Acute intestinal damage: 24 h after 12 Gy of total body irradiation intestinal mucosa showed villi shortening, mucosal thickness and crypt necrotic changes. Rosiglitazone showed a histological improvement of tissue structure, with villi and crypts normalization and oedema reduction. Conclusion.- These results demonstrate that rosiglitazone displays a protective effect on pulmonary fibrosis and radiation

  6. Metformin attenuates lung fibrosis development via NOX4 suppression

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    Sato, Nahoko; Takasaka, Naoki; Yoshida, Masahiro; Tsubouchi, Kazuya; Minagawa,Shunsuke; Araya,Jun; Saito, Nayuta; Fujita, Yu; Kurita, Yusuke; KOBAYASHI, KENJI; ITO, Saburo; Hara, Hiromichi; Kadota, Tsukasa; Yanagisawa, Haruhiko; Hashimoto,Mitsuo

    2016-01-01

    Background Accumulation of profibrotic myofibroblasts in fibroblastic foci (FF) is a crucial process for development of fibrosis during idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) pathogenesis, and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β plays a key regulatory role in myofibroblast differentiation. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) has been proposed to be involved in the mechanism for TGF-β-induced myofibroblast differentiation. Metformin is a biguanide antidiabetic medication and its pharmacological action i...

  7. Increased PIVKA-II concentrations in patients with cystic fibrosis.

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    de Montalembert, M; Lenoir, G; Saint-Raymond, A.; Rey, J; Lefrère, J J

    1992-01-01

    Serum vitamin K concentrations and prothrombin induced by absence of vitamin K (PIVK-II) concentrations were assayed in 43 patients with cystic fibrosis. Twenty nine showed a normal PIVKA-II and vitamin K concentrations; 14 showed an increased PIVKA-II concentration, in one of whom serum vitamin K was decreased. Although their vitamin K concentrations were normal, some patients with cystic fibrosis still had an increased PIVKA-II. There was a significant correlation between PIVKA-II concentra...

  8. Astragalin inhibits autophagy-associated airway epithelial fibrosis

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    Cho, In-Hee; Choi, Yean-Jung; Gong, Ju-Hyun; Shin, Daekeun; Kang, Min-Kyung; Kang, Young-Hee

    2015-01-01

    Background Fibrotic remodeling of airway and lung parenchymal compartments is attributed to pulmonary dysfunction with an involvement of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in chronic lung diseases such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and asthma. Methods The in vitro study elucidated inhibitory effects of astragalin, kaempferol-3-O-glucoside from leaves of persimmon and green tea seeds, on oxidative stress-induced airway fibrosis. The in vivo study explored the demoting effects of astragalin on ep...

  9. Los nenes con los zombies, las nenas con los vampiros

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    López Corral, Manuela

    2012-01-01

    En este artículo nos circunscribiremos, dentro de este género literario, a las sagas de reciente salida editorial y, con mayor precisión, a las sagas de novelas románticas para adolescentes tales como Crepúsculo (Stephenie Meyer, 2005), Hush Hush (Becca Fitzpatrick, 2009), Cazadores de Sombras (Cassandra Clare, 2007), Fallen (Lauren Kate, 2010), y otras similares, dejando de lado sagas con otro tipo de particularidades como los citados libros de Harry Potter o los pertenecientes a la trilogía...

  10. Los nenes con los zombies, las nenas con los vampiros

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    López Corral, Manuela

    2012-01-01

    En este artículo nos circunscribiremos, dentro de este género literario, a las sagas de reciente salida editorial y, con mayor precisión, a las sagas de novelas románticas para adolescentes tales como Crepúsculo (Stephenie Meyer, 2005), Hush Hush (Becca Fitzpatrick, 2009), Cazadores de Sombras (Cassandra Clare, 2007), Fallen (Lauren Kate, 2010), y otras similares, dejando de lado sagas con otro tipo de particularidades como los citados libros de Harry Potter o los pertenecientes a la trilogía...

  11. Pulmonary vaccination as a novel treatment for lung fibrosis.

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    Samuel L Collins

    Full Text Available Pulmonary fibrosis is an untreatable, uniformly fatal disease of unclear etiology that is the result of unremitting chronic inflammation. Recent studies have implicated bone marrow derived fibrocytes and M2 macrophages as playing key roles in propagating fibrosis. While the disease process is characterized by the accumulation of lymphocytes in the lung parenchyma and alveolar space, their role remains unclear. In this report we definitively demonstrate the ability of T cells to regulate lung inflammation leading to fibrosis. Specifically we demonstrate the ability of intranasal vaccinia vaccination to inhibit M2 macrophage generation and fibrocyte recruitment and hence the accumulation of collagen and death due to pulmonary failure. Mechanistically, we demonstrate the ability of lung Th1 cells to prevent fibrosis as vaccinia failed to prevent disease in Rag-/- mice or in mice in which the T cells lacked IFN-γ. Furthermore, vaccination 3 months prior to the initiation of fibrosis was able to mitigate the disease. Our findings clearly demonstrate the role of T cells in regulating pulmonary fibrosis as well as suggest that vaccinia-induced immunotherapy in the lung may prove to be a novel treatment approach to this otherwise fatal disease.

  12. Prediction of fibrosis progression in chronic viral hepatitis

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    Grace Lai-Hung Wong

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Prediction of liver fibrosis progression has a key role in the management of chronic viral hepatitis, as it will be translated into the future risk of cirrhosis and its various complications including hepatocellular carcinoma. Both hepatitis B and C viruses mainly lead to fibrogenesis induced by chronic inflammation and a continuous wound healing response. At the same time direct and indirect profibrogenic responses are also elicited by the viral infection. There are a handful of well-established risk factors for fibrosis progression including older age, male gender, alcohol use, high viral load and co-infection with other viruses. Metabolic syndrome is an evolving risk factor of fibrosis progression. The new notion of regression of advanced fibrosis or even cirrhosis is now strongly supported various clinical studies. Even liver biopsy retains its important role in the assessment of fibrosis progression, various non-invasive assessments have been adopted widely because of their non-invasiveness, which facilitates serial applications in large cohorts of subjects. Transient elastography is one of the most validated tools which has both diagnostic and prognostic role. As there is no single perfect test for liver fibrosis assessment, algorithms combining the most validated noninvasive methods should be considered as initial screening tools.

  13. PECULIARITIES OF ENT-DAMAGE IN CHILDREN WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS

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    I.V. Martynova

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Traditional approach to cystic fibrosis patients treatment doesn’t involve upper respiratory tract assessment, though abnormal changes — consequences of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductivity regulator gene mutation- do affect nasal and paranasal mucosa to the same extent. Approximately half of cystic fibrosis patients suffer from chronic rhinosinusitis and/or nasal polyposis that worsens the clinical course of already severe disease. Chronic hyperplasia in paranasal cavities can be quite extensive, recurrent and can lead to destruction of osseous walls of the cavity and of nasal septum. Thus increasing the amount of hospital admissions and and their duration. Low awareness of ENT-specialists working in polyclinics and in hospitals of ENT-pathology in cystic fibrosis patients leads to belated diagnostics, excessive manipulations, ineffective treatment, including surgery. All these lays grounds to implication of the early screening diagnostic program and development of proper treatment methods of ENT-complications of cystic fibrosis — therapeutic as well as surgical, with strict specification of indications and contraindications. Key words: cystic fibrosis, chronic rhino sinusitis, nasal polyposis. (Voprosy sovremennoi pediatrii — Current Pediatrics. — 2011; 10 (5: 49–53.

  14. Gender-based differences in bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis.

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    Gharaee-Kermani, Mehrnaz; Hatano, Kazuo; Nozaki, Yasuhiro; Phan, Sem H

    2005-06-01

    The role of gender and sex hormones is unclear in host response to lung injury, inflammation, and fibrosis. To examine gender influence on pulmonary fibrosis, male and female rats were given endotracheal injections of either saline or bleomycin. Female rats showed higher mortality rates and more severe fibrosis than did male rats, as indicated by higher levels of lung collagen deposition and fibrogenic cytokine expression. To clarify the potential role of female sex hormones in lung fibrosis, female rats were ovariectomized and treated with either estradiol or vehicle plus endotracheal injections of either saline or bleomycin. The results showed diminished fibrosis in the ovariectomized, bleomycin-treated rats without hormone replacement. Estradiol replacement restored the fibrotic response to that of the intact female mice in terms of lung collagen deposition and cytokine expression, which was accompanied by higher plasma estradiol levels. Furthermore, fibroblasts from bleomycin-treated rats exhibited increased responsiveness to estradiol treatment, causing dose-dependent increases in procollagen 1 and transforming growth factor-beta1 mRNA expression relative to untreated controls. Taken together these findings suggest that female mice may have an exaggerated response to lung injury relative to male mice because of female sex hormones, which have direct fibrogenic activity on lung fibroblasts. This may provide a mechanism for a hormonally mediated intensification of pulmonary fibrosis.

  15. The Interplay between Inflammation and Fibrosis in Kidney Transplantation

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    Irina B. Torres

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Serial surveillance renal allograft biopsies have shown that early subclinical inflammation constitutes a risk factor for the development of interstitial fibrosis. More recently, it has been observed that persistent inflammation is also associated with fibrosis progression and chronic humoral rejection, two histological conditions associated with poor allograft survival. Treatment of subclinical inflammation with steroid boluses prevents progression of fibrosis and preserves renal function in patients treated with a cyclosporine-based regimen. Subclinical inflammation has been reduced after the introduction of tacrolimus based regimens, and it has been shown that immunosuppressive schedules that are effective in preventing acute rejection and subclinical inflammation may prevent the progression of fibrosis and chronic humoral rejection. On the other hand, minimization protocols are associated with progression of fibrosis, and noncompliance with the immunosuppressive regime constitutes a major risk factor for chronic humoral rejection. Thus, adequate immunosuppressive treatment, avoiding minimization strategies and reinforcing educational actions to prevent noncompliance, is at present an effective approach to combat the progression of fibrosis.

  16. Fibrosis is not just fibrosis - basement membrane modelling and collagen metabolism differs between hepatitis B- and C-induced injury

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    Nielsen, M J; Karsdal, Morten A; Kazankov, K

    2016-01-01

    . AIM: To investigate whether differences in extracellular matrix (ECM) composition of the liver during fibrogenesis in two seemingly similar types of viral hepatitis could be reflected by differences in ECM turnover. METHODS: Utilising a cross-sectional design, we measured specific ECM protein...... fragments in plasma from 197 chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients and 403 chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients matched for inflammation grade and fibrosis stage. Markers of matrix metalloprotease degraded type I, III, IV and VI collagen (C1M, C3M, C4M, C6M) and type III and IV collagen formation (Pro-C3, P4NP7S...... and fibrosis only in CHC. Basement membrane collagen fragments P4NP7S and C4M were significantly higher in matched activity and fibrosis cohorts within CHB vs CHC. CONCLUSION: The main parameters to determine extracellular matrix biomarker levels are inflammation, fibrosis, and type of viral insult. Compared...

  17. US Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and European Cystic Fibrosis Society consensus recommendations for the management of non-tuberculous mycobacteria in individuals with cystic fibrosis: executive summary.

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    Floto, R Andres; Olivier, Kenneth N; Saiman, Lisa; Daley, Charles L; Herrmann, Jean-Louis; Nick, Jerry A; Noone, Peadar G; Bilton, Diana; Corris, Paul; Gibson, Ronald L; Hempstead, Sarah E; Koetz, Karsten; Sabadosa, Kathryn A; Sermet-Gaudelus, Isabelle; Smyth, Alan R; van Ingen, Jakko; Wallace, Richard J; Winthrop, Kevin L; Marshall, Bruce C; Haworth, Charles S

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    Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are ubiquitous environmental organisms that can cause chronic pulmonary infection, particularly in individuals with pre-existing inflammatory lung disease, such as cystic fibrosis (CF). Pulmonary disease (PD) caused by NTM has emerged as a major threat to the health of individuals with CF, but remains difficult to diagnose and problematic to treat. In response to this challenge, the US Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) and the European Cystic Fibrosis Society (ECFS) convened a panel of 19 experts to develop consensus recommendations for the screening, investigation, diagnosis and management of NTM-PD in individuals with CF. PICO (population, intervention, comparison, outcome) methodology and systematic literature reviews were employed to inform draft recommendations, which were then modified to achieve consensus and subsequently circulated for public consultation within the USA and European CF communities. We have thus generated a series of pragmatic, evidence-based recommendations as an initial step in optimising management for this challenging condition.

  18. Entrevista con Hans Robert Jauss.

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    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available El importante teórico y crítico literario alemán nació en 1921. Tras el largo paréntesis de la segunda guerra mundial, Jauss realizará sus estudios superiores, a partir de 1948, en Heidelberg, licenciándose en filología románica. Se doctora pronto con una tesis, publicada en 1955, sobre el tiempo y el recuerdo en la obra capital de Marcel Proust, En busca del tiempo perdido, y se habilita en 1957 con un trabajo sobre la epopeya animal en la Edad Media. A continuación, escribe un conjunto de estudios sobre la alegoría, y codirige con el gran especialista Erich Kohler una monumental historia de la literatura medieval, campo al que ha dedicado otros artículos, a la par que proseguía sus investigaciones iniciales.

  19. Intestinal Bicarbonate Secretion in Cystic Fibrosis Mice

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    Clarke LL

    2001-07-01

    Full Text Available Gene-targeted disruption of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR in mice results in an intestinal disease phenotype that is remarkably similar to bowel disease in cystic fibrosis patients. In the intestinal segment downstream from the stomach (i.e., the duodenum, CFTR plays an important role in bicarbonate secretion that protects the epithelium from acidic gastric effluent. In this report, we examine the role of CFTR in cAMP-stimulated bicarbonate secretion in the murine duodenum and the mechanisms of acid-base transport that are revealed in CFTR knockout (CF mice. Ion substitution, channel blocker and pH stat studies comparing duodena from wild-type and CF mice indicate that CFTR mediates a HCO(3(- conductance across the apical membrane of the epithelium. In the presence of a favorable cell-to-lumen HCO(3(- gradient, the CFTR-mediated HCO(3(- current accounts for about 80% of stimulated HCO(3(- secretion. Exposure of the duodenal mucosa to acidic pH reveals another role of CFTR in facilitating HCO(3(- secretion via an electroneutral, 4,4'-diisothiocyanato-stilbene-2,2' disulfonic acid (DIDS sensitive Cl(-/HCO(3(- exchange process. In CF duodenum, other apical membrane acid-base transporters retain function, thereby affording limited control of transepithelial pH. Activity of a Cl(--dependent anion exchanger provides near-constant HCO(3(- secretion in CF intestine, but under basal conditions the magnitude of secretion is lessened by simultaneous activity of a Na(+/H(+ exchanger (NHE. During cAMP stimulation of CF duodenum, a small increase in net base secretion is measured but the change results from cAMP inhibition of NHE activity rather than increased HCO(3(- secretion. Interestingly, a small inward current that is sensitive to the anion channel blocker, 5-nitro-2(3-phenylpropyl amino-benzoate (NPPB, is also activated during cAMP stimulation of the CFTR-null intestine but the identity of the current is yet to be

  20. Serum fibrosis markers can predict rapid fibrosis progression after liver transplantation for hepatitis C.

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    Pungpapong, Surakit; Nunes, David P; Krishna, Murli; Nakhleh, Raouf; Chambers, Kyle; Ghabril, Marwan; Dickson, Rolland C; Hughes, Christopher B; Steers, Jeffery; Nguyen, Justin H; Keaveny, Andrew P

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    Although recurrent hepatitis C virus (HCV) after liver transplantation (LT) is universal, a minority of patients will develop cirrhosis within 5 years of surgery, which places them at risk for allograft failure. This retrospective study investigated whether 2 serum fibrosis markers, serum hyaluronic acid (HA) and YKL-40, could be used to predict rapid fibrosis progression (RFP) post-LT. These markers were compared with conventional laboratory tests, histological assessment, and hepatic stellate cell activity (HSCA), a key step in fibrogenesis, as assessed by immunohistochemical staining for alpha-smooth muscle actin. Serum and protocol liver biopsy samples were obtained from 46 LT recipients at means of 5 +/- 2 (biopsy 1) and 39 +/- 6 (biopsy 2) months post-LT, respectively. RFP was defined as an increase in the fibrosis score >or= 2 from biopsy 1 to biopsy 2 (a mean interval of 33 +/- 6 months). The ability of parameters at biopsy 1 to predict RFP was compared with the areas under receiver operating characteristic curves (AUROCs). Of the 46 subjects, 15 developed RFP. Serum HA and YKL-40 performed significantly better than conventional parameters and HSCA in predicting RFP post-LT for HCV at biopsy 1, with AUROCs of 0.89 and 0.92, respectively. The accuracy of serum HA >or= 90 microg/L and YKL-40 >or= 200 microg/L in predicting RFP at biopsy 1 was 80% and 96%, respectively. In conclusion, we found that elevated levels of serum HA and YKL-40 within the first 6 months after LT accurately predicted RFP. Larger studies evaluating the role of serum HA and YKL-40 in post-LT management are warranted.

  1. Tratamiento con implantes Leader-Nano en paciente con oligodoncia

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    Salvador Javier Santos Medina

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Los implantes dentales de titanio han revolucionado el mundo de la rehabilitación desde su surgimiento. De manera particular, el empleo de implantes de carga inmediata acorta el tiempo quirúrgico y protésico, con el consiguiente bienestar estético. Se presenta el caso de una paciente femenina de 32 años de edad, con antecedentes de oligodoncia de ambos incisivos laterales superiores y portadora de prótesis parcial acrílica. Fue atendida por el equipo multidisciplinario de implantes en la Clínica Estomatológica Docente “3 de Octubre” y se le realizó tratamiento de rehabilitación integral con implantes Leader-Nano y prótesis fija con corona acrílica sobre dichos implantes. La implantología fue satisfactoria en la paciente; la mejoría estética y funcional, así como la satisfacción de la paciente, fueron los principales logros obtenidos

  2. Fibrosis progresiva del cuádriceps

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    Vergara Amador, Enrique; Largo González, Jorge Andrés

    2011-01-01

    Antecedentes.Material y métodos. Se encontraron siete niños con retracción progresiva unilateral de la rodilla. Seis tenían antecedente de la aplicación de una sola dosis de vacuna a los cuatro meses de edad con contractura entre la 4ª. y 8ª. semana posterior de la aplicación, y un niño la aplicación de vitamina K al nacer.Resultados. La resonancia magnética mostró alteraciones en el vasto intermedio sin patología intraarticular. El promedio de edad de la cirugía fue de 18 meses (16-20 meses)...

  3. Huevos enriquecidos con omega 3

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    El presente trabajo es una contribución al estudio de usos de ingredientes no tradicionales; harina de algas, Macrocystis pyrifera, y la inclusión en raciones para aves de postura destinado a aumentar la concentración de omega 3 del huevo. Objetivo: Evaluar en la alimentación de la gallina la inclusión de harina de alga marina Macrocystis pyrifera con el fin de aumentar el valor de omega 3 en el huevo, y el grado de aceptación de un producto elaborado con el mismo en estudiante...

  4. ARLAB: Laboratorio con Realidad Aumentada

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    Rodríguez Calderón, Rosalino; Santillana Arbesú, Rafael

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    ResumenARLAB es una innovación que incorporar tecnología de realidad aumentada a los experimentos clásicos decontrol y automatización industrial, permitiendo integrar y que interactúen varias tecnologías desarrollándoseexperimentos mixtos, parte real y parte virtual en 3D, que se visualiza con un dispositivo inteligente, como lo esun celular o tableta electrónica; con el fin de generar una visión del conocimiento más profunda y clara.

  5. Cystic Fibrosis Heterozygote Resistance to Cholera Toxin in the Cystic Fibrosis Mouse Model

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    Gabriel, Sherif E.; Brigman, Kristen N.; Koller, Beverly H.; Boucher, Richard C.; Stutts, M. Jackson

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    The effect of the number of cystic fibrosis (CF) alleles on cholera toxin (CT)-induced intestinal secretion was examined in the CF mouse model. CF mice that expressed no CF transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein did not secrete fluid in response to CT. Heterozygotes expressed 50 percent of the normal amount of CFTR protein in the intestinal epithelium and secreted 50 percent of the normal fluid and chloride ion in response to CT. This correlation between CFTR protein and CT-induced chloride ion and fluid secretion suggests that CF heterozygotes might possess a selective advantage of resistance to cholera.

  6. Liver fibrosis in chronic viral hepatitis: An ultrasonographic study

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    Rong-Qin Zheng; Qing-Hui Wang; Ming-De Lu; Shi-Bin Xie; Jie Ren; Zhong-Zhen Su; Yin-Ke Cai; Ji-Lu Yao

    2003-01-01

    AIM: To select valuable ultrasonographic predictors for the evaluation of hepatic inflammation and fibrosis degree in chronic hepatitis, and to study the value of ultrasonography in the evaluation of liver fibrosis and compensated liver cirrhosis in comparison with serology and histology.METHODS: Forty-four ultrasonographic variables were analyzed and screened using color Doppler ultrasound system in 225 patients with chronic viral hepatitis and compensated liver cirrhosis. The valuable ultrasonographic predictors were selected on the basis of a comparison with histopathological findings. The value of ultrasonography and serology in the evaluation of liver fibrosis degree and the diagnosis of compensated liver cirrhosis was also studied and compared. Meanwhile, the influencing factors on ultrasonographic diagnosis of compensated liver cirrhosis were also analyzed.RESULTS: By statistical analysis, the maximum velocity of portal vein and the degree of gall-bladder wall smoothness were selected as the valuable predictors for the inflammation grade (G), while liver surface, hepatic parenchymal echo pattern, and the wall thickness of gall-bladder were selected as the valuable predictors for the fibrosis stage (S). Three S-related independent ultrasonographyic predictors and three routine serum fibrosis markers (HA, HPCIII and CIV) were used to discriminate variables for the comparison of ultrasonography with serology. The diagnostic accuracy of ultrasonography in moderate fibrosis was higher than that of serology (P<0.01), while there were no significant differences in the general diagnostic accuracy of fibrosis as well as between mild and severe fibrosis (P<0.05). There were no significant differences between ultrasonography and serology in the diagnosis of compensated liver cirrhosis.However, the diagnostic accuracy of ultrasonography was higher in inactive liver cirrhosis and lower in active cirrhosis than that of serology (both P<0.05). False positive and false

  7. Hepatosplenic volumetric assessment at MDCT for staging liver fibrosis.

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    Pickhardt, Perry J; Malecki, Kyle; Hunt, Oliver F; Beaumont, Claire; Kloke, John; Ziemlewicz, Timothy J; Lubner, Meghan G

    2017-07-01

    To investigate hepatosplenic volumetry at MDCT for non-invasive prediction of hepatic fibrosis. Hepatosplenic volume analysis in 624 patients (mean age, 48.8 years; 311 M/313 F) at MDCT was performed using dedicated software and compared against pathological fibrosis stage (F0 = 374; F1 = 48; F2 = 40; F3 = 65; F4 = 97). The liver segmental volume ratio (LSVR) was defined by Couinaud segments I-III over segments IV-VIII. All pre-cirrhotic fibrosis stages (METAVIR F1-F3) were based on liver biopsy within 1 year of MDCT. LSVR and total splenic volumes increased with stage of fibrosis, with mean(±SD) values of: F0: 0.26 ± 0.06 and 215.1 ± 88.5 mm(3); F1: 0.25 ± 0.08 and 294.8 ± 153.4 mm(3); F2: 0.331 ± 0.12 and 291.6 ± 197.1 mm(3); F3: 0.39 ± 0.15 and 509.6 ± 402.6 mm(3); F4: 0.56 ± 0.30 and 790.7 ± 450.3 mm(3), respectively. Total hepatic volumes showed poor discrimination (F0: 1674 ± 320 mm(3); F4: 1631 ± 691 mm(3)). For discriminating advanced fibrosis (≥F3), the ROC AUC values for LSVR, total liver volume, splenic volume and LSVR/spleen combined were 0.863, 0.506, 0.890 and 0.947, respectively. Relative changes in segmental liver volumes and total splenic volume allow for non-invasive staging of hepatic fibrosis, whereas total liver volume is a poor predictor. Unlike liver biopsy or elastography, these CT volumetric biomarkers can be obtained retrospectively on routine scans obtained for other indications. • Regional changes in hepatic volume (LSVR) correlate well with degree of fibrosis. • Total liver volume is a very poor predictor of underlying fibrosis. • Total splenic volume is associated with the degree of hepatic fibrosis. • Hepatosplenic volume assessment is comparable to elastography for staging fibrosis. • Unlike elastography, volumetric analysis can be performed retrospectively.

  8. Expression of integrin in hepatic fibrosis and intervention of resveratrol

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    Jianye WU; Chuanyong GUO; Jun LIU; Xuanfu XUAN

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this study was to explore the expression of integrin-β1 in different stages of hepatic fibrosis and intervention of resveratrol as well as the way by which integrin-β1 promoted hepatic fibrosis. Hepatic fibrosis models of male Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were created and intragastric administration of resveratrol was given in low (40 mg/kg), middle (120mg/kg) and high (200 mg/kg) dose groups. The expression of integrin-β1, transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) in different stages of hepatic fibrosis was detected by using RT-PCR. The expression of hexadecenoic acid (HA) and precollagen Ⅲ (pc Ⅲ) was assayed by radioimmunoassay. The expression of integrin-β1, TGF-β and TIMP-1 was determined in each group. Liver function and pathological sections of each group in different stages of hepatic fibrosis was tested to judge the therapeutic efficacy of resveratrol at different doses. The expression of integrin-β1 in normal control group was low and steady and was not increased with the development of hepatic fibrosis, but it was increased in other groups. The expression levels of integrin-β1 in the model control group (0.878±0.03, P 0.05). The expression levels of integrin-β1 and TGF-β in middle dose group and high dose group were higher than other groups (P<0.01). The expression levels of integrin-β1 and TGF-β in model control group and low dose group were lower than the normal control group (P < 0.01). The expression levels of TIMP-1 in the model control and low dose groups were higher than the other groups (P < 0.01). The expression levels of TIMP-1 in the middle dose group and the high dose group were lower than the normal control group (P<0.01). The expression of integrin-β1 existed in all stages of hepatic fibrosis of SD rats, and it was increased with the development of hepatic fibrosis. The expression of TGF-β and TIMP-1 was consistent with that ofintegrin-β1 in different stages of

  9. con dietas suplementadas con Cromo-L-metionina

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    Ram\\u00F3n Garc\\u00EDa-Castillo

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Un total de 48 cerdos (Sus scrofa domesticus; 24 machos castrados y 24 hembras cruzados (Yorkshire, Hampshire, Duroc y Landrace de 3,5 a 4,0 meses de edad y 60,0 ± 5,0 kg PV en finalización. Se alimentaron con dietas isoproteícas (14,5 % PC e isoenergéticas (3.400 kcal EM/kg de MS, adicionadas con Cr-L-metionina (MiCroPlex® (0, 200, 400 y 600 ppb. El experimento tuvo una duración de 45 días y se realizó de agosto a noviembre del 2002 en las instalaciones de la Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro, localizada en Saltillo, Coahuila, México. Al tener los animales aproximadamente 95 kg PV, se tomó muestra de 15 ml de sangre por cada animal para determinar la concentración de glucosa, ácido úrico, creatinina, urea, proteinas totales y colesterol. Se aplicó un diseño completamente al azar con arreglo factorial 2 x 4; dos para el factor sexo y cuatro para nivel de cromo. Los metabolitos en suero no fueron afectados (P>0,05 por el factor sexo. La glucosa en suero disminuyó (P<0,05 y el colesterol incrementó (P<0,05 con cromo en la dieta. Se concluye que el Cr incrementa el metabolismo de glucosa y disminuye el de colesterol, con lo cual puede haber energía disponible para síntesis de proteína la cual es necesaria para el crecimiento de los animales

  10. A millennial view of cystic fibrosis.

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    Dodge, John A

    2015-01-01

    Although only identified as a distinct disease in the 1930s, it was soon apparent that Cystic Fibrosis (CF) had been present, but unrecognised, in European populations for many years - perhaps even centuries [1] . Within a decade of the early descriptions, the autosomal recessive nature of this genetic disease had been clarified, and its clinical features had been expanded. Secondary nutritional deficiencies complicated the underlying condition: the first clear description of CF as "a new disease", which included a speculation about its genetic basis (because there were 2 pairs of sibs in the case series) was published as Vitamin A deficiency in children [2]. The diagnosis was most often made at autopsy. When it was suspected in life, the diagnostic tests used included duodenal intubation to obtain fluid which would show impaired tryptic digestion of the coating of X-Ray film in CF children, and measurement of vitamin A in the blood. Some nutritional improvement could be expected with simple, rather inefficient pancreatic enzyme preparations, but it was not until mid-century that antibiotics began to treat pulmonary infections effectively. As a young doctor in the 1950s I soon became aware that the median age at death for affected children was about one year, and most died before reaching school age. .

  11. The genus Prevotella in cystic fibrosis airways.

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    Field, Tyler R; Sibley, Christopher D; Parkins, Michael D; Rabin, Harvey R; Surette, Michael G

    2010-08-01

    Airway disease resulting from chronic bacterial colonization and consequential inflammation is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Although traditionally considered to be due to only a few pathogens, recent re-examination of CF airway microbiology has revealed that polymicrobial communities that include many obligate anaerobes colonize lower airways. The purpose of this study was to examine Prevotella species in CF airways by quantitative culture and phenotypic characterization. Expectorated sputum was transferred to an anaerobic environment immediately following collection and examined by quantitative microbiology using a variety of culture media. Isolates were identified as facultative or obligate anaerobes and the later group was identified by 16S rRNA sequencing. Prevotella spp. represented the majority of isolates. Twelve different species of Prevotella were recovered from 16 patients with three species representing 65% of isolates. Multiple Prevotella species were often isolated from the same sputum sample. These isolates were biochemically characterized using Rapid ID 32A kits (BioMérieux), and for their ability to produce autoinducer-2 and beta-lactamases. Considerable phenotypic variability between isolates of the same species was observed. The quantity and composition of Prevotella species within a patients' airway microbiome varied over time. Our results suggest that the diversity and dynamics of Prevotella in CF airways may contribute to airway disease.

  12. [Therapeutic advances in cystic fibrosis in 2014].

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    Durupt, S; Mazur, S; Reix, P

    2016-02-01

    Twenty-five years after the cystic fibrosis (CF) gene identification, this discovery actually begins to benefit to patients. Increasing our knowledge on CFTR biology, as well as technical progress made in order to screen for new drugs have made therapeutic strategies move an important step forward. It is likely that in the forthcoming years, the panel of molecules available for CF patients will be larger, with new activators and potentiators. The disease by itself may consequently change in its natural history. CF is an example of the so-called personalized medicine, aiming to fit treatment according to patient's genetic background. Ongoing clinical trials may enlarge the actually limited eligible number of CF patients for new drugs such as ivacaftor. Beyond this exciting and promising new therapeutic approach, one may not push symptomatic treatments on the side. Improvements have been made for inhaled antibiotics administration, aiming to simplify patient's life; clinical trials using new molecules able to liquefy mucus or with anti-inflammatory properties are actually underway. One important next step in the care for CF will be to design and conduct early intervention trials in CF infants. Newborn screening program have been widely implanted around the word, and cohorts studies have shown that both functional and structural abnormalities occurred very early, making the therapeutic window of opportunity tight. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  13. Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis Risk and Liver Disease

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    Robert F. Hanna

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. Evaluate the incidence of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF in patients with liver disease in the peritransplant period. Materials and Methods. This IRB approved study retrospectively reviewed patients requiring transplantation for cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC, or both from 2003 to 2013. Records were reviewed identifying those having gadolinium enhanced MRI within 1 year of posttransplantation to document degree of liver disease, renal disease, and evidence for NSF. Results. Gadolinium-enhanced MRI was performed on 312 of 837 patients, including 23 with severe renal failure (GFR 30. Two of 23 patients with renal failure developed NSF compared to zero NSF cases in 289 patients with GFR > 30 (0/289; P<0.003. High dose gadodiamide was used in the two NSF cases. There was no increased incidence of NSF with severe liver disease (1/71 compared to nonsevere liver disease (1/241; P=0.412. Conclusion. Renal disease is a risk factor for NSF, but in our small sample our evidence suggests liver disease is not an additional risk factor, especially if a low-risk gadolinium agent is used. Noting that not all patients received high-risk gadolinium, a larger study focusing on patients receiving high-risk gadolinium is needed to further evaluate NSF risk in liver disease in the peritransplant period.

  14. Infertility Management in Men with Cystic Fibrosis

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    Nikita Rawal; Rafit Gazvani; Roger Mountford

    2009-01-01

    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a multisystem autosomal recessive disorder. CF has a reported incidence of 1 in 2 500 and a carrier frequency of 1 in 25. It is caused by mutations in a gene located on the long arm of chromosome 7. With almost 50% of patients with CF now in the adult population, and a very high interest in future parenting (78% of men wanting children), there is an increasing need to be proactive in terms of advice about reproductive health. Discussion on reproduction should start in early adolescence and be regularly updated by medical staff. The recent advances in reproductive techniques have allowed the development of sperm aspiration coupled with intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Spermatozoa can be retrieved from either the epididymis or the testes. Genetic counselling is strongly recommended for both partners when congenital bilateral aplasia of vas deferens (CBA VD) is diagnosed as there is the inevitability of transmitting a mutated CFTR gene, and an increased risk of producing an affected child with serious long-term implications. Most treatment centres, with the introduction of ICSI, routinely screen all males with azoospermia caused by obstruction (other than that caused by vasectomy) or germ cell failure. Protocols usually involve screening for 28 relatively common CFTR mutations. Further advanced testing may be necessary up to a final detection level of approximately 98.5%. Before considering any assisted reproduction treatment, it is pertinent that CF patients receive medical and psychological counselling.

  15. Staging Liver Fibrosis with Statistical Observers

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    Brand, Jonathan Frieman

    Chronic liver disease is a worldwide health problem, and hepatic fibrosis (HF) is one of the hallmarks of the disease. Pathology diagnosis of HF is based on textural change in the liver as a lobular collagen network that develops within portal triads. The scale of collagen lobules is characteristically on order of 1mm, which close to the resolution limit of in vivo Gd-enhanced MRI. In this work the methods to collect training and testing images for a Hotelling observer are covered. An observer based on local texture analysis is trained and tested using wet-tissue phantoms. The technique is used to optimize the MRI sequence based on task performance. The final method developed is a two stage model observer to classify fibrotic and healthy tissue in both phantoms and in vivo MRI images. The first stage observer tests for the presence of local texture. Test statistics from the first observer are used to train the second stage observer to globally sample the local observer results. A decision of the disease class is made for an entire MRI image slice using test statistics collected from the second observer. The techniques are tested on wet-tissue phantoms and in vivo clinical patient data.

  16. Viruses in cystic fibrosis patients' airways.

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    Billard, Lisa; Le Berre, Rozenn; Pilorgé, Léa; Payan, Christopher; Héry-Arnaud, Geneviève; Vallet, Sophie

    2017-11-01

    Although bacteria have historically been considered to play a major role in cystic fibrosis (CF) airway damage, a strong impact of respiratory viral infections (RVI) is also now recognized. Emerging evidence confirms that respiratory viruses are associated with deterioration of pulmonary function and exacerbation and facilitation of bacterial colonization in CF patients. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of the current knowledge on respiratory viruses in CF airways, to discuss the resulting inflammation and RVI response, to determine how to detect the viruses, and to assess their clinical consequences, prevalence, and interactions with bacteria. The most predominant are Rhinoviruses (RVs), significantly associated with CF exacerbation. Molecular techniques, and especially multiplex PCR, help to diagnose viral infections, and the coming rise of metagenomics will extend knowledge of viral populations in the complex ecosystem of CF airways. Prophylaxis and vaccination are currently available only for Respiratory syncytial and Influenza virus (IV), but antiviral molecules are being tested to improve CF patients' care. All the points raised in this review highlight the importance of taking account of RVIs and their potential impact on the CF airway ecosystem.

  17. Gadolinium and nephrogenic systemic fibrosis: an update.

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    Weller, Alex; Barber, Joy L; Olsen, Oystein E

    2014-10-01

    Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) is a multisystem disease seen exclusively in patients with renal impairment. It can be severely debilitating and sometimes fatal. There is a strong association with gadolinium-based contrast agents used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Risk factors include renal impairment and proinflammatory conditions, e.g. major surgery and vascular events. Although there is no single effective treatment for NSF, the most successful outcomes are seen following restoration of renal function, either following recovery from acute kidney injury or following renal transplantation. There have been ten biopsy-proved pediatric cases of NSF, with no convincing evidence that children have a significantly altered risk compared with the adult population. After implementation of guidelines restricting the use of gadolinium-based contrast agents in at-risk patients, there has been a sharp reduction in new cases and no new reports in children. Continued vigilance is recommended: screening for renal impairment, use of more stable gadolinium chelates, consideration of non-contrast-enhanced MRI or alternative imaging modalities where appropriate.

  18. Dermatoglyphic Patterns in Cystic Fibrosis Children

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    Ezzati, Atefeh; Batoei, Fereshteh; Jafari, Seyed-Ali; Kiyani, Mohammad-Ali; Mahdavi-Shahri, Naser; Ahanchian, Hamid; Tehranian, Shahrzad; Kianifar, Hamid-Reza

    2014-01-01

    Objective: It is believed that fingerprints and palm patterns may represent genetically determined congenital abnormalities in Cystic Fibrosis (CF). The main idea of this paper was to determine differences of fingerprints and palm patterns in CF and normal children. Methods: Forty-six CF children (27 males, 19 females) and 341 (113 males, 228 females) healthy individuals were recruited for this study. Fingerprint patterns, Total ridge count (TRC) of each finger, a-b ridge count, and atd angles of all participants were recorded. Asymmetry of the right and left hand for each value was determined and dissimilarity in fingerprint patterns between homologous fingers was compared using Chi-square analysis, Mann-Whitney U test and Fisher's exact test. Findings: There were significant differences in the mean TRC of the right digit IV (P=0.009), left digit III (P=0.02), left digit IV (P=0.03), and left digit V (P=0.03). Furthermore, we found significant differences in right atd angel (P=0.001), left atd angel (P=0.002), right a-b ridge (P=0.007) and left a-b ridge (P=0.001). In contrast, we found no significant differences in atd angle asymmetry, a-b ridge count asymmetry and pattern dissimilarity score between both groups (P>0.05). Conclusion: Dermatoglyphic characteristics could be used as a supplementary diagnostic method in CF children. PMID:25793070

  19. [Italian Cystic Fibrosis Register - Report 2010].

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    Amato, Annalisa; Ferrigno, Luigina; Salvatore, Marco; Toccaceli, Virgilia

    2016-01-01

    The Italian National CF Registry (INCFR) is based on the official agreement between the clinicians of the Italian National Referral Centers for Cystic Fibrosis and the researchers of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (National Center for Rare Diseases; National Center for Epidemiology, Surveillance and Health Care Promotion). OBJECTIVES The main aim of INCFR is to contribute to the improvement in CF patients health care and clinical management through: i. the estimates of CF prevalence and incidence in Italy; ii. the analyses of medium and long term clinical and epidemiological trends of the disesase; iii. the identification of the main health care needs at regional and national level to contribute to the Health Care programmes and to the distribution of resources. MATERIALS AND METHODS Analyses and results described in the present Report are referred to patients in charge to the Italian National Referral Centers for Cystic Fibrosis in 2010. Data were sent by Centers by means of a specific software (Camilla, Ibis Informatica). The Italian National Referral Centers for Cystic Fibrosis sent a total of 5,271 individual records; 1,112 records were excluded from the analyses due to restricted inclusion criteria. The total number of patients included in INCFR for analyses is 4,159. RESULTS INCFR database includes all prevalent cases at 1th January 2010 as well as all new diagnoses done in 2010. The present Report has been organized into 9 sections. 1. Demography: estimated 2010 CF prevalence was 7/100,000 residents in Italy; 52% of the patients were male, CF distribution showed higher frequency in patients aged 7 to 35 years. In 2010, 48.9% of the patients were more than 18 years old. 2. Diagnoses: most of the CF patients were diagnosed before two years of age (66.7%); a significant percentage of patients (11.4%) was diagnosed in adult-age. 3. New diagnoses (2010): new diagnoses were 168. Sixty-five percent of them was diagnosed before the second year of age and 17%in

  20. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis-Implications for nephrologists

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    Saab, Georges [University of Missouri, Columbia School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology, MA436 Health Sciences Center, One Hospital Drive, Columbia, MO 65212 (United States)], E-mail: saabg@health.missouri.edu; Abu-Alfa, Ali [Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Nephrology, New Haven, CT (United States)

    2008-05-15

    Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) is a debilitating disorder seen in-patient with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD). Recent evidence suggests a link between NSF and the administration of gadolinium-based contrast agents (Gd-CA). In addition, other risk factors have also been suggested to facilitate the development of NSF in this population after Gd-CA. These include metabolic acidosis, high-dose erythropoietin therapy, and the altered mineral metabolism of CKD. While it is possible that these factors may increase the risk of NSF after Gd-CA exposure, they may also simply reflect conditions that increase the risk of getting exposed to Gd-CA, particularly at high doses. Furthermore, given the risk of NSF in CKD, physicians must weigh the risks of NSF versus the risk of contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) with iodinated agents in this population. In this review, we will provide a nephrologist's perspective on these issues and the nephrologist's role in the prevention of NSF.

  1. Colonic Disorders in Adult Cystic Fibrosis

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    Hugh Chaun

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available By 1996, the median survival of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF in North America had increased to 31 years. With the markedly improved life expectancy, many CF patients are now adults. There is an associated increased risk of certain colonic disorders, and the emergence of other previously unrecognized disorders, in adult CF patients. The distal intestinal obstruction syndrome (DIOS, which is more common in older patients, is a frequent cause of abdominal pain. Intussusception may complicate DIOS; other differential diagnoses include appendiceal disease, volvolus, Crohn's disease, fibrosing colonopathy and colonic carcinoma. The diagnosis of acute appendicitis, although uncommon in patients with CF, is often delayed, and appendiceal abscess is a frequent complication. The prevalence of Crohn's disease in CF has been shown to be 17 times that of the general population. Right-sided microscopic colitis is a recently recognized entity in CF of uncertain clinical significance. Fibrosing colonopathy has been confined mostly to children with CF, attributed to the use of high strength pancreatic enzyme supplements, but it has been reported in three adults. Nine cases of carcinoma of the large intestine have been reported worldwide, associated with an apparent excess risk of digestive tract cancers in CF. Despite high carrier rates of Clostridium difficile in patients with CF, pseudomembranous colitis is distinctly rare, but severe cases complicated by toxic megacolon have been reported. In these patients, watery diarrhea is often absent. Adult CF patients with refractory or unexplained intestinal symptoms merit thorough investigations.

  2. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: current and future directions.

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    Soo, E; Adamali, H; Edey, A J

    2017-01-21

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is the most common idiopathic interstitial pneumonia and is increasingly recognised. Prior to the advent of effective therapies, achieving an early diagnosis was arguably of little prognostic consequence given IPF was considered an untreatable and uniformly fatal disease. The advent of new drug treatments has given hope for the future and raised the profile of IPF. International management guidelines highlight the critical role of radiology as part of an interstitial lung disease multidisciplinary team approach in reaching an accurate and early diagnosis of IPF. The diagnostic criteria and levels of diagnostic confidence for the radio-pathological pattern associated with the clinical syndrome of IPF, usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP), appear seemingly straightforward; however, with increasing research and recognition of radiopathological interobserver variability, limitations of this classification model are becoming increasingly apparent. This review describes ancillary radiological features, comorbidities, and emerging new entities that potentially co-exist with IPF. Beyond diagnosis radiology is developing as a key prognostic tool to inform longitudinal patient evaluation. These diagnostic and prognostic clinical challenges and the future role of radiology in IPF are discussed.

  3. Vitamin K status in cystic fibrosis patients

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    Patrycja Krzyżanowska

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Vitamin K belongs to the family of fat-soluble vitamins and plays an important role in hemostasis, bone metabolism and may affect cerebral sphingolipid synthesis. It is a cofactor necessary for posttranslational γ-carboxylation of glutamyl residues in selected proteins such as the osteocalcin, and procoagulation factors II, VII, IX, X. Vitamin K deficient individuals appear to have more undercarboxylated proteins, which are functionally defective. The vitamin K deficiency has been frequently documented in patients with cystic fibrosis. The main possible causes of this deficiency include: fat malabsorption due to pancreatic exocrine insufficiency, cholestatic or  noncholestatic liver disease, reduced production of vitamin K by colonic flora related to chronic antibiotic treatments, bowel resections and increased mucous accumulation in the bowel. CF patients are more prone to osteopenia, caused by chronic vitamin K shortage, than to coagulopathy. Despite available evidence, which strongly suggests that all CF patients are at risk for developing vitamin K deficiency, its supplementation doses have not been established. Recent recommendations from Europe and the UK have suggested varied doses ranging from 0.3 mg/day to 10 mg/week. Further studies, both cross sectional and longitudinal interventional, are still required to determine routine and therapeutic supplementation doses.

  4. The cystic fibrosis lower airways microbial metagenome

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    Moran Losada, Patricia; Chouvarine, Philippe; Dorda, Marie; Hedtfeld, Silke; Mielke, Samira; Schulz, Angela; Wiehlmann, Lutz

    2016-01-01

    Chronic airway infections determine most morbidity in people with cystic fibrosis (CF). Herein, we present unbiased quantitative data about the frequency and abundance of DNA viruses, archaea, bacteria, moulds and fungi in CF lower airways. Induced sputa were collected on several occasions from children, adolescents and adults with CF. Deep sputum metagenome sequencing identified, on average, approximately 10 DNA viruses or fungi and several hundred bacterial taxa. The metagenome of a CF patient was typically found to be made up of an individual signature of multiple, lowly abundant species superimposed by few disease-associated pathogens, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus, as major components. The host-associated signatures ranged from inconspicuous polymicrobial communities in healthy subjects to low-complexity microbiomes dominated by the typical CF pathogens in patients with advanced lung disease. The DNA virus community in CF lungs mainly consisted of phages and occasionally of human pathogens, such as adeno- and herpesviruses. The S. aureus and P. aeruginosa populations were composed of one major and numerous minor clone types. The rare clones constitute a low copy genetic resource that could rapidly expand as a response to habitat alterations, such as antimicrobial chemotherapy or invasion of novel microbes. PMID:27730195

  5. Asthma and cystic fibrosis: A tangled web.

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    Kent, Brian D

    2014-03-01

    Successfully diagnosing concomitant asthma in people with cystic fibrosis (CF) is a challenging proposition, and the utility of conventional diagnostic criteria of asthma in CF populations remains uncertain. Nonetheless, the accurate identification of individuals with CF and asthma allows appropriate tailoring of therapy, and should reduce the unnecessary use of asthma medication in broader CF cohorts. In this review, we discuss the diagnostic challenge posed by asthma in CF, both in terms of clinical evaluation, and of interpretation of pulmonary function testing and non-invasive markers of airway inflammation. We also examine how the role of cross-sectional thoracic imaging in CF and asthma can assist in the diagnosis of asthma in these patients. Finally, we critically appraise the evidence base behind the use of asthma medications in CF populations, with a particular focus on the use of inhaled corticosteroids and bronchodilators. As shall be discussed, the gaps in the current literature make further high-quality research in this field imperative. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2014; 49:205-213. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Managing diagnostic procedures in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Athol U. Wells

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF, the most prevalent of the idiopathic interstitial pneumonias, is associated with a poor prognosis. An accurate diagnosis of IPF is essential for its optimal management. The 2011 American Thoracic Society (ATS/European Respiratory Society (ERS/Japanese Respiratory Society (JRS/Latin American Thoracic Association (ALAT recommendations on the diagnosis and management of IPF were developed from a systematic review of the published literature. High-resolution computed tomography (HRCT scanning has a central role in the IPF diagnostic pathway, with formal designation of criteria for an HRCT pattern of usual interstitial pneumonia. In the correct clinical context, a usual interstitial pneumonia pattern on HRCT is indicative of a definite diagnosis of IPF and negates the need for a surgical lung biopsy. However, although the 2011 ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT statement is a major advance, the application of the guideline recommendations by clinicians has identified limitations that should be addressed in future statements. Key problems include: 1 HRCT misdiagnosis, particularly by less experienced radiologists; 2 lack of management recommendations for the highly prevalent clinical scenarios of “probable” or “possible” IPF; 3 ongoing confusion concerning the diagnostic role of bronchoalveolar lavage; and 4 the lack of integration of clinical data in the designation of the diagnostic likelihood of IPF, including the treated course of disease. These issues become evident as the recommendations are applied and highlight the need for continued guideline adjustments.

  7. Lentiviral Vectors and Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy

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    Castellani, Stefano; Conese, Massimo

    2010-01-01

    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a chronic autosomic recessive syndrome, caused by mutations in the CF Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) gene, a chloride channel expressed on the apical side of the airway epithelial cells. The lack of CFTR activity brings a dysregulated exchange of ions and water through the airway epithelium, one of the main aspects of CF lung disease pathophysiology. Lentiviral (LV) vectors, of the Retroviridae family, show interesting properties for CF gene therapy, since they integrate into the host genome and allow long-lasting gene expression. Proof-of-principle that LV vectors can transduce the airway epithelium and correct the basic electrophysiological defect in CF mice has been given. Initial data also demonstrate that LV vectors can be repeatedly administered to the lung and do not give rise to a gross inflammatory process, although they can elicit a T cell-mediated response to the transgene. Future studies will clarify the efficacy and safety profile of LV vectors in new complex animal models with CF, such as ferrets and pigs. PMID:21994643

  8. Classification system for oral submucous fibrosis

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    Chandramani Bhagvan More

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Oral submucous fibrosis (OSMF is a potentially malignant disorder (PMD and crippling condition of oral mucosa. It is a chronic insidious scarring disease of oral cavity, pharynx and upper digestive tract, characterized by progressive inability to open the mouth due to loss of elasticity and development of vertical fibrous bands in labial and buccal tissues. OSMF is a debilitating but preventable oral disease. It predominantly affects people of Southeast Asia and Indian subcontinent, where chewing of arecanut and its commercial preparation is high. Presence of fibrous bands is the main characteristic feature of OSMF. The present literature review provides the compilation of various classification system based on clinical and/or histopathological features of OSMF from several databases. The advantages and drawbacks of these classifications supersede each other, leading to perplexity. An attempt is made to provide and update the knowledge about this potentially malignant disorder to health care providers in order to help in early detection and treatment, thus reducing the mortality of oral cancer.

  9. Lymphatics in lymphangioleiomyomatosis and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Souheil El-Chemaly

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The primary function of the lymphatic system is absorbing and transporting macromolecules and immune cells to the general circulation, thereby regulating fluid, nutrient absorption and immune cell trafficking. Lymphangiogenesis plays an important role in tissue inflammation and tumour cell dissemination. Lymphatic involvement is seen in lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF. LAM, a disease primarily affecting females, involves the lung (cystic destruction, kidney (angiomyolipoma and axial lymphatics (adenopathy and lymphangioleiomyoma. LAM occurs sporadically or in association with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC. Cystic lung destruction results from proliferation of LAM cells, which are abnormal smooth muscle-like cells with mutations in the TSC1 or TSC2 gene. Lymphatic abnormalities arise from infiltration of LAM cells into the lymphatic wall, leading to damage or obstruction of lymphatic vessels. Benign appearing LAM cells possess metastatic properties and are found in the blood and other body fluids. IPF is a progressive lung disease resulting from fibroblast proliferation and collagen deposition. Lymphangiogenesis is associated with pulmonary destruction and disease severity. A macrophage subset isolated from IPF bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF express lymphatic endothelial cell markers in vitro, in contrast to the same macrophage subset from normal BALF. Herein, we review lymphatic involvement in LAM and IPF.

  10. Sirtuin 3 Deregulation Promotes Pulmonary Fibrosis.

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    Sosulski, Meredith L; Gongora, Rafael; Feghali-Bostwick, Carol; Lasky, Joseph A; Sanchez, Cecilia G

    2016-08-13

    Oxidative stress leads to alveolar epithelial cell injury and fibroblast-myofibroblast differentiation (FMD), key events in the pathobiology of pulmonary fibrosis (PF). Sirtuin 3 (SIRT3) is a mitochondrial protein deacetylase regulator of antioxidant response and mitochondrial homeostasis. Here, we demonstrate reduced SIRT3 expression in the lungs of old mice compared to young mice, as well as in two murine models of PF. The analysis of the pattern of SIRT3 expression in the lungs of patients with PF revealed low SIRT3 staining within the fibrotic regions. We also demonstrated, using murine models of PF and human lung fibroblasts, that reduced SIRT3 expression in response to transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGFβ1) promotes acetylation (inactivation) of major oxidative stress response regulators, such as SOD2 and isocitrate dehydrogenase 2. Reduction of SIRT3 in human lung fibroblasts promoted FMD. By contrast, overexpression of SIRT3 attenuated TGFβ1-mediated FMD and significantly reduced the levels of SMAD family member 3 (SMAD3). Resveratrol induced SIRT3 expression and ameliorated acetylation changes induced by TGFβ1. We demonstrated that SIRT3-deficient mice are more susceptible to PF compared to control mice, and concomitantly exhibit enhanced SMAD3 expression. Collectively, these data define a SIRT3/TGFβ1 interaction during aging that may play a significant role in the pathobiology of PF.

  11. Transforming growth factor-β and fibrosis

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    Franck Verrecchia; Alain Mauviel

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    Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β), a prototype of multifunctional cytokine, is a key regulator of extracellular matrix (ECM) assembly and remodeling. Specifically, TGF-β isoforms have the ability to induce the expression of ECM proteins in mesenchymal cells, and to stimulate the production of protease inhibitors that prevent enzymatic breakdown of the ECM. Elevated TGF-β expression in affected organs, and subsequent deregulation of TGF-β functions, correlates with the abnormal connective tissue deposition observed during the onset of fibrotic diseases. During the last few years, tremendous progress has been made in the understanding of the molecular aspects of intracellular signaling downstream of the TGF-β receptors. In particular, Smad proteins, TGF-β receptor kinase substrates that translocate into the cell nucleus to act as transcription factors, have been studied extensively. The role of Smad3 in the transcriptional regulation of type I collagen gene expression and in the development of fibrosis, demonstrated both in vitro and in animal models with a targeted deletion of Smad3, is of critical importance because it may lead to novel therapeutic strategies against these diseases. This review focuses on the mechanisms underlying Smad modulation of fibrillar collagen expression and how it relates to fibrotic processes.

  12. Esclerosis sistémica complicada con síncope y bloqueo AV completo

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    Francisco Femenía

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available La esclerosis sistémica es una compleja enfermedad que afecta el tejido conectivo, el sistema vascular y el sistema inmunológico, y se caracteriza por fibrosis cutánea y de órganos viscerales. Los bloqueos de rama y los hemibloqueos se presentan en el 25 a 75% de los casos y constituyen predictores independientes de mortalidad. Los bloqueos auriculoventriculares de segundo o tercer grado son muy raros. Presentamos el caso de una mujer de 47 años de edad, con diagnóstico de esclerosis sistémica, quien presenta episodio sincopal secundario a bloqueo auriculoventricular completo con necesidad de implante de marcapasos definitivo.

  13. Treatment and education reduce the severity of schistosomiasis periportal fibrosis

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    Paula Carolina Valenca Silva

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction This study evaluates the factors associated with the development of severe periportal fibrosis in patients with Schistosoma mansoni. Methods A cross-sectional study was conducted from April to December 2012 involving 178 patients infected with S. mansoni who were treated in the Hospital das Clínicas of Pernambuco, Brazil. Information regarding risk factors was obtained using a questionnaire. Based on the patients' epidemiological history, clinical examination, and upper abdomen ultrasound evaluation, patients were divided into 2 groups: 137 with evidence of severe periportal fibrosis and 41 patients without fibrosis or with mild or moderate periportal fibrosis. Univariate and multivariate analyses were conducted using EpiInfo software version 3.5.5. Results Illiterate individuals (30.1% and patients who had more frequent contact with contaminated water in towns in the Zona da Mata of Pernambuco (33.2% were at greater risk for severe periportal fibrosis. Based on multivariate analysis, it was determined that an education level of up to 11 years of study and specific prior treatment for schistosomiasis were preventive factors for severe periportal fibrosis. Conclusions The prevailing sites of the severe forms of periportal fibrosis are still within the Zona da Mata of Pernambuco, although there has been an expansion to urban areas and the state coast. Specific treatment and an increased level of education were identified as protective factors, indicating the need for implementing social, sanitary, and health education interventions aimed at schistosomiasis to combat the risk factors for this major public health problem.

  14. TGF-β/Smad signaling in renal fibrosis

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    Xiao-Ming eMeng

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available TGF-β (transforming growth factor-β is well identified as a central mediator in renal fibrosis. TGF-β initiates canonical and non-canonical pathways to exert multiple biological effects. Among them, Smad signaling is recognized as a major pathway of TGF- signaling in progressive renal fibrosis. During fibrogenesis, Smad3 is highly activated, which is associated with the down-regulation of an inhibitory Smad7 via an ubiquitin E3-ligases-dependent degradation mechanism. The equilibrium shift between Smad3 and Smad7 leads to accumulation and activation of myofibroblasts, overproduction of ECM (extracellular matrix, and reduction in ECM degradation in the diseased kidney. Therefore, overexpression of Smad7 has been shown to be a therapeutic agent for renal fibrosis in various models of kidney diseases. In contrast, another downstream effecter of TGF-β/Smad signaling pathway, Smad2, exerts its renal protective role by counter-regulating the Smad3. Furthermore, recent studies demonstrated that Smad3 mediates renal fibrosis by down-regulating miR-29 and miR-200 but up-regulating miR-21 and miR-192. Thus, overexpression of miR-29 and miR-200 or down-regulation of miR-21 and miR-192 is capable of attenuating Smad3-mediated renal fibrosis in various mouse models of chronic kidney diseases. Taken together, TGF-/Smad signaling plays an important role in renal fibrosis. Targeting TGF-β/Smad3 signaling may represent a specific and effective therapy for chronic kidney diseases associated with renal fibrosis.

  15. Gene Expression Patterns Associated With Histopathology in Toxic Liver Fibrosis.

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    Ippolito, Danielle L; AbdulHameed, Mohamed Diwan M; Tawa, Gregory J; Baer, Christine E; Permenter, Matthew G; McDyre, Bonna C; Dennis, William E; Boyle, Molly H; Hobbs, Cheryl A; Streicker, Michael A; Snowden, Bobbi S; Lewis, John A; Wallqvist, Anders; Stallings, Jonathan D

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    Toxic industrial chemicals induce liver injury, which is difficult to diagnose without invasive procedures. Identifying indicators of end organ injury can complement exposure-based assays and improve predictive power. A multiplexed approach was used to experimentally evaluate a panel of 67 genes predicted to be associated with the fibrosis pathology by computationally mining DrugMatrix, a publicly available repository of gene microarray data. Five-day oral gavage studies in male Sprague Dawley rats dosed with varying concentrations of 3 fibrogenic compounds (allyl alcohol, carbon tetrachloride, and 4,4'-methylenedianiline) and 2 nonfibrogenic compounds (bromobenzene and dexamethasone) were conducted. Fibrosis was definitively diagnosed by histopathology. The 67-plex gene panel accurately diagnosed fibrosis in both microarray and multiplexed-gene expression assays. Necrosis and inflammatory infiltration were comorbid with fibrosis. ANOVA with contrasts identified that 51 of the 67 predicted genes were significantly associated with the fibrosis phenotype, with 24 of these specific to fibrosis alone. The protein product of the gene most strongly correlated with the fibrosis phenotype PCOLCE (Procollagen C-Endopeptidase Enhancer) was dose-dependently elevated in plasma from animals administered fibrogenic chemicals (P < .05). Semiquantitative global mass spectrometry analysis of the plasma identified an additional 5 protein products of the gene panel which increased after fibrogenic toxicant administration: fibronectin, ceruloplasmin, vitronectin, insulin-like growth factor binding protein, and α2-macroglobulin. These results support the data mining approach for identifying gene and/or protein panels for assessing liver injury and may suggest bridging biomarkers for molecular mediators linked to histopathology.

  16. Myofibroblasts and lung fibrosis induced by carbon nanotube exposure.

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    Dong, Jie; Ma, Qiang

    2016-11-04

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are newly developed materials with unique properties and a range of industrial and commercial applications. A rapid expansion in the production of CNT materials may increase the risk of human exposure to CNTs. Studies in rodents have shown that certain forms of CNTs are potent fibrogenic inducers in the lungs to cause interstitial, bronchial, and pleural fibrosis characterized by the excessive deposition of collagen fibers and the scarring of involved tissues. The cellular and molecular basis underlying the fibrotic response to CNT exposure remains poorly understood. Myofibroblasts are a major type of effector cells in organ fibrosis that secrete copious amounts of extracellular matrix proteins and signaling molecules to drive fibrosis. Myofibroblasts also mediate the mechano-regulation of fibrotic matrix remodeling via contraction of their stress fibers. Recent studies reveal that exposure to CNTs induces the differentiation of myofibroblasts from fibroblasts in vitro and stimulates pulmonary accumulation and activation of myofibroblasts in vivo. Moreover, mechanistic analyses provide insights into the molecular underpinnings of myofibroblast differentiation and function induced by CNTs in the lungs.In view of the apparent fibrogenic activity of CNTs and the emerging role of myofibroblasts in the development of organ fibrosis, we discuss recent findings on CNT-induced lung fibrosis with emphasis on the role of myofibroblasts in the pathologic development of lung fibrosis. Particular attention is given to the formation and activation of myofibroblasts upon CNT exposure and the possible mechanisms by which CNTs regulate the function and dynamics of myofibroblasts in the lungs. It is evident that a fundamental understanding of the myofibroblast and its function and regulation in lung fibrosis will have a major influence on the future research on the pulmonary response to nano exposure, particle and fiber-induced pneumoconiosis, and other human

  17. Un momento con el maestro

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    Poblete Garaycochea, Luis; Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos

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    Quiero comenzar, manifestando mis experiencias de comunicación teniendo como fundamento teórico a Carl ROGERS, "El camino del Ser", obra que me sirvió de inspiración e identificación con su pensamiento en el proceso del desarrollo como ser humano.

  18. A vueltas con Samuel Beckett

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    José María Fernández Cardo

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A propósito de la obra de Lourdes Carriedo, Mª Luisa Guerrero, Carmen Méndez y Fabio Vericat(eds.: A vueltas con Beckett. Aproximaciones críticas en su centenario (Madrid, Ediciones de La Discreta,col. «Bártulos», 2009, 362 páginas, ISBN: 978-84-96322-29-5.

  19. Targeting a genetic defect: cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator modulators in cystic fibrosis

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    Nico Derichs

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Cystic fibrosis (CF is caused by genetic mutations that affect the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR protein. These mutations can impact the synthesis and transfer of the CFTR protein to the apical membrane of epithelial cells, as well as influencing the gating or conductance of chloride and bicarbonate ions through the channel. CFTR dysfunction results in ionic imbalance of epithelial secretions in several organ systems, such as the pancreas, gastrointestinal tract, liver and the respiratory system. Since discovery of the CFTR gene in 1989, research has focussed on targeting the underlying genetic defect to identify a disease-modifying treatment for CF. Investigated management strategies have included gene therapy and the development of small molecules that target CFTR mutations, known as CFTR modulators. CFTR modulators are typically identified by high-throughput screening assays, followed by preclinical validation using cell culture systems. Recently, one such modulator, the CFTR potentiator ivacaftor, was approved as an oral therapy for CF patients with the G551D-CFTR mutation. The clinical development of ivacaftor not only represents a breakthrough in CF care but also serves as a noteworthy example of personalised medicine.

  20. US Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and European Cystic Fibrosis Society consensus recommendations for the management of non-tuberculous mycobacteria in individuals with cystic fibrosis: executive summary

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    Floto, R.A.; Olivier, K.N.; Saiman, L.; Daley, C.L.; Herrmann, J.L.; Nick, J.A.; Noone, P.G.; Bilton, D.; Corris, P.; Gibson, R.L.; Hempstead, S.E.; Koetz, K.; Sabadosa, K.A.; Sermet-Gaudelus, I.; Smyth, A.R.; Ingen, J. van; Wallace, R.J.; Winthrop, K.L.; Marshall, B.C.; Haworth, C.S.

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    Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are ubiquitous environmental organisms that can cause chronic pulmonary infection, particularly in individuals with pre-existing inflammatory lung disease, such as cystic fibrosis (CF). Pulmonary disease (PD) caused by NTM has emerged as a major threat to the

  1. The association between indirect bilirubin levels and liver fibrosis due to chronic hepatitis C virus infection.

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    Cengiz, Mustafa; Yılmaz, Guldal; Ozenirler, Seren

    2014-08-01

    We proposed to evaluate the association between serum indirect bilirubin levels and liver fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) genotype 1b. Biopsy proven CHC genotype 1b patients' demographics, clinical and histopathological characteristics were evaluated. Logistic regression analysis was done to evaluate the clinical, laboratory and demographic features of the histologically proven liver fibrosis in CHC patients. A total of 112 biopsy proven CHC genotype 1b patients were enrolled into the study. Liver fibrosis scores were measured by using Ishak fibrosis scores and were divided into two groups; fibrosis scores ≤ 2 were categorized as mild fibrosis, 82 patients (73.2%), whereas fibrosis scores >2 were categorized as advanced fibrosis group, 30 patients (26.8%). Patients with advanced fibrosis had lower indirect bilirubin levels than the mild fibrosis group (0.28 ± 0.02 mg/dl vs. 0.44 ± 0.032 mg/dl, pbilirubin level was negatively correlated with advanced fibrosis scores (r=-0.416 and pbilirubin level was an independent predicting factor of advanced liver fibrosis (OR: 0.001, 95% CI: 0.0-0.005, pbilirubin levels and advanced liver fibrosis caused by CHC genotype 1b.

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    Graudal, Niels

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    Scientific evidence to support the recommended salt intake of ..., health authorities use BP effects obtained in studies of pre-hypertensive and hypertensive patients to recommend SR in the healthy population and use these biased BP effects in statistical models indirectly to project millions of saved lives. These fantasy projections are in contrast to real data from...

  3. Therapy of experimental NASH and fibrosis with galectin inhibitors.

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    Peter G Traber

    Full Text Available Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH and resultant liver fibrosis is a major health problem without effective therapy. Some data suggest that galectin-3 null mice are resistant to the development of NASH with fibrosis. We examined the ability of two complex carbohydrate drugs that bind galectin-3, GM-CT-01 and GR-MD-02, to treat NASH with fibrosis in a murine model. GR-MD-02 treatment resulted in marked improvement in liver histology with significant reduction in NASH activity and collagen deposition. Treatments seemed also to improve both glomerulopathy and interstitial fibrosis observed in kidneys. The improvement in liver histology was evident when animals were treated early in disease or after establishment of liver fibrosis. In all measures, GM-CT-01 had an intermediate effect between vehicle and GR-MD-02. Galectin-3 protein expression was increased in NASH with highest expression in macrophages surrounding lipid laden hepatocytes, and reduced following treatment with GR-MD-02, while the number of macrophages was unchanged. Treatment with GR-MD-02 also reduced the expression of pathological indicators including iNOS, an important TH1 inflammatory mediator, CD36, a scavenger receptor for lipoproteins on macrophages, and α-smooth muscle actin, a marker for activated stellate cells which are the primary collagen producing cells in liver fibrosis. We conclude that treatment with these galectin-3 targeting drugs improved histopathological findings of NASH and markedly reduced fibrosis in a murine model of NASH. While the mechanisms require further investigation, the treatment effect is associated with a reduction of galectin-3 expressed by activated macrophages which was associated with regression of NASH, including hepatocellular fat accumulation, hepatocyte ballooning, intra-portal and intra-lobular inflammatory infiltrate, and deposition of collagen. Similar effects were found with GM-CT-01, but with approximately four-fold lower potency than

  4. The Immune Interplay between Thyroid Papillary Carcinoma and Hepatic Fibrosis.

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    Nidal Muhanna

    Full Text Available A high prevalence of thyroid papillary cancer was reported in hepatitis-C-virus (HCV positive patients. However, the mechanistic role of hepatic-fibrosis in thyroid malignancy progressions is still unclear.We aimed to study the immune-modulatory interactions between thyroid papillary carcinoma and hepatic-fibrosis.Hepatic-fibrosis was induced in nude-nu-male mice by intra-peritoneal administration of carbon-tetrachloride. To induce thyroid-tumor, a thyroid papillary carcinoma cell line (NPA was injected subcutaneously in the backs. Fibrotic profile was estimated by α-smooth-muscle-actin (αSMA expression in liver tissue extracts using western-blots and RT-PCR. Intra-hepatic NK cells were isolated and stained for NK activity (CD107a by flow cytometry. Liver histopathology (H&E staining, thyroid tumor mass and serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT, serum vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF and free-T4 levels were also assessed.Ex-vivo: NPA cells were co-cultured with intra-hepatic NK cells isolated from fibrotic mice with/without the tumor were analyzed for CFSE-proliferations. Both tumor groups (with/without hepatic-fibrosis excreted higher serum free T4 levels. Hepatic-fibrosis increased tumor weight and size and serum free-T4 levels. In addition, tumor induction increased liver injury (both hepatic-fibrosis, necro-inflammation and serum ALT levels. In addition, tumor-bearing animals with hepatic-fibrosis had increased NK activity. NPA tumor-bearing animals increased fibrosis in spite of increased NK activity; probably due to a direct effect through increased serum free-T4 excretions. Serum VEGF levels were significantly increased in the fibrotic- bearing tumor groups compared to the non-fibrotic groups. In-vitro, NK cells from fibrotic tumor-bearing animals reduced proliferation of NPA cells. This decrease is attributed to increase NK cells activity in the fibrotic animals with the NPA tumors.Our results propose that NK cells although were

  5. The development of the pediatric NAFLD fibrosis score (PNFS to predict the presence of advanced fibrosis in children with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

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    Naim Alkhouri

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Noninvasive hepatic fibrosis scores that predict the presence of advanced fibrosis have been developed and validated in adult patients with NAFLD. The aims of our study were to assess the utility of commonly used adult fibrosis scores in pediatric NAFLD and to develop a pediatric specific fibrosis score that can predict advanced fibrosis. METHODS: Consecutive children with biopsy-proven NAFLD were included. Fibrosis was determined by an experienced pathologist (F0-4. Advanced fibrosis was defined as fibrosis stage ≥ 3. The following adult fibrosis scores were calculated for each child: AST/ALT ratio, AST/platelet ratio index (APRI, NAFLD fibrosis score (NFS, and FIB-4 Index. Multivariable logistic regression analysis was performed to build a new pediatric model for predicting advanced fibrosis. RESULTS: Our cohort consisted of 242 children with a mean age of 12.4 ± 3.1 years and 63% were female. 36 (15% subjects had advanced fibrosis. APRI and FIB-4 were higher in patients with advanced fibrosis compared to those with fibrosis stage 0-2; however, AST/ALT ratio and NFS were not different between the two groups. We used our data to develop a new model to predict advanced fibrosis which included: ALT, alkaline phosphatase, platelet counts and GGT. The multivariable logistic regression model (z was defined as follows: z = 1.1+(0.34*sqrt(ALT+(0.002*alkaline phosphatase - (1.1*log(platelets - (0.02*GGT. This value was then converted into a probability distribution (p with a value between 0 to 100 by the following formula: p = 100 × exp(z/[1+exp(z]. The AUCROC for this model was 0.74 (95% CI: 0.66, 0.82. This was found to be significantly better than APRI, NAFLD Fibrosis Score and FIB-4 Index. CONCLUSION: Noninvasive hepatic fibrosis scores developed in adults had poor performance in diagnosing advanced fibrosis in children with NAFLD. We developed a new pediatric NAFLD fibrosis score with improved performance characteristics.

  6. Hiperoxaluria primaria con pancitopenia: a propósito de un caso

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    Jessica Bravo Zuñiga

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    Full Text Available Se presenta el caso de un varón, de 15 años de edad, con diagnóstico de litiasis renal desde la infancia que evolucionó a Insuficiencia Renal Crónica, requiriendo hemodiálisis. Seis meses antes del reporte se agregan dolores articulares, con signos flogósicos en rodilla derecha, compromiso progresivo del estado general, pérdida de peso y anemia. Al examen físico se encuentra a un paciente emaciado, pálido, con múltiples adenopatías cervicales, y presencia de hepato-esplenomegalia. Se realizan exámenes evidenciándose: pancitopenia, con mayor compromiso de la serie roja (hemoglobina 7,3mg/dL, leucocitos 2 600/µL, y plaquetas 123 000/µL.. Los valores de transaminasas y bilirrubinas fueron normales así como los dosajes de Fierro, Transferrina, Ácido Fólico y Vitamina B12. La ecografía abdominal revela riñones calcificados y atróficos y los Rx de abdómen demuestran nefrocalcinosis y litiasis renal. La biopsia de medula ósea evidenció un extenso depósito de cristales de oxalato de calcio, dispuestos en forma radiada, con casi completa obliteración de la medula ósea con un número variable de células multinucleadas y fibrosis moderada. El aspirado de medula ósea no mostró cristales de oxalato de calcio. Este reporte hace una revisión sobre hiperoxaluria primaria, y resalta la importancia de reconocer la enfermedad como causa de falla renal en un paciente con historia clínica de litiasis renal y nefrocalcinosis. (Rev Med Hered 2004;16:148-156

  7. Antifibrotic effect of heparin on liver fibrosis model in rats

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    Binita; Shah; Gaurang; Shah

    2012-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the effect of chronic thrombin inhibition by heparin on experimentally induced chronic liver injury (liver fibrosis) in rats. METHODS: Chronic liver injury (liver fibrosis) was induced in Wistar rats by oral administration of carbon tetrachloride (CCl 4 ) for 7 wk, an animal model with persistent severe hepatic fibrosis. Intravenous administration of the thrombin antagonist (heparin) started 1 wk after the start of CCl 4 intoxication for 6 wk. After completion of treatment (7 wk), markers of hepatic dysfunction were measured and changes evaluated histopathologically. RESULTS: Higher serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (SGOT), serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (SGPT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), total, direct and indirect bilirubin levels, as well as lower fibrinogen levels, were found in CCl 4 intoxicated rats. Heparin, silymarin and combination of drug (heparin and silymarin) treatment for 6 wk prevented a rise in SGOT, SGPT, ALP, total, direct and indirect bilirubin levels and improved fibrinogen levels. Deterioration in hepatic function determined by the fibrosis area was retarded, as evident from hepatic histopathology. Total protein levels were not changed in all groups.CONCLUSION: Heparin, a thrombin antagonist, preserved hepatic function and reduced severity of hepatic dysfunction/fibrogenesis. Combination of heparin and silymarin produced additional benefits on liver fibrosis.

  8. Mechanisms and Biomarkers of Apoptosis in Liver Disease and Fibrosis

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    Jayashree Bagchi Chakraborty

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Liver fibrosis and cirrhosis are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Development of the fibrotic scar is an outcome of chronic liver diseases of varying aetiologies including alcoholic liver disease (ALD nonalcoholic liver disease (NAFLD including non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH viral hepatitis B and C (HBV, HCV. The critical step in the development of scar is activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs, which become the primary source of extracellular matrix. Aberrant apoptosis is a feature of chronic liver diseases and is associated with worsening stages of fibrosis. However, apoptosis is also the main mechanism promoting the resolution of fibrosis, and spontaneous or targeted apoptosis of HSC is associated with regression of fibrosis in animal models and patients with chronic liver disease. Given the importance of apoptosis in disease progression and resolution, there is much interest in precisely delineating the mechanisms involved and also developing biomarkers that accurately reflect the underlying pathogenesis. Here, we review the mechanisms driving apoptosis in development of liver disease and use of apoptosis -related biomarkers to aid in clinical diagnosis. Finally, we will also examine the recent literature regarding new insights into mechanisms involved in apoptosis of activated HSCs as possible method of fibrosis regression.

  9. Vaccines for preventing infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cystic fibrosis

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    Johansen, Helle Krogh; Gøtzsche, Peter C

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Chronic pulmonary infection in cystic fibrosis results in progressive lung damage. Once colonisation of the lungs with Pseudomonas aeruginosa occurs, it is almost impossible to eradicate. Vaccines, aimed at reducing infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, have been developed. This is a......BACKGROUND: Chronic pulmonary infection in cystic fibrosis results in progressive lung damage. Once colonisation of the lungs with Pseudomonas aeruginosa occurs, it is almost impossible to eradicate. Vaccines, aimed at reducing infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, have been developed....... This is an update of a previously published review. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness of vaccination against Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cystic fibrosis. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Disorders Group Trials Register using the terms vaccines AND pseudomonas (last search 30...... March 2015). We previously searched PubMed using the terms vaccin* AND cystic fibrosis (last search 30 May 2013). SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomised trials (published or unpublished) comparing Pseudomonas aeruginosa vaccines (oral, parenteral or intranasal) with control vaccines or no intervention in cystic...

  10. Chronic hepatitis C and fibrosis: evidences for possible estrogen benefits

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    Liana Codes

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available The main injury caused by hepatitis C virus is the hepatic fibrosis, as a result of a chronic inflammatory process in the liver characterized by the deposit of components from the extracellular matrix. The fibrosis development leads to the modification of the hepatic architecture, of the hepatocellular function and to irregularities in the microcirculation. The tissue remodeling process observed in fibrosis has stellate cells, located at the space of Disse, as main acting agents. These cells, in response to a harmful stimulus, undergo phenotypic changes from non-proliferating cells to proliferating cells that express a- smooth-muscle actin (a-SMA, a process called as transdifferentiation. There are evidences that the oxidative stress is involved in the chronic liver disease and serves as bond between the injury and the hepatic fibrosis. A number of studies suggest that the estrogen, at physiological levels, presents an antifibrogenic action probably through an antioxidant effect, decreasing the levels of lipid peroxidation products in the liver and blood, thus inhibiting the myofibroblastic transformation of stellate cells and contributing for gender-associated differences in relation to the fibrosis development. The aim of this paper was to describe data from literature concerning the interaction between chronic hepatitis C and estrogens, pregnancy, use of oral contraceptives, menopause and hormone reposition therapy.

  11. Reversal of hepatic fibrosis: pathophysiological basis of antifibrotic therapies

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    Ismail MH

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Mona H Ismail1, Massimo Pinzani21Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, King Fahad University Hospital, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia; 2Dipartimento di Medicina Interna Center for Research, High Education and Transfer, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, ItalyAbstract: Chronic liver injuries of different etiologies eventually lead to fibrosis, a scarring process associated with increased and altered deposition of extracellular matrix in the liver. Progression of fibrosis has a major worldwide clinical impact due to the high number of patients affected by chronic liver disease which can lead to severe complications, expensive treatment, a possible need for liver transplantation, and death. Liver fibrogenesis is characterized by activation of hepatic stellate cells and other extracellular matrix producing cells. Liver fibrosis may regress following specific therapeutic interventions. Other than removing agents causing chronic liver damage, no antifibrotic drug is currently available in clinical practice. The extent of liver fibrosis is variable between individuals, even after controlling for exogenous factors. Thus, host genetic factors are considered to play an important role in the process of liver scarring. Until recently it was believed that this process was irreversible. However, emerging experimental and clinical evidence is starting to show that even cirrhosis in its early stages is potentially reversible.Keywords: liver fibrosis, cirrhosis, fibrogenesis, antifibrotic agents

  12. Chronic hepatitis C and fibrosis: evidences for possible estrogen benefits

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    Liana Codes

    Full Text Available The main injury caused by hepatitis C virus is the hepatic fibrosis, as a result of a chronic inflammatory process in the liver characterized by the deposit of components from the extracellular matrix. The fibrosis development leads to the modification of the hepatic architecture, of the hepatocellular function and to irregularities in the microcirculation. The tissue remodeling process observed in fibrosis has stellate cells, located at the space of Disse, as main acting agents. These cells, in response to a harmful stimulus, undergo phenotypic changes from non-proliferating cells to proliferating cells that express a- smooth-muscle actin (a-SMA, a process called as transdifferentiation. There are evidences that the oxidative stress is involved in the chronic liver disease and serves as bond between the injury and the hepatic fibrosis. A number of studies suggest that the estrogen, at physiological levels, presents an antifibrogenic action probably through an antioxidant effect, decreasing the levels of lipid peroxidation products in the liver and blood, thus inhibiting the myofibroblastic transformation of stellate cells and contributing for gender-associated differences in relation to the fibrosis development. The aim of this paper was to describe data from literature concerning the interaction between chronic hepatitis C and estrogens, pregnancy, use of oral contraceptives, menopause and hormone reposition therapy.

  13. Gene delivery in peritoneal dialysis related peritoneal fibrosis research

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    LI Xie-jia; SUN Lin; XIAO Li; LIU Fu-you

    2012-01-01

    Objective To summarize the development of gene delivery vectors in peritoneal fibrosis research and discuss the feasibility and superiority of lentiviral vectors.Data sources The data in this article were collected from PubMed database with relevant English articles published from 1995 to 2011.Study selection Articles regarding the gene therapy in peritoneal fibrosis research using non-viral vectors,adenoviral vectors,ratroviral vectors,and lentiviral vectors were selected.Data were mainly extracted from 60 articles,which are listed in the reference section of this review.Results Non-viral vector-mediated gene delivery (including naked DNA for ex vivo,oligonucleotides,ultrasoundcontrast agent mediated naked gene delivery,etc.) and viral vector-mediated gene delivery (including adenovirus,helper-dependant adenovirus,and retrovirus vectors) have been successfully applied both in the mechanistic investigation and the potential prevention and treatment of peritoneal fibrosis.Conclusions Peritoneal fibrosis is a major complication of peritoneal dialysis (PD).Recently,the wide use of the gene delivery technique made it possible to access and further research peritoneal fibrosis.The use of lentiviral vector is expected to be widely used in PD research in the future due to its advantages in gene delivery.

  14. Estrogen reduces CCL4- induced liver fibrosis in rats

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    Jun-Wang Xu; Jun Gong; Xin-Ming Chang; Jin-Yan Luo; Lei Dong; Zhi-Ming Hao; Ai Jia; Gui-Ping Xu

    2002-01-01

    AIM: Chronic liver diseases, such as fibrosis or cirrhosis,are more common in men than in women. This genderdifference may be related to the effects of sex hormones onthe liver. The aim of the present work was to investigatethe effects of estrogen on CCL4-induced fibrosis of the liverin rats.METHODS: Liver fibrosis was induced in male, female andovariectomized rats by CCL4 administration. All the groupswere treated with estradiol(1 mg/kg) twice weekly. Andtamoxifen wasgiven to male fibrosis model. At the end of 8weeks, all therats were killed to study serum indicators andthe livers.RESULTS: Estradiol treatment reduced aspartateaminotransferase(AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT),hyaluronic acid(HA) and type IV collagen(CIV) in sera,suppressed hepatic collagen content, decreased the areas ofhepatic stellate cells (HSC) positive for α-smooth muscle actin(α-SMA), and lowered the synthesis of hepatic type I collagensignificantly in both sexes and ovariectomy fibrotic rats inducedby CCL4 administration. Whereas, tamoxifen had the oppositeeffect. The fibrotic response of the female liver to CCL4treatment was significantly weaker than that of male liver.CONCLUSION: Estradiol reduces CCL4-induced hepaticfibrosis in rats. The antifibrogenic role of estrogen in theliver may be one reason for the sex associated differencesin the progression from hepatic fibrosis to cirrhosis.

  15. New Effective Treatment of Liver Fibrosis by Chinese Herbal Medicine

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    张国梁

    2002-01-01

    @@ Liver fibrosis is an abnormal proliferation pathologic process of intrahepatic fibrous connective tissue that occurs after liver cells have been necrotized and stimulated by inflammatory factors. It is called fibrosis when the pathological change is mild, and liver cirrhosis when the change becomes so severe as to reconstruct the liver lobuli to form pseudolobuli and nodule(1). Liver fibrosis is an important pathological characteristic of chronic hepatopathy and the chief intermediate link to further develop of liver cirrhosis. No ideal remedy for treatment of chronic hepatitic cirrhosis has been found so far. Although some drugs, such as colchicine and penicillamine, had been reported to have the effect of fibrosis inhibition, their clinical application is still limited for the rather severe toxic-side effects. Certain progress have been made from the clinical and experimental studies on anti-fibrosis treatment by traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) carried out widely in China in recent ten years. And here is a general review of the drugs used.

  16. Extracellular Matrix Molecular Remodeling in Human Liver Fibrosis Evolution.

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    Andrea Baiocchini

    Full Text Available Chronic liver damage leads to pathological accumulation of ECM proteins (liver fibrosis. Comprehensive characterization of the human ECM molecular composition is essential for gaining insights into the mechanisms of liver disease. To date, studies of ECM remodeling in human liver diseases have been hampered by the unavailability of purified ECM. Here, we developed a decellularization method to purify ECM scaffolds from human liver tissues. Histological and electron microscopy analyses demonstrated that the ECM scaffolds, devoid of plasma and cellular components, preserved the three-dimensional ECM structure and zonal distribution of ECM components. This method has been then applied on 57 liver biopsies of HCV-infected patients at different stages of liver fibrosis according to METAVIR classification. Label-free nLC-MS/MS proteomics and computation biology were performed to analyze the ECM molecular composition in liver fibrosis progression, thus unveiling protein expression signatures specific for the HCV-related liver fibrotic stages. In particular, the ECM molecular composition of liver fibrosis was found to involve dynamic changes in matrix stiffness, flexibility and density related to the dysregulation of predominant collagen, elastic fibers and minor components with both structural and signaling properties. This study contributes to the understanding of the molecular bases underlying ECM remodeling in liver fibrosis and suggests new molecular targets for fibrolytic strategies.

  17. TINF2 Gene Mutation in a Patient with Pulmonary Fibrosis

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    T. W. Hoffman

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary fibrosis is a frequent manifestation of telomere syndromes. Telomere gene mutations are found in up to 25% and 3% of patients with familial disease and sporadic disease, respectively. The telomere gene TINF2 encodes an eponymous protein that is part of the shelterin complex, a complex involved in telomere protection and maintenance. A TINF2 gene mutation was recently reported in a family with pulmonary fibrosis. We identified a heterozygous Ser245Tyr mutation in the TINF2 gene of previously healthy female patient that presented with progressive cough due to pulmonary fibrosis as well as panhypogammaglobulinemia at age 52. Retrospective multidisciplinary evaluation classified her as a case of possible idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Telomere length-measurement indicated normal telomere length in the peripheral blood compartment. This is the first report of a TINF2 mutation in a patient with sporadic pulmonary fibrosis, which represents another association between TINF2 mutations and this disease. Furthermore, this case underlines the importance of telomere dysfunction and not telomere length alone in telomere syndromes and draws attention to hypogammaglobulinemia as a manifestation of telomere syndromes.

  18. SECs (Sinusoidal Endothelial Cells), Liver Microenvironment, and Fibrosis

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    Natarajan, Vaishaali; Harris, Edward N.

    2017-01-01

    Liver fibrosis is a wound-healing response to chronic liver injury such as alcoholic/nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and viral hepatitis with no FDA-approved treatments. Liver fibrosis results in a continual accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins and paves the way for replacement of parenchyma with nonfunctional scar tissue. The fibrotic condition results in drastic changes in the local mechanical, chemical, and biological microenvironment of the tissue. Liver parenchyma is supported by an efficient network of vasculature lined by liver sinusoidal endothelial cells (LSECs). These nonparenchymal cells are highly specialized resident endothelial cell type with characteristic morphological and functional features. Alterations in LSECs phenotype including lack of LSEC fenestration, capillarization, and formation of an organized basement membrane have been shown to precede fibrosis and promote hepatic stellate cell activation. Here, we review the interplay of LSECs with the dynamic changes in the fibrotic liver microenvironment such as matrix rigidity, altered ECM protein profile, and cell-cell interactions to provide insight into the pivotal changes in LSEC physiology and the extent to which it mediates the progression of liver fibrosis. Establishing the molecular aspects of LSECs in the light of fibrotic microenvironment is valuable towards development of novel therapeutic and diagnostic targets of liver fibrosis. PMID:28293634

  19. NEONATAL JAUNDICE – A RARE FORM OF CYSTIC FIBROSIS

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    Nataša Milivojevič

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available Background. Cystic fibrosis is an autosomal recessive disorder that results in damage to organs containing secretory epithelial cells. It predominantly affects respiratory tract and pancreatic function. While hepatobiliary system is frequently affected in older children with cystic fibrosis, in neonatal period jaundice caused by cystic fibrosis is a rare condition. Two cases were identified in the last ten years (1988–98 in the Department of Pediatrics University Medical Centre Ljubljana.Patients and methods. We present two patients with neonatal jaundice as one of the rare features of cystic fibrosis. Laboratory evidences of cholestasis and liver involvement were present in both cases. In the first case, an improvement of a liver disease occured spontaneously and in the second case the resolution of clinical and laboratory evidence of liver disease followed after she had been treated with ursodeoxycholic acid.Conclusions. Neonatal jaundice and cholestasis can be caused by cystic fibrosis. The treatment is conservative with ursodeoxycholic acid. Only in the cases when the disease is not improving conservatively, the surgical procedure can be considered.

  20. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis; Nephrogene systemische Fibrose

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    Samtleben, W. [Klinikum Grosshadern der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Schwerpunkt Nephrologie,Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik I, Muenchen (Germany)

    2007-09-15

    A scleromyxedema-like disease was recognized in 1997. In 2000 this disorder was first published and termed nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy because all patients had advanced renal failure. In 2006 it was discovered that the patients had a history of a preceding contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). All patients had acute or chronic severe renal insufficiency with a glomerular filtration rate (GFR) <30 ml/min per 1.73 m{sup 2}. So far a total of about 215 patients with this new skin disorder have been reported to international registries. The skin thickening has a typical histology and begins in the peripheral extremities and progresses proximally, including also the abdominal wall and the head in some patients. NSF involves not only the skin, but also the muscles and other organs (e.g., lungs, heart, eyes) in some patients. Therefore the term nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) was introduced. Skin fibrosis and sclerosis are usually progressive with disabling contractures of involved joints (knees, hands, feet). NSF may be lethal in up to 28% of patients. Spontaneous remissions are rare. No generally accepted treatment is available. So far, the pathogenesis is not well understood. One hypothesis supposes a role of gadolinium liberated from the contrast agents. As patients with acute or chronic advanced renal failure (GFR <30 ml/min per 1.73 m{sup 2}) including those with hepatorenal dysfunctions are at high risk to develop NSF after exposure to gadolinium-based contrast agents, contrast-enhanced MRI should be avoided in this group and alternative diagnostic procedures should be used whenever possible. (orig.) [German] Ein neues, Skleromyxoedem-aehnliches Krankheitsbild wurde erstmals 1997 beobachtet und im Jahre 2000 publiziert. Es trat nur bei Patienten mit eingeschraenkter Nierenfunktion (glomerulaere Filtrationsrate [GFR] <30 ml/min/1,73 m{sup 2}) auf, weshalb der Terminus nephrogene fibrosierende Sklerose gewaehlt wurde. Erst 2006 konnte ein