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  1. Derrame pleural de origem indeterminada

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    Eduardo Genofre; Antonio Monteiro da Silva Chibante; Alex Gonçalves Macedo

    2006-01-01

    Apesar do progresso nos métodos diagnósticos, cerca de 20% dos derrames pleurais podem permanecer sem diagnóstico etiológico definido após os exames convencionais. Para tentar determinar a origem destes derrames, métodos não convencionais e procedimentos mais invasivos devem ser utilizados com o objetivo de tentar esclarecer a etiologia do derrame pleural e instituir a terapêutica mais adequada.In spite of the progress in the diagnostic methods, about 20% of the pleural effusions may remain w...

  2. Derrame pleural neoplásico

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    Lisete Ribeiro Teixeira; José Antonio Figueiredo Pinto; Evaldo Marchi

    2006-01-01

    O derrame pleural neoplásico é uma complicação freqüente nos pacientes portadores de tumores avançados. A presença de células malignas no líquido pleural ou na biópsia da pleura é indicativa de disseminação da doença primária, com conseqüente redução da expectativa de vida. O diagnóstico e tratamento precoce do derrame pleural maligno são fundamentais para promover uma melhor qualidade de vida aos pacientes portadores de câncer avançado.The malignant pleural effusion is a frequent complicatio...

  3. Derrame pleural neoplásico

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    Teixeira, Lisete Ribeiro; Pinto,José Antonio de Figueiredo; Marchi,Evaldo

    2006-01-01

    O derrame pleural neoplásico é uma complicação freqüente nos pacientes portadores de tumores avançados. A presença de células malignas no líquido pleural ou na biópsia da pleura é indicativa de disseminação da doença primária, com conseqüente redução da expectativa de vida. O diagnóstico e tratamento precoce do derrame pleural maligno são fundamentais para promover uma melhor qualidade de vida aos pacientes portadores de câncer avançado.

  4. Derrame pleural de origem indeterminada Undiagnosed pleural effusion

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    Eduardo Genofre

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Apesar do progresso nos métodos diagnósticos, cerca de 20% dos derrames pleurais podem permanecer sem diagnóstico etiológico definido após os exames convencionais. Para tentar determinar a origem destes derrames, métodos não convencionais e procedimentos mais invasivos devem ser utilizados com o objetivo de tentar esclarecer a etiologia do derrame pleural e instituir a terapêutica mais adequada.In spite of the progress in the diagnostic methods, about 20% of the pleural effusions may remain without a proper diagnosis after the use of conventional exams. In order to determine the origin of these effusions, alternative methods and invasive procedures shall be used aiming to determine the etiology of the undiagnosed pleural effusions and institute the most appropriate therapeutics.

  5. Derrame pleural neoplásico Malignant pleural effusion

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    Lisete Ribeiro Teixeira

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available O derrame pleural neoplásico é uma complicação freqüente nos pacientes portadores de tumores avançados. A presença de células malignas no líquido pleural ou na biópsia da pleura é indicativa de disseminação da doença primária, com conseqüente redução da expectativa de vida. O diagnóstico e tratamento precoce do derrame pleural maligno são fundamentais para promover uma melhor qualidade de vida aos pacientes portadores de câncer avançado.The malignant pleural effusion is a frequent complication in patients with of advanced tumors. The presence of malignant cells in the pleural fluid or in the pleural biopsy is indicative of dissemination of the primary disease, with consequent reduction of life expectancy. The early diagnosis and treatment of the malignant effusion is pivotal in promoting a better quality of life to patients with advanced cancer.

  6. Doença de Castleman associada a derrame pleural Castleman's disease accompanied by pleural effusion

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    Valéria Góes Ferreira Pinheiro

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available A doença de Castleman é uma rara afecção do tecido linfóide. Relatamos o caso de uma paciente do sexo feminino com otosclerose bilateral, sem sintomas respiratórios e com achado incidental de derrame pleural esquerdo em uma radiografia de tórax. A tomografia computadorizada de tórax revelou uma massa mediastinal. A biópsia demonstrou tratar-se de variante plasmocitária da doença de Castleman. A paciente foi submetida à ressecção da massa mediastinal. Houve regressão do derrame, o qual persistiu como pequena loculação no espaço pleural esquerdo.Castleman's disease is a rare disorder of the lymphoid tissue. We report the case of a female patient with bilateral otosclerosis, no respiratory symptoms, and pleural effusion discovered as an incidental finding on a chest X-ray. Computed tomography of the chest revealed a mediastinal mass. The biopsy findings demonstrated that it was a plasmacytic variant of Castleman's disease. The patient underwent mediastinal mass resection. This resulted in near-total resolution of the effusion, which remained as a small loculation within the left pleural space.

  7. Derrame pleural en enfermedad de Milroy

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    Juan José Celis-Jiménez

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available La enfermedad de Milroy, también conocida como linfedema congénito primario, fue descrita inicialmente en 1892 por William Forsyth Milroy. Es una afección que se presenta generalmente en el nacimiento, o bien durante la infancia, de origen genético con patrón de herencia autosómico dominante, causada por un defecto en el receptor 3 del factor de crecimiento endotelial vascular VEGFR3, lo que conlleva a hipoplasia o aplasia de vasos linfáticos, mayormente de miembros inferiores hecho que se manifiesta por aumento de volumen de las mismas. Esta condición en ocasiones extraordinarias se complica con derrame pleural, motivo por el cual reportamos el caso de paciente femenino, de 39 años de edad, diagnosticada a través de clínica y paraclínica, y revisión de la literatura con el propósito de establecer formas de presentación, complicaciones presentes, diagnóstico diferencial y terapéutica Pleural effusions in Milroy’s disease Abstract Milroy´s disease, also known as primary congenital lymphedema, was described in 1892 by William Forsyth Milroy, and is an affection, that usually occurs at birth, or during the infancy, genetic with autosomal dominant inheritance, caused by a defects in caused by mutation in vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 3 (VEGFR3, leading to aplasia or hypoplasia of lymphatic vessels, mainly in the lower limbs, fact manifested by swelling thereof. This entity sometimes extraordinary complicated with pleural effusion, which is why we report a case of a Female patient, 39 years old, diagnosed through clinical and paraclinical, review the literature in order to establish ways of presentation, present complications, differential diagnosis and therapy

  8. Derrame pleural parapneumônico e empiema

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    Marchi,Evaldo; Lundgren,Fernando; Mussi, Ricardo

    2006-01-01

    O derrame infeccioso, uma das causas mais freqüentes de derrame pleural obervados na pratica clinica, é um sinal de complicação do quadro pneumônico. O reconhecimento precoce do derrame parapneumônico é fundamental para determinar a melhor forma de tratamento, reduzindo o risco de morbidade e mortalidade. A evolução dos métodos diagnósticos e a experiência dos diversos estudos publicados na literatura permitiram estabelecer diretrizes baseadas em evidencias que orientam a conduta de abordagem...

  9. DERRAME PLEURAL NUMA POPULAÇÃO PEDIÁTRICA

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    Vera Baptista; Carla Moreira; Jorge Correia Pinto; Augusta Gonçalves

    2016-01-01

    Introdução: o derrame pleural é uma complicação da pneu- monia que aumenta a sua morbilidade. Pretendemos descrever as características clínicas, estratégias diagnósticas e terapêutica do derrame pleural parapneumónico numa população pediátrica no hospital de Braga. Método: análise retrospetiva dos internamentos num período de 5 anos (2010-2015). Resultados: foram diagnosticados 50 derrames pleurais, com distribuição de género análoga, idade entre 6 meses e 15 anos e 9 meses (média 6 ano...

  10. Procedimientos quirúrgicos en 156 casos de derrame pleural. Resultados inmediatos

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    Raúl Cicero-Sabido; Rafael F. Páramo-Arroyo; Francisco Pascual Navarro-Reynoso; Lorenzo Pimentel-Ugarte

    2006-01-01

    Introducción: el derrame pleural es una entidad clínica frecuente, su estudio y manejo son importantes para resolverlo. El objetivo fue evaluar los resultados inmediatos de los procedimientos diagnósticos y terapéuticos en casos consecutivos de derrame pleural. Material y métodos: durante un periodo de 12 meses, de 787 pacientes hospitalizados, 156 (19.8 %) presentaron derrame pleural. También se evaluaron 22 casos de neumotórax considerados como derrame gaseoso y 10 con empiema crónico. Resu...

  11. ENFOQUE DIAGNÓSTICO EN EL PACIENTE CON DERRAME PLEURAL

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    Maite Oyonarte W., DRA.

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available En el estudio diagnóstico del paciente con derrame pleural se deben considerar la historia clínica y el análisis de las imágenes para acotar el diagnóstico diferencial. El uso adecuado de las técnicas de imágenes contribuye a realizar procedimientos en forma segura. Se debe realizar una toracocentesis diagnóstica y/o evacuadora y se debe analizar completamente el líquido pleural. A veces es necesario realizar biopsia pleural para lo cual existen diversas técnicas disponibles. En los pacientes con pleuritis crónica inespecífica se debe hacer seguimiento por dos años para evaluar el desarrollo de malignidad.

  12. Rol del laboratorio inmunológico en el estudio de pacientes con derrame pleural

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    2013-01-01

    Todo paciente con derrame pleural de causa no clara debe ser sometido a pleurocentesis para estudio de las características del líquido pleural. El laboratorio inmunológico está entre los análisis solicitados en forma optativa. Se revisa la utilidad de la determinación de ANA, células LE, factor reumatoideo, complemento y sus fracciones en el diagnóstico etiológico de los pacientes con derrame pleural Any patient with pleural effusion of unc...

  13. Mixoma de átrio esquerdo associado a derrame pleural

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    MEIRA Enoch Brandão de Souza

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Homem de 65 anos apresentando emagrecimento, dispnéia e derrame pleural (DP recorrente. A avaliação cardiológica evidenciou ruflar diastólico (3/6 no foco mitral e hiperfonese da 1ª bulha. O ecocardiograma e o estudo hemodinâmico mostraram uma grande massa tumoral no átrio esquerdo (AE, sugerindo mixoma e hipertensão pulmonar. A biópsia pleural revelou pleurite crônica inespecífica. O paciente foi submetido à operação com circulação extracorpórea para exérese do tumor de AE e o estudo histopatológico confirmou o diagnóstico de mixoma. O DP tem sido manifestação muito rara do mixoma cardíaco (MC, que às vezes apresenta somente sinais e sintomas inespecíficos de doença inflamatória crônica.

  14. Valor de la videotoracoscopia en el derrame pleural Value of video-assisted thoracoscopy in the pleural effusion

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    Edelberto Fuentes Valdés

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available El derrame pleural es una de las lesiones que con frecuencia son consultadas al cirujano: en demanda de obtención de material tisular para biopsia, tras el fallo reiterado de la punción citológica o para tratar enfermos con derrame incontrolable. Objetivos: Evaluar la utilidad de la videotoracoscopía en el diagnóstico y tratamiento de pacientes portadores de un derrame pleural. Métodos: Estudio retrospectivo sobre una base de datos prospectiva, que comprende 73 pacientes consecutivos a quienes se les practicó una videotoracoscopía para diagnóstico y tratamiento de un derrame pleural, tratados entre enero de 1997 y julio de 2004. Resultados: Al sexo masculino correspondieron 43 pacientes y 30 al femenino. Treinta y nueve (52,4 % tenían una enfermedad maligna, con predominio de pulmón y mama, como causa del derrame. El 71,2 % de los casos fueron operados con intención diagnóstica. Entre las causas no tumorales sobresalen la inflamación pleural crónica (10, empiema (7, pleuritis aguda y subaguda (5 y tuberculosis pleural (4. El proceder terapéutico más frecuente fue la pleurodesis con talco en derrames malignos. En 69 pacientes (94,5 % el proceder fue útil. Tres sufrieron complicaciones posoperatorias, 2 insuficiencia respiratoria y 1 enfisema subcutáneo. Fallecieron 3 (4,1 %, 2 de ellos por insuficiencia respiratoria que no permitió la separación del ventilador mecánico. Conclusiones: La videotoracoscopía es una herramienta útil en el manejo de los casos portadores de un derrame pleural, cuando no se ha logrado obtener el diagnóstico y para realizar la pleurodesis con talcoThe pleural effusion is one of the lesions that are frequently consulted with the surgeon to obtain tissue material for biopsy after the reiterated failure of the cytological puncture, or to treat patients with uncontrollable effusion. Objective: to evaluate the usefulness of the video-assisted thoracoscopy in the diagnosis and treatment of patients

  15. Etiologies of bilateral pleural effusions

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    Puchalski, Jonathan T.; Argento, A. Christine; Murphy, Terrence E.; Araujo, Katy L.B.; Oliva, Isabel B.; Rubinowitz, Ami N.; Pisani, Margaret A.

    2017-01-01

    Summary Background To evaluate the safety, etiology and outcomes of patients undergoing bilateral thoracentesis. Methods This is a prospective cohort study of 100 consecutive patients who underwent bilateral thoracenteses in an academic medical center from July 2009 through November 2010. Pleural fluid characteristics and etiologies of the effusions were assessed. Mean differences in levels of fluid characteristics between right and left lungs were tested. Associations between fluid characteristics and occurrence of bilateral malignant effusions were evaluated. The rate of pneumothorax and other complications subsequent to bilateral thoracentesis was determined. Results Exudates were more common than transudates, and most effusions had multiple etiologies, with 83% having two or more etiologies. Bilateral malignant effusions occurred in 19 patients, were the most common single etiology of exudative effusions, and were associated with higher levels of protein and LDH in the pleural fluid. Among 200 thoracenteses performed with a bilateral procedure, seven resulted in pneumothoraces, three of which required chest tube drainage and four were ex vacuo. Conclusions More often than not, there are multiple etiologies that contribute to pleural fluid formation, and of the combinations of etiologies observed congestive heart failure was the most frequent contributor. Exudative effusions are more common than transudates when bilateral effusions are present. Malignancy is a common etiology of exudative effusions. This study suggests that the overall complication rate following bilateral thoracentesis is low and the rate of pneumothorax subsequent to bilateral thoracentesis is comparable to unilateral thoracentesis. PMID:23219348

  16. DERRAME PLEURAL NUMA POPULAÇÃO PEDIÁTRICA

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    Vera Baptista

    2016-07-01

    Conclusões: A ecografia torácica foi o exame que confirmou e avaliou as caraterísticas do derrame. O TC foi pouco usado, reservado para casos complicados ou com necessidade de tratamento cirúrgico. A taxa de identificação do agente foi baixa (4%. A duração do internamento e da drenagem torácica foi inferior à relatada noutros hospitais centrais portugueses.

  17. Derrame pleural como debut de síndrome linfoproliferativo

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    Ochoa Ramírez Á

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Extranodal MALT lymphomas are a type of lymphoproliferative syndrome belonging to non-Hodgkin's lymphomas. The most common affectation of these types of lymphomas is the digestive tract (80%, the lung being only 14% of cases. We present the case of a 73 years old woman who goes to progressive dyspnea, with a large right pleural effusion on the chest x-ray. After screening and differential diagnosis of the different types of pleural effusion and the clinical etiological processes involved in its production, the diagnosis of lymphoproliferative process was reached, starting chemotherapy treatment with good evolution of both the pleural effusion and the patient's clinic.

  18. Classificação ultra-sonográfica do derrame pleural e do empiema parapneumônico

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    Cirino Luís Marcelo Inaco; Francisco Neto Miguel José; Tolosa Erasmo Magalhães de Castro

    2002-01-01

    Os autores correlacionam as alterações anatomopatológicas da cavidade pleural com os achados ultra-sonográficos no derrame pleural e no empiema parapneumônico e apresentam uma classificação baseada nestes dados. Concluem que a ultra-sonografia é método diagnóstico fidedigno para inferir a fase anatomopatológica da doença pleural, bem como auxiliar na escolha da alternativa de tratamento.

  19. Pseudocisto de pâncreas associado a derrame pleural maciço

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    MAGALHÃES EVANDRO MONTEIRO S. DE

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Os autores relatam um achado de derrame pleural maciço decorrente de pseudocisto de pâncreas. Para auxílio de diagnóstico foram realizadas radiografia, ultra-sonografia, REED, tomografia computadorizada toracoabdominal e dosagem de amilase no líquido pleural. O paciente foi submetido a tratamento clínico com suporte nutricional e toracocentese com esvaziamento pleural de 3.200ml. Após estabilização clínica/nutricional, foi indicada laparotomia, com a retirada do pseudocisto. O paciente apresentou boa evolução no pós-operatório, recebendo alta em boas condições clínicas. A partir do caso relatado, é feita uma revisão da literatura sobre a ocorrência de derrames pleurais associados à doença pancreática e seu diagnóstico.

  20. Tratamiento paliativo de los derrames pleurales malignos mediante abrasión química

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    Juan Antonio Castellanos González

    Full Text Available Introducción: el tratamiento del derrame pleural maligno constituye un reto para los cirujanos. Su erradicación permanente ha constituido un largo bregar, y para ello se ha utilizado un numeroso grupo de sustancias. Objetivo: mostrar los resultados del uso de diferentes sustancias químicas para conseguir la fusión de las pleuras en el derrame pleural maligno. Métodos: fueron estudiados 116 pacientes con derrames malignos de pleura tratados mediante toracocentesis y escleroterapia química en el Hospital Universitario "Comandante Manuel Fajardo" entre enero de 2001 y el 2013. El diagnóstico del 100 % de los pacientes fue clínico e imaginológico, con estudio del líquido pleural. Después de la toma de muestra se evacuó todo el contenido mediante un catéter colector y la instilación de la solución esclerosante. Como agentes irritantes se utilizó bleomicina, tetraciclina, amoxicilina y povidona yodada. Resultados: la causa más frecuente de derrame pleural resultó ser el cáncer de mama, seguido por el de pulmón y el ovario. En el hombre fue más frecuente el cáncer de pulmón y en la mujer el cáncer de mama. Predominó el sexo femenino y, específicamente, la sexta década de la vida. El 52,4 % de los pacientes necesitó dos sesiones terapéuticas y el 15,6 % no presentó recidiva después de la primera sesión. Conclusiones: los resultados fueron similares con todas las sustancias utilizadas. La intervención paliativa logró mejorar la calidad de vida al aliviar los síntomas de los pacientes y disminuir la hospitalización.

  1. Contribución del análisis del líquido pleural al diagnóstico de los derrames pleurales

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    San José Capilla, María Esther

    2016-01-01

    El derrame pleural es una complicación común en numerosas enfermedades, y el diagnóstico diferencial es frecuentemente difícil de obtener sin la utilización de técnicas invasivas, lo que se intenta evitar. Aunque hay una amplia variedad de pruebas de laboratorio, un porcentaje significativo de pacientes con derrame pleural permanecen sin diagnosticar, o el diagnóstico se basa exclusivamente en evidencias clínicas, como son la experiencia del clínico o la respuesta al tratamiento empírico; ...

  2. Contribución del análisis del líquido pleural al diagnóstico de los derrames pleurales

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    San José Capilla, María Esther

    2016-01-01

    El derrame pleural es una complicación común en numerosas enfermedades, y el diagnóstico diferencial es frecuentemente difícil de obtener sin la utilización de técnicas invasivas, lo que se intenta evitar. Aunque hay una amplia variedad de pruebas de laboratorio, un porcentaje significativo de pacientes con derrame pleural permanecen sin diagnosticar, o el diagnóstico se basa exclusivamente en evidencias clínicas, como son la experiencia del clínico o la respuesta al tratamiento empírico; ...

  3. Classificação ultra-sonográfica do derrame pleural e do empiema parapneumônico

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    Cirino Luís Marcelo Inaco; Francisco Neto Miguel José; Tolosa Erasmo Magalhães de Castro

    2002-01-01

    Os autores correlacionam as alterações anatomopatológicas da cavidade pleural com os achados ultra-sonográficos no derrame pleural e no empiema parapneumônico e apresentam uma classificação baseada nestes dados. Concluem que a ultra-sonografia é método diagnóstico fidedigno para inferir a fase anatomopatológica da doença pleural, bem como auxiliar na escolha da alternativa de tratamento.We correlated the anatomopathological abnormalities of the pleural space with the ultrasound findings in pa...

  4. Derrame pleural como complicación respiratoria de la ingesta de kerosene en niños.

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    Lucrecia Monsante

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Determinar la frecuencia de derrame pleural como complicación de la neumonitis química por ingesta de kerosene, en niños menores de 2 años. Material y métodos: Se realizó un estudio retrospectivo en el Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia durante el período 1988-1995. Se revisaron las historias clínicas y las radiografías de los pacientes hospitalizados en el Servicio de Lactantes con diagnóstico de derrame pleural asociado a ingesta de kerosene. Además, se revisó el libro de registros de emergencias pediátricas de 1995 consignando el número de pacientes menores de 24 meses que llegaron por ingesta de kerosene y luego se evaluó cuantos de estos pacientes fueron hospitalizados y además presentaron derrame pleural. Resultados: El 14.5% de los hospitalizados durante el período 1988-1995 presentaron derrame pleural como complicación a la neumonitis; durante el año 1995, el 10.9% de los pacientes que llegaron a emergencia por ingesta de kerosene se hospitalizaron. (Rev Med Hered 1997; 8: 19-22.

  5. Derrame pleural tuberculoso: diagnóstico mediante videotoracoscopia Derrame pleural tuberculoso: diagnóstico mediante videotoracoscopia Tuberculous pleural effusion: diagnosis by videothoracoscopy

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    Edelberto Fuentes Valdés; Miguel A Martín González

    2006-01-01

    El diagnóstico de la tuberculosis pleural es difícil por la presentación inespecífica y la pobre eficiencia de los métodos diagnósticos tradicionales cuando de esta se trata. Se realizó un estudio retrospectivo de 6 pacientes a quienes se realizó el diagnóstico de tuberculosis pleural mediante videotoracoscopia, ante el fracaso de los métodos tradicionales. El objetivo fue conocer el valor de la videotoracoscopia en el diagnóstico de la tuberculosis pleural. Cinco de los 6 pacientes eran del ...

  6. Derrame pleural parapneumônico complicado na fase fibrinopurulenta em crianças: comparação entrea toracoscopia precoce e tardia

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    Rodrigo Romualdo Pereira

    2014-01-01

    Derrame pleural é caracterizado pelo desequilíbrio entre a formação e a remoção do fluido pleural, com acúmulo de líquido no espaço pleural. O derrame pleural pode ocorrer em decorrência de processos locais pleuropulmonares (infecciosos, auto-imunes ou neoplásicos) ou de doenças sistêmicas (cardíacas, renais, hepáticas ou pancreáticas).

  7. Derrame pleural parapneumônico complicado na fase fibrinopurulenta em crianças: comparação entrea toracoscopia precoce e tardia

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    Rodrigo Romualdo Pereira

    2014-01-01

    Derrame pleural é caracterizado pelo desequilíbrio entre a formação e a remoção do fluido pleural, com acúmulo de líquido no espaço pleural. O derrame pleural pode ocorrer em decorrência de processos locais pleuropulmonares (infecciosos, auto-imunes ou neoplásicos) ou de doenças sistêmicas (cardíacas, renais, hepáticas ou pancreáticas).

  8. Cytological diagnosis of a metastatic canine mammary tumor in pleural effusion Diagnóstico citológico de tumor mamário metastático canino em derrame pleural

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    G.D. Cassali

    1999-08-01

    Full Text Available Descrevem-se os achados citomorfológicos de um tumor maligno de mama em uma cadela Poodle de sete anos de idade, o qual foi observado inicialmente pelo exame citológico do derrame pleural. Comparam-se os aspectos citológicos do derrame pleural e punção aspirativa com agulha fina do tumor com aqueles descritos para o câncer de mama na espécie humana.

  9. Derrame pleural complicado en el niño: una urgencia quirúrgica

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    Alberto Rubén Piriz-Assa

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El tratamiento óptimo del DerramePleural Complicado es controversial por lo que la aplicación y evaluaciónde una estrategia de intervención para optimizar su tratamiento fue el objetivo del estudio. Se realizó un estudio cuasiexperimental con un grupo control y uno de estudio, en el Hospital Pediátrico Provincial deHolguín, Cuba. La estrategia se aplicó a 22 pacientes, conformando el grupo de estudio, comparados con 22 niños de una cohorte histórica, que fue el grupo control. En el de estudiodisminuyó a 13 días la media de estadía hospitalaria, sólo se cambió de antimicrobiano en el (63.8% de los pacientes, siendo su principal causa la inefectividad del mismo, el (95.4% y el (91% no presentaron complicaciones pulmonares ni extrapulmonares respectivamente, disminuyó la necesidad de toracotomía, se pudo establecer con mayor rapidez el alta radiológica y el total de los pacientes egresaron vivos lo que quedó demostrada la eficacia de la aplicación de la cirugía videotoracoscopía de forma precoz .

  10. Valor de las subpoblaciones de las células natural killer y del receptor de citotoxicidad natural NKp44 como biomarcadores de malignidad en derrames pleurales

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    Herrera Lara, Susana

    2015-01-01

    El derrame pleural maligno es un problema clínico común en los pacientes con enfermedad neoplásica y su aparición es un signo de enfermedad avanzada ya que implica la afectación del espacio pleural por parte de dicho proceso maligno. La citometría de flujo es una técnica que permite un análisis rápido, preciso y reproducible de las células del líquido pleural, pudiendo complementar a la citología en el estudio de los derrames pleurales sospechosos de malignidad. Las células NK están e...

  11. Derrame pleural como efeito adverso do tratamento da leucemia mielóide crônica com dasatinibe e seu manejo sem resposta satisfatória

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    Ivan Fernandes Filho

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Introdução: A Leucemia Mieloide Crônica (LMC é uma desordem clonal de células hematopoiéticas com translocação t(9;22 (q34;q11 que culmina em proliferação maligna. No tratamento da LMC, o Dasatinibe pode causar derrames pleurais. Objetivos: relatar o caso de intolerância ao derrame pleural recidivante e ineficácia da pleurodese em usuário de Dasatinibe. Metodologia: as informações foram obtidas através de prontuários e revisão da literatura Relato de caso: Relatamos o caso de um paciente de 64 anos, com diagnóstico de LMC há 15 anos, tratava-se com Hidroxicarbamida. Foi introduzido o tratamento com Imatinibe (2003-2008 cujo término decorre da perda de resposta molecular. Este foi trocado pelo nilotinibe (18 meses, sendo substituído devido à obstrução vascular. O uso de Dasatinibe 100 mg/dia obteve resposta maior. Após 15 dias, apresentou derrame pleural, tratado com diuréticos, corticosteróides e suspensão do Dasatinibe, com pequena melhora. Porém, houve recidiva durante o tratamento que impediram o tratamento adequado e levaram a perda da resposta molecular. Em 2014, foi feita a pleurodese com melhora transitória, mas com aparecimento de derrame contra- lateral sintomatológico. O Dasatinibe foi suspenso e substituído por interferon- alfa. Ainda não dispomos do BCR-ABL quantitativo para a avaliação do último medicamento. Conclusão: O derrame pleural recidivante impediu o tratamento adequado. A pleurodese não foi tão eficaz pelo derrame pleural contra-lateral.

  12. Resultados preliminares de la pleurodesis con talco para el tratamiento de los derrames pleurales de causa maligna Preliminary results of talc pleurodesis for the treatment of pleural effusions of malignant origin

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    Juan Carlos Collado Otero; José Manuel Vázquez González; Ricardo Almeida Varela; José Luís Guerra Mesa; Yoel Rodríguez Borges

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    Se realizó un corte preliminar de un estudio descriptivo y prospectivo que se lleva a cabo en el Instituto Nacional de Oncología y Radiobiología, con el objetivo de conocer la efectividad de la pleurodesis con talco para evitar las recidivas de los derrames pleurales de causa maligna, aplicado a través de una pleurotomía mínima baja o por videotoracoscopia. Además, para valorar la ocurrencia de efectos adversos y complicaciones. Catorce individuos fueron incluidos tras presentar derrames secu...

  13. Teratoma do mediastino simulando derrame pleural no estudo radiológico do tórax Mediastinal teratoma mimicking pleural effusion on chest X-rays

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    Miguel Angelo Martins de Castro Júnior

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available Teratomas mediastinais representam 8 a 13% dos tumores nesta região. Uma paciente de 27 anos apresentou-se com dor torácica e dispnéia de evolução arrastada. O radiograma de tórax revelou opacidade quase total do hemitórax direito, levando à suspeita de derrame pleural. A tomografia de tórax evidenciou coleção pleural heterogênea, de contornos regulares (10,1 x 11,7 cm, nos dois terços inferiores do hemitórax direito, sem envolvimento de estruturas adjacentes. Na toracotomia exploradora, pela hipótese de teratoma cístico benigno do mediastino, realizou-se ressecção total da lesão, com boa evolução pós-operatória. A apresentação atípica e grande crescimento do tumor dificultaram o diagnóstico pré-operatório.Teratomas account for 8-13% of all mediastinal tumors. A 27-year-old patient presented with chest pain and dyspnea of prolonged evolution. A chest X-ray revealed near total opacification of the right hemithorax. On a tomography scan of the chest, a collection of heterogeneous fluid, with irregular borders and 10.1 x 11.7 cm in size, was seen in the pleura of the lower two-thirds of the right hemithorax but was not encroaching on any of the adjacent structures. Based on the hypothesis that these findings represented a benign mediastinal teratoma, an exploratory thoracotomy was performed, during which such a teratoma was found and completely excised. The post-operative evolution was favorable. The atypical presentation and considerable growth of the tumor hindered the pre-operative diagnosis.

  14. Derrame pleural complicado en el niño: guía práctica cubana Complicated pleural leakage: Cuban practice guide

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    Alberto Rubén Piriz Assa

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Durante el tratamiento actual del niño con derrame pleural paraneumónico complicado se detectan insuficiencias y contradicciones debidas a la diversidad de formas de presentación de dicho trastorno y a la ausencia de consenso con respecto al tratamiento adecuado. Se propone una guía de práctica clínica validada mediante un estudio cuasiexperimental desarrollado en la provincia de Holguín, durante 4 años. La guía está compuesta por 4 capítulos e incluye recomendaciones precisas ante cada forma de presentación de la enfermedad.During present treatment of a child presenting with complicated parapneumonic leakage, it is possible to detect insufficiencies and contraindications due to different ways of presentation of such disorder, and to lack of consensus regarding appropriate treatment. We propose a valid clinical practice by means a quasi-experimental study developed in Holguín province during 4 years. Guide include 4 chapters and precise recommendations in face of each way of presentation of this disease.

  15. Toracoscopia em crianças com derrame pleural parapneumônico complicado na fase fibrinopurulenta: estudo multi-institucional

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    Sérgio Freitas; José Carlos Fraga; Fernanda Canani

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    OBJETIVO: Determinar a eficácia da toracoscopia em crianças com derrame pleural parapneumônico complicado (DPPC) na fase fibrinopurulenta. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo de 99 crianças submetidas à toracoscopia para tratamento de DPPC na fase fibrinopurulenta entre novembro de 1995 e julho de 2005. A média de idade foi de 2,6 anos (variação, 0,4-12 anos) e 60% eram do sexo masculino. A toracoscopia foi realizada em três hospitais diferentes utilizando-se o mesmo algoritmo de tratamento. RESULT...

  16. Antígeno carcinoembrionário no diagnóstico diferencial dos derrames pleurais Carcinoembryonic antigen in differential diagnosis of pleural effusion

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    Miguel Angelo Martins de Castro Junior

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar a sensibilidade e a especificidade da dosagem do CEA no diagnóstico diferencial do derrame pleural de pacientes portadores de doenças benígnas e malígnas. MÉTODO: Estudo contemporâneo de série de casos, realizado do Serviço de Cirurgia Torácica do Hospital Nossa Senhora da Conceição, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul. Entre julho de 2000 e julho de 2001, 64 pacientes foram submetidos à investigação etiológica de efusão pleural,e submetidos aos seguintes exames: pH, LDH, dosagem protêica, densidade, glicose, citologia diferencial, pesquisa de fungos e BAAR, gram e cultura com antibiograma, citopatologia, dosagem de CEA e biópsia pleural. RESULTADOS: Pacientes com derrames de etiologia maligna (n=26 tiveram resultado do CEA variando de zero a 5000ng/ml, enquanto nos de etiologia benígna os valores variaram de zero a 4,8ng/ml. Nível médio de CEA na efusão carcinomatosa foi de 431 ± 1237 ng/ml (média ± desvio padrão, significativamente maior que nos benignos (1,1 ± 1,0 ng/ml; pBACKGROUND: To analyze patients with diagnosis of benign or malignant diseases, in whose evolution develop pleural effusion, in which CEA measurement was questioned in relation to sensitivity and specificity in the differentiation of these two groups. METHODS: Prospective consecutive case series of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, Conceição Hospital, Porto Alegre, Brazil. From July 2000 to December 2001, 64 patients were subjected to clinical investigation in search for a pleural effusion aetiology. All patients underwent the following laboratory evaluation of pleural fluid: pH, LDH, proteins, density, glucose, differential cytology, bacterial culture, search for fungus and acid-fast bacilli, cytology, CEA determination and pleural biopsy. RESULTS: Patients with malignant etiologic diagnosis (n=26, had CEA results ranging from zero to 5000 ng/ ml, while benign cases results were from zero to 4.8 ng/ml. CEA level in malignant

  17. [Bilateral pleural mesothelioma--case report].

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    Land, I; Knolle, H

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    It is reported on the rare case of a 46-year-old female patient with a bilateral mesothelioma of the pleura without contact to asbest. Although the female was suspected in a malignant tumor and many diagnostic investigations were performed, diagnosis could be ensured morphologically only a short time before her death. Causes and development of mesothelioma, histological types, clinical symptoms and diagnostic procedures are described.

  18. Fiebre, derrame pleural y lesión osteolítica en paciente con infección por VIH Fever, pleural effusion and osteolytic lesion in a patient with HIV infection

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    J.I. Aláez

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    Full Text Available Presentamos el caso de una paciente de 28 años que consultó por fiebre de hasta 40,8ºC, dolor pleurítico en costado derecho y aparición de una masa dolorosa en la extremidad inferior izquierda de cuatro días de evolución. Mediante tomografía axial computerizada (TAC se objetivó la existencia de una condensación en el lóbulo medio del pulmón derecho con derrame pleural asociado y patrón miliar bilateral. El estudio ecográfico de la extremidad inferior izquierda mostró una masa de partes blandas de aspecto quístico con destrucción de la cortical del peroné y destrucción ósea. La resonancia magnética confirmó la presencia de osteomielitis en el peroné izquierdo y de un absceso de partes blandas asociado. En el material obtenido por punción del citado absceso así como en tres muestras de esputo se aisló Mycobacterium tuberculosis, estableciéndose el diagnóstico de tuberculosis diseminada con afectación pulmonar miliar, osteomielitis peronea y absceso tuberculoso de partes blandas. Se inició tratamiento antituberculoso (rifampicina, isoniacida y pirazinamida seguido, dos semanas después, de tratamiento antirretroviral (AZT, 3TC y NVP. La paciente desarrolló un cuadro de erupción cutánea generalizada que desapareció tras la sustitución de la rifampicina por etambutol. Ante la persistencia de la masa de partes blandas, tras cinco semanas de tratamiento antituberculoso se procedió al drenaje quirúrgico del absceso. La evolución posterior fue favorable, permaneciendo la paciente asintomática al mes de ser dada de alta.We present the case of a 28 year old patient who came for consultation on a fever of up to 40.8º C, pleuritic pain on the right side and the appearance of a painful mass in the lower left extremity of four days evolution. Computerised axial tomography (CAT showed the existence of a condensation in the middle lobe of the right lung with associated pleural effusion and bilateral miliary pattern. The

  19. Bilateral pleural effusion after central venous catheterization- A rare complication.

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    Reyaz Ahmed Para

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    Full Text Available Central venous Catherization (CVC is rarely complicated by pleural effusion. It is usually due to malpositioned catheter. Our patient was a 35-year-old man admitted with Menningoencephalitis.A cervical central vein catheter was placed into his right jugular vein after induction of anaesthesia in Emergency Room. In chest x ray we encountered bilateral pleural effusion and drained it with a chest tube. During following days the patient has daily drainage of almost 1.7 liter of clear yellowish fluid from chest tube. Fluid analysis was not diagnostic. We removed the central vein catheter and plural drainage was stopped. [Natl J Med Res 2015; 5(4.000: 329-331

  20. A Case of Haemorrhagic Constrictive Pericarditis with Bilateral Pleural Effusions

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    Islam, Julie; Talebi, Soheila; Cativo, Eder; Mushiyev, Savi; Pekler, Gerald; Visco, Ferdinand

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    Presentation of pericardial disease is diverse, with the viral aetiology being the most common cause; however, when haemorrhagic pericardial effusion is present, these causes are narrowed to few aetiologies. We present a case of a young female of African descent who presented with diffuse abdominal pain and vomiting. Initial work-up showed pericardial effusion with impending echocardiographic findings of cardiac tamponade and bilateral pleural effusions. Procedures included a left video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) with pericardial window. We consider that it is important for all physicians to be aware of not only typical presentation but also atypical and unusual clinical picture of pericardial disease.

  1. A Case of Haemorrhagic Constrictive Pericarditis with Bilateral Pleural Effusions

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    Hans A. Reyes

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    Full Text Available Presentation of pericardial disease is diverse, with the viral aetiology being the most common cause; however, when haemorrhagic pericardial effusion is present, these causes are narrowed to few aetiologies. We present a case of a young female of African descent who presented with diffuse abdominal pain and vomiting. Initial work-up showed pericardial effusion with impending echocardiographic findings of cardiac tamponade and bilateral pleural effusions. Procedures included a left video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS with pericardial window. We consider that it is important for all physicians to be aware of not only typical presentation but also atypical and unusual clinical picture of pericardial disease.

  2. Cariótipo Fetal em Líquido Pleural Obtido por Toracocentese

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    Cabral Antonio Carlos Vieira; Machado Isabela Nelly; Leite Henrique Vitor; Pereira Alamanda Kfoury; Vitral Zilma Nogueira Reis

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    Objetivos: avaliar a efetividade da realização de cariótipo em líquido pleural obtido por toracocentese de um grupo de fetos portadores de derrame pleural. Métodos: foram avaliados 15 fetos com derrame pleural uni ou bilateral nos quais se realizou uma punção da cavidade torácica. A idade gestacional variou entre 19 e 34 semanas. Os fetos foram estudados com ultra-sonografia morfológica para determinar a presença de anomalias associadas. Nos casos em que não se obteve o cultivo em líquido ple...

  3. Unilateral or Bilateral Thoracocentesis for Bilateral Pleural Effusion. A Prospective Study.

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    Ferreiro, Lucía; San José, María Esther; Gude, Francisco; Lama, Adriana; Suárez-Antelo, Juan; Golpe, Antonio; Toubes, M Elena; González-Barcala, Francisco Javier; Álvarez-Dobaño, José Manuel; Valdés, Luis

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    In the absence of firm recommendations, we analyzed whether unilateral thoracic puncture is sufficient for bilateral pleural effusion (PE), or if the procedure needs to be performed in both sides. Prospective study of patients seen consecutively for bilateral PE during a period of 3 years and 9 months. All patients underwent simultaneous bilateral thoracocentesis. The standard protocol variables collected in our hospital served as study parameters. Size of PE, presence of chest pain or fever, or accompanying lung abnormalities, different attenuation values on chest computed tomography, presence of loculated pleural fluid, and radiological resolution in a single side were also evaluated. A total of 36 patients (19 men; mean age 68.5 ± 16.5 years) were included. The etiology of the effusion was different in each side in only 2 patients (5.6%). In 6/32 cases (18.8%), the biological analysis of the pleural fluid (in terms of transudate/exudate) from both sides did not correspond with the etiological diagnosis of the effusion. Correlation between biochemical parameters analyzed in the fluid from both sides (Pearson's correlation coefficient) ranged between 0.74 (LDH) and 0.998 (NT-proBNP). As different diagnoses in each side were found in only 2 patients, the circumstances in which bilateral diagnostic thoracocentesis would be necessary could not be determined. Simultaneous bilateral thoracocentesis does not appear to be recommendable. Larger series are needed to establish which factors might suggest the need for simultaneous puncture of both PE. Copyright © 2015 SEPAR. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  4. Toracoscopia em crianças com derrame pleural parapneumônico complicado na fase fibrinopurulenta: estudo multi-institucional Thoracoscopy in children with complicated parapneumonic pleural effusion at the fibrinopurulent stage: a multi-institutional study

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    Sérgio Freitas

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar a eficácia da toracoscopia em crianças com derrame pleural parapneumônico complicado (DPPC na fase fibrinopurulenta. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo de 99 crianças submetidas à toracoscopia para tratamento de DPPC na fase fibrinopurulenta entre novembro de 1995 e julho de 2005. A média de idade foi de 2,6 anos (variação, 0,4-12 anos e 60% eram do sexo masculino. A toracoscopia foi realizada em três hospitais diferentes utilizando-se o mesmo algoritmo de tratamento. RESULTADOS: A toracoscopia foi eficaz em 87 crianças (88% e 12 (12% necessitaram de outro procedimento cirúrgico: nova toracoscopia (n = 6 ou toracotomia/pleurostomia (n = 6. O tempo médio de drenagem torácica foi de 3 dias nas crianças em que a toracoscopia foi efetiva e de 10 dias naquelas que precisaram de outro procedimento (p OBJECTIVE:To determine the efficacy of thoracoscopy in the management of children with complicated parapneumonic pleural effusion at the fibrinopurulent stage. METHODS: Retrospective study of 99 children submitted to thoracoscopy for the treatment of complicated parapneumonic pleural effusion at the fibrinopurulent stage between November of 1995 and July of 2005. The mean age was 2.6 years (range, 0.4-12 years, and 60% were males. Thoracoscopy was performed at three different hospitals following the same treatment algorithm. RESULTS: Thoracoscopy was effective for 87 children (88%. In 12 (12%, a second surgical procedure was required: another thoracoscopy (n = 6 or thoracotomy/thoracostomy (n = 6. Mean duration of chest tube drainage following successful thoracoscopy was 3 days vs. 10 days in patients submitted to a second procedure (p < 0.001. In all of the children, the pleural infection resolved after treatment. Thoracoscopy-related complications included air leak (30%, chest tube bleeding (12%, subcutaneous emphysema associated with trocar insertion (2% and surgical wound infection (2%. None of the children required

  5. Estudo prospectivo do derrame pleural pós-cirurgia abdominal e dos fatores de risco associados: avalição por ultra-sonografia Pleural effusion following abdominal surgery and associated risk factors: ultrasound assessment

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    Luiz Antonio Rossi

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available MOTIVAÇÃO: Derrame pleural é alteração pulmonar comumente observada em exames de imagem após cirurgias abdominais eletivas, sem repercussão clínica na maioria dos enfermos, devendo ser individualizada das complicações pulmonares que requerem tratamento. Sua incidência, bem como os indicadores de risco, são desconhecidos em nosso meio. OBJETIVO: Determinar, pela ultra-sonografia, a incidência de derrame pleural pós-operatório (DPPO em cirurgias abdominais eletivas e averiguar suas possíveis associações com fatores de risco relacionados aos doentes e procedimentos anestésico-cirúrgicos. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Estudaram-se 21 (56,8% mulheres e 16 (43,2% homens, entre 29 e 76 anos, submetidos a cirurgias abdominais eletivas. Os exames ecográficos foram realizados no pré-operatório e 48 horas após a cirurgia. Foram estudados os fatores de risco associados ao paciente - idade maior de 60 anos, sexo, obesidade, tabagismo, etilismo e presença de doenças associadas -, e ao procedimento anestésico-cirúrgico - cirurgia para ressecção de câncer, classe ASA > 2, tempo anestésico-cirúrgico, incisão longitudinal e incisão > 15 cm. A litíase biliar (43,2% e a presença de câncer gastrintestinal (43,2% foram os principais responsáveis pela indicação cirúrgica. O DPPO foi graduado de pequeno, médio e grande. RESULTADOS: A incidência de DPPO foi de 70,3% (26/37. Dois (5,4% desses doentes evoluíram com complicações pulmonares graves, um deles vindo a falecer. Idade maior de 60 anos, tabagismo, etilismo, obesidade e presença de doenças associadas não influenciaram o aparecimento de DPPO. Cirurgia para ressecção de câncer, classe ASA > 2, incisão longitudinal e incisão > 15 cm associaram-se de modo significante à presença de DPPO, que ocorreu mesmo na vigência de antibioticoprofilaxia. O tempo de permanência hospitalar foi 2,4 vezes maior nos doentes com DPPO. CONCLUSÃO: A ocorrência de derrame pleural em p

  6. Bilateral presentation of pleural desmoplastic small round cell tumors: A case report

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    Won, You Sun; Park, Jai Soung; Jeong, Sun Hye; Paik, Sang Hyun; Lee, Heon; Cha, Jang Gyu; Koh, Eun Suk [Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Bucheon Hospital, Bucheon (Korea, Republic of)

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    Desmoplastic small round cell tumor (DSRCT) is a highly aggressive malignant small cell neoplasm occurring mainly in the abdominal cavity, but it is extremely rare in the pleura. In this case, a 15-year-old male presented with a 1-month history of left chest pain. Chest radiographs revealed pleural thickening in the left hemithorax and chest computed tomography showed multifocal pleural thickening with enhancement in both hemithoraces. A needle biopsy of the left pleural lesion was performed and the final diagnosis was DSRCT of the pleura. We report this unusual case arising from the pleura bilaterally. The pleural involvement of this tumor supports the hypothesis that it typically occurs in mesothelial-lined surfaces.

  7. Unsuspected multiples myeloma presenting as bilateral pleural effusion – a cytological diagnosis

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    Dhingra Kajal

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Multiple Myeloma presenting as a pleural effusion is extremely rare. It is usually a late complication and is associated with a poor prognosis. Case Presentation A 40-year-old male presented with dyspnea and fever of six months duration. Clinical diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis was considered. X-ray chest showed bilateral pleural effusion. Pleural cytology revealed numerous plasma cells, some of which were binucleated and atypical. Cytological differential diagnosis included: Myelomatous effusion and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma deposit (Immunoblastic type. Bone marrow biopsy, serum protein electrophoresis and bone scan confirmed the diagnosis of multiple myeloma (Plasmablastic type. Conclusion Myelomatous pleural effusion as an initial presentation although extremely rare, should always be considered in presence of atypical plasma cells irrespective of age.

  8. Fatores clínicos e anatomopatológicos que influenciam a sobrevida de pacientes com câncer de mama e derrame pleural neoplásico Clinical and pathological factors influencing the survival of breast cancer patients with malignant pleural effusion

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    Giovana Tavares dos Santos

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste estudo foi identificar os fatores clínicos e anatomopatológicos que possam influenciar o prognóstico de pacientes com câncer de mama e sintomas clínicos de derrame pleural neoplásico. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de um estudo clínico de coorte, no qual foram analisados os prontuários médicos de pacientes que receberam diagnóstico de derrame pleural neoplásico entre 2006 e 2010. Por meio da análise dos prontuários, identificamos as pacientes com história de câncer de mama. Para essas pacientes, coletamos dados anatomopatológicos relacionados ao tumor primário e dados citopatológicos relacionados à metástase pleural. RESULTADOS: Das 145 pacientes avaliadas, 87 (60% apresentaram, no exame citológico, resultado positivo para células neoplásicas no líquido pleural; além disso, 119 (82% apresentaram tipo histológico ductal. O fenótipo triplo-negativo foi observado em 25 pacientes (17%, as quais apresentaram o pior prognóstico, com queda acentuada na curva de sobrevida. Das 25 pacientes, 20 (80% evoluíram a óbito durante o período de seguimento (até junho de 2011. A sobrevida média após a identificação de derrame pleural neoplásico foi de 6 meses. CONCLUSÕES: Em pacientes com câncer de mama triplo-negativo e exame citológico com resultado positivo para células neoplásicas no líquido pleural, o prognóstico é ruim e a sobrevida é menor.OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to identify the clinical and pathological factors that can influence the prognosis of breast cancer patients with clinical symptoms of malignant pleural effusion. METHODS: This was a clinical cohort study, in which we analyzed the medical charts of patients diagnosed with malignant pleural effusion between 2006 and 2010. By examining the charts, we identified the female patients with a history of breast cancer. For those patients, we collected pathology data related to the primary tumor and cytopathology data related

  9. Bilateral Pleural Effusions as an Initial Presentation in Primary Sjögren's Syndrome

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    Makimoto, Go; Asano, Michiko; Fujimoto, Nobukazu; Fuchimoto, Yasuko; Ono, Katsuichiro; Ozaki, Shinji; Taguchi, Koji; Kishimoto, Takumi

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    Sjögren's syndrome (SS) is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by sicca symptoms. Interstitial pulmonary fibrosis and tracheobronchial sicca are the most common symptoms of pulmonary involvement in primary SjS, and they are rarely accompanied by serositis such as pleuritis or pericarditis. We report a case of SS presenting initially with bilateral pleural effusions. A 63-year old man was admitted to our hospital with a one-month history of cough, dyspnea, and right chest pain. Chest-computed tomography revealed bilateral pleural effusions. Serum anti-SS-A antibody titer was 1 : 256. Ophthalmological examination revealed a positive Schirmer test. Lip biopsy showed atrophy and plasmacytic infiltration of the salivary gland. Corticosteroid treatment was initiated. Pleural effusions were almost completely resolved by day 30. The patient has not experienced any recurrence. PMID:23198246

  10. Bilateral Pleural Effusions as an Initial Presentation in Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome

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    Go Makimoto

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Sjögren’s syndrome (SS is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by sicca symptoms. Interstitial pulmonary fibrosis and tracheobronchial sicca are the most common symptoms of pulmonary involvement in primary SjS, and they are rarely accompanied by serositis such as pleuritis or pericarditis. We report a case of SS presenting initially with bilateral pleural effusions. A 63-year old man was admitted to our hospital with a one-month history of cough, dyspnea, and right chest pain. Chest-computed tomography revealed bilateral pleural effusions. Serum anti-SS-A antibody titer was 1 : 256. Ophthalmological examination revealed a positive Schirmer test. Lip biopsy showed atrophy and plasmacytic infiltration of the salivary gland. Corticosteroid treatment was initiated. Pleural effusions were almost completely resolved by day 30. The patient has not experienced any recurrence.

  11. Bilateral pleural effusion with APLA positivity in a case of rhupus syndrome

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    Kaushik Saha

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Rhupus syndrome is a rare syndrome characterized by overlap of rheumatoid arthritis (RA and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE. Our patient was a diagnosed case of RA and developed SLE 2 years after. She was a middle-aged woman, presented with bilateral pleural effusion with exacerbation of skin and joint symptoms of SLE. We diagnosed the case as tubercular pleural effusion by positive Mycobacterium tuberculosis in bactec 460 culture. She had also anti-phospholipid antibody positivity without any symptoms and signs of thrombosis.

  12. Bilateral pleural effusion with APLA positivity in a case of rhupus syndrome.

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    Saha, Kaushik; Saha, Arnab; Mitra, Mrinmoy; Panchadhyayee, Prabodh

    2014-10-01

    Rhupus syndrome is a rare syndrome characterized by overlap of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Our patient was a diagnosed case of RA and developed SLE 2 years after. She was a middle-aged woman, presented with bilateral pleural effusion with exacerbation of skin and joint symptoms of SLE. We diagnosed the case as tubercular pleural effusion by positive Mycobacterium tuberculosis in bactec 460 culture. She had also anti-phospholipid antibody positivity without any symptoms and signs of thrombosis.

  13. Minimally invasive surgical treatment of patients with bilateral pulmonary tuberculosis complicated with pleural empyema

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    Korpusenko I.V

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective of our study was to increase the effectiveness of surgical treatment of bilateral destructive pulmonary tuberculosis complicated by pleural empyema by using VTS-technologies. The study was done in Dnepropetrovsk regional clinical therapeutic and prophylactic association "Phthisiology" in the period from 2008 to 2013. A retrospective analysis of 43 cases of bilateral destructive pulmonary tuberculosis complicated by pleural empyema on one side and dissemination focus or limited destructive process on contralateral side has been performed. Selected cases were divided into 2 groups: main (eighteen cases where the following procedures were done: performed transsternal occlusion of the main bronchus, sanation of empyema cavity using videothoracosopy, in 30-45 days followed by pleuropneumectomy with usage of minithoracothomy and control (nineteen cases who had undergone drainage of the empyema cavity, sanation, in 45-60 days followed by pleuropmeumectomy with usage of anterolateral access. The distribution of main and control groups for analyzed parameters was representative. Sanation of pleural cavity with videothoracosopy usage compared with Bulau’s drainage provides better antibacterial effect, effective sanitation of the pleural cavity as evidenced by following changes: significant decrease in the number of microbial cells; normalization of total white blood cells count and rod-shaped granulocytes in the peripheral blood 10 days after treatment; normalization of leukocyte intoxication index. The use of minimally invasive surgical treatment allowed to reduce intraoperative complications by 2 times, amount of intraoperative blood loss and hemotrasfusions by 1.5 times, postoperative mortality by 2.5 times. Pleural cavity sanation with videothoracoscopy usage with following pneumoectomy leads to reduce in the incidence and severity of postoperative complications. The most promising is stage-by-stage surgical approach with consecutive use

  14. Chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis presenting as bilateral pleural effusion: a case report

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    Rajalingham Sakthiswary

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis is an uncommon subacute form of Aspergillus infection. It typically occurs in immunocompromised individuals and in those with underlying lung disease. This interesting case highlights the occurrence of this entity of aspergillosis in an immunocompetent middle-aged woman with atypical radiological findings. To the best of our knowledge this is the first case report of chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis presenting with pleural effusion. Case presentation Our patient was a 64-year-old Malay woman with a background history of epilepsy but no other comorbidities. She was a lifelong non-smoker. She presented to our facility with a six-month history of productive cough and three episodes of hemoptysis. An initial chest radiograph showed bilateral pleural effusion with bibasal consolidation. Bronchoscopy revealed a white-coated endobronchial tree and bronchoalveolar lavage culture grew Aspergillus niger. A diagnosis of chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis was made based on the clinical presentation and microbiological results. She responded well to treatment with oral itraconazole. Conclusions The radiological findings in chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis can be very diverse. This case illustrates that this condition can be a rare cause of bilateral pleural effusion.

  15. Pneumonia adquirida na comunidade e derrame pleural parapneumônico relacionados a Mycoplasma pneumoniae em crianças e adolescentes Mycoplasma pneumoniae-related community-acquired pneumonia and parapneumonic pleural effusion in children and adolescents

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    Letícia Alves Vervloet

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar a prevalência e as características da pneumonia adquirida na comunidade (PAC e derrames pleurais parapneumônicos (DPP relacionados a Mycoplasma pneumoniae em um grupo de crianças e adolescentes. MÉTODOS: Estudo observacional retrospectivo com 121 pacientes hospitalizados com PAC e DPP em um hospital de referência terciária, entre 2000 e 2008, divididos em seis grupos (G1 a G6 segundo o agente etiológico: M. pneumoniae com ou sem coinfecção, em 44 pacientes; outros agentes que não M. pneumoniae, em 77; M. pneumoniae sem coinfecção, em 34; Streptococcus pneumoniae, em 36; Staphylococcus aureus, em 31; e coinfecção M. pneumoniae/S. pneumoniae, em 9, respectivamente. RESULTADOS: Na comparação entre os grupos, G1 apresentou frequências maiores em gênero feminino, tosse seca, uso prévio de beta-lactâmicos e na duração dos sintomas até a admissão, assim como menor uso de assistência ventilatória e de drenagem torácica que G2, enquanto G3 teve maiores frequências em uso prévio de beta-lactâmicos e tosse seca, maior duração dos sintomas antes da admissão e menor frequência de uso de drenos torácicos que G4 e G5, ao passo que G3 teve média de idade maior e menor frequência de náuseas/vômitos que G4, assim como menor uso de assistência ventilatória que G5. A coinfecção M. pneumoniae/S. pneumoniae aumentou a duração dos sintomas até a admissão. CONCLUSÕES: Nesta amostra, a prevalência de PAC e DPP por M. pneumoniae foi de 12,75%. Embora a doença apresentasse quadros mais leves que aquela por outros organismos, a evolução foi mais prolongada. Nossos dados sugerem a necessidade de uma maior diligência na investigação de M. pneumoniae em crianças e adolescentes com PAC e DPP em nosso meio.OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence and the characteristics of Mycoplasma pneumoniae-related community-acquired pneumonia (CAP and parapneumonic pleural effusion (PPE in children and adolescents

  16. A 54-Year-Old Man With Anasarca, Dyspnea, and Recurrent Bilateral Pleural Effusions.

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    Patil, Pradnya D; Cua, Yvette M; Farver, Carol; Perez, Rafael L; Mehta, Atul C; Panchabhai, Tanmay S

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    A 54-year-old African-American man presented with 2 years of progressively worsening dyspnea and anasarca. Over the past 6 months he gained 30 lbs with worsening lower extremity, abdominal wall, and scrotal edema. A recent workup for cardiac, renal, and liver disease, including two-dimensional echocardiogram, liver and renal function tests, and abdominal ultrasound, was unremarkable. He reported a 15-pack year history of smoking and quit 3 years ago. Chest radiograph at that time revealed bilateral pleural effusions that were both reportedly milky in appearance when drained by thoracenteses. Copyright © 2017 American College of Chest Physicians. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Bilateral Pleural Effusions as an Initial Presentation in Primary Sjögren's Syndrome

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    Go Makimoto; Michiko Asano; Nobukazu Fujimoto; Yasuko Fuchimoto; Katsuichiro Ono; Shinji Ozaki; Koji Taguchi; Takumi Kishimoto

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    Sjögren’s syndrome (SS) is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by sicca symptoms. Interstitial pulmonary fibrosis and tracheobronchial sicca are the most common symptoms of pulmonary involvement in primary SjS, and they are rarely accompanied by serositis such as pleuritis or pericarditis. We report a case of SS presenting initially with bilateral pleural effusions. A 63-year old man was admitted to our hospital with a one-month history of cough, dyspnea, and right chest pain. Chest-c...

  18. Bloqueio pleural bilateral: analgesia e funções pulmonares em pós-operatório de laparotomias medianas Bloqueo pleural bilateral: analgesia y funciones pulmonares en pós-operatorio de laparotomias medianas Bilateral pleural block: analgesia and pulmonary functions in postoperative of median laparotomies

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    Karl Otto Geier

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    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: Não obstante o bloqueio pleural ter sido convertido quase numa panacéia analgésica, resultados contraditórios foram publicados. O objetivo deste estudo foi observar o desempenho analgésico e espirométrico das funções pulmonares no pós-operatório imediato de 21 pacientes com o bloqueio pleural bilateral em laparotomias medianas de urgência. MÉTODO: Bloqueio pleural bilateral foi realizado em decúbito dorsal horizontal em 21 pacientes com 20 ml de bupivacaína a 0,375% com adrenalina a 1:400.000 administrados por cateter em cada hemitórax durante o pós-operatório imediato. Soluções aleatórias de bupivacaína e de solução fisiológica foram administradas por residentes ou enfermeiras que desconheciam o conteúdo das seringas, e seus desfechos analgésicos avaliados de acordo com a escala de dor Prince Henry ao comparar os valores pré e pós-bloqueio pleural bilateral. Em função da dor pós-operatória, testes espirométricos das funções pulmonares também foram determinados mediante espirômetro portátil. RESULTADOS: Analgesia pós-operatória, com duração média de 247,75 ± 75 minutos foi constatada em todos os pacientes com a bupivacaína, embora tenha persistido dor residual de menor intensidade na região suprapúbica em cinco pacientes (8% e em dois pacientes na apófise xifóide (3,2%. Nenhum efeito analgésico foi obtido com solução fisiológica. Face à dor pós-operatória, as funções pulmonares, avaliadas antes e após os bloqueios, registraram melhora com a bupivacaína na CVF (p JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: No obstante el bloqueo pleural haber sido convertido casi en una panacea analgésica, fueron publicados resultados contradictorios. El objetivo de este estudio fue observar el desempeño analgésico y espirométrico de las funciones pulmonares en el pós-operatorio inmediato de 21 pacientes con el bloqueo pleural bilateral en laparotomias medianas de urgencia. M

  19. Efusiones pleurales en pequeños animales

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    M. Suárez; González-Martínez, A.; Vila, M.; González-Cantalapiedra, A.; G. Santamarina

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    El derrame pleural es una acumulación anormal de líquidos en la cavidad pleural y constituye una manifestación clínica común a numerosos procesos. El derrame pleural es relativamente frecuente en perros y gatos. Su presentación clínica es variable, depende de la enfermedad subyacente, del volumen del derrame y de la rapidez en su formación. En ocasiones puede ser asintomático e identificarse como un hallazgo accidental, mientras que en otras es de tal magnitud que los signos de dificultad res...

  20. IgG4-related pleural disease diagnosed by a re-evaluation of chronic bilateral pleuritis in a patient who experienced occasional acute left bacterial pleuritis.

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    Yamamoto, Hiroshi; Suzuki, Toshiro; Yasuo, Masanori; Kobayashi, Orie; Tsushima, Kenji; Ito, Michiko; Urushihata, Kazuhisa; Yamazaki, Yoshitaka; Hanaoka, Masayuki; Koizumi, Tomonobu; Uehara, Takeshi; Kawakami, Satoshi; Hamano, Hideaki; Kawa, Shigeyuki; Kubo, Keishi

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    A 78-year-old man with cryptogenic chronic bilateral lymphoplasmacytic pleuritis, diagnosed based on left parietal pleural biopsy specimens obtained by pleuroscopy, developed acute left bacterial pleuritis. The left pleural effusion was neutrophil dominant, however, the right pleural effusion showed lymphoplasmacytic infiltration. Laboratory examinations revealed that his serum IgG4 concentration was increased, with a higher level of IgG4 in the right pleural effusion. Re-evaluation of the previous biopsy specimens using an immunostaining method revealed numerous IgG4-positive plasma cell infiltrations with IgG4-positive/IgG-positive plasma cells at 85.4%. Accordingly, the new diagnosis of this patient was considered to be chronic bilateral IgG4-related pleuritis.

  1. [Paragonimus westermani infection confirmed by the detection of Paragonimus ova in the sputum with bilateral pleural effusion].

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    Tanijiri, Tsutomu; Yonezu, Seibun; Torii, Yoshitaro; Sugimoto, Hiroyuki; Yokoi, Takashi; Fukuhara, Shirou

    2009-12-01

    A 28-year-old man had a 1-year history of hemoptysis. Consequently, he underwent a medical examination. A right pleural effusion, left hydropneumothorax, and multiple pulmonary nodular shadows were found on chest radiography. During a detailed interview, he reported that the hemoptysis began after eating "kejang" (a raw crab preparation) with a friend a year previously. His peripheral blood eosinophil count and serum IgE level were elevated. In addition, ova were detected in the sputum and bilateral pleural effusion. Morphological examination of the ova and immunoserological examination led to the diagnosis of Paragonimus westermani infection. The pleural effusion could be partially drained, and his symptoms and radiographic results showed improvement after treatment with Praziquantel administered at a dose of 75 mg/(kg x day) for 3 days. After one month, he and his friend ate seasoned raw crabs, Paragonimus was diagnosed in his friend. This case suggests that on encountering a paragonimus infection, everyone who ate food prepared in the same kitchen should be contacted because of possible infection with paragonimus.

  2. Pleurodese nos derrames pleurais malignos: um inquérito entre médicos em países da América do Sul e Central Pleurodesis for malignant pleural effusions: a survey of physicians in South and Central America

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    Evaldo Marchi

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: A pleurodese é uma alternativa eficaz no controle dos derrames pleurais malignos, mas existem controvérsias a respeito de sua indicação e técnica. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar como é realizada a pleurodese em países da América do Sul e Central. MÉTODOS: Profissionais que realizam pleurodese responderam um questionário sobre critérios de indicação para pleurodese, técnicas utilizadas e desfechos. RESULTADOS: Nossa amostra envolveu 147 profissionais no Brasil, 49 em outros países da América do Sul e 36 em países da América Central. Mais de 50% dos participantes realizavam pleurodese somente se confirmada a malignidade no derrame pleural. Entretanto, escalas de dispneia e de status de performance eram raramente utilizadas para indicar o procedimento. Aproximadamente 75% dos participantes no Brasil e na América Central preferiam realizar a pleurodese somente no caso de recidiva do derrame, e a expansão pulmonar deveria variar de 90% a 100%. O talco slurry foi o agente mais utilizado, instilado via drenos de calibre intermediário. A toracoscopia foi realizada em menos de 25% dos casos. Febre e dor torácica foram os efeitos adversos mais comuns, e empiema ocorreu em OBJECTIVE: Pleurodesis is an effective alternative for the control of malignant pleural effusions. However, there is as yet no consensus regarding the indications for the procedure and the techniques employed therein. The objective of this study was to evaluate how pleurodesis is performed in South and Central America. METHODS: Professionals who perform pleurodesis completed a questionnaire regarding the indications for the procedure, the techniques used therein, and the outcomes obtained. RESULTS: Our sample comprised 147 respondents in Brazil, 49 in other South American countries, and 36 in Central America. More than 50% of the respondents reported performing pleurodesis only if pleural malignancy had been confirmed. However, scores on dyspnea and

  3. Cariótipo Fetal em Líquido Pleural Obtido por Toracocentese Fetal Karyotyping of Pleural Fluid Obtained by Thoracocentesis

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    Antonio Carlos Vieira Cabral

    2001-05-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos: avaliar a efetividade da realização de cariótipo em líquido pleural obtido por toracocentese de um grupo de fetos portadores de derrame pleural. Métodos: foram avaliados 15 fetos com derrame pleural uni ou bilateral nos quais se realizou uma punção da cavidade torácica. A idade gestacional variou entre 19 e 34 semanas. Os fetos foram estudados com ultra-sonografia morfológica para determinar a presença de anomalias associadas. Nos casos em que não se obteve o cultivo em líquido pleural foi realizada cordocentese para a realização do cariótipo. O líquido pleural obtido foi enviado para cultura de linfócitos e cariótipo, sendo a técnica de cultivo semelhante à realizada com sangue. Resultados: dos 15 casos estudados foi obtido cariótipo em 12, e destes, em quatro se encontrou a trissomia do cromossomo 21 e os outros 8 foram normais. Em todos os casos, normais ou alterados, o cariótipo foi confirmado no sangue dos recém-nascidos e por meio do exame neonatal ou da necropsia. Não ocorreram complicações maternas ou fetais relacionadas ao procedimento invasivo. Conclusões: o cariótipo em líquido pleural obtido por toracocentese mostrou ser procedimento eficaz e seguro, devendo ser empregado nos casos de fetos com derrame pleural.Purpose: to evaluate the possibility and accuracy of fetal karyotyping in pleural effusions. Methods: we studied fifteen fetuses with unilateral or bilateral pleural effusions. All of these fetuses underwent intrauterine thoracocentesis guided by ultrasound examinations. The gestational age varied from 19 to 34 weeks. A morphogenetic ultrasound examination was performed in each case by the authors in order to identify associated structural anomalies. When the cellular cultures of pleural effusion samples were negative, an alternative karyotype was obtained by cordocentesis. A fetal lymphocyte culture was made of pleural effusion samples for karyotype in a similar technique as for fetal

  4. Pesquisa de IgA contra o antígeno recombinante HspX de Mycobacterium tuberculosis no diagnóstico de tuberculose pleural

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    Limongi,Loanda Carvalho Sant' Ana; Olival,Liliane; Conde, Marcus Barreto; Junqueira-Kipnis, Ana Paula

    2011-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Avaliar a acurácia da dosagem de IgA contra o antígeno recombinante HspX no líquido pleural e no soro de pacientes com derrame pleural para o diagnóstico de tuberculose pleural. MÉTODOS: Estudo transversal de teste diagnóstico. Amostras de líquido pleural e de soro de pacientes com derrame pleural e suspeita de tuberculose pleural foram avaliadas para a determinação da densidade óptica de IgA contra HspX utilizando ELISA indireto. RESULTADOS: Foram avaliadas amostras de líquido pleu...

  5. Quilopericardio y quilotórax bilateral en una mujer con cáncer de mama

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    El quilopericardio no traumático suele deberse a enfermedades infecciosas, congénitas o neoplásicas que infiltran los ganglios mediastinales, alteran el flujo linfático normal y acumulan quilo en la cavidad pericárdica. Se asocia a quilotórax en, aproximadamente, un 3% de los casos. Se presenta el caso de una paciente de 52 años con cáncer de mama avanzado que ingresa con derrame pleural bilateral y signos ecocardiográficos de taponamiento cardíaco. La TC mostró múltiples adenopatías en media...

  6. Neumotórax bilateral como complicación de metástasis pulmonar cavitaria de un angiosarcoma

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    Lorena V. Maldonado

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    Full Text Available Las metástasis pulmonares de angiosarcoma constituyen una complicación común de una neoplasia maligna poco frecuente. Habitualmente se presentan como nódulos solidos periféricos y derrame pleural. Presentamos el caso de un hombre de 65 años de edad con neumotórax bilateral recurrente, secundario a metástasis cavitadas de un angiosarcoma primitivo de cuero cabelludo. La videotoracoscopia permitió la inspección, la resección de las metástasis y la pleurodesis. No ocurrieron complicaciones ni recurrencia tumoral a los seis meses de seguimiento.

  7. Neumotórax bilateral como complicación de metástasis pulmonar cavitaria de un angiosarcoma

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    Lorena V. Maldonado; Silvia Quadrelli; Gustavo Lyons; Juan C. Spina; Julio Venditti; Felipe J. Chertcoff

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    Las metástasis pulmonares de angiosarcoma constituyen una complicación común de una neoplasia maligna poco frecuente. Habitualmente se presentan como nódulos solidos periféricos y derrame pleural. Presentamos el caso de un hombre de 65 años de edad con neumotórax bilateral recurrente, secundario a metástasis cavitadas de un angiosarcoma primitivo de cuero cabelludo. La videotoracoscopia permitió la inspección, la resección de las metástasis y la pleurodesis. No ocurrieron complicaciones ni re...

  8. Toracoscopia em crianças com derrame parapneumônico complicado na fase fibrinopurulenta

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    Sergio Luiz Oliveira de Freitas

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    Introdução: Apesar de a toracoscopia ser o procedimento preconizado em crianças com derrame pleural parapneumônico complicado (DPPC) na fase fibrinopurulenta, a grande maioria dos trabalhos citados na literatura é de relato de casos ou revisão de pequeno número de pacientes. Este estudo interinstitucional foi realizado para determinar a eficácia deste procedimento em número significativo de crianças com DPPC na fase fibrinopurulenta. Métodos: Estudo retrospectivo de 99 crianças (0,4 a 11 anos...

  9. Freqüência de adenocarcinomas em derrames cavitários

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    Longatto Filho A.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Identificação de freqüência de adenocarcinomas de diferentes sítios primários em derrames cavitários. MATERIAL E MÉTODOS: Foram estudados 2.317 casos: 1.146 de derrame pleural (943 mulheres e 203 homens, 1.168 de ascite (727 mulheres e 441 homens e três de pericárdio (duas mulheres e um homem e realizada análise retrospectiva dos prontuários dos pacientes e correlação dos achados clínico-laboratoriais. RESULTADOS: Os sítios primários mais freqüentes em derrames pleurais foram: mama (N = 586 - 51,1%, pulmão (N = 185 - 16,1%: 102 homens e 83 mulheres, ovário (N = 124 - 10,8%; em ascites: estômago (N= 473 - 40,5%: 300 homens e 173 mulheres, ovário (N= 306 - 26.2% e mama (N = 83 - 7,1%. Desses, 555 casos foram citologicamente positivos para malignidade em derrames pleurais, 541 em ascite e dois em pericárdio. Os sítios primários mais freqüentes em derrames pleurais citologicamente positivos foram: mama (N=288 - 51,9%, pulmão (N=92, 16,6%: 45 homens e 47 mulheres e ovário (N=54, 9,7%; e, em ascites: ovário (N=205 - 37,9%, estômago (N=202, 37,3%: 119 homens e 83 mulheres e mama (N=31 - 6,8%. Em 47 derrames pleurais (8,5% e 37 ascites (6,8%, a origem dos adenocarcinomas persistiu indeterminada. CONCLUSÃO: As freqüências estabelecidas poderão, em associação a dados clínicos,orientar a investigação dos sítios primários de adenocarcinomas metastáticos.

  10. Enfermedades pleurales benignas inducidas por asbesto Benign pleural diseases induced by asbestos

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    J. Boldú

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    Full Text Available La exposición al asbesto es una causa importante de patología pleural y se puede producir con intensidades moderadas o ligeras dada la capacidad del asbesto de concentrarse en la pleura. Ello motiva junto a la prolongada latencia existente entre la exposición y la enfermedad, que sigamos viendo durante muchos años manifestaciones clínicas pleurales de exposición previa, a pesar del uso del asbesto cada vez más limitado en las últimas décadas. Dicha exposición puede presentarse con distintas manifestaciones tanto malignas como el mesotelioma como benignas, siendo las principales de éstas el derrame pleural benigno, las placas pleurales, la fibrosis pleural difusa y la atelectasia redonda.Exposure to asbestos is an important cause of pleural pathology and can be produced with light or moderate tendencies given the capacity of asbestos to concentrate in the pleura. Together with the prolonged latency existing between exposure and the disease, this means that for many years we will continue to see pleural clinical manifestations from past exposure, in spite of the increasingly limited use of asbestos in recent decades. This exposure can show itself in different manifestations, both malign, such as mesothelioma, and benign, principally benign pleural effusion, pleural plaques, diffuse pleural fibrosis and massive atelectasis.

  11. Derrame pericárdico con inminente taponamiento cardiaco secundario a inhibidor de la tirosina quinasa. Reporte de un caso

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    Andrés F. Buitrago, MD

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    Full Text Available La leucemia es una enfermedad maligna que se caracteriza por una proliferación no controlada de una clona iniciada en una etapa precoz de la diferenciación linfoide. Es importante determinar si hay una alteración genética conocida como cromosoma Filadelfia, para pronóstico y tratamiento. El imatinib, un inhibidor de la tirosina kinasa, tiene buena respuesta terapéutica y pocos efectos adversos. Uno de frecuente aparición es la serositis manifestada como derrame pleural, aunque es de menor incidencia asociada con derrame pericárdico. El tratamiento se debe individualizar, pero en caso de inminente taponamiento cardiaco se realiza pericardiocentesis.

  12. Fatores preditivos para drenagem de derrames pleurais parapneumônicos em crianças

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    MOCELIN HELENA TERESINHA

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Avaliar os critérios de Light et al. para drenagem em derrames pleurais parapneumônicos (DPP em crianças. Métodos: Estudo transversal prospectivo realizado com 85 crianças admitidas no Hospital da Criança Santo Antônio, Porto Alegre, no Estado do Rio Grande do Sul, região Sul do Brasil, que apresentaram pneumonia e derrame pleural confirmado por radiografia de tórax e/ou ultra-sonografia. Os critérios de exclusão foram: drenagem prévia, derrame associado com outras doenças. A análise do pH foi em aparelho de gasometria. Glicose e desidrogenase láctica foram analisadas por espectrofotometria. A indicação de drenagem foi feita pelo médico assistente sem participação dos pesquisadores. Resultados: Neste estudo, os DPP com pH menor que 7,2 e glicose igual ou inferior a 40mg/dl apresentaram índices de drenagem superiores aos da DHL > 1.000UI/l. O pH e a glicose apresentaram especificidades elevadas na predição de drenagem (89% e 88% e superiores às da DHL (65%. Os mesmos resultados foram observados quando líquidos não purulentos foram analisados (pH 1.000 -- 68%. Em pacientes com pH 1.000UI/l e glicose < 40mg/dl predominaram líquidos com aspecto turvo ou purulento. Em torno de 21% dos pacientes com indicação de drenagem, segundo os critérios bioquímicos, encontrou-se líquido com aspecto límpido. Conclusões: Estes dados indicam que os exames bioquímicos podem apoiar a decisão de drenagem torácica de derrame pleural parapneumônico em líquidos não purulentos. A especificidade para drenagem foi de 89% para o pH, 88% para glicose e em torno de 65% para DHL.

  13. Antígeno carcinoembrionário no diagnóstico diferencial dos derrames pleurais

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    Miguel Angelo Martins de Castro Junior

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar a sensibilidade e a especificidade da dosagem do CEA no diagnóstico diferencial do derrame pleural de pacientes portadores de doenças benígnas e malígnas. MÉTODO: Estudo contemporâneo de série de casos, realizado do Serviço de Cirurgia Torácica do Hospital Nossa Senhora da Conceição, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul. Entre julho de 2000 e julho de 2001, 64 pacientes foram submetidos à investigação etiológica de efusão pleural,e submetidos aos seguintes exames: pH, LDH, dosagem protêica, densidade, glicose, citologia diferencial, pesquisa de fungos e BAAR, gram e cultura com antibiograma, citopatologia, dosagem de CEA e biópsia pleural. RESULTADOS: Pacientes com derrames de etiologia maligna (n=26 tiveram resultado do CEA variando de zero a 5000ng/ml, enquanto nos de etiologia benígna os valores variaram de zero a 4,8ng/ml. Nível médio de CEA na efusão carcinomatosa foi de 431 ± 1237 ng/ml (média ± desvio padrão, significativamente maior que nos benignos (1,1 ± 1,0 ng/ml; p<0,001. A sensibilidade, para um ponto de corte de 5 ng/ml, foi de 61,5% e a especificidade de 100%. CONCLUSÃO: Em pacientes com efusão pleural, quando investigados do ponto de vista etiológico, a dosagem do CEA pode ser útil para critério diagnóstico.

  14. Histoplasma com derrame pleural: relato de um caso Histoplasmoma and pleural effusion: a case report

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    Marcos C. de Almeida

    1990-10-01

    Full Text Available Efusões pleurais surgem raramente em associação com a histoplasmose capsu-lata, ocorrendo em geral nas formas agudas da doença. Relatamos e discutimos um caso clínico em que um histoplasmoma subpleural acompanhou-se de dor pleurítica, hidrotórax e pleurite fibrosante.

  15. Pesquisa de IgA contra o antígeno recombinante HspX de Mycobacterium tuberculosis no diagnóstico de tuberculose pleural Determination of levels of specific IgA to the HspX recombinant antigen of Mycobacterium tuberculosis for the diagnosis of pleural tuberculosis

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    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a acurácia da dosagem de IgA contra o antígeno recombinante HspX no líquido pleural e no soro de pacientes com derrame pleural para o diagnóstico de tuberculose pleural. MÉTODOS: Estudo transversal de teste diagnóstico. Amostras de líquido pleural e de soro de pacientes com derrame pleural e suspeita de tuberculose pleural foram avaliadas para a determinação da densidade óptica de IgA contra HspX utilizando ELISA indireto. RESULTADOS: Foram avaliadas amostras de líquido pleural e de soro de 132 pacientes: 97 com tuberculose pleural (grupo de estudo e 35 com derrame pleural por outras causas (grupo controle. A dosagem de IgA em líquido pleural foi capaz de discriminar os pacientes com tuberculose pleural dos controles. A sensibilidade do teste em líquido pleural e em soro foi, respectivamente, de 69% e 30%, enquanto a especificidade foi de 83% e 84%, respectivamente. CONCLUSÕES: Os dados sugerem o potencial da utilização deste teste no diagnóstico de tuberculose pleural. Estudos com amostras maiores e em diferentes cenários epidemiológicos são necessáriosOBJECTIVE: To evaluate the accuracy of determining specific IgA to HspX recombinant antigen in pleural fluid and serum samples for the diagnosis of pleural tuberculosis in patients with pleural effusion. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study. Serum and pleural fluid samples of patients with pleural effusion and suspected of having pleural tuberculosis were tested with indirect ELISA in order to determine the optical density of specific IgA to HspX. RESULTS: We evaluated serum and pleural fluid samples from 132 patients: 97 diagnosed with pleural tuberculosis (study group and 35 diagnosed with pleural effusion due to other causes (control group. The determination of IgA in pleural fluid satisfactorily discriminated between pleural tuberculosis patients and control patients. The sensitivity of the test in pleural fluid and in serum was 69% and 30

  16. Endometriose pleural: achados na ressonância magnética Pleural endometriosis: findings on magnetic resonance imaging

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    Edson Marchiori

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available A endometriose é uma doença ginecológica benigna associada à dor pélvica e infertilidade que afeta principalmente mulheres em idade reprodutiva. A endometriose torácica afeta o parênquima pulmonar ou a pleura. Relatamos os casos de duas pacientes com endometriose pleural que apresentaram pneumotórax recorrente. Em ambos os casos, a ressonância magnética de tórax mostrou hidropneumotórax à direita e nódulos redondos, bem definidos, na superfície pleural à direita. A ressonância magnética é uma boa opção para a caracterização dos nódulos de endometriose pleural e de derrame pleural hemorrágico.Endometriosis is a benign gynecological disorder associated with pelvic pain and infertility, primarily affecting women of reproductive age. Thoracic endometriosis affects the pulmonary parenchyma or pleura. We report the cases of two patients with pleural endometriosis who presented with recurrent pneumothorax. In both cases, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI of the chest showed right hydropneumothorax and well-defined, rounded nodules on the pleural surface in the right hemithorax. We conclude that MRI is a good option for the characterization of pleural endometriotic nodules and hemorrhagic pleural effusion.

  17. Pleural malignancies.

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    Friedberg, Joseph S; Cengel, Keith A

    2010-07-01

    Pleural malignancies, primary or metastatic, portend a grim prognosis. In addition to the serious oncologic implications of a pleural malignancy, these tumors can be highly symptomatic. A malignant pleural effusion can cause dyspnea, secondary to lung compression, or even tension physiology from a hydrothorax under pressure. The need to palliate these effusions is a seemingly straightforward clinical scenario, but with nuances that can result in disastrous complications for the patient if not attended to appropriately. Solid pleural malignancies can cause great pain from chest wall invasion or can cause a myriad of morbid symptoms because of the invasion of thoracic structures, such as the heart, lungs, or esophagus. This article reviews pleural malignancies, the purely palliative treatments, and the treatments that are performed with definitive (curative) intent.

  18. Failure to wean caused by cryptogenic fibrosing pleuritis and bilateral lung trapping: case report Falência do desmame em paciente com fibrose pleural idiopática e trapping pulmonar bilateral: relato de caso

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    Elsemiek Verweel

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Cryptogenic fibrosing pleuritis is an extremely rare disease, which can affect both lungs from a very young age. The most common finding is severe lung restriction resulting in both hypoxemic and ventilatory failure. CASE REPORT: Male patient, 26 year old with acute deterioration of chronic respiratory failure. Following admission prolonged mechanical ventilation was necessary. An atypical clinical presentation made the diagnosis difficult, but eventually cryptogenic fibrosing pleuritis and lung fibrosis were established. CONCLUSIONS: The prognostic outcome of patients with the final diagnosis of cryptogenic fibrosing pleuritis is extremely poor, especially in an advanced phase of this disease. We recommend early treatment with corticosteroids or surgical pleural decortication.JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: Fibrose pleural idiopática é uma doença rara e pode afetar ambos pulmões já desde uma idade precoce. O achado mais comum na fibrose pleural idiopática é uma restrição pulmonar grave que pode levar a um quadro de falência respiratória e hipoxemia. RELATO DO CASO: Paciente do sexo masculino, 26 anos, internado com reagudização de insuficiência respiratória crônica e submetido à ventilação mecânica prolongada. Após intensa investigação e uma apresentação clínica atípica, foi estabelecido o diagnóstico de fibrose pleural idiopática associado à fibrose pulmonar. CONCLUSÕES: O prognóstico de pacientes com fibrose pleural idiopática é extremamente ruim, particularmente em fase avançada da doença. Recomenda-se o tratamento precoce com corticosteróides ou decorticação pleural cirúrgica.

  19. Mesotelioma pleural en Costa Rica

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    José Alberto Maineri-Hidalgo

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available El mesotelioma es una neoplasia originada en las membranas serosas que tapizan las cavidades celómicas y recubren las vísceras que contienen, cuyo desarrollo se ha relacionado con la exposición al asbesto. El presente estudio describe las características de los casos de mesotelioma pleural diagnosticados en los 3 hospitales nacionales de adultos de Costa Rica. Se revisaron los archivos de patología de los 3 hospitales nacionales generales del Seguro Social de Costa Rica y se encontraron 29 casos reportados de mesotelioma pleural, durante el período comprendido entre 1972 y 2002. Se estimó una tasa para 2002, de 1 caso por cada 2 millones de habitantes. Quince casos estudiados fueron mujeres y 14, hombres, con una edad promedio de 54 años. La presentación clínica fue, en 20 casos, derrame pleural, y los síntomas más frecuentes fueron disnea, dolor torácico, tos, fiebre y deterioro del estado general. La enfermedad se detectó en todos los pacientes por radiografía de tórax y el método para obtener la muestra para diagnóstico histológico, en 15 casos, fue la toracotomía; en 8, la biopsia pleural; en 4, la toracoscopía, y en 2, la autopsia. En 5 casos la biopsia pleural fue reportada inicialmente como adenocarcinoma. El diagnóstico histológico fue de mesoteliomas fibrosos en 16, (10 malignos y 6 benignos; 11 mesoteliomas epiteliales, todos malignos, y 2 mesoteliomas mixtos malignos. El tratamiento en los casos benignos fue cirugía y ninguno recidivó. Dos casos de mesoteliomas malignos se resecaron, uno de ellos con una neumonectomía extrapleural con pericardiectomía y resección del diafragma, pero la supervivencia no fue mejor que del resto de los malignos, ya que ningún caso superó los 6 meses. La quimioterapia y la radioterapia tampoco demostraron mejorar significativamente la evolución de la enfermedad.

  20. Pleural effusion following ovarian hyperstimulation.

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    Junqueira, Jader Joel Machado; Bammann, Ricardo Helbert; Terra, Ricardo Mingarini; Castro, Ana Cristina P; Ishy, Augusto; Fernandez, Angelo

    2012-01-01

    Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is an iatrogenic complication that occurs in the luteal phase of an induced hormonal cycle. In most cases, the symptoms are self-limited and spontaneous regression occurs. However, severe cases are typically accompanied by acute respiratory distress. The objective of the present study was to describe the clinical presentation, treatment, and outcome of pleural effusion associated with OHSS in three patients undergoing in vitro fertilization. The patients ranged in age from 27 to 33 years. The onset of symptomatic pleural effusion (bilateral in all cases) occurred, on average, 43 days (range, 27-60 days) after initiation of hormone therapy for ovulation induction. All three patients required hospitalization for massive fluid resuscitation, and two required noninvasive mechanical ventilation. Although all three patients initially underwent thoracentesis, early recurrence of symptoms and pleural effusion prompted the use of drainage with a pigtail catheter. Despite the high output from the pleural drain (mean, 1,000 mL/day in the first week) and prolonged drainage (for 9-22 days), the outcomes were excellent: all three patients were discharged from hospital. Although pleural effusion secondary to OHSS is probably underdiagnosed, the associated morbidity should not be underestimated, especially because it affects potentially pregnant patients. In this study, early diagnosis and appropriate supportive measures yielded favorable results, limiting the surgical approach to adequate pleural drainage.

  1. 红霉素人工胸膜粘连术治疗复发难治性双侧气胸1例%Erythromycin artificial pleural adhesion in the treatment of relapsed and refractory bilateral pneumothorax in 1 case

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    赵军

    2015-01-01

    1例复发难治性双侧气胸患者采用红霉素作硬化剂行胸膜粘连术治疗后,效果明显。胸腔闭式引流后注入红霉素治疗复发难治性气胸是简便易行、安全、费用低的一种有效方法,具有一定的治疗价值,可在基层医院推广。%1 case of patient with relapsed and refractory bilateral pneumothorax is given erythromycin as hardening agent for pleural adhesion operation treatment,and its effect is obvious.The injection of erythromycin after closed thoracic drainage in the treatment of relapsed and refractory bilateral pneumothorax is a simple,safe and effective method with low cost.It has therapeutic value,which can be popularized in primary hospitals.

  2. Eosinophilic pleural effusion and giardiasis: A causal or a casual relationship?

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    Singh, Urvinderpal; Garg, Nishi; Chopra, Vishal

    2013-01-01

    A case of bilateral eosinophilic pleural effusion with coincidental intestinal infestation of giardia lamblia is being reported. After reviewing the possible causes of this type of pleural effusion, no clinical or laboratory data were obtained which could explain this condition except giardiasis. Moreover the clearance of pleural effusion with the treatment of giardia with metronidazole suggests giardia as the probable cause of bilateral eosinophilic pleural effusion.

  3. Quilopericardio y quilotórax bilateral en una mujer con cáncer de mama

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    Marcelo Zylberman

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available El quilopericardio no traumático suele deberse a enfermedades infecciosas, congénitas o neoplásicas que infiltran los ganglios mediastinales, alteran el flujo linfático normal y acumulan quilo en la cavidad pericárdica. Se asocia a quilotórax en, aproximadamente, un 3% de los casos. Se presenta el caso de una paciente de 52 años con cáncer de mama avanzado que ingresa con derrame pleural bilateral y signos ecocardiográficos de taponamiento cardíaco. La TC mostró múltiples adenopatías en mediastino. El dosaje de triglicéridos en líquido pleural fue 372 mg/ dl. Por pericardiocentesis se obtuvo un líquido lechoso con triglicéridos de 984 mg/dl y colesterol 90 mg/dl. Se modificó el esquema terapéutico. Se revisan la fisiopatología, los criterios diagnósticos y el tratamiento de esta rara entidad.

  4. Mesotelioma pleural en Costa Rica

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    José Alberto Maineri-Hidalgo

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available El mesotelioma es una neoplasia originada en las membranas serosas que tapizan las cavidades celómicas y recubren las vísceras que contienen, cuyo desarrollo se ha relacionado con la exposición al asbesto. El presente estudio describe las características de los casos de mesotelioma pleural diagnosticados en los 3 hospitales nacionales de adultos de Costa Rica. Se revisaron los archivos de patología de los 3 hospitales nacionales generales del Seguro Social de Costa Rica y se encontraron 29 casos reportados de mesotelioma pleural, durante el período comprendido entre 1972 y 2002. Se estimó una tasa para 2002, de 1 caso por cada 2 millones de habitantes. Quince casos estudiados fueron mujeres y 14, hombres, con una edad promedio de 54 años. La presentación clínica fue, en 20 casos, derrame pleural, y los síntomas más frecuentes fueron disnea, dolor torácico, tos, fiebre y deterioro del estado general. La enfermedad se detectó en todos los pacientes por radiografía de tórax y el método para obtener la muestra para diagnóstico histológico, en 15 casos, fue la toracotomía; en 8, la biopsia pleural; en 4, la toracoscopía, y en 2, la autopsia. En 5 casos la biopsia pleural fue reportada inicialmente como adenocarcinoma. El diagnóstico histológico fue de mesoteliomas fibrosos en 16, (10 malignos y 6 benignos; 11 mesoteliomas epiteliales, todos malignos, y 2 mesoteliomas mixtos malignos. El tratamiento en los casos benignos fue cirugía y ninguno recidivó. Dos casos de mesoteliomas malignos se resecaron, uno de ellos con una neumonectomía extrapleural con pericardiectomía y resección del diafragma, pero la supervivencia no fue mejor que del resto de los malignos, ya que ningún caso superó los 6 meses. La quimioterapia y la radioterapia tampoco demostraron mejorar significativamente la evolución de la enfermedad.After reviewing the pathology service archives of the 3 national general hospitals of the Costarrican Social

  5. [Trichomonas tenax in pulmonary and pleural diseases].

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    Chiche, L; Donati, S; Corno, G; Benoit, S; Granier, I; Chouraki, M; Arnal, J-M; Durand-Gasselin, J

    2005-11-05

    Trichomonas is a protozoan rarely incriminated in pulmonary or pleural disorders. An 84-year-old man, under treatment for chronic lymphoid leukemia with hypogammaglobulinemia, was hospitalized for respiratory distress and fever due to bilateral pulmonary and pleural disorders. Direct examination of the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid revealed a flagella protozoan identified as Trichomonas tenax. Although Trichomonas is rare in pulmonary disorders, when it occurs, T. tenax appears to be the most common species. Treatment with metronidazole was effective.

  6. Compromiso pleural en la leucemia de células plasmáticas: Reporte de un caso Pleural effusion in plasma cell leukemia: A case report

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    JORGE YÁÑEZ V

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available El mieloma múltiple es una neoplasia maligna de células plasmáticas que invade la médula ósea y otros tejidos. Las manifestaciones extramedulares son relativamente raras. El derrame pleural en el mieloma múltiple es poco frecuente (6% de los casos, y el derrame pleural neoplásico es extremadamente raro. La leucemia de células plasmáticas, que se produce de novo o en pacientes con mieloma múltiple, es la variedad menos común de discrasia de células plasmáticas. Los autores describen el cuadro clínico de un paciente de 63 años con leucemia de células plasmáticas, donde la primera manifestación de la enfermedad fue una neumonía neumocócica bacteriémica asociado a un derrame pleural contralateral, que correspondió a un exudado predominio mononuclear. El examen citológico reveló abundantes células plasmáticas inmaduras en el líquido pleural y la sangre periférica. El derrame pleural desapareció después del primer ciclo de quimioterapia (vincristina, adriamicina, dexametasona. Después de tres meses de remisión, la enfermedad neoplásica recidivó, siendo el paciente sometido a trasplante autólogo de médula ósea. El paciente se ha mantenido en remisión completa un año después del diagnóstico. El derrame pleural es una complicación poco común, pero importante, del mieloma múltiple y no necesariamente conlleva un mal pronóstico.Multiple myeloma is a low malignant, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which is characterized by infiltration of the bone marrow by clonal proliferation of atypical plasma cells. Extramedullary manifestations are relatively rare. Serous effusions in multiple myeloma are uncommon (6% of cases but a myelomatous pleural effusion occurring in these patients is extremely rare. Plasma cell leukemia, occurring either de novo or in patients with long standing multiple myeloma, is the least common type of plasma cell dyscrasia. The authors describe the course of plasmacellular leukemia in a 63-year-old male

  7. Linfoma primário de cavidade pleural em paciente imunocompetente Primary effusion lymphoma in an immunocompetent patient

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    Leila Antonangelo

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available O linfoma primário de cavidade é um tipo raro de linfoma não-Hodgkin que acomete principalmente pacientes imunocomprometidos e, mais raramente, pacientes imunocompetentes. Neste relato de caso são apresentados os achados clínicos e laboratoriais de um paciente imunocompetente com derrame pleural diagnosticado como linfoma primário de cavidade pleural.Primary effusion lymphoma is an unusual non-Hodgkin's lymphoma rarely seen in immunocompetent patients. Herein, we present clinical and biochemical data obtained from an immunocompetent patient diagnosed with primary effusion lymphoma.

  8. Pleural ultrasound for clinicians.

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    Porcel, J M

    2016-11-01

    Pleural ultrasonography is useful for identifying and characterising pleural effusions, solid pleural lesions (nodules, masses, swellings) and pneumothorax. Pleural ultrasonography is also considered the standard care for guiding interventionist procedures on the pleura at the patient's bedside (thoracentesis, drainage tubes, pleural biopsies and pleuroscopy). Hospitals should promote the acquisition of portable ultrasound equipment to increase the patient's safety. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and Sociedad Española de Medicina Interna (SEMI). All rights reserved.

  9. Pancreatic Pseudocyst Pleural Fistula in Gallstone Pancreatitis

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    Sala Abdalla

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Extra-abdominal complications of pancreatitis such as pancreaticopleural fistulae are rare. A pancreaticopleural fistula occurs when inflammation of the pancreas and pancreatic ductal disruption lead to leakage of secretions through a fistulous tract into the thorax. The underlying aetiology in the majority of cases is alcohol-induced chronic pancreatitis. The diagnosis is often delayed given that the majority of patients present with pulmonary symptoms and frequently have large, persistent pleural effusions. The diagnosis is confirmed through imaging and the detection of significantly elevated amylase levels in the pleural exudate. Treatment options include somatostatin analogues, thoracocentesis, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP with pancreatic duct stenting, and surgery. The authors present a case of pancreatic pseudocyst pleural fistula in a woman with gallstone pancreatitis presenting with recurrent pneumonias and bilateral pleural effusions.

  10. Abordagem cirúrgica da efusão pleural parapneumônica e suas complicações Surgical treatment of parapneumonic pleural effusion and its complications

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    José Carlos Fraga

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    Full Text Available Objetivos: o tratamento cirúrgico do derrame parapneumônico na criança é controverso, sendo a abordagem baseada fundamentalmente na experiência pessoal e no pequeno número de casos relatados. O objetivo deste artigo é o de apresentar uma revisão bibliográfica dos principais trabalhos e experiência dos autores no tratamento cirúrgico do derrame parapneumônico na criança. Fonte dos dados: foram utilizados dados de artigos científicos pesquisados através dos bancos de dados Medline e Lilacs. Síntese dos dados: o derrame parapneumônico tem indicação de drenagem cirúrgica quando apresenta, à toracocentese, aspecto purulento, bactéria no Gram ou cultura, e análise bioquímica com pH menor que 7,0 e glicose menor que 40mg/dl. A drenagem cirúrgica depende da fase do derrame. Na fase aguda, é suficiente a drenagem torácica fechada; na fase fibrinopurulenta, é indicada toracoscopia; na fase organizada, a toracotomia é realizada em crianças com condições anestésicas, e a pleurostomia, naquelas debilitadas e com estado geral comprometido. A ecografia é útil, e, na maioria das vezes, fundamental, para definir a fase do derrame pleural. Conclusões: o tratamento cirúrgico do derrame parapneumônico complicado deve ser feito o mais precocemente possível, e o tipo de procedimento a ser realizado depende da fase do derrame pleural. Nas crianças que necessitam de drenagem cirúrgica, a ecografia é fundamental, para determinar a fase evolutiva do derrame parapneumônico.Objective: surgical treatment of parapneumonic pleural effusion in children is controversial. The type of intervention is based mainly on personal experience and on the small number of reported cases. This article aims at presenting a literature review and the authors' experience in the surgical management of parapneumonic pleural effusion in children. Sources: data were searched in the Medline and Lilacs databases. Summary of the findings: complicated

  11. [Fibrinolytics in the Treatment of Complicated Pleural Effusions].

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    Coelho, Ana; Coelho, Margarida; Pereira, Joana; Lavrador, Vasco; Morais, Lurdes; Carvalho, Fátima

    2016-11-01

    Introdução: A instilação intrapleural de fibrinolítico, no tratamento dos derrames pleurais parapneumónicos complicados, tem demonstrado resultados equivalentes ao tratamento cirúrgico. Este estudo foi realizado para avaliar e descrever os resultados da aplicaçãode fibrinolítico no tratamento de derrame pleural parapneumónico complicado, nos doentes seguidos no nosso hospital. Material e Métodos: Revisão retrospetiva, entre janeiro de 2005 e dezembro de 2013, dos doentes (idade superior a um mês e inferior a 18 anos) com diagnóstico de derrame pleural parapneumónico complicado, submetidos a colocação de dreno torácico e instilação intrapleural de fibrinolítico. Resultados: Identificaram-se um total de 37 doentes. A duração média do internamento foi de 17 ± 7,60 dias. Na maioria dos doentes (89,2%) o dreno torácico foi colocado nas primeiras 48 h após admissão, com seis dias de média de drenagem. Verificou-se falência terapêutica em 2,7% dos casos, por recidiva do derrame. Este doente foi submetido a toracoscopia videoassistida com necessidade de conversão do procedimento para toracotomia. A evolução clínica foi favorável em 96,9% dos casos. Discussão: Na nossa revisão a taxa de sucesso terapêutico encontra-se dentro do esperado, com uma percentagem de falência inferior ao descrito na literatura. Apresentamos a instilação intrapleural de fibrinolítico e a toracoscopia videoassistida num mesmo protocolo de atuação, tendo como primeira linha terapêutica o fibrinolítico. Conclusão: A opção terapêutica apresentada teve uma baixa taxa de falência e permitiu evitar um procedimento cirúrgico mais agressivo. Consideramos que esta é uma opção de tratamento eficaz e que, na nossa amostra, cursou com uma baixa taxa de sequelas.

  12. Eosinophilic Pleural Effusion: A Rare Manifestation of Hypereosinophilic Syndrome

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    Ndubuisi C. Okafor

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Several causes of eosinophilic pleural effusions have been described with malignancy being the commonest cause. Hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES is a rare disease and very few cases have been reported of HES presenting as eosinophilic pleural effusion (EPE. We report a case of a 26-year-old male who presented with shortness of breath. He had bilateral pleural effusions, generalized lymphadenopathy, splenomegaly, and leukocytosis with marked peripheral blood eosinophilia. The pleural fluid was exudative, with 25%–30% eosinophilis, and absence of neoplastic cells. Hypereosinophilic syndrome was diagnosed after other causes of eosinophilia were excluded. He continued to be dyspneic with persistent accumulation of eosinophilic pleural fluid, even after his peripheral eosinophil count had normalized in response to treatment. This patient represents a very unusual presentation of HES with dyspnea and pleural effusions and demonstrates that treatment based on response of peripheral eosinophil counts, as is currently recommended, may not always be clinically adequate.

  13. Malignant Pleural Effusion

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    ... lungs, and low blood pressure . Indwelling pleural catheter (IPC) An indwelling pleural catheter (IPC) is a small tube that is inserted and ... done each time draining is needed. Risks of IPCs include infection and blockage of the catheter. Pleurodesis ...

  14. Tuberculous Pleural Effusion

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    Shira A. Schlesinger

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Pleural effusions are a common finding in emergency departments, with cytologic analysis traditionally required for definitive diagnosis. This article describes a classic sonographic appearance of tuberculous pleural effusion.

  15. Pleural Fluid Analysis Test

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  16. Módulo pleuroscopía Patología pleural: Toracoscopía y videotoracoscopía Video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS and medical thoracoscopy in pleural diseases

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    JOSE M CLAVERO R

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available En los últimos años se han producido importantes avances en las técnicas quirúrgicas que permiten tratar prácticamente todas las patologías pleurales y pulmonares por videotoracoscopía, con una rápida recuperación postoperatoria y mínima morbi-mortalidad. Se ha perfeccionado además por médicos internistas la toracoscopía médica, técnica utilizada para el estudio de las enfermedades de la pleura, que permite también realizar algunos procedimientos terapéuticos. En el presente artículo se comenta brevemente la historia de la videotoracoscopía y la toracoscopía médica y sus aplicaciones actuales. Se realiza un análisis crítico de las principales indicaciones de la toracoscopía médica: estudio de derrames pleurales, manejo del derrame pleural de origen neoplásico y del neumotorax espontáneo. Sus resultados se comparan, a la luz de la evidencia existente, con otros procedimientos quirúrgicos menos complejos y con la videotoracoscopíaIn the last years important advances have taken place in the surgical field allowing to treat practically all pleural pathologies by video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS, with prompt recovery and minimal morbidity and mortality. Internists had also perfected the medical thoracoscopy, a technique used for the study of pleural diseases, which also allows performing some therapeutic procedures. The present article briefly comments the history of medical thoracoscopy and VATS and their current applications. A critical analysis of the principal indications of medical thoracoscopy is presented: study of pleural effusions, management of malignant pleural effusion and spontaneous pneumothorax. The results are compared, in view of the existing evidence, with other less complex surgical procedures and VATS

  17. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis: a rare cause of pleural effusion.

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    O'Connor, T M

    2012-02-03

    Aspergillus fumigatus is one of the most ubiquitous of the airborne saprophytic fungi. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is a syndrome seen in patients with asthma and cystic fibrosis, and is characterized by hypersensitivity to chronic colonization of the airways with A. fumigatus. We report the case of a patient with ABPA presenting with pleural effusion. A 27-year-old male was referred with recurrent right pleural effusion. Past medical history was remarkable for asthma, allergic sinusitis, and recurrent pleurisy. Investigations revealed peripheral eosinophilia with elevated serum immunoglobulin E and bilateral pleural effusions with bilateral upper lobe proximal bronchiectasis. Precipitating serum antibodies to A. fumigatus were positive and the A. fumigatus immediate skin test yielded a positive reaction. A diagnosis of ABPA associated with bilateral pleural effusions was made and the patient was commenced on prednisolone. At review, the patient\\'s symptoms had considerably improved and his pleural effusions had resolved. ABPA may present with diverse atypical syndromes, including paratracheal and hilar adenopathy, obstructive lung collapse, pneumothorax and bronchopleural fistula, and allergic sinusitis. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis is a rare cause of pleural effusion and must be considered in the differential diagnosis of patients presenting with a pleural effusion, in particular those with a history of asthma.

  18. Derrame pericárdico con inminente taponamiento cardiaco secundario a inhibidor de la tirosina quinasa: Reporte de un caso Pericardial effusion secondary to tyrosine kinase inhibitor with imminence of cardiac tamponade: case report

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    Andrés F Buitrago

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available La leucemia es una enfermedad maligna que se caracteriza por una proliferación no controlada de una clona iniciada en una etapa precoz de la diferenciación linfoide. Es importante determinar si hay una alteración genética conocida como cromosoma Filadelfia, para pronóstico y tratamiento. El imatinib, un inhibidor de la tirosina kinasa, tiene buena respuesta terapéutica y pocos efectos adversos. Uno de frecuente aparición es la serositis manifestada como derrame pleural, aunque es de menor incidencia asociada con derrame pericárdico. El tratamiento se debe individualizar, pero en caso de inminente taponamiento cardiaco se realiza pericardiocentesis.Leukemia is a malignant disease characterized by uncontrolled proliferation of a clone initiated at an early stage of lymphoid differentiation. It is important to determine if there is a genetic disorder known as the Philadelphia chromosome, for both prognosis and treatment. Imatinib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor has good therapeutic response and few adverse effects. An adverse event is the frequent occurrence of serositis manifested as pleural effusion, but its association with pericardial effusion has a lower incidence. Treatment should be individualized, but in case of imminent cardiac tamponade pericardiocentesis is performed.

  19. Use of indwelling pleural catheters for the definitive treatment of malignant pleural effusion.

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    Abrão, Fernando Conrado; Abreu, Igor Renato Louro Bruno de; Cavalcanti, Maria Gabriela; Pompa-Filho, José Franklin Soares

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    To evaluate the safety and feasibility of the use of indwelling pleural catheters (IPCs) in patients with malignant pleural effusion (MPE). We prospectively collected data from patients with MPE undergoing IPC placement between January of 2014 and July of 2015. All patients submitted to IPC placement had a life expectancy > 30 days, in accordance with the MPE treatment guidelines established by the British Thoracic Society. The data collected included gender, age, body mass index, primary cancer site, duration of IPC drainage, IPC-related complications, length of hospital stay, pleural effusion recurrence, and occurrence of spontaneous pleurodesis. A total of 19 patients underwent IPC placement during the study period. Median overall survival after IPC insertion was 145 days. The median follow-up among the surviving patients was 125 days (range, 53-485 days), and the median time between catheter insertion and removal was 31 days (range, 2-126 days). There were IPC-related complications in 5 patients (26.2%), and spontaneous pleurodesis was achieved in 8 (42.0%). Among those 8 patients, the IPC was removed between days 30 and 126 in 4, and spontaneous pleurodesis occurred within the first 30 days in 4. The use of IPCs seems to be feasible and safe in patients with MPE. Avaliar a segurança e a viabilidade do uso de cateter pleural de longa permanência (CPLP) em pacientes com derrame pleural neoplásico (DPN). Dados referentes a pacientes com DPN que receberam CPLP entre janeiro de 2014 e julho de 2015 foram colhidos prospectivamente. Todos os pacientes que receberam CPLP tinham expectativa de vida > 30 dias, em conformidade com as diretrizes de tratamento de DPN da Sociedade Torácica Britânica. Foram colhidos dados sobre sexo, idade, índice de massa corporal, local do câncer primário, tempo de drenagem com o CPLP, complicações relacionadas com o CPLP, tempo de internação hospitalar, recidiva do derrame pleural e ocorrência de pleurodese espont

  20. Ultrasound guided pleural biopsy in undiagnosed exudative pleural effusion patients

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    Adel S. Ahmed

    2016-04-01

    In conclusion: Thoracic ultrasound (TUS guided pleural biopsy had a diagnostic yield which was slightly lower but comparable to both CT guided pleural biopsy and medical thoracoscopic pleural biopsy (MT.

  1. Persistent benign pleural effusion.

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    In this narrative review we describe the main aetiologies, clinical characteristics and treatment for patients with benign pleural effusion that characteristically persists over time: chylothorax and cholesterol effusions, nonexpansible lung, rheumatoid pleural effusion, tuberculous empyema, benign asbestos pleural effusion and yellow nail syndrome. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and Sociedad Española de Medicina Interna (SEMI). All rights reserved.

  2. A Study on Tuberculous Pleural Effusion

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    Zay Soe

    2010-03-01

    physical signs, 53.7% of them had fever during admission, 15.7% were cachexic, cervical lymph nodes were palpable in 14.8% and had clubbing of fingers in 5.6%. They also had respiratory physical signs other than pleural effusion which include crepitation (31.5 %, collapse (15.7 %, pleural rub (13.0 % and signs of consolidation (11.1 %. Only one patient (0.9% had positive AFB smear in pleural fluid. Culture of pleural effusion and pleural biopsy reports for AFB were positive in 5.6% and 1.9% respectively. 91 patients (84.3 % were diagnosed on first biopsy procedure and 15 (13.8% and 2 (1.9 % of patients needed second and third session of procedures respectively. Only 2 patients (1.9% had bilateral pleural involvement. Associated radiological pulmonary parenchymal lesions were noted in 28 patients (25.9 %. 7 patients revealed blood stained pleural fluid (6.48%. The rest had straw color aspirates. Mean Pleural fluid and serum protein ratio was 0.69 ± 0.17. Pleural fluid LDH was high in most cases with a mean ± SD was 726.24 ± 383.64. Serum LDH also was high (507.39 ± 170.76. The mean ratio of pleural fluid and serum LDH was 1.56 ± 1.16. The main WBC subset was lymphocytes (mean 91.96% of total WBC population and polymorph was detected only 6.86 ± 15.88 % (mean ± SD. Total and differential white cell counts of peripheral blood film were within normal limits. Mean ESR was high 77.4 mm/1st hour. Conclusion: Analysis of pleural fluid can have an important contribution for investigation of patients with pleural effusion. Although highly specific, percentage positivity of microbiological examinations on pleural fluid does not reach the degree required for a single diagnostic investigation for tuberculosis. The Light’s criteria are fulfilled in all cases. Pleural biopsy will be useful as an ultimate procedure in cases with diagnostic problem as it is a procedure which can give a definitive tissue diagnosis.

  3. Bosutinib induced pleural effusions: Case report and review of tyrosine kinase inhibitors induced pulmonary toxicity

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    Natalia I. Moguillansky, MD

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Tyrosine kinase inhibitors are known to cause pulmonary complications. We report a case of bosutinib related bilateral pleural effusions in a patient with chronic myeloid leukemia. Characteristics of the pleural fluid are presented. We also discuss other tyrosine kinase inhibitors induced pulmonary toxicities, including pulmonary hypertension and interstitial lung disease.

  4. Atypical pleural tuberculosis presenting as an isolated pleural tuberculoma

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    Hwang, Sook Min; Rho, Ji Young; Yoo, Seung Min; Jung, Hae Kyoung (Department of Radiology, CHA Bundang Medical Center, CHA University, Gyeonggi-do (Korea, Republic of)), Email: rhoji@naver.com; Cho, Sang Ho (Department of Pathology, CHA Bundang Medical Center, CHA University, Gyeonggi-do (Korea, Republic of))

    2012-02-15

    Pleural tuberculosis is the most common extrapulmonary manifestation of tuberculosis, and is generally characterized by an effusion. The effusion is usually unilateral and residual pleural thickening or calcification is also observed in some cases. Manifestations of multiple pleural tuberculomas without associated effusion and history of tuberculosis or antituberculous therapy are rare and an isolated pleural tuberculoma is exceedingly rare. Herein, we report the first documented case of an isolated pleural tuberculoma, diagnosed by chest CT and pathological findings. Although rare, an isolated pleural tuberculoma should be added to the differential diagnosis of focal nodular pleural tumors, particularly in areas of high tuberculosis prevalence

  5. Normal apical pleural tenting: CT findings

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    Sung, Dong Wook; Yoon, Yup; Jeong, Yu Mee; Park, Joo Chul; Cho, Kyu Seok; Ahn, Hee Kyung; Lee, Won Kyu [Kyunghee Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1996-07-01

    To define the anatomy of apical pleural tenting commonly seen in computed tomography(CT) of the upper posterior thorax. Chest CTs of 393 patients with no pleural disease clinically and radiographically were analyzed. GE-9800 Quick and Toshiba-900S were used, employing the usual contrast enhanced CT technique. CT findings of focal pleural tenting on the inner side of the upper posterior thorax(apical pleural tenting) were evalvated and analysed in terms of location and shape. The CT findings were compared with the gross findings of the inner aspect of the posterior cadaveric thorax. Apical pleural tenting was formed by the upper border of the subcostal muscle. It's incidence was 44%(n=171), with bilaterality in 29%(n=49), and unilaterality in 71% of cases(n=122). This tenting was most frequently found between the third rib and the fourth intercostal space(81%), and seen in the outer third(42%) or central third(41%) part of the posterior costal pleura. In fifteen cases(7%), it was directed obliquely and had changed its location from the inner to the central or the central to the outer part. The shapes of the tenting were classified as follows:type 1(convex inner border with sharp apex, 62%); type 2(convex inner border with broad apex, 23%);type 3(undulated contour of apex, 13%);and type 4(two-spike apices, 1%). Apical pleura tenting is a normal CT finding probably demonstrated by the upper border of the subcostal muscle. Misdiagnosis of pleural disease can be avoided by recognition of the location and type of this tenting.

  6. Toracoscopia no tratamento do empiema pleural em pacientes pediátricos Thoracoscopy in the treatment of pleural empyema in pediatric patients

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    Davi Wen Wei Kang

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Apresentar resultados obtidos com a toracoscopia no tratamento do empiema pleural em pacientes pediátricos. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliados 117 empiemas pleurais, utilizando-se o mediastinoscópio ou a videotoracoscopia, com anestesia geral e sonda de intubação simples. As indicações para a intervenção cirúrgica foram: derrame pleural com ausência de resposta clínica e radiológica ao tratamento clínico (antibióticos, fisioterapia e toracocentese ou sepse grave, e derrame pleural loculado (documentado por ultrassonografia ou tomografia computadorizada do tórax. RESULTADOS: De fevereiro de 1983 a julho de 2006, 117 toracoscopias foram realizadas em pacientes com idade entre 5 meses e 17 anos (média, 4 anos. O tempo médio de permanência do dreno torácico foi de 9 dias (2 a 33, e o tempo de internação hospitalar foi de 16,44 dias (4 a 49. Houve apenas um óbito (0,8%, e 33 pacientes (28% tiveram como complicação fístula aérea prolongada. Em 7 pacientes (6%, houve necessidade de conversão para toracotomia com decorticação pulmonar em decorrência da organização do empiema. CONCLUSÕES: Não existe consenso para o tratamento do empiema pleural nesta faixa etária. A terapêutica cirúrgica é geralmente requisitada tardiamente no curso da doença, particularmente quando já existem múltiplas loculações ou quadro séptico grave. A toracoscopia indicada mais precocemente no tratamento do empiema pleural em pacientes pediátricos proporcionou uma melhor resposta à terapêutica clínica, aparentemente reduzindo o índice de morbi-mortalidade, o tempo de permanência do dreno torácico, o tempo de internação hospitalar e o tempo de antibioticoterapia.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the results of thoracoscopy for the treatment of pleural empyema in pediatric patients. METHODS: A retrospective study of 117 patients who underwent mediastinoscopy or video-assisted thoracoscopy for pleural empyema treatment. General anesthesia and

  7. Mesotelioma pericárdico primario manifestado como derrame pericárdico severo

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    Viviana Quintero

    2015-01-01

    Conclusiones: El derrame pericárdico severo y recurrente puede ser la primera manifestación de un mesotelioma primario pericárdico y deberá considerarse como diagnóstico diferencial en esta presentación clínica.

  8. [Autopsy case of sarcomatoid malignant pleural mesothelioma].

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    Ogura, Hiromi; Naoki, Katsuhiko; Togashi, Ikuko; Kunikane, Hiroshi; Okamoto, Hiroaki; Hida, Naoya; Narita, Yuusuke; Kase, Masahiro; Oosawa, Hiroshi; Oomori, Takahiro; Watanabe, Koshiro

    2006-10-01

    A 61-year-old man with a sensation of chest compression was admitted to our hospital. He had hemothorax. After drainage with a chest tube, chest CT scan revealed multiple bilateral pulmonary nodules with slight pleural thickening. Open pleural biopsy was performed and the biopsy specimens showed tumor cells with sarcomatoid proliferation, but no definite epithelial pattern. Initial immunohistochemical staining was negative for keratin and carletinin, but positive for desmin, suggesting rhabdomyosarcoma. After supportive care, he died due to progression of the disease. Autopsy revealed extensive invasion suggesting mesothelioma, so the immunohistochemical staining was repeated. Because it revealed patchy staining for keratin and carletinin, this case was diagnosed as sarcomatoid mesothelioma. Differential diagnosis of sarcomatoid mesothelioma or rhabdomyosarcoma is made by immunohistochemical staining, but it is sometimes difficult. For the selection of the best treatment strategy for mesothelioma especially in the early stage, we should be aware of this difficulty.

  9. Clinical and laboratory parameters in the differential diagnosis of pleural effusion secondary to tuberculosis or cancer Parâmetros clínicos e laboratoriais no diagnóstico diferencial de efusões pleurais secundárias à tuberculose ou ao cancer

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    Leila Antonangelo

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate the clinical and laboratory characteristics of pleural effusions secondary to tuberculosis (TB or cancer (CA. METHODS: A total of 326 patients with pleural effusion due to TB (n=182 or CA (n=144 were studied. The following parameters were analyzed: patient gender, age and pleural effusion characteristics (size, location, macroscopic fluid aspect, protein concentration, lactate dehydrogenase (DHL and adenosine deaminase activity (ADA and nucleated cell counts. RESULTS: Young male patients predominated in the tuberculosis group. The effusions were generally moderate in size and unilateral in both groups. Yellow-citrine fluid with higher protein (p @ 80%. In this context, we suggest thoracocentesis with fluid biochemical and cytological examination as the first diagnostic approach for these patients.OBJETIVO: Avaliar as características clínicas e laboratoriais de derrames pleurais secundários à tuberculose ou câncer. MÉTODOS: Um total de 326 pacientes com derrame pleural por tuberculose (n=182 ou câncer (n=144 foi avaliado. Os seguintes parâmetros foram analisados: sexo e idade dos pacientes e características do líquido pleural (tamanho, localização, aspecto macroscópico, concentração de proteínas, atividade da desidrogenase lática (DHL e da adenosina deaminase (ADA e contagem de células nucleadas. RESULTADOS: A tuberculose pleural predominou nos pacientes mais jovens e do sexo masculino. Em ambos os grupos, os derrames pleurais foram de tamanho moderado e unilaterais. Derrames com aspecto amarelo-citrino com níveis mais elevados de proteínas predominaram na tuberculose (5,3 ± 0,8 g/dL, quando comparados aos neoplásicos (4,2 ± 1,0 g/dL, enquanto que níveis mais elevados de DHL foram observados nos derrames neoplásicos (1.177 ± 675 x 1.030 ± 788 UI; p = 0,003. Conforme esperado, a atividade da ADA foi maior na tuberculose que no câncer (107,6 ± 44,2 x 30,6 ± 57,5 U/L; p @ 80%. Neste contexto

  10. Derrame pericárdico grave. Ventana pericárdica percutánea con balón

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    Carlos A. Bruno; Norberto Peñaloza; Félix Ramírez; Gabriel Scattini; Jorge Miano; María A. Oxilia Estigarribia; Juan Medrano

    2008-01-01

    La mayoría de los pacientes con derrame pericárdico crónico son mujeres y mayores de 50 años. En esta presentación se describe el caso de una paciente de 63 años con derrame pericárdico crónico grave, con antecedente de carcinoma de mama izquierda irradiado, diagnóstico presuntivo no confirmado de tuberculosis pulmonar e hipotiroidea sustituida. Ante la recurrencia del derrame luego de pericardiocentesis y el fracaso del tratamiento antiinflamatorio con AINE se decidió realizar una ventana pe...

  11. Developing a 'pleural team' to run a reactive pleural service.

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    Bhatnagar, Rahul; Maskell, Nick

    2013-10-01

    Pleural disease is increasingly recognised as an important subspecialty within respiratory medicine, especially as cases of pleural disease continue to rise internationally. Recent advances have seen an expansion in the options available for managing patients with pleural disease, with access to local-anaesthetic thoracoscopy, indwelling pleural catheters and thoracic ultrasound all becoming commonplace. Pleural teams usually consist of a range of practitioners who can optimise the use of specialist services to ensure that patients with all types of pleural disease - who have traditionally needed extended admissions - are managed efficiently, often entirely as outpatients. A pleural service can also provide improved opportunities for enhancing procedural skills, engaging in clinical research, and reducing the costs of care. This article explores the justification for dedicated pleural services and teams, as well as highlighting the various roles of hospital personnel who might be most useful in ensuring their success.

  12. Pleural Fluid Cholesterol in Differentiating Exudative and Transudative Pleural Effusion

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    Hamal, A. B.; Yogi, K. N.; N. Bam; Das, S. K.; Karn, R.

    2013-01-01

    Objectives. To study the diagnostic value of pleural fluid cholesterol in differentiating transudative and exudative pleural effusion. To compare pleural fluid cholesterol level for exudates with Light's criteria. Design. Cross sectional descriptive study. Settings. Medical wards of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital. Methods. Sixty two cases of pleural effusion with definite clinical diagnosis admitted in TUTH were taken and classified as transudates (19) and exudates (43). The parameter...

  13. Pleurisy and Other Pleural Disorders

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    ... the NHLBI on Twitter. What Are Pleurisy and Other Pleural Disorders? Pleurisy (PLUR-ih-se) is a ... Many conditions can cause pleurisy, including viral infections. Other Pleural Disorders Pneumothorax Air or gas can build ...

  14. Black Pleural Effusion: A Unique Presentation of Metastatic Melanoma

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    Akansha Chhabra

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Metastatic melanoma is a rare form of skin cancer, but one that comes with a high mortality rate. Pulmonary involvement is frequently seen in metastatic melanoma with only 2% of malignant melanoma patients with thorax metastasis presenting with pleural effusions. Herein, we report an extremely rare case of black pleural effusion from thoracic metastasis of cutaneous malignant melanoma. A 74-year-old man with known metastatic melanoma presented with a 1-month history of worsening lower back and hip pain and was found to have extensive osseous metastatic disease and multiple compression fractures. The patient underwent an uneventful kyphoplasty; however, the following day, he became acutely hypoxic and tachypneic with increased oxygen requirements. Radiographic evaluation revealed new bilateral pleural effusions. Bedside thoracentesis revealed a densely exudative, lymphocyte-predominant black effusion. Cytological examination showed numerous neoplastic cells with melanin deposition. A diagnosis of thoracic metastasis of malignant melanoma was established based on the gross and microscopic appearance of the pleural fluid. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of black pleural effusions secondary to metastatic melanoma in the United States. Despite the rarity of this presentation, it is important to determine the etiology of the black pleural effusion and to keep metastatic melanoma as a differential diagnosis.

  15. Pleural Fluid Cholesterol in Differentiating Exudative and Transudative Pleural Effusion

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    A. B. Hamal

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    Full Text Available Objectives. To study the diagnostic value of pleural fluid cholesterol in differentiating transudative and exudative pleural effusion. To compare pleural fluid cholesterol level for exudates with Light’s criteria. Design. Cross sectional descriptive study. Settings. Medical wards of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital. Methods. Sixty two cases of pleural effusion with definite clinical diagnosis admitted in TUTH were taken and classified as transudates (19 and exudates (43. The parameters pleural fluid protein/serum protein ratio (pfP/sP, pleural fluid LDH/ serum LDH ratio, pleural fluid LDH (pfLDH and pleural fluid cholesterol (pCHOL were compared with clinical diagnosis with regard to their usefulness for distinguishing between pleural exudates and transudates. Results. The pCHOL values determined were for exudates, for transudates, the differences between the transudates and others are statistically significant (. It is seen that pfP/sP ratio has a sensitivity of 81.4% and specificity of 82.6%; pfLDH/sLDH ratio has a sensitivity of 86% and specificity of 94.7% and pCHOL with sensitivity of 97.7% and specificity of 100% for differentiating exudative and transudative PE. Conclusion. The determination of pCHOL is of great value for distinguishing between pleural exudates and transudates and should be included in routine laboratory analysis of pleural effusion.

  16. Pleural Fluid Cholesterol in Differentiating Exudative and Transudative Pleural Effusion

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    Hamal, A. B.; Yogi, K. N.; Bam, N.; Das, S. K.; Karn, R.

    2013-01-01

    Objectives. To study the diagnostic value of pleural fluid cholesterol in differentiating transudative and exudative pleural effusion. To compare pleural fluid cholesterol level for exudates with Light's criteria. Design. Cross sectional descriptive study. Settings. Medical wards of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital. Methods. Sixty two cases of pleural effusion with definite clinical diagnosis admitted in TUTH were taken and classified as transudates (19) and exudates (43). The parameters pleural fluid protein/serum protein ratio (pfP/sP), pleural fluid LDH/ serum LDH ratio, pleural fluid LDH (pfLDH) and pleural fluid cholesterol (pCHOL) were compared with clinical diagnosis with regard to their usefulness for distinguishing between pleural exudates and transudates. Results. The pCHOL values determined were 1.92 ± 0.75 for exudates, 0.53 ± 0.28 for transudates, the differences between the transudates and others are statistically significant (P exudative and transudative PE. Conclusion. The determination of pCHOL is of great value for distinguishing between pleural exudates and transudates and should be included in routine laboratory analysis of pleural effusion. PMID:23365740

  17. Efectos derrame interestatales y transfronterizos de la red de carreteras: Un estudio para México

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    Inmaculada C. Álvarez Ayuso

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de esta investigación es identificar la existencia de efectos derrame de la infraestructura carretera nacional y transfronteriza de Estados Unidos sobre la producción en México, a través de la implementación de un modelo de fronteras estocásticas. Para ello, se han elaborado indicadores espaciales que capturan estos efectos y que recogen la influencia de las entidades federativas contiguas a cada una de ellas. Los resultados muestran que tanto las carreteras nacionales como las transfronterizas generan un efecto favorable para la producción, reduciendo la ineficiencia técnica estatal, generando efectos derrame entre las entidades federativas contiguas.

  18. [Sarcoid pleural effusion].

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    Rodríguez-Núñez, Nuria; Rábade, Carlos; Valdés, Luis

    2014-12-09

    Pleural effusion (PE) is a very uncommon manifestation of sarcoidosis. It is equally observed in men and women, can appear at any age and in all radiologic stages, though it is more common in stages i and ii. Effusions have usually a mild or medium size and mainly involve the right side. Various mechanisms can be implicated. PE will be a serous exudate if there is an increase in the capillary permeability due to direct involvement of the pleural membrane, a chylothorax if mediastinum lymph nodes compress the thoracic duct and/or the lymphatic drainage from the pleural cavity, an hemothorax if granuloma compress or invade pleural small vessels or capillaries, and even a transudate if there is compression of the inferior vena cava, atelectasis due to complete bronchial obstruction or when the resolution of the PE is incomplete with chronic thickening of visceral pleura (trapped lung). It manifests biochemically as a pauci-cellular exudate with a predominance of lymphocytes, though there can be a preponderance of eosinophils or neutrophils. Protein concentrations are usually proportionately higher than lactate dehidrogenase, adenosine deaminase is normally low and it is possible to find increased levels of CA-125 in women. The tuberculin test is negative and pleural or lung biopsies yield the diagnosis by confirming the presence of non-caseating granulomata. These PE can have a favorable self-limited outcome, even though in most cases treatment with corticosteroids is needed, while surgery is required in a few cases. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  19. Manejo de los derrames pericárdicos benignos por videotoracoscopia

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    José M. Galbis

    2007-01-01

    Conclusiones: La pericardiectomía parcial practicada por CVT es un procedimiento de utilidad en los derrames pericárdicos no malignos donde el estado general del paciente, la expectativa de vida, la posibilidad de respuesta a un tratamiento específico y la ausencia de un diagnóstico histológico apoyan la elección de la técnica.

  20. Differentiating Pleural Effusions: Criteria Based on Pleural Fluid Cholesterol

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    Srinath Dhandapani; Sivakumar Reddy; Rajalakshmi Rajagopalan

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    Objective: To assess the efficacy of pleural fluid cholesterol in differentiating transudates and exudates as compared with Light’s criteria. Methods: Patients with pleural effusion during a 6-month period were enrolled in the study and underwent thoracentesis. Pleural fluid was analyzed for the levels of protein, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), and cholesterol. Etiological diagnosis, which was established after considering clinical and biochemical factors, was the gold standard for com...

  1. Morphoproteomic study of primary pleural angiosarcoma of lymphangioendothelial lineage: a case report.

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    Quesada, Andres; Quesada, Jorge; Khalil, Kamal; Ferguson, Emma C; Brown, Robert E

    2013-01-01

    An unusual case of bilateral primary pleural angiosarcoma with an immunophenotype of lymphangioendothelial lineage is described. Pleural angiosarcoma is a highly malignant neoplasm for which there is currently no standard of care. A comprehensive immunophenotypic characterization established a lymphangioendothelial lineage. A morphoproteomic analysis was also performed to identify the proteins and corresponding molecular pathways activated in the patient's tumor. The information derived from the morphoproteomic studies provides insight into the biology of the tumor and may be useful in formulating therapeutic alternatives.

  2. Simultaneous bilateral primary spontaneous pneumothorax

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    Arife Zeybek

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Simultaneous bilateral primary pneumothorax is a very rare (1.6 / 100,000 and life-threatening condition. Clinical presentation may vary from mild dyspnea to tension pneumothorax. It may be milder particularly in younger patients, but more severe in patients with advanced age, and tube thoracostomy is a life preserver in the latter group. Since mortality and recurrence rates following tube thoracostomy are high, endoscopic approaches to bilateral hemithorax have been reported in literature. Apical wedge resection and pleural procedures are recommended in video thoracoscopy or mini thoracotomy even if no bulla and/or bleb are detected. Bilateral surgical interventions and additional pleural procedures are associated with increased rate of post-operative complications and longer postoperative hospital-stays. As a first-line approach, the surgical method toward any side of lung with air leakage following a previous tube thoracostomy is considered less invasive, especially in younger patients. Here, we present a case of simultaneous bilateral primary spontaneous pneumothorax (SBPSP in a 21-year old male with no history of smoking and chronic pulmonary disease. A unilateral surgical intervention was performed, and no recurrence was observed during 5-year follow up.

  3. Primary Pleural Angiosarcoma in a 63-Year-Old Gentleman

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    Ahmed Abu-Zaid

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Primary pleural angiosarcomas are extremely rare. As of 2010, only around 50 case reports have been documented in the literature. Herein, we report the case of a 63-year-old gentleman who presented with a 3-month history of right-sided chest pain, dyspnea, and hemoptysis. Chest X-ray showed bilateral pleural effusion with partial bibasilar atelectasis. Ultrasound-guided thoracocentesis showed bloody and exudative pleural fluid. Cytologic examination was negative for malignant cells. An abdominal contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT scan showed two right diaphragmatic pleural masses. Whole-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT scan showed two hypermetabolic fluorodeoxyglucose- (FDG- avid lesions involving the right diaphragmatic pleura. CT-guided needle-core biopsy was performed and histopathological examination showed neoplastic cells growing mainly in sheets with focal areas suggestive of vascular spaces lined by cytologically malignant epithelioid cells. Immunohistochemical analysis showed strong positivity for vimentin, CD31, CD68, and Fli-1 markers. The overall pathological and immunohistochemical features supported the diagnosis of epithelioid angiosarcoma. The patient was scheduled for surgery in three weeks. Unfortunately, the patient died after one week after discharge secondary to pulseless ventricular tachycardia arrest followed by asystole. Moreover, we also present a brief literature review on pleural angiosarcoma.

  4. Tuberculous pleural effusion.

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    Ferreiro, Lucía; San José, Esther; Valdés, Luis

    2014-10-01

    Tuberculous pleural effusion (TBPE) is the most common form of extrapulmonary tuberculosis (TB) in Spain, and is one of the most frequent causes of pleural effusion. Although the incidence has steadily declined (4.8 cases/100,000population in 2009), the percentage of TBPE remains steady with respect to the total number of TB cases (14.3%-19.3%). Almost two thirds are men, more than 60% are aged between 15-44years, and it is more common in patients with human immunodeficiency virus. The pathogenesis is usually a delayed hypersensitivity reaction. Symptoms vary depending on the population (more acute in young people and more prolonged in the elderly). The effusion is almost invariably a unilateral exudate (according to Light's criteria), more often on the right side, and the tuberculin test is negative in one third of cases. There are limitations in making a definitive diagnosis, so various pleural fluid biomarkers have been used for this. The combination of adenosine deaminase and lymphocyte percentage may be useful in this respect. Treatment is the same as for any TB. The addition of corticosteroids is not advisable, and chest drainage could help to improve symptoms more rapidly in large effusions. Copyright © 2013 SEPAR. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  5. Presentación clínica y evolución alejada de los derrames

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    Roberto R. Favaloro

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available ObjetivoDeterminar la frecuencia, la presentación clínica, los métodos diagnósticos, el tratamiento,la evolución y el pronóstico alejado en pacientes con derrame pericárdico crónico severo idiopático.Material y métodosSe analizaron prospectivamente todos los pacientes con sospecha de derrame pericárdico severo, desde junio de 1992 a abril de 2005. Fueron evaluados de acuerdo con un protocolo de enfermedad pericárdica que se aplica en nuestra Institución. De un total de 152 pacientes, 54 presentaron derrame crónico severo, de los cuales 28 (52% fueron catalogados como idiopáticos e incluidos en el presente estudio.ResultadosLa edad media fue de 67 ± 11 años, el 82% eran hombres, 25 (89,3% se encontraban sintomáticos por disnea, 4 (16% con taponamiento cardíaco y 10 (35,7% con signos ecocardiográficos incipientes de taponamiento. El seguimiento promedio fue de 60 meses(3-128 meses. Los 3 pacientes asintomáticos no fueron drenados y tuvieron una evolución favorable (seguidos en promedio durante 42 meses. Los 25 pacientes sintomáticos se trataron con drenaje pericárdico y se realizó seguimiento en 23 (2 perdidos. En 14 (60,8% de ellos no hubo recidiva de derrame, 3 (13% presentaron derrame leve, 2 (8,6% derrame moderado y 4 (17,2% derrame severo. De estos últimos, 3 estaban con disnea III-IV, por lo que requirieron pericardiectomía, con buena evolución ulterior. El paciente restante permaneció asintomático.ConclusionesLos pacientes con derrame pericárdico crónico severo idiopático pueden permanecer asintomáticos durante largo tiempo. El drenaje pericárdico es eficaz en la mayoría de los casos en los que se desarrollan síntomas graves. En los pacientes sintomáticos con recidivas de derrame severo posterior al drenaje, la pericardiectomía resulta una solución eficaz.

  6. Zinc Determination in Pleural Fluid

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    Nazan DEMİR; DEMİR, Yaşar

    2000-01-01

    In this study, an enzymatic zinc determination method was applied to pleural fluid, the basis of which was the regaining of the activity of apo carbonic anhydrase by the zinc present in the sample. The method was used for pleural fluid zinc determination in order to show the application to body fluids other than serum. For this purpose, pleural fluids were obtained from 20 patients and zinc concentrations were determined. Carbonic anhydrase was purified by affinity chromatography from bovine ...

  7. Mesotelioma pleural maligno Malign pleural mesothelioma

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    B. Fernández Infante

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available El mesotelioma maligno es una neoplasia pleural relacionada con la exposición laboral a amianto, aunque otros factores pudieran estar implicados, con una incidencia en aumento en Europa Occidental. El dolor torácico y la disnea son sus manifestaciones clínicas más frecuentes. Las técnicas de imagen juegan un papel importante en la evaluación de la enfermedad, siendo la TAC las más ampliamente utilizada, si bien la RM y el PET se postulan como técnicas que pueden aportar información adicional en el diagnóstico y pronóstico de estos pacientes. La supervivencia es corta y no existe un consenso en la literatura que guíe el tratamiento de estos pacientes debido a la falta de datos que apoyen un aumento de supervivencia de ninguna modalidad terapéutica, si bien, recientemente los esfuerzos realizados han llevado al desarrollo de nuevos tratamientos que podrían cambiar la actual visión pesimista de la enfermedad por parte de médicos y pacientes.Malign mesothelioma is a pleural neoplasia related to the occupational exposure to asbestos, although other factors can be involved; its incidence is increasing in Western Europe. Pain in the thorax and dyspnoea are its most frequent clinical manifestations. An important role in the evaluation of the disease is played by imaging techniques, of which CAT is the most widely used, although MR and PET are suggested as techniques that can provide additional information in the diagnosis and prognosis of these patients. Survival is short and there is no consensus in the literature that would orientate treatment of these patients. This is due to a lack of data that would confirm an increase of survival with any therapeutic method, although recent efforts have led to the development of new treatments that could change the present pessimistic view of the disease held by doctors and patients.

  8. Tao jovens e tao ameacados: aumenta o numero de casos de derrame cerebral entre os brasileiros mais mocos. Tambem, com a vida que eles levam

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    Dias Lopes, Adriana

    2009-01-01

    .... Sua mae, medica, entendeu o que estava acontecendo e agiu rapidamente: em apenas meia hora, a residente recebeu o diagnostico de derrame cerebral em um pronto-socorro hospitalar. A cada ano, no Brasil, cerca de 20000 jovens como Lucia sao acometidos por derrame cerebral, doenca que se caracteriza pela interrupcao do fluxo sanguineo no cerebro. O numer...

  9. Differentiating Pleural Effusions: Criteria Based on Pleural Fluid Cholesterol

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    Srinath Dhandapani

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To assess the efficacy of pleural fluid cholesterol in differentiating transudates and exudates as compared with Light’s criteria. Methods: Patients with pleural effusion during a 6-month period were enrolled in the study and underwent thoracentesis. Pleural fluid was analyzed for the levels of protein, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH, and cholesterol. Etiological diagnosis, which was established after considering clinical and biochemical factors, was the gold standard for comparison. Cut-off values for pleural fluid cholesterol were taken as 60 mg/dL and 45 mg/dL. Results: A total of 53 patients were included for final analysis. Of them, 19 were with transudates and 34 with exudates in their pleural fluids. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of the pleural fluid cholesterol (cut-off >45 mg/dL were 97.06%, 94.74%, 97.06%, and 94.74%, respectively, for identifying exudates. These values were differentiating better than those obtained by Light’s criteria for pleural fluid cholesterol (cut-off >60 mg/dL (p45 mg/dL gave a higher specificity (100% and positive predictive value (100% but a lower sensitivity (82.93% and negative predictive value (63.16%. Conclusion: Pleural fluid cholesterol is better than Light’s criteria for the differentiation of transudates and exudates and is less cumbersome as it does not require a simultaneous blood sampling. Cut-off value of pleural fluid cholesterol for differentiating transudates and exudates should be 45 mg/dL. Further studies are warranted to assess the efficacy of the combination of pleural fluid protein and cholesterol as criteria for classifying effusions.

  10. Management of malignant pleural effusions.

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    Uzbeck, Mateen H

    2010-06-01

    Malignant pleural effusions are a common clinical problem in patients with primary thoracic malignancy and metastatic malignancy to the thorax. Symptoms can be debilitating and can impair tolerance of anticancer therapy. This article presents a comprehensive review of pharmaceutical and nonpharmaceutical approaches to the management of malignant pleural effusion, and a novel algorithm for management based on patients\\' performance status.

  11. Estrategia diagnóstica y terapéutica en el paciente con derrame pericárdico

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    Mercé Klein, Jordi

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    Descripció del recurs: 2 juny 2003 Consultable des del TDX Títol obtingut de la portada digitalitzada Esta tesis se presenta como compendio de publicaciones en revistas científicas. En ellas se analizan varios aspectos referentes al diagnóstico y manejo de pacientes con derrame pericárdico. Incluímos 322 pacientes con derrame moderado o severo, definido como la suma de espacios libres de ecos en sacos anterior y posterior de 10 a 20 mm o de más de 20 mm, respectivamente. Diagnóstico ...

  12. Empleo del bagazo como material absorbente en derrames de petróleo

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    Alejandro Armada; Eduardo Barquinero; Elaine Capote

    2008-01-01

    Se muestra el procedimiento de obtención de un material adsorbente a partir de un subproducto biodegradable que constituye un subproducto de la industria azucarera, el bagazo, para ser empleado en el tratamiento de derrames de hidrocarburos en cuerpos de agua y suelos. Se clasificó el bagazo según la Norma (ISO 2591 - 1,1988 E, denominada "Ensayo de Tamizado". Se caracterizaron, posteriormente, cada una de sus fracciones por la Norma ACTM F729 - 99 (Standard Test Method for Sorbent Performanc...

  13. Biomateriales sorbentes para la limpieza de derrames de hidrocarburos en suelos y cuerpos de agua

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    Este estudio esta encaminado a identificar y evaluar materiales orgánicos naturales que puedan ser utilizados como sorbentes en las operaciones de limpieza de derrames de hidrocarburos tanto en suelos como en cuerpos de agua. Se evaluó la capacidad de sorción de tres materiales: fibra de caña, fibra de coco y buchón de agua, con tres hidrocarburos: 35, 30 y 25°API, y dos tipos de agua: destilada y marina artificial, adaptando la norma ASTM F-726 y siguiendo la metodología sugerida por el pr...

  14. Iatrogenic “buffalo chest” bilateral pneumothoraces following unilateral transbronchial lung biopsies in a bilateral lung transplant recipient

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    Leith Sawalha

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    Full Text Available We present a 54 year old male patient who had a bilateral lung transplant sixteen years ago for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency-related emphysema. He was referred for flexible bronchoscopy with transbronchial biopsies to evaluate new mild exertional dyspnea and worsening of his FEV1. Eight transbronchial biopsies were done from the right middle lobe and the right lower lobe. Post procedure he developed bilateral pneumothoces that required emergent bilateral pleural ‘pigtail’ catheters. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of bilateral pneumothoraces that developed after a unilateral procedure in a bilateral lung transplant recipient relatively late after the transplant.

  15. Pleural biopsy: A superior procedure than pleural fluid cytology in diagnosing pleural malignancy

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    Biswajit Biswas

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The present study is designed to evaluate the role of pleural fluid cytology and pleural biopsy in diagnosing pleural diseases and to study the advantages and disadvantages of thoracocentasis and pleural biopsy. Materials and Methods: We prospectively included 66 consecutive indoor patients over a duration of 1-year. Pleural fluid was collected, cytological smears were made from the fluid. Plural biopsy was obtained in the same patient by Cope′s needle. Adequate pleural biopsy tissue yielding specific diagnosis was obtained in 47 (71.2% of cases. Results: Tuberculosis was the commonest nonneoplastic lesion followed by chronic nonspecific pleuritis comprising 60% and 33.3% of the nonneoplastic cases respectively and tuberculosis was predominantly diagnosed in younger age group. Majority (70.8% of malignancy were in the age group of >50-70. Adenocarcinoma was found to be the commonest (66.7% malignant neoplasm in the pleurae followed by small cell carcinoma (20.8%. Conclusion: Pleural biopsy is a useful and minimally invasive procedure. It is more sensitive and specific than pleural fluid smears.

  16. Usefulness of CT in diffuse pleural disease

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    Ashizawa, Kazuto; Uetani, Masataka; Mori, Masaichi; Matsunaga, Naofumi; Hayashi, Kuniaki; Kawahara, Katsunobu; Ayabe, Kimiji; Tsuda, Nobuo (Nagasaki Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine)

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    Alterations of the pleura and extrapleural fat were assessed by CT in 114 patients with diffuse pleural disease. The diseases included malignant pleural mesothelioma, pleuritis carcinomatosa, acute and chronic empyema, asbestosis and transudatory effusion. The pleural changes were classified into five types according to the degree, extent and contour of pleural thickening. Each type was relatively specific for the diagnosis of diffuse pleural diseases. Increased thickness of the extrapleural fat was seen in malignant pleural disease and empyema, and homogenous increased attenuation of extrapleural was a relatively characteristic finding in acute empyema. CT was useful in evaluating diffuse pleural disease. (author).

  17. Update on pleural diseases - 2007

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    Bishay Ayman

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    Full Text Available Background : New information is available on pleural diseases. The authors selected articles to make recommendations on diagnostic and treatment aspects of pleural diseases. Materials and Methods: Eleven articles published in the English language between 2004 and 2007 were chosen. The basis of selection of the articles was the impact on daily practice, change in prior thinking of a disease process or specific treatment modality, as well as proper design and execution of the study. 5-amino-laevulinic acid with fluorescent light combined with white light may allow further diagnostic yield in undiagnosed pleural disease. FDG-PET may allow prognostication of patients with pleural tumors. Utilizing ultrasound by trained Emergency Department physicians is a rapid and effective technique to evaluate non-traumatic pleural effusions in symptomatic patients. Serum osteopontin levels may distinguish patients exposed to asbestos with benign disease from those with pleural mesothelioma. Administration of streptokinase in patients with empyema does not need for surgical drainage, length of hospital stay, or mortality as compared to conventional treatment with chest tube drainage and intravenous antibiotics. Silver nitrate may be an alternative agent to talc for producing pleurodesis. Routine use of graded talc (50% particles greater than 25 microns is recommended to reduce the morbidity associated with talc pleurodesis. Study design does not permit us to conclude that aspiration of spontaneous pneumothorax is as effective as chest tube drainage. Pleural catheter may prove to be an important palliative modality in treating debilitated patients or patients with trapped lung who show symptomatic improvement with drainage; however, at the present time, these catheters cannot be considered a first line treatment option for patients with malignant pleural effusion. One of the studies reviewed showed no significant difference in tract metastasis in patients with

  18. Derrame pericárdico grave. Ventana pericárdica percutánea con balón

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    Carlos A. Bruno

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available La mayoría de los pacientes con derrame pericárdico crónico son mujeres y mayores de 50 años. En esta presentación se describe el caso de una paciente de 63 años con derrame pericárdico crónico grave, con antecedente de carcinoma de mama izquierda irradiado, diagnóstico presuntivo no confirmado de tuberculosis pulmonar e hipotiroidea sustituida. Ante la recurrencia del derrame luego de pericardiocentesis y el fracaso del tratamiento antiinflamatorio con AINE se decidió realizar una ventana pericárdica percutánea, sin que se presentaran complicaciones técnicas. Se inició tratamiento con colchicina y se evaluaron las posibles causas: tuberculosa, oncológica, secundaria a hipotiroidismo o por radiación. Por exclusión se llegó a la etiología radiante. Al mes de la realización de la ventana pericárdica no se observaba derrame pericárdico en el ecocardiograma.

  19. Pleural effusion: Role of pleural fluid cytology, adenosine deaminase level, and pleural biopsy in diagnosis

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    Biswajit Biswas

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    Full Text Available Objective: The present study is designed to evaluate the role of pleural fluid analysis in diagnosing pleural diseases and to study the advantages and disadvantages of thoracocentasis and pleural biopsy. Materials and Methods: We prospectively included 66 consecutive indoor patients over a duration of 1 year. Pleural fluid was collected and cytological smears were made from the fluid. Plural biopsy was done in the same patient by Cope needle. Adequate pleural biopsy tissue yielding specific diagnosis was obtained in 47 (71.2% cases. Results: Tuberculosis was the commonest nonneoplastic lesion followed by chronic nonspecific pleuritis comprising 60% and 33.3% of the nonneoplastic cases respectively and tuberculosis was predominantly diagnosed in the younger age group. Majority (70.8% of malignancy cases were in the age group of >50-70. Adenocarcinoma was found to be the commonest (66.7% malignant neoplasm in the pleurae followed by small-cell carcinoma (20.8%. Conclusion: Pleural biopsy is a useful and minimally invasive procedure. It is more sensitive and specific than pleural fluid smears.

  20. OcorrÃncia e gÃnese de derrame alterado sob rocha sà no Planalto de Palmas (PR)/Ãgua Doce (SC)

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    Esta dissertaÃÃo de mestrado apresenta o mapeamento e caracterizaÃÃo de derrame alterado sob rocha sà no Planalto de Palmas (PR)/Ãgua Doce (SC). A metodologia de trabalho para atingir tal objetivo foi conduzida em duas linhas principais, uma visando mapear o derrame alterado sob rocha sà e outro visando caracteriza-lo, em ambas empregou-se tÃcnicas de campo e laboratÃrio. Em campo o derrame foi mapeado percorrendo-se as estradas da Ãrea de estudo, registrando sua localizaÃÃo em GPS e posterio...

  1. Thoracoscopy in undiagnosed pleural effusions

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    diagnostic thoracoscopy for pleural effusions of unknown origin. Design. Retrospective review of consecutive patients referred for diagnostic thoracoscopy ... symptoms such as fever and sweats is highly associated with a final diagnosis of ...

  2. Pleural effusion in liver disease.

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    Alonso, José Castellote

    2010-12-01

    Hepatic hydrothorax is the paradigmatic pleural effusion in liver cirrhosis. It is defined as a pleural effusion in a patient with portal hypertension and no cardiopulmonary disease. The estimated prevalence of this complication in patients with liver cirrhosis is 5 to 6%. Its pathophysiology involves movement of ascitic fluid from the peritoneal cavity into the pleural space through diaphragmatic defects. Thoracentesis and pleural fluid analysis are necessary for diagnosis. Initial management consists of sodium restriction, diuretics, and therapeutic thoracentesis. A transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt may provide a bridge prior to liver transplantation. Spontaneous bacterial empyema is the infection of a preexisting hydrothorax. The more frequent bacteria involved are ENTEROBACTERIACEAE and gram-positive cocci. Antibiotic therapy is the cornerstone of therapy. This article reviews etiology, clinical manifestations, and therapy of these two complications of liver cirrhosis and portal hypertension.

  3. Outcome of tube thoracostomy in paediatric non-traumatic pleural fluid collections

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    Eyo E Ekpe

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Management of pleural fluid collection not due to trauma increases workload of the paediatric thoracic surgeons, while delay or inappropriate treatment worsens the prognosis of the disease. This study aimed at assessing the outcome of therapeutic tube thoracostomy in non-traumatic paediatric pleural fluid collections and identifying factors responsible for treatment failure with tube thoracostomy. Design: Prospective analysis of socio-demographic characteristics, clinical features, clinical diagnosis, radiological diagnosis, and bacteriological diagnosis including bacteria cultured with sensitivity pattern, also treatment offered including tube thoracostomy with duration of tube thoracostomy and length of hospitalisation, indication for additional surgical procedure with type, and outcome of treatment of 30 paediatric patients with non-traumatic pleural fluid collection. Results: Thirty paediatric patients with various causes of non-traumatic pleural fluid collection in 34 pleural spaces were analysed. Their ages ranged between six months and 16 years (mean = 6.5 years and M:F ratio of 2:1. Pleural effusion and empyema thoracis accounted for 46% and 40% with staphylococcus aureus and streptococcus pneumoniae cultured in 10% each and a high negative culture rate of 46%, which was higher with age. The parents of 40% of the patients belonged to social class 3. Success rate of tube thoracostomy was 86% in unilateral cases, 50% in bilateral cases and 81% in all cases. Alternative treatment with thoracotomy and decortications gave a success rate of 100%. Conclusion: Thoracotomy with decortication is superior to tube thoracostomy in paediatric non-traumatic pleural fluid collection and should be chosen as the primary treatment option when there is bilateral disease, chronicity, loculated effusion, thickened pleural membranes or trapped lung.

  4. Outcome of tube thoracostomy in paediatric non-traumatic pleural fluid collections.

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    Ekpe, Eyo E; Akpan, M U

    2013-01-01

    Management of pleural fluid collection not due to trauma increases workload of the paediatric thoracic surgeons, while delay or inappropriate treatment worsens the prognosis of the disease. This study aimed at assessing the outcome of therapeutic tube thoracostomy in non-traumatic paediatric pleural fluid collections and identifying factors responsible for treatment failure with tube thoracostomy. Prospective analysis of socio-demographic characteristics, clinical features, clinical diagnosis, radiological diagnosis, and bacteriological diagnosis including bacteria cultured with sensitivity pattern, also treatment offered including tube thoracostomy with duration of tube thoracostomy and length of hospitalisation, indication for additional surgical procedure with type, and outcome of treatment of 30 paediatric patients with non-traumatic pleural fluid collection. Thirty paediatric patients with various causes of non-traumatic pleural fluid collection in 34 pleural spaces were analysed. Their ages ranged between six months and 16 years (mean = 6.5 years) and M:F ratio of 2:1. Pleural effusion and empyema thoracis accounted for 46% and 40% with staphylococcus aureus and streptococcus pneumoniae cultured in 10% each and a high negative culture rate of 46%, which was higher with age. The parents of 40% of the patients belonged to social class 3. Success rate of tube thoracostomy was 86% in unilateral cases, 50% in bilateral cases and 81% in all cases. Alternative treatment with thoracotomy and decortications gave a success rate of 100%. Thoracotomy with decortication is superior to tube thoracostomy in paediatric non-traumatic pleural fluid collection and should be chosen as the primary treatment option when there is bilateral disease, chronicity, loculated effusion, thickened pleural membranes or trapped lung.

  5. SERUM CHOLINESTERASE AND PLEURAL CHOLINESTERASE LEVELS AND ITS USAGE TO DIFFERENTIATE PLEURAL TRANSUDATES AND EXUDATES

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    Suresh S; Shoukath

    2014-01-01

    AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Evaluation of pleural fluid cholinesterase level and comparison of study of pleural fluid cholinesterase levels and serum cholinesterase levels to differentiate transudates from exudates...

  6. Management of malignant pleural effusion

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    Boshuizen, R.C.

    2017-01-01

    The first part of this thesis focuses on IPCs (indwelling pleural catheters) in malignant pleural effusion (MPE) management. In an invited review, the (dis)advantages and prejudices of IPCs are described (Chapter1.1). Since costs and reimbursement issues are the main reasons in the Netherlands to withhold patients from IPCs, we performed a retrospective analysis of a prospectively collected database. In this database, we registered patient characteristics (gender, tumor type), survival data a...

  7. Update on pleural diseases - 2007

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    Bishay Ayman; Raoof Suhail; Esan Adebayo; Sung Arthur; Wali Siraj; Lee Leonard; George Liziamma; Saleh Anthony; Baumann Michael

    2007-01-01

    Background : New information is available on pleural diseases. The authors selected articles to make recommendations on diagnostic and treatment aspects of pleural diseases. Materials and Methods: Eleven articles published in the English language between 2004 and 2007 were chosen. The basis of selection of the articles was the impact on daily practice, change in prior thinking of a disease process or specific treatment modality, as well as proper design and execution of the study. 5-amino-l...

  8. PET positive pleural plaques decades after pleurodesis: mesolthelioma?

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    Full Text Available A 59-year-old patient was evaluated for abnormal chest CT and hypermetabolic pleural foci on FDG-PET scan. The scans were obtained as routine surveillance for resection of an in situ pancreatic tumor. The patient had a remote history of automobile manufacturing and the abnormalities were suggestive of asbestos exposure. Because hypermetabolic areas were concerning for pleural malignancy, a VATS lung biopsy was performed and revealed chronic talc-induced pleuritis. The patient had a history of pnemothoraces with bilateral talc pleurodesis at the age of 16. As cancer screening and surveillance increasingly relies on extensive imaging modalities, physicians should be aware of the chronic complications of talc pleurodesis and the possibility of false positive imaging tests.

  9. Empleo del bagazo como material absorbente en derrames de petróleo

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    Alejandro Armada

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Se muestra el procedimiento de obtención de un material adsorbente a partir de un subproducto biodegradable que constituye un subproducto de la industria azucarera, el bagazo, para ser empleado en el tratamiento de derrames de hidrocarburos en cuerpos de agua y suelos. Se clasificó el bagazo según la Norma (ISO 2591 - 1,1988 E, denominada "Ensayo de Tamizado". Se caracterizaron, posteriormente, cada una de sus fracciones por la Norma ACTM F729 - 99 (Standard Test Method for Sorbent Performance of Adsorbents. Para la fracción de 0.5 mm en malla se lograron los mejores resultados de adsorción de agua y aceites para más de un 90 % de flotabilidad.

  10. STUDY OF 200 CASES OF PLEURAL FLUID

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    Ramakrishna R

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND We have studied 200 patients of pleural fluid presenting to our tertiary care centre. Presence of cases of pleural fluid is a common presentation both in pulmonary and extrapulmonary diseases. We analysed the patients having both exudates and transudates and studied the results. MATERIALS AND METHODS We selected patients above 20 years of age and classified the patients with pleural fluid as having transudates and exudates. We studied the causes of transudates and exudates. A total of 200 patients are studied in this prospective study. Diagnosis of pleural exudates is made on the basis of Light’s criteria, chest x-ray, pleural fluid analysis, CT scan in selected patients, sputum examination, bronchoscopy and bronchial washings. Moribund and non-cooperative patients and HIV positives were excluded from the study. RESULTS Among the 200 patients, 91% have exudates. 9% have transudates by Light’s criteria. Tuberculosis is the commonest cause of effusions (64.83% followed by malignancy (13.73% and sympneumonic or parapneumonic effusions (9.89%. Pleural effusions occurred predominantly in males. Prevalence of diabetes Mellitus among cases of tuberculous pleural effusions is 13.56%. Tuberculous effusions are predominantly right-sided. CONCLUSION Predominant cases of pleural fluid are exudates. Commonest cause of pleural effusion is Tuberculosis followed by malignancy both pulmonary and extrapulmonary and sym. and parapneumonic effusions. Prevalence of Diabetes among Tuberculous pleural effusion cases is more or less same as in general population. Cough, expectoration fever, chest pain and breathlessness are the common symptoms occurring in three fourths of the patients of tuberculous pleural effusion. Most of the cases of Tuberculous effusion are above 30 years of age. In the diagnosis of tuberculous pleural effusion, Pleural fluid ADA is very important. Pleural fluid cytology, pleural biopsy, bronchoscopy, bronchial washings and sputum

  11. Nonchylous idiopathic pleural effusion in the newborn

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    Geeta Gathwala

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Congenital isolated pleural effusion is a rare cause of respiratory distress in neonates. It is usually chylous. Herein, we report a rare case of nonchylous congenital idiopathic pleural effusion.

  12. Secondary pleural hydatidosis: Complication of intrapulmonary echinococcosis

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    Walid Feki

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Hydatid disease has a wide geographic distribution around the world. In human, the liver is the most commonly affected organ, followed by the lungs. Intrathoracic extrapulmonary locations are generally the mediastinum, pleura, pericardium and chest wall. Pleural involvement usually follows the rupture of a pulmonary or hepatic cyst inside the pleural space causing secondary pleural hydatidosis. We report four cases of patients who were referred to our hospital for management of pleural hydatid disease as a complication of intrapulmonary echinococcosis.

  13. Minoxidil-associated exudative pleural effusion.

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    Siddiqui, Atif; Ansari, Mohammed; Shakil, Jawairia; Chemitiganti, Rama

    2010-05-01

    Recurrent pleural effusions are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Drug-related reactions causing pleural effusions are not common, but their identification can potentially improve patient outcome. Minoxidil has been implicated in pleuropericardial effusions in patients with chronic kidney disease. The exact mechanism by which pleural effusion occurs is still unclear. We report a case of isolated exudative pleural effusion associated with minoxidil in a patient without underlying kidney disease that almost completely resolved after the drug was discontinued.

  14. Effect of using pump on postoperative pleural effusion in the patients that underwent CABG

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    Mehmet Özülkü

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objective: The present study investigated effect of using pump on postoperative pleural effusion in patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting. Methods: A total of 256 patients who underwent isolated coronary artery bypass grafting surgery in the Cardiovascular Surgery clinic were enrolled in the study. Jostra-Cobe (Model 043213 105, VLC 865, Sweden heart-lung machine was used in on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting. Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting was performed using Octopus and Starfish. Proximal anastomoses to the aorta in both on-pump and off-pump techniques were performed by side clamps. The patients were discharged from the hospital between postoperative day 6 and day 11. Results: The incidence of postoperative right pleural effusion and bilateral pleural effusion was found to be higher as a count in Group 1 (on-pump as compared to Group 2 (off-pump. But the difference was not statistically significant [P>0.05 for right pleural effusion (P=0.893, P>0.05 for bilateral pleural effusion (P=0.780]. Left pleural effusion was encountered to be lower in Group 2 (off-pump. The difference was found to be statistically significant (P<0.05, P=0.006. Conclusion: Under the light of these results, it can be said that left pleural effusion is less prevalent in the patients that underwent off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting when compared to the patients that underwent on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting.

  15. Ultrasound-guided intrapleural positioning of pleural catheters: influence on immediate lung expansion and pleurodesis in patients with recurrent malignant pleural effusion.

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    Araujo, Pedro Henrique Xavier Nabuco de; Terra, Ricardo Mingarini; Santos, Thiago da Silva; Chate, Rodrigo Caruso; Paiva, Antonio Fernando Lins de; Pêgo-Fernandes, Paulo Manuel

    2017-01-01

    To evaluate the role of intrapleural positioning of a pleural catheter in early lung expansion and pleurodesis success in patients with recurrent malignant pleural effusion (RMPE). This was a retrospective study nested into a larger prospective cohort study including patients with RMPE recruited from a tertiary university teaching hospital between June of 2009 and September of 2014. The patients underwent pleural catheter insertion followed by bedside pleurodesis. Chest CT scans were performed twice: immediately before pleurodesis (iCT) and 30 days after pleurodesis (CT30). Catheter positioning was categorized based on iCT scans as posterolateral, anterior, fissural, and subpulmonary. We used the pleural volume on iCT scans to estimate early lung expansion and the difference between the pleural volumes on CT30 and iCT scans to evaluate radiological success of pleurodesis. Clinical pleurodesis success was defined as no need for any other pleural procedure. Of the 131 eligible patients from the original study, 85 were included in this nested study (64 women; mean age: 60.74 years). Catheter tip positioning was subpulmonary in 35 patients (41%), anterior in 23 (27%), posterolateral in 17 (20%), and fissural in 10 (12%). No significant differences were found among the groups regarding early lung expansion (median residual pleural cavity = 377 mL; interquartile range: 171-722 mL; p = 0.645), radiological success of pleurodesis (median volume = 33 mL; interquartile range: -225 to 257 mL; p = 0.923), and clinical success of pleurodesis (85.8%; p = 0.676). Our results suggest that the position of the tip of the pleural catheter influences neither early lung expansion nor bedside pleurodesis success in patients with RMPE. Avaliar o papel do posicionamento intrapleural do cateter pleural na expansão pulmonar precoce e no sucesso da pleurodese em pacientes com derrame pleural maligno recorrente (DPMR). Trata-se de um estudo retrospectivo aninhado em um estudo prospectivo de

  16. Las lecciones del derrame de Luisiana en voz de dos expertos. Entrevista por Jorge Aguilar y Mónica Orozco

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    Full Text Available El equipo de la Revista Letras Verdes entrevistó a dos expertos para conocer los impactos sociales, económicos y ambientales tras la explosión de la plataforma Deepwater Horizon en el Golfo de México, a cargo de la firma British Petroleum (BP que generó el peor derrame de petróleo en la historia de los EE.UU. El derrame se registró el pasado 20 de abril y hasta el cierre de esta edición aún no era completamente controlado. En la explosión e incendio 11 trabajadores de la plataforma murieron y otros resultaron heridos. Fotografías e información de los medios de prensa muestran que hasta ahora el impacto del vertido de crudo en la vida marina ha sido devastador.

  17. Successful management of refractory pleural effusion due to systemic immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis by vincristine adriamycin dexamethasone chemotherapy: a case report

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    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Refractory pleural effusion in systemic immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis without cardiac decompensation is rarely reported and has a poor prognosis in general (a median survival of 1.6 months. Moreover, the optimum treatment for this condition is still undecided. This is the first report on the successful use of vincristine, adriamycin and dexamethasone chemotherapy for refractory pleural effusion due to systemic immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis without cardiac decompensation. Case presentation We report the case of a 68-year old Japanese male with systemic immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis presenting with bilateral pleural effusion (more severe on the right side in the absence of cardiac decompensation that was refractory to diuretic therapy. The patient was admitted for fatigue, exertional dyspnea, and bilateral lower extremity edema. He had been receiving intermittent melphalan and prednisone chemotherapy for seven years. One month before admission, his dyspnea had got worse, and his chest radiograph showed bilateral pleural effusion; the pleural effusion was ascertained to be a transudate. The conventionally used therapeutic measures, including diuretics and thoracocentesis, failed to control pleural effusion. Administration of vincristine, adriamycin, and dexamethasone chemotherapy led to successful resolution of the effusion. Conclusion Treatment with vincristine, adriamycin, and dexamethasone chemotherapy was effective for the refractory pleural effusion in systemic immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis without cardiac decompensation and appears to be associated with improvement in our patient's prognosis.

  18. Pleural Effusion in Meigs' Syndrome-Transudate or Exudate?: Systematic Review of the Literature.

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    Krenke, Rafal; Maskey-Warzechowska, Marta; Korczynski, Piotr; Zielinska-Krawczyk, Monika; Klimiuk, Joanna; Chazan, Ryszarda; Light, Richard W

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    Although Meigs' syndrome is regarded as a well-defined entity, contradictory data on pleural fluid characteristics have been presented, with some papers classifying it as a transudate, whereas others stating that it is an exudate.The aims of the study were: (1) to evaluate pleural fluid characteristics in patients with Meigs' syndrome and (2) to analyze the prevalence of transudative and exudative pleural effusion in relation to the applied definition of the syndrome.We performed a search through medical databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, SCOPUS, and GOOGLE SCHOLAR) to identify papers on Meigs' syndrome published between 1940 and 2013. Two authors independently reviewed each paper searching for prespecified data: (1) signs and symptoms, (2) tumor characteristics, (3) clinical and laboratory data on ascites, (4) clinical, radiological, and laboratory data on pleural fluid, (5) clinical course after tumor removal. All case reports were reclassified according to a new unequivocal classification of Meigs' syndrome-related entities.A total of 653 papers were initially identified, and 454 articles reporting 541 patients were included in the final analysis. After reclassification according to our case definitions, there were 196, 113, and 108 patients defined as classic Meigs' syndrome, nonclassic Meigs' syndrome, and pseudo-Meigs' syndrome, respectively. Significantly more patients presented with right-sided than left-sided and bilateral pleural effusions (P  3.0 g/dL was applied as a criterion of pleural exudate, 88.8% (80/90) of effusions were classified as exudates. Increasing the cut-off level to 3.5 g/dL resulted in only a modest decrease in the percentage of exudative effusions (81%, 73/90).Surprisingly few reports on Meigs' syndrome present data reliably defining the character of pleural effusion. The available data indicate, however, that the majority of pleural effusions in patients with this entity are exudates. This finding may be a prerequisite for the

  19. [Malignant pleural mesothelioma with multiple nodules].

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    Asano, Michiko; Gemba, Kenichi; Fujimoto, Nobukazu; Nishi, Hideyuki; Taguchi, Koji; Kishimoto, Takumi

    2011-12-01

    A 62-year-old man with left chest pain had left pleural effusion pointed out on a chest radiograph. Chest CT scans showed multiple nodules on the left parietal pleura and pleural effusion. He was referred to our hospital and we performed thoracoscopic examination. Malignant pleural mesothelioma (biphasic type) was diagnosed, based on the pathological findings of a parietal nodular mass, including immunohistological analysis. Chemotherapy using carboplatin and pemetrexed reduced the size of tumor and left pleural effusion. This is a rare case with atypical CT findings of malignant pleural mesothelioma.

  20. Pleural Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

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    Rosenzweig, Kenneth E., E-mail: ken.rosenzweig@mountsinai.org [Department of Radiation Oncology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY (United States); Zauderer, Marjorie G. [Department of Medicine, Thoracic Oncology Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (United States); Laser, Benjamin [Department of Radiation Oncology, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI (United States); Krug, Lee M. [Department of Medicine, Thoracic Oncology Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (United States); Yorke, Ellen [Department of Medical Physics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (United States); Sima, Camelia S. [Department of Epidemiology/Biostatistics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (United States); Rimner, Andreas [Department of Radiation Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (United States); Flores, Raja [Department of Surgery, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY (United States); Rusch, Valerie [Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (United States)

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    Purpose: In patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma who are unable to undergo pneumonectomy, it is difficult to deliver tumoricidal radiation doses to the pleura without significant toxicity. We have implemented a technique of using intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) to treat these patients, and we report the feasibility and toxicity of this approach. Methods and Materials: Between 2005 and 2010, 36 patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma and two intact lungs (i.e., no previous pneumonectomy) were treated with pleural IMRT to the hemithorax (median dose, 46.8 Gy; range, 41.4-50.4) at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Results: Of the 36 patients, 56% had right-sided tumors. The histologic type was epithelial in 78%, sarcomatoid in 6%, and mixed in 17%, and 6% had Stage I, 28% had Stage II, 33% had Stage III, and 33% had Stage IV. Thirty-two patients (89%) received induction chemotherapy (mostly cisplatin and pemetrexed); 56% underwent pleurectomy/decortication before IMRT and 44% did not undergo resection. Of the 36 patients evaluable for acute toxicity, 7 (20%) had Grade 3 or worse pneumonitis (including 1 death) and 2 had Grade 3 fatigue. In 30 patients assessable for late toxicity, 5 had continuing Grade 3 pneumonitis. For patients treated with surgery, the 1- and 2-year survival rate was 75% and 53%, and the median survival was 26 months. For patients who did not undergo surgical resection, the 1- and 2-year survival rate was 69% and 28%, and the median survival was 17 months. Conclusions: Treating the intact lung with pleural IMRT in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma is a safe and feasible treatment option with an acceptable rate of pneumonitis. Additionally, the survival rates were encouraging in our retrospective series, particularly for the patients who underwent pleurectomy/decortication. We have initiated a Phase II trial of induction chemotherapy with pemetrexed and cisplatin with or without pleurectomy

  1. Isolated secondary fungal infections of pleural cavity

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    Makbule Ergin

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: Pleural fungal infections are rare, but the incidence has been increasing with immunosuppressant diseases and use of immunosuppressive medications. In this report, we present 6 patients with pleural effusions that have been determined fungal infection. Methods: The medical records of patients with followed and treated due to fungal infection of the pleural were retrospectively reviewed. Result: The 6 cases whom was 58 of the value median for age were treated as surgical and medical due to fungal infection of the pleural cavity. Dyspnea, cough and chest pain were the most common symptoms. Fever, night sweats and expectoration are relatively rare. In 4 patients, the infections of pleural cavity developed on the bases of rheumatoid arthritis, tuberculosis, pleural mesothelioma and esophagopleural fistula. In two patients had isolated fungal infections. Cultural positivity was seen in 5 patients. Fungal hyphae were determined by cytopathology in all of the patients. As a surgical procedure, all of the patients underwent decortication or pleural biopsy and pleural irrigation. In all patients, antifungal agents were added to surgical procedures. Full recovery of infection was seen in 5 patients. One patient died. Conclusion: In immunosuppressive patients, the incidence of pleural effusions due to or associated with fungal infections are more common. Addition to culture of pleural fluid, histopathological evaluation of pleura will aid diagnosis. J Clin Exp Invest 2013; 4 (4: 443-446

  2. Closed pleural biopsy is still useful in the evaluation of malignant pleural effusion

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    Somnath Bhattacharya

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Pleural fluid cytology for malignant cells is the easiest way to diagnose malignant pleural effusion with good sensitivity and specificity. With the introduction of medical thoracoscopy, the use of closed pleural biopsy for the diagnosis of cytology negative malignant pleural effusion is gradually decreasing. However use of thoracoscopy is limited due to its high cost and procedure related complications. Aims: The aim was to assess the usefulness of closed pleural biopsy in the diagnosis of malignant pleural effusion. Materials and Methods: Sixty-six patients of pleural effusion associated with malignancy were selected from the patients admitted in the chest ward of a tertiary care hospital over a period of 1 year. Pleural fluid aspiration for cytology and closed pleural biopsy were done in all the patients. Results: Out of 66 patients, 46 (69% patients showed malignant cells in pleural fluid cytology examination. Cytology was positive in 35 (52%, 10 (15%, and 1 (1.5% patients in the first, second, and third samples respectively. Closed pleural biopsy was positive in 32 (48% patients. Among them, 22 also had positive cytology. Additional 10 cytology negative patients were diagnosed by pleural biopsy. Cytology-histology concordance was seen in 12 patients. Definite histological diagnosis could be achieved in five patients with indeterminate cytology. Pleural biopsy was not associated with any major postoperative complication. Conclusion: Closed pleural biopsy can improve the diagnostic ability in cytology negative malignant pleural effusion. Closed pleural biopsy has still a place in evaluation of malignant pleural effusion especially in a resource-limited country like India.

  3. Differential diagnosis between calcified pleural adhesion and persistent pleural exudate

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    Shmitt, V.G.; Frommkhol' d, V.; Khyubener, K.N. (Tuebingen Univ. (Germany, F.R.))

    It is shown that pleural residual cavities with calcified walls are perfectly diagnosed by means of standard and sighting pictures in radioscopy and computerized tomography. At the analysis of 3000 roentgenograms of lungs in 75 cases pleura calcifications have been found. Computerized tomography permits to receive an exact idea of the content of cavities and tissue located between the calcified parietal pleura and internal thoracic wall as well as avoid diagnostic pleurocentesis.

  4. Combined blood and pleural levels of mesothelin and osteopontin for the diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma

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    Wafaa M. Ashour

    2012-07-01

    Conclusion: The performance of serum and pleural mesothelin in diagnosing MPM was improved when combined with plasma and pleural osteopontin (respectively through logistic regression analysis model. This will be a great advance in screening and management of MPM.

  5. Rapidly Regressive Unilateral Fetal Pleural Effusion

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    Tuncay Yuce

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Intrauterine pleural effusion of fetal lungs rarely regresses without intervention. In our case we treated a women at 32th weeks of gestation. Her pregnancy was complicated with fetal pleural effusion and polyhydramniosis. A therapeutic thoracocentesis was planned and she received two courses of betamethasone prior to procedure. On the day of planned procedure, a substantial regression of pleural effusion was observed and procedure was postponed. During her antenatal follow-up a complete regression of pleural effusion was observed. After delivery pleural effusion did not relapse. These findings hint there may be a role of antenatal steroids in treatment of fetal pleural effusion, which is known to be resistant to treatment modalities both during antenatal and postnatal period. [Cukurova Med J 2015; 40(Suppl 1: 25-28

  6. Computed tomography findings of malignant pleural mesothelioma

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    Shiota, Yutaro; Sato, Toshio; Yamaguchi, Kazuo; Ono, Tetsuya; Kaji, Masaro; Niiya, Harutaka (Kure Kyosai Hospital, Hiroshima (Japan))

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    Computed tomography (CT) findings were assessed in 7 patients with malignant mesothelioma. CT findings were also reviewed in 9 patients with lung cancer and pleuritis carcinomatosa and in 11 patients with tuberculous pleuritis. Five patients with malignant mesothelioma underwent CT scans twice, on admission and from 1 to 7 months after admission. Tuberculous pleuritis could be distinguished from pleuritis carcinomatosa and malignant mesothelioma by the presence or absence of pleural nodularity and chest wall invasion. Although it was difficult to identify specific CT features clearly distinguishing malignant mesothelioma from pleuritis carcinomatosa, characteristic findings of malignant mesothelioma appeared to include the rapid development and progression of pleural rind and a tendency to spread directly into the chest wall. We divided the pleural into the four regions; upper anterior, upper posterior, lower anterior and lower posterior regions. Pleural changes were more frequently seen in the lower pleural regions than in the upper pleural regions in malignant mesothelioma. (author).

  7. Malignant pleural mesothelioma in Italy

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    Bianchi Claudio; Bianchi Tommaso

    2009-01-01

    This study reviews a series of 811 malignant pleural mesothelioma cases, diagnosed at hospitals in Trieste and Monfalcone districts of north eastern Italy, a narrow coastal strip with a population of about three lakh, in the period 1968-2008. The diagnosis was based on histological examination in 801 cases, and cytological findings in 10. Necropsy was performed in 610 cases. Occupational histories were obtained directly from the patients or their relatives through personal or telephone interv...

  8. FISH analysis of intrapulmonary malignant mesothelioma without a clinically detectable primary pleural lesion: an autopsy case.

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    Hasegawa, Mizue; Sakai, Fumikazu; Sato, Akitoshi; Tsubomizu, Sayuri; Arimura, Ken; Katsura, Hideki; Koh, Eitetsu; Sekine, Yasuo; Wu, Di; Hiroshima, Kenzo

    2014-12-01

    Patients with malignant mesothelioma typically present with a pleural effusion or pleural thickening and masses. A rare autopsy case of mesothelioma presenting with multiple bilateral lung nodules without clinically detectable pleural lesions is presented. A definitive diagnosis of the video-assisted thoracic surgery specimen could not be made, though a pattern of fibrosis mimicking organizing pneumonia was identified. Despite corticosteroid therapy, follow-up chest computed tomography showed enlargement of multiple nodules accompanied by the appearance of pleural thickening and effusions. The patient died of respiratory failure 11 months after initial presentation. Autopsy and retrospective analysis of the video-assisted thoracic surgery specimen using a p16 fluorescence in situ hybridization assay showed p16 homozygous deletion. The final diagnosis was sarcomatoid mesothelioma, and the lung nodules were intrapulmonary metastases from a clinically undetectable pleural sarcomatoid mesothelioma. It is important both to consider the possibility of mesothelioma with unusual clinical, radiological and pathological presentations and to remember that p16 fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis can play an important role in the diagnosis of mesothelioma.

  9. Osteosarcoma relapse as pleural metastasis

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    Debabrata Saha

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Osteosarcoma is the most common primary bone tumor in children and young adults arising from primitive mesenchymal bone-forming cells. The lung is the most common site of metastasis of osteosarcoma. Here, we report a case of a 14-year-old male patient having osteosarcoma of tibia presenting to us for evaluation of left-sided pleural effusion after 4 years of mid-thigh amputation. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography thorax revealed a large, heterogeneous, calcified mass (+277 H.U at left upper and middle lobe along with massive left-sided pleural effusion. Thoracoscopy revealed a lung metastasis in the right upper and middle lobe along with 2-cm diameter mass found on the surface of parietal pleura. Lung tumor was resected and biopsy of the pleural mass was carried out. Histopathological examination from both the masses was suggestive of metastatic osteosarcoma. The case underlines the importance of performing thoracoscopy in patients of osteosarcoma who recur with lung metastasis.

  10. Elevated pleural copeptin levels can distinguish to exudate from transudates

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    Gümüş, Aziz; Çınarka, Halit; Karataş, Mevlüt; Kırbaş, Aynur; Kayhan, Servet; Şahin, Ünal

    2014-01-01

    ... and malignacy.Tuberculosis is one of the other major causes of pleural effusion in developing countries. In this study, we aimed to assess whether pleural copeptin level may be a new discriminative biomarker for exudates and transudates pleural effusions...

  11. SERUM CHOLINESTERASE AND PLEURAL CHOLINESTERASE LEVELS AND ITS USAGE TO DIFFERENTIATE PLEURAL TRANSUDATES AND EXUDATES

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    Suresh S.; Shoukath

    2014-01-01

    AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Evaluation of pleural fluid cholinesterase level and comparison of study of pleural fluid cholinesterase levels and serum cholinesterase levels to differentiate transudates from exudates. Light’s criteria were used to compare transudate from exudate. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 56 patients of pleural effusion of different diseases like tuberculosis, malignancy, Para pneumonic effusion, congestive heart failure, nephrotic syndrome, pancreatitis were selected...

  12. Advanced medical interventions in pleural disease

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    Rahul Bhatnagar

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The burden of a number of pleural diseases continues to increase internationally. Although many pleural procedures have historically been the domain of interventional radiologists or thoracic surgeons, in recent years, there has been a marked expansion in the techniques available to the pulmonologist. This has been due in part to both technological advancements and a greater recognition that pleural disease is an important subspecialty of respiratory medicine. This article summarises the important literature relating to a number of advanced pleural interventions, including medical thoracoscopy, the insertion and use of indwelling pleural catheters, pleural manometry, point-of-care thoracic ultrasound, and image-guided closed pleural biopsy. We also aim to inform the reader regarding the latest updates to more established procedures such as chemical pleurodesis, thoracentesis and the management of chest drains, drawing on contemporary data from recent randomised trials. Finally, we shall look to explore the challenges faced by those practicing pleural medicine, especially relating to training, as well as possible future directions for the use and expansion of advanced medical interventions in pleural disease.

  13. Diagnosis and Management of Pleural Transudates.

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    Ferreiro, Lucía; Porcel, José M; Valdés, Luis

    2017-06-19

    Various clinical trials have been published on the optimal clinical management of patients with pleural exudates, particularly those caused by malignant tumors, while little information is available on the diagnosis and treatment of pleural transudates. The etiology of pleural transudates is wide and heterogeneous, and they can be caused by rare diseases, sometimes constituting a diagnostic challenge. Analysis of the pleural fluid can be a useful procedure for establishing diagnosis. Treatment should target not only the underlying disease, but also management of the pleural effusion itself. In cases refractory to medical treatment, invasive procedures will be necessary, for example therapeutic thoracentesis, pleurodesis with talc, or insertion of an indwelling pleural catheter. Little evidence is currently available and no firm recommendations have been made to establish when to perform an invasive procedure, or to determine the safest, most efficient approach in each case. This article aims to describe the spectrum of diseases that cause pleural transudate, to review the diagnostic contribution of pleural fluid analysis, and to highlight the lack of evidence on the efficacy of invasive procedures in the management and control of pleural effusion in these patients. Copyright © 2017 SEPAR. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  14. Are the days of closed pleural biopsy over? Yes

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    Dharmesh Patel

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In the modern management of pleural diseases, thoracoscopy has a clear advantage over closed pleural biopsy. By way of its high yield, both in malignant pleural disease and pleural Tuberculosis – the two commonest cause of undiagnosed pleural effusion, thoracoscopy has the added advantage of faster symptom relief and offering effective pleurodesis. This makes it an attractive diagnostic and therapeutic procedure of choice and features high in the algorithms of many international guidelines on the approach to pleural diseases.

  15. Los Derrames y las transferencias de tecnología en los sectores minero y eléctrico-energético en Chile

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    Ranestad, Kristin

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    Esta investigación abarca los derrames (efectos de la presencia de las multinacionales y las IED) y las transferencias de tecnología en los sectores minero y eléctrico-energético en Chile desde el año 1999 hasta el año 2006. Se realiza el trabajo en los sectores minero y eléctrico-energético, por medio de un estudio de caso que examina los derrames horizontales y otros cuatro casos que analizan proyectos de transferencias tecnológicas, que son el resultado de la colaboración entre empresas c...

  16. Pleuroscopia com mediastinoscópio em crianças com derrame parapneumônico complicado

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    Fraga,José Carlos Soares; Lima, Angevaldo; Schopf, Luciano Ferraz; Antunes, Carlos Roberto Heredia

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    Objetivo: Avaliar nossa experiência com a pleuroscopia com mediastinoscópio em crianças com derrame parapneumônico complicado. Métodos: Foi realizada revisão retrospectiva de prontuários de sete crianças submetidas à pleuroscopia no Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, no período de Julho/1995 a Junho/1997. O procedimento foi realizado com mediastinoscópio especialmente constru- ído para uso em crianças. Resultados: Foram estudados seis meninos e uma menina. O procedimento foi realizado sob ...

  17. Utilidad del cisplatino intrapericárdico en el tratamiento del derrame pericárdico maligno

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    Full Text Available RESUMENIntroducciónEl derrame pericárdico maligno recidiva en hasta el 62% de los pacientes luego de unapericardiocentesis. Debido a ello, se ha intentado completar el tratamiento con la instilaciónintrapericárdica de drogas luego del drenaje de la cavidad. El cisplatino ha demostradoque es útil y seguro para ese propósito.ObjetivoPresentar la experiencia en nuestra institución del uso del cisplatino intrapericárdico en eltratamiento del derrame pericárdico maligno.Material y métodosSe incluyeron los pacientes ingresados en el Instituto Alexander Fleming entre enero de2005 y mayo de 2009 con diagnóstico de taponamiento cardíaco o de derrame pericárdicograve tratados con drenaje percutáneo e instilación de cisplatino intrapericárdico (10 mg en20 ml de solución fisiológica por 5 días. Se requirió: a confirmación citológica de malignidado b hallazgo ecocardiográfico de lesiones compatibles con invasión neoplásica del sacopericárdico y c poca expectativa de respuesta a un tratamiento sistémico.ResultadosSe incluyeron 9 pacientes (6 hombres y 3 mujeres, edad media 60 años (51-69. El tumorprimario fue pulmonar (n = 4, de mama (n = 1, de vejiga (n =1, de esófago (n = 1, deriñón (n = 1 y de próstata (n = 1. La citología fue positiva en 6 casos. El tiempo de permanenciadel catéter fue de 7 días. Hubo efectos adversos en tres casos: dolor, fiebre y fibrilaciónauricular. Un solo paciente tuvo recidiva del derrame al mes. Ocho pacientes fallecieron[tiempo medio a la muerte: 50 días (7-83] y uno vive.ConclusionesEl cisplatino intrapericárdico resulta factible de realizar, se tolera bien y se observa unporcentaje bajo de recidivas, lo cual cumple con el objetivo del tratamiento.REV ARGENT CARDIOL 2010;78:114-117.

  18. Estudio de los derrames pleurales paraneumónicos complicados y de los empiemas. Evolución en los últimos 20 años.

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    1. Objetivo El espectro clínico de los empiemas ha ido variando en las últimas décadas, influenciado por varios factores, como son el aumento de la esperanza de vida, el número cada vez mayor de pacientes inmunodeprimidos (pacientes con neoplasia, transplantados, en tratamiento inmunosupresor, etc.) y el descenso de pacientes con manifestaciones secundarias a la infección por VIH o a la tuberculosis, gracias a las nuevas terapias antirretrovirales en el primer caso y al mejor control de la...

  19. Comparison of diagnostic yield and complications of bronchoscopy, closed pleural biopsy and medical thoracoscopic pleural biopsies in undiagnosed pleural effusions

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    Kizhakkepeedika Davis Rennis

    2017-01-01

    Conclusions: Medical thoracoscopy is a comparatively safe procedure which has got the highest sensitivity for the diagnosis of undiagnosed exudative pleural effusions. Bronchoscopy combined with closed pleural biopsy, the diagnostic yield was increased (than that of individual yield, but cannot be a substitute for medical thoracoscopy.

  20. The pleural sandwich sign in two cases of primary pleural lymphoma

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    Kim, Yoo Kyung; Lee, Myung Jae; Ryu, Yon Ju; Cho, Min Sun [School of Medicine, Ewha Womans University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-02-15

    The sandwich sign is used to describe mesenteric lymphoma in which mesenteric vessels and fat are enveloped by enlarged mesenteric lymph nodes. We present two cases of primary pleural lymphoma demonstrating the 'pleural sandwich sign'. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography showed conglomerated parietal pleural and extrapleural masses encasing the intercostal arteries. Histopathological examinations confirmed low grade marginal zone B-cell lymphoma in an 80-year-old man and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in a 68-year-old man. The pleural sandwich sign may suggest the diagnosis of primary pleural lymphoma.

  1. Factors influencing pleural drainage in parapneumonic effusions.

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    Porcel, J M; Valencia, H; Bielsa, S

    2016-10-01

    The identification of parapneumonic effusions (PPE) requiring pleural drainage is challenging. We aimed to determine the diagnostic accuracy of radiological and pleural fluid findings in discriminating between PPE that need drainage (complicated PPE (CPPE)) and those that could be resolved with antibiotics only (uncomplicated PPE (UPPE)). A retrospective review of 641 consecutive PPE, of which 393 were categorized as CPPE and 248 as UPPE. Demographics, radiological (size and laterality on a chest radiograph) and pleural fluid parameters (pus, bacterial cultures, biochemistries) were compared among groups. Logistic regression was performed to determine variables useful for predicting chest drainage, and receiver-operating characteristic curves assisted in the selection of the best cutoff values. According to the likelihood ratios (LR), findings increasing the probability of chest tube usage the most were: effusions occupying ≥1/2 of the hemithorax (LR 13.5), pleural fluid pH ≤7.15 (LR 6.2), pleural fluid glucose ≤40mg/dL (LR 5.6), pus (LR 4.8), positive pleural fluid cultures (LR 3.6), and pleural fluid lactate dehydrogenase >2000U/L (LR 3.4). In the logistic regression analysis only the first two were selected as significant predictors of CPPE. In non-purulent effusions, the effusion's size and pleural fluid pH retained their discriminatory properties, in addition to a pleural fluid C-reactive protein (CRP) level >100mg/L. Large radiological effusions and a pleural fluid pH ≤7.15 were the best predictors for chest drainage in patients with PPE. In the subgroup of patients with non-purulent effusions, pleural fluid CRP also contributed to CPPE identification. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and Sociedad Española de Medicina Interna (SEMI). All rights reserved.

  2. Primary pulmonary/pleural melanoma in a 13 year-old presenting as pleural effusion.

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    Baniak, Nick; Podberezin, Mark; Kanthan, Selliah C; Kanthan, Rani

    2017-02-01

    Melanoma in children, adolescents, and young adults is uncommon and reported almost exclusively as cutaneous melanoma. Melanoma presenting as a pleural effusion is very rare in adults and not reported in the pediatric population. Additionally, primary pulmonary melanoma is overall very rare and undocumented in pediatric patients. Furthermore, the distinction between a primary pulmonary/pleural melanoma versus a regressed cutaneous melanoma with pulmonary/pleural metastases remains extremely challenging. We discuss a case of a previously healthy 13-year-old girl that presented with a left-sided pleural effusion. Investigations revealed a large mediastinal mass, left-sided pleural and pulmonary nodules, a sacral mass, and bone marrow infiltration. The neoplasm was subsequently diagnosed by morphology and immunocytochemistry with histological correlation as malignant melanoma. As no mucosal, eye, or cutaneous lesions were identified, we deliberate the likelihood of a regressed cutaneous melanoma with metastases versus primary pulmonary/pleural melanoma with pleural effusion and discuss its diagnostic approach.

  3. Postoperative pleural effusion following upper abdominal surgery

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    Nielsen, P H; Jepsen, S B; Olsen, A D

    1989-01-01

    Of 128 patients who underwent upper abdominal surgery, examined by standard preoperative and postoperative chest roentgenograms for the formation of postoperative pleural effusions, 89 had postoperative pleural effusions. Their presence was not related to the type of operation, infection, serum a...

  4. Postoperative pleural effusion following upper abdominal surgery

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    Nielsen, P H; Jepsen, S B; Olsen, A D

    1989-01-01

    Of 128 patients who underwent upper abdominal surgery, examined by standard preoperative and postoperative chest roentgenograms for the formation of postoperative pleural effusions, 89 had postoperative pleural effusions. Their presence was not related to the type of operation, infection, serum a...

  5. Diagnosis exjuvantibus of a persistent pleural effusion

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    José M. Porcel

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The diagnosis of uremia-associated effusion is one of exclusion. A patient with an unexplained chronic pleural exudate, which cleared with dialysis, is reported. The differential diagnosis of pleural effusions in patients with chronic kidney disease and the management of uremic pleuritis is briefly discussed.

  6. Asbestos-related pleural disease

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    Stephen A. Geller

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The image shows asbestos plaques on the right parietal pleura of a 58-year-old former shipyard worker who died of acute suppurative bronchitis. He also had cor pulmonale and congestive heart failure. Histologically, pulmonary interstitial fibrosis with asbestos bodies was demonstrated. The pleural plaques consist predominantly of dense collagen. This photograph was taken after removal of the lung with the camera held in the lower right thorax, at approximately the level of the diaphragm, looking up toward the apex of the chest cavity.

  7. Osteosarcoma relapse as pleural metastasis

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    Debabrata Saha; Kaushik Saha; Arpita Banerjee; Debraj Jash

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    Osteosarcoma is the most common primary bone tumor in children and young adults arising from primitive mesenchymal bone-forming cells. The lung is the most common site of metastasis of osteosarcoma. Here, we report a case of a 14-year-old male patient having osteosarcoma of tibia presenting to us for evaluation of left-sided pleural effusion after 4 years of mid-thigh amputation. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography thorax revealed a large, heterogeneous, calcified mass (+277 H.U) at left up...

  8. Bilateral spontaneous chylothorax after severe vomiting in children

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    Rodrigues, Antonio Lucas Lima; Romaneli, Mariana Tresoldi das Neves; Ramos, Celso Dario; Fraga, Andrea de Melo Alexandre; Pereira, Ricardo Mendes; Appenzeller, Simone; Marini, Roberto; Tresoldi, Antonia Teresinha

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    Abstract Objective: To report the case of a child with bilateral chylothorax due to infrequent etiology: thoracic duct injury after severe vomiting. Case description: Girl, 7 years old, with chronic facial swelling started after hyperemesis. During examination, she also presented with bilateral pleural effusion, with chylous fluid obtained during thoracentesis. After extensive clinical, laboratory, and radiological investigation of the chylothorax etiology, it was found to be secondary to thoracic duct injury by the increased intrathoracic pressure caused by the initial manifestation of vomiting, supported by lymphoscintigraphy findings. Comments: Except for the neonatal period, chylothorax is an infrequent finding of pleural effusion in children. There are various causes, including trauma, malignancy, infection, and inflammatory diseases; however, the etiology described in this study is poorly reported in the literature. PMID:27178371

  9. Pleural effusion: diagnosis, treatment, and management

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    Full Text Available Vinaya S Karkhanis, Jyotsna M JoshiDepartment of Respiratory Medicine, TN Medical College and BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai, IndiaAbstract: A pleural effusion is an excessive accumulation of fluid in the pleural space. It can pose a diagnostic dilemma to the treating physician because it may be related to disorders of the lung or pleura, or to a systemic disorder. Patients most commonly present with dyspnea, initially on exertion, predominantly dry cough, and pleuritic chest pain. To treat pleural effusion appropriately, it is important to determine its etiology. However, the etiology of pleural effusion remains unclear in nearly 20% of cases. Thoracocentesis should be performed for new and unexplained pleural effusions. Laboratory testing helps to distinguish pleural fluid transudate from an exudate. The diagnostic evaluation of pleural effusion includes chemical and microbiological studies, as well as cytological analysis, which can provide further information about the etiology of the disease process. Immunohistochemistry provides increased diagnostic accuracy. Transudative effusions are usually managed by treating the underlying medical disorder. However, a large, refractory pleural effusion, whether a transudate or exudate, must be drained to provide symptomatic relief. Management of exudative effusion depends on the underlying etiology of the effusion. Malignant effusions are usually drained to palliate symptoms and may require pleurodesis to prevent recurrence. Pleural biopsy is recommended for evaluation and exclusion of various etiologies, such as tuberculosis or malignant disease. Percutaneous closed pleural biopsy is easiest to perform, the least expensive, with minimal complications, and should be used routinely. Empyemas need to be treated with appropriate antibiotics and intercostal drainage. Surgery may be needed in selected cases where drainage procedure fails to produce improvement or to restore lung function and for closure of

  10. Multidetector CT Findings and Differential Diagnoses of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma and Metastatic Pleural Diseases in Korea

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    Kim, Yoon Kyung [Department of Radiology, Gachon University Gil Medical Center, Incheon 21565 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jeung Sook [Department of Radiology, Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, Goyang 10326 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Kyung Won [Department of Radiology, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam 13620 (Korea, Republic of); Yi, Chin A [Department of Radiology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul 06351 (Korea, Republic of); Koo, Jin Mo [Department of Radiology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul 03080 (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Soon-Hee [Department of Pathology, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju 26426 (Korea, Republic of)

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    To compare the multidetector CT (MDCT) features of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) and metastatic pleural disease (MPD). The authors reviewed the MDCT images of 167 patients, 103 patients with MPM and 64 patients with MPD. All 167 cases were pathologically confirmed by sonography-guided needle biopsy of pleura, thoracoscopic pleural biopsy, or open thoracotomy. CT features were evaluated with respect to pleural effusion, pleural thickening, invasion of other organs, lung abnormality, lymphadenopathy, mediastinal shifting, thoracic volume decrease, asbestosis, and the presence of pleural plaque. Pleural thickening was the most common CT finding in MPM (96.1%) and MPD (93.8%). Circumferential pleural thickening (31.1% vs. 10.9%, odds ratio [OR] 3.670), thickening of fissural pleura (83.5% vs. 67.2%, OR 2.471), thickening of diaphragmatic pleura (90.3% vs. 73.4%, OR 3.364), pleural mass (38.8% vs. 23.4%, OR 2.074), pericardial involvement (56.3% vs. 20.3%, OR 5.056), and pleural plaque (66.0% vs. 21.9%, OR 6.939) were more frequently seen in MPM than in MPD. On the other hand, nodular pleural thickening (59.2% vs. 76.6%, OR 0.445), hilar lymph node metastasis (5.8% vs. 20.3%, OR 0.243), mediastinal lymph node metastasis (10.7% vs. 37.5%, OR 0.199), and hematogenous lung metastasis (9.7% vs. 29.2%, OR 0.261) were less frequent in MPM than in MPD. When we analyzed MPD from extrathoracic malignancy (EMPD) separately and compared them to MPM, circumferential pleural thickening, thickening of interlobar fissure, pericardial involvement and presence of pleural plaque were significant findings indicating MPM than EMPD. MPM had significantly lower occurrence of hematogenous lung metastasis, as compared with EMPD. Awareness of frequent and infrequent CT findings could aid in distinguishing MPM from MPD.

  11. NT-brain natriuretic peptide levels in pleural fluid distinguish between pleural transudates and exudates.

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    Tomcsányi, János; Nagy, Erzsébet; Somlói, Miklós; Moldvay, Judit; Bezzegh, Attila; Bózsik, Béla; Strausz, János

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    Pleural effusion is not pathognomic and distinguishing between transudates and exudates often presents a diagnostic dilemma. The purpose of our study was to examine whether the inclusion of pleural fluid brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) measurement into the analysis improves the diagnostic accuracy of pleural effusion. The pleural effusion of 14 patients with CHF (group A) and 14 subjects with different pleural pathology (group B) were analyzed. Samples of pleural fluid and serum were obtained from all patients on admission and biochemical analysis, bacterial and fungal culture, acid-fast bacilli smear and culture and cytology were performed on the pleural fluid. In vitro quantitative determination of N-terminal pro-Brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) in serum and pleural fluid were performed by electrochemiluminescence immunoassay proBNP method on an Elecsys 2010 (Roche) analyzer. The median NT-proBNP levels in groups A and B were 6295 pg/ml and 276 pg/ml, respectively: (P=0.0001). There was no overlap between the two groups. While the Light's criteria had a sensitivity of 93% and specificity of 43% for transudates, the pleural fluid NT-proBNP level accurately differentiated between the two groups. The pleural NT-proBNP levels were elevated in all patients who had transudate. Therefore if the NT-proBNP levels of pleural effusion are within the normal range, transudate resulting from congestive heart failure can be ruled out. Our results suggest that the inclusion of pleural fluid NT-proBNP measurement in the routine diagnostic panel would enhance discrimination among the different causes of pleural effusions.

  12. Multidetector CT findings and differential diagnoses of malignant pleural mesothelioma and metastatic pleural diseases in Korea

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    Kim, Yoon Kyung [Dept. of Radiology, Gachon University Gil Medical Center, Incheon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jeung Sook [Dept. of Radiology, Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, Goyang (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Kyung Won [Dept. of Radiology, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam (Korea, Republic of); Yi, Chin A [Dept. of Radiology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Koo, Jin Mo [Dept. of Radiology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Soon Hee [Dept. of Pathology, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-07-15

    To compare the multidetector CT (MDCT) features of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) and metastatic pleural disease (MPD). The authors reviewed the MDCT images of 167 patients, 103 patients with MPM and 64 patients with MPD. All 167 cases were pathologically confirmed by sonography-guided needle biopsy of pleura, thoracoscopic pleural biopsy, or open thoracotomy. CT features were evaluated with respect to pleural effusion, pleural thickening, invasion of other organs, lung abnormality, lymphadenopathy, mediastinal shifting, thoracic volume decrease, asbestosis, and the presence of pleural plaque. Pleural thickening was the most common CT finding in MPM (96.1%) and MPD (93.8%). Circumferential pleural thickening (31.1% vs. 10.9%, odds ratio [OR] 3.670), thickening of fissural pleura (83.5% vs. 67.2%, OR 2.471), thickening of diaphragmatic pleura (90.3% vs. 73.4%, OR 3.364), pleural mass (38.8% vs. 23.4%, OR 2.074), pericardial involvement (56.3% vs. 20.3%, OR 5.056), and pleural plaque (66.0% vs. 21.9%, OR 6.939) were more frequently seen in MPM than in MPD. On the other hand, nodular pleural thickening (59.2% vs. 76.6%, OR 0.445), hilar lymph node metastasis (5.8% vs. 20.3%, OR 0.243), mediastinal lymph node metastasis (10.7% vs. 37.5%, OR 0.199), and hematogenous lung metastasis (9.7% vs. 29.2%, OR 0.261) were less frequent in MPM than in MPD. When we analyzed MPD from extrathoracic malignancy (EMPD) separately and compared them to MPM, circumferential pleural thickening, thickening of interlobar fissure, pericardial involvement and presence of pleural plaque were significant findings indicating MPM than EMPD. MPM had significantly lower occurrence of hematogenous lung metastasis, as compared with EMPD. Awareness of frequent and infrequent CT findings could aid in distinguishing MPM from MPD.

  13. A STUDY ON ETIOLOGY AND PROFILE OF PLEURAL EFFUSION IN CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

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    Prem Kumar

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Chronic Kidney disease is characterized by decreased glomerular filteration rate. Most pleural effusions occurring in CKD are attributed to renal failure & heart failure and are left alone, but there are other causes responsible for many effusions such as parapneumonic effusion, atelectasis, tuberculosis and other infections and malignancies due to immunosuppression, hence presence of pleural effusion in CKD deserves further evaluation. Our study is conducted to find the etiology and profile of patients with chronic Kidney disease developing pleural effusion. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Study was conducted among 35 patients with CKD and pleural effusion who attended Government hospital for chest and communicable diseases affiliated to Andhra Medical College, from M arch 2013 to September 2014. The clinical course of pleural effusions and their biochemical characteristics were studied together with radiographs and other relevant investigations. Study design - hospital based prospective study. OBSERVATIONS AND RESULTS: Of the 35 patients, 57% developed unilateral effusi on, 43% bilateral effusion. Among unilateral effusions - minimal effusions were 25%, moderate were 60%, massive were 15%. Patients with transudative effusion were 31%, exudative were 69%. Causes of effusion were as follows: Cardiac failure 31%, Tuberculosis 28%, Malignancy 9%, uremic effusion 14%, parapneumonic 11%, connective tissue disorders 2%. CONCLUSIONS: Apart from cardiac failure, tuberculosis is a major cause of pleural effusion in CKD patients, especially if the effusion is unilateral, exudative in nature, blood tinged, and lymphocyte predominant. ATT produced improvement in clinical and radiological status in these patients. KEYWORDS: CKD (C hronic K idney D isease, P leural effusion, C ardiac failure, T uberculosis.

  14. Bilateral Pneumothoraces Following Central Venous Cannulation

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    F. Pazos

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available We report the occurrence of a bilateral pneumothoraces after unilateral central venous catheterization of the right subclavian vein in a 70-year-old patient. The patient had no history of pulmonary or pleural disease and no history of cardiothoracic surgery. Two days earlier, she had a median laparotomy under general and epidural anaesthesia. Prior to the procedure, the patient was hemodynamically stable and her transcutaneous oxygen saturation was 97% in room air. We punctured the right pleural space before cannulation of the right subclavian vein. After the procedure, the patient slowly became hemodynamically instable with respiratory distress. A chest radiograph revealed a complete left-side pneumothorax and a mild right-side pneumothorax. The right-side pneumothorax became under tension after left chest tube insertion. The symptoms finally resolved after insertion of a right chest tube. After a diagnostic work-up, we suspect a congenital “Buffalo chests” explaining bilateral pneumothoraces and a secondary tension pneumothorax.

  15. Avaliação da adenosina desaminase no diagnóstico da tuberculose pleural: uma metanálise brasileira Evaluation of adenosine deaminase in the diagnosis of pleural tuberculosis: a Brazilian meta-analysis

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    Patrizio Morisson

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar trabalhos brasileiros resumindo a acurácia da adenosina desaminase no diagnóstico da tuberculose pleural, com o intuito de contribuir para a concretização do exame como rotina na investigação dos derrames pleurais. MÉTODOS: Depois de realizada uma busca por trabalhos brasileiros referentes à dosagem da adenosina desaminase no líquido pleural, estes foram avaliados e incluídos no estudo. A análise dos dados foi feita por meio da curva summary receiver operating characteristic (SROC que possibilitou a reunião dos estudos quanto a acurácia para o diagnóstico. Com os valores globais de sensibilidade e especificidade foi aplicado o teorema de Bayes para calcular as probabilidades pós-teste em diferentes prevalências da doença. RESULTADOS: Entre 1987 e 2005 foram encontrados 25 estudos contendo informações suficientes que poderiam ser utilizadas na metanálise. Após avaliação, foram incluídos nove estudos, totalizando 1.674 pacientes. De acordo com a curva SROC, foi encontrada uma sensibilidade de 91,8% (IC95%: 89,8-93,6% e uma especificidade de 88,4% (IC95%: 86,0-90,5%, com uma área abaixo da curva de 0,969. O odds ratio global foi de 112,0 (IC95%: 51,6-243,2. Considerando uma prevalência da tuberculose pleural de 50% (considerada neutra, a probabilidade do diagnóstico pós-teste positivo é de 88,7% e sua exclusão após resultado negativo de 91,5%. CONCLUSÕES: Apesar das diferenças encontradas entre os estudos, é possível concluir que a adenosina desaminase possui alta acurácia no diagnóstico da tuberculose pleural, devendo ser utilizada de rotina em sua investigação.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate Brazilian studies by summarizing the accuracy of adenosine deaminase in the diagnosis of pleural tuberculosis, with the objective of lending support to the movement to make the test part of the routine investigation of pleural effusions. METHODS: A search for Brazilian studies related to the determination of

  16. Mast cells mediate malignant pleural effusion formation

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    Giannou, Anastasios D.; Marazioti, Antonia; Spella, Magda; Kanellakis, Nikolaos I.; Apostolopoulou, Hara; Psallidas, Ioannis; Prijovich, Zeljko M.; Vreka, Malamati; Zazara, Dimitra E.; Lilis, Ioannis; Papaleonidopoulos, Vassilios; Kairi, Chrysoula A.; Patmanidi, Alexandra L.; Giopanou, Ioanna; Spiropoulou, Nikolitsa; Harokopos, Vaggelis; Aidinis, Vassilis; Spyratos, Dionisios; Teliousi, Stamatia; Papadaki, Helen; Taraviras, Stavros; Snyder, Linda A.; Eickelberg, Oliver; Kardamakis, Dimitrios; Iwakura, Yoichiro; Feyerabend, Thorsten B.; Rodewald, Hans-Reimer; Kalomenidis, Ioannis; Blackwell, Timothy S.; Agalioti, Theodora; Stathopoulos, Georgios T.

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    Mast cells (MCs) have been identified in various tumors; however, the role of these cells in tumorigenesis remains controversial. Here, we quantified MCs in human and murine malignant pleural effusions (MPEs) and evaluated the fate and function of these cells in MPE development. Evaluation of murine MPE-competent lung and colon adenocarcinomas revealed that these tumors actively attract and subsequently degranulate MCs in the pleural space by elaborating CCL2 and osteopontin. MCs were required for effusion development, as MPEs did not form in mice lacking MCs, and pleural infusion of MCs with MPE-incompetent cells promoted MPE formation. Once homed to the pleural space, MCs released tryptase AB1 and IL-1β, which in turn induced pleural vasculature leakiness and triggered NF-κB activation in pleural tumor cells, thereby fostering pleural fluid accumulation and tumor growth. Evaluation of human effusions revealed that MCs are elevated in MPEs compared with benign effusions. Moreover, MC abundance correlated with MPE formation in a human cancer cell–induced effusion model. Treatment of mice with the c-KIT inhibitor imatinib mesylate limited effusion precipitation by mouse and human adenocarcinoma cells. Together, the results of this study indicate that MCs are required for MPE formation and suggest that MC-dependent effusion formation is therapeutically addressable. PMID:25915587

  17. Pleural effusion: An unusual cause and association

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    Alam K Navaz

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    Full Text Available Filaria has a wide spectrum of presentation. We hereby present a case of Filarial pleural effusion that is a rarity in itself. Filarial lung involvement is usually in the form of tropical pulmonary eosinophilia with pulmonary infiltrates and peripheral eosinophilia, unlike our case where isolated pleural effusion of Filarial etiology was detected. Microfilaria has been isolated from Pleural fluid in very few cases, and ours was one such. Of late, there have been many incidental detections of Filarial parasites from varied anatomical sites in association with malignancy. Even in our case, we had one such unusual association.

  18. High IL-35 Pleural Expression in Patients with Tuberculous Pleural Effusion

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    Background IL-35 is a novel anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive cytokine primarily produced by Treg cells, and is involved in inflammatory diseases and autoimmune diseases. However, its roles in tuberculous pleural effusion (TPE) remain unknown. We aimed to investigate the potential involvement of IL-35 in TPE. Material/Methods Thirty TPE patients and 20 lung cancer patients with malignant pleural effusion (MPE) were recruited. Samples of pleural effusion (100 mL) were collected after tra...

  19. The clinical utility of pleural YKL-40 levels in diagnosing pleural effusions

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    Gumus, Aziz; Cinarka, Halit; Murat, Naci; Yilmaz, Adnan; Bedir, Recep; Sahin, Unal

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    Background and objective Recent evidence suggests that YKL-40 is a relatively new biomarker of inflammation and it is involved in the pathogenesis of several pulmonary diseases. Details of serum and pleural YKL-40 in pleural effusions however, remain unknown. We aimed to assess whether serum and pleural YKL-40 is an accurate biomarker of pleural effusions. Methods This clinical study was prospective, observational and cross-sectional. The concentrations of serum and pleural fluid YKL-40 and conventional pleural marker levels were measured in 80 subjects with pleural effusions, including 23 transudates caused by congestive heart failure (CHF), and 57 exudates including 23 parapneumonic, 22 malignant and 12 tuberculous pleural effusions (TBPEs). Results Median pleural fluid YKL-40 levels were higher in exudates than in transudates (219.4 and 205.9 ng/mL, respectively, P215 ng/mL, yielded a 73% sensitivity, 73% specificity, likelihood ratio 2.8 for diagnosing exudate, with an area under the curve of 0.770 [95% confidence intervals (CI): 0.657-0.884]. Pleural YKL-40/serum YKL-40 ratio >1.5 yielded a 75% sensitivity, 72% specificity and likelihood ratio 2.6 for diagnosing TBPE, with an area under the curve of 0.825 (95% CI: 0.710-0.940). Conclusions High concentrations of pleural YKL-40 level may help to differentiate exudate from transudate and a high pleural YKL-40/serum YKL-40 ratio may be helpful in seperating TBPE from non-tuberculous effusions. PMID:24255777

  20. Pleural LDH as a prognostic marker in adenocarcinoma lung with malignant pleural effusion

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    Verma, Akash; Phua, Chee Kiang; Sim, Wen Yuan; Algoso, Reyes Elmer; Tee, Kuan Sen; Lew, Sennen J. W.; Lim, Albert Y.H.; Goh, Soon Keng; Tai, Dessmon Y. H.; Kor, Ai Ching; Ho, Benjamin; Abisheganaden, John

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    Abstract To study the performance of serum and pleural lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) level in predicting survival in patients with adenocarcinoma lung presenting with malignant pleural effusions (MPE) at initial diagnosis. Retrospective cohort study of the patient hospitalized for adenocarcinoma lung with MPE in year 2012. Univariate analyses showed lower pleural fluid LDH 667 (313–967) versus 971 (214–3800), P = 0.04, female gender 9 (100%) versus 27 (41.5%), P = 0.009, never smoking status 9 ...

  1. Bilateral Chylothorax Complicating a Case of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: A Case Report.

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    Sharma, Munish; Sharma, Divakar

    2017-04-06

    Chylothorax occurs when lymphatic fluid leaks from the thoracic duct and accumulates in the pleural space. Bilateral chylothorax caused by chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) has been rarely reported in the literature. Sludging of lymph might be the underlying cause. We present a case of bilateral chylothorax in a patient with CLL.We also briefly discuss etiology, possible pathogenesis in our case along with diagnostic options and treatment modalities.

  2. Bilateral chylothorax complicating a case of chronic lymphocytic leukemia: a case report

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    Munish Sharma; Divakar Sharma

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    Chylothorax occurs when lymphatic fluid leaks from the thoracic duct and accumulates in the pleural space. Bilateral chylothorax caused by chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) has been rarely reported in the literature. Sludging of lymph might be the underlying cause. We present a case of bilateral chylothorax in a patient with CLL.We also briefly discuss etiology, possible pathogenesis in our case along with diagnostic options and treatment modalities.

  3. Bilateral chylothorax complicating a case of chronic lymphocytic leukemia: a case report

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    Munish Sharma

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    Full Text Available Chylothorax occurs when lymphatic fluid leaks from the thoracic duct and accumulates in the pleural space. Bilateral chylothorax caused by chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL has been rarely reported in the literature. Sludging of lymph might be the underlying cause. We present a case of bilateral chylothorax in a patient with CLL.We also briefly discuss etiology, possible pathogenesis in our case along with diagnostic options and treatment modalities.

  4. Railways and asbestos in Japan (1928-1987)--epidemiology of pleural plaques, malignancies and pneumoconioses-.

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    Hosoda, Yutaka; Hiraga, Youmei; Sasagawa, Sumiko

    2008-01-01

    Asbestos has been an indispensable insulating material for railway industries, especially steam locomotives (SLs). This review (1928-1987) consists of three parts. 1) Pleural plaques: Since the 1970s, pleural plaques have been regarded as evidence of past asbestos inhalation, and more recently recognized as a risk factor of asbestos-related malignancies. For diagnostic criteria on plain radiographs, the modified ILO 1980 International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses was used. Most cases had pleural plaques with normal lungs. Large plant workers showed a significantly higher rate of plaques than workers in smaller plants. Bilateral plaques were dominant followed by the left, then the right lung, and chest wall plaques were dominant over the diaphragm. The manifestation of pleural plaques was more correlated to years since the onset of the asbestos exposure than the sum of asbestos work years, although the result was not significant. The boilermen of railway ferry steamers had a significantly higher plaque rate than other seamen. CT studies on plaques started in 1978. 2) Asbestos-related malignancies: Five retrospective cohort studies 1960-1970 were made on primary lung cancer incidence and mortality among 350,000 active railway men with smoking information. The follow-up period was 20 yr at the longest. Almost all plant workers showed a tendency of higher incidence or mortality than the controls. Two cases of mesothelioma were reported in 1980. 3) Pneumoconioses: Most studies (1928-1975) had relatively low prevalence rates among SL-related workers.

  5. Diagnostic Utility of Pleural Fluid Cell Block versus Pleural Biopsy Collected by Flex-Rigid Pleuroscopy for Malignant Pleural Disease: A Single Center Retrospective Analysis

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

    2016-01-01

    Background Some trials recently demonstrated the benefit of targeted treatment for malignant disease; therefore, adequate tissues are needed to detect the targeted gene. Pleural biopsy using flex-rigid pleuroscopy and pleural effusion cell block analysis are both useful for diagnosis of malignancy and obtaining adequate samples. The purpose of our study was to compare the diagnostic utility between the two methods among patients with malignant pleural disease with effusion. Methods Data from patients who underwent flex-rigid pleuroscopy for diagnosis of pleural effusion suspicious for malignancy at the National Cancer Center Hospital, Japan between April 2011 and June 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. All procedures were performed under local anesthesia. At least 150 mL of pleural fluid was collected by pleuroscopy, followed by pleural biopsies from the abnormal site. Results Thirty-five patients who were finally diagnosed as malignant pleural disease were included in this study. Final diagnoses of malignancy were 24 adenocarcinoma, 1 combined adeno-small cell carcinoma, and 7 malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), and 3 metastatic breast cancer. The diagnostic yield was significantly higher by pleural biopsy than by cell block [94.2% (33/35) vs. 71.4% (25/35); p = 0.008]. All patients with positive results on cell block also had positive results on pleural biopsy. Eight patients with negative results on cell block had positive results on pleural biopsy (lung adenocarcinoma in 4, sarcomatoid MPM in 3, and metastatic breast cancer in 1). Two patients with negative results on both cell block and pleural biopsy were diagnosed was sarcomatoid MPM by computed tomography-guided needle biopsy and epithelioid MPM by autopsy. Conclusion Pleural biopsy using flex-rigid pleuroscopy was efficient in the diagnosis of malignant pleural diseases. Flex-rigid pleuroscopy with pleural biopsy and pleural effusion cell block analysis should be considered as the initial diagnostic

  6. A CASE OF RECURRENT PLEURAL EFFUSION FROM PANCREATICO PLEURAL FISTULA: DIAGNOSIS AND MANAG E MENT

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    Uma Maheswara Rao

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    Full Text Available Pleural effusion and mediastinal pseudo cysts in Acute Pancreatitis are common but that of in association with chronic pancreatitis and trauma is rare and occurs only if fistulous communication develops between pancreatic ductal system and p leural space or due to direct extension of pseudo cyst into pleural cavity through mediastinum. The diagnosis of fistula can be made with high index of clinical suspicion and can be confirmed by elevated amylase and protein content in pleural fluid. The ac tual fistulous tract can be demonstrable by MDCT , MRCP (Magnetic resonance cholangio pancreaticography and (Endoscopic retrograde Pancreatico cholangiography ERCP Usually these fistulae resolve with conservative treatment. If not , Endoscopic retrograde c holangio pancreaticography (ERCP guides sphincterotomy , stricture dilatation or endoprosthesis placement across the fistulous communication or surgery are the choices of treatment. We present a case of a pancreatic pleural fistula in a 30 year – old man wi th recurrent episodes of Left pleural effusion Radiological and biochemical investigations were performed and he was diagnosed to have a Pancreatico pleural fistula. The patient was initially treated conservatively with somatostatin analogs , symptomatic and supportive treatment including repeated pleurocentesis. for his symptoms which include recurrent pleural taping also. Finally , endoscopic retrograde cholangio pancreatography was performed due to failed conservative treatment and a stent wa s placed in the pancreatic duct for healing of the fistulous communication. KEYWORDS: A case of recurrent pleural effusion from pancreatico pleural fistula: diagnosis and management.

  7. Pleural effusion following ventriculo-pleural shunt: Case reports and review of the literature

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    Kupeli Elif

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    Full Text Available Ventriculo-pleural shunt (VPLS is an acceptable alternative in the management of hydrocephalus. Imbalance between the production and absorption of cerebrospinal fluid an lead to formation of pleural effusion in patient with VPLS and on occasion produce symptoms. Pleural effusion could be a transudate or a non-specific exudate. We report our experience with this modality in relation to formation of pleural effusion and review the literature to make recommendation for its management. Information related to patients′ demographics, smoking history, prior pulmonary and occupational history, indication, duration and complications of the VPLS and their management was gathered to substantiate current recommendation with our experience.

  8. Geologia do derrame Salto do Lontra e gênese dos pegmatitos básicos associados, Província Magmática do Paraná, sudoeste do Estado do Paraná

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    Resumo: O derrame Salto do Lontra localiza-se no sudoeste do Estado do Paraná, a norte do município de Salto do Lontra. O derrame possui 50 m de espessura e apresenta distribuição, arranjo de suas estruturas internas e padrões de fraturas bem definidos. A variação destas estruturas possibilita a divisão do derrame em: nível vesicular de topo, nível maciço central e nível vesicular de base. Estas características sugerem que o derrame foi formado por processos de inflamento e se resfriou como u...

  9. CT findings of pleural dissemination in primary lung cancer

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    Lee, Jei Hee; Kim, Sang Jin; Ryu, Young Hoon [Yonsei Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Ahn, Chang Soo [Pochon Cha Univ. College of Medicine, Sungnam (Korea, Republic of)

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    To evaluate the CT findings of pleural dissemination in primary lung cancer and the limitations of CT scanning in detecting pleural dissemination in primary lung cancer. Primary lung cancer with pleural dissemination was diagnosed in 68 patients and confirmed by pleural biopsy, cytology and surgery, and these cases were the subject of this study. Adenocarcinoma accounted for 49, squamous cell carcinoma for 13 and small cell carcinoma for six. Eight CT features, namely the amount of pleural effusion, the contour, extent and location of pleural thickening, the shortest distance between pleura and mass, pleural calcification, pleural tail sign and the extent of extrapleural fat proliferation, were evalusted. Pleural effusion was noted in 51 of 68 patients(75%), though in most case(70%), the amount of this was small. Among 42 patients(62%) in whom thickened pleura, were noted, pleural thickening was thin and irregular in 22(52%), thick and irregular in 16(38%), and thin and regular in 4(10%). The extent of pleural thickening was multifocal in 22 patients(52%), diffuse in 16(38%), and circumferential and single in two(5%). Pleural thickening was more frequently noted at the posterior than the anterior pleura. Pleural abutting was seen in 53 patients(78%). In ten patients(15%), chest CT scans revealed no perceptible pleural abnormalities. If in primary lung cancer, the primary lung mass contacts the pleura, and if pleural thickening, even when slight, shows marginal irregularity, pleural dissemination should be considered. Although CT scanning is very useful for the detection of pleural dissemination in primary lung cancer, about 15% of patients showed no perceptible pleural abnormalities. Other diagnostic modalitie such as thoracoscopy are mandatory for the correct diagnossis of pleural dissemination in primary lung cancer.=20.

  10. Incision for pleural tissue biopsy (image)

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    ... the pleural tissue is removed through a surgical incision in the chest. After the sample is obtained, a chest tube is placed and the incision is closed with stitches. Abnormal results may indicate ...

  11. Pleural effusion and sarcoidosis: an unusual combination.

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    Ferreiro, Lucía; San José, Esther; González-Barcala, Francisco Javier; Suárez-Antelo, Juan; Toubes, M Elena; Valdés, Luis

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    Pleural involvement in sarcoidosis is uncommon and appears in several forms. To document the incidence and characteristics of pleural effusion in sarcoidosis patients, a review of the cases diagnosed in our centre between January 2001 and December 2012 was carried out. One hundred and ninety-five patients with sarcoidosis were identified; three (two men and one woman) presented with unilateral pleural effusion (1.5%): one in the right side and two in the left. Two were in stageii and one was in stageiv. The pleural fluid of the two patients who underwent thoracocentesis was predominantly lymphocytic. One of these patients presented chylothorax and the other had high CA-125levels. In general, these effusions are lymphocyte-rich, paucicellular, serous exudates (sometimes chylothorax) and contain proportionally higher levels of protein than LDH. Most cases are treated with corticosteroids, although it may resolve spontaneously. Copyright © 2013 SEPAR. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  12. Massive pleural effusion in a young woman

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    Paolo Ghiringhelli

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    Full Text Available Pleural effusion is a clinical manifestation shared by several underlying pathologies. The differential diagnosis is based on the clinical history, the physical examination, the analysis of the pleural fluid, and the laboratory data (mainly blood tests. There are cases, such as the patient described, where TC is not enough, and unusual imaging techniques are required for the study of pleural effusion, i.e. magnetic resonance cholangiography, cholangiopancreatography (MRCP and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP.This case analyses a 42-year-old female patient who arrived with progressive dyspnoea, chest pain, cough, a history of alcohol abuse, and a recent episode of acute pancreatitis. The physical examination revealed signs of right-sided pleural effusion. These features, together with laboratory data, made it possible to pose the diagnosis of pancreaticopleural fistula, to treat it, and to obtain a complete healing in a two-month period.

  13. Extravasamento de líquido no mediastino e derrame pleural durante artroscopia de ombro: relato de caso Fluid leakage into the mediastinum and pleural effusion during shoulder arthroscopy: a case report

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    Leandro Cardoso Gomide

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    Full Text Available O presente trabalho tem o objetivo de apresentar uma rara, porém possível complicação respiratória durante uma artroscopia de ombro executada na posição de "cadeira de praia". Houve extravasamento de líquido para o mediastino durante o procedimento quando se usava a bomba de infusão, ocasionando dificuldade respiratória. O tratamento foi conservador, com retardamento da extubação, internação em unidade de terapia intensiva, diuréticos e medidas de suporte. No quarto dia de pós-operatório, a paciente estava assintomática em relação a tal complicação.This study is intended to present a rare but possible respiratory complication during a shoulder arthroscopy performed in the beach chair position. Fluid leaked into the mediastinum during the procedure when the infusion pump was being used, which caused respiratory difficulty. Treatment was conservative, with extubation delay, stay at the Intensive Care Unit, diuretic drugs, and support action. In the fourth postoperative day, the patient was asymptomatic regarding such complication.

  14. ASBESTOS EXPOSURE AND SARCOMATOID MALIGNANT PLEURAL MESOTHELIOMA

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    Gorantla,; Namballa; Tupakula Suresh

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    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is commonly associated with documented asbestos exposure. The mean interval between exposure and death is around 40 years. Sarcomatoid mesothelioma is the least common form of MPM. It is more aggressive and associated with worst prognosis. Adequate sampling is important for accurate diagnosis. Both VATS and image guided core needle biopsy have higher diagnostic yield compared to the closed pleural biopsy. IHC markers are used as an adju...

  15. Bilateral ankle edema with bilateral iritis.

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    Kumar, Sunil

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    I report two patient presented to me with bilateral symmetrical ankle edema and bilateral acute iritis. A 42-year-old female of Indian origin and 30-year-old female from Somalia both presented with bilateral acute iritis. In the first patient, bilateral ankle edema preceded the onset of bilateral acute iritis. Bilateral ankle edema developed during the course of disease after onset of ocular symptoms in the second patient. Both patients did not suffer any significant ocular problem in the past, and on systemic examination, all clinical parameters were within normal limit. Lacrimal gland and conjunctival nodule biopsy established the final diagnosis of sarcoidosis in both cases, although the chest x-rays were normal.

  16. Validity of pleural lactate dehydrogenase measurements in assessment of pleural effusions

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    Elisna Syahruddin

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Background Pleural effusions are classified into transudates and exudates based on Light’s criteria, but the main disadvantage of Light’s criteria is the misclassification of transudates as exudates in about 20% of cases. The aim of this study was to determine the validity of various biochemical parameters to differentiate pleural exudates and transudates. Methods An observational study to evaluate diagnostics tests was conducted at the emergency department of Persahabatan Hospital, Jakarta, from September 2010 until December 2011. In total, 119 patients with pleural effusion were evaluated. Simultaneous pleural effusion and blood samples were examined for lactate dehydrogenase (LDH, total protein, cholesterol and albumin, with the clinical diagnosis as the gold standard. Results There were 104 exudative and 15 transudative pleural effusions. Light’s criteria achieved a higher overall accuracy (sensitivity 97%, specificity 80%, accuracy 95%. The optimum cut off values were pleural fluid to serum ratio of LDH 0.4 (sensitivity 95%, specificity 87%, accuracy 94% and pleural fluid LDH of 178 IU/L (sensitivity 92%, specificity 87%, accuracy 92%. Pleural fluid cholesterol was 50 mg/dL (sensitivity 89%, specificity 53%, accuracy 85%, pleural fluid to serum cholesterol ratio 0.41 (sensitivity 75%, specificity 53%, accuracy 72% and serum-effusion albumin gradient 1.3 g/dL (sensitivity 91%, specificity 73%, accuracy 89%. Combination of biochemical tests did not improve sensitivity or accuracy. Conclusions Light’s criteria remain superior to other biochemical tests, but the new cut off values of LDH pleural fluid to serum ratio of 0.4 and pleural fluid LDH of 178 IU/L appears to yield a slight improvement in diagnostic accuracy.

  17. An IR Navigation System for Pleural PDT

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    Timothy C Zhu

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    Full Text Available Pleural photodynamic therapy (PDT has been used as an adjuvant treatment with lung-sparing surgical treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM. In the current pleural PDT protocol, a moving fiber-based point source is used to deliver the light. The light fluences at multiple locations are monitored by several isotropic detectors placed in the pleural cavity. To improve the delivery of light fluence uniformity, an infrared (IR navigation system is used to track the motion of the light source in real-time at a rate of 20 - 60 Hz. A treatment planning system uses the laser source positions obtained from the IR camera to calculate light fluence distribution to monitor the light dose uniformity on the surface of the pleural cavity. A novel reconstruction algorithm is used to determine the pleural cavity surface contour. A dual-correction method is used to match the calculated fluences at detector locations to the detector readings. Preliminary data from a phantom shows superior light uniformity using this method. Light fluence uniformity from patient treatments is also shown with and without the correction method.

  18. An IR Navigation System for Pleural PDT.

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    Zhu, Timothy C; Liang, Xing; Kim, Michele M; Finlay, Jarod C; Dimofte, Andreea; Rodriguez, Carmen; Simone, Charles B; Friedberg, Joseph S; Cengel, Keith A

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    Pleural photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been used as an adjuvant treatment with lung-sparing surgical treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). In the current pleural PDT protocol, a moving fiber-based point source is used to deliver the light. The light fluences at multiple locations are monitored by several isotropic detectors placed in the pleural cavity. To improve the delivery of light fluence uniformity, an infrared (IR) navigation system is used to track the motion of the light source in real-time at a rate of 20 - 60 Hz. A treatment planning system uses the laser source positions obtained from the IR camera to calculate light fluence distribution to monitor the light fluence uniformity on the surface of the pleural cavity. A novel reconstruction algorithm is used to determine the pleural cavity surface contour. A dual-correction method is used to match the calculated fluences at detector locations to the detector readings. Preliminary data from a phantom shows superior light uniformity using this method. Light fluence uniformity from patient treatments is also shown with and without the correction method.

  19. An IR Navigation System for Pleural PDT

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    Zhu, Timothy; Liang, Xing; Kim, Michele; Finlay, Jarod; Dimofte, Andreea; Rodriguez, Carmen; Simone, Charles; Friedberg, Joseph; Cengel, Keith

    2015-03-01

    Pleural photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been used as an adjuvant treatment with lung-sparing surgical treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). In the current pleural PDT protocol, a moving fiber-based point source is used to deliver the light. The light fluences at multiple locations are monitored by several isotropic detectors placed in the pleural cavity. To improve the delivery of light fluence uniformity, an infrared (IR) navigation system is used to track the motion of the light source in real-time at a rate of 20 - 60 Hz. A treatment planning system uses the laser source positions obtained from the IR camera to calculate light fluence distribution to monitor the light dose uniformity on the surface of the pleural cavity. A novel reconstruction algorithm is used to determine the pleural cavity surface contour. A dual-correction method is used to match the calculated fluences at detector locations to the detector readings. Preliminary data from a phantom shows superior light uniformity using this method. Light fluence uniformity from patient treatments is also shown with and without the correction method.

  20. MASSIVE PLEURAL EFFUSION: A CASE REPORT

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    Putu Bayu Dian Tresna Dewi

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Pleural effusion is abnormal fluid accumulation within pleural cavity between the parietal pleura and visceralis pleura, either transudation or exudates. A 47 year-old female presented with dyspneu, cough, and decreased of appetite. She had history of right lung tumor. Physical examination revealed asymmetric chest movement where right part of lung was lagged during breathing, vocal fremitus on the right chest was decreased, dullness at the right chest, decreased vesicular sound in the right chest, enlargement of supraclavicular and colli dextra lymph nodes, and hepatomegali. Complete blood count showed leukocytosis. Clinical chemistry analysis showed hipoalbumin and decreased liver function. Blood gas analysis showed hypoxemia. Pleural fluid analysis showed an exudates, murky red liquid color filled with erythrocytes, number of cells. Cytological examination showed existence of a non-small cell carcinoma tends adeno type. From chest X-ray showed massive right pleural effusion. Based on history, physical examination and investigations, she was diagnosed with massive pleural effusion et causa suspected malignancy. She had underwent pleural fluid evacuation and treated with analgesics and antibiotics.

  1. Clinical Investigation of Benign Asbestos Pleural Effusion.

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    Fujimoto, Nobukazu; Gemba, Kenichi; Aoe, Keisuke; Kato, Katsuya; Yokoyama, Takako; Usami, Ikuji; Onishi, Kazuo; Mizuhashi, Keiichi; Yusa, Toshikazu; Kishimoto, Takumi

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    There is no detailed information about benign asbestos pleural effusion (BAPE). The aim of the study was to clarify the clinical features of BAPE. The criteria of enrolled patients were as follows: (1) history of asbestos exposure; (2) presence of pleural effusion determined by chest X-ray, CT, and thoracentesis; and (3) the absence of other causes of effusion. Clinical information was retrospectively analysed and the radiological images were reviewed. There were 110 BAPE patients between 1991 and 2012. All were males and the median age at diagnosis was 74 years. The median duration of asbestos exposure and period of latency for disease onset of BAPE were 31 and 48 years, respectively. Mean values of hyaluronic acid, adenosine deaminase, and carcinoembryonic antigen in the pleural fluid were 39,840 ng/mL, 23.9 IU/L, and 1.8 ng/mL, respectively. Pleural plaques were detected in 98 cases (89.1%). Asbestosis was present in 6 (5.5%) cases, rounded atelectasis was detected in 41 (37.3%) cases, and diffuse pleural thickening (DPT) was detected in 30 (27.3%) cases. One case developed lung cancer (LC) before and after BAPE. None of the cases developed malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) during the follow-up.

  2. Clinical Investigation of Benign Asbestos Pleural Effusion

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    Nobukazu Fujimoto

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available There is no detailed information about benign asbestos pleural effusion (BAPE. The aim of the study was to clarify the clinical features of BAPE. The criteria of enrolled patients were as follows: (1 history of asbestos exposure; (2 presence of pleural effusion determined by chest X-ray, CT, and thoracentesis; and (3 the absence of other causes of effusion. Clinical information was retrospectively analysed and the radiological images were reviewed. There were 110 BAPE patients between 1991 and 2012. All were males and the median age at diagnosis was 74 years. The median duration of asbestos exposure and period of latency for disease onset of BAPE were 31 and 48 years, respectively. Mean values of hyaluronic acid, adenosine deaminase, and carcinoembryonic antigen in the pleural fluid were 39,840 ng/mL, 23.9 IU/L, and 1.8 ng/mL, respectively. Pleural plaques were detected in 98 cases (89.1%. Asbestosis was present in 6 (5.5% cases, rounded atelectasis was detected in 41 (37.3% cases, and diffuse pleural thickening (DPT was detected in 30 (27.3% cases. One case developed lung cancer (LC before and after BAPE. None of the cases developed malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM during the follow-up.

  3. An unexpected finding in a man with multiple pulmonary nodules, a pleural effusion and respiratory failure.

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    Pang, Yik Lam; Jones, Quentin

    2017-01-01

    We report the case of a 47-year old Caucasian man with a history of depression and high alcohol intake who presented with a one-month history of weight loss, dry cough and abdominal pain. He had no smoking history of note. The patient was treated for a suspected chest infection, however developed respiratory failure and was intubated. A CT showed multiple pulmonary nodules, left pleural thickening extending to the mediastinum and bilateral pleural effusions-larger on the left, suggestive of disseminated malignancy. A broncho-alveolar lavage surprisingly contained numerous acid-fast bacilli and no malignant cells. Treatment for tuberculosis was initiated and the patient recovered gradually. After several weeks, a pyrazinamide-resistant organism was cultured and subsequently identified to be Mycobacterium Bovis. We discuss this unexpected finding and review the literature on Bovine Tuberculosis in humans.

  4. Rare cause of paradoxical worsening of pleural effusion in a patient with tuberculosis

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    Duraikannan, Paramasivan; Saheer, S; Balamugesh, T; Christopher, DJ

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    A 33-year-old patient, Known case of chronic kidney disease on maintenance dialysis presented with complaints of low-grade fever and weight loss of 2 months duration. Computed tomography (CT) revealed bilateral mild pleural effusion with significant mediastinal and abdominal adenopathy. CT-guided fine-needle aspiration cytology of abdominal lymph nodes and bone marrow culture was suggestive of tuberculosis. The patient was started on four drug anti-tubercular therapy, post 6 weeks of initiation he developed new onset fever and chest X-ray revealed moderate right pleural effusion. Diagnostic thoracocentesis was suggestive of chylothorax. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report of chylothorax due to the paradoxical reaction in the HIV-negative tuberculous patient.

  5. Validity of pleural lactate dehydrogenase measurements in assessment of pleural effusions

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    Elisna Syahruddin

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    Light’s criteria remain superior to other biochemical tests, but the new cut off values of LDH pleural fluid to serum ratio of 0.4 and pleural fluid LDH of 178 IU/L appears to yield a slight improvement in diagnostic accuracy.

  6. Pleural LDH as a prognostic marker in adenocarcinoma lung with malignant pleural effusion.

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    Verma, Akash; Phua, Chee Kiang; Sim, Wen Yuan; Algoso, Reyes Elmer; Tee, Kuan Sen; Lew, Sennen J W; Lim, Albert Y H; Goh, Soon Keng; Tai, Dessmon Y H; Kor, Ai Ching; Ho, Benjamin; Abisheganaden, John

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    To study the performance of serum and pleural lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) level in predicting survival in patients with adenocarcinoma lung presenting with malignant pleural effusions (MPE) at initial diagnosis.Retrospective cohort study of the patient hospitalized for adenocarcinoma lung with MPE in year 2012.Univariate analyses showed lower pleural fluid LDH 667 (313-967) versus 971 (214-3800), P = 0.04, female gender 9 (100%) versus 27 (41.5%), P = 0.009, never smoking status 9 (100%) versus 36 (55.3%), P = 0.009, and epidermal growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR-TKI) therapy 8 (89%) versus 26 (40%), P = 0.009 to correlate with survival of more than 1.7 year versus less than 1.7 year. In multivariate analysis, low pleural fluid LDH and female gender maintained significance. The pleural LDH level of ≤1500 and >1500 U/L discriminated significantly (P = 0.009) between survival.High pleural LDH (>1500 IU/L) predicts shorter survival (less than a year) in patients with adenocarcinoma lung presenting with MPE at the time of initial diagnosis. This marker may be clinically applied for selecting therapeutic modality directed at prevention of reaccumulation of MPE. Patients with low pleural LDH may be considered suitable for measures that provide more sustained effect on prevention of reaccumulation such as chemical pleurodesis or tunneled pleural catheter.

  7. C-Reactive Protein, Sialic Acid and Adenosine Deaminase Levels in Serum and Pleural Fluid from Patients with Pleural Effusion

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    Kim, Ji Woon; Yang, In Ae; Oh, Eun A; Rhyoo, Young Gun; Jang, Young Ho; Ryang, Dong Wook; Yoo, JooYong

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    Laboratory analysis of pleural fluids is essential to determine underlying diseases. The authors evaluated the clinical significance of C-reactive protein (C-RP), sialic acid (SA), and adenosine deaminase (ADA) determinations in sera and pleural fluids from 37 patients with pleural effusion. (FP12)C-RP and sialic acid levels and ADA activities were higher in exudates than in transudates of pleural fluids. Serum and pleural fluid C-RP levels were high in patients with pyothorax. Determinations of serum sialic acid and the pleural fluid to serum ratio were useful for the differential diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis and malignancy. ADA activities of pleural fluid and serum are useful for the differentiation of malignancy from tuberculosis and nonspecific pyothorax. C-RP concentrations of pleural fluid correlated to serum levels. However, concentrations of sialic acid and ADA activities were not correlated to serum levels and only correlated to protein concentrations of pleural fluids. PMID:3154188

  8. Delayed internal pancreatic fistula with pancreatic pleural effusion postsplenectomy

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    2010-01-01

    The occurrence of pancreatic pleural effusion,secondary to an internal pancreatic fistula,is a rare clinical syndrome and diagnosis is often missed.The key to the diagnosis is a dramatically elevated pleural fluid amylase.This pancreatic pleural effusion is also called a pancreatic pleural fistula.It is characterized by profuse pleural fluid and has a tendency to recur.Here we report a case of delayed internal pancreatic fistula with pancreatic pleural effusion emerging after splenectomy.From the treatment ...

  9. [Could pleural aspergillosis happen to be a complication of pleural drainage?].

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    Bellamy, J; Onea, F; N'Guyen Huu, P

    2013-12-01

    Four cases of nosocomial aspergillosis are described where the responsibility of pleural drainage is advocated. Infection was pulmonary once, pleural three times. Pleural suction had been long lasting with incomplete re-expansion of the lung and major air leaks. The hypothesis of the responsibility of pleural drainage in the advent of aspergillosis is reinforced by the revision of medical papers, which leads to the conviction that similar cases have been described yet, even though the mechanism of the contamination had not been understood. Prevention needs to limitate the lasting of the suction, especially if there are major air leaks. Cure needs total re-expansion of the lung and suppression of any pleural cavity, even if a thoracoplasty is needed. An anti-fungal therapy is not always needed. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  10. Bilateral Duane syndrome and bilateral aniridia.

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    Khan, Arif O; Aldahmesh, Mohammad

    2006-06-01

    Duane retraction syndrome has been reported in association with structural abnormalities of the eye, including epibulbar dermoid, keratoconus, iris dysplasia, heterochromia iridis, persistent fetal vasculature, cataract, choroidal coloboma, microphthalmia, and optic nerve dysplasia. A novel association, that of bilateral Duane syndrome with bilateral aniridia, is the subject of this report.

  11. Expression of soluble Toll-like receptors in pleural effusions

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    YANG Hai-bo; XIE Kai-qing; DENG Jing-min; QIN Shou-ming

    2010-01-01

    Background The Toll-like receptors (TLRs) represent a group of single-pass transmembrane receptors expressed on sentinel cells that are central to innate immune responses.The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of soluble TLRs in pleural effusions, and the diagnostic values of TLRs for pleural effusion with various etiologies.Methods Pleural effusion and serum samples were collected from 102 patients (36 with malignant pleural effusion, 36with tuberculous pleural effusion, 18 with bacterial pleural effusion, and 12 with transudative pleural effusion).The concentrations of TLR1 to TLR10 were determined in effusion and serum samples by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay.Four classical parameters (protein, lactate dehydrogenase, glucose and C-reactive protein (CRP)) in the pleural fluid were also assessed.Receiver-operating characteristic curves were used to assess the sensitivity and specificity of pleural fluid TLRs and biochemical parameters for differentiating bacterial pleural effusion.Results The concentrations of TLR1, TLR3, TLR4, TLR7 and TLR9 in bacterial pleural effusion were significantly higher than those in malignant, tuberculous, and transudative groups, respectively.Analysis of receiver operating characteristic curves revealed that the area under the curves of TLR1, TLR3, TLR4, TLR7 and TLR9 were 0.831, 0.843,0.842, 0.883 and 0.786, respectively, suggesting that these TLRs play a role in the diagnosis of bacterial pleural effusion.Also, the diagnostic value of TLRs for bacterial pleural effusions was much better than that of biochemical parameters (protein, lactate dehydrogenase, glucose and CRP).Conclusions The concentrations of TLR1, TLR3, TLR4, TLR7 and TLR9 appeared to be increased in bacterial pleural effusion compared to non-bacterial pleural effusions.Determination of these pleural TLRs may improve the ability of clinicians to differentiate pleural effusion patients of bacterial origin from those with other etiologies.

  12. Impacto ambiental generado por los derrames de petróleo en el sote en el tramo comprendido entre Lago Agrio y Baeza

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    Elaborar el Diagnóstico Ambiental – Línea Base de los componentes físico, biótico y antrópico. La presente investigación ¿Impacto ambiental generado por los derrames de petróleo en el sote en el tramo comprendido entre Lago Agrio y Baeza¿ plantea un Plan de Manejo Ambiental, que cuenta con todas las medidas de mitigación y remediación que deberían ser incorporadas en el tramo bajo de estudio, a fin de evitar al máximo los derrames de crudo, dentro de lo que se incluye: control de la corros...

  13. El derrame de petróleo en Quintero, V región de Chile. Una mirada desde las organizaciones sociales

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    Pablo Saravia Ramos

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    Full Text Available El derrame de petróleo de 2014 en la bahía de Quintero (V región de Chile, es un hecho habitual en un territorio que ha vivido múltiples episodios de crisis medioambientales. El estudio buscó conocer cómo se desenvolvieron los actores sociales a propósito de la catástrofe a través de una metodología de tipo cualitativa. Los resultados indican que el derrame tuvo efectos en diferentes direcciones: actuó como facilitador de la creación de nuevas organizaciones, significó el resurgimiento de antiguas disputas, evidenció la dinámica de la trama relacional entre la comunidad, autoridades y el parque industrial e hizo visible la normalización con que son interpretados este tipo de crisis.

  14. Evaluation of CT findings for diagnosis of pleural effusions

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    Arenas-Jimenez, J.; Alonso-Charterina, S.; Fernandez-Latorre, F.; Gil-Sanchez, S. [Hospital General Universitario de Alicante (Spain). Dept. of Radiology; Sanchez-Paya, J. [Hospital General Universitario de Alicante (Spain). Dept. of Preventive Medicine; Lloret-Llorens, M. [Hospital Universitario La Fe, Valencia (Spain). Dept. of Radiology

    2000-04-01

    Computed tomography studies are usually used to assess patients with pleural effusions, and radiologists should be aware of the significance of different CT findings for the diagnosis of the effusion. The purpose of this study was to evaluate CT findings for etiological diagnosis of pleural effusions. Contrast-enhanced CT of the chest of 211 patients with pleural effusion of definite diagnosis were evaluated. The CT images were evaluated for the presence and extent of pleural effusion, thickening or nodules, extrapleural fat and other changes in the mediastinum or lung. The CT scans were read by two independent observers and correlation between them was evaluated. Comparison of CT findings between benign and malignant effusions, between exudates and transudates, and between empyemas and the other parapneumonic effusions were carried out. Kappa values for most CT findings were >0.85. Loculation, pleural thickening, pleural nodules, and extrapleural fat of increased density were only present in exudative effusions. Multiple pleural nodules and nodular pleural thickening were the only pleural findings limited to malignant pleural effusions. The signs were also more frequently seen in empyemas than in other parapneumonic effusions. Computed tomography findings can help to distinguish between transudates and exudates. Although there is some overlap between benign and malignant pleural effusions, pleural nodules and nodular pleural thickening were present almost exclusively in the latter. Although differences between CT findings of empyemas and the other parapneumonic effusions exist, there is no finding which can definitely differentiate between them. (orig.)

  15. Bilateral orbital cavernous haemangiomas.

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    Fries, P D; Char, D. H.

    1988-01-01

    Simultaneous bilateral orbital lesions are rare. The differential diagnosis includes orbital pseudotumour, metastasis, leukaemia, lymphoma, Wegener's granulomatosis, and neurofibromatosis. We report what we believe to be the first case of bilateral orbital cavernous haemangiomas.

  16. Bilateral otogenic cerebellar abscesses.

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    Nadkarni T

    1993-01-01

    Full Text Available An unusual presentation of bilateral otogenic cerebellar abscesses observed in two of our patients is reported. Both gave a history of otorrhoea, fever, headache, vomiting and had bilateral cerebellar signs and conductive hearing loss. The abscesses were detected on computerised tomography. X-rays revealed bilateral mastoiditis. The therapy followed was excision of abscesses, mastoidectomy and antibiotic therapy.

  17. [Elevated pleural copeptin levels can distinguish to exudate from transudates].

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    Gümüş, Aziz; Çınarka, Halit; Karataş, Mevlüt; Kırbaş, Aynur; Kayhan, Servet; Şahin, Ünal

    2014-01-01

    Copeptin is released simultaneously along with arginine-vasopressine as a result of different stimuli from the neurohypophysis. Physiological function of copeptin is still unclear. Increased blood copeptin levels is associated with poor prognosis in many diseases. Pleural effusion is a common clinical condition. The most common causes of pleural effusions are heart failure, parapneumonic effusion, pulmonary embolism and malignacy.Tuberculosis is one of the other major causes of pleural effusion in developing countries. In this study, we aimed to assess whether pleural copeptin level may be a new discriminative biomarker for exudates and transudates pleural effusions. Research was done at Recep Tayyip Erdogan University School of Medicine in the Department of Chest Diseases. The concentrations of pleural copeptin and typical pleural and serum marker levels were measured in 76 subjects with pleural effusions including 22 transudates caused by congestive heart failure (CHF), and 54 exudates including 18 parapneumonic (PPE), 18 tuberculous pleural effusions (TBPEs), 18 malignant effusions (MPEs). Median pleural fluid copeptin levels were higher in exudates than in transudates (1936 ng/mL and 1313 pg/mL, p value exudates (n= 54). Pleural copeptin levels of exudates, with a cut off value of 1469 ng/mL, yielded a 79.6% sensitivity, 81.8% specificity, with an are a under the curve of 0.851. Pleural copeptin level is a new biomarker to separate exudates from transudates. Pleural effusion discriminative effect of copeptin is lower than plasma protein level and plasma lactat dehydrogenase (LDH). Pleural copeptin measurement is not recommended for routine clinical use. Pleural copeptin level is not contribute to different iate exudative pleural fluids from each other like PPE, TBPE and MPE.

  18. Malignant pleural mesothelioma in Italy.

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    Bianchi, Claudio; Bianchi, Tommaso

    2009-08-01

    This study reviews a series of 811 malignant pleural mesothelioma cases, diagnosed at hospitals in Trieste and Monfalcone districts of north eastern Italy, a narrow coastal strip with a population of about three lakh, in the period 1968-2008. The diagnosis was based on histological examination in 801 cases, and cytological findings in 10. Necropsy was performed in 610 cases. Occupational histories were obtained directly from the patients or their relatives through personal or telephone interviews. Routine lung sections were examined for asbestos bodies in 500 cases. In 143 cases asbestos bodies were isolated and counted by chemical digestion of the lung tissue using the Smith-Naylor method. The series included 717 men and 94 women aged between 32 and 93 years (mean 69.2 years). Detailed occupational data was obtained for 732 cases.The majority of patients had marine jobs - shipbuilding (449 cases), maritime trades (56 cases), and port activities (39 cases). The nature of work of other patients included a variety of occupations, with non-shipbuilding industries being the most common. Thirty-four women cleaned the work clothes of family members occupationally exposed and hence had a history of asbestos exposure at home. Most of the patients had their first exposure to asbestos before 1960. The latency period ranged between 13 and 73 years (mean 48.2). Latency period among insulators and dock workers were shorter than other categories. Asbestos bodies were detected on routine lung sections in 343 cases (68.6%). Lung asbestos body burdens after isolation ranged between two to 10 millions bodies per gram of dried tissue. Despite some limitations in the use of asbestos in this area since the 1970s, the incidence of tumor remained high during the last years.

  19. Malignant pleural mesothelioma in Italy

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    Bianchi Claudio

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This study reviews a series of 811 malignant pleural mesothelioma cases, diagnosed at hospitals in Trieste and Monfalcone districts of north eastern Italy, a narrow coastal strip with a population of about three lakh, in the period 1968-2008. The diagnosis was based on histological examination in 801 cases, and cytological findings in 10. Necropsy was performed in 610 cases. Occupational histories were obtained directly from the patients or their relatives through personal or telephone interviews. Routine lung sections were examined for asbestos bodies in 500 cases. In 143 cases asbestos bodies were isolated and counted by chemical digestion of the lung tissue using the Smith-Naylor method. The series included 717 men and 94 women aged between 32 and 93 years (mean 69.2 years. Detailed occupational data was obtained for 732 cases. The majority of patients had marine jobs - shipbuilding (449 cases, maritime trades (56 cases, and port activities (39 cases. The nature of work of other patients included a variety of occupations, with non-shipbuilding industries being the most common. Thirty-four women cleaned the work clothes of family members occupationally exposed and hence had a history of asbestos exposure at home. Most of the patients had their first exposure to asbestos before 1960. The latency period ranged between 13 and 73 years (mean 48.2. Latency period among insulators and dock workers were shorter than other categories. Asbestos bodies were detected on routine lung sections in 343 cases (68.6%. Lung asbestos body burdens after isolation ranged between two to 10 millions bodies per gram of dried tissue. Despite some limitations in the use of asbestos in this area since the 1970s, the incidence of tumor remained high during the last years.

  20. [Chylopericardium and bilateral chylothorax in a breast cancer patient].

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    Zylberman, Marcelo; Losco, Federico; Nicolini, Carla; Halac, Sebastián; Patane, Karina; Petracci, Fernando

    2014-01-01

    Non traumatic chylopericar dium is mostly secondary to infection, congenital or neoplastic disease that invade mediastinal lymph nodes and modify the normal lymphatic flow. It is associated to chylothorax in approximately 3% of cases. We report the case of a 52 years old woman with diagnosis of advanced breast cancer. She was admitted with bilateral pleural effusion and echocardiographic signs of cardiac tamponade. A CT scan disclosed multiple mediastinal lymphadenopathy. The level of tryglicerides in pleural effusion was 372 mg/dl. A percutaneous pericardiocentesis was performed, obtaining chyle, with 984 mg/dl of tryglicerides and cholesterol 90 mg/dl levels. Treatment strategy was modified. We reviewed pathophysiology, diagnostic criteria and treatment of this rare entity.

  1. Tuberculose pleural após uso de adalimumabe na doença de Crohn: relato de caso Pleural tuberculosis after using adalimumab in Crohn's disease: a case report

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    Rodrigo Rocha Batista

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available O tratamento da doença de Crohn perineal é feito pela combinação da terapia medicamentosa e da cirúrgica. A terapia biológica é importante devido à eficácia clínica na indução e manutenção de remissão da doença. No entanto, devido à ação imunomoduladora e imunossupressora, o uso de biológicos como infliximabe e adalimumabe eleva o risco de infecções oportunistas. Relatou-se o caso de paciente feminino, 28 anos, diagnosticada com doença de Crohn perineal, em uso de azatioprina e adalimumabe. Há sete dias com tosse seca, febre vespertina e dispneia. Ao exame físico, febril, desidratada, diminuição do murmúrio vesicular nos campos médio e inferior do hemitoráx direito e cicatriz de fistulotomia anorretal sem sinais flogísticos. A radiografia de tórax mostrou derrame pleural em hemitórax direito, e a análise do líquido pleural constatou adenosina deaminase elevada, nível de glicose normal e citologia diferencial com 88% de monomorfonucleares. Foi estabelecido o diagnóstico de tuberculose pleural, e a paciente foi medicada com esquema tríplice (rifampicina, isoniazida e pirazinamida por seis meses associada à prednisona 40 mg/dia, por um mês, com posterior desmame do corticoide. Atualmente, encontra-se assintomática e em uso de ciprofloxina 1 g/dia para a doença de Crohn perineal.The Crohn's disease perineal treatment is made by the combination of drug and surgery therapy. The biological therapy is important due to clinical efficacy in inducing and maintaining disease remission. However, because of immunomodulating and immunosuppressive effects, the use of biological as infliximab and adalimumab increases the risk of opportunistic infections. We report a case of a 28-year-old, female patient, diagnosed with Crohn's perineal disease, taking azathioprine and adalimumab, complaining of dry cough, evening fever, and dyspnea for seven days. On physical examination, febrile, dehydrated, decreased, breath sounds in

  2. An Unusual Case of Metastatic Malignant Melanoma Presenting as Pseudomesothelioma with Intense Diffuse Pleural FDG Uptake Demonstrated on FDG PET/CT

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    Rosamma Bency

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available A 75-year-old male, non-smoker with history of asbestos exposure, and excision of 2 mm Clark IV cutaneous malignant melanoma 15 months earlier, presented with rapidly progressive dyspnea, left pleuritic chest pain, and weight loss. CT Pulmonary Angiography (CTPA demonstrated bilateral pulmonary emboli and findings suspicious of mesothelioma. There was no evidence of infection or malignancy in the hemorrhagic pleural fluid aspirate. FDG PET-CT revealed extensive intense FDG uptake throughout the pleura of left hemi-thorax, bilateral hilar and mediastinal lymph nodes, bilateral adrenals and left gluteal musculature. Subsequent pleural biopsy was consistent with metastatic melanoma. The patient was referred for palliative therapy but died 10 days later

  3. Pleural fluids associated with chest infection.

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    Quadri, Amal; Thomson, Anne H

    2002-12-01

    Pleural effusions are commonly associated with pneumonias and a small number of these progress to empyema. An understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of pleural fluid aids the clinician in the management of empyema. There remains much debate about the optimal treatment of empyema in children. Early recognition of the condition is important since delayed therapy may result in unnecessary morbidity. Conventional management with high dose parenteral antibiotics and chest tube drainage remains the mainstay of therapy. However, this treatment modality may fail if the pleural fluid becomes viscous and loculated and, therefore, a more aggressive approach is required. Intrapleural fibrinolytic therapy has been shown to decrease the length of hospital stay and may reduce the need for surgical intervention. The prognosis in children with parapneumonic empyema is excellent with the vast majority retaining normal lung function at long term follow-up.

  4. [Pleural trichomoniasis due to trichomonas tenax].

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    Porcheret, H; Maisonneuve, L; Estève, V; Jagot, J L; Le Pennec, M P

    2002-02-01

    Thoracic infections due to Trichomonas species often go unrecognised as they are seldom described in the literature. We describe a case that, to our knowledge, is the first reported case of empyema caused by this organism. A 59 year old man with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the lung developed a right pyopneumothorax following treatment with corticosteroids and radiotherapy. The pleural fluid was purulent and fetid, and contained large numbers of Trichomonas tenax amongst a mixed bacterial flora. Pleural drainage and antibiotic therapy with metronidazole, ciprofloxacin and gentalline were instituted immediately, but the patient died 4 days later. Trichomonas tenax is part of the normal oral floral and may on occasions colonize the airways. It can thus become involved during aspiration pneumonia or cause pleural infection following the rupture of a pulmonary abscess. Such infection tends to be associated with concurrent respiratory pathology or with immunodepression. The significance Trichomonas tenax when found in the airways is unclear and their pathogenic role is discussed.

  5. Recurrent pleural effusion as a clinical manifestation of multiple myeloma

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    Marcelo Torquato Toneline

    2013-12-01

    Multiple myeloma is a hematologic malignant tumor of plasma cells, sometimes associated with pleural effusion. This, in most cases, is associated to infectious complications. Pleural effusion as the onset or progression of the disease itself is rare. This case reports a young male, who presented recurrent pleural effusions, diagnosed with multiple myeloma at diagnosis.

  6. Chest wall, lung, and pleural space trauma.

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    Miller, Lisa A

    2006-03-01

    Chest radiographs frequently underestimate the severity and extent of chest trauma and, in some cases, fail to detect the presence of injury. CT is more sensitive than chest radiography in the detection of pulmonary, pleural, and osseous abnormalities in the patient who has chest trauma. With the advent of multidetector CT (MDCT), high-quality multiplanar reformations are obtained easily and add to the diagnostic capabilities of MDCT. This article reviews the radiographic and CT findings of chest wall, pleural, and pulmonary injuries that are seen in the patient who has experienced blunt thoracic trauma.

  7. Toxocariasis: An unusual cause of pleural effusion.

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    Vallentin, Blandine; Carsin, Ania; Dubus, Jean-Christophe

    2015-10-01

    Toxocara canis, one of the most frequent parasites worldwide, rarely triggers respiratory symptoms. We report the case of a 5-year-old girl hospitalized for a unilateral eosinophilic pleural effusion due to Toxocara canis. Besides the fact that she was living in a squat, no other medical condition was reported. There was no other site of infection caused by the parasite and she was successfully treated with albendazole. This case report is obviously unique as very few cases of pleural effusion due to Toxocara canis are reported in literature, all in adult patients.

  8. [Clinical aspects and diagnosis of pleural fibromas].

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    Smati, B; Djilani, H; Boudaya, M S; Ghrib, B S; Mestiri, T; Mezni, F; Bouacha, H; Kilani, T

    2005-12-01

    Pleural fibromas are rare malignant or benign tumors requiring pathology study for certain diagnosis. From January 1985 to January 2001, 7 patients underwent surgery in our unit for pleural fibroma: 4 females and 3 males, mean age 60 years. The inaugural symptoms were chest pain (3 patients), dyspnea (2 patients), joint pain in a patient with Pierre-Marie pneumonic hypertrophic osteo-arthropathy, and acute hypoglycemia. Radiological investigations were decisive in orienting the diagnosis (chest X-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography and MRI). Surgical resection and pathological study of the surgical specimen is required to confirm the diagnosis. Patients should be carefully followed due to the risk of malignant recurrence.

  9. Pleural Empyema due to Group D Salmonella

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    Jennifer C. Kam

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Non-typhi Salmonella normally presents as a bacteremia, enterocolitis, and endovascular infection but rarely manifests as pleuropulmonary disease. We present a case of a 66-year-old female with underlying pulmonary pathology, secondary to an extensive smoking history, who presented with a left-sided pleural effusion. The causative agent was identified as being group D Salmonella. Decortication of the lung was performed and the patient was discharged on antibiotics with resolution of her symptoms. This case helps to support the inclusion of Salmonella group D as a possible etiological agent of infection in the differential causes of exudative pleural effusions.

  10. Translational therapies for malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Belli, Carmen; Anand, Santosh; Tassi, Gianfranco; Fennell, Dean; Mutti, Luciano

    2010-04-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a highly invasive tumor arising from the mesothelial cells of serosal surfaces. Several chemotherapeutic agents have been tested for the treatment of this disease and doublet cisplatin with antifolates has been demonstrated to have significant efficacy in Phase III studies. However, the benefit of these treatments remains poor and the median survival time of patients is low, ranging between 9 and 17 months. Targeted therapies are being developed in oncology and emerging evidence suggests that they offer disease control in several tumors. This article reviews the knowledge on the malignant pleural mesothelioma molecular pathway and focuses on results of clinical trials conducted on this devastating disease.

  11. Evaluation of pleural and pericardial effusions by magnetic resonance imaging

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    Tscholakoff, D.; Sechtem, U.; De Geer, G.; Schmidt, H.; Higgins, C.B.

    1987-08-01

    MR examinations of 36 patients with pleural and/or pericardial effusions were retrospectively evaluated. The purpose of this study was to determine of MR imaging is capable of differentiating between pleural and pericardial effusions of different compositions using standard electrocardiogram (ECG)-gated and nongated spin echo pulse sequences. Additional data was obtained from experimental pleural effusions in 10 dogs. The results of this study indicate that old haemorhages into the pleural or pericardial space can be differentiated from other pleural or pericardial effusions. However, further differentiation between transudates, exudates and sanguinous effusions is not possible on MR images acquired with standard spin echo pulse sequences. (orig./MG)

  12. Pilot Analysis of Asbestos-induced Diffuse Pleural Thickening with Respiratory Compromise.

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    Nojima, Daisuke; Fujimoto, Nobukazu; Kato, Katsuya; Fuchimoto, Yasuko; Kiura, Katsuyuki; Kishimoto, Takumi; Tanimoto, Mitsune

    2015-01-01

    We investigated the clinical features of asbestos-induced diffuse pleural thickening (DPT) with severe respiratory compromise. We conducted a retrospective study of consecutive subjects with asbestos-induced DPT. Medical data such as initial symptoms, radiological findings, respiratory function test results, and clinical course were collected and analyzed. There were 24 patients between 2003 and 2012. All were men, and the median age at the development of DPT was 74 years. The top occupational category associated with asbestos exposure was dockyard workers. The median duration of asbestos exposure was 35.0 years, and the median latency from first exposure to the onset of DPT was 49.0 years. There were no significant differences in respiratory function test results between the higher and lower Brinkman index groups or between unilateral and bilateral DPT. Thirteen patients had a history of benign asbestos pleural effusion (BAPE), and the median duration from pleural fluid accumulation to DPT with severe respiratory compromise was 28.4 months. DPT with severe respiratory compromise can develop after a long latency following occupational asbestos exposure and a history of BAPE.

  13. A CASE OF RECURRENT PLEURAL EFFUSION FROM PANCREATICO PLEURAL FISTULA: DIAGNOSIS AND MANAG E MENT

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    Pleural effusion and mediastinal pseudo cysts in Acute Pancreatitis are common but that of in association with chronic pancreatitis and trauma is rare and occurs only if fistulous communication develops between pancreatic ductal system and p leural space or due to direct extension of pseudo cyst into pleural cavity through mediastinum. The diagnosis of fistula can be made with high index of clinical suspicion and can be confirmed by elevated amylase and protein content in...

  14. Pleural fluid MDA and serum-effusion albumin gradient in pleural effusion

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    Mangaraj, Manaswini; Kumari, S.; Nanda, R; Pattnaik, M. R.; Mohapatra, P. C.

    2008-01-01

    Pleural fluid malondialdehyde (PMDA) and serum effusion albumin gradient(SEAG) were estimated in 60 patients of pleural effusion of diverse etiologies. The results were compared with Light’s criteria to distinguish between transudates and exudates. The mean PMDA level was 0.68±0.24nmol/ml and 1.17±0.25nmol/ml in transudates and exudates respectively showing a statistically significant (p

  15. Remediación del derrame de hidrocarburos en el caso Barreal-Belén, Costa Rica

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    Luis Carlos Vargas Fallas

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta el estado de avance en la atención del caso de derrame dehidrocarburos ocurrido en Barreal-Belén, Costa Rica, consistente en la fuga de cerca de 30.000 litros compuestos por gasolina y diesel, que están contenidos en un acuífero colgado ubicado a una profundidad de 20 a 22 metros. A este acuífero le subyace una capa de toba calcinada que ha funcionado como un sello e impedido el flujo hacia los acuíferos colima que le subyacen y que son utilizados para el abastecimiento de poblaciones.Se presenta la estrategia de trabajo para lograr la remediación establecida por la Comisión Interinstitucional en el 2005. A dos meses de iniciados los procesos extractivos, se presenta las medidas adoptadas para separar los hidrocarburos de las aguas y se establece un pronóstico en años de operación, de acuerdo con dos posibles escenarios de limpieza.

  16. Malignant pleural mesothelioma: an update on investigation, diagnosis and treatment

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    Anna C. Bibby

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an aggressive malignancy of the pleural surface, predominantly caused by prior asbestos exposure. There is a global epidemic of malignant pleural mesothelioma underway, and incidence rates are predicted to peak in the next few years. This article summarises the epidemiology and pathogenesis of malignant pleural mesothelioma, before describing some key factors in the patient experience and outlining common symptoms. Diagnostic approaches are reviewed, including imaging techniques and the role of various biomarkers. Treatment options are summarised, including the importance of palliative care and methods of controlling pleural effusions. The evidence for chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery is reviewed, both in the palliative setting and in the context of trimodality treatment. An algorithm for managing malignant pleural effusion in malignant pleural mesothelioma patients is presented. Finally new treatment developments and novel therapeutic approaches are summarised.

  17. Role of blind closed pleural biopsy in the managment of pleural exudates.

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    Pereyra, Marco F; San-José, Esther; Ferreiro, Lucía; Golpe, Antonio; Antúnez, José; González-Barcala, Francisco-Javier; Abdulkader, Ihab; Álvarez-Dobaño, José M; Rodríguez-Núñez, Nuria; Valdés, Luis

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    The performance of blind closed pleural biopsy (BCPB) in the study of pleural exudates is controversial. To assess the diagnostic yield of BCPB in clinical practice and its role in the study of pleural exudates. Data were retrospectively collected on all patients who underwent BCPB performed between January 1999 and December 2011. A total of 658 BCPBs were performed on 575 patients. Pleural tissue was obtained in 590 (89.7%) of the biopsies. A malignant pleural effusion was found in 35% of patients. The cytology and the BCPB were positive in 69.2% and 59.2% of the patients, respectively. Of the patients with negative cytology, 21 had a positive BCPB (diagnostic improvement, 15%), which would have avoided one pleuroscopy for every seven BCPBs that were performed. Of the 113 patients with a tuberculous effusion, granulomas were observed in 87 and the Lowenstein culture was positive in an additional 17 (sensitivity 92%). The overall sensitivity was 33.9%, with a specificity and positive predictive value of 100%, and a negative predictive value of 71%. Complications were recorded in 14.4% of patients (pneumothorax 9.4%; chest pain 5.6%; vasovagal reaction, 4.1%; biopsy of another organ 0.5%). BCPB still has a significant role in the study of a pleural exudate. If an image-guided technique is unavailable, it seems reasonable to perform BCPB before resorting to a pleuroscopy. These results support BCPB as a relatively safe technique.

  18. Palliative Treatment of Malignant Pleural Effusion

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    Chenyang Liu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Malignant pleural effusion (MPE is a common clinical problem caused by cancers. Pleural effusion can be the first sign of cancer in more than 25% of patients. Lung cancer and breast cancer are the most common cancers that metastasize to the pleura in men and women, respectively. Other cancers, including, but not limited to, lymphomas, ovarian cancer, stomach cancer, and several unknown primary cancers can also lead to MPE. Dyspnea and chest pain are the most common symptoms of MPE along with other symptoms such as a cough, weight loss, anorexia, fatigue, and weakness. Aggravation of these symptoms is closely related to the rate of accumulation of pleural effusion. Treatment options to MPE are determined by the type and extent of the underlying malignancy. The major goals of the treatment are to relieve symptoms, restore functions, improve the quality of life, and minimize the duration of hospital stay and costs. Although some patients can be treated with systemic therapies, most of these treatments are temporary, and MPE would recur soon. Hence, further palliative treatments to effectively control pleural effusions and relieve symptoms are necessary. This review addresses the pathophysiology of MPE and the treatment options for patients with MPE.

  19. Diaphragmatic hernia masquerading as pleural effusion

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    Z Nalladaru

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Rupture of the diaphragm is almost always due to major trauma. We present here an unusual and rare case of late presentation of diaphragmatic hernia after an innocuous injury. The patient was initially misdiagnosed as a left pleural effusion on the basis of chest X-ray and ultrasound findings. Finally, the diagnosis was confirmed on computerized scanning.

  20. Pleural Mass Lesion Containing Calcium Sludge

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    Can Kurkcuoglu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available   A 30 year-old man was admitted with of chest pain. Had a x-ray and computed tomography showed calcified pleural mass . Lesions in the white-colored, dense mud was the consistency of the material.

  1. The role of PET in the evaluation of pleural effusion

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    Lee, Jae Cheol; Ryoo, Baek Yeol

    2000-12-01

    The evaluation of pleural abnormality in patients with lung cancer is very important to decide whether curative resection is indicated or not. We investigated the diagnostic validity of FDG-PET to differentiate benign and malignant pleural disease. Sixteen patients with pleural irregularity or fluid in CT or simple Chest X-ray were enrolled (12 men and 4 women; age range 39-71 years; median age 59 years). FDG-PET was interpreted as positive if pleural activity was greater than background mediastinal activity (FDG-PET uptake ratio of pleura to mediastinum > 1). The results of FDG-PET were compared to cytological or histological data. Twelve patients had a pleural metastasis of lung cancer and 4 patients had a benign pleural disease such as empyema, tuberculosis. FDG-PET uptake in pleura revealed positive findings in 8 of the 12 patients with metastatic pleural disease and in 3 of the 4 patients without malignant pleural lesion. We could not find the cut-off point in FDG-PET uptake ratio of pleura to mediastinum to differentiate benign and malignant pleural lesion. FDG-PET uptake was higher in patients with high tumor burden (LDH > 10000 IU/L and glucose < 60mg/dl in pleural fluid). The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, and accuracy of FDG-PET for detecting pleural metastasis were 67%, 25%, 73%, 20% and 56%, respectively. These preliminary results show that FDG-PET is not useful to differentiate benign inflammatory pleural disease and malignant pleural lesion. However, because the number of patients with benign pleural disease was small, re-evaluation with larger groups of patients is needed to draw a definite conclusion.

  2. A case of simultaneous bilateral spontaneous pneumothorax after the Nuss procedure.

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    Matsuoka, Shunichiro; Miyazawa, Masahisa; Kashimoto, Kentaro; Kobayashi, Hiroaki; Mitsui, Fumihiko; Tsunoda, Hajime; Kunitomo, Kazuyoshi; Chisuwa, Hisanao; Haba, Yoshiaki

    2016-06-01

    We present a case of simultaneous bilateral spontaneous pneumothorax caused by a pleuro-pleural communication formed from Nuss procedure for pectus excavatum. A 17-year-old man with a history of Nuss operation complained chest pain and dyspnea. A chest roentgenogram demonstrated a tiny bilateral pneumothorax and two metallic bars inserted at the Nuss procedure. Computed tomography revealed furthermore a bulla in the apex of the left lung. The bilateral pneumothorax critically deteriorated after 4 days from onset and urgent bilateral chest drainages were performed. Nevertheless the drainages the full expansion of both lungs was not obtained and air leakage only from left side was continued. A video-assisted left bullectomy was performed 9 days after the tube insertion. The two bars penetrating anterior mediastinal pleura were thought to be a cause of the simultaneous bilateral spontaneous pneumothorax.

  3. Bilateral ekstrauterin graviditet

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    Kirkegaard, Ida; Kruse, Christina

    2009-01-01

    Bilateral tubal pregnancies are extremely rare and they are usually found after assisted reproductive techniques have been applied. A rare case of bilateral tubal pregnancy after natural conception, occurring in a woman without any predisposing factors for ectopic pregnancy, is presented....... The condition was diagnosed during laparoscopic surgery, and she was optimally treated with conservative tubal surgery. A short review of the literature is provided and discussed along with the clinical features, diagnostic difficulties and treatment options of bilateral tubal pregnancy. Udgivelsesdato: 2009...

  4. [Sarcomatoid pleural mesothelioma presenting as posterior mediastinal tumor with dysphagia].

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    Togashi, K; Hosaka, Y; Sato, K

    2007-01-01

    Case 1: A 46-year-old man with dysphagia, chest pain and cough admitted to our department. Radiological studies demonstrated a solid mass with a maximal diameter of 5cm at the posterior mediastinum. The tumor was resected, then postoperative radiotherapy (60Gy) and chemotherapy were performed. Results of histological and immunohistochemical study showed that the tumor consisted of sarcomatoid mesothelioma. The patient died of recurrence with bone metastasis 6 months after surgery. Case 2: A 76-year-old man with dysphagia, chest pain and cough admitted to our department Radiological studies demonstrated a solid mass with a maximal diameter of 12cm in the posterior mediastinum. accompanied by abundant effusion in the bilateral pleural cavities. The patient underwent open biopsy and histological and immunohistochemical study showed that the tumor consisted of sarcomatoid mesothelioma. The patient died of multiple organ failure on the 1st postoperative day. We report extremely rare cases of sarcomatoid mesothelioma that appeared to be posterior mediastinal tumor before surgery, and discuss the difficulty of diagnosing sarcomatoid mesothelioma with atypical clinical manifestations.

  5. Inversión extranjera directa, movilidad laboral y derrames de conocimiento en Costa Rica Foreign direct investment, labor mobility and knowledge spillovers in Costa Rica

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    Ricardo Monge González

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo busca determinar la existencia e importancia de los derrames de conocimiento asociados con la movilidad laboral desde las multinacionales (MNCS que operan bajo el régimen de zonas francas (ZF en Costa Rica; es decir, el impacto de tales derrames de conocimiento sobre el desempeño de las empresas locales que contratan ex empleados de MNCS. Se observó que, de un total de 41 149 empleados de MNCS que dejaron de laborar para estas empresas entre el 2001 y el 2007, un tercio se trasladó a empresas locales (15 139. El impacto de los derrames de conocimiento sobre el desempeño de empresas locales se midió en términos de tres variables: ventas, empleo y productividad media del trabajo; para esto se empleó un panel de empresas locales para el periodo que va del 2007 al 2009. Mediante el empleo de modelos econométricos sugeridos por la literatura en este campo, se encontró evidencia de que las empresas locales que han contratado ex empleados de MNCS obtienen un mejor desempeño en términos de crecimiento de sus ventas y empleo, que aquellas empresas locales que no contratan ex empleados de MNCS. Es decir, se obtuvo una clara evidencia de la externalidad positiva asociada con los derrames de conocimiento para Costa Rica, producto de la movilidad laboral desde las MNCS. No se encontró esta evidencia cuando el desempeño de las empresas locales se mide en términos de la productividad media del trabajador. Finalmente, los resultados señalan la importancia de llevar a cabo nuevas investigaciones sobre la capacidad de absorción de las empresas locales para potenciar más los impactos positivos de los derrames de conocimiento, así como respecto al impacto de tales derrames sobre la productividad total de los factores.This paper aims to determine the existence of knowledge spillovers associated to labor mobility from multinational companies (MNCS operating in Costa Rica. That is, the impact of such knowledge spillovers over the

  6. Bilateralism and free trade

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    S. Goyal (Sanjeev); S. Joshi

    1999-01-01

    textabstractIn recent years, there has been a great deal of research on the relative merits of multilateralism and bilateralism and their implications for the nature of the trading regime between countries. In this paper we explore the scope of bilateral free-trade agreements as a foundation for

  7. [Hemorrhagic bilateral renal angiomyolipoma].

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    Benjelloun, Mohamed; Rabii, Redouane; Mezzour, Mohamed Hicham; Joual, Abdenbi; Bennani, Saâd; el Mrini, Mohamed

    2003-09-01

    Renal angiomyolipoma is a rare benign tumour, often associated with congenital diseases especially de Bourneville's tuberous sclerosis. Bilateral angiomyolipoma is exceptional. The authors report a case of bilateral renal angiomyolipoma in a 33-year-old patient presenting with haemorrhagic shock. In the light of this case and a review of the literature, the authors discuss the diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of this disease.

  8. Bilateral microform cleft lip

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    Pace, David; Attard Montalto, Simon; Grech, Victor E.

    2006-01-01

    Microform cleft lip (MCL), also called congenital healed cleft lip or cleft lip "frustré", is a rare congenital anomaly. MCL has been described as having the characteristic appearance of a typical cleft lip which has been corrected in utero. We present a girl with bilateral microform cleft lip associated with a preauricular sinus and bilateral camptodactyly.

  9. Bilateral assymetric epidural hematoma

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    Edmundo Luis Rodrigues Pereira

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Acute bilateral extradural hematoma is a rare presentation of head trauma injury. In sporadic cases, they represent 0.5-10% of all extradural hematomas. However, higher mortality rates have been reported in previous series. Case Description: The authors described the case of a 28-year-old male presenting head injury, comatose, Glasgow Coma Scale of 6, anisocoric pupils without puppilary light reflex. Computed tomography showed asymmetric bilateral epidural hematomas, effacement of the lateral ventricles and sulci, midline shift and a bilateral skull fracture reaching the vertex. Surgical evacuation was performed with simultaneous hematoma drainage. Patient was discharged on the 29 th postoperative day with no neurological deficit. Conclusion: The correct approach on bilateral epidural hematomas depends on the volume, moment of diagnosis, and neurological deficit level. Simultaneous drainage of bilateral hematomas has been demonstrated to be an effective technique for it, which soon decreases the intracranial pressure and promotes an efficient resolution to the neurological damage.

  10. Correlación clínica-ecocardiográfica-hemodinámica en los pacientes con derrame pericárdico severo sometidos a pericardiocentesis

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    Sánchez Hidalgo, Antonio

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    Introducción: El taponamiento cardiaco es el síndrome causado por la compresión del corazón por el derrame pericárdico a tensión. Previamente a la introducción del ecocardiograma solo se reconocían los taponamientos que tenían una clara repercusión clínica y que, por tanto, eran los más severos. Asimismo, la pericardiocentesis con monitorización de las presiones intrapericárdicas e intracavitarias ha permitido identificar grados de taponamiento poco severos que no se reconocen clínicamente...

  11. El caso de derrame de mercurio en Choropampa y los daños a la salud en la población rural expuesta

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    El año 2000, un derrame de mercurio metálico que se evaporó en el ambiente, afectó la salud de más de mil campesinos, quienes, ocho años después, siguen sufriendo las consecuencias en su salud. La minería moderna no garantiza adecuados mecanismos de manejo, control y mitigación del impacto ambiental y la autoridad pública no otorga el derecho a la salud de poblaciones de los entornos mineros las cuales, desde el punto de vista del derecho a la salud ambiental, debieran ser consideradas como s...

  12. Correlación clínica-ecocardiográfica-hemodinámica en los pacientes con derrame pericárdico severo sometidos a pericardiocentesis

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    Sánchez Hidalgo, Antonio

    2012-01-01

    Introducción: El taponamiento cardiaco es el síndrome causado por la compresión del corazón por el derrame pericárdico a tensión. Previamente a la introducción del ecocardiograma solo se reconocían los taponamientos que tenían una clara repercusión clínica y que, por tanto, eran los más severos. Asimismo, la pericardiocentesis con monitorización de las presiones intrapericárdicas e intracavitarias ha permitido identificar grados de taponamiento poco severos que no se reconocen clínicamente...

  13. [Contribution of pleural fluid analysis to the diagnosis of pleural effusion].

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    Ferreiro, Lucía; Toubes, María Elena; Valdés, Luis

    2015-08-21

    Analysis of pleural fluid can have, on its own, a high diagnostic value. In addition to thoracocentesis, a diagnostic hypothesis based on medical history, physical examination, blood analysis and imaging tests, the diagnostic effectiveness will significantly increase in order to establish a definite or high probable diagnosis in a substantial number of patients. Differentiating transudates from exudates by the classical Light's criteria helps knowing the pathogenic mechanism resulting in pleural effusion, and it is also useful for differential diagnosis purposes. An increased N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide, both in the fluid and in blood, in a due clinical context, is highly suggestive of heart failure. The presence of an increased inflammatory marker, such as C-reactive protein, together with the presence of over 50% of neutrophils is highly suggestive of parapneumonic pleural effusion. If, in these cases, the pH is 45 U/L and>50% lymphocytes is suggestive of tuberculosis. If a malignant effusion is suspected but the cytological result is negative, increased concentrations of some markers in the pleural fluid can yield high specificity values. Increased levels of mesothelin and fibruline-3 are suggestive of mesothelioma. Immunohistochemical studies can be useful to differentiate reactive mesothelial cells, mesothelioma and metastatic adenocarcinoma. An inadequate use of the information provided by the analysis of pleural fluid would results in a high rate of undiagnosed effusions, which is unacceptable in current clinical practice.

  14. "Fluid color" sign: a useful indicator for discrimination between pleural thickening and pleural effusion.

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    Wu, R G; Yang, P C; Kuo, S H; Luh, K T

    1995-10-01

    Color Doppler imaging has been applied traditionally in the evaluation of cardiovascular diseases. Recently it was observed that color signal may appear within the fluid collection in the pleural space during respiratory and cardiac cycles ("fluid color sign"). We performed this applicability of fluid color sign to the detection of pleural fluid capable of being removed to assess needle aspiration. From July 1992 to February 1994, we prospectively analyzed 76 patients who were suspected of having minimal pleural effusion on the basis of their chest radiographs. All patients were examined by color Doppler ultrasonography for the presence of fluid color sign, which was followed by needle aspiration to verify the presence of pleural effusion. Among the 65 patients with aspiratable fluid, 58 demonstrated positive fluid color sign (sensitivity 89.2%). None of the patients with solid pleural thickening showed fluid color sign (specificity 100%). With its relatively high sensitivity and specificity, the fluid color sign may be a useful diagnostic aid to real-time, gray scale ultrasonography for minimal or loculated effusion.

  15. Pleural Fluid Pentraxin-3 for the Differential Diagnosis of Pleural Effusions

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    Yeo, Chang Dong; Kim, Jin Woo; Cho, Mi Ran; Kang, Ji Young; Kim, Young Kyoon; Lee, Sang Haak; Park, Chan Kwon; Kim, Sang Ho; Park, Mi Sun; Yim, Hyeon Woo; Park, Jong Y.

    2013-01-01

    Background Conventional biomarkers cannot always establish the cause of pleural effusions; thus, alternative tests permitting rapid and accurate diagnosis are required. The primary aim of this study is to assess the ability of pentraxin-3 (PTX3) in order to diagnose the cause of pleural effusion and compare its efficacy to that of other previously identified biomarkers. Methods We studied 118 patients with pleural effusion, classified as transudates and exudates including malignant, tuberculous, and parapneumonic effusions (MPE, TPE, and PPE). The levels of PTX3, C-reactive protein (CRP), procalcitonin (PCT) and lactate in the pleural fluid were assessed. Results The levels of pleural fluid PTX3 were significantly higher in patients with PPE than in those with MPE or TPE. PTX3 yielded the most favorable discriminating ability to predict PPE from MPE or TPE by providing the following: area under the curve, 0.74 (95% confidence interval, 0.63-0.84), sensitivity, 62.07%; and specificity, 81.08% with a cut-off point of 25.00 ng/mL. Conclusion Our data suggests that PTX3 may allow improved differentiation of PPE from MPE or TPE compared to the previously identified biomarkers CRP and PCT. PMID:24416055

  16. A study to compare the diagnostic efficacy of closed pleural biopsy with that of the thoracoscopic guided pleural biopsy in patients of pleural effusion

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    Mishra, Ashwini Kumar; Verma, Sanjeev Kumar; Kant, Surya; Kushwaha, Ram Awadh; Garg, Rajiv; Kumar, Santosh; Prakash, Ved; Verma, Ajay; Sagar, Mala

    2016-01-01

    Background: The diagnostic approach to exudative pleural effusion remains an underappreciated aspect of modern thoracic medicine. 15-20% of the pleural effusions remain undiagnosed. The most efficient approach to pleural exudates remains uncertain and controversial particularly if acquisition of pleural tissue is required. The clinician needs to consider various factors when confronted with the choice between closed pleural biopsy (CPB) and thoracoscopy. Hence this study was planned to compare the diagnostic efficacy of CPB and Thoracoscopic pleural biopsy (TPB). Materials and Methods: This was a prospective interventional study in patients of exudative pleural effusion. CPB was performed by Cope's biopsy needle. Then inspection of the pleural cavity was performed by single port rigid thoracoscope (KARL, STORZ TELECAM DX II 20 2330 20) with viewing angle of zero (0) degrees and biopsy taken from the diseased or unhealthy parietal pleura. Accordingly we compared the results of CPB and TPB. Results: 46 Patients underwent this study. In all 46 patients both CPB and TPB were performed. TPB was diagnostic in 36 cases (78.2%) while CPB was diagnostic only in 10 cases i.e. 21.7%. 10 (21,7%) cases remained undiagnosed. On thoracoscopic examination 30 patients were having nodularity, 25 (54.3%) were having adhesions and 20 (43.5%) were having hyperemia. 79.3% of the patients with nodularity turned out to be malignant and 71.4% of patients with adhesions and hyperemia tubercular. Conclusions: TPB has much greater diagnostic efficacy than CPB. PMID:27169119

  17. Incremento del valor calórico del bagazo a partir de su empleo en derrames de hidrocarburos

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    Adolfo Brown-Gómez

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio con bagazo integral a la salida del tándem de la empresa azucarera “Héctor Molina” ”para evaluar sus potencialidades como material adsorbente con prestaciones en el control para derrames de hidrocarburos que pueden producirse como resultado de las deficiencias operacionales en las empresas azucareras. Para un bagazo con una densidad aproximada de 80 kg/m3, se evaluó la incidencia del contenido de humedad y la granulometría de la fibra en su capacidad de adsorción. Los resultados alcanzados indican que la humedad promedio del bagazo integral oscila alrededor de 47,63 % a la salida del tándem y que el valor más efectivo pertenece al tamiz de 3,15 mm, donde el 55,85 % del bagazo logra pasar, demostrando así el alto grado de preparación que recibe la caña en los molinos o tándem de ese central. De igual forma se comprobó la incidencia de los contenidos de humedad de la fibra en la adsorción de hidrocarburos, donde el bagazo con un contenido promedio de humedad de 31,57 % es capaz de adsorber 4,94 g hidrocarburo/ g bagazo, valores que se incrementan cuando el contenido de humedad promedio es de 11,48 % hasta 5,68 g hidrocarburo/g bagazo. Se demostró que no se existe una proporcionalidad directa entre la reducción del contenido de humedad y los niveles de adsorción, sobre el cual inciden también, otros aspectos como la viscosidad del hidrocarburo.

  18. ASBESTOS EXPOSURE AND SARCOMATOID MALIGNANT PLEURAL MESOTHELIOMA

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    Gorantla

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM is commonly associated with documented asbestos exposure. The mean interval between exposure and death is around 40 years. Sarcomatoid mesothelioma is the least common form of MPM. It is more aggressive and associated with worst prognosis. Adequate sampling is important for accurate diagnosis. Both VATS and image guided core needle biopsy have higher diagnostic yield compared to the closed pleural biopsy. IHC markers are used as an adjunct to tumour histopathology. The primary treatment options for sarcomatoid type are surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Median survival for patients with sarcomatoid tumours is typically less than six months. Patients in whom the diagnosis is made early have a survival benefit from multimodality therapeutic approach.

  19. Isolated pleural metastases from renal cell carcionoma

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    Eckardt, Jens; Ladegaard, Lars; Licht, Peter Bjorn

    2011-01-01

    A 71-year-old female was referred with three right-sided intrathoracic tumours. In 2003, she underwent radical left nephrectomy for renal cell cancer (RCC) clinical stage 1. She was since followed at her local hospital with annual computed tomography (CT)-scans during the first five years and did....... Histology demonstrated metastases from RCC which apparently can reach the parietal pleura without lung metastases. Keywords: Pleural metastasis; Renal cell cancer....

  20. Asbestos Burden Predicts Survival in Pleural Mesothelioma

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    Christensen, Brock C; Roelofs, Cora R.; Longacker, Jennifer L.; Marsit, Carmen J; Nelson, Heather H.; Kelsey, Karl T.; Godleski, John Joseph; Bueno, Raphael; Sugarbaker, David John

    2008-01-01

    Background: Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rapidly fatal asbestos-associated malignancy with a median survival time of < 1 year following diagnosis. Treatment strategy is determined in part using known prognostic factors. Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between asbestos exposure and survival outcome in MPM in an effort to advance the understanding of the contribution of asbestos exposure to MPM prognosis. Methods: We studied incident cases of MPM...

  1. [Pulmonary, pleural and pericardial manifestations of rickettsiosis].

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    Piéron, R; Lesobre, B; Mafart, Y; Meyniel, D; Coppin, M

    1976-01-01

    The authors report four observations of rickettsioses with R. conori (3 cases) or R. mooseri (1 case) with pericardial, pleural or pulmonary manifestations (2 cases). On this occasion, they recall that diagnosis of rickettsiosis can only be made on precise conditions: compatible clinical syndrome, significantly increasing then decreasing antibodies level, negative bacteriological and viral investigations and effectiveness of particular antibiotics. They also recall the main characteristics of pericardites, pleurisies, and pneumopathies produced by rickettsiae, probably more frequently than previously thought.

  2. The Pleural Mesothelium in Development and Disease

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    Hitesh eBatra

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The pleural mesothelium, derived from the embryonic mesoderm, is formed by a metabolically active monolayer of cells that blanket the chest wall and lungs on the parietal and visceral surfaces, respectively. The pleura and lungs are formed as a result of an intricate relationship between the mesoderm and the endoderm during development. Pleural Mesothelial Cells (PMCs are known to express Wilms tumor-1 (Wt1 gene and in lineage labeling studies of the developing embryo, PMCs were found to track into the lung parenchyma and undergo mesothelial-mesenchymal transition (MMT to form α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA-positive cells of the mesenchyme and vasculature. There is definite evidence that mesothelial cells can differentiate and this seems to play an important role in pleural and parenchymal pathologies. Mesothelial cells can differentiate into adipocytes, chondrocytes and osteoblasts; and have been shown to clonally generate fibroblasts and smooth muscle cells in murine models. This supports the possibility that they may also modulate lung injury-repair by re-activation of developmental programs in the adult reflecting an altered recapitulation of development, with implications for regenerative biology of the lung.

  3. Management of Parapneumonic Pleural Effusion in Adults.

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    Ferreiro, Lucía; San José, María Esther; Valdés, Luis

    2015-12-01

    Pleural infections have high morbidity and mortality, and their incidence in all age groups is growing worldwide. Not all infectious effusions are parapneumonic and, in such cases, the organisms found in the pleural space are not the same as those observed in lung parenchyma infections. The diagnostic difficulty lies in knowing whether an infectious effusion will evolve into a complicated effusion/empyema, as the diagnostic methods used for this purpose provide poor results. The mainstays of treatment are to establish an early diagnosis and to commence an antibiotic regimen and chest drain as soon as possible. This should preferably be carried out with fine tubes, due to certain morphological, bacteriological and biochemical characteristics of the pleural fluid. Fluid analysis, particularly pH, is the most reliable method for assessing evolution. In a subgroup of patients, fibrinolytics may help to improve recovery, and their combination with DNase has been found to obtain better results. If medical treatment fails and surgery is required, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is, at least, comparable to decortication by thoracotomy, so should only undertaken if previous techniques have failed. Further clinical trials are needed to analyze factors that could affect the results obtained, in order to define new evidence-based diagnostic and therapeutic strategies that provide more effective, standardized management of this disease. Copyright © 2014 SEPAR. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  4. Diagnosis and treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Rodríguez Panadero, Francisco

    2015-04-01

    There are three major challenges in the diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma: mesothelioma must be distinguished from benign mesothelial hyperplasia; malignant mesothelioma (and its subtypes) must be distinguished from metastatic carcinoma; and invasion of structures adjacent to the pleura must be demonstrated. The basis for clarifying the first two aspects is determination of a panel of monoclonal antibodies with appropriate immunohistochemical evaluation performed by highly qualified experts. Clarification of the third aspect requires sufficiently abundant, deep biopsy material, for which thoracoscopy is the technique of choice. Video-assisted needle biopsy with real-time imaging can be of great assistance when there is diffuse nodal thickening and scant or absent effusion. Given the difficulties of reaching an early diagnosis, cure is not generally achieved with radical surgery (pleuropneumonectomy), so liberation of the tumor mass with pleurectomy/decortication combined with chemo- or radiation therapy (multimodal treatment) has been gaining followers in recent years. In cases in which surgery is not feasible, chemotherapy (a combination of pemetrexed and platinum-derived compounds, in most cases) with pleurodesis or a tunneled pleural drainage catheter, if control of pleural effusion is required, can be considered. Radiation therapy is reserved for treatment of pain associated with infiltration of the chest wall or any other neighboring structure. In any case, comprehensive support treatment for pain control in specialist units is essential: this acquires particular significance in this type of malignancy. Copyright © 2014 SEPAR. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  5. Bronchial fistula after lobar size reduction for bilateral lung transplantation in Kartagener's syndrome: a surgical challenge.

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    Brioude, Geoffrey; D'journo, Xavier Benoit; Reynaud-Gaubert, Martine; Thomas, Pascal Alexandre

    2013-07-01

    Bilateral lung transplantation was performed in a 52-year old man with end-stage Kartagener's syndrome. A postimplantation right lower lobectomy was required for volume reduction and dextrocardia. A bronchial fistula developed with an intractable colonized residual pleural cavity. Closure was obtained successfully with multiple-stage procedures including decortication, muscle flap and an open-window thoracostomy without modification of the immunosuppressive protocol.

  6. Alveolar‐filling growth pattern of sarcomatoid malignant pleural mesothelioma

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    Hayakawa, Takamitsu; Tajima, Shogo; Takanashi, Yusuke; Takahashi, Tsuyoshi; Neyatani, Hiroshi; Funai, Kazuhito

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    A case of sarcomatoid malignant pleural mesothelioma showing extremely rare growth pattern is described. A 63‐year‐old man presented to our hospital with left pleural effusion. A computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest showed diffusely thickened left visceral and parietal pleura associated with intermingled pulmonary infiltrative shadowing. Biopsy of the pleura under general anaesthesia confirmed the diagnosis of sarcomatoid malignant pleural mesothelioma. The patient underwent left extra‐...

  7. Pleural vasculitides of microscopic polyangiitis with asbestos‐related plaques

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    Hara, Ayako; Kinoshita, Yoshinori; Hosoi, Keita; Okumura, Yoshitomo; Song, Misa; Min, Kyongyob

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    Abstract A 69‐year‐old man who had been exposed to asbestos for approximately 40 years presented with the complaint of fever and pleuritic chest pain on the right side on deep inspiration. Chest X‐ray films showed pleural effusion in the right side. Initial antibiotic treatment was ineffective. The hyaluronic acid level was high in the pleural effusion but no malignant mesotheliomal cells were seen with blind pleural biopsy. Blood chemistry showed a remarkable high titer of myeloperoxidase an...

  8. The utility of ultrasound-guided thoracentesis and pleural biopsy in undiagnosed pleural exudates.

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    Koegelenberg, Coenraad Frederik N; Irusen, Elvis Malcom; von Groote-Bidlingmaier, Florian; Bruwer, Johannes Willem; Batubara, Enas Mansour A; Diacon, Andreas Henri

    2015-10-01

    We assessed the utility of ultrasound to guide the selection of closed pleural biopsy technique and site and to assess the respective contributions of repeat thoracentesis and closed pleural biopsy in 100 consecutive patients with undiagnosed pleural exudates. Thoracentesis was more likely to be diagnostic in TB than malignancy (77.8% vs 31.0%, p<0.001). The addition of ultrasound-guided biopsy increased the combined yield for all diagnoses from 48.0% to 90.0% (p<0.001), for malignancy from 31.0% to 89.7% (p<0.001) and for TB from 77.8% to 88.9% (p=0.688). Our findings suggest that this minimally invasive approach has a high diagnostic yield. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights-licensing/permissions.

  9. Toracocentese e biópsia pleural Thoracentesis and pleural biopsy

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    Roberta Sales

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available A toracocentese é o método de escolha para a obtenção de amostras de líquido pleural. Embora seja considerado um procedimento pouco invasivo, é fundamental que a toracocentese obedeça a uma técnica padronizada com a finalidade de aprimorar a chance de diagnóstico e minimizar riscos. A biópsia de pleura tem por objetivo ampliar e complementar a chance de diagnóstico das doenças pleurais, sendo indicada em casos selecionados.Thoracentesis is the method of choice for obtaining samples of pleural fluid. Although it is considered a minimum invasive procedure, it is crucial to follow a standardized technique with the purpose of optimizing the chance of diagnosis and minimizing risks. The pleura biopsy may enlarge and complement the chance of diagnosis of the pleural diseases and is indicated in selected cases.

  10. Bilateral Control - Operational enhancements

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    Altınışık, Ahmet; Altinisik, Ahmet

    2006-01-01

    A succinct definition of the word bilateral is having two sides [1]. In robotics the term bilateral control is used to define the specific interaction of two systems by means of position and/or force. Bilateral systems are composed of two sides named master and slave side. The aim of such an arrangement is such that position command dictated by master side is followed by a slave side, and at the same time the force sensation of the remote environment experienced by slave is transferred to the...

  11. Pregnancy following bilateral salpingectomy

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    Oturai, Annette Bang

    2008-01-01

    This report presents a rare case of spontaneous pregnancy following bilateral salpingectomy. A woman with a history of bilateral salpingectomy was admitted to hospital because of abdominal pain and positive urine HCG. Surprisingly, ultrasound confirmed a live intrauterine fetus. The pregnancy...... was unwanted, and the woman decided to terminate the pregnancy. She was offered diagnostic examination to localise a potential fistula, but she declined. In a MEDLINE search of English literature this is only the second case of spontaneous pregnancy following bilateral salpingectomy Udgivelsesdato: 2008/4/21...

  12. Soluble mesothelin-related protein in pleural effusion from patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Fujimoto, Nobukazu; Gemba, Kenichi; Asano, Michiko; Wada, Sae; Ono, Katsuichiro; Ozaki, Shinji; Kishimoto, Takumi

    2010-03-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a highly aggressive neoplasm primarily arising from surface serosal cells of the pleura and is strongly associated with asbestos exposure. Patients with MPM often develop pleural fluid as initial presentation. However, cytological diagnosis using pleural fluid is usually difficult and has limited utility. A useful molecular marker for differential diagnosis particularly with lung cancer (LC) is urgently needed. The aim of the present study was to investigate the diagnostic value of soluble mesothelin-related protein (SMRP) in pleural fluid. Pleural fluids were collected from 23 patients with MPM, 38 with LC, 26 with benign asbestos pleurisy (BAP), 5 with tuberculosis pleurisy (TP) and 4 with chronic heart failure (CHF), and the SMRP concentration was determined. All data were analyzed by using non-parametric two-sided statistical tests. The median concentration of SMRP in MPM, LC, BAP, TP and CHF were 11.5 (range 0.90-82.80), 5.20 (0.05-36.40), 6.65 (1.45-11.25), 3.20 (1.65-6.50) and 2.03 (1.35-2.80) nmol/l, respectively. The SMRP concentration was significantly higher in MPM than in the other diseases (P=0.001). The area under the ROC curve (AUC) values of the MPM diagnosis was 0.75 for the differential diagnosis from the other groups. Based on the cut-off value of 8 nmol/l, the sensitivity and specificity for diagnosis of MPM were 70.0 and 68.4%, respectively. These results indicate that the SMRP concentration in pleural fluid is a useful marker for the diagnosis of MPM.

  13. Diffusion-weighted MR imaging of pleural fluid: differentiation of transudative vs exudative pleural effusions

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    Baysal, T.; Bulut, T.; Dusak, A.; Dogan, M. [Department of Radiology, Inoenue University School of Medicine, Turgut Oezal Medical Center, 44069, Malatya (Turkey); Goekirmak, M.; Kalkan, S. [Department of Pulmonary Diseases, Inoenue University School of Medicine, Turgut Oezal Medical Center, 44069, Malatya (Turkey)

    2004-05-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the ability of diffusion-weighted MRI in differentiating transudative from exudative pleural effusions. Fifty-seven patients with pleural effusion were studied. Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) was performed with an echo-planar imaging (EPI) sequence (b values 0, 1000 s/mm{sup 2}) in 52 patients. The apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values were reconstructed from three different regions. Subsequently, thoracentesis was performed and the pleural fluid was analyzed. Laboratory results revealed 20 transudative and 32 exudative effusions. Transudates had a mean ADC value of 3.42{+-}0.76 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s. Exudates had a mean ADC value of 3.18{+-}1.82 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s. The optimum cutoff point for ADC values was 3.38 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s with a sensitivity of 90.6% and specificity of 85%. A significant negative correlation was seen between ADC values and pleural fluid protein, albumin concentrations and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) measurements (r=-0.69, -0.66, and -0.46, respectively; p<0.01). The positive predictive value, negative predictive value, and diagnostic accuracy of ADC values were determined to be 90.6, 85, and 88.5%, respectively. The application of diffusion gradients to analyze pleural fluid may be an alternative to the thoracentesis. Non-invasive characterization of a pleural effusion by means of DWI with single-shot EPI technique may obviate the need for thoracentesis with its associated patient morbidity. (orig.)

  14. Vascular endothelial growth factor in diagnosis of pleural effusion

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    Nasr H. Khalil

    2017-01-01

    Conclusion: VEGF pleural fluid level could differentiate between malignant and non malignant effusion, while could not differentiate between tuberculous and nontuberculous, or between parapneumonic and nonparapneumonic exudative effusions.

  15. Medical image of the week: bilateral atrial appendange thrombi

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    Ateeli H

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated at 150 words. A 63-year-old man with a past history significant for hypertension, low back pain and polysubstance abuse (tobacco and marijuana presented with shortness of breath and hemoptysis for the last 8 days prior to admission. His initial exam showed elevated jugular venous pressure and bilateral basal crackles with reduced air entry on the right lower lung zone. The patient was found to be in atrial fibrillation with a rapid ventricular response. His initial chest X-ray showed a moderate right-sided pleural effusion. Immediate bedside echo was concerning for bilateral ventricular dysfunction with concerns of right-sided heart pressure and volume overload. A chest CT angiogram was obtained and showed acute lower lobe pulmonary embolism, with possible distal infarct, moderate right sided pleural effusion, and filling defects in both atrial appendages concerning for thrombi (Figure 1, Panels A & B. The patient was started on therapeutic anticoagulation and underwent therapeutic thoracentesis, gentle diuresis, and ...

  16. Staged bilateral carotid endarterectomy

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    Schroeder, T; Sillesen, H; Engell, Hans Christian

    1986-01-01

    In a series of 56 staged bilateral carotid endarterectomies, new neurologic symptoms developed in 5% and 20% following the first and second procedure, respectively. All complications were transient or minor. The incidence of postendarterectomy hypertension was significantly higher following...

  17. Bilateral guaifenesin ureteral calculi.

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    Whelan, Chris; Schwartz, Bradley F

    2004-01-01

    We report on a patient with bilateral ureteral calculi composed of guaifenesin metabolite as determined by infrared spectroscopy. These stones may be associated with excessive guaifenesin intake related to the current popularity of ephedrine preparations.

  18. Echinoderms have bilateral tendencies.

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    Ji, Chengcheng; Wu, Liang; Zhao, Wenchan; Wang, Sishuo; Lv, Jianhao

    2012-01-01

    Echinoderms take many forms of symmetry. Pentameral symmetry is the major form and the other forms are derived from it. However, the ancestors of echinoderms, which originated from Cambrian period, were believed to be bilaterians. Echinoderm larvae are bilateral during their early development. During embryonic development of starfish and sea urchins, the position and the developmental sequence of each arm are fixed, implying an auxological anterior/posterior axis. Starfish also possess the Hox gene cluster, which controls symmetrical development. Overall, echinoderms are thought to have a bilateral developmental mechanism and process. In this article, we focused on adult starfish behaviors to corroborate its bilateral tendency. We weighed their central disk and each arm to measure the position of the center of gravity. We then studied their turning-over behavior, crawling behavior and fleeing behavior statistically to obtain the center of frequency of each behavior. By joining the center of gravity and each center of frequency, we obtained three behavioral symmetric planes. These behavioral bilateral tendencies might be related to the A/P axis during the embryonic development of the starfish. It is very likely that the adult starfish is, to some extent, bilaterian because it displays some bilateral propensity and has a definite behavioral symmetric plane. The remainder of bilateral symmetry may have benefited echinoderms during their evolution from the Cambrian period to the present.

  19. Quilotórax bilateral masivo en postoperatorio de gastrectomía subtotal Bilateral chylothorax after gastric surgery

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    E. Medina

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Quilotórax es el acúmulo de linfa en la cavidad pleural por obstrucción o rotura del conducto torácico. La etiología más frecuente es la neoplásica; se relaciona también con traumatismos y iatrogénica. Se presenta el caso de una mujer de 76 años con quilotórax bilateral, predominantemente derecho, durante el postoperatorio de una gastrectomía subtotal. Debutó con clínica de insuficiencia respiratoria y la evolución fue favorable sin precisar tratamiento reparador quirúrgico.Chylothorax is a lymphatic effusion of chylous in the pleural space due to thoracic duct obstruction or injury. The most frequent aetiology is cancer; it is also related to chest trauma and iatrogenic. We describe the case of bilateral chylothorax in a 76-year-old woman, right predominant, during the post-operational phase of gastric surgery. This presented itself with respiratory insufficiency and tachycardia without initial haemodynamic compromise. It presented a favourable evolution after conservative treatment, cessation of oral intake and TPN and chest tube during 10 to 14 days.

  20. Eosinophilia in Pleural Effusions: a Speculative Negative Predictor for Malignancy.

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    Chu, Fang-Yeh; Liou, Ching-Biau; Sun, Jen-Tang; Bei, Chia-Hao; Liou, Tse-Hsuan; Tan, N-Chi; Yu, Yun-Chieh; Chang, Chih-Chun; Yen, Tzung-Hai; Su, Ming-Jang

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    Eosinophilic pleural effusion (EPE) is an eosinophil count more than 10% on cytology of pleural samples. Recently, it was reported that malignancy had been the most prevalent cause inducing EPE. Therefore, we conducted an analysis on the prevalence and etiology of EPE and investigated the relationship between EPE and malignancy. Data for pleural cell differential count from patients receiving thoracentesis during the period from January 2008 to December 2013 were compared with clinical data and established diagnosis of patients obtained via electronic chart review. A total of 6,801 requests of pleural cytology from 3,942 patients with pleural effusion who had received thoracentesis were available at Far Eastern Memorial Hospital from 2008 to 2013, and of these subjects, 115 (2.9%) were found to have EPE. The most frequent cause of EPE was malignancy (33.0%, n=38), followed by parapneumonic effusions (27.8%, n=32), tuberculosis pleuritis (13.9%, n=16), transudate effusions (12.2%, n=14) and the presence of blood or air in pleural space (10.4%, n=12). Additionally, an inverse relationship of eosinophilia in pleural fluid was identified in patients with malignancy and EPE. The cut-off eosinophil count in pleural fluid was 15% for the most accurate discrimination between malignancy and benign disorders in patients with EPE. At the cut-off level, the sensitivity and specificity were 65.8% and 67.5%, respectively. Pleural fluid eosinophilia was a speculative negative predictor for malignancy, despite the fact that cancers, including lung cancers and metastatic cancers to lung, were the most leading cause of pleural fluid eosinophilia. An inverse correlation was observed between the pleural eosinophil percentage and the likelihood of malignancy in patients with EPE.

  1. Effect of aquaporin-q deletion on pleural fluid transport

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    JIANGJin-Jun; HONGQun-Ying; 等

    2003-01-01

    AIM:To investigate the role of aquaporin-1(AQP1)and sodium channel on pleural fluid transport.METHODS:Wild-type and AQP1 null mice were used in this study.After the mice were briefly anesthetized,0.25mL of hyperosmolar or isosmolar solution(containing terbutaline,amiloride or saline only)was infused into the pleural space.Then mice were sacrificed at scheduled times for measurement of pleural fluid osmolality or volume,RESULTS:After instillation of hyperosmolar fluid into the pleural space,the osmolality of pleural fluid in wild-type mice was higher than that in AQP1 null mice killed at the same time(1,2,5min).There was no difference in the isosmolar clearance between the wild-type and AQP1 null mice after injection of 0.25mL isosmolar fluid into the pleural space.Terbutaline increased the osmotic and isosmolar fluid transport across pleura,but these effects were not influenced by AQP1 dfeletion.In contrast,amiloride reduced osmotic and isosmolar pleural fluid transport and these effects were not influenced by AQP1 deletion.CONCLUSION;AQP1 water channels facilitated osmotic fluid transport across the pleural surface,However,AQP1 did not play an important role in pleural isosmolar fluid clearance.Sodium channel may play a role in osmotic and isosmolar pleural fluid transport.The effects of sodium channel on fluid transport across pleural space were not influenced by aquaporin-1 deletion.

  2. Pulmonary and pleural cysticercosis: a case report; Cisticercose pulmonar pleural: relato de um caso

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    Rodacki, Marco Antonio; Toni, Xisto A. de; Meira, Lisiane A.; Goncalves, Nelson L.; Oliveira, Godofredo G. [Hospital Santa Isabel, Blumenau, SC (Brazil); Toni, Guilherme de [Parana Univ., Curitiba, PR (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina

    1995-07-01

    The authors report a case of disseminated cysticercosis involving the lungs, pleura, brain and subcutaneous tissues. Plain chest X-rays and chest computed tomography showed multiple round ill defined nodular lesions scattered through the lungs and pleural surface, identified as cystic lesions by ultrasound. Calcified cysticerci were visualized in the subcutaneous tissues of the arms and thorax at the plain chest X-rays. Biopsy of subcutaneous nodes was performed, which results revealed cysticercosis. Brain CT demonstrated multiple calcified intraparenchymatous lesions, associated with cystic lesions, compatible with cysticercosis. Due to the rarity of the lung involvement by cysticercosis, an open lung biopsy was performed with partial resection of the lingula and two cystic lesions, which anatomo-pathological results revealed pleural and pulmonary cysticercosis. The pleural and pulmonary involvement is extremely rare manifestation of a rather common disease, usually due to heavy infestation of Taenia solium larvae. As a far as we know, we did not see clear illustration of proved lung and pleural cysticercosis fully documented in the world literature. (author). 5 refs., 7 figs.

  3. The clinical relevance of asbestos-induced pleural fibrosis

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    Schwartz, D.A. (Department of Internal Medicine, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, (United States))

    1991-12-31

    Asbestos-induced pleural fibrosis is the most common radiographic abnormality among asbestos-exposed persons. Circumscribed pleural plaques and diffuse pleural thickening account for more than 90% of the asbestos-induced chest wall abnormalities, and their prevalence is expected to increase for the next 15 to 20 years. Several investigators have recently found that pleural plaques and diffuse pleural thickening independently contribute to the development of restrictive lung function. The work presented in this paper indicates that asbestos-induced pleural fibrosis is also associated with evidence of interstitial lung abnormalities, even among those with normal parenchyma on chest X-ray film. These parenchymal abnormalities include an increased percentage of lymphocytes on bronchoalveolar lavage and an increase in the interstitial changes observed on high-resolution chest computerized tomography (HRCT) scan. However, neither a lymphocytic alveolitis nor an interstitial parenchymal fibrosis influenced the relationship between pleural fibrosis and restrictive lung function. We conclude that asbestos-induced pleural disease contributes to the development of restrictive lung function and identify a group of exposed individuals who are at excess risk of asbestosis.

  4. Pleural mesothelioma and venous thrombosis: the eosinophilia link

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    Aye Win

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Peripheral blood eosinophilia and vascular occlusions are rare occurrences in patients with pleural mesothelioma whereas eosinophilia may associate with thrombosis. We describe a patient with mesothelioma who developed peripheral blood eosinophilia followed by deep vein thrombosis despite being on low molecular weight heparin prophylaxis. We discuss the genesis of peripheral blood eosinophilia and thrombosis in pleural mesothelioma.

  5. The Differential Diagnostic Values of Cytokine Levels in Pleural Effusions

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    Akarsu, Saadet; Kurt, A. Nese Citak; Dogan, Yasar; Yilmaz, Erdal; Godekmerdan, Ahmet; Aygun, A. Denizmen

    2005-01-01

    The aim is to examine whether the changes in pleural fluid interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-2, IL-6, and IL-8 levels were significant in differential diagnosis of childhood pleural effusions. IL-1β, IL-2, IL-6, and IL-8 levels in pleural fluids of all 36 patients were measured. The levels of IL-1β, IL-2, IL-6, and IL-8 in pleural fluids were statistically significantly higher in the transudate group compared with those of the exudate group. The levels of IL-1β, IL-6, and IL-8 were also found to be statistically significantly higher in the empyema group compared with both the parapneumonic and the tuberculous pleural effusion groups. The levels of IL-2 and IL-6 were detected to be statistically significantly higher in the tuberculous pleural effusion group in comparison with those of the parapneumonic effusion group. The results showed that pleural fluids IL-1β, IL-2, IL-6, and IL-8 could be used in pleural fluids exudate and transudate distinction. PMID:15770060

  6. In vivo light dosimetry for pleural PDT

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    Dimofte, Andreea; Zhu, Timothy C.; Finlay, Jarod C.; Culligan, Melissa; Edmonds, Christine E.; Friedberg, Joseph S.; Cengel, Keith; Hahn, Stephen M.

    2009-02-01

    In-vivo light Dosimetry for patients undergoing photodynamic therapy (PDT) is one of the important dosimetry quantities critical for predicting PDT outcome. This study examines the light fluence (rate) delivered to patients undergoing pleural PDT as a function of treatment time, treatment volume and surface area, and its accuracy as a function of the calibration accuracies of each isotropic detector and the calibration integrating sphere. The patients studied here were enrolled in Phase II clinical trial of Photofrin-mediated PDT for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer with pleural effusion. The ages of the patients studied varied from 34 to 69 year old. All patients were administered 2mg per kg body weight Photoprin 24 hours before the surgery. Patients undergoing photodynamic therapy (PDT) are treated with laser light with a light fluence of 60 J/cm^2 at 630nm. Fluence rate (mW/cm^2) and cumulative fluence (J/cm^2) was monitored at 7 different sites during the entire light treatment delivery. Isotropic detectors were used for in-vivo light dosimetry. The anisotropy of each isotropic detector was found to be within 30%. The mean fluence rate delivery varied from 37.84 to 94.05 mW/cm^2 and treatment time varied from 1762 to 5232s. We have established a correlation between the treatment time and the treatment volume. The results are discussed using an integrating sphere theory and the measured tissue optical properties. The result can be used as a clinical guideline for future pleural PDT treatment.

  7. Duodenal Metastasis of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

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    Huang-Chi Chen

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Metastatic malignant mesothelioma of the pleura is uncommon at the time of initial diagnosis. The gastrointestinal lumen is rarely found at autopsy in patients with widespread disease. Here, we describe an extremely rare case of isolated duodenal metastasis of sarcomatoid mesothelioma of the pleura in a 73-year-old man, without memory of any direct exposure to asbestos. The possibility of gastrointestinal tract metastasis should be considered in the presence of anemia or positive occult blood test in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma.

  8. Escleritis posterior bilateral Bilateral posterior scleritis

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    A. Zurutuza

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available La escleritis posterior es un proceso inflamatorio de la parte posterior de la esclera. Su prevalencia es muy baja y el diagnóstico puede resultar complicado por la ausencia de signos oculares externos. Es más frecuente en mujeres. Cuando aparece en pacientes jóvenes no suele tener otras patologías asociadas, pero en mayores de 55 años hasta un tercio de los casos tienen relación con alguna enfermedad sistémica, sobre todo la artritis reumatoide. El diagnóstico de esta patología puede requerir un abordaje multidisciplinar y la colaboración de oftalmólogos con neurólogos, internistas o reumatólogos. En este artículo se describe un caso de escleritis posterior bilateral idiopática.Posterior scleritis is an inflammatory process of the posterior part of the sclera. Its prevalence is very low and its diagnosis can be complicated due to the absence of external ocular signs. It is more frequent in women. In young patients it does not usually have other associated pathologies, but in those over 55 years nearly one-third of the cases have a relation with some systemic disease, above all rheumatoid arthritis. The diagnosis of this pathology can require a multidisciplinary approach and the collaboration of ophthalmologists with neurologists, internists or rheumatologists. This article describes a case of idiopathic bilateral posterior scleritis.

  9. Alveolar-filling growth pattern of sarcomatoid malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Hayakawa, Takamitsu; Tajima, Shogo; Takanashi, Yusuke; Takahashi, Tsuyoshi; Neyatani, Hiroshi; Funai, Kazuhito

    2016-09-01

    A case of sarcomatoid malignant pleural mesothelioma showing extremely rare growth pattern is described. A 63-year-old man presented to our hospital with left pleural effusion. A computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest showed diffusely thickened left visceral and parietal pleura associated with intermingled pulmonary infiltrative shadowing. Biopsy of the pleura under general anaesthesia confirmed the diagnosis of sarcomatoid malignant pleural mesothelioma. The patient underwent left extra-pleural pneumonectomy. Histopathologically, the sarcomatoid spindle tumour cells changed their morphology to polygonal cells in the pulmonary parenchyma and grew upwards, filling the alveolar space without the destruction of its septa, showing an alveolar-filling growth pattern. The current report indicates a case of sarcomatoid pleural mesothelioma that shows an alveolar-filling growth pattern, despite having not been thoroughly categorized in the World Health Organization (WHO) classification.

  10. Pleural vasculitides of microscopic polyangiitis with asbestos-related plaques.

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    Hara, Ayako; Kinoshita, Yoshinori; Hosoi, Keita; Okumura, Yoshitomo; Song, Misa; Min, Kyongyob

    2015-12-01

    A 69-year-old man who had been exposed to asbestos for approximately 40 years presented with the complaint of fever and pleuritic chest pain on the right side on deep inspiration. Chest X-ray films showed pleural effusion in the right side. Initial antibiotic treatment was ineffective. The hyaluronic acid level was high in the pleural effusion but no malignant mesotheliomal cells were seen with blind pleural biopsy. Blood chemistry showed a remarkable high titer of myeloperoxidase anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (MPO-ANCA) and open renal biopsy suggested crescentic glomerulonephritis. The precise pathological examination on the pleura obtained by the open pleural biopsy showed vasculitides and plaque leading to diagnosis of microscopic polyangiitis (MPA). This is a rare case of MPA seen in the pleural arteries.

  11. Recommendations of diagnosis and treatment of pleural effusion. Update.

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    Villena Garrido, Victoria; Cases Viedma, Enrique; Fernández Villar, Alberto; de Pablo Gafas, Alicia; Pérez Rodríguez, Esteban; Porcel Pérez, José Manuel; Rodríguez Panadero, Francisco; Ruiz Martínez, Carlos; Salvatierra Velázquez, Angel; Valdés Cuadrado, Luis

    2014-06-01

    Although during the last few years there have been several important changes in the diagnostic or therapeutic methods, pleural effusion is still one of the diseases that the respiratory specialist have to evaluate frequently. The aim of this paper is to update the knowledge about pleural effusions, rather than to review the causes of pleural diseases exhaustively. These recommendations have a longer extension for the subjects with a direct clinical usefulness, but a slight update of other pleural diseases has been also included. Among the main scientific advantages are included the thoracic ultrasonography, the intrapleural fibrinolytics, the pleurodesis agents, or the new pleural drainages techniques. Copyright © 2013 SEPAR. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  12. INVESTIGATION ON MODEL OF INFLAMMATORY PLEURAL EFFUSION IN GUINEA PIGS

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    冯源; 殷凯生; 王祥

    2002-01-01

    Objective To establish an animal model of inflammatory pleural effusion.Methods Forty guinea pigs were divided into two groups: experimental group with 7 subgroups and control group. In the experimental group the right chest cavity of each guinea pig was injected with 0.8~1.0 ml of 1% carrageenan, and guinea pigs of each subgroup were killed and observed respectively on day 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10 and day 14 after injection.Results Occurring on day 1(within 24 hours), pleural effusion reached the maximum on day 2~3 after injection, so did the neutrophil count in pleural effusion and inflammation of both pleura and lungs and then gradually decreased. The fibrosis and adhesion of pleura appeared on day 7 and were obvious on day 10. The encysted pleurisy was formed on day 14.Conclusion The carrageenan is an ideal pleural inflammatory inducer. This animal model is useful for studying pleural effusion.

  13. A Very Rare Cause of Pleuritic Chest Pain: Bilateral Pleuritis as a First Sign of Familial Mediterranean Fever

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    Sevket Ozkaya

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The familial Mediterranean fever (FMF, also called recurrent polyserositis, is characterized by reccurrent episodes of serositis at pleura, peritoneum, and synovial membrane and fever. We present a patient with recurrent bilateral pleural effusion due to serositis attacks as a first sign of FMF. A 59-year-old Turkish man suffered from recurrent pleuritic chest pain due to pleural effusion and atelectasis. The etiology was not found, and his symptoms were spontaneously recovered during several weeks. The pleuritic chest pain was associated with abdominal pain in the last attack. The gene mutation analysis revealed the homozygosity of FMF (F479L gene mutation in both our patient and his grandchild. After the colchicine treatment, the attack has not developed. In conclusion, recurrent pleural effusion and pleuritic chest pain may be the first signs of the FMF.

  14. Pleural effusion: characterization with CT attenuation values and CT appearance.

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    Abramowitz, Yigal; Simanovsky, Natalia; Goldstein, Michael S; Hiller, Nurith

    2009-03-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the utility of CT in characterizing pleural effusions on the basis of attenuation values and CT appearance. We retrospectively analyzed 100 pleural effusions in patients who underwent chest CT and diagnostic thoracentesis within 48 hours of each other. On the basis of Light's criteria, effusions were classified as exudates or transudates using laboratory biochemistry markers. The mean value in Hounsfield units of an effusion was determined using a region of interest on the three slices with the greatest quantity of fluid. All CT scans also were reviewed for the presence of additional pleural features such as fluid loculation, pleural thickening, and pleural nodules. Twenty-two of the 100 pleural effusions were transudates and 78 were exudates. The mean attenuation of the exudates (7.2 HU; [SD] 9.4 HU; range, 21-28 HU) was not significantly lower than the mean attenuation of the transudates (10.1 HU; 6.9 HU; range, 0.3-32 HU), (p = 0.24). None of the additional CT features accurately differentiated exudates from transudates (p > 0.1). Fluid loculation was found in 58% of exudates and in 36% of transudates. Pleural thickening was found in 59% of exudates and in 36% of transudates. The clinical use of CT attenuation values to characterize pleural fluid is not accurate. Although fluid loculation, pleural thickness, and pleural nodules were more commonly found in patients with exudative effusions, the presence of these features does not accurately differentiate between exudates and transudates.

  15. Pleural fluid cell-free DNA integrity index to identify cytologically negative malignant pleural effusions including mesotheliomas

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    Sriram Krishna B

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The diagnosis of malignant pleural effusions (MPE is often clinically challenging, especially if the cytology is negative for malignancy. DNA integrity index has been reported to be a marker of malignancy. The aim of this study was to evaluate the utility of pleural fluid DNA integrity index in the diagnosis of MPE. Methods We studied 75 pleural fluid and matched serum samples from consecutive subjects. Pleural fluid and serum ALU DNA repeats [115bp, 247bp and 247bp/115bp ratio (DNA integrity index] were assessed by real-time quantitative PCR. Pleural fluid and serum mesothelin levels were quantified using ELISA. Results Based on clinico-pathological evaluation, 52 subjects had MPE (including 16 mesotheliomas and 23 had benign effusions. Pleural fluid DNA integrity index was higher in MPE compared with benign effusions (1.2 vs. 0.8; p Conclusion Pleural fluid DNA integrity index is a promising diagnostic biomarker for identification of MPEs, including mesothelioma. This biomarker may be particularly useful in cases of MPE where pleural aspirate cytology is negative, and could guide the decision to undertake more invasive definitive testing. A prospective validation study is being undertaken to validate our findings and test the clinical utility of this biomarker for altering clinical practice.

  16. Comparison of interferon-gamma release assays and adenosine deaminase of pleural fluid for the diagnosis of pleural tuberculosis

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    2014-01-01

    Objective To compare the diagnostic performance of interferon gamma releasing assays(T-SPOT.TB)and adenosine deaminase(ADA)in pleural tuberculosis,and therefore to evaluate the value of T-SPOT.TB in a high tuberculosis burden country.Methods From June 2011to November 2012,111 patients with pleural fluid in Beijing Chest Hospital,Capital Medical University were

  17. Evaluation of Serum and Pleural Levels of Angiopoietin-1 and Angiopoietin-2 in Children with Transudative and Exudative Pleural Effusions

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    Sanad, Mohammed; Shouman, Waheed; Gharib, Amal F.

    2011-01-01

    Objective Angiopoietins are involved in the pathogenesis of a variety of human diseases. We tried to evaluate the application of pleural and serum Angiopoietin-1 and 2 in categorizing pleural effusions (PEs) into exudates and transudates in children. Methods Pleural fluid (PF) and serum Angiopoietin (Ang)-1 and Ang-2 were measured in 80 children with PEs (40 transudative and 40 exudative) by using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Findings PF Ang-2 levels were significantly higher in pleural exudates than in transudates (P 0.012). PF Ang-2 levels were significantly higher than serum Ang-2 levels in patients with pleural exudates and transudates (Pexudates and those with transudates (Ptransudative and exudative effusions were 3ng/ml and 8ng/ml respectively. Predictive potentials of serum and PF Ang-2 cutoff points were: Sensitivity 90% and 95% respectively, specificity 92.50% and 97.50% respectively, positive predictive value 92.30% and 97.40% respectively and negative predictive value 90.20% and 95.10% respectively. Conclusion Ang-2 levels were elevated in exudative PEs and correlated with levels of markers of pleural inflammation and pleural vascular hyperpermeability. It could categorize PE to exudates and transudates with valuable discriminative properties. That was detected more obviously in pleural fluids than in serum. PMID:23056802

  18. Bilaterally Incarcerated Morgagni Hernia

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    Zuhal Demirhan Yananli

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    Full Text Available Morgagni hernia is a rare congenital diaphragmatic hernia. It is seen rarely bilaterally. Patients are usually asymptomatic. Therefore, diagnosis may be delayed until adulthood. Significant morbidity can occur in case complications arise and diagnosis is delayed. The patient, a 74 year-old female, presented in this article, was admitted to the emergency department with abdominal pain, vomiting, and shortness of breath. The plain abdominal radiograph of the patient revealed bowel obstruction and suspicious appearence in favor of the diaphragmatic hernia on both sides of the sternum. Computed tomography revealed bilaterally incarcerated Morgagni hernia with strangulated omentum in the right side of the sternum and a part of colon in the left side of sternum. Incarcerated organs were withdrawn to peritoneal cavity and defects of hernia were sutured primarily on laparatomy. Because bilateral incarcerated Morgagni hernia can be seen rarely, this case was reported.

  19. Bilateral inferior turbinate osteoma

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    Sahemey, R.; Warfield, A.T.; Ahmed, S.

    2016-01-01

    Osteomas are the most common benign osteoclastic tumours of the paranasal sinuses. However, nasal cavity and turbinate osteomas are extremely rare. Only nine middle turbinate, three inferior turbinate and one inferior turbinate osteoma cases have been reported to date. The present case report describes the management and follow-up of symptomatic bilateral inferior turbinate osteoma. A 60-year-old female presented with symptoms of bilateral nasal obstruction and right-sided epiphora. Radiological investigation found hypertrophic bony changes involving both inferior turbinates. The patient was managed successfully by endoscopic inferior turbinectomies in order to achieve a patent airway, with no further recurrence of tumour after 3 months postoperatively. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of bilateral inferior turbinate osteoma. We describe a safe and minimally invasive method of tumour resection, which has a better cosmetic outcome compared with other approaches. PMID:27534890

  20. Does selective pleural irradiation of malignant pleural mesothelioma allow radiation dose escalation. A planning study

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    Botticella, A.; Defraene, G. [KU Leuven - University of Leuven, Department of Oncology, Experimental Radiation Oncology, Leuven (Belgium); Nackaerts, K. [KU Leuven - University of Leuven, University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Leuven (Belgium); Deroose, C. [KU Leuven - University of Leuven, University Hospitals Leuven, Nuclear Medicine, Leuven (Belgium); Coolen, J. [KU Leuven - University of Leuven, University Hospitals Leuven, Radiology Department, Leuven (Belgium); Nafteux, P. [University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Leuven (Belgium); Vanstraelen, B. [University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Radiation Oncology, Leuven (Belgium); Joosten, S.; Michiels, L.A.W. [Fontys University of Applied Science, Institute Paramedical Studies, Medical Imaging and Radiotherapeutic Techniques, Eindhoven (Netherlands); Peeters, S. [KU Leuven - University of Leuven, Department of Oncology, Experimental Radiation Oncology, Leuven (Belgium); University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Radiation Oncology, Leuven (Belgium); Ruysscher, D. de [KU Leuven - University of Leuven, Department of Oncology, Experimental Radiation Oncology, Leuven (Belgium); Maastricht University Medical Center, GROW - School for Oncology and Developmental Biology, Department of Radiation Oncology (MAASTRO Clinic), Maastricht (Netherlands)

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    After lung-sparing radiotherapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), local failure at sites of previous gross disease represents the dominant form of failure. Our aim is to investigate if selective irradiation of the gross pleural disease only can allow dose escalation. In all, 12 consecutive stage I-IV MPM patients (6 left-sided and 6 right-sided) were retrospectively identified and included. A magnetic resonance imaging-based pleural gross tumor volume (GTV) was contoured. Two sets of planning target volumes (PTV) were generated for each patient: (1) a ''selective'' PTV (S-PTV), originating from a 5-mm isotropic expansion from the GTV and (2) an ''elective'' PTV (E-PTV), originating from a 5-mm isotropic expansion from the whole ipsilateral pleural space. Two sets of volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) treatment plans were generated: a ''selective'' pleural irradiation plan (SPI plan) and an ''elective'' pleural irradiation plan (EPI plan, planned with a simultaneous integrated boost technique [SIB]). In the SPI plans, the average median dose to the S-PTV was 53.6 Gy (range 41-63.6 Gy). In 4 of 12 patients, it was possible to escalate the dose to the S-PTV to >58 Gy. In the EPI plans, the average median doses to the E-PTV and to the S-PTV were 48.6 Gy (range 38.5-58.7) and 49 Gy (range 38.6-59.5 Gy), respectively. No significant dose escalation was achievable. The omission of the elective irradiation of the whole ipsilateral pleural space allowed dose escalation from 49 Gy to more than 58 Gy in 4 of 12 chemonaive MPM patients. This strategy may form the basis for nonsurgical radical combined modality treatment of MPM. (orig.) [German] Beim malignen Pleuramesotheliom (MPM) ist nach lungenschonender Radiotherapie das lokale Scheitern an Stellen eines frueheren, sichtbaren Tumors die dominierende Form des Scheiterns. Unser Ziel ist es, zu untersuchen, ob die selektive

  1. Bilateral Primary Intraocular Lymphoma

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    Mehrdad Karimi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To report a case of bilateral primary intraocular lymphoma. Case report: A 33-year-old man presented with bilateral blurred vision since two years ago. Examination revealed large keratic precipitates, anterior chamber reaction, posterior subcapsular cataracts, and vitreous infiltration. After a short trial of topical and periocular steroids, diagnostic 25-gauge pars plana vitrectomy was performed and cytologic evaluation of the aspirate confirmed a diagnosis of intraocular lymphoma. The patient was subsequently managed with intravitreal methotrexate in both eyes and responded favorably. Central nervous system workup for lymphoma was negative. Conclusion: Primary intraocular lymphoma should be considered in young adults suffering from chronic recalcitrant panuveitis.

  2. Light dose verification for pleural PDT.

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    Sandell, Julia L; Liang, Xing; Zhu, Timothy

    2012-02-13

    The ability to deliver uniform light dose in Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is critical to treatment efficacy. Current protocol in pleural photodynamic therapy uses 7 isotropic detectors placed at discrete locations within the pleural cavity to monitor light dose throughout treatment. While effort is made to place the detectors uniformly through the cavity, measurements do not provide an overall uniform measurement of delivered dose. A real-time infrared (IR) tracking camera is development to better deliver and monitor a more uniform light distribution during treatment. It has been shown previously that there is good agreement between fluence calculated using IR tracking data and isotropic detector measurements for direct light phantom experiments. This study presents the results of an extensive phantom study which uses variable, patient-like geometries and optical properties (both absorption and scattering). Position data of the treatment is collected from the IR navigation system while concurrently light distribution measurements are made using the aforementioned isotropic detectors. These measurements are compared to fluence calculations made using data from the IR navigation system to verify our light distribution theory is correct and applicable in patient-like settings. The verification of this treatment planning technique is an important step in bringing real-time fluence monitoring into the clinic for more effective treatment.

  3. [Benign pleural effusion caused by asbestos exposure].

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    Vieira, J R; Alfarroba, E; Viegas, J; Freitas e Costa, M

    1992-05-01

    The Authors present the first case described among us of benign pleural effusion of an asbestotic origin. They stress the importance of thoracoscopy (pleuroscopy) in the diagnosis of this situation. Attention is drawn to the fact that asbestotic lesions and asbestotic bodies have been found in the lung and, in particular, in the parietal pleura as well. They emphasize the fact that exposure to asbestos was not realized by the patient, which made the clarification of the situation more difficult. It was a CT scan that showed the signs suggestive of exposure to asbestos which raised the diagnostic suspicion. They conclude that every patient with a pleural effusion must be thoroughly questioned about exposure to asbestos. Even if the exposure is accepted, they consider that one should proceed to a pleuro-pulmonar biopsy by thoracoscopy. This biopsy allows demonstration of the characteristic histopathological lesions and rule out other etiologies, namely malignancy and tuberculosis. They suggest that these patients must be highly motivated to stop any smoking and kept under periodic surveillance.

  4. Pneumomediastinum, bilateral pneumothorax, pleural effusion, and surgical emphysema after routine apicectomy caused by vomiting.

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    Gulati, Archita; Baldwin, Andrew; Intosh, Ian Mc; Krishnan, A

    2008-03-01

    Mediastinal and subcutaneous emphysema may occur after dental and oral surgery as a result of iatrogenic introduction of air or injury to the tracheobronchial tree. We report a patient who developed emphysema and pneumothorax after dentoalveolar surgery, which made diagnosis and management difficult. We suggest that persistent postoperative vomiting caused inhalation of mediastinal and intrathoracic air.

  5. Failure Patterns After Hemithoracic Pleural Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

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    Rimner, Andreas, E-mail: rimnera@mskcc.org [Department of Radiation Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York (United States); Spratt, Daniel E. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York (United States); Zauderer, Marjorie G. [Department of Medicine, Thoracic Oncology Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York (United States); Rosenzweig, Kenneth E. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York (United States); Wu, Abraham J.; Foster, Amanda [Department of Radiation Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York (United States); Yorke, Ellen D. [Department of Medical Physics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York (United States); Adusumilli, Prasad; Rusch, Valerie W. [Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York (United States); Krug, Lee M. [Department of Medicine, Thoracic Oncology Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York (United States)

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    Purpose: We previously reported our technique for delivering intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) to the entire pleura while attempting to spare the lung in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). Herein, we report a detailed pattern-of-failure analysis in patients with MPM who were unresectable or underwent pleurectomy/decortication (P/D), uniformly treated with hemithoracic pleural IMRT. Methods and Materials: Sixty-seven patients with MPM were treated with definitive or adjuvant hemithoracic pleural IMRT between November 2004 and May 2013. Pretreatment imaging, treatment plans, and posttreatment imaging were retrospectively reviewed to determine failure location(s). Failures were categorized as in-field (within the 90% isodose line), marginal (<90% and ≥50% isodose lines), out-of-field (outside the 50% isodose line), or distant. Results: The median follow-up was 24 months from diagnosis and the median time to in-field local failure from the end of RT was 10 months. Forty-three in-field local failures (64%) were found with a 1- and 2-year actuarial failure rate of 56% and 74%, respectively. For patients who underwent P/D versus those who received a partial pleurectomy or were deemed unresectable, the median time to in-field local failure was 14 months versus 6 months, respectively, with 1- and 2-year actuarial in-field local failure rates of 43% and 60% versus 66% and 83%, respectively (P=.03). There were 13 marginal failures (19%). Five of the marginal failures (38%) were located within the costomediastinal recess. Marginal failures decreased with increasing institutional experience (P=.04). Twenty-five patients (37%) had out-of-field failures. Distant failures occurred in 32 patients (48%). Conclusions: After hemithoracic pleural IMRT, local failure remains the dominant form of failure pattern. Patients treated with adjuvant hemithoracic pleural IMRT after P/D experience a significantly longer time to local and distant failure than

  6. The case against performing pleural biopsies for the aetiological diagnosis of exudates.

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    Porcel, J M

    2017-04-19

    In most cases, the etiological diagnosis of pleural exudates does not require a pleural biopsy. However, when it is considered necessary, the biopsy should seldom be conducted using invasive methods such as thoracoscopy. Two paradigmatic examples are pleural tuberculosis and malignant effusions. In many centres, pleural fluid adenosine deaminase measurement has replaced closed pleural biopsies in the diagnosis of tuberculosis. Similarly, pathological and molecular studies on pleural fluid cell blocks or alternatively, image-guided pleural biopsies have drastically reduced the need for thoracoscopy. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and Sociedad Española de Medicina Interna (SEMI). All rights reserved.

  7. Bilateral chylothorax in a patient with chronic central vein thrombosis and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

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    Avdhesh Bansal

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The chylothorax is not a common presentation, and bilateral chylothorax in patients with chronically high central venous pressure secondary to venous thrombosis is a rare in incidence. We reported a case of bilateral chylothorax in a patient of chronic deep vein thrombosis (DVT in central veins with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension who presented with 2 weeks history of increased breathlessness, bilateral chest discomfort and weakness. Work-up with chest X-ray and ultrasonography-chest showed gross left sided and mild right sided pleural effusion, thoracocentesis was consistent with chylothorax. Contrast enhanced computed tomography-chest showed multiple collateral formation of left side subclavian vein, venous Doppler showed old DVT in right and left subclavian veins and two-dimensional echocardiogram showed finding of severe pulmonary hypertension. After 24 h of fasting and conservative management, pleural drain became clear and decreased in the amount. Patient′s video assisted thoracoscopic surgery was done, and thoracic duct was ligated and cut down at diaphragmatic level and bilateral talc pleurodesis done. Patient improved clinically and radiologically.

  8. Bilateral Naevus Of OTA

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    Ahmad Qazi Masood

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Naevus of Ota is a type of dermal melanocytic naevus characterized by extensive blue patch of dermal melanocytic pigmentation of the sclera and the skin adjacent to the eye. The condition is usually unilateral. Here we report a patient with bilateral naevus of Ota in view of the rarity of this condition.

  9. Bilateral chronic subdural hematoma

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    Andersen-Ranberg, Nina Christine; Poulsen, Frantz Rom; Bergholt, Bo

    2016-01-01

    OBJECTIVE Bilateral chronic subdural hematoma (bCSDH) is a common neurosurgical condition frequently associated with the need for retreatment. The reason for the high rate of retreatment has not been thoroughly investigated. Thus, the authors focused on determining which independent predictors ar...

  10. Thoracoscopic evaluation of 129 cases having undiagnosed exudative pleural effusions

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    Chetan Basavaraj Patil

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Medical thoracoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used in diagnostic and therapeutic applications for pleural diseases. In this study, we describe our experience in the outcome and analysis of thoracoscopy in undiagnosed pleural effusion presenting to our center. Materials and Methods: This is a prospective study conducted over last 2 years. We performed thoracoscopy in 129 cases of undiagnosed exudative pleural effusions using rigid thoracoscope. Clinical, radiological, cyto and histopathological data of the patients were collected prospectively and analyzed. Results: The overall diagnostic yield of thoracoscopic pleural biopsy was 110/129 (85.2% in patients with undiagnosed pleural effusion, and 19/129 (14.8% patients remained unexplained. Histopathological diagnosis confirmed malignancy in 66.4% patients (both primary and metastatic pleural carcinoma, tuberculosis in 28.2%, others including parapneumonic effusion in 4 cases followed by multiple myeloma, lupus pleuritis, and pulmonary langerhans cell histiocytosis in one case each. Procedure-related mortality was nil. Minor complications related to the procedure include hemorrhage, subcutaneous emphysema, etc. Conclusion: Thoracoscopy is relatively a safe and well-tolerated procedure with high diagnostic accuracy in undiagnosed pleural effusions, decreasing the need of formal diagnostic thoracotomy. Every chest physician must, therefore, consider this procedure to decrease the time lag in achieving the final diagnosis and to initiate the treatment as early as possible.

  11. El caso de derrame de mercurio en Choropampa y los daños a la salud en la población rural expuesta

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    Marco Arana-Zegarra

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available El año 2000, un derrame de mercurio metálico que se evaporó en el ambiente, afectó la salud de más de mil campesinos, quienes, ocho años después, siguen sufriendo las consecuencias en su salud. La minería moderna no garantiza adecuados mecanismos de manejo, control y mitigación del impacto ambiental y la autoridad pública no otorga el derecho a la salud de poblaciones de los entornos mineros las cuales, desde el punto de vista del derecho a la salud ambiental, debieran ser consideradas como sitios potencialmente peligrosos para la salud.

  12. Comparison of hormone transfer to pleural and synovial exudates.

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    Rovensky, Jozef; Simorova, Elizabet; Radikova, Zofia; Imrich, Richard; Greguska, Ondrej; Vigas, Milan; Macho, Ladislav

    2006-06-01

    Local effects of hormones on immune and connective tissues could play some role in the development of local inflammation processes. The aim of this study was to investigate the levels of selected hormones in pleural exudates of patients with pleurisy and lung tumours, and compare these levels with hormone concentration in knee synovial fluid. Eleven patients with pleural exudate (mean age 62+/-3) and l9 subjects with rheumatoid arthritis (of the same mean age) participated in the observations. Plasma, pleural exudates and synovial fluid levels of cortisol, prolactin, aldosterone, testosterone, 17-beta-estradiol, dehydroepiandrosterone, progesterone, insulin and C-peptide were determined by specific radioimmunoassay. It was noted that all estimated hormones are transferred into pleural exudates and synovial fluid. Higher levels of dehydroepiandrosterone and C-peptide were observed in pleural exudates as compared to plasma. The concentrations of testosterone, prolactin and estradiol in males were lower in exudates as compared to plasma. Mean levels of cortisol, aldosterone, progesterone and insulin in plasma were similar to these found in pleural exudates. The comparison of hormone levels in pleural exudates and synovial fluid showed that the levels of cortisol, progesterone and dehydroepiandrosterone tended to be higher in the exudates as compared to synovial fluid. However, the levels of insulin, testosterone and estradiol in exudates were lower than these in inflammatory synovial fluid from patients with rheumatoid arthritis. This study showed the presence of hormones in pleural exudates. The differences in hormone concentrations in pleural exudates and synovial fluid were observed suggesting a specificity of hormone transfer from plasma to these exudates.

  13. Limbic Encephalitis Driven by a Pleural Mesothelioma: A Paraneoplastic Complication

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    Jacob O. Day

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Paraneoplastic neurological syndromes have only been described with pleural mesothelioma in five cases. We have described a 72-year-old man who developed anterograde amnesia 27 months after diagnosis of epithelioid pleural mesothelioma. Investigations revealed a limbic encephalitis with no alternative causes identified. Limbic encephalitis is a classical paraneoplastic syndrome and presentation within five years of a cancer with no other causes identified is sufficient to diagnose a paraneoplastic etiology. This is the first case of isolated paraneoplastic limbic encephalitis driven by a pleural mesothelioma.

  14. Lymphangitic Carcinomatosis as a Cause of Malignant Transient Pleural Transudate

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    Raquel Garcia Sevila

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Although it is generally accepted that a malignant transient pleural transudate may appear during the early stages of lymphatic obstruction, cases demonstrating such probability are rare in literature. A 67-year-old woman was admitted to hospital because a lymphangitic carcinomatosis and a transudative infrapulmonary pleural effusion with a cytology positive for adenocarcinoma. One month later the effusion keeps being positive for adenocarcinoma but exudative in character. Lymphatic obstruction appears as the cause of the initial transudative characteristics of the pleural effusion.

  15. Apleural loose body mimicking a pleural tumor: A case report

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    Kim, Yoo Kyung; Shim, Sung Shine; Chun, Eun Mi; Won, Tae Hee; Park, Sang Hui [Ewha Womans University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    We present a rare case of a pleural loose body, thought to be a pedunculated pleural tumor, found incidentally in a 58-year-old female. Computed tomography showed a non-enhancing mass, which migrated along the mediastinum and paravertebral area. Thoracoscopic surgery revealed a 4 cm, soap-like mass that was found to be a fibrin body consisting of hyalinized collagen histopathologically. Mobility and the lack of contrast enhancement of a pleural mass are important clues to diagnosing this benign condition.

  16. Static mechanics of excised whole lung: pleural mechanics.

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    Ligas, J R; Primiano, F P; Saidel, G M

    1984-01-01

    Continuum analyses of lung mechanics require that the boundary condition of stress transmitted to the outermost alveoli be known. Depending upon the exact geometry of the pleural-parenchymal coupling, this stress could possibly be influenced by the pleural mechanical properties. The relation between pleural tension and extension ratio was obtained from tissue specimens from mongrel dog lungs. Using the worst-case geometry, this relationship was compared with the equivalent relation between pressure and volume ratio for the whole lung of the same mongrel dogs. The results of this comparison and a suitable mathematical analysis indicate that the pleura transmits applied pressure differences to the underlying alveolar walls essentially without modification.

  17. Use of indwelling pleural catheters for the definitive treatment of malignant pleural effusion

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    Fernando Conrado Abrão

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective: To evaluate the safety and feasibility of the use of indwelling pleural catheters (IPCs in patients with malignant pleural effusion (MPE. Methods: We prospectively collected data from patients with MPE undergoing IPC placement between January of 2014 and July of 2015. All patients submitted to IPC placement had a life expectancy > 30 days, in accordance with the MPE treatment guidelines established by the British Thoracic Society. The data collected included gender, age, body mass index, primary cancer site, duration of IPC drainage, IPC-related complications, length of hospital stay, pleural effusion recurrence, and occurrence of spontaneous pleurodesis. Results: A total of 19 patients underwent IPC placement during the study period. Median overall survival after IPC insertion was 145 days. The median follow-up among the surviving patients was 125 days (range, 53-485 days, and the median time between catheter insertion and removal was 31 days (range, 2-126 days. There were IPC-related complications in 5 patients (26.2%, and spontaneous pleurodesis was achieved in 8 (42.0%. Among those 8 patients, the IPC was removed between days 30 and 126 in 4, and spontaneous pleurodesis occurred within the first 30 days in 4. Conclusions: The use of IPCs seems to be feasible and safe in patients with MPE.

  18. Status of Exudative Pleural Effusion in Adults of South Khorasan Province, Northeast Iran: Pleural Tuberculosis Tending toward Elderly

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    Mortazavi-Moghaddam, Sayyed Gholam Reza; Sharifzadeh, Gholam Reza; Rezvani, Mohammad Reza

    2016-01-01

    The causes and situation of exudative pleural effusion vary from one area to another. A cross-sectional study was conducted on 327 patients with exudative pleural effusion in South Khorasan province (Iran). The patients were older than 12 years and comprised 172 (52.6%) males and 155 (47.4%) females. The study commenced in 2007 with seven years duration. The Light’s criteria were used to define exudative effusion. Procedures including pleural fluid analysis, microbiological study, pleural biopsy, and systemic investigations were conducted to determine the special cause of pleural effusion. The mean age of the patients was 63.4±18.4 years. Malignancies, tuberculosis, and parapneumonia pleural exudation were diagnosed in 125 (38.2%), 48 (14.7%), and 45 (13.8%) cases, respectively. Among malignant effusions, metastasis from lung cancer made 48 (38.4%) of the cases. The origin of metastasis was not determined in 44 (35.2%) patients. The mean age of patients was not significantly different between malignant (66.9±14.3 years) and tuberculosis (63.9±19.7 years) cases (P=0.16). The older age of tuberculosis patients could be a new discussion point on the overall impression created on the subject of tuberculosis pleural exudation (TB-PLE) occurring in young people. PMID:27365554

  19. Status of Exudative Pleural Effusion in Adults of South Khorasan Province, Northeast Iran: Pleural Tuberculosis Tending toward Elderly

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    Sayyed Gholam Reza Mortazavi-Moghaddam

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The causes and situation of exudative pleural effusion vary from one area to another. A cross-sectional study was conducted on 327 patients with exudative pleural effusion in South Khorasan province (Iran. The patients were older than 12 years and comprised 172 (52.6% males and 155 (47.4% females. The study commenced in 2007 with seven years duration. The Light’s criteria were used to define exudative effusion. Procedures including pleural fluid analysis, microbiological study, pleural biopsy, and systemic investigations were conducted to determine the special cause of pleural effusion. The mean age of the patients was 63.4±18.4 years. Malignancies, tuberculosis, and parapneumonia pleural exudation were diagnosed in 125 (38.2%, 48 (14.7%, and 45 (13.8% cases, respectively. Among malignant effusions, metastasis from lung cancer made 48 (38.4% of the cases. The origin of metastasis was not determined in 44 (35.2% patients. The mean age of patients was not significantly different between malignant (66.9±14.3 years and tuberculosis (63.9±19.7 years cases (P=0.16. The older age of tuberculosis patients could be a new discussion point on the overall impression created on the subject of tuberculosis pleural exudation (TB-PLE occurring in young people.

  20. Broncho-pleural fistula with hydropneumothorax at CT: Diagnostic implications in mycobacterium avium complex lung disease with pleural involvement

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    Yoon, Hyun Jung; Chung, Myung Jin; Lee, Kyung Soo; Park, Hye Yun; Koh, Won Jung [Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jung Soo [Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Inha University Hospital, Inha University School of Medicine, Incheon (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-04-15

    To determine the patho-mechanism of pleural effusion or hydropneumothorax in Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) lung disease through the computed tomographic (CT) findings. We retrospectively collected data from 5 patients who had pleural fluid samples that were culture-positive for MAC between January 2001 and December 2013. The clinical findings were investigated and the radiological findings on chest CT were reviewed by 2 radiologists. The 5 patients were all male with a median age of 77 and all had underlying comorbid conditions. Pleural fluid analysis revealed a wide range of white blood cell counts (410-100690/µL). The causative microorganisms were determined as Mycobacterium avium and Mycobacterium intracellulare in 1 and 4 patients, respectively. Radiologically, the peripheral portion of the involved lung demonstrated fibro-bullous changes or cavitary lesions causing lung destruction, reflecting the chronic, insidious nature of MAC lung disease. All patients had broncho-pleural fistulas (BPFs) and pneumothorax was accompanied with pleural effusion. In patients with underlying MAC lung disease who present with pleural effusion, the presence of BPFs and pleural air on CT imaging are indicative that spread of MAC infection is the cause of the effusion.

  1. Bilateral Symmetrical Parietal Extradural Hematoma

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    had multiple episodes of vomiting. ... careful planning, adequate exposure, judicious surgical approach, and time ... Key words: Bilateral extradural hematoma, CT scan, double ... Figure 4: Intraoperative photograph showing bilateral trephine.

  2. Malignant pleural mesothelioma in a child

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    Jed Brendan Scharf

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM is an aggressive malignancy that occurs extremely rarely in the pediatric population. It carries a dismal prognosis. Adult studies are often used to guide therapy in the pediatric population, as a limited number of case reports form the body of pediatric literature. Herein, we document the course and treatment of an 8-year old male diagnosed with MPM. The diagnosis came after he presented to his family physician with dyspnea and was found to have a large right-sided chest mass on subsequent imaging. Through an initial right pneumonectomy and subsequent chest wall excision, followed by chemotherapy with Pemetrexed and Cisplatin he remains virtually disease free today, almost 2 years following surgery.

  3. Aberrant DNA methylation profile in pleural fluid for differential diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Fujii, Masanori; Fujimoto, Nobukazu; Hiraki, Akio; Gemba, Kenichi; Aoe, Keisuke; Umemura, Shigeki; Katayama, Hideki; Takigawa, Nagio; Kiura, Katsuyuki; Tanimoto, Mitsune; Kishimoto, Takumi

    2012-03-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) usually develops pleural fluid. We investigated the value of DNA methylation in the pleural fluid for differentiating MPM from lung cancer (LC). Pleural fluid was collected from 39 patients with MPM, 46 with LC, 25 with benign asbestos pleurisy (BAP) and 30 with other causes. The methylation of O(6)-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT), p16(INK4a) , ras association domain family 1A (RASSF1A), death-associated protein kinase (DAPK), and retinoic acid receptor β (RARβ) was examined using quantitative real-time PCR. DNA methylation of RASSF1A, p16(INK4a), RARβ, MGMT and DAPK was detected in 12 (30.8%), 3 (7.7%), 11 (28.2%), 0 (0.0%) and five patients (12.8%) with MPM, and in 22 (47.8%), 14 (30.4%), 24 (52.2%), 1 (2.2%) and six patients (13.0%) with LC, respectively. The mean methylation ratios of RASSF1A, p16(INK4a) and RARβ were 0.37 (range 0.0-2.84), 0.11 (0.0-2.67) and 0.44 (0.0-3.32) in MPM, and 0.87 (0.0-3.14), 1.16 (0.0-5.35) and 1.69 (0.0-6.49) in LC, respectively. The methylation ratios for the three genes were significantly higher in LC than in MPM (RASSF1A, P = 0.039; p16(INK4a), P = 0.005; and RARβ, P = 0.002). Patients with methylation in at least one gene were 3.51 (95% confidence interval, 1.09-11.34) times more likely to have LC. Hypermethylation seemed no greater with MPM than with BAP. Extended exposure to asbestos (≧30 years) was correlated with an increased methylation frequency (P = 0.020). Hypermethylation of tumor suppressor genes in pleural fluid DNA has the potential to be a valuable marker for differentiating MPM from LC.

  4. Bilateral tibial hemimelia I.

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    Suganthy, J; Rassau, Marina; Koshi, Rachel; Battacharjee, Suranjan

    2007-05-01

    Congenital absence of tibia is a rare anomaly. We report a case of bilateral tibial hemimelia born to phenotypically normal parents. The two amputated legs with tibial dysplasia obtained from a 3-year-old boy were studied by radiography and anatomical dissection. The radiological evaluation revealed a normal hip joint. The lower end of femur was normal without any bifurcation, shortening or bowing. Fibula was present on both legs and there was no sign of bowing or doubling. Both right and left tibiae were absent. In addition, on the right side, five tarsal bones, two metatarsals and the corresponding digital rays were absent. On the left side, three tarsal bones were absent. Dissection of the amputated segments showed the presence of extensor digitorum longus, peroneus tertius, peroneus longus and brevis, gastrocnemius, and soleus. Following bilateral knee disarticulation the patient was fitted with prosthesis and is doing well.

  5. Acute bilateral emphysematous pyelonephritis

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    Surur, John

    2011-01-01

    The author reports the case of a well and fit patient who presented herself to the emergency department and was found to have bilateral emphysematous pyelonephritis. She was admitted to the intensive care where she was initially treated conservatively with antibiotics, percutaneous drainage and continuous renal replacement therapy, but her condition deteriorated. She underwent a left total nephrectomy and a partial right nephrectomy that resulted in remarkable improvement. The patient started passing urine spontaneously, so no haemofiltration was required. She was discharged home and her case was followed-up by an urologist and nephrologist. This case lays emphasis on thoroughly investigating and managing a patient with bilateral emphysematous pyelonephritis and, in relation to its management, on the dilemma of whether the treatment of choice should be conservative or surgical. PMID:22707665

  6. Bilateral matrix-exponential distributions

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    Bladt, Mogens; Esparza, Luz Judith R; Nielsen, Bo Friis

    2012-01-01

    In this article we define the classes of bilateral and multivariate bilateral matrix-exponential distributions. These distributions have support on the entire real space and have rational moment-generating functions. These distributions extend the class of bilateral phasetype distributions of [1]...

  7. Bilateral akillesseneruptur hos nyretransplanterede

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    Skovgaard, D; Feldt-Rasmussen, B F; Nimb, L

    1996-01-01

    Increased incidence of tendinitis and tendon ruptures is reported in recipients of a kidney transplant. Two cases of bilateral achilles tendon rupture after minimal trauma are described. Tendon ruptures are more frequent in individuals with kidney disease in dialysis or after transplantation...... compared with patients receiving other organ transplantations. It is therefore more likely that tendon ruptures are related to metabolic changes associated with kidney disease rather than with transplantation or with glucocorticoid treatment per se. Clinical symptoms of achilles tendinitis should...

  8. Ischemic Bilateral Opercular Syndrome

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    Aysel Milanlioglu; Mehmet Nuri Aydın; Alper Gökgül; Mehmet Hamamcı; Mehmet Atilla Erkuzu; Temel Tombul

    2013-01-01

    Opercular syndrome, also known as Foix-Chavany-Marie syndrome, is a paralysis of the facial, pharyngeal, masticatory, tongue, laryngeal, and brachial muscles. It is a rare cortical form of pseudobulbar palsies caused by vascular insults to bilateral operculum. Its clinical presentations include anarthria, weakness of voluntary muscles involving face, tongue, pharynx, larynx, and masticatory muscles. However, autonomic reflexes and emotional activities of these structures are preserved. In the...

  9. Bilateral lunate intraosseous ganglia

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    Pablos, J.M. [Department of Radiology, Hospital San Juan de Dios, Seville (Spain); Valdes, J.C. [Department of Radiology, Cemedi, Seville (Spain); Gavilan, F. [Department of Pathology, Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocio, Seville (Spain)

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    An intraosseous ganglion is a relatively uncommon, benign, cyst-like lesion that occurs in young and middle-aged adults. Most commonly seen adjacent to the hip, ankle, knee, or wrist, they are histologically identical to their soft tissue counterparts. A review of the literature revealed only two previously reported examples of bilateral symmetrical ganglia of the lunate bones. (orig.) With 3 figs., 10 refs.

  10. [Spontaneous bilateral Petit hernia].

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    Fontoura, Rodrigo Dias; Araújo, Emerson Silveira de; Oliveira, Gustavo Alves de; Sarmenghi Filho, Deolindo; Kalil, Mitre

    2011-01-01

    Petit's lumbar hernia is an uncommon defect of the posterior abdominal wall that represents less than 1% of all abdominal wall hernias. It is more often unilateral and founded in young females, rarely containing a real herniated sac. There are two different approaches to repair: laparoscopy and open surgery. The goal of this article is to report one case of spontaneous bilateral lumbar Petit's hernia treated with open surgery.

  11. Bilateral Malignant Brenner Tumour

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    Nasser D Choudhary, S.Manzoor Kadri, Ruby Reshi, S. Besina, Mansoor A. Laharwal, Reyaz tasleem, Qurrat A. Chowdhary

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available Bilateral malignant Brenner tumour ofovary is extremely rate. A case ofmalignant Brenner tumourinvolving both the ovaries with mctastasis to mesentery in a 48 year femalc is presented. Grosslyo'arian masses were firm with soft areas, encapsulated and having bosselated external surfaces.Cut sections showed yellowish white surface with peripheral cysts (in both tumours. Microscopyrevealed transitional cell carcinoma with squamoid differentiation at places. Metastatic deposits werefound in the mesentery. Endometrium showed cystic glandular hyperplasia.

  12. Pleural gas analysis for the identification of alveolopleural fistulae.

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    Fernandez, Ramiro; Bharat, Ankit

    2016-07-01

    The method for identification of alveolopleural fistulae (APF) by visual inspection of air bubbles in the chest drainage system has several limitations and suffers from poor accuracy. Here we discuss the use of a novel technique of pleural gas analysis in the identification and management of APF. We found that pleural gas analysis has higher sensitivity and specificity than visual inspection in identifying APF. Additionally, we demonstrated that intrapleural gas milieu impacts lung healing and reduction of intrapleural carbon dioxide can promote resolution of APF. Pleural gas analysis is a novel technique to identify and manage APF. Integration of gas analysis in chest drainage systems would provide a more objective method for managing chest tubes and providing a favorable pleural gas environment for lung healing.

  13. Prognosis related clinical and molecular factors in malignant pleural mesothelioma

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    王玉艳

    2013-01-01

    Objective To identify potential prognosis related clinical and molecular factors in malignant pleural mesothelioma(MPM).Methods Seventy-nine patients with MPM treated in Beijing Cancer Hospital from June 1996

  14. Isolated bilateral severe fetal hydrothorax: complete resolution following a single postnatal thoracocentesis.

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    Ramesh, Bhat Y; Kumar, Naveen

    2012-03-01

    Isolated pleural effusion is a rare condition in a fetus or neonate with high mortality. When there are no other findings of hydrops fetalis or documented etiology such as inflammatory, iatrogenic or cardiac problems exist, isolated pleural effusion is considered. Timely diagnosis and management not only avoids mortality but also results in excellent prognosis. For fetal hydrothorax, intrauterine management is usually recommended. For those who present late, postnatal management includes intubation, thoracocentesis, ventilation and supportive care. The authors present isolated bilateral severe hydrothorax in a preterm neonate that resulted in severe respiratory compromise at birth. A single postnatal thoracocentesis resulted in complete resolution. No definite etiology for hydrothorax could be established. He had normal growth and development during his follow up till 1 year of age.

  15. Pleural effusions in patients with acute leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome.

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    Faiz, Saadia A; Bashoura, Lara; Lei, Xiudong; Sampat, Keeran R; Brown, Tiffany C; Eapen, George A; Morice, Rodolfo C; Ferrajoli, Alessandra; Jimenez, Carlos A

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    Pleural effusions are rarely observed in patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)/myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN). Therefore the underlying etiology of pleural effusions and the efficacy and safety of pleural procedures in this population has not been well studied. In a retrospective review of cases from 1997 to 2007, we identified 111 patients with acute leukemia or MDS/MPN who underwent pleural procedures. Clinical characteristics were reviewed, and survival outcomes were estimated by Kaplan-Meier methods. A total of 270 pleural procedures were performed in 111 patients (69 AML, 27 ALL, 15 MDS/MPN). The main indications for pleural procedures were possible infection (49%) and respiratory symptoms (48%), and concomitant clinical symptoms included fever (34%), dyspnea (74%), chest pain (24%) and cough (37%). Most patients had active disease (61%). The most frequent etiology of pleural effusions was infection (47%), followed by malignancy (36%). Severe thrombocytopenia (platelet count < 20 × 10(3)/µL) was present in 43% of the procedures, yet the procedural complication rate was only 1.9%. Multivariate analysis revealed that older age, AML, MDS/MPN and active disease status were associated with a shorter median overall survival. Infection and malignant involvement are the most common causes of pleural effusion in patients with acute leukemia or MDS. After optimizing platelet count and coagulopathy, thoracentesis may be performed safely and with high diagnostic yield in this population. Survival in these patients is determined by the response to treatment of the hematologic malignancy.

  16. Pleural Mesothelioma Surveillance: Validity of Cases from a Tumour Registry

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    France Labrèche

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Pleural mesothelioma is a rare tumour associated with exposure to asbestos fibres. Fewer than than one-quarter of cases registered in the Quebec Tumour Registry (QTR have been compensated as work-related. While establishing a surveillance system, this led to questioning as to whether there has been over-registration of cases that are not authentic pleural mesotheliomas in the QTR.

  17. Derrame isquêmico como a primeira manifestação de hipertrabeculação/não-compactação ventricular grave Ischemic stroke as the first manifestation of severe ventricular hypertrabeculation/non-compaction

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    Arturo Jaramillo; Alfredo Ramírez; Lorna Galleguillos; José Vallejos; Sergio Illanes

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    Um raro defeito congênito do miocárdio, conhecido como hipertrabeculação/não-compactação do ventrículo esquerdo (HTVE/NCVE) tem sido ocasionalmente descrito em associação com a formação de trombos com um potencial risco embólico sistêmico, mas sua associação com derrames isquêmicos permanece controversa. Reportamos o caso de um derrame isquêmico em paciente com grave (HTVE/NCVE) e disfunção ventricular como uma possível associação sinérgica etiológica. Na ausência de outras fontes embólicas, ...

  18. Mitigación y Biorremediación de Suelos Contaminados por el Derrame de Combustible Diésel 2 en la Quebrada del Toro, Camaná, 2009

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    Rodríguez Bazan, José Miguel; Universidad Alas Peruanas

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    El derrame de combustible es considerado uno de los accidentes ambientales más difíciles de mitigar o remediar. Asimismo, estos tipos de derrames se están volviendo más frecuentes debido a diversos factores, entre los cuales se halla el mal estado de las vías de circulación.En el mes de mayo de 2009, un vehículo cisterna que transportaba 9000 galones de diesel (D2), que transitaba por la Quebrada del Toro, rumbo a la provincia de Camaná, se despistó y colisionó con el cerro en la parte izquie...

  19. Long-term Outcome of Patients With Undiagnosed Pleural Effusion.

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    Gunluoglu, Gulsah; Olcmen, Aysun; Gunluoglu, Mehmet Zeki; Dincer, Ibrahim; Sayar, Adnan; Camsari, Gungor; Yilmaz, Veysel; Altin, Sedat

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    The cause of exudative pleural effusion cannot be determined in some patients. The longterm outcomes of patients with undiagnosed pleural effusion were analyzed. Patients with exudative pleural effusion whose diagnostic procedures included pleural biopsy using video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery carried out between 2008 and 2012 were evaluated retrospectively. Patients diagnosed with non-specific pleuritis were included. Fifty-three patients with available follow-up data were included in the study. Forty men and 13 women (mean age 53.9±13.9 years) were included. Median follow-up time was 24 months. No diagnosis was given in 27 patients (51%), and a clinical diagnosis was given in 26 patients (49%) during the follow-up period. Malignant disease (malignant mesothelioma) was diagnosed in 2 (3.7%) patients. Other diseases were parapneumonic effusion in 12, congestive heart failure in 8, and miscellaneous in 4 patients. Volume of effusion at the time of initial examination and re-accumulation of fluid after video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery were associated with malignant disease (P=.004 and .0001, respectively). Although the probability is low, some patients with exudative pleural effusion undiagnosed after pleural biopsy via video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery may have malignant disease. Patients with an initially large volume of effusion that re-accumulates after examination should be closely monitored. Copyright © 2014 SEPAR. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  20. Protocol of the Australasian Malignant Pleural Effusion (AMPLE) trial: a multicentre randomised study comparing indwelling pleural catheter versus talc pleurodesis

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    Fysh, Edward T. H.; Thomas, Rajesh; Read, Catherine A; Lam, Ben C H; Yap, Elaine; Horwood, Fiona C; LEE, Pyng; Piccolo, Francesco; Shrestha, Ranjan; Garske, Luke A; Lam, David C.L.; Rosenstengel, Andrew; Bint, Michael; Murray, Kevin; Smith, Nicola A

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    Introduction Malignant pleural effusion can complicate most cancers. It causes breathlessness and requires hospitalisation for invasive pleural drainages. Malignant effusions often herald advanced cancers and limited prognosis. Minimising time spent in hospital is of high priority to patients and their families. Various treatment strategies exist for the management of malignant effusions, though there is no consensus governing the best choice. Talc pleurodesis is the conventional management b...

  1. Protocol of the Australasian Malignant Pleural Effusion (AMPLE) trial: a multicentre randomised study comparing indwelling pleural catheter versus talc pleurodesis

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    Fysh, ETH; Thomas, R; Read, CA; Lam, BCH; Yap, E.; Horwood, FC; Lee, P.; Piccolo, F; R Shrestha; Garske, LA; Rosenstengel, A; Bint, M; Murray, K.; Smith, NA; Lee, YCG

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    INTRODUCTION: Malignant pleural effusion can complicate most cancers. It causes breathlessness and requires hospitalisation for invasive pleural drainages. Malignant effusions often herald advanced cancers and limited prognosis. Minimising time spent in hospital is of high priority to patients and their families. Various treatment strategies exist for the management of malignant effusions, though there is no consensus governing the best choice. Talc pleurodesis is the conventional management ...

  2. Parapneumonic pleural effusion: early versus late thoracoscopy.

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    Pereira, Rodrigo Romualdo; Alvim, Cristina Gonçalves; Andrade, Cláudia Ribeiro de; Ibiapina, Cássio da Cunha

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    To evaluate the best time to perform thoracoscopy for the treatment of complicated parapneumonic pleural effusion in the fibrinopurulent phase in patients ≤ 14 years of age, regarding the postoperative evolution and occurrence of complications. This was a retrospective comparative study involving patients with parapneumonic pleural effusion presenting with septations or loculations on chest ultrasound who underwent thoracoscopy between January of 2000 and January of 2013. The patients were divided into two groups: early thoracoscopy (ET), performed by day 5 of hospitalization; and late thoracoscopy (LT), performed after day 5 of hospitalization. We included 60 patients, 30 in each group. The mean age was 3.4 years; 28 patients (46.7%) were male; and 47 (78.3%) underwent primary thoracoscopy (no previous simple drainage). The two groups were similar regarding gender, age, weight, and type of thoracoscopy (p > 0.05 for all). There was a significant difference between the ET and the LT groups regarding the length of the hospital stay (14.5 days vs. 21.7 days; p sexo masculino, e 47 (78,3%) foram submetidos à toracoscopia primária, sem realização de drenagem simples prévia. Os grupos TP e TT foram semelhantes quanto ao sexo, idade, peso e tipo de toracoscopia (p > 0,05 para todos). Observou-se uma diferença significativa quanto à média de duração da internação nos grupos TP e TT (14,5 dias vs. 21,7 dias; p < 0,001). Houve também diferenças significativas entre os grupos quanto ao total de dias com febre, total de dias entre internação e início da drenagem e total de dias com dreno. Oito pacientes (13,6%) apresentaram alguma complicação após a toracoscopia, sem diferença entre os grupos. Não houve óbitos. A TP, realizada até o 5º dia da admissão hospitalar, associou-se a menor duração da internação, menor tempo de drenagem e menor duração da febre, sem estar associada a maior frequência de complicações, necessidade de CTI ou

  3. Ischemic Bilateral Opercular Syndrome

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    Aysel Milanlioglu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Opercular syndrome, also known as Foix-Chavany-Marie syndrome, is a paralysis of the facial, pharyngeal, masticatory, tongue, laryngeal, and brachial muscles. It is a rare cortical form of pseudobulbar palsies caused by vascular insults to bilateral operculum. Its clinical presentations include anarthria, weakness of voluntary muscles involving face, tongue, pharynx, larynx, and masticatory muscles. However, autonomic reflexes and emotional activities of these structures are preserved. In the present case, an 81-year-old male presented with acute onset of anarthria with difficulties in chewing, speaking, and swallowing that was diagnosed with opercular syndrome.

  4. Ischemic bilateral opercular syndrome.

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    Milanlioglu, Aysel; Aydın, Mehmet Nuri; Gökgül, Alper; Hamamcı, Mehmet; Erkuzu, Mehmet Atilla; Tombul, Temel

    2013-01-01

    Opercular syndrome, also known as Foix-Chavany-Marie syndrome, is a paralysis of the facial, pharyngeal, masticatory, tongue, laryngeal, and brachial muscles. It is a rare cortical form of pseudobulbar palsies caused by vascular insults to bilateral operculum. Its clinical presentations include anarthria, weakness of voluntary muscles involving face, tongue, pharynx, larynx, and masticatory muscles. However, autonomic reflexes and emotional activities of these structures are preserved. In the present case, an 81-year-old male presented with acute onset of anarthria with difficulties in chewing, speaking, and swallowing that was diagnosed with opercular syndrome.

  5. Bilateral optic neuropathy with bilateral putaminal lesions: a case report.

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    Togawa, Jumpei; Ohi, Takekazu

    2015-01-01

    Bilateral optic neuropathy with bilateral putaminal lesions may be caused by methanol or cyanide poisoning or mitochondrial disorders including Leber hereditary optic neuropathy and Leigh syndrome. We report the case of a 34-year-old Japanese man who developed bilateral visual loss 5 days after the development of gastrointestinal symptoms. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain on admission revealed high-intensity signal areas in the bilateral putamina on diffusion-weighted and T2-weighted images as well as a high-intensity signal area in the left middle cerebellar peduncle that had been identified 3 years previously. We diagnosed bilateral optic neuropathy with bilateral putaminal lesions caused by preceding infection-triggered demyelination. We administered methylprednisolone, but his vision did not recover.

  6. Pharmacokinetics of Linezolid and Ertapenem in experimental parapneumonic pleural effusion

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    Tsatsakis Aristidis

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objective To determine the extent of linezolid and ertapenem penetration into the empyemic fluid using a rabbit model of empyema. Methods An empyema was created via the intrapleural injection of Escherichia coli bacteria (ATCC 35218 into the pleural space of New Zealand white rabbits. After an empyema was verified by thoracocentesis, 24 hours post inoculation, linezolid (10 mg/kg and ertapenem (60 mg/kg were administered intravenously into 10 and 8 infected empyemic rabbits, respectively. Antibiotic levels were determined in samples of pleural fluid and blood serum, collected serially at 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8 hours, after administration each of the two antibiotics. Results Linezolid as well as ertapenem penetrate well into the empyemic pleural fluid, exhibiting a slower onset and decline compared to the corresponding blood serum levels. Equilibration between blood serum and pleural fluid compartments seems to occur at 1.5 hours for both linezolid and ertapenem, with peak pleural fluid levels (Cmaxpf of 2.02 ± 0.73 «mu»g/ml and Cmaxpf of 3.74 ± 1.39 «mu»g/ml, correspondingly occurring 2 hours post antibiotics administration and decreasing very slowly thereafter. The serum concentrations for both antibiotics were significantly lower from the corresponding pleural fluid ones during the 8 hours collecting data, with the exception of samples collected at the 1st hour (Cmaxserum of 2.1 ± 1.2 «mu»g/ml for linezolid and Cmaxserum of 6.26 ± 2.98 «mu»g/ml for ertapenem. Conclusion Pleural fluid levels of both antibiotics are inhibitory for common specified pathogens causing empyema.

  7. Behaviour of nucleated cells in various types of pleural effusion.

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    Ferreiro, L; Pereiro, T; San José, E; Toubes, M E; Suárez-Antelo, J; Álvarez Dobaño, J M; González Barcala, F J; Rodríguez Núñez, N; Lama, A; Valdés, L

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    To know the behavior of cellular components of pleural fluid can help focus the differential diagnosis of a pleural effusion. Our objective was to assess their composition in different types of pleural effusions and assess whether it provides relevant clinical information. Observational, cross-sectional and retrospective study in which the cellular components of pleural effusions of different etiology were analyzed. Pleural effusions were classified as neutrophilic, lymphocytic (≥50% of each one of them), eosinophilic (≥10%) or mesothelial (>5%) and were grouped into six diagnostic categories RESULTS: 1.467 patients were studied (354 heart failure; 59 other transudates; 349 paraneumonic; 133 tuberculous; 397 malignant and 175 other exudates). The predominance cell was lymphocytic in heart failure (44,4%), uncomplicated parapneumonic (29,2%), tuberculosis (88%) and malignant (49,6%); neutrophilic in parapneumonic (57%) and malignant (9,6%); eosinophilic in malignant (6,3%) and mesotelial in tuberculosis (12%). The most frequent etiologies with lymphocyte count ≥80% were tuberculosis (35,1%) and malignant (23,3%). Parameters with higher discriminating accuracy were: leukocytes (transudates: AUC 0,835) and percentage of neutrophils (empyemas: AUC 0,906 and complicated parapneumonic+empyemas: AUC 0,907). Nucleated cell counts will help focus the etiology of pleural effusions, since each etiology often have a characteristic cell predominance. The percentage of nucleated cells in pleural fluid not ruled out tuberculosis if there is a high count of mesothelial cells, nor a parapneumonic effusion with lymphocytic predominance, or malignancy with ≥80% lymphocytes. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and Sociedad Española de Medicina Interna (SEMI). All rights reserved.

  8. Cholesterol in pleural exudates depends mainly on increased capillary permeability.

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    Valdés, Luis; San-José, Esther; Estévez, Juan Carlos; González-Barcala, Francisco Javier; Alvarez-Dobaño, José Manuel; Golpe, Antonio; Valle, José Manuel; Penela, Pedro; Vizcaíno, Luis; Pose, Antonio

    2010-04-01

    Pleural fluid (PF) cholesterol is a useful parameter to differentiate between pleural transudates and exudates, although the pathophysiologic mechanisms for its increase in exudates are not fully understood. We aim to elucidate the cause of this increase by analyzing the levels of cholesterol-high-density lipoproteins (HDLs), low-density lipoproteins (LDLs), apolipoprotein A (ApoA), and apolipoprotein B (ApoB)-in PF and blood as well as the number of leucocytes and red cells in the PF. We studied 259 patients with pleural effusion (57 transudates and 202 exudates). The correlations of the pleural and serum (S) levels of these parameters were analyzed, with the pleural cholesterol fractions as the dependent variables and their levels in blood and the pleural/serum protein ratio (P/S prot ratio) as the independent variables. The pleural fluid cholesterol levels (PFCHOL) correlated with their blood levels and the capillary permeability (r=0.885). No significant differences were found between the percentage of LDL, with regard to total cholesterol in the serum [SCHOL], and the same percentage in the exudates, between the PF/S LDL ratio (0.46) and the PF/S CHOL ratio (0.48), or between the PF/S ApoB ratio and the PF/S LDL ratio. The percentage of PF cholesterol bound to HDL and LDL was significantly higher (91.9%) than in the blood (90%). No significant correlations were found between any of the lipids studied and the number of erythrocytes and leucocytes. In conclusion, the PFCHOL may be predicted from the SCHOL, and the capillary permeability may be reflected by the PF/S prot ratio. Copyright 2010 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Bilateral accessory thoracodorsal artery.

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    Natsis, Konstantinos; Totlis, Trifon; Tsikaras, Prokopios; Skandalakis, Panagiotis

    2006-09-01

    The subscapular artery arises from the third part of the axillary artery and gives off the circumflex scapular and the thoracodorsal arteries. Although anatomical variations of the axillary artery are very common, the existence of a unilateral accessory thoracodorsal artery has been described in the literature only once. There are no reports of bilateral accessory thoracodorsal artery, in the literature. In the present study, a bilateral accessory thoracodorsal artery, originating on either side of the third part of the axillary artery, is described in a 68-year-old female cadaver. All the other branches of the axillary artery had a typical origin, course, distribution and termination. This extremely rare anatomical variation apart from the anatomical importance also has clinical significance for surgeons in this area. Especially, during the dissection or mobilization of the latissimus dorsi that is partly used for coverage problems in many regions of the body and also in dynamic cardiomyoplasty, any iatrogenic injury of this accessory artery may result in ischemia and functional loss of the graft.

  10. New therapy of pleural empyema by deoxyribonuclease

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    Grzegorz Kacprzak

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Empyema is a severe complication of different diseases and traumas. Management of this complication is difficult and should comprise general and local procedures. The general procedure is mainly based on administering wide-spectrum antibiotics. Local management depends on patient general condition, but in all cases the essential procedure is to insert a drain into the pleural cavity and to evacuate the pus. Sometimes pus is very thick and its evacuation and following re-expansion of the lung is rather impossible. In these patients surgical intervention is needed. The use of intrapleural enzymes to support the drainage was first described in 1949 by Tillett and Sherry using a mixture of streptokinase and streptococcal deoxyribonuclease. Nowadays, purified streptokinase has come into widespread use, but recent studies reported no streptokinase effect on pus viscosity. On the other side, deoxyribonuclease reduces pus viscosity and may be more useful in treatment. We report two cases of intrapleural administration of Pulmozyme (alfa dornase - deoxyribonuclease (HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE AG in dosage 2 × 2.5 mg with a significant improvement caused by changes in pus viscosity.

  11. Modern management of malignant pleural mesothelioma

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Shivani C Patel,1 Jonathan E Dowell1,2 1Division of Hematology and Oncology, University of Texas Southwestern, 2Section of Hematology and Oncology, Veterans Affairs North Texas Healthcare System, Dallas, TX, USA Abstract: Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM is a deadly disease that produces a significant worldwide health care burden. The majority of cases are associated with prior asbestos exposure, but recent studies have identified a possible genetic predisposition in a minority of patients. Historically, obtaining a pathologic diagnosis of MPM was challenging, but with current pathological techniques, a secure diagnosis is possible in the majority of patients. Curative therapy for MPM remains elusive, and the primary treatment option for fit patients is platinum-based chemotherapy. Encouraging recent reports suggest that there may be a benefit to the addition of bevacizumab to standard chemotherapy as well as with the use of immune checkpoint inhibitors in MPM. Selected patients may be considered for aggressive surgical approaches, but there is considerable controversy regarding the true benefit of surgery and multimodality therapy in this disease. Keywords: mesothelioma, asbestos, chemotherapy, surgery

  12. PDT dose dosimeter for pleural photodynamic therapy

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    Kim, Michele M.; Darafsheh, Arash; Ahmad, Mahmoud; Finlay, Jarod C.; Zhu, Timothy C.

    2016-03-01

    PDT dose is the product of the photosensitizer concentration and the light fluence in the target tissue. For improved dosimetry during plural photodynamic therapy (PDT), a PDT dose dosimeter was developed to measure both the light fluence and the photosensitizer concentration simultaneously in the same treatment location. Light fluence and spectral data were rigorously compared to other methods of measurement (e.g. photodiode, multi-fiber spectroscopy contact probe) to assess the accuracy of the measurements as well as their uncertainty. Photosensitizer concentration was obtained by measuring the fluorescence of the sensitizer excited by the treatment light. Fluence rate based on the intensity of the laser spectrum was compared to the data obtained by direct measurement of fluence rate by a fiber-coupled photodiode. Phantom studies were done to obtain an optical property correction for the fluorescence signal. Measurements were performed in patients treated Photofrin for different locations in the pleural cavity. Multiple sites were measured to investigate the heterogeneity of the cavity and to provide cross-validation via relative dosimetry. This novel method will allow for accurate real-time determination of delivered PDT dose and improved PDT dosimetry.

  13. Percutaneous treatment of subarachnoid-pleural fistula with Onyx.

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    Knafo, Steven; Parker, Fabrice; Herbrecht, Anne; Court, Charles; Saliou, Guillaume

    2013-04-01

    Subarachnoid-pleural fistula is a well-described complication after anterior surgery for thoracic disc herniation, but is difficult to treat by means of traditional chest and lumbar drains due to interference by positive ventilation pressures that may keep the fistula open and prevent proper closure. Current treatment strategies include surgical repair, which is technically challenging, and noninvasive positive pressure ventilation, which can take several weeks to be effective. In this report, the authors describe a novel treatment for subarachnoid-pleural fistula using percutaneous obliteration with Onyx. Surgery for removal of a T7-8 disc herniation associated with ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament was performed in a 56-year-old woman via an anterior transthoracic transpleural approach. Ten days after surgery, she presented with diplopia due to a subarachnoid-pleural fistula that was confirmed by CT myelography. Percutaneous injection of Onyx was performed under local anesthesia. Postprocedure CT showed complete obliteration of the fistula with no adverse events. A CT scan obtained 1 month later showed complete resolution of the pleural effusion. Neurological examination at 3 months postsurgery was normal. Clinical and radiological follow-up at 1 year showed complete recovery and no sign of fistula recurrence. Percutaneous treatment for subarachnoid-pleural fistula is an easy, safe, and effective strategy and can therefore be proposed as a first-line option for this challenging complication.

  14. Idiopathic Bilateral Bloody Tearing

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    Emrullah Beyazyıldız

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Bloody tear is a rare and distinct clinic phenomenon. We report a case presenting with the complaint of recurrent episodes of bilateral bloody tearing. A 16-year-old girl presented to our clinic with complaint of bloody tearing in both eyes for 3 months. Bloody tearing was not associated with her menses. A blood-stained discharge from the punctum was not observed during the compression of both nasolacrimal ducts. Nasolacrimal passage was not obstructed. Imaging studies such as dacryocystography and gradient-echo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI of nasolacrimal canal were normal. Intranasal endoscopic evaluation was normal. We collected samples from bloody tears two times and pathological examination was performed. Pathological analysis showed lots of squamous cells and no endometrial cells; dysplastic cells were found. Further evaluations for underlying causes were unremarkable. No abnormalities were found in ophthalmologic, radiologic, and pathologic investigations. This condition is likely a rare abnormality and the least recognized aetiology for the idiopathic phenomenon.

  15. [Bilateral cochlear implantation].

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    Kronenberg, Jona; Migirov, Lela; Taitelbaum-Swead, Rikey; Hildesheimer, Minka

    2010-06-01

    Cochlear implant surgery became the standard of care in hearing rehabilitation of patients with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. This procedure may alter the lives of children and adults enabling them to integrate with the hearing population. In the past, implantation was performed only in one ear, despite the fact that binaural hearing is superior to unilateral, especially in noisy conditions. Cochlear implantation may be performed sequentially or simultaneously. The "sensitive period" of time between hearing loss and implantation and between the two implantations, when performed sequentially, significantly influences the results. Shorter time spans between implantations improve the hearing results after implantation. Hearing success after implantation is highly dependent on the rehabilitation process which includes mapping, implant adjustments and hearing training. Bilateral cochlear implantation in children is recommended as the proposed procedure in spite of the additional financial burden.

  16. Bilateral acute corneal calcification.

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    Freddo, T F; Leibowitz, H M

    1985-04-01

    A 38-year-old man with brittle, juvenile onset diabetes mellitus and bilateral severe dry eyes with recurrent corneal ulcers developed atypical band-shaped calcifications of both corneas during a 24-hour period. Serum calcium, phosphate, and carbon dioxide levels all were within normal limits. The patient was mildly uremic but was not in renal failure. When EDTA chelation failed to clear the deposits, partial keratectomies were performed in both eyes and the specimens were examined by light and electron microscopy, including energy dispersive x-ray analysis. Microscopic studies revealed an atypical calcific keratopathy which involved neither Bowman's layer nor the most superficial stromal lamellae. The deposits were confined to deeper lamellae in the anterior stroma and by electron microscopy were composed of extracellular crystalline aggregates. Energy dispersive x-ray analysis of these aggregates confirmed the presence of calcium and phosphate. Corneal dessication appeared to be a major contributing factor in the rapid formation of these deposits.

  17. Bilateral Antepartum Mastitis

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    Peyman Alibeigi

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Antepartum mastitis is a rare condition, whereas postpartum orlactation mastitis is a common problem. This report introducesa case of complicated bilateral antepartum mastitis, which wastreated successfully by drain insertion and antibiotic therapy.The patient was a 23-year-old woman in the 23rd week of herfirst pregnancy. Her chief complaint was progressive swelling,redness and radicular pain in both breasts, which had beenstarted gradually from the 18th week of pregnancy. The patientwas admitted to hospital, and received oral and intravenous antibioticsempirically, which was not effective. The patient wastreated by drainage and oral antibiotic therapy. Based on theapproaches employed and the outcomes achieved it is suggestedthat early surgical insertion in the presence of fluid collection inantepartum mastitis will shorten hospitalization and course ofintravenous antibiotic therapy.Iran J Med Sci 2010; 35(4: 327-330.

  18. The past, current and future of diagnosis and management of pleural disease

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    Akulian, Jason; Feller-Kopman, David

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    Pleural disease is frequently encountered by the chest physician. Pleural effusions arise as the sequelae of underlying disease processes including pressure/volume imbalances, infection and malignancy. In addition to pleural effusions, persistent air leaks after surgery and bronchopleural fistulae remain a challenge. Our understanding of pleural disease including its diagnosis and management, have made tremendous strides. The introduction of the molecular detection of organism specific infect...

  19. Estenosis esofágica. Aplicación de una técnica quirúrgica. Caso clínico

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    Se presenta el caso clínico de un paciente que presenta estenosis esofágica tras ingesta de caústicos, con disfagia a líquidos por lo que se realizó esofagectomía transhiatal con técnica de tubo gástrico como alternativa para reemplazo esofágico con ascenso mediastinal y yeyunostomía de alimentación, luego del procedimiento presenta fístula a nivel de la anastomosis proximal cervical y derrame pleural que se drena mediante avenamiento pleural bilateral, se maneja...

  20. Detection of EpCAM-positive microparticles in pleural fluid: A new approach to mini-invasively identify patients with malignant pleural effusions

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    Roca, Elisa; Lacroix, Romaric; Judicone, Coralie; Laroumagne, Sophie; Robert, Stéphane; Cointe, Sylvie; Muller, Alexandre; Kaspi, Elise; Roll, Patrice; Brisson, Alain R.; Tantucci, Claudio

    2016-01-01

    Pleural biomarkers allowing to mini-invasively discriminate benign from malignant pleural effusions are needed. Among potential candidates, microparticles (MPs) are extracellular vesicles that vectorize antigen derived from the parent cell. We hypothesized that tumor-derived MPs could be present in the pleural liquid and help to identify patients with malignant pleural effusions. Using highly sensitive flow cytometry and cryo-electron microscopy, we showed that large amounts of MPs from hematopoïetic and vascular origin could be detectable in pleural fluids. Their level did not differ between benign (n = 14) and malignant (n = 71) pleural effusions. Analysis of selected tumoral associated antigens (podoplanin, mucin 1 and EpCAM, epithelial-cell-adhesion-molecule) evidenced for the first time the presence of tumor-derived MPs expressing EpCAM in malignant pleural fluids only (Specificity = 93%, Sensitivity = 49% and 45% for flow cytometry and ELISA, respectively). The detection of EpCAM-positive-MPs (EpCAM + MPs) by flow cytometry showed a better specificity and sensitivity than ELISA to distinguish between pleural carcinoma and the others malignant pleural effusions (MPE; Sp: 96% vs 89%; Se: 79% vs 66%). Combining EpCAM+ MPs and cytology improved the diagnosis of MPE compared to cytology alone. This study establishes the basis for using EpCAM+ MPs as a promising new biomarker that could be added to the armamentarium to mini-invasively identify patients with malignant pleural effusions. PMID:26689993

  1. Cautious application of pleural N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide in diagnosis of congestive heart failure pleural effusions among critically ill patients.

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    Jiann-Horng Yeh

    Full Text Available Several studies on diagnostic accuracy of pleural N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-pro-BNP for effusions from congestive heart failure (CHF conclude that pleural NT-pro-BNP is a useful biomarker with high diagnostic accuracy for distinguishing CHF effusions. However, its applicability in critical care settings remains uncertain and requires further investigations.NT-proBNP was measured in pleural fluid samples of a prospective cohort of intensive care unit patients with pleural effusions. Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis was performed to determine diagnostic accuracy of pleural NT-proBNP for prediction of CHF effusions.One hundred forty-seven critically ill patients were evaluated, 38 (26% with CHF effusions and 109 (74% with non-CHF effusions of various causes. Pleural NT-proBNP levels were significantly elevated in patients with CHF effusions. Pleural NT-pro-BNP demonstrated the area under the curve of 0.87 for diagnosing effusions due to CHF. With a cutoff of 2200 pg/mL, pleural NT-proBNP displayed high sensitivity (89% but moderate specificity (73%. Notably, 29 (27% of 109 patients with non-CHF effusions had pleural NT-proBNP levels >2200 pg/mL and these patients were more likely to experience septic shock (18/29 vs. 10/80, P<0.001 or acute kidney injury (19/29 vs. 9/80, P<0.001.Among critically ill patients, pleural NT-proBNP measurements remain a useful diagnostic aid in evaluation of pleural effusions. However, patients with non-CHF effusions may exhibit high pleural NT-proBNP concentrations if they suffer from septic shock or acute kidney injury. Accordingly, it is suggested that clinical context should be taken into account when interpreting pleural NT-proBNP values in critical care settings.

  2. Advance of Therapeutic Methods for Malignant Pleural Effusion

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    XU Tao-tao

    2016-01-01

    Malignant pleural effusion (MPE) is a condition caused by primary malignant tumors in the pleura or other malignant tumors metastasis to the pleura. It is also one of common serious complications of middle-late malignant tumor, which has severe impact on the quality of life, even threatening the life of the patients. The selection of treatments for MPE depends on many factors, including the symptoms, performance status, primary tumor types, response to systemic therapy, and degree of lung recruitment maneuvers (LRM) after drainage of pleural effusion. Generally, the treatment methods include thoracentesis, indwelling pleural catheter, pleurodesis, intrapleural injection of drugs, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, anti-angiogenesis therapy, surgery, and thermotherapy. With the in-depth study on pathogenesis of MPE, the treatments of MPE have continuous improvements. This study mainly reviewed the treatment methods for MPE so as to provide the basis for clinical practice in the future.

  3. Advance of Therapeutic Methods for Malignant Pleural Effusion

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    Tao-tao XU

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Malignant pleural effusion (MPE is a condition caused by primary malignant tumors in the pleura or other malignant tumors metastasis to the pleura. It is also one of common serious complications of middle-late malignant tumor, which has severe impact on the quality of life, even threatening the life of the patients. The selection of treatments for MPE depends on many factors, including the symptoms, performance status, primary tumor types, response to systemic therapy, and degree of lung recruitment maneuvers (LRM after drainage of pleural effusion. Generally, the treatment methods include thoracentesis, indwelling pleural catheter, pleurodesis, intrapleural injection of drugs, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, anti-angiogenesis therapy, surgery, and thermotherapy. With the in-depth study on pathogenesis of MPE, the treatments of MPE have continuous improvements. This study mainly reviewed the treatment methods for MPE so as to provide the basis for clinical practice in the future.

  4. Severe “sweet” pleural effusion in a continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis patient

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    Rapeephan R. Maude

    2014-01-01

    Conclusion: A high glucose concentration in the pleural fluid is pathognomonic for hydrothorax from dialysis fluid after rule out other possible causes of pleural effusion. Patients who are on CAPD presenting with marked pleural effusion should prompt clinicians to consider the differential diagnosis of pleuroperitoneal communications.

  5. Diagnostic value of interferon gamma and adenosine deaminase for tuberculous pleural effusion

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    Hou-rongCai; Chen-hongSun; Lin-juenDai; Zai-rongCheng

    2001-01-01

    To explore the significance of interferon gamma(IFN-γ) and adenosine deaminase (ADA)in differential diagnosis of pleural effusions. Methods: Levels of IFN-γ was measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, ADA activity was measured by colorimetric method. 37 patients with tuberculous pleural effusion and 36 patients with non-tuberculous pleurai effusions including 25 patients with malignant pleural effusions and 8 patients with pleural transudates were studied. Results: The levels of IFN-γ in patients with tuberculous pleural effusions(490.83±384.67 pg.mL-1) were higher than those with malignant pleural effusions(36.40±90.85 pg. mL-1) and pleural transudates(14.87±5.96 pg. mL-1) (P<0.01). Mean ADA activity was 52.69±17.78 U. L-1 in tuberculous pleural effusion; 19.53±13.59 in malignant pleural effusions; 9.43±4.06 inpleural transudates. The difference is significant (P<0.001). The diagnostic sensitivity of IFN-γ for tuberculous pleural effusions is 81%, specifity is 97%, the over accuracy is 90.4%. The diagnostic efficiency of ADA as following: sensitivity 89%, specifity 97%, and the over accuracy 94.5%. Conclusions: Assessments of IFN-γ and ADA in pleural effusions are of clinically diagnostic value in distinguishing tuberculous from non-tuberculous pleural effusions.

  6. Usefulness of pleural effusion antinuclear antibodies in the diagnosis of lupus pleuritis.

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    Toworakul, C; Kasitanon, N; Sukitawut, W; Wichinun, R; Louthrenoo, W

    2011-10-01

    We performed this study to determine sensitivity and specificity of pleural effusion antinuclear antibodies (ANA) at a titer of ≥1 : 160, and the ratio of pleural effusion to serum ANA of ≥1, to distinguish between pleural fluid from lupus pleuritis and other causes. A prospective study of 54 patients with pleural effusion (12 lupus pleuritis, seven parapneumonic effusion, 26 malignancy-associated pleural effusions, nine transudative effusions) was performed. ANA at a titer of ≥1 : 160 were found in 11 of 12 lupus pleuritis samples, and in four of 42 pleural effusions from non-systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients. The pleural effusion ANA at a titer of ≥1 : 160 gave a sensitivity of 91.67% for lupus pleuritis, with a specificity of 83.33% when compared with all other pleural effusions, 90.91% when compared with exudative effusion (parapneumonic effusion and malignancy-associated effusion) and 55.56% when compared with the transudative pleural effusion group. Using the ratio of pleural effusion to serum ANA of ≥1, the sensitivity and the specificity decreased to 75.00% and 78.57%, respectively. This study provides further evidence that the pleural effusion ANA at a titer of ≥1 : 160 is a sensitive and specific diagnostic biomarker for lupus pleuritis in patients with lupus. However, pleural effusion ANA can occasionally be found in other conditions.

  7. Antinuclear antibody testing in pleural fluid for the diagnosis of lupus pleuritis.

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    Porcel, J M; Ordi-Ros, J; Esquerda, A; Vives, M; Madroñero, A B; Bielsa, S; Vilardell-Tarrés, M; Light, R W

    2007-01-01

    We sought to determine whether measuring antinuclear antibodies (ANA) and their specificities [dsDNA, extractable nuclear antigens (ENA)] on pleural fluid may contribute to the differential diagnosis of pleural effusions. ANA were tested by indirect immunofluorescence on Hep-2 cells in the pleural fluid of 266 patients with effusions of different etiologies, including 15 lupus pleuritis. The cutoff value for diagnostic use was set at 1:160. Pleural fluid analysis of specific autoantibodies, such as anti-dsDNA and anti-ENA, was also performed if a positive ANA test was obtained. All patients with lupus pleurisy and 16 of 251 (6.4%) patients with pleural effusions secondary to other causes were ANA positive. Fifty-six percent of the positive ANAs in non-lupus pleural fluids were due to neoplasms. The pleural fluid ANA titers were low (pleuritis from non-lupus etiologies, the absence of pleural fluid anti-dsDNA or anti-ENA favored the latter. ANAs in pleural fluid provided no additional diagnostic information beyond that obtained by the measurement in serum and, therefore, these tests need not be routinely performed on pleural fluid samples. However, in patients with SLE and a pleural effusion of uncertain etiology, lack of ANAs or specific autoantibodies in pleural fluid argues against the diagnosis of lupus pleuritis.

  8. Diagnostic utility of soluble triggering receptor expression on myeloid cells-1 in complicated parapneumonic pleural effusion

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    2013-10-01

    In conclusion: Combination of classical criteria with pleural fluid sTREM-1 could be useful in discrimination between nonpurulent complicated and non complicated parapneumonic pleural effusions and hence early pleural drainage in patients with complicated parapneumonic effusions which may affect disease outcome.

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  17. Silicosis with bilateral spontaneous pneumothorax

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    Full Text Available Presentation with simultaneous bilateral pneumothorax is uncommon and usually in the context of secondary spontaneous pneumothorax.The association of pneumothorax and silicosis is infrequent and most cases are unilateral. Bilateral pneumothorax in silicosis is very rare with just a few reports in medical literature.

  18. A rare pleural effusion in a young male

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    Full Text Available A 28-year-old male presented with fever with right-sided chest pain for 2 weeks. Clinicoradiological picture was suggestive of right-sided pleural effusion. He had history of polytrauma following a road traffic accident and had to undergo emergency laparotomy a month ago. Microscopic and culture examination of the pleural fluid showed neutrophilia, high bilirubin content and presence of gram-negative bacilli. Ultrasound of the abdomen showed the presence of biloma in the liver and right subdiaphragmatic space with fistulous communication into the right thoracic cavity. The patient was managed successfully with complete recovery.

  19. Empiema Pleural: Etiología, tratamiento y complicaciones

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    Introducción: Definido como la presencia de infección bacteriana en el espacio pleural, determina una importante morbimortalidad a pesar de los avances en el tratamiento antibiótico y las nuevas técnicas quirúrgicas. Objetivos: Comparar resultados de las distintas estrategias terapéuticas para el Empiema Pleural (EP). Material y Métodos: Revisión retrospectiva de fichas clínicas de pacientes con diagnóstico de EP manejados en el Hospital Clínico Universidad de Chile entre enero de 1994 y juni...

  20. Biphasic Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Masquerading as a Primary Skeletal Tumor

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    Diacovo, Maria Julia

    2016-01-01

    Biphasic malignant pleural mesothelioma is a rare malignant tumor, usually presenting as a pleural-based mass in a patient with history of chronic asbestos exposure. We herein report a case of a 41-year-old man who presented with chest pain and had a chest computed tomography (CT) scan suggestive of a primary skeletal tumor originating from the ribs (chondrosarcoma or osteosarcoma), with no history of asbestos exposure. CT-guided core needle biopsies were diagnosed as malignant sarcomatoid mesothelioma. Surgical resection and chest wall reconstruction were performed, confirming the diagnosis and revealing a secondary histologic component (epithelioid), supporting the diagnosis of biphasic malignant mesothelioma. PMID:27660729

  1. Biphasic Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Masquerading as a Primary Skeletal Tumor

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Biphasic malignant pleural mesothelioma is a rare malignant tumor, usually presenting as a pleural-based mass in a patient with history of chronic asbestos exposure. We herein report a case of a 41-year-old man who presented with chest pain and had a chest computed tomography (CT scan suggestive of a primary skeletal tumor originating from the ribs (chondrosarcoma or osteosarcoma, with no history of asbestos exposure. CT-guided core needle biopsies were diagnosed as malignant sarcomatoid mesothelioma. Surgical resection and chest wall reconstruction were performed, confirming the diagnosis and revealing a secondary histologic component (epithelioid, supporting the diagnosis of biphasic malignant mesothelioma.

  2. Use of pleural fluid ceruloplasmin in the differentiation of exudative and transudative pleural effusion

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    Shanthaveeranna, Girish K.; Thykadavil, Vinod G.; D’souza, George A.

    2015-01-01

    Background: Differentiating into transudate or exudate is the first step in the evaluation of effusions. Light's criteria is the standard but a significant number of transudates may not be differentiated based on these criteria. Acute phase proteins (APP) are present in plasma, which increase or decrease by about 25% during an acute inflammatory response. Ceruloplasmin (CP) is a positive APP. Hence, this study was done to know the diagnostic value of pleural fluid (pf) CP and pf to serum ceruloplasmin ratio (CPr) to differentiate the pleural effusion (PE) into exudate and transudate as compared to Light's criteria. Materials and Methods: Setting: Medical wards of St John's Medical College Hospital, Bangalore. Design: Cross-sectional descriptive study. Patients with PE were divided into exudate and transudate by definitive diagnosis. pfCP, CPr and Light's criteria were compared with definitive diagnosis for the differentiation of pf into exudate and transudate. Results: The mean value of the pfCP and CPr was found to be significantly different between exudates and transudates. Sensitivity and specificity of pfCP at ≥ 13.34 mg/dl is 89.7% and 83.3%, CPr at ≥ 0.37 is 91.4% and 83.3%, Light's criteria 94.82% and 83.3%, respectively. Light's criteria, pfCP and CPr have similar PPV (98%) with Light's criteria having higher NPV (62.5%) than pfCP (45%) and CPr (50%), respectively. CPr has higher NPV than pfCP. Conclusions: pfCP and CPr can differentiate pf into exudate and transudate with comparable PPV to Light's criteria. PMID:25624589

  3. Use of pleural fluid ceruloplasmin in the differentiation of exudative and transudative pleural effusion

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    Girish K Shanthaveeranna

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Differentiating into transudate or exudate is the first step in the evaluation of effusions. Light′s criteria is the standard but a significant number of transudates may not be differentiated based on these criteria. Acute phase proteins (APP are present in plasma, which increase or decrease by about 25% during an acute inflammatory response. Ceruloplasmin (CP is a positive APP. Hence, this study was done to know the diagnostic value of pleural fluid (pf CP and pf to serum ceruloplasmin ratio (CPr to differentiate the pleural effusion (PE into exudate and transudate as compared to Light′s criteria. Materials and Methods: Setting: Medical wards of St John′s Medical College Hospital, Bangalore. Design: Cross-sectional descriptive study. Patients with PE were divided into exudate and transudate by definitive diagnosis. pfCP, CPr and Light′s criteria were compared with definitive diagnosis for the differentiation of pf into exudate and transudate. Results: The mean value of the pfCP and CPr was found to be significantly different between exudates and transudates. Sensitivity and specificity of pfCP at ≥ 13.34 mg/dl is 89.7% and 83.3%, CPr at ≥ 0.37 is 91.4% and 83.3%, Light′s criteria 94.82% and 83.3%, respectively. Light′s criteria, pfCP and CPr have similar PPV (98% with Light′s criteria having higher NPV (62.5% than pfCP (45% and CPr (50%, respectively. CPr has higher NPV than pfCP. Conclusions: pfCP and CPr can differentiate pf into exudate and transudate with comparable PPV to Light′s criteria.

  4. Bilateral Morgagni hernia: operative discovery of appendix lying on superior pulmonary vein.

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    Lammy, S; Stewart, M; Carnochan, F M; Walker, W S

    2013-08-01

    A patient presented having an acute abdomen on a background of a twelve-month history of worsening asthma. Computed tomography showed giant bilateral intrathoracic hernias extending to both thoracic apices. Our case was unusual as the defect was bilateral and left-sided. Surgical repair revealed each hernia sac measuring >20 cm and to contain the entirety of the small bowel and colon (including retroperitoneal bowel). The appendix was discovered adjacent to right superior pulmonary vein. Both sacs were excised and the defects dissected and transfixed in a single stage operation. In the post-operative stage, he developed a 6.3 cm fluid collection anterior to the right atrium and a left-sided pleural effusion. Morgagni hernias can escape detection and be attributed to other diagnoses courtesy of false localising signs on clinical examination and symptoms in the history.

  5. A meta-analysis assessing the benefits of concomitant pleural tent procedure after upper lobectomy.

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    Uzzaman, Mohammed M; Daniel Robb, J; Mhandu, Peter C E; Khan, Habib; Baig, Kamran; Chaubey, Sanjay; Whitaker, Donald C

    2014-01-01

    A meta-analysis comparing outcomes of upper lobectomies with or without pleural tenting was performed. Five trials comprising 396 patients were selected. There was significantly reduced duration of hospital stay, chest drain use, and air leak in the pleural tenting group compared with the group without the pleural tent. There was also a significant reduction in number of patients with prolonged air leak more than 7 days in pleural tenting group. No other difference was noted in other outcomes such as total drainage, operative time, or hospital costs. In patients at high-risk of air leak, we advocate concomitant use of the pleural tent after upper lobectomies.

  6. Rare case of massive congenital bilateral chylothorax in a hydropic fetus with true mosaicism 47,XXX/46,XX.

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    Cremonini, Giorgio; Poggi, Alice; Capucci, Roberta; Vesce, Fortunato; Patella, Alfredo; Marci, Roberto

    2014-01-01

    Fetal congenital chylothorax is a rare condition that occurs sporadically or can be associated with abnormal karyotype or structural chromosomal anomalies. We report a unique case of fetal congenital bilateral chylothorax associated with mosaicism 47,XXX/46,XX. A female fetus affected by massive bilateral hydrothorax and ascites was diagnosed at 34(+1) weeks of gestation. Previous ultrasonographic exams were completely normal. Immune causes of hydrops were excluded. Elective cesarean section was performed soon after bilateral thoracocentesis. The analysis of drained pleural fluid revealed its lymphatic nature. The fetal karyotyping, performed on chorionic villi at the 11th week, had shown mosaicism 47,XXX/46,XX, later confirmed in the newborn's blood. We hypothesized that chylothorax may be part of the phenotypic spectrum of 47 XXX karyotype and we suggest an ultrasound follow-up of the fetus at closer intervals than the routine timing for this condition, even if it is not usually characterized by severe phenotypic features.

  7. Bilateral Transport Cost, Infrastructure, Common Bilateral Ties and Political Stability

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    2008-01-01

    .... Using these new indexes we find that not only distance but infrastructure, political stability, common bilateral ties and open sky agreements as well are other important channels through which...

  8. Traumatic bilateral hip dislocation with bilateral sciatic nerve palsy

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    Ajay Pal Singh; Amarjit Singh Sidhu; Arun Pal Singh

    2010-01-01

    Bilateral hip dislocation rarely occurs.In this paper, a case of bilateral hip dislocation associated with bilateral sciatic nerve palsy resulted from a road traffic acci-dent is reported.Both hips were emergently reduced under general anaesthesia.Acetabular reconstruction was done bilaterally due to the unstable hips.The patient subsequently developed heterotopic ossification and avascular necrosis on the left hip and underwent total hip arthroplasty.The sciatic nerve on the right side achieved complete recovery but that on the left side only partly recovered and was aug-mented by tendon transfer.Such injuries are serious and one should be aware of the complications because they can resurface and so patients should be followed up for a long time.To the best of our knowledge, this kind of injury has not been reported in the English .language literature.

  9. Erdheim Chester disease with appendicular skeletal, renal and pleural involvement responding to Zelboraf (BRAF inhibitor) treatment: case report

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    Borys, Dariusz [Loyola University Medical Center Chicago, Department of Pathology, Maywood, IL (United States); Loyola University Medical Center Chicago, Departmet of Orthopaedic Surgery, Maywood, IL (United States); Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL (United States); Nystrom, Lucas [Loyola University Medical Center Chicago, Departmet of Orthopaedic Surgery, Maywood, IL (United States); Song, Albert [Loyola University Medical Center Chicago, Department of Radiology, Maywood, IL (United States); Lomasney, Laurie M. [Loyola University Medical Center Chicago, Departmet of Orthopaedic Surgery, Maywood, IL (United States); Loyola University Medical Center Chicago, Department of Radiology, Maywood, IL (United States)

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    Erdheim Chester disease is a rare non-Langerhans cell histiocytosis which may involve multiple organs including bone, soft tissue, lungs, cardiovascular system, kidneys (retroperitoneum), skin, and central nervous system. Bone involvement is most common followed by other organs. This case report describes a 58-year-old man who presented with progressive renal dysfunction presumed due to obstruction. The patient failed multiple urinary tract interventions, and clinical course was complicated by recurrent low-grade fevers, and bilateral knee pain. Advanced imaging and histopathological features on bone biopsy were consistent with Erdheim Chester disease. Molecular studies of tissue showed BRAF V600 mutation. This patient was treated with Zelboraf (vemurafenib) BRAF inhibitor with subsequent improvement in renal and pleural dysfunction as well as decreased histiocytic soft tissue masses on CT. (orig.)

  10. {sup 18F} FDG PET Demonstration of Cancer Recurrence Presenting as Dermatomyositis in a Rare Case of Primary Pleural Lymphoma

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    Lee, Sang Mi; Kim, Yu Kyeong; Lee, Jong Jin; Lee, Yoon Jong; Kim, Hye Ryung; Choe, Gheeyoung [Seoul National Univ. College of Medicine/Bundang Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jeong Won [Jeju National Univ. Hospital, Jeju (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-03-15

    Dermatomyositis (DM) or polymyositis (PM) are possibly considered to have an association with malignancies. We describe a case of dermatomyositis in which {sup 18F} fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)positron emission tomography (PET) was able to detect cancer recurrence earlier than any other modality in a patient with a history of primary pleural lymphoma, a very rare condition of malignancy. Further, a typical finding of dermatomyositis is diffuse hypermetabolism in the bilateral proximal shoulder and pelvic girdle areas was shown on {sup 18F} FDG PET, which can implicate the inflammatory process in the skeletal muscle in dermatomyosistis. This case well illustrates the characteristic {sup 18F} FDG findings of dermatomyositis as well as a capability of {sup 18F} FDG PET in detection of recurrence of lymphoma, even in a rare condition.

  11. Spatial context learning approach to automatic segmentation of pleural effusion in chest computed tomography images

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    Mansoor, Awais; Casas, Rafael; Linguraru, Marius G.

    2016-03-01

    Pleural effusion is an abnormal collection of fluid within the pleural cavity. Excessive accumulation of pleural fluid is an important bio-marker for various illnesses, including congestive heart failure, pneumonia, metastatic cancer, and pulmonary embolism. Quantification of pleural effusion can be indicative of the progression of disease as well as the effectiveness of any treatment being administered. Quantification, however, is challenging due to unpredictable amounts and density of fluid, complex topology of the pleural cavity, and the similarity in texture and intensity of pleural fluid to the surrounding tissues in computed tomography (CT) scans. Herein, we present an automated method for the segmentation of pleural effusion in CT scans based on spatial context information. The method consists of two stages: first, a probabilistic pleural effusion map is created using multi-atlas segmentation. The probabilistic map assigns a priori probabilities to the presence of pleural uid at every location in the CT scan. Second, a statistical pattern classification approach is designed to annotate pleural regions using local descriptors based on a priori probabilities, geometrical, and spatial features. Thirty seven CT scans from a diverse patient population containing confirmed cases of minimal to severe amounts of pleural effusion were used to validate the proposed segmentation method. An average Dice coefficient of 0.82685 and Hausdorff distance of 16.2155 mm was obtained.

  12. Efficacy of Computed Tomography (CT) Attenuation Values and CT Findings in the Differentiation of Pleural Effusion

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    Yalçin-Şafak, Kadihan; Umarusman-Tanju, Neslihan; Ayyıldız, Muhammet; Yücel, Nihal; Baysal, Tamer

    2017-01-01

    Summary Background The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of computed tomography (CT) findings for characterizing pleural effusions with the use of attenuation values. Material/Methods One hundred and twenty eight patients with pleural effusions on thoracic CT who underwent thoracentesisis within two weeks were studied. Pleural effusions were classified as exudates or transudates according to the Light’s criteria. A region of interest was placed for the measurement of Hounsfield Unit (HU) values in the area of the greatest amount of effusion on each slice of the three slices used. CT features that were evaluated for distinguishing pleural exudates from transudates included pleural nodules, pleural thickening and loculation. Results Thirty three (26%) of the 128 pleural effusions were transudates and 95 (74%) were exudates. The mean HU values of the exudates (8.82±7.04) were significantly higher than those of the transudates (2.91±8.53), (ptransudate and exudate patients in terms of pleural thickness, pleural nodules and loculation (p>0.05). Conclusions HU values can help in differentiating exudative pleural effusions from transudative pleural effusions. Because of overlapping HU values, correlation with clinical findings is essential. PMID:28289482

  13. Incidência de empiema pleural nos ferimentos tóraco-abdominais Incidence of pleural empyema after thoracoabdominal injuries

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    Mauro José Fontelles

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Os ferimentos penetrantes com comprometimento simultâneo das cavidades torácica e abdominal (FTA, além da dificuldade diagnóstica, merecem especial atenção em relação à conduta adotada para o tratamento do espaço pleural. O objetivo do presente estudo foi identificar os principais fatores relacionados à incidência de empiema pleural em pacientes com ferimentos penetrantes localizados na transição toracoabdominal. MÉTODO: Utilizando-se o modelo estatístico de regressão logística múltipla, os autores analisaram 110 pacientes com ferida toracoabdominal penetrante, submetidos à drenagem pleural fechada e laparotomia. A complicação empiema pleural foi estudada quanto à incidência e fatores envolvidos. Considerou-se o nível alfa igual a 0,05. RESULTADOS: Do total, 91 (82,7% pacientes eram do sexo masculino e 19 (17,3% do feminino. A faixa etária situou-se entre 13 e 63 anos. Os FTA foram causados por projétil de arma de fogo em 60 casos (54,5% e por arma branca em 50 casos (45,5%. O empiema pleural incidiu em quatro (3,6% dos pacientes estudados. Na análise estatística a incidência de empiema pleural esteve relacionada com: lesão de víscera oca (OR=3,1386, p=0.4005; lesão do lado esquerdo do diafragma (OR= 12,98, p=0,1178 e choque hemorrágico à admissão (OR=23,9639, p=0,0250. CONCLUSÕES: A chance da ocorrência de empiema pleural foi cerca de três vezes maior em pacientes com lesão de víscera oca e, de 13 vezes se a esta lesão estava associada à lesão do lado esquerdo do diafragma; aumentando para 24 vezes se estes pacientes apresentavam, concomitantemente, estado de choque hemorrágico à admissão.BACKGROUND: Penetrating Thoracoabdominal trauma, besides the diagnosis difficulty, deserve special attention with respect to the adopted strategy for the pleural space treatment. METHODS: Using the logistic regression model the authors analyzed 110 patients with penetrating Thoracoabdominal trauma

  14. A case of recurrent pleural effusion: Can we think beyond tuberculosis and malignancy?

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    Bhumika Vaishnav

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Pleural effusion can occur due to a variety of causes such as infectious, neoplastic, inflammatory, autoimmune, traumatic, etc. Recurrent pleural effusions have always been a diagnostic challenge. Here, we present a case of recurrent exudative pleural effusion in a male patient, which was the first clinical manifestation of rheumatoid arthritis. Of note was the absence of articular involvement at the onset of the disease. The low glucose concentration, low pH and low C4 level in the pleural fluid were the most valuable findings to distinguish it from tuberculous and malignant pleural effusions. Pleural biopsy also helped in making such a distinction. Thus, in a patient with recurrent pleural effusion, rheumatoid etiology should also be kept in mind as a differential diagnosis.

  15. Abordagem cirúrgica da efusão pleural parapneumônica e suas complicações

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    José Carlos Fraga; Peter Kim

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    Objetivos: o tratamento cirúrgico do derrame parapneumônico na criança é controverso, sendo a abordagem baseada fundamentalmente na experiência pessoal e no pequeno número de casos relatados. O objetivo deste artigo é o de apresentar uma revisão bibliográfica dos principais trabalhos e experiência dos autores no tratamento cirúrgico do derrame parapneumônico na criança. Fonte dos dados: foram utilizados dados de artigos científicos pesquisados através dos bancos de dados Medline e Lilacs. Sín...

  16. VEGF Correlates with Inflammation and Fibrosis in Tuberculous Pleural Effusion

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    Mauo-Ying Bien

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. To investigate the relationship among angiogenic cytokines, inflammatory markers, and fibrinolytic activity in tuberculous pleural effusion (TBPE and their clinical importance. Methods. Forty-two patients diagnosed with TBPE were studied. Based on chest ultrasonography, there were 26 loculated and 16 nonloculated TBPE patients. The effusion size radiological scores and effusion vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF, interleukin- (IL- 8, plasminogen activator inhibitor type-1 (PAI-1, and tissue type plasminogen activator (tPA were measured. Treatment outcome and pleural fibrosis, defined as radiological residual pleural thickening (RPT, were assessed at 6-month follow-up. Results. The effusion size and effusion lactate dehydrogenase (LDH, VEGF, IL-8, PAI-1, and PAI-1/tPA ratio were significantly higher, while effusion glucose, pH value, and tPA were significantly lower, in loculated than in nonloculated TBPE. VEGF and IL-8 correlated positively with LDH and PAI-1/tPA ratio and negatively with tPA in both loculated and nonloculated TBPE. Patients with higher VEGF or greater effusion size were prone to develop RPT (n=14; VEGF, odds ratio 1.28, P=0.01; effusion size, odds ratio 1.01, P=0.02, and VEGF was an independent predictor of RPT in TBPE (receiver operating characteristic curve AUC=0.985, P<0.001. Conclusions. Effusion VEGF correlates with pleural inflammation and fibrosis and may be targeted for adjunct therapy for TBPE.

  17. New tetratrichomonas species in two patients with pleural empyema.

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    Lopez-Escamilla, Eduardo; Sanchez-Aguillon, Fabiola; Alatorre-Fernandez, Cynthia Pamela; Aguilar-Zapata, Daniel; Arroyo-Escalante, Sara; Arellano, Teresa; Moncada-Barron, David; Romero-Valdovinos, Mirza; Martinez-Hernandez, Fernando; Rodriguez-Zulueta, Patricia; Maravilla, Pablo

    2013-09-01

    Two unusual occurrences of pleural trichomonosis due to a new Tetratrichomonas species previously reported but not named were confirmed. In one patient, Trichomonas tenax and a Tetratrichomonas species were also detected in the oral cavity by molecular methods. We suggest that this new Tetratrichomonas species be named Tetratrichomonas empyemagena.

  18. How Are Pleurisy and Other Pleural Disorders Treated?

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    ... tube will be connected to a box that suctions out the fluid. Your doctor will use a chest x ray to check the tube's position. Your doctor also can use a chest tube to drain blood and air from the pleural space. This ...

  19. [Fusarium pleural effusion after a ventricular assist device].

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    Villacorta, J; Blancard, A; Kerbaul, F; Guidon, C; Gouin, F

    2002-05-01

    We report the case of a 36-year-old man with a pleural effusion that complicates the postoperative period after the implantation of a ventricular assist device (VAD). The epidemiological, etiologic and therapeutic features of Fusarium infections were reviewed. Complete recovery of the infection was obtained after a treatment by liposomal amphotericine B (AmBisome) and 5 fluorocytosine.

  20. How Are Pleurisy and Other Pleural Disorders Diagnosed?

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    ... an inflamed pancreas), kidney disease, or lupus. Arterial Blood Gas Test For this test, a blood sample is taken from an artery, usually in ... after the procedure to check for complications. Fluid Analysis The ... can cause fluid or blood to build up in the pleural space. Biopsy ...

  1. PET for the evaluation of pleural thickening observed on CT

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    Kramer, H; Pieterman, RM; Slebos, DJ; Timens, W; Vaalburg, W; Koeter, GH; Groen, HJM

    2004-01-01

    Early discrimination between benign and malignant pleural diseases is vital for the treatment and prognosis of a patient. Imaging is traditionally performed with CT or MRI, with an accuracy of 50%-75%. PET has proven to be superior as a diagnostic tool in several malignancies. In this prospective st

  2. [Usefulness of bronchofiberscopy in the study of pleural effusion].

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    Jurado Gámez, B; Sánchez Osuna, L; Sánchez Simón-Talero, R; García Gil, F L; Cosano Povedano, A; Muñoz Cabrera, L

    1995-05-01

    We revised our own experience in 208 patients with pleural effusion to whom fiberoptic bronchoscopy was made in part of the diagnostic study. In our population the most frequent cause was neoplastic origen, observing that in 97 patients (46%), 60 of them were due to bronchogenic carcinoma. In relation to the presentation symptoms, just when haemoptysis was present bronchoscopy exhibited bigger diagnostic profitability (17 of 29), p < 0.001. There were 106 patients (51%) who had some or several parenchymatic injuries going with the pleural effusion. In this group, in 55 cases, fiberoptic bronchoscopy was useful to the diagnosis; on the contrary when the only radiologic abnormality was pleural effusion, 102 cases, in 96 of them the procedure was not diagnostic, p < 0.001. A close relationship was noticed between diagnostic profitability of bronchoscopy with the existence of pulmonary neoplasm; about the 61 diagnosed patients using bronchoscopy, 53 of them had bronchogenic carcinoma, p < 0.001. We conclude then in our experience bronchoscopy is useful to the diagnosis of pleural effusion if it goes with haemoptysis or parenchymatic lesions in the radioly. Its diagnostic profitability has close relationship with the existence of bronchogenic carcinoma.

  3. Bilateral trade, openness and asset holdings

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    Peter, Alexandra

    2010-01-01

    This paper analyzes the relationship between bilateral trade flows, trade openness, and asset holdings in a three-country stochastic general equilibrium model. The threecountry model set-up enables me to disentangle and separate the effects bilateral trade flows and trade openness have on bilateral portfolio patterns. I find that both factors independently influence bilateral asset holdings. Higher bilateral trade as well as higher trade openness lead to a higher bilateral foreign asset posit...

  4. Derrame isquêmico como a primeira manifestação de hipertrabeculação/não-compactação ventricular grave Ischemic stroke as the first manifestation of severe ventricular hypertrabeculation/non-compaction

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    Arturo Jaramillo

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Um raro defeito congênito do miocárdio, conhecido como hipertrabeculação/não-compactação do ventrículo esquerdo (HTVE/NCVE tem sido ocasionalmente descrito em associação com a formação de trombos com um potencial risco embólico sistêmico, mas sua associação com derrames isquêmicos permanece controversa. Reportamos o caso de um derrame isquêmico em paciente com grave (HTVE/NCVE e disfunção ventricular como uma possível associação sinérgica etiológica. Na ausência de outras fontes embólicas, uma grave HTVE/NCVE associada com disfunção ventricular poderia constituir uma fonte potencial de embolismo cerebral, especialmente em pacientes com alta suspeita de um mecanismo embólico de derrame sistêmico.A rare congenital myocardial defect, known as left ventricular hypertrabeculation/non-compaction (LVHT, has been occasionally described associated with thrombus formation with a potential systemic embolic risk, but its association with ischemic strokes remains controversial. We report a case of ischemic stroke in a patient with severe LVHT and ventricular dysfunction as a possible etiologic synergistic association. In absence of other embolic sources, a severe LVTH associated with ventricular dysfunction could constitute a potential source of brain embolism, especially in patients with high suspicion of an embolic mechanism of ischemic stroke.

  5. Intervention for pleural effusions and ascites following liver transplantation

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    Adetiloye, V.A. [Radiology Department, Birmingham Children`s Hospital NHS Trust, Ladywood Middleway, Birmingham B16 8ET (United Kingdom)]|[Radiology Department, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (Nigeria); John, P.R. [Radiology Department, Birmingham Children`s Hospital NHS Trust, Ladywood Middleway, Birmingham B16 8ET (United Kingdom)

    1998-07-01

    Background. Small volumes of fluid in the pleural and peritoneal cavities are common after paediatric liver transplantation. Occasionally, larger fluid collections develop and need intervention by aspiration or insertion of a drain. Objective. To assess the incidence of moderate and large pleural and peritoneal fluid collections following paediatric liver transplantation, the need for intervention and the outcome following radiological and non-radiological treatment, with the ultimate objective of recommending a treatment protocol for such post-operative fluid collections. Materials and methods. A total of 184 consecutive liver grafts in 164 children were reviewed. Results. Of 184 grafts, 31 (16.8 %) developed excessive fluid collections requiring intervention (19 pleural effusions, 8 ascites and 4 effusions and ascites). The effusions were first diagnosed between days 1 and 44 after transplant and the ascites between days 1 and 14. The initial diagnosis was made radiologically in 21 (91 %) of 23 pleural effusions and in 10 (83 %) of 12 ascites. No identifiable cause or association was seen in 18 (58 %) of 31 cases. The mean duration of the pleural effusions and ascites, from onset of treatment to resolution, ranged from 33 {+-} 42 days (SD) to 35 {+-} 48 days and from 36 {+-} 47 days to 39 {+-} 46 days respectively. Comparison of the modes of interventional treatment (i. e. unguided, radiological and surgical) showed no statistically significant difference in the outcome of the management. Conclusions. Post-transplantation pleural effusions and ascites requiring intervention are often without definite cause. They are more common with reduced grafts, but this cannot completely explain the occurrence or the protracted duration of accumulation in spite of combined interventional management. The outcome of treatment is not significantly influenced by the mode of intervention except in cases where surgical intervention is indicated. Patients could be managed

  6. Evaluation of real-time PCR of patient pleural effusion for diagnosis of tuberculosis

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    Zaha Arnaldo

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pleural tuberculosis (TB diagnosis often requires invasive procedures such as pleural biopsy. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR for the IS6110 sequence of M. tuberculosis in pleural fluid specimens as a rapid and non-invasive test for pleural TB diagnosis. Findings For this cross-sectional study, 150 consecutive patients with pleural effusion diagnosed by chest radiography, who were referred for diagnostic thoracocentesis and pleural biopsy and met eligibility criteria, had a pleural fluid specimen submitted for real-time PCR testing. Overall, 98 patients had pleural TB and 52 had pleural effusion secondary to other disease. TB diagnosis was obtained using acid-fast bacilli (AFB smear or culture for mycobacteria and/or histopathologic examination in 94 cases and by clinical findings in 4 cases. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values of PCR testing for pleural TB diagnosis were 42.8% (95% CI 38.4 - 44.8, 94.2% (95% CI 85.8 - 98.0, 93.3% (95% CI 83.6 - 97.7, and 48.5% (95% CI 44.2 - 50.4, respectively. The real-time PCR test improved TB detection from 30.6% to 42.9% when compared to AFB smear and culture methods performed on pleural fluid specimens, although the best sensitivity was achieved by combining the results of culture and histopathology of pleural tissue specimens. Conclusion The real-time PCR test of pleural fluid specimens is a useful and non-invasive additional assay for fast diagnosis of pleural TB.

  7. Quilotórax bilateral posterior a trauma de tórax cerrado

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    Jeffry Solís-Torres

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available El término quilotórax se refiere a la presencia de quilo en el espacio pleural, es usualmente secundario a la ruptura del conducto torácico, a una de sus ramas o debido a alguna alteración del flujo del quilo. Algunas de sus causas: son trauma, neoplasias, misceláneas e idiopáticas. Esta asociado a una alta morbilidad y mortalidad. Su manejo puede ser conservador o quirúrgico. Se presenta el caso de un paciente de 16 años, que después a un accidente de tránsito conduciendo una motocicleta, tuvo traumatismo cerrado de tórax y posteriormente desarrolló quilotórax bilateral. Este fue resuelto conservadoramente mediante toracostomía bilateral y la administración de nutrición parenteral total ysomatostatina. Hubo disminución gradual de la producción de quilo, a los once días se le suspendió la sonda de tórax izquierda y a los dieciséis días se le suspendió la sonda derecha, las radiografías control no mostraron persistencia de liquido pleural y se egresa.

  8. Evaluation of cholinesterase to differentiate pleural exudates and transudates.

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    Sharma, Manju; Gupta, K B; Goyal, Kirori M; Nand, Nitya

    2004-05-01

    The present study was undertaken to evaluate the usefulness of pleural fluid cholinesterase (PChE) level in pleural fluid and its ratio to serum cholinesterase (P/SChE) in order to differentiate transudates and exudates and to compare their diagnostic efficacy with the Light's criteria. A total of 110 patients of pleural effusion of diverse etiology were studied. Eighty patients were of exudative pleural effusion of tubercular, malignant or parapneumonic origin and 30 patients were of transudative effusion. Cholinesterase was estimated in the pleural fluid and serum in all the patients. The mean PChE and P/S ChE were significantly higher in exudates as compared to transudates (p exudates and transudates, respectively. When a cut-off value of 469 IU/L for PChE was taken for the diagnosis, it was found that 10% of exudates and 2.5% of transudates were misclassified. However percentage of misclassification decreased to 1.25% in exudates and 3.3% in transudates when the cut-off value of 0.24 for P/S ChE ratio was used. Using Light's criteria, a sensitivity of 91.25% and specificity of 90% with positive predictive value (PPV) of 96.05% and negative predictive value (NPV) of 79.42% was observed. However using P/S ChE, the PPV was 98.75% and NPV was 96.67%. The estimation of PChE and P/SChE ratio had better discriminatory capacity than Light's criteria. It is cost effective and more specific, therefore its routine estimation is recommended.

  9. Bilateral, independent juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma

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    Mørkenborg, Marie-Louise; Frendø, M; Stavngaard, T;

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma is a benign, vascular tumour that primarily occurs in adolescent males. Despite its benign nature, aggressive growth patterns can cause potential life-threatening complications. Juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma is normally unilateral, originating...... from the sphenopalatine artery, but bilateral symptoms can occur if a large tumour extends to the contralateral side of the nasopharynx. This paper presents the first reported case of true bilateral extensive juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma involving clinically challenging pre-surgical planning...... embolisation. Radical removal performed as one-step, computer-assisted functional endoscopic sinus surgery was performed. The follow-up period was uncomplicated. CONCLUSION: This case illustrates the importance of suspecting bilateral juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma in patients presenting with bilateral...

  10. Bilateral Olecranon Tophaceous Gout Bursitis

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    Güzelali Özdemir; Alper Deveci; Kemal Andıç; Niyazi Erdem Yaşar

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    In this case, we present a patient with the diagnosis of bilateral olecranon tophaceous gout. After the surgical treatment, there was no limitation of range of motion or wound problem at 6th month control.

  11. Bilateral Olecranon Tophaceous Gout Bursitis

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    Güzelali Özdemir

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    Full Text Available In this case, we present a patient with the diagnosis of bilateral olecranon tophaceous gout. After the surgical treatment, there was no limitation of range of motion or wound problem at 6th month control.

  12. PRONÓSTICO DEL DERRAME ANUAL DE RÍO LIMAY CON MODELOS EMPÍRICOS BASADOS EN ÍNDICES CLIMÁTICOS

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    Arnobio G. Poblete

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    Full Text Available Los modelos climáticos globales y regionales pronostican un decrecimiento en el recurso hídrico del Comahue. Los derrames medios de los ríos de dicha región se han reducido en aproximadamente dos terceras partes, en base a los del siglo pasado. Esto coincide con las mediciones realizadas por los modelos climáticos globales (CGM. Por otra parte, la medición directa o evaluación y estimación de la superficie nival a partir de imágenes satelitales, no son todavía satisfactorias para hacer un pronóstico en tiempo y forma, por lo que se podrían reemplazar por modelos basados en variables climáticas y así obtener una mayor anticipación y precisión. En este trabajo se propone formular modelos empíricos predictivos basados en índices climáticos que superen el límite de varianza explicada lograda por otros autores e instituciones, empleando herramientas estadísticas más sofisticadas. Como resultado de la investigación se elaboran e implementan modelos, que tomaron como variables predictoras a los índices climáticos medidos en el período nival, los que mostraron una performance significativa de acuerdo a los rigurosos tests objetivos a los que fueron sometidos. Los mismos mejoraron el porcentaje de varianza obtenido por otros autores llevándolo aproximadamente a un 75% en el caso de los multivariantes, y a un 65% en el caso univariante.

  13. Cut-off value of pleural fluid C-reactive protein in etiologic diagnosis of pleural fluid

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    Mona Mansour Ahmed

    2014-07-01

    Conclusion: CRP could be a useful diagnostic marker for differentiation between exudative and transudative pleural effusions and also it is more accurate than protein in distinguishing those transudative effusions receiving diuretic therapy which are falsely diagnosed by Light’s criteria to be exudates.

  14. Bilateral Morgagni Hernia in Adult

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    Ali Celik

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available       Morgagni hernia is a congenital anterior diaphragma hernias. Although it generally seen in childhood and on the right side, rarely seen bilaterally and adult. Computarize tomography is helpful in diagnosis for this lesions asymptomatic in adult. In this article, bilaterally morgagni hernia diagnosed a sixty-five year old male patient looked for due to dyspne was presented.

  15. Pediatric isolated bilateral iliac aneurysm.

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    Chithra, R; Sundar, R Ajai; Velladuraichi, B; Sritharan, N; Amalorpavanathan, J; Vidyasagaran, T

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    Aneurysms are rare in children. Isolated iliac artery aneurysms are very rare, especially bilateral aneurysms. Pediatric aneurysms are usually secondary to connective tissue disorders, arteritis, or mycotic causes. We present a case of a 3-year-old child with bilateral idiopathic common iliac aneurysms that were successfully repaired with autogenous vein grafts. Copyright © 2013 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Bilateral cleft lip nasal deformity

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    2009-01-01

    Bilateral cleft lip nose deformity is a multi-factorial and complex deformity which tends to aggravate with growth of the child, if not attended surgically. The goals of primary bilateral cleft lip nose surgery are, closure of the nasal floor and sill, lengthening of the columella, repositioning of the alar base, achieving nasal tip projection, repositioning of the lower lateral cartilages, and reorienting the nares from horizontal to oblique position. The multiplicity of procedures in the li...

  17. Bilateral sarkoidose i glandula parotis

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    Hahn, Pernille; Krogdahl, Annelise; Godballe, Christian

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    We describe an unusual case of sarcoidosis in which the patient presented with a bilateral swelling of the parotid salivary glands and no other manifestation of the disease. Sarcoidosis is a multisystem granulomatous disorder of unknown cause in which there may be multiple exocrine involvement......, including the salivary glands. This case emphasises the importance of including sarcoidosis in the differential diagnosis of bilateral parotid swelling....

  18. AETIOLOGICAL STUDY OF PLEURAL EFFUSION BY CONVENTIONAL METHODS-ITS CLINICAL PRESENTATION ALONG WITH RADIOLOGICAL, BIOCHEMICAL AND CYTOLOGICAL CORRELATION OF 60 CASES OF PLEURAL EFFUSION

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    Midde Ranga

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Pleural effusion is the excessive or abnormal accumulation of fluid in the pleural space. Pleural effusion is routinely facing problem in practice by general physician and chest physician. Pleural effusion often present as common diagnostic dilemma as no cause can be found in many cases in spite of careful evaluation. For better management of cases to obtain knowledge of clinical history and clinical signs of pleural effusion along with radiological, biochemical, and cytological evaluation of pleural fluid help in narrowing the diagnosis. METHODS In this prospective study of 60 patients with pleural effusion with respect to age, sex, presenting complaint, clinical history with radiological, biochemical, and cytological examination of pleural fluid are considered. RESULTS In this prospective study of 60 patients with pleural effusion, their age is 11 to 75 years and two third were men. The most common type of pleural effusion is exudative effusion. The most common cause of exudative effusion in this study were tuberculosis (36, followed by malignancy (9, transudative (8, synpneumonic (5, and 2 cases of empyema (2. Pleural effusion was commonly seen in male patient with maximum number of cases in age group 31-50. Pleuritic chest pain, fever, cough, and breathlessness were common presenting complaint. The commonest clinical sign was stony dullness to percussion. Right-sided effusions were more common. Majority had moderate amount of pleural effusions. Blood count and ESR were significantly elevated in exudatives. Pleural fluid cytology revealed elevated lymphocytes in tubercular and polymorphs in acute infections. Cytology for malignant cells were diagnostic in 4 cases. ADA was significantly elevated in tubercular pleural effusion. Exudatives had decreased glucose, but increased protein, LDH, and cholesterol compared to transudatives. CONCLUSION Tubercular effusion remains the commonest aetiology of all exudative effusions in our study

  19. Assessment of the N-PCR assay in diagnosis of pleural tuberculosis: detection of M. tuberculosis in pleural fluid and sputum collected in tandem.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The nonspecific clinical presentation and paucibacillary nature of tuberculous pleuritis remains a challenge for diagnosis. Diagnosis of tuberculous pleural effusion depends on the demonstration of the presence of tubercle bacilli in the sputum, pleural fluid, or pleural biopsy specimen, or demonstration of granuloma in pleura by histological examination. We examined the clinical utility of the diagnosis of pleural tuberculosis using the in house N-PCR assay, AFB smear microscopy and culture. Besides pleural fluid the inclusion of sputum in the efficacy of diagnosis of pleural tuberculosis was scrutinized. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Pleural fluid and sputum samples of 58 tuberculous and 42 non-tuberculous pleural effusion patients were processed for AFB smear microscopy, culture and the N-PCR assay. Mycobacteria were detected exclusively in tuberculous pleural effusion samples. None of the non-tuberculous pleural effusion samples were positive for mycobacteria. Comparative analysis showed that the N-PCR assay had the highest sensitivity. Inclusion of sputum along with pleural fluid increased N-PCR sensitivity from 51.7 to 70.6% (p<0.0001.This improved sensitivity was reflected in AFB smear microscopy and isolation by culture. The sensitivity enhanced on inclusion of sputum from 3.4 (p = 0.50 to 10.3% (p = 0.038 for AFB smear microscopy and for isolation of mycobacteria from 10.3(p = 0.03 to 22.4% (p = 0.0005. Thirteen isolates were obtained from 58 pleural tuberculosis patients. Eleven mycobacterial isolates were identified as M. tuberculosis and two as M. fortuitum and M. chelonae. Complete concordance was seen between the biochemical identification of isolates and the N-PCR identification of mycobacterial species prior to isolation. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: To the best of our knowledge this is the first PCR based report on utility of sputum for diagnosis of pleural tuberculosis. The present study demonstrates that a

  20. Clinic and echocardiographic characteristics of pericardial effusions in a university hospital, Medellín, Colombia Características clínicas y ecocardiográficas de los derrames pericárdicos en pacientes del Hospital Universitario San Vicente de Paúl

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    Carlos José Jaramillo G.

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    Full Text Available Purpose: To determine the clinical and echocardiographic characteristics of pericardial effusions. Methods: Retrospective information was obtained from medical records of all patients who were diagnosed with echocardiographic pericardial effusions. Results: We studied 62 medical records of patients with echocardiographic pericardial effusions. We obtained medical records of 28 (45.2% patients with mild effusion, 19 (30.6% with moderate effusion and 15 (24.2% with severe effusion. Fourteen patients (22.6% showed inflammatory signs of pericarditis. Inflammatory signs had an Odds Ratio of 5.1. (CI 95% 1.28 to 23 wich was significant (p = 0.006. Uremia was the most common diagnosis in all patients (22.6% followed by metastatic tumors (14.5%, pyogenic pericarditis (11.3%, acute idiopathic pericarditis (11.3% and others. Conclusions: In almost all patients, etiology of pericardial effusion is the same of the underlying condition, but if the cause is unknown, the size of effusion, inflammatory signs and the presence of cardiac tamponade may help suggest etiology. Objetivos: determinar las características clínicas y ecocardiográficas de los derrames pericárdicos. Metodología: revisar retrospectivamente las historias clínicas de los pacientes con diagnóstico de derrame pericárdico hecho por ecocardiografía transtorácica entre febrero de 2000 y agosto de 2001. Resultados: se evaluaron las historias clínicas de 62 pacientes con diagnóstico de derrame pericárdico; 28 (45.2% presentaron derrames leves, 19 (30.6% derrames moderados y 15 (24.2% derrames severos; 21 (33.9% pacientes presentaron taponamiento cardíaco y el 50% de éstos tenían derrame severo. Se buscó la presencia de signos inflamatorios y se encontró que 14 (22.6% de los pacientes los presentaban. Además, estos pacientes tuvieron 5 veces más probabilidad de presentar taponamiento cardíaco (OR = 5.40. La principal causa de derrames pericárdicos fue la uremia (22.6%, seguida

  1. Untargeted mass spectrometry-based metabolomic profiling of pleural effusions: fatty acids as novel cancer biomarkers for malignant pleural effusions.

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    Lam, Ching-Wan; Law, Chun-Yiu

    2014-09-05

    Untargeted mass spectrometry-based metabolomic profiling is a powerful analytical method used for broad-spectrum identification and quantification of metabolites in biofluids in human health and disease states. In this study, we exploit metabolomic profiling for cancer biomarker discovery for diagnosis of malignant pleural effusions. We envisage the result will be clinically useful since currently there are no cancer biomarkers that are accurate enough for the diagnosis of malignant pleural effusions. Metabolomes of 32 malignant pleural effusions from lung cancer patients and 18 benign effusions from patients with pulmonary tuberculosis were analyzed using reversed-phase liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) using AB SCIEX TripleTOF 5600. MS spectra were analyzed using XCMS, PeakView, and LipidView. Metabolome-Wide Association Study (MWAS) was performed by Receiver Operating Characteristic Curve Explorer and Tester (ROCCET). Insignificant markers were filtered out using a metabolome-wide significance level (MWSL) with p-value < 2 × 10(-5) for t test. Only compounds in Human Metabolome Database (HMDB) will be used as cancer biomarkers. ROCCET analysis of ESI positive and negative MS spectra revealed free fatty acid (FFA) 18:1 (oleic acid) had the largest area-under-ROC of 0.96 (95% CI = 0.87-1.00) in malignant pleural effusions. Using a ratio of FFA 18:1-to-ceramide (d18:1/16:0), the area-under-ROC was further increased to 0.99 (95% CI = 0.91-1.00) with sensitivity 93.8% and specificity 100.0%. Using untargeted metabolomic profiling, the diagnostic cancer biomarker with the largest area-under-ROC can be determined objectively. This lipogenic phenotype could be explained by overexpression of fatty acid synthase (FASN) in cancer cells. The diagnostic performance of FFA 18:1-to-ceramide (d18:1/16:0) ratio supports its use for diagnosis of malignant pleural effusions.

  2. Extramedullary Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML: Leukemic Pleural Effusion, Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Naveen ePemmaraju

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    Full Text Available Objective and Importance: Malignant pleural effusions occur in the setting of both solid and hematologic malignancies. Pleural effusion caused by leukemic infiltration is an unusual extramedullary manifestation of acute myeloid leukemia (AML with fewer than 20 cases reported.1-11 We report a case of pericardial and pleural effusions in a patient with AML and review the literature. Clinical presentation: In this case, a 55 year old man with previous history of myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN experienced transformation AML, heralded by appearance of leukemic pleural effusions. The patient was identified to have leukemic pleural effusion based upon extended cytogenetic analysis of the pleural fluid, as morphologic analysis alone was insufficient. Intervention: The patient was treated with hypomethylator-based and intensive chemotherapy strategies, both of which maintained resolution of the effusions in the remission setting. Conclusion: Due to the rarity of diagnosis of leukemic pleural effusions, both cytogenetic and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH testing are recommended. Futhermore, systemic chemotherapy directed at the AML can lead to complete resolution of leukemic pleural effusions. Objective and ImportancePleural effusion caused by leukemic infiltration is an unusual extramedullary manifestation of acute myeloid leukemia (AML, but may be more common than previously thought. Fewer than 20 cases have been reported.1-11 We report a case of pericardial and pleural effusions in a patient with AML and review the literature.

  3. Computed Tomography in Differential Diagnosis of Exudative and Transudative Pleural Effusions

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    Phakphoom Thiravit

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To differentiate between exudative and transudative pleural effusions by using CT attenuation values and CT appearances. Methods: The retrospective study reviewed 132 patients who were diagnosed of pleural effusions in 2007-2014. All patients were evaluated by chest CT images before or after pleural tapping within 2 days. Pleural effusions were classified as exudates or transudates based on Light’s criteria.1 Pre-contrast and post-contrast CT images were reviewed by measuring the mean attenuation values of pleural effusions and the associated CT findings. Results: Pleural effusions were 112 exudates and 20 transudates. Exudate group had significant higher mean attenuation values, compared with a transudate, in both pre-contrast (12.8±5.0 HU vs. 9.4±5.2 HU; p<0.001 and post-contrast images (13.8±5.1 HU vs. 10.2±5.7 HU; p=0.006. For differentiation between types of pleural effusions, the CT attenuation cutoff value of 8.5 HU showed highest sensitivity of 84.5% and the cutoff value of 16 HU showed highest specificity of 95%, respectively. The CT findings of pleural nodule, pleural thickening and loculation were more common in exudates, compared with transudates with the statistical significance and specificity of those findings as high as 100%, 90%, and 75%, respectively. Conclusion: The mean attenuation values of ≥16 HU favor exudates. However, the use of CT attenuation values for differentiating types of pleural effusions alone, showed poor diagnostic performance. Correlation with clinical context and pleural fluid analysis are still essential. We suggest the three helpful CT findings for diagnosis of exudates which are pleural thickening, pleural nodules and loculation.

  4. Manejo escalonado en la supuración pleural

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    Bruk Bekele Jembere

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio de 36 enfermos con empiema pleural, atendidos por el grupo de Cirugía Torácica del Hospital Universitario "Comandante Manuel Fajardo" entre enero de 1995 y diciembre del 2000. Los enfermos se clasificaron en 3 estadios evolutivos: exudativo, fibrinopurulento y organizado, los que sirvieron de guías para establecer el proceder quirúrgico que se debía realizar. La principal causa fue la neumopatía inflamatoria seguida por las posquirúrgicas. Los gérmenes hallados con mayor frecuencia en los cultivos fueron: el estafilococo, las bacterias gran negativas y el estreptococo. Las intervenciones más realizadas fueron: la pleurotomía mínima con lavado pleural y sin él y la decorticación pleural en sus diferentes variantes. A 3 pacientes se les realizó algún tipo de resección pulmonar. En la fase fibrinopurulenta el 50 % requirió decorticación precoz con el 100 % de curación. En la fase organizada el tratamiento de elección fue la decorticación clásica (62,5 % o la tardía (18,8 %; los 2 fallecidos fueron de esta fase. Las complicaciones fueron escasas, infecciosas en su gran mayoría; el índice de mortalidad quirúrgica fue 5,6 %A study of 36 patients with pleural empyema that were attended by the Group of Thoracic Surgery from Comandante Manuel Fajardo Teaching Hospital from January, 1995, to December, 2000, was conducted. Patients were classified into 3 evolutive stages:exudative, fibrinopurulent and organized, which were used as guides to determine the surgical procedure to be performed. The main cause was inflammatory pneumopathy followed by the postsurgical ones. The germs most commonly found in cultures were: staphylococcus, Gram-negative bacteria and streptococcus. The most used operations were: minimum pleurotomy with and without pleural lavage and pleural decortication in its different variants. 3 patients underwent some type of lung resection. In the fibrinopurulent stage, 50 % required early

  5. F-18-FDG-PET for differential diagnosis of pleural processes; F-18-FDG-PET zur Primaerdiagnostik und Dignitaetsbeurteilung pleuraler Prozesse

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    Buchmann, I.; Guhlmann, C.A.; Schirrmeister, H.; Kotzerke, J.; Buck, A.; Reske, S.N. [Ulm Univ. (Germany). Abt. Nuklearmedizin; Elsner, K. [Ulm Univ. (DE). Abt. Radiologie 2 (Strahlentherapie); Gfroerer, W. [Universitaetsklinik Ulm (Germany). Abt. fuer Allgemeinchirurgie

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    Purpose: Positron emission tomography (PET) with 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) has been shown to be accurate for differentiating benign from malignant pulmonary lesions. Therefore, we evaluated the capability of FDG-PET in the characterisation of pleural lesions. Patients and methods: PET was performed in thirteen patients with pleural or intrapulmonal tumors (three with additional pleural effusion) and in three patients with aetiologically unclear pleural effusion demonstrated by CT. In all cases the diagnosis was confirmed histologically. The PET-imaging was carried out in fasted patients 50 minutes after injection of 400-670 MBq F-18-FDG without attenuation correction. Results: Twelve patients were found to have pleural or pulmonal malignomas (9 pleural mesotheliomas, 3 bronchogenic adenocarcinoma with carcinomatous pleurisy). Four patients had benign pleural changes (1 fibroma, 1 tuberculous pleurisy, 1 pleural fibrosis, 1 empyema). With FDG-PET, all 12 pleural or intrapulmonal malignomas had high FDG-uptake and were classified correctly. Due to very low or virtually deficient FDG-uptake, four histologically benign lesions were correctly interpreted as nonmalignant. Conclusion: These preliminary results suggest that FDG-PET is accurate in detecting malignant pleural tumors. (orig.) [German] Ziel: Zahlreiche Studien belegen die hohe Treffsicherheit der Positronen-Emissions-Tomographie (PET) mit 2-[F-18]-Fluoro-2-desoxy-D-Glukose (FDG) bei der Dignitaetsbeurteilung nicht-verkalkter Lungenrundherde. Ziel dieser Untersuchung war die Evaluation der Wertigkeit der FDG-PET in der Primaerdiagnostik und Dignitaetsbeurteilung pleuraler Veraenderungen. Patienten/Methode: Dreizehn Patienten mit computertomographisch bekannten pleuralen Raumforderungen, von denen drei zusaetzlich einen Pleuraerguss aufwiesen, sowie drei Patienten mit aetiologisch unklarem Pleuraerguss wurden einer FDG-PET unterzogen. Die PET wurde 50 min nach i.v. Injektion von 400-670 MBq F-18-FDG in

  6. Libre comercio y política exterior en materia de derechos humanos en América del Norte. Una evaluación de la tesis del "derrame" (spillover

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    Alejandro Anaya Muñoz

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available La tesis del "derrame" (spillover plantea que niveles crecientes de asociación económica podrán propiciar procesos de integración en las esferas social y política. Este argumento ha sido retomado por algunos autores, que lo han aplicado al área de la política exterior de los países integrantes del tlcan. Este artículo evalúa la hipótesisde que el establecimiento de un esquema de libre comercio en América del Norte ha tenido algo que ver con recientescambios en la política de México en el área de los derechos humanos, alineándose con la de Estados Unidos y Canadá. El artículo concluye que la tesis de la alineación por"derrame" no se sostiene, y ofrece explicaciones alternativas.

  7. Avances en la remediación del derrame de hidrocarburos en Barreal-Belén. Propuesta de medidas para la protección de acuíferos

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    Luis Carlos Vargas Fallas

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    Full Text Available En la revista Tecnología en Marcha Vol. 22. N.º 4 se presentaron estimaciones de duración de la operación, de acuerdo con dos posibles escenarios de remediación. En esta publicación se muestran los avances logrados al 2009 y se indican los costos alcanzados en el proceso. En el Valle Central del país se ubican cerca de 160 estaciones gasolineras sobre importantes acuíferos, en las que se destacó el riesgo de contaminación, a la luz del caso del derrame de hidrocarburos ocurrido en Barreal-Belén en el 2004, descubierto por casualidad durante la inspección a un pozo cercano. Se analizan los instrumentos de estudio de la vulnerabilidad a la contaminación de acuíferos y se presenta una propuesta de medidas que se deberían adoptar para asegurar el control sobre el riesgo de otros derrames y para una gestión adecuada de las aguas.

  8. A case of ruptured descending thoracic aortic aneurysm into the right pleural cavity: importance of preoperative drainage of the right pleural cavity.

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    Akiyama, K; Takazawa, A; Hirota, J; Yamagishi, H; Akazawa, T

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    We present an unusual case of a ruptured descending thoracic aortic aneurysm into the right pleural cavity of a patient with pectus carinatum. The presence of pectus carinatum played an important role in the development of the aneurysm at the atypical site and the rupture into the right pleural cavity. A small amount of right pleural bleeding on admission can increase and develop to massive hemothorax until emergency operation. Massive bleeding in the right pleural cavity where the dependent lung is located causes atelectasis and increased shunt fraction under one lung ventilation. Therefore, continuous drainage of the right pleural cavity is essential to prevent serious hypoxia during graft replacement in a case of ruptured descending thoracic aneurysm into the right hemithorax.

  9. Paralisia facial bilateral Bilateral facial paralysis: a case report

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    J. Fortes-Rego

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    Full Text Available É apresentado um caso de diplegia facial surgida após meningite meningocócica e infecção por herpes simples. Depois de discutir as diversas condições que o fenômeno pode apresentar-se, o autor inclina-se por uma etiologia herpética.A case of bilateral facial paralysis following meningococcal meningitis and herpes simplex infection is reported. The author discusses the differential diagnosis of bilateral facial nerve paralysis which includes several diseases and syndromes and concludes by herpetic aetiology.

  10. Bilateral spontaneous hemotympanum: Case report

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    Economou Nicolas C

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The most common causes of hemotympanum are therapeutic nasal packing, epistaxis, blood disorders and blunt trauma to the head. Hemotympanum is characterized as idiopathic, when it is detected in the presence of chronic otitis media. A rare case of spontaneous bilateral hemotympanum in a patient treated with anticoagulants is presented herein. Case presentation A 72-year-old male presented with acute deterioration of hearing. In the patient's medical history aortic valve replacement 1 year before presentation was reported. Since then he had been administered regularly coumarinic anticoagulants, with INR levels maintained between 3.4 and 4.0. Otoscopy revealed the presence of bilateral hemotympanum. The audiogram showed symmetrical moderately severe mixed hearing loss bilaterally, with the conductive component predominating. Tympanograms were flat bilaterally with absent acoustic reflexes. A computerized tomography scan showed the presence of fluid in the mastoid and middle ear bilaterally. Treatment was conservative and consisted of a 10-day course of antibiotics, anticongestants and temporary interruption of the anticoagulant therapy. After 3 weeks, normal tympanic membranes were found and hearing had returned to previous levels. Conclusion Anticoagulant intake should be included in the differential diagnosis of hemotympanum, because its detection and appropriate treatment may lead to resolution of the disorder.

  11. Bilateral zeta functions and their applications

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    We introduce a new type of multiple zeta functions, which we call bilateral zeta functions, analogous to the Barnes zeta functions. The bilateral zeta function is a periodic function and shares certain basic properties of Barnes zeta function. Especially, we prove that the bilateral zeta function has a nice Fourier series expansion and the Barnes zeta function can be expressed as a finite sum of bilateral zeta functions. By these properties of the bilateral zeta functions, We obtain simple pr...

  12. Empiema pleural causado por tricomonas: Caso clínico

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    La formación de un empiema pleural es una de las potenciales complicaciones de las infecciones de la vía aérea inferior, y se caracteriza por la observación de bacterias en la tinción de Gram, o la aspiración de pus en la toracocentesis. Muy infrecuentemente el empiema puede ser causado por alguna de las especies de tricomonas, de las cuales Trichomonas Tenax parece ser la causa más común. En este artículo, reportamos el caso de un hombre de 51 años que desarrolló un empiema pleural causado p...

  13. Early dislodgement of Indwelling Pleural Catheter (IPC): a balancing act.

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    Tung, Alvin Hon Man; Ngai, Jenny Chun Li; Ng, Susanna So Shan; Ko, Fanny Wai San; Hui, David Shu-Cheong

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    A 63-year-old nonsmoker with right malignant pleural effusion derived symptomatic benefit following drainage of his effusion. Following insertion of indwelling pleural catheter (IPC), 1.3 L of blood-stained fluid was drained into underwater sealed bottle (Atrium®), but the IPC dislodged 26 h after continuous connection. We believe that the weight of the drainage bottle (including the un-emptied fluid) and the prolonged connection time contributed to this uncommon event reported in the literature. There was no recurrence when his second IPC was connected to a drainage bag which was emptied at every 500 mL, capped at 2 h each time. An anchoring stitch should also be considered when drainage devices heavier than the manufacturer bottles are used to drain IPC.

  14. Right Pleural Effusion in Fitz-Hugh-Curtis Syndrome

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    Tajiri,Takuma

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Right pleural effusion was diagnosed in a 36-year-old woman with right upper quadrant pain and fever. Enhanced pelvic computed tomography performed because of irregular genital bleeding revealed the pelvic inflammatory disease. Upon further questioning, the patient confirmed that she had recently undergone therapy for Chlamydia trachomatis infection. Therefore she was given an injection of tetracycline because we suspected Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome (FHCS, a pelvic inflammatory disease characterized by perihepatitis associated with chlamydial infection. A remarkable clinical response to antibiotics was noted. The right upper quadrant pain was due to perihepatitis, and the final diagnosis was FHCS. Right pleural effusion may be caused by inflammation of the diaphragm associated with perihepatitis. Once chlamydial infection reaches the subphrenic liver, conditions in the closed space between the liver and diaphragm due to inflammatory adhesion may be conductive to chlamydial proliferation. The possibility of FHCS should be considered in patients and carefully distinguished from other abdominal diseases.

  15. [Pleural hernia of an esophageal graft--late postoperative complication].

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    Grabowski, K; Lewandowski, A; Moroń, K; Strutyńska-Karpińska, M; Błaszczuk, J; Machała, R

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    Pleural hernia of the oesophageal substitute from pedicled intestinal segment is one of the late postoperative complications. 13 cases of patients with oesophagus reconstructed because of lye ingestion stenosis are presented. Problems concerning diagnosis and treatment of pleural hernia are analysed. Eight patients with minor symptoms were treated conservatively. Five patients were operated, two of them from acute necrosis of the substitute. Necrosis was caused by incarceration of the bowel and torsion of the mesentery. Elective operative treatment consisted of reduction of hernia sac contents, closing of the hernia orifice, chest drainage and temporary gastronomy. In patient operated as an emergency cases necrotic part of substitute was removed. This resulted in oesophageal exclusion in the neck, creating gastronomy. Chest drainage was also performed.

  16. Pleural effusion Due to Streptococcus milleri: Case descriptions.

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    Madrid-Carbajal, Claudia Janeth; Molinos, Luis; García-Clemente, Marta; Pando-Sandoval, Ana; Fleites, Ana; Casan-Clarà, Pere

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    In this study we analyzed the characteristics of patients with pleural effusion secondary to Streptococcus milleri studied retrospectively between January and March 2013 and found seven patients with a mean age of 60 years, 43% of which were smokers and 57% with a drinking habit. The most common associated factors were alcoholism, previous pneumonia and diabetes. Other bacteria were identified as Enterobacter aerogenes, Bacteroides and Prevotella intermedia capillosus in two patients. The mean duration of antibiotic therapy was 28 days; six patients underwent pleural drainage by chest tube and one patient needed surgery due to poor clinical progress. The mean duration of hospitalization was 30 days with satisfactory outcome in all cases, despite some changes in residual function. Copyright © 2013 SEPAR. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  17. Pleural, peritoneal and pericardial effusions – a biochemical approach

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    Kopcinovic, Lara Milevoj; Culej, Jelena

    2014-01-01

    The pathological accumulation of serous fluids in the pleural, peritoneal and pericardial space occurs in a variety of conditions. Since patient management depends on right and timely diagnosis, biochemical analysis of extravascular body fluids is considered a valuable tool in the patient management process. The biochemical evaluation of serous fluids includes the determination of gross appearance, differentiation of transudative from exudative effusions and additional specific biochemical testing to assess the effusion etiology. This article summarized data from the most relevant literature concerning practice with special emphasis on usefulness of biochemical tests used for the investigation of pleural, peritoneal and pericardial effusions. Additionally, preanalytical issues concerning serous fluid analysis were addressed and recommendations concerning acceptable analytical practice in serous fluid analysis were presented. PMID:24627721

  18. Intrapleural instillation of radioactive chromic phosphate in malignant pleural effusion

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    Nori, D.; Moorthy, C.R.; Hilaris, B.S.; Batata, M.A.; Chu, F.; Martini, N. (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York (USA))

    1981-12-01

    Eighty-five patients with pleural effusion were analyzed to determine the degree of response to intrapleural instillation of /sup 32/P colloidal suspension. Worthwhile palliation of either complete fluid suppression or definite diminution in the rate of accumulation was achieved in slightly more than one-half of the patients (51/85). It is not evident whether the primary site and histologic nature of the neoplasm are important or not in predicting the results of treatment. Patients with pleural adhesions and those with sanguinous effusions, are less likely to be benefited by the /sup 32/P instillation. The beneficial effect appears quite promptly in some patients, while in others, it may be delayed for several weeks.

  19. Modified TB rapid test by proteinase K for rapid diagnosis of pleural tuberculosis.

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    Yari, Shamsi; Hadizadeh Tasbiti, Alireza; Ghanei, Mostafa; Shokrgozar, Mohammad Ali; Fateh, Abolfazl; Yari, Fatemeh; Bahrmand, Ahmadreza

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    The diagnosis of pleural tuberculosis continues to be a challenge due to the low sensitivity of traditional diagnostic methods. Better and more rapid tests are needed for diagnosis of pleural TB. In this study, pleural fluids were tested with rapid test to determine Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB antigen). Affinity chromatography was used to purify specific polyclonal antibodies against MTB antigen. Pleural samples after decontamination were treated with proteinase K. Rapid test for pleural fluids was prepared by specific antibody. Rapid test was performed on 85 pleural fluid patients. The patients had a mean age of 46.55 ± 15.96 years and 38 were men. The performance of rapid test, using proteinase K, was found to be the most impressive: sensitivity 93%, specificity 94%, PPV 90%, and NPV 96% compared with adenosine deaminase test (ADA), PCR, smear, and culture. The present study did demonstrate that modified TB rapid test can substantially improve the diagnosis of extrapulmonary TB.

  20. Localized malignant pleural sarcomatoid mesothelioma misdiagnosed as benign localized fibrous tumor.

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    Kim, Kwan-Chang; Vo, Hong-Phuc

    2016-06-01

    Localized malignant pleural mesothelioma (LMPM) is a rare tumor with good prognosis by surgical resection. We report an atypical case of malignant pleural sarcomatoid mesothelioma (SM) in an asymptomatic 65-year-old woman, who had no history of exposure to asbestos. She presented with a small pleural mass without pleural effusion and was misdiagnosed as a benign localized fibrous tumor (BLFT) on pathologic examination through a surgical tumor specimen. However, seven months later, the patient returned with serious cancerous symptoms. A large recurrent tumor mass was found within the chest wall invading at the old surgical resection site. SM, a subtype of LMPM, was confirmed with histopathogy and immunohistochemisty. In conclusion, malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) can present with typical radiologic finding similar to a BLFT, and has a wide histopathologic presentation in biopsy specimen. A thorough pathologic investigation should be attempted even when a pleural mass resembles benign, localized, and small on radiologic studies.

  1. [Influence of pleural fluid red blood cell count on the misidentification of transudates].

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    Porcel, José Manuel; Esquerda, Aureli; Martínez, Montserrat; Rodríguez-Panadero, Francisco; Bielsa, Silvia

    2008-12-06

    Light's criteria misclassify a quarter of transudates as exudates. We assessed the influence of red blood cell counts on pleural lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) levels and, thereby, on the specificity of Light's criteria. We retrospectively reviewed 1,312 consecutive patients with pleural effusion, of whom 1,014 were exudates and 298 transudates according to clinical criteria. The relationship between pleural erythrocytes and LDH using simple linear regression analysis, as well as the operating characteristics of Light's criteria, were assessed. Finally, a formula to correct pleural LDH levels, according to the erythrocyte count, was generated. There was a linear relationship between the pleural erythrocyte count and LDH levels (r = 0.44; p exudates. A high pleural erythrocyte count, through its influence on the LDH levels, may lead to a transudate being misclassified as an exudate after applying Light's criteria.

  2. Diagnostic importance of zinc in the clarification of pleural effusions etiology

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    Ranković Boško

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Concentration of zinc in blood serum and effusion was determined in 104 patients with the pleural effusion of different etiology. The importance of zinc concentration in serum and effusion was analyzed, as well as their relation regarding the differential diagnosis of pleural effusion. It was established that the isolated zinc concentrations in serum and pleural effusion could not be used separately either in differing transudates from exudates or in the diagnosis of the pleural diseases. The average value of zinc in the pleural effusion in relation to the serum value in patients with tuberculosis effusion was 1.37, higher than 1 in all patients and was significantly different from the average value of the ratio 0,74 in patients with nonspecific and malignant pleural effusions. The relation of zinc concentration in the effusion and serum higher than 1.0 reliably indicated the presence of tuberculous pleurisy.

  3. Ewing’s Sarcoma Presenting as Pleural Effusion

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    Nuzhat Husain

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available  A 20-year-old female presented to the Pulmonary Medicine Department with complaints of fever, left sided chest pain and progressive dyspnoea of four months duration. Radiological examination revealed a mass lesion with massive pleural effusion and rib erosion. Histopathology showed neoplastic cells with scanty cytoplasm, hyperchromatic nuclei and rosette formation suggestive of Ewing sarcoma. The rarity of this tumor and its unusual presentation prompted this report.

  4. Pleuropulmonary blastoma presenting as a complicated pleural effusion.

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    O'Brien, J

    2012-02-01

    Pleuropulmonary blastoma (PPB) is a rare tumour of mesenchymal cells. We present a case of PPB in a child, which presented to the emergency department with an extensive pleural effusion. We discuss the radiological features, pathology, classification and treatment of this condition. This case reiterates the importance of considering this diagnosis prior to surgical intervention, to improve the long term prognosis of this aggressive disease.

  5. Morphologic and functional imaging of malignant pleural mesothelioma

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    Yamamuro, Masaki; Gerbaudo, Victor H.; Gill, Ritu R.; Jacobson, Francine L.; Sugarbaker, David J. [Department of Radiology and Surgery, Brigham and Women' s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Hatabu, Hiroto [Department of Radiology and Surgery, Brigham and Women' s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115 (United States)], E-mail: hhatabu@partners.org

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    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive tumor that arises from the pleura and frequently extends to adjacent structures. MPM cells produce and respond to many angiogenic factors, such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). VEGF expression in MPM is correlated with microvascular density, which is associated with poor survival. CT has been widely used as the primary imaging modality for the clinical evaluation of MPM. Major findings include nodular pleural thickening, unilateral pleural effusion, and tumor invasion of adjacent structures. CT tends to underestimate early chest wall invasion and peritoneal involvement and has well-known limitations in the evaluation of lymph node metastases. Perfusion CT can evaluate the microvasculature of tumors, while its disadvantages, such as high radiation exposure or side effects from iodinated contrast, limit its use in both research and clinical settings. MRI can provide additional information to CT. Because of its excellent contrast resolution, MRI is superior to CT, both in the differentiation of malignant from benign pleural disease, and in the assessment of chest wall and diaphragmatic involvement. Perfusion MRI is the most promising technique for the assessment of the tumor microvasculature. In MPM, therapeutic effects of chemotherapy can be monitored with perfusion MRI. It has been shown that FDG-PET is useful for the differentiation of benign from malignant lesions, for staging and monitoring metabolic response to therapy against MPM, and that it has prognostic value. An initial report on PET/CT imaging of MPM has shown increased accuracy of overall staging, improving the assessment of tumor resectability. PET/CT seems to be superior to other imaging modalities in detecting more extensive disease involvement, and identifying unsuspected occult distant metastases.

  6. Morphologic and functional imaging of malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Yamamuro, Masaki; Gerbaudo, Victor H; Gill, Ritu R; Jacobson, Francine L; Sugarbaker, David J; Hatabu, Hiroto

    2007-12-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive tumor that arises from the pleura and frequently extends to adjacent structures. MPM cells produce and respond to many angiogenic factors, such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). VEGF expression in MPM is correlated with microvascular density, which is associated with poor survival. CT has been widely used as the primary imaging modality for the clinical evaluation of MPM. Major findings include nodular pleural thickening, unilateral pleural effusion, and tumor invasion of adjacent structures. CT tends to underestimate early chest wall invasion and peritoneal involvement and has well-known limitations in the evaluation of lymph node metastases. Perfusion CT can evaluate the microvasculature of tumors, while its disadvantages, such as high radiation exposure or side effects from iodinated contrast, limit its use in both research and clinical settings. MRI can provide additional information to CT. Because of its excellent contrast resolution, MRI is superior to CT, both in the differentiation of malignant from benign pleural disease, and in the assessment of chest wall and diaphragmatic involvement. Perfusion MRI is the most promising technique for the assessment of the tumor microvasculature. In MPM, therapeutic effects of chemotherapy can be monitored with perfusion MRI. It has been shown that FDG-PET is useful for the differentiation of benign from malignant lesions, for staging and monitoring metabolic response to therapy against MPM, and that it has prognostic value. An initial report on PET/CT imaging of MPM has shown increased accuracy of overall staging, improving the assessment of tumor resectability. PET/CT seems to be superior to other imaging modalities in detecting more extensive disease involvement, and identifying unsuspected occult distant metastases.

  7. Overexpression of Aquaporin-1 in lung adenocarcinomas and pleural mesotheliomas

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    López-Campos, José Luis; Sánchez Silva, Rocío; Gómez Izquierdo, Lourdes; Márquez, Eduardo; Ortega Ruiz, Francisco; Cejudo, Pilar; Barrot Cortés, Emilia; Toledo Aral, Juan José; Echevarría, Miriam

    2011-01-01

    Aquaporin-1 (AQP1) is the main water channel responsible for water transport through many epithelia and endothelia. The latest evidence pointed toward an important role of this protein also in gas permeation, angiogenesis, cell proliferation and migration. In the present work we studied the expression of AQP1 by immunohistochemical staining of 92 lung biopsies from patients diagnosed with a pleuropulmonary tumor (71 lung and 21 pleural neoplasms). AQP1 expression wa...

  8. Monitoring and assessment of tumor hemodynamics during pleural PDT

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    Ong, Yi Hong; Kim, Michele M.; Penjweini, Rozhin; Rodriguez, Carmen E.; Dimofte, Andrea; Finlay, Jarod C.; Busch, Theresa M.; Yodh, Arjun G.; Cengel, Keith A.; Singhal, Sunil; Zhu, Timothy C.

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    Intrapleural photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been used in combination with lung sparing surgery to treat patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. The light, photosensitizers and tissue oxygen are the three most important factors required by type II PDT to produce singlet oxygen, 1O2, which is the main photocytotoxic agent that damages the tumor vasculature and stimulates the body's anti-tumor immune response. Although light fluence rate and photosensitizer concentrations are routinely monitored during clinical PDT, there is so far a lack of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved non-invasive technique that can be employed clinically to monitor tissue oxygen in vivo. In this paper, we demonstrated that blood flow correlates well with tissue oxygen concentration during PDT and can be used in place of [3O2] to calculate reacted singlet oxygen concentration [1O2]rx using the macroscopic singlet oxygen model. Diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) was used to monitor the change in tissue blood flow non-invasively during pleural PDT. A contact probe with three source and detectors separations, 0.4, 0.7 and 1.0-cm, was sutured to the pleural cavity wall of the patients after surgical resection of the pleural mesothelioma tumor to monitor the tissue blood flow during intraoperative PDT treatment. The changes of blood flow during PDT of 2 patients are found to be in good correlation with the treatment light fluence rate recorded by the isotropic detector placed adjacent to the DCS probe. [1O2]rx calculated based on light fluence, mean photosensitizer concentration, and relative blood flow was found to be 32% higher in patient #4 (0.50mM) than that for patient #3 (0.38mM).

  9. Role of therapeutic thoracentesis in tuberculous pleural effusion

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    Sourin Bhuniya

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Context: Prevalence of tuberculous pleural effusion is very high in the Asian subcontinent but very few studies have come up from this part of the world about the course of recovery of pulmonary functions after institution of anti-tubercular therapy (ATT and thoracentesis. Aims: To study initial lung function impairment, changes over time after institution of ATT and thoracentesis and residual abnormalities left at the end of six months of treatment. Settings and Design: Randomized open level interventional study over two years in 52 patients at a tertiary level teaching hospital. Methods: The study population was divided into two equal groups, A (therapeutic thoracentesis and B (diagnostic thoracentesis. Spirometry, chest radiograph and ultrasonography of thorax were done initially and at each follow-up visit up to six months. Statistical analysis was done (P value < 0.05 considered significant. Results: Both groups were comparable initially. After six months none in group A and five patients in group B had minimal pleural effusion. During follow up, mean percentage predicted of FEV1 and FVC increased more in A than in B and the differences were statistically significant (P < 0.05. Pleural thickening, initially absent in both groups, was found to be more in B as compared to A at subsequent follow-up visits and this was statistically significant (P < 0.05. Conclusions: Thoracentesis should be considered in addition to anti-TB treatment, especially in large effusions, in order to relieve dyspnea, avoid possibility of residual pleural thickening and risk of developing restrictive functional impairment.

  10. Eosinophilic Endomyocarditis Combined With Pericardial and Pleural Effusion

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    You, Sung-Hye; Hong, Soon Jun; Ahn, Chul Min; Lim, Do-Sun

    2009-01-01

    Eosinophilic endomyocarditis is a manifestation of hypereosinophilic syndrome, characterized by prolonged (>6 months), unexplained peripheral blood eosinophilia (>1,500 cells/mm3) with end-organ damage in unknown causes. We report a case of a 42-year-old patient who developed eosinophilic endomyocarditis following upper respiratory tract symptoms for 2 months. Additionally, endomyocarditis was combined with massive pleural effusion and pericardial effusion, which have not been reported in Korea.

  11. Dosagem de proteínas totais e desidrogenase lática para o diagnóstico de transudatos e exsudatos pleurais: redefinindo o critério clássico com uma nova abordagem estatística Determination of total proteins and lactate dehydrogenase for the diagnosis of pleural transudates and exudates: redefining the classical criterion with a new statistical approach

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    Bernardo Henrique Ferraz Maranhão

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Propor um novo critério de classificação para a diferenciação entre exsudatos e transudatos pleurais através da dosagem de proteínas totais no líquido pleural (PT-LP e de desidrogenase lática no líquido pleural (DHL-LP exclusivamente, assim como comparar o rendimento diagnóstico entre esse novo critério com o critério clássico. MÉTODOS: Estudo observacional, transversal de tipo individualizado, no qual foram selecionados 181 pacientes com derrame pleural tratados em dois hospitais universitários no estado do Rio de Janeiro (RJ entre 2003 e 2006. Os parâmetros diagnósticos incluídos no critério clássico, assim como os do novo critério, foram determinados. RESULTADOS: Dos 181 pacientes, 152 e 29 foram diagnosticados, respectivamente, com exsudato pleural e transudato pleural. A sensibilidade, especificidade e acurácia do critério clássico para o diagnóstico de exsudato pleural foram, respectivamente, de 99,8%, 68,6% e 94,5%, enquanto, para o diagnóstico de transudato pleural, essas foram de 76,1%, 90,1% e 87,6%. Utilizando-se os pontos de corte de 3,4 g/dL para a dosagem de PT-LP e de 328,0 U/L para aquela de DHL-LP (novo critério, a sensibilidade, especificidade e acurácia foram de, respectivamente, 99,4%, 72,6% e 99,2%, para o diagnóstico de exsudato, e de 98,5%, 83,4% e 90,0%, para o diagnóstico de transudato. A acurácia do novo critério proposto para o diagnóstico de exsudato pleural foi significativamente maior que aquela do critério clássico (p = 0,0022. CONCLUSÕES: O rendimento diagnóstico dos dois critérios estudados foi semelhante. Portanto, esse novo critério de classificação pode ser utilizado na prática diária.OBJECTIVE: To propose a new classification criterion for the differentiation between pleural exudates and transudates-quantifying total proteins in pleural fluid (TP-PF and lactate dehydrogenase in pleural fluid (LDH-PF exclusively-as well as to compare this new criterion with

  12. La decorticación pulmonar en el empiema pleural Pulmonary decortication in the pleural empyema

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    Orestes Noel Mederos Curbelo

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCCIÓN. Se realizó un estudio descriptivo, retrospectivo y longitudinal, de tipo serie de casos, con 69 pacientes atendidos en el Hospital Universitario «Manuel Fajardo» entre 1995 y 2007, que requirieron decorticación pulmonar como tratamiento de un empiema pleural. MÉTODOS. Se seleccionaron los expedientes clínicos de 29 pacientes, a los cuales fue necesario realizar una decorticación pulmonar como tratamiento quirúrgico y estos constituyeron la muestra de la investigación. RESULTADOS. Diez de los 29 pacientes estaban en fase fibrinopurulenta y 19, en la organizada (hubo 13 pacientes en la fase organizada temprana, la cual coincide con el período subagudo de la enfermedad, y 6, en la tardía, que corresponde con el período de conicidad de la enfermedad. El sexo más afectado fue el masculino (relación de 8:1. Hubo fuga aérea en todos los pacientes, con diferente duración según el tipo de decorticación (más duradera en la clásica y la tardía. Las complicaciones fueron escasas en la decorticación temprana. En las decorticaciones clásica y tardía se presentaron 4 complicaciones sépticas respiratorias y falleció un paciente en fase organizada tardía. A este se practicó una decorticación tardía, paquipleurectomía y resección pulmonar. CONCLUSIONES. La decorticación temprana es una opción terapéutica segura, de poca morbilidad, que evita las complicaciones presentes en las decorticaciones clásicas y tardías.INTRODUCTION. A case series descriptive, retrospective and longitudinal study that included 69 patients attended at «Manuel Fajardo» University Hospital from 1995 to 2007 was undertaken. These patients required pulmonary decortication to treat a pleural empyema. METHODS. The clinical histories of 29 patients who underwent pulmonary decortication and were taken as a sample for the investigation were selected. RESULTS. Ten of the 29 patients were in fibrinopurulent stage and 19 in the organized (13

  13. Pleural controversy: optimal chest tube size for drainage.

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    Light, Richard W

    2011-02-01

    In recent years, a higher and higher percentage of patients with pleural effusions or pneumothorax are being treated with small-bore (10-14 F) chest tubes rather than large-bore (>20 F). However, there are very few randomized controlled studies comparing the efficacy and complication rates with the small- and large-bore catheters. Moreover, the randomized trials that are available have flaws in their design. The advantages of the small-bore catheters are that they are easier to insert and there is less pain with their insertion while they are in place. The placement of the small-bore catheters is probably more optimal when placement is done with ultrasound guidance. Small-bore chest tubes are recommended when pleurodesis is performed. The success of the small-bore indwelling tunnelled catheters that are left in place for weeks documents that the small-bore tubes do not commonly become obstructed with fibrin. Patients with complicated parapneumonic effusions are probably best managed with small-bore catheters even when the pleural fluid is purulent. Patients with haemothorax are best managed with large-bore catheters because of blood clots and the high volume of pleural fluid. Most patients with pneumothorax can be managed with aspiration or small-bore chest tubes. If these fail, a large-bore chest tube may be necessary. Patients on mechanical ventilation with barotrauma induced pneumothoraces are best managed with large-bore chest tubes.

  14. In vivo light dosimetry for HPPH-mediated pleural PDT

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    Dimofte, Andreea; Zhu, Timothy C.; Finlay, Jarod C.; Cullighan, Melissa; Edmonds, Christine E.; Friedberg, Joseph S.; Cengel, Keith; Hahn, Stephen M.

    2010-02-01

    This study examines the light fluence (rate) delivered to patients undergoing pleural PDT as a function of treatment time, treatment volume and surface area. The accuracy of treatment delivery is analyzed as a function of the calibration accuracies of each isotropic detector and the calibration integrating sphere. The patients studied here are enrolled in a Phase I clinical trial of HPPH-mediated PDT for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer with pleural effusion. Patients are administered 4mg per kg body weight HPPH 24-48 hours before the surgery. Patients undergoing photodynamic therapy (PDT) are treated with light therapy with a fluence of 15-60 J/cm2 at 661nm. Fluence rate (mW/cm2) and cumulative fluence (J/cm2) is monitored at 7 different sites during the entire light treatment delivery. Isotropic detectors are used for in-vivo light dosimetry. The anisotropy of each isotropic detector was found to be within 15%. The mean fluence rate delivery and treatment time are recorded. A correlation between the treatment time and the treatment volume is established. The result can be used as a clinical guideline for future pleural PDT treatment.

  15. [Clinical Pathological Diagnosis, and Treatment for Pleural Mesothelioma].

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    Kishimoto, Takumi; Fujimoto, Nobukazu; Nishi, Hideyuki

    2016-05-01

    For the differential diagnosis between fibrous pleuritis and other malignancies such as lung cancer, multiple immunostaining is essential to diagnose pleural mesothelioma. For cytological diagnosis of pleural effusions, differentiation between mesothelioma cells and reactive mesothelial cells is very difficult. Therefore, histological diagnoses of tumor tissues obtained via biopsy are essential. To diagnose epthelioid mesothelioma, more than 2 positive and negative markers must be consistent with those known for mesothelioma. To diagnose sarcomatoid mesothelioma, keratin is usually positive, differentiating the diagnosis from that for real sarcoma. For surgical treatment for pleural mesothelioma, extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) and pleurectomy/decortication (P/D) are usually performed. The proportion of P/D increases because of the low death rates with surgery and similar survivals. However, a trimodal approach, such as EPP with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, is best for longer survival and expected to be curative. For chemotherapy, only cisplatin (CDDP) combined with pemetrexed (PEM) is effective, and no other agents have been identified for this disease. Nowadays, clinical immunotherapy trials start with phase II study.

  16. Pleural Gas Analysis for Detection of Alveolopleural Fistulae.

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    Bharat, Ankit; Graf, Nicole; Cassidy, Emily; Smith, Sean; Gillespie, Colin; Meyerson, Shari; Sporn, Peter H S; Sznajder, Jacob I; DeCamp, Malcolm M

    2015-06-01

    Visual inspection (VI) of bubbles in the chest drainage unit does not differentiate a true leak of alveolopleural fistula (APF) from a false leak. We hypothesized that detection of elevated levels of carbon dioxide, increase in oxygen content, or both, in pleural gas upon the administration of supplemental oxygen would accurately identify APF. Prospective study comparing pleural gas analysis (GA) with VI to detect APF after surgical lobectomy (n = 50). APF was found in 22 (44%) patients at the time of analysis. VI revealed air bubbles in 31 (62%) patients, indicating the presence of APF, of whom 12 (38.7%) were false leaks. VI failed to identify APF in 3 (6%) patients that resulted in post-tube removal pneumothorax. By contrast, GA accurately demonstrated APF in 21 patients, with only one false negative and no false positives. GA demonstrated better sensitivity (95.5% vs 86.4%), specificity (100% vs 57.1%), positive predictive value (100% vs 61.3%), and negative predictive value (96.6% vs 84.2%) compared to VI. Pleural gas analysis is an effective technique to detect APF and can facilitate timely and safe chest tube removal. Copyright © 2015 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Simultaneous bilateral patellar tendon rupture

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    Diogo Lino Moura

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Bilateral patellar tendon rupture is a rare entity, often associated with systemic diseases and patellar tendinopathy. The authors report a rare case of a 34-year-old man with simultaneous bilateral rupture of the patellar tendon caused by minor trauma. The patient is a retired basketball player with no past complaints of chronic knee pain and a history of steroid use. Surgical management consisted in primary end-to-end tendon repair protected temporarily with cerclage wiring, followed by a short immobilization period and intensive rehabilitation program. Five months after surgery, the patient was able to fully participate in sport activities.

  18. Clinical consequences of asbestos-related diffuse pleural thickening: A review

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    Sandrini Alessandra; Miles Susan E; Johnson Anthony R; Yates Deborah H

    2008-01-01

    Abstract Asbestos-related diffuse pleural thickening (DPT), or extensive fibrosis of the visceral pleura secondary to asbestos exposure, is increasingly common due to the large number of workers previously exposed to asbestos. It may coexist with asbestos related pleural plaques but has a distinctly different pathology. The pathogenesis of this condition as distinct from pleural plaques is gradually becoming understood. Generation of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, profibrotic cytokines...

  19. Utility of semi-rigid thoracoscopy in undiagnosed exudative pleural effusion

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    Loganathan Nattusamy

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    Full Text Available Background: Semi-rigid thoracoscopy is a safe and efficacious procedure in patients with undiagnosed pleural effusion. Literature on its utility from developing countries is limited. We herein describe our initial experience on the utility of semi-rigid thoracoscopy from a tertiary care teaching and referral center in north India. We also perform a systematic review of studies reporting the utility of semi-rigid thoracoscopy from India. Patients and Methods: The primary objective was to evaluate the diagnostic utility of semi-rigid thoracoscopy in patients with undiagnosed exudative pleural effusion. Semi-rigid thoracoscopy was performed under local anesthesia and conscious sedation in the bronchoscopy suite. Results: A total of 48 patients underwent semi-rigid thoracoscopy between August 2012 and December 2013 for undiagnosed pleural effusion. Mean age was 50.9 ± 14.1 years (range: 17-78 years. Pre-procedure clinico-radiological diagnoses were malignant pleural effusion [36 patients (75%], tuberculosis (TB [10 (20.83% patients], and empyema [2 patients (4.17%]. Patients with empyema underwent the procedure for pleural biopsy, optimal placement of intercostal tube and adhesiolysis. Thoracoscopic pleural biopsy diagnosed pleural malignancy in 30 (62.5% patients and TB in 2 (4.17% patients. Fourteen (29.17% patients were diagnosed with non-specific pleuritis and normal pleura was diagnosed on a pleural biopsy in 2 (4.17% patients. Overall, a definitive diagnosis of either pleural malignancy or TB was obtained in 32 (66.7% patients. Combined overall sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of thoracoscopic pleural biopsy for malignant pleural effusion were 96.77%, 100%, 100% and 66.67%, respectively. There was no procedure-related mortality. On performing a systematic review of literature, four studies on semi-rigid thoracoscopy from India were identified. Conclusion: Semi-rigid thoracoscopy is a safe and

  20. A Study on Significance of Serum Effusion Albumin Gradient in The Differential Diagnosisof Pleural Effusion

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    Arijit Kumar Das; Krishna Baruah

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    To evaluate serum pleural effusion albumin gradient (SEAG) as method of differentiating pleural transudatesfrom exudates.Cases admitted in AMCH with diagnosed pleural effusion were divided into 2 groups basedon etiology. Group I (transudates): Comprising 14 patients of congestive heart failure (n=6) and nephroticsyndrome (n=3), Cirrhosis (n=4), pericardial effusion (n=1). Group II (exudates): comprising 26 cases oftuberculous (n=15), malignant (n=8) and parapneumonic effusion (n=2), rheumatoi...

  1. Pleurotomy with subxyphoid pleural drain affords similar effects to pleural integrity in pulmonary function after off-pump coronary artery bypass graft

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    Guizilini Solange

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Exacerbation of pulmonary dysfunction has been reported in patients receiving a pleural drain inserted through the intercostal space in comparison to patients with an intact pleura undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG. Evidence suggests that shifting the site of pleural drain insertion to the subxyphoid position minimizes chest wall trauma and preserves respiratory function in the early postoperative period. The aim of this study was to compare the pulmonary function parameters, clinical outcomes, and pain score between patients undergoing pleurotomy with pleural drain placed in the subxyphoid position and patients with intact pleural cavity after off-pump CABG (OPCAB using left internal thoracic artery (LITA. Methods Seventy-one patients were allocated into two groups: I (n = 38 open left pleural cavity and pleural drain inserted in the subxyphoid position; II (n = 33 intact pleural cavity. Pulmonary function tests and clinical parameters were recorded preoperatively and on postoperative days (POD 1, 3 and 5. Arterial blood gas analysis and shunt fraction were evaluated preoperatively and in POD1. Pain score was assessed on POD1. To monitor pleural effusion and atelectasis chest radiography was performed routinely 1 day before operation and until POD5. Results In both groups a significant impairment was found in lung function parameters until on POD5. However, no significant difference in forced vital capacity and forced expiratory volume in 1 second were seen between groups. A significant decrease in partial pressure of arterial oxygen and an increase in shunt fraction values were observed on POD1 in both groups, but no statistical difference was found when the groups were compared. Pleural effusion and atelectasis until on POD5 were similar in both groups. There were no statistical differences in pain score, duration of mechanical ventilation and postoperative hospital stay between groups. Conclusion Subxyphoid

  2. Nuevas aportaciones a la gestión informatizada de derrames de hidrocarburos: su aplicación a “zonas refugio”

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    sistemas de bombeo, tiempo de vaciado de los hidrocarburos a los depósitos de almacenamiento, trasvase a otro petrolero, etc.. Además, dicho programa permite estimar los costes de limpieza y restauración, así como las pérdidas en el sector turístico. Palabras claves: Hidrocarburos; Zona refugio; Derrames de hidrocarburos

  3. Use of artificial intelligence techniques for diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma

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    Orhan Er; A. Çetin Tanrikulu; Abdurrahman Abakay

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    .... Therefore epidemiological studies are difficult to perform in Turkey. Methods: In this paper, a study on malignant pleural mesothelioma disease diagnosis was realized by using artificial immune system...

  4. Pelvic and lumbar metastasis detected by bone scintigraphy in malignant pleural mesothelioma

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    Ruiz Hernandez, G.; Castillo Pallares, F.J.; Llorens Banon, L.; Romero de Avila y Avalos, C. [Hospital Clinic Universitari de Valencia (Spain). Servei de Medicina Nuclear; Garcia Garc`ia, T.; Azagra Ros, P. [Hospital Clinic Universitari de Valencia (Spain). Servei d`Oncologia; Maruenda Paulino, J.I. [Hospital Clinic Universitari de Valencia (Spain). Servei Traumatologia; Ferrer Albiach, C. [Hospital Clinic Universitari de Valencia (Spain). Servei Radioterapia

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    A case of a 43-year-old man suffering from pleural mesothelioma with distant bone metastasis is reported. The results of bone scintigraphy and NMR findings allowed the diagnosis. The current case describes a hematogenous metastasis to the pelvis and vertebral column from a malignant pleural mesothelioma that was detected initally by bone scintigraphy. (orig.) [Deutsch] Fallbericht ueber einen 43jaehrigen Mann mit Pleural-Mesotheliom und Knochenmetastasen. Die Diagnose wurde durch Knochenszintigraphie und NMR gestellt. Der vorliegende Fall beschreibt die haematogene Metastasierung ins Becken und in die Wirbelsaeule, ausgehend von einem malignen Pleural-Mesotheliom, das urspruenglich durch Knochenszintigraphie diagnostiziert wurde. (orig.)

  5. Characteristics of pleural effusions in systemic lupus erythematosus: differential diagnosis of lupus pleuritis.

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    Choi, B Y; Yoon, M J; Shin, K; Lee, Y J; Song, Y W

    2015-03-01

    We investigated the clinical characteristics of pleural effusion in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). A prospective analysis of 17 SLE patients with pleural effusion (seven lupus pleuritis, eight transudative effusions and two parapneumonic effusions) was performed. Thirty non-SLE patients with pleural effusion were recruited as controls. A pleural fluid ANA titer ≥1:160 was found in 8/17 (47.1%) SLE patients and none of the 30 non-SLE patients (p = 0.0001). Pleural fluid to serum C3 ratios were significantly lower in SLE than in non-SLE (median (minimum-maximum) 0.29 (0.03-0.43) versus 0.52 (0.26-0.73), p = 0.0002). Among SLE patients, pleural fluid ANA titers ≥1:160 were more frequently found in patients with lupus pleuritis than in those with pleural effusion from causes other than lupus itself (85.7% versus 20.0%, p = 0.0152). Serum CRP levels were significantly increased in patients with lupus pleuritis compared with SLE patients with transudative pleural effusion (2.30 (0.30-5.66) versus 0.7 (0.12-1.47) mg/dl, p = 0.0062). In conclusion, pleural fluid ANA titer and serum CRP levels are significantly increased in lupus pleuritis. © The Author(s) 2015 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

  6. A new approach to pleural effusion in cats: markers for distinguishing transudates from exudates.

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    Zoia, Andrea; Slater, Linda A; Heller, Jane; Connolly, David J; Church, David B

    2009-10-01

    Classification of pleural effusion (PE) is central to diagnosis. Traditional veterinary classification has distinguished between transudates, modified transudates and exudates. In human medicine PEs are divided into only two categories: transudates and exudates. The aim of this study was to evaluate, in 20 cats presented with PE, paired samples of serum and pleural fluid for the following parameters: Light's criteria (pleural fluid lactate dehydrogenase concentration (LDHp), pleural fluid/serum LDH ratio, pleural fluid/serum total protein ratio (TPr)), pleural fluid total protein, pleural fluid cholesterol concentration, pleural fluid/serum cholesterol ratio (CHOLr), serum-effusion cholesterol gradient (serum cholesterol minus PE cholesterol concentration (CHOLg)), PE total nucleated cells count (TNCCp) and pleural fluid glucose (GLUp). LDHp and TPr were found most reliable when distinguishing between transudates and exudates, with sensitivity of 100% and 91% and specificity of 100%, respectively. When conflict between the clinical picture and laboratory results exists, calculation of CHOLr, CHOLg and TNCCp measurement may help in the classification of the effusion. Measurement of serum albumin (in the case of a transudate) may provide additional information regarding the pathogenesis of the effusion.

  7. Differentiation of Exudates from Transudate Pleural Effusion by Measuring Cholesterol and Bilirubin

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    B Ataei

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction & Objective: Differentiating exudates from transudate is the first step in examining pleural effusion. Moreover, it is a guide for determination of pathologic trend of background diseases and differential diagnosis. Although Light’s criteria are considered as standard in differentiating exudates from transudate, in some studies pleural fluid cholesterol, ratio of pleural fluid cholesterol to serum and ratio of pleural fluid bilirubin to serum have been considered. This study was performed to investigate the diagnostic efficacy of cholesterol and bilirubin of pleural fluid in differentiating exudates from transudate pleural effusion. Materials & Methods: This cross-sectional study was performed in Al-Zahra Hospital, Isfahan in 1384, where 86 cases of pleural effusion were assessed by easy and consecutive sampling method. After differentiation of patients with exudates from transudate pleural effusion, based on light’s criteria, related parameters were measured. Using ROC (Receiver Operative Characteristics curves, area under the curve was determined following by determination of sensitivity, specificity and positive and negative predictive values. Results were analyzed by MC Nemar test. Results: From 86 studied patients, 59 cases were exudates and 27 cases were transudates. Considering the pleural cholesterol above 43 mg/dl as cut off, a sensitivity of 73.8% and specificity of 92% were obtained for the method. Decreasing the cut off level to 35.5 mg/dl, the sensitivity was increased and reached to 81.4%. Ratio of pleural fluid cholesterol to serum more than 0.3 had a sensitivity of 65%, 88% specificity and 85% efficiency for differentiation of pleural effusion while ratio of pleural fluid bilirubin to serum more than 0.6 had 76.3% sensitivity, 74.1% specificity and 75.6% efficacy. Conclusion: The criterion on 3 g/dl protein had the highest sensitivity and specificity in differentiating exudates from transudate pleural effusion

  8. Síndrome da unha amarela Yellow nail syndrome

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    Renato Maciel

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available A síndrome da unha amarela é uma entidade clínica rara caracterizada por três achados principais: alterações distróficas e de coloração das unhas, linfedema e derrame pleural. Bronquiectasias e rinossinusite crônica têm sido freqüentemente associadas. Relatamos o caso de uma paciente com os achados completos da síndrome, com derrame pleural bilateral e que estava em tratamento de tuberculose pulmonar havia nove meses. Na sua história familiar havia a descrição de dois casos semelhantes, em irmã e irmão.Yellow nail syndrome is a rare disorder characterized by three main features: discoloration of the nails, together with dystrophic alterations; lymphedema; and pleural effusion. It is often accompanied by bronchiectasis and chronic rhinosinusitis. Herein, we report a case of the complete syndrome with bilateral pleural effusion in a patient under treatment for pulmonary tuberculosis for nine months. There was a family history of two similar cases in siblings.

  9. Traumatic subarachnoid-pleural fistula causing tension pneumocephalus; Traumatische subarachnoidal-pleurale Fistel mit der Folge eines Spannungspneumenzephalons

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    Moll, R.; Schindler, G. [Abt. fuer Roentgendiagnostik in der Chirurgischen Universitaetsklinik Wuerzburg (Germany)

    2004-07-01

    Uncommon subarachnoid-pleural fistula can be caused by a blunt or penetrating trauma and can also occur after a thoracal or neurosurgical operation, ending to a progredient pneumocephalus. Clinical findings might be an enlarging tension pneumocephalus without a cranial fracture, but in most times they will be overlayed by other accompanied injuries, neurologic symptoms can dominate, also rapidly filling clear pleural effusions with obscure cause. Opportune identification of the reason of the pneumocephalus and mostly early surgical intervention prevent neurological deficit, CNS infection and other complications. (orig.) [German] Die seltene subarachnoidal-pleurale Fistel tritt durch ein stumpfes oder ein penetrierendes Trauma bzw. nach einer thorax- oder neurochirurgischen Operation auf und fuehrt zu einem progredienten Pneumenzephalon. Die klinische Symptomatik manifestiert sich als Spannungspneumenzephalon ohne kranielle Fraktur. Sie wird haeufig durch Begleiterkrankungen ueberlagert. Neurologische Symptome koennen auftreten, ebenso nichtblutige, nachlaufende Pleuraerguesse unklarer Aetiologie. Die rechtzeitige Erkennung der Ursache des Pneumenzephalons, die Antibiotikaprophylaxe und die meist chirurgische Therapie verhindern infektioese Komplikationen und neurologische Defizite. (orig.)

  10. Bilateral breast in brothers - abreast

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    Altamash Mohammed Yusuf Shaikh

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    Full Text Available Gynecomastia is a common occurrence in pubertal age group, and is physiological in up to 65 percent of cases. When occurs in the family it should be investigated in order not to miss on a treatable etiology. Two brothers within the same family, presenting with bilateral gynecomastia of different causes and requiring different treatment are presented.

  11. Bilateral acetabular fracture without trauma

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    De Rosa, M. A.; G. Maccauro; D’Arienzo, M.

    1999-01-01

     In the absence of trauma fracture of the acetabulum is an extremely rare injury. We describe a 70 year old man who spontaneously developed fractures in both acetabulae due to bony insufficiency. It was successfully treated by bilateral total hip replacement.

  12. Spontaneous bilateral quadriceps tendon rupture.

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    Vigneswaran, N; Lee, K; Yegappan, M

    2007-11-01

    Spontaneous bilateral quadriceps tendon ruptures are uncommon. We present a 30-year-old man with end-stage renal failure, who sustained this injury, and subsequently had surgical repair of both tendons on separate occasions. He has since regained full range of movement of both knees.

  13. Bilateral familial nevus of Ota.

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    Goyal, Sunali; Uwaydat, Sami H; Phillips, Paul H; Schaefer, G Bradley

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    Nevus of Ota is a benign congenital melanocytic lesion found most commonly in people of Asian ancestry. It is associated with an increased risk of glaucoma and uveal melanomas. Most cases are sporadic and unilateral. We present the first reported case of a brother and sister with familial, bilateral nevus of Ota.

  14. CLINICAL PROFILE OF PLEURAL EFFUSION PATIENTS: A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL STUDY

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    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE Pleural effusion refers to the excessive or abnormal accumulation of fluid in the pleural space. Pleural effusion is commonly encountered medical problem and caused by a variety of underlying pathological conditions. It is important to establish an accurate etiological diagnosis, so that the patient may be treated in the most appropriate and rational manner. METHODS This was a prospective study of 56 pleural effusion patients who are attending OPD and admitted cases in the Pulmonary Medicine department in Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Hospital, Bangalore. The patients were subjected to through clinical history and examination. Thoracocentesis did under aseptic conditions and pleural fluid sent for investigations like protein, sugar, LDH (Lactate Dehydrogenase, ADA (Adenosine Deaminase, gram staining, AFB smear and culture by BACTEC method, cell type, cell count, and malignant cytology. Pleural biopsy was done for those who are willing for the same. Depending upon the history and clinical examinations and laboratory investigations, patients were classified as having exudates and transudates. RESULTS The total of 56 patients with pleural effusion was studied. Mean age of the study group was 43±14.6 years. 39(69.42% patients were male and 17(30.58% patients were female. The commonest type of effusion being tuberculosis (34 followed by malignancy (8, transudative effusion (7, synpneumonic (5 and 2 cases of empyema. The commonest presenting complaints were cough (78.32% and breathlessness (74.76%. Polymorphs were predominant in synpneumonic effusion and empyema and lymphocytes in tubercular effusion. Pleural fluid cytology revealed elevated lymphocytes in tubercular and polymorphs in acute infections. Cytology for malignant cells was positive in 4 cases. The mean increase in ADA level in tubercular pleural effusion, malignant pleural effusion and transudative pleural effusion were 79±19.9 IU/L, 42.6±9.3 and 28.4±8.2 respectively and it was

  15. Comparison of pleural responses of rats and hamsters to subchronic inhalation of refractory ceramic fibers.

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    Everitt, J I; Gelzleichter, T R; Bermudez, E; Mangum, J B; Wong, B A; Janszen, D B; Moss, O R

    1997-09-01

    In the present subchronic study, we compared pleural inflammation, visceral pleural collagen deposition, and visceral and parietal pleural mesothelial cell proliferation in rats and hamsters identically exposed to a kaolin-based refractory ceramic fiber, (RCF)-1 by nose-only inhalation exposure, and correlated the results to translocation of fibers to the pleural cavity. Fischer 344 rats and Syrian golden hamsters were exposed to 650 fibers/cc of RCF-1, for 4 hr/day, 5 days/week for 12 weeks. Following 4 and 12 weeks of exposure, and after a 12-week recovery period, pleural lavage fluid was analyzed for cytologic and biochemical evidence of inflammation. Visceral and parietal pleural mesothelial cell proliferation was assessed by immunocytochemical detection of bromodeoxyuridine incorporation. Pleural collagen was quantitated using morphometric analysis of lung sections stained with Sirius Red. Fiber-exposed rats and hamsters had qualitatively similar pleural inflammation at each time point. Mesothelial cell proliferation was more pronounced in hamsters than in rats at each time point and at each site. In both species, the mesothelial cell labeling index was highest in the parietal pleural mesothelial cells lining the surface of the diaphragm at each time point. Hamsters but not rats had significantly elevated collagen in the visceral pleura at the 12-week postexposure time point. Fibers were found in the pleural cavities of both species at each time point. These fibers were generally short and thin. These results suggest that mesothelial cell proliferation and fibroproliferative changes in the pleura of rodents following short-term inhalation exposure are associated with fiber translocation to the pleura and may be predictive of chronic pleural disease outcomes following long-term exposure.

  16. Expression of soluble triggering receptor expression on myeloid cells-1 in pleural effusion

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    HUANG Lu-ying; SHI Huan-zhong; LIANG Qiu-li; WU Yan-bin; QIN Xue-jun; CHEN Yi-qiang

    2008-01-01

    Background Tdggedng receptors expressed on myeloid cells(TREM)proteins are a family of cell surface receptors expressed broadly by cells of the myeloid lineage.The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical significance of soluble TREM-1(sTREM-1)in pleural effusions,and to determine the effects of pneumonia on pleural sTREM-1 concentrations.Methods PleuraI fluid was collected from 109 patients who presented to the respiratory institute (35 with malignant pleural effusion,31 with tuberculous pleural effusion,21 with bacteriaI pleural effusion,and 22 with transudate).The concentrations of sTREM-1,tumor necrosis factor-o(TNF-α)and interleukin-1β(IL-1β)were determined jn effusion and serum samples by enzyme Iinked immunosorbent assay(ELISA).Results The concentrations of sTREM-1 in bacterial pleural effusion were significantly higher than those in malignant.tuberculous,and transudative groups(all P<0.001).An sTREM-1 cutoff value of 768.1 ng/L had a sensitivity of 86%and a specificity of 93%.Pleural sTREM-1 Ievels were positively correlated with Ievels of TNF-α and IL-1β.Patients with complicating bacterial pneumonia did not have elevated concentration of STREM-1 jn pleural effusion when compared with patients without pneumonia.Conclusions Determination of pleural sTREM-1 may improve the ability of clinicians to differentiate pleural effusion patients of bacterial origin from those with other etiologies.The occurrence of bacterial pneumonia did not affect pleural sTREM-1 concentrations.

  17. Differential diagnosis of bilateral thalamic lesions; Differenzialdiagnose bilateral Thalamuslaesionen

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    Linn, J.; Brueckmann, H. [Universitaetsklinikum Muenchen (Germany). Abt. fuer Neuroradiologie; Hoffmann, L.A. [Universitaetsklinikum Muenchen (Germany). Inst. fuer Klinische Neuroimmunologie; Danek, A. [Universitaetsklinikum Muenchen (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Neurologie

    2007-03-15

    A multitude of different diseases can result in bilateral thalamic lesions. These include vascular pathologies requiring prompt therapeutic intervention, such as basilar thrombosis or thrombosis of the internal cerebral veins, as well as tumors, infectious or demyelinating diseases, and toxic-metabolic lesions. Therefore, detailed knowledge of the typical radiological findings for the various diseases is essential for determining the correct diagnosis. This review provides a synopsis of the radiological findings for the most important bithalamic lesions and an overview of the literature.

  18. Diagnostic Utility of Pleural Effusion and Serum Cholesterol, Lactic Dehydrogenase and Protein Ratios in the Differentiation between Transudates and Exudates

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    2015-01-01

    ...) ratios in the differentiation between exudate and transudate pleural effusion. As a part of the investigation, 135 serum and pleural effusion samples were collected from patients with accumulated plural effusion...

  19. Coarse pleural calcification in a mesothelioma patient raises the possibility of a rare tumour subtype: osteoblastic sarcomatoid mesothelioma.

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    Mortimer, A M; Rowlands, J; Murphy, P

    2011-05-01

    It is often suggested that calcification seen in association with pleural thickening implies benign disease. However, we present a case of a patient presenting with coarse pleural calcification associated with a pleural effusion and thickening, which following biopsy was shown to represent osteoblastic sarcomatoid mesothelioma. We describe the imaging features associated with this and differentiate these findings from those seen with benign pleural calcification. Similarities are drawn to other rare cases described in the literature.

  20. Coarse pleural calcification in a mesothelioma patient raises the possibility of a rare tumour subtype: osteoblastic sarcomatoid mesothelioma

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    Mortimer, A M; Rowlands, J; P. Murphy

    2011-01-01

    It is often suggested that calcification seen in association with pleural thickening implies benign disease. However, we present a case of a patient presenting with coarse pleural calcification associated with a pleural effusion and thickening, which following biopsy was shown to represent osteoblastic sarcomatoid mesothelioma. We describe the imaging features associated with this and differentiate these findings from those seen with benign pleural calcification. Similarities are drawn to oth...