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  1. Postoperative upper airway problems

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    2003-06-09

    Jun 9, 2003 ... REVIEW ARTICLE. Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia & Analgesia - May 2003. 12. Postoperative upper airway problems way. A number of factors, some avoidable, influence the incidence ... debilitating pain, inability to swallow and temporary voice changes, and are a ..... decrease airway resistance.

  2. Upper airway resistance syndrome.

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    Montserrat, J M; Badia, J R

    1999-03-01

    This article reviews the clinical picture, diagnosis and management of the upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS). Presently, there is not enough data on key points like the frequency of UARS and the morbidity associated with this condition. Furthermore, the existence of LIARS as an independent sleep disorder and its relation with snoring and obstructive events is in debate. The diagnosis of UARS is still a controversial issue. The technical limitations of the classic approach to monitor airflow with thermistors and inductance plethysmography, as well as the lack of a precise definition of hypopnea, may have led to a misinterpretation of UARS as an independent diagnosis from the sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome. The diagnosis of this syndrome can be missed using a conventional polysomnographic setting unless appropriate techniques are applied. The use of an esophageal balloon to monitor inspiratory effort is currently the gold standard. However, other sensitive methods such as the use of a pneumotachograph and, more recently, nasal cannula/pressure transducer systems or on-line monitoring of respiratory impedance with the forced oscillation technique may provide other interesting possibilities. Recognition and characterization of this subgroup of patients within sleep breathing disorders is important because they are symptomatic and may benefit from treatment. Management options to treat UARS comprise all those currently available for sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome (SAHS). However, the subset of patients classically identified as LIARS that exhibit skeletal craneo-facial abnormalities might possibly obtain further benefit from maxillofacial surgery.

  3. Upper airway imaging and its role in preoperative airway evaluation

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    Jagadish G Sutagatti

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Ultrasonography (USG is well-known as a fast, safe, and noninvasive technique. Its application for imaging of the airway is now gaining momentum. The upper airway has a complex anatomy, and its assessment forms a vital part of every preanesthetic evaluation. Ultrasound (US imaging can help in upper airway assessment in the preoperative period. There are various approaches to upper airway USG. The technique has its own advantages, disadvantages, and limitations. This simple yet challenging imaging technique is all set to become an important part of routine preoperative airway evaluation. This article reviews the various approaches to upper airway US imaging, interpretation of the images, limitations, and disadvantages of the technique and its varied clinical applications in the preoperative period. The scientific material presented here was hand searched from textbooks and journals, electronically from PubMed, and Google scholar using text words.

  4. Jaw thrust can deteriorate upper airway patency.

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    von Ungern-Sternberg, B S; Erb, T O; Frei, F J

    2005-04-01

    Upper airway obstruction is a frequent problem in spontaneously breathing children undergoing anesthesia or sedation procedures. Failure to maintain a patent airway can rapidly result in severe hypoxemia, bradycardia, or asystole, as the oxygen demand of children is high and oxygen reserve is low. We present two children with cervical masses in whom upper airway obstruction exaggerated while the jaw thrust maneuver was applied during induction of anesthesia. This deterioration in airway patency was probably caused by medial displacement of the lateral tumorous tissues which narrowed the pharyngeal airway.

  5. Anatomic Optical Coherence Tomography of Upper Airways

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    Chin Loy, Anthony; Jing, Joseph; Zhang, Jun; Wang, Yong; Elghobashi, Said; Chen, Zhongping; Wong, Brian J. F.

    The upper airway is a complex and intricate system responsible for respiration, phonation, and deglutition. Obstruction of the upper airways afflicts an estimated 12-18 million Americans. Pharyngeal size and shape are important factors in the pathogenesis of airway obstructions. In addition, nocturnal loss in pharyngeal muscular tone combined with high pharyngeal resistance can lead to collapse of the airway and periodic partial or complete upper airway obstruction. Anatomical optical coherence tomography (OCT) has the potential to provide high-speed three-dimensional tomographic images of the airway lumen without the use of ionizing radiation. In this chapter we describe the methods behind endoscopic OCT imaging and processing to generate full three dimensional anatomical models of the human airway which can be used in conjunction with numerical simulation methods to assess areas of airway obstruction. Combining this structural information with flow dynamic simulations, we can better estimate the site and causes of airway obstruction and better select and design surgery for patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

  6. Upper airway collapsibility in anesthetized children.

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    Litman, Ronald S; McDonough, Joseph M; Marcus, Carole L; Schwartz, Alan R; Ward, Denham S

    2006-03-01

    We sought to establish the feasibility of measuring upper airway narrowing in spontaneously breathing, anesthetized children using dynamic application of negative airway pressure. A secondary aim was to compare differences in upper airway collapsibility after the administration of sevoflurane or halothane. Subjects were randomized to either drug for inhaled anesthetic induction. Each was adjusted to their 1 MAC value (0.9% for halothane and 2.5% for sevoflurane) and a blinded anesthesia provider held the facemask without performing manual airway opening maneuvers but with inclusion of an oral airway device. Inspiratory flows were measured during partial upper airway obstruction created by an adjustable negative pressure-generating vacuum motor inserted into the anesthesia circuit. Critical closing pressure of the pharynx (Pcrit) was obtained by plotting the peak inspiratory flow of the obstructed breaths against the corresponding negative pressure in the facemask and extrapolating to zero airflow using linear correlation. Fourteen children were enrolled, seven in each anesthetic group. Two children in the halothane group did not develop flow-limited airway obstruction despite negative pressures as low as -9 cm H2O. Pcrit for sevoflurane ranged from -6.7 to -11.6 (mean +/- sd, -9.8 +/- 1.9) cm H2O. Pcrit for halothane ranged from -8.1 to -33 (mean +/- sd, -19.4 +/- 9.3) cm H2O (sevoflurane versus halothane, P = 0.048). We conclude that when using dynamic application of negative airway pressure, halothane appears to cause less upper airway obstruction than sevoflurane at equipotent concentrations.

  7. Regional & Topical Anaesthesia of Upper Airways

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    Nibedita Pani

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available A combination of techniques are required to adequately anaesthetise upper airway structures for awake intubation . The widest coverage is provided by the inhalational technique. This technique, however, does not always provide a dense enough level of anaesthesia for all patients. Supplementation of this technique with any of the specific nerve blocks is an excellent way to accomplish efficacious anaesthesia for awake inubation. Anaesthetising upper airway is not a difficult skill to master and should be in the armamentarium of all practising anaesthetist.

  8. Gingival hyperplasia by upper airway obstruction

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    Díaz Soriano, Ana; Docente Departamento Académico de Estomatología Biosocial.; Lévano Torres, Víctor; Docente Departamento Académico Médico Quirúrgico.; Pastor Yataco, Shamila; Alumnos del 3er año de Odontología de la UNMSM.; Vallejos Pulido, Arturo; Alumnos del 3er año de Odontología de la UNMSM.; Huamanyauri Gonzales, Lizbeth; Alumnos del 3er año de Odontología de la UNMSM.

    2014-01-01

    The effects of mouth breathing are the introduction of cold air, dry and dusty in the mouth and pharynx, the lost functions of heating, humedificacion and filtering the air entering the nose increases the oral mucosa irritation and pharyngeal. A case of a female patient 15 years old who comes for consultation of Periodontology with increase in volume and gingival redness in the upper anterior sector of upper airway obstruction caused by deviated septum right turbinate hypertrophy and maxillar...

  9. Regional aerosol deposition in human upper airways. Final report

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    Swift, D.L.

    1997-11-01

    During the award period, a number of studies have been carried out related to the overall objective of the project which is to elucidate important factors which influence the upper airway deposition and dose of particles in the size range 0.5 nm - 10 {mu}m, such as particle size, breathing conditions, age, airway geometry, and mode of breathing. These studies are listed below. (1) A high voltage electrospray system was constructed to generate polydispersed 1-10 {mu}m diameter di-ethylhexyl sebacate aerosol for particle deposition studies in nasal casts and in human subjects. (2) The effect of nostril dimensions, nasal passage geometry, and nasal resistance on particle deposition efficiency in forty healthy, nonsmoking adults at a constant flowrate were studied. (3) The effect of nostril dimensions, nasal passage dimensions and nasal resistance on the percentage of particle deposition in the anterior 3 cm of the nasal passage of spontaneously breathing humans were studied. (4) The region of deposition of monodispersed aerosols were studied using replicate casts. (5) Ultrafine aerosol deposition using simulated breath holding path and natural path was compared. (6) An experimental technique was proposed and tested to measure the oral deposition of inhaled ultrafine particles. (7) We have calculated the total deposition fraction of ultrafine aerosols from 5 to 200 n in the extrathoracic airways and in the lung. (8) The deposition fraction of radon progeny in the head airways was studied using several head airway models.

  10. Severe upper airway obstruction during sleep.

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    Bonekat, H William; Hardin, Kimberly A

    2003-10-01

    Few disorders may manifest with predominantly sleep-related obstructive breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common disorder, varies in severity and is associated with significant cardiovascular and neurocognitive morbidity. It is estimated that between 8 and 18 million people in the United States have at least mild OSA. Although the exact mechanism of OSA is not well-delineated, multiple factors contribute to the development of upper airway obstruction and include anatomic, mechanical, neurologic, and inflammatory changes in the pharynx. OSA may occur concomitantly with asthma. Approximately 74% of asthmatics experience nocturnal symptoms of airflow obstruction secondary to reactive airways disease. Similar cytokine, chemokine, and histologic changes are seen in both disorders. Sleep deprivation, chronic upper airway edema, and inflammation associated with OSA may further exacerbate nocturnal asthma symptoms. Allergic rhinitis may contribute to both OSA and asthma. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the gold standard treatment for OSA. Treatment with CPAP therapy has also been shown to improve both daytime and nighttime peak expiratory flow rates in patients with concomitant OSA and asthma. It is important for allergists to be aware of how OSA may complicate diagnosis and treatment of asthma and allergic rhinitis. A thorough sleep history and high clinical suspicion for OSA is indicated, particularly in asthma patients who are refractory to standard medication treatments.

  11. Endoscopic low coherence interferometry in upper airways

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    Delacrétaz, Yves; Boss, Daniel; Lang, Florian; Depeursinge, Christian

    2009-07-01

    We introduce Endoscopic Low Coherence Interferometry to obtain topology of upper airways through commonly used rigid endoscopes. Quantitative dimensioning of upper airways pathologies is crucial to provide maximum health recovery chances, for example in order to choose the correct stent to treat endoluminal obstructing pathologies. Our device is fully compatible with procedures used in day-to-day examinations and can potentially be brought to bedside. Besides this, the approach described here can be almost straightforwardly adapted to other endoscopy-related field of interest, such as gastroscopy and arthroscopy. The principle of the method is first exposed, then filtering procedure used to extract the depth information is described. Finally, demonstration of the method ability to operate on biological samples is assessed through measurements on ex-vivo pork bronchi.

  12. Regional aerosol deposition in human upper airways

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    Swift, D.L.

    1991-11-01

    During the current report experimental studies of upper respiratory deposition of radon progeny aerosols and stimulant aerosols were carried out in replicate casts of nasal and oral passages of adults and children. Additionally, preliminary studies of nasal passage deposition of unattached Po{sup 218} particles was carried out in four human subjects. Data on nasal inspiratory deposition in replicate models of adults and infants from three collaborating laboratories were compared and a best-fit curve of deposition efficiency for both attached and unattached particles was obtained, showing excellent inter-laboratory agreement. This curve demonstrates that nasal inspiratory deposition of radon progeny is weakly dependent upon flow rate over physiologically realistic ranges of flow, does not show a significant age effect, and is relatively independent of nasal passage dimensions for a given age range. Improved replicate models of the human adult oral passage extending to the mid-trachea were constructed for medium and higher flow mouth breathing states; these models were used to assess the deposition of unattached Po{sup 218} particles during oronasal breathing in the oral passage and demonstrated lower deposition efficiency than the nasal passage. Measurements of both Po{sup 218} particle and attached fraction particle size deposition were performed in replicate nasal passage of a four week old infant. 5 refs., 1 fig.

  13. Sarcoidosis of the upper and lower airways.

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    Morgenthau, Adam S; Teirstein, Alvin S

    2011-12-01

    Sarcoidosis is a systemic granulomatous disease of undetermined etiology characterized by a variable clinical presentation and disease course. Although clinical granulomatous inflammation may occur within any organ system, more than 90% of sarcoidosis patients have lung disease. Sarcoidosis is considered an interstitial lung disease that is frequently characterized by restrictive physiologic dysfunction on pulmonary function tests. However, sarcoidosis also involves the airways (large and small), causing obstructive airways disease. It is one of a few interstitial lung diseases that affects the entire length of the respiratory tract - from the nose to the terminal bronchioles - and causes a broad spectrum of airways dysfunction. This article examines airway dysfunction in sarcoidosis. The anatomical structure of the airways is the organizational framework for our discussion. We discuss sarcoidosis involving the nose, sinuses, nasal passages, larynx, trachea, bronchi and small airways. Common complications of airways disease, such as, atelectasis, fibrosis, bullous leions, bronchiectasis, cavitary lesions and mycetomas, are also reviewed.

  14. Numerical analysis of respiratory flow patterns within human upper airway

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    Wang, Ying; Liu, Yingxi; Sun, Xiuzhen; Yu, Shen; Gao, Fei

    2009-12-01

    A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) approach is used to study the respiratory airflow dynamics within a human upper airway. The airway model which consists of the airway from nasal cavity, pharynx, larynx and trachea to triple bifurcation is built based on the CT images of a healthy volunteer and the Weibel model. The flow characteristics of the whole upper airway are quantitatively described at any time level of respiratory cycle. Simulation results of respiratory flow show good agreement with the clinical measures, experimental and computational results in the literature. The air mainly passes through the floor of the nasal cavity in the common, middle and inferior nasal meatus. The higher airway resistance and wall shear stresses are distributed on the posterior nasal valve. Although the airways of pharynx, larynx and bronchi experience low shear stresses, it is notable that relatively high shear stresses are distributed on the wall of epiglottis and bronchial bifurcations. Besides, two-dimensional fluid-structure interaction models of normal and abnormal airways are built to discuss the flow-induced deformation in various anatomy models. The result shows that the wall deformation in normal airway is relatively small.

  15. LATERAL CEPHALOMETRIC RADIOGRAPHY FOR EVALUATION OF UPPER AIRWAY

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    Miesje Karmiati Purwanegara

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The influenced of respiration to dentocraniofacial growth and development is still controversial. The accurate radiologic examination is important factor for proper diagnosis. Deviation of upper airway (i.e. nasopharynx, oropharymx and nasal cavity could be evaluated by lateral and anteroposterior cephalometric projection technique. This paper explains several methods to evaluate upper respiratory tract by lateral radiograph.

  16. Aging increases upper airway collapsibility in Fischer 344 rats.

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    Ray, Andrew D; Ogasa, Toshiyuki; Magalang, Ulysses J; Krasney, John A; Farkas, Gaspar A

    2008-11-01

    The upper airway muscles play an important role in maintaining upper airway collapsibility, and the incidence of sleep-disordered breathing increases with age. We hypothesize that the increase in airway collapsibility with increasing age can be linked to changes in upper airway muscle mechanics and structure. Eight young (Y: 6 mo) and eight old (O: 30 mo) Fischer 344 rats were anesthetized and mechanically ventilated, and the pharyngeal pressure associated with flow limitation (Pcrit) was measured 1) with the hypoglossal (cnXII) nerve intact, 2) following bilateral cnXII denervation, and 3) during cnXII stimulation. With the cnXII intact, the upper airways of older rats were more collapsible compared with their younger counterparts [Pcrit = -7.1 +/- 0.6 (SE) vs. -9.5 +/- 0.7 cmH2O, respectively; P = 0.033]. CnXII denervation resulted in an increase in Pcrit such that Pcrit became similar in both groups (O: -4.2 +/- 0.5 cmH2O; Y: -5.4 +/- 0.5 cmH2O). In all rats, cnXII stimulation decreased Pcrit (less collapsible) in both groups (O: -11.3 +/- 1.0 cmH2O; Y: -10.2 +/- 1.0 cmH2O). The myosin heavy chain composition of the genioglossus muscle demonstrated a decrease in the percentage of the IIb isoform (38.3 +/- 2.5 vs. 21.7 +/- 1.7%; P collapsible with age and that the increase in upper airway collapsibility with age is likely related to altered neural control rather than to primary alterations in upper airway muscle structure and function.

  17. Deposition of graphene nanomaterial aerosols in human upper airways.

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    Su, Wei-Chung; Ku, Bon Ki; Kulkarni, Pramod; Cheng, Yung Sung

    2016-01-01

    Graphene nanomaterials have attracted wide attention in recent years on their application to state-of-the-art technology due to their outstanding physical properties. On the other hand, the nanotoxicity of graphene materials also has rapidly become a serious concern especially in occupational health. Graphene naomaterials inevitably could become airborne in the workplace during manufacturing processes. The inhalation and subsequent deposition of graphene nanomaterial aerosols in the human respiratory tract could potentially result in adverse health effects to exposed workers. Therefore, investigating the deposition of graphene nanomaterial aerosols in the human airways is an indispensable component of an integral approach to graphene occupational health. For this reason, this study carried out a series of airway replica deposition experiments to obtain original experimental data for graphene aerosol airway deposition. In this study, graphene aerosols were generated, size classified, and delivered into human airway replicas (nasal and oral-to-lung airways). The deposition fraction and deposition efficiency of graphene aerosol in the airway replicas were obtained by a novel experimental approach. The experimental results acquired showed that the fractional deposition of graphene aerosols in airway sections studied were all less than 4%, and the deposition efficiency in each airway section was generally lower than 0.03. These results indicate that the majority of the graphene nanomaterial aerosols inhaled into the human respiratory tract could easily penetrate through the head airways as well as the upper part of the tracheobronchial airways and then transit down to the lower lung airways, where undesired biological responses might be induced.

  18. Upper airway collapsibility is associated with obesity and hyoid position.

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    Genta, Pedro R; Schorr, Fabiola; Eckert, Danny J; Gebrim, Eloisa; Kayamori, Fabiane; Moriya, Henrique T; Malhotra, Atul; Lorenzi-Filho, Geraldo

    2014-10-01

    Upper airway anatomy plays a major role in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) pathogenesis. An inferiorly displaced hyoid as measured by the mandibular plane to hyoid distance (MPH) has been consistently associated with OSA. The hyoid is also a common landmark for pharyngeal length, upper airway volume, and tongue base. Tongue dimensions, pharyngeal length, and obesity are associated with OSA severity, although the link between these anatomical variables and pharyngeal collapsibility is less well known. We hypothesized that obesity as measured by body mass index (BMI), neck and waist circumferences, and variables associated with hyoid position (pharyngeal length, upper airway volume, and tongue dimensions) would be associated with passive pharyngeal critical closing pressure (Pcrit). Cross-sectional. Academic hospital. 34 Japanese-Brazilian males age 21 to 70 y. N/A. We performed computed tomography scans of the upper airway, overnight polysomnography, and Pcrit measurements in all subjects. On average, subjects were overweight (BMI = 28 ± 4 kg/m(2)) and OSA was moderately severe (apnea-hypopnea index = 29 [13-51], range 1-90 events/h). Factor analysis identified two factors among the studied variables: obesity (extracted from BMI, neck and waist circumferences) and hyoid position (MPH, pharyngeal length, tongue length, tongue volume, and upper airway volume). Both obesity and hyoid position correlated with Pcrit (r = 0.470 and 0.630, respectively) (P obesity and hyoid position. Tongue dimensions, pharyngeal length, and the mandibular plane to hyoid distance are associated with obesity variables. These findings provide novel insight into the potential factors mediating upper airway collapse in obstructive sleep apnea. © 2014 Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC.

  19. Dynamic MRI for the upper airway

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    Makabe, Takeshi; Muraya, Tamotsu; Hashimoto, Yasuhiro; Tainaka, Keiichi [Hakodate Municipal Hospital, Hokkaido (Japan)

    1995-01-01

    Although the conventional airway observations have been performed mainly using fluoroscopy and endoscopy, they both have defects and provide no satisfactory results in a single examination. Therefore, utilizing ultra-fast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a study was carried out for kinetic observations around an airway, directly via excellent tissue contrast images. Turbo-fast low-angle shot (FLASH) with T1-weighted 180deg preparation pulse was used during scanning. The study was also subjected to variable inversion time (TI) and flip angle (FA). Kinetic observation could be scanned in a second or so, and the dynamic study was carried out under a condition of supposed best tissue contrast. Turbo-FLASH, which is unique ultra-fast MRI in clinical use did not always have good tissue contrast. In the present study, the prolongation of TI and enlargement of FA were confirmed to give much better tissue contrast. Due to the simultaneous prolongation of the scanning time with that of TI, however, TI was set up at 300 msec to allow for a kinetic observation (TR=8.5 msec, TE=4 msec, FA=12deg, slice thickness, 8 mm). Clinically, good tissue contrast images around the airway was obtained and a direct observation could be made via the free sections. We are applying the present approach to observations of deglutition and the sleep-apnea syndrome. Regarding deglutition, the present approach is excellent in that easy observations can be made via swallowing saliva while confirming the position and for the sleep-apnea syndrome, it is very good for grasping the obstruction site. Thus, the dynamic study of the airway using turbo-FLASH was shown also to be clinically useful. (author).

  20. [Acute pulmonary edema secondary to acute upper airway obstruction].

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    Sánchez-Ortega, J L; Carpintero-Moreno, F; Olivares-López, A; Borrás-Rubio, E; Alvarez-López, M J; García-Izquierdo, A

    1992-01-01

    We report a 72 years old woman with mild arterial hypertension and no other pathological history who presented an acute pulmonary edema due to acute obstruction of the upper airway secondary to vocal chord paralysis developing during the immediate postoperative phase of thyroidectomy. The acute pulmonary edema resolved after application of tracheal reintubation, mechanical ventilation controlled with end expiratory positive pressure, diuretics, morphine, and liquid restriction. We discuss the possible etiopathogenic possibilities of this infrequent clinical picture and we suggest that all patients who suffered and acute obstruction of the upper airways require a careful clinical surveillance in order to prevent the development of the pulmonary syndrome.

  1. Upper airway imaging in sleep-disordered breathing.

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    Poirrier, Anne-Lise; Fanielle, Julien; Bruwier, Annick; Chakar, Bassam; Poirrier, Robert

    2014-06-01

    Our understanding of sleep-disordered breathing has evolved considerably over the past three decades, and clinical techniques of evaluation have progressed tremendously. Myriad imaging techniques are now available for the physician to approach the dynamic features resulting in turbulent airflow, upper airway narrowing or collapse at different levels. Controversy exists in the choice of investigations, probably because the best evaluation should be a combination of different techniques. Physical, radiographic, endoscopic and acoustic evaluations could be integrated to understand the degree and the levels of airway reduction and/or obstruction in a given patient. This review focuses on cost-effective and easily implemented techniques in daily practice, allowing quality assessment of the dynamic anatomy of sleep-disordered breathing: cephalometry, (sleep-)endoscopy and acoustic reflectometry of the upper airway.

  2. Sleep and upper airway obstruction in children with achondroplasia

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    Zucconi, M; Weber, G; Castronovo, [No Value; FeriniStrambi, L; Russo, F; Chiumello, G; Smirne, S

    1996-01-01

    Objective: The features of achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, includes short cranial base and midface hypoplasia; both abnormalities increased the risk of upper airway obstruction during sleep, The aim of our study was to evaluate sleep and respiratory function of children with achond

  3. Genioglossus muscle responses to upper airway pressure changes: afferent pathways.

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    Mathew, O P; Abu-Osba, Y K; Thach, B T

    1982-02-01

    The afferent pathway of an upper airway reflex in which genioglossus muscle electromyographic (GG EMG) activity is influenced by pharyngeal pressure changes was investigated in 20 anesthetized rabbits. We took advantage of the fact that the upper airway was separated into two compartments by pharyngeal closure occurring when the animals breathe through a tracheostomy. This allowed pressure to be delivered selectively either to the nose and nasopharynx or to the larynx and hypopharynx. Midcervical vagotomy did not eliminate the GG EMG response to pressure stimuli. On the other hand high cervical vagotomy or superior laryngeal nerve section eliminated the response in the laryngeal compartment, but not in the nasopharyngeal compartment. Topical anesthesia of the mucosa of the nose, pharynx, and larynx abolished the response in both compartments. Therefore we conclude that more than one afferent pathway exists for this upper airway pressure reflex; the primary afferent pathway from the laryngeal compartment is the superior laryngeal branch of the vagus nerve, whereas the primary afferent pathway for the nasopharynx is nonvagal. Trigeminal nerve, glossopharyngeal nerve, and/or nervus intermedius carry nonvagal afferents from the nasopharynx and nose. The topical anesthetic and nerve section studies suggest that superficial receptors mediate this response. The occurrence of swallowing in response to upper airway pressure changes and its elimination by topical anesthesia or superior mechanoreceptors may mediate both genioglossus respiratory responses and swallowing responses.

  4. Upper airway imaging in patients with sleep-related breathing disorders.

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    Coche, E

    2002-01-01

    This paper focuses primarily on upper airway anatomy and its variations during breathing and highlights the advantages/disadvantages of the different imaging techniques. The major indications of upper airway imaging are also discussed.

  5. Management of upper airway edema caused by hereditary angioedema

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    Farkas Henriette

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Hereditary angioedema is a rare disorder with a genetic background involving mutations in the genes encoding C1-INH and of factor XII. Its etiology is unknown in a proportion of cases. Recurrent edema formation may involve the subcutis and the submucosa - the latter can produce obstruction in the upper airways and thereby lead to life-threatening asphyxia. This is the reason for the high, 30-to 50-per-cent mortality of undiagnosed or improperly managed cases. Airway obstruction can be prevented through early diagnosis, meaningful patient information, timely recognition of initial symptoms, state-of-the-art emergency therapy, and close monitoring of the patient. Prophylaxis can substantially mitigate the risk of upper airway edema and also improve the patients' quality of life. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any form of upper airway edema should be regarded as a potentially life-threatening condition. None of the currently available prophylactic modalities is capable of preventing UAE with absolute certainty.

  6. The effect of diaphragm contraction on upper airway collapsibility.

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    Hillman, David R; Walsh, Jennifer H; Maddison, Kathleen J; Platt, Peter R; Schwartz, Alan R; Eastwood, Peter R

    2013-08-01

    Increasing lung volume increases upper airway patency and decreases airway resistance and collapsibility. The role of diaphragm contraction in producing these changes remains unclear. This study was undertaken to determine the effect of selective diaphragm contraction, induced by phrenic nerve stimulation, on upper airway collapsibility and the extent to which any observed change was attributable to lung volume-related changes in pressure gradients or to diaphragm descent-related mediastinal traction. Continuous bilateral transcutaneous cervical phrenic nerve stimulation (30 Hz) was applied to nine supine, anesthetized human subjects during transient decreases in airway pressure to levels sufficient to produce flow limitation when unstimulated. Stimulation was applied at two intensities (low and high) and its effects on lung volume and airflow quantified relative to unstimulated conditions. Lung volume increased by 386 ± 269 ml (means ± SD) and 761 ± 556 ml during low and high stimulation, respectively (P traction from diaphragm descent. The study provides a rationale for use of continuous phrenic stimulation to treat obstructive sleep apnea.

  7. Treatment of Foreign Body Obstruction of the Upper Airway

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    Hoffman, Jerome R

    1982-01-01

    The treatment of foreign body obstruction of the upper airway has been the subject of considerable attention and controversy. Current recommendations from the National Academy of Sciences, the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association include the use of back blows, abdominal thrusts (Heimlich maneuver) or chest thrusts (or both) and finger probes, until definitive therapy by trained medical and paramedical personnel becomes available. Nevertheless, a number of authorities on this ...

  8. Chemogenetic stimulation of the hypoglossal neurons improves upper airway patency

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    Fleury Curado, Thomaz; Fishbein, Kenneth; Pho, Huy; Brennick, Michael; Dergacheva, Olga; Sennes, Luiz U.; Pham, Luu V.; Ladenheim, Ellen E.; Spencer, Richard; Mendelowitz, David; Schwartz, Alan R.; Polotsky, Vsevolod Y.

    2017-01-01

    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by recurrent upper airway obstruction during sleep. OSA leads to high cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The pathogenesis of OSA has been linked to a defect in neuromuscular control of the pharynx. There is no effective pharmacotherapy for OSA. The objective of this study was to determine whether upper airway patency can be improved using chemogenetic approach by deploying designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drug (DREADD) in the hypoglossal motorneurons. DREADD (rAAV5-hSyn-hM3(Gq)-mCherry) and control virus (rAAV5-hSyn-EGFP) were stereotactically administered to the hypoglossal nucleus of C57BL/6J mice. In 6–8 weeks genioglossus EMG and dynamic MRI of the upper airway were performed before and after administration of the DREADD ligand clozapine-N-oxide (CNO) or vehicle (saline). In DREADD-treated mice, CNO activated the genioglossus muscle and markedly dilated the pharynx, whereas saline had no effect. Control virus treated mice showed no effect of CNO. Our results suggest that chemogenetic approach can be considered as a treatment option for OSA and other motorneuron disorders. PMID:28281681

  9. Proposal of new upper airway margins in children assessed by CBCT

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    Anandarajah, S; Abdalla, Y; Dudhia, R;

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Recently, studies have performed three-dimensional analyses of upper airways in children. However, there was a lack of airway delineation according to anatomical boundaries and/or easily mobile soft-tissue landmarks were used. The aim of the present study was to define new upper airway...

  10. On locating the obstruction in the human upper airway

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    Wang, Yong; Elghobashi, S.

    2013-11-01

    The fluid dynamical properties of the air flow in the human upper airway (UA) are not fully understood at present due to the three-dimensional, patient-specific complex geometry of the airway, flow transition from laminar to turbulent and flow-structure interaction during the breathing cycle. One of the major challenges to surgeons is determining the location of the UA obstruction before performing corrective surgeries. It is quite difficult at present to experimentally measure the instantaneous velocity and pressure at specific points in the human airway. On the other hand, direct numerical simulation (DNS) can predict all the flow properties and resolve all its relevant length- and time-scales. We developed a DNS solver with lattice Boltzmann method (LBM), and used it to investigate the flow in two patient-specific UAs reconstructed from CT scan data. Inspiration and expiration flows through these two airways are studied and compared. Pressure gradient-time signals at different locations in the UAs are used to determine the location of the obstruction. This work was supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  11. Regulation of Tight Junctions in Upper Airway Epithelium

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    Takashi Kojima

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The mucosal barrier of the upper respiratory tract including the nasal cavity, which is the first site of exposure to inhaled antigens, plays an important role in host defense in terms of innate immunity and is regulated in large part by tight junctions of epithelial cells. Tight junction molecules are expressed in both M cells and dendritic cells as well as epithelial cells of upper airway. Various antigens are sampled, transported, and released to lymphocytes through the cells in nasal mucosa while they maintain the integrity of the barrier. Expression of tight junction molecules and the barrier function in normal human nasal epithelial cells (HNECs are affected by various stimuli including growth factor, TLR ligand, and cytokine. In addition, epithelial-derived thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP, which is a master switch for allergic inflammatory diseases including allergic rhinitis, enhances the barrier function together with an increase of tight junction molecules in HNECs. Furthermore, respiratory syncytial virus infection in HNECs in vitro induces expression of tight junction molecules and the barrier function together with proinflammatory cytokine release. This paper summarizes the recent progress in our understanding of the regulation of tight junctions in the upper airway epithelium under normal, allergic, and RSV-infected conditions.

  12. Colonization of CF patients' upper airways with S. aureus contributes more decisively to upper airway inflammation than P. aeruginosa.

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    Janhsen, Wibke Katharina; Arnold, Christin; Hentschel, Julia; Lehmann, Thomas; Pfister, Wolfgang; Baier, Michael; Böer, Klas; Hünniger, Kerstin; Kurzai, Oliver; Hipler, Uta-Christina; Mainz, Jochen Georg

    2016-10-01

    In cystic fibrosis (CF) patients' airways, inflammatory processes decisively contribute to remodeling and pulmonary destruction. The aims of this study were to compare upper airway (UAW) inflammation in the context of Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa colonization in a longitudinal setting, and to examine further factors influencing UAW inflammation. Therefore, we analyzed soluble inflammatory mediators in noninvasively obtained nasal lavage (NL) of CF patients together with microbiology, medication, and relevant clinical parameters. NL, applying 10 mL of isotonic saline per nostril, was serially performed in 74 CF patients (326 samples). Concentrations of the inflammatory mediators' interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, IL-8, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9, and its anti-protease TIMP-1 were quantified by bead-based multiplexed assay, neutrophil elastase (NE) via ELISA. Culture-based microbiology of the upper and lower airways (LAW), as well as serological and clinical findings, were compiled. Our results indicate that UAW colonization with S. aureus significantly impacts the concentration of all measured inflammatory mediators in NL fluid except TIMP-1, whereas these effects were not significant for P. aeruginosa. Patients with S. aureus colonization of both the UAW and LAW showed significantly increased concentrations of IL-1β, IL-6, IL-8, MMP-9, and slightly elevated concentrations of NE in NL fluid compared to non-colonized patients. This work elaborates a survey on S. aureus' virulence factors that may contribute to this underestimated pathology. Serial assessment of epithelial lining fluid by NL reveals that colonization of the UAW with S. aureus contributes more to CF airway inflammatory processes than hitherto expected.

  13. Upper airway outcomes following midface distraction osteogenesis: a systematic review.

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    Taylor, B A; Brace, M; Hong, P

    2014-07-01

    The objective of this paper is to systematically review the airway outcomes following distraction osteogenesis of midface with the goal of (1) deriving clinically oriented insights and (2) identifying gaps in knowledge to stimulate future research. Medline, EMBASE and Cochrane databases were searched and studies were included if subjects of any age had midface retrusion/hypoplasia and underwent midface distraction osteogenesis. Outcome measures of interest were any respiratory or airway associated measures, and reports of adverse events. A total of 368 abstracts were generated from the literature searches; 16 studies met the criteria for data extraction and analysis. All 16 studies were observational. Generally, midface distraction osteogenesis was reported to improve respiratory status and was well tolerated. Specifically, favorable outcomes in cephalometry (9 studies), polysomnography (9 studies), and decannulation rates (8 studies) were reported. In conclusion, upper airway status was improved in most patients who underwent midface distraction osteogenesis, yet long-term results and consistent objective measures are lacking. Studies reviewed were retrospective case series and details regarding patients who did not improve were deficient. A standardized prospective multicenter cohort trial with long-term patient follow up is required.

  14. [Effect of dental arch length decrease during orthodontic treatment in the upper airway development. A review].

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    Haddad, Stéphanie; Kerbrat, Jean-Baptiste; Schouman, Thomas; Goudot, Patrick

    2017-03-01

    A possible relation between an upper airway space decrease and the development of obstructive sleep apnea syndrom explains the importance to know the effect of the modification of dental arch length on the upper airway during orthodontic treatment. The aim of this article is to expose recent knowledge about upper airway development and dental arch length decrease factors, to determine the influence of this decrease on upper airway development. A review was done to determine the upper airway normal development, to define dental arch to specify if an ideal position of dental arch on apical base exists. All of the length dental arch decrease factors during orthodontic treatment (dental extraction, dental agenesis and dental malpositions) and their upper airway resounding were searched. Some authors found a diminution of upper airway space after premolars extractions while others didn't found this diminution after extractions premolars when incisor retraction is finished. A decrease of transversal maxillary diameter and nasal cavity may be due to absence of permanent teeth. The effect of dental arch length decrease during orthodontic treatment in the upper airway development was not scientifically proved. However we had to be vigilant and adapt our orthodontic treatment case by case to avoid an upper airway modification. © EDP Sciences, SFODF, 2017.

  15. Impact of obstructive apnea syndrome on upper airway respiratory muscles.

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    Svanborg, Eva

    2005-07-28

    This article reviews studies of upper airway muscles in humans, with emphasis on muscle fiber structural and electrophysiological changes observed in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). The concept of OSAS as a progressive disease is discussed and also possible causes. These include local nervous lesions in the upper airway, both motor and sensory. Previous muscle biopsy studies have given evidence for motor neuron lesions such as, e.g., the phenomenon of type grouping in histological sections. New data obtained with concentric needle EMG recordings from the palatopharyngeus muscles are also presented. In 10/12 OSAS patients there were typical findings indicating motor neuropathy (reduced EMG activity at maximal voluntary effort, long and polyphasic motor-unit potentials and, in two cases, spontaneous denervation activity), whereas such findings were only present in 3/15 patients with habitual snoring. This supports the hypothesis that progression from habitual snoring to the clinical disease of OSAS could be attributed to peripheral neurogenic lesions.

  16. Treatment of Foreign Body Obstruction of the Upper Airway

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    Hoffman, Jerome R.

    1982-01-01

    The treatment of foreign body obstruction of the upper airway has been the subject of considerable attention and controversy. Current recommendations from the National Academy of Sciences, the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association include the use of back blows, abdominal thrusts (Heimlich maneuver) or chest thrusts (or both) and finger probes, until definitive therapy by trained medical and paramedical personnel becomes available. Nevertheless, a number of authorities on this subject have claimed that these approaches are dangerous, and that abdominal thrusts should be the first and only first-aid technique used in this situation. There are only limited data on which to make recommendations regarding this issue. Clinical evidence is scanty and of a highly anecdotal and unscientific nature. The data that are available suggest that a combination of maneuvers is in fact preferable to any single maneuver. Experimental physiologic data on both humans and animals tend to support this concept and suggest that back blows, which generate high initial pressures, may dislodge objects from the larynx enough to allow subsequent thrust maneuvers, which generate more sustained increases in intrathoracic pressure, to move the object out of the larynx. At this time, in the absence of definitive data, it seems reasonable to teach as many lay citizens as possible to recognize upper airway obstruction due to foreign body and to perform any and all of these techniques (preferably in combination), as well as external cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) where appropriate, on choking victims. PMID:7072236

  17. Elective use of the Ventrain for upper airway obstruction during high-frequency jet ventilation.

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    Fearnley, Robert A; Badiger, Sheela; Oakley, Richard J; Ahmad, Imran

    2016-09-01

    The safety of high pressure source ventilation (jet ventilation) is dependent upon upper airway patency to facilitate adequate passive expiration and prevent increasing intrathoracic pressure and its associated deleterious sequelae. Distortions in airway anatomy may make passive expiration inadequate or impossible in some patients. We report the elective use of the Ventrain device to provide ventilation in a clinical setting of upper airway obstruction in a patient with post radiation fibrosis that had previously prevented passive expiration during attempted high pressure source ventilation.

  18. The effect of inhaled menthol on upper airway resistance in humans: A randomized controlled crossover study

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    Effie J Pereira

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Menthol (l-menthol is a naturally-occurring cold receptor agonist commonly used to provide symptomatic relief for upper airway congestion. Menthol can also reduce the sensation of dyspnea. It is unclear whether the physiological action of menthol in dyspnea reduction is through its cold receptor agonist effect or whether associated mechanical changes occur in the upper airway.

  19. Effects of a mandibular advancement device on the upper airway morphology : a cephalometric analysis

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    Doff, M. H. J.; Hoekema, A.; Pruim, G. J.; van der Hoeven, J. H.; de Bont, L. G. M.; Stegenga, B.

    2009-01-01

    The aims of this study were to assess changes in the upper airway morphology associated with an oral appliance in situ in patients suffering from the obstructive sleep apnoea-hypopnoea syndrome and to relate these changes to treatment response. Changes in upper airway morphology as a result of an or

  20. [Upper airway's 3D analysis of patients with obstructive sleep apnea using tomographic cone beam].

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    Bruwier, A; Poirrier, A L; Limme, M; Poirrier, R

    2014-12-01

    The progress of medical imaging over the last decades has led to a better understanding of the upper airway structure in sleep-disordered patients. The Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSA) is attributed to a functional narrowing of the upper airway, particularly of the oropharynx, during sleep. This narrowing is multifactorial. We have shown that in 60% cases, the maxilla (nasal pyramid) seems too narrow. A mandible retroposition may also play a dominant role in 30% of the cases. Both scenarios can be combined. Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is a new medical imaging technique that permits to visualize the upper airway with less ionizing radiation than the conventional scanner. To date, only five authors have performed an upper airway's 3D analysis of sleep apnea patients with cone beam. A better understanding of the affected segment of the upper airway should help refine treatment options.

  1. Upper airway obstruction associated with flexed cervical position after posterior occipitocervical fusion.

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    Tagawa, Tsuyoshi; Akeda, Koji; Asanuma, Yumiko; Miyabe, Masayuki; Arisaka, Hirofumi; Furuya, Munetaka; Yoshida, Kazuichi; Sakuraba, Shigeki

    2011-02-01

    Upper airway obstruction resulting from overflexion fixation of the cervical spine is a rare but life-threatening complication after cervical spine surgery. There are few reports of dyspnea after a posterior cervical fusion. We present the case of a 63-year-old woman with rheumatoid arthritis who developed an upper airway obstruction immediately after an O-C4 fusion. She was reintubated with a fiberoptic scope. Revision surgery allowing the angle to return to the neutral position was performed to ameliorate the overflexion of the cervical spine fixation and the consequent upper airway obstruction. After revision surgery, the upper airway obstruction disappeared. Our experience suggests that intraoperative use of fluoroscopy and extubation with a tube exchanger are recommended to avoid this complication, especially in patients at high risk of upper airway obstruction.

  2. Upper airway segmentation and dimensions estimation from cone-beam CT image datasets

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    Shi, Hongjian; Scarfe, W.C. [Louisville Univ., KY (United States). School of Dentistry; Farman, A.G. [Louisville Univ., KY (United States). School of Dentistry; Louisville Univ., KY (United States). Div. of Radiology and Imaging Science

    2006-11-15

    Objective: To segment and measure the upper airway using cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). This information may be useful as an imaging biomarker in the diagnostic assessment of patients with obstructive sleep apnea and in the planning of any necessary therapy. Methods: With Institutional Review Board Approval, anonymous CBCT datasets from subjects who had been imaged for a variety of conditions unrelated to the airway were evaluated. DICOM images were available. A segmentation algorithm was developed to separate the bounded upper airway and measurements were performed manually to determine the smallest cross-sectional area and the anteriorposterior distance of the retropalatal space (RP-SCA and RP-AP, respectively) and retroglossal space (RG-SCA and RG-AP, respectively). A segmentation algorithm was developed to separate the bounded upper airway and it was applied to determine RP-AP, RG-AP, the smallest transaxial-sectional area (TSCA) and largest sagittal view airway area (LCSA). A second algorithm was created to evaluate the airway volume within this bounded upper airway. Results: Measurements of the airway segmented automatically by the developed algorithm agreed with those obtained using manual segmentation. The corresponding volumes showed only very small differences considered clinically insignificant. Conclusion: Automatic segmentation of the airway imaged using CBCT is feasible and this method can be used to evaluate airway cross-section and volume comparable to measurements extracted using manual segmentation. (orig.)

  3. Effects of Depth of Propofol and Sevoflurane Anesthesia on Upper Airway Collapsibility, Respiratory Genioglossus Activation, and Breathing in Healthy Volunteers

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    Simons, Jeroen C P; Pierce, Eric; Diaz-Gil, Daniel

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Volatile anesthetics and propofol impair upper airway stability and possibly respiratory upper airway dilator muscle activity. The magnitudes of these effects have not been compared at equivalent anesthetic doses. We hypothesized that upper airway closing pressure is less negative and...

  4. Infant Mandibular Distraction for Upper Airway Obstruction: A Clinical Audit

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    Adhikari, Ashim N.; Heggie, Andrew A.C.; Shand, Jocelyn M.; Bordbar, Patrishia; Pellicano, Anastasia

    2016-01-01

    Background: Mandibular distraction osteogenesis (MDO) is an effective method of treating upper airway obstruction (UAO) in micrognathic infants. The short-term outcomes include relief of UAO, avoidance of tracheostomy, and prompt discharge from hospital. However, it is a significant surgical procedure with potential associated morbidities. This study describes a cohort of infants managed using MDO over a twelve-year period. Methods: A retrospective chart review was undertaken for children who had MDO before the age of 5 years between 2000 and 2012. This was followed by a clinical review of the same cohort specifically looking for dental anomalies, nerve injuries, and scar cosmesis. Results: Seventy-three children underwent MDO at a mean age of 2 months [interquartile range (IQR), 1.7–4.2] for nonsyndromic infants and 3.3 months (IQR, 2.1–7.4) for those with syndromes. Infants were discharged from hospital, on average, 15 days after procedure. After MDO, of the 9 who were previously tracheostomy dependent, 5 (56%) were decannulated within 12 months and none of the nontracheostomy-dependent children required further airway assistance. The majority of children required supplemental feeding preoperatively but, 12 months postoperatively, 97% of the nonsyndromic infants fed orally. Thirty-nine children (53%) were reviewed clinically [median age, 5.1 y (IQR, 3.9–6.5)] with 18 being syndromic. Many of the mandibular first permanent and second primary molars had developmental defects, but there was a low rate of neurosensory deficit and good scar cosmesis. Conclusions: This study contributes further to the evidence base underpinning the management of micrognathic infants with UAO. PMID:27536491

  5. Upper Airway Elasticity Estimation in Pediatric Down Syndrome Sleep Apnea Patients Using Collapsible Tube Theory.

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    Subramaniam, Dhananjay Radhakrishnan; Mylavarapu, Goutham; McConnell, Keith; Fleck, Robert J; Shott, Sally R; Amin, Raouf S; Gutmark, Ephraim J

    2016-05-01

    Elasticity of the soft tissues surrounding the upper airway lumen is one of the important factors contributing to upper airway disorders such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. The objective of this study is to calculate patient specific elasticity of the pharynx from magnetic resonance (MR) images using a 'tube law', i.e., the relationship between airway cross-sectional area and transmural pressure difference. MR imaging was performed under anesthesia in children with Down syndrome (DS) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). An airway segmentation algorithm was employed to evaluate changes in airway cross-sectional area dilated by continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). A pressure-area relation was used to make localized estimates of airway wall stiffness for each patient. Optimized values of patient specific Young's modulus for tissue in the velopharynx and oropharynx, were estimated from finite element simulations of airway collapse. Patient specific deformation of the airway wall under CPAP was found to exhibit either a non-linear 'hardening' or 'softening' behavior. The localized airway and tissue elasticity were found to increase with increasing severity of OSA. Elasticity based patient phenotyping can potentially assist clinicians in decision making on CPAP and airway or tissue elasticity can supplement well-known clinical measures of OSA severity.

  6. Effect of bimaxillary rotational setback surgery on upper airway structure in skeletal class III deformities.

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    Hsieh, Yuh-Jia; Chen, Yi-Chieh; Chen, Yin-An; Liao, Yu-Fang; Chen, Yu-Ray

    2015-02-01

    Upper airway narrowing has been a concern of mandibular setback. The aims of this study were (1) to evaluate the effect of bimaxillary rotational setback surgery on upper airway structure in patients with skeletal class III deformities, and (2) to compare the preoperative and postoperative upper airways of class III patients with age- and sex-matched class I control subjects. The upper airways of 36 adults who consecutively underwent bimaxillary rotational setback surgery for skeletal class III deformities were assessed by means of cone-beam computed tomography before and at least 6 months after surgery. Results were compared with those of age- and sex-matched control subjects with skeletal class I structure. Before surgery, the class III patients had significantly larger velopharyngeal, oropharyngeal, and hypopharyngeal volumes than did the control subjects (all p 0.01) compared to control subjects. The postoperative velopharyngeal and oropharyngeal airway volumes were associated with the baseline airway volume (p bimaxillary rotational setback surgery for skeletal class III deformities, but is not smaller than in normal controls, and the postoperative upper airway volume is related to airway volume at baseline and changes in the surrounding structures. Therapeutic, III.

  7. Severe upper airway obstruction due to delayed retropharyngeal hematoma formation following blunt cervical trauma

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    Ciceri David P

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background We report a case of severe upper airway obstruction due to a retropharyngeal hematoma that presented nearly one day after a precipitating traumatic injury. Retropharyngeal hematomas are rare, but may cause life-threatening airway compromise. Case presentation A 50 year-old man developed severe dyspnea with oropharyngeal airway compression due to retropharyngeal hematoma 20 hours after presenting to the emergency department. The patient also had a fractured first cervical vertebra and was diagnosed with a left brachial plexopathy. The patient underwent emergent awake fiberoptic endotracheal intubation to provide a definitive airway. Conclusion Retropharyngeal hematoma with life-threatening airway compromise can develop hours or days after a precipitating injury. Clinicians should be alert to the potential for this delayed airway collapse, and should also be prepared to rapidly secure the airway in this patient population likely to have concomitant cervical spinal or head injuries.

  8. Technical tips during implantation of selective upper airway stimulation.

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    Heiser, Clemens; Thaler, Erica; Soose, Ryan J; Woodson, B Tucker; Boon, Maurits

    2017-07-06

    Selective upper airway stimulation is now well-established in the United States and in several European countries, with more than 1,000 patients implanted since U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in April 2014. The authors herein, all head and neck surgeons, account for approximately one of every five implants completed to date. Several of the authors also provide comprehensive longitudinal care of their patients as dual-specialty sleep medicine physicians. Multi-center, retrospective clinical analysis. More than 300 implants have been evaluated and reviewed in five different implant centers (Germany, United States). This analysis shares tips and techniques from the collective experiences with more than 300 implants, which can help newer implanters learn vicariously both for standard practices in executing routine implants through activation and, importantly, for working through more challenging encounters with anatomy, special patient phenotypes, system testing, and troubleshooting. These tips should help new implanters handle most of the situations arising during implantation and avoid common pitfalls. Laryngoscope, 2017. © 2017 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  9. Partial upper airway obstruction in sleep after uvulopalatopharyngoplasty.

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    Polo, O; Brissaud, L; Fraga, J; Déjean, Y; Billiard, M

    1989-11-01

    Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is the treatment of choice for selected patients with obstructive sleep apnea, although the response to surgery is variable. We measured, in addition to obstructive apnea, the frequency of sleep-related partial upper airway obstruction in 11 patients with the obstructive sleep apnea syndrome both before and after uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. Partial obstruction was detected indirectly by recording the secondary hemodynamic changes and respiratory stimulation with the static charge sensitive bed. The frequency of obstructive apnea episodes was reduced from 56.3% to 18.4% by the operation, while the episodes of increased respiratory resistance rose from 3.6% to 20.4%. The various breathing anomalies decreased significantly, although they were still present during 75.6% of the recording time. The results suggest that uvulopalatopharyngoplasty substantially reduces the frequency of obstructive apnea, some of which persists as partial obstruction. The persistent partial obstruction may be the key factor contributing to further pharyngeal narrowing and a recurrence of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.

  10. Surgical Versus Nonsurgical Interventions to Relieve upper Airway Obstruction in Children with Pierre Robin Sequence

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    Karen Kam

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Newborns with Pierre Robin sequence (PRS often experience chronic intermittent hypoxemia/hypoventilation associated with airway obstruction. The heterogeneity of the severity of upper airway obstruction makes management a challenge; the optimal intervention in individual cases is not clear.

  11. Effect of device inhalational resistance on the three-dimensional configuration of the upper airway.

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    Ehtezazi, Touraj; Horsfield, Mark A; Barry, Peter W; Goodenough, Paul; O'callaghan, Christopher

    2005-07-01

    Entrainment and de-aggregation of aerosol particles from dry powder inhalers (DPIs) is achieved by a forceful inhalation from the device by the patient and by the airflow resistance built into the device. The aerodynamic shear stress imposed by the upper airway also plays an important role in the de-aggregation process. In this study the effect of device airflow resistance on the upper airway shape is determined. Seven healthy subjects inhaled via a test inhaler of different resistances (0.2 x 10(5) to 2.2 x 10(5) N(0.5).s.m(-4)) while the upper airway was imaged using magnetic resonance imaging. Decreasing the test inhaler resistance led to an increase in the cross-sectional areas of the upper airway at the oral cavity, oropharynx and larynx, while the cross-sectional areas of the upper trachea remained rather constant. The mean volume of the upper airway also increased from 72 (22) cm3 (mean (SD)) to 101 (25) cm3 by decreasing device airflow resistance from 2.2 x 10(5) to 0.2 x 10(5) N(0.5).s.m(-4). In conclusion, this study shows a significant variation in the shape of the upper airway during inhalation via devices with different resistances. This may aid understanding of drug deposition in the lungs from DPIs. (c) 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  12. Effect of endotracheal intubation and laryngeal mask airway on perioperative respiratory adverse events in children with upper airway infections

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    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the effect of endotracheal intubation(TT)or the laryngeal mask airway(LMA)on the incidence of perioperative respiratory adverse events in children with upper respiratory tract infection undergoing general anesthesia.Methods From November,2006to October,2012 in the Zhuji People’s Hospital,76 children with upper respiratory tract infection approved by hospital ethic committee were randomly divided into 2groups:group I(n=36),

  13. THE ROLE OF AZITROMICINE IN THE THERAPY OF UPPER AIRWAYS RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS

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    Full Text Available This article considers the basic principles of a rational antibacterial therapy. The authors give a more detailed data on randomized controlled studies of azitromicine application (macrolide group in case of upper airways respiratory infections of children. The findings demonstrate the effectiveness and safety of the medication, which allows practitioners to safely apply it for the treatment of the said pathology among children.Key words: azitromicine, upper airways respiratory infections, tonsillitis, otitis, sinusitis, children.

  14. Mouth-opening increases upper-airway collapsibility without changing resistance during midazolam sedation.

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    Ayuse, T; Inazawa, T; Kurata, S; Okayasu, I; Sakamoto, E; Oi, K; Schneider, H; Schwartz, A R

    2004-09-01

    Sedative doses of anesthetic agents affect upper-airway function. Oral-maxillofacial surgery is frequently performed on sedated patients whose mouths must be as open as possible if the procedures are to be accomplished successfully. We examined upper-airway pressure-flow relationships in closed mouths, mouths opened moderately, and mouths opened maximally to test the hypothesis that mouth-opening compromises upper-airway patency during midazolam sedation. From these relationships, upper-airway critical pressure (Pcrit) and upstream resistance (Rua) were derived. Maximal mouth-opening increased Pcrit to -3.6 +/- 2.9 cm H2O compared with -8.7 +/- 2.8 (p = 0.002) for closed mouths and -7.2 +/- 4.1 (p = 0.038) for mouths opened moderately. In contrast, Rua was similar in all three conditions (18.4 +/- 6.6 vs. 17.7 +/- 7.6 vs. 21.5 +/- 11.6 cm H2O/L/sec). Moreover, maximum mouth-opening produced an inspiratory airflow limitation at atmosphere that was eliminated when nasal pressure was adjusted to 4.3 +/- 2.7 cm H2O. We conclude that maximal mouth-opening increases upper-airway collapsibility, which contributes to upper-airway obstruction at atmosphere during midazolam sedation.

  15. First premolar extraction effects on upper airway dimension in bimaxillary proclination patients.

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    Al Maaitah, Emad; El Said, Nizar; Abu Alhaija, E S

    2012-09-01

    To determine how orthodontic treatment with first premolar teeth extracted and the associated arch dimensional changes in bimaxillary proclination patients affect the upper airway dimensions. Pre- and postorthodontic treatment cephalograms and dental casts of 40 bimaxillary proclination patients (ages ranged between 18 and 23 years) were used for this study. Patients were all treated with extraction of the four first premolars. Cephalometric radiographs were used to measure airway dimensions, and dental casts were used to measure the changes in the arch dimensions. A paired t-test was used to detect differences at P bimaxillary proclination does not affect upper airway dimensions despite the significant reduction in tongue length and arch dimensions.

  16. Compliance Measurements of the Upper Airway in Pediatric Down Syndrome Sleep Apnea Patients.

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    Subramaniam, Dhananjay Radhakrishnan; Mylavarapu, Goutham; McConnell, Keith; Fleck, Robert J; Shott, Sally R; Amin, Raouf S; Gutmark, Ephraim J

    2016-04-01

    Compliance of soft tissue and muscle supporting the upper airway are two of several factors contributing to pharyngeal airway collapse. We present a novel, minimally invasive method of estimating regional variations in pharyngeal elasticity. Magnetic resonance images for pediatric sleep apnea patients with Down syndrome [9.5 ± 4.3 years (mean age ± standard deviation)] were analyzed to segment airways corresponding to baseline (no mask pressure) and two positive pressures. A three dimensional map was created to evaluate axial and circumferential variation in radial displacements of the airway, dilated by the positive pressures. The displacements were then normalized with respect to the appropriate transmural pressure and radius of an equivalent circle to obtain a measure of airway compliance. The resulting elasticity maps indicated the least and most compliant regions of the pharynx. Airway stiffness of the most compliant region [403 ± 204 (mean ± standard deviation) Pa] decreased with severity of obstructive sleep apnea. The non-linear response of the airway wall to continuous positive airway pressure was patient specific and varied between anatomical locations. We identified two distinct elasticity phenotypes. Patient phenotyping based on airway elasticity can potentially assist clinical practitioners in decision making on the treatments needed to improve airway patency.

  17. Chronic upper airway obstruction: value of the flow volume loop examination in assessment and management.

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    Brookes, G B; Fairfax, A J

    1982-06-01

    Chronic obstructive lesions of the upper airways such as post-traumatic strictures, bilateral vocal cord paralysis and chronic inflammatory foci are uncommon. The functional assessment of the severity and character of an obstruction is important both for diagnosis and management, and may also allow evaluation of the efficacy of medical and surgical treatment. There are limitations of simple spirometric pulmonary function tests, which are evident when assessing upper airways obstruction. The flow volume loop is a graphic recording of airflow during maximal respiration and expiration at different lung volumes, and may be affected in a characteristic way by alterations in the airway resistance. Three unusual cases of chronic upper airway obstruction are presented which illustrate the value of the flow volume loop examination in their management.

  18. The influence of upper airways diameter on the intensity of obstructive sleep apnea

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction and Objective. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA is characterized by at least 5 ten-second-long episodes of apnea or hypopnea, per hour of sleep. This disease may lead to severe, life-threatening complications. Therefore, risk analysis and its influence on disease intensity is crucial for proper implementation of preventive treatments. Objective. To determine the relation between the intensity of OSA expressed in Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI, and the anterior-posterior diameter of upper airways at the levels of soft palate and tongue base. Material and Method. Medical records of 41 patients with sleep apnea (AHI>4 diagnosed through polysomnographic examination obstructive were used for the study. The data consisted of: age and gender, polysomnographic examination results (AHI, lateral cephalogram with cephalomertic analysis, together with measurements of the upper and lower pharyngeal depth according to McNamara. Statistical analysis was carried out in accordance with Pearson’s r correlation coefficient test (Statistica 8.0 software package. Results. Analysis of the influence of upper airways diameter on the intensity of OSA showed that the value of upper Airways diameter at the tongue base level had no statistically significant impact on the value of AHI (p=0.795. However, a statistically significant impact of the value of upper airways diameter on the AHI value (p=0.008 at the soft palate level was observed. Patients with OSA have narrowed upper airways diameter. The value of AHI increases with the decrease of upper diameter and is not dependent on a lower diameter value. Patients with a decreased upper airways diameter should be informed about potential breathing disorders during sleep.

  19. Upper airway obstruction during midazolam sedation: modification by nasal CPAP.

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    Nozaki-Taguchi, N; Isono, S; Nishino, T; Numai, T; Taguchi, N

    1995-08-01

    We examined the depressant effect of midazolam on respiration in 21 healthy women undergoing lower abdominal surgery with spinal anaesthesia. Airway gas flow, airway pressure, and the sound of snoring were recorded together with arterial oxygen saturation (SpO2). After spinal anaesthesia was established, subjects were deeply sedated with pentazocine 15 mg followed by incremental doses of midazolam 1 mg i.v. up to 0.1 mg.kg-1. When SpO2 decreased to midazolam sedation for spinal anaesthesia.

  20. Comparison of upper airway respiratory resistance measurements with the esophageal pressure/airflow relationship during sleep.

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    Morgenstern, C; Schwaibold, M; Randerath, W; Bolz, A; Jané, R

    2011-01-01

    Measurement of upper airway resistance is of interest in sleep disordered breathing to estimate upper airway patency. Resistance is calculated with the airflow and respiratory effort signals. However, there is no consensus on a standard for upper airway resistance measurement. This study proposes a new benchmarking method to objectively compare different upper airway resistance measurement methods by objectively differentiating between breaths with inspiratory flow limitation (high resistance) and non-limited breaths (low resistance). Resistance was measured at peak-Pes, at peak-flow, at the linear portion of a polynomial equation, as an area comparative and as average resistance for an inspiration. A total of 20 patients with systematic, gold-standard esophageal pressure and nasal airflow acquisition were analyzed and 109,955 breaths were automatically extracted and evaluated. Relative resistance values in relationship to a reference resistance value obtained during wakefulness were also analyzed. The peak-Pes measurement method obtained the highest separation index with significant (p < 0.001) differences to the other methods, followed by the area comparative and the peak-flow methods. As expected, average resistances were significantly (p < 0.001) lower for the non-IFL than for the IFL group. Hence, we recommend employing the peak-Pes for accurate upper airway resistance estimation.

  1. Upper airway obstruction and pulmonary abnormalities due to lymphoproliferative disease following bone marrow transplantation in children

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    Fletcher, B.D. [Department of Diagnostic Imaging, St. Jude Children`s Research Hospital, 332 N. Lauderdale St., Memphis, TN 38105 (United States)]|[Departments of Radiology and Pediatrics, University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee (United States); Heslop, H.E. [Department of Hematology/Oncology, St. Jude Children`s Research Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee (United States); Kaste, S.C. [Department of Diagnostic Imaging, St. Jude Children`s Research Hospital, Department of Radiology, University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee (United States); Bodner, S. [Department of Pathology, St. Jude Children`s Research Hospital, Department of Pathology, University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee (United States)

    1998-07-01

    We report three patients who developed severe supraglottic airway obstruction due to Epstein-Barr virus lymphoproliferative disease following allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. In addition to enlarged pharyngeal lymphoid tissue seen in all three patients, two had supraglottic airway narrowing and two developed pulmonary lymphoproliferative disease. They were treated with unmanipulated T cells or EBV-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes. Life-threatening upper airway obstruction is a radiologically detectable complication of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation in children. (orig.) With 3 figs., 1 tab., 12 refs.

  2. Risk assessment of sleeping disorder breathing based on upper airway centerline evaluation

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    Alsufyani, Noura; Shen, Rui; Cheng, Irene; Major, Paul

    2013-02-01

    One of the most important breathing disorders in childhood is obstructive sleep apnea syndrome which affects 2-3% of children, and the reported failure rate of surgical treatment was as high as 54%. A possible reason in respiratory complications is having reduced dimensions of the upper airway which are further compressed when muscle tone is decreased during sleep. In this study, we use Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) to assess the location or cause of the airway obstruction. To date, all studies analyzing the upper airway in subjects with Sleeping Disorder Breathing were based on linear, area, or volumetric measurements, which are global computations and can easily ignore local significance. Skeletonization was initially introduced as a 3D modeling technique by which representative medial points of a model are extracted to generate centerlines for evaluations. Although centerlines have been commonly used in guiding surgical procedures, our novelty lies in comparing its geometric properties before and after surgeries. We apply 3D data refinement, registration and projection steps to quantify and localize the geometric deviation in target airway regions. Through cross validation with corresponding subjects' therapy data, we expect to quantify the tolerance threshold beyond which reduced dimensions of the upper airway are not clinically significant. The ultimate goal is to utilize this threshold to identify patients at risk of complications. Outcome from this research will also help establish a predictive model for training and to estimate treatment success based on airway measurements prior to intervention. Preliminary results demonstrate the feasibility of our approach.

  3. Cephalometric norms for the upper airway in a healthy North Indian population

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    Dipti Shastri

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The aim was to obtain normative data for cephalometric measurements of the upper airway in the North Indian population. Design: Observational study. Setting: University department and teaching hospital out-patient clinic. Subjects and Methods: A total of 180 healthy patients were included out of which 90 were males (age range, 8-16 years, and 90 were females (age range, 8-16 years, with normal skeletal facial profile, no history of snoring, sleep apnea, upper airway disease, tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy, obesity, or pathology in the pharynx. Twenty cephalometric airway measurements, including size of the tongue, soft palate, nasopharynx, oropharynx, hypopharynx, and relative position of the hyoid bone and valleculae were obtained. Landmarks on cephalometric radiographs were digitized and measurements were made using a specially designed computer program. Error analysis of measurements was performed and comparison of measurements according to sex was made. Results: Significant sex dimorphism was seen for the majority of measurements, with the exception of minimal depth of the airway, oropharyngeal depth of the airway, and the soft palate angle with the hard palate. Conclusion: A minimum sagittal dimension of the upper airway was evident despite differences in measurements between sexes. Findings from this study should be a useful reference for the assessment of sleep apnea in the North Indian population.

  4. The evaluation of physiologic decannulation readiness according to upper airway resistance measurement.

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    Gao, Chunli; Zhou, Liang; Wei, Chunsheng; Hoffman, Matthew R; Li, Cai; Jiang, Jack J

    2008-10-01

    To measure the upper-airway resistance in patients with tracheostomies and determine the value representing decannulation readiness. Fifty-six patients with tracheostomies resultant to laryngeal disease participated in this study. Forty patients met clinical criteria for decannulation; 16 did not. Subglottal pressure was measured with a tube connected to the tracheostomy tube, and airflow was monitored simultaneously using a facemask. Upper-airway resistance measurements were recorded during shallow and deep breathing. During both shallow and deep breathing, the inspiratory and expiratory resistances were significantly higher for the group unsuitable for decannulation (P resistance measures for diagnosis. Objective measurement of upper-airway resistance during shallow and deep breathing may be a useful parameter in determining decannulation readiness of tracheostomized patients.

  5. Comparative Effects of Two Oral Appliances on Upper Airway Structure in Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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    Sutherland, Kate; Deane, Sheryn A.; Chan, Andrew S.L.; Schwab, Richard J.; Ng, Andrew T.; Darendeliler, M. Ali; Cistulli, Peter A.

    2011-01-01

    Study Objectives: Oral appliances are increasingly being used for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Mandibular advancement splint (MAS) mechanically protrudes the mandible, while the tongue stabilizing device (TSD) protrudes and holds the tongue using suction. Although both appliances can significantly improve or ameliorate OSA, their comparative effects on upper airway structure have not been investigated. Design: Cohort study. Setting: Sleep Investigation Unit. Patients: 39 patients undergoing oral appliance treatment for OSA. Interventions: OSA patients underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the upper airway during wakefulness at baseline and with MAS and TSD in randomized order. Treatment efficacy was determined by polysomnography in a subset of 18 patients. Measurements and Results: Upper airway lumen and surrounding soft tissue structures were segmented using image analysis software. Upper airway dimensions and soft tissue centroid movements were determined. Both appliances altered upper airway geometry, associated with movement of the parapharyngeal fat pads away from the airway. TSD increased velopharyngeal lateral diameter to a greater extent (+0.35 ± 0.07 vs. +0.18 ± 0.05 cm; P < 0.001) and also increased antero-posterior diameter with anterior displacement of the tongue (0.68 ± 0.04 cm; P < 0.001) and soft palate (0.12 ± 0.03 cm; P < 0.001). MAS resulted in significant anterior displacement of the tongue base muscles (0.35 ± 0.04 cm). TSD responders (AHI reduction ≥ 50%) increased velopharyngeal volume more than non-responders (+2.65 ± 0.9 vs. –0.44 ± 0.8 cm3; P < 0.05). Airway structures did not differ between MAS responders and non-responders. Conclusions: These results indicate that the patterns and magnitude of changes in upper airway structure differ between appliances. Further studies are warranted to evaluate the clinical relevance of these changes, and whether they can be used to predict treatment outcome. Citation

  6. Upper airway finding on CT scan with and without nasal CPAP in obstructive sleep apnea patients

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    Akashiba, Tsuneto; Sasaki, Iwao; Kurashina, Keiji; Yoshizawa, Takayuki; Otsuka, Kenzo; Horie, Takashi (Nihon Univ., Tokyo (Japan). School of Medicine)

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    The area of upper airway (from the nasopharynx to the hypopharynx) was measured by means of computed tomography (CT) scan in 15 confirmed cases of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and in 4 normal controls while they were awake. The minimum cross-sectional area (MA) of the upper airway was 14.7+-20.0 mm{sup 2} in OSA patients and 80.0+-33.1 mm{sup 2} in normal controls and the difference was statistically significant (p<0.01). In OSA patients, MA did not correlate with age, body weight, apnea index, desaturation index, mean nadir-SO{sub 2} and lowest SO{sub 2}. MA was also measured with OSA patients while nasal continuous positive airway pressure (NCPAP) of 10 cmH{sub 2}O was applied and it was found that MA was significantly widened when NCPAP therapy was performed. We conclude that upper airway narrowing is consistent finding in OSA patients but the degree of narrowing does not correlate with parameters of apnea and gas exchange during sleep, and NCPAP is effective to widen the area of upper airway in OSA patients. (author).

  7. Ethnicity and upper airway measurements: A study in South Indian population.

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    Balakrishnan, Kalpana P; Chockalingam, Punitha A

    2017-08-01

    Most studies on upper airway are conducted based on airway measurements in the western population. We set out to find the normal values of upper airway measurements in South Indian population. The aim of this study was to perform various upper airway examinations and to set standards for normal measurements in the South Indian population as well as to analyse the data for predictors of difficult intubation. This prospective observational study was conducted in a tertiary cancer hospital in Southern India. Airway assessment parameters, including modified Mallampati classification (MPC), upper lip bite test (ULBT), sternomental distance, thyromental distance (TMD), and the inter-incisor distance were documented for 2004 patients meeting the inclusion criteria. Laryngoscopic view after induction was graded as per Cormack and Lehane's (CL) classification. Any CL ≥3 was considered to be difficult laryngoscopy. The collected data (2004 cases) was analyed with SPSS software version 17. Receiver operating characteristics (ROC) curve was used to determine cut-offs in the population. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value were computed. MPC, ULBT, and ratio of height to TMD (RHTMD) predicted difficult intubation with sensitivity of 40.86%, 45.53% and 64.60%, respectively and these were statistically significant with P < 0.001. Using the area under the curve of the ROC curve and discrimination analysis normal RHTMD in our population had a cut off value of 17.1. The cut off value for RHTMD to predict difficult laryngoscopy in the South Indian population is 17.1.

  8. Lingual muscle activity across sleep-wake states in rats with surgically altered upper airway

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    Irma eRukhadze

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA patients have increased upper airway muscle activity, including such lingual muscles as the genioglossus (GG, geniohyoid (GH and hyoglossus (HG. This adaptation partially protects their upper airway against obstructions. Rodents are used to study the central neural control of sleep and breathing but they do not naturally exhibit OSA. We investigated whether, in chronically instrumented, behaving rats, disconnecting the GH and HG muscles from the hyoid (H apparatus would result in a compensatory increase of other upper airway muscle activity (EMG and/or other signs of upper airway instability. We first determined that, in intact rats, lingual (GG and intrinsic muscles maintained stable activity levels when quantified based on 2 h-long recordings conducted on days 6 through 22 after instrumentation. We then studied 5 rats in which the tendons connecting the GH and HG muscles to the H apparatus were experimentally severed. When quantified across all recording days, lingual EMG during SWS was modestly but significantly increased in rats with surgically altered upper airway (8.6% ±0.7(SE vs. 6.2% ±0.7 of the mean during wakefulness; p=0.012. Respiratory modulation of lingual EMG occurred mainly during SWS and was similarly infrequent in both groups, and the incidence of sighs and central apneas also was similar. Thus, a weakened action of selected lingual muscles did not produce sleep-disordered breathing but resulted in a relatively elevated activity in other lingual muscles during SWS. These results encourage more extensive surgical manipulations with the aim to obtain a rodent model with collapsible upper airway.

  9. Numeric simulation of the upper airway structure and airflow dynamic characteristics after unilateral complete maxillary resection.

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    Qian, Yumei; Qian, Haixin; Wu, Yadong; Jiao, Ting

    2013-01-01

    This study investigated upper airway aerodynamic characteristics of patients who underwent maxillectomy using three-dimensional reconstruction and computational fluid dynamics. The results revealed the generation of low-velocity vortices throughout the entire maxillary defect during respiration. The nasal structure on the nonsurgical side changed postsurgically, possibly due to the pressure gradient between the defective and healthy side. The bilateral disturbed airflow patterns are believed to be the cause of common symptoms. The numeric simulation technique could be used as a potential method to understand upper airway morphology changes and respiratory functions, thus guiding the fabrication of prostheses.

  10. Transesophageal echocardiogram causing denture dislodgement with upper airway partial obstruction.

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    Ahmed, Najeeb; Shaikh, Azim

    2009-06-01

    A 30-year-old female was evaluated with transesophageal echocardiography to exclude an atrial septal defect. The patient denied having dentures or partial dentures during her pre-procedure history and immediately prior to the procedure. Following the transesophageal echocardiography it was discovered that the patient had a partial airway obstruction caused by dislodgement of her partial dentures. The case illustrates the importance of not only asking patients if they have dentures, partial dentures, or any dental appliances, but also manually checking and directly looking into patients' mouths prior to transesophageal echocardiography for any dental appliances.

  11. Treatment of upper airway resistance syndrome in adults: Where do we stand?☆

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    de Godoy, Luciana B.M.; Palombini, Luciana O.; Guilleminault, Christian; Poyares, Dalva; Tufik, Sergio; Togeiro, Sonia M.

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the available literature regarding Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) treatment. Methods: Keywords “Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome,” “Sleep-related Breathing Disorder treatment,” “Obstructive Sleep Apnea treatment” and “flow limitation and sleep” were used in main databases. Results: We found 27 articles describing UARS treatment. Nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) has been the mainstay therapy prescribed but with limited effectiveness. Studies about surgical treatments had methodological limitations. Oral appliances seem to be effective but their efficacy is not yet established. Conclusion: Randomized controlled trials with larger numbers of patients and long-term follow-up are important to establish UARS treatment options. PMID:26483942

  12. Treatment of upper airway resistance syndrome in adults: Where do we stand?

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    Luciana B.M. de Godoy

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    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate the available literature regarding Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS treatment. Methods: Keywords “Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome,” “Sleep-related Breathing Disorder treatment,” “Obstructive Sleep Apnea treatment” and “flow limitation and sleep” were used in main databases. Results: We found 27 articles describing UARS treatment. Nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP has been the mainstay therapy prescribed but with limited effectiveness. Studies about surgical treatments had methodological limitations. Oral appliances seem to be effective but their efficacy is not yet established. Conclusion: Randomized controlled trials with larger numbers of patients and long-term follow-up are important to establish UARS treatment options.

  13. Different regulation of cigarette smoke induced inflammation in upper versus lower airways

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    Bracke Ken R

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cigarette smoke (CS is known to initiate a cascade of mediator release and accumulation of immune and inflammatory cells in the lower airways. We investigated and compared the effects of CS on upper and lower airways, in a mouse model of subacute and chronic CS exposure. Methods C57BL/6 mice were whole-body exposed to mainstream CS or air, for 2, 4 and 24 weeks. Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BAL was obtained and tissue cryosections from nasal turbinates were stained for neutrophils and T cells. Furthermore, we evaluated GCP-2, KC, MCP-1, MIP-3α, RORc, IL-17, FoxP3, and TGF-β1 in nasal turbinates and lungs by RT-PCR. Results In both upper and lower airways, subacute CS-exposure induced the expression of GCP-2, MCP-1, MIP-3α and resulted in a neutrophilic influx. However, after chronic CS-exposure, there was a significant downregulation of inflammation in the upper airways, while on the contrary, lower airway inflammation remained present. Whereas nasal FoxP3 mRNA levels already increased after 2 weeks, lung FoxP3 mRNA increased only after 4 weeks, suggesting that mechanisms to suppress inflammation occur earlier and are more efficient in nose than in lungs. Conclusions Altogether, these data demonstrate that CS induced inflammation may be differently regulated in the upper versus lower airways in mice. Furthermore, these data may help to identify new therapeutic targets in this disease model.

  14. Vocal Function and Upper Airway Thermoregulation in Five Different Environmental Conditions

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    Sandage, Mary J.; Connor, Nadine P.; Pascoe, David D.

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    Purpose: Phonation threshold pressure and perceived phonatory effort were hypothesized to increase and upper airway temperature to decrease following exposure to cold and/or dry air. Greater changes were expected with mouth versus nose breathing. Method: In a within-participant repeated measures design, 15 consented participants (7 men, 8 women)…

  15. Impediment in upper airway stabilizing forces assessed by phrenic nerve stimulation in sleep apnea patients

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The forces developed during inspiration play a key role in determining upper airway stability and the occurrence of nocturnal breathing disorders. Phrenic nerve stimulation applied during wakefulness is a unique tool to assess Upper airway dynamic properties and to measure the overall mechanical effects of the inspiratory process on UA stability. Objectives To compare the flow/pressure responses to inspiratory and expiratory twitches between sleep apnea subjects and normal subjects. Methods Inspiratory and expiratory twitches using magnetic nerve stimulation completed in eleven untreated sleep apnea subjects and ten normal subjects. Results In both groups, higher flow and pressure were reached during inspiratory twitches. The two groups showed no differences in expiratory twitch parameters. During inspiration, the pressure at which flow-limitation occurred was more negative in normals than in apneic subjects, but not reaching significance (p = 0.07. The relationship between pharyngeal pressure and flow adequately fitted with a polynomial regression model providing a measurement of upper airway critical pressure during twitch. This pressure significantly decreased in normals from expiratory to inspiratory twitches (-11.1 ± 1.6 and -15.7 ± 1.0 cm H2O respectively, 95% CI 1.6–7.6, p Conclusion Inspiratory-related upper airway dilating forces are impeded in sleep apnea patients.

  16. Increased upper airway collapsibility in a mouse model of Marfan syndrome.

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    da Palma, Renata Kelly; Farré, Ramon; Montserrat, Josep Maria; Gorbenko Del Blanco, Darya; Egea, Gustavo; de Oliveira, Luís Vicente Franco; Navajas, Daniel; Almendros, Isaac

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    Marfan syndrome (MFS) is a genetic disorder caused by mutations in the FBN1 gene that codifies for fibrilin-1. MFS affects elastic fiber formation and the resulting connective tissue shows abnormal tissue laxity and organization. Although an increased prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea among patients with MFS has been described, the potential effects of this genetic disease on the collapsible properties of the upper airway are unknown. The aim of this study was to assess the collapsible properties of the upper airway in a mouse model of MFS Fbn1((C1039G/+)) that is representative of most of the clinical manifestations observed in human patients. The upper airway in wild-type and Marfan mice was cannulated and its critical pressure (Pcrit) was measured in vivo by increasing the negative pressure through a controlled pressure source. Pcrit values from MFS mice were higher (less negative) compared to wild-type mice (-3.1±0.9cmH2O vs. -7.8±2.0cm H2O) suggesting that MFS increases the upper airway collapsibility, which could in turn explain the higher prevalence of OSA in MFS patients.

  17. Vocal Function and Upper Airway Thermoregulation in Five Different Environmental Conditions

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    Sandage, Mary J.; Connor, Nadine P.; Pascoe, David D.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: Phonation threshold pressure and perceived phonatory effort were hypothesized to increase and upper airway temperature to decrease following exposure to cold and/or dry air. Greater changes were expected with mouth versus nose breathing. Method: In a within-participant repeated measures design, 15 consented participants (7 men, 8 women)…

  18. TRANSPORT AND DEPOSITION OF NANO-SIZE PARTICLES IN THE UPPER HUMAN RESPIRATORY AIRWAYS

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    TRANSPORT AND DEPOSITION OF NANO-SIZE PARTICLES IN THE UPPER HUMAN RESPIRATORY AIRWAYS. Zhe Zhang*, Huawei Shi, Clement Kleinstreuer, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7910; Chong S. Kim, National Health and En...

  19. Numerical simulation of soft palate movement and airflow in human upper airway by fluid-structure interaction method

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    Sun, Xiuzhen; Yu, Chi; Wang, Yuefang; Liu, Yingxi

    2007-08-01

    In this paper, the authors present airflow field characteristics of human upper airway and soft palate movement attitude during breathing. On the basis of the data taken from the spiral computerized tomography images of a healthy person and a patient with Obstructive Sleep Apnea-Hypopnea Syndrome (OSAHS), three-dimensional models of upper airway cavity and soft palate are reconstructed by the method of surface rendering. Numerical simulation is performed for airflow in the upper airway and displacement of soft palate by fluid-structure interaction analysis. The reconstructed three-dimensional models precisely preserve the original configuration of upper airways and soft palate. The results of the pressure and velocity distributions in the airflow field are quantitatively determined, and the displacement of soft palate is presented. Pressure gradients of airway are lower for the healthy person and the airflow distribution is quite uniform in the case of free breathing. However, the OSAHS patient remarkably escalates both the pressure and velocity in the upper airway, and causes higher displacement of the soft palate. The present study is useful in revealing pathogenesis and quantitative mutual relationship between configuration and function of the upper airway as well as in diagnosing diseases related to anatomical structure and function of the upper airway.

  20. Numerical simulation of soft palate movement and airflow in human upper airway by fluid-structure interaction method

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    Xiuzhen Sun; Chi Yu; Yuefang Wang; Yingxi Liu

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, the authors present airflow field characteristics of human upper airway and soft palate move-ment attitude during breathing. On the basis of the data taken from the spiral computerized tomography images of a healthy person and a patient with Obstructive Sleep Apnea-Hypopnea Syndrome (OSAHS), three-dimensional models of upper air-way cavity and soft palate are reconstructed by the method of surface rendering. Numerical simulation is performed for airflow in the upper airway and displacement of soft palate by fluid-structure interaction analysis. The reconstructed three-dimensional models precisely preserve the original config-uration of upper airways and soft palate. The results of the pressure and velocity distributions in the airflow field are quantitatively determined, and the displacement of soft palate is presented. Pressure gradients of airway are lower for the healthy person and the airflow distribution is quite uniform in the case of free breathing. However, the OSAHS patient remarkably escalates both the pressure and velocity in the upper airway, and causes higher displacement of the soft palate. The present study is useful in revealing pathogenesis and quantitative mutual relationship between configuration and function of the upper airway as well as in diagnosing diseases related to anatomical structure and function of the upper airway.

  1. Neostigmine but not sugammadex impairs upper airway dilator muscle activity and breathing

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    Eikermann, M.; Zaremba, S.; Malhotra, A.; Jordan, A. S.; Rosow, C.; Chamberlin, N. L.

    2008-01-01

    Background Cholinesterase inhibitor-based reversal agents, given in the absence of neuromuscular block, evoke a partial upper airway obstruction by decreasing skeletal upper airway muscle function. Sugammadex reverses neuromuscular block by encapsulating rocuronium. However, its effects on upper airway integrity and breathing are unknown. Methods Fifty-one adult male rats were anaesthetized with isoflurane, tracheostomized, and a femoral artery and vein were cannulated. First, we compared the efficacy of sugammadex 15 mg kg−1 and neostigmine 0.06 mg kg−1 to reverse respiratory effects of rocuronium-induced partial paralysis [train-of-four ratio (T4/T1)=0.5]. Subsequently, we compared the safety of sugammadex and neostigmine given after recovery of the T4/T1 to 1, by measuring phasic genioglossus activity and breathing. Results During partial paralysis (T4/T1=0.5), time to recovery of minute volume to baseline values was 10.9 (2), 75.8 (18), and 153 (54) s with sugammadex, neostigmine, and placebo, respectively (sugammadex was significantly faster than neostigmine and placebo, Psugammadex than neostigmine and placebo. Neostigmine administration after complete recovery of T4/T1 decreased upper airway dilator muscle activity to 64 (30)% of baseline and decreased tidal volume (Psugammadex had no effect on either variable. Conclusions In contrast to neostigmine, which significantly impairs upper airway dilator muscle activity when given after recovery from neuromuscular block, a reversal dose of sugammadex given under the same conditions does not affect genioglossus muscle activity and normal breathing. Human studies will be required to evaluate the clinical relevance of our findings. PMID:18559352

  2. Airway Management During Upper GI Endoscopic Procedures: State of the Art Review.

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    Goudra, Basavana; Singh, Preet Mohinder

    2017-01-01

    With the growing popularity of propofol mediated deep sedation for upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopic procedures, challenges are being felt and appreciated. Research suggests that management of the airway is anything but routine in this setting. Although many studies and meta-analyses have demonstrated the safety of propofol sedation administered by registered nurses under the supervision of gastroenterologists (likely related to the lighter degrees of sedation than those provided by anesthesia providers and is under medicolegal controversy in the United States), there is no agreement on the optimum airway management for procedures such as endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. Failure to rescue an airway at an appropriate time has led to disastrous consequences. Inability to evaluate and appreciate the risk factors for aspiration can ruin the day for both the patient and the health care providers. This review apprises the reader of various aspects of airway management relevant to the practice of sedation during upper GI endoscopy. New devices and modification of existing devices are discussed in detail. Recognizing the fact that appropriate monitoring is important for timely recognition and management of potential airway disasters, these issues are explored thoroughly.

  3. The shape of the epiglottis reflects improvement in upper airway obstruction after weight loss.

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    Gazayerli, Mohamed; Bleibel, Wissam; Elhorr, Ali; Elakkary, Ehab

    2006-07-01

    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of closure of the upper airway during sleep, and is highly prevalent among overweight individuals. A significant percentage of patients with OSA remain undiagnosed. This condition creates chronic nighttime hypoxemia that can result in significant complications including systemic and pulmonary hypertension, cor pulmonale, and stroke. Polysomnography is still the most widely used method for diagnosing OSA. Studies have shown that in the majority of patients with OSA the airway obstruction involves the retroglossal region. Upon performing esophagogastroduodenoscopy on patients with a wide range of body mass indices (from 21 to 63), we noticed a gradual increase in the concavity of the posterior epiglottal surface as the BMI increases. Upon following some of the patients who underwent laparoscopic gastric banding and lost significant weight, we noticed a dramatic change in the shape of the epiglottis. This reflects a relief in the pressure on the epiglottis created by the collapsing airways in periods of apnea. Thus, the deformity in the shape of the epiglottis reflects the chronic airway collapse in obese patients, and improvement in this deformity after weight loss indicates a relief of the chronic upper airway obstruction.

  4. [Upper airway obstruction caused by a floppy epiglottis--report of two cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)].

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    Ito, Keiko; Chitose, Hiroko; Kobayashi, Asako

    2009-09-01

    The motor system is extensively affected in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Rapid disease progression almost certainly ensures that about half of thsese cases will experience respiratory muscle paralysis to breathe within about five years. We report two cases of ALS involving upper airway obstruction. Fiberoptic laryngoscopy showed floppy epiglottis, tilted posteriorly and horizontally and impacting against the posterior pharyngeal wall during inspiration. Several months later, airway obstruction grew exceedingly worse, and the tilted epiglottis did not return to its vertical resting position. Tracheostomy was conducted during this period. We found that laryngoscopy may be useful in the evaluation of upper airway obstruction, and it may be safer to avoid continuous positive airway pressure.

  5. Effect of large incisor retraction on upper airway morphology in adult bimaxillary protrusion patients.

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    Chen, Yu; Hong, Liu; Wang, Chun-ling; Zhang, Shi-jie; Cao, Cong; Wei, Fulan; Lv, Tao; Zhang, Fan; Liu, Dong-xu

    2012-11-01

    To evaluate, using multislice computed tomography (MSCT), the morphologic changes in the upper airway after large incisor retraction in adult bimaxillary protrusion patients. Thirty adult patients with bimaxillary protrusion had four first premolars extracted, and then miniscrews were placed to provide anchorage. A CT scan was performed before incisor retraction and again posttreatment. Three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of the pre- (T1) and post- (T2) CT data was used to assess for morphological changes of the upper airway. A paired t-test was used to compare changes from T1 to T2. The relationship among the three variables (upper incisor retraction amount, upper airway size, and hyoid position) was analyzed by Pearson correlation coefficient. The amounts of upper incisor retraction at the incisal edge and apex were 7.64 ± 1.68 mm and 3.91 ± 2.10 mm, respectively. The hyoid was retracted 2.96 ± 0.54 mm and 9.87 ± 2.92 mm, respectively, in the horizontal and vertical directions. No significant difference was observed in the mean cross-sectional area of the nasopharynx (P > .05) between T1 and T2, while significant differences between T1 and T2 were found in the mean cross-sectional areas of the palatopharynx, glossopharynx, and hypopharynx (P bimaxillary protrusion patients.

  6. [The relationship between upper airway curvature and obstructive sleep apnea and hypopnea syndrome].

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    Zhu, Min; Lu, Xiao-feng; Shi, Hui-min

    2007-08-01

    The fluid flow through curved tubes has characteristics that an increase in the curvature induces pressure losses as well as higher resistance in the same region. The purpose of this study is to analyze the relationship between upper airway curvature and obstructive sleep apnea and hypopnea syndrome(OSAHS). 18 male OSAHS patients were paired by age with 18 males with no snoring. The mean AHI was 58.8. The supine lateral cephalometric films were obtained from CT and analysed using curvature software. Data were presented as mean and paired t test was conducted using SPSS10.0 software package. Correlative analysis was performed to indicate the relationship between BMI and AHI, curvature and BMI, respectively. The airway curvature was significantly different between the two groups(Pcurvature radius was significantly correlative with BMI (P0.05). Upper airway curvature was related significantly to the pathogenesis of OSAHS. An increase of curvature on anterior wall of velopharynx in OSAHS patients can change the pressure and resistance distribution in upper airway.

  7. Emergency percutaneous tracheostomy in a severely burned patient with upper airway obstruction and circulatory arrest.

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    Schlossmacher, Pascal; Martinet, Olivier; Testud, Richard; Agesilas, Fabrice; Benhamou, Léon; Gauzëre, Bernard Alex

    2006-02-01

    We report the life-saving use of Griggs percutaneous tracheostomy in an arrested patient with complex upper airway obstruction, as a result of burns, smoke injuries and iterative tracheal intubation attempts. The technique was performed blindly at bedside to treat an acute episode of failed ventilation and intubation and cardiac arrest in a patient with altered neck anatomy. The intervention salvaged the situation, leaving a definitive airway. The feasibility of using an emergency Griggs percutaneous tracheostomy versus cricothyroidotomy is suggested in selected cases.

  8. Upper Airway Sequelae in Burn Patients Requiring Endotracheal Intubation or Tracheostomy

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    catheters .: ible fiberoptic bronchoscopy’s was performed initially (which was infrequent). in all 41 cases. ’ 33Xenon lung scintigraphy Ś was done...physical examination, tracheal stenosis. 7’t 1-’" and damage to the upper airway, bronchoscopic findings, and abnormalities at "’-xenon lung scan...airway and lungs . If I t-eal) tubes.1- 9 Although development of tubes made of inhalation injury is combined with cutaneous bums, as I ue Bis the

  9. Coordinated Respiratory Motor Activity in Nerves Innervating the Upper Airway Muscles in Rats.

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    Tachikawa, Satoshi; Nakayama, Kiyomi; Nakamura, Shiro; Mochizuki, Ayako; Iijima, Takehiko; Inoue, Tomio

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    Maintaining the patency of the upper airway during breathing is of vital importance. The activity of various muscles is related to the patency of the upper airway. In the present study, we examined the respiratory motor activity in the efferent nerves innervating the upper airway muscles to determine the movements of the upper airway during respiration under normocapnic conditions (pH = 7.4) and in hypercapnic acidosis (pH = 7.2). Experiments were performed on arterially perfused decerebrate rats aged between postnatal days 21-35. We recorded the efferent nerve activity in a branch of the cervical spinal nerve innervating the infrahyoid muscles (CN), the hypoglossal nerve (HGN), the external branch of the superior laryngeal nerve (SLN), and the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) with the phrenic nerve (PN). Inspiratory nerve discharges were observed in all these nerves under normocapnic conditions. The onset of inspiratory discharges in the CN and HGN was slightly prior to those in the SLN and RLN. When the CO2 concentration in the perfusate was increased from 5% to 8% to prepare for hypercapnic acidosis, the peak amplitudes of the inspiratory discharges in all the recorded nerves were increased. Moreover, hypercapnic acidosis induced pre-inspiratory discharges in the CN, HGN, SLN, and RLN. The onset of pre-inspiratory discharges in the CN, HGN, and SLN was prior to that of discharges in the RLN. These results suggest that the securing of the airway that occurs a certain time before dilation of the glottis may facilitate ventilation and improve hypercapnic acidosis.

  10. Ethnicity and upper airway measurements: A study in South Indian population

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    Kalpana P Balakrishnan

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    Full Text Available Background and Aims: Most studies on upper airway are conducted based on airway measurements in the western population. We set out to find the normal values of upper airway measurements in South Indian population. The aim of this study was to perform various upper airway examinations and to set standards for normal measurements in the South Indian population as well as to analyse the data for predictors of difficult intubation. Methods: This prospective observational study was conducted in a tertiary cancer hospital in Southern India. Airway assessment parameters, including modified Mallampati classification (MPC, upper lip bite test (ULBT, sternomental distance, thyromental distance (TMD, and the inter-incisor distance were documented for 2004 patients meeting the inclusion criteria. Laryngoscopic view after induction was graded as per Cormack and Lehane's (CL classification. Any CL ≥3 was considered to be difficult laryngoscopy. The collected data (2004 cases was analyed with SPSS software version 17. Receiver operating characteristics (ROC curve was used to determine cut-offs in the population. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value were computed. Results: MPC, ULBT, and ratio of height to TMD (RHTMD predicted difficult intubation with sensitivity of 40.86%, 45.53% and 64.60%, respectively and these were statistically significant with P < 0.001. Using the area under the curve of the ROC curve and discrimination analysis normal RHTMD in our population had a cut off value of 17.1. Conclusion: The cut off value for RHTMD to predict difficult laryngoscopy in the South Indian population is 17.1.

  11. The impacts of open-mouth breathing on upper airway space in obstructive sleep apnea: 3-D MDCT analysis.

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    Kim, Eun Joong; Choi, Ji Ho; Kim, Kang Woo; Kim, Tae Hoon; Lee, Sang Hag; Lee, Heung Man; Shin, Chol; Lee, Ki Yeol; Lee, Seung Hoon

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    Open-mouth breathing during sleep is a risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and is associated with increased disease severity and upper airway collapsibility. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of open-mouth breathing on the upper airway space in patients with OSA using three-dimensional multi-detector computed tomography (3-D MDCT). The study design included a case-control study with planned data collection. The study was performed at a tertiary medical center. 3-D MDCT analysis was conducted on 52 patients with OSA under two experimental conditions: mouth closed and mouth open. Under these conditions, we measured the minimal cross-sectional area of the retropalatal and retroglossal regions (mXSA-RP, mXSA-RG), as well as the upper airway length (UAL), defined as the vertical dimension from hard palate to hyoid. We also computed the volume of the upper airway space by 3-D reconstruction of both conditions. When the mouth was open, mXSA-RP and mXSA-RG significantly decreased and the UAL significantly increased, irrespective of the severity of OSA. However, between the closed- and open-mouth states, there was no significant change in upper airway volume at any severity of OSA. Results suggest that the more elongated and narrow upper airway during open-mouth breathing may aggravate the collapsibility of the upper airway and, thus, negatively affect OSA severity.

  12. Upper airway obstruction by epiglottis and arytenoids hematoma in a patient treated with warfarin sodium.

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    Ikeda, Ryoukichi; Chiba, Toshihiko; Gorai, Shigeki; Kobayashi, Toshimitu

    2010-02-01

    With the increase in the number of patients undergoing warfarin therapy, reports of complications due to such therapy have become frequent. Although upper airway obstruction secondary to bleeding resulting from warfarin therapy is rare, it is a life-threatening complication because of the risk of airway obstruction. Only one previous case of hematoma of the epiglottis and arytenoids has been reported. We here in report a case of an 83-year-old woman on warfarin therapy who presented with a sore throat. On flexible nasoendoscopy, edema of the epiglottis and bilateral arytenoids with a red and purple hue were observed. The left true vocal cord was erythematous, but the airway was adequately maintained. The PT-INR of the patient was 10. She was managed conservatively and had a good course.

  13. Reconstructive procedures for impaired upper airway function: laryngeal respiration

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    Müller, Andreas

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available The larynx is the "bottleneck" of the human airway. For this reason, the effects of stenosing laryngeal pathologies on the vital factor respiratory gas exchange are particularly critical. Internal stabilization is a prerequisite for recovery of the laryngeal respiratory function in severe forms of inspiratory collapse (laryngomalacia. Effective laser surgery techniques have been developed to this end in recent years.Glottis-dilating surgery in cases of bilateral vocal cord motion impairment is now moving in the direction of endoscopic laser cordotomy or cordectomy, whereas arytenoidectomy and open surgical procedures are now used only rarely due to higher secondary morbidity rates. In individual cases, in particular if functional recovery is expected, temporary laterofixation of a vocal cord using an endoscopic suturing technique can be a helpful approach.Extensive laryngeal defects can be covered by means of composite grafts with mucosal lining, a supporting skeleton and their own vascularization. Autologous transplantation of the larynx, with its complex surgical and immunological problems, has become a manageable procedure. The problems of post-transplantation reinnervation and risk assessment of immunosuppression-induced recurrence of the tumor are still under consideration. Reanimation of the bilaterally paralyzed larynx by means of neurorrhaphy (neurosuture, neural grafting and, more recently, functional electrostimulation (pacemaker represents a challenge for the coming years. In most cases of paralysis of the recurrent laryngeal nerve, a part of the muscles is maintained by synkinetic reinnervation when therapy is carried out, which however also prevents effective vocal cord movement due to simultaneous activity of agonists and antagonists. Modulation of reinnervation by means of electrostimulation and modern genetic therapy approaches justify hopes of better outcomes in the future.

  14. Comparison of the upper airway dynamics of oronasal and nasal masks with positive airway pressure treatment using cine magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Ebben, Matthew R; Milrad, Sara; Dyke, Jonathan P; Phillips, C Douglas; Krieger, Ana C

    2016-03-01

    It is known that oronasal masks are not as effective at opening the upper airway compared to nasal only continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks in patients with sleep-disordered breathing. However, the physiological mechanism for this difference in efficacy is not known; although, it has been hypothesized to involve the retroglossal and/or retropalatal region of the upper airway. The objective of this study was to investigate differences in retroglossal and retropalatal anterior-posterior space with the use of oronasal vs. nasal CPAP masks using real-time cine magnetic resonance imaging (cMRI). Ten subjects (eight men, two women) with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) were given cMRI with both nasal and oronasal CPAP masks. Each subject was imaged with each interface at pressures of 5, 10, and 15 cm of H2O, while in the supine position along the sagittal plane. The oronasal mask produced significantly less airway opening in the retropalatal region of the upper airway compared to the nasal mask interface. During exhalation, mask style had a significant effect on anterior-posterior distance p = 0.016. No differences were found in the retroglossal region between mask styles. Our study confirmed previous findings showing differences in treatment efficacy between oronasal and nasal mask styles. We have shown anatomic evidence that the nasal mask is more effective in opening the upper airway compared to the oronasal mask in the retropalatal region.

  15. Preliminary results on in-vivo imaging of upper airway inhalation injuries using anatomical optical coherence tomography

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    Phan, Anthony; Karnowski, Karol; Lee, Qingyun; Fejes, Peter; Quirk, Bryden; McLaughlin, Robert; Wood, Fiona M.; Sampson, David D.

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    Quantitative assessment of upper airway geometry using optical coherence tomography in burns patients could provide physicians with the information needed to make critical decisions. We have developed a high speed catheter based OCT system capable of real time imaging in airways up to 3cm in diameter. Preliminary scans of inhalation injured airways are presented to demonstrate the feasibility of aOCT as a diagnostic tool for assessing burns patients.

  16. Simulation of turbulent airflow using a CT based upper airway model of a racehorse.

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    Rakesh, Vineet; Datta, Ashim K; Ducharme, Normand G; Pease, Anthony P

    2008-06-01

    Computational model for airflow through the upper airway of a horse was developed. Previous flow models for human airway do not hold true for horses due to significant differences in anatomy and the high Reynolds number of flow in the equine airway. Moreover, models that simulate the entire respiratory cycle and emphasize on pressures inside the airway in relation to various anatomical diseases are lacking. The geometry of the airway was created by reconstructing images obtained from computed tomography scans of a thoroughbred racehorse. Different geometries for inhalation and exhalation were used for the model based on the difference in the nasopharynx size during the two phases of respiration. The Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes equations were solved for the isothermal flow with the standard k-epsilon model for turbulence. Transient pressure boundary conditions for the entire breathing cycle were obtained from past experimental studies on live horses. The flow equations were solved in a commercial finite volume solver. The flow rates, computed based on the applied pressure conditions, were compared to experimentally measured flow rates for model validation. Detailed analysis of velocity, pressure, and turbulence characteristics of the flow was done. Velocity magnitudes at various slices during inhalation were found to be higher than corresponding velocity magnitudes during exhalation. The front and middle parts of the nasopharynx were found to have minimum intraluminal pressure in the airway during inhalation. During exhalation, the pressures in the soft palate were higher compared to those in the larynx, epiglottis, and nasopharynx. Turbulent kinetic energy was found to be maximum at the entry to the airway and gradually decreased as the flow moved inside the airway. However, turbulent kinetic energy increased in regions of the airway with abrupt change in area. Based on the analysis of pressure distribution at different sections of the airway, it was concluded

  17. Videofluoroscopic and laryngoscopic evaluation of the upper airway and larynx of professional bassoon players.

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    Kahane, J C; Beckford, N S; Chorna, L B; Teachey, J C; McClelland, D K

    2006-06-01

    The bassoon is a demanding double-reed woodwind instrument requiring exquisite control of airflow and air pressure to the reed to produce desired tonal characteristics. Little information is available from direct visualization of the vocal tract and larynx of the bassoonist while playing. Of particular interest is the mechanism(s) of vibrato. This study was undertaken to understand more fully the mechanics of the upper airway in bassoonists during music production. Four adult bassoon players served as subjects. Three players were studied with both sound-synchronized videofluoroscopy and fiber-optic nasal endoscopy. The other subject was studied only by fiber-optic endoscopy. All subjects were evaluated while playing various scales and standard passages common in music pedagogy. The results from this study revealed several findings on the mechanics of upper airway activity during playing: (1) firm velopharyngeal closure was a prerequisite for maximal containment of air pressure and regulation of airflow in the oropharyngeal regions; (2) changes in the pitch and intensity were associated with differential expansion of the pharynx; (3) tongue activity was notable because of its shaping the size and shape of the airway, its role in regulating airflow to the reed, and its contributions to conditioning airflow in vibrato; and (4) slight vocal fold displacements from subglottal airflow and epiglottic movements from tongue base activity contributed to airway changes during vibrato. These seemed to further condition subglottal pressure trains derived primarily from expiration.

  18. Is Health-Related Quality of Life Associated with Upper and Lower Airway Inflammation in Asthmatics?

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    Full Text Available Background. Allergic diseases impair health-related quality of life (HR-QoL. However, the relationship between airway inflammation and HR-QoL in patients with asthma and rhinitis has not been fully investigated. We explored whether the inflammation of upper and lower airways is associated with HR-QoL. Methods. Twenty-two mild allergic asthmatics with concomitant rhinitis (10 males, 38 ± 17 years were recruited. The Rhinasthma was used to identify HR-QoL, and the Asthma Control Test (ACT was used to assess asthma control. Subjects underwent lung function and exhaled nitric oxide (eNO test, collection of exhaled breath condensate (EBC, and nasal wash. Results. The Rhinasthma Global Summary score (GS was 25 ± 11. No relationships were found between GS and markers of nasal allergic inflammation (% eosinophils: , ; ECP: , or bronchial inflammation (pH of the EBC: , ; bronchial NO: , ; alveolar NO: , . The mean ACT score was 18. When subjects were divided into controlled (ACT ≥ 20 and uncontrolled (ACT < 20, the alveolar NO significantly correlated with GS in uncontrolled asthmatics (, . Conclusions. Upper and lower airways inflammation appears unrelated to HR-QoL associated with respiratory symptoms. These preliminary findings suggest that, in uncontrolled asthma, peripheral airway inflammation could be responsible for impaired HR-QoL.

  19. Intranasal epidermoid cyst causing upper airway obstruction in three brachycephalic dogs.

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    Murgia, D; Pivetta, M; Bowlt, K; Volmer, C; Holloway, A; Dennis, R

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    This case report describes three brachycephalic dogs with intranasal epidermoid cysts that were causing additional upper airway obstruction. Although epidermoid cysts have been described in several locations in dogs, to the authors' knowledge intranasal epidermoid cysts have not been previously reported. All dogs had mucopurulent to haemorrhagic nasal discharge. Magnetic resonance imaging of the head revealed the presence of unilateral or bilateral intranasal cystic lesions obstructing the nasal cavities partially or completely, with atrophy of the ipsilateral nasal turbinates. The cystic lesions were surgically excised in all dogs using a modified lateral alveolar mucosal approach to the affected nasal cavity. Aerobic, anaerobic and fungal culture of the cystic contents were negative and histology of the excised tissue was consistent with a benign intranasal epidermoid cyst in each dog. Upper airway obstruction was clinically improved in two dogs.

  20. Numerical simulation for the upper airway flow characteristics of Chinese patients with OSAHS using CFD models.

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    Tan, Jie; Huang, Jianmin; Yang, Jianguo; Wang, Desheng; Liu, Jianzhi; Liu, Jingbo; Lin, Shuchun; Li, Chen; Lai, Haichun; Zhu, Hongyu; Hu, Xiaohua; Chen, Dongxu; Zheng, Longxiang

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    OSAHS is a common disease with many factors related to the etiology. Airflow plays an important role in the pathogenesis of OSAHS. Previous research has not yielded a sufficient understanding of the relationship between airflow in upper airway and the pathophysiology of OSAHS. Therefore, a better understanding of the flow inside the upper airway in an OSAHS patient is necessary. In this study, ten Chinese adults with OSAHS were recruited. We used the software MIMICS 13.1 to construct 3-dimensional (3-D) models based on the computer tomography scans of them. The numerical simulations were carried out using the software ANSYS 12.0. We found that during the inhalation phase, the vortices and turbulences were located in both the anterior part of the cavity and nasopharynx. But there is no vortex in the whole nasal cavity during the expiratory phase. The airflow velocity is much higher than that of the normal models. The distributions of pressure and wall shear stress are different in two phases. The maximum velocity, pressure and wall shear stress (WSS) are located in velopharynx. It is notable that a strong negative pressure region is found in pharyngeal airway. The maximum velocity is 19.26 ± 12.4 and 19.46 ± 13.1 m/s; the average pressure drop is 222.71 ± 208.84 and 238.5 ± 218.56 Pa and the maximum average WSS is 0.72 ± 0.58 and 1.01 ± 0.61 Pa in inspiratory and expiratory, respectively. The changes of airflow due to the structure changes play an important role in the occurrence of collapse and obstruction of the upper airway, especially, the abnormal pressure changes in velopharyngeal during both inspiratory and expiratory phases. We can say that the airway narrowing in the pharynx may be one of the most important factors driving airway collapse. In addition, the most collapsible region of the pharyngeal airway of the patient with OSAHS may be the velopharynx and oropharynx. In spite of limitations, our results can provide a basis for the further research

  1. Reliability of a method to conduct upper airway analysis in cone-beam computed tomography

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    Karen Regina Siqueira de Souza

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to assess the reliability of a method to measure the following upper airway dimensions: total volume (TV, the nasopharyngeal narrowest areas (NNA, and the oropharyngeal narrowest areas (ONA. The sample consisted of 60 cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT scans, evaluated by two observers twice, using the Dolphin 3D software (Dolphin Imaging & Management solutions, Chatsworth, California, USA, which afforded image reconstruction, and measurement of the aforementioned dimensions. The data was submitted to reliability tests, by the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC, and the Bland & Altman agreement tests, with their respective confidence intervals (CI set at 95%. Excellent intra- and interobserver reliability values were found for all variables assessed (TV, NNA and ONA, with ICC values ranging from 0.88 to 0.99. The data demonstrated an agreement between the two assessments of each observer and between the first evaluations of both observers, thus confirming the reliability of this methodology. The results suggest that this methodology can be used in further studies to investigate upper airway dimensions (TV, NNA, and ONA, thereby contributing to the diagnosis of upper airway obstructions.

  2. Upper airway obstruction after cervical spine fusion surgery: role of cervical fixation angle.

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    Lee, Yi-Hui; Hsieh, Pei-Fang; Huang, Hui-Hsun; Chan, Kuang-Cheng

    2008-09-01

    Upper airway obstruction is one of the life-threatening events in cervical spine surgery. The risk is particularly great during the period immediately after operation. We present the case of a 56-year-old female with breast cancer and metastasis to the cervical spine. The surgical procedure involved C2-C3 laminectomy, posterior fixation (C0-C5), and C2 neurectomy. Tracheal extubation was carried out in the intensive care unit, and upper airway obstruction immediately followed. Emergency cricothyrotomy was performed under well-managed ventilation with a laryngeal mask after several failed intubation attempts. Over-flexion of the cervical spine fixation and severe prevertebral soft tissue swelling were the most probable causes of upper airway obstruction. With a well-adjusted angle for fixation of the cervical spine under fluoroscopic guidance before the procedure, such a surgical mishap could be avoided. Reintubation with a fiberscope might be considered first, and sustaining intubation for 2-3 days postoperatively could be safer in such high risk patients.

  3. Upper airway alterations/abnormalities in a case series of obstructive sleep apnea patients identified with cone-beam CT

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    Shigeta, Y.; Shintaku, W.H.; Clark, G.T. [Orofacial Pain/Oral Medicine Center, Div. of Diagnostic Sciences, School of Dentistry, Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (United States); Enciso, R. [Div. of Craniofacial Sciences and Therapeutics, School of Dentistry, Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (United States); Ogawa, T. [Dept. of Fixed Prosthodontic Dentistry, Tsurumi Univ., School of Dental Medicine, Tsurumi (Japan)

    2007-06-15

    There are many factors that influence the configuration of the upper airway and may contribute to the development of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This paper presents a series of 12 consecutive OSA cases where various upper airway alteration/abnormalities were identified using 3D anatomic reconstructions generated from cone-beam CT (CBCT) images. Some cases exhibited more than one type of abnormality and below we describe each of the six types identified with CBCT in this case series. (orig.)

  4. Airflow behavior changes in upper airway caused by different head and neck positions: Comparison by computational fluid dynamics.

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    Wei, Wei; Huang, Shi-Wei; Chen, Lian-Hua; Qi, Yang; Qiu, Yi-Min; Li, Shi-Tong

    2017-02-08

    The feasibility of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to evaluate airflow characteristics in different head and neck positions has not been established. This study compared the changes in volume and airflow behavior of the upper airway by CFD simulation to predict the influence of anatomical and physiological airway changes due to different head-neck positions on mechanical ventilation. One awake volunteer with no risk of difficult airway underwent computed tomography in neutral position, extension position (both head and neck extended), and sniffing position (head extended and neck flexed). Three-dimensional airway models of the upper airway were reconstructed. The total volume (V) and narrowest area (Amin) of the airway models were measured. CFD simulation with an Spalart-Allmaras model was performed to characterize airflow behavior in neutral, extension, and sniffing positions of closed-mouth and open-mouth ventilation. The comparison result for V was neutral airway patency by increasing airway volume and decreasing airway resistance, suggesting that sniffing position may be the optimal choice for mask ventilation.

  5. Synchronized imaging and acoustic analysis of the upper airway in patients with sleep-disordered breathing.

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    Chang, Yi-Chung; Huon, Leh-Kiong; Pham, Van-Truong; Chen, Yunn-Jy; Jiang, Sun-Fen; Shih, Tiffany Ting-Fang; Tran, Thi-Thao; Wang, Yung-Hung; Lin, Chen; Tsao, Jenho; Lo, Men-Tzung; Wang, Pa-Chun

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    Progressive narrowing of the upper airway increases airflow resistance and can produce snoring sounds and apnea/hypopnea events associated with sleep-disordered breathing due to airway collapse. Recent studies have shown that acoustic properties during snoring can be altered with anatomic changes at the site of obstruction. To evaluate the instantaneous association between acoustic features of snoring and the anatomic sites of obstruction, a novel method was developed and applied in nine patients to extract the snoring sounds during sleep while performing dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The degree of airway narrowing during the snoring events was then quantified by the collapse index (ratio of airway diameter preceding and during the events) and correlated with the synchronized acoustic features. A total of 201 snoring events (102 pure retropalatal and 99 combined retropalatal and retroglossal events) were recorded, and the collapse index as well as the soft tissue vibration time were significantly different between pure retropalatal (collapse index, 2 ± 11%; vibration time, 0.2 ± 0.3 s) and combined (retropalatal and retroglossal) snores (collapse index, 13 ± 7% [P ≤ 0.0001]; vibration time, 1.2 ± 0.7 s [P ≤ 0.0001]). The synchronized dynamic MRI and acoustic recordings successfully characterized the sites of obstruction and established the dynamic relationship between the anatomic site of obstruction and snoring acoustics.

  6. 3D computed tomographic evaluation of the upper airway space of patients undergoing mandibular distraction osteogenesis for micrognathia.

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    Bianchi, A; Betti, E; Badiali, G; Ricotta, F; Marchetti, C; Tarsitano, A

    2015-10-01

    Mandibular distraction osteogenesis (MDO) is currently an accepted method of treatment for patients requiring reconstruction of hypoplastic mandibles. To date one of the unsolved problems is how to assess the quantitative increase of mandible length needed to achieve a significant change in the volume of the posterior airway space (PAS) in children with mandibular micrognathia following distraction osteogenesis. The purpose of this study is to present quantitative volumetric evaluation of PAS in young patients having distraction osteogenesis for micrognathia using 3D-CT data sets and compare it with pre-operative situation. In this observational retrospective study, we report our experience in five consecutive patients who underwent MDO in an attempt to relieve severe upper airway obstruction. Each patient was evaluated before treatment (T0) and at the end of distraction procedure (T1) with computer tomography (CT) in axial, coronal, and sagittal planes and three-dimensional CT of the facial bones and upper airway. Using parameters to extract only data within anatomic constraints, a digital set of the edited upper airway volume was obtained. The volume determination was used for volumetric qualification of upper airway. The computed tomographic digital data were used to evaluate the upper airway volumes both pre-distraction and post-distraction. The mean length of distraction was 23 mm. Quantitative assessment of upper airway volume before and after distraction demonstrated increased volumes ranging from 84% to 3,087% with a mean of 536%. In conclusion, our study seems to show that DO can significantly increase the volume of the PAS in patients with upper airway obstruction following micrognathia, by an average of 5 times. Furthermore, the worse is the starting volume, the greater the increase in PAS to equal distraction.

  7. Flow in the human upper airway: work of breathing and the compliant soft palate and tongue

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    Jermy, Mark; Adams, Cletus; Aplin, Jonathan; Buchajczyk, Marcin; van Hove, Sibylle; Kabaliuk, Natalia; Geoghegan, Patrick; Cater, John

    2016-11-01

    The human upper airway (nasal cavity, pharynx and trachea) filters, heats and humidifies inspired air. Its pressure drop affects the work of breathing (WOB, energy expended to inspire and expire) to a degree which varies from person to person, and which is altered by breathing therapy devices. We report experimental studies using 3D printed models of the upper airway based on CT scans of single individuals (adult and paediatric), and average geometries based on PCA analysis of 150 individuals. Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), gas concentration and pressure measurements, coupled with CFD simulation. These reveal the details of the washout of CO2 rich exhaled gas, the direction-dependent time-varying pressure drop, and the effect of high-flow nasal therapy (HFNT) on these phenomena. A 1D multi-compartment model is used to estimate the work of breathing. For the first time, soft (compliant) elements have been included in the model airways and show that the assumption of rigid tissue is acceptable for unassisted breathing, but unrealistic for therapy-assisted flows.

  8. Paediatric sleep-disordered breathing due to upper airway obstruction in the orthodontic setting: a review.

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    Katyal, Vandana; Kennedy, Declan; Martin, James; Dreyer, Craig; Sampson, Wayne

    2013-11-01

    The essential feature of paediatric sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is increased upper airway resistance during sleep presenting clinically as snoring. Paediatric SDB is a continuum ranging from primary snoring (PS), which is not associated with gas exchange abnormalities or significant sleep fragmentation, to obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) with complete upper airway obstruction, hypoxaemia, and obstructive hypoventilation. Adenotonsillar hypertrophy, obesity and craniofacial disharmonies are important predisposing factors in the development and progression of paediatric SDB. Clinical symptoms are significant and domains affected include behaviour, neurocognition, cardiovascular morbidity and quality of life. Overnight polysomnography is the current diagnostic gold standard method to assess SDB severity while adenotonsillectomy is the recommended first line of treatment. Other treatments for managing paediatric SDB include nasal continuous airway pressure, the administration of nasal steroids, dentofacial orthopaedic treatment and surgery. However, there are insufficient long-term efficacy data using dentofacial orthopaedics to treat paediatric SDB. Further studies are warranted to define the characteristics of patients who may benefit most from orthodontic treatment.

  9. The multifunctional host defense peptide SPLUNC1 is critical for homeostasis of the mammalian upper airway.

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    Glen McGillivary

    Full Text Available Otitis media (OM is a highly prevalent pediatric disease caused by normal flora of the nasopharynx that ascend the Eustachian tube and enter the middle ear. As OM is a disease of opportunity, it is critical to gain an increased understanding of immune system components that are operational in the upper airway and aid in prevention of this disease. SPLUNC1 is an antimicrobial host defense peptide that is hypothesized to contribute to the health of the airway both through bactericidal and non-bactericidal mechanisms. We used small interfering RNA (siRNA technology to knock down expression of the chinchilla ortholog of human SPLUNC1 (cSPLUNC1 to begin to determine the role that this protein played in prevention of OM. We showed that knock down of cSPLUNC1 expression did not impact survival of nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae, a predominant causative agent of OM, in the chinchilla middle ear under the conditions tested. In contrast, expression of cSPLUNC1 was essential for maintenance of middle ear pressure and efficient mucociliary clearance, key defense mechanisms of the tubotympanum. Collectively, our data have provided the first in vivo evidence that cSPLUNC1 functions to maintain homeostasis of the upper airway and, thereby, is critical for protection of the middle ear.

  10. Upper airway dimensions in patients with craniocervical junction malformations with and without sleep apnea. A pilot case-control study

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    Ramon Barbalho Guerreiro

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective Patients with craniocervical junction malformations (CCJM tend to suffer more frequently from sleep respiratory disturbances, which are more frequent and severe in patients with basilar invagination. Here we evaluate if patients with CCJM and sleep respiratory disorders (SRD present smaller airway dimensions than patients without SRD. Method Patients with CCCM with and without sleep respiratory disturbances were evaluated clinically by Bindal's score, modified Mallampati classification, full-night polysomnography and upper airway cone beam tomography. Results Eleven patients had sleep respiratory disorders (SRD, and nine patients performed control group without SRD. CCJM patients with SRD were predominantly female, older, had higher BMI, were more likely to have Mallampati grades 3 and 4 and had statistically significant smaller anteroposterior diameter of the upper airway than patients without SRD. Conclusion Patients with CCJM and sleep respiratory disturbances have higher BMI, higher Mallampati score and smaller anterior posterior diameter of the upper airway.

  11. Mathematical determination of inspiratory upper airway resistance using a polynomial equation.

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    Mansour, Khaled; Badr, M Safwan; Shkoukani, Mahdi A; Rowley, James A

    2003-12-01

    We have previously shown that the pressure-flow relationship of the upper airway during nonrapid eye movement sleep can be characterized by a polynomial equation: F(P) = AP(3) + BP(2) + CP + D. On the basis of fluid mechanic principles, we hypothesized that we could objectively calculate upper airway resistance (R(UA)) using the polynomial equation. We manually measured RUA (mR(UA)) from the first linear portion of a pressure-flow loop in 544 breaths from 20 subjects and compared the mRUA to the R(UA) calculated from the polynomial equation (cRUA). Bland-Altman analysis showed that the mean difference between mR(UA) and cRUA was 0.0 cm H2O/L/s (95% CI, 0.1 to 0.1 cm H2O/L/s) with an upper limit of agreement of 2.0 cm H (2)O/L/s (95% CI, 1.9 to 2.1 cm H2O/L/s) and a lower limit of agreement -2.0 cm H2O/L/s (95% CI, -2.1 to -1.9 cm H2O/L/s). Additional Bland-Altman analyses showed that the agreement between the two measures was excellent for both inspiratory flow-limited and non-flow-limited breaths. We conclude that R(UA) can be measured in a simple, objective, and reproducible fashion from a polynomial function that characterizes the upper airway pressure-flow relationship.

  12. Hemodynamic responses and upper airway morbidity following tracheal intubation in patients with hypertension: conventional laryngoscopy versus an intubating laryngeal mask airway

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    Elif Bengi Sener

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: We compared hemodynamic responses and upper airway morbidity following tracheal intubation via conventional laryngoscopy or intubating laryngeal mask airway in hypertensive patients. METHODS: Forty-two hypertensive patients received a conventional laryngoscopy or were intubated with a intubating laryngeal mask airway. Anesthesia was induced with propofol, fentanyl, and cis-atracurium. Measurements of systolic and diastolic blood pressures, heart rate, rate pressure product, and ST segment changes were made at baseline, preintubation, and every minute for the first 5 min following intubation. The number of intubation attempts, the duration of intubation, and airway complications were recorded. RESULTS: The intubation time was shorter in the conventional laryngoscopy group than in the intubating laryngeal mask airway group (16.33 ± 10.8 vs. 43.04±19.8 s, respectively (p<0.001. The systolic and diastolic blood pressures in the intubating laryngeal mask airway group were higher than those in the conventional laryngoscopy group at 1 and 2 min following intubation (p<0.05. The rate pressure product values (heart rate x systolic blood pressure at 1 and 2 min following intubation in the intubating laryngeal mask airway group (15970.90 ± 3750 and 13936.76 ± 2729, respectively were higher than those in the conventional laryngoscopy group (13237.61 ± 3413 and 11937.52 ± 3160, respectively (p<0.05. There were no differences in ST depression or elevation between the groups. The maximum ST changes compared with baseline values were not significant between the groups (conventional laryngoscopy group: 0.328 mm versus intubating laryngeal mask airway group: 0.357 mm; p = 0.754. The number and type of airway complications were similar between the groups. CONCLUSION: The intense and repeated oropharyngeal and tracheal stimulation resulting from intubating laryngeal mask airway induces greater pressor responses than does stimulation resulting from

  13. Maximum opening of the mouth by mouth prop during dental procedures increases the risk of upper airway constriction

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    Hiroshi Ito

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Hiroshi Ito1, Hiroyoshi Kawaai1, Shinya Yamazaki1, Yosuke Suzuki21Division of Systemic Management, Department of Oral Function, 2Division of Radiology and Diagnosis, Department of Medical Sciences, Ohu University, Post Graduate School of Dentistry, Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture, JapanAbstract: From a retrospective evaluation of data on accidents and deaths during dental procedures, it has been shown that several patients who refused dental treatment died of asphyxia during dental procedures. We speculated that forcible maximum opening of the mouth by using a mouth prop triggers this asphyxia by affecting the upper airway. Therefore, we assessed the morphological changes of the upper airway following maximal opening of the mouth. In 13 healthy adult volunteers, the sagittal diameter of the upper airway on lateral cephalogram was measured between the two conditions; closed mouth and maximally open mouth. The dyspnea in each state was evaluated by a visual analog scale. In one subject, a computed tomograph (CT was taken to assess the three-dimensional changes in the upper airway. A significant difference was detected in the mean sagittal diameter of the upper airway following use of the prop (closed mouth: 18.5 ± 3.8 mm, maximally open mouth: 10.4 ± 3.0 mm. All subjects indicated upper airway constriction and significant dyspnea when their mouth was maximally open. Although a CT scan indicated upper airway constriction when the mouth was maximally open, muscular compensation was admitted. Our results further indicate that the maximal opening of the mouth narrows the upper airway diameter and leads to dyspnea. The use of a prop for the patient who has communication problems or poor neuromuscular function can lead to asphyxia. When the prop is used for patient refusal in dentistry, the respiratory condition should be monitored strictly, and it should be kept in mind that the “sniffing position” is effective for avoiding upper airway

  14. Upper and lower airway pathology in young children with allergic- and non-allergic rhinitis

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    Chawes, Bo Lk

    2011-01-01

    Allergic- and non-allergic rhinitis are very common diseases in childhood in industrialized countries. Although these conditions are widely trivialized by both parents and physicians they induce a major impact on quality of life for the affected children and a substantial drainage of health care...... symptom in both allergic- and non-allergic rhinitis, and eosinophilic inflammation is a hallmark of the allergic diseases. In paper I, we studied nasal eosinophilia and nasal airway patency assessed by acoustic rhinometry in children with allergic rhinitis, non-allergic rhinitis and healthy controls......, and filaggrin mutations; levels of total IgE, FeNO, and blood-eosinophils; lung function and bronchial responsiveness to cold dry air. We found that asthma was similarly associated with allergic- and non-allergic rhinitis suggesting a link between upper and lower airway diseases beyond an allergy associated...

  15. Dentofacial and upper airway characteristics of mild and severe class II division 1 subjects.

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    Bollhalder, Julia; Hänggi, Michael P; Schätzle, Marc; Markic, Goran; Roos, Malgorzata; Peltomäki, Timo A

    2013-08-01

    The aim of this retrospective, cross-sectional study was to assess whether mild and severe Class II division 1 subjects have craniofacial and upper airway characteristics, which relate to the severity of Class II as judged by overjet or ANB angle. The sample consisted of pre-treatment lateral cephalograms and dental casts of 131 males and 115 females (mean age 10.4 ± 1.6). Inclusion criteria were: healthy Caucasian subjects, at least ¾ Class II first molar relationship on both sides and overjet ≥ 4 mm. The cephalograms were traced and digitized. Distances and angular values were computed. Mild and severe Class II was defined by overjet (overjet groups, significant differences were mainly found for incisor inclination while the two ANB groups differed significantly in SNA, WITS, Go-Pg, SpaSpp/MGo, SN/MGo, and Ar-Gn. The shortest airway distance between the soft palate and the posterior pharyngeal wall was significantly correlated to the NS/Ar angle. Statistical analysis revealed several significant correlations. Patients with a large overjet or ANB angle differed significantly from patients with a small overjet or ANB angle mainly in their incisor inclination. In the present sample, the overjet and to some extent also the ANB angle is determined by soft tissue or individual tooth position rather than by skeletal background. In retrognathic patients, a tendency towards smaller airway dimensions was found. However, statistical analysis did not reveal a strong connection between upper airway and dentoskeletal parameters, but a large interindividual variation.

  16. Mandibular advancement decreases pressures in the tissues surrounding the upper airway in rabbits.

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    Kairaitis, Kristina; Stavrinou, Rosie; Parikh, Radha; Wheatley, John R; Amis, Terence C

    2006-01-01

    The pharyngeal airway can be considered as an airway luminal shape formed by surrounding tissues, contained within a bony enclosure formed by the mandible, skull base, and cervical vertebrae. Mandibular advancement (MA), a therapy for obstructive sleep apnea, is thought to increase the size of this bony enclosure and to decrease the pressure in the upper airway extraluminal tissue space (ETP). We examined the effect of MA on upper airway airflow resistance (Rua) and ETP in a rabbit model. We studied 11 male, supine, anesthetized, spontaneously breathing New Zealand White rabbits in which ETP was measured via pressure transducer-tipped catheters inserted into the tissues surrounding the lateral (ETPlat) and anterior (ETPant) pharyngeal wall. Airflow, measured via surgically inserted pneumotachograph in series with the trachea, and tracheal pressure were recorded while graded MA at 75 degrees and 100 degrees to the horizontal was performed using an external traction device. Data were analyzed using a linear mixed-effects statistical model. We found that MA at 100 degrees increased mouth opening from 4.7 +/- 0.4 to 6.6 +/- 0.4 (SE) mm (n = 7; P < 0.004), whereas mouth opening did not change from baseline (4.0 +/- 0.2 mm) with MA at 75 degrees . MA at both 75 degrees and 100 degrees decreased mean ETPlat and ETPant by approximately 0.1 cmH2O/mm MA (n = 7-11; all P < 0.0005). However, the fall in Rua (measured at 20 ml/s) with MA was greater for MA at 75 degrees (approximately 0.03 mmH2O.ml(-1).s.mm(-1)) than at 100 degrees (approximately 0.01 mmH2O.ml(-1).s.mm(-1); P < 0.02). From these findings, we conclude that MA decreases ETP and is more effective in reducing Rua without mouth opening.

  17. Nasal high flow clears anatomical dead space in upper airway models

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    Celik, Gülnaz; Feng, Sheng; Bartenstein, Peter; Meyer, Gabriele; Eickelberg, Oliver; Schmid, Otmar; Tatkov, Stanislav

    2015-01-01

    Recent studies showed that nasal high flow (NHF) with or without supplemental oxygen can assist ventilation of patients with chronic respiratory and sleep disorders. The hypothesis of this study was to test whether NHF can clear dead space in two different models of the upper nasal airways. The first was a simple tube model consisting of a nozzle to simulate the nasal valve area, connected to a cylindrical tube to simulate the nasal cavity. The second was a more complex anatomically representative upper airway model, constructed from segmented CT-scan images of a healthy volunteer. After filling the models with tracer gases, NHF was delivered at rates of 15, 30, and 45 l/min. The tracer gas clearance was determined using dynamic infrared CO2 spectroscopy and 81mKr-gas radioactive gamma camera imaging. There was a similar tracer-gas clearance characteristic in the tube model and the upper airway model: clearance half-times were below 1.0 s and decreased with increasing NHF rates. For both models, the anterior compartments demonstrated faster clearance levels (half-times clearance (half-times clearance in the models. For the anatomically based model, there was complete tracer-gas removal from the nasal cavities within 1.0 s. The level of clearance in the nasal cavities increased by 1.8 ml/s for every 1.0 l/min increase in the rate of NHF. The study has demonstrated the fast-occurring clearance of nasal cavities by NHF therapy, which is capable of reducing of dead space rebreathing. PMID:25882385

  18. Negative Expiratory Pressure Technique: An Awake Test to Measure Upper Airway Collapsibility in Adolescents

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    Carrera, Helena Larramona; Marcus, Carole L.; McDonough, Joseph M.; Morera, Joan C. Oliva; Huang, Jingtao; Farre, Ramon; Montserrat, Josep M.

    2015-01-01

    Study Objectives: Upper airway (UA) collapsibility is a major pathophysiologic feature of the obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). In adolescents, it is measured by obtaining the slope of pressure-flow relationship (SPF) while applying negative nasal pressure during sleep. An easier technique to assess UA collapsibility, consisting of application of negative expiratory pressure (NEP) during wakefulness, has demonstrated differences between control and OSAS subjects. We hypothesized that the NEP technique would correlate with SPF as a measurement of UA collapsibility in adolescents. Design: During wakefulness, NEP of −5 cm H2O in the seated and supine position was applied during the first second of expiration. The area under the expiratory flow-volume curve during NEP was compared to tidal breathing (RatioNEP). In addition, adolescents underwent SPF measurements during sleep. Two SPF techniques were performed to measure the activated and relatively hypotonic UA. Setting: Pediatric sleep laboratory. Participants: Seven adolescents with OSAS and 20 controls. Results: In the seated position, there was a correlation between RatioNEP and both hypotonic SPF (r = −0.39, P = 0.04) and activated SPF (r = −0.62, P = 0.001). In the supine position, there was a correlation between RatioNEP and activated SPF (r = −0.43, P = 0.03) and a trend for hypotonic SPF (r = −0.38, P = 0.06). Conclusions: The negative expiratory pressure (NEP) technique correlates with the hypotonic and activated slope of pressure-flow relationship measurements. The seated position showed the strongest correlation. The NEP technique can be used as an alternative method to evaluate upper airway collapsibility in adolescents. Citation: Carrera HL, Marcus CL, McDonough JM, Morera JC, Huang J, Farre R, Montserrat JM. Negative expiratory pressure technique: an awake test to measure upper airway collapsibility in adolescents. SLEEP 2015;38(11):1783–1791. PMID:26158888

  19. Assessment of upper airways measurements in patients with mandibular skeletal Class II malocclusion

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    Nayanna Nadja e Silva

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Mandibular Class II malocclusions seem to interfere in upper airways measurements. The aim of this study was to assess the upper airways measurements of patients with skeletal Class II malocclusion in order to investigate the association between these measurements and the position and length of the mandible as well as mandibular growth trend, comparing the Class II group with a Class I one.Methods:A total of 80 lateral cephalograms from 80 individuals aged between 10 and 17 years old were assessed. Forty radiographs of Class I malocclusion individuals were matched by age with forty radiographs of individuals with mandibular Class II malocclusion. McNamara Jr., Ricketts, Downs and Jarabak's measurements were used for cephalometric evaluation. Data were submitted to descriptive and inferential statistical analysis by means of SPSS 20.0 statistical package. Student's t-test, Pearson correlation and intraclass correlation coefficient were used. A 95% confidence interval and 5% significance level were adopted to interpret the results.Results:There were differences between groups. Oropharynx and nasopharynx sizes as well as mandibular position and length were found to be reduced in Class II individuals. There was a statistically significant positive correlation between the size of the oropharynx and Xi-Pm, Co-Gn and SNB measurements. In addition, the size of the nasopharynx was found to be correlated with Xi-Pm, Co-Gn, facial depth, SNB, facial axis and FMA.Conclusion: Individuals with mandibular Class II malocclusion were shown to have upper airways measurements diminished. There was a correlation between mandibular length and position and the size of oropharynx and nasopharynx.

  20. Application of the upper lip catch test for airway evaluation in edentulous patients: An observational study

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    Zahid Hussain Khan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Application of upper lip catch test (ULCT for airway evaluation in edentulous patients. Methods: This research is an evaluation of a clinical diagnostic test in edentulous patients prior to operation. Five hundred eighty eight edentulous patients in a referral university hospital, between March 2008 and June 2011 scheduled for elective surgery under general anesthesia were enrolled. Those unable to open the mouth and those with pharyngo-laryngeal pathology were excluded. ULCT was assessed and compared with Cormack-Lehane grading as a gold standard for airway evaluation. Results: A high negative predictive value of 99.4% was a notable finding for the ULCT. The results also showed a high specificity (89.4%, high sensitivity (75.0% and a high accuracy (89.3% in a comparatively higher range for the ULCT. Conclusion: The ULCT proved to be a useful predictor for airway assessment in edentulous patients in this setting. Further studies are needed to reconfirm its validity in other ethnic groups.

  1. Effects of continuous positive airway pressure on upper airway inspiratory dynamics in awake patients with sleep-disordered breathing.

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    Vérin, E; Similowski, T; Sériès, F

    2003-01-01

    Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the main treatment of the obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS). We assessed its effects on the upper airway (UA) dynamics in response to bilateral anterior magnetic phrenic nerve stimulation (BAMPS) in 17 awake untreated OSAS patients (15 males; 52 +/- 7 years) whose effective CPAP (P(eff)) had been determined beforehand by a conventional titration sleep study. All twitch-related inspirations were flow-limited, flow first rising to a maximum (V(Imax)), then decreasing to a minimum (V(Imin)), and then increasing again (M-shaped pattern). Up to V(Imin), the relationship between driving pressure (P(d)) and flow (V) could adequately be fitted to a polynomial regression model (V = k(1)P(d) + k(2)P(d)(2); r(2) = 0.71-0.98, P < 0.0001). At atmospheric pressure V(Imax) was 700 +/- 377 ml s(-1), V(Imin) was 458 +/- 306 ml s(-1), k(1) was 154.5 +/- 63.9 ml s(-1) (cmH(2)O)(-1), and k(2) was 10.7 +/- 7.3 ml s(-1) (cmH(2)O)(-1). CPAP significantly increased V(Imax) and V(Imin) (peak values 1007 +/- 332 ml and 837 +/- 264 ml s(-1), respectively) as well as k(1) and k(2) (peak values 300.9 +/- 178.2 ml s(-1) (cmH(2)O)(-1) and 55.2 +/- 65.3 ml s(-1) (cmH(2)O)(-1), respectively). With increasing CPAP, k(1)/k(2) increased up to a peak value before decreasing. We defined as P(eff,stim) the CPAP value corresponding to the highest k(1)/k(2) value. P(eff,stim) was correlated with P(eff) (P(eff) = 7.0 +/- 2.0; P(eff,stim) = 6.4 +/- 2.6 cmH(2)O; r = 0.886; 95 % CI 0.696-0.960, P < 0.001). We conclude that CPAP improves UA dynamics in OSAS and that the therapeutic CPAP to apply can be predicted during wakefulness using BAMPS.

  2. Upper Airway Obstruction Requiring Emergent Tracheostomy Secondary to Laryngeal Sarcoidosis: A Case Report.

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    Ryu, Changwan; Herzog, Erica L; Pan, Hongyi; Homer, Robert; Gulati, Mridu

    2017-02-13

    BACKGROUND Laryngeal sarcoidosis is a rare extrapulmonary manifestation of sarcoidosis, accounting for 0.33-2.1% of cases. A life-threatening complication of laryngeal sarcoidosis is upper airway obstruction. In this report we describe our experience in the acute and chronic care of a patient who required an emergent tracheostomy, with the aim to provide further insight into this difficult to manage disease. CASE REPORT A 37-year-old African American female with a 10-year history of stage 1 sarcoidosis presented with severe dyspnea. Laryngeal sarcoidosis was diagnosed three years previously, and she remained stable on low-dose prednisone until six months prior to admission, at which time she self-discontinued her prednisone for the homeopathic treatment Nopalea cactus juice. Her physical examination was concerning for impending respiratory failure as she presented with inspiratory stridor and hoarseness. Laryngoscopy showed a retroflexed epiglottis obstructing the glottis with edematous arytenoids and aryepiglottic folds. Otolaryngology performed an emergent tracheostomy to secure her airway and obtained epiglottic biopsies, which were consistent with sarcoidosis. She was eventually discharged home on prednisone 60 mg daily. Following months of corticosteroids, a laryngoscopy showed the epiglottis continuing to obstruct the glottis. The addition of methotrexate to a tapered dosage of prednisone 10 mg daily was unsuccessful, and she remains on prednisone 20 mg daily for disease control. CONCLUSIONS Laryngeal sarcoidosis, a rare extrapulmonary manifestation of sarcoidosis, uncommonly presents as the life-threatening complication of complete upper airway obstruction. As such, laryngeal sarcoidosis is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, requiring a high index of suspicion for timely diagnosis and treatment.

  3. Upper Airway Obstruction Requiring Emergent Tracheostomy Secondary to Laryngeal Sarcoidosis: A Case Report

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    Ryu, Changwan; Herzog, Erica L.; Pan, Hongyi; Homer, Robert; Gulati, Mridu

    2017-01-01

    Patient: Female, 35 Final Diagnosis: Laryngeal sarcoidosis Symptoms: Hoarseness • stridor Medication: — Clinical Procedure: Tracheostomy Specialty: Otolaryngology Objective: Rare disease Background: Laryngeal sarcoidosis is a rare extrapulmonary manifestation of sarcoidosis, accounting for 0.33–2.1% of cases. A life-threatening complication of laryngeal sarcoidosis is upper airway obstruction. In this report we describe our experience in the acute and chronic care of a patient who required an emergent tracheostomy, with the aim to provide further insight into this difficult to manage disease. Case Report: A 37-year-old African American female with a 10-year history of stage 1 sarcoidosis presented with severe dyspnea. Laryngeal sarcoidosis was diagnosed three years previously, and she remained stable on low-dose prednisone until six months prior to admission, at which time she self-discontinued her prednisone for the homeopathic treatment Nopalea cactus juice. Her physical examination was concerning for impending respiratory failure as she presented with inspiratory stridor and hoarseness. Laryngoscopy showed a retroflexed epiglottis obstructing the glottis with edematous arytenoids and aryepiglottic folds. Otolaryngology performed an emergent tracheostomy to secure her airway and obtained epiglottic biopsies, which were consistent with sarcoidosis. She was eventually discharged home on prednisone 60 mg daily. Following months of corticosteroids, a laryngoscopy showed the epiglottis continuing to obstruct the glottis. The addition of methotrexate to a tapered dosage of prednisone 10 mg daily was unsuccessful, and she remains on prednisone 20 mg daily for disease control. Conclusions: Laryngeal sarcoidosis, a rare extrapulmonary manifestation of sarcoidosis, uncommonly presents as the life-threatening complication of complete upper airway obstruction. As such, laryngeal sarcoidosis is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, requiring a high index

  4. The Effects of High Frequency Oscillatory Flow on Particles' Deposition in Upper Human Lung Airways

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    Bonifacio, Jeremy; Rahai, Hamid; Taherian, Shahab

    2016-11-01

    The effects of oscillatory inspiration on particles' deposition in upper airways of a human lung during inhalation/exhalation have been numerically investigated and results of flow characteristics, and particles' deposition pattern have been compared with the corresponding results without oscillation. The objective of the investigation was to develop an improved method for drug delivery for Asthma and COPD patients. Previous clinical investigations of using oral airway oscillations have shown enhanced expectoration in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, when the frequency of oscillation was at 8 Hz with 9:1 inspiratory/expiratory (I:E) ratio. Other investigations on oscillatory ventilation had frequency range of 0.5 Hz to 2.5 Hz. In the present investigations, the frequency of oscillation was changed between 2 Hz to 10 Hz. The particles were injected at the inlet and particle velocity was equal to the inlet air velocity. One-way coupling of air and particles was assumed. Lagrangian phase model was used for transport and depositions of solid 2.5 micron diameter round particles with 1200 kg/m3 density. Preliminary results have shown enhanced PM deposition with oscillatory flow with lower frequency having a higher deposition rate Graduate Assistant.

  5. Endotracheal intubation - A life saving procedure, still potential hazardous to upper airway: A case report.

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    Afreen, Mahrukh; Ansari, Murtaza Ahsan

    2015-12-01

    Endotracheal intubation plays a key role in the management of upper airway obstruction in emergency situations. It is non-invasive and easily learned technique by medical professionals as compared to other more skilled, surgical procedures, e.g., tracheostomy and cricothyrotomies etc. But prolonged intubation may result in numerous complications, most notorious being tracheoesophageal fistula and narrowing of subglottic area. We report a profile of a patient who had been diagnosed as case of Guillian-Barre Syndrome, had difficulty in breathing due to paralysis of respiratory muscles. The patient was admitted in Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) for 40 days and was kept on artificial breathing through endotracheal intubation, which remained in place for 19 days. Later tracheostomy was performed. Patient ultimately developed severe subglottic stenosis and became dependent on tracheostomy tube.

  6. Upper and lower airway pathology in young children with allergic- and non-allergic rhinitis

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    Chawes, Bo

    2011-01-01

    Allergic- and non-allergic rhinitis are very common diseases in childhood in industrialized countries. Although these conditions are widely trivialized by both parents and physicians they induce a major impact on quality of life for the affected children and a substantial drainage of health care...... understood and there is a paucity of data objectivizing this association in young children. The aim of this thesis was to describe pathology in the upper and lower airways in young children from the COPSAC birth cohort with investigator-diagnosed allergic- and non-allergic rhinitis. Nasal congestion is a key...... children may contribute to the discovery of new mechanisms involved in pathogenesis and help direct future research to develop correctly timed preventive measures as well as adequate monitoring and treatment of children with rhinitis. Asthma is a common comorbidity in subjects with allergic rhinitis...

  7. The spectrum of allergic fungal diseases of the upper and lower airways.

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    Rodrigues, Jonathan; Caruthers, Carrie; Azmeh, Roua; Dykewicz, Mark S; Slavin, Raymond G; Knutsen, Alan P

    2016-01-01

    Fungi cause a wide spectrum of fungal diseases of the upper and lower airways. There are three main phyla involved in allergic fungal disease: (1) Ascomycota (2) Basidiomycota (3) Zygomycota. Allergic fungal rhinosinusitis (AFRS) causes chronic rhinosinusitis symptoms and is caused predominantly by Aspergillus fumigatus in India and Bipolaris in the United States. The recommended treatment approach for AFRS is surgical intervention and systemic steroids. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (APBA) is most commonly diagnosed in patients with asthma or cystic fibrosis. Long term systemic steroids are the mainstay treatment option for ABPA with the addition of an antifungal medication. Fungal sensitization or exposure increases a patient's risk of developing severe asthma and has been termed severe asthma associated with fungal sensitivity (SAFS). Investigating for triggers and causes of a patient's asthma should be sought to decrease worsening progression of the disease.

  8. Upper airway collapsibility evaluated by a negative expiratory pressure test in severe obstructive sleep apnea

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    Salvatore Romano

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: To investigate the usefulness of measuring upper airway collapsibility with a negative expiratory pressure application as a screening test for severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA. INTRODUCTION: OSA is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and it may have serious consequences. Its recognition may have important implications during the perioperative period. Increased upper airway collapsibility is one of the main determinants of OSA, and its evaluation could be useful for identifying this condition. METHODS: Severe OSA and normal subjects (24 in each group were matched by body mass index and referred to our sleep laboratory. The subjects were enrolled in an overnight sleep study, and a diurnal negative expiratory pressure test was performed. Flow drop (DV and expiratory volume were measured in the first 0.2 s (V02 of the negative expiratory pressure test. RESULTS: DV (% and V02 (% values were statistically different between normal and OSA subjects. OSA patients showed a greater decrease in flow than normal subjects. In addition, severely OSA patients exhaled during the first 0.2 s of the negative expiratory pressure application was an average of only 11.2% of the inspired volume compared to 34.2% for the normal subjects. Analysis of the receiver operating characteristics showed that V02 (% and DV (% could accurately identify severe OSA in subjects with sensitivities of 95.8% and 91.7%, respectively, and specificities of 95.8% and 91.7%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: V02 (% and DV (% are highly accurate parameters for detecting severe OSA. The pharyngeal collapsibility measurement, which uses negative expiratory pressure during wakefulness, is predictive of collapsibility during sleep.

  9. Recognition of upper airway and surrounding structures at MRI in pediatric PCOS and OSAS

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    Tong, Yubing; Udupa, J. K.; Odhner, D.; Sin, Sanghun; Arens, Raanan

    2013-03-01

    Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) is common in obese children with risk being 4.5 fold compared to normal control subjects. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) has recently been shown to be associated with OSAS that may further lead to significant cardiovascular and neuro-cognitive deficits. We are investigating image-based biomarkers to understand the architectural and dynamic changes in the upper airway and the surrounding hard and soft tissue structures via MRI in obese teenage children to study OSAS. At the previous SPIE conferences, we presented methods underlying Fuzzy Object Models (FOMs) for Automatic Anatomy Recognition (AAR) based on CT images of the thorax and the abdomen. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that the AAR approach is applicable to a different body region and image modality combination, namely in the study of upper airway structures via MRI. FOMs were built hierarchically, the smaller sub-objects forming the offspring of larger parent objects. FOMs encode the uncertainty and variability present in the form and relationships among the objects over a study population. Totally 11 basic objects (17 including composite) were modeled. Automatic recognition for the best pose of FOMs in a given image was implemented by using four methods - a one-shot method that does not require search, another three searching methods that include Fisher Linear Discriminate (FLD), a b-scale energy optimization strategy, and optimum threshold recognition method. In all, 30 multi-fold cross validation experiments based on 15 patient MRI data sets were carried out to assess the accuracy of recognition. The results indicate that the objects can be recognized with an average location error of less than 5 mm or 2-3 voxels. Then the iterative relative fuzzy connectedness (IRFC) algorithm was adopted for delineation of the target organs based on the recognized results. The delineation results showed an overall FP and TP volume fraction of 0.02 and 0.93.

  10. Cone-beam computerized tomography imaging and analysis of the upper airway: a systematic review of the literature.

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    Guijarro-Martinez, R.; Swennen, G.R.J.

    2011-01-01

    A systematic review of the literature concerning upper airway imaging and analysis using cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) was performed. A PubMed search (National Library of Medicine, NCBI; revised 9th January 2011) yielded 382 papers published between 1968 and 2010. The 382 full papers were scr

  11. Influence of upper body position on middle cerebral artery blood velocity during continuous positive airway pressure breathing

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    Højlund Rasmussen, J; Mantoni, T; Belhage, B

    2007-01-01

    Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a treatment modality for pulmonary oxygenation difficulties. CPAP impairs venous return to the heart and, in turn, affects cerebral blood flow (CBF) and augments cerebral blood volume (CBV). We considered that during CPAP, elevation of the upper body ...

  12. Composition and Predicted Metabolic Capacity of Upper and Lower Airway Microbiota of Healthy Dogs in Relation to the Fecal Microbiota.

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    Aaron C Ericsson

    Full Text Available The upper and lower airways of healthy humans are reported to harbor stable and consistent bacterial populations, and the composition of these communities is altered in individuals affected with several respiratory diseases. Data regarding the presence of airway microbiota in other animals are scant and a better understanding of the composition and metabolic function of such bacterial populations is essential for the development of novel therapeutic and diagnostic modalities for use in both veterinary and human medicine. Based on targeted next-generation sequencing of feces and samples collected at multiple levels of the airways from 16 healthy female dogs, we demonstrate that canine airways harbor a topographically continuous microbiota with increasing relative abundance of proteobacterial species from the upper to lower airways. The lung-associated microbiota, as assessed via bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF, was the most consistent between dogs and was dominated by three distinct taxa, two of which were resolved to the species level and one to the level of family. The gene content of the nasal, oropharyngeal, and lung-associated microbiota, predicted using the Phylogenetic Investigations into Communities by Reconstruction of Unobserved States (PICRUSt software, provided information regarding the glyoxylate and citrate cycle metabolic pathways utilized by these bacterial populations to colonize such nutrient-poor, low-throughput environments. These data generated in healthy subjects provide context for future analysis of diseased canine airways. Moreover, as dogs have similar respiratory anatomy, physiology, and immune systems as humans, are exposed to many of the same environmental stimuli, and spontaneously develop similar respiratory diseases, these data support the use of dogs as a model species for prospective studies of the airway microbiota, with findings translatable to the human condition.

  13. Composition and Predicted Metabolic Capacity of Upper and Lower Airway Microbiota of Healthy Dogs in Relation to the Fecal Microbiota.

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    Ericsson, Aaron C; Personett, Alexa R; Grobman, Megan E; Rindt, Hansjorg; Reinero, Carol R

    2016-01-01

    The upper and lower airways of healthy humans are reported to harbor stable and consistent bacterial populations, and the composition of these communities is altered in individuals affected with several respiratory diseases. Data regarding the presence of airway microbiota in other animals are scant and a better understanding of the composition and metabolic function of such bacterial populations is essential for the development of novel therapeutic and diagnostic modalities for use in both veterinary and human medicine. Based on targeted next-generation sequencing of feces and samples collected at multiple levels of the airways from 16 healthy female dogs, we demonstrate that canine airways harbor a topographically continuous microbiota with increasing relative abundance of proteobacterial species from the upper to lower airways. The lung-associated microbiota, as assessed via bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), was the most consistent between dogs and was dominated by three distinct taxa, two of which were resolved to the species level and one to the level of family. The gene content of the nasal, oropharyngeal, and lung-associated microbiota, predicted using the Phylogenetic Investigations into Communities by Reconstruction of Unobserved States (PICRUSt) software, provided information regarding the glyoxylate and citrate cycle metabolic pathways utilized by these bacterial populations to colonize such nutrient-poor, low-throughput environments. These data generated in healthy subjects provide context for future analysis of diseased canine airways. Moreover, as dogs have similar respiratory anatomy, physiology, and immune systems as humans, are exposed to many of the same environmental stimuli, and spontaneously develop similar respiratory diseases, these data support the use of dogs as a model species for prospective studies of the airway microbiota, with findings translatable to the human condition.

  14. The effect of upper airway obstructive surgery onrespiratory symtoms and Spo2

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    M. Kasiri

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    Full Text Available Background and Purpose: The obstruction of the upper respiratotri for tract (URT is one of the most important reasons patients recurrent referral to the ENT clinic. Adentonsilar hypertrophy is almost common reason of the upper respiratory tract obstruction, and it will cause some changes in lung volumes and also in blood gases. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of tonsillectomy on respiratory symptoms and arterial blood oxygen saturation.Materials and Methods: In a clinical trials study, in a pre and post operative manner, 62, 2-14 years old children were imposed to adentonsilectomy in an easy sampling way. The respiratory symttoms such as: snoring, dyspnea, feeling airway obstruction, mouth breathing and oxygen saturated hemogolobin condition (Spo2, prior to surgery and one month after operation, has been studied and recorded. The results were Compared with paired t-test.Results: In a preoperative manner, 80% of patients had mouth breathing symptom and mouth dryness which were reduad? to 10% after surgery.Spo2 measurement had no significont difference before and after surgery, and, it was in a normal range.Conclusion: The correction of respiratory obstruction due to adenotansil ar hypertrophy does not make any changes in arterial blood oxygen. The surgery which is used for correction of these obstruction, whill just improve the clinical respiratory symtoms such as snoring and mouth breathing. J Mazand Univ Med Sci 2008;18(65:82-86 (Persian

  15. Metabolism of ciclesonide in the upper and lower airways: review of available data

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    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Ruediger Nave, Nigel McCrackenNycomed GmbH, Konstanz, GermanyAbstract: Ciclesonide is a novel corticosteroid (CS for the treatment of asthma and allergic rhinitis. After administration, the parent compound ciclesonide is converted by intracellular airway esterases to its pharmacologically active metabolite desisobutyryl-ciclesonide (des-CIC. We investigated the in vitro activation of ciclesonide and further esterification of des-CIC to (mainly des-CIC oleate in several human target organ test systems. Human precision-cut lung slices, alveolar type II epithelial cells (A549, normal bronchial epithelial cells (NHBE, and nasal epithelial cells (HNEC were incubated with ciclesonide. Enzymes characterization and the determination of the reversibility of fatty acid esterifi cation was investigated in HNEC and NHBE. Ciclesonide was taken up and converted to des-CIC in all cellular test systems. Intracellular concentrations of des-CIC were maintained for up to 24 h. Formation of des-CIC oleate increased over time in HNEC, A549 cells, and lung slices. The formed des-CIC fatty acid conjugates were reconverted to des-CIC. Increasing concentrations of carboxylesterase and cholinesterase inhibitors progressively reduced the formation of metabolites. The results derived from these studies demonstrate the activation of ciclesonide to des-CIC in the upper and lower airways. The reversible formation of des-CIC fatty acid conjugates may prolong the anti-inflammatory activity of des-CIC and may allow for once-daily dosing.Keywords: ciclesonide, des-CIC, metabolism, human, lung, nasal tissue

  16. Effects of Altered Intra-abdominal Pressure on the Upper Airway Collapsibility in a Porcine Model

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    Shu-Lin Ren; Yan-Ru Li; Ji-Xiang Wu; Jing-Ying Ye; Rachel Jen

    2015-01-01

    Background: Obstructive sleep apnea is strongly associated with obesity, particularly abdominal obesity common in centrally obese males.Previous studies have demonstrated that intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) is increased in morbid obesity, and tracheal traction forces may influence pharyngeal airway collapsibility.This study aimed to investigate that whether IAP plays a role in the mechanism of upper airway (UA) collapsibility via IAP-related caudal tracheal traction.Methods: An abdominal wall lifting (AWL) system and graded CO2 pneumoperitoneum pressure was applied to four supine, anesthetized Guizhou miniature pigs and its effects on tracheal displacement (TD) and airflow dynamics of UA were studied.Individual run data in 3 min obtained before and after AWL and obtained before and after graded pneumoperitoneum pressure were analyzed.Differences between baseline and AWL/graded pneumoperitoneum pressure data of each pig were examined using a Student's t-test or analysis of variance.Results: Application of AWL resulted in decreased IAP and significant caudal TD.The average displacement amplitude was 0.44 mm (P < 0.001).There were three subjects showed increased tidal volume (TV) (P < 0.0l) and peak inspiratory airflow (P < 0.01);however, the change of flow limitation inspiratory UA resistance (Rua) was not significant.Experimental increased IAP by pneumoperitoneum resulted in significant cranial TD.The average displacement amplitude was 1.07 mm (P < 0.001) when IAP was 25 cmH20 compared to baseline.There were three subjects showed reduced Rua while the TV increased (P < 0.01).There was one subject had decreased TV and elevated Rua (P < 0.001).Conclusions: Decreased IAP significantly increased caudal TD, and elevated IAP significantly increased cranial TD.However, the mechanism of UA collapsibility appears primarily mediated by changes in lung volume rather than tracheal traction effect.TV plays an independent role in the mechanism of UA collapsibility.

  17. Cervical computed tomography in patients with obstructive sleep apnea: influence of head elevation on the assessment of upper airway volume

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    Souza, Fabio Jose Fabricio de Barros; Evangelista, Anne Rosso; Silva, Juliana Veiga; Madeira, Kristian, E-mail: fsouzapneumo@hotmail.com [Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense (UNESC), Criciuma, SC (Brazil). Curso de Medicina; Perico, Gregory Vinicius [Unidade Radiologica Criciuma, SC (Brazil)

    2016-01-15

    Objective: Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) has a high prevalence and carries significant cardiovascular risks. It is important to study new therapeutic approaches to this disease. Positional therapy might be beneficial in reducing the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI). Imaging methods have been employed in order to facilitate the evaluation of the airways of OSAS patients and can be used in order to determine the effectiveness of certain treatments. This study was aimed at determining the influence that upper airway volume, as measured by cervical CT, has in patients diagnosed with OSAS. Methods: This was a quantitative, observational, cross-sectional study. We evaluated 10 patients who had been diagnosed with OSAS by polysomnography and on the basis of the clinical evaluation. All of the patients underwent conventional cervical CT in the supine position. Scans were obtained with the head of the patient in two positions (neutral and at a 44° upward inclination), and the upper airway volume was compared between the two. Results: The mean age, BMI, and neck circumference were 48.9 ± 14.4 years, 30.5 ± 3.5 kg/m{sup 2} , and 40.3 ± 3.4 cm, respectively. The mean AHI was 13.7 ± 10.6 events/h (range, 6.0-41.6 events/h). The OSAS was classified as mild, moderate, and severe in 70%, 20%, and 10% of the patients, respectively. The mean upper airway volume was 7.9 cm{sup 3} greater when the head was at a 44° upward inclination than when it was in the neutral position, and that difference (17.5 ± 11.0%) was statistically significant (p = 0.002). Conclusions: Elevating the head appears to result in a significant increase in the caliber of the upper airways in OSAS patients. (author)

  18. Cervical computed tomography in patients with obstructive sleep apnea: influence of head elevation on the assessment of upper airway volume

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    Souza, Fábio José Fabrício de Barros; Evangelista, Anne Rosso; Silva, Juliana Veiga; Périco, Grégory Vinícius; Madeira, Kristian

    2016-01-01

    Objective : Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) has a high prevalence and carries significant cardiovascular risks. It is important to study new therapeutic approaches to this disease. Positional therapy might be beneficial in reducing the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI). Imaging methods have been employed in order to facilitate the evaluation of the airways of OSAS patients and can be used in order to determine the effectiveness of certain treatments. This study was aimed at determining the influence that upper airway volume, as measured by cervical CT, has in patients diagnosed with OSAS. Methods : This was a quantitative, observational, cross-sectional study. We evaluated 10 patients who had been diagnosed with OSAS by polysomnography and on the basis of the clinical evaluation. All of the patients underwent conventional cervical CT in the supine position. Scans were obtained with the head of the patient in two positions (neutral and at a 44° upward inclination), and the upper airway volume was compared between the two. Results : The mean age, BMI, and neck circumference were 48.9 ± 14.4 years, 30.5 ± 3.5 kg/m2, and 40.3 ± 3.4 cm, respectively. The mean AHI was 13.7 ± 10.6 events/h (range, 6.0-41.6 events/h). The OSAS was classified as mild, moderate, and severe in 70%, 20%, and 10% of the patients, respectively. The mean upper airway volume was 7.9 cm3 greater when the head was at a 44° upward inclination than when it was in the neutral position, and that difference (17.5 ± 11.0%) was statistically significant (p = 0.002). Conclusions : Elevating the head appears to result in a significant increase in the caliber of the upper airways in OSAS patients. PMID:26982042

  19. The classical Starling resistor model often does not predict inspiratory airflow patterns in the human upper airway.

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    Owens, Robert L; Edwards, Bradley A; Sands, Scott A; Butler, James P; Eckert, Danny J; White, David P; Malhotra, Atul; Wellman, Andrew

    2014-04-15

    The upper airway is often modeled as a classical Starling resistor, featuring a constant inspiratory airflow, or plateau, over a range of downstream pressures. However, airflow tracings from clinical sleep studies often show an initial peak before the plateau. To conform to the Starling model, the initial peak must be of small magnitude or dismissed as a transient. We developed a method to simulate fast or slow inspirations through the human upper airway, to test the hypothesis that this initial peak is a transient. Eight subjects [4 obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), 4 controls] slept in an "iron lung" and wore a nasal mask connected to a continuous/bilevel positive airway pressure machine. Downstream pressure was measured using an epiglottic catheter. During non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep, subjects were hyperventilated to produce a central apnea, then extrathoracic pressure was decreased slowly (∼2-4 s) or abruptly (<0.5 s) to lower downstream pressure and create inspiratory airflow. Pressure-flow curves were constructed for flow-limited breaths, and slow vs. fast reductions in downstream pressure were compared. All subjects exhibited an initial peak and then a decrease in flow with more negative pressures, demonstrating negative effort dependence (NED). The rate of change in downstream pressure did not affect the peak to plateau airflow ratio: %NED 22 ± 13% (slow) vs. 20 ± 5% (fast), P = not significant. We conclude that the initial peak in inspiratory airflow is not a transient but rather a distinct mechanical property of the upper airway. In contrast to the classical Starling resistor model, the upper airway exhibits marked NED in some subjects.

  20. Does upper premolar extraction affect the changes of pharyngeal airway volume after bimaxillary surgery in skeletal class III patients?

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    Kim, Min-Ah; Park, Yang-Ho

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the pharyngeal airway volume change after bimaxillary surgery in patients with skeletal Class III malocclusion and evaluate the difference in postoperative pharyngeal airway space between upper premolar extraction cases and nonextraction cases. Cone-beam computed tomographic scans were obtained for 23 patients (13 in extraction group and 10 in nonextraction group) who were diagnosed with mandibular prognathism before surgery (T0) and then 2 months (T2) and 6 months after surgery (T3). Using InVivoDental 3-dimensional imaging software, volumetric changes in the pharyngeal airway space were assessed at T0, T2, and T3. The Wilcoxon signed-rank test was used to determine whether there were significant changes in pharyngeal airway volume between time points. The Mann-Whitney U test was used to determine whether there were significant differences in volumetric changes between the extraction and nonextraction groups. Volumes in all subsections of the pharyngeal airway were decreased (P bimaxillary surgery. Copyright © 2014 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Prevalence of upper airway obstruction in patients with apparently asymptomatic euthyroid multi nodular goitre

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    Sunil K Menon

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims: To study the prevalence of upper airway obstruction (UAO in "apparently asymptomatic" patients with euthyroid multinodular goitre (MNG and find correlation between clinical features, UAO on pulmonary function test (PFT and tracheal narrowing on computerised tomography (CT. Materials and Methods: Consecutive patients with apparently asymptomatic euthyroid MNG attending thyroid clinic in a tertiary centre underwent clinical examination to elicit features of UAO, PFT, and CT of neck and chest. Statistical Analysis Used: Statistical analysis was done with SPSS version 11.5 using paired t-test, Chi square test, and Fisher′s exact test. P value of <0.05 was considered to be significant. Results: Fifty-six patients (52 females and four males were studied. The prevalence of UAO (PFT and significant tracheal narrowing (CT was 14.3%. and 9.3%, respectively. Clinical features failed to predict UAO or significant tracheal narrowing. Tracheal narrowing (CT did not correlate with UAO (PFT. Volume of goitre significantly correlated with degree of tracheal narrowing. Conclusions: Clinical features do not predict UAO on PFT or tracheal narrowing on CT in apparently asymptomatic patients with euthyroid MNG.

  2. Atopy and upper and lower airway disease among former World Trade Center workers and volunteers.

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    de la Hoz, Rafael E; Shohet, Michael R; Wisnivesky, Juan P; Bienenfeld, Laura A; Afilaka, Aboaba A; Herbert, Robin

    2009-09-01

    A large number of workers seemed to have developed upper and lower airway disease (UAD and LAD, respectively) in relation to their occupational exposures at the World Trade Center (WTC) disaster site. This study examined atopy as a risk factor for presumably WTC-related UAD and LAD. Atopy was examined in 136 former WTC workers and volunteers by radioallergosorbent test, skin prick testing, or both. Overall prevalence of atopy was estimated, and bivariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were conducted to examine associations of atopy with WTC-related UAD and LAD. Atopy was prevalent in 54.4% of these WTC workers. Atopy was associated with higher symptom severity scores for both WTC-related UAD and LAD. Atopy was a predictor of WTC-related UAD but not LAD. Early arrival at the WTC site, and pre-2001 asthma diagnosis were predictors of LAD. The prevalence of atopy in this population is similar to what has been described for the general U.S. population. Atopy seemed to be a risk factor for presumably WTC-related UAD but not for LAD.

  3. Prosthetic Rehabilitation of Patients After Surgical Treatment of Maxillary Tumors with Respect to Upper Airway Protection.

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    Rolski, D; Kostrzewa-Janicka, J; Nieborak, R; Przybyłowska, D; Stopa, Z; Mierzwińska-Nastalska, E

    2016-01-01

    As a consequence of surgical treatment of maxillary tumors, a connection between oral and nasal cavities is formed, which leads to serious functional disorders, manifested by inability to normally ingest food, proper speech articulation, and to respiratory route disorders and upper airway inflammation. These morphological and functional disorders are intensified by adjunctive radio- or chemotherapy. The aim of this paper is to present different possible methods of rehabilitation, including application of interim obturators and individually planned prosthetic restorations to improve respiratory efficiency in patients after extensive maxillary resections. In the course of prosthetic treatment, cooperation with the laryngologist to consider every aspect of chronic paranasal sinusitis, accompanied by concurrent inflammation of oral, nasal, or laryngeal mucous membranes, was of paramount importance. Based on the quality of life questionnaire, used in this study, evident improvement in the masticatory efficiency, speech articulation, and respiration was observed. Particularly good effects were obtained in edentulous patients, in whom implant-prosthetic treatment was possible to apply. Comprehensive and multidisciplinary care of postoperative patients greatly contributes to their better quality of life and facilitates their return to prior living conditions, as well as to occupational and family lives.

  4. Blood parameters as indicators of upper airway obstruction in children with adenoid or adenotonsillar hypertrophy.

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    Simsek, Gokce; Karacayli, Ceren; Ozel, Aysenur; Arslan, Bengi; Muluk, Nuray Bayar; Kilic, Rahmi

    2015-05-01

    Adenotonsillar hypertrophy (ATH) is the most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea in children. This study aimed to evaluate the blood parameters of children with ATH who underwent surgery. The study included a review of the medical records of 130 children who underwent adenoidectomy or adenotonsillectomy with a diagnosis of adenoid hypertrophy and/or chronic tonsillitis. Patients were classified into 3 groups: group 1 (n=69) underwent adenoidectomy, group 2 (n=61) underwent adenotonsillectomy, and group 3 consisted of 82 healthy children. White blood cell count, platelet count, hemoglobin levels, mean platelet volume, and platelet distribution width values were the primary outcome measures. Mean platelet volume, platelet distribution width and hemoglobin values decreased in the groups that underwent surgery. Whereas the decrease in group 1 was insignificant, it was significant in group 2. White blood cell count values increased in both group 1 (adenoidectomy) and group 2 (adenotonsillectomy), but the increase in group 2 was significant. No significant difference in platelet count was detected before versus after the operation. Upper airway obstruction caused by ATH remarkably changes the blood parameters related to chronic hypoxia. Significant improvement can be achieved after adenotonsillectomy rather than adenoidectomy alone.

  5. Numerical Investigation of Flow Characteristics in the Obstructed Realistic Human Upper Airway

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    Xingli Liu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The flow characteristics in the realistic human upper airway (HUA with obstruction that resulted from pharyngeal collapse were numerically investigated. The 3D anatomically accurate HUA model was reconstructed from CT-scan images of a Chinese male patient (38 years, BMI 25.7. The computational fluid dynamics (CFD with the large eddy simulation (LES method was applied to simulate the airflow dynamics within the HUA model in both inspiration and expiration processes. The laser Doppler anemometry (LDA technique was simultaneously adopted to measure the airflow fields in the HUA model for the purpose of testifying the reliability of LES approach. In the simulations, the representative respiration intensities of 16.8 L/min (slight breathing, 30 L/min (moderate breathing, and 60 L/min (severe breathing were conducted under continuous inspiration and expiration conditions. The airflow velocity field and static pressure field were obtained and discussed in detail. The results indicated the airflow experiences unsteady transitional/turbulent flow in the HUA model under low Reynolds number. The airflow fields cause occurrence of forceful injection phenomenon due to the narrowing of pharynx caused by the respiratory illness in inspiration and expiration. There also exist strong flow separation and back flow inside obstructed HUA owing to the vigorous jet flow effect in the pharynx. The present results would provide theoretical guidance for the treatment of obstructive respiratory disease.

  6. The role of upper airway stimulation therapy in the multidisciplinary management approach of obstructive sleep apnea in the adult patient.

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    Doghramji, Karl; Boon, Maurits

    2016-09-01

    Upper airway stimulation therapy (UAS) is a novel and effective treatment modality for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It is indicated for patients who are intolerant to traditional forms of therapy such as CPAP, and who have moderate to severe disease. Its success also relies upon the absence of certain upper airway structural and functional abnormalities. Therefore, the implementation of UAS necessitates a comprehensive evaluation with the coordinated efforts of otolaryngologist and sleep specialist, utilizing the consultative input of various other specialists. This same collaborative process also underlies the successful long-term followup care of patients following implantation surgery. Laryngoscope, 126:S9-S11, 2016. © 2016 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  7. The structural changes of upper airway and newly developed sleep breathing disorders after surgical treatment in class III malocclusion subjects

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    Lee, Ui Lyong; Oh, Hoon; Min, Sang Ki; Shin, Ji Ho; Kang, Yong Seok; Lee, Won Wook; Han, Young Eun; Choi, Young Jun; Kim, Hyun Jik

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Bimaxillary surgery is the traditional treatment of choice for correcting class III malocclusion which is reported to cause an alteration of oropharyngeal structures and upper airway narrowing that might be a predisposing factor for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This study aimed to analyze sleep parameters in class III malocclusion subjects and ascertain the prevalence of snoring or OSA following bimaxillary surgery. A total of 22 patients with Le Fort I osteotomy and mandibular setback for class III malocclusion were prospectively enrolled. All patients received endoscopic examination, cephalometry, 3-dimensional computed tomography (3D-CT), and sleep study twice at 1 month before and 3 months after surgery. The patient population consisted of 5 males and 17 females with a mean body mass index of 22.5 kg/m2 and mean age of 22.1 years. No patients complained of sleep-related symptoms, and the results of sleep study showed normal values before surgery. Three patients (13%) were newly diagnosed with mild or moderate OSA and 6 patients (27%) showed increased loudness of snoring (over 40 dB) after bimaxillary surgery. According to cephalometric analysis and 3D-CT results, the retropalatal and retroglossal areas were significantly narrowed in class III malocclusion patients, showing snoring and sleep apnea after surgery. In addition, the total volume of the upper airway was considerably reduced following surgery in the same patients. Postoperative narrowing of the upper airway and a reduction of total upper airway volume can be induced, and causes snoring and OSA in class III malocclusion subjects following bimaxillary surgery. PMID:28562535

  8. Treatment resistant adolescent depression with upper airway resistance syndrome treated with rapid palatal expansion: a case report

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    Miller Paul

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of a case of treatment-resistant depression in which the patient was evaluated for sleep disordered breathing as the cause and in which rapid palatal expansion to permanently treat the sleep disordered breathing produced a prolonged symptom-free period off medication. Case presentation An 18-year-old Caucasian man presented to our sleep disorders center with chronic severe depression that was no longer responsive to medication but that had recently responded to electroconvulsive therapy. Ancillary, persistent symptoms included mild insomnia, moderate to severe fatigue, mild sleepiness and severe anxiety treated with medication. Our patient had no history of snoring or witnessed apnea, but polysomnography was consistent with upper airway resistance syndrome. Although our patient did not have an orthodontic indication for rapid palatal expansion, rapid palatal expansion was performed as a treatment of his upper airway resistance syndrome. Following rapid palatal expansion, our patient experienced a marked improvement of his sleep quality, anxiety, fatigue and sleepiness. His improvement has been maintained off all psychotropic medication and his depression has remained in remission for approximately two years following his electroconvulsive therapy. Conclusions This case report introduces the possibility that unrecognized sleep disordered breathing may play a role in adolescent treatment-resistant depression. The symptoms of upper airway resistance syndrome are non-specific enough that every adolescent with depression, even those responding to medication, may have underlying sleep disordered breathing. In such patients, rapid palatal expansion, by widening the upper airway and improving airflow during sleep, may produce a prolonged improvement of symptoms and a tapering of medication. Psychiatrists treating adolescents may benefit from having another treatment option for

  9. Clinical application ultrafast MRI to the sleep apnea syndrome, 1; Evaluation of the site of obstruction within upper airway

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    To evaluate the site of obstruction within upper airway, we observed the Turbo-fast low angle shot (FLASH) imaging, in 10 patients with sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) during wakefulness and sleep. After intravenous injection of Gd-DTPA (0.1 mmol/kg), sequential images of pharyngeal portion were obtained in midline sagittal section. An imaging protocol was 1.13s per image with a 1s delay between images, for a total of 30s. Then sequential images were displayed in a cine on C. R. T.. In eight patients, upper airway obstructions were present during sleep, while narrowings were present in four cases during awake. The sites of obstruction were located at the velopharynx exclusively in three cases, velopharynx plus glosspharynx in three cases, velopharynx plus glosspharynx in one case. Velopharynx plus hypopharynx in one case, respectively. It was concluded that ultrafast MRI had an important role in evaluating the sites of obstruction within upper airway in patients with SAS. (author).

  10. Upper-airway flow limitation and transcutaneous carbon dioxide during sleep in normal pregnancy.

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    Rimpilä, Ville; Jernman, Riina; Lassila, Katariina; Uotila, Jukka; Huhtala, Heini; Mäenpää, Johanna; Polo, Olli

    2017-08-01

    Sleep during pregnancy involves a physiological challenge to provide sufficient gas exchange to the fetus. Enhanced ventilatory responses to hypercapnia and hypoxia may protect from deficient gas exchange, but sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) may predispose to adverse events. The aim of this study was to analyze sleep and breathing in healthy pregnant women compared to non-pregnant controls, with a focus on CO2 changes and upper-airway flow limitation. Healthy women in the third trimester and healthy non-pregnant women with normal body mass index (BMI) were recruited for polysomnography. Conventional analysis of sleep and breathing was performed. Transcutaneous carbon dioxide (TcCO2) was determined for each sleep stage. Flow-limitation was analyzed using the flattening index and TcCO2 values were recorded for every inspiration. Eighteen pregnant women and 12 controls were studied. Pregnancy was associated with shorter sleep duration and more superficial sleep. Apnea-hypopnea index, arterial oxyhemoglobin desaturation, flow-limitation, snoring or periodic leg movements were similar in the two groups. Mean SaO2 and minimum SaO2 were lower and average heart rate was higher in the pregnant group. TcCO2 levels did not differ between groups but variance of TcCO2 was smaller in pregnant women during non-rapid eye movement (NREM). TcCO2 profiles showed transient TcCO2 peaks, which seem specific to pregnancy. Healthy pregnancy does not predispose to SDB. Enhanced ventilatory control manifests as narrowing threshold of TcCO2 between wakefulness and sleep. Pregnant women have a tendency for rapid CO2 increases during sleep which might have harmful consequences if not properly compensated. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome Patients Have Worse Sleep Quality Compared to Mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

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    Luciana Balester Mello de Godoy

    Full Text Available To compare sleep quality and sustained attention of patients with Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS, mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA and normal individuals.UARS criteria were presence of excessive daytime sleepiness (Epworth Sleepiness Scale-ESS-≥ 10 and/or fatigue (Modified Fatigue Impact Scale-MFIS-≥ 38 associated to Apnea/hypopnea index (AHI ≤ 5 and Respiratory Disturbance Index (RDI > 5 events/hour of sleep or more than 30% of total sleep time with flow limitation. Mild OSA was considered if the presence of excessive daytime sleepiness (ESS ≥ 10 and/or fatigue (MFIS ≥ 38 associated to AHI ≥ 5 and ≤ 15 events/hour. "Control group" criteria were AHI < 5 events/hour and RDI ≤ 5 events/hour and ESS ≤ 9, without any sleep, clinical, neurological or psychiatric disorder. 115 individuals (34 UARS and 47 mild OSA patients and 34 individuals in "control group", adjusted for age, gender, body mass index (BMI and schooling years, performed sleep questionnaires and sustained attention evaluation. Psychomotor Vigilance Task (PVT was performed five times (each two hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.UARS patients had worse sleep quality (Functional Outcomes of Sleep Questionnaire-FOSQ-and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index-PSQI: p < 0.05 and more fatigue than mild OSA patients (p = 0.003 and scored significantly higher in both Beck inventories than "control group" (p < 0.02. UARS patients had more lapses early in the morning (in time 1 compared to the results in the afternoon (time 5 than mild OSA (p = 0.02. Mild OSA patients had more lapses in times 2 than in time 5 compared to "control group" (p = 0.04.UARS patients have a worse sleep quality, more fatigue and a worse early morning sustained attention compared to mild OSA. These last had a worse sustained attention than controls.

  12. Outcomes of upper airway reconstructive surgery for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome based on polysomnography after nasopharyngeal tube insertion

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    LI Shu-hua; WU Da-hai; BAO Ji-min; SHI Hong-jin

    2013-01-01

    Background The most common obstruction sites for obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) are the oropharynx and the glossopharyx.The diagnosis of glossopharyngeal airway obstruction is difficult.The study aimed to assess the effect of upper airway reconstructive surgery for OSAHS based on polysomnography (PSG) after nasopharyngeal tube insertion (NPT-PSG),and to evaluate the clinical value of NPT-PSG in localizing the obstructive sites.Methods Seventy-nine OSAHS patients diagnosed with PSG were included in the study.PSG was repeated with a nasopharyngeal tube in place (NPT-PSG).Results of the two PSGs were compared.A NPT-PSG apnea hypopnea index (AHI) greater than 15 times per hour was used as a threshold for glossopharyngeal surgery.The cause of glossopharyngeal airway obstruction was taken into consideration in planning glossopharyngeal surgery.Assessment of efficacy was followed-up.Results After NPT-PSG,patients' AHI significantly decreased and lowest oxygen saturation (LaSO2) significantly increased.Of the 79 patients,47 were treated with uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) alone and 32 with UPPP + glossopharyngeal surgery.Thirty-two patients were considered cured,33 markedly improved,and 14 failed.The overall surgery success rate was 82.3%.Conclusions NPT-PSG can be used as a diagnosis tool for localizing airway obstruction in OSAHS patients.Surgical treatment based on NPT-PSG results in good treatment efficacy.

  13. In vitro surfactant and perfluorocarbon aerosol deposition in a neonatal physical model of the upper conducting airways.

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    Estibalitz Goikoetxea

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Aerosol delivery holds potential to release surfactant or perfluorocarbon (PFC to the lungs of neonates with respiratory distress syndrome with minimal airway manipulation. Nevertheless, lung deposition in neonates tends to be very low due to extremely low lung volumes, narrow airways and high respiratory rates. In the present study, the feasibility of enhancing lung deposition by intracorporeal delivery of aerosols was investigated using a physical model of neonatal conducting airways. METHODS: The main characteristics of the surfactant and PFC aerosols produced by a nebulization system, including the distal air pressure and air flow rate, liquid flow rate and mass median aerodynamic diameter (MMAD, were measured at different driving pressures (4-7 bar. Then, a three-dimensional model of the upper conducting airways of a neonate was manufactured by rapid prototyping and a deposition study was conducted. RESULTS: The nebulization system produced relatively large amounts of aerosol ranging between 0.3±0.0 ml/min for surfactant at a driving pressure of 4 bar, and 2.0±0.1 ml/min for distilled water (H2Od at 6 bar, with MMADs between 2.61±0.1 µm for PFD at 7 bar and 10.18±0.4 µm for FC-75 at 6 bar. The deposition study showed that for surfactant and H2Od aerosols, the highest percentage of the aerosolized mass (∼65% was collected beyond the third generation of branching in the airway model. The use of this delivery system in combination with continuous positive airway pressure set at 5 cmH2O only increased total airway pressure by 1.59 cmH2O at the highest driving pressure (7 bar. CONCLUSION: This aerosol generating system has the potential to deliver relatively large amounts of surfactant and PFC beyond the third generation of branching in a neonatal airway model with minimal alteration of pre-set respiratory support.

  14. Dynamic imaging assessment on the upper airway in patients with obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome%OSAHS的上气道动态影像学评估

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    闫智强; 孙建军

    2012-01-01

    Dynamic imaging assessment on the upper airway in patients with obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome Summary It is vital to make an individual plan for each patient with obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syn-drome(OSAHS) according to the obstruction sites. The high resolution anatomical information of upper airway and soft tissue can be obtained, especially by MRI and CT scans. Dynamic and state-dependent imaging techniques are beneficial to study stereo changes of anatomy and morphology of upper airway in quiet breathing, sleeping or airway closure. Although dynamic imaging examination has value in diagnosis and treatment of OSAHS, there has no uniform position diagnosis standard. This article reviews the history of dynamic imaging study on OSAHS, the advantages and disadvantages of various imaging technologies and prospects of imaging position diagnosis.

  15. Growth-related changes of skeletal and upper-airway features in bilateral cleft lip and palate patients.

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    Akarsu-Guven, Bengisu; Karakaya, Jale; Ozgur, Figen; Aksu, Muge

    2015-10-01

    The craniofacial morphology of subjects with cleft lip and palate differs from that of subjects without clefts. Subjects with bilateral cleft lip and palate tend to have maxillary retrognathism, a smaller mandible with an obtuse gonial angle, greater anterior upper and lower facial heights, and retroclined maxillary incisors. The purposes of this research were to compare the skeletal and upper-airway features of subjects with bilateral cleft lip and palate with the same features in control subjects without clefts and to determine the growth-related changes at different growth stages. The sample comprised 212 subjects divided into 2 groups: 68 with bilateral cleft lip and palate, and 144 controls without clefts; each group was further divided into 4 subgroups according to growth stage using the cervical vertebral maturation stage method. The subgroups were defined as early childhood (stage 1), prepubertal (stage 2), pubertal (stage 3), and postpubertal (stage 4). The cephalometric variables were evaluated with 2-way analysis of variance and the Bonferroni test. Maxillary position showed no significant differences between the male groups. The maxilla was more prognathic at stage 2 and became more retrognathic at stages 3 and 4 in the females. The mandible was more retrusive in the bilateral cleft lip and palate subjects at stage 1 in males and at stages 3 and 4 in females. ANB was larger at stages 1 and 2, and it became similar to the controls at stages 3 and 4 in male and female bilateral cleft lip and palate subjects. Vertical growth was seen in the bilateral cleft lip and palate subjects regardless of sex, and no change was observed with age. Posterior airway space was narrower in all stages (except for stage 1 in females). Middle airway space was wider after stage 1 in the male and female bilateral cleft lip and palate subjects. Inferior airway space was narrower in the male bilateral cleft lip and palate patients at the early childhood and pubertal stages. Age

  16. Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome Patients Have Worse Sleep Quality Compared to Mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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    de Godoy, Luciana Balester Mello; Luz, Gabriela Pontes; Palombini, Luciana Oliveira; e Silva, Luciana Oliveira; Hoshino, Wilson; Guimarães, Thaís Moura; Tufik, Sergio; Bittencourt, Lia; Togeiro, Sonia Maria

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To compare sleep quality and sustained attention of patients with Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS), mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and normal individuals. Methods UARS criteria were presence of excessive daytime sleepiness (Epworth Sleepiness Scale—ESS—≥ 10) and/or fatigue (Modified Fatigue Impact Scale—MFIS—≥ 38) associated to Apnea/hypopnea index (AHI) ≤ 5 and Respiratory Disturbance Index (RDI) > 5 events/hour of sleep or more than 30% of total sleep time with flow limitation. Mild OSA was considered if the presence of excessive daytime sleepiness (ESS ≥ 10) and/or fatigue (MFIS ≥ 38) associated to AHI ≥ 5 and ≤ 15 events/hour. “Control group” criteria were AHI < 5 events/hour and RDI ≤ 5 events/hour and ESS ≤ 9, without any sleep, clinical, neurological or psychiatric disorder. 115 individuals (34 UARS and 47 mild OSA patients and 34 individuals in “control group”), adjusted for age, gender, body mass index (BMI) and schooling years, performed sleep questionnaires and sustained attention evaluation. Psychomotor Vigilance Task (PVT) was performed five times (each two hours) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Results UARS patients had worse sleep quality (Functional Outcomes of Sleep Questionnaire—FOSQ—and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index—PSQI: p < 0.05) and more fatigue than mild OSA patients (p = 0.003) and scored significantly higher in both Beck inventories than “control group” (p < 0.02). UARS patients had more lapses early in the morning (in time 1) compared to the results in the afternoon (time 5) than mild OSA (p = 0.02). Mild OSA patients had more lapses in times 2 than in time 5 compared to “control group” (p = 0.04). Conclusions UARS patients have a worse sleep quality, more fatigue and a worse early morning sustained attention compared to mild OSA. These last had a worse sustained attention than controls. PMID:27228081

  17. Force-EMG changes during sustained contractions of a human upper airway muscle.

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    Schmitt, Kori; DelloRusso, Christiana; Fregosi, Ralph F

    2009-02-01

    Human upper airway and facial muscles support breathing, swallowing, speech, mastication, and facial expression, but their endurance performance in sustained contractions is poorly understood. The muscular fatigue typically associated with task failure during sustained contractions has both central and intramuscular causes, with the contribution of each believed to be task dependent. Previously we failed to show central fatigue in the nasal dilator muscles of subjects that performed intermittent maximal voluntary contractions (MVCs). Here we test the hypothesis that central mechanisms contribute to the fatigue of submaximal, sustained contractions in nasal dilator muscles. Nasal dilator muscle force and EMG activities were recorded in 11 subjects that performed submaximal contractions (20, 35, and 65% MVC) until force dropped to or=3 s, which we defined as task failure. MVC and twitch forces (the latter obtained by applying supramaximal shocks to the facial nerve) were recorded before the trial and at several time points over the first 10 min of recovery. The time to task failure was inversely related to contraction intensity. MVC force was depressed by roughly 30% at task failure in all three trials, but recovered within 2 min. Twitch force fell by 30-44% depending on contraction intensity and remained depressed after 10 min of recovery, consistent with low-frequency fatigue. Average EMG activity increased with time, but never exceeded 75% of the maximal, pretrial level despite task failure. EMG mean power frequency declined by 20-25% in all trials, suggesting reduced action potential conduction velocity at task failure. In contrast, the maximal evoked potential did not change significantly in any of the tasks, indicating that the EMG deficit at task failure was due largely to mechanisms proximal to the neuromuscular junction. Additional experiments using the interpolated twitch technique suggest that subjects can produce about 92% of the maximal evocable force

  18. Tracheobronchial air-liquid interface cell culture: a model for innate mucosal defense of the upper airways?

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    Kesimer, Mehmet; Kirkham, Sara; Pickles, Raymond J.; Henderson, Ashley G.; Alexis, Neil E.; DeMaria, Genevieve; Knight, David; Thornton, David J.; Sheehan, John K.

    2009-01-01

    Human tracheobronchial epithelial cells grown in air-liquid interface culture have emerged as a powerful tool for the study of airway biology. In this study, we have investigated whether this culture system produces “mucus” with a protein composition similar to that of in vivo, induced airway secretions. Previous compositional studies of mucous secretions have greatly underrepresented the contribution of mucins, which are major structural components of normal mucus. To overcome this limitation, we have used a mass spectrometry-based approach centered on prior separation of the mucins from the majority of the other proteins. Using this approach, we have compared the protein composition of apical secretions (AS) from well-differentiated primary human tracheobronchial cells grown at air-liquid interface and human tracheobronchial normal induced sputum (IS). A total of 186 proteins were identified, 134 from AS and 136 from IS; 84 proteins were common to both secretions, with host defense proteins being predominant. The epithelial mucins MUC1, MUC4, and MUC16 and the gel-forming mucins MUC5B and MUC5AC were identified in both secretions. Refractometry showed that the gel-forming mucins were the major contributors by mass to both secretions. When the composition of the IS was corrected for proteins that were most likely derived from saliva, serum, and migratory cells, there was considerable similarity between the two secretions, in particular, in the category of host defense proteins, which includes the mucins. This shows that the primary cell culture system is an important model for study of aspects of innate defense of the upper airways related specifically to mucus consisting solely of airway cell products. PMID:18931053

  19. Computational fluid dynamics simulation of the upper airway response to large incisor retraction in adult class I bimaxillary protrusion patients

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    Zheng, Zhe; Liu, Hong; Xu, Qi; Wu, Wei; Du, Liling; Chen, Hong; Zhang, Yiwen; Liu, Dongxu

    2017-04-01

    The changes of the upper airway after large retraction of the incisors in adult class I bimaxillary protrusion patients were assessed mainly focused on the anatomic variation and ignored the functional changes. This study aimed to investigate the changes of the upper airway in adult class I bimaxillary protrusion patients after extraction treatment using the functional images based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD). CFD was implemented after 3D reconstruction based on the CBCT of 30 patients who have completed extraction treatment. After treatment, pressure drop in the minimum area, oropharynx, and hypopharynx increased significantly. The minimum pressure and the maximum velocity mainly located in the hypopharynx in pre-treatment while they mostly occured in the oropharynx after treatment. Statistically significant correlation between pressure drop and anatomic parameters, pressure drop and treatment outcomes was found. No statistical significance changes in pressure drop and volume of nasopharynx was found. This study suggested that the risk of pharyngeal collapsing become higher after extraction treatment with maximum anchorage in bimaxillary protrusion adult patients. Those adverse changes should be taken into consideration especially for high-risk patients to avoid undesired weakening of the respiratory function in clinical treatment.

  20. Spectral and Time-Domain Analyses of Heart-Rate Variability in Children with Severe Upper Airway Obstruction

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    Berna Şaylan

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Heart rate variability (HRV is a noninvasive index of neural activity of the heart. This study assessed the heart-rate variability response in children with severe upper airway obstruction. Material and Methods: A prospective trial was carried out in 15 children with severe adenoid and/or tonsil hypertrophy, compared to 15 age matched healthy children in order to attempt to relate such changes. Frequency domain measurements of the high and low frequency bands and the ratio low frequency/high frequency were derived from Holter electrocardiography recordings and computed by Fast Fourier analysis for five minute intervals. Time domain measurements were derived from 24 hour Holter recordings.Results: All spectral analysis of heart rate variability was altered in both preoperative and postoperative (three months after the operation recordings compared to the control group. In both groups, time domain indices were significantly lower compared to the control group. Mean R-R values were significantly reduced in pre and postoperative groups compared with control group, with the night time mean R-R values being significantly lower (p<0.05. These results indicate the increased frequency domain parameters in two groups. Conclusion: In this study, patients demonstrated altered volume loads and autonomic response. Further studies are needed to assess when such cardiac findings normalize upon relief of the upper airway obstruction.

  1. Available techniques for objective assessment of upper airway narrowing in snoring and sleep apnea

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    Faber, Christian; Grymer, Luisa

    2003-01-01

    A number of techniques are available to determine the level of obstructive predominance in snoring and in the obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS): lateral cephalography, awake endoscopy, awake endoscopy with the Müller maneuver, endoscopy during sleep, endoscopy with nasal continuous...... positive airway pressure during sleep, fluoroscopy, CT scanning, MR scanning, manometry, and acoustic reflections. Data from different studies using various methods suggest that different patients have different patterns of narrowing or collapse of the pharynx. No reference standard exists...

  2. Remodelamento das vias aéreas inferiores e superiores Remodeling of the lower and upper airways

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    Guilherme de Toledo Leme Constantino

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Remodelamento pode ser definido como modelar novamente ou de forma diferente, reconstruir. Trata-se de um aspecto crítico do processo de reparação de lesões em todos os órgãos, representando um evento dinâmico de produção e degradação de matriz, em reação a inflamação, levando à reconstrução normal do tecido ou à formação de um tecido patológico. OBJETIVO E MÉTODO: Comparar os dados existentes em literatura entre o remodelamento de vias aéreas inferiores e superiores. RESULTADO: Asma é uma doença inflamatória crônica associada a remodelamento de vias aéreas. Na rinite alérgica, outra doença inflamatória crônica, o remodelamento é ainda pouco entendido. Apesar de a inflamação ser similar na rinite alérgica e asma, a extensão patológica do remodelamento nasal, assim como sua repercussão clínica, pode ser diferente dos brônquios. CONCLUSÃO: O remodelamento nas vias aéreas superiores ocorre em menor intensidade que nas vias inferiores, mas é aparente que a estrutura da mucosa nasal de pacientes com rinite não é normal.Remodeling is defined as modeling again or differently, as reconstructing. Remodeling is a critical aspect of wound repair in all organs; it represents a dynamic process that associates the production and degradation of matrix in reaction to inflammation. This leads to normal reconstruction or a pathologic process. AIM AND METHODS: To compare data in the current literature on upper and lower airways. RESULTS: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease associated with abnormal airways remodeling. In allergic rhinitis, another chronic inflammatory disease, remodeling is still poorly understood. Even though inflammation is similar in allergic rhinitis and asthma, the pathologic extent of nasal remodeling, as well as its clinical consequences, might be different from those in bronchi. CONCLUSION: Remodeling occurs less in upper airways compared to lower airways; it is apparent, however, that the

  3. Volumetric changes in the upper airway after bimaxillary surgery for skeletal class III malocclusions: a case series study using 3-dimensional cone-beam computed tomography.

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    Lee, Yoonjung; Chun, Youn-Sic; Kang, Nara; Kim, Minji

    2012-12-01

    Postsurgical changes of the airway have become a great point of interest and often have been reported to be a predisposing factor for obstructive sleep apnea after mandibular setback surgery. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the 3-dimensional volumetric changes in the upper airway space of patients who underwent bimaxillary surgery to correct Class III malocclusions. This study was performed retrospectively in a group of patients who underwent bimaxillary surgery for Class III malocclusion and had full cone-beam computed tomographic (CBCT) images taken before surgery and 1 day, 3 months, and 6 months after surgery. The upper and lower parts of the airway volume and the diameters of the airway were measured from 2 different levels. Presurgical measurements and the amount of surgical correction were evaluated for their effect on airway volume. Data analyses were performed by analysis of variance and multiple stepwise regression analysis. The subjects included 21 patients (6 men and 15 women; mean age, 22.7 yrs). The surgeries were Le Fort I impaction (5.27 ± 2.58 mm impaction from the posterior nasal spine) and mandibular setback surgery (9.20 ± 4.60 mm set back from the pogonion). No statistically significant differences were found in the total airway volume for all time points. In contrast, the volume of the upper part showed an increase (12.35%) and the lower part showed a decrease (14.07%), with a statistically significant difference 6 months after surgery (P Bimaxillary surgery for the correction of Class III malocclusion affected the morphology by increasing the upper part and decreasing the lower part of the airway, but not the total volume. Copyright © 2012 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Comparison of the effectiveness of dexmedetomidine versus propofol target-controlled infusion for sedation during coblation-assisted upper airway procedure

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    MA Xiao-xu; FANG Xiang-ming; HOU Tie-ning

    2012-01-01

    Background Sedation for the coblation-assisted upper airway procedure has lacked easy modulation between appropriate pain control and airway protection.This study aimed to compare the effectiveness of dexmedetomidine versus target controlled propofol infusion in providing sedation during a coblation-assisted upper airway procedure.Methods In a prospective,randomized trial,60 adult patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome due to undergoing a coblation-assisted upper airway procedure were enrolled and randomly allocated to receive dexmedetomidine,1.0 μg/kg over 10 minutes and maintain dosage 0.7 μg·kg-1·h-1 (n=30) or propofol target controlled infusion (n=30).Satisfaction with the analgesia and tolerance of the procedure by the patient,as assessed by a visual analogue scale,were evaluated as primary outcomes.Cardiopulmonary parameters and some side effects were monitored and recorded.Results Both groups of 30 patients had comparable demographics and initial parameters.Patients in the propofol group reported more pain (P <0.05),tolerated the procedure less well (P <0.05),and were less satisfied with the different stages of procedure (P <0.05 or P <0.01).Changes in mean arterial pressure and heart rate were more dramatic in the propofol group (P<0.05).The dexmedetomidine group experienced fewer airway events and less respiratory depression than did the propofol group.Conclusion Dexmedetomidine in conjunction with local anesthesia offered better analgesia and conscious sedation for a coblation-assisted upper airway procedure as well as less airway obstruction,apnea and greater haemodynamic stability.

  5. Test of the Starling resistor model in the human upper airway during sleep.

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    Wellman, Andrew; Genta, Pedro R; Owens, Robert L; Edwards, Bradley A; Sands, Scott A; Loring, Stephen H; White, David P; Jackson, Andrew C; Pedersen, Ole F; Butler, James P

    2014-12-15

    The human pharyngeal airway during sleep is conventionally modeled as a Starling resistor. However, inspiratory flow often decreases with increasing effort (negative effort dependence, NED) rather than remaining fixed as predicted by the Starling resistor model. In this study, we tested a major prediction of the Starling resistor model--that the resistance of the airway upstream from the site of collapse remains fixed during flow limitation. During flow limitation in 24 patients with sleep apnea, resistance at several points along the pharyngeal airway was measured using a pressure catheter with multiple sensors. Resistance between the nose and the site of collapse (the upstream segment) was measured before and after the onset of flow limitation to determine whether the upstream dimensions remained fixed (as predicted by the Starling resistor model) or narrowed (a violation of the Starling resistor model). The upstream resistance from early to mid inspiration increased considerably during flow limitation (by 35 ± 41 cmH2O · liter(-1) · s(-1), P < 0.001). However, there was a wide range of variability between patients, and the increase in upstream resistance was strongly correlated with the amount of NED (r = 0.75, P < 0.001). Therefore, patients with little NED exhibited little upstream narrowing (consistent with the Starling model), and patients with large NED exhibited large upstream narrowing (inconsistent with the Starling model). These findings support the idea that there is not a single model of pharyngeal collapse, but rather that different mechanisms may dominate in different patients. These differences could potentially be exploited for treatment selection. Copyright © 2014 the American Physiological Society.

  6. Immediate impact of rapid maxillary expansion on upper airway dimensions and on the quality of life of mouth breathers

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    Edna Namiko Izuka

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To assess short-term tomographic changes in the upper airway dimensions and quality of life of mouth breathers after rapid maxillary expansion (RME. METHODS: A total of 25 mouth breathers with maxillary atresia and a mean age of 10.5 years old were assessed by means of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT and a standardized quality of life questionnaire answered by patients' parents/legal guardians before and immediately after rapid maxillary expansion. RESULTS: Rapid maxillary expansion resulted in similar and significant expansion in the width of anterior (2.8 mm, p < 0.001 and posterior nasal floor (2.8 mm, p < 0.001. Although nasopharynx and nasal cavities airway volumes significantly increased (+1646.1 mm3, p < 0.001, oropharynx volume increase was not statistically significant (+1450.6 mm3, p = 0.066. The results of the quality of life questionnaire indicated that soon after rapid maxillary expansion, patients' respiratory symptoms significantly decreased in relation to their initial respiratory conditions. CONCLUSIONS: It is suggested that RME produces significant dimensional increase in the nasal cavity and nasopharynx. Additionally, it also positively impacts the quality of life of mouth-breathing patients with maxillary atresia.

  7. Upper airway surgery of obstructive sleep apnea in pycnodysostosis: case report and literature review.

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    Testani, Elisa; Scarano, Emanuele; Leoni, Chiara; Dittoni, Serena; Losurdo, Anna; Colicchio, Salvatore; Gnoni, Valentina; Vollono, Catello; Zampino, Giuseppe; Paludetti, Gaetano; Della Marca, Giacomo

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    Pycnodysostosis is an autosomal recessive disorder due to a mutation in the cathepsin K gene, which causes a decrease of the bone turnover; a review of the literature suggests that pycnodysostosis is frequently associated with severe respiratory obstruction, which needs surgical treatment. The aim of this paper is to describe the surgical treatment of a 3½-year-old girl affected by Pycnodysostosis complicated by a severe sleep-related respiratory disorder. The surgical treatment, consisting of adenotonsillectomy and palatoplasty, resulted in a striking amelioration of respiratory parameters and increased posterior airway space, and allowed the patient to avoid tracheotomy while awaiting for maxillo-mandibular surgery.

  8. Benign Lymphoid Hyperplasia of the Tongue Base Causing Upper Airway Obstruction

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    Noah B. Sands

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Severe benign lymphoid hyperplasia (LH is unusual in the head and neck region, but the diagnosis of LH is of clinical importance as it may be confused with malignant lymphoma, both on clinical examination and pathologically. While the etiology is poorly understood, a number of previous theories exist, which are included here in the context of a literature review. In this paper we present a case of severe pharyngeal lymphoid hyperplasia causing airway obstruction and requiring tracheotomy and subsequent surgical debulking.

  9. Measurement of Pressure between Upper Airway Tract and Laryngoscope Blade during Orotracheal Intubation with Film of Microcapsules

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    Shigehiro Hashimoto

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The measurement system for the pressure between the blade of a laryngoscope and the upper airway tract during orotracheal intubation has been investigated with a film of microcapsules. Two types of the laryngoscope were used in the study: Wis-Foregger and Mac-Intosh. The film is attached on the surface of the blade of the laryngoscope. The measurement was applied to 20 cases of the orotracheal intubation. In the pressed part of the film, the microcapsules burst and release chemicals, which react with chemicals out of microcapsules and show a red color. The color density was photoelectrically measured, and converted to the pressure value in three regions on the blade; the epiglottis, the tongue, and the upper incisor. The results show that the pressures are 1.2±0.6 MPa on the epiglottis, 0.8±0.4 MPa on the tongue, and (11±3×10 MPa on the upper incisor, and that the pressures on the epiglottis are 2.0±0.3 MPa in bled cases, and 0.8±0.4 MPa in non-bled cases.

  10. The neuropharmacology of upper airway motor control in the awake and asleep states: implications for obstructive sleep apnoea

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    Horner Richard L

    2001-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Obstructive sleep apnoea is a common and serious breathing problem that is caused by effects of sleep on pharyngeal muscle tone in individuals with narrow upper airways. There has been increasing focus on delineating the brain mechanisms that modulate pharyngeal muscle activity in the awake and asleep states in order to understand the pathogenesis of obstructive apnoeas and to develop novel neurochemical treatments. Although initial clinical studies have met with only limited success, it is proposed that more rational and realistic approaches may be devised for neurochemical modulation of pharyngeal muscle tone as the relevant neurotransmitters and receptors that are involved in sleep-dependent modulation are identified following basic experiments.

  11. CR3 (CD11b/CD18) activation of nasal neutrophils: a measure of upper airway endotoxin exposure.

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    Seth, Romy; Romaschin, Alexander D; Ribeiro, Marcos; Tarlo, Susan M

    2009-11-01

    Inhaled endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide, LPS) initiates an inflammatory response and leads to the expression of CR3 (CD11b/CD18) receptors on polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs). We determined if PMN activation in nasal lavage fluid (NLF) is a possible biomarker of occupational endotoxin exposure. Seven subjects exposed to endotoxin provided NLF samples that were split into three aliquots (negative control--1 M nicotinamide; sham; positive control--11 etag of exogenous LPS) and PMN activation was measured using a chemiluminometer. Differences in mean PMN activation were apparent, negative control: 548 +/- 15.65 RLU 100 microl(-1); sham: 11469 +/- 2582 RLU 100 microl(-1); positive control: 42026 +/- 16659 RLU 100 microl (n = 7; p <0.05). This technique shows promise as a diagnostic method for measuring upper airway LPS exposure.

  12. Upper airway collapse during drug induced sleep endoscopy: head rotation in supine position compared with lateral head and trunk position.

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    Safiruddin, Faiza; Koutsourelakis, Ioannis; de Vries, Nico

    2015-02-01

    Drug induced sedated sleep endoscopy (DISE) is often employed to determine the site, severity and pattern of obstruction in patients with sleep apnea. DISE is usually performed in supine position. We recently showed that the obstruction pattern is different when DISE is performed in lateral position. In this study, we compared the outcomes of DISE performed in supine position with head rotated, with the outcomes of DISE performed with head and trunk in lateral position. The Prospective study design was used in the present study. Sixty patients with OSA (44 male; mean apnea hypopnea index (AHI) 20.8 ± 17.5 events/h) underwent DISE under propofol sedation. Patients were placed in lateral position, and the upper airway collapse was evaluated. The patients were then placed in supine position with the head rotated to the right side. DISE outcomes were scored using the VOTE classification system. In lateral position, nine patients (15.0%) had a complete antero-posterior (A-P) collapse at the level of the velum, nine had a partial A-P collapse. During head rotation and trunk in supine position, at the level of the velum, four patients (6.7%) had a complete A-P collapse, while two patients (3.3%) had a partial A-P collapse. For all other sites, the patterns of collapse were not significantly different between head rotation and lateral position. During DISE, rotation of the head in supine position, and lateral head and trunk position present similar sites, severity and patterns of upper airway collapse, with the exception of collapse at the level of the velum. Here the severity of A-P collapse is less severe during head rotation than in lateral head and trunk position.

  13. Effect of sleep position and sleep stage on the collapsibility of the upper airways in patients with sleep apnea.

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    Penzel, T; Möller, M; Becker, H F; Knaack, L; Peter, J H

    2001-02-01

    Collapsibility of the upper airways has been identified as an important pathogenic factor in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Objective measures of collapsibility are pharyngeal critical pressure (Pcrit) and resistance of the upstream segment (Rus). To systematically determine the effects of sleep stage and body position we investigated 16 male subjects suffering from OSA. We compared the measures in light sleep, slow-wave sleep, REM sleep and supine vs. lateral positions. The pressure-flow relationship of the upper airways has been evaluated by simultaneous readings of maximal inspiratory airflow (Vimax) and nasal pressure (p-nCPAP). With two-factor repeated measures ANOVA on those 7 patients which had all 6 situations we found a significant influence of body position on Pcrit (psleep stage and no significant interaction between body position and sleep stage. When comparing the body positions Pcrit was higher in the supine than in the lateral positions. During light sleep Pcrit decreased from 0.6 +/- 0.8 cm H2O (supine) to -2.2 +/- 3.6 cm H2O (lateral) (psleep Pcrit decreased from 0.3 +/- 1.4 cm H2O (supine) to -1.7 +/- 2.6 (lateral) (psleep it decreased from 1.2 +/- 1.5 cm H2O to -2.0 +/- 2.2 cm H2O (psleep-stage dependence. Comparing the different body positions Rus was only significantly higher in the lateral position during REM sleep (psleep stages but is strongly influenced by body position. As a consequence lower nCPAP pressure is needed during lateral positions compared to supine positions.

  14. Effect of positional changes of anatomic structures on upper airway dilating muscle shortening during electro- and chemostimulation.

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    Oliven, A; Odeh, M

    2006-09-01

    Positional changes of anatomic structures surrounding the upper airway are known to affect pharyngeal mechanics and collapsibility. We hypothesized that these alterations also affect the ability of the upper airway dilator muscles to enlarge the pharynx by altering their ability to shorten when activated. Using sonomicrometry, we evaluated in seven anesthetized dogs the effects of changes in tracheal and head position on the length of the genioglossus (GG) and the geniohyoid (GH) and the effects of these positional changes on the magnitude of shortening of the two muscles in response to electro- (ES) and chemostimulation (CS). Caudal traction of the trachea lengthened the GG and GH in all dogs, whereas cranial displacement of the trachea and flexion of the head to a vertical position shortened the muscles. Compared with the magnitude of ES-induced shortening in the neutral position, ES-induced shortening of the GG was 144.7 +/- 14.6, 49.3 +/- 4.3, and 33.5 +/- 11.6% during caudal and cranial displacement of the trachea and during head flexion, respectively. Similar effects of the positional changes were found for the GH, as well as for both muscles during respiratory stimulation with P(CO2) of 90 Torr at the end of CO(2) rebreathing, although inspiratory muscle shortening during CS reached only one-quarter to one-third of the magnitude observed during ES. We conclude that positional alterations of anatomic structures in the neck have a dramatic effect on the magnitude of shortening of the activated GG and GH, which may reduce substantially their ability to protect pharyngeal patency.

  15. Mandible traction with wires for the treatment of upper airway obstruction caused by Pierre Robin sequence in Chinese infants: preliminary findings.

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    Dong, Chen-Bin; Zheng, Shan; Shen, Chun; Li, Hao

    2014-10-01

    Pierre Robin sequence (PRS) is a congenital abnormality that may cause upper airway obstruction requiring surgical intervention. This preliminary study aimed to examine the feasibility and effectiveness of mandible traction with wires for the treatment of upper airway obstruction caused by PRS in Chinese infants. Measures of interest included transcutaneous oxygen saturation before and after surgery, duration of surgery and traction, complications, and CT findings. Seven infants were included in the study (mean birth weight: 2485 g, range: 2405-2570 g); four were born preterm and three were born full term. Mean age at surgery was 13.7 days (range: 2-28 days), mean duration of surgery was 16.6 min (range: 13-25 min) and mean duration of traction was 26.6 days (range: 21-35 days). Mean follow-up was 6.2 months (range: 1-11 months). No infant experienced severe complications. All infants experienced increases in transcutaneous oxygen saturation after surgery. Mean transcutaneous oxygen saturation was 82% before surgery and 98% after surgery. Follow-up morphology of the mandible was excellent. There was no upper airway obstruction, and short-term growth and development were satisfactory. These preliminary findings suggest that mandibular traction with wires may be an effective treatment for upper airway obstruction caused by PRS in Chinese infants.

  16. Radioanatomy of upper airways in flexion and retroflexion of the neck

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    Penning, L.

    1988-02-01

    Ten flexion-retroflexion radiographs of the cervical spine (in lateral projection) were utilized to study anatomical configuration and topography of the upper airpassages in these two positions. Measurements of AP diameters revealed narrowing in flexion and widening in retroflexion, being maximal at the region of the epiglottis, and minimal at the regions of larynx and trachea. The distance from the pharyngeal attachment of the skull-base, to the upper chest aperture proved to be markedly greater in retroflexion than in flexion. As the pharynx virtually does not change its length during these movements, it is drawn up (with respect to the upper chest aperture) in retroflexion, and pushed down in flexion, over a mean distance of 42 mm. The up and down movement of the upper part of the trachea is slightly less: 38 mm.

  17. The influence of multilevel upper airway surgery on CPAP tolerance in non-responders to obstructive sleep apnea surgery.

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    Azbay, Sule; Bostanci, Asli; Aysun, Yasin; Turhan, Murat

    2016-09-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of multilevel upper airway surgery on subsequent continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) use and tolerance in patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The study cohort enrolled 67 consecutive patients, who underwent septoplasty plus modified uvulopharyngopalatoplasty (mUPPP) with or without modified tongue base suspension (mTBS) due to CPAP intolerance, and who had residual OSA requiring CPAP therapy [non-responders to surgery, apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) >15 events/h] that had been confirmed by control polysomnography at the sixth month postoperatively. A questionnaire including questions on postoperative CPAP use, problems faced during CPAP use after the surgery, change in OSA symptoms, and satisfaction with the surgery was designed, and filled through interviews. Seventeen (25.4 %) patients had septoplasty plus mUPPP and 50 (74.6 %) had septoplasty plus mUPPP combined with mTBS. Postoperatively, mean AHI (45.00 ± 19.76 vs. 36.60 ± 18.34), Epworth sleepiness scale (ESS) score (18.00 ± 4.45 vs. 13.00 ± 4.72), oxygen desaturation index (ODI) (48.98 ± 16.73 vs. 37.81 ± 17.03), and optimal CPAP level (11.80 ± 1.40 vs. 8.96 ± 1.20) were decreased (p CPAP before surgery, almost half (47.8 %) of the cases used CPAP without problems postoperatively. Postoperative CPAP users had significantly higher postoperative AHI (p = 0.001), supine AHI (p = 0.009), ESS (p = 0.019), and ODI (p = 0.014), and significantly lower postoperative minimum O2 saturation (p = 0.001) compared with non-users. Multilevel upper airway surgery with less invasive techniques may improve CPAP tolerance in well-selected patients.

  18. Are All Manikins Created Equal? A Pilot Study of Simulator Upper Airway Anatomic Fidelity.

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    Woo, Jennifer A; Malekzadeh, Sonya; Malloy, Kelly M; Deutsch, Ellen S

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    This study evaluates the anatomic fidelity of several commercially available pediatric and adult manikins, including airway task trainers, which could be used in aerodigestive procedure training. Twenty-three experienced otolaryngologists assessed the aerodigestive anatomy of 5 adult and 5 pediatric manikins in a passive state, using rigid and flexible endoscopy. Anatomic fidelity was rated on a 5-point scale for the following: nasal cavity, nasopharynx, oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, trachea, esophagus, and neck. Mean scores and standard deviations were tabulated for each manikin at each anatomic site. Ratings by survey participants demonstrated variation in the anatomic fidelity of the aerodigestive tract in a range of manikins. Radar chart display of the results allows comparison of manikin fidelity by anatomic site. Differences in scores may allow instructors to select manikins with the best anatomic fidelity for specific educational purposes, and they may contribute to recommendations to improve future manikin design.

  19. Upper and lower airway pathology in young children with allergic- and non-allergic rhinitis

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    Chawes, Bo Lk

    2011-01-01

    Allergic- and non-allergic rhinitis are very common diseases in childhood in industrialized countries. Although these conditions are widely trivialized by both parents and physicians they induce a major impact on quality of life for the affected children and a substantial drainage of health care...... symptom in both allergic- and non-allergic rhinitis, and eosinophilic inflammation is a hallmark of the allergic diseases. In paper I, we studied nasal eosinophilia and nasal airway patency assessed by acoustic rhinometry in children with allergic rhinitis, non-allergic rhinitis and healthy controls...... nasal eosinophilia albeit less than children with allergic rhinitis. These findings suggest different pathology in allergic- and non-allergic rhinitis which may have important clinical implications for early pharmacological treatment of rhinitis in young children. In paper II, we utilized the nasal...

  20. Cephalometric evaluation of adenoids, upper airway, maxilla, velum length, need ratio for determining velopharyngeal incompetency in subjects with unilateral cleft lip and palate

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: Children with cleft lip and palate (CLP are seen to have reduced airway size and large adenoids, which might lead to different characteristics in the upper airway and surrounding tissues from both morphological and functional perspectives. Decrease in adenoid size and increase in need ratio in cleft patients might lead to velopharyngeal incompetency (VPI and development of nasality in adulthood. No studies have been conducted on the Indian population with variables contributing to VPI. So the aim was to evaluate the size and position of the adenoids, upper airway, maxilla, velum length and need ratio contributing to VPI in subjects with and without unilateral cleft lip and palate (UCLP during juvenile and adolescent stages. Materials and Methods: Cephalograms of 120 subjects with 6-17 years were taken and various linear and angular measurements were measured and data was analyzed using the unpaired t test. Results: Adenoids were significantly larger and the upper airway smaller in the juvenile and adolescent cleft group than in the non-cleft group. In the adolescent cleft group, airway was larger than that in the adolescent non-cleft group. The maxilla was small and retropositioned in juvenile and adolescent subjects as compared to non cleft cases. Length of velum was smaller and need ratio was larger in both juvenile and adolescent groups as compared to the non-cleft group, suggestive of velopharyngeal incompetence. Conclusion: Decreased Adenoids, restricted airway, small, retruded maxilla, smaller velum length and larger need ratio larger were seen in the cleft group as compared to the non-cleft group, which was suggestive of VPI.

  1. Efficiency of bimaxillary advancement surgery in increasing the volume of the upper airways: a systematic review of observational studies and meta-analysis.

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    Rosário, Henrique Damian; Oliveira, Gustavo Mussi Stefan; Freires, Irlan Almeida; de Souza Matos, Felipe; Paranhos, Luiz Renato

    2017-01-01

    Postsurgical changes of the airways have become a great point of interest because it has been reported that maxillomandibular advancement surgery can improve or eliminate obstructive sleep apnea; however, its treatment effectiveness is still controversial. The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to assess the effectiveness of maxillomandibular advancement surgery to increase upper airway volume in adults, comparing before and after treatment. Bibliographic searches of observational studies with no restriction of year or language were performed in the electronic databases PubMed, Scopus, ScienceDirect and SciELO for articles published up to April 2015. After verification of duplicate records, 1860 articles were examined. Of these, ten met the eligibility criteria, of which three were excluded for having poor methodological quality. The other seven articles were included in the systematic review and six in the meta-analysis, representing 83 patients. One study whose data were not given in absolute values was excluded from the meta-analysis. The meta-analysis showed a statistically significant difference between the averages of upper airway volume before and after surgery {7.86 cm(3) [95 % CI (6.22, 9.49), p = 1.00)}. Clinical evidence suggests that the upper airway volume is increased after maxillomandibular advancement surgery.

  2. Airway surface liquid volume expansion induces rapid changes in amiloride-sensitive Na+ transport across upper airway epithelium-Implications concerning the resolution of pulmonary edema

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    Azizi, Fouad; Arredouani, Abdelilah; Mohammad, Ramzi M

    2015-01-01

    During airway inflammation, airway surface liquid volume (ASLV) expansion may result from the movement of plasma proteins and excess liquid into the airway lumen due to extravasation and elevation of subepithelial hydrostatic pressure. We previously demonstrated that elevation of submucosal hydrostatic pressure increases airway epithelium permeability resulting in ASLV expansion by 500 μL cm−2 h−1. Liquid reabsorption by healthy airway epithelium is regulated by active Na+ transport at a rate of 5 μL cm−2 h−1. Thus, during inflammation the airway epithelium may be submerged by a large volume of luminal liquid. Here, we have investigated the mechanism by which ASLV expansion alters active epithelial Na+ transport, and we have characterized the time course of the change. We used primary cultures of tracheal airway epithelium maintained under air interface (basal ASLV, depth is 7 ± 0.5 μm). To mimic airway flooding, ASLV was expanded to a depth of 5 mm. On switching from basal to expanded ASLV conditions, short-circuit current (Isc, a measure of total transepithelial active ion transport) declined by 90% with a half-time (t1/2) of 1 h. 24 h after the switch, there was no significant change in ATP concentration nor in the number of functional sodium pumps as revealed by [3H]-ouabain binding. However, amiloride-sensitive uptake of 22Na+ was reduced by 70% upon ASLV expansion. This process is reversible since after returning cells back to air interface, Isc recovered with a t1/2 of 5–10 h. These results may have important clinical implications concerning the development of Na+ channels activators and resolution of pulmonary edema. PMID:26333829

  3. Tissue sensitivity of the rat upper and lower extrapulmonary airways to the inhaled electrophilic air pollutants diacetyl and acrolein.

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    Cichocki, Joseph A; Smith, Gregory J; Morris, John B

    2014-11-01

    The target site for inhaled vapor-induced injury often differs in mouth-breathing humans compared with nose-breathing rats, thus complicating the use of rat inhalation toxicity data for assessment of human risk. We sought to examine sensitivity of respiratory/transitional nasal (RTM) and tracheobronchial (TBM) mucosa to two electrophilic irritant vapors: diacetyl and acrolein. Computational fluid dynamic physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling was coupled with biomarker assessment to establish delivered dose-response relationships in RTM and TBM in male F344 rats following 6 h exposure to diacetyl or acrolein. Biomarkers included glutathione status, proinflammatory and antioxidant gene mRNA levels, and nuclear translocation of nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2). Modeling revealed that 0.0094-0.1653 μg acrolein/min-cm(2) and 3.9-21.6 μg diacetyl/min-cm(2) were deposited into RTM/TBM. Results indicate RTM and TBM were generally of similar sensitivity to diacetyl and acrolein. For instance, both tissues displayed induction of antioxidant and proinflammatory genes, and nuclear accumulation of Nrf2 after electrophile exposure. Hierarchical cellular response patterns were similar in RTM and TBM but differed between vapors. Specifically, diacetyl exposure induced proinflammatory and antioxidant genes concomitantly at low exposure levels, whereas acrolein induced antioxidant genes at much lower exposure levels than that required to induce proinflammatory genes. Generally, diacetyl was less potent than acrolein, as measured by maximal induction of transcripts. In conclusion, the upper and lower extrapulmonary airways are of similar sensitivity to inhaled electrophilic vapors. Dosimetrically based extrapolation of nasal responses in nose-breathing rodents may provide an approach to predict risk to the lower airways of humans during mouth-breathing.

  4. Concordance between upper and lower airway microbiota in infants with cystic fibrosis.

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    Prevaes, Sabine M P J; de Steenhuijsen Piters, Wouter A A; de Winter-de Groot, Karin M; Janssens, Hettie M; Tramper-Stranders, Gerdien A; Chu, Mei Ling J N; Tiddens, Harm A; van Westreenen, Mireille; van der Ent, Cornelis K; Sanders, Elisabeth A M; Bogaert, Debby

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    Nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal samples are commonly used to direct therapy for lower respiratory tract infections in non-expectorating infants with cystic fibrosis (CF).We aimed to investigate the concordance between the bacterial community compositions of 25 sets of nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples from 17 infants with CF aged ∼5 months (n=13) and ∼12 months (n=12) using conventional culturing and 16S-rRNA sequencing.Clustering analyses demonstrated that BAL microbiota profiles were in general characterised by a mixture of oral and nasopharyngeal bacteria, including commensals like Streptococcus, Neisseria, Veillonella and Rothia spp. and potential pathogens like Staphylococcus aureus, Haemophilus influenzae and Moraxella spp. Within each individual, however, the degree of concordance differed between microbiota of both upper respiratory tract niches and the corresponding BAL.The inconsistent intra-individual concordance between microbiota of the upper and lower respiratory niches suggests that the lungs of infants with CF may have their own microbiome that seems seeded by, but is not identical to, the upper respiratory tract microbiome.

  5. Evaluation of C-reactive protein, Haptoglobin and cardiac troponin 1 levels in brachycephalic dogs with upper airway obstructive syndrome

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    Planellas Marta

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Brachycephalic dogs have unique upper respiratory anatomy with abnormal breathing patterns similar to those in humans with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS. The objective of this study was to evaluate the correlation between anatomical components, clinical signs and several biomarkers, used to determine systemic inflammation and myocardial damage (C-reactive protein, CRP; Haptoglobin, Hp; cardiac troponin I, cTnI, in dogs with brachycephalic upper airway obstructive syndrome (BAOS. Results Fifty brachycephalic dogs were included in the study and the following information was studied: signalment, clinical signs, thoracic radiographs, blood work, ECG, components of BAOS, and CRP, Hp and cTnI levels. A high proportion of dogs with BAOS (88% had gastrointestinal signs. The prevalence of anatomic components of BAOS was: elongated soft palate (100%, stenotic nares (96%, everted laryngeal saccules (32% and tracheal hypoplasia (29.1%. Increased serum levels of biomarkers were found in a variable proportion of dogs: 14% (7/50 had values of CRP > 20 mg/L, 22.9% (11/48 had values of Hp > 3 g/L and 47.8% (22/46 had levels of cTnI > 0.05 ng/dl. Dogs with everted laryngeal saccules had more severe respiratory signs (p Conclusions According to the low percentage of patients with elevated levels of CRP and Hp, BAOS does not seem to cause an evident systemic inflammatory status. Some degree of myocardial damage may occur in dogs with BAOS that can be detected by cTnI concentration.

  6. Prevalence of Dental Occlusal Patterns and Their Association with Obstractive Upper Airway Diseases in Primary School Children, Isfahan, Iran

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    SM Sonbolestan

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: Teeth, apart from their physiologic function, play an important role in general appearance of indivduals. Therefore any disorder in their growth and evolution, will cause psychologic, social and even economic problems for the person. This observational cross- sectional study aimed to investigate relationship between dental occlusal patterns and obstructive nasal-upper airway- diseases. Methods: This study was perfromed in schools of No.4 Education at district of Isfahan in educational year 1381-82 between 607 students (277 male, 330 female aged 9-12 years old. Results of accurate ENT and dentistry physical examination were registered and analyzed using SPSS software and Chi-square and Mantel - Hanzel test. Results: With increasing age, The frequency of abnormal occlusal patterns increases (from 45.5% to 68.2% in males and 25.8% to 48.5% in females, p=0.015. The increasing in degree of palatal tonsilar hypertrophy was related to higher frequency of abnormal occlusal patterns (36.7% in +1 tonsilar hypertrophy, and 70% in +4 tonsilar hypertrophy, p=0.02. Also, history of frequent common colds, and history of previous nasal fractures were related with abnormal patterns [58.9% (p=0.032, and 83.4% (p= 0.043%, respectively].Five other parameters including sinusitis, hypertrophy of nasal turbinates, rhinitis, nasal polyposis and nasal septal deviation were not associated with abnormal occlusal patterns (p>0.1. Conclusion: Some of obstructive upper airwacy diseases are related with abnormal dental occlusal patterns. These parameters can be simply diagnosed, treated or prevented. Key words: dental occlusion, malocclusion, obstructive nasal disorders, nasal turbinates, adenoid, rhinitis, tonsillectomy, open mouth breathing

  7. A Comparison of Personality Characteristics and Psychiatric Symptomatology between Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome

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    So, Soo-Jung; Kang, Seung-Gul; Cho, Chul-Hyun; Yoon, Ho-Kyoung; Kim, Leen

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    Objective To investigate the personality characteristics of patients with upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) and those of patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). Methods Eighty-eight patients with UARS and 365 patients with OSAS participated. All patients had a diagnostic full-night attended polysomnography (PSG) and completed the Athens Insomnia Scale (AIS), Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), Symptom Checklist-90-Revision (SCL-90-R) and Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ). Results The UARS group scored significantly higher than the OSAS group on the ESS, AIS, and PSQI (psubscales in the UARS group were significantly higher than those in the OSA group (all plie) (p<0.001) than those with OSA. UARS patients also showed higher scores on EPQ-P (psychoticism) (p=0.002) and EPQ-N (neuroticism) (p<0.001) than OSAS patients. Conclusion Our results suggest that patients with UARS have worse subjective sleep quality than OSAS patients in spite of their better PSG findings. UARS patients tend to have more neurotic and sensitive personalities than patients with OSAS, which may be a cause of the clinical features of UARS. PMID:25866518

  8. Changes of Proteases, Antiproteases, and Pathogens in Cystic Fibrosis Patients’ Upper and Lower Airways after IV-Antibiotic Therapy

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    Ulrike Müller

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. In cystic fibrosis (CF the upper (UAW and lower airways (LAW are reservoirs for pathogens like Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The consecutive hosts’ release of proteolytic enzymes contributes to inflammation and progressive pulmonary destruction. Objectives were to assess dynamics of protease : antiprotease ratios and pathogens in CF-UAW and LAW sampled by nasal lavage (NL and sputum before and after intravenous- (IV- antibiotic therapy. Methods. From 19 IV-antibiotic courses of 17 CF patients NL (10 mL/nostril and sputum were collected before and after treatment. Microbiological colonization and concentrations of NE/SLPI/CTSS (ELISA and MMP-9/TIMP-1 (multiplex bead array were determined. Additionally, changes of sinonasal symptoms were assessed (SNOT-20. Results. IV-antibiotic treatment had more pronounced effects on inflammatory markers in LAW, whereas trends to decrease were also found in UAW. Ratios of MMP-9/TIMP-1 were higher in sputum, and ratios of NE/SLPI were higher in NL. Remarkably, NE/SLPI ratio was 10-fold higher in NL compared to healthy controls. SNOT-20 scores decreased significantly during therapy (P=0.001. Conclusion. For the first time, changes in microbiological patterns in UAW and LAW after IV-antibiotic treatments were assessed, together with changes of protease/antiprotease imbalances. Delayed responses of proteases and antiproteases to IV-antibiotic therapy were found in UAW compared to LAW.

  9. Correlation of upper airway radiographic measurements with risk status for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in young dental patients.

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    Adisen, Mehmet Zahit; Misirlioglu, Melda; Yorubulut, Serap; Nalcaci, Rana

    2017-01-01

    The aim of the present study is to compare radiographic measurements of the upper airway (UA) in young adult patients with different levels of risk status for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. The study included 50 patients between 18 and 30 years of age who were referred for dental examination and evaluation of impacted third molars. Case record forms, including habit history, along with the Berlin Questionnaire and the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, were completed by the patients and their relatives. According to the answers, 25 low-risk patients and 25 high-risk patients were selected. Cephalometric radiographs and cone beam computed radiography images were obtained for radiographic analysis when the patients were admitted into the study. There were significant differences in body mass index, neck circumference measurements, Epworth score, and smoking status between risk groups. There were significant differences for UA measurements on radiographic evaluation. Body mass index (BMI) was found to be correlated positively with neck circumference and Epworth scores and negatively with UA measurements for all patients. Velopharyngeal measurements showed the highest correlation with Epworth scores, BMI, and neck circumference. The radiographic findings correlated with the survey results. Our data suggest that radiographic measurements of UA may be used as a predictor of risk for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in a young population. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. An Experimental and Numerical Investigation of CO2 Distribution in the Upper Airways During Nasal High Flow Therapy.

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    Van Hove, S C; Storey, J; Adams, C; Dey, K; Geoghegan, P H; Kabaliuk, N; Oldfield, S D; Spence, C J T; Jermy, M C; Suresh, V; Cater, J E

    2016-10-01

    Nasal high flow (NHF) therapy is used to treat a variety of respiratory disorders to improve patient oxygenation. A CO2 washout mechanism is believed to be responsible for the observed increase in oxygenation. In this study, experimentally validated Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations of the CO2 concentration within the upper airway during unassisted and NHF assisted breathing were undertaken with the aim of exploring the existence of this washout mechanism. An anatomically accurate nasal cavity model was generated from a CT scan and breathing was reproduced using a Fourier decomposition of a physiologically measured breath waveform. Time dependent CO2 profiles were obtained at the entrance of the trachea in the experimental model, and were used as simulation boundary conditions. Flow recirculation features were observed in the anterior portion of the nasal cavity upon application of the therapy. This causes the CO2 rich gas to vent from the nostrils reducing the CO2 concentration in the dead space and lowering the inspired CO2 volume. Increasing therapy flow rate increases the penetration depth within the nasal cavity of the low CO2 concentration gas. A 65% decrease in inspired CO2 was observed for therapy flow rates ranging from 0 to 60 L min(-1) supporting the washout mechanism theory.

  11. Treatment modalities of infants with upper airway obstruction--review of the literature and presentation of novel orthopedic appliances.

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    Kochel, Janka; Meyer-Marcotty, Philipp; Wirbelauer, Johannes; Böhm, Hartmut; Kochel, Michael; Thomas, Wolfgang; Bareis, Ute; Hebestreit, Helge; Speer, Christian; Stellzig-Eisenhauer, Angelika

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    To present a new orthopedic method for treatment of infants with Pierre Robin sequence (PRS) and upper airway obstruction (UAO) as an alternative to other established nonsurgical and surgical techniques such as positioning, nasopharyngeal or endotracheal intubation, tongue-lip adhesion, extension, distraction, or tracheostomy. Review of the literature and presentation of novel orthopedic appliances. Department of Orthodontics, Dental Clinic, Medical Faculty of the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, Department and Clinic of Pediatrics, Medical Faculty of the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, 2005 to 2008. Seven patients with significant respiratory and feeding difficulties between 0 and 6 months of age. Both patients with nonsyndromic PRS and patients with syndromic PRS were included. The type of respiratory tract obstruction was defined by nasopharyngoscopy. Patients with type 1 obstruction received a plate with an epiglottic spur; whereas, patients with obstruction type 2, 3, or 4 received a plate with a pharyngeal tube. All patients were successfully treated with orthopedic appliances alone. Under plate therapy they showed good oxygen saturation and could consequently be better nourished orally. The presented novel method is a noninvasive technique in treatment of infants with UAO.

  12. Role of growth hormone-releasing hormone in sleep and growth impairments induced by upper airway obstruction in rats.

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    Tarasiuk, A; Berdugo-Boura, N; Troib, A; Segev, Y

    2011-10-01

    Upper airway obstruction (UAO) can lead to abnormal growth hormone (GH) homeostasis and growth retardation but the mechanisms are unclear. We explored the effect of UAO on hypothalamic GH-releasing hormone (GHRH), which has a role in both sleep and GH regulation. The tracheae of 22-day-old rats were narrowed; UAO and sham-operated animals were sacrificed 16 days post-surgery. To stimulate slow-wave sleep (SWS) and GH secretion, rats were treated with ritanserin (5-HT(2) receptor antagonist). Sleep was measured with a telemetric system. Hypothalamic GHRH, hypothalamic GHRH receptor (GHRHR) and GH receptor, and orexin were analysed using ELISA, real-time PCR and Western blot. UAO decreased hypothalamic GHRH, GHRHR and GH receptor levels, while orexin mRNA increased (psleep and slow-wave activity was reduced (pgrowth impairment (pgrowth retardation in UAO is associated with a reduction in hypothalamic GHRH content. Our findings show that abnormalities in the GHRH/GH axis underlie both growth retardation and SWS-disorder UAO.

  13. CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF UPPER AIRWAYS' LATENT INFECTION'S INFLUENCE FOR THE COURSE OF BRONCHIAL ASTHMA IN CHILDREN

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    N. A. Sukhanova

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    Full Text Available The study was based on the examination of 100 children (71 boy and 29 girls aged 3–18 years with bronchial asthma in remission. The routine allergological examination was followed up by the immunohistochemical test of deep pharyngeal mucosal cells samples scraped to verify the Chlamydia pneumoniae, Cytomegalovirus hominis, HSV-1, HSV-2, EBV as well as by the bacterioscopic examination of pharyngeal causative and opportunistic pathogens. The immunological examination included evaluation of lymphocyte subpopulation (CD 3+, CD3+CD(16+56++ TNK cells, T helpers (CD3+CD4+, double-positive cells (CD4+CD8+, CD3-CD(16+56+NK cells by means of flow cytometry. Measurements of spontaneous and induced cytokine production (IFN α, IFN γ, IL 4 were taken using the immune assay. The level of specific antibodies (Ig M, Ig G to the relevant infectious agents in the serum was measured as well. These examinations demonstrated that children with bronchial asthma and latent infection of the upper respiratory tract have higher rates of bronchial hyperreactivity (86% as well as more frequent (74,7% uncontrolled or partially controlled course of asthma. According to the examination results, in children with broncial asthma and latent infection of the upper respiratory tract α-interferon induction is oppressed (74,7%, the IL4 in the serum is increased along with a shift of the immune response towards Th2, cytotoxic response is increased, TNK cells are increased (75,5% with simultaneous decrease of NK cells.

  14. Evaluation of upper airway obstruction in infants with Pierre Robin sequence and the role of polysomnography--Review of current evidence.

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    Reddy, Vudum Sridhar

    2016-01-01

    Pierre Robin sequence (PRS) is a heterogeneous condition presenting with upper airway obstruction (UAO) of varying severity. Polysomnography (PSG) is an objective investigation to assess the severity of obstructive sleep apnea and UAO. Its role in the management of PRS has not been well defined. This review summarizes the available evidence on the role of PSG in the assessment of infants with PRS in the context of other commonly used methods of assessment.

  15. ProSeal laryngeal mask airway as an alternative to standard endotracheal tube in securing upper airway in the patients undergoing beating-heart coronary artery bypass grafting

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    Kalpana Shah

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: ProSeal laryngeal mask airways (PLMAs are routinely used after failed tracheal intubation as airway rescue, facilitating tracheal intubation by acting as a conduit and to secure airway during emergencies. In long duration surgeries, use of endotracheal tube (ETT is associated with various hemodynamic complications, which are minimally affected during PLMA use. However, except for few studies, there are no significant data available that promote the use of laryngeal mask during cardiac surgery. This prospective study was conducted with the objective of demonstrating the advantages of PLMA over ETT in the patients undergoing beating-heart coronary artery bypass graft (CABG. Methodology: This prospective, interventional study was carried out in 200 patients who underwent beating-heart CABG. Patients were randomized in equal numbers to either ETT group or PLMA group, and various hemodynamic and respiratory parameters were observed at different time points. Results: Patients in PLMA group had mean systolic blood pressure 126.10 ± 5.31 mmHg compared to the patients of ETT group 143.75 ± 6.02 mmHg. Pulse rate in the PLMA group was less (74.52 ± 10.79 per min (P < 0.05 compared to ETT group (81.72 ± 9.8. Thus, hemodynamic changes were significantly lower (P < 0.05 in PLMA than in ETT group. Respiratory parameters such as oxygen saturation, pressure CO 2 (pCO 2 , peak airway pressure, and lung compliance were similar to ETT group at all evaluation times. The incidence of adverse events was also lower in PLMA group. Conclusion: In experience hand, PLMA offers advantages over the ETT in airway management in the patients undergoing beating-heart CABG.

  16. An integrated model-driven method for in-treatment upper airway motion tracking using cine MRI in head and neck radiation therapy.

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    Li, Hua; Chen, Hsin-Chen; Dolly, Steven; Li, Harold; Fischer-Valuck, Benjamin; Victoria, James; Dempsey, James; Ruan, Su; Anastasio, Mark; Mazur, Thomas; Gach, Michael; Kashani, Rojano; Green, Olga; Rodriguez, Vivian; Gay, Hiram; Thorstad, Wade; Mutic, Sasa

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    For the first time, MRI-guided radiation therapy systems can acquire cine images to dynamically monitor in-treatment internal organ motion. However, the complex head and neck (H&N) structures and low-contrast/resolution of on-board cine MRI images make automatic motion tracking a very challenging task. In this study, the authors proposed an integrated model-driven method to automatically track the in-treatment motion of the H&N upper airway, a complex and highly deformable region wherein internal motion often occurs in an either voluntary or involuntary manner, from cine MRI images for the analysis of H&N motion patterns. Considering the complex H&N structures and ensuring automatic and robust upper airway motion tracking, the authors firstly built a set of linked statistical shapes (including face, face-jaw, and face-jaw-palate) using principal component analysis from clinically approved contours delineated on a set of training data. The linked statistical shapes integrate explicit landmarks and implicit shape representation. Then, a hierarchical model-fitting algorithm was developed to align the linked shapes on the first image frame of a to-be-tracked cine sequence and to localize the upper airway region. Finally, a multifeature level set contour propagation scheme was performed to identify the upper airway shape change, frame-by-frame, on the entire image sequence. The multifeature fitting energy, including the information of intensity variations, edge saliency, curve geometry, and temporal shape continuity, was minimized to capture the details of moving airway boundaries. Sagittal cine MR image sequences acquired from three H&N cancer patients were utilized to demonstrate the performance of the proposed motion tracking method. The tracking accuracy was validated by comparing the results to the average of two manual delineations in 50 randomly selected cine image frames from each patient. The resulting average dice similarity coefficient (93.28%  ±  1

  17. Effects of awake tidal breathing, swallowing, nasal breathing, oral breathing and the Müller and Valsalva maneuvers on the dimensions of the upper airway. Evaluation by ultrafast computerized tomography

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    W Stanford; J Galvin; M Rooholamini

    1988-01-01

    .... This report defines the size of the upper airway during normal tidal breathing and describes the changes that occur with swallowing, isolated nasal breathing, and isolated oral breathing and with the...

  18. Effects of awake tidal breathing, swallowing, nasal breathing, oral breathing and the Müller and Valsalva maneuvers on the dimensions of the upper airway. Evaluation by ultrafast computerized tomography

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    Stanford, W; Galvin, J; Rooholamini, M

    1988-01-01

    .... This report defines the size of the upper airway during normal tidal breathing and describes the changes that occur with swallowing, isolated nasal breathing, and isolated oral breathing and with the...

  19. How does multilevel upper airway surgery influence the lives of dogs with severe brachycephaly? Results of a structured pre- and postoperative owner questionnaire.

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    Pohl, Sabine; Roedler, Frauke S; Oechtering, Gerhard U

    2016-04-01

    Brachycephalic airway syndrome in dogs is typified by a variety of anatomical abnormalities causing a diverse spectrum of clinical signs of varying intensity. This variability makes the assessment of the surgical outcome after upper airway surgery difficult. Using a structured questionnaire, the present study investigated the dog owner-perceived severity and frequency of a broad spectrum of welfare-relevant impairments 2 weeks before and 6 months after brachycephalic dogs underwent a recently developed multi-level upper airway surgery. All dogs underwent surgical treatment of stenotic nares (ala-vestibuloplasty), the nasal cavity (laser-assisted turbinectomy, LATE), the pharynx (palatoplasty and tonsillotomy), and if indicated, laryngeal surgery (laser-assisted ablation of everted ventricles and partial cuneiformectomy). Owners of brachycephalic dogs (n = 102) referred for upper airway surgery were eligible to participate. Questionnaire data from owners of 37 Pugs and 25 French bulldogs were evaluated. In all dogs, the clinical signs associated with brachycephaly improved markedly after surgery. Most encouraging was the striking reduction in life-threatening events by 90% (choking fits decreased from 60% to 5% and collapse from 27% to 3%). The incidence of sleeping problems decreased from 55% to 3%, and the occurrence of breathing sounds declined by approximately 50%. There was a marked improvement in exercise tolerance and a modest improvement in heat tolerance. Dogs with severe brachycephaly benefitted substantially from multi-level surgery, and there were particular improvements in the incidences of severe impairment and life-threatening events. However, despite the marked improvement perceived by dog owners, these dogs remained clinically affected and continued to show welfare-relevant impairments caused by these hereditary disorders.

  20. Influences of the breathing route on upper airway dynamics properties in normal awake subjects with constant mouth opening.

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    Wang, Wei; Verin, Eric; Sériès, Frédéric

    2006-11-01

    MB (mouth breathing) promotes the occurrence of sleep-disordered breathing even in non-apnoeic subjects. Considering that MO (mouth opening) contributes to an increase in UA (upper airway) collapsibility independently of MB, the aim of the present study was to assess the influence of breathing route on UA dynamics in the presence of MO. Bilateral anterior magnetic phrenic nerve stimulation was performed 2 s after expiratory onset in 12 healthy male subjects during wakefulness (age, 50+/-5 years; body mass index, 27.8+/-2.4 kg/m(2)) during MB through a mouthpiece and during exclusive NB (nasal breathing) with the same mouthpiece in place. Twitch-induced V(I) (instantaneous flow), P(ph) and P(es) (pharyngeal and oesophageal pressures respectively) were recorded and the corresponding resistances were measured. A polynomial regression model, V(I)=k(1)P(d)+k(2)P(d)(2), was used to characterize flow-pressure relationship and to determine the P(d) value at which UA collapses. There was no difference in UA dynamic properties between NB and MB when UA collapse occurred above the pharyngeal catheter. For twitches where UA collapse occurred lower in the UA, pharyngeal resistance decreased from NB to MB (2.0+/-0.3 and 1.5+/-0.2 cmH(2)Oxl(-1)xs respectively; P=0.02; values are means+/-S.D.), whereas closing pressure increased (-25.7+/-10.1 and -18.0+/-3.0 cmH(2)O respectively; P=0.04). We conclude that (i) in the presence of MO the dynamic properties of the proximal UA free of phasic activity do not differ between NB and MB, and (ii) MB decreases the upstream resistance and increases collapsibility of the distal UA.

  1. A CBCT analysis of influencing factors on the upper airway in children%影响儿童上气道因素的锥体束CT研究

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    刘伟涛; 章晶晶; 高雪梅

    2015-01-01

    Objective To explore potential influence factors on the dimensions of the upper airway in children.Methods 50 children aged from 7 to 13 years old (20 males,30 females) were selected.Their maxillary development were between normal to deficienct (SNA 79.85±3.49°),while the development of mandible ranged from normal to overdue (SNB 81.55 ± 3.71°).All children underwent CBCT scan and their 41 dental,occlusal,jaw and facial cephalometric variables were measured with Dolphin Software to evaluate the height,sectional area and corresponding volume in 3 parts of upper airway.Correlated analysis was done both between upper airway variables and general development variables,and upper airway variables and cephalometric variables.Results Age is an important influence factor (r=0.417,P =0.020).Skeletal measurements of Pg-NB,Co-Gn,Ar-Go and Sgo showed statistical significance on the upper airway.So did dental measurements of U1-NA,L1-MP and OB.Conclusions The dimensions of the upper airway were influenced by skeletal and dental structures.The effect of growth on the upper airway were mainly from its role in vertical dimension.%目的 探讨影响儿童上气道大小的影响因素.方法 50例7至13岁儿童,男20例,女30例,上颌发育由正常至不足(SNA 79.85°±3.49°),下颌发育从正常至不同程度的发育过度(SNB 81.55°±3.71°).进行常规锥体束CT扫描,使用Dolphin软件完成41项牙、(牙合)、颌、面头影测量指标,完成上气道及其各区段的高度、截面积和体积测量.对上气道各项指标与患儿一般发育指标、头影测量各项指标进行相关分析.结果 年龄是上气道重要影响因素(r=0.417,P=0.020);颌骨硬组织指标Pg-NB、Co-Gn、Ar-Go、SGo,牙性指标U1-NA、L1-MP、OB对上气道大小的影响有统计学意义.结论 骨性指标与牙性指标均对上气道大小有影响,生长发育主要通过垂直向发育影响儿童上气道大小.

  2. Study of the variability in upper and lower airway morphology in Sprague-Dawley rats using modern micro-CT scan-based segmentation techniques.

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    De Backer, Jan W; Vos, Wim G; Burnell, Patricia; Verhulst, Stijn L; Salmon, Phil; De Clerck, Nora; De Backer, Wilfried

    2009-05-01

    Animal models are being used extensively in pre-clinical and safety assessment studies to assess the effectiveness and safety of new chemical entities and delivery systems. Although never entirely replacing the need for animal testing, the use of computer simulations could eventually reduce the amount of animals needed for research purposes and refine the data acquired from the animal studies. Computational fluid dynamics is a powerful tool that makes it possible to simulate flow and particle behavior in animal or patient-specific respiratory models, for purposes of inhaled delivery. This tool requires an accurate representation of the respiratory system, respiration and dose delivery attributes. The aim of this study is to develop a representative airway model of the Sprague-Dawley rat using static and dynamic micro-CT scans. The entire respiratory tract was modeled, from the snout and nares down to the central airways at the point where no distinction could be made between intraluminal air and the surrounding tissue. For the selection of the representative model, variables such as upper airway movement, segmentation length, airway volume and size are taken into account. Dynamic scans of the nostril region were used to illustrate the characteristic morphology of this region in anaesthetized animals. It could be concluded from this study that it was possible to construct a highly detailed representative model of a Sprague-Dawley rat based on imaging modalities such as micro-CT scans.

  3. [A case of upper airway obstruction associated with flexed cervical position after posterior occipito-cervical fusion--a retrospective radiographic analysis by the O-C2 angle].

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    Oishi, Hirofumi; Yamada, Masana; Oishi, Mioko; Shakunaga, Kiyoshi; Hirota, Koki; Yamazaki, Mitsuaki

    2013-09-01

    A 71-year-old female developed upper airway obstruction due to flexed cervical position after posterior occipito-cervical fusion. After the operation, she was re-intubated with the air-Q intubating laryngeal airway. Revision surgery allowing the angle to return to the neutral position was performed to attenuate the overflexion of the cervical position. After revision surgery, the upper airway obstruction disappeared. From the retrospective radiographic analysis, we suggest that the decrease of 18 degrees in the O-C2 angle causes the upper airway obstruction. On the extubation after occipito-cervical fusion, we should take care of the possibility of re-intubation and its difficulty based on the O-C2 angle.

  4. Efficacy of a Conservative Weight Loss Program in the Long-Term Management of Chronic Upper Airway Obstruction

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    Ryan C. Case

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. Obesity is a significant contributor to oxygen demand and dynamic airway obstruction. The objective of the current study is to determine the long-term success of conservative measures directed toward weight reduction on airway management without respect to specific airway disease etiology. Methods. Patients with chronic airway obstruction secondary anatomic lesions or obstructive sleep apnea were recruited and followed prospectively. Demographics, initial and final weights, diagnosis, and followup information were recorded. Patients were referred to a registered dietician, provided counseling, and started on a weight-loss regimen. Outcome measures were change in body mass index (BMI and rate of decannulation from weight loss alone. Results. Of fourteen patients, ten remained tracheostomy-dependent and four had high-grade lesions with the potential for improvement in oxygen demand and dynamic airway collapse with weight loss. The mean follow up period was 25 months. The mean change in BMI was an increase of 1.4 kg/m2 per patient. Conclusions. Conservative measures alone were not effective in achieving weight reduction in the population studied. This may be due to comorbid disease and poor compliance. The promise of decannulation was an insufficient independent motivator for weight loss in this study. Although the theoretical benefits of weight loss support its continued recommendation, the long-term success rate of conservative measures is low. More aggressive facilitated interventions including pharmacotherapy or bariatric surgery should be considered early in the course of treating airway disease complicated by obesity.

  5. Virtual endoscopy of the upper, central and peripheral airways with multirow detector CT; Virtuelle Endoskopie der oberen, zentralen und peripheren Atemwege mit Mehrzeilen-Spiral-CT

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    Hoppe, H.; Dinkel, H.P.; Thoeny, H.; Vock, P. [Institut fuer Diagnostische Radiologie, Universitaetsspital Bern (Switzerland); Gugger, M. [Abteilung fuer Pneumologie, Universitaetsspital Bern (Switzerland)

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    Virtual endoscopy of the upper, central and peripheral airways (virtual laryngoscopy or virtual bronchoscopy) produces endoluminal images similar to those of fiberoptic endoscopy. In particular, virtual endoscopy is useful for the assessment of endoluminal tumor extent and tracheobronchial stenosis. Especially since the introduction of multirow detector CT, high-resolution virtual-endoscopic images of the airways can be reconstructed. Either surface rendering or volume rendering can be used for realistic depiction of the airways. Semitransparent color-coded volume rendering is advantageous, because adjacent structures can be displayed in addition to endoluminal views. A major advantage of virtual endoscopy over fiberoptic endoscopy is its non-invasiveness. With virtual endoscopy, even a high-grade stenosis is passable, enabling evaluation of the distal airways. Disadvantages are its inability to depict mucosal color and to perform therapeutic maneuvers. In comparison to other CT display modes, virtual endoscopy allows a more realistic assessment of tracheobronchial stenosis than axial CT slices and multiplanar reformats. Virtual endoscopy of the airways can be used complementary to fiberoptic endoscopy before tracheotomy, stent implantation or lung resection and for post-operative follow-up. In the future, virtual airway endoscopy will be increasingly applied for interactive virtual reality guidance of airway procedures such as bronchoscopy and surgery. (orig.) [German] Die virtuelle Endoskopie der oberen, zentralen und peripheren Atemwege (virtuelle Laryngoskopie oder virtuelle Bronchoskopie) erzeugt eine der fiberoptischen Endoskopie vergleichbare Ansicht und kommt insbesondere zur Diagnostik von tracheobronchialen Stenosen und Tumoren mit endoluminaler Ausdehnung zur Anwendung. Vor allem seit Einfuehrung der Mehrzeilen-Spiral-CT lassen sich qualitativ hochwertige Rekonstruktionen der Atemwege erstellen. Das erfolgt entweder mittels Oberflaechenrekonstruktion

  6. 儿童上气道咳嗽综合征48例临床分析%Clinical study of upper airway cough syndrome in 48 cases

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    董传莉; 谢怀珍; 张兰

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To summarize the clinical characteristics of chronic cough in children caused by upper airway cough syndrome ( UACS) . Methods: Forty-eight children diagnosed with UACS were given systematic treatment such as anti-inflammation, anti-allergy, anti-infection decongestants and so on, and the clinical data were collected and analyzed. Results: There were 26 misdiagnosed cases among the 48 cases. The misdiagnositic rate was 54. 17%. After two-week reasonable and targeted treatment, the symptoms and signs in 42 cases were obviously relieved or disappeared. The effective rate was 87. 50%. Conclusions: Chronic cough is the chief complaint of UACS associated with other complex symptoms, so it is easy to be misdiagnosed and mistreated. All the children with upper airway cough syndrome can be diagnosed through its detail history of disease, reasonable physical examination and specialist consultation. The targeted therapy can give satisfied effect to upper airway cough syndrome.%目的:总结上气道咳嗽综合征(upper airway cough syndrome,UACS)引起儿童慢性咳嗽的临床特点,提高对该病的认识.方法:确诊后采用抗炎、抗变态反应、局部使用减充血剂、抗感染等系统治疗.结果:48例UACS患儿中误诊26例,误诊率54.17%.42例患儿在2周内症状明显减轻或消失,治疗有效率87.50%.结论:UACS均以慢性咳嗽为主诉,伴随症状复杂,易被误诊误治.详细询问病史、合理检查、专科会诊有助于明确诊断.给予针对性治疗,绝大部分疗效好.

  7. Upper airway viruses and bacteria in urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Brisbane, Australia: a cross-sectional study.

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    O'Grady, Kerry-Ann F; Hall, Kerry K; Sloots, Theo P; Anderson, Jennie; Chang, Anne B

    2017-04-04

    Respiratory morbidity in Australian Indigenous children is higher than their non-Indigenous counterparts, irrespective of urban or remote residence. There are limited studies addressing acute respiratory illness (ARI) in urban Indigenous children, particularly those that address the upper airway microbiome and its relationship to disease. We aimed to describe the prevalence of upper airway viruses and bacteria in symptomatic and asymptomatic urban-based Australian Indigenous children aged less than 5 years. A cross-sectional analysis of data collected at baseline in an ongoing prospective cohort study of urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children registered with a primary health care service in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, Australia. Clinical, demographic and epidemiological data and bilateral anterior nasal swabs were collected on enrolment. Polymerase chain reaction was performed on nasal swabs to detect 17 respiratory viruses and 7 bacteria. The primary outcome was the prevalence of these microbes at enrolment. Logistic regression was performed to investigate differences in microbe prevalence between children with and without acute respiratory illness with cough as a symptom (ARIwC) at time of specimen collection. Between February 2013 and October 2015, 164 children were enrolled. The median age at enrolment was 18.0 months (IQR 7.2-34.3), 49.4% were boys and 56 children (34.2%) had ARIwC. Overall, 133/164 (81%) nasal swabs were positive for at least one organism; 131 (79.9%) for any bacteria, 59 (36.2%) for any virus and 57 (34.8%) for both viruses and bacteria. Co-detection of viruses and bacteria was more common in females than males (61.4% vs 38.6%, p = 0.044). No microbes, alone or in combination, were significantly associated with the presence of ARIwC. The prevalence of upper airways microbes in asymptomatic children is similar to non-Indigenous children with ARIwC from the same region. Determining the aetiology of ARIwC in this

  8. Comparison of upper lip bite test and ratio of height to thyromental distance with other airway assessment tests for predicting difficult endotracheal intubation

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    Jigisha Prahladrai Badheka

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Various anatomical measurements and noninvasive clinical tests, singly or in various combinations can be performed to predict difficult intubation. Upper lip bite test (ULBT and ratio of height to thyromental distance (RHTMD are claimed to have high predictability. Hence, we have conducted this study to compare the predictive value of ULBT and RHTMD with the following parameters: Mallampati grading, inter-incisor gap, thyromental distance, sternomental distance, head and neck movements, and horizontal length of mandible for predicting difficult intubation. Materials and Methods: In this single blinded, prospective, observational study involving 170 adult patients of either sex belonging to American Society of Anesthesiologists physical Status I-III scheduled to undergo general anesthesia were recruited. All patients were subjected to the preoperative airway assessment and, the above parameters were recorded correlated with Cormack and Lehane grade and analyzed. The number of intubation attempts and use of intubation aids were also noted. Results: ULBT and RHTMD had highest sensitivity (96.64%, 90.72%, specificity (82.35%, 80.39%, positive predictive value (92.74%, 91.53%, and negative predictive value (91.3%, 78.8%, respectively, compared to other parameters. While odds ratio and likelihood ratio >1 for all the tests. Conclusion: ULBT can be used as a simple bedside screening test for prediction of difficult intubation, but it should be combined with other airway assessment tests for better airway predictability. RHTMD can also be used as an acceptable alternative.

  9. Comparison of upper lip bite test and ratio of height to thyromental distance with other airway assessment tests for predicting difficult endotracheal intubation.

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    Badheka, Jigisha Prahladrai; Doshi, Pratik M; Vyas, Ashutosh M; Kacha, Nirav Jentilal; Parmar, Vandana S

    2016-01-01

    Various anatomical measurements and noninvasive clinical tests, singly or in various combinations can be performed to predict difficult intubation. Upper lip bite test (ULBT) and ratio of height to thyromental distance (RHTMD) are claimed to have high predictability. Hence, we have conducted this study to compare the predictive value of ULBT and RHTMD with the following parameters: Mallampati grading, inter-incisor gap, thyromental distance, sternomental distance, head and neck movements, and horizontal length of mandible for predicting difficult intubation. In this single blinded, prospective, observational study involving 170 adult patients of either sex belonging to American Society of Anesthesiologists physical Status I-III scheduled to undergo general anesthesia were recruited. All patients were subjected to the preoperative airway assessment and, the above parameters were recorded correlated with Cormack and Lehane grade and analyzed. The number of intubation attempts and use of intubation aids were also noted. ULBT and RHTMD had highest sensitivity (96.64%, 90.72%), specificity (82.35%, 80.39%), positive predictive value (92.74%, 91.53%), and negative predictive value (91.3%, 78.8%), respectively, compared to other parameters. While odds ratio and likelihood ratio >1 for all the tests. ULBT can be used as a simple bedside screening test for prediction of difficult intubation, but it should be combined with other airway assessment tests for better airway predictability. RHTMD can also be used as an acceptable alternative.

  10. Evaluation of upper airways after bimaxillary orthognathic surgery in patients with skeletal Class III pattern using cone-beam computed tomography.

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    Azevêdo, Marília Spínola; Machado, Andre Wilson; Barbosa, Inêssa da Silva; Esteves, Lucas Senhorinho; Rocha, Vanessa Álvares Castro; Bittencourt, Marcos Alan Vieira

    2016-01-01

    It has been suggested that mandibular setback surgery, combined or not with maxillary advancement as a treatment alternative for patients with mandibular prognathism, can induce changes in upper airway space (UAS). Therefore, this study aimed to assess the response of the upper airway in the oropharynx region of patients with Class III skeletal pattern that underwent bimaxillary orthognathic surgery (maxillary advancement and mandibular setback) combined with mentoplasty. The sample comprised 26 cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans of 13 patients. The examination was taken before and after surgery. UAS volume, sagittal area, length and minimal axial area with its width, depth and location, were measured with the aid of Dolphin Imaging™ software version 11.5 Premium. Data were statistically treated by applying Shapiro-Wilk test and Student's paired t-test, considering as statistically significant the results of which p-value was lower than 0.05. No statistically significant differences were found in any measurements evaluated. No significant changes were observed in the oropharynx after bimaxillary orthognathic surgery and mentoplasty.

  11. Evaluation of upper airways after bimaxillary orthognathic surgery in patients with skeletal Class III pattern using cone-beam computed tomography

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    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: It has been suggested that mandibular setback surgery, combined or not with maxillary advancement as a treatment alternative for patients with mandibular prognathism, can induce changes in upper airway space (UAS. Therefore, this study aimed to assess the response of the upper airway in the oropharynx region of patients with Class III skeletal pattern that underwent bimaxillary orthognathic surgery (maxillary advancement and mandibular setback combined with mentoplasty. Material and Methods: The sample comprised 26 cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT scans of 13 patients. The examination was taken before and after surgery. UAS volume, sagittal area, length and minimal axial area with its width, depth and location, were measured with the aid of Dolphin ImagingTMsoftware version 11.5 Premium. Data were statistically treated by applying Shapiro-Wilk test and Student's paired t-test, considering as statistically significant the results of which p-value was lower than 0.05. Results: No statistically significant differences were found in any measurements evaluated. Conclusions: No significant changes were observed in the oropharynx after bimaxillary orthognathic surgery and mentoplasty.

  12. Coexistence of Upper Airway Obstruction and Primary and Secondary Enuresis Nocturna in Children and the Effect of Surgical Treatment for the Resolution of Enuresis Nocturna

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    Full Text Available Objective. The aim of this study is to investigate the coexistence of upper airway obstruction (UAO and primary enuresis nocturna (PEN and secondary enuresis nocturna (SEN in children. Besides, the efficacy of surgery on resolution of enuresis nocturna is evaluated. Materials and Methods. The children with PEN and SEN were included in the first group and investigated for UAO in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology. During the same period, children who had been planned for an operation to treat UAO over 5 years old were included in the second group and were evaluated in the Department of Urology for PEN and SEN before the operation. Results. A hundred patients completed the study (50 patients in Group 1, 50 patients in Group 2. According to the otolaryngologic examination, 20 of 25 PEN patients and 9 of 25 SEN patients also had UAO. The difference was statistically different (P<0.05. The second group consisted of fifty patients on the surgery list for upper airway obstructive pathologies. Coexistence of PEN and SEN is found in 12 and 3 of children, respectively. These ratios were statistically significant (P<0.05. The improvement rate of PEN and SEN after operation in the second group was 83.3% and 33.3%, respectively. The difference was statistically significant (P<0.05. Conclusion. There is a strong relationship between PEN and UAO, but it cannot be declared for SEN patients. UAO should be kept in mind as a possible etiologic factor for PEN.

  13. Direct sampling of cystic fibrosis lungs indicates that DNA-based analyses of upper-airway specimens can misrepresent lung microbiota.

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    Goddard, Amanda F; Staudinger, Benjamin J; Dowd, Scot E; Joshi-Datar, Amruta; Wolcott, Randall D; Aitken, Moira L; Fligner, Corinne L; Singh, Pradeep K

    2012-08-21

    Recent work using culture-independent methods suggests that the lungs of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients harbor a vast array of bacteria not conventionally implicated in CF lung disease. However, sampling lung secretions in living subjects requires that expectorated specimens or collection devices pass through the oropharynx. Thus, contamination could confound results. Here, we compared culture-independent analyses of throat and sputum specimens to samples directly obtained from the lungs at the time of transplantation. We found that CF lungs with advanced disease contained relatively homogenous populations of typical CF pathogens. In contrast, upper-airway specimens from the same subjects contained higher levels of microbial diversity and organisms not typically considered CF pathogens. Furthermore, sputum exhibited day-to-day variation in the abundance of nontypical organisms, even in the absence of clinical changes. These findings suggest that oropharyngeal contamination could limit the accuracy of DNA-based measurements on upper-airway specimens. This work highlights the importance of sampling procedures for microbiome studies and suggests that methods that account for contamination are needed when DNA-based methods are used on clinical specimens.

  14. Laringocele: uma causa de obstrução de vias aéreas superiores Laryngocele: a cause of upper airway obstruction

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    Jose Antonio de Paula Felix

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Laringoceles são dilatações anormais do sáculo do ventrículo de Morgani da laringe, localizando-se entre a falsa prega vocal e a face interna da cartilagem tireóide. Relevância clínica é rara, sendo o achado de laringoceles assintomáticas em necropsia muito alto. Algumas vezes, pode se apresentar já como uma grande massa cervical, levando à obstrução de vias aéreas e necessitando de intervenção de urgência. Neste trabalho, os autores relatam um caso de laringocele levando à obstrução de vias aéreas superiores, necessitando de traqueostomia de urgência e fazem uma revisão da literatura sobre o tema. Complicações de laringocele incluem infecção (formação de piocele, aspiração de patógenos e subseqüente bronquite e pneumonia, infecção do espaço lateral da faringe (depois de ruptura e obstrução de vias aéreas superiores, como no caso apresentado. A laringocele, apesar de ser uma doença benigna, é uma causa potencial de obstrução respiratória que pode ameaçar a vida do paciente. O correto diagnóstico e manejo adequado precoce podem evitar que situações de emergência, como a do paciente do caso relatado, levem à morte.Laryngoceles are abnormal dilatations of the laryngeal saccule, which rises between the ventricular folds, the base of the epiglottis and the inner surface of the thyroid cartilage. Clinical symptoms are rare, and the find of asymptomatic laryngoceles in pathology studies are frequent. Sometimes it is presented as cervical swelling causing airway obstruction in need of emergency intervention. In this study, we report a case of upper airway obstruction due to laryngocele treated by emergency tracheotomy and we review of the literature. Laryngocele complications include infection (pyocele formation, pathogens aspirations with subsequent bronchitis and pneumonia and upper airway obstruction, as in the case reported. Despite being benign tumors, laryngoceles cause relevant airway obstruction

  15. Factors affecting magnetic retention of particles in the upper airways: an in vitro and ex vivo study.

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    Ally, J; Amirfazli, A; Roa, W

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents the results of experiments using an in vitro model and an ex vivo animal model (Rana catesbeiana) to study magnetic particle retention in the conducting airways, specifically the trachea and bronchi. The purpose of these experiments was to determine the significant factors for retention of magnetic particles deposited from an aerosol at the airway surface using a magnetic field. The results indicate that the apparent viscosity of the mucus layer at low shear rates is the most significant obstacle to particle retention. The results also show that particle size and aggregation play major roles in particle retention. The mucus transport rate, unlike the effect of fluid velocity in intravenous applications, did not appear to be a determining factor for particle retention. It was also found that a suitably designed magnetic system, aside from having a high intensity, needs to exert a strong radial field to promote particle aggregation. The findings suggest that one possible approach to magnetic particle retention could be delivery of a mucolytic agent along with the drug particles. This study provides the fundamentals needed for development of a targeted magnetic drug delivery system for inhaled therapeutic aerosol particles.

  16. Virtual 3-D {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT panendoscopy for assessment of the upper airways of head and neck cancer patients: a feasibility study

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    Buchbender, Christian; Heusner, Till A. [University Duesseldorf, Medical Faculty, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Duesseldorf (Germany); University Duisburg-Essen, Medical Faculty, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, Essen (Germany); Treffert, Jon [Siemens Health Care, Molecular Imaging, Knoxville, TN (United States); Lehnerdt, Goetz; Mattheis, Stefan [University Duisburg-Essen, Medical Faculty, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Essen (Germany); Geiger, Bernhard [Siemens Corporate Research Inc., Princeton, NJ (United States); Bockisch, Andreas [University Duisburg-Essen, Medical Faculty, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Essen (Germany); Forsting, Michael [University Duisburg-Essen, Medical Faculty, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, Essen (Germany); Antoch, Gerald [University Duesseldorf, Medical Faculty, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Duesseldorf (Germany)

    2012-09-15

    The aim of this study was to evaluate whether a virtual 3-D {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET)/CT panendoscopy is feasible and can be used for noninvasive imaging of the upper airways and pharyngeal/laryngeal tumours. From {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT data sets of 40 patients (29 men, 11 women; age 61 {+-} 9 years) with pharyngeal or laryngeal malignancies virtual 3-D {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT panendoscopies were reconstructed and the image processing time was measured. The feasibility of assessing the oral cavity, nasopharynx, tongue base, soft palate, pharyngeal tonsils, epiglottis, aryepiglottic folds, piriform sinus, postcricoid space, glottis, subglottis, trachea, bronchi and oesophagus and of detecting primary tumours was tested. Results of fibre-optic bronchoscopy and histology served as the reference standard. The nasopharynx, tongue base, soft palate, pharyngeal tonsils, epiglottis, subglottis and the tracheobronchial tree were accessible in all 40, and the aryepiglottic folds, posterior hypopharyngeal wall, postcricoid space, piriform sinus, glottis, oral cavity and oesophagus in 37, 37, 37, 37, 33, 16 and 0 patients, respectively. In all 12 patients with restricted fibre-optic evaluation due to being primarily intubated, the subglottis was accessible via virtual panendoscopy. The primary tumour was depicted in 36 of 40 patients (90 %). The mean processing time for virtual {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT panendoscopies was 145 {+-} 98 s. Virtual {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT panendoscopy of the upper airways is technically feasible and can detect pharyngeal and laryngeal malignancies. This new tool can aid in the complete evaluation of the subglottic space in intubated patients and may be used for planning optical panendoscopies, biopsies and surgery in the future. (orig.)

  17. Upper airways microbiota in antibiotic-naive wheezing and healthy infants from the tropics of rural Ecuador.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Observations that the airway microbiome is disturbed in asthma may be confounded by the widespread use of antibiotics and inhaled steroids. We have therefore examined the oropharyngeal microbiome in early onset wheezing infants from a rural area of tropical Ecuador where antibiotic usage is minimal and glucocorticoid usage is absent. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed pyrosequencing of amplicons of the polymorphic bacterial 16S rRNA gene from oropharyngeal samples from 24 infants with non-infectious early onset wheezing and 24 healthy controls (average age 10.2 months. We analyzed microbial community structure and differences between cases and controls by QIIME software. RESULTS: We obtained 76,627 high quality sequences classified into 182 operational taxonomic units (OTUs. Firmicutes was the most common and diverse phylum (71.22% of sequences with Streptococcus being the most common genus (49.72%. Known pathogens were found significantly more often in cases of infantile wheeze compared to controls, exemplified by Haemophilus spp. (OR=2.12, 95% Confidence Interval (CI 1.82-2.47; P=5.46×10(-23 and Staphylococcus spp. (OR=124.1, 95%CI 59.0-261.2; P=1.87×10(-241. Other OTUs were less common in cases than controls, notably Veillonella spp. (OR=0.59, 95%CI=0.56-0.62; P=8.06×10(-86. DISCUSSION: The airway microbiota appeared to contain many more Streptococci than found in Western Europe and the USA. Comparisons between healthy and wheezing infants revealed a significant difference in several bacterial phylotypes that were not confounded by antibiotics or use of inhaled steroids. The increased prevalence of pathogens such as Haemophilus and Staphylococcus spp. in cases may contribute to wheezing illnesses in this age group.

  18. Modulation of the vagal bradycardia evoked by stimulation of upper airway receptors by central 5-HT1 receptors in anaesthetized rabbits

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    Dando, Simon B; Skinner, Matthew R; Jordan, David; Ramage, Andrew G

    1998-01-01

    The effects of central application of 5-HT1A and 5-HT1B/1D receptor ligands on the reflex bradycardia, apnoea, renal sympathoexcitation and pressor response evoked by stimulating upper airway receptors with smoke in atenolol-pretreated anaesthetized rabbits were studied.Intracisternal administration of the 5-HT1A receptor antagonists WAY-100635 (100 μg kg−1) and (−)pindolol (100 μg kg−1) significantly reduced the smoke-induced bradycardia, attenuated the pressor response and in the case of (−)pindolol, sympathetic nerve activity. The same dose of WAY-100635 i.v. was without effect.Buspirone (200 μg kg−1, i.c.) potentiated the reflex bradycardia. This action was prevented if the animals were pretreated with WAY-100635 (100 μg kg−1, i.v.)(+)8-OH-DPAT (25 μg kg−1, i.c.) attenuated the evoked bradycardia, pressor response, apnoea and renal sympathoexcitation. The attenuation of the apnoea and renal sympathoexcitation, but not the bradycardia or pressor response was prevented in animals pretreated with WAY-100635 (100 μg kg−1, i.v.). The attenuation of the reflex bradycardia and the reduction in the renal sympathoexcitation were reduced by pretreatment with the 5-HT1B/1D receptor antagonist GR127935 (100 μg kg−1, i.v.).In WAY-100635 (100 μg kg−1, i.v.) pretreated animals, sumatriptan (a 5-HT1B/1D receptor agonist) reduced the reflex bradycardia and the pressor response. The 5-HT1B/1D receptor antagonist GR127935 (20 μg kg−1, i.c. or 100 μg kg−1, i.v.) had no effect on the reflex responses.In conclusion, the present data are consistent with the hypothesis that activation of central 5-HT1A receptors potentiate whilst activation of 5-HT1B/1D receptors attenuate the reflex activation of cardiac preganglionic vagal motoneurones evoked by stimulation of upper airway receptors with smoke in rabbits. PMID:9786516

  19. The genetics of the bitter taste receptor T2R38 in upper airway innate immunity and implications for chronic rhinosinusitis.

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    Cohen, Noam A

    2017-01-01

    Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) refractory to therapeutic intervention may involve a particularly resistant infection known as a bacterial biofilm. Critical to biofilm formation is the microbial process of quorum sensing whereby microbes secrete factors that regulate the expression of microbial genes involved in biofilm formation, persistence, and virulence. Here, we review recent work demonstrating that the bitter taste receptor T2R38, expressed on the apical surface of the sinonasal epithelium, serves a sentinel role in eavesdropping on microbial quorum-sensing communications and regulates localized innate biocidal defenses. Furthermore, studies investigating whether cilia are necessary for T2R38 expression and function in the upper airway are presented. Primary human sinonasal air-liquid interface cultures were used to elucidate cellular pathways responsive to quorum-sensing molecules, whereas clinical studies investigated the contribution of T2R38 polymorphisms to recalcitrant chronic rhinosinusitis. T2R38 is stimulated by acyl-homoserine lactones, gram-negative quorum-sensing molecules, and subsequently activates nitric oxide-dependent innate immune responses. The formation of mature cilia is necessary for T2R38 expression and function, and polymorphisms that underlie T2R38 functionality appear to be involved in susceptibility to upper respiratory infection and recalcitrant CRS. Taste receptors are emerging as critical components of early-phase respiratory innate immunity, detecting molecules used by microbes to communicate and stimulating localized host defenses. Genetic polymorphisms are very common within the taste receptors, and recent linkage studies have demonstrated associations of taste receptor genetics with CRS. Lastly, ciliogenesis, which is often impacted in CRS, is critical for the functional expression of T2R38. N/A. Laryngoscope, 127:44-51, 2017. © 2016 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  20. Drug-induced sedation endoscopy in children <2 years with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome: upper airway findings and treatment outcomes.

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    Boudewyns, A; Van de Heyning, P; Verhulst, S

    2017-02-20

    Few data are available about the pattern of upper airway (UA) obstruction in children DISE) in young OSAS children to investigate the pattern of UA obstruction and the value of DISE in therapeutic decision making. Retrospective analysis of ≤2-year-old children undergoing DISE-directed UA surgery. OSAS severity and the treatment outcomes were documented by polysomnography. Data are available for 28 patients, age 1.5 years (1.3-1.8), BMI-z score 0.5 (-0.7 to 1.3) with severe OSAS, obstructive apnea/hypopnea index (oAHI) 13.8/hr (7.5-28.3). All but 3 had (>50%) obstruction at the level of the adenoids, and all but 5 had (>50%) tonsillar obstruction. DISE-directed treatment consisted of adenoidectomy (n = 4), tonsillectomy (n = 1), and AT (n = 23). There was a significant improvement in respiratory parameters. Twenty children (71.4%) had a postoperative oAHI DISE showed a collapse of the epiglottis in 6 and late-onset laryngomalacia in 4. These findings did not affect surgical outcome. Adenotonsillar hypertrophy is the major cause of UA obstruction, and DISE-directed UA surgery was curative in 71,4% of children ≤2 years. We suggest that DISE may be helpful in surgical decision making. Circumferential UA narrowing may result in less favorable surgical outcomes.

  1. Prevalence, codetection and seasonal distribution of upper airway viruses and bacteria in children with acute respiratory illnesses with cough as a symptom.

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    O'Grady, K F; Grimwood, K; Sloots, T P; Whiley, D M; Acworth, J P; Phillips, N; Goyal, V; Chang, A B

    2016-06-01

    Most studies exploring the role of upper airway viruses and bacteria in paediatric acute respiratory infections (ARI) focus on specific clinical diagnoses and/or do not account for virus-bacteria interactions. We aimed to describe the frequency and predictors of virus and bacteria codetection in children with ARI and cough, irrespective of clinical diagnosis. Bilateral nasal swabs, demographic, clinical and risk factor data were collected at enrollment in children aged bacteria. Logistic regression was used to investigate associations between child characteristics and codetection of the organisms of interest. Between December 2011 and August 2014, swabs were collected from 817 (93.3%) of 876 enrolled children, median age 27.7 months (interquartile range 13.9-60.3 months). Overall, 740 (90.6%) of 817 specimens were positive for any organism. Both viruses and bacteria were detected in 423 specimens (51.8%). Factors associated with codetection were age (adjusted odds ratio (aOR) for age bacteria pairs. Virus-H. influenzae interactions in ARI should be investigated further, especially as the contribution of nontypeable H. influenzae to acute and chronic respiratory diseases is being increasingly recognized.

  2. Effects of β2 Agonists, Corticosteroids, and Novel Therapies on Rhinovirus-Induced Cytokine Release and Rhinovirus Replication in Primary Airway Fibroblasts

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    David Van Ly

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Rhinovirus-(RV- induced asthma exacerbations account for high asthma-related health costs and morbidity in Australia. The cellular mechanism underlying this pathology is likely the result of RV-induced nuclear-factor-kappa-B-(NF-κB- dependent inflammation. NF-κB may also be important in RV replication as inhibition of NF-κB inhibits replication of other viruses such as human immunodeficiency virus and cytomegalovirus. To establish the role of NF-κB inhibitors in RV-induced IL- 6 and IL-8 and RV replication, we used pharmacological inhibitors of NF-κB, and steroids and/or β2 agonists were used for comparison. Primary human lung fibroblasts were infected with RV-16 in the presence of NF-κB inhibitors: BAY-117085 and dimethyl fumarate; β2 agonist: salmeterol; and/or corticosteroids: dexamethasone; fluticasone. RV-induced IL-6 and IL-8 and RV replication were assessed using ELISAs and virus titration assays. RV replicated and increased IL-6 and IL-8 release. Salmeterol increased, while dexamethasone and fluticasone decreased RV-induced IL-6 and IL-8 (P<0.05. The NF-κB inhibitor BAY-117085 inhibited only RV-induced IL-6 (P<0.05 and dimethyl fumarate did not alter RV-induced IL-6 and IL-8. Dimethylfumarate increased RV replication whilst other drugs did not alter RV replication. These data suggest that inhibition of NF-κB alone is unlikely to be an effective treatment compared to current asthma therapeutics.

  3. Effect of high-intensity exercise on arterial blood gas tensions and upper airway and cardiac function in clinically normal quarter horses and horses heterozygous and homozygous for hyperkalemic periodic paralysis.

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    Maxson-Sage, A; Parente, E J; Beech, J; Lindborg, S; May, L L; Teleis, D C

    1998-05-01

    To determine the effect of exercise on arterial blood gas tensions and upper airway and cardiac function in clinically normal Quarter Horses and horses heterozygous and homozygous for hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP). ANIMALS AND PROCEDURE: 5 clinically normal Quarter Horses, and 5 heterozygous and 2 homozygous HYPP-affected horses were examined before, during, and after exercise on a high-speed treadmill. Arterial blood gas tensions, ECG, and echocardiogram were obtained prior to exercise. Upper airway endoscopy, collection of arterial blood samples, and continuous electrocardiography were performed during a high-intensity stepwise exercise test. An ECG was obtained within 1-minute after completion of the final step. None of the horses homozygous or heterozygous for HYPP had signs of weakness or muscle fasciculations before, during, or after exercise. Horses homozygous for HYPP had intermittent laryngospasm, dynamic pharyngeal collapse, and appreciable hypoxemia, hypercapnia, and ventricular premature contractions during exercise. Heterozygous and clinically normal horses did not have any abnormalities. Potassium concentration increased significantly above the baseline reference range during exercise in all groups of horses. Horses homozygous for HYPP had laryngospasm and dynamic pharyngeal collapse associated with exercise, most likely secondary to increase in potassium concentration. Upper airway dysfunction is the most likely cause of hypoxemia and hypercapnia. Cardiac arrhythmias were most likely caused by a combination of hypoxemia and hyperkalemia.

  4. Sinonasal inhalation of tobramycin vibrating aerosol in cystic fibrosis patients with upper airway Pseudomonas aeruginosa colonization: results of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study

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    Mainz JG

    2014-02-01

    patients participated, six initially receiving tobramycin and three placebo. Sinonasal inhalation was well tolerated, with serum tobramycin <0.5 mg/L and stable creatinine. P. aeruginosa quantity decreased in four of six (67% patients given tobramycin, compared with zero of three given placebo (non-significant. SNOT-20 scores were significantly lower in the tobramycin than in the placebo group (P=0.033. Conclusion: Sinonasal inhalation of vibrating antibiotic aerosols appears promising for reducing pathogen colonization of paranasal sinuses and for control of symptoms in patients with CF. Keywords: PARI Sinus, nasal lavage, SNOT-20, cystic fibrosis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, sinonasal, upper airways A Letter to the Editor has been received and published for this article. 

  5. Development and validation of a computational finite element model of the rabbit upper airway: simulations of mandibular advancement and tracheal displacement.

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    Amatoury, Jason; Cheng, Shaokoon; Kairaitis, Kristina; Wheatley, John R; Amis, Terence C; Bilston, Lynne E

    2016-04-01

    The mechanisms leading to upper airway (UA) collapse during sleep are complex and poorly understood. We previously developed an anesthetized rabbit model for studying UA physiology. On the basis of this body of physiological data, we aimed to develop and validate a two-dimensional (2D) computational finite element model (FEM) of the passive rabbit UA and peripharyngeal tissues. Model geometry was reconstructed from a midsagittal computed tomographic image of a representative New Zealand White rabbit, which included major soft (tongue, soft palate, constrictor muscles), cartilaginous (epiglottis, thyroid cartilage), and bony pharyngeal tissues (mandible, hard palate, hyoid bone). Other UA muscles were modeled as linear elastic connections. Initial boundary and contact definitions were defined from anatomy and material properties derived from the literature. Model parameters were optimized to physiological data sets associated with mandibular advancement (MA) and caudal tracheal displacement (TD), including hyoid displacement, which featured with both applied loads. The model was then validated against independent data sets involving combined MA and TD. Model outputs included UA lumen geometry, peripharyngeal tissue displacement, and stress and strain distributions. Simulated MA and TD resulted in UA enlargement and nonuniform increases in tissue displacement, and stress and strain. Model predictions closely agreed with experimental data for individually applied MA, TD, and their combination. We have developed and validated an FEM of the rabbit UA that predicts UA geometry and peripharyngeal tissue mechanical changes associated with interventions known to improve UA patency. The model has the potential to advance our understanding of UA physiology and peripharyngeal tissue mechanics. Copyright © 2016 the American Physiological Society.

  6. Transitory increased blood pressure after upper airway surgery for snoring and sleep apnea correlates with the apnea-hypopnea respiratory disturbance index

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    Full Text Available A transitory increase in blood pressure (BP is observed following upper airway surgery for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome but the mechanisms implicated are not yet well understood. The objective of the present study was to evaluate changes in BP and heart rate (HR and putative factors after uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and septoplasty in normotensive snorers. Patients (N = 10 were instrumented for 24-h ambulatory BP monitoring, nocturnal respiratory monitoring and urinary catecholamine level evaluation one day before surgery and on the day of surgery. The influence of postsurgery pain was prevented by analgesic therapy as confirmed using a visual analog scale of pain. Compared with preoperative values, there was a significant (P < 0.05 increase in nighttime but not daytime systolic BP (119 ± 5 vs 107 ± 3 mmHg, diastolic BP (72 ± 4 vs 67 ± 2 mmHg, HR (67 ± 4 vs 57 ± 2 bpm, respiratory disturbance index (RDI characterized by apnea-hypopnea (30 ± 10 vs 13 ± 4 events/h of sleep and norepinephrine levels (22.0 ± 4.7 vs 11.0 ± 1.3 µg l-1 12 h-1 after surgery. A positive correlation was found between individual variations of BP and individual variations of RDI (r = 0.81, P < 0.01 but not between BP or RDI and catecholamines. The visual analog scale of pain showed similar stress levels on the day before and after surgery (6.0 ± 0.8 vs 5.0 ± 0.9 cm, respectively. These data strongly suggest that the cardiovascular changes observed in patients who underwent uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and septoplasty were due to the increased postoperative RDI.

  7. Aparelho de avanço mandibular aumenta o volume da via aérea superior de pacientes com apneia do sono Increase in upper airway volume in patients with obstructive sleep apnea using a mandibular advancement device

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: o diagnóstico, o tratamento e o acompanhamento de pacientes portadores da síndrome da apneia obstrutiva do sono (SAOS são essenciais, por se tratar de um distúrbio que pode causar alterações sistêmicas. A efetividade do tratamento da SAOS com aparelhos intrabucais foi demonstrada através de estudos cefalométricos. OBJETIVO: o objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o efeito do aparelho de avanço mandibular (Twin Block, TB no volume das vias aéreas superiores, por meio de tomografia computadorizada Cone-Beam (CBCT. Dezesseis pacientes (6 homens e 10 mulheres portadores de SAOS leve a moderada, idade média de 47,06 anos, utilizaram um aparelho de avanço mandibular e foram acompanhados por 7 meses, em média. MÉTODOS: foram feitas duas CBCT, sendo uma sem e outra com o aparelho em posição. A segmentação e a obtenção dos volumes das vias aéreas superiores foram realizadas e utilizado o teste t de Student pareado para análise estatística, com 5% de significância. RESULTADOS: houve aumento do volume da via aérea superior com TB quando comparado com o volume sem TB (pINTRODUCTION: Diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS are crucial because this disorder can cause systemic changes. The effectiveness of OSAS treatment with intraoral devices has been demonstrated through cephalometric studies. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of a mandibular advancement device (Twin Block, TB on the volume of the upper airways by means of Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT. Sixteen patients (6 men and 10 women with mild to moderate OSAS, mean age 47.06 years, wore a mandibular advancement device and were followed up for seven months on average. METHODS: Two CBCT scans were obtained: one with and one without the device in place. Upper airway volumes were segmented and obtained using Student's paired t-tests for statistical analysis with 5% significance level

  8. 3-D analysis of upper airway in adult skeletal Class Ⅰ patients with different vertical patterns%骨性Ⅰ类不同垂直骨面型成人上气道的三维测量分析

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    张明烨; 李永明; 陈金武; 杨芳; 王天虎

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    目的:比较骨性I类不同垂直骨面型成人鼻咽、腭咽、舌咽气道大小的差异,探讨上气道不同部位与颅面部骨骼形态的关系.方法:将60名成人患者按GoGn-SN角大小分为性别、年龄相匹配的高角、均角、低角3种骨性I类垂直骨面型组.进行颅面部锥体束计算机断层扫描(CBCT),对鼻咽、腭咽、舌咽气道的矢状径、横径、长度、截面积以及容积测量分析,比较3组间的差异,并对鼻咽、腭咽、舌咽气道大小与颅面部骨骼形态的相关性进行研究.结果:骨性I类同一垂直骨面型组不同性别间ETP-L、ETP-S、低角组GP-V、高角组GP-V存在统计学差异;骨性I类不同垂直骨面型组间ETP-L、UTP-S、ETP-S、PP-V、GP-V、V总存在统计学差异,低角组最大,高角组最小;不同垂直骨面型患者EP-L、UTP-S、ETP-S、PPV、GPV、V总与GoGn-SN角存在负相关关系.结论:骨性I类同一垂直骨面型男女间上气道ETP-L、ETP-S、低角组GP-V、高角组GP-V差别显著;骨性Ⅰ类不同垂直生长型的成人患者腭咽、舌咽气道存在较大差别,可能与其垂直生长型不同有关.%Objective: To compare the upper airway dimensions of adult skeletal Class I patients with different vertical patterns,and to investigate correlations between the airway dimensions and the maxillofacial variables. Methods: 60 skeletal Class I patients aged 18 to 35 years were divided into 3 age and sex matched groups (high angle, mean angle and low angle) based on their GoGn-SN angles. 3-dimensional airway volumes and cross-sectional areas and lengths were measured by using cone-beam computed tomography( CBCT) scans. Airway lengths, volumes and cross-sectional measurements were compared among the 3 groups. Correlation of nasopharynx, pal-atopharynx and oropharynx airway dimensions with the maxillofacial variables was analysed. Results: Between male and female there was statistical difference in ETP-L, ETP-S, GP-V in low and

  9. 联合气道疾病%Combined airway disease

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    闫占峰; 王宁宇

    2012-01-01

    datas of epidemiological, clinical, and immunopathology demonstrate there is an important link between upper and lower airways. The upper airways diseases including the allergy rhinitis, the professional rhinitis, the sleep apnea and hypoventilation syndrome, nose polyposis (with/without aspirin sensitive) , the chronic rhinosinusitis and so on,have an important contacting with lower airways diseases. Understanding how the upper airway does affect the lower airway disease, has the influential role to diagnosis, the treatment and the prognosis. This article made the brief summary on the important relation about among the nose, the paranasal sinus and the lung recent years.

  10. 成人骨性Ⅱ类上气道与颅颌面关系初探%A Three-Dimensional Study of Upper Airway in Adult Skeletal Class Ⅱ Patients with Different Vertical Patterns

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    王天虎; 李永明; 杨芳; 张明烨; 陈金武

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To analyze whether nasopharyngeal and Palate-pharyngeal and glossopharyngeal airways differed among adult skeletal Class Ⅱ patients with different vertical patterns,and to study the potential association of vertical skeletal facial patterns with different parts of upper airway.Methods:Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT)records of 64 adult skeletal Class Ⅱ patients (34 male and 30 female)were used to evaluate the pharyngeal airway dimensions and volume (nasopharynx,palatopharynx,glossopharynx).The sample was divided into three groups according to the GoGn-SN angle (low angle,normalangle,or high angle).Upper airway differrences were measured and compared among different vertical facial type groups.Results:In the linear measurements of upper airways,a significant tendency for reduced upper airway dimension in the superior part (nasopharynx and palatopharynx) was found in the low angle,normal angle,and high angle subgroups,in that order,with statistically significant difference (P<0.05).No statistically significant difference for upper airway width was observed among different vertical skeletal facial morphologies.There was no difference in upper airway total volume among different vertical skeletal patterns.The glossopharynx height(Hg) and volume(Vg) of the high angle group was statistically significant differcnce with that of the low and the normal angle group (P<0.05),No difference between glossopharynx height (Hg) and volume(Vg) of the low angle group and that of normal angle group was found.Vp,Vg,Hp,Hg,CSAp and CSAg were significantly positively correlated with ODI.Vp,Hp and CSAp were significantly negatively correlated with FMA angle as well as GoGn-SN angle.Conclusion:The vertical skeletal patterns may be contributory factors for the variation of the nasopharynx and palatopharynx.%目的:比较骨性Ⅱ类不同垂直骨面型成人上气道鼻咽、腭咽、舌咽大小的差异,并探讨其与颅面部骨骼形态的关系.方法:将64

  11. Death due to obstruction of the upper airways caused by edema of the laryngeal mucosa in the course of hereditary angioedema.

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    Arkuszewski, Piotr; Meissner, Ewa; Szram, Stefan

    2015-09-01

    A rare case of death of a young man due to airway obstruction in the course of angioedema (Quincke's edema). Type I hereditary angioedema due to C1 esterase inhibitor deficiency had been diagnosed in the man while he was alive. The information concerning the man's health state was given in the Public Prosecutor's decision ordering medico legal autopsy, which was extremely helpful in recognizing the cause of death.

  12. Children chronic cough caused by upper airway cough syndrome 58 cases clinical analysis%上气道咳嗽综合征引起儿童慢性咳嗽58例临床分析

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    李兰; 樊红; 何海兰; 李敏; 陈昌辉

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨上气道咳嗽综合征(UACS)引起儿童慢性咳嗽的临床特点.方法 对58例确诊为UACS的患儿,根据临床表现、辅助检查及治疗作回顾性分析.结果 58例中有鼻部相关原发疾病以慢性鼻窦炎最多共27例(46.6%),其次为变应性鼻炎16例(27.6%),慢性鼻炎10例(17.2%),单纯腺样体炎5例(8.6%),均以慢性咳嗽为主诉,经过积极的抗炎与抗变态反应治疗,50例患儿在连续治疗2周后咳嗽症状缓解,8例患儿继续治疗1周后咳嗽症状缓解,所有鼻窦炎患儿在治疗3个月时复查鼻窦CT均示炎症完全吸收.结论 上气道咳嗽综合征是引起儿童慢性咳嗽的主要原因之一,结合专科检查,积极治疗原发疾病,可有效地消除慢性咳嗽.%Objective To study the clinical characters of children chronic cough caused by upper airway cough syndrome. Methods A respective review of 58 cases diagnosed as upper airway cough syndrome, according to the clinical symptoms % auxiliary examinations and treatments. Results Total of 58 cases had primary rhinal associated diseases. The first was chronic rhinosinusitis 27 cases (46. 6% ) , the other three common were allergic rhinitis 16cases (27. 6% ) ,chronic rhinitis 10 cases (17.2% ) .simple adenoiditis 5 cases (8. 6% ). All patients' chief complaint were chronic cough ,after positive anti-infections and anti-allergy treatment, 50 patients' cough was relieved after two weeks of curious treatment. 8 patients were relieved after three weeks . All cases with rhinosinusitis reexamination of paranasal sinus were absorbed completely after 3 months. Conclusion Upper airway cough syndrome is one of the primary causes of children chronic cough. Based on special examination and positive treatments with primary diseases, chronic cough could be effectively elminated.

  13. Airway management and morbid obesity

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    Kristensen, Michael S

    2010-01-01

    Morbidly obese patients present with excess fatty tissue externally on the breast, neck, thoracic wall and abdomen and internally in the mouth, pharynx and abdomen. This excess tissue tends to make access (intubation, tracheostomy) to and patency (during sedation or mask ventilation) of the upper...... in morbidly obese patients and should be followed by actions to counteract atelectasis formation. The decision as to weather to use a rapid sequence induction, an awake intubation or a standard induction with hypnotics should depend on the thorough airway examination and comorbidity and should not be based...... solely on whether morbid obesity is present or not. It is important to ensure sufficient depth of anaesthesia before initiating manipulation of the airway because inadequate anaesthesia depth predisposes to aspiration if airway management becomes difficult. The intubating laryngeal mask airway is more...

  14. Airway management and morbid obesity

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    Kristensen, Michael S

    2010-01-01

    Morbidly obese patients present with excess fatty tissue externally on the breast, neck, thoracic wall and abdomen and internally in the mouth, pharynx and abdomen. This excess tissue tends to make access (intubation, tracheostomy) to and patency (during sedation or mask ventilation) of the upper...... in morbidly obese patients and should be followed by actions to counteract atelectasis formation. The decision as to weather to use a rapid sequence induction, an awake intubation or a standard induction with hypnotics should depend on the thorough airway examination and comorbidity and should not be based...... solely on whether morbid obesity is present or not. It is important to ensure sufficient depth of anaesthesia before initiating manipulation of the airway because inadequate anaesthesia depth predisposes to aspiration if airway management becomes difficult. The intubating laryngeal mask airway is more...

  15. Changes and implications of cough sensitivity in upper airway cough syndrome%上气道咳嗽综合征的咳嗽敏感性改变及其意义

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    王岚; 余莉; 邱志宏; 吕寒静; 邱忠民

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨上气道咳嗽综合征咳嗽敏感性的改变和临床意义.方法 用辣椒素咳嗽敏感性试验检测94例上气道咳嗽综合征的咳嗽阈值C5,分析治疗后咳嗽阈值C5的改变.结果 94例上气道咳嗽综合征的辣椒素咳嗽阚值C5为3.9 (0.98,7.8)μmol/L,位于正常值范围,仅36例(36/94,38.30%)患者存在咳嗽高敏感性.经治疗咳嗽症状消失后30例患者接受了随访复查,治疗前辣椒素咳嗽阈值C5为5.85 (1.95,31.2) μmol/L,与治疗后的7.8 (0.98,7.8) μmol/L相比,差别无统计学意义(Z=-0.72,P=0.47).其中12例治疗前咳嗽敏感性增高者中有6例降至正常.结论 上气道咳嗽综合征的咳嗽敏感性存在不均一性,与正常值存在较大的重叠和交叉,大部分不符合咳嗽高敏感性综合征的概念.%Objective To investigate the changes and clinical implications of cough sensitivity in upper airway cough syndrome ( UACS ). Methods Cough threshold C5 was measured by capsaicin cough sensitivity test in 94 patients with upper airway cough syndrome; it was also measured in 30 patients after cough completely resolved with specific therapy. Results The mean cough threshold C5 was 5. 85 (1. 95, 31. 2) μmol/L and within the normal range; however, 36 patients (38.30% ) presented cough hypersensitivity. Thirty patients received re-examination of cough sensitivity to capsaicin after cough disappeared, there was no significant difference in cough threshold C5 between pre-and post-treatment [ 5.85 (1.95,31.2) μmol/L vs7.8 (0.98, 7.8)μmol/L, Z= -0.72,P = 0.47 ]. The effective treatment resulted in the recover of cough threshold C5 to normal level in 6 of 12 patients with increased cough sensitivity to capsaicin. Conclusion Cough sensitivity in upper airway cough syndrome is heterogeneous and overlapped with normal value. Therefore, upper airway cough syndrome is not always consistent with the concept of cough hypersensitivity syndrome.

  16. Airway Inflammation in Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps and Asthma: The United Airways Concept Further Supported

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    Håkansson, Kåre; Bachert, Claus; Konge, Lars;

    2015-01-01

    Background It has been established that patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) often have co-existing asthma. Objective We aimed to test two hypotheses: (i) upper and lower airway inflammation in CRSwNP is uniform in agreement with the united airways concept; and (ii...

  17. Clinical value of bronchovideoscope in the diagnosis of pediatric upper airway obstruction%电子支气管镜在儿童上气道梗阻性疾病中的诊断价值

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    周涛; 张莉; 付四毛; 刘玉玲

    2011-01-01

    目的 评价电子支气管镜在儿童上气道梗阻性疾病中的诊断价值及安全性.方法 对91例上气道梗阻患儿行电子支气管镜检查,总结分析病因.结果 (1) 儿童上气道梗阻病因依次为先天性喉气管软化合并感染(45例)、声门下异物(13例)、喉气管占位性病变(9例)、声门区水肿(6例)、气管狭窄(5例)、喉咽腔病变(咽后脓肿3例、肿物2例)、声门区增生(3例)、声门下狭窄(2例)、声带麻痹(2例)、喉蹼(1例);(2) 不同年龄段病因不同:新生儿期依次为声带麻痹、喉气管软化;~6个月依次为先天性喉气管软化、会厌囊肿,其他少见病因如气管狭窄、咽后脓肿、喉蹼等疾病;~1岁依次为喉气管软化、气管狭窄、声门下异物等;~3岁依次为声门下异物、声门区水肿、喉气管软化等;>3岁儿童1例为喉乳头状瘤.(3) 疾病好发的年龄段不同:先天性喉气管软化好发于6个月以下婴儿,气管异物好发于1~3岁幼儿,先天性会厌囊肿多见于3个月以下婴儿.(4) 并发症:16例有一过性血氧饱和度下降,11例出现气管支气管痉挛,术后8例有一过性发热,6例有短期喉鸣加重.结论 电子支气管镜在儿童上气道梗阻性疾病的诊断中起重要作用,可迅速、直观地判断病变部位和性质,避免误诊,有助于指导治疗.%Objective To investigate the diagnostic value and safety of bronchovideoscope in the pediatric upper airway obstruction.Methods Bronchovideoscope was performed in 91 pediatric patients with upper airway obstruction.The etiology was analyzed and summarized.Results (1) Our study showed that the etiology of pediatric upper airway obstruction were as follow in turn:congenital laryngo-trachemalacia (45 cases),subglottic foreign body (13 cases),laryngotracheal occupying lesion (9 cases),vocal area edema (6 cases),tracheal stenosis (5 cases),laryngopharyngeal lesion (3 cases of retropharyngeal abscess,2 cases of tumor),vocal area

  18. Comparison of upper lip bite test and ratio of height to thyromental distance with other airway assessment tests for predicting difficult endotracheal intubation

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    Jigisha Prahladrai Badheka; Doshi, Pratik M.; Vyas, Ashutosh M.; Nirav Jentilal Kacha; Parmar, Vandana S.

    2016-01-01

    Background: Various anatomical measurements and noninvasive clinical tests, singly or in various combinations can be performed to predict difficult intubation. Upper lip bite test (ULBT) and ratio of height to thyromental distance (RHTMD) are claimed to have high predictability. Hence, we have conducted this study to compare the predictive value of ULBT and RHTMD with the following parameters: Mallampati grading, inter-incisor gap, thyromental distance, sternomental distance, head and neck mo...

  19. Predictive value of upper lip bite test and ratio of height to thyromental distance compared to other multivariate airway assessment tests for difficult laryngoscopy in apparently normal patients

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    Pratibha Jain Shah; Kamta Prasad Dubey; Jai Prakash Yadav

    2013-01-01

    Background: Various anatomical measurements and non-invasive clinical tests, singly or in various combinations can be performed to predict difficult intubation. Recently introduced "Upper lip bite test" (ULBT) and "Ratio of height to Thyromental distance" (RHTMD) are claimed to have high predictability. We conducted a study to compare the Predictive Value of ULBT and RHTMD with Mouth opening (Inter-Incisor gap) (IIG), Modified Mallampatti Test (MMT), Head and neck movement (HNM) and Thyroment...

  20. Relative Contribution of P5 and Hap Surface Proteins to Nontypable Haemophilus influenzae Interplay with the Host Upper and Lower Airways.

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    Euba, Begoña; Moleres, Javier; Viadas, Cristina; Ruiz de los Mozos, Igor; Valle, Jaione; Bengoechea, José Antonio; Garmendia, Junkal

    2015-01-01

    Nontypable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) is a major cause of opportunistic respiratory tract disease, and initiates infection by colonizing the nasopharynx. Bacterial surface proteins play determining roles in the NTHi-airways interplay, but their specific and relative contribution to colonization and infection of the respiratory tract has not been addressed comprehensively. In this study, we focused on the ompP5 and hap genes, present in all H. influenzae genome sequenced isolates, and encoding the P5 and Hap surface proteins, respectively. We employed isogenic single and double mutants of the ompP5 and hap genes generated in the pathogenic strain NTHi375 to evaluate P5 and Hap contribution to biofilm growth under continuous flow, to NTHi adhesion, and invasion/phagocytosis on nasal, pharyngeal, bronchial, alveolar cultured epithelial cells and alveolar macrophages, and to NTHi murine pulmonary infection. We show that P5 is not required for bacterial biofilm growth, but it is involved in NTHi interplay with respiratory cells and in mouse lung infection. Mechanistically, P5NTHi375 is not a ligand for CEACAM1 or α5 integrin receptors. Hap involvement in NTHi375-host interaction was shown to be limited, despite promoting bacterial cell adhesion when expressed in H. influenzae RdKW20. We also show that Hap does not contribute to bacterial biofilm growth, and that its absence partially restores the deficiency in lung infection observed for the ΔompP5 mutant. Altogether, this work frames the relative importance of the P5 and Hap surface proteins in NTHi virulence.

  1. 8~12岁无鼾儿童上气道发育的X线头影测量研究%Cephalometric study of upper airway development in non-snoring children of 8~12 years old

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    刘杉杉; 邓金荣; 弓煦; 周彦恒; 高雪梅

    2014-01-01

    目的 本研究对处于生长发育高峰期的无鼾少年儿童进行观察测量,旨在探讨年龄、颅颌面结构及周围软组织发育对上气道的影响.方法 本研究样本为混合纵向资料.包括73组志愿者资料(男36例,女37例),按年龄分为五组:8岁组、9岁组、10岁组、11岁组及12岁组.志愿者均进行整夜多导睡眠监测以排除睡眠障碍儿童,并进行头颅侧位片拍摄及测量,结果进行方差分析.结果 上气道鼻咽部PNS-R(P=0.003)、UPW(P=0.001)均在8~11岁随年龄增长而增长,而在11~12岁出现下降趋势;腺样体在8~9岁间出现明显减小趋势,而在10岁后表现出增大趋势;腭咽部SPP-SPPW(P=o.01)在8~9岁间出现明显增长;UMPW及舌咽部PAS随年龄无显著性变化;SPT(P=0.05)、TGL(P=0.00)、TGH(P=0.00)及GoMe(P=0.00)均在10岁后表现为明显增长;V-LPW、H-CVP(P=0.00)在10岁后显著性增长.在颌骨垂直方向上N-ANS、N-Me、Co-Go随年龄增长而出现显著增大(P=0.00).结论 上气道鼻咽部生长主要受腺样体影响;舌体及软腭的生长可能会限制腭咽及舌咽部气道的生长;舌骨随年龄变化相对于脊椎向前移动可能是喉咽部气道增长的主要原因之一.%Objeetive The aim of the present study was to describe the effects of age,dentofacial development and its surrounding tissue on the upper airway in a sample of non-snoring children at their peak growth.Methods Mixed longitudinal data was used in this study.The sample included 73 subjects (36 males,37 females).Sleep disorders were excluded by polysomnographic (PSG)monitoring during their nocturnal sleep.All children were divided into 5 groups by age:8-,9-,10-11-and 12-years.The cephalograms were performed on all subjects.Cephalometric measurements of craniofacial pattern and upper airway morphology were compared among the five groups by ANOVA.Results In the nasopharynx level,PNS-R(P=0.003),UPW(P=0.001) increased with age from 8 to 11 years old and

  2. Analysis of the relation between dental arch size and upper airway morphology in patients with obstructive sleep apnea hypoventilation syndrome%阻塞性睡眠呼吸暂停低通气综合征患者的牙弓与上气道形态变化及相关性分析

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    徐超; 谢宇平; 秦猛; 何健民; 余奕波; 康宏; 马薇; 惠培林

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To study the anatomical correlation between dental arch and the volume of upper airway in patients with obstruc-tive sleep apnea hypoventilation syndrome(OSAHS). Methods: Dental arch architecture and upper airway volume were measured by cone beam CT(CBCT) in the subjects with OSAHS(n=22) and without OSAHS(n=19). The correlation between dental arch and the supper airway volume in OSAHS patients was analyzed. Results:The length of the upper dental arch and the height of palate in OSAHS patients were larger than those of the controls(All, P<0. 05). Cross-sectional area of nasopharynx and retropalatal and the total volume of upper airway were negatively correlated with the palatal height and upper dental arch length(P<0. 05), while positively correlated with upper dental arch of molar regions(P<0. 05). Conclusion:The abnormal shape of upper dental arch is related to the airway vol-ume of nasopharynx and retropalatal region in patients with OSAHS.%目的::比较阻塞性睡眠呼吸暂停低通气综合征( OSAHS)患者与正常人牙弓及上气道形态差异,揭示OSAHS牙弓形态改变与上气道容积对应变化的关系。方法:利用上气道CBCT扫描及口腔模型测量经PSG诊断为OSAHS的男性患者( n=22)与正常男性对照(n=19)的牙弓形态与上气道容积变化,并行相关性分析。结果:OSAHS组上颌牙弓长度与腭弓高度分别大于对照组(均P<0.05);OSAHS组鼻咽段、腭咽段截面积及上气道总容积与腭弓高度、上颌牙弓长度呈负相关(均P<0.05),与上颌后段牙弓宽度呈正相关关系(P<0.05)。结论:OSAHS患者上颌牙弓形态的异常与鼻咽段和腭咽段容积的变化有关联。

  3. Airway tissue engineering for congenital laryngotracheal disease.

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    Maughan, Elizabeth; Lesage, Flore; Butler, Colin R; Hynds, Robert E; Hewitt, Richard; Janes, Sam M; Deprest, Jan A; Coppi, Paolo De

    2016-06-01

    Regenerative medicine offers hope of a sustainable solution for severe airway disease by the creation of functional, immunocompatible organ replacements. When considering fetuses and newborns, there is a specific spectrum of airway pathologies that could benefit from cell therapy and tissue engineering applications. While hypoplastic lungs associated with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) could benefit from cellular based treatments aimed at ameliorating lung function, patients with upper airway obstruction could take advantage from a de novo tissue engineering approach. Moreover, the international acceptance of the EXIT procedure as a means of securing the precarious neonatal airway, together with the advent of fetal surgery as a method of heading off postnatal co-morbidities, offers the revolutionary possibility of extending the clinical indication for tissue-engineered airway transplantation to infants affected by diverse severe congenital laryngotracheal malformations. This article outlines the necessary basic components for regenerative medicine solutions in this potential clinical niche. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  4. Airway tissue engineering for congenital laryngotracheal disease

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    Maughan, E.; Lesage, F; Butler, C. R.; Hynds, R.E. (Robert E.); Hewitt, R; Janes, S. M.; Deprest, J. A.; Coppi, P. D.

    2016-01-01

    Regenerative medicine offers hope of a sustainable solution for severe airway disease by the creation of functional, immunocompatible organ replacements. When considering fetuses and newborns, there is a specific spectrum of airway pathologies that could benefit from cell therapy and tissue engineering applications. While hypoplastic lungs associated with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) could benefit from cellular based treatments aimed at ameliorating lung function, patients with upper...

  5. Predictive value of upper lip bite test and ratio of height to thyromental distance compared to other multivariate airway assessment tests for difficult laryngoscopy in apparently normal patients

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    Full Text Available Background: Various anatomical measurements and non-invasive clinical tests, singly or in various combinations can be performed to predict difficult intubation. Recently introduced "Upper lip bite test" (ULBT and "Ratio of height to Thyromental distance" (RHTMD are claimed to have high predictability. We conducted a study to compare the Predictive Value of ULBT and RHTMD with Mouth opening (Inter-Incisor gap (IIG, Modified Mallampatti Test (MMT, Head and neck movement (HNM and Thyromental Distance (TMD for Difficult Laryngoscopy. Materials and Methods: In this prospective, single blinded observational study, 480 adult patients of either sex, ASA grade I and II were assessed and graded for ULBT, RHTMD, TMD, MMT, IIG, and HNM according to standard methods and correlated with the Cormack and Lehane grade. Results: ULBT and RHTMD had highest sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, likelihood ratio, i.e., 74.63%, 91.53%, 58.82%, 95.7%, 31.765 and 71.64%, 92.01%, 59.26%, 95.24%, 8.96 respectively, compared to TMD, MMT, IIG and HNM. Conclusions: ULBT is the best predictive test for difficult laryngoscopy in apparently normal patients but RHTMD can also be used as an acceptable alternative.

  6. Predictive value of upper lip bite test and ratio of height to thyromental distance compared to other multivariate airway assessment tests for difficult laryngoscopy in apparently normal patients.

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    Shah, Pratibha Jain; Dubey, Kamta Prasad; Yadav, Jai Prakash

    2013-04-01

    Various anatomical measurements and non-invasive clinical tests, singly or in various combinations can be performed to predict difficult intubation. Recently introduced "Upper lip bite test" (ULBT) and "Ratio of height to Thyromental distance" (RHTMD) are claimed to have high predictability. We conducted a study to compare the Predictive Value of ULBT and RHTMD with Mouth opening (Inter-Incisor gap) (IIG), Modified Mallampatti Test (MMT), Head and neck movement (HNM) and Thyromental Distance (TMD) for Difficult Laryngoscopy. In this prospective, single blinded observational study, 480 adult patients of either sex, ASA grade I and II were assessed and graded for ULBT, RHTMD, TMD, MMT, IIG, and HNM according to standard methods and correlated with the Cormack and Lehane grade. ULBT and RHTMD had highest sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, likelihood ratio, i.e., 74.63%, 91.53%, 58.82%, 95.7%, 31.765 and 71.64%, 92.01%, 59.26%, 95.24%, 8.96 respectively, compared to TMD, MMT, IIG and HNM. ULBT is the best predictive test for difficult laryngoscopy in apparently normal patients but RHTMD can also be used as an acceptable alternative.

  7. 咬上唇试验与改良的Mallampti气道评估方法的比较%A comparison of upper lip bite test and the modified mallampati classification in airway assessment

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    石景辉; 严海燕; 刘宜平

    2010-01-01

    Objective To compare preoperative anesthetic airway evaluation methods of the modified Mallamapti test and Upper lip bite test (ULBT),and to discuss the feasibility of Upper lip bite test on airway assessment. Methods 820 patients admitted for elective surgical procedure requiring endotracheal intubation were prospectively studied to predict difficultly level of intubation. All the patients were assessed preoperatively using the Modified Mallampati Classification and Upper Lip Bite Test. The sensitivity, specificity,positive predictive value, negative predictive value and accuracy were calculated. Results The accuracy, sensitivity, specificity,positive predictive value and negative predictive value of ULBT and the modified Mallamapti test are 86.1%, 63.46%, 89.39%, 46.48%,94.4% and 73.66%, 51.92%, 76.82%, 24.55%, 91.67% repectively. Conclusion Compared to the Modified Mallampati Classification,ULBT has higher accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value, and should be served as a complementary to other methods. It is also worthy of promotion and application.%目的 比较咬上唇试验(upperlipbitetest,ULBT)和改良Mallampati气道评估方法,探讨ULBT在预测国人困难气道插管程度的可行性. 方法 选择全身麻醉患者820例,其中男性432例、女性388例,年龄22岁~79岁,采用双盲法,3组医生分别评估患者的Mallampti分级,ULBT分级和全麻诱导以后的Cormack-Lehane分级.困难气道定义为:Mallampti3~4级,ULBT3级,Cormack-Lehane3~4级.按照筛检试验分别计算改良Mallampati分级方法和ULBT方法的敏感性、特异性、阳性预测值、阴性预测值、准确率、似然比、OR/RR和ROC曲线下面积. 结果 ULBT与改良Mallampati气道分级方法的准确度,灵敏度,特异度,阳性预测值,阴性预测值分别是86.1%,63.46%,89.39%,46.48%,94.4%和73.66%,51.92%,76.82%,24.55%,91.67%. 结论 ULBT相对于改良Mallampati分级有更高的敏感性,

  8. Immune Defense in Upper Airways: A Single-Cell Study of Pathogen-Specific Plasmablasts and Their Migratory Potentials in Acute Sinusitis and Tonsillitis.

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    Nina V Palkola

    Full Text Available Despite the high frequency of upper respiratory tract (URT infections and use of the nasal mucosa as route for vaccination, the local immune mechanism and dissemination of effector lymphocytes from the URT have been insufficiently characterized. To devise a single-cell approach for studying the mucosal immune response in the URT, we explored URT-originating B effector lymphocytes in the circulation of patients with one of two common respiratory infections, acute sinusitis or tonsillitis.Patients with acute sinusitis (n = 13 or tonsillitis (n = 11 were investigated by ELISPOT for circulating pathogen-specific antibody-secreting cells (ASCs of IgA, IgG and IgM isotypes approximately one week after the onset of symptoms. These cells' potential to home into tissues was explored by assessing their expression of tissue-specific homing receptors α4β7, L-selectin, and cutaneous lymphocyte antigen (CLA.Pathogen-specific ASCs were detected in the circulation of all patients, with a geometric mean of 115 (95% CI 46-282 /106 PBMC in sinusitis, and 48 (27-88 in tonsillitis. These responses were mainly dominated by IgG. In sinusitis α4β7 integrin was expressed by 24% of the ASCs, L-selectin by 82%, and CLA by 21%. The proportions for tonsillitis were 15%, 80%, and 23%, respectively. Healthy individuals had no ASCs.URT infections-acute sinusitis and tonsillitis-both elicited a response of circulating pathogen-specific plasmablasts. The magnitude of the response was greater in sinusitis than tonsillitis, but the homing receptor profiles were similar. Human nasopharynx-associated lymphoid structures were found to disseminate immune effector cells with a distinct homing profile.

  9. Drug-induced sleep endoscopy and simulated snoring in patients with sleep-disordered breathing: agreement of anatomic changes in the upper airway.

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    Herzog, Michael; Kellner, Patrick; Plößl, Sebastian; Glien, Alexander; Rohrmeier, Christian; Kühnel, Thomas; Plontke, Stefan; Herzog, Beatrice

    2015-09-01

    Drug-induced sleep endoscopy (DISE) and simulated snoring (SimS) are performed as part of the diagnostic procedure in patients with suspected sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). Despite both techniques frequently performed, they have rarely been evaluated yet in terms of agreement of the obtained results. Both diagnostic procedures were performed consecutively in 40 patients with SDB and documented identically. The obtained data were analysed with respect to the agreement of both procedure at different levels of the oropharynx as well as different patterns of obstruction and vibration. The anterior-posterior collapsibility of the soft palate/uvula revealed a moderate agreement between SimS and DISE (κ = 0.42; 95 % CI 0.22-0.63). The dorsal shift of the tongue base agreed moderate for patients with an AHI below 10 (κ = 0.47) and above 25 (κ = 0.44) between SimS ad DISE. The lateral and circular pharyngeal collapsibility at velum and tongue base level did not agree between SimS and DISE, was higher for DISE and could be partially reversed by mandibular protrusion. Collapse patterns of the soft palate and uvula can be induced by SimS and resemble the patterns induced by DISE. The dorsalization of the tongue base can be simulated to a lower extent by SimS. Lateral and circular patterns of collapse at the upper and lower oropharynx induced by DISE do not seem to be simulated by SimS. SimS seems to be an additional method to screen the collapsibility of the soft palate and uvula prior to DISE.

  10. Airway management in trauma

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    Rashid M Khan

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Trauma has assumed epidemic proportion. 10% of global road accident deaths occur in India. Hypoxia and airway mismanagement are known to contribute up to 34% of pre-hospital deaths in these patients. A high degree of suspicion for actual or impending airway obstruction should be assumed in all trauma patients. Objective signs of airway compromise include agitation, obtundation, cyanosis, abnormal breath sound and deviated trachea. If time permits, one should carry out a brief airway assessment prior to undertaking definitive airway management in these patients. Simple techniques for establishing and maintaining airway patency include jaw thrust maneuver and/or use of oro- and nas-opharyngeal airways. All attempts must be made to perform definitive airway management whenever airway is compromised that is not amenable to simple strategies. The selection of airway device and route- oral or -nasal, for tracheal intubation should be based on nature of patient injury, experience and skill level.

  11. Análise cefalométrica das vias aéreas superiores de pacientes Classe III submetidos a tratamento ortocirúrgico Cephalometric analysis of the upper airways of Class III patients subjected to orthosurgical treatment

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    Camila Gornic

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: o objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar as alterações causadas por cirurgia ortognática de recuo mandibular associada ou não à cirurgia maxilar combinada nas vias aéreas superiores (VAS. MÉTODOS: foram avaliadas radiografias cefalométricas de perfil pré-cirúrgicas e pós-cirúrgicas imediatas de 17 pacientes com Classe III. Foram realizadas medições do diâmetro do espaço aéreo (EA no plano sagital, nas regiões correspondentes à hipofaringe e à orofaringe; também foram registradas as alterações na posição do osso hioide. Utilizou-se o teste t pareado e o coeficiente Pearson, buscando possíveis associações entre as alterações esqueléticas e as ocorridas no EA. RESULTADOS: observou-se redução significativa do EA na região da hipofaringe (média de 3,10mm, p=0,024. O osso hioide sofreu deslocamento inferior e posterior, além de diminuição da distância entre o mesmo e a região anterior da mandíbula. Não foi possível correlacionar, quantitativamente, a redução anteroposterior do EA com o recuo mandibular. Entretanto, observou-se correlação forte entre o diâmetro inicial do EA e a quantidade de redução observada ao nível da hipofaringe, e moderada em relação à orofaringe. CONCLUSÕES: o recuo mandibular pode causar estreitamento significativo das VAS, principalmente na porção mais inferior (hipofaringe. Portanto, deve-se atentar para sua avaliação durante o plano de tratamento ortocirúrgico, já que não foram descartados possíveis efeitos deletérios dessas alterações nas funções do indivíduo.OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the alterations caused by mandibular setback surgery combined or not with maxillary surgery in the upper airways. METHODS: Preoperative and immediate postoperative lateral cephalometric radiographs of 17 Class III patients were evaluated. Measurements of the diameter of air space (AS in the sagittal plane were performed in regions corresponding

  12. Airway nerves: in vitro electrophysiology.

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    Fox, Alyson

    2002-06-01

    Recording the activity of single airway sensory fibres or neuronal cell bodies in vitro has allowed detailed characterisation of fibre types and membrane properties. Fibre types can be identified by their conduction velocities and further studied by the application of drugs to their receptive field. C-fibres are sensitive to mechanical stimuli and a range of irritant chemicals (bradykinin, capsaicin, low pH, platelet-activating factor), whereas Adelta-fibres are relatively insensitive to chemical stimuli and appear to correlate to the rapidly adapting receptors identified in airways in vivo. Their site of origin also differs: upper airway C-fibres arise predominantly from the jugular ganglion and Adelta-fibres from the jugular and nodose ganglia. Intracellular recording from cell bodies in the ganglia has revealed a calcium-dependent potassium current common to many putative C-fibre cell bodies. This slow after hyperpolarisation current may be inhibited by stimuli that excite and sensitise C-fibres - this could be an important mechanism underlying the sensitisation of C-fibres in airway irritability.

  13. Research on the patterns of upper airway obstructive levels by drug-induced sleep endoscopy%药物诱导睡眠内镜检查对上气道阻塞平面形态的研究

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    周鹏; 神平; 刘稳; 李培华; 许学谷; 李红权; 华夏

    2014-01-01

    Objective To identify the patterns of airway collapse in patients with obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) by dexmedetomidine induced sleep endoscopy.Methods Forty-five obstructive sleep apnea patients diagnosed by polysomnography were given dexmedetomidine intravenously.Once the patient was sedated in dorsal position,the electronic nasopharyngoscope was inserted transnasally and positioned on five levels of the upper airway sequentially (velum,oropharyngeal lateral wall,tongue base,epiglottis and larynx) to observe and document the collapse.Each level should be observed no less than three apneas.The degree of airway narrowing was calculated by using the ImageTool.No obstruction was defined when the degree of airway narrowing < 50%,and complete obstruction when≥75%.Results In 45 patients with OSAHS,1 case showed no obstruction on any level,6 cases demonstrated obstructions on single level only,and 38 cases demonstrated complete obstructions on multilevel,including 17 cases with complete obstructions on two levels,15 cases complete obstructions on three levels,and 6 cases complete obstructions on four levels.The patterns of collapse found in the trial were:① circumferential stricture by velum collapse was found in 43 patients,and 41 cases showed complete obstructions; ② the side wall of oropharynx all collapsed in a lateral configuration,and 32 cases showed complete obstructions on this level; ③anteroposterior wallowing tongue base was common,11 cases showed partial obstructions on level of tongue base,and 10 cases complete; ④ epiglottic collapses occurred in lateral configuration folding as V shape; in anteroposterior configuration,epiglottis met posterior wall of the pharynx due to wallowing tongue base; the server soften epiglottis obstructed the entrance of the larynx,while the mild soften epiglottis and the collapsed side wall of pharynx came into being obstructions in concentric configuration; ⑤the arytenoid area and

  14. Airway distensibility in Chronic Obstructive Airway Disease

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    Winkler Wille, Mathilde Marie; Pedersen, Jesper Holst; Dirksen, Asger

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    Rationale – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysema, which both may lead to airway obstruction. Under normal circumstances, airway dimensions vary as a function of inspiration level. We aim to study the influence of COPD and emphysema...... and emphysema, respectively. Conclusions – Airway distensibility decreases significantly with increasing severity of both GOLD status and emphysema, indicating that in COPD the dynamic change in airway calibre during respiration is compromised. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema appear to be interacting...

  15. Post-extubation airway obstruction. Literature review

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    Álvaro SÁNCHEZ-TABERNERO

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    Full Text Available Introduction and objective: airway obstruction after extubation in any surgery is a critical event with low incidence, which may require reintubation or tracheostomy, which often otolaryngologist is required. Objective: To determine the prevalence of BVA and its causes through systematic literature review. Method: Literature review in PubMed, Scopus and Cochrane clinical trials, meta-analysis, reviews and case series and control over airway obstruction after extubation that requires reintubation in adults. Results: 6 studies and one clinical practice guidelines were selected. The most common cause of extubation failure is blocking the airway for various reasons (pharyngeal muscle weakness residual effect -often farmacologycal-, laryngospasm, vocal cord paralysis, edema of upper respiratory tract, cervical postoperative hematoma, foreign bodies or secretions. Most cases of re-intubation occurred within 2 hours after extubation. Conclusions: The most common cause of failure after general anesthesia extubation is blocking the airway generally caused by residual neuromuscular blocking effect. Airway obstruction risk increases in airway and head and neck surgery. Difficult intubation guidlines have improved performance and reduced adverse events and similar strategies must be implemented in extubation. The procedure extubation and reintubation should be documented. Working groups airway must be multidisciplinary and include specialists in otolaryngology.

  16. Database Replication

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    Database replication is widely used for fault-tolerance, scalability and performance. The failure of one database replica does not stop the system from working as available replicas can take over the tasks of the failed replica. Scalability can be achieved by distributing the load across all replicas, and adding new replicas should the load increase. Finally, database replication can provide fast local access, even if clients are geographically distributed clients, if data copies are located close to clients. Despite its advantages, replication is not a straightforward technique to apply, and

  17. Immediate postoperative airway obstruction secondary to airway edema following tumor excision from the neck.

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    Umesh, Goneppanavar; Ellango, Appuswamy; Jasvinder, Kaur; Kini, Gurudas

    2009-01-01

    A 46-year-old woman was scheduled for excision of a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor from the neck. The tumor had caused deviation of the trachea to the left and partial obstruction of the superior vena cava. Her upper airway at laryngoscopy after induction of anesthesia was normal. During tumor resection there were transient phases characterized by the complete disappearance of the peripheral oxygen saturation (Sp(O2)) and radial artery tracings. At the end of the operation, the trachea was extubated after ensuring adequate antagonization of neuromuscular blockade. However, immediately post-extubation, she showed signs of acute airway obstruction that necessitated reintubation of the trachea. Laryngoscopy revealed significant edema of the upper airway and vocal cords, requiring a smaller size tracheal tube. Many reports suggest the development of significant airway edema 24 h after such surgery. Our report highlights the fact that this can happen in the immediate postoperative period also. Some authors suggest that, in such surgery, extubation should routinely be done over pediatric tube exchangers. Routine leak testing and direct laryngoscopic/fiberoptic evaluation of the upper airway prior to extubation may also help. While our report reaffirms these points, it also stresses the importance of intraoperative monitoring for the compression of the great vessels, which may serve as a useful indicator of the early development of airway edema.

  18. Anatomy and physiology of the upper airway.

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    Sahin-Yilmaz, Asli; Naclerio, Robert M

    2011-03-01

    The nose is the major portal of air exchange between the internal and external environment. The nose participates in the vital functions of conditioning inspired air toward a temperature of 37°C and 100% relative humidity, providing local defense and filtering inhaled particulate matter and gases. It also functions in olfaction, which provides both a defense and pleasure for the individual. Understanding normal physiology provides the basis for recognizing abnormalities.

  19. Impact and management of airway obstruction in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx.

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    Chu, Pen-Yuan; Lee, Tsung-Lun; Chang, Shyue-Yih

    2011-01-01

    We compared postoperative complications and oncologic results after laryngectomy of patients with laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), with and without airway obstruction. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 544 patients with laryngeal SCC between 1990 and 2000. Of 175 advanced cases receiving total laryngectomy, 32 initially presented with upper airway obstruction. Postoperative complications after laryngectomy did not differ significantly between patients with and without airway obstruction (36% vs 28%; p = .353). Although patients with airway obstruction had more T4 (81% vs 42%; p management of airway obstruction, the postoperative complications and oncologic results were similar to those without airway obstruction.  © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck, 2011.

  20. Application of Coblation in Upper Airway Obstructive Lesions%低温等离子消融技术在上气道阻塞性病变中的应用

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    汪国武; 何政; 彭莉芬; 王蓉; 张学军; 黄妍雯

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨低温等离子消融技术在上气道阻塞性病变中的应用.方法 应用低温等离子下鼻甲打孔消融治疗鼻塞患者186例;应用等离子辅助下上气道成形术(coblation-assisted upper-airway procedures,CAUP)治疗阻塞性睡眠呼吸暂停低通气综合征(obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome,OSAHS)患者48例.结果 186例鼻塞患者消融治疗1年后采用视觉模拟评分法(Visual analogue scale,VAS)评分:0~1分176例,2~3分10例,总有效率100%;术后并发症:鼻出血1例,鼻腔粘连1例.48例OSAHS患者治愈6例,显效19例,有效9例,无效14例,总有效率70.8%,均无出血、食物反流、开放性鼻音和鼻咽粘连等并发症发生.结论 低温等离子消融技术在上气道阻塞性病变中的应用较广泛,且操作简便、并发症少、微创安全性高.对于鼻塞、非肥胖的单纯鼾症、轻中度有上气道解剖性狭窄的OSAHS患者疗效较好;对于重度OSAHS患者虽然可以解决上气道存在的阻塞,但症状改善的程度有限,仍需强调综合治疗.

  1. Airway obstruction and hemophilia-A: epiglottis hematoma.

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    Hirshoren, Nir; Varon, David; Weinberger, Jeffrey M; Gross, Menachem

    2010-07-01

    Acute upper airway obstruction is a potentially life-threatening event. Hemophilia-A is a coagulopathy with high risk for spontaneous bleeding. Here we describe for the first time a spontaneous epiglottic internal hemorrhage leading to upper airway narrowing in a hemophilia-A patient. The patient was admitted to the intensive care unit for airway observation and treatment with factor VIII supplementation. In the first 48 hours there was rapid respiratory improvement. The epiglottic swelling resolved on the 5th day. In this patient no oral intubation or surgical management was needed.

  2. 成人与青少年双颌前突患者拔牙矫治前后上气道X射线头影测量比较研究%Comparison of cephalometric evaluation of upper airway dimensions between adult and teen-ager patients with bimaxillary proclination after extraction orthodontic treatment

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    刘余聪; 高洁; 韩雨晨; 冯雪

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the effects of extraction orthodontic treatment on the upper airway dimensions in adult and teenager patients with bimaxillary proclination .Methods Cephalograms before and after orthodontic treatment in 41 adults and 27 teenagers with bimaxillary proclination were investigated by using computerized cephalometric analysis .Upper airway dimensions were measured.Results In the teenager group,the hyoid was retracted in vertical directions but no statistical difference was found in other parameters of the upper airway dimensions .However,there were statistically significant reductions in PNS-Adl,PSP-SPPW and U-MPW ( P<0.05 ) in the adult group .Conclusion Extraction treatment leads to a narrow in upper airway of the adult patients while it does not affect teenagers .%目的:比较双颌前突成人与青少年患者拔牙矫治前后上气道矢状径的改变。方法采用计算机辅助X射线头影测量技术,对41名双颌前突成人及27例青少年患者的X射线头颅定位侧位片进行测量及上气道间隙分析。比较成人与青少年双颌前突患者拔牙矫治前后的上气道矢状径的改变。结果青少年患者拔牙矫治后上气道无明显减小,舌骨向下移位。成人患者PNS-Adl、PSP-SPPW、U-MPW明显减小( P<0.05)。结论拔牙矫治内收上下前牙会使成人双颌前突患者上气道矢状径明显减小,而对青少年患者上气道影响不大。

  3. Clinical value of upper airway pressure measurement and Friedman staging system in preoperative evaluation for obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome%上气道测压与Friedman分型在上气道阻塞平面判断中的相关性研究

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    田旭; 李五一; 霍红; 余蓉; 王剑

    2011-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical value of localization of upper airway obstructive site with pressure measurements and Friedman staging system in preoperative upper airway reconstructive surgery for obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS), and to evaluate the value of Friedman staging system in predicting the upper airway obstructive site. Methods One hundred and three patients with snoring, daytime sleepiness diagnosed as OSAHS by polysomnography were first classified using Friedman staging system, and then examined using whole night recording, including airway continuous pressure measurements (Apnea Graph, AG). AG transducer catheter containing two pressure and two temperature sensors used for obstruction site determination and detection of apnea events during sleep. Obstructive sites were divided into upper (retropalatal region) or lower level (retroglossal region). Using constituent ratio to reflect the obstructive proportion of different levels so as to find the correlation between Friedman staging system and localization of upper airway obstructive site with pressure measurements performed during sleep,and to evaluate the clinical value of Friedman staging system in predicting the severity of OSAHS. Results There was statistically significant difference in the constituent ratio of retroglossal obstruction determined by AG, according to Friedman staging system, Friedman tongue position (FTP) and tonsil size grading ( F =13. 876, 7. 655,10. 207 respectively, P <0. 05 ). The constituent ratio of retroglossal obstruction between stage Ⅳ and Ⅰ , Ⅱ, Ⅲ(P<0.01) was significantly different. With the increasing of Friedman staging,the constituent ratio of retroglossal obstruction had the tendency of increasing. The constituent ratio of retroglossal obstruction between FTP grade 2 and grade 3, grade 4 ( P < 0. 05 ) was significantly different.With the increasing of FTP grading, the constituent ratio of retroglossal obstruction had the tendency

  4. 骨性Ⅲ类不同垂直骨面型成人上气道形态三维测量分析%Evaluation of upper airway in adult skeletal Class Ⅲ patients with different vertical patterns based on cone-beam computed tomography images

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    杨芳; 闫英剑; 张明烨; 王天虎; 陈金武; 李永明

    2013-01-01

    目的:比较骨性Ⅲ类不同垂直骨面型成人上气道鼻咽、腭咽、舌咽气道大小的差异,探讨上气道不同部位与颅面部骨骼形态的关系.方法:将62例骨性Ⅲ类成人患者按GoGn-SN角分成高角、均角和低角3组,每位患者进行颅面部锥体束计算机断层扫描(CBCT),并对鼻咽、腭咽、舌咽气道的矢状径、冠状径、截面积以及容积等指标进行测量分析,比较3组之间的差异.结果:骨性Ⅲ类男女上气道各测量值之间比较发现在UTH、UTS、EPV存在明显差异(P<0.01),其余测量值没有统计学差异(P>0.05).骨性Ⅲ类不同垂直骨面型男性气道在PNSL、PNSS、UTW、UTV、EPV和V存在明显差异(P<0.05),而女性在UTL和EPS处存在明显差异(P<0.05).结论:由于颅面部垂直生长型的不同,骨性Ⅲ类不同垂直骨面型成人上气道大小及形态存在明显差异.%Objective To investigate the characteristics and differences of upper airway in adult skeletal class III with different vertical facial types,and to find out the relation ship of the upper airway and craniofacial characteristic. Methods Sixty-two adult skeletal class III patients were divided into three groups based on their GoGn-SN angles,Three dimensional airway volumes and cross-sectional areas、lengths and widths were measured by using cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT).AII the data were analyzed through the statistical method and compared the differences. Results The upper airway measurement data have significant differences in the UTH,UTS,EPV between male and female (P0.05).There were significant differences in the PNSL、PNSS、UTW、UTV、EPV and V in the male upper airway, while in female,there were obvious differences in the UTL and EPS (P<0.05). Conclusion There were statistical differences in adult skeletal class III upper airway with different vertical facial types because of different vertical growth patterns.

  5. The Groningen Laryngomalacia Classification System-Based on Systematic Review and Dynamic Airway Changes

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    van der Heijden, Martijn; Dikkers, Frederik G.; Halmos, Gyorgy B.

    2015-01-01

    Objective: Laryngomalacia is the most common cause of dyspnea and stridor in newborn infants. Laryngomalacia is a dynamic change of the upper airway based on abnormally pliable supraglottic structures, which causes upper airway obstruction. In the past, different classification systems have been int

  6. Prognostic Effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treated with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or Upper Airway Surgery on Coronary Heart Disease: A Systematic Review%持续气道正压通气或上呼吸道手术治疗对合并阻塞性睡眠呼吸暂停冠心病患者预后影响的系统评价

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    王少丽; 史大卓; 王承龙

    2012-01-01

    Objective To evaluate prognostic impact of treatment with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) or upper airway surgery on the patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and coronary heart disease (CHD). Methods Database search in The Cochrane Library, PubMed, OVID and CBM (from establishment dates to October 2009) were conducted. Cohort studies and randomized controlled trials of OSA with CPAP or upper airway surgery in CHD patients were identified. We assessed the quality of the included trials and extracted the relevant data. Statistical analysis was performed using RevMan 4.3.2 software. Results A total of 4 cohort studies involving 945 participants were included. The results of meta-analysis were as follows: a) there were no significant differences in the rate of late lumen loss and 10-year mortality between CHD patients with OSA treated by CPAP and those without OSA (RR=1.84, 95%CI 0.73 to 4.68, P=0.20; RR=0.80, 95%CI 0.24 to 2.64, P=0.71). b) CPAP or uvulopalatopharyngoplasty used in the treatment of OSA on CHD patients after PCI had a significant decrease in the rate of 5-year cardiac death when compared with those untreated OSA patients (RR=0.34, 95%CI 0.14 to 0.82, P=0.02). But there were no differences in the rate of 5-year all-cause mortality, major adverse cardiac events (MACE) between the two groups respectively (RR=0.66,95%CI 0.39 to 1.10, P=0.11; RR=0.97, 95%CI 0.81 to 1.15, P=0.69). c) CPAP or upper airway surgery in treating OSA significantly reduced the risk of MACE occurrence during the 86.5±39 months follow-up period (RR=0.22, 95%CI 0.07 to 0.72, P=0.01). Conclusion Current evidence indicates that treating OSA with CPAP or upper airway surgery in CHD patients might be associ-ated with a decrease in the risk of cardiac death. But more studies are necessary to evaluate prognostic impact of treatment with CPAP or upper airway surgery on the patients with OSA and CHD. However, due to the limited quantity and quality of the included studies

  7. Cuffed oropharyngeal airway for difficult airway management.

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    Takaishi, Kazumi; Kawahito, Shinji; Tomioka, Shigemasa; Eguchi, Satoru; Kitahata, Hiroshi

    2014-01-01

    Difficulties with airway management are often caused by anatomic abnormalities due to previous oral surgery. We performed general anesthesia for a patient who had undergone several operations such as hemisection of the mandible and reconstructive surgery with a deltopectoralis flap, resulting in severe maxillofacial deformation. This made it impossible to ventilate with a face mask and to intubate in the normal way. An attempt at oral awake intubation using fiberoptic bronchoscopy was unsuccessful because of severe anatomical abnormality of the neck. We therefore decided to perform retrograde intubation and selected the cuffed oropharyngeal airway (COPA) for airway management. We inserted the COPA, not through the patient's mouth but through the abnormal oropharyngeal space. Retrograde nasal intubation was accomplished with controlled ventilation through the COPA, which proved to be very useful for this difficult airway management during tracheal intubation even though the method was unusual.

  8. Cine CT technique for dynamic airway studies

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    Ell, S.R.; Jolles, H.; Keyes, W.D.; Galvin, J.R.

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    The advent of cine CT scanning with its 50-msec data acquisition time promises a much wider range of dynamic CT studies. The authors describe a method for dynamic evaluation of the extrathoracic airway, which they believe has considerable potential application in nonfixed upper-airway disease, such as sleep apnea and stridor of unknown cause. Conventional CT is limited in such studies by long data acquisition time and can be used to study only prolonged maneuvers such as phonation. Fluoroscopy and digital subtraction studies are limited by relatively high radiation dose and inability to image all wall motions simultaneously.

  9. Study on Upper Airway Measurement of OSAHS Patients by CT%阻塞性睡眠呼吸暂停低通气综合征患者上气道CT测量研究

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    詹善强; 倪宝良; 胡伟; 李春莉; 刘刚

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To explore the clinical value of CT scan in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAHS).Method:72 patients with OSAHS in our hospital from January 2013 to March 2015 were selected as the OSAHS group.30 health people were selected as the control group at the same time.CT scans were performed in patients from the top of nasopharynx to the cricoid region continuously.According to the rear edge of the hard palate,uvula tip and the tip of the epiglottis,the upper respiratory were divided into the nasopharyngeal region,the retropalatal area, the retroglottal area and the epiglottis area.The left-right diameter,anteroposterior diameter and cross section area of the minimum cross-sectional of upper respiratory tract in the two groups were measured and compared.Result:The measurement indexes of the retropalatal area and the retroglottal area in OSAHS patients were lower than those in the control group.The measurement indexes of the retropalatal area,the retroglottal area and the epiglottis area in the severe group were lower than those in the control group.The measurement indexes of the retropalatal area and the retroglottal area in the severe group were lower than those in the mild-moderate group.The differences above were all statistically significant (P<0.05).The narrow situations in the retroglottal area and the epiglottis area of the mild-moderate group were better than those of the severe group,the differences were statistically significant(P<0.05).Among the 72 patients,15 patients had one narrow zone,33 patients had two narrow zones,21 patients had three narrow zones,3 patients had four narrow zones.Conclusion:Spiral CT scan and measurement can get the location and extent of the stenosis of the upper airway, which has important guiding significance for clinical treatment.%目的:探讨阻塞性睡眠呼吸暂停综合征(OSAHS)患者行上呼吸道CT测量的临床价值。方法:选择2013年1月-2015年3月本院收治的OSAHS患者72

  10. Engineering Airway Epithelium

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    John P. Soleas

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Airway epithelium is constantly presented with injurious signals, yet under healthy circumstances, the epithelium maintains its innate immune barrier and mucociliary elevator function. This suggests that airway epithelium has regenerative potential (I. R. Telford and C. F. Bridgman, 1990. In practice, however, airway regeneration is problematic because of slow turnover and dedifferentiation of epithelium thereby hindering regeneration and increasing time necessary for full maturation and function. Based on the anatomy and biology of the airway epithelium, a variety of tissue engineering tools available could be utilized to overcome the barriers currently seen in airway epithelial generation. This paper describes the structure, function, and repair mechanisms in native epithelium and highlights specific and manipulatable tissue engineering signals that could be of great use in the creation of artificial airway epithelium.

  11. Study of the Effects of Extraction or Non-extraction Treatment on the Sagittal Dimensions of Upper Airway in Patients with Class Ⅱ Malocclusions%安氏Ⅱ类错牙合拔牙与非拔牙矫治上气道矢状径变化的研究

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    周靖; 方志欣; 周嫣; 陈世稳

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨安氏Ⅱ类错牙合畸形拔牙与非拔牙矫治前后上气道矢状径的变化.方法 选取青少年骨性安氏Ⅱ类错牙合 畸形患者40例,拔牙与非拔牙组各20例,拔牙组均拔出4颗双尖牙,两组均采用直丝弓矫治技术进行矫治.将矫治前后的X线头颅侧位定位片进行上气道矢状径相关指标的测量,结果 进行统计分析.结果 非拔牙组矫治后骨性鼻咽,后鼻棘点-颅底点距离(PNS-Ba)较矫治前增加(1.21±2.44)mm,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05﹚,其余上气道相关测量项目矫治前、矫治后拔牙组及非拔牙组组内比较,差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05).上气道相关测量项目矫治前后的差值拔牙组与非拔牙组比较,差异亦无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 骨性安氏Ⅱ类错牙合畸形青少年通过拔牙与非拔牙矫治后,上气道矢状径大小短期内无显著改变.%Objective To investigate the differences of the sagittat dimensions of upper airway in adotescent patients vvith ctass II matocctusions who were treated vvith extraction or non-extraction before and after the orthodontic treatment. Methods Forty adotescent patients vvith ctass E matocctusions were enrotted in the study,in which there were 20 cases in extraction group and another 20 cases in non-extraction group. Patients in the extraction group were treated vvith 4-premotar extraction. Att patients in the two groups were treated vvith straigtit wire apptiance. Cephatometric anatysis of sagittat widths of upper airway before and after treatment was performed in each patient, and the data were anatyzed statisticatty. Resutts After treatment, the changes of most measurements of upper airway of two groups showed no significant difference( P >0.05 ) besides PMS-Ba got a raise in( 1.21 ±2. 44 )mm in non-extraction group( P <0. 05 ). The differences of upper airway dimensions before and after treatment were not significant between extraction and non-extraction groups

  12. 安氏 II 类下颌后缩儿童应用 Twin-block 矫治器功能矫治前后上气道变化的锥形束 CT 研究%A CBCT study on the upper airway of the children with Class Ⅱ mandibular retrusion before and after functional treatment by Twin-block appliance

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    史建陆; 董丽玲; 李芸; 贺红

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨安氏Ⅱ类下颌后缩儿童患者功能矫治前后上气道的三维变化。方法:用 Twin-block 矫治器治疗下颌后缩儿童患者,拍摄其矫治前后的锥形束 CT,应用 Dolphin 11.5软件进行三维测量分析,采用配对 t 检验对安氏Ⅱ类下颌后缩患者功能矫治前后上气道的变化进行比较。结果:患者上气道的总体积、腭咽、舌咽、喉咽、口咽体积,软腭尖平面(SP)、会厌顶平面(TE)上气道的截面积,口咽段最小截面积,SP 矢状径、横径,TE 横径均显著增大(P <0.05);气道形态在 SP 趋于圆形,而在 TE 趋于扁平(P <0.05)。结论:Twin-block 功能矫治能使下颌后缩儿童上气道增大,改善呼吸功能。%Objective:To study the changes of upper airway dimension and morphology in Class Ⅱ mandibular retrusion children af-ter functional treatment by Twin-block appliance.Methods:The Cone-Beam CT(CBCT)data of upper airway of the subjects were measured with Dolphin 11.5 software before and after fuctional treatment by Twin-block appliance.The comparison of upper airway di-mension and morphology between pre-treatment and post-treatment was performed by paired t-text.Results:After functional treatment the volume of total upper airway,velopharyngeal airway,glossopharyngeal airway,laryngopharyngeal airway,oropharyngeal airway,the sectional area of the inferior of the soft palate(SP),tip of the epiglotti(TE),the sagittal diameter of SP,the lateral diameter of SP and TE increased(P <0.05)in the children;the airway's shape of SP was attended to be rounder and TE to be more flat.Conclusion:Functional treatment is effective in the treatment of skeletal Class Ⅱ mandibular retrusion of children by increase of the upper airway and improvement of respiration.

  13. [Regeneration of airway epithelium].

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    Adam, D; Perotin, J-M; Lebargy, F; Birembaut, P; Deslée, G; Coraux, C

    2014-04-01

    Epithelial regeneration is a complex process. It can lead to the remodeling of the airway epithelium as in asthma, COPD or cystic fibrosis. The development of in vivo and in vitro models has allowed the analysis of remodeling mechanisms and showed the role of components of extracellular matrix, proteases, cytokines and growth factors. Airway epithelial progenitors and stems cells have been studied in these models. However, their identification remains difficult. Identification and characterization of airway epithelial progenitor/stem-cells, and a better knowledge of the regeneration process may allow the development of new therapeutic strategies for airway epithelial reconstitution. Copyright © 2013 SPLF. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  14. Airway management in trauma

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    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Airway Management for the victims of major trauma is the first priority in the care of the trauma victim and is a core skill in emergency medicine and critical care. Endotracheal intubation remains the gold standard for trauma airway management. Airway management in trauma patients is not just the capability to insert an oral/nasal airway or endotracheal tube beyond the vocal cords. The five components integral to modern, sophisticated airway management in trauma patients include equipment, pharmacologic adjuncts, manual techniques, physical circumstances, and patient profile. A trauma patient may require airway management in a variety of physical circumstances. Whereas, the commonly used airway management algorithms may not suffice in all these situations, the construction of a truly complete decision tree is also virtually impossible. There is consensus that it is not the intervention per se but rather the conditions, skills, and performance that might be the possible variables that affect outcome. Paramedics have only limited experience and on-the-job skills for invasive airway management. Difficult airway management is best left for the experienced physicians to handle.

  15. Essentials of airway management, oxygenation, and ventilation: part 2: advanced airway devices: supraglottic airways

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    Rosenberg, M B; Phero, J C; Becker, D E

    2014-01-01

    .... This article will review the evolution and use of advanced airway devices, specifically supraglottic airways, with the emphasis on the laryngeal mask airway, as the next intervention in difficult...

  16. Airway management before chemoradiation for advanced head and neck cancer.

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    Langerman, Alexander; Patel, Riddhi M; Cohen, Ezra E W; Blair, Elizabeth A; Stenson, Kerstin M

    2012-02-01

    Patients with upper aerodigestive tract tumors can have development of airway compromise both before and during chemoradiotherapy (CRT). Tracheotomy is the classic method for securing a safe airway, but tumor debulking may also be used. This was a retrospective review of locoregionally advanced tumors of the base of tongue, larynx, or hypopharynx undergoing CRT between 1995 and 2007. Forty-two of the 109 patients presented with signs or symptoms of airway obstruction. Of these, 28 underwent tracheotomy before CRT, and 11 had tumor debulking. Two of the 11 patients who underwent debulking required tracheotomy within 1 year after CRT for persistent edema and fibrosis. Larynx tumors were more likely to require tracheotomy or debulking than other tumors (p = .01). Debulking is a safe and effective alternative to tracheotomy in select patients with tumor-related airway obstruction before CRT. Patients who undergo debulking should be monitored closely for recurrence of airway compromise during and after CRT. Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. Indirect airway challenges

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    Joos, GF; O'Connor, B; Anderson, SD; Chung, F; Cockcroft, DW; Dahlen, B; DiMaria, G; Foresi, A; Hargreave, FE; Holgate, ST; Inman, M; Lotvall, J; Magnussen, H; Polosa, R; Postma, DS; Riedler, J

    2003-01-01

    Indirect challenges act by causing the release of endogenous mediators that cause the airway smooth muscle to contract. This is in contrast to the direct challenges where agonists such as methacholine or histamine cause airflow limitation predominantly via a direct effect on airway smooth muscle. Di

  18. Pediatric airway nightmares.

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    D'Agostino, James

    2010-02-01

    Pediatric disorders that involve actual or potential airway compromise are among the most challenging cases that emergency department providers face. This article discusses the diagnosis and management of common and uncommon conditions in infants and children who may present with airway obstruction.

  19. A 3D volume MRI method for studying the effect of fluid shift on the upper airway patency%磁共振三维容积成像用于流体迁移对上气道形态影响研究

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    李永; 安云强; 刘兆会; 李婷; 尹红霞; 黄亚奇

    2013-01-01

    Objective To propose a magnetic resonance imaging ( MRI) procedure for 3D volume scanning to study the effect of fluid shift on the cross section of the upper airway as well as the neck circumference, and to test the feasibility of this strategy. A new thought was provided for exploring the effects of body posture changes on the respiratory functions during sleep. Methods A procedure using 3D - SPGR scanning from the top of nasal cavity to laryngeal prominence of two subjects was conducted under two conditions: the control test with subjects lying supine, and after fluid redistribution resulting from elevating both legs for 8 min. The coordinates of the neck and the upper airway boundaries were extracted directly from the selected axial images to calculate the neck circumference and the cross-sectional area of the upper airway. Results The images showed clearly the changes in the neck circumference and the cross-sectional area and shape of the upper airway. The results indicated that the fluid shift caused by raising legs could narrow the upper airway and increase the neck size, which were consistent with currently published experimental results by other investigators. Conclusions Using the 3D volume MRI technique to study the effects of fluid shift on the upper airway patency, we can easily and accurately measure the changes in the neck size and the cross-sectional area and shape of the upper airway. This method could provide an effective way to investigate the effects of body posture changes on the respiratory functions during sleep,as well as the mechanism behind the correlation between fluid-retaining related diseases and obstructive sleep apnea.%目的 提出用磁共振三维容积成像方式研究流体迁移对人体上气道截面及颈围影响的方法并验证其可行性,为探讨体位改变对睡眠呼吸功能的影响提供新的思路.方法 使用三维扰相梯度回波序列(3 D-SPGR)容积扫描方式,对2位受试者头颈部自鼻腔顶部

  20. Controversies in Pediatric Perioperative Airways

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    Jozef Klučka

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Pediatric airway management is a challenge in routine anesthesia practice. Any airway-related complication due to improper procedure can have catastrophic consequences in pediatric patients. The authors reviewed the current relevant literature using the following data bases: Google Scholar, PubMed, Medline (OVID SP, and Dynamed, and the following keywords: Airway/s, Children, Pediatric, Difficult Airways, and Controversies. From a summary of the data, we identified several controversies: difficult airway prediction, difficult airway management, cuffed versus uncuffed endotracheal tubes for securing pediatric airways, rapid sequence induction (RSI, laryngeal mask versus endotracheal tube, and extubation timing. The data show that pediatric anesthesia practice in perioperative airway management is currently lacking the strong evidence-based medicine (EBM data that is available for adult subpopulations. A number of procedural steps in airway management are derived only from adult populations. However, the objective is the same irrespective of patient age: proper securing of the airway and oxygenation of the patient.

  1. Effects of camouflage treatment on dimensions of upper airway and surrounding structures in adult patients with skeletal class Ⅱ malocclusion%掩饰性治疗对成人骨性Ⅱ类错(牙合)患者上气道及周围结构影响的研究

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    陈金东; 朱敏; 聂萍

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the effects of orthodontic treatment on the upper airway and surrounding structures in adult patients with skeletal class II malocclusion,and to evaluate the relationship between changes in the craniofacial morphology ,position of incisor and upper airway dimensions. Methods 36 adult patients with skeletal class II malocclusion were selected, including 20 with teeth extracted and 16 with teeth not extracted. Cephalometric analysis was performed before and after treatment by CASSOS software. Results No statistical difference was found in Phwl-psp and Phw2-Tb in both non-extraction group and extraction group after treatment. Ant. In Mx. Ht and In Mx Area increased by 1.08 mm2 and 117.37 mm2 respectively in non-extraction group( P <0. 05). Conclusions The upper airway dimensions can not be altered sagittally either by extraction or non-extraction orthodontic treatment in adult patients with skeletal class H malocclusion, so far as the lower incisor is not retracted extremely.%目的 研究拔牙与非拔牙矫正对成人骨性Ⅱ类错(牙合)气道及周围结构的影响,并分析可能的原因.方法 选择36例成人骨性Ⅱ类错(牙合)正畸结束病例,拔牙组20例,非拔牙组16例.用正颌外科模拟预测系统(CASSOS)软件测量患者治疗前后X线头颅侧位片,并对数据进行配对t检验.结果 拔牙组与非拔牙组的腭后气道(Phwl - psp)与舌后气道(Phw2 - Tb)在正畸前后均无显著变化(P>0.05).非拔牙组的前颌间距离(Ant.In Mx.Ht)与颌间面积(lnMx Area)有所增加,差异有统计学意义.结论 成人骨性Ⅱ类错(牙合)畸形的掩饰性治疗,不论是否减数,在下前牙不过分内收的情况下,气道在矢状向的变化并不显著.

  2. 儿童分泌性中耳炎与上气道疾病的相关性分析%Correlation between secretory otitis media and upper airway diseases in children

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    邹新博; 梅栩彬; 赵立民; 邹慧中; 邬依萍; 苏勇; 陈正岗; 刘文君

    2015-01-01

    Objective To study the relationship between secretory otitis media (SOM) and upper air-way diseases in children. Methods Subjects included 339 children diagnosed with SOM at Qingdao Munici-pal Hospital from February 2013 to March 2015 and 206 normal children identified during the same period. The onset frequency of chronic rhinitis, allergic rhinitis and chronic sinusitis per year, as well as the results of acoustic immittance, otoscopy, nasal endoscopy and nasopharyngeal lateral projection X ray, were compared between children with SOM and normal children using the SPSS 18.0 software. Results Compared to normal children, children with SOM showed increased annual frequency of chronic rhinitis (6.25±3.14 vs 2.39±1.22), allergic rhinitis (5.04±3.43 vs 0.41±1.17) and chronic sinusitis (1.04±2.08 vs 0.30±0.77), as well as increased rate of tonsil hypertrophy (50.7%vs 7.8%) and adenoid hypertrophy (81.1%vs 12.6%) (P<0.05). Multiple re-gression analysis indicated that adenoid hypertrophy (I°and IV°), tonsil hypertrophy (IV°) and allergic rhinitis were major risk factors for SOM in children (P<0.05). Conclusion Adenoid hypertrophy (I°和IV°),tonsil hy-pertrophy (IV°) and allergic rhinitis are major risk factors for SOM in children.%目的:探讨儿童分泌性中耳炎(Secretory otitis media,SOM)与上气道疾病的关系。方法选择2013年2月至2015年3月期间,在青岛市立医院确诊的339例SOM患儿为病例组,选择同期就诊的206例正常儿童为对照组。对两组患儿每年慢性鼻炎、过敏性鼻炎、慢性鼻窦炎的发作次数、以及声导抗、电耳镜、儿童鼻内镜、鼻咽侧位片的检查结果进行分析。探讨儿童SOM与上气道疾病的相关性。结果病例组每年慢性鼻炎、过敏性鼻炎、慢性鼻窦炎发作次数、扁桃体肥大、腺样体肥大的比例分别为(6.25±3.14)次、(5.04±3.43)次、(1.04±2.08)次、50.7%、81.1%,均明显高于对照组(2.39±1

  3. Airway distensibility in Chronic Obstructive Airway Disease

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    Winkler Wille, Mathilde Marie; Pedersen, Jesper Holst; Dirksen, Asger

    2013-01-01

    on the airway distensibility, defined as the ratio of relative change in lumen diameter to the relative change in total lung volume (TLV) divided by predicted total lung capacity (pTLC) . Methods – We included 1900 participants from the Danish Lung Cancer Screening Trial (DLCST); all randomized to annual low...

  4. Extensive upper respiratory tract sarcoidosis.

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    Soares, Mafalda Trindade; Sousa, Carolina; Garanito, Luísa; Freire, Filipe

    2016-04-18

    Sarcoidosis is a chronic granulomatous disease of unknown aetiology. It can affect any part of the organism, although the lung is the most frequently affected organ. Upper airway involvement is rare, particularly if isolated. Sarcoidosis is a diagnosis of exclusion, established by histological evidence of non-caseating granulomas and the absence of other granulomatous diseases. The authors report a case of a man with sarcoidosis manifesting as a chronic inflammatory stenotic condition of the upper respiratory tract and trachea.

  5. 体位型阻塞性睡眠呼吸暂停低通气综合征患者的咽腔形态学分析%Relationship of body position, upper airway morphology, and severity in patient with obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome

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    陈惟虎; 汪文晓; 冯艳华; 赵小康; 汤未

    2013-01-01

    Objective To assess the predictive power of routine physical examination of the upper airway hy an otorhinolaryngologist to identify OSAHS in Chinese patients, and to clarify the interaction of lateral and supine sleeping positions with upper airway morphology in patients with OSAHS. Methods In all, 103 consecutive patients with OSAHS ( 48 men and 55 women ) underwent polysomnography and upper airway morphological examination. Upper airway morphology and anthropometric variables were evaluated to determine different severity of OSAHS in the responders and nonresponders. Results The neck circumference, BMI( the body mass index ), and MMP( modi? ed Mallan-pati grade ) showed statistical correlations with AHI and decreased AHI for changed sleeping position. Multiple logistic regression analysis showed that the neck circumference and MMP were significant predictors for the responders ( P =0. 023 , odds ratio = 1. 180 and P =0. 006, odds ratio = 1.922, respectively ). Conclusion This study has shown that BMI, neck circumference, and MMP are predictive of severity of obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome ( OSAHS ). The neck circumference and MMP are revealed to be important morphological features in the responders whose apnea/hyoponea index ( AHI ) is substantially decreased by positioning during sleep.%目的 探讨阻塞性睡眠呼吸暂停低通气综合征(OSAHS)患者的睡眠体位与咽腔形态之间的关系.方法 对103个OSAHS患者行常规咽腔形态检查,记录体质指数(BMI)、颈围、扁桃体分度、咽峡宽度、改良的Mallampati分级(modified Mallampati grade,MMP),将各指标与呼吸暂停低通气指数(AHI)和AHI下降指数行相关性分析.按体位AHI将患者分成体位型OSAHS患者(positional patients,PP)及非体位型OSAHS患者(non-positional patients,NPP),比较两组咽腔形态学指标间差异.结果 BMI、颈围、MMP与AHI呈正相关.BMI、颈围与AHI下降指数呈正相关,MMP与AHI下降指数呈负相关.扁

  6. Emergency airway puncture - slideshow

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    ... presentations/100113.htm Emergency airway puncture - series—Normal anatomy To ... larynx is a tubular structure in the neck, through which air passes to the lungs. The thryoid and cricoid cartilage form the narrowest ...

  7. Emergency airway puncture

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    ... inserted into the throat, just below the Adam's apple (cricoid cartilage), into the airway. In a hospital, ... Choking Browse the Encyclopedia A.D.A.M., Inc. is accredited by URAC, also known as the ...

  8. Airway management in trauma.

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    Langeron, O; Birenbaum, A; Amour, J

    2009-05-01

    Maintenance of a patent and prevention of aspiration are essential for the management of the trauma patient, that requires experienced physicians in airway control techniques. Difficulties of the airway control in the trauma setting are increased by the vital failures, the risk of aspiration, the potential cervical spine injury, the combative patient, and the obvious risk of difficult tracheal intubation related to specific injury related to the trauma. Endotracheal intubation remains the gold standard in trauma patient airway management and should be performed via the oral route with a rapid sequence induction and a manual in-line stabilization maneuver, to decrease the risks previously mentioned. Different techniques to control the airway in trauma patients are presented: improvement of the laryngoscopic vision, lighted stylet tracheal intubation, retrograde technique for orotracheal intubation, the laryngeal mask and the intubating laryngeal mask airways, the combitube and cricothyroidotomy. Management of the airway in trauma patients requires regular training in these techniques and the knowledge of complementary techniques allowing tracheal intubation or oxygenation to overcome difficult intubation and to prevent major complications as hypoxemia and aspiration.

  9. Definitive airway management of patients presenting with a pre-hospital inserted King LT(S)-D laryngeal tube airway: a historical cohort study.

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    Subramanian, Arun; Garcia-Marcinkiewicz, Annery G; Brown, Daniel R; Brown, Michael J; Diedrich, Daniel A

    2016-03-01

    The King LT(S)-D laryngeal tube (King LT) has gained popularity as a bridge airway for pre-hospital airway management. In this study, we retrospectively reviewed the use of the King LT and its associated airway outcomes at a single Level 1 trauma centre. The data on all adult patients presenting to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota with a King LT in situ from July 1, 2007 to October 10, 2012 were retrospectively evaluated. Data collected and descriptively analyzed included patient demographics, comorbidities, etiology of respiratory failure, airway complications, subsequent definitive airway management technique, duration of mechanical ventilation, and status at discharge. Forty-eight adult patients met inclusion criteria. The most common etiology for respiratory failure requiring an artificial airway was cardiac arrest [28 (58%) patients] or trauma [9 (19%) patients]. Four of the nine trauma patients had facial trauma. Surgical tracheostomy was the definitive airway management technique in 14 (29%) patients. An airway exchange catheter, direct laryngoscopy, and video laryngoscopy were used in 11 (23%), ten (21%), and ten (21%) cases, respectively. Seven (78%) of the trauma patients underwent surgical tracheostomy compared with seven (18%) of the medical patients. Adverse events associated with King LT use occurred in 13 (27%) patients, with upper airway edema (i.e., tongue engorgement and glottic edema) being most common (19%). In this study of patients presenting to a hospital with a King LT, the majority of airway exchanges required an advanced airway management technique beyond direct laryngoscopy. Upper airway edema was the most common adverse observation associated with King LT use.

  10. Essentials of airway management, oxygenation, and ventilation: part 2: advanced airway devices: supraglottic airways.

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    Rosenberg, M B; Phero, J C; Becker, D E

    2014-01-01

    Offices and outpatient dental facilities must be properly equipped with devices for airway management, oxygenation, and ventilation. Part 1 in this series on emergency airway management focused on basic and fundamental considerations for supplying supplemental oxygen to the spontaneously breathing patient and utilizing a bag-valve-mask system including nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal airways to deliver oxygen under positive pressure to the apneic patient. This article will review the evolution and use of advanced airway devices, specifically supraglottic airways, with the emphasis on the laryngeal mask airway, as the next intervention in difficult airway and ventilation management. The final part of the series (part 3) will address airway evaluation, equipment and devices for tracheal intubation, and invasive airway procedures.

  11. Palatal sensory threshold reflects nocturnal hypoxemia and airway occlusion in snorers and obstructive sleep apnea patients

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    Kim, Sang-Wook; Park, Hyun Woo; Won, Sung Jun; Jeon, Sea-Yuong; Jin, Hong Ryul; Lee, So-Jin; Chang, Dong-Yeop; Kim, Dae Woo

    2013-01-01

    .... There are limited data on the correlation between disease severity and upper airway sensation. In this study, we investigated the relationship between clinical parameters and standardized palatal sensory threshold (SPST...

  12. 提颏对健康清醒成人上呼吸道结构的影响:核磁共振成像研究%Effects of chin lift on the structure of upper airway in normal conscious adults shown by magnetic resonance imaging

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    连世东; 田航; 胥琨琳; 谭晓天; 邓晓明

    2012-01-01

    目的 应用核磁共振成像(MRI)技术,评价提颏对健康清醒成人上呼吸道结构的影响.方法 选择健康志愿者16名,年龄21 ~35岁,BMI 17 ~ 26 kg/m2,在标准体位及提颏状态下进行MRI扫描,取正中矢状面T2WI,测量软腭段最短前后径、舌根段最短前后径、会厌游离缘末端前后径、会厌段最短前后径、咽腔面积及各项的增加百分比.结果 与标准体位比较,提颏后软腭段、舌根段、会厌段最短前后径、会厌游离缘末端前后径延长,咽腔面积增加(P<0.01).提颏后会厌游离缘末端前后径增加百分比最高(P<0.01).结论 提颏能明显改善健康清醒成人上呼吸道的通畅程度,会厌游离缘末端位置的改变及咽腔面积的增加对上呼吸道的通畅影响最明显.%Objective To investigate the effects of chin lift on the patency of upper airway in normal conscious adults using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).Methods Sixteen healthy volunteers aged 21-35 yr with a body mass index of 17-26 kg/m2 were enrolled in this study.The subjects lay on their back with their heads slightly extended.The lower jaw was first left in standard position.The mouth was slightly open (the distance between the upper and lower incisors was 0.5 cm).The chin was then lifted upward.The upper airway (from the base of slull to the level of vocal cord) was scaned by MRI along the median sagital plane.The length of soft palate,root of tongue and epiglottis and the area of pharyngeal cavity were measured.The position of the rim of epiglottis was examined.The mean percentage changes induced by chin lift were calculated.Results Compared with standard position,chin lift significantly prolonged the length of soft palate,root of tongue and epiglottis and increased the area of pharyngeal cavity.The percentage change in the position of the rim of epiglottis was largest after chin lift.Conclusion Chin lift significantly improve the patency of the upper airway in

  13. Airway exploration in children

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    Fernando GÓMEZ-SÁEZ

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Introduction and objective: The management of the airways represents a constant challenge in pediatric practice. In the last years, bronchoscopy has become an essential technique in the diagnosis and treatment of various abnormalities of the child's respiratory system. The special characteristics of the pediatric airway and the differentiated pathology it presents give pediatric bronchoscopy its own entity. Pediatric bronchoscopy is a safe technique with many applications, both diagnostic and therapeutic. The use of both types of bronchoscopes (flexible and rigid allows to take advantage of each one of them. Flexible bronchoscopy in pediatrics is a relatively simple and low-risk procedure that provides anatomical and dynamic information on the airways, as well as cytological and microbiological studies. The simplicity and low risk of this technique, in addition to not requiring general anesthesia, allows it to be performed even at the head of the patient, which has led to an increasingly extensive field of indications. The purpose of this article is to provide a review on the timeliness of the pediatric bronchoscopy procedure, especially about its indications. Method: Narrative review. Conclusion: The endoscopic examination of the airway is a cost-effective technique in pediatrics, with little complications and can offer very valuable diagnostic information, as well as perform certain therapeutic procedures. It is recommended that all professionals involved in the management of patients with airway pathology should know their indications, contraindications, complications, as well as their therapeutic applications.

  14. Integrated care pathways for airway diseases (AIRWAYS-ICPs)

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    Bousquet, J.; Addis, A.; Adcock, I.; Agache, I.; Agusti, A.; Alonso, A.; Annesi-Maesano, I.; Anto, J. M.; Bachert, C.; Baena-Cagnani, C. E.; Bai, C.; Baigenzhin, A.; Barbara, C.; Barnes, P. J.; Bateman, E. D.; Beck, L.; Bedbrook, A.; Bel, E. H.; Benezet, O.; Bennoor, K. S.; Benson, M.; Bernabeu-Wittel, M.; Bewick, M.; Bindslev-Jensen, C.; Blain, H.; Blasi, F.; Bonini, M.; Bonini, S.; Boulet, L. P.; Bourdin, A.; Bourret, R.; Bousquet, P. J.; Brightling, C. E.; Briggs, A.; Brozek, J.; Buh, R.; Bush, A.; Caimmi, D.; Calderon, M.; Calverley, P.; Camargos, P. A.; Camuzat, T.; Canonica, G. W.; Carlsen, K. H.; Casale, T. B.; Cazzola, M.; Sarabia, A. M. Cepeda; Cesario, A.; Chen, Y. Z.; Chkhartishvili, E.; Chavannes, N. H.; Chiron, R.; Chuchalin, A.; Chung, K. F.; Cox, L.; Crooks, G.; Crooks, M. G.; Cruz, A. A.; Custovic, A.; Dahl, R.; Dahlen, S. E.; De Blay, F.; Dedeu, T.; Deleanu, D.; Demoly, P.; Devillier, P.; Didier, A.; Dinh-Xuan, A. T.; Djukanovic, R.; Dokic, D.; Douagui, H.; Dubakiene, R.; Eglin, S.; Elliot, F.; Emuzyte, R.; Fabbri, L.; Wagner, A. Fink; Fletcher, M.; Fokkens, W. J.; Fonseca, J.; Franco, A.; Frith, P.; Furber, A.; Gaga, M.; Garces, J.; Garcia-Aymerich, J.; Gamkrelidze, A.; Gonzales-Diaz, S.; Gouzi, F.; Guzman, M. A.; Haahtela, T.; Harrison, D.; Hayot, M.; Heaney, L. G.; Heinrich, J.; Hellings, P. W.; Hooper, J.; Humbert, M.; Hyland, M.; Iaccarino, G.; Jakovenko, D.; Jardim, J. R.; Jeandel, C.; Jenkins, C.; Johnston, S. L.; Jonquet, O.; Joos, G.; Jung, K. S.; Kalayci, O.; Karunanithi, S.; Keil, T.; Khaltaev, N.; Kolek, V.; Kowalski, M. L.; Kull, I.; Kuna, P.; Kvedariene, V.; Le, L. T.; Carlsen, K. C. Lodrup; Louis, R.; MacNee, W.; Mair, A.; Majer, I.; Manning, P.; Keenoy, E. de Manuel; Masjedi, M. R.; Meten, E.; Melo-Gomes, E.; Menzies-Gow, A.; Mercier, G.; Mercier, J.; Michel, J. P.; Miculinic, N.; Mihaltan, F.; Milenkovic, B.; Molimard, M.; Mamas, I.; Montilla-Santana, A.; Morais-Almeida, M.; Morgan, M.; N'Diaye, M.; Nafti, S.; Nekam, K.; Neou, A.; Nicod, L.; O'Hehir, R.; Ohta, K.; Paggiaro, P.; Palkonen, S.; Palmer, S.; Papadopoulos, N. G.; Papi, A.; Passalacqua, G.; Pavord, I.; Pigearias, B.; Plavec, D.; Postma, D. S.; Price, D.; Rabe, K. F.; Pontal, F. Radier; Redon, J.; Rennard, S.; Roberts, J.; Robine, J. M.; Roca, J.; Roche, N.; Rodenas, F.; Roggeri, A.; Rolland, C.; Rosado-Pinto, J.; Ryan, D.; Samolinski, B.; Sanchez-Borges, M.; Schunemann, H. J.; Sheikh, A.; Shields, M.; Siafakas, N.; Sibille, Y.; Similowski, T.; Small, I.; Sola-Morales, O.; Sooronbaev, T.; Stelmach, R.; Sterk, P. J.; Stiris, T.; Sud, P.; Tellier, V.; To, T.; Todo-Bom, A.; Triggiani, M.; Valenta, R.; Valero, A. L.; Valiulis, A.; Valovirta, E.; Van Ganse, E.; Vandenplas, O.; Vasankari, T.; Vestbo, J.; Vezzani, G.; Viegi, G.; Visier, L.; Vogelmeier, C.; Vontetsianos, T.; Wagstaff, R.; Wahn, U.; Wallaert, B.; Whalley, B.; Wickman, M.; Williams, D. M.; Wilson, N.; Yawn, B. P.; Yiallouros, P. K.; Yorgancioglu, A.; Yusuf, O. M.; Zar, H. J.; Zhong, N.; Zidarn, M.; Zuberbier, T.

    2014-01-01

    The objective of Integrated Care Pathways for Airway Diseases (AIRWAYS-ICPs) is to launch a collaboration to develop multi-sectoral care pathways for chronic respiratory diseases in European countries and regions. AIRWAYS-ICPs has strategic relevance to the European Union Health Strategy and will ad

  15. Integrated care pathways for airway diseases (AIRWAYS-ICPs)

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    Bousquet, J.; Addis, A.; Adcock, I.; Agache, I.; Agusti, A.; Alonso, A.; Annesi-Maesano, I.; Anto, J. M.; Bachert, C.; Baena-Cagnani, C. E.; Bai, C.; Baigenzhin, A.; Barbara, C.; Barnes, P. J.; Bateman, E. D.; Beck, L.; Bedbrook, A.; Bel, E. H.; Benezet, O.; Bennoor, K. S.; Benson, M.; Bernabeu-Wittel, M.; Bewick, M.; Bindslev-Jensen, C.; Blain, H.; Blasi, F.; Bonini, M.; Bonini, S.; Boulet, L. P.; Bourdin, A.; Bourret, R.; Bousquet, P. J.; Brightling, C. E.; Briggs, A.; Brozek, J.; Buh, R.; Bush, A.; Caimmi, D.; Calderon, M.; Calverley, P.; Camargos, P. A.; Camuzat, T.; Canonica, G. W.; Carlsen, K. H.; Casale, T. B.; Cazzola, M.; Sarabia, A. M. Cepeda; Cesario, A.; Chen, Y. Z.; Chkhartishvili, E.; Chavannes, N. H.; Chiron, R.; Chuchalin, A.; Chung, K. F.; Cox, L.; Crooks, G.; Crooks, M. G.; Cruz, A. A.; Custovic, A.; Dahl, R.; Dahlen, S. E.; De Blay, F.; Dedeu, T.; Deleanu, D.; Demoly, P.; Devillier, P.; Didier, A.; Dinh-Xuan, A. T.; Djukanovic, R.; Dokic, D.; Douagui, H.; Dubakiene, R.; Eglin, S.; Elliot, F.; Emuzyte, R.; Fabbri, L.; Wagner, A. Fink; Fletcher, M.; Fokkens, W. J.; Fonseca, J.; Franco, A.; Frith, P.; Furber, A.; Gaga, M.; Garces, J.; Garcia-Aymerich, J.; Gamkrelidze, A.; Gonzales-Diaz, S.; Gouzi, F.; Guzman, M. A.; Haahtela, T.; Harrison, D.; Hayot, M.; Heaney, L. G.; Heinrich, J.; Hellings, P. W.; Hooper, J.; Humbert, M.; Hyland, M.; Iaccarino, G.; Jakovenko, D.; Jardim, J. R.; Jeandel, C.; Jenkins, C.; Johnston, S. L.; Jonquet, O.; Joos, G.; Jung, K. S.; Kalayci, O.; Karunanithi, S.; Keil, T.; Khaltaev, N.; Kolek, V.; Kowalski, M. L.; Kull, I.; Kuna, P.; Kvedariene, V.; Le, L. T.; Carlsen, K. C. Lodrup; Louis, R.; MacNee, W.; Mair, A.; Majer, I.; Manning, P.; Keenoy, E. de Manuel; Masjedi, M. R.; Meten, E.; Melo-Gomes, E.; Menzies-Gow, A.; Mercier, G.; Mercier, J.; Michel, J. P.; Miculinic, N.; Mihaltan, F.; Milenkovic, B.; Molimard, M.; Mamas, I.; Montilla-Santana, A.; Morais-Almeida, M.; Morgan, M.; N'Diaye, M.; Nafti, S.; Nekam, K.; Neou, A.; Nicod, L.; O'Hehir, R.; Ohta, K.; Paggiaro, P.; Palkonen, S.; Palmer, S.; Papadopoulos, N. G.; Papi, A.; Passalacqua, G.; Pavord, I.; Pigearias, B.; Plavec, D.; Postma, D. S.; Price, D.; Rabe, K. F.; Pontal, F. Radier; Redon, J.; Rennard, S.; Roberts, J.; Robine, J. M.; Roca, J.; Roche, N.; Rodenas, F.; Roggeri, A.; Rolland, C.; Rosado-Pinto, J.; Ryan, D.; Samolinski, B.; Sanchez-Borges, M.; Schunemann, H. J.; Sheikh, A.; Shields, M.; Siafakas, N.; Sibille, Y.; Similowski, T.; Small, I.; Sola-Morales, O.; Sooronbaev, T.; Stelmach, R.; Sterk, P. J.; Stiris, T.; Sud, P.; Tellier, V.; To, T.; Todo-Bom, A.; Triggiani, M.; Valenta, R.; Valero, A. L.; Valiulis, A.; Valovirta, E.; Van Ganse, E.; Vandenplas, O.; Vasankari, T.; Vestbo, J.; Vezzani, G.; Viegi, G.; Visier, L.; Vogelmeier, C.; Vontetsianos, T.; Wagstaff, R.; Wahn, U.; Wallaert, B.; Whalley, B.; Wickman, M.; Williams, D. M.; Wilson, N.; Yawn, B. P.; Yiallouros, P. K.; Yorgancioglu, A.; Yusuf, O. M.; Zar, H. J.; Zhong, N.; Zidarn, M.; Zuberbier, T.

    The objective of Integrated Care Pathways for Airway Diseases (AIRWAYS-ICPs) is to launch a collaboration to develop multi-sectoral care pathways for chronic respiratory diseases in European countries and regions. AIRWAYS-ICPs has strategic relevance to the European Union Health Strategy and will

  16. Archaeal DNA replication.

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    Kelman, Lori M; Kelman, Zvi

    2014-01-01

    DNA replication is essential for all life forms. Although the process is fundamentally conserved in the three domains of life, bioinformatic, biochemical, structural, and genetic studies have demonstrated that the process and the proteins involved in archaeal DNA replication are more similar to those in eukaryal DNA replication than in bacterial DNA replication, but have some archaeal-specific features. The archaeal replication system, however, is not monolithic, and there are some differences in the replication process between different species. In this review, the current knowledge of the mechanisms governing DNA replication in Archaea is summarized. The general features of the replication process as well as some of the differences are discussed.

  17. Analysis of sagittal anatomic structure of upper airway in patients with ankylosing spondylitis: computed tomography-based three-dimensional reconstruction%强直性脊柱炎患者上气道矢状位解剖结构分析:CT三维重建法

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    王幸双; 汪小海; 李文媛; 佟琪; 朱斌

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the characteristics of sagittal anatomic structure of the upper airway in patients with ankylosing spondylitis using three-dimensional reconstruction based on computed tomography (CT).Methods Thirty-one male patients with ankylosing spondylitis,aged 20-60 yr (AS group),and 41 common patients (male) without difficult airways,aged 20-60 yr (control group),who underwent spiral CT scan of the head and neck using Helical CT from January 2007 to February 2011 in our hospital,were enrolled in the study.Reconstructed images of the upper airway were obtained using AW4.4 workstation and six distances (D1-D6) and four angles (α-δ) were recorded and analyzed:(1)D1,the arc distance between the upper central incisor and root of epiglottis; D2,the distance between the upper central incisor and root of epiglottis; D3 and D4,the lengths of maxilla and mandible ; D5,the distance between the root of epiglottis and midpoint of glottis; D6,the distance between the end of mandible and midpoint of glottis; (2) angle α,the angle of line D2 and D5; angle β,the angle of line D2 and the lower edge of the upper central incisor to the midpoint of glottis; angle γ,the angle of line D4 and D6; angle δ,the angle of the point of the lower edge of the upper central incisor to the trailing edge of the hard palate and then to the root of epiglottis.Results Compared with control group,no significant change was found in D1,D2,D3,D4 and D5 (P > 0.05),and D6,angle α and angle δ were significantly increased,whereas angle β and angle γ were decreased in AS group (P < 0.05).Conclusion The anatomic structure of the upper airway has the characteristics of specific changes and a laryngoscope blade with a large degree of curvature may be helpful for successful tracheal intubation in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.%目的 采用CT三维重建技术探讨强直性脊柱炎患者上气道解剖结构的特点.方法 选择2007年1月至2011年2月在本院行头颈部

  18. Airway reconstruction in children

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    Rao Sanjay

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim/Background : Airway anomalies are infrequent but potentially life threatening in children. A program to care for these difficult children was set up at our institution, and this paper summarizes our experience. Methods: A total of 34 children were enrolled in the program over a period of three years. These children were evaluated as per the standard protocols. Treatment was individualized. Results: Of these 34 children, 28 had their airways restored and are doing well. Four children continue to remain on tracheostomy and two will require long term tracheostomy. There were two deaths. All children are under surveillance as there is a risk of recurrence. Conclusions: Airway anomalies are complex problems with significant morbidity and mortality. Current therapeutic modalities allow for good results. Most children were successfully decannulated and did well.

  19. Topical airway anesthesia for awake fiberoptic intubation: Comparison between airway nerve blocks and nebulized lignocaine by ultrasonic nebulizer

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    Babita Gupta

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Overview: Awake fiberoptic bronchoscope (FOB guided intubation is the gold standard of airway management in patients with cervical spine injury. It is essential to sufficiently anesthetize the upper airway before the performance of awake FOB guided intubation in order to ensure patient comfort and cooperation. This randomized controlled study was performed to compare two methods of airway anesthesia, namely ultrasonic nebulization of local anesthetic and performance of airway blocks. Materials and Methods: A total of 50 adult patients with cervical spine injury were randomly allocated into two groups. Group L received airway anesthesia through ultrasonic nebulization of 10 ml of 4% lignocaine and Group NB received airway blocks (bilateral superior laryngeal and transtracheal recurrent laryngeal each with 2 ml of 2% lignocaine and viscous lignocaine gargles. FOB guided orotracheal intubation was then performed. Hemodynamic variables at baseline and during the procedure, patient recall, vocal cord visibility, ease of intubation, coughing/gagging episodes, and signs of lignocaine toxicity were noted. Results: The observations did not reveal any significant differences in demographics or hemodynamic parameters at any time during the study. However, the time taken for intubation was significantly lower in Group NB as compared with the Group L. Group L had an increased number of coughing/gagging episodes as compared with Group NB. Vocal cord visibility and ease of intubation were better in patients who received airway blocks and hence the amount of supplemental lignocaine used was less in this group. Overall patient comfort was better in Group NB with fewer incidences of unpleasant recalls as compared with Group L. Conclusion: Upper airway blocks provide better quality of anesthesia than lignocaine nebulization as assessed by patient recall of procedure, coughing/gagging episodes, ease of intubation, vocal cord visibility, and time taken to intubate.

  20. Paediatric airway management: basic aspects

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    Holm-Knudsen, R J; Rasmussen, L S

    2009-01-01

    . Airway obstruction can be avoided by paying close attention to the positioning of the head of the child and by keeping the mouth of the child open during mask ventilation. The use of oral and nasopharyngeal airways, laryngeal mask airways, and cuffed endotracheal tubes is discussed with special reference...... to the circumstances in infants. A slightly different technique during laryngoscopy is suggested. The treatment of airway oedema and laryngospasm is described....

  1. Endoscopic Airway Evaluation in Congenital Tracheoesophageal Fistula

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    Bracci Paolo

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. The communication between the trachea and esophagus is called tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF. It can occurs as a congenital malformation (0.025-0.05% (in particular related to the esophageal atresia or can occurs as an acquired pathology. Endoscopic evaluation is the gold standard for the diagnosis of TEF and must be performed, in presence of symptoms such as choking, coughing, and cianosis at feeding. Materials and methods. The authors present 145 endoscopic airway evaluations, performed in 142 children for the suspected presence of TEF and for a diagnostic classification of esophageal atresia. The endoscopic airway procedure was performed with the rigid endoscopy technique, in general anesthesia and spontaneous ventilation, with topical anesthesia. Results. The use of the rigid endoscopy allows us to assure an open airway and assists operative management: in the presence of TEF the endoscopic procedure was infact diagnostic, and operative at surgery. The tracheobronchoscopic airway evaluation was able to identify the presence, the level and number of TEF in all patients, in order to classify the cases and plan the therapeutic strategy. Endoscopy showed the fovea of TEF in different positions, in the upper, medium and lower part of the trachea, in rare cases a double fistula or in some cases did not detect the presence of fistula. Discussion and Conclusions. The fovea located in the upper part of the trachea was always of small size, and difficult to diagnose, while the fovea located in the lower or medium part of the trachea was always of large size, and simple to identify. The identification of the precise anatomic position of the TEF guides the surgical planning but also permits to achieve the optimal ventilation and strategies to reduce potential complications during anesthesia.

  2. Obesity and obstructive sleep apnoea: mechanisms for increased collapsibility of the passive pharyngeal airway.

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    Isono, Shiroh

    2012-01-01

    Epidemiological evidence suggests there are significant links between obesity and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), with a particular emphasis on the importance of fat distribution in the development of OSA. In patients with OSA, the structure of the pharyngeal airway collapses. A collapsible tube within a rigid box collapses either due to decreased intraluminal pressure or increased external tissue pressure (i.e. reduction in transmural pressure), or due to reduction in the longitudinal tension of the tube. Accordingly, obesity should structurally increase the collapsibility of the pharyngeal airway due to excessive fat deposition at two distinct locations. In the pharyngeal airway region, excessive soft tissue for a given maxillomandibular enclosure size (upper airway anatomical imbalance) can increase tissue pressure surrounding the pharyngeal airway, thereby narrowing the airway. Even mild obesity may cause anatomical imbalance in individuals with a small maxilla and mandible. Lung volume reduction due to excessive central fat deposition may decrease longitudinal tracheal traction forces and pharyngeal wall tension, changing the 'tube law' in the pharyngeal airway (lung volume dependence of the upper airway). The lung volume dependence of pharyngeal airway patency appears to contribute more significantly to the development of OSA in morbidly obese, apnoeic patients. Neurostructural interactions required for stable breathing may be influenced by obesity-related hormones and cytokines. Accumulating evidence strongly supports these speculations, but further intensive research is needed.

  3. Curative effect of mometasone furoate nasal spray on upper airway cough syndrome in children with chronic rhinosinusitis%糠酸莫米松鼻喷剂对表现为上气道咳嗽综合征的儿童慢性鼻-鼻窦炎的治疗作用

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    朱学伟; 孙宇新

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To observe the curative effect of mometasone furoate nasal spray on upper airway cough syndrome in children with chronic rhinosinusitis.Methods:Mometasone furoate nasal spray was used to treat upper airway cough syndrome in 48 children with chronic rhinosinusitis ; the symptoms before and after treatment and the change of total score of signs were observed,and the related adverse reactions were analyzed.Results:The scores of cough symptom and endoscopy before treatment were (3.02 ± 1.61) and (5.80 ±2.00),respectively; the scores of cough symptom and endoscopy at three weeks after treatment were (1.20 ±0.83) and (2.01 ± 1.19),respectively; the total scores of symptoms and signs at two months after treatment were (0.61 ±0.45) and (1.38 ±0.89) on average.There were statistically significant differences in the total scores of symptoms and signs between before and after treatment (P < 0.01).Conclusion:Mometasone furoate nasal spray has a certain curative effect on upper airway cough syndrome in children with chronic rhinosinusitis,the safety and long-term curative effect need further studies.%目的:观察糠酸莫米松鼻喷雾剂治疗表现为上气道咳嗽综合征的儿童慢性鼻-鼻窦炎的效果.方法:对48例表现为上气道咳嗽综合征的慢性鼻-鼻窦炎的患儿,用糠酸莫米松鼻喷雾剂进行治疗,观察治疗前后症状和体征总评分的改变,并对相关不良反应进行分析.结果:采用糠酸莫米松鼻喷雾剂治疗表现为上气道咳嗽综合征的慢性鼻-鼻窦炎患儿,治疗前咳嗽症状和鼻内镜检查评分平均为(3.02±1.61)分及(5.80±2.00)分;治疗3周后咳嗽症状和鼻内镜检查评分为(1.20±0.83)分及(2.01±1.19)分;治疗2个月后症状和体征总评分平均为(0.61±0.45)分及(1.38±0.89)分.治疗前与治疗后症状和体征总评分比较,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).结论:糠酸莫米松鼻喷剂对表现为上气道咳嗽综合征的儿童慢性鼻-鼻

  4. The Recent Curative Effect Observation of Adjuvanttherapy by Tongqiao Biyan Granules for the Upper Airway Cough Syndrome (UACS) in Children%通窍鼻炎颗粒辅助治疗儿童上气道咳嗽综合征的近期疗效观察

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    吴梦晖; 张竹君

    2012-01-01

      目的观察通窍鼻炎颗粒辅助治疗上气道咳嗽综合征的效果.方法84例6个月~14岁符合诊断标准的患儿均给予孟鲁司特钠咀嚼片、复方福尔可定溶液口服,伴脓涕者加抗生素治疗,脓涕量多者清洗鼻腔,观察组48例同时口服通窍鼻炎颗粒7~10d,对照组36例不再加用其他药物.比较两组治疗3d、7d后咳嗽及鼻部症状缓解情况.结果治疗3d后观察组、对照组咳嗽缓解率分别为65.58%、41.67%,(P <0.05),治疗7d 后咳嗽缓解率分别为81.25%、61.11%,P <0.05;治疗3d 后,观察组、对照组鼻部症状缓解率分别为58.33%、36.11%,P <0.05,治疗7d 后鼻部症状缓解率分别为75%、52.78%,P <0.05.结论上气道咳嗽综合征患儿在常规综合治疗的基础上联用通窍鼻炎颗粒可更有效缓解咳嗽和鼻部症状,优于常规综合治疗,值得临床推广使用.%  Objective To evaluate the recent curative effects of adjuvant therapy by Tongqiao Biyan granules for the Upper Airway Cough Syndrome(UACS) in children. Methods 84 cases of 6 to 14-year-old children with the Upper Airway Cough Syndrome were all given montelukast sodium chewable and the compound Pholcodine solution oral, with purulent nasal discharge by antibiotic ,with Nasal wash purulent amount increased by nasal lavage;48 cases of observation group were taken orally Tongqiao Biyan granules at the same time for 7 to 10 days;36 cases of control group didn't take any other drugs.The cough and nasal symptoms were to compare in two groups treated for 3 days and 7 days. Results After 3 days of treatment,the remission rate of cough were 65.58%、41.67% respectively in observation group and control group(P<0.05);After 7 days of treatment,the remission rate of cough were 81.25%、61.11% respectively (P<0.05) in two groups; After 3 days of treatment,the remission rate of nasal symptoms were 58.33%、36.11% respectively in observation group and control group(P<0.05);After 7 days of treatment

  5. Brief exposure to cigarette smoke impairs airway epithelial cell innate anti-viral defence.

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    Logan, Jayden; Chen, Linping; Gangell, Catherine; Sly, Peter D; Fantino, Emmanuelle; Liu, Kenneth

    2014-12-01

    Human rhinovirus (hRV) infections commonly cause acute upper respiratory infections and asthma exacerbations. Environmental cigarette smoke exposure is associated with a significant increase in the risk for these infections in children. To determine the impact of short-term exposure to cigarette smoke on innate immune responses of airway epithelial cells infected with hRV. A human bronchial epithelial cell line (HBEC-3KT) was exposed to cigarette smoke extract (CSE) for 30 min and subsequently infected with hRV serotype 1B. Viral-induced cytokine release was measured with AlphaLISA and viral replication quantified by shed viral titer and intracellular viral copy number 24h post-infection. CSE induced a concentration-dependent decrease in CXCL10 (peffects were maintained when infection was delayed up to 24h post CSE exposure. Exogenous IFN-β treatment at t=0 after infection blunts the effects of CSE on viral replication (psmoke has a lasting impact on epithelial innate defence providing a plausible mechanism for the increase in respiratory infections seen in children exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Distinct PKA and Epac compartmentalization in airway function and plasticity

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    Dekkers, Bart G. J.; Racke, Kurt; Schmidt, Martina

    2013-01-01

    Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are obstructive lung diseases characterized by airway obstruction, airway inflammation and airway remodelling. Next to inflammatory cells and airway epithelial cells, airway mesenchymal cells, including airway smooth muscle cells and (myo)fibro

  7. Application of Low-dose CT Scanning in the Evaluation of Upper Airway Obstruction in Children with Adenoid Hypertrophy%低剂量CT对儿童腺样体肥大上气道阻塞的客观评价

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    蒋山姗; 徐嵩; 丁琼; 郭建东; 刘西; 唐伟华

    2014-01-01

    目的:研究低剂量CT三维重建技术在儿童腺样体肥大所致上气道顺应性改变的客观评估中的临床应用价值。方法19例腺样体肥大患儿接受CT低剂量扫描和症状计分表调查,与17例正常儿童的CT低剂量扫描后三维测量指标进行对照。结果腺样体肥大组患儿单位鼻咽腔容积(rNPV)及鼻咽气道最狭窄处面积比值(rNPA)与对照组比较差异均有统计学意义(rNPV值P<0.01、rNPA值P<0.05);rNPA与症状严重程度呈负相关(r=-0.659,P<0.01), rNPV值与症状计分无明显相关(P>0.05)。结论低剂量CT三维重建技术可用于腺样体肥大所致儿童上气道阻塞的客观定量评估。在解释测量结果与主观症状关系时rNPA应作为主要参考指标。%Objective To evaluate the clinical application value of Low-dose CT scanning and three-dimensional reconstruction method in the objective evaluation of upper airway obstruction caused by adenoid hypertrophy in children. Methods nineteen patients with adenoid hypertrophy were examined with low-dose CT and questionnaire. The measured values of 3D reconstruction were compared with those of 17 normal children. Results There were significant differences between the study group and the control group in rNPV(P0.05). Conclusion Low-dose CT scanning with 3D reconstruction method was an objective and quantitative method for the evaluation of upper airway in children with adenoid hypertrophy. The relationship of the measured values and subjective symptoms can be evaluated by rNPA.

  8. Electrical circuit models of the human respiratory system reflect small airway impairment measured by impulse oscillation (IOS).

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    Goldman, Michael D; Nazeran, Homer; Ramos, Carlos; Toon, Emily; Oates, Katrina; Bilton, Diana; Meraz, Erika; Hafezi, Nazila; Diong, Bill

    2010-01-01

    The use of the forced oscillatory input impedance parameter, frequency-dependence of Resistance (fdR), to assess small airway impairment (SAI) has not been widely accepted due to concern about the effects of "upper airway shunt" on oscillometric resistance and low frequency reactance. On the other hand, recent medical studies suggest that low frequency reactance is a very sensitive index of treatment intervention directed at small airways. The present study was undertaken to analyze and compare Impulse Oscillometry (IOS) resistance and reactance data with model-derived indices of small airway function from two models of the respiratory impedance, one with, and the other without an element for upper airway shunt capacitance. Fifty six patients with stable chronic obstructive lung disease of varying severity due to Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and 21 patients with asthma were evaluated by IOS testing. IOS data were input into the augmented RIC (aRIC) model with an upper airway shunt capacitance, and the extended RIC (eRIC) model, without a shunt capacitance element. Model-derived indices were compared between the two models for CF patients separately from asthma patients. We conclude that IOS indices of SAI are modeled equally well with or without upper airway shunt capacitance, and do not seem to be dependent on upper airway shunt capacitance.

  9. Advances in prehospital airway management.

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    Jacobs, Pe; Grabinsky, A

    2014-01-01

    Prehospital airway management is a key component of emergency responders and remains an important task of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) systems worldwide. The most advanced airway management techniques involving placement of oropharyngeal airways such as the Laryngeal Mask Airway or endotracheal tube. Endotracheal tube placement success is a common measure of out-of-hospital airway management quality. Regional variation in regard to training, education, and procedural exposure may be the major contributor to the findings in success and patient outcome. In studies demonstrating poor outcomes related to prehospital-attempted endotracheal intubation (ETI), both training and skill level of the provider are usually often low. Research supports a relationship between the number of intubation experiences and ETI success. National standards for certification of emergency medicine provider are in general too low to guarantee good success rate in emergency airway management by paramedics and physicians. Some paramedic training programs require more intense airway training above the national standard and some EMS systems in Europe staff their system with anesthesia providers instead. ETI remains the cornerstone of definitive prehospital airway management, However, ETI is not without risk and outcomes data remains controversial. Many systems may benefit from more input and guidance by the anesthesia department, which have higher volumes of airway management procedures and extensive training and experience not just with training of airway management but also with different airway management techniques and adjuncts.

  10. Extraglottic airway devices: technology update

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    Full Text Available Bimla Sharma, Chand Sahai, Jayashree Sood Department of Anaesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India Abstract: Extraglottic airway devices (EADs have revolutionized the field of airway management. The invention of the laryngeal mask airway was a game changer, and since then, there have been several innovations to improve the EADs in design, functionality, safety and construction material. These have ranged from changes in the shape of the mask, number of cuffs and material used, like rubber, polyvinylchloride and latex. Phthalates, which were added to the construction material in order to increase device flexibility, were later omitted when this chemical was found to have serious adverse reproductive outcomes. The various designs brought out by numerous companies manufacturing EADs resulted in the addition of several devices to the airway market. These airway devices were put to use, many of them with inadequate or no evidence base regarding their efficacy and safety. To reduce the possibility of compromising the safety of the patient, the Difficult Airway Society (DAS formed the Airway Device Evaluation Project Team (ADEPT to strengthen the evidence base for airway equipment and vet the new extraglottic devices. A preuse careful analysis of the design and structure may help in better understanding of the functionality of a particular device. In the meantime, the search for the ideal EAD continues. Keywords: extraglottic airway devices, laryngeal mask airway, other extraglottic airway devices, safety, technology update

  11. Supraglottic airway devices in children

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    S Ramesh

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Modern anaesthesia practice in children was made possible by the invention of the endotracheal tube (ET, which made lengthy and complex surgical procedures feasible without the disastrous complications of airway obstruction, aspiration of gastric contents or asphyxia. For decades, endotracheal intubation or bag-and-mask ventilation were the mainstays of airway management. In 1983, this changed with the invention of the laryngeal mask airway (LMA, the first supraglottic airway device that blended features of the facemask with those of the ET, providing ease of placement and hands-free maintenance along with a relatively secure airway. The invention and development of the LMA by Dr. Archie Brain has had a significant impact on the practice of anaesthesia, management of the difficult airway and cardiopulmonary resuscitation in children and neonates. This review article will be a brief about the clinical applications of supraglottic airways in children.

  12. Upper Endoscopy

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  13. 喉罩通气在上肢骨科手术的临床效果%The Clinical Effect of Laryngeal Mask Airways in Orthopedic Surgery of the Upper Extremities

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    喻泽兵

    2016-01-01

    目的:观察喉罩通气在上肢骨科手术麻醉中的应用效果,并将其与气管内插管通气的麻醉方法进行比较,从而为医院合理运用麻醉方法提供参考。方法对我院2015年1月至2015年7月60例需要进行上肢骨科手术的患者进行随机分组,分别为试验组30例,手术进行喉罩通气麻醉;对照组30例,手术进行气管内插管通气麻醉;对比这两组患者在术中及术后的心率和血压变化、术后清醒时间以及拔出时有无咳嗽、血迹残留、误吸等并发症情况。结果两组患者在术中的心率和血压变化差异无统计学意义(P>0.05),术后试验组的心率和血压变化幅度显著高于对照组,术后清醒时间试验组优于对照组,且咳嗽等并发症情况的出现试验组明显低于对照组,两组结果比较差异均有统计学意义(P0. 05). But considering the range of changes in heart rate and blood pressure after surgery,the treatment group was significantly higher than the control group. In the awake time after surgery,treatment group was better than the control group,and in the terms of the appearances of complications such as coughs, treatment group was significant-ly lower than the control group,and there was statistically significant difference in the comparing results between the two groups (P<0. 05). Conclusion In clinical effect,using the laryngeal mask airways to do the anesthetic was safer,patients would regain consciousness faster after surgery and there was less possibility to have complications. So the method is worth being applied and popularized.

  14. Development of a realistic human airway model.

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    Lizal, Frantisek; Elcner, Jakub; Hopke, Philip K; Jedelsky, Jan; Jicha, Miroslav

    2012-03-01

    Numerous models of human lungs with various levels of idealization have been reported in the literature; consequently, results acquired using these models are difficult to compare to in vivo measurements. We have developed a set of model components based on realistic geometries, which permits the analysis of the effects of subsequent model simplification. A realistic digital upper airway geometry except for the lack of an oral cavity has been created which proved suitable both for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations and for the fabrication of physical models. Subsequently, an oral cavity was added to the tracheobronchial geometry. The airway geometry including the oral cavity was adjusted to enable fabrication of a semi-realistic model. Five physical models were created based on these three digital geometries. Two optically transparent models, one with and one without the oral cavity, were constructed for flow velocity measurements, two realistic segmented models, one with and one without the oral cavity, were constructed for particle deposition measurements, and a semi-realistic model with glass cylindrical airways was developed for optical measurements of flow velocity and in situ particle size measurements. One-dimensional phase doppler anemometry measurements were made and compared to the CFD calculations for this model and good agreement was obtained.

  15. Three dimensional registration method to evaluate the upper airway morphologic changes after mandibular setback surgery%三维配准方法评价下颌后退手术后上呼吸道的形态学变化

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    MIC HAEL M.P.NG’WANAMASELE; 韩延钊; 张风河; 佟冬冬; 李亮; 程慧娟; 王春玲; 刘东旭

    2014-01-01

    目的:本研究拟在介绍基于颧弓的三维配准评价下颌后退手术后上呼吸道形态学变化的一种方法。方法选择1例行下颌后退手术的24岁男性患者作为研究对象,分别在治疗前(T0)、治疗后1周(T1)和治疗后1年零5个月(T2)拍摄锥形束CT(CBCT)。应用MIMICS16.0软件将不同时期的CBCT扫描数据重构为颌面骨骼和上呼吸道的三维模型,然后以立体模型(STL)格式输出。在不同时期每个立体模型两侧的颧骨、颧弓和上颌骨额突上选择标志点进行点对点配准。配准完成后,在同一横截面上,测量不同时期4个不同平面上呼吸道的前后向长度(APL)、最大横向宽度(LTW)和横截面积(CSA),同时计算出口咽和喉咽的容积。最后以矢状面窗口三维模型轮廓线上不同时期下齿槽座点(B点)间距离为准测量下颌骨移动的距离。结果T1期上呼吸道有明显地减少,T2期有轻微地复发。手术后T1期下颌B点与手术前T0期下颌B点间距离较大,手术后T2期下颌B点与手术前T0期下颌B点间距离比手术后T1期下颌B点与手术前T0期下颌B点间距离略有减少。结论基于颧弓的三维配准方法可以评价手术后及手术后期上呼吸道形态学变化。%Objective To introduce a method of three dimensional (3 D)registration based on the zygomatic arch to evaluate upper airway morphologic changes after mandibular setback surgery.Methods One male patient aged 24 years who underwent mandibular setback surgery to correct Angle class III malocclusion was involved in this study. CBCT scans were taken before start of treatment (T0),1 week after treatment (T1 )and 1 year and 5 months after treatment (T2).The 3 Dmodels of skull and upper airway were constructed from the CBCT scans and exported as stere-olithography by mimics16.0 software.The stereolithoghraphy was registered by selecting landmark points on either side of

  16. Avaliação do efeito da expansão rápida da maxila na via aérea superior, por meio da nasofibroscopia: descrição da técnica e relato de caso Evaluation of the effect of rapid maxillary expansion on the upper airway using nasofibroscopy: case report and description of the technique

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    Edmilsson Pedro Jorge

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available A finalidade deste artigo é avaliar o efeito da expansão rápida da maxila (ERM na via aérea superior. Por intermédio de um caso clínico, será relatado como indivíduos com atresia da maxila e com comprometimento da função naso-respiratória podem beneficiar-se com a ERM. Para entender melhor as alterações morfológicas decorrentes do paciente com problemas respiratórios, deve-se conhecer a anatomia e a fisiologia do sistema respiratório. Entretanto, não se pode esquecer que o tratamento deste paciente é multidisciplinar, envolvendo o ortodontista, otorrinolaringologista e a fonoaudióloga.The aim of the present investigation is to evaluate the effect of rapid maxillary expansion (RME on the upper airway. A clinical case is presented to describe how patients with atresic maxilla and reduced naso-respiratory function can have benefits from rapid maxillary expansion. In order to better understand the morphological alterations present in patients with respiratory disorders, it is necessary to understand the respiratory system's anatomy and physiology. However, it is relevant to mention that this patient undergoes a multidisciplinary treatment, involving the orthodontist, the otorhinolaryngologist and the phonoaudiologist.

  17. Relationship between airway pathophysiology and airway inflammation in older asthmatics

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    Porsbjerg, Celeste M; Gibson, Peter G; Pretto, Jeffrey J;

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Asthma-related morbidity is greater in older compared with younger asthmatics. Airway closure is also greater in older asthmatics, an observation that may be explained by differences in airway inflammation. We hypothesized that in older adult patients with asthma......: Mean patient age was 67 years (confidence interval: 63-71) with a mean FEV1 of 78 % predicted (confidence interval: 70-85%). AHR correlated with sputum eosinophils (r = 0.68, P = 0.005) and eNO (r = 0.71, P ... or eNO. CONCLUSIONS: In older patients with asthma, airway inflammatory cells are linked to abnormal airway physiology. Eosinophilic airway inflammation is associated with AHR while neutrophilic inflammation may be an important determinant of airflow limitation at rest and airway closure during...

  18. Unrecognized failed airway management using a supraglottic airway device.

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    Vithalani, Veer D; Vlk, Sabrina; Davis, Steven Q; Richmond, Neal J

    2017-10-01

    911 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems utilize supraglottic devices for either primary advanced airway management, or for airway rescue following failed attempts at direct laryngoscopy endotracheal intubation. There is, however, limited data on objective confirmation of supraglottic airway placement in the prehospital environment. Furthermore, the ability of EMS field providers to recognize a misplaced airway is unknown. Retrospective review of patients who underwent airway management using the King LTS-D supraglottic airway in a large urban EMS system, between 3/1/15-9/30/2015. Subjective success was defined as documentation of successful airway placement by the EMS provider. Objective success was confirmed by review of waveform capnography, with the presence of a 4-phase waveform greater than 5mmHg. Sensitivity and specificity of the field provider's assessment of success were then calculated. A total of 344 supraglottic airway attempts were reviewed. No patients met obvious death criteria. 269 attempts (85.1%) met criteria for both subjective and objective success. 19 attempts (5.6%) were recognized failures by the EMS provider. 47 (13.8%) airways were misplaced but unrecognized by the EMS provider. 4 attempts (1.2%) were correctly placed but misidentified as failures, leading to the unnecessary removal and replacement of the airway. Sensitivity of the provider's assessment was 98.5%; specificity was 28.7%. The use of supraglottic airway devices results in unrecognized failed placement. Appropriate utilization and review of waveform capnography may remedy a potential blind-spot in patient safety, and systemic monitoring/feedback processes may therefore be used to prevent unrecognized misplaced airways. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Integrated care pathways for airway diseases (AIRWAYS-ICPs)

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    Bousquet, J; Addis, A; Adcock, I

    2014-01-01

    The objective of Integrated Care Pathways for Airway Diseases (AIRWAYS-ICPs) is to launch a collaboration to develop multi-sectoral care pathways for chronic respiratory diseases in European countries and regions. AIRWAYS-ICPs has strategic relevance to the European Union Health Strategy....... AIRWAYSICPs was initiated by Area 5 of the Action Plan B3 of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. All stakeholders are involved (health and social care, patients, and policy makers)....

  20. Biomarkers in Airway Diseases

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    Janice M Leung

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The inherent limitations of spirometry and clinical history have prompted clinicians and scientists to search for surrogate markers of airway diseases. Although few biomarkers have been widely accepted into the clinical armamentarium, the authors explore three sources of biomarkers that have shown promise as indicators of disease severity and treatment response. In asthma, exhaled nitric oxide measurements can predict steroid responsiveness and sputum eosinophil counts have been used to titrate anti-inflammatory therapies. In chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, inflammatory plasma biomarkers, such as fibrinogen, club cell secretory protein-16 and surfactant protein D, can denote greater severity and predict the risk of exacerbations. While the multitude of disease phenotypes in respiratory medicine make biomarker development especially challenging, these three may soon play key roles in the diagnosis and management of airway diseases.

  1. Ultrasound of the airway

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    Pankaj Kundra

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    Full Text Available Currently, the role of ultrasound (US in anaesthesia-related airway assessment and procedural interventions is encouraging, though it is still ill defined. US can visualise anatomical structures in the supraglottic, glottic and subglottic regions. The floor of the mouth can be visualised by both transcutaneous view of the neck and also by transoral or sublinguial views. However, imaging the epiglottis can be challenging as it is suspended in air. US may detect signs suggestive of difficult intubation, but the data are limited. Other possible applications in airway management include confirmation of correct endotracheal tube placement, prediction of post-extubation stridor, evaluation of soft tissue masses in the neck prior to intubation, assessment of subglottic diameter for determination of paediatric endotracheal tube size and percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy. With development of better probes, high-resolution imaging, real-time picture and clinical experience, US has become the potential first-line noninvasive airway assessment tool in anaesthesia and intensive care practice.

  2. Selection and fabrication of a non-woven polycarbonate urethane cover for a tissue engineered airway stent

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    Chen, Weiluan; Clauser, Johanna; Thiebes, Anja Lena; McGrath, Donnacha J.; McHugh, Peter E.; Steinseifer, Ulrich; Jockenhoevel, Stefan; Hennink, Wim E.; Kok, Robbert Jan

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    One of the major problems in end-stage bronchotracheal cancer is stenosis of the upper airways, either due to luminal ingrowth of the tumor or mucus plugging. Airway stents that suppress tumor ingrowth and sustain mucociliary transport can alleviate these problems in end-stage bronchial cancer. We

  3. Cost-Effectiveness of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea-Hypopnea in British Columbia

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea (OSAH is a common disorder characterized by recurrent collapse of the upper airway during sleep. Patients experience a reduced quality of life and an increased risk of motor vehicle crashes (MVCs. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP, which is the first-line therapy for OSAH, improves sleepiness, vigilance and quality of life.

  4. Maxillomandibular Advancement Surgery as Alternative to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure in Morbidly Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea : A Case Report

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    Doff, Michiel H. J.; Jansma, Johan; Schepers, Rutger H.; Hoekema, Aamoud

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    Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is a sleep-related breathing disorder, characterized by disrupted snoring and repetitive upper airway obstructions. Oral appliance therapy is an effective alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and is especially effective in mild and moderat

  5. Airway Inflammation in Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps and Asthma: The United Airways Concept Further Supported

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    Håkansson, Kåre; Bachert, Claus; Konge, Lars

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    Background It has been established that patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) often have co-existing asthma. Objective We aimed to test two hypotheses: (i) upper and lower airway inflammation in CRSwNP is uniform in agreement with the united airways concept; and (ii....... Inflammatory cytokines were investigated using a Th1/Th2 assay including 14 chemokines and cytokines; tissue concentrations were normalized according to tissue weight and total protein concentration. Individual cytokines and multivariate inflammatory profiles were compared between biopsy sites and between...... patients and controls. Results We found significantly higher concentrations of Th2 cytokines in nasal polyps compared to inferior turbinate and bronchial biopsies. In addition, we showed that the inflammatory profile of nasal polyps and bronchial biopsies correlated significantly (p

  6. A member of the cathelicidin family of antimicrobial peptides is produced in the upper airway of the chinchilla and its mRNA expression is altered by common viral and bacterial co-pathogens of otitis media.

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    McGillivary, Glen; Ray, William C; Bevins, Charles L; Munson, Robert S; Bakaletz, Lauren O

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    Cationic antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), a component of the innate immune system, play a major role in defense of mucosal surfaces against a wide spectrum of microorganisms such as viral and bacterial co-pathogens of the polymicrobial disease otitis media (OM). To further understand the role of AMPs in OM, we cloned a cDNA encoding a cathelicidin homolog (cCRAMP) from upper respiratory tract (URT) mucosae of the chinchilla, the predominant host used to model experimental OM. Recombinant cCRAMP exhibited alpha-helical secondary structure and killed the three main bacterial pathogens of OM. In situ hybridization showed cCRAMP mRNA production in epithelium of the chinchilla Eustachian tube and RT-PCR was used to amplify cCRAMP mRNA from several other tissues of the chinchilla URT. Quantitative RT-PCR analysis of chinchilla middle ear epithelial cells (CMEEs) incubated with either viral (influenza A virus, adenovirus, or RSV) or bacterial (nontypeable H. influenzae, M. catarrhalis, or S. pneumoniae) pathogens associated with OM demonstrated distinct microbe-specific patterns of altered expression. Collectively, these data showed that viruses and bacteria modulate AMP messages in the URT, which likely contributes to the disease course of OM.

  7. Preliminary study of the effects of extraction orthodontic treatment on the upper airway dimensions in patients with class I or E sagittal facial type of average vertical facial type malocclusions%Ⅰ类Ⅱ类均角骨面型拔牙矫治后上气道矢状结构变化的初步临床观察

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    周嫣; 方志欣; 黄敏方; 陈世稳

    2012-01-01

    目的:了解Ⅰ、Ⅱ类均角骨面型拔牙矫治后上气道矢状结构的变化.方法:将2006~2009口腔正畸治疗的Ⅰ、Ⅱ类矢状均角骨面型错"拔牙矫治病例103例分为4组:Ⅰ类均角骨面型牙列拥挤33例为第1组;Ⅱ类均角骨面型拔上下颌第一前磨牙21例为第2组;Ⅱ类均角骨面型拔上颌第一前磨牙、下颌第二前磨牙25例为第3组;Ⅰ类均角骨面型双牙弓前突24例为第4组.分别测量每位患者矫治前后X线头影侧位片上气道矢状结构鼻咽段、腭咽段、舌咽段和舌骨水平段及软腭与舌重叠的变化,SPSS13.0统计软件进行两样本配对t检验.结果:矫治后,第1组软腭后与软腭后咽壁点连线的距离(SPP-SPPW)和第4组软腭与舌重叠长度CL(UC-LC)的变化有统计学意义(P<0.05);第2组、第3组矫治前后上气道矢状结构变化无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论:Ⅱ类均角骨面型拔牙矫治后上气道矢状各水平段变化均无统计学意义(P>0.05);Ⅰ类均角骨面型牙列拥挤拔牙矫治组治疗后软腭与软腭后咽壁之间距离的增加对上气道矢状结构本身而言为积极的效应;而Ⅰ类均角骨面型双牙弓前突拔牙矫治组矫治后软腭与舌重叠长度的增加对上气道矢状结构而言为消极的作用,提示临床工作中应予以注意.%Objective: To investigate the effects of extraction orthodontic treatment on the upper airway dimensions in patients with class Ⅰ orⅡ sagittal facial type of average vertical facial type malocclusions. Methods; Data of 103 patients with class Ⅰ or Ⅱ sagittal facial type of average vertical facial type malocclusions underwent extraction orthodontic treatment were collected. The patients were divided into 4 groups. Group 1 included 33 patients with class Ⅰ crowding malocclusion. Group 2 included 21 patients with class Ⅱ mal-occlusion and treated by extraction of upper and lower first premolars. Group 3 included 25 patients with

  8. Anticholinergic treatment in airways diseases.

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    Flynn, Robert A

    2009-10-01

    The prevalence of chronic airways diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma is increasing. They lead to symptoms such as a cough and shortness of breath, partially through bronchoconstriction. Inhaled anticholinergics are one of a number of treatments designed to treat bronchoconstriction in airways disease. Both short-acting and long-acting agents are now available and this review highlights their efficacy and adverse event profile in chronic airways diseases.

  9. Replication Restart in Bacteria.

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    Michel, Bénédicte; Sandler, Steven J

    2017-07-01

    In bacteria, replication forks assembled at a replication origin travel to the terminus, often a few megabases away. They may encounter obstacles that trigger replisome disassembly, rendering replication restart from abandoned forks crucial for cell viability. During the past 25 years, the genes that encode replication restart proteins have been identified and genetically characterized. In parallel, the enzymes were purified and analyzed in vitro, where they can catalyze replication initiation in a sequence-independent manner from fork-like DNA structures. This work also revealed a close link between replication and homologous recombination, as replication restart from recombination intermediates is an essential step of DNA double-strand break repair in bacteria and, conversely, arrested replication forks can be acted upon by recombination proteins and converted into various recombination substrates. In this review, we summarize this intense period of research that led to the characterization of the ubiquitous replication restart protein PriA and its partners, to the definition of several replication restart pathways in vivo, and to the description of tight links between replication and homologous recombination, responsible for the importance of replication restart in the maintenance of genome stability. Copyright © 2017 American Society for Microbiology.

  10. Airway epithelium is a predominant source of endogenous airway GABA and contributes to relaxation of airway smooth muscle tone

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    Gallos, George; Townsend, Elizabeth; Yim, Peter; Virag, Laszlo; Zhang, Yi; Xu, Dingbang; Bacchetta, Matthew; Emala, Charles W.

    2012-01-01

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma are characterized by hyperreactive airway responses that predispose patients to episodes of acute airway constriction. Recent studies suggest a complex paradigm of GABAergic signaling in airways that involves GABA-mediated relaxation of airway smooth muscle. However, the cellular source of airway GABA and mechanisms regulating its release remain unknown. We questioned whether epithelium is a major source of GABA in the airway and whether the ab...

  11. Airway Management of Respiratory Failure.

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    Overbeck, Michael C

    2016-02-01

    Patients in respiratory distress often require airway management, including endotracheal intubation. It takes a methodical approach to transition from an unstable patient in distress with an unsecured airway, to a stable, sedated patient with a definitive airway. Through a deliberate course of advanced preparation, the emergency physician can tailor the approach to the individual clinical situation and optimize the chance of first-pass success. Sedation of the intubated patient confers physiologic benefits and should be included in the plan for airway control. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Pharmacology of airway smooth muscle proliferation

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    Gosens, Reinoud; Roscioni, Sara S.; Dekkers, Bart G. J.; Pera, Tonio; Schmidt, Martina; Schaafsma, Dedmer; Zaagsma, Johan; Meurs, Herman

    2008-01-01

    Airway smooth muscle thickening is a pathological feature that contributes significantly to airflow limitation and airway hyperresponsiveness in asthma. Ongoing research efforts aimed at identifying the mechanisms responsible for the increased airway smooth muscle mass have indicated that hyperplasi

  13. Cholinergic regulation of airway inflammation and remodelling

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    Kolahian, Saeed; Gosens, Reinoud

    2012-01-01

    Acetylcholine is the predominant parasympathetic neurotransmitter in the airways that regulates bronchoconstriction and mucus secretion. Recent findings suggest that acetylcholine regulates additional functions in the airways, including inflammation and remodelling during inflammatory airway disease

  14. The effect of asthma on the perimeter of the airway basement membrane.

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    Elliot, John G; Budgeon, Charley A; Harji, Salima; Jones, Robyn L; James, Alan L; Green, Francis H

    2015-11-15

    When comparing the pathology of airways in individuals with and without asthma, the perimeter of the basement membrane (Pbm) is used as a marker of airway size, as it is independent of airway smooth muscle shortening or airway collapse. The extent to which the Pbm is itself altered in asthma has not been quantified. The aim of this study was to compare the Pbm from the same anatomical sites in postmortem lungs from subjects with (n = 55) and without (n = 30) asthma (nonfatal or fatal). Large and small airways were systematically sampled at equidistant "levels" from the apical segment of the left upper lobes and anterior and basal segments of the left lower lobes of lungs fixed in inflation. The length of the Pbm was estimated from cross sections of airway at each relative level. Linear mixed models were used to investigate the relationships between Pbm and sex, age, height, smoking status, airway level, and asthma group. The final model showed significant interactions between Pbm and airway level in small (<3 mm) airways, in subjects having asthma (P < 0.0001), and by sex (P < 0.0001). No significant interactions for Pbm between asthma groups were observed for larger airways (equivalent to a diameter of ∼3 mm and greater) or smoking status. Asthma is not associated with remodeling of the Pbm in large airways. In medium and small airways, the decrease in Pbm in asthma (≤20%) would not account for the published differences in wall area or area of smooth muscle observed in cases of severe asthma.

  15. Static and dynamic stress heterogeneity in a multiscale model of the asthmatic airway wall.

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    Hiorns, J E; Jensen, O E; Brook, B S

    2016-07-01

    Airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) is a key characteristic of asthma that remains poorly understood. Tidal breathing and deep inspiration ordinarily cause rapid relaxation of airway smooth muscle (ASM) (as demonstrated via application of length fluctuations to tissue strips) and are therefore implicated in modulation of AHR, but in some cases (such as application of transmural pressure oscillations to isolated intact airways) this mechanism fails. Here we use a multiscale biomechanical model for intact airways that incorporates strain stiffening due to collagen recruitment and dynamic force generation by ASM cells to show that the geometry of the airway, together with interplay between dynamic active and passive forces, gives rise to large stress and compliance heterogeneities across the airway wall that are absent in tissue strips. We show further that these stress heterogeneities result in auxotonic loading conditions that are currently not replicated in tissue-strip experiments; stresses in the strip are similar to hoop stress only at the outer airway wall and are under- or overestimates of stresses at the lumen. Taken together these results suggest that a previously underappreciated factor, stress heterogeneities within the airway wall and consequent ASM cellular response to this micromechanical environment, could contribute to AHR and should be explored further both theoretically and experimentally. Copyright © 2016 the American Physiological Society.

  16. 阻塞性睡眠呼吸暂停低通气综合征患者上气道骨骼肌损伤超微结构观察%Ultrastructure of the upper airway skeletal muscle in patients with obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome patients

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    石林; 卫来; 王昊霖; 王志强

    2013-01-01

    Objective To observe the ultrastructure of the upper airway skeletal muscle from patients with obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS).Methods Sixteen OSAHS patients were recruited during Oct 2010 to Oct 2011.Ten patients with chronic tonsillitis were recruited as the control.Body mass index (BMI) was above 25 kg/m2 in all patients.The upper air way skeletal muscle cells were observed by a transmission electron microscope.The relation between the ultrastructure and apnea hypopnea index (AHI),the lowest saturation of blood oxygen (LSaO2) was detected by statistic analysis.Results AHI and LSaO2 in OSAHS patients were (53.6 ± 4.6)/h,and 0.754 ± 0.023 while that of the control group were (2.27 ± 1.1)/h and 0.968 ±0.014,which had statistically significant difference (t =8.84,t =6.90,P < 0.01).In OSAHS patients,electron microscope showed that muscle fibers can not be identified with disordered arrangement of structure,some of mitochondria were severe swollen and disrupted,a lot of liposome was observed.In the control group,muscle fibers were identified with well arrangement,also there were some mitochondria swollen,but no liposome was found.The amount of liposome in upper airway skeletal muscle in OSAHS patients was analyzed with shape counting scale,it was found that it had positive correlation with AHI (r2 =0.761,P <0.01) but no correlation with BMI and LSaO2 (P >0.05).Conclusion Fatty change is the characteristic change of the upper airway skeletal muscle in OSAHS patients which was caused by hypoxia and vibration.%目的 观察阻塞性睡眠呼吸暂停低通气综合征(OSAHS)患者上气道骨骼肌损伤超微结构改变特点.方法 以2010年10月至2011年10月大连医科大学附属第一医院耳鼻咽喉科收治并行手术治疗的16例OSAHS中、重度患者为研究对象,行扁桃体切除术的慢性扁桃体炎患者10例为对照组.两组患者体质量指数(BMI)均>25 kg/m2,差异无统计学意义.取两组患者上气

  17. "DIFFICULT AIRWAY MANAGEMENT IN A PATIENT WITH TREACHER-COLLIN’S SYNDROME WITH INTUBATING LARYNGEAL MASK AIRWAY "

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    M. Gharebaghian

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    Full Text Available Treacher Collin’s syndrome (TCS is a rare inherited condition characterized by bilateral and symmetric abnormalities of structures within the first and second bronchial arches. Patients with TCS present a serious problem to anesthetists maintaining their airway as upper airway obstruction and difficult tracheal intubation due to severe facial deformity. Because of retrognathia, airway management of these patients is often challenging. We report the case of a 25-yr-old patient with TCS undergoing microtia repair under general anesthesia twice. In the first time he could not be intubated via direct laryngoscopy and was intubated via blind nasal intubation. In the second time, he was intubated through an ILMA using endotracheal tube.

  18. [Airway management in obstetrics].

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    Boutonnet, M; Faitot, V; Keïta, H

    2011-09-01

    Reviewing problems related to the airway management in obstetrics, taking into account the recent evolutions of the anaesthetic practices in obstetrics. A review of the literature in English and French was performed in the Pumed database in April 2010. The first research used the following MeshTerms: "Anesthesia, Obstetrical" [Mesh] AND "Intubation, Intratracheal" [Mesh]. Complementary research used alone or in combination the following keywords: difficult tracheal intubation; failed tracheal intubation; airway; prediction of difficult tracheal intubation; maternal mortality; maternal morbidity; liability; aspiration pneumonia and obstetrical anesthesia. All the publications were retained excluding the correspondence. Data analysis for the airway management in obstetrics, the prediction of difficult intubation, the prevention of pulmonary inhalation of gastric fluid, but also on maternal morbi-mortality in link with general anesthesia in obstetrics. Airway management in obstetrics remains a true challenge for various reasons. The physiological and anatomical modifications related to pregnancy are responsible for a faster hypoxemia, a reduction of the diameter of the pharyngolaryngal tract, as well as an increase of the risk of inhalation of gastric contents after 16 weeks of amenorrhea. The emergency or extreme emergency context and the presence of diseases like obesity or preeclampsia raise the risks of difficulties with airway management. The logical evolution of the practices, with the considerable rise of the regional anesthesia/analgesia limits the training and the maintenance of competences for intratracheal intubation in obstetrics. The training per simulation appears particularly interesting on the subject and this approach needs to be developed. The literature indicates that the incidence of difficult intubation is of one per 30. The impossible intubation is one per 280 in obstetrics, eight times greater than in the general population. No criterion of

  19. Upper Endoscopy

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  1. Correlación entre el espectro de sonidos traqueales y la espirometría en un adulto con obstrucción de la vía aérea superior: Caso clínico TRACHEAL SOUNDS SPECTRA AND LUNG FUNCTION IN UPPER AIRWAY OBSTRUCTION: CLINICAL CASE

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    ALEJANDRA ZAMORANO W.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available El análisis de los ruidos traqueales ha demostrado ser útil en la evaluación de las alteraciones anatómicas de la vía aérea superior, teniendo la ventaja de ser un método no invasivo y que no requiere de la cooperación del paciente. Se presenta el caso clínico de un paciente de 52 años, no fumador, portador de un tumor hipofisiario y acromegalia de larga evolución. Consultó por estridor inspiratorio y disnea de pequeños esfuerzos. Su estudio radiológico reveló la presencia de una masa intratorácica que comprimía la tráquea en forma significativa. La espirometría demostró una alteración compatible con obstrucción fija extratorácica. Se realizó una grabación de ruidos traqueales con un micrófono de contacto (Siemmens EMT25C en la escotadura supraesternal alcanzando flujos de entre 0,15 a 0,25 l/s. Después de su evaluación, se realizó la extirpación de la masa, que demostró una hiperplasia nodular folicular de tiroides. El paciente presentó recuperación de su sintomatología respiratoria, con normalización de los estudios de imagen y espirometría. La grabación de los ruidos traqueales demostró una disminución significativa en intensidad en igual valor de frecuencia (p Tracheal sounds analysis has demonstrated to be useful in the evaluation of anatomical anomalies of the upper airways, with the advantage that is a non invasive method and that it doesn't require patient cooperation. We present a 52 year-old patient, non smoker, with a hypophysis tumor and long term acromegalia. He presented with an inspiratory stridor and severe dyspnea. The radiological study revealed a intrathoracic mass that compressed significantly the trachea. Spirometry demonstrated a fixed extrathoracic obstruction. Tracheal sounds were recorded using a contact sensor (Siemmens EMT25C at the supraesternal notch, reaching flows of 0.15 to 0.25 l/s. Surgical mass resection demonstrated a thyroid folicular nodular hyperplasia. Patient

  2. Obstrução de vias aéreas superiores após drenagem de abscesso periamigdaliano: relato de caso Obstrucción de vías aéreas superiores después de drenaje de absceso periamigdaliano: relato de caso Upper airway obstruction after peritonsillar abscess drainage: case report

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    Deoclécio Tonelli

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: O abscesso periamigdaliano é uma complicação incomum, porém predispõe a comprometimento grave das vias aéreas superiores. O objetivo deste relato é apresentar um caso de obstrução de vias aéreas após drenagem cirúrgica de abscesso periamigdaliano numa paciente jovem sem outras doenças de base. RELATO DO CASO: Trata-se de uma paciente de 26 anos com grave abscesso periamigdaliano que submeteu-se à anestesia geral para drenagem e após a extubação apresentou grave insuficiência respiratória, necessitando de reintubação traqueal e ventilação controlada mecânica por 24 horas. CONCLUSÕES: O planejamento anestésico e a adequada indicação cirúrgica são fundamentais para a prevenção de complicações em cirurgia otorrinolaringológica.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: El absceso periamigdaliano es una complicación incomún, sin embargo predisponen al comprometimiento grave de las vías aéreas superiores. El objetivo de este relato es presentar un caso de obstrucción de las vías aéreas después de drenaje quirúrgico de absceso periamigdaliano en una paciente joven sin otras enfermedades de base. RELATO DE CASO: Se trata de una paciente de 26 años con grave absceso periamigdaliano que se sometió a anestesia general para drenaje y después de la extubación presentó grave insuficiencia respiratoria, necesitando de reintubación traqueal y ventilación controlada mecánica por 24 horas. CONCLUSIONES: El planeamiento anestésico y la adecuada indicación quirúrgica son fundamentales para la prevención de complicaciones en cirugía otorrinolaringológica.BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Peritonsillar abscess is an unusual complication, but predisposes to severe upper airway complications. This report aimed at presenting a case of upper airway obstruction after surgical drainage of a peritonsillar abscess in a healthy young female patient. CASE REPORT: Young female patient, 26 years old, with severe

  3. The Changes of Upper Airway Structure and Sleep-breathing Parameters in Teenagers with Class I Molar Relationship and Mouth-breathing After Orthodontic Treatment%青少年Ⅰ类口呼吸患者矫治前后上气道结构及睡眠呼吸参数研究

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    刘婷婷; 马艳丽; 林川

    2016-01-01

    目的 研究青少年Ⅰ类磨牙关系的口呼吸患者矫治后上气道结构及睡眠通气情况改变.方法 根据纳入和排除标准,在正畸初诊患者中筛选出22例口呼吸患者,选择不同的矫治方式进行矫治,测量矫治前后X线头影侧位片上气道矢状结构骨性鼻咽段、腭咽段、舌咽段、喉咽段的变化及睡眠呼吸指数的改变,采用SPSS19.0统计软件进行矫治前后样本配对检验.结果 矫治后,骨性鼻咽(PNS-Ba)、中腭咽段的软腭后与软腭后咽壁点连线距离(SPP-SPPW)均增宽且有统计学意义(P0.05);CL (UC-LC), PNS-R decreased slightly (P>0.05);AHI decreased;AveO2 and MiniO2 increased (P<0.05). Conclusions The orthodontic treatment leads to the increase of the nasopharynx and pharyngeal segment of upper airway and the improvement of sleep respiratory ventilation in teenagers with Class Ⅰ molar relationship and mouth-breathing.

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  5. Laryngo-tracheal ultrasonography to confirm correct endotracheal tube and laryngeal mask airway placement

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    Wojtczak, Jacek A.; Davide Cattano

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    Waveform capnography was recommended as the most reliable method to confirm correct endotracheal tube or laryngeal mask airway placements. However, capnography may be unreliable during cardiopulmonary resuscitation and during low flow states. It may lead to an unnecessary removal of a well-placed endotracheal tube, re-intubation and interruption of chest compressions. Real-time upper airway (laryngo-tracheal) ultrasonography to confirm correct endotracheal tube placement was sh...

  6. Negative Pressure Pulmonary Edema Following use of Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA)

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    Negative pressure pulmonary edema (NPPE) following upper airway obstruction is a non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema. The first cause in the etiology of NPPE is developed laryngospasm after intubation or extubation, while the other causes are epiglotitis, croup, hiccups, foreign body aspiration, pharyngeal hematoma and oropharyngeal tumors.The Late diagnosis and treatment causes high morbidity and mortality. The protection of the airway and maintainance of arterial oxygenation will be life saving...

  7. Airway management during cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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    Bernhard, Michael; Benger, Jonathan R

    2015-06-01

    This article evaluates the latest scientific evidence regarding airway management during in-hospital and out-of-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In the in-hospital setting, observational research suggested that the quality of CPR using 'no flow ratio' as a surrogate marker was improved when advanced airway techniques were used. A registry study demonstrated that an initial failed intubation attempt was associated with an average delay of 3 min in time to return of spontaneous circulation. A prospective observational study showed that the Glide Scope videolaryngoscope was associated with a first-pass success rate of 93%, with no differences between less and more experienced physicians. In the out-of-hospital setting, a registry study suggested that intubation leads to a better outcome compared with supraglottic airway devices. However, no advanced airway devices showed a better outcome than basic airway techniques. An observational study reported that the i-gel supraglottic airway device offers a first-pass insertion success rate of 90%, and was easier to establish than the Portex Soft Seal laryngeal mask airway. Other out-of-hospital observational studies showed that the laryngeal tube offers a lower first-pass insertion success rate than expected, and complications of this device may influence later definitive airway management and the outcome as a whole. Recent studies of airway management during CPR rely mostly on registry and observational designs. Prospective randomized trials are needed to determine the optimal approach to airway management during cardiac arrest, but have not yet been completed.

  8. Negative Pressure Pulmonary Edema Following use of Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA

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    Yesim Bayraktar

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Negative pressure pulmonary edema (NPPE following upper airway obstruction is a non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema. The first cause in the etiology of NPPE is developed laryngospasm after intubation or extubation, while the other causes are epiglotitis, croup, hiccups, foreign body aspiration, pharyngeal hematoma and oropharyngeal tumors.The Late diagnosis and treatment causes high morbidity and mortality. The protection of the airway and maintainance of arterial oxygenation will be life saving.In this article we aimed to report  a case of negative pressure pulmonary edema, resolved succesfully after treatment, following use of laryngeal mask airway (LMA.

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    Boyer, Anne-Sophie; Walter, David; Sørensen, Claus Storgaard

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    A dividing cell has to duplicate its DNA precisely once during the cell cycle to preserve genome integrity avoiding the accumulation of genetic aberrations that promote diseases such as cancer. A large number of endogenous impacts can challenge DNA replication and cells harbor a battery of pathways...... causing DNA replication stress and genome instability. Further, we describe cellular and systemic responses to these insults with a focus on DNA replication restart pathways. Finally, we discuss the therapeutic potential of exploiting intrinsic replicative stress in cancer cells for targeted therapy....

  10. The microbial community of the cystic fibrosis airway is disrupted in early life.

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    Julie Renwick

    Full Text Available Molecular techniques have uncovered vast numbers of organisms in the cystic fibrosis (CF airways, the clinical significance of which is yet to be determined. The aim of this study was to describe and compare the microbial communities of the lower airway of clinically stable children with CF and children without CF.Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL fluid and paired oropharyngeal swabs from clinically stable children with CF (n = 13 and BAL from children without CF (n = 9 were collected. DNA was isolated, the 16S rRNA regions amplified, fragmented, biotinylated and hybridised to a 16S rRNA microarray. Patient medical and demographic information was recorded and standard microbiological culture was performed.A diverse bacterial community was detected in the lower airways of children with CF and children without CF. The airway microbiome of clinically stable children with CF and children without CF were significantly different as measured by Shannon's Diversity Indices (p = 0.001; t test and Principle coordinate analysis (p = 0.01; Adonis test. Overall the CF airway microbial community was more variable and had a less even distribution than the microbial community in the airways of children without CF. We highlighted several bacteria of interest, particularly Prevotella veroralis, CW040 and a Corynebacterium, which were of significantly differential abundance between the CF and non-CF lower airways. Both Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Streptococcus pneumoniae culture abundance were found to be associated with CF airway microbial community structure. The CF upper and lower airways were found to have a broadly similar microbial milieu.The microbial communities in the lower airways of stable children with CF and children without CF show significant differences in overall diversity. These discrepancies indicate a disruption of the airway microflora occurring early in life in children with CF.

  11. Acquisition and adaptation of the airway microbiota in the early life of cystic fibrosis patients.

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    Boutin, Sébastien; Dalpke, Alexander H

    2017-12-01

    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease in which bacterial infections of the airways play a major role in the long-term clinical outcome. In recent years, a number of next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based studies aimed at deciphering the structure and composition of the airways' microbiota. It was shown that the nasal cavity of CF patients displays dysbiosis early in life indicating a failure in the first establishment of a healthy microbiota. In contrast, within the conducting and lower airways, the establishment occurs normally first, but is sensitive to future dysbiosis including chronic infections with classical pathogens in later life. The objective of this mini-review is to give an update on the current knowledge about the development of the microbiota in the early life of CF patients. Microbial acquisition in the human airways can be described by the island model: Microbes found in the lower airways of CF patients represent "islands" that are at first populated from the upper airways reflecting the "mainland." Colonization can be modeled following the neutral theory in which the most abundant bacteria in the mainland are also frequently found in the lower airways initially. At later times, however, the colonization process of the lower airways segregates by active selection of specific microbes. Future research should focus on those processes of microbial and host interactions to understand how microbial communities are shaped on short- and long-term scales. We point out what therapeutic consequences arise from the microbiome data obtained within ecological framework models.

  12. A comparison of the application of drug-induced sleep en doscopy and upper airway computed tomography to diagnose ptaients with obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea%药物诱导睡眠内镜和上气道CT检查在阻塞性睡眠呼吸暂停低通气综合征患者中的应用比较

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    贺腾; 神平; 周鹏; 李培华; 樊可成; 李宁

    2015-01-01

    Objetcive To investigate the relationship between the examination results of patients with obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome( OSAHS) by drug-induced sleep endoscopy ( DISE) and upper airway computed tomography ( UACT) and to evaluate the application of UACT in clinical setting .Mtehods A total of 57 male patients who were diagnosed with moderate/severe OSHAS by polysomnography underwent UACT and DISE .According to DISE results, the patients were divided into a non-complete obstruction group (<75%airway collapse) and a complete ob-struction group ( 75%airway collapse) .Meanwhile, both groups were compared for pharyngeal cross-sectional area, anteroposterior diameter and lateral diameter according to UACT images obtained.Results According to DISE results, 73.7%of the patients (42/57) presented complete obstruction at velum, 70.2%(40/57) showed complete oropharyn-geal obstruction, 61.4% (35/57) manifested complete obstruction at the base of tongue , and 59.7% (34/57) had complete blockage of the epiglottis.The complete/non-complete obstruction groups presented statistical significances in the anteroposterior diameter at velum and oropharynx ( P<0.05) , and in the cross-sectional area at velum, oropharynx and epiglottis (P<0.05).Concl usion Measurement of anteroposterior diameter at velum and oropharynx and cross-sectional area at velum, oropharynx and epiglottis can be applied for assessment of airway obstruction in patients with moderate to severe OSAHS.%目的:探讨中重度阻塞性睡眠呼吸暂停低通气综合征( OSAHS)患者药物诱导睡眠内镜( DISE)和上气道CT( UACT)检查结果之间的关联,评价UACT的临床应用价值。方法对57例经多导睡眠监测确诊的中重度OSAHS患者分别行UACT及DISE检查。依据DISE结果将患者分为非完全阻塞组和完全阻塞组(气道塌陷度<75%为非完全阻塞,≥75%为完全阻塞)。对UACT所获图像进行数据处理,测量气道截面积、

  13. Vessel-guided Airway Tree Segmentation

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    Lo, P.; Sporring, J.; Ashraf, H.;

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents a method for airway tree segmentation that uses a combination of a trained airway appearance model, vessel and airway orientation information, and region growing. We propose a voxel classification approach for the appearance model, which uses a classifier that is trained...... to differentiate between airway and non-airway voxels. This is in contrast to previous works that use either intensity alone or hand crafted models of airway appearance. We show that the appearance model can be trained with a set of easily acquired, incomplete, airway tree segmentations. A vessel orientation...

  14. Replicating animal mitochondrial DNA

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    Emily A. McKinney

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The field of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA replication has been experiencing incredible progress in recent years, and yet little is certain about the mechanism(s used by animal cells to replicate this plasmid-like genome. The long-standing strand-displacement model of mammalian mtDNA replication (for which single-stranded DNA intermediates are a hallmark has been intensively challenged by a new set of data, which suggests that replication proceeds via coupled leading-and lagging-strand synthesis (resembling bacterial genome replication and/or via long stretches of RNA intermediates laid on the mtDNA lagging-strand (the so called RITOLS. The set of proteins required for mtDNA replication is small and includes the catalytic and accessory subunits of DNA polymerase y, the mtDNA helicase Twinkle, the mitochondrial single-stranded DNA-binding protein, and the mitochondrial RNA polymerase (which most likely functions as the mtDNA primase. Mutations in the genes coding for the first three proteins are associated with human diseases and premature aging, justifying the research interest in the genetic, biochemical and structural properties of the mtDNA replication machinery. Here we summarize these properties and discuss the current models of mtDNA replication in animal cells.

  15. Airway complications after lung transplantation.

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    Machuzak, Michael; Santacruz, Jose F; Gildea, Thomas; Murthy, Sudish C

    2015-01-01

    Airway complications after lung transplantation present a formidable challenge to the lung transplant team, ranging from mere unusual images to fatal events. The exact incidence of complications is wide-ranging depending on the type of event, and there is still evolution of a universal characterization of the airway findings. Management is also wide-ranging. Simple observation or simple balloon bronchoplasty is sufficient in many cases, but vigilance following more severe necrosis is required for late development of both anastomotic and nonanastomotic airway strictures. Furthermore, the impact of coexisting infection, rejection, and medical disease associated with high-level immunosuppression further complicates care.

  16. Airway vascular reactivity and vascularisation in human chronic airway disease

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    Bailey, Simon R; Boustany, Sarah; Burgess, Janette K; Hirst, Stuart J; Sharma, Hari S; Simcock, David E; Suravaram, Padmini R; Weckmann, Markus

    2009-01-01

    Altered bronchial vascular reactivity and remodelling including angiogenesis are documented features of asthma and other chronic inflammatory airway diseases. Expansion of the bronchial vasculature under these conditions involves both functional (vasodilation, hyperperfusion, increased microvascular

  17. Efficient delivery of RNA interference oligonucleotides to polarized airway epithelia in vitro.

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    Ramachandran, Shyam; Krishnamurthy, Sateesh; Jacobi, Ashley M; Wohlford-Lenane, Christine; Behlke, Mark A; Davidson, Beverly L; McCray, Paul B

    2013-07-01

    Polarized and pseudostratified primary airway epithelia present barriers that significantly reduce their transfection efficiency and the efficacy of RNA interference oligonucleotides. This creates an impediment in studies of the airway epithelium, diminishing the utility of loss-of-function as a research tool. Here we outline methods to introduce RNAi oligonucleotides into primary human and porcine airway epithelia grown at an air-liquid interface and difficult-to-transfect transformed epithelial cell lines grown on plastic. At the time of plating, we reverse transfect small-interfering RNA (siRNA), Dicer-substrate siRNA, or microRNA oligonucleotides into cells by use of lipid or peptide transfection reagents. Using this approach we achieve significant knockdown in vitro of hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase, IL-8, and CFTR expression at the mRNA and protein levels in 1-3 days. We also attain significant reduction of secreted IL-8 in polarized primary pig airway epithelia 3 days posttransfection and inhibition of CFTR-mediated Cl⁻ conductance in polarized air-liquid interface cultures of human airway epithelia 2 wk posttransfection. These results highlight an efficient means to deliver RNA interference reagents to airway epithelial cells and achieve significant knockdown of target gene expression and function. The ability to reliably conduct loss-of-function assays in polarized primary airway epithelia offers benefits to research in studies of epithelial cell homeostasis, candidate gene function, gene-based therapeutics, microRNA biology, and targeting the replication of respiratory viruses.

  18. Airway Epithelium Stimulates Smooth Muscle Proliferation

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    Malavia, Nikita K.; Raub, Christopher B.; Mahon, Sari B.; Brenner, Matthew; Reynold A Panettieri; George, Steven C.

    2009-01-01

    Communication between the airway epithelium and stroma is evident during embryogenesis, and both epithelial shedding and increased smooth muscle proliferation are features of airway remodeling. Hence, we hypothesized that after injury the airway epithelium could modulate airway smooth muscle proliferation. Fully differentiated primary normal human bronchial epithelial (NHBE) cells at an air–liquid interface were co-cultured with serum-deprived normal primary human airway smooth muscle cells (...

  19. Changes in the airway lumen and surrounding parenchyma in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    Full Text Available Kazuyoshi Kurashima,1 Toshiko Hoshi,2 Yotaro Takaku,1 Tetsu Kanauchi,2 Keitaro Nakamoto,1 Miyuki Ueda,2 Noboru Takayanagi,1 Thomas V Colby,4 Yutaka Sugita,1 Yoshinori Kawabata3 1Department of Respiratory Medicine, 2Department of Radiology, 3Department of Pathology, Saitama Cardiovascular and Respiratory Center, Kumagaya City, Saitama, Japan; 4Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ, USA Background: The purpose of this study was to examine changes in the airway lumen and parenchyma in relation to lung function in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD compared with controls. Methods: We studied 70 patients with COPD and 15 normal subjects. Using reconstructed computed tomography (CT images, we traced the bronchial trees and reconstructed 3 cm circle images around the airways exactly perpendicular to the airway axis at the peripheral, middle, and central zones of the bronchi. We measured the number of airways and vessels, the airway inner diameter, and the area of emphysema in the circles, and analyzed the relationship of these image parameters to lung function. Results: Reduced airway numbers and increased upper lobe emphysema were observed even in early spirometric stages in patients with COPD compared with controls. Other findings included decreased airway inner diameter in advanced spirometric stages. The numbers of peripheral zone bronchi, the extent of the middle zone emphysematous area, and the mean airway inner diameter of the airways were the best predictors of spirometric parameters. A portion of the airways in patients with COPD showed a loss of airway patency at middle or central zone bronchi predominantly in the late spirometric stages. Lumen-obliterated bronchial trees could be traced into emphysematous areas showing air trapping. Conclusion: Compared with controls, our CT observations in patients with COPD showed that airway lumen and lung parenchyma changes along airways

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  1. Successful weaning of a laryngeal mask airway after a tongue-lip adhesion operation in a case with cerebro-costo-mandibular syndrome.

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    So, Chi-Yung; Ng, Yan-Yan; Peng, Chih-Yu; Hu, Jui-Ming; Chen, Suh-Jen; Chen, Jia-Yuh; Su, Pen-Hua

    2010-02-01

    Cerebro-costo-mandibular syndrome (CCMS) consists of severe micrognathia, glossoptosis, posterior rib-gap defects and developmental delay. It may cause upper airway obstruction andflail chest, resulting in neonatal hypoxia, and possibly death. Early airway management or surgical intervention to maintain a patent airway is critical to avoid hypoxia in CCMS patients. We report a newborn with CCMS who was successfully weaned from a laryngeal mask after undergoing a tongue-lip adhesion operation at 164 days of age.

  2. The Airway Microbiome at Birth

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    Lal, Charitharth Vivek; Travers, Colm; Aghai, Zubair H; Eipers, Peter; Jilling, Tamas; Halloran, Brian; Carlo, Waldemar A; Keeley, Jordan; Rezonzew, Gabriel; Kumar, Ranjit; Morrow, Casey; Bhandari, Vineet; Ambalavanan, Namasivayam

    2016-01-01

    .... We found an established diverse and similar airway microbiome at birth in both preterm and term infants, which was more diverse and different from that of older preterm infants with established chronic lung disease...

  3. Upper airway obstruction caused by bilateral giant tonsilloliths

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    Ru-Hsiao Lo

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Tonsilloliths are rare dystrophic calcifications caused by chronic inflammation of the tonsils. They are usually small and occur on one side. Herein, we report a case involving a 75-year-old man presenting odynophagia and progressive dyspnea for days who was found by computed tomography image to have bilateral giant tonsilloliths. Hyperdensity lesions were found over the tonsillar fossa on both sides. Tonsillectomy was performed leading to immediate relief of symptoms. A review of relevant literature revealed that most patients with tonsilloliths are asymptomatic and need only conservative treatment. Severe symptoms such as dyspnea are extremely rare. Although tonsillolith can be easily diagnosed by computed tomography, otolaryngologists should be careful to differentiate this entity.

  4. Chronic tissue changes and carcinogenesis in the upper airway,

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    Woutersen, R.A.; Slootweg, P.J.; Kuper, C.F.

    2010-01-01

    Inhalation toxicity testing is becoming increasingly important, among other things because of the increasing number of drugs that are administered through the intranasal route to avoid enzymatic and acid breakdown and first pass metabolism in the gastrointestinal mucosa and the liver. The nature and

  5. TOPIC DECONGESTANTS IN COMPLEX THERAPY OF UPPER AIRWAYS DISEASES

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    G.D. Tarasova

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available In the complex treatment of the inflammatory diseases of ENT-organs (rhinitis, sinusitis, tubootitis and otitis media vasoconstrictors (topic decongestants are locally applied. Besides, they're used in diagnosing of nasal cavity diseases. Topic decongestants are produced as nasal drops and nasal sprays. Peculiarities of application of pharmaceuticals in children are dependent on inherent properties, particularly the duration of effect. These drugs each have proper dosage conditions that should be followed carefully in pediatric practice. Moreover, the physician must choose the efficient way of vasoconstrictor introduction into nasal cavity.Key words: edema, topic decongestants, ENT-organs diseases, rebound syndrome, children.

  6. Computational model of soft tissues in the human upper airway.

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    Pelteret, J-P V; Reddy, B D

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents a three-dimensional finite element model of the tongue and surrounding soft tissues with potential application to the study of sleep apnoea and of linguistics and speech therapy. The anatomical data was obtained from the Visible Human Project, and the underlying histological data was also extracted and incorporated into the model. Hyperelastic constitutive models were used to describe the material behaviour, and material incompressibility was accounted for. An active Hill three-element muscle model was used to represent the muscular tissue of the tongue. The neural stimulus for each muscle group was determined through the use of a genetic algorithm-based neural control model. The fundamental behaviour of the tongue under gravitational and breathing-induced loading is investigated. It is demonstrated that, when a time-dependent loading is applied to the tongue, the neural model is able to control the position of the tongue and produce a physiologically realistic response for the genioglossus.

  7. A new removable airway stent

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    Tore Amundsen

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: Malignant airway obstruction is a feared complication and will most probably occur more frequently in the future because of increasing cancer incidence and increased life expectancy in cancer patients. Minimal invasive treatment using airway stents represents a meaningful and life-saving palliation. We present a new removable airway stent for improved individualised treatment. Methods: To our knowledge, the new airway stent is the world's first knitted and uncovered self-expanding metal stent, which can unravel and be completely removed. In an in vivo model using two anaesthetised and spontaneously breathing pigs, we deployed and subsequently removed the stents by unravelling the device. The procedures were executed by flexible bronchoscopy in an acute and a chronic setting – a ‘proof-of-principle’ study. Results: The new stent was easily and accurately deployed in the central airways, and it remained fixed in its original position. It was easy to unravel and completely remove from the airways without clinically significant complications. During the presence of the stent in the chronic study, granulation tissue was induced. This tissue disappeared spontaneously with the removal. Conclusions: The new removable stent functioned according to its purpose and unravelled easily, and it was completely removed without significant technical or medical complications. Induced granulation tissue disappeared spontaneously. Further studies on animals and humans are needed to define its optimal indications and future use.

  8. The Replication Recipe: What makes for a convincing replication?

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    Brandt, M.J.; IJzerman, H.; Dijksterhuis, A.J.; Farach, F.J.; Geller, J.; Giner-Sorolla, R.; Grange, J.A.; Perugini, M.; Spies, J.R.; Veer, A. van 't

    2014-01-01

    Psychological scientists have recently started to reconsider the importance of close replications in building a cumulative knowledge base; however, there is no consensus about what constitutes a convincing close replication study. To facilitate convincing close replication attempts we have developed

  9. Analysis of airways in computed tomography

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    Petersen, Jens

    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is major cause of death and disability world-wide. It affects lung function through destruction of lung tissue known as emphysema and inflammation of airways, leading to thickened airway walls and narrowed airway lumen. Computed Tomography (CT) imaging...... have become the standard with which to assess emphysema extent but airway abnormalities have so far been more challenging to quantify. Automated methods for analysis are indispensable as the visible airway tree in a CT scan can include several hundreds of individual branches. However, automation...... of scan on airway dimensions in subjects with and without COPD. The results show measured airway dimensions to be affected by differences in the level of inspiration and this dependency is again influenced by COPD. Inspiration level should therefore be accounted for when measuring airways, and airway...

  10. Vessel-guided airway tree segmentation

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    Lo, Pechin Chien Pau; Sporring, Jon; Ashraf, Haseem

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents a method for airway tree segmentation that uses a combination of a trained airway appearance model, vessel and airway orientation information, and region growing. We propose a voxel classification approach for the appearance model, which uses a classifier that is trained...... to differentiate between airway and non-airway voxels. This is in contrast to previous works that use either intensity alone or hand crafted models of airway appearance. We show that the appearance model can be trained with a set of easily acquired, incomplete, airway tree segmentations. A vessel orientation...... similarity measure is introduced, which indicates how similar the orientation of an airway candidate is to the orientation of the neighboring vessel. We use this vessel orientation similarity measure to overcome regions in the airway tree that have a low response from the appearance model. The proposed...

  11. Modeling DNA Replication.

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    Bennett, Joan

    1998-01-01

    Recommends the use of a model of DNA made out of Velcro to help students visualize the steps of DNA replication. Includes a materials list, construction directions, and details of the demonstration using the model parts. (DDR)

  12. Eukaryotic DNA Replication Fork.

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    Burgers, Peter M J; Kunkel, Thomas A

    2017-06-20

    This review focuses on the biogenesis and composition of the eukaryotic DNA replication fork, with an emphasis on the enzymes that synthesize DNA and repair discontinuities on the lagging strand of the replication fork. Physical and genetic methodologies aimed at understanding these processes are discussed. The preponderance of evidence supports a model in which DNA polymerase ε (Pol ε) carries out the bulk of leading strand DNA synthesis at an undisturbed replication fork. DNA polymerases α and δ carry out the initiation of Okazaki fragment synthesis and its elongation and maturation, respectively. This review also discusses alternative proposals, including cellular processes during which alternative forks may be utilized, and new biochemical studies with purified proteins that are aimed at reconstituting leading and lagging strand DNA synthesis separately and as an integrated replication fork.

  13. Abiotic self-replication.

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    Meyer, Adam J; Ellefson, Jared W; Ellington, Andrew D

    2012-12-18

    The key to the origins of life is the replication of information. Linear polymers such as nucleic acids that both carry information and can be replicated are currently what we consider to be the basis of living systems. However, these two properties are not necessarily coupled. The ability to mutate in a discrete or quantized way, without frequent reversion, may be an additional requirement for Darwinian evolution, in which case the notion that Darwinian evolution defines life may be less of a tautology than previously thought. In this Account, we examine a variety of in vitro systems of increasing complexity, from simple chemical replicators up to complex systems based on in vitro transcription and translation. Comparing and contrasting these systems provides an interesting window onto the molecular origins of life. For nucleic acids, the story likely begins with simple chemical replication, perhaps of the form A + B → T, in which T serves as a template for the joining of A and B. Molecular variants capable of faster replication would come to dominate a population, and the development of cycles in which templates could foster one another's replication would have led to increasingly complex replicators and from thence to the initial genomes. The initial genomes may have been propagated by RNA replicases, ribozymes capable of joining oligonucleotides and eventually polymerizing mononucleotide substrates. As ribozymes were added to the genome to fill gaps in the chemistry necessary for replication, the backbone of a putative RNA world would have emerged. It is likely that such replicators would have been plagued by molecular parasites, which would have been passively replicated by the RNA world machinery without contributing to it. These molecular parasites would have been a major driver for the development of compartmentalization/cellularization, as more robust compartments could have outcompeted parasite-ridden compartments. The eventual outsourcing of metabolic

  14. Adenovirus DNA Replication

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    Hoeben, Rob C.; Uil, Taco G.

    2013-01-01

    Adenoviruses have attracted much attention as probes to study biological processes such as DNA replication, transcription, splicing, and cellular transformation. More recently these viruses have been used as gene-transfer vectors and oncolytic agents. On the other hand, adenoviruses are notorious pathogens in people with compromised immune functions. This article will briefly summarize the basic replication strategy of adenoviruses and the key proteins involved and will deal with the new deve...

  15. Airway Hydration and COPD

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    Ghosh, Arunava; Boucher, R.C.; Tarran, Robert

    2015-01-01

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the prevalent causes of worldwide mortality and encompasses two major clinical phenotypes, i.e., chronic bronchitis (CB) and emphysema. The most common cause of COPD is chronic tobacco inhalation. Research focused on the chronic bronchitic phenotype of COPD has identified several pathological processes that drive disease initiation and progression. For example, the lung’s mucociliary clearance (MCC) system performs the critical task of clearing inhaled pathogens and toxic materials from the lung. MCC efficiency is dependent on: (i) the ability of apical plasma membrane ion channels such as the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) and the epithelial Na+ channel (ENaC) to maintain airway hydration; (ii) ciliary beating; and, (iii) appropriate rates of mucin secretion. Each of these components is impaired in CB and likely contributes to the mucus stasis/accumulation seen in CB patients. This review highlights the cellular components responsible for maintaining MCC and how this process is disrupted following tobacco exposure and with CB. We shall also discuss existing therapeutic strategies for the treatment of chronic bronchitis and how components of the MCC can be used as biomarkers for the evaluation of tobacco or tobacco-like-product exposure. PMID:26068443

  16. Bronchoscopic management of malignant airway obstruction.

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    Mitchell, Patrick D; Kennedy, Marcus P

    2014-05-01

    Approximately one-third of patients with lung cancer will develop airway obstruction and many cancers lead to airway obstruction through meta stases. The treatment of malignant airway obstruction is often a multimodality approach and is usually performed for palliation of symptoms in advanced lung cancer. Removal of airway obstruction is associated with improvement in symptoms, quality of life, and lung function. Patient selection should exclude patients with short life expectancy, limited symptoms, and an inability to visualize beyond the obstruction. This review outlines both the immediate and delayed bronchoscopic effect options for the removal of airway obstruction and preservation of airway patency with endobronchial stenting.

  17. Pulmonary surfactant in the airway physiology: a direct relaxing effect on the smooth muscle.

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    Calkovska, A; Uhliarova, B; Joskova, M; Franova, S; Kolomaznik, M; Calkovsky, V; Smolarova, S

    2015-04-01

    Beside alveoli, surface active material plays an important role in the airway physiology. In the upper airways it primarily serves in local defense. Lower airway surfactant stabilizes peripheral airways, provides the transport and defense, has barrier and anti-edematous functions, and possesses direct relaxant effect on the smooth muscle. We tested in vitro the effect of two surfactant preparations Curosurf® and Alveofact® on the precontracted smooth muscle of intra- and extra-pulmonary airways. Relaxation was more pronounced for lung tissue strip containing bronchial smooth muscle as the primary site of surfactant effect. The study does not confirm the participation of ATP-dependent potassium channels and cAMP-regulated epithelial chloride channels known as CFTR chloride channels, or nitric oxide involvement in contractile response of smooth muscle to surfactant.By controlling wall thickness and airway diameter, pulmonary surfactant is an important component of airway physiology. Thus, surfactant dysfunction may be included in pathophysiology of asthma, COPD, or other diseases with bronchial obstruction.

  18. Two-dimensional and volumetric airway changes after bimaxillary surgery for class III malocclusion.

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    Vaezi, Toraj; Zarch, Seyed Hossein Hosseini; Eshghpour, Majid; Kermani, Hamed

    2017-04-01

    Any change in maxilla and mandible position can alter the upper airway, and any decrease in the upper airway can cause sleep disorders. Thus, it is necessary to assess airway changes after repositioning of the maxilla and mandible during orthognathic surgery. The purpose of this study was to evaluate linear and volumetric changes in the upper airway after bimaxillary surgery to correct class III malocclusion via cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) and to identify correlations between linear and volumetric changes. This was a prospective cohort study. CBCTs from 10 class III patients were evaluated before surgery and three months after. The Wilcoxon one-sample test was used to evaluate the differences in measurements before and after surgery. Spearman's rank correlation coefficient was used to test the correlation between linear and volumetric changes. The results show that the nasopharyngeal space increased significantly, and that this increase correlated with degree of maxillary advancement. No significant changes were found in volumes before and after surgery. A correlation was found between linear and volumetric oropharyngeal changes. Bimaxillary surgical correction of class III malocclusion did not cause statistically significant changes in the posterior airway space.

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  4. Minichromosome replication in vitro: inhibition of re-replication by replicatively assembled nucleosomes.

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    Krude, T; Knippers, R

    1994-08-19

    Single-stranded circular DNA, containing the SV40 origin sequence, was used as a template for complementary DNA strand synthesis in cytosolic extracts from HeLa cells. In the presence of the replication-dependent chromatin assembly factor CAF-1, defined numbers of nucleosomes were assembled during complementary DNA strand synthesis. These minichromosomes were then induced to semiconservatively replicate by the addition of the SV40 initiator protein T antigen (re-replication). The results indicate that re-replication of minichromosomes appears to be inhibited by two independent mechanisms. One acts at the initiation of minichromosome re-replication, and the other affects replicative chain elongation. To directly demonstrate the inhibitory effect of replicatively assembled nucleosomes, two types of minichromosomes were prepared: (i) post-replicative minichromosomes were assembled in a reaction coupled to replication as above; (ii) pre-replicative minichromosomes were assembled independently of replication on double-stranded DNA. Both types of minichromosomes were used as templates for DNA replication under identical conditions. Replicative fork movement was found to be impeded only on post-replicative minichromosome templates. In contrast, pre-replicative minichromosomes allowed one unconstrained replication cycle, but re-replication was inhibited due to a block in fork movement. Thus, replicatively assembled chromatin may have a profound influence on the re-replication of DNA.

  5. Influence of Chronic Sinusitis and Nasal Polyp on the Lower Airway of Subjects Without Lower Airway Diseases

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    Lee, Suh-Young; Yoon, Soon Ho; Song, Woo-Jung; Lee, So-Hee; Kang, Hye-Ryun; Kim, Sun-Sin

    2014-01-01

    Purpose Upper and lower respiratory tract pathologies are believed to be interrelated; however, the impact of upper airway inflammation on lung function in subjects without lung disease has not been evaluated. This study investigated the association of CT finding suggesting chronic sinusitis and lung function in healthy subjects without lung disease. Methods This was a retrospective study of prospectively collected data from 284 subjects who underwent a pulmonary function test, bronchial provocation test, rhinoscopy, and osteomeatal unit computed tomography offered as a private health check-up option. Results CT findings showed that the sinusitis group had a significantly lower FEV1/FVC ratio than subjects without sinusitis finding (78.62% vs 84.19%, P=0.019). Among the sinusitis group, subjects classified by CT findings as the extensive disease group had a slightly lower FEV1/FVC than those of the limited disease group (76.6% vs 79.5%, P=0.014) and the associations were independent of the presence of airway hyperresponsiveness. The subjects with nasal polyp had also lower FEV1 and FEV1/FVC than subjects without nasal polyp (FEV1: 100.0% vs 103.6%, P=0.045, FEV1/FVC: 77.4% vs 80.0%, P=0.005). Conclusions CT findings suggesting chronic sinusitis and nasal polyp were associated with subclinical lower airway flow limitation even in the absence of underlying lung disease. PMID:24991454

  6. Investigating variation in replicability: A "Many Labs" replication project

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    Klein, R.A.; Ratliff, K.A.; Vianello, M.; Adams, R.B.; Bahnik, S.; Bernstein, M.J.; Bocian, K.; Brandt, M.J.; Brooks, B.; Brumbaugh, C.C.; Cemalcilar, Z.; Chandler, J.; Cheong, W.; Davis, W.E.; Devos, T.; Eisner, M.; Frankowska, N.; Furrow, D.; Galliani, E.M.; Hasselman, F.W.; Hicks, J.A.; Hovermale, J.F.; Hunt, S.J.; Huntsinger, J.R.; IJzerman, H.; John, M.S.; Joy-Gaba, J.A.; Kappes, H.B.; Krueger, L.E.; Kurtz, J.; Levitan, C.A.; Mallett, R.K.; Morris, W.L.; Nelson, A.J.; Nier, J.A.; Packard, G.; Pilati, R.; Rutchick, A.M.; Schmidt, K.; Skorinko, J.L.M.; Smith, R.; Steiner, T.G.; Storbeck, J.; Van Swol, L.M.; Thompson, D.; Veer, A.E. van 't; Vaughn, L.A.; Vranka, M.; Wichman, A.L.; Woodzicka, J.A.; Nosek, B.A.

    2014-01-01

    Although replication is a central tenet of science, direct replications are rare in psychology. This research tested variation in the replicability of 13 classic and contemporary effects across 36 independent samples totaling 6,344 participants. In the aggregate, 10 effects replicated consistently.

  7. Hepatitis B virus replication

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    2007-01-01

    Hepadnaviruses, including human hepatitis B virus (HBV), replicate through reverse transcription of an RNA intermediate, the pregenomic RNA (pgRNA). Despite this kinship to retroviruses, there are fundamental differences beyond the fact that hepadnavirions contain DNA instead of RNA. Most peculiar is the initiation of reverse transcription: it occurs by protein-priming, is strictly committed to using an RNA hairpin on the pgRNA,ε, as template, and depends on cellular chaperones;moreover, proper replication can apparently occur only in the specialized environment of intact nucleocapsids.This complexity has hampered an in-depth mechanistic understanding. The recent successful reconstitution in the test tube of active replication initiation complexes from purified components, for duck HBV (DHBV),now allows for the analysis of the biochemistry of hepadnaviral replication at the molecular level. Here we review the current state of knowledge at all steps of the hepadnaviral genome replication cycle, with emphasis on new insights that turned up by the use of such cellfree systems. At this time, they can, unfortunately,not be complemented by three-dimensional structural information on the involved components. However, at least for the s RNA element such information is emerging,raising expectations that combining biophysics with biochemistry and genetics will soon provide a powerful integrated approach for solving the many outstanding questions. The ultimate, though most challenging goal,will be to visualize the hepadnaviral reverse transcriptase in the act of synthesizing DNA, which will also have strong implications for drug development.

  8. Treating asthma means treating airway smooth muscle cells

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    Zuyderduyn, S; Sukkar, M B; Fust, A; Dhaliwal, S; Burgess, J K

    2008-01-01

    Asthma is characterised by airway hyperresponsiveness, airway inflammation and airway remodelling. Airway smooth muscle cells are known to be the main effector cells of airway narrowing. In the present paper, studies will be discussed that have led to a novel view of the role of airway smooth muscle

  9. Craniofacial and pharyngeal airway morphology in patients with acromegaly.

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    Balos Tuncer, Burcu; Canigur Bavbek, Nehir; Ozkan, Cigdem; Tuncer, Cumhur; Eroglu Altinova, Alev; Gungor, Kahraman; Akturk, Mujde; Balos Toruner, Fusun

    2015-08-01

    The aim of this study was to assess differences in craniofacial characteristics, upper spine and pharyngeal airway morphology in patients with acromegaly compared with healthy individuals. Twenty-one patients with acromegaly were compared with 22 controls by linear and angular measurements on cephalograms. The differences between the mean values of cephalometric parameters were analyzed with Mann-Whitney U-test. With respect to controls, anterior (pacromegaly. Craniofacial changes were predominantly found in the frontal bone (pacromegaly exhibited diminished dimensions at nasal (pacromegaly. Current results point to the importance of the reduced airway dimensions and that dentists and/or orthodontists should be aware of the cranial or dental abnormalities in patients with acromegaly.

  10. Psychology, replication & beyond.

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    Laws, Keith R

    2016-06-01

    Modern psychology is apparently in crisis and the prevailing view is that this partly reflects an inability to replicate past findings. If a crisis does exists, then it is some kind of 'chronic' crisis, as psychologists have been censuring themselves over replicability for decades. While the debate in psychology is not new, the lack of progress across the decades is disappointing. Recently though, we have seen a veritable surfeit of debate alongside multiple orchestrated and well-publicised replication initiatives. The spotlight is being shone on certain areas and although not everyone agrees on how we should interpret the outcomes, the debate is happening and impassioned. The issue of reproducibility occupies a central place in our whig history of psychology.

  11. Multiscale Vessel-guided Airway Tree Segmentation

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    Lo, Pechin Chien Pau; Sporring, Jon; de Bruijne, Marleen

    2009-01-01

    that is trained to differentiate between airway and non-airway voxels. Vessel and airway orientation information are used in the form of a vessel orientation similarity measure, which indicates how similar the orientation of the an airway candidate is to the orientation of the neighboring vessel. The method...... is evaluated within EXACT’09 on a diverse set of CT scans. Results show a favorable combination of a relatively large portion of the tree detected correctly with very few false positives....

  12. Pharmacogenetics, pharmacogenomics and airway disease

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    Hall Ian P

    2001-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The availability of a draft sequence for the human genome will revolutionise research into airway disease. This review deals with two of the most important areas impinging on the treatment of patients: pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics. Considerable inter-individual variation exists at the DNA level in targets for medication, and variability in response to treatment may, in part, be determined by this genetic variation. Increased knowledge about the human genome might also permit the identification of novel therapeutic targets by expression profiling at the RNA (genomics or protein (proteomics level. This review describes recent advances in pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics with regard to airway disease.

  13. Functional phenotype of airway myocytes from asthmatic airways

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    Wright, David B.; Trian, Thomas; Siddiqui, Sana; Pascoe, Chris D.; Ojo, Oluwaseun O.; Johnson, Jill R.; Dekkers, Bart G. J.; Dakshinamurti, Shyamala; Bagchi, Rushita; Burgess, Janette K.; Kanabar, Varsha

    2013-01-01

    In asthma, the airway smooth muscle (ASM) cell plays a central role in disease pathogenesis through cellular changes which may impact on its microenvironment and alter ASM response and function. The answer to the long debated question of what makes a 'healthy' ASM cell become 'asthmatic' still remai

  14. Functional phenotype of airway myocytes from asthmatic airways

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    Wright, David B.; Trian, Thomas; Siddiqui, Sana; Pascoe, Chris D.; Ojo, Oluwaseun O.; Johnson, Jill R.; Dekkers, Bart G. J.; Dakshinamurti, Shyamala; Bagchi, Rushita; Burgess, Janette K.; Kanabar, Varsha

    2013-01-01

    In asthma, the airway smooth muscle (ASM) cell plays a central role in disease pathogenesis through cellular changes which may impact on its microenvironment and alter ASM response and function. The answer to the long debated question of what makes a 'healthy' ASM cell become 'asthmatic' still remai

  15. DNA replication origins in archaea

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    Zhenfang eWu; Jingfang eLiu; Haibo eYang; Hua eXiang

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    DNA replication initiation, which starts at specific chromosomal site (known as replication origins), is the key regulatory stage of chromosome replication. Archaea, the third domain of life, use a single or multiple origin(s) to initiate replication of their circular chromosomes. The basic structure of replication origins is conserved among archaea, typically including an AT-rich unwinding region flanked by several conserved repeats (origin recognition box, ORB) that are located adjacent to ...

  16. Prolonged ozone exposure in an allergic airway disease model: Adaptation of airway responsiveness and airway remodeling

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    Park Chang-Soo

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Short-term exposure to high concentrations of ozone has been shown to increase airway hyper-responsiveness (AHR. Because the changes in AHR and airway inflammation and structure after chronic ozone exposure need to be determined, the goal of this study was to investigate these effects in a murine model of allergic airway disease. Methods We exposed BALB/c mice to 2 ppm ozone for 4, 8, and 12 weeks. We measured the enhanced pause (Penh to methacholine and performed cell differentials in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. We quantified the levels of IL-4 and IFN-γ in the supernatants of the bronchoalveolar lavage fluids using enzyme immunoassays, and examined the airway architecture under light and electron microscopy. Results The groups exposed to ozone for 4, 8, and 12 weeks demonstrated decreased Penh at methacholine concentrations of 12.5, 25, and 50 mg/ml, with a dose-response curve to the right of that for the filtered-air group. Neutrophils and eosinophils increased in the group exposed to ozone for 4 weeks compared to those in the filtered-air group. The ratio of IL-4 to INF-γ increased significantly after exposure to ozone for 8 and 12 weeks compared to the ratio for the filtered-air group. The numbers of goblet cells, myofibroblasts, and smooth muscle cells showed time-dependent increases in lung tissue sections from the groups exposed to ozone for 4, 8, and 12 weeks. Conclusion These findings demonstrate that the increase in AHR associated with the allergic airway does not persist during chronic ozone exposure, indicating that airway remodeling and adaptation following repeated exposure to air pollutants can provide protection against AHR.

  17. Upper respiratory tract disease and bronchial asthma

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    1993-01-01

    930119 Lung sound analysis of upper airwayobstruction.SHI Yi(施毅),et al.Dept RespirMed,General Hosp,Nanjing Command,210002.Chin J Tuberc & Respir Dis 1992;15(4):228-230.The frequency spectrum of stridor was stud-ied by the computer program in the patientswith upper airway obstruction.The resultsshowed that the peak frequency of respiratorysound increased significantly,the frequencyspectrum got wider and moved to the high fre-quency area above 200Hz and the E ratio wassmaller than 1.These changes were more ap-

  18. Replication studies in longevity

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    Varcasia, O; Garasto, S; Rizza, T

    2001-01-01

    In Danes we replicated the 3'APOB-VNTR gene/longevity association study previously carried out in Italians, by which the Small alleles (less than 35 repeats) had been identified as frailty alleles for longevity. In Danes, neither genotype nor allele frequencies differed between centenarians and 20...

  19. Replication-Fork Dynamics

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    Duderstadt, Karl E.; Reyes-Lamothe, Rodrigo; van Oijen, Antoine M.; Sherratt, David J.

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    The proliferation of all organisms depends on the coordination of enzymatic events within large multiprotein replisomes that duplicate chromosomes. Whereas the structure and function of many core replisome components have been clarified, the timing and order of molecular events during replication re

  20. Coronavirus Attachment and Replication

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    synthesis during RNA replication of vesicular stomatitis virus. J. Virol. 49:303-309. Pedersen, N.C. 1976a. Feline infectious peritonitis: Something old...receptors on intestinal brush border membranes from normal host species were developed for canine (CCV), feline (FIPV), porcine (TGEV), human (HCV...gastroenteritis receptor on pig BBMs ...... ................. ... 114 Feline infectious peritonitis virus receptor on cat BBMs ... .............. 117 Human

  1. The human airway epithelial basal cell transcriptome.

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    Neil R Hackett

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The human airway epithelium consists of 4 major cell types: ciliated, secretory, columnar and basal cells. During natural turnover and in response to injury, the airway basal cells function as stem/progenitor cells for the other airway cell types. The objective of this study is to better understand human airway epithelial basal cell biology by defining the gene expression signature of this cell population. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Bronchial brushing was used to obtain airway epithelium from healthy nonsmokers. Microarrays were used to assess the transcriptome of basal cells purified from the airway epithelium in comparison to the transcriptome of the differentiated airway epithelium. This analysis identified the "human airway basal cell signature" as 1,161 unique genes with >5-fold higher expression level in basal cells compared to differentiated epithelium. The basal cell signature was suppressed when the basal cells differentiated into a ciliated airway epithelium in vitro. The basal cell signature displayed overlap with genes expressed in basal-like cells from other human tissues and with that of murine airway basal cells. Consistent with self-modulation as well as signaling to other airway cell types, the human airway basal cell signature was characterized by genes encoding extracellular matrix components, growth factors and growth factor receptors, including genes related to the EGF and VEGF pathways. Interestingly, while the basal cell signature overlaps that of basal-like cells of other organs, the human airway basal cell signature has features not previously associated with this cell type, including a unique pattern of genes encoding extracellular matrix components, G protein-coupled receptors, neuroactive ligands and receptors, and ion channels. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: The human airway epithelial basal cell signature identified in the present study provides novel insights into the molecular phenotype and biology of

  2. Incidence of unanticipated difficult airway using an objective airway score versus a standard clinical airway assessment

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    Nørskov, Anders Kehlet; Rosenstock, Charlotte Valentin; Wetterslev, Jørn

    2013-01-01

    the examination and registration of predictors for difficult mask ventilation with a non-specified clinical airway assessment on prediction of difficult mask ventilation.Method/Design: We cluster-randomized 28 Danish departments of anaesthesia to airway assessment either by the SARI or by usual non...... reduction equalling a number needed to treat of 180. Sample size estimation is adjusted for the study design and based on standards for randomization on cluster-level. With an average cluster size of 2,500 patients, 70,000 patients will be enrolled over a 1-year trial period. The database is programmed so...

  3. Mucus hypersecretion in the airway

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    WANG Ke; WEN Fu-qiang; XU Dan

    2008-01-01

    @@ Mucus hypersecretion is a distinguishing feature of Chronic intlammation diseases,such as asthma,1chronic bronchitis.2 bronchiectasis3 and cystic fibrosis.4Mucus hypersecretion leads to impairment of mucociliary clearance,abnormal bacterial plantation,mucus plug in the airway,and dysfunction of gas exchange.5

  4. Nasal continuous positive airway pressure

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    Scholze, Alexandra; Lamwers, Stephanie; Tepel, Martin

    2012-01-01

    Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is linked to increased cardiovascular risk. This risk can be reduced by nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP) treatment. As OSA is associated with an increase of several vasoconstrictive factors, we investigated whether nCPAP influences the digital volume...

  5. Vessel-guided Airway Tree Segmentation

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    Lo, P.; Sporring, J.; Ashraf, H.;

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents a method for airway tree segmentation that uses a combination of a trained airway appearance model, vessel and airway orientation information, and region growing. We propose a voxel classification approach for the appearance model, which uses a classifier that is trained...... method is evaluated on 250 low dose computed tomography images from a lung cancer screening trial. Our experiments showed that applying the region growing algorithm on the airway appearance model produces more complete airway segmentations, leading to on average 20% longer trees, and 50% less leakage...

  6. Inflammatory bowel disease and airway diseases

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    Vutcovici, Maria; Brassard, Paul; Bitton, Alain

    2016-01-01

    Airway diseases are the most commonly described lung manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). However, the similarities in disease pathogenesis and the sharing of important environmental risk factors and genetic susceptibility suggest that there is a complex interplay between IBD and airway diseases. Recent evidence of IBD occurrence among patients with airway diseases and the higher than estimated prevalence of subclinical airway injuries among IBD patients support the hypothesis of a two-way association. Future research efforts should be directed toward further exploration of this association, as airway diseases are highly prevalent conditions with a substantial public health impact. PMID:27678355

  7. The Lung Microbiome and Airway Disease.

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    Lynch, Susan V

    2016-12-01

    A growing body of literature has demonstrated relationships between the composition of the airway microbiota (mixed-species communities of microbes that exist in the respiratory tract) and critical features of immune response and pulmonary function. These studies provide evidence that airway inflammatory status and capacity for repair are coassociated with specific taxonomic features of the airway microbiome. Although directionality has yet to be established, the fact that microbes are known drivers of inflammation and tissue damage suggests that in the context of chronic inflammatory airway disease, the composition and, more importantly, the function, of the pulmonary microbiome represent critical factors in defining airway disease outcomes.

  8. Airway management in anaplastic thyroid carcinoma.

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    Shaha, Ashok R

    2008-07-01

    In patients who present with advanced anaplastic thyroid cancer, airway management is difficult because of bilateral vocal cord paralysis or tracheal invasion by the tumor. Airway management can be extremely complex in these patients. This is the author's 25 year experience with 30 patients who presented with anaplastic thyroid cancer and acute airway problems. The patients' airway issues developed soon after presentation or a few months after treatment. Ten patients presented with initial symptoms of acute airway distress. All of these patients were treated with tracheostomy or cricothyrotomy. The 10 patients who presented with initial symptoms of acute airway distress died within 4 months. Eight of the remaining 20 patients developed bilateral vocal cord paralysis. Airway management for these patients depended on the extent of distant disease and the family's understanding of the advanced nature of the disease and the palliative efforts. The remaining patients had a palliative and supportive approach. Airway management was the most critical issue in patients who presented with anaplastic thyroid cancer and initial airway distress. Cricothyrotomy was helpful in avoiding acute airway catastrophe. It is important to distinguish between poorly differentiated and anaplastic thyroid cancer and lymphoma for appropriate airway management.

  9. Evaluation of Cross-section Airway Configuration of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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    Ogawa, Takumi; Enciso, Reyes; Shintaku, Werner H.; Clark, Glenn T.

    2007-01-01

    Upper airway imaging techniques can be useful to identify the exact location and nature of the obstruction in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients. Methods Ten OSA patients and ten non-OSA control subjects were imaged using cone-beam computed tomography (Newtom QR-DVT9000) to compare their upper airway structure. Results The OSA subjects presented higher BMI (OSA: 29.5 ± 9.05 kg/m2; Non-OSA: 23.1 ± 3.05 kg/m2 [p=0.034]), lower total volume (mm3) of the airway (OSA: 4868.4 ± 1863.9; Non-OSA: 6051.7 ± 1756.4 [p =0.054]), statistically significantly smaller anterior-posterior dimension (mm) of the minimum cross-section segment (OSA: 4.6 ± 1.2; Non-OSA: 7.8 ± 3.31 [p =0.009]), and smaller minimum cross-section area (OSA: 45.8±17.5 mm2; Non-OSA: 146.9±111.7 mm2 [p=0.011]) positioned below the occlusal plane in 70% of the cases (OSA:7 out of 10; Non-OSA: 5 out of 10 [p=0.030]). The OSA group presented a concave or elliptic shaped airway and the non-OSA group presented a concave, round or square shaped airway. (156 words) PMID:17178502

  10. Airway remodeling in asthma: what really matters.

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    Fehrenbach, Heinz; Wagner, Christina; Wegmann, Michael

    2017-03-01

    Airway remodeling is generally quite broadly defined as any change in composition, distribution, thickness, mass or volume and/or number of structural components observed in the airway wall of patients relative to healthy individuals. However, two types of airway remodeling should be distinguished more clearly: (1) physiological airway remodeling, which encompasses structural changes that occur regularly during normal lung development and growth leading to a normal mature airway wall or as an acute and transient response to injury and/or inflammation, which ultimately results in restoration of a normal airway structures; and (2) pathological airway remodeling, which comprises those structural alterations that occur as a result of either disturbed lung development or as a response to chronic injury and/or inflammation leading to persistently altered airway wall structures and function. This review will address a few major aspects: (1) what are reliable quantitative approaches to assess airway remodeling? (2) Are there any indications supporting the notion that airway remodeling can occur as a primary event, i.e., before any inflammatory process was initiated? (3) What is known about airway remodeling being a secondary event to inflammation? And (4), what can we learn from the different animal models ranging from invertebrate to primate models in the study of airway remodeling? Future studies are required addressing particularly pheno-/endotype-specific aspects of airway remodeling using both endotype-specific animal models and "endotyped" human asthmatics. Hopefully, novel in vivo imaging techniques will be further advanced to allow monitoring development, growth and inflammation of the airways already at a very early stage in life.

  11. Assessing mucus and airway morphology in response to a segmental allergen challenge using OCT (Conference Presentation)

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    Adams, David C.; Miller, Alyssa J.; Holz, Jasmin A.; Szabari, Margit V.; Hariri, Lida P.; Harris, R. Scott; Cho, Jocelyn L.; Hamilos, Daniel L.; Luster, Andrew D.; Medoff, Benjamin D.; Suter, Melissa J.

    2016-03-01

    Asthma affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, and the prevalence of the disease appears to be increasing. One of the most important aspects of asthma is the excessive bronchoconstriction that results in many of the symptoms experienced by asthma sufferers, but the relationship between bronchoconstriction and airway morphology is not clearly established. We present the imaging results of a study involving a segmental allergen challenge given to both allergic asthmatic (n = 12) and allergic non-asthmatic (n = 19) human volunteers. Using OCT, we have imaged and assessed baseline morphology in a right upper lobe (RUL) airway, serving as the control, and a right middle lobe (RML) airway, in which the allergen was to be administered. After a period of 24 hours had elapsed following the administration of the allergen, both airways were again imaged and the response morphology assessed. A number of airway parameters were measured and compared, including epithelial thickness, mucosal thickness and buckling, lumen area, and mucus content. We found that at baseline epithelial thickness, mucosal thickness, and mucosal buckling were greater in AAs than ANAs. We also observed statistically significant increases in these values 24 hours after the allergen had been administered for both the ANA and AA sets. In comparison, the control airway which received a diluent showed no statistically significant change.

  12. Correlation between the Pharyngeal Airway Space and Head Posture after Surgery for Mandibular Prognathism

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    Chun-Ming Chen

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    Full Text Available Purpose. The aim of this study was to determine the correlation between the pharyngeal airway space and head posture after mandibular setback surgery for mandibular prognathism. Materials and Methods. Serial lateral cephalograms of 37 patients with mandibular prognathism who underwent intraoral vertical ramus osteotomy (IVRO were evaluated before (T1 and immediately (T2, between 6 weeks and 3 months (T3, and more than 1 year (T4 after surgery. Paired t-tests and Pearson’s correlation analysis were used to evaluate the postoperative changes in all cephalometric parameters, including the mandible, hyoid, head posture (craniocervical angle, and pharyngeal airway space. Results. The mandible and hyoid were set back by 12.8 mm and 4.9 mm, respectively, at T2. Furthermore, the hyoid showed significant inferior movement of 10.7 mm, with an 8 mm increase in the tongue depth. The upper oropharyngeal airway (UOP shortened by 4.1 mm, the lower oropharyngeal airway (LOP by 1.7 mm, and the laryngopharyngeal airway by 2 mm. The craniocervical angle showed a significant increase of 2.8°. UOP and LOP showed a significant correlation with the craniocervical angle at T2 and T4. Conclusions. Our findings conclude that the oropharyngeal airway space is significantly decreased and correlated with a change in the head posture after mandibular setback surgery.

  13. Reversible Switching of Cooperating Replicators

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    Urtel, Georg C.; Rind, Thomas; Braun, Dieter

    2017-02-01

    How can molecules with short lifetimes preserve their information over millions of years? For evolution to occur, information-carrying molecules have to replicate before they degrade. Our experiments reveal a robust, reversible cooperation mechanism in oligonucleotide replication. Two inherently slow replicating hairpin molecules can transfer their information to fast crossbreed replicators that outgrow the hairpins. The reverse is also possible. When one replication initiation site is missing, single hairpins reemerge from the crossbreed. With this mechanism, interacting replicators can switch between the hairpin and crossbreed mode, revealing a flexible adaptation to different boundary conditions.

  14. Computational modeling of unsteady surfactant-laden liquid plug propagation in neonatal airways

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    Olgac, Ufuk; Muradoglu, Metin

    2013-07-01

    Surfactant-free and surfactant-laden liquid plug propagation in neonatal airways in various generations representing the upper and lower airways are investigated computationally using a finite-difference/front-tracking method. Emphasis is placed on the unsteady surfactant-laden plug propagation as a model for Surfactant Replacement Therapy (SRT) and airway reopening. The numerical method is designed to solve the evolution equations of the interfacial and bulk surfactant concentrations coupled with the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations. Available experimental data for surfactant Survanta are used to relate surface tension coefficient to surfactant concentration at the interface. It is found that, for the surfactant-free case, the trailing film thickness is in good agreement with Taylor's law for plugs with plug length greater than the airway width. Mechanical stresses that could be injurious to epithelial cells such as pressure and shear stress and their gradients are maximized on the front and rear menisci with increasing magnitudes in the lower generations. These mechanical stresses, especially pressure and pressure gradient, are diminished with the introduction of surfactants. Surfactant is absorbed onto the trailing film and thickens it, eventually leading to either plug rupture or, if totally consumed prior to rupture, to steadily propagating plug. In the upper airways, initially small plugs rupture rapidly and plugs with comparable initial plug length with the airway width persist and propagate steadily. For a more effective SRT treatment, we recommend utilization of plugs with initial plug length greater than the airway width. Increasing surfactant strength or increasing the initially instilled surfactant concentration is found to be ineffective.

  15. Noninvasive clearance of airway secretions.

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    Hardy, K A; Anderson, B D

    1996-06-01

    Airway clearance techniques are indicated for specific diseases that have known clearance abnormalities (Table 2). Murray and others have commented that such techniques are required only for patients with a daily sputum production of greater than 30 mL. The authors have observed that patients with diseases known to cause clearance abnormalities can have sputum clearance with some techniques, such as positive expiratory pressure, autogenic drainage, and active cycle of breathing techniques, when PDPV has not been effective. Hasani et al has shown that use of the forced exhalatory technique in patients with nonproductive cough still resulted in movement of secretions proximally from all regions of the lung in patients with airway obstruction. It is therefore reasonable to consider airway clearance techniques for any patient who has a disease known to alter mucous clearance, including CF, dyskinetic cilia syndromes, and bronchiectasis from any cause. Patients with atelectasis from mucous plugs and hypersecretory states, such as asthma and chronic bronchitis, patients with pain secondary to surgical procedures, and patients with neuromuscular disease, weak cough, and abnormal patency of the airway may also benefit from the application of airway clearance techniques. Infants and children up to 3 years of age with airway clearance problems need to be treated with PDPV. Manual percussion with hands alone or a flexible face mask or cup and small mechanical vibrator/percussors, such as the ultrasonic devices, can be used. The intrapulmonary percussive ventilator shows growing promise in this area. The high-frequency oscillator is not supplied with vests of appropriate sizes for tiny babies and has not been studied in this group. Young patients with neuromuscular disease may require assisted ventilation and airway oscillations can be applied. CPAP alone has been shown to improve achievable flow rates that will increase air-liquid interactions for patients with these diseases

  16. A Phosphorylatable Sphingosine Analog Induces Airway Smooth Muscle Cytostasis and Reverses Airway Hyperresponsiveness in Experimental Asthma

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    Gendron, David R.; Lecours, Pascale B.; Lemay, Anne-Marie; Beaulieu, Marie-Josée; Huppé, Carole-Ann; Lee-Gosselin, Audrey; Flamand, Nicolas; Don, Anthony S.; Bissonnette, Élyse; Blanchet, Marie-Renée; Laplante, Mathieu; Bourgoin, Sylvain G.; Bossé, Ynuk; Marsolais, David

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    In asthma, excessive bronchial narrowing associated with thickening of the airway smooth muscle (ASM) causes respiratory distress. Numerous pharmacological agents prevent experimental airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) when delivered prophylactically. However, most fail to resolve this feature after disease is instated. Although sphingosine analogs are primarily perceived as immune modulators with the ability to prevent experimental asthma, they also influence processes associated with tissue atrophy, supporting the hypothesis that they could interfere with mechanisms sustaining pre-established AHR. We thus assessed the ability of a sphingosine analog (AAL-R) to reverse AHR in a chronic model of asthma. We dissected the pharmacological mechanism of this class of agents using the non-phosphorylatable chiral isomer AAL-S and the pre-phosphorylated form of AAL-R (AFD-R) in vivo and in human ASM cells. We found that a therapeutic course of AAL-R reversed experimental AHR in the methacholine challenge test, which was not replicated by dexamethasone or the non-phosphorylatable isomer AAL-S. AAL-R efficiently interfered with ASM cell proliferation in vitro, supporting the concept that immunomodulation is not necessary to interfere with cellular mechanisms sustaining AHR. Moreover, the sphingosine-1-phosphate lyase inhibitor SM4 and the sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor antagonist VPC23019 failed to inhibit proliferation, indicating that intracellular accumulation of sphingosine-1-phosphate or interference with cell surface S1P1/S1P3 activation, are not sufficient to induce cytostasis. Potent AAL-R-induced cytostasis specifically related to its ability to induce intracellular AFD-R accumulation. Thus, a sphingosine analog that possesses the ability to be phosphorylated in situ interferes with cellular mechanisms that beget AHR.

  17. Low tracheal tumor and airway management: An anesthetic challenge

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    Richa Saroa

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We describe a case presenting with tracheal tumor wherein a Microlaryngeal tube was advanced into the trachea distal to the tumor for primary airway control followed by cannulation of both endobronchial lumen with 5.5 mm endotracheal tubes to provide independent lung ventilation post tracheal transection using Y- connector attached to anesthesia machine. The plan was formulated to provide maximal surgical access to the trachea while providing adequate ventilation at the same time. A 32 yrs non smoker male, complaining of cough, progressive dyspnea and hemoptysis was diagnosed to have a broad based mass in the trachea on computed tomography of chest. Bronchoscopy of the upper airway confirmed presence of the mass at a distance of 9 cms from the vocal cords, obstructing the tracheal lumen by three fourth of the diameter. The patient was scheduled to undergo the resection of the mass through anterolateral thoracotomy. We recommend the use of extralong, soft, small sized microlaryngeal surgery tube in tumors proximal to carina, for securing the airway before the transection of trachea and bilateral endobronchial intubation with small sized cuffed endotracheal tubes for maintenance of ventilation after the transection of trachea in patients with mass in the lower trachea.

  18. Contribution of air pollution to COPD and small airway dysfunction.

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    Berend, Norbert

    2016-02-01

    Although in many Western countries levels of ambient air pollution have been improving with the setting of upper limits and better urban planning, air pollution in developing countries and particularly those with rapid industrialization has become a major global problem. Together with increased motor vehicle ownership and traffic congestion, there is a growing issue with airborne particles of respirable size. These particles are thought responsible for respiratory and cardiovascular effects and have also been implicated in cancer pathogenesis. The pathologic effects in the lung are mediated via inflammatory pathways and involve oxidative stress similar to cigarette smoking. These effects are seen in the peripheral airways where the smaller particle fractions are deposited and lead to airway remodelling. However, emphysema and loss of bronchioles seen with cigarette smoking have not been described with ambient air pollution, and there are few studies specifically looking at peripheral airway function. Definitive evidence of air pollution causing COPD is lacking and a different study design is required to link air pollution and COPD.

  19. Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling of Bacillus anthracis Spore Deposition in Rabbit and Human Respiratory Airways

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    Kabilan, Senthil; Suffield, Sarah R.; Recknagle, Kurtis P.; Jacob, Rick E.; Einstein, Daniel R.; Kuprat, Andrew P.; Carson, James P.; Colby, Sean M.; Saunders, James H.; Hines, Stephanie; Teeguarden, Justin G.; Straub, Tim M.; Moe, M.; Taft, Sarah; Corley, Richard A.

    2016-09-30

    Three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics and Lagrangian particle deposition models were developed to compare the deposition of aerosolized Bacillus anthracis spores in the respiratory airways of a human with that of the rabbit, a species commonly used in the study of anthrax disease. The respiratory airway geometries for each species were derived from computed tomography (CT) or µCT images. Both models encompassed airways that extended from the external nose to the lung with a total of 272 outlets in the human model and 2878 outlets in the rabbit model. All simulations of spore deposition were conducted under transient, inhalation-exhalation breathing conditions using average species-specific minute volumes. The highest exposure concentration was modeled in the rabbit based upon prior acute inhalation studies. For comparison, human simulation was also conducted at the same concentration. Results demonstrated that regional spore deposition patterns were sensitive to airway geometry and ventilation profiles. Due to the complex airway geometries in the rabbit nose, higher spore deposition efficiency was predicted in the upper conducting airways compared to the human at the same air concentration of anthrax spores. As a result, higher particle deposition was predicted in the conducting airways and deep lung of the human compared to the rabbit lung due to differences in airway branching pattern. This information can be used to refine published and ongoing biokinetic models of inhalation anthrax spore exposures, which currently estimate deposited spore concentrations based solely upon exposure concentrations and inhaled doses that do not factor in species-specific anatomy and physiology.

  20. Airway symptoms and biological markers in nasal lavage fluid in subjects exposed to metalworking fluids.

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    Louise Fornander

    Full Text Available BACKGROUNDS: Occurrence of airway irritation among industrial metal workers was investigated. The aims were to study the association between exposures from water-based metal working fluids (MWF and the health outcome among the personnel, to assess potential effects on the proteome in nasal mucous membranes, and evaluate preventive actions. METHODS: The prevalence of airway symptoms related to work were examined among 271 metalworkers exposed to MWF and 24 metal workers not exposed to MWF at the same factory. At the same time, air levels of potentially harmful substances (oil mist, morpholine, monoethanolamine, formaldehyde generated from MWF was measured. Nasal lavage fluid was collected from 13 workers and 15 controls and protein profiles were determined by a proteomic approach. RESULTS: Airway symptoms were reported in 39% of the workers exposed to MWF although the measured levels of MWF substances in the work place air were low. Highest prevalence was found among workers handling the MWF machines but also those working in the same hall were affected. Improvement of the ventilation to reduce MWF exposure lowered the prevalence of airway problems. Protein profiling showed significantly higher levels of S100-A9 and lower levels of SPLUNC1, cystatin SN, Ig J and β2-microglobulin among workers with airway symptoms. CONCLUSIONS: This study confirms that upper airway symptoms among metal workers are a common problem and despite low levels of MWF-generated substances, effects on airway immune proteins are found. Further studies to clarify the role of specific MWF components in connection to airway inflammation and the identified biological markers are warranted.

  1. Evaluation of airway protection: Quantitative timing measures versus penetration/aspiration score.

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    Kendall, Katherine A

    2017-10-01

    Quantitative measures of swallowing function may improve the reliability and accuracy of modified barium swallow (MBS) study interpretation. Quantitative study analysis has not been widely instituted, however, secondary to concerns about the time required to make measures and a lack of research demonstrating impact on MBS interpretation. This study compares the accuracy of the penetration/aspiration (PEN/ASP) scale (an observational visual-perceptual assessment tool) to quantitative measures of airway closure timing relative to the arrival of the bolus at the upper esophageal sphincter in identifying a failure of airway protection during deglutition. Retrospective review of clinical swallowing data from a university-based outpatient clinic. Swallowing data from 426 patients were reviewed. Patients with normal PEN/ASP scores were identified, and the results of quantitative airway closure timing measures for three liquid bolus sizes were evaluated. The incidence of significant airway closure delay with and without a normal PEN/ASP score was determined. Inter-rater reliability for the quantitative measures was calculated. In patients with a normal PEN/ASP score, 33% demonstrated a delay in airway closure on at least one swallow during the MBS study. There was no correlation between PEN/ASP score and airway closure delay. Inter-rater reliability for the quantitative measure of airway closure timing was nearly perfect (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.973). The use of quantitative measures of swallowing function, in conjunction with traditional visual perceptual methods of MBS study interpretation, improves the identification of airway closure delay, and hence, potential aspiration risk, even when no penetration or aspiration is apparent on the MBS study. 4. Laryngoscope, 127:2314-2318, 2017. © 2017 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  2. Chromatin replication and epigenome maintenance

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    Alabert, Constance; Groth, Anja

    2012-01-01

    initiates, whereas the replication process itself disrupts chromatin and challenges established patterns of genome regulation. Specialized replication-coupled mechanisms assemble new DNA into chromatin, but epigenome maintenance is a continuous process taking place throughout the cell cycle. If DNA...

  3. Chromatin replication and epigenome maintenance

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    Alabert, Constance; Groth, Anja

    2012-01-01

    initiates, whereas the replication process itself disrupts chromatin and challenges established patterns of genome regulation. Specialized replication-coupled mechanisms assemble new DNA into chromatin, but epigenome maintenance is a continuous process taking place throughout the cell cycle. If DNA...

  4. Initiation of adenovirus DNA replication.

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    Reiter, T; Fütterer, J; Weingärtner, B; Winnacker, E L

    1980-01-01

    In an attempt to study the mechanism of initiation of adenovirus DNA replication, an assay was developed to investigate the pattern of DNA synthesis in early replicative intermediates of adenovirus DNA. By using wild-type virus-infected cells, it was possible to place the origin of adenovirus type 2 DNA replication within the terminal 350 to 500 base pairs from either of the two molecular termini. In addition, a variety of parameters characteristic of adenovirus DNA replication were compared ...

  5. Chromatin replication and epigenome maintenance

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    Alabert, Constance; Groth, Anja

    2012-01-01

    Stability and function of eukaryotic genomes are closely linked to chromatin structure and organization. During cell division the entire genome must be accurately replicated and the chromatin landscape reproduced on new DNA. Chromatin and nuclear structure influence where and when DNA replication...... initiates, whereas the replication process itself disrupts chromatin and challenges established patterns of genome regulation. Specialized replication-coupled mechanisms assemble new DNA into chromatin, but epigenome maintenance is a continuous process taking place throughout the cell cycle. If DNA...

  6. Replication Research and Special Education

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    Travers, Jason C.; Cook, Bryan G.; Therrien, William J.; Coyne, Michael D.

    2016-01-01

    Replicating previously reported empirical research is a necessary aspect of an evidence-based field of special education, but little formal investigation into the prevalence of replication research in the special education research literature has been conducted. Various factors may explain the lack of attention to replication of special education…

  7. Replication Research and Special Education

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    Travers, Jason C.; Cook, Bryan G.; Therrien, William J.; Coyne, Michael D.

    2016-01-01

    Replicating previously reported empirical research is a necessary aspect of an evidence-based field of special education, but little formal investigation into the prevalence of replication research in the special education research literature has been conducted. Various factors may explain the lack of attention to replication of special education…

  8. Replication data collection highlights value in diversity of replication attempts

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    DeSoto, K. Andrew; Schweinsberg, Martin

    2017-01-01

    Researchers agree that replicability and reproducibility are key aspects of science. A collection of Data Descriptors published in Scientific Data presents data obtained in the process of attempting to replicate previously published research. These new replication data describe published and unpublished projects. The different papers in this collection highlight the many ways that scientific replications can be conducted, and they reveal the benefits and challenges of crucial replication research. The organizers of this collection encourage scientists to reuse the data contained in the collection for their own work, and also believe that these replication examples can serve as educational resources for students, early-career researchers, and experienced scientists alike who are interested in learning more about the process of replication. PMID:28291224

  9. Muc5b is required for airway defence

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    Roy, Michelle G.; Livraghi-Butrico, Alessandra; Fletcher, Ashley A.; McElwee, Melissa M.; Evans, Scott E.; Boerner, Ryan M.; Alexander, Samantha N.; Bellinghausen, Lindsey K.; Song, Alfred S.; Petrova, Youlia M.; Tuvim, Michael J.; Adachi, Roberto; Romo, Irlanda; Bordt, Andrea S.; Bowden, M. Gabriela; Sisson, Joseph H.; Woodruff, Prescott G.; Thornton, David J.; Rousseau, Karine; de La Garza, Maria M.; Moghaddam, Seyed J.; Karmouty-Quintana, Harry; Blackburn, Michael R.; Drouin, Scott M.; Davis, C. William; Terrell, Kristy A.; Grubb, Barbara R.; O'Neal, Wanda K.; Flores, Sonia C.; Cota-Gomez, Adela; Lozupone, Catherine A.; Donnelly, Jody M.; Watson, Alan M.; Hennessy, Corinne E.; Keith, Rebecca C.; Yang, Ivana V.; Barthel, Lea; Henson, Peter M.; Janssen, William J.; Schwartz, David A.; Boucher, Richard C.; Dickey, Burton F.; Evans, Christopher M.

    2014-01-01

    Respiratory surfaces are exposed to billions of particulates and pathogens daily. A protective mucus barrier traps and eliminates them through mucociliary clearance (MCC). However, excessive mucus contributes to transient respiratory infections and to the pathogenesis of numerous respiratory diseases. MUC5AC and MUC5B are evolutionarily conserved genes that encode structurally related mucin glycoproteins, the principal macromolecules in airway mucus. Genetic variants are linked to diverse lung diseases, but specific roles for MUC5AC and MUC5B in MCC, and the lasting effects of their inhibition, are unknown. Here we show that mouse Muc5b (but not Muc5ac) is required for MCC, for controlling infections in the airways and middle ear, and for maintaining immune homeostasis in mouse lungs, whereas Muc5ac is dispensable. Muc5b deficiency caused materials to accumulate in upper and lower airways. This defect led to chronic infection by multiple bacterial species, including Staphylococcus aureus, and to inflammation that failed to resolve normally. Apoptotic macrophages accumulated, phagocytosis was impaired, and interleukin-23 (IL-23) production was reduced in Muc5b-/- mice. By contrast, in mice that transgenically overexpress Muc5b, macrophage functions improved. Existing dogma defines mucous phenotypes in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as driven by increased MUC5AC, with MUC5B levels either unaffected or increased in expectorated sputum. However, in many patients, MUC5B production at airway surfaces decreases by as much as 90%. By distinguishing a specific role for Muc5b in MCC, and by determining its impact on bacterial infections and inflammation in mice, our results provide a refined framework for designing targeted therapies to control mucin secretion and restore MCC.

  10. Culture enriched molecular profiling of the cystic fibrosis airway microbiome.

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    Sibley, Christopher D; Grinwis, Margot E; Field, Tyler R; Eshaghurshan, Christina S; Faria, Monica M; Dowd, Scot E; Parkins, Michael D; Rabin, Harvey R; Surette, Michael G

    2011-01-01

    The microbiome of the respiratory tract, including the nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal microbiota, is a dynamic community of microorganisms that is highly diverse. The cystic fibrosis (CF) airway microbiome refers to the polymicrobial communities present in the lower airways of CF patients. It is comprised of chronic opportunistic pathogens (such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa) and a variety of organisms derived mostly from the normal microbiota of the upper respiratory tract. The complexity of these communities has been inferred primarily from culture independent molecular profiling. As with most microbial communities it is generally assumed that most of the organisms present are not readily cultured. Our culture collection generated using more extensive cultivation approaches, reveals a more complex microbial community than that obtained by conventional CF culture methods. To directly evaluate the cultivability of the airway microbiome, we examined six samples in depth using culture-enriched molecular profiling which combines culture-based methods with the molecular profiling methods of terminal restriction fragment length polymorphisms and 16S rRNA gene sequencing. We demonstrate that combining culture-dependent and culture-independent approaches enhances the sensitivity of either approach alone. Our techniques were able to cultivate 43 of the 48 families detected by deep sequencing; the five families recovered solely by culture-independent approaches were all present at very low abundance (<0.002% total reads). 46% of the molecular signatures detected by culture from the six patients were only identified in an anaerobic environment, suggesting that a large proportion of the cultured airway community is composed of obligate anaerobes. Most significantly, using 20 growth conditions per specimen, half of which included anaerobic cultivation and extended incubation times we demonstrate that the majority of bacteria present can be cultured.

  11. Acid aspiration-induced airways hyperresponsiveness in mice.

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    Allen, Gilman B; Leclair, Timothy R; von Reyn, Jessica; Larrabee, Yuna C; Cloutier, Mary E; Irvin, Charles G; Bates, Jason H T

    2009-12-01

    The role of gastroesophageal reflux and micro-aspiration as a trigger of airways hyperresponsiveness (AHR) in patients with asthma is controversial. The role of acid reflux and aspiration as a direct cause of AHR in normal subjects is also unclear. We speculated that aspiration of a weak acid with a pH (1.8) equivalent to the upper range of typical gastric contents would lead to AHR in naive mice. We further speculated that modest reductions in aspirate acidity to a level expected during gastric acid suppression therapy (pH 4.0) would impede aspiration-induced AHR. BALB/c female mice were briefly anesthetized with isoflurane and allowed to aspirate 75 microl of saline with HCl (pH 1.8, 4.0, or 7.4) or underwent sham aspiration. Mice were re-anesthetized 2 or 24 h later, underwent tracheostomy, and were coupled to a mechanical ventilator. Forced oscillations were used to periodically measure respiratory impedance (Zrs) following aerosol delivery of saline and increasing doses of methacholine to measure for AHR. Values for elastance (H), airways resistance (R(N)), and tissue damping (G) were derived from Zrs. Aspirate pH of 1.8 led to a significant overall increase in peak R(N), G, and H compared with pH 4.0 and 7.4 at 2 and 24 h. Differences between pH 7.4 and 4.0 were not significant. In mice aspirating pH 1.8 compared with controls, airway lavage fluid contained more neutrophils, higher protein, and demonstrated higher permeability. We conclude that acid aspiration triggers an acute AHR, driven principally by breakdown of epithelial barrier integrity within the airways.

  12. Culture enriched molecular profiling of the cystic fibrosis airway microbiome.

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    Christopher D Sibley

    Full Text Available The microbiome of the respiratory tract, including the nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal microbiota, is a dynamic community of microorganisms that is highly diverse. The cystic fibrosis (CF airway microbiome refers to the polymicrobial communities present in the lower airways of CF patients. It is comprised of chronic opportunistic pathogens (such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and a variety of organisms derived mostly from the normal microbiota of the upper respiratory tract. The complexity of these communities has been inferred primarily from culture independent molecular profiling. As with most microbial communities it is generally assumed that most of the organisms present are not readily cultured. Our culture collection generated using more extensive cultivation approaches, reveals a more complex microbial community than that obtained by conventional CF culture methods. To directly evaluate the cultivability of the airway microbiome, we examined six samples in depth using culture-enriched molecular profiling which combines culture-based methods with the molecular profiling methods of terminal restriction fragment length polymorphisms and 16S rRNA gene sequencing. We demonstrate that combining culture-dependent and culture-independent approaches enhances the sensitivity of either approach alone. Our techniques were able to cultivate 43 of the 48 families detected by deep sequencing; the five families recovered solely by culture-independent approaches were all present at very low abundance (<0.002% total reads. 46% of the molecular signatures detected by culture from the six patients were only identified in an anaerobic environment, suggesting that a large proportion of the cultured airway community is composed of obligate anaerobes. Most significantly, using 20 growth conditions per specimen, half of which included anaerobic cultivation and extended incubation times we demonstrate that the majority of bacteria present can be cultured.

  13. Muc5b is required for airway defence.

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    Roy, Michelle G; Livraghi-Butrico, Alessandra; Fletcher, Ashley A; McElwee, Melissa M; Evans, Scott E; Boerner, Ryan M; Alexander, Samantha N; Bellinghausen, Lindsey K; Song, Alfred S; Petrova, Youlia M; Tuvim, Michael J; Adachi, Roberto; Romo, Irlanda; Bordt, Andrea S; Bowden, M Gabriela; Sisson, Joseph H; Woodruff, Prescott G; Thornton, David J; Rousseau, Karine; De la Garza, Maria M; Moghaddam, Seyed J; Karmouty-Quintana, Harry; Blackburn, Michael R; Drouin, Scott M; Davis, C William; Terrell, Kristy A; Grubb, Barbara R; O'Neal, Wanda K; Flores, Sonia C; Cota-Gomez, Adela; Lozupone, Catherine A; Donnelly, Jody M; Watson, Alan M; Hennessy, Corinne E; Keith, Rebecca C; Yang, Ivana V; Barthel, Lea; Henson, Peter M; Janssen, William J; Schwartz, David A; Boucher, Richard C; Dickey, Burton F; Evans, Christopher M

    2014-01-16

    Respiratory surfaces are exposed to billions of particulates and pathogens daily. A protective mucus barrier traps and eliminates them through mucociliary clearance (MCC). However, excessive mucus contributes to transient respiratory infections and to the pathogenesis of numerous respiratory diseases. MUC5AC and MUC5B are evolutionarily conserved genes that encode structurally related mucin glycoproteins, the principal macromolecules in airway mucus. Genetic variants are linked to diverse lung diseases, but specific roles for MUC5AC and MUC5B in MCC, and the lasting effects of their inhibition, are unknown. Here we show that mouse Muc5b (but not Muc5ac) is required for MCC, for controlling infections in the airways and middle ear, and for maintaining immune homeostasis in mouse lungs, whereas Muc5ac is dispensable. Muc5b deficiency caused materials to accumulate in upper and lower airways. This defect led to chronic infection by multiple bacterial species, including Staphylococcus aureus, and to inflammation that failed to resolve normally. Apoptotic macrophages accumulated, phagocytosis was impaired, and interleukin-23 (IL-23) production was reduced in Muc5b(-/-) mice. By contrast, in mice that transgenically overexpress Muc5b, macrophage functions improved. Existing dogma defines mucous phenotypes in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as driven by increased MUC5AC, with MUC5B levels either unaffected or increased in expectorated sputum. However, in many patients, MUC5B production at airway surfaces decreases by as much as 90%. By distinguishing a specific role for Muc5b in MCC, and by determining its impact on bacterial infections and inflammation in mice, our results provide a refined framework for designing targeted therapies to control mucin secretion and restore MCC.

  14. Airway injury during emergency transcutaneous airway access: a comparison at cricothyroid and tracheal sites.

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    Salah, Nazar

    2009-12-01

    Oxygenation via the cricothyroid membrane (CTM) may be required in emergencies, but inadvertent tracheal cannulation may occur. In this study, we compared airway injury between the tracheal and CTM sites using different techniques for airway access.

  15. Emergency surgical airway management in Denmark

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    Rosenstock, C V; Nørskov, A K; Wetterslev, J

    2016-01-01

    for difficult airway management. RESULTS: In the DAD cohort 27 out of 452 461 patients had an ESA representing an incidence of 0.06 events per thousand (95% CI; 0.04 to 0.08). A total of 12 149/452 461 patients underwent Ear-Nose and Throat (ENT) surgery, giving an ESA incidence among ENT patients of 1.6 events...... of which three failed. Reviewers evaluated airway management as satisfactory in 10/27 patients. CONCLUSIONS: The incidence of ESA in the DAD cohort was 0.06 events per thousand. Among ENT patients, the ESA Incidence was 1.6 events per thousand. Airway management was evaluated as satisfactory for 10......BACKGROUND: The emergency surgical airway (ESA) is the final option in difficult airway management. We identified ESA procedures registered in the Danish Anaesthesia Database (DAD) and described the performed airway management. METHODS: We extracted a cohort of 452 461 adult patients undergoing...

  16. Multiscale Vessel-guided Airway Tree Segmentation

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    2009-01-01

    This paper presents a method for airway tree segmentation that uses a combination of a trained airway appearance model, vessel and airway orientation information, and region growing. The method uses a voxel classification based appearance model, which involves the use of a classifier that is trai......This paper presents a method for airway tree segmentation that uses a combination of a trained airway appearance model, vessel and airway orientation information, and region growing. The method uses a voxel classification based appearance model, which involves the use of a classifier...... is evaluated within EXACT’09 on a diverse set of CT scans. Results show a favorable combination of a relatively large portion of the tree detected correctly with very few false positives....

  17. Anatomy of Mammalian Replication Domains

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    Takebayashi, Shin-ichiro; Ogata, Masato; Okumura, Katsuzumi

    2017-01-01

    Genetic information is faithfully copied by DNA replication through many rounds of cell division. In mammals, DNA is replicated in Mb-sized chromosomal units called “replication domains.” While genome-wide maps in multiple cell types and disease states have uncovered both dynamic and static properties of replication domains, we are still in the process of understanding the mechanisms that give rise to these properties. A better understanding of the molecular basis of replication domain regulation will bring new insights into chromosome structure and function. PMID:28350365

  18. Correlation between hyoid bone position and airway dimensions in Chinese adolescents by cone beam computed tomography analysis.

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    Jiang, Y-Y

    2016-07-01

    This study aimed to investigate the correlation between upper airway dimensions and hyoid bone position in Chinese adolescents based on cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) images. CBCT images from a total of 254 study subjects were included. The upper airway and hyoid bone parameters were measured by Materialism's interactive medical image control system (MIMICS) v.16.01 (Materialise, Leuven, Belgium). The airway dimensions were evaluated in terms of volume, cross-sectional area (CSA), mean CSA, length, anteroposterior dimension of the cross-section (AP), lateral dimension of the cross-section (LAT), and LAT/AP ratio. The hyoid bone position was evaluated using eight linear parameters and two angular parameters. Facial characteristics were evaluated using three linear parameters and three angular parameters. Most hyoid bone position parameters (especially the distance between the hyoid bone and hard palate) were significantly associated with most airway dimension parameters. Significant correlations were also observed between the different facial characteristic parameters and hyoid bone position parameters. Most airway dimension parameters showed significant correlations with linear facial parameters, but they displayed significant correlations with only a few angular facial parameters. These findings provide an understanding of the static relationship between the hyoid bone position and airway dimensions, which may serve as a reference for surgeons before orthodontic or orthognathic surgery.

  19. An ovine tracheal explant culture model for allergic airway inflammation

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    Abeynaike Latasha

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The airway epithelium is thought to play an important role in the pathogenesis of asthmatic disease. However, much of our understanding of airway epithelial cell function in asthma has been derived from in vitro studies that may not accurately reflect the interactive cellular and molecular pathways active between different tissue constituents in vivo. Methods Using a sheep model of allergic asthma, tracheal explants from normal sheep and allergic sheep exposed to house dust mite (HDM allergen were established to investigate airway mucosal responses ex vivo. Explants were cultured for up to 48 h and tissues were stained to identify apoptotic cells, goblet cells, mast cells and eosinophils. The release of cytokines (IL-1α, IL-6 and TNF-α by cultured tracheal explants, was assessed by ELISA. Results The general morphology and epithelial structure of the tracheal explants was well maintained in culture although evidence of advanced apoptosis within the mucosal layer was noted after culture for 48 h. The number of alcian blue/PAS positive mucus-secreting cells within the epithelial layer was reduced in all cultured explants compared with pre-cultured (0 h explants, but the loss of staining was most evident in allergic tissues. Mast cell and eosinophil numbers were elevated in the allergic tracheal tissues compared to naïve controls, and in the allergic tissues there was a significant decline in mast cells after 24 h culture in the presence or absence of HDM allergen. IL-6 was released by allergic tracheal explants in culture but was undetected in cultured control explants. Conclusions Sheep tracheal explants maintain characteristics of the airway mucosa that may not be replicated when studying isolated cell populations in vitro. There were key differences identified in explants from allergic compared to control airways and in their responses in culture for 24 h. Importantly, this study establishes the potential for the

  20. Resolution of cell-mediated airways diseases

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    2010-01-01

    "Inflammation resolution" has of late become a topical research area. Activation of resolution phase mechanisms, involving select post-transcriptional regulons, transcription factors, 'autacoids', and cell phenotypes, is now considered to resolve inflammatory diseases. Critical to this discourse on resolution is the elimination of inflammatory cells through apoptosis and phagocytosis. For major inflammatory diseases such as asthma and COPD we propose an alternative path to apoptosis for cell elimination. We argue that transepithelial migration of airway wall leukocytes, followed by mucociliary clearance, efficiently and non-injuriously eliminates pro-inflammatory cells from diseased airway tissues. First, it seems clear that numerous infiltrated granulocytes and lymphocytes can be speedily transmitted into the airway lumen without harming the epithelial barrier. Then there are a wide range of 'unexpected' findings demonstrating that clinical improvement of asthma and COPD is not only associated with decreasing numbers of airway wall inflammatory cells but also with increasing numbers of these cells in the airway lumen. Finally, effects of inhibition of transepithelial migration support the present hypothesis. Airway inflammatory processes have thus been much aggravated when transepithelial exit of leukocytes has been inhibited. In conclusion, the present hypothesis highlights risks involved in drug-induced inhibition of transepithelial migration of airway wall leukocytes. It helps interpretation of common airway lumen data, and suggests approaches to treat cell-mediated airway inflammation. PMID:20540713

  1. AIRWAY VISUALIZATION: EYES SEE WHAT MIND KNOWS.

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    Sorbello, Massimiliano; Frova, Giulio; Zdravković, Ivana

    2016-03-01

    Airway management is basic for anesthesia practice, and sometimes it can represent a really dramatic scenario for both the patient and the physicians. Laryngoscopy has been the gold standard of airway visualization for more than 60 years, showing its limitations and failure rates with time. New technology has made available an opportunity to move the physician's eye inside patient airways thanks to video laryngoscopy and video assisted airway management technique. Undoubtedly, we have entered a new era of high resolution airway visualization and different approach in airway instrumentation. Nevertheless, each new technology needs time to be tested and considered reliable, and pitfalls and limitations may come out with careful and long lasting analysis, so it is probably not the right time yet to promote video assisted approach as a new gold standard for airway visualization, despite the fact that it certainly offers some new prospects. In any case, whatever the visualization approach, no patient dies because of missed airway visualization or failed intubation, but due to failed ventilation, which remains without doubt the gold standard of any patient safety goal and airway management technique.

  2. Airway Tree Extraction with Locally Optimal Paths

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    Lo, Pechin Chien Pau; Sporring, Jon; Pedersen, Jesper Johannes Holst

    2009-01-01

    This paper proposes a method to extract the airway tree from CT images by continually extending the tree with locally optimal paths. This is in contrast to commonly used region growing based approaches that only search the space of the immediate neighbors. The result is a much more robust method...... for tree extraction that can overcome local occlusions. The cost function for obtaining the optimal paths takes into account of an airway probability map as well as measures of airway shape and orientation derived from multi-scale Hessian eigen analysis on the airway probability. Significant improvements...

  3. Method for 3D Airway Topology Extraction

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    Roman Grothausmann

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In lungs the number of conducting airway generations as well as bifurcation patterns varies across species and shows specific characteristics relating to illnesses or gene variations. A method to characterize the topology of the mouse airway tree using scanning laser optical tomography (SLOT tomograms is presented in this paper. It is used to test discrimination between two types of mice based on detected differences in their conducting airway pattern. Based on segmentations of the airways in these tomograms, the main spanning tree of the volume skeleton is computed. The resulting graph structure is used to distinguish between wild type and surfactant protein (SP-D deficient knock-out mice.

  4. Cholinergic Regulation of Airway Inflammation and Remodelling

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    Saeed Kolahian

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Acetylcholine is the predominant parasympathetic neurotransmitter in the airways that regulates bronchoconstriction and mucus secretion. Recent findings suggest that acetylcholine regulates additional functions in the airways, including inflammation and remodelling during inflammatory airway diseases. Moreover, it has become apparent that acetylcholine is synthesized by nonneuronal cells and tissues, including inflammatory cells and structural cells. In this paper, we will discuss the regulatory role of acetylcholine in inflammation and remodelling in which we will focus on the role of the airway smooth muscle cell as a target cell for acetylcholine that modulates inflammation and remodelling during respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD.

  5. Ultrasonography in the management of the airway

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    Kristensen, M S

    2011-01-01

    In this study, it is described how to use ultrasonography (US) for real-time imaging of the airway from the mouth, over pharynx, larynx, and trachea to the peripheral alveoli, and how to use this in airway management. US has several advantages for imaging of the airway - it is safe, quick...... or the esophagus by placing the ultrasound probe transversely on the neck at the level of the suprasternal notch during intubation, thus confirming intubation without the need for ventilation or circulation. US can be applied before anesthesia induction and diagnose several conditions that affect airway management...

  6. Cartilaginous airway wall dimensions and airway resistance in cystic fibrosis lungs

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    Tiddens, HAWM; Koopman, LP; Lambert, RK; Elliott, WM; Hop, WCJ; van der Mark, TW; de Jongste, JC

    It is not clear how airway pathology relates to the severity of airflow obstruction and increased bronchial responsiveness in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. The aim of this study was to measure the airway dimensions of CF patients and to estimate the importance of these dimensions to airway

  7. Pim1 kinase protects airway epithelial cells from cigarette smoke-induced damage and airway inflammation

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    de Vries, M.; Heijink, Hilde; Gras, R.; den Boef, L. E.; Reinders-Luinge, M.; Pouwels, S. D.; Hylkema, Machteld; van der Toorn, Marco; Brouwer, U.; van Oosterhout, A. J. M.; Nawijn, M. C.

    2014-01-01

    Exposure to cigarette smoke (CS) is the main risk factor for developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and can induce airway epithelial cell damage, innate immune responses, and airway inflammation. We hypothesized that cell survival factors might decrease the sensitivity of airway epithelial

  8. Airway smooth muscle dynamics : a common pathway of airway obstruction in asthma

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    An, S S; Bai, T R; Bates, J H T; Black, J L; Brown, R H; Brusasco, V; Chitano, P; Deng, L; Dowell, M; Eidelman, D H; Fabry, B; Fairbank, N J; Ford, L E; Fredberg, J J; Gerthoffer, W T; Gilbert, S H; Gosens, R; Gunst, S J; Halayko, A J; Ingram, R H; Irvin, C G; James, A L; Janssen, L J; King, G G; Knight, D A; Lauzon, A M; Lakser, O J; Ludwig, M S; Lutchen, K R; Maksym, G N; Martin, J G; Mauad, T; McParland, B E; Mijailovich, S M; Mitchell, H W; Mitchell, R W; Mitzner, W; Murphy, T M; Paré, P D; Pellegrino, R; Sanderson, M J; Schellenberg, R R; Seow, C Y; Silveira, P S P; Smith, P G; Solway, J; Stephens, N L; Sterk, P J; Stewart, A G; Tang, D D; Tepper, R S; Tran, T; Wang, L

    2007-01-01

    Excessive airway obstruction is the cause of symptoms and abnormal lung function in asthma. As airway smooth muscle (ASM) is the effecter controlling airway calibre, it is suspected that dysfunction of ASM contributes to the pathophysiology of asthma. However, the precise role of ASM in the series o

  9. Analysis of upper airway cough syndrome caused by adenoidal hypertrophy and adenoiditis in children%儿童腺样体肥大和腺样体炎所致上气道咳嗽综合征的临床特点探讨

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    谷庆隆; 高帆; 陈育智; 庞冲; 刘晨; 陆颖霞; 黄春雷; 赵晶

    2011-01-01

    目的 了解儿童腺样体肥大和腺样体炎所致上气道咳嗽综合征(UACS)的临床特点和诊断要点.方法 从哮喘中心转到耳鼻咽喉科会诊的慢性咳嗽患儿中,对确诊为UACS的患儿进行研究,分析UACS患儿中腺样体肥大和腺样体炎的临床特点.结果 238例患儿中,诊断为UACS患儿有149例,其中88例(59.1%)患儿伴有腺样体肥大或炎症,包括腺样体肥大67例和慢性腺样体炎21例.对伴腺样体肥大和伴腺样体炎的UACS各种临床表现进行比较,鼻炎相关症状和口咽腔可见脓性分泌物在伴腺样体肥大的UACS患儿中发生率较高(x2值分别为32.71和17.08,P值均小于0.01).体位变化咳嗽对诊断伴腺样体肥大的UACS以及伴腺样体炎的UACS敏感度(分别为80.6%和76.2%)、特异度(分别为63.2%和53.5%)以及阴性预测值(分别为89.3%和95.9%)都较高,但阳性预测值较低(分别为46.2%和13.7%).睡眠打鼾、鼻炎相关症状以及口咽腔见脓性分泌物倒流对诊断伴腺样体肥大UACS的敏感度(分别为67.2%、82.1%和61.2%)和阴性预测值(分别为87.8%、86.2%和83.2%)均较高,并且睡眠打鼾的特异度亦较高(92.4%).结论 UACS患儿中以腺样体肥大和腺样体炎为病因的比例较高,并且易于漏诊,体位变化性咳嗽对诊断有较高的敏感性和特异性.%Objective To understand the clinical characteristics and diagnostic points of upper airway cough syndrome (UACS) caused by adenoidal hypertrophy and adenoiditis in children. Method We analyzed the clinical characteristics of the patients with adenoidal hyertrotrophy and adenoiditis in the children with UACS, who were transferred from the asthma center to consult. Results Among 238 cases, 149 patients were diagnosed as UACS, in which 88 cases (59.1%) were associated with adenoidal hypertrophy or adenoiditis. Among the 88 cases, there were 67 cases with adenoid hypertrophy and 21 cases with adenoiditis. To

  10. Modeling inhomogeneous DNA replication kinetics.

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    Michel G Gauthier

    Full Text Available In eukaryotic organisms, DNA replication is initiated at a series of chromosomal locations called origins, where replication forks are assembled proceeding bidirectionally to replicate the genome. The distribution and firing rate of these origins, in conjunction with the velocity at which forks progress, dictate the program of the replication process. Previous attempts at modeling DNA replication in eukaryotes have focused on cases where the firing rate and the velocity of replication forks are homogeneous, or uniform, across the genome. However, it is now known that there are large variations in origin activity along the genome and variations in fork velocities can also take place. Here, we generalize previous approaches to modeling replication, to allow for arbitrary spatial variation of initiation rates and fork velocities. We derive rate equations for left- and right-moving forks and for replication probability over time that can be solved numerically to obtain the mean-field replication program. This method accurately reproduces the results of DNA replication simulation. We also successfully adapted our approach to the inverse problem of fitting measurements of DNA replication performed on single DNA molecules. Since such measurements are performed on specified portion of the genome, the examined DNA molecules may be replicated by forks that originate either within the studied molecule or outside of it. This problem was solved by using an effective flux of incoming replication forks at the model boundaries to represent the origin activity outside the studied region. Using this approach, we show that reliable inferences can be made about the replication of specific portions of the genome even if the amount of data that can be obtained from single-molecule experiments is generally limited.

  11. Endotracheal and upper airways suctioning: changes in newborns’ physiological parameters Aspiración del tubo endotraqueal y de las vías aéreas superiores: alteraciones en los parámetros fisiológicos en recién nacidos Aspiração do tubo orotraqueal e de vias aéreas superiores: alterações nos parâmetros fisiológicos em recém-nascidos

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    Andréa Lopes Barbosa

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available This study investigated which physiological parameters change when endotracheal and upper airway suctioning is performed immediately before, immediately after and five minutes after this procedure is performed in newborns hospitalized in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU. This is a quantitative and longitudinal study, before and after type, performed in the NICU of a public institution in the city of Fortaleza, CE, Brazil. The sample was composed of 104 newborns using oxigenotherapy and who needed endotracheal and upper airway suctioning. The results showed significant alterations in respiratory and heart rates (pSe objetivó investigar cuales son los parámetros fisiológicos que se alteran en la ejecución de la aspiración del tubo endotraqueal (TOT y de las vías aéreas superiores (VAS, comparándolos inmediatamente antes, inmediatamente después y cinco minutos después de la realización del referido procedimiento. Se trata de un estudio cuantitativo, longitudinal, del tipo antes y después, realizado en una Unidad de Terapia Intensiva Neonatal (UTIN de una institución pública en Fortaleza, CE, Brasil. La muestra constó de 104 recién nacidos que usaban oxigenoterapia, y que necesitaron de aspiración del tubo endotraqueal y de las vías aéreas superiores. Los resultados mostraron, alteraciones significativas (pObjetivou-se investigar quais são os parâmetros fisiológicos que se alteram na execução da aspiração do tubo orotraqueal (TOT e das vias aéreas superiores (VAS, comparando-os imediatamente antes, imediatamente depois e cinco minutos após a realização do referido procedimento. Trata-se de estudo quantitativo, longitudinal, do tipo antes e depois, realizado em Unidade de Terapia Intensiva Neonatal (Utin de uma instituição pública em Fortaleza, CE, Brasil. A amostra constou de 104 recém-nascidos em uso de oxigenoterapia, e que necessitaram de aspiração do tubo orotraqueal e das vias aéreas superiores. Os

  12. Advanced airway management is necessary in prehospital trauma patients

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    Lockey, D J; Healey, B; Crewdson, K; Chalk, G; Weaver, A E; Davies, G E

    2015-01-01

    Treatment of airway compromise in trauma patients is a priority. Basic airway management is provided by all emergency personnel, but the requirement for on-scene advanced airway management is controversial...

  13. Airway irritation, inflammation, and toxicity in mice following inhalation of metal oxide nanoparticles

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    Larsen, Søren T; Jackson, Petra; Poulsen, Steen S

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    Metal oxide nanoparticles are used in a broad range of industrial processes and workers may be exposed to aerosols of the particles both during production and handling. Despite the widespread use of these particles, relatively few studies have been performed to investigate the toxicological effects...... in the airways following inhalation. In the present study, the acute (24 h) and persistent (13 weeks) effects in the airways after a single exposure to metal oxide nanoparticles were studied using a murine inhalation model. Mice were exposed 60 min to aerosols of either ZnO, TiO2, Al2O3 or CeO2 and the deposited...... doses in the upper and lower respiratory tracts were calculated. Endpoints were acute airway irritation, pulmonary inflammation based on analyses of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cell composition, DNA damage assessed by the comet assay and pulmonary toxicity assessed by protein level in BAL fluid...

  14. Evaluation of hyoid bone position and its correlation with pharyngeal airway space in different types of skeletal malocclusion

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    Nidhin Philip Jose

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The hyoid bone and its relation with the pharyngeal space in health and disease has been an intriguing subject for years. Aim: This study attempts to evaluate the hyoid bone position and to ascertain any correlations with pharyngeal airway space in skeletal class I, II, and III malocclusions. Materials and Methods: McNamara′s airway analysis was carried out to assess the upper and lower airway widths and Hyoid triangle analysis by Bibby and Preston was carried out to determine the position of the hyoid bone. Conclusion: A positive correlation was found between the lower airway and horizontal distance from the hyoid bone to the retrognathion in class I skeletal pattern with average growth pattern.

  15. Airway Complications during and after General Anesthesia: A Comparison, Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Using Flexible Laryngeal Mask Airways and Endotracheal Tubes.

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    Full Text Available Flexible laryngeal mask airways (FLMAs have been widely used in thyroidectomy as well as cleft palate, nasal, upper chest, head and neck oncoplastic surgeries. This systematic review aims to compare the incidence of airway complications that occur during and after general anesthesia when using the FLMA and endotracheal intubation (ETT. We performed a quantitative meta-analysis of the results of randomized trials.A comprehensive search of the PubMed, Embase and Cochrane Library databases was conducted using the key words "flexible laryngeal mask airway" and "endotracheal intubation". Only prospective randomized controlled trials (RCTs that compared the FLMA and ETT were included. The relative risks (RRs and the corresponding 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs were calculated using a quality effects model in MetaXL 1.3 software to analyze the outcome data.Ten RCTs were included in this meta-analysis. There were no significant differences between the FLMA and ETT groups in the incidence of difficulty in positioning the airway [RR = 1.75, 95% CI = (0.70-4.40]; the occurrence of sore throat at one hour and 24 hours postoperative [RR = 0.90, 95% CI = (0.13-6.18 and RR = 0.95, 95% CI = (0.81-1.13, respectively]; laryngospasms [RR = 0.58, 95% CI = (0.27-1.23]; airway displacement [RR = 2.88, 95% CI = (0.58-14.33]; aspiration [RR = 0.76, 95% CI = (0.06-8.88]; or laryngotracheal soiling [RR = 0.34, 95% CI = (0.10-1.06]. Patients treated with the FLMA had a lower incidence of hoarseness [RR = 0.31, 95% CI = (0.15-0.62]; coughing [RR = 0.28, 95% CI = (0.15-0.51] during recovery in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU; and oxygen desaturation [RR = 0.43, 95% CI = (0.26-0.72] than did patients treated with ETT. However, the incidence of partial upper airway obstruction in FLMA patients was significantly greater than it was for ETT patients [RR = 4.01, 95% CI = (1.44-11.18].This systematic review showed that the FLMA has some advantages over ETT because it

  16. Pandemic Swine-Origin H1N1 Influenza Virus Replicates to Higher Levels and Induces More Fever and Acute Inflammatory Cytokines in Cynomolgus versus Rhesus Monkeys and Can Replicate in Common Marmosets.

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    Mooij, Petra; Koopman, Gerrit; Mortier, Daniëlla; van Heteren, Melanie; Oostermeijer, Herman; Fagrouch, Zahra; de Laat, Rudy; Kobinger, Gary; Li, Yan; Remarque, Edmond J; Kondova, Ivanela; Verschoor, Ernst J; Bogers, Willy M J M

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    The close immunological and physiological resemblance with humans makes non-human primates a valuable model for studying influenza virus pathogenesis and immunity and vaccine efficacy against infection. Although both cynomolgus and rhesus macaques are frequently used in influenza virus research, a direct comparison of susceptibility to infection and disease has not yet been performed. In the current study a head-to-head comparison was made between these species, by using a recently described swine-origin pandemic H1N1 strain, A/Mexico/InDRE4487/2009. In comparison to rhesus macaques, cynomolgus macaques developed significantly higher levels of virus replication in the upper airways and in the lungs, involving both peak level and duration of virus production, as well as higher increases in body temperature. In contrast, clinical symptoms, including respiratory distress, were more easily observed in rhesus macaques. Expression of sialyl-α-2,6-Gal saccharides, the main receptor for human influenza A viruses, was 50 to 73 times more abundant in trachea and bronchus of cynomolgus macaques relative to rhesus macaques. The study also shows that common marmosets, a New World non-human primate species, are susceptible to infection with pandemic H1N1. The study results favor the cynomolgus macaque as model for pandemic H1N1 influenza virus research because of the more uniform and high levels of virus replication, as well as temperature increases, which may be due to a more abundant expression of the main human influenza virus receptor in the trachea and bronchi.

  17. Replicated Spectrographs in Astronomy

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    2014-01-01

    As telescope apertures increase, the challenge of scaling spectrographic astronomical instruments becomes acute. The next generation of extremely large telescopes (ELTs) strain the availability of glass blanks for optics and engineering to provide sufficient mechanical stability. While breaking the relationship between telescope diameter and instrument pupil size by adaptive optics is a clear path for small fields of view, survey instruments exploiting multiplex advantages will be pressed to find cost-effective solutions. In this review we argue that exploiting the full potential of ELTs will require the barrier of the cost and engineering difficulty of monolithic instruments to be broken by the use of large-scale replication of spectrographs. The first steps in this direction have already been taken with the soon to be commissioned MUSE and VIRUS instruments for the Very Large Telescope and the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, respectively. MUSE employs 24 spectrograph channels, while VIRUS has 150 channels. We compa...

  18. SUMO and KSHV Replication

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    Chang, Pei-Ching [Institute of Microbiology and Immunology, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei 112, Taiwan (China); Kung, Hsing-Jien, E-mail: hkung@nhri.org.tw [Institute for Translational Medicine, College of Medical Science and Technology, Taipei Medical University, Taipei 110, Taiwan (China); Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 (United States); UC Davis Cancer Center, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 (United States); Division of Molecular and Genomic Medicine, National Health Research Institutes, 35 Keyan Road, Zhunan, Miaoli County 35053, Taiwan (China)

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    Small Ubiquitin-related MOdifier (SUMO) modification was initially identified as a reversible post-translational modification that affects the regulation of diverse cellular processes, including signal transduction, protein trafficking, chromosome segregation, and DNA repair. Increasing evidence suggests that the SUMO system also plays an important role in regulating chromatin organization and transcription. It is thus not surprising that double-stranded DNA viruses, such as Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), have exploited SUMO modification as a means of modulating viral chromatin remodeling during the latent-lytic switch. In addition, SUMO regulation allows the disassembly and assembly of promyelocytic leukemia protein-nuclear bodies (PML-NBs), an intrinsic antiviral host defense, during the viral replication cycle. Overcoming PML-NB-mediated cellular intrinsic immunity is essential to allow the initial transcription and replication of the herpesvirus genome after de novo infection. As a consequence, KSHV has evolved a way as to produce multiple SUMO regulatory viral proteins to modulate the cellular SUMO environment in a dynamic way during its life cycle. Remarkably, KSHV encodes one gene product (K-bZIP) with SUMO-ligase activities and one gene product (K-Rta) that exhibits SUMO-targeting ubiquitin ligase (STUbL) activity. In addition, at least two viral products are sumoylated that have functional importance. Furthermore, sumoylation can be modulated by other viral gene products, such as the viral protein kinase Orf36. Interference with the sumoylation of specific viral targets represents a potential therapeutic strategy when treating KSHV, as well as other oncogenic herpesviruses. Here, we summarize the different ways KSHV exploits and manipulates the cellular SUMO system and explore the multi-faceted functions of SUMO during KSHV’s life cycle and pathogenesis.

  19. Airway and feeding problems in infants with Fairbairn-Robin triad deformities

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    Susanna M. du Plessis

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: The majority of patients with Pierre Robin sequence in the subdivision Fairbairn-Robin triad (FRT, are born with glossoptosis, retro-/micrognathia and cleft or agenesis of the palate leading to feeding difficulties and airway obstruction. There is limited literature on these problems, and on methods used to address them.Objectives: Community nurses in the Facial Cleft Deformity Clinic evaluate associated airway obstruction and feeding problems and devise nursing interactions to address these. This retrospective study examined the incidence of airway and feeding difficulties in the neonatal,pre-surgical period, as well as the surgical and nutritional management of these infants.Method: Retrospective records of 215 infants with FRT were examined and data on incidence, airway and feeding difficulties and surgical and nutritional management was collected. Descriptive statistics, including average and percentage values, were compiled.Results: The incidence of FRT amongst the cleft palate patients was 6.0%, with 37.7% of these having feeding difficulties. However, surgical interventions such as glossopexy (5.6%, distraction osteogenesis (0.9% and tracheotomy (2.3% for airway management were seldom required. Most of the infants who had upper airway obstruction and feeding problems werehandled by means of suction and drinking plates, along with additional specific feeding aids.This reduced airway obstruction in 70.6%, and feeding problems in 62.4% of these infants.Conclusion: Based on this study’s finding the introduction of the suction and drinking plateand the use of specific types of feeding devices and surgical management can improve growthand development in infants with FRT.

  20. Airway and feeding problems in infants with Fairbairn-Robin triad deformities

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    Susanna M. du Plessis

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The majority of patients with Pierre Robin sequence in the subdivision Fairbairn-Robin triad (FRT, are born with glossoptosis, retro-/micrognathia and cleft or agenesis of the palate leading to feeding difficulties and airway obstruction. There is limited literature on these problems, and on methods used to address them.Objectives: Community nurses in the Facial Cleft Deformity Clinic evaluate associated airway obstruction and feeding problems and devise nursing interactions to address these. This retrospective study examined the incidence of airway and feeding difficulties in the neonatal, pre-surgical period, as well as the surgical and nutritional management of these infants.Method: Retrospective records of 215 infants with FRT were examined and data on incidence, airway and feeding difficulties and surgical and nutritional management was collected. Descriptive statistics, including average and percentage values, were compiled.Results: The incidence of FRT amongst the cleft palate patients was 6.0%, with 37.7% of these having feeding difficulties. However, surgical interventions such as glossopexy (5.6%, distraction osteogenesis (0.9% and tracheotomy (2.3% for airway management were seldom required. Most of the infants who had upper airway obstruction and feeding problems were handled by means of suction and drinking plates, along with additional specific feeding aids. This reduced airway obstruction in 70.6%, and feeding problems in 62.4% of these infants.Conclusion: Based on this study’s finding the introduction of the suction and drinking plate and the use of specific types of feeding devices and surgical management can improve growth and development in infants with FRT.

  1. Airway and feeding problems in infants with Fairbairn-Robin triad deformities.

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    du Plessis, Susanna M; van den Berg, Hester J S; Bütow, Kurt W; Hoogendijk, Christiaan F

    2013-01-01

    The majority of patients with Pierre Robin sequence in the subdivision Fairbairn- Robin triad (FRT), are born with glossoptosis, retro-/micrognathia and cleft or agenesis of the palate leading to feeding difficulties and airway obstruction. There is limited literature on these problems, and on methods used to address them. Community nurses in the Facial Cleft Deformity Clinic evaluate associated airway obstruction and feeding problems and devise nursing interactions to address these. This retrospective study examined the incidence of airway and feeding difficulties in the neonatal, pre-surgical period, as well as the surgical and nutritional management of these infants. Retrospective records of 215 infants with FRT were examined and data on incidence, airway and feeding difficulties and surgical and nutritional management was collected. Descriptive statistics, including average and percentage values, were compiled. The incidence of FRT amongst the cleft palate patients was 6.0%, with 37.7% of these having feeding difficulties. However, surgical interventions such as glossopexy (5.6%), distraction osteogenesis (0.9%) and tracheotomy (2.3%) for airway management were seldom required. Most of the infants who had upper airway obstruction and feeding problems were handled by means of suction and drinking plates, along with additional specific feeding aids. This reduced airway obstruction in 70.6%, and feeding problems in 62.4% of these infants. Based on this study’s finding the introduction of the suction and drinking plate and the use of specific types of feeding devices and surgical management can improve growth and development in infants with FRT.

  2. Airway smooth muscle dynamics: a common pathway of airway obstruction in asthma.

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    An, S S; Bai, T R; Bates, J H T; Black, J L; Brown, R H; Brusasco, V; Chitano, P; Deng, L; Dowell, M; Eidelman, D H; Fabry, B; Fairbank, N J; Ford, L E; Fredberg, J J; Gerthoffer, W T; Gilbert, S H; Gosens, R; Gunst, S J; Halayko, A J; Ingram, R H; Irvin, C G; James, A L; Janssen, L J; King, G G; Knight, D A; Lauzon, A M; Lakser, O J; Ludwig, M S; Lutchen, K R; Maksym, G N; Martin, J G; Mauad, T; McParland, B E; Mijailovich, S M; Mitchell, H W; Mitchell, R W; Mitzner, W; Murphy, T M; Paré, P D; Pellegrino, R; Sanderson, M J; Schellenberg, R R; Seow, C Y; Silveira, P S P; Smith, P G; Solway, J; Stephens, N L; Sterk, P J; Stewart, A G; Tang, D D; Tepper, R S; Tran, T; Wang, L

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    Excessive airway obstruction is the cause of symptoms and abnormal lung function in asthma. As airway smooth muscle (ASM) is the effecter controlling airway calibre, it is suspected that dysfunction of ASM contributes to the pathophysiology of asthma. However, the precise role of ASM in the series of events leading to asthmatic symptoms is not clear. It is not certain whether, in asthma, there is a change in the intrinsic properties of ASM, a change in the structure and mechanical properties of the noncontractile components of the airway wall, or a change in the interdependence of the airway wall with the surrounding lung parenchyma. All these potential changes could result from acute or chronic airway inflammation and associated tissue repair and remodelling. Anti-inflammatory therapy, however, does not "cure" asthma, and airway hyperresponsiveness can persist in asthmatics, even in the absence of airway inflammation. This is perhaps because the therapy does not directly address a fundamental abnormality of asthma, that of exaggerated airway narrowing due to excessive shortening of ASM. In the present study, a central role for airway smooth muscle in the pathogenesis of airway hyperresponsiveness in asthma is explored.

  3. LES of Laminar-to-Turbulent Particle-Fluid Dynamics in Human and Nonhuman Primate Airways: Applications to Aerosolized Drug Delivery Animal Testing

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    Geisler, Taylor; Padhy, Sourav; Shaqfeh, Eric; Iaccarino, Gianluca

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    Both the human health benefit and risk from the inhalation of aerosolized medications is often predicted by extrapolating experimental data taken using nonhuman primates to human inhalation. In this study, we employ Large Eddy Simulation to simulate particle-fluid dynamics in realistic upper airway models of both humans and rhesus monkeys. We report laminar-to-turbulent flow transitions triggered by constrictions in the upper trachea and the persistence of unsteadiness into the low Reynolds number bifurcating lower airway. Micro-particle deposition fraction and locations are shown to depend significantly on particle size. In particular, particle filtration in the nasal airways is shown to approach unity for large aerosols (8 microns) or high-rate breathing. We validate the accuracy of LES mean flow predictions using MRV imaging results. Additionally, particle deposition fractions are validated against experiments in 3 model airways.

  4. Effects of first premolar extraction on airway dimensions in young adolescents: A retrospective cephalometric appraisal

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    Sharma, Krishna; Shrivastav, Sunita; Sharma, Narendra; Hotwani, Kavita; Murrell, Michael D.

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the upper airway dimensions in adolescents treated for bimaxillary proclination with first premolar extraction. Materials and Methods: A retrospective cephalometric evaluation was carried out on the available pre and post orthodontic treatment records of 150 patients (12-18 years of age) who had bimaxillary proclination and were treated with fixed orthodontic therapy. Cephalometric landmarks for sagittal airway measurements and hyoid bone were identified; linear and angular measurements were obtained. Descriptive statistics using paired t-test was used to assess changes in pre and post treatment values and Pearson's correlation coefficient was calculated to evaluate the reliability of observations. The method error calculations were performed using the Dahlberg formula. Results: It was observed that the mean values of nasopharyngeal dimension and Total Airway Length (TAL) showed no statistically significant difference in pre and post treatment groups. All other airway and hyoid parameters showed statistically significant difference. Pearson's correlation coefficient showed statistically significant correlations in all the airway and hyoid parameters. Conclusions: In the present study, the nasopharyngeal dimension and TAL were not found to be directly affected by the retraction of anterior teeth, This can be attributed to the fact that nasopharyngeal dimension and TAL are not under direct influence of tongue position. The other findings also indicated direct correlation of tongue position to oropharynx and hypopharynx. Consequently, we emphasize clinically relevant anatomic risk factors that should be given prime importance and serious consideration on the decision whether to extract or not in growing patients. PMID:24963245

  5. Effects of first premolar extraction on airway dimensions in young adolescents: A retrospective cephalometric appraisal

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    Krishna Sharma

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate the upper airway dimensions in adolescents treated for bimaxillary proclination with first premolar extraction. Materials and Methods: A retrospective cephalometric evaluation was carried out on the available pre and post orthodontic treatment records of 150 patients (12-18 years of age who had bimaxillary proclination and were treated with fixed orthodontic therapy. Cephalometric landmarks for sagittal airway measurements and hyoid bone were identified; linear and angular measurements were obtained. Descriptive statistics using paired t-test was used to assess changes in pre and post treatment values and Pearson′s correlation coefficient was calculated to evaluate the reliability of observations. The method error calculations were performed using the Dahlberg formula. Results: It was observed that the mean values of nasopharyngeal dimension and Total Airway Length (TAL showed no statistically significant difference in pre and post treatment groups. All other airway and hyoid parameters showed statistically significant difference. Pearson′s correlation coefficient showed statistically significant correlations in all the airway and hyoid parameters. Conclusions: In the present study, the nasopharyngeal dimension and TAL were not found to be directly affected by the retraction of anterior teeth, This can be attributed to the fact that nasopharyngeal dimension and TAL are not under direct influence of tongue position. The other findings also indicated direct correlation of tongue position to oropharynx and hypopharynx. Consequently, we emphasize clinically relevant anatomic risk factors that should be given prime importance and serious consideration on the decision whether to extract or not in growing patients.

  6. Respiratory health of elite athletes - preventing airway injury: a critical review.

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    Kippelen, Pascale; Fitch, Kenneth D; Anderson, Sandra Doreen; Bougault, Valerie; Boulet, Louis-Philippe; Rundell, Kenneth William; Sue-Chu, Malcolm; McKenzie, Donald C

    2012-06-01

    Elite athletes, particularly those engaged in endurance sports and those exposed chronically to airborne pollutants/irritants or allergens, are at increased risk for upper and lower airway dysfunction. Airway epithelial injury may be caused by dehydration and physical stress applied to the airways during severe exercise hyperpnoea and/or by inhalation of noxious agents. This is thought to initiate an inflammatory cascade/repair process that, ultimately, could lead to airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) and asthma in susceptible athletes. The authors review the evidence relating to prevention or reduction of the risk of AHR/asthma development. Appropriate measures should be implemented when athletes exercise strenuously in an attempt to attenuate the dehydration stress and reduce the exposure to noxious airborne agents. Environmental interventions are the most important. Non-pharmacological strategies can assist, but currently, pharmacological measures have not been demonstrated to be effective. Whether early prevention of airway injury in elite athletes can prevent or reduce progression to AHR/asthma remains to be established.

  7. Impact of laryngeal mask airway cuff pressures on the incidence of sore throat in children.

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    Wong, Justin Gin Leong; Heaney, Mairead; Chambers, Neil A; Erb, Thomas O; von Ungern-Sternberg, Britta S

    2009-05-01

    Hyperinflation of laryngeal mask airway cuffs can cause harm to the upper airway mainly by exerting high pressures on pharyngeal and laryngeal structures thus impairing mucosal perfusion. Although cuff manometers can be used to guide the monitoring of cuff pressures, their use is not routine in many institutions. In a prospective audit, we assessed the incidence of sore throat following day-case-surgery in relation to the intracuff pressure within the laryngeal mask airway. Four hundred children (3-21 years) were consecutively included in this study. The laryngeal mask airway was inflated as deemed necessary by the attending anesthetist. Cuff pressures were measured using a calibrated cuff manometer (Portex Limited, Hythe, Kent, UK, 0-120 cm H2O, pressures exceeding the measurement range were set at 140 cm H2O for statistical purposes) at induction of anesthesia. Forty-five children (11.25%) developed sore throat, 32 (8%) sore neck and 17 (4.25%) sore jaw. Of those that developed sore throat, 56.5% had cuff pressures exceeding >100 cm H2O. In contrast, when cuff pressures were sore throat, whilst there was only a 4.6% occurrence of sore throat if cuff pressures were between 40-60 cm H2O. We have demonstrated that intra cuff pressure in laryngeal mask airways is closely related to the development of sore throat with higher pressures increasing its likelihood. Hence, cuff pressures should be measured routinely using a manometer to minimize the incidence of sore throat.

  8. Extraction of Airways from CT (EXACT’09)

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    Lo, Pechin; Ginneken, Bram van; Reinhardt, Joseph M.;

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes a framework for establishing a reference airway tree segmentation, which was used to quantitatively evaluate 15 different airway tree extraction algorithms in a standardized manner. Because of the sheer difficulty involved in manually constructing a complete reference standar...

  9. Exposure to ozone modulates human airway protease/antiprotease balance contributing to increased influenza A infection.

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    Full Text Available Exposure to oxidant air pollution is associated with increased respiratory morbidities and susceptibility to infections. Ozone is a commonly encountered oxidant air pollutant, yet its effects on influenza infections in humans are not known. The greater Mexico City area was the primary site for the spring 2009 influenza A H1N1 pandemic, which also coincided with high levels of environmental ozone. Proteolytic cleavage of the viral membrane protein hemagglutinin (HA is essential for influenza virus infectivity. Recent studies suggest that HA cleavage might be cell-associated and facilitated by the type II transmembrane serine proteases (TTSPs human airway trypsin-like protease (HAT and transmembrane protease, serine 2 (TMPRSS2, whose activities are regulated by antiproteases, such as secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor (SLPI. Based on these observations, we sought to determine how acute exposure to ozone may modulate cellular protease/antiprotease expression and function, and to define their roles in a viral infection. We utilized our in vitro model of differentiated human nasal epithelial cells (NECs to determine the effects of ozone on influenza cleavage, entry, and replication. We show that ozone exposure disrupts the protease/antiprotease balance within the airway liquid. We also determined that functional forms of HAT, TMPRSS2, and SLPI are secreted from human airway epithelium, and acute exposure to ozone inversely alters their expression levels. We also show that addition of antioxidants significantly reduces virus replication through the induction of SLPI. In addition, we determined that ozone-induced cleavage of the viral HA protein is not cell-associated and that secreted endogenous proteases are sufficient to activate HA leading to a significant increase in viral replication. Our data indicate that pre-exposure to ozone disrupts the protease/antiprotease balance found in the human airway, leading to increased influenza susceptibility.

  10. Evidence for an asthma risk locus on chromosome Xp: a replication linkage study

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    Brasch-Andersen, C; Møller, M U; Haagerup, A;

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Asthma is a complex genetic disorder characterized by chronic inflammation in the airways. Identification of genetic risk factors for asthma has been complicated due to genetic heterogeneity and influence from environmental risk factors. Despite the fact that multiple genetic linkage...... studies have been carried out the results are still conflicting and call for replication experiments. A Danish genome-wide scan has prior reported evidence for candidate regions for asthma susceptibility genes on chromosomes 1p, 5q, 6p, 12q and Xp. Linkage to chromosome 12q was later confirmed in the same...... replication sample as used in the present study. The aim of the study was to replicate linkage to candidate regions for asthma in an independent Danish sample. METHODS: We performed a replication study investigating linkage to candidate regions for asthma on chromosomes 1p36.31-p36.21, 5q15-q23.2, 6p24.3-p22...

  11. The advantages of laryngeal mask airway inspiration anesthesia combined with brachial plexus blockage in upper limb orthopaedic surgeries%喉罩通气全身麻醉辅助臂丛神经阻滞在上肢手术中的应用

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    徐明; 周懿之; 何绍旋

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨喉罩通气全身麻醉辅助臂丛神经阻滞在上肢手术中的应用.方法 择期行上肢骨折手术患者30例,完全随机分为2组,各15例:喉罩通气全麻辅助臂丛神经阻滞组(A组)和单纯喉罩通气全麻组(B组).A组先予1.6%利多卡因20~25 ml注入患侧肌间沟行臂丛神经阻滞.2组皆以芬太尼1μg/kg、异丙酚2.5 mg/kg诱导后置入喉罩.术中根据患者自主呼吸频率、心率和无创血压以及体动反应调整异氟醚吸人浓度.观察入室(T0)、诱导前(T1)、喉罩置入后3 min(T2)、切皮后1 min(T3)各时点心率、血压、血氧饱和度(SpO2)变化.比较术中潮气量、呼吸频率、呼气末二氧化碳分压(PETCO2)、异氟醚呼气末浓度(ET)、异氟醚最低肺泡有效浓度(MAC)及维持芬太尼用量.记录术后疼痛程度.结果 T2和T3时点A组潮气量[(443.83±52.98)和(450.25±53.92)ml]明显高于B组[(219.00±53.24)和(301.44±60.48)ml,均P<0.01].T3时点A组呼吸频率值[(12.00±0.74)次/min]明显低于B组[(15.11±3.76)次/min,P<0.01],A组PETCO2[(41.5±4.34)mm Hg]低于B组[(46.22±5.73)mm Hg(P<0.05)].T2时点A组异氟醚ET[(1.04±0.37)%]和异氟醚MAC[(0.97±0.33)%]显著低于B组(1.53±0.21)%和(1.44±0.14)%(P<0.01).T3时点A组异氟醚ET[(1.12±0.24)%]和异氟醚MAC[(0.98±0.21)%]低于B组[(1.29±0.15)%和(1.13±0.12)%,P<0.05].A组术后镇痛优于B组(P<0.01).B组拔罩时有3例躁动、1例反流.结论 喉罩通气全麻辅助臂丛神经阻滞在上肢手术麻醉中能有效降低术中吸入麻醉剂浓度,减少术后并发症发生.%Objective To evaluate the advantage of laryngeal mask airway(LMA) inspiration anesthesia combined with brachial plexus blockage (BPB) in upper limb orthopaedic surgeries. Methods Thirty patients were divided randomly into two groups (n = 15). In group A,LMA combined with BPB was adopted,while LMA was used only in group B. In group A,a dosage of 20-25 ml 1.6% lydocaine was adopted in BPB

  12. Efficient usage of Adabas replication

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    2011-01-01

    In today's IT organization replication becomes more and more an essential technology. This makes Software AG's Event Replicator for Adabas an important part of your data processing. Setting the right parameters and establishing the best network communication, as well as selecting efficient target components, is essential for successfully implementing replication. This book provides comprehensive information and unique best-practice experience in the field of Event Replicator for Adabas. It also includes sample codes and configurations making your start very easy. It describes all components ne

  13. Solving the Telomere Replication Problem

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    Maestroni, Laetitia; Matmati, Samah; Coulon, Stéphane

    2017-01-01

    Telomeres are complex nucleoprotein structures that protect the extremities of linear chromosomes. Telomere replication is a major challenge because many obstacles to the progression of the replication fork are concentrated at the ends of the chromosomes. This is known as the telomere replication problem. In this article, different and new aspects of telomere replication, that can threaten the integrity of telomeres, will be reviewed. In particular, we will focus on the functions of shelterin and the replisome for the preservation of telomere integrity. PMID:28146113

  14. Different aspects of respiration: relationships between the upper and lower respiratory tracts, and the middle ear cleft, nasal versus oral breathing.

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    Collet, S; Vande Vannet, B; Watelet, J B; Gordts, F

    2012-01-01

    This paper outlines the normal functioning of the child's upper airway: defending the lower airway by means of air conditioning, filtration, initiation of inflammatory reactions or immune responses. We investigate the hypothetical mechanisms that explain the influence of, and interrelations between, mouth breathing and obstructive sleep apnoea on craniofacial development. We advise orthodontic diagnosis and/or intervention at a young age.

  15. Extraction of airways from CT (EXACT’09)

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    Lo, Pechin Chien Pau; Ginneken, Bram van; Reinhardt, Joseph M.

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes a framework for establishing a reference airway tree segmentation, which was used to quantitatively evaluate 15 different airway tree extraction algorithms in a standardized manner. Because of the sheer difficulty involved in manually constructing a complete reference standard...... or not it is a correctly segmented part of the airway tree. Finally, the reference airway trees are constructed by taking the union of all correctly extracted branch segments. Fifteen airway tree extraction algorithms from different research groups are evaluated on a diverse set of 20 chest computed tomography (CT) scans...... from the evaluation showed that no single algorithm could extract more than an average of 74% of the total length of all branches in the reference standard, indicating substantial differences between the algorithms. A fusion scheme that obtained superior results is presented, demonstrating...

  16. Ultrasonography for clinical decision-making and intervention in airway management: From the mouth to the lungs and pleurae

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    Kristensen, M. S.; Teoh, W. H.; Graumann, O.

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To create a state-of-the-art overview of the new and expanding role of ultrasonography in clinical decision-making, intervention and management of the upper and lower airways, that is clinically relevant, up-to-date and practically useful for clinicians. METHODS: This is a narrative r...

  17. Neonatal Cytokine Profile in the Airway Mucosal Lining Fluid Is Skewed by Maternal Atopy

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    Folsgaard, Nilofar V.; Chawes, Bo L.; Rasmussen, Morten A.;

    2012-01-01

    on the cytokines and chemokines in the upper airway mucosal lining fluid of healthy neonates. Objectives: To study parental atopic imprinting on the cytokines and chemokines in the upper airway mucosal lining fluid of healthy neonates. Methods: Eighteen cytokines and chemokines were quantified in nasal mucosal...... lining fluid in 309 neonates from the novel unselected Copenhagen Prospective Study on Asthma in Childhood (COPSAC) birth cohort. Measurements and Main Results: Maternal, but not paternal, atopic status (asthma, hay fever, or eczema with or without sensitization) was associated with general down......-regulation of all 18 mediators assessed by principal component analysis (overall P = 0.015). Conclusions: Maternal atopy, but not paternal atopy, showed a strong linkage with a suppressed mucosal cytokine and chemokine signature in asymptomatic neonates, suggesting imprinting by the maternal milieu in utero...

  18. [Two cases of congenital airway obstruction managed with ex utero intrapartum treatment procedures: anesthetic implications].

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    Manrique, S; Blasco, J; Munar, F; Andreu, E; Mateo, M D; Suescun, M C; López Gil, M V

    2007-01-01

    An ex utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT) procedure provides sufficient time to gain control of the potentially obstructed fetal upper airway while uterine placental circulation is maintained during cesarean section. We report 2 cases in which fetal congenital upper airway obstruction was managed without complications during EXIT procedures. We also discuss general considerations concerning the obstetric patient and the performance of intramuscular fetal anesthesia. Before the hysterotomy, sevoflurane at 1.5 minimum alveolar concentration was administered to assure sufficient uterine relaxation during EXIT. The 2 parturients remained hemodynamically stable during the procedure and uterine and placental perfusion was adequate. Nasotracheal intubation was possible in 1 fetus after a cervical mass was dissected. In the other, a tracheostomy was created. After the umbilical cord was clamped, the concentration of sevoflurane anesthetic gas was reduced and oxytocin and methylergometrine were administered to induce adequate uterine contractions within a few minutes. Both neonates survived the EXIT procedure with no complications.