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Blood Eosinophils and Response to Maintenance Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Treatment. Data from the FLAME Trial. indacaterol/glycopyrronium provides superior or similar benefits over salmeterol/fluticasone regardless of blood eosinophil levels in patients with COPD The incidence of pneumonia was higher in patients receiving salmeterol/fluticasone than indacaterol/glycopyrronium in both the <2% and ≥2% subgroups Indacaterol/glycopyrronium was significantly superior to salmeterol/fluticasone for the prevention of exacerbations
Waist circumference a better indicator of health than BMI is a better indicator of increased risk of death from cardiovascular causes or any cause.
2000 classification of idiopathic interstitial lung diseases The 2000 classification consists of seven entities of idiopathic interstitial diseases which are defined on clinical, radiological and pathological criteria: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, non-specific interstitial pneumonia, cryptogenic organizing pneumonia, acute interstitial pneumonia, respiratory bronchiolitis associated interstitial lung disease, desquamative interstitial pneumonia and lymphoid interstitial pneumonia. The most frequent is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, which has a poor prognosis.
Diagnostic Yield and Complications of Transbronchial Lung Cryobiopsy for Interstitial Lung Disease. A Systematic Review and Metaanalysis The diagnostic accuracy of transbronchial lung cryobiopsy cannot be determined given the absence of studies directly comparing cryobiopsy diagnoses with diagnoses derived from surgical lung biopsies interpreted within multidisciplinary discussions. The histopathological and multidisciplinary discussion-based diagnostic yield of transbronchial cryobiopsy appears high, but with variable frequencies of complications dominated by pneumothorax and moderate-to-severe hemorrhage.
Postoperative Pulmonary Complications Br J Anaesth. 2017;118(3):317-334. Changes to the respiratory system occur immediately on induction of general anaesthesia: respiratory drive and muscle function are altered, lung volumes reduced, and atelectasis develops in > 75% of patients receiving a neuromuscular blocking drug..The respiratory system may take 6 weeks to return to its preoperative state after general anaesthesia for major surgery. clinicians should be aware of non-modifiable and modifiable factors in order to recognize those at risk and optimize their care.Preventative measures include preoperative optimization of co-morbidities, smoking cessation, and correction of anaemia, in addition to intraoperative protective ventilation strategies and appropriate management of neuromuscular blocking drugs. Protective ventilation includes low tidal volumes, which must be calculated according to the patient's ideal body weight. the most beneficial level of PEEP is required,
COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases or chronic bronchitis) Assessment of the risk of death in this patients depend on their BODE Index B stand for BMI, O- Obstruction depending on FEV1, D - Shortness of breath OR dyspnea using MMRC scale , E - Exercise capacity, measured by 6 minutes walk test 6MWT.This index calculated using a scale of 0 to 3 for each parameter, depending on severity. except BMI scale different < 21 is 0 and more than >21 is 1. BODE score of 7 to 10 falls in the higher chance of mortality. Other factors have also been associated with increased moribidity and mortality in COPD , For example : acute exacerbation of COPD, Hospitalization, cardiac comorbidities Survival benefit are smoking cessation and lung volume reduction surgery in selected patients .Oxygen is beneficial who are hypoxemic on room air. None of the medications consistently demonstrated to prolong life.
Personalised Medicine for Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are prevalent condition sboth significant heterogeneity within each of these conditions and additionally significant overlap in many of the clinical and inflammatory features useful clinical and immunological biomarkers which inform about prognosis and response to therapy have emerged in both asthma and COPD. These biomarkers will allow both better targeting of existing treatments and the identification of those patients who will respond to novel therapies which are now becoming available Delivery of precision medicine in airways disease is now feasible and is a core component of a personalised healthcare delivery in asthma and COPD
Comprehensive and Individualized Patient Care in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Refining Approaches to Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Treatment Implement multidisciplinary clinical and imaging approaches to achieve more timely and accurate diagnosis of IPF • Develop IPF treatment strategies based on key guideline recommendations and examine the supporting clinical trial data • Describe key elements of an individualized approach to IPF treatment that involves shared decision-making Standard immunosuppressive therapy is no longer indicated, whereas pirfenidone, nintedanib, and antacid therapy are all conditionally recommended for use. Individualizing treatment is important in light of potential improved adherence to both drug therapy and health behaviors. An early referral to an interstitial lung disease center offers the advantages of comprehensive diagnostic and disease-management expertise, potential enrollment in a clinical trial, and evaluation for transplantation.
EBUS lymphnode 1. Size short axis : less or more than 1cm 2. Shape : Oval or round ; when ratio of short axis vs . long axis of lymph node is smaller than 1.5cm , the lymph node defined as round. If ration more than 1..5cm it is oval. 3. Margin indistinct or distinct : if more than 50% is clearly visible with a high echoic border they are distinct . If less than 50% and margin unclear determined indistinct. 4.Echogenecity; Homogenous or heterogenous. 5. Presence or absence of central hilar structure CHS CHS defined as linear flat hyperechoic area in the center of lymph node which indicate prediction of metastatic L node