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Fleischner Society Guideline Update 2017: Management of Solid Pulmonary Nodules. Updated 2017 Fleischner Society guidelines advise a less intensive approach to the management of most small pulmonary nodules incidentally discovered on CT scans. The Fleischner Society now recommends that solid nodules 6 mm or less in diameter in low-risk adults >35 years old generally need no further follow-up. In higher-risk patients, a follow-up CT scan should be considered optional. The recommendations apply even if multiple solid pulmonary nodules ≤6 mm are present.
Multicentre evaluation of multidisciplinary team meeting agreement on diagnosis in diffuse parenchymal lung disease: a case-cohort study Agreement between MDTMs for diagnosis in diffuse lung disease is acceptable and good for a diagnosis of IPF, as validated by the non-significant greater prognostic separation of an IPF diagnosis made by MDTMs than the separation of a diagnosis made by individual clinicians or radiologists. Furthermore, MDTMs made the diagnosis of IPF with higher confidence and more frequently than did clinicians or radiologists. This difference is of particular importance, because accurate and consistent diagnoses of IPF are needed if clinical outcomes are to be optimised. Inter-multidisciplinary team agreement for a diagnosis of hypersensitivity pneumonitis is low, highlighting an urgent need for standardised diagnostic guidelines for this disease.
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.
An Official American Thoracic Society/European Society of Intensive Care Medicine/Society of Critical Care Medicine Clinical Practice Guideline: Mechanical Ventilation in Adult Patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome For all patients with ARDS, the recommendation is strong for mechanical ventilation using lower tidal volumes (4–8 ml/kg predicted body weight) and lower inspiratory pressures (plateau pressure , 30 cm H2O) (moderate confidence in effect estimates). For patients with severe ARDS, the recommendation is strong for prone positioning for more than 12 h/d (moderate confidence in effect estimates). For patients with moderate or severeARDS, the recommendation is strong against routine use of high-frequency oscillatory ventilation (high confidence in effect estimates) and conditional for higher positive end-expiratory pressure (moderate confidence in effect estimates) and recruitment maneuvers (low confidence in effect estimates). Additional evidence is necessary to make a definitive recommendation for or against the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in patients with severe ARDS.
Practical Recommendations for COPD: Evidence-Based Care The treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) depends on symptoms and history of exacerbation. These elements define the treatment strategies within the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) Guidelines' ABCD assessment tool • Although not taken into account in the ABCD tool, spirometry remains important for the diagnosis and assessment of airflow limitation. Bronchodilators are first-line treatment, either as a single or dual bronchodilator treatment. • The recently available combination of a long-acting beta agonist (LABA) and a long-acting muscarinic receptor antagonist (LAMA) into a single inhaler has demonstrated improvement in lung function, either in combination or with monotherapy. In the SPARK study evaluating indacaterol/glycopyrrolate vs glycopyrronium and tiotropium (LABA/LAMA vs LAMA alone) for the prevention of exacerbation in patients with COPD, the combination therapy was superior to a single bronchodilator as measured by the reduction of exacerbations. • LABA/LAMA was also shown to be superior in the ILLUMINATE study, which compared the patient-reported outcomes and the transition dyspnea index (TDI) for patients on LABA/LAMA with patients on LABA/ICS (inhaled corticosteroid). Data from multiple studies show that ICS-containing regimens can also effectively reduce exacerbation rates. Data from post-hoc analyses of clinical trials suggest that patients with high levels of blood eosinophils may respond better to ICS therapy, whereas patients with very low levels of eosinophils may not respond. ICS therapy is associated with serious side effects, such as pneumonia. In the WISDOM trial, patients who discontinued ICS experienced approximately 40 mL in forced expiratory volume over 1 second (FEV1), indicating that ICS should be withdrawn very carefully in some patients. As exacerbations are more frequent and often more severe in winter months, it is recommended to not withdraw steroids during that period Current evidence suggests that the combination of LABA/LAMA with ICS into a single inhaler will improve lung function, exacerbations, and symptoms Other treatment options besides triple therapy exist for patients who still experience exacerbations after LABA/LAMA treatment. • Roflumilast may be considered in patients with chronic bronchitis. • The use of long-term macrolides is possible in a particular profile subset of patients who have frequent exacerbations with bronchiectasis, bronchial colonization, and frequent bacterial infections.
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