Singh et al’s meta-analysis of 13 randomized trials of pioglitazone or rosiglitazone lasting for at least one year. There were 130 pneumonias among the 8,163 treated patients, and 100 among the 9,464 controls, for a relative risk of 1.40 for the thiazolidinedione group (CI 1.1-1.8, p=0.01). Pioglitazone showed more of a signal with a significant RR of [… read more]
Evans et al attempted a meta-analysis of 9 randomized trials (7 in adults) testing prolonged (4 to 52 weeks) antibiotics in people with bronchiectasis. There was an improvement in “clinical response rate,” a poorly-defined endpoint, in 2 trials, but no difference in exacerbation rates or lung function. Emergence of resistant bacteria was not tested or [… read more]
An attempted meta-analysis of 11 heterogeneous, moderate-quality randomized trials could demonstrate no benefit of incentive spirometry in preventing postoperative pulmonary complications or mortality, in 1,160 patients undergoing upper abdominal surgery, report Guimaraes et al. Cochrane Database Sys Rev 2011;3:CD006058.
Janssen et alsurveyed and prospectively followed 105 Dutch patients with severe COPD and 80 with severe heart failure. Seventy percent of the respondents with COPD wanted full life support in the event of an arrest; ~64% of the CHF patients did. Sixteen to 20% of the doctors reported they had discussed these issues. However, only 4-6% [… read more]
Prone positioning improves oxygenation in ARDS patients without improving outcome. Recruitment maneuvers do too. Rival et al prospectively tested the effects of both strategies together in 16 ARDS patients. Two extended sighs of 45 cm H2O in pressure control mode while lying prone improved PaO2/FiO2 from 98 to 166 mm Hg, without obvious adverse (or positive) effects. Critical [… read more]
Antibiotic dosing in multiple organ dysfunction syndrome: Ulldemolins et al, CHEST 2011;139:1210-1220.
Invasive aspergillosis is often lethal in lung transplant patients, and early diagnosis and treatment improve survival. Luong M et al showed that testing bronchoalveolar lavage fluid with new rapid-result Aspergillus PCR and galactomannan tests bring both sensitivity and specificity into the 93-100% range. 150 BAL samples from lung transplant patients at Pitt were tested (there were only [… read more]
In an observational study of 210 patients undergoing resection for lung cancer, those with a peak oxygen uptake (VO2 max) of <10 mL/kg/min were 4 times more likely to have cardiac or pulmonary complications than those with a VO2 > 17. ERJ 2011;37:1189-1198.
A retrospective and somewhat subjective case series (n=39) reporting successful reduction in steroid doses in those with a diagnosis of difficult asthma who were found to have non-pulmonary causes of dyspnea on CPET. CHEST 2011;139:1117-1123.
Complete mediastinal lymph node dissection (MLND) is recommended during all surgical reactions of lung cancer — yet “complete” has never been defined, and in a community study, 43% of patients got no MLND. In prospective randomized clinical trial data on 524 patients, Darling et al found that 99% of patients had at least 6 LNs removed, and 90% had 10 [… read more]
Retrospectively looking at a database of 5,977 COPD patients’ hospital admissions (TARDIS), pharmacy data, and death records in Scotland, Short et al found an overall 22% lower mortality in those taking beta blockers (88% were cardioselective BBs). The benefit was seen equally in those also taking long-acting beta agonists or antimuscarinics. For those 2,712 patients with serial [… read more]
Diagnostic value of halo and reversed-halo signs in immune-compromised hosts. Georgiadou SP et al, Clin Infect Dis 2011;52:1144-1155. Review.
Waters et al tested 136 meat and poultry samples in U.S. grocery stores, and found 77% of the turkey, 42% of pork, 41% of chicken, and 37% of beef were contaminated with S. aureus. 96% of the isolates were resistant to at least one drug, and 52% of isolates were resistant to 3 antibiotic classes. In the Netherlands, [… read more]
Using Canadian population-linked databases including 565,073 people with COPD aged 66 or older, Stephenson et al identified cases of acute urinary retention in 9,432 men and 1,806 women. The episodes were serious enough to result in an ED visit, hospitalization, or same-day surgery. Cross-matching against a drug claims benefit database, the odds ratio for AUR in those [… read more]
Using expression of the c-kit antigen as an identifier, Brigham researchers Kajstura et al identified stem cells in adult human lungs (from unused donor lungs and a Brigham tissue bank), established a clonal cell line from the isolated stem cells, and infected those cells with a fluorescing lentivirus. With a cryoprobe, they destroyed some mice’s [… read more]
End-stage liver disease, critical care management of: Al-Khafaji A et al. Crit Care Med 2011;39:1157-1166. Hepatic failure review.
Using PCR testing on BAL fluid, Denning et al (in Manchester UK) found Aspergillus DNA in 4 of 11 (36%) healthy volunteers; 21 of 22 patients with culture/microscopy-proven invasive aspergillosis; and 70-80% of patients with allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis or chronic pulmonary aspergillosis. Culture was positive in none of the ABPA patients, and only 17% of the CPA [… read more]
Parra et al diagnosed OSA in 140 patients hospitalized for stroke in Spain and randomized them to nasal auto-titrating CPAP or no therapy. The CPAP-treated patients had better Rankin and Canadian stroke outcome scores at all follow-up visits. They had the same rate of subsequent cardiovascular events, but events occurred at a median 15 months [… read more]
Lung cancer diagnosis and treatment: summary of updated NICE guidance. Baldwin DR et al, BMJ 2011;342:d2110. Lung cancer review.
In a community-based sample of 3,802 Spaniards aged 40-80, 4.6% had FEV1/FVC <0.7 but above the lower limit of normal. Mostly older men, they had the same respiratory exacerbation frequency, activity levels, cardiovascular risk, and 6-minute walk distances as matched controls with a ratio >0.7. They did report lower health-related quality of life in all [… read more]