Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology

ISSN (on-line): 1806-3756 | ISSN (printed): 1806-3713


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Noninvasive determination of inspiratory pressure in patients with spinal cord injury: what is the best method?

Determinação não-invasiva da pressão inspiratória em pacientes com lesão medular traumática: qual é o melhor método?

Andrea Ponte Rocha, Sergio Ricardo Menezes Mateus, Thomas Anthony Horan, Paulo Sérgio Siebra Beraldo

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(3):256-260

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The aim of the study was to evaluate the performance of sniff nasal inspiratory pressure (SNIP) and MIP in individuals with spinal cord injury. We evaluated 26 patients with spinal cord injury. Mean FVC in those with tetraplegia was 52 ± 19% of predicted, compared with 78 ± 23% of predicted in those with paraplegia (p < 0.05). In contrast, the percentage of predicted SNIP was lower in those with tetraplegia than in those with paraplegia (p < 0.05). In all participants, SNIP correlated significantly with the level of the injury (r = 0.489; 95% CI: 0.125‑0.737). The impact that the greater discriminatory power of SNIP has on the diagnosis of impaired pulmonary function in spinal cord-injured patients should be investigated further.


Keywords: Spinal cord injuries; Respiratory function tests; Respiratory muscles; respiratory paralysis.


Risk factors for pulmonary complications in patients with sarcoma after the resection of pulmonary nodules by thoracotomy

Fatores de risco de complicações pulmonares em pacientes com sarcoma após toracotomia para a ressecção de nódulos pulmonares

Rogério Santos Silva, Paulo Sérgio Siebra Beraldo, Flávia Ferretti Santiago, Daniel Sammartino Brandão, Eduardo Magalhães Mamare, Thomas Anthony Horan

J Bras Pneumol.2010;36(6):707-715

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Objective: To identify the risk factors for pulmonary complications after thoracotomy for the resection of pulmonary nodules in patients with sarcoma. Methods: A retrospective cohort study involving 68 consecutive patients diagnosed with sarcoma and submitted to a total of 174 thoracotomies for the resection of pulmonary nodules. The dependent variable was defined as the occurrence of any postoperative pulmonary complications. The independent variables were related to the patient, underlying diagnosis, and type of surgical procedure. We analyzed the data using a multivariate generalized estimating equations model with logistic link function and a symmetric correlation structure. Results: Complications were observed in 24 patients (13.8%, 95% CI: 9.0-19.8), and there was one death. The mean length of hospital stay was twice as long in the patients with postoperative complications as in those without (18.8 ± 10.0 days vs. 8.6 ± 6.0 days; p < 0.05). The variables that correlated with the outcome measure were the type of resection (wedge vs. anatomic; OR = 3.6; 95% CI: 1.5-8.8), the need for blood transfusion (OR = 9.8; 95% CI: 1.6-60.1), and the number of nodules resected (OR = 1.1; 95% CI: 1.0-1.1). The multivariate model showed an area under the ROC curve of 0.75 (95% CI: 0.65-0.85). Conclusions: Postoperative pulmonary complications were common after pulmonary nodule resection in patients with sarcoma, occurring in approximately 10% of the procedures. The occurrence of such complications can be expected when techniques other than wedge resection are employed, when blood transfusion is required, and when a great number of nodules are resected. Therefore, it is possible to identify patients at risk for pulmonary complications, who should be closely monitored in the immediate postoperative period. In such patients, all preventive measures should be taken.


Keywords: Sarcoma; Neoplasm metastasis; Risk; Thoracotomy; Thoracic surgery.




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