Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology

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The soul of the business!

A alma do negócio!

José Antônio Baddini Martinez

J Bras Pneumol.2005;31(6):-

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Is a low level of education a limiting factor for asthma control in a population with access to pulmonologists and to treatment?

A baixa escolaridade é um fator limitante para o controle da asma em uma população com acesso a pneumologista e tratamento?

Cassia Caroline Emilio1,a, Cintia Fernanda Bertagni Mingotti1,b, Paula Regina Fiorin1,c, Leydiane Araujo Lima1,d, Raisa Lemos Muniz1,e, Luis Henrique Bigotto1,f, Evaldo Marchi2,g, Eduardo Vieira Ponte1,h

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(1):e20180052-e20180052

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Objective: To determine whether a low level of education is a risk factor for uncontrolled asthma in a population of patients who have access to pulmonologists and to treatment. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study involving outpatients > 10 years of age diagnosed with asthma who were followed by a pulmonologist for at least 3 months in the city of Jundiai, located in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. The patients completed a questionnaire specifically designed for this study, the 6-item Asthma Control Questionnaire (to assess the control of asthma symptoms), and a questionnaire designed to assess treatment adherence. Patients underwent spirometry, and patient inhaler technique was assessed. Results: 358 patients were enrolled in the study. Level of education was not considered a risk factor for uncontrolled asthma symptoms (OR = 0.99; 95% CI: 0.94-1.05), spirometry findings consistent with obstructive lung disease (OR = 1.00; 95% CI: 0.99-1.01), uncontrolled asthma (OR = 1.03; 95% CI: 0.95-1.10), or the need for moderate/high doses of inhaled medication (OR = 0.99; 95% CI: 0.94-1.06). The number of years of schooling was similar between the patients in whom treatment adherence was good and those in whom it was poor (p = 0.08), as well as between those who demonstrated proper inhaler technique and those who did not (p = 0.41). Conclusions: Among asthma patients with access to pulmonologists and to treatment, a low level of education does not appear to be a limiting factor for adequate asthma control.


Keywords: Asthma; Educational status; Spirometry; Treatment adherence and compliance.


The confusing Brazilian pulmonary auscultation nomenclature

A confusa nomenclatura da ausculta pulmonar brasileira

Mariam Patrícia Auada, Gisele Laguna Vitória, João Adriano de Barros

J Bras Pneumol.1998;24(3):129-132

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After the invention of the stethoscope by Laënnec in 1816, the nomenclature for lung sounds was spread without following a specific structure, becoming confusing and lacking precision. Since 1985 a great effort has been made to reach a terminology standardization, based on physical patterns such as frequency, duration, and amplitude. The evaluation of the terminology employed by Brazilian pneumologists in reported cases is the object of this study. A retrospective study of reported cases published in Jornal de Pneumologia has been performed between 1985 and 1997, regarding the pulmonary auscultation described. The data were compared to those proposed by the Symposium on Lung Sounds, in 1985. Out of 131 cases, 72 reported altered pulmonary auscultation, presenting 30 distinctive denominations for lung sounds. It is, therefore, easy to notice that pneumologists are not yet familiar with the current nomenclature. It is important to highlight that 31 cases did not report pulmonary auscultation even in a pneumology publication, which serves to show the underestimation of the method. Pulmonary auscultation is a quick, non-invasive, low-cost, and great clinical guiding means which must be recognized among other techniques applied for diagnosis.


Keywords: Auscultation. Stethoscope. Respiratory sounds. Nomenclature.


Can the six-minute walk distance predict the occurrence of acute exacerbations of COPD in patients in Brazil?

A distância percorrida no teste de caminhada de seis minutos pode predizer a ocorrência de exacerbações agudas da DPOC em pacientes brasileiros?

Fernanda Kazmierski Morakami, Andrea Akemi Morita, Gianna Waldrich Bisca, Josiane Marques Felcar, Marcos Ribeiro, Karina Couto Furlanetto, Nidia Aparecida Hernandes, Fabio Pitta

J Bras Pneumol.2017;43(4):280-284

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Objective: To evaluate whether a six-minute walk distance (6MWD) of < 80% of the predicted value can predict the occurrence of acute exacerbations of COPD in patients in Brazil over a 2-year period. Methods: This was a retrospective cross-sectional study involving 50 COPD patients in Brazil. At enrollment, anthropometric data were collected and patients were assessed for pulmonary function (by spirometry) and functional exercise capacity (by the 6MWD). The patients were subsequently divided into two groups: 6MWD ≤ 80% of predicted and 6MWD > 80% of predicted. The occurrence of acute exacerbations of COPD over 2 years was identified by analyzing medical records and contacting patients by telephone. Results: In the sample as a whole, there was moderate-to-severe airflow obstruction (mean FEV1 = 41 ± 12% of predicted) and the mean 6MWD was 469 ± 60 m (86 ± 10% of predicted). Over the 2-year follow-up period, 25 patients (50%) experienced acute exacerbations of COPD. The Kaplan-Meier method showed that the patients in whom the 6MWD was ≤ 80% of predicted were more likely to have exacerbations than were those in whom the 6MWD was > 80% of predicted (p = 0.01), whereas the Cox regression model showed that the former were 2.6 times as likely to have an exacerbation over a 2-year period as were the latter (p = 0.02). Conclusions: In Brazil, the 6MWD can predict acute exacerbations of COPD over a 2-year period. The risk of experiencing an acute exacerbation of COPD within 2 years is more than twice as high in patients in whom the 6MWD is ≤ 80% of predicted.


Keywords: Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive; Risk groups; Exercise.


Evolution in the management of non-small cell lung cancer in Brazil

A evolução no manejo do câncer de pulmão de células não pequenas no Brasil

Caio Júlio Cesar dos Santos Fernandes1,2

J Bras Pneumol.2017;43(6):403-404

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Extubation failure influences clinical and functional outcomes in patients with traumatic brain injury

A falência da extubação influencia desfechos clínicos e funcionais em pacientes com traumatismo cranioencefálico

Helena França Correia dos Reis, Mônica Lajana Oliveira Almeida, Mário Ferreira da Silva, Mário de Seixas Rocha

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(3):330-338

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Objective: To evaluate the association between extubation failure and outcomes (clinical and functional) in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Methods: A prospective cohort study involving 311 consecutive patients with TBI. The patients were divided into two groups according to extubation outcome: extubation success; and extubation failure (defined as reintubation within 48 h after extubation). A multivariate model was developed in order to determine whether extubation failure was an independent predictor of in-hospital mortality. Results: The mean age was 35.7 ± 13.8 years. Males accounted for 92.3%. The incidence of extubation failure was 13.8%. In-hospital mortality was 4.5% and 20.9% in successfully extubated patients and in those with extubation failure, respectively (p = 0.001). Tracheostomy was more common in the extubation failure group (55.8% vs. 1.9%; p < 0.001). The median length of hospital stay was significantly greater in the extubation failure group than in the extubation success group (44 days vs. 27 days; p = 0.002). Functional status at discharge was worse among the patients in the extubation failure group. The multivariate analysis showed that extubation failure was an independent predictor of in-hospital mortality (OR = 4.96; 95% CI, 1.86-13.22). Conclusions: In patients with TBI, extubation failure appears to lengthen hospital stays; to increase the frequency of tracheostomy and of pulmonary complications; to worsen functional outcomes; and to increase mortality.


Keywords: Brain injuries; Ventilator weaning; Intensive care units; Glasgow outcome scale.


Pharmacological economics and asthma treatment

A farmacoeconomia e o tratamento da asma

José Roberto Jardim

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(1):iv-vi

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Asthma-related hospitalizations and lack of outpatient follow-up treatment

A hospitalização por asma e a carência de acompanhamento ambulatorial

Emanuel Sarinho, Gladys Reis e Silva de Queiroz, Maria Laura Campelo de Melo Dias, Alexandre Jorge Queiroz e Silva

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(4):365-371

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Objective: To determine whether the children and adolescents with acute asthma attacks admitted to two public hospitals in the city of Recife, Brazil underwent outpatient follow-up treatment for the prevention and control of asthma. Methods: A prospective case series study of hospitalized patients with asthma. The patients were asked to complete a questionnaire at admission in order to determine the frequency of prophylactic outpatient follow-up treatment. Patients presenting two or more attacks of asthma that were responsive to bronchodilators were classified as having asthma. Results: In the intervals between asthma attacks, 67% (112/167 - data regarding 2 patients were not available) of the patients had been treated only in the emergency room. Although 53.3%(89/167 - data regarding 2 patients were not provided) of the patients had been referred to outpatient treatment, only 16% (27/169) had visited an outpatient asthma clinic regularly for preventive treatment, and only 13% (22/169) had used prophylactic medication. Conclusion: Most of the children and adolescents hospitalized with asthma had not undergone preventive outpatient follow-up treatment. Various problems related to the health care system, such as non-referral for outpatient follow-up treatment at hospital discharge, limited access to outpatient clinics, and the cost of prophylactic medication, might have contributed to the low rate of outpatient follow-up treatment in the population studied. Public health care policies that allow asthma control programs to work effectively should be implemented.


Keywords: Asthma; Hospitalization; Ambulatory care.


The importance of molecular characterization in lung cancer

A importância da caracterização molecular no câncer de pulmão

Gilberto de Castro Junior1,2,a, Guilherme Harada2,b, Evandro Sobroza de Mello3,c

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(3):e20190139-e20190139

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A importância da crítica na ciência

José Roberto Lapa e Silva

J Bras Pneumol.1999;25(3):3-4


The importance of the World Symposium on Pulmonary Hypertension

A importância do Simpósio Mundial de Hipertensão Pulmonar

Carlos Jardim1,a, Daniel Waetge2

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(3):173-174

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The importance of genetic studies of lung cancer

A importância dos estudos genéticos sobre câncer de pulmão

Wilson Araújo da Silva Jr

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(8):721-722

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The influence of genetics on nicotine dependence and the role of pharmacogenetics in treating the smoking habit

A influência da genética na dependência tabágica e o papel da farmacogenética no tratamento do tabagismo

José Miguel Chatkin

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(6):573-579

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Despite the considerable efforts made in the fight against smoking in the last decades, there are still substantial numbers of people who, in full knowledge of the health hazards, begin smoking or continue smoking. Recent studies have focused on the genetic bases of the nicotine addiction. Various genetic polymorphisms have been associated with smoking. However, environmental factors have also been shown to play a role. In this review, we present some of the principal data collected in genetic studies of smoking behavior. The results obtained through this line of research will eventually aid clinicians in individualizing the type, dosage and duration of treatment for patients with nicotine dependence in accordance with the genotype of each smoker, thereby maximizing the efficacy of the proposed treatment regimen.


Keywords: Smoking; Tobacco use cessation; Nicotine; Tobacco use disorder


The new irrationalism in weaning

A nova irracionalidade no desmame

Martin J. Tobin

J Bras Pneumol.2011;37(5):-

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Perception of asthma control in asthma patients

A percepção do controle dos sintomas em pacientes asmáticos

Eduardo Vieira Ponte, Jaqueline Petroni, Daniela Campos Borges Ramos, Luciana Pimentel, Daise Naiane Freitas, Álvaro A Cruz

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(6):635-640

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Objective: To determine the proportion of asthma patients with poor perception of asthma control and to evaluate the characteristics of this subgroup. Methods: A cross-sectional study in which consecutive outpatients (over the age of 12) with mild, moderate, or severe asthma were selected. The patients underwent clinical examination, and pulmonary function tests, as well as being assessed for depression and perception of asthma control. The degree of concordance between patients and physicians regarding the perception of asthma control was determined. Patients with good perception of asthma control were compared, in terms of characteristics, with those presenting poor perception. Results: The degree of concordance between patients and physicians regarding the perception of asthma control was low (kappa index = 0.5). Of the 289 patients included, 66 (23%) presented poor perception of asthma control. The preliminary univariate analysis revealed that the patients with poor perception of asthma control were older, had a lower income, and presented a lower degree of asthma severity. Those factors did not change in the multivariate analysis. There were no differences between the groups in terms of gender, frequency of having literate patients, duration of asthma symptoms, having been diagnosed with rhinitis, frequency of depression, pulmonary function, or treatment compliance. Conclusions: The incidence of poor perception of asthma control in asthma patients is high, especially in elderly patients with lower income and a lower degree of asthma severity.


Keywords: Asthma; Signs and symptoms; Asthma/therapy.


Polymerase chain reaction used to detect Streptococcus pneumoniae resistance to penicillin

A reação em cadeia da polimerase na detecção da resistência à penicilina em Streptococcus pneumoniae

Eduardo Walker Zettler, Rosane M. Scheibe, Cícero A.G. Dias, Patricia Santafé, José da Silva Moreira, Diógenes S. Santos, Carlos Cezar Fritscher

J Bras Pneumol.2004;30(6):521-527

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Background: Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common etiologic agent of community-acquired respiratory infections. In recent years, S. pneumoniae resistance to antimicrobial agents has increased. Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) is routinely used to determine resistance. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) detects the genes responsible for Streptococcus pneumoniae resistance to penicillin within approximately 8 hours. Objective: To compare the PCR and MIC methods in determining Streptococcus pneumoniae resistance to penicillin. Method: A total of 153 Streptococcus pneumoniae samples, isolated from various anatomical sites, were evaluated in order to detect mutations in the genes encoding pbp1a, pbp2a and pbp2x, which are responsible for Streptococcus pneumoniae penicillin resistance. A correlation was found between mutations and penicillin MIP, as determined by the agar diffusion method. Results: Overal Streptococcus pneumoniae resistance to penicillin was 22.8% (16.3% intermediate resistance and 6.5% high resistance). In a statistically significant finding, we observed no mutations in the penicillin-sensitive samples and only one mutation, typically in the gene encoding pbp2x, among the samples with intermediate resistance, whereas mutations in all three genes studied were observed in the high-resistance samples. Conclusion: For determining Streptococcus pneumoniae resistance to penicillin, PCR is a rapid method of detection that could well be used in clinical practice.


Keywords: Streptococcus pneumoniae. Penicillin resistance. Polymerase chain reaction/methods.


Is tuberculosis difficult to diagnose in childhood and adolescence?

A tuberculose na infância e na adolescência é difícil de diagnosticar?

João Carlos Coelho Filho, Marwal Araújo Caribé, Simone Castro Couto Caldas, Eduardo Martins Netto

J Bras Pneumol.2011;37(3):288-293

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Objective: To determine the sensitivity of the scoring system proposed by the Brazilian National Ministry of Health in 2002 for the diagnosis of tuberculosis in children and adolescents suspected of having the disease. Methods: This was a retrospective study of 316 children and adolescents (0-14 years of age) diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis between 1997 and 2007 at the Brazilian Institute for Tuberculosis Research, located in the city of Salvador, Brazil. After reviewing the medical charts and chest X-rays of the patients, we calculated the tuberculosis scores. Results: The majority of the subjects (80.4%) had a history of close household contact with an AFB-positive adult within the last two years. The tuberculin test was negative in 11 subjects (3.5%). According to the scoring system, 251 (79.4%) were very likely to have tuberculosis (score, ≥ 40), 63 (19.9%) were moderately likely to have tuberculosis (score, 30-35), and 2 (0.7%) were unlikely to have tuberculosis (score, ≤ 25). When a cut-off score of 30 was used, the sensitivity of this scoring system was 99.3%. Conclusions: In our sample, the sensitivity of this scoring system was high when the selected cut-off score was employed. If a cut-off score of 40 had been used, 20% of the subjects would not have been treated. Therefore, scores between 30 and 35 are critical for diagnostic confirmation. Judicious clinical evaluation should prevail in the decision of treating these patients. When the cut-off score of 30 is used, 30% of individuals with other pathologies will be treated for tuberculosis. This highlights the need for improved diagnostic methods for tuberculosis.


Keywords: Tuberculosis/diagnosis; Epidemiology; Diagnostic techniques and procedures.


The utility of molecular biology in the diagnosis of tuberculosis

A utilidade da biologia molecular no diagnóstico da tuberculose

Fernanda Carvalho de Queiroz Mello, Joseane Fonseca-Costa

J Bras Pneumol.2005;31(3):188-190

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Usefulness of chest CT in the diagnosis of pulmonary sequestration

A utilidade da TC de tórax no diagnóstico do sequestro pulmonar

José Gustavo Pugliese, Thiago Prudente Bártholo, Heron Teixeira Andrade dos Santos, Eduardo Haruo Saito, Cláudia Henrique da Costa, Rogério Rufino

J Bras Pneumol.2010;36(2):260-264

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Pulmonary sequestration is a rare congenital anomaly, characterized by nonfunctional embryonic pulmonary tissue. Pulmonary sequestration accounts for 0.15-6.40% of all congenital pulmonary malformations. This anomaly, which is classified as intralobar or extralobar, involves the lung parenchyma and its vascularization. We report the case of a 56-year-old male presenting with hemoptysis. A chest X-ray showed an area of opacity behind the cardiac silhouette in the base of the left hemithorax. Chest CT scans with intravenous contrast revealed pulmonary sequestration. The patient underwent surgery, in which the anomalous tissue was successful resected. The postoperative evolution was favorable, and the patient was discharged to outpatient treatment.


Keywords: Hemoptysis; Bronchopulmonary sequestration; Tomography, spiral computed.


Heimlich valve in the treatment of pneumothorax

A válvula de Heimlich no tratamento do pneumotórax

Ricardo Beytuti, Letícia Engber Odilon Villiger, José Ribas Milanez de Campos, Rodrigo Afonso Silva, Angelo Fernandez, Fábio Biscegli Jatene

J Bras Pneumol.2002;28(3):115-119

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Objective: Heimlich valve has been described as a substitute for water-sealed drainage systems. The objective of this study by the Thoracic Surgery Service of the "Hospital das Clínicas", University of São Paulo Medical Center, is to assess its effectiveness in the treatment of pneumothorax and its ease of operation, safety, and patient toleration. Methods: From June/97 to August/00, 107 patients with pneumotoraxes of different etiologies were analyzed. The majority (76%) were classified radiologically as suffering from moderate or large pneumothorax, three hypertensive pneumothorax, and one was bilateral. The pleural cavity was drained with teflon or polyurethane plastic pig-tail catheters (10.2F, 14F, straight 11F connected to the Heimlich valve or the valve was connected directly to the thoracic drain in post-thoracotomy patients). Results: The valve remained in place for one to 120 days (mean 4 days). Tolerance to the system was good in 89% of cases. There were no serious complication linked to the system. Associated pleural effusion in 20 patients (18.5%) did not prevent the system from functioning well. Only two patients (1.8%) developed subcutaneous emphysema, and therefore, a 36F Tubular drain under water seal was chosen. Thoracotomy for decortication was indicated in one patient (0.9%). Twenty patients (18.5%) were treated on an outpatient basis. Conclusions: The Heimlich valve confirmed its effectiveness in resolving pneumothorax of different etiologies and in postoperative air leaks. Its operation was simpler than that of conventional systems. The good toleration and safety mentioned by the patients was a determining factor in early hospital discharge and a motive for outpatient treatment.


Keywords: Pneumothorax. Pleura. Postural drainage.


Video-assisted thoracoscopy for the diagnosis of diffuse parenchymal lung disease

A videotoracoscopia no diagnóstico das doenças difusas do parênquima pulmonar

Renato Tadao Ishie, João José de Deus Cardoso, Rafael José Silveira, Lucas Stocco

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(3):234-241

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Objective: To evaluate the role of video-assisted thoracoscopy in the diagnosis of diffuse parenchymal lung diseases. Methods: The medical charts of patients suspected of having diffuse parenchymal lung disease were retrospectively reviewed, as were the results of the anatomopathological examination of lung biopsy specimens collected through video-assisted thoracoscopy. Results: Of the 48 patients included in the study, 25 (52.08%) were female and 23 (47.92%) were male. The mean age was 58.77 years (range, 20-76 years). A total of 54 biopsy fragments were submitted to anatomopathological examination: 24 (44.44%) from the lingula; 10 (18.52%) from the left lower lobe; 7 (12.96%) from the right middle lobe; 6 (11.11%) from the right lower lobe; 5 (9.26%) from the left upper lobe; and 2 (3.71%) from the right upper lobe. The mean duration of thoracic drainage was 2.2 days. Adverse events included conversion to thoracotomy, in 2 patients (4.17%), and residual pneumothorax, in 1 (2.08%). The definitive diagnosis was made in 46 patients (95.83%), and idiopathic interstitial pneumonia was the predominant diagnosis (in 54.18%). The most common diagnoses were usual interstitial pneumonia (in 29.27%), nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (in 16.67%) and hypersensitivity pneumonia (in 12.50%). Conclusions: Lung biopsy through video-assisted thoracoscopy is a safe, effective and viable procedure for the diagnosis of diffuse parenchymal lung diseases.


Keywords: Lung diseases, interstitial; Thoracoscopy; Diagnosis.


Chronic cough in non-smokers: diagnostic approach

Abordagem diagnóstica da tosse crônica em pacientes não-tabagistas

Márcia Jacomelli, Rogério Souza, Wilson Leite Pedreira Júnior

J Bras Pneumol.2003;29(6):413-420

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Cough is the main physiological mechanism responsible for the clearance of secretions from airways, acting as an important defense mechanism. However, the presentation of chronic cough is one of the most important causes for patients to seek medical attention all over the world, thus the significance of the correct recognition of all the factors related to the process of cough. Among those factors, some are of extreme importance, since they may be present in almost 95% of the cases: post-nasal drip syndrome, asthma and gastroesophageal reflux disease. The main step for a successful therapy for chronic cough is a rational and progressive diagnostic approach, narrowing the list of possible diagnosis and allowing the institution of a treatment with a better cost-effectiveness. The proposal of an algorithm focusing on the most common causes of chronic cough may be helpful in this initial approach.


Keywords: Chronic cough. Diagnostic algorithm. Asthma. Postnasal drip syndrome. Gastroesophageal reflux disease.


Lung abscess: analysis of 252 consecutive cases diagnosed between 1968 and 2004

Abscesso pulmonar de aspiração: análise de 252 casos consecutivos estudados de 1968 a 2004

José da Silva Moreira, José de Jesus Peixoto Camargo, José Carlos Felicetti, Paulo Roberto Goldenfun, Ana Luiza Schneider Moreira, Nelson da Silva Porto

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(2):136-143

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Objective: To relate the experience of the staff at a health care facility specializing in the management of patients with aspiration lung abscess. Methods: Diagnostic aspects and therapeutic results of 252 consecutive cases of lung abscess seen in patients hospitalized between 1968 and 2004. Results: Of the 252 patients, 209 were male, and 43 were female. The mean age was 41.4 years, and 70.2% were alcoholic. Cough, expectoration, fever and overall poor health were seen over 97% of patients. Chest pain was reported by 64%, 30.2% presented digital clubbing, 82.5% had dental disease, 78.6% reported having lost consciousness at least once, and 67.5% presented foul smelling sputum. In 85.3% of the patients, the lung lesions were located either in the posterior segments of the upper lobe or in the superior segments of the lower lobe, and 96.8% were unilateral. Concomitant pleural empyema was seen in 24 (9.5%) of the patients. Mixed flora was identified in the bronchopulmonary or pleural secretions of 182 patients (72.2%). All patients were initially treated with antibiotics (mainly penicillin or clindamycin), and postural drainage was performed in 98.4% of cases. Surgical procedures were performed in 52 (20.6%) of the patients (drainage of empyema in 24, pulmonary resection in 22 and drainage of the abscess in 6). Cure was obtained in 242 patients (96.0%), and 10 (4.0%) died. Conclusion: Lung abscess occurred predominantly in male adults presenting dental disease and having a history of loss of consciousness (especially as a result of alcohol abuse). Most of the patients were treated clinically with antibiotics and postural drainage, although some surgical procedure was required in one-fifth of the study sample.


Keywords: Lung abscess; Pneumonia, aspiration; Bacteria, anaerobic; Bacterial infections; Drainage, postural


Educational camp for children with asthma

Acampamento educacional para crianças asmáticas

Maria do Rosario da Silva Ramos Costa, Maria Alenita Oliveira, Ilka Lopes Santoro,Yara Juliano, José Rosado Pinto, Ana Luisa Godoy Fernandes

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(4):191-195

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Objective: To evaluate the impact of a 5-day educational camp program for children with asthma in terms of improving their knowledge of asthma and enhancing their performance in the use of inhaled medication and in physical activities. Methods: Every day, the children received 20-min interactive educational sessions, the technique for using the metered-dose inhaler was reviewed, two peak flow readings were recorded, and the children performed physical activities that included breathing and relaxation exercises. A questionnaire regarding knowledge of asthma, as well as asthma triggers, asthma medications, misconceptions regarding asthma, and the use of spacers, was administered before and after the intervention. Correct use of inhaled medication and exercise-related symptoms were also evaluated before and after the intervention. Results: A total of 37 children with asthma, aged 8-10 years (15 females and 22 males), were included in this study. Of those, 25% showed an improvement in the level of knowledge of asthma after the educational camp program, as evidenced by the greater number of correct answers on three of the twelve questions analyzed (p < 0.05). The exercise-related dyspnea scores decreased significantly (p < 0.05). The ability to use inhaled medication correctly was significantly improved after the intervention (p < 0.05). Conclusions: The asthma educational camp program can improve knowledge about specific questions, encourage participation in physical activities, and improve the asthma management skills of children.


Keywords: Asthma; Asthma/prevention & control; Models, educational; Child.


Clinicopathological findings in pulmonary thromboembolism: a 24-year autopsy study

Achados clínicopatológicos na tromboembolia pulmonar: estudo de 24 anos de autópsias

Hugo Hyung Bok Yoo, Fabiana Guandalini Mendes, Christine Elisabete Rubio Alem, Alexandre Todorovic Fabro, José Eduardo Corrente, Thaís Thomaz Queluz

J Bras Pneumol.2004;30(5):426-432

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Background: Pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) is still an enigmatic disorder in many epidemiological and clinical features, remaining one of the most commonly misdiagnosed disorders. Objective: To describe the prevalence and pathological findings of PTE in a series of autopsies, to correlate these findings with underlying diseases, and to verify the frequency of PTE clinically suspected before death. Method: The reports on 5261 consecutive autopsies performed from 1979 to 2002 in a Brazilian tertiary referral medical school were reviewed for a retrospective study. From the medical records and autopsy reports of the patients found with macroscopically and/or microscopically documented PTE, were gathered data on demographics, underlying diseases, antemortem suspicion of PTE, and probable PTE site of origin. Results: The autopsy rate was 42.0% and PTE was found in 544 patients. In 225 cases, PTE was the main cause of death (fatal PTE). Infections (p=0.0003) were associated with nonfatal PTE and trauma (p=0.007) with fatal PTE. The rate of antemortem unsuspected PTE was 84.6% and 40.0% of these patients presented fatal PTE. Diseases of the circulatory system (p=0.0001), infections (p<0.0001), diseases of the digestive system (p=0.0001), neoplasia (p=0.024) and trauma (p=0.005) were associated with unsuspected PTE. The most frequent PTE site of origin was the lower limbs (48.9%). Probable PTE sites of origin such as right-sided cardiac chambers (p=0.012) and pelvic veins (p=0.015) were associated with fatal PTE. Conclusion: A large number of cases do not have antemortem suspicion of PTE. Special attention should be paid to the possibility of PTE in patients with diseases of the circulatory system, infections, diseases of the digestive system, neoplasia, and trauma.


Keywords: Autopsy. Epidemiology. Pulmonary Thromboembolism.


High-resolution computed tomography findings of pulmonary tuberculosis in lung transplant recipients

Achados de tuberculose pulmonar na tomografia computadorizada de alta resolução em transplantados de pulmão

Irai Luis Giacomelli, Roberto Schuhmacher Neto, Carlos Schuller Nin, Priscilla de Souza Cassano, Marisa Pereira, José da Silva Moreira, Douglas Zaione Nascimento, Bruno Hochhegger

J Bras Pneumol.2017;43(4):270-273

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Objective: Respiratory infections constitute a major cause of morbidity and mortality in solid organ transplant recipients. The incidence of pulmonary tuberculosis is high among such patients. On imaging, tuberculosis has various presentations. Greater understanding of those presentations could reduce the impact of the disease by facilitating early diagnosis. Therefore, we attempted to describe the HRCT patterns of pulmonary tuberculosis in lung transplant recipients. Methods: From two hospitals in southern Brazil, we collected the following data on lung transplant recipients who developed pulmonary tuberculosis: gender; age; symptoms; the lung disease that led to transplantation; HRCT pattern; distribution of findings; time from transplantation to pulmonary tuberculosis; and mortality rate. The HRCT findings were classified as miliary nodules; cavitation and centrilobular nodules with a tree-in-bud pattern; ground-glass attenuation with consolidation; mediastinal lymph node enlargement; or pleural effusion. Results: We evaluated 402 lung transplant recipients, 19 of whom developed pulmonary tuberculosis after transplantation. Among those 19 patients, the most common HRCT patterns were ground-glass attenuation with consolidation (in 42%); cavitation and centrilobular nodules with a tree-in-bud pattern (in 31.5%); and mediastinal lymph node enlargement (in 15.7%). Among the patients with cavitation and centrilobular nodules with a tree-in-bud pattern, the distribution was within the upper lobes in 66.6%. No pleural effusion was observed. Despite treatment, one-year mortality was 47.3%. Conclusions: The predominant HRCT pattern was ground-glass attenuation with consolidation, followed by cavitation and centrilobular nodules with a tree-in-bud pattern. These findings are similar to those reported for immunocompetent patients with pulmonary tuberculosis and considerably different from those reported for AIDS patients with the same disease.


Keywords: Lung transplantation; Diagnostic imaging; Mycobacterium infections; Thoracic diseases; Tomography, X-Ray computed/methods; Tuberculosis, pulmonary.


Histological features and survival in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Achados histológicos e sobrevida na fibrose pulmonar idiopática

Ester Nei Aparecida Martins Coletta, Carlos Alberto de Castro Pereira, Rimarcs Gomes Ferreira, Adalberto Sperb Rubin, Lucimara Sonja Villela, Tatiana Malheiros, João Norberto Stávale

J Bras Pneumol.2003;29(6):371-378

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Background: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis was recently redefined as usual interstitial pneumonia of unknown etiology. Consequently, the prognostic value of histological findings needs to be reassessed. Objective: To correlate clinical, functional and histological findings with survival in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Method: Patients (n = 51; mean age: 66 ± 8 years; gender: 21 females/30 males) were evaluated. Of the 51, 26 were smokers or ex-smokers. Duration of symptoms, forced vital capacity and smoking habits were recorded. All patients presented usual interstitial pneumonia verified through histology. Degree of honeycombing, established fibrosis, desquamation, cellularity, myointimal thickening of blood vessels and number of fibroblastic foci were graded according to the semiquantitative method. Results: Median duration of symptoms was 12 months and initial forced vital capacity was 72 ± 21%. Cox multivariate analysis revealed that survival correlated inversely and significantly (p < 0.05) with duration of symptoms and fibroblastic foci score, as well as with myointimal thickening of blood vessels. Limited numbers of fibroblastic foci, as well as myointimal thickening involving less than 50% of blood vessels, were predictive of greater survival. No correlation with survival was found for gender, age, forced vital capacity, inflammation or degree of cellularity. Conclusion: Semiquantitative analysis of lung biopsies yields relevant prognostic information regarding patients with usual interstitial pneumonia.


Keywords: Pulmonary fibrosis. Lung diseases, interstitial. Survival analysis.


Radiological findings in patients with obstructive sleep apnea

Achados radiológicos em pacientes portadores de apneia obstrutiva do sono

Carlos Fernando de Mello Junior, Hélio Antonio Guimarães Filho, Camila Albuquerque de Brito Gomes, Camila Caroline de Amorim Paiva

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(1):98-101

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A apneia obstrutiva do sono (AOS) é caracterizada por obstruções recorrentes das vias aéreas superiores durante o sono que ocorrem no nível da faringe. Apesar de a análise cefalométrica ser um importante método no diagnóstico das deformidades craniofaciais, a TC e a ressonância magnética vêm se destacando como os principais métodos de imagem para a investigação das eventuais causas da AOS que, na maioria das vezes, é multifatorial. Esses métodos permitem uma excelente avaliação nos diversos planos anatômicos do eventual sítio da obstrução, o que permite uma melhor avaliação clínica e abordagem cirúrgica. O presente ensaio pictórico tem como objetivo descrever os aspectos que devem ser avaliados no diagnóstico por imagem dos principais fatores predisponentes para a AOS.


Palavras-chave: Síndromes da apneia do sono; Imagem por ressonância magnética; Tomografia computadorizada por raios X.


Computed tomography findings of postoperative complications in lung transplantation

Achados tomográficos nas complicações pós-operatórias do transplante pulmonar

Bruno Hochhegger, Klaus Loureiro Irion, Edson Marchiori, Rodrigo Bello, José Moreira, José Jesus Camargo

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(3):266-274

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Due to the increasing number and improved survival of lung transplant recipients, radiologists should be aware of the imaging features of the postoperative complications that can occur in such patients. The early treatment of complications is important for the long-term survival of lung transplant recipients. Frequently, HRCT plays a central role in the investigation of such complications. Early recognition of the signs of complications allows treatment to be initiated earlier, which improves survival. The aim of this pictorial review was to demonstrate the CT scan appearance of pulmonary complications such as reperfusion edema, acute rejection, infection, pulmonary thromboembolism, chronic rejection, bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome, cryptogenic organizing pneumonia, post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder, bronchial dehiscence and bronchial stenosis.


Keywords: Tomography, X-ray computed; Lung transplantation; Postoperative complications.


Pulmonary involvement in Behcet's disease: a positive single-center experience with the use of immunosuppressive therapy

Acometimento pulmonar na doença de Behçet: uma boa experiência com o uso de imunossupressores

Alfredo Nicodemos Cruz Santana, Telma Antunes, Juliana Monteiro de Barros, Ronaldo Adib Kairalla, Carlos Roberto Ribeiro de Carvalho, Carmen Silvia Valente Barbas

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(6):362-366

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Objective: Behcet's syndrome, or Behcet's disease (BD), is a multisystem pathology, and survival is related to pulmonary involvement. However, it appears that different treatments correlate with different prognoses. The aim of this study was to evaluate clinical and tomographic evolution, as well as the survival, of patients with BD-related pulmonary involvement. Methods: A retrospective review of our experience with pulmonary manifestations in patients with BD treated at our institution between January 1, 1988 and April 30, 2006. The clinical, radiological, treatment and survival data were obtained from medical charts. Results: We identified 9 patients with BD-related pulmonary involvement. The mean age was 34 ± 11.5 years, and 7 of the patients were male. The radiological findings were as follows: pulmonary artery aneurysm (PAA) in 8 patients; pulmonary embolism in 3 (translating to an incidence of 5.11 cases/100 patient-years); alveolar hemorrhage in one; and pulmonary hypertension in one. The treatment consisted of immunosuppression with prednisone plus chlorambucil (or cyclophosphamide or mycophenolate mofetil) in all patients, with partial or complete resolution of the PAAs. One patient with a PAA and pulmonary hypertension also received sildenafil and warfarin, with good clinical and tomographic response (the first report in the English literature). In our sample, the mean duration of the follow-up period was 6.52 years. The three-year survival rate was 88.8%, as was the five-year survival rate. Conclusions: Patients with BD-related pulmonary involvement can present good survival with immunosuppressive therapy, and BD should be borne in mind as a possible cause of pulmonary hypertension and alveolar hemorrhage.


Keywords: Behcet Syndrome; Lung diseases, interstitial; Pulmonary circulation; Hypertension, pulmonary; Pulmonary embolism; Alveolar.


Longitudinal follow-up of cardiac vagal activity in individuals undergoing endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy

Acompanhamento longitudinal da atividade vagal cardíaca de indivíduos submetidos à simpatectomia torácica endoscópica

Ana Paula Ferreira1,2,3,a, Plinio dos Santos Ramos1,2,3,b, Jorge Montessi2,3,4,c, Flávia Duarte Montessi2,3,d, Eveline Montessi Nicolini3,4,e, Edmilton Pereira de Almeida4,f, Djalma Rabelo Ricardo1,2,3,g

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(6):456-460

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Objective: To conduct a longitudinal investigation of cardiac vagal activity (CVA) by measuring resting HR and calculating the cardiac vagal index (CVI) in individuals undergoing sympathectomy for the treatment of primary hyperhidrosis. Methods: This was a descriptive longitudinal study involving 22 patients, 13 of whom were female. The mean age was 22.5 ± 8.8 years. The palms, soles, and axillae were the most commonly affected sites. Resting HR was measured by an electrocardiogram performed 20 min before the 4-second exercise test (4sET), which was used in order to evaluate CVA at three different time points: before surgery, one month after surgery, and four years after surgery. Results: Resting HR (expressed as mean ± SE) was found to have decreased significantly at 1 month after surgery (73.1 ± 1.6 bpm before surgery vs. 69.7 ± 1.2 bpm at one month after surgery; p = 0.01). However, the HR values obtained at four years after surgery tended to be similar to those obtained before surgery (p = 0.31). The CVI (expressed as mean ± SE) was found to have increased significantly at one month after surgery (1.44 ± 0.04 before surgery vs. 1.53 ± 0.03 at one month after surgery; p = 0.02). However, the CVI obtained at four years after surgery tended to be similar to that obtained before surgery (p = 0.10). Conclusions: At one month after sympathectomy for primary hyperhidrosis, patients present with changes in resting HR and CVA, both of which tend to return to baseline at four years after surgery.


Keywords: Hyperhidrosis; Sympathectomy; Autonomic nervous system; Exercise test;


Pulmonary actinomycosis as a pseudotumor: A rare presentation

Actinomicose pulmonar na forma pseudotumoral: Uma apresentação rara

Hylas Paiva da Costa Ferreira, Carlos Alberto Almeida de Araújo, Jeancarlo Fernandes Cavalcanti, Roberta Lacerda Almeida de Miranda, Rachel de Alcântara Oliveira Ramalho

J Bras Pneumol.2011;37(5):689-693

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Some lung diseases are true diagnostic challenges due to their various clinical presentations. Actinomycosis is one such disease, potentially affecting various organs and systems. We report the case of a patient with pulmonary actinomycosis as a pseudotumor, which is usually only diagnosed by thoracotomy or thoracoscopy.


Keywords: Actinomycosis; Thoracic neoplasms; Bacterial infections and mycoses.


Diagnostic accuracy of the Bedside Lung Ultrasound in Emergency protocol for the diagnosis of acute respiratory failure in spontaneously breathing patients

Acurácia diagnóstica do protocolo de ultrassom pulmonar à beira do leito em situações de emergência para diagnóstico de insuficiência respiratória aguda em pacientes com ventilação espontânea

Felippe Leopoldo Dexheimer Neto, Juliana Mara Stormovski de Andrade, Ana Carolina Tabajara Raupp, Raquel da Silva Townsend, Fabiana Gabe Beltrami, Hélène Brisson, Qin Lu, Paulo de Tarso Roth Dalcin

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(1):58-64

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Objective: Bedside lung ultrasound (LUS) is a noninvasive, readily available imaging modality that can complement clinical evaluation. The Bedside Lung Ultrasound in Emergency (BLUE) protocol has demonstrated a high diagnostic accuracy in patients with acute respiratory failure (ARF). Recently, bedside LUS has been added to the medical training program of our ICU. The aim of this study was to investigate the accuracy of LUS based on the BLUE protocol, when performed by physicians who are not ultrasound experts, to guide the diagnosis of ARF. Methods: Over a one-year period, all spontaneously breathing adult patients consecutively admitted to the ICU for ARF were prospectively included. After training, 4 non-ultrasound experts performed LUS within 20 minutes of patient admission. They were blinded to patient medical history. LUS diagnosis was compared with the final clinical diagnosis made by the ICU team before patients were discharged from the ICU (gold standard). Results: Thirty-seven patients were included in the analysis (mean age, 73.2  14.7 years; APACHE II, 19.2  7.3). LUS diagnosis had a good agreement with the final diagnosis in 84% of patients (overall kappa, 0.81). The most common etiologies for ARF were pneumonia (n = 17) and hemodynamic lung edema (n = 15). The sensitivity and specificity of LUS as measured against the final diagnosis were, respectively, 88% and 90% for pneumonia and 86% and 87% for hemodynamic lung edema. Conclusions: LUS based on the BLUE protocol was reproducible by physicians who are not ultrasound experts and accurate for the diagnosis of pneumonia and hemodynamic lung edema.


Keywords: Ultrasonography, interventional; Respiratory insufficiency; Intensive care units.


Accuracy of clinical examination findings in the diagnosis of COPD

Acurácia do exame clínico no diagnóstico da DPOC

Waldo Luís Leite Dias de Mattos, Leonardo Gilberto Haas Signori, Fernando Kessler Borges, Jorge Augusto Bergamin, Vivian Machado

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(5):404-408

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Objective: Simple diagnostic methods can facilitate the diagnosis of COPD, which is a major public health problem. The objective of this study was to investigate the accuracy of clinical variables in the diagnosis of COPD. Methods: Patients with COPD and control subjects were prospectively evaluated by two investigators regarding nine clinical variables. The likelihood ratio for the diagnosis of COPD was determined using a logistic regression model. Results: The study comprised 98 patients with COPD (mean age, 62.3 ± 12.3 years; mean FEV1, 48.3 ± 21.6%) and 102 controls. The likelihood ratios (95% CIs) for the diagnosis of COPD were as follows: 4.75 (2.29-9.82; p < 0.0001) for accessory muscle recruitment; 5.05 (2.72-9.39; p < 0.0001) for pursed-lip breathing; 2.58 (1.45‑4.57; p < 0.001) for barrel chest; 3.65 (2.01-6.62; p < 0.0001) for decreased chest expansion; 7.17 (3.75-13.73; p < 0.0001) for reduced breath sounds; 2.17 (1.01-4.67; p < 0.05) for a thoracic index ≥ 0.9; 2.36 (1.22-4.58; p < 0.05) for laryngeal height ≤ 5.5 cm; 3.44 (1.92-6.16; p < 0.0001) for forced expiratory time ≥ 4 s; and 4.78 (2.13-10.70; p < 0.0001) for lower liver edge ≥ 4 cm from lower costal edge. Inter-rater reliability for those same variables was, respectively, 0.57, 0.45, 0.62, 0.32, 0.53, 0.32, 0.59, 0.52 and 0.44 (p < 0.0001 for all). Conclusions: Various clinical examination findings could be used as diagnostic tests for COPD.


Keywords: Physical examination; Diagnosis; Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive.


Accuracy of inpatient and outpatient gastric lavage in the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis in children

Acurácia do lavado gástrico realizado em ambiente hospitalar e ambulatorial no diagnóstico da tuberculose pulmonar em crianças

Ethel Leonor Noia Maciel, Reynaldo Dietze, Renata Peres Lyrio, Solange Alves Vinhas, Moises Palaci, Rodrigo Ribeiro Rodrigues, Claudio Jose Struchiner

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(6):404-411

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Objective: To compare gastric lavage (GL) performed in inpatients with GL performed in outpatients in terms of its accuracy in diagnosing pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) in children. Methods: A prospective study was carried out in the state of Espírito Santo, Brazil, from 1999 to 2003. A total of 230 children suspected of having TB (103 inpatients and 127 outpatients) were selected to undergo GL. Those thus diagnosed with TB (n = 53) were divided into two groups: inpatient GL (n = 30) and outpatient GL (n = 23). All 53 children were monitored for 6 months in order to evaluate the accuracy of the diagnosis. Accuracy was determined based on any change in diagnosis, cure rate, and the percentage of positive cultures in the two groups studied. Results: The cure rate was 100% in both groups, and there was no change in diagnosis in the 53 children studied. No significant difference was found between the two groups studied in terms of detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (RR = 1.47; 95% CI: 0.95-2.27; p = 0.095), although the outpatient group presented a greater rate of positive cultures. Conclusions: Our results show that the accuracy of GL performed in an inpatient setting is similar to that of GL performed in an outpatient setting. This indicates that hospitalization is required only in more severe cases in which GL cannot be performed as an outpatient procedure.


Keywords: Gastric lavage; Tuberculosis; Diagnosis.


Accuracy of the stair climbing test using maximal oxygen uptake as the gold standard

Acurácia do teste de escada utilizando o consumo máximo de oxigênio como padrão-ouro

Daniele Cristina Cataneo, Antonio José Maria Cataneo

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(2):128-133

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Objective: To determine the accuracy of the variables related to the fixed-height stair climbing test (SCT) using maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 max) as the gold standard. Methods: The SCT was performed on a staircase consisting of 6 flights (72 steps; 12.16 m total height), with verbal encouragement, in 51 patients. Stair-climbing 'time' was measured, and the variables 'work' and 'power' also being calculated. The VO2 max was measured using ergospirometry according to the Balke protocol. We calculated the Pearson linear correlation (r), as well as the values of p, between the SCT variables and VO2 max. To determine accuracy, the VO2 max cut-off point was set at 25 mL/kg/min, and individuals were classified as normal or altered. The cut-off points for the SCT variables were determined using the receiver operating characteristic curve. The Kappa statistic (k) was used in order to assess concordance. Results: The following values were obtained for the variable 'time': cut-off point = 40 s; x_ = 41 ± 15.5 s; r = −0.707; p < 0.005; specificity = 89%; sensibility = 83%; accuracy = 86%; and k = 0.724. For 'power', the values obtained were as follows: cut-off point = 200 w; x_ = 222.3 ± 95.2 w; r = 0.515; p < 0.005; specificity = 67%; sensibility = 75%; accuracy = 71%; and k = 0.414. Since the correlation between 'work' and VO2 max was not significant, that variable was discarded. Conclusion: Of the SCT variables tested, using VO2 max as the gold standard, the variable 'time' was the most accurate.


Keywords: Exercise test; Respiratory function tests; Heart function tests; Spirometry; Ergometry


Accuracy of a rapid molecular test for tuberculosis in sputum samples, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, and tracheal aspirate obtained from patients with suspected pulmonary tuberculosis at a tertiary referral hospital

Acurácia do teste rápido molecular para tuberculose em amostras de escarro, lavado broncoalveolar e aspirado traqueal obtidos de pacientes com suspeita de tuberculose pulmonar em um hospital de referência terciária

Tatiane Maria da Silva1,a, Valéria Martins Soares2,b, Mariana Gontijo Ramos1,c, Adriana dos Santos1,d

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(2):e20170451-e20170451

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Tuberculosis continues to be a major public health problem worldwide. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the accuracy of the Xpert MTB/RIF rapid molecular test for tuberculosis, using pulmonary samples obtained from patients treated at the Júlia Kubitschek Hospital, which is operated by the Hospital Foundation of the State of Minas Gerais, in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. This was a retrospective study comparing the Xpert MTB/RIF test results with those of standard culture for Mycobacterium tuberculosis and phenotypic susceptibility tests. Although the Xpert MTB/RIF test showed high accuracy for the detection of M. tuberculosis and its resistance to rifampin, attention must be given to the clinical status of the patient, in relation to the test results, as well as to the limitations of molecular tests.


Keywords: Tuberculosis/diagnosis; Molecular diagnostic techniques; Sputum; Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid.


Cross-cultural adaptation and assessment of reproducibility of the Duke Activity Status Index for COPD patients in Brazil

Adaptação cultural e avaliação da reprodutibilidade do Duke Activity Status Index para pacientes com DPOC no Brasil

Livia dos Anjos Tavares, José Barreto Neto, José Roberto Jardim, George Márcio da Costa e Souza, Mark A. Hlatky, Oliver Augusto Nascimento

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(6):684-691

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Objective: To cross-culturally adapt the Duke Activity Status Index (DASI) for use in Brazil and evaluate the reproducibility of the new (Brazilian Portuguese-language) version. Methods: We selected stable patients with clinical and spirometric diagnosis of COPD. Initially, the DASI was translated into Brazilian Portuguese, and the cross-cultural adaptation was performed by an expert committee. Subsequently, 12 patients completed the questionnaire, so that their questions and difficulties could be identified and adjustments could be made. An independent translator back-translated the final version into English, which was then submitted to and approved by the original author. The final Brazilian Portuguese-language version of the DASI was applied to 50 patients at three distinct times. For the assessment of interobserver reproducibility, it was applied twice within a 30-min interval by two different interviewers. For the assessment of intraobserver reproducibility, it was applied again 15 days later by one of the interviewers. Results: The mean age of the patients was 62.3 ± 10.0 years, the mean FEV1 was 45.2 ± 14.7% of the predicted value, and the mean body mass index was 26.8 ± 5.8 kg/m2. The intraclass correlation coefficients for intraobserver and interobserver reproducibility were 0.95 and 0.90, respectively. The correlations between the DASI and the Saint George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) domains were all negative and statistically significant. The DASI correlated best with the SGRQ activity domain (r = −0.70), the total SGRQ score (r = −0.66), and the six-minute walk distance (r = 0.55). Conclusions: The Brazilian Portuguese-language version of the DASI is reproducible, fast, and simple, correlating well with the SGRQ.


Keywords: Activities of daily living; Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive; Reproducibility of results.


Cultural adaptation and reproducibility of the Breathing Problems Questionnaire for use in patients with COPD in Brazil

Adaptação cultural e reprodutibilidade do Questionário para Problemas Respiratórios em pacientes portadores de DPOC no Brasil

Patrícia Nobre Calheiros da Silva, José Roberto Jardim, George Márcio da Costa e Souza, Michael E Hyland, Oliver Augusto Nascimento

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(3):339-345

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Objective: To translate the Breathing Problems Questionnaire (BPQ) into Portuguese and adapt it to the Brazilian culture, as well as to evaluate its reproducibility in patients with COPD. Methods: After the BPQ had been translated and adapted to the Brazilian culture, it was administered to a subgroup of 8 patients in order to identify their uncertainties and difficulties. The questionnaire was reviewed by an expert committee, and its final version was arrived at. A second translator back-translated the final version into English, which was sent to the original author in order to verify that the original meaning of the questionnaire had been maintained. After the approval of the original author, the final Portuguese-language version of the questionnaire was administered to 50 patients with COPD, in order to evaluate its reproducibility. Results: The mean response time was 9.5 min. Of the 50 patients, 21 were female and 29 were male. The mean age was 65.8 ± 7.5 years. Most of the patients were classified as having moderate COPD (29.16%) or severe COPD (52%). The intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) for the total score was 0.94. The ICCs for the eleven BPQ domains and its two subscales were also above 0.70. Moderate correlations were found between the BPQ domains and subscales. Conclusions: The translation and cultural adaptation of the BPQ for use in Brazil was deemed appropriate, because the patients could easily understand and answer the questions. In addition, the Brazilian version of the BPQ questionnaire was found to be reliable, showing good reproducibility.


Keywords: Pulmonary disease; chronic obstructive; Quality of life; Reproducibility of results.


Cross-cultural adaptation of the Cambridge Pulmonary Hypertension Outcome Review for use in patients with pulmonary hypertension in Colombia

Adaptación transcultural de la escala Cambridge Pulmonary Hypertension Outcome Review en pacientes con hipertensión pulmonar en Colombia

Claudio Villaquirán1,2,a, Socorro Moreno3,b, Rubén Dueñas4,c, Paola Acuña5,d, Juan Ricardo Lutz2,e, Jeanette Wilburn6,f, Alice Heaney6,g

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(6):e20180332-e20180332

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Objective: To conduct a cross-cultural adaptation of the Cambridge Pulmonary Hypertension Outcome Review (CAMPHOR) as an instrument to evaluate the perception of symptoms, functional limitation, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in subjects diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) or chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) in Colombia. Methods: The adaptation process involved 3 phases: translation, cognitive debriefing interviews, and a validation survey. To evaluate the psychometric properties, we recruited individuals ≥ 18 years of age who had been diagnosed with PAH or CTEPH to take part in the latter two stages of the adaptation process. All individuals were being followed on an outpatient basis by the pulmonary hypertension programs at Hospital Universitario San Ignacio, Fundación Clínica Shaio,and Clínicos IPS, all located in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. Results: A Spanish-language version of the CAMPHOR was developed for use in Colombia. The internal consistency was excellent for the symptoms, functioning, and quality of life scales (Cronbach's alpha coefficients of 0.92, 0.87, and 0.93, respectively). Test-retest reliability was above 0.70. The evaluation of the convergent validity and known group validity of the CAMPHOR scales confirmed that there were moderate and strong correlations with the related constructs of the Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short-Form Health Survey, version 2, as well as showing their capacity to discriminate disease severity. Conclusions: The Spanish-language version of the CAMPHOR developed for use in Colombia was the result of a translation and cultural adaptation process that allows us to consider it equivalent to the original version, having shown good psychometric properties in the study sample. Therefore, its use to assess the impact of interventions on the HRQoL of patients with PAH or CTEPH is recommended, in research and clinical practice.


Keywords: Quality of life; Hypertension, pulmonary; Pulmonary embolism; Psychometrics.


Alveolar adenoma

Adenoma alveolar

Eduardo Haruo Saito, Luciana Ribeiro de Araújo, Leonardo Hoehl Carneiro, Antonio Ambrosio de Oliveira Neto, João Carlos Corrêa, Luiz Sérgio Carvalho Teixeira

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(3):-

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Alveolar adenoma is a rare benign neoplasm of the lungs, and very few cases have been described in the literature. Patients with alveolar adenoma are frequently asymptomatic and are diagnosed through the accidental discovery of a singular, well-delineated nodule on a routine chest X-ray. The definitive diagnosis is made histologically, and the treatment consists of surgical resection of the nodule..


Keywords: Adenoma; Lung neoplasms; Pulmonary alveoli/pathology; Coin lesion, pulmonary;


Compliance with maintenance treatment of asthma (ADERE study)

Adesão ao tratamento de manutenção em asma (estudo ADERE)

José Miguel Chatkin, Daniela Cavalet-Blanco, Nóris Coimbra Scaglia, Roberto Guidotti Tonietto, Mário B. Wagner, Carlos Cezar Fritscher

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(4):277-283

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Objective: To determine the rate of compliance with preventive treatment of moderate and severe persistent asthma. Methods: Physicians at various medical centers across the country were invited to nominate patients for participation in the study. Inclusion criteria were being over the age of 12 and presenting moderate or severe persistent asthma. Participating patients received salmeterol/fluticasone 50/250 µg by dry powder inhaler for 90 days and were instructed to return the empty packages at the end of the study as a means of determining the total quantity used. In order to evaluate compliance, a member of the research team contacted each patient via telephone at the study outset and again at the end of the 90-day study period. Asthma patients were considered compliant with the treatment if they used at least 85% of the prescribed dose. The following variables were studied: gender, age, race, marital status, years of schooling, smoking habits, other atopic conditions, comorbidities, asthma severity, use of other medication and number of hospital admissions for asthma. Results: A total of 131 patients from fifteen states were included. The overall rate of compliance was found to be 51.9%. There was a significant difference in compliance in relation to asthma severity: compliance was greater among patients with severe persistent asthma than among those with moderate persistent asthma (p = 0.02). There were no statistically significant differences among any of the other variables. Conclusion: The overall rate of compliance with maintenance treatment of asthma was low.


Keywords: Asthma/drug therapy; Asthma/prevention & control; Patient compliance; Patient education; Physician-patient relations


Adherence to treatment in patients with cystic fibrosis

Adesão ao tratamento em pacientes com fibrose cística

Jefferson Veronezi, Daiane Scortegagna

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(3):290-291

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Compliance with environmental control measures in the homes of children and adolescents with asthma

Adesão às medidas de controle ambiental em lares de crianças e adolescentes asmáticos

Nulma Souto Jentzsch, Paulo Augusto Moreira Camargos, Elza Machado de Melo

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(3):189-194

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Objective: To determine, through home visits, the rate of compliance with environmental control measures in the homes of children with asthma. Methods: This study involved 98 asthma patients between the ages of 4 and 15. The parents of those children and adolescents received instruction in how to carry out environmental control measures and were encouraged to perform such measures continuously for a period of 90 days. Home visits, which included direct inspection of the domicile and administration of a questionnaire, were made before and after this 90-day period. In cases of noncompliance, parents were asked to explain why they did not carry out the control measures. Statistical analysis was performed using the McNemar test. Results: Overall compliance with the various items studied was 11.1%, ranging from -4.1% (for curtain control, p = 0.63) to 22.6% (for stuffed toys, p < 0.001). Passive smoking was reduced to 9.7% (p = 0.02). Among the families studied, the mean monthly income was 2.5 times the national minimum wage. When asked why they had not adopted the recommended measures, noncompliant parents gave, among others, the following explanations: "economic hardship" (60.1%); "the measures were too difficult to carry out" (6.1%); "nonparticipation of the father" (4%); and "lack of time on the part of the mother" (4%). Conclusion: Environmental control measures were carried out sporadically, possibly reflecting the influence of socioeconomic and cultural factors.


Keywords: Asthma; Allergens; Environmental exposure; Hypersensivity/prevention & control; Compliance


Adhesiveness and purulence of respiratory secretions: implications for mucociliary transport in patients with bronchiectasis

Adesividade e purulência de secreções respiratórias: implicações no transporte mucociliar em pacientes com bronquiectasias

Joana Tambascio, Roberta Marques Lisboa, Rita de Cássia Vianna Passarelli, José Antonio Baddini Martinez, Ada Clarice Gastaldi

J Bras Pneumol.2010;36(5):545-553

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Objective: To analyze and compare the transport properties of respiratory secretions, classified by selected parameters, in individuals with bronchiectasis unrelated to cystic fibrosis. Methods: We collected mucus samples from 35 individuals with bronchiectasis unrelated to cystic fibrosis. The samples were first classified by their surface properties (adhesive or nonadhesive), as well as by their aspect (mucoid or purulent). We then tested the samples regarding relative transport velocity (RTV), displacement in a simulated cough machine (SCM), and contact angle (CA). For the proposed comparisons, we used ANOVA models, with a level of significance set at 5%. Results: In comparison with nonadhesive samples, adhesive samples showed significantly less displacement in the SCM, as well as a significantly higher CA (6.52 ± 1.88 cm vs. 8.93 ± 2.81 cm and 27.08 ± 6.13° vs. 22.53 ± 5.92°, respectively; p < 0.05 for both). The same was true in the comparison between purulent and mucoid samples (7.57 ± 0.22 cm vs. 9.04 ± 2.48 cm and 25.61 ± 6.12° vs. 21.71 ± 5.89°; p < 0.05 for both). There were no significant differences in RTV among the groups of samples, although the values were low regardless of the surface properties (adhesive: 0.81 ± 0.20; nonadhesive: 0.68 ± 0.24) or the aspect (purulent: 0.74 ± 0.22; mucoid: 0.82 ± 0.22). Conclusions: The respiratory secretions of patients with bronchiectasis showed decreased mucociliary transport. Increased adhesiveness and purulence cause the worsening of transport properties, as demonstrated by the lesser displacement in the SCM and the higher CA.


Keywords: Bronchiectasis; Mucus; Mucociliary clearance; Adhesiveness.


Unilateral pulmonary agenesis

Agenesia pulmonar unilateral

Nulma Souto Jentzsch

J Bras Pneumol.2014;40(3):322-324

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Speeding up the diagnosis of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in a high-burden region with the use of a commercial line probe assay

Agilizando o diagnóstico da tuberculose multirresistente em uma região endêmica com o uso de um teste comercial de sondas em linha

Angela Pires Brandao1,2,a, Juliana Maira Watanabe Pinhata1,b, Rosangela Siqueira Oliveira1,c, Vera Maria Neder Galesi3,d, Helio Hehl Caiaffa-Filho1,e, Lucilaine Ferrazoli1,f

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(2):e20180128-e20180128

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Objective: To evaluate the rapid diagnosis of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, by using a commercial line probe assay for rifampicin and isoniazid detection (LPA-plus), in the routine workflow of a tuberculosis reference laboratory. Methods: The LPA-plus was prospectively evaluated on 341 isolates concurrently submitted to the automated liquid drug susceptibility testing system. Results: Among 303 phenotypically valid results, none was genotypically rifampicin false-susceptible (13/13; 100% sensitivity). Two rifampicin-susceptible isolates harboured rpoB mutations (288/290; 99.3% specificity) which, however, were non-resistance-conferring mutations. LPA-plus missed three isoniazid-resistant isolates (23/26; 88.5% sensitivity) and detected all isoniazid-susceptible isolates (277/277; 100% specificity). Among the 38 (11%) invalid phenotypic results, LPA-plus identified 31 rifampicin- and isoniazid-susceptible isolates, one isoniazid-resistant and six as non-Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex. Conclusions: LPA-plus showed excellent agreement (≥91%) and accuracy (≥99%). Implementing LPA-plus in our setting can speed up the diagnosis of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, yield a significantly higher number of valid results than phenotypic drug susceptibility testing and provide further information on the drug-resistance level.


Keywords: Tuberculosis, multidrug-resistant; Molecular diagnostic techniques; Microbial sensitivity tests; Mycobacterium tuberculosis.


Endotracheal tube cuff pressure alteration after changes in position in patients under mechanical ventilation

Alteração da pressão intra-cuff do tubo endotraqueal após mudança da posição em pacientes sob ventilação mecânica

Armando Carlos Franco de Godoy, Ronan José Vieira, Eduardo Mello De Capitani

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(5):294-297

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate endotracheal tube cuff pressure (Pcuff) alteration in patients under mechanical ventilation after changes in position. Methods: All selected patients were initially placed in the 35° semi-Fowler position, with Pcuff adjusted to 20 mmHg, and randomly divided into two groups. Group A, in which patients were moved to the lateral decubitus position, facing away from the ventilator (measurement designated Pcuff A1), returned to the initial position (measurement designated Pcuff A2), moved to a lateral decubitus position, facing the ventilator (measurement designated Pcuff A3) and then returned to the initial position (measurement designated Pcuff A4); and Group B, in which patients were moved to the lateral decubitus position, facing the ventilator (measurement designated Pcuff B1), returned to the initial position (measurement designated Pcuff B2), moved to the lateral decubitus position; facing away from the ventilator (measurement designated Pcuff B3) and then returned to the initial position (measurement designated Pcuff B4). Results: The study comprised 70 patients, 31 allocated to group A and 39 allocated to group B. Values >22 mmHg were observed in 142(50.7%) of the 280 Pcuff measurements taken, and values <18 mmHg were observed in 14 (5%). When moved from the 35° semi-Fowler position to the lateral decubitus position, facing away from the ventilator, 58 (82.2%) of the patients presented mean Pcuff values in the higher range (>22 mmHg). Conclusions: Changes in body position can cause significant Pcuff variations in patients under mechanical ventilation.


Keywords: Pressure; Intubation, intratracheal; Posture; Supine position.


Alterations in peak inspiratory pressure and tidal volume delivered by manually operated self-inflating resuscitation bags as a function of the oxygen supply rate

Alterações da pressão de pico inspiratório e do volume corrente fornecidos por reanimadores manuais com balão auto-inflável em função do fluxo de entrada de oxigênio utilizado

Armando Carlos Franco de Godoy, Ronan José Vieira, Eduardo Mello De Capitani

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(10):817-821

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Objective: To assess possible alterations in the tidal volume and peak inspiratory pressure delivered by seven models of manually operated self-inflating resuscitation bags as a function of the oxygen supply rate used. Methods: The resuscitation bags tested were the following: Oxigel, models A and B; CE Reanimadores; ProtecSolutions; Missouri; Axmed; and Narcosul. For the measurements, a wall oxygen flow meter, a flow meter/respirometer, a resuscitation bag, a sensor (Tracer 5 unit), and a test lung were connected. In addition, the Tracer 5 unit was connected to a notebook computer. Oxygen supply rates of 1, 5, 10, and 15 L/min were used. Results: The tidal volume delivered by the Oxigel model A resuscitation bag when receiving oxygen at a rate of 15 L/min was approximately 99% greater than that delivered when receiving oxygen at a rate of 1 L/min. Similarly, peak inspiratory pressure was approximately 155% greater. Under the same conditions, the tidal volume delivered by the Narcosul resuscitation bag was 48% greater, and peak inspiratory pressure was 105% greater. The remaining resuscitation bags tested showed no significant alterations in the tidal volume or peak inspiratory pressure delivered. Conclusions: Under the resistance and compliance conditions used, the resuscitation bags in which the oxygen inflow is directed to the interior of the bag had the patient valve stuck at the inspiratory position when receiving oxygen at a rate ≥ 5 L/min, significantly increasing the tidal volume and peak inspiratory pressure delivered. This did not occur with the resuscitation bags in which the oxygen inflow is directed to the exterior of the bag.


Keywords: Oxygen/administration & dosage; Resuscitation; Equipment and supplies; Pulmonary ventilation; Intensive care.


Diffuse abnormalities of the trachea: computed tomography findings

Alterações difusas da traquéia: aspectos na tomografia computadorizada

Edson Marchiori, Aline Serfaty Pozes, Arthur Soares Souza Junior, Dante Luiz Escuissato, Klaus Loureiro Irion, César de Araujo Neto, Jorge Luiz Barillo, Carolina Althoff Souza, Gláucia Zanetti

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(1):47-54

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The aim of this pictorial essay was to present the main computed tomography findings seen in diffuse diseases of the trachea. The diseases studied included amyloidosis, tracheobronchopathia osteochondroplastica, tracheobronchomegaly, laryngotracheobronchial papillomatosis, lymphoma, neurofibromatosis, relapsing polychondritis, Wegener's granulomatosis, tuberculosis, paracoccidioidomycosis, and tracheobronchomalacia. The most common computed tomography finding was thickening of the walls of the trachea, with or without nodules, parietal calcifications, or involvement of the posterior wall. Although computed tomography allows the detection and characterization of diseases of the central airways, and the correlation with clinical data reduces the diagnostic possibilities, bronchoscopy with biopsy remains the most useful procedure for the diagnosis of diffuse lesions of the trachea.


Keywords: Thoracic diseases; Tracheal diseases; Tomography, X-ray computed; Trachea.


Functional respiratory changes in laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Alterações funcionais respiratórias na colecistectomia por via laparoscópica

Luciana Dias Chiavegato, José Roberto Jardim, Sonia Maria Faresin, Yara Juliano

J Bras Pneumol.1997;23(2):69-76


Objective: The aim of this study was to measure the changes in lung volume, pulmonary ventilation, maximum respiratory muscle strength, and the incidence of pulmonary complications in patients undergoing elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Type of study: Prospective study. Material and methods: Twenty patients (7 men and 13 women) with mean age of 42.7 years with normal respiratory function were studied. All patients in the preoperative period answered a long questionnaire, had a physical examination done, and had their lung volumes, respiratory muscle strength, diaphragmatic index and pulse oximetry determined. All measurements were repeated on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th postoperative days. Results: Patients showed a significant decrease (p < 0.05) on the first postoperative day: 26% ± 13% in tidal volume; 20% ± 14% in minute volume; 36% ± 17% in vital capacity; 47% ± 17% in maximum inspiratory pressure, 39% ± 27% in the maximum expiratory pressure and 36% ± 25% in diaphragmatic index. Tidal volume, minute volume and maximum expiratory pressure returned to their basal values on the third postoperative day; vital capacity, maximum inspiratory pressure and diaphragmatic index returned to their basal values between the 4th and 6th postoperative days. Among the 20 patients pulmonary complication was observed in just one patient (lobar atelectasis); there was a full recovery by the third postoperative day with the use of chest physical therapy techniques. Conclusion: The authors conclude that patients undergoing a laparoscopic cholecystectomy show a significant decrease in lung volume and in respiratory muscle strength on the first postoperative day. But, when these measurements are compared to the literature, return to their basal values is faster (between the 4th and 6th postoperative days) than with conventional surgery.


Keywords: Laparoscopic surgery, preoperative and postoperative care and respiratory muscle strength.


Functional respiratory changes in laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Alterações funcionais respiratórias na colecistectomia por via laparoscópica

Luciana Dias Chiavegato, José Roberto Jardim, Sonia Maria Faresin, Yara Juliano

J Bras Pneumol.2000;26(2):69-76


Objective: The aim of this study was to measure the changes in lung volume, pulmonary ventilation, maximum respiratory muscle strength, and the incidence of pulmonary complications in patients undergoing elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Type of study: Prospective study. Material and methods: Twenty patients (7 men and 13 women) with mean age of 42.7 years with normal respiratory function were studied. All patients in the preoperative period answered a long questionnaire, had a physical examination done, and had their lung volumes, respiratory muscle strength, diaphragmatic index and pulse oximetry determined. All measurements were repeated on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th postoperative days. Results: Patients showed a significant decrease (p < 0.05) on the first postoperative day: 26% ± 13% in tidal volume; 20% ± 14% in minute volume; 36% ± 17% in vital capacity; 47% ± 17% in maximum inspiratory pressure, 39% ± 27% in the maximum expiratory pressure and 36% ± 25% in diaphragmatic index. Tidal volume, minute volume and maximum expiratory pressure returned to their basal values on the third postoperative day; vital capacity, maximum inspiratory pressure and diaphragmatic index returned to their basal values between the 4th and 6th postoperative days. Among the 20 patients pulmonary complication was observed in just one patient (lobar atelectasis); there was a full recovery by the third postoperative day with the use of chest physical therapy techniques. Conclusion: The authors conclude that patients undergoing a laparoscopic cholecystectomy show a significant decrease in lung volume and in respiratory muscle strength on the first postoperative day. But, when these measurements are compared to the literature, return to their basal values is faster (between the 4th and 6th postoperative days) than with conventional surgery.


Keywords: Laparoscopic surgery, preoperative and postoperative care and respiratory muscle strength.


Morphological lesions induced by oleic acid in lungs of rats

Alterações morfológicas induzidas pelo ácido oléico em pulmões de ratos

Thais Helena A.T. Queluz, Júlio Defaveri, Silene El-Fakhouri

J Bras Pneumol.1997;23(5):245-251

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Because it has direct and indirect action on lung tissue, oleic acid (OA) has been used experimentally as a model of fat embolism and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The aim of this study was to describe acute and chronic pulmonary lesions induced in rats by intravenous injection of OA. Male Wistar rats were injected a 0.05 ml dose of OA. Groups of 5 animals were sacrificed 2, 24, 48 hours, and 5, 10, 30, and 90 days after injection. Diffuse alveolar edema, foci of intra-alveolar hemorrhage, and foci of ischemic necrosis were observed by light microscopic from 2 to 48 hours. At this period of time, severe endothelial injuries and type II alveolar cell lesions were observed on electron microscopy. After the fifth day, no injury was observed and discrete morphological sequelae were found. The lungs of the animals sacrificed at the thirtieth and ninetieth days were identical to those of the control groups. The present model allows animal to survive, being suitable for studies on fat embolism and on ARDS.


Keywords: Oleic acid. Fat embolism. Acute respiratory distress syndrome, ARDS. Experimental model.


Lung alterations in a rat model of diabetes mellitus: effects of antioxidant therapy

Alterações pulmonares em um modelo de diabetes mellitus em ratos: o efeito da terapia antioxidante

Luiz Alberto Forgiarini Junior, Nélson Alexandre Kretzmann, Juliana Tieppo, Jaqueline Nascimento Picada, Alexandre Simões Dias, Norma Anair Possa Marroni

J Bras Pneumol.2010;36(5):579-587

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Objective: To evaluate structural alterations of the lung in rats with diabetes mellitus (DM), by quantifying oxidative stress and DNA damage, as well as to determine the effects that exogenous superoxide dismutase (SOD) has on such alterations. Methods: A controlled experimental study involving 40 male Wistar rats, divided into four groups (10 animals each): control; SOD-only (without DM but treated with SOD); IDM-only (with streptozotocin-induced DM but untreated); and IDM+SOD (with streptozotocin-induced DM, treated with SOD). The animals were evaluated over a 60-day period, day 0 being defined as the day on which the streptozotocin-injected animals presented glycemia > 250 mg/dL. The SOD was administered for the last 7 days of that period. At the end of the study period, samples of lung tissue were collected for histopathological analysis, evaluation of tissue oxidative stress, and assessment of DNA damage. Results: There were no significant differences among the groups regarding DNA damage. In the IDM-only group, there was a significant increase in the extracellular matrix and significantly greater hyperplasia of the capillary endothelium than in the SOD-only and control groups. In addition, there were significant changes in type II pneumocytes and macrophages, suggesting an inflammatory process, in the IDM-only group. However, in the IDM+SOD group, there was a reduction in the extracellular matrix, as well as normalization of the capillary endothelium and of the type II pneumocytes. Conclusions: Exogenous SOD can reverse changes in the lungs of animals with induced DM.


Keywords: Diabetes mellitus, experimental; Oxidative stress; Lung; DNA damage.


Cocaine-induced pulmonary changes: HRCT findings

Alterações pulmonares induzidas pelo uso de cocaína: avaliação por TCAR de tórax

Renata Rocha de Almeida1, Gláucia Zanetti1,2, Arthur Soares Souza Jr.3, Luciana Soares de Souza4, Jorge Luiz Pereira e Silva5, Dante Luiz Escuissato6, Klaus Loureiro Irion7, Alexandre Dias Mançano8, Luiz Felipe Nobre9, Bruno Hochhegger10, Edson Marchiori1,11

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(4):323-330

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Objective: To evaluate HRCT scans of the chest in 22 patients with cocaine-induced pulmonary disease. Methods: We included patients between 19 and 52 years of age. The HRCT scans were evaluated by two radiologists independently, discordant results being resolved by consensus. The inclusion criterion was an HRCT scan showing abnormalities that were temporally related to cocaine use, with no other apparent causal factors. Results: In 8 patients (36.4%), the clinical and tomographic findings were consistent with "crack lung", those cases being studied separately. The major HRCT findings in that subgroup of patients included ground-glass opacities, in 100% of the cases; consolidations, in 50%; and the halo sign, in 25%. In 12.5% of the cases, smooth septal thickening, paraseptal emphysema, centrilobular nodules, and the tree-in-bud pattern were identified. Among the remaining 14 patients (63.6%), barotrauma was identified in 3 cases, presenting as pneumomediastinum, pneumothorax, and hemopneumothorax, respectively. Talcosis, characterized as perihilar conglomerate masses, architectural distortion, and emphysema, was diagnosed in 3 patients. Other patterns were found less frequently: organizing pneumonia and bullous emphysema, in 2 patients each; and pulmonary infarction, septic embolism, eosinophilic pneumonia, and cardiogenic pulmonary edema, in 1 patient each. Conclusions: Pulmonary changes induced by cocaine use are varied and nonspecific. The diagnostic suspicion of cocaine-induced pulmonary disease depends, in most of the cases, on a careful drawing of correlations between clinical and radiological findings.


Keywords: Cocaine, Cocaine-related disorders; Tomography, X-ray computed; Lung diseases.


Alterações pulmonares na macroglobulinemia de Waldenström

Renato de Albuquerque Medeiros, Jucineide Araújo, José Kerbauy, Miguel Bogossian

J Bras Pneumol.1997;23(2):110-112


Pulmonary changes on HRCT scans in nonsmoking females with COPD due to wood smokeexposure

Alterações tomográficas pulmonares em mulheres não fumantes com DPOC porexposição à fumaça da combustão de lenha

Maria Auxiliadora Carmo Moreira, Maria Alves Barbosa, Maria Conceição de Castro AntonelliMonteiro de Queiroz, Kim Ir Sen Santos Teixeira, Pedro Paulo Teixeira e Silva Torres,Pedro José de Santana Júnior, Marcelo Eustáquio Montadon Júnior, José Roberto Jardim

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(2):155-163

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Objective: To identify and characterize alterations seen on HRCT scans in nonsmoking females with COPD due to wood smoke exposure. Methods: We evaluated 42 nonsmoking females diagnosed with wood smoke-related COPD and 31 nonsmoking controls with no history of wood smoke exposure or pulmonary disease. The participants completed a questionnaire regarding demographic data, symptoms, and environmental exposure. All of the participants underwent spirometry and HRCT of the chest. The COPD and control groups were adjusted for age (23 patients each). Results: Most of the patients in the study group were diagnosed with mild to moderate COPD (83.3%). The most common findings on HRCT scans in the COPD group were bronchial wall thickening, bronchiectasis, mosaic perfusion pattern, parenchymal bands, tree-in-bud pattern, and laminar atelectasis (p < 0.001 vs. the control group for all). The alterations were generally mild and not extensive. There was a positive association between bronchial wall thickening and hour-years of wood smoke exposure. Centrilobular emphysema was uncommon, and its occurrence did not differ between the groups (p = 0.232). Conclusions: Wood smoke exposure causes predominantly bronchial changes, which can be detected by HRCT, even in patients with mild COPD.


Palavras-chave: Biomassa; Fumaça; Tomografia computadorizada por raios X; Doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica.


Environment and lung

Ambiente e pulmão

Maria João Marques Gomes

J Bras Pneumol.2002;28(5):261-269

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The human body is exposed to different environmental aggressions; accidents, physical, chemical, and microbiological agents are a permanent risk. The respiratory system is particularly exposed to environmental aggressions and is frequently ground of alterations with greater or lesser intensity and danger. The authors review the consequences of air pollution on the respiratory system. They define air pollution, indoor and outdoor pollution, and primary and secondary pollution. They briefly review respiratory system defense mechanisms and describe harmful actions of different air pollutants to airways: SO2, NO2, CO, O3, aerosols and particles. They point to the consequences of tobacco smoking due to its importance to health. They conclude with comments on the intervention that Pneumology and Pneumologists should have in this matter, drawing the attention of the community and authorities to the risks of pollution to health in general and to the respiratory system in particular.


Indoor air quality, Act 3,523 of the Ministry of Health and Brazilian standards for biological indoor air contaminants

Ambientes climatizados, portaria 3.523 de 28/8/98 do Ministério da Saúde e padrões de qualidade do ar de interiores do Brasil

Paulo Pinto Gontijo Filho, Carlos Roberto Menezes Silva, Afrânio Lineu Kritski

J Bras Pneumol.2000;26(5):254-258

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This article reviews Act 3,523 of the Brazilian Ministry of Health which regulates the indoor air quality of air-conditioned environments, focusing mainly on biological standards for contaminant particles. Additionally, a concise analysis on nosocomial air-borne infections is performed, as well as on nosocomial units where air-borne infectious diseases may be important and a special ventilation system is required. Detailed analysis of the most common biological contaminant particles, differences between countries of both Northern and Southern hemispheres, and the aspects of the methodology used to perform their analysis are considered. The authors conclude that there are no established standards for safe levels of air-borne organisms, and that there is no available data in Brazil to set up standards for biological contaminant particles


Keywords: Air pollutants. Air conditioning. Air quality standards. Indoor air pollution. Brazil.


Mediastinal lymph node amyloidosis in a patient with sarcoidosis

Amiloidose ganglionar mediastinal em paciente com sarcoidose

Lilian Schade, Eliane Ribeiro Carmes, João Adriano de Barros

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(2):222-225

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A 27-year-old male patient presented with respiratory symptoms, bilateral enlargement of the cervical lymph nodes and enlarged liver. In the imaging studies, bilateral enlargement of the hilar nodes was observed, together with pulmonary infiltrate. The patient was submitted to lung and liver biopsies, which revealed noncaseating granulomas. The clinical, radiological and histopathological findings were consistent with sarcoidosis and lymph node amyloidosis. The combination of sarcoidosis and amyloidosis has rarely been reported.


Keywords: Amyloidosis; Sarcoidosis; Lymph nodes.


Pulmonary amyloidosis: radiographic finding of nodular opacities in a heavy smoker

Amiloidose pulmonar: relato de caso de achado radiológico da apresentação nodular em grande fumante

Jorge Montessi, Edmilton Pereira de Almeida, João Paulo Vieira, Cândida Maria Horta, Marcus da Matta Abreu, Carlos Eduardo Dainezzi Bolognani, Sandra Márcia Carvalho Ribeiro Costa

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(3):343-346

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Pulmonary amyloidosis is a rare disease, characterized by extracellular deposition of fibrillary protein in the lungs. Amyloidosis is a generic term for a heterogeneous group of diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus. In the respiratory system, it appears in various forms: tracheobronchial; nodular pulmonary; and alveolar septal (diffuse parenchymal). We present the case of a woman who was a 20 pack-year smoker and had nodular pulmonary amyloidosis, as diagnosed through tests performed prior to laparoscopic cholecystectomy.


Keywords: Amyloidosis/diagnosis; Lymphoproliferative disorders; Neoplasms; Lung.


Tracheobronchial amyloidosis

Amiloidose traqueobrônquica

Luciano Müller Corrêa da Silva, Jamila Bellicanta, Renata Diniz Marques, Luiz Carlos Corrêa da Silva

J Bras Pneumol.2004;30(6):581-584

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Amyloidosis is a disease characterized by extracellular deposition of pathologic fibrillar protein in organs and tissues. Diffuse primary tracheobronchial amyloidosis is rare. Herein, we report a case of a male patient with diffuse tracheobronchial amyloidosis, initially diagnosed as bronchial asthma.


Keywords: Asthma/pathology. Amyloidosis/diagnosis. Trachea/pathology.


Primary tracheobronchial amyloidosis

Amiloidose traqueobrônquica primária

José Wellington Alves dos Santos, Ayrton Schneider Filho, Alessandra Bertolazzi, Gustavo Trindade Michel, Lauro Vinícius Schvarcz da Silva, Carlos Renato Melo, Vinícius Dallagasperina Pedro, Daniel Spilmann, Juliana Kaczmareck Figaro

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(10):881-884

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Tracheobronchial amyloidosis is an uncommon localized form of amyloidosis, characterized by amyloid deposits restricted to the trachea, main bronchi and segmental bronchi. We present the case of a retired 67-year-old man with long-term progressive dyspnea, wheezing and chest pain. A diagnosis of tracheobronchial amyloidosis was made after the third fiberoptic bronchoscopy and histological confirmation through Congo red staining of tissue samples.


Keywords: Amiloidose/traquéia; Broncoscopia; Doenças da traquéia/diagnóstico.


Primary tracheobronchial amyloidosis

Amiloidose traqueobrônquica primária

Gustavo Chatkin, Mauríco Pipkin, José Antonio Figueiredo Pinto, Vinicius Duval da Silva, José Miguel Chatkin

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(7):528-531

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Amyloidosis is a disease characterized by extracellular deposition of fibrillar protein in organs and tissues. Primary tracheal amyloidosis is rare. We report here a case of a 55-year-old man with tracheal amyloidosis hospitalized for acute respiratory insufficiency and with a history of recent episodes of pneumonia. Chest X-ray and chest computed tomography showed tracheal obstruction due to a tumor. A passage was created in order to relieve the symptoms. Histological examination (Congo red staining) revealed amyloid deposits but no evidence of neoplasia. Although this is a rare clinical condition, its importance is discussed regarding the differential diagnosis of tracheal tumors and the repercussions for therapeutic decision-making.


Keywords: Amyloidosis; Respiratory insufficiency; Congo red; Airway obstruction.


Aminoguanidine reduces oxidative stress and structural lung changes in experimental diabetes mellitus

Aminoguanidina reduz o estresse oxidativo e as alterações estruturais pulmonares em diabetes mellitus experimental

Fabio Cangeri Di Naso, Luiz Alberto Forgiarini Junior, Luiz Felipe Forgiarini, Marilene Porawski, Alexandre Simões Dias, Norma Anair Possa Marroni

J Bras Pneumol.2010;36(4):-

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We evaluated the effect of aminoguanidine on pulmonary oxidative stress and lung structure in an experimental model of diabetes mellitus. Thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS), histology and arterial blood gases were evaluated in animals with diabetes mellitus (DM group), animals with diabetes mellitus treated with aminoguanidine (DM+AG group), and controls. The TBARS levels were significantly higher in the DM group than in the control and DM+AG groups (2.90 ± 1.12 vs. 1.62 ± 0.28 and 1.68 ± 0.04 nmol/mg protein, respectively), as was PaCO2 when compared with that of the control group (49.2 ± 1.65 vs. 38.12 ± 4.85 mmHg), and PaO2 was significantly higher in the control group (104.5 ± 6.3 vs. 16.30 ± 69.48 and 97.05±14.02 mmHg, respectively). In this experimental model of diabetes mellitus, aminoguanidine reduced oxidative stress, structural tissue alterations, and gas exchange.


Keywords: Oxidative stress; Diabetes mellitus, experimental; Lung.


Critical analysis of scoring systems used in the assessment of Cystic Fibrosis severity: State of the art

Análise crítica dos escores de avaliação de gravidade da fibrose cística: Estado da arte

Camila Isabel da Silva Santos, José Dirceu Ribeiro, Antônio Fernando Ribeiro, Gabriel Hessel

J Bras Pneumol.2004;30(3):286-

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This study carries out a descriptive and comparative analysis of the various types of cystic fibrosis severity scores described in the literature and contextualizes the origin and objective of each. A total of 16 scoring systems were found: 8 are used predominantly for clinical evaluation, 5 for radiographic findings, 2 for tomographic findings and 1 for scintigraphic findings. Despite the criticism and controversy regarding these instruments of assessment, they have contributed to a better understanding of the disease and to the development of more effective therapeutic procedures.


Keywords: Severity of illness index. Cystic fibrosis. Review literature.


Oxygen desaturation during the six-minute walk test in COPD patients

Análise da dessaturação de oxigênio durante o teste de caminhada de seis minutos em pacientes com DPOC

Maria Ângela Fontoura Moreira, Gabriel Arriola de Medeiros, Francesco Pinto Boeno, Paulo Roberto Stefani Sanches, Danton Pereira da Silva Júnior, André Frotta Müller

J Bras Pneumol.2014;40(3):222-228

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Objective: To evaluate the behavior of oxygen saturation curves throughout the six-minute walk test (6MWT) in patients with COPD. Methods: We included 85 patients, all of whom underwent spirometry and were classified as having moderate COPD (modCOPD, n = 30) or severe COPD (sevCOPD, n = 55). All of the patients performed a 6MWT, in a 27-m corridor with continuous SpO2 and HR monitoring by telemetry. We studied the SpO2 curves in order to determine the time to a 4% decrease in SpO2, the time to the minimum SpO2 (Tmin), and the post-6MWT time to return to the initial SpO2, the last designated recovery time (RT). For each of those curves, we calculated the slope. Results: The mean age in the modCOPD and sevCOPD groups was 66  10 years and 62  11 years, respectively. At baseline, SpO2 was > 94% in all of the patients; none received supplemental oxygen during the 6MWT; and none of the tests were interrupted. The six-minute walk distance did not differ significantly between the groups. The SpO2 values were lowest in the sevCOPD group. There was no difference between the groups regarding RT. In 71% and 63% of the sevCOPD and modCOPD group patients, respectively, a ≥ 4% decrease in SpO2 occurred within the first minute. We found that FEV1% correlated significantly with the SpO2 (r = −0.398; p < 0.001), Tmin (r = −0.449; p < 0.001), and minimum SpO2 (r = 0.356; p < 0.005). Conclusions: In the sevCOPD group, in comparison with the modCOPD group, SpO2 was lower and the Tmin was greater, suggesting a worse prognosis in the former.


Keywords: Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive; Exercise test; Blood gas monitoring, transcutaneous.


Analysis of the stability of housekeeping gene expression in the left cardiac ventricle of rats submitted to chronic intermittent hypoxia

Análise da estabilidade da expressão de genes de referência no ventrículo cardíaco esquerdo de ratos submetidos à hipóxia intermitente crônica

Guilherme Silva Julian1, Renato Watanabe de Oliveira1, Sergio Tufik1, Jair Ribeiro Chagas1,2

J Bras Pneumol.2016;42(3):211-214

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been associated with oxidative stress and various cardiovascular consequences, such as increased cardiovascular disease risk. Quantitative real-time PCR is frequently employed to assess changes in gene expression in experimental models. In this study, we analyzed the effects of chronic intermittent hypoxia (an experimental model of OSA) on housekeeping gene expression in the left cardiac ventricle of rats. Analyses via four different approaches-use of the geNorm, BestKeeper, and NormFinder algorithms; and 2−ΔCt (threshold cycle) data analysis-produced similar results: all genes were found to be suitable for use, glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase and 18S being classified as the most and the least stable, respectively. The use of more than one housekeeping gene is strongly advised.


Keywords: Cell hypoxia; Reference standards; Sleep apnea, obstructive; Cardiovascular diseases; Models, animal; Polymerase chain reaction.


Analysis of acute and chronic vascular remodeling in an experimental model of pulmonary ischemia

Análise da remodelação vascular na isquemia pulmonar experimental, nas fases aguda e crônica

Wanderley M. Bernardo, Fabio B. Jatene, Lea Maria M. F. Demarchi, Vera Luiza Capelozzi, Rogério Pazetti, Dolores H. R. F. Rivero¸ Rosangela Monteiro, Sérgio A. de Oliveira

J Bras Pneumol.2005;31(1):-

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Background: Structural alterations to the pulmonary circulation characterize the vascular remodeling process and are likely correlated with local variations in flow and ischemia. Objective: To define the histological alterations to the pulmonary circulation seen after experimentally-induced ischemia of the pulmonary artery and to correlate those alterations with known patterns of blood redistribution and vascular remodeling. Method: Wistar rats (n = 48) were randomized into two groups with ligation of the pulmonary artery and without (controls) and were sacrificed on post-ischemia days 1, 7, 30 and 60. Lungs were removed and inspected for signs of parenchymal injury. External diameters, as well as wall thicknesses in the pulmonary, alveolar and bronchial end arterioles, were measured. Internal diameter and wall thickness percentage were calculated. Results: Infarction, necrosis and hemorrhage occurred only in ischemic lungs. In nonischemic lungs, there was a sustained increase in the internal and external arteriolar diameters, with an initial reduction in wall thickness on day 1, and day-60 values were similar to those seen in controls. In ischemic lungs, there was a transitory reduction in the internal and external diameters of the pulmonary and bronchial end arterioles, together with an initial, equally transitory, increase in their wall thickness. The alveolar arterioles presented sustained and progressive increases in external diameter and wall thickness, with concomitant reductions in internal diameter. Conclusion: This model mimics distal arterial disease in patients with chronic pulmonary thromboembolism. The vascular response in nonischemic lungs was consistent with a pattern of flow remodeling, whereas that seen in ischemic lungs was more consistent with flow and ischemia. In the pulmonary and bronchial end arterioles, the response was transitory, in contrast to the sustained and progressive response seen in the alveolar arterioles, which was probably caused by delayed local flow.


Keywords: Key-words: Pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary circulation. Vascular remodelling. Pulmonary artery.


Analysis of 39 cases of idiopathic chronic interstitial pneumonia

Análise de 39 casos de pneumonia intersticial crônica idiopática

Rogério Rufino, Leonardo Rizzo, Cláudia Henrique da Costa, Roberto José de Lima, Kalil Madi

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(6):505-509

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Objective: To make a retrospective analysis of lung biopsy samples obtained from patients diagnosed with chronic idiopathic interstitial pneumonia, as defined in the American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society classification system made public in 2000. Methods: Samples from 252 open-lung biopsies of patients with interstitial lung disease, all performed between 1977 and 1999, were reviewed, and 39 cases of idiopathic interstitial lung disease were selected and re-evaluated by two pathologists in accordance with the American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society classification system. Results: Among those 39 cases, the diagnoses were maintained in 28 (71.8%). A new pathologic entity, nonspecific interstitial pneumonia, was included in the reclassification, and overlapping patterns were observed in 6 cases. Of the 28 cases in which the diagnosis of chronic idiopathic interstitial pneumonia remained unchanged, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis was accompanied by cryptogenic organizing pneumonia in 4, cryptogenic organizing pneumonia was accompanied by nonspecific interstitial pneumonia in 1, and desquamative interstitial pneumonia was accompanied by nonspecific interstitial pneumonia in 1. All cases of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis were confirmed, although 3 of those were found to be accompanied by cryptogenic organizing pneumonia. Virtually all prior diagnoses were maintained in the review of the biopsy samples (p > 0,05). Conclusion: The American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society system of classifying interstitial lung disease is a useful tool for pathologists who deal with lung biopsies.


Keywords: Pulmonary fibrosis; Lung diseases, interstitial


Cost analysis of nucleic acid amplification for diagnosing pulmonary tuberculosis, within the context of the Brazilian Unified Health Care System

Análise de custos de um teste de amplificação de ácido nucleico para o diagnóstico da tuberculose pulmonar sob a perspectiva do Sistema Único de Saúde

Márcia Pinto1, Aline Piovezan Entringer1,Ricardo Steffen2, Anete Trajman2,3

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(6):536-538

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We estimated the costs of a molecular test for Mycobacterium tuberculosis and resistance to rifampin (Xpert MTB/RIF) and of smear microscopy, within the Brazilian Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS, Unified Health Care System). In SUS laboratories in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Manaus, we performed activity-based costing and micro-costing. The mean unit costs for Xpert MTB/RIF and smear microscopy were R$35.57 and R$14.16, respectively. The major cost drivers for Xpert MTB/RIF and smear microscopy were consumables/reagents and staff, respectively. These results might facilitate future cost-effectiveness studies and inform the decision-making process regarding the expansion of Xpert MTB/RIF use in Brazil


Keywords: Costs and cost analysis; Tuberculosis; Nucleic acid amplification techniques.


Cost analysis of nucleic acid amplification for diagnosing pulmonary tuberculosis, within the context of the Brazilian Unified Health Care System

Análise de custos de um teste de amplificação de ácido nucleico para o diagnóstico da tuberculose pulmonar sob a perspectiva do Sistema Único de Saúde.

Márcia Pinto1; Aline Piovezan Entringer1; Ricardo Steffen2; Anete Trajman2; 3

J Bras Pneumol.2016;42(1):79-79

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Analysis of different primers used in the PCR method: diagnosis of tuberculosis in the state of Amazonas, Brazil

Análise de diferentes primers utilizados na PCR visando ao diagnóstico da tuberculose no Estado do Amazonas

Mauricio Morishi Ogusku; Julia Ignez Salem

J Bras Pneumol.2004;30(4):433-439

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Background: Various primers are being tested for the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis DNA. The accuracy of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) depends on the target sequence used and whether the test will be performed in culture or in clinical specimens. Objectives: To identify DNA sequences, specifically those commonly reported as targets for diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB), in clinical samples of M. tuberculosis strains. Method: Eighty-one clinical samples from suspected TB patients were initially processed and submitted to bacilloscopy (smear) and culture, and PCR was performed with specific primers for the following targets: IS 6110, 65 kDa, 38 kDa and MPB64. Results: Smear and culture results were negative in 24 samples, as was the PCR. The 19 samples testing smear positive, as well as the isolated strains, were 100% positive on PCR, with the exception of the 89.4% result from PCR with MPB64 primers. In the 38 smear negative and culture positive samples, PCR results were inconsistent. The primers specific for amplifying the 123 bp IS 6110 fragment gave the highest positivity (92.1%), diagnostic agreement (0.9143), co-positivity (94.7%) and co-negativity (100%). Conclusion: The IS 6110, 38 kDa, MPB64 and 65 kDa sequences were found in the genome of all M. tuberculosis strains isolated in patients from the state of Amazonas. The protocol for processing the clinical samples prior to PCR analysis and the specific primers used to amplify the 123bp IS 6110 fragment showed a greater efficiency in diagnosing pulmonary (paucibacillary) tuberculosis in comparison to published data.


Keywords: Primers/PCR. Diagnosis/Tuberculosis. Mycobacterium tuberculosis.


Restriction enzyme analysis of the hsp65 gene in clinical isolates from patients suspected of having pulmonary tuberculosis in Teresina, Brazil

Análise de restrição enzimática do gene hsp65 de isolados clínicos de pacientes com suspeita de tuberculose pulmonar em Teresina, Piauí

Maria das Graças Motta e Bona, Maria José Soares Leal, Liline Maria Soares Martins, Raimundo Nonato da Silva, José Adail Fonseca de Castro, Semiramis Jamil Hadad do Monte

J Bras Pneumol.2011;37(5):628-635

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Objective: To identify mycobacterial species in the sputum of patients suspected of having pulmonary tuberculosis and to determine the impact that the acquisition of this knowledge has on the therapeutic approach. Methods: We evaluated 106 patients suspected of having pulmonary tuberculosis and referred to the pulmonology department of a public hospital in the city of Teresina, Brazil. Morning sputum specimens were evaluated for the presence of mycobacteria by sputum smear microscopy and culture. We used PCR and restriction enzyme analysis of the hsp65 gene (PRA-hsp65) to identify the strains of mycobacteria isolated in culture. Results: A total of 206 sputum samples were analyzed. Patient ages ranged from 15 to 87 years, and 67% were male. There was cough in 100% of the cases. The predominant radiographic pattern was moderate disease, observed in 70%. Smear positivity was 76%, and isolation in culture occurred in 91% of the cultures. Traditional tests identified nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) in 9% of the isolates. The PRA-hsp65 method confirmed these data, showing seven band patterns that were able to identify the isolated species of NTM: Mycobacterium kansasii; M. abscessus 1; M. abscessus 2; M. smegmatis; M. flavescens 1; M. gordonae 5; and M. gordonae 7. All of the patients with NTM were over 60 years of age, and bronchiectasis was seen in 88% of the X-rays. There were two cases of reinfection, initially attributed to M. abscessus and M. kansasii. Conclusions: In immunocompetent patients, NTM can infect the lungs. It is important to identify the specific NTM in order to establish the correct diagnosis and choose the most appropriate therapeutic regimen. The PRA-hsp65 method is useful in identifying NTM species and can be implemented in molecular biology laboratories that do not specialize in the identification of mycobacteria. Keywords:


Keywords: Tuberculosis; Mycobacteria, atypical; Polymerase chain reaction; Brazil.


Subgroup analysis and interaction tests: why they are important and how to avoid common mistakes

Análise de subgrupos e testes de interação: por que são importantes e como evitar erros comuns

Juliana Carvalho Ferreira1,2, Cecilia Maria Patino1,3

J Bras Pneumol.2017;43(3):162-162

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Descriptive analysis of and overall survival after surgical treatment of lung metastases

Análise descritiva e sobrevida global do tratamento cirúrgico das metástases pulmonares

Giana Balestro Poletti, Ivan Felizardo Contrera Toro, Thais Ferreira Alves, Eliana Cristina Martins Miranda, José Cláudio Teixeira Seabra, Ricardo Kalaf Mussi

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(6):650-658

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Objective: To describe demographic characteristics, surgical results, postoperative complications, and overall survival rates in surgically treated patients with lung metastases. Methods: This was a retrospective analysis of 119 patients who underwent a total of 154 lung metastasis resections between 1997 and 2011. Results: Among the 119 patients, 68 (57.1%) were male and 108 (90.8%) were White. The median age was 52 years (range, 15-75 years). In this sample, 63 patients (52.9%) presented with comorbidities, the most common being systemic arterial hypertension (69.8%) and diabetes (19.0%). Primary colorectal tumors (47.9%) and musculoskeletal tumors (21.8%) were the main sites of origin of the metastases. Approximately 24% of the patients underwent more than one resection of the lesions, and 71% had adjuvant treatment prior to metastasectomy. The rate of lung metastasis recurrence was 19.3%, and the median disease-free interval was 23 months. The main surgical access used was thoracotomy (78%), and the most common approach was wedge resection with segmentectomy (51%). The rate of postoperative complications was 22%, and perioperative mortality was 1.9%. The overall survival rates at 12, 36, 60, and 120 months were 96%, 77%, 56%, and 39%, respectively. A Cox analysis confirmed that complications within the first 30 postoperative days were associated with poor prognosis (hazard ratio = 1.81; 95% CI: 1.09-3.06; p = 0.02). Conclusions: Surgical treatment of lung metastases is safe and effective, with good overall survival, especially in patients with fewer metastases.


Keywords: Neoplasm metastasis; Survival analysis; Thoracic surgery; Metastasectomy.


Bronchoalveolar lavage analysis in victims of severe facial burns

Análise do lavado broncoalveolar em vítimas de queimaduras faciais graves

Eucir Rabello, Vera Flores Batista, Patrícia Martins Lago, Renata de Azevedo Gameiro Alvares, Cesônia de Assis Martinusso, José Roberto Lapa e Silva

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(4):343-350

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Objective: To analyze bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) specimens of burn victims who inhaled smoke, in order to identify alterations associated with mortality or survival. Methods: Eighteen victims of facial burns were submitted to BAL up to 24 h after the event. We investigated cell and protein content, including TNF-α, HLA-DR, CD14, CD68 and iNOS. Results: Of the 18 patients submitted to bronchoscopy, 8 (44.4%) died during the follow-up period. The mean age of patients who died was significantly higher (44.7 vs. 31.5 years). On average, the patients who died had burns covering 60.1% of the total body surface area, compared with 26.1% in the survivors (p < 0.0001). Of the 18 patients submitted to bronchoscopy, 11 (61.1%) showed endoscopic signs of smoke inhalation injury, and 4 (36.4%) of those 11 died. Of the 7 patients with no signs of smoke inhalation injury, 4 (57.1%) died. The mean number of ciliated epithelial cells in the BAL fluid was significantly higher in the patients who died than in the survivors (6.6% vs. 1.4%; p = 0.03). There were no significant differences between the groups in terms of any of the other parameters evaluated. Conclusions: The total body surface area burned was a predictive factor for mortality. Increased numbers of ciliated epithelial cells in the BAL fluid, denoting bronchial epithelial desquamation, were associated with higher mortality in patients with facial burns.


Keywords: Burns; Smoke inhalation injury; Bronchoalveolar lavage; Epithelial cells; Macrophages;Tumor necrosis factor-alpha.


Analysis of the Tuberculosis Control Program in the city of Cáceres, Brazil, prior to and after the implementation of a Family Health Program

Análise do Programa de Controle da Tuberculose em Cáceres, Mato Grosso, antes e depois da implantação do Programa de Saúde da Família

Eliane Ignotti, Beatriz Fátima Alves de Oliveira, Shaiana Hartwig, Hellen Caroline de Oliveira, João Henrique Gurtler Scatena

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(3):287-294

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Objective: To analyze the effectiveness of the Tuberculosis Control Program, in conjunction with the recently incorporated Family Health Program, in the city of Cáceres, Brazil, between 1999 and 2004. Methods: This was a descriptive epidemiological study, based on the registry of tuberculosis cases diagnosed and treated in Cáceres, according to the characteristics of the cases diagnosed, whether or not the protocol for diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of patients was followed, as well as the type of health care facility involved. Results: The incidence of tuberculosis was reduced from 99.4 to 49.8 (per 100,000 inhabitants) between 1999 and 2004. The patients presented characteristics similar to those of patients from other regions of Brazil, with a predominance of males during their most economically productive years. Among the patients presenting pulmonary forms and treated via the Family Health Program, there was a reduction in the number of sputum smear microscopies performed at the moment of diagnosis (OR = 0.33; 95%CI: 0.16-0.66) and prior to discharge (OR = 0.32; 95%CI: 0.18‑0.59). The patients monitored via the Family Health Program presented a 16.4% lower cure rate than did those treated at the referral center, as well as being more likely to abandon treatment (OR = 2.93; 95%CI: 1.15-7.46) and to die (OR = 5.71; 95%CI: 1.85‑18.1). Conclusion: The decentralization of the treatment services to the family health clinics did not improve the treatment or monitoring of tuberculosis cases in the city of Cáceres.


Keywords: Tuberculosis/epidemiology; Community Health Services; Health care reform/Brazil.


Analysis of treatment outcomes related to the tuberculosis control program in the city of Campinas, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil

Análise do programa de controle da tuberculose em relação ao tratamento, em Campinas - SP

Helenice Bosco de Oliveira, Leticia Marin-León, Jovana Gardinali

J Bras Pneumol.2005;31(2):133-138

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Background: Tuberculosis cure is dependent upon treatment adherence. Objective: To analyze the results of tuberculosis treatment in public health clinics in the city of Campinas, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, during 2002. Method: From a cohort of 484 patients diagnosed with tuberculosis, we evaluated 436. Treatment outcomes were described for all patients, whether new patients or patients in retreatment, including those presenting the pulmonary form, with or without acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) comorbidity. Results: The success rate was 68.6% (72.3% among non-AIDS patients and 57.6% among AIDS patients). Among new cases, the non-AIDS group presented a 2.2-times greater chance of presenting favorable results. In the AIDS group, no differences were observed between new patients and those in retreatment. Among the unfavorable outcomes, only lethality presented a difference (18.9% among AIDS patients and 8.0% among non-AIDS patients). In patients presenting the pulmonary form, the success rate was similar between those who were initially acid-fast bacilli positive and those who were not. Conclusion: The tuberculosis control program in Campinas presented low effectiveness. In comparison to the 2001 national cohort, success rates were higher for non-AIDS patients but lower for AIDS patients. The higher success rate among cases of tuberculosis without AIDS was primarily derived from the treatment of new cases. The unfavorable profile of tuberculosis patients co-infected with AIDS, characterized by the (18.9%) lethality and the (15.3%) noncompliance, were partially responsible for the lower success rate seen among such patients. It is notable that such high proportions of noncompliant patients were seen in a city providing easy access to treatment. In order to improve the program, medical teams should receive further training in supervised treatment, health education and techniques for interacting with patients, all of which will require considerable investment.


Keywords: Key words: Tuberculosis. Treatment Refusal. Retreatment. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Comorbidity


Analysis of the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis in elderly patients at a university hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Análise do tratamento da tuberculose pulmonar em idosos de um hospital universitário do Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil

João Paulo Cantalice Filho, Márcio Neves Bóia, Clemax Couto Sant`Anna

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(6):691-698

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Objective: To describe the clinical and therapeutic aspects of pulmonary tuberculosis and compare the adverse effects of the treatment and its outcome in elderly and nonelderly patients. Methods: This was a case-control study of 117 elderly individuals (over the age of 60 years) and 464 nonelderly individuals (aged 15-49 years). All subjects presented pulmonary tuberculosis that had been diagnosed and treated at the Thoracic Diseases Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro between 1980 and 1996. Results: In the elderly group, pulmonary tuberculosis was found to be correlated with diabetes (OR = 3.98; 95% CI = 2.07-7.65; p = 0.001), lung disease (OR = 7.24; 95% CI = 3.64‑14.46; p = 0.001) and heart disease (OR = 5.86; 95% CI = 2.88-11.95; p = 0.001). Smoking (OR = 2.07; 95% CI = 1.26‑3.42; p = 0.002) and alcohol abuse (OR = 1.63; 95% CI = 1.01-2.68; p = 0.041) were also more common in the elderly group. In the elderly group, the treatment more frequently resulted in adverse reactions (OR = 1.62; 95% CI = 1.04-2.54; p = 0.024), especially gastrointestinal reactions (OR = 1.64; 95% CI = 1.01-2.77; p = 0.047), and treatment efficacy was lower: cure rate, 51%; mortality rate, 24%. Treatment adherence was low (approximately 77%) in both groups. Conclusions: In the elderly group, adverse reactions were more common, treatment outcomes were less favorable, there was a greater frequency of clinical complications and deaths related to drug toxicity, and the prevalence of concomitant diseases was higher.


Keywords: Tuberculosis, pulmonary; Aged; Drug therapy; Treatment outcome.


Analysis and validation of probabilistic models for predicting malignancy in solitary pulmonary nodules in a population in Brazil

Análise e validação de modelos probabilísticos de malignidade de nódulo pulmonar solitário em uma população no Brasil

Cromwell Barbosa de Carvalho Melo, João Aléssio Juliano Perfeito, Danilo Félix Daud, Altair da Silva Costa Júnior, Ilka Lopes Santoro, Luiz Eduardo Villaça Leão

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(5):559-565

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Objective: To analyze clinical and radiological findings that influence the pathological diagnosis of solitary pulmonary nodule (SPN) and to compare/validate two probabilistic models for predicting SPN malignancy in patients with SPN in Brazil. Methods: This was a retrospective study involving 110 patients diagnosed with SPN and submitted to resection of SPN at a tertiary hospital between 2000 and 2009. The clinical characteristics studied were gender, age, presence of systemic comorbidities, history of malignancy prior to the diagnosis of SPN, histopathological diagnosis of SPN, smoking status, smoking history, and time since smoking cessation. The radiological characteristics studied, in relation to the SPN, were presence of spiculated margins, maximum transverse diameter, and anatomical location. Two mathematical models, created in 1997 and 2007, respectively, were used in order to determine the probability of SPN malignancy. Results: We found that SPN malignancy was significantly associated with age (p = 0.006; OR = 5.70 for age > 70 years), spiculated margins (p = 0.001), and maximum diameter of SPN (p = 0.001; OR = 2.62 for diameters > 20 mm). The probabilistic model created in 1997 proved to be superior to that created in 2007-area under the ROC curve, 0.79 ± 0.44 (95% CI: 0.70 0.88) vs. 0.69 ± 0.50 (95% CI: 0.59-0.79). Conclusions: Advanced age, greater maximum SPN diameter, and spiculated margins were significantly associated with the diagnosis of SPN malignancy. Our analysis shows that, although both mathematical models were effective in determining SPN malignancy in our population, the 1997 model was superior.


Keywords: Solitary Pulmonary Nodule; Risk Factors; Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung.


Anthropometric status of individuals with COPD in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, over time - analysis of a population-based study

Análise evolutiva antropométrica em indivíduos com DPOC na cidade de São Paulo - estudo de base populacional

Josiane Marchioro1,a, Mariana Rodrigues Gazzotti1,b, Graciane Laender Moreira1,c, Beatriz Martins Manzano1,d, Ana Maria Baptista Menezes2,e, Rogélio Perez-Padilla3,f, José Roberto Jardim1,g, Oliver Augusto Nascimento1,4,h; PLATINO Team

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(6):e20170157-e20170157

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Objective: To evaluate the anthropometric data obtained for residents of the city of São Paulo, Brazil, in a study of Latin America conducted in two phases (baseline, in 2003, and follow-up, in 2012). Methods: This was an analysis of data obtained for São Paulo residents in a two-phase population-based study evaluating the prevalence of COPD and its relationship with certain risk factors among individuals ≥ 40 years of age. The anthropometric data included values for weight, height, body mass index (BMI), and waist circumference. In the follow-up phase of that study, the same variables were evaluated in the same population sample as that of the baseline phase. Results: Of the 1,000 São Paulo residents enrolled in the baseline phase of that study, 587 participated in the follow-up phase, and 80 (13.6%) of those 587 subjects had COPD. Comparing the baseline and follow-up phases, we found increases in all anthropometric measures in both groups (COPD and non-COPD), although the differences were significant only in the non-COPD group. The subjects with mild COPD showed increases in weight and BMI (Δweight = 1.6 ± 5.7 and ΔBMI = 0.7 ± 2.2), whereas those with moderate or severe COPD showed reductions (Δweight = −1.7 ± 8.1 and ΔBMI = −0.4 ± 3.0), as did those with severe or very severe COPD (Δweight = −0.5 ± 5.4 and ΔBMI = −0.8 ± 3.3). Conclusions: Between the two phases of the study, the subjects with mild COPD showed increases in weight and BMI, whereas those with a more severe form of the disease showed reductions.


Keywords: Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive; Body mass index; Obesity; Waist circumference.


Exploratory analysis of requests for authorization to dispense high-cost medication to COPD patients: the São Paulo

Análise exploratória de solicitações de autorização para dispensação de medicação de alto custo para portadores de DPOC:

Regina Maria Carvalho-Pinto11,a, Ingredy Tavares da Silva1,2,b, Lucas Yoshio Kido Navacchia1,c, Flavia Munhos Granja1,2,d, Gustavo Garcia Marques1,2,e, Telma de Cassia dos Santos Nery1,f, Frederico Leon Arrabal Fernandes1,g, Alberto Cukier1,h, Rafael Stelmach1,i

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(6):e20180355-e20180355

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Objective: A resolution passed by the government of the Brazilian state of São Paulo established a protocol for requesting free COPD medications, including tiotropium bromide, creating regional authorization centers to evaluate and approve such requests, given the high cost of those medications. Our objective was to analyze the requests received by an authorization center that serves cities in the greater metropolitan area of (the city of) São Paulo between 2011 and 2016. Methods: Data regarding the authorization, return, or rejection of the requests were compiled and analyzed in order to explain those outcomes. Subsequently, the clinical and functional data related to the patients were evaluated. Results: A total of 7,762 requests for dispensing COPD medication were analyzed. Requests related to male patients predominated. Among the corresponding patients, the mean age was 66 years, 12% were smokers, 88% had frequent exacerbations, and 84% had severe/very severe dyspnea. The mean FEV1 was 37.2% of the predicted value. The total number of requests decreased by 24.5% from 2012 to 2013 and was lowest in 2015. Most (65%) of the requests were accepted. The main reasons for the rejection/return of a request were a post-bronchodilator FEV1/FVC ratio > 0.7, a post-bronchodilator FEV1 > 50% of the predicted value, and failure to provide information regarding previous use of a long-acting β2 agonist. During the study period, the total number of requests returned/rejected decreased slightly, and there was improvement in the quality of the data included on the forms. Conclusions: Here, we have identified the characteristics of the requests for COPD medications and of the corresponding patients per region served by the authorization center analyzed, thus contributing to the improvement of local public health care measures.


Keywords: Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive; Clinical protocols; Drug costs; Tiotropium bromide.


Semiquantitative analysis of surgical biopsies of distinct lung lobes of patients with usual interstitial pneumonia/idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Análise semiquantitativa de biópsias cirúrgicas de diferentes lobos pulmonares de pacientes com pneumonia intersticial usual/fibrose pulmonar idiopática

José Júlio Saraiva Gonçalves, Luiz Eduardo Villaça Leão, Rimarcs Gomes Ferreira, Renato Oliveira, Luiz Hirotoshi Ota, Ricardo Sales dos Santos

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(7):676-682

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Objective: To evaluate the differences between surgical biopsies of distinct lung lobes in terms of the histopathological features of usual interstitial pneumonia, using a semiquantitative score. Methods: We selected all of the patients diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and submitted to surgical biopsy in two distinct lobes between 1995 and 2005 at the Hospital São Paulo and other hospitals operated by the Federal University of São Paulo. In the histological evaluation of the specimens, we used a semiquantitative method based on previous studies, assigning a score to each of the biopsied sites. Results: In this sample of patients, we found no statistically significant differences that would alter the stage of the disease, based on the score used. This finding was independent of the biopsy site (middle lobe or lingular segment). Conclusions: No significant histological differences were found between the lung lobes studied. The definitive histological diagnosis of usual interstitial pneumonia did not alter the stage of the disease.


Keywords: Lung diseases, interstitial; Pulmonary fibrosis; Thoracic surgery; Pathology; Thoracic surgery, ­video-assisted.


Sickle cell anemia: a significant potential cause of pulmonary hypertension in Brazil

Anemia falciforme: uma importante causa potencial de hipertensão pulmonar no Brasil

Adriana Ignacio de Padua, José Antônio Baddini Martinez

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(1):-

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Giant pulmonary artery aneurysm in a patient with schistosomiasis-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension

Aneurisma gigante da artéria pulmonar em paciente com hipertensão arterial pulmonar associada à esquistossomose

Francisca Gavilanes1,a, Bruna Piloto1,b, Caio Julio Cesar Fernandes1,c

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(2):167-167

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Pulmonary artery aneurysms in Behçet's disease: regression after immunosuppressive treatment

Aneurismas das artérias pulmonares na doença de Behçet: regressão após tratamento imunossupressor

Isabela Fernandes de Magalhães, Iugiro R. Kuroki, Agnaldo José Lopes, Elisa M.N. Albuquerque, Evandro Mendes Klumb, Aline Elisa Goulart

J Bras Pneumol.1999;25(3):176-180

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Behçet's disease is a systemic disease with clinical manifestations, whose underlying histopathologic lesion is a non-specific vasculitis. Pulmonary artery aneurysms and, more rarely, pleuropulmonary manifestations may be found. Some reports are available in the literature about the use of immunosuppressive agents in these conditions. The authors describe a case in whom clinical remission and radiologic resolution were observed after corticosteroid and cyclophophamide therapy.


Keywords: Behçet's disease. Pulmonary artery aneurysms.


Primary epithelioid angiosarcoma of the chest wall complicating calcified fibrothorax and mimicking empyema necessitatis

Angiossarcoma epitelioide primário da parede torácica complicando um fibrotórax calcificado e simulando empiema necessitatis

Luis Gorospe1, Ana Patricia Ovejero-Díaz2, Amparo Benito-Berlinches3

J Bras Pneumol.2017;43(1):71-71

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Long-acting muscarinic antagonists vs. long-acting &#946;2 agonists in COPD exacerbations: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Antagonistas muscarínicos de longa duração vs. β2-agonistas de longa duração em exacerbações da DPOC: revisão sistemática e meta-análise

Israel Silva Maia1, Mariângela Pimentel Pincelli1, Victor Figueiredo Leite2, João Amadera3, Anna Maria Buehler4

J Bras Pneumol.2017;43(4):302-312

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The objective of this systematic review was to characterize chest CT findings in patients with dysphagia and pulmonary aspiration, identifying the characteristics and the methods used. The studies were selected from among those indexed in the Brazilian Virtual Library of Health, LILACS, Indice Bibliográfico Español de Ciencias de la Salud, Medline, Cochrane Library, SciELO, and PubMed databases. The search was carried out between June and July of 2016. Five articles were included and reviewed, all of them carried out in the last five years, published in English, and coming from different countries. The sample size in the selected studies ranged from 43 to 56 patients, with a predominance of adult and elderly subjects. The tomographic findings in patients with dysphagia-related aspiration were varied, including bronchiectasis, bronchial wall thickening, pulmonary nodules, consolidations, pleural effusion, ground-glass attenuation, atelectasis, septal thickening, fibrosis, and air trapping. Evidence suggests that chest CT findings in patients with aspiration are diverse. In this review, it was not possible to establish a consensus that could characterize a pattern of pulmonary aspiration in patients with dysphagia, further studies of the topic being needed.


Keywords: Respiratory aspiration; Tomography, X-ray computed; Lung.


Staphylococcal superantigen-specific IgE antibodies: degree of sensitization and association with severity of asthma

Anticorpos IgE específicos para superantígenos estafilocócicos: grau de sensibilização e associação com a gravidade da asma

José Elabras Filho1,2, Fernanda Carvalho de Queiroz Mello2, Omar Lupi1,3, Blanca Elena Rios Gomes Bica1, José Angelo de Souza Papi1, Alfeu Tavares França1

J Bras Pneumol.2016;42(5):356-361

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Objective: To determine the presence of staphylococcal superantigen-specific IgE antibodies and degree of IgE-mediated sensitization, as well as whether or not those are associated with the severity of asthma in adult patients. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study involving outpatients with asthma under treatment at a tertiary care university hospital in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Consecutive patients were divided into two groups according to the severity of asthma based on the Global Initiative for Asthma criteria: mild asthma (MA), comprising patients with mild intermittent or persistent asthma; and moderate or severe asthma (MSA). We determined the serum levels of staphylococcal toxin-specific IgE antibodies, comparing the results and performing a statistical analysis. Results: The study included 142 patients: 72 in the MA group (median age = 46 years; 59 females) and 70 in the MSA group (median age = 56 years; 60 females). In the sample as a whole, 62 patients (43.7%) presented positive results for staphylococcal toxin-specific IgE antibodies: staphylococcal enterotoxin A (SEA), in 29 (20.4%); SEB, in 35 (24.6%); SEC, in 33 (23.2%); and toxic shock syndrome toxin (TSST), in 45 (31.7%). The mean serum levels of IgE antibodies to SEA, SEB, SEC, and TSST were 0.96 U/L, 1.09 U/L, 1.21 U/L, and 1.18 U/L, respectively. There were no statistically significant differences between the two groups in terms of the qualitative or quantitative results. Conclusions: Serum IgE antibodies to SEA, SEB, SEC, and TSST were detected in 43.7% of the patients in our sample. However, neither the qualitative nor quantitative results showed a statistically significant association with the clinical severity of asthma.


Keywords: Asthma; Immunoglobulin E; Superantigens; Bacterial toxins; Staphylococcus aureus.


Applicability of the London Chest Activity of Daily Living scale in patients on the waiting list for lung transplantation

Aplicabilidade da escala London Chest Activity of Daily Living em pacientes em lista de espera para transplante de pulmão

Jocimar Prates Muller, Patrícia Ayres Guterres Gonçalves, Fabrício Farias da Fontoura, Rita Mattiello, Juliessa Florian

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(1):92-97

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Objetivo: Avaliar a aplicabilidade da escala London Chest Activity of Daily Living (LCADL), em pacientes em lista de transplante pulmonar. Métodos: Estudo transversal com 26 pacientes em lista de espera para transplante de pulmão, de ambos os sexos, entre maio e setembro de 2010 tratados no Programa de Reabilitação Pulmonar, Complexo Hospitalar Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Porto Alegre, em Porto Alegre, RS. Todos os pacientes foram submetidos ao teste de caminhada de seis minutos (TC6) e a teste de função pulmonar e foram obtidos os escores das escalas LCADL e de Borg modificada para dispneia e fadiga das pernas. O teste alfa de Cronbach foi utilizado para verificar a consistência interna da escala LCADL. A análise de regressão linear foi utilizada para identificar associações entre o escore total em porcentagem da escala LCADL e as variáveis estudadas. Resultados: Segundo os resultados da LCADL, 69% dos pacientes indicaram que suas atividades de vida diária são muito comprometidas pela dispnéia. A consistência interna da escala LCADL foi de 0,89. Houve associações negativas estatisticamente significativas entre o escore total da escala LCADL e distância percorrida no TC6 (β = −0,087; p < 0,001) e trabalho realizado no TC6 (β = −0,285; p < 0,001), quando os dados foram ajustados por idade e VEF1. Conclusões: Esses achados sugerem que a escala LCADL é um instrumento útil para avaliar o desempenho funcional dos pacientes em listas de transplante pulmonar.


Palavras-chave: Atividades cotidianas; Transplante de pulmão; Dispneia.


Applicability of the 12-Item Short-Form Health Survey in patients with progressive systemic sclerosis

Aplicabilidade do questionário de qualidade de vida relacionada à saúde - the 12-Item Short-Form Health Survey - em pacientes portadores de esclerose sistêmica progressiva

Thamine Lessa Andrade, Aquiles Assunção Camelier, Fernanda Warken Rosa, Marcia Pina Santos, Sérgio Jezler, Jorge Luiz Pereira e Silva

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(4):414-422

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To evaluate the applicability of the 12-Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-12) as an instrument to measure health-related quality of life in a sample of patients with progressive systemic sclerosis (PSS) through the analysis of its reproducibility and its correlation with functional and clinical parameters. Methods: A test-retest reproducibility study for the comparative analysis of the intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) of the SF-12 and the SF-36. A total of 46 patients diagnosed with PSS were studied, regardless of the presence of respiratory symptoms. Results: The physical component summary 12 (PCS-12) score had an ICC of 0.47 (95%CI: 0.05-0.71; p < 0.02), whereas the mental component summary (MCS-12) score had an ICC of 0.72 (95%CI: 0.49-0.84; p < 0.001). The PCS-36 score had an ICC of 0.88 (95%CI: 0.78-0.93; p < 0.001), and the MCS-36 score also had an ICC of 0.88 (95%CI: 0.78-0.93; p < 0.001). Conclusion: The SF-12 is a reliable instrument for measuring health-related quality of life in patients with PSS, since it has been proven to be reproducible. However, this version of the SF-12 should only be used in clinical research settings.


Keywords: Quality of life; Questionnaires; Statistics; Scleroderma, systemic.


Clinical application of CT and CT-guided percutaneous transthoracic needle biopsy in patients with indeterminate pulmonary nodules

Aplicação clínica da TC e biópsia transtorácica percutânea guiada por TC em pacientes com nódulos pulmonares indeterminados

Luciana Vargas Cardoso, Arthur Soares Souza Júnior

J Bras Pneumol.2014;40(4):380-388

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Objective: To investigate the clinical application of CT and CT-guided percutaneous transthoracic needle biopsy (CT-PTNB) in patients with indeterminate pulmonary nodules (IPNs). Methods: We retrospectively studied 113 patients with PNs undergoing CT and CT-PTNB. Variables such as gender, age at diagnosis, smoking status, CT findings, and CT-PTNB techniques were analyzed. Data analysis was performed with the Student's t-test for independent samples the chi-square test, and normal approximation test for comparison of two proportions. Results: Of the 113 patients studied, 68 (60.2%) were male and 78 (69%) were smokers. The diameter of malignant lesions ranged from 2.6 cm to 10.0 cm. Most of the IPNs (85%) were located in the peripheral region. The biopsied IPNs were found to be malignant in 88 patients (77.8%) and benign in 25 (22.2%). Adenocarcinoma was the most common malignant tumor, affecting older patients. The IPN diameter was significantly greater in patients with malignant PNs than in those with benign IPNs (p < 0.001). Having regular contour correlated significantly with an IPN being benign (p = 0.022), whereas spiculated IPNs and bosselated IPNs were more often malignant (in 50.7% and 28.7%, respectively). Homogeneous attenuation and necrosis were more common in patients with malignant lesions (51.9% and 26.9%, respectively) Conclusions: In our sample, CT and CT-PTNB were useful in distinguishing between malignant and benign IPNs. Advanced age and smoking were significantly associated with malignancy. Certain CT findings related to IPNs (larger diameter, spiculated borders, homogeneous attenuation, and necrosis) were associated with malignancy.


Keywords: Solitary pulmonary nodule; Tomography; Image-guided biopsy.


Clinical application of serum tumor markers in patients with non-small cell lung carcinoma

Aplicação clínica dos marcadores tumorais séricos em carcinoma não-pequenas células do pulmão

Jefferson Luiz Gross, Riad Naim Younes, José Alexandre Marzagão Barbuto, Fabio José Haddad, Daniel Dehenzelin

J Bras Pneumol.2000;26(4):175-182

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The usefulness of serum tumor markers in lung cancer is not well defined. Objective: The aim of this study is to examine the correlation between serum tumor markers and tumor extension and its prognostic value. Patients and method: From February 1995 to September 1997, 103 patients with non-small cell lung carcinoma were evaluated at the Department of Thoracic Surgery. Serum levels of CEA, CYFRA21.1, CA15.3, CA19.9, CA72.4, and NSE were determined before treatment. Results: The serum level of CYFRA21.1 was the most frequent elevated tumor marker (55%). Patients with advanced tumor had higher mean serum level of CEA (90.8 ng/ml), CYFRA21.1 (20.3 ng/ml) and CA15.3 (56.5%) than those with localized carcinoma, respectively 10.2 ng/ml, 12.6 ng/ml and 22.2 ng/ml. Considering all serum tumor markers evaluated in this study, only patients with elevated CEA had greater chance (5.6) of presenting with advanced non-small lung carcinoma than patients with normal CEA. Overall survival was influenced by performance status (p = 0.001), tumor extension (p = 0.006), elevated serum level of CEA (p = 0.043), more than two elevated serum tumor markers (p < 0.001), and type of treatment (p < 0.001). The prognostic value of anatomical tumor extension reached the limit of significance (p = 0.052); however, two or more elevated serum tumor markers and type of treatment had independent prognostic value (respectively, p = 0.035 and p = 0.005). Conclusion: None of these serum tumor markers had clinical value in the management of NSCLC patients.


Keywords: biological tumor markers, neoplasm staging, non-small cell lung carcinoma, prognosis


Application of the anthropometric index for the assessment of Pectus excavatum in patients submitted to the Nuss technique: two cases

Aplicação do índice antropométrico para avaliação do Pectus excavatum em pacientes submetidos à técnica de Nuss: relato de 2 casos

Rodrigo Ribeiro Brigato, José Ribas Milanez de Campos, Fabio Biscegli Jatene

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(3):347-350

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Pectus excavatum (PEX) is the most frequent congenital deformity of the anterior chest wall and is defined as the dislocation of the medial or inferior portion of the sternal region toward the spinal column. There are various ways to measure the deformity. In this study, we present an objective method of assessing such deformity, the anthropometric index for PEX (AI-PEX). The AI-PEX was developed in the Thoracic Surgery Department of the Heart Institute - University of São Paulo School of Medicine Hospital das Clínicas. The anthropometric measurements are taken during the physical examination. We herein report two cases involving patients with PEX assessed using the AI-PEX and treated with the minimally invasive Nuss technique. The measurements were always taken at the point of greatest deformity. The patients were assessed on the day of the operation and again at 60 days after the surgery. The AI-PEX allowed us to obtain a satisfactory assessment of the defect. In both patients, the post-operative evolution was favorable.


Keywords: Thoracic wall; Thoracic surgery, Video-assisted; Funnel chest.


Administering the Sarcoidosis Health Questionnaire to sarcoidosis patients in Serbia

Aplicação do Sarcoidosis Health Questionnaire em pacientes com sarcoidose na Sérvia

Violeta Mihailović-Vučinić1,2, Branislav Gvozdenović3, Mihailo Stjepanović2, Mira Vuković4, Ljiljana Marković-Denić5, Aleksandar Milovanović6, Jelica Videnović-Ivanov2, Vladimir Zugić1,2, Vesna Skodrić-Trifunović 1,2, Snezana Filipović2, Maja Omčikus2

J Bras Pneumol.2016;42(2):99-105

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Objective: The aim of this study was to use a Serbian-language version of the disease-specific, self-report Sarcoidosis Health Questionnaire (SHQ), which was designed and originally validated in the United States, to assess health status in sarcoidosis patients in Serbia, as well as validating the instrument for use in the country. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study of 346 patients with biopsy-confirmed sarcoidosis. To evaluate the health status of the patients, we used the SHQ, which was translated into Serbian for the purposes of this study. We compared SHQ scores by patient gender and age, as well as by disease duration and treatment. Lower SHQ scores indicate poorer health status. Results: The SHQ scores demonstrated differences in health status among subgroups of the sarcoidosis patients evaluated. Health status was found to be significantly poorer among female patients and older patients, as well as among those with chronic sarcoidosis or extrapulmonary manifestations of the disease. Monotherapy with methotrexate was found to be associated with better health status than was monotherapy with prednisone or combination therapy with prednisone and methotrexate. Conclusions: The SHQ is a reliable, disease-specific, self-report instrument. Although originally designed for use in the United States, the SHQ could be a useful tool for the assessment of health status in various non-English-speaking populations of sarcoidosis patients.


Keywords: Sarcoidosis; Health status; Validation studies; Questionnaires; Self report; Serbia.


Therapeutic application of collateral ventilation with pulmonary drainage in the treatment of diffuse emphysema: report of the first three cases

Aplicação terapêutica da ventilação colateral com drenagem pulmonar no tratamento do enfisema pulmonar difuso: relato dos três primeiros casos

Roberto Saad Junior, Vicente Dorgan Neto, Marcio Botter, Roberto Stirbulov, Jorge Henrique Rivaben, Roberto Gonçalves

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(1):14-19

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Objective: To report the results obtained in three patients with diffuse pulmonary emphysema during the pre- and post-operative periods following a new surgical technique: collateral ventilation with lung parenchyma drainage. Methods: Patients suffering from pulmonary failure and disabling dyspnea, despite having received the gold standard treatment, including pulmonary rehabilitation, were selected for the evaluation of pulmonary drainage. During the pre- and post-operative periods, patients were submitted to plethysmography and six-minute walk tests, as well as completing the following quality of life questionnaires: Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short-Form Health Survey, Saint George's Respiratory Questionnaire, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Performance Status and Medical Research Council Scale. In all three cases, the post-operative follow-up period was at least 300 days. The tests were performed at the following time points: during the pre-operative period; between post-operative days 30 and 40; and on post-operative day 300. Data were analyzed using profile plots of the means. Results: When the results obtained in the pre-operative period were compared to those obtained at the two post-operative time points evaluated, improvements were observed in all parameters studied. Conclusions: The results suggest that the surgical technique proposed for the treatment of patients suffering from severe diffuse emphysema successfully reduces the debilitating symptoms of these patients, improving their quality of life considerably.


Keywords: Pulmonary emphysema; Lung diseases, obstructive; Lung, hyperlucent.


Therapeutic application of collateral ventilation in diffuse pulmonary emphysema: study protocol presentation

Aplicação terapêutica da ventilação colateral no enfisema pulmonar difuso: apresentação de um protocolo

Roberto Saad Júnior, Vicente Dorgan Neto, Marcio Botter, Roberto Stirbulov, Jorge Rivaben, Roberto Gonçalves

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(6):430-434

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We present a protocol to test a new surgical procedure for the treatment of patients with diffuse lung emphysema who, after having received the golden standard treatment (pulmonary rehabilitation), continue to present respiratory failure with disabling dyspnea. Ten patients with severe lung hyperinflation will be evaluated. The method proposed is designed to create alternative expiratory passages for air trapped in the emphysematous lung by draining the lung parenchyma, thereby establishing communication between the alveoli and the external environment. The ten patients selected will be required to meet the inclusion criteria and to give written informed consent. Those ten patients will be included in the study pending the approval of the Ethics in Research Committee of the São Paulo Santa Casa School of Medicine, São Paulo, Brazil. The protocol we will employ in order to evaluate the proposed procedure is feasible and will show whether debilitated patients suffering from diffuse pulmonary emphysema can benefit from this procedure, which could represent an alternative to lung transplant or lung volume reduction surgery, the only options currently available.


Keywords: Pulmonary emphysema; Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive; Lung, hyperlucent.


Metered-dose inhaler technique learning after explanation given by pulmonologist

Aprendizado do uso do inalador dosimetrado após explicação por pneumologista

Alessandra Sandrini, Andréia Jacomossi, Sonia Maria Farensin, Ana Luisa Godoy Fernandes, José Roberto Jardim

J Bras Pneumol.2001;27(1):7-10

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Introduction: The use of inhaled drugs through metered-dose inhaler has been advocated for years. Nonetheless, a small number of patients are routinely treated by this technique. Prescriptions of inhaled drugs by healthcare providers are not frequent, usually because they anticipate patients will not be able to perform the technique correctly. In addition, healthcare providers do not usually take their time to appropriately teach patients how to use metered-dose inhalers correctly. Objective: To evaluate the percentage of uninstructed patients that learn how to use a metered-dose inhaler correctly after being taught by a pneumologist. Patients and methods: One hundred and nineteen patients from a private clinic were prospectively studied in São Paulo, southeastern Brazil. Patients were exhaustively taught how to use the metered-dose inhaler at the first consultation and were told to return after 10 days, when they were asked to perform the technique exactly the way they were doing it at home. Their performance was classified as correct, slightly incorrect, intermediately incorrect, and totally incorrect. Results: Twenty-six patients were excluded for not coming to the second appointment. The final sample comprised 93 patients. Age ranged from 9 to 81 years (mean age 42.6 ± 21); 59.2% of the patients were male and 40.8% female. Considering all patients, only 16.25 of them used the metered-dose inhaler totally incorrectly and 19.3% performed the technique intermediately incorrectly. The most frequent mistakes were: metered-dose inhaler device was placed inside the mouth; inspiration before jet was activated; fast aspiration; inspiration through the nose. Thirty-three percent of patients who were under 15 and over 75 years performed the technique correctly. Conclusion: This study has demonstrated that the majority of the patients learned how to use the metered-dose inhaler correctly after being properly and extensively taught.


Keywords: Nebulizers and vaporizers. Inhalation administration. Learning.


Clinical presentation of cow milk allergy symptoms

Apresentação clínica da alergia ao leite de vaca com sintomatologia respiratória

Fábio Ferreira de Carvalho Junior

J Bras Pneumol.2001;27(1):17-24

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Cow milk allergens are the first antigens children have contact with. The symptoms, which are frequently multi-systemic, may be related to the gastrointestinal tract, to the skin and, more rarely, to the respiratory tract. Objective: To describe some clinic and epidemiological characteristics of children who have cow milk allergy and present respiratory symptoms. Patients and method: This retrospective study included 17 children who presented respiratory problems immediately after ingesting cow milk, showed no symptoms as cow milk was excluded from their diets for a period of 4 to 6 weeks, and presented recurrent symptoms as cow milk was reintroduced into their diet in a hospital environment. Results: No difference was observed between genders. Family atopic antecedents were present in 14 of the 17 children. Mean exclusive breast-feeding period was 2.9 months and the onset of symptoms occurred at an average of 3.6 months. Eight of the ten tests conducted to evaluate immediate cutaneous hypersensitivity to cow milk were positive. Clinical manifestations observed were: wheezing infants (9), asthma (5), repetition otitis (2), selective IgA deficiency related to wheezing and allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (1). Conclusion: Regarding wheezing infants, cow milk allergy should be included as a differential diagnosis and exclusive breast-feeding should be stimulated in cases of atopic family antecedents. However, a precise diagnosis is vital to prevent unnecessary food deprivation.


Keywords: Milk hipersensitivity. Milk substitutes. Respiratory signs and symptoms. Respiratory diseases.


Psychometric properties of the Fagerström Test for Nicotine Dependence

As propriedades psicométricas do Teste de Fagerström para Dependência de Nicotina

Izilda Carolina de Meneses-Gaya, Antonio Waldo Zuardi, Sonia Regina Loureiro, José Alexandre de Souza Crippa

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(1):73-82

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Objective: The Fagerström Test for Nicotine Dependence (FTND) is a screening instrument for physical nicotine dependence and is extensively used in various countries. The objective of the present report was to review articles related to the psychometric properties of the FTND. Methods: A systematic search for articles published up through December of 2007 was carried out in various electronic databases. The following search terms were used: "Fagerström Test for Nicotine Dependence"; "FTND"; "psychometric"; "validity"; "reliability"; "feasibility"; and "factors". We included articles published in English, Spanish or Portuguese and in which the psychometric properties of the FTND were evaluated. Results: Twenty-six studies related to the psychometric properties of the FTND were identified in the indexed literature. Analysis of the studies confirmed the reliability of the FTND for the assessment of nicotine dependence in different settings and populations. Conclusions: Further validation studies using previously validated instruments as a comparative measure are needed before the extensive use of the FTND can be justified on the basis of its psychometric qualities.


Keywords: Tobacco use disorder; Psychometrics; Tobacco; Reproducibility of results.


Asma brônquica e a tolerância ao exercício incremental

José Alberto Neder

J Bras Pneumol.2001;27(5):285-286


Asthma in children under five years of age: problems in diagnosis and in inhaled corticosteroid treatment

Asma em menores de cinco anos: dificuldades no diagnóstico e na prescrição da corticoterapia inalatória

Maria Jussara Fernandes Fontes, Maria Teresa Mohallem Fonseca, Paulo Augusto Moreira Camargos, Alessandra Gazire Alves Affonso, Geralda Magela Costa Calazans

J Bras Pneumol.2005;31(3):244-253

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The objective of this study was to review the literature, focusing on difficulties encountered in asthma diagnosis and in the establishment of initial inhaled corticosteroid treatment in children under five years of age. The search was limited to studies published between 1991 and 2002 in Portuguese, Spanish, or English and included in the LILACS and MEDLINE databases. Symptoms of asthma, the most common chronic childhood disease, typically appear in the first years of life. There are currently no diagnosis means of making a certain diagnosis of asthma in children under the age of five. Clinical manifestations, when present in toddlers and preschoolers, may require treatment such as that given for asthma, assuming that it is preceded by a critical evaluation. We can conclude that diagnosis of asthma in the first years of life is complex and predominantly clinical. Inhaled corticosteroid treatment is an effective tool, although its risks and benefits must be carefully evaluated.


Keywords: Asthma. Adrenal cortex hormones. Infant. Preschool.


Clinical aspects of pulmonary tuberculosis in elderly patients from a university hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Aspectos clínicos da tuberculose pulmonar em idosos atendidos em hospital universitário do Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil

João Paulo Cantalice Filho, Clemax Couto Sant`Anna, Márcio Neves Bóia

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(6):699-706

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Objective: To evaluate clinical aspects and the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis (PT) in the aged. Methods: We compared 117 patients over 60 years of age (elderly group) and 464 patients aged 15 to 49 years old (nonelderly group) treated at the Thoracic Diseases Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, from 1980 to 1996. Results: Previous history of PT was predominant in the elderly group (OR = 2.09; 95% CI = 1.26-3.45; p = 0.002), whereas household contact with PT was predominant in the nonelderly group (OR = 0.26; 95% CI = 0.10-0.66; p = 0.002). Mean time for diagnosis was 90 days in the elderly group and 60 days in the nonelderly group. In the elderly group, dyspnea (OR = 1.64; 95% CI = 1.06-2.53; p = 0.018) and weight loss (OR = 1.66; 95% CI = 1.01-2.82; p = 0.047) were predominant. In the nonelderly group, hemoptysis (OR = 0.51; 95% CI = 0.32-0.81; p = 0.002), chest pain (OR = 0.62; 95% CI = 0.40-0.97; p = 0.027) and fever (OR = 0.55; 95% CI = 0.35-0.86; p = 0.006) were more common. The most common radiological abnormalities were infiltrates and cavitations. Bilateral involvement was more common in the elderly patients (OR = 1.76; 95% CI = 1.12-2.78; p = 0.009). There were no differences between the two groups regarding positivity for Mycobacterium tuberculosis identified through tuberculin skin testing, sputum smear microscopy and culture. Conclusions: There are few clinical and laboratory differences between the age groups. The delayed diagnosis in the elderly group can be explained by the low clinical suspicion in these patients.


Keywords: Tuberculosis, pulmonary; Aged; Signs and symptoms, respiratory; Diagnosis.


Clinical aspects of the Mycobacterium abscessus complex

Aspectos clínicos do complexo Mycobacterium abscessus

Beuy Joob1,a, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,b

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(5):434-434

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Clinical aspects in patients with pulmonary infection caused by mycobacteria of the Mycobacterium abscessus complex, in the Brazilian Amazon

Aspectos clínicos em pacientes com infecção pulmonar por micobactérias do complexo Mycobacterium abscessus na Amazônia brasileira

José Tadeu Colares Monteiro1, Karla Valéria Batista Lima2, Adriana Rodrigues Barretto3, Ismari Perini Furlaneto1,2, Glenda Moraes Gonçalves3, Ana Roberta Fusco da Costa2, Maria Luiza Lopes2, Margareth Pretti Dalcolmo4,5

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(2):93-98

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Objective: To describe the clinical manifestations of patients with pulmonary infection caused by mycobacteria of the Mycobacterium abscessus complex (MABSC), and to compare these manifestations with those of patients infected with other nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). Methods: This was a retrospective cohort study involving 43 patients divided into two groups: the MABSC group, consisting of patients with pulmonary infection caused by MABSC (n = 17); and the NTM group, consisting of patients with pulmonary infection caused by NTM other than MABSC (n = 26). Patients were previously treated with a regimen of rifampin, isoniazid, pyrazinamide, and ethambutol before the diagnosis of NTM was confirmed by two culture-positive sputum samples. The nucleotide sequences of the hsp65, 16S rRNA, and/or rpoB genes were analyzed to identify the mycobacteria. Data were collected on demographic, clinical, and radiological characteristics, as well as on treatment responses and outcomes. Results: Loss of appetite was the only clinical manifestation that was significantly more common in the MABSC group than in the NTM group (p = 0.0306). The chance of having to use a second treatment regimen was almost 12 times higher in the MABSC group than in the NTM group. Treatment success was significantly higher in the NTM group than in the MABSC group (83.2% vs. 17.6%; p < 0.0001). The chance of recurrence was approximately 37 times higher in the MABSC group than in the NTM group. Conclusions: In the study sample, treatment response of pulmonary disease caused by MABSC was less favorable than that of pulmonary disease caused by other NTM.


Keywords: Nontuberculous mycobacteria/classification; Nontuberculous mycobacteria/drug effects; Lung diseases.


Epidemiological aspects of human immunodeficiency virus/tuberculosis co-infection in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil from 1998 to 2003

Aspectos epidemiológicos da co-infecção tuberculose e vírus da imunodeficiência humana em Ribeirão Preto (SP), de 1998 a 2003

Jordana de Almeida Nogueira, Antônio Ruffino-Netto, Tereza Cristina Scatena Villa, Mellina Yamamura, Ricardo Arcencio, Roxana Isabel Cardozo-Gonzales

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(6):529-534

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Objective: This study aimed to characterize the epidemiological profile of tuberculosis cases reported in the city of Ribeirão Preto between 1998 and 2003, according to patient HIV status, gender, age bracket and treatment outcome. Methods: This was a descriptive epidemiological study that employed the Brazilian National Tuberculosis Notification Database as an instrument of data collection. The study sample consisted of all cases of human immunodeficiency virus/tuberculosis co-infection occurring in residents of Ribeirão Preto and reported between 1998 and 2003. Results: During this period, 1273 new cases of tuberculosis were reported, 377 of which were in HIV-positive individuals, for a co-infection rate of 30%. Of the cases of co-infection, 76% were in men, and the majority occurred in individuals in the 20-59 age bracket. In terms of treatment outcome, cure was achieved in 52%, treatment abandonment was reported in 11%, and death occurred in 32%. The predominant clinical form of tuberculosis was the pulmonary form, which accounted for 58% of the cases. Conclusion: A high prevalence of co-infection was observed in the community studied. The treatment outcomes seen among the cases in our study sample underscore the need to adopt special strategies to monitor this clientele. Comparing the cases of tuberculosis in isolation with the cases of co-infection, no gender-related or age-related differences were observed.


Keywords: Tuberculosis; HIV infections; Comorbidity


Epidemiological aspects of pleural tuberculosis in the state of São Paulo, Brazil (1998-2005)

Aspectos epidemiológicos da tuberculose pleural no estado de São Paulo (1998-2005)

Márcia Seiscento, Francisco Suso Vargas, Maria Josefa Penon Rujula, Sidney Bombarda, David Everson Uip, Vera Maria Nedes Galesi

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(6):548-554

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Objective: To analyze the epidemiological characteristics of and trends regarding the incidence of pleural TB. Methods: This was a retrospective descriptive study of TB cases reported between 1998 and 2005 and compiled from the Epidemiological Surveillance Tuberculosis System (Epi-TB database). Results: A total of 144,347 new cases of TB were reported during the period studied. Pulmonary TB was the predominant form (118,575 cases; 82.2%). Among the extrapulmonary forms (25,773 cases; 17.8%), pleural TB was the form most often reported (12,545 cases; 48.7%). For all forms, the incidence (per 100,000 population) decreased (from 49.7 in 1998 to 44.6 in 2005; R2 = 0.898; p < 0.001), whereas the incidence of pleural TB remained stable (4.1 in 1998 and 3.8 in 2005; R2 = 0.433; p = 0.076). The highest incidence of pleural TB was found among males (2:1) aged from 30 to 59 years. Of the 12,545 patients with pleural TB, 4,018 (32.0%) presented comorbidities: alcoholism (9.5%); HIV (8.0%); diabetes (3.3%); and mental illness (1.2%). The diagnosis was based on bacteriological (14.2%) and histological (30.2%) methods, as well as on unspecified methods (55.6%). Conclusions: Pleural TB was the predominant extrapulmonary form of TB in the state of São Paulo, with a stable incidence between 1998 and 2005, although there was a trend toward a decrease in the incidence of the pulmonary forms. The diagnosis of pleural TB was confirmed through histology and bacteriology in 44.4% of the cases.


Keywords: Pleural effusion; Tuberculosis, pleural; HIV.


Epidemiological aspects of and risk factors for wheezing in the first year of life

Aspectos epidemiológicos e fatores de risco para sibilância no primeiro ano de vida

Hamilton Rosendo Fogaça, Fernando Augusto de Lima Marson, Adyléia Aparecida Dalbo Contrera Toro, Dirceu Solé, José Dirceu Ribeiro

J Bras Pneumol.2014;40(6):617-625

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Objective: To determine, in a sample of infants, the prevalence of and risk factors for occasional wheezing (OW) and recurrent wheezing-wheezy baby syndrome (WBS). Methods: Parents of infants (12-15 months of age) completed the International Study of Wheezing in Infants questionnaire. Results: We included 1,269 infants residing in the city of Blumenau, Brazil. Of those, 715 (56.34%) had a history of wheezing, which was more common among boys. The prevalences of OW and WBS were 27.03% (n = 343) and 29.31% (n = 372), respectively. On average, the first wheezing episode occurred at 5.55 ± 2.87 months of age. Among the 715 infants with a history of wheezing, the first episode occurred within the first six months of life in 479 (66.99%), and 372 (52.03%) had had three or more episodes. Factors associated with wheezing in general were pneumonia; oral corticosteroid use; a cold; attending daycare; having a parent with asthma or allergies; mother working outside the home; male gender; no breastfeeding; and mold. Factors associated with WBS were a cold; physician-diagnosed asthma; ER visits; corticosteroid use; pneumonia; bronchitis; dyspnea; attending daycare; bronchodilator use; having a parent with asthma; no breastfeeding; mother working outside the home; and a dog in the household. Conclusions: The prevalence of wheezing in the studied population was high (56.34%). The etiology was multifactorial, and the risk factors were intrinsic and extrinsic (respiratory tract infections, allergies, attending daycare, and early wheezing). The high prevalence and the intrinsic risk factors indicate the need and the opportunity for epidemiological and genetic studies in this population. In addition, mothers should be encouraged to prolong breastfeeding and to keep infants under six months of age out of daycare.


Keywords: Asthma; Prevalence; Risk factors.


Epidemiological aspects, clinical manifestations, and prevention of pediatric tuberculosis from the perspective of the End TB Strategy

Aspectos epidemiológicos, manifestações clínicas e prevenção da tuberculose pediátrica sob a perspectiva da Estratégia End TB

Anna Cristina Calçada Carvalho1,a, Claudete Aparecida Araújo Cardoso2,b, Terezinha Miceli Martire3,c, Giovanni Battista Migliori4,d, Clemax Couto Sant'Anna5,e

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(2):134-144

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Tuberculosis continues to be a public health priority in many countries. In 2015, tuberculosis killed 1.4 million people, including 210,000 children. Despite the recent progress made in the control of tuberculosis in Brazil, it is still one of the countries with the highest tuberculosis burdens. In 2015, there were 69,000 reported cases of tuberculosis in Brazil and tuberculosis was the cause of 4,500 deaths in the country. In 2014, the World Health Organization approved the End TB Strategy, which set a target date of 2035 for meeting its goals of reducing the tuberculosis incidence by 90% and reducing the number of tuberculosis deaths by 95%. However, to achieve those goals in Brazil, there is a need for collaboration among the various sectors involved in tuberculosis control and for the prioritization of activities, including control measures targeting the most vulnerable populations. Children are highly vulnerable to tuberculosis, and there are particularities specific to pediatric patients regarding tuberculosis development (rapid progression from infection to active disease), prevention (low effectiveness of vaccination against the pulmonary forms and limited availability of preventive treatment of latent tuberculosis infection), diagnosis (a low rate of bacteriologically confirmed diagnosis), and treatment (poor availability of child-friendly anti-tuberculosis drugs). In this review, we discuss the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and prevention of tuberculosis in childhood and adolescence, highlighting the peculiarities of active and latent tuberculosis in those age groups, in order to prompt reflection on new approaches to the management of pediatric tuberculosis within the framework of the End TB Strategy.


Keywords: Tuberculosis, pulmonary/prevention & control; Mycobacterium tuberculosis; Lung diseases/etiology; Child; Adolescent.


Aspects of bronchioloalveolar carcinoma and of adenocarcinoma with a bronchioloalveolar component: CT findings

Aspectos tomográficos do carcinoma bronquíolo-alveolar e dos adenocarcinomas mistos com componente bronquíolo-alveolar

Pedro Paulo Teixeira e Silva Torres, Julia Capobianco, Marcelo Eustáquio Montandon Júnior, Gustavo Souza Portes Meirelles

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(2):218-225

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Bronchioloalveolar carcinoma has various presentations and a wide spectrum of imaging patterns, as does adenocarcinoma with a bronchioloalveolar component. The objective of this essay was to describe and illustrate the CT findings that are most characteristic of these tumors. Three presentations are described: solitary pulmonary nodule, consolidation, and diffuse pattern. The last two should be included in the differential diagnosis, together with infectious diseases. Knowledge of the various presentations and the use of proper diagnostic procedures are crucial to early diagnosis and to improving survival.


Keywords: Lung neoplasms; Adenocarcinoma, bronchiolo-alveolar; Tomography, X-ray computed.


Endobronchial aspergilloma

Aspergilose endobrônquica

Laerte Pastore Junior1, Ricardo Antônio Bonifácio de Moura2, Rodrigo Romling Rotheia Júnior2

J Bras Pneumol.2020;46(2):e20190279-e20190279

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Acute invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, shortly after occupational exposure to polluted muddy water, in a previously healthy subject

Aspergilose pulmonar invasiva aguda, logo após exposição ocupacional a água poluída barrenta, em indivíduo previamente saudável

Vikas Pilaniya, Kamal Gera, Rajesh Gothi, Ashok Sha

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(5):473-477

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Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) predominantly occurs in severely neutropenic immunocompromised subjects. The occurrence of acute IPA after brief but massive exposure to Aspergillus conidia in previously healthy subjects has been documented, although only six such cases have been reported. The diagnosis was delayed in all six of the affected patients, five of whom died. We report the case of a 50-year-old HIV-negative male, a water pipeline maintenance worker, who presented with acute-onset dyspnea and fever one day after working for 2 h in a deep pit containing polluted, muddy water. Over a one-month period, his general condition deteriorated markedly, despite antibiotic therapy. Imaging showed bilateral diffuse nodules with cavitation, some of which were surrounded by ground-glass opacity suggestive of a halo sign (a hallmark of IPA). Cultures (of sputum/bronchial aspirate samples) and serology were positive for Aspergillus fumigatus. After being started on itraconazole, the patient improved. We conclude that massive exposure to Aspergillus conidia can lead to acute IPA in immunocompetent subjects.


Keywords: Environmental exposure; Azoles; Water pollution; Immunocompetence; Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis.


Chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis

Aspergilose pulmonar necrotizante crônica

Eduardo Felipe Barbosa Silva, Melânio de Paula Barbosa, Marco Antônio Alves de Oliveira, Rosane Rodrigues Martins, Jefferson Fontinele e Silva

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(1):95-98

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Chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis is one of the forms of pulmonary aspergillosis typically found in mildly immunocompromised patients. We report the case of a female patient with complaints of chronic productive cough, fever and asthenia. She reported previous corticosteroid use. Computed tomography of the chest revealed consolidation with interposed cavitation in the right upper lobe. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy revealed purulent fluid within the tracheobronchial tree and an endobronchial exophytic lesion. The results of the biopsy of that lesion and the transbronchial biopsy were consistent with aspergillosis. Based on the clinical, radiological and histopathological findings, the patient was diagnosed with chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis. Treated with itraconazole, the patient presented a favorable clinical-radiological evolution.


Keywords: Aspergillosis; Lung diseases, fungal; Itraconazole. Resumo


Foreign body aspiration in children: clinical aspects, radiological aspects and bronchoscopic treatment

Aspiração de corpo estranho em crianças: aspectos clínicos, radiológicos e tratamento broncoscópico

Andrea de Melo Alexandre Fraga, Marcelo Conrado dos Reis, Mariana Porto Zambon, Ivan Contrera Toro, José Dirceu Ribeiro, Emilio Carlos Elias Baracat

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(2):-

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Objective: To describe the clinical manifestations and bronchoscopic treatment of foreign body aspiration in children under 14 years of age, correlating the clinical aspects with the bronchoscopic findings. Methods: A retrospective, descriptive study analyzing data related to children under 14 years of age undergoing bronchoscopy due to clinical suspicion of foreign body aspiration at the State University at Campinas Hospital das Clinicas from January of 2000 to December of 2005. Results: The sample consisted of 69 patients, ranging in age from 8 months to 12 years/7 months (75.4% under 3 years of age), 62.3% of whom were male. The principal complaint was sudden-onset cough (75.4%), auscultation was abnormal in 74%, and dyspnea was observed in 29%. Radiological abnormalities were seen in 88% of the cases. Aspirations were primarily into the right lung (54.8%), and 30.7% of the foreign bodies were of vegetal origin (principally beans and peanuts). In the follow-up period, 29% presented complications (most commonly pneumonia), which were found to be associated with longer aspiration time (p = 0.03). Mechanical ventilation was required in 7 children (10.1%), and multiple bronchoscopies were performed in 5 (7.2%). Conclusion: A history of sudden-onset choking and cough, plus abnormal auscultation and radiological findings, characterizes the profile of foreign body aspiration. In such cases, bronchoscopy is indicated. Longer aspiration time translates to a higher the risk of complications. The high prevalence of foreign bodies of vegetal origin underscores the relevance of prevention programs aimed at children younger than 3 years of age.


Keywords: Foreign bodies; Bronchoscopy; Pediatrics.


Sequelae of foreign body aspiration in the respiratory tract of children

Aspiração de corpo estranho na árvore traqueobrônquica em crianças: avaliação de seqüelas através de exame cintilográfico

João Antônio Bonfadini Lima, Gilberto Bueno Fischer, José Carlos Felicetti, José Antônio Flores, Christina N. Penna, Eduardo Ludwig

J Bras Pneumol.2000;26(1):20-24

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Objective: The aim of this study was to detect late sequelae of foreign body aspiration in the respiratory tract of children. Methods: This study included children admitted from 1987 to 1999 to Hospital da Criança Santo Antônio, of Porto Alegre, with clinical symptoms of foreign body aspiration to the respiratory tract confirmed by chest X-ray and bronchoscopy. Thirty days after the extraction of the foreign body a perfusion lung scan with technetium was performed. Results: 77% of the foreign bodies were organic materials. In 65% of children the aspiration event occurred at least 7 days before referral. The main location of foreign body was in the right lower lobe bronchus. Perfusion lung scans were performed in 24 patients. In 67% of them reduction in lung perfusion was detected. A chance of sequelae was 3.8 times greater in those patients who had the foreign body removed after 7 days from the aspiration event. Conclusion: This study showed that children that have had foreign body aspiration may have perfusion sequelae in their lungs even after removal of the foreign body. These sequelae were more frequent if the removal was delayed in 7 days of aspiration. Pediatricians must keep this in mind at the follow-up of children that have had foreign body aspiration.


Keywords: foreign bodies; aspiration; bronchi; prognosis


Foreign body aspiration in children and adolescents: experience of a Brazilian referral center

Aspiração de corpo estranho por menores de 15 anos: experiência de um centro de referência do Brasil

Sílvia Teresa Evangelista Vidotto de Sousa, Valdinar Sousa Ribeiro, José Mário de Menezes Filho, Alcione Miranda dos Santos, Marco Antonio Barbieri, José Albuquerque de Figueiredo Neto

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(7):653-659

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Objective: To describe the clinical, radiological and endoscopic characteristics of foreign body aspiration among individuals under the age of 15 treated at a referral center in the city of São Luís, Brazil. Methods: This was a descriptive study using data from the medical charts of patients treated for foreign body aspiration at the Hospital Universitário Materno Infantil between 1995 and 2005. We investigated 72 confirmed cases of foreign body aspiration, evaluating the place of residence, as well as biological, clinical, radiological and endoscopic variables. We used the chi-square test to identify statistically significant differences in frequency among the variables studied. Results: The majority of the patients were from outlying areas (55.6%). The following variables presented the highest frequencies: 0-3 year age bracket (81.9%); male gender (63.9%); evolution > 24 h (66.7%); hypotransparency on chest X-ray (57.7%); foreign body in the right lung (41.2%) or in the larynx (20.5%); organic nature of the foreign body (83.3%); complication in the form of localized inflammation (59.4%); glottal edema as an endoscopic complication (47.6%); and seeds (46.6%), fish bone (28.3%) or plastics (25.5%) as the type of foreign body. There were no deaths. Conclusions: Preventive care should be a priority for male children under the age of 3 living in outlying areas. Such children should not be given access to substances that can be aspirated, including certain foodstuffs. Simple and easily accessible radiological tests have been underused, which jeopardizes the quality of the initial treatment.


Keywords: Foreign bodies; Inhalation; Bronchoscopy.


Patient-ventilator asynchrony

Assincronia paciente-ventilador

Marcelo Alcantara Holanda1,2,a, Renata dos Santos Vasconcelos2,b, Juliana Carvalho Ferreira3,c, Bruno Valle Pinheiro4,d

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(4):321-333

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Patient-ventilator asynchrony (PVA) is a mismatch between the patient, regarding time, flow, volume, or pressure demands of the patient respiratory system, and the ventilator, which supplies such demands, during mechanical ventilation (MV). It is a common phenomenon, with incidence rates ranging from 10% to 85%. PVA might be due to factors related to the patient, to the ventilator, or both. The most common PVA types are those related to triggering, such as ineffective effort, auto-triggering, and double triggering; those related to premature or delayed cycling; and those related to insufficient or excessive flow. Each of these types can be detected by visual inspection of volume, flow, and pressure waveforms on the mechanical ventilator display. Specific ventilatory strategies can be used in combination with clinical management, such as controlling patient pain, anxiety, fever, etc. Deep sedation should be avoided whenever possible. PVA has been associated with unwanted outcomes, such as discomfort, dyspnea, worsening of pulmonary gas exchange, increased work of breathing, diaphragmatic injury, sleep impairment, and increased use of sedation or neuromuscular blockade, as well as increases in the duration of MV, weaning time, and mortality. Proportional assist ventilation and neurally adjusted ventilatory assist are modalities of partial ventilatory support that reduce PVA and have shown promise. This article reviews the literature on the types and causes of PVA, as well as the methods used in its evaluation, its potential implications in the recovery process of critically ill patients, and strategies for its resolution.


Keywords: Respiration, artificial; Respiratory insufficiency; Interactive ventilatory support.


Patient-ventilator asynchrony. Ahead of print

Assincronia paciente-ventilador. Versão ahead of print

Marcelo Alcantara Holanda1,2,a, Renata dos Santos Vasconcelos2,b, Juliana Carvalho Ferreira3,c, Bruno Valle Pinheiro4,d

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(4):339-339

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Postinfectious bronchiolitis obliterans accompanied by pulmonary hemosiderosis in childhood

Associação de bronquiolite obliterante pós-infecciosa e hemossiderose pulmonar na infância

Leonardo Araújo Pinto, Anick Oliveira, Sintia Collaziol, Paulo Márcio Pitrez, Marcus Jones, João Carlos Prolla, Marisa Dolhnikoff, Renato T. Stein

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(6):587-591

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In the present report, we describe an unusual presentation of post-infectious bronchiolitis obliterans accompanied by pulmonary hemosiderosis in a nine-year-old boy with persistent respiratory symptoms subsequent to an episode of acute bronchiolitis occurring at the age of seven months. After the episode, the persistent respiratory symptoms worsened significantly, and, by the age of seven, the patient began to have difficulty breathing after minimal exertion. Computed tomography of the chest presented findings consistent with bronchiolitis obliterans. Open lung biopsy revealed numerous hemosiderin-laden macrophages, as well as other findings consistent with bronchiolitis obliterans. Pulmonary hemosiderosis can occasionally be accompanied by bronchiolitis obliterans in children with severe sequelae after an episode of viral infection.


Keywords: Bronchoalveolar lavage; Bronchiolitis obliterans; Hemosiderosis; Case reports [Publication type]


Association between the display of cigarette packs at the point of sale and smoking susceptibility among adolescents in Brazil

Associação entre a exposição a maços de cigarros em pontos de venda e susceptibilidade ao tabagismo entre adolescentes brasileiros

Ana Luiza Curi Hallal1, Andreza Madeira Macario1, Roberto Hess de Souza2, Antônio Fernando Boing1, Lúcio Botelho1, Joanna Cohen3

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(1):49-51

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This was a cross-sectional study aimed at determining the association between exposure to tobacco displays at the point of sale and susceptibility to smoking in schoolchildren in the 14- to 17-year age bracket. Of the participating students, 69.0%, 21.3%, and 9.7% were classified as never smokers, experimenters, and smokers, respectively. Of the participants who were classified as being exposed to smoking, 18.9% were susceptible to smoking. Of the participants who were classified as being unexposed to smoking, 12.9% were susceptible to smoking (OR = 1.56; 95% CI: 1.04 -2.35; p = 0.029). Exposure to point-of-sale tobacco displays is associated with smoking susceptibility in Brazilian adolescents.


Association between severe asthma and changes in the stomatognathic system

Associação entre asma grave e alterações do sistema estomatognático

Mayra Carvalho-Oliveira1,2, Cristina Salles3, Regina Terse4, Argemiro D'Oliveira Júnior2,5

J Bras Pneumol.2016;42(6):423-428

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Objective: To describe orofacial muscle function in patients with severe asthma. Methods: This was a descriptive study comparing patients with severe controlled asthma (SCA) and severe uncontrolled asthma (SUA). We selected 160 patients, who completed a sociodemographic questionnaire and the 6-item Asthma Control Questionnaire (ACQ-6), as well as undergoing evaluation of orofacial muscle function. Results: Of the 160 patients evaluated, 126 (78.8%) and 34 (21.2%) presented with SCA and SUA, respectively, as defined by the Global Initiative for Asthma criteria. Regardless of the level of asthma control, the most frequent changes found after evaluation of muscle function were difficulty in chewing, oronasal breathing pattern, below-average or poor dental arch condition, and difficulty in swallowing. When the sample was stratified by FEV1 (% of predicted), was significantly higher proportions of SUA group patients, compared with SCA group patients, showed habitual open-mouth chewing (24.8% vs. 7.7%; p < 0.02), difficulty in swallowing water (33.7% vs. 17.3%; p < 0.04), and voice problems (81.2% vs. 51.9%; p < 0.01). When the sample was stratified by ACQ-6 score, the proportion of patients showing difficulty in swallowing bread was significantly higher in the SUA group than in the SCA group (66.6% vs. 26.6%; p < 0.01). Conclusions: The prevalence of changes in the stomatognathic system appears to be high among adults with severe asthma, regardless of the level of asthma control. We found that some such changes were significantly more common in patients with SUA than in those with SCA.


Keywords: Speech/physiology; Stomatognathic system/physiopathology; Asthma/complications; Deglutition disorders; Mastication/physiology.


Guided sputum sample collection and culture contamination rates in the diagnosis of pulmonary TB

Associação entre coleta de escarro guiada e taxas de contaminação de culturas para o diagnóstico de TB pulmonar

Ethel Leonor Noia Maciel, Thiago Nascimento do Prado, Renata Lyrio Peres, Moises Palaci, John L. Johnson, Reynaldo Dietze

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(5):460-463

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A comparative study to evaluate contamination in cultures of morning sputum samples, comparing those collected at home under currently recommended conditions and those collected under supervision after patient orientation and education. The home and supervised collection groups produced 43 and 76 sputum samples, respectively. The contamination rate was nearly 3-times higher among samples collected at home than among those collected under supervision (37% vs. 13%, p < 0.05; OR = 0.25). The simple educational and hygiene measures described can decrease the contamination rate among sputum samples collected for diagnostic culture.


Keywords: Tuberculosis/diagnosis; Sputum/microbiology; Culture techniques.


Correlation of lung function and respiratory muscle strength with functional exercise capacity in obese individuals with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome

Associação entre função pulmonar, força muscular respiratória e capacidade funcional de exercício em indivíduos obesos com síndrome da apneia obstrutiva do sono

Thays Maria da Conceição Silva Carvalho1,a, Anísio Francisco Soares2,b, Danielle Cristina Silva Climaco3,c, Isaac Vieira Secundo3,d, Anna Myrna Jaguaribe de Lima2,e

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(4):279-284

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Objective: To evaluate lung function and inspiratory muscle strength, correlating them with exercise tolerance, in obese individuals with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). Methods: The sample comprised 31 adult subjects with moderate-to-severe OSAS diagnosed by polysomnography. We used spirometry to measure FVC, FEV1, and FVC/FEV1 ratio, using pressure manometry to measure MIP and MEP. The incremental shuttle walk test (ISWT) and the six-minute walk test (6MWT) were used in order to determine functional exercise capacity. Results: In this sample, the mean values for FVC (% of predicted), FEV1 (% of predicted): MIP, and MEP were 76.4 ± 12.3%, 80.1 ± 6.3%, 60.0 ± 21.9 cmH2O, and 81.3 ± 22.2 cmH2O, respectively. The mean distances covered on the ISWT and 6MWT were 221 ± 97 m and 480.8 ± 67.3 m, respectively. The ISWT distance showed moderate positive correlations with FVC (r = 0.658; p = 0.001) and FEV1 (r = 0.522; p = 0.003). Conclusions: In this sample of obese subjects with untreated OSAS, lung function, inspiratory muscle strength, and exercise tolerance were all below normal. In addition, we found that a decline in lung function, but not in respiratory muscle strength, was associated with exercise tolerance in these patients.


Keywords: Sleep apnea syndromes; Exercise tolerance; Respiratory function tests; Respiratory muscles.


Association between nutritional status measurements and pulmonary function in children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis

Associação entre medidas do estado nutricional e a função pulmonar de crianças e adolescentes com fibrose cística

Célia Regina Moutinho de Miranda Chaves, José Augusto Alves de Britto, Cristiano Queiroz de Oliveira, Miriam Martins Gomes, Ana Lúcia Pereira da Cunha

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(5):409-414

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Objective: To evaluate the association between nutritional status measurements and pulmonary function in children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis. Methods: We evaluated the nutritional status of 48 children and adolescents (aged 6-18 years) with cystic fibrosis based on body mass index (BMI) and body composition measurements-mid-arm muscle circumference (MAMC) and triceps skinfold thickness (TST)-at a referral center in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pulmonary function was assessed by means of spirometry, using FEV1 to classify the severity of airway obstruction. We used Student's t-tests for comparisons between proportions and linear regression analysis for associations between continuous variables. The level of significance was set at p < 0.05. Results: The evaluation of nutritional status based on BMI identified a smaller number of malnourished patients than did that based on MAMC (14 vs. 25 patients, respectively). Most of the patients presented mild pulmonary disease. Mean FEV1 was 82.5% of predicted. Pulmonary function was found to correlate significantly with BMI, MAMC and TST (p = 0.001, p = 0.001 and p = 0.03, respectively). All subjects with moderate or severe pulmonary involvement were considered malnourished based on BMI and body composition parameters. Of the 25 patients considered malnourished based on body composition (MAMC), 19 were considered well-nourished based on their BMI. Conclusions: In the present study, all nutritional status measurements correlated directly with the pulmonary function of children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis. However, body composition measurements allowed earlier detection of nutritional deficiencies.


Keywords: Cystic fibrosis; Body composition; Spirometry; Nutrition assessment.


Association of MBL2, TGF-&#946;1 and CD14 gene polymorphisms with lung disease severity in cystic fibrosis

Associação entre os polimorfismos dos genes MBL2, TGF-β1 e CD14 com a gravidade da doença pulmonar na fibrose cística

Elisangela Jacinto de Faria, Isabel Cristina Jacinto de Faria, José Dirceu Ribeiro, Antônio Fernando Ribeiro, Gabriel Hessel, Carmen Sílvia Bertuzzo

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(4):334-342

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Objective: To identify associations between genetic polymorphisms (in the MBL2, TGF-β1 and CD14 genes) and the severity of the lung disease in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), as well as between the presence of ΔF508 alleles and lung disease severity in such patients. Methods: This was a cross-sectional cohort study, based on clinical and laboratory data, involving 105 patients with CF treated at a university hospital in the 2005-2006 period. We included 202 healthy blood donors as controls for the determination of TGF-β1 and CD14 gene polymorphisms. Polymorphisms in the MBL2 and TGF-β1 genes at codon 10, position +869, were genotyped using the allele-specific PCR technique. The C-159T polymorphism in the CD14 gene was genotyped using PCR and enzymatic digestion. Results: Of the 105 CF patients evaluated, 67 presented with severe lung disease according to the Shwachman score. The MBL2 gene polymorphisms were not associated with disease severity in the CF patients. Analysis of the T869C polymorphism in the TGF-β1 gene showed an association only between TC heterozygotes and mild pulmonary disease. Although patients presenting the TT genotype of the C159T polymorphism in the CD14 gene predominated, there was no significant difference regarding lung disease severity. Conclusions: There was an association between the TC genotype of the T869C polymorphism (TGF-β1) and mild pulmonary disease in CF patients. In the CD14 gene, the TT genotype seems to be a risk factor for pulmonary disease but is not a modulator of severity. We found no association between being a ΔF508 homozygote and presenting severe lung disease.


Keywords: Cystic fibrosis; Polymorphism, genetic; Severity of illness index; Mannose-binding lectin; Transforming growth factor beta.


Association between paracoccidioidomycosis and cancer

Associação entre paracoccidioidomicose e câncer

Gustavo da Silva Rodrigues, Cecília Bittencourt Severo, Flávio de Mattos Oliveira, José da Silva Moreira, João Carlos Prolla, Luiz Carlos Severo

J Bras Pneumol.2010;36(3):-

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Objective: To analyze the association between paracoccidioidomycosis (Pcm) and cancer in a series of 25 cases and to review the literature on this topic. Methods: A retrospective review of 25 cases diagnosed with Pcm and cancer, retrieved from a series of 808 consecutive adult patients diagnosed with Pcm based on tests conducted in the Mycology Laboratory of the Santa Casa Complexo Hospitalar, in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil, between 1972 and 2007. The diagnosis of Pcm was confirmed by means of direct microscopic examination, histopathological examination or immunodiffusion test. All cancer cases were confirmed by histopathological or cytopathological examination. Results: Respiratory symptoms were the principal complaints of the patients evaluated. Pulmonary involvement predominated, followed by skin and lymph node involvement. The most prevalent tumor was bronchial carcinoma, in 15 patients, followed by other types of carcinoma, and 1 patient had Hodgkin's lymphoma. In 16 patients (64%), the site of the Pcm was the same as that of the tumor. In most cases, Pcm treatment consisted of the isolated administration of sulfanilamide, sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim, ketoconazole, itraconazole or amphotericin B. The most common treatment for cancer was surgery, followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Of the 25 patients, 12 were cured of Pcm, and 4 died. In 9 patients, the final outcome was unknown. In the general population of the area under study, the prevalence of lung cancer was significantly higher in smokers with Pcm than in smokers without Pcm (p < 0.001). Conclusions: A diagnosis of Pcm appears to increase the risk of lung cancer.


Keywords: Paracoccidioides; Paracoccidioidomycosis; Neoplasms.


Association between paracoccidioidomycosis and tuberculosis: reality and misdiagnosis

Associação entre paracoccidioidomicose e tuberculose: realidade e erro diagnóstico

Reynaldo Quagliato Júnior, Tiago de Araújo Guerra Grangeia, Reinaldo Alexandre de Carvalho Massucio, Eduardo Mello De Capitani, Sílvio de Moraes Rezende, Alípio Barbosa Balthazar

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(3):295-300

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Objective: To evaluate the frequency of the real association between paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM) and tuberculosis (TB) as well as the rate of previous TB misdiagnosis in individuals with PCM among the patients treated in the Pulmonology Division of the State University of Campinas Hospital das Clínicas, Campinas, Brazil. Methods: A retrospective study of 227 adult patients with PCM (chronic form) treated between 1980 and 2005. Results: Of the 227 patients studied, 36 (15.8%) had been previously treated for TB. However, only 18 (7.9%) presented positive sputum smear microscopy results. The remaining 18 (7.9%) neither presented positive sputum smear microscopy nor showed improvement after receiving specific anti-TB treatment. Conclusion: Although the existence of an association between PCM and TB has been documented in the literature, misdiagnosis is common due to the superimposition of and the similarity between their clinical and radiographic presentations, thereby warranting the need for bacteriological diagnosis before initiating specific treatment.


Keywords: Paracoccidioidomycosis; Tuberculosis, pulmonary; Diagnosis, differential.


Genetic associations with asthma and virus-induced wheezing: a systematic review

Associação genética da asma e da sibilância induzida por vírus: uma revisão sistemática

Leonardo Araujo Pinto, Renato Tetelbom Stein, José Dirceu Ribeiro

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(12):-

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Various wheezing phenotypes can be identified based on differences in natural histories, risk factors and responses to treatment. In epidemiologic studies, atopic asthma or virus-induced wheezing can be discriminated by the presence or the absence of sensitization to allergens. Children with asthma have been shown to present lower levels of lung function. Patients with viral respiratory infections evolve from normal lung function to enhanced airway reactivity. The objective of this study was to identify genes and polymorphisms associated with different wheezing phenotypes. Using data obtained from the Genetic Association Database, we systematically reviewed studies on genes and polymorphisms that have been associated with virus-induced wheezing or atopic asthma. The research was carried out in February of 2009. Genes associated with the studied outcomes in more than three studies were included in the analysis. We found that different genes and loci have been associated with virus-induced wheezing or atopic asthma. Virus-induced wheezing has frequently been associated with IL-8 polymorphisms, whereas atopic asthma and atopy have frequently been associated with Th2 cytokine gene (CD14 and IL-13) polymorphisms on chromosome 5. This review provides evidence that different wheezing disorders in childhood can be differently affected by genetic variations, considering their role on airway inflammation and atopy. Future studies of genetic associations should consider the different wheezing phenotypes in infancy. In addition, stratified analyses for atopy can be useful for elucidating the mechanisms of the disease.


Keywords: Genetics; Polymorphism, genetic; Asthma; Interleukins; Respiratory syncytial viruses.


Meeting the assumptions of statistical tests: an important and often forgotten step to reporting valid results

Atender as premissas dos testes estatísticos: um passo importante e muitas vezes negligenciado na comunicação de resultados válidos

Cecilia Maria Patino1,2,a Juliana Carvalho Ferreira1,3,b

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(5):353-353

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Physical therapy in the immediate postoperative period after abdominal surgery

Atendimento fisioterapêutico no pós-operatório imediato de pacientes submetidos à cirurgia abdominal

Luiz Alberto Forgiarini Junior, Alexandra Torres de Carvalho, Tatiane de Souza Ferreira, Mariane Borba Monteiro, Adriane Dal Bosco, Marisa Pereira Gonçalves, Alexandre Simões Dias

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(5):455-459

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A series of pulmonary complications can occur after abdominal surgery. Therefore, it is necessary to introduce appropriate treatment early in order to minimize postoperative complications. The objective of the present study was to evaluate patients submitted to abdominal surgery in terms of the effect of physical therapy in the immediate postoperative period. This was a randomized clinical trial, in which one group of patients was submitted to physical therapy in the postoperative recovery room and, subsequently, in the infirmary, whereas another group was submitted to physical therapy in the infirmary exclusively. We conclude that physical therapy performed in the immediate postoperative period minimizes losses in lung function and respiratory muscle strength, as well as shortening recovery room stays.


Keywords: Physical therapy (specialty); Postoperative period; Surgery/abdomen.


Attitudes of Brazilian pulmonologists toward nicotine dependence: a national survey

Atitudes dos pneumologistas brasileiros em face da dependência de nicotina: inquérito nacional

Carlos Alberto de Assis Viegas, Antonio Gabriel Teles Valentim, Jaene Andrade Pacheco Amoras, Euler Junior Moreira Nascimento

J Bras Pneumol.2010;36(2):239-242

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Smoking is a medical condition, since there is drug dependence, and health professionals should treat it as a chronic disease. In order to understand the attitudes of Brazilian pulmonologists toward smokers, we conducted a national survey, using a questionnaire posted on the Internet, of 2,800 pulmonologists, 587 (21%) of whom completed and returned the questionnaires. We found that 3.2% of the respondents did not believe that smoking is a medical condition. Only 14.7% treated smokers, and 32.4% stated that they would refer smokers to another professional for treatment. These results suggest that Brazilian pulmonologists have insufficient knowledge of smoking cessation therapies.


Keywords: Physicians; Tobacco use cessation; Smoking/therapy.


Atividade bactericida precoce: uma metodologia segura e necessária

Moises Palaci, David Jamil Hadad, Valdério do Valle Dettoni, Reynaldo Dietze

J Bras Pneumol.2004;30(2):189-191


Update on the approach to smoking in patients with respiratory diseases

Atualização na abordagem do tabagismo em pacientes com doenças respiratórias

Maria Penha Uchoa Sales1,a, Alberto José de Araújo2,b, José Miguel Chatkin3,c, Irma de Godoy4,d, Luiz Fernando Ferreira Pereira5,e, Maria Vera Cruz de Oliveira Castellano6,f, Suzana Erico Tanni4,g, Adriana Ávila de Almeida7,h, Gustavo Chatkin3,i, Luiz Carlos Côrrea da Silva8,j, Cristina Maria Cantarino Gonçalves9,k, Clóvis Botelho12,13,l, Ubiratan Paula Santos14,m, Carlos Alberto de Assis Viegas15,n, Maristela Rodrigues Sestelo16,o, Ricardo Henrique Sampaio Meireles10,11,p, Paulo César Rodrigues Pinto Correa17,q, Maria Eunice Moraes de Oliveira18,r, Jonatas Reichert19,s, Mariana Silva Lima6,t, Celso Antonio Rodrigues da Silva20,u

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(3):e20180314-e20180314

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Smoking is the leading cause of respiratory disease (RD). The harmful effects of smoking on the respiratory system begin in utero and influence immune responses throughout childhood and adult life. In comparison with "healthy" smokers, smokers with RD have peculiarities that can impede smoking cessation, such as a higher level of nicotine dependence; nicotine withdrawal; higher levels of exhaled carbon monoxide; low motivation and low self-efficacy; greater concern about weight gain; and a high prevalence of anxiety and depression. In addition, they require more intensive, prolonged treatment. It is always necessary to educate such individuals about the fact that quitting smoking is the only measure that will reduce the progression of RD and improve their quality of life, regardless of the duration and severity of the disease. Physicians should always offer smoking cessation treatment. Outpatient or inpatient smoking cessation treatment should be multidisciplinary, based on behavioral interventions and pharmacotherapy. It will thus be more effective and cost-effective, doubling the chances of success.


Keywords: Respiratory tract diseases/therapy; Respiratory tract diseases/drug therapy; Tobacco use disorder/epidemiology; Smoking cessation; Counseling; Lung neoplasms.


Control measures to trace &#8804; 15-year-old contacts of index cases of active pulmonary tuberculosis

Atualização no diagnóstico e tratamento da fibrose pulmonar idiopática

José Baddini-Martinez1, Bruno Guedes Baldi2, Cláudia Henrique da Costa3, Sérgio Jezler4, Mariana Silva Lima5, Rogério Rufino3,6

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(5):454-466

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Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a type of chronic fibrosing interstitial pneumonia, of unknown etiology, which is associated with a progressive decrease in pulmonary function and with high mortality rates. Interest in and knowledge of this disorder have grown substantially in recent years. In this review article, we broadly discuss distinct aspects related to the diagnosis and treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. We list the current diagnostic criteria and describe the therapeutic approaches currently available, symptomatic treatments, the action of new drugs that are effective in slowing the decline in pulmonary function, and indications for lung transplantation.


Keywords: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis/diagnosis; Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis/therapy; Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis/rehabilitation.


Environmental and epidemiological evaluation of workers of the fertilizer industry of Rio Grande, RS

Avaliação ambiental e epidemiológica do trabalhador da indústria de fertilizantes de Rio Grande, RS

Maura Dumont Hüttner, José da Silva Moreira

J Bras Pneumol.2000;26(5):245-253

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Occupational lung diseases represent an important and serious public health problem. In order to contribute to the knowledge of the risks associated with the exposure to fertilizer production an environmental and epidemiological cross-sectional study was performed among workers of this industry in Rio Grande, RS, Brazil. The ATS-DLD-78 questionnaire was applied, a thoracic radiological study was carried out, and the pulmonary function testing was evaluated through spirometry in 413 employees, 305 being the exposed group and 108 the non-exposed group. The exposed workers were all men, 74.1% had attended elementary school (at least some years), mean age was 38 (± 7.6) and mean time of exposure was 11.8 years (± 6.7). As to cigarette smoking, 126 (41.3%) were smokers, 76 (24.9%) former smokers, and 103 (33.8%) non-smokers. The exposed group was divided into four work sections according to the specific risks of their occupational exposure. The environmental evaluation showed the presence of free silica, gaseous fluorides, and gaseous ammonia in concentrations above the tolerance limits. Results of the exposed workers were: 30.5% of them answered positively to cough, 14.7% to chronic cough, 8.5% to chronic bronchitis, 43.3% to rhinitis, and 35.4% to conjunctivitis. The multivariate analysis, after adjustment for smoking, showed statistically significant association between exposure and cough as a whole, rhinitis and conjunctivitis. The thoracic radiological studies did not point to any considerable abnormality of pneumoconiosis in the exposed workers. Most of them presented normal pulmonary function testing, not different from the controls.


Keywords: Epidemiology. Lung diseases. Respiratory tract diseases. Occupational diseases. Fertilizer industry. Evaluation. Environment.


Clinical, functional, and cytological evaluation of sputum in postinfectious bronchiolitis obliterans: a possible overlap with asthma?

Avaliação clínica, funcional e da citologia de escarro em bronquiolite obliterante pós-infecciosa: é possível a coexistência com asma?

Sarah Angélica Maia1,a, Denise Eli2,b, Roberta Cunha2,c, Elessandra Bitencourt2,d, Carlos Antônio Riedi1,e, Herberto José Chong Neto1,f, Débora Carla Chong e Silva1,g, Nelson Augusto Rosário Filho1,h

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(5):e20190060-e20190060

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Clinical, nutritional and spirometric evaluation of patients with cystic fibrosis after the implementation of multidisciplinary treatment

Avaliação clínica, nutricional e espirométrica de pacientes com fibrose cística após implantação de atendimento multidisciplinar

Lídia Torres, Jenny Libeth Jurado Hernandez, Giseli Barbiero de Almeida, Liana Barbaresco Gomide, Valéria Ambrósio, Maria Inez Machado Fernandes

J Bras Pneumol.2010;36(6):731-737

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Objective: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a chronic multisystemic hereditary disease for which a multidisciplinary approach must be taken. The objective of this study was to show the evolution of a group of patients with CF after the implementation of multidisciplinary treatment. Methods: A retrospective study involving 19 patients (6-29 years of age) under clinical follow-up treatment at the University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto School of Medicine Hospital das Clínicas, located in the city of Ribeirão Preto, Brazil. The patients were divided into two groups: 6-12(6-12 years of age) and 13+ (> 12 years of age). We collected data regarding body mass index (BMI), Zscore, Shwachman score (SS), number of exacerbations/year, chronic colonization by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and spirometric measurements (FVC, FEV1, FEV1%, and FEF25-75%). Data were collected at two different time points (before and after the implementation of the multidisciplinary treatment) and were analyzed with the Wilcoxon signed rank test. Results: The median age at the onset of symptoms was 10 months. In the 6-12 group, only BMI and FVC increased significantly. Although the other spirometric values increased, the differences were not significant. In the 13+ group, there were no significant differences between the two time points. There was a borderline significant decrease in SS and less than significant decreases in the spirometric measurements. However, the number of patients with alterations in volumes and flows decreased in both groups. Conclusions: Although our patient sample was small, the lack of changes in the spirometric parameters might reflect clinical and functional stability. In all of the patients evaluated, clinical, functional, and nutritional parameters remained stable throughout the study period. The implementation of a multidisciplinary approach might have contributed to this result.


Keywords: Cystic fibrosis; Spirometry; Body mass index; Physical therapy modalities.


Computer-assisted evaluation of pulmonary emphysema in CT scans: comparison between a locally developed system and a freeware system

Avaliação computacional de enfisema pulmonar em TC: comparação entre um sistema desenvolvido localmente e um sistema de uso livre

John Hebert da Silva Felix, Paulo César Cortez, Rodrigo Carvalho Sousa Costa, Simone Castelo Branco Fortaleza, Eanes Delgado Barros Pereira, Marcelo Alcantara Holanda

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(9):868-876

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Objective: To present a locally developed system of computer vision for use with HRCT images, designated SIStema para a Detecção e a quantificação de Enfisema Pulmonar (SISDEP, System to Detect and Quantify Pulmonary Emphysema), and to compare this system with a freeware system tool. Methods: Thirty-three HRCT images scanned at the apex, hilum and base of the lungs of 11 patients with COPD were analyzed. The SISDEP was compared with the Osiris Medical Imaging Software Program regarding lung parenchyma segmentation, precision of the measurement of the cross-sectional area of the lungs in mm2, mean lung density (MLD), relative area (RA) of the lung occupied by voxels with attenuation values < −950 Hounsfield units (RA −950), 15th percentile point (Perc15) and visualization of hyperinflated areas using a color mask. Results: Although both computational systems were efficient in segmenting the lungs, the SISDEP performed this task automatically and more rapidly. There were significant correlations between the two systems in terms of the results obtained for lung cross-sectional area, MLD, RA −950 and Perc15 (r2 = 0.99, 0.99, 0.99 and 1.00, respectively). The color mask tool of the SISDEP allowed excellent visualization of hyperinflated areas, discriminating them from normal areas. Conclusions: The SISDEP was efficient in segmenting the lungs and quantifying lung hyperinflation, presenting an excellent correlation with the Osiris system. The SISDEP constitutes a promising computational tool for diagnosing and assessing the progression of emphysema in HRCT images of COPD patients.


Keywords: Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive; Emphysema; Tomography, X-ray computed; Decision making, computer-assisted.


Critical appraisal of the literature. Why do we care?

Avaliação crítica da literatura. Por que nos importamos?

Juliana Carvalho Ferreira1,2,a, Cecilia Maria Patino1,3,b

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(6):448-448

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Evaluation of the treatment provided to patients with asthma by the Brazilian Unified Health Care System

Avaliação da assistência ao paciente asmático no Sistema Único de Saúde

Carla Discacciati Silveira, Flávia de Barros Araújo, Luiz Fernando Ferreira Pereira, Ricardo de Amorim Corrêa

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(7):628-634

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Objective: To determine, based on international guidelines for asthma management, the appropriateness of the treatment that the Unified Health Care System provides to patients with asthma. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study involving patients suspected of having asthma and referred to the Pulmonology Clinic of the Federal University of Minas Gerais Hospital das Clínicas, Brazil, between November of 2006 and October of 2007. Results: A total of 102 patients were included, and 70 were diagnosed with asthma. The previous treatment was consistent with the guidelines in 18.6% of the patients; 50.0% of the patients had previously been submitted to spirometry, and 34.3% had previously been submitted to PEF. The most frequently prescribed medication was short-acting β2 agonists (90.3%). Conclusions: The results show that the majority of non-specialized physicians working within the public health care system do not manage the treatment of patients with asthma in accordance with the guidelines. This situation calls for continuing medical education programs that prioritize primary care.


Keywords: Asthma; Guideline adherence; Therapeutics; Public health.


Evaluation of ampicillin-quinolone association in hospital treatment of severe community-acquired pneumonia

Avaliação da associação de quinolona e ampicilina no tratamento hospitalar de pneumonias graves adquiridas na comunidade

Dinália Maria Ribeiro, Marísia de Almeida Ritti, Cátia Esmeralda do Carmo, Bruno do Valle Pinheiro, Jorge Baldi, Júlio César Abreu de Oliveira

J Bras Pneumol.1997;23(4):174-178

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Objective: Evaluate the efficacy of the ampicillin-quinolone association in the treatment of severe community-acquired pneumonia. Design: Open, prospective study carried out at the Emergency room of the Hospital Universitário da Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora. Patients and methods: From March 1994 to September 1995, the authors studied 23 patients with fever and with at least three of the following symptoms: cough, purulent sputum, pleuritic thoracic pain, leukocytosis or leukopenia, and a chest radiological examination showing infiltrations compatible with pneumonia diagnosis. The patient diagnosis would be severe pneumonia if he met the criteria of severe sepsis as established by the American College of Chest Physicians and by the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Results: 23 patients were studied. One was excluded after having a pulmonary tuberculosis diagnosis; 21 patients were considered cured and one died. Adverse drug effects occurred in one patient who presented a mild pharmacodermia. Conclusion: Ampicillin-quinolone is efficient in the treatment of severe community-acquired pneumonia.


Evaluating physical capacity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: comparing the shuttle walk test with the encouraged 6-minute walk test

Avaliação da capacidade de exercício em portadores de doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica: comparação do teste de caminhada com carga progressiva com o teste de caminhada com acompanhamento

Fernanda Warken Rosa, Aquiles Camelier, Anamaria Mayer, José Roberto Jardim

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(2):106-113

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Objective: To evaluate the applicability of the incremental (shuttle) walk test in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and compare the performance of those patients on the shuttle walk test to that of the same patients on the encouraged 6-minute walk test. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted, in which 24 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were selected. In random order, patients were, after an initial practice period, submitted to a shuttle walk test and an encouraged 6-minute walk test. Results: The patients obtained a higher heart rate (expressed as a percentage of that predicted based on gender and age) on the encouraged 6-minute walk test (84.1 ± 11.4%) than on the shuttle walk test (76.4 ± 9.7%) (p = 0.003). The post-test sensation of dyspnea (Borg scale) was also higher on the encouraged 6-minute walk test. On average, the patients walked 307.0 ± 89.3 meters on the shuttle walk test and 515.5 ± 102.3 meters on the encouraged 6-minute walk test (p < 0.001). There was a good correlation between the two tests in terms of the distance walked (r = 0.80, p < 0.001). Conclusion: The shuttle walk test is simple and easy to implement in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The encouraged 6-minute walk test produced higher post-test heart rate and greater post-test sensation of dyspnea than did the shuttle walk test.


Keywords: Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive/rehabilitation; Exercise test; Motor activity; Reproducibility of results;


Determination of alpha 1-antitrypsin levels and of the presence of S and Z alleles in a population of patients with chronic respiratory symptoms

Avaliação da concentração de alfa 1-antitripsina e da presença dos alelos S e Z em uma população de indivíduos sintomáticos respiratórios crônicos

Heliane Guerra Serra, Carmen Sílvia Bertuzzo, Mônica Corso Pereira, Cláudio Lúcio Rossi, Walter Pinto Júnior, Ilma Aparecida Paschoal

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(12):1019-1025

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Abstract Objective: To determine the levels of alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) and the presence of S and Z alleles in patients with chronic respiratory symptoms. Methods: Patients with chronic cough and dyspnea were submitted to clinical evaluation, pulmonary function tests, high-resolution computed tomography, nephelometric determination of AAT and determination of S and Z alleles by polymerase chain reaction. Smoking and AAT levels were considered the dependent variables. Results: Of the 89 patients included in the study, 44 were female. The mean age was 51.3 ± 18.2 years. The S and Z alleles were detected in 33.3% and 5.7%, respectively, and the gene frequency was 0.16 and 0.028, respectively. Two patients were SZ heterozygotes (AAT levels ≤ 89 mg/dL). The patients were divided into groups based on AAT level: ≤ 89 mg/­dL (deficiency, no group); 90-140 mg/dL (intermediate, Group 1, n = 30); and ≥ 141 mg/dL (normal, Group 2, n = 57). The frequency of smokers was the same in both groups, although tobacco intake was greater in Group 2. The S allele was present in 13 and 14 patients in Groups 1 and 2, respectively, whereas the Z allele was present in 2 and 1 patient in the same groups. There was no difference in the results of pulmonary function tests or in the frequency of bronchiectasis or emphysema between the two groups. Spirometric values and AAT levels were similar in smokers and nonsmokers. Bronchiectasis was more common in nonsmokers, and emphysema was more common in smokers. Conclusions: Thirty patients presented AAT levels lower than the mean values found in patients with the MM or MS genotype, and this fact could not be explained by an increased frequency of S and Z alleles.


Keywords: Alpha 1-antitrypsin; Emphysema: Lung diseases; Alleles.


Evaluation of the exhaled carbon monoxide levels in smokers with COPD

Avaliação da concentração de monóxido de carbono no ar exalado em tabagistas com DPOC

Gustavo Chatkin, José Miguel Chatkin, Gabriel Aued, Guilherme Oliveira Petersen, Edna Thais Jeremias, Flávia Valladão Thiesen

J Bras Pneumol.2010;36(3):-

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Objective: To measure exhaled carbon monoxide (COex) levels in smokers with and without COPD. Methods: Smokers treated at outpatient clinics of São Lucas Hospital in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil, between September of 2007 and March of 2009 were invited to participate in this study. The participants completed a questionnaire regarding demographic and epidemiologic characteristics and were submitted to spirometry, as well as to determination of COex and urinary cotinine levels. The participants were divided into two groups: those with COPD and those without COPD. Results: The study involved 294 smokers, of whom 174 (59.18%) had been diagnosed with COPD. All of the participants presented with urinary cotinine levels > 50 ng/mL. Smokers with COPD presented significantly higher median values for age and pack-years than did those without COPD (p < 0.001 and p = 0.026, respectively). No other statistically significant differences were found. When adjusted for gender, age at smoking onset, number of cigarettes/day and urinary cotinine level, the mean values of COex were higher, but not statistically so, in the COPD group than in the non-COPD group (17.8 ± 0.6 ppm and 16.6 ± 0.7 ppm, respectively; p = 0.200). The differences remained nonsignificant when plotted logarithmically. A wide dispersion of COex values was found when the participants were classified by FEV1 level (r = −0.06; p = 0.53) or by Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease classification (r = 0.08; p = 0.34). The proportions of false-negative results for smoking were 18.4% and 6.7%, respectively, in the COPD and non-COPD groups (p = 0.007). Conclusions: Since COex values did not differ significantly between smokers with COPD and those without, there seem to be no major contraindications to their use in smokers with COPD.


Keywords: Carbon monoxide; Smoking cessation; Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive.


Acceptability, preference, tolerance and clinical efficacy of dipropionate beclomethasone delivered by two inhalation devices in chronic asthma patients: Clenil pulvinal® versus Miflasona Aerolizer®

Avaliação da eficácia clínica, aceitabilidade e preferência de dois sistemas inalatórios de beclometasona no tratamento da asma : Pulvinal versus Aeroliser.

Jussara Fiterman, Waldo Mattos, Alberto Cukier, Márcia Pizzichinni, Rodnei Frare e Silva, Fabiane Kahan, José Roberto Jardim, Armando Brancatelli

J Bras Pneumol.2004;30(5):413-418

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Acceptability, preference, tolerance and clinical efficacy of dipropionate beclomethasone delivered by two inhalation devices in chronic asthma patients: Clenil pulvinal versus Miflasona Aerolizer Background: Approximately half of all asthmatic patients adhere to their prescribed treatment regimen, which makes noncompliance with treatment one of the main problems associated with the disease. It is possible that inhalation devices combining technological advances with comfort and simplicity of use could increase treatment compliance. Objective: To compare the acceptability of and preference for two inhalation devices (Pulvinal and Aerolizer), as well as to evaluate the efficacy of and tolerance for beclomethasone dipropionate when delivered by these two systems. Method: A multicenter, randomized, crossover parallel study was carried out involving 83 patients with stable asthma. Patients received 500-1000 g/day of beclomethasone dipropionate. After a 2-week run in, the patients were randomized to begin a 4-week crossover treatment period with equivalent doses of Clenil Pulvinal (CP) or Miflasona Aerolizer (MA). Results: Both groups showed improvement in dyspnea and FEV1, and acceptability was considered good or excellent in both groups. Of the patients studied, 50.6% preferred CP, and 39% preferred MA. In their future treatment regimes, 54.5% would choose the CP and 37.7% the MA. Conclusion: Clinical efficacy and acceptability were comparable between CP and MA.


Keywords: Asthma/therapy. Beclomethasone/ administration & dosage. Randomized controlled trials. Treatment Outcome.


Assessment of fatigue using the Identity-Consequence Fatigue Scale in patients with lung cancer

Avaliação da fadiga utilizando a Escala de Identificação e Consequências da Fadiga em pacientes com câncer de pulmão

Ingrid Correia Nogueira1,2, Amanda Souza Araújo1,2, Maria Tereza Morano1,2,3, Antonio George Cavalcante1, Pedro Felipe de Bruin1, Johana Susan Paddison4, Guilherme Pinheiro da Silva1,3, Eanes Delgado Pereira1,2

J Bras Pneumol.2017;43(3):169-175

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Objective: To evaluate the properties of the Identity-Consequence Fatigue Scale (ICFS) in patients with lung cancer (LC), assessing the intensity of fatigue and associated factors. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study involving LC patients, treated at a teaching hospital in Brazil, who completed the ICFS. Patients with chronic heart disease (CHD) and healthy controls, matched for age and gender, also completed the scale. Initially, a Brazilian Portuguese-language version of the ICFS was administered to 50 LC patients by two independent interviewers; to test for reproducibility, it was readministered to those same patients. At baseline, the LC patients were submitted to spirometry and the six-minute walk test, as well as completing the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36), and Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS). Inflammatory status was assessed by blood C-reactive protein (CRP) levels. To validate the ICFS, we assessed the correlations of its scores with those variables. Results: The sample comprised 50 patients in each group (LC, CHD, and control). In the LC group, the intraclass correlation coefficients for intra-rater and inter-rater reliability regarding ICFS summary variables ranged from 0.94 to 0.76 and from 0.94 to 0.79, respectively. The ICFS presented excellent internal consistency, and Bland-Altman plots showed good test-retest reliability. The ICFS correlated significantly with FSS, HADS, and SF-36 scores, as well as with CRP levels. Mean ICFS scores in the LC group differed significantly from those in the CHD and control groups. Conclusions: The ICFS is a valid, reliable instrument for evaluating LC patients, in whom depression, quality of life, and CRP levels seem to be significantly associated with fatigue.


Keywords: Fatigue; Lung neoplasms; Symptom assessment.


Assessment of pulmonary function and quality of life in patients submitted to pulmonary resection for cancer

Avaliação da função pulmonar e da qualidade de vida em pacientes submetidos à ressecção pulmonar por neoplasia

Luciana Nunes Titton Lima, Rodrigo Afonso da Silva, Jefferson Luiz Gross, Daniel Deheinzelin, Elnara Márcia Negri

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(6):521-528

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Objective: To evaluate the effects that pulmonary resection has on pulmonary function and quality of life (QoL) in patients with primary or metastatic lung cancer. Methods: This was a prospective cohort study involving all patients submitted to pulmonary resection for cancer between September of 2006 and March of 2007 at the A. C. Camargo Hospital in São Paulo, Brazil. Patients underwent spirometry in the preoperative period and at six months after the surgical procedure. After a postoperative period of six months, the patients completed an overall QoL questionnaire (the Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short-form Health Survey) and another one, specific for respiratory symptoms (the Saint George's Respiratory Questionnaire). The scores obtained in our study were compared with those previously obtained for a general population and for a population of patients with COPD. Results: We included 33 patients (14 males and 19 females), ranging in age from 39 to 79 years. All of the patients, smokers and nonsmokers alike, presented significant worsening of pulmonary function. The mean scores on the overall QoL questionnaire were approximately 5% lower than those obtained for the general population. The scores of various domains of the symptom-specific QoL questionnaire were 50-60% lower than those obtained for the general population and approximately 20% higher than those obtained for the population with COPD. Conclusions: Pulmonary resection has a direct negative impact on pulmonary function and QoL, especially on the QoL related to aspects directly linked to pulmonary function. We highlight the importance of preoperative assessment of pulmonary function in patients undergoing pulmonary resection, in order to predict their postoperative evolution.


Keywords: Thoracic surgery; Lung neoplasms/surgery; Spirometry; Quality of life; Questionnaires.


Evaluation of pulmonary function and respiratory symptoms in pyrochlore mine workers

Avaliação da função pulmonar e sintomas respiratórios em trabalhadores da mineração de pirocloro

Ritta de Cássia Canedo Oliveira Borges, José Cerqueira Barros Júnior, Fabrício Borges Oliveira, Marisa Andrade Brunherotti, Paulo Roberto Veiga Quemelo

J Bras Pneumol.2016;42(4):279-285

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Objective: To identify respiratory symptoms and evaluate lung function in mine workers. Methods: This was a cross-sectional observational study involving production sector workers of a pyrochlore mining company. The subjects completed the British Medical Research Council questionnaire, which is designed to evaluate respiratory symptoms, occupational exposure factors, and smoking status. In addition, they underwent pulmonary function tests with a portable spirometer. Results: The study involved 147 workers (all male). The mean age was 41.37 ± 8.71 years, and the mean duration of occupational exposure was 12.26 ± 7.09 years. We found that 33 (22.44%) of the workers had respiratory symptoms and that 26 (17.69%) showed abnormalities in the spirometry results. However, we found that the spirometry results did not correlate significantly with the presence of respiratory symptoms or with the duration of occupational exposure. Conclusions: The frequencies of respiratory symptoms and spirometric changes were low when compared with those reported in other studies involving occupational exposure to dust. No significant associations were observed between respiratory symptoms and spirometry results.


Keywords: Spirometry; Mining; Niobium; Occupational exposure.


Evaluation of Pulmonary Function in Class I and II Obesity

Avaliação da função pulmonar na obesidade graus I e II

Zied Rasslan, Roberto Saad Junior, Roberto Stirbulov, Renato Moraes Alves Fabbri, Carlos Alberto da Conceição Lima

J Bras Pneumol.2004;30(6):508-514

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Background: Obesity can effect the thorax, diphragm and abdominal muscles, thereby resulting in altered respiratory function. Objective: To evaluate the effects of obesity and to determine whether body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference correlate with spirometry values in obese individuals. Method: We studied 96 non-smokers of both sexes, 48 suffering from class I and class II obesity and ranging in age rom 18 to 75. All participants presented a BMI between 30 kg/m2 and 40 kg/m2 and none had a history of morbidity. Spirometry was performed, and waist circumferences were measured. Results: No significant differences were found between the spirometric values of men with class I or II obesity and those of non-obese men. In obese women, forced vital capacity and forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) were significantly lower than in women who were not obese. Obese individuals of both sexes presented significantly lower expiratory reserve volume (ERV) than did non-obese individuals. Although inspiratory capacity was greater in obese men and women, the difference was significant only for the men. In obese men, there was a significant negative correlation, not seen in the women, between waist circumference and FEV1. Conclusion: Pulmonary function is altered in women suffering from class I and II obesity. In obese men, although pulmonary function is unaffected by BMI, we observed a significant negative correlation between BMI and ERV. We can conclude that pulmonary function is influenced by waist circumference in men suffering from class I and II obesity.


Keywords: Respiratory function tests. Spirometry. Body mass index. Obesity.


Airway inflammation in asthmatic patients after methacholine challenge

Avaliação da inflamação de vias aéreas em asmáticos após o teste de broncoprovocação com metacolina

Fabrício Lino de Matos, João Terra Filho, José Antonio Baddini Martinez, Tatiana Furlan Sala, Elcio Oliveira Vianna

J Bras Pneumol.2001;27(4):171-176

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Background: The methacholine challenge test is commonly used to evaluate bronchial responsiveness in diagnosis and follow-up of asthmatic patients. Objective: To investigate late effects of methacholine challenge on induced sputum. Methods: Ten non-smoker patients with mild or moderate stable asthma were recruited. At 12:00 p.m., patients were randomly assigned to inhale either methacholine (challenge) or physiologic saline. At 6:00 p.m., sputum induction was performed. On the second visit, one week apart, patients completed their participation in the study by undergoing another inhalation and sputum induction. Results: After methacholine, 8.6 ± 9 g of sputum were expectorated with 8.6 ± 6 million cells, 78 ± 10% were viable, and 6.8 ± 7% eosinophils. These data were not different from results obtained after saline: sputum amount = 7.6 ± 6 g, total cell count = 12.4 ± 12 million, viability = 82 ± 10%, and eosinophils = 6.6 ± 9%. Expiratory flow (PF) peak fall during sputum induction was not different: 21.4 ± 12% after methacholine and 18.4 ± 15% after saline. The PF fall observed during induction correlated with the amount of expectorated sputum (p = 0.018) and eosinophil relative number (p = 0.003). No other significant correlation between lung function measurements and sputum characteristics was found. Conclusion: A methacholine challenge carried out six hours before sputum induction does not significantly alter the cellular constituents or amount of sputum.


Keywords: Asthma. Methacholine chloride. Bronchial provocation tests.


Evaluation of quality of life according to asthma control and asthma severity in children and adolescents.

Avaliação da qualidade de vida de acordo com o nível de controle e gravidade da asma em crianças e adolescentes

Natasha Yumi Matsunaga1, Maria Angela Gonçalves de Oliveira Ribeiro2, Ivete Alonso Bredda Saad3, André Moreno Morcillo4, José Dirceu Ribeiro2,5, Adyléia Aparecida Dalbo Contrera Toro2,5

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(6):502-508

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Objective: To evaluate quality of life according to the level of asthma control and degree of asthma severity in children and adolescents. Methods: We selected children and adolescents with asthma (7-17 years of age) from the Pediatric Pulmonology Outpatient Clinic of the State University of Campinas Hospital de Clínicas, located in the city of Campinas, Brazil. Asthma control and asthma severity were assessed by the Asthma Control Test and by the questionnaire based on the Global Initiative for Asthma, respectively. The patients also completed the Paediatric Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (PAQLQ), validated for use in Brazil, in order to evaluate their quality of life. Results: The mean age of the patients was 11.22 ± 2.91 years, with a median of 11.20 (7.00-17.60) years. We selected 100 patients, of whom 27, 33, and 40 were classified as having controlled asthma (CA), partially controlled asthma (PCA), and uncontrolled asthma (UA), respectively. As for asthma severity, 34, 19, and 47 were classified as having mild asthma (MiA), moderate asthma (MoA), and severe asthma (SA), respectively. The CA and the PCA groups, when compared with the NCA group, showed higher values for the overall PAQLQ score and all PAQLQ domains (activity limitation, symptoms, and emotional function; p < 0.001 for all). The MiA group showed higher scores for all of the PAQLQ components than did the MoA and SA groups. Conclusions: Quality of life appears to be directly related to asthma control and asthma severity in children and adolescents, being better when asthma is well controlled and asthma severity is lower.


Keywords: Asthma; Quality of life; Child; Adolescent.


Assessment of quality of life in patients with advanced non-small cell lung carcinoma treated with a combination of carboplatin and paclitaxel

Avaliação da qualidade de vida de pacientes com carcinoma pulmonar de células não pequenas em estágio avançado, tratados com carboplatina associada a paclitaxel

Camila Uanne Resende Avelino, Rafael Marques Cardoso, Suzana Sales de Aguiar, Mário Jorge Sobreira da Silva

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(2):133-142

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Objective: Non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) is the most common type of lung cancer. Most patients are diagnosed at an advanced stage, palliative chemotherapy therefore being the only treatment option. This study was aimed at evaluating the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of advanced-stage NSCLC patients receiving palliative chemotherapy with carboplatin and paclitaxel. Methods: This was a multiple case study of advanced-stage NSCLC outpatients receiving chemotherapy at a public hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Core Quality of Life Questionnaire was used in conjunction with its supplemental lung cancer-specific module in order to assess HRQoL. Results: Physical and cognitive functioning scale scores differed significantly among chemotherapy cycles, indicating improved and worsened HRQoL, respectively. The differences regarding the scores for pain, loss of appetite, chest pain, and arm/shoulder pain indicated improved HRQoL. Conclusions: Chemotherapy was found to improve certain aspects of HRQoL in patients with advanced-stage NSCLC.


Keywords: Carcinoma, non-small-cell lung; Quality of life; Palliative care; Carboplatin; Paclitaxel.


Quality of life assessment in patients with cystic fibrosis by means of the Cystic Fibrosis Questionnaire

Avaliação da qualidade de vida de pacientes com fibrose cística por meio do Cystic Fibrosis Questionnaire

Milena Antonelli Cohen, Maria Ângela Gonçalves de Oliveira Ribeiro, Antonio Fernando Ribeiro, José Dirceu Ribeiro, André Moreno Morcillo

J Bras Pneumol.2011;37(2):184-192

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Objective: To assess the quality of life (QoL) of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) followed at a university referral center for CF. Methods: A cross-sectional study involving application of the Cystic Fibrosis Questionnaire (CFQ) and Shwachman score in CF patients between April of 2008 and June of 2009. Results: The sample consisted of 75 patients. The mean age was 12.5 ± 5.1 years (range, 6.1-26.4 years). The patients were divided into three groups by age in years: group I (< 12), II (12-14), and III (≥ 14). The highest and lowest CFQ scores were for the nutrition domain in group III (89.3 ± 16.2) and the social domain in group II (59.5 ± 22.3), respectively. Groups I and III differed significantly regarding the treatment domain (p = 0.001). Regarding Shwachman scores, there were significant differences between patients scoring ≤ 70 and those scoring > 70 in the social (group I; p = 0.045), respiratory (group II; p = 0.053), and digestive (p = 0.042) domains. In group III, severity did not correlate with QoL. In groups I and II, patients with an FEV1 < 80% of predicted did not differ from other patients for any CFQ domain. However, in group III, values for the following domains were significantly lower in patients with an FEV1 < 80%: physical (p = 0.012); body image (p = 0.031); respiratory (p = 0.023), emotional (p = 0.041); and social role (p = 0.024). Conclusions: It is important to assess QoL in CF patients, because it can improve treatment compliance.


Keywords: Cystic fibrosis; Quality of life; Questionnaires.


Assessment of the quality of life of patients with lung cancer using the Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short-Form Health Survey

Avaliação da qualidade de vida em pacientes com câncer de pulmão através da aplicação do questionário Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short-Form Health Survey

Juliana Franceschini, Alecssandra Aparecida dos Santos, Inás El Mouallem, Sergio Jamnik, César Uehara, Ana Luisa Godoy Fernandes, Ilka Lopes Santoro

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(6):387-393

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Objective: To assess the quality of life of patients with lung cancer and to compare it with that of individuals without cancer. Methods: The Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36) was administered to 57 patients diagnosed with lung cancer, treated at the Lung Cancer Outpatient Clinic of the Hospital São Paulo, and to a control group of 57 individuals recruited from the Extra Penha workout group. The Mann-Whitney test was used to compare the groups, domain by domain. The first model of logistic regression was adjusted for male gender, nonsurgical treatment, Karnofsky performance status and smoking, which were included as predictors. The second model was adjusted for each SF-36 domain in order to identify increases in the proportions of patients in stage IIIB or IV. Results: The lung cancer group and the control group presented the following mean scores, respectively, for the SF-36 domains: role limitations due to physical health problems, 29.39 ± 36.94 and 82.89 ± 28.80; role limitations due to emotional problems, 42.78 ± 44.78 and 86.55 ± 28.77; physical function, 56.49 ± 28.39 and 89.00 ± 13.80; vitality, 61.61 ± 23.82 and 79.12 ± 17.68; bodily pain, 62.72 ± 28.72 and 81.54 ± 19.07; general health, 62.51 ± 25.57 and 84.47 ± 13.47; emotional well-being, 68.28 ± 23.46 and 82.63 ± 17.44; and social functioning, 72.87 ± 29.20 and 91.67 ± 17.44. The logistic regression model showed that role limitations due to physical health problems, physical function and emotional well-being were predictors of stages IIIB and IV. Conclusions: The patients with lung cancer had a poorer quality of life, especially regarding physical aspects, than did the control subjects.


Keywords: Lung neoplasms; Quality of life; Health status.


Evaluation of quality of life of patients submitted to pulmonary resection due to neoplasia

Avaliação da qualidade de vida em pacientes submetidos a ressecção pulmonar por neoplasia

Ivete Alonso Bredda Saad, Neury José Botega, Ivan Felizardo Contrera Toro

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(1):10-15

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Objective: To evaluate the health-related quality of life of patients submitted to resection of the pulmonary parenchyma due to neoplasia. Methods: The Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short-Form Health Survey was used to evaluate patients in the preoperative period and on postoperative days 30, 90 and 180. We used the GEE statistical model, in which the dependent variable (quality of life) changes for each patient over the course of the evaluation. Independent variables were gender, age, educational level, type of surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, forced vital capacity and 6-minute walk test. The level of significance adopted was 5%. Results: The final study sample comprised 36 patients, 20 of whom were men. Of those 36 patients, 17 were submitted to lobectomy, 10 to pneumonectomy, 6 to segmentectomy, and 3 to bilobectomy. Chemotherapy was used in 15 patients, radiotherapy in 2, and a combination of radiotherapy and chemotherapy in 2. Improved quality of life was seen in the following domains: social (on postoperative day 90); physical/functional (some patients presenting better forced vital capacity and 6-minute walk test performance); and physical (in patients undergoing smaller resections). Lowered quality of life was seen in the following domains: social (for female patients); physical/social (resulting from radiotherapy, chemotherapy or both); and physical/functional (by postoperative day 30). Conclusions: It is important that studies evaluating the various determinants of quality of life, as well as the impact that cancer treatment modalities have on such variables, be conducted. The knowledge provided by such studies can contribute to improving the quality of life of patients undergoing pulmonary resection due to neoplasia.


Keywords: Lung neoplasms/surgery; Pneumonectomy; Quality of life; Questionnaires


Using the Saint George's Respiratory Questionnaire to evaluate quality of life in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: validating a new version for use in Brazil

Avaliação da qualidade de vida pelo Questionário do Hospital Saint George na Doença Respiratória em portadores de doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica: validação de uma nova versão para o Brasil

Aquiles Camelier, Fernanda Warken Rosa, Christine Salim, Oliver Augusto Nascimento, Fábio Cardoso, José Roberto Jardim

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(2):114-122

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Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the applicability of a modified version of the Saint George's Respiratory Questionnaire. The version evaluated elicits "agree" and "do not agree", rather than "yes" and "no", responses. The intention is to facilitate the comprehension of double-negative questions and to promote better recollection of symptoms by patients by shortening their symptom histories from 12 months to 3 months. Methods: A total of 30 clinically stable patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were evaluated. The Saint George's Respiratory Questionnaire and the modified version of the same were administered 15 days apart. Results: All of the patients presented health-related alterations in their quality of life. Comparing mean scores between the two questionnaires, the greatest difference was seen in the Symptoms domain. No significant differences were found in any of the remaining domains or in the total scores. In a subsequent analysis, significant correlations between the two questionnaires were found in all domains: Symptoms (r = 0.71; p < 0.001); Activity (r = 0.75; p < 0.001); Impact (r = 0.73; p < 0.001) and Total (r = 0.86; p < 0.001). Conclusion: The modified version of the Saint George's Respiratory Questionnaire is as effective as the original in gauging quality of life. However, various symptoms recollection time frames should be investigated in order to determine which would be the best time frame to employ in the analysis.


Keywords: Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive; Quality of life; Reproducibility of results; Cross-cultural comparison; Questionnaires


Evaluation of polymerase chain reaction in the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis in indigenous and non-indigenous patients

Avaliação da reação em cadeia da polimerase no diagnóstico da tuberculose pulmonar em pacientes indígenas e não indígenas

Rose Mary Corrêa Santos, Mauricio Morishi Ogusku, José de Moraes Miranda, Maria Cristina Dos-Santos, Julia Ignez Salem

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(3):234-240

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Objective: To evaluate the accuracy of bacteriological methods and of polymerase chain reaction (with primers specific for IS6110 of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex) in testing sputum samples from indigenous (Amerindian) and non-indigenous patients. Methods: A total of 214 sputum samples (154 from indigenous patients and 60 from non-indigenous patients) were analyzed in order to determine the accuracy of smear microscopy (direct and concentrated versions) for acid-fast bacilli, culture, and polymerase chain reaction. Results: Both microscopy methods presented low sensitivity in comparison with culture and polymerase chain reaction. Specificity ranged from 91% to 100%, the concentrated acid-fast smear technique being the least specific. Nontuberculous mycobacteria were isolated three times more frequently in samples from indigenous patients than in those from non-indigenous patients. False-positive and false-negative polymerase chain reaction results were more common in the indigenous population. Conclusion: Positivity and isolation of nontuberculous mycobacteria in the acid-fast smear in conjunction with polymerase chain reaction positivity raise the following hypotheses: nontuberculous mycobacteria species with DNA regions homologous to, or even still possessing, the M. tuberculosis IS6110 exist in the Amazon; colonization of the oropharynx or of a tuberculous lesion accelerates the growth of the nontuberculous mycobacteria present in the sputum samples, making it impossible to isolate M. tuberculosis; A history of tuberculosis results in positivity for M. tuberculosis DNA. The absence of bacteriological positivity in the presence of polymerase chain reaction positivity raises questions regarding the inherent technical characteristics of the bacteriological methods or regarding patient history of tuberculosis.


Keywords: Tuberculosis, pulmonary/diagnosis; Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Polymerase chain reaction/methods; Indians, south american


Lung ultrasound assessment of response to antibiotic therapy in cystic fibrosis exacerbations: a study of two cases

Avaliação da resposta à antibioticoterapia durante exacerbação na fibrose cística por ultrassom pulmonar: estudo de dois casos

Andressa Oliveira Peixoto1,2,3,a, Fernando Augusto Lima Marson1,2,4,5,b, Tiago Henrique Souza1,6,c, Andrea de Melo Alexandre Fraga1,3,d, José Dirceu Ribeiro1,3,e

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(6):e20190128-e20190128

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Evaluating bronchodilator response in pediatric patients with post-infectious bronchiolitis obliterans: use of different criteria for identifying airway reversibility

Avaliação da resposta ao broncodilatador em pacientes pediátricos com bronquiolite obliterante pós-infecciosa: uso de diferentes critérios de identificação de reversibilidade das vias aéreas

Rita Mattiello1, Paula Cristina Vidal2, Edgar Enrique Sarria3, Paulo Márcio Pitrez1, Renato Tetelbom Stein1, Helena Teresinha Mocelin4, Gilberto Bueno Fischer4, Marcus Herbert Jones1, Leonardo Araújo Pinto1

J Bras Pneumol.2016;42(3):174-178

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Objective: Post-infectious bronchiolitis obliterans (PIBO) is a clinical entity that has been classified as constrictive, fixed obstruction of the lumen by fibrotic tissue. However, recent studies using impulse oscillometry have reported bronchodilator responses in PIBO patients. The objective of this study was to evaluate bronchodilator responses in pediatric PIBO patients, comparing different criteria to define the response. Methods: We evaluated pediatric patients diagnosed with PIBO and treated at one of two pediatric pulmonology outpatient clinics in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil. Spirometric parameters were measured in accordance with international recommendations. Results: We included a total of 72 pediatric PIBO patients. The mean pre- and post-bronchodilator values were clearly lower than the reference values for all parameters, especially FEF25‑75%. There were post-bronchodilator improvements. When measured as mean percent increases, FEV1 and FEF25-75%, improved by 11% and 20%, respectively. However, when the absolute values were calculated, the mean FEV1 and FEF25-75% both increased by only 0.1 L. We found that age at viral aggression, a family history of asthma, and allergy had no significant effects on bronchodilator responses. Conclusions: Pediatric patients with PIBO have peripheral airway obstruction that is responsive to treatment but is not completely reversible with a bronchodilator. The concept of PIBO as fixed, irreversible obstruction does not seem to apply to this population. Our data suggest that airway obstruction is variable in PIBO patients, a finding that could have major clinical implications.


Keywords: Bronchiolitis obliterans; Infection/complications; Airway obstruction; Bronchodilator agents.


Evaluation of pantoprazol treatment response of patients with asthma and gastroesophageal reflux: a randomized prospective double-blind placebo-controlled study

Avaliação da resposta de pacientes asmáticos com refluxo gastroesofágico após terapia com pantoprazol: estudo prospectivo, randomizado, duplo cego e placebo-controlado

Leandro Heusi dos Santos, Iana Oliveira e Silva Ribeiro, Pablo Gerardo Sánchez, Jorge Lima Hetzel, José Carlos Felicetti, Paulo Francisco Guerreiro Cardoso

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(2):119-127

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Objectives: To determine the effect that the treatment of GERD has on the clinical management, as well as the respiratory function, of patients with asthma and to evaluate the clinical characteristics of this group of patients. Methods: Patients with asthma and concomitant GERD, documented using 24 h pH-metry, were evaluated by means of quality of life questionnaires, as well as questionnaires related to respiratory and digestive symptoms. In addition, esophageal manometry, spirometry and the determination of peak expiratory flow were also performed prior to and after the study. Forty-nine individuals who were diagnosed with GERD by means of 24 h esophageal pH-metry were selected and participated in a clinical randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study, involving the administration of 40 mg/day of pantoprazol for 12 consecutive weeks. Results: Forty-four individuals completed the study (n = 22 per group). There was significant improvement in the scores for respiratory symptoms and quality of life only in the group that received pantoprazol (p = 0.01 and p = 0.001, respectively). No respiratory function parameters changed in either group. Conclusions: In this study, the effective treatment of GERD improved patient quality of life, and the symptoms of asthma significantly decreased in the group that received the medication. There were no changes in pulmonary function parameters.


Keywords: Asthma; Gastroesophageal reflux/treatment; Diagnosis; Antacids.


Evaluation of the use of transbronchial biopsy in patients with clinical suspicion of interstitial lung disease

Avaliação da utilização de biópsia transbrônquica em pacientes com suspeita clínica de doença pulmonar intersticial

Cristiano Claudino Oliveira, Alexandre Todorovic Fabro, Sérgio Marrone Ribeiro, Julio Defaveri, Vera Luiza Capelozzi, Thais Helena Thomaz Queluz, Hugo Hyung Bok Yoo

J Bras Pneumol.2011;37(2):168-175

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Objective: To study the clinical, radiological, and histopathological patterns of transbronchial biopsy (TBB) used in order to confirm the diagnosis in patients with clinical suspicion of interstitial lung disease (ILD) treated at a tertiary-care university hospital. Methods: We reviewed the medical records, radiology reports, and reports of transbronchial biopsies from all patients with suspected ILD who underwent TBB between January of 1999 and December of 2006 at the Hospital das Clínicas de Botucatu, located in the city of Botucatu, Brazil. Results: The study included 56 patients. Of those, 11 (19.6%) had a definitive diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), the rate of which was significantly higher in the patients in which ILD was a possible diagnosis in comparison with those in which ILD was the prime suspect (p = 0.011), demonstrating the contribution of TBB to the diagnostic confirmation of these diseases. The histopathological examination of the biopsies revealed that 27.3% of the patients with IPF showed a pattern of organizing pneumonia, which suggests greater disease severity. The most common histological pattern was the indeterminate pattern, reflecting the peripheral characteristic of IPF. However, the fibrosis pattern showed high specificity and high negative predictive value. For CT scan patterns suggestive of IPF, the ROC curve showed that the best relationship between sensitivity and specificity occurred when five radiological alterations were present. Honeycombing was found to be strongly suggestive of IPF (p = 0.01). Conclusions: For ILDs, chest CT should always be performed, and TBB should be used in specific situations, according to the suspicion and distribution of lesions.


Keywords: Lung diseases, interstitial; Diagnosis, differential; Bronchoscopy.


Evaluation of surveillance of contacts of new tuberculosis cases in the state of Mato Grosso - Brazil

Avaliação da vigilância de contatos de casos novos de tuberculose no Estado de Mato Grosso - Brasil

Shaiana Vilella Hartwig, Eliane Ignotti, Beatriz Fátima Alves de Oliveira, Hellen Caroline de Oliveira Pereira, João Henrique Scatena

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(5):298-303

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Objective: To evaluate surveillance of contacts of new tuberculosis cases in the state of Mato Grosso from 1999 to 2004. Methods: This was a descriptive epidemiological study based on data from the Tuberculosis Case Registry Database. The number of new tuberculosis cases, the number of contacts (estimated, investigated, and uninvestigated), and the tuberculosis incidence rate were analyzed by age bracket. The mean rate of contacts investigated for each case of tuberculosis by age bracket was calculated per year of study. The cases of pulmonary tuberculosis with and without contacts investigated were analyzed by sputum smear microscopy results. Results: In 2004, there were 41.3 cases of tuberculosis per 100,000 inhabitants in the state of Mato Grosso. The south-central region presented the highest incidence rate (57 cases/100,000 inhabitants) and a 15% rate of contacts investigated. Among those younger than 15 years, 63 contacts (60.5%) were investigated, whereas among those aged 15 or older, 389 (8.9%) were investigated. In 1999, the mean rate of contacts investigated statewide was 0.02 (0.5%), and, in 2004, it reached 0.42 (10.5%). The percentage of contacts investigated was 40% higher among the contacts of contagious cases (OR = 1.4; 95% CI: 1.08-1.83). Conclusions: The percentage of contacts investigated is very low, principally among adults. The adoption of the standards for investigation of tuberculosis contacts proposed by the Brazilian National Ministry of Health Department of Health Surveillance has not ensured that this group at highest risk of developing active tuberculosis be given priority at health care facilities in the state of Mato Grosso.


Keywords: Contact tracing; Epidemiologic surveillance; Tuberculosis/prevention & control.


Using the forced oscillation technique to evaluate respiratory resistance in individuals with silicosis

Avaliação das características resistivas do sistema respiratório de indivíduos portadores de silicose pela técnica de oscilações forçadas

Jayme Alves de Mesquita Júnior, Agnaldo José Lopes, José Manoel Jansen, Pedro Lopes de Melo

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(3):213-220

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Objective: To evaluate the resistance values obtained through the use of the forced oscillation technique in patients with varying degrees of airway obstruction resulting from silicosis. Methods: A total of 40 never-smoking volunteers were analyzed: 10 were healthy subjects with no history of pulmonary disease or silica exposure, and 30 had silicosis. The forced oscillation technique was used to examine the subjects, and spirometry was used as a reference in order to classify the obstruction by degree. This classification resulted in five groups: control (n = 10); normal exam, composed of individuals diagnosed clinically and radiologically with silicosis but presenting normal spirometry results (n = 7); mild obstruction (n = 10); moderate obstruction (n = 8); and severe obstruction (n = 5). Results: The reduction observed in the spirometric values corresponded to a significant increase in the total respiratory resistance (p < 0.001), as well as in airway resistance (p < 0.003). A significant reduction in ventilation homogeneity was also observed (p < 0.004). Conclusion: In individuals with silicosis, the additional respiratory resistance-related data obtained through the use of the forced oscillation technique can complement spirometric data. Therefore, the forced oscillation technique presents great potential for the analysis of such patients.


Keywords: Pneumoconiosis; Silicosis; Forced expiratory volume; Oscillometry; Respiratory function tests


Evaluation of atopy in patients with COPD

Avaliação de atopia em portadores de DPOC

Margarida Célia Lima Costa Neves, Yuri Costa Sarno Neves, Carlos Mauricio Cardeal Mendes, Monalisa Nobre Bastos, Aquiles Assunção Camelier, Cleriston Farias Queiroz, Bernardo Fonseca Mendoza, Antônio Carlos Moreira Lemos, Argemiro D'Oliveira Junior

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(3):296-305

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Objective: To determine the prevalence of atopy and to evaluate clinical, laboratory, and radiological profiles in patients with COPD. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study involving outpatients with stable COPD (defined by the clinical history and a post-bronchodilator FEV1/FVC < 70% of the predicted value). The patients completed a questionnaire regarding clinical characteristics and atopy, after which they underwent nasal lavage cytology, skin prick testing, chest X-rays, arterial blood gas analyses, and determination of total serum IgE. Results: Of the 149 subjects studied, 53 (35.6%), 49 (32.8%), and 88 (59.1%) presented with nasal eosinophilia, a positive skin prick test result, and symptoms of allergic rhinitis, respectively. Correspondence analysis confirmed these findings, showing two distinct patterns of disease expression: atopy in patients with COPD that was less severe; and no evidence of atopy in those with COPD that was more severe (reduced FEV1 and hyperinflation). There was a statistically significant association between nasal eosinophilia and a positive bronchodilator response. Conclusions: Using simple and reproducible methods, we were able to show that there is a high frequency of atopy in patients with COPD. Monitoring inflammation in the upper airways can be a useful tool for evaluating respiratory diseases in the elderly and in those with concomitant asthma and COPD, a clinical entity not yet fully understood.


Keywords: Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive; Allergy and immunology; Nasal lavage fluid; Asthma; Rhinitis, allergic, perennial.


Evaluation of manual resuscitators used in ICUs in Brazil

Avaliação de reanimadores manuais utilizados em UTIs brasileiras

Tatiana de Arruda Ortiz, Germano Forti Junior, Márcia Souza Volpe, Marcelo do Amaral Beraldo, Marcelo Britto Passos Amato, Carlos Roberto Ribeiro Carvalho, Mauro Roberto Tucci

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(5):595-603

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Objective: To analyze psychological morbidity as a moderator of the relationship between smoking representations and quality of life in smokers and former smokers, as well as to determine which psychological variables discriminate between smokers with and without the intention to quit smoking. Methods: This was a quantitative, correlational cross-sectional study involving a convenience sample of 224 smokers and 169 former smokers. Results: In smokers and former smokers, psychological morbidity had a moderating effect on the relationship between mental/physical quality of life and smoking representations (cognitive representations, emotional representations, and comprehensibility). Smokers with the intention to quit smoking more often presented with low comprehensibility, threatening emotional representations, behavioral beliefs, and perceived behavioral control, as well as with normative/control beliefs, than did those without the intention to quit. Conclusions: The results of this study underscore the importance of the moderating effect exerted by psychological morbidity, as well as that of sociocognitive variables, among smokers who have the intention to quit smoking.


Assessment of ICU readmission risk with the Stability and Workload Index for Transfer score

Avaliação de riscos de readmissão em UTI através do escore Stability and Workload Index for Transfer

Daiane Ferreira Oakes, Ingrid Nemitz Krás Borges, Luiz Alberto Forgiarini Junior, Marcelo de Mello Rieder

J Bras Pneumol.2014;40(1):69-72

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We compared bacteremic pneumococcal pneumonia (BPP) and pneumococcal empyema (PE), in terms of clinical, radiological, and laboratory findings, in under-fives. A cross-sectional nested cohort study, involving under-fives (102 with PE and 128 with BPP), was conducted at 12 centers in Argentina, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic. Among those with PE, mean age was higher; disease duration was longer; and tachypnea, dyspnea, and high leukocyte counts were more common. Among those with BPP, fever and lethargy were more common. It seems that children with PE can be distinguished from those with BPP on the basis of clinical and laboratory findings. Because both conditions are associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality, prompt diagnosis is crucial.


Keywords: Empyema, pleural; Pneumonia, pneumococcal; Pneumococcal infections.


Evaluation of a four-month program of physical training designed for asthmatic children

Avaliação de um programa de treinamento físico por quatro meses para crianças asmáticas

Cristiane Soncino Silva, Lídia Alice Gomes Monteiro Marins Torres, Abel Rahal, João Terra Filho, Elcio Oliveira Vianna

J Bras Pneumol.2005;31(4):279-285

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Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate physical conditioning and muscle strength before and after a four-month program of physical training. Methods: Two groups of children, ages 8 to 11 years, with moderate asthma were studied. All subjects were tested before and after a program of physical training, which was conducted in 90-min sessions, twice weekly, for four months and also included exercises performed in the water. Children in both groups received general information about asthma, as well as information about the management and treatment of asthma. Results: In the final evaluation, anthropometric parameters (height and weight) were found to have increased. Children in the exercise group presented significant gains in the distance run in nine minutes (initial 1.333 + 0.03 km vs. final 1.440 + 0.03 km; p < 0.05), number of abdominal crunches (initial 24.3 + 1.4 abdominais vs. final 33.2 + 1.1; p < 0.05), maximal inspiratory pressure (initial 73 + 5 cmH2O vs. final 103 + 5 cmH2O; p < 0.05), maximal expiratory pressure (initial 75 + 4 cmH2O vs. final 102 + 4 cmH2O; p < 0.05) and heart rate at rest (initial 84.3 + 1.6 bpm vs. final 77.1 + 2.7 bpm; p < 0.05). The control group presented no significant changes in any of these parameters. Conclusion: An exercise program involving longer sessions, conducted less frequently, facilitates increased participation by children, thereby leading to better physical conditioning and greater muscle strength.


Evaluation of smoking cessation treatment initiated during hospitalization in patients with heart disease or respiratory disease

Avaliação de um tratamento para cessação do tabagismo iniciado durante a hospitalização em pacientes com doença cardíaca ou doença respiratória

Thaís Garcia1,a, Sílvia Aline dos Santos Andrade2, Angélica Teresa Biral1, André Luiz Bertani1,b, Laura Miranda de Oliveira Caram1,c, Talita Jacon Cezare3, Irma Godoy4,d, Suzana Erico Tanni3,e

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(1):42-48

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Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of a smoking cessation program, delivered by trained health care professionals, in patients hospitalized for acute respiratory disease (RD) or heart disease (HD). Methods: Of a total of 393 patients evaluated, we included 227 (146 and 81 active smokers hospitalized for HD and RD, respectively). All participants received smoking cessation treatment during hospitalization and were followed in a cognitive-behavioral smoking cessation program for six months after hospital discharge. Results: There were significant differences between the HD group and the RD group regarding participation in the cognitive-behavioral program after hospital discharge (13.0% vs. 35.8%; p = 0.003); smoking cessation at the end of follow-up (29% vs. 31%; p < 0.001); and the use of nicotine replacement therapy (3.4% vs. 33.3%; p < 0.001). No differences were found between the HD group and the RD group regarding the use of bupropion (11.0% vs. 12.3%; p = 0.92). Varenicline was used by only 0.7% of the patients in the HD group. Conclusions: In our sample, smoking cessation rates at six months after hospital discharge were higher among the patients with RD than among those with HD, as were treatment adherence rates. The implementation of smoking cessation programs for hospitalized patients with different diseases, delivered by the health care teams that treat these patients, is necessary for greater effectiveness in smoking cessation.


Keywords: Smoking; Smoking cessation; Hospitalization; Respiratory tract diseases; Heart diseases.


Evaluation of a genetic probe (Gen-Probe Accuprobe® system) in comparison to traditional methods for identifying members of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex

Avaliação de uma sonda genética (Sistema Accuprobe, Gen Probe®) para identificação de organismos do complexo Mycobacterium tuberculosis, em comparação com métodos tradicionais de caracterização

Delurce Tadeu de Araujo Spada, Manoel Armando Azevedo dos Santos, Elisabete A. Almeida, Marcos Augusto, Maria Idemar Pedrosa Albarral, Fernando Augusto Fiuza de Melo

J Bras Pneumol.2005;31(3):219-224

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Background: The appearance of tuberculosis/human immunodeficiency virus co-infection and the growing number of diseases caused by nontuberculous mycobacteria, as well as the confusion that these can cause in relation to emerging multidrug-resistant strains, require more accurate and rapid laboratory results, not only in the isolation of strains but also in their identification. Objective: A comparative study evaluating a new tool of molecular identification, which uses a genetic probe based on the 16S rDNA sequence of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis gene (Gen-Probe Accuprobe® Gen Probe, Inc.), and the classic methodology. Method: Fifty-five Mycobacterium strains, isolated from the sputum of patients treated at a tuberculosis reference clinic, were selected for study. Subcultures were performed in three tubes: one submitted to genetic identification, one analyzed through classical tests (production and accumulation of niacin; growth in the Lowenstein-Jensen medium with the inhibitor agents p-nitrobenzoic acid and thiophene-2-carboxylic acid hydrazide added), and one held in reserve. Results: The probe identified 51 cases as belonging to the M. tuberculosis complex (one associated with M. kansasii) and the other 4 as nontuberculous mycobacteria, later identified as M. kansasii (3) and M. avium (1). Using traditional methods, 47 samples were identified as belonging to the M. tuberculosis complex, 4 were classified as fitting the profile of nontuberculous mycobacteria (in agreement with the genetic probe results), and 4 were unidentified, 1 of which presented the exact characteristics that 2 mycobacterium species have in common. Conclusion: The benefits of the molecular biology technique justify its implementation and routine use, in combination with classical methods, in a high-traffic clinic where complex cases of tuberculosis are treated.


Keywords: Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Molecular probe techniques.


Evaluation of the gauge of needles used in the collection of specimens during endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration

Avaliação do calibre das agulhas utilizadas na coleta de espécimes por punção aspirativa por agulha guiada por ultrassom endobrônquico

Goohyeon Hong1,a, Ji Hae Koo2,b

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(1):e20180090-e20180090

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Evaluation of the knowledge of health professionals at a pediatric hospital regarding the use of metered-dose inhalers

Avaliação do conhecimento sobre o uso de inaladores dosimetrados entre profissionais de saúde de um hospital pediátrico

Fábio Pereira Muchão, Sílvia La Regina Rodrigues Perín, Joaquim Carlos Rodrigues, Cláudio Leone, Luiz Vicente Ribeiro Ferreira Silva Filho

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(1):4-12

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Objective: To evaluate health professionals working at a tertiary pediatric hospital in terms of their knowledge regarding the practical use of metered-dose inhalers. Methods: Practical and written tests on the use of metered-dose inhalers were applied to physicians, physical therapists, nurses and nursing assistants. A score from 0 to 10 was assigned to each evaluation, and median scores were calculated for each professional category. Questions with higher and lower correct values were identified, and a descriptive comparison was made regarding the performance of the various professional categories. Statistical analysis was performed using the Kruskal-Wallis method for comparison of medians. A sequential logistic multiple regression analysis was also performed. Results: A total of 30 resident physicians or interns in the pediatrics department, 23 attending physicians, 29 physical therapists, 33 nurses and 31 nursing assistants were evaluated. Resident physicians, physical therapists and attending physicians performed significantly better than did nurses and nursing assistants. Only resident physicians had a median score greater than 6. Conclusions: The health professionals evaluated, particularly the nurses and nursing assistants, who are directly involved in the practical use of metered-dose inhalers, possess insufficient knowledge regarding the use of such inhalers.


Keywords: Metered dose inhalers; Inhalation spacers; Asthma; Education, public health professional.


Assessment of theoretical and practical knowledge of asthma among guardians of children treated in primary care

Avaliação do conhecimento teórico e prático sobre asma em responsáveis por crianças atendidas na atenção primária

Cathiana Carmo Dalto Banhos1,a, Cristian Roncada2,b, Leonardo Araújo Pinto3,c, Paulo Márcio Pitrez4,5,d

J Bras Pneumol.2020;46(1):e20190147-e20190147

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Evaluation of the diagnostic performance and cut-off value for the rapid shallow breathing index in predicting extubation failure

Avaliação do desempenho diagnóstico e do valor de corte para o índice de respiração rápida e superficial na predição do insucesso da extubação

Aline Roberta Danaga, Ana Lúcia Gut, Letícia Cláudia de Oliveira Antunes, Ana Lúcia dos Anjos Ferreira, Fábio Akio Yamaguti, José Carlos Christovan, Ubirajara Teixeira, Cristina Aparecida Veloso Guedes, Ana Beatriz Sasseron, Luis Cuadrado Martin

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(6):541-547

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Objective: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of the rapid shallow breathing index (RSBI) in predicting extubation failure among adult patients in the intensive care unit and to determine the appropriateness of the classical RSBI cut-off value. Methods: This was a prospective study conducted in the adult intensive care unit of the Botucatu School of Medicine Hospital das Clínicas. The RSBI was evaluated in 73 consecutive patients considered clinically ready for extubation. Results: The classical RSBI cut-off value (105 breaths/min/L) presented a sensitivity of 20% and a specificity of 95% (sum = 115%). Analysis of the receiver operator characteristic (ROC) curve revealed a better cut-off value (76.5 breaths/min/L), which presented a sensitivity of 66% and a specificity of 74% (sum = 140%). The area under the ROC curve for the RSBI was 0.78. Conclusions: The classical RSBI cut-off value proved inappropriate, predicting only 20% of the cases of extubation failure in our sample. The new cut-off value provided substantial improvement in sensitivity, with an acceptable loss of specificity. The area under the ROC curve indicated that the discriminative power of the RSBI is satisfactory, which justifies the validation of this index for use.


Keywords: Adult; Intensive care; ROC curve; Ventilator weaning; Diagnosis; Respiration, artificial.


Evaluation of the impact that the changes in tuberculosis treatment implemented in Brazil in 2009 have had on disease control in the country

Avaliação do impacto das mudanças do tratamento da tuberculose implantadas em 2009 no controle da tuberculose pulmonar no Brasil

Marcelo Fouad Rabahi, José Laerte Rodrigues da Silva Júnior, Marcus Barreto Conde

J Bras Pneumol.2017;43(6):437-444

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Objective: To analyze the impact that the 2009 changes in tuberculosis treatment in Brazil had on the rates of cure, tuberculosis recurrence, mortality, treatment abandonment, and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Methods: An ordinary least squares regression model was used in order to perform an interrupted time series analysis of secondary data collected from the Brazilian Tuberculosis Case Registry Database for the period between January of 2003 and December of 2014. Results: The 2009 changes in tuberculosis treatment in Brazil were found to have no association with reductions in the total number of cases (β = 2.17; 95% CI: −3.80 to 8.14; p = 0.47) and in the number of new cases (β = −0.97; 95% CI: −5.89 to 3.94; p = 0.70), as well as having no association with treatment abandonment rates (β = 0.40; 95% CI: −1.12 to 1.93; p = 0.60). The changes in tuberculosis treatment also showed a trend toward an association with decreased cure rates (β = −4.14; 95% CI: −8.63 to 0.34; p = 0.07), as well as an association with increased mortality from pulmonary tuberculosis (β = 0.77; 95% CI: 0.16 to 1.38; p = 0.01). Although there was a significant increase in MDR-TB before and after the changes (p < 0.0001), there was no association between the intervention (i.e., the changes in tuberculosis treatment) and the increase in MDR-TB cases. Conclusions: The changes in tuberculosis treatment were unable to contain the decrease in cure rates, the increase in treatment abandonment rates, and the increase in MDR-TB rates, being associated with increased mortality from pulmonary tuberculosis during the study period.


Keywords: Tuberculosis, pulmonary/epidemiology; Tuberculosis, pulmonary/drug therapy; Tuberculosis, pulmonary/mortality; Interrupted time series analysis; Drug resistance, multiple; Drug compounding.


Evaluation of the Asthma Control Questionnaire validated for use in Brazil

Avaliação do Questionário de Controle da Asma validado para uso no Brasil

Mylene Leite, Eduardo Vieira Ponte, Jaqueline Petroni, Argemiro D`Oliveira Júnior, Emílio Pizzichini, Álvaro Augusto Cruz

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(10):756-763

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Objective: To evaluate whether the Portuguese version of the Asthma Control Questionnaire (ACQ) is a valid instrument to measure asthma control in adult outpatients in Brazil. Methods: We selected 278 outpatients diagnosed with asthma. All of the patients completed the questionnaire, underwent spirometry and were clinically evaluated by a physician in order to characterize the control of the disease in the first visit. The questionnaire was evaluated in three versions, with 5, 6 and 7 questions, respectively, and scores of 0.75 and 1.50 were used as cut-off points. Results: Of the 278 patients, 77 (27.7%) had intermittent asthma, 39 (14.0%) had mild persistent asthma, 40 (14.4%) had moderate persistent asthma and 122 (43.9%) had severe persistent asthma. The sensitivity of ACQ to identify uncontrolled asthma ranged from 77% to 99%, and the specificity ranged from 36% to 84%. The positive predictive value ranged from 73% to 90%, and the negative predictive value ranged from 67% to 95%. The positive likelihood ratio ranged from 1.55 to 4.81, and the negative likelihood ratio ranged from 0.03 to 0.27. In the 5- and 6-question versions of the ACQ, the intraclass correlation coefficient was 0.92. These two versions were both responsive to clinical changes in the patients. Conclusions: All three versions of the ACQ satisfactorily discriminated between patients with uncontrolled asthma and those with controlled asthma. The 5- and 6-question versions also presented good reliability and responsiveness. Therefore, the ACQ is a valid tool for evaluating asthma control in adult outpatients in Brazil.


Keywords: Asthma; Therapeutics; Diagnosis; Questionnaires; Reproducibility of results.


Evaluation of the nitrate reductase assay for the rapid detection of resistance to first-line medications in Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains isolated from patients in a general hospital

Avaliação do teste de nitrato redutase para a detecção rápida de resistência aos medicamentos de primeira linha em cepas de Mycobacterium tuberculosis isoladas de pacientes em um hospital geral

Maria de Fátima Filardi Oliveira Mansur, Wânia da Silva Carvalho, Raquel Bandeira da Silva, Rodrigo Gonçalves Cata Preta, Lucas Almeida Fernandes Junior, Silvana Spíndola de Miranda

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(2):210-213

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We compared the nitrate reductase assay with the proportion method, which is considered the gold standard, in 57 Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains isolated from patients treated at the Federal University of Minas Gerais Hospital das Clínicas, located in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. For rifampin and isoniazid, the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of the nitrate reductase assay were all 100%, whereas they were 100%, 88.9%, and 66.7%, respectively, for streptomycin and 98.0%, 100%, and 98.2%, respectively, for ethambutol. The mean time to results was ten days. In the study sample, the nitrate reductase assay proved highly accurate and showed excellent concordance with the gold standard.


Keywords: Mycobacterium tuberculosis; Microbial sensitivity tests; Tuberculosis, multidrug-resistant; Nitrate reductase.


Evaluation of serum and pleural levels of the tumor markers CEA, CYFRA21-1 and CA 15-3 in patients with pleural effusion

Avaliação dos valores sérico e pleural dos marcadores tumorais CEA, CYFRA21-1 e CA 15-3 em portadores de derrame pleural

Isabella Coimbra Wagner, Murilo José de Barros Guimarães, Lilian Karine Neves da Silva,Francisco Montenegro de Melo, Maria Tereza Cartaxo Muniz

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(2):185-191

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Objective: To determine the levels of the tumor markers carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), cytokeratin 19 fragment (CYFRA21-1) and carbohydrate antigen 15-3 (CA 15-3) in the blood and pleural fluid of patients with benign or malignant pleural effusion, evaluating the sensitivity of each marker in these fluids. Methods: We prospectively evaluated 85 patients with pleural effusion. The study of the pleural fluid observed the criteria established in the literature. Levels of the markers were determined using electrochemiluminescence. The sensitivity was determined on the condition that the specificity was ≥ 90%. Results: Of the 85 cases, 36 (42.4%) were malignant, 30 (35.3%) were benign, and the results were inconclusive in 19 (22.3%). In the malignant cases, the CEA and CYFRA21-1 levels were higher in the pleural fluid than in the blood, which was not observed for CA 15-3. In the benign cases, the CYFRA21-1 levels were higher in the pleural fluid than in the blood, whereas the opposite was found for CEA and CA 15-3. There were significant differences between malignant and benign cases for all markers, in pleural fluid and blood. In the pleural fluid, the sensitivity of CEA, CYFRA21-1 and CA 15-3 was 69.4, 69.4 and 66.7%, respectively, and the combined sensitivity was 80.6%. In the blood, the sensitivity was 57.1%, 71.4% and 48.6% for CEA, CYFRA21-1 and CA 15-3, respectively, and the combined sensitivity was 77%. Conclusion: The results suggest that these markers might be useful in the differentiation between malignant and benign pleural effusion.


Keywords: Biological tumor marker; Cyfra 21.1; CEA; CA 15.3; Pleural effusion.


Mediastinal evaluation in lung cancer staging

Avaliação mediastinal no estadiamento do câncer do pulmão

Angelo Fernandez, Aldo Rodrigues Junqueira Jr., Ricardo H. Bammann, Ricardo Beyruti, Fábio B. Jatene

J Bras Pneumol.1998;24(1):17-22

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The presence of mediastinal lymph node metastasis in lung cancer has a great influence on treatment selection and prognosis, and the diagnosis of lymphatic metastasis must be accurate. CT chest scans and mediastinoscopy are the diagnostic tools available to detect mediastinal lymph node metastases and to establish preoperative staging. Lymph node size evaluated by CT scans is not an acceptable criterion in the patients studied here. The aim of this study was to find out a representative pattern of size to indicate the possibility of neoplastic invasion in the population studied. Fifty consecutive patients were operated on and were submitted to pulmonary resection and mediastinal dissection to treat lung cancer. Seventy-four percent of the lymph nodes with transverse section of more than 3 cm had no neoplastic invasion. CT scans and mediastinoscopy have similar sensitivity (close to 65%), but mediastinoscopy has higher specificity (100%). This means that the authors must have histologic confirmation of any suspected lymph node to achieve a correct staging.


Keywords: Carcinoma, non-small cell. Lung neoplasias. Lymph nodes. Lymphatic metastasis. Mediatinoscopy. Neoplasm, staging. CT scanning.


Respiratory muscle evaluation in elective thoracotomies and laparotomies of the upper abdomen

Avaliação muscular respiratória nas toracotomias e laparotomias superiores eletivas

Laryssa Milenkovich Bellinetti, João Carlos Thomson

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(2):99-105

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Objective: To identify any possible relation between lower than predicted preoperative respiratory muscle function and the incidence of postoperative respiratory complications and death in elective thoracotomies and laparotomies of the upper abdomen. Methods: A prospective cohort study was conducted, in which 70 patients over the age of 18 were monitored in two similar hospitals. In the preoperative evaluation performed at admission, patients were classified as presenting respiratory muscle function (as determined by measurement of maximal respiratory pressures) > 75% of the predicted value (n = 50) or < 75% of the predicted value (n = 20). Patients were monitored until discharge. In both groups, the incidence of pneumonia was determined, as was that of acute respiratory failure, bronchospasm, prolonged mechanical ventilation, atelectasis, pleural effusion, pneumothorax and death. A comparative analysis was made between the groups, and relative risk was calculated. Results: In the study sample, the overall incidence of postoperative complications was 22.86% (16/70): 55% (11/20) in the group of patients presenting < 75% of the predicted value; and 10% (5/50) in the group of patients presenting > 75% of the predicted value. Patients in the < 75% of the predicted value group presented a relative risk of 5.5 (95% confidence interval between 2.19 and 13.82). Conclusion: Respiratory muscle function below the predicted value was found to be related with higher relative risk of postoperative complications in the surgical procedures studied.


Keywords: Postoperative complications; Thoracotomy; Laparotomy; Respiratory muscles; Respiratory insufficiency


Nutritional evaluation in patients with lung cancer

Avaliação nutricional em pacientes portadores de câncer de pulmão

Sérgio Jamnik, Cesar Uehara, Ilka Lopes Santoro

J Bras Pneumol.1998;24(6):347-353

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The authors analyze the nutritional status of patients with lung cancer. 131 patients, 96 (73.3%) male and 35 (26.7%) female, were classified into three groups: I - malnourished patients; II - eutrophic patients and III - obese patients. Most of the malnourished had anorexia (59.7%), which was not seen in the eutrophic (25%) and obese patients (26.1%). More than 70% of patients reported some degree of previous weight loss at the initial evaluation, weight loss being higher among malnourished patients. Weight loss was observed in more than 60% of the patients during the follow-up period of 3 months after the first evaluation. Patients with squamous carcinoma neoplasms prevailed in the malnourished group whereas adenocarcinoma was more prevalent in the other two groups. Most patients had advanced stages of the disease.


Keywords: Lung cancer. Nutritional status.


Objective evaluation of clubbing on shadow images of index fingers. A study of patients with pulmonary disease and of normal individuals

Avaliação objetiva do hipocratismo digital em imagens de sombra de dedo indicador; estudo em pacientes pneumopatas e em indivíduos normais

José da Silva Moreira, Nelson da Silva Porto, Ana Luiza Schneider Moreira

J Bras Pneumol.2004;30(2):126-133

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Background: Normal diagnosis of clubbing is clinical; however use of objective criteria may improve the accuracy of findings Objective: To present a simple method of obtaining finger images for the purpose of studying clubbing. Method: Shadow images of the index fingers obtained by projection through a transparent glass plate virtually without distortion and displayed on a common sheet of paper yielded the profile (PA) and hyponychial (HA) angles; as well as the ratio between distal phalangean and interphalangean depths (DPD/IPD). Upon physical examination of 306 adult bearers of pulmonary disease, 116 disclosed presence of clubbing (YES); 126 absence (NO); and 64 were doubtful cases (DBT). Also studied were 452 normal adult individuals. Among these 71.0% of the bearers and 33.4% of the controls were smokers. Results: Values found in normal individuals and in patients bearers of clubbing (YES) were, respectively, 172.8±5.9º vs. 183.4±5.9º for PA, 181.5±5.0º vs. 201.4±6.5º for HA, and 0.904±0.029 vs. 1.014±0.062 for DPD/IPD (significant differences, p<0.001). In the doubtful) cases (DBT) the three values were also higher than in normal controls (p<0.001). Furthermore, it was shown that among controls PA, HA and the DPD/IPD ratios were significantly larger in male smokers (p<0.005) while only the DPD/IPD ratio was larger in female smokers (p<0.05). Conclusions: This is a simple method of obtaining clear index finger images. The hyponychial angle determined on the images was the most useful measurement to discriminate digits clinically with and without clubbing (sensitivity of 76.7%, specificity of 83.2%, predictive positive value of 95.5% and predictive negative value of 96.9%).


Keywords: Clubbing, profile angle, hyponychial angle, relation DPD/IPD.


Pre-operative evaluation in obstructive sleep apnea patients undergoing bariatric surgery: sleep laboratory limitations

Avaliação pré-operatória de apneia obstrutiva do sono em doentes a serem submetidos à cirurgia bariátrica: limitações do laboratório do sono

João Pedro Abreu Cravo1, Antonio Matias Esquinas2

J Bras Pneumol.2016;42(2):158-158

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Early prognosis of acute asthma in the emergency room

Avaliação prognóstica precoce da asma aguda na sala de emergência

Deise Marcela Piovesan, Diego Milan Menegotto, Suzie Kang, Eduardo Franciscatto, Thaís Millan, Cristine Hoffmann, Lílian Rech Pasin, Josiane Fischer, Sérgio Saldanha Menna Barreto, Paulo de Tarso Roth Dalcin

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(1):1-9

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Objective: To evaluate clinical and pulmonary function measurements taken in the first fifteen minutes of the assessment of acute asthma in the emergency room and used for prognostic purposes. Methods: A prospective cohort study involving consecutive patients with acute asthma. Only patients who were between the ages of 12 and 55 and presented peak expiratory flow rates < or = 50% of predicted were included. Evaluations were performed upon admission, then again at 15 minutes and 4 hours after the initiation of treatment. Treatment included albuterol and ipratropium delivered by metered-dose inhaler with a spacer, together with 100 mg of intravenous hydrocortisone. Favorable outcomes were defined as peak expiratory flow > or = 50% of predicted after 4 hours of treatment, and unfavorable outcomes were defined as peak expiratory flow < 50% after 4 hours of treatment. Results: Favorable outcomes were seen in 27 patients, and unfavorable outcomes were seen in 24 patients. In the multivariate analysis, peak expiratory flow as percentage of predicted was identified as the variable with the highest predictive value. A peak expiratory flow > or = 40% after 15 minutes of treatment showed significant power in predicting a favorable outcome (sensitivity = 0.74, specificity = 1.00, and positive predictive value = 1.00). A peak expiratory flow < 30% after 15 minutes of treatment was predictive of a poor outcome (sensitivity = 0.54, specificity = 0.93, and positive predictive value = 0.87). Conclusion: Our results suggest that measuring peak expiratory flow after 15 minutes of management in the emergency room is a useful tool for predicting outcomes in cases of acute asthma.


Keywords: Asthma; Acute disease; Respiratory mechanics; Prognosis; Emergency Service, Hospital; Cohort studies


Quantitative assessment of the intensity of palmar and plantar sweating in patients with primary palmoplantar hyperhidrosis

Avaliação quantitativa da intensidade da transpiração palmar e plantar em pacientes portadores de hiperidrose palmoplantar primária

Bruno Yoshihiro Parlato Sakiyama, Thaís Vera Monteiro, Augusto Ishy, José Ribas Milanez de Campos, Paulo Kauffman, Nelson Wolosker

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(5):573-578

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Objective: To compare individuals with and without hyperhidrosis in terms of the intensity of palmar and plantar sweating. Methods: We selected 50 patients clinically diagnosed with palmoplantar hyperhidrosis and 25 normal individuals as controls. We quantified sweating using a portable noninvasive electronic device that has relative humidity and temperature sensors to measure transepidermal water loss. All of the individuals had a body mass index of 20-25 kg/cm2. Subjects remained at rest for 20-30 min before the measurements in order to reduce external interference. The measurements were carried out in a climate-controlled environment (21-24°C). Measurements were carried out on the hypothenar region on both hands and on the medial plantar region on both feet. Results: In the palmoplantar hyperhidrosis group, the mean transepidermal water loss on the hands and feet was 133.6 ± 51.0 g/m2/h and 71.8 ± 40.3 g/m2/h, respectively, compared with 37.9 ± 18.4 g/m2/h and 27.6 ± 14.3 g/m2/h, respectively, in the control group. The differences between the groups were statistically significant (p < 0.001 for hands and feet). Conclusions: This method proved to be an accurate and reliable tool to quantify palmar and plantar sweating when performed by a trained and qualified professional.


Keywords: Hyperhidrosis; Sweat; Dermatology/instrumentation.


Quantitative assessment of elastic fibers in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Avaliação quantitativa das fibras elásticas na doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica

Rogerio Rufino, Kalil Madi, Heitor Siffert Pereira de Souza, Cláudia Henrique da Costa, Eduardo Haruo Saito, José Roberto Lapa e Silva

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(5):502-509

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Objective: To quantify elastic fibers (EFs) and smooth muscle (SM) cells, as well as CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocytes, in stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Methods: Surgical specimens were obtained from 15 COPD patients, 18 smokers without airflow limitation, and 14 nonsmokers. Histological and immunohistochemical methods were employed in order to quantify EFs, SM cells, CD4+ T cells, and CD8+ T cells. Results: There was no significant difference in EF numbers among the three groups (p > 0.05). The number of EFs per unit area of lung tissue (mm2) and the percentage of EFs in the lung tissue were similar among the three groups. The numbers of SM cells were found to be higher in the COPD patients than in the smokers (p = 0.003) or in the nonsmokers (p = 0.009). There was a tendency toward an increase in CD8+ T-cell counts in the COPD patients. In specimens collected from the COPD patients, CD4+ T-cell counts were lower than in those collected from the smokers (p = 0.015) or from the nonsmokers (p = 0.003). There was a weak correlation between CD4+ T-cell count and the ratio of forced expiratory volume in one second to forced vital capacity (r2 = 0.003). Conclusions: The EF counts were similar among the three groups. Hypertrophy/hyperplasia of airway wall SM cells was found in the COPD patients and in the smokers, indicating that airway remodeling occurs in smokers. The CD4/CD8 ratio was lower in the COPD patients.


Keywords: Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive; CD4 Lymphocyte Count; Elastic tissue; Muscle, smooth.


Low income as a protective factor against asthma in children and adolescents treated via the Brazilian Unified Health System

Baixa renda como fator de proteção contra asma em crianças e adolescentes usuários do Sistema Único de Saúde

Murilo Carlos Amorim de Britto, Emilses Fernandes de Carvalho Freire, Patrícia Gomes de Matos Bezerra, Rita de Cássia Coelho Moraes de Brito, Joakim da Cunha Rego

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(5):251-255

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Objective: To analyze the role that low income plays in the development of asthma in children and adolescents. Methods: A case-control study using a questionnaire. Results: A total of 687 participants were studied at a tertiary hospital via the Brazilian Unified Health System. Ages ranged from 5 to 15 years, and 54.7% of the participants were male. Nearly half of the individuals (49.1%) lived in the metropolitan area of the city of Recife, and the remainder lived in the countryside. Most (98.1%) lived in concrete houses or apartments, with a mean of 5.7 rooms and 4.8 occupants per residence. Mean maternal level of education was 6.8 years of schooling. The median monthly per capita income was R$ 103.75 (Brazilian reals). The sample was stratified according to cut-off points related to the national minimum wage (R$ 350.00): <25% of minimum wage = very low income (39% of the sample); <50% of minimum wage = low income (37.3% of the sample); and ≥50% of minimum wage = satisfactory income (23.7% of the sample). There was no association between poverty and development of asthma. Conclusions: Poverty is not protective against asthma in children and adolescents treated via the Brazilian Unified Health System, as we might suppose based on the hygiene hypothesis. However, cohort studies are needed in order to confirm these findings.


Keywords: Asthma; Poverty; National health programs/Brazil; Child; Adolescent; Case-control studies.


Poor perception of dyspnea following methacholine challenge test in patients with asthma

Baixo grau de percepção da dispneia após teste de broncoprovocação induzida por metacolina em pacientes com asma

Cláudia Loss Reck, Daniel Fiterman-Molinari, Sérgio Saldanha Menna Barreto, Jussara Fiterman

J Bras Pneumol.2010;36(5):539-544

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Objective: To determine the proportion of asthma patients with a poor perception of dyspnea, correlating the level of that perception with the severity of acute bronchoconstriction, bronchial hyperresponsiveness, use of maintenance medication, and asthma control. Methods: Uncontrolled clinical trial involving asthma patients treated at the Pulmonology Outpatient Clinic of the São Lucas Hospital, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Methacholine challenge testing was performed using a five-breath dosimeter protocol. The perception of dyspnea after each breath was determined using the Borg scale. Data concerning asthma control, medication in use, and use of rescue short-acting bronchodilators were recorded. Results: Of the 65 patients included in the study, 53 completed the evaluation. Of those, 32 (60.5%) showed adequate perception of dyspnea after the methacholine challenge test, whereas 21 (39.5%) did not perceive any changes in the degree of dyspnea even after a 20% fall in FEV1. There were no significant differences between the two groups regarding baseline FEV1, percentage fall in FEV1, and the dose of methacholine causing a 20% fall in FEV1. The perception of dyspnea was not significantly associated with age (p = 0.247); gender (p = 0.329); use of maintenance medication (p = 0.152); asthma control (p = 0.562), bronchial hyperresponsiveness (p = 0.082); or severity of acute bronchoconstriction (p = 0.749). Conclusions: A significant proportion of asthma patients have a poor perception of dyspnea. The factors related to the inability of these patients to identify changes in pulmonary function have not yet been well defined. In order to reduce asthma-related morbidity and mortality, it is essential that this group of patients be identified and counseled.


Keywords: Asthma; Dyspnea; Airway obstruction.


Cellular and biochemical bases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Bases celulares e bioquímicas da doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica

Rogério Rufino, José Roberto Lapa e Silva

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(3):241-248

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is an inflammatory disease. Together with oxidant stimuli, which directly affect lung structures, macrophages, neutrophils and CD8+ lymphocytes actively participate in the pathogenesis of the disease and promote biochemical reactions that result in progressive alteration of the upper airways and irreversible lung remodeling. The release of substances promoted by inflammatory cell recruitment and by oxidative stress lead to a temporary imbalance in the pulmonary defense mechanisms. Understanding the long-term maintenance of this imbalance is key to understanding the current physiopathology of the disease. The present study explores the cellular and molecular alterations seen in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.


Keywords: Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive/physiopathology; Lung/metabolism; Inflammation; Oxydants; Antioxidants; Oxidative stress


BCGitis: A rare complication after intravesical BCG therapy

BCGite: Uma complicação rara da terapia intravesical com BCG

Maria João Oliveira, Daniel Vaz, Aurora Carvalho, Rosário Braga, Raquel Duarte

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(5):480-481

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Results and complications of CT-guided transthoracic fine-needle aspiration biopsy of pulmonary lesions

Biópsia aspirativa transtorácica por agulha fina guiada por TC de lesões pulmonares: resultados e complicações

Cristiano Dias de Lima, Rodolfo Acatauassu Nunes, Eduardo Haruo Saito, Cláudio Higa, Zanier José Fernando Cardona, Denise Barbosa dos Santos

J Bras Pneumol.2011;37(2):209-216

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Objective: To analyze the cytological findings of CT-guided percutaneous fine-needle aspiration biopsies of the lung, to demonstrate the diagnostic feasibility of the method in the investigation of pulmonary lesions, and to determine the complications of the procedure, evaluating its safety. Methods: A retrospective analysis of 89 patients with various types of pulmonary lesions who underwent 97 procedures over a period of five years. The patients were divided into groups regarding the indication for the procedure: suspicion of primary lung cancer (stages IIIB or IV); suspicion of lung cancer (stages I, II, or IIIA) and clinical contraindications for surgery; suspicion of pulmonary metastasis from other organs; and pulmonary lesions with benign radiological aspect. All of the procedures were performed with 25-gauge needles and were guided by spiral CT. The final diagnosis was confirmed by surgical biopsy and clinical/oncological follow-up. For the analysis of complications, the total number of procedures was considered. Results: The main indication for the procedure was suspicion of advanced-stage primary lung cancer. The accuracy of the method for malignant lesions was 91.5%. The lesion was confirmed as cancer in 73% of the patients. The major complication was pneumothorax (27.8%), which required chest tube drainage in 12.4% of the procedures. Conclusions: The principal indication for CT-guided fine-needle biopsy was suspicion of primary lung cancer in patients who were not surgical candidates. The procedure has high diagnostic feasibility for malignant pulmonary diseases. The most prevalent complication was pneumothorax. However, in most cases, chest tube drainage was unnecessary. No deaths were related to the procedure.


Keywords: Biopsy, fine-needle; Tomography, spiral computed; Lung neoplasms; Pneumothorax.


CT-guided percutaneous core needle biopsy of pulmonary nodules smaller than 2 cm: technical aspects and factors influencing accuracy

Biópsia percutânea com agulha grossa, guiada por TC, de nódulos pulmonares menores que 2 cm: aspectos técnicos e fatores que influenciam a precisão

Juliano Ribeiro de Andrade1,a, Rafael Dahmer Rocha1,b, Priscila Mina Falsarella1,c, Antonio Rahal Junior1,d, Ricardo Sales dos Santos2,e, Juliana Pereira Franceschini3,f, Hiran Chrishantha Fernando4,g, Rodrigo Gobbo Garcia1,h

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(4):307-314

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Objective: To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of CT-guided percutaneous core needle biopsy (CT-CNB) of pulmonary nodules ≤ 2 cm, as well as to identify factors influencing the accuracy of the procedure and its morbidity. Methods: This was a retrospective, single-center study of 170 consecutive patients undergoing CT-CNB of small pulmonary nodules (of ≤ 2 cm) between January of 2010 and August of 2015. Results: A total of 156 CT-CNBs yielded a definitive diagnosis, the overall diagnostic accuracy being 92.3%. Larger lesions were associated with a higher overall accuracy (OR = 1.30; p = 0.007). Parenchymal hemorrhage occurring during the procedure led to lower accuracy rates (OR = 0.13; p = 0.022). Pneumothorax was the most common complication. A pleura-to-lesion distance > 3 cm was identified as a risk factor for pneumothorax (OR = 16.94), whereas performing a blood patch after biopsy was a protective factor for pneumothorax (OR = 0.18). Conclusions: Small nodules (of < 2 cm) represent a technical challenge for diagnosis. CT-CNB is an excellent diagnostic tool, its accuracy being high.


Keywords: Image-guided biopsy; Neoplasms; Lung.


Pulmonary blastoma: treatment through sleeve resection of the right upper lobe

Blastoma pulmonar: tratamento cirúrgico por lobectomia superior direita e broncoplastia

Eduardo Sperb Pilla, Pablo G. Sánchez, Gabriel Ribeiro Madke, Spencer Camargo, José de Jesus Peixoto Camargo

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(1):75-77

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Pulmonary blastoma is a rare lung tumor that is composed of malignant epithelial and mesenchymal cells. It presents a pattern of rapid growth. Herein, we report the case of a patient with hemoptysis and a mass in the right upper lobe. The patient presented limited pulmonary function, and fiberoptic bronchoscopy revealed invasion of the intermediate bronchus. The patient underwent sleeve resection of right upper lobe, a technique never before described. After 36 months of follow-up, the patient remained asymptomatic. We also review the literature regarding treatment, clinical aspects and pathology.


Keywords: Pulmonary blastoma/surgery; Pneumonectomy; Case reports [Publication type]


Intrathoracic goiter and invasive thymoma: rare concomitant presentation

Bócio de tireóide intratorácico e timoma invasivo: apresentação simultânea incomum

Rodrigo Silva, Jefferson Gross, Fábio Haddad, Riad Younes

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(4):371-374

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We present a rare situation in which two mediastinal tumors of different topology and histology were found during the resection of an extensive mediastinal tumor in an asymptomatic patient. Different histologies within the same mass have been reported, although, to our knowledge, there have been no reports of different tumors at distinct locations. Thymomas and intrathoracic goiters account for a large proportion of the tumors found in the mediastinum. When feasible, surgical resection plays a fundamental role in effecting a cure. In order to identify concomitant lesions and perform a complete resection, detailed surgical exploration is required.


Keywords: Thymoma/complications; Mediastinal neoplasms/complications; Goite, substernal; Mediastinum/pathology; Case reports [publication type]


Aspergillus fumigatus fungus ball in the pleural cavity

Bola fúngica por Aspergillus fumigatus em cavidade pleural

Luciana Silva Guazzelli, Cecília Bittencourt Severo, Leonardo Santos Hoff, Geison Leonardo Fernandes Pinto, José Jesus Camargo, Luiz Carlos Severo

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(1):125-132

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Objective: To report the cases of 6 patients with fungus ball caused by Aspergillus fumigatus (aspergilloma) in the pleural cavity. Methods: Between 1980 and 2009, 391 patients were diagnosed with aspergilloma at the Santa Casa Hospital Complex in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The diagnosis of aspergilloma in the pleural cavity was made through imaging tests revealing effusion and pleural thickening with air-fluid level; direct mycological examination revealing septate hyphae, consistent with Aspergillus sp.; and positive culture for A. fumigatus in the surgical specimen from the pleural cavity. Results: Of the 391 patients studied, 6 (2%) met the established diagnostic criteria. The mean age of those 6 patients was 48 years (range, 29-66 years), and 5 (83%) were male. The most common complaints were cough, expectoration, and hemoptysis. Four patients (67%) had a history of tuberculosis that had been clinically cured. All of the patients were submitted to surgical removal of the aspergilloma, followed by intrapleural instillation of amphotericin B, in 4; and 2 received systemic antifungal treatment p.o. There was clinical improvement in 5 patients, and 1 died after the surgery. Conclusions: In adult patients with a history of cavitary lung disease or pleural fistula, a careful investigation should be carried out and fungal infection, especially aspergilloma, should be taken into consideration. In such cases, laboratory testing represents the most efficient use of the resources available to elucidate the diagnosis.


Keywords: Aspergillus fumigatus; Tuberculosis; Empyema, pleural; Pleural effusion.


Aspergillus fumigatus fungus ball in the native lung after single lung transplantation

Bola fúngica por Aspergillus fumigatus no pulmão nativo após transplante unilateral de pulmão

Fernando Ferreira Gazzoni, Bruno Hochhegger, Luiz Carlos Severo, José Jesus Camargo

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(3):-

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Bronchodilation in COPD: beyond FEV1-the effect of albuterol on resistive and reactive properties of the respiratory system

Broncodilatação na DPOC: muito além do VEF1-efeito do salbutamol nas propriedades resistivas e reativas do sistema respiratório

Gerusa Marítimo da Costa, Alvaro Camilo Dias Faria, Ana Maria Gonçalves Tavares Di Mango, Agnaldo José Lopes, José Manoel Jansen, Pedro Lopes de Melo

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(4):325-333

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Objective: Current debates on the bronchodilator response in COPD patients and whether the variation in FEV1 can be considered as an indicator of complete reversibility in such patients motivated us to conduct this study. The objective of the study was to determine the effect of albuterol on the resistive and reactive properties of the respiratory system in COPD patients. Methods: We evaluated 70 patients with COPD, divided into two groups based on spirometry findings: bronchodilator (BD)-negative (n = 39); and BD-positive (n = 31). We used the forced oscillation technique (FOT) to evaluate the following parameters: resistance at the intercept (R0), associated with the total resistance of the respiratory system; mean resistance (Rm), associated with central airway resistance; dynamic compliance (Cdyn); and the slope of resistance (S) and mean reactance (Xm), both of which are associated with the homogeneity of the respiratory system. Results: The use of albuterol resulted in significant reductions in R0 (p < 0.00002) and Rm (p < 0.0002). There were also significant increases in S (p < 0.0001), Cdyn (p < 0.0001) and Xm (p < 0.00004). These modifications occurred in both groups, the changes in FOT parameters being greater than those observed for spirometric parameters. Conclusions: The use of albuterol improved the resistive and reactive properties of the respiratory system of the COPD patients under study. These changes occurred regardless of the FEV1-based classification, thereby indicating that the use of this parameter in isolation might not suffice to identify the physiological effects involved.


Keywords: Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive; Bronchodilator agents; Spirometry; Albuterol.


Flexible bronchoscopy as the first-choice method of removing foreign bodies from the airways of adults

Broncoscopia flexível como primeira opção para a remoção de corpo estranho das vias aéreas em adultos

Ascedio José Rodrigues, Eduardo Quintino Oliveira, Paulo Rogério Scordamaglio, Marcelo Gervilla Gregório, Márcia Jacomelli, Viviane Rossi Figueiredo

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(3):315-320

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Objective: To determine the success rate of flexible bronchoscopy as the first-choice method of removing foreign bodies from the airways of adults. Methods: This was a retrospective study of all adult patients (over 18 years of age) with foreign body aspiration submitted to bronchoscopy between January of 2009 and January of 2011 at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine Hospital das Clínicas, located in São Paulo, Brazil. Results: The study sample comprised 40 adult patients, with a mean age of 52 years (range, 18-88 years). The median time of permanence of the foreign body in the airway was 15 days (range, 12 h to 10 years). All of the patients first underwent diagnostic flexible bronchoscopy. Foreign bodies were successfully removed with flexible bronchoscopy in 33 (82.5%) of the patients. In 1 patient, a metal object lodged in the distal bronchial tree required the use of fluoroscopy. Six patients (15%) required rigid bronchoscopy due to tracheal foreign body-induced dyspnea, in 2, and because the foreign body was too large for the flexible forceps, in 4. Bronchoscopy failed in 1 patient, who therefore required surgical bronchotomy. Conclusions: Although rigid bronchoscopy is considered the gold standard for the removal of foreign bodies from the airways, our experience showed that flexible bronchoscopy can be safely and effectively used in the diagnosis and treatment of stable adult patients.


Keywords: Bronchoscopy; Foreign bodies; Airway obstruction; Airway management.


Bronchoscopy for the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis in patients with negative sputum smear microscopy results

Broncoscopia no diagnóstico de tuberculose pulmonar em pacientes com baciloscopia de escarro negativa

Márcia Jacomelli, Priscila Regina Alves Araújo Silva, Ascedio Jose Rodrigues, Sergio Eduardo Demarzo, Márcia Seicento, Viviane Rossi Figueiredo

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(2):167-173

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Objective: To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of bronchoscopy in patients with clinical or radiological suspicion of tuberculosis who were unable to produce sputum or with negative sputum smear microscopy results. Methods: A prospective cross-sectional study involving 286 patients under clinical or radiological suspicion of having pulmonary tuberculosis and submitted to bronchoscopy-BAL and transbronchial biopsy (TBB). The BAL specimens were submitted to direct testing and culture for AFB and fungi, whereas the TBB specimens were submitted to histopathological examination. Results: Of the 286 patients studied, 225 (79%) were diagnosed on the basis of bronchoscopic findings, as follows: pulmonary tuberculosis, in 127 (44%); nonspecific chronic inflammation, in 51 (18%); pneumocystis, fungal infections, or nocardiosis, in 20 (7%); bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia, alveolites, or pneumoconiosis, in 14 (5%); lung or metastatic neoplasms, in 7 (2%); and nontuberculous mycobacterium infections, in 6 (2%). For the diagnosis of tuberculosis, BAL showed a sensitivity and a specificity of 60% and 100%, respectively. Adding the TBB findings significantly increased this sensitivity (to 84%), as did adding the post-bronchoscopy sputum smear microscopy results (total sensitivity, 94%). Minor post-procedure complications occurred in 5.6% of the cases. Conclusions: Bronchoscopy is a reliable method for the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis, with low complication rates. The combination of TBB and BAL increases the sensitivity of the method and facilitates the differential diagnosis with other diseases.


Keywords: Bronchoscopy; Tuberculosis, pulmonary; Sputum; Bronchoalveolar lavage; Biopsy.


Bronchoscopy in the diagnosis of tuberculosis: their role of transbronchial biopsy in HIV-infected and in immunocompetent patients

Broncoscopia no diagnóstico de tuberculose: papel da biópsia transbrônquica em imunocompetentes e em HIV-positivos

Ricardo H. Bammann, Angelo Fernandez, Carla M.P. Vázquez, Maria Rita E. Araújo, Kátia R.M. Leite

J Bras Pneumol.1999;25(4):207-212

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Introduction: Bronchoscopy is useful in the diagnosis of tuberculosis suspects with a "negative" sputum smear. The objectives of this study were: to assess yield of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and of transbronchial biopsy (TBB) both in HIV-positive patients (group 1) and immunocompetent individuals (group 2), based on simple and most available laboratory techniques in clinical practice. Patients and methods: The authors performed 319 bronchoscopies in 302 patients. BAL and TBB were sequentially performed in the same lung in all cases. Tuberculosis was diagnosed based on the results of acid-fast stains (AFS) from the lavage (ZN), culture for mycobacteria (LJ), and histological examination of biopsies (HE and ZN). Results: Tuberculosis was the final diagnosis in 28 exams of group 1 (n = 214) and in 35 of group 2 (n = 105). There were abnormal endoscopic findings respectively in 3 and 10 patients. In group 1, AFS were positive in 7 cases, culture of BAL in 14, and TBB in 19. In group 2, AFS were positive in 13 cases, culture in 17, and biopsies in 31. TBB results compared to BAL were in concordance for group 1 (p = 0.823) and different for group 2 (p = 0.022). Immediate results (AFS and TBB) compared to later positive results of culture were similar for group 1 (p = 0.066) but not for group 2 (p = 0.001). There were eight episodes of pneumothorax (2.5%) and one death (0.36%). Conclusions: Both BAL and TBB should be performed whenever possible, aiming towards a higher yield of bronchoscopy in the diagnosis of tuberculosis. Both methods complement each other in immunocompetent patients, whereas TBB establishes a faster diagnosis for HIV-infected patients if associated to AFS.


Keywords: Bronchoscopy/methods. Smear-negative tuberculosis/diagnosis. Opportunistic infections related to AIDS/diagnosis.


Localized and multisegmental bronchiectasis: clinical-epidemiological profile and surgical treatment results in 67 cases

Bronquiectasia localizada e multissegmentar: perfil clínico-epidemiológico e resultado do tratamento cirúrgico em 67 casos

Antero Gomes Neto, Marcos Lima de Medeiros, José Mauro Mendes Gifoni

J Bras Pneumol.2001;27(1):1-6

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Bronchiectasis is a disease which is rarely found in developed countries and has a high incidence in developing countries. In Brazil, the most frequent causes are viral or bacterial respiratory infections in childhood, and tuberculosis. Antibiotic therapy considerably reduces morbidity. However, in patients with persistent symptoms, surgical resection offers greater chances of cure or better quality of life. Objectives: Prospectively evaluate the clinical-epidemiological profile of patients with bronchiectasis as well as the results of surgical treatment in patients from two public hospitals in Fortaleza (CE), northeastern Brazil. Patients and method: Sixty-seven patients with bronchiectasis submitted to surgery between August 1989 and March 1999 were evaluated, as well as demographic data, etiology of the disease, complications, and therapeutic success rate. Results: Mean age of patients (39 females e 28 males) was 32.5 ± 14.1 years. The most frequent causes of bronchiectasis were viral or bacterial infection (44.8%) and tuberculosis (31.3%). The disease was localized in 46 patients and multisegmental in 21. In six patients it was bilateral. No surgical death occurred and postoperative complications were more frequent in patients with multisegmental bronchiectasis (9/21 versus 6/46, p = 0.011). From the 62 patients who were followed up, 49 were cured, 10 showed improvement, and 3 did not obtain any benefit. Results were excellent in 39 patients with localized bronchiectasis and in 10 patients with the multisegmental form of the disease (p < 0.001). Conclusion: Results show two distinct groups of patients: those with bronchiectasis, who presented fewer surgical complications and better postoperative results, and those with multisegmental bronchiectasis.


Keywords: Bronchiectasis. Epidemiological profiles. Clinical diagnosis. Treatment outcome. Surgical operative procedures.


Bronchiectasis caused by common variable immunodeficiency

Bronquiectasia por imunodeficiência comum variável

Paulo Henrique do Amor Divino, José Henrique de Carvalho Basilio, Renato Moraes Alves Fabbri, Igor Polônio Bastos, Wilma Carvalho Neves Forte

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(5):482-483

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Bronchiectasis caused by common variable immunodeficiency

Bronquiectasia por imunodeficiência comum variável.

Paulo Henrique do Amor Divino1, José Henrique de Carvalho Basilio1, Renato Moraes Alves Fabbri1, Igor Bastos Polonio1, Wilma Carvalho Neves Forte2

J Bras Pneumol.2016;42(1):80-80

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Bronchiectasis associated to Sjögren syndrome: case report

Bronquiectasias associadas à síndrome de Sjögren

Simone Aparecida Câmara Tecchio, José Antônio Baddini Martinez, Adriana Inácio de Pádua, João Terra Filho

J Bras Pneumol.2000;26(4):214-217

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Different kinds of pulmonary impairment have been described in Sjögren syndrome, including rare cases of bronchiectasis. The authors report a female patient with a history of episodes of respiratory infections and progressive breathlessness whose high resolution computerized tomography revealed bronchiectasis. A former open lung biopsy showed bronchiolar inflammatory and fibrotic changes. The diagnosis of Sjögren syndrome was made only late in the evolution, although sicca syndrome symptoms had been present for years. The authors discuss the potential pathogenic mechanisms involved in the development of the bronchiectasis and the need for a high degree of clinical medical skill for the early diagnosis of such conditions.


Keywords: Sjögren syndrome; bronchiectasis; bronchiolitis


Bronchiectasis: diagnostic and therapeutic features A study of 170 patients

Bronquiectasias: aspectos diagnósticos e terapêuticos Estudo de 170 pacientes

José da Silva Moreira, Nelson da Silva Porto, José de Jesus Peixoto Camargo, José Carlos Felicetti, Paulo Francisco Guerreiro Cardoso, Ana Luiza Schneider Moreira, Cristiano Feijó Andrade

J Bras Pneumol.2003;29(5):258-263

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Background: Bronchiectasis is a frequently found disease in medical practice in Brazil leading to significant morbidity and decrease in quality of life of the affected individuals. Objectives: To study diagnostic and therapeutic aspects in a series of hospitalized patients with bronchiectasis in a department of pulmonary diseases. Methods: Signs, symptoms, microbiological and radiographic data, and therapeutic results were studied in 170 hospitalized patients between 1978 and 2001 - females 62.4%, males 37.6%, and aged from 12 to 88 years (mean age 36.8 yrs). Previous history of pneumonia in childhood was detected in 52.5% of the patients, tuberculosis in 19.8%; 8.8% had bronchial asthma, and 2 had Kartagener's syndrome. Results: The most common symptoms were cough (100.0%), expectoration (96.0%) and pulmonary rales (66.0%). The pulmonary lesions were unilateral in 46.5% of the cases. Pneumococcus, H. influenzae or mixed flora were found in 85.0% of the examined sputa. All 170 patients received antibiotics and postural drainage, and 88 of them (younger and with a higher functional reserve) were also submitted to pulmonary resections (82 unilateral and 6 bilateral). Two deaths occurred, and repetitive hospitalizations were more frequent among the clinically treated patients. The follow up showed that most of the surgically treated patients had significant symptoms improvement and rarely needed to be re-hospitalized. Conclusions: In the majority of the patients, lung resection surgery improved permanently the prolonged bronchopulmonary symptoms of patients with bronchiectasis, differently from the patients who received only clinical treatment.


Keywords: Bronchiectasis/diagnosis. Bronchiectasis/therapy. Bronchiectasis/surgery. Bronchiectasis/complications. Tomography X-ray computed/methods. Inpatients. Retrospective studies.


Bronchiectasis: a study of 314 cases tuberculosis x non-tuberculosis

Bronquiectasias: estudo de 314 casos tuberculose x não-tuberculose

Miguel Bogossian, Ilka Lopes Santoro, Sérgio Jamnik, Hélio Ramaldini

J Bras Pneumol.1998;24(1):11-16

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The authors studied 314 patients with bronchiectasis. An elevated percentage of sequelae of tuberculosis (42.7%) was found, and other causes of bronchiectasis represented 57.3%. Mean age was similar in both groups, around 50 years old, with predominance of females (65.0%). As to symptoms and signs, hemoptysis was sharply predominant in the tuberculosis group (37.3% x 22.8%; p < 0.05). Association between asthma and infections during childhood was similar in both groups, but sinusitis was more frequent in the non-tuberculosis group (45.0% x 23.9%; p < 0.05). The most frequent site for bronchiectasis secondary tuberculosis was the right upper lobe; in the other group, the most frequent sites were lower left lobe and lingula. The most frequent morphologic type in greater groups was cylindrical (more than 50% of patients). Lung function tests were abnormal, with reduction in both FEV 1 and FVC in the tuberculosis group. Forty-four percent of the patients in the first group and 37.2% in the second one were smokers. The authors make comments about the high number of patients with tuberculosis scars that have secondary bronchiectasis and the greater impairment of lung function in this group of patients.


Bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia (BOOP)

Bronquiolite obliterante com pneumonia em organização (BOOP) aguda

José Eduardo Delfini Cançado, Carlos Alberto de Castro Pereira, Ester N.A.M. Coletta

J Bras Pneumol.1998;24(5):331-334

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Most interstitial lung diseases (ILD) are indolent in nature, producing subacute or chronic symptoms that progress at various rates and are usually present for months to years before a diagnosis is established. This report describes a case of a fulminating and life-threatening variant of idiopathic bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia (BOOP). Early suspicion, histologic diagnosis, and prompt initiation of corticosteroid therapy is important to prevent mortality.


Keywords: Bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia (BOOP). Interstitial lung disease.


Bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia and aspergilloma in patient with T cell leukemia-lymphoma

Bronquiolite obliterante com pneumonia em organização e aspergiloma em paciente com linfoma-leucemia de células T

Teresa S. Jhayya, Domingo B. Perez, Celia Mallart Llarges, Rimarcs G. Ferreira

J Bras Pneumol.2000;26(1):52-54

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There are few reports in the medical literature about association between bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia (BOOP) and aspergilloma. This report shows the presence of both BOOP and pulmonary aspergilloma in a patient with adult T cell leukemia-lymphoma. It is suggested that these findings represent a random association rather than the expression of a nosologic unity.


Keywords: bronchiolitis obliterans; aspergillosis; T cell lymphoma; pneumonia


Bronchiolitis obliterans organizing migratory pneumonia (BOOP) after unilateral radiotherapy for breast carcinoma treatment

Bronquiolite obliterante com pneumonia organizante (BOOP) migratória após radioterapia unilateral para tratamento de carcinoma de mama

Renata Tristão Rodrigues, Ricardo Togashi, Hugo H Bok Yoo, Júlio Defaveri, Irma de Godoy, Thais Helena A. Thomaz Queluz

J Bras Pneumol.1998;24(1):47-50

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The authors describe a case of a woman submitted to radiation therapy for breast carcinoma who presented, 40 days after the end of the treatment, fever, dry cough, dyspnea on exertion, and weight loss. Chest imaging revealed migratory opacities. The histopathological examination of transbronchial biopsy specimens showed characteristic findings of BOOP. Corticosteroid therapy resulted in dramatic clinical improvement, together with complete clearing of the pulmonary opacities on chest imaging. The authors present a brief review of the literature concerning radiation-induced lung injury, emphasizing the importance of including BOOP in the differential diagnosis in these complications. The present case, as well as the two other reports from the literature, provide further evidence for the role of irradiation injury as a cause of clinicopathological syndrome identical to idiopathic BOOP, i.e., radiation-induced BOOP.


Keywords: Bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia. BOOP. Radiation pneumonitis. Radiotherapy. Breast carcinoma.


Bronchiolitis obliterans in nodular form

Bronquiolite obliterante na forma nodular

Paulo de Almeida, Murilo J.B. Guimarães, Mario Gesteira Costa, Vital Lyra, Isabella Coimbra, Luiz Adriano de Albuquerque Oliveira

J Bras Pneumol.2002;28(6):335-338

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A 54 year old female patient, public servant, ex-smoker, after two weeks of a common cold complained of cough with yellow sputum, nasal obstruction and facial pain. A chest X-ray showed a solitary nodular lesion in the upper left lobe. The patient was submitted to a left thoracotomy, which established the diagnosis of bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (BOOP).


Bilateral bullectomy through uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery combined with contralateral access to the anterior mediastinum

Bulectomia bilateral por cirurgia torácica vídeo-assistida uniportal combinada com acesso contralateral ao mediastino anterior

Nan Song, Gening Jiang, Dong Xie, Peng Zhang, Ming Liu, Wenxin He

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(1):32-38

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Objective: Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has been a surgical intervention of choice for the treatment of spontaneous pneumothorax (SP) with lung bulla. Our objective was to introduce a uniportal VATS approach for simultaneous bilateral bullectomy and to evaluate its therapeutic efficacy. Methods: Between May of 2011 and January of 2012, five patients underwent bilateral bullectomy conducted using this approach. All of the patients presented with bilateral SP. Preoperative HRCT revealed that all of the patients had bilateral apical bullae. We reviewed the surgical indications, surgical procedures, and outcomes. Results: All of the patients were successfully submitted to this approach for bilateral bullectomy, and there were no intraoperative complications. The median time to chest tube removal was 4.2 days, and the median length of the postoperative hospital stay was 5.2 days. The median postoperative follow-up period was 11.2 months. One patient experienced recurrence of left SP three weeks after the surgery and underwent pleural abrasion. Conclusions: Bilateral bullectomy through uniportal VATS combined with contralateral access to the anterior mediastinum is technically reliable and provides favorable surgical outcomes for patients with bilateral SP who develop bilateral apical bullae. However, among other requirements, this surgical procedure demands that surgeons be experienced in VATS and that the appropriate thoracoscopic instruments are available.


Keywords: Pneumothorax; Thoracic surgery, video-assisted; Pleural cavity; Mediastinum.


Thoracic calcifications on magnetic resonance imaging: correlations with computed tomography

Calcificações torácicas na ressonância magnética: correlações com a tomografia computadorizada

Juliana Fischman Zampieri1,a, Gabriel Sartori Pacini1,b, Matheus Zanon1,c, Stephan Philip Leonhardt Altmayer1,2,d, Guilherme Watte1,2,e, Marcelo Barros1,2,f Evandra Durayski2,g, Gustavo de Souza Portes Meirelles3,h, Marcos Duarte Guimarães4,5,i, Edson Marchiori6,j, Arthur Soares Souza Junior7,k, Bruno Hochhegger1,2,l

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(4):e20180168-e20180168

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Objective: To identify the characteristics of thoracic calcifications on magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, as well as correlations between MR imaging and CT findings. Methods: This was a retrospective study including data on 62 patients undergoing CT scans and MR imaging of the chest at any of seven hospitals in the Brazilian states of Rio Grande do Sul, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro between March of 2014 and June of 2016 and presenting with calcifications on CT scans. T1- and T2-weighted MR images (T1- and T2-WIs) were semiquantitatively analyzed, and the lesion-to-muscle signal intensity ratio (LMSIR) was estimated. Differences between neoplastic and non-neoplastic lesions were analyzed. Results: Eighty-four calcified lesions were analyzed. Mean lesion density on CT was 367 ± 435 HU. Median LMSIRs on T1- and T2-WIs were 0.4 (interquartile range [IQR], 0.1-0.7) and 0.2 (IQR, 0.0-0.7), respectively. Most of the lesions were hypointense on T1- and T2-WIs (n = 52 [61.9%] and n = 39 [46.4%], respectively). In addition, 19 (22.6%) were undetectable on T1-WIs (LMSIR = 0) and 36 (42.9%) were undetectable on T2-WIs (LMSIR = 0). Finally, 15.5% were hyperintense on T1-WIs and 9.5% were hyperintense on T2-WIs. Median LMSIR was significantly higher for neoplastic lesions than for non-neoplastic lesions. There was a very weak and statistically insignificant negative correlation between lesion density on CT and the following variables: signal intensity on T1-WIs, LMSIR on T1-WIs, and signal intensity on T2-WIs (r = −0.13, p = 0.24; r = −0.18, p = 0.10; and r = −0.16, p = 0.16, respectively). Lesion density on CT was weakly but significantly correlated with LMSIR on T2-WIs (r = −0.29, p < 0.05). Conclusions: Thoracic calcifications have variable signal intensity on T1- and T2-weighted MR images, sometimes appearing hyperintense. Lesion density on CT appears to correlate negatively with lesion signal intensity on MR images.


Keywords: Calcification, physiologic; Thorax/diagnostic imaging; Tomography, X-ray computed; Magnetic resonance imaging.


Lung cancer and parenchymal lung disease in a patient with neurofibromatosis type

Câncer de pulmão e doença pulmonar parenquimatosa em um paciente com neurofibromatose tipo 1

Alessandro Severo Alves de Melo1,a, Sérgio Ferreira Alves Jr2,b, Paulo de Moraes Antunes1,c, Gláucia Zanetti2,d, Edson Marchiori2,e

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(3):e20180285-e20180285

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Lung cancer and schwannoma - the pitfalls of positron emission tomography

Câncer de pulmão e schwannoma - as armadilhas da tomografia por emissão de prótons

Fernando Luiz Westphal, Luiz Carlos de Lima, José Correa Lima-Netto, Michel de Araújo Tavares, Felipe de Siqueira Moreira Gil

J Bras Pneumol.2014;40(3):319-321

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Lung cancer in Brazil

Câncer de pulmão no Brasil

Luiz Henrique Araujo1,2,a, Clarissa Baldotto1,2,b, Gilberto de Castro Jr3,4,c, Artur Katz4,d, Carlos Gil Ferreira5,6,e, Clarissa Mathias7,f, Eldsamira Mascarenhas7,g, Gilberto de Lima Lopes8,9,h, Heloisa Carvalho4,10,i, Jaques Tabacof8, Jeovany Martínez-Mesa11,j, Luciano de Souza Viana12,k, Marcelo de Souza Cruz13,l, Mauro Zukin1,2,m, Pedro De Marchi12,n, Ricardo Mingarini Terra3,o, Ronaldo Albuquerque Ribeiro14, Vladmir Cláudio Cordeiro de Lima15,p, Gustavo Werutsky16,q, Carlos Henrique Barrios17,r; Grupo Brasileiro de Oncologia Torácica

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(1):55-64

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Lung cancer is one of the most incident types of cancer and a leading cause of cancer mortality in Brazil. We reviewed the current status of lung cancer by searching relevant data on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in the country. This review highlights several issues that need to be addressed, including smoking control, patient lack of awareness, late diagnosis, and disparities in the access to cancer health care facilities in Brazil. We propose strategies to help overcome these limitations and challenge health care providers, as well as the society and governmental representatives, to work together and to take a step forward in fighting lung cancer.


Keywords: Lung neoplasms/epidemiology; Lung neoplasms/therapy; Lung neoplasms/diagnosis; Biomarkers; Brazil.


Occupational lung cancer

Câncer de pulmão ocupacional

Eduardo Algranti, José Tarcísio Penteado Buschinelli, Eduardo Mello De Capitani

J Bras Pneumol.2010;36(6):784-794

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Lung cancer is a multifactorial disease. Hereditary, genetic, and environmental factors interact in its genesis. The principal risk factor for lung cancer is smoking. However, the workplace provides an environment in which there is a risk of exposure to carcinogens. The International Agency for Research on Cancer currently lists 19 substances/work situations/occupations that have been proven to be associated with lung cancer (group 1). Thorough occupational history taking is not widely practiced in patients with lung cancer, which has a negative impact on the investigation of causality and, consequently, on the identification of cases of occupational cancer. The objectives of this review were to list the agents that are recognized as causes of lung cancer, to discuss the contribution of occupation to the development of the disease, to cite national studies on the subject, and to propose a list of procedures that are essential to the appropriate investigation of causality between lung cancer and occupation.


Keywords: Lung neoplasms; Occupational diseases; Occupations; Carcinogens.


Lung cancer: histology, staging, treatment and survival

Câncer de pulmão: histologia, estádio, tratamento e sobrevida

Fabiola Trocoli Novaes, Daniele Cristina Cataneo, Raul Lopes Ruiz Junior, Júlio Defaveri, Odair Carlito Michelin, Antonio José Maria Cataneo

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(8):595-600

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Objective: To analyze principal histological types of lung cancer, as well as the staging, treatment and survival of lung cancer patients. Methods: This was a retrospective study based on the analysis of medical charts of patients treated at the Botucatu School of Medicine Hospital das Clínicas over a six-year period. Results: From January of 2000 to January of 2006, 240 patients with lung cancer, most (64%) of whom were male, were treated. The most common histological type was squamous cell carcinoma (37.5%), followed by adenocarcinoma (30%), neuroendocrine carcinoma (19.6%) and large cell carcinoma (6.6%). Only 131 patients (54.6%) were treated. Of those, 52 patients (39.7%) received only chemotherapy, 32 (24.4%) were treated with chemotherapy combined with radiotherapy, and 47 (35.9%) were submitted to surgery alone or surgery accompanied by chemotherapy, with or without radiotherapy. Only 27 patients (20.6%) were submitted to surgery alone. Concerning staging, 34.4% presented stage IV at the time of diagnosis, 20.6% presented stage IIIB, 16.8% presented stage IIIA, and the remaining 28.2% were classified as stage I or II. Five-year survival was 65% for those in stage I and 25% for those in the remaining stages. Conclusions: Of the various histological types, the most common was squamous cell carcinoma and the least common was large cell carcinoma. Most cases presented advanced stages at the moment of diagnosis, and less than 30% of the cases presented early stages. This accounts for the low survival rate and the small number of patients submitted to surgical treatment alone, the majority being submitted to chemotherapy alone.


Keywords: Carcinoma, bronchogenic; Lung neoplasms/histology; Lung neoplasms/drug therapy; Lung neoplasms/radiotherapy; Surgery; Survival.


Lung cancer: changes in histology, gender, and age over the last 30 years in Brazil

Câncer de pulmão: mudanças na histologia, sexo e idade nos últimos 30 anos no Brasil

Maria Teresa Ruiz Tsukazan1,2, Álvaro Vigo2, Vinícius Duval da Silva3, Carlos Henrique Barrios4, Jayme de Oliveira Rios1, José Antônio de Figueiredo Pinto1

J Bras Pneumol.2017;43(5):363-367

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Objective: To describe the trends in tumor histology, gender and age among patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treated with lung resection. The histology of lung cancer has changed in developed countries, and there is still little information available on the topic for developing countries. Methods: This was a retrospective study of 1,030 patients with NSCLC treated with lung resection between 1986 and 2015 at a university hospital in southern Brazil. Differences in histology, stage, and type of surgery were analyzed by gender and for three periods (1986-1995, 1996-2005, and 2006-2015). Results: Most (64.5%) of the patients were males, and the main histological types were squamous cell carcinoma (in 40.6%) and adenocarcinoma (in 44.5%). The mean age at surgery during the first period was 56.4 years for women and 58.9 years for men, compared with 62.2 for women and 64.6 for men in the third period (p < 0.001). The proportion of females increased from 26.6% in the first period to 44.1% in the third. From the first to the third period, the proportion of patients with squamous cell carcinoma decreased from 49.6% to 34.8% overall (p < 0.001), decreasing to an even greater degree (from 38.9% to 23.2%) among men. Among the NSCLC patients in our sample, females with adenocarcinoma accounted for 11.9% in the first period and 24.0% in the third period (p < 0.001). Conclusions: As has been seen in developed countries, the rates of lung cancer in females in southern Brazil have been rising over the last three decades, although they have yet to surpass those observed for males in the region. The incidence of squamous cell carcinoma has decreased in males, approaching adenocarcinoma rates, whereas adenocarcinoma has significantly increased among women.


Keywords: Lung neoplasms; Epidemiology; Histology; Adenocarcinoma; Carcinoma, non-small-cell lung; Carcinoma, squamous cell.


Submaximal exercise capacity in adolescent and adult patients with cystic fibrosis

Capacidade submáxima de exercício em pacientes adolescentes e adultos com fibrose cística

Bruna Ziegler, Paula Maria Eidt Rovedder, Janice Luisa Lukrafka, Claudine Lacerda Oliveira, Sérgio Saldanha Menna-Barreto, Paulo de Tarso Roth Dalcin

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(3):263-269

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Objective: To determine the submaximal exercise capacity of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) by means of the 6-minute walk test (6MWT), correlating the results with clinical score, nutritional status, radiographic score, and pulmonary function tests. Methods: This was a prospective, cross-sectional study involving patients aged 16 or older enrolled in a program for adults with CF. The patients were submitted to clinical evaluation, determination of maximal respiratory pressures, 6MWT, spirometry, and chest X-ray. Results: The study comprised 41 patients. The mean age was 23.7 ± 6.5 years, and the mean forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) was 55.1 ± 27.8%. On the 6MWT, 30 (73.2%) of the patients covered a distance (mean, 556.7 ± 76.5 m) that was less than the predicted normal value. The distance walked did not correlate significantly with body mass index, clinical score, radiographic score, maximal respiratory pressures, peripheral oxygen saturation at rest, desaturation during the 6MWT, sensation of dyspnea, or fatigue, although it did so with age at diagnosis, FEV1 in liters, and forced vital capacity in liters. Worsening of pulmonary function was associated with greater desaturation during the 6MWT. Conclusion: This study showed that most patients attending an adult CF program had reduced submaximal exercise capacity. The 6MWT can be valuable for identifying patients who might experience oxygen desaturation and physical impairment in daily activities.


Keywords: Cystic fibrosis; Respiratory function tests; Exercise tolerance.


Volumetric capnography as a noninvasive diagnostic procedure in acute pulmonary thromboembolism

Capnografia volumétrica como auxílio diagnóstico não-invasivo no tromboembolismo pulmonar agudo

Marcos Mello Moreira, Renato Giuseppe Giovanni Terzi, Mônica Corso Pereira, Tiago de Araújo Guerra Grangeia4, Ilma Aparecida Paschoal

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(5):328-332

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Pulmonary thromboembolism is a common condition. Its diagnosis usually requires pulmonary scintigraphy, computed angiotomography, pulmonary arteriography and, in order to rule out other diagnoses, the measurement of D-dimer levels. Due to the fact that these diagnostic methods are not available in most Brazilian hospitals, the validation of other diagnostic techniques is of fundamental importance. We describe a case of a woman with chronic pulmonary hypertension who experienced a pulmonary thromboembolism event. Pulmonary scintigraphy, computed angiotomography and pulmonary arteriography were used in the diagnosis. The D-dimer test result was positive. Volumetric capnography was performed at admission and after treatment. The values obtained were compared with the imaging test results.


Keywords: Thromboembolism; Hypertension, pulmonary; Capnography; Schistosomiasis.


Characteristics associated with complete surgical resection of primary malignant mediastinal tumors

Características associadas à ressecção cirúrgica completa de tumores malignos primários do mediastino

Jefferson Luiz Gross, Ulisses Augusto Correia Rosalino, Riad Naim Younes, Fábio José Haddad, Rodrigo Afonso da Silva, Antonio Bomfim Marçal Avertano Rocha

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(9):832-838

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Objective: To identify preoperative characteristics associated with complete surgical resection of primary malignant mediastinal tumors. Methods: Between 1996 and 2006, 42 patients with primary malignant mediastinal tumors were submitted to surgery with curative intent at a single facility. Patient charts were reviewed in order to collect data related to demographics, clinical manifestation, characteristics of mediastinal tumors and imaging aspects of invasiveness. Results: The surgical resection was considered complete in 69.1% of the patients. Cases of incomplete resection were attributed to invasion of the following structures: large blood vessels (4 cases); the superior vena cava (3 cases); the heart (2 cases); the lung and chest wall (3cases); and the trachea (1 case). Overall survival was significantly better among the patients submitted to complete surgical resection than among those submitted to incomplete resection. The frequency of incomplete resection was significantly higher in cases in which the tumor had invaded organs other than the lung (as identified through imaging studies) than in those in which it was restricted to the lung (47.6% vs. 14.3%; p = 0.04). None of the other preoperative characteristics analyzed were found to be associated with complete resection. Conclusions: Preoperative radiological evidence of invasion of organs other than the lung is associated with the incomplete surgical resection of primary malignant mediastinal tumors.


Keywords: Thoracic surgery; Survival rate; Mediastinal neoplasms; Diagnostic imaging.


Clinical characteristics of children and adolescents with severe therapy-resistant asthma in Brazil

Características clínicas de crianças e adolescentes brasileiros com asma grave resistente a terapia

Andrea Mendonça Rodrigues1, Cristian Roncada1, Giovana Santos2, João Paulo Heinzmann-Filho1, Rodrigo Godinho de Souza2, Mauro Henrique Moraes Vargas1, Leonardo Araújo Pinto3, Marcus Herbert Jones3, Renato Tetelbom Stein3, Paulo Márcio Pitrez3

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(4):343-350

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Objective: To determine whether simple diagnostic methods can yield relevant disease information in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods: Patients with RA were randomly selected for inclusion in a cross-sectional study involving clinical evaluation of pulmonary function, including pulse oximetry (determination of SpO2, at rest), chest X-ray, and spirometry. Results: A total of 246 RA patients underwent complete assessments. Half of the patients in our sample reported a history of smoking. Spirometry was abnormal in 30% of the patients; the chest X-ray was abnormal in 45%; and the SpO2 was abnormal in 13%. Normal chest X-ray, spirometry, and SpO2 were observed simultaneously in only 41% of the RA patients. A history of smoking was associated with abnormal spirometry findings, including evidence of obstructive or restrictive lung disease, and with abnormal chest X-ray findings, as well as with an interstitial pattern on the chest X-ray. Comparing the patients in whom all test results were normal (n = 101) with those in whom abnormal test results were obtained (n = 145), we found a statistically significant difference between the two groups, in terms of age and smoking status. Notably, there were signs of airway disease in nearly half of the patients with minimal or no history of tobacco smoke exposure. Conclusions: Pulmonary involvement in RA can be identified through the use of a combination of diagnostic methods that are simple, safe, and inexpensive. Our results lead us to suggest that RA patients with signs of lung involvement should be screened for lung abnormalities, even if presenting with no respiratory symptoms.


Keywords: Arthritis, rheumatoid; Lung diseases, interstitial; Spirometry; Radiography, thoracic; Airway ob-struction.


Clinical and epidemiological characteristics of contagious adult of tuberculosis in children

Características clínicas e epidemiológicas do adulto contagiante da criança com tuberculose

João Ab Lima, Edgar Enrique Sarria Icaza, Beatriz G. Menegotto, Gilberto Bueno Fischer, Sérgio Saldanha Menna Barreto

J Bras Pneumol.2004;30(3):243-252

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Background: Tuberculosis in children generally occurs as a direct result of cohabitation with a contagious adult. Objective: To create a profile of a typical adult with contagious tuberculosis (as identified through the public health system) living with a child who has been diagnosed with tuberculosis. Method: Case study. Children younger than 14 years of age who were diagnosed with tuberculosis were included. Parents were interviewed using structured questionnaires. Means and standard deviations were analyzed using the Student's t-test. Fisher's exact test or the Dz test was used for comparisons. Results: Fifty children, representing 96% of those diagnosed with tuberculosis in the Porto Alegre health care system between July 20, 2001 and August 10, 2002, were included. The mean age was 76 months, and 60% were girls. The classic forms of pulmonary presentation (consolidation or cavitation) were seen in 38%. The majority of the children were diagnosed in the hospital and came from homes in which there were (a mean of) 6 cohabitants and a total family income less than 2 times the local minimum wage. Using ELISA, HIV co-infection was identified in 25% (although not all were tested). The children regularly visited places other than their homes. In 78% of cases, the contagious adult was identified. These contagious adults were mostly males (56%), and the mean age was 32. In most cases (79%), the contagious adult was a relative, usually a parent. Within this group of adults with contagious tuberculosis, HIV co-infection was identified in 43% of those tested. Conclusions: Adults with contagious tuberculosis living in the home continue to be the most likely source of tuberculosis infection in children. Co-infection with HIV in these pediatric patients, as well as in the cohabiting adults with contagious tuberculosis, is a significant finding. It must be emphasized that the possibility of contact with contagious individuals in the home should be explored in every diagnosed case of pediatric tuberculosis.


Keywords: Tuberculosis/epidemiology. Children. Communicable diseases/etiology.


Clinical and demographic characteristics of patients hospitalized with tuberculosis in Brasil between 1994 and 2004

Características clínico-demográficas de pacientes hospitalizados com tuberculose no Brasil, no período de 1994 a 2004

Norma Pinheiro Franco Severo, Clarice Queico Fujimura Leite, Marisa Veiga Capela, Maria Jacira da Silva Simões

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(5):565-571

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Objective: To describe the demographic and clinical characteristics of patients with tuberculosis hospitalized in the Nestor Goulart Reis Hospital, located in the city of Américo Brasiliense, Brazil. Methods: Epidemiological investigation by means of an observational, retrospective, descriptive study based on the medical charts of patients diagnosed with tuberculosis and hospitalized between 1994 and 2004. Results: There were 1787 patients diagnosed with tuberculosis during the period evaluated. Of those, 117 (7%) were females, 1670 (93%) were males; 1215 (68%) were single, separated or widowed. Most of the patients (74%) had not completed middle school, and most (63%) were between 30 and 50 years of age. In addition, 61% suffered from alcoholism. The most common occupation was farm worker (25% of the patients), and 70% of the patients were unemployed. The most common clinical form of the disease was the pulmonary form (in 92%). The rate of medical discharge was 60%. The treatment regimen differed from the standard (rifampin, isoniazid and pyrazinamide) in 34% of the cases. Conclusions: The profile of the patients with tuberculosis hospitalized in the hospital studied showed that they had special requirements: they were unable to take care of themselves (social cases) and required alternative treatment regimens, which justified their hospitalization. This hospital played an important social role in the treatment and guidance of these patients.


Keywords: Hospitalization; Tuberculosis; Demography.


Characteristics of tuberculosis in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil: 2002-2009

Características da tuberculose no estado de Minas Gerais entre 2002 e 2009

Cláudio José Augusto, Wânia da Silva Carvalho, Alan Douglas Gonçalves, Maria das Graças Braga Ceccato, Silvana Spindola de Miranda

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(3):357-364

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Objective: To analyze the profile of tuberculosis cases reported between 2002 and 2009 in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, according to sociodemographic, clinical, and laboratory characteristics, as well as to comorbidities and mortality. Methods: This was a descriptive, epidemiological study based on data obtained from the Brazilian Case Registry Database and the Brazilian Mortality Database for the 2002-2009 period. Results: There were 47,285 reported cases of tuberculosis, corresponding to a mean incidence of 22.3/100,000 population. The individuals diagnosed with tuberculosis were predominantly in the 20- to 49-year age bracket and male (62.4% and 67.0%, respectively). Individuals with a low level of education accounted for 18.5% of the cases. New cases, cases of recurrence, and cases of retreatment accounted for 83.7%, 5.7%, 5.7%, respectively. The rates of cure and treatment noncompliance were 66.2% and 11.2%, respectively; multidrug-resistant tuberculosis was identified in 0.2% of the cases; and the mortality rate was 12.9%. The directly observed treatment, short-course (DOTS) strategy was applied in 21.8% of the cases. Sputum smear microscopy and culture were performed in only 73.9% and 12.9% of the cases, respectively. Chest X-rays were performed in 90.5% of the cases. Pulmonary tuberculosis was the predominant form (in 83.9%). Comorbidity with alcoholism, HIV infection, and diabetes mellitus were identified in 17.2%, 8.3%, and 3.8%, respectively. Conclusions: During the study period, the numbers of new cases, cases of treatment noncompliance, and deaths were high, comorbidities were common, and there was a failure to perform adequately basic tests for the diagnosis of tuberculosis. Multidisciplinary approaches, expanded use of the DOTS strategy, better knowledge of the distribution of tuberculosis, and improvements in the databases are needed in order to achieve better control of the disease in the state of Minas Gerais.


Keywords: Tuberculosis/epidemiology; Tuberculosis/mortality; Information systems.


Characteristics of patients with lung cancer in the city of Manaus, Brazil

Características de pacientes com câncer de pulmão na cidade de Manaus

Fernando Luiz Westphal, Luis Carlos de Lima, Edson Oliveira Andrade, José Corrêa Lima Netto, Andrei Salvioni da Silva, Bruna Cecília Neves de Carvalho

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(2):157-163

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Objective: To analyze the characteristics of patients with lung cancer. Methods: A retrospective descriptive study of patients receiving a histopathological diagnosis of lung cancer between 1995 and 2002 in the city of Manaus, Brazil. Data were collected from the medical archives of three hospitals. Statistical analyses were carried out, and survival curves were generated by means of an actuarial estimator. Results: Of the 352 patients selected, 262 (74.4%) were male and 90 (25.6%) were female. The mean age was 62 years. The following histological types were identified: squamous cell carcinoma, 62.8%; adenocarcinoma, 24.7%; small cell carcinoma, 9.1%; and large cell carcinoma, 3.4%. The most common stages were stages IIIB and IV, in 45% and 21.5%, respectively. Of the total sample, 73.4% were submitted to treatment. Of these, 51.4% underwent radiotherapy; 16.6%, surgery; 15.8%, chemotherapy; and 16.2%, radiotherapy in association with chemotherapy. Cumulative survival rates were low: three-year survival was 6.5%, and five-year survival was 3.5%. Conclusions: In this group of patients with lung cancer, survival rates were considerably lower than those reported in the literature. This might be attributable to the limited access to the specialized health care system and the advanced stage of the disease at diagnosis.


Keywords: Lung neoplasms; Neoplasm staging; Survival.


Sleep characteristics in an adult with sleep complaints in three cities at different altitudes

Características do sono em um adulto com queixas de sono em três cidades a diferentes altitudes

Julio Cesar Castellanos-Ramírez1,a, Alvaro J Ruíz2,3,b, Patricia Hidalgo-Martínez1,2,c, Liliana Otero-Mendoza4,d

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(1):65-68

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Sleep studies conducted at an altitude that is different from the home altitude can yield misleading results regarding the severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The objective of the present study was to determine the sleep characteristics of a patient undergoing polysomnography (PSG) in three Colombian cities at different altitudes (Bogotá, at 2,640 m above sea level [ASL]; Bucaramanga, at 959 m ASL; and Santa Marta, at 15 m ASL). The patient was an obese man with diabetes and suspected OSA. All PSG recordings were scored and interpreted in accordance with American Academy of Sleep Medicine criteria. In Bogotá, PSG revealed moderate OSA (an apnea-hypopnea index [AHI] of 21 events/h); in Bucaramanga, PSG revealed increased upper airway resistance (an AHI of 2 events/h); in Santa Marta, PSG revealed mild OSA (an AHI of 7 events/h). The reduction in the AHI was predominantly a reduction in hypopneas and obstructive apneas. The respiratory events were shorter in duration in the city at an intermediate altitude. Given that the AHI varied widely across cities, we can assume that the patient is normal or has moderate OSA depending on the city where he is. Central apneas were found to have no influence on the AHI.


Keywords: Sleep apnea, obstructive; Polysomnography; Altitude.


Epidemiological characteristics of sarcoidosis patients in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Características epidemiológicas de pacientes com sarcoidose na cidade do Rio de Janeiro

Vinicius Lemos-Silva, Paula Barroso Araújo, Christiane Lopes, Rogério Rufino, Cláudia Henrique da Costa

J Bras Pneumol.2011;37(4):438-445

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Objective: To analyze the epidemiological characteristics of sarcoidosis patients in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Methods: A descriptive, case-control study involving 100 sarcoidosis patients under outpatient treatment between 2008 and 2010 at the Pedro Ernesto University Hospital, located in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The diagnosis of sarcoidosis was based on clinical, radiological, biochemical, and histopathological criteria. Results: There was a predominance of females in the 35-40 year age bracket (range, 7-69 years), who accounted for 65% of the sample, although there was a second peak at approximately 55 years of age. The most common symptom was dyspnea (in 47%), and the most common radiological findings were pulmonary and lymph node involvement (stage II; in 43%), followed by stage III (in 20%), stage I (in 19%), stage 0 (in 15%), and stage IV (in 3%). No pleural effusion or digital clubbing was observed at diagnosis. The tuberculin skin test was negative in 94 patients. Spirometric findings at diagnosis were normal in 61 patients; indicative of obstructive lung disease in 21; and indicative of restrictive lung disease in 18. The most common biopsy sites were the lungs (principally by bronchoscopy) and the skin, the diagnosis being confirmed by biopsy in 56% and 29% of the cases, respectively. Treatment with prednisone was initiated in 75% of the patients and maintained for more than 2 years in 19.7%. Conclusions: This study corroborates the findings of previous studies regarding the epidemiological characteristics of sarcoidosis patients.


Keywords: Sarcoidosis/epidemiology; Sarcoidosis/diagnosis; Sarcoidosis/therapy.


Genetic and phenotypic traits of children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis in Southern Brazil

Características genéticas e fenotípicas de crianças e adolescentes com fibrose cística no Sul do Brasil

Katiana Murieli da Rosa1,a, Eliandra da Silveira de Lima2,b, Camila Correia Machado3,c, Thaiane Rispoli4,d, Victória d'Azevedo Silveira3,e, Renata Ongaratto2,f, Talitha Comaru2,g, Leonardo Araújo Pinto5,h

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(6):498-504

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Objectives: To characterize the main identified mutations on cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) in a group of children and adolescents at a cystic fibrosis center and its association with the clinical and laboratorial characteristics. Method: Descriptive cross-sectional study including patients with cystic fibrosis who had two alleles identified with CFTR mutation. Clinical, anthropometrical, laboratorial and pulmonary function (spirometry) data were collected from patients' records in charts and described with the results of the sample genotyping. Results: 42 patients with cystic fibrosis were included in the study. The most frequent mutation was F508del, covering 60 alleles (71.4%). The second most common mutation was G542X (six alleles, 7.1%), followed by N1303K and R1162X mutations (both with four alleles each). Three patients (7.14%) presented type III and IV mutations, and 22 patients (52.38%) presented homozygous mutation for F508del. Thirty three patients (78.6%) suffered of pancreatic insufficiency, 26.2% presented meconium ileus, and 16.7%, nutritional deficit. Of the patients in the study, 59.52% would be potential candidates for the use of CFTR-modulating drugs. Conclusions: The mutations of CFTR identified more frequently were F508del and G542X. These are type II and I mutations, respectively. Along with type III, they present a more severe cystic fibrosis phenotype. More than half of the sample (52.38%) presented homozygous mutation for F508del, that is, patients who could be treated with Lumacaftor/Ivacaftor. Approximately 7% of the patients (7.14%) presented type III and IV mutations, therefore becoming candidates for the treatment with Ivacaftor.


Keywords: Cystic fibrosis; Mutations; Genetics; Phenotype; Child


Phenotypic characterization of lymphocyte subsets in bronchoalveolar lavage of patients with silicosis

Caracterização imunofenotípica das subpopulações de linfócitos do lavado broncoalveolar de pacientes com silicose

Ângela Ferreira, Jose da Silva Moreira, Regina Caetano, José Manoel Gabetto, Thereza Quirico-Santos

J Bras Pneumol.2000;26(3):107-112

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Bronchoalveolar lavage is a safe and simple technique to evaluate lung disease related to exposure to mineral dusts. The aim of this study was to characterize the lymphocyte subsets in bronchoalveolar lavage of patients with silicosis. Bronchoalveolar lavage was carried out in 26 workers with different forms of silicosis: simple form (n = 12), complicated (n = 13) and 1 patient with acute form of the disease. As a control group, 7 healthy individuals were included. Compared to the control group, silicotic patients showed intense pleocytosis constituted mainly by alveolar macrophages with slight lymphocytosis. Lymphocyte subsets present in the bronchoalveolar fluid (BAL) of normal individuals were mature lymphocytes with phenotype CD2+TCRab (87.3%) and only 2.9% were CD2+TCRgd. CD4/CD8 ratio was 1.8 with few (16%) immature double negative T cells subsets (CD4-CD8-). In contrast, silicotic patients showed reduction of the more mature lymphocyte subset CD2+CD4+, CD2+CD8+ and a great increase (47%) of immature (CD4-CD8-) T cell subsets. No increase in the NK (CD56+) cell population was observed. Biochemical analysis of protein contents and determination of the Ig/albumin ratio characterized local immunoglobulin production within the pulmonary microenvironment. Furthermore, lack of increase of plasma cells, as well as the maintenance of the percentage of B lymphocyte population (CD19+) in the BAL of silicotic patients, favors the hypothesis that the cells responsible for Ig production are possibly located in the interstitial space. Altogether the results suggest development of lymphopoiesis and tertiary lymphoid tissue within the pulmonary microenvironment during the clinical course of silicosis.


Keywords: bronchoalveolar lavage, lymphocyte subsets, silicosis, immunophenotyping


Small cell carcinoma in Pancoast syndrome

Carcinoma de pequenas células na síndrome de Pancoast

Jefferson Fontinele e Silva, Melânio de Paula Barbosa, Cláudio Luiz Viegas

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(2):190-193

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Pancoast syndrome consists of signs and symptoms resulting from a tumor affecting the pulmonary apex and adjacent structures. The process is typically caused by a neoplasm. The majority of cases of Pancoast syndrome are caused by bronchogenic carcinoma. The most commonly found histologic subtypes are adenocarcinoma and epidermoid carcinoma. There have been very few reports of small cell lung carcinoma in the genesis of Pancoast syndrome. We describe the case of a patient with Pancoast syndrome caused by small cell lung carcinoma and discuss the aspects related to the diagnosis and treatment.


Keywords: Pancoast syndrome; Small cell lung carcinoma; Lung neoplasms.


Mucoepidermoid carcinoma

Carcinoma mucoepidermóide

Cristiano Feijó Andrade, Spencer Marcantônio Camargo, Paulo Francisco Guerreiro Cardoso, José Carlos Felicetti

J Bras Pneumol.2002;28(6):342-344

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Mucoepidermoid carcinoma is an uncommon neoplasm of the tracheobronchial tree, of unknown etiology. Its preferred endobronchial location often results in respiratory symptoms such as obstruction of the airways and lung diseases of slow recovery. They usually are slow growing tumors although they may present an aggressive behavior with local invasion and lymph node metastases depending on their histopathologic characteristics. The mainstay therapy is complete surgical resection either by means of lobectomy or by lung sparing procedures such as bronchotomy and bronchoplasty. Prognosis depends upon the degree of cellular differentiation of the tumors. The authors report a case of this rare neoplasia and describe the clinical and radiographic characteristics, and the surgical treatment.


Pulmonary large-cell neuroendocrine carcinoma presenting as multiple cutaneous metastases

Carcinoma neuroendócrino de grandes células do pulmão diagnosticado a partir de múltiplas metástases cutâneas

Tiago Mestre1, Ana Maria Rodrigues2, Jorge Cardoso3

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(3):289-291

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Sarcomatoid carcinoma of the lung with brain metastases

Carcinoma sarcomatoide de pulmão com metástases cerebrais

Matheus Fernandes de Oliveira, Sílvia Conde Watanabe, Mara Patrícia Guilhermina de Andrade, José Marcus Rotta, Fernando Campos Gomes Pinto

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(6):753-756

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Stress cardiomyopathy following acute ischemic stroke during flexible bronchoscopy: a rare sequence of complications

Cardiomiopatia induzida por stress após acidente vascular cerebral isquêmico agudo durante broncoscopia flexível: uma rara sequência de complicações

Sonja Badovinac, Marta Korsic, Branka Cucevic, Valentina Slivnjak, Andrea Vukic Dugac, Marko Jakopovic

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(4):-

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A rare case of co-infection with pulmonary tuberculosis and oronasal actinomycosis

Caso raro de coinfecção tuberculose pulmonar e actinomicose oronasal

Vitor Alexandre Oliveira Fonseca, Gustavo Reis, Carlos Alves, Maria José Simões, Elvira Camacho, António Pinto Saraiva

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(11):1152-1155

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Oronasal actinomycosis is an infection seldom described in the literature, especially in the form of a co-infection with pulmonary tuberculosis. We report the case of a 48-year-old male admitted to the isolation ward due to active pulmonary tuberculosis, with a history of diabetes and alcohol abuse. While hospitalized, the patient complained of dysphagia and nasal regurgitation of food. The examination of the oral cavity revealed an oronasal fistula. The infecting agent was identified, and the treatment was successful. We also present a brief review of the literature, as well as a full description and discussion of the process of investigating this rare clinical case.


Keywords: Actinomycosis, cervicofacial; Tuberculosis, pulmonary; Oral fistula.


A rare case of pneumothorax: metastatic adamantinoma

Caso raro de pneumotórax: adamantinoma metastático

Roberto Gonçalves, Roberto Saad Júnior, Vicente Dorgan Neto, Marcio Botter

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(6):425-429

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Here, we describe two cases of lung metastasis of adamantinoma of long bones, a low-grade bone neoplasm that rarely metastasizes. In both cases, the clinical presentation of the metastases was characterized by spontaneous pneumothorax secondary to tumor cavitation, a phenomenon described in only three of the studies reviewed in the literature. Clinical, radiological, and anatomopathological findings, as well as the procedures adopted in the two cases, are described.


Keywords: Adamantinoma; Pneumothorax; Neoplasm metastasis; Medical records.


Lung volume reduction surgery in an experimental rat model of emphysema

Cirurgia de redução do volume pulmonar em modelo experimental de enfisema em ratos

Laerte Brasiliense Fusco, Marcelo Heleno Fonseca, Paulo Manuel Pêgo-Fernandes, Rogério Pazetti, Vera Capelozzi, Fabio Biscegli Jatene, Sergio Almeida Oliveira

J Bras Pneumol.2005;31(1):-

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Background: Lung volume reduction surgery may be a viable treatment alternative for emphysema patients suffering from severe respiratory insufficiency. Objectives: To evaluate functional and morphological aspects of emphysematous rat lungs, prior to and following lung volume reduction surgery. Method: Wistar rats were divided into two experimental groups (papain without surgery and papain with surgery) and three control groups (saline without surgery, saline with surgery and papain without mechanical ventilation). After approximately 40 days of endotracheal instillation of papain or saline solution, animals in the papain with surgery and saline with surgery groups were submitted to bilobectomy of the middle lobes by right thoracotomy along the posterior border of the superior vena cava. After 1 week, the same animals were submitted to a mechanical ventilation study, which involved measurement of lung elasticity and airway resistance. For all of the animals studied, lung tissue was analyzed in order to determine alveolar diameter and the elastic fiber quantity. Results: Morphometric analysis revealed higher mean alveolar diameter in the lungs of all animals exposed to papain as compared to those exposed to saline. Elastic fiber counts in the alveolar septa of animals treated with papain were lower than those of animals receiving saline. In the animals submitted to bilobectomy and papain, lung elasticity was greater than in those receiving papain without surgery and was statistically equal to that seen in animals receiving saline (with or without surgery). Conclusion: In the respiratory systems of animals with pulmonary emphysema submitted to lung volume reduction by bilobectomy, the capacity for elastic recoil returned to values equivalent to those of the control group animals.


Keywords: Key words: Pulmonary emphysema. Papain/drugs efects. Case-control studies. Disease models, animal. Respiratory mechanics/drugs efects. Lung/sugery. Lung/anatomy & histology.


Robotic thoracic surgery for non-small cell lung cancer: initial experience in Brazil

Cirurgia torácica robótica no tratamento do câncer de pulmão de células não pequenas: experiência inicial no Brasil

Ricardo Mingarini Terra1,2,3,4,a, Benoit Jacques Bibas1,3,4,b, Rui Haddad5,6,c, José Ribas Milanez-de-Campos1,3,d, Pedro Henrique Xavier Nabuco-de-Araujo1,2,4,e, Carlos Eduardo Teixeira-Lima5,6,f, Felipe Braga dos Santos5,6,g, Leticia Leone Lauricella1,2,4,h, Paulo Manuel Pêgo-Fernandes1,2,3,i

J Bras Pneumol.2020;46(1):e20190003-e20190003

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Objective: To describe the morbidity, mortality, and rate of complete resection associated with robotic surgery for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer in Brazil, as well as to report the rates of overall survival and disease-free survival in patients so treated. Methods: This was a retrospective study of patients diagnosed with non-small cell lung carcinoma and undergoing resection by robotic surgery at one of six hospitals in Brazil between February of 2015 and July of 2018. Data were collected retrospectively from the electronic medical records. Results: A total of 154 patients were included. The mean age was 65 ± 9.5 years (range, 30-85 years). The main histological diagnosis was adenocarcinoma, which was identified in 128 patients (81.5%), followed by epidermoid carcinoma, identified in 14 (9.0%). Lobectomy was performed in 133 patients (86.3%), and segmentectomy was performed in 21 (13.7%). The mean operative time was 209 ± 80 min. Postoperative complications occurred in 32 patients (20.4%). The main complication was air leak, which occurred in 15 patients (9.5%). The median (interquartile range) values for hospital stay and drainage time were 4 days (3-6 days) and 2 days (2-4 days), respectively. There was one death in the immediate postoperative period (30-day mortality rate, 0.5%). The mean follow-up period was 326 ± 274 days (range, 3-1,110 days). Complete resection was achieved in 97.4% of the cases. Overall mortality was 1.5% (3 deaths), and overall survival was 97.5%. Conclusions: Robotic pulmonary resection proved to be a safe treatment for lung cancer. Longer follow-up periods are required in order to assess long-term survival.


Keywords: Lung neoplasms/surgery; Lung neoplasms/mortality; Robotic surgical procedures.


Robotic thoracic surgery for resection of thymoma and tumors of the thymus: technical development and initial experience

Cirurgia torácica robótica para ressecção de timoma e tumores tímicos: desenvolvimento técnico e experiência inicial

Ricardo Mingarini Terra1,a, José Ribas Milanez-de-Campos1,b, Rui Haddad2,c, Juliana Rocha Mol Trindade3,d, Leticia Leone Lauricella3,e, Benoit Jacques Bibas3,f, Paulo Manuel Pêgo-Fernandes1,g

J Bras Pneumol.2020;46(1):e20180315-e20180315

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Objective: To evaluate the results of resection of tumors of the thymus by robotic thoracic surgery, analyzing the extent of resection, postoperative complications, time of surgery, and length of stay. Methods: Retrospective study from a database involving patients diagnosed with a tumor of the thymus and undergoing robotic thoracic surgery at one of seven hospitals in Brazil between October of 2015 and June of 2018. Results: During the study period, there were 18 cases of resection of tumors of the thymus: thymoma, in 12; carcinoma, in 2; and carcinoid tumor, in 1; high-grade sarcoma, in 1; teratoma, in 1; and thymolipoma, in 1. The mean lesion size was 60.1 ± 32.0 mm. Tumors of the thymus were resected with tumor-free margins in 17 cases. The median (interquartile range) for pleural drain time and hospital stay, in days, was 1 (1-3) and 2 (2-4), respectively. There was no need for surgical conversion, and there were no major complications. Conclusions: Robotic thoracic surgery for resection of tumors of the thymus has been shown to be feasible and safe, with a low risk of complications and with postoperativeymoma; Thymus neoplasms; Thymectomy; Thoracic surgery; R outcomes comparable to those of other techniques.


Keywords: Thymoma; Thymus neoplasms; Thymectomy; Thoracic surgery; Robotic surgical procedures.


Bronchogenic cyst with videothoracoscopic approach

Cisto broncogênico com abordagem videotoracoscópica

Nelson Perelman Rosenberg, Celso Schuler, Fernando Delgiovo, José Augusto Ferreira Bittencourt

J Bras Pneumol.2002;28(6):339-341

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Bronchogenic cysts are the most common cause of mediastinal cystic mass and surgical resection is the treatment of choice. The authors report a case of bronchogenic cyst with successful treatment by video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). They emphasize the benefits of VATS in the management of this pathology and compare this technique to conventional thoracotomy.


Mediastinal cyst as a cause of severe airway compression and dysphonia

Cisto mediastinal como causa de grave compressão da via aérea central e disfonia

Vanessa Costa Menezes, Paulo Francisco Guerreiro Cardoso, Hélio Minamoto, Márcia Jacomelli, Paulo Sampaio Gutierrez, Fabio Biscegli Jatene

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(5):636-640

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Subglottic cyst: a rare cause of laryngeal stridor

Cisto subglótico: uma causa rara de estridor laríngeo

Ascedio José Rodrigues, Silvia Regina Cardoso, Diamari Caramelo Ricci Cereda, Manoel Ernesto Peçanha Gonçalves

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(1):138-139

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Lung cysts in chronic paracoccidioidomycosis

Cistos pulmonares na paracoccidioidomicose crônica

André Nathan Costa, Edson Marchiori, Gil Benard, Mariana Sponholz Araújo, Bruno Guedes Baldi, Ronaldo Adib Kairalla, Carlos Roberto Ribeiro Carvalho

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(3):368-372

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On HRCT scans, lung cysts are characterized by rounded areas of low attenuation in the lung parenchyma and a well-defined interface with the normal adjacent lung. The most common cystic lung diseases are lymphangioleiomyomatosis, Langerhans cell histiocytosis, and lymphocytic interstitial pneumonia. In a retrospective analysis of the HRCT findings in 50 patients diagnosed with chronic paracoccidioidomycosis, we found lung cysts in 5 cases (10%), indicating that patients with paracoccidioidomycosis can present with lung cysts on HRCT scans. Therefore, paracoccidioidomycosis should be included in the differential diagnosis of cystic lung diseases.


Keywords: Paracoccidioidomycosis; Cysts; Multidetector computed tomography.


Cytokines and acute phase serum proteins as markers of inflammatory regression during the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis

Citocinas e proteínas de fase aguda do soro como marcadores de regressão da resposta inflamatória ao tratamento da tuberculose pulmonar

Eliana Peresi, Sônia Maria Usó Ruiz Silva, Sueli Aparecida Calvi, Jussara Marcondes-Machado

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(11):942-949

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Objective: To evaluate the pattern of pro-inflammatory cytokines, anti-inflammatory cytokines and the acute phase response (APR) as markers of the response to treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. Methods: Twenty-eight patients with pulmonary tuberculosis were evaluated at three time points: pretreatment (T0), treatment month 3 (T3) and treatment month 6 (T6). Levels of interferon-gamma (IFN-γ), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), interleukine-10 (IL-10) and transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) were determined using ELISA in the supernatant of peripheral blood mononuclear cell and monocyte culture. Levels of total protein, albumin, globulins, C-reactive protein (CRP), alpha-1-acid glycoprotein (AAG) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) were also determined. All of these parameters were also evaluated, only once, in a group of healthy controls. Results: In relation to controls, patients presented cytokine levels and APR that were higher at T0, lower at T3 and either lower (TNF-α, IL-10, TGF-β, AAG and ESR) or normal (IFN-γ and CRP) at T6. Conclusions: For individuals with negative smear sputum microscopy, CRP, AAG and ESR are potential markers of pulmonary tuberculosis and of the need for treatment; CRP (T0 > T3 > T6 = reference) can also be a marker of treatment response. In the patients, the Th0 profile (IFN-γ, IL-10, TNF-α and TGF-β), inducer of and protector against inflammation, predominated at T0, whereas the Th2 profile (IL-10, TNF-α and TGF-β), protecting against the harmful pro-inflammatory effect of the remaining TNF-α, predominated at T6. The behavior of IFN-γ (T0 > T3 > T6 = controls) suggests its use as a marker of treatment response.


Keywords: Acute-phase proteins; Cytokines; Mycobacterium tuberculosis; Tuberculosis/therapy.


Cytokine levels in pleural fluid as markers of acute rejection after lung transplantation

Citocinas no líquido pleural após transplante pulmonar como marcadores de rejeição aguda

Priscila Cilene León Bueno de Camargo, José Eduardo Afonso Jr, Marcos Naoyuki Samano, Milena Marques Pagliarelli Acencio, Leila Antonangelo, Ricardo Henrique de Oliveira Braga Teixeira

J Bras Pneumol.2014;40(4):425-428

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Our objective was to determine the levels of lactate dehydrogenase, IL-6, IL-8, and VEGF, as well as the total and differential cell counts, in the pleural fluid of lung transplant recipients, correlating those levels with the occurrence and severity of rejection. We analyzed pleural fluid samples collected from 18 patients at various time points (up to postoperative day 4). The levels of IL-6, IL-8, and VEGF tended to elevate in parallel with increases in the severity of rejection. Our results suggest that these levels are markers of acute graft rejection in lung transplant recipients.


Keywords: Lung transplantation; Pleural effusion; Cytokines; Graft rejection.


Theoretical pneumococcal vaccine coverage: analysis of serotypes isolated from inpatients at a tertiary care hospital

Cobertura vacinal pneumocócica teórica: análise de sorotipos isolados de pacientes internados em hospital terciário

Cynthia Rocha Dullius1,a, Luciana Zani2,b, José Miguel Chatkin2,c

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(5):361-366

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Objective: To evaluate Streptococcus pneumoniae serotypes isolated from an inpatient population at a tertiary care hospital, in order to determine the theoretical coverage of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) and the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV23). Methods: This was a cross-sectional study involving 118 inpatients at the Hospital São Lucas, in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil, whose cultures of blood, cerebrospinal fluid, or other sterile body fluid specimens, collected between January 2005 and December 2016, yielded pneumococcal isolates. The theoretical vaccine coverage was studied in relation to the serotypes identified in the sample and their relationship with those contained in the pneumococcal vaccines available in Brazil. Results: The majority of the population was male (n = 66; 55.9%), with a median age of 57 years (interquartile range: 33-72 years). The most common manifestation was pneumonia, and the pneumococcus was most commonly isolated from blood cultures. More than one fourth of the study population had some degree of immunosuppression (n = 34; 28.8%). Of the total sample, 39 patients (33.1%) died. There were no significant associations between mortality and comorbidity type, ICU admission, or need for mechanical ventilation. The theoretical vaccine coverage of PPV23 alone and PCV13 plus PPV23 was 31.4% and 50.8%, respectively. Conclusions: If the patients in this sample had been previously vaccinated with PCV13 plus PPV23, theoretically, 50.8% of the cases of invasive pneumococcal disease that required hospital admission could potentially have been prevented. Invasive pneumococcal disease should be prevented by vaccination not only of children and the elderly but also of adults in their economically productive years, so as to reduce the socioeconomic costs, morbidity, and mortality still associated with the disease, especially in underdeveloped countries.


Keywords: Keywords: Pneumococcal infections; Serotyping; Tertiary care centers.


Coccidioidomycosis: an unusual cause of acute respiratory distress syndrome

Coccidioidomicose: causa rara de síndrome do desconforto respiratório agudo

Kelson Nobre Veras, Bruno C. de Souza Figueirêdo, Liline Maria Soares Martins, Jayro T. Paiva Vasconcelos, Bodo Wanke

J Bras Pneumol.2003;29(1):45-48

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A male farmer, 20 years old, from the countryside of the State of Piauí, developed acute respiratory infection. Despite adequate antimicrobial therapy, there was worsening respiratory manifestations demanding mechanical ventilation. Radiographs showed diffuse pulmonary infiltrates. PaO2/FiO2 was 58. Direct microscopy and culture from tracheal aspirates disclosed Coccidioides immitis. Autochthonous cases of coccidioidomycosis have only recently been described in Brazil, most of them from the State of Piauí. C. immitis has been isolated from humans, dogs and armadillos (Dasypus novemcinctus), and also from soil samples of armadillo's burrows. Therapeutic failure to antimicrobials and patient's origin from recognized endemic areas should alert for the possibility of acute pulmonary coccidioidomycosis.


Lung-dominant connective tissue disease among patients with inter-stitial lung disease: prevalence, functional stability, and common extrathoracic features

Colagenose pulmão dominante em pacientes com doença pulmonar intersticial: prevalência, estabilidade funcional e manifestações extratorácicas comuns

Daniel Antunes Silva Pereira, Olívia Meira Dias, Guilherme Eler de Almeida, Mariana Sponholz Araujo, Letícia Barbosa Kawano-Dourado, Bruno Guedes Baldi, Ronaldo Adib Kairalla, Carlos Roberto Ribeiro Carvalho

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(2):151-160

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Objective: To describe the characteristics of a cohort of patients with lung-dominant connective tissue disease (LD-CTD). Methods: This was a retrospective study of patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD), positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) results (≥ 1/320), with or without specific autoantibodies, and at least one clinical feature suggestive of connective tissue disease (CTD). Results: Of the 1,998 patients screened, 52 initially met the criteria for a diagnosis of LD-CTD: 37% were male; the mean age at diagnosis was 56 years; and the median follow-up period was 48 months. During follow-up, 8 patients met the criteria for a definitive diagnosis of a CTD. The remaining 44 patients comprised the LD-CTD group, in which the most prevalent extrathoracic features were arthralgia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and Raynaud's phenomenon. The most prevalent autoantibodies in this group were ANA (89%) and anti-SSA (anti-Ro, 27%). The mean baseline and final FVC was 69.5% and 74.0% of the predicted values, respectively (p > 0.05). Nonspecific interstitial pneumonia and usual interstitial pneumonia patterns were found in 45% and 9% of HRCT scans, respectively; 36% of the scans were unclassifiable. A similar prevalence was noted in histological samples. Diffuse esophageal dilatation was identified in 52% of HRCT scans. Nailfold capillaroscopy was performed in 22 patients; 17 showed a scleroderma pattern. Conclusions: In our LD-CTD group, there was predominance of females and the patients showed mild spirometric abnormalities at diagnosis, with differing underlying ILD patterns that were mostly unclassifiable on HRCT and by histology. We found functional stability on follow-up. Esophageal dilatation on HRCT and scleroderma pattern on nailfold capillaroscopy were frequent findings and might come to serve as diagnostic criteria.


Keywords: Idiopathic interstitial pneumonias; Autoantibodies; Connective tissue diseases; Autoimmunity.


Pseudomonas aeruginosa colonization in the upper and lower airways of a child with cystic fibrosis: a father's meticulous approach to successful eradication

Colonização por Pseudomonas aeruginosa nas vias aéreas superiores e inferiores de uma criança com fibrose cística: abordagem meticulosa do pai para a erradicação bem-sucedida

Jochen Georg Mainz1,2,a, Michael Baier3,b, Anke Jaudszus1,2,c, Harold Tabori2,d, José Dirceu Ribeiro4,e, Michael Lorenz1,f

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(6):e20190191-e20190191

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How to Access the Biomedical Literature and Bridge the "Digital Divide" in Pulmonology

Como acessar a literatura biomédica e cruzar o "divisor de águas digital" em Pneumologia

João Carlos Prolla

J Bras Pneumol.2004;30(5):467-473

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In poor and underdeveloped countries, including Brazil, pulmonologists have great difficulty in maintaining a level of service that keeps pace with advances in current knowledge, in keeping up to date with newly developed techniques, and in pursuing research. Due to the rising costs of scientific journal subscriptions, one of the main problems is lack of access to the scientific literature. The term "digital divide" refers to the gap between those who can and those who cannot effectively use new information technology and tools such as the Internet to communicate within and between countries. In this report, we call attention to some solutions to this situation. In particular, the SciELO Project, the CAPES Periodicals portal and the HINARI project, as well as several others, provide access at little or no cost. These options are explained in detail herein.


Keywords: Pulmonary Disease (Specialty), Internet. Bibliography. Resource Guides.


Writing an effective response to reviewers: the goal is to improve the study and get it published!

Como escrever uma resposta eficaz aos revisores: o objetivo é melhorar o estudo e publicá-lo!

Cecilia Maria Patino1,2,a, Juliana Carvalho Ferreira1,3,b

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(1):e20190020-e20190020

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How to prepare and present a poster at a conference and communicate your research findings effectively

Como preparar e apresentar um pôster em uma conferência e comunicar resultados de pesquisa de forma eficaz

Juliana Carvalho Ferreira1,2,a, Cecilia Maria Patino1,3,b

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(3):e20190167-e20190167

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Comparing the accuracy of predictors of mortality in ventilator-associated pneumonia

Comparação da acurácia de preditores de mortalidade na pneumonia associada à ventilação mecânica

Renato Seligman, Beatriz Graeff Santos Seligman, Paulo José Zimermann Teixeira

J Bras Pneumol.2011;37(4):495-503

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Objective: Levels of procalcitonin, midregional pro-atrial natriuretic peptide (MR-proANP), C-terminal provasopressin (copeptin), and C-reactive protein (CRP), as well as Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) scores, are associated with severity and described as predictors of outcome in ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). This study sought to compare the predictive value of these biomarkers for mortality in VAP. Methods: An observational study of 71 patients with VAP. Levels of procalcitonin, MR-proANP, copeptin, and CRP, together with SOFA scores, were determined at VAP onset, designated day 0 (D0), and on day 4 of treatment (D4). Patients received empirical antimicrobial therapy, with modifications based on culture results. Patients who died before D28 were classified as nonsurvivors. Results: Of the 71 patients evaluated, 45 were classified as survivors. Of the 45 survivors, 35 (77.8%) received appropriate antimicrobial therapy, compared with 18 (69.2%) of the 26 nonsurvivors (p = 0.57). On D0 and D4, the levels of all biomarkers (except CRP), as well as SOFA scores, were lower in eventual survivors than in eventual nonsurvivors. For D0 and D4, the area under the ROC curve was largest for procalcitonin. On D0, MR-proANP had the highest positive likelihood ratio (2.71) and positive predictive value (0.60), but procalcitonin had the highest negative predictive value (0.87). On D4, procalcitonin had the highest positive likelihood ratio (3.46), the highest positive predictive value (0.66), and the highest negative predictive value (0.93). Conclusions: The biomarkers procalcitonin, MR-proANP, and copeptin can predict mortality in VAP, as can the SOFA score. Procalcitonin alone has the greatest predictive power for such mortality.


Keywords: Pneumonia, ventilator-associated/mortality; Biological markers/analysis; Health Status Indicators.


Comparison between PEF values obtained from a population sample in the city of São Carlos, Brazil, and reference values

Comparação de valores de PFE em uma amostra da população da cidade de São Carlos, São Paulo, com valores de referência

Cilso Dias Paes, Bruna Varanda Pessoa, Maurício Jamami, Valéria Amorim Pires Di Lorenzo, Kamilla Tays Marrara

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(2):151-156

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Objective: To compare the reference values for PEF suggested by other authors in 1963, 1989 and 2001 (for populations in the USA, England and Cuba, respectively) with those obtained from a population sample in the city of São Carlos, Brazil, and to determine whether there is concordance among them. Methods: A total of 243 volunteers (123 females and 120 males; 20-70 years of age) participated in the study. The PEF measurements were performed with the volunteer standing, using a nose clip, by means of a portable peak flow meter. These measurements were compared with the reference values using the Friedman test and Dunn's post-hoc test (p < 0.05). Results: Significant differences were found in all age groups from both genders regarding the values predicted in 1989; the same occurred in the 20-30 and 31-40 age groups (both genders), as well as in the 61-70 age group (females only), regarding those predicted in 2001, as well as in the 20-30 age group (males only) regarding those predicted in 1963. Conclusions: The values predicted in 1963 are appropriate for a population of individuals with the same characteristics as the study sample, except for males in the 20-30 age group. Our study is relevant due to the fact that our sample was larger than that evaluated in the 1963 study. The majority of the values predicted in 1989 and 2001 overestimated the PEF values obtained in our study, proving to be inappropriate for the population studied.


Keywords: Reference values; Respiratory function tests; Airway obstruction; Peak expiratory flow rate.


Comparison of the effects that two different respiratory physical therapy techniques have on cardiorespiratory parameters in infants with acute viral bronchiolitis

Comparação dos efeitos de duas técnicas fisioterapêuticas respiratórias em parâmetros cardiorrespiratórios de lactentes com bronquiolite viral aguda

Melissa Karina Pupin, Adriana Gut Lopes Riccetto, José Dirceu Ribeiro, Emílio Carlos Elias Baracat

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(9):860-867

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Objective: To compare the expiratory flow increase technique (EFIT) and vibration accompanied by postural drainage (PD) in terms of their effects on the heart rate (HR), respiratory rate (RR) and SpO2 of infants with acute viral bronchiolitis (AVB). Methods: Infants with clinical and radiological diagnosis of AVB were analyzed. The HR, RR and SpO2 were registered at four time points: prior to the procedure; and at 10, 30 and 60 min after the procedure. The patients were divided into three groups: submitted to the EFIT; submitted to vibration/PD; and control. Results: We included 81 infants, 27 per group, with a mean age of 4.52 years and a mean weight of 6.56 kg. Using ANOVA, we found that the EFIT and vibration/PD groups presented no significant differences in relation to the control group in terms of the mean values for HR, RR or SpO2 (p > 0.05). Considering only the four time points evaluated, the mean RR was significantly lower in the EFIT and vibration/PD groups than in the control group (p < 0.05). Conclusions: In terms of overall improvement of cardiorespiratory parameters, neither the EFIT nor vibration/PD provided any benefit to infants with BVA. However, over time, respiratory physical therapy seems to contribute to decreasing the RR in these patients.


Keywords: Bronchiolitis, viral; Physical therapy modalities; Infant.


Comparison between azithromycin and amoxicillin in the treatment of infectious exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Comparação entre a azitromicina e a amoxicilina no tratamento da exacerbação infecciosa da doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica

Mara Rúbia Andre-Alves, José Roberto Jardim, Rodney Frare e Silva, Elie Fiss, Denison Noronha Freire, Paulo José Zimermann Teixeira

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(1):43-50

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Objective: To compare the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of azithromycin and amoxicillin in the treatment of patients with infectious exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Methods: This study was conducted at six medical centers across Brazil and included 109 patients from 33 to 82 years of age. Of those, 102 were randomized to receive either azithromycin (500 mg/day for three days, n = 49) or amoxicillin (500 mg every eight hours for ten days, n = 53). The patients were evaluated at the study outset, on day ten, and at one month. Based on the clinical evaluation of the signs and symptoms present on day ten and at one month, the outcomes were classified as cure, improvement, or treatment failure. The microbiological evaluation was made through the culture of sputum samples that were considered appropriate samples only after leukocyte counts and Gram staining. Secondary efficacy evaluations were made in order to analyze symptoms (cough, dyspnea, and expectoration) and pulmonary function. Results: There were no differences between the groups treated with azithromycin or amoxicillin in terms of the percentages of cases in which the outcomes were classified as cure or improvement: 85% vs. 78% (p = 0.368) on day ten; and 83% vs. 78% (p = 0.571) at one month. Similarly, there were no significant differences between the two groups in the secondary efficacy variables or the incidence of adverse effects. Conclusion: Azithromycin and amoxicillin present similar efficacy and tolerability in the treatment of acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.


Keywords: Amoxicillin/therapeutic use; Azithromycin/therapeutic use; Bronchitis, chronic/drug therapy;


Comparison between two thoracotomy closure techniques: postoperative pain and pulmonary function

Comparação entre duas técnicas de fechamento de toracotomia: dor pós-operatória e função pulmonar

Juliana Duarte Leandro, Olavo Ribeiro Rodrigues, Annie France Frere Slaets, Aurelino F. Schmidt Jr, Milton L. Yaekashi

J Bras Pneumol.2014;40(4):389-396

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Objective: To compare two thoracotomy closure techniques (pericostal and transcostal suture) in terms of postoperative pain and pulmonary function. Methods: This was a prospective, randomized, double-blind study carried out in the Department of Thoracic Surgery of the Luzia de Pinho Melo Hospital das Clínicas and at the University of Mogi das Cruzes, both located in the city of Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil. We included 30 patients (18-75 years of age) undergoing posterolateral or anterolateral thoracotomy. The patients were randomized into two groups by the type of thoracotomy closure: pericostal suture (PS; n = 16) and transcostal suture (TS; n = 14). Pain intensity during the immediate and late postoperative periods was assessed by a visual analogic scale and the McGill Pain Questionnaire. Spirometry variables (FEV1, FVC, FEV1/FVC ratio, and PEF) were determined in the preoperative period and on postoperative days 21 and 60. Results: Pain intensity was significantly greater in the PS group than in the TS group. Between the preoperative and postoperative periods, there were decreases in the spirometry variables studied. Those decreases were significant in the PS group but not in the TS group. Conclusions: The patients in the TS group experienced less immediate and late post-thoracotomy pain than did those in the PS group, as well as showing smaller reductions in the spirometry parameters. Therefore, transcostal suture is recommended over pericostal suture as the thoracotomy closure technique of choice.


Keywords: Thoracic surgery; Suture techniques; Acute pain.


Spirometry results after treatment for pulmonary tuberculosis: comparison between patients with and without previous lung disease: a multicenter study

Comparação entre os resultados de espirometria após tratamento para tuberculose pulmonar em pacientes com e sem doença pulmonar prévia: um estudo multicêntrico

Eliane Viana Mancuzo1,2, Eduardo Martins Netto3,4, Nara Sulmonett2, Vanessa de Souza Viana5, Júlio Croda6, Afranio Lineu Kritski7,8, Fernanda Carvalho de Queiroz Mello7,9, Simone de Souza Elias Nihues10, Karen Rosas Sodre Azevedo11, Silvana Spíndola de Miranda1,8,12

J Bras Pneumol.2020;46(2):e20180198-e20180198

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Objective: To compare patients with and without previous lung disease, in terms of the spirometry results after they had been treated for pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) and cured, as well as to analyze risk factors related to functional severity. Methods: This was a cross-sectional, multicenter study conducted at four referral centers in Brazil. Patients were divided into two groups: those with a history of lung disease or smoking (LDS+ group); and those with no such history (LDS− group). Patients underwent spirometry (at least six months after being cured). Sociodemographic and clinical data were collected. Results: A total of 378 patients were included: 174 (46.1%) in the LDS+ group and 204 (53.9%) in the LDS− group. In the sample as a whole, 238 patients (62.7%) had spirometric changes. In the LDS+ group, there was a predominance of obstructive lung disease (in 33.3%), whereas restrictive lung disease predominated in the LDS− group (in 24.7%). Radiological changes were less common in the LDS− group than in the LDS+ group (p < 0.01), as were functional changes (p < 0.05). However, of the 140 (79.1%) LDS− group patients with a normal or minimally altered chest X-ray, 76 (54%) had functional changes (p < 0.01). The risk factors associated with functional severity in the LDS− group were degree of dyspnea (p = 0.03) and moderate or severe radiological changes (p = 0.01). Conclusions: Impaired pulmonary function is common after treatment for PTB, regardless of the history of lung disease or smoking. Spirometry should be suggested for patients who develop moderate/severe dyspnea or relevant radiological changes after treatment for PTB.


Keywords: Tuberculosis, pulmonary; Respiratory function tests; Airway obstruction/complications.


Comparison between reference values for FVC, FEV1, and FEV1/FVC ratio in White adults in Brazil and those suggested by the Global Lung Function Initiative 2012

Comparação entre os valores de referência para CVF, VEF1 e relação VEF1/CVF em brasileiros caucasianos adultos e aqueles sugeridos pela Global Lung Function Initiative 2012

Carlos Alberto de Castro Pereira, Andrezza Araujo Oliveira Duarte, Andrea Gimenez, Maria Raquel Soares

J Bras Pneumol.2014;40(4):397-402

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Objective: To evaluate the spirometry values predicted by the 2012 Global Lung Function Initia-tive (GLI) equations, which are recommended for international use, in comparison with those obtained for a sample of White adults used for the establishment of reference equations for spirometry in Brazil. Methods: The sample comprised 270 and 373 healthy males and females, respectively. The mean differences between the values found in this sample and the predicted values calculated from the GLI equations for FVC, FEV1, and VEF1/FVC, as well as their lower lim-its, were compared by paired t-test. The predicted values by each pair of equations were com-pared in various combinations of age and height. Results: For the males in our study sample, the values obtained for all of the variables studied were significantly higher than those predicted by the GLI equations (p < 0.01 for all). These differences become more evident in subjects who were shorter in stature and older. For the females in our study sample, only the lower limit of the FEV1/FVC ratio was significantly higher than that predicted by the GLI equation. Conclusions: The predicted values suggested by the GLI equations for White adults were significantly lower than those used as reference values for males in Brazil. For both genders, the lower limit of the FEV1/FVC ratio is significantly lower than that predicted by the GLI equations.


Keywords: Respiratory function tests/statistics and numerical data; Respiratory function tests/diagnosis; Reference values.


Comparisons among parameters of maximal respiratory pressures in healthy subjects

Comparação entre parâmetros de pressões respiratórias máximas em indivíduos saudáveis

Cristina Martins Coelho, Rosa Maria de Carvalho, David Sérgio Adães Gouvêa, José Marques Novo Júnior

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(5):605-613

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Objective: To investigate four parameters defining maximal respiratory pressures and to evaluate their correlations and agreements among those parameters for the determination of MIP and MEP. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study involving 49 healthy, well-nourished males and females. The mean age was 23.08 ± 2.5 years. Measurements were carried out using a pressure transducer, and the estimated values for the parameters peak pressure (Ppeak), plateau pressure (Pplateau), mean maximal pressure (Pmean), and pressure according to the area (Parea) were determined with an algorithm developed for the study. To characterize the study sample, we used descriptive statistics, followed by repeated measures ANOVA and Bonferroni post hoc test or by the Friedman test and the Wilcoxon post hoc test, as well as by Pearson's or Spearman's correlation coefficients, depending on the normality of the data. The agreement between the variables was assessed with Bland  Altman plots. Results: There were significant differences among all of the parameters studied for MIP (Ppeak = 95.69 ± 27.89 cmH2O; Parea = 88.53 ± 26.45 cmH2O; Pplateau = 82.48 ± 25.11 cmH2O; Pmean = 89.01 ± 26.41 cmH2O; p < 0.05 for all) and for MEP (Ppeak = 109.98 ± 40.67 cmH2O; Parea = 103.85 ± 36.63 cmH2O; Pplateau = 98.93 ± 32.10 cmH2O; Pmean = 104.43 ± 36.74 cmH2O; p < 0.0083 for all). Poor agreement was found among almost all of the parameters. Higher pressure values resulted in larger differences between the variables. Conclusions: The maximal respiratory pressure parameters evaluated do not seem to be interchangeable, and higher pressure values result in larger differences among the parameters.


Keywords: Respiratory system; Muscle strength; Respiratory function tests.


Comparison among pulmonary function test results, the Shwachman-Kulczycki score and the Brasfield score in patients with cystic fibrosis

Comparação entre provas de função pulmonar, escore de Shwachman‑Kulczycki e escore de Brasfield em pacientes com fibrose cística

Ivanice Duarte Freire, Fernando Antônio de Abreu e Silva, Manuel Ângelo de Araújo

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(5):280-287

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Objective: To study correlations among pulmonary function, chest radiology and clinical status in cystic fibrosis. Methods: A retrospective cross-sectional study was performed to evaluate chest X-rays and clinical charts of patients treated at the Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre. Spirometry findings, Shwachman-Kulczycki (S-K) scores and Brasfield scores were analyzed. Results: The final sample consisted of 40 patients (mean age 9.72 ± 3.27). The following mean S-K scores were obtained: total, 80.87 ± 10.24; general activity, 24.75 ± 1.1; physical examination, 18.87 ± 4.59; nutrition, 21.87 ± 4.18; radiology, 15.37 ± 5.23. The mean Brasfield score was 18.2 ± 4. The pulmonary function test results, in percentage of predicted, were as follows: forced vital capacity (FVC), 82.99 ± 14.36%; forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1), 83.62 ± 18.26%; and forced expiratory flow between 25 and 75% of FVC (FEF25-75), 74.63 ± 2.53%. The S-K score correlated moderately with FVC, whereas it correlated strongly with FEV1 and FEF25-75. The Brasfield score correlated strongly with the S-K total and radiology score, whereas it correlated moderately with pulmonary function. Physical examination correlated moderately with FVC, FEV1 and FEF25-75; as did nutrition with FEF25-75; and radiology with FEV1 and FEF25-75. General activity was the domain that had the greatest influence on the total S-K score. Conclusions: These two scoring systems are complementary, correlating with each other, as well as with pulmonary function tests. The radiology domain of the S-K scoring system is a good alternative to the Brasfield score.


Keywords: Cystic fibrosis; Spirometry; Lung/radiography.


Comparison of three sets of reference equations for spirometry in children and adolescents with distinct body mass indices

Comparação entre três equações de referência para a espirometria em crianças e adolescentes com diferentes índices de massa corpórea

Sarah Costa Drumond, Maria Jussara Fernandes Fontes, Irmgard de Assis, Marco Antônio Duarte, Joel Alves Lamounier, Luciana de Carvalho Lopes Orlandi, Maria da Glória Rodrigues Machado

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(5):415-422

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Objective: To compare FEV1 and FVC, calculated using three sets of reference equations (devised by Polgar & Promadhat, Hsu et al. and Mallozi in 1971, 1979 and 1995, respectively), and to determine whether the three are similar in predicting lung function in children and adolescents with distinct body mass indices (BMIs). Methods: The individuals were separated into four groups in accordance with the reference standards of the National Center for Health Statistics: underweight (UW), normal weight (NW), overweight (OW), and obese (OB). All were then submitted to spirometry. Results: We evaluated 122 healthy children and adolescents, aged 7-14 years. The FVC values predicted for NW females and UW males through the use of the Hsu et al. equation were significantly higher than the measured values, as were the FEV1 values for UW females and males predicted via the Polgar & Promadhat and Hsu et al. equations. In NW females, the FEV1 values predicted via the Polgar & Promadhat equation were significantly higher than were the measured values. Conclusions: In individuals with distinct BMIs, the measured FVC and FEV1 values were not equivalent to those predicted via the Polgar & Promadhat and Hsu et al. equations. The same was not true for the Mallozi equations. The BMI was not a relevant factor for the predictive index of these equations; therefore, the Mallozi equations can be used without alteration for children and adolescents with distinct BMIs.


Keywords: Spirometry; Reference values; Body mass index; Child; Adolescent.


Comparing reference spirometric values obtained from Knudson and Pereira equations - Adults

Comparação entre valores espirométricos de referência obtidos a partir das equações de Knudson e de Pereira - Adultos

Waldemar Ladosky, Rogerson T. Andrade, Noel Guedes Loureiro, Jesus M.B. Gandar, Marcos M. Botelho

J Bras Pneumol.2001;27(6):315-320

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In its 1991revision, the American Thorax Society (ATS) recommended that each region should define its own equations to determine the theoretical, or predicted values of the spirometric parameters that best represent the pulmonary functional reality of the local population. At that time, the United States already had various equations of its own as well as the European Community, specially Poland. In 1992, Pereira et al., analysing 4,200 spirograms on healthy Brazilians, found predicted values (PV) of forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume in 1 sec (FEV1) and middle expiratory flow (MEF) different from those reported by American and European authors. The purpose of the present study was to compare the equations developed by Pereira et al., using a Brazilian sample population, with those determined by Knudson et al. for American populations, that are the most used by Brazilian specialists. This study included 1,070 spirograms performed in patients of both genders (389 males and 681 females) who came to our service for routine functional assessment. No pathology was excluded and the smoking status of the patients was not taken into account. For each patient the PV of FVC, FEV1 and MEF were calculated accordingly to the equations of Pereira et al. (PV-P) and Knudsen et al. (PV-K). Subsequently, the means, standard deviations and reports obtained by both methods were compared. Among females, the PV-K of FVC were 4,01% (p < 0.005) greater, leading to a higher rate of restrictive impairment whereas among males there was no significant difference. Regarding FEV1, PV-P were higher in both males (4.76%; p < 0.005) and females (5.04%; p < 0.05) resulting in a greater sensitivity in the identification of respiratory obstructions. No significant difference was observed between PV-P and PV-K as to FEF25-75 regardless of gender.


Keywords: Spirometry. Reference values. Forced expiratory flow rates.


Prevalences of asthma and rhinitis among adolescents in the city of Fortaleza, Brazil: temporal changes

Comparação temporal das prevalências de asma e rinite em adolescentes em Fortaleza, Brasil

Maria de Fátima Gomes de Luna, Gilberto Bueno Fischer, João Rafael Gomes de Luna, Marcelo Gurgel Carlos da Silva, Paulo César de Almeida, Daniela Chiesa

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(2):128-137

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Objective: To describe the prevalences of asthma and rhinitis in adolescents (13-14 years of age) in the city of Fortaleza, Brazil, in 2010, comparing the results with those obtained in a prevalence survey conducted in 2006-2007. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study involving probabilistic samples of 3,015 and 3,020 adolescents in surveys conducted in 2006-2007 and 2010, respectively. The International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood protocol was used on both occasions. Results: Comparing the two periods, there were no significant differences regarding cumulative wheezing, active asthma, four or more wheezing attacks within the last year, sleep disturbed by wheezing more than one night per week, and speech-limiting wheezing. The prevalences of exercise-induced wheezing, dry cough at night, and physician-diagnosed asthma were significantly higher in 2010 than in the 2006-2007 period (p < 0.01 for all). The prevalence of physician-diagnosed rhinitis was significantly lower in 2010 (p = 0.01), whereas there were no significant differences between the two periods regarding cumulative rhinitis, current rhinitis, and rhinoconjunctivitis. In both periods, dry cough at night, current rhinitis, and rhinoconjunctivitis were significantly more prevalent in females than in males (p < 0.01 for all). Also in both periods, active asthma, current rhinitis, and rhinoconjunctivitis were more prevalent in private school students than in public school students (p < 0.01 for all). Conclusions: Our data show that the prevalences of asthma and rhinitis symptoms remain high among 13- and 14-year-olds in Fortaleza, predominantly among females and private school students.


Keywords: Asthma/epidemiology; Rhinitis/epidemiology; Adolescent.


Completeness of tuberculosis reporting forms in five Brazilian capitals with a high incidence of the disease

Completude das fichas de notificações de tuberculose em cinco capitais do Brasil com elevada incidência da doença

Normeide Pedreira dos Santos, Monique Lírio, Louran Andrade Reis Passos, Juarez Pereira Dias, Afrânio Lineu Kritski, Bernardo Galvão-Castro, Maria Fernanda Rios Grassi

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(2):221-225

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the completeness of tuberculosis reporting forms in the greater metropolitan areas of five Brazilian capitals where the incidence of tuberculosis was high in 2010-Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Cuiabß, Porto Alegre, and BelÚm-using tabulations obtained from the Sistema Nacional de InformaþÒo de Agravos de NotificaþÒo (National Case Registry Database). The degree of completeness was highest in Porto Alegre and Cuiabß, whereas it was lowest in Rio de Janeiro, where there are more reported cases of tuberculosis than in any other Brazilian capital. A low degree of completeness of these forms can affect the quality of the Brazilian National Tuberculosis Control Program, which will have negative consequences for health care and decision-making processes.


Keywords: Tuberculosis; Public health surveillance; Disease notification.


Primary complex of paracoccidioidomycosis and hypereosinophilia

Complexo primário da paracoccidioidomicose e hipereosinofilia

Roberto Martinez, Maria Janete Moya

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(12):-

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Primary infection with Paracoccidioides brasiliensis has rarely been observed. A 28-year-old male patient presented with a three-month history of fever, respiratory symptoms and malaise. Chest X-rays revealed bilateral apical infiltrates, right pleuritis and hilar lymphadenomegaly. The patient presented with leukocytosis, severe eosinophilia and increasing titers of anti-P. brasiliensis antibodies in serum. To our knowledge, this is the first report of the primary pulmonary lymph node complex of paracoccidioidomycosis accompanied by hypereosinophilia and affecting a previously healthy adult.


Keywords: Paracoccidioidomycosis; Eosinophilia; Lung diseases, fungal.


Pulmonary complications of crack cocaine use: high-resolution computed tomography of the chest

Complicações pulmonares após uso de crack: achados na tomografia computadorizada de alta resolução do tórax

Alexandre Mançano, Edson Marchiori, Gláucia Zanetti, Dante Luiz Escuissato, Beatriz Cunha Duarte, Lourenço de Araujo Apolinário

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(5):256-263

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Here, we report high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) findings in a patient who developed sudden hemoptysis, dyspnea and chest pain after smoking crack cocaine. Chest X-rays showed consolidations, primarily in the upper lobes, and HRCT scans showed ground glass attenuation opacities, consolidations and air-space nodules. A follow-up CT, after drug use discontinuation and administration of corticosteroids, showed partial resolution of pulmonary lesions and the appearance of cavitations. Clinical, imaging and laboratory findings led to a diagnosis of 'crack lung'.


Keywords: Crack cocaine/adverse effects; Cocaine-related disorders; Tomography, X-ray computed; Street drugs/adverse effects;


Complications related to lobectomy in living lobar lung transplant donors

Complicações relacionadas à lobectomia em doadores de transplante pulmonar intervivos

Spencer Marcantônio Camargo, José de Jesus Peixoto Camargo, Sadi Marcelo Schio, Leticia Beatriz Sánchez, José Carlos Felicetti, José da Silva Moreira, Cristiano Feijó Andrade

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(5):256-263

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Objective: To evaluate post-operative complications in living lobar lung transplant donors. Methods: Between September of 1999 and May of 2005, lobectomies were performed in 32 healthy lung transplant donors for 16 recipients. The medical charts of these donors were retrospectively analyzed in order to determine the incidence of post-operative complications and alterations in pulmonary function after lobectomy. Results: Twenty-two donors (68.75%) presented no complications. Among the 10 donors presenting complications, the most frequently observed complication was pleural effusion, which occurred in 5 donors (15.6% of the sample). Red blood cell transfusion was necessary in 3 donors (9.3%), and 2 donors underwent a second surgical procedure due to hemothorax. One donor presented pneumothorax after chest tube removal, and one developed respiratory infection. There were two intra-operative complications (6.25%): one donor required bronchoplasty of the middle lobe; and another required lingular resection. No intra-operative mortality was observed. Post-operative pulmonary function tests demonstrated an average reduction of 20% in forced expiratory volume in one second (p < 000.1) compared to pre-operative values. Conclusions: Lobectomy in living lung transplant donors presents high risk of post-operative complications and irreversible impairment of pulmonary function. Careful pre-operative evaluation is necessary in order to reduce the incidence of complications in living lobar lung transplant donors.


Keywords: Lung transplantation; Living donors; Pneumonectomy; Postoperative complications.


Postoperative respiratory complications from elective and urgent/emergency surgery performed at a university hospital

Complicações respiratórias no pós-operatório de cirurgias eletivas e de urgência e emergência em um Hospital Universitário

Luiz Joia Neto, João Carlos Thomson, Jefferson Rosa Cardoso

J Bras Pneumol.2005;31(1):-

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Background: Respiratory complications have been the focus of studies aiming to identify methods of reducing postoperative morbidity/mortality and controlling the cost of treatment. Objectives: To estimate the incidence of the respiratory complications in patients submitted to elective or urgent/emergency surgical procedures and determine any correlations between respiratory complications and potential risk factors. Method: A retrospective cohort study of patients submitted to elective or urgent/emergency surgery at a university hospital during 2001. The sample was restricted to patients hospitalized for at least 24 hours following surgery. Data were collected from patient charts and according to protocol. Results: Of the 5075 patients submitted to elective or urgent/emergency surgery during the year 2001, 1345 (25.5%) were included in the study. There was no statistically significant difference between elective surgery and urgent/emergency surgery in terms of respiratory complications. The incidence of respiratory complications was 11.7%. The most frequent complication (at 52.5%) was pneumonia. Overall mortality was 7.2% and 27.8% of deaths were related to respiratory complications. Conclusion: The incidence of postoperative respiratory complications was 11.7% (11.3% in elective surgery and 12.3% in urgent/emergency surgery). Pneumonia was the most frequent complication. The risk factors that correlated with respiratory complications were previous lung disease, use of a nasogastric tube, admission to the intensive care unit, endotracheal intubation and tracheostomy.


Keywords: Key words: Postoperative complications. Lung diseases/complications. Risk factors. Cohort studies 


Dynamic hyperinflation during treadmill exercise testing in patients with moderate to severe COPD

Comportamento da hiperinsuflação dinâmica em teste em esteira rolante em pacientes com DPOC moderada a grave

Priscila Kessar Cordoni, Danilo Cortozi Berton, Selma Denis Squassoni, Maria Enedina Aquino Scuarcialupi, José Alberto Neder, Elie Fiss

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(1):13-23

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Objective: To characterize the presence, extent, and patterns of dynamic hyperinflation (DH) during treadmill exercise testing in patients with moderate to severe COPD. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study involving 30 non-hypoxemic patients (FEV1= 43 ± 14% of predicted) who were submitted to a cardiopulmonary exercise test on a treadmill at a constant speed (70-80% of maximum speed) to the tolerance limit (Tlim). Serial inspiratory capacity (IC) maneuvers were used in order to assess DH. Results: Of the 30 patients studied, 19 (63.3%) presented with DH (DH+ group), having greater pulmonary function impairment at rest than did those without DH (DH− group). None of the variables studied correlated with exercise tolerance in the DH− group, whereas Tlim, IC, and perception of dyspnea during exercise did so correlate in the DH+ group (p < 0.05). In the DH+ group, 7 and 12 patients, respectively, presented with a progressive and a stable pattern of DH (ΔICTlim,2min = −0.28 ± 0.11 L vs. 0.04 ± 0.10 L; p < 0.01). Patients with a progressive pattern of DH presented with higher perception of dyspnea/Tlim rate and lower exercise tolerance than did those with a stable pattern (354 ± 118 s and 465 ± 178 s, respectively; p < 0.05). Conclusions: The presence of DH is not a universal phenomenon during walking in COPD patients, even in those with moderate to severe airflow limitation. In the patients who presented DH, a progressive pattern of DH had a greater impact on exercise tolerance than did a stable pattern of DH.


Keywords: Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive; Exercise; Exercise test; Inspiratory capacity.


Cellular composition of induced sputum in healthy adults

Composição celular do escarro induzido em adultos saudáveis

Tiago Neves Veras, Emilio Pizzichini, Leila John Marques Steidle, Cristiane Cinara Rocha, Pablo Moritz, Márcia Margarete Menezes Pizzichini

J Bras Pneumol.2011;37(3):348-353

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Objective: To establish reference values for cellularity in induced sputum samples collected from healthy adults. Methods: Induced sputum samples were obtained from 88 healthy adult never-smokers (39 males). The mean age was 36 years (range, 18-68 years). The participants had been residing in the city of Florianópolis, Brazil (a medium-sized non-industrial city) for at least two years. After the samples had been processed, we obtained total and differential cell counts. Results: The mean total cell count was 4.8 ± 4.2 × 106 cells/g. There was a predominance of macrophages (mean, 77.5 ± 14.7%) and neutrophils (mean, 23.4 ± 14.3%). Eosinophils were virtually absent (mean, 0.1 ± 0.3%). Lymphocytes and bronchial epithelial cells were scarce. Neither age nor atopy had any effect on the total or differential cell counts. Conclusions: In the induced sputum of this healthy adult population, macrophages and neutrophils predominated. However, the proportion of neutrophils was lower than that reported in previous studies, which suggests that reference values might vary depending on geographic location.


Keywords: Sputum; Reference values; Brazil.


Left main coronary artery compression in a patient with portopulmonary hypertension

Compressão de tronco de artéria coronária esquerda em paciente com hipertensão portopulmonar

Iara Teixeira de Araújo1,a, Pammela Jacomeli Lembi1,b, Eduardo Belisario Falchetto2,c, Ricardo de Amorim Corrêa3,4,d

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(4):337-338

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Chest compression with a higher level of pressure support ventilation: effects on secretion removal, hemodynamics, and respiratory mechanics in patients on mechanical ventilation

Compressão torácica com incremento da pressão em ventilação com pressão de suporte: efeitos na remoção de secreções, hemodinâmica e mecânica pulmonar em pacientes em ventilação mecânica

Wagner da Silva Naue, Luiz Alberto Forgiarini Junior, Alexandre Simões Dias, Silvia Regina Rios Vieira

J Bras Pneumol.2014;40(1):55-60

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Objective: To determine the efficacy of chest compression accompanied by a 10-cmH2O increase in baseline inspiratory pressure on pressure support ventilation, in comparison with that of aspiration alone, in removing secretions, normalizing hemodynamics, and improving respiratory mechanics in patients on mechanical ventilation. Methods: This was a randomized crossover clinical trial involving patients on mechanical ventilation for more than 48 h in the ICU of the Porto Alegre Hospital de Clínicas, in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil. Patients were randomized to receive aspiration alone (control group) or compression accompanied by a 10-cmH2O increase in baseline inspiratory pressure on pressure support ventilation (intervention group). We measured hemodynamic parameters, respiratory mechanics parameters, and the amount of secretions collected. Results: We included 34 patients. The mean age was 64.2  14.6 years. In comparison with the control group, the intervention group showed a higher median amount of secretions collected (1.9 g vs. 2.3 g; p = 0.004), a greater increase in mean expiratory tidal volume (16  69 mL vs. 56  69 mL; p = 0.018), and a greater increase in mean dynamic compliance (0.1  4.9 cmH2O vs. 2.8  4.5 cmH2O; p = 0.005). Conclusions: In this sample, chest compression accompanied by an increase in pressure support significantly increased the amount of secretions removed, the expiratory tidal volume, and dynamic compliance. ( Identifier:NCT01155648 [])


Keywords: Physical therapy modalities; Respiration, Artificial; Intensive care units; Respiratory therapy.


Interstitial lung disease in patients with progressive systemic sclerosis. A study of 58 cases

Comprometimento do interstício pulmonar em portadores de esclerose sistêmica progressiva. Estudo de uma série de 58 casos

Sergio Fernandes de Oliveira Jezler, Mittermayer Barreto Santiago, Thamine Lessa Andrade, César Araujo Neto, Helio Braga, Álvaro Augusto Cruz

J Bras Pneumol.2005;31(4):300-306

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Objective: To estimate the frequency of interstitial lung disease in a group of patients with progressive systemic sclerosis, and to describe the clinical, functional and radiological characteristics of the patients studied. Methods: Fifty-eight patients diagnosed with progressive systemic sclerosis were submitted to high-resolution computed tomography of the chest, pulmonary function tests and a blood test for anti-Scl 70 antibodies. Comparisons were drawn between patients with interstitial lung disease and those without. Logistic regression with multivariate analysis was used to identify factors predictive of interstitial lung disease. Results: Of the 58 patients evaluated, 51.7% presented interstitial lung disease on high-resolution computerized tomography scans. Dyspnea and cough were the most common symptoms (seen in 65.5% and 39.7%, respectively). Bronchiolectasis and honeycombing were the most common tomographic abnormalities (observed in 83.3% and 80%, respectively). When compared to individuals without interstitial lung disease, patients with the condition had a comparable frequency of pulmonary and extrapulmonary symptoms but presented progressive systemic sclerosis of longer duration, a higher frequency of crackling rales, higher rates of anti-Scl 70 positivity, lower vital capacity and reduced total lung capacity. Only forced vital capacity < 80% was found to be a predictor of interstitial lung disease. Conclusion: Interstitial lung disease was common in this group of patients with progressive systemic sclerosis. No correlation with symptoms was found, although interstitial lung disease was found to correlate with crackling rales and with anti-Scl 70 positivity. Nevertheless, only reduced forced vital capacity was found to be predictive of interstitial lung disease.


Observer agreement in the diagnosis of interstitial lung diseases based on HRCT scans

Concordância entre observadores no diagnóstico das doenças pulmonares intersticiais por imagens de TCAR

Viviane Baptista Antunes, Gustavo de Souza Portes Meirelles, Dany Jasinowodolinski, Carlos Alberto de Castro Pereira, Carlos Gustavo Yuji Verrastro, Fabíola Goda Torlai, Giuseppe D'Ippolito

J Bras Pneumol.2010;36(1):29-36

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Objective: To determine the interobserver and intraobserver agreement in the diagnosis of interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) based on HRCT scans and the impact of observer expertise, clinical data and confidence level on such agreement. Methods: Two thoracic radiologists and two general radiologists independently reviewed the HRCT images of 58 patients with ILDs on two distinct occasions: prior to and after the clinical anamnesis. The radiologists selected up to three diagnostic hypotheses for each patient and defined the confidence level for these hypotheses. One of the thoracic and one of the general radiologists re-evaluated the same images up to three months after the first readings. In the coefficient analyses, the kappa statistic was used. Results: The thoracic and general radiologists, respectively, agreed on at least one diagnosis for each patient in 91.4% and 82.8% of the patients. The thoracic radiologists agreed on the most likely diagnosis in 48.3% (κ = 0.42) and 62.1% (κ = 0.58) of the cases, respectively, prior to and after the clinical anamnesis; likewise, the general radiologists agreed on the most likely diagnosis in 37.9% (κ = 0.32) and 36.2% (κ = 0.30) of the cases. For the thoracic radiologist, the intraobserver agreement on the most likely diagnosis was 0.73 and 0.63 prior to and after the clinical anamnesis, respectively. That for the general radiologist was 0.38 and 0.42.The thoracic radiologists presented almost perfect agreement for the diagnostic hypotheses defined with the high confidence level. Conclusions: Interobserver and intraobserver agreement in the diagnosis of ILDs based on HRCT scans ranged from fair to almost perfect and was influenced by radiologist expertise, clinical history and confidence level.


Keywords: Lung diseases, interstitial; Tomography, X-ray computed; Observer variation.


Concordance between clinical and pathological staging in patients with stages I or II non-small cell lung cancer subjected to surgical treatment

Concordância entre os estadiamentos clínico e patológico em pacientes com câncer de pulmão não-pequenas células, estádios I e II, submetidos a tratamento cirúrgico

Pedro Augusto Reck dos Santos, Rodrigo Sponchiado da Rocha, Maurício Pipkin, Marner Lopes da Silveira, Marcelo Cypel, Jayme Oliveira Rios, José Antonio Lopes de Figueiredo Pinto

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(6):647-654

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Objective: To compare clinical and pathological staging in patients with non-small cell lung cancer submitted to surgical treatment, as well as to identify the causes of discordance. Methods: Data related to patients treated at the Department of Thoracic Surgery of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul São Lucas Hospital were analyzed retrospectively. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, and accuracy were calculated for clinical stages IA, IB, and IIB. The kappa index was used to determine the concordance between clinical and pathological staging. Results: Of the 92 patients studied, 33.7% were classified as clinical stage IA, 50% as IB, and 16.3% as IIB. The concordance between clinical and pathological staging was 67.5% for stage IA, 54.3% for IB, and 66.6% for IIB. The accuracy of the clinical staging was greater for stage IA, and a kappa of 0.74, in this case, confirmed a substantial association with pathological staging. The difficulty in evaluating nodal metastatic disease is responsible for the low concordance in patients with clinical stage IB. Conclusions: The concordance between clinical and pathological staging is low, and patients are frequently understaged (in the present study, only one case was overstaged). Strategies are necessary to improve clinical staging and, consequently, the treatment and prognosis of patients with non-small cell lung cancer.


Keywords: Neoplasm staging; Lung neoplasms/diagnosis; Lung neoplasms/surgery; Prognosis.


Isolated pulmonary chondroma: a case of incomplete Carney triad?

Condroma pulmonar isolado: caso incompleto da tríade de Carney?

Raul Lopes Ruiz Júnior, Júlio Defaveri, Antonio José Maria Cataneo, Rogério Cardoso da Silva, Sérgio Marrone Ribeiro, Cristiano Ventorim de Barros

J Bras Pneumol.2005;31(4):356-359

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A 45-year-old man presented with recurrent pulmonary infection for four years, cough, bloody sputum, yellowish excretion and nonpleuritic chest pain. Tomography of the chest revealed a calcified nodule occluding the right lower lobe bronchus. A right lower and middle lobectomy was performed, and the histopathological examination of the bronchi revealed chondroma, a rare pulmonary tumor usually associated with the Carney triad (pulmonary chondroma, gastric leiomyosarcoma and extra-adrenal paraganglioma), being the less common of the three components. In the present case, the other two components of the triad were not observed. Since these components may appear years later, long-term follow-up care is necessary.


Keywords: Chondroma; Lung neoplasms/radiography; Lung neoplasms/surgery; Leiomyosarcoma;


Sternal chondrosarcoma

Condrossarcoma de esterno

Nelson Perelman Rosenberg, Ivo Leuck Jr., Celso Schuler, Fernando Delgiovo, Eduardo Spadari de Araújo, Paula Vasconcelos Martini

J Bras Pneumol.2003;29(1):43-44

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Sternal neoplasms are very uncommon. The lack of consistent reports in the literature renders it difficult to make prospective evaluations. The authors report the case of a seventy-year old woman who presented with a chondrosarcoma of the sternum, treated at their service.


Reliability of a rapid hematology stain for sputum cytology

Confiabilidade da coloração hematológica rápida para citologia de escarro

Jéssica Gonçalves, Emilio Pizzichini, Marcia Margaret Menezes Pizzichini, Leila John Marques Steidle, Cristiane Cinara Rocha, Samira Cardoso Ferreira, Célia Tânia Zimmermann

J Bras Pneumol.2014;40(3):250-258

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Objective: To determine the reliability of a rapid hematology stain for the cytological analysis of induced sputum samples. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study comparing the standard technique (May-Grünwald-Giemsa stain) with a rapid hematology stain (Diff-Quik). Of the 50 subjects included in the study, 21 had asthma, 19 had COPD, and 10 were healthy (controls). From the induced sputum samples collected, we prepared four slides: two were stained with May-Grünwald-Giemsa, and two were stained with Diff-Quik. The slides were read independently by two trained researchers blinded to the identification of the slides. The reliability for cell counting using the two techniques was evaluated by determining the intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) for intraobserver and interobserver agreement. Agreement in the identification of neutrophilic and eosinophilic sputum between the observers and between the stains was evaluated with kappa statistics. Results: In our comparison of the two staining techniques, the ICCs indicated almost perfect interobserver agreement for neutrophil, eosinophil, and macrophage counts (ICC: 0.98-1.00), as well as substantial agreement for lymphocyte counts (ICC: 0.76-0.83). Intraobserver agreement was almost perfect for neutrophil, eosinophil, and macrophage counts (ICC: 0.96-0.99), whereas it was moderate to substantial for lymphocyte counts (ICC = 0.65 and 0.75 for the two observers, respectively). Interobserver agreement for the identification of eosinophilic and neutrophilic sputum using the two techniques ranged from substantial to almost perfect (kappa range: 0.91-1.00). Conclusions: The use of Diff-Quik can be considered a reliable alternative for the processing of sputum samples.


Keywords: Sputum\analysis; Sputum\cytology; Azure stains.


Availability and use of noninvasive ventilation in the intensive care units of public, private and teaching hospitals in the greater metropolitan area of São Paulo, Brazil

Conhecimento da disponibilidade e sobre o uso da ventilação não invasiva em unidades de terapia intensiva de hospitais públicos, privados e de ensino da região metropolitana de São Paulo

Lara Maris Nápolis, Leila Mara Jeronimo, Danila Vieira Baldini, Michelle Pinheiro Machado, Virgínia Aparecida de Souza, Pedro Caruso

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(1):29-34

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Objective: To determine the availability of noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation equipment, as well as the level of expertise and familiarity of physicians, nurses and physiotherapists with noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation in the intensive care units of public, private and teaching hospitals in the greater metropolitan area of São Paulo, Brazil. Methods: On-site administration of questionnaires. Results: Noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation equipment was widely available and was more commonly found in private hospitals than in teaching hospitals. Such equipment was least available in public hospitals, in which the predominant method was the use of mechanical ventilators designed for invasive ventilation and adapted to noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation. In private hospitals, continuous flow ventilators were more common, whereas, in teaching hospitals, ventilators specifically designed for noninvasive ventilation were typically employed. All physiotherapists felt themselves capable of initiating noninvasive positive pressure ventilation, compared with 72.6% of physicians and 33.3% of nurses. Physicians and physiotherapists presented high percentages of correct answers when asked about the indications and contraindications for the use of noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation. Over a one year period, more physiotherapists read articles about noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation and participated in related classes than did physicians, who in turn did so more than did nurses. Conclusion: Noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation equipment is widely available in the greater metropolitan area of São Paulo, although differences exist among public, private and teaching hospitals in terms of the type of equipment used. Physicians and physiotherapists exhibited considerable knowledge regarding the indications and contraindications for the use of noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation. More physiotherapists felt themselves able to initiate noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation, and their knowledge of the subject was more current than was that of physicians or nurses.


Keywords: Ventilators, mechanical; Positive-pressure respiration/methods; Respiratory insuficiency; Intensive care units; Hospitals


Knowledge and perceptions of tuberculosis transmission and prevention among physicians and nurses in three Brazilian capitals with high incidence of tuberculosis

Conhecimento e percepção de médicos e enfermeiros em três capitais brasileiras com alta incidência de tuberculose a respeito da transmissão e prevenção da doença

Jonas Ramos1,a, Maria F Wakoff-Pereira1,b, Marcelo Cordeiro-Santos2,3,c, Maria de Fátima Militão de Albuquerque4,d, Philip C Hill5,e, Dick Menzies6,f, Anete Trajman,6,7,g

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(2):168-170

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Knowledge of and practices related to smoking cessation among physicians in Nigeria

Conhecimento e práticas para a cessação do tabagismo entre médicos nigerianos

Olufemi Olumuyiwa Desalu, Adebowale Olayinka Adekoya, Adetokunbo Olujimi Elegbede, Adeolu Dosunmu, Tolutope Fasanmi Kolawole, Kelechukwu Chukwudi Nwogu

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(12):-

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Objective: To evaluate the knowledge and practices of smoking cessation among physicians in Nigeria. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional survey in Lagos and three geopolitical zones of Nigeria. A self-administered structured questionnaire was used to obtain information on tobacco use and its health effects, as well as on the knowledge and practices of smoking cessation, from 436 physicians. Results: Of the 436 physicians, 292 (67.0%) were aware of smoking cessation, but only 132 (30.3%) showed good knowledge on this topic. The prevalence of smoking among the physicians was 17.7%. In addition, 308 physicians (70.6%) reported that tobacco education in the medical school curriculum was inadequate. Of the 436 physicians, 372 (86.2%) asked their patients whether they smoked, and 172 (39.4%) asked their patients the reasons for using tobacco. As a means of smoking cessation intervention, 268 (61.5%) used brief advice/counseling (2-5 min), 12 (3.7%) prescribed antidepressants, 16 (2.8%) prescribed nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), and 76 (17.4%) arranged follow-up visits. When the physicians were questioned regarding the obstacles to smoking cessation interventions, 289 (66.3%) cited poor knowledge of the issue, 55 (12.6%) cited a lack of time, and 20 (4.6%) cited unavailability of NRT. Conclusions: The results of this study highlight the lack of knowledge among physicians in Nigeria in terms of smoking cessation, as well as their failure to apply appropriate practices. The results of this study can further the evaluation and formulation of guidelines on smoking cessation and smoking education programs for physicians. Our findings also underscore the need to offer smoking cessation programs in all treatment facilities.


Keywords: Smoking cessation; Tobacco; Physicians; Nigeria; Health knowledge, attitudes, practice.


Electronic cigarette awareness and use among students at the Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil

Conhecimento e uso do cigarro eletrônico entre estudantes da Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso

Wemerson José Corrêa de Oliveira1,a, Alexandre Figueiredo Zobiole1,b, Claudia Bonadiman de Lima1,c, Rebeca Melo Zurita1,d, Pedro Eduarto Muniz Flores1,e, Luís Guilherme Val Rodrigues1,f, Raissa Carolina de Assis Pinheiro1,g, Victor Francisco Figueiredo Rocha Soares e Silva1,h

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(5):367-369

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Objective: To analyze the prevalence of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) awareness and experimentation among university students, as well as the characteristics associated with that awareness. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study, conducted in 2015, in which 489 university students at the Federal University of Mato Grosso (Cuiabá campus), Brazil, were interviewed with the use of a specific questionnaire. We estimated the prevalence of e-cigarette awareness and use, as well as analyzing the major characteristics associated with that awareness and use. Results: The prevalence of e-cigarette awareness was 37%, and the rate of e-cigarette experimentation was 2.7%. Awareness of e-cigarettes was found to be associated with marital status, work status, the level of parental education, and the presence or absence of smokers in the family. Conclusions: A high proportion of university students were aware of e-cigarettes. Although the prevalence of those who had experimented with e-cigarettes was low, there is concern that there could be an increase in the use of these types of device. There is a need for measures targeting university students, in order to build awareness of and prevent e-cigarette use.


Keywords: Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems; Young adult; Smoking.


Illustrated Brazilian consensus of terms and fundamental patternsin chest CT scans

Consenso brasileiro ilustrado sobre a terminologia dos descritores e padrões fundamentais da TC de tórax

C. Isabela S. Silva, Edson Marchiori, Arthur Soares Souza Júnior, Nestor L. Müller, Comissão de Imagem da Sociedade Brasileirade Pneumologia e Tisiologia

J Bras Pneumol.2010;36(1):99-123

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The objective of this new Brazilian consensus is to update and to continue the standardization of the principal terms and fundamental patterns in chest CT scans in Portuguese. There is a succinct definition of the principal terms used to describe chest CT findings, as well as illustrations of classic examples. The group of authors comprised radiologists specializing in chest radiology and holding membership in the Brazilian College of ­Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging, as well as pulmonologists having a special interest in diagnostic imaging and holding membership in the Brazilian Thoracic Association.


Keywords: Lung; Consensus; Tomography.


Brazilian consensus on non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis

Consenso brasileiro sobre bronquiectasias não fibrocísticas

Mônica Corso Pereira1,a, Rodrigo Abensur Athanazio2,b, Paulo de Tarso Roth Dalcin3,4,c, Mara Rúbia Fernandes de Figueiredo5,d, Mauro Gomes6,7,e, Clarice Guimarães de Freitas8,f, Fernando Ludgren9,g, Ilma Aparecida Paschoal1,h, Samia Zahi Rached2,i, Rosemeri Maurici10,j

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(4):e20190122-e20190122

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Bronchiectasis is a condition that has been increasingly diagnosed by chest HRCT. In the literature, bronchiectasis is divided into bronchiectasis secondary to cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis not associated with cystic fibrosis, which is termed non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis. Many causes can lead to the development of bronchiectasis, and patients usually have chronic airway symptoms, recurrent infections, and CT abnormalities consistent with the condition. The first international guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis was published in 2010. In Brazil, this is the first review document aimed at systematizing the knowledge that has been accumulated on the subject to date. Because there is insufficient evidence on which to base recommendations for various treatment topics, here the decision was made to prepare an expert consensus document. The Brazilian Thoracic Association Committee on Respiratory Infections summoned 10 pulmonologists with expertise in bronchiectasis in Brazil to conduct a critical assessment of the available scientific evidence and international guidelines, as well as to identify aspects that are relevant to the understanding of the heterogeneity of bronchiectasis and to its diagnostic and therapeutic management. Five broad topics were established (pathophysiology, diagnosis, monitoring of stable patients, treatment of stable patients, and management of exacerbations). After this subdivision, the topics were distributed among the authors, who conducted a nonsystematic review of the literature, giving priority to major publications in the specific areas, including original articles, review articles, and systematic reviews. The authors reviewed and commented on all topics, producing a single final document that was approved by consensus.


Keywords: Bronchiectasis; Tomography, X-ray; Radiography, thoracic.


Microbiological contamination of nebulizers used by cystic fibrosis patients: an underestimated problem

Contaminação microbiológica de nebulizadores usados por pacientes com fibrose cística: um problema subestimado

Barbara Riquena1,a, Luciana de Freitas Velloso Monte2,b, Agnaldo José Lopes3,c, Luiz Vicente Ribeiro Ferreira da Silva-Filho4,5,d, Neiva Damaceno6,e, Evanirso da Silva Aquino7,f, Paulo Jose Cauduro Marostica8,9,g, José Dirceu Ribeiro10,h

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(3):e20170351-e20170351

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Objective: Home nebulizers are routinely used in the treatment of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). This study aims to evaluate the contamination of nebulizers used for CF patients, that are chronically colonized by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and the association of nebulizer contamination with cleaning, decontamination and drying practices. Methods: A cross-sectional, observational, multicenter study was conducted in seven CF reference centers in Brazil to obtain data from medical records, structured interviews with patients/caregivers were performed, and nebulizer's parts (interface and cup) were collected for microbiological culture. Results: overall, 77 CF patients were included. The frequency of nebulizer contamination was 71.6%. Candida spp. (52.9%), Stenotrophomonas maltophilia (11.9%), non-mucoid P. aeruginosa (4.8%), Staphylococcus aureus (4.8%) and Burkholderia cepacia complex (2.4%) were the most common isolated pathogens. The frequency of nebulizers' hygiene was 97.4%, and 70.3% of patients reported cleaning, disinfection and drying the nebulizers. The use of tap water in cleaning method and outdoor drying of the parts significantly increased (9.10 times) the chance of nebulizers' contamination. Conclusion: Despite the high frequency hygiene of the nebulizers reported, the cleaning and disinfection methods used were often inadequate. A significant proportion of nebulizers was contaminated with potentially pathogenic microorganisms for CF patients. These findings support the need to include patients/caregivers in educational programs and / or new strategies for delivering inhaled antibiotics.


Keywords: Cystic fibrosis; Pseudomonas aeruginosa; Nebulizers and vaporizers; Equipment contamination; Decontamination.


Role of the open lung biopsy in the evaluation of undiagnosed acute lung disease in a pediatric intensive care unit

Contribuição da biópsia pulmonar a céu aberto na avaliação de pneumopatias difusas e agudas em unidade de terapia intensiva pediátrica

Albert Bousso, Evandro Roberto Baldacci, José Carlos Fernandes, Iracema de Cássia Oliveira Fernandes, Andréa Maria Gomes Cordeiro, José Pinhata Otoch, Bernardo Ejzenberg, Yassuhiko Okay

J Bras Pneumol.2002;28(1):30-40

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Introduction: The diagnosis of diffuse lung disease is still a challenge for the pediatric intensive care physician. Routine clinical examinations and laboratory tests are frequently negative. The objective of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic potential, the impact on therapy and the rate of complications of open lung biopsy in children with undiagnosed diffuse lung disease, respiratory failure and inappropriate response to initial therapy. Methods: From January 1987 to January 1997, 29 children with diffuse pulmonary disease of unknown etiology, respiratory failure (PaO2 /FiO2 < 300) and no response to previous treatments were considered for open lung biopsy. Newborns, children with known chronic pulmonary disease and children with untreatable shock or coagulopathy were excluded. All biopsies were performed by a thoracic surgeon by a microthoracotomy in the lung shown to be the most affected by X-ray examination. Tissue samples were analyzed in terms of cultures, light microscopy, electron microscopy and immunofluorescence microscopy, according to the pathologist's decision. Results: All biopsies (100%) resulted in at least one histological diagnosis and in 20 patients (68.9%) it was obtained a specific diagnosis. The most frequent histological patterns found were: non-specific interstitial pneumonitis with variable degrees of fibrosis in 18 cases; bronchiolitis in eight cases and pulmonary hypertension in three cases. Regarding the most frequent specific diagnosis, six children were found with cytomegalovirus infection, three with Pneumocystis carinii, three with adenovirus and three with respiratory syncytial virus infection. These data induced a change in therapy in 20 children (68.9%). The most frequent changes in therapy were the use of corticosteroids in 14 children and a review of the antibiotic regimen in six patients. Seven patients (24.1%) presented with complications that were easily resolved. There were 13 deaths, probably due to the critical conditions of these patients, all unrelated to the procedure. Conclusions: Open lung biopsy, though an invasive procedure, should be considered in the evaluation of selected children with undiagnosed diffuse lung disease, respiratory failure and with no satisfactory response to previous therapies.


Contribution of flow-volume curves to the detection of central airway obstruction

Contribuição da curva de fluxo-volume na detecção de obstrução da via aérea central

Liliana Bárbara Perestrelo de Andrade e Raposo, António Bugalho, Maria João Marques Gomes

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(4):-

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Objective: To assess the sensitivity and specificity of flow-volume curves in detecting central airway obstruction (CAO), and to determine whether their quantitative and qualitative criteria are associated with the location, type and degree of obstruction. Methods: Over a four-month period, we consecutively evaluated patients with bronchoscopy indicated. Over a one-week period, all patients underwent clinical evaluation, flow-volume curve, bronchoscopy, and completed a dyspnea scale. Four reviewers, blinded to quantitative and clinical data, and bronchoscopy results, classified the morphology of the curves. A fifth reviewer determined the morphological criteria, as well as the quantitative criteria. Results: We studied 82 patients, 36 (44%) of whom had CAO. The sensitivity and specificity of the flow-volume curves in detecting CAO were, respectively, 88.9% and 91.3% (quantitative criteria) and 30.6% and 93.5% (qualitative criteria). The most prevalent quantitative criteria in our sample were FEF50%/FIF50% ≥ 1, in 83% of patients, and FEV1/PEF ≥ 8 mL . L−1 . min−1, in 36%, both being associated with the type, location, and degree of obstruction (p < 0.05). There was concordance among the reviewers as to the presence of CAO. There is a relationship between the degree of obstruction and dyspnea. Conclusions: The quantitative criteria should always be calculated for flow-volume curves in order to detect CAO, because of the low sensitivity of the qualitative criteria. Both FEF50%/FIF50% ≥ 1 and FEV1/PEF ≥ 8 mL . L−1 . min−1 were associated with the location, type and degree of obstruction.


Keywords: Bronchoscopy; Maximal expiratory flow-volume curves; Sensitivity and specificity; Lung neoplasms.


Management of massive hemoptysis with the rigid bronchoscope and cold saline lavage

Controle da hemoptise maciça com broncoscopia rígida e soro fisiológico gelado

Giovanni Antonio Marsico, Carlos Alberto Guimarães, Jorge Montessi, Antonio Miguel Martins da Costa, Levi Madeira

J Bras Pneumol.2003;29(5):280-286

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Background: Massive hemoptysis is a high morbidity and high mortality condition, independently of the treatment administered. A variety of methods are used to control the acute bleeding. The instillation of iced saline solution through a rigid bronchoscope was described in 1980. Objective: To establish the efficacy of repeated instillations of iced saline solution (4oC) using a rigid bronchoscope for the acute control of massive hemoptysis. Method: A group of 94 patients with massive hemoptysis was treated with rigid bronchoscopy and lavage with iced saline solution of the actively bleeding lung. The absence of bleeding recurrence within the following 15 days was considered a therapeutic success. The causes of hemoptysis included: pulmonary tuberculosis: 78 (83%), among which 48 had active disease, and 30 had tuberculosis sequelae, bronchiectasis (6), lung cancer (5), intracavitary aspergilloma (3), and unknown (2). The bleeding site was found in 93 patients (99%). The mean saline volume used in the bronchoscopy was 528 mL, ranging from 160 mL to 2,500 mL. Results: All patients stopped bleeding during the procedure. Fifteen patients were submitted to some kind of procedure (surgery, embolization, or radiation therapy) within 15 days, and the efficacy of lavage could not be assessed. Twenty of the 79 patients followed-up for more than 15 days had recurrence of hemoptysis. Cold saline lavage was repeated once in 13 patients, twice in 6 patients, and 3 times in one patient. Conclusion: The control of tracheobronchial hemorrhage through bronchoscopy and lavage with iced saline is an effective procedure and can be repeated in case of re-bleeding. It is a safe procedure, and allows the definitive treatment to occur in better clinical conditions.


Keywords: Hemoptysis. Tuberculosis. Bronchoscopy.


Smoking control: challenges and achievements

Controle do tabagismo: desafios e conquistas

Luiz Carlos Corrêa da Silva, Alberto José de Araújo, Ângela Maria Dias de Queiroz, Maria da Penha Uchoa Sales, Maria Vera Cruz de Oliveira Castellano; Comissão de Tabagismo da SBPT

J Bras Pneumol.2016;42(4):290-298

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Smoking is the most preventable and controllable health risk. Therefore, all health care professionals should give their utmost attention to and be more focused on the problem of smoking. Tobacco is a highly profitable product, because of its large-scale production and great number of consumers. Smoking control policies and treatment resources for smoking cessation have advanced in recent years, showing highly satisfactory results, particularly in Brazil. However, there is yet a long way to go before smoking can be considered a controlled disease from a public health standpoint. We can already perceive that the behavior of our society regarding smoking is changing, albeit slowly. Therefore, pulmonologists have a very promising area in which to work with their patients and the general population. We must act with greater impetus in support of health care policies and social living standards that directly contribute to improving health and quality of life. In this respect, pulmonologists can play a greater role as they get more involved in treating smokers, strengthening anti-smoking laws, and demanding health care policies related to lung diseases.


Keywords: Tobacco products; Smoking; Health policy; Smoking cessation; Health personnel.


COPD Assessment Test: rapid and easily applied test that promotes patient self-management

COPD Assessment Test: teste rápido e de fácil uso que promove o automanejo

José Roberto Jardim, Laura Zillmer

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(4):-

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Clinical and functional correlations of the difference between slow vital capacity and FVC

Correlação clínica e funcional da diferença entre capacidade vital lenta e CVF

Jonathan Jerias Fernandez1,2, Maria Vera Cruz de Oliveira Castellano3, Flavia de Almeida Filardo Vianna3, Sérgio Roberto Nacif1, Roberto Rodrigues Junior4, Sílvia Carla Sousa Rodrigues1,5

J Bras Pneumol.2020;46(1):e20180328-e20180328

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Objective: To evaluate the relationship that the difference between slow vital capacity (SVC) and FVC (ΔSVC-FVC) has with demographic, clinical, and pulmonary function data. Methods: This was an analytical cross-sectional study in which participants completed a respiratory health questionnaire, as well as undergoing spirometry and plethysmography. The sample was divided into two groups: ΔSVC-FVC ≥ 200 mL and ΔSVC-FVC < 200 mL. The intergroup correlations were analyzed, and binomial logistic regression analysis was performed. Results: The sample comprised 187 individuals. In the sample as a whole, the mean ΔSVC-FVC was 0.17 ± 0.14 L, and 61 individuals (32.62%) had a ΔSVC-FVC ≥ 200 mL. The use of an SVC maneuver reduced the prevalence of nonspecific lung disease and of normal spirometry results by revealing obstructive lung disease (OLD). In the final logistic regression model (adjusted for weight and body mass index > 30 kg/m2), OLD and findings of air trapping (high functional residual capacity and a low inspiratory capacity/TLC ratio) were predictors of a ΔSVC-FVC ≥ 200 mL. The chance of a bronchodilator response was found to be greater in the ΔSVC-FVC ≥ 200 mL group: for FEV1 (OR = 4.38; 95% CI: 1.45-13.26); and for FVC (OR = 3.83; 95% CI: 1.26-11.71). Conclusions: The use of an SVC maneuver appears to decrease the prevalence of nonspecific lung disease and of normal spirometry results. Individuals with a ΔSVC-FVC ≥ 200 mL, which is probably the result of OLD and air trapping, are apparently more likely to respond to bronchodilator administration.


Keywords: Vital capacity; Plethysmography; Airway obstruction.


Correlation of tomographic findings with pulmonary function parameters in nonsmoking patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Correlação dos achados tomográficos com parâmetros de função pulmonar na fibrose pulmonar idiopática em não fumantes

Agnaldo José Lopes, Domenico Capone, Roberto Mogami, Daniel Leme da Cunha, Pedro Lopes de Melo, José Manoel Jansen

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(6):671-678

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Objective: To correlate tomographic findings with pulmonary function parameters in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out, in which 30 nonsmoking patients with IPF were evaluated. Using a semiquantitative scoring system, the following high-resolution computerized tomography (HRCT) findings were quantified: total interstitial disease (TID), reticular abnormality/honeycombing, and ground-glass opacity (GGO). The functional variables were measured by spirometry, forced oscillation technique (FOT), helium dilution method, as well as the single-breath method of measuring diffusion capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide (DLCO). Results: Of the 30 patients studied, 18 were female, and 12 were male, with a mean age of 70.9 years. We found that TID and reticular abnormality and honeycombing correlated significantly (negative correlations) with the measurements of forced vital capacity (FVC), total lung capacity (TLC), DLCO, and dynamic respiratory compliance were found, as well as that GGO correlated significantly (and positively) with residual volume/TLC. The ratio of forced expiratory flow between 25 and 75% of FVC to FVC (FEF25-75%/FVC) correlated positively with TID, reticular abnormality/honeycombing, and GGO. Conclusion: In IPF patients, the measurements of volume, diffusion, and dynamic compliance are the physiological variables which best reflect the extent of the interstitial disease on HRCT scans.


Keywords: Lung diseases, interstitial; Pulmonary fibrosis; Tomography, X-ray computed; Respiratory function tests.


Correlation between inflammatory mediators in the nasopharyngeal secretion and in the serum of children with lower respiratory tract infection caused by respiratory syncytial virus and disease severity

Correlação entre mediadores inflamatórios na secreção nasofaríngea e no soro de crianças com infecção do trato respiratório inferior por vírus sincicial respiratórioe a gravidade da doença

Renata Amato Vieira, Edna Maria de Albuquerque Diniz,Maria Esther Jurfest Rivero Ceccon

J Bras Pneumol.2010;36(1):59-66

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Objective: To determine whether the concentrations of inflammatory mediators (CCL5, soluble intercellular adhesion molecule type 1 [sICAM-1], TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-10) in the nasopharyngeal secretion and in the serum of children with lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) correlate with the clinical markers of disease severity. Methods: Between July of 2004 and December of 2005, 30 children less than three months of age, diagnosed with LRTI caused by RSV and admitted to a neonatal ICU, were included in this study. Results: The severity of disease at hospital admission, as determined with a modified clinical scoring system, presented a significant positive correlation with sICAM-1 and IL-10 concentrations in the nasopharyngeal secretion, as well as with IL-6 concentrations in the serum, of the patients. In addition, serum IL-6 concentrations presented a significant positive correlation with the duration of oxygen therapy and with the length of hospital stay. Conclusions: At hospital admission, the concentrations of sICAM-1 and IL-10 in the nasopharyngeal secretion, as well as the concentration of IL-6 in the serum, could be used as markers of severity in patients with LRTI caused by RSV. The serum levels of IL-6 determined at admission could also be used to predict prolonged oxygen supplementation and hospital stay.


Keywords: Respiratory syncytial virus, human; Chemokine CCL5; Intercellular adhesion molecule-1; Interleukin-6; Interleukin-10; Tumor necrosis factor-alpha.


Correlates of experimentation with smoking and current cigarette consumption among adolescents

Correlatos de experimentação e consumo atual de cigarros entre adolescentes

Amanda Gimenes Bonilha, Antonio Ruffino-Netto, Mayara Piani Sicchieri, Jorge Alberto Achcar, Antonio Luiz Rodrigues-Júnior, José Baddini-Martinez

J Bras Pneumol.2014;40(6):634-642

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Objective: The aim of this study was to analyze social characteristics and stress as correlates of cigarette smoking in adolescence. The main intent was to identify elements that distinguish adolescents who had experimented with smoking and did not progress to regular smoking from those who became current smokers. Methods: Students at 10 high schools in the city of Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, completed a questionnaire based on an instrument employed in a similar large-scale study. The students were classified as never-smokers or experimenters. The experimenters were subcategorized as having become current smokers or nonprogressors. Analyses were performed using adjusted logistic models. Results: A total of 2,014 students (mean age, 16.2  1.1 years; females, 53%) completed the questionnaire. We categorized 1,283 students (63.7%) as never-smokers, 244 (12.1%) as current smokers, and 487 (24.2%) as nonprogressors. We found that experimentation with smoking was associated with being held back a grade in school (OR = 1.80), alcohol intake (low/occasional, OR = 8.92; high/regular, OR = 2.64), illicit drug use (OR = 9.32), having a sibling or cousin who smokes (OR = 1.39), having a friend who smokes (OR = 2.08), and high levels of stress (in females only, OR = 1.32). Factors associated with an increased risk of transitioning from experimenter to current smoker were alcohol intake (low/occasional, OR = 3.28; high/regular, OR = 2.16), illicit drug use (OR = 3.61), and having a friend who smokes (OR = 7.20). Conclusions: Current smoking was associated with a profile of socioeconomic correlates different from that associated with experimentation only. Our data (showing that current smoking was associated with having a friend who smokes, alcohol intake, and illicit drug use) suggest the need for comprehensive approaches to discourage substance use during adolescence.


Keywords: Smoking; Tobacco use; Adolescent behavior; Stress, psychological.


Correspondence about the article - Radial-probe EBUS for the diagnosis of peripheral pulmonary lesions

Correspondência sobre o artigo - Ecobroncoscopia radial para o diagnóstico de lesões pulmonares periféricas

Juliana Guarize1, Stefano Donghi1, Maurício Guidi Saueressig1,2,3

J Bras Pneumol.2017;43(1):76-76

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Systemic corticosteroids as first-line treatment in pulmonary hypertension associated with POEMS syndrome

Corticoide sistêmico como tratamento de primeira linha da hipertensão pulmonar secundária a síndrome POEMS

Samia Rached, Rodrigo Abensur Athanazio, Sérvulo Azevedo Dias Júnior, Carlos Jardim, Rogério Souza

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(8):804-808

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A síndrome POEMS é uma rara doença de plasmócitos. A ocorrência de hipertensão pulmonar como complicação respiratória da síndrome é pouco frequente e pode estar ligada ao aumento de várias citocinas, quimiocinas e fatores de crescimento como parte dos fenômenos inflamatórios que cercam a fisiopatologia da síndrome POEMS. Descrevemos o caso de uma mulher de 54 anos com síndrome POEMS e hipertensão pulmonar, que foi tratada com corticoide como terapia de primeira linha. Tratava-se de uma paciente com clássicos sintomas dessa síndrome: polineuropatia (confirmada por eletroneuromiografia), organomegalia, hipotireoidismo subclínico, gamopatia monoclonal em dosagem urinária e alterações cutâneas. A cateterização cardíaca direita revelou pressão arterial pulmonar média de 48 mmHg, débito cardíaco de 4,1 L/min e resistência vascular pulmonar de 8,05 Woods. O nível sérico de brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) foi de 150 pg/mL. Nenhuma outra doença foi encontrada durante investigação. Prednisona (1 mg/kg por três meses) foi iniciada, com dramática melhora clínica e funcional, além de normalização dos níveis dos hormônios tireoidianos e de proteína em urina por eletroforese. A pressão arterial pulmonar média caiu para 26 mmHg, o débito cardíaco para 3,8 L/min e a resistência vascular pulmonar para 2,89 Woods. O nível sérico de BNP caiu para 8pg/mL. Nossos achados indicam o potencial papel da corticoterapia como primeira linha de tratamento na hipertensão pulmonar associada à síndrome POEMS. Diante da raridade dessa apresentação, um registro multicêntrico deveria ser desenvolvido para permitir a aquisição de mais dados que suportem essa conduta.


Palavras-chave: Síndrome POEMS; Hipertensão pulmonar; Glucocorticoides.


Growth, lung function, and physical activity in schoolchildren who were very-low-birth-weight preterm infants

Crescimento, função pulmonar e atividade física em escolares nascidos prematuros e com muito baixo peso

Aline Dill Winck1,2, João Paulo Heinzmann-Filho3, Deise Schumann4, Helen Zatti4, Rita Mattiello3,5, Marcus Herbert Jones3,5, Renato Tetelbom Stein3,

J Bras Pneumol.2016;42(4):254-260

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Objective: To compare somatic growth, lung function, and level of physical activity in schoolchildren who had been very-low-birth-weight preterm infants (VLBWPIs) or normal-birth-weight full-term infants. Methods: We recruited two groups of schoolchildren between 8 and 11 years of age residing in the study catchment area: those who had been VLBWPIs (birth weight < 1,500 g); and those who had been normal-birth-weight full-term infants (controls, birth weight ≥ 2,500 g). Anthropometric and spirometric data were collected from the schoolchildren, who also completed a questionnaire regarding their physical activity. In addition, data regarding the perinatal and neonatal period were collected from the medical records of the VLBWPIs. Results: Of the 93 schoolchildren screened, 48 and 45 were in the VLBWPI and control groups, respectively. No significant differences were found between the groups regarding anthropometric characteristics, nutritional status, or pulmonary function. No associations were found between perinatal/neonatal variables and lung function parameters in the VLBWPI group. Although the difference was not significant, the level of physical activity was slightly higher in the VLBWPI group than in the control group. Conclusions: Among the schoolchildren evaluated here, neither growth nor lung function appear to have been affected by prematurity birth weight, or level of physical activity.


Keywords: Premature birth; Birth weight; Respiratory function tests; Motor activity; Pediatrics.


Isolated pulmonary cryptococcosis in an immunocompetent patient

Criptococose pulmonar isolada em paciente imunocompetente

Ana Teresa Fernandes Barbosa, Fernando Antônio Colares, Edson da Silva Gusmão, Amanda Araújo Barros, Cristiane Gonçalves Cordeiro, Maria Cecília Tolentino Andrade

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(5):476-480

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In this study, we report a case of pulmonary cryptococcosis in a patient presenting respiratory symptoms and a lung mass on the chest X-ray. The patient had no concomitant diseases, was seronegative for human immunodeficiency virus and was not receiving immunosuppressive therapy of any kind. The diagnosis was confirmed through transbronchial biopsy and bronchoalveolar lavage. The patient was treated as an outpatient with fluconazole (300 mg/day for six months), evolving to clinical improvement and partial regression of the lung mass, as seen on a second chest X-ray. The current case illustrates an unusual presentation of pulmonary cryptococcosis and raises questions regarding the therapeutic approaches proposed in the literature.


Keywords: Cryptococcosis; Lung diseases, fungal; Lung/radiography; Immunocompetence


Inclusion and exclusion criteria in research studies: definitions and why they matter

Critérios de inclusão e exclusão em estudos de pesquisa: definições e por que eles importam

Cecilia Maria Patino1,2,a, Juliana Carvalho Ferreira1,3,b

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(2):84-84

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Diagnostic criteria and follow-up in neuroendocrine cell hyperplasia of infancy: a case series

Critérios diagnósticos e seguimento em hiperplasia de células neuroendócrinas do lactente: uma série de casos

Vivianne Calheiros Chaves Gomes, Mara Cristina Coelho Silva, José Holanda Maia Filho, Pedro Daltro, Simone Gusmão Ramos, Alan S. Brody, Edson Marchiori

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(5):569-578

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Objective: Neuroendocrine cell hyperplasia of infancy (NEHI) is a form of childhood interstitial lung disease characterized by tachypnea, retractions, crackles, and hypoxia. The aim of this study was to report and discuss the clinical, imaging, and histopathological findings in a series of NEHI cases at a tertiary pediatric hospital, with an emphasis on diagnostic criteria and clinical outcomes. Methods: Between 2003 and 2011, 12 full-term infants were diagnosed with NEHI, based on clinical and tomographic findings. Those infants were followed for 1-91 months. Four infants were biopsied, and the histopathological specimens were stained with bombesin antibody. Results: In this case series, symptoms appeared at birth in 6 infants and by 3 months of age in the remaining 6. In all of the cases, NEHI was associated with acute respiratory infection. The most common initial chest HRCT findings were ground-glass opacities that were in the middle lobe/lingula in 12 patients and in other medullary areas in 10. Air trapping was the second most common finding, being observed in 7 patients. Follow-up HRCT scans (performed in 10 patients) revealed normal results in 1 patient and improvement in 9. The biopsy findings were nonspecific, and the staining was positive for bombesin in all samples. Confirmation of NEHI was primarily based on clinical and tomographic findings. Symptoms improved during the follow-up period (mean, 41 months). A clinical cure was achieved in 4 patients. Conclusions: In this sample of patients, the diagnosis of NEHI was made on the basis of the clinical and tomographic findings, independent of the lung biopsy results. Most of the patients showed clinical improvement and persistent tomographic changes during the follow-up period, regardless of the initial severity of the disease or type of treatment.


Keywords: Lung diseases, interstitial/diagnosis; Lung diseases, interstitial/treatment; Tomography, X-ray computed.


Psychological criteria for contraindication in lung transplant candidates: a five-year study

Critérios psicológicos para contraindicação em candidatos a transplante pulmonar: um estudo de cinco anos

Elaine Marques Hojaij1, Bellkiss Wilma Romano1, André Nathan Costa2, Jose Eduardo Afonso Junior3, Priscila Cilene Leon Bueno de Camargo3, Rafael Medeiros Carraro3, Silvia Vidal Campos4, Marcos Naoyuki Samano5, Ricardo Henrique de Oliveira Braga Teixeira6

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(3):246-249

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Lung transplantation presents a wide range of challenges for multidisciplinary teams that manage the care of the recipients. Transplant teams should perform a thorough evaluation of transplant candidates, in order to ensure the best possible post-transplant outcomes. That is especially true for the psychologist, because psychological issues can arise at any point during the perioperative period. The objective of our study was to evaluate the psychological causes of contraindication to waiting list inclusion in a referral program for lung transplantation. We retrospectively analyzed data on psychological issues presented by lung transplant candidates, in order to understand these matters in our population and to reflect upon ways to improve the selection process.


Keywords: Lung transplantation; Interview, psychological; Psychological tests; Preoperative care.


Quantitative culture of endotracheal aspirate and BAL fluid samples in the management of patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia: a randomized clinical trial

Cultura quantitativa de amostras de aspirado endotraqueal e lavado broncoalveolar no manejo de pacientes com pneumonia associada à ventilação mecânica: um ensaio clínico randomizado

Ricardo de Amorim Corrêa, Carlos Michel Luna, José Carlos Fernandez Versiani dos Anjos, Eurípedes Alvarenga Barbosa, Cláudia Juliana de Rezende, Adriano Pereira Rezende, Fernando Henrique Pereira, Manoel Otávio da Costa Rocha

J Bras Pneumol.2014;40(6):643-651

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Objective: To compare 28-day mortality rates and clinical outcomes in ICU patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia according to the diagnostic strategy used. Methods: This was a prospective randomized clinical trial. Of the 73 patients included in the study, 36 and 37 were randomized to undergo BAL or endotracheal aspiration (EA), respectively. Antibiotic therapy was based on guidelines and was adjusted according to the results of quantitative cultures. Results: The 28-day mortality rate was similar in the BAL and EA groups (25.0% and 37.8%, respectively; p = 0.353). There were no differences between the groups regarding the duration of mechanical ventilation, antibiotic therapy, secondary complications, VAP recurrence, or length of ICU and hospital stay. Initial antibiotic therapy was deemed appropriate in 28 (77.8%) and 30 (83.3%) of the patients in the BAL and EA groups, respectively (p = 0.551). The 28-day mortality rate was not associated with the appropriateness of initial therapy in the BAL and EA groups (appropriate therapy: 35.7% vs. 43.3%; p = 0.553; and inappropriate therapy: 62.5% vs. 50.0%; p = 1.000). Previous use of antibiotics did not affect the culture yield in the EA or BAL group (p = 0.130 and p = 0.484, respectively). Conclusions: In the context of this study, the management of VAP patients, based on the results of quantitative endotracheal aspirate cultures, led to similar clinical outcomes to those obtained with the results of quantitative BAL fluid cultures. (Brazilian Registry of Clinical Trials - ReBEC; identification number RBR-86DCDX [])


Keywords: Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid/diagnosis; Respiratory aspiration; Pneumonia, ventilator-associated.


Curso de diagnóstico por imagem do tórax

Arthur Soares Souza Junior

J Bras Pneumol.1999;25(1):35-49


Curso de diagnóstico por imagem do tórax - Capítulo V - Imagem da embolia pulmonar

Arthur Soares de Souza Júnior

J Bras Pneumol.1999;25(5):287-293


Curso de diagnóstico por imagem do tórax - Capítulo II - Imagenologia da pleura

Arthur Soares de Souza Junior

J Bras Pneumol.1999;25(2):102-113


Oxidative damage induced by cigarette smoke exposure in mice: impact on lung tissue and dia-phragm muscle

Dano oxidativo induzido por exposição a fumaça de cigarro em camundongos: impacto sobre o pulmão e o músculo diafragma

Samanta Portão de Carlos, Alexandre Simões Dias, Luiz Alberto Forgiarini Júnior, Patrícia Damiani Patricio, Thaise Graciano, Renata Tiscoski Nesi, Samuel Valença, Adriana Meira Guntzel Chiappa, Gerson Cipriano Jr, Claudio Teodoro de Souza, Gaspar Rogério da Silva Chiappa

J Bras Pneumol.2014;40(4):411-420

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Objetivo: Avaliar o dano oxidativo (oxidação lipídica, oxidação proteica, thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances [TBARS, substâncias reativas ao ácido tiobarbitúrico], e carbonilação) e inflamação (expressão de phosphorylated AMP-activated protein kinase e de phosphorylated mammalian target of rapamycin (p-AMPK e p-mTOR, respectivamente) em tecido pulmonar e músculos do diafragma em camundongos C57BL/6 machos expostos à fumaça de cigarro (FC) por 7, 15, 30, 45 ou 60 dias. Métodos: Trinta e seis camundongos machos da espécie C57BL/6 foram divididos em seis grupos (n = 6/grupo): grupo controle e 5 grupos expostos a FC por 7, 15, 30, 45 e 60 dias, respectivamente. Resultados: Comparados aos camundongos controle, os camundongos expostos à FC apresentaram menor peso corporal em 30 dias. Nos camundongos expostos à FC (comparados aos controle) as maiores diferenças (aumentos) nos níveis de TBARS foram observados no dia 7 no músculo diafragma, comparado ao dia 45 em tecido pulmonar; as maiores diferenças (aumentos) nos níveis de carbonilas foram observados no dia 7 em ambos os tipos de tecido; e os níveis de sulfidrilas foram menores, nos dois tipos de tecidos, em todos os tempos. No tecido pulmonar e no músculo diafragma, a expressão de p-AMPK exibiu um comportamento semelhante ao dos níveis de TBARS. A expressão de p-mTOR foi maior que o valor controle nos dias 7 e 15 no tecido pulmonar, assim como no dia 45 no músculo diafragma. Conclusões: Nossos dados demonstram que a exposição à FC produz dano oxidativo tanto no tecido pulmonar quanto (primariamente) no tecido muscular, tendo um efeito adicional no músculo respiratório, como é frequentemente observado em fumantes com DPOC.


Keywords: Oxidative stress; Mice; Respiratory system; Smoking; Inflammation.


Back to the future: a case series of minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum with regular instruments

De volta para o futuro: série de casos de reparo minimamente invasivo do pectus excavatum com instrumentos comuns

Miguel Lia Tedde1,a, Silvia Yukari Togoro1,b, Robert Stephen Eisinger2,c, Erica Mie Okumura1,d, Angelo Fernandes1,e, Paulo Manuel Pêgo-Fernandes1,f, Jose Ribas Milanez de Campos1,g

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(1):e20170373-e20170373

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Objective: Minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum (MIRPE) is a surgical treatment for PE. During the procedure, a specialized introducer is used to tunnel across the mediastinum for thoracoscopic insertion of a metal bar. There have been reported cases of cardiac perforation during this risky step. The large introducer can be a dangerous lever in unskilled hands. We set out to determine the safety and feasibility of using regular instruments (i.e., not relying on special devices or tools) to create the retrosternal tunnel during MIRPE. Methods: This was a preliminary study of MIRPE with regular instruments (MIRPERI), involving 28 patients with PE. We recorded basic patient demographics, chest measurements, and surgical details, as well as intraoperative and postoperative complications. Results: Patients undergoing MIRPERI had Haller index values ranging from 2.58 to 5.56. No intraoperative complications occurred. Postoperative complications included nausea/vomiting in 8 patients, pruritus in 2, and dizziness in 2, as well as atelectasis, pneumothorax with thoracic drainage, pleural effusion, and dyspnea in 1 patient each. Conclusions: In this preliminary study, the rate of complications associated with MIRPERI was comparable to that reported in the literature for MIRPE. The MIRPERI approach has the potential to improve the safety of PE repair, particularly for surgeons that do not have access to certain special instruments or have not been trained in their use.


Keywords: Funnel chest; Heart injuries; Thoracic wall; Intraoperative complications; Minimally invasive surgical procedures.


Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency: diagnosis and treatment

Deficiência de alfa-1 antitripsina: diagnóstico e tratamento

Aquiles A Camelier, Daniel Hugo Winter, José Roberto Jardim, Carlos Eduardo Galvão Barboza, Alberto Cukier, Marc Miravitlles

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(7):514-527

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Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is a recently identified genetic disease that occurs almost as frequently as cystic fibrosis. It is caused by various mutations in the SERPINA1 gene, and has numerous clinical implications. Alpha-1 antitrypsin is mainly produced in the liver and acts as an antiprotease. Its principal function is to inactivate neutrophil elastase, preventing tissue damage. The mutation most commonly associated with the clinical disease is the Z allele, which causes polymerization and accumulation within hepatocytes. The accumulation of and the consequent reduction in the serum levels of alpha-1 antitrypsin cause, respectively, liver and lung disease, the latter occurring mainly as early emphysema, predominantly in the lung bases. Diagnosis involves detection of low serum levels of alpha-1 antitrypsin as well as phenotypic confirmation. In addition to the standard treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, specific therapy consisting of infusion of purified alpha-1 antitrypsin is currently available. The clinical efficacy of this therapy, which appears to be safe, has yet to be definitively established, and its cost-effectiveness is also a controversial issue that is rarely addressed. Despite its importance, in Brazil, there are no epidemiological data on the prevalence of the disease or the frequency of occurrence of deficiency alleles. Underdiagnosis has also been a significant limitation to the study of the disease as well as to appropriate treatment of patients. It is hoped that the creation of the Alpha One International Registry will resolve these and other important issues.


Keywords: alpha 1-antitrypsin; Emphysema; Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive.


Nicotine dependence and smoking habits in patients with head and neck cancer

Dependência nicotínica e perfil tabágico em pacientes com câncer de cabeça e pescoço

Adriana Ávila de Almeida, Celso Muller Bandeira, Antonio José Gonçalves, Alberto José Araújo

J Bras Pneumol.2014;40(3):286-293

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Objective: To assess smoking habits and nicotine dependence (ND) in patients with head and neck cancer Methods: This study involved 71 smokers or former smokers with squamous cell carcinoma in the oral cavity, pharynx, or larynx who were treated at a university hospital in the city of São Paulo between January and May of 2010. We used the Fagerström Test for Nicotine Dependence to evaluate smoking habits and ND in the sample. Data regarding cancer treatment were collected from medical records. Depending on the variables studied, we used the chi-square test, Fisher's exact test, Student's t-test, or Spearman's correlation test. Results: Of the 71 patients, 47 (66.2%) presented with high or very high ND, 40 (56.3%) smoked more than 20 cigarettes/day, and 32 (45.1%) smoked their first cigarette within 5 min of awakening. Advanced disease stage correlated significantly with the number of cigarettes smoked per day (p = 0.011) and with smoking history (p = 0.047). We found that ND did not correlate significantly with gender, disease stage, smoking cessation, or number of smoking cessation attempts, nor did the number of cigarettes smoked per day correlate with smoking cessation or gender. Treatment for smoking cessation was not routinely offered. Conclusions: In most of the patients studied, the level of ND was high or very high. The prevalence of heavy smoking for long periods was high in our sample. A diagnosis of cancer is a motivating factor for smoking cessation. However, intensive smoking cessation treatment is not routinely offered to smoking patients diagnosed with cancer.


Keywords: Head and neck neoplasms; Tobacco use disorder; Smoking cessation.


Pulmonary deposition of inhaled tobramycin prior to and after respiratory therapy and use of inhaled albuterol in cystic fibrosis patients colonized with Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Deposição pulmonar de tobramicina inalatória antes e após fisioterapia respiratória e uso de salbutamol inalatório em pacientes com fibrose cística colonizados por Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Milena Baptistella Grotta, Elba Cristina de Sá Camargo Etchebere, Antonio Fernando Ribeiro, Juliana Romanato, Maria Ângela Gonçalves de Oliveira Ribeiro, José Dirceu Ribeiro

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(1):35-43

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Objective: To evaluate whether respiratory therapy followed by the use of inhaled albuterol modifies the pulmonary deposition of inhaled tobramycin in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and whether pulmonary deposition correlates with disease severity or genotype. Methods: A prospective study was carried out including patients with CF older than 6 years of age and colonized with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Exclusion criteria were pulmonary exacerbation, changes in therapy between the study phases and FEV1 < 25%. All patients were submitted to pulmonary scintigraphy by means of a scintillation camera equipped with a low-energy all-purpose collimator in order to evaluate drug penetration following the administration of inhaled 99mTc-tobramycin, as well as to pulmonary perfusion with 99mTc-macroaggregated albumin (phase 1). One month later, the same procedure was performed following respiratory therapy and administration of inhaled albuterol (phase 2). Results: We included 24 patients (12 males) aged 5-27 years (mean ± SD: 12.85 ± 6.64 years). The Shwachman score (SS) was excellent/good in 8 patients, moderate/fair in 16 and poor in 0. Genotyping revealed that 7 patients were ΔF508 homozygotes, 13 were ΔF508 heterozygotes; and 4 presented other mutations. In all patients, lung deposition of tobramycin decreased in phase 2, especially in those with moderate/fair SS (p = 0.017) and in heterozygotes (p = 0.043). Conclusions: The use of a respiratory therapy technique and the administration of inhaled albuterol immediately prior to the use of inhaled tobramycin decreased the pulmonary deposition of the latter in CF patients, and this reduction correlates with disease severity and genotype.


Keywords: Cystic fibrosis; Tobramycin; Respiratory therapy; Albuterol; Radionuclide imaging.


Derrame pleural com elevado teor de amilase

Célia Mallart Llarges, Jaqueline Maria Lima, Luís Felipe F. da Silva, Carlos Eduardo P. Barreto

J Bras Pneumol.1998;24(5):342-344


Pleural effusion caused by nontuberculous mycobacteria

Derrame pleural por micobactéria não tuberculosa

Márcia Seiscento, Sidney Bombarda, Adriana Castro de Carvalho, José Ribas Milanez de Campos, Lisete Teixeira

J Bras Pneumol.2005;31(5):459-463

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Mycobacterium kansasii, a nontuberculous mycobacterium, can cause pulmonary disease presenting clinical and radiological similarities to tuberculosis. M. kansasii infection has been associated with risk factors such as bronchiectasis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tuberculosis sequelae, pneumoconiosis and immunosuppression. Herein, we describe a case of pleural effusion in a 67-year-old patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and a history of pulmonary tuberculosis. The histological analysis demonstrated a granulomatous chronic process and acid-fast bacilli positivity, suggesting a diagnosis of pleural tuberculosis. M. kansasii was detected both in pleural fluid cultures and in cultures of tissue samples. We discuss the differential etiologic diagnosis with other infectious agents of granulomatous diseases, and we address treatment options.


Keywords: Mycobacterium kansasii; Mycobacterium infections; Pleural effusion; Case reports


Pleural effusion following ovarian hyperstimulation

Derrame pleural secundário à hiperestimulação ovariana

Jader Joel Machado Junqueira, Ricardo Helbert Bammann, Ricardo Mingarini Terra, Ana Cristina Pugliesi de Castro, Augusto Ishy, Angelo Fernandez

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(3):400-403

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Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is an iatrogenic complication that occurs in the luteal phase of an induced hormonal cycle. In most cases, the symptoms are self-limited and spontaneous regression occurs. However, severe cases are typically accompanied by acute respiratory distress. The objective of the present study was to describe the clinical presentation, treatment, and outcome of pleural effusion associated with OHSS in three patients undergoing in vitro fertilization. The patients ranged in age from 27 to 33 years. The onset of symptomatic pleural effusion (bilateral in all cases) occurred, on average, 43 days (range, 27-60 days) after initiation of hormone therapy for ovulation induction. All three patients required hospitalization for massive fluid resuscitation, and two required noninvasive mechanical ventilation. Although all three patients initially underwent thoracentesis, early recurrence of symptoms and pleural effusion prompted the use of drainage with a pigtail catheter. Despite the high output from the pleural drain (mean, 1,000 mL/day in the first week) and prolonged drainage (for 9-22 days), the outcomes were excellent: all three patients were discharged from hospital. Although pleural effusion secondary to OHSS is probably underdiagnosed, the associated morbidity should not be underestimated, especially because it affects potentially pregnant patients. In this study, early diagnosis and appropriate supportive measures yielded favorable results, limiting the surgical approach to adequate pleural drainage.


Keywords: Fertilization in vitro; Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome; Pleural effusion.


Pleural effusion: an extraintestinal complication of Crohn's disease

Derrame pleural: uma complicação extra-intestinal da doença de Crohn

Elie Fiss, Flavio Steinwaurz, Andrea Barranjard Vannucci, Camila de Menezes Succi

J Bras Pneumol.2002;28(5):285-287

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A 34-year-old patient had had Crohn's disease (CD) for eight years; she was seen for complaints of thoracic pain and fever, without gastrointestinal manifestations. Initial laboratory exams were compatible with the presence of inflammatory activity (VHS = 45 mm for normal value of 20 mm and PCR+). The physical exam revealed signs of pleural effusion in the left hemithorax base, which was confirmed by thoracic RX. The pleural liquid analysis showed that the cells were 100% of lymphocytes, with negative BAAR research. The pleural biopsy evidenced non caseous granuloma. Despite the tuberculosis treatment, the patient only got better when corticotherapy was introduced in high doses, suggesting the activity of CD as the cause of the pleural effusion. This case establishes a connection between activity of CD and manifestations of lung disease.


Challenges in lung transplantation

Desafios do transplante pulmonar

Fábio Biscegli Jatene, Paulo Manuel Pêgo-Fernandes

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(5):249-250

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Practical challenges of diagnosing obstruction in the presence of restriction

Desafios práticos do diagnóstico de obstrução na presença de restrição

José Alberto Neder1,a, Denis E O'Donnell1,b, Danilo Cortozi Berton2,c

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(5):e20190318-e20190318

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Exercise performance and differences in physiological response to pulmonary rehabilitation in severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with hyperinflation

Desempenho ao exercício e diferenças na resposta fisiológica à reabilitação pulmonar em doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica grave com hiperinsuflação

Andre Luis Pereira de Albuquerque1, Marco Quaranta2, Biswajit Chakrabarti3, Andrea Aliverti2, Peter M. Calverley3

J Bras Pneumol.2016;42(2):121-129

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Objective: Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) improves exercise capacity in most but not all COPD patients. The factors associated with treatment success and the role of chest wall mechanics remain unclear. We investigated the impact of PR on exercise performance in COPD with severe hyperinflation. Methods: We evaluated 22 COPD patients (age, 66 ± 7 years; FEV1 = 37.1 ± 11.8% of predicted) who underwent eight weeks of aerobic exercise and strength training. Before and after PR, each patient also performed a six-minute walk test and an incremental cycle ergometer test. During the latter, we measured chest wall volumes (total and compartmental, by optoelectronic plethysmography) and determined maximal workloads. Results: We observed significant differences between the pre- and post-PR means for six-minute walk distance (305 ± 78 vs. 330 ± 96 m, p < 0.001) and maximal workload (33 ± 21 vs. 39 ± 20 W; p = 0.02). At equivalent workload settings, PR led to lower oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide production (VCO2), and minute ventilation. The inspiratory (operating) rib cage volume decreased significantly after PR. There were 6 patients in whom PR did not increase the maximal workload. After PR, those patients showed no significant decrease in VCO2 during exercise, had higher end-expiratory chest wall volumes with a more rapid shallow breathing pattern, and continued to experience symptomatic leg fatigue. Conclusions: In severe COPD, PR appears to improve oxygen consumption and reduce VCO2, with a commensurate decrease in respiratory drive, changes reflected in the operating chest wall volumes. Patients with severe post-exercise hyperinflation and leg fatigue might be unable to improve their maximal performance despite completing a PR program.


Keywords: Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive/rehabilitation; Exercise therapy; Respiratory therapy.


Performance of nested PCR in the specific detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in blood samples of pediatric patients

Desempenho da técnica nested PCR na detecção específica do complexo Mycobacterium tuberculosis em amostras sanguíneas de pacientes pediátricos

Juliana Figueirêdo da Costa Lima, Lílian Maria Lapa Montenegro, Rosana de Albuquerque Montenegro, Marta Maciel Lyra Cabral, Andrea Santos Lima, Frederico Guilherme Coutinho Abath (in memoriam), Haiana Charifker Schindler

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(7):690-697

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Objective: To evaluate the performance of nested PCR (nPCR) in detecting the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in blood samples of patients suspected of having TB, in order to determine its potential for use as an auxiliary tool in the laboratory diagnosis of TB in children. Methods: Detection of the M. tuberculosis complex in blood samples using as a target the insertion sequence IS6110 of the genomic DNA of the bacillus. Blood samples of 120 patients were evaluated. All of the patients were under 15 years of age at the time of their treatment at public hospitals in the city of Recife, Brazil (between January of 2003 and August of 2005). Attending physicians at the hospitals diagnosed TB based on the criteria recommended by the American Thoracic Society. The nPCR amplified a 123-bp fragment with outer oligonucleotides (IS1/IS2) and, in the subsequent reaction, using inner oligonucleotides (IS3/IS4), generating an 81-bp amplicon. Results: Active or latent TB was found in 65 patients, TB was ruled out in 28 suspected cases, and 27 patients were TB-free (controls). The sensitivity of nPCR was 26.15% and was significantly higher for the extrapulmonary form of the disease (55.56%) than for the pulmonary form (18.18%). The specificity was 92.73%. Conclusions: Despite the difficulties in diagnosing TB in children and the low number of cases evaluated in the present study, nPCR in blood samples proved to be a rapid and specific technique, albeit one with low sensitivity. In order to establish its true usefulness in the diagnosis of paucibacillary forms, especially extrapulmonary TB, further studies need to be carried out with a larger sample of children and analyzing biological specimens other than blood.


Keywords: Tuberculosis; Diagnosis; Blood; Polymerase chain reaction.


Performance of instruments aimed at detecting obstructive sleep apnea syndrome among individuals in Chile

Desempenho de instrumentos de detecção da síndrome da apneia obstrutiva do sono em indivíduos no Chile

Gonzalo Labarca1,a, Jorge Dreyse2,3,b, Constanza Salas2,3,c, Maria Ines Gaete4,d, Jorge Jorquera2,3,e

J Bras Pneumol.2020;46(1):e20190015-e20190015

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Performance of diagnostic tests for pulmonary tuberculosis in indigenous populations in Brazil: the contribution of Rapid Molecular Testing

Desempenho de testes para o diagnóstico de tuberculose pulmonar em populações indígenas no Brasil: a contribuição do Teste Rápido Molecular

Jocieli Malacarne1,a, Alexsandro Santos Heirich2,b, Eunice Atsuko Totumi Cunha3,c, Ida Viktoria Kolte4,d, Reinaldo Souza-Santos4,e, Paulo Cesar Basta4,f

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(2):e20180185-e20180185

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Objective: To evaluate the accuracy of rapid molecular testing as a diagnostic tool and estimate the incidence of smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis among the indigenous population. Methods: This is an epidemiological study based on secondary data. We calculated the incidence of smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis between January 1st, 2011 and December 31, 2016, and the performance of bacilloscopy and rapid molecular testing in diagnosing pulmonary tuberculosis compared to sputum culture (standard test). Results: We included 4,048 cases of indigenous people with respiratory symptoms who provided sputum samples for analysis. Among them, 3.7%, 6.7%, and 3.7% had positive results for bacilloscopy, sputum culture, and rapid molecular testing, respectively. The mean incidence of pulmonary tuberculosis was 269.3/100 thousand inhabitants. Rapid molecular testing had 93.1% sensitivity and 98.2% specificity, compared to sputum culture. Bacilloscopy showed 55.1% sensitivity and 99.6% specificity. Conclusions: Rapid molecular testing can be useful in remote areas with limited resources and a high incidence of tuberculosis, such as indigenous villages in rural regions of Brazil. In addition, the main advantages of rapid molecular testing are its easy handling, fast results, and the possibility of detecting rifampicin resistance. Together, these attributes enable the early start of treatment, contributing to reduce the transmission in communities recognized as vulnerable to infection and disease.


Keywords: Tuberculosis; Molecular diagnostic testing; Diagnostic tests, routine; Indians, South American.


Functional performance on the six-minute walk test in patients with cystic fibrosis

Desempenho funcional de pacientes com fibrose cística e indivíduos saudáveis no teste de caminhada de seis minutos

Fabíola Meister Pereira, Maria Ângela Gonçalves de Oliveira Ribeiro, Antônio Fernando Ribeiro, Adyléia Aparecida Dalbo Contrera Toro, Gabriel Hessel, José Dirceu Ribeiro

J Bras Pneumol.2011;37(6):735-744

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Objective: To compare patients with cystic fibrosis and healthy individuals in terms of their functional performance on the six-minute walk test (6MWT). Methods: A prospective, cross-sectional study involving healthy individuals and patients with cystic fibrosis treated at a referral university hospital in the city of Campinas, Brazil. The 6MWT was administered in accordance with the American Thoracic Society guidelines, and it was repeated after a 30-min rest period. For all of the participants, RR, HR, SpO2, and Borg scale scores were obtained. For the cystic fibrosis patients, nutritional status and spirometric values were determined. Patients with pulmonary exacerbation were excluded. Spearman's correlation coefficient and repeated measures ANOVA were used. Results: The cystic fibrosis group comprised 55 patients, and the control group comprised 185 healthy individuals. The mean ages were 12.2 ± 4.3 and 11.3 ± 4.3 years, respectively. The six-minute walk distance (6MWD) was significantly shorter in the cystic fibrosis group than in the control group for both tests (547.2 ± 80.6 m vs. 610.3 ± 53.4 m for the first and 552.2 ± 82.1 m vs. 616.2 ± 58.0 m for the second; p < 0.0001 for both). The 6MWD correlated with age, weight, and height only in the cystic fibrosis group. During the tests, SpO2 remained stable, whereas HR and RR increased. Conclusions: In our sample, functional performance on the 6MWT was poorer among the cystic fibrosis patients than among the healthy controls in the same age bracket, and we found immediate repetition of the test to be unadvisable.


Keywords: Cystic fibrosis; Exercise tolerance; Dyspnea.


Developing research questions that make a difference

Desenvolvendo perguntas do estudo que fazem a diferença

Cecilia Maria Patino1,2, Juliana Carvalho Ferreira2,3

J Bras Pneumol.2016;42(6):403-403

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Development of an experimental model of neutrophilic pulmonary response induction in mice

Desenvolvimento de um modelo experimental de indução de resposta pulmonar neutrofílica em camundongos

Leonardo Araújo Pinto, Camila Camozzato, Monique Avozani, Denise Cantarelli Machado, Marcus Herbert Jones, Renato Tetelbom Stein, Paulo Márcio Condessa Pitrez

J Bras Pneumol.2003;29(4):213-216

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Background: Several lung diseases are characterized by a predominantly neutrophilic inflammation. A better understanding of the mechanisms of action of some drugs on the airway inflammation of such diseases may bring advances to the treatment. Objective: To develop a method to induce pulmonary neutrophilic response in mice, without active infection. Methods: Eight adult Swiss mice were used. The study group (n = 4) received an intranasal challenge with 1 x 1012 CFU/ml of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Psa), frozen to death. The control group (n = 4) received an intranasal challenge with saline solution. Two days after the intranasal challenge, a bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) was performed with total cell and differential cellularity counts. Results: The total cell count was significantly higher in the group with Psa, as compared to the control group (median of 1.17 x 106 and 0.08 x 106, respectively, p = 0.029). In addition to this, an absolute predominance of neutrophils was found in the differential cellularity of the mice that had received the Psa challenge. Conclusion: The model of inducing a neutrophilic pulmonary disease using frost-dead bacteria was successfully developed. This neutrophilic inflammatory response induction model in Swiss mice lungs may be an important tool for testing the anti-inflammatory effect of some antimicrobial drugs on the inflammation of the lower airways.


Keywords: Animal experimentation. Lung disesases. Inflammation. Neutrophils. Pseudomonas.


Development and assessment of a multimedia computer program to teach pleural drainage techniques

Desenvolvimento e avaliação de um programa multimídia de computador para ensino de drenagem pleural

João Aléssio Juliano Perfeito, Vicente Forte, Roseli Giudici, José Ernesto Succi, Jae Min Lee, Daniel Sigulem

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(7):437-444

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Objective: To develop a multimedia educational computer program designed to teach pleural drainage techniques to health professionals, as well as to evaluate its efficacy. Methods: We planned and developed a program, which was evaluated by 35 medical students, randomized into two groups. Group 1 comprised 18 students who studied using the program, and group 2 comprised 17 students who attended a traditional theoretical class given by an experienced teacher. Group 1 students were submitted to two subjective evaluations using questionnaires, and both groups took an objective theoretical test with multiple-choice questions and descriptive questions. The results of the theoretical test were compared using the Mann-Whitney test. Results: The subjective evaluation of the technological aspects and content of the program ranged from excellent to very good and good. The software was considered highly instructive by 16 students (88.9%), and 17 students (94.4%) thought it might partially substitute for traditional classes. Between the two groups, there was no significant difference in the multiple-choice test results, although there was such a difference in the descriptive question results (p < 0.001), group 1 students scoring higher than did those in group 2. Conclusions: The computer program developed at the Federal University of São Paulo Paulista School of Medicine proved to be a feasible means of teaching pleural drainage techniques. The subjective evaluation of this new teaching method revealed a high level of student satisfaction, and the objective evaluation showed that the program was as efficacious as is traditional instruction.


Keywords: Teaching; Thoracic surgery; Multimedia; Drainage; Pleural diseases.


Validation and development of an immunonephelometric assay for the determination of alpha-1 antitrypsin levels in dried blood spots from patients with COPD

Desenvolvimento e validação de um método de imunonefelometria em amostras de sangue em papel-filtro para a dosagem da alfa-1 antitripsina em pacientes com DPOC

Laura Russo Zillmer, Rodrigo Russo, Beatriz Martins Manzano, Ivan Ivanaga, Oliver Augusto Nascimento, Altay Alves Lino de Souza, Gildo Santos Júnior, Francisco Rodriguez, Marc Miravitlles, José Roberto Jardim

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(5):547-554

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Objective: To validate and develop an immunonephelometric assay for the determination of alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) levels in dried blood spots from COPD patients in Brazil. Methods: We determined AAT levels in serum samples and dried blood spots from 192 COPD patients. For the preparation of dried blood spots, a disk (diameter, 6 mm) was placed into a tube, eluted with 200 µL of PBS, and stored overnight at 4°C. All of the samples were analyzed by immunonephelometry in duplicate. We used the bootstrap resampling method in order to determine a cut-off point for AAT levels in dried blood spots. Results: The correlation coefficient between the AAT levels in serum samples and those in dried blood spots was r = 0.45. For dried blood spots, the cut-off value was 2.02 mg/dL (97% CI: 1.45-2.64 mg/dL), with a sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of 100%, 95.7%, 27.2%, and 100%, respectively. Conclusions: This method for the determination of AAT levels in dried blood spots appears to be a reliable screening tool for patients with AAT deficiency.


Development and validation of an asthma knowledge questionnaire for use in Brazil

Desenvolvimento e validação de um questionário de conhecimento em asma para uso no Brasil

Marcos Carvalho Borges, Érica Ferraz, Sílvia Maria Romão Pontes, Andrea de Cássia Vernier Antunes Cetlin, Roseane Durães Caldeira, Cristiane Soncino da Silva, Ana Carla Sousa Araújo, Elcio Oliveira Vianna

J Bras Pneumol.2010;36(1):-

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Objective: To develop and validate an asthma knowledge questionnaire for use in adult asthma patients in Brazil. Methods: A 34-item self-report questionnaire was constructed and administered to adult asthma patients and adult controls. The maximum total score was 34. Results: The questionnaire was shown to be discriminatory, with good reliability and reproducibility. The mean score for asthma patients and controls was, respectively, 21.47 ± 4.11 (range: 9-31) and 17.27 ± 5.11 (range: 7-28; p < 0.001). The Kaiser-Meyer-Olkin measure of sampling adequacy was 0.53, and the Bartlett's test of sphericity demonstrated a satisfactory suitability of the data to factor analysis (p < 0.001). There was no significant difference between the total scores obtained in the first and in the second application of the questionnaire within a two-week interval (p = 0.43). The internal consistency reliability (KR-20 coefficient) was 0.69. Conclusions: This study has validated an asthma knowledge questionnaire for use in Brazil.


Keywords: Asthma; Questionnaires; Validation studies; Reproducibility of results.


Clinical treatment outcomes of tuberculosis treated with the basic regimen recommended by the Brazilian National Ministry of Health using fixed-dose combination tablets in the greater metropolitan area of Goiânia, Brazil

Desfechos clínicos do tratamento de tuberculose utilizando o esquema básico recomendado pelo Ministério da Saúde do Brasil com comprimidos em dose fixa combinada na região metropolitana de Goiânia

Anna Carolina Galvão Ferreira, José Laerte Rodrigues da Silva Júnior, Marcus Barreto Conde, Marcelo Fouad Rabahi

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(1):76-83

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Objetivo: Descrever as taxas de cura, falência e abandono do tratamento da tuberculose com o esquema básico preconizado pelo Ministério da Saúde (tratamento com rifampicina, isoniazida, pirazinamida e etambutol por dois meses seguido de isoniazida e rifampicina por quatro meses) utilizando comprimidos em dose fixa combinada em regime autoadministrado e descrever os eventos adversos e seus possíveis impactos nos desfechos do tratamento. Métodos: Estudo descritivo utilizando dados coletados prospectivamente dos prontuários médicos de pacientes com tuberculose (idade ≥ 18 anos) tratados com o esquema básico em duas unidades básicas de saúde da região metropolitana de Goiânia, GO. Resultados: A amostra foi composta por 40 pacientes com tuberculose. A taxa de cura foi de 67,5%, a taxa de abandono foi de 17,5%, e não ocorreram casos de falência. Nessa amostra, 19 pacientes (47%) relataram reações adversas aos medicamentos. Essas foram leves e moderadas, respectivamente, em 87% e 13% dos casos. Em nenhum caso houve necessidade de mudança do esquema ou suspensão do tratamento. Conclusões: A taxa de cura do esquema básico com o uso de comprimidos em dose fixa combinada sob regime autoadministrado foi semelhante às taxas históricas do esquema anterior. A taxa de abandono, na amostra estudada, foi muito acima da taxa preconizada como adequada (até 5%).


Palavras-chave: Tuberculose; Resultado de tratamento; Combinação de medicamentos.


Weaning from mechanical ventilation: comparison of three methods

Desmame da ventilação mecânica: comparação de três métodos

José Raimundo A. de Azevedo, Cecilma Miranda de S. Teixeira, Kivania Carla Pessoa

J Bras Pneumol.1998;24(3):119-124

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Studies published by Brochard et al. and by Esteban et al. came to different conclusions about the best technique of weaning from mechanical ventilation. Although the association of synchronized intermittent mandatory ventilation (SIMV) with pressure support ventilation (PSV) is frequently used and considered as a physiologic form of weaning, no prospective randomized study compared this technique to synchronized intermittent mandatory ventilation or to pressure support ventilation used singly. The authors compared these three weaning methods to determine the one that is associated with the shortest weaning time and the smallest frequency of unfavorable outcome. Methods: The authors analyzed prospectively 72 consecutive patients submitted to mechanical ventilation for at least 24 hours and that had clinical, gasometric, and respiratory criteria for weaning. The patients were randomized in three groups (SIMV, PSV, SIMV+PSV). Stringent criteria were used in the application of each technique to define success or failure of the procedure. Results: The groups (SIMV = 21, PSV = 25 and SIMV+PSV = 26 patients) were similar with respect to age, score APACHE III and diseases. Mean duration of weaning was 1.7 ± 1.2 days with SIMV, 2.5 ± 1.6 days with PSV, and 2.1 ± 1.5 days with SIMV+PSV. Four (19.0 %) patients failled to wean in the SIMV group, nine (36.0%) in PSV and two (7.7%) in SIMV+PSV. Conclusions: This study shows a good performance of SIMV+PSV for weaning patients from mechanical ventilation and unfavorable results with support ventilation that can not be attributed to homogeneity between the groups, nor to the methodologies or equipments used.


Keywords: Weaning. Synchronized intermittent mandatory ventilation. Pressure support ventilation.


Maternal malnutrition during lactation in Wistar rats: effects on elastic fibers of the extracellular matrix in the trachea of offspring

Desnutrição materna durante a lactação em ratos Wistar: efeitos sobre as fibras elásticas da matriz extracelular na traqueia dos filhotes

Filipe Moreira de Andrade, Luiz Felippe Judice, Gilberto Perez Cardoso, Rafael Cisne, Cristiane da Fonte Ramos, Marcio Antonio Babinski

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(5):588-594

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Objective: To investigate the effects of maternal protein malnutrition during lactation on the elastic fibers in the tracheas of Wistar rat pups. Methods: At delivery, 12 male pups of two Wistar rat dams were equally divided into two groups: control, in which the dam received water and standard rat chow ad libitum during lactation; and protein-restricted (PR), in which the dam received water ad libitum and an isoenergetic PR diet (8% protein). At 21 days of age, the pups were killed and their tracheas were excised. The elastic fibers were stained with Weigert's resorcin-fuchsin (after oxidation) and evaluated under light microscopy. Morphometric determinations were performed by stereology, with the point-counting method, and expressed as volumetric densities. Results: Elastic fibers, most having a longitudinal distribution, were identified beneath the tracheal mucosa. In addition, well-defined circular layers of elastic fibers were found around the inner and outer surfaces of the cartilaginous ring. There were no differences between the groups regarding the organization and distribution of the elastic fibers. The volumetric density of the elastic fibers of the pups in the control and PR groups was 2.46 ± 0.99% and 3.25 ± 1.13%, respectively (p < 0.01). Conclusions: The volumetric density of elastic fibers appears to be greater in rat pups breastfed by dams receiving a PR diet than in those breastfed by dams receiving a normal diet.


Keywords: Trachea/growth and development; Trachea/anatomy and histology; Extracellular matrix; Airway remodeling; Malnutrition.


Highlights of the Brazilian Thoracic Association Guidelines for Interstitial Lung Diseases

Destaques das Diretrizes de Doenças Pulmonares Intersticiais da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisiologia

Bruno Guedes Baldi, Carlos Alberto de Castro Pereira, Adalberto Sperb Rubin, Alfredo Nicodemos da Cruz Santana, André Nathan Costa, Carlos Roberto Ribeiro Carvalho, Eduardo Algranti, Eduardo Mello de Capitani, Eduardo Pamplona Bethlem, Ester Nei Aparecida Martins Coletta, Jaquelina Sonoe Ota Arakaki, José Antônio Baddini Martinez, Jozélio Freire de Carvalho, Leila John Marques Steidle, Marcelo Jorge Jacó Rocha, Mariana Silva Lima, Maria Raquel Soares, Marlova Luzzi Caramori, Miguel Abidon Aidé, Rimarcs Gomes Ferreira, Ronaldo Adib Kairalla, Rudolf Krawczenko Feitoza de Oliveira, Sérgio Jezler, Sílvia Carla Sousa Rodrigues, Suzana Pinheiro Pimenta

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(3):282-291

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Interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) are heterogeneous disorders, involving a large number of conditions, the approach to which continues to pose an enormous challenge for pulmonologists. The 2012 Brazilian Thoracic Association ILD Guidelines were established in order to provide Brazilian pulmonologists with an instrument that can facilitate the management of patients with ILDs, standardizing the criteria used for the diagnosis of different conditions and offering guidance on the best treatment in various situations. The objective of this article was to briefly describe the highlights of those guidelines.


Keywords: Lung diseases, interstitial; Guidelines as topic; Brazil.


Using polymerase chain reaction with primers based on the plcB-plcC intergenic region to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis in clinical samples

Deteção de Mycobacterium tuberculosis em amostras clínicas por reação em cadeia da polimerase utilizando primers baseados na região intergênica plcB-plcC

Hermides Pinto Júnior, Claudia Giuliano Bica, Moisés Palaci, Reynaldo Dietze, Luiz Augusto Basso, Diógenes Santiago Santos

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(4):437-442

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Objective: To develop a system for the molecular diagnosis of tuberculosis by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), constructing primers based on the difference in gene organization of the intergenic region of phospholipase C (plcB-plcC region), which differentiates Mycobacterium tuberculosis from other mycobacteria. Methods: A PCR product of the expected size (432 bp) was obtained from M. tuberculosis and M. africanum only. A total of 33 mycobacterial isolates and 273 clinical samples from patients suspected of having tuberculosis were examined. These were used in the comparative study of the PCR technique versus culture. Results: For PCR versus culture, the data showed 93.8% accuracy (p < 0.0001), 93.1% sensitivity (CI: 88.7-96.0), and 96.4% specificity (CI: 96.1-99.4). The Kappa value (0.82) shows that there was a near-perfect concordance between the two tests. Conclusion: The use of the plcB-plcC region in PCR amplification was found to be an important and reliable tool for the specific diagnosis of tuberculosis in the samples analyzed.


Keywords: Polymerase chain reaction; Diagnosis; Tuberculosis; Mycobacterium tuberculosis


Detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex by nested polymerase chain reaction in pulmonary and extrapulmonary specimens

Detecção do complexo Mycobacterium tuberculosis por nested polymerase chain reaction em espécimes pulmonares e extrapulmonares

Adriana Antônia da Cruz Furini, Heloisa da Silveira Paro Pedro, Jean Francisco Rodrigues, Lilian Maria Lapa Montenegro, Ricardo Luiz Dantas Machado, Célia Franco, Haiana Charifker Schindler, Ida Maria Foschiani Dias Batista, Andrea Regina Baptista Rossit

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(6):711-718

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Objective: To compare the performance of nested polymerase chain reaction (NPCR) with that of cultures in the detection of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in pulmonary and extrapulmonary specimens. Methods: We analyzed 20 and 78 pulmonary and extrapulmonary specimens, respectively, of 67 hospitalized patients suspected of having tuberculosis. An automated microbial system was used for the identification of Mycobacterium spp. cultures, and M. tuberculosis IS6110 was used as the target sequence in the NPCR. The kappa statistic was used in order to assess the level of agreement among the results. Results: Among the 67 patients, 6 and 5, respectively, were diagnosed with pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis, and the NPCR was positive in all of the cases. Among the 98 clinical specimens, smear microscopy, culture, and NPCR were positive in 6.00%, 8.16%, and 13.26%, respectively. Comparing the results of NPCR with those of cultures (the gold standard), we found that NPCR had a sensitivity and specificity of 100% and 83%, respectively, in pulmonary specimens, compared with 83% and 96%, respectively, in extrapulmonary specimens, with good concordance between the tests (kappa, 0.50 and 0.6867, respectively). Conclusions: Although NPCR proved to be a very useful tool for the detection of M. tuberculosis complex, clinical, epidemiological, and other laboratory data should also be considered in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis.


Keywords: Tuberculosis/diagnosis; Tuberculosis/microbiology; Mycobacterium tuberculosis; Polymerase chain reaction.


Cord factor detection and macroscopic evaluation of mycobacterial colonies: an efficient combined screening test for the presumptive identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex on solid media

Detecção do fator corda e avaliação do aspecto macroscópico das colônias de micobactérias: um eficiente teste de triagem combinado para a identificação presuntiva do complexo Mycobacterium tuberculosis em meios sólidos

Fernanda Cristina dos Santos Simeão, Erica Chimara, Rosângela Siqueira Oliveira, Jonas Umeoka Yamauchi, Fábio Oliveira Latrilha, Maria Alice da Silva Telles

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(12):-

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Objective: The rapid differentiation between Mycobacterium tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacteria is fundamental for patients co-infected with tuberculosis and HIV. To that end, we use two methods in our laboratory: detection of cord factor and PCR-restriction enzyme analysis (PRA). The objective of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of a screening test on solid medium as a rapid method for the presumptive identification of M. tuberculosis complex, considering costs and turnover time. Methods: A total of 152 strains were submitted to a combined screening test, consisting of the detection of cord factor under microscopy (Ziehl-Neelsen staining) and evaluation of the macroscopic aspect of colonies, as well as to PRA, which was used as the gold standard. Costs were estimated by calculating the price of all of the materials needed for each test. Results: The overall accuracy of cord factor detection alone was 95.4% (95% CI: 90.7-98.1%), and that of the combined screening test was 99.3% (95% CI: 96.4-100%). Cord factor detection costs US$ 0.25, whereas the PRA costs US$ 7.00. Results from cord factor detection are ready in 2 days, whereas PRA requires 4 days to yield results. Conclusions: The presumptive identification of M. tuberculosis using the macroscopic evaluation of colonies combined with cord factor detection under microscopy is a simple, rapid and inexpensive test. We recommend the combined screening test to rapidly identify M. tuberculosis in resource-poor settings and in less well-equipped laboratories while awaiting a definite identification by molecular or biochemical methods.


Keywords: Tuberculosis; Mycobacterium/classification; Polymerase chain reaction; Diagnostic tests, routine.


Determination of the inflammatory component of airway diseases by induced sputum cell counts: use in clinical practice

Determinação do componente inflamatório das doenças das vias aéreas através do escarro induzido: utilização na prática clínica

Pablo Moritz, Leila John Marques Steidle, Manuela Brisot Felisbino, Túlia Kleveston, Marcia Margaret Menezes Pizzichini, Emilio Pizzichini

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(11):913-921

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Objective: To evaluate the usefulness of determining the inflammatory component of airway diseases (inflammometry) by induced sputum cell counts, as well as its influence on treatment decisions in a tertiary facility for the treatment of respiratory diseases. Methods: We analyzed 151 sputum samples from 132 consecutive patients referred for clinical sputum induction by five pulmonologists between July of 2006 and February of 2007. A structured questionnaire related to the reasons for requesting the test and to the therapeutic decision making based on test results was completed by each attending physician upon receiving the test results. Induced sputum was obtained and processed according to a technique previously described. Results: The principal motives for ordering the test were inhaled corticosteroid dose titration in patients with moderate-to-severe asthma (in 54.3%), investigation of chronic cough (in 30.5%), and monitoring airway inflammation in patients with bronchiectasis (in 7.3%) or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (in 6%). Of the 82 patients with asthma, 47 (57%) presented eosinophilic bronchitis (>3% eosinophils). Nonasthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis was diagnosed in 9 (19%) of the 46 patients with chronic cough. Neutrophilic bronchitis (>65% neutrophils) was found in 13 patients, of which 5 had asthma, 2 had chronic cough, and 6 had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/bronchiectasis. Based on the induced sputum results, the corticosteroid dose was modified in 48 asthma patients (64.7%). Conclusions: The systematic application of inflammometry using induced sputum cell counts can be beneficial for patients with airway diseases, particularly those with asthma or chronic cough.


Keywords: Sputum; Asthma; Bronchitis.


Morphological prognostic factors in nosocomial pneumonia:an autopsy study

Determinantes morfológicos de prognóstico em pneumonia nosocomial: um estudo em autópsias

Luiz Mário Baptista Martinelli, Paulo José Fortes Villas Boas, Thais Thomaz Queluz, Hugo Hyung Bok Yoo

J Bras Pneumol.2010;36(1):51-58

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Objective: To determine the prevalence of nosocomial pneumonia in autopsies at a public university hospital; to identify the risk factors for nosocomial pneumonia and the potential prognostic factors associated with fatal nosocomial pneumonia and with fatal aspiration pneumonia; and to determine whether anatomopathological findings correlate with nosocomial pneumonia or aspiration pneumonia. Methods: A retrospective study involving 199 autopsied patients, older than 1 year of age, who had been admitted to the São Paulo State University Botucatu School of Medicine Hospital das Clínicas and died of nosocomial pneumonia (underlying or contributing cause), between 1999 and 2006. Demographic, clinical and anatomopathological variables were tested regarding their association with the outcomes (fatal nosocomial pneumonia and fatal aspiration pneumonia). The significant variables were analyzed using multivariate analysis. Results: The mean age was 59 ± 19 years. The prevalence of nosocomial pneumonia in autopsies was 29%, and the disease was the cause of death in 22.6% of the autopsied patients. Fatal nosocomial pneumonia correlated with the following anatomopathological findings: tobacco‑associated structural lesions (OR = 3.23; 95% CI: 1.26-2.95; p = 0.02) and bilateral pneumonia (OR = 3.23; 95% CI: 1.26-8.30; p = 0.01). None of the variables were found to be significantly associated with fatal aspiration pneumonia. Conclusions: In our sample, there was a high prevalence of nosocomial pneumonia, which was responsible for almost 25% of all of the deaths. Smoking-related structural lesions and bilateral pneumonia all favored mortality. These findings corroborate the results of various clinical studies on nosocomial pneumonia.


Keywords: Autopsy; Risk factors; Prognosis; Pneumonia, aspiration; Pneumonia/mortality.


Detection of pulmonary nodules by computer-aided diagnosis in multidetector computed tomography: preliminary study of 24 cases

Diagnóstico auxiliado por computador na detecção de nódulos pulmonares pela tomografia computadorizada com múltiplos detectores: estudo preliminar de 24 casos

Julia Capobianco, Dany Jasinowodolinski, Gilberto Szarf

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(1):27-33

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Objectives: To evaluate the performance of a computer program designed to facilitate the detection of pulmonary nodules using multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) scans of the chest. Methods: We evaluated 24 consecutive MDCT scans of the chest at the Fleury Diagnostic Imaging Center during the period from October 7 to October 19 of 2006, using a 64-channel CT scanner. The study comprised 12 females and 12 males, ranging from 35 to 77 years of age (mean, 57.9 years). Double reading and a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system were used in order to perform two independent analyses of the data. The nodules found using both methods were recorded, and the data were compared. Results: The total sensitivity of CAD for the detection of nodules was 16.5%, increasing to 55% when nodules <4 mm in diameter were excluded. Sensitivity by diameter was 6.5% for nodules <4 mm, 45% for nodules of 4-6 mm, 100% for nodules of 6 mm-1 cm, and 0% for nodules >1 cm. More than 99% of true nodules detected by CAD were registered in the image double-reading process. Conclusions: In this preliminary 24-case study, the sensitivity of computer program tested was not significantly greater than that of the double-reading process that is routinely performed in this facility.


Keywords: Image interpretation, computer-assisted; Coin lesion, pulmonary; Tomography, X-ray computed.


Diagnosis and staging of lung cancer

Diagnóstico e estadiamento do câncer de pulmão

Angelo Fernandez, Fabio B. Jatene, Mauro Zamboni

J Bras Pneumol.2002;28(4):219-228

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Carcinoma of the lung can present in a number of guises and a number of possible and often complementary diagnostic approaches are available. The choice of procedure should reflect the presentation of the tumor, local expertise, intended management and patient preference. There are different methods of investigation: sputum cytology, fiberbronchoscopy, transbronchial biopsy, transbronchial needle aspiration, transthoracic fine needle aspiration, etc. The association of all of these methods increases the power of diagnosis. Staging is the measurement of the anatomical extent of a tumor in any given patient. The staging of cancer began with Denoix's TNM classification system, and, although several modifications were developed, it remains the basis of lung cancer staging systems up to now. Assigning patients to a particular TNM stage allows choosing the most appropriate therapy and provides prognostic information. Also, the impact of new therapeutic methods can be evaluated for efficacy and a comparison of the expected survival rates can be predicted.


Diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary hypertension: an update*

Diagnóstico e tratamento da hipertensão pulmonar: uma atualização

Susana Hoette, Carlos Jardim, Rogério de Souza

J Bras Pneumol.2010;36(6):795-811

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Over the last five years, knowledge in the field of pulmonary hypertension has grown consistently and significantly. On the basis of various clinical studies showing the usefulness of new diagnostic tools, as well as the efficacy of new medications and drug combinations, new diagnostic and treatment algorithms have been developed. Likewise, in order to simplify the clinical management of patients, the classification of pulmonary hypertension has been changed in an attempt to group the various forms of pulmonary hypertension in which the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches are similar. The objective of this review was to discuss these modifications, based on the 2005 Brazilian guidelines for the management of pulmonary hypertension, emphasizing what has been added to the international guidelines.


Keywords: Hypertension, pulmonary/diagnosis; Hypertension, pulmonary/therapy; Clinical protocols.


Diagnosis and treatment of latent tuberculosis in patients with chronic inflammatory diseases: use of TNF-alpha-targeting biological products

Diagnóstico e tratamento da tuberculose latente em pacientes com doenças inflamatórias crônicas e uso de imunobiológicos inibidores do TNF-α

Diana Maria de Almeida Lopes, Valéria Goes Ferreira Pinheiro, Helena Serra Azul Monteiro, José Ajax Nogueira Queiroz, Lucivaldo dos Santos Madeira, Mônica Maria de Almeida Lopes

J Bras Pneumol.2011;37(3):308-316

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Objective: To determine the clinical and epidemiological profile of patients who are candidates for TNF-α inhibitor use and are classified as having latent tuberculosis (LTB), as well as to evaluate the outcomes of prophylactic treatment with isoniazid. Methods: A prospective descriptive analysis followed by an analytical, observational, cross-sectional study of the outcomes of prophylactic treatment in a group of 45 candidates for TNF-α inhibitor use. We evaluated the patients through anamnesis, clinical examination, chest X-ray, and tuberculin skin test (TST) using the Mantoux method. Results: The mean age was 45 years, and 56.0% of the patients were female. Chronic rheumatic diseases, chronic dermatological diseases, and Crohn's disease were present in 46.7%, 40.0%, and 13.3% of the patients, respectively. The mean TST induration was 14.6 mm (range: 5-30 mm). The majority (n = 30) of the 45 patients (66.7%) had an induration > 10 mm. In the 16 patients with BCG vaccination scars, the mean induration was 15.7 mm, and 14 of those patients had an induration > 10 mm. Chest X-ray results were considered normal, with minimal alterations, in 64.4% and 35.6% of the patients, respectively. The treatment with isoniazid was abandoned by 1 patient (2.2%) and completed by 41 (91.2%), whereas it was interrupted because of drug-induced hepatitis in 2 (4.4%), and 1 patient (2.2%) was transferred to another hospital. Of those who completed the treatment, 5 experienced mild side effects. Conclusions: Determining the profile of candidates for TNF-α inhibitor use is important for the management of LTB treatment and for the establishment of clinical protocols for the use and monitoring of the use of these medications.


Keywords: Tuberculosis; Latent tuberculosis; Tuberculin test; Isoniazid; Tumor necrosis factor-alpha.


Diagnosis and treatment of mediastinal tumors by thoracoscopy

Diagnóstico e tratamento dos tumores mediastinais por toracoscopia

José Ribas Milanez de Campos, Luís Marcelo Inaco Cirino, Angelo Fernandez, Marcos Naoyuki Samano, Paulo Pego Fernandez, Luiz Tarcísio Britto Filomeno, Fábio Biscegli Jatene

J Bras Pneumol.2000;26(4):169-174

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Objectives: Thoracoscopic management of mediastinal tumors is still subject to analysis. Seventy-three patients were submitted to thoracoscopy for the treatment of mediastinal masses and were analyzed retrospectively, in order to evaluate the effectiveness and complications of the procedure. Methods: Between 1983 and 1999, 21 conventional thoracoscopies and 52 video-assisted thoracic surgeries were performed (33 for diagnostic purposes and 40 for therapy). Patient ages ranged from two to 81 years (mean 43.8) with a slight predominance of females over males (41 versus 32). All underwent general anesthesia using simple (22) or double lumen (51) intubation. Results: The histological type of tumor was identified in all patients. For therapeutic purposes, conversion to thoracotomy was necessary in nine patients. The reasons were tumor size and invasion of nearby structures, difficulty to continue dissection, to perform an upper lobectomy, and to suture the iatrogenic diaphragm lesion. Four patients died during the first 30 postoperative days as a consequence of their primary pathology. Conclusions: Thoracoscopy was confirmed to be an effective diagnostic and therapeutic alternative for the treatment of mediastinal disorders.


Keywords: Thoracoscopy, thoracic surgery, mediastinal neoplasms, mediastinal cysts.


Early diagnosis of lung cancer: the great challenge. Epidemiological variables, clinical variables, staging and treatment

Diagnóstico precoce do câncer de pulmão: o grande desafio. Variáveis epidemiológicas e clínicas, estadiamento e tratamento

João Adriano Barros, Geraldo Valladares, Adriane Reichert Faria, Erika Megumi Fugita, Ana Paula Ruiz, André Gustavo Daher Vianna, Guilherme Luís Trevisan, Fabrício Augusto Martinelli de Oliveira

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(3):221-227

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Objective: To evaluate confirmed cases of lung cancer, reviewing epidemiological variables, clinical variables, staging and treatment. Methods: The cases of 263 patients were studied. All of the patients had been treated at the Universidade Federal do Paraná (Federal University of Paraná) Hospital de Clínicas or at the Hospital Erasto Gaertner, two institutions that, together, serve a significant portion of the patients seeking treatment in the city of Curitiba, located in the state of Paraná. This was a retrospective study, involving the administration of questionnaires. The descriptive analysis of the data obtained was performed using the Epi-Info program. Results: There was a predominance of male patients (76%). At the time of diagnosis, the majority of patients (90%) were smokers or former smokers. In 87% of the cases, there was no history of lung disease. The most common initial symptoms were cough (142 cases) and chest pain (92 cases). Non-small cell lung cancer was found in 87% of the patients, and the most common histological type was spinocellular carcinoma, which was found in 49% of all of the patients. Smoking was found to be the most significant predisposing factor. Conclusion: The characteristics of lung cancer progression, such as the nonspecificity of the initial symptoms, the duration of tumor growth and the course of the tumor, together with the lack of tracking programs, are the principal factors that hinder the early detection of lung cancer, making it difficult to treat lung cancer patients and to increase their survival.


Keywords: Lung neoplasms/diagnosis; Lung neoplasms/epidemiology; Lung neoplasms/surgery; Early diagnosis; Neoplasms staging


Synchronous diagnosis of primitive papillary adenocarcinomas: beyond the realm of probability

Diagnóstico simultâneo de adenocarcinomas papilares primitivos: além da probabilidade

Pedro Gonçalo de Silva Ferreira, Paulo Matos, António Jorge Gouveia Ferreira

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(6):747-749

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Gender differences in the perception of asthma and respiratory symptoms in a population sample of asthma patients in four Brazilian cities

Diferenças entre os sexos na percepção de asma e sintomas respiratórios em uma amostra populacional em quatro cidades brasileiras

Laura Russo Zillmer, Mariana Rodrigues Gazzotti, Oliver Augusto Nascimento, Federico Montealegre, James Fish, José Roberto Jardim

J Bras Pneumol.2014;40(6):591-598

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Objective: To evaluate the impact of asthma, by gender, in a population sample of asthma patients in Brazil. Methods: We conducted face-to-face interviews with 400 subjects (> 12 years of age) included in a national probability telephone sample of asthma patients in the Brazilian state capitals of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, and Salvador. Each of those 400 subjects completed a 53-item questionnaire that addressed five asthma domains: symptoms; impact of asthma on quality of life; perception of asthma control; exacerbations; and treatment/medication. Results: Of the 400 patients interviewed, 272 (68%) were female. In relation to respiratory symptoms, the proportion of women reporting extremely bothersome symptoms (cough with sputum, tightness in the chest, cough/shortness of breath/tightness in the chest during exercise, nocturnal shortness of breath, and nocturnal cough) was greater than was that of men. Daytime symptoms, such as cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, and tightness in the chest, were more common among women than among men. Women also more often reported that their asthma interfered with normal physical exertion, social activities, sleep, and life in general. Regarding the impact of asthma on quality of life, the proportion of subjects who reported that asthma caused them to feel that they had no control over their lives and affected the way that they felt about themselves was also greater among women than among men. Conclusions: Among women, asthma tends to be more symptomatic, as well as having a more pronounced effect on activities of daily living and on quality of life.


Keywords: Asthma/diagnosis; Asthma/prevention & control; Quality of life.


Differences in the clinical and radiological presentation of intrathoracic tuberculosis in the presence or absence of HIV infection

Diferenças na apresentação clínico-radiológica da tuberculose intratorácica segundo a presença ou não de infecção por HIV

Pedro Dornelles Picon, Maria Luiza Avancini Caramori, Sérgio Luiz Bassanesi, Sandra Jungblut, Marcelo Folgierini, Nelson da Silva Porto, Carlos Fernando Carvalho Rizzon, Roberto Luiz Targa Ferreira, Tânia Mariza de Freitas, Carla Adriane Jarczewski

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(4):429-436

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Objective: To describe the differences in the clinical and radiological presentation of tuberculosis in the presence or absence of HIV infection. Methods: A sample of 231 consecutive adults with active pulmonary tuberculosis admitted to a tuberculosis hospital were studied, assessing HIV infection, AIDS, and associated factors, as well as re-evaluating chest X-rays. Results: There were 113 HIV-positive patients (49%) Comparing the 113 HIV-positive patients (49%) to the 118 HIV-negative patients (51%), the former presented a higher frequency of atypical pulmonary tuberculosis (pulmonary lesions accompanied by intrathoracic lymph node enlargement), hematogenous tuberculosis, and pulmonary tuberculosis accompanied by superficial lymph node enlargement, as well as presenting less pulmonary cavitation. The same was found when HIV-positive patients with AIDS were compared to those without AIDS. There were no differences between the HIV-positive patients without AIDS and the HIV-negative patients. Median CD4 counts were lower in HIV-positive patients with intrathoracic lymph node enlargement and pulmonary lesions than in the HIV-positive patients with pulmonary lesions only (47 vs. 266 cells/mm3; p < 0.0001), in HIV-positive patients with AIDS than in those without AIDS (136 vs. 398 cells/mm3; p < 0.0001) and in patients with atypical pulmonary tuberculosis than in those with other forms of tuberculosis (31 vs. 258 cells/mm3; p < 0.01). Conclusion: Atypical forms and disseminated disease predominate among patients with advanced immunosuppression. In regions where TB prevalence is high, the presence of atypical pulmonary tuberculosis or pulmonary tuberculosis accompanied by superficial lymph node enlargement should be considered an AIDS-defining condition.


Keywords: Tuberculosis, pulmonary; HIV infections; Radiography, thoracic.


Tomographic and functional findings in severe COPD: comparison between the wood smoke-relatedand smoking-related disease

Diferencias tomográficas y funcionales entre la EPOC severa relacionada con humo deleña y con cigarrillo

Mauricio González-García, Dario Maldonado Gomez, Carlos A. Torres-Duque, Margarita Barrero,Claudia Jaramillo Villegas, Juan Manuel Pérez, Humberto Varon

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(2):147-154

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Objective: Wood smoke exposure is a risk factor for COPD. For a given degree of airway obstruction, the reduction in DLCO is smaller in individuals with wood smoke-related COPD than in those with smoking-related COPD, suggesting that there is less emphysema in the former. The objective of this study was to compare HRCT findings between women with wood smoke-related COPD and women with smoking-related COPD. Methods:áTwenty-two women with severe COPD (FEV1/FVC ratio < 70% and FEV1 < 50%) were divided into two groups: those with wood smoke-related COPD (n = 12) and those with smoking-related COPD (n = 10). The two groups were compared regarding emphysema scores and airway involvement (as determined by HRCT); and functional abnormalities-spirometry results, DLCO, alveolar volume (VA), the DLCO/VA ratio, lung volumes, and specific airway resistance (sRaw). Results: There were no significant differences between the two groups in terms of FEV1, sRaw, or lung hyperinflation. Decreases in DLCO and in the DLCO/VA ratio were greater in the smoking-related COPD group subjects, who also had higher emphysema scores, in comparison with the wood smoke-related COPD group subjects. In the wood smoke-related COPD group, HRCT scans showed no significant emphysema, the main findings being peribronchial thickening, bronchial dilation, and subsegmental atelectasis. Conclusions: Female patients with severe wood smoke-related COPD do not appear to develop emphysema, although they do show severe airway involvement. The reduction in DLCO and VA, with a normal DLCO/VA ratio, is probably due to severe bronchial obstruction and incomplete mixing of inspired gas during the determination of single-breath DLCO.


Palavras-chave: Enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica; Tomografía; Contaminación del aire; Biomasa; Humo; Pruebas de función respiratoria.


Intensity of physical exercise and its effect on functional capacity in COPD: systematic review and meta-analysis

Diferentes intensidades de exercício físico e capacidade funcional na DPOC: revisão sistemática e meta-análise

Juliano Rodrigues Adolfo1,a, William Dhein1,b, Graciele Sbruzzi1,2,3,c

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(6):e20180011-e20180011

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Objective: To evaluate the effects of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), in comparison with those of continuous exercise, on functional capacity and cardiovascular variables in patients with COPD, through a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Methods: We searched PubMed, the Physiotherapy Evidence Database, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and EMBASE, as well as performing hand searches, for articles published up through January of 2017. We included studies comparing exercise regimens of different intensities, in terms of their effects on functional capacity and cardiovascular variables in patients with COPD. Results: Of the 78 articles identified, 6 were included in the systematic review and meta-analysis. Maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) did not differ significantly between HIIT and control interventions. That was true for relative VO2max (0.03 mL/kg/min; 95% CI: −3.05 to 3.10) and absolute VO2max (0.03 L/min, 95% CI: −0.02 to 0.08). Conclusions: The effects of HIIT appear to be comparable to those of continuous exercise in relation to functional and cardiovascular responses. However, our findings should be interpreted with caution because the studies evaluated present a high risk of bias, which could have a direct influence on the results.


Keywords: Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive; Exercise; Oxygen consumption.


Brazilian guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of cystic fibrosis

Diretrizes brasileiras de diagnóstico e tratamento da fibrose cística

Rodrigo Abensur Athanazio1*, Luiz Vicente Ribeiro Ferreira da Silva Filho2,3*, Alberto Andrade Vergara4, Antônio Fernando Ribeiro5, Carlos Antônio Riedi6, Elenara da Fonseca Andrade Procianoy7, Fabíola Villac Adde2, Francisco José Caldeira Reis4, José Dirceu Ribeiro5, Lídia Alice Torres8, Marcelo Bicalho de Fuccio9, Matias Epifanio10, Mônica de Cássia Firmida11, Neiva Damaceno12, Norberto Ludwig-Neto13,14, Paulo José Cauduro Maróstica7,15, Samia Zahi Rached1, Suzana Fonseca de Oliveira Melo4; Grupo de Trabalho das Diretrizes Brasileiras de Diagnóstico e Tratamento da Fibrose Cística.

J Bras Pneumol.2017;43(3):219-245

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Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder characterized by dysfunction of the CFTR gene. It is a multisystem disease that most often affects White individuals. In recent decades, various advances in the diagnosis and treatment of CF have drastically changed the scenario, resulting in a significant increase in survival and quality of life. In Brazil, the current neonatal screening program for CF has broad coverage, and most of the Brazilian states have referral centers for the follow-up of individuals with the disease. Previously, CF was limited to the pediatric age group. However, an increase in the number of adult CF patients has been observed, because of the greater number of individuals being diagnosed with atypical forms (with milder phenotypic expression) and because of the increase in life expectancy provided by the new treatments. However, there is still great heterogeneity among the different regions of Brazil in terms of the access of CF patients to diagnostic and therapeutic methods. The objective of these guidelines was to aggregate the main scientific evidence to guide the management of these patients. A group of 18 CF specialists devised 82 relevant clinical questions, divided into five categories: characteristics of a referral center; diagnosis; treatment of respiratory disease; gastrointestinal and nutritional treatment; and other aspects. Various professionals working in the area of CF in Brazil were invited to answer the questions devised by the coordinators. We used the PubMed database to search the available literature based on keywords, in order to find the best answers to these questions.


Keywords: Cystic fibrosis/diagnosis; Cystic fibrosis/therapy; Cystic fibrosis/complications; Practice guideline.


Brazilian guidelines for community-acquired pneumonia in immunocompetent adults - 2009

Diretrizes brasileiras para pneumonia adquirida na comunidade em adultos imunocompetentes - 2009

Ricardo de Amorim Corrêa, Fernando Luiz Cavalcanti Lundgren, Jorge Luiz Pereira-Silva, Rodney Luiz Frare e Silva (editores); Grupo de Trabalho da Diretriz

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(6):574-601

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Community-acquired pneumonia continues to be the acute infectious disease that has the greatest medical and social impact regarding morbidity and treatment costs. Children and the elderly are more susceptible to severe complications, thereby justifying the fact that the prevention measures adopted have focused on these age brackets. Despite the advances in the knowledge of etiology and physiopathology, as well as the improvement in preliminary clinical and therapeutic methods, various questions merit further investigation. This is due to the clinical, social, demographical and structural diversity, which cannot be fully predicted. Consequently, guidelines are published in order to compile the most recent knowledge in a systematic way and to promote the rational use of that knowledge in medical practice. Therefore, guidelines are not a rigid set of rules that must be followed, but first and foremost a tool to be used in a critical way, bearing in mind the variability of biological and human responses within their individual and social contexts. This document represents the conclusion of a detailed discussion among the members of the Scientific Board and Respiratory Infection Committee of the Brazilian Thoracic Association. The objective of the work group was to present relevant topics in order to update the previous guidelines. We attempted to avoid the repetition of consensual concepts. The principal objective of creating this document was to present a compilation of the recent advances published in the literature and, consequently, to contribute to improving the quality of the medical care provided to immunocompetent adult patients with community-acquired pneumonia.


Keywords: Pneumonia; Diagnosis; Epidemiology; Practice guideline; Primary prevention.


Clinical practice guidelines: how do they help clinicians and patients make important decisions about health?

Diretrizes de prática clínica: como elas ajudam médicos e pacientes a tomar decisões importantes sobre saúde?

Juliana Carvalho Ferreira1,2, Cecilia Maria Patino1,3

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(5):e20190321-e20190321

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Guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of compensatory hyperhidrosis

Diretrizes para a prevenção, diagnóstico e tratamento da hiperidrose compensatória

Roberto de Menezes Lyra, José Ribas Milanez de Campos, Davi Wen Wei Kang, Marcelo de Paula Loureiro, Marcos Bessa Furian, Mário Gesteira Costa, Marlos de Souza Coelho

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(11):967-977

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With the objective of establishing guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of compensatory hyperhidrosis, consensus meetings were held. Attendees included a general surgeon and thoracic surgeons affiliated with the Brazilian Society of Thoracic Surgery. The topics addressed were those that would ostensibly broaden multidisciplinary knowledge. Based on recent guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and (clinical and surgical) treatment of compensatory hyperhidrosis, as well as on a review of the medical literature, the participants prepared a preliminary text, whose recommendations were revised and subsequently approved by all of the participants. The consensus text was posted on the Internet, becoming the object of further corrections and revisions prior to taking on its present form.


Keywords: Hyperhidrosis/therapy; Hyperhidrosis/surgery; Sympathectomy/methods; Postoperative complications; Thoracic surgery, video‑assisted.


Smoking cessation guidelines - 2008

Diretrizes para cessação do tabagismo - 2008

Jonatas Reichert, Alberto José de Araújo, Cristina Maria Cantarino Gonçalves, Irma de Godoy, José Miguel Chatkin, Maria da Penha Uchoa Sales, Sergio Ricardo Rodrigues de Almeida Santos e Colaboradores

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(10):845-880

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These guidelines are an up-to-date and comprehensive tool to aid health professionals in treating smokers, recommending measures and strategies for managing each case based on clinical evidence. Written in a simplified and objective manner, the text is divided into two principal sections: Evaluation and Treatment. The sections both present comments on and levels of evidence represented by the references cited, as well as some proposals for the reduction of damage and for intervening in specific and still poorly explored situations, such as relapse, passive smoking, physician smoking, and tobacco use in specific environments.


Keywords: Smoking/adverse effects; Smoking cessation/methods; Guideline.


Guidelines: what for?

Diretrizes: para quê?

José Antônio Baddini Martinez

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(3):-

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Human pulmonary dirofilariasis: a report of seven cases

Dirofilariose pulmonar humana: relato de sete casos

Rodrigo Silva Cavallazzi, Antônio César Cavallazzi, Irene Vieira Souza, João José de Deus Cardoso

J Bras Pneumol.2002;28(2):100-102

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Human pulmonary dirofilariasis is a rare disease caused by the parasite Dirofilaria immitis. It is usually seen as a solitary pulmonary nodule that mimics lung cancer. Although this disease is considered benign, its diagnosis often requires an excisional lung biopsy. Herein we report the epidemiological, clinical and radiological features observed in seven cases of human pulmonary dirofilariasis from Florianópolis. Six of our seven patients, showed a radiological finding of pulmonary nodule and underwent excisional lung biopsy for diagnosis. In one case, the radiological image was unavailable for review. Therefore, it was not described in this work, and the diagnosis was established through transbronchial biopsy.


Keywords: Dirofilariasis. Dirofilaria immitis. Coin lesion pulmonary.


Primary ciliary dyskinesia

Discinesia ciliar primária

José Wellington Alves dos Santos, Aland Waldow, Claudius Wladimir Cornelius de Figueiredo, Diego Rossi Kleinubing, Severo Salles de Barros

J Bras Pneumol.2001;27(5):262-268

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Primary ciliary dyskinesia is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by a history of recurrent upper and lower respiratory tract infections with chronic otitis media, bronchitis and rhinosinusitis, associated with situs inversus in 50% of cases. The diagnosis is established by ciliary ultrastructural analysis of respiratory specimens, after ruling out some disorders as cystic fibrosis, a-1 anti-trypsin deficiency, immune deficiencies (IgG, neutrophils and complement) and Young's syndrome. The purpose of this paper is to review the clinical features, diagnosis and management of primary ciliary dyskinesia, including a diagnostic algorithm.


Keywords: Ciliary dyskinesia. Situs inversus. Diagnosis.


Primary ciliary dyskinesia: Considerations regarding six cases of Kartagener syndrome

Discinesia ciliar primária: Considerações sobre seis casos da síndrome de Kartagener

Hugo Alejandro Vega Ortega, Nelson de Araujo Vega, Bruno Quirino dos Santos, Guilherme Tavares da Silva Maia

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(5):602-608

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Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), previously known as immotile cilia syndrome, is an autosomal recessive hereditary disease that includes various patterns of ciliary ultrastructural defects. The most serious form is Kartagener syndrome (KS), which accounts for 50% of all cases of PCD. The incidence of PCD ranges from 1:20,000 to 1:60,000. Since PCD causes deficiency or even stasis of the transport of secretions throughout the respiratory tract, it favors the growth of viruses and bacteria. As a result, patients have lifelong chronic and recurrent infections, typically suffering from bronchitis, pneumonia, hemoptysis, sinusitis, and infertility. Bronchiectasis and other chronic conditions infections can be the end result of the irreversible bronchial alterations, leading to chronic cor pulmonale and its consequences. Only half of the patients affected by PDC present all of the symptoms, a condition designated complete KS, compared with incomplete KS, typically defined as cases in which situs inversus does not occur. The diagnosis is made clinically and confirmed through transmission electron microscopy. Since there is no specific therapy for PCD, it is recommended that, upon diagnosis, secondary infections be treated with potent antibiotics and prophylactic interventions be implemented. In this paper, we report six cases of PCD (five cases of complete KS and one case of KS) and review the related literature, focusing on the diagnostic, therapeutic and clinical aspects of this disease.


Keywords: Kartagener syndrome; Ciliary motility disorders; Bronchiectasis; Dextrocardia.


Discordance between old and new criteria for stratifying patients with COPD

Discordância de critérios novos e antigos de classificação de pacientes com DPOC

António Manuel Silva Duarte de Araújo1,2,3,a, Pedro Teixeira1,2,b, Venceslau Hespanhol4,5,c, Jaime Correia-de-Sousa1,2,6,d

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(6):e20190183-e20190183

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Diaphragmatic dysfunction and mortality in patients with COPD

Disfunção diafragmática e mortalidade em pacientes portadores de DPOC

Wellington Pereira dos Santos Yamaguti, Elaine Paulin, João Marcos Salge, Maria Cristina Chammas, Alberto Cukier, Celso Ricardo Fernandes de Carvalho

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(12):-

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Objective: To determine whether COPD patients with diaphragmatic dysfunction present higher risk of mortality than do those without such dysfunction. Methods: We evaluated pulmonary function, diaphragm mobility and quality of life, as well as determining the Body mass index, airway Obstruction, Dyspnea, and Exercise capacity (BODE) index, in 42 COPD patients. The patients were allocated to two groups according to the degree to which diaphragm mobility was impaired: low mobility (LM; mobility ≤ 33.99 mm); and high mobility (HM; mobility ≥ 34.00 mm). The BODE index and the quality of life were quantified in both groups. All patients were followed up prospectively for up to 48 months in order to determine the number of deaths resulting from respiratory complications due to COPD. Results: Of the 42 patients evaluated, 20 were allocated to the LM group, and 22 were allocated to the HM group. There were no significant differences between the groups regarding age, lung hyperinflation or quality of life. However, BODE index values were higher in the LM group than in the HM group (p = 0.01). During the 48-month follow-up period, there were four deaths within the population studied, and all of those deaths occurred in the LM group (15.79%; p = 0.02). Conclusions: These findings suggest that COPD patients with diaphragmatic dysfunction, characterized by low diaphragm mobility, have a higher risk of death than do those without such dysfunction.


Keywords: Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive/mortality; Diaphragm; Exercise tolerance; Quality of life.


Dysfunctional breathing: what do we know?

Disfunção respiratória: o que sabemos?

Laís Silva Vidotto1,a, Celso Ricardo Fernandes de Carvalho2,b, Alex Harvey1,c, Mandy Jones1,d

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(1):e20170347 -e20170347

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Dysfunctional breathing (DB) is a respiratory condition characterized by irregular breathing patterns that occur either in the absence of concurrent diseases or secondary to cardiopulmonary diseases. Although the primary symptom is often dyspnea or "air hunger", DB is also associated with nonrespiratory symptoms such as dizziness and palpitations. DB has been identified across all ages. Its prevalence among adults in primary care in the United Kingdom is approximately 9.5%. In addition, among individuals with asthma, a positive diagnosis of DB is found in a third of women and a fifth of men. Although DB has been investigated for decades, it remains poorly understood because of a paucity of high-quality clinical trials and validated outcome measures specific to this population. Accordingly, DB is often underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed, given the similarity of its associated symptoms (dyspnea, tachycardia, and dizziness) to those of other common cardiopulmonary diseases such as COPD and asthma. The high rates of misdiagnosis of DB suggest that health care professionals do not fully understand this condition and may therefore fail to provide patients with an appropriate treatment. Given the multifarious, psychophysiological nature of DB, a holistic, multidimensional assessment would seem the most appropriate way to enhance understanding and diagnostic accuracy. The present narrative review was developed as a means of summarizing the available evidence about DB, as well as improving understanding of the condition by researchers and practitioners.


Keywords: Hyperventilation; Pulmonary ventilation; Respiratory system; Pulmonary medicine.


Left ventricular dysfunction in patients with suspected pulmonary arterial hypertension

Disfunção ventricular esquerda em pacientes com suspeita de hipertensão arterial pulmonar

Francisca Gavilanes, José Leonidas Alves Jr, Caio Fernandes, Luis Felipe Lopes Prada, Carlos Viana Poyares Jardim, Luciana Tamie Kato Morinaga, Bruno Arantes Dias, Susana Hoette, Rogerio Souza

J Bras Pneumol.2014;40(6):609-616

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Objective: To evaluate the role of right heart catheterization in the diagnosis of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Methods: We evaluated clinical, functional, and hemodynamic data from all patients who underwent right heart catheterization because of diagnostic suspicion of PAH-in the absence of severe left ventricular dysfunction (LVD), significant changes in pulmonary function tests, and ventilation/perfusion lung scintigraphy findings consistent with chronic pulmonary thromboembolism-between 2008 and 2013 at our facility. Results: During the study period, 384 patients underwent diagnostic cardiac catheterization at our facility. Pulmonary hypertension (PH) was confirmed in 302 patients (78.6%). The mean age of those patients was 48.7 years. The patients without PH showed better hemodynamic profiles and lower levels of B-type natriuretic peptide. Nevertheless, 13.8% of the patients without PH were categorized as New York Heart Association functional class III or IV. Of the 218 patients who met the inclusion criteria, 40 (18.3%) and 178 (81.7%) were diagnosed with PH associated with LVD (PH-LVD) and with PAH, respectively. The patients in the HP-LVD group were significantly older than were those in the PAH group (p < 0.0001). Conclusions: The proportional difference between the PAH and PH-LVD groups was quite significant, considering the absence of echocardiographic signs suggestive of severe LVD during the pre-catheterization investigation. Our results highlight the fundamental role of cardiac catheterization in the diagnosis of PAH, especially in older patients, in whom the prevalence of LVD that has gone undiagnosed by non-invasive tests is particularly relevant.


Keywords: Hypertension, pulmonary; Cardiac catheterization, Ventricular dysfunction, left.


Chronic Dyspnea and Altered Respiratory Function in Former Workers with Asbestosis Evaluated to Determine Benefits

Dispnéia crônica e alterações funcionais respiratórias em ex-trabalhadores com asbestose avaliados para concessão de benefício

Lara M. Nápolis, Andréa Ap. Sette, Ericson Bagatin, Mário Terra Filho, Reynaldo T. Rodrigues, Jorge Issamu Kavakama, José Alberto Neder, Luiz Eduardo Nery

J Bras Pneumol.2004;30(6):528-534

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Background: Dyspnea is a symptom that is difficult to evaluate, especially in occupational diseases. Objective: To evaluate the relationship between chronic dyspnea, in its varying degrees of severity, and the functional repercussions for dysfunction or incapacitation in former workers with asbestosis. Method: A total of 40 former workers diagnosed with asbestosis were evaluated. Dyspnea scores were determined using the modified Medical Research Council scale, the 1984 and 1993 American Medical Association scales, and the Baseline Dyspnea Index. Spirometry, measurement of diffusion capacity for carbon monoxide and cardiopulmonary exercise tests (incremental and submaximal) were also performed. Results: Based on scores obtained using the Medical Research Council and 1984 American Medical Association scales, respectively, 72.5% and 67.5% of the subjects were classified as dyspneic, compared with 37.5% and 31.6%, respectively, using the 1993 American Medical Association and Baseline Dyspnea Index scales. There was greater concordance between the Medical Research Council and 1993 American Medical Association scales, as well as between the 1984 and 1993 American Medical Association scales, when the categories of "absent" and "mild" were grouped. No significant relation was found between dyspnea, as determined by each of the scales, and functional abnormalities - either at rest or during exercise. Conclusion: In individuals with asbestosis, the degree of concordance among the available dyspnea scales varies significantly. There is a real need for dyspnea indices that evaluate respiratory dysfunction at rest and during exercise.


Keywords: Asbestosis/diagnosis. Dyspnea/physiopathology. Spirometry/methods.


Intratracheal stent: prosthesis or orthesis?

Dispositivos intra-traqueais: próteses ou órteses?

Ricardo Mingarini Terra, Helio Minamoto, Fabio Biscegli Jatene

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(6):606-607

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Pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary artery dissection

Dissecção da artéria pulmonar e hipertensão pulmonar

Ricardo de Amorim Corrêa, Luciana Cristina dos Santos Silva, Cláudia Juliana Rezende, Rodrigo Castro Bernardes, Tarciane Aline Prata, Henrique Lima Silva

J Bras Pneumol.2013;39(2):238-241

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Pulmonary artery dissection is a fatal complication of long-standing pulmonary hypertension, manifesting as acute, stabbing chest pain, progressive dyspnea, cardiogenic shock, or sudden death. Its incidence has been underestimated, and therapeutic options are still scarce. In patients with pulmonary hypertension, new chest pain, acute chest pain, or cardiogenic shock should raise the suspicion of pulmonary artery dissection, which can result in sudden death.


Keywords: Hypertension, pulmonary; Chest pain; Pulmonary artery.


Six-minute walk distance is not related to quality of life in patients with non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis

Distância percorrida no teste de caminhada de seis minutos não se relaciona com qualidade de vida em pacientes com bronquiectasias não fibrocísticas

Patrícia Santos Jacques, Marcelo Basso Gazzana, Dora Veronisi Palombini, Sérgio Saldanha Menna Barreto, Paulo de Tarso Roth Dalcin

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(3):346-355

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Objective: To evaluate physical performance on the six-minute walk test (6MWT) in patients with non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis and to investigate its relationship with quality of life (QoL). To identify predictors of exercise performance, we also investigated whether six-minute walk distance (6MWD) is associated with clinical and spirometric findings. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study involving patients with non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis (age,  18 years), with at least one respiratory symptom for  2 years and an FEV1  70% of predicted. Patients underwent clinical evaluation, pulmonary function tests, the 6MWT, and QoL assessment with the Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36). Results: We included 70 patients (48 females). Mean age was 54.5 ± 17.7 years, and mean FEV1 was 44.9 ± 14.5% of predicted. The patients were divided into two groups: 6MWD-low (6MWD below the predicted lower limit; n = 23); and 6MWD-norm (normal 6MWD; n = 47). The following variables were significantly lower in the 6MWD-low group than in the 6MWD-norm group: age; age at diagnosis of bronchiectasis; proportion of former smokers; body mass index (BMI); FEV1% of predicted; and MEP% of predicted. There were no significant differences in the SF-36 scores between the groups. In the logistic regression model, lower age and lower BMI were significantly associated with lower 6MWD. Conclusions: In this sample, there was a high proportion of patients who had a lower than expected 6MWD. Although 6MWD was not related to QoL, it was associated with age and BMI.


Keywords: Bronchiectasis; Quality of life; Respiratory function tests; Exercise tolerance.


Expansion of a lung bulla caused by cystic adenomatoid malformation during air travel

Distensão de bolha pulmonar por malformação adenomatoide cística durante viagem aérea

Fernando Luiz Westphal, Luís Carlos de Lima, José Corrêa Lima Netto, Márcia dos Santos da Silva, Ingrid Loureiro de Queiroz Lima, Danielle Cristine Westphal

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(2):272-274

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Distribution of the Euro-Collins solution in swine lungs, given through different rapid perfusion routes: a comparative study

Distribuição da solução Euro-Collins em pulmões de porcos ministrada por diferentes vias de perfusão rápida: estudo comparativo

José Bitu-Moreno, Ieda Francischetti, Ralph Siemer, Georg Matheis, Rufus Baretti, Francisco Humberto de Abreu Maffei, Friedhelm Beyersdorf

J Bras Pneumol.1997;23(2):71-78

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Bronchial healing remains one of the dominant issues in lung transplantation. Among other factors, the quality of airway protection during procurement may contribute to improve bronchial healing. In most centers lung preservation is performed using the pulmonary artery (PA) flush perfusion (FP). The present study was performed to investigate the influence of different routes of perfusion on the distribution of Euro-Collins solution (EUC) in lung parenchyma and upper airways in swine. The animals were divided into 4 groups, 1 without FP; Control (n=6), and the others with EUC delivery via: pulmonary artery (PA) (n=6); pulmonary and bronchial arteries simultaneously (PA+BA) (n=8), and pulmonary veins (PV). Lungs and airways were assessed by the following methods: dye-labeled microspheres for total and regional perfusion, tissue water content, and lung temperature. There was no significant difference in total lung flow between PA+BA and PA, both superior to the PV group. Flow in the proximal and distal trachea were significantly increased: PA+BA (0.970 ± 0.4 and 0.380 ± 0.2 mL/min/g, respectively); PA ( 0.023 ± 0.007 and 0.024 ± 0.07 mL/min/g, respectively); PV (0.009 ± 0.003 and 0.021 ± 0.006 mL/min/g respectively) and Control experiments (0.125 ± 0.0018 and 0.105 ±0.012 mL/min/g, respectively). The highest flow rates in the right main bronchus were achieved by PA+BA (1.04 ± 0.4 mL/min/g) as comparison to Control, PA, and PV groups (0.11 ± 0.03, 0.033 ± 0.008, and 0.019 ± 0.005 mL/min/g, respectively). Flows in the left main bronchus were significantly increased by PA+BA (0.97 ± 0.3 mL/min/g), as comparison to control, PA and PV groups (0.09 ± 0.02, 0.045 ± 0.012, and 0.027 ± 0.006 mL/min/g, respectively). In conclusion, these data showed that the distribution of EUC in airways of swine is significantly improved by PA+BA perfusion.


Keywords: Lung transplantation. Flush perfusion. Bronchial circulation. Bronchial complications.


Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) of the TNF-á (-238/-308) gene among TB and nom TB patients: Susceptibility markers of TB occurrence?

Distribuição de Polimorfismos de Base única (SNPs) no gene de TNF-a (-238/-308) entre pacientes com TB e outras pneumopatias: marcadores genéticos de susceptibilidade a ocorrência de TB?

Martha Maria de Oliveira; Jocilea C. S. da Silva; Joseane F. Costa; Lúcia Helena Amim; Carla C. S. Loredo; Hedi Melo; Luiz F. Queiroz; Fernanda C. Q. Mello; José Roberto Lapa e Silva; Afrânio Lineu Kritski; Adalberto Rezende Santos

J Bras Pneumol.2004;30(4):461-467

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Background: Host genetic factors may play a role in the susceptibility to active tuberculosis (TB), and several polymorphisms in different cytokine coding genes have been described and associated with diseases to date. Objectives: To investigate whether polymorphisms within the promoter region of the TNF-á (-238/-308) coding genes are associated to the occurrence of active TB. Methods: SNPs within the TNF-á gene were analyzed by PCR-RFLP among two groups of individuals: patients with TB (n = 234, and patients non TB (n = 113). Results: In this study, the presence of the -238A allele was associated with susceptibility to TB disease occurrence and severity (p = 0,00002; OR = 0,15; IC = 0,06-0,36. On the contrary, the -308A allele was associated with protection to the occurrence of another pulmonary diseases. Conclusions: These results suggest the importance of genetics studies on TB occurrence. Further studies are needed pursuing a better understanding of the human pathogenesis of M. tb.


Keywords: Tuberculosis/genetics. Polymorphism, single nucleotide/genetics. Tumor necrosis factor/genetics. Alleles. Genotype. Lung diseases.


Mediastinal lymph node distribution, size and number: definitions based on an anatomical study

Distribuição, tamanho e número dos linfonodos mediastinais: definições por meio de estudo anatômico

Aurelino Fernandes Schmidt Júnior, Olavo Ribeiro Rodrigues, Roberto Storte Matheus, Jorge Du Ub Kim, Fábio Biscegli Jatene

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(2):134-140

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Objective: To create a reference map of mediastinal lymph nodes through the analysis of their size, number and distribution in various lymph node stations. Method: A total of 50 cadavers, 38 males and 12 females, were studied. Of those 50, 39 were Caucasian. The mean age was 59.9 ± 14.1 years, the mean height was 173.1 ± 7.6 cm, and the mean weight was 71.0 ± 12.0 kg. A bilateral mediastinal dissection was performed in order to resect and isolate all lymph nodes. The area, as well as the major and minor transverse diameters, of each lymph node was determined by radiographic imaging analysis. Results: In a sample of 485 chains, 1742 lymph nodes were dissected (2.58 ± 1.89 lymph nodes/station), revealing a mean number of 21.2 ± 8.5 lymph nodes on the right and 13.6 ± 6.3 on the left. The lymph node stations 1, 2R, 4R, 5, and 7 were present in more than 90% of the sample. Only the 4R and 7 lymph node stations were always present. The lymph node stations 2L, 3p, and 8 were present in 32, 36, and 54% of the sample, respectively. Mediastinal lymph nodes were present in greater numbers in the 2R, 4R and 7 lymph node stations. In addition, these stations presented the largest mediastinal lymph nodes. Conclusion: Composing a reference map for lymph node sizes was feasible. No alterations were observed in the distribution, number, or size of lymph nodes in the age brackets studied, regardless of gender, race, weight, or height.


Keywords: Lymph nodes; Mediastinum; Cadaver; Anatomy.


Sleep-disordered breathing in patients with cystic fibrosis

Distúrbios respiratórios do sono em pacientes com fibrose cística

Jefferson Veronezi1,2, Ana Paula Carvalho3, Claudio Ricachinewsky4, Anneliese Hoffmann4, Danielle Yuka Kobayashi5, Otavio Bejzman Piltcher6, Fernando Antonio Abreu e Silva7, Denis Martinez1,2,8

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(4):351-357

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Objective: To test the hypothesis that disease severity in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) is correlated with an increased risk of sleep apnea. Methods: A total of 34 CF patients underwent clinical and functional evaluation, as well as portable polysomnography, spirometry, and determination of IL-1β levels. Results: Mean apnea-hypopnea index (AHI), SpO2 on room air, and Epworth Sleepiness Scale score were 4.8 ± 2.6, 95.9 ± 1.9%, and 7.6 ± 3.8 points, respectively. Of the 34 patients, 19 were well-nourished, 6 were at nutritional risk, and 9 were malnourished. In the multivariate model to predict the AHI, the following variables remained significant: nutritional status (β = −0.386; p = 0.014); SpO2 (β = −0.453; p = 0.005), and the Epworth Sleepiness Scale score (β = 0.429; p = 0.006). The model explained 51% of the variation in the AHI. Conclusions: The major determinants of sleep apnea were nutritional status, SpO2, and daytime sleepiness. This knowledge not only provides an opportunity to define the clinical risk of having sleep apnea but also creates an avenue for the treatment and prevention of the disease.


Keywords: Cystic fibrosis; Oxygenation; Sleep apnea, obstructive.


Molecular diversity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains in a slum area of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Diversidade molecular de cepas de Mycobacterium tuberculosis em uma região de favela da cidade do Rio de Janeiro

Joycenea Matsuda Mendes, Silvia Maria Almeida Machado, Maria Cristina Lourenço, Rosa Maria Carvalho Ferreira, Leila de Souza Fonseca, Maria Helena Feres Saad

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(12):1063-1068

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This retrospective molecular study involving restriction fragment length polymorphism, using insertion sequence 6110 as a marker, was conducted in order to provide an initial insight into the genetic diversity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains isolated in the slums of the Complexo de Manguinhos, located in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Of the 67 strains evaluated, 23 (34.3%) were found to belong to clusters (total clusters, 10). Household and social chains of transmission were associated with clustering, in 20% and 60%, respectively. Living in the Conjunto Habitacional Programado 2 slum was associated with clustering. Although not significant, it is relevant that 26% of the clustered strains presented primary resistance. These findings, although possibly underestimating the prevalence due to the failure to analyze all strains, could help improve the local tuberculosis control program.


Keywords: Tuberculosis; Epidemiology, molecular; Mycobacterium tuberculosis/transmission; Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length.


Infected tracheal diverticulum: a rare association with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

Divertículo da traqueia infectado: um caso de associação rara com deficiência de alfa-1-antitripsina

Beatriz Amaral, Sónia Silva, Salvato Feijó

J Bras Pneumol.2014;40(6):669-672

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Tracheal diverticulum, defined as a benign outpouching of the tracheal wall, is rarely diagnosed in clinical practice. It can be congenital or acquired in origin, and most cases are asymptomatic, typically being diagnosed postmortem. We report a case of a 69-year-old woman who was hospitalized after presenting with fever, fatigue, pleuritic chest pain, and a right neck mass complicated by dysphagia. Her medical history was significant: pulmonary emphysema (alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency); bronchiectasis; and thyroidectomy. On physical examination, she presented diminished breath sounds and muffled heart sounds, with a systolic murmur. Laboratory tests revealed elevated inflammatory markers, a CT scan showed an air-filled, multilocular mass in the right tracheal wall, and magnetic resonance imaging confirmed the CT findings. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy failed to reveal any abnormalities. Nevertheless, the patient was diagnosed with tracheal diverticulum. The treatment approach was conservative, consisting mainly of antibiotics. After showing clinical improvement, the patient was discharged.


Keywords: Tracheal diseases; Pulmonary emphysema; Diverticulum; alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency.


Publication of the impact factor of the Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology: a milestone on a long and arduous journey

Divulgação do fator de impacto do Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: consolidação de um longo e árduo trabalho

Carlos Roberto Ribeiro Carvalho, Bruno Guedes Baldi, Carlos Viana Poyares Jardim, Pedro Caruso

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(4):417-418

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Tracheobronchial cystic disease

Doença cística traqueobrônquica

Hugo Alejandro Vega Ortega, Nelson de Araújo Vega, Jece Comparini, Leonardo Vieira do Carmo, Luciano Penha Pereira

J Bras Pneumol.2001;27(6):349-354

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Air cysts abnormally emerging from the trachea and/or larger bronchi is an extremely rare disease. Only a few isolated cases of paratracheal air cysts associated with chronic lung diseases have been described in the literature. The aim of this communication is to describe two cases of this rare, clinical entity in members of the same family. The father of the patients died from this disease at 43 years of age and his two daughters are currently under treatment. The clinical findings are similar to those of chronic pulmonary suppuration syndrome. The diagnosis was established by bronchovideoscopy, axial CT with 3D reconstitution and virtual bronchoscopy. The patients are under observation and palliative treatment is being administered.


Keywords: Lung diseases. Cysts. Trachea. Bronchi. Bronchoscopy. Computed tomography.


Castleman's disease associated with follicular dendritic cell sarcoma and myasthenia gravis

Doença de Castleman associada a sarcoma de células dendríticas foliculares e miastenia gravis

Fernando Luiz Westphal, Luís Carlos de Lima, Luiz Carlos Lopes Santana, José Corrêa Lima Netto, Vanise Campos Gomes Amaral, Márcia dos Santos da Silva

J Bras Pneumol.2010;36(6):819-823

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Castleman's disease is an atypical lymphoproliferative disorder of unknown etiology, which might be associated with various clinical conditions, including autoimmune diseases and malignant neoplasms. We report the case of a 72-year-old female patient who was referred to the thoracic surgery department of Getúlio Vargas University Hospital, in the city of Manaus, Brazil, for the resection of a posterior mediastinal tumor. Three months prior, the patient had been admitted to the ICU with signs of severe dyspnea, at which time she was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis. After the resection of the mediastinal tumor, the histopathological examination revealed hyaline vascular-type Castleman's disease, complicated by follicular dendritic cell sarcoma. At this writing, the patient was being treated with an anticholinesterase agent and corticosteroids for the control of myasthenia gravis.


Keywords: Giant lymph node hyperplasia; Dendritic cell sarcoma, follicular; Myasthenia gravis; Mediastinal diseases.


Castleman disease or angiofollicular hyperplasia as a solitary pulmonary nodule: case report

Doença de Castleman ou hiperplasia angiofolicular como nódulo pulmonar solitário: relato de caso

Guilherme Andrade Krawczun, Cristiano de Morais Garcia, Kazuhiro Ito, Olavo Franco Ferreira Filho, João Carlos Thomson

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(2):226-228

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Castleman disease is a rare disorder generally characterized by a mediastinal nodule, with a great variety of alternative presentations regarding age, clinical manifestations and evolution. This case report describes a 40-year-old female patient presenting with uncharacteristic chest pain for a few years. A chest X-ray revealed a hypotransparency on the right side. Computed tomography and pulmonary arteriography did not elucidate the diagnosis, which was made through surgical resection and anatomopathological examination of the nodule, which presented characteristics of angiofollicular hyperplasia, or Castleman disease. This article emphasizes the importance of adding this disease to the list of morbidities in the differential diagnosis of pulmonary solitary nodules.


Keywords: Giant lymph node hyperplasia; Angiography; Coin lesion, Pulmonary; Case reports [publication type].


Niemann-Pick disease type B: HRCT assessment of pulmonary involvement

Doença de Niemann-Pick tipo B: avaliação do comprometimento pulmonar por TCAR

Heloisa Maria Pereira Freitas1, Alexandre Dias Mançano2, Rosana Souza Rodrigues1,3, Bruno Hochhegger4, Pedro Paulo Teixeira e Silva Torres5, Dante Escuissato6, Cesar Augusto Araujo Neto7, Edson Marchiori1

J Bras Pneumol.2017;43(6):451-455

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Objective: To analyze HRCT findings in patients with Niemann-Pick disease (NPD) type B, in order to determine the frequency of HRCT patterns and their distribution in the lung parenchyma, as well as the most common clinical characteristics. Methods: We studied 13 patients (3 males and 10 females) aged 5 to 56 years. HRCT images were independently evaluated by two observers, and disagreements were resolved by consensus. The inclusion criteria were presence of abnormal HRCT findings and diagnosis of NPD type B confirmed by histopathological examination of a bone marrow, lung, or liver biopsy specimen. Results: The most common clinical findings were hepatosplenomegaly and mild to moderate dyspnea. The most common HRCT patterns were smooth interlobular septal thickening and ground-glass opacities, which were both present in all patients. Intralobular lines were present in 12 patients (92.3%). A crazy-paving pattern was observed in 5 patients (38.4%), and areas of air trapping were identified in only 1 case (7.6%). Pulmonary involvement was bilateral in all cases, with the most affected area being the lower lung zone. Conclusions: Smooth interlobular septal thickening, with or without associated ground-glass opacities, in patients with hepatosplenomegaly is the most common finding in NPD type B.


Keywords: Niemann-Pick diseases; Tomography, X-ray computed; Lung diseases.


Gastroesophageal reflux disease and airway hyperresponsiveness: concomitance beyond the realm of chance?

Doença do refluxo gastroesofágico e hiperresponsividade das vias aéreas: coexistência além da chance?

Jaqueline Cavalcanti de Albuquerque Ratier, Emilio Pizzichini, Marcia Pizzichini

J Bras Pneumol.2011;37(5):680-688

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease and asthma are both quite common the world over, and they can coexist. However, the nature of the relationship between these two diseases remains unclear. In this study, we review controversial aspects of the relationships among asthma, airway hyperresponsiveness, and gastroesophageal reflux disease in adults and in children.


Keywords: Asthma; Bronchial hyperreactivity; Gastroesophageal reflux.


Myositis-related interstitial lung disease and antisynthetase syndrome

Doença pulmonar intersticial relacionada a miosite e a síndrome antissintetase

Joshua Solomon, Jeffrey J. Swigris, Kevin K. Brown

J Bras Pneumol.2011;37(1):100-109

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In patients with myositis, the lung is commonly involved, and the presence of anti-aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase (anti-ARS) antibodies marks the presence or predicts the development of interstitial lung disease (ILD). A distinct clinical entity-antisynthetase syndrome-is characterized by the presence of anti-ARS antibodies, myositis, ILD, fever, arthritis, Raynaud's phenomenon, and mechanic's hands. The most common anti-ARS antibody is anti-Jo-1. More recently described anti-ARS antibodies might confer a phenotype that is distinct from that of anti-Jo-1-positive patients and is characterized by a lower incidence of myositis and a higher incidence of ILD. Among patients with antisynthetase syndrome-related ILD, the response to immunosuppressive medications is generally, but not universally, favorable.


Keywords: Lung diseases, interstitial; Pneumonia; Infection.


Mycobacterium tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacterial isolates among patients with recent HIV infection in Mozambique

Doença pulmonar por Mycobacterium tuberculosis e micobactérias não-tuberculosas entre pacientes recém-diagnosticados como HIV positivos em Moçambique, África

Elizabete Abrantes Nunes, Eduardo Mello De Capitani, Elizabete Coelho, Alessandra Costa Panunto, Orvalho Augusto Joaquim, Marcelo de Carvalho Ramos

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(10):822-828

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Objective: Mycobacteriosis is frequently diagnosed among HIV-infected patients. In Mozambique, where few patients are under antiretroviral therapy and the prevalence of tuberculosis is high, there is need for better characterization of mycobacteria at the species level, as well as for the identification of patterns of resistance to antituberculous drugs. Methods: We studied a sample of 503 HIV-infected individuals suspected of having pulmonary tuberculosis. Of those 503, 320 tested positive for mycobacteria through sputum smear microscopy or culture of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. Results: Acid-fast bacilli were observed in the sputum of 73% of the individuals presenting positive cultures. Of 277 isolates tested, only 3 were nontuberculous mycobacteria: 2 were identified as Mycobacterium avium and one was identified as M. simiae. Strains initially characterized as M. tuberculosis complex through polymerase chain reaction restriction analysis (PRA) of the hsp65 gene were later confirmed as such through PRA of the gyrB gene. Among the M. tuberculosis isolates, resistance patterns were as follows: to isoniazid, 14%; to rifampin, 6%; and multidrug resistance, 5%. Previously treated cases showed significantly higher rates of resistance to first-line antituberculous drugs. The most common radiological pattern was interstitial infiltrate (in 67%), followed by mediastinal lymph node enlargement (in 30%), bronchiectasis (in 28%), miliary nodules (in 18%) and cavitation (in 12%). Patients infected with nontuberculous mycobacteria presented clinical profiles indistinguishable from those of other patients. The median CD4 lymphocyte count in this group was 134 cells/mm3. Conclusions: There is a strong association between tuberculosis and AIDS in Mozambique, as expected in a country with a high prevalence of tuberculosis. Although drug resistance rates are high, the isoniazid-rifampin regimen continues to be the appropriate choice for initial therapy.


Keywords: Tuberculosis; Mycobacteria, atypical; HIV; Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; Drug Resistance, Multiple; Mozambique.


Pulmonary veno-occlusive disease: diagnostic and therapeutic alternatives

Doença veno-oclusiva pulmonar: alternativas diagnósticas e terapêuticas

Carlos Eduardo Galvão Barboza, Carlos Viana Poyares Jardim, André Luís Dressler Hovnanian, Bruno Arantes Dias, Rogério Souza

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(9):749-752

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Pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD) is a rare cause of pulmonary hypertension. Surgical biopsy was usually required for diagnostic confirmation. However, the morbidity, mortality and limited benefit of this procedure have generated discussion regarding noninvasive diagnostic techniques. We present the case of a female patient with progressive dyspnea, hypoxemia and pulmonary hypertension, the last diagnosed via catheterization. Computed tomography revealed septal thickening and diffuse micronodules. Bronchoalveolar lavage revealed occult alveolar hemorrhage. Treatment with an endothelin antagonist was started, resulting in symptomatic and functional improvement. Occult alveolar hemorrhage differentiates PVOD from idiopathic pulmonary hypertension. We believe that this finding, in combination with characteristic tomographic findings, is sufficient to establish a diagnosis of PVOD.


Keywords: Hypertension, pulmonary; Pulmonary veno-occlusive disease; Bronchoalveolar lavage; Receptors, endothelin/antagonists & inhibitors.


Mediastinal diseases: clinical and therapeutic aspects

Doenças mediastinais: aspectos clínicos e terapêuticos

Roberto Saad Júnior, Maria Elisa Ruffolo Magliari, Júlio Mott Ancona Lopez

J Bras Pneumol.2003;29(4):202-207

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Background: Mediastinal affections are common and encompass a great number of different diagnoses. Objective: To analyze the clinical aspects and the therapeutic response of 114 patients with mediastinal diseases treated at the Thoracic Surgery Department of Santa Casa de São Paulo Hospital, from 1979 and 1997. Method: The patients were grouped according to the benign or malignant nature of the disease, and the two groups were compared regarding gender, age bracket, symptomatology, topography of the lesion, mortality, and response to treatment. Results: Sixty-three patients had neoplasia: 31 benign and 32 malignant. Fifty-one cases were not neoplastic. No difference was found between the groups regarding gender or age bracket. Half of the patients were between 20 and 49 years of age. The anterior mediastinum was the most frequently affected compartment (66 patients), followed by the upper mediastinum (18 patients), the posterior mediastinum (16 patients), and the middle mediastinum (14 patients). The most frequent histological types were: benign thymus diseases (N = 40), mesenchymal tumors (N = 17), lymphomas (N = 15), neural tumors (N = 9), and germ cell tumors (N = 8). Malignant tumors were more frequently symptomatic (91%), and benign tumors were more frequent in asymptomatic patients (92%). The most frequent symptoms were related to myastenia gravis, followed by dyspnea and chest pain. Weight loss, anorexia and fever were significantly more frequent in patients with malignant neoplasias. Conclusions: Regarding the clinical aspects we can state that benign lesions were predominant, that mediastinal diseases were more prevalent in young adults, and that benign lesions were more frequent in asymptomatic patients. Treatment (clinical/surgical) was effective in most patients, benefiting approximately 90% of the patients with benign affections and 45% of the patients with malignant tumors. In 73% of the benign affections, surgical treatment was capable of achieving the cure. Mortality resulting from complications was 1.75%.


Keywords: Key words - Mediastinum. Mediastinal disease/epidemiology. Mediastinal neoplasms.


Hospital admissions caused by respiratory diseases in a tertiary internal medicine service in Northeastern Rio Grande do Sul State

Doenças respiratórias como causa de internações hospitalares de pacientes do Sistema Único de Saúde num serviço terciário de clínica médica na região nordeste do Rio Grande do Sul

Dagoberto Vanoni de Godoy, Crischiman Dal Zotto, Jamila Bellicanta, Rui Fernando Weschenfelder, Samira Barrentin Nacif

J Bras Pneumol.2001;27(4):193-198


Objective: Epidemiologic survey of respiratory diseases that cause hospital admissions at the Internal Medicine Service, Hospital Geral de Caxias do Sul (SCM-HG), a tertiary university hospital in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Southern Brazil. Patients and methods: Retrospective study conducted at SCM-HG between November 1998 and November 1999. Data were obtained from medical records and included: a) major admission cause; b) associated diseases; c) sazonal variability; d) hospitalization length; e) mortality. Results: There were 1,200 admissions at SCM-HG, 228 (19%) caused by a respiratory disease. COPD (41.3%), pneumonias (29.8%) and bronchial asthma (9.6%) were the most prevalent. Fifty subjects (21.9%) presented comorbidity: cardiac failure (7.7%), systemic arterial hypertension (6.4%) and diabetes mellitus (4.4%). Pneumonias predominated between September and November, bronchial asthma frequency raised in October and November, and COPD prevailed from May to November. The admissions had an average duration of 10.4 ± 10 days. Twenty-six (11.4%) patients died. Conclusions: 1) Respiratory diseases were responsible for approximately 1/5 of the admissions. 2) COPD patients represented the biggest quota of admissions. 3) Patients with respiratory diseases stayed for a long time as compared with the others hospitalized patients (10.4 versus 7.7 days). 4) COPD, pneumonias and bronchial asthma behaved as expected regarding sazonal variability.


Keywords: Lung diseases. Asthma. Pneumonia. Epidemiology. University hospitals. Patient admission.


Dores articulares, pleurite, dispnéia, nódulos broncovasculares, centrolobulares e padrão em mosaico em paciente de 47 anos

Veronica Moreira Amado, Roseli Rocha Brito, Jaquelina Sonoe Ota, Rimarcs G. Ferreira, Carlos Alberto de Castro Pereira

J Bras Pneumol.1998;24(1):57-60


Pleural fluid adenosine deaminase detection for the diagnosis of pleural tuberculosis

Dosagem da atividade da adenosina deaminase no líquido pleural para o diagnóstico da tuberculose pleural

Morrys Casagrande Kaisemann, Afrânio Lineu Kritski, Maria de Fátima C Pereira, Anete Trajman

J Bras Pneumol.2004;30(6):549-556

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Background: The diagnosis of pleural tuberculosis continues to be a challenge due to the low sensitivity of traditional diagnostic methods. Histopathological examination of pleural tissue is the most accurate method, with a sensitivity of up to 80%. Determination of adenosine deaminase levels is a recently introduced method, although its usefulness in the diagnosis of pleural tuberculosis in Brazil has yet to better elucidated. Objective: To verify the sensitivity and specificity of an experimental method of measuring adenosine deaminase activity in pleural fluid in a series of patients with pleural effusion patients evaluated between August 1998 and November 2002 in Rio de Janeiro (RJ). Results: Out of 137 cases, 111 pleural fluid samples were available. Of those, 83 were from pleural tuberculosis patients. Among the 67 pleural tuberculosis patients tested, 10 (14.9%) presented human immunodeficiency virus. The adenosine deaminase cutoff value of 35U/L was determined by a receiver operator characteristic curve. The sensitivity, specificity and likelihood ratios (positive and negative) were 92.8%, 93.3%, 25.8 and 13.9, respectively. Mean adenosine deaminase in the pleural tuberculosis group was 84.7 ± 43.1 U/L, versus 15.9 ± 11.1 U/L in the group with other diseases. There was no significant difference in adenosine deaminase activity between patients with and without human immunodeficiency virus co-infection. Conclusions: Adenosine deaminase measurement in pleural fluid is a sensitive and specific method for the diagnosis of pleural tuberculosis and its use can preclude the need for pleural biopsy in the initial workup of pleural effusion patients. An adenosine deaminase cutoff value of 35U/L is recommended.


Keywords: Pleural fluid. Adenosine deaminase. Diagnosis. Tuberculosis. HIV


Determination of total proteins and lactate dehydrogenase for the diagnosis of pleural transudates and exudates: redefining the classical criterion with a new statistical approach

Dosagem de proteínas totais e desidrogenase lática para o diagnóstico de transudatos e exsudatos pleurais: redefinindo o critério clássico com uma nova abordagem estatística

Bernardo Henrique Ferraz Maranhão, Cyro Teixeira da Silva Junior, Antonio Monteiro da Silva Chibante, Gilberto Perez Cardoso

J Bras Pneumol.2010;36(4):-

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Objective: To propose a new classification criterion for the differentiation between pleural exudates and transudates-quantifying total proteins in pleural fluid (TP-PF) and lactate dehydrogenase in pleural fluid (LDH-PF) exclusively-as well as to compare this new criterion with the classical criterion in terms of diagnostic yield. Methods: This was an observational, cross-sectional study with a within-subject design, comprising 181 patients with pleural effusion treated at two university hospitals in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, between 2003 and 2006. The diagnostic parameters included in the classical criterion were identified, as were those included in the new criterion. Results: Of the 181 patients, 152 and 29 were diagnosed with pleural exudates and pleural transudates, respectively. For the classical criterion, the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy for the diagnosis of pleural exudates were, respectively, 99.8%, 68.6%, and 94.5%, whereas the corresponding values for the diagnosis of pleural transudates were 76.1%, 90.1%, and 87.6%. For the new criterion (cut-off points set at 3.4 g/dL for TP-PF and 328.0 U/L for LDH-PF), the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy for the diagnosis of exudates were, respectively, 99.4%, 72.6%, and 99.2%, whereas the corresponding values for the diagnosis of transudates were 98.5%, 83.4%, and 90.0%. The accuracy of the new criterion for the diagnosis of pleural exudates was significantly greater than was that of the classical criterion (p = 0.0022). Conclusions: The diagnostic yield was comparable between the two criteria studied. Therefore, the new classification criterion can be used in daily practice.


Keywords: Pleural effusion/diagnosis; Pleural effusion/classification; Exudates and transudates.


Twelve tips to write an abstract for a conference: advice for young and experienced investigators

Doze dicas para escrever um resumo para uma conferência: conselhos para investigadores iniciantes e experientes

Juliana Carvalho Ferreira1,2,a, Cecilia Maria Patino1,3,b

J Bras Pneumol.2018;44(4):260-260

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COPD: more treatment will translate to better breathing. Will it?

DPOC: quanto mais tratar, melhor vai respirar. Será?

Paulo José Zimermann Teixeira1,2,3,a, Marcelo Ferreira Nogueira2,3,b

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(1):e20190037-e20190037

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Post-pneumonectomy thoracic drainage: to drain or not to drain? A retrospective study

Drenagem torácica pós-pneumonectomia: sim ou não? Estudo retrospectivo

João Carlos Thomson, Olavo Franco Ferreira Filho

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(4):290-293

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Objective: To evaluate the need for post-pneumonectomy thoracic drainage. Methods: This was a retrospective study of 46 patients having undergone pneumonectomy in the Thoracic Surgery Department of the Londrina University Hospital between January of 1998 and December of 2004. Patients were divided into two groups: those having been submitted to drainage and those not having been. The diseases involved were lung cancer, bronchiectasis and tuberculosis. Results: Drainage was used in 21 patients, whereas no drainage was used in 25. The most common postoperative complication was subcutaneous emphysema (12 cases). Hospital stays were of shorter duration among patients who were not submitted to drainage than among those who were (mean, 6.5 days vs. 10.2 days). No serious postoperative complications were observed in the group of patients not submitted to drainage. Conclusion: The findings that evolutions were more favorable and hospital stays were shorter for the patients not submitted to drainage call into question the need for routine post-pneumonectomy drainage.


Keywords: Drainage; Pleural cavity; Pneumonectomy; Postoperative care; Postoperative complications; Retrospective studies


Could a DNA vaccine be useful in the control of tuberculosis?

É possível uma vacina gênica auxiliar no controle da tuberculose?

José Maciel Rodrigues Júnior; Karla de Melo Lima; Arlete Aparecida Martins Coelho Castelo; Vânia Luiza Deperon Bonato Martins; Sandra Aparecida dos Santos; Lucia Helena Faccioli; Célio Lopes Silva

J Bras Pneumol.2004;30(4):468-477

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The DNA vaccines currently under pre-clinical and clinical development may prove to be important tools in combating infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, for which no safe and effective form of prevention has yet been developed. In recent years, several studies have aimed to develop a DNA vaccine encoding mycobacterial proteins such as antigen 85 (Ag85) and the 65-kDa mycobacterial heat shock protein (hsp65). The latter is protective against virulent infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (including multidrugresistant strains). The hsp65 DNA vaccine, currently under clinical evaluation in Brazil for cancer therapy, is able to induce the secretion of Th1 cytokines, such as gamma-interferon, associated with disease control. Furthermore, this vaccine stimulates cytotoxic CD8 and CD4 T-cell clones that can be characterized as memory cells, which are responsible for effective and longlasting immunity against tuberculosis. When used as a therapeutic agent in inoculated mice, the hsp65 DNA vaccine promotes changes in the immunity profile, triggering the secretion of Th1 cytokines and establishing a favorable environment for the elimination of bacilli. The results also demonstrate that the route of administration, as well as the formulation in which the vaccine is administered, fundamentally influence the pattern and duration of the immune response induced. Taking all currently available data into account, we can conclude that a DNA vaccine against tuberculosis could contribute significantly to the control of the disease.


Keywords: Tuberculosis/epidemiology. Vaccines, DNA/therapeutic use. Heat shock proteins. Auto-immunity.


Radial-probe EBUS for the diagnosis of peripheral pulmonary lesions

Ecobroncoscopia radial para o diagnóstico de lesões pulmonares periféricas

Marcia Jacomelli, Sergio Eduardo Demarzo, Paulo Francisco Guerreiro Cardoso, Addy Lidvina Mejia Palomino, Viviane Rossi Figueiredo

J Bras Pneumol.2016;42(4):248-253

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Objective: Conventional bronchoscopy has a low diagnostic yield for peripheral pulmonary lesions. Radial-probe EBUS employs a rotating ultrasound transducer at the end of a probe that is passed through the working channel of the bronchoscope. Radial-probe EBUS facilitates the localization of peripheral pulmonary nodules, thus increasing the diagnostic yield. The objective of this study was to present our initial experience using radial-probe EBUS in the diagnosis of peripheral pulmonary lesions at a tertiary hospital. Methods: We conducted a retrospective analysis of 54 patients who underwent radial-probe EBUS-guided bronchoscopy for the investigation of pulmonary nodules or masses between February of 2012 and September of 2013. Radial-probe EBUS was performed with a flexible 20-MHz probe, which was passed through the working channel of the bronchoscope and advanced through the bronchus to the target lesion. For localization of the lesion and for collection procedures (bronchial brushing, transbronchial needle aspiration, and transbronchial biopsy), we used fluoroscopy. Results: Radial-probe EBUS identified 39 nodules (mean diameter, 1.9 ± 0.7 cm) and 19 masses (mean diameter, 4.1 ± 0.9 cm). The overall sensitivity of the method was 66.7% (79.5% and 25.0%, respectively, for lesions that were visible and not visible by radial-probe EBUS). Among the lesions that were visible by radial-probe EBUS, the sensitivity was 91.7% for masses and 74.1% for nodules. The complications were pneumothorax (in 3.7%) and bronchial bleeding, which was controlled bronchoscopically (in 9.3%). Conclusions: Radial-probe EBUS shows a good safety profile, a low complication rate, and high sensitivity for the diagnosis of peripheral pulmonary lesions.


Keywords: Diagnostic techniques, respiratory system; Lung/ultrasonography; Bronchoscopy/methods; Bronchoscopy/instrumentation.


Hydrostatic pulmonary edema: high-resolution computed tomography aspects

Edema pulmonar hidrostático: aspectos na tomografia computadorizada de alta resolução

Cláudia Maria Cunha Ribeiro, Edson Marchiori, Rosana Rodrigues, Emerson Gasparetto, Arthur Soares Souza Júnior, Dante Escuissato, Luiz Felipe Nobre, Gláucia Zanetti, César de Araujo Neto, Klaus Irion

J Bras Pneumol.2006;32(6):515-522

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Objective: This study aimed to use high-resolution computed tomography scans of the chest to characterize the principal alterations occurring in cases of hydrostatic pulmonary edema. Methods: A retrospective analysis was made of the tomography scans of 15 patients presenting clinical profiles of hydrostatic pulmonary edema. The cases were divided into five groups by etiology: congestive heart failure (n = 7); acute mitral valve disease (n = 2); acute myocardial infarction (n = 2); myocarditis (n = 2); and fibrosing mediastinitis (n = 2). Results: The principal findings in the cases of hydrostatic pulmonary edema were ground-glass opacities (in 100%), interlobular septal thickening (in 100%), pleural effusion (in 87%) and peribronchovascular interstitial thickening (in 80%). Other, less common, findings were increased blood vessel diameter, consolidations and air-space nodules. Conclusion: The predominant pattern found in the patients studied was that of ground-glass opacities accompanied by interlobular septal thickening (mosaic attenuation pattern) and bilateral (predominantly right-sided) pleural effusion.


Keywords: Pulmonary edema; Tomography, X-ray computed; Lung diseases


Postpneumonectomy pulmonary edema

Edema pulmonar pós-pneumonectomia

Marcos Naoyuki Samano, Luis Miguel Melero Sancho, Ricardo Beyruti, Fábio Biesegli Jatene

J Bras Pneumol.2005;31(1):-

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Although pneumonectomy is a technically simple procedure, it has been associated with a high (60%) incidence of complications. Respiratory complications account for approximately 15% of such complications. Worldwide, the mortality rate among patients subjected to pneumonectomy is 8.6%. However, the rate among patients developing respiratory complications is 30%. Although postpneumonectomy pulmonary edema is rare (occurring in 3% to 5% of cases), it is a serious complication and is almost always fatal. It was first described twenty years ago and, despite these alarming statistics, little is known regarding the physiopathology of postpneumonectomy pulmonary edema. Once it has become entrenched, the condition is difficult to treat, and there is no proven efficient treatment. Various risk factors have been correlated with postpneumonectomy pulmonary edema onset. Fluid overload was the first to be identified as a factor to avoid. However, many studies have shown that there is no direct correlation between fluid overload and the development of edema. Prevention is the best way to avoid postpneumonectomy pulmonary edema and must be performed in a multidisciplinary fashion, involving the entire medical staff - from the initiation of anesthesia through the surgical procedure and extending into the critical care management phase. Equally important is early identification and testing of patients at risk for postpneumonectomy pulmonary edema when there is clinical suspicion of this serious complication.


Keywords: Key Words: Pulmonary edema/complications. Pneumonectomy/adverse effects. Risk factors. Pulmonary edema/prevention & control.


Multidisciplinary education with a focus on COPD in primary health care

Educação multiprofissional com foco na DPOC na atenção primária à saúde

Erikson Custódio Alcântara1,2,a, Krislainy de Sousa Corrêa2,3,b, José Roberto Jardim4,c, Marcelo Fouad Rabahi5,d

J Bras Pneumol.2019;45(6):e20180230-e20180230

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Objective: To evaluate the use of video lessons on the topic of COPD as a training tool for a multidisciplinary team working in the primary health care sector. Methods: This was a quasi-experimental study involving a multidisciplinary team working at a primary health care clinic. The level of knowledge about COPD was measured by applying a specific, 16-item questionnaire - before, immediately after, and three months after the video lessons. In a set of six structured video lessons, the training focused on the prevention, case-finding, treatment, and monitoring of cases of COPD. The data were analyzed with the Friedman test, the Kruskal-Wallis test, Tukey's post hoc test, Dunnett's test, and the Bonferroni test. Results: There was a significant difference between the periods before and immediately after the training in terms of the scores on 15 of the 16 items on the questionnaire regarding the level of knowledge about COPD. The median total score of the participants increased significantly, from 60 points before the training to 77 points immediately thereafter and 3 months thereafter (p < 0.001 for both). Before the training, 23 (63.9%) and 13 (36.1%) of the members of the multidisciplinary team presented strong and very strong levels of agreement, respectively, among the 16 questionnaire items. After the training, 100% of the individuals presented a very strong degree of agreement. Conclusions: Multidisciplinary education through video lessons increased the knowledge of COPD on the part of a primary health care team, and the knowledge acquired was retained for at least three months after the intervention.


Keywords: Instructional films and videos; Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive; Inservice training; Primary health care; Education, medical.


Anti-inflammatory effects of macrolides in childhood lung diseases

Efeito anti-inflamatório dos macrolídeos em doenças pulmonares da infância

Fernanda Luisi, Thays Dornelles Gandolfi, Arthur Dondonis Daudt, João Pedro Zelmanowicz Sanvitto, Paulo Márcio Pitrez, Leonardo Araujo Pinto

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(6):786-796

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