Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology

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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.

 


Comparison of two experimental models of pulmonary hypertension

Comparação de dois modelos experimentais de hipertensão pulmonar

Igor Bastos Polônio, Milena Marques Pagliarelli Acencio, Rogério Pazetti, Francine Maria de Almeida, Mauro Canzian, Bárbara Soares da Silva, Karina Aparecida Bonifácio Pereira, Rogério de Souza

J Bras Pneumol.2012;38(4):452-460

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Objective: To compare two models of pulmonary hypertension (monocrotaline and monocrotaline+pneumonectomy) regarding hemodynamic severity, structure of pulmonary arteries, inflammatory markers (IL-1 and PDGF), and 45-day survival. Methods: We used 80 Sprague-Dawley rats in two study protocols: structural analysis; and survival analysis. The rats were divided into four groups: control; monocrotaline (M), pneumonectomy (P), and monocrotaline+pneumonectomy (M+P). In the structural analysis protocol, 40 rats (10/group) were catheterized for the determination of hemodynamic variables, followed by euthanasia for the removal of heart and lung tissue. The right ventricle (RV) was dissected from the interventricular septum (IS), and the ratio between RV weight and the weight of the left ventricle (LV) plus IS (RV/LV+IS) was taken as the index of RV hypertrophy. In lung tissues, we performed histological analyses, as well as using ELISA to determine IL-1 and PDGF levels. In the survival protocol, 40 animals (10/group) were followed for 45 days. Results: The M and M+P rats developed pulmonary hypertension, whereas the control and P rats did not. The RV/LV+IS ratio was significantly higher in M+P rats than in M rats, as well as being significantly higher in M and M+P rats than in control and P rats. There were no significant differences between the M and M+P rats regarding the area of the medial layer of the pulmonary arteries; IL-1 and PDGF levels; or survival. Conclusions: On the basis of our results, we cannot conclude that the monocrotaline+pneumonectomy model is superior to the monocrotaline model.

 


Keywords: Monocrotaline; Hypertension, pulmonary; Pneumonectomy; Interleukin-1; Receptor, platelet-derived growth factor beta.

 


Uncommon pleural effusion: pleuropulmonary metastasis from primitive neuroectodermal tumor

Derrame pleural incomum: metástase pleuropulmonar de tumor neuroectodérmico primitivo

Leila Antonangelo, Adriana Gonçalves Rosa, Aline Pivetta Corá, Milena Marques Pagliarelli Acencio, Luís César Moreira, Francisco Vargas Suso

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(6):606-609

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Primitive neuroectodermal tumor is an invasive neoplasm with neuronal differentiation, which frequently results in metastasis in various organs. We report the case of a patient with primitive neuroectodermal tumor whose primary site was the axilla. The patient presented with metastases in the lung, pleura, bone, iliac muscle and bone marrow. We highlight the uncommon finding in the pleural fluid cytology.

 


Keywords: Neuroectodermal tumors, primitive; Neoplasm metastasis; Cytology; Pleural effusion.

 


Doxycycline use in patients with lymphangioleiomyomatosis: safety and efficacy in metalloproteinase blockade

Doxiciclina em pacientes com linfangioleiomiomatose: segurança e eficácia no bloqueio de metaloproteinases

Suzana Pinheiro Pimenta, Bruno Guedes Baldi, Milena Marques Pagliarelli Acencio, Ronaldo Adib Kairalla, Carlos Roberto Ribeiro Carvalho

J Bras Pneumol.2011;37(4):424-430

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Objective: To determine the frequency of near-fatal asthma in a group of severe asthma patients, as well as the clinical characteristics and prognosis of these patients within a one-year follow-up period. Methods: A prospective study involving 731 low-income patients with severe asthma treated at a referral outpatient clinic located in the city of Salvador, Brazil. The patients were submitted to spirometry at admission, received medications for asthma, and were monitored regarding the frequency of asthma exacerbations during the follow-up period. A subsample of 511 patients also completed questionnaires regarding asthma symptoms and asthma-related quality of life. Results: Of the 731 patients studied, 563 (77%) were female. The median age was 47 years, and 12% were illiterate. Most of the patients had rhinitis, and 70 patients (10%) reported near-fatal asthma prior to admission. Of these 70 patients, 41 (59%) reported having been intubated previously. The patients reporting a history of near-fatal asthma at admission were more likely to have asthma exacerbations during the follow-up period and to respond poorly to therapy than were those not reporting such a history. At the end of the follow-up period, the scores on the two questionnaires were similar between the two groups of patients. Conclusions: The frequency of near-fatal asthma was high in this group of low-income patients with severe asthma. The patients with a history of near-fatal asthma had a worse prognosis than did those without such a history, although both groups had received the same kind of treatment. Curiously, the intensity of symptoms and the quality of life at the end of the study were similar between the two groups.

 


Keywords: Asthma/prevention and control; Asthma/complications; Quality of life; Prognosis.

 


 

 


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