Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology

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Year 2015 - Volume 41  - Number 6  (November/December)



1 - Imaging and COPD

A imagem e a DPOC

Bruno Hochhegger1,2

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(6):487-488

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Original Article

2 - Influence of emphysema distribution on pulmonary function parameters in COPD patients

Influência da distribuição do enfisema nos parâmetros de função pulmonar em pacientes com DPOC

Helder Novais e Bastos1,2,3, Inês Neves1, Margarida Redondo1, Rui Cunha4,5, José Miguel Pereira4,5, Adriana Magalhães1, Gabriela Fernandes1,5

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(6):489-495

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Objective: To evaluate the impact that the distribution of emphysema has on clinical and functional severity in patients with COPD. Methods: The distribution of the emphysema was analyzed in COPD patients, who were classified according to a 5-point visual classification system of lung CT findings. We assessed the influence of emphysema distribution type on the clinical and functional presentation of COPD. We also evaluated hypoxemia after the six-minute walk test (6MWT) and determined the six-minute walk distance (6MWD). Results: Eighty-six patients were included. The mean age was 65.2 ± 12.2 years, 91.9% were male, and all but one were smokers (mean smoking history, 62.7 ± 38.4 pack-years). The emphysema distribution was categorized as obviously upper lung-predominant (type 1), in 36.0% of the patients; slightly upper lung-predominant (type 2), in 25.6%; homogeneous between the upper and lower lung (type 3), in 16.3%; and slightly lower lung-predominant (type 4), in 22.1%. Type 2 emphysema distribution was associated with lower FEV1, FVC, FEV1/FVC ratio, and DLCO. In comparison with the type 1 patients, the type 4 patients were more likely to have an FEV1 < 65% of the predicted value (OR = 6.91, 95% CI: 1.43-33.45; p = 0.016), a 6MWD < 350 m (OR = 6.36, 95% CI: 1.26-32.18; p = 0.025), and post-6MWT hypoxemia (OR = 32.66, 95% CI: 3.26-326.84; p = 0.003). The type 3 patients had a higher RV/TLC ratio, although the difference was not significant. Conclusions: The severity of COPD appears to be greater in type 4 patients, and type 3 patients tend to have greater hyperinflation. The distribution of emphysema could have a major impact on functional parameters and should be considered in the evaluation of COPD patients.


Keywords: Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive; Pulmonary emphysema; Respiratory function tests; Tomography, X-ray computed.


3 - Factors associated with quality of life in patients with severe asthma: the impact of pharmacotherapy

Fatores associados à qualidade de vida sob a perspectiva da terapia medicamentosa em pacientes com asma grave

Daiane Silva Souza1, Lúcia de Araújo Costa Beisl Noblat2, Pablo de Moura Santos1

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(6):496-501

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Objective: To identify, characterize, and quantify associations of various factors with quality of life (QoL) in patients with asthma, according to the pharmacotherapy employed. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study involving 49 patients (≥ 18 years of age) with severe uncontrolled or refractory asthma treated at a specialized outpatient clinic of the Brazilian Unified Health Care System, regularly using high doses of inhaled corticosteroids (ICs) or other medications, and presenting comorbidities. At a single time point, QoL was assessed with the Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (AQLQ). The overall AQLQ score and those of its domains were correlated with demographic variables (gender and age); Asthma Control Questionnaire score; pharmacotherapy (initial IC dose, inhaler devices, and polytherapy); and comorbidities. Results: Better AQLQ scores were associated with asthma control-overall (OR = 0.38; 95% CI: 0.004-0.341; p < 0.001), "symptoms" domain (OR = 0.086; 95% CI: 0.016-0.476; p = 0.001), and "emotional function" domain (OR = 0.086; 95% CI: 0.016-0.476; p = 0.001)-and with IC dose ≤ 800 µg-"activity limitation" domain (OR = 0.249; 95% CI: 0.070-0.885; p = 0.029). Worse AQLQ scores were associated with polytherapy-"activity limitation" domain (OR = 3.651; 95% CI: 1.061-12.561; p = 0.036)-and number of comorbidities ≤ 5-"environmental stimuli" domain (OR = 5.042; 95% CI: 1.316-19.317; p = 0.015). Conclusions: Our results, the importance of this issue, and the lack of studies taking pharmacotherapy into consideration warrant longitudinal studies to establish a causal relationship between the identified factors and QoL in asthma patients.


Keywords: Asthma; Asthma/drug therapy; Quality of life; Medication therapy management.


4 - 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.


5 - Variation in lung function is associated with worse clinical outcomes in cystic fibrosis

Variação na função pulmonar está associada com piores desfechos clínicos em indivíduos com fibrose cística

João Paulo Heinzmann-Filho1,2, Leonardo Araujo Pinto1,2, Paulo José Cauduro Marostica3, Márcio Vinícius Fagundes Donadio1,2,4

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(6):509-515

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Objective: To determine whether the variation in lung function over one year is associated with worse clinical outcomes, as well as with a decline in lung function in the following years, in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Methods: This was a retrospective study involving CF patients (4-19 years of age), evaluated over a three-year period. We evaluated demographic characteristics, chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection, antibiotic use, hospitalization, six-minute walk distance (6MWD), and lung function. The inclusion criterion was having undergone pulmonary function testing at least three times in the first year and at least once in each of the next two years. Results: We evaluated 35 CF patients. The variation in FEV1 in the first year (ΔFEV1) was greater among those who, in the third year, showed reduced FEV1, had a below-average 6MWD, or were hospitalized than among those with normal FEV1, normal 6MWD, or no hospital admissions, in that same year (p < 0.05), although no such difference was found for antibiotic use in the third year. Subjects showing a ΔFEV1 ≥ 10% also showed a greater decline in FEV1 over the two subsequent years (p = 0.04). The ΔFEV1 also showed an inverse correlation with absolute FEV1 in the third year (r = −0.340, p = 0.04) and with the rate of FEV1 decline (r = −0.52, p = 0.001). Linear regression identified ΔFEV1 as a predictor of FEV1 decline (coefficient of determination, 0.27). Conclusions: Significant variation in lung function over one year seems to be associated with a higher subsequent rate of FEV1 decline and worse clinical outcomes in CF patients. Short-term ΔFEV1 might prove useful as a predictor of CF progression in clinical practice.


Keywords: Cystic fibrosis; Respiratory function tests; Disease progression; Hospitalization; Forced expiratory volume.


6 - Sport-specific influences on respiratory patterns in elite athletes.

Influências específicas do esporte nos padrões respiratórios em atletas de elite

Tijana Durmic1,2, Biljana Lazovic2,3, Marina Djelic2,4, Jelena Suzic Lazic5, Dejan Zikic2,6, Vladimir Zugic2,7, Milica Dekleva2,8, Sanja Mazic2,4

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(6):516-522

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Objective: To examine differences in lung function among sports that are of a similar nature and to determine which anthropometric/demographic characteristics correlate with lung volumes and flows. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study involving elite male athletes (N = 150; mean age, 21 ± 4 years) engaging in one of four different sports, classified according to the type and intensity of exercise involved. All athletes underwent full anthropometric assessment and pulmonary function testing (spirometry). Results: Across all age groups and sport types, the elite athletes showed spirometric values that were significantly higher than the reference values. We found that the values for FVC, FEV1, vital capacity, and maximal voluntary ventilation were higher in water polo players than in players of the other sports evaluated (p < 0.001). In addition, PEF was significantly higher in basketball players than in handball players (p < 0.001). Most anthropometric/demographic parameters correlated significantly with the spirometric parameters evaluated. We found that BMI correlated positively with all of the spirometric parameters evaluated (p < 0.001), the strongest of those correlations being between BMI and maximal voluntary ventilation (r = 0.46; p < 0.001). Conversely, the percentage of body fat correlated negatively with all of the spirometric parameters evaluated, correlating most significantly with FEV1 (r = −0.386; p < 0.001). Conclusions: Our results suggest that the type of sport played has a significant impact on the physiological adaptation of the respiratory system. That knowledge is particularly important when athletes present with respiratory symptoms such as dyspnea, cough, and wheezing. Because sports medicine physicians use predicted (reference) values for spirometric parameters, the risk that the severity of restrictive disease or airway obstruction will be underestimated might be greater for athletes.


Keywords: Athletes; Sports; Spirometry; Respiratory function tests.


7 - The impact of anti-smoking laws on high school students in Ankara, Turkey

O impacto das leis antifumo em alunos do ensino médio em Ancara, Turquia

Melike Demir1, Gulistan Karadeniz2, Fikri Demir3, Cem Karadeniz4, Halide Kaya1, Derya Yenibertiz5, Mahsuk Taylan1, Sureyya Yilmaz1, Velat Sen3

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(6):523-529

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Objective: To determine the factors affecting the smoking habits of high school students, their thoughts about changes resulting from anti-smoking laws, and how they are affected by those laws. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 11th-grade students at eight high schools in Ankara, Turkey, were invited to complete a questionnaire. Results: A total of 1,199 students completed the questionnaire satisfactorily. The mean age of the respondents was 17.0 ± 0.6 years; 56.1% were female, of whom 15.3% were smokers; and 43.9% were male, of whom 43.7% were smokers (p < 0.001). The independent risk factors for smoking were male gender, attending a vocational school, having a sibling who smokes, having a friend who smokes, and poor academic performance. Of the respondents, 74.7% were aware of the content of anti-smoking laws; 81.8% approved of the restrictions and fines; and 8.1% had quit smoking because of those laws. According to the respondents, the interventions that were most effective were the (television) broadcast of films about the hazards of smoking and the ban on cigarette sales to minors. The prevalence of smoking was highest (31.5%) among students attending vocational high schools but lowest (7.5%) among those attending medical vocational high schools. Although 57.1% of the smokers were aware of the existence of a smoking cessation helpline, only 3.7% had called, none of whom had made any attempt to quit smoking. Conclusions: Although most of the students evaluated were aware of the harmful effects of smoking and approved of the anti-smoking laws, only a minority of those who smoked sought professional help to quit.


Keywords: Smoking/prevention & control; Smoking/trends; Smoking/psychology; Students/statistics & numerical data; Adolescent; Young Adult.


8 - The rapid shallow breathing index as a predictor of successful mechanical ventilation weaning: clinical utility when calculated from ventilator data

Índice de respiração rápida e superficial como previsor de sucesso de desmame da ventilação mecânica: utilidade clínica quando mensurado a partir de dados do ventilador

Leonardo Cordeiro de Souza1,2,3,4, Jocemir Ronaldo Lugon1,5

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(6):530-535

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Objective: The use of the rapid shallow breathing index (RSBI) is recommended in ICUs, where it is used as a predictor of mechanical ventilation (MV) weaning success. The aim of this study was to compare the performance of the RSBI calculated by the traditional method (described in 1991) with that of the RSBI calculated directly from MV parameters. Methods: This was a prospective observational study involving patients who had been on MV for more than 24 h and were candidates for weaning. The RSBI was obtained by the same examiner using the two different methods (employing a spirometer and the parameters from the ventilator display) at random. In comparing the values obtained with the two methods, we used the Mann-Whitney test, Pearson's linear correlation test, and Bland-Altman plots. The performance of the methods was compared by evaluation of the areas under the ROC curves. Results: Of the 109 selected patients (60 males; mean age, 62 ± 20 years), 65 were successfully weaned, and 36 died. There were statistically significant differences between the two methods for respiratory rate, tidal volume, and RSBI (p < 0.001 for all). However, when the two methods were compared, the concordance and the intra-observer variation coefficient were 0.94 (0.92-0.96) and 11.16%, respectively. The area under the ROC curve was similar for both methods (0.81 ± 0.04 vs. 0.82 ± 0.04; p = 0.935), which is relevant in the context of this study. Conclusions: The satisfactory performance of the RSBI as a predictor of weaning success, regardless of the method employed, demonstrates the utility of the method using the mechanical ventilator.


Keywords: Respiration, artificial; Ventilator weaning; Spirometry.


Brief Communication

9 - 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.


Review Article

10 - Sleep in the intensive care unit

Sono na unidade de terapia intensiva

Flávia Gabe Beltrami1, Xuân-Lan Nguyen2, Claire Pichereau3, Eric Maury3, Bernard Fleury4, Simone Fagondes1,5

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(6):539-546

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Poor sleep quality is a consistently reported by patients in the ICU. In such a potentially hostile environment, sleep is extremely fragmented and sleep architecture is unconventional, with a predominance of superficial sleep stages and a limited amount of time spent in the restorative stages. Among the causes of sleep disruption in the ICU are factors intrinsic to the patients and the acute nature of their condition, as well as factors related to the ICU environment and the treatments administered, such as mechanical ventilation and drug therapy. Although the consequences of poor sleep quality for the recovery of ICU patients remain unknown, it seems to influence the immune, metabolic, cardiovascular, respiratory, and neurological systems. There is evidence that multifaceted interventions focused on minimizing nocturnal sleep disruptions improve sleep quality in ICU patients. In this article, we review the literature regarding normal sleep and sleep in the ICU. We also analyze sleep assessment methods; the causes of poor sleep quality and its potential implications for the recovery process of critically ill patients; and strategies for sleep promotion.


Keywords: Sleep; Sleep deprivation; Intensive care units.


11 - Lung transplantation: overall approach regarding its major aspects.

Transplante pulmonar: abordagem geral sobre seus principais aspectos.

Priscila Cilene León Bueno de Camargo1, Ricardo Henrique de Oliveira Braga Teixeira1, Rafael Medeiros Carraro1, Silvia Vidal Campos1, José Eduardo Afonso Junior1, André Nathan Costa1, Lucas Matos Fernandes1, Luis Gustavo Abdalla1, Marcos Naoyuki Samano1, Paulo Manuel Pêgo-Fernandes1,2

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(6):547-553

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O transplante pulmonar é uma terapia bem estabelecida para pacientes com doença pulmonar avançada.A avaliação do candidato para o transplante é uma tarefa complexa e envolve uma equipe multidisciplinar que acompanha o paciente para além do período pós-operatório.O tempo médio atual em lista de espera para transplante pulmonar é de aproximadamente 18 meses no estado de São Paulo. Em 2014, dados da Associação Brasileira de Transplante de Órgãos mostram que 67 transplantes pulmonares foram realizados no Brasil e que 204 pacientes estavam na lista de espera para transplante pulmonar.O transplante pulmonar é principalmente indicado no tratamento de DPOC, fibrose cística, doença intersticial pulmonar, bronquiectasia não fibrocística e hipertensão pulmonar.Esta revisão abrangente teve como objetivos abordar os aspectos principais relacionados ao transplante pulmonar: indicações, contraindicações, avaliação do candidato ao transplante, avaliação do candidato doador, gestão do paciente transplantado e complicações maiores. Para atingirmos tais objetivos, utilizamos como base as diretrizes da Sociedade Internacional de Transplante de Coração e Pulmão e nos protocolos de nosso Grupo de Transplante Pulmonar localizado na cidade de São Paulo.


Case Report

12 - The challenge of managing extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis at a referral hospital in the state of São Paulo, Brazil: a report of three cases

O desafio do tratamento da tuberculose extensivamente resistente em um hospital de referência no estado de São Paulo: um relato de três casos

Marcos Abdo Arbex1,2, Hélio Ribeiro de Siqueira3,4, Lia D'Ambrosio5,6, Giovanni Battista Migliori5

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(6):554-559

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Here, we report the cases of three patients diagnosed with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis and admitted to a referral hospital in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, showing the clinical and radiological evolution, as well as laboratory test results, over a one-year period. Treatment was based on the World Health Organization guidelines, with the inclusion of a new proposal for the use of a combination of antituberculosis drugs (imipenem and linezolid). In the cases studied, we show the challenge of creating an acceptable, effective treatment regimen including drugs that are more toxic, are more expensive, and are administered for longer periods. We also show that treatment costs are significantly higher for such patients, which could have an impact on health care systems, even after hospital discharge. We highlight the fact that in extreme cases, such as those reported here, hospitalization at a referral center seems to be the most effective strategy for providing appropriate treatment and increasing the chance of cure. In conclusion, health professionals and governments must make every effort to prevent cases of multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis.


Keywords: Tuberculosis, multidrug-resistant; Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis; Antitubercular agents; Antibiotics, antitubercular.


Continuing Education: Imaging

15 - Reversed halo sign

Sinal do halo invertido

Edson Marchiori1,2, Gláucia Zanetti2,3, Bruno Hochhegger4,5

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(6):564

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