Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology

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Year 2007 - Volume 33  - Number 6  (November/December)






Editorial

1 - Taking stock

Época de balanços

José Antônio Baddini Martinez

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(6):33-35

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Original Article

4 - Immunophenotyping and gene rearrangement analysis in lymphoid/lymphoproliferative disorders of the lungs

Imunofenotipagem e rearranjo gênico em doenças pulmonares linfocíticas e linfoproliferativas

Camila Cristina Ishikawa, Alexandre Muxfeldt Ab'Saber, Edwin Roger Parra, Chin Jia Lin, Carmen Silvia Valente Barbas, Vera Luiza Capelozzi

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(6):625-634

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Resumo

Objetivo: Determinar a utilidade, na prática rotineira, da análise da clonalidade dos linfócitos T e B nos tecidos pulmonares por reação em cadeia da polimerase no diagnóstico das doenças linfoproliferativas pulmonares. Métodos: Avaliaram-se, mediante análise imunohistoquímica e rearranjo molecular dos genes, 8 casos de pneumonia intersticial linfocítica (PIL) e 7 casos de doenças linfoproliferativas pulmonares. Resultados: Todos os 8 casos de PIL expressaram imunocoloração moderada a forte para CD3, em contraste com apenas 2 casos de linfoma e 1 caso de pseudolinfoma. Rearranjo gênico foi detectado em 4 de 8 casos de PIL, o que mudou o diagnóstico de PIL para linfoma, indicando, assim, a importância da detecção de rearranjo gênico em casos de PIL. Nesta situação, rearranjo gênico usando-se os pares de primers VH/JH e Vγ11/Jγ12 foi detectado em 3 e 1 casos de PIL, respectivamente, e não foram detectadas anormalidades gênicas usando-se as pares Dβ1/Jβ2 e Vγ101/Jγ12. Uma associação positiva foi detectada entre a intensidade de imunoexpressão CD20 e CD68 e rearranjo gênico usando-se o par de primers VH/JH. Antes do rearranjo gênico, 4 pacientes com PIL morreram rapidamente, enquanto que, após o rearranjo gênico, apenas 1 paciente com PIL morreu. Conclusões: A detecção de células B e T monoclonais por imunofenotipagem e reação em cadeia da polimerase mostrou impacto no diagnóstico de linfomas pulmonares em pacientes previamente diagnosticados com PIL. Portanto, imunofenotipagem e reação em cadeia da polimerase devem ser incluídas como métodos de 'padrão ouro' na rotina diagnósticObjetivo: Determinar a utilidade, na prática rotineira, da análise da clonalidade dos linfócitos T e B nos tecidos pulmonares por reação em cadeia da polimerase no diagnóstico das doenças linfoproliferativas pulmonares. Métodos: Avaliaram-se, mediante análise imunohistoquímica e rearranjo molecular dos genes, 8 casos de pneumonia intersticial linfocítica (PIL) e 7 casos de doenças linfoproliferativas pulmonares. Resultados: Todos os 8 casos de PIL expressaram imunocoloração moderada a forte para CD3, em contraste com apenas 2 casos de linfoma e 1 caso de pseudolinfoma. Rearranjo gênico foi detectado em 4 de 8 casos de PIL, o que mudou o diagnóstico de PIL para linfoma, indicando, assim, a importância da detecção de rearranjo gênico em casos de PIL. Nesta situação, rearranjo gênico usando-se os pares de primers VH/JH e Vγ11/Jγ12 foi detectado em 3 e 1 casos de PIL, respectivamente, e não foram detectadas anormalidades gênicas usando-se as pares Dβ1/Jβ2 e Vγ101/Jγ12. Uma associação positiva foi detectada entre a intensidade de imunoexpressão CD20 e CD68 e rearranjo gênico usando-se o par de primers VH/JH. Antes do rearranjo gênico, 4 pacientes com PIL morreram rapidamente, enquanto que, após o rearranjo gênico, apenas 1 paciente com PIL morreu. Conclusões: A detecção de células B e T monoclonais por imunofenotipagem e reação em cadeia da polimerase mostrou impacto no diagnóstico de linfomas pulmonares em pacientes previamente diagnosticados com PIL. Portanto, imunofenotipagem e reação em cadeia da polimerase devem ser incluídas como métodos de 'padrão ouro' na rotina diagnóstica.

 


5 - 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.

 

6 - Relationship between body mass index and asthma severity in adults

Relação entre o índice de massa corporal e a gravidade da asma em adultos

Nilva Regina Gelamo Pelegrino, Márcia Maria Faganello, Fernanda Figueirôa Sanchez, Carlos Roberto Padovani, Irma de Godoy

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(6):641-646

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Objective: Elevated values of body mass index (BMI) have been associated with higher prevalence of asthma in adults. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the association between obesity and asthma severity. Methods: Medical records of two hundred patients older than 20 years of age were evaluated retrospectively. Asthma severity was established after the evaluation of the medical history and diagnosis recorded, spirometry results and the medicines prescribed. BMI was calculated and patients were classified as obese when the BMI was ≥ 30 kg/m2. Results: 23% of the patients presented intermittent asthma, 25.5% presented mild persistent asthma, 24% presented moderate persistent asthma, and 27.5% presented severe persistent asthma. Values of BMI ≤ 29.9 kg/m2 were observed in 68% of the patients and in 32% the BMI was ≥ 30 kg/m2. The odds ratio of the correlation between obesity and asthma severity was 1.17 (95% CI: 0.90-1.53; p > 0.05). Conclusions: In the sample evaluated in this study no correlation between obesity and asthma severity was found for either gender.

 


Keywords: Asthma; Body mass index, Sex distribution; Obesity.

 

7 - 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.

 

8 - Effects of hyperoxia on Wistar rat lungs

Efeitos da hiperóxia sobre o pulmão de ratos Wistar

Samuel dos Santos Valença, Milena Leonarde Kloss, Frank Silva Bezerra, Manuella Lanzetti, Fabiano Leichsenring Silva, Luís Cristóvão Porto

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(6):655-662

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Objective: To study the effects of short-term exposure to high oxygen concentrations (hyperoxia) on Wistar rat lungs. Methods: Animals were divided into three groups exposed to hyperoxia for 10', 30' and 90' (O10', O30', O90', respectively), together with a control group (exposed to room air). The animals were sacrificed 24 h after exposure. Bronchoalveolar lavage was performed, and the lungs were removed for histological and stereological analysis. Results: In the O10', O30', and O90' groups, respectively and in comparison with the controls, we observed an increase in the numbers of macrophages (2169.9 ± 118.0, 1560.5 ± 107.0, and 1467.6 ± 39.0 vs. 781.3 ± 78.3) and neutrophils (396.3 ± 35.4, 338.4 ± 17.3, and 388.7 ± 11.7 vs. 61.6 ± 4.2), concomitant with an increase in oxidative damage (143.0 ± 7.8%, 180.4 ± 5.6%, and 235.0 ± 13.7% vs. 100.6 ± 1.7%). The histological and stereological analyses revealed normal alveoli and alveolar septa in the controls (83.51 ± 1.20% and 15 ± 1.21%), in the O10' group (81.32 ± 0.51% and 16.64 ± 0.70%), and in the O30' group (78.75 ± 0.54% and 17.73 ± 0.26%). However, in the O90' group, inflammatory cell infiltration was observed in the alveoli and alveolar septa. Red blood cells extravasated from capillaries to the alveoli (59.06 ± 1.22%), with evidence of congestion, hemorrhage, and septal edema (35.15 ± 0.69%). Conclusion: Hyperoxia for 90' caused injury of the lung parenchyma, resulting in oxidative damage and inflammatory cell infiltration.

 


Keywords: Hyperoxia; Lung/injuries; Oxidative stress.

 

9 - Adherence to treatment in patients with cystic fibrosis

Adesão ao tratamento em pacientes com fibrose cística

Paulo de Tarso Roth Dalcin, Greice Rampon, Lílian Rech Pasin, Gretchem Mesquita Ramon, Claudine Lacerda de Oliveira Abrahão, Viviane Ziebell de Oliveira

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(6):663-670

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Objectives: To evaluate the self-reported degree of adherence to treatment in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), investigating associations with characteristics of the disease and with the degree of adherence perceived by health professionals. Methods: This was a prospective, cross-sectional study involving patients with CF monitored at a Program for Adults with CF. The degree of adherence was evaluated using a questionnaire. Patients were divided into two groups: greater degree of adherence and moderate/poor degree of adherence. Clinical data, Shwachman-Kulczycki clinical score, Brasfield radiographic score and spirometry data were obtained for all patients. Results: Out of 38 patients studied, 31 (81.6%) were classified as presenting a greater degree of adherence and 7 (18.4%) as presenting a moderate/poor degree of adherence. The self-reported patient adherence score correlated with the clinical score (r = −0.36, p = 0.028). The self-reported patient adherence score (median = 0.79) was higher than that perceived by health professionals (median = 0.71, p = 0.003). A greater degree of adherence was self-reported for respiratory therapy (by 84.2%), exercise (by 21.1%), prescribed diet (by 65.8%), pancreatic enzymes (by 96.3%), vitamins (by 79.4%), inhaled antibiotic therapy (by 76.7%) and inhaled DNase (by 79.4%). Conclusions: Self-reported adherence of patients attending a Program for Adults with CF was good. The self-reported patient adherence score correlated inversely with the clinical score. Self-reported patient adherence was greater than the adherence perceived by health professionals.

 


Keywords: Cystic fibrosis; Patient compliance; Therapeutics.

 

10 - 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.

 

11 - Effect of a muscle stretching program using the Global Postural Reeducation method on respiratory muscle strength and thoracoabdominal mobility of sedentary young males

Efeito de um programa de alongamento muscular pelo método de Reeducação Postural Global sobre a força muscular respiratória e a mobilidade toracoabdominal de homens jovens sedentários

Marlene Aparecida Moreno, Aparecida Maria Catai, Rosana Macher Teodori, Bruno Luis Amoroso Borges, Marcelo de Castro Cesar, Ester da Silva

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(6):679-686

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Objective: To evaluate the effect that respiratory muscle stretching using the global postural reeducation (GPR) method has on respiratory muscle strength, thoracic expansion and abdominal mobility in sedentary young males. Methods: This was a randomized study involving 20 sedentary volunteers, aged 22.7 ± 2.5 years, divided into two groups of 10: a control group, composed of subjects not performing any exercises, and a group of subjects submitted to the GPR method. The protocol consisted of a program to stretch the respiratory muscles with participants in the 'open-arm, open hip joint angle' position, which was regularly performed twice a week for 8 weeks, totaling 16 sessions. The two groups were submitted to measurements of maximal inspiratory pressure, maximal expiratory pressure, thoracic expansion and abdominal mobility, prior to and after the intervention period. Results: The initial and final values for maximal respiratory pressures, thoracic expansion and abdominal mobility for the control group showed no significant differences (p > 0.05). However, for the GPR group, all values increased after the intervention (p < 0.05). Conclusions: Respiratory muscle stretching using the GPR method was efficient in promoting an increase in maximal respiratory pressures, thoracic expansion and abdominal mobility, suggesting that it could be used as a physiotherapy resource to develop respiratory muscle strength, thoracic expansion and abdominal mobility.

 


Keywords: Posture; Muscle Strength; Respiratory Muscles; Muscle Stretching Exercises.

 

12 - Tracheostomy in the ICU: is it worthwhile?

Traqueostomia na UTI: vale a pena realizá-la?

João Aléssio Juliano Perfeito, Caio Augusto Sterse da Mata, Vicente Forte, Martin Carnaghi, Nikei Tamura, Luiz Eduardo Villaca Leão

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(6):687-690

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Objective: To determine the feasibility of performing tracheostomy in the intensive care unit (ICU) environment and to assess procedurerelated complications and mortality. Methods: The medical records of the 73 patients submitted to tracheostomy in the ICU of the Federal University of São Paulo Hospital São Paulo between January and November of 2003 were evaluated retrospectively. All operations were performed by surgical residents, under the supervision of a thoracic surgeon, using the open technique standardized at the facility. Results: The mean age of the patients was 55.2 years. Of the 73 patients evaluated, 47 (64.4%) were male and 26 (35.6%) were female. The most common indication was prolonged orotracheal intubation (76.7%). There was no procedure-related mortality, and, in all patients, the procedure was successfully performed in the ICU. Early complications occurred in 2 patients (2.7%), who presented increased local bleeding, which was controlled using compression. The late complication was infection at the incision site, which occurred in 2 patients (2.7%) and was treated by applying local dressings, without further clinical repercussions. Conclusions: Based on the results of our analysis, which are comparable to those found in the literature regarding tracheostomy performed in the operating room, we concluded that tracheostomy in the ICU is feasible and presents a low rate of complications, even when performed in critically ill patients and by surgeons in training. Therefore, in our view, it is possible to state that performing tracheostomy in the ICU is worthwhile.

 


Keywords: Tracheostomy; Intensive care units; Mortality.

 

13 - 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.

 

14 - 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.

 

15 - Detection of cord factor for the presumptive identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex

Avaliação do crescimento em cordas na identificação presuntiva do complexo Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Andrea Gobetti Vieira Coelho, Liliana Aparecida Zamarioli, Clemira Martins Pereira Vidal Reis, Bruno Francisco de Lima Duca

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(6):707-711

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Objective: Virulent strains of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, under certain appropriate conditions, grow as characteristic ropes, bundles or serpentine cords known as cord factor or growth in cords. The objective of the present study was to evaluate cord factor detection as a method of achieving presumptive identification of the M. tuberculosis complex, comparing it to conventional typing tests. Methods: A total of 743 strains were analyzed from January of 2002 to December of 2005 in the Mycobacteria Sector of the Adolfo Lutz Institute, located in the city of Santos, Brazil. Samples were obtained from clinical specimens collected from patients with respiratory symptoms treated at basic health clinics in the greater metropolitan area of Santos. Ziehl-Neelsen-stained smears were prepared, 301 (40.5%) in MB/BacT broth and 442 (59.5%) on solid media, either Lowenstein-Jensen or Ogawa-Kudoh. Results: The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value obtained during the performance comparison of the two methods (cord factor detection and conventional typing) using both isolation media were, respectively, 98.5, 88, 97 and 93%. The method was more sensitive on solid medium (100%), and the difference in sensitivity between the two media types was only 2.7%. Conclusions: Taking into consideration the results obtained, we conclude that, in laboratories with a high incidence of M. tuberculosis complex isolation and limited economic resources, cord factor detection is a fast and valid criterion for identifying these mycobacteria using liquid or solid medium. It also enables subsequent conclusive identification tests, as well as additional sensitivity tests when necessary.

 


Keywords: Laboratory techniques and procedures; Mycobacterium tuberculosis; Cord factors

 

Review Article

16 - Smoking and changes in body weight: can physiopathology and genetics explain this association?

Tabagismo e variação ponderal: a fisiopatologia e genética podem explicar esta associação?

Raquel Chatkin, José Miguel Chatkin

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(6):

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Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in most countries, including Brazil. Smoking cessation is an important strategy for reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with tobacco-related diseases. An inverse relationship between nicotine use and body weight has been reported, in which body weight tends to be lower among smokers than among nonsmokers. Smoking abstinence results in an increase in body weight for both males and females. On average, sustained quitters gain from 5 to 6 kg, although approximately 10% gain more than 10 kg. Pharmacological treatment for smoking cessation attenuates weight gain. The importance of smoking cessation as a contributing cause of the current obesity epidemic has been little studied. In the USA, the rate of obesity attributable to smoking cessation has been estimated at approximately 6.0% and 3.2% for males and females, respectively. Although the mechanisms are unclear, there is evidence that dopamine and serotonin are appetite suppressants. The administration of nicotine, regardless of the delivery system, acutely raises the levels of these neurotransmitters in the brain, reducing the need for energy intake and consequently suppressing appetite. In addition, nicotine has a direct effect on adipose tissue metabolism, influencing the rate of weight gain following smoking cessation. Leptin, ghrelin and neuropeptide Y are substances that might constitute factors involved in the inverse relationship between nicotine and body mass index, although their roles as determinants or consequences of this relationship have yet to be determined.

 


Keywords: Smoking; Body weight changes; Nicotine; Body mass index; Leptin; Peptide hormones/ghrelin.

 

17 - Chest X-ray and computed tomography in the evaluation of pulmonary emphysema

Radiograma de tórax e tomografia computadorizada na avaliação do enfisema pulmonar

Klaus Loureiro Irion, Bruno Hochhegger, Edson Marchiori, Nelson da Silva Porto, Sérgio de Vasconcellos Baldisserotto, Pablo Rydz Santana

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(6):720-732

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Emphysema is a condition of the lung, characterized by the abnormal increase in the size of the airspace distal to the terminal bronchioles. Currently, emphysema is the fourth leading cause of death in the USA, affecting 14 million people. The present article describes the principal tools in the imaging diagnosis of emphysema, from the early days until the present. We describe traditional techniques, such as chest X-ray, together with the evolution of computed tomography (CT) to more advanced forms, such as high resolution CT, as well as three-dimensional CT densitometry and volumetric assessment.

 


Keywords: Emphysema; Radiology; Tomography, X-Ray computed; Radiography, thoracic.

 

Case Report

18 - Accelerated form of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis in the native lung after single lung transplantation

Forma acelerada da fibrose pulmonar idiopática no pulmão nativo após transplante pulmonar unilateral

Rogério Rufino, Kalil Madi, Omar Mourad, Angelo Judice, Giovanni Marsico, Carlos Henrique Boasquevisque

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(6):733-737

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We report the case of a 56-year-old patient who underwent left single lung transplantation for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Despite the high level of immunosuppression after the surgery, there was rapid progression to IPF in the native (right) lung as demonstrated by thoracoscopic lung biopsy. After 104 days on mechanical ventilation, the patient underwent right lung transplant and was discharged from the hospital on postoperative day 26.

 


Keywords: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis; Lung transplantation; Case reports [publication type].

 

19 - Pulmonary hamartoma as a differential diagnosis of breast cancer metastasis: case report

Hamartoma pulmonar como diagnóstico diferencial de metástase de carcinoma de mama: relato de caso

Vanessa Assis da Silva, Paula Kataguiri, Damila Cristina Trufelli, Leandro Luongo de Matos, João Carlos das Neves-Pereira, José Ribas Milanez de Campos

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(6):738-742

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We present the case of a 60-year-old female patient who had been in menopause for 14 years and presented a pulmonary nodule on chest X-ray diagnosed in the postoperative follow-up evaluation of breast cancer. The patient had a history of mastectomy and ipsilateral axillary lymphadenectomy for invasive ductal breast carcinoma, as well as of hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and adjuvant radiotherapy. After thoracoscopic nodulectomy, the frozen section analysis revealed a pulmonary hamartoma. Recent studies show that 75% of patients who undergo surgery for pulmonary nodules after a curative mastectomy for breast cancer present lung metastases, 11.5% present primary lung cancer, and 13.5% present benign lesions, including hamartoma.

 


Keywords: Hamartoma; Breast neoplasms; Lung neoplasms; Neoplasm metastasis.

 

20 - Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis treated with azathioprine in a child

Hemossiderose pulmonar idiopática tratada com azatioprina: relato de caso em criança

Clemax Couto Sant`Anna, Angélica Almada Horta, Mônica Tessinari Rangel Tura, Maria de Fatima Bazhuni Pombo March, Sidnei Ferreira, Rafaela Baroni Aurilio, Débora Brandão Vieira

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(6):743-746

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Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis (IPH), the main cause of pulmonary hemosiderosis in children, is characterized by intermittent alveolar bleeding and hemosiderin-laden macrophages in sputum and in gastric lavage. The treatment is based on corticosteroids and cytotoxic drugs, under special conditions. We describe the case of a 7-year-old girl with IPH who achieved partial clinical remission with high doses of corticosteroids. However, the treatment had to be discontinued because the patient developed Cushing's syndrome. Treatment was started with an azathioprine-corticosteroid combination and then changed to azathioprine alone, which was maintained for four years, with excellent results.

 


Keywords: Hemosiderosis; Azathioprine; Hemorrhage; Case reports [publication type].

 

21 - Acute respiratory failure as a manifestation of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome associated with L-tryptophan intake

Insuficiência respiratória aguda como manifestação da síndrome de eosinofilia-mialgia associada à ingestão de L-triptofano

Tiago de Araujo Guerra Grangeia, Marcelo Schweller, Ilma Aparecida Paschoal, Lair Zambon, Mônica Corso Pereira

J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(6):747-751

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Eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome was described in 1989 in patients who presented progressive and incapacitating myalgia and eosinophilia in blood, fluids and secretions. Most patients report previous L-tryptophan intake. Respiratory manifestations are found in up to 80% of the cases, occasionally as the only manifestation. Treatment includes drug discontinuation and administration of corticosteroids. Here, we describe the case of a 61-year-old female admitted with acute respiratory failure after using L-tryptophan, hydroxytryptophan and other drugs. The patient presented eosinophilia, together with elevated eosinophil counts in the bronchoalveolar lavage and pleural effusion. After discontinuation of the drugs previously used, corticosteroids were administered, resulting in clinical and radiological improvement within just a few days.

 


Keywords: Respiratory insufficiency; Tryptophan; Eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome.

 

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J Bras Pneumol.2007;33(6):765-768

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