Platypnea-Orthodeoxia Syndrome Following Resection of an Intrathoracic Extrapulmonary Thymoma
Joseph Kojo Kittah and Anne Marie Matelski
Article Type: Case Report | First Published: December 14, 2020
We report the case of a 76-year-old female with no significant past medical history who developed Platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome (POS) following thoracotomy with thymoma resection. Patient underwent right thoracotomy with resection of a 12 cm right lower lobe mass. The mass was “peeled gently from the pericardium and the aorta”, and compressed the right upper, middle, and lower lobes. No lung tissue was resected. Pathology indicated a type B1 thymoma. She was discharged on post-op day #4 wit...
The Role of Intermediate Respiratory Care Units in Preventing ICU Collapse during the COVID Pandemic
Sarah Heili Frades, MD, María del Pilar Carballosa de Miguel, MD, Alba Naya Prieto, MD, Itziar Fernández Ormaechea, MD, Farah Ezzine de Blas, MD, Pablo Lopez Yeste, MD, Francisco Jos Laso Del Hierro, MD, Ainhoa Izquierdo Perez, MD, Marwan Mohamed Choukri, MD, Herminia Ortiz Mayoral, MD, Abdulkader El Hachem Debek, MD, Andres Gimenez Velando, MD, Marcel Jose Rodriguez Guzman, MD, Elena Cabezas Pastor, Pablo Minguez, PhD, Ignacio Mahillo Fernández, PhD, Antonio Herrero González, Lorena de la F
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: November 30, 2020
There is limited information describing features and outcomes of patients requiring Intermediate Respiratory Care Unit (IRCU) hospitalization for COVID19 disease and as of yet, no mechanical or medical treatments have clearly demonstrated efficacy in IRCU. Demographics and clinical variables on admission, as well as medical and mechanical therapeutic interventions, were extracted from Electronic Clinical Records in 274 SARS-CoV-2 infected patients attending a third level hospital IRCU. Using mul...
Anti-PL-12 Associated Antisynthetase Syndrome-A Less Recognized Clinical Entity
Melcy Cleetus, Dantis Emmanuel, Rajesh Venkitakrishnan, Jolsana Augustine and Divya Ramachandran
Article Type: Case Report | First Published: November 06, 2020
Interstitial lung diseases, (ILD) or diffuse parenchymal lung diseases (DPLD) are umbrella terms used collectively to denote aetiologically heterogeneous group of disorders sharing clinical, radiographic and physiologic similarities. The treatment choices and prognosis vary substantially among the different causes of ILD and hence determining the correct etiology is of paramount importance. Connective tissue diseases are important causes of DPLDs and ILD is an important cause of morbidity and mo...
The Potential Role of Inhaled Nitric Oxide in Managing COVID-19 Associated Lung Complications Review of Literature
Dunia Alhareth, MD and Sanaa Badour, MD, MSc
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: October 09, 2020
The outbreak of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 21, 2020. As of June 16, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported near eight million cases and half a million deaths worldwide. The majority of cases have spontaneously resolved. However, some have developed various fatal complications including organ failure, septic shock, pulmonary edema, severe pneumonia, a...
Validity and Reliability of Greek Version of Functional Outcomes of Sleep Questionnaire (FOSQ), Comparison of FOSQ with Questionnaires Measuring Sleepiness, Anxiety and Health Status
Maria Saroglou, Paschalis Steiropoulos, Theodora Drakou, Michalis Agrafiotis, Efi Vlachogianni and Stavros Tryfon
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: October 08, 2020
We developed the Greek version of the Functional Outcomes of Sleep Questionnaire (G-FOSQ) and investigated its reliability and validity in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) patients. This is a prospective study, included all 311 consecutive adults, who visited sleep laboratory of a tertiary hospital for evaluation of suspected OSAS in a year period. Participants underwent standard polysomnography study and completed a battery of questionnaires including the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), ...
A Simplified Approach to Covid-19 Disease in Adult Patients for General Practitioners
Ehsan Yahia Sabry
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: October 08, 2020
The pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) presents a challenge to all doctors worldwide for detection of disease, differentiating it from those with similar presenting symptoms. The initial evaluation of the patient with suspected Covid-19 disease is usually performed by general practitioners; who, unfortunately; as their knowledge about the on growing changing faces of this pandemic disease presenting sym...