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Sarrat A.,Bordeaux University Hospital Center | Brabant S.,Lille University Hospital Center | Charbonnier E.,Lille University Hospital Center | Alyanakian M.-A.,CHU Necker | And 11 more authors.
Annales de Biologie Clinique | Year: 2013

French medical laboratories must be accredited before November 2016 according to NF/EN/ISO 15189 standard. However, technical accreditation guidelines cannot be applied literally for the determination of specific IgE for several reasons: more than 600 allergen tests, lack of international gold standard, limited external quality controls. Furthermore, the technique for determination of specific IgE is CE DM-IVD marked, common to all specificities, automatised, standardized according to a single calibration curve. Thus, we propose an efficient but reasonable solution conform to the idea of the accreditation by validating the process. We recommend: a flexible extend type A; choice of only one representative allergen (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus) for repeatability and precision (20 tests, 2 levels 0.5-1 and 8-12 kUA/L) performed on patients sera, reproducibility (30 consecutive determinations using an Internal Quality Control/IQC), accuracy (IQC and rare External Quality Controls) compared with peers. Sensitivity, specificity, dynamic range, detection threshold are determinated by the provider. Linearity may be checked if the laboratory practices sample dilution for values higher than the upper limit guaranteed by the provider. In the absence of international gold standard, the uncertainty is not measurable. In case of change of instrument, the results obtained by the systems must be compared through 35 tests of different specificities distributed across the range of calibration and including 5 values close to the detection limit. This methodology allows a scientifically effective verification, technically and financially reasonable, to ensure the excellence of the performance of the laboratory with regard to peers and users (allergologists and patients). Source

Legriel S.,CH Versailles Site Andre Mignot | Schraub O.,CH Versailles Site Andre Mignot | Azoulay E.,CHU Saint Louis | Hantson P.,Cliniques universitaires Saint Luc | And 27 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2012

Objective: Few outcome data are available about posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES). We studied 90-day functional outcomes and their determinants in patients with severe PRES. Design: 70 patients with severe PRES admitted to 24 ICUs in 2001-2010 were included in a retrospective cohort study. The main outcome measure was a Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS) of 5 (good recovery) on day 90. Main Results: Consciousness impairment was the most common clinical sign, occurring in 66 (94%) patients. Clinical seizures occurred in 57 (81%) patients. Median mean arterial pressure was 122 (105-143) mmHg on scene. Cerebral imaging abnormalities were bilateral (93%) and predominated in the parietal (93%) and occipital (86%) white matter. Median number of brain areas involved was 4 (3-5). Imaging abnormalities resolved in 43 (88%) patients. Ischaemic and/or haemorrhagic complications occurred in 7 (14%) patients. The most common causes were drug toxicity (44%) and hypertensive encephalopathy (41%). On day 90, 11 (16%) patients had died, 26 (37%) had marked functional impairments (GOS, 2 to 4), and 33 (56%) had a good recovery (GOS, 5). Factors independently associated with GOS<5 were highest glycaemia on day 1 (OR, 1.22; 95%CI, 1.02-1.45, p = 0.03) and time to causative-factor control (OR, 3.3; 95%CI, 1.04-10.46, p = 0.04), whereas GOS = 5 was associated with toxaemia of pregnancy (preeclampsia/eclampsia) (OR, 0.06; 95%CI, 0.01-0.38, p = 0.003). Conclusions: By day 90 after admission for severe PRES, 44% of survivors had severe functional impairments. Highest glycaemia on day 1 and time to causative-factor control were strong early predictors of outcomes, suggesting areas for improvement. © 2012 Legriel et al. Source

Cottin V.,University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 | Crestani B.,Competence Center for Rare Lung Diseases | Valeyre D.,Hopital University Avicenne | Wallaert B.,Lille University Hospital Center | And 15 more authors.
European Respiratory Review | Year: 2014

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is the most frequent chronic idiopathic interstitial pneumonia in adults. The management of rare diseases in France has been organised by a national plan for rare diseases, which endorsed a network of expert centres for rare diseases throughout France. This article is an overview of the executive summary of the French guidelines for the management of IPF, an initiative that emanated from the French National Reference Centre and the Network of Regional Competence Centres for Rare Lung Diseases. This review aims at providing pulmonologists with a document that: 1) combines the current available evidence; 2) reviews practical modalities of diagnosis and management of IPF; and 3) is adapted to everyday medical practice. The French practical guidelines result from the combined efforts of a coordination committee, a writing committee and a multidisciplinary review panel, following recommendations from the Haute Autorité de Santé. All recommendations included in this article received at least 90% agreement by the reviewing panel. Herein, we summarise the main conclusions and practical recommendations of the French guidelines. © ERS 2014. Source

Cottin V.,University of Lyon | Le Pavec J.,University Paris - Sud | Prevot G.,Service de pneumologie | Mal H.,CHU Bichat | And 3 more authors.
European Respiratory Journal | Year: 2010

This study aims to describe the haemodynamic and survival characteristics of patients with pulmonary hypertension in the recently individualised syndrome of combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema. A retrospective multicentre study was conducted in 40 patients (38 males; age 68±9 yrs; 39 smokers) with combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema, and pulmonary hypertension at right heart catheterisation. Dyspnoea was functional class II in 15%, III in 55% and IV in 30%. 6-min walk distance was 244±126 m. Forced vital capacity was 86±18%, forced expiratory volume in 1 s 78±19%, and carbon monoxide diffusion transfer coefficient 28±16% of predicted. Room air arterial oxygen tension was 7.5±1.6 kPa (56±12 mmHg). Mean pulmonary artery pressure was 40±9 mmHg, cardiac index 2.5±0.7 L·min -1·m -2 and pulmonary vascular resistance 521±205 dyn·s·cm -5. 1-yr survival was 60%. Higher pulmonary vascular resistance, higher heart rate, lower cardiac index and lower carbon monoxide diffusion transfer were associated with shorter survival. Patients with combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema syndrome and pulmonary hypertension confirmed by right heart catheterisation have a dismal prognosis despite moderately altered lung volumes and flows and moderately severe haemodynamic parameters. Copyright©ERS Journals Ltd 2010. Source

Arai T.,Institute Cardiovasculaire Paris Sud | Morice M.-C.,Institute Cardiovasculaire Paris Sud | O'Connor S.A.,Institute Cardiovasculaire Paris Sud | Yamamoto M.,Center Hospitalier University Henri Mondor | And 14 more authors.
Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions | Year: 2015

Objectives The relationship between anemia, renal insufficiency, and the outcomes of TAVI patients has not been thoroughly studied. We aimed to evaluate the influence of pre- and post-procedural anemia on the incidence of renal insufficiency, especially AKI, and on the outcomes of TAVI. Methods Data from the French national TAVI registry were collected in 3,472 patients who underwent TAVI between January 2010 and December 2012. Of these 2,137 were in the no/mild anemia group, 748 were in the moderate anemia group, and 587 were in the severe anemia group before TAVI. Furthermore, we divided the 3,472 patients into three groups according to post-procedural anemia, measured as post-procedural hemoglobin (Hb) drop: <2 g/dl (n=1,633, group 1), 2 to <4 g/dl (n=1,458, group 2), and >4 g/dl (n=381, group 3). Procedure and outcome variables were compared. Results Increased severity of anemia before TAVI was associated with significantly different rates of 1-year mortality (15%, 19%, and 24%, P<0.01), with similar differences in the incidence of AKI (5%, 8%, and 10%, P<0.01). Increased severity of Hb drop was associated with significantly different rates of 1-year mortality (16%, 18%, and 23%, P<0.01), and with similar differences in the incidence of AKI (6%, 7%, and 10%, P=0.04). Both pre- and post-procedural anemia were predictors of the incidence of AKI (OR 1.82, P<0.01; OR 1.82, P<0.01, respectively) and 1-year mortality (HR 1.44, P<0.01; HR 1.50, P<0.01, respectively). Conclusions Both pre- and post-procedural anemia were significantly associated AKI and 1-year mortality. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Source

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