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Porcel J.M.,Institute Investigacion Biomedica Of Lleida | Mas E.,Institute Investigacion Biomedica Of Lleida | Rene J.M.,Hospital Universitario Arnau Of Vilanova | Bielsa S.,Institute Investigacion Biomedica Of Lleida
Medicina Clinica | Year: 2013

Background and objective To describe the clinical characteristics, the most effective treatment and survival of cirrhotic patients with hepatic hydrothorax (HH). Patients and method Descriptive and retrospective analysis of a cohort of consecutive patients with HH undergoing a diagnostic thoracentesis. The biochemical and radiological features of the pleural effusion, its control with different therapies and the factors affecting survival were evaluated, among other parameters. Results Seventy-seven patients with HH were included, of whom 14% did not have ascites. HH was right-sided in 77% of the cases, and occupied half or more of the hemithorax in 68%. Pleural fluids were transudative in 81% of the cases. Diuretic-resistant HH (27%) could be managed with liver transplantation, transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) or indwelling pleural catheters. However, pleurodesis failed in most patients. Median survival was 9.1 months, and it was only favorably affected by liver transplantation. Conclusions HH has a limited survival, only influenced by liver transplantation. In diuretic-resistant cases, TIPS or pleural indwelling catheters should be considered as a management option. © 2013 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.


Bonsignore M.R.,University of Palermo | Esquinas C.,Hospital Santa Maria | Esquinas C.,Hospital Universitario Arnau Of Vilanova | Barcelo A.,Hospital Universitari Son Dureta | And 7 more authors.
European Respiratory Journal | Year: 2012

Themetabolic syndrome shows a variable prevalence in obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), and its association with insulin resistance or excessive daytime sleepiness in OSA is unclear. This study assessed the following in consecutive patients with newly diagnosed OSA: 1) the prevalence of metabolic syndrome; and 2) its association with insulin resistance and daytime sleepiness. Metabolic syndrome (National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel (NCEPATP) III criteria), insulin resistance (Homeostatic Model Assessment (HOMA) index, n=288) and daytime sleepiness (Epworth Sleepiness Scale) were assessed in 529 OSA patients. The prevalence of metabolic syndrome was 51.2%, which increased with OSA severity. Each metabolic syndrome component correlated with apnoea/hypopnoea index, but only blood pressure retained significance after correction for confounders. Both obesity and OSA contributed to metabolic abnormalities, with different sex-related patterns, since diagnosis of metabolic syndrome was significantly associated with neck circumference, age, body mass index and lowest arterial oxygen saturation in males, and with age and arousal index in females. The number of metabolic syndrome components increased with HOMA index (p<0.001). Prevalence of sleepiness was the same in patients with and without metabolic syndrome. The metabolic syndrome occurs in about half of "real-life" OSA patients, irrespective of daytime sleepiness, and is a reliable marker of insulin resistance. Copyright©ERS 2012.


Caraceni A.,Fondazione IRCCS Instituto Nazionale dei Tumori | Caraceni A.,Norwegian University of Science and Technology | Hanks G.,University of Bristol | Kaasa S.,Norwegian University of Science and Technology | And 24 more authors.
The Lancet Oncology | Year: 2012

Here we provide the updated version of the guidelines of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) on the use of opioids for the treatment of cancer pain. The update was undertaken by the European Palliative Care Research Collaborative. Previous EAPC guidelines were reviewed and compared with other currently available guidelines, and consensus recommendations were created by formal international expert panel. The content of the guidelines was defined according to several topics, each of which was assigned to collaborators who developed systematic literature reviews with a common methodology. The recommendations were developed by a writing committee that combined the evidence derived from the systematic reviews with the panellists' evaluations in a co-authored process, and were endorsed by the EAPC Board of Directors. The guidelines are presented as a list of 16 evidence-based recommendations developed according to the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation system. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.


Boer K.,St John Hospital | Lang I.,National Institute of Oncology | Llombart-Cussac A.,Hospital Universitario Arnau Of Vilanova | Andreasson I.,Onkologkliniken | And 4 more authors.
Investigational New Drugs | Year: 2012

Purpose: The aim of this Phase II study was to assess the efficacy and safety of vandetanib in combination with docetaxel in patients with pretreated advanced breast cancer. Methods: The primary study objective was to compare the number of progression events in patients receiving once-daily oral vandetanib (100 mg) in combination with docetaxel (100 mg/m 2 iv every 21 days) versus placebo plus docetaxel. Sixty-four patients were randomized to receive study treatment (n=35, vandetanib; n=29, placebo). Results: A slightly greater number of patients had experienced a progression event by the data cut-off in the vandetanib group (24 [69%]) compared with the placebo group (18 [62%]); HR=1.19, two-sided 80% CI: 0.79-1.81; two-sided P=0.59), suggesting that the addition of vandetanib to docetaxel did not affect the risk of disease progression compared with placebo plus docetaxel. The safety and tolerability profile of the combination therapy reflected those of both drugs as monotherapy agents. Conclusions: In patients with advanced breast cancer, vandetanib plus docetaxel was generally well tolerated. Clinical benefit was not different to that observed with placebo plus docetaxel. However, due to the small patient number it was not possible to yield robust results, further research is required to identify predictive factors for patient selection. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010.


Lopez-Pueyo M.J.,Hospital Universitario Of Burgos | Olaechea-Astigarraga P.,Hospital Of Galdakao Usansolo | Palomar-Martinez M.,Hospital Universitario Arnau Of Vilanova | Insausti-Ordenana J.,Hospital Of Navarra | Alvarez-Lerma F.,Service of Intensive Care Medicine
Journal of Hospital Infection | Year: 2013

Background: Data validation is an essential aspect for the accuracy of a nosocomial infection surveillance registry. Aim: To report the results of the first quality control programme in the national surveillance programme of intensive care unit (ICU)-acquired infection in Spain (ENVIN-HELICS registry). Method: During 2008, of 13,824 records included in the database, 1500 (10.8%) registries from 20 ICUs were reviewed. These ICUs were selected at random and stratified according to the number of cases included in the registry. The proportion of infected patients, which was 9.6% [95% confidence interval (CI) 8.09-11.16], was maintained during the selection of cases for review. Two physicians were trained for the purpose of the study and undertook the review. Results: Overall sensitivity, specificity and positive and negative predictive values of the ENVIN-HELICS registry for the identification of patients with any device-related infection acquired during their ICU stay were 86.0% (95% CI 80.0-92.0), 98.7% (95% CI 82.19-93.6), 87.9% (95% CI 82.19-93.6) and 98.5% (95% CI 97.8-99.2), respectively, with a kappa index of 0.85 (95% CI 0.79-0.92). Secondary bloodstream infection had the lowest sensitivity (59.3%), and intubation-associated pneumonia had the highest sensitivity (86.3%). Conclusion: There was good correlation between data reported by the registrars and data validated by auditors, confirming the reliability of the ENVIN-HELICS registry. © 2013 The Healthcare Infection Society.


Blanco I.,Biomedical Research Office OIB FICYT | Lara B.,Hospital Universitario Arnau Of Vilanova | De Serres F.,National Health Research Institute
Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases | Year: 2011

Up to now alpha 1-antitrypsin (AAT) augmentation therapy has been approved only for commercial use in selected adults with severe AAT deficiency-related pulmonary emphysema (i.e. PI*ZZ genotypes as well as combinations of Z, rare and null alleles expressing AAT serum concentrations <11 μmol/L). However, the compassionate use of augmentation therapy in recent years has proven outstanding efficacy in small cohorts of patients suffering from uncommon AAT deficiency-related diseases other than pulmonary emphysema, such as fibromyalgia, systemic vasculitis, relapsing panniculitis and bronchial asthma. Moreover, a series of preclinical studies provide evidence of the efficacy of AAT augmentation therapy in several infectious diseases, diabetes mellitus and organ transplant rejection. These facts have generated an expanding number of medical applications and patents with claims for other indications of AAT besides pulmonary emphysema. The aim of the present study is to compile and analyze both clinical and histological features of the aforementioned published case studies and reports where AAT augmentation therapy was used for conditions other than pulmonary emphysema. Particularly, our research refers to ten case reports and two clinical trials on AAT augmentation therapy in patients with both AAT deficiency and, at least, one of the following diseases: fibromyalgia, vasculitis, panniculitis and bronchial asthma. In all the cases, AAT was successfully applied whereas previous maximal conventional therapies had failed. In conclusion, laboratory studies in animals and humans as well as larger clinical trials should be, thus, performed in order to determine both the strong clinical efficacy and security of AAT in the treatment of conditions other than pulmonary emphysema. © 2011 Blanco et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.


Porcel J.M.,Hospital Universitario Arnau Of Vilanova | Esquerda A.,Hospital Universitario Arnau Of Vilanova | Vives M.,Idcsalud Hospital Albacete | Bielsa S.,Hospital Universitario Arnau Of Vilanova
Archivos de Bronconeumologia | Year: 2014

Objective: To investigate the etiology of pleural effusions (PE) in adults and the accuracy of pleural fluid (PF) cytology and cultures in malignant and infectious PE, respectively. Patients and methods: Retrospective analysis of all consecutive patients with PE undergoing diagnostic thoracentesis during the last 19 years in a university hospital. Results: The leading causes of PE among the 3,077 patients were: cancer (27%), heart failure (21%), pneumonia (19%), tuberculosis (9%), abdominal surgery (4%), pericardial diseases (4%) and cirrhosis (3%). Tuberculosis was the most common etiology in patients <. 34 years of age (52%), whereas heart failure predominated in octogenarians (45%). The most common primary tumors in malignant PE were lung (37%) and breast (16%). The overall accuracy of PF cytology was 59%, although it was significantly lower in mesotheliomas (27%) and squamous cell lung cancer (25%). In infectious PE, only 30% of cultures yielded positive results, a percentage which increased two-fold (66%) in purulent fluids (empyemas). Viridans streptococci were the most commonly isolated pathogens (25.5%). The sensitivity of solid media cultures of PF for Mycobacterium tuberculosis was low (18.5%). Conclusions: Three-quarters of patients with PE in whom a diagnostic thoracentesis was indicated had cancer, heart failure, pneumonia or tuberculosis. PF cytology and cultures give false negative results in a significant number of cases. © 2013 SEPAR.


Serrano M.,Hospital Santa Maria Of Lleida | Barcenilla F.,Hospital Universitario Arnau Of Vilanova | Limon E.,Programa VINCat
Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiologia Clinica | Year: 2014

The long-term care facilities (LTCF) are the health care level that integrates medical assistance and social services according to the requirements of its beneficiaries. There is a great variability depending on the users profile, the professional staff and accessibility to technical resources for diagnosis, treatment or rehabilitation. In LTCF different factors are shaping a challenge in the infection control. These factors are high prevalence of infection and colonization by multiresistant microorganisms (MROs), a high rate of, often inadequate, antibiotic prescriptions, the high transfer of hospital patients, and the lack of diagnostic resources. In infection studies in LTCF, one of the main problems is the lack of standard, and well defined, infection criteria. The special features of infections in the elderly population, together with the limited resources, make it necessary to establish standard and worldwide validated criteria in order achieve appropriate monitoring and control of infection. The most common infection is the respiratory, followed by the urinary, skin and soft tissue, gastro-intestinal tract, and eyes. The problematic microorganisms most frequently identified in LTCF are enterobacteriaceae extended spectrum beta lactamase, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). A successful infection control mainly depends on two actions. First, a high compliance of standard precautions and second, patient organization according to the risk of transmission of a particular MROs infection, especially MRSA. This risk classification may be a way to rationalize application measures, and the incorporation of ethical and legal issues. The level of stratification is established mainly according to the condition of being colonized or infected, the MROs anatomical location, and the degree of behavioral disorders suffered by the patient. Implementation of extensive screening programs or complex monitoring programs, as in acute care hospitals are not indicated. The epidemiological surveillance must adapt to clinical guidelines, with the registering of colonized and infected patients being mandatory, along with the coordination between health and social systems by applying global control programs. © 2013 Elsevier España, S.L. y Sociedad Española de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica.


Porcel J.M.,Hospital Universitario Arnau Of Vilanova
Revista Clinica Espanola | Year: 2016

Pleural ultrasonography is useful for identifying and characterising pleural effusions, solid pleural lesions (nodules, masses, swellings) and pneumothorax. Pleural ultrasonography is also considered the standard care for guiding interventionist procedures on the pleura at the patient's bedside (thoracentesis, drainage tubes, pleural biopsies and pleuroscopy). Hospitals should promote the acquisition of portable ultrasound equipment to increase the patient's safety. © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and Sociedad Española de Medicina Interna (SEMI).


Lara B.,Hospital Universitario Arnau Of Vilanova
Archivos de Bronconeumologia | Year: 2010

Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) is the main genetic factor related to the development of emphysema. This protein has numerous variants, some of which are clinically relevant because their anomalous conformation implies that they fail to reach the target organs as they are polymerized in the hepatocyte. The main abnormal variant is PiZ. In a small percentage of individuals, the accumulation of Z polymers in the liver leads to the development of liver disease. The lack of AATD in the lung favors the development of emphysema, since the proteolytic effect of elastases - the main biological function of AATD - is not counteracted. In Spain, approximately 400 persons are diagnosed with severe AATD deficiency, representing less than 10 % of those expected by epidemiological studies. The principal prognostic factor in these patients is forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1), which is affected mainly by exposure to tobacco smoke. Thus, life expectancy in nonsmokers is similar to that in the general population while lung function decreases faster in smokers than in other patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The treatment of the lung disease is the same, although exogenous AATD augmentation is indicated when lung function deteriorates. © 2010 Sociedad Española de Neumología y Cirugía Torácica.

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