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Casella G.,Maggiore Hospital | Cassin M.,Santa Maria Degli Angeli Hospital | Chiarella F.,Santa Corona Hospital | Chinaglia A.,Maria Vittoria Hospital | And 7 more authors.
Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine | Year: 2010

Background: Intensive cardiac care units (ICCUs) have shifted from the observation of patients with myocardial infarction to the care of different acute cardiac diseases. However, few data on such an evolution are available. Methods and results: From 7 to 20 April 2008, 6986 consecutive patients admitted to 81% of Italian ICCUs were prospectively enrolled. Patients observed were mainly elderly men (median age 72 years) with several co-morbidities. Most of them were triaged to ICCU from the emergency room, but 15% of admissions were transfer-in from other hospitals. Several diagnostic and therapeutic procedures were applied (78% had echocardiography and 35% coronary angiography) during the ICCU stay [median length 4 days, interquartile range (IQR) 2-5]. The discharge diagnosis was ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in 21%, non-ST-elevation ACS in 31%, acute heart failure (AHF) in 14% and other acute non-ACS, non-AHF cardiac diseases in 34%. Of those with ST-elevation ACS, 60% received reperfusion (15% fibrinolysis and 45% primary percutaneous coronary intervention). The overall in-ICCU crude mortality was 3.3%. CONCLUSION: The BLITZ-3 survey provides a unique snapshot of current epidemiology and patterns of care of patients admitted to ICCUs. Although ACS still remains the most frequent admission diagnosis, the number of non-ACS patients is substantial. However, the correct standard of care for these non-ACS patients has to be defined. © 2010 Italian Federation of Cardiology. Source


Pegolo E.,University of Udine | Machin P.,University of Udine | Riosa F.,University of Udine | Bassini A.,Santa Maria Degli Angeli Hospital | And 2 more authors.
Cancer Cytopathology | Year: 2012

BACKGROUND: Fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) is a well-accepted procedure for the diagnosis and biological characterization of breast carcinoma. Estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR), and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) status have a strong prognostic and predictive value in invasive breast carcinoma (IBC). Thin- Prep (TP) cytology, which uses an alcohol-based fixative, is increasingly being used for immunocytochemistry. In this study, the authors compared the immunocytochemical evaluation of hormone receptors (HR) and HER2 on TP-processed FNAC with the immunohistochemical analysis performed on the corresponding formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) breast tumor specimens, which are considered the gold standard. METHODS: FNACs were performed on 116 primary IBCs at the time of diagnosis and subjected to immunocytochemical evaluation of HR and HER2 using the TP method. The same markers were immunohistochemical evaluated on the corresponding FFPE tissue specimens. HER2 fluorescent in situ hybridization analysis was performed only on the equivocal immunohistochemical results. RESULTS: The HR results of the TP cytology specimens showed a very good agreement with those of the corresponding FFPE tissue samples (Cohen kappa test = 0.92; concordance rate = 98%) for estrogen receptor, and a good agreement (kappa = 0.76; concordance rate = 90.9%) for progesterone receptor. A perfect agreement (kappa = 1) was observed between TP and FFPE tissue samples in evaluating HER2 status. CONCLUSIONS: Alcohol-based fixation seems not to affect the immunocytochemical evaluation of HR and HER2. Considering the high levels of agreement between the evaluation of HR and HER2, on both cytology specimens and on the corresponding FFPE tissue samples, the authors concluded that the TP technique can be routinely used for the biological characterization of IBC. © 2011 American Cancer Society. Source


Natalini G.,Fondazione Poliambulanza Hospital | Tuzzo D.,Spedali Civili Hospital | Rosano A.,Fondazione Poliambulanza Hospital | Testa M.,SS Annunziata Hospital | And 11 more authors.
Respiratory Care | Year: 2016

Background: Previous physiological studies have identified factors that are involved in auto-PEEP generation. In our study, we examined how much auto-PEEP is generated from factors that are involved in its development. Methods: One hundred eighty-six subjects undergoing controlled mechanical ventilation with persistent expiratory flow at the beginning of each inspiration were enrolled in the study. Volume-controlled continuous mandatory ventilation with PEEP of 0 cm H2O was applied while maintaining the ventilator setting as chosen by the attending physician. End-expiratory and end-inspiratory airway occlusion maneuvers were performed to calculate respiratory mechanics, and tidal flow limitation was assessed by a maneuver of manual compression of the abdomen. Results: The variable with the strongest effect on auto-PEEP was flow limitation, which was associated with an increase of 2.4 cm H2O in auto-PEEP values. Moreover, auto-PEEP values were directly related to resistance of the respiratory system and body mass index and inversely related to expiratory time/time constant. Variables that were associated with the breathing pattern (tidal volume, frequency minute ventilation, and expiratory time) did not show any relationship with auto-PEEP values. The risk of auto-PEEP ≥5 cm H2O was increased by flow limitation (adjusted odds ratio 17; 95% CI: 6–56.2), expiratory time/time constant ratio <1.85 (12.6; 4.7–39.6), respiratory system resistance >15 cm H2O/L s (3; 1.3–6.9), age >65 y (2.8; 1.2–6.5), and body mass index >26 kg/m2 (2.6; 1.1–6.1). Conclusions: Flow limitation, expiratory time/time constant, resistance of the respiratory system, and obesity are the most important variables that affect auto-PEEP values. Frequency expiratory time, tidal volume, and minute ventilation were not independently associated with auto-PEEP. Therapeutic strategies aimed at reducing auto-PEEP and its adverse effects should be primarily oriented to the variables that mainly affect auto-PEEP values. © 2016 Daedalus Enterprises. Source


Caffo O.,Santa Chiara Hospital | Gernone A.,Civil Hospital | Ortega C.,Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment | Sava T.,Maggiore Hospital | And 9 more authors.
Journal of Neuro-Oncology | Year: 2012

Central nervous system (brain or leptomeningeal) metastases (BLm) are considered rare in castrationresistant prostate cancer (CRPC) patients. Now that docetaxel has become the reference drug for first-line treatment of CRPC, patients whose disease is not controlled by hormonal manipulations may live much longer than before and have higher risk of developing BLm. We retrospectively reviewed the records of all patients with CRPC attending our centres from 2002 to 2010, and identified all of those who were diagnosed as having BLm and received (or were considered to have been eligible to receive) docetaxel-based treatment. We identified 31 cases of BLm (22 brain metastases and 9 leptomeningeal metastases) with an incidence of 3.3%. BLm-free survival was 43.5 months, and survival after BLm discovery was 4 months. With six patients surviving for more than 1 year after developing BLm, the projected 1-year BL-S rate was 25.8%. The findings of our study may be relevant in clinical practice as they indicate that incidence of BLm in CRPC patients in the docetaxel era seems to be higher than in historical reports, meaning that special attention should be paid to the appearance of neurological symptoms in long-term CRPC survivors because they may be related to BLm. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2011. Source


Innominato P.F.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Innominato P.F.,S0776Paris South University | Innominato P.F.,University Paris - Sud | Giacchetti S.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | And 20 more authors.
Cancer | Year: 2013

BACKGROUND Chemotherapy-induced neutropenia has been associated with prolonged survival selectively in patients on a conventional schedule (combined 5-fluorouracil, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin [FOLFOX2]) but not on a chronomodulated schedule of the same drugs administered at specific circadian times (chronoFLO4). The authors hypothesized that the early occurrence of chemotherapy-induced symptoms correlated with circadian disruption would selectively hinder the efficacy of chronotherapy. METHODS Fatigue and weight loss (FWL) were considered to be associated with circadian disruption based on previous data. Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (n = 543) from an international phase 3 trial comparing FOLFOX2 with chronoFLO4 were categorized into 4 subgroups according to the occurrence of FWL or other clinically relevant toxicities during the initial 2 courses of chemotherapy. Multivariate Cox models were used to assess the role of toxicity on the time to progression (TTP) and overall survival (OS). RESULTS The proportions of patients in the 4 subgroups were comparable in both treatment arms (P =.77). No toxicity was associated with TTP or OS on FOLFOX2. The median OS on FOLFOX2 ranged from 16.4 (95% confidence limits [CL], 7.2-25.6 months) to 19.8 months (95% CL, 17.7-22.0 months) according to toxicity subgroup (P =.45). Conversely, FWL, but no other toxicity, independently predicted for significantly shorter TTP (P <.0001) and OS (P =.001) on chronoFLO4. The median OS on chronoFLO4 was 13.8 months (95% CL, 10.4-17.2 months) or 21.1 months (95% CL, 19.0-23.1 months) according to presence or absence of chemotherapy-induced FWL, respectively. CONCLUSIONS Early onset chemotherapy-induced FWL was an independent predictor of poor TTP and OS only on chronotherapy. Dynamic monitoring to detect early chemotherapy-induced circadian disruption could allow the optimization of rapid chronotherapy and concomitant improvements in safety and efficacy. © 2013 American Cancer Society. Source

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