Yi-min Li

Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Disease, Shengcheng, Guangdong, China

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    ABSTRACT: To observe the effects of cyclic stretch on expression of cytokines and adhesion molecules in human pulmonary artery endothelial cells (HPAECs), herein to provide a theoretical basis to ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI). HPAECs were subjected to cyclic stretch by the Flexcell FX-5000T system at 0.5 Hz of 10% or 20% elongation for 3, 6, 12, 24 hours respectively. The mRNA and protein expression of interleukin (IL-6, IL-8), monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1) and intercelluar adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) was determined by fluorescent quantitation reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR), enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) or Western blotting. Increasing the stretch force, the mRNA and protein expression of IL-8, MCP-1, ICAM-1 were up regulated with increasing stretch time. Compared with the control (set 1), after 20% cyclic stretch for 24 hours, IL-8 mRNA expression was up regulated to 1.58±0.10, MCP-1 mRNA expression was up regulated to 2.85±0.52, and ICAM-1 mRNA expression was up regulated to 1.90±0.14 (all P<0.05). Compared with control group, after 20% cyclic stretch for 24 hours, the protein expression of IL-8 and MCP-1 in HPAEC was significantly increased (IL-8: 3401.08±439.60 ng/L vs. 1422.60±66.98 ng/L, MCP-1: 1117.64±237.54 ng/L vs. 307.88±80.84 ng/L, both P<0.05), ICAM-1 protein expression was up regulated to 2.15±0.40 (P<0.05), while the expression of IL-6 mRNA and protein had no statistic difference compared with control group. Cyclic stretch enhanced the expression of IL-8, MCP-1 and ICAM-1 in an intensity-dependent fashion, so it may be involved in the pathogenesis of lung injury induced by mechanical ventilation.
    Zhonghua wei zhong bing ji jiu yi xue. 08/2013; 25(8):484-8.
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the effect of mechanical stretch induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition in human lung epithelial cells BEAS-2B in vitro. The human lung epithelial cells BEAS-2B were subjected to cyclic stretch by the FX-5000T system at 0.33 Hz of 10% or 20% elongation for 24, 48 and 72 hours respectively. The morphologic changes were observed by microscopy. The mRNA and protein expressions of E-cadherin, Cytokeratin-8 (CK-8), α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) and Vimentin were evaluated by immunofluorescence before and after mechanical stretch and fluorescent quantitation reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). (1) When stretch by 20% elongation for 48 hours, the morphological changes in BEAS-2B cells from cobblestone-like structure to elongated shape and obviously when stretch for up to 72 hours, while 10% elongation showed no significant morphological changes comparing to control. (2) Decreasing E-cadherin and CK-8 protein expression was associated with increased immunostaining for α-SMA protein at 72 hours after 20% mechanical stretch. (3) Expression of E-cadherin mRNA was decreased to 0.388±0.056 and 0.247±0.064 after 20% mechanical stretch for 48 hours and 72 hours compared with control without stretch (set 1, both P<0.05), expression of CK-8 mRNA was decreased to 0.436±0.060 at 72 hours after 20% mechanical stretch (P<0.01), α-SMA mRNA was increased to 1.437±0.267 (48 hours) and 1.261±0.247 (72 hours) after 20% mechanical stretch (both P<0.05), and Vimentin mRNA was increased to 1.679±0.172 (48 hours) after 20% mechanical stretch (P<0.05). Expression of E-cadherin mRNA was decreased to 0.387±0.081 at 72 hours after 10% mechanical stretch (P<0.05), Vimentin mRNA was increased to 1.688±0.179 at 48 hours after 10% mechanical stretch while other markers showed no significant changes comparing with control. Excessive mechanical stretch could induce epithelial-mesenchymal transition in lung epithelial cells BEAS-2B in vitro.
    Zhonghua wei zhong bing ji jiu yi xue. 08/2013; 25(8):455-9.
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the effect of lipopolysaccharide ( LPS) on expression of peroxiredoxin 1(prdx1) in airway epithelial cells. The airway epithelium cell line BEAS-2B was cultivated, and the cells were stimulated with 0, 1, and 10 mg/L of LPS for 12 hours and 24 hours, and then were harvested for prdx1 expression detection. The mRNA expression of prdx1 was detected by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).The airway epithelium cells were stimulated with 0, 0.1 , 0.5, 1 , 5, and 10 mg/L of LPS for 12 hours, and were collected for determination of prdx 1 protein expression by Western blotting. RT-PCR results showed that the prdx1 mRNA expression was significantly increased within 12 hours of stimulation with elevation of the dosage of LPS.The prdx1 mRNA expression at 12 hours of stimulation by 10 mg/L LPS was significantly higher than that in control group(2.014 ± 0.197 vs. 0.644 ± 0.178, P<0.05). However, with prolongation of LPS stimulation time, the prdx1 mRNA expression at 24 hours was slightly declined. Western blotting results showed that the prdx1 protein expression was gradually increased with elevation of dosage of LPS. The prdx1 protein expression at 12 hours of stimulation with 5 mg/L LPS was significantly higher than that in control group ( 1.069 ± 0.175 vs. 0.328 ± 0.010, P<0.05), and the expression remained at high level at 12 hours of stimulation with 10 mg/L LPS (0.984 ± 0.220 ). 10 mg/Lof LPS can induce the mRNA and protein expression of prdx1 in BEAS-2B cell after 12 hours of stimulation.
    Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue. 03/2013; 25(3):136-9.
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    ABSTRACT: To establish a method of isolate, purify, primary culture and identify human alveolar type II cells (AT II ) in vitro, as well as its possible maintaining phenotype characteristics. The marginal lung tissue was collected. AT II cells were isolated with trypsin and elastase, purified by a series of steps, such as, cell sieve filtration, differential adhesion, gradient separation and anti-CD14 beads separation. AT II cells were identified with immunofluorescence of human pro-surfactant-associated protein C (pro-SP-C), Green DND-26 probe and electron microscope. The purity of AT II cells was measured by immunofluorescence of human pro-SP-C and Green DND-26 probe. The viability of AT II cells was measured by trypan blue staining. The phenotypes (SP-A, SP-B,SP-C, SP-D) were monitored with reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) at different time points. The output of AT II cells from lung tissue was (5-10) x 105/g, and the cell viability was (93 ± 2)% with trypan blue staining, the cell purity was about 98% with pro-SP-C immunofluorescence and Green DND-26 fluorescent probe, the lamellar bodies were clearly observed with transmission electron microscope. In the aspect of phenotypes maintaining, the time of surfactant expression was about 24 days [SP-A: 0.52 + 0.03 (day 16), 0.35 + 0.02 (day 20),0.26 ± 0.01 (day 24), 0.10 + 0.08 (day 28); SP-C: 0.68 0.16 (day l6), 0.31 + 0.04 (day 20), 0.18 + 0.06 (day 24), 0.14 + 0.09 (day 28)], and the longest one was more than 28 days [SP-B: 1.05 + 0.17 (day 16), 0.76 + 0.35(day 20), 0.55 0.15 (day 24), 0.36 0.19 (day 28); SP-D: 0.52 0.19 (day 16), 0.33 + 0.12 (day 20), 0.31 +0.04 (day 24), 0.23 ± 0.02 (day 28)). We successfully established a procedure to separate, purify,identify of AT II cells, which retain primary phenotypic characteristics over long period.
    Zhongguo wei zhong bing ji jiu yi xue = Chinese critical care medicine = Zhongguo weizhongbing jijiuyixue 07/2012; 24(7):388-92.
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the value of intrathoracic blood volume index (ITBVI) monitoring in fluid management strategy in septic shock patients. In a prospective study, 33 patients who were diagnosed to be suffering from septic shock in the intensive care unit (ICU) were enrolled . Seventeen patients who received pulse indicator continuous cardiac output (PiCCO) monitoring, and ITBVI was used as indicator of fluid management, were enrolled into ITBVI group; 16 patients who received traditional fluid management strategy [directed by central venous pressure (CVP)] were enrolled into control group. Acute physiology and chronic health evaluation II (APACHEII) score, sepsis related organ failure assessment (SOFA) score and vasopressor score were compared between 1 day and 3 days of treatment. The characteristics of fluid management were recorded and compared within 72 hours. (1)In 3 days of treatment, APACHEII, SOFA and vasopressor score were significantly lower in ITBVI group compared with that of in 1 day of treatment[21.3±6.2 vs. 25.4±7.2, 6.1±3.4 vs. 9.0±3.5, 5 (0, 8.0) vs. 20.0 (8.0, 35.0), respectively, all P<0.01], whereas there were no changes in control group. (2)Although fluid output (ml) was higher in ITBVI group during 48-72 hours period (2 421± 868 vs. 1 721±934, P=0.039), there was no difference in fluid intake, fluid output or fluid balance (ml) within 0-72 hours between two groups (fluid intake: 9 918±137 vs. 10 529±1 331, fluid output : 6 035±1 739 vs. 5 827±2 897, fluid balance: 3 882±1 889 vs. 4 703±2 813, allP>0.05). (3)Comparing the fluid volume (ml) used for fluid replacement period, except that there was no significance in fluid challenge with colloid during 0-6 hours between two groups [ml: 250 (125, 500) vs. 250 (69,250), P>0.05], more fluid intake (ml) was found in ITBVI group [0-6 hours crystalloid: 250(150,250) vs. 125 (105,125), 6-72 hours crystalloid: 125 (125, 250) vs. 100 (56, 125), 0-72 hours crystalloid: 250(125, 250) vs. 125 (75, 125), 6-72 hours colloid: 125 (106, 250) vs. 75 (50, 125), 0-72 hours colloid: 200 (125, 250) vs. 100 (50, 125),all P<0.01]. Clinical picture in patients with septic shock is improved after 3 days of treatment than 1 day of treatment under fluid management directed by ITBVI, compared with by CVP. This improvement may be attributable to accurate assessment of preload and appropriate infusion rate in fluid challenge.
    Zhongguo wei zhong bing ji jiu yi xue = Chinese critical care medicine = Zhongguo weizhongbing jijiuyixue 08/2011; 23(8):462-6.
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    ABSTRACT: To look for the natural ligand(s) of human triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cell-1 (TREM-1), in order to provide the theoretical basis for elucidation of the pathogenesis of sepsis. Neutrophils and monocytes isolated from human peripheral blood were treated with heat-inactivated Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Staphylococcus aureus L-form or Pseudomonas aeruginosa L-form respectively for 24 hours. The cell wall was extracted from Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Mycobacterium tuberculosis by ultrasound. Neutrophils and monocytes were isolated and treated with the cell wall respectively for 24 hours. Neutrophils and monocytes were isolated and treated with three main components from bacterial cell wall (polysaccharides, lipids and proteins) respectively for 24 hours. The level of TREM-1 mRNA was measured with fluorescent quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and the concentrations of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta) were measured with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The TREM-1 mRNA level and the concentrations of TNF-alpha and IL-1 beta in cell supernatant of neutrophils and monocytes were upgraded when treated with cell, cell wall and cell wall polysaccharides of Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Compared with the blank control group, the TREM-1 mRNA level of neutrophils and monocytes was upgraded to (3.86+/-0.20)-fold and (5.15+/-0.56)-fold respectively when treated with cell wall polysaccharides of Staphylococcus aureus (both P<0.05); the TREM-1 mRNA level of neutrophils and monocytes was upgraded to (4.03+/-0.15)-fold and (7.22+/-0.73)-fold respectively when treated with cell wall polysaccharides of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (both P<0.05). The effect could be attenuated by the addition of LP17 which could bind TREM-1 ligand. This attenuating effect was not found when the cells were treated with cell, cell wall or cell wall polysaccharides of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The study provides the evidence that TREM-1 natural ligand(s) is present on cell wall of bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and it might be polysaccharides.
    Zhongguo wei zhong bing ji jiu yi xue = Chinese critical care medicine = Zhongguo weizhongbing jijiuyixue 06/2010; 22(6):335-9.
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate compliance with bundle treatment in the management of severe infection in a tertiary hospital, aiming at analyzing clinical data in order to popularize guidelines for management of severe sepsis and septic shock. A 14-month (from November 1, 2006 to December 31, 2007) prospective observational study of a group of 43 patients admitted to the respiratory intensive care unit in First Affiliated Hospital (tertiary hospital) of Guangzhou Medical College meeting the criteria for severe pneumonia and septic shock was carried out. Implementation of 6-hour and 24-hour bundle treatment for severe infection was divided into three phases consisting of education, trial, and application. A cohort of 43 patients with matched disease history admitted during January 1, 2004 to October 31, 2006 were enrolled as control group. (1) In 6-hour bundle treatment for severe infection, 20.9% (9/43) had serum lactate measured, blood culture was obtained prior to antibiotic administration in 7.0% (3/43) of patients, 100% (43/43) had empirical antibiotics administration within 1 hour, an infusion of an initial minimum of 20 ml/kg of crystalloid or colloid equivalent (1.1 ml/kg of 20% albumin or 4.8 ml/kg of 6% hydroxyethyl starch) was given in 44.2% (19/43), with infused fluid (converted into 6% hydroxyethyl starch) reaching (503.95+/-176.19) ml within 6 hours, in 94.7% (18/19) of patients had received vasopressors , and inotropic dobutamine and/or transfusion of packed red blood cells were administered in 7.0% (3/43). (2) In 24-hour bundle treatment for severe infection group, 31.6% (6/19) had received low-dose steroids, 34.9% (15/43) had their blood glucose controlled<8.3 mmol/L, mechanical ventilation with inspiratory plateau pressures maintained<30 cm H(2)O (1 cm H(2)O=0.098 kPa, 6 ml/kg tidal volume) was instituted in 97.6% (40/41) of patients. (3) The percentage of compliance with 6-hour and 24-hour bundle treatment for severe infection were 0 and 21.4% respectively, total compliance was also 0. (4) As compared with control group, a 23.30% absolute mortality reduction was found in bundle group (18.6% vs. 41.9%, P=0.019). Bundle treatment for severe infection is complied with partially in our hospital, suggesting that it is still quite arduous to popularize guidelines for management of severe sepsis and septic shock in our country.
    Zhongguo wei zhong bing ji jiu yi xue = Chinese critical care medicine = Zhongguo weizhongbing jijiuyixue 01/2009; 21(1):8-12.
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    ABSTRACT: To describe the manifestations and management of respiratory failure caused by cosmetic injections of botulinum toxin type A (BTA). A case of severe respiratory failure after cosmetic injections of BTA was reported and the literature was reviewed. A 24 year old female, seeking leg cosmetic therapy, received multiple point dorsal intramuscular injection of BTA (200 Units) in the legs. Two days later, 100 unit BTA was injected in the same sites. After the first injection, the patient felt no discomfort. But after the second injection, the patient developed diplopia and malaise but without breathlessness. Gradually, ptosis, dysphagia, and tetraparesis developed, and the patient felt difficult in raising her head, followed by systemic muscle paralysis and severe respiratory failure. After admission, the patient received mechanical ventilation, supportive therapies, active muscle functional exercise and she recovered slowly. The double proximal and distal upper limb strength were class III and V(-), and the double proximal and distal lower limb muscle strength were class IV and V(-). Cough reflex and deglutition reflex recovered gradually. The patient was successfully weaned off mechanical ventilation, and was able to walk on discharge. Even conventional doses of BTA injection could increase the risk of developing systemic muscle weakness and respiratory failure. Clinical application of botulinum toxin treatment should be strictly controlled.
    Zhonghua jie he he hu xi za zhi = Zhonghua jiehe he huxi zazhi = Chinese journal of tuberculosis and respiratory diseases 06/2008; 31(5):369-71.
  • Yi-min Li, Qun Luo
    Zhonghua jie he he hu xi za zhi = Zhonghua jiehe he huxi zazhi = Chinese journal of tuberculosis and respiratory diseases 11/2007; 30(10):726-9.
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the present situation of general intensive care unit (ICU) in second grade hospitals, and to establish intensive care network for the Department of Public Health of Guangdong province in Guangdong province. Data from ICU of 26 hospitals in Guangdong were collected through questionnaire concerning different aspects of critical care medicine. (1) ICU size was (10.12+/-3.82) beds per unit, ratios of doctors to beds and nurses to beds were 0.73+/-0.25 and 1.80+/-0.57 respectively, and proportions of closed model or semi-closed model of ICU management were 69.2% and 26.9% respectively. (2) Area occupied by per bed was (17.57+/-7.58) m2, ratio of basins with infrared control facet to beds was 0.47+/-0.33, proportions of ICU equipped with room equipped with positive or negative air pressure, laminar flow, or with room for preparing nutrition support were 15.4%, 30.8%, and 23.1% respectively. (3) All the ICU were capable of institution and management of artificial airway, mechanical ventilation, placement of deep vein line, cardioversion and defibrillation, parenteral nutrition, and sedation. Ninety-six point two percent of the ICU could accomplish trachea intubation independently. Fifty-three point eight percent of the ICU could perform hemodynamic monitoring. Continuous blood purification could be done in 73.1 % of the ICU. (4) Ninety-six point two percent of the ICU were equipped with continuous bedside multifunctional electrocardiogram monitor and ratio of the monitors to beds was 0.89+/-0.29. Ratios of resuscitation air bags to beds and ventilators to beds were 0.71+/-0.34 and 0.71+/-0.24 respectively. Portable ventilator was equipped in 34.6 % of the ICU. Forty percent of the ICU could not perform non-invasive ventilation, 65.4 % of the ICU were equipped with fiberoptic bronchoscope, blood gas analysis could be done during 24 hours round in 92.3 % of the ICU. (5) Twenty-six ICU investigated were found to be distributed over the district of Zhujiang delta, and east, north and west regions of Guangdong, forming the base of intensive care network in Guangdong province. Most of the general ICU in second grade hospitals in Guangdong province have fulfilled the main requirement for ICU in accordance with the guidelines for construction of ICU in Guangdong province and of guidelines for construction and management of ICU in China. The average level of the ICU is close to level II. It is possible for the intensive care network to integrate, the present resources effectively and then enhance the level of treatment of critical illness in the said district.
    Zhongguo wei zhong bing ji jiu yi xue = Chinese critical care medicine = Zhongguo weizhongbing jijiuyixue 11/2007; 19(10):619-22.
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the effect of non-invasive positive pressure ventilation (NIPPV) on the work of breathing (WOB) in patients with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Eleven patients with acute exacerbation of COPD received pressure support ventilation (PSV) at different levels during NIPPV. The changes of inspiratory muscle effort and breathing pattern of the patients were observed. The average minute ventilation (VE, P<0.01) and tidal volume (VT, P<0.05) of the patients were significantly higher during routine PSV and high pressure support (H-PS) than those during spontaneous breathing (SB), and the breathing pattern of the patients did not undergo significant changes during high positive end expiratory pressure (H-PEEP). The WOB of the inspiratory muscles was reduced significantly during PSV as compared with that measured in SB (P<0.01), while the WOB of exspiratory muscle increased significantly (P<0.01). NIPPV can relieve the load of the inspiratory muscles in patients with acute exacerbation of COPD, and the WOB of the inspiratory muscles can be reduced by PSV, H-PEEP and H-PS (by 75%, 71% and 76%, respectively), but higher PSV during NIPPV can cause higher WOB of the exspiratory muscles.
    Nan fang yi ke da xue xue bao = Journal of Southern Medical University 09/2007; 27(8):1257-9.
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the significance of severe acute respiratory syndrome associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV)-X4 protein expression in lungs of patients with SARS. Pathological features of the lungs from 4 SARS patients were examined and the expression of SARS-CoV-X4 protein in the lungs was evaluated with immunohistochemical staining using specific antibodies against protein X4. Microscopically, all lungs from 4 cases showed edema, erythrocyte and fibrin exudates in the alveoli, hyperplasia of alveolar epithelium, necrosis, hyaline membrane formation and fibroblast foci. Immunohistochemical stains showed a strong positivity of X4 protein in denudation cells, vascular endothelial cells and also erythrocytes and neutrophils in the alveoli of the lung tissues from the 4 cases. Expression of SARS-CoV-X4 protein in the lungs may be involved in the pathogenesis and progression of SARS.
    Zhonghua nei ke za zhi [Chinese journal of internal medicine] 04/2006; 45(3):196-8.
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the relationship between mouth pressure (Pmo) or tracheal pressure (Ptr) and esophagus pressure (Pes) or transdiaphragmatic pressure. Seventeen patients were involved in the study. Maximal inspiratory pressure (MIP), maximal transdiaphragmatic pressure (Pdi(max)), maximal esophagus pressure (Pes(max)), twitch mouth pressure (TwPmo), twitch transdiaphragmatic pressure (TwPdi) and twitch esophagus pressure (TwPes) were measured before narcotization as a normal procedure for the abdominal operation and twitch tracheal pressure (TwPtr(nar)), twitch esophagus pressure (TwPes(nar)) and twitch transdiaphragmatic pressure (TwPdi(nar)) were dynamically monitored during narcotization. (1) The correlation coefficient (r) values between Pdi(max) and MIP, TwPdi and TwPmo, TwPdi(nar) and TwPtr(nar), Pes(max) and MIP, TwPes and TwPmo, TwPes(nar) and TwPtr(nar) were 0.976 +/- 0.030, 0.816 +/- 0.155, 0.923 +/- 0.446, 0.981 +/- 0.185, 0.829 +/- 0.168 and 0.955 +/- 0.292, respectively. (2) The coefficient variation (CV) of MIP, Pes(max), Pdi(max), TwPmo, TwPes and TwPdi were (14.2 +/- 4.7)%, (15.2 +/- 4.3)%, (15.5 +/- 4.1)%, (30.4 +/- 15.9)%, (10.8 +/- 5.1)% and (9.9 +/- 4.0)%, respectively. The CV of TwPmo was the highest (compare with others, all P < 0.05) and that of TwPes and TwPdi was the lowest (compare with others, all P < 0.05). There was no significant difference among MIP, Pes(max) and Pdi(max) (P > 0.05). (3) The r value between the changing values of TwPtr(nar) and TwPdi(nar) or TwPes(nar) during narcotization were 0.839 or 0.894 (P = 0.000, respectively). The measurement of MIP and TwPmo should be repeated and the highest value should be chosen in order to reduce the possibility of underestimating the function of diaphragm, which could be dynamically monitored by TwPtr(nar).
    Zhonghua jie he he hu xi za zhi = Zhonghua jiehe he huxi zazhi = Chinese journal of tuberculosis and respiratory diseases 03/2006; 29(3):181-4.
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    ABSTRACT: To review retrospectively the effect of continuous blood purification (CBP) on septic shock with acute renal failure and respiratory failure as a result of severe pneumonia, and to analyze its relationship with prognosis. Twenty-five patients diagnosed as severe pneumonia with varying degrees of multiple organ failure (MOF), septic shock and anuria, were allocated into three groups based on outcome of the patients A (7 patients), died of progressive worsening of septic shock, (9 patients, yet died of severe pneumonia afterwards). Laboratory data and critical scored of the patients 1 day before and 24, 48, and 72 hours after the initiation of CBP were compared among the three groups. (1) The survival rate in group A was 28%, while the combined fatality in groups B and C was 72%. (2) CBP was forced to be stopped in group B patients within less than 48 hours from the start of treatment. Single-factor analysis suggested: group B exhibited higher level of blood sugar compared with group A [(13.17+/-5.84) mmol/L vs. (8.07+/-2.28) mmol/L, P<0.05], and higher fibrinogen levels compared with group C[(5.75+/-3.08) g/L vs. (3.10+/-1.06) g/L, P<0.05] before the treatment. Forty-eight hours after the initiation of CBP, patients in group B exhibited higher fibrinogen and dopamine levels compared with those of groups A and C [(8.24+/-3.57) g/L vs. (5.13+/-0.94) g/L, (3.01+/-1.22) g/L, P<0.05 and (12.00+/-6.93) microgxkg(-1)xmin(-1) vs. (1.00+/-2.45) microgxkg(-1)xmin(-1), (2.89+/-4.37) microgxkg(-1)xmin(-1), P<0.05, respectively]. (3) Acute physiology and chronic health evaluation III (APACHE III) score of group A before treatment was significantly lower than those in groups B and C (89.43+/-11.28 vs. 108.00+/-15.10 and 104.67+/-13.77, both P<0.05). After 72 hours of CBP treatment, patients in groups A and C showed significantly different changed in APACHE II scores compared with group B (-10.43+/-4.89, -9.11+/-3.76 vs. -2.33+/-4.39, P<0.05) and APACHE III scores (-2.14+/-2.19, -1.00+/-1.87 vs. 0.56+/-1.88, P<0.05). (1) CBP is curative for some patients in septic shock with acute renal failure and respiratory failure as a result of severe pneumonia, with and overall survival rate of 28%. (2) APACHE III score is a sensitive index before and after CBP treatment, and scores of 90-100 may be taken as an indication for CBP. (3) High blood sugar and fibrinogen levels may be potential risk factors, in particular, a high fibrinogen level implies a poor prognosis.
    Zhongguo wei zhong bing ji jiu yi xue = Chinese critical care medicine = Zhongguo weizhongbing jijiuyixue 12/2005; 17(12):747-51.
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the changes and pattern of pulmonary function in severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) patients during convalescent period. Pulmonary function tests were performed in 26 SARS convalescent patients regularly every 3 months after their discharge from hospital. The significance of changes in pulmonary function indexes was analyzed. Restrictive pulmonary ventilation function and diffusing dysfunction of the lung were found in one third of the patients during third to sixth month from onset. There was a little improvement in forced vital capacity (FVC), one second forced expiratory volume (FEV(1.0)), functional residual capacity (FRC) and residual volume (RV) as convalescent period was prolonged, but no difference was found between different stages (3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months, 12-15 months and 15-17 months). Meanwhile, the FEV(1.0)/FVC showed no significant change. However, there was an obvious improvement in total lung capacity (TLC) and diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide (DLCO) with the elapse of time, and also a significant difference was found between the later stage and the earlier stage. Pulmonary dysfunction is found among some SARS patients after convalescence presenting mainly as restrictive ventilatory function and diffusing capacity abnormality. These dysfunctions would improve gradually with the elapse of time.
    Zhongguo wei zhong bing ji jiu yi xue = Chinese critical care medicine = Zhongguo weizhongbing jijiuyixue 07/2005; 17(6):329-31.
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    ABSTRACT: To analyze the laboratory characteristics of patients with sporadic severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in China. The laboratory findings of the 4 cases with SARS occurring in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China, in 2004 were analyzed and compared with that during epidemic. Leukopenia and lymphocytopenia were seen in all the patients. Two patients had slightly decreased peripheral blood T lymphocyte count. Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate transaminase (AST) levels increased slightly in 3 patients. No hypoxemia was seen in all the patients. Both SARS-IgM and IgG sero-conversion occurred earlier in all the patients with the titer increased more than 4-fold shortly. Neutralization test was positive in all the patients. SARS coronary virus (SARS-CoV) RNA was detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in pharyngeal swabs only in 1 patient. The 4 sporadic SARS patients in 2004 have milder manifestations, shorter course of disease with no complications during an epidemic, compared with patients seen previously. The change in laboratory findings is less than that, which might be attributable to milder virulence of the SARS-CoV. The antibody appears earlier in these patients. The SARS-CoV is eliminated rapidly.
    Zhongguo wei zhong bing ji jiu yi xue = Chinese critical care medicine = Zhongguo weizhongbing jijiuyixue 07/2005; 17(6):332-4.
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    ABSTRACT: To study the diagnostic value of determinations of serum acute phase reaction protein, such as complement 3 (C3), complement 4 (C4), prealbumin (PA) and C-reactive protein (CRP), etc., in patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Serum levels of C3, C4, PA and CRP were determined by turbidimetry in 54 cases of SARS, 20 of other pneumonia and 30 normal persons. Serum concentrations of C3, C4, CRP and PA were (1.18 +/- 0.42) g/L, (1.15 +/- 0.56) g/L, (10.52 +/- 8.77) mg/L and (107 +/- 54) mg/L in SARS patients, (1.30 +/- 0.46) g/L, (0.57 +/- 0.31) g/L, (0.88 +/- 0.43) mg/L and (291 +/- 76) mg/L in patients with other pneumonia, and (1.11 +/- 0.56) g/L, (0.38 +/- 0.26) g/L, (0.42 +/- 0.26) mg/L and (376 +/- 74) mg/L in normal persons, respectively. Serum level of PA was significantly lower and levels of C4 and CRP significantly in patients with SARS higher than those in patients with other pneumonia and normal persons (P < 0.01). There was no significant difference in serum level of C3 between the three groups (P > 0.05). Determination of serum level of C4, CRP and PA in suspected patients is beneficial to early differential diagnosis for SARS.
    Zhonghua yu fang yi xue za zhi [Chinese journal of preventive medicine] 03/2004; 38(2):92-3.
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the use of clinical nutritional support in critical SARS patients, and the relationship between blood glucose levels/insulin administration amount and outcome. Twenty-one SARS patients who reached the standard of Ministry of Health's "critical level" were transferred into our ICU in an average of 11 days after onset and enrolled in this clinical trial. All patients underwent respiratory support and clinical nutrition support as scheduled. For about 60 kg patient per day 3347.2 kJ(800 kcal), 36 g protein, and 125 g carbohydrate was given intravenously; 4184 kJ(1000 kcal), 38 g protein, and 125 g carbohydrate was provided by enteral route. MCT/LCT as fat resource shared 50% calories intake. All patients received similar doses of intravenous Methylprednisolone(about 200 mg/d). Blood glucose, serum albumin, blood lymphocyte counts, and serum alanine transminase (ALT) were checked on the first admission day in ICU and on the 12th day after nutrition therapy was started. Insulin was started to pump in to maintain the blood glucose levels between 4.44-7.78 mmol/L (80-140 mg/dl) when the levels exceeded normal range. Upon admission into ICU, all patients had poor nutrients intake for an average of 11 days and 16 patients (76.2%) were diagnosed as malnutrition. Parenteral and enteral nutrition therapy were then offered for an average of 12 days. On the 12th day, the serum albumin increased [(28.5 +/- 2.2)] g/L vs (37.0 +/- 4.1) g/L] (P = 0.0001) and so did the lymphocytes count [(0.74 +/- 0.47)] x 10(9)/L vs (1.22 +/- 0.73) x 10(9)/L] (P = 0.02). The blood glucose maintained at lower level in the surviving patients when compared with those who died [(9.5 +/- 2.3) mmol/L vs (6.3 +/- 1.8) mmol/L] [(196 +/- 70) mg/dl vs (110 +/- 21) mg/dl] (P = 0.0002), and the abnormally high ALT levels presented in some of the patients decreased but not significantly (81.0% vs 57.1%) (P = 0.18). In order to keep blood glucose within the range 4.44-7.78 mmol/L (80-140 mg/dl), only 18.8% of the surviving patients needed insulin intervention as opposed to 80.0% of those who died (P = 0.03). The amount of insulin used in the surviving group was significant lower than that in the group who died [(24 +/- 2) IU/d vs (72 +/- 9) IU/d] (P = 0.01). Eleven days after SARS onset, most of the critical patients presented with malnutrition. Some improved nutrition related parameters may be associated with clinical nutritional support. The surviving patients required less insulin when compared to those who died. 80.0% of the patients who died need insulin versus only 18.8% of the surviving patients. Due to the difficulty of SARS management, this study was not a randomized controlled clinical trial. More clinical trials will be needed for checking the results of this investigation.
    Zhongguo yi xue ke xue yuan xue bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae 07/2003; 25(3):363-7.
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    ABSTRACT: To analyze the clinical features of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Seventy-eight patients with SARS referred to the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Diseases (GIRD), China from December 22, 2002 to March 2003 were studied retrospectively. The data reviewed included those of clinical manifestations, laboratory investigation and roentgenology. The patients consisted of 42 men and 36 women, aged 20 - 75 years (mean 37.5 +/- 11.6 years), including 44 infected health-care professionals. Clinical symptoms of these patients were fever (100%), coughing (88%), and dyspnea (80%). Routine blood test revealed WBCs <4.0 x 10(9)/L in 12 patients (15%), (4.0 -10.0) x 10(9)/L in 49 (63%), and over 10.0 x 10(9)/L in 17 (22%) [average (7.6 +/- 5.0) x 10(9)/L]. The level of neutrophilic granulocyte was 0.75 +/- 0.13 and that of lymphocyte was 0.18 +/- 0.11. Chest X-ray and CT scanning revealed changes related to pneumonia. The transmission of the disease was likely via close contact with contagious droplets. The prevalences of acute lung injury (ALI,37 patients) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS, 21 of the 37 patients) were considerably high among the patients. Seven patients who developed ARDS complicated with MODS died. A history of close contact, fever, X-ray signs of pneumonia and normal or lowered WBC counts are favorable for the diagnosis of SARS. Recognition of ALI as the important index for critical SARS and comprehensive supportive management are of paramount importance in decreasing the mortality of patients with SARS.
    Zhonghua jie he he hu xi za zhi = Zhonghua jiehe he huxi zazhi = Chinese journal of tuberculosis and respiratory diseases 07/2003; 26(6):334-8.
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    ABSTRACT: To analyze the clinical features and therapy experience of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). From December 2002 to April 2003 in Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Disease, 38 patients with severe SARS were retrospectively studied to evaluate the relationship between treatment strategy and prognosis. Thirty-eight cases of severe SARS were diagnosed. Comprehensive measures most commonly included corticosteroids, antibiotics, antivirotics, nutritional support and mechanical ventilation. Thirty cases were cured (78.9%), of them 11 cases had pulmonary fibrosis (36.7%), 8 patients died (21.1%) in all cases. Severe SARS might develop rapidly. In addition to early diagnosis, prompt isolation, and emergency therapy, appropriate use of corticosteroid and noninvasive ventilation should be recommended.
    Zhongguo wei zhong bing ji jiu yi xue = Chinese critical care medicine = Zhongguo weizhongbing jijiuyixue 07/2003; 15(6):343-5.