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ABSTRACT: To report a case of Churg-Strauss syndrome who had asthma and allergic rhinitis treated with montelukast. A nonsmoking 59-year-old woman presented with fever, hemoptysis and dyspnea. Past medical history included allergic rhinitis and asthma which were diagnosed 18 years ago. The asthma was treated successfully with inhaled salmeterol and beclamethasone. She also received montelukast (10 mg/day) for 3 years. Although her chest X-ray was normal a week earlier, she had widespread bilateral pulmonary infiltrates on admission. She had leukocytosis (12.5 × 10(9)/l) with eosinophilia (15.6%). Her total IgE count was 550 U/ml. Testing for protoplasmic-staining antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies was positive. Bronchoalveolar lavage could not be performed due to bronchospasm and severe hypoxemia; however, mucosal biopsies were obtained, which revealed eosinophil leukocytes in the lumen and walls of small vessels. She was diagnosed to have Churg-Strauss syndrome and had remarkable clinical improvement on day 5 with high-dose of oral prednisolone (50 mg/day). Radiological improvement was detected at the end of the second week. This case shows the importance of being aware that leukotriene receptor antagonists could cause Churg-Strauss syndrome, in spite of the uncertainty about its mechanism.Medical Principles and Practice 01/2012; 21(2):186-9. · 0.89 Impact Factor
Article: Evaluation of clinical data and antibody response following influenza vaccination in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The present study investigated the antibody response against influenza vaccine and also the efficacy of vaccination on clinical findings in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) following influenza vaccination. A total of 82 cases with COPD (44 cases as vaccinated and 38 cases as unvaccinated) were evaluated clinically and 21 healthy volunteers were also included in the study as a control group. Influenza (A and B) Ig M and Ig G parameters were analyzed quantitatively in blood samples of the vaccinated group and healthy volunteers by ELISA method once before vaccination and one month and one year after vaccination. The presence of dyspnoea, increased sputum production and/or purulence were accepted as criteria of acute exacerbation. The number of hospital presentations was significantly lower in the vaccinated group and higher in severe cases with COPD in unvaccinated group. Vaccinated cases in the study group experienced significantly fewer episodes of pneumonia, hospitalization and intensive care. Quantitative influenza (A and B) antibody IgG levels significantly increased in these patients as well. In conclusion, seasonal influenza vaccination with the trivalent influenza split virion vaccine especially in severe or very severe COPD patients who need hospitalization was evaluated as beneficial in clinical use.The new microbiologica: official journal of the Italian Society for Medical, Odontoiatric, and Clinical Microbiology (SIMMOC) 04/2010; 33(2):117-27. · 1.00 Impact Factor
Article: Nodular lymphoid hyperplasia of the lung: the role of positron emission tomography in diagnosis.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Pulmonary nodular lymphoid hyperplasia (NLH) is defined as reactive lymphoid proliferation forming solitary or multiple nodules or localized infiltrates localized in the lungs. Radiological presentations are generally solitary or multiple nodules, but air bronchograms and ground glass attenuation may be present. Patients mostly asymptomatic and the lesions were detected coincidentally on routine chest X-rays. We present a case of NLH with cavitary lesion arising in the lung of a 61 year-old man who admitted with cough and massive hemoptysis. The lesion had positive fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake. To our knowledge, this is the only patient reported in the literature presenting with massive hemoptysis and a cavitary lesion with positive FDG uptake.Tuberkuloz ve toraks 01/2009; 57(4):417-21.