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    ABSTRACT: Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma (EHE) is a vascular tumour with rare pleural presentation. As there are a small number of cases described in the literature the authors present the case of a 65-year old woman, who was admitted to the Emergency Department for a right-sided chest pain, which progressed over 7 months, after a thoracic trauma. The chest X-ray showed signs of a moderate right-sided pleural effusion. A pleural-pulmonary biopsy carried out by toracotomy established the histological diagnosis of EHE of the pleura.
    Revista portuguesa de pneumologia 06/2010; 16(3):477-482. · 0.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma (EHE) is a vascular tumour with rare pleural presentation. As there are a small number of cases described in the literature the authors present the case of a 65 -year -old woman, who was admitted to the Emergency Department for a right -sided chest pain, which progressed over 7 months, after a thoracic trauma. The chest X -ray showed signs of a moderate right -sided pleural effusion. A pleural -pulmonary biopsy carried out by toracotomy established the histological diagnosis of EHE of the pleura. Due to the locally advanced stage of the tumour, chemotherapy with carboplatin and etoposide was prescribed and the patient died 6 months later. This case confirms that pleural EHE has an aggressive behaviour, similar to an angiossarcoma, with a median survival of only a few months after diagnosis.
    Revista portuguesa de pneumologia 01/2010; 16(3):477-82. · 0.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pulmonary lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a rare disease of unknown aetiology. It is characterized by proliferation of abnormal smooth-muscle cells throughout the peribronchial, perivascular and perilymphatic regions of the lung.LAM may occur sporadically, in association with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) or inheritable multiorgan hamartomatosis 1.In either situation, LAM occurs almost exclusively in women of reproductive age, and approximately one third of the patients with TSC have LAM2. The authors review the cases of three female patients diagnosed with LAM based on clinical and radiological findings.A brief review of the disease is then presented.
    Revista portuguesa de pneumologia 01/2010; 16(1):187–195. · 0.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The function of airway stents is to keep the tubular structures open and stable. Their insertion is essentially indicated for intrinsic obstruction or extrinsic compression of the airway, fistulae or tracheobronchomalacia.The aim of this study was to determine the tolera bility and efficacy of airway stents in situations in which their insertion was vital. A retrospective study of airway stent insertion with rigid bronchoscopy (23 patients) was carried out over a two year period (2006–2007) at the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques Unit.We assessed indication, efficacy, tolerability, complications and exact insertion based on chest CT imaging. In all situations Dumon flexible silicon stents (Tracheobronxane ®) were used, with the need for complementary techniques such as laser therapy and mechanical dilation having been previously evaluated by flexible bronchoscopy.The authors conclude that stent insertion has no complications and good tolerability in the majority of advanced stage oncological situations with indication for palliative management.
    Revista portuguesa de pneumologia 01/2010; 16(3):407–418. · 0.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The eosinophilic pneumonias are a heterogeneous group of pulmonary disorders, which may compromise only the air ways, the pulmonary parenchyma, or both, characterised by alveolar eosinophils and infiltration of pulmonary tissue, with or without peripheral blood eosinophilia1.Idiopathic Chronic Eosinophilic Pneumonia (ICEP), detailed description was by Carrington5 in 1969, is a rare eosinophilic lung disease, of unknown aetiology, characterised by peripheral blood eosinophilia, chest radiograph infiltrates and prompt response to corticosteroid therapy.ICEP most commonly affects women of middle age and usual symptoms are cough, dyspnea, fever and weight loss2.The authors present a case of ICEP in a young woman, 21 years old, non-smoker and previously healthy.
    Revista portuguesa de pneumologia 01/2008; 14(4):551–559. · 0.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The eosinophilic pneumonias are a heterogeneous group of pulmonary disorders, which may compromise only the air ways, the pulmonary parenchyma, or both, characterised by alveolar eosinophils and infiltration of pulmonary tissue, with or without peripheral blood eosinophilia. Idiopathic Chronic Eosinophilic Pneumonia (ICEP), detailed description was by Carrington in 1969, is a rare eosinophilic lung disease, of unknown aetiology, characterised by peripheral blood eosinophilia, chest radiograph infiltrates and prompt response to corticosteroid therapy. ICEP most commonly affects women of middle age and usual symptoms are cough, dyspnea, fever and weight loss. The authors present a case of ICEP in a young woman, 21 years old, non-smoker and previously healthy.
    Revista portuguesa de pneumologia 14(4):551-9. · 0.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The function of airway stents is to keep the tubular structures open and stable. Their insertion is essentially indicated for intrinsic obstruction or extrinsic compression of the airway, fistulae or tracheobronchomalacia. The aim of this study was to determine the tolera bility and efficacy of airway stents in situations in which their insertion was vital. A retrospective study of airway stent insertion with rigid bronchoscopy (23 patients) was carried out over a two year period (2006-2007) at the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques Unit. We assessed indication, efficacy, tolerability, complications and exact insertion based on chest CT imaging. In all situations Dumon flexible silicon stents (Tracheobronxane were used, with the need for complementary techniques such as laser therapy and mechanical dilation having been previously evaluated by flexible bronchoscopy. The authors conclude that stent insertion has no complications and good tolerability in the majority of advanced stage oncological situations with indication for palliative management.
    Revista portuguesa de pneumologia 16(3):407-18. · 0.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pulmonary lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a rare disease of unknown aetiology. It is characterized by proliferation of abnormal smooth -muscle cells throughout the peribronchial, perivascular and perilymphatic regions of the lung. LAM may occur sporadically, in association with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) or inheritable multiorgan hamartomatosis. In either situation, LAM occurs almost exclusively in women of reproductive age, and approximately one third of the patients with TSC have LAM2. The authors review the cases of three female patients diagnosed with LAM based on clinical and radiological findings. A brief review of the disease is then presented.
    Revista portuguesa de pneumologia 16(1):187-95. · 0.56 Impact Factor