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    ABSTRACT: Asthma is a chronic disease that may cause remodeling of the airways. We aimed to observe the effects of the combined use of inhaled budesonide and formoterol on both the reversibility of remodeling and structural changes in the airways. Thirty-six male patients (age range, 20-31) with mild-to-moderate persistent asthma were given inhaled formoterol and budesonide treatment for three months. Bronchial diameter (BD) and bronchial wall thickness (BWT), as measured by high-resolution computerized tomography, and reticular basement membrane thickness (RBMT), assessed in bronchoscopic biopsy specimens, were compared with pretreatment findings. Twenty-two age-matched male controls were also enrolled. BDs of the patients were significantly smaller than in the controls, whereas BWT and RBMT were greater. After three months BWT and RBMT of the subsegmental airways significantly decreased and BD increased. There was a prominent eosinophilic and lymphocytic infiltration in the bronchial mucosa of the asthmatics, and the eosinophilic infiltration significantly improved with treatment. Both serum total IgE and eosinophil counts were related to eosinophilic infiltration in the biopsy samples (r = 0.494 and r = 0.463, respectively). FEV(1) was positively correlated with the diameters of the segmental and subsegmental airways (r = 0.491 and r = 0.265, respectively) and negatively correlated with BWT of the subsegmental airways (r = -0.293) and with the RBMT of both the segmental and subsegmental airways (r = -0.597 and r = -0.590, respectively). We suggest that treatment with inhaled formoterol and budesonide may reverse increased RBMT and BWT as part of remodeling in patients with asthma.
    Beitr├Ąge zur Klinik der Tuberkulose 01/2007; 185(2):89-96. · 2.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Lung cancer is still the most frequently seen malignancy among males where as females are less affected. Recently the lung cancer prevalence has been reported to increase among females in parallel to the increment in cigarette consumption. In our 2 clinic 11.2% (44 cases) of 393 primary lung cancer cases between 1993-1997 were female. We evaluated the demographical characteristics and yearly distribution of our female patients. Mean age was 64+/-12.1 and 18.2% of the patients were smokers. The main complaints were dyspnoea (59%), chest pain (57%), fatigue (47%), cough (45%)and sputum production (32%). The cell type distribution rates were as follows;adenocarcinoma 45.4%, squamous cell cancer 29.5%, small cell cancer 20.5% and large cell cancer 4.6%. The diagnostic methods used were sputum cytology (27.3%),transbronchial biopsy and lavage (38.6%), thoracocentesis and pleural biopsy (15.8%),transthoracic fine needle aspiration (13,6%) and open lung biopsy (4.7%). As a result,we found a low percentage of smokers but a high rate of adenocarcinomas among our female patients.
    Bulletin du cancer 07/2004; 91(6):E201-10. · 0.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Anti-Helicobacter pylori IgG serum levels were measured in 31 young male bronchiectasis patients without gastrointestinal symptoms, and 56 healthy males. The possible presence of H. pylori was also investigated by rapid urease tests, culture and histopathological examination of protected catheter brush and biopsy specimens from the bronchiectatic site. No serological, microbiological or histological evidence of H. pylori infection was found in the bronchiectasis patient group. H. pylori did not appear to be an agent of infection or chronic colonisation in bronchiectasis, and may not have a significant role in the progression of this disease.
    Clinical Microbiology and Infection 04/2004; 10(3):257-60. · 4.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Residual pleural thickness (RPT) is a common complication of tuberculous pleurisy (TP), and the degree of RPT cannot be predicted in advance. To determine whether pleural fluid content has an effect on the development of RPT. Forty-seven patients with TP were enrolled in the study. A set of biochemical tests: lactate dehydrogenase, glucose, total proteins, adenosine deaminase, tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), alpha-1 acid glycoprotein (AAG), alpha-2 macroglobulin, C-reactive protein (CRP), complement 3 and complement 4 were studied in the pleural fluid samples. After 6 months of anti-tuberculosis treatment, patients were re-evaluated for RPT. RPT was defined in a posteroanterior chest radiograph as a pleural space of >2 mm or >10 mm measured in the lower lateral chest at the level of an imaginary horizontal line intersecting the diaphragmatic dome. Seventeen patients (36.17%) had an RPT of <2 mm, 18 (38.29%) had an RPT of 2-10 mm, and 12 (25.53%) had an RPT of >10 mm. TNF-alpha levels were lower in patients with an RPT of <2 mm than in patients with an RPT of 2-10 mm or >10 mm (P < 0.05 and P < 0.01, respectively). The level of TNF-alpha was higher in patients with an RPT of >10 mm compared to the 2-10 mm group (P < 0.05). Meanwhile, pleural fluid glucose, AAG and CRP concentrations were significantly higher in patients with an RPT of >10 mm than in patients with <2 mm RPT (P < 0.05, P < 0.01, and P < 0.05, respectively). In TP, the development and degree of RPT are significantly correlated to the glucose, CRP, AAG, and TNF-alpha levels in the pleural fluid.
    The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease 06/2002; 6(6):516-22. · 2.76 Impact Factor