I Damps

Medical University of Gdansk, Gdańsk, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland

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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate a response of the upper airways mucosae to allergens house dust mite: Dermatophagoides farinae and Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus. Compared were results of nasal challenge with results of skin prick tests. 87 patients with perennial rhinitis allergic to Dermatophagoides farinae and/or Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus were included. There were 58 men, 29 women, age 18-54 years, mean age 26 years. Nasal provocation tests were performed first with solvent, and next if flow rate did not change more than 20%, with Dermatophagoides farinae and Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus extracts. The nasal response was evaluated with active anterior rhinomanometry. Nasal flow was measured at 15, 30 and 45 minutes after allergen challenge. There were 99% positive skin prick tests Dermatophagoides farinae and 94% positive skin prick tests Dermatopagoides pteronyssinus. Nasal provocation tests with Dermatophagoides farinae extract were positive in 63% patients and Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus extract--in 62% patients. Majority of nasal challenges were positive at 15th minute. There is association between skin prick tests Dermatophagoides farinae and Dermatophagoide pteronyssinus 4+ and positive nasal provocation tests with the same allergen (p < 0.05). We have found correlation between skin tests Dermatophagoides farinae and Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (correlation index = 0.58) and no correlation between nasal provocation Dermatophgoides farinae and Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus extracts. CONCLUSION: Nasal provocation tests are more specific than skin prick tests in patients with perennial rhinitis.
    Otolaryngologia polska. The Polish otolaryngology 01/2003; 57(1):69-74.
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to assess the efficacy of a combination of gemcitabine and cisplatin in advanced non-small cell lung cancer. Twenty-five patients were included (13--IIIB, and 12--IV stage). Gemcitabine--1000 mg/m2 was given intravenously on days 1, 8, and 15, and cisplatin--100 mg/m2 on day 2. In 13 patients partial remission was obtained, in 8--stabilisation, and in 4--progression. Median survival was 12 months (range: 1.5-32 months). Mean time to progression was 6 months. Toxicity was tolerable and included mainly thrombocytopenia, neutropenia and anemia. In 11 patients pain relief was obtained. Furthermore cough, dyspnoea and hemoptysis disappeared in a proportion of patients. These results indicate the efficacy of the combination of gemcitabine and cisplatin regimen in advanced non-small cell lung cancer, and its acceptable toxicity.
    Pneumonologia i alergologia polska: organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Ftyzjopneumonologicznego, Polskiego Towarzystwa Alergologicznego, i Instytutu Gruzlicy i Chorob Pluc 02/2002; 70(1-2):44-51.
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    ABSTRACT: Prognostic value of p53 and PCNA expression in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains controversial. In this study we determined the relevance of these abnormalities in terms of overall survival and disease-free survival in 95 NSCLC patients who underwent curative pulmonary resection. Expression of p53 was found in 44 samples (45%), expression of PCNA-in 79 samples (83%), and expression of both markers-in 35 samples (36%). There was no relationship between expression of either protein and major clinicopathological characteristics. Median survival for patients with and without p53 expression was 36 and 33 months, respectively and 5-year survival probability-29 and 37%, respectively (P=0.73). Median survival for patients with and without PCNA expression was 36 and 27 months, respectively and 5-year survival probability-35 and 25%, respectively (P=0.60). There was no significant difference in overall survival between particular groups of patients with tumors carrying four possible p53/PCNA phenotypes. In multivariate analysis including patient age, sex, tumor stage, tumor type and differentiation, p53 and PCNA expression, the only variable important for survival was stage of disease. These results suggest the lack of prognostic relevance of p53 and PCNA expression in surgically treated NSCLC patients.
    Lung Cancer 02/2002; 35(1):35-41. · 3.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: An association between cigarette smoking and lung cancer carcinogenesis is reviewed. It is highly possible, that "individual susceptibility" for tumor development exists and is related to polymorphic variants of genes encoding for enzymes, which are employed in metabolism of xenobiotic substances. The gathering of highly reactive molecules due to modified metabolic processes results in DNA adducts forming and increased tendency for mutations. Group of genes, responsible for proliferation, cell cycle arrest, apoptosis and DNA damage repair are frequently altered.
    Polski merkuriusz lekarski: organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego 07/2001; 10(60):403-4.
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    ABSTRACT: The prevalence of cigarette smoking in Poland is one of the highest in Europe. To compare the frequency of smoking among Polish pupils during a school year and the summer holidays. A questionnaire including personal and demographic data and information on smoking behaviour was distributed among 598 school pupils: 357 girls and 241 boys aged 8-19 years, with a mean age of 14.4. Among the entire group of school pupils, 18.6% were cigarette smokers. Half of the smokers smoked occasionally and the remainder smoked every day; of these, 9.9% smoked more than 10 cigarettes daily. The frequency of smoking among these teenagers increased with age. The average age of smoking initiation was 13 years for boys and 15 years for girls. The majority smoked more during the summer holidays than during the school year. The most frequently reported reasons for increasing cigarette smoking during the summer holidays were: feeling more free, having more money to spend, the influence of new friends, and smoking to pass the time when they felt bored. Young people in this study still started smoking early, most frequently between the ages of 13 and 15. High rates of daily smokers among teenagers were observed. In some groups of teenagers the summer holidays may be a time of increased cigarette smoking.
    The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease 12/2000; 4(11):1009-15. · 2.76 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to evaluate the prognostic relevance of p53 protein in non-small cell lung cancer. The 95 surgically treated patients were included (53 patients with squamous cell carcinoma, 29--with adenocarcinoma, 5--with large cell carcinoma, and 8--with mixed type). The protein was assessed immunohistochemically with the use of monoclonal antibodies DO7, DAKO. Positive staining was present in 44 patients. There was no survival difference between groups with and without protein (median survival--36 and 33 months, respectively; p = 0.86). In the multivariate analysis the only characteristics with prognostic impact in the entire group was stage of the disease. There was no correlation between the expression of p53 protein and disease-free survival. These results indicate that there is no prognostic relevance of p53 protein in non-small cell lung cancer.
    Pneumonologia i alergologia polska: organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Ftyzjopneumonologicznego, Polskiego Towarzystwa Alergologicznego, i Instytutu Gruzlicy i Chorob Pluc 02/2000; 68(7-8):327-35.
  • E Jassem, I Damps, J Jassem
    Pneumonologia i alergologia polska: organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Ftyzjopneumonologicznego, Polskiego Towarzystwa Alergologicznego, i Instytutu Gruzlicy i Chorob Pluc 02/2000; 68(3-4):161-8.
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    ABSTRACT: Cigarette smoking by teenagers is conditioned by many factors with psychosocial ones among them. The aim of our study was to define the reasons for cigarette smoking by juveniles in Poland nowadays. The analysis was performed on the basis of questionnaire given to 598 school pupils resting in the summer camps in the Tricity of three neighbouring towns of Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia. The study group included 357 females and 241 males, with an age of 8-19 years, on average 14.4. Out of the hole group 111 (18.6%) were smokers. This subgroup, 58 boys and 53 girls (age: 12-19 yrs.; on average 15.4), answered to several questions concerning cigarette smoking. Among remaining 487 non-smokers the prevalence of cigarette smoking among their parents was only assessed. As the main reason for smoking the majority (69.4%) of smokers reported the stress reduction. Pleasure was another frequently reported (29.7%) reason for cigarette smoking. Peers smoking was an important reason for cigarette smoking for 28.8% of school pupils. We found that the example of smoking parents significantly influenced the prevalence of smoking cigarettes among teenagers. The majority (73.9%) of smoking pupils knew the cigarette were harmful. Obtained results show the multiplicity of reasons for cigarette smoking by juveniles resulting mainly from psychosocial factors. There is a great necessity of antismoking programs for school pupils adjusted to specificity of psychology of adolescence as well as the exemplary role of adults creating a life style without cigarette.
    Pneumonologia i alergologia polska: organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Ftyzjopneumonologicznego, Polskiego Towarzystwa Alergologicznego, i Instytutu Gruzlicy i Chorob Pluc 02/1999; 67(11-12):511-7.
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    ABSTRACT: A case of eosinophilic granuloma of the lung in a 24 years old male is presented. The initial manifestations were hemoptysis and cough. During hospitalization the bronchoscopy was performed, which revealed granuloma in the right bronchus. Computer tomography showed tumour in the right bronchus, without pulmonary changes characteristic for histiocytosis X. The granuloma was removed by bronchoscopy, but control examination performed after three months showed the residue. Once again residual tumor was removed by bronchoscopy and oral steroids were ordered. Unfortunately the next local residue was observed and the residual tumour was finally removed by thoracotomy. Now patient is free of symptoms.
    Pneumonologia i alergologia polska: organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Ftyzjopneumonologicznego, Polskiego Towarzystwa Alergologicznego, i Instytutu Gruzlicy i Chorob Pluc 02/1998; 66(7-8):422-5.
  • Lung Cancer. 01/1998; 21.