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Respiration ; 2024 Mar 26.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-38531335

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BACKGROUND: Observational data suggest that the 19-gauge (G) needle for endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA) offers a higher diagnostic yield in sarcoidosis than the 22-G needle. No randomized trial has compared the yield of the two needles. METHODS: We randomized consecutive subjects with suspected sarcoidosis and enlarged thoracic lymph nodes to undergo EBUS-TBNA with either the 19-G or the 22-G needle. We compared the study groups for diagnostic sensitivity (primary outcome) assessed by the yield of granulomas in subjects finally diagnosed with sarcoidosis. We also compared the sample adequacy, difficulty performing the needle puncture assessed on a visual analog scale (VAS), the subject's cough intensity on an operator-rated VAS, and procedure-related complications (secondary outcomes). RESULTS: We randomized 150 (mean age, 43.0 years; 55% women) subjects and diagnosed sarcoidosis in 116 subjects. The diagnostic sensitivity of the 19-G needle (45/60, 75.0%) was not higher (p=0.52) than the 22-G needle (39/56, 69.6%). We obtained adequate aspirates in 90.0% and 85.7% of subjects in the respective groups (p=0.48). The operators had greater difficulty puncturing lymph nodes with the 19-G needle (p=0.03), while operator-assessed cough intensity was similar in the groups (p=0.41). Transient hypoxemia was the only complication encountered during EBUS-TBNA (two subjects in either group). CONCLUSIONS: We did not find the 19-G needle superior to the 22-G in diagnostic sensitivity, specimen adequacy, or safety of EBUS-TBNA in sarcoidosis. Puncturing the lymph nodes was more difficult with the 19-G needle. TRIAL REGISTRATION: clinicaltrials.gov, NCT04770948.

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J Asthma ; : 1-6, 2024 Mar 28.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-38520686

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BACKGROUND: The utility of two disease-severity indices, namely bronchiectasis severity index (BSI) and FACED score in allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: To correlate the BSI and FACED scores with immunological parameters (serum IgE [total and A. fumigatus-specific], A. fumigatus-specific IgG, blood eosinophil count), and high-attenuation mucus on chest computed tomography in ABPA. The secondary objectives were to evaluate the correlation between BSI and FACED scores and correlate the BSI/FACED scores with the bronchiectasis health questionnaire (BHQ) and Saint George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ). METHODS: We included treatment-naïve ABPA subjects with bronchiectasis in a prospective observational study. We computed the BSI and FACED scores for each subject before initiating treatment. The subjects also completed two quality-of-life questionnaires (BHQ and SGRQ). RESULTS: We included 91 subjects. The mean (standard deviation) BSI and FACED scores were 3.43 (3.39) and 1.43 (1.27). We found no correlation between BSI or FACED with any immunological parameter or high-attenuation mucus. There was a strong correlation between BSI and FACED scores (r = 0.76, p < 0.001). We found a weak correlation between BSI and BHQ/SGRQ and FACED and SGRQ. CONCLUSION: We found no correlation between BSI and FACED with immunological parameters in ABPA. However, we found a significant correlation between BSI and FACED and a weak correlation between SGRQ and BHQ. ABPA likely requires a separate disease-severity scoring system.

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Mycoses ; 67(2): e13700, 2024 Feb.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-38369615

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BACKGROUND: Aspergillus fumigatus-specific IgG estimation is crucial for diagnosing allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA). A point-of-care LDBio immunochromatographic lateral flow assay (LFA) had 0%-90% sensitivity to detect IgG/IgM antibodies against A. fumigatus. OBJECTIVE: To assess the accuracy of LDBio-LFA in diagnosing ABPA, using the modified ISHAM-ABPA working group criteria as the reference standard. The secondary objective was to compare the diagnostic performance between LDBio-LFA and A. fumigatus-specific IgG (cut-offs, 27 and 40 mgA/L), using a multidisciplinary team (blinded to A. fumigatus-IgG and LDBio-LFA results) diagnosis of ABPA as the reference standard. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled adult subjects with asthma and ABPA. We performed the LDBio-LFA per the manufacturer's recommendations. We used the commercially available automated fluorescent enzyme immunoassay for measuring serum A. fumigatus-specific IgG. We used the same serum sample to perform both index tests. The tests were performed by technicians blinded to the results of other tests and clinical diagnoses. RESULTS: We included 123 asthmatic and 166 ABPA subjects, with a mean ± SD age of 37.4 ± 14.4 years. Bronchiectasis and high-attenuation mucus were seen in 93.6% (146/156) and 24.3% (38/156) of the ABPA subjects. The sensitivity and specificity of LDBio-LFA in diagnosing ABPA were 84.9% and 82.9%, respectively. The sensitivity of serum A. fumigatus-specific IgG ≥27 mgA/L was 13% better than LDBio-LFA, with no difference in specificity. There was no significant difference in sensitivity and specificity between LDBio-LFA and serum A. fumigatus-IgG ≥40 mgA/L. CONCLUSION: LDBio-LFA is a valuable test for diagnosing ABPA. However, a negative test should be confirmed using an enzyme immunoassay.


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Aspergilosis Broncopulmonar Alérgica , Asma , Adulto , Humanos , Adulto Joven , Persona de Mediana Edad , Aspergillus fumigatus , Inmunoglobulina E , Anticuerpos Antifúngicos , Aspergillus , Asma/complicaciones , Asma/diagnóstico , Inmunoglobulina G
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Mycoses ; 67(3): e13711, 2024 Mar.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-38414309

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BACKGROUND: Post-tuberculosis lung abnormality (PTLA) is the most common risk factor for developing chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA). However, the prevalence and incidence of CPA in PTLA patients in India remain unknown. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to ascertain the incidence and prevalence of CPA in subjects with PTLA. METHODS: We identified a cohort of pulmonary tuberculosis who completed anti-tuberculosis therapy (ATT) before November 2019 from the records of the 12 tuberculosis treatment centers attached to the national program. We recorded the clinical and demographic details. We performed computed tomography (CT) of the chest and estimated serum A. fumigatus-specific IgG. We categorised subjects as PTLA with or without CPA using a composite of clinical, radiological, and microbiological features. We resurveyed the subjects at 6 months (or earlier) for the presence of new symptoms. We calculated the prevalence and the incidence rate (per 100-person years) of CPA. RESULTS: We included 117 subjects with PTLA, with a median of 3 years after ATT completion. Eleven subjects had CPA in the initial survey, and one additional case developed CPA during the second survey. The prevalence of CPA in PTLA subjects was 10.3% (12/117). The total observation period was 286.7 person-years. The median (interquartile range) time to develop CPA after ATT completion was 12.5 (5-36.7) months. We found the CPA incidence rate (95% confidence interval) of 4.2 (1.8-6.5) per 100-person years. CONCLUSION: Chronic pulmonary aspergillosis complicates 10% of PTLA subjects after successful outcomes with ATT. Four new CPA cases may develop per 100-persons years of observation after ATT completion. We suggest screening patients with PTLA who develop new symptoms for CPA.


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Enfermedades Pulmonares , Aspergilosis Pulmonar , Tuberculosis Pulmonar , Humanos , Incidencia , Prevalencia , Aspergilosis Pulmonar/complicaciones , Aspergilosis Pulmonar/epidemiología , Aspergilosis Pulmonar/diagnóstico , Enfermedades Pulmonares/complicaciones , Tuberculosis Pulmonar/complicaciones , Tuberculosis Pulmonar/tratamiento farmacológico , Tuberculosis Pulmonar/epidemiología , Pulmón/diagnóstico por imagen , Pulmón/microbiología , Encuestas y Cuestionarios , Enfermedad Crónica
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Eur Respir J ; 63(4)2024 Apr.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-38423624

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BACKGROUND: The International Society for Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM) working group proposed recommendations for managing allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) a decade ago. There is a need to update these recommendations due to advances in diagnostics and therapeutics. METHODS: An international expert group was convened to develop guidelines for managing ABPA (caused by Aspergillus spp.) and allergic bronchopulmonary mycosis (ABPM; caused by fungi other than Aspergillus spp.) in adults and children using a modified Delphi method (two online rounds and one in-person meeting). We defined consensus as ≥70% agreement or disagreement. The terms "recommend" and "suggest" are used when the consensus was ≥70% and <70%, respectively. RESULTS: We recommend screening for A. fumigatus sensitisation using fungus-specific IgE in all newly diagnosed asthmatic adults at tertiary care but only difficult-to-treat asthmatic children. We recommend diagnosing ABPA in those with predisposing conditions or compatible clinico-radiological presentation, with a mandatory demonstration of fungal sensitisation and serum total IgE ≥500 IU·mL-1 and two of the following: fungal-specific IgG, peripheral blood eosinophilia or suggestive imaging. ABPM is considered in those with an ABPA-like presentation but normal A. fumigatus-IgE. Additionally, diagnosing ABPM requires repeated growth of the causative fungus from sputum. We do not routinely recommend treating asymptomatic ABPA patients. We recommend oral prednisolone or itraconazole monotherapy for treating acute ABPA (newly diagnosed or exacerbation), with prednisolone and itraconazole combination only for treating recurrent ABPA exacerbations. We have devised an objective multidimensional criterion to assess treatment response. CONCLUSION: We have framed consensus guidelines for diagnosing, classifying and treating ABPA/M for patient care and research.


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Aspergilosis Broncopulmonar Alérgica , Aspergilosis Pulmonar Invasiva , Adulto , Niño , Animales , Humanos , Aspergilosis Broncopulmonar Alérgica/diagnóstico , Aspergilosis Broncopulmonar Alérgica/tratamiento farmacológico , Aspergilosis Pulmonar Invasiva/diagnóstico , Aspergilosis Pulmonar Invasiva/tratamiento farmacológico , Itraconazol/uso terapéutico , Micología , Prednisolona , Inmunoglobulina E
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Mycopathologia ; 189(2): 23, 2024 Feb 26.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-38407762

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Innate and adaptive immunity play a crucial role in allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) pathogenesis. We performed next-generation sequencing using the Illumina TruSight One panel (4,811 human disease-associated genes, at least 20 × coverage) and selected 22 known immune genes (toll-like receptors (TLRs), C-type lectin, interleukin-4 receptor, and others). We included ABPA (n = 18), asthma without ABPA (n = 12), and healthy controls (n = 8). We analyzed 3011 SNPs from 22 genes and identified 145 SNPs (13 genes) that were present only in the disease groups and absent in controls. The SNP frequency overall was significantly higher in ABPA than in asthmatics (89/145 [61.4%] vs. 56/145 [38.6%], p = 0.0001). The SNP frequency in the TLR10 gene was also significantly higher in ABPA than in asthma (p = 0.017). Association analysis further revealed three genes having significant associations. Of these, NOS3 and HLA-DQB1 are associated with antimicrobial activity and adaptive immunity. More extensive studies are required to confirm our findings.


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Aspergilosis Broncopulmonar Alérgica , Asma , Humanos , Aspergilosis Broncopulmonar Alérgica/complicaciones , Aspergilosis Broncopulmonar Alérgica/genética , Polimorfismo de Nucleótido Simple , Asma/complicaciones , Asma/genética , Secuenciación de Nucleótidos de Alto Rendimiento , Lectinas Tipo C
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Semin Respir Crit Care Med ; 45(1): 102-113, 2024 Feb.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-38196060

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Post-tuberculosis lung disease (PTLD) has only recently been put in the spotlight as a medical entity. Recent data suggest that up to 50% of tuberculosis (TB) patients are left with PTLD-related impairment after completion of TB treatment. The presence of residual cavities in the lung is the largest risk factor for the development of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA) globally. Diagnosis of CPA is based on four criteria including a typical radiological pattern, evidence of Aspergillus species, exclusion of alternative diagnosis, and a chronic course of disease. In this manuscript, we provide a narrative review on CPA as a serious complication for patients with PTLD.


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Enfermedades Pulmonares , Aspergilosis Pulmonar , Tuberculosis , Humanos , Enfermedad Crónica , Aspergilosis Pulmonar/complicaciones , Aspergilosis Pulmonar/diagnóstico , Aspergilosis Pulmonar/terapia , Pulmón , Enfermedades Pulmonares/complicaciones , Tuberculosis/complicaciones , Infección Persistente
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Mycoses ; 67(1): e13679, 2024 Jan.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-38214399

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The mechanisms underlying COVID-19-associated pulmonary mucormycosis (CAPM) remain unclear. We use a transcriptomic analysis of the innate immune cells to investigate the host immune and metabolic response pathways in patients with CAPM. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We enrolled subjects with CAPM (n = 5), pulmonary mucormycosis (PM) without COVID-19 (n = 5), COVID-19 (without mucormycosis, n = 5), healthy controls (n = 5) without comorbid illness and negative for SARS-CoV-2. Peripheral blood samples from cases were collected before initiating antifungal therapy, and neutrophils and monocytes were isolated. RNA sequencing was performed using Illumina HiSeqX from monocytes and neutrophils. Raw reads were aligned with HISAT-2 pipeline and DESeq2 was used for differential gene expression. Gene ontology (GO) and metabolic pathway analysis were performed using Shiny GO application and R packages (ggplot2, Pathview). RESULTS: The derangement of core immune and metabolic responses in CAPM patients was noted. Pattern recognition receptors, dectin-2, MCL, FcRγ receptors and CLEC-2, were upregulated, but signalling pathways such as JAK-STAT, IL-17 and CARD-9 were downregulated; mTOR and MAP-kinase signalling were elevated in monocytes from CAPM patients. The complement receptors, NETosis, and pro-inflammatory responses, such as S100A8/A9, lipocalin and MMP9, were elevated. The major metabolic pathways of glucose metabolism-glycolysis/gluconeogenesis, pentose phosphate pathway, HIF signalling and iron metabolism-ferroptosis were also upregulated in CAPM. CONCLUSIONS: We identified significant alterations in the metabolic pathways possibly leading to cellular iron overload and a hyperglycaemic state. Immune responses revealed altered recognition, signalling, effector functions and a pro-inflammatory state in monocytes and neutrophils from CAPM patients.


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COVID-19 , Mucormicosis , Humanos , Mucormicosis/microbiología , SARS-CoV-2 , Perfilación de la Expresión Génica , Inmunidad Innata
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Curr Opin Pulm Med ; 30(2): 156-166, 2024 Mar 01.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-37902135

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Post-tuberculosis lung disease (PTLD) is an increasingly recognized and debilitating consequence of pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB). In this review, we provide a comprehensive overview of PTLD with airflow obstruction (PTLD-AFO), focusing on its burden, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic methods, and management strategies. RECENT FINDINGS: The relationship between PTLD and airflow obstruction is complex and multifactorial. Approximately 60% of the patients with PTLD have some spirometric abnormality. Obstruction is documented in 18-22% of PTLD patients. The host susceptibility and host response to mycobacterium drive the pathogenic mechanism of PTLD. A balance between inflammatory, anti-inflammatory, and fibrotic pathways decides whether an individual with PTB would have PTLD after microbiological cure. An obstructive abnormality in PTLD-AFO is primarily due to destruction of bronchial walls, aberrant healing, and reduction of mucosal glands. The most common finding on computed tomography (CT) of thorax in patients with PTLD-AFO is bronchiectasis and cavitation. Therefore, the 'Cole's vicious vortex' described in bronchiectasis applies to PTLD. A multidisciplinary approach is required for diagnosis and treatment. The disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) attributed to PTLD represent about 50% of the total estimated burden of DALYs due to tuberculosis (TB). Patients with PTLD require comprehensive care that includes psychosocial support, pulmonary rehabilitation, and vaccination against respiratory pathogens. In the absence of trials evaluating different treatments for PTLD-AFO, therapy is primarily symptomatic. SUMMARY: PTLD with airflow obstruction has considerable burden and causes a significant morbidity and mortality. However, many aspects of PTLD-AFO still need to be answered. Studies are required to evaluate different phenotypes, especially concerning Aspergillus -related complications. The treatment should be personalized based on the predominant phenotype of airflow obstruction. Extensive studies to understand the exact burden, pathogenesis, and treatment of PTBLD-AFO are needed.


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Bronquiectasia , Enfermedades Pulmonares , Enfermedad Pulmonar Obstructiva Crónica , Tuberculosis Pulmonar , Humanos , Pulmón , Enfermedades Pulmonares/complicaciones , Bronquiectasia/complicaciones
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Clin Microbiol Infect ; 30(3): 368-374, 2024 Mar.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-38081413

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OBJECTIVES: To compare COVID-19-associated pulmonary mucormycosis (CAPM) with COVID-19-associated rhino-orbital mucormycosis (CAROM), ascertain factors associated with CAPM among patients with COVID-19, and identify factors associated with 12-week mortality in CAPM. METHODS: We performed a retrospective multicentre cohort study. All study participants had COVID-19. We enrolled CAPM, CAROM, and COVID-19 subjects without mucormycosis (controls; age-matched). We collected information on demography, predisposing factors, and details of COVID-19 illness. Univariable analysis was used to compare CAPM and CAROM. We used multivariable logistic regression to evaluate factors associated with CAPM (with hypoxemia during COVID-19 as the primary exposure) and at 12-week mortality. RESULTS: We included 1724 cases (CAPM [n = 122], CAROM [n = 1602]) and 3911 controls. Male sex, renal transplantation, multimorbidity, neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio, intensive care admission, and cumulative glucocorticoid dose for COVID-19 were significantly higher in CAPM than in CAROM. On multivariable analysis, COVID-19-related hypoxemia (aOR, 2.384; 95% CI, 1.209-4.700), male sex, rural residence, diabetes mellitus, serum C-reactive protein, glucocorticoid, and zinc use during COVID-19 were independently associated with CAPM. CAPM reported a higher 12-week mortality than CAROM (56 of the 107 [52.3%] vs. 413 of the 1356 [30.5%]; p = 0.0001). Hypoxemia during COVID-19 (aOR [95% CI], 3.70 [1.34-10.25]) and Aspergillus co-infection (aOR [95% CI], 5.40 [1.23-23.64]) were independently associated with mortality in CAPM, whereas surgery was associated with better survival. DISCUSSION: CAPM is a distinct entity with a higher mortality than CAROM. Hypoxemia during COVID-19 illness is associated with CAPM. COVID-19 hypoxemia and Aspergillus co-infection were associated with higher mortality in CAPM.


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Aspergilosis , COVID-19 , Coinfección , Mucormicosis , Humanos , Masculino , Mucormicosis/complicaciones , Mucormicosis/epidemiología , Estudios Retrospectivos , Estudios de Cohortes , Glucocorticoides , COVID-19/complicaciones , COVID-19/terapia , Factores de Riesgo , India/epidemiología , Hipoxia/complicaciones
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Semin Respir Crit Care Med ; 45(1): 114-127, 2024 Feb.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-38154470

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Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is a complex hypersensitivity reaction to airway colonization by Aspergillus fumigatus in patients with asthma and cystic fibrosis. The pathophysiology of ABPA involves a complex interplay between the fungus and the host immune response, which causes persistent inflammation and tissue damage. Patients present with chronic cough, wheezing, and dyspnea due to uncontrolled asthma. Characteristic symptoms include the expectoration of brownish mucus plugs. Radiographic findings often reveal fleeting pulmonary infiltrates, bronchiectasis, and mucus impaction. However, the definitive diagnosis of ABPA requires a combination of clinical, radiological, and immunological findings. The management of ABPA aims to reduce symptoms, prevent disease progression, and minimize the future risk of exacerbations. The treatment approach involves systemic glucocorticoids or antifungal agents to suppress the inflammatory response or fungal growth and prevent exacerbations. Biological agents may be used in patients with severe disease or glucocorticoid dependence. This review provides an overview of the clinical manifestations and current treatment options for ABPA.


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Aspergilosis Broncopulmonar Alérgica , Asma , Bronquiectasia , Fibrosis Quística , Humanos , Aspergilosis Broncopulmonar Alérgica/diagnóstico , Aspergilosis Broncopulmonar Alérgica/tratamiento farmacológico , Asma/tratamiento farmacológico , Aspergillus fumigatus , Fibrosis Quística/complicaciones , Bronquiectasia/tratamiento farmacológico , Glucocorticoides/uso terapéutico
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Diagnostics (Basel) ; 13(23)2023 Nov 23.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-38066752

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic respiratory condition characterized by obstruction of airways and emphysematous lung tissue damage, with associated hypoxic vasoconstriction in the affected lung parenchyma. In our study, we evaluate the role of oxygen-enhanced (OE) MRI and dynamic contrast enhanced (DCE)-MRI in COPD patients for assessment of ventilation and perfusion defects and compared their severity with clinical severity. A total of 60 patients with COPD (diagnosed based on clinical and spirometry findings) and 2 controls with normal spirometry and no history of COPD were enrolled. All patients underwent MRI within 1 month of spirometry. OE-MRI was performed by administering oxygen at 12 L/min for 4 min to look for ventilation defects. DCE-MRI was performed by injecting intravenous gadolinium contrast, and perfusion abnormalities were detected by subtracting the non-enhanced areas from the first pass perfusion contrast images. A total of 87% of the subjects demonstrated ventilation and perfusion abnormalities on MRI independently. The lobe-wise distribution of ventilation and perfusion abnormalities correlated well with each other and was statistically significant in all lobes (p < 0.05). The severity of ventilation-perfusion defects also correlated well with clinical severity, as their median value (calculated using a Likert rating scale) was significantly lower in patients in the Global initiative for chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) I/II group (3.25) compared to the GOLD III/IV group (7.25). OE- and DCE-MRI provide functional information about ventilation-perfusion defects and their regional distribution, which correlates well with clinical severity in patients with COPD.

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Lung India ; 40(6): 527-536, 2023.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-37961961

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Background: The prevalence of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) in Indian asthmatic patients remains unknown. We systematically reviewed the literature for estimating the prevalence of Aspergillus sensitization (AS) and ABPA in Indian subjects with bronchial asthma. Methods: We searched the PubMed and Embase databases for studies from India reporting the prevalence of AS or ABPA in at least 50 asthmatics. The primary outcome of our study was to assess the prevalence of ABPA. The secondary outcomes were to evaluate the prevalence of AS in asthma and ABPA in Aspergillus-sensitized asthma. We pooled the prevalence estimates using a random effects model and examined the factors influencing the prevalence using multivariate meta-regression. Results: Of the 8,383 records retrieved, 34 studies with 14,580 asthmatics met the inclusion criteria. All the studies were from tertiary centers. The pooled prevalence of ABPA in asthmatics (26 studies; 5,554 asthmatics) was 16.2% [95% confidence interval (CI), 12.5-20.4]. The pooled prevalence of AS in asthma (29 studies; 13,405 asthmatics) was 30.9% (95% CI, 25.3-36.6), while the prevalence of ABPA in AS (20 studies; 1,493 asthmatics) was 48.2% (95% CI, 39.6-56.8). Meta-regression identified studies published after 2009 (OR 1.14; 95% CI, 1.02-1.28) and studies with severe asthmatics (OR 1.12; 95% CI, 1.00-1.26) as the only factors associated with higher ABPA prevalence. Conclusions: There is a high prevalence of ABPA in Indian asthmatic subjects at tertiary centers, underscoring the need for screening all asthmatic subjects in special asthma and chest clinics for ABPA.

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Nano Lett ; 23(20): 9634-9640, 2023 Oct 25.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-37812066

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The strongly correlated charge density wave (CDW) phase of 1T-TiSe2 is of interest to verify the claims of a chiral order parameter. Characterization of the symmetries of 1T-TiSe2 is critical to understand the origin of its intriguing properties. Here we use very low-power, continuous wave laser excitation to probe the symmetries of 1T-TiSe2 by using the circular photogalvanic effect. We observe that the ground state of the CDW phase (D3d) is achiral. However, laser excitation above a threshold intensity transforms 1T-TiSe2 into a nonequilibrium chiral phase (C3), which changes the electronic correlations in the material. The inherent sensitivity of the photogalvanic technique to structural symmetries provides evidence of the different optically driven phase of 1T-TiSe2, which allows us to assign symmetry groups to these states. Our work demonstrates that optically induced phase change can occur at extremely low optical intensities in strongly correlated materials, providing a pathway to engineer new phases using light.

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