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J Neurol ; 267(6): 1615-1621, 2020 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32052165


OBJECTIVES: To compare the prognostic role of FVC and SVC at diagnosis in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients. METHODS: We included all patients from the Piemonte and Valle D'Aosta ALS register (PARALS) who had been diagnosed with ALS between 1995 and 2015 and underwent spirometry at diagnosis. Survival was considered as time to death/tracheostomy; to assess the prognostic value in typical trial timeframes, survival at 12 and 18 months was calculated too. Cox proportional hazard regression models adjusted by sex, age at diagnosis, diagnostic delay, onset site, and ALSFRS-R total score at the moment of diagnosis were used to assess the prognostic role of FVC and SVC. RESULTS: A total of 795 ALS patients underwent spirometry at diagnosis during the study period. Four hundred and sixteen (52.3%) performed both FVC and SVC, whereas the others performed FVC only. FVC and SVC values were highly correlated (r = 0.92, p < 0.001) in the overall population and slightly less correlated in patients with bulbar onset (r = 0.86, p < 0.001). Both FVC and SVC proved to have a prognostic role with comparable hazard ratios (HRs) (HR 1.83, 95% CI 1.48-2.27 and 1.88, 95% CI 1.51-2.33, respectively). When considering typical trial timeframes, HRs remained similar and were inversely proportional to FVC and SVC values. DISCUSSION: FVC and SVC at diagnosis can be used interchangeably as independent predictors of survival in both clinical and research settings.

Esclerose Amiotrófica Lateral/diagnóstico , Esclerose Amiotrófica Lateral/mortalidade , Esclerose Amiotrófica Lateral/fisiopatologia , Sistema de Registros , Capacidade Vital/fisiologia , Idoso , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Prognóstico , Espirometria
Lung Cancer ; 89(3): 350-6, 2015 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26164208


OBJECTIVES: To analyze changes in pulmonary function and quality of life (QoL) at different time points after Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR) for early stage inoperable lung cancer, and potential correlations between radiation dose-volume parameters and pulmonary toxicity or changes in pulmonary function tests (PFT) and QoL. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From July 2012 to October 2013, 30 patients were enrolled in this prospective observational study. Complete PFT were performed and Lung Cancer Symptoms Scale (LCSS) questionnaire administered prior to SABR; all patients then underwent Computed Tomography (CT) scan and PFT at 45, 135, 225 and 315 days after SABR, together with LCSS questionnaire. Clinical lung toxicity and radiological toxicity (acute and late) were prospectively recorded by using the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) scoring system. RESULTS: A decline in Slow Vital Capacity (SVC), Forced Expiratory Volume in 1s (FEV1), Single-breath lung diffusing capacity (DLCO) and blood partial pressure of oxygen (PaO2) was seen at 135 days post-SABR. PaO2 values rescued to normal levels at 315 days. None of the baseline PFT parameters resulted to be associated with the occurrence of pulmonary toxicity or with late radiological changes. Mean V5, V10, and V20 and MLD2Gy were higher in patients who developed radiation pneumonitis, even if not significantly associated at Cox regression analysis. LCSS QoL showed a significant worsening of the single item fatigue at 135 days after SABR. CONCLUSIONS: A small (mean 10%) but significant decline in lung volumes and DLCO was recorded after SABR, with clinical impact of such change difficult to estimate in individual patients. Global QoL was not significantly impaired. Dose-volume parameters did not emerge as significantly predictive of any clinical, radiological or functional toxicity.

Carcinoma Pulmonar de Células não Pequenas/epidemiologia , Carcinoma Pulmonar de Células não Pequenas/fisiopatologia , Neoplasias Pulmonares/epidemiologia , Neoplasias Pulmonares/fisiopatologia , Qualidade de Vida , Testes de Função Respiratória , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Carcinoma Pulmonar de Células não Pequenas/patologia , Carcinoma Pulmonar de Células não Pequenas/cirurgia , Feminino , Humanos , Estimativa de Kaplan-Meier , Neoplasias Pulmonares/patologia , Neoplasias Pulmonares/cirurgia , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Estadiamento de Neoplasias , Estudos Prospectivos , Radiocirurgia/efeitos adversos , Radiocirurgia/métodos , Fatores de Risco , Resultado do Tratamento