Birgitta I. Hiddinga

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We investigated whether the clinical criteria used in the Hestia study for selection of pulmonary embolism (PE) patients for outpatient treatment could discriminate PE patients with high and low risk for adverse clinical outcome. We performed a cohort study with PE patients who were triaged with 11 criteria for outpatient treatment. Patients not eligible(More)
BACKGROUND There has been debate over how patients with pulmonary embolism (PE) can be safely selected for outpatient treatment. OBJECTIVES To compare the Hestia criteria with the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) criteria for selecting low-risk patients with PE for outpatient treatment. METHODS From 2008 to 2010, 496 patients with acute, symptomatic(More)
The role of surgery in the management of malignant pleural mesothelioma remains controversial. Surgical resection consists of different procedures for diagnostic or therapeutic reasons. The latter includes either an extrapleural pleuropneumonectomy (EPP) or lung-sparing operations like debulking of the parietal and visceral pleura by(More)
After the implementation of standard first line chemotherapy with platinum and antifolates in pleural mesothelioma, patients are confronted with a need for second line treatment at relapse or progression. We conducted a systematic review of the literature for the activity, effectiveness and toxicity of second line treatment. The results are presented(More)
As the incidence of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is increasing in the next decades, treatment is a challenge. The past 2 years have seen a number of promising achievements in the management of patients with MPM. Treatment of a symptomatic malignant pleural effusion through indwelling pleural catheter (IPC) may allow for an individualized treatment.(More)
Targeted treatment is a therapy directed at a specific molecular target close to a hallmark of cancer. The target should be measurable with a biomarker and measurement of the target should correlate with clinical outcome when targeted treatment is administered. Current clinical guidelines do not recommend targeted or biological therapy in MPM. However,(More)
On the emergency department we saw two men aged 19 and 26 with symptoms of lipoid pneumonitis (fire-eater's lung) following aspiration of petroleum during fire-eating. They were both admitted to hospital and treated with amoxicillin and clavulanic acid. Both patients were clinically recovered within a few days. Following aspiration of petroleum there is(More)
Early palliative care (EPC) should be introduced from the start of the treatment of patients with advanced lung cancer. Unfortunately, this is often not integrated in daily oncologic care. This letter wants to emphasize the importance of offering a holistic approach, meaning EPC to optimize quality of life (QoL). Illness understanding is important because(More)
A 58-year-old man was being treated for squamous non-small-cell lung cancer with nivolumab. At the 17th of biweekly administrations he presented with global dysphasia, dysarthria and myoclonus in the right upper extremity. MRI showed multiple T2/FLAIR hyperintense lesions in the left hemisphere; lumbar puncture showed lymphocytic pleiocytosis in the CSF(More)