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The aim of the study was to estimate the level of dyspnea and quality of life in patients with pulmonary fibrosis after 6 weeks' respiratory rehabilitation. The study comprised of 31 patients (F/M-12/19) with interstitial lung diseases (21 with idiopathic interstitial pneumonia, 4 with lung fibrosis due to allergic alveolitis, 4 with lung fibrosis due to(More)
BACKGROUND Lower respiratory tract infections remain a leading cause of morbidity and mortality after solid organ transplantation. The particularly increased susceptibility to infection is an especial problem in the early posttransplant period at the initial stage of immunosuppression, owing to direct contact with the hospital environment by mechanical(More)
A retrospective analysis was performed on the records of 95 pts who underwent heart transplantation at Dept. Of Cardiac Surgery & Transplantation in 1999 and 2000 y. In 34 pts lower respiratory tract infections were observed. In all cases bacterial factor was detected in sputum or bronchoalveolar lavage. In study population we analysed influence of such(More)
The objective of the study was to investigate whether a blood pressure increase during static exercises might affect the left ventricular function and whether a possible pressure overload might decrease cardio-respiratory adaptation to aerobic exercise in power lifting athletes. Nine resistance-trained athletes and ten age-matched untrained men participated(More)
OBJECTIVE Osteoporosis may significantly impair the final result of lung transplantation. The purpose of study is to determine the prevalence of osteoporosis with the regard to risk factors for osteoporosis in patients awaiting lung transplantation. MATERIAL AND METHODS We determined bone mineral density (BMD) in 48 patients (12 with idiopathic pulmonary(More)
Effectiveness of pulmonary rehabilitation in patients with chronic obstructive lung diseases, cystic fibrosis, and interstitial lung disease is well documented but little is known about the results of pulmonary rehabilitation in patients referred for lung transplantation. The purpose of this study is to prospectively examine the efficacy of Nordic walking,(More)
The bronchoconstrictive peptide endothelin-1 (ET-1) has been demonstrated in the airway epithelial and endothelial cells. In this study we investigated the pathophysiological significance of endothelin-1 in asthma. We addressed the issue by assessing the concentration of ET-1 in plasma and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) in patients with a different(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate the quality of life and its changes in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), waiting for lung transplantation. Sixteen IPF patients, who qualified for lung transplantation, and 14 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients on long term oxygen therapy, taken as a reference group, were assessed. The(More)
There are as yet no markers known to predict the course of sarcoidosis. High resolution computed tomography (HRCT) is a tool that enables to visualize subtle parenchymal opacities in the lungs. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess the prognostic role of HRCT at Stage I sarcoidosis. Fifty one patients (28 males and 23 females, aged 23-58) were(More)
Recent data, especially from immunocompromised patients, suggest that human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) plays an important role in lung pathology. In this study the serological status of HCMV infection and characteristic of the HCMV infected patients with interstitial lung diseases were determined. The subjects were enrolled prior to immunosuppression therapy(More)