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Our report refers to 58-year old woman, who after 7 years of asthma developed multi system symptoms and sings of Churg-Strauss syndrome; these are polyneuropathy, skin lesions, hypereosinophilia, eosinophilic infiltrates around blood vessels. Biopsy of skin specimen confirmed initial diagnosis and helped with efficient therapy. We consider this report to be(More)
The CYFRA 21-1 assay is a test that has been developed recently for detection of a cytokeratin 19 fragment in serum. A diagnostic role for CYFRA 21-1 has already been proposed. The question of whether this marker is prognostically significant is important in clarifying the role of CYFRA 21-1 in clinical practice. The aim of this study was to evaluate the(More)
We investigate retrospectively the efficacy of self-expandable metallic stents (SEMS) for severe respiratory distress (SRD) in patients with central airway obstruction (CAO). Thirty three patients with CAO were treated with SEMS using fiberoptic bronchoscopy method. We found an intraluminal obstruction present in 7, extraluminal compression in 10, and(More)
Despite extensive research, the role of the commonly employed tumour markers in the diagnosis of lung carcinoma is yet to be clarified. The utility of a new marker, CYFRA 21-1, in the preoperative evaluation of patients with bronchogenic carcinoma was investigated. CYFRA 21-1 was determined with a radiometric assay in serum of 280 patients with lung cancer(More)
We assessed the effect of therapy on nuclear signaling related to inflammatory processes in sputum cells of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Patients were treated with formoterol (F) or formoterol plus budesonide (F/ICS) b.i.d. for 4 weeks, their sputum cells were isolated and subjected to RNA extraction or lysis, followed by(More)
The aim was to find out how the IL-12 and IL-18 levels in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) correspond to the inflammatory activity of the hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP). We studied 12 patients with HP and 13 normal subjects. IL-12 and IL-18 levels were measured using ELISA kits. We found a significantly higher plasma angiotensin-converting enzyme(More)
The process of interstitial inflammation, often chronic, goes fluently from alveolitis through granuloma formation to irreversible fibrosis and lung remodeling. Eventually, the loss of functional alveolar units leads to chronic respiratory failure. The pneumoproteins (e.g. SP-D, CC-16) are considered to be markers of interstitial inflammation. We measured(More)
OBJECTIVE It has recently been described that circulatory and BAL regulatory T-cells (Tregs), defined as CD4+CD25highCD127low are increased in patients with active sarcoidosis compared with other interstitial lung diseases. MATERIAL AND METHODS We studied prospectively 17 patients (10 women, 7 men) of median age 39 years (range 27-65) with active(More)
Thiocyanates (SCN-) are ubiquitous in nature. There are indispensable part of host defense system that act as a substrate for lactoperoxidase (LPO). In our study we present initial data on SCN- concentration in saliva of CF patients in comparison to healthy non-smokers and healthy smokers. 5 ml of saliva was collected from each subject to a sterile tube and(More)
OBJECTIVE Heat shock proteins assist cellular protein folding and are required for the normal activity of steroid receptors. In this study we assessed nuclear HSP90 and HSP70 proteins and mRNA levels in cells isolated from induced sputum of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients treated for 4 weeks with formoterol (F) or formoterol+budesonide(More)