Francisco Casas-Maldonado

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Various studies have focused on understanding how the continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) treatment improves the emotional state of obstructive sleep apnea patients, as well as factors that determine improvement. Yet the results are contradictory. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the changes in depression levels, anxiety state and(More)
OBJECTIVES Previous clinical audits of COPD have provided relevant information about medical intervention in exacerbation admissions. The present study aims to evaluate adherence to current guidelines in COPD through a clinical audit. METHODS This is a pilot clinical audit performed in hospital outpatient respiratory clinics in Andalusia, Spain (eight(More)
In alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD), the Z allele is present in 98% of cases with severe disease, and knowledge of the frequency of this allele is essential from a public health perspective. However, there is a remarkable lack of epidemiological data on AATD worldwide, and many of the data currently used are outdated. Therefore, the objective of this(More)
OBJECTIVES Clinical practice in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be influenced by weather variability throughout the year. To explore the hypothesis of seasonal variability in clinical practice, the present study analyzes the results of the 2013-2014 Andalusian COPD audit with regard to changes in clinical practice according to the different(More)
Clinical manifestations of cystic fibrosis (CF) are variable. Genetic and environmental factors that determine whether an individual will develop associated complications are still under investigation. The present study reports the genetic analysis of a family with different clinical forms of CF and addresses the difficulty of CF diagnosis in an individual(More)
The alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) haplotype Pi*S, when inherited along with the Pi*Z haplotype to form a Pi*SZ genotype, can be associated with pulmonary emphysema in regular smokers, and less frequently with liver disease, panniculitis, and systemic vasculitis in a small percentage of people, but this connection is less well established. Since the detection of(More)
Las bronquiectasias (BQ) se definen como dilataciones anorales e irreversibles de los bronquios y son el resultado final de iferentes enfermedades que tienen una fisiopatología común1. La lteración de los mecanismos de defensa local o de la respuesta nmune facilita el fracaso de la eliminación de microorganismos otencialmente patógenos, y pone en marcha una(More)
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