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BACKGROUND The Cystic Fibrosis Questionnaire (CFQ) is widely used in research as an instrument to measure quality of life in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). In routine patient care however, measuring quality of life is still not implemented in guidelines. One of the reasons might be the lack of consensus on how to interpret CFQ scores of an individual(More)
In the present investigation we have tested the hypothesis that children with a high IgG antibody response to foods have an increased risk of developing IgE antibodies to inhalant allergens. Sera from 106 children with an increased risk of developing IgE-mediated allergy were analysed. During the follow-up, in 54 of these children IgE antibodies to inhalant(More)
Aspergillus fumigatus is a chronic colonizer of the respiratory tract of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). A total of 204 A. fumigatus isolates from 36 CF patients from three different medical centers, collected over a period of four months till 9.5 years, were genotyped using the short tandem repeat panel for A. fumigatus (STRAf assay). Four different(More)
Cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease is characterized by chronic airway inflammation and recurrent infections, resulting in (ir)reversible structural lung changes and a progressive decline in lung function. The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between non-invasive inflammatory markers (IM) in exhaled breath condensate (EBC), lung(More)
Chronic airway inflammation is present in cystic fibrosis (CF). Non-invasive inflammometry may be useful in disease management. The aim of the present cross-sectional study was to investigate: (i) the ability of fractional exhaled nitric oxide and inflammatory markers (IM) [exhaled breath condensate (EBC) acidity, nitrite, nitrate, hydrogen peroxide(More)
BACKGROUND Jeune asphyxiating thoracic dystrophy (JATD) is a rare, often lethal, recessively inherited chondrodysplasia characterised by shortened ribs and long bones, sometimes accompanied by polydactyly, and renal, liver and retinal disease. Mutations in intraflagellar transport (IFT) genes cause JATD, including the IFT dynein-2 motor subunit gene(More)
Overlap in the clinical presentation of pediatric granulomatous inflammatory bowel disease may be substantial, depending on the mode of presentation. Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) may present with granulomatous colitis, perianal abscesses, hepatic abscesses or granulomas, failure to thrive, and obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract (including(More)
Thirteen classical ataxia telangiectasia (A-T) patients, varying in age from 1 to 25 years, were studied clinically, electrophysiologically as well as by muscle ultrasound to chart the development and spectrum of neuromuscular abnormalities in A-T. The most prominent finding was a progressive axonal sensorimotor polyneuropathy, apparent by electromyography(More)
A 3-year-old boy was treated for asthmatic symptoms with fluticasone inhalations. Due to a flattening growth curve Cushing's syndrome was suspected and the dosage of fluticasone was gradually decreased after which the boy became less active and his appetite decreased. Another patient, a 7-year-old boy with asthma was also treated with fluticasone(More)
A case of broncholithiasis in a child is reported. To our knowledge, it has not been reported in children. Broncholithiasis is a condition in which a peribronchial calcified lymph node erodes into or distorts an adjacent bronchus. Symptoms of broncholithiasis include cough, recurrent episodes of fever, haemoptysis, and purulent sputum. The most common cause(More)