Joan Minguella

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Injury of the diaphragm may have clinical relevance having been reported in cases of sudden infant death syndrome or fatal asthma. However, examination of diaphragm injury after acute inspiratory loading has not been reported. The purpose of this study was to determine whether an acute inspiratory overload induces injury of the human diaphragm and to(More)
In the diaphragms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, the nature of oxidatively modified proteins and superoxide anion production were explored. Diaphragm specimens were obtained through thoracotomy because of localised lung lesions in COPD patients (16 severe and eight moderate) and 10 control subjects. Lung and respiratory muscle(More)
Pulmonary hyperinflation impairs the function of the diaphragm in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, it has been recently demonstrated that the muscle can counterbalance this deleterious effect, remodelling its structure (i.e. changing the proportion of different types of fibres). The aim of this study was to investigate(More)
The prognostic value of p53 and c-erbB-2 immunostaining and preoperative serum levels of CEA and CA125 was investigated in a prospective multicentric study including 465 consecutive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with resectable tumors. Four end-points were used: lung cancer death, first relapse (either locoregional or metastasis),(More)
An anatomical study of a left lower limb with congenital tibial aplasia and preaxial polydactyly amputated at 10 months of age was carried out. The tibia was replaced by a fibrous band (a band of connective tissue) and there were four cuneiforms, six metatarsal bones and seven toes. The second metatarsal bone showed characteristics of the hallux. An(More)
OBJECTIVE Diagnosis of multiple independent primary cancers is increasing in many settings. Objectives of this study were to analyze clinical characteristics, organ location, and prognosis associated with the presentation of multiple independent primaries when a lung cancer is involved. METHODS We analyzed all patients with a histology-proven diagnosis of(More)
The purpose of this study is to analyse three different lengthening techniques used in 31 small bones for congenital malformations of the hand and foot: 15 metacarpals, 12 metatarsals, 1 foot stump and 3 spaces between a previously transplanted phalanx end of the carpus or the metacarpal. Progressive lengthening with an external fixator device was performed(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate whether respiratory function influences the structure of the latissimus dorsi muscle (LD). Twelve patients (58 +/- 10 yr) undergoing thoracotomy were studied. Lung and respiratory muscle function were evaluated before surgery. Patients showed a forced expired volume in 1 s (FEV1) of 67 +/- 16% of the reference value, an(More)
DIAPHRAGM OF SEVERE COPD PATIENTS Corresponding author: Dr. Esther Barreiro, Muscle and Respiratory System Research Unit, IMIM-Hospital del Mar, PRBB, Dr. Aiguader, 88, E-08003 Barcelona, Spain, Telephone: +34 93 316 0385, Fax: +34 93 316 0410, e-mail: ebarreiro@imim.es Requests for reprints: Dr. Esther Barreiro Judith Marin-Corral MD, Joan Minguella MD,(More)
Discrepancies exist regarding the involvement of cellular inflammation and apoptosis in the muscle dysfunction of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients with preserved body composition. We explored whether levels of inflammatory cells and apoptosis were increased in both respiratory and limb muscles of COPD patients without nutritional(More)