Karin Palmowski

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INTRODUCTION Comorbidities significantly influence the clinical course of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). However, their prognostic impact is not fully understood. We therefore aimed to determine the impact of comorbidities, as individual and as whole, on survival in IPF. METHODS The database of a tertiary referral centre for interstitial lung(More)
BACKGROUND Ventilation/perfusion single-emission photon CT (V/P-SPECT) is widely used to detect pulmonary embolism (PE). Any pathological deficit on P-SPECT with a corresponding unremarkable V-SPECT is considered an embolism. This means that a deficit on P-SPECT with a corresponding deficit on the ventilation scan correlates with other lung pathologies such(More)
BACKGROUND Pirfenidone is a novel antifibrotic drug for the treatment of mild-to-moderate idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). However, adverse events may offset treatment benefits and compliance. OBJECTIVES To assess recent course of disease, adverse events and compliance in patients who started pirfenidone. METHODS In an observational cohort study, 63(More)
Molecular imaging of apoptosis is frequently discussed for monitoring cancer therapies. Here, we compare the low molecular weight phosphatidylserine-targeting ligand zinc2+-dipicolylamine (Zn2+-DPA) with the established but reasonably larger protein annexin V. Molecular apoptosis imaging with the fluorescently labelled probes annexin V (750 nm, 36 kDa) and(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe changes over time in extent of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) at multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) assessed by semi-quantitative visual scores (VSs) and fully automatic histogram-based quantitative evaluation and to test the relationship between these two methods of quantification. METHODS Forty IPF patients (median age:(More)
Recombinant human erythropoietin (rhuEpo) is currently under debate for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced anemia due to clinical trials showing adverse effects in Epo-treated patients and the discovery of the erythropoietin-receptor (EpoR) in tumor and endothelial cells. Here, using Epo-Cy5.5 as theranostic near-infrared fluorescent probe we analyzed(More)
BACKGROUND Idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIP) are associated with an increased lung cancer (LC) risk. However, data on the prognostic and therapeutic impact are limited. We therefore aimed to analyze the outcome of IIP patients with LC under different treatment modalities. METHODS Patients with IIPs diagnosed in a tertiary interstitial lung diseases(More)
BACKGROUND Increasing evidence suggests a role of gastro-oesophageal reflux (GER) in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) pathogenesis. Recently, an association between serum Helicobacter pylori (HP) antibody positivity and more severe disease was described, but HP has not been directly analysed in lung tissue so far. OBJECTIVE To investigate the presence(More)
Quantitative contrast-enhanced ultrasound plays an important role in tumor characterization and treatment assessment. Besides established functional ultrasound techniques, ultrasound molecular imaging using microbubbles targeted to disease-associated markers is increasingly being applied in pre-clinical studies. Often, repeated injections of non-targeted or(More)
PPFE is a rare disease characterized by upper lobe pleural fibrosis and parenchymal fibroelastosis. Its aetiology is considered idiopathic, although possible causative factors have been described. An association of PPFE with solid tumours is unknown and has not been considered previously. We identified six patients with PPFE, four of them with a coexisting(More)