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BACKGROUND A major problem in clinical lung transplantation is the shortage of donor lungs. Only about 20% of donor lungs are accepted for transplantation. A method to evaluate and recondition lungs ex vivo has been tested on donor lungs that have been rejected for transplantation. METHODS The donor lungs were reconditioned ex vivo in an extracorporeal(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies showing a strong relationship between Cheyne-Stokes respiration and the severity of left ventricular systolic dysfunction have usually been done in selected patient populations with lower age and a higher proportion of males than the "typical" in-hospital patient with heart failure. The purpose of the present study was test the(More)
BACKGROUND The proliferation signal inhibitor everolimus offers the potential to reduce calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) exposure and alleviate CNI-related nephrotoxicity. Randomized trials in maintenance thoracic transplant patients are lacking. METHODS In a 12-month, open-labeled, multicenter study, maintenance thoracic transplant patients (glomerular(More)
BACKGROUND Cyclosporine (CsA) absorption varies early after transplantation and can be accurately assessed by the area under the absorption curve (AUC). The 2-hour post-dose (C2) level of CsA in whole blood is reported to be a useful surrogate marker of CsA AUC in kidney and liver transplant monitoring, but should be further explored in thoracic organ(More)
BACKGROUND Use of the mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor everolimus with an accompanying reduction in calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) exposure has shown promise in preserving renal function in maintenance thoracic transplant patients, but robust, long-term data are required. METHODS In a prospective, open-label, multicenter study, thoracic transplant(More)
BACKGROUND Autoantibodies against bactericidal permeability increasing protein (BPI-ANCA) are frequently present in cystic fibrosis patients and have been reported to be associated to colonization with Pseudomonas (P) aeruginosa and lung damage. In the present study, we investigated BPI-ANCA as a prognostic marker and its relation to P. aeruginosa(More)
BACKGROUND The NOCTET (NOrdic Certican Trial in HEart and lung Transplantation) trial demonstrated that everolimus improves renal function in maintenance thoracic transplant (TTx) recipients. Nevertheless, introduction of everolimus is not recommended for patients with advanced renal failure. We evaluated NOCTET data to assess everolimus introduction(More)
Glucagon like peptide 1 (GLP-1) is an incretin hormone released as a bioactive peptide from intestinal L-cells in response to eating. It acts on target cells and exerts several functions as stimulating insulin and inhibiting glucagon. It is quickly deactivated by the serine protease dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP-IV) as an important regulatory mechanism.(More)
In a prospective, randomised, cross-over study including cystic fibrosis patients with indications for HIVAT (home intravenous antibiotic treatment) the prospect of pharmaceutical intervention was investigated. A comparison between the use of disposable infusion devices with antibiotics from the pharmacy and when the patients prepared the drugs themselves(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment of infective bronchitis involving Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a cornerstone of care in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). This phase IIb, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study assessed the efficacy and safety of ciprofloxacin dry powder for inhalation (DPI) in this population. METHODS Patients with CF, ≥12 years of age(More)