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Intrapleural streptokinase for empyema and complicated parapneumonic effusions.
We conducted a single-center, randomized, placebo-controlled trial to determine whether streptokinase instillations adjunctive to chest tube drainage reduce the need for surgery and improve outcomeExpand
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Effect of pre-treatment with nicotine patch on withdrawal symptoms and abstinence rates in smokers subsequently quitting with the nicotine patch: a randomized controlled trial.
AIMS To determine whether 2-week pre-treatment with transdermal nicotine influences withdrawal symptoms or success rate of subsequent smoking cessation using nicotine patches. DESIGN RandomizedExpand
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Utility of Rapid On-Site Evaluation of Transbronchial Needle Aspirates
Background: Rapid on-site evaluation has been proposed as a method to improve the yield of transbronchial needle aspiration. Objectives: This study investigated whether on-site analysis facilitatesExpand
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Diagnostic value of post-bronchodilator pulmonary function testing to distinguish between stable, moderate to severe COPD and asthma
Objective The GOLD guidelines suggest that the presence of a post-bronchodilator forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) < 80% of the predicted value in combination with a FEV1/forced vitalExpand
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Safety and Yield of Ultrasound-Assisted Transthoracic Biopsy Performed by Pulmonologists
Background: Transthoracic ultrasound (US) has gained popularity as a tool for visualizing pleural effusions and assisting thoracentesis or chest drain placement. In the absence of effusion, US justExpand
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Pandemic 2009 H1N1 influenza virus vaccination in lung transplant recipients: coverage, safety and clinical effectiveness in the Zurich cohort.
BACKGROUND Pandemic 2009 H1N1 influenza virus (H1N1) infection is considered harmful to lung transplant recipients (LTRs). Vaccination against this virus is recommended for LTRs, but little is knownExpand
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Mitogen-activated protein kinase phosphatase 1/dual specificity phosphatase 1 mediates glucocorticoid inhibition of osteoblast proliferation.
Steroid-induced osteoporosis is a common side effect of long-term treatment with glucocorticoid (GC) drugs. GCs have multiple systemic effects that may influence bone metabolism but also directlyExpand
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Moderate-to-severe blood pressure elevation at ED entry: hypertension or normotension?
PURPOSE It is controversial whether arterial hypertension (AHT) can be diagnosed in the emergency department (ED). We sought to prospectively investigate the natural time course of blood pressureExpand
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Practical approach to early postoperative management of lung transplant recipients.
Meticulous attention to detail during the early postoperative period after lung transplantation is crucial for the overall success of the procedure. It starts in the intensive care unit with theExpand
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Content comparison of health-related quality of life instruments for obstructive sleep apnea.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Due to the increasing importance of quality of life assessments in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients and due to an increased use of the International Classification ofExpand
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