Manuel L. Blanco

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This prospective, controlled, but not formally randomized study investigates the feasibility and efficiency of an alternative to standard hospitalization for patients with exacerbated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), based upon supported discharge with nurse supervision at home. Over a 12-month period, emergency physicians, not directly(More)
Gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) and bronchoaspiration of gastric content are risk factors linked with ventilator-associated pneumonia. This study was aimed at evaluating the effect of a nasogastric tube (NGT) incorporating a low-pressure oesophageal balloon on GOR and bronchoaspiration in patients receiving mechanical ventilation. Fourteen patients were(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the clinical, histological, and epidemiological characteristics of patients diagnosed with lung cancer in our hospital over a period of 5 years and compare them with those of historical cases treated at the same hospital. PATIENTS AND METHODS The cases of patients diagnosed with lung cancer from January 1998 through December 2002(More)
INTRODUCTION The external intercostal muscle is a relevant contributor to ventilatory work in situations of overloading. Like other respiratory muscles, the external intercostal muscle seems to undergo a process of structural remodeling to adapt to a situation of functional disadvantage. However, findings from published studies of morphology have differed(More)
PURPOSE Single-institution single-arm prospective study. Endpoint: To assess whether there are more than 5 % of men having grade 3 GU or any grade 3 GI acute toxicity during stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for prostate cancer using helical tomotherapy. METHODS Since May 2012, 17 prostate cancer patients were treated with helical tomotherapy.(More)
UNLABELLED Endpoint: To assess early urinary (GU) and rectal (GI) toxicities after helical tomotherapy Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), and to determine their predictive factors. METHODS Since May 2012, 45 prostate cancer patients were treated with eight fractions of 5.48 (low risk, 29%) or 5.65 Gy (intermediate-high risk, 71%) on alternative(More)
Four cases of prune belly syndrome of 19, 24, and 32 weeks of gestational age, and 14 days of postnatal life are described. All of them show urethral atresia, muscle defects of abdominal wall and undescended testes. Analysis of these four cases at different developmental stages brings authors to approach etiopathogenic basis of this syndrome.
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