Manuela Latorre

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OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS To evaluate the clinical features of audiologic impairment and its relationship with the nasal, vestibular, and rheumatologic profile in a cohort of patients with eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA), formerly named Churg-Strauss syndrome. STUDY DESIGN Prospective cross-sectional study. METHODS Thirty-nine patients(More)
OBJECTIVES 1) To know the impact of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on hospital care (visits to the emergency room and admission); and 2) to identify and describe COPD patients whose use of health care is high (COPD-HC), also assessing the costs generated by such patients. METHOD We reviewed the files of all patients with COPD receiving care(More)
Few data are available on the proportion of asthmatics achieving a good asthma control (according GINA guidelines) and on the level of airway inflammation during omalizumab treatment. The aim of this cross-sectional national observational study was to assess the level of control (according to GINA guidelines) achieved in a group of asthmatics on omalizumab(More)
Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are frequently recommended for the treatment of asthma and COPD, often in combination with long-acting beta2-agonists (LABA), depending on the severity of the disease and/or on the specific phenotype. Several ICS/LABA combinations are currently available that differ in their pharmacokinetic characteristics and dose of both(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Symptomatic, steroid-naïve asthmatic patients may have low sputum eosinophil numbers. The aim of the study was to determine whether low sputum eosinophil numbers persisted over time, during treatment with salmeterol monotherapy. METHODS Forty steroid-naïve, symptomatic asthmatic patients, with sputum eosinophils <3%, were(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the potential determinants of forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) decline in workers with occupational asthma (OA) still exposed to the causative agent. We hypothesised that sputum eosinophilia might be a predictor of poor asthma outcome after diagnosis. SETTING, DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS In a specialistic clinical centre of the(More)
Background. Neutrophilic bronchial inflammation is a main feature of bronchiectasis, but not much is known about its relationship with other disease features. Aim. To compare airway inflammatory markers with clinical and functional findings in subjects with stable noncystic fibrosis bronchiectasis (NCFB). Methods. 152 NFCB patients (62.6 years; females:(More)
Although bronchial hyperresponsiveness to cholinergic agents is a main feature of asthma, the role of anticholinergic drugs in chronic asthma management has been largely underestimated. Several single-dose studies comparing acute bronchodilation induced by ipratropium bromide with salbutamol have shown that salbutamol is more effective than ipratropium in(More)