Maria J Tzoufi

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UNLABELLED Pronation might favorably affect respiratory system (rs) mechanics and function in volume-controlled, mode-ventilated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. We studied 10 COPD patients, initially positioned supine (baseline supine [supine(BAS)]) and then randomly and consecutively changed to protocol supine (supine(PROT)),(More)
BACKGROUND Animal data on cardiac arrest showed improved long-term survival with combined vasopressin-epinephrine. In cardiac arrest, cortisol levels are relatively low during and after cardiopulmonary resuscitation. We hypothesized that combined vasopressin-epinephrine and corticosteroid supplementation during and after resuscitation may improve survival(More)
We hypothesized that combined salbutamol and external positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEPe) may present additive benefits in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbation. In 10 anesthetized, mechanically ventilated, and bronchodilator-responsive COPD patients exhibiting moderate intrinsic PEEP (PEEPi), we assessed respiratory system (rs)(More)
IMPLICATIONS The symptomatic obstruction of a pulmonary arterial branch secondary to the intravascular migration of a pigtail ureteral stent is reported. This iatrogenic complication may cause dyspnea, chest pain, or both after uneventful urologic procedures involving ureteral stents.
INTRODUCTION Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is a reliable, noninvasive imaging method that is useful in the evaluation of cardiovascular thrombosis. We conducted a retrospective study of all the echocardiograms from patients in the postoperative care unit to assess the role of TTE in thrombus identification in the left ventricle. METHODS This(More)
We compared laryngeal aperture (LA) exposure and endotracheal intubation difficulty scale (IDS) scores between balloon-assisted and conventional laryngoscopy. Thirty-two anesthetized and paralyzed elective surgery patients underwent laryngoscopy with a standard number 4 and a modified number 4 curved blade carrying a 6F Fogarty catheter. The balloon(More)
Tracheal and endobronchial interventions constitute a wide variety of procedures offering unique challenges in perioperative airway management and ventilatory support. Elective or emergent anesthetic management is individualized according to underlying airway pathology, coexisting disease, and patient age. This review explores recent literature and reports(More)
Coxsackie virus pericarditis caused cardiac tamponade in a 45-day-old infant with corrected total anomalous pulmonary venous drainage and a hypodynamic left heart. The pathophysiology comprised reduced heart compliance, venous return impairment, acute pulmonary hypertension, and increased airway microvascular permeability. Tracheal edema and external(More)