Maria Sucena

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Endobronchial tuberculosis (ET) is a serious complication of pulmonary tuberculosis and is a major cause of morbidity. The aim of our retrospective study was to characterize the clinical, radiological, microbiological and bronchoscopic features of ET. Between January 1999 and June 2002 a total of 14 patients were diagnosed as having ET in our hospital.(More)
BACKGROUND Rapid on-site evaluation (ROSE) has the potential to increase endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) accuracy in the diagnosis of mediastinal lesions and lung cancer staging. However, studies have reported controversial results. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the influence of ROSE on sample adequacy(More)
Auto-titrating continuous positive airway pressure (APAP) is an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS). We investigated whether a single group education session on APAP therapy is effective in promoting adherence among patients with OSAHS. This prospective, randomized, controlled, parallel group study included patients(More)
Lung cancer (LC) staging remains a clinical challenge as it determines the disease's prognosis and treatment. Surgery is the best option for controlling non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and the only potential cure. In this setting, lung cancer staging helps select patients who will benefit from surgery, excluding inoperable patients and including patients(More)
Childhood obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is a common condition and can result in serious complications. The nocturnal polysomnography remains the gold standard in the diagnosis of this pathology. Given the scarcity of sleep laboratories, namely with paediatric profile, screening techniques have been commonly used. It was our aim to study the yield of the(More)
Auto-titrating continuous positive airway pressure (APAP) devices were developed to improve treatment efficacy and compliance in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS). Since there are insufficient data on the optimal pressure range setting, we aimed to compare the adherence, efficacy and tolerability of treatment with high-span versus(More)
Massive subcutaneous emphysema is a relatively common complication in invasive techniques, surgical practice and some medical conditions. Subcutaneous emphysema is usually treated conservatively and may only cause minimal symptoms. Even when it is severe, subcutaneous emphysema rarely has pathophysiologic consequences, but it is extremely uncomfortable for(More)
Lung cancer (LC) is a major public health problem and it is the most common form of cancer in men. It remains the most common cause of cancer death in men and women. In the initial decades of the smoking-caused epidemic, squamous cell carcinoma was the most frequent type. Recently there was a shift toward predominance of adenocarcinoma. The aim of our(More)
Background: Determining physicians’ awareness about alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency (AATD) may help to explain the discrepancy between the observed and expected number of patients diagnosed with this disease. This study was designed to assess the opinions on knowledge, practice pattern and attitude regarding AATD among physicians in Spain and Portugal.(More)
Lidocaine is commonly used for local anesthesia during fiberoptic bronchoscopy (FOB). It has been suggested that the total dose of lidocaine should be limited to 300-400 mg (or < 8.2 mg/kg). Lidocaine toxicity is directly correlated with its concentration in the blood and a threshold above which the side effects become more likely has been put at a plasma(More)