Marjolein Drent

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BACKGROUND In 2002 the American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society (ATS/ERS) classification of idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIPs) defined seven specific entities, and provided standardized terminology and diagnostic criteria. In addition, the historical "gold standard" of histologic diagnosis was replaced by a multidisciplinary approach.(More)
Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory multisystem disorder of unknown cause. Practically no organ is immune to sarcoidosis; most commonly, in up to 90% of patients, it affects the lungs. The nervous system is involved in 5-15% of patients. Neurosarcoidosis is a serious and commonly devastating complication of sarcoidosis. Clinical diagnosis of neurosarcoidosis(More)
BACKGROUND The clinical utility of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BAL) cell analysis for the diagnosis and management of patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) has been a subject of debate and controversy. The American Thoracic Society (ATS) sponsored a committee of international experts to examine all relevant literature on BAL in ILD and provide(More)
BACKGROUND Sarcoidosis is a multiorgan inflammatory granulomatous disorder of unknown origin for which adequate markers to monitor disease severity are lacking. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential clinical usefulness of serologic markers of inflammation [high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and serum amyloid A (SAA)], T-cell(More)
This review describes the usefulness of monitoring the activity level of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and its isoenzyme pattern as indicators of pathological conditions in the lungs, such as cell damage or inflammation. Cytoplasmatic cellular enzymes, like LDH, in the extracellular space, although of no further metabolic function in this space, are still of(More)
This article discusses the factors which stimulate or limit the innovative use of ICT by teacher educators in the Netherlands. Innovative use of ICT is defined as the use of ICT applications that support the educational objectives based on the needs of the current knowledge society. Explorative path analysis and case studies were used to study the potential(More)
BACKGROUND Establishing inflammatory activity in sarcoidosis patients with persistent disabling symptoms is important. Whole body F(18)-FDG PET/CT (PET) appeared to be a sensitive method to detect inflammatory activity in newly diagnosed symptomatic sarcoidosis. The aim was to assess the presence of inflammatory activity using PET in sarcoidosis patients(More)
The value of high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) in diagnosing and assessing inflammatory activity in sarcoidosis is well established. The aim of the present study was to address the intra- and inter-observer agreements of the HRCT score by Oberstein et al. [8], and to evaluate the relationship between HRCT findings and disease severity expressed in(More)
Small fiber neuropathy (SFN) is a neuropathy selectively involving small diameter myelinated and unmyelinated nerve fibers. Interest in this disorder has considerably increased during the past few years. It is often idiopathic and typically presents with peripheral pain and/or symptoms of autonomic dysfunction. Diagnosis is made on the basis of the clinical(More)
Fatigue is a major problem in a wide range of diseases including sarcoidosis. However, there is no standard measure for assessing fatigue. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the usefulness of the Fatigue Assessment Scale (FAS) in two samples of sarcoidosis patients. Sample 1 included 1 046 members of the Dutch Sarcoidosis Society and(More)