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BACKGROUND Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive fibrotic lung disease with an overall poor prognosis. A simple-to-use staging system for IPF may improve prognostication, help guide management, and facilitate research. OBJECTIVE To develop a multidimensional prognostic staging system for IPF by using commonly measured clinical and(More)
BACKGROUND Lung cancer (LC) is frequently associated with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Despite this well-known association, the outcome of LC in patients with IPF is unclear. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of LC on survival of patients with associated IPF. METHODS A total of 260 patients with IPF were reviewed, and 186 IPF(More)
BACKGROUND Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common disease which increases the risk of perioperative complications. The aim of this study is to assess the clinical utility of preoperative screening for OSA in determining the prevalence of patients at high risk of OSA in a surgical population, the incidence of difficult airway management and the incidence(More)
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is the most common type of idiopathic interstitial pneumonia and has a dismal prognosis. Median age at IPF onset is 60-70 years and it is mainly related to cigarette smoke exposure. Its clinical profile is heterogeneous and different clinical phenotypes are now better defined: familial IPF, slow and rapid progressors,(More)
BACKGROUND Usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP), is a necessary feature pathologically or radiologically for the diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The predictive value of transbronchial biopsy (TBB) in identifying UIP is currently unknown. The objective of this study is to assess the accuracy with which histopathologic criteria of usual(More)
RATIONALE Surgical lung biopsy is often required for a confident multidisciplinary diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Alternative, less-invasive biopsy methods, such as bronchoscopic lung cryobiopsy (BLC), are highly desirable. OBJECTIVES To address the impact of BLC on diagnostic confidence in the multidisciplinary diagnosis of IPF. (More)
BACKGROUND IPF is a common form of interstitial lung disease for which there is no effective therapy and usually results in death. Two previous contradictory studies showed anticoagulant therapy  to be associated with both improved and worsened survival, respectively. OBJECTIVE The objective of this retrospective cohort study was to evaluate the effect of(More)
BACKGROUND European Healthcare Systems are facing a difficult period characterized by increasing costs and spending cuts due to economic problems. There is the urgent need for new tools which sustain Hospitals decision makers work. This project aimed to develop a data recording system of the surgical process of every patient within the operating theatre.(More)
In a previous study we observed that it is possible to reach the cervix in all queens with a 1 mm diameter probe only. So, we developed both a new technique and a catheter (1 mm diameter) to allow transcervical insemination [Zambelli and Castagnetti 2001]. The aims of this study were to investigate vaginal and cervical anatomic modifications during the(More)