Melissa Jane McDonnell

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RATIONALE There are no risk stratification tools for morbidity and mortality in bronchiectasis. Identifying patients at risk of exacerbations, hospital admissions, and mortality is vital for future research. OBJECTIVES This study describes the derivation and validation of the Bronchiectasis Severity Index (BSI). METHODS Derivation of the BSI used data(More)
The results of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) examinations in 26 patients with histologic (15 cases) or clinical (11 cases) diagnoses of tumors within the posterior fossa were reviewed and compared with x-ray computed tomography (CT). Most tumors displayed an increase in T1 and T2 relative to brain. All seven benign tumors were seen with both CT and NMR,(More)
BACKGROUND Solitary fibrous tumours of the pleura (SFTPs) are rare pleural mesenchymal neoplasms with distinct clinicopathological and immunohistochemical features, accounting for less than 5 % of all neoplasms involving the pleura. METHODS We present two cases of SFTP with a review of the current literature. RESULTS Clinical presentation varies(More)
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) scans of the liver were obtained in 12 normal volunteers and 32 patients using a whole-body machine developed by Thorn-EMI Ltd., and the results were compared with x-ray computed tomography (CT). Two types of NMR scan, saturation-recovery and inversion-recovery, were performed in order to obtain values for the spin-lattice(More)
BACKGROUND Bronchiectasis is the outcome of a number of different airway insults. Very few studies have characterised the aetiology and utility of a dedicated screening proforma in adult patients attending a general bronchiectasis clinic. METHODS A prospective observational study of 189 bronchiectasis patients attending two centres in the North East of(More)
BACKGROUND The hallmark of non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis is recurrent bronchial infection, yet there are significant gaps in our understanding of pathogen persistence, resistance and exacerbation frequencies. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a key pathogen thought to be a marker of disease severity and progression, yet little is known if the infection risk is(More)
Bronchiectasis is a chronic debilitating condition with considerable phenotypic diversity. A vicious cycle of infection and inflammation exists in damaged airways with patients suffering from persistent cough, purulent sputum production, recurrent chest infections and general malaise. The associated burden of disease in terms of increased morbidity, reduced(More)
We create entangled states of the spin and motion of a single 40Ca+ ion in a linear ion trap. We theoretically study and experimentally observe the behavior outside the Lamb-Dicke regime, where the trajectory in phase space is modified and the motional coherent states become squeezed. We directly observe the modification of the return time of the(More)
Bronchiectasis is a heterogeneous disease. This study aimed at identifying discrete groups of patients with different clinical and biological characteristics and long-term outcomes.This was a secondary analysis of five European databases of prospectively enrolled adult outpatients with bronchiectasis. Principal component and cluster analyses were performed(More)
Bronchiectasis in adults is a chronic disorder associated with poor quality of life and frequent exacerbations in many patients. There have been no previous international guidelines.The European Respiratory Society guidelines for the management of adult bronchiectasis describe the appropriate investigation and treatment strategies determined by a systematic(More)