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BACKGROUND While cough is an important defence mechanism of the respiratory system, its chronic presence is bothersome and may indicate the presence of a serious disease. We hereby describe the validation process of a novel cough detection and counting technology (PulmoTrack-CC, KarmelSonix, Haifa, Israel). METHODS Tracheal and chest wall sounds, ambient(More)
Pulmonary hypertension in patients with end-stage renal disease on hemodialysis is a newly described entity. To determine its impact, we measured selected clinical variables in the survival of 127 hemodialysis patients. Overall, pulmonary hypertension was found in 37 of these patients; it was already prevalent in 17 of them before initiation of dialysis and(More)
BACKGROUND We recently have shown a high incidence of unexplained pulmonary hypertension (PHT) in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on chronic haemodialysis (HD) therapy via arterio-venous (A-V) access. This study evaluated the possibility that PHT in these patients is triggered or aggravated by chronic HD via surgical A-V access, and the role of(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to describe the prevalence and annual incidence, as well as the aetiology of pulmonary hypertension (PHT) in a PHT clinic, so as to assist in future assessments of the economic burden of PHT. METHODS The medical records for all new cases of PHT, defined as systolic pulmonary artery pressure >45 mm Hg as(More)
A nosocomial outbreak of pneumonia caused by Legionella pneumophila serogroup 3 occurred in four patients following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in a new bone marrow transplantation (BMT) unit during a 2 week period. The causative organism was recovered from the water supply system to the same unit just before the outbreak. Nineteen other(More)
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a progressive, fatal pulmonary circulatory disease that accompanies many conditions (including left to right side shunt) with compensatory elevated cardiac output. PH also complicates chronic hemodialysis (HD) therapy immediately after the creation of an arteriovenous (AV) access, even before starting HD therapy. It tends to(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW End-stage renal disease patients receiving chronic haemodialysis via arteriovenous access often develop various cardiovascular complications, including vascular calcification, cardiac-vascular calcification and atherosclerotic coronary disease. This review describes recently published studies that demonstrate a high incidence of pulmonary(More)
BACKGROUND End-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients receiving chronic hemodialysis (HD) via an arteriovenous (A-V) access often develop unexplained pulmonary hypertension (PHT). This study evaluated the role of pulmonary calcification (PC) in this phenomenon. METHODS The clinical manifestations, systolic pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) values measured by(More)
BACKGROUND The syndrome of pulmonary hypertension (PHT) in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) has been described in patients on chronic hemodialysis (HD) therapy via arterial-venous (A-V) access. However, the exact timing for the development of the PHT is unknown. This study was designed to evaluate changes in pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) following creation(More)
The mortality rate of 60-90% in invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is partly explained by diagnostic delay due to the limitation of current diagnostic tests. We assessed the influence of Aspergillus species (ASP) DNA detection by PCR from bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid, a new tool for diagnosing IPA, on the outcome of this disease in(More)