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The development of acute respiratory failure (ARF) in patients with hematologic disorders (HDs) is a life-threatening condition which does not respond well to intensive therapy. We present our experience in the use of intensive therapy for a group of 30 patients suffering from leukemia (21 cases), bone-marrow aplasia (6 cases), or lymphoma (3 cases). Seven(More)
Four cases of acute life-threatening tracheal obstruction due to intrathoracic goiter are reported. Acute respiratory insufficiency caused by an upper airway obstruction in patients with intrathoracic goiter is exceptional. In 3 of 4 cases reported, the histologic study showed multiple foci of recent hemorrhage, the mechanism probably responsible for these(More)
The characteristics of 26 pleural effusions associated with non-Hodgkin's Lymphomas (NHL) have been analyzed (13% of the 200 NHL reviewed). Twenty-one of them were exudates and 5 chylous. Cytological examinations were positive in 18/21 of exudate effusions and so were 11 of the 15 pleural biopsies performed. Three of the chylous effusions were associated(More)
BACKGROUND Tuberculous pleurisy can result in pleural fibrosis, calcification and thickening. To prevent these complications, corticosteroids are frequently used in addition to antituberculous drugs; however, new therapeutic regimens can control the disease and minimise the sequelae, and there is no convincing evidence of the benefit of the use of(More)
BACKGROUND Acute respiratory insufficiency (ARI) with alveolar hypoventilation or incapacitating dyspnoea but without peripheral muscle involvement can be an early manifestation of respiratory involvement in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Some of these patients benefit from assisted ventilation. The object of this study was to analyse the results of(More)
A prospective study was carried out in 26 patients intubated and mechanically ventilated for severe exacerbation of asthma. The age of onset of asthma and the duration of disease showed wide variations, but most of the patients were women in their fifties with chronic asthma. However, 23% had the more benign intermittent course. Most patients had a(More)
In the past twenty years much efforts have been devoted to the development of ontologies and term bases for different fields. All this work has been done separately or with slight integration. The GENOMA-KB is a project whose main aim is to integrate, at least, both resources. In this paper, most relevant aspects of the project are presented. Each module is(More)