Thierry Pieters

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The nasal vestibule is a major site of resistance to airflow in healthy subjects. A high nasal resistance may increase snoring. Activation of the alae nasi and alar retraction reduce resistance to airflow and improve ventilation. The Breathe Right (BR) device has been proposed to reduce or eliminate snoring by improving nasal breathing. We assessed the(More)
To test the hypothesis that sarcoidosis is associated with an intravascular leakage of lung epithelium secretory proteins, the occurrence and determinants in serum of sarcoid patients of CC16, a small size and readily diffusible lung-specific protein of 16 kDa secreted by bronchiolar Clara cells, was investigated. CC16 was measured by a sensitive latex(More)
Previous studies have generally shown poor effective long-term compliance with nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP) in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS). We performed a retrospective study of patients treated with nCPAP for more than one year. Compliance was defined as the average number of hours of nCPAP use per day, where(More)
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is currently the treatment of choice for the majority of patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). After a CPAP trial, the initial acceptance rate is 70-80%. Patients who derive no subjective benefit from such a trial are poor candidates for home treatment with CPAP because they are likely to exhibit lower(More)
A clinicoradiological presentation of thoracic sarcoidosis requires histopathology in order to establish the diagnosis. Flexible bronchoscopy has a reasonable diagnostic yield and is the procedure of first choice for diagnosis. Endoscopic ultrasound (endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration/endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle(More)
Cough is one of the three major symptoms reported by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. The Leicester Cough Questionnaire (LCQ) is a questionnaire exploring the impact of cough, but it does not exist in French. The aim of this study was to develop a French version of LCQ and to assess its psychometrics properties. A forward-backward(More)
Multidrug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii and its closely related species A. pittii and A. nosocomialis, all members of the Acinetobacter calcoaceticus-baumannii (Acb) complex, are a major cause of hospital acquired infection. In the burn wound center of the Queen Astrid military hospital in Brussels, 48 patients were colonized or infected with Acb(More)
Excessive nocturnal diuresis and natriuresis have been reported in patients with sleep apnea. The mechanisms responsible for these alternations in nocturnal renal function have not been clearly identified. To gain further insight into this matter, we studied 12 patients (one woman) with a mean +/- SD age of 50 +/- 9 yr and body mass index of 36.9 +/- 8.6(More)
Nocturnal nasal intermittent positive pressure ventilation (NIPPV) is increasingly used to treat chronic respiratory failure in a wide variety of conditions (myopathies, Ondine's curse, kyphoscoliosis, etc.) and allows a normal everyday life. Some of these diseases affect women of childbearing age. We report on a young woman suffering from primary alveolar(More)