Upper Respiratory Tract (upper + respiratory_tract)

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  • upper respiratory tract disease
  • upper respiratory tract infection
  • upper respiratory tract infections

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    Esophageal aspergillosis in cytologic brushings: Report of two cases associated with acute myelogenous leukemia

    DIAGNOSTIC CYTOPATHOLOGY, Issue 5 2004
    Simon Bergman M.D.
    Abstract Aspergillus, which commonly involves the sinonasal region and upper respiratory tract, is reported for the first time in esophageal brushings in two immunocompromised patients with a history of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Aspergillus species was identified in both cases in smears as scattered three-dimensional groups of fungi with 45 angle branching. One case had a local esophageal noninvasive form, while the other, in addition to the esophagus, had disseminated to the spleen. Although Aspergillus is an uncommon cause of esophagitis in immunocompromised patients, its presence may be associated with an extremely poor prognosis as both expired shortly after detecting this fungus on esophageal brushings. Diagn. Cytopathol. 2004;30:347,349. 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [source]


    Association between atmospheric ozone levels and damage to human nasal mucosa in Florence, Italy

    ENVIRONMENTAL AND MOLECULAR MUTAGENESIS, Issue 3 2003
    Stefania Pacini
    Abstract We evaluated the effects of urban air pollutants on human nasal mucosa over an 8-month period on 102 subjects living in Florence, Tuscany, Italy. A group of subjects living in a city with a lower level of pollution (Sassari, Sardinia, Italy) was also analyzed. Nasal mucosa cells were harvested by brushing, a noninvasive procedure. Half of the cells were used for genotoxicity studies using the alkaline comet assay, and half for morphological studies. The levels of DNA damage in the nasal mucosa were considerably higher (+73%) in the subjects living in Florence than in Sassari. High levels of atmospheric ozone in Florence air correlated with DNA damage, and to the prevalence of inflammatory pathologies of the upper respiratory tract, although the ozone concentrations were below the Italian recommended attention level. Furthermore, higher levels of DNA damage were correlated with a dysfunction in the ability to maintain a normal epithelial cell structure. These data suggest an association between ozone air levels and damage in the upper respiratory tract. It remains unclear whether ozone itself or other associated pollutants are responsible for the observed alterations. Environ. Mol. Mutagen. 42:127,135, 2003. 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [source]


    Mast cell tumours (mastocytosis) in the horse: A review of the literature and report of 11 cases

    EQUINE VETERINARY EDUCATION, Issue 4 2008
    T. S. Mair
    Summary Mast cell tumours are uncommon tumours in horses, compared to some other species of domesticated animals. They are most frequently located in the skin, but they can also arise at other sites, including the upper respiratory tract and eye. Cytology or histopathology is required for diagnosis. Treatment options include surgical excision, laser ablation, cryotherapy, intralesional injection of corticosteroids or water, and radiotherapy. Malignant and systemic forms are very rare. [source]


    Videoendoscopic evaluation of the upper respiratory tract in 93 sport horses during exercise testing on a high-speed treadmill

    EQUINE VETERINARY JOURNAL, Issue S36 2006
    S. H. FRANKLIN
    Summary Reasons for performing study: Videoendoscopy of the upper respiratory tract (URT) during high-speed treadmill exercise has proved to be invaluable in the assessment of URT dysfunction in racehorses. However, very little information exists regarding dynamic airway collapse in other sport horses used in nonracing equestrian disciplines. Objectives: To evaluate the videoendoscopic findings at rest and during exercise in a mixed population of sport horses referred for investigation of poor athletic performance and/or abnormal respiratory noise. Methods: Videoendoscopy of the upper airway was performed at rest and during high-speed treadmill exercise in 93 horses. Results: Dynamic airway obstructions were diagnosed in 77% of horses and were frequently complex in nature. The most common forms of dynamic collapse included soft palate dysfunction (54%), dynamic laryngeal collapse (38%), axial deviation of the aryepiglottic folds (24%) and pharyngeal wall collapse (18%). In the majority of horses, no obvious abnormalities were identified at rest. Enforced poll flexion was found to be a contributing factor in 24% of cases. Conclusions: Dynamic obstructions of the URT were a common cause of poor performance and/or abnormal respiratory noise in sport horses referred for investigation of performance problems. Potential relevance: This study highlights the importance of videoendoscopic evaluation of the URT during exercise in horses utilised for equestrian sports where exercise during competition is submaximal in nature. [source]


    Novel vaccine strategies with protein antigens of Streptococcus pneumoniae

    FEMS IMMUNOLOGY & MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY, Issue 1 2003
    Edwin Swiatlo
    Abstract Infections caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) are a major cause of mortality throughout the world. This organism is primarily a commensal in the upper respiratory tract of humans, but can cause pneumonia in high-risk persons and disseminate from the lungs by invasion of the bloodstream. Currently, prevention of pneumococcal infections is by immunization with vaccines which contain capsular polysaccharides from the most common serotypes causing invasive disease. However, there are more than 90 antigenically distinct serotypes and there is concern that serotypes not included in the vaccines may become more prevalent in the face of continued use of polysaccharide vaccines. Also, certain high-risk groups have poor immunological responses to some of the polysaccharides in the vaccine formulations. Protein antigens that are conserved across all capsular serotypes would induce more effective and durable humoral immune responses and could potentially protect against all clinically relevant pneumococcal capsular types. This review provides a summary of work on pneumococcal proteins that are being investigated as components for future generations of improved pneumococcal vaccines. [source]


    Effects of an ethanol,gasoline mixture: results of a 4-week inhalation study in rats

    JOURNAL OF APPLIED TOXICOLOGY, Issue 3 2005
    I. Chu
    Abstract The inhalation toxicity of an ethanol,gasoline mixture was investigated in rats. Groups of 15 male and 15 female rats were exposed by inhalation to 6130 ppm ethanol, 500 ppm gasoline or a mixture of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline (by volume, 6130 ppm ethanol and 500 ppm gasoline), 6 h a day, 5 days per week for 4 weeks. Control rats of both genders received HEPA[sol ]charcoal-filtered room air. Ten males and ten females from each group were killed after 4 weeks of treatment and the remaining rats were exposed to filtered room air for an additional 4 weeks to determine the reversibility of toxic injuries. Female rats treated with the mixture showed growth suppression, which was reversed after 4 weeks of recovery. Increased kidney weight and elevated liver microsomal ethoxyresorufin- O -deethylase (EROD) activity, urinary ascorbic acid, hippuric acid and blood lymphocytes were observed and most of the effects were associated with gasoline exposure. Combined exposure to ethanol and gasoline appeared to exert an additive effect on growth suppression. Inflammation of the upper respiratory tract was observed only in the ethanol,gasoline mixture groups, and exposure to either ethanol and gasoline had no effect on the organ, suggesting that an irritating effect was produced when the two liquids were mixed. Morphology in the adrenal gland was characterized by vacuolation of the cortical area. Although histological changes were generally mild in male and female rats and were reversed after 4 weeks, the changes tended to be more severe in male rats. Brain biogenic amine levels were altered in ethanol- and gasoline-treated groups; their levels varied with respect to gender and brain region. Although no general interactions were observed in the brain neurotransmitters, gasoline appeared to suppress dopamine concentrations in the nucleus accumbens region co-exposed to ethanol. It was concluded that treatment with ethanol and gasoline, at the levels studied, produced mild, reversible biochemical hematological and histological effects, with some indications of interactions when they were co-administered. Copyright 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    Effect of cigarette smoke extract on the polymorphonuclear leukocytes chemiluminescence: influence of a filter containing glutathione

    LUMINESCENCE: THE JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL LUMINESCENCE, Issue 2 2005
    B. Zappacosta
    Abstract Cigarette smoking is known to be a risk factor for several chronic and neoplastic diseases. Many compounds formed by cigarette burning, ranging from particulate materials to water solutes and gaseous extracts, are considered to be noxious agents, and many biochemical and molecular mechanisms have been proposed for the toxic effects of cigarette smoke. The oral cavity and the upper respiratory tract represent the first contact areas for smoke compounds; even a single cigarette can produce marked effects on some components of the oral cavity, either chemical compounds, such as glutathione and enzymes, or cellular elements, such as polymorphonuclear leukocytes. Several studies suggest a protective role of glutathione against the noxious effects of tobacco smoke; the sulphydril groups of glutathione, in fact, could react with some smoke products, such as unsaturated aldehydes, leading to the formation of harmless intermediate compounds and simultaneously preventing the inactivation of metabolically essential molecules, such as some enzymes. In this paper we analyse the effect of a filter containing glutathione on the respiratory burst of polymorphonuclear leukocytes exposed to aqueous extract of cigarette smoke, measuring their chemiluminescence activity. The results of this paper indicate that the GSH--containing filter has a likely protective effect against the inhibition of cigarette smoke extract on polymorphonuclear leukocyte activity. Copyright 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


    Allergic rhinitis and its impact on otorhinolaryngology

    ALLERGY, Issue 6 2006
    P. W. Hellings
    Allergic rhinitis (AR) is a disease with growing impact on everyday medical practice, as its prevalence has steadily increased during the last decades. Immunoglobulin-E (IgE)-mediated airway inflammation may manifest itself as AR, asthma or both. Allergic inflammation in upper and lower airways is now considered as one airway disease, with manifestation of symptoms in upper, lower or global airway. This insight into allergic inflammation of the whole respiratory tract has consequences for the diagnostic and therapeutic approach of affected patients, as highlighted in the ARIA document. In contrast to asthma, the link between AR and associated conditions in the upper airways like rhinosinusitis, nasal polyps, recurrent viral infections, adenoid hypertrophy, tubal dysfunction, otitis media with effusion and laryngitis remains less explored. It is however of utmost importance to consider the aetiological role of IgE-mediated inflammation of the nasal mucosa in several diseases of the upper respiratory tract, as they represent a large body of patient population seen by the general practitioner as well as the paediatrician, allergologist and otorhinolaryngologist. We here aim at reviewing the current literature on the relationship between AR and conditions in upper airways frequently encountered in everyday clinical practice, and highlight the need for further studies exploring the role of allergic inflammation in the development of these diseases. [source]


    From clinical practice to guidelines: how to recognize rhinosinusitis in children

    PEDIATRIC ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY, Issue 2007
    S. Esposito
    Rhinosinusitis is a common childhood respiratory infection. Children have approximately six to eight viral infections of the upper respiratory tract each year, 5,13% of which may be complicated by a secondary bacterial infection of the paranasal sinuses. The diagnosis of acute bacterial rhinosinusitis in children is established by the persistence of purulent nasal or post-nasal draining lasting at least 10 days, especially if accompanied by supporting symptoms and signs, at which point antibiotic treatment has to be recommended. Appropriate antibacterial therapy should also be recommended if the draining has been present for less time, but is concomitantly associated with significant fever and localized signs of sinus inflammation in a child who appears ill. Imaging studies are not necessary to confirm the diagnosis of clinical rhinosinusitis for the purposes of treatment, but should be reserved for cases in which the diagnosis is in doubt or a complication is suspected, and for patients with recurrent or chronic rhinosinusitis. Under these circumstances, computed tomography is the preferred evaluation. Together with their clinical judgment, these suggestions may be useful for pediatricians in diagnosing this common condition. [source]


    Inflammatory pulmonary nodules in Kawasaki disease

    PEDIATRIC PULMONOLOGY, Issue 2 2003
    Alexandra F. Freeman MD
    Abstract Symptomatic pulmonary manifestations of Kawasaki disease (KD) are uncommon. However, epidemiologic, radiologic, and histologic studies have indicated that respiratory symptoms and findings occur in KD and suggest that the KD agent may have a respiratory portal of entry. We report on three young infants with KD who developed pulmonary nodules, in addition to coronary artery aneurysms. Two patients had pathologic specimens available, one from biopsy and the other from autopsy. The nodules had predominantly mononuclear cell infiltrates, which were within the lung parenchyma and infiltrating vessel walls. Immunohistochemical studies of the nodules, using antibodies to common leukocyte antigen (LCA) and factor VIII-related antigen, confirmed the inflammatory nature of the lesions and showed capillary proliferation. IgA plasma-cell infiltration was observed in the nodule, consistent with previous KD findings of IgA plasma-cell infiltration in the vessel walls, kidneys, pancreas, and upper respiratory tract. The two patients with nonfatal KD were treated with intravenous immunoglobulin and aspirin, with resolution of the nodules. We propose that when pulmonary involvement occurs in KD, it ranges from subclinical interstitial micronodular infiltrates to larger inflammatory pulmonary nodules. These pulmonary infiltrates and nodules likely reflect the host response to the etiologic agent of KD, and may resolve with the disease process. Recognition of this pulmonary complication of KD may enable cautious observation of such lesions for spontaneous resolution. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2003; 36:102,106. 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [source]


    Bone marrow stem cells do not repopulate the healthy upper respiratory tract,

    PEDIATRIC PULMONOLOGY, Issue 4 2002
    Jane C. Davies MD
    Abstract Recent studies reported differentiation of both bone marrow and tissue-specific stem cells into cells of other organs. The demonstration that bone marrow stem cells differentiate into human hepatocytes in vivo has raised the possibility of new therapeutic approaches for liver disease. For diseases such as cystic fibrosis (CF), correction of the respiratory epithelium is being attempted by gene therapy. Differentiation of bone marrow stem cells into epithelium of the lung and airway was recently reported in an animal model, and would provide an alternative approach. We examined the nasal epithelium of female patients up to 15 years after gender-mismatched bone marrow transplantation. Donor-derived epithelial cells were sought with a combination of Y-chromosome fluorescence in situ hybridization and anti-cytokeratin antibody. In nasal brushing samples from 6 transplant-recipients, a median of 2.5% (range, 0.7,18.1%) of nuclei was male and identified as being of donor-origin. However, a complete absence of staining with anti-cytokeratin antibodies confirmed that these were not epithelial cells, but were likely to be either intraepithelial lymphocytes or mesenchymal cells. Following whole bone marrow transplantation, bone marrow progenitor cells do not differentiate into respiratory epithelium of the healthy upper airway. The differences between this and other studies could relate to the cells transplanted, to differential rates of turnover, or to the requirement for specific triggers to stimulate migration and differentiation. In the absence of such conditions, whole bone marrow transplantation is unlikely to provide a route for correction of the CF airway. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2002; 34:251,256. 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [source]


    Cutaneous Wegener's granulomatosis: A variant or atypical localized form?

    AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, Issue 2 2003
    Johanna Kuchel
    Summary A 74-year-old woman presented with an antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody titre-negative, treatment-responsive Wegener's granulomatosis confined to the integument. She initially presented with a painful left postauricular nodulo-ulcerative lesion with chronically discharging sinuses. This lesion was effectively treated with a short, 3-month course of cyclophosphamide and 24 months of oral prednisone. After 5 months in remission, she developed further similar ulcers, in addition to painless nodules on her ankles and feet bilaterally. These lesions resolved with an extra 32 months of high-dose oral prednisone therapy before complete remission. At most recent review, there was no evidence of disease recurrence 21 months after ceasing all active treatment. Histology demonstrated a granulomatous inflammation. No systemic disease progression to the upper respiratory tract, lung or kidney was detected. This case highlights the importance of being aware of atypical or partial presentations of Wegener's granulomatosis. This diagnosis needs to be considered with patients presenting with a culture-negative chronic ulcer, where malignancy and trauma have been excluded. This will avoid unnecessary surgery and ensure early diagnosis and effective treatment of a disease that is disfiguring and usually fatal if inappropriately treated. [source]


    Characterisation of a novel Mannheimia sp from Australian feedlot cattle

    AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY JOURNAL, Issue 9 2001
    PJ BLACKALL
    Objective To characterise eight isolates of a Gram-negative organism obtained from the upper respiratory tract of cattle showing evidence of mild upper respiratory tract disease. Design The isolates were compared with the five recognised species within the genus Mannheimia - M haemolytica, M glucosida, M granulomatis, M ruminalis and M varigena - using a range of phenotypic and genotypic methods. Results Phenotypic characterisation indicated that the isolates belonged to the trehalose-negative [Pasteurella] haemolytica complex. This complex has recently been reorganised into five species within the new genus Mannheimia. Ribotyping performed using Hin dIII and a computerised analysis system indicated that the eight Australian isolates formed a distinct cluster that was related to, but different from, the five recognised species of Mannheimia. The 16S rRNA sequence of one isolate (BNO311) was determined and a phylogenetic analysis performed. Isolate BNO311 was distinct from the five named Mannheimia spp but did join a larger cluster consisting of rRNA cluster IV (M varigena) and the unnamed rRNA cluster V of Mannheimia. DNA:DNA hybridisation between isolate BNO311 and M haemolytica NCTC 9380T, M granulomatis P411 and Actinobacillus ligniersii NCTC 4189T all suggested similarities of approximately 30%. Conclusions These phenotypic and genotypic characterisation studies suggest that the eight Australian isolates represent a new species of Mannheimia. Until further characterisation studies are performed, we are unwilling to propose a name for this taxon, preferring to refer to this possible new species as Bisgaard taxon 39 of cluster V of Mannheimia. [source]


    Crystallization of recombinant Haemophilus influenzaee (P4) acid phosphatase

    ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION F (ELECTRONIC), Issue 5 2006
    Zhonghui Ou
    Haemophilus influenzae infects the upper respiratory tract of humans and can cause infections of the middle ear, sinuses and bronchi. The virulence of the pathogen is thought to involve a group of surface-localized macromolecular components that mediate interactions at the host,pathogen interface. One of these components is lipoprotein e (P4), which is a class C acid phosphatase and a potential vaccine candidate for nontypeable H. influenzae infections. This paper reports the crystallization of recombinant e (P4) and the acquisition of a 1.7, resolution native X-ray diffraction data set. The space group is P42212, with unit-cell parameters a = 65.6, c = 101.4,, one protein molecule per asymmetric unit and 37% solvent content. This is the first report of the crystallization of a class C acid phosphatase. [source]


    Incense use and respiratory tract carcinomas,

    CANCER, Issue 7 2008
    A prospective cohort study
    Abstract BACKGROUND. Incense use is an integral part of daily life in large parts of Asia. The burning of incense is a powerful producer of particulate matter and the smoke contains a multitude of well-characterized carcinogens. However, to the authors' knowledge, no convincing association has been reported between exposure to incense smoke and the development of cancer. Therefore, the relation between incense use and the risk of respiratory tract carcinomas was analyzed in a prospective cohort study. METHODS. Between 1993 and 1998, a population-based cohort of 61,320 Singapore Chinese who were free of cancer and ages 45 to 74 years completed a comprehensive interview regarding living conditions and dietary and lifestyle factors. Through linkage to population-based registries, the cohort was followed through 2005 and cancer occurrence determined. The relative risk for these cancers associated with incense use was estimated using a Cox proportional hazards model. RESULTS. A total of 325 upper respiratory tract (UPT) carcinomas and 821 lung carcinomas were observed during follow-up. Incense use was associated with a significantly increased risk of UPT carcinomas other than nasopharyngeal, whereas no overall effect was observed on lung cancer. The duration and intensity of incense use were associated with an increased risk of squamous cell carcinomas in the entire respiratory tract (P for trend = .004), whereas there was no significant association noted between incense use and nonsquamous cell carcinomas. The relative risk of squamous cell carcinomas among long-term incense users was 1.8 (95% confidence interval [95% CI], 1.2-2.6; P = .004) in the entire respiratory tract. CONCLUSIONS. The results of the current study indicate that long-term use of incense is associated with an increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma of the respiratory tract. Cancer 2008. 2008 American Cancer Society. [source]


    Influence of viral infection on the development of nasal hypersensitivity

    CLINICAL & EXPERIMENTAL ALLERGY, Issue 5 2005
    Y. Okamoto
    Summary Background The underlying relationship between viral infections and allergic diseases of the upper respiratory tract has not been well clarified. Methods In order to clarify the relationship between viral infection and nasal hypersensitivity, mice were sensitized with ovalbumin (OVA) and then infected intranasally with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), after which their nasal sensitivity to histamine or antigen was examined. Results Non-sensitized mice showed transient mild nasal hypersensitivity following nasal administration of histamine after intranasal RSV inoculation. In mice sensitized with OVA, RSV infection significantly exaggerated their nasal hypersensitivity to histamine and OVA. Treatment of these mice with a neurokinin (NK)-1/NK-2 receptor antagonist, but not with anti-IL-5 antibodies, reduced their hypersensitivity. The infiltration of nasal mucosa with eosinophils was temporarily associated with accelerated rate of RSV elimination in these animals. Conclusion RSV infection induced transient nasal hypersensitivity. Several mechanisms, including impairment of nasal epithelial cells are thought to mediate this effect. In allergen-sensitized mice, RSV inoculation strongly enhanced nasal hypersensitivity. [source]


    Nasal polyps in patients with and without cystic fibrosis: a differentiation by innate markers and inflammatory mediators

    CLINICAL & EXPERIMENTAL ALLERGY, Issue 4 2005
    S. Claeys
    Summary Background The dysfunction of the mucosal interface of the upper respiratory tract in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients is clinically visible by the development of nasal polyps (NP) at a young age. Innate defence markers and inflammatory mediators in NP from patients with CF were compared with non-cystic fibrosis nasal polyps (non-CF-NP) to determine a possible different immunological background in macroscopically similar tissue. Methods Surgical samples were obtained from patients with non-CF-NP, cystic fibrosis patients with nasal polyps (CF-NP) and control patients (CO). With real time PCR, the mRNA expression of human , defensins (HBD) 2 and 3, toll-like receptors (TLR) 2 and 4 and the macrophage mannose receptor (MMR) were measured. On homogenates of the surgical samples eotaxin, myeloperoxidase (MPO), IL-5 and IL-8 protein content was measured using commercial ELISA kits; IgE and eosinophilic cationic protein (ECP) were measured by the Unicap system. Results In CF-NP we found a statistically significant higher mRNA expression of HBD 2 compared with non-CF-NP and CO and of TLR 2 compared with non-CF-NP. In the non-CF-NP group, MMR mRNA expression was significantly elevated compared with CO and CF-NP. For TLR 4 mRNA expression no statistically significant differences were found between groups. IL-5 was below detection level in all CO and CF-NP, but was measurable in 80% of the non-CF-NP. MPO and IL-8 concentrations were significantly higher in CF-NP compared with CO and non-CF-NP, whereas ECP, eotaxin and IgE were significantly higher in the non-CF-NP group. Conclusions We here demonstrate that CF-NP and non-CF-NP not only differ in terms of inflammatory mediator profile, but also in terms of innate markers. [source]


    Suppression of neural activity of bronchial irritant receptors by surface-active phospholipid in comparison with topical drugs commonly prescribed for asthma

    CLINICAL & EXPERIMENTAL ALLERGY, Issue 9 2000
    Hills
    Background Much indirect evidence has been put forward previously in support of the concept that surface-active phospholipid (SAPL) normally masks irritant receptors in the lungs and upper respiratory tract; but this physical barrier is deficient in asthmatics, imparting hyperresponsiveness of the bronchoconstrictor reflex. Objective To determine whether exogenous SAPL applied to bronchial mucosa reduces the sensitivity of irritant receptors to a standard challenge used clinically to diagnose asthma and to compare the effects with those of corticosteroids and ,-stimulation. Methods Nerve fibres in the vagi were monitored to record action potentials from irritant receptors identified in the upper airways of rat lungs in response to a methacholine challenge. SAPL in the form of dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine (PC) and phosphatidylglycerol (PG) , 7 : 3 PC:PG , was applied as a fine dry powder to enhance surface activity and, hence, chemisorption to epithelium. Comparison was also made with clinical doses of i.v. hydrocortisone and instilled salbutamol together with liquid or solid controls, as appropriate. Results Neural activity of irritant receptors was found to be significantly (P = 0.0018) decreased by topical SAPL by 35.8% in response to a methacholine challenge in contrast to an increase of 11.2% in response to a solid (lactose) control. Instilled salbutamol and i.v. hydrocortisone also decreased responses to the same challenge by 43.4% and 14.7%, respectively, in contrast to a liquid (saline) control which increased by 24.5%. Conclusions Surface-active phospholipid has an appreciable effect upon irritant receptors in rat airways, reducing neural response to a methacholine challenge by an amount comparable to that of Salbutamol. These results support the concept of SAPL masking bronchial irritant receptors and warrant placebo-controlled clinical trials of this dry powder as a means of controlling asthma without the side-effects of current medication. Other possible roles discussed for the SAPL epithelial barrier include the exclusion of viruses and allergens. [source]


    Ralstonia pickettii,innocent bystander or a potential threat?

    CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY AND INFECTION, Issue 2 2006
    I. Stelzmueller
    Abstract Ralstonia pickettii can be isolated from water, soil and plants, and can also form part of the commensal flora of the oral cavity and the upper respiratory tract of healthy individuals. R. pickettii is an infrequent pathogen, but can cause infections, mainly of the respiratory tract, in immunocompromised and cystic fibrosis patients. It can be isolated from a variety of clinical specimens, including sputum, blood, wound infections, urine, ear and nose swabs, and cerebrospinal fluid. Resistance can occur to ciprofloxacin, trimethoprim,sulphamethoxazole, piperacillin,tazobactam, imipenem,cilastatin and ceftazidime. Early detection of R. pickettii allows prompt appropriate antimicrobial therapy with a favourable outcome, but removal of infected indwelling devices is mandatory. [source]


    Role of anti-tumour necrosis factor-, therapeutic agents in the emergence of infections

    CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY AND INFECTION, Issue 12 2006
    M. P. Moiton
    Abstract There is increasing interest concerning the possible impact of anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-, therapeutic agents on the emergence of infections. However, these agents do not seem to increase the incidence of adverse infectious events significantly. Published observations concern mostly infections of the urinary and upper respiratory tracts that develop in the setting of co-morbidities, such as anterior or concomitant immunosuppressive treatment. Infliximab appears to increase the risk of tuberculosis, but this effect has not been observed with other anti-TNF-, agents. To better characterise the adverse infectious effects associated with these agents, physicians should be encouraged to notify the microbiological data relating to all cases. [source]