A cool way to say thanks

To express their gratitude for their help, Jim Weingarten and his family decided to call in a shaved-ice truck to give staffers from the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center a cool treat Wednesday. Just two days before, Weingarten, 64, of Diamond Bar was in the hospital, recovering from a double lung transplant that saved his life. Weingarten was suffering from an incurable lung disease, called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which turns the lungs into scar tissue. For four years, he was tethered to an oxygen tank to help him breathe and has been on the transplant list for the past year. On March 7, he was admitted to Reagan UCLA Medical Center with severe respiratory failure due to a respiratory syncytial virus, which caused pneumonia. His prognosis looked uncertain and eventually he was placed on a life support system called extra corporal membrane oxygenation. Then, earlier this month, an offer for a pair of donor lungs came through and he underwent a successful double-lung transplant. His doctor called his survival an “amazing save.”  During his almost two-month hospitalization, Weingarten was not able to eat much solid food and craved crushed ice with lime flavoring. So when the family was trying to think of a small way to show their gratitude to all the of doctors, nurses, care team, transplant coordinators, the lift team, housekeeping and others who played a role in saving his life, they decided a fre...
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Acute fibrinous and organizing pneumonia (AFOP) after lung transplantation has recently gained attention as it may result in a rapid decline in respiratory function and death; or chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD) in patients surviving the acute onset. We investigated the effect of fibrin deposition and organizing pneumonia (OP) in transbronchial biopsies (TBB) from lung transplant patients on graft survival and CLAD-free survival.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: 116 Source Type: research
ALI and OP are histologic patterns of lung damage associated with poor long-term outcomes after lung transplantation. Yet the incidence of ALI and OP and associated clinical factors remain poorly understood.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: 115 Source Type: research
Ventricular assist device (VAD) patients experience infections, which increase the risk of stroke and mortality. We aimed to characterize key differences in clinical outcomes for VAD patients based on the ISHLT categorization of infections: VAD-specific (e.g. pump component related), VAD-related (e.g. bloodstream infection, BSI) and non-VAD infections (e.g. pneumonia).
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: 224 Source Type: research
In this study we evaluated the prevalence of IgG2 insufficiency in heart recipients before transplantation and its relationship with the risk for development of severe deadly infections.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: 530 Source Type: research
Up to 20% of idiopathic interstitial pneumonia (IIP) cases cluster in families, and familial pulmonary fibrosis (FPF) may require lung transplantation similar to sporadic idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). However, transplant outcomes for FPF are not well characterized. We compared lung transplant for FPF versus IPF in a single center.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: 811 Source Type: research
The implementation of effective prevention strategies has significantly reduced the incidence of cytomegalovirus (CMV) pneumonia after allogeneic hematopoietic stem transplantation (allo-HSCT)1; nevertheless, this clinical entity persists as a major clinical problem owing to poor survival, despite timely initiation of targeted antiviral therapy.1,2 Currently, diagnosis of CMV pneumonia still remains a challenge. Proven CMV pneumonia can only be diagnosed using virological, histopathological or immunochemistry methods on biopsied lung tissue1; this specimen type, however, is rarely obtained due to potential life-threatening complications.
Source: Journal of Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: First onset herpesviral infection within 100 days post allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant increases risk of pulmonary complications. Experimentally reactivating murine roseolovirus causes organ injury similar to phenotypes seen in human transplant recipients. PMID: 30742492 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Respiratory Care - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Am J Respir Crit Care Med Source Type: research
Regulator of telomere length 1 (RTEL1) mutations have been evidenced in 5–9% of familial pulmonary fibrosis; however, the phenotype of patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) and RTEL1 mutations is poorly understood. Whole exome sequencing was performed in 252 probands with ILD and we included all patients with ILD and RTEL1 mutation. RTEL1 expression was evaluated by immunochemistry in the lungs of controls, as well as in RTEL1 and telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) mutation carriers. We identified 35 subjects from 17 families. Median age at diagnosis of ILD was 53.1 years (range 28.0–80.6). Th...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Interstitial and orphan lung disease Original Articles: Interstitial lung diseases Source Type: research
We report a case of 30-year-old man who developed a unique combination of pleuroparenchymal fibroelastosis with cellular and fibrotic non-specific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP) and bronchiolitis obliterans (BO) sixteen years after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Histological examination revealed almost exclusive infiltration of CD3-positive T lymphocytes associated with lymphoepithelial lesions and multi-focal denudation of covering epithelial cells in all components. This case suggests PPFE, NSIP, and BO might be conditions of the same spectrum, pathogenetically related to chronic graft-versus-host disease. Immun...
Source: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
Authors: Das A, Kumar A, Arrossi AV, Ghosh S, Highland KB Abstract INTRODUCTION: Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is the most common cause of mortality in systemic sclerosis; accounting for approximately 35% of deaths. Although immunosuppression is currently opted as first line therapy for scleroderma-related ILD (SSc-ILD), the benefits from it remain modest with concerns for systemic toxicity from long term use. Areas covered: We review the important facets in monitoring a patient with SSc-ILD, including recognizing various patterns of ILD, identifying those at risk for disease progression and discuss the strength ...
Source: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Expert Rev Respir Med Source Type: research
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