Posts Tagged ‘respiratory failure’

Simvastatin in the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Posted by • October 31st, 2014

In a recent study, patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome who were not receiving statins were assigned to receive simvastatin or placebo. At 28 days, there were no significant between-group differences in survival or in the number of ventilator-free days. The acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a common, devastating clinical syndrome characterized by life-threatening respiratory… Read More…

Rash, Myalgia, and Weakness

Posted by • June 13th, 2014

In the latest Case Record of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a 32-year-old man was admitted to this hospital because of a violaceous eruption that was followed by muscle pain and weakness, leading to respiratory failure. New papules with white centers developed. A diagnostic procedure was performed. Malignant atrophic papulosis can occur in association with autoimmune diseases,… Read More…

A New Hope for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Posted by • May 28th, 2014

It seemed benign at first. But the dry cough didn’t go away, despite a course of antibiotics and a prescription for an inhaler. Then your 55-year-old patient started to get winded while walking up the stairs at his home, and a work-up – chest x-ray, CT scan and pulmonary function testing – led to a pulmonary… Read More…

18-Year-Old with Respiratory Failure

Posted by • April 19th, 2013

In the latest Case Record of the Massachusetts General Hospital, an 18-year-old woman was admitted to this hospital because of pulmonary infiltrates and respiratory failure. Three weeks before admission, fever, cough, and painful pharyngitis developed. Diagnostic tests were performed. In a young patient without comorbid illnesses, there are many potential infectious causes of pneumonia. The medical… Read More…