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Clinical Transcriptomics in Systemic Vasculitis (CUTIS)
Multi-center observational study to evaluate the histopathology and transcriptome of cutaneous lesions in patients with several different types of vasculitis.
Cohort of IPF Patients Experiencing an Exacerbation
Extension of the PFBIO cohort which includes patients with newly diagnosed idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) for longitudinal follow-up for up to 5 years. In the PFBIO-EXA extension, patients are included if they experience an exacerbation, or other increase in respiratory symptoms requiring hospital admission, for further collection of clinical and biological data.
Colchicine and Post-COVID-19 Pulmonary Fibrosis
Pulmonary fibrosis is a sequela to adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). 40% of patients with corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) develop ARDS, and 20% of them are severe. Clinical, radiographic, and autopsy reports of pulmonary fibrosis were commonplace following SARS and MERS, and current evidence suggests pulmonary fibrosis could complicate infection by SARS-CoV-2 too. Colchicine has a direct anti-inflammatory effect by inhibiting the synthesis of tumor necrosis factor alpha and IL-6, monocyte migration, and the secretion of matrix metalloproteinase-9. It suppress secretion of cytokines and chemokines as well as in vitro ...
Collection of Airway, Blood and/or Urine Specimens From Subjects for Research Studies
The purpose of this study is to obtain biologic materials from the blood, airways and/or urine of normal individuals and individuals with lung disease. The normal are used to establish a set of normal ranges for various parameters. These provide control information when compared to individuals with various pulmonary diseases, and will help in understanding of the etiology and pathogenesis of various lung diseases. The underlying hypothesis is that the pathologic morphological changes in the airway epithelium must be preceded by changes in the gene expression pattern of the airway epithelium and potentially in macrophages.
Comparing and Combining Bortezomib and Mycophenolate in SSc Pulmonary Fibrosis
The purpose of this study is to look at whether bortezomib, mycophenolate or the combination of both is better to treat scarring of the lung caused by Systemic Sclerosis.
Comparing Measurements Made in an Incremental Shuttle Walk Test and a Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test in Patients With IPF
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic and potentially fatal lung disease. As IPF progresses, patients become increasingly breathless with reduced exercise capacity and quality of life. A cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) is a gold standard way of assessing patients with IPF. An incremental shuttle walk test is simpler, cheaper, more widely available and anecdotally preferable to CPET. The investigators will compare the measurements made in an ISWT and a CPET in patients with IPF . We aim to determine whether sufficient information can be gathered in an ISWT to negate the need to undertake CPET.
Comparison Between Positive and Negative COVID-19 Pneumonia
In the late 2019 a new Coronavirus was identified as the cause of a group of atypical interstitial pneumonia cases in Wuhan, a city in the Chinese province of Hubei. In February 2020, the World Health Organization designated COVID-19 disease, which stands for Coronavirus 2019 disease. Following the progressive spread of the infection in other countries of the world, WHO declared the Pandemic on 11 March 2020. Italy was the first European country involved in the spread of the infection and among those with the highest number of victims. The Coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 has, as its main target organ, the respiratory system,...
Comparison of Imaging Quality Between Spectral Photon Counting Computed Tomography (SPCCT) and Dual Energy Computed Tomography (DECT)
This pilot study wants to determine to which extent SPCCT allows obtaining images with improved quality and diagnostic confidence when compared to standard Dual Energy CT (DECT), both with and without contrast agent injection. Depending on the anatomical structures/organs to be visualized during CT examinations, different scanning protocols are performed with quite variable ionizing radiation doses. Therefore, in order to obtain the most extensive and representative results of the improvement in image quality between SPCCT and DECT that will be performed CT imaging on several body regions and structures, including diabetic foot,...
Comparison of PR Efficiency in Home-based With Hospital-based PR in Bronchiectasis
The investigators aimed to compare the home-based Pulmonary Rehabilitation with the hospital-based pulmonary rehabilitation in terms of pulmonary rehabilitation efficiency in patient with bronchiectasis.
Comparison of Two Corticosteroid Regimens for Post COVID-19 Diffuse Lung Disease
A proportion of patients with COVID-19 pneumonia have a prolonged course of illness. Some of these patients continue to have considerable respiratory symptoms or persistent hypoxemia. The CT abnormalities in these patients are often a combination of ground-glass opacities and patchy multifocal consolidation consistent with a pattern of OP. In several patients, these radiologic abnormalities persist. As with other forms of OP, patients with post-COVID OP or post COVID diffuse lung disease (PC-DLD) may benefit from treatment with oral glucocorticoids. The ideal dose of glucocorticoids for treating PC-DLD is unknown. In this study,...