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Rapidly-Developing Pleural Effusion: Explosive Pleuritis Caused by Group A Streptococcal Infection [Case Report]

Asif, Haris; Fernandes, Mateus; Gorbonos, Allen; Khan, Arshan A; Ishak Gabra, Nader; Palladino, Lucia
Community-acquired pneumonia is a leading cause of death from infectious diseases globally. Parapneumonic effusion is one of the most common complications of community-acquired pneumonia. As the infection progresses within the pleural space, loculation and empyema may develop. In rare cases, the parapneumonic effusions can progress significantly within 24 hours, which has been described as explosive pleuritis and may confer additional morbidity. Group A Streptococcus is the leading causative microorganism, which in itself has higher rates of parapneumonic effusions. We describe the case of a 30-year-old-female with a past medical history of asthma who presented to the emergency department with a sore throat, cough, and runny nose and was discharged on the same day after treatment of asthma exacerbation with upper respiratory tract infection. She re-presented within 24 hours with shortness of breath and right-sided pleuritic chest pain. Chest x-ray showed a new, large right-sided pleural effusion for which pleural fluid culture grew group A Streptococcus. She ultimately had prolonged hospitalization, requiring chest tube placement, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). VATS was unsuccessful and she was treated with long-term antibiotics. This case demonstrates the dramatic evolution of explosive pleuritis and highlights the typical challenges encountered in these cases.
PMID: 35989836
ISSN: 2168-8184
CID: 5300712

Impact of Timing of Tocilizumab Use in Hospitalized Patients With SARS-CoV-2 Infection

Singh, Anup K; Oks, Margarita; Husk, Gregg; Dechario, Samuel P; Mina, Bushra; Singh, Kanwaljit; Kirschenbaum, Linda; Carpati, Charles M; Mahmoud, Omar; Gabra, Nader Ishak; Ishikawa, Oki; Altschultz, Erica; Shah, Varun; Mahajan, Akhilesh; Gautam, Arun; Birnbaum, Brian; Antonacci, Anthony C; Raoof, Suhail
BACKGROUND:SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) continues to be a global challenge due to the lack of definitive treatment strategies. We sought to determine the efficacy of early administration of anti-interleukin 6 therapy in reducing hospital mortality and progression to mechanical ventilation. METHODS:This was a retrospective chart review of 11,512 patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 who were admitted to a New York health system from March to May 2020. Tocilizumab was administered to subjects at the nasal cannula level of oxygen support to maintain an oxygen saturation of >88%. The Charlson comorbidity index was used as an objective assessment of the burden of comorbidities to predict 10-year mortality. The primary outcome of interest was hospital mortality. Secondary outcomes were progression to mechanical ventilation; the prevalence of venous thromboembolism and renal failure; and the change in C-reactive protein, D-dimer, and ferritin levels after tocilizumab administration. Propensity score matching by using a 1:2 protocol was used to match the tocilizumab and non-tocilizumab groups to minimize selection bias. The groups were matched on baseline demographic characteristics, including age, sex, and body mass index; Charlson comorbidity index score; laboratory markers, including ferritin, D-dimer, lactate dehydrogenase, and C-reactive protein values; and the maximum oxygen requirement at the time of tocilizumab administration. Mortality outcomes were evaluated based on the level of oxygen requirement and the day of hospitalization at the time of tocilizumab administration. RESULTS:< .001). There was no improvement in mortality when tocilizumab was given at the time of requiring non-rebreather, high-flow nasal cannula, noninvasive ventilator, or invasive ventilator. CONCLUSIONS:Early use of anti-interleukin 6 therapy may be associated with improved hospital mortality and reduction in progression to more severe coronavirus disease 2019.
PMID: 34548407
ISSN: 1943-3654
CID: 5300902

A 44-Year-Old Man With Dyspnea and a Pulmonary Artery Filling Defect

Ziatabar, Sally; Rabii, Kevin; Oron, Maly N; Shah, Varun; Altschul, Erica; Ishikawa, Oki; Gabra, Nader Ishak; Mahmoud, Omar H; Mina, Bushra A
CASE PRESENTATION/METHODS:A 44-year-old man with a history of coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and OSA reported progressively worsening dyspnea on exertion over a 6-week period. Outpatient CT angiogram revealed a pulmonary artery filling defect. He was sent to the ED where he was started on a heparin drip for unprovoked pulmonary embolism (PE). Echocardiogram revealed normal cardiac function without evidence of right heart strain. Lower extremity ultrasound was negative for DVT. He improved symptomatically, and no risk factors for PE were identified. He was discharged on apixaban. Five weeks later, the patient returned to the ED with hemoptysis. He reported compliance with anticoagulation and improvement of his dyspnea on exertion. History remained negative for recent travel, trauma, surgery, clotting disorders, thromboembolic disease, and alcohol or drug use. He had a 60 pack-year cigarette smoking history and quit 3 months prior.
PMID: 31699232
ISSN: 1931-3543
CID: 4172942

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension and Therapeutic Interventions

Ishak Gabra, Nader B; Mahmoud, Omar; Ishikawa, Oki; Shah, Varun; Altshul, Erica; Oron, Maly; Mina, Bushra
Pulmonary hypertension is an uncommon disease that carries a significant morbidity and mortality. Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a subtype of pulmonary hypertension that describes a group of disease entities that lead to an elevation in precapillary pulmonary artery pressure. Despite advances in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension, it remains a difficult disease to recognize and manage. In this review article, we will discuss the definition and diagnosis of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Additionally, we will discuss the ever-expanding management options, their mechanisms and strategies, including combination therapy and the most recent advances and future directions.
PMID: 31384105
ISSN: 1061-1711
CID: 5300702


Gabra, Nader Ishak; Mahmoud, Omar; Ishikawa, Oki; Altschul, Erica; Shah, Varun; Oron, Maly; Mina, Bushra
ISSN: 0012-3692
CID: 5300732


Ishikawa, Oki; Gabra, Nader Ishak; Mahmoud, Omar; Shah, Varun; Altschul, Erica; Oron, Maly; Mina, Bushra
ISSN: 0012-3692
CID: 5300742


Gabra, Nader Ishak; Ishikawa, Oki; Mahmoud, Omar; Shah, Varun; Altschul, Erica; Oron, Maly; Wagner, Ira
ISSN: 0012-3692
CID: 5300752


Mahmoud, Omar; Ishikawa, Oki; Gabra, Nader Ishak; Altschul, Erica; Oron, Maly; Shah, Varun; Mina, Bushra
ISSN: 0012-3692
CID: 5300762

A BONE TOO TOUGH TO PICK [Meeting Abstract]

Shah, Varun; Ishikawa, Oki; Mahmoud, Omar; Altschul, Erica; Gabra, Nader Ishak; Oron, Maly; Lakticova, Viera
ISSN: 0012-3692
CID: 5300772

Conjoined twins: From conception to separation, a review [Historical Article]

Mian, Asma; Gabra, Nader Ishak; Sharma, Tanuj; Topale, Nitsa; Gielecki, Jerzy; Tubbs, R Shane; Loukas, Marios
Conjoined twins are suggested to result from aberrant embryogenesis. The two main theories proposed to explain the phenomena are fission and fusion. The incidence rate is 1 in 50,000 births; however, since about 60% of the cases are stillborn, the true incidence is approximated at 1 in 200,000. There is a higher predisposition towards female than male gender with a ratio of 3:1. Conjoined twins are classified based upon the site of attachment. The extent of organ sharing, especially the heart, determines the possibility and prognosis of a separation procedure. Meticulous preoperative evaluation, planning, and preparedness of the team are crucial for a successful separation. Separation of conjoined twins poses several technical, legal, and ethical issues. Clin. Anat. 30:385-396, 2017. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
PMID: 28195364
ISSN: 1098-2353
CID: 5300882