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  • Silvia Bielsa

    Prominent publications by Silvia Bielsa

    KOL Index score: 15372

    RATIONALE: Serum mesothelin is a new biomarker for the diagnosis of mesothelioma. Patients with mesothelioma commonly present with pleural effusions. To define the clinical utility of mesothelin quantification in pleural fluid, we assessed its additional value over pleural fluid cytology and its short-term reproducibility and reliability after pleural inflammatory processes, including pleurodesis.

    OBJECTIVES: To assess the diagnostic role of pleural fluid mesothelin and the effect of ...

    Also Ranks for: Pleural Fluid |  patients mesothelioma |  clinical impact |  cytological examination |  serum mesothelin
    KOL Index score: 12135

    BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to compare the diagnostic accuracy of pleural fluid brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), N-terminal pro-BNP (NT-pro-BNP) and ST2, which are biomarkers of myocyte stress, for diagnosing pleural effusions due to heart failure (HF). BNP and ST2 have not been previously evaluated in pleural fluid.

    METHODS: The three biomarkers were measured in the pleural fluid of 90 cardiac effusions and 91 noncardiac effusions by commercially available methodologies. ...

    Also Ranks for: Pleural Fluid |  heart failure |  hf bnp |  natriuretic peptide |  exudates transudates
    KOL Index score: 11548

    We aimed to investigate whether pleural fluid concentrations of biomarkers for bacterial infection, namely triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells (sTREM-1), procalcitonin (PCT), lipopolysaccharide-binding protein (LBP) and C-reactive protein (CRP), might identify infectious effusions and discriminate between complicated (CPPEs) and uncomplicated parapneumonic effusions (UPPEs). Stored pleural fluid samples from 308 patients with different causes of pleural effusion were used to ...

    Also Ranks for: Pleural Effusions |  differential diagnosis |  crp lbp |  bacterial infection |  protein calcitonin
    KOL Index score: 10887

    BACKGROUND: The role of fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-PET imaging for diagnosing malignant pleural effusions is not well defined. The aim of this study was to summarize the evidence for its use in ruling in or out the malignant origin of a pleural effusion or thickening.

    METHODS: A meta-analysis was conducted of diagnostic accuracy studies published in the Cochrane Library, PubMed, and Embase (inception to June 2013) without language restrictions. Two investigators selected studies that had ...

    Also Ranks for: Malignant Pleural |  differentiating benign |  pet imaging |  lung cancer |  cochrane library
    KOL Index score: 9358

    BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Prompt identification of parapneumonic effusions has immediate therapeutic benefits. We aimed to assess whether C-reactive protein (CRP) and routine biochemistries in pleural fluid are accurate markers of parapneumonic effusions, and to evaluate their properties as indicators for drainage (complicated parapneumonic effusion).

    METHODS: A retrospective review of 340 non-purulent parapneumonic effusions and 1,659 non-parapneumonic exudates from a single center was ...

    Also Ranks for: Parapneumonic Effusions |  pleural fluid |  reactive protein |  crp levels |  retrospective review
    KOL Index score: 9031

    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The clinical relevance of pleural effusions in lung cancer has seldom been approached systematically. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence, causes and natural history of lung cancer-associated pleural effusions, as well as their influence on survival.

    METHODS: Retrospective review of clinical records and imaging of 556 consecutive patients with a newly diagnosed lung cancer over a 4-year period at our institution.

    RESULTS: Lung cancer comprised ...

    Also Ranks for: Pleural Effusions |  lung cancer |  patients malignant |  diagnostic thoracentesis |  therapeutic thoracenteses
    KOL Index score: 8518

    OBJECTIVE: To determine the diagnostic utility of adenosine deaminase (ADA) in a large series of pleural effusions of different etiologies.

    METHODS: A retrospective study of 2104 consecutive patients presenting with pleural effusion was carried out at a Spanish university hospital. ADA levels in pleural fluid were determined using a non-Giusti automatic kinetic assay, and a receiver operating characteristics curve analysis was applied to estimate their discriminative properties.

    RESULTS: ...

    Also Ranks for: Pleural Fluid |  adenosine deaminase |  diagnostic performance |  malignant predictive |  lymphocytic exudates
    KOL Index score: 8439

    We sought to determine whether measuring antinuclear antibodies (ANA) and their specificities [dsDNA, extractable nuclear antigens (ENA)] on pleural fluid may contribute to the differential diagnosis of pleural effusions. ANA were tested by indirect immunofluorescence on Hep-2 cells in the pleural fluid of 266 patients with effusions of different etiologies, including 15 lupus pleuritis. The cutoff value for diagnostic use was set at 1:160. Pleural fluid analysis of specific ...

    Also Ranks for: Pleural Fluid |  lupus pleuritis |  antinuclear antibodies |  differential diagnosis |  erythematosus systemic
    KOL Index score: 8179

    BACKGROUND: The clinical course of patients with malignant pleural effusions (MPEs) varies. The decision to undertake "definitive therapy" (pleurodesis, indwelling pleural catheter [IPC], or both) for MPEs is decided on a case-by-case basis. Identifying factors that predict definitive therapy may help guide early initiation of treatment. The aim of the study was to identify clinical, laboratory, and radiologic predictors associated with clinicians' prescription of definitive therapy for ...

    Also Ranks for: Pleural Effusion |  definitive therapy |  patients mpe |  clinical pleurodesis |  catheter ipc
    KOL Index score: 7853

    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Some clinical variables are associated with bacteremia in patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). The aim of this study was to analyse the accuracy of the soluble form of triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1 (sTREM-1) to predict positive blood cultures in comparison with established clinical prognostic variables.

    METHODS: In addition to collecting clinical and laboratory information, a commercially available immunoassay kit was used to ...

    Also Ranks for: Triggering Receptor |  myeloid cells |  acquired pneumonia |  serum strem1 |  aged bacteremia
    KOL Index score: 7760


    Pleurofibrinolysis has been reported to be potentially beneficial in the management of complicated parapneumonic effusions (CPPE) and empyemas in the adult population.


    Prospective, controlled, randomized, and double-blind study, to evaluate intrapleural alteplase 10 mg (initially 20 mg was considered but bleeding events forced dose reduction) versus 100,000 UI urokinase every 24 h for a maximum of 6 days in patients with CPPE or empyemas. The primary aim was to ...

    Also Ranks for: Cppe Empyemas |  pleural effusion |  activator treatment |  urokinase versus |  safety profile
    KOL Index score: 7277

    BACKGROUND: To determine the effects of the biochemical and cytological properties of the pleural fluid (PF) on the survival of patients with malignant pleural effusion (MPE).

    METHODS: A retrospective study of 284 patients with MPE was performed, which measured overall survival, survival of patients with different types of primary tumors, and survival as a function of PF biochemical variables transformed into quartiles.

    RESULTS: Median overall survival of MPE patients was 5.4 months ...

    Also Ranks for: Pleural Fluid |  patients mpe |  prognostic significance |  malignant effusion |  multivariate analysis
    KOL Index score: 7195

    The presence of leukocyte subpopulations in malignant pleural effusions (MPEs) can have a different impact on tumor cell proliferation and vascular leakiness, their analysis can help to understand the metastatic microenvironment. We analyzed the relationship between the leukocyte subpopulation counts per ml of pleural fluid and the tumor cell count, molecular phenotype of lung adenocarcinoma (LAC), time from cancer diagnosis and previous oncologic therapy. We also evaluated the leukocyte ...

    Also Ranks for: Malignant Pleural Effusions |  lung adenocarcinoma |  tumor cells |  cd4 cd8 |  hf patients
    KOL Index score: 7098

    An automated nucleic acid amplification assay that simultaneously identifies Mycobacterium tuberculosis and rifampicin resistance, the Xpert® MTB/RIF test, has undergone extensive evaluation in sputum samples. Our aim was to define its diagnostic accuracy when performed on pleural fluid specimens. In 67 patients with pleural effusions, of whom half had tuberculous pleuritis, Xpert yielded 15% sensitivity and 100% specificity in the detection of tuberculosis (TB). Positive Xpert results ...

    Also Ranks for: Xpert Mtb |  pleural fluid |  mycobacterium tuberculosis |  rifampicin resistance |  low sensitivity
    KOL Index score: 6761

    Although empyema affects more than 65,000 people each year in the United States and in the United Kingdom, there are limited data on the pathogenesis of pleural infection. We investigated the pathogenesis of empyema using animal and cell culture models of Streptococcus pneumoniae infection. The pathological processes during the development of empyema associated with murine pneumonia due to S. pneumoniae (strain D39) were investigated. Lungs were examined using histology, and pleural ...

    Also Ranks for: Streptococcus Pneumoniae |  development empyema |  pleural space |  d39 strain |  united kingdom


    Silvia Bielsa: Influence Statistics

    Sample of concepts for which Silvia Bielsa is among the top experts in the world.
    Concept World rank
    distinguishing mesothelioma #1
    malignant reproducibility #1
    mesothelioma nonmesothelioma #1
    scd44std levels #1
    scd44v6 levels #1
    nonmesothelioma pleural #1
    scd44std biomarkers #1
    scd44v6 tumor carcinoma #1
    mesothelioma sensitivity #1
    pleural fluid mesothelin #1
    scd44v6 scd44std levels #1
    fluid mesothelin #1
    scd44v6 std #1
    nonmesothelioma malignancy #1
    nonmesothelioma malignancies #1
    scd44v6 scd44std #1
    104 nonmesothelioma malignancies #1
    nonmesothelioma malignancy sensitivity #1
    nonmesothelioma malignancy scd44v6 #1
    fluid scd44v6 #1
    24 benign conditions #1
    mesothelioma nonmesothelioma malignancy #1
    scd44v6 std ratio #1
    biomarkers nonmesothelioma #1
    levels scd44v6 #1
    lymphomatous pes #2
    urokinase saline #2
    mesothelioma lymphoma #2
    632 cytological smears #2
    acquired cppe #2
    δp lactate dehydrogenase #2
    positive microbiological death #2
    infectious effusions #2
    40 mpe #2
    benign δp #2
    temperatureor378 degrees #2
    patients communityacquired cppe #2
    subsequent separated specimens #2
    uppe ppe #2

    Key People For Pleural Fluid

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    Silvia Bielsa:Expert Impact

    Concepts for whichSilvia Bielsahas direct influence:Pleural fluid,  Pleural effusions,  Pleural effusion,  Malignant effusions,  Parapneumonic effusions,  Pleural fluid mesothelin,  Pleural exudates,  Tumor type.

    Silvia Bielsa:KOL impact

    Concepts related to the work of other authors for whichfor which Silvia Bielsa has influence:Pleural effusion,  Lung cancer,  Adenosine deaminase,  Sensitivity specificity,  Differential diagnosis,  Talc pleurodesis,  Tuberculous pleurisy.



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    Department of Internal Medicine, Pleural Medicine Unit, Arnau de Vilanova University Hospital, Biomedical Research Institute of Lleida (IRBLleida), University of Lleida, Lleida, Spain | Pleural Medicine Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital