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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 81-82  

Pulmonary sequelae of swine flu


1 Sanitation Medical Academic Centre, Bangkok, Thailand,
2 Joseph Ayobabalola University, Nigeria; Hainan Medical University, China,

Date of Web Publication16-Jan-2013

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Beuy Joob
Sanitation Medical Academic Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

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DOI: 10.4103/0970-2113.106126

PMID: 23661929

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Pulmonary sequelae of swine flu. Lung India 2013;30:81-2

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Pulmonary sequelae of swine flu. Lung India [serial online] 2013 [cited 2014 Oct 2];30:81-2. Available from: http://www.lungindia.com/text.asp?2013/30/1/81/106126

Sir,

The recent report on pulmonary sequelae in a case with swine flu is interesting. Singh et al. [1] Indeed, the reported "ground-glass opacities and areas of consolidation" is the common sign in the cases with swine flu pneumonia and might last for a long time. [2] The interesting question is what the reason for long lasting presentation in the reported case is. Indeed, the similar natural history of swine flu pneumonia is also reported by Toufen et al. [3] In that report, the resolution of CT finding and lung function could be observed in the swine flu patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome at 6-month period. [3] A possible reason can be the concomitant underlying disease in the cases with influenza pneumonia. [4] Adding to the prolonged lung manifestation, the other important concern is the possible role of swine flu infection in deteriorating the existed concomitant cardiovascular disease. [5] These topics should be further studied in chest medicine research.

 
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1.Singh V, Sharma BB, Patel V. Pulmonary sequelae in a patient recovered from swine flu. Lung India 2012;29:277-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Valente T, Lassandro F, Marino M, Squillante F, Aliperta M, Muto R. H1N1 pneumonia: Our experience in 50 patients with a severe clinical course of novel swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) virus (S-OIV). Radiol Med 2012;117:165-84.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.Toufen C Jr, Costa EL, Hirota AS, Li HY, Amato MB, Carvalho CR. Follow-up after acute respiratory distress syndrome caused by influenza a (H1N1) virus infection. Clinics (Sao Paulo) 2011;66:933-7.  Back to cited text no. 3
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4.Cholewiñska G, Higersberger J, Podlasin R, Wierciñska-Drapa³o A, Lipowski D, Olszyñska-Krowicka M, et al . Influence of concomitant illness on clinical manifestations and severity of A/H1N1 influenza infection among patients hospitalized in the hospital of infectious diseases in warsaw-clinical cases. Przegl Epidemiol 2010;64:21-5.  Back to cited text no. 4
    
5.Lippi G, Franchini M, Favaloro EJ. Influenza and cardiovascular disease: Does swine-origin, 2009 H1N1 flu virus represent a risk factor, an acute trigger, or both? Semin Thromb Hemost 2010;36:49-58.  Back to cited text no. 5
    



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