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Intercostal vessel screening prior to pleural interventions by the respiratory physician - a prospective study of real world practice.

Bedawi EO, Talwar A, Hassan M, McCracken DJ, Asciak R, Mercer RM, Kanellakis NI, Gleeson FV, Hallifax RJ, Wrightson JM, Rahman NM.

Eur Respir J. 2020 Mar 5. pii: 1902245. doi: 10.1183/13993003.02245-2019. [Epub ahead of print]


Clinically important associations of pleurodesis success in malignant pleural effusion: Analysis of the TIME1 data set.

Mercer RM, Macready J, Jeffries H, Speck N, Kanellakis NI, Maskell NA, Pepperell J, Saba T, West A, Ali N, Corcoran JP, Hallifax RJ, Psallidas I, Asciak R, Hassan M, Miller RF, Rahman NM.

Respirology. 2019 Dec 17. doi: 10.1111/resp.13755. [Epub ahead of print]


Biological effect of tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) and DNase intrapleural delivery in pleural infection patients.

Kanellakis NI, Wrightson JM, Hallifax R, Bedawi EO, Mercer R, Hassan M, Asciak R, Hedley E, Dobson M, Dong T, Psallidas I, Rahman NM.

BMJ Open Respir Res. 2019 Sep 24;6(1):e000440. doi: 10.1136/bmjresp-2019-000440. eCollection 2019.


Training opportunities in thoracic ultrasound for respiratory trainees: are current guidelines practical?

Stanton AE, Evison M, Roberts M, Latham J, Clive AO, Batalla-Duran E, Bhatnagar R, Asciak R, Diggins B, Bintcliffe OJ, Lees D, Parsonage M, Denny P, Gow K, Avram C, Gautam M, Rahman NM.

BMJ Open Respir Res. 2019 Oct 3;6(1):e000390. doi: 10.1136/bmjresp-2018-000390. eCollection 2019.


Survival in patients with malignant pleural effusion undergoing talc pleurodesis.

Hassan M, Mercer RM, Maskell NA, Asciak R, McCracken DJ, Bedawi EO, Shaarawy H, El-Ganady A, Psallidas I, Miller RF, Rahman NM.

Lung Cancer. 2019 Nov;137:14-18. doi: 10.1016/j.lungcan.2019.09.003. Epub 2019 Sep 4.


A systematic review of comorbidities and outcomes of adult patients with pleural infection.

Cargill TN, Hassan M, Corcoran JP, Harriss E, Asciak R, Mercer RM, McCracken DJ, Bedawi EO, Rahman NM.

Eur Respir J. 2019 Oct 1;54(3). pii: 1900541. doi: 10.1183/13993003.00541-2019. Print 2019 Sep.


The microbiology of pleural infection in adults: a systematic review.

Hassan M, Cargill T, Harriss E, Asciak R, Mercer RM, Bedawi EO, McCracken DJ, Psallidas I, Corcoran JP, Rahman NM.

Eur Respir J. 2019 Oct 1;54(3). pii: 1900542. doi: 10.1183/13993003.00542-2019. Print 2019 Sep.


Echogenic Swirling Seen on Ultrasound and Outcome of Pleurodesis in Malignant Pleural Effusion.

Hassan M, Asciak R, Mercer RM, McCracken DJ, Tsikrika S, Shaarawy H, Elganady A, Wrightson JM, Rahman NM.

Arch Bronconeumol. 2019 Dec;55(12):659-661. doi: 10.1016/j.arbres.2019.05.010. Epub 2019 Jun 14. English, Spanish. No abstract available.


Novel mouse model of indwelling pleural catheter in mice with malignant pleural effusion.

Merrick C, Sherrill T, Kanellakis NI, Asciak R, Stathopoulos GT, Maldonado F, Rahman NM, Blackwell T, Psallidas I.

ERJ Open Res. 2019 May 28;5(2). pii: 00226-2018. doi: 10.1183/23120541.00226-2018. eCollection 2019 Apr.


Prospective Analysis of the Predictive Value of Sonographic Pleural Fluid Echogenicity for the Diagnosis of Exudative Effusion.

Asciak R, Hassan M, Mercer RM, Hallifax RJ, Wrightson JM, Psallidas I, Rahman NM.

Respiration. 2019;97(5):451-456. doi: 10.1159/000496153. Epub 2019 Mar 19.


Does attempting talc pleurodesis affect subsequent indwelling pleural catheter (IPC)-related non-draining septated pleural effusion and IPC-related spontaneous pleurodesis?

Asciak R, Mercer RM, Hallifax RJ, Hassan M, Bedawi E, McCracken D, Kanellakis NI, Wrightson JM, Psallidas I, Rahman NM.

ERJ Open Res. 2019 Feb 1;5(1). pii: 00208-2018. doi: 10.1183/23120541.00208-2018. eCollection 2019 Feb.


Computed tomography abnormalities antedating mesothelioma diagnosis: a perspective on the natural history.

Hassan M, Tsikrika S, Asciak R, Mercer RM, El-Ganady A, Rahman NM.

Eur Respir J. 2019 Feb 28;53(2). pii: 1800935. doi: 10.1183/13993003.00935-2018. Print 2019 Feb. No abstract available.


Thoracic Ultrasound as an Early Predictor of Pleurodesis Success in Malignant Pleural Effusion.

Corcoran JP, Hallifax RJ, Mercer RM, Yousuf A, Asciak R, Hassan M, Piotrowska HE, Psallidas I, Rahman NM.

Chest. 2018 Nov;154(5):1115-1120. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2018.08.1031. Epub 2018 Sep 20.


The Hospital and Patient Burden of Indwelling Pleural Catheters: A Retrospective Case Series of 210 Indwelling Pleural Catheter Insertions.

Asciak R, Hallifax RJ, Mercer RM, Hassan M, Wigston C, Wrightson JM, Psallidas I, Rahman NM.

Respiration. 2019;97(1):70-77. doi: 10.1159/000491934. Epub 2018 Sep 18.


Activity and Outcomes From a Dedicated Pleural On-Call Service.

Asciak R, Hallifax RJ, Mercer RM, Hassan M, Bradley C, Corcoran JP, Wrightson JM, Psallidas I, Rahman NM.

Chest. 2018 Sep;154(3):717-718. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2018.05.027. No abstract available.


Development and validation of response markers to predict survival and pleurodesis success in patients with malignant pleural effusion (PROMISE): a multicohort analysis.

Psallidas I, Kanellakis NI, Gerry S, Thézénas ML, Charles PD, Samsonova A, Schiller HB, Fischer R, Asciak R, Hallifax RJ, Mercer R, Dobson M, Dong T, Pavord ID, Collins GS, Kessler BM, Pass HI, Maskell N, Stathopoulos GT, Rahman NM.

Lancet Oncol. 2018 Jul;19(7):930-939. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(18)30294-8. Epub 2018 Jun 13.


Chest Drain Fall-Out Rate According to Suturing Practices: A Retrospective Direct Comparison.

Asciak R, Addala D, Karimjee J, Rana MS, Tsikrika S, Hassan MF, Mercer RM, Hallifax RJ, Wrightson JM, Psallidas I, Benamore R, Rahman NM.

Respiration. 2018;96(1):48-51. doi: 10.1159/000489230. Epub 2018 Jun 14.


Lung abscess or empyema? Taking a closer look.

Hassan M, Asciak R, Rizk R, Shaarawy H, Gleeson FV, Rahman NM.

Thorax. 2018 Sep;73(9):887-889. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2018-211604. Epub 2018 Mar 26. No abstract available.


A Pilot Feasibility Study in Establishing the Role of Ultrasound-Guided Pleural Biopsies in Pleural Infection (The AUDIO Study).

Psallidas I, Kanellakis NI, Bhatnagar R, Ravindran R, Yousuf A, Edey AJ, Mercer RM, Corcoran JP, Hallifax RJ, Asciak R, Shetty P, Dong T, Piotrowska HEG, Clelland C, Maskell NA, Rahman NM.

Chest. 2018 Oct;154(4):766-772. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2018.02.031. Epub 2018 Mar 7.


Malignant Pleural Effusion: From Diagnostics to Therapeutics.

Asciak R, Rahman NM.

Clin Chest Med. 2018 Mar;39(1):181-193. doi: 10.1016/j.ccm.2017.11.004. Epub 2017 Dec 13. Review.


Respiratory medicine training in Malta.

Asciak R, Montefort S, Fsadni P.

Breathe (Sheff). 2017 Sep;13(3):245-246. doi: 10.1183/20734735.009417.


De novo papillary carcinoma in a renal allograft: the pros and cons of immunosuppression.

Asciak R, Buttigieg J, Buhagiar L.

CEN Case Rep. 2016 May;5(1):99-102. doi: 10.1007/s13730-015-0202-1. Epub 2015 Nov 2.


Sex differences in the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of omalizumab after 1 year in Maltese patients with asthma.

Gouder C, Asciak R, Montefort S.

Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2017 Apr;118(4):513-514. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2017.01.019. Epub 2017 Mar 7. No abstract available.


Predictors of correct technique in patients using pressurized metered dose inhalers.

Bartolo K, Balzan M, Schembri EL, Asciak R, Mercieca Balbi D, Pace Bardon M, Montefort S.

BMC Pulm Med. 2017 Feb 28;17(1):47. doi: 10.1186/s12890-017-0386-6.


A diagnostic dilemma in a case of pulmonary inflammatory myofibroblastic tumour.

Asciak R, Gouder C, Bilocca D, Montefort S.

BMJ Case Rep. 2016 Apr 18;2016:10.1136/bcr-2016-215168. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2016-215168.


A rare case of pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis.

Asciak R, Pullicino R, Mizzi A, Montefort S.

BMJ Case Rep. 2015 Dec 7;2015. pii: bcr2015212804. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2015-212804. No abstract available.


Pacemaker lead-associated thrombosis in cardiac resynchronisation therapy.

Buttigieg J, Asciak R, Azzopardi CM.

BMJ Case Rep. 2015 Jul 7;2015. pii: bcr2015210314. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2015-210314.


A local perspective to asthma management in the accident and emergency department in Malta.

Gouder C, Micallef J, Asciak R, Preca JF, Pullicino R, Montefort S.

Lung India. 2013 Oct;30(4):280-5. doi: 10.4103/0970-2113.120601.


Predictors of seasonal influenza vaccination in chronic asthma.

Asciak R, Balzan M, Buttigieg J.

Multidiscip Respir Med. 2013 Oct 21;8(1):68. doi: 10.1186/2049-6958-8-68.


The European data protection legislation and its consequences for public health monitoring: a plea for action.

Verschuuren M, Badeyan G, Carnicero J, Gissler M, Asciak RP, Sakkeus L, Stenbeck M, Devillé W; Work Group on Confidentiality and Data Protection of the Network of Competent Authorities of the Health Information and Knowledge Strand of EU Public Health Programme 2003-08.

Eur J Public Health. 2008 Dec;18(6):550-1. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckn014. No abstract available.


Multiple sclerosis in Malta in 1999: an update.

Dean G, Elian M, de Bono AG, Asciak RP, Vella N, Mifsud V, Aquilina J.

J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2002 Sep;73(3):256-60.


Seasonal variations in hospital admissions for asthma in Malta.

Grech V, Balzan M, Asciak RP, Buhagiar A.

J Asthma. 2002 May;39(3):263-8.


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