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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770516/hepatic-encephalopathy-a-critical-current-review
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REVIEW
Anna Hadjihambi, Natalia Arias, Mohammed Sheikh, Rajiv Jalan
Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a serious neuropsychiatric complication of cirrhosis and/or porto-systemic shunting. The clinical symptoms are widely variable, extending from subtle impairment in mental state to coma. The utility of categorizing the severity of HE accurately and efficiently serves not only to provide practical functional information about the current clinical status of the patient but also gives valuable prognostic information. In the past 20-30 years, there has been rapid progress in understanding the pathophysiological basis of HE; however, the lack of direct correlation between pathogenic factors and the severity of HE make it difficult to select appropriate therapy for HE patients...
August 2, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721452/enhanced-efficacy-of-radiofrequency-ablation-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-using-a-novel-vascular-disrupting-agent-ckd-516
#2
Su Jung Ham, YoonSeok Choi, Seul-I Lee, Jinil Kim, Young Il Kim, Jin Wook Chung, Kyung Won Kim
BACKGROUND: CKD-516 is a novel vascular disrupting agent that shuts down intratumoral blood flow. We therefore hypothesized that concomitant administration of CKD-516 would enhance the therapeutic efficacy of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) by reducing heat sink effects. We assessed the effects of the combination of CKD-516 and RFA in a rat orthotopic hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) model. METHODS: Rat HCC cells (N1-S1) were engrafted into the hepatic lobe of Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats...
July 18, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702738/impact-of-etiological-treatment-on-prognosis
#3
REVIEW
Chien-Wei Su, Ying-Ying Yang, Han-Chieh Lin
Portal hypertension (PHT) is a frequent and severe complication of cirrhosis. PHT may lead to the development of various complications with high mortality. Liver transplantation is the gold standard as a surgical curative treatment for end-stage liver disease. Theoretically, etiological treatment focusing on the pathophysiology of the underlying disease should be the objective of the nonsurgical management of cirrhotic PHT. Chronic viral hepatitis is the major etiology of cirrhosis and PHT. In cirrhotic patients with chronic hepatitis B virus infection, antiviral therapies can suppress viral replication, ameliorate hepatic inflammation, regress fibrosis, and restore liver functional reserve...
July 12, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698986/novelties-in-the-pathophysiology-and-management-of-portal-hypertension-new-treatments-on-the-horizon
#4
REVIEW
Seong Hee Kang, Moon Young Kim, Soon Koo Baik
Portal hypertension (PH) is responsible for the most severe complications of cirrhosis and leading cause of death and liver transplantation. The standard pharmacological treatment available for PH currently consists of the use of a non-selective beta-blocker. However, a significant proportion of patients do not respond to pharmacological treatment. This has led to the development of identifiable targets for the discovery of new horizons in PH treatment. Recently, there has been significant progress in understanding the mechanism behind PH, which is a product of increased hepatic vascular resistance including structural changes and functional change due to endothelial dysfunction...
July 11, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698985/a-cinnamon-derived-procyanidin-type-a-compound-inhibits-hepatitis-c-virus-cell-entry
#5
Catherine Fauvelle, Melanie Lambotin, Laura Heydmann, Ekambaranellore Prakash, Sunil Bhaskaran, Mohan Vishwaraman, Thomas F Baumert, Christiane Moog
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major cause of liver disease worldwide. Although direct-acting antivirals can cure the large majority of treated patients, important limitations remain, including treatment failure and high costs precluding access to therapy in resource-limited settings. We report herein the anti-HCV effects of IND02, a procyanidin type A molecule, isolated and characterized from cinnamon. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using cellculture-derived HCV (HCVcc), HCV pseudoparticles (HCVpp), and subgenomic replicons, we demonstrated that IND02 markedly and dose-dependently inhibited HCV cell entry...
July 11, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685257/budd-chiari-syndrome-hepatic-venous-outflow-tract-obstruction
#6
REVIEW
Dominique-Charles Valla
BACKGROUND: Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) is a rare disease characterized by hepatic venous outflow tract obstruction (HVOTO). METHODS: Recent literature has been analyzed for this narrative review. RESULTS: Primary BCS/HVOTO is a result of thrombosis. The same patient often has multiple risk factors for venous thrombosis and most have at least one. Presentation and etiology may differ between Western and certain Eastern countries. Myeloproliferative neoplasms are present in 40% of patients and are usually associated with the V617F-JAK2 mutation in myeloid cells, in particular peripheral blood granulocytes...
July 6, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681347/new-concepts-on-the-clinical-course-and-stratification-of-compensated-and-decompensated-cirrhosis
#7
REVIEW
Gennaro D'Amico, Alberto Morabito, Mario D'Amico, Linda Pasta, Giuseppe Malizia, Paola Rebora, Maria Grazia Valsecchi
The clinical course of cirrhosis has been typically described by a compensated and a decompensated state based on the absence or, respectively, the presence of any of bleeding, ascites, encephalopathy or jaundice. More recently, it has been recognized that increasing portal hypertension and several major clinical events are followed by a marked worsening in prognosis, and disease states have been proposed accordingly in a multistate model. The development of multistate models implies the assessment of the probabilities of more than one possible outcome from each disease state...
July 5, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643186/current-progress-in-host-innate-and-adaptive-immunity-against-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
#8
REVIEW
Jijing Shi, Yuanyuan Li, Wenxian Chang, Xuexiu Zhang, Fu-Sheng Wang
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infects more than 170 million people worldwide and is the main cause of chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Although the newly developed direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) have transformed the treatment of HCV infection, controlling HCV infection on a global scale remains a challenge because of the high cost, low resistance barrier of DAAs and lack of HCV vaccine. The host immune responses associated with HCV infection, especially HCV-specific T cellular immunity, determine the outcome of HCV infection: either acute or chronic infection...
June 22, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639033/functional-restoration-of-cd56-bright-nk-cells-facilitates-immune-control-via-il-15-and-nkg2d-in-patients-under-antiviral-treatment-for-chronic-hepatitis-b
#9
Tao Chen, Lin Zhu, Aichao Shi, Lin Ding, Xiaoping Zhang, Zhenmin Tan, Wei Guo, Weiming Yan, Meifang Han, Jidong Jia, Xiaoping Luo, Detlef Schuppan, Qin Ning
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is intrinsically immunogenic, with long-lasting immune control in many patients. However, the mechanisms and key cell types underlying effective immune control are incompletely understood. METHODS: We studied the restoration of natural killer (NK) cell numbers and function post antiviral treatment in 52 hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg)-positive chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients who received telbivudine (LdT) for 48 weeks...
June 20, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634688/acute-variceal-bleeding-risk-stratification-and-management-including-tips
#10
REVIEW
Virginia Hernández-Gea, Claudia Berbel, Anna Baiges, Juan C García-Pagán
Acute variceal bleeding should be suspected in all patients with cirrhosis presenting with upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Vasoactive drugs and prophylactic antibiotics must be started as soon as possible, even before performing the diagnostic endoscopy. Once the patient is hemodynamically stable, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy should be performed in order to confirm the diagnosis and provide endoscopic therapy (preferably banding ligation). After this initial approach, the most appropriate therapy to prevent both early and late rebleeding must be instituted following a risk stratification strategy...
June 20, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634687/noninvasive-serum-models-to-predict-significant-liver-related-events-in-chronic-hepatitis-c
#11
Ragesh Babu Thandassery, Saad Al Kaabi, Madiha E Soofi, Benjamin Tharian, Rajvir Singh
AIM: We aim to compare 20 noninvasive fibrosis scores (NIFS), derived from routine blood tests, for predicting significant liver-related adverse events (SLRE) in patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) after anti-viral treatment (AVT) with the goal to identify independent predictors for these outcomes. METHODS: From 1605 patients who received AVT (pegylated interferon and ribavirin) from January 2002 to June 2014, 20 NIFS were calculated from routine blood tests prior to AVT...
June 20, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597108/prevalence-of-histological-features-of-idiopathic-noncirrhotic-portal-hypertension-in-general-population-a-retrospective-study-of-incidental-liver-biopsies
#12
Chunlai Zuo, Vaibhav Chumbalkar, Peter F Ells, Daniel J Bonville, Hwajeong Lee
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic noncirrhotic portal hypertension (INCPH) is associated with histologic changes secondary to obliterative portal venopathy without cirrhosis. We studied the prevalence of individual histological features of INCPH in liver biopsies obtained incidentally during unrelated elective procedures and in elective liver biopsies with the diagnosis of fatty liver disease. METHODS: A total of 53 incidental liver biopsies obtained intraoperatively during unrelated elective procedures and an additional 28 elective biopsies with the diagnosis of fatty liver disease without portal hypertension and cirrhosis were studied...
June 8, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589300/extracorporeal-devices-for-treatment-of-refractory-pruritus-in-cholestatic-liver-disease
#13
EDITORIAL
Roger Williams
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June 6, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560658/safety-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacogenetics-of-a-single-ascending-dose-of-pradefovir-a-novel-liver-targeting-anti-hepatitis-b-virus-drug-in-healthy-chinese-subjects
#14
Yanhua Ding, Hong Zhang, Xiaojiao Li, Cuiyun Li, Guiling Chen, Hong Chen, Min Wu, Junqi Niu
BACKGROUND: Pradefovir is efficiently converted to adefovir [9-(2-phosphonylmethoxyethyl) adenine (PMEA)], producing high hepatic PMEA concentration but low levels in the systemic circulation and kidney. The aim of this study is to evaluate the tolerability, adverse effect (AEs), pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenetics of a single ascending dose of pradefovir. METHODS: Fifty healthy subjects were divided into five groups and randomized within each group at a ratio of 3:1:1 to receive a single ascending dose of pradefovir (10, 30, 60, 90, or 120 mg), and 10 mg adefovir dipivoxil (ADP) or placebo...
May 30, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550391/gut-liver-axis-cirrhosis-and-portal-hypertension-the-chicken-and-the-egg
#15
Juan P Arab, Rosa M Martin-Mateos, Vijay H Shah
The term gut-liver axis is used to highlight the close anatomical and functional relationship between the intestine and the liver. The intestine has a highly specialized epithelial membrane which regulates transport across the mucosa. Due to dysbiosis, impairment of the intestinal barrier and altered immunity status, bacterial products can reach the liver through the portal vein, where they are recognized by specific receptors, activate the immune system and lead to a proinflammatory response. Gut microbiota and bacterial translocation play an important role in the pathogenesis of chronic liver diseases, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, and its complications, such as portal hypertension, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis and hepatic encephalopaty...
May 26, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620797/asia-pacific-clinical-practice-guidelines-on-the-management-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-2017-update
#16
EDITORIAL
Masao Omata, Ann-Lii Cheng, Norihiro Kokudo, Masatoshi Kudo, Jeong Min Lee, Jidong Jia, Ryosuke Tateishi, Kwang-Hyub Han, Yoghesh K Chawla, Shuichiro Shiina, Wasim Jafri, Diana Alcantara Payawal, Takamasa Ohki, Sadahisa Ogasawara, Pei-Jer Chen, Cosmas Rinaldi A Lesmana, Laurentius A Lesmana, Rino A Gani, Shuntaro Obi, A Kadir Dokmeci, Shiv Kumar Sarin
There is great geographical variation in the distribution of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), with the majority of all cases worldwide found in the Asia-Pacific region, where HCC is one of the leading public health problems. Since the "Toward Revision of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL) HCC Guidelines" meeting held at the 25th annual conference of the APASL in Tokyo, the newest guidelines for the treatment of HCC published by the APASL has been discussed. This latest guidelines recommend evidence-based management of HCC and are considered suitable for universal use in the Asia-Pacific region, which has a diversity of medical environments...
July 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425016/a-simple-bedside-blood-test-fibrofast-fib-5-is-superior-to-fib-4-index-for-the-differentiation-between-non-significant-and-significant-fibrosis-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c
#17
G Shiha, S Seif, A Eldesoky, M Elbasiony, R Soliman, A Metwally, K Zalata, N Mikhail
INTRODUCTION: A simple non-invasive score (Fibrofast, FIB-5) was developed using five routine laboratory tests (ALT, AST, alkaline phosphatase, albumin and platelets count) for the detection of significant hepatic fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis C. The FIB-4 index is a non-invasive test for the assessment of liver fibrosis, and a score of ≤1.45 enables the correct identification of patients who have non-significant (F0-1) from significant fibrosis (F2-4), and could avoid liver biopsy...
May 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405790/csh-guidelines-for-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-drug-induced-liver-injury
#18
EDITORIAL
Yue-Cheng Yu, Yi-Min Mao, Cheng-Wei Chen, Jin-Jun Chen, Jun Chen, Wen-Ming Cong, Yang Ding, Zhong-Ping Duan, Qing-Chun Fu, Xiao-Yan Guo, Peng Hu, Xi-Qi Hu, Ji-Dong Jia, Rong-Tao Lai, Dong-Liang Li, Ying-Xia Liu, Lun-Gen Lu, Shi-Wu Ma, Xiong Ma, Yue-Min Nan, Hong Ren, Tao Shen, Hao Wang, Ji-Yao Wang, Tai-Ling Wang, Xiao-Jin Wang, Lai Wei, Qing Xie, Wen Xie, Chang-Qing Yang, Dong-Liang Yang, Yan-Yan Yu, Min-de Zeng, Li Zhang, Xin-Yan Zhao, Hui Zhuang
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is an important clinical problem, which has received more attention in recent decades. It can be induced by small chemical molecules, biological agents, traditional Chinese medicines (TCM), natural medicines (NM), health products (HP), and dietary supplements (DS). Idiosyncratic DILI is far more common than intrinsic DILI clinically and can be classified into hepatocellular injury, cholestatic injury, hepatocellular-cholestatic mixed injury, and vascular injury based on the types of injured target cells...
May 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361300/treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-genotype-3-with-sofosbuvir-based-therpy-a-real-life-study
#19
Sandeep Singh Sidhu, Nirmaljeet Singh Malhi, Omesh Goyal, Rupinder Singh, Usha Dutta, Rajiv Grover, J S Sidhu, Vijay Nanda, Harmeet Saluja, Ajesh Bansal, Gursewak Singh, Alok Sehgal, Harsh Kishore, Simran Sidhu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recently, Sofosbuvir was launched in India at affordable cost. We conducted a real-life study to determine the efficacy and safety of Sofosbuvir plus Ribavirin, with and without peginterferon-alfa 2a, in patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) genotype 3, the commonest genotype in South Asia. METHODS: This study included data of CHC patients from 11 sites in northern India between March 2015 and December 2015 (n = 1203). Patients with CHC genotype 3 (n = 931), who were treated with either Sofosbuvir 400 mg plus weight-based Ribavirin, daily ×24 weeks (n = 432) (dual therapy), or Peginterferon-α2a 180 mcg weekly, Sofosbuvir 400 mg plus weight-based Ribavirin, daily ×12 weeks (n = 499) (triple therapy) were included for analysis...
May 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324324/prognostic-factors-of-sorafenib-therapy-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients-with-failure-of-transarterial-chemoembolization
#20
Sangheun Lee, Jung Hyun Kang, Do Young Kim, Sang Hoon Ahn, Jun Yong Park, Beom Kyung Kim, Seung Up Kim, Kwang-Hyub Han
BACKGROUND: There is no approved therapy for patients with failed transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) and progression of hepatocellular carcinoma. We aimed to investigate the efficacy and prognostic factors in patients with TACE failure who received sorafenib rescue therapy. METHODS: We investigated 54 patients who met the criteria of TACE failure as defined by the international guidelines of Europe and Japan. Sorafenib was used as a rescue therapy. Overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) were analyzed by Kaplan-Meier methods, and multivariate analysis was performed to find prognostic factors...
May 2017: Hepatology International
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