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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614215/effects-of-branched-chain-amino-acids-bcaas-on-the-progression-of-advanced-liver-disease-a-korean-nationwide-multicenter-retrospective-observational-cohort-study
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Jung Gil Park, Won Young Tak, Soo Young Park, Young Oh Kweon, Se Young Jang, Yu Rim Lee, Si Hyun Bae, Jae Young Jang, Do Young Kim, June Sung Lee, Ki Tae Suk, In Hee Kim, Heon Ju Lee, Woo Jin Chung, Byoung Kuk Jang, Jeong Ill Suh, Jeong Heo, Won Kee Lee
Evidence of the potential benefits of long-term oral branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) supplementation in reducing the severity of liver disease is limited.Patients who were diagnosed with liver cirrhosis with a Child-Pugh (CP) score of 8-10 were included. The BCAA group consumed BCAAs daily for at least 6 months, and the control group consumed a diet without BCAA. We analyzed the improvements based on the model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) score, CP score, incidence of cirrhosis-related complications, and event-free survival over 2 years...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611340/role-of-n-acetylcysteine-treatment-in-non-acetaminophen-induced-acute-liver-failure-a-prospective-study
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Tauseef Nabi, Sumaiya Nabi, Nadeema Rafiq, Altaf Shah
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Acute liver failure (ALF) is a rare but severe medical emergency. To date, there is no established treatment for non-acetaminophen-induced acute liver failure (NAI-ALF) other than liver transplantation, and little is known about the use of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) in NAI-ALF. A randomized case control study was conducted with the aim to determine the effect of NAC on the mortality of NAI-ALF patients, as well as to evaluate the safety and efficacy of NAC use. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 80 patients diagnosed with NAI-ALF were included in the study...
May 2017: Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611264/symptoms-of-daytime-sleepiness-and-sleep-apnea-in-liver-cirrhosis-patients
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Abdullah Enezi, Fares Al-Jahdali, Anwar Ahmed, Nahid Shirbini, Abdullah Harbi, Baharoon Salim, Yosra Ali, Aljumah Abdulrahman, Mohd Khan, Abdullah Khaleid, Al-Jahdali Hamdan
Background/propose. Sleep disturbance and excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) have been reported in patients with hepatic cirrhosis with no hepatic encephalopathy (HE). The objective of this study was to evaluate daytime sleepiness and risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among liver cirrhosis patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted at King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC)-Riyadh over a period of six months, using a structured questionnaire that investigated: 1) Sleep patterns and daytime sleepiness using the Epworth Sleeping Scale (ESS), and 2) The risk for sleep apnea using the Berlin Questionnaire (BQ)...
August 1, 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606043/a-study-of-extrapyramidal-manifestations-accompanying-decompensated-viral-hepatic-cirrhosis-patients
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Samia Ashour, Ahmed Gaber, Osama Aboelfotoh Aly, Saeed Hashem, Mohamed Salama, Ali Shalash
Despite the high prevalence of viral hepatic cirrhosis all over the world, the characteristic motor features of related Parkinsonism (extrapyramidal manifestations) are not well described. The current study aimed to characterize such disorder in a sample of Egyptian patients with chronic viral liver disease (CLD), and their clinical correlates. METHODS: Ninety-six (96) patients with CLD were examined for presence of extrapyramidal signs. Parkinsonism was assessed using the UPDRS-III scale and its sub scores...
June 12, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592738/a-case-of-hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia-with-hepatic-encephalopathy-due-to-portal-hepatic-venous-shunt
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Kazumasa Ono, Toshimasa Obara, Miki Takeshita, Shinichiro Inoue, Shinjirou Mizukawa, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Koichi Kozaki
An 86-year-old male who was able to perform all activities of daily living (ADL) was diagnosed with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) at 70 years of age. Following his diagnosis, he had been receiving treatment at our hospital. After the sudden onset of a consciousness disorder, he was admitted to our hospital's emergency department with asterixis, a high serum ammonia level, and hepatic encephalopathy. After angiography, he was diagnosed with hepatic encephalopathy due to portal hepatic venous shunts...
2017: Nihon Ronen Igakkai Zasshi. Japanese Journal of Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589058/metoprolol-induced-severe-liver-injury-and-successful-management-with-therapeutic-plasma-exchange
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Cyriac Philips, Rajaguru Paramaguru, Pushpa Mahadevan, Jayasurya Ravindranath, Philip Augustine
Liver injury caused by metoprolol is very rare with current reports limited to an isolated elevation in transaminases. We report the first case of severe icteric liver injury leading to hepatic encephalopathy secondary to metoprolol use in a patient diagnosed with coronary heart disease. We also describe the histopathology of metoprolol-related liver injury, discuss mechanisms of injury with new insights on the immunological phenomenon, and shed light on the successful utility of early plasmapheresis as a salvage therapy in metoprolol-induced severe liver damage...
May 2, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571184/the-importance-of-liver-fatty-acid-binding-protein-in-diagnosis-of-liver-damage-in-patients-with-acute-hepatitis
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Ozlem Ozer Cakir, Aysun Toker, Huseyin Ataseven, Ali Demir, Hakki Polat
INTRODUCTION: Acute hepatitis is acute inflammation of liver elicited by a large number of causes. It sometimes spontaneously recovers, sometimes may progress to chronic hepatitis. Liver- Fatty Acid Binding Protein (L-FABP) is a small protein that is abundant in hepatocytes, and which binds most of the long-chain fatty acids present in the cytosol. AIM: The present study was aimed to investigate the levels of serum and urine L-FABP in acute hepatitis and diagnostic value of serum and urine L-FABP levels in patients with acute hepatitis...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570328/liver-disease-and-neurology
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Robert N Schwendimann, Alireza Minagar
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Neurologists often encounter patients with acute and chronic liver disease and must be aware of how these diseases can affect the nervous system. This is particularly true when evaluating patients with alterations in cognition and level of consciousness. Wilson disease, while uncommon, is a treatable condition with many neurologic and psychiatric symptoms. Neurologic disorders associated with liver disease may affect not only the brain, but also the spinal cord and peripheral nervous system...
June 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559637/reversible-encephalopathy-due-to-valproic-acid-induced-hyperammonemia-in-a-patient-with-bipolar-i-disorder-a-cautionary-report
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Neel Patel, Katherine B Landry, Rachel E Fargason, Badari Birur
Valproic acid (VPA) is an FDA-approved medication widely prescribed for seizures, migraines, and mixed or manic episodes in bipolar disorder. Hyperammonemia is a rare complication of VPA use, which can result in high morbidity and occasionally fatal encephalopathy. The scant literature on Valproate Induced Hyperammonemic Encephalopathy (VIHE) is characterized by acute onset of decreasing level of consciousness, drowsiness, lethargy which in rare instances can lead to seizures, stupor, coma, and persistent morbidity and cortical damage...
January 26, 2017: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559523/the-first-report-of-two-cases-of-fatal-liver-injury-due-to-anti-tuberculosis-drugs-in-the-presence-of-alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency
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Shahram Habibzadeh, Jafar Mohammad Shahi, Hassan Ghobadi, Nasrollah Maleki
Tuberculosis (TB) is a major global health problem. Awareness of liver injury due to anti-TB therapy is vital because fulminant hepatic failure is a devastating and often fatal condition without liver transplantation. Here, we report for the first time, two patients of fatal liver injury due to anti-TB drugs in the presence of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. Based on the triad of rapid loss in hepatocyte function, the onset of hepatic encephalopathy, and absence of a prior history of liver disease, the diagnosis of acute liver failure was established...
April 2017: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540205/clinicopathological-spectrum-of-snake-bite-induced-acute-kidney-injury-from-india
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Sanjay Vikrant, Ajay Jaryal, Anupam Parashar
AIM: To study the clinico-pathological spectrum of snake bite-induced acute kidney injury (AKI). METHODS: A retrospective study of patients admitted at Indira Gandhi Medical College Hospital, Shimla with snake bite-induced AKI from July 2003 to June 2016. Medical records were evaluated for patient's information on demographic, clinical characteristics, complications and outcome. Outcomes of duration of hospital stay, requirement for intensive care unit support, treatment with dialysis, survival and mortality were analyzed...
May 6, 2017: World Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536219/-all-that-glitters-is-not-gold-when-hyperammonaemia-is-not-from-hepatic-aetiology
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Abubaker A I Hassan, Walid Ibrahim, Ahmed Subahi, Abdelaziz Mohamed
Hyperammonaemia is often caused by decompensated liver disease. However, non-hepatic causes can sometimes result in hyperammonaemia, severe enough to cause symptoms.We report a case of a 65-year-old man with a history of hypertension and bilateral peripelvic renal cyst who presented with acute confusion. Laboratory investigations revealed hyperammonaemia and normal liver function test. The abdominal ultrasound did not reveal any finding of liver disease or portal-systemic shunting but demonstrated bilateral peripelvic cysts with no hydronephrosis...
May 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533911/hepatic-encephalopathy
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Peter Ferenci
Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a reversible syndrome of impaired brain function occurring in patients with advanced liver diseases. The precise pathophysiology of HE is still under discussion; the leading hypothesis focus on the role of neurotoxins, impaired neurotransmission due to metabolic changes in liver failure, changes in brain energy metabolism, systemic inflammatory response and alterations of the blood brain barrier. HE produces a wide spectrum of nonspecific neurological and psychiatric manifestations...
May 2017: Gastroenterology Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511674/predictors-of-fifty-days-in-hospital-mortality-in-patients-with-culture-negative-neutrocytic-ascites
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Chinmaya Kumar Bal, Vikram Bhatia, Ripu Daman
BACKGROUND: Culture negative neutrocytic ascites is a variant of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis. But there are conflicting reports regarding the mortality associated with culture negativeneutrocytic ascites. Therefore we aim to determine the predictors of mortality associated with culture negativeneutrocytic ascites in a larger sample population. METHODS: We analysed 170 patients consecutively admitted to intensive care unit with diagnosis of culture negative neutrocytic ascites...
May 16, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510807/incidence-of-hepatic-encephalopathy-after-transjugular-intrahepatic-portosystemic-shunt-tips-according-to-its-severity-and-temporal-grading-classification
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Paolo Fonio, Andrea Discalzi, Marco Calandri, Andrea Doriguzzi Breatta, Laura Bergamasco, Silvia Martini, Antonio Ottobrelli, Dorico Righi, Giovanni Gandini
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate hepatic encephalopathy (HE) incidence after transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) and classify by gravity and frequency. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of 75 patients with no previous episodes of HE who underwent TIPS between 2008 and 2014 with clinical follow-up after 6 and 12 months. Patient risk factors evaluated include age, INR (international normalized ratio), creatinine, bilirubin, and MELD score (Model for End-of-stage Liver Disease)...
May 16, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508963/hemodiafiltration-for-hepatic-encephalopathy-induced-by-budd-chiari-syndrome-in-a-patient-with-end-stage-kidney-disease
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Takuya Wakamatsu, Suguru Yamamoto, Kenya Kamimura, Takeshi Nakatsue, Noriaki Iino, Seitaro Iguchi, Yoshikatsu Kaneko, Shin Goto, Junichiro James Kazama, Ichiei Narita
A 36-year-old woman who was undergoing dialysis for end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) was admitted to our hospital with consciousness disorder. She was diagnosed with Budd-Chiari syndrome due to antiphospholipid syndrome at the age of 28 years. Her kidney function and leg edema gradually deteriorated. After initiation of hemodialysis (HD), transient loss of consciousness due to hepatic encephalopathy during HD treatment occurred frequently. Her kidney replacement therapy was changed to online hemodiafiltration (HDF), which dramatically improved her hepatic coma...
November 2016: CEN Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507634/multi-system-complications-after-intravenous-cocaine-abuse
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Lidija Petkovska, Andon Chibishev, Aleksandra Stevcevska, Ivica Smokovski, Dusan Petkovski, Emilija Antova
BACKGROUND: Use and abuse of cocaine are associated with numerous adverse effects, independent of the route of administration. More severe conditions of poisoning, however, are observed after cocaine intravenous administration. AIM: We present a case of severe poisoning after violent intravenous injection of cocaine, but with a good outcome. CASE PRESENTATION: Cocaine was intravenously (i.v.) administered in 16-years old female patient as a homicide attempt...
April 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503286/fulminant-hepatic-failure-due-to-metastatic-choroidal-melanoma
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Emmanuel Escobar-Valdivia, Roberto Monreal-Robles, Guillermo Delgado-García, Badir Hernández-Velazquez
BACKGROUND: Acute liver failure (ALF) as a consequence of metastatic disease is extremely uncommon. The liver is the most commonly affected organ by metastatic disease, but only a few cases of ALF in the setting of metastatic choroidal melanoma have been reported. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe the case of a 47-year-old man with right upper quadrant pain, progressive jaundice, and unintentional weight loss. He also reported that he had experienced reduced left visual acuity which progressed to blindness over 2 months...
2017: Caspian Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501971/electrolyte-and-acid-base-disturbances-in-end-stage-liver-disease-a-physiopathological-approach
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José Víctor Jiménez, Diego Luis Carrillo-Pérez, Rodrigo Rosado-Canto, Ignacio García-Juárez, Aldo Torre, David Kershenobich, Eduardo Carrillo-Maravilla
Electrolyte and acid-base disturbances are frequent in patients with end-stage liver disease; the underlying physiopathological mechanisms are often complex and represent a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge to the physician. Usually, these disorders do not develop in compensated cirrhotic patients, but with the onset of the classic complications of cirrhosis such as ascites, renal failure, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis and variceal bleeding, multiple electrolyte, and acid-base disturbances emerge. Hyponatremia parallels ascites formation and is a well-known trigger of hepatic encephalopathy; its management in this particular population poses a risky challenge due to the high susceptibility of cirrhotic patients to osmotic demyelination...
May 13, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499323/-cmv-associated-acute-liver-failure-in-a-patient-receiving-tocilizumab-for-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Sophie Fromhold-Treu, Andreas Erbersdobler, Manuela Turan, Gunther Neeck, Georg Lamprecht
A 41-year-old female patient was admitted because of febrile jaundice and acute liver failure. The quick and the bilirubin were 21 % and 258 µmol/l, and there was hepatic encephalopathy I°. AST and AP had a maximum of 612 and 215 U/l. Despite a strong left shift in the differential, the CRP had a maximum of 15 mg/l. Because of an atypically presenting systemic lupus erythematosus, she had been treated with Azathioprine, steroids and Tocilizumab until 12 days before admission. The diagnostic workup revealed CMV hepatitis and necrotizing hepatopathy, which was interpreted as toxic hepatitis...
May 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
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