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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885576/asymmetric-dimethylarginine-and-hepatic-encephalopathy-cause-effect-or-association
#1
Anna Czarnecka, Krzysztof Milewski, Magdalena Zielińska
The methylated derivative of L-arginine, asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) is synthesized in different mammalian tissues including the brain. ADMA acts as an endogenous, nonselective, competitive inhibitor of all three isoforms of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and may limit L-arginine supply from the plasma to the enzyme via reducing its transport by cationic amino acid transporters. Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a relatively frequently diagnosed complex neuropsychiatric syndrome associated with acute or chronic liver failure, characterized by symptoms linked with impaired brain function leading to neurological disabilities...
November 25, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878780/a-pilot-study-using-lactulose-in-management-of-minimal-hepatic-encephalopathy-in-children-with-extrahepatic-portal-vein-obstruction
#2
Hanaa Mostafa El-Karaksy, Omneya Afifi, Azza Bakry, Ann Abdel Kader, Noha Saber
BACKGROUND: Minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) is not associated with overt neuropsychiatric symptoms but rather with subtle changes in psychometric and/or neurophysiologic tests. We aimed to diagnose MHE in children with extrahepatic portal vein obstruction (EHPVO) and to evaluate the effect of lactulose on MHE. METHODS: A prospective study was carried out on 30 patients with EHPVO (21 males; mean age 10±2.5 years). The study was carried out in the Pediatric Hepatology Unit, Cairo University Pediatric Hospital, Cairo, Egypt, between 2011 and 2013...
November 23, 2016: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847646/hyperammonemia-is-associated-with-increasing-severity-of-both-liver-cirrhosis-and-hepatic-encephalopathy
#3
Abidullah Khan, Maimoona Ayub, Wazir Mohammad Khan
Background. Hyperammonemia resulting from chronic liver disease (CLD) can potentially challenge and damage any organ system of the body, particularly the brain. However, there is still some controversy regarding the diagnostic or prognostic values of serum ammonia in patients with over hepatic encephalopathy, especially in the setting of acute-on-chronic or chronic liver failure. Moreover, the association of serum ammonia with worsening Child-Pugh grade of liver cirrhosis has not been studied. Objective. This study was conducted to solve the controversy regarding the association between hyperammonemia and cirrhosis, especially hepatic encephalopathy in chronically failed liver...
2016: International Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843538/reversibility-of-minimal-hepatic-encephalopathy-following-liver-transplantation-in-egyptian-cirrhotic-patients
#4
Mahmoud A Osman, Moataz M Sayed, Khaled A Mansour, Shereen A Saleh, Wesam A Ibrahim, Sara M Abdelhakam, Mohamed Bahaa, Wael A Yousry, Hosam S Elbaz, Reginia N Mikhail, Azza M Hassan, Ehab H Elsayed, Dalia A Mahmoud
AIM: To evaluate the reversibility of minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) following liver transplantation (LT) in Egyptian cirrhotic patients. METHODS: This prospective study included twenty patients with biopsy-proven liver cirrhosis listed for LT and twenty age- and sex-matched healthy control subjects. All underwent neuro-psychiatric examination, laboratory investigations, radiological studies and psychometric tests including trail making test A (TMT A), TMT B, digit symbol test and serial dotting test...
October 28, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830009/glycosylation-patterns-and-pha-e-associated-glycoprotein-profiling-associated-with-early-hepatic-encephalopathy-in-chinese-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients
#5
Tian-Hua Liu, Deng-He Liu, Cui-Ju Mo, Lu Sun, Xiao-Xia Liu, Wei Li, Shu Zhang, Yin-Kun Liu, Kun Guo
Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) as a severe neuropsychiatric complication is commonly present in the end stage of Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC). However, widely accepted biomarkers for diagnosing early HE are still absent. Here, we screened glycosylation patterns of serum proteins from Chinese HCC patients with or without early HE by lectin microarray. Then, phaseolus vulgaris erythroagglutinin (PHA-E) as a lectin binding with bisecting GlcNAc structure which was significantly decreased in sera from Chinese HCC patients with early HE, was chosen to perform lectin affinity chromatography, following by in-gel digestion, Mass Spectrometry (MS) analysis and bioinformatics analysis...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815224/minimal-hepatic-encephalopathy-in-children-with-chronic-liver-disease-prevalence-pathogenesis-and-magnetic-resonance-based-diagnosis
#6
Anshu Srivastava, Saurabh Chaturvedi, Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Rohan Malik, Amrita Mathias, Naranamangalam R Jagannathan, Sunil Jain, Chandra Mani Pandey, Surender Kumar Yachha, Ram Kishor Singh Rathore
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Data on minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) in children is scanty. We evaluated children with chronic liver disease (CLD) to determine prevalence of MHE, its correlation with changes in brain metabolites by magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)HMRS), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) derived metrics, blood ammonia (BA) and inflammatory cytokines and the accuracy of MR based investigations for diagnosis METHODS: 67(38 boys; age 13[7-18] years) CLD and 37 healthy children were evaluated with neuropsychological tests (NPT), BA, interleukin-6 [IL6], tumor necrosis factor alpha [TNFα], magnetic resonance imaging (MRI),(1)HMRS and DTI...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784438/-research-advances-in-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-post-transjugular-intrahepatic-portosystemic-shunt-hepatic-encephalopathy
#7
J F Yang, B Q Zhang
Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) has become an important minimally invasive interventional technique for the treatment of complications of cirrhotic portal hypertension, and currently, it is often used in cirrhotic patients with esophagogastric variceal bleeding (EVB), intractable ascites, hepatic hydrothorax, and Budd-Chiari syndrome. On one hand, TIPS can effectively reduce portal vein pressure and the risk of EVB and intractable ascites; on the other hand, it may reduce the blood flow in liver perfusion, aggravate liver impairment, and cause porto-systemic encephalopathy...
July 20, 2016: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784430/-prognostic-value-of-a-logistic-regression-model-based-on-keratin-18-in-patients-with-hbv-related-liver-failure
#8
Q R Gan, X Y Jiang, X Zhang, M S Chen, C Pan
Objective: To investigate the association between serum keratin 18 (K18) level and prognosis in patients with HBV-related acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF). Methods: A total of 120 patients who visited Department of Hepatology in Fuzhou Infectious Disease Hospital and were diagnosed with HBV-related ACLF from December 2012 to March 2014 were enrolled and followed up for 3 months. The patients were divided into death group and survival group. The serum levels of K18 fragments (M30 and M65) were measured and related laboratory data were collected to analyze the differences in M30, M65, M30/M65, and other laboratory markers...
July 20, 2016: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784429/-clinical-features-of-liver-cirrhosis-complicated-by-portal-vein-thrombosis-and-related-risk-factors
#9
G S Lin, Q Xu, S Y Zhao, Y X Zhang
Objective: To investigate the clinical features of patients with liver cirrhosis complicated by portal vein thrombosis (PVT) and related risk factors. Methods: A total of 65 patients with liver cirrhosis complicated by PVT who were diagnosed and treated from June 2013 to June 2015 were enrolled as PVT group, and 70 cirrhotic patients without PVT were enrolled as controls (non-PVT group). The data collected included general information, results of laboratory examination, imaging findings, clinical manifestations, and complications...
July 20, 2016: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27763575/optimal-treatment-of-hepatic-encephalopathy
#10
Sanath Allampati, Kevin D Mullen
Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a complex neuropsychiatric syndrome associated with decompensated liver disease. The spectrum of disease ranges from trivial abnormalities in complex decision-making and prolonged reaction time to coma in its most severe form. The very initial stages, recently termed covert hepatic encephalopathy, can only be diagnosed with the help of neuropsychiatric testing, while the later and more severe forms, termed overt hepatic encephalopathy, can be diagnosed clinically. Management of HE is very critical as it can dramatically increase morbidity and mortality...
December 2016: Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756145/prevalence-and-outcome-of-portal-thrombosis-in-a-cohort-of-cirrhotic-patients-undergoing-liver-transplantation
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Marta Hernández Conde, Elba Llop Herrera, Juan de la Revilla Negro, Fernando Pons Renedo, Natalia Fernández Puga, José Luis Martínez Porras, María Trapero Marugan, Valentín Cuervas-Mons, Víctor Sánchez Turrión, José Luis Calleja Panero
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of portal vein thrombosis (PVT) in patients that have undergone liver transplantation (LT) is 9.7% (SD 4.5). The aim of our study was to determine the prevalence, assess the factors that are associated with PVT and clarify their association with prognosis in patients with liver cirrhosis (LC) and LT. AIMS AND METHODS: From 2005 to 2014, laboratory, radiological and surgical data were collected from patients with LC in our center who had undergone LT for the first time...
October 19, 2016: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749626/acute-liver-failure-outcome-and-value-of-pediatric-end-stage-liver-disease-score-in-pediatric-cases
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Raquel Núñez-Ramos, Soledad Montoro, Marcello Bellusci, María Rosa Del Fresno-Valencia, Marta Germán-Díaz, Pedro Urruzuno, Enrique Medina, Javier Manzanares
PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to analyze the characteristics of patients with acute liver failure (ALF) in our center and evaluate the prognostic value of the Pediatric End-Stage Liver Disease (PELD) score calculated at admission. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis of patients with ALF younger than 15 years between 2005 and 2013 was performed. Information collected included age, sex, etiology of ALF, laboratory tests, PELD score, stage of encephalopathy, and need for liver support devices such as MARS and/or liver transplant (LT) and survival...
September 30, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738433/hyperammonemia-what-urea-lly-need-to-know-case-report-of-severe-noncirrhotic-hyperammonemic-encephalopathy-and-review-of-the-literature
#13
Ruby Upadhyay, Thomas P Bleck, Katharina M Busl
Purpose. A 66-year-old man who presented with coma was found to have isolated severe hyperammonemia and diagnosed with a late-onset urea-cycle disorder. He was treated successfully and had full recovery. Methods. We report a novel case of noncirrhotic hyperammonemia and review the literature on this topic. Selected literature for review included English-language articles concerning hyperammonemia using the search terms "hyperammonemic encephalopathy", "non-cirrhotic encephalopathy", "hepatic encephalopathy", "urea-cycle disorders", "ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency", and "fulminant hepatic failure"...
2016: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733319/incidence-and-clinical-presentation-of-portal-vein-thrombosis-in-cirrhotic-patients
#14
Yasir Furkan Cagin, Yahya Atayan, Mehmet Ali Erdogan, Firat Dagtekin, Cemil Colak
BACKGROUND: Portal vein thrombosis (PVT) is due to many risk factors, but its pathogenesis is still not clearly understood. To identify the risk factors for PVT, we analyzed the clinical characteristics and complications associated with PVT in cirrhotic patients. METHODS: We studied patients with liver cirrhosis who were admitted to our unit from April 2009 to December 2014. The patients were divided into the PVT and non-PVT groups, and were compared by variables including gender, age, the etiology of cirrhosis, stage of cirrhosis, complications, imaging, and treatment...
October 2016: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27717156/combining-arterial-spin-labeling-with-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-measurement-for-characterizing-patients-with-minimal-hepatic-encephalopathy
#15
Ying Li, Huaijun Liu, Jiping Yang, Xin Tian, Haiqing Yang, Zuojun Geng
AIM: Our objective is to explore key changes in brain functions in relation to minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE). We incorporated both resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and arterial spin labeling (ASL) to enhance the detection of MHE. METHODS: We undertook fMRI scanning for 56 MHE patients and 66 healthy controls. Region functional connectivity was carried out to assess the connectivity status between pairs of regions among 90 brain regions...
October 7, 2016: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27695370/presence-and-consequence-of-tooth-periapical-radiolucency-in-patients-with-cirrhosis
#16
Lea Ladegaard Grønkjær, Palle Holmstrup, Søren Schou, Kristoffer Schwartz, Johanne Kongstad, Peter Jepsen, Hendrik Vilstrup
BACKGROUND: Periapical radiolucency is the radiographic sign of inflammatory bone lesions around the apex of the tooth. We determined the prevalence and predictors of periapical radiolucency in patients with cirrhosis and the association with systemic inflammation status and cirrhosis-related complications. METHODS: A total of 110 cirrhosis patients were consecutively enrolled. Periapical radiolucency was defined as the presence of radiolucency or widening of the periapical periodontal ligament space to more than twice the normal width...
2016: Hepatic Medicine: Evidence and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27672283/role-of-spleen-elastography-in-patients-with-chronic-liver-diseases
#17
REVIEW
Mariangela Giunta, Dario Conte, Mirella Fraquelli
The development of liver cirrhosis and portal hypertension (PH), one of its major complications, are structural and functional alterations of the liver, occurring in many patients with chronic liver diseases (CLD). Actually the progressive deposition of hepatic fibrosis has a key role in the prognosis of CLD patients. The subsequent development of PH leads to its major complications, such as ascites, hepatic encephalopathy, variceal bleeding and decompensation. Liver biopsy is still considered the reference standard for the assessment of hepatic fibrosis, whereas the measurement of hepatic vein pressure gradient is the standard to ascertain the presence of PH and upper endoscopy is the method of choice to detect the presence of oesophageal varices...
September 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27672280/clinical-management-of-acute-liver-failure-results-of-an-international-multi-center-survey
#18
Liane Rabinowich, Julia Wendon, William Bernal, Oren Shibolet
AIM: To assess the practice of caring for acute liver failure (ALF) patients in varying geographic locations and medical centers. METHODS: Members of the European Acute Liver Failure Consortium completed an 88-item questionnaire detailing management of ALF. Responses from 22 transplantation centers in 11 countries were analyzed, treating between 300 and 500 ALF cases and performing over 100 liver transplants (LT) for ALF annually. The questions pertained to details of the institution and their clinical activity, standards of care, referral and admission, ward- based care versus intensive care unit (ICU) as well as questions regarding liver transplantation - including criteria, limitations, and perceived performance...
September 7, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27652300/impact-and-safety-of-endoscopic-ultrasound-guided-fine-needle-aspiration-on-patients-with-cirrhosis-and-pyrexia-of-unknown-origin-in-india
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Narendra Choudhary, Rinkesh Kumar Bansal, Rajesh Puri, Rajiv Ranjan Singh, Mukesh Nasa, Vinit Shah, Haimanti Sarin, Mridula Guleria, Sanjiv Saigal, Neeraj Saraf, Randhir Sud, Arvinder S Soin
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Etiologic diagnosis of pyrexia of unknown origin is important in patients with cirrhosis for optimal management and to prevent flare up of infectious disease after liver transplantation. However, there is very limited literature available on this subject. The present study aimed to examine the safety and impact of endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) guided fine needle aspiration (FNA) in patients with cirrhosis. METHODS: The study was conducted between January 2014 and January 2016 at a tertiary care center...
September 2016: Endoscopy International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27651930/combination-therapy-using-pse-and-tio-ameliorates-hepatic-encephalopathy-due-to-intrahepatic-portosystemic-venous-shunt-in-idiopathic-portal-hypertension
#20
Seiichiro Kojima, Hiroyuki Ito, Shinji Takashimizu, Hitoshi Ichikawa, Tomohiro Matsumoto, Terumitsu Hasebe, Norihito Watanabe
A 64-year-old woman treated for anemia and ascites exhibited hepatic encephalopathy. Abdominal ultrasonography and computed tomography (CT) showed communication between the portal vein and the middle hepatic vein, indicating an intrahepatic portosystemic venous shunt (PSS). Since hepatic encephalopathy of the patient was resistant to medical treatment, interventional radiology was performed for the treatment of shunt obliteration. Hepatic venography showed anastomosis between the hepatic vein branches, supporting the diagnosis of idiopathic portal hypertension (IPH)...
September 2016: Acta Radiologica Open
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