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liver diseases in pregnancy

Chiara Sartori, Pietro Lazzeroni, Silvia Merli, Viviana Dora Patianna, Francesca Viaroli, Francesca Cirillo, Sergio Amarri, Maria Elisabeth Street
Adipokines are cytokines produced mainly by adipose tissue, besides many other tissues such as placenta, ovaries, peripheral-blood mononuclear cells, liver, muscle, kidney, heart, and bone marrow. Adipokines play a significant role in the metabolic syndrome and in cardiovascular diseases, have implications in regulating insulin sensitivity and inflammation, and have significant effects on growth and reproductive function. The objective of this review was to analyze the functions known today of adiponectin, leptin, resistin, and visfatin from placenta throughout childhood and adolescence...
2016: Mediators of Inflammation
Xiaojiaoyang Li, Zihang Yuan, Runping Liu, Hozeifa M Hassan, Hang Yang, Rong Sun, Luyong Zhang, Zhenzhou Jiang
Estrogen-induced cholestasis, known as intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), is an estrogen-related liver disease that is widely recognized as female or pregnancy-specific. Our previous findings showed that the synthetic estrogen, 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE), induced cholestatic injury through ERK1/2-LKB1-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) signaling pathway and its mediated suppression of farnesoid X receptor (FXR). To investigate the role played by bile acids in EE-induced cholestasis, we evaluated the effects of chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA), ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) and deoxycholic acid (DCA) on sandwich cultured rat primary hepatocytes (SCRHs) and an in vivo rat model...
October 12, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Hannah B Anastasio, Maureen Grundy, Meredith L Birsner, Karin J Blakemore
BACKGROUND: Gestational alloimmune liver disease, a form of profound liver failure in the newborn, is the main underlying cause of the entity formerly known as neonatal hemochromatosis. Antepartum maternal intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) has been shown to prevent gestational alloimmune liver disease, which otherwise has a recurrence risk above 90% in subsequent pregnancies. CASE: A 30-year-old woman, gravida 3 para 0120, presented early in gestation. Her previous pregnancy had been complicated by fetal growth restriction, oligohydramnios, and ultimately fatal fulminant neonatal liver failure...
October 6, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Malihe Hasanzadeh, Ftemeh Vahid Roodsari, Shahnaz Ahmadi, Masoumeh Gavedan Mehr, Tabari Azadeh
BACKGROUND: Gestational trophoblastic neoplasia (GTN) is a curable disease that involves the development of malignant tumor in the woman after a normal or molar pregnancy. The position of surgery in GTN is not properly specified and is changing due to new chemotherapy protocols. However, the role of surgery is highlighted in chemotherapy-resistant GTN. Other indications of surgery in trophoblastic diseases are drug toxicity and uterine perforation. Based on the fact that most women in certain age tend to preserve fertility, this study reported 4 cases of successful treatment after fertility sparing surgery...
September 2016: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
Orkun Cetin, Erbil Karaman, Harun Arslan, Ali Kolusarı, Recep Yıldızhan, Mesut Ozgokce, Abdussamet Batur, Ibrahim Akbudak
PURPOSE: To compare maternal liver elasticity scores by Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) elastosonography in healthy and preeclamptic pregnancies and its association with the severity of the disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-two healthy, 33 mild, 33 severe preeclamptic and 28 pregnant women with Hemolysis, Elevated Liver enzymes, and Low Platelets (HELLP) syndrome were included into the study. Maternal liver elasticity was measured by ARFI elastosonography at the first day of puerperium...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Anouk Bokslag, Mirjam van Weissenbruch, Ben Willem Mol, Christianne J M de Groot
Preeclampsia is a common pregnancy specific disease, that presents with hypertension and a variety of organ failures, including malfunction of kidneys, liver and lungs. At present, the only definitive treatment of preeclampsia is end the pregnancy and deliver the neonate and placenta. For women with mild preeclampsia in the preterm phase of pregnancy, expectant management is generally indicated to improve fetal maturity, often requiring maternal medical treatment. Last decades, more evidence is available that the underlying mechanism of preeclampsia, endothelial disease, is not limited to pregnancy but increases cardiovascular risk in later life...
September 19, 2016: Early Human Development
Nalini Mishra, V N Mishra, Parineeta Thakur
INTRODUCTION: Abnormal liver function tests (LFTs) in pregnancy require proper interpretation in order to avoid pitfalls in the diagnosis. The underlying disorder can have a significant effect on the outcome of both mother and foetus. The present study was done with the objective to study the clinical profile, incidence and possible causes of derangements of liver function tests. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Eighty pregnant women with abnormal liver dysfunction were studied prospectively...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
K Olek-Hrab, M Hrab, J Szyfter-Harris, Z Adamski
Pruritus is a natural defence mechanism of the body and creates the scratch reflex as a defensive reaction to potentially dangerous environmental factors. Together with pain, pruritus is a type of superficial sensory experience. Pruritus is a symptom often experienced both in healthy subjects and in those who have symptoms of a disease. In dermatology, pruritus is a frequent symptom associated with a number of dermatoses and is sometimes an auxiliary factor in the diagnostic process. Apart from histamine, the most popular pruritus mediators include tryptase, endothelins, substance P, bradykinin, prostaglandins and acetylcholine...
September 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Joy Simpson, Andrew D Smith, Abigail Fraser, Naveed Sattar, Mark Callaway, Robert S Lindsay, Debbie A Lawlor, Scott M Nelson
CONTEXT: Maternal adiposity in pregnancy is associated with offspring adiposity and metabolic dysfunction postnatally, including greater risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Recent genetic analyses suggest a causal effect of greater maternal body mass index on offspring birthweight and ponderal index but the relative roles of the environment in-utero or later in life remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine whether markers of infant adiposity (birthweight, umbilical cord blood leptin, adiponectin and lipids) were associated with markers of NAFLD in adolescence...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Min Jin, Ping-Ping Lv, Tian-Tian Yu, Jin-Ming Shen, Chun Feng, He-Feng Huang
Our previous study indicated that maternal high estrogen environment in the first trimester is correlated with increased risks of low birth weight (LBW) and adult diseases. The present study aimed to establish an animal model to confirm such an effect in mice; and to further explore 5 the mechanism involved. A mouse model with high estradiol (E2) exposure during early pregnancy was established, and the birth weight, growth after birth, and expression levels of insulin-like growth factor binding protein 1 (IGFBP1) of pups were examined, respectively...
September 14, 2016: Biology of Reproduction
Yasir Abdulqader, Keng-Yu Chuang, Jyotsna Ravi, Abdul Nadir
We report a case of secondary sclerosing cholangitis that manifested itself during pregnancy. A tentative diagnosis of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy was considered, but after her third delivery, a liver biopsy and imaging, as well as review of past records, confirmed the diagnosis of secondary sclerosing cholangitis. Maternal and fetal outcomes of primary sclerosis cholangitis have been reported, and this case highlights the importance of considering other diseases besides the benign intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy as a cause of cholestasis in pregnancy...
July 2016: ACG Case Reports Journal
C Guth, U Beuers, K Beckh
Intermittent cholestatic liver disease may indicate an inherited deficiency of bile salt transport proteins. Episodes of cholestasis may start during pregnancy or during use of oral contraceptives or other medication. We describe the case of a 22-year-old mother with increasing jaundice and severe pruritus two weeks after starting hormonal contraception. A few months before she was suffering from intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP). Liver biopsy showed bland cholestasis with canalicular bile plugs...
September 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
Valentina Medici, Dorothy A Kieffer, Noreene M Shibata, Harpreet Chima, Kyoungmi Kim, Angela Canovas, Juan F Medrano, Alma D Islas-Trejo, Kusum K Kharbanda, Kristin Olson, Ruijun J Su, Mohammad S Islam, Raisa Syed, Carl L Keen, Amy Y Miller, John C Rutledge, Charles H Halsted, Janine M LaSalle
Wilson disease (WD), a genetic disorder affecting copper transport, is characterized by hepatic and neurological manifestations with variable and often unpredictable presentation. Global DNA methylation in liver was previously modified by dietary choline in tx-j mice, a spontaneous mutant model of WD. We therefore hypothesized that the WD phenotype and hepatic gene expression of tx-j offspring could be modified by maternal methyl supplementation during pregnancy. In an initial experiment, female tx-j mice or wild type mice were fed control or choline-supplemented diets two weeks prior to mating through embryonic day 17...
September 9, 2016: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
Mohammad S Khuroo, Mehnaaz S Khuroo, Naira S Khuroo
Hepatitis E was identified as an epidemic of non-A, non-B hepatitis from Kashmir, India in 1978. Hepatitis E virus (HEV), the etiological agent is the sole member of family Hepeviridae. The virus has marked heterogeneity and infects many animals like bats, camel, chicken, deer, boar, mongoose, pigs, rats, rabbit and cutthroat trout. Hepatitis E is a disease with a major global impact and has two distinct epidemiological patterns. Hepatitis E is an imperative health issue in developing nations, transmitted through sullied water and happens most every now in young adults...
August 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Hind N Moussa, Mateo G Leon, Ana Marti, Alissar Chediak, Claudia Pedroza, Sean C Blackwell, Baha M Sibai
Objective The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) task force on hypertension in pregnancy introduced a new definition of superimposed preeclampsia (SIP) adding severe features (SF) as new criteria to define severe disease. They also recommended that those with SIP be delivered ≥ 37 weeks, whereas those with SF be delivered ≤ 34 weeks. Our aim was to investigate the validity of this new definition by comparing adverse pregnancy outcomes in SIP with (SIP-SF) and without SF (SIP)...
September 8, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Anthony R Mawson
Neither the mechanisms of parturition nor the pathogenesis of preterm birth are well understood. Poor nutritional status has been suspected as a major causal factor, since vitamin A concentrations are low in preterm infants. However, even large enteral doses of vitamin A from birth fail to increase plasma concentrations of vitamin A or improve outcomes in preterm and/or extremely low birthweight infants. These findings suggest an underlying impairment in the secretion of vitamin A from the liver, where about 80% of the vitamin is stored...
2016: Journal of Translational Science
Aude Servais, Nadège Devillard, Véronique Frémeaux-Bacchi, Aurélie Hummel, Laurent Salomon, Cécile Contin-Bordes, Hélène Gomer, Christophe Legendre, Yahsou Delmas
BACKGROUND: A therapeutic strategy based on complement blockade by eculizumab is widely used to treat atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS). Recent data are available on the administration of eculizumab during pregnancy in patients treated for paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria but there are very few data for aHUS patients. METHODS: We analysed the use of eculizumab for the treatment of aHUS during five pregnancies in three patients and studied an additional pregnancy without eculizumab...
September 1, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Kemoy Harris, Neeraj Desai, Madhu Gupta, Xiangying Xue, Prodyot K Chatterjee, Burton Rochelson, Christine N Metz
BACKGROUND: Maternal obesity may program the fetus and increase the susceptibility of the offspring to adult diseases. Metformin crosses the placenta and has been associated with decreased inflammation and reversal of fatty liver in obese leptin-deficient mice. We investigated the effects of metformin on maternal and fetal lipid metabolism and hepatic inflammation using a rat model of diet-induced obesity during pregnancy. METHODS: Female Wistar rats (6-7 weeks old) were fed normal or high calorie diets for 5 weeks...
2016: Nutrition & Metabolism
Russell P Saneto
Alpers-Huttenlocher syndrome (AHS) is a mitochondrial DNA-depletion syndrome. Age of onset is bimodal: early onset at 2-4 years and later adolescent onset at 17-24 years of age. Early development is usually normal, with epilepsy heralding the disorder in ~50% of patients. The onset of seizures is coupled with progressive cognitive decline. Hepatopathy is variable, and when present is a progressive dysfunction leading to liver failure in many cases. These features of seizures, cognitive degeneration, and hepatopathy represent the "classic triad" of AHS...
2016: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
Audrey Binette, Kerry Howatt, Ashley Waddington, Robert L Reid
Despite the introduction of promising products into the contraceptive market, the rate of unintended pregnancies remains high. Women with underlying medical conditions should have access to safe and effective contraceptive methods for various reasons, including the potential deleterious effect of the disease on the pregnancy or the effect of the pregnancy on the disease process. Healthcare providers are often confronted with cases in which contraception counseling is problematic due to controversial evidence and persistent myths...
August 22, 2016: Journal of Women's Health
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