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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352420/diagnosis-and-management-of-hepatitis-c-infection-in-primary-care-settings
#1
Debra Guss, Jagannath Sherigar, Paul Rosen, Smruti R Mohanty
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a significant health problem worldwide, and is the leading cause of cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and liver transplantation in the United States. The management of HCV has changed significantly over the last 5 years, as treatments have become simpler and more efficacious. Medication efficacy is now greater than 90%, with a high barrier to resistance and few side effects. This review is a collaboration between primary care and hepatology providers to explore all aspects of HCV management: acute versus chronic HCV infection, transmission and testing, and diagnosis and treatment...
January 19, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346834/twelve-week-ravidasvir-plus-ritonavir-boosted-danoprevir-and-ribavirin-for-non-cirrhotic-hcv-genotype-1-patients-a-phase-2-study
#2
Jia-Horng Kao, Min-Lung Yu, Chi-Yi Chen, Cheng-Yuan Peng, Ming-Yao Chen, Huoling Tang, Qiaoqiao Chen, Jinzi J Wu
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The need for all-oral HCV treatments with higher response rates, improved tolerability and lower pill burden compared to interferon-inclusive regimen has led to the development of new direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs). Ravidasvir (RDV) is a second-generation, pan-genotypic NS5A inhibitor with high barrier to resistance. The aim of this phase 2 study (EVERST study) was to assess the efficacy and safety of interferon-free, 12-week RDV plus ritonavir-boosted danoprevir (DNVr) and ribavirin (RBV) regimen for treatment-naïve Asian HCV genotype 1 (GT1) patients without cirrhosis...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344726/the-safety-and-efficacy-of-elbasvir-and-grazoprevir-in-participants-with-hepatitis-c-virus-genotype-1b-infection
#3
Stefan Zeuzem, Lawrence Serfaty, John Vierling, Wendy Cheng, Jacob George, Jan Sperl, Simone Strasser, Hiromitsu Kumada, Peggy Hwang, Michael Robertson, Janice Wahl, Eliav Barr, Rohit Talwani, Heather Platt
BACKGROUND: Genotype 1b (GT1b) is the most common subtype of the hepatitis C virus (HCV). We present an integrated analysis of 1070 participants with HCV GT1b infection from 30 countries who received elbasvir/grazoprevir for 12 weeks. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of data from participants with chronic HCV GT1b infection enrolled in 11 phase II/III clinical trials. All participants received elbasvir 50 mg plus grazoprevir 100 mg once daily for 12 weeks...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341226/molecular-details-of-spontaneous-insertion-and-interaction-of-hcv-non-structure-3-protease-protein-domain-with-pip2-containing-membrane
#4
Huynh Minh Hung, Tran Dieu Hang, Minh Tho Nguyen
Hepatitis C virus (HCV), known as the leading cause of liver cirrhosis, viral hepatitis and hepatocellular carcinoma, has been affecting more than 150 million people globally. The HCV non-structure 3 (NS3) protease protein domain plays a key role in HCV replication and pathogenesis; and is currently a primary target for HCV antiviral therapy. Through unbiased molecular dynamics simulations which take advantage of the novel highly mobile membrane mimetic model, we constructed the membrane-bound state of the protein domain at the atomic level...
January 17, 2018: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337849/vitamin-e-as-a-treatment-for-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-reality-or-myth
#5
REVIEW
Hamza El Hadi, Roberto Vettor, Marco Rossato
Obesity is one of the major epidemics of this millennium, and its incidence is growing worldwide. Following the epidemics of obesity, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become a disease of increasing prevalence and a leading cause of morbidity and mortality closely related to cardiovascular disease, malignancies, and cirrhosis. It is believed that oxidative stress is a main player in the development and progression of NAFLD. Currently, a pharmacological approach has become necessary in NAFLD because of a failure to modify lifestyle and dietary habits in most patients...
January 16, 2018: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333908/false-positive-acetylcholine-receptor-antibodies-in-a-case-of-unilateral-chronic-progressive-external-ophthalmoplegia-case-report-and-review-of-literature
#6
Rehan Rajput, Amun Sachdev, Nizar Din, Erika Marie Damato, Aidan Murray
METHODS: We present a rare case with atypical presenting features of unilateral CPEO with a false positive Acetylcholine Receptor Antibody (AchRA) test resulting in diagnostic delay. We illustrate the unilateral nature of this case and demonstrate the caveats of performing myogenic ptosis correction in such patients. We also discuss the differential diagnosis of false positive AchRA, a test commonly performed in the investigation of ptosis. RESULTS: A 34-year old female presented with a more than 3-year history of slowly-progressive, unilateral, right-sided restriction in eye movements and ptosis...
January 15, 2018: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333041/pharmacological-evaluation-of-hepatoprotective-activity-of-ahpl-aytab-0613-tablet-in-carbon-tetrachloride-ethanol-and-paracetamol-induced-hepatotoxicity-models-in-wistar-albino-rats
#7
Sanjay U Nipanikar, Sohan S Chitlange, Dheeraj Nagore
Background: Hepatotoxicity ultimately leads to liver failure. Conventional treatment options for hepatotoxicity are limited and not safe. Objective: Formulation AHPL/AYTAB/0613 is developed to provide safer and effective hepatoprotective drug of natural origin. A study was conducted to evaluate hepatoprotective activity of AHPL/AYTAB/0613 (three dosages) in comparison with marketed formulations in carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), ethanol, and paracetamol-induced hepatotoxicity in Wistar albino rats...
December 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329305/evaluating-the-efficacy-of-switching-from-lamivudine-plus-adefovir-to-tenofovir-disoproxil-fumarate-monotherapy-in-lamivudine-resistant-stable-hepatitis-b-patients
#8
Heon Ju Lee, Sang Jin Kim, Young Oh Kweon, Soo Young Park, Jeong Heo, Hyun Young Woo, Jae Seok Hwang, Woo Jin Chung, Chang Hyeong Lee, Byung Seok Kim, Jeong Ill Suh, Won Young Tak, Byoung Kuk Jang
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of switching to tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) monotherapy from lamivudine (LAM) plus adefovir dipivoxil (ADV) combination therapy (stable switching) in patients with LAM-resistant chronic hepatitis B (CHB) and undetectable hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA is not clear. METHODS: In this non-inferiority trial, patients with LAM-resistant CHB and undetectable serum HBV DNA (<20 IU/mL) for >6 months after initiating LAM+ADV combination therapy were randomized (1:2) either to continue the combination therapy (LAM+ADV group, n = 58) or switched to TDF monotherapy (TDF group, n = 111)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328499/mait-cells-are-chronically-activated-in-patients-with-autoimmune-liver-disease-and-promote-pro-fibrogenic-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation
#9
Katrin Böttcher, Krista Rombouts, Francesca Saffioti, Davide Roccarina, Matteo Rosselli, Andrew Hall, TuVinh Luong, Emmanuel A Tsochatzis, Douglas Thorburn, Massimo Pinzani
Autoimmune liver diseases (AILD) are chronic liver pathologies characterised by fibrosis and cirrhosis due to immune-mediated liver damage. In this study, we addressed the question whether mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells, innate-like T cells, are functionally altered in patients with AILD and whether MAIT cells can promote liver fibrosis through activation of hepatic stellate cells. We analysed the phenotype and function of MAIT cells from AILD patients and healthy controls by multi-colour flow cytometry and investigated the interaction between human MAIT cells and primary human hepatic stellate cells (hHSCs)...
January 12, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325293/-expression-of-mir-212-and-mir-132-in-serum-of-patients-with-primary-liver-cancer-and-their-targeted-regulation-of-gp73
#10
M Sha, B Wang, L Xiao, J Ye, J Wang, Z Y Luan
Objective: To investigate the expression of miR-212 and miR-132 in the serum of patients with primary liver cancer and their targeted regulation of GP73. Methods: The patients with liver cancer, chronic hepatitis B, or liver cirrhosis who were hospitalized in Taizhou People's Hospital from January 2015 to December 2016 were enrolled, and healthy volunteers were also enrolled as controls. Quantitative real-time PCR was used to measure the serum levels of miR-212 and miR-132, and the association between the expression of serum miR-212 and miR-132 and the clinicopathological features of patients with liver cancer was analyzed...
December 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325274/-an-interpretation-of-2017-easl-clinical-practice-guidelines-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-patients-with-primary-biliary-cholangitis
#11
Y Han, Y Chen
Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is a chronic autoimmune cholestatic disease and may progress to liver fibrosis, liver cirrhosis, decompensated cirrhosis, and even end-stage liver disease without effective treatment. The diagnosis of PBC is mainly based on the biochemical parameters indicating cholestatic hepatitis and the presence of specific autoantibody in circulation. The goals of the treatment and management of PBC are to prevent the development of end-stage liver disease, to improve related clinical symptoms, and to improve patients' quality of life...
November 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325272/-advances-in-the-treatment-of-primary-biliary-cholangitis
#12
Y M Li, Q X Wang, X Ma
Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is an autoimmune liver disease mainly involving intrahepatic interlobular bile ducts and can progress to liver fibrosis, liver cirrhosis, and even liver failure. Ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) is the first-line therapeutic drug for PBC and can delay disease progression, but as high as 40% of patients have suboptimal response to UDCA. Obeticholic acid, a farnesoid X receptor agonist, has been approved by FDA in May 2016 for patients who have no response to UDCA treatment or cannot tolerate such treatment...
November 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324588/both-%C3%AE-1-antitrypsin-z-phenotypes-and-low-caeruloplasmin-levels-are-over-represented-in-alcohol-and-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-cirrhotic-patients-undergoing-liver-transplant-in-ireland
#13
El-Gaily A El-Rayah, Patrick J Twomey, Eleanor M Wallace, Peter A McCormick
OBJECTIVES: Alcoholic liver disease and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are steatotic liver diseases and major causes of cirrhosis. Only a minority of patients with risk factors develop cirrhosis and genetic cofactors may be important in pathogenesis. Mutations in the Wilson's and α-1-antitrypsin genes are not uncommon and we speculated that they may act as cofactors. METHODS: We investigated α-1-antitrypsin phenotyes and caeruloplasmin levels in patients undergoing elective liver transplantation...
January 10, 2018: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324587/linkage-to-care-of-hbsag-positive-and-anti-hcv-positive-patients-after-a-systematic-screening-approach-in-the-german-primary-care-setting
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Anja Lüllau, David Petroff, Olaf Bätz, Jan Kramer, Katrin Jedrysiak, Hannelore Tenckhoff, Thomas Berg, Ingmar Wolffram, Johannes Wiegand
BACKGROUND: Identification of previously unknown cases is important to lower the burden of chronic hepatitis B and C infection. However, a screening program in the primary care setting has not yet been established. Therefore, a systematic screening project was conducted in 21 008 patients (Wolffram and colleagues). Here, we describe linkage to care of identified HbsAg-positive and anti-hepatitis C virus (HCV)-positive patients. METHODS: General practitioners characterized further medical care by a standardized questionnaire...
January 10, 2018: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321423/constrictive-pericarditis-as-a-long-term-undetermined-etiology-of-ascites-and-edema
#15
Takahiro Kamio, Eiji Hiraoka, Kotaro Obunai, Hiroyuki Watanabe
Constrictive pericarditis (CP) is defined as impedance to diastolic filling caused by a fibrotic pericardium. The diagnosis of CP is a clinical challenge and requires a high index of clinical suspicion. The signs and symptoms of CP include fatigue, edema, ascites, and liver dysfunction. These can be mistakenly diagnosed as primary liver disease. We present the case of a 69-year-old woman with a 7-year history of leg edema and a 2-year history of ascites who was initially diagnosed with cryptogenic liver cirrhosis and was finally diagnosed with CP...
January 11, 2018: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318378/mac-2-binding-protein-glycan-isomer-m2bpgi-is-a-new-serum-biomarker-for-assessing-liver-fibrosis-more-than-a-biomarker-of-liver-fibrosis
#16
REVIEW
Ken Shirabe, Yuki Bekki, Dolgormaa Gantumur, Kenichiro Araki, Norihiro Ishii, Atsushi Kuno, Hisashi Narimatsu, Masashi Mizokami
Assessing liver fibrosis is important for predicting the efficacy of antiviral therapy and patient prognosis. Liver biopsy is the gold standard for diagnosing liver fibrosis, despite its invasiveness and problematic diagnostic accuracy. Although noninvasive techniques to assess liver fibrosis are becoming important, reliable serum surrogate markers are not available. A glycoproteomics study aimed at identifying such markers discovered Mac 2-Binding Protein Gylcan Isomer (M2BPGi), which is a reliable marker for assessing liver fibrosis in patients with viral hepatitis and other fibrotic liver diseases such as primary biliary cholangitis, biliary atresia, autoimmune hepatitis, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317337/heart-and-bile-acids-clinical-consequences-of-altered-bile-acid-metabolism
#17
REVIEW
Tharni Vasavan, Elisa Ferraro, Effendi Ibrahim, Peter Dixon, Julia Gorelik, Catherine Williamson
Cardiac dysfunction has an increased prevalence in diseases complicated by liver cirrhosis such as primary biliary cholangitis and primary sclerosing cholangitis. This observation has led to research into the association between abnormalities in bile acid metabolism and cardiac pathology. Approximately 50% of liver cirrhosis cases develop cirrhotic cardiomyopathy. Bile acids are directly implicated in this, causing QT interval prolongation, cardiac hypertrophy, cardiomyocyte apoptosis and abnormal haemodynamics of the heart...
January 6, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317276/accuracy-of-the-enhanced-liver-fibrosis-test-vs-fibrotest-elastography-and-indirect-markers-in-detection-of-advanced-fibrosis-in-patients-with-alcoholic-liver-disease
#18
Maja Thiele, Bjørn Stæhr Madsen, Janne Fuglsang Hansen, Sönke Detlefsen, Steen Antonsen, Aleksander Krag
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Alcohol is the leading cause of cirrhosis and liver-related mortality, but we lack serum markers to detect compensated disease. We compared the accuracy of the Enhanced Liver Fibrosis test (ELF), the FibroTest, liver stiffness measurements (made by transient elastography and 2-dimensional shear-wave elastography), and 6 indirect marker tests in detection of advanced liver fibrosis (Kleiner stage ≥F3). METHODS: We performed a prospective study of 10 liver fibrosis markers (patented and not), all performed on the same day...
January 6, 2018: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317157/laparoscopic-liver-resection-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-early-and-advanced-cirrhosis
#19
Rachel E Beard, Yisi Wang, Sidrah Khan, J Wallis Marsh, Allan Tsung, David A Geller
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic liver resection for hepatocellular carcinoma is well described in early cirrhosis. Less is known regarding outcomes with more advanced cirrhosis, and this study aimed to compare these groups. METHODS: A retrospective review of resections at a high-volume hepatobiliary center over a 15-year period was performed. Primary end-points were 30 and 90-day mortality. Secondary end-points included complications and survival. RESULTS: 80 early (Child's A) were compared to 26 advanced (20 Child's B and 6 Child's C) patients...
January 6, 2018: HPB: the Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316587/-evaluation-of-abnormal-liver-chemistries-in-general-practitioner-care-the-reality-of-primary-care-in-germany
#20
Michael Jansky, Christina Mattlinger, Marc Nguyen-Tat, Peter R Galle, Frank Lammert, Johannes Jäger, Julian Wangler
BACKGROUND:  In general practitioner care, abnormal liver chemistries are often being diagnosed unintentionally. So far, there is no evidence-based, structured diagnostic pathway for classifying and evaluating elevated liver enzymes, especially with regard to the early detection of patients at increased risk for liver fibrosis or liver cirrhosis. Accordingly, dealing with elevated liver values which are noticed in the course of a general blood examination is a diagnostic challenge that strongly depends on the doctor's approach...
January 9, 2018: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
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