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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185250/management-of-hepatitis-c-in-decentralised-versus-centralised-drug-substitution-programmes-and-minimally-invasive-point-of-care-tests-to-close-gaps-in-the-hcv-cascade
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Andrea Bregenzer, Anna Conen, Jürg Knuchel, Andrée Friedl, Franz Eigenmann, Martin Näf, Peter Ackle, Martin Roth, Christoph Andreas Fux
BACKGROUND: In Switzerland, intravenous drug use accounts for the majority of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. Early HCV treatment prevents further transmissions and reduces morbidity and mortality due to decompensated liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Nevertheless, patients in drug substitution programmes are often insufficiently screened and treated. AIM: The aim was to compare the current state of HCV management in centralised and decentralised drug substitution programmes of the canton Aargau...
November 29, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096421/glucocorticosteroids-for-people-with-alcoholic-hepatitis
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REVIEW
Chavdar S Pavlov, Daria L Varganova, Giovanni Casazza, Emmanuel Tsochatzis, Dimitrinka Nikolova, Christian Gluud
BACKGROUND: Alcoholic hepatitis is a form of alcoholic liver disease, characterised by steatosis, necroinflammation, fibrosis, and potential complications to the liver disease. Typically, alcoholic hepatitis presents in people between 40 and 50 years of age. Alcoholic hepatitis can be resolved if people abstain from drinking, but the risk of death will depend on the severity of the liver damage and abstinence from alcohol. Glucocorticosteroids are used as anti-inflammatory drugs for people with alcoholic hepatitis...
November 2, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075369/acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-in-a-multi-ethnic-asian-city-a-comparison-of-patients-identified-by-asia-pacific-association-for-the-study-of-the-liver-and-european-association-for-the-study-of-the-liver-definitions
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Anandraj Selva Rajoo, Seng-Gee Lim, Wah Wah Phyo, Thandar Tun, Yock-Young Dan, Yin-Mei Lee, How-Cheng Low, Kieron Lim, Poh-Seng Tan, Guan-Huei Lee
AIM: To explore the applicability of the Asia-Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL) and European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) guidelines for acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) in profiling patients and determining the outcome. METHODS: Patients admitted to a tertiary hospital in Singapore with acute decompensation of liver disease from January 2004 to July 2014 are screened for ACLF according to the APASL and EASL criteria. The patients' data (including basic demographics, information about existing chronic liver disease, information about the acute decompensation, relevant laboratory values during admission, treatment, and outcome) are retrospectively analyzed to determine the background, precipitating factors and outcome...
October 8, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074409/global-prevalence-of-injecting-drug-use-and-sociodemographic-characteristics-and-prevalence-of-hiv-hbv-and-hcv-in-people-who-inject-drugs-a-multistage-systematic-review
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Louisa Degenhardt, Amy Peacock, Samantha Colledge, Janni Leung, Jason Grebely, Peter Vickerman, Jack Stone, Evan B Cunningham, Adam Trickey, Kostyantyn Dumchev, Michael Lynskey, Paul Griffiths, Richard P Mattick, Matthew Hickman, Sarah Larney
BACKGROUND: Sharing of equipment used for injecting drug use (IDU) is a substantial cause of disease burden and a contributor to blood-borne virus transmission. We did a global multistage systematic review to identify the prevalence of IDU among people aged 15-64 years; sociodemographic characteristics of and risk factors for people who inject drugs (PWID); and the prevalence of HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV), and hepatitis B virus (HBV) among PWID. METHODS: Consistent with the GATHER and PRISMA guidelines and without language restrictions, we systematically searched peer-reviewed databases (MEDLINE, Embase, and PsycINFO; articles published since 2008, latest searches in June, 2017), searched the grey literature (websites and databases, searches between April and August, 2016), and disseminated data requests to international experts and agencies (requests sent in October, 2016)...
December 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28989095/risk-factors-and-prevention-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-the-era-of-precision-medicine
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REVIEW
Naoto Fujiwara, Scott L Friedman, Nicolas Goossens, Yujin Hoshida
Chronic fibrotic liver disease caused by viral or metabolic etiologies is a high-risk condition for developing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Even after complete HCC tumor resection or ablation, the carcinogenic tissue microenvironment in the remnant liver can give rise to recurrent de novo HCC tumors, which progress into incurable, advanced-stage disease in the majority of patients. Thus, early detection and prevention of HCC development is, in principle, the most impactful strategy to improve patient prognosis...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986139/restrictions-for-reimbursement-of-interferon-free-direct-acting-antiviral-drugs-for-hcv-infection-in-europe
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Alison D Marshall, Evan B Cunningham, Stine Nielsen, Alessio Aghemo, Hannu Alho, Markus Backmund, Philip Bruggmann, Olav Dalgard, Carole Seguin-Devaux, Robert Flisiak, Graham R Foster, Liana Gheorghe, David Goldberg, Ioannis Goulis, Matthew Hickman, Patrick Hoffmann, Ligita Jancorienė, Peter Jarcuska, Martin Kåberg, Leondios G Kostrikis, Mihály Makara, Matti Maimets, Rui Tato Marinho, Mojca Matičič, Suzanne Norris, Sigurður Ólafsson, Anne Øvrehus, Jean-Michel Pawlotsky, James Pocock, Geert Robaeys, Carlos Roncero, Marieta Simonova, Jan Sperl, Michele Tait, Ieva Tolmane, Stefan Tomaselli, Marc van der Valk, Adriana Vince, Gregory J Dore, Jeffrey V Lazarus, Jason Grebely
All-oral direct-acting antiviral drugs (DAAs) for hepatitis C virus, which have response rates of 95% or more, represent a major clinical advance. However, the high list price of DAAs has led many governments to restrict their reimbursement. We reviewed the availability of, and national criteria for, interferon-free DAA reimbursement among countries in the European Union and European Economic Area, and Switzerland. Reimbursement documentation was reviewed between Nov 18, 2016, and Aug 1, 2017. Primary outcomes were fibrosis stage, drug or alcohol use, prescriber type, and HIV co-infection restrictions...
October 3, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28970146/association-between-hepatic-steatosis-measured-by-controlled-attenuation-parameter-and-fibrosis-burden-in-chronic-hepatitis-b
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Wai-Kay Seto, Rex Wh Hui, Lung-Yi Mak, James Fung, Ka-Shing Cheung, Kevin Sh Liu, Danny Ka-Ho Wong, Ching-Lung Lai, Man-Fung Yuen
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The interaction between chronic hepatitis B (CHB) and hepatic steatosis is poorly understood. We investigated whether measurement of controlled attenuation parameter (CAP), a non-invasive method to quantify steatosis, can assist in monitoring patients with CHB. METHODS: We performed transient elastography, to measure liver stiffness, and made CAP measurements in 1606 patients with CHB (898 treated with nucleoside analogues, for a median 75.4 months) in Hong Kong, from January 2015 through September 2016...
September 29, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28952271/-dictamni-cortex-powder-induced-liver-injury-based-on-integrated-evidence-chain
#8
Yi-Xue Huang, Yu-Ming Guo, Yong-Feng Zhou, Cong-En Zhang, Jing Jing, Shi-Jing Liu, Na-Na Zhang, Jing-Yuan Song, Xiao-He Xiao, Jia-Bo Wang
A typical clinical case of taking Dictamni Cortex(Baixianpi) powder was analyzed to study liver damage caused by Dictamni Cortex. Liver damage was diagnosed according to the integrated evidence chain method recommended by the Guideline for Diagnosis and Treatment of Herb-Induced Liver Injury. By analyzing clinical history and biochemistry and imaging examinations, underlying diseases, such as viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver disease and alcoholic liver disease, were excluded. Through the investigation of medication history, we made it clear that the patient only took Dictamni Cortex powder during the period, and thus suspected that the liver injury was induced by Dictamni Cortex...
February 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933748/dietary-composition-independent-of-weight-loss-in-the-management-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#9
REVIEW
Tannaz Eslamparast, Puneeta Tandon, Maitreyi Raman
Poor dietary composition is an important factor in the progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The majority of NAFLD patients follow diets with overconsumption of simple carbohydrates, total and saturated fat, with reduced intake of dietary fiber and omega-3 rich foods. Although lifestyle modifications including weight loss and exercise remain the keystone of NAFLD management, modifying dietary composition with or without a calorie-restricted diet may also be a feasible and sustainable strategy for NAFLD treatment...
July 26, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692443/a-single-test-combining-blood-markers-and-elastography-is-more-accurate-than-other-fibrosis-tests-in-the-main-causes-of-chronic-liver-diseases
#10
Alexandra Ducancelle, Vincent Leroy, Julien Vergniol, Nathalie Sturm, Brigitte Le Bail, Jean Pierre Zarski, Eric Nguyen Khac, Dominique Salmon, Victor de Ledinghen, Paul Calès
BACKGROUND AND GOAL: International guidelines suggest combining a blood test and liver stiffness measurement (LSM) to stage liver fibrosis in chronic hepatitis C (CHC) and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Therefore, we compared the accuracies of these tests between the main etiologies of chronic liver diseases. STUDY: Overall, 1968 patients were included in 5 etiologies: CHC: 698, chronic hepatitis B: 152, human immunodeficiency virus/CHC: 628, NAFLD: 225, and alcoholic liver disease (ALD): 265...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688543/liver-steatosis-the-new-epidemic-of-the-third-millennium-benign-liver-state-or-silent-killer
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REVIEW
Claudio Puoti, Maria Giuseppa Elmo, Daniela Ceccarelli, Michela Ditrinco
Until the end of the 90's of the last century, rather little attention was paid to the issue of the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), perhaps due to the fact that the newly discovered hepatitis C virus did attract a paramount interest of hepatologists and researchers. On the other side, fatty liver was considered a relatively uncommon cause of liver damage, occurring almost exclusively in obese females, often associated with non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), and with a relatively benign prognosis...
July 5, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676020/current-and-potential-future-pharmacological-approaches-for-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#12
Konstantinos Imprialos, Konstantinos Stavropoulos, Sofia Bouloukou, Georgios Kerpiniotis, Asterios Karagiannis, Michael Doumas
BACKGOUND: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects a large proportion of the general population. The disease ranges from simple steatosis, to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), cirrhosis and even hepatocellular carcinoma. Several drugs are used in daily clinical practice to manage the disease. However, data on their efficacy in liver histology are not consistent. AIM: We discuss current treatment options for NAFLD and NASH and preliminary results from novel drugs under investigation...
June 20, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637103/-the-development-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#13
REVIEW
Oh Sang Kwon, Joon Hwan Kim, Ju Hyun Kim
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) may be one of the important causes of cryptogenic hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). NAFLD-related HCCs (NAFLD-HCCs) have the following clinical features: high body mass index, deranged lipid profiles, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and metabolic syndrome. Among them, obesity, diabetes mellitus, and high Fe contents in the liver are risk factors of developing HCC in patients with NAFLD. Inflammatory cytokines, adipokines, insulin like growth factor-I, and lipotoxicity are intermingled and may cross react with each other to develop HCC...
June 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598048/hepatotoxicity-in-hiv-patients-an-observational-study-in-patients-from-tertiary-care-centre-of-western-india
#14
Smrati Bajpai, Kavita Joshi
OBJECTIVE: HIV AIDS has currently become a chronic manageable condition with HAART, but with its chronicity and lifelong therapy currently the adverse drug reactions to these drugs are the main concern for any treating physician. Hepatotoxicity is one of the prime concerns of any physician managing HIV patients. We observe a number of patients reporting hepatotoxicity in our cohort and this had great impact on the efficacy and intake of the HAART drugs, this led us to explore this area and to find out the prevalence and etiologies in our cohort...
May 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517024/treatment-of-severe-alcoholic-hepatitis-past-present-and-future
#15
REVIEW
Nicolas Lanthier, Peter Stärkel
Alcoholic hepatitis (AH) manifests as a clinical syndrome characterized by recent jaundice and liver function deterioration in an actively drinking patient. The principal cause of AH is alcoholic steatohepatitis (ASH) defined histologically by the coexistence of steatosis, hepatocyte ballooning and satellitosis. While nonsevere AH usually responds to alcohol abstinence, severe AH, identified by Maddrey scoring ≥ 32, has a bad prognosis and is traditionally treated by a 28-day course of prednisone therapy...
July 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489673/systematic-review-nutrition-and-physical-activity-in-the-management-of-paediatric-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#16
Philippa S Gibson, Sarah Lang, Anil Dhawan, Emer Fitzpatrick, Michelle L Blumfield, Helen Truby, Kathryn H Hart, J Bernadette Moore
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate efficacy of nutrition and physical activity interventions in the clinical management of paediatric non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The prevalence of paediatric NAFLD continues to rise alongside childhood obesity. Weight loss through lifestyle modification is currently first-line treatment, although supplementation of specific dietary components may be beneficial. METHODS: Medline, CINAHL, EMBASE, Scopus and Cochrane Libraries were systematically searched to identify randomised controlled trials (RCTs) assessing nutritional and physical activity interventions...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442120/american-gastroenterological-association-institute-technical-review-on-the-role-of-elastography-in-chronic-liver-diseases
#17
REVIEW
Siddharth Singh, Andrew J Muir, Douglas T Dieterich, Yngve T Falck-Ytter
Chronic liver diseases (CLDs), due to chronic hepatitis C; hepatitis B; nonalcoholic fatty liver diseases (NAFLD); and alcoholic liver disease, are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality globally. Early identification of patients with cirrhosis at high risk of progression to liver-related complications may facilitate timely care and improve outcomes. With risks and misclassification associated with invasive tests, such as liver biopsy, noninvasive imaging modalities for liver fibrosis assessment have gained popularity...
May 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424803/use-of-a-flumazenil-infusion-to-treat-chlordiazepoxide-toxicity
#18
I R Wallace, E C Campbell, M Trimble
"Alcohol detox" is a common presentation to acute medical services and is usually managed via standardised guidelines and protocols. We present a case of chlordiazepoxide toxicity, requiring repeated bolus doses and subsequently 24 hours of an intravenous infusion of flumazenil in response to guideline directed management of an alcohol withdrawal state. The use of prolonged flumazenil infusions to treat benzodiazepine toxicity is infrequently described. Chlordiazepoxide is metabolised in the hepatic microsomal pathway and hepatic impairment can lead to accumulation of toxic metabolites, which may have been the explanation for toxicity in this case...
2017: Acute Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276821/current-and-future-treatment-options-in-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-nash
#19
REVIEW
Nikos Lazaridis, Emmanuel Tsochatzis
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a chronic liver disease that can progress to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Diagnosis of NASH requires a liver biopsy and is defined as presence of hepatic steatosis, ballooning and lobular inflammation with or without fibrosis. Although NASH is the most common cause of liver disease in the west world and among the top three indications for liver transplantation, there are no universally accepted pharmacological therapies and therapeutic advances have been slow...
April 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258743/loco-regional-treatment-of-hcc-current-status
#20
REVIEW
L Crocetti, I Bargellini, R Cioni
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) represents one of the few cancers for which locoregional treatments are recognised as being able to cure and/or prolong survival and are included in international guidelines. This is due to the unique nature of HCC, in most cases occurring in patients with underlying virus- or alcohol-related cirrhosis. The treatment choice in patients with HCC is therefore driven not only by tumour staging, as in the great majority of cancers, but also by careful evaluation of liver function and physical status...
August 2017: Clinical Radiology
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