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Ryo Takaji, Shunro Matsumoto, Maki Kiyonaga, Yasunari Yamada, Hiromu Mori, Yukio Iwashita, Masayuki Ohta, Masafumi Inomata, Naoki Hijiya, Masatsugu Moriyama, Hajime Takaki, Kengo Fukuzawa, Hirotoshi Yonemasu
OBJECTIVES: Periportal low attenuation (PPLA) associated with metastatic liver cancer is occasionally seen on multi-detector-row CT (MDCT). The purpose of this study was to investigate the MDCT patterns of the PPLA and to correlate it with pathological findings. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the MDCT images of 63 patients with metastatic liver cancers from colorectal adenocarcinoma. On MDCT scans, PPLA associated with liver metastasis was visualized in six patients with colorectal cancer...
October 25, 2016: Japanese Journal of Radiology
Amal Aqul, Maureen M Jonas, Sarah Harney, Roshan Raza, Gregory S Sawicki, Paul D Mitchell, Rima Fawaz
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether liver stiffness measurement (LSM), determined by transient elastography (TE), correlates with presence and severity of liver disease (LD) in children and young adults with cystic fibrosis (CF). METHODS: Subjects underwent LSM at routine CF visits. Presence and severity of CFLD was determined by clinical parameters. Subjects were classified as no CFLD, CFLD without portal hypertension (PHTN), and CFLD with PHTN. LSM was compared to AST/platelet ratio index (APRI) as a correlate to severity of CFLD...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Gerald D Dodd, Anthony C Lanctot, Kimberly E Lind
Purpose To investigate the effect of change in portal vein flow rates on the size and shape of ablations created by a bipolar radiofrequency (RF) ablation device. Materials and Methods This study was exempt from institutional animal care and use committee review. An in vitro bovine liver model perfused with autologous blood via the portal vein at three flow rates (60, 80, 100 mL/min per 100 g of liver) was used. Four ablations, two bipolar and two monopolar (control probe), were made in each of five livers perfused at each flow rate...
October 19, 2016: Radiology
Svenja Ipsen, Ralf Bruder, Rick O'Brien, Paul J Keall, Achim Schweikard, Per R Poulsen
PURPOSE: With the trend in radiotherapy moving toward dose escalation and hypofractionation, the need for highly accurate targeting increases. While MLC tracking is already being successfully used for motion compensation of moving targets in the prostate, current real-time target localization methods rely on repeated x-ray imaging and implanted fiducial markers or electromagnetic transponders rather than direct target visualization. In contrast, ultrasound imaging can yield volumetric data in real-time (3D + time = 4D) without ionizing radiation...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Xindi Zhang, Jim Warren, Arden Corter, Felicity Goodyear-Smith
This paper describes development of a prototype data analytics portal for analysis of accumulated screening results from eCHAT (electronic Case-finding and Help Assessment Tool). eCHAT allows individuals to conduct a self-administered lifestyle and mental health screening assessment, with usage to date chiefly in the context of primary care waiting rooms. The intention is for wide roll-out to primary care clinics, including secondary school based clinics, resulting in the accumulation of population-level data...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Alessandro Cucchetti, Alberta Cappelli, Giorgio Ercolani, Cristina Mosconi, Matteo Cescon, Rita Golfieri, Antonio Daniele Pinna
BACKGROUND: Many patients with primary liver cancers are not candidates for surgery, and systemic therapies are seldom effective. Selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) has been shown to obtain partial and even complete response in unresectable primary tumors. As a "side effect", SIRT can induce contra-lateral liver hypertrophy. Tumor response to SIRT can be sufficient to allow disengagement from normal vital structures whose involvement is the cause of the initial unresectability...
October 2016: Liver Cancer
Ming-Chih Ho, Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Xiao-Ping Chen, Hiroaki Nagano, Young-Joo Lee, Gar-Yang Chau, Jian Zhou, Chih-Chi Wang, Young Rok Choi, Ronnie Tung-Ping Poon, Norihiro Kokudo
BACKGROUND: The Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) staging and treatment strategy does not recommended surgery for treating BCLC stage B and C hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, numerous Asia-Pacific institutes still perform surgery for this patient group. This consensus report from the 5th Asia-Pacific Primary Liver Cancer Expert Meeting aimed to share opinions and experiences pertaining to liver resection for intermediate and advanced HCCs and to provide evidence to issue recommendations for surgery in this patient group...
October 2016: Liver Cancer
Cheng Shuqun, Chen Minshan, Cai Jianqiang, The National Research Cooperative Group For Diagnosis And Treatment Of Hepatocellular Carcinoma With Tumor Thrombus
Hepatocellular carcinoma is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related morbidity and mortality in China. Portal vein tumor thrombus (PVTT) is common and it worsens prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). There is no internationally accepted consensus or guideline for diagnosis and treatment of HCC with PVTT. Based on existing evidences and common current practices, Chinese Experts on Multidisciplinary Diagnosis and Treatment of HCC with portal vein tumor thrombus met to develop a national consensus on diagnosis and treatment of HCC with PVTT...
October 21, 2016: Oncotarget
Andrea De Gottardi, Jonel Trebicka, Christoph Klinger, Aurélie Plessier, Susana Seijo, Benedetta Terziroli, Lorenzo Magenta, David Semela, Elisabetta Buscarini, Philippe Langlet, Jan Görtzen, Angela Puente, Beat Müllhaupt, Carmen Navascuès, Filipe Nery, Pierre Deltenre, Fanny Turon, Cornelius Engelmann, Rupen Arya, Karel Caca, Markus Peck-Radosavljevic, Frank W G Leebeek, Dominique Valla, Juan Carlos Garcia-Pagan
BACKGROUND: Direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are used in patients with splanchnic vein thrombosis (SVT) and cirrhosis, but evidence for safety and efficacy in this setting is limited. Our aim was to identify indications and reasons for starting or switching to DOACs and to report adverse effects, complications and short-term outcome. METHODS: Data collection including demographic information, laboratory values, treatment and complications through the VALDIG Consortium...
October 25, 2016: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Jean-Luc Daire, Benjamin Leporq, Valérie Vilgrain, Bernard E Van Beers, Sabine Schmidt, Catherine M Pastor
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Gadobenate dimeglumine (Gd-BOPTA) is a commercialised hepatobiliary contrast agent used during liver magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to detect liver diseases. It enters into human hepatocytes through organic anion transporting polypeptides (OATP1B1/B3) and crosses the canalicular transporter multiple resistance-associated protein 2 (MRP2) to be excreted into bile canaliculi. Gd-BOPTA can return to sinusoids via the sinusoidal transporters MRP3/MRP4. Hepatocyte concentrations of Gd-BOPTA depend on three clearances: the sinusoidal clearance or volume of sinusoidal blood cleared of drugs per unit of time and two hepatocyte clearances (into bile canaliculi or back to sinusoids) or volume of hepatocytes cleared of drugs per unit of time in the respective liver compartments...
October 24, 2016: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
Deniz Koksal, Aydin Seref Koksal, Ahmet Gurakar
Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is a chronic progressive cholestatic liver disease caused by diffuse inflammation, destruction and fibrosis of the intrahepatic bile ducts, ultimately leading to cirrhosis, portal hypertension and liver failure. The pathogenesis of PBC is incompletely understood, but current data suggest roles for genetic susceptibility and environmental factors. PBC is often thought of as an organ-specific autoimmune disease, which mainly targets the liver; however, lung tissue is also a site for autoimmune involvement of PBC...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
Yongwei Pan, Leung-Kim Hung
Purpose The terminal branches of the posterior interosseous nerve (PIN) are the main articular branch on the dorsal aspect of the wrist. Its relationship to dorsal wrist arthroscopic portals has not yet been elucidated. The purpose of this study was to quantitatively describe the anatomical relationships between the dorsal wrist arthroscopic portals and the PIN. Methods Dorsal wrist arthroscopic portals were established in 28 cadaver extremities, after which the limbs were dissected. Measurements were taken from the portals to the PIN...
November 2016: Journal of Wrist Surgery
Andréa Farias de Melo Leite, Américo Mota, Francisco Abaeté Chagas-Neto, Sara Reis Teixeira, Jorge Elias Junior, Valdair Francisco Muglia
Portosystemic shunts are enlarged vessels that form collateral pathological pathways between the splanchnic circulation and the systemic circulation. Although their causes are multifactorial, portosystemic shunts all have one mechanism in common-increased portal venous pressure, which diverts the blood flow from the gastrointestinal tract to the systemic circulation. Congenital and acquired collateral pathways have both been described in the literature. The aim of this pictorial essay was to discuss the distinct anatomic and imaging features of portosystemic shunts, as well as to provide a robust method of differentiating between acquired portosystemic shunts and similar pathologies, through the use of illustrations and schematic drawings...
July 2016: Radiologia Brasileira
Peng Hu, Si-Liang Chen, Zhi-Peng Lin, Jian-Bo Zhao, Yong Chen, Xiao-Feng He, Qing-le Zeng, Yan-Hao Li
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of the length of covered stents in the portal and hepatic veins on long-term clinical efficacy of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 53 cases receiving TIPSs between January, 2008 and December, 2011. All the shunts were created with Fluency stents (8 mm in diameter). Bare metal grafts of the same diameter were implanted to extend the length in the portal and hepatic veins as deemed necessary according to angiographic images...
October 20, 2016: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
Nial J Wheate, Kristie-Ann Dickson, Ryung Rae Kim, Alireza Nematollahi, René B Macquart, Veysel Kayser, Guocan Yu, W Bret Church, Deborah J Marsh
Pillar[n]arenes are a new family of nanocapsules that have shown application in a number of areas, but because of their poor water solubility their biomedical applications are limited. Recently, a method of synthesizing water-soluble pillar[n]arenes was developed. In this study, carboxylated pillar[n]arenes (WP[n], n = 6 or 7) have been examined for their ability to form host-guest complexes with compounds relevant to drug delivery and biodiagnostic applications. Both pillar[n]arenes form host-guest complexes with memantine, chlorhexidine hydrochloride, and proflavine by (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance and modeling...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
X Wang, T Henzler, J Gawlitza, S Diehl, T Wilhelm, S O Schoenberg, Z Y Jin, H D Xue, A Smakic
PURPOSE: Dynamic volume perfusion CT (dVPCT) provides valuable information on tissue perfusion in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and pancreatic cancer. However, currently dVPCT is often performed in addition to conventional CT acquisitions due to the limited morphologic image quality of dose optimized dVPCT protocols. The aim of this study was to prospectively compare objective and subjective image quality, lesion detectability and radiation dose between mean temporal arterial (mTA) and mean temporal portal venous (mTPV) images calculated from low dose dynamic volume perfusion CT (dVPCT) datasets with linearly blended 120-kVp arterial and portal venous datasets in patients with HCC and pancreatic cancer...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
W M Thaiss, S Kaufmann, C Kloth, K Nikolaou, H Bösmüller, M Horger
PURPOSE: To evaluate whether VEGFR-2-expression in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), dysplastic (DLN) and regenerative liver nodules (RLN) correlates with pre-histology, in vivo Dynamic Contrast Enhanced-Computed Tomography (DCE-CT) data as VEGFR-2-expression affects prognosis and therapeutic options. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 34 patients (63.6±8.9years, 7 females) underwent liver biopsy or surgery due to suspected HCC or dysplastic nodules after DCE-CT between 2009 and 2015 with no previous chemo- or interventional therapy...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Maxim Avanesov, Julius M Weinrich, Thomas Kraus, Thorsten Derlin, Gerhard Adam, Jin Yamamura, Murat Karul
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the retrospective study was to evaluate the additional value of dual-phase multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) protocols over a single-phase protocol on initial MDCT in patients with acute pancreatitis using three CT-based pancreatitis severity scores with regard to radiation dose. METHODS: In this retrospective, IRB approved study MDCT was performed in 102 consecutive patients (73 males; 55years, IQR48-64) with acute pancreatitis...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Michael Loudin, Sharon Anderson, Barry Schlansky
BACKGROUND: Proximal or 'downhill' esophageal varices are a rare cause of upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Unlike the much more common distal esophageal varices, which are most commonly a result of portal hypertension, downhill esophageal varices result from vascular obstruction of the superior vena cava (SVC). While SVC obstruction is most commonly secondary to malignant causes, our review of the literature suggests that benign causes of SVC obstruction are the most common cause actual bleeding from downhill varices...
October 24, 2016: BMC Gastroenterology
Lei Liang, Xue Yang, Yang Yu, Xiaoyong Li, Yechen Wu, Rongyu Shi, Jinghua Jiang, Lu Gao, Fei Ye, Qiudong Zhao, Rong Li, Lixin Wei, Zhipeng Han
Babao Dan (BBD), a traditional Chinese medicine, has been widely used as a complementary and alternative medicine to treat chronic liver diseases. In this study, we aimed to observe the protective effect of BBD on rat hepatic fibrosis induced by diethylnitrosamine (DEN) and explore it possible mechanism. BBD was administrated while DEN was given. After eight weeks, values of serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) indicated that BBD significantly protected liver from damaging by DEN and had no obvious side effect on normal rat livers...
October 20, 2016: Oncotarget
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