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Sofia Simona Jakab, Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao
Gastro-esophageal varices (GEV) and variceal hemorrhage (VH) are clinical milestones in the natural history of cirrhosis, as they are closely related to the severity of portal hypertension and define specific stages in disease progression. Variceal hemorrhage is a life-threatening complication of cirrhosis and is one of the clinical complications that defines cirrhosis decompensation. The goal of screening and surveillance of varices is to identify patients with GEV at a high risk of bleeding, so that prevention strategies can be implemented...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Kalpesh Parmar, Sahaj Rathi, Ashish Khanna, Mukesh Gupta, Akash Singh, S K Singh, Virendra Singh
Portosystemic collaterals are common sequelae of portal hypertension. These often present as gastroesophageal varices. Ectopic varices can rarely be seen in duodenum, jejunum, rectum, and sites of surgical anastomoses. Bladder varices are extremely rare presenting with recurrent hematuria, with only a few reported cases. We report here management of an unusual case of hematuria managed with blood transfusion, intravenous terlipressin and endoscopic N-butyl cyanoacrylate glue injection.
March 13, 2018: Urology
Jin-Shan Zhang, Long Li, Wei Cheng
PURPOSE: Although Rex shunt is an effective treatment for extrahepatic portal venous obstruction (EHPVO), 4-20% children develop rebleeding postoperatively. This study was used to evaluate the surgical treatment of rebleeding after Rex shunt in our center. METHOD: From June 2008 to Jan 2017, 12 of 122 children with EHPVO underwent a second operation due to graft stenosis and occlusion after Rex shunt in our center. The abdominal ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) showed the occlusion of bypass vein in nine children, stenosis of bypass vein in two children, and the patency of bypass vein in one child with dysplasia of intrahepatic portal vein...
March 15, 2018: Pediatric Surgery International
Yujen Tseng, Lili Ma, Tiancheng Luo, Xiaoqing Zeng, Na Li, Yichao Wei, Ji Zhou, Feng Li, Shiyao Chen
Portal hypertension secondary to liver cirrhosis may cause a number of life-threatening complications. The rupture of gastroesophageal varices is associated with a high mortality rate of 15-30%. Hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) is an accurate reflection of disease severity, however this can only be assessed via an invasive interventional procedure. The aim of the present study was to explore a non-invasive method based on 3D computed tomography (CT) volume rendering technology to accurately predict HVPG...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Ikram Hussain, Andrew Eu Boon Kwek, Veeraraghavan Meyyur Aravamudan, Chern Hao Chong, Tiing Leong Ang
Background . Injection with N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate is a proven and successful therapeutic modality for treatment of patients with bleeding gastric varices. However, a variety of complications have also been associated with its use. Here, we report a rare case of retrogastric abscess which occurred almost six months after this therapy. This abscess was attributed to the hampered microbial clearance caused by the venous obliterations from N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate. The abscess was successfully treated with 3 months of antibiotics...
2018: Case Reports in Medicine
Guoqing Jiang, Dousheng Bai, Ping Chen, Jianjun Qian, Shengjie Jin
BACKGROUND: Liver resection was not formerly recommended in patients with both hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and portal hypertension because of difficult perioperative bleeding control and postoperative liver failure. Splenectomy is a proven method with which to overcome these problems. To investigate the safety and feasibility of synchronous laparoscopic splenectomy and azygoportal disconnection with hepatectomy (LSDH) for treatment of portal hypertension accompanied with HCC, we describe a clinical cohort of 10 patients who underwent a new technique of synchronous LSDH...
March 1, 2018: Surgical Innovation
Gesa von Olshausen, Daniela Pfeiffer, Arne Müller, Tareq Ibrahim
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February 26, 2018: European Heart Journal
Kakharman Yesmembetov, Zhansaya Muratova, Sergey Borovskiy, Irina Ten, Kulpash Kaliaskarova
We report the clinical case of 23-year-old patient with liver cirrhosis of unknown genesis, significant resistant ascites, and 2 episodes of bleeding from esophageal varices. Evaluation did not find any cause of liver disease, and the patient was placed on the transplant wait list due to subcompensated liver function (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease score of 16, Child-Pugh class B) and poorly controlled severe portal hypertension. After treatment with diuretics, largevolume paracentesis, antibiotics, and vasoconstrictors, hepatorenal syndrome and spontaneous bacterial peritonitis resolved and liver function improved significantly...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Obada Tayyem, Mohammad Bilal, Ronald Samuel, Sheharyar K Merwat
Acute variceal bleeding is one of the most fatal complications of cirrhosis and is responsible for about one-third of cirrhosis-related deaths. Therefore, every effort should be made to emergently resuscitate the patients, start pharmacotherapy as soon as possible and do endoscopic therapy in a timely manner. Despite the recent advances in treatment, mortality rate is still high. We provide a comprehensive review of evaluation and management of variceal bleeding.
March 7, 2018: Disease-a-month: DM
Ronald Samuel, Mohammad Bilal, Obada Tayyem, Praveen Guturu
Non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding continues to be an important cause of morbidity and mortality. The most common causes include peptic ulcer disease, Mallory-Weiss syndrome, erosive gastritis, duodenitis, esophagitis, malignancy, angiodysplasias and Dieulafoy's lesion. Initial assessment and early aggressive resuscitation significantly improves outcomes. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy continues to be the gold standard for diagnosis and treatment. We present a comprehensive review of literature for the evaluation and management of non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding...
March 7, 2018: Disease-a-month: DM
Dong Il Gwon, Gi-Young Ko, Young Baek Kwon, Hyun-Ki Yoon, Kyu-Bo Sung
Objective: To investigate the technical and clinical outcomes of plug-assisted retrograde transvenous obliteration (PARTO) for the treatment of gastric varices (GV) and to evaluate the role of intra-procedural cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) performed during PARTO to confirm its technical success. Materials and Methods: From January 2016 to December 2016, 17 patients with GV who had undergone PARTO were retrospectively evaluated. When the proximal part of the afferent vein was identified on a fluoroscopy, non-contrast CBCT images were obtained...
March 2018: Korean Journal of Radiology: Official Journal of the Korean Radiological Society
Ramzy C Khabbaz, R Peter Lokken, Yi-Fan Chen, Andrew J Lipnik, James T Bui, Charles E Ray, Ron C Gaba
PURPOSE: To evaluate the capability of albumin-bilirubin (ALBI) and platelet-albumin-bilirubin (PALBI) grades in predicting transplant-free survival (TFS) in patients undergoing transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) creation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This single-center retrospective study included 342 ALBI and 337 PALBI patients (62% men; age 53-54 years) with cirrhosis (median MELD 15) and portal hypertension complications (variceal bleeding, 55%; ascites, 35%; other, 10%) who underwent TIPS between 1998 and 2017...
March 7, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Linda Kievit, Pia Kræmer, Stephen Hamilton-Dutoit, Henning Grønbæk
A 37-year-old male, who at the age of 8 years had been treated for right-sided Wilms' tumor with nephrectomy, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy, presented with noncirrhotic portal hypertension (NCPH), grade 2 esophageal varices, and ascites. A CT scan demonstrated hypoplasia of liver segments 2 and 3. A liver biopsy showed portal tract fibrosis without cirrhosis, with histological features of NCPH. Liver vein catheterization showed a normal portal pressure gradient of 5 mm Hg while spleen to hepatic vein pressure was 29 mm Hg...
January 2018: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
Andrzej B Szczepanik, Konrad Pielaciński, Anna M Oses-Szczepanik, Sławomir Huszcza, Andrzej Misiak, Wojciech P Dąbrowski, Sławomir Gajda
INTRODUCTION: Bleeding from esophageal varices is a serious clinical condition in hemophilia patients due to congenital deficiency or lack of clotting factors VIII (in hemophilia A) and IX (in hemophilia B), decreased clotting factor II, VII, IX, X synthesis in the course of chronic liver disease and hipersplenic thrombocytopenia. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and safety of endoscopic sclerotherapy in acute esophageal variceal bleeding and in secondary prophylaxis of hemorrhage...
February 28, 2018: Polski Przeglad Chirurgiczny
M Struyve, G Robaeys
Ectopic varices are dilated portosystemic venous collaterals located outside of the gastro-esophageal region. Whereas they are common endoscopic findings in patients with portal hypertension, ectopic variceal bleeding is rather rare and accounts for only 1 to 5 % of all variceal bleedings. The rectum and the duodenum are the most common sites for ectopic varices, but they can be present along the whole intestinal tract and neighborhood. At present, there is no consensus well established on diagnostic workup for ectopic variceal bleeding and their therapeutic strategies...
July 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Emma Nilsson, Harald Anderson, Konstantina Sargenti, Stefan Lindgren, Hanne Prytz
OBJECTIVES: Liver cirrhosis is characterized by a silent phase until decompensation, which is defined by onset of ascites, variceal bleeding, or encephalopathy. Although it is presumed that the survival of decompensated patients is the same regardless of when decompensation occurs, data to support this are scarce. We aimed to study the impact of time of decompensation on the clinical course and survival of patients with cirrhosis in a large population-based cohort. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used medical registries to define a 10-year cohort of 1317 patients with incident liver cirrhosis in the Scania region of Sweden...
March 7, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
Dimitrios E Sigounas, Amanullah Shams, Peter C Hayes, John N Plevris
Background and study aims:  Polypoid lesions found during upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (UGIE) are occasionally found in patients with portal hypertension (PH). This study aimed to assess the true nature of such polypoid lesions using endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and determine the accuracy of UGIE in differentiating between vascular and non-vascular lesions in PH. Patients and methods:  We retrospectively assessed all patients with PH referred for EUS due to polypoid lesions of unknown nature at UGIE over a 7-year period...
March 2018: Endoscopy International Open
Dimitra Taprantzi, Dimitrios Zisimopoulos, Konstantinos C Thomopoulos, Iris Spiliopoulou, Christos D Georgiou, Georgios Tsiaoussis, Christos Triantos, Charalambos A Gogos, Chrisoula Labropoulou-Karatza, Stelios F Assimakopoulos
Background: The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of propranolol on systemic oxidative stress and endotoxemia in patients with liver cirrhosis and clinically significant portal hypertension evidenced by the presence of esophageal varices. Methods: Fourteen patients with liver cirrhosis and esophageal varices, not previously been treated with non-selective beta-blockers (NSBB), were prospectively started on propranolol and followed up for three months...
March 2018: Annals of Gastroenterology: Quarterly Publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology
Faith Jelagat Lelei-Mailu, Charles Muriuki Mariara
This case report is of a 32-year-old woman of African descent on follow-up for pregnancy in the background of portal hypertension due to liver cirrhosis. She had initially been treated for chronic hepatitis B infection with lamivudine and tenofovir, complicated by portal hypertension and variceal bleeding that thrice required banding. Her pregnancy was uneventful until 31 weeks gestation when she presented with dyspnoea. On examination and investigation, she had oedema, bilateral pleural effusions and ascites...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Clara Elisa Frare de Avelar Teixeira, Angélica de Fátima de Assunção Braga, Franklin Sarmento da Silva Braga, Vanessa Henriques Carvalho, Rafael Miranda da Costa, Giselle Ioná Teixeira Brighenti
INTRODUCTION: Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome is a rare congenital vascular disease characterized by cutaneous hemangiomas, varicosities, and limb asymmetry, which may evolve with coagulation disorders and hemorrhage as more frequent complications in pregnant patients. Pregnancy is not advised in women with this syndrome due to increased obstetric risk. CASE REPORT: Female patient, 29 years old, 99kg, 167cm, BMI 35.4kg.m-2 , physical status ASA III, with 27 weeks of gestational age and diagnosis of Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome...
March 2, 2018: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
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