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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226102/timing-of-hepatitis-c-virus-treatment-in-liver-transplant-candidates-in-the-era-of-direct-acting-antiviral-agents
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George Cholankeril, Mairin Joseph-Talreja, Brandon J Perumpail, Andy Liu, Eric R Yoo, Aijaz Ahmed, Aparna Goel
Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection remains the leading indication for liver transplantation (LT) in the United States. While most patients with chronic HCV infection remain asymptomatic, up to one-third develop progressive liver disease resulting in cirrhosis. LT is often the only curative treatment once significant hepatic decompensation develops. However, antiviral therapy for HCV infection has advanced markedly in the past 5 years with the discovery and approval of direct-acting antiviral agents. These new regimens are well tolerated, of short duration and highly effective, unlike the traditional treatment with pegylated-interferon and ribavirin...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217883/squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-skin-after-20-years-of-renal-transplantation
#2
J Poddar, A D Sharma, S Patel, U Suryanarayana
Solid organ transplant recipients are at high risk of developing malignancies due to the prolonged use of immunosuppressant drugs. Squamous cell carcinoma of skin can occur in these patients even after decades of organ transplant. A 45-year-old male underwent renal transplant for end-stage renal disease 23 years ago and was on immunosuppressive drugs since then. The patient was on regular follow-up. Three years back, he developed squamous cell carcinoma of both forearms and hands, which was treated with radiation therapy using 8 MeV electrons, by parallel opposed fields to a dose of 60 Gy/30 fractions...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216804/the-use-of-alpha-fetoprotein-for-the-treatment-of-autoimmune-diseases-and-cancer
#3
Vladimir N Pak
Alpha-fetoprotein is a shuttle protein that delivers nutrients through receptor-mediated endocytosis to embryotic cells. In adults, alpha-fetoprotein can shuttle drugs into alpha-fetoprotein receptor-positive myeloid-derived suppressor, regenerating and also cancer cells. Drugs with high-binding affinity to alpha-fetoprotein can activate or deplete targeted cells. Myeloid-derived suppressor cells activation leads to immune suppression that can be used for treating autoimmune diseases. On the other hand, toxins delivered by alpha-fetoprotein can damage myeloid-derived suppressor cells and consequently unleash innate and adaptive immunity to destroy cancer cells...
January 2018: Therapeutic Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208980/long-term-drug-modification-to-the-surface-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-by-the-avidin-biotin-complex-method
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Yukiya Takayama, Kosuke Kusamori, Mika Hayashi, Noriko Tanabe, Satoru Matsuura, Mari Tsujimura, Hidemasa Katsumi, Toshiyasu Sakane, Makiya Nishikawa, Akira Yamamoto
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have various functions, making a significant contribution to tissue repair. On the other hand, the viability and function of MSCs are not lasting after an in vivo transplant, and the therapeutic effects of MSCs are limited. Although various chemical modification methods have been applied to MSCs to improve their viability and function, most of conventional drug modification methods are short-term and unstable and cause cytotoxicity. In this study, we developed a method for long-term drug modification to C3H10T1/2 cells, murine mesenchymal stem cells, without any damage, using the avidin-biotin complex method (ABC method)...
December 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206676/hepatobiliary-hands-of-hopkins
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Henry A Pitt
OBJECTIVE: This historical perspective documents the role that John L. Cameron played in advancing hepatobiliary research, education, and surgery at Johns Hopkins in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Dating back to William S. Halsted in the 19th century, leaders of the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins have been interested in hepatobiliary disease and surgery. John L. Cameron had broad hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) interests when he completed his surgical training...
December 4, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203437/effect-of-alcohol-based-hand-rub-on-hand-microbiome-and-hand-skin-health-in-hospitalized-adult-stem-cell-transplant-patients-a-pilot-study
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Pranab K Mukherjee, Jyotsna Chandra, Mauricio Retuerto, Karen A Arters, Mary C Consolo, A'ja Patterson, Saralee Bajaksouzian, James W Arbogast, Todd J Cartner, Michael R Jacobs, Mahmoud A Ghannoum, Robert A Salata
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December 1, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198694/reversible-cerebral-vasoconstriction-syndrome-after-heart-transplantation-a-case-report
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Y Kumai, O Seguchi, T Sato, K Wada, M Shiozawa, C Yokota, K Kuroda, S Nakajima, T Sato, M Yanase, Y Matsumoto, S Fukushima, T Fujita, J Kobayashi, N Fukushima
BACKGROUND: Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) is a transient cerebrovascular disorder putatively caused by some immunosuppressive agents. CASE REPORT: We recently encountered a 47-year-old female patient diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy who developed RCVS after heart transplantation. A triple-drug regimen consisting of tacrolimus, mycophenolate mofetil, and a corticosteroid was started after surgery. On postoperative day (POD) 11, the patient developed a severe headache, although computed tomography of the head demonstrated no signs of hemorrhage or infarction...
December 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198682/case-report-treatment-of-renal-artery-aneurysms-by-ex%C3%A2-vivo-renal-artery-aneurysm-repair-and-transplantation
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L S Silski, M L Henry, A Rajab, R P Pelletier
BACKGROUND: Renal artery aneurysms are increasingly being detected incidentally during diagnostic imaging using magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, or angiography performed for evaluation of other diseases. Our understanding of their natural history and surgical management has evolved significantly during the past two decades. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Three patients with incidentally identified renal artery aneurysms have been referred to our renal transplantation program in the last 3 years...
December 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190854/-clostridium-difficile-infection-epidemiology-clinical-presentation-therapy-and-prevention
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Magnus Kaffarnik, Caroline Isner, Uwe Hamsen
Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) are common causes of diarrhoea in hospitalised medical and surgical patients. Clinical presentation ranges from mild diarrhoea to pseudomembraneous enterocolitis of the colon and sometimes the small intestines, with development of a toxic megacolon. Recurrent infections are common. Early diagnosis is necessary because of high rates of complications and mortality. Knowledge of risk factors for the development of CDI is recommended. Early initiation of therapy is recommended to avoid complications and standard therapy is antibiotics, while therapy with monoclonal antibodies and vaccination is under research and development...
November 30, 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190624/extreme-surgical-maneuvers-in-fungal-endophthalmitis
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María Isabel Relimpio-López, María Gessa-Sorroche, Antonio Manuel Garrido-Hermosilla, Concepción Díaz-Ruiz, Jesús Montero-Iruzubieta, Jaime Etxebarría-Ecenarro, Diego Ruiz-Casas, Enrique Rodríguez-de-la-Rúa-Franch
PURPOSE: To present the different evolution of 2 cases of endophthalmitis caused by Fusarium solani, an aggressive filamentous fungus, depending on the medical and surgical treatment performed. METHODS: We present 2 cases of endophthalmitis caused by Fusarium solani. Topical, intrastromal, intravitreal, and systemic antifungal treatment (natamycin, voriconazole, amphotericin B) failed in both cases. Corneal perforation took place in one of them, being unsuccessfully treated with cyanoacrylate and several amniotic membrane transplants...
November 30, 2017: Ophthalmologica. Journal International D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164097/tacrolimus-utilization-and-expenditure-in-serbia
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Nemanja Rancic, Neven Vavic, Katarina Obrencevic, Filip Pilipovic, Viktorija Dragojevic-Simic
Background: Increasing immunosuppressant consumption and expenditure is a quite a challenge in transplantation medicine. The aim of the study was to characterize the utilization and expenditure of tacrolimus, backbone, and standard of care in immunosuppression regimen in Serbian solid organ transplant recipients. Methods: This study was performed as retrospective cross-sectional study during a 3-year period (from 2013 to 2015) in Serbia. The Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification/Defined Daily Doses (ATC/DDD) international system was used for consumption evaluation...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157988/de-novo-thrombotic-microangiopathy-after-kidney-transplantation
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REVIEW
Neetika Garg, Helmut G Rennke, Martha Pavlakis, Kambiz Zandi-Nejad
Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) is a serious complication of transplantation that adversely affects kidney transplant recipient and allograft survival. Post-transplant TMA is usually classified into two categories: 1) recurrent TMA and 2) de novo TMA. Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) resulting from dysregulation and over-activation of the alternate complement pathway is a rare disease but the most common diagnosis associated with recurrence in the allografts. De novo TMA, on the other hand, represents an overwhelming majority of the cases of post-transplant TMA and is a substantially more heterogeneous entity than recurrent aHUS...
November 4, 2017: Transplantation Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149975/clinical-outcomes-of-living-liver-transplantation-according-to-the-presence-of-sarcopenia-as-defined-by-skeletal-muscle-mass-hand-grip-and-gait-speed
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N Harimoto, T Yoshizumi, T Izumi, T Motomura, N Harada, S Itoh, T Ikegami, H Uchiyama, Y Soejima, A Nishie, T Kamishima, R Kusaba, K Shirabe, Y Maehara
BACKGROUND: Sarcopenia is an independent predictor of death after living-donor liver transplantation (LDLT). However, the ability of the Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia criteria for sarcopenia (defined as reduced skeletal muscle mass plus low muscle strength) to predict surgical outcomes in patients who have undergone LDLT has not been determined. METHODS: This study prospectively enrolled 366 patients who underwent LDLT at Kyushu University Hospital. Skeletal muscle area (determined by computed tomography), hand-grip strength, and gait speed were measured in 102 patients before LDLT...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128026/hepatopulmonary-syndrome-and-portopulmonary-hypertension-implications-for-liver-transplantation
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REVIEW
Shaz Iqbal, Kerri Akaya Smith, Vandana Khungar
Hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS) and portopulmonary hypertension (PoPH) represent serious pulmonary complications of advanced liver diseases. Orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) is capable of completely resolving the underlying abnormalities associated with HPS. On the other hand, post-OLT response in patients with PoPH is less predictable, although heavily influenced by pre-OLT mean pulmonary arterial pressure. It remains the case that the opportunity to reverse 2 potentially fatal organ dysfunctions in the liver and the lung make HPS and PoPH more than worthy for further clinical investigations...
December 2017: Clinics in Chest Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127006/srage-prolonged-stem-cell-survival-and-suppressed-rage-related-inflammatory-cell-and-t-lymphocyte-accumulations-in-an-alzheimer-s-disease-model
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Seyeon Oh, Myeongjoo Son, Junwon Choi, Sojung Lee, Kyunghee Byun
The main causes of Alzheimer's disease (AD) have not determined despite extensive researches and many clinical trials, and as yet, no effective treatment has been developed. Fortunately, stem cell transplantation is emerging as potential therapeutic candidate for AD, but the success of stem cell based therapy depends on the survival of transplanted cells. Here, we generated sRAGE secreting mesenchymal stem cells (sRAGE-MSCs) and then injected theses MSCs or control MSCs with amyloid beta 1-42 (Aβ1-42) into the entorhinal cortices of male Sprague Dawley rats...
November 7, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126804/clinical-significance-of-human-cytomegalovirus-viruria-and-the-effect-of-antiviral-therapy-in-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-recipients
#16
Wei-Lu, Su-Jung Chen, Shiang-Fen Huang, Yu-Jiun Chan, Fu-Der Wang, Hsin-Pai Chen
BACKGROUND: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) causes life-threatening infections in immunocompromised host. The clinical significance of asymptomatic CMV viruria in patients receiving hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) remains unclear. This study aims to clarify whether antiviral therapy is associated with a favorable clinical outcome. METHODS: HSCT recipients whose urine was culture-positive for CMV were retrospectively reviewed and followed. Viruria episodes were divided according to whether or not antiviral therapy was used...
September 23, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122499/micro-autologous-fat-transplantation-for-rejuvenation-of-the-dorsal-surface-of-the-aging-hand
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Lin Yun-Nan, Huang Shu-Hung, Lin Tsung-Ying, Chou Chih-Kang, Huang Yu-Hao, Takahashi Hidenobu, Lai Chung-Sheng, Lin Sin-Daw, Lin Tsai-Ming
BACKGROUND: Rejuvenation of the dorsal surface of the hand for various conditions, such as cutaneous dyschromia, fine wrinkling, skin laxity, visible extensor tendons, and varicosities appear vital to prevent wrist and digit flexion resulting from hiding of the aged appearance of the hand. Numerous fillers have been applied to re-contour the aging dorsal surface of the hand and the results were variable. The micro-autologous fat transplantation (MAFT) technique, proposed by Lin et al...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116687/erythropoietic-protoporphyria-in-an-adult-with-sequential-liver-and-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-a-case-report
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Annika L Windon, Rashmi Tondon, Nathan Singh, Samir Abu-Gazala, David L Porter, J Eric Russell, Colleen Cook, Elaine Lander, Georgeine Smith, Kim M Olthoff, Abraham Shaked, Maarouf Hoteit, Emma E Furth, Marina Serper
Erythropoieitic protoporphyria (EPP) is a rare inherited disorder of the heme biosynthesis pathway resulting in the accumulation of protoporphyrins in the blood, erythrocytes, and other tissues. Because of a gene mutation in the FECH gene, ferrochelatase, the enzyme involved in the final step of heme synthesis, is deficient in these patients. While the major symptom of this disorder is photosensitivity, rarely, it can cause progressive liver disease requiring liver transplantation (LT). However, LT is not curative and only bone marrow transplantation (BMT) can correct the underlying enzymatic defect...
November 8, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107679/efficacy-and-safety-of-selective-internal-radiotherapy-with-yttrium-90-resin-microspheres-compared-with-sorafenib-in-locally-advanced-and-inoperable-hepatocellular-carcinoma-sarah-an-open-label-randomised-controlled-phase-3-trial
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Valérie Vilgrain, Helena Pereira, Eric Assenat, Boris Guiu, Alina Diana Ilonca, Georges-Philippe Pageaux, Annie Sibert, Mohamed Bouattour, Rachida Lebtahi, Wassim Allaham, Hélène Barraud, Valérie Laurent, Elodie Mathias, Jean-Pierre Bronowicki, Jean-Pierre Tasu, Rémy Perdrisot, Christine Silvain, René Gerolami, Olivier Mundler, Jean-Francois Seitz, Vincent Vidal, Christophe Aubé, Frédéric Oberti, Olivier Couturier, Isabelle Brenot-Rossi, Jean-Luc Raoul, Anthony Sarran, Charlotte Costentin, Emmanuel Itti, Alain Luciani, René Adam, Maïté Lewin, Didier Samuel, Maxime Ronot, Aurelia Dinut, Laurent Castera, Gilles Chatellier
BACKGROUND: Sorafenib is the recommended treatment for patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma. We aimed to compare the efficacy and safety of sorafenib to that of selective internal radiotherapy (SIRT) with yttrium-90 ((90)Y) resin microspheres in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma. METHODS: SARAH was a multicentre, open-label, randomised, controlled, investigator-initiated, phase 3 trial done at 25 centres specialising in liver diseases in France. Patients were eligible if they were aged at least 18 years with a life expectancy greater than 3 months, had an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0 or 1, Child-Pugh liver function class A or B score of 7 or lower, and locally advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer [BCLC] stage C), or new hepatocellular carcinoma not eligible for surgical resection, liver transplantation, or thermal ablation after a previously cured hepatocellular carcinoma (cured by surgery or thermoablative therapy), or hepatocellular carcinoma with two unsuccessful rounds of transarterial chemoembolisation...
October 26, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077866/are-there-any-relations-among-transplant-centre-volume-surgical-technique-and-anatomy-for-donor-graft-selection-ten-year-multicentric-italian-experience-on-mini-invasive-living-donor-nephrectomy
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Matteo Ravaioli, Enzo Capocasale, Lucrezia Furian, Vanessa De Pace, Maurizio Iaria, Gionata Spagnoletti, Maria Paola Salerno, Alessandro Giacomoni, Luciano De Carlis, Caterina Di Bella, Nguefouet Momo Rostand, Luigino Boschiero, Giovanni Pasquale, Andrea Bosio, Andrea Collini, Mario Carmellini, Andrea Airoldi, Gianmarco Bondonno, Pasquale Ditonno, Stefano Vittorio Impedovo, Claudio Beretta, Antenore Giussani, Carlo Socci, Danilo Carlo Parolini, Massimo Abelli, Elena Ticozzelli, Umberto Baccarani, Gian Luigi Adani, Flavia Caputo, Barbara Buscemi, Mauro Frongia, Andrea Solinas, Salvatore Gruttadauria, Marco Spada, Antonio Daniele Pinna, Jacopo Romagnoli
Background: Selection of the right or left living donor kidney for transplantation is influenced by many variables. In the present multi centric study including 21 Italian transplant centres, we evaluated whether centre volume or surgical technique may influence the selection process. Methods: Intra- and perioperative donor data, donor kidney function, and recipient and graft survival were collected among 693 mini-invasive living donor nephrectomies performed from 2002 to 2014...
October 25, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
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