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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407402/cirrhotic-cardiomyopathy-implications-for-liver-transplantation
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REVIEW
Hongqun Liu, Saumya Jayakumar, Mouhieddin Traboulsi, Samuel S Lee
The majority of the patients on a waiting list for liver transplantation have end-stage liver disease. Due to the marked peripheral vasodilatation of end stage cirrhosis that masks a latent myocardial dysfunction, cardiac abnormalities in the resting state are usually subclinical and escape the attention of physicians. However, when challenged, the systolic and diastolic contractile responses are attenuated. In addition to these contractile abnormalities, morphological changes such as enlargement or hypertrophy of cardiac chambers and electrophysiological repolarization changes including a prolonged QT interval can be observed...
April 13, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404072/distinctive-features-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#2
REVIEW
Elisabetta Degasperi, Massimo Colombo
Hepatocellular carcinoma is the fifth most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis have been identified as emergent risk factors for this primary liver cancer. Incidence of NAFLD is increasing as a consequence of the epidemic spread of metabolic syndrome, which can result in progressive liver disease, leading to cirrhosis and its complications. Most data about the prevalence and incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with NAFLD are from a few population and cohort studies; its incidence is increasing and it is likely to become a leading indication for liver transplantation, especially in industrialised countries...
October 2016: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402021/validation-of-non-invasive-haemodynamic-methods-in-patients-with-liver-disease-the-finometer-and-the-task-force-monitor
#3
Jane M Brittain, Troels M Busk, Søren Møller
Patients with advanced cirrhosis often present a hyperdynamic circulation characterized by a decrease in systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP and DBP), and an increase in heart rate (HR) and cardiac output (CO). Accurate assessment of the altered circulation can be performed invasively; however, due to the disadvantages of this approach, non-invasive methods are warranted. The purpose of this study was to compare continuous non-invasive measurements of haemodynamic variables by the Finometer and the Task Force Monitor with simultaneous invasive measurements...
April 12, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386572/spontaneous-fungal-peritonitis-in-ascites-of-cardiac-origin
#4
Yuchen Wang, Seema Gandhi, Bashar M Attar
Spontaneous fungal peritonitis (SFP) is an infrequent but severe complication most commonly described in patients with liver cirrhosis. We present the first case of culture-proven SFP occurring in cardiogenic ascites. The diagnosis of SFP was clinically challenging as the initial ascites was consistent with the more common diagnosis of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP). The patient did not respond to antibacterial therapy, however, and the final diagnosis was only made with positive ascitic cultures that grew Candida glabrata...
2017: ACG Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372455/debut-of-an-unusual-liver-cirrhosis
#5
María Facenda Lorenzo, Sonia Pascual Pérez, Ana Laynez Carnicero, Alejandro Quijada Fumero
Secondary or metastatic cardiac tumors are about 20-40 times more common than primary benign or malignant cardiac tumors. Cardiac metastases are more frequent in carcinomas, they usually appear in patients over 50 years and the involvement by gender is similar. Any tumor can cause cardiac or pericardial metastasis, although isolated or combined tumor invasion of the pericardium is more common. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is the primary diagnostic procedure, followed by computed tomography (CT) and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to verify positive findings and to analyze other structures of the mediastinum and chest...
April 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357704/hazardous-drug-diversion-of-valproate-from-a-general-practitioner-to-his-patient-s-dog
#6
Pierre-Marie Morice, Joachim Alexandre, Alexandre Cesbron, Marion Sassier, Sophie Fedrizzi, Xavier Humbert
General practitioners are key stakeholders in good prescribing practices. More than half of patients have at least one unintended medication discrepancy upon hospital admission, some of which have the potential to cause severe discomfort or clinical deterioration. We report a case of a drug mistakenly administered to a 66-year-old man with cirrhosis and chronic alcoholism. Based on his regular prescription, he received 1 g/day of valproate during a hospitalization for cardiac valve surgery. This anticonvulsant was initially prescribed by his general practitioner for his epileptic dog and has been added to his own prescription to be covered by the French national health insurance...
December 2017: Drug Safety—Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353081/gastrointestinal-manifestations-of-melioidosis-a-single-center-experience
#7
Nitin Jagtap, Harshal Shah, Anuradha Kancharla, Manu Tandan, Partha Pal, Sundeep Lakhtakia, Mohan Ramchandani, D N Reddy
Melioidosis, being increasing, is reported from India. Gastrointestinal manifestations are typically reported as unusual cause of liver and/or splenic abscess. We aimed to describe various gastrointestinal manifestation of melioidosis in the present study. We retrospectively collected data of culture positive melioidosis cases from hospital database during August 2014-October 2016 at Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Hyderabad. A total of nine culture positive cases (8 male) of melioidosis with median age of 40 years (range 23-66) were analyzed...
March 29, 2017: Indian Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349045/safety-profile-of-liver-fibroscan-in-patients-with-cardiac-pacemakers-or-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators
#8
Yin Chan, Stephanie Pranke, Farid Rashidi, Shravan Nosib, Lawrence Worobetz
Background. Emerging evidence suggests that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is associated with coronary artery diseases and arrhythmias. The FibroScan (Echosens, France), a widely available, noninvasive device, is able to detect liver fibrosis and steatosis within this patient population. However, the FibroScan is currently contraindicated in patients with cardiac pacemakers (PM) or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD). Objective. To determine the safety profile of FibroScan testing in patients with PM or ICD...
2017: Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348473/acute-onset-significant-muscle-weakness-in-a-patient-awaiting-liver-transplantation-look-for-statins
#9
Narendra S Choudhary, Sanjiv Saigal, Neeraj Saraf, Arvinder S Soin
Statins are commonly used drugs in patients with liver and cardiac disease. Statin-induced severe myopathy is a very uncommon presentation and rhabdomyolysis may occur in extreme cases which leads to renal failure. Patients with comorbidities like diabetes, hypothyroidism, and liver disease have higher chances of development of statin-induced myopathy. We describe a case of Child's C cirrhosis wherein the patient had acute onset significant muscle weakness and improved on statin discontinuation.
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318147/effects-of-alfapump-system-on-kidney-and-circulatory-function-in-patients-with-cirrhosis-and-refractory-ascites
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Elsa Solà, Santiago Sanchez-Cabús, Ezequiel Rodriguez, Chiara Elia, Raquel Cela, Rebeca Moreira, Elisa Pose, Jordi Sánchez-Delgado, Nuria Cañete, Manuel Morales-Ruiz, Francisco Campos, Jaume Balust, Mónica Guevara, Juan Carlos García-Valdecasas, Pere Ginès
The alfapump system has been proposed as a new treatment for the management of refractory ascites. The system removes ascites from the peritoneal cavity to urinary bladder, producing a continuous low-volume paracentesis. AIM: To investigate the effects of treatment with the alfapump system on kidney and circulatory function in patients with cirrhosis and refractory ascites. METHODS: Prospective study including 10 patients with cirrhosis and refractory ascites. Primary outcomes were changes in glomerular filtration rate (GFR), as assessed by isotopic techniques, and changes in circulatory function assessed by arterial pressure, cardiac output and activity of vasoconstrictor systems...
March 20, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316844/aspergillus-pericarditis-with-tamponade-in-a-renal-transplant-patient
#11
Sylvia Biso, Rapeepat Lekkham, Antoinette Climaco
Aspergillus pericarditis is a rare and life-threatening infection in immunosuppressed patients. It has nonspecific clinical manifestations that often mimic other disease entities especially in patients who have extensive comorbidities. Diagnosis is oftentimes delayed and rarely done antemortem. A high degree of suspicion in immunocompromised patients is necessary for evaluation and timely diagnosis. This is a case of Aspergillus pericarditis with cardiac tamponade in a renal transplant patient with liver cirrhosis...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315744/cardiac-implantable-electronic-device-infections-who-is-at-greatest-risk
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Parijat Saurav Joy, Gagan Kumar, Jeanne E Poole, Barry London, Brian Olshansky
BACKGROUND: Cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) infections are associated with hospitalization, mortality, increased costs, and adverse outcomes. OBJECTIVE: Determine the burden of infections for CIEDs based on device type, associated comorbidities, and clinical characteristics over a 12-year period. METHODS: Utilizing data from the National Inpatient Sample database for cases from 2000 through 2012, we identified procedures for device-related infection (DRI) using International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes for CIED removal with diagnosis codes for device-related infection or systemic infection...
March 16, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288193/nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-increased-risk-of-1-year-all-cause-and-cardiac-hospital-readmissions-in-elderly-patients-admitted-for-acute-heart-failure
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Filippo Valbusa, Stefano Bonapace, Davide Agnoletti, Luca Scala, Cristina Grillo, Pietro Arduini, Emanuela Turcato, Alessandro Mantovani, Giacomo Zoppini, Guido Arcaro, Christopher Byrne, Giovanni Targher
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an emerging risk factor for heart failure (HF). Although some progress has been made in improving survival among patients admitted for HF, the rates of hospital readmissions and the related costs continue to rise dramatically. We sought to examine whether NAFLD and its severity (diagnosed at hospital admission) was independently associated with a higher risk of 1-year all-cause and cardiac re-hospitalization in patients admitted for acute HF. We studied 212 elderly patients who were consecutively admitted with acute HF to the Hospital of Negrar (Verona) over a 1-year period...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273330/interventions-for-hereditary-haemochromatosis-an-attempted-network-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Elena Buzzetti, Maria Kalafateli, Douglas Thorburn, Brian R Davidson, Emmanuel Tsochatzis, Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy
BACKGROUND: Hereditary haemochromatosis is a genetic disorder related to proteins involved in iron transport, resulting in iron load and deposition of iron in various tissues of the body. This iron overload leads to complications including liver cirrhosis (and related complications such as liver failure and hepatocellular carcinoma), cardiac failure, cardiac arrhythmias, impotence, diabetes, arthritis, and skin pigmentation. Phlebotomy (venesection or 'blood letting') is the currently recommended treatment for hereditary haemochromatosis...
March 8, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266292/two-and-a-half-hours-of-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-in-a-deceased-brain-dead-donor-before-liver-transplantation-a-good-idea-to-accept
#15
Dieter P Hoyer, Gernot M Kaiser, Andreas Paul, Nikolaos Machairas, Ernesto P Molmenti, Georgios C Sotiropoulos
The sequelae of cardiac arrest (CA) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in organ donors potentially results in ischemic organ injury and graft dysfunction after transplantation. Thresholds of resuscitation times in brain dead liver donors have not been established so far. We report the case of a brain dead liver donor who experienced 2.5 hours of CPR whose liver was successfully transplanted. A 75-year-old male experienced CA and was treated by CPR with streptokinase application for 2.5 hours until stabilization of cardiac function...
January 2017: Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195341/left-ventricular-systolic-function-is-associated-to-sympathetic-nervous-activity-and-markers-of-inflammation-in-cirrhosis
#16
Raquel Yotti, Cristina Ripoll, Yolanda Benito, Maria Vega Catalina, Jaime Elízaga, Diego Rincón, Francisco Fernández-Avilés, Javier Bermejo, Rafael Bañares
An accurate evaluation of cardiac function in patients with cirrhosis remains a challenge. We used robust echocardiographic indices to characterize LV systolic function and its relationship to activation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and inflammation in 59 patients cirrhosis and 59 age-matched controls. Aditionally, in eleven patients we withdrew betablockers and diuretics and used phenylephrine and albumin infusion to evaluate the response to acute afterload and preload changes (interventional substudy)...
February 13, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188940/the-possible-role-of-nitric-oxide-and-oxidative-stress-in-the-enhanced-apoptosis-of-cardiac-cells-in-cirrhotic-rats
#17
Hamed Shafaroodi, Mehrdad Hashemi, Zahra Nadia Sharif, Leila Moezi, Zeinab Janahmadi, Ahmad Reza Dehpour
 Cirrhosis has been related with hyperdynamic circulation, manifesting as increased cardiac output and decreased systemic vascular resistance. In the present study we examined the cirrhosis outcome on apoptosis of rat hearts. We also tried to explore the role of nitric oxide (NO) and oxidative stress in the probable changed apoptosis of cirrhotic hearts. Twenty eight days after ligation of bile duct, heart tissues were tested for apoptosis. The extent of malondialdehyde (MDA), and the activities of catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GSHPx) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) have been calculated in heart tissues...
January 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164120/coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-in-combination-with-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring-for-the-preoperative-cardiac-evaluation-of-liver-transplant-recipients
#18
REVIEW
Jae Moon Choi, Yu-Gyeong Kong, Joon-Won Kang, Young-Kug Kim
Liver transplantation is the best treatment option for early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma, liver cirrhosis, fulminant liver failure, and end-stage liver diseases. Even though advances in surgical techniques and perioperative care have improved postoperative outcomes, perioperative cardiovascular complications are a leading cause of postoperative morbidity and mortality following liver transplantation. Ischemic coronary artery disease (CAD) and cardiomyopathy are the most common cardiovascular diseases and could be negative predictors of postoperative outcomes in liver transplant recipients...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163280/long-term-outcome-of-cardiac-surgery-in-1-040-liver-cirrhosis-patient%C3%A3-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
#19
An-Hsun Chou, Tien-Hsing Chen, Chun-Yu Chen, Shao-Wei Chen, Chao-Wei Lee, Chien-Hung Liao, Shang-Yu Wang
BACKGROUND: Patients with liver cirrhosis (LC) have a higher risk for cardiac surgery, but population-based long-term follow-up studies are lacking. The aim of this study was therefore to validate the long-term outcome of cardiac surgery in patients with LC.Methods and Results:Data were obtained from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Database, 1997-2011. This study included 1,040 LC patients and 1,040 matched controls without LC. The actuarial survival rate at 1, 5 and 10 years in the LC cohort was 68%, 50% and 41%: significantly lower than that of the control cohort at 81%, 68% and 62% at 1, 5 and 10 years after cardiac surgery...
March 24, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144387/from-the-liver-to-the-heart-cardiac-dysfunction-in-obese-children-with-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#20
EDITORIAL
Anna Di Sessa, Giuseppina Rosaria Umano, Emanuele Miraglia Del Giudice, Nicola Santoro
In the last decades the prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has increased as a consequence of the childhood obesity world epidemic. The liver damage occurring in NAFLD ranges from simple steatosis to steatohepatitis, fibrosis and cirrhosis. Recent findings reported that fatty liver disease is related to early atherosclerosis and cardiac dysfunction even in the pediatric population. Moreover, some authors have shown an association between liver steatosis and cardiac abnormalities, including rise in left ventricular mass, systolic and diastolic dysfunction and epicardial adipose tissue thickness...
January 18, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
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