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Olubukunola Adesanya, Mubariz Naqvi
We report a rare, but serious, complication of a malpositioned umbilical venous catheter in a term male infant who developed laceration, hematoma, and necrosis of liver, ascites, and left-sided obstructive uropathy secondary to extravasation of total parenteral nutrition. Abdominal paracentesis confirmed the presence of parenteral nutrition in the peritoneal cavity. Although, the umbilical venous catheterization is a common intravenous access used in neonatal intensive care units, judicious continued monitoring of its use should be practiced to avoid serious complications...
2016: Global Pediatric Health
Li Liu, Wanjun Chen, Xiaoye Lu, Keji Zhang, Changqing Zhu
BACKGROUND: Pyogenic liver abscesses have become common in emergency departments (EDs) in recent years in Shanghai, China due to a variety of risk factors contributory to the disease. OBJECTIVE: To review our experience in managing pyogenic liver abscesses to aid in the current management of this complex condition. METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted to collect and analyze information from adult patients diagnosed with liver hepatic abscesses who were admitted to Ren Ji Hospital during the period from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2015...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Sanath Allampati, Kevin D Mullen
Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE) is a complex neuropsychiatric syndrome associated with decompensated liver disease. The spectrum of disease ranges from trivial abnormalities in complex decision making and prolonged reaction time to coma in its most severe form1. The very initial stages, recently termed covert Hepatic Encephalopathy (CHE), can only be diagnosed with the help of neuropsychiatric testing while the later and more severe forms, termed overt Hepatic Encephalopathy (OHE), can be diagnosed clinically. Severity of HE is graded based on West Haven Criteria and please refer to table 1 for more details2...
October 20, 2016: Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
Deng-Wei Chou, Shu-Ling Wu, Kuo-Mou Chung, Shu-Chen Han, Bruno Man-Hon Cheung
OBJECTIVES: Septic pulmonary embolism is an uncommon but life-threatening disorder. However, data on patients with septic pulmonary embolism who require critical care have not been well reported. This study elucidated the clinicoradiological spectrum, causative pathogens and outcomes of septic pulmonary embolism in patients requiring critical care. METHODS: The electronic medical records of 20 patients with septic pulmonary embolism who required intensive care unit admission between January 2005 and December 2013 were reviewed...
October 1, 2016: Clinics
Paolo Angeli, Dimitri Bezinover, Gianni Biancofiore, Anja Bienholz, James Findlay, Catherine Paugam Burtz, Koen Reyntjens, Tetsuro Sakai, Fuat H Saner, Dana Tomescu, Gebhard Wagener, Emmanuel Weiss
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is associated with high perioperative mortality. A series of AKI research breakthroughs are worth mentioning. First, in 2003, serum and urine biomarkers specific to AKI were identified. These biomarkers have contributed to early detection, prevention, and treatment of AKI. In 2004, AKI severity was defined with the Risk, Injury, Failure, Loss, and End-stage kidney disease (RIFLE) criteria, which was developed by the International Consensus Conference Workgroup of the Acute Dialysis Quality Initiative...
October 19, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
Hada C Macher, G Suárez-Artacho, Pilar Jiménez-Arriscado, S Álvarez-Gómez, N García-Fernández, Juan M Guerrero, Patrocini Molinero, Elena Trujillo-Arribas, M A Gómez-Bravo, Amalia Rubio
The evaluation of the transplanted liver health by non-invasive approaches may offer an improvement in early clinical intervention. As transplanted organs have genomes that are distinct from the host's genome, the quantification of the specific DNA of the donated liver in the patient serum will allow us to obtain information about its damage. We evaluated the state of transplanted liver health by monitoring the RH gene in serum circulating DNA (cirDNA) from 17 recipient and donor mismatched for this gene. cirDNA RH gene was quantified by RT- PCR before, at the moment of transplantation (day 0) and during the stay at the intensive care unit...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Magnus von Seth, Miklós Lipcsey, Peter Engström, Anders Larsson, Lars Hillered, Enn Maripuu, Charles Widström, Jan Sjölin
Some experimental data suggest that rapid bolus administration of albumin causes less plasma-expanding effects than slow, continuous infusion. To determine whether rapid bolus administration, in comparison with slow infusion, results in greater extravasation of albumin in experimental septic shock we performed a randomized controlled trial with 32 endotoxemic pigs. The animals were monitored and ventilated with standard intensive care equipment and given 10 mL x kg 5% albumin labeled with Technetium-99m, either as a rapid 15-minute bolus (Bolus group, n = 16) or as a 2-hour (h) infusion (Infusion group, n = 16)...
October 5, 2016: Shock
Xiang Kong, Yan Kong, Fangyuan Zhang, Tingting Wang, Jin Yan
BACKGROUND: Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) is a specific pregnancy-related disorder without standard medical therapies. Ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) is the most used medicine, but the efficacy and safety of UDCA remain uncertain. Several meta-analyses had been made to assess the effects of UDCA in ICP. However, the samples were not large enough to convince obstetricians to use UDCA. We conducted a meta-analysis to evaluate the effects and safety of UDCA in patients with ICP, which included only randomized controlled trials (RCTs)...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
A Molina Raya, A García Navarro, C San Miguel Méndez, M Domínguez Bastante, M T Villegas Herrera, K Granero, A Becerra Massare, J M Villar Del Moral, M Expósito, Y Fundora Suárez
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work was to determine the impact of obesity on the morbidity and mortality of liver transplantation (LT) recipients. METHODS: A single-center, observational-cohort, retrospective study was conducted in patients undergoing LT from January 2008 to December 2014 to compare complications and survival between those with body mass index (BMI) <35 kg/m(2) and those with BMI ≥35 kg/m(2). RESULTS: The study included 170 patients: 162 (95...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
J H Kang, B H Choi, K M Moon, Y M Park, K H Yang, J H Ryu, C W Chu
It is well known that the quality of organs retrieved from brain-dead donors (DBDs) is better than those retrieved from circulatory death donors. However, in situations of organ retrieval from marginal DBDs, who are unstable despite intensive care, transplantation outcomes are not good. Organ ischemia is the most important determining factor in decreased organ quality in circulatory death donors and in some DBDs. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for management of DBDs can be an emergency countermeasure...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
T B Annunziata, K Paulino, R Fernandes, G Bento, G Stoduto, R Vasconcelos, L Demetrio, L F P Moreira
Although the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score has been used to evaluate mortality of patients on the waiting list for liver transplantation, it has not established if it correlates with post-liver transplantation prognosis. The aim of this study is to assess if there is a relationship between pretransplantation MELD and post-transplantation results, especially regarding 30-day post-LT survival rates. We analyzed data from 172 patients who underwent deceased-donor liver transplantation between February 2013 and May 2015 in a single center...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Riad Lutfi, Kamal Abulebda, Mara E Nitu, Jean P Molleston, Molly A Bozic, Girish Subbarao
Pediatric acute liver failure is rare but life-threatening illness that occurs in children without preexisting liver disease. The rarity of the disease, along with its severity and heterogeneity, presents unique clinical challenges to the physicians providing care for pediatric patients with acute liver failure. In this review, practical clinical approaches to the care of critically ill children with acute liver failure are discussed with an organ system specific approach. The underlying pathophysiological processes, major areas of uncertainty, and approaches to the critical care management of pediatric acute liver failure are also reviewed...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Xiaoqi Zhao, Tianxiang Gu, Zongyi Xiu, Enyi Shi, Lei Yu
Objective: To summarize the effect of mild hypothermia on function of the organs in patients with multiple organ dysfunction syndrome after cardiopulmonary bypass surgery. Methods: The patients were randomly divided into two groups, northermia group (n=71) and hypothermia group (n=89). We immediately began cooling the hypothermia group when test results showed multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, meanwhile all patients of two groups were drawn blood to test blood gas, liver and kidney function, blood coagulation function, and evaluated the cardiac function using echocardiography from 12 to 36 hours...
May 2016: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
M A Machado, R Surjan, T Basseres, F Makdissi
BACKGROUND: Associating liver partition and portal vein ligation for staged hepatectomy (ALPPS) allows R0 resection even for patients with extremely small future liver remnants. The ALPPS procedure was initially described for two-stage right trisectionectomy. Reversal ALPPS is a denomination in which the future liver remnant is the right posterior section of the liver. PATIENT: A 42-year-old woman with colorectal metastases in all segments except segment 1 underwent chemotherapy with objective response and was referred for surgical treatment...
October 12, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Torben Esser, Gerburg Keilhoff, Uwe Ebmeyer
OBJECTIVE: Our asphyxia cardiac arrest (ACA) rat model is well established. The original model was designed in the 1990(th) using halothane and nitrous oxide for pre-insult anesthesia. Because of its hepato-toxicity and its potential to induce severe liver failures, halothane is no longer used in clinical anesthesia for several years. In order to minimize the health risk for our laboratory staff as well as to keep the experimental settings of our model on a clinically oriented basis we decided to replace halothane by sevoflurane...
October 7, 2016: Brain Research
Naranpurev Mendsaikhan, Tsolmon Begzjav, Ganbold Lundeg, Martin W Dünser
CONTEXT: The epidemiology and outcome of critical illness in Mongolia remain undefined. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the epidemiology and outcome of critical illness in Mongolia. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: This is a multicenter, prospective, observational cohort study including 19 Mongolian centers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Demographic, clinical, and outcome data of patients >15 years admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) were collected during a 6-month period...
July 2016: International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science
L Della Casa, E Rossi, C Romanelli, L Gibellini, A Iannone
BACKGROUND: The individual genetic variations, as a response to diet, have recently caught the attention of several researchers. In addition, there is also a trend to assume food containing beneficial substances, or to supplement food with specific compounds. Among these, there is the conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has been demonstrated to reduce fat mass and to increase lean mass, even though its mechanism of action is still not known. We investigated the effect of CLA isomers (CLA c9,t11 and CLA t10,c12) on the proteomic profile of liver, adipose tissue, and muscle of mouse, with the aim of verifying the presence of a modification in fat and lean mass, and to explore the mechanism of action...
2016: Genes & Nutrition
Janelle Rekman, Christopher Wherrett, Sean Bennett, Miso Gostimir, Sara Saeed, Kristina Lemon, Richard Mimeault, Fady K Balaa, Guillaume Martel
BACKGROUND: Liver resection can be associated with significant blood loss and transfusion. Whole blood phlebotomy is an under-reported technique, distinct from acute normovolemic hemodilution, the goal of which is to minimize blood loss in liver operation. This work sought to report on its safety and feasibility and to describe technical considerations. METHODS: Consecutive patients who had an elective liver resection and concurrent phlebotomy between 2013 and 2016 were examined prospectively...
October 3, 2016: Surgery
C Lindqvist, A Majeed, S Wahlin
BACKGROUND: It is challenging to identify malnutrition, which is a risk factor for poor outcome in patients with liver cirrhosis. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the prevalence of malnutrition among patients listed for liver transplantation, as assessed by different methods, and also to relate dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) to short-term post-transplant outcomes. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, we reviewed the medical records of 106 patients who underwent liver transplantation in 2009-2012...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics: the Official Journal of the British Dietetic Association
Gaël Piton, Claire Chaignat, Mikhael Giabicani, Jean-Paul Cervoni, Fabienne Tamion, Emmanuel Weiss, Catherine Paugam-Burtz, Gilles Capellier, Vincent Di Martino
BACKGROUND: The prognosis of cirrhotic patients admitted to the ICU is considered to be poor but has been mainly reported in liver ICU. We aimed to describe the prognosis of cirrhotic patients admitted to a general ICU, to assess the predictors of mortality in this population, and, finally, to identify a subgroup of patients in whom intensive care escalation might be discussed. RESULTS: We performed a retrospective monocentric study of all cirrhotic patients consecutively admitted between 2002 and 2014 in a general ICU in a regional university hospital...
December 2016: Annals of Intensive Care
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