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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645737/alfapump-system-vs-large-volume-paracentesis-for-refractory-ascites-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-study
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Christophe Bureau, Danielle Adebayo, Mael Chalret de Rieu, Laure Elkrief, Dominique Valla, Markus Peck-Radosavljevic, Anne McCune, Victor Vargas, Macarena Simon-Talero, Juan Cordoba, Paolo Angeli, Silvia Rosi, Stewart MacDonald, Massimo Malago, Maria Stepanova, Zobair M Younossi, Claudia Trepte, Randall Watson, Oleg Borisenko, Sun Sun, Neil Inhaber, Rajiv Jalan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients with refractory ascites (RA) require repeated large volume paracenteses (LVP), which involves frequent hospital visits and is associated with poor quality-of-life. This study assessed safety and efficacy of an automated, low-flow pump (alfapump [AP]) compared with LVP [SoC]. METHODS: Randomized, controlled trial, in 7 centers, with 6M patient observation. Primary outcome was time to first LVP. Secondary outcomes included paracentesis requirement, safety, health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL), and survival...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625694/the-incidence-of-chylous-ascites-after-liver-transplantation-and-the-proposal-of-a-diagnostic-and-management-protocol
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Toshiharu Matsuura, Yusuke Yanagi, Makoto Hayashida, Yoshiaki Takahashi, Koichiro Yoshimaru, Tomoaki Taguchi
BACKGROUND: No protocol has been established for the diagnosis and management of chylous ascites after liver transplantation (LT). In this study, we retrospectively reviewed our cases of posttransplant chylous ascites (PTCA) and aimed to propose a diagnostic and management protocol. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical records of 96 LT recipients who underwent LT at our department. The incidence of PTCA and the associated risk factors were analyzed and our protocol for chylous ascites was evaluated...
June 11, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623993/management-of-refractory-chylous-ascites-with-peritoneovenous-shunts
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Ying Huang, Peter Gloviczki, Audra A Duncan, Mark D Fleming, David J Driscoll, Manju Kalra, Gustavo S Oderich, Thomas C Bower
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to define outcome of treatments of refractory chylous ascites using peritoneovenous shunts (PVSs). METHODS: Clinical data of patients with refractory chylous ascites treated with PVSs between 1992 and 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. The primary end point was clinical benefit, defined as cured, improved, or poor results; secondary end points were complications and reinterventions. RESULTS: Seventeen patients (eight female [47%]; median age, 47 years [range, 19-78 years]) with refractory chylous ascites were studied...
July 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611269/the-role-of-tips-in-patients-with-refractory-ascites-and-portal-vein-thrombosis
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Paulina Chinchilla-López, Nashla Hamdan-Pérez, Jorge Guerrero-Ixtlahuac, Beatriz Barranco-Fragoso, Nahum Méndez-Sánchez
Nowadays the contraindication for Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) in patients with portal vein thrombosis (PVT) had been modify. The experience and technology have reduce the complications for this procedure. We report a case of refractory ascites and portal vein thrombosis to emphasize the role of TIPS in the treatment for this condition.
August 1, 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602971/new-developments-in-hepatorenal-syndrome
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Ayse L Mindikoglu, Stephen C Pappas
Hepatorenal Syndrome (HRS) continues to be one of the major complications of decompensated cirrhosis leading to death in the absence of liver transplantation. Challenges in precisely evaluating renal function in the patient with cirrhosis remain due to the limitations of serum creatinine (Cr) alone in estimating glomerular filtration rate (GFR); current GFR estimating models appear to underestimate renal function. Newer models incorporating renal biomarkers, such as the Cr-Cystatin C GFR Equation for Cirrhosis appear to more accurately estimate true GFR...
June 7, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590564/-beta-blockers-in-patients-with-advanced-liver-disease-has-the-dust-settled
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Carlos Moctezuma-Velazquez, Sylvia Kalainy, Juan G Abraldes
Non-selective beta blockers (NSBBs) have been the backbone for the treatment of portal hypertension in cirrhosis for the last three decades. A publication in 2010 of a prospective observational study suggested that NSBBs could increase mortality in patients with refractory ascites. This opened a controversy about the safety and efficacy of NSBBs in patients with advanced liver disease and led to the publication of a large corpus of observational data assessing the safety of NSBBs in patients with advanced cirrhosis...
June 7, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589706/technical-performance-and-clinical-effectiveness-of-drop-type-with-adjustable-concentrator-cell-free-and-concentrated-ascites-reinfusion-therapy
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Yosuke Yamada, Makoto Harada, Akinori Yamaguchi, Yasuko Kobayashi, Takashi Chino, Takashi Minowa, Takashi Kosuge, Wataru Tsukada, Koji Hashimoto, Yuji Kamijo
Cell-free and concentrated ascites reinfusion therapy (CART) is a very useful treatment method for refractory ascites but is difficult for many hospitals to employ due to its need for specialized equipment. We have therefore developed drop-type with adjustable concentrator CART (DC-CART) that uses a drop-type filtration mechanism and requires only a simple pump and pressure monitor for its concentration process. Easy adjustment of ascites concentration is possible through a recirculation loop, and filter membrane washing is aided by DC-CART's external pressure-type filtration to enable the processing of any quality or quantity of ascites...
June 7, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583558/successful-treatment-of-a-patient-with-diffuse-portosplenomesenteric-thrombosis-using-a-pericholedochal-varix-for-portal-flow-reconstruction-during-deceased-donor-liver-transplantation-a-case-report
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Y-D Yu, D-S Kim, J-H Han, Y-I Yoon
Portal vein thrombosis remains a challenging issue in liver transplantation. When thrombectomy is not feasible due to diffuse portosplenomesenteric thrombosis, other modalities are adapted such as the use of a jump graft or portal tributaries or even multivisceral transplantation. For patients with diffuse thrombosis of the splanchnic venous system, a large pericholedochal varix can be a useful vessel for providing splanchnic blood flow to the graft and for relieving portal hypertension. We report our experience of successfully treating a patient with diffuse portosplenomesenteric thrombosis using a pericholedochal varix for portal flow reconstruction during deceased donor liver transplantation and eventually preventing unnecessary multivisceral transplantation...
June 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579587/direct-acting-antiviral-agents-improved-nephrotic-syndrome-associated-with-refractory-pleural-effusion-and-ascites-caused-by-hepatitis-c-virus-related-nephropathy-a-case-report
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Masatoshi Yamato, Kuniaki Arai, Hajime Takatori, Tetsuro Shimakami, Taro Yamashita, Yoshio Sakai, Tatsuya Yamashita, Eishiro Mizukoshi, Masao Honda, Shuichi Kaneko
A 74-year-old man with hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related cirrhosis was admitted because of dyspnea. Laboratory investigations revealed severe proteinuria (4.0g/day), low serum albumin level, and cryoglobulinemia. Computed tomography showed massive pleural effusion and ascites. Because these effusions were leaky and the hepatic reserve was relatively intact, we thought these were mainly caused by nephrotic syndrome. Renal biopsy revealed membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis with mesangial proliferation and excessive matrix deposition...
2017: Nihon Shokakibyo Gakkai Zasshi, the Japanese Journal of Gastro-enterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550512/duplex-ultrasound-versus-clinical-surveillance-in-the-prediction-of-tips-malfunction-placed-for-refractory-ascites-is-ultrasound-surveillance-useful
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Shamar Young, Patrick Scanlon, Prashant Sherestha, Jafar Golzarian, Tina Sanghvi
PURPOSE: Since the advent of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene-covered stents and the improved patency they confer for transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS), the need to perform ultrasound surveillance has been debated. Prior reports have failed to separately evaluate patients who had TIPS placed for refractory ascites and variceal bleeding. The difference in morbidity from TIPS malfunction between these cohorts argues for distinction between the two. This retrospective review aims to determine whether Duplex ultrasound or return of symptoms more accurately predicts TIPS dysfunction...
May 26, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533908/ascites-refractory-ascites-and-hyponatremia-in-cirrhosis
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Brett Fortune, Andres Cardenas
Ascites is the most common complication related to cirrhosis and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Ascites is a consequence of the loss of compensatory mechanisms to maintain the overall effective arterial blood volume due to worsening splanchnic arterial vasodilation as a result of clinically significant portal hypertension. In order to maintain effective arterial blood volume, vasoconstrictor and antinatriuretic pathways are activated, which increase overall sodium and fluid retention...
May 2017: Gastroenterology Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532189/non-selective-beta-blocker-treatment-does-not-impact-on-kidney-function-in-cirrhotic-patients-with-varices
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Bernhard Scheiner, Diego Parada-Rodriguez, Theresa Bucsics, Philipp Schwabl, Mattias Mandorfer, Nikolaus Pfisterer, Florian Riedl, Wolfgang Sieghart, Arnulf Ferlitsch, Michael Trauner, Markus Peck-Radosavljevic, Thomas Reiberger
GOALS AND BACKGROUND: Non-selective beta-blockers (NSBBs) are used for bleeding prophylaxis in cirrhotic patients with gastroesophageal varices (GEVs). Recent data suggested that NSBB treatment might increase the risk of renal dysfunction in patients with refractory ascites due to an impaired response to acute haemodynamic stress. STUDY: Retrospective longitudinal assessment of kidney function in a cohort of cirrhotic patients with GEVs with vs. without NSBB therapy...
May 22, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523319/amyloidosis-a-rare-cause-of-refractory-heart-failure-in-a-young-female
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Irina Iuliana Costache, Claudia Florida Costea, Mihai Danciu, Victor Vlad Costan, Viviana Aursulesei, Gabriela FlorenŢa Dumitrescu, Mihaela Dana Turliuc, Anca Sava
Cardiac amyloidosis may occur in any type of systemic amyloidosis. The clinical picture is often characterized by restrictive cardiomyopathy. We report the case of a 41-year-old female patient admitted to the Department of Cardiology with clinical signs of right heart failure: congested jugular veins, hepatomegaly, peripheral edema, ascites associated with atrial fibrillation, low values of arterial blood pressure and oliguria. Echocardiographic findings were helpful for the diagnosis of cardiac amyloidosis: enlarged atrial cavities, normal size ventricles, thickened ventricular septum and posterior left ventricle wall with normal left ventricular ejection fraction, mitral and tricuspid regurgitation...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522234/tjalma-syndrome-pseudo-pseudo-meigs-as-initial-manifestation-of-juvenile-onset-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Alfonso Ragnar Torres Jiménez, Eunice Solís-Vallejo, Adriana Ivonne Céspedes-Cruz, Maritza Zeferino Cruz, Edna Zoraida Rojas-Curiel, Berenice Sánchez-Jara
Tjalma syndrome or pseudo-pseudo Meigs' syndrome is a clinical condition characterized by pleural effusion, ascites and elevated CA-125 with no associated benign or malignant ovarian tumor in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Tjalma described the first case of a patient with SLE, pleural effusion, ascites and elevated CA-125. We report the first case in a 14-year old patient who presented with ascites and pleural effusion refractory to treatment and elevated CA-125, in the absence of an ovarian tumor, that warranted aggressive management...
May 15, 2017: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515846/passive-expansion-of-sub-maximally-dilated-transjugular-intrahepatic-portosystemic-shunts-and-assessment-of-clinical-outcomes
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Michael C Hsu, Charles N Weber, S William Stavropoulos, Timothy W Clark, Scott O Trerotola, Richard D Shlansky-Goldberg, Michael C Soulen, Gregory J Nadolski
AIM: To assess for passive expansion of sub-maximally dilated transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts (TIPS) and compare outcomes with maximally dilated TIPS. METHODS: Polytetrafluoroethylene covered TIPS (Viatorr) from July 2002 to December 2013 were retrospectively reviewed at two hospitals in a single institution. Two hundred and thirty patients had TIPS maximally dilated to 10 mm (mTIPS), while 43 patients who were at increased risk for hepatic encephalopathy (HE), based on clinical evaluation or low pre-TIPS portosystemic gradient (PSG), had 10 mm TIPS sub-maximally dilated to 8 mm (smTIPS)...
April 28, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510606/safety-and-efficacy-of-cell-free-and-concentrated-ascites-reinfusion-therapy-cart-in-refractory-ascites-post-marketing-surveillance-results
#16
Norio Hanafusa, Ayako Isoai, Tomoaki Ishihara, Tetsuya Inoue, Ken Ishitani, Taiju Utsugisawa, Toshihiko Yamaka, Tetsuya Ito, Hiroshi Sugiyama, Atsushi Arakawa, Yosuke Yamada, Yasuo Itano, Hirokazu Onodera, Ryosuke Kobayashi, Naoko Torii, Toyoko Numata, Taihei Kashiwabara, Yoshihiro Matsuno, Michio Kato
We performed post-marketing surveillance to evaluate the safety and efficacy of cell-free and concentrated ascites reinfusion therapy (CART). In total, 356 CART sessions in 147 patients at 22 centers were performed. The most common primary disease was cancer (128 cases, 300 sessions). Mean amount of ascites collected was 3.7 L, and mean concentration ratio was 9.2. Mean amount of reinfused protein was 67.8 g (recovery rate, 72.0%). Performance status, dietary intake, urine volume, body weight and abdominal circumference were significantly improved after CART...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498107/ultrasound-assisted-thrombolysis-of-an-occluded-transjugular-portosystemic-shunt
#17
Nicholas Hilliard, Teik Choon See, Nadeem Shaida
Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) insertion is commonly performed for refractory ascites or variceal bleeding. However, TIPS dysfunction can be seen in both early and late settings, with shunt thrombosis a particular problem. Treatment of shunt dysfunction commonly involves angioplasty and re-lining, with or without embolectomy, mechanical thrombectomy, or thrombolysis. Ultrasound-assisted thrombolysis has been shown to be successful for treatment of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, and peripheral arterial thromboembolism, but has not been described before for TIPS occlusion...
May 12, 2017: Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology: Official Journal of the Turkish Society of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494541/-new-therapeutic-paradigm-and-concepts-for-patients-with-cirrhotic-refractory-ascites
#18
S Z Wang, H G Ding
The activation of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-vasopressin system is a key factor in the formation of ascites due to splanchnic vasodilation in cirrhosis. In theory, aldosterone antagonists, contraction of blood vessels, vasopressin V2 receptor, and angiotensin receptor antagonists are important targets for the prevention and treatment of cirrhotic ascites. The 15%-20% of patients with cirrhotic ascites that show no response to at least one week's treatment with potent diuretics (spironolactone 160 mg/d combined with furosemide 80 mg/d) are considered to have refractory ascites...
April 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491181/tips-performed-in-a-patient-with-complete-portal-vein-thrombosis
#19
Ashwani Kumar Sharma, David Charles Kaufman
Portal vein thrombosis is common in cirrhotic patients and results in increased morbidity and mortality. Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) creation is a well-established therapy for refractory variceal bleeding and refractory ascites in patients who do not tolerate repeated large volume paracentesis. Experience and technical improvements have led to improved TIPS outcomes that have encouraged an expanded application. Complete portal vein thrombosis has come a long way from being a contraindication to an indication for TIPS procedure...
June 2017: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488102/transjugular-intrahepatic-portosystemic-shunt-for-portal-hypertension-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-with-portal-vein-tumor-thrombus
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Bin Qiu, Kai Li, Xiaoqun Dong, Fu-Quan Liu
PURPOSE: In patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), limited therapeutic options are available for portal hypertension resulted from portal vein tumor thrombus (PVTT). We aimed to determine safety and efficacy of TIPS for treatment of symptomatic portal hypertension in HCC with PVTT. METHODS: We evaluated clinical characteristics of 95 patients with HCC and PVTT out of 992 patients who underwent TIPS. The primary endpoints included success rate, procedural mortality, serious complications, decrease in portosystemic pressure gradient, and symptom relief...
May 9, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
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