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Gastrointestinal complication AND transplantation

Anna-Sophie Weidner, Nicole C Panarelli, Hanna Rennert, Jose Jessurun, Rhonda K Yantiss
OBJECTIVES: Gastrointestinal infections by cytomegalovirus (CMV) and adenovirus may complicate hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Although CMV and adenovirus produce recognizable cytopathic changes, these changes may be subtle or focal. The value of viral immunohistochemistry in detecting infection in HSCT recipients when cytopathic changes are not identified has not been demonstrated. METHODS: H&E-stained sections from gastrointestinal biopsy specimens were reviewed by three pathologists...
October 15, 2016: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
Meera Mohan, Bradley Fogel, Thomas Eluvathingal, Carolina Schinke, Atul Kothari
A 59-year-old patient with multiple myeloma on maintenance chemotherapy presented with fever, weight loss and night sweats. An F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) computed tomography (CT) showed intra-abdominal lymphadenopathy with a mesenteric mass that led to further work up and diagnosis of histoplamosis. The patient was treated with amphotericin B and subsequently switched to itraconazole. This exemplifies the usefulness of FDG PET CT in diagnosis of infectious complications...
October 1, 2016: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
Valerian Ciprian Lucan, Luisa Berardinelli
Modern immunosuppressive therapy has produced a real revolution in renal and organ transplantation but it comes with the price of multiple side effects. There are many gastrointestinal (GI) complications that are the consequence of transplant immunosuppressant medication. In fact, for any immunosuppressant therapy, certain standardized precepts and attitudes that aim to reduce the incidence and the impact of the medication side effects must be applied. Many patients undergo renal transplantation and the physicians have to be aware of the advantages and the risks associated...
September 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
INTRODUCTION: Organ transplantation provides improved quality of life and longevity in patients with end-organ disease. These patients have significant physiological and anatomical modifications, and with new immunosuppressive agents, many of these patients will present to the emergency department with complications. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to provide emergency physicians with a review of transplant complications, including infection, rejection, medication adverse effects, and specific complications related to the transplant...
August 27, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Francesca DE Felice, Lavinia Grapulin, Daniela Musio, Jenny Pomponi, Cinzia DI Felice, Anna Paola Iori, Alice Bertaina, Vincenzo Tombolini
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate treatment-related toxicity and clinical outcomes of total body irradiation (TBI) in patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of all patients with ALL who underwent TBI-based conditioning regimen at our Institution between 2000 and 2012. RESULTS: A total of 211 patients were included. The median follow-up was 40 months. The 5-year overall survival and disease-free survival were 64...
September 2016: Anticancer Research
Ariadna Pérez-Ricart, Maria Galicia-Basart, Maria Alcalde-Rodrigo, Alfons Segarra-Medrano, Josep-Maria Suñé-Negre, José-Bruno Montoro-Ronsano
BACKGROUND: Secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) is a common complication in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. Cinacalcet could be a therapeutic option although its use is controversial in patients not receiving dialysis. Thus, the aim of this study is to assess the effectiveness and safety of cinacalcet in patients with CKD and SHPT without renal replacement treatment (RRT) and without renal transplantation (RT). METHODS: A retrospective observational study was conducted...
2016: PloS One
Nicola de'Angelis, Francesco Esposito, Riccardo Memeo, Vincenzo Lizzi, Aleix Martìnez-Pérez, Filippo Landi, Pietro Genova, Fausto Catena, Francesco Brunetti, Daniel Azoulay
AIMS: Due to the increasing number of solid organs transplantations, emergency abdominal surgery in transplanted patients is becoming a relevant challenge for the general surgeon. The aim of this systematic review of the literature is to analyze morbidity and mortality of emergency abdominal surgery performed in transplanted patients for graft-unrelated surgical problems. METHODS: The literature search was performed on online databases with the time limit 1990-2015...
2016: World Journal of Emergency Surgery: WJES
Lyle L Pritchard
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an autosomal recessive genetic disease that occurs in approximately 1 in 2,500 white live births. It is less common in nonwhite individuals. A dysfunctional epithelial chloride channel leads to excessively thick mucus affecting multiple organ systems. Common issues include mucous plugging of the airway, lung inflammation, chronic pulmonary infections, intestinal malabsorption, and malnutrition. Universal screening of newborns for CF is recommended in many countries. CF can be diagnosed based on clinical evidence of disease along with genetic testing or other laboratory evidence of chloride channel dysfunction...
September 2016: FP Essentials
O N Tuncer, C Kemaloğlu, O Erbasan, I Gölbaşı, C Türkay, Ö Bayezid
INTRODUCTION: Donor organ shortage is still a problem for heart transplantation. Only 10% of patients in waiting list undergo heart transplantation. Over the last 5 years, 2 different continuous flow pumps, the HeartMate II and the HeartWare, have been successful clinically in the alternative treatment of patients with end-stage heart disease. METHODS: Fifty-five patients underwent left ventricular assist device implantation between 2011 and 2014. Patients were followed on pump support for complications and intraoperative outcomes...
July 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Y Coskun, S Paydas, M Balal, S Soyupak, E Kara
BACKGROUND: Posttransplantation bone disease develops commonly and results in important complications. In this study, we aimed to investigate the relationship between bone diseases and serum fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF-23) in renal transplant recipients. METHODS: This study was conducted in 106 kidney transplant recipients (KTrs; group G1) and 30 patients with chronic kidney disease (group G2). Patients with fever, heart failure, angina pectoris, acute renal failure, malignant disease, or any gastrointestinal disease were excluded...
July 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Sanfang Tu, Danli Zhong, Weixin Xie, Wenfa Huang, Yangyang Jiang, Yuhua Li
Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and infection are major complications after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) and the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in HSCT patients. Recent work has demonstrated that the two complications are interdependent. GVHD occurs when allo-reactive donor T lymphocytes are activated by major histocompatibility antigens or minor histocompatibility antigens on host antigen-presenting cells (APCs), with the eventual attack of recipient tissues or organs...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Parisá Khodayar-Pardo, Andrés Peña Aldea, Ana Ramírez González, Adela Meseguer Carrascosa, Cristina Calabuig Bayo
Extrahepatic portal vein obstruction, although rare in children, is a significant cause of portal hypertension (PHT) leading to life-threatening gastrointestinal bleeding in the pediatric age group. PHT may also lead to other complications such as hyperesplenism, cholangyopathy, ascites, and even hepatopulmonary syndrome and portopulmonary hypertension that may require organ transplantation. Herein we report the case of an asymptomatic 11-month-old infant wherein a hepatomegaly and cavernous transformation of the portal vein was detected by liver ultrasound...
May 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
Enrico Maffini, Luisa Giaccone, Moreno Festuccia, Lucia Brunello, Ilaria Buondonno, Dario Ferrero, Mario Boccadoro, Chiara Dellacasa, Alessandro Busca, Domenico Novero, Benedetto Bruno
BACKGROUND: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is potentially curative in a variety of hematological malignancies. Graft-vs.-host disease (GvHD) remains a life-threatening complication. Standard treatment is high-dose (HD) corticosteroids. Steroid-refractory (SR) GvHD is associated with poor prognosis. At present, second-line treatment is ill-defined and includes a number of agents. Novel insights into the pathophysiology of acute GvHD (aGvHD) highlight the relevant role of the host inflammatory response governed by several kinase families, including Janus kinases (JAK)1/2...
2016: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
A Dobies, M Renke, W Wołyniec, L Palenicek, J Januszczyk, E Król, S Lizakowski, P Rutkowski, L Tylicki, A Dębska-Ślizień, B Rutkowski
BACKGROUND: The beneficial effect of kidney transplantation in patients requiring continuous renal replacement therapy owing to chronic kidney disease is well known and accepted. Kidney transplantation protects the patient from complications that may develop during chronic dialysis. Unfortunately, there is also evidence that kidney transplant patients are more prone to developing cancer than healthy persons. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of gastrointestinal pathologies in patients after kidney transplantation...
June 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Sarah A Milgrom, Yago Nieto, Chelsea C Pinnix, Grace L Smith, Christine F Wogan, Gabriela Rondon, L Jeffrey Medeiros, Partow Kebriaei, Bouthaina S Dabaja
BACKGROUND: Patients who undergo allogeneic stem cell transplantation and subsequent radiation therapy uncommonly develop graft-versus-host disease within the irradiated area. We quantified the incidence of this complication, which is a novel contribution to the field. From 2010 to 2014, 1849 patients underwent allogeneic stem cell transplantation, and 41 (2 %) received radiation therapy afterward. Of these, two patients (5 %) developed graft-versus-host disease within the irradiated tissues during or immediately after radiation therapy...
2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Reskan Altun, Ayla Gökmen, İbrahim Tek, Ender Soydan, Meltem Kurt Yüksel
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a common complication of haematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), with the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) as one of the main target organs. There is a lack of consensus regarding the site in GIT with the highest sensitivity for biopsy. The present study aimed to determine the endoscopic and histological findings in acute GVHD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The data of 111 patients who had received allogeneic HCT were retrospectively reviewed...
July 2016: Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Journal of Turkish Society of Gastroenterology
D Zama, E Biagi, R Masetti, P Gasperini, A Prete, M Candela, P Brigidi, A Pession
Advances in biological techniques have potentiated great progresses in understanding the interaction between human beings and the ∼10 to 100 trillion microbes living in their gastrointestinal tract: gut microbiota (GM). In this review, we describe recent emerging data on the role of GM in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, with a focus on immunomodulatory properties in the immune system recovery and the impact in the development of the main complications, as GvHD and infections.Bone Marrow Transplantation advance online publication, 27 June 2016; doi:10...
June 27, 2016: Bone Marrow Transplantation
Ugur Sahin, Selami Kocak Toprak, Pinar Ataca Atilla, Erden Atilla, Taner Demirer
Infections are the most common and significant cause of mortality and morbidity after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). The presence of neutropenia and mucosal damage are the leading risk factors in the early pre-engraftment phase. In the early post-engraftment phase, graft versus host disease (GvHD) induced infection risk is increased in addition to catheter related infections. In the late phase, in which reconstitution of cellular and humoral immunity continues, as well as the pathogens seen during the early post-engraftment phase, varicella-zoster virus and encapsulated bacterial infections due to impaired opsonization are observed...
August 2016: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Matthias Grube, Ernst Holler, Daniela Weber, Barbara Holler, Wolfgang Herr, Daniel Wolff
Chronic graft versus host disease (cGVHD) is the most frequent long-term complication after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) and results in impaired quality of life and increased long-term morbidity and mortality. We analyzed 243 patients with cGVHD, documented according to the 2005 revised National Institutes of Health consensus criteria, to identify risk factors for the occurrence of cGVHD and outcomes for the patients with cGVHD. Patients without evidence of cGVHD (n = 147) were used as controls...
October 2016: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Ayan Sen, Joel S Larson, Kianoush B Kashani, Stacy L Libricz, Bhavesh M Patel, Pramod K Guru, Cory M Alwardt, Octavio Pajaro, J Christopher Farmer
Mechanical circulatory assist devices are now commonly used in the treatment of severe heart failure as bridges to cardiac transplant, as destination therapy for patients who are not transplant candidates, and as bridges to recovery and "decision-making". These devices, which can be used to support the left or right ventricles or both, restore circulation to the tissues, thereby improving organ function. Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are the most common support devices. To care for patients with these devices, health care providers in emergency departments (EDs) and intensive care units (ICUs) need to understand the physiology of the devices, the vocabulary of mechanical support, the types of complications patients may have, diagnostic techniques, and decision-making regarding treatment...
June 25, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
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