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Cirrhotic ascites

Marta Hernández Conde, Elba Llop Herrera, Juan de la Revilla Negro, Fernando Pons Renedo, Natalia Fernández Puga, José Luis Martínez Porras, María Trapero Marugan, Valentín Cuervas-Mons, Víctor Sánchez Turrión, José Luis Calleja Panero
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of portal vein thrombosis (PVT) in patients that have undergone liver transplantation (LT) is 9.7% (SD 4.5). The aim of our study was to determine the prevalence, assess the factors that are associated with PVT and clarify their association with prognosis in patients with liver cirrhosis (LC) and LT. AIMS AND METHODS: From 2005 to 2014, laboratory, radiological and surgical data were collected from patients with LC in our center who had undergone LT for the first time...
October 19, 2016: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
Ricardo U Macías-Rodríguez, Astrid Ruiz-Margáin, Jose L Rodriguez-Garcia, Sergio Zepeda-Gómez, Aldo Torre
OBJECTIVE: Endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP) is useful for the management of biliary tract diseases; in patients with cirrhosis, portal hypertension may increase the risk for complications from ERCP. We evaluated the outcome and risk factors related to ERCP in patients with cirrhosis and portal hypertension. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this case-control study, 37 patients (71 procedures) with cirrhosis and portal hypertension (group 1) and 37 controls (group 2) undergoing ERCP were included...
October 14, 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Omar D Borjas-Almaguer, Carlos A Cortez-Hernández, Emmanuel I González-Moreno, Francisco J Bosques-Padilla, José A González-González, Aldo A Garza, Juan A Martínez-Segura, Diego García-Compean, Juan V Alejandre-Loya, Jesús García-García, Guillermo Delgado-García, Héctor J Maldonado-Garza
:  Background & Aims. It is unclear whether portal vein thrombosis (PVT) unrelated to malignancy is associated with reduced survival or it is an epiphenomenon of advanced cirrhosis. The objective of this study was to assess clinical outcome in cirrhotic patients with PVT not associated with malignancy and determine its prevalence. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective search in one center from June 2011 to December 2014. RESULTS: 169 patients, 55 women and 114 men, median age 54 (19-90) years...
November 2016: Annals of Hepatology
Faisal Inayat, Zia Ur Rahman, Abu Hurairah
Our objective was to study nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) as a relevant risk factor associated with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with and without cirrhosis. HCC is a common cancer worldwide that predominantly involves patients with hepatic cirrhosis. HCC has recently been linked to NAFLD, the hepatic manifestation of obesity and related metabolic disorders. This association is alarming due to the high prevalence of NAFLD globally, which may contribute to the rising incidence of HCC. A 31-year-old female with a history of dyslipidemia, hypertension, and diabetes mellitus presented with abdominal pain that persisted for six months...
August 29, 2016: Curēus
Yasir Furkan Cagin, Yahya Atayan, Mehmet Ali Erdogan, Firat Dagtekin, Cemil Colak
BACKGROUND: Portal vein thrombosis (PVT) is due to many risk factors, but its pathogenesis is still not clearly understood. To identify the risk factors for PVT, we analyzed the clinical characteristics and complications associated with PVT in cirrhotic patients. METHODS: We studied patients with liver cirrhosis who were admitted to our unit from April 2009 to December 2014. The patients were divided into the PVT and non-PVT groups, and were compared by variables including gender, age, the etiology of cirrhosis, stage of cirrhosis, complications, imaging, and treatment...
October 2016: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
Tea L Laursen, Sidsel Rødgaard-Hansen, Holger J Møller, Christian Mortensen, Stine Karlsen, Dennis T Nielsen, Susanne Frevert, Jens O Clemmesen, Søren Møller, Jørgen S Jensen, Flemming Bendtsen, Henning Grønbaek
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Intestinal bacterial translocation is involved in activation of liver macrophages in cirrhotic patients. Macrophages play a key role in liver inflammation and are involved in the pathogenesis of cirrhosis and complications. Bacterial translocation may be determined by presence of bacterial DNA and macrophage activation, by the soluble mannose receptor. We hypothesize that the soluble mannose receptor is released from hepatic macrophages in cirrhosis and associated with bacterial DNA, portal pressure and complications...
October 5, 2016: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Hideto Kawaratani, Hiroshi Fukui, Kei Moriya, Ryuichi Noguchi, Tadashi Namisaki, Masakazu Uejima, Mitsuteru Kitade, Kosuke Takeda, Yasushi Okura, Kosuke Kaji, Norihisa Nishimura, Hiroaki Takaya, Yousuke Aihara, Yasuhiko Sawada, Shinya Sato, Kenichiro Seki, Akira Mitoro, Junichi Yamao, Hitoshi Yoshiji
AIMS: The efficacy of the vasopressin V2 receptor antagonist tolvaptan for difficult-to-treat cirrhotic ascites has recently been reported. However, its effect is variable among patients. This study aimed to clarify the predictive factors for obtaining a good response to tolvaptan in patients with difficult-to-treat ascites. METHODS: Data were collected from 50 patients with liver cirrhosis having ascites (hepatitis B, 1; hepatitis C, 22; alcoholism, 11; and others, 16 patients) after administering tolvaptan (3...
October 5, 2016: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
Katharine M Irvine, Xuan Banh, Victoria L Gadd, Kyle K Wojcik, Juliana K Ariffin, Sara Jose, Samuel Lukowski, Gregory J Baillie, Matthew J Sweet, Elizabeth E Powell
Infections are an important cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with decompensated cirrhosis and ascites. Hypothesizing that innate immune dysfunction contributes to susceptibility to infection, we assessed ascitic fluid macrophage phenotype and function. The expression of complement receptor of the immunoglobulin superfamily (CRIg) and CCR2 defined two phenotypically and functionally distinct peritoneal macrophage subpopulations. The proportion of CRIg(hi) macrophages differed between patients and in the same patient over time, and a high proportion of CRIg(hi) macrophages was associated with reduced disease severity (model for end-stage liver disease) score...
June 2, 2016: JCI Insight
Abidullah Khan, Maimoona Ayub, Iqbal Haider, Mohammad Humayun, Zakir Shah, Fahad Ajmal
BACKGROUND: Splenic artery aneurysms are the commonest visceral and third most common abdominal artery aneurysms, having a strong association with both pregnancy and multiparity. Here we report possibly the first case of a giant splenic artery aneurysm in association with a smaller portal vein aneurysm, in a woman who had never conceived, leading to non-cirrhotic portal hypertension. CASE PRESENTATION: A 40-year-old Pakistani Asian woman who had no evidence of liver cirrhosis presented in April 2016 for a diagnostic workup of ascites, massive splenomegaly, and pancytopenia...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Richa Shukla, Jennifer Kramer, Yumei Cao, Jun Ying, Aylin Tansel, Annette Walder, Shailesh Advani, Hashem B El-Serag, Fasiha Kanwal
OBJECTIVES: Prior studies have demonstrated the efficacy of non-selective beta-blockers (NSBB) in preventing first variceal bleeding in patients with cirrhosis. However, little is known about the overall effectiveness of NSBB in routine clinical care. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of cirrhotic patients without prior bleeding who initiated a NSBB (propranolol, nadolol) at any Veterans Administration facility between 2008 and 2013. The primary outcome was variceal bleeding within 12 months...
September 27, 2016: American Journal of Gastroenterology
Tomomi Kogiso, Kuniko Yamamoto, Mutsuki Kobayashi, Yuichi Ikarashi, Kazuhisa Kodama, Makiko Taniai, Nobuyuki Torii, Etsuko Hashimoto, Katsutoshi Tokushige
AIMS: The vasopressin V2 receptor antagonist tolvaptan has been used for the treatment of cirrhotic patients with ascites; however, no predictor of efficacy and prognosis has been developed. Here, we evaluated candidate predictors of response to tolvaptan treatment. METHODS: This was a single-center retrospective study. Overall, 97 Japanese cirrhotic patients (60 males, median age 63 years), who were hospitalized for ascites treatment including oral tolvaptan coupled with conventional diuretics, were enrolled...
September 27, 2016: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
Aparna Goel, Mollie Biewald, Shirish Huprikar, Thomas Schiano, Gene Y Im
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) is a common infection in cirrhosis associated with high mortality. More than 20% of patients with SBP do not respond to initial antibiotics. Guidelines differ in recommendations to repeat paracentesis (retap) to confirm antibiotic efficacy. We aim to evaluate the effect of retap-guided management of SBP on antibiotic escalation and 30-day transplant-free survival. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of cirrhotic patients with SBP admitted to a single transplant center from 2010 to 2014...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Roberto Filomia, Sergio Maimone, Gaia Caccamo, Carlo Saitta, Luca Visconti, Angela Alibrandi, Simona Caloggero, Antonio Bottari, Maria Stella Franzè, Carmine Gabriele Gambino, Tindaro Lembo, Giovanni Oliva, Irene Cacciola, Giovanni Raimondo, Giovanni Squadrito
Contrast medium administration is one of the leading causes of acute kidney injury (AKI) in different clinical settings. The aim of the study was to investigate occurrence and predisposing factors of AKI in cirrhotic patients undergoing contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT).Datasets of 1279 consecutively hospitalized cirrhotic patients were retrospectively analyzed. Two hundred forty-nine of 1279 patients (mean age 64 ± 11 years, 165 male) who had undergone CECT were selected on the basis of the availability of serum creatinine (sCr) values evaluated before and after CECT (CECT group)...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Robert J Huang, Ryan B Perumpail, Nirav Thosani, Ramsey Cheung, Shai Friedland
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: Cirrhotic patients are at a theoretically increased risk of bleeding. The safety of polypectomy in cirrhosis is poorly defined. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of patients with cirrhosis who underwent colonoscopic polypectomy at a tertiary-care hospital. Patient characteristics and polyp data were collected. Development of complications including immediate bleeding, delayed bleeding, hospitalization, blood transfusion, perforation, and death were recorded to 30-day follow-up...
September 2016: Endoscopy International Open
Alberto Ferrarese, Alberto Zanetto, Giacomo Germani, Patrizia Burra, Marco Senzolo
Non-selective beta blockers (NSBB) are commonly used to prevent portal hypertensive bleeding in cirrhotics. Nevertheless, in the last years, the use of NSBB in critically decompensated patients, especially in those with refractory ascites, has been questioned, mainly for an increased risk of mortality and worsening of systemic hemodynamics. Moreover, even if NSBB have been reported to correlate with a higher risk of renal failure and severe infection in patients with advanced liver disease and hypotension, their use has been associated with a reduction of risk of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, modification of gut permeability and reduction of bacterial translocation...
August 28, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Rohan M Modi, Nishi Patel, Sherif N Metwally, Khalid Mumtaz
Hepatorenal syndrome (HRS) plays an important role in patients with liver cirrhosis on the wait list for liver transplantation (LT). The 1 and 5-year probability of developing HRS in cirrhotic with ascites is 20% and 40%, respectively. In this article, we reviewed current concepts in HRS pathophysiology, guidelines for HRS diagnosis, effective treatment options presently available, and controversies surrounding liver alone vs simultaneous liver kidney transplant (SLKT) in transplant candidates. Many treatment options including albumin, vasoconstrictors, renal replacement therapy, and eventual LT have remained a mainstay in the treatment of HRS...
August 28, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Giovanni Sansoè, Manuela Aragno, Raffaella Mastrocola, Giulio Mengozzi, Erica Novo, Maurizio Parola
BACKGROUND: Tissue Angiotensin II (Ang-II), produced through local non ACE-dependent pathways, stimulates liver fibrogenesis, renal vasoconstriction and sodium retention. AIM: To highlight chymase-dependent pathway of Ang-II production in liver and kidney during cirrhosis development. METHODS: Liver histology, portal pressure, liver and kidney function, and hormonal status were investigated in rat liver cirrhosis induced through 13 weeks of CCl4, with or without chymase inhibitor SF2809E, administered between 4th and 13th CCl4 weeks; liver and kidney chymase immunolocation and Ang-II content were assessed...
2016: PloS One
Barbara Geeroms, Wim Laleman, Annouschka Laenen, Sam Heye, Chris Verslype, Schalk van der Merwe, Frederik Nevens, Geert Maleux
PURPOSE: To retrospectively analyse long-term patency and overall survival of cirrhotic patients treated with TIPSS using e-PTFE-covered stents. Additionally, prognostic factors for better patency and survival were analysed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two hundred and eighty-five consecutive cirrhotic patients with severe portal hypertension-related symptoms were included. Follow-up, including clinical assessment and duplex ultrasound, was analysed up to end of study, patient's death, liver transplantation or TIPSS-reduction...
September 15, 2016: European Radiology
G Aswathy, Prasanth Dharmarajan, Ananth Ram Sharma, V K Sasikumar, M R Vasudevan Nampoothiri
Cirrhosis is the final stage of most of the chronic liver diseases and is most invariably complicated by portal hypertension resulting in ascites. A case of chronic liver disease with portal hypertension (cryptogenic cirrhosis), managed at Amrita School of Ayurveda is discussed in this paper. The clinical picture was that of an uncomplicated cirrhotic ascites. Snehapāna (therapeutic oral administration of lipids) followed by virecana (purgation) was done after an initial course of nityavirecana (daily purgation)...
April 2016: Ancient Science of Life
Thierry Thévenot, Charline Briot, Vincent Macé, Hortensia Lison, Laure Elkrief, Alexandra Heurgué-Berlot, Christophe Bureau, Caroline Jézéquel, Ghassan Riachi, Alexandre Louvet, Arnaud Pauwels, Isabelle Ollivier-Hourmand, Rodolphe Anty, Nicolas Carbonell, Hélène Labadie, Karim Aziz, Denis Grasset, Eric Nguyen-Khac, Mehdi Kaassis, Sofia Hermann, Florence Tanné, Thomas Mouillot, Olivier Roux, Aurélie Le Thuaut, Jean-Paul Cervoni, Jean-François Cadranel, Matthieu Schnee
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to assess the performance of a new strip (Periscreen) for the rapid diagnosis of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP). METHODS: Ascitic fluid (AF) of cirrhotic patients hospitalized between March 2014 and August 2015 was independently tested by two readers using the new strip, which has four colorimetric graduations (negative, trace, small, and large). SBP was diagnosed on neutrophils in ascites>250/mm(3). Ascites not related to portal hypertension were excluded...
October 2016: American Journal of Gastroenterology
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