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Verena C Obmann, Majid Chalian, Bahar Mansoori, Edmund Sanchez, Vikas Gulani
Splenic artery steal syndrome (SASS) is a severe complication affecting up to 10% of orthotopic liver transplant (OLT) patients. In this case report, we present a 35-year-old male with OLT secondary to liver failure due to hemochromatosis, who developed SASS. We describe potential application of different imaging techniques for diagnosis of SASS with focus on the value of time-resolved contrast enhanced 4D magnetic resonance angiography (MRA).
March 7, 2018: Clinical Imaging
Dimitrios Chanouzas, Alexander Small, Richard Borrows, Simon Ball
BACKGROUND: The measurement of CMV specific cellular immunity in organ transplant recipients could contribute additional acuity to serology based, CMV infection risk stratification, facilitating optimisation of immunosuppression and anti-viral prophylaxis. METHODS: A pilot study of renal transplant recipient (RTR's) responses in the T-SPOT.CMV ELISPOT based assay. 108 RTR's were recruited 3 months post-transplantation, immediately prior to the cessation of stratified anti-viral prophylaxis, used in recipients from seropositive donors...
2018: PloS One
Yawara Kawano, Oksana Zavidij, Jihye Park, Michele Moschetta, Katsutoshi Kokubun, Tarek H Mouhieddine, Salomon Manier, Yuji Mishima, Naoka Murakami, Mark Bustoros, Romanos Sklavenitis Pistofidis, Mairead Reidy, Yu J Shen, Mahshid Rahmat, Pavlo Lukyanchykov, Esilida Sula Karreci, Shokichi Tsukamoto, Jiantao Shi, Satoshi Takagi, Daisy Huynh, Antonio Sacco, Yu-Tzu Tai, Marta Chesi, P Leif Bergsagel, Aldo M Roccaro, Jamil Azzi, Irene M Ghobrial
Despite significant advances in the treatment of multiple myeloma (MM), most patients succumb to disease progression. One of the major immunosuppressive mechanisms that is believed to play a role in myeloma progression, is the expansion of regulatory T-cells (Tregs). In this study, we demonstrate that myeloma cells drive Treg expansion and activation by secreting type-1 interferon (IFN). Blocking IFNAR1 (interferon alpha and beta receptor 1) on Tregs significantly decreases both, myeloma-associated Treg immunosuppressive function and myeloma progression...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Michelle Hershman, Raymond Carmody, Unni K Udayasankar
History A 19-year-old woman with no pertinent medical history was brought to the emergency department after being found unconscious on her bathroom floor by her roommate. In the preceding weeks, she had reported intractable nausea and vomiting, for which she had been taking ondansetron. No other medications had been prescribed. The day prior to presentation, she had contacted her mother and described increasing confusion. Glasgow coma scale score on arrival in the emergency department was 4. Intravenous naloxone was administered, without immediate response...
April 2018: Radiology
M Hasib Sidiqi, Mohammed A Aljama, Francis K Buadi, Rahma M Warsame, Martha Q Lacy, Angela Dispenzieri, David Dingli, Wilson I Gonsalves, Shaji Kumar, Prashant Kapoor, Taxiarchis Kourelis, William J Hogan, Morie A Gertz
Purpose Autologous stem-cell transplantation (ASCT) has been used in patients with immunoglobulin light chain (AL) amyloidosis for more than two decades. Early experience raised concerns regarding safety with high early-mortality rates. Patients and Methods We report 20 years of experience with ASCT for AL amyloidosis at the Mayo Clinic Rochester. In all, 672 consecutive patients receiving ASCT for AL amyloidosis were divided into three cohorts on the basis of date of transplantation (cohort 1, 1996-2002 [n = 124]; cohort 2, 2003-2009 [n = 302]; and cohort 3, 2010-2016 [n = 246])...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Zuzanna Podemska-Jedrzejczak, Agnieszka Malinska, Patrycja Sujka-Kordowska, Michal Nowicki, Mateusz Puslecki, Marek Jemielity, Bartlomiej Perek
The vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) family of peptides and caveolins (CAVs) are reported to contribute, in early graft failure in patients, a coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). To investigate the possible association of ultimate luminal occlusion to VEGFs and CAVs expression, a functional analysis (based on the molecular biology, bioinformatics, histology, and clinical studies) was performed. Twenty-four hundred and sixty-eight CABG patients diagnosed with multivessel stable coronary artery disease (CAD) were enrolled into prospective study and assigned to two subgroups: double- and triple-vessel CAD subjects...
March 20, 2018: Heart and Vessels
Charlotte Osafo, Bernard Morton, Andrew Ready, Jennie Jewitt-Harris, Dwomoa Adu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2018: Transplantation
Kendra E Brett, Lindsay J Ritchie, Emily Ertel, Alexandria Bennett, Greg A Knoll
BACKGROUND: The best approach for determining whether a transplant program is delivering high-quality care is unknown. This review aims to identify and characterize quality metrics in solid organ transplantation. METHODS: Medline, Embase, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were searched from inception until February 1 2017. Relevant full text reports and conference abstracts that examined quality metrics in organ transplantation were included. Two reviewers independently extracted study characteristics and quality metrics from 52 full text reports and 24 abstracts...
March 20, 2018: Transplantation
Ramsey Hachem, Paul Corris
BACKGROUND: Lung transplantation is a therapeutic option for select patients with end-stage lung disease. However, successful lung transplantation is hampered by chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD), in particular bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS). Although there is no approved or standard treatment for BOS, which may have several distinct phenotypes, extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) has shown promising results in patients who develop BOS refractory to azithromycin treatment...
March 19, 2018: Transplantation
Norihisa Shigemura, Shinya Tane, Kentaro Noda
Chronic allograft dysfunction (CLAD) remains a major complication, causing the poor survival after lung transplantation. Although strenuous efforts have been made at preventing CLAD, surgical approaches for lung transplantation have not been updated over the last 2 decades. The bronchial artery, which supplies oxygenated blood to the airways and constitutes a functional microvasculature, has occasionally been revascularized during transplants, but this technique did not gain popularity and is not standard in current lung transplantation protocols, despite the fact that a small number of studies have shown beneficial effects of bronchial artery revascularization (BAR) on limiting CLAD...
March 20, 2018: Transplantation
Greg A Knoll, Steven Chadban
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 20, 2018: Transplantation
Sergio A Acuna, Rinku Sutradhar, S Joseph Kim, Nancy N Baxter
BACKGROUND: Solid organ transplant recipients (SOTR) with pretransplant malignancies (PTM) have worse overall survival (OS) compared to recipients without history of malignancy. However, it is unknown whether the increased risk of mortality is due to recurrent cancer-related deaths. METHODS: All SOTR in Ontario between 1991 and 2010 were identified and matched 1:2 to recipients without PTM using a propensity score. OS was compared using the Kaplan-Meier estimator and Cox proportional hazard models...
March 20, 2018: Transplantation
Hillary J Braun, Nancy L Ascher
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March 20, 2018: Transplantation
Lisa B VanWagner, Samantha Montag, Lihui Zhao, Norrina B Allen, Donald M Lloyd-Jones, Arighno Das, Anton I Skaro, Samuel Hohmann, John J Friedewald, Josh Levitsky
BACKGROUND: In the general population, even mild renal disease is associated with increased cardiovascular (CV) complications. Whether this is true in liver transplant recipients (LTR) is unknown. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of 671 LTR (2002-2012) from a large urban tertiary care center and 37,322 LTR using Vizient hospitalization data linked to the United Network for Organ Sharing. The MDRD4 equation estimated GFR (eGFR). Outcomes were 1-year CV complications (death/hospitalization from myocardial infarction, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, cardiac arrest, pulmonary embolism or stroke) and mortality...
March 20, 2018: Transplantation
Zhi-Hua Zhang, Li Xin Li, Ping Li, Shao-Cheng Lv, Bing Pan, Qiang He
Previous studies have indicated that sirolimus (SRL) may be effective for HCC patients undergoing liver transplantation (LT). However, the following results are still contradictory and do not have a clear conclusion. Therefore, we conducted an updated meta-analysis by retrieving published data in EMBASE, PubMed, and the Cochrane Library up to October 2017. Both efficiency and safety of SRL were analyzed using pooled odds ratio (ORs) with 95% confidence interval (CIs). A total of 11 studies involving 7,695 HCC patients were included...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
M Angeles Tejero Hernández, Elena García Martínez, M José Arroyo Marin, Elena Gómez Guzmán
The cardiorenal syndrome has been defined as a situation in which therapy to relieve congestive symptoms of heart failure is limited by a decreased renal function. The resistance to conventional diuretic treatment makes difficult managing these patients. Tolvaptan, a selective vasopressin-2 receptor antagonist, has been used successfully in adults with this pathology but the experience with children is very limited. A five-year-old girl with renal failure waiting for a heart transplant is presented. Tolvaptan (0...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Giorgina B Piccoli, Zhi-Hong Liu, Adeera Levin
Chronic Kidney Disease affects approximately 10% of the world's adult population: it is within the top 20 causes of death worldwide, and its impact on patients and their families can be devastating. World Kidney Day and International Women's Day in 2018 coincide, thus offering an opportunity to reflect on the importance of women's health and specifically their kidney health, on the community, and the next generations, as well as to strive to be more curious about the unique aspects of kidney disease in women so that we may apply those learnings more broadly...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Berardo Sarubbi, Gaetano Rea, Giuseppe Santoro, Enrico Melillo, Giancarlo Scognamiglio, Maria Giovannna Russo
One of the major complications of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) for atrial fibrillation (AF) is pulmonary vein stenosis (PVS). The natural history of PVS, especially when it involves more than one vein, leads to severe and irreversible pulmonary hypertension with end-stage right heart failure that can require, in extreme cases, even heart-lung transplantation. We report the case of a young patient who underwent RFCA for a single lasting episode of AF and developed PVS years later. He was treated with ballon venoplasty followed by stent implantation in left pulmonary vein because of PVS relief...
March 9, 2018: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
Michael Mazzeffi, Srikar Jonna, Natalia Blanco, Orestes Mavrothalassitis, Obi Odekwu, Magali Fontaine, Peter Rock, Kenichi Tanaka, Kerri Thom
BACKGROUND: Kidney transplant patients are frequently anemic and at risk for red blood cell (RBC) transfusion. Previous studies suggest that pre-transplant RBC transfusion may improve kidney transplant outcomes; however, RBC transfusion is also associated with infection. The purpose of our study was to characterize the relationships between intraoperative RBC transfusion, delayed graft function (DGF), postoperative surgical site infection (SSI), and sepsis. METHODS: Analysis was performed on a historical cohort of adult kidney transplant patients from a single medical center during a two-year period...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Anesthesia
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