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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654545/impact-of-pretransplant-bridging-locoregional-therapy-for-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-within-milan-criteria-undergoing-liver-transplantation-analysis-of-3601-patients-from-the-us-multicenter-hcc-transplant-consortium
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Vatche G Agopian, Michael P Harlander-Locke, Richard M Ruiz, Goran B Klintmalm, Srinath Senguttuvan, Sander S Florman, Brandy Haydel, Maarouf Hoteit, Matthew H Levine, David D Lee, C Burcin Taner, Elizabeth C Verna, Karim J Halazun, Rita Abdelmessih, Amit D Tevar, Abhinav Humar, Federico Aucejo, William C Chapman, Neeta Vachharajani, Mindie H Nguyen, Marc L Melcher, Trevor L Nydam, Constance Mobley, R Mark Ghobrial, Beth Amundsen, James F Markmann, Alan N Langnas, Carol A Carney, Jennifer Berumen, Alan W Hemming, Debra L Sudan, Johnny C Hong, Joohyun Kim, Michael A Zimmerman, Abbas Rana, Michael L Kueht, Christopher M Jones, Thomas M Fishbein, Ronald W Busuttil
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of pretransplant bridging locoregional therapy (LRT) on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) recurrence and survival after liver transplantation (LT) in patients meeting Milan criteria (MC). SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Pre-LT LRT mitigates tumor progression and waitlist dropout in HCC patients within MC, but data on its impact on post-LT recurrence and survival remain limited. METHODS: Recurrence-free survival and post-LT recurrence were compared among 3601 MC patients with and without bridging LRT utilizing competing risk Cox regression in consecutive patients from 20 US centers (2002-2013)...
June 26, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653161/the-post-sir-spheres-surgery-study-p4s-retrospective-analysis-of-safety-following-hepatic-resection-or-transplantation-in-patients-previously-treated-with-selective-internal-radiation-therapy-with-yttrium-90-resin-microspheres
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Fernando Pardo, Bruno Sangro, Rheun-Chuan Lee, Derek Manas, Rohan Jeyarajah, Vincent Donckier, Geert Maleux, Antonio D Pinna, Lourens Bester, David L Morris, David Iannitti, Pierce K Chow, Richard Stubbs, Paul J Gow, Gianluca Masi, Kevin T Fisher, Wan Y Lau, Konstantinos Kouladouros, Georgios Katsanos, Giorgio Ercolani, Fernando Rotellar, José I Bilbao, Michael Schoen
BACKGROUND: Reports show that selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) may downsize inoperable liver tumors to resection or transplantation, or enable a bridge-to-transplant. A small-cohort study found that long-term survival in patients undergoing resection following SIRT appears possible but no robust studies on postsurgical safety outcomes exist. The Post-SIR-Spheres Surgery Study was an international, multicenter, retrospective study to assess safety outcomes of liver resection or transplantation following SIRT with yttrium-90 (Y-90) resin microspheres (SIR-Spheres(®); Sirtex)...
June 26, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652649/bleeding-with-the-artificial-heart-gastrointestinal-hemorrhage-in-cf-lvad-patients
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EDITORIAL
Grigoriy E Gurvits, Elena Fradkov
Continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (CF-LVADs) have significantly improved outcomes for patients with end-stage heart failure when used as a bridge to cardiac transplantation or, more recently, as destination therapy. However, its implantations carries a risk of complications including infection, device malfunction, arrhythmias, right ventricular failure, thromboembolic disease, postoperative and nonsurgical bleeding. A significant number of left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) recipients may experience recurrent gastrointestinal hemorrhage, mainly due to combination of antiplatelet and vitamin K antagonist therapy, activation of fibrinolytic pathway, acquired von Willebrand factor deficiency, and tendency to develop small intestinal angiodysplasias due to increased rotary speed of the pump...
June 14, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651783/optimal-timing-of-heart-transplant-after-heartmate-ii-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation
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Robert J Steffen, Eugene H Blackstone, Nicholas G Smedira, Edward G Soltesz, Katherine J Hoercher, Lucy Thuita, Randall C Starling, Maria Mountis, Nader Moazami
BACKGROUND: Optimal timing of heart transplantation in patients supported with second-generation left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) is unknown. Despite this, patients with LVADs continue to receive priority on the heart transplant waiting list. Our objective was to determine the optimal timing of transplantation for patients bridged with continuous-flow LVADs. METHODS: A total of 301 HeartMate II LVADs (Thoratec Corp, Pleasanton, CA) were implanted in 285 patients from October 2004 to June 2013, and 86 patients underwent transplantation through the end of follow-up...
June 24, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646907/dimensions-of-social-capital-of-families-with-thalassemia-in-an-indigenous-population-in-tamil-nadu-india-a-qualitative-study
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Bharathi Palanisamy, Kalpana Kosalram, Vijayaprasad Gopichandran
BACKGROUND: Studies have shown that social capital is positively associated with health, and the association is context-based. Indigenous populations with poor access to health care largely depend on social capital for their health care needs. This study was conducted to explore the dimensions and types of social capital and its utilization by families with thalassemia for their health and well-being in an indigenous population in Tamil Nadu, India. METHODS: The participants in the study were parents who had children with thalassemia, belonged to an indigenous community in Tamil Nadu, were poor and marginalized, and had poor access to health care...
June 24, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643468/eltrombopag-use-in-a-patient-with-wiskott-aldrich-syndrome
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Maria Gabelli, Antonio Marzollo, Lucia Dora Notarangelo, Giuseppe Basso, Maria Caterina Putti
Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) is an inherited X-linked disorder characterized by microthrombocytopenia, immunodeficiency, and eczema. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the treatment of choice. Eltrombopag, a thrombopoietin receptor agonist, may be useful to prevent bleeding while awaiting HSCT. We present a case of a male with WAS, profound thrombocytopenia, and bleeding diathesis successfully managed with eltrombopag before HSCT. Eltrombopag was given for 32 weeks obtaining a stable platelet count without any platelet transfusion...
June 23, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641354/-acute-liver-failure-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-hepatorenal-syndrome-hepatopulmonary-syndrome-and-portopulmonary-hypertension-artificial-liver-support-on-the-icu
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Uwe Lodes, David Jacob, Frank Meyer
Background Acute hepatic dysfunction in the form of acute liver failure (ALF) or acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) is a disease with a high risk of mortality and requires interdisciplinary intensive care. Aim This article explains the nomenclature, pathophysiology, prognosis and possible treatment options of ALF and ACLF, including the possibilities of extracorporeal liver support therapy at the point of liver transplantation (LTx). Method Narrative review with a selective literature review and representative case studies...
June 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640024/molecular-adsorbent-recirculating-system-can-reduce-short-term-mortality-among-patients-with-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-a-retrospective-analysis
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Hans U Gerth, Michele Pohlen, Gerold Thölking, Hermann Pavenstädt, Marcus Brand, Anna Hüsing-Kabar, Christian Wilms, Miriam Maschmeier, Iyad Kabar, Josep Torner, Marco Pavesi, Vicente Arroyo, Rafael Banares, Hartmut H J Schmidt
OBJECTIVES: Acute-on-chronic liver failure is associated with numerous consecutive organ failures and a high short-term mortality rate. Molecular adsorbent recirculating system therapy has demonstrated beneficial effects on the distinct symptoms, but the associated mortality data remain controversial. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of acute-on-chronic liver failure patients receiving either standard medical treatment or standard medical treatment and molecular adsorbent recirculating system...
June 21, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639839/biocompatible-agarose-chitosan-coated-silver-nanoparticle-composite-for-soft-tissue-engineering-applications
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Nupur Kumar, Dayananda Desagani, Girish Chandran, Narendra Nath Ghosh, Ganesh Karthikeyan, Sachin Waigaonkar, Anasuya Ganguly
With increasing gap in the demand and supply of vital organs for transplantation there is a pressing need to bridge the gap with substitutes. One way to make substitutes is by tissue engineering which involves combining several types of synthetic or biomaterials, cells and growth factors cross-linked together to synthesize a functional scaffold for repair or replacement of non-functional organs. Nanoparticle based composites are gaining importance in tissue engineering due to their ability to enhance cell attachment and proliferation...
June 22, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637877/ex-vivoexpanded-adaptive-nk-cells-effectively-kill-primary-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-cells
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Lisa L Liu, Vivien Beziat, Vincent Oei Yi Sheng, Aline Pfefferle, Marie Schaffer, Soren Lehmann, Eva Hellstrom-Lindberg, Stefan Soderhall, Mats Heyman, Dan Grander, Karl-Johan Malmberg
Manipulation of human NK cell repertoires promises more effective strategies for NK cell-based cancer immunotherapy. A subset of highly differentiated NK cells, termed adaptive NK cells, expands naturally in vivo in response to human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection, carries unique repertoires of inhibitory killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs), and displays strong cytotoxicity against tumor cells. Here, we established a robust and scalable protocol for ex vivo generation and expansion of adaptive NK cells for cell therapy against pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)...
June 21, 2017: Cancer Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633040/hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-training-challenges-and-potential-opportunities-through-networking-and-integration-of-modern-technologies-to-the-practice-setting
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REVIEW
Mohamed A Kharfan-Dabaja, Mahmoud Aljurf
Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), particularly allogeneic HCT, is a complex and a high-risk procedure requiring expertise to manage potential treatment complications. Published data supports the value of quality management systems in improving post-transplant outcomes; however, there are no universally established, or agreed upon, criteria to assess adequacy of training of physicians, transplant or nontransplant, and supporting staff, among others. It is of paramount importance for transplant centers to identify the needed area(s) of expertise in order to seek appropriate training for their staff...
June 13, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611860/renal-function-and-outcomes-with-use-of-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-and-inotropes-in-end-stage-heart-failure-a-retrospective-single-center-study
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Sean Verma, Emmanuel Bassily, Shane Leighton, Rahul Mhaskar, Igor Sunjic, Angel Martin, Nancy Rihana, Tambi Jarmi, Claude Bassil
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) and inotrope therapy serve as a bridge to transplant (BTT) or as destination therapy in patients who are not heart transplant candidates. End-stage heart failure patients often have impaired renal function, and renal outcomes after LVAD therapy versus inotrope therapy have not been evaluated. METHODS: In this study, 169 patients with continuous flow LVAD therapy and 20 patients with continuous intravenous inotrope therapy were analyzed...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590786/liver-fibrosis-associated-with-crigler-najjar-syndrome-in-a-compound-heterozygote
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Cynthia R Fata, Lynette A Gillis, M Cristina Pacheco
Crigler-Najjar syndrome is a hereditary unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia. Two forms of the disease are recognized. Type I is more severe and results in kernicterus if left untreated, and Type II is less severe and responds to phenobarbital. While Crigler-Najjar syndrome is thought by many to have normal liver histology, few reports of the liver pathology exist. Herein, we present a 19-year-old patient with Crigler-Najjar who underwent liver transplantation. The liver showed marked canalicular cholestasis with portal and variable, delicate, bridging fibrosis...
January 1, 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589209/bioengineering-in-renal-transplantation-technological-advances-and-novel-options
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REVIEW
Wee-Song Yeo, Yao-Chun Zhang
End-stage kidney disease (ESKD) is one of the most prevalent diseases in the world with significant morbidity and mortality. Current modes of renal replacement therapy include dialysis and renal transplantation. Although dialysis is an acceptable mode of renal replacement therapy, it does have its shortcomings, which include poorer life expectancy compared with renal transplantation, risk of infections and vascular thrombosis, lack of vascular access and absence of biosynthetic functions of the kidney. Renal transplantation, in contrast, is the preferred option of renal replacement therapy, with improved morbidity and mortality rates and quality of life, compared with dialysis...
June 6, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588617/outcomes-of-six-dose-high-dose-cytarabine-as-a-salvage-regimen-for-patients-with-relapsed-refractory-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Brandi Anders, Lauren Veltri, Abraham S Kanate, Alexandra Shillingburg, Nilay Shah, Michael Craig, Aaron Cumpston
Relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia (RR-AML) is associated with poor prognosis and long-term disease-free survival requires allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT). Limited data exists, regarding the optimal regimen to obtain remission prior to allo-HCT. Single agent high-dose cytarabine (10-12 doses administered every 12 hours) has been previously used as induction therapy. Six-dose high-dose cytarabine (HiDAC-6), commonly used as a consolidation regimen, has never been evaluated as induction therapy...
2017: Advances in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588447/the-effects-of-epidermal-neural-crest-stem-cells-on-local-inflammation-microenvironment-in-the-defected-sciatic-nerve-of-rats
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Yue Li, Dongdong Yao, Jieyuan Zhang, Bin Liu, Lu Zhang, Hua Feng, Bingcang Li
Cell-based therapy is a promising strategy for the repair of peripheral nerve injuries (PNIs). epidermal neural crest stems cells (EPI-NCSCs) are thought to be important donor cells for repairing PNI in different animal models. Following PNI, inflammatory response is important to regulate the repair process. However, the effects of EPI-NCSCs on regulation of local inflammation microenviroment have not been investigated extensively. In the present study, these effects were studied by using 10 mm defected sciatic nerve, which was bridged with 15 mm artificial nerve composed of EPI-NCSCs, extracellular matrix (ECM) and poly (lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA)...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586917/toward-the-virtual-benchmarking-of-pneumatic-ventricular-assist-devices-application-of-a-novel-fluid-structure-interaction-based-strategy-to-the-penn-state-12-cc-device
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Alessandro Caimi, Francesco Sturla, Bryan Good, Marco Vidotto, Rachele De Ponti, Filippo Piatti, Keefe B Manning, Alberto Redaelli
The pediatric use of pneumatic ventricular assist devices (VADs) as a bridge to heart transplant still suffers for short-term major complications such as bleeding and thromboembolism. Although numerical techniques are increasingly exploited to support the process of device optimization, an effective virtual benchmark is still lacking. Focusing on the 12 cc Penn State pneumatic VAD, we developed a novel fluid-structure interaction (FSI) model able to capture the device functioning, reproducing the mechanical interplay between the diaphragm, the blood chamber, and the pneumatic actuation...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586309/italian-real-life-experience-with-brentuximab-vedotin-results-of-a-large-observational-study-on-234-relapsed-refractory-hodgkin-s-lymphoma
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Cinzia Pellegrini, Alessandro Broccoli, Alessandro Pulsoni, Luigi Rigacci, Caterina Patti, Guido Gini, Donato Mannina, Monica Tani, Chiara Rusconi, Alessandra Romano, Anna Vanazzi, Barbara Botto, Armando Santoro, Stefan Hoaus, Gian Matteo Rigolin, Pellegrino Musto, Patrizio Mazza, Stefano Molica, Paolo Corradini, Angelo Fama, Francesco Gaudio, Michele Merli, Fioravante Ronconi, Giuseppe Gritti, Daniele Vallisa, Patrizia Tosi, Anna Marina Liberati, Antonello Pinto, Vincenzo Pavone, Filippo Gherlinzoni, Maria Paola Bianchi, Stefano Volpetti, Livio Trentin, Maria Cecilia Goldaniga, Maurizio Bonfichi, Amalia De Renzo, Corrado Schiavotto, Michele Spina, Angelo Michele Carella, Vittorio Stefoni, Lisa Argnani, Pier Luigi Zinzani
A large Italian multicenter observational retrospective study was conducted on the use of brentuximab vedotin (BV) for patients with relapsed Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) to check if clinical trial results are confirmed even in a real life context. 234 CD30+ HL patients were enrolled. Best response was observed after a median of 4 cycles in 140 patients (59.8%): 74 (31.6%) patients obtained a complete response (CR) and 66 (28.2%) achieved a partial response (PR); overall response rate at the end of the treatment was 48...
May 23, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583538/outcome-of-liver-transplantation-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients-at-siriraj-hospital
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P Kositamongkol, V Sanphasitvong, Y Sirivatanauksorn, A Pongpaibul, S Limsrichamrern, P Mahawithitwong, S Asavakarn, C Tovikkai, W Dumronggittigule
BACKGROUND: Liver transplantation (LT) is one of the standard treatments for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and the outcomes have become better after introduction of strict patient selection, such as the Milan criteria. However, several expanded criteria, such as the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) criteria, have demonstrated similar survival outcomes. The aim of this study was to verify survival outcomes of LT for HCC at Siriraj Hospital. METHODS: Sixty-three patients diagnosed with HCC who underwent cadaveric LT at Siriraj Hospital from 2002 to 2011 were included...
June 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583409/portopulmonary-hypertension-and-hepatorenal-syndrome-two-faces-of-the-same-coin
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REVIEW
Enrico Maria Zardi, Domenico Maria Zardi, Chiara Giorgi, Diana Chin, Aldo Dobrina
Portopulmonary hypertension and hepatorenal syndrome are both severe local hypertensive complications of liver cirrhosis and portal hypertension. Both are characterized by vasoconstrictive manifestations regarding pulmonary and renal vascular network, respectively. This review addresses the mechanisms underlying the development of vasoconstriction that leads to local vascular hypertension in the lung and in the kidney with the result of organ dysfunction. Potential therapeutic options are available for the management of these two syndromes as a bridge for liver transplantation; clinical efficacy depends in part on the time and rapidity of intervention and in part on how serious the chain of events is that has triggered the entire vasoconstrictive process...
June 2, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
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