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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644566/clinical-characteristics-and-outcome-of-liver-transplantation-for-alagille-syndrome-in-children
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Tao Zhou, Jianjun Zhang, Yi Luo, Yuan Liu, Sy Zhuang, Feng Xue, Longzhi Han, Qiang Xia
AIM: The aim of this study was to analyze clinical characteristics and outcome of liver transplantation for Alagille syndrome in children. METHOD: By retrospectively reviewing the medical records of 9 Alagille syndrome patients(AGS) with liver transplantation(LT) in Renji Hospital between 2006 and 2015,After operative,the height and weight Z score were compared with preoperative. RESULT: There were 9 patients included in the study; cholestasis and peculiar faces were seen in all of the patients (100%), heart defect in 8 patients (88...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637783/paradoxical-suppression-of-atherosclerosis-in-the-absence-of-microrna-146a
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Henry S Cheng, Rickvinder Besla, Angela Li, Zhiqi Chen, Eric A Shikatani, Maliheh Nazari-Jahantigh, Adel Hammoutène, My-Anh Nguyen, Michele Geoffrion, Lei Cai, Nadiya Khyzha, Tong Li, Sonya A MacParland, Mansoor Husain, Myron I Cybulsky, Chantal M Boulanger, Ryan E Temel, Andreas Schober, Katey J Rayner, Clinton Robbins, Jason E Fish
Rationale: Inflammation is a key contributor to atherosclerosis. MicroRNA-146a (miR-146a) has been identified as a critical brake on pro-inflammatory NF-κB signalling in several cell types, including endothelial cells and bone marrow-derived cells. Importantly, miR-146a expression is elevated in human atherosclerotic plaques, and polymorphisms in the miR-146a pre-cursor have been associated with risk of coronary artery disease. Objective: To define the role of endogenous miR-146a during atherogenesis. Methods and Results: Paradoxically, Low-density lipoprotein receptor (Ldlr)(-/-) mice deficient in miR-146a develop less atherosclerosis, despite having highly elevated levels of circulating pro-inflammatory cytokines...
June 21, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637347/mechanisms-underlying-the-long-term-survival-of-the-monocot-dracaena-marginata-under-drought-conditions
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Radek Jupa, Roman Plichta, Zuzana Paschová, Nadezhda Nadezhdina, Roman Gebauer
Efficient water management is essential for the survival of vascular plants under drought stress. While interrelations among drought stress, plant anatomy and physiological functions have been described in woody dicots, similar research is very limited for non-palm arborescent and shrubby monocots despite their generally high drought tolerance. In this study, potted transplants of Dracaena marginata Lam. in primary growth stage were exposed to several short- and long-term drought periods. Continuous measurements of sap flow and stem diameter, the evaluation of capacitance and leaf conductance, the quantification of non-structural carbohydrates (NSC), and organ-specific anatomical analyses were performed to reveal the mechanisms promoting plant resistance to limited soil moisture...
June 14, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625022/ethical-moral-and-theological-insights-into-advances-in-male-pediatric-and-adolescent-fertility-preservation
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REVIEW
J J Ramstein, J Halpern, A J Gadzinski, R E Brannigan, J F Smith
The successful treatment of boys with cancer has led to increasing attention to preserving their quality of life after completing cancer therapy. One of the top priorities for living a full life is keeping open the opportunity to have children. While sperm banking for males facing sterilizing cancer treatment can be effective, this approach requires subsequent use of reproductive procedures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI) to achieve a pregnancy. Advances in fertility preservation techniques may allow pre-pubertal boys to conceive using advanced stem cell technologies and stem cell transplantation in the future...
June 18, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624109/the-use-of-old-donors-in-liver-transplantation
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REVIEW
Bobby V M Dasari, Andrea Schlegel, Hynek Mergental, M Thamara P R Perera
The process of ageing has an impact on the entire human body including the organ systems. In transplantation, professionals are daily faced with risk assessment of suitable donor offers , whether to accept a liver graft for a specific recipient. In this context, livers from elderly donors are more frequently accepted for transplantation, to increase the donor pool and compensate the high waiting list mortality. In the current practice it is not unusual to accept 60-year old donor livers for transplantation, as the donor demographics have significantly changed over the years...
April 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622010/-are-you-in-or-are-you-out-moral-appeals-to-the-public-in-organ-donation-poster-campaigns-a-multimodal-and-ethical-analysis
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Solveig L Hansen, Marthe I Eisner, Larissa Pfaller, Silke Schicktanz
Organ transplantation is a well-established practice in modern medicine. However, many countries, especially those with an opt-in regulation, face the problem of low donation numbers. Respective public campaigns attempt to increase the number of donors by swaying public opinion with the use of carefully selected bits of information. Germany serves as a case study for an opt-in country investing approximately €7.5 million/year in the distribution of respective campaigns. To address diverse populations, large-scale posters in various public spaces still display a multitude of moral messages for organ donation...
June 16, 2017: Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621875/retransplantation-after-a-failed-donation-after-circulatory-determination-of-death-liver-transplant-meld-exception-priority-and-second-chances
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EDITORIAL
Peter L Abt, David S Goldberg
Increased utilization of higher-risk liver allografts is hampered by concerns about an increased risk of post-transplant graft failure and subsequent death if the patient is not retransplanted. This dilemma faces clinicians considering broader use of livers from donation after circulatory determination of death (DCDD) donors. In the setting of primary non-function or early hepatic artery thrombosis (HAT), there is a mechanism for standardized awarding of Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) exception points...
June 16, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621637/surgical-techniques-and-procedures-for-kidney-transplant-recipients-with-severe-atherosclerosis
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Koji Nanmoku, Yoshihiko Watarai, Shunji Narumi, Norihiko Goto, Takayuki Yamamoto, Makoto Tsujita, Takahisa Hiramitsu, Akio Katayama, Takaaki Kobayashi, Kazuharu Uchida
OBJECTIVES: Atherosclerosis is becoming a more common problem for dialysis patients. Therefore, transplant surgeons are faced with the need to develop surgical techniques and procedures for severe atherosclerosis. This study aimed to clarify the clinical features, the usefulness of examinations, and operative procedures for kidney transplant recipients with the complication of severe atherosclerosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Among 220 kidney transplant candidates, 13 patients (severe atherosclerosis group) were predicted complications due to arterial calcification in the bilateral iliac arterial system using a computed tomographic scan...
June 16, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620674/organ-dysfunction-and-failure-following-brain-death-do-not-preclude-successful-donation
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Eno-Obong I Essien, Nehu Parimi, Jennifer Gutwald-Miller, Tyree Nutter, Thomas M Scalea, Deborah M Stein
BACKGROUND: Organ dysfunction is common after neurologic determination of death (NDD) but before organ collection. Reliable markers for graft success following transplant of these organs would be useful. We sought to determine the relationship between the donor after neurologic determination of death (DNDD) pathophysiology and successful organ donation. METHODS: Donor information was obtained through the local organ procurement organization. Donor demographics and clinical data points for cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, hepatic, hematological and neuroendocrine systems were reviewed 12 h before and 12 h after neurologic determination of death was declared...
June 15, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617171/using-mobile-phone-technology-to-support-young-liver-transplant-recipients-moving-to-adult-services
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Jane Coad, Alex Toft, Lee Claridge, James Ferguson, Jonathon Hind, Rebecca Jones, Patricia McClean, Patrick McKiernan, Marianne Samyn, Rachel Taylor
BACKGROUND: The process and preparation of moving from child to adult services (transition) is a challenging period of time for young people and represents significant changes in care and support systems. The proliferation of mobile phone applications for health purposes suggests that it is an area for further investigation. OBJECTIVE: The review explores the potential to use mobile phone technology to help support young liver transplant recipients moving to adult services...
June 2017: Progress in Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615807/soft-embalming-of-cadavers-for-training-purposes-optimising-for-long-term-use-in-tropical-weather
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Raghuveer Reddy, Subramania Iyer, Minnie Pillay, Krishnakumar Thankappan, Janarthanan Ramu
BACKGROUND: Surgical and anatomical training has been found to be most optimally simulated in a cadaver than any other available methods. Soft embalming methods have made the bodies more 'lifelike' and better suited for training. The widely accepted soft embalming techniques, including Thiel embalming, are designed for temperate climates. Their use in tropical locations has been found to be associated with poor short-term and long-term preservation of the bodies. In fact, adequate reports from tropical countries on effective methods for soft embalming are lacking...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery: Official Publication of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615054/end-stage-kidney-disease-in-patient-with-epidermolysis-bullosa-what-are-the-treatment-options-case-report
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Michał Małecki, Maciej Domański, Kazimierz Ciechanowski
BACKGROUND: Epidermolysis bullosa is a group of diseases caused by mutations in genes for proteins responsible for cells' anchorage at the dermo-epidermal junction. Their common feature are dysfunctional or even absent connections between cells. The typical clinical sign is the formation of blisters, with possible excessive scarring, in response to minimal skin irritation. End stage renal disease may be one of the comorbidities in patients with epidermolysis bullosa. The implementation of renal replacement therapy may be very difficult in this population...
June 14, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608994/hiv-in-the-dialysis-population-current-issues-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Suzanne M Boyle, Dong H Lee, Christina M Wyatt
Antiretroviral therapy has significantly reduced mortality due to HIV infection, but the aging HIV-positive patient population now faces a growing burden of comorbidity. This review describes the changing epidemiology of chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease in this population, and highlights recent advances in antiretroviral therapy and kidney transplantation that directly impact the care of patients with HIV infection and end-stage renal disease.
June 13, 2017: Seminars in Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606879/can-immunosuppression-be-stopped-after-liver-transplantation
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REVIEW
Pierre-Alain Clavien, Xavier Muller, Michelle L de Oliveira, Philipp Dutkowski, Alberto Sanchez-Fueyo
Liver transplantation has improved dramatically over the past three decades, mainly as a result of advances in surgical techniques and management of post-transplant complications. The focus has now turned towards rescuing additional organs in the face of scarce organ supply, or prevention of long-term toxicity associated with immunosuppression. The liver appears to be privileged in terms of immune tolerance, with a low incidence of antibody-mediated rejection, which is in sharp contrast to other solid organ transplants, such as kidney, lung, and heart transplants...
July 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604384/antibody-mediated-rejection-across-solid-organ-transplants-manifestations-mechanisms-and-therapies
#15
Nicole M Valenzuela, Elaine F Reed
Solid organ transplantation is a curative therapy for hundreds of thousands of patients with end-stage organ failure. However, long-term outcomes have not improved, and nearly half of transplant recipients will lose their allografts by 10 years after transplant. One of the major challenges facing clinical transplantation is antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) caused by anti-donor HLA antibodies. AMR is highly associated with graft loss, but unfortunately there are few efficacious therapies to prevent and reverse AMR...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604230/primary-cutaneous-post-liver-transplant-lymphoproliferative-disorder-ptld-successfully-treated-with-radiotherapy
#16
Aizuri Murad, Kieran Sheahan, Brian Kirby
A post liver transplant patient developed lesions with the clinical features suggestive of SCC-in-situ on his face and chest which occurred simultaneously since six months prior to his presentation. Skin histopathology confirmed the diagnosis of SCC-in-situ with additional plasmalymphocytic infiltrate in the dermis. Immunohistochemistry with his clinical presentation were in keeping with primary cutaneous post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD). He did not have any systemic involvement. Lesions were treated with radiotherapy with good response...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601140/psychiatric-aspects-of-organ-transplantation-in-critical-care-an-update
#17
REVIEW
Yelizaveta Sher, Paula Zimbrean
Transplant patients face challenging medical journeys, with many detours to the intensive care unit. Before and after transplantation, they have significant psychological and cognitive comorbidities, which decrease their quality of life and potentially compromise their medical outcomes. Critical care staff are essential in these journeys. Being cognizant of relevant psychosocial and mental health aspects of transplant patients' experiences can help critical care personnel take comprehensive care of these patients...
July 2017: Critical Care Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594579/-from-snail-mode-to-rocket-ship-mode-adolescents-and-young-adults-experiences-of-returning-to-work-and-school-after-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation
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Eden R Brauer, Huibrie C Pieters, Patricia A Ganz, Wendy Landier, Carol Pavlish, MarySue V Heilemann
PURPOSE: Resuming normal activities, such as work and school, is an important dimension of psychosocial recovery in cancer survivorship. Minimal data exist regarding adolescents or young adults' experiences of returning to school or work after cancer. The purpose of this study was to explore the processes of resuming work and school among adolescents and young adults after hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). METHODS: In-depth interviews were conducted with 18 adolescents and young adults, who were 15-29 years when they underwent HCT and 6-60 months post-transplant at study enrollment...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590542/the-donor-risk-index-a-decade-of-experience
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REVIEW
Avegail Flores, Sumeet K Asrani
In 2006, derivation of the donor risk index (DRI) highlighted the importance of donor factors for successful liver transplantation. Over the last decade, the DRI has served as a useful metric of donor quality and enhanced our understanding of donor factors and their impact upon recipients with hepatitis C, those with low model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) score, and individuals undergoing retransplantation. DRI has provided the transplant community with a common language for describing donor organ characteristics and has served as the foundation for several tools for organ risk assessment...
June 7, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583409/portopulmonary-hypertension-and-hepatorenal-syndrome-two-faces-of-the-same-coin
#20
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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