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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331622/c-terminal-proendothelin-1-ct-proet-1-is-associated-with-organ-failure-and-predicts-mortality-in-critically-ill-patients
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Lukas Buendgens, Eray Yagmur, Jan Bruensing, Ulf Herbers, Christer Baeck, Christian Trautwein, Alexander Koch, Frank Tacke
BACKGROUND: Endothelin 1 (ET-1) is a strong vasoconstrictor, which is involved in inflammation and reduced tissue perfusion. C-terminal proendothelin-1 (CT-proET-1) is the stable circulating precursor protein of ET-1. We hypothesized that CT-proET-1, reflecting ET-1 activation, is involved in the pathogenesis of critical illness and associated with its prognosis. METHODS: Two hundred seventeen critically ill patients (144 with sepsis, 73 without sepsis) were included prospectively upon admission to the medical intensive care unit (ICU), in comparison to 65 healthy controls...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306680/anaesthesia-in-patients-with-liver-disease
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Malgorzata H Starczewska, Wint Mon, Peter Shirley
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to summarize the most recent up to date research data and recommendations regarding anaesthetic management of patients with liver disease undergoing surgery. The incidence of chronic liver disease (CLD) continues to rise and perioperative mortality and morbidity remains unacceptably high in this group. Meticulous preoperative assessment and carefully planned anaesthetic management are vital in improving outcomes in patients with liver disease undergoing surgery...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297813/-clinical-application-and-evaluation-of-an-early-non-sedation-protocol-for-critically-ill-respiratory-patients
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J B Huang, C Q Lan, H Y Li, L Chen, J G Pan, L L Chen, H Weng, Y M Zeng
Objective: To study the value of an early (mechanical ventilation after 24 h) non-sedation protocol for intubated, mechanically ventilated patients in the respiratory intensive care unit (RICU). Methods: Seventy intubated, mechanically ventilated patients were prospectively enrolled and randomly assigned to management with early non-sedation (intervention group; n=35) or with daily interruption of sedation (DIS) (control group; n=35). The duration of mechanical ventilation, length of the RICU and hospital stay, RICU and hospital mortality, drug consumption, RICU and hospitalization expenses, incidence of complications and adverse events and serum levels of vital organ damage and inflammatory markers after mechanical ventilation for 48 h were recorded and compared...
March 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289273/metastatic-colonic-adenocarcinoma-to-the-extrahepatic-common-bile-duct-the-critical-role-of-the-pathologist-and-immunohistochemistry-in-guiding-patient-care-decisions
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Kurt J Knowles, Shoujun Chen, Gillermo A Herrera
BACKGROUND Adenocarcinoma of the colon frequently invades adjacent organs, spreads intraperitoneal, and metastasizes to intestinal lymph nodes, lungs, and the liver. Metastasis solely to the extrahepatic bile duct is extremely rare and has only been previously reported on 15 occasions. The accurate determination that an extrahepatic common bile duct lesion is of colonic origin has critical therapeutic implications. CASE REPORT The patient was a 50-year-old male with a history of colon cancer S/P surgical resection in September 2014...
March 14, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275294/anatomical-resection-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-critical-review-of-the-procedure-and-its-benefits-on-survival
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REVIEW
Koo Jeong Kang, Keun Soo Ahn
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the sixth most common type of cancer and the third most frequent cause of cancer-related death. Advances in preoperative assessment of HCC (e.g., imaging studies and liver function tests), surgical techniques, and postoperative care have improved the surgical outcomes and survival of patients who undergo hepatic resection for HCC. However, in the last 20 years, the long-term survival after hepatectomy has remained unsatisfactory owing to the high rates of local recurrence and multicentric occurrence...
February 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257538/multidisciplinary-approach-to-complicated-pregnancy
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Josip Andelo Borovac, Josko Bozic, Tina Ticinovic Kurir, Nikola Zaja, Kresimir Kolic, Vedran Hrboka
A nulliparous pregnant woman in her mid-20s and in the 32nd week of gestation presented to the emergency department with severe headache and vomiting. She had an uneventful medical history; however, the physical examination upon hospital admission revealed a hypertensive emergency, papilledema, and 2+ dipstick proteinuria. Upon establishing the diagnosis of preeclampsia, aggressive therapy with corticosteroids, antihypertensive medication, and seizure prophylaxis was initiated. Hemodynamic stability was achieved within 24 hours and the patient remained in the observation unit located within the gynecology clinic...
March 2017: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241780/thromboelastometry-versus-standard-coagulation-tests-versus-restrictive-protocol-to-guide-blood-transfusion-prior-to-central-venous-catheterization-in-cirrhosis-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Leonardo Lima Rocha, Camila Menezes Souza Pessoa, Ary Serpa Neto, Rogerio Ruscitto do Prado, Eliezer Silva, Marcio Dias de Almeida, Thiago Domingos Correa
BACKGROUND: Liver failure patients have traditionally been empirically transfused prior to invasive procedures. Blood transfusion is associated with immunologic and nonimmunologic reactions, increased risk of adverse outcomes and high costs. Scientific evidence supporting empirical transfusion is lacking, and the best approach for blood transfusion prior to invasive procedures in cirrhotic patients has not been established so far. The aim of this study is to compare three transfusion strategies (routine coagulation test-guided - ordinary or restrictive, or thromboelastometry-guided) prior to central venous catheterization in critically ill patients with cirrhosis...
February 27, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217372/psychotropic-drugs-and-liver-disease-a-critical-review-of-pharmacokinetics-and-liver-toxicity
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REVIEW
Diogo Telles-Correia, António Barbosa, Helena Cortez-Pinto, Carlos Campos, Nuno B F Rocha, Sérgio Machado
The liver is the organ by which the majority of substances are metabolized, including psychotropic drugs. There are several pharmacokinetic changes in end-stage liver disease that can interfere with the metabolization of psychotropic drugs. This fact is particularly true in drugs with extensive first-pass metabolism, highly protein bound drugs and drugs depending on phase I hepatic metabolic reactions. Psychopharmacological agents are also associated with a risk of hepatotoxicity. The evidence is insufficient for definite conclusions regarding the prevalence and severity of psychiatric drug-induced liver injury...
February 6, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212159/liver-allocation-and-distribution-time-for-a-change
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Ranjit Deshpande, Ryutaro Hirose, David Mulligan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Liver allograft allocation has been a topic of hot debate for over a decade. New redistricting changes have been proposed by the Liver and Intestinal Transplant Committee to the existing United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) liver allocation policy. The basis of this new proposal is similar to the old one with an aim to distribute organs in a fair, efficient and equitable fashion. In this review, we plan to look in depth at the redistribution proposals thus far, their merits and how they may help patients who do not have adequate access to livers...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208022/protein-requirements-for-critically-ill-patients-with-renal-and-liver-failure
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Jayshil J Patel, Craig J McClain, Menaka Sarav, Jill Hamilton-Reeves, Ryan T Hurt
Diseases leading to critical illness induce proteolysis resulting in muscle wasting and negative nitrogen balance. Muscle wasting has been associated with poor intensive care unit (ICU)-related outcomes, including an increased risk for mortality. Acute kidney injury (AKI) represents a common organ dysfunction associated with ICU-related disorders, such as sepsis, trauma, and respiratory failure. AKI and renal replacement therapy lead to amino acid loss. Decompensated liver cirrhosis (DLC) and acute liver failure (ALF) represent more severe forms of liver dysfunction leading to ICU admission...
February 1, 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190602/prevention-of-acute-kidney-injury-in-intensive-care-units
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S Mas-Font, J Ros-Martinez, C Pérez-Calvo, P Villa-Díaz, S Aldunate-Calvo, E Moreno-Clari
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a growing concern in Intensive Care Units. The advanced age of our patients, with the increase in associated morbidity and the complexity of the treatments provided favor the development of AKI. Since no effective treatment for AKI is available, all efforts are aimed at prevention and early detection of the disorder in order to establish secondary preventive measures to impede AKI progression. In critical patients, the most frequent causes are sepsis and situations that result in renal hypoperfusion; preventive measures are therefore directed at securing hydration and correct hemodynamics through fluid perfusion and the use of inotropic or vasoactive drugs, according to the underlying disease condition...
March 2017: Medicina Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186674/mechanism-of-impairment-on-liver-regeneration-in-elderly-patients-the-role-of-hepatic-stellate-cell-function
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REVIEW
Yu Saito, Yuji Morine, Mitsuo Shimada
Japan, along with most other countries in the world, is facing an increasingly aging population with a prolonged life expectancy. Concurrently, the need for medical intervention including hepatectomy, has also increased for the elderly. Though surgical outcomes for older patients are reported to be comparable with those for younger patients, additional care in the selection of older patients for hepatectomy is considered necessary. Although the effect of aging on human liver regeneration is not fully understood, the regeneration of liver tissue after hepatectomy in elderly patients is shown to be generally worse than in younger patients and to date the mechanisms involved in the impairment of liver regeneration have not been fully clarified...
February 10, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178063/detecting-pulmonary-edema-in-obstetric-patients-through-point-of-care-lung-ultrasonography
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Sarah Pachtman, Seth Koenig, Natalie Meirowitz
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care lung ultrasonography is used in critical care settings for evaluating respiratory symptoms. Lung ultrasonography is sensitive and specific for the diagnosis of pulmonary edema in nonpregnant patients but is not well-studied in pregnancy. TECHNIQUE: Lung ultrasonography was performed using a portable ultrasound machine with a 2- to 5-MHz curvilinear probe that is available on many labor and delivery units. EXPERIENCE: Lung ultrasonography guided management decisions in a case of shortness of breath after induction of labor for preeclampsia and a case of hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelet count syndrome complicated by pulmonary edema...
March 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167225/no-child-left-behind-liver-transplantation-in-critically-ill-children
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Abbas Rana, Michael Kueht, Moreshwar Desai, Fong Lam, Tamir Miloh, Jennifer Moffett, N Thao N Galvan, Ronald Cotton, Christine O'Mahony, John Goss
BACKGROUND: Advances in critical care prolong survival in children with liver failure, allowing more critically ill children to undergo orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). In order to justify the use of a scarce donor resource and avoid futile transplants, we sought to determine survival in children who undergo OLT while receiving pre-OLT critical care. STUDY DESIGN: We analyzed 13,723 pediatric OLTs using the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) database from 1987 to 2015, including 6,746 recipients in the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease/Pediatric End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD/PELD) era (2002 to 2015)...
February 3, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166165/automated-variable-aortic-control-versus-complete-aortic-occlusion-in-a-swine-model-of-hemorrhage
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Timothy K Williams, Lucas P Neff, Michael Austin Johnson, Rachel M Russo, Sarah-Ashley Ferencz, Anders J Davidson, Nathan F Clement, John Kevin Grayson, Todd E Rasmussen
BACKGROUND: Future endovascular hemorrhage control devices will require features that mitigate the adverse effects of vessel occlusion. Permissive regional hypoperfusion (PRH) with variable aortic control (VAC) is a novel strategy to minimize hemorrhage and reduce the ischemic burden of complete aortic occlusion (AO). The objective of this study was to compare PRH with VAC to AO in a lethal model of hemorrhage. METHODS: Twenty-five swine underwent cannulation of the supraceliac aorta, with diversion of aortic flow through an automated extracorporeal circuit...
April 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151948/model-for-end-stage-liver-disease-excluding-inr-meld-xi-score-in-critically-ill-patients-easily-available-and-of-prognostic-relevance
#16
Bernhard Wernly, Michael Lichtenauer, Marcus Franz, Bjoern Kabisch, Johanna Muessig, Maryna Masyuk, Uta C Hoppe, Malte Kelm, Christian Jung
PURPOSE: MELD-XI, an adapted version of Model for End-stage Liver Disease (MELD) score excluding INR, was reported to predict outcomes e.g. in patients with acute heart failure. We aimed to evaluate MELD-XI in critically ill patients admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) for prognostic relevance. METHODS: A total of 4381 medical patients (66±14 years, 2862 male) admitted to a German ICU between 2004 and 2009 were included and retrospectively investigated. Admission diagnoses were e...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124458/hepatic-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-associates-with-acute-kidney-injury-in-liver-transplantation-prospective-cohort-study
#17
Ina Jochmans, Nicolas Meurisse, Arne Neirynck, Marleen Verhaegen, Diethard Monbaliu, Jacques Pirenne
Solid clinical prospective studies investigating the association between hepatic ischemia reperfusion injury and acute kidney injury after liver transplantation are missing. Hepatic ischemia reperfusion injury -reflected by transaminase release- induces acute kidney injury in rodents and retrospective studies suggest a similar association in man. This prospective cohort study determined risk factors for acute kidney injury in 80 adult liver-only recipients. Acute kidney injury -defined by RIFLE-criteria- developed in 21 (26%) recipients at 12 hours postreperfusion [inter quartile range: 6 hours-postoperative day 1]; 13 progressed from "Risk" to "Injury"; 5 to "Failure"...
January 25, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114104/aki-clif-sofa-a-novel-prognostic-score-for-critically-ill-cirrhotic-patients-with-acute-kidney-injury
#18
Dan-Qin Sun, Chen-Fei Zheng, Wen-Yue Liu, Sven Van Poucke, Zhi Mao, Ke-Qing Shi, Xiao-Dong Wang, Ji-Dong Wang, Ming-Hua Zheng
Critically ill cirrhotic patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) are associated with high mortality rates. The aims of this study were to develop a specific prognostic score for critically ill cirrhotic patients with AKI, the acute kidney injury - Chronic Liver Failure - Sequential Organ Failure- Assessment score (AKI-CLIF-SOFA) score. This study focused on 527 cirrhotic patients with AKI admitted to intensive care unit and constructed a new scoring system, the AKI-CLIF-SOFA, which can be used to prognostically assess mortality in these patient population...
January 19, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111335/assessment-of-abilities-of-gastroenterology-fellows-to-provide-information-to-patients-with-liver-disease
#19
Noami Chaudhary, Catherine Lucero, Gerald Villanueva, Michael Poles, Colleen Gillespie, Sondra Zabar, Elizabeth Weinshel
PURPOSE: Patient education is critical in ensuring patient compliance and good health outcomes. Fellows must be able to effectively communicate with their patients, delivering enough information for the patient to understand their medical problem and maximize patient compliance. We created an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) with four liver disease cases to assess fellows' knowledge and ability to inform standardized patients about their clinical condition. METHODS: We developed four cases highlighting different aspects of liver disease and created a four station OSCE: hepatitis B, acute hepatitis C, new diagnosis of cirrhosis, and an end-stage cirrhotic non transplant candidate...
January 19, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105603/resuscitation-fluid-composition-affects-hepatic-inflammation-in-a-murine-model-of-early-sepsis
#20
Amanda L Patrick, Peter M Grin, Nicole Kraus, Michelle Gold, Matthew Berardocco, Patricia C Liaw, Alison E Fox-Robichaud
BACKGROUND: Fluid resuscitation is a crucial therapy for sepsis, and the use of balanced fluids and/or isotonic albumin may improve patient survival. We have previously demonstrated that resuscitation with normal saline results in increased hepatic leukocyte recruitment in a murine model of sepsis. Given that clinical formulations of albumin are in saline, our objectives were to develop a novel balanced electrolyte solution specifically for sepsis and to determine if supplementing this solution with albumin would improve the inflammatory response in sepsis...
December 2017: Intensive Care Medicine Experimental
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