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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643391/fatal-orthotopic-liver-transplant-organ-rejection-induced-by-a-checkpoint-inhibitor-in-two-patients-with-refractory-metastatic-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Brian D Friend, Robert S Venick, Sue V McDiarmid, Xiaoyan Zhou, Bita Naini, Hanlin Wang, Douglas G Farmer, Ronald W Busuttil, Noah Federman
Although checkpoint inhibitor therapies have demonstrated significant efficacy in many malignancies, they have not been well studied in patients with a history of solid organ transplant. We describe two patients with recurrent, refractory, and progressive advanced fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) following orthotopic liver transplantation who received programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) inhibitor, nivolumab, on a patient access, off-label basis. Both rapidly developed irreversible acute liver rejection shortly after starting therapy, and ultimately died...
June 23, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640517/hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-south-america-evaluation-of-risk-factors-demographics-and-therapy
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Jose D Debes, Aaron J Chan, Domingo Balderramo, Luciana Kikuchi, Esteban Gonzalez Ballerga, Jhon E Prieto, Monica Tapias, Victor Idrovo, Milagros B Davalos, Fernando Cairo, Fernando J Barreyro, Sebastian Paredes, Nelia Hernandez, Karla Avendaño, Javier Diaz Ferrer, Ju Dong Yang, Enrique Carrera, Jairo A Garcia, Angelo Z Mattos, Bruno S Hirsch, Pablo T Gonçalves, Flair J Carrilho, Lewis R Roberts
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the second leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Most studies addressing the epidemiology of HCC originate from developed countries. This study reports the preliminary findings of a multinational approach to characterize HCC in South America. METHODS: We evaluated 1336 HCC patients seen at 14 centers in six South American countries using a retrospective study design with participating centers completing a template chart of patient characteristics...
June 22, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640288/prognostic-factors-for-transplant-free-survival-and-validation-of-prognostic-models-in-chinese-patients-with-primary-biliary-cholangitis-receiving-ursodeoxycholic-acid
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Ka-Shing Cheung, Wai-Kay Seto, James Fung, Ching-Lung Lai, Man-Fung Yuen
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to validate the prognostic models for primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) in Chinese patients receiving ursodeoxycholic acid (UCDA), and to compare their performances in predicting the long-term survival. METHODS: Chinese patients with PBC from a tertiary center were identified via electronic search of hospital medical registry. Risk factors associated with adverse events (liver transplantation or death from liver-related causes including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and liver decompensation) were determined...
June 22, 2017: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640108/correlation-of-hla-dp-dq-polymorphisms-with-transplant-etiologies-and-prognosis-in-liver-transplant-recipients
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Yi Li, Qian Huang, Jiang-Tao Tang, Tian-Tian Wei, Lin Yan, Zhi-Qiang Yang, Yang-Juan Bai, Lan-Lan Wang, Yun-Ying Shi
Previous study has identified that the genetic variants in the human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DP/DQ region were strongly associated with hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. But their roles in liver function recovery after hepatic transplantation were still obscure. This study aimed to investigate whether HLA-DP/DQ polymorphisms were associated with post-transplant etiologies and prognosis in Chinese liver transplant recipients.A total of 144 liver transplant recipients were enrolled, which were divided into 2 groups according to the transplant etiology: HBV-related disease and non-HBV-related disease...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638790/evolving-role-of-sorafenib-in-the-management-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Ioannis A Ziogas, Georgios Tsoulfas
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common malignant diseases worldwide and comes third in cancer-related mortality. Although there is a broad spectrum of treatment options to choose from, only a few patients are eligible candidates to receive a curative therapy according to their stage of disease, and thus palliative treatment is implemented in the majority of the patients suffering from liver cancer. Sorafenib, a multikinase inhibitor, is the only currently approved agent for systemic therapy in patients with advanced stage HCC and early stage liver disease...
June 10, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635650/the-application-of-heptamethine-cyanine-dye-dz-1-and-indocyanine-green-for-imaging-and-targeting-in-xenograft-models-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Caiqin Zhang, Yong Zhao, He Zhang, Xue Chen, Ningning Zhao, Dengxu Tan, Hai Zhang, Changhong Shi
Near infrared fluorescence (NIRF) imaging has strong potential for widespread use in noninvasive tumor imaging. Indocyanine green (ICG) is the only Food and Drug Administration (FDA) -approved NIRF dye for clinical diagnosis; however, it is unstable and poorly targets tumors. DZ-1 is a novel heptamethine cyanine NIRF dye, suitable for imaging and tumor targeting. Here, we compared the fluorescence intensity and metabolism of DZ-1 and ICG. Additionally, we assayed their specificities and abilities to target tumor cells, using cultured hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell lines, a nude mouse subcutaneous xenograft model of liver cancer, and a rabbit orthotopic transplantation model...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634617/liver-transplantation-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#7
Jennifer Berumen, Alan Hemming
Over the last several years, liver transplantation has evolved to become a widely used treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The criteria used were developed in order to have acceptable outcomes for transplant with survival similar to other indications for transplant. These criteria are discussed in detail along with alternate options, including surgical resection and downstaging of HCC in cirrhotics. Technical considerations of liver transplantation must be considered, and living donor liver transplant is a possibility for treatment...
June 20, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634515/transarterial-chemoembolization-using-40-%C3%A2%C2%B5m-drug-eluting-beads-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Giorgio Greco, Tommaso Cascella, Antonio Facciorusso, Roberto Nani, Rodolfo Lanocita, Carlo Morosi, Marta Vaiani, Giuseppina Calareso, Francesca G Greco, Antonio Ragnanese, Marco A Bongini, Alfonso V Marchianò, Vincenzo Mazzaferro, Carlo Spreafico
AIM: To assess the safety and efficacy of transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) using a new generation of 40 μm drug eluting beads in patients not eligible for curative treatment. METHODS: Drug eluting bead TACE (DEB-TACE) using a new generation of microspheres (embozene tandem, 40 μm) preloaded with 100 mg of doxorubicin was performed on 48 early or intermediate HCC patients with compensated cirrhosis. Response to therapy was assessed with Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) and modified RECIST (mRECIST) guidelines applied to computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging...
May 28, 2017: World Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631359/management-of-pediatric-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-multimodal-approach
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Mira A Kohorst, Deepti M Warad, Jane M Matsumoto, Julie K Heimbach, Mounif El-Youssef, Carola A S Arndt, Vilmarie Rodriguez, Amulya A Nageswara Rao
HCC is rare in the pediatric population, but is the second most common liver malignancy in children. Survival rates for primary unresectable HCC have been dismal. The objective of this study was to describe our experience with a multimodal approach for the management of unresectable HCC in two adolescent patients and to review the literature. Both patients are currently alive with no recurrence at 51 and 29 months post-transplant. Multimodality treatment involving chemotherapy with doxorubicin, cisplatin, and sorafenib; TACE; timely liver transplantation; and post-transplant therapy with sorafenib and mTOR inhibitors may help improve outcomes and prolong survival in pediatric patients with unresectable HCC...
June 20, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629563/positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-undergoing-liver-transplantation-useful-necessary-or-irrelevant
#10
REVIEW
Pedro Antonio Cascales-Campos, Pablo Ramírez Romero, Marcel André Schneider, Victor Lopez-Lopez, José Luis Navarro, Laura Frutos, Jose Antonio Pons Miñano, Pascual Parrilla Paricio
Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) is an aggressive tumor entity, with the only curative options being surgical resection or orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). The presence of one single tumor nodule of less than 5 centimeters diameter or a maximum of 3 nodules, with the largest of these not exceeding 3 centimeters (Milan criteria) constitute the clinical situation in which the best results for OLT in patients with HCC have been achieved. The survival of patients fulfilling the Milan criteria after transplantation is comparable to patients with similar tumor stages without cirrhosis, undergoing hepatic resection...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628564/risk-of-post-transplant-hepatocellular-carcinoma-recurrence-is-higher-in-recipients-of-livers-from-male-than-female-living-donors
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Sangbin Han, Ju Dong Yang, Dong Hyun Sinn, Jong Man Kim, Gyu Sung Choi, Gangha Jung, Joong Hyun Ahn, Seonwoo Kim, Justin S Ko, Mi Sook Gwak, Choon Hyuck D Kwon, Michael D Leise, Geum-Youn Gwak, Julie K Heimbach, Gaab Soo Kim
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship between donor sex and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) recurrence after living donor liver transplantation. BACKGROUND: HCC shows a male predominance in incidence and recurrence after tumor resection due to sex differences in hepatic sex hormone receptors. There have been no studies evaluating the importance of donor sex on post-transplant HCC recurrence. METHODS: Of 384 recipients of livers, from living donors, for HCC: 104/120 who received grafts from female donors were matched with 246/264 who received grafts from male donors using propensity score matching, with an unfixed matching ratio based on factors like tumor biology...
June 16, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624108/modification-of-immunosuppressive-therapy-as-risk-factor-for-complications-after-liver-transplantation
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REVIEW
Paolo De Simone, Paola Carrai, Laura Coletti, Davide Ghinolfi, Stefania Petruccelli, Franco Filipponi
Management of complications post-liver transplantation (LT) includes immunosuppressive manipulations with the aim to reduce the overall burden of immunologic suppression and compensate for renal, cardiovascular, metabolic toxicities, and for the increased oncologic risk. Two approaches can be implemented to reduce immunosuppression-related adverse events: upfront schedules tailored to the pretransplant individual patient's risk profile versus downstream modifications in the event of immunosuppression-related complications...
April 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621635/clinical-impact-and-risk-factors-of-portal-vein-thrombosis-for-patients-on-wait-list-for-liver-transplant
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Martin Montenovo, Amir Rahnemai-Azar, Jorge Reyes, James Perkins
OBJECTIVES: The effect of portal vein thrombosis on the progression of liver disease is controversial, with no consensus on optimal treatment. We aimed to assess how portal vein thrombosis affects wait list outcomes, identify risk factors associated with its development while on a wait list, and assess its effects on patient and graft survival. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This US-based retrospective cohort study analyzed 134 109 adult patients on wait lists for or undergoing primary orthotopic liver transplant between January 2002 and June 2014...
June 16, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621633/fatigue-after-liver-transplant-and-combined-liver-and-kidney-transplant
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Christian Benzing, Felix Krenzien, Nicco Krezdorn, Georg Wiltberger, Andreas Hinz, Julia Förster, Georgi Atanasov, Moritz Schmelzle, Heide Glaesmer, Hans Michael Hau, Michael Bartels
OBJECTIVES: To date, fatigue is still poorly understood in recipients of orthotopic liver transplant and simultaneous/sequential liver and kidney transplant procedures. The present study examined the appearance of fatigue in patients who received orthotopic liver and sequential liver and kidney transplant procedures compared with the general population and the influence of various clinical and socioeconomic factors on fatigue levels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory survey was sent to all patients with a history of orthotopic liver and simultaneous/sequential liver and kidney transplant...
June 16, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620221/mesenchymal-stem-cell-derived-exosomes-as-a-new-therapeutic-strategy-for-liver-diseases
#15
REVIEW
Guohua Lou, Zhi Chen, Min Zheng, Yanning Liu
The administration of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) as a therapy for liver disease holds great promise. MSCs can differentiate into hepatocytes, reduce liver inflammation, promote hepatic regeneration and secrete protective cytokines. However, the risks of iatrogenic tumor formation, cellular rejection and infusional toxicity in MSC transplantation remain unresolved. Accumulating evidence now suggests that a novel cell-free therapy, MSC-secreted exosomes, might constitute a compelling alternative because of their advantages over the corresponding MSCs...
June 16, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612162/li-rads-and-transplantation-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#16
REVIEW
An Tang, Kathryn J Fowler, Victoria Chernyak, William C Chapman, Claude B Sirlin
Patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) may be eligible for liver transplantation. Liver transplant candidates with HCC compete for the same deceased donor organs as those without HCC. These scarce organs must be allocated fairly and justly to those who will benefit most. Unlike most other cancers, HCC is often diagnosed noninvasively by imaging without biopsy confirmation. Therefore, radiologists play an important role in diagnosing definite HCC (i.e., LR-5 category) that counts toward staging and determination of liver transplant eligibility...
June 13, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611522/radiological-response-and-inflammation-scores-predict-tumour-recurrence-in-patients-treated-with-transarterial-chemoembolization-before-liver-transplantation
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Daniele Nicolini, Andrea Agostini, Roberto Montalti, Federico Mocchegiani, Cinzia Mincarelli, Alessandra Mandolesi, Nicola L Robertson, Roberto Candelari, Andrea Giovagnoni, Marco Vivarelli
AIM: To investigate the prognostic value of the radiological response after transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) and inflammatory markers in patients affected by hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) awaiting liver transplantation (LT). METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated the preoperative predictors of HCC recurrence in 70 patients treated with conventional (n = 16) or doxorubicin-eluting bead TACE (n = 54) before LT. The patient and tumour characteristics, including the static and dynamic alpha-fetoprotein, neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio and platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) measurements, were recorded...
May 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605614/medical-management-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#18
Nicole E Rich, Adam C Yopp, Amit G Singal
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) typically occurs in patients with advanced liver disease, so therapeutic decisions must account for the degree of underlying liver dysfunction and patient performance status in addition to tumor burden. Curative treatment options, including liver transplantation, surgical resection, and local ablative therapies, offer 5-year survival rates exceeding 60% but are restricted to patients with early-stage HCC. Surgical resection and local ablative therapies are also limited by high recurrence rates, highlighting a need for adjuvant and/or neoadjuvant therapies...
June 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603094/liver-transplantation-in-patients-with-incidental-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cholangiocarcinoma-and-intrahepatic-cholangiocarcinoma-a-single-center-experience
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Mohammed Elshamy, Naftali Presser, Abdulrahman Y Hammad, Daniel J Firl, Christopher Coppa, John Fung, Federico N Aucejo
BACKGROUND: Reports of liver transplantation (LT) in patients with mixed hepatocellular carcinoma/cholangiocarcinoma (HCC/CC) and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) are modest and have been mostly retrospective after pathological categorization in the setting of presumed HCC. Some studies suggest that patients undergoing LT with small and unifocal ICC or mixed HCC/CC can achieve about 40%-60% 5-year post-transplant survival. The study aimed to report our experience in patients undergoing LT with explant pathology revealing HCC/CC and ICC...
June 2017: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603093/role-of-18-f-fludeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-in-the-selection-of-liver-transplantation-candidates-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#20
Yu-Fu Ye, Wei Wang, Ting Wang, Jun Yu, Lei Geng, Song-Feng Yu, Sheng Yan, Shu-Sen Zheng
BACKGROUND: The Milan criteria are widely accepted among many centers. However, patients with hepatocellular carcinoma beyond the Milan criteria might still benefit from liver transplantation (LT) when tumor itself is not aggressive. [(18)F] fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography imaging could provide useful information of tumor behaviors, which is helpful to predict the prognosis for many tumors. METHOD: In order to determine its role in candidate selection for LT, we therefore retrospectively analyzed 103 recipients with preoperative positron emission tomography (PET) findings...
June 2017: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
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