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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297141/lactulose-a-simple-sugar-in-a-complex-encephalopathy
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Eelco F M Wijdicks
Hepatic encephalopathy is a common encephalopathy and one of the very few that are treatable. Lactulose has remained a standard pharmaceutical intervention and is listed as one of the World Health Organization's Essential Medicines. The discovery of lactulose, the acid dialysis proof of concept, and the role of Bircher are not well known. This historical vignette reviews the gradual understanding of the complex liver-brain connection, the effective treatment of hepatic stupor with lactulose, and the immediate relevance of lactulose to the practice of consultative neurocritical care...
January 2, 2018: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201772/managing-encephalopathy-in-the-outpatient-setting
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REVIEW
Tarana Gupta, Sahaj Rathi, Radha K Dhiman
In cirrhosis of liver, hepatic encephalopathy (HE) has an important impact on health-related quality of life. It is important to define whether HE is episodic, recurrent, or persistent; types A, B, or C; overt HE or covert HE; and spontaneous or precipitated. The overt HE is clinically evident and needs hospitalization. Nonabsorbable disaccharides, rifaximin, and probiotics are proven to be useful in the treatment of overt HE. Covert HE includes both minimal HE and grade I HE. It is not apparent on routine clinical examination...
January 2017: Euroasian journal of hepato-gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29179682/faecal-bacterial-microbiota-in-patients-with-cirrhosis-and-the-effect-of-lactulose-administration
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Aditya Narayan Sarangi, Amit Goel, Ankur Singh, Avani Sasi, Rakesh Aggarwal
BACKGROUND: Gut microbiota may be altered in patients with cirrhosis, and may further change after administration of lactulose. We studied the composition of gut microbiota in patients with cirrhosis and assessed the effect on it of lactulose administration. METHODS: Stool specimens were collected from 35 patients with cirrhosis (male 26; median [range] age: 42 [29-65] years) and 18 healthy controls (male 14; 44.5 [24-67] years); 21 patients provided another specimen after lactulose administration for 55 [42-77] days...
November 28, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29171503/-prevention-and-treatment-of-hepatic-encephalopathy
#4
Yu P Sivolap
Hepatic encephalopathy is a common neuropsychiatric complication of serious liver diseases and serves as a marker for worsening of their course and increasing the risk of death. The principal pathogenesis factors of hepatic encephalopathy is the excessive formation of ammonia and its accumulation by astrocytes. A key role in the prevention and treatment of hepatic encephalopathy is played by drugs that prevent hyperammonemia and promote the removal of ammonia from the body, namely lactulose, rifaximin and L-ornithine-L-aspartate...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152432/acute-changes-in-mentation-in-a-patient-with-hepatic-cirrhosis-treated-with-high-doses-of-dexamethasone
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Luis Dabul, Andrew Droney, Juan Oms, Marcos A Sanchez-Gonzalez
Despite the anti-inflammatory benefits of steroids in the management of multiple medical conditions, they are associated with undesired metabolic and psychiatric side effects. We present a case of a 57-year-old Hispanic man with hepatic cirrhosis due to hepatitis C and no past medical history of psychiatric illnesses who became delirious after treatment with high doses of intravenous Dexamethasone. The patient presented to Larkin Community Hospital, USA with complaints of lower back pain requiring treatment with steroids for severe lumbar central canal stenosis...
September 10, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020023/the-continuous-reaction-time-test-for-minimal-hepatic-encephalopathy-validated-by-a-randomized-controlled-multi-modal-intervention-a-pilot-study
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
M M Lauridsen, S Mikkelsen, T Svensson, J Holm, C Klüver, J Gram, H Vilstrup, O B Schaffalitzky de Muckadell
BACKGROUND: Minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) is clinically undetectable and the diagnosis requires psychometric tests. However, a lack of clarity exists as to whether the tests are in fact able to detect changes in cognition. AIM: To examine if the continuous reaction time test (CRT) can detect changes in cognition with anti-HE intervention in patients with cirrhosis and without clinically manifest hepatic encephalopathy (HE). METHODS: Firstly, we conducted a reproducibility analysis and secondly measured change in CRT induced by anti-HE treatment in a randomized controlled pilot study: We stratified 44 patients with liver cirrhosis and without clinically manifest HE according to a normal (n = 22) or abnormal (n = 22) CRT...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929776/lactulose-enemas-in-the-treatment-of-hepatic-encephalopathy-do-we-help-or-harm
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Ana de Lorenzo-Pinto, Raquel García-Sánchez, Almudena Lorenzo-Salinas
The administration of lactulose enemas instead of or in combination with oral lactulose is common practice in patients with hepatic encephalopathy. Lactulose is a non-absorbable disaccharide that is catabolized by the bacterial flora to short chain fatty acids (e.g., lactic acid and acetic acid) which lower the colonic pH. This pH favors the formation of non-absorbable NH4+ from NH3, trapping NH4+ in the colon and thus reducing plasma ammonia concentrations. Lactulose therapy is considered as a first-line treatment and can be administered both orally and rectally...
October 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911627/assessment-of-the-pharmacokinetics-removal-rate-of-hemodialysis-and-safety-of-lactulose-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Cheng-Jui Lin, Chi-Feng Pan, Sy-Yeuan Ju, Hsuan-Kai Tzeng, Shen-Wei Chen, Jhu-Ting Syu, Chih-Jen Wu
Lactulose is often used to treat hepatic encephalopathy or constipation, and also exhibits benefits to chronic renal insufficiency due to reduce nitrogen-related products in serum. The present study investigated the pharmacokinetics of lactulose, its removal rate through dialysis, and safety by administering lactulose 6.5 g (Lagnos Jelly Divided Pack 16.05 g) orally to six hemodialysis patients who resided in Taiwan. As a result, the means of maximum plasma concentrations (Cmax) and Time to reach Cmax (Tmax) were 3090 ± 970 ng/mL and 6...
October 2016: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875419/lactulose-decreases-neuronal-activation-and-attenuates-motor-behavioral-deficits-in-hyperammonemic-rats
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Natália Ferreira Mendes, Flora França Nogueira Mariotti, José Simões de Andrade, Milena de Barros Viana, Isabel Cristina Céspedes, Márcia Regina Nagaoka, Luciana Le Sueur-Maluf
Lactulose is a nonabsorbable disaccharide commonly used in clinical practice to treat hepatic encephalopathy. However, its effects on neuropsychiatric disorders and motor behavior have not been fully elucidated. Male Wistar rats were bile-duct ligated, and 3 weeks after surgery, treated with lactulose administrated by gavage (1.43 or 3.57 g/kg), once a day for seven days. Plasma levels of ammonia, aspartate aminotransferase, total bilirubin, and creatinine were quantified and histopathological analysis of the livers was performed...
December 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836723/rifaximin-treatment-is-associated-with-reduced-risk-of-cirrhotic-complications-and-prolonged-overall-survival-in-patients-experiencing-hepatic-encephalopathy
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S H Kang, Y B Lee, J-H Lee, J Y Nam, Y Chang, H Cho, J-J Yoo, Y Y Cho, E J Cho, S J Yu, M Y Kim, Y J Kim, S K Baik, J-H Yoon
BACKGROUND: Rifaximin might decrease the risk of portal hypertension-related complications by controlling small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. AIM: To evaluate whether rifaximin was associated with the risk of death and cirrhotic complications. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study that included 1042 patients experiencing hepatic encephalopathy (HE): 421 patients without hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC; the non-HCC cohort) and 621 patients with HCC (the HCC cohort)...
November 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799305/comparison-of-rifaximin-plus-lactulose-with-the-lactulose-alone-for-the-treatment-of-hepatic-encephalopathy
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Kiran Ahire, Archana Sonawale
INTRODUCTION: Hepatic encephalopathy is challenging complication of liver dysfunction. Therapeutic treatment options for hepatic encephalopathy are currently limited and have appreciable risks and benefits associated with their use. Rifaximin is a novel anti microbiological agent with wide spectrum of activity that has shown promise as an alternative option for hepatic encephalopathy. AIMS AND OBJECTIVE: The present study was undertaken to compare the effectiveness of Rifaximin and Lactulose as a combination vs Lactulose alone, to compare the adverse effects and to study the rapidity of therapeutic effects of Rifaximin and Lactulose...
August 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749571/l-ornithine-l-aspartate-in-bouts-of-overt-hepatic-encephalopathy
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Sandeep Singh Sidhu, Barjesh Chander Sharma, Omesh Goyal, Harsh Kishore, Navpreet Kaur
High-quality data on the efficacy of L-ornithine L-aspartate (LOLA) in patients with cirrhosis and bouts of overt hepatic encephalopathy (OHE) are missing. We evaluated the efficacy of intravenous LOLA in the reversal of bouts of OHE in patients with cirrhosis. In this prospective, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial conducted at two tertiary care institutes in India, 370 patients with cirrhosis and bouts of OHE were screened. After exclusion, 193 (52.16%) patients were randomized to receive either intravenous infusions of LOLA (n = 98), 30 g daily, or placebo (n = 95) for 5 days...
July 27, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584525/gastrointestinal-motility-disorders-and-their-clinical-implications-in-cirrhosis
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REVIEW
Eleni Theocharidou, Ameet Dhar, David Patch
Gastrointestinal motility is impaired in a substantial proportion of patients with cirrhosis. Cirrhosis-related autonomic neuropathy, increased nitric oxide production, and gut hormonal changes have been implicated. Oesophageal dysmotility has been associated with increased frequency of abnormal gastro-oesophageal reflux. Impaired gastric emptying and accommodation may result in early satiety and may have an impact on the nutritional status of these patients. Small intestinal dysmotility might be implicated in small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and increased bacterial translocation...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560484/a-new-look-at-precipitants-of-overt-hepatic-encephalopathy-in-cirrhosis
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Ganesh Pantham, Anthony Post, Deepak Venkat, Douglas Einstadter, Kevin D Mullen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Overt hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a major cause of significant morbidity and mortality in patients with liver cirrhosis. We examined the frequency and profile of the precipitating factors resulting in hospitalizations for overt HE. METHODS: We conducted both retrospective and prospective studies to identify clinical precipitants of overt HE in patients with cirrhosis. The retrospective study patients were hospitalized at a large urban safety-net hospital, and the prospective study included the patients admitted at a liver transplant center...
August 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536219/-all-that-glitters-is-not-gold-when-hyperammonaemia-is-not-from-hepatic-aetiology
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Abubaker A I Hassan, Walid Ibrahim, Ahmed Subahi, Abdelaziz Mohamed
Hyperammonaemia is often caused by decompensated liver disease. However, non-hepatic causes can sometimes result in hyperammonaemia, severe enough to cause symptoms.We report a case of a 65-year-old man with a history of hypertension and bilateral peripelvic renal cyst who presented with acute confusion. Laboratory investigations revealed hyperammonaemia and normal liver function test. The abdominal ultrasound did not reveal any finding of liver disease or portal-systemic shunting but demonstrated bilateral peripelvic cysts with no hydronephrosis...
May 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533911/hepatic-encephalopathy
#16
Peter Ferenci
Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a reversible syndrome of impaired brain function occurring in patients with advanced liver diseases. The precise pathophysiology of HE is still under discussion; the leading hypothesis focus on the role of neurotoxins, impaired neurotransmission due to metabolic changes in liver failure, changes in brain energy metabolism, systemic inflammatory response and alterations of the blood brain barrier. HE produces a wide spectrum of nonspecific neurological and psychiatric manifestations...
May 2017: Gastroenterology Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518283/branched-chain-amino-acids-for-people-with-hepatic-encephalopathy
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REVIEW
Lise Lotte Gluud, Gitte Dam, Iñigo Les, Giulio Marchesini, Mette Borre, Niels Kristian Aagaard, Hendrik Vilstrup
BACKGROUND: Hepatic encephalopathy is a brain dysfunction with neurological and psychiatric changes associated with liver insufficiency or portal-systemic shunting. The severity ranges from minor symptoms to coma. A Cochrane systematic review including 11 randomised clinical trials on branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) versus control interventions has evaluated if BCAA may benefit people with hepatic encephalopathy. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the beneficial and harmful effects of BCAA versus any control intervention for people with hepatic encephalopathy...
May 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491179/transhepatic-embolization-of-a-congenital-intrahepatic-portosystemic-shunt-for-the-treatment-of-hepatic-encephalopathy-in-a-noncirrhotic-patient-using-amplatzer-vascular-plug-device
#18
Rachel Ann Brader, Kyung Rae Kim
A 73-year-old male with no history of liver disease was hospitalized for weakness, confusion, ataxia, and new onset hepatic encephalopathy with hyperammonemia. After management with lactulose and rifaximin, his symptoms persisted, and he underwent transjugular liver biopsy. Biopsy showed normal liver, but a portosystemic shunt was incidentally identified on postbiopsy venogram. The patient underwent occlusion of the shunt with two Amplatzer vascular plugs and four Nester coils. Following embolization, the patient's symptoms resolved completely...
June 2017: Radiology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459409/-correlation-factor-analysis-on-constipation-in-long-term-ventilated-patients-in-intensive-care-unit-a-prospective-observational-cohort-study
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Mingying Dai, Huimin Wang, Kun Li, Bangxu Yu, Xinting Pan
OBJECTIVE: To explore the factors associated with delayed defecation in long-term ventilated patients in intensive care unit (ICU) and their potential effect on prognosis. METHODS: A prospective observational cohort study was conducted. The patients admitted to general ICU of the Affiliated Hospital of Qingdao University from October 1st in 2013 to September 30th in 2015 who underwent mechanical ventilation (MV) for ≥6 days were enrolled, and they were divided into early defecation group (< 6 days) and late defecation group (≥6 days)...
January 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422839/unexpected-side-effect-in-mcrc-a-care-compliant-case-report-of-regorafenib-induced-hyperammonemic-encephalopathy
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Michela Quirino, Sabrina Rossi, Giovanni Schinzari, Michele Basso, Antonia Strippoli, Alessandra Cassano, Carlo Barone
RATIONALE: Regorafenib represents a treatment option in heavily pretreated patients affected by metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). Its safety profile is typical of small-molecule tyrosine-kinase inhibitors (TKIs) and most adverse events are manageable. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 56 years-old Caucasian man affected by mCRC with normal hepatic reserve was treated with regorafenib as second-line treatment. After only 2 days of therapy, the patient presented to the emergency department due to impairment of both spatial and temporal orientation and motor function with bradylalia...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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