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Rossella Letizia Mancusi, Massimo Andreoni, Daniela d'Angela, Cesare Sarrecchia, Federico Spandonaro
Between western European countries, the hepatitis C virus (HCV) endemic is highest in Italy. The main objective of this paper is to estimate the endemic diffusion of hepatitis C at the national level and by geographical area, with an extrapolation at the regional level and by uniform cohorts of subjects (by sex and year of birth). The secondary objective is a stratification by gravity of the estimated statistical figures to provide an overview of possible targets of the new anti-HCV treatments.PubMed and the Cochrane Library were searched for relevant Italian populations studies regarding HCV prevalence...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Yi Shen, Sheng Zhang, Xulin Wang, Yuanyuan Wang, Jian Zhang, Gang Qin, Wenchao Li, Kun Ding, Lei Zhang, Feng Liang
BACKGROUND: Because whether hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection increases the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) has been a controversial topic, pair-wise and network meta-analyses of published literature were carried out to accurately evaluate the association between different phases of HBV infection and the risk of T2DM. METHODS: A comprehensive literature retrieval was conducted from the Pubmed, Embase, Cochrane Library, Chinese Database to identify epidemiological studies on the association between HBV infection and the risk of T2DM that were published from 1999 to 2015...
October 18, 2016: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Sarah A Sterling, Michael A Puskarich, Alan E Jones
OBJECTIVE: To describe the effect of liver disease (LD) on lactate clearance during early sepsis resuscitation. METHODS: This is a multicenter randomized clinical trial. An initial lactate >2 mmol/L and subsequent serum lactate measurement within 6 hours were required for inclusion. LD was categorized by two methods: 1) past medical history (PMH) categorized as no LD, mild LD (no Child's score criteria, but PMH of hepatitis B/C), cirrhosis; and 2) measurable liver dysfunction determined by the liver component of the sequential organ failure assessment (L-SOFA) score as no dysfunction (L-SOFA score 0), mild dysfunction (score 1), moderate-severe dysfunction (score 2 to 4)...
December 2015: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Wafaa M Ezzat, Khalda Said Amr, Haiam Abdel Raouf, Yasser A Elhosary, Abdelfattah E Hegazy, Hoda H Fahim, Refaat R Kamel
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Activation of telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) has a role in liver carcinogenesis where telomerase is normally suppressed in most human somatic tissues after birth. In the current study we aimed to detect the significance of hTERT mRNA in early detection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and to determine the relationship between serum microRNA155 and telomerase expression. METHODS: Serum and liver tissue samples were collected from 40 patients (17 samples from patients with liver cirrhosis and 23 samples from patients with HCC) and 12 blood samples from healthy subjects were collected...
July 2016: Archives of Medical Research
Antonella Putignano, Thierry Gustot
Acute-on-Chronic Liver Failure (ACLF) is a recently defined syndrome that occurs frequently in patients with cirrhosis and is associated with a poor short-term prognosis. Currently, management of patients with ACLF is mainly supportive. Despite medical progress, this syndrome frequently leads to multi-organ failure, sepsis, and, ultimately, death. The results of attempts to use liver transplantation (LT) to manage this critical condition have been poorly reported but are promising. Currently, selection criteria of ACLF patients for LT, instructions for prioritization on the waiting list, and objective indicators for removal of ACLF patients from the waiting list in cases of clinical deterioration are poorly defined...
October 17, 2016: Liver Transplantation
Karla Schmitt, Fabian Beier, Jens Panse, Tim H Brümmendorf
Telomere syndromes (syn. Telomeropathies) are inherited disorders hallmarked by accelerated telomere shortening based on a molecular defect within the telomerase/telomere complex. The rare, but well-defined model disorder Dyskeratosis congenita (DKC) characterized by typical skin manifestations and bone marrow failure represents the classical manifestation of telomere syndromes in childhood and adolescence. However, cryptic variants of DKC, clinically manifest through appearance of atypical bone marrow failure, lung fibrosis or liver cirrhosis - especially in adults up to the fifth decade of age - are frequently underdiagnosed...
October 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Hirokazu Chishina, Satoru Hagiwara, Naoshi Nishida, Kazuomi Ueshima, Toshiharu Sakurai, Hiroshi Ida, Yasunori Minami, Masahiro Takita, Masashi Kono, Tomohiro Minami, Mina Iwanishi, Yasuko Umehara, Tomohiro Watanabe, Yoriaki Komeda, Tadaaki Arizumi, Masotoshi Kudo
OBJECTIVE: Refractory ascites reduces the quality of life of liver cirrhosis patients. Albumin preparation and diuretics, such as furosemide, have been used to treat refractory ascites, but the effect was poor in many patients. In this study, we analyzed patients treated with tolvaptan (TLV) at our hospital and investigated predictors of the effect. METHODS: The subjects were 70 patients for whom TLV was introduced to treat refractory ascites who could be analyzed between November 2013 and March 2015 at our hospital...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Tao Wu, Ping Wang, Ting Zhang, Jian Zheng, Shuoyang Li, Jie Zeng, Masatoshi Kudo, Rongqin Zheng
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive assessment of liver fibrosis has important clinical significance. Different techniques including two-dimensional shear-wave elastography (2D SWE) and real-time tissue elastography (RTE) are reported to be useful for the noninvasive diagnosis of hepatic fibrosis. All these techniques are affected by many factors. How to choose a reasonable method needs further studies. PURPOSE: This study was conducted to comparatively assess the diagnostic performance of 2D SWE and RTE in patients with Chronic Hepatitis B (CHB) and influence of inflammation on the stiffness values obtained by both techniques, so as to objectively assess the reasonable choice between these 2 elastography techniques for noninvasive assessment of hepatic fibrosis in clinical practice...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Satoru Hagiwara, Naoshi Nishida, Tomohiro Watanabe, Toshiharu Sakurai, Hiroshi Ida, Yasunori Minami, Masahiro Takita, Tomohiro Minami, Mina Iwanishi, Hirokazu Chishina, Kazuomi Ueshima, Yoriaki Komeda, Tadaaki Arizumi, Masatoshi Kudo
OBJECTIVE: Treatment for chronic hepatitis C has recently developed in a very rapid manner. In Japan, in September 2014, IFN-free asunaprevir (ASV) and daclatasvir (DCV) became available for combination therapy. We report the treatment outcomes achieved at our hospital using this combination therapy. METHODS: Sustained virological response (SVR) 24 could be evaluated in 120 of 125 patients with chronic liver disease type C who visited our hospital and were treated with ASV/DCV after September 2014, and these patients were analyzed...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Jem Ma Ahn, Chang Ha Kim, Soon Ho Um, Kyung Mee Kim, Tae Hyung Kim, Sun Young Yim, Hyuk Soon Choi, Eun Sun Kim, Bora Keum, Yeon Seok Seo, Hyung Joon Yim, Yoon Tae Jeen, Hong Sik Lee, Hoon Jai Chun, Chang Duck Kim, Ho Sang Ryu
BACKGROUND AND AIM: In a recent study, microsatellite variations (GCA tandem repeats) in the promoter region of the (kidney-type) glutaminase gene were associated with the development of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) in Spanish patients with cirrhosis. The objective of this study was to validate the relation between microsatellite variations in the glutaminase promoter region and the development of overt HE in Korean patients with liver cirrhosis. METHODS: We performed a prospective cohort study of 154 cirrhotic patients who underwent a glutaminase microsatellite study without previous overt HE history at baseline...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Yundong Qu, Ying Guo, Tao Li, Qian Ye, Chao Sun, Lei Wang, Baohua Yang
BACKGROUND AND AIM: To assess the efficacy and safety of sofosbuvir-based interferon-free therapies in liver transplantation recipients with hepatitis C virus infection recurrence. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted in PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, and CENTRAL on the Cochrane Library without time or language limitation. The search strategy used was "sofosbuvir AND transplantation". Sustained virologic response at 12 weeks after the end of treatment (SVR12) rate, incidence of serious adverse events (SAEs) and/or adverse events (AEs), discontinuation rate with 95% confidence intervals (CI) were pooled with random-effects model...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Robert Flisiak, Mitchell Shiffman, Juan Arenas, Hugo Cheinquer, Igor Nikitin, Yuping Dong, Khurram Rana, Subasree Srinivasan
BACKGROUND: A randomized, double-blind, multinational, phase 3 study was conducted comparing the efficacy and safety of peginterferon lambda-1a (Lambda)/ribavirin (RBV)/telaprevir (TVR) vs. peginterferon alfa-2a (Alfa)/RBV/TVR in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype-1 (GT-1) infection. METHODS: Patients (treatment-naïve or relapsers on prior Alfa/RBV treatment) were randomly assigned in a 2:1 ratio to receive Lambda/RBV/TVR or Alfa/RBV/TVR. Total duration of treatment was either 24 or 48 weeks (response-guided treatment), with TVR administered for the first 12 weeks...
2016: PloS One
Bo Gao, Wang Sun, Xianzhi Meng, Dongbo Xue, Weihui Zhang
Hematological abnormalities are frequently observed in patients with liver cirrhosis (LC). A previous study demonstrated that the apoptosis and damage of endothelial cells could cause the hematological abnormalities in LC. Protein kinases are one of the most important factors that regulate cell behavior, and are potential therapeutic targets for the treatment of a number of diseases. In a previous study, whole genome profiling was used to identify differentially expressed genes in human bone marrow endothelial cells treated with serum from 26 patients with LC...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Zobair M Younossi, Atsushi Tanaka, Yuichiro Eguchi, Young-Suk Lim, Ming-Lung Yu, Norifumi Kawada, Yock Young Dan, Craig Brooks-Rooney, Francesco Negro, Mario U Mondelli
Between 80 and 115 million people worldwide are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus, with 60-90% of these being undiagnosed. Untreated chronic hepatitis C (CHC) is associated with progressive liver disease, cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma and liver-related mortality. A number of extrahepatic manifestations are also reported in CHC patients, further adding to the burden of the disease. CHC also impacts patients in terms of lower health-related quality of life, higher levels of fatigue and reduced productivity...
October 17, 2016: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Yan-Ni Li, Huan Ma, Lu Zhou, Jie Zhang, Li-Ping Guo, Shu-Qian Li, Yi-Qi Qian, Bang-Mao Wang
BACKGROUND: The long-term outcomes of patients with autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) given the immunosuppressive treatment are considered to be preferable. However, little is known about the response of AIH patients with cirrhosis to immunosuppressive treatment. We assessed the effects of immunosuppressive therapy in Chinese AIH patients with cirrhosis from a tertiary hospital. METHODS: Patients with a clinical diagnosis of AIH January 2000 and December 2015 were retrospectively reviewed...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Joanna Kozlowska, Tomasz Mikula, Magdalena Suchacz, Joanna Jabnonska, Wojciech Stanczak, Janusz Cianciara, Alicja Wiercinska-Drapalo
BACKGROUND/AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the role of serum pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) in progression of liver cirrhosis and development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Serum levels of PEDF and MMP-9 were tested in 212 patients with liver cirrhosis and in a control group of 30 healthy volunteers. HCC was diagnosed in 45 of the 212 patients studied (21%). RESULTS: Serum PEDF and MMP-9 were higher in the study group than that in the control group (P < 0...
September 2016: Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association
Yundong Qu, Tao Li, Qian Ye, Lixin Zhang, Lei Wang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To assess the accuracy of transient elastography (TE) in the prediction of esophageal varices (EV). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The literature search was conducted by using PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, and CENTRAL on The Cochrane Library without time or language restrictions. Terms used were "FibroScan," "transient elastography," "stiffness," and "esophageal varices." The pooled sensitivity, specificity, and other parameters were obtained using a bivariate mixed-effects regression model...
September 2016: Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association
Hitoshi Tajiri, Tomoko Takano, Hideo Tanaka, Kosuke Ushijima, Ayano Inui, Yoko Miyoshi, Keiichi Ozono, Daiki Abukawa, Takeshi Endo, Stephen Brooks, Yasuhito Tanaka
The aims of the study were to elucidate the clinical characteristics of patients who developed hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) related to persistent HBV infection since childhood and to investigate usefulness of assessing alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) in this population. A nationwide multicenter survey of children with chronic HBV infection was performed. Among 548 patients, 15 patients developed HCC at the median age of 15 years (range 9-36), including 13 males and 2 females. A case-control comparison showed that HBeAg seroconversion and liver cirrhosis were associated with the occurrence of HCC...
October 17, 2016: Cancer Medicine
Shiv Kumar Sarin, Ashok Choudhury
Acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) is a distinct entity that differs from acute liver failure and decompensated cirrhosis in timing, presence of treatable acute precipitant, and course of disease, with a potential for self-recovery. The core concept is acute deterioration of existing liver function in a patient of chronic liver disease with or without cirrhosis in response to an acute insult. The insult should be a hepatic one and presentation in the form of liver failure (jaundice, encephalopathy, coagulopathy, ascites) with or without extrahepatic organ failure in a defined time frame...
December 2016: Current Gastroenterology Reports
Sajan Agarwal, Bikrant Bihari Lal, Dinesh Rawat, Archana Rastogi, Kishore G S Bharathy, Seema Alam
OBJECTIVE: To study the clinical and laboratory profile of children with progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC) and evaluate their outcome. METHODS: The study is a retrospective review of all cases diagnosed with PFIC between January 2011 and July 2015. All children underwent histopathological examination and immunostaining. Management was done as per institute's protocol. RESULTS: There were a total of 24 PFIC cases (PFIC 1-2, PFIC 2-19, PFIC 3-3)...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology
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