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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333617/yellow-fever-in-a-traveller-returning-from-suriname-to-the-netherlands-march-2017
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Marjan Wouthuyzen-Bakker, Marjolein Knoester, Aad P van den Berg, Corine H GeurtsvanKessel, Marion Pg Koopmans, Coretta Van Leer-Buter, Bob Oude Velthuis, Suzan D Pas, Wilhelmina Lm Ruijs, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, Stephen Gs Vreden, Tjip S van der Werf, Chantal Bem Reusken, Wouter Fw Bierman
A Dutch traveller returning from Suriname in early March 2017, presented with fever and severe acute liver injury. Yellow fever was diagnosed by (q)RT-PCR and sequencing. During hospital stay, the patient's condition deteriorated and she developed hepatic encephalopathy requiring transfer to the intensive care. Although yellow fever has not been reported in the last four decades in Suriname, vaccination is recommended by the World Health Organization for visitors to this country.
March 16, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331420/serum-procalcitonin-in-patients-with-acute-liver-failure
#2
Takaaki Sugihara, Masahiko Koda, Toshiaki Okamoto, Kenichi Miyoshi, Tomomitsu Matono, Kenji Oyama, Keiko Hosho, Jun-Ichi Okano, Hajime Isomoto
BACKGROUND: Procalcitonin (PCT) is a known diagnostic marker of bacterial infection. There are no previous reports of PCT concerning acute liver failure (ALF). We evaluated the clinical value of serum PCT levels in patients with ALF. METHODS: Forty-four patients with acute hepatitis (19 men and 25 women; median age, 40 years; range, 20-79 years) were retrospectively enrolled from January 2001 and June 2015. PCT levels were measured by saved serum samples obtained within 3 days after admission...
March 2017: Yonago Acta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321877/pharmacological-interventions-for-acute-hepatitis-b-infection-an-attempted-network-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Konstantinos Mantzoukis, Manuel Rodríguez-Perálvarez, Elena Buzzetti, Douglas Thorburn, Brian R Davidson, Emmanuel Tsochatzis, Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy
BACKGROUND: Infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) can be symptomatic or asymptomatic. Apart from chronic HBV infection, the complications related to acute HBV infection are severe acute viral hepatitis and fulminant hepatitis characterised by liver failure. The optimal pharmacological treatment of acute HBV infection remains controversial. OBJECTIVES: To assess the benefits and harms of pharmacological interventions in the treatment of acute HBV infection through a network meta-analysis and to generate rankings of the available treatments according to their safety and efficacy...
March 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321275/features-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-hispanics-differ-from-african-americans-and-non-hispanic-whites
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Neeta K Venepalli, Mary V Modayil, Stephanie A Berg, Tad D Nair, Mayur Parepally, Priyanka Rajaram, Ron C Gaba, James T Bui, Yue Huang, Scott J Cotler
AIM: To compare features of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in Hispanics to those of African Americans and Whites. METHODS: Patients treated for HCC at an urban tertiary medical center from 2005 to 2011 were identified from a tumor registry. Data were collected retrospectively, including demographics, comorbidities, liver disease characteristics, tumor parameters, treatment, and survival (OS) outcomes. OS analyses were performed using Kaplan-Meier method. RESULTS: One hundred and ninety-five patients with HCC were identified: 80...
March 8, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316761/polyethylene-glycol-and-lactulose-versus-lactulose-alone-in-the-treatment-of-hepatic-encephalopathy-in-patients-with-cirrhosis-a-non-inferiority-randomized-controlled-trial
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Mohammadreza Naderian, Heshmatollah Akbari, Morteza Saeedi, Amir Ali Sohrabpour
BACKGROUND In this clinical trial, polyethylene glycol (PEG) solution was compared with lactulose in the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy in patients with cirrhosis. METHODS This randomized controlled trial was performed on 40 patients in two groups. The patients in the lactulose group received either 20-30 grams of lactulose orally or by a nasogastric tube, or 200 grams of lactulose enema by a rectal tube. The patients in the PEG-lactulose group received the same amount of oral or rectal lactulose, plus 280 grams of PEG in 4 liters of water orally as a single dose in 30-120 minutes...
January 2017: Middle East Journal of Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316320/critical-flicker-frequency-test-for-diagnosing-minimal-hepatic-encephalopathy-in-patients-with-cirrhosis
#6
Banu Demet Özel Coşkun, Mustafa Özen
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The critical flicker frequency (CFF) and psychometric hepatic encephalopathy score (PHES) are commonly proposed tests for detecting minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE); however, no studies have examined their value for detecting MHE in Turkey. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 70 patients with cirrhosis without overt HE, 205 controls for PHES, and 100 controls for the CFF test were included. All the patients underwent the PHES and CFF tests during the same session...
March 17, 2017: Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Journal of Turkish Society of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302006/transplantation-for-large-liver-tumors-in-the-setting-of-abernethy-malformation
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İlgin Özden, Ayşen Yavru, Mine Güllüoğlu, Aydin Alper, Orhan Bilge, Serdar Cantez, Özlem Durmaz
In this study, we report our experiences on the role of transplantation in 2 patients with large liver tumors in the setting of Abernethy malformation. Patient 1 was a 17-year-old boy who was referred for hepatic masses and recurrent hepatic encephalopathy episodes. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging showed 2 large tumors (4 and 8 cm) in the liver. The portal vein drained directly into the vena cava. Core biopsy of the larger mass revealed fibrosis and regenerative hyperplasia. There were hyperintense signals in the T1-weighted images in the globus pallidus...
March 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297776/-value-of-thromboelastography-in-evaluating-coagulation-function-and-prognosis-in-patients-with-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure
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Y L Zeng, F Gao, J F Wei, H R Hou, X Jin, G G Ding, H Yin, J Shang, Y Kang
Objective: To investigate the coagulation function in patients with acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) patients using thromboelastography (TEG), and to comprehensively and dynamically evaluate patients' bleeding and coagulation status. Methods: The clinical data of ACLF patients were collected, and TEG was used to evaluate whole blood clotting kinetics in these patients. Routine biochemical parameters were measured, and complications were evaluated. The t-test was used for comparison of continuous data, the chi-square test was used for comparison of categorical data, and the Pearson correlation coefficient was used for correlation analysis...
January 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297771/-advances-in-basic-and-clinical-research-on-liver-cirrhosis-in-2016
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C Gu, M Y Song, W J Sun, X Y Xu, C Q Yang, D F Chen
Esophageal and gastric varices are common complications of liver cirrhosis and are seen in 50% of patients with liver cirrhosis. The annual incidence rate of esophagogastric variceal bleeding is 5%-15%, and even if the recommended treatment is used, the 6-week mortality rate is still as high as 15%-20%. Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) is a common complication of end-stage liver disease and has an incidence rate of 10%-30% in patients with severe liver damage. SBP refers to the bacterial infection of the peritoneum and/or ascites that occurs in the absence of any inflammation in adjacent tissues (e...
January 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296808/waitlisted-candidates-with-polycystic-liver-disease-are-more-likely-to-be-transplanted-than-those-with-chronic-liver-failure
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Sahil D Doshi, Therese Bittermann, Thomas D Schiano, David Seth Goldberg
BACKGROUND: Polycystic liver disease (PCLD) is characterized by cystic replacement of the hepatic parenchyma, leading to hepatic dysfunction, portal hypertension, and hepatomegaly. Patients with liver dysfunction and/or symptomatic disease are eligible for liver transplantation. However, little is known about these patients' waitlist outcomes relative to others with chronic liver disease. METHODS: We used OPTN/UNOS data from February 27, 2002 to December 31, 2015 to compare waitlist outcomes of adult patients with PCLD to those with chronic liver failure (CLF) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...
March 15, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296775/giant-hepatic-metastasis-in-a-patient-with-coin-like-small-cell-lung-carcinoma-incidentally-diagnosed-at-autopsy-a-case-report
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Decebal Fodor, Simona Gurzu, Anca Otilia Contac, Ioan Jung
RATIONALE: Encephalopathy is a rare complication of hepatic metastases. In this paper we present a case of a patient with lung cancer and metastatic-related giant hepatomegaly. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 78-year-old previously healthy male was admitted in the Emergency room in hepatic coma. DIAGNOSES: The abdominal CT scan examination revealed a huge liver filled with solid nodules. INTERVENTIONS: No interventions were performed...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296282/sildenafil-reduces-neuroinflammation-in-cerebellum-restores-gabaergic-tone-and-improves-motor-in-coordination-in-rats-with-hepatic-encephalopathy
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Ana Agusti, Vicente Hernández-Rabaza, Tiziano Balzano, Lucas Taoro-Gonzalez, Andrea Ibañez-Grau, Andrea Cabrera-Pastor, Santos Fustero, Marta Llansola, Carmina Montoliu, Vicente Felipo
AIMS: Patients with liver disease may develop hepatic encephalopathy (HE), with cognitive impairment and motor in-coordination. Rats with HE due to portacaval shunts (PCS) show motor in-coordination. We hypothesized that in PCS rats: (i) Motor in-coordination would be due to enhanced GABAergic tone in cerebellum; (ii) increased GABAergic tone would be due to neuroinflammation; (iii) increasing cGMP would reduce neuroinflammation and GABAergic tone and restore motor coordination. To assess these hypotheses, we assessed if (i) treatment with sildenafil reduces neuroinflammation; (ii) reduced neuroinflammation is associated with reduced GABAergic tone and restored motor coordination...
March 11, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293919/-extracorporeal-liver-support-of-liver-failure
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Hans Ulrich Gerth, Michele Pohlen, Hermann Pavenstädt, Hartmut Schmidt
Extracorporeal liver support can be classified into cell-free, artificial methods (artificial liver support, ALS) and cell-based bioartificial methods (bioartificial liver support, BLS). ALS improves biochemical parameters of liver failure by the simultaneous removal of protein-bound and water-soluble substances. Here, the MARS therapy belongs to the most studied methods with a proved beneficial effect on hepatic encephalopathy (HE), hepatorenal syndrome (HRS) or hyperbilirubinemia. However, a general survival advantage of any liver support for liver failure has not been shown yet and is restricted to meta-analyses or patient subgroups...
March 14, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292663/ileal-strangulation-by-a-secondary-perineal-hernia-after-laparoscopic-abdominoperineal-rectal-resection-a-case-report
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Kurokawa Tomohiro, Giichiro Tsurita, Kentaro Yazawa, Masaru Shinozaki
INTRODUCITON: We report a recent case of strangulated bowel obstruction due to an incarcerated secondary perineal hernia that developed after laparoscopic rectal resection. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 75-year-old man undergoing treatment for alcoholic cirrhosis underwent laparoscopic abdominoperineal resection of the rectum (APR) for lower rectal cancer after preoperative chemoradiotherapy. Lung metastases were diagnosed 2 months postoperatively. Ten days after chemotherapy initiation, the patient was hospitalized on an emergency basis due to hepatic encephalopathy...
February 12, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292360/acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-causes-clinical-characteristics-and-predictors-of-mortality
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Abbas Ali Tasneem, Nasir Hassan Luck
OBJECTIVE: To determine the causes, characteristics and predictors of mortality in patients with acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF). STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Department of Hepatogastroenterology, Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation, Karachi, from July 2014 to June 2016. METHODOLOGY: All patients with acute-on-chronic liver disease (ACLD) with ages > 12 were included...
January 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292200/therapeutic-effects-of-methionine-sulfoximine-in-multiple-diseases-include-and-extend-beyond-inhibition-of-glutamine-synthetase
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William S A Brusilow, Tyler J Peters
Methionine sulfoximine (MSO), a well-characterized inhibitor of glutamine synthetase, displays significant therapeutic benefits in animal models for several human diseases. This amino acid might therefore be a viable candidate for drug development to treat diseases for which there are few effective therapies. Areas covered: We describe the effects of MSO on brain swelling occurring in overt hepatic encephalopathy resulting from liver failure, the effects of MSO on excitotoxic damage involved in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or resulting from stroke, and the effects of MSO on a model for an inflammatory immune response involved in a range of diseases...
March 15, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291783/oesophageal-heat-exchangers-with-a-diameter-of-11mm-or-14-7mm-are-equally-effective-and-safe-for-targeted-temperature-management
#17
Daniel C Schroeder, Maria Guschlbauer, Alexandra C Maul, Daniel A Cremer, Ingrid Becker, David de la Puente Bethencourt, Peter Paal, Stephan A Padosch, Wolfgang A Wetsch, Thorsten Annecke, Bernd W Böttiger, Anja Sterner-Kock, Holger Herff
BACKGROUND: Targeted temperature management (TTM) is widely used in critical care settings for conditions including hepatic encephalopathy, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, meningitis, myocardial infarction, paediatric cardiac arrest, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, ischemic stroke and sepsis. Furthermore, TTM is a key treatment for patients after out-of-hospital cardiac-arrest (OHCA). However, the optimal cooling method, which is quick, safe and cost-effective still remains controversial...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286557/covered-versus-bare-stents-for-transjugular-intrahepatic-portosystemic-shunt-an-updated-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#18
Xingshun Qi, Yulong Tian, Wei Zhang, Zhiping Yang, Xiaozhong Guo
BACKGROUND: Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is a standard treatment option for the management of portal hypertension in liver cirrhosis. Since the introduction of covered stents, shunt patency has been greatly improved. However, it remains uncertain about whether covered stents could improve survival. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials has been performed to compare the outcomes of covered versus bare stents for TIPS. METHODS: PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library databases were searched to identify the relevant randomized controlled trials...
January 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284465/neurological-disorders-in-liver-transplant-candidates-pathophysiology-and-clinical-assessment
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REVIEW
Paolo Feltracco, Annachiara Cagnin, Cristiana Carollo, Stefania Barbieri, Carlo Ori
Compromised liver function, as a consequence of acute liver insufficiency or severe chronic liver disease may be associated with various neurological syndromes, which involve both central and peripheral nervous system. Acute and severe hyperammoniemia inducing cellular metabolic alterations, prolonged state of "neuroinflammation", activation of brain microglia, accumulation of manganese and ammonia, and systemic inflammation are the main causative factors of brain damage in liver failure. The most widely recognized neurological complications of serious hepatocellular failure include hepatic encephalopathy, diffuse cerebral edema, Wilson disease, hepatic myelopathy, acquired hepatocerebral degeneration, cirrhosis-related Parkinsonism and osmotic demyelination syndrome...
February 27, 2017: Transplantation Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281514/-ultrasound-elastography-of-the-liver-for-assessing-the-risk-of-complications-of-its-cirrhosis-of-different-etiologies
#20
N Yu Stukova, Yu A Kucheryavyi, E A Maevskaya, I V Maev
AIM: To study the results of dynamic liver ultrasound elastography (LUE) in assessing the risk of complications of liver cirrhosis (LC) of different etiologies and to elaborate a monitoring program for estimation of the predictive value of elastography in patients with LC. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 194 patients with LC of different etiologies, including 56 patients with alcoholic cirrhosis, 48 with LC and an outcome of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, 53 with LC and an outcome of chronic hepatitis C, 23 with LC and an outcome of chronic hepatitis B, and 14 with an outcome of coinfection with hepatitis B and D viruses, were examined...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
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