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Antonio Gil-Gomez, Ana Isabel Gómez-Sotelo, Isidora Ranchal, Ángela Rojas, Marta García-Valdecasas, Rocío Muñoz-Hernández, Rocío Gallego-Durán, Javier Ampuero, Manuel Romero Gómez
AIM: to analyze the effect of metformin on ammonia production derived from glutamine metabolism in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: twenty male Wistar rats were studied for 28 days after a porto-caval anastomosis (n = 16) or a sham operation (n = 4). Porto-caval shunted animals were randomized into two groups (n = 8) and either received 30 mg/kg/day of metformin for two weeks or were control animals. Plasma ammonia concentration, Gls gene expression and K-type glutaminase activity were measured in the small intestine, muscle and kidney...
March 15, 2018: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
G Oriolo, E Egmond, Z Mariño, M Cavero, R Navines, L Zamarrenho, R Solà, J Pujol, N Bargallo, X Forns, R Martin-Santos
BACKGROUND: Chronic hepatitis C is considered a systemic disease because of extra-hepatic manifestations. Neuroimaging has been employed in hepatitis C virus-infected patients to find in vivo evidence of central nervous system alterations. AIMS: Systematic review and meta-analysis of neuroimaging research in chronic hepatitis C treatment naive patients, or patients previously treated without sustained viral response, to study structural and functional brain impact of hepatitis C...
March 14, 2018: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
O El-Sherif, Z G Jiang, E B Tapper, K C Huang, A Zhong, A Osinusi, M Charlton, M Manns, N H Afdhal, K Mukamal, J McHutchison, D M Brainard, N Terrault, M P Curry
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Treatment with direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents can reduce model for end-stage liver disease and Child-Pugh-Turcotte (CPT) scores in patients with decompensated cirrhosis caused by hepatitis C virus (HCV). However, many of these patients still die or require liver transplantation. We collected data on baseline features of patients and aimed to develop a scoring system to predict response to DAA therapy. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of data from 4 trials of the effects of sofosbuvir-based therapy in patients with HCV-associated decompensated cirrhosis (502 of CPT class B and 120 of CPT class C)...
March 10, 2018: Gastroenterology
Elliot B Tapper, Neehar D Parikh, Akbar K Waljee, Michael Volk, Noelle E Carlozzi, Anna S-F Lok
OBJECTIVES: Minimal hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is common, characterized by deficits in reaction time and executive function, and strongly associated with disability and mortality. Point-of-care diagnostics performed without specialized skills or equipment are now available, albeit with limited data regarding their generalizability. METHODS: We systematically reviewed MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, and Scopus for diagnostic studies of MHE using broad search terms including HE and minimal, covert, or the names of published diagnostic modalities...
March 13, 2018: American Journal of Gastroenterology
H Abdella, M K Shaker, Iman Fawzy Montasser, M Sobhi, H Aly, A Sayed, S Saleh, A El Dorry
BACKGROUND/AIM: Portal vein tumor thrombosis (PVTT) is a common complication in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and it was considered a relative contraindication for transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) by many centers. This study aimed to assess the outcomes after TACE in patients with branch PVT regarding Child classification, radiological response, and 1-year survival. METHODS: Thirty HCC patients (24 male, 6 females) Child A cirrhotics with branch PVT underwent TACE...
March 13, 2018: Indian Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology
Horng-Ren Yang, Ashok Thorat, Long-Bin Jeng, Shih-Chao Hsu, Ping-Chun Li, Chun-Chieh Yeh, Te-Hung Chen, Kin-SHing Poon
BACKGROUND The prognosis of the patients of acute liver failure (ALF) with onset of hepatic coma is often dismal. ALF is a well-accepted indication for liver transplantation (LT) and has markedly improved the prognosis of these patients. However, its role in ALF patients with onset of hepatic coma has never been elucidated before. The aim of our study was to analyze the outcome in patients of ALF with hepatic coma who underwent LT. MATERIAL AND METHODS From January 2002 to December 2015, a total of 726 liver transplantations were done at China Medical University Hospital, Taiwan...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
Michele Barone, Endrit Shahini, Andrea Iannone, Maria Teresa Viggiani, Valeria Corvace, Mariabeatrice Principi, Alfredo Di Leo
BACKGROUND: A critical flicker frequency (CFF) ≤39 Hz identifies cirrhotic patients with minimal hepatic encephalopathy (mHE) and predicts the risk of both overt hepatic encephalopathy (oHE) and mortality in patients with previous episodes of decompensation and/or oHE. AIMS: Herein, we evaluated the effectiveness of CFF in predicting the first episode of oHE and survival in cirrhotics who had never experienced an episode of oHE. METHODS: Our cohort study of 134 patients and 150 healthy subjects were examined...
January 31, 2018: Digestive and Liver Disease
Rainer U Pliquett, Arno Noll, Richard Ibe, Alexandra Katz, Charlotte Ackmann, Alexandra Schreiber, Matthias Girndt
BACKGROUND: Here, we report a case of central pontine demyelinization in a type-2 diabetes patient with hyperglycemia after a binge-eating attack in the absence of a relevant hyponatremia. CASE PRESENTATION: A 55-year-old, male type-2 diabetic patient with liver cirrhosis stage Child-Pugh B was admitted due to dysmetria of his right arm, gait disturbance, dizziness, vertigo, and polyuria, polydipsia after a binge-eating attack of sweets (a whole fruit cake and 2 Liters of soft drinks)...
March 12, 2018: BMC Endocrine Disorders
Ruhsen Öcal, Serkan Öcal, Mahir Kırnap, Gökhan Moray, Mehmet Haberal
OBJECTIVES: Wilson disease is an autosomal, recessive, inherited disorder of copper metabolism that results in the accumulation of copper in many organs and tissues. This disease is mainly characterized by dysfunction due to copper accumulation in the liver, kidney, brain, cornea, bone, heart, and blood cells. The clinical spectrum is broad in Wilson disease. Asymptomatic Wilson disease may be present, but findings related to the involvement of an individual organ or multiple organ failure can be seen...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Alejandro José García Ferreira, Aida Ortega Alonso, Julia Cobos Rodríguez, Paula Bardón de Tena, Miguel Calderón Cid, Alberto Manuel García García, María Dolores García Escaño, Ramiro Alcántara Benitez, Encarnacíon Clavijo Frutos, Miren García-Cortés, Raúl Andrade
In 2016, an outbreak of hepatitis A was identified in the Malaga province among patients with specific epidemiological characteristics, which were predominantly males. This is a report of 51 subjects with acute hepatitis A and a mean age of 35.7 years, 90% were male and 55% of cases were men who had had sex with other men within the last two months. Half of them required hospitalization for significant coagulopathy at diagnosis and no cases progressed to fulminant failure or encephalopathy. Four patients had ascites at the time of diagnosis...
March 12, 2018: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
David Noiva Perdigoto, Pedro Amaro, Manuela Ferreira, Luis Tomé
A patient is admitted with complaints of recent onset nausea, discomfort, jaundice and blood tests that reveal severe hepatitis. At the time, she had been taking medication with Hypericum perforatum (St John's wort) for 6 months, and 6 weeks before this event, she took flupirtine maleate. A few days after being admitted, she developed encephalopathy progressing to acute liver failure (ALF) requiring unsuccessful liver transplantation. The patient was ultimately diagnosed with drug-induced liver injury (DILI)...
March 9, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Giulia Malaguarnera, Manuela Pennisi, Gaetano Bertino, Massimo Motta, Antonio Maria Borzì, Enzo Vicari, Rita Bella, Filippo Drago, Michele Malaguarnera
BACKGROUND: Minimal Hepatic Encephalopathy (MHE) is characterized by an impairment of social interaction, emotional behavior, sleep disorders, physical and mental symptoms, and diminished Quality of Life (QoL). The aim of our study is evaluating the potential liver health promoting a perspective of Resveratrol (RV) activities and evaluate whether RV treatment may improve health related quality of life (HRQL) and reduce depression and anxiety in patients with MHE. METHODS: W e evaluated depression using the Beck Depression Inventory test, anxiety with State-trait anxiety inventory test, quality of life through SF-36 test, and ammonia serum levels in 70 MHE patients that were randomized into two groups...
March 9, 2018: Nutrients
Steven L Flamm
Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a neuropsychiatric complication commonly associated with liver disease, namely cirrhosis. The inability of the liver to metabolize ammonia results in a buildup of ammonia, which can cross the blood-brain barrier and cause significant neurocognitive impairment. Up to 80% of patients with cirrhosis will experience HE and a large proportion of these patients are at high risk of recurrent HE. There are several factors to consider when developing a cost-effective approach to managing HE, such as patient compliance, the adverse event (AE) profile of drug therapy, efficacy of drug therapy, and relative cost-benefits of drug therapy...
March 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
Saurabh Dhanda, Smriti Gupta, Avishek Halder, Aditya Sunkaria, Rajat Sandhir
Chronic liver disease per se induces neuroinflammation that contributes to cognitive deficits in hepatic encephalopathy (HE). However, the processes by which pro-inflammatory molecules result in cognitive impairment still remain unclear. In the present study, a significant increase in the activity of liver function enzymes viz. alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) was observed along with increase in plasma ammonia levels after four weeks of bile duct ligation (BDL) in rats suggesting hepatocellular damage...
March 5, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Michael X Ma, Yi Huang, Leon A Adams, Robert Gilpin, George Garas, Gerry MacQuillan, Gary P Jeffrey, Ross Mac Nicholas
A cross-sectional survey of 188 ambulant patients with chronic liver disease was performed to determine the prevalence of restless legs syndrome (RLS) using a validated patient completed questionnaire. Patient responses were verified by standardised telephone interview. RLS was identified in 64 (34%) patients. Significantly, more patients with cirrhosis had RLS than patients without RLS (43.9 vs 23.3%, P = 0.003, respectively). Cirrhotic patients with a history of hepatic encephalopathy were also more likely to have RLS than patients without hepatic encephalopathy (odds ratio = 4...
March 2018: Internal Medicine Journal
Hannah Lee, Seung-Young Oh, Je Hyuk Yu, Jeongsoo Kim, Sehee Yoon, Ho Geol Ryu
BACKGROUND: Postoperative delirium after liver transplantation is relatively common, especially due to preexisting conditions such as hepatic encephalopathy. Most studies of delirium after liver transplantation were based on ICU practices using deep hypnosedation. Therefore, risk factors and consequences of postoperative delirium after liver transplantation were evaluated in the light sedation era. METHODS: A total of 253 liver transplantation patients were evaluated for postoperative delirium...
March 6, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
Shazia Mehmood Siddique, Meghan Lane-Fall, Matthew J McConnell, Neha Jakhete, James Crismale, Stefanie Porges, Vandana Khungar, Shivan J Mehta, David Goldberg, Zhiping Li, Thomas Schiano, Linda Regan, Clinton Orloski, Judy A Shea
Patients with cirrhosis have high admission and readmission rates, and it is estimated that a quarter are potentially preventable. Little data are available regarding nonmedical factors impacting triage decisions in this patient population. This study sought to explore such factors as well as to determine provider perspectives on low-acuity clinical presentations to the emergency department, including ascites and hepatic encephalopathy. A survey was distributed in four liver transplant centers to both emergency medicine and hepatology providers, who included attending physicians, house staff, and advanced practitioners; 196 surveys were returned (estimated response rate 50...
March 2018: Hepatology communications
Lorenzo Ridola, Vincenzo Cardinale, Oliviero Riggio
Minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) is the mildest form of hepatic encephalopathy (HE). It affects the performance of psychometric tests focused on attention, working memory, psychomotor speed, and visuospatial ability, as well as electrophysiological and other functional brain measures. MHE is a frequent complication of liver disease, affecting up to 80% of tested patients. By being related to falls, an impairment in fitness to drive and the development of overt HE, MHE severely affects the lives of patients and caregivers by altering their quality of life and their socioeconomic status...
March 2018: Annals of Gastroenterology: Quarterly Publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology
Chih-Ning Cheng, Shu-Wen Lin, Chien-Chih Wu
Linezolid, an oxazolidinone antibiotic, does not required dose adjustment in patients with Child's class A and B liver cirrhosis. The dose adjustment data for Child's class C liver cirrhosis is inadequate. We reported a case of Child's class C liver cirrhosis, in which lactic acidosis, an adverse effect related to prolonged use, occurred only after two weeks of linezolid treatment. A 63-year old male had underlying diseases, such as end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and Child's class C liver cirrhosis, and was admitted for hepatic encephalopathy management and liver transplantation evaluation...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Katharina T Schrapers, Gerhard Sponder, Franziska Liebe, Hendrik Liebe, Friederike Stumpff
Absorption of ammonia from the gastrointestinal tract results in problems that range from hepatic encephalopathy in humans to poor nitrogen efficiency of cattle with consequences for the global climate. Previous studies on epithelia and cells from the native ruminal epithelium suggest functional involvement of the bovine homologue of TRPV3 (bTRPV3) in ruminal NH4+ transport. Since the conductance of TRP channels to NH4+ has never been studied, bTRPV3 was overexpressed in HEK-293 cells and investigated using the patch-clamp technique and intracellular calcium imaging...
2018: PloS One
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