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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328796/increased-incidence-of-cancer-observed-in-hiv-hcv-coinfected-patients-versus-hiv-monoinfected-1993-2014
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Héctor Meijide, Sonia Pértega, Iria Rodríguez-Osorio, Ángeles Castro-Iglesias, Josefa Baliñas, Guillermo Rodríguez-Martínez, Álvaro Mena, Eva Poveda
BACKGROUND: Cancer is a growing problem in persons living with HIV infection (PLWH) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) coinfection could play an additional role in carcinogenesis. Herein, all cancers in an HIV-mono and HIV/HCV-coinfected cohort were evaluated and compared to identify any differences between these two populations. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted including all cancers in PLWH between 1993 and 2014. Cancers were classified in two groups, AIDS-defining cancer (ADC) and non AIDS-defining cancer (NADC)...
March 21, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325251/interferon-induced-thrombotic-microangiopathy-tma-analysis-and-concise-review
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REVIEW
Ajay Kundra, Jen Chin Wang
Interferon (IFN) has been associated with development of thrombotic microangiopathy including thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). We reviewed literature from the earliest reported association in 1993, to July 2016 and found 68 cases. Analysis of this data shows: (1) Mean age at diagnosis was 47 years (95% CI, 44-50). (2) Majority of cases were seen where IFN was used for the treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) and one case each for hairy cell leukemia (HCL) and Sezary syndrome...
April 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323868/-waiting-for-daas-a-retrospective-chart-review-of-patients-with-untreated-hepatitis-c-in-rwanda
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Neil Gupta, Jules Kabahizi, Constance Mukabatsinda, Timothy David Walker, Emmanuel Musabeyezu, Athanase Kiromera, Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil, Kevin Steiner, Joia Mukherjee, Sabin Nsanzimana, Aimable Mbituyumuremyi
BACKGROUND: Access to treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) in sub-Saharan Africa is extremely limited. With the advent of direct acting antivirals (DAAs), highly effective and easy-to-deliver oral regimens are now available on the global market. This study was conducted to understand the background and characteristics of a national cohort of patients with HCV infection enrolled in care and awaiting therapy with DAAs. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of all adult patients with confirmed HCV infection who were currently enrolled in care and treatment at the four existing hepatitis referral centers in Rwanda...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321838/porphyria-cutanea-tarda-an-intriguing-genetic-disease-and-marker
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REVIEW
Nancy S Handler, Marc Z Handler, Matthew P Stephany, Glenn A Handler, Robert A Schwartz
Porphyrias are a group of intriguing genetic diseases of the heme pathway, of which porphyria cutanea tarda (PCT) is the most common. Resulting from a defect in enzymes in the porphyria pathway, PCT has been linked to several conditions. Recent studies have demonstrated a change in thinking regarding the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and development of PCT. The exacerbation of PCT with contraction of HIV is now believed to result from coinfection from the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Blistering of sun-exposed skin, a classic presenting sign of PCT, is not exclusive to the condition...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
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/28316226/-basic-characteristics-and-survival-analysis-of-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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C T Guan, H Zhao, X Q Li, C X Qu, J Q Cai, W W Wei, Y L Qiao
Objective: To analyze the basic characteristics of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and further explore the major factors affecting the prognosis of HCC patients. Methods: A total of 800 HCC patients were randomly selected from the Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. Their clinical and follow-up information was obtained from medical record. Univariate analysis of variance, Kaplan-Meier method and Cox regression analysis were used to analyze the patients' age at diagnosis and survival time, etc...
March 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306708/linking-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-to-pre-1994-blood-transfusions-in-female-patients
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Christian Ramos Flores, Ernesto Echeagaray, Guadalupe Castañeda, Maria de Lourdes Vargas, Raúl Montes-González, Susana Luna, Laura Díaz, Oscar Torres
INTRODUCTION: Most blood transfusions occur in female patients. The introduction of serologic screening practices by blood banks reduced the transfusion-related rate of infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV). In Mexico patients with pre-1994 transfusion history are at high risk of being detected with HCV infection. We aimed at establishing an interrelationship between two variables: pre-1994 transfusion history and rate of infection in women treated in the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area hospitals, in Mexico...
March 15, 2017: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306597/diagnosis-of-viral-hepatitis
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Philippa J Easterbrook, Teri Roberts, Anita Sands, Rosanna Peeling
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections and HIV-HBV and HCV coinfection are major causes of chronic liver disease worldwide. Testing and diagnosis is the gateway for access to both treatment and prevention services, but there remains a large burden of undiagnosed infection globally. We review the global epidemiology, key challenges in the current hepatitis testing response, new tools to support the hepatitis global response (2016-2020 Global Hepatitis Health Sector strategy, and 2017 WHO guidelines on hepatitis testing and their key recommendations) and future directions and innovations in hepatitis diagnostics...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295785/improving-support-and-education-of-low-income-baby-boomers-diagnosed-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-through-universal-screening
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Barbara J Turner, Kathryn Craig, Vidhi S Makanji, Bertha E Flores, Ludivina Hernandez
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to identify support needs of low income baby boomers recently diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C virus infection. BACKGROUND: The United States Preventive Services Task Force has endorsed one-time screening of all baby boomers (born 1945 to 1965) for hepatitis C because 75% of the estimated 2 to 3 million persons with chronic infection are in this age range. We hypothesized that persons diagnosed by routine screening would have significant psycho-emotional, cognitive, and health care challenges that need to be met by collaborative care and services from nurses and other health care personnel...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293093/clinical-features-and-natural-history-of-cryptogenic-cirrhosis-compared-to-hepatitis-c-virus-related-cirrhosis
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Luca Rinaldi, Fabio Nascimbeni, Mauro Giordano, Chiara Masetti, Barbara Guerrera, Annalisa Amelia, Maria Chiara Fascione, Stefano Ballestri, Dante Romagnoli, Rosa Zampino, Riccardo Nevola, Enrica Baldelli, Natalina Iuliano, Valerio Rosato, Amedeo Lonardo, Luigi Elio Adinolfi
AIM: To characterize natural history of cryptogenic cirrhosis (CC) and compare its clinical features and outcomes to those of hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related cirrhosis. METHODS: A prospective cohort of 102 consecutive patients at their first diagnosis of CC were enrolled in this study. The clinical data and outcomes were compared to an age- and Child-Pugh class-matched cohort of 110 patients with HCV-related cirrhosis. Diagnosis of cirrhosis was based on compatible clinical and laboratory parameters, ultrasound/endoscopic parameters and, whenever possible, on histological grounds and transient elastography...
February 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289605/a-wolf-in-another-wolf-s-clothing
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Amrit Lamba, Meghan Kapp, Paisit Paueksakon, Parth J Parekh
This case of infective endocarditis masquerading as mixed cryoglobulinemia in a man with a history of intravenous drug use (IVDU) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) highlights the importance of maintaining a broad differential and continually re-evaluating the working diagnosis as new information presents itself. The patient presented to an outside hospital and was treated for presumptive mixed cryoglobulinemia with corticosteroid therapy. When the patient did not improve, he was transferred to a tertiary care center for possible Rituximab and/or plasmapheresis...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288626/hepatitis-c-related-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-the-era-of-new-generation-antivirals
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REVIEW
Thomas F Baumert, Frank Jühling, Atsushi Ono, Yujin Hoshida
Hepatitis C virus infection is a major cause of hepatocellular carcinoma worldwide. Interferon has been the major antiviral treatment, yielding viral clearance in approximately half of patients. New direct-acting antivirals substantially improved the cure rate to above 90%. However, access to therapies remains limited due to the high costs and under-diagnosis of infection in specific subpopulations, e.g., baby boomers, inmates, and injection drug users, and therefore, hepatocellular carcinoma incidence is predicted to increase in the next decades even in high-resource countries...
March 14, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281513/-elastography-in-the-diagnosis-of-portal-hypertension-in-patients-with-liver-cirrhosis
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E O Lyusina, Ch S Pavlov, V T Ivashkin
AIM: To establish the diagnostic accuracy of liver and spleen density (LD and SD) measurements in patients with compensated alcoholic liver cirrhosis (LC) in the diagnosis of portal hypertension. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The investigation enrolled 83 patients with compensated alcoholic and viral (hepatitis C virus) LC. All the patients underwent LD and SD determinations, abdominal ultrasonography, and endoscopy to detect esophageal varices (EV), as well as examination of blood indices...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279536/clinical-characteristics-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-spain-comparison-with-the-2008-2009-period-and-analysis-of-the-causes-of-diagnosis-out-of-screening-programs-analysis-of-686-cases-in-73-centers
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Carlos Rodríguez de Lope, María Reig, Ana Matilla, María Teresa Ferrer, Eva Dueñas, Beatriz Mínguez, Javier F Castroagudín, Inmaculada Ortiz, Sonia Pascual, José Luis Lledó, Adolfo Gallego, Juan I Arenas, Carles Aracil, Montserrat Forne, Carolina Muñoz, Fernando Pons, Margarita Sala, Mercedes Iñarrairaegui, Marta Martin-Llahi, Victoria Andreu, Carmen Garre, Paloma Rendón, Javier Fuentes, Javier Crespo, Manuel Rodríguez, Jordi Bruix, María Varela
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: In 2010 we published that 53% of cases of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) detected in Spain were diagnosed outside the context of standard screening programs, which consequently leads to lower survival rates. The aim of this study was to analyze the current situation and the causes of diagnosis out of screening programs. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prospective registry of 73 second- and third-level Spanish healthcare centers carried out between October 1, 2014 and January 31, 2015...
March 6, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269998/htlv-infection-in-hcv-antibody-positive-patients-in-spain
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Ana Treviño, Antonio Aguilera, Manuel A Rodríguez-Iglesias, Araceli Hernandez, Rafael Benito, Lourdes Roc, José Manuel Ramos, Raúl Ortíz de Lejarazu, Eva Poveda, Carmen Rodríguez, Jorge Del Romero, Enrique Calderon, Juan García, Silvia Requena, Vincent Soriano, Carmen de Mendoza
Since hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV) share transmission routes, dual infection could be frequent. In Spain, HTLV underdiagnosis is highlighted by the high proportion of patients presenting either with tropical spastic paraparesis (TSP) or adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) at first diagnosis. We examined whether the renewed efforts for expanding HCV testing may provide a sentinel population that might selectively be targeted to unveil asymptomatic HTLV carriers. The presence of anti-HTLV antibodies was examined in 3,838 consecutive individuals with reactive HCV serology attended during the last three years at 13 hospitals distributed across the Spanish geography...
March 7, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267622/effectiveness-of-hepatitis-c-antiviral-treatment-in-a-usa-cohort-of-veteran-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Lauren A Beste, Pamela K Green, Kristin Berry, Matthew J Kogut, Stephen K Allison, George N Ioannou
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) was uncommon before direct acting antiviral (DAA) medications. Real-world effectiveness of DAAs for HCV in patients with HCC is unclear. We describe rates of sustained virologic response (SVR) with DAA regimens by HCV genotype in patients with history of HCC. METHODS: We identified patients who initiated antiviral treatment between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 in the national Veterans Affairs health care system...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264004/increasing-risk-of-cataract-in-hcv-patients-receiving-anti-hcv-therapy-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Shih-Yi Lin, Cheng-Li Lin, Shu-Woei Ju, I-Kuan Wang, Cheng-Chieh Lin, Chih-Hsueh Lin, Wu-Huei Hsu, Ji-An Liang
PURPOSE: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with increased systemic oxidative stress, which leads to cardiovascular events, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease. Similarly, cataract is also associated with increased oxidative stress. The association between HCV infection and increased risk of cataract remains unclear. METHODS: A total of 11,652 HCV-infected patients and 46,608 age- and sex-matched non-HCV infected patients were identified during 2003-2011...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258053/improved-performance-of-serum-alpha-fetoprotein-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-diagnosis-in-hcv-cirrhosis-with-normal-alanine-transaminase
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Ju Dong Yang, Jianliang Dai, Amit G Singal, Purva Gopal, Benyam Addissie, Mindie H Nguyen, Alex S Befeler, K Rajender Reddy, Myron Schwartz, Denise M Harnois, Hiroyuki Yamada, Gregory J Gores, Ziding Feng, Jorge A Marrero, Lewis R Roberts
BACKGROUND: The utility of alpha fetoprotein (AFP) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) surveillance is controversial. We aimed to identify factors associated with elevated AFP and define the patients for whom AFP is effective for surveillance. METHODS: Data from the National Cancer Institute Early Detection Research Network Phase 2 HCC biomarker study (233 early stage HCC and 412 cirrhotic patients) were analyzed. We analyzed 110 early stage HCC and 362 cirrhotic HCV patients for external validation...
March 3, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251100/quantitative-nucleic-acid-amplification-methods-and-their-implications-in-clinical-virology
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REVIEW
Mini P Singh, Shipra Galhotra, Karnika Saigal, Archit Kumar, Radha Kanta Ratho
Recently, a number of techniques have been approved for quantification of viral nucleic acids in clinical samples. Viral load (VL) tests have considerable importance in the management of patients and are widely used in routine diagnosis. In clinical virology, VL testing are important to monitor the antiviral treatment, to initiate preemptive therapy, to understand pathogenesis, and to evaluate the infectivity. These tests have now become a part of many diagnostic and treatment guidelines. Considering the various challenges for in-house viral testing related to the standardization, validation, and precision; they are gradually being replaced by the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) cleared tests...
January 2017: International Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245938/hcv-core-antigen-assay-as-an-alternative-to-hcv-rna-quantification-a-correlation-study-for-the-assessment-of-hcv-viremia
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Roberto Alonso, Felipe Pérez-García, Paula López-Roa, Luis Alcalá, Pilar Rodeño, Emilio Bouza
INTRODUCTION: Detection of hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA and the HCV core antigen assay (HCV-Ag) are reliable techniques for the diagnosis of active and chronic HCV infection. Our aim was to evaluate the HCV-Ag assay as an alternative to quantification of HVC RNA. METHODS: A comparison was made of the sensitivity and specificity of an HCV-Ag assay (204 serum samples) with those of a PCR assay, and the correlation between the two techniques was determined. RESULTS: The sensitivity and specificity of HCV-Ag was 76...
February 25, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
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