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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444987/platelet-count-spleen-length-and-platelet-count-to-spleen-length-ratio-for-the-diagnosis-of-oesophageal-varices-in-people-with-chronic-liver-disease-or-portal-vein-thrombosis
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Agostino Colli, Juan Cristóbal Gana, Jason Yap, Thomasin Adams-Webber, Natalie Rashkovan, Simon C Ling, Giovanni Casazza
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend screening of people with oesophageal varices via oesophago-gastro-duodenoscopy at the time of diagnosis of hepatic cirrhosis. This requires that people repeatedly undergo unpleasant invasive procedures with their attendant risks, although half of these people have no identifiable oesophageal varices 10 years after the initial diagnosis of cirrhosis. Platelet count, spleen length, and platelet count-to-spleen length ratio are non-invasive tests proposed as triage tests for the diagnosis of oesophageal varices...
April 26, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444819/antenatal-maternal-hepatitis-b-care-is-a-predictor-of-timely-perinatal-administration-of-hepatitis-b-immunoglobulin
#2
Suong Tt Le, Lukas Sahhar, Stephanie Spring, William Sievert, Anouk T Dev
BACKGROUND: Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of hepatitis B virus continues to occur despite universal recommendations for neonatal immune prophylaxis therapy (IPT) and infant vaccination. AIM: To characterise the risk factors for failure to provide timely IPT and completion of the infant hepatitis B vaccination schedule for children born to mothers with Chronic Hepatitis B (CHB). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study to assess compliance with universal guidelines for neonatal IPT for children born to CHB mothers at Monash Health, Australia from 2008 to 2013...
April 26, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443154/drug-induced-liver-injury-do-we-know-everything
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REVIEW
Tamara Alempijevic, Simon Zec, Tomica Milosavljevic
Interest in drug-induced liver injury (DILI) has dramatically increased over the past decade, and it has become a hot topic for clinicians, academics, pharmaceutical companies and regulatory bodies. By investigating the current state of the art, the latest scientific findings, controversies, and guidelines, this review will attempt to answer the question: Do we know everything? Since the first descriptions of hepatotoxicity over 70 years ago, more than 1000 drugs have been identified to date, however, much of our knowledge of diagnostic and pathophysiologic principles remains unchanged...
April 8, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442242/dosimetric-analysis-of-liver-toxicity-after-liver-metastasis-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy
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Aisling Barry, Andrew McPartlin, Patricia Lindsay, Lisa Wang, James Brierley, John Kim, Jolie Ringash, Rebecca Wong, Rob Dinniwell, Tim Craig, Laura A Dawson
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to describe the incidence and type of liver toxicity seen following liver metastases stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and the corresponding clinical and dosimetric factors associated with toxicity. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Between 2002 and 2009, 81 evaluable patients with liver metastases were treated on 2 prospective studies assessing SBRT, with prescription doses based on the effective liver volume irradiated evaluated...
March 9, 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442120/american-gastroenterological-association-institute-technical-review-on-the-role-of-elastography-in-chronic-liver-diseases
#5
Siddharth Singh, Andrew J Muir, Douglas T Dieterich, Yngve T Falck-Ytter
Chronic liver diseases (CLDs), due to chronic hepatitis C; hepatitis B; nonalcoholic fatty liver diseases (NAFLD); and alcoholic liver disease, are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality globally. Early identification of patients with cirrhosis at high risk of progression to liver-related complications may facilitate timely care and improve outcomes. With risks and misclassification associated with invasive tests, such as liver biopsy, noninvasive imaging modalities for liver fibrosis assessment have gained popularity...
May 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439915/treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-with-direct-acting-antivirals-in-patients-with-%C3%AE-thalassaemia-major-and-advanced-liver-disease
#6
Emmanouil Sinakos, Dimitrios Kountouras, John Koskinas, Kalliopi Zachou, Stylianos Karatapanis, Christos Triantos, Themistoklis Vassiliadis, Ioannis Goulis, Alexandra Kourakli, Efthymia Vlachaki, Barbara Toli, Maria Tampaki, Pinelopi Arvaniti, Georgios Tsiaoussis, Aristea Bellou, Antonis Kattamis, Konstantinos Maragkos, Foteini Petropoulou, George N Dalekos, Evangelos Akriviadis, George V Papatheodoridis
Interferon-based regimens for chronic hepatitis C (CHC) were often deferred in patients with β-thalasaemia major (β-TM) due to poor efficacy and tolerance. Current guidelines recommend direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for these patients. The aim of this study was to assess the safety and efficacy of DAAs in patients with β-TM and advanced liver disease due to CHC. Patients were recruited from eight liver units in Greece. The stage of liver disease was assessed using transient elastography and/or liver histology...
April 25, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434087/hepatitis-b-during-pregnancy-in-endemic-areas-screening-treatment-and-prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission
#7
Naichaya Chamroonkul, Teerha Piratvisuth
The proper management of pregnant women infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) is necessary to prevent maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality and to protect the baby from HBV infection. In the majority of cases, vertical transmission can be prevented with a universal screening program, HBV vaccine immunoprophylaxis, and administration of hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIg) for babies born to mothers with HBV. However, in mothers with a high viral load (>200,000 or >1,000,000 IU/ml, depending on the guideline), the chance of immunoprophylaxis failure remains high...
April 22, 2017: Paediatric Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430700/prescriber-compliance-with-liver-monitoring-guidelines-for-pazopanib-in-the-postapproval-setting-results-from-a-distributed-research-network
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Sumitra Shantakumar, Beth L Nordstrom, Susan A Hall, Luc Djousse, Myrthe P P van Herk-Sukel, Kathy H Fraeman, David R Gagnon, Karen Chagin, Jeanenne J Nelson
OBJECTIVES: Pazopanib received US Food and Drug Administration approval in 2009 for advanced renal cell carcinoma. During clinical development, liver chemistry abnormalities and adverse hepatic events were observed, leading to a boxed warning for hepatotoxicity and detailed label prescriber guidelines for liver monitoring. As part of postapproval regulatory commitments, a cohort study was conducted to assess prescriber compliance with liver monitoring guidelines. METHODS: Over a 4-year period, a distributed network approach was used across 3 databases: US Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, a US outpatient oncology community practice database, and the Dutch PHARMO Database Network...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428898/severe-acute-hepatitis-b-in-hbv-vaccinated-partner-of-a-patient-with-multiple-myeloma-treated-with-cyclophosphamide-bortezomib-and-dexamethasone-and-autologous-stem-cell-transplant
#9
Majed M Almaghrabi, Kyle J Fortinsky, David Wong
Hepatitis B reactivation can occur with various forms of immunosuppression. Cyclophosphamide, Bortezomib, and Dexamethasone (CYBOR-D) chemotherapy is commonly used for the treatment of multiple myeloma and has not been noted in guidelines to be causative in HBV reactivation. Indeed, current guidelines do not recommend providing antiviral prophylaxis to patients with prior HBV infection. We present a case of HBV reactivation as a result of CYBOR-D and autologous stem cell transplant which is complicated by the patient's partner who developed acute hepatitis B...
2017: Case Reports in Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427875/easl-2017-clinical-practice-guidelines-on-the-management-of-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
#10
Pietro Lampertico, Kosh Agarwal, Thomas Berg, Maria Buti, Harry L A Janssen, George Papatheodoridis, Fabien Zoulim, Frank Tacke
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection remains a global public health problem with changing epidemiology due to several factors including vaccination policies and migration. This Clinical Practice Guideline presents updated recommendations for the optimal management of HBV infection. Chronic HBV infection can be classified into five phases: (I) HBeAg-positive chronic infection, (II) HBeAg-positive chronic hepatitis, (III) HBeAg-negative chronic infection, (IV) HBeAg-negative chronic hepatitis and (V) HBsAg-negative phase...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427765/easl-clinical-practice-guidelines-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-patients-with-primary-biliary-cholangitis
#11
Gideon M Hirschfield, Ulrich Beuers, Christophe Corpechot, Pietro Invernizzi, David Jones, Marco Marzioni, Christoph Schramm
Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune cholestatic liver disease, which when untreated will culminate in end-stage biliary cirrhosis. Diagnosis is usually based on the presence of serum liver tests indicative of a cholestatic hepatitis in association with circulating antimitochondrial antibodies. Patient presentation and course can be diverse and risk stratification is important to ensure all patients receive a personalised approach to their care. The goals of treatment and management are the prevention of end-stage liver disease, and the amelioration of associated symptoms...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424803/use-of-a-flumazenil-infusion-to-treat-chlordiazepoxide-toxicity
#12
I R Wallace, E C Campbell, M Trimble
"Alcohol detox" is a common presentation to acute medical services and is usually managed via standardised guidelines and protocols. We present a case of chlordiazepoxide toxicity, requiring repeated bolus doses and subsequently 24 hours of an intravenous infusion of flumazenil in response to guideline directed management of an alcohol withdrawal state. The use of prolonged flumazenil infusions to treat benzodiazepine toxicity is infrequently described. Chlordiazepoxide is metabolised in the hepatic microsomal pathway and hepatic impairment can lead to accumulation of toxic metabolites, which may have been the explanation for toxicity in this case...
2017: Acute Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422868/meta-analysis-of-possible-role-of-cadherin-gene-methylation-in-evolution-and-prognosis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-with-a-prisma-guideline
#13
Chunxiao Zhu, Xuefeng Feng, Guoliang Ye, Tao Huang
BACKGROUND: Cadherins (CDHs) have been reported to be associated with cancer. However, the clinical significance of CDH gene methylation in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains unclear. METHODS: Based on the preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses (PRISMA) statement criteria, available studies were identified from online electronic database. The overall odds ratio (OR) and the corresponding 95% confidence interval (95% CI) were calculated and analyzed...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421422/hepatitis-c-virus-genotype-3-update-on-current-and-emergent-therapeutic-interventions
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REVIEW
Steven W Johnson, Dorothea K Thompson, Brianne Raccor
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) have markedly improved the prognosis of hepatitis C virus (HCV)-genotype 3 (GT3), a highly prevalent infection worldwide. However, in patients with hepatic fibrosis, cirrhosis, or hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), GT3 infection presents a treatment challenge compared with other genotypes. The dependence of the HCV life cycle on host lipid metabolism suggests the possible utility of targeting host cellular factors for combination anti-HCV therapy...
June 2017: Current Infectious Disease Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417882/easl-clinical-practical-guidelines-on-the-management-of-acute-fulminant-liver-failure
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The term acute liver failure (ALF) is frequently applied as a generic expression to describe patients presenting with or developing an acute episode of liver dysfunction. In the context of hepatological practice, however, ALF refers to a highly specific and rare syndrome, characterised by an acute abnormality of liver blood tests in an individual without underlying chronic liver disease. The disease process is associated with development of a coagulopathy of liver aetiology, and clinically apparent altered level of consciousness due to hepatic encephalopathy...
May 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416195/pitavastatin-versus-pravastatin-in-adults-with-hiv-1-infection-and-dyslipidaemia-intrepid-12-week-and-52-week-results-of-a-phase-4-multicentre-randomised-double-blind-superiority-trial
#16
Judith A Aberg, Craig A Sponseller, Douglas J Ward, Vladimir A Kryzhanovski, Stuart E Campbell, Melanie A Thompson
BACKGROUND: People living with HIV-1 infection are at greater risk for cardiovascular disease than seronegative adults. Treatment of dyslipidaemia with statins has been challenging in people with HIV because of an increased potential for drug interactions due to competing cytochrome P450 metabolism between statins and commonly used antiretroviral agents. Neither pitavastatin nor pravastatin depend on cytochrome P450 for primary metabolism. We aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of pitavastatin versus pravastatin in adults with HIV and dyslipidaemia...
April 13, 2017: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412043/assessment-of-high-priced-systemic-antifungal-prescriptions
#17
C Poulat, Y Nivoix, A Launoy, P Lutun, P Bachellier, S Rohr, M-L Woehl, D Levêque, V Bru, R Herbrecht, B Gourieux
OBJECTIVES: To assess compliance with international guidelines for costly antifungal prescriptions and to compare these results with a first study performed in 2007. METHODS: Retrospective study including all costly antifungal prescriptions made in surgical and medical intensive care units and in a hepatobiliary, pancreatic, and digestive surgery unit. Prescriptions were assessed in terms of indication, dosage, and antifungal de-escalation. RESULTS: Seventy-four treatments were analyzed...
April 12, 2017: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406833/hepatitis-c-infection-updates-on-treatment-guidelines
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(no author information available yet)
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 12, 2017: Nurse Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403982/significance-of-anti-hbc-alone-serological-status-in-clinical-practice
#19
REVIEW
Qixia Wang, Paul Klenerman, Nasser Semmo
Serum samples identified as positive for total anti-HBc, but negative for both HBsAg and anti-HBs, are referred to as anti-HBc alone. This serological response is compatible with acute, resolved, and chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV)infection but might also signify occult HBV infection. Once the anti-HBc alone pattern is detected, false-positive reactivity should be ruled out and further analyses can resolve the clinical status of the donor. The identification of anti-HBc positivity in the absence of HBsAg in organ transplant donors and in candidate patients for chemotherapy and immunosuppressive therapy requires further investigation because of the risk of HBV reactivation...
February 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403765/the-australasian-society-for-infectious-diseases-and-refugee-health-network-of-australia-recommendations-for-health-assessment-for-people-from-refugee-like-backgrounds-an-abridged-outline
#20
Nadia J Chaves, Georgia A Paxton, Beverley-Ann Biggs, Aesen Thambiran, Joanne Gardiner, Jan Williams, Mitchell M Smith, Joshua S Davis
In 2009, the Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases published guidelines on the post-arrival health assessment of recently arrived refugees. Since then, the number of refugees and asylum seekers reaching Australia has increased substantially (17 555 refugees in 2015-16) and the countries of origin have changed. These groups are likely to have had poor access to health care pre-arrival and, consequently, are at risk of a range of chronic and infectious diseases. We established an advisory group that included infectious diseases physicians, general practitioners, public health specialists, paediatricians and refugee health nurses to update the 2009 guidelines...
April 17, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
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