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Małgorzata Waszkowska, Jolanta Walusiak-Skorupa, Dorota Merecz-Kot, Marta Wiszniewska
This paper reports the case of collective acute phosphide (PH<sub>3</sub>) intoxication among the crew aboard a merchant ship. All the intoxicated individuals were hospitalized 3 months after the accident. The aim of examinations was to identify late health effects of the accident. Laboratory tests and consultations were performed during their stay in the hospital. There were 5 cases of toxic liver damage. other 5 patients were diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder and adjustment disorders...
March 15, 2018: Medycyna Pracy
Arthur J Vaught, Evan M Braunstein, Jagar Jasem, Xuan Yuan, Igor Makhlin, Solange Eloundou, Andrea C Baines, Samuel A Merrill, Shruti Chaturvedi, Karin Blakemore, C John Sperati, Robert A Brodsky
BACKGROUND: HELLP (hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelets) syndrome is a severe variant of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy affecting approximately 1% of all pregnancies, and has significant maternal and fetal morbidity. Previously, we showed that upregulation of the alternative pathway of complement (APC) plays a role in HELLP syndrome. We hypothesize that HELLP syndrome follows a 2-hit disease model similar to atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), requiring both genetic susceptibility and an environmental risk factor...
March 22, 2018: JCI Insight
Rym El Khoury, Christopher Kabir, Vijay K Maker, Mihaela Banulescu, Margaret Wasserman, Ajay V Maker
BACKGROUND: A subset of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs) will progress to invasive adenocarcinoma, however identifying invasive from non-invasive disease preoperatively remains challenging. The rate of malignancy in resected IPMNs in the US remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to determine the rate of malignancy and factors associated with high-risk pathology in resected IPMNs. METHODS: The most recent annual cohort of patients undergoing pancreatectomy included in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program were assessed, and contributions of demographics, preoperative laboratory values, and outcome data to level of IPMN dysplasia were analyzed...
March 20, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Kumar Rajnish, Sathasivam Sureshkumar, Manwar S Ali, Chellappa Vijayakumar, Sundaramurthi Sudharsanan, Chinnakali Palanivel
Introduction Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) is the most commonly done, minimally invasive surgical procedure. Routinely used electrocautery produces more smoke, which masks the operating field, thereby prolongs the surgery and posing an increased risk of gallbladder (GB) perforation. The titanium clips used for clipping the cystic artery and cystic duct have a risk of slippage, which may lead to bleeding, and an increased risk for bile leakage. In addition, it may act as a nidus for stone formation. Advanced energy sources, such as the harmonic scalpel, though expensive, may provide the advantage of shorter operating time by reducing smoke, bloodless dissection in the GB bed, lower risk of bleeding from the cystic artery due to secure vessel sealing, and avoiding the use of a larger number of titanium clips...
January 18, 2018: Curēus
Hwi Young Kim, Dong Hyeon Lee, Jeong-Hoon Lee, Young Youn Cho, Eun Ju Cho, Su Jong Yu, Yoon Jun Kim, Jung-Hwan Yoon
BACKGROUND: Prediction of the outcome of sorafenib therapy using biomarkers is an unmet clinical need in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The aim was to develop and validate a biomarker-based model for predicting sorafenib response and overall survival (OS). METHODS: This prospective cohort study included 124 consecutive HCC patients (44 with disease control, 80 with progression) with Child-Pugh class A liver function, who received sorafenib...
March 20, 2018: BMC Cancer
Myrte Neijenhuis, Tom J G Gevers, Thomas D Atwell, Tim J Gunneson, Amanda C Schimek, Wietske Kievit, Joost P H Drenth, Patrick S Kamath
OBJECTIVES: As current treatments of cirrhotic ascites are not associated with survival benefit, symptom relief is the major therapeutic end point. We developed a questionnaire (Ascites-Q; modified polycystic liver disease questionnaire) and assessed validity and responsiveness for symptom assessment in cirrhotic ascites. METHODS: Ascites-Q was compared with Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Ascites Index (FACIT-AI; developed for malignant ascites) and Japanese Ascites Symptom Inventory-7 (ASI-7) in cirrhotics undergoing large-volume paracentesis...
March 20, 2018: American Journal of Gastroenterology
Alina M Suciu, Dana A Crisan, Bogdan D Procopet, Corina I Radu, Carmen Socaciu, Marcel V Tantau, Horia O Stefanescu, Mircea Grigorescu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Current management of alcoholic liver disease (ALD), especially for alcoholic hepatitis (AH) is still driven by liver biopsy. Therefore, the identification of novel and accurate noninvasive biomarkers for the diagnosis and assessment of severity is important. Metabolomics, because it unravels changes closest to the phenotype, may represent the key for novel biomarkers. The aim of this study was to identify and characterize potential metabolomic biomarkers for diagnosis, staging and severity assessment of ALD...
March 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
Fernanda Dos Santos Cunha, Natalino da Costa Sousa, Rudã Fernandes Brandão Santos, Juliana Oliveira Meneses, Márcia Valéria Silva do Couto, Fabrício Tavares Cunha de Almeida, José Guedes de Sena Filho, Paulo César Falanghe Carneiro, Alexandre Nizio Maria, Rodrigo Yudi Fujimoto
Deltamethrin is one of the most commonly used pyrethroids in the world, and it has a high toxic potential, mainly on aquatic organism. Thus, the purpose of this study was to evaluate LC50 values of deltamethrin on tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum) fingerlings and to investigate genotoxic effects and histopathological responses. Fish were exposed to different concentrations of deltamethrin (0, 6.16 × 10-3 ; 6.44 × 10-2 ; 1.34 × 10-1 , and 1.93 × 10-1  mg L-1 ) for 96 h. In addition, a genotoxicity analysis was carried out on peripheral blood erythrocytes and histopathological changes were classified by the severity degree of damage and organ functioning...
March 20, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Rehab M Abdel Megeed, Dalia B Fayed, Amira Abood, Mai O Kadry
Although, fluconazole is widely used in clinical treatment as an antifungal drug, it recorded potential problems as resistance and intracellular accumulation. Female albino mice were injected with single ip dose of Candida albicans (1.5 × 106 CFU) . Three weeks post treatment with fluconazole and two novel synthesized compounds [(2-(4-(Pyridin-2-yl) aminosulfonylphenylamino)-6-(naphthalen-2-yl)-4-(pyridin-2-yl) pyridine-3carbonitrile) and (2-(4-(Pyrimidin-2-yl) aminosulfonylphenylamino)-6-(naphthalen-2-yl)-4-(pyridine-2-yl)pyridine-3-carbonitrile) (13b & 14b, respectively)] in both low and high doses (50 mg/kg & 200 mg/kg), liver function and vaginal inflammation were assessed...
March 2018: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
Denise Yeo, Ihtimam Hossain, Soon Thye Lim, Mohamad Farid, Miriam Tao, Richard Quek, Tiffany Tang, Alexandre Chan
Background Currently, a standardized approach to prevent and manage hepatitis B reactivation in lymphoma patients with past hepatitis exposure receiving rituximab in Singapore is lacking. This study is designed to report the current management approach and outcomes associated with hepatitis B reactivation. Objectives The primary objective was to report 6-, 12-, 24-month cumulative hepatitis B reactivation-related outcomes. Secondary objectives were to report monitoring frequencies of hepatitis B DNA and liver function tests performed in lymphoma patients with resolved hepatitis B receiving rituximab, and anti-viral prophylaxis use...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
Jennifer Luk, Yong Lu, Amanda Ackermann, Xiaoxue Peng, Diane Bogdan, Michelino Puopolo, David E Komatsu, Simon Tong, Iwao Ojima, Mario J Rebecchi, Martin Kaczocha
Background: Metabolism of the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) yields arachidonic acid (AA), the precursor to proalgesic eicosanoids including prostaglandin E2 (PGE2 ). Diacylglycerol lipase β (DAGLβ) is an enzyme that synthesizes 2-AG and its inhibition reduces eicosanoid levels and produces antinociceptive effects in models of inflammatory pain. Here we test whether inhibition of DAGLβ produces antinociceptive effects in a model of postoperative pain. Methods: Rats were administered the selective DAGLβ inhibitor KT109 or vehicle and underwent plantar incision...
2018: Journal of Pain Research
Lisa G Sorensen, Katie Neighbors, Regina M Hardison, Kathleen M Loomes, James W Varni, Vicky L Ng, Robert H Squires, Estella M Alonso
OBJECTIVE: To determine health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and neurocognitive impairment in survivors of pediatric acute liver failure (PALF). STUDY DESIGN: A longitudinal prospective study was conducted. At 6 and 12 months after PALF presentation, surveys of HRQoL were completed for 2- to 19-year-olds and executive functioning for ages 2-16 years. At 12 months, patients 3-16 years of age completed neurocognitive testing. HRQoL scores were compared with a healthy, matched sample...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
Katarzyna Skrzypek, Yazmin Brito Barrera, Thomas Groth, Dimitrios Stamatialis
INTRODUCTION: Encapsulation of pancreatic islets or beta cells is a promising strategy for treatment of type 1 diabetes by providing an immune isolated environment and allowing for transplantation in a different location than the liver. However, islets used for encapsulation often show lower functionality due to the damaging of islet endothelial cells during the isolation procedure. Factors produced by endothelial cells have great impact on beta cell insulin secretion. Therefore, mutual signaling between endothelial cells and beta cells should be considered for the development of encapsulation systems to achieve high insulin secretion and maintain beta cell viability...
March 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Alessandra Maria Mont Alverne Pierre, Ana Cristina de Castro Amaral Feldner, Roberto José de Carvalho Filho, Edmundo Pessoa de Almeida Lopes, Michele Soares Gomes Gouvea, João Renato Rebello Pinho, Claudia Teresa Carvente, Christini Takemi Emori, Genimari Arruda da Silva, Maria Lúcia Cardoso Gomes Ferraz
INTRODUCTION: Hepatitis B virus infection is an important cause of liver disease in hemodialysis patients and renal transplant recipients. Hepatitis Delta virus is a defective virus transmitted by the same route of hepatitis B virus, which requires the helper function of hepatitis B virus. Data about hepatitis B virus/hepatitis delta virus coinfection are scarce and there are no studies regarding the coinfection among hemodialysis patients and renal transplant in our country. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of hepatitis delta virus infection among hemodialysis patients and renal transplant recipients...
March 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Xin Li, Di Wang, Chun Yang, Qi Zhou, Suo-Lang Zhuoga, Li-Qiang Wang, Han-Xin Yao, Qin Zhang, Qing Ai, Chen-Xi Yang, Jian-Cheng Xu
BACKGROUND: The development and growth of children influence values of liver function tests. This study aims to establish age- and gender-specific pediatric reference intervals of liver function among Han children in Changchun, China. METHODS: A total of 1394 healthy Han children, aged 2-14 years, were recruited from communities and schools with informed parental consent in Changchun. The levels of serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), γ-glutamyltransferase (GGT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), total protein (TP), albumin (ALB), total bilirubin (TBIL) and direct bilirubin (DBIL) were measured on Hitachi 7600-210 automatic biochemical analyzer...
March 15, 2018: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
Salvatore Grisanti, Deborah Cosentini, Valeria Tovazzi, Susanna Bianchi, Barbara Lazzari, Francesca Consoli, Elisa Roca, Alfredo Berruti, Vittorio D Ferrari
PURPOSE: Trabectedin is one of the few active agents in soft tissue sarcoma (STS) but hepatotoxicity is frequent and represents a dose-limiting factor. Protective strategies aiming at counteracting this important side effect have a crucial clinical impact. Due to its antioxidant properties, N-acetylcysteine (NAC) has a recognized hepatoprotective effect and this provides the rationale for testing NAC in the management of trabectedin-induced hepatotoxicity. METHODS: Patients with recurrent or metastatic soft tissue sarcoma, consecutively observed at our institution, who were considered eligible to trabectedin, received concomitant NAC if they had impaired hepatic or renal function at baseline or developed hepatotoxicity during treatment...
March 15, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Yuehong Li, Binbin Li, Wei Wang, Jiaxuan Lv
The aim of the present study was to analyze the risk factors for new-onset chronic kidney disease (CKD) in patients who have received a liver transplant. A total of 190 patients who underwent liver transplantation between March 2001 and January 2015 were followed up, and analyzed retrospectively. Sex, age, primary disease, preoperative laboratory findings (hemoglobin, albumin, creatinine and glomerular filtration rate), surgical approach, blood loss during the surgery and transfusion volume, postoperative complications, and the average levels of calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) (from liver transplantation to the onset of CKD) were analyzed...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Agnieszka Drozdowska-Szymczak, Bronisława Pietrzak, Natalia Czaplińska, Joanna Schreiber-Zamora, Zoulikha Jabiry-Zieniewicz, Mirosław Wielgoś, Bożena Kociszewska-Najman
BACKGROUND Immunosuppressive treatment in pregnant organ recipients can affect functions of the fetal and newborn immune system. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of this treatment on selected parameters of the immune system of children born to mothers after liver transplantation. MATERIAL AND METHODS The study included 52 children born to liver recipients and 52 children in the control group. The study was conducted in the 1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of Warsaw...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
Zaiyang Long, Donald J Tradup, Pengfei Song, Scott F Stekel, Shigao Chen, Katrina N Glazebrook, Nicholas J Hangiandreou
Because of the rapidly growing use of ultrasound shear wave elastography (SWE) in clinical practices, there is a significant need for development of clinical physics performance assessment methods for this technology. This study aims to report two clinical medical physicists' tasks: (a) acceptance testing (AT) of SWE function on ten commercial ultrasound systems for clinical liver application and (b) comparison of SWE measurements of targets across vendors for clinical musculoskeletal application. For AT, ten GE LOGIQ E9 XDclear 2...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Huiqiong Yang, Yusheng Li, Xiaoming Zhong, Pei Luo, Ping Luo, Ran Sun, Ruting Xie, Da Fu, Yushui Ma, Xianling Cong, Wenping Li
MicroRNA-32 (miR-32) is associated with tumor progression and poor prognosis in certain malignant tumors. However, the function and clinical relevance of miR-32 in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has not yet been elucidated. The present study aimed to investigate the expression and prognostic value of miR-32 from liver samples in patients with HCC. The expression of miR-32 was analyzed in HCC and healthy tissues using Gene Expression Omnibus datasets. Reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction was used to analyze the levels of miR-32 mRNA in 154 HCC liver samples, 33 of which were paired with adjacent non-tumor tissues...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
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