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Puneeta Tandon, K Rajender Reddy, Jacqueline G O'Leary, Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao, Juan G Abraldes, Florence Wong, Scott W Biggins, Benedict Maliakkal, Michael B Fallon, Ram M Subramanian, Paul Thuluvath, Patrick S Kamath, Leroy R Thacker, Jasmohan S Bajaj
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Identification of patients with cirrhosis at risk for death within 3 months of discharge from the hospital is essential to individualize post-discharge plans. The objective of the study was to identify an easy-to-use prognostic model based on the Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS). METHODS: NACSELD consists of 16 tertiary-care hepatology centers that prospectively enroll non-electively admitted cirrhotic patients. Patients enrolled had KPS assessed one week post-discharge...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Nina Kimer, Julie Steen Pedersen, Troels Malte Busk, Lise Lotte Gluud, Lise Hobolth, Aleksander Krag, Søren Møller, Flemming Bendtsen
BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE: Decompensated cirrhosis is characterized by disturbed systemic and splanchnic hemodynamics. Bacterial translocation from the gut is considered the key driver in this process. Intestinal decontamination with rifaximin may improve hemodynamics. This double-blind, randomized, controlled trial investigates the effects of rifaximin on hemodynamics, renal function and vasoactive hormones. METHODS: We randomized 54 stable out-patients with cirrhosis and ascites to rifaximin 550 mg BD (n=36) or placebo BD (n=18)...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
H L Cole, S Pennycook, P C Hayes
BACKGROUND: Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy has been reported to be an independent mortality risk factor in patients with cirrhosis. AIMS: To identify the prevalence of PPI prescription, the appropriateness of this therapy and to investigate the relationship between PPI therapy and overall survival in patients with liver disease. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study used patient data for 2012 to 2014 collected from the Scottish Liver Transplant Unit and the Hepatology Ward at the New Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh...
October 23, 2016: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Omesh Goyal, Sandeep Singh Sidhu, Natasha Sehgal, Sandeep Puri
OBJECTIVES: Hepatorenal syndrome (HRS) is a functional renal failure occurring in end stage liver disease, which is associated with poor prognosis. Terlipressin has been shown to be effective in treatment of HRS. More recently, it was suggested that noradrenaline, an alpha-adrenergic drug may be also effective in HRS. We aimed to compare the efficacy of noradrenaline versus terlipressin in treatment of HRS type 1. METHODS: Consecutive patients with cirrhosis and HRS type 1 were enrolled and randomised into 2 groups- Group A received intravenous noradrenaline infusion (0...
September 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Marta Hernández Conde, Elba Llop Herrera, Juan de la Revilla Negro, Fernando Pons Renedo, Natalia Fernández Puga, José Luis Martínez Porras, María Trapero Marugan, Valentín Cuervas-Mons, Víctor Sánchez Turrión, José Luis Calleja Panero
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of portal vein thrombosis (PVT) in patients that have undergone liver transplantation (LT) is 9.7% (SD 4.5). The aim of our study was to determine the prevalence, assess the factors that are associated with PVT and clarify their association with prognosis in patients with liver cirrhosis (LC) and LT. AIMS AND METHODS: From 2005 to 2014, laboratory, radiological and surgical data were collected from patients with LC in our center who had undergone LT for the first time...
October 19, 2016: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
Ricardo U Macías-Rodríguez, Astrid Ruiz-Margáin, Jose L Rodriguez-Garcia, Sergio Zepeda-Gómez, Aldo Torre
OBJECTIVE: Endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP) is useful for the management of biliary tract diseases; in patients with cirrhosis, portal hypertension may increase the risk for complications from ERCP. We evaluated the outcome and risk factors related to ERCP in patients with cirrhosis and portal hypertension. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this case-control study, 37 patients (71 procedures) with cirrhosis and portal hypertension (group 1) and 37 controls (group 2) undergoing ERCP were included...
October 14, 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Barbara J Turner, Yuanyuan Liang, Amit Singal
OBJECTIVES: Noninvasive measures are widely used to assess fibrosis and may be used to prioritize hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment. We examined risks for likely fibrosis in patients with chronic HCV infection using fibrosis-4 (FIB-4) and imaging. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A HCV screening program diagnosed chronic HCV in patients born from 1945 to 1965 admitted in a safety net hospital. Likely fibrosis was based on FIB-4 (≥1.45) alone or combined with imaging interpreted as fibrosis or cirrhosis...
October 17, 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Mamatha Bhat, Peter Ghali, Benoît Dupont, Roy Hilzenrat, Mahmood Tazari, André Roy, Prosanto Chaudhury, Fernando Alvarez, Michel Carrier, Marc Bilodeau
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Patients listed with exception points for Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) have been more likely to be transplanted than those listed for chronic liver failure (LF) based on the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score. The aim of this study was to determine outcomes in the 5-year experience of a scoring system designed to reflect heterogeneity of tumor load of patients listed for HCC. METHODS: A novel MELD exception point system based on size and number of HCC was implemented in July 2009...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Hepatology
Xiaoshu Li, Fangyuan Gao, Huimin Liu, Henghui Zhang, Yao Liu, Xieqiong Ye, Mingfan Geng, Le Sun, Rui Wang, Yuxin Li, Yuyong Jiang, Xiaojing Wang, Guiqin Zhou, Zhiyun Yang, Ang Li, Hui Zeng, Xianbo Wang
AIM: Hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) has significant morbidity and mortality. There is no standard approach for the management of HBV-related ACLF with nucleos(t)ide analogs. Our objective was to compare the short-term mortality between entecavir (ETV) and lamivudine (LAM) in patients with HBV-related ACLF. METHODS: We recruited 311 inpatients with HBV-related ACLF from December 2002 to January 2015. The patients were treated with ETV (n=143) or LAM (n=168)...
October 4, 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Vijendra Kirnake, Anil Arora, Varun Gupta, Praveen Sharma, Vikas Singla, Naresh Bansal, Mohan Goyal, Romesh Chawlani, Ashish Kumar
BACKGROUND: Non-selective beta-blockers (NSBBs), e.g. propranolol, are recommended for prophylaxis of variceal bleeding in cirrhosis. Carvedilol, a newer NSBB with additional anti-α1-adrenergic activity, is superior to propranolol in reducing portal pressure. Repeated HVPG measurements are required to identify responders to NSBB. We aimed to determine whether a single-time HVPG measurement, using acute-hemodynamic-response-testing, is sufficient to predict long-term response to carvedilol, and whether these responders have better clinical outcome...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology
M Gastaca, M Prieto, A Valdivieso, P Ruiz, A Ventoso, I Palomares, A Matarranz, L Martinez-Indart, J Ortiz de Urbina
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine whether a portal flow of <1,000 mL/min in orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) is associated with a higher incidence of early graft dysfunction (EGD) and graft loss. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed of 540 OLTs carried out consecutively from December 2004 to December 2013. Patients were divided into 2 groups: group A, portal flow <1,000 mL/min; and group B, portal flow >1,000 mL/min. We studied the incidence of EGD and graft survival...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
M M C da Silva, R A Corcha, A M Oliveira da Silva, F J B Z Franco, J R de Souza Almeida, I F S F Boin
BACKGROUND: Patients in the immediate post-operative liver transplantation (LxT) period can develop respiratory and functional complications. In the postoperative months, these functions tend to improve. Nevertheless, there are few studies that evaluate precisely and specifically respiratory function in post-LxT long-term after surgery. The objective of the study was to describe the respiratory profile of patients 1 to 6 months after LxT, accompanied by LxT outpatients. METHODS: We included patients between 25 and 60 years old...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
T B Annunziata, K Paulino, R Fernandes, G Bento, G Stoduto, R Vasconcelos, L Demetrio, L F P Moreira
Although the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score has been used to evaluate mortality of patients on the waiting list for liver transplantation, it has not established if it correlates with post-liver transplantation prognosis. The aim of this study is to assess if there is a relationship between pretransplantation MELD and post-transplantation results, especially regarding 30-day post-LT survival rates. We analyzed data from 172 patients who underwent deceased-donor liver transplantation between February 2013 and May 2015 in a single center...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
A G Monte da Silva, B deA Roza Aguiar, L D Chiavegato
BACKGROUND: Liver transplantation is indicated at the end stage of chronic liver failure, and severity of disease will determine the precocity of this happening. At this stage, the presence of chronic dyspnea is one of several manifestations of progression of the disease, which leads the patient to inactivity. A rehabilitation program can positively influence the evolution of liver transplant recipients. The objective of this study was to establish an association between the perception of dyspnea and the severity of liver disease in patients at a single center of a Brazilian liver pre-transplantation clinic...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
P R Salvalaggio, G E Felga, B D Guardia, M D Almeida, F L Pandullo, C E Matielo, A Evangelista, L Curvelo, R A Rocco, J A Alves, R F Meirelles, S P M Filho, M B de Rezende, P T Pedroso, L G Diaz, M B Rusi, M M Viveiros, D B Neves
BACKGROUND: Prolonged time on the waiting list affects post-transplant survival of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, it is not yet known which patients will be at higher risk for early dropout from the list. We investigate specific risk factors for early waiting list dropout in patients with HCC. METHODS: This was a single-center, intention-to-treat analysis of adults with HCC, within the Milan criteria, from July 2006 through September 2013...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Omar D Borjas-Almaguer, Carlos A Cortez-Hernández, Emmanuel I González-Moreno, Francisco J Bosques-Padilla, José A González-González, Aldo A Garza, Juan A Martínez-Segura, Diego García-Compean, Juan V Alejandre-Loya, Jesús García-García, Guillermo Delgado-García, Héctor J Maldonado-Garza
:  Background & Aims. It is unclear whether portal vein thrombosis (PVT) unrelated to malignancy is associated with reduced survival or it is an epiphenomenon of advanced cirrhosis. The objective of this study was to assess clinical outcome in cirrhotic patients with PVT not associated with malignancy and determine its prevalence. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective search in one center from June 2011 to December 2014. RESULTS: 169 patients, 55 women and 114 men, median age 54 (19-90) years...
November 2016: Annals of Hepatology
Miguel Motola-Kuba, Angélica Escobedo-Arzate, Félix Tellez-Avila, José Altamirano, Nancy Aguilar-Olivos, Alberto González-Angulo, Felipe Zamarripa-Dorsey, Misael Uribe, Norberto C Tapia
:  Background. The Rockall, Glasgow-Blatchford, and AIMS65 are useful and validated scoring systems for predicting the outcomes of patients with nonvariceal gastrointestinal bleeding. However, there are no validated evidence for using them to predict outcomes on variceal bleeding. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the prognostic accuracy of different nonvariceal bleeding scores with other liver-specific scoring systems in cirrhotic patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective multicenter study that included 160 cirrhotic patients with acute variceal bleeding...
November 2016: Annals of Hepatology
Kristopher P Croome, David D Lee, Justin M Burns, Dana K Perry, Justin H Nguyen, Andrew P Keaveny, Hani M Wadei, C Burcin Taner
:  Introduction and aim. Many transplant programs have expanded eligibility to include patients previously ineligible because of advanced age. Outcomes of simultaneous liver-kidney transplantation (SLK) in recipients with advanced age are not known. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data from patients undergoing transplantation between 2002 and 2015 were obtained from the UNOS Standard Analysis and Research file. RESULTS: SLK recipients aged ≥ 65 years (N = 677), SLK recipients aged < 65 years (N = 4517), and recipients of liver transplant alone(LTA) aged ≥ 65 years(N = 8495) were compared...
November 2016: Annals of Hepatology
Vivek Tirlapur, Jeetendra Kumar, Satyanarayana
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January 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Kerstin Herzer, Guido Gerken
Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is one of the primary causes of hepatocellular carcinoma and liver transplantation (LT). Graft loss due to hepatitis C (HCV) recurrence is a serious problem after LT. Thus, the approval of interferon-free direct-acting antiviral (DAA) regimens has important implications in the LT setting. The findings of controlled trials have confirmed the safety and the excellent efficacy of most DAA combinations, and these findings have been confirmed by reports of high rates of sustained virologic response in the real-life setting...
August 2016: Visc Med
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