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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906472/long-term-clinical-impact-and-cost-effectiveness-of-obeticholic-acid-for-the-treatment-of-primary-biliary-cholangitis
#1
Sumeyye Samur, Matthew Klebanoff, Reiner Banken, Daniel S Pratt, Rick Chapman, Daniel A Ollendorf, Anne M Loos, Kathleen Corey, Chin Hur, Jagpreet Chhatwal
: Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is a chronic, progressive autoimmune liver disease that mainly affects middle-aged women. Obeticholic acid (OCA), which was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration for PBC treatment, has demonstrated positive effects on biochemical markers of liver function. Our objective was to evaluate the long-term clinical impact and cost-effectiveness of OCA as a second-line treatment for PBC in combination with ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) in adults with an inadequate response to UDCA...
November 7, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906468/optimal-timing-of-hepatitis-c-treatment-for-patients-on-the-liver-transplant-waiting-list
#2
Jagpreet Chhatwal, Sumeyye Samur, Brian Kues, Turgay Ayer, Mark S Roberts, Fasiha Kanwal, Chin Hur, Drew Michael S Donnell, Raymond T Chung
: The availability of oral direct-acting antiviral (DAAs) has altered the hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment paradigm for both pre- and post-liver transplant (LT) patients. There is a perceived trade-off between pre- versus post-LT treatment of HCV-treatment may improve liver function but potentially decrease the likelihood of a necessary LT. Our objective was to identify LT-eligible patients with decompensated cirrhosis who would benefit (and not benefit) from pre-LT treatment based on their MELD scores...
November 5, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904861/a-recent-advance-in-image-guided-locoregional-therapy-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#3
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Yaoping Shi, Bo Zhai
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fifth most common cancer worldwide and the third most common cause of cancer-related deaths. Hepatic resection and liver transplantation are considered to be the preferred treatment for HCC. However, as novel therapeutic options such as image-guided locoregional therapies have emerged and been refined, the manner in which HCC is treated has changed dramatically compared with what it was considered just 2 decades earlier. SUMMARY: This study reviews the current results of various image-guided locoregional therapies for treating HCC, especially focusing on thermal ablative and transarterial techniques...
October 2016: Gastrointestinal Tumors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904614/the-predictive-value-of-blood-neutrophil-lymphocyte-ratio-in-patients-with-end-stage-liver-cirrhosis-following-abo-incompatible-liver-transplantation
#4
Bingyi Lin, Lei Geng, Zhiyun Zheng, Junjun Jia, Tian Shen, Jing Zhang, Lin Zhou, Shusen Zheng
BACKGROUND: The study was designed to assess the role of preoperative neutrophil, lymphocyte, and neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in predicting survival outcomes of ABO-incompatible liver transplantation (LT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively collected the demographic and clinical characteristics of 71 patients with end-stage liver cirrhosis following ABO-incompatible LT in this study. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis and Cox multiple factors regression analysis were performed to determine the independent risk factors from preoperative blood parameters for poor prognosis...
2016: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904251/pediatric-biliary-interventions-in-the-native-liver
#5
REVIEW
Lisa H Kang, Colin N Brown
Biliary disease in infants and children frequently presents diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. Pediatric interventional radiologists are often involved in the multidisciplinary teams who care for these patients. This article reviews several notable causes of biliary disease in children who have not undergone liver transplantation, describes the role of percutaneous interventional procedures in managing these conditions, and details applicable biliary interventional techniques.
December 2016: Seminars in Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903217/rational-drug-discovery-of-hcv-helicase-inhibitor-improved-docking-accuracy-with-multiple-seedings-of-autodock-vina-and-in-situ-minimization
#6
SeeKhai Lim, Rozana Othman, Rohana Yusof, ChoonHan Heh
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C is a significant cause for end-stage liver diseases and liver transplantation which affects approximate 3% of the global populations. Despite the present of several direct antiviral agents in the treatment of hepatitis C, the standard treatment for HCV is accompanied by several drawbacks such as adverse side effects, high pricing of medications and the rapid emerging rate of resistant HCV variants. OBJECTIVES: To discover potential inhibitors for HCV helicase through an optimized in silico approach...
November 30, 2016: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900445/bridging-locoregional-therapy-prolongs-survival-in-patients-listed-for-liver-transplant-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#7
Minzhi Xing, Sonali Sakaria, Renumathy Dhanasekaran, Samir Parekh, James Spivey, Stuart J Knechtle, Di Zhang, Hyun S Kim
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: To evaluate the long-term survival benefit of bridging locoregional therapy (LRT) prior to orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) within Milan criteria. METHODS: Our transplant center registry was studied for all HCC patients within the Milan criteria who were listed for OLT from 1998 to 2013. Baseline clinical characteristics and median overall survival (OS) were calculated and stratified by LRT, OLT status, and wait times...
November 29, 2016: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900388/data-driven-modeling-for-precision-medicine-in-pediatric-acute-liver-failure
#8
Ruben Zamora, Yoram Vodovotz, Qi Mi, Derek Barclay, Jinling Yin, Simon Horslen, David Rudnick, Kathleen M Loomes, Robert H Squires
Absence of early outcome biomarkers for Pediatric Acute Liver Failure (PALF) hinders medical and liver transplant decisions. We sought to define dynamic interactions among circulating inflammatory mediators to gain insights into PALF outcome sub-groups. Serum samples from 101 participants in the PALF study, collected over the first 7 days following enrollment, were assayed for 27 inflammatory mediators. Outcomes (Spontaneous survivors [S, n=61], Non-survivors [NS, n=12], and liver transplant patients [LTx, n=28]) were assessed at 21 days post-enrollment...
November 23, 2016: Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900037/long-term-results-of-hepatic-resection-or-orthotopic-liver-transplantation-in-patients-with-liver-metastases-from-gastrointestinal-neuroendocrine-tumors
#9
Enrico Maria Pasqual, Serena Bertozzi, Ambrogio P Londero, Stefano Bacchetti, Dario Lorenzin, Alberto Pasqualucci, Federico Moccheggiani, Alen Federici, Marco Vivaverlli, Andrea Risaliti
Hepatic metastases are one of the most important prognostic factors for survival among patients affected by gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). The present study aims to evaluate the impact of surgery, including hepatic resection or orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT), on the outcome of patients affected by hepatic metastases from NETs, in terms of overall survival (OS). In this multicentric retrospective study, data was collected on 26 patients, who underwent surgery for hepatic metastases from NETs in two Italian University Clinics between January 1990 and December 2012; of which, 22 patients underwent hepatic resective surgery and 4 patients OLT...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899961/the-ras-raf-mek-erk-signaling-pathway-and-its-role-in-the-occurrence-and-development-of-hcc
#10
Lei Li, Guo-Dong Zhao, Zhe Shi, Li-Li Qi, Li-Yuan Zhou, Ze-Xian Fu
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fifth most common tumor worldwide and has a very poor prognosis. Its occurrence has been on the increase in recent years. Surgical resection and liver transplantation are the primary methods of treatment for HCC patients, but can only be applied to 15% of patients. The median survival time of unresectable or metastasizing HCC patients is only a few months. Existing systemic treatment methods are not effective for advanced HCC patients and a new method of treatment is needed for these patients...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899718/postoperative-delirium-after-liver-transplantation-is-associated-with-increased-length-of-stay-and-lower-survival-in-a-prospective-cohort
#11
Sonja Beckmann, Maria Schubert, Hanna Burkhalter, Philipp Dutkowski, Sabina De Geest
INTRODUCTION: Although postoperative delirium (POD) is a common in-hospital complication associated with negative outcomes, evidence in liver transplantation (LT) is scarce. OBJECTIVE: We examined the incidence and duration of POD, its impact on outcomes and health-care utilization, and described predisposing and precipitating factors favoring POD development. DESIGN: This prospective cohort study included adults undergoing transplantation in a tertiary hospital...
November 28, 2016: Progress in Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899521/venous-thrombotic-events-after-liver-transplantation
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Annabel Blasi, Virginia Hernandez, Javier Fernandez, Jordi Colmenero, Joan Beltran, Juan Carlos Garcia-Valdecasas, Joan Carles Reverter
Thromboprophylaxis is not well defined after liver transplantation (LT). The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence of splanchnic vein thrombosis (SVT) and nonsplanchnic vein thrombosis (NSVT) after LT. Liver transplantations performed between 2009 and 2013 in our institution were reviewed. Demographic, intraoperative, and postoperative data were recorded. Low-molecular-weight heparin was only administered postoperatively if intraoperative thrombectomy was performed or in patients preoperatively anticoagulated...
November 28, 2016: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899297/validation-of-the-afp-model-as-a-predictor-of-hcc-recurrence-in-patients-with-viral-hepatitis-related-cirrhosis-who-had-received-a-liver-transplant-for-hcc
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Andrea Notarpaolo, Richard Layèse, Paolo Magistri, Maria Gambato, Michele Colledan, Giulia Magini, Lucia Miglioresi, Alessandro Vitale, Giovanni Vennarecci, Cecilia D Ambrosio, Patrizia Burra, Fabrizio Di Benedetto, Stefano Fagiuoli, Marco Colasanti, Giuseppe Maria Ettorre, Arnoldo Andreoli, Umberto Cillo, Alexis Laurent, Sandrine Katsahian, Etienne Audureau, Françoise Roudot-Thoraval, Christophe Duvoux
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The AFP model was shown superior to Milan criteria for prediction of HCC recurrence after liver transplantation in a French population. Our aim was to test the AFP model in a non French, post-hepatitic cirrhosis-based population of HCC candidates. METHODS: 574 patients transplanted for HCC in 4 Italian centres were studied. AFP score was assessed at last evaluation before LT. Probabilities of recurrence and survival were estimated by the log rank test or competing risk analysis and compared according to the AFP model...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898169/cross-sectional-analysis-of-progressive-familial-intrahepatic-cholestasis-in-puerto-rican-children
#14
Dellys M Soler, Antonio I Del Valle, David Fernandez-Lube, Benjamin L Shneider
OBJECTIVE: Specific inherited disorders may be more common in island communities. Prior case reports suggest that cholestatic liver diseases may constitute a group of these inherited disorders in Puerto Rico. A cross-sectional survey of liver diseases in children was conducted to assess this hypothesis. METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis was performed in patients with chronic cholestasis at "Hospital Pediátrico Universitario" in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ten potential participants with high gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGTP) cholestasis were identified...
December 2016: Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898091/restoring-ureagenesis-in-hepatocytes-by-crispr-cas9-mediated-genomic-addition-to-arginase-deficient-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Patrick C Lee, Brian Truong, Agustin Vega-Crespo, W Blake Gilmore, Kip Hermann, Stephanie Ak Angarita, Jonathan K Tang, Katherine M Chang, Austin E Wininger, Alex K Lam, Benjamen E Schoenberg, Stephen D Cederbaum, April D Pyle, James A Byrne, Gerald S Lipshutz
Urea cycle disorders are incurable enzymopathies that affect nitrogen metabolism and typically lead to hyperammonemia. Arginase deficiency results from a mutation in Arg1, the enzyme regulating the final step of ureagenesis and typically results in developmental disabilities, seizures, spastic diplegia, and sometimes death. Current medical treatments for urea cycle disorders are only marginally effective, and for proximal disorders, liver transplantation is effective but limited by graft availability. Advances in human induced pluripotent stem cell research has allowed for the genetic modification of stem cells for potential cellular replacement therapies...
November 29, 2016: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896858/efficacy-and-safety-of-simeprevir-and-sofosbuvir-with-and-without-ribavirin-in-subjects-with-recurrent-genotype-1-hepatitis-c-post-orthotopic-liver-transplant-the-randomized-galaxy-study
#16
Jacqueline G O'Leary, Robert J Fontana, Kimberly Brown, James R Burton, Roberto Firpi-Morell, Andrew Muir, Christopher O'Brien, Mordechai Rabinovitz, K Rajender Reddy, Robert Ryan, Adam Shprecher, Shirley Villadiego, Avinash Prabhakar, Robert S Brown
This prospective, randomized, phase 2 study in subjects with recurrent hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 post-orthotopic liver transplant evaluated once-daily simeprevir 150mg+sofosbuvir 400mg, with and without ribavirin 1,000mg. Primary endpoint was proportion of subjects with Week 12 sustained virologic response (SVR12). Thirty-three subjects without cirrhosis were randomized 1:1:1 into three arms (stratified by geno/subtype and Q80K): Arm 1, simeprevir+sofosbuvir+ribavirin, 12 weeks; Arm 2, simeprevir+sofosbuvir, 12 weeks; Arm 3, simeprevir+sofosbuvir, 24 weeks; 13 additional subjects (2 with cirrhosis, 11 without cirrhosis) entered Arm 3...
November 29, 2016: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896854/decreased-graft-survival-in-liver-transplant-recipients-of-donors-with-positive-blood-cultures-a-review-of-the-unos-dataset
#17
Moises A Huaman, Valery Vilchez, Xiaonan Mei, Malay B Shah, Michael F Daily, Jonathan Berger, Roberto Gedaly
Liver transplantation using blood culture positive donors (BCPD) has allowed a significant expansion of the donor pool. We aimed to characterize BCPD and assess the outcomes of BCPD liver transplant recipients. We retrieved data from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) registry on all adults who underwent primary, single organ deceased-donor liver transplantation in the U.S. between 2008 and 2013. Patients were classified in two cohorts: the BCPD cohort and the non-BCPD cohort. One-year graft and patient survival were compared between cohorts using Kaplan-Meier estimates and Cox models...
November 29, 2016: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896824/patients-with-the-worst-outcomes-after-paracetamol-acetaminophen-induced-liver-failure-have-an-early-monocytopenia
#18
J K Moore, A C MacKinnon, T Y Man, J R Manning, S J Forbes, K J Simpson
BACKGROUND: Acute liver failure (ALF) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Studies have implicated the immune response, especially monocyte/macrophages as being important in dictating outcome. AIM: To investigate changes in the circulating monocytes and other immune cells serially in patients with ALF, relate these with cytokine concentrations, monocyte gene expression and patient outcome. METHODS: In a prospective case-control study in the Scottish Liver Transplant Unit, Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, 35 consecutive patients admitted with paracetamol-induced liver failure (POD-ALF), 10 patients with non-paracetamol causes of ALF and 16 controls were recruited...
November 28, 2016: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896190/the-use-of-locally-applied-vibration-to-minimize-pain-during-fractional-co2-laser-therapy-in-living-liver-donor-scar-management
#19
Sinyoung Song, Dong Hoon Choi, Tae Suk Oh
BACKGROUND: Fractional CO2 laser is an effective treatment for scars, but most patients complain about sharp burning pain, even after the application of lidocaine ointment. This study analyzed the impact of a vibrating device to nonpharmacologically reduce the acute pain of laser treatment, in accordance with the gate control theory of pain management. METHODS: This is a prospective study performed from May 2013 through March 2014. Fifty-three patients (mean age, 26...
November 2016: Archives of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895907/succinct-guide-to-liver-transplantation-for-medical-students
#20
REVIEW
Cheng-Maw Ho, Po-Huang Lee, Wing Tung Cheng, Rey-Heng Hu, Yao-Ming Wu, Ming-Chih Ho
Literature on liver transplantation for use in medical education is limited and as yet unsatisfactory. The aim of this article is to help medical students gain enough insight into the reality of being a liver transplant recipient. This is crucial so in the future they can feel confident in approaching these patients with adequate knowledge and confidence. The knowledge-tree based learning core topics are designed for a 2-h class including indication/contraindication in the real-world setting, model for end stage liver disease scoring and organ allocation policy, liver transplantation for hepatic malignancy, transplantation surgery, immunosuppression strategy in practical consideration, and management of viral hepatitis...
December 2016: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
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