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Hepatic disease in pregnancy

J M Carrascosa, E Del-Alcazar
Biologic drugs have revolutionized the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis in recent years because of their high efficacy and low risk of toxicity. However, even within the group of biologic therapies, there are differences related to the different mechanisms of action. Areas covered: We review the main adverse events associated with the biologic agents currently available for the treatment of psoriasis and the new inhibitors targeting the p19 subunit of interleukin (IL) 23 and the IL-17A receptor. This review covers injection site reactions, infections, cardiovascular events, demyelinating disorders, tumours, class effects secondary adverse events, immunogenicity, safety in pregnancy and vaccines efficacy...
March 20, 2018: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
Aisha Mansoor Ali, Abdulaziz Alobaid, Tasnim Nidal Malhis, Ahmad Fawzi Khattab
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D plays pivotal role in decidualization and implantation of the placenta. Recent researches have shown that low level of vitamin D3 "25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D)" in serum is a risk factor for pre-eclampsia. Latest evidence supports role of vitamin D3 deficiency treatment in reducing the risk of pre-eclampsia. The aim of this study is to determine the effect of antenatal supplementation of vitamin D3 on the risk of pre-eclampsia and to explore the dose effect in attaining the vitamin D3 normal level...
March 2, 2018: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Bangari Haldipur, Prudhvi Lal Bhukya, Vidya Arankalle, Kavita Lole
Molecular mechanisms of liver pathology and clinical disease in HEV infection remain unclear. MicroRNAs are known to modulate viral pathogenesis either by directly altering viral gene expression or by enhancing cellular antiviral responses. Given the importance of microRNA-122 (miR-122) in liver pathobiology, we investigated possible role of miR-122 in HEV infection. In silico predictions using genotype 1, 2, 3 and 4 HEV sequences showed that majority of genomes (203/222) harbor at least one miR-122/miR-122* target site...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Virology
Sae Bom Won, Young Hye Kwon
Offspring of female rats fed either a casein (CAS) diet or a low-isoflavone soy protein isolate (SPI) diet were compared in an animal model of chronic ethanol consumption to investigate whether maternal diet regulates the adaptive responses of offspring to postnatal ethanol exposure and potentially affects the development of liver disease in later life. Female rats were fed either a CAS or an SPI diet before mating, and during pregnancy and lactation. Male offspring from the same litter were pair-fed either a control or ethanol diet for six weeks (CAS/CON, CAS/EtOH, SPI/CON, and SPI/EtOH groups)...
March 10, 2018: Nutrients
Wolfgang Miehsler, Clemens Dejaco, Hans-Peter Gröchenig, Harry Fuchssteiner, Christoph Högenauer, Lili Kazemi-Shirazi, Harald Maier, Andreas Mayer, Alexander Moschen, Walter Reinisch, Wolfgang Petritsch, Reingard Platzer, Pius Steiner, Herbert Tilg, Harald Vogelsang, Heimo Wenzl, Gottfried Novacek
Anti-TNFα-antibodies have revolutionized the therapy of inflammatory bowel diseases and other immune-mediated inflammatory diseases. Due to the increasing application of these substances, the Working Group of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases of the Austrian Association of Gastroenterology and Hepatology intended to update their consensus report on the safe use of Infliximab (published in 2010) and to enlarge its scope to cover all anti-TNFα-antibodies. The present consensus report summarizes the current evidence on the safe use of anti-TNFα-antibodies and covers the following topics: general risk of infection, bacterial infections (i...
March 2018: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
Qijun Cheng, Bin Zhao, Zhenxiang Huang, Yanhua Su, Biqin Chen, Songjing Yang, Xueqi Peng, Qilin Ma, Xiaoshan Yu, Benhua Zhao, Xiayi Ke
BACKGROUND & AIM: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) can be transmitted to infants, and is related to infants' later disease risk. Epigenetic change (such as DNA methylation) may be mechanism underlying the relationship. In this study, we aimed to investigate whether prenatal HBV infection could alter DNA methylation status in newborns. METHOD: We selected 12 neonates with intrauterine HBV infection whose mothers were HBsAg-positive during pregnancy, relative to 12 HBV-free neonates with HBsAg-negative mothers...
March 8, 2018: Gene
Sobha Puppala, Cun Li, Jeremy P Glenn, Romil Saxena, Samer Gawrieh, Amy Quinn, Jennifer Palarczyk, Edward J Dick, Peter W Nathanielsz, Laura A Cox
Maternal obesity (MO) increases offspring cardiometabolic disease risk. Altered fetal liver development in response to the challenge of MO has metabolic consequences underlying adverse offspring life-course health outcomes. Little is known about molecular pathways and potential epigenetic changes regulating primate fetal liver responses to MO. We hypothesized that MO would induce fetal baboon liver epigenetic changes resulting in dysregulation of key metabolic pathways that impact lipid metabolism. MO was induced prior to pregnancy by a high fat, high sucrose diet...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Physiology
Allison J Kwong, Matthew S Chang, Ruth E Tuomala, Laura E Riley, Julian N Robinson, Muthoka L Mutinga, Karin L Andersson, Robert S Brown, Emily Oken, Chinweike Ukomadu, Anna E Rutherford
Objectives Hepatitis B (HBV) remains a significant public health burden, despite effective therapy. Routine HBV screening is recommended during pregnancy to reduce the risk of vertical transmission, but the rates of follow-up care peri-partum are low. The aim of this study was to evaluate physician practices and knowledge regarding HBV in women diagnosed perinatally. Methods A survey was distributed to obstetricians and midwives within the Partners HealthCare system at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital...
March 6, 2018: Maternal and Child Health Journal
Alexandra Rehfuss, Joseph Mahon, Igor Sorokin, Cynthia Smith, Barry S Stein
OBJECTIVE: To identify difficult to see ureteral orifices (UOs), urologists need a method to stain the urine. Phenazopyridine, a urinary analgesic which discolors the urine orange, can be administered orally pre-operatively. We evaluated the usefulness of phenazopyridine in identifying the UOs and optimal timing of administration. METHODS: Adult patients undergoing endoscopic procedures at the Stratton VA were prospectively enrolled. Preoperative metabolic panels were reviewed...
March 1, 2018: Urology
L Ryom, C Boesecke, M Bracchi, J Ambrosioni, A Pozniak, J Arribas, G Behrens, Pgm Mallon, M Puoti, A Rauch, J M Miro, O Kirk, C Marzolini, J D Lundgren, M Battegay
BACKGROUND: The European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) Guidelines have since 2005 provided multidisciplinary recommendations for the care of HIV-positive persons in geographically diverse areas. GUIDELINE HIGHLIGHTS: Major revisions have been made in all sections of the 2017 Guidelines: antiretroviral treatment (ART), comorbidities, coinfections and opportunistic diseases. Newly added are also a summary of the main changes made, and direct video links to the EACS online course on HIV Management...
March 1, 2018: HIV Medicine
Donghoon Lee, Hyun-Young Shin, Sang Min Park
Background: In Korea, hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection accounts for approximately 65-75% of HBV-related diseases, such as chronic hepatitis and liver cancer, and mother-to-child transmission is presumed to be a major source of the infection. To tackle this issue, the Korean government launched the national Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program (PHBPP) in 2002. This study analyzed the cost-effectiveness of the PHBPP with antiviral prophylaxis compared with the current PHBPP and/or universal vaccination, as well as identified the optimal strategy to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HBV in Korea...
2018: Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation: C/E
Ranit Hizkiyahu, Anat Rabinovich, Jecko Thachil, Eyal Sheiner, Gad Shaked, Gilbert Sebbag, Eli Maymon, Offer Erez
OBJECTIVES: Liver rupture and hematoma are rare life-threatening complications of pregnancy. The aims of the current study are to: (1) characterize in a population-based study all cases of liver hematoma and/or rupture; and (2) validate the utility of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) modified pregnancy specific disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) score in those cases. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study including all patients with liver subcapsular hematoma or rupture between the years 1996 and 2012 was conducted...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Krystian Obara, Marta Waliszewska-Prosół, Sławomir Budrewicz, Paweł Szewczyk, Maria Ejma
Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is a rare, disabling, recurring inflammatory demyelinating disease affecting the spinal cord and optic nerves with predominance in women. We present the case of a female patient with chronic C hepatitis, who, despite treatment, developed severe symptoms of NMO during pregnancy and postpartum.
February 6, 2018: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
Leonard Knegendorf, Svenja A Drave, Viet Loan Dao Thi, Yannick Debing, Richard J P Brown, Florian W R Vondran, Kathrin Resner, Martina Friesland, Tanvi Khera, Michael Engelmann, Birgit Bremer, Heiner Wedemeyer, Patrick Behrendt, Johan Neyts, Thomas Pietschmann, Daniel Todt, Eike Steinmann
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is a member of the genus Orthohepevirus in the family Hepeviridae and the causative agent of hepatitis E in humans. HEV is a major health problem in developing countries, causing mortality rates up to 25% in pregnant women. However, these cases are mainly reported for HEV genotype (gt)1, while gt3 infections are usually associated with subclinical courses of disease. The pathogenic mechanisms of adverse maternal and fetal outcome during pregnancy in HEV-infected pregnant women remain elusive...
February 2018: Hepatology Communications
Mengzhou He, Jing Jia, Jingyi Zhang, Rajluxmee Beejadhursing, Lali Mwamaka Sharifu, Jun Yu, Shaoshuai Wang, Ling Feng
RATIONALE: Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) occurs primarily in pediatric population, or secondary to malignancy, infection, or autoimmune disease. This disease is rare and prognosis is generally poor. Only a small number of cases during pregnancy have been reported in literature. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a case of pregnancy-associated HLH secondary to natural killer (NK)/T cells lymphoma. She was admitted at 30 weeks and 3 days of pregnancy with complaints of abdominal pain and fever as high as 39...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Helene B Bernstein, Jeffrey C Dunkelberg, Kimberly K Leslie
Hepatitis C in pregnancy is on the rise, and new direct-acting antiviral agents are available that cure the disease. Published recommendations need to be reviewed and clinically evaluated for the care of pregnant women who are at risk for or have chronic hepatitis C. Available evidence and some of the medical and ethical reasons to consider universal screening and antepartum therapy for hepatitis C during pregnancy are presented. Universal screening and proactive treatment during pregnancy is on the horizon, and these measures should be quickly evaluated for safety and implemented if appropriate...
March 2018: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Chenchen Yang, Wenhai Yu, Yanhong Bi, Feiyan Long, Yunlong Li, Daqiao Wei, Xianhui Hao, Jianwen Situ, Yongqin Zhao, Fen Huang
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection causes subclinical diseases, leading to high mortality (> 25%) in pregnant women. HEV replication is aggressively escalated in pregnant women, especially in the third trimester of pregnancy. Estrogen plays an important role in pregnancy. However, the pathogenesis of HEV in pregnant women or immunosuppressive pregnant women (such as HIV-infected, or organ-transplanted pregnant women) remains unclear. We investigated the role of estradiol in HEV infection in a cell culture system...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
Tianyu He, Yuqing Bai, Haodong Cai, Xiaojuan Ou, Min Liu, Wei Yi, Jidong Jia
BACKGROUND: Few data exist regarding use of nucleos(t)ide analogs started in early pregnancy for mothers with active chronic hepatitis B (CHB). We assessed the safety and efficacy of lamivudine/telbivudine initiated in the first trimester versus no treatment in mothers with active CHB. METHODS: We retrospectively enrolled 94 mothers newly diagnosed with active CHB in the first trimester of pregnancy. Patients with or without antiviral therapy were followed until postpartum week 28...
January 17, 2018: Hepatology International
Şükran Köse, Ilker Ödemiş, Didem Çelik, Bengü Gireniz Tatar, Ilkay Akbulut, Dilek Yilmaz Çiftdoğan
Viral hepatitis is the most common cause of serious health problems such as liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Leading to immunodeficiency disorders through different mechanisms, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) causes the development of severe secondary infections. Hepatitis A (HAV) is thought to spread by the faecal-oral route, while Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV are mostly transmitted vertically during childhood. In our study, we aimed to determine the seroprevalence of HAV, HBV, HCV and HIV among Syrian refugee children who were admitted to outpatient clinics...
December 1, 2017: Le Infezioni in Medicina
L Nicolás-Toledo, M Cervantes-Rodríguez, E Cuevas-Romero, D L Corona-Quintanilla, E Pérez-Sánchez, E Zambrano, F Castelán, J Rodríguez-Antolín
The excessive consumption of carbohydrates is related to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in infants and adults. The effect of combining maternal malnutrition and a high carbohydrate intake on the development of NAFLD in adulthood remains unknown. We therefore hypothesized that consumption of 5% sucrose by the offspring of dams fed a low-protein diet during pregnancy promotes liver fat accumulation and oxidative damage differently in females and males. To test this, 12-month-old female and male offspring of mothers fed a Control (C) or low-protein diet (Restricted, R) were provided with either tap water or 5% sucrose for a period of 10 weeks...
December 18, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
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