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Autoimmune hepatitis

Inamullah Khan Achakzai, Zain Majid, Muhammad Ali Khalid, Shoaib Ahmed Khan, Syed Mudassir Laeeq, Nasir Hassan Luck
A 13-year-old boy, known case renal stone disease came with the complaints of abdominal pain along with low grade fever. On examination, hepatosplenomegaly was noted while his lab reports showed a low hemoglobulin with a raised ESR. His blood and urine cultures showed no growth. Viral markers, autoimmune profile, C and p ANCA were all negative apart from a raised serum IgG level. Ultrasound abdomen showed a hyperechoic liver with an enlarged spleen along with splenic varices and minimum ascites. Ultrasound hepatic doppler was normal...
2018: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
J Spapen, A Reekmans, B Berghmans, S Debeuckelaere, P Buydens, L Trappeniers, B Van den Bossche, I Colle
IgG4-related disease is a rare inflammatory disorder that may mimic many infectious, malignant, and autoimmune conditions. The biliary tract is frequently involved, but hepatic lesions are rarely seen. Diagnosis is often delayed due to the absence of specific clinical and radiological signs, and the lack of an accurate diagnostic marker. Differential diagnosis includes cholangiocarcinoma, primary sclerosing cholangitis and intrinsic or metastatic liver disease. Corticosteroids are the cornerstone of therapy but treatment has not been standardized and relapse is common...
January 2018: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Y F Cagin, Y Seckin, F Firat, E Samdanci
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Herbal treatments are becoming increasingly popular in many countries. Anchusa Boraginaceae (also called Tort plant and beef tongue) is commonly used as a herbal medicine in Elazıg region as diuretic and in the treatment of ulcers, and it is stated that this has no adverse effect. We report a case of acute hepatitis associated with long time use of high doses of Anchusa Boraginaceae. CASE: A 43-year-old male patient is drinking water of Anchusa Boraginaceae that is boiling for 14 days to dissolve the stones in the gallbladder...
October 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Shomi Oka, Takashi Higuchi, Hiroshi Furukawa, Minoru Nakamura, Atsumasa Komori, Seigo Abiru, Shinya Nagaoka, Satoru Hashimoto, Atsushi Naganuma, Noriaki Naeshiro, Kaname Yoshizawa, Masaaki Shimada, Hideo Nishimura, Minoru Tomizawa, Masahiro Kikuchi, Fujio Makita, Haruhiro Yamashita, Keisuke Ario, Hiroshi Yatsuhashi, Shigeto Tohma, Aya Kawasaki, Naoyuki Tsuchiya, Kiyoshi Migita
Several studies reported that autoimmune diseases share a number of susceptibility genes. Of these genes, a SNP rs7708392 in TNIP1 was reported to be associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH), a rare chronic progressive liver disease, shares some clinical features with SLE. Therefore, we investigated whether the SNP is associated with Japanese AIH. An association study of rs7708392 was conducted in 343 Japanese AIH patients and 828 controls. We found that rs7708392 is associated with AIH (P = 0...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Human Genetics
Alexandre de Araujo, Augusto Mantovani, Carlos Thadeu Schmidt Cerski, Antonio Barros Lopes, Luiza Cristina Bortoncello, Marcelo Basso Gazzana, Hugo Cheinquer
A 41-year-old woman diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary hypertension presented symptoms despite the use of vasodilators, requiring treatment with bosentan. Previously, the patient had no signs of autoimmunity and had normal liver function. After three years of bosentan use, aminotransferase levels increased, without improvement after bosentan suspension, leading to complementary investigation. The diagnosis of autoimmune hepatitis was confirmed by biopsy, already in the stage of cirrhosis. In conclusion, in case of aminotransferase levels that remain persistently elevated, despite the reduction in doses and/or suspension of bosentan, autoimmune hepatitis must be investigated and treated urgently due to possibly rapid progression to cirrhosis...
March 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
A C Jemilohun, O G Adewoye
Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a rare cause of chronic liver disease (CLD). It presents with varied clinical features from acute hepatitis to CLDs like chronic viral hepatitis and alcoholic liver disease, making it difficult to diagnose in the absence of a high index of suspicion and adequate laboratory support. Autoantibody-mediated hepatocyte injury is the major feature of AIH. We present a 44 year old woman with recurrent jaundice, ascites, splenomegaly, coagulopathy, negative chronic viral hepatitis screening, elevated IgG and positive anti-smooth muscle antibody...
December 2017: Annals of Ibadan Postgraduate Medicine
Henry H Nguyen, Abdel Aziz Shaheen, Natalia Baeza, Ellina Lytvyak, Stefan J Urbanski, Andrew L Mason, Gary L Norman, Marvin J Fritzler, Mark G Swain
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Up to 20% of Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) patients are estimated to have features that overlap with Autoimmune Hepatitis (AIH). Patients with PBC-AIH overlap syndrome (PBC-AIH OS) have been reported to exhibit suboptimal responses to ursodeoxycholic acid therapy, and are more likely to progress to cirrhosis. Anti-double stranded DNA (anti-dsDNA) and anti-p53 have been previously suggested to be potential autoantibodies for identifying patients with PBC-AIH OS...
2018: PloS One
Tetsuro Ushio, Ken Okazaki, Hideki Mizu-Uchi, Satoshi Hamai, Yukio Akasaki, Yasuharu Nakashima
Background: An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction has become more common and the surgical morbidity has decreased, it has been performed not only in younger people to play sports but also middle-aged people, with satisfactory results. Therefore, some patients might have comorbidities for which they take medicines. Especially the medicines, such as systemic steroids, might influence the reconstructed ligament strength and durability. Case report: A 49-year-old woman who was taking oral steroids for autoimmune hepatitis suffered a spontaneous ACL injury...
January 2018: Asia-Pacific Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation and Technology
Li-Mei Qu, Shu-Hua Wang, Kun Yang, David R Brigstock, Li Sun, Run-Ping Gao
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of drug-induced autoimmune hepatitis (DIAIH) and its differentiation from idiopathic autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is challenging. This study aimed to differentiate DIAIH from AIH by comparing the biochemical changes, histological features, and frequencies of CD4+ Foxp3+ CD25+/- regulatory T cells (Tregs) in liver tissues or peripheral blood lymphocytes. METHODS: A total of 15 DIAIH patients and 24 AIH patients who underwent liver biopsies at initial presentation were enrolled in this study...
February 19, 2018: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
Fang Xiao, Guo Ai, Weiming Yan, Xiaoyang Wan, Xiaoping Luo, Qin Ning
Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a chronic autoimmune disease with the primary focus on autoreactive Th1-mediated response and cytotoxic T cells reaction. The contribution of natural killer cells (NK cells) to AIH remains poorly understood. In this project, we revealed that the frequency of peripheral NK cells, more accurately CD56dim NK subset, was reduced in AIH patients. The reduction of CD56dim NK was negatively correlated with disease progression. In experimental autoimmune hepatitis (EAH), hepatic accumulation of NK cells is observed along with a decrease of NK cells in the periphery...
December 21, 2017: Cellular Immunology
Marco Fiore, Sebastiano Leone, Alberto Enrico Maraolo, Emilio Berti, Giovanni Damiani
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin affecting approximately 2% of the world's population. Systemic treatments, including methotrexate and cyclosporin, are associated with potential hepatotoxicity, due to either direct liver damage or immunosuppression or both immunomediated and a direct liver injury; therefore, treatment of patients with psoriasis poses a therapeutic challenge. The aim of this minireview is to help clinicians in the management of psoriatic patients who develop signs of liver dysfunction...
2018: BioMed Research International
Tatsuo Kanda, Shin Yasui, Masato Nakamura, Shingo Nakamoto, Koji Takahashi, Shuang Wu, Reina Sasaki, Yuki Haga, Sadahisa Ogasawara, Tomoko Saito, Kazufumi Kobayashi, Soichiro Kiyono, Yoshihiko Ooka, Eiichiro Suzuki, Tetsuhiro Chiba, Hitoshi Maruyama, Fumio Imazeki, Mitsuhiko Moriyama, Naoya Kato
Background: Interferon-free treatment can achieve higher sustained virological response (SVR) rates, even in patients in whom hepatitis C virus (HCV) could not be eradicated in the interferon treatment era. Immune restoration in the liver is occasionally associated with HCV infection. We examined the safety and effects of interferon-free regimens on HCV patients with autoimmune liver diseases. Results: All 7 HCV patients with autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) completed treatment and achieved SVR...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Albert J Czaja
Autoimmune hepatitis lacks a quantifiable biomarker that is close to its pathogenic mechanisms and that accurately reflects inflammatory activity, correlates with treatment response, and ensures inactive disease before treatment withdrawal. Areas covered: Micro-ribonucleic acids, programmed death-1 protein and its ligands, macrophage migration inhibitory factor, soluble CD163, B cell activating factor, and metabolite patterns in blood were considered the leading candidates as therapeutic biomarkers after search of PubMed from August 1981 to August 2017 using the search words "biomarkers of autoimmune hepatitis"...
March 14, 2018: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Dingchun Li, Wu Li, Yihui Chen, Lihui Liu, Dehong Ma, Hongtu Wang, Lu Zhang, Shenjun Zhao, Qin Peng
Hepatic fibrosis is resulted from sustained wound-healing responses to various harmful stimuli, including viral infection, drug toxicity, alcohol, and autoimmune hepatopathy, and it has recently attracted the attention of an increasing number of researchers and clinical workers. The aims of this study were to examine the anti-fibrotic effects of extracts of Periplaneta americana (EPA) on CCl4-induced hepatic fibrosis in rats, to preliminary determine the anti-fibrotic efficacy of EPA, and to identify a potential and effective therapeutic agent to attenuate hepatic fibrosis...
March 12, 2018: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
Kristoffer Vogler, Lisbeth Samsø Schmidt
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is globally prevalent and in adolescents mostly observed as infectious mononucleosis. Abnormal liver blood tests are common, whereas more serious hepatitis is less prevalent. Autoimmune haemolytic anaemia may also occur in the course of this infection. We report a case of a 15-year-old girl with cholestatic hepatitis and autoimmune haemolytic anaemia associated with EBV infection. The Donath-Landsteiner test was positive suggesting paroxysmal cold haemoglobinuria. She was treated with supportive care and discharged in recovery after three weeks...
March 5, 2018: Ugeskrift for Laeger
Agnieszka E Zawada, Małgorzata Moszak, Dorota Skrzypczak, Marian Grzymisławski
Diabetes mellitus is a systemic disease which affects patients of various age. Hyperglycemia induces damage of vascular endothelium, development of chronic inflammation, organic and functional lesions in several systems and organs. The principal gastroenterological complaints linked to the manifestation of the disease include abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, flatulence, and vomiting. However, complications in the alimentary system may manifest exclusively by difficulties in reaching normoglycemia and numerous persistent episodes of hypoglycemia...
March 13, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Mjs Parker, N W McGill
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March 13, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
Lucy Meunier, Jose Ursic-Bedoya, Georges-Philippe Pageaux, Dominique Larrey
BACKGROUND: Although very rare, pantoprazole can result in acute hepatitis. It has yet to be reported, however, that it can also cause chronic autoimmune hepatitis. AIM, METHOD, AND RESULTS: We report the case of a patient in whom pantoprazole administration for two months was followed by acute liver injury with severe jaundice and features of autoimmunity. A liver biopsy revealed acute hepatocellular lesions associated with cholestasis, acute cholangitis, and polymorphous inflammatory infiltration suggestive of drug-induced liver injury...
March 12, 2018: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
M Nasiri, B Geramizadeh, S H Nabavizadeh, S A Male-Hosseini, M H Karimi, I Saadat
Background: Interferon regulatory factors (IRFs) can play a critical role in the regulation of many facets of innate and adaptive immune responses through transcriptional activation of type I interferons, other proinflammatory cytokines, and chemokines. However, their roles in transplantation immunity still remain to be elucidated. Objective: To evaluate the time course of mRNA expression of all 9 members of IRFs family of transcription factors during liver allograft acute rejection...
2018: International Journal of Organ Transplantation Medicine
Luis J Jara, Gabriela Medina, Miguel A Saavedra
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide an update about the interactions between infections and autoimmune diseases (AIDs), from the molecular perspective to the clinical spectrum and the differentiation between infection and disease activity. RECENT FINDINGS: Any kind of infection may modify the innate and adaptive immune response through the following mechanisms: molecular mimicry, superantigens, epitope spreading and B-cell activation. The consequence is the overproduction of antibodies shared with those found in AIDs...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
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