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Decompensated cirrhosis

Sanath Allampati, Kevin D Mullen
Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE) is a complex neuropsychiatric syndrome associated with decompensated liver disease. The spectrum of disease ranges from trivial abnormalities in complex decision making and prolonged reaction time to coma in its most severe form1. The very initial stages, recently termed covert Hepatic Encephalopathy (CHE), can only be diagnosed with the help of neuropsychiatric testing while the later and more severe forms, termed overt Hepatic Encephalopathy (OHE), can be diagnosed clinically. Severity of HE is graded based on West Haven Criteria and please refer to table 1 for more details2...
October 20, 2016: Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
Rossella Letizia Mancusi, Massimo Andreoni, Daniela d'Angela, Cesare Sarrecchia, Federico Spandonaro
Between western European countries, the hepatitis C virus (HCV) endemic is highest in Italy. The main objective of this paper is to estimate the endemic diffusion of hepatitis C at the national level and by geographical area, with an extrapolation at the regional level and by uniform cohorts of subjects (by sex and year of birth). The secondary objective is a stratification by gravity of the estimated statistical figures to provide an overview of possible targets of the new anti-HCV treatments.PubMed and the Cochrane Library were searched for relevant Italian populations studies regarding HCV prevalence...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
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
Do Young Kim, Ki Tae Yoon, Won Kim, Jung Il Lee, Sung Hwi Hong, Danbi Lee, Jeong Won Jang, Jong Won Choi, Ilsu Kim, Yong Han Paik
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to estimate the direct medical costs of managing chronic hepatitis C (CHC) and its complications based on health-care resources in South Korea. METHODS: The study design was multicenter, retrospective, non-interventional, and observational. Between September 2013 and April 2014, health-care resource data from patients chronically infected with hepatitis C virus, regardless of genotype, were collected from 8 institutions, including data related to outpatient management, emergency care, and hospitalization...
July 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Nicolás Merchante, Sofía Ibarra, Boris Revollo, Francisco Rodríguez-Arrondo, Esperanza Merino, Marcial Delgado-Fernández, Marta Montero-Alonso, Francisco Téllez, Maria J Galindo, Antonio Rivero-Juárez, Maria A García, Carlos Mínguez, Alberto Romero-Palacios, Miguel Del Toro, Juan A Pineda
OBJECTIVE: To report the real-life results of sorafenib use in a cohort of HIV-infected patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: The GEHEP-002 cohort ( ID: NCT02785835) has recruited 302 HCC cases diagnosed in HIV-infected patients from 32 centers from Spain. RIS-HEP12 study included 44 (14%) cases that have received at least one dose of sorafenib. The overall survival after the start of treatment (OSaT) was the main efficacy outcome...
October 14, 2016: AIDS
Hirokazu Chishina, Satoru Hagiwara, Naoshi Nishida, Kazuomi Ueshima, Toshiharu Sakurai, Hiroshi Ida, Yasunori Minami, Masahiro Takita, Masashi Kono, Tomohiro Minami, Mina Iwanishi, Yasuko Umehara, Tomohiro Watanabe, Yoriaki Komeda, Tadaaki Arizumi, Masotoshi Kudo
OBJECTIVE: Refractory ascites reduces the quality of life of liver cirrhosis patients. Albumin preparation and diuretics, such as furosemide, have been used to treat refractory ascites, but the effect was poor in many patients. In this study, we analyzed patients treated with tolvaptan (TLV) at our hospital and investigated predictors of the effect. METHODS: The subjects were 70 patients for whom TLV was introduced to treat refractory ascites who could be analyzed between November 2013 and March 2015 at our hospital...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Shiv Kumar Sarin, Ashok Choudhury
Acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) is a distinct entity that differs from acute liver failure and decompensated cirrhosis in timing, presence of treatable acute precipitant, and course of disease, with a potential for self-recovery. The core concept is acute deterioration of existing liver function in a patient of chronic liver disease with or without cirrhosis in response to an acute insult. The insult should be a hepatic one and presentation in the form of liver failure (jaundice, encephalopathy, coagulopathy, ascites) with or without extrahepatic organ failure in a defined time frame...
December 2016: Current Gastroenterology Reports
Kendall R Beck, Nicole Kim, Mandana Khalili
BACKGROUND: Vulnerable populations are disproportionately affected by hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and experience high rates of health disparity. There are no data on real-world experience with highly efficacious direct-acting anti-HCV treatment in this population. AIMS: We aimed to evaluate the real-world experience with sofosbuvir-based regimens among a vulnerable HCV-infected population. METHODS: HCV treatment response was assessed among 204 patients who completed 12-24 weeks of sofosbuvir-based regimens (in combination with pegylated interferon and ribavirin, simeprevir, ledipasvir, or daclatasvir) at the San Francisco safety-net healthcare system liver specialty clinic between January 2014 and December 2015...
October 14, 2016: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Brendon K Luvisa, Tarek I Hassanein
The goal in patients with immune active hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is to significantly suppress viral replication and prevent progression of fibrosis to cirrhosis and liver decompensation and decrease the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma. This is achievable by the highly active antivirals, entecavir and tenofovir, which are considered first-line therapy in most patients with immune active hepatitis C virus and after liver transplantation to prevent HBV recurrence. Patients with decompensated cirrhosis should be referred for liver transplantation and treated with first-line antivirals as early as possible, with the goal of achieving complete viral suppression in the shortest time possible...
November 2016: Clinics in Liver Disease
J Zhou, W-Y Hu, Y-C Li, H-X Luo, J Li, C-H Li, J-J Tong, C-J Chen, L-L Zhang
OBJECTIVE: We conducted a comparison of the diagnostic kit for quantification of hepatitis B virus DNA (PCR-fluorescence probing) and COBAS TaqMan automated nucleic acid extraction and real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification systems. We tested their capacity to quantify and diagnose patients with chronic viral hepatitis B with low viral load < 1 x 103 IU/mL, in hope to provide further evidence for promoting the application of COBAS TaqMan as the diagnostic method for such patients...
September 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Li-Bo Yan, Hui-Ying Rao, Yuan-Ji Ma, Lang Bai, En-Qiang Chen, Ling-Yao Du, Rui-Feng Yang, Lai Wei, Hong Tang
OBJECTIVES: Little is known about hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in China. This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence, clinical characteristics, viral interactions and host genotypes of HBV/HCV dual infection compared with HCV monoinfection. STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional study. SETTING: China. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: 997 patients with HCV from 28 university-affiliated hospitals in China were enrolled in this research...
October 12, 2016: BMJ Open
Yasir Furkan Cagin, Yahya Atayan, Mehmet Ali Erdogan, Firat Dagtekin, Cemil Colak
BACKGROUND: Portal vein thrombosis (PVT) is due to many risk factors, but its pathogenesis is still not clearly understood. To identify the risk factors for PVT, we analyzed the clinical characteristics and complications associated with PVT in cirrhotic patients. METHODS: We studied patients with liver cirrhosis who were admitted to our unit from April 2009 to December 2014. The patients were divided into the PVT and non-PVT groups, and were compared by variables including gender, age, the etiology of cirrhosis, stage of cirrhosis, complications, imaging, and treatment...
October 2016: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
Sarah L Greig
A once-daily, single-tablet, pangenotypic regimen comprising the hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS5B polymerase inhibitor sofosbuvir and the HCV NS5A inhibitor velpatasvir (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir; Epclusa(®)) was recently approved for the treatment of adults with chronic HCV genotype 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 infection in the USA, EU and Canada. In the phase III ASTRAL trials, once-daily oral sofosbuvir/velpatasvir for 12 weeks provided very high rates of sustained virological response at 12 weeks post treatment (SVR12) in treatment-naive and -experienced patients with chronic HCV genotype 1-6 infection, including those with compensated cirrhosis or HIV-1 co-infection...
October 11, 2016: Drugs
Nicolas Weiss, Matteo Rosselli, Sarah Mouri, Damien Galanaud, Louis Puybasset, Banwari Agarwal, Dominique Thabut, Rajiv Jalan
Although hepatic encephalopathy (HE) on the background of acute on chronic liver failure (ACLF) is associated with high mortality rates, it is unknown whether this is due to increased blood-brain barrier permeability. Specific gravity of cerebrospinal fluid measured by CT is able to estimate blood-cerebrospinal fluid-barrier permeability. This study aimed to assess cerebrospinal fluid specific gravity in acutely decompensated cirrhosis and to compare it in patients with or without ACLF and with or without hepatic encephalopathy...
October 11, 2016: Metabolic Brain Disease
Rodrigo Liberal, Charlotte R Grant
Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) constitute the classic autoimmune liver diseases (AILDs). While AIH target the hepatocytes, in PBC and PSC the targets of the autoimmune attack are the biliary epithelial cells. Persistent liver injury, associated with chronic AILD, leads to un-resolving inflammation, cell proliferation and the deposition of extracellular matrix proteins by hepatic stellate cells and portal myofibroblasts. Liver cirrhosis, and the resultant loss of normal liver function, inevitably ensues...
October 8, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Eaum Seok Lee, Seok Hyun Kim, Hyun Jin Kim, Kyung Hee Kim, Byung Seok Lee, Bon Jeong Ku
Background/Aims: Growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15) belongs to the transforming growth factor-β superfamily. GDF-15 is emerging as a biomarker for several diseases. The aim of this study was to determine the clinical performances of GDF-15 for the prediction of liver fibrosis and severity in chronic liver disease. Methods: The serum GDF-15 levels were examined via enzyme immunoassay in 145 patients with chronic liver disease and 101 healthy individuals. The patients with chronic liver disease consisted of 54 patients with chronic hepatitis, 44 patients with compensated liver cirrhosis, and 47 patients with decompensated liver cirrhosis...
October 13, 2016: Gut and Liver
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
Mamatha Bhat, Bianca M Arendt, Venkat Bhat, Eberhard L Renner, Atul Humar, Johane P Allard
The intestinal microbiome (IM) is altered in patients with cirrhosis, and emerging literature suggests that this impacts on the development of complications. The PubMed database was searched from January 2000 to May 2015 for studies and review articles on the composition, pathophysiologic effects and therapeutic modulation of the IM in cirrhosis. The following combination of relevant text words and MeSH terms were used, namely intestinal microbiome, microbiota, or dysbiosis, and cirrhosis, encephalopathy, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, hepatorenal syndrome, variceal bleeding, hepatopulmonary syndrome, portopulmonary hypertension and hepatocellular carcinoma...
September 28, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Patricia Huelin, Salvatore Piano, Elsa Solà, Marialuisa Stanco, Cristina Solé, Rebeca Moreira, Elisa Pose, Silvano Fasolato, Nuria Fabrellas, Glòria de Prada, Chiara Pilutti, Isabel Graupera, Xavier Ariza, Antonietta Romano, Chiara Elia, Andrés Cárdenas, Javier Fernández, Paolo Angeli, Pere Ginès
BACKGROUND & AIMS: In patients with cirrhosis of the liver, acute kidney injury (AKI) is classified into 3 stages. Recent studies indicate that there are 2 subgroups of stage 1 disease, associated with different outcomes and serum levels of creatinine (sCr): stage 1A (sCr <1.5 mg/dL) and stage 1B (SCr ≥1.5 mg/dL). We performed a prospective study to validate, in a large series of patients with cirrhosis, the association between this new description and patient outcomes, as well as assess the relationship between AKI stage and the presence of acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF)...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Mattias Mandorfer, Thomas Reiberger
To date, non-selective beta blockers (NSBBs) are a cornerstone in the treatment of portal hypertension. During the last years, our understanding of the potential benefits of early initiation of NSBB treatment, their effects beyond the prevention of variceal bleeding (i.e., their non-hemodyamic effects), as well as potential detrimental effects in patients with advanced disease has continuously evolved. In addition, we have learned that not all NSBBs are equal. Due to its additional anti-α1-adrenergic activity, carvedilol has been shown to be more potent in decreasing portal pressure, but might lead to more pronounced decreases in systemic arterial pressure, when compared to conventional NSBBs...
September 27, 2016: Digestive and Liver Disease
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