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U Vespasiani-Gentilucci, F Vorini, S Carotti, A De Vincentis, G Galati, P Gallo, N Scopinaro, A Picardi
BACKGROUND: Even if the jejunoileal bypass has been definitely abandoned due to the high rate of hepatic complications, cases of liver injury after the new bariatric procedures are still reported. We aimed to review the available literature concerning liver damage associated with the older and newer types of bariatric surgeries. METHODS: An extensive literature search of MEDLINE was performed using different combinations of the following terms: "bariatric surgery OR biliopancreatic diversion OR jejunoileal bypass OR roux-en-y gastric bypass OR vertical banded gastroplasty OR laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding" AND "hepatic/liver damage OR hepatic/liver impairment OR hepatic/liver failure"...
October 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Minako Nagatome, Yuki Kondo, Daisuke Kadowaki, Yusuke Saishyo, Mitsuru Irikura, Tetsumi Irie, Yoichi Ishitsuka
Acetaminophen, a common analgesic/antipyretic, is a frequent cause of acute liver failure in Western countries. The development of an effective cure against acetaminophen hepatotoxicity is crucial. Ethyl pyruvate, an ethyl ester derivative of pyruvic acid, has been identified as a possible candidate against acetaminophen hepatotoxicity in animal experiments. However, the mode of the hepatoprotective action of ethyl pyruvate remains unclear. We examined the hepatoprotective effect of ethyl pyruvate against hepatocyte injury and oxidative stress in a mouse model of acetaminophen hepatotoxicity...
February 2018: Heliyon
Ewa A Woźnica, Małgorzata Inglot, Ryszard K Woźnica, Lidia Łysenko
Despite continuous progress in medicine, sepsis remains the main cause of deaths in the intensive care unit. Liver failure complicating sepsis/septic shock has a significant impact on mortality in this group of patients. The pathophysiology of sepsis-associated liver dysfunction is very complicated and still not well understood. According to the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) Guidelines, the diagnosis of liver dysfunction during sepsis is based on the increase in bilirubin concentration >2 mg/dL and the occurrence of coagulation disorders with INR > 1...
March 20, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Syed M Hasan, Nida N Ahmed, Zunirah Ahmed, Allan Seibert
Amyloidosis is a rare disorder with a wide spectrum of presentations and anomalies. It is subdivided into 2 broad categories based on protein deposition; primary and secondary amyloidosis. It can present as a single-organ involvement or as a diffuse infiltrative multi-organ process. Isolated hepatic amyloidosis presentation is a rare phenomenon that develops due to insoluble amyloid deposition in liver. Its clinical presentation is usually vague and ranges from mild hepatomegaly with elevated liver enzymes to acute liver failure and hepatic rupture...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Dirk Westhölter, Jens Hiller, Ulrike Denzer, Susanne Polywka, Francis Ayuk, Meike Rybczynski, Thomas Horvatits, Swantje Gundlach, Nicole Fischer, Marylyn M Addo, Sven Peine, Burkhard Göke, Ansgar W Lohse, Marc Lütgehetmann, Sven Pischke
BACKGROUND: Routine Hepatitis E Virus (HEV) testing of blood products has recently been implemented in Great-Britain and the Netherlands. The relevance of transfusion-transmitted HEV infections is still controversially discussed in Europe. METHODS: All blood donations at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf were prospectively tested for HEV-RNA by pooled PCR from October 2016 to May 2017. Reactive samples were individually re-tested. Additionally, stored samples from previous donations of positive donors were tested to determine the duration of HEV-viremia...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
Li Liu, Di Xiao, Jin-Hong Yu, Rui Shen, Meng Wang, Qiang Li
OBJECTIVES: In China, the epidemic pattern of acute hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection has changed from waterborne outbreaks to foodborne sporadic cases. However, the clinical course of sporadic acute hepatitis E has not been well defined. METHODS: Consecutive AHE inpatients who were admitted to the Jinan Infectious Disease Hospital, Jinan, Shandong Province, between January 2003 and December 2014 were evaluated and followed. Demographic data, clinical manifestations, results of laboratory tests,and outcomes were recorded...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
Maxime Mallet, Nicolas Weiss, Dominique Thabut, Marika Rudler
Hyperammonemia plays a key role in the pathophysiology of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) and most HE treatments are ammonia-lowering drugs. However, the usefulness of measuring ammonemia in routine practice remains controversial and not recommended systematically even when neurological symptoms are present. First, ammonemia measurement should be carefully performed in order to avoid a falsely elevated result. When performed, a normal ammonemia in a cirrhotic patient with neurological symptoms should lead to reconsider the diagnosis of HE...
March 15, 2018: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
Yu Huang, Mitsuhisa Takatsuki, Akihiko Soyama, Masaaki Hidaka, Shinichiro Ono, Tomohiko Adachi, Takanobu Hara, Satomi Okada, Takashi Hamada, Susumu Eguchi
BACKGROUND Liver transplantation is indicated for patients with Wilson's disease (WD) who present either with acute liver failure or with end-stage liver disease and severe hepatic insufficiency as the first sign of disease. However, almost all reported cases have been treated with death donor liver transplantation. Here we report the case of a patient with WD associated with fulminant hepatic failure (WD-FHF) who underwent living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). CASE REPORT A 17-year-old female was diagnosed with WD-FHF based on high uric copper (10 603 μg/day, normal <100 μg/day), low serum ceruloplasmin (15 mg/dL, normal >20 mg/dL) and Kayser-Fleischer (K-F) corneal ring, and acute liver failure (ALF), acute renal failure (ARF) and grade 2 hepatic encephalopathy (HE)...
March 17, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Xueliang Yang, Yunru Chen, Jian Zhang, Tiantian Tang, Ying Kong, Feng Ye, Xi Zhang, Xiaojing Liu, Shumei Lin
The present study aimed to evaluate whether thymosin α1 (Tα1) increases survival rates through the improvement of immunofunction and inhibition of hepatocyte apoptosis in rats with acute liver failure (ALF). A total of 25 rats were randomly divided into the control group (CG), the model group (MG) and the treatment group (TG). The CG received an intraperitoneal injection of saline (2 ml). The ALF rat model was established by the intraperitoneal injection of D-galactosamine (700 mg/kg) and lipopolysaccharide (10 µg/kg)...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Salvatore Sutti, Frank Tacke
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) remains a clinical challenge due to the poorly predictable outcomes. Accordingly, considerable efforts have been devoted to unravel the risk factors responsible for DILI worsening toward acute liver failure (ALF), liver transplantation (LT), and/or death. From a pathogenic point of view, exhaustion of drug metabolizing pathways, cell death mechanisms, activation of local immune cells, such as Kupffer cells, and recruitment of inflammatory leukocytes including monocytes and lymphocytes are key drivers of DILI progression...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
Hasan Yuksekkaya, Meltem Gumus, Aylin Yucel, Meltem Energin, Serafettin Demirci
BACKGROUND: Mistaken ingestion of all manner of toxic matter is common in childhood, but poisoning with fireworks and matchsticks is rare. Fireworks usually contain 10% yellow phosphorus and 50% potassium chlorate. Potassium chlorate is an extremely reactive and toxic agent that is used in fireworks and matchstick heads. METHODS: Eleven cases (7 females and 5 males; median age, 36 months [ranging from 24 to 48 months]) of poisoning after ingestion of fireworks and matchstick(s), between February 2008 and June 2014, were reviewed...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Horng-Ren Yang, Ashok Thorat, Long-Bin Jeng, Shih-Chao Hsu, Ping-Chun Li, Chun-Chieh Yeh, Te-Hung Chen, Kin-SHing Poon
BACKGROUND The prognosis of the patients of acute liver failure (ALF) with onset of hepatic coma is often dismal. ALF is a well-accepted indication for liver transplantation (LT) and has markedly improved the prognosis of these patients. However, its role in ALF patients with onset of hepatic coma has never been elucidated before. The aim of our study was to analyze the outcome in patients of ALF with hepatic coma who underwent LT. MATERIAL AND METHODS From January 2002 to December 2015, a total of 726 liver transplantations were done at China Medical University Hospital, Taiwan...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
Eleni Theocharidou, Michael A Heneghan
Autoimmune hepatitis occurs in genetically susceptible individuals as a result of loss of immunological tolerance to hepatic autoantigens that can be precipitated by environmental triggers. The clinical manifestation is usually insidious but can be also acute with liver failure. The diagnosis is made on the basis of antibody positivity, elevated immunoglobulin G levels and interface hepatitis on liver histology. Induction of remission is achieved with high-dose steroids in the majority of cases, and maintenance of remission with azathioprine...
March 2, 2018: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
Alejandro José García Ferreira, Aida Ortega Alonso, Julia Cobos Rodríguez, Paula Bardón de Tena, Miguel Calderón Cid, Alberto Manuel García García, María Dolores García Escaño, Ramiro Alcántara Benitez, Encarnacíon Clavijo Frutos, Miren García-Cortés, Raúl Andrade
In 2016, an outbreak of hepatitis A was identified in the Malaga province among patients with specific epidemiological characteristics, which were predominantly males. This is a report of 51 subjects with acute hepatitis A and a mean age of 35.7 years, 90% were male and 55% of cases were men who had had sex with other men within the last two months. Half of them required hospitalization for significant coagulopathy at diagnosis and no cases progressed to fulminant failure or encephalopathy. Four patients had ascites at the time of diagnosis...
March 12, 2018: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
Otavio Berwanger, Eliana Vieira Santucci, Pedro Gabriel Melo de Barros E Silva, Isabella de Andrade Jesuíno, Lucas Petri Damiani, Lilian Mazza Barbosa, Renato Hideo Nakagawa Santos, Ligia Nasi Laranjeira, Flávia de Mattos Egydio, Juliana Aparecida Borges de Oliveira, Frederico Toledo Campo Dall Orto, Pedro Beraldo de Andrade, Igor Ribeiro de Castro Bienert, Carlos Eduardo Bosso, José Armando Mangione, Carisi Anne Polanczyk, Amanda Guerra de Moraes Rego Sousa, Renato Abdala Karam Kalil, Luciano de Moura Santos, Andrei Carvalho Sposito, Rafael Luiz Rech, Antônio Carlos Sobral Sousa, Felipe Baldissera, Bruno Ramos Nascimento, Roberto Rocha Corrêa Veiga Giraldez, Alexandre Biasi Cavalcanti, Sabrina Bernardez Pereira, Luiz Alberto Mattos, Luciana Vidal Armaganijan, Hélio Penna Guimarães, José Eduardo Moraes Rego Sousa, John Hunter Alexander, Christopher Bull Granger, Renato Delascio Lopes
Importance: The effects of loading doses of statins on clinical outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and planned invasive management remain uncertain. Objective: To determine if periprocedural loading doses of atorvastatin decrease 30-day major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) in patients with ACS and planned invasive management. Design, Setting, and Participants: Multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial conducted at 53 sites in Brazil among 4191 patients with ACS evaluated with coronary angiography to proceed with a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) if anatomically feasible...
March 11, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Shenhai Gong, Tian Lan, Liyan Zeng, Haihua Luo, Xiaoyu Yang, Na Li, Xiaojiao Chen, Zhanguo Liu, Rui Li, Sanda Win, Shuwen Liu, Hongwei Zhou, Bernd Schnabl, Yong Jiang, Neil Kaplowitz, Peng Chen
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Acetaminophen (APAP) induced hepatotoxicity is a leading cause of acute liver failure worldwide. It is well established that the liver damage induced by acetaminophen exhibits diurnal variation. However, the detailed mechanism for the hepatotoxic variation is not clear. Here we aimed to determine the relative contributions of gut microbiota in modulating the diurnal variation of hepatotoxicity induced by APAP. METHODS: Male Balb/C mice were treated with or without antibiotics and orally administrated a single dose of APAP (300 mg/kg) at ZT0 (when the light is on-start of resting period) and ZT12 (when the light is off-start of active period)...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
Thomas Sersté, Alexia Cornillie, Hassane Njimi, Marco Pavesi, Vicente Arroyo, Antonella Putignano, Laura Weichselbaum, Pierre Deltenre, Delphine Degré, Eric Trépo, Christophe Moreno, Thierry Gustot
BACKGROUND & AIMS: A better identification of factors predicting death is needed in alcoholic hepatitis. Acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) occurs during the course of liver disease and can be identified when AH is diagnosed (prevalent ACLF, pACLF) or during follow-up (incidental ACLF, iACLF). This study analyzed the impact of ACLF on outcomes in AH and the role of infection in the onset of ACLF and death. METHODS: Patients admitted from July, 2006 to July, 2015 suffering from biopsy-proven severe (s)AH with a Maddrey discriminant function (mDF) ≥32 were included...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
David Noiva Perdigoto, Pedro Amaro, Manuela Ferreira, Luis Tomé
A patient is admitted with complaints of recent onset nausea, discomfort, jaundice and blood tests that reveal severe hepatitis. At the time, she had been taking medication with Hypericum perforatum (St John's wort) for 6 months, and 6 weeks before this event, she took flupirtine maleate. A few days after being admitted, she developed encephalopathy progressing to acute liver failure (ALF) requiring unsuccessful liver transplantation. The patient was ultimately diagnosed with drug-induced liver injury (DILI)...
March 9, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
P Kashyap, M Deka, S Medhi, S Dutta, K Kashyap, N Kumari
Hepatitis A virus (HAV) which causes liver disease is recognized by Toll-like receptors (TLRs) through the viral nucleic acid, initiating the host defense response. The study aims to analyze the role of TLR4 rs11536889 polymorphism in the pathogenesis of hepatitis A cases from Assam. There was significant correlation between TLR4 SNP G/C (rs11536889) and between acute viral hepatitis (AVH) A cases and controls. The correlation of the 3 different genotypes GG, GC and CC of TLR4 rs11536889 with the TLR4 mRNA expression level in all the HAV cases groups have been found to be statistically significant (p <0...
2018: Acta Virologica
David F Pinal-García, Carlos M Nuño-Guzmán, Audrey Gómez-Abarca, Jorge L Corona, Ismael Espejo
Spontaneous rupture of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a potentially life-threatening complication. Diagnosis may be difficult, particularly in the absence of known liver cirrhosis or tumor. A 20-year-old male patient presented with progressive abdominal pain and shock. His past medical history was uneventful. Anemia, acute renal failure, and abnormal liver function test were demonstrated. Mild hepatomegaly, perihepatic and flank fluid, and multiple hypodense liver lesions suggestive of intrahepatic metastases or multifocal HCC were revealed by computed tomography...
January 2018: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
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