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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092641/performance-characterization-of-a-novel-electronic-number-connection-test-to-detect-minimal-hepatic-encephalopathy-in-cirrhotic-patients
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Tilo Wuensch, Darius Ferenc Ruether, Caroline Zöllner, Tobias Mueller, Tobias Jung, Magnus Kaffarnik, Ursula Kassner, Eckart Schott, Stephan Kiefer, Johann Pratschke, Martin Stockmann, Maximilian Jara
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a frequent complication of cirrhosis, characterized by cognitive deficits that negatively impact patients' quality of life. The mild, minimal hepatic encephalopathy (mHE) can only be detected by psychometric tests and early mHE detection can prevent more severe complications or even survival times. Here, we aimed to investigate the feasibility and validity of the novel-developed electronic number connection test (eNCT), which is designed as a fast and easy-to-perform mHE patient self-test...
January 12, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070704/sleep-disturbances-in-patients-of-liver-cirrhosis-with-minimal-hepatic-encephalopathy-before-and-after-lactulose-therapy
#2
Jatinderpal Singh, Barjesh Chander Sharma, Vinod Puri, Sanjeev Sachdeva, Siddharth Srivastava
Sleep disturbances are common in patients of cirrhosis with minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) and affect health related quality of life (HRQOL). No study has evaluated effect of lactulose on sleep disturbances and correlation with HRQOL in patients with MHE. We assessed sleep disturbances in cirrhosis with MHE and effect of lactulose on sleep disturbances and HRQOL. One hundred patients of cirrhosis [MHE; (n = 50, age 45.3 ± 11.2 years, 45 males) no-MHE (n = 50, age 46.3 ± 10.4 years, 44 males)] were included...
January 9, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067738/does-a-unique-neuropsychiatric-profile-currently-exist-for-chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy
#3
Faith M Hanlon, Christopher A McGrew, Andrew R Mayer
There is evidence that repetitive mild traumatic brain injury leads to specific patterns of neuropathological findings, labeled chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). However, questions remain about whether these neuropathological changes produce changes in behavior, cognition, and emotional status that are associated with a unique neuropsychiatric profile that can be assessed using currently available clinical tools. Our review of the literature indicates that insufficient evidence currently exists to suggest a distinct neuropsychiatric profile for CTE...
January 2017: Current Sports Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066966/updating-neuropsychological-test-system-for-the-elderly-and-modern-touch-screen-tablet-society-by-resetting-of-the-cut-off-values
#4
Takumi Kawaguchi, Mika Konishi, Akinobu Kato, Motoichiro Kato, Yohei Kooka, Kei Sawara, Ryujin Endo, Takuji Torimura, Kazuyuki Suzuki, Yasuhiro Takikawa
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Covert hepatic encephalopathy (CHE) is frequently seen in cirrhotic patients. CHE can be diagnosed by a computerized neuropsychological test system (NPT); however, NPT has not been updated about two decades in Japan. The aim of this study is to update the NPT for fitting the elderly and modern society by resetting of the cut-off values. METHODS: We enrolled 367 healthy subjects with 40 to 79 years old between 2003 and 2010. NPT consist of following 8 tests: number connection tests A and B, a figure position test, a digit symbol test, a block design test, and reaction time test A, B, and C...
January 8, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059938/the-effects-of-probiotics-and-symbiotics-on-risk-factors-for-hepatic-encephalopathy-a-systematic-review
#5
Daniela Viramontes Hörner, Amanda Avery, Ruth Stow
Alterations in the levels of intestinal microbiota, endotoxemia, and inflammation are novel areas of interest in the pathogenesis of hepatic encephalopathy (HE). Probiotics and symbiotics are a promising treatment option for HE due to possible beneficial effects in modulating gut microflora and might be better tolerated and more cost-effective than the traditional treatment with lactulose, rifaximin or L-ornithine-L-aspartate. A systematic search of the electronic databases PubMed, ISI Web of Science, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library was conducted for randomized controlled clinical trials in adult patients with cirrhosis, evaluating the effect of probiotics and symbiotics in changes on intestinal microflora, reduction of endotoxemia, inflammation, and ammonia, reversal of minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE), prevention of overt hepatic encephalopathy (OHE), and improvement of quality of life...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051800/%C3%A2-minimal-hepatic-encephalopathy-in-cirrhosis-how-long-to-treat
#6
Omesh Goyal, Sandeep S Sidhu, Harsh Kishore
INTRODUCTION: Minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) can reverse after short-term treatment. However, relapse rate of MHE after stopping treatment has not been studied so far. We aimed to evaluate long-term (9 months) efficacy of a short-term (3 months) treatment of MHE with lactulose/rifaximin, for maintenance of remission from MHE. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this prospective study, consecutive patients with cirrhosis and MHE were treated with lactulose/rifaximin for 3 months...
January 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027071/covert-hepatic-encephalopathy-can-my-patient-drive
#7
Jawaid Shaw, Jasmohan S Bajaj
Liver cirrhosis is a public health problem and hepatic encephalopathy is one of its main complications, which can be either overt meaning thereby evident and readily diagnosed, or covert/minimal (covert hepatic encephalopathy-CHE) needing psychometric testing for diagnosis. Patients with CHE hepatic encephalopathy have deficits in multiple domains including visuospatial assessment, attention, response inhibition, working memory, along with psychomotor speed to name a few areas. These patients have poor navigational skills, get fatigued easily, and demonstrate poor insight into their driving deficits...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024551/end-of-life-issues-in-cardiac-critical-care-the-option-of-organ-donation
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REVIEW
Karim Serri, Pierre Marsolais
Despite important advances in the care of postcardiac arrest patients, severe brain injury remains one of the major causes of death in the cardiac intensive care unit. Neurological prognostication after cardiac arrest has evolved significantly since the introduction of therapeutic hypothermia. It now relies on a multimodal approach and a minimal observation period of 72 hours is usually advocated. However, when brain injury is severe and the prognosis considered dismal, patients become eligible for organ donation...
January 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018156/how-a-drug-shortage-contributed-to-a-medication-error-leading-to-baclofen-toxicity-in-an-infant
#9
Bonnie Lau, Uma Khazanie, Emily Rowe, Karen Fauman
We report the case of a 4-month-old girl who developed encephalopathy, seizures, and respiratory compromise as a result of baclofen toxicity. After some investigation, the accidental ingestion of baclofen was caused by an error in compounding the patient's prescribed omeprazole with baclofen rather than sodium bicarbonate at a retail pharmacy. This error occurred because these two drugs, which were available as powders, were located side by side on the pharmacy shelf. The pharmacist further reported that their normal practice was to use injectable sodium bicarbonate rather than powder to compound an omeprazole suspension; however, the injectable form was not available due to a national shortage...
November 2016: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007989/cad-mutations-and-uridine-responsive-epileptic-encephalopathy
#10
Johannes Koch, Johannes A Mayr, Bader Alhaddad, Christian Rauscher, Jörgen Bierau, Reka Kovacs-Nagy, Karlien L M Coene, Ingrid Bader, Monika Holzhacker, Holger Prokisch, Hanka Venselaar, Ron A Wevers, Felix Distelmaier, Tilman Polster, Steffen Leiz, Cornelia Betzler, Tim M Strom, Wolfgang Sperl, Thomas Meitinger, Saskia B Wortmann, Tobias B Haack
Unexplained global developmental delay and epilepsy in childhood pose a major socioeconomic burden. Progress in defining the molecular bases does not often translate into effective treatment. Notable exceptions include certain inborn errors of metabolism amenable to dietary intervention. CAD encodes a multifunctional enzyme involved in de novo pyrimidine biosynthesis. Alternatively, pyrimidines can be recycled from uridine. Exome sequencing in three families identified biallelic CAD mutations in four children with global developmental delay, epileptic encephalopathy, and anaemia with anisopoikilocytosis...
December 21, 2016: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988985/altered-postural-control-and-stability-in-cirrhotic-patients-with-minimal-hepatic-encephalopathy-correlate-with-cognitive-deficits
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Amparo Urios, Alba Mangas-Losada, Carla Gimenez-Garzó, Olga González-López, Remedios Giner-Durán, Miguel A Serra, Enrique Noe, Vicente Felipo, Carmina Montoliu
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Cognitive dysfunction in cirrhotic patients with minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) is associated with falls. Alterations in postural control and stability could contribute to increase falls risk in these patients. We aimed to assess whether postural control and direction-specific limits of stability are altered in cirrhotic patients with MHE compared to patients without MHE and controls. We also assessed if alterations in postural control correlate with neurological impairment and/or blood biomarkers...
December 18, 2016: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940505/a-previously-healthy-adolescent-with-acute-encephalopathy-and-decorticate-posturing
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Yu Kawai, Andrea G DeMonbrun, Rebecca S Chambers, Danielle A Nolan, Bram A Dolcourt, Nasuh M Malas, Michael W Quasney
A 14-year-old previously healthy female was transferred from a local emergency department after being found unresponsive at home. Parental questioning revealed she had fever and pharyngitis 2 weeks before presentation. Past mental health history was negative, including concern for past or present suicidal ideation/attempts, suspected substance use, or toxic ingestion. In the emergency department, she was orotracheally intubated due to a Glasgow Coma Scale of 3. She was hemodynamically stable and euglycemic...
January 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917700/posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-following-elevated-mean-arterial-pressures-for-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
#13
Jeffrey H Zimering, Addisu Mesfin
BACKGROUND: Increasing the mean arterial pressure (MAP) is an accepted treatment modality to minimize the risk for irreversible neurologic damage secondary to spinal cord ischemia. Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a rare complication occurring after transplantation surgery, in persons having an autoimmune disorder or after abrupt increases in blood pressure of various etiologies. STUDY DESIGN: Case report. METHODS: Retrospective evaluation of medical records...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908802/minimal-hepatic-encephalopathy-in-children-uncommon-or-unrecognised-time-to-act
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EDITORIAL
Eirini Kyrana, Anil Dhawan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 29, 2016: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895414/hepatic-encephalopathy-ever-closer-to-its-big-bang
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EDITORIAL
Pablo A Souto, Ariel R Marcotegui, Lisandro Orbea, Juan Skerl, Juan Carlos Perazzo
Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a neuropsychiatric disorder that commonly complicates the course of patients with liver disease. Despite the fact that the syndrome was probably first recognized hundreds of years ago, the exact pathogenesis still remains unclear. Minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) is the earliest form of HE and is estimated to affect more that 75% of patients with liver cirrhosis. It is characterized by cognitive impairment predominantly attention, reactiveness and integrative function with very subtle clinical manifestations...
November 14, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885490/localized-cortical-chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy-pathology-after-single-severe-axonal-injury-in-human-brain
#16
Sharon B Shively, Sarah L Edgerton, Diego Iacono, Dushyant P Purohit, Bao-Xi Qu, Vahram Haroutunian, Kenneth L Davis, Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, Daniel P Perl
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive mild impact traumatic brain injury from contact sports. Recently, a consensus panel defined the pathognomonic lesion for CTE as accumulations of abnormally hyperphosphorylated tau (p-tau) in neurons (neurofibrillary tangles), astrocytes and cell processes distributed around small blood vessels at sulcal depths in irregular patterns within the cortex. The pathophysiological mechanism for this lesion is unknown. Moreover, a subset of CTE cases harbors cortical β-amyloid plaques...
November 24, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878780/a-pilot-study-using-lactulose-in-management-of-minimal-hepatic-encephalopathy-in-children-with-extrahepatic-portal-vein-obstruction
#17
Hanaa Mostafa El-Karaksy, Omneya Afifi, Azza Bakry, Ann Abdel Kader, Noha Saber
BACKGROUND: Minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) is not associated with overt neuropsychiatric symptoms but rather with subtle changes in psychometric and/or neurophysiologic tests. We aimed to diagnose MHE in children with extrahepatic portal vein obstruction (EHPVO) and to evaluate the effect of lactulose on MHE. METHODS: A prospective study was carried out on 30 patients with EHPVO (21 males; mean age 10±2.5 years). The study was carried out in the Pediatric Hepatology Unit, Cairo University Pediatric Hospital, Cairo, Egypt, between 2011 and 2013...
February 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878554/the-involvement-of-the-decrease-of-astrocytic-wnt5a-in-the-cognitive-decline-in-minimal-hepatic-encephalopathy
#18
Saidan Ding, Zhu Xu, Jianjing Yang, Leping Liu, Xueli Huang, Xuebao Wang, Qichuan Zhuge
Wnt signaling plays a key role in neuroprotection and synaptic plasticity. We speculate that the impairment of Wnt signaling may mediate astrocytic neurotrophins (NTs) production and the impairment of Wnt signaling to astrocytic NTs production contributes to the pathogenesis of minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE). Here, we found that induction of astrocytic NTs synthesis was by Wnt5a via the calcium/calmodulin-sensitive protein kinase II (CaMK II)-cAMP-response element-binding protein (CREB) pathway in PCAs...
November 22, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843538/reversibility-of-minimal-hepatic-encephalopathy-following-liver-transplantation-in-egyptian-cirrhotic-patients
#19
Mahmoud A Osman, Moataz M Sayed, Khaled A Mansour, Shereen A Saleh, Wesam A Ibrahim, Sara M Abdelhakam, Mohamed Bahaa, Wael A Yousry, Hosam S Elbaz, Reginia N Mikhail, Azza M Hassan, Ehab H Elsayed, Dalia A Mahmoud
AIM: To evaluate the reversibility of minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) following liver transplantation (LT) in Egyptian cirrhotic patients. METHODS: This prospective study included twenty patients with biopsy-proven liver cirrhosis listed for LT and twenty age- and sex-matched healthy control subjects. All underwent neuro-psychiatric examination, laboratory investigations, radiological studies and psychometric tests including trail making test A (TMT A), TMT B, digit symbol test and serial dotting test...
October 28, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843536/frontal-assessment-battery-a-tool-for-screening-minimal-hepatic-encephalopathy
#20
Karina Zamprogno de Souza, Maria Penha Zago-Gomes
AIM: To apply the Frontal Assessment Battery to cirrhotic patients with or without overt hepatic encephalopathy (OHE) and controls. METHODS: The frontal assessment battery (FAB) was applied to 87 patients with liver cirrhosis (16 with and 71 without OHE) and 40 control subjects without cirrhosis treated at the alcohol and liver outpatient clinics and the gastroenterology ward of the Cassiano Antônio de Moraes University Hospital (Hospital Universitário Cassiano Antônio de Moraes - HUCAM), Espírito Santo, Brazil...
October 28, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
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