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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101307/review-and-recommendations-on-management-of-adult-female-thalassemia-patients-with-hypogonadism-based-on-literature-review-and-experience-of-icet-a-network-specialists
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Vincenzo De Sanctis, Ashraf T Soliman, Heba Elsedfy, Alice Albu, Soad Al Jaouni, Salvatore Anastasi, Maria Grazia Bisconte, Duran Canatan, Soteroula Christou, Shahina Daar, Salvatore Di Maio, Mohamed El Kholy, Doaa Khater, Mohamed Elshinawy, Yurdanur Kilinc, Roberto Mattei, Hala H Mosli, Alessandra Quota, Maria Grazia Roberti, Praveen Sobti, Saif Al Yaarubi, Saveria Canpisi, Christos Kattamis
BACKGROUND: Multi-transfused thalassemia major (TM) patients frequently develop severe endocrine complications, mainly due to iron overload, anemia, and chronic liver disease, which require prompt diagnosis, treatment and follow-up by specialists. The most common endocrine complication documented is hypogonadotropic hypogonadism which increases with age and associated comorbidities. It is thus important for physicians to have a clear understanding of the pathophysiology and management of this disorder...
2017: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095796/a-severe-case-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-and-liposomal-amphotericin-b-treatment-failure-in-an-immunosuppressed-patient-15%C3%A2-years-after-exposure
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Anna Eichenberger, Annina E Buechi, Andreas Neumayr, Chistroph Hatz, Andri Rauch, Marc Huguenot, Eva Diamantis-Karamitopoulou, Cornelia Staehelin
BACKGROUND: Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a protozoan disease, which is responsible for 200.000-400.000 yearly infections worldwide. If left untreated, the fatality rate can be as high as 100% within 2 years. 90% of cases occur in just six countries: India, Bangladesh, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Brazil. It is thus a disease rarely seen by physicians in Europe or North America. We report on the fatal case of VL in an 80-year-old immunosuppressed patient who presented with a latency of over 15 years after having visited an endemic region...
January 17, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089627/the-relationship-between-tamoxifen-associated-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-the-prognosis-of-patients-with-early-stage-breast-cancer
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Meiying Yan, Jingxuan Wang, Qijia Xuan, Tieying Dong, Juan He, Qingyuan Zhang
PURPOSE: To investigate the relationship between tamoxifen-associated nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and survival outcomes in patients with breast cancer. METHODS: Patients with early-stage invasive breast cancer after curative resection from January 2009 to June 2011 were selected. A total of 646 patients who were treated with tamoxifen were included. Patients diagnosed with NAFLD on ultrasonography were classified into the NAFLD and non-NAFLD groups...
December 24, 2016: Clinical Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088581/a-stepwise-algorithm-using-a-at-a-glance-first-line-test-for-the-non-invasive-diagnosis-of-advanced-liver-fibrosis-and-cirrhosis
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Jérôme Boursier, Victor de Ledinghen, Vincent Leroy, Rodolphe Anty, Sven Francque, Dominique Salmon, Adrien Lannes, Sandrine Bertrais, Frederic Oberti, Isabelle Fouchard-Hubert, Paul Calès
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Chronic liver diseases (CLD) are highly frequent and thus mainly managed by non-hepatologists. Because they lack access to the best non-invasive tests of liver fibrosis, these physicians cannot accurately determine the disease severity and the need for referral to a hepatologist. We aimed to implement an algorithm, comprising a new first-line test usable by all physicians, for the detection of advanced liver fibrosis in all CLD patients. METHODS: Diagnostic study: 3,754 CLD patients with liver biopsy were 2:1 randomized into derivation and validation sets...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087208/-child-langerhans-cell-histiocytosis
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Jean Donadieu, Sébastien Héritier
DEFINITION: Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is defined by the association of a clinical and radiological involvement and a biopsy of a pathological tissue. Extension: it can affect any organ or system of the body but most commonly the bone (80% of cases), the skin (33%) and the pituitary (25%). Other organs are concerned such as liver, spleen, hematopoietic system and the lungs (15% each), lymph nodes (5-10%) and central nervous system (CNS) excluding the pituitary (2-4%). Natural history: the natural history of the disease is very heterogeneous, ranging from auto-regressive lesions to a disease affecting multiple organs with fatal consequences, while some lesions may be responsible for permanent sequels...
January 10, 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081586/a-case-of-levocetirizine-induced-liver-injury
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Moon Chan Jung, Ja Kyung Kim, Jae Yeon Cho, Jae Won Song, Bohyun Lee, Ji Won Park, Jinwon Seo, Sung Eun Kim
Levocetirizine is a second-generation nonsedative antihistaminic agent that has been demonstrated to be safe and effective for treating allergic disease. There was only one case report of levocetirizine-induced liver toxicity, but a liver biopsy was not performed. In this article, we present the first case of levocetirizine-induced liver injury with histologic findings. A 48-year-old man was hospitalized with jaundice and generalized pruritus that had developed after 2 months of therapy with levocetirizine for prurigo nodularis...
December 2016: Clinical and Molecular Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062468/comparison-of-self-perceived-cardiovascular-disease-risk-among-smokers-with-framingham-and-procam-scores-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-baseline-data-from-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Benoît Desgraz, Tinh-Hai Collet, Nicolas Rodondi, Jacques Cornuz, Carole Clair
OBJECTIVES: Previous studies suggest that smokers have a misperception of their 10-year cardiovascular risk. We aimed to compare 10-year cardiovascular risk self-perception and calculated risk among smokers willing to quit and assess the determinants of a possible misperception. DESIGN: Cross-sectional secondary analysis of baseline data from a randomised controlled trial of smoking cessation. PARTICIPANTS: 514 participants, mean age 51.1 years, 46% women, 98% Caucasian...
January 6, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052631/why-and-how-to-measure-renal-function-in-patients-with-liver-disease
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REVIEW
Salvatore Piano, Antonietta Romano, Marco Di Pascoli, Paolo Angeli
Patients with advanced liver disease frequently have impaired renal function. Both acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are quite common in patients with cirrhosis and both are associated with a worse prognosis in these patients. A careful assessment of renal function is highly important in these patients to help physicians determine their diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic management and to define transplantation strategies (liver transplantation alone vs simultaneous liver and kidney transplantation)...
January 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051806/%C3%A2-acute-hepatitis-e-mimicking-a-flare-of-disease-in-a-patient-with-chronic-autoimmune-hepatitis
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Giorgio Calisti, Dianne N Irish, Samreen Ijaz, Richard S Tedder, Kevin Moore
 Acute hepatitis E is becoming increasingly recognised in Europe with up to 40% of the population in Southern France being exposed to the virus, which is harboured in pigs. Patients with known liver disease may present with acute hepatitis E and present a diagnostic challenge. For example patients with autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) who are immunosuppressed and contract hepatitis E may be at increased risk of developing chronicity due to concurrent immunosuppression. Importantly, the diagnosis may be missed with the infection misdiagnosed as an autoimmune flare, and immunosuppression increased by the attending physician, thus enhancing the risk of chronicity of infection leading to progressive liver injury in immunocompromised patients...
January 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043581/common-features-of-tuberculosis-and-sarcoidosis
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Esmaeil Mortaz, Mohammad Reza Masjedi, Atefeh Abedini, Soheila Matroodi, Arda Kiani, Dina Soroush, Ian M Adcock
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Despite the availability of novel therapeutic approaches, TB is considered as one of the leading causes of death due to infectious diseases worldwide. Alveolar macrophages are the first line of defense against M. tuberculosis; they ingest and sequester the bacilli within granulomatous structures. Control and resolution of the infection requires activated T lymphocytes as well as Th1 cytokines. There are two forms of TB: active TB and latent TB...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028503/cardiac-hydatid-cyst-a-case-report
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Esfandiar Shojaei, Zeynab Yassin, Omid Rezahosseini
Hydatid disease commonly involves liver but in rare cases, it can involve cardiac structures. A 75-yr-old farmer from Parsabad-Moghan, northwestern Iran was presented to the Emergency Room of Tehran Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran, Iran with dyspnea and without chest pain in 2014. A lesion compatible with hydatid cyst was found in echocardiography and confirmed by serology and MRI. Surgical treatment was done but the patient was died in recovery room because of cardiac arrhythmia. In endemic areas, hydatid cyst should be considered in differential diagnosis of heterogeneous echogenic lesions even if the serologic tests are negative...
November 2016: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012215/real-world-experience-with-daclatasvir-plus-sofosbuvir-%C3%A2-ribavirin-for-post-liver-transplant-hcv-recurrence-and-severe-liver-disease
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Kerstin Herzer, Tania M Welzel, Ulrich Spengler, Holger Hinrichsen, Hartwig Klinker, Thomas Berg, Peter Ferenci, Markus Peck-Radosavljevic, Akin Inderson, Yue Zhao, Maria Jesus Jimenez-Exposito, Stefan Zeuzem
Optimizing therapy of post-transplant HCV recurrence remains important, especially in advanced liver disease. We evaluated daclatasvir (DCV) plus sofosbuvir (SOF), with or without ribavirin (RBV), in patients with post-liver transplant recurrence in a real-world European cohort at high risk of decompensation or death within 12 months. Recommended treatment was DCV 60mg plus SOF 400mg once-daily for 24 weeks; RBV use/shorter treatment duration was at physicians' discretion. Patients (N=87) were 70% male, 93% white, and mostly infected with HCV genotypes 1b (48%), 1a (32%), or 3 (9%); 37 (43%) had cirrhosis (16 decompensated), five had fibrosing cholestatic hepatitis...
December 24, 2016: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999641/assessment-of-transient-elastography-fibroscan-for-diagnosis-of-fibrosis-in-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Seyed-Abbas Hashemi, Seyed-Moayed Alavian, Mohammad Gholami-Fesharaki
BACKGROUND: Transient elastography (TE) is a new modality for the diagnosis of liver fibrosis caused by various etiologies. This study was conducted to determine the accuracy of TE in detecting the different stages of liver fibrosis in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) patients. METHODS: MEDLINE/PubMed, Embase, Ovid, Cochrane Library, American College of Physicians (ACP) Journal Club, Google Scholar, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects, and Web of Science that evaluated the liver stiffness by means of TE and liver biopsy were enrolled in this systematic review and meta-analysis...
2016: Caspian Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997508/cost-variation-of-anterior-cervical-fusions-in-elderly-medicare-beneficiaries
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Varun Puvanesarajah, David J Kirby, Amit Jain, Brian C Werner, Hamid Hassanzadeh
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective database review OBJECTIVE.: To determine how demographics and comorbid diagnoses influence hospital costs during admission for anterior cervical fusions (ACFs) in the elderly Medicare population. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Elective ACFs to treat degenerative cervical pathology are extremely common within the elderly population. Though it is well known that every patient has a significantly different medical profile that guides treatment and post-operative care, little information is available regarding how hospital costs vary from patient to patient...
December 16, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965158/sofosbuvir-and-ribavirin-for-genotype-2-hcv-infected-patients-with-cirrhosis-a-real-life-experience
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Alessandra Mangia, Simone Susser, Valeria Piazzolla, Ernesto Agostinacchio, Giulio De Stefano, Vincenzo Palmieri, Giancarlo Spinzi, Immacolata Carraturo, Domenico Potenza, Ruggero Losappio, Andrea Arleo, Maria Miscio, Rosanna Santoro, Christoph Sarrazin, Massimiliano Copetti
BACKGROUND: SOF and weight-based RBV represented until recently the standard-of-care in HCVGT2 patients. In registration studies 12-16 weeks duration were associated with 90% SVR12. Real life cohorts showed lower SVR12 rates. AIM: To investigate SVR12 rates attained in an Italian real life cohort and possible benefits of a duration extended up to 20 weeks in cirrhotics. To explore the role of 2k/1b chimeras as potential predictor of treatment failure. RESULTS: Overall, 291 HCVGT2 infected patients with bridging fibrosis or cirrhosis were evaluated...
December 10, 2016: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957428/isolated-hepatic-metastasis-from-prostate-carcinoma
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Stephani C Wang, Lezah P McCarthy, Syed Mehdi
Worldwide, prostate cancer is considered the second most common cancer in men. Most common sites for metastatic disease are lymph nodes and bones. However, isolated liver metastasis from prostate cancer is rare. We present a 75 year-old male with prostate adenocarcinoma diagnosed 7 years ago. With rising PSA, he underwent imaging and found to have isolated hepatic metastasis. After left hepatic lobectomy, his PSA dramatically decreased to < 0.01. Physicians should be aware of isolated hepatic metastasis in patients with prostate cancer...
January 2017: Urology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921168/the-2016-diagnostic-criteria-for-primary-sclerosing-cholangitis
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Takahiro Nakazawa, Kenji Notohara, Susumu Tazuma, Atsushi Tanaka, Hiroyuki Isayama, Toshio Tsuyuguchi, Toshiyuki Mori, Hajime Takikawa
BACKGROUND: Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is a chronic cholestatic liver disease of unknown cause that is characterized pathologically by an inflammatory and fibrotic process centered on the epithelium, leading to diffuse biliary stenosis and increased wall thickness throughout the intra- and extra-hepatic biliary trees. A nationwide survey in Japan revealed several differences in the clinical aspects of PSC between Japan and Western countries. PSC was recently designated an intractable hepatobiliary disease in Japan...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921044/non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-cause-or-effect-of-metabolic-syndrome
#18
REVIEW
Christoph Grander, Felix Grabherr, Alexander R Moschen, Herbert Tilg
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common liver disease throughout the world. Pathophysiological insights into this disease have recently illustrated that various factors such as insulin resistance, innate immunity, metabolic inflammation, and the microbiota are of relevance. NAFLD, metabolic syndrome (MS), and type 2 diabetes (T2D) share many pathophysiological aspects, and inflammatory processes in the adipose tissue, gut, and liver have evolved to be of exceptional importance. Most of NAFLD patients are obese and encounter a high risk of developing MS and T2D...
October 2016: Visceral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920470/nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-multisystem-disease
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REVIEW
Ivana Mikolasevic, Sandra Milic, Tamara Turk Wensveen, Ivana Grgic, Ivan Jakopcic, Davor Stimac, Felix Wensveen, Lidija Orlic
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one of the most common comorbidities associated with overweight and metabolic syndrome (MetS). Importantly, NAFLD is one of its most dangerous complications because it can lead to severe liver pathologies, including fibrosis, cirrhosis and hepatic cellular carcinoma. Given the increasing worldwide prevalence of obesity, NAFLD has become the most common cause of chronic liver disease and therefore is a major global health problem. Currently, NAFLD is predominantly regarded as a hepatic manifestation of MetS...
November 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918312/physician-patient-communication-is-associated-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-screening-in-chronic-liver-disease-patients
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Deborah J Li, Yikyung Park, Neeta Vachharajani, Wint Yan Aung, Jacqueline Garonzik-Wang, William C Chapman
BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic liver disease are at high risk for developing liver cancer. Factors associated with screening awareness and doctor-patient communication regarding liver cancer were examined. STUDY: Four hundred sixty-seven patients with chronic liver disease at a tertiary-care clinic participated in a phone survey regarding awareness of cancer screening, doctor-patient communication, and health behaviors. Medical records were retrospectively reviewed for data on liver disease etiology and dates of liver imaging tests...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
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