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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753082/criteria-to-determine-reliability-of-non-invasive-assessment-of-liver-fibrosis-with-virtual-touch-quantification
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Jerome Boursier, Christophe Cassinotto, Gilles Hunault, Sarah Shili, Jerome Lebigot, Bruno Lapuyade, Adrien Lannes, Jean-Baptiste Hiriart, Victoire Cartier, Brigitte Le Bail, Sophie Michalak, Amaury Mouries, Frederic Oberti, Faiza Chermak, Isabelle Fouchard-Hubert, Paul Cales, Christophe Aube, Victor de Ledinghen
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Virtual Touch Quantification (VTQ) evaluates liver fibrosis in patients with chronic liver diseases by measuring shear wave speed in the liver. We aimed to determine the reliability criteria of VTQ examination. METHODS: We performed a prospective study of 1094 patients with chronic liver disease from November 2009 through October 2016 at Angers University Hospital, and between April 2010 and May 2015 at Bordeaux University Hospital, in France...
May 9, 2018: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29739046/albumin-bilirubin-score-predicts-short-term-mortality-in-patients-with-hepatitis-b-virus-related-decompensated-cirrhosis
#2
Xiao T Qi
BACKGROUND: The albumin-bilirubin (ALBI) score is a new index for assessing the severity of liver dysfunction. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) related decompensated cirrhosis (HBV-DeCi) has a high short-term mortality rate. The purpose of this study was to elucidate the prognostic role of the ALBI score in patients with HBV-DeCi. METHODS: This retrospective study included 81 patients who had been diagnosed with HBV-DeCi. All patients were followed up with for at least 2 months, and the relationships between prognosis and ALBI score were analysed...
May 1, 2018: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29729368/a-combined-model-based-on-spleen-stiffness-measurement-and-baveno-vi-criteria-to-rule-out-high-risk-varices-in-advanced-chronic-liver-disease
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Antonio Colecchia, Federico Ravaioli, Giovanni Marasco, Agostino Colli, Elton Dajti, Annarita Di Biase, Maria Letizia Bacchi Reggiani, Annalisa Berzigotti, Massimo Pinzani, Davide Festi
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Recently, Baveno VI guidelines suggested that esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) can be avoided in patients with cACLD who have a liver stiffness measurement (LSM) < 20 kPa and platelet count >150,000/mm3 . We aimed to: assess the performance of spleen stiffness measurement (SSM) in ruling out patients with high-risk varices (HRV); validate Baveno VI criteria in a large population and assess how the sequential use of Baveno VI criteria and SSM could safely avoid the need for endoscopy...
May 2, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29722188/haemochromatosis-a-clinical-update-for-the-practising-physician
#4
Daniel E Radford-Smith, Elizabeth E Powell, Lawrie W Powell
Haemochromatosis is most commonly due to the autosomal recessive inheritance of a C282Y substitution in the HFE protein, whereby both alleles of the corresponding gene are affected. The disease is characterised by an inappropriate increase in intestinal iron absorption due to reduced expression of the iron regulatory protein, hepcidin. Progressive iron deposition in parenchymal tissues may ultimately lead to liver and other organ toxicity. The characteristic biochemical abnormalities are raised serum ferritin and transferrin saturation, which can be used in conjunction with genetic tests and emerging magnetic resonance imaging-based techniques to diagnose patients with the disorder...
May 2018: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29713554/postinfantile-giant-cell-hepatitis-with-features-of-acute-severe-autoimmune-hepatitis-probably-triggered-by-diclofenac-in-a-patient-with-primary-myelofibrosis
#5
Pinelopi Arvaniti, Kalliopi Zachou, George K Koukoulis, George N Dalekos
Giant cell hepatitis (GCH) is commonly reported in neonatal and infantile liver diseases but rarely in adults where the term postinfantile GCH (PIGCH) is used. PIGCH is associated with many diseases, including drugs toxicity, viruses, and autoimmune liver diseases, with autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) being the most prevalent. We present a case of PIGCH in a 76-year-old female without known history of liver disease who suffered from an acute severe episode of hepatitis. After careful exclusion of other hepatitis causes by imaging, virological, immunological, and microbiological investigations, a diagnosis of acute severe AIH (AS-AIH) was established...
2018: Case Reports in Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29694726/treatment-and-management-options-for-the-hepatitis-c-virus-infected-kidney-transplant-candidate
#6
REVIEW
Adriana Dejman, Marco A Ladino, David Roth
A substantial body of literature has unequivocally established that prevalent hepatitis C virus infection in chronic kidney disease (CKD), end stage renal disease (ESRD) and kidney transplant recipients is associated with a negative impact on patient survival. As a consequence of remarkable work that explained the details of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) genome, a class of drugs referred to as the direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents were developed that targeted specific key sites in viral replication. Large clinical trials in the HCV-infected general population followed soon after that demonstrated cure rates exceeding 95%...
April 2018: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679242/automatic-organ-segmentation-for-ct-scans-based-on-super-pixel-and-convolutional-neural-networks
#7
Xiaoming Liu, Shuxu Guo, Bingtao Yang, Shuzhi Ma, Huimao Zhang, Jing Li, Changjian Sun, Lanyi Jin, Xueyan Li, Qi Yang, Yu Fu
Accurate segmentation of specific organ from computed tomography (CT) scans is a basic and crucial task for accurate diagnosis and treatment. To avoid time-consuming manual optimization and to help physicians distinguish diseases, an automatic organ segmentation framework is presented. The framework utilized convolution neural networks (CNN) to classify pixels. To reduce the redundant inputs, the simple linear iterative clustering (SLIC) of super-pixels and the support vector machine (SVM) classifier are introduced...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29644058/porphyria-and-kidney-diseases
#8
Nicolas Pallet, Alexandre Karras, Eric Thervet, Laurent Gouya, Zoubida Karim, Hervé Puy
The kidneys, after the bone marrow and liver, are third in terms of the amounts of haem synthesized daily. Haem is incorporated into haemoproteins that are critical to renal physiology. In turn, disturbances in haem metabolism interfere with renal physiology and are tightly interrelated with kidney diseases. Acute intermittent porphyria causes kidney injury, whereas medical situations associated with end-stage renal disease, such as porphyrin accumulation, iron overload and hepatitis C, participate in the inhibition of uroporphyrinogen decarboxylase and predispose the individual to porphyria cutanea tarda...
April 2018: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29627389/plasma-msept9-a-novel-circulating-cell-free-dna-based-epigenetic-biomarker-to-diagnose-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#9
Abderrahim Oussalah, Susann Rischer, Mouni Bensenane, Guillaume Conroy, Pierre Filhine-Tresarrieu, Renée Debard, Denise Forest-Tramoy, Thomas Josse, Dana Reinicke, Matthieu Garcia, Amandine Luc, Cédric Baumann, Ahmet Ayav, Valérie Laurent, Marcus Hollenbach, Cristina Ripoll, Rosa-Maria Guéant-Rodriguez, Fares Namour, Alexander Zipprich, Michael Fleischhacker, Jean-Pierre Bronowicki, Jean-Louis Guéant
BACKGROUND: Patients with cirrhosis are at high risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The SEPT9 gene is a key regulator of cell division and tumor suppressor whose hypermethylation is associated with liver carcinogenesis. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of a PCR-based assay for the analysis of SEPT9 promoter methylation in circulating cell-free DNA (mSEPT9) for diagnosing HCC among cirrhotic patients. METHODS: We report two phase II biomarker studies that included cirrhotic patients with or without HCC from France (initial study) and Germany (replication study)...
March 28, 2018: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29625787/tropical-diseases-in-the-icu-a-syndromic-approach-to-diagnosis-and-treatment
#10
Dilip R Karnad, Guy A Richards, Gisele Sampaio Silva, Pravin Amin
Tropical infections form 20-30% of ICU admissions in tropical countries. Diarrheal diseases, malaria, dengue, typhoid, rickettsial diseases and leptospirosis are common causes of critical illness. Overlapping clinical features makes initial diagnosis challenging. A systematic approach involving (1) history of specific continent or country of travel, (2) exposure to specific environments (forests or farms, water sports, consumption of exotic foods), (3) incubation period, and (4) pattern of organ involvement and subtle differences in manifestations help in differential diagnosis and choice of initial empiric therapy...
March 27, 2018: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29600441/efficacy-and-safety-of-the-newer-multiple-sclerosis-drugs-approved-since-2010
#11
REVIEW
Simon Faissner, Ralf Gold
Multiple sclerosis treatment faces tremendous changes as a result of the approval of new medications. The new medications have differing safety considerations and risks after long-term treatment, which are important for treating physicians to optimize and individualize multiple sclerosis care. Since the approval of the first multiple sclerosis capsule, fingolimod, the armamentarium of multiple sclerosis therapy has grown with the orally available medications dimethyl fumarate and teriflunomide. Fingolimod is mainly associated with cardiac side effects, dimethyl fumarate with bowel symptoms...
March 2018: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29599940/a-new-intelligent-medical-decision-support-system-based-on-enhanced-hierarchical-clustering-and-random-decision-forest-for-the-classification-of-alcoholic-liver-damage-primary-hepatoma-liver-cirrhosis-and-cholelithiasis
#12
Aman Singh, Babita Pandey
Diagnosis of liver disease principally depends on physician's subjective knowledge. Automatic prediction of the disease is a critical real-world medical problem. This work presents an EHC-ERF-based intelligence-integrated model purposive to predict different types of liver disease including alcoholic liver damage, primary hepatoma, liver cirrhosis, and cholelithiasis. These diseases cause many clinical complications, and their accurate assessment is the only way for providing efficient treatment facilities to patients...
2018: Journal of Healthcare Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29570559/the-health-care-transition-of-youth-with-liver-disease-into-the-adult-health-system-position-paper-from-espghan-and-easl
#13
Pietro Vajro, Björn Fischler, Patrizia Burra, Dominique Debray, Antal Dezsofi, Salvatore Guercio Nuzio, Nedim Hadzic, Loreto Hierro, Joerg Jahnel, Thierry Lamireau, Patrick McKiernan, Valerie McLin, Valerio Nobili, Piotr Socha, Francoise Smets, Ulli Baumann, Henkjan J Verkade
BACKGROUND: Medical advances have dramatically improved the long-term prognosis of children and adolescents with once-fatal hepatobiliary diseases. However, there is no generally accepted optimal pathway of care for the transition from paediatric care to the adult health system. AIM: The purpose of this position paper is to propose a transition process for young people with paediatric onset hepatobiliary diseases from child-centred to adult-centred healthcare services...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29562331/the-2018-european-heart-rhythm-association-practical-guide-on-the-use-of-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-executive-summary
#14
Jan Steffel, Peter Verhamme, Tatjana S Potpara, Pierre Albaladejo, Matthias Antz, Lien Desteghe, Karl Georg Haeusler, Jonas Oldgren, Holger Reinecke, Vanessa Roldan-Schilling, Nigel Rowell, Peter Sinnaeve, Ronan Collins, A John Camm, Hein Heidbüchel
The current manuscript is the Executive Summary of the second update to the original Practical Guide, published in 2013. Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are an alternative for vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), and have emerged as the preferred choice, particularly in patients newly started on anticoagulation. Both physicians and patients are becoming more accustomed to the use of these drugs in clinical practice. However, many unresolved questions on how to optimally use these agents in specific clinical situations remain...
March 19, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29562325/the-2018-european-heart-rhythm-association-practical-guide-on-the-use-of-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#15
Jan Steffel, Peter Verhamme, Tatjana S Potpara, Pierre Albaladejo, Matthias Antz, Lien Desteghe, Karl Georg Haeusler, Jonas Oldgren, Holger Reinecke, Vanessa Roldan-Schilling, Nigel Rowell, Peter Sinnaeve, Ronan Collins, A John Camm, Hein Heidbüchel
The current manuscript is the second update of the original Practical Guide, published in 2013 [Heidbuchel et al. European Heart Rhythm Association Practical Guide on the use of new oral anticoagulants in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Europace 2013;15:625-651; Heidbuchel et al. Updated European Heart Rhythm Association Practical Guide on the use of non-vitamin K antagonist anticoagulants in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Europace 2015;17:1467-1507]. Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are an alternative for vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and have emerged as the preferred choice, particularly in patients newly started on anticoagulation...
March 17, 2018: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29556169/liver-cirrhosis-from-autoimmune-hepatitis-in-a-nigerian-woman-a-case-report
#16
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29544033/hospitalizations-for-cardiovascular-disease-after-liver-transplantation-in-the-united-states
#17
Narjeet S Khurmi, Yu-Hui Chang, D Eric Steidley, Andrew L Singer, Winston R Hewitt, Kunam S Reddy, Adyr A Moss, Amit K Mathur
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of post-liver transplant death, and variable care patterns may affect outcomes. We aimed to describe epidemiology and outcomes of inpatient CVD care across U.S. hospitals. METHODS: Using a merged dataset from the 2002-2011 Nationwide Inpatient Sample and the American Hospital Association Annual Survey, we evaluated liver transplant patients admitted primarily with myocardial infarction (MI), stroke (CVA), congestive heart failure (CHF), dysrhythmias, cardiac arrest (CA), or malignant hypertension...
March 15, 2018: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29537697/hepatology-in-a-changing-health-care-landscape-a-call-for-health-services-research
#18
Lisa B VanWagner, Fasiha Kanwal
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) followed by the physician payment reform, there is an urgent need to better understand the complex relationships between structure (including incentives), processes, and outcomes of health care and, based on this understanding, identify interventions that can ensure delivery of high value care to patients with liver disease. As hepatologists, how do we systematically address these issues and ensure that we provide high-value care to our patients? These factors combine in the burgeoning field of health services research...
March 14, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29537348/ethics-of-liver-transplantation-the-role-of-the-anesthesiologist
#19
James M West
Anesthesiologists have clearly established their place in the history of medical ethics. Our involvement goes back to 1966 when Henri Beecher published his landmark paper on research and informed consent. Participation in the ethics of transplantation is no less important than our previous work. Organ transplant has been life saving for many but also has given rise to many misunderstandings not just from the public but also among our own colleagues. These include methods of allocation and donation, the role that affluence may play in receiving an organ, the definition of death and donation after circulatory death...
June 2018: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29531644/prevalence-of-cyp2c19-genetic-polymorphism-among-normal-people-and-patients-with-hepatic-diseases
#20
Z Hashemizadeh, S A Malek-Hosseini, P Badiee
Background: Patients with hepatic diseases are treated with numerous drugs metabolized by cytochrome P450. Objective: To evaluate the frequencies of CYP2C19 variant alleles (*2, *3, and *17), genotypes, and phenotypes, and the relationship between the frequency of these alleles and the underlying hepatic diseases among patients with advanced liver diseases who were candidates for liver transplantation. Methods: The Study was conducted on 120 patients suffering from various hepatic disorders, candidates for liver transplantation, and 52 healthy volunteers...
2018: International Journal of Organ Transplantation Medicine
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