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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)
Yi Shen, Sheng Zhang, Xulin Wang, Yuanyuan Wang, Jian Zhang, Gang Qin, Wenchao Li, Kun Ding, Lei Zhang, Feng Liang
BACKGROUND: Because whether hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection increases the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) has been a controversial topic, pair-wise and network meta-analyses of published literature were carried out to accurately evaluate the association between different phases of HBV infection and the risk of T2DM. METHODS: A comprehensive literature retrieval was conducted from the Pubmed, Embase, Cochrane Library, Chinese Database to identify epidemiological studies on the association between HBV infection and the risk of T2DM that were published from 1999 to 2015...
October 18, 2016: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Sarah A Sterling, Michael A Puskarich, Alan E Jones
OBJECTIVE: To describe the effect of liver disease (LD) on lactate clearance during early sepsis resuscitation. METHODS: This is a multicenter randomized clinical trial. An initial lactate >2 mmol/L and subsequent serum lactate measurement within 6 hours were required for inclusion. LD was categorized by two methods: 1) past medical history (PMH) categorized as no LD, mild LD (no Child's score criteria, but PMH of hepatitis B/C), cirrhosis; and 2) measurable liver dysfunction determined by the liver component of the sequential organ failure assessment (L-SOFA) score as no dysfunction (L-SOFA score 0), mild dysfunction (score 1), moderate-severe dysfunction (score 2 to 4)...
December 2015: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Tao Wu, Ping Wang, Ting Zhang, Jian Zheng, Shuoyang Li, Jie Zeng, Masatoshi Kudo, Rongqin Zheng
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive assessment of liver fibrosis has important clinical significance. Different techniques including two-dimensional shear-wave elastography (2D SWE) and real-time tissue elastography (RTE) are reported to be useful for the noninvasive diagnosis of hepatic fibrosis. All these techniques are affected by many factors. How to choose a reasonable method needs further studies. PURPOSE: This study was conducted to comparatively assess the diagnostic performance of 2D SWE and RTE in patients with Chronic Hepatitis B (CHB) and influence of inflammation on the stiffness values obtained by both techniques, so as to objectively assess the reasonable choice between these 2 elastography techniques for noninvasive assessment of hepatic fibrosis in clinical practice...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Satoru Hagiwara, Naoshi Nishida, Tomohiro Watanabe, Toshiharu Sakurai, Hiroshi Ida, Yasunori Minami, Masahiro Takita, Tomohiro Minami, Mina Iwanishi, Hirokazu Chishina, Kazuomi Ueshima, Yoriaki Komeda, Tadaaki Arizumi, Masatoshi Kudo
OBJECTIVE: Treatment for chronic hepatitis C has recently developed in a very rapid manner. In Japan, in September 2014, IFN-free asunaprevir (ASV) and daclatasvir (DCV) became available for combination therapy. We report the treatment outcomes achieved at our hospital using this combination therapy. METHODS: Sustained virological response (SVR) 24 could be evaluated in 120 of 125 patients with chronic liver disease type C who visited our hospital and were treated with ASV/DCV after September 2014, and these patients were analyzed...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Jem Ma Ahn, Chang Ha Kim, Soon Ho Um, Kyung Mee Kim, Tae Hyung Kim, Sun Young Yim, Hyuk Soon Choi, Eun Sun Kim, Bora Keum, Yeon Seok Seo, Hyung Joon Yim, Yoon Tae Jeen, Hong Sik Lee, Hoon Jai Chun, Chang Duck Kim, Ho Sang Ryu
BACKGROUND AND AIM: In a recent study, microsatellite variations (GCA tandem repeats) in the promoter region of the (kidney-type) glutaminase gene were associated with the development of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) in Spanish patients with cirrhosis. The objective of this study was to validate the relation between microsatellite variations in the glutaminase promoter region and the development of overt HE in Korean patients with liver cirrhosis. METHODS: We performed a prospective cohort study of 154 cirrhotic patients who underwent a glutaminase microsatellite study without previous overt HE history at baseline...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Yundong Qu, Ying Guo, Tao Li, Qian Ye, Chao Sun, Lei Wang, Baohua Yang
BACKGROUND AND AIM: To assess the efficacy and safety of sofosbuvir-based interferon-free therapies in liver transplantation recipients with hepatitis C virus infection recurrence. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted in PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, and CENTRAL on the Cochrane Library without time or language limitation. The search strategy used was "sofosbuvir AND transplantation". Sustained virologic response at 12 weeks after the end of treatment (SVR12) rate, incidence of serious adverse events (SAEs) and/or adverse events (AEs), discontinuation rate with 95% confidence intervals (CI) were pooled with random-effects model...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Robert Flisiak, Mitchell Shiffman, Juan Arenas, Hugo Cheinquer, Igor Nikitin, Yuping Dong, Khurram Rana, Subasree Srinivasan
BACKGROUND: A randomized, double-blind, multinational, phase 3 study was conducted comparing the efficacy and safety of peginterferon lambda-1a (Lambda)/ribavirin (RBV)/telaprevir (TVR) vs. peginterferon alfa-2a (Alfa)/RBV/TVR in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype-1 (GT-1) infection. METHODS: Patients (treatment-naïve or relapsers on prior Alfa/RBV treatment) were randomly assigned in a 2:1 ratio to receive Lambda/RBV/TVR or Alfa/RBV/TVR. Total duration of treatment was either 24 or 48 weeks (response-guided treatment), with TVR administered for the first 12 weeks...
2016: PloS One
Zobair M Younossi, Atsushi Tanaka, Yuichiro Eguchi, Young-Suk Lim, Ming-Lung Yu, Norifumi Kawada, Yock Young Dan, Craig Brooks-Rooney, Francesco Negro, Mario U Mondelli
Between 80 and 115 million people worldwide are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus, with 60-90% of these being undiagnosed. Untreated chronic hepatitis C (CHC) is associated with progressive liver disease, cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma and liver-related mortality. A number of extrahepatic manifestations are also reported in CHC patients, further adding to the burden of the disease. CHC also impacts patients in terms of lower health-related quality of life, higher levels of fatigue and reduced productivity...
October 17, 2016: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Yan-Ni Li, Huan Ma, Lu Zhou, Jie Zhang, Li-Ping Guo, Shu-Qian Li, Yi-Qi Qian, Bang-Mao Wang
BACKGROUND: The long-term outcomes of patients with autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) given the immunosuppressive treatment are considered to be preferable. However, little is known about the response of AIH patients with cirrhosis to immunosuppressive treatment. We assessed the effects of immunosuppressive therapy in Chinese AIH patients with cirrhosis from a tertiary hospital. METHODS: Patients with a clinical diagnosis of AIH January 2000 and December 2015 were retrospectively reviewed...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Joanna Kozlowska, Tomasz Mikula, Magdalena Suchacz, Joanna Jabnonska, Wojciech Stanczak, Janusz Cianciara, Alicja Wiercinska-Drapalo
BACKGROUND/AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the role of serum pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) in progression of liver cirrhosis and development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Serum levels of PEDF and MMP-9 were tested in 212 patients with liver cirrhosis and in a control group of 30 healthy volunteers. HCC was diagnosed in 45 of the 212 patients studied (21%). RESULTS: Serum PEDF and MMP-9 were higher in the study group than that in the control group (P < 0...
September 2016: Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association
Yundong Qu, Tao Li, Qian Ye, Lixin Zhang, Lei Wang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To assess the accuracy of transient elastography (TE) in the prediction of esophageal varices (EV). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The literature search was conducted by using PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, and CENTRAL on The Cochrane Library without time or language restrictions. Terms used were "FibroScan," "transient elastography," "stiffness," and "esophageal varices." The pooled sensitivity, specificity, and other parameters were obtained using a bivariate mixed-effects regression model...
September 2016: Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association
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
Kara Rye, Gerri Mortimore, Andrew Austin, Jan Freeman
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Cirrhosis and portal hypertension are characterised by a hyperdynamic circulation, which is independently associated with variceal size. Non-invasive techniques for measurement of systemic haemodynamics are now available. The aim of the study was to prospectively assess the accuracy of systemic haemodynamics measured non-invasively for the detection of oesophageal varices in cirrhotic patients as compared to other currently available non-invasive methods. METHODS: In a study of 29 cirrhotic patients, systemic haemodynamics were studied non-invasively using the Finometer(®) (mean arterial pressure (MAP), cardiac output (CO)/index, heart rate (HR), peripheral vascular resistance) and portal pressure was assessed by hepatic venous pressure gradient...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology
Tomomi Kogiso, Etsuko Hashimoto, Taito Ito, Toshifumi Hara, Yuichi Ikarashi, Kazuhisa Kodama, Makiko Taniai, Nobuyuki Torii, Kentaro Yoshinaga, Satoru Morita, Yutaka Takahashi, Junji Tanaka, Shuji Sakai, Masakazu Yamamoto, Katsutoshi Tokushige
A 56-year-old man was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria at 43 years of age and treatment with cyclosporin A was started. Liver cirrhosis, ascites, and thrombus in the hepatic veins were found at 56 years of age and Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) was diagnosed according to angiography findings. He was treated with diuretics and paracentesis was performed several times, but with limited efficacy. A Denver(®) peritoneovenous shunt (PVS) was inserted into the right jugular vein; his ascites and renal function improved immediately and his general condition has remained good for 12 months since starting the above treatment regimen...
2016: Internal Medicine
Takuya Iwamoto, Masaki Maeda, Takuro Hisanaga, Issei Saeki, Koichi Fujisawa, Toshihiko Matsumoto, Isao Hidaka, Tsuyoshi Ishikawa, Taro Takami, Isao Sakaida
Objective Tolvaptan was first approved for use for cirrhosis in Japan in September 2013. The aim of the study was to examine the effect of tolvaptan, a vasopressin V2 receptor antagonist, on the prognosis of cirrhosis. Methods The effect of tolvaptan was evaluated in 26 patients with cirrhosis treated at our hospital from September 2013 to April 2015. Results The primary disease was hepatitis C in 20 patients, hepatitis B in 2, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in 2 and others in 2; and 12 had hepatocellular carcinoma...
2016: Internal Medicine
Mohamed Balaha, Samah Kandeel, Waleed Barakat
Carvedilol is an anti-oxidant non-selective β-blocker used for reduction of portal blood pressure, prophylaxis of esophageal varices development and bleeding in chronic liver diseases. Recently, it exhibited potent anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic, anti-proliferative and anti-carcinogenic effects. In the present study, we evaluated the possible suppressive effect of carvedilol on circulating and hepatic IL-6 levels responsible for hepatocarcinogenesis in a rat model of hepatic cirrhosis. Besides, its effect on hepatic STAT-3 levels, function tests, oxidative stress markers, and hydroxyproline content, hepatic tissue histopathological changes and immunohistochemical expression of E & N-cadherin...
October 13, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Sylvie Deuffic-Burban, Jérôme Boursier, Vincent Leroy, Yazdan Yazdanpanah, Laurent Castera, Philippe Mathurin
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: This study quantifies the impact of different rules for access to treatment, ranging from targeted therapy in patients with ⩾F3 in Italy, ⩾ severe F2 in France, and universal therapy in UK, using noninvasive diagnostic tests of fibrosis to determine targeted therapy. METHODS: A country-specific Markov model predicts outcomes with targeted and universal interferon-free therapy vs. no treatment in the three countries. Targeted therapy was initiated in patients ⩾F2 (F2-scenario) or ⩾F3 (F3-scenario) evaluated by noninvasive diagnostic tests according to the real stage of fibrosis...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Hepatology
J E Edwards, C LaCerte, T Peyret, N H Gosselin, J F Marier, A F Hofmann, D Shapiro
Obeticholic acid (OCA), a semisynthetic bile acid, is a selective and potent farnesoid X receptor (FXR) agonist in development for the treatment of chronic nonviral liver diseases. Physiologic pharmacokinetic models have been previously used to describe the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) of bile acids. OCA plasma levels were measured in healthy volunteers and cirrhotic subjects. A physiologic pharmacokinetic model was developed to quantitatively describe the ADME of OCA in patients with and without hepatic impairment...
October 15, 2016: Clinical and Translational Science
Zheng-Jie Xu, Jun-Ping Shi, De-Rong Yu, Li-Juan Zhu, Ji-Dong Jia, Jian-Gao Fan
INTRODUCTION: Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a serious form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) that can progress to advanced fibrosis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Differentiating between non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) and NASH/advanced fibrosis is an important step in the management of NAFLD. Metabolic syndrome (MS) and its components are important risk factors for NAFLD, and NASH is thought to be the hepatic injury of MS. The prevalence of NASH among NAFLD patients with MS is thought to be high...
October 14, 2016: Advances in Therapy
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