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cholangitis review

Kenneth Eng Ling Kwan, Vishalkumar G Shelat, Cher Heng Tan
Recurrent pyogenic cholangitis (RPC) is an infective process involving the biliary tree typified by pigmented intraductal calculi with dilatation of the intra- and extrahepatic biliary tree. Previously endemic to South-east Asia, RPC can now be seen in Western countries with the increasing access to international travel and immigration. Affected patients are often plagued by recurrent bouts of cholangitis, and commonly suffer from complications such as abscess formation and biliary strictures. In severe cases, cirrhosis with portal hypertension may develop...
October 21, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
Nurdan Tözün, Eser Vardareli
Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers are the leading cause of mortality worldwide. These cancers are the end result of a complex interplay between gene and environment. Bacteria, parasites, and viruses have been implicated in some cancers. Recent data have put at focus the gut microbiome as the key player firing tumorigenesis. Experimental and human studies have provided evidence on the role of microbiota in cancer development. Although subject to changes in different settings such as antibiotic treatment, diet or lifestyle, our microbiome is quite stable and is capable of increasing susceptibility to cancer or decrease and halt its progression...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Memmet Mihmanli, Ufuk Oguz Idiz, Cemal Kaya, Uygar Demir, Ozgur Bostanci, Sinan Omeroglu, Emre Bozkurt
Echinococcus granulosus (E. granulosus) and Echinococcus multilocularis (E. multilocularis) infections are the most common parasitic diseases that affect the liver. The disease course is typically slow and the patients tend to remain asymptomatic for many years. Often the diagnosis is incidental. Right upper quadrant abdominal pain, hepatitis, cholangitis, and anaphylaxis due to dissemination of the cyst are the main presenting symptoms. Ultrasonography is important in diagnosis. The World Health Organization classification, based on ultrasonographic findings, is used for staging of the disease and treatment selection...
October 8, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Gen Tohda, Masahiro Ohtani, Masaki Dochin
AIM: To investigate the efficacy and safety of emergency endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) in elderly patients with acute cholangitis. METHODS: From June 2008 to May 2016, emergency ERCPs were performed in 207 cases of acute cholangitis at our institution. Patients were classified as elderly if they were aged 80 years and older (n = 102); controls were under the age of 80 years (n = 105). The patients' medical records were retrospectively reviewed for comorbidities, laboratory data, etiology of cholangitis (presence of biliary stones, biliary stricture and malignancy), details of the ERCP (therapeutic approaches, technical success rates, procedure duration), ERCP-related complications and mortality...
October 7, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Yoshiaki Takahashi, Toshiharu Matsuura, Yusuke Yanagi, Koichiro Yoshimaru, Tomoaki Taguchi
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: There is currently no unified view regarding whether liver transplantation or splenectomy should be performed for hypersplenism before liver transplantation in biliary atresia (BA) patients. We herein describe the efficacy of splenectomy before liver transplantation. METHODS: Splenectomy was performed in ten patients with hypersplenism associated with BA. We retrospectively reviewed their perioperative and postoperative courses, the number of leukocytes and thrombocytes, and the MELD score...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Nicholas L Webb, Ashish Jiwane, Chee Y Ooi, Scott Nightinghale, Susan E Adams, Usha Krishnan
AIM: Biliary atresia (BA) literature has focussed on the relationship between age at Kasai procedure (KP) and post-KP outcomes. This study primarily examines post-KP outcomes including, 6-month normalisation of bilirubin, 5-year native liver survival (NLS), development of portal hypertension (PHT) and incidence of ascending cholangitis at a single tertiary paediatric centre in Australia. The study also evaluated prognostic factors which may influence these aforementioned outcomes. METHODS: Retrospective chart review of all BA cases between 1999 and 2014...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
B Njei, T R McCarty, S Varadarajulu, U Navaneethan
BACKGROUND: The accuracy of current endoscopic modalities for diagnosing cholangiocarcinoma in primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is suboptimal. AIM: To evaluate the comparative effectiveness of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)-based modalities, independently or in combination, for the diagnosis of cholangiocarcinoma in patients with PSC-induced biliary strictures. METHODS: Searches of PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science and the Cochrane Library databases were performed through December 2015...
October 3, 2016: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Keisuke Hata, Soichiro Ishihara, Hiroaki Nozawa, Kazushige Kawai, Tomomichi Kiyomatsu, Toshiaki Tanaka, Junko Kishikawa, Hiroyuki Anzai, Toshiaki Watanabe
Restorative proctocolectomy with ileal pouch-anal anastomosis has been the surgical treatment of choice for patients with ulcerative colitis who require surgery. The quality of life after this procedure is satisfactory in most cases; however, pouchitis is a troublesome condition involving inflammation of the ileal pouch. When a patient presents with symptoms of pouchitis, such as increased bowel movements, mucous and/or bloody exudates, abdominal cramps, and fever, endoscopy is essential for a precise diagnosis...
September 28, 2016: Digestive Endoscopy: Official Journal of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
Christoph Lübbert, Sophie Schneitler
In recent years, global and regional crises have led to extraordinary worldwide migration, accompanied by an increase in long-distance travel from Western countries. Both are linked to a rising incidence of rare parasitic and infectious diseases in first world countries, including in the biliary tract. Areas covered: A selective literature research in PubMed was performed to review the most important parasitic and infectious biliary diseases, which are caused by a wide variety of pathogens and may be latent over long periods, with chronic courses leading to cholangitis, hepatic failure or development of cholangiocarcinoma...
October 4, 2016: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Christopher J DiMaio, Jennifer M Kolb, Petros C Benias, Hiral Shah, Shashin Shah, Oleh Haluszka, Jennifer Maranki, Kaveh Sharzehi, Eric Lam, Stuart R Gordon, Sarah M Hyder, Pavlos Z Kaimakliotis, Satya B Allaparthi, Frank G Gress, Amrita Sethi, Ashish R Shah, Jose Nieto, Vivek Kaul, Shivangi Kothari, Truptesh H Kothari, Sammy Ho, Manhal J Izzy, Neil R Sharma, Rabindra R Watson, V Raman Muthusamy, Douglas K Pleskow, Tyler M Berzin, Mandeep Sawhney, Emad Aljahdi, Marvin Ryou, Clarence K Wong, Parantap Gupta, Dennis Yang, Susana Gonzalez, Douglas G Adler
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The ability to safely and effectively obtain sufficient tissue for pathologic evaluation by using endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) guidance remains a challenge. Novel designs in EUS needles may provide for improved ability to obtain such core biopsies. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic yield of core biopsy specimens obtained using a novel EUS needle specifically designed to obtain core biopsies. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Multicenter retrospective review of all EUS-guided fine-needle biopsies obtained using a novel biopsy needle (SharkCore FNB needle, Medtronic, Dublin, Ireland)...
September 2016: Endoscopy International Open
Atsushi Tanaka, Xiong Ma, Osamu Yokosuka, Martin Weltman, Hong You, Deepak N Amarapurkar, Yoon Jun Kim, Zaigham Abbas, Diana A Payawal, Ming-Ling Chang, Cumali Efe, Ersan Ozaslan, Masanori Abe, Robert Mitchell-Thain, Mikio Zeniya, Kwang Hyub Han, John M Vierling, Hajime Takikawa
During the 25th annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL 2016) in Tokyo, we organized and moderated an inaugural satellite symposium on the autoimmune liver diseases, autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) and primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). Following the keynote lecture by John M. Vierling (USA), speakers from the Asia-Pacific region provided an up-to-date perspective on the epidemiology, clinical practice and research in AIH and PBC in the Asia-Pacific region. Although epidemiology and clinical features of AIH seem to be similar in East Asia compared to those in western countries, the majority of patients with AIH are detected at an advanced stage and have higher mortality rates in South Asia, indicating an unmet need for earlier diagnosis and the initiation of appropriate immunosuppressive treatment...
September 20, 2016: Hepatology International
Hyoung-Chul Oh
Bilioenteric anastomosis strictures are a serious complication of biliary surgery, and often result in recurrent cholangitis, choledocholithiasis, biliary cirrhosis, and hepatic failure. Bilioenteric reconstructive surgery is the standard treatment of choice for such complications. However, percutaneous transhepatic cholangioscopy (PTCS), also known as per-oral endoscopic-guided intervention, is a less invasive procedure that is becoming an increasingly popular alternative. This review describes the PTCS procedure (including the preparation process), as well as the diagnostic and therapeutic role of PTCS in bilioenteric anastomosis strictures...
September 19, 2016: Clinical Endoscopy
Melinda J Yeh, So Yeon Kim, Kartik S Jhaveri, Spencer C Behr, Nieun Seo, Benjamin M Yeh
Autoimmune biliary diseases are poorly understood but important to recognize. Initially, autoimmune biliary diseases are asymptomatic but may lead to progressive cholestasis with associated ductopenia, portal hypertension, cirrhosis, and eventually liver failure. The three main forms of autoimmune biliary disease are primary biliary cirrhosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, and IgG4-associated cholangitis. Although some overlap may occur between the three main autoimmune diseases of the bile ducts, each disease typically affects a distinct demographic group and requires a disease-specific diagnostic workup...
September 17, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
Yasir Abdulqader, Keng-Yu Chuang, Jyotsna Ravi, Abdul Nadir
We report a case of secondary sclerosing cholangitis that manifested itself during pregnancy. A tentative diagnosis of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy was considered, but after her third delivery, a liver biopsy and imaging, as well as review of past records, confirmed the diagnosis of secondary sclerosing cholangitis. Maternal and fetal outcomes of primary sclerosis cholangitis have been reported, and this case highlights the importance of considering other diseases besides the benign intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy as a cause of cholestasis in pregnancy...
July 2016: ACG Case Reports Journal
Mirella Fraquelli, Giovanni Casazza, Dario Conte, Agostino Colli
BACKGROUND: Cholelithiasis refers to the presence of gallstones, which are concretions that form in the biliary tract, usually in the gallbladder. Cholelithiasis is one of the most common surgical problems worldwide and is particularly prevalent in most Western countries.Biliary colic is the term used for gallbladder pain experienced by a person with gallstones and without overt infection around the gallbladder. It is the most common manifestation of cholelithiasis, observed in over one-third of people with gallstones over the course of 10 or more years...
September 9, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Chiyoe Shirota, Hiroo Uchida, Yasuyuki Ono, Naruhiko Murase, Takahisa Tainaka, Kazuki Yokota, Kazuo Oshima, Ryo Shirotsuki, Akinari Hinoki, Hisami Ando
BACKGROUND: The indications for and efficacy of revision of portoenterostomy (PE) for biliary atresia (BA) needs to be reassessed in an era of liver transplantation. We therefore reviewed the long-term outcomes following revision of PE. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of the medical records of patients with BA who underwent PE and revision of PE. We investigated the role of revision on outcomes of jaundice-free native liver survival (approval number: 2015-0094)...
September 3, 2016: Journal of Hepato-biliary-pancreatic Sciences
David E J Jones
INTRODUCTION: There is significant unmet need in Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) in patients under-responsive to the only approved therapy Ursodeoxycholic Acid (UDCA) who are at increased risk of progressing to end-stage liver disease. Obeticholic Acid (OCA) is a farnesoid X receptor (FXR) agonist which has been evaluated as a second line therapy in PBC and has recently been licenced by the FDA. AREAS COVERED: The pharmacology and biology of OCA as an FXR agonist and its clinical benefits...
September 2, 2016: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
W J Lammers, M Leeman, C I J Ponsioen, K Boonstra, K J van Erpecum, F H J Wolfhagen, J Ph Kuyvenhoven, J M Vrolijk, J P H Drenth, E M Witteman, C M J van Nieuwkerk, B W van der Spek, B J M Witteman, G W Erkelens, M A M T Verhagen, S A C van Tuyl, A C Poen, J T Brouwer, F Ter Borg, G H Koek, T J M van Ditzhuijsen, B E Hansen
BACKGROUND: Criteria assessing biochemical response to ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) are established risk stratification tools in primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). We aimed to evaluate to what extent liver tests influenced patient management during a three decade period, and whether this changed over time. METHODS: 851 Dutch PBC patients diagnosed between 1988 and 2012 were reviewed to assess patient management in relation to liver test results during UDCA treatment...
July 2016: Netherlands Journal of Medicine
Ersan Ozaslan, Cumali Efe, Nihal Gokbulut Ozaslan
Autoimmune liver diseases are heterogenous disorders that share largely non-specific clinical, serological and pathological features. The correct diagnosis requires discriminative features which are highly specific, for example high-titer antimitochondrial antibodies (AMA) and florid duct lesion in primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). However, the imperfect sensitivities of these characteristic features and abuse of scoring systems led to many artificial diagnoses such as overlap syndromes and outliers for example "autoimmune cholangitis" which is now called as "AMA-negative PBC"...
August 23, 2016: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
Yousuke Nakai, Tsuyoshi Hamada, Hiroyuki Isayama, Takao Itoi, Kazuhiko Koike
Patients with periampullary cancer or gastric cancer often develop malignant biliary obstruction (MBO) and gastric outlet obstruction (GOO), and combined MBO and GOO is not rare in these patients. Combined MBO and GOO is classified by its location and sequence, and treatment strategy can be affected by this classification. Historically, palliative surgery, hepaticojejunostomy and gastrojejunostomy were carried out, but the current standard treatment is combined transpapillary stent and duodenal stent placement...
August 23, 2016: Digestive Endoscopy: Official Journal of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
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