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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28953556/uncontrolled-bleeding-of-the-gastrointestinal-tract
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Alain D'Hondt, Lionel Haentjens, Nicolas Brassart, Frédéric Flamme, Jean-Charles Preiser
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Acute gastrointestinal bleeding is a frequent emergency situation, whose incidence will likely rise as a result of the increasing use of direct anticoagulants and of the medical progresses resulting in longer life expectancy with underlying comorbidities. Updated guidelines and improvements in the diagnostic and therapeutic tools are now available and will likely improve the management of massive gastrointestinal bleeding in the near future. RECENT FINDINGS: The assessment of severity has been improved by validated scores useable upon admission...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023314/renal-dysfunction-and-cirrhosis
#2
François Durand, Jody C Olson, Mitra K Nadim
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hepatorenal syndrome (HRS) does not represent the predominant phenotype of acute kidney injury (AKI) in cirrhosis. Early recognition of HRS helps initiate appropriate therapy. The aims of this review are to present redefinition of AKI, to list new biomarkers, to report recent data on vasopressors in HRS and to propose criteria for simultaneous liver and kidney transplantation (SLKT). RECENT FINDINGS: Urine output, which was not part of the definition of AKI might be reconsidered as it has an independent prognostic value...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932348/liver-transplantation-in-the-treatment-of-severe-iatrogenic-liver-injuries
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Andrea Lauterio, Riccardo De Carlis, Stefano Di Sandro, Fabio Ferla, Vincenzo Buscemi, Luciano De Carlis
The place of liver transplantation in the treatment of severe iatrogenic liver injuries has not yet been widely discussed in the literature. Bile duct injuries during cholecystectomy represent the leading cause of liver transplantation in this setting, while other indications after abdominal surgery are less common. Urgent liver transplantation for the treatment of severe iatrogenic liver injury may-represent a surgical challenge requiring technically difficult and time consuming procedures. A debate is ongoing on the need for centralization of complex surgery in tertiary referral centers...
August 28, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28989565/risk-of-liver-disease-in-methotrexate-treated-patients
#4
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Richard Conway, John J Carey
Methotrexate is the first line drug treatment for a number of rheumatic and non-rheumatic diseases. It is effective in controlling disease activity and preventing disease-related damage, and significantly cheaper than many alternatives. Use in rheumatoid arthritis infers a significant morbidity and mortality benefit. Methotrexate is generally well tolerated but can cause symptomatic adverse events. Multiple serious adverse events have been attributed to methotrexate, based largely on older reports using high or daily doses, and subsequent case reports and circumstantial evidence...
September 18, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28847548/cholestatic-alterations-in-the-critically-ill-some-new-light-on-an-old-problem
#5
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Marc Jenniskens, Lies Langouche, Greet Van den Berghe
Liver dysfunction and jaundice are traditionally viewed as late features of sepsis and other critical illnesses and are associated with a complicated ICU stay. However, study results suggest that cholestatic alterations occur early in the course of critical illnesses, perceived only as minor abnormalities in routinely used biochemical liver tests. Inflammation-induced alterations in the transport of bile acids (BAs) appear to drive BAs and bilirubin toward the systemic circulation. Ongoing BA synthesis with an, at least partial, loss of feedback inhibition further contributes to elevated circulating BAs and bilirubin...
August 26, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759468/the-evaluation-of-critically-ill-transplant-patients-with-infectious-diarrhea
#6
Diana F Florescu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The review summarizes the epidemiology, risk factors, clinical presentation, diagnosis and management of the most important etiologic agents of infectious diarrhea in critically ill transplant recipients. RECENT FINDINGS: Diarrhea, frequently caused by infectious pathogens, can cause significant morbidity and mortality in transplant recipients. Diarrhea can lead to severe dehydration, acute renal failure, medication toxicity, rejection, graft-versus-host disease and impairs patients' quality of life...
October 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770495/fecal-microbiota-transplantation-beyond-clostridium-difficile
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Braden Millan, Michael Laffin, Karen Madsen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) has been established as standard of care in the treatment of antibiotic refractory Clostridium difficile infection (RCDI). This review examines the current evidence that exists to support the use of FMT in the treatment of human disease beyond C. difficile infection. RECENT FINDINGS: Beneficial effects of FMT have been described in case series or small prospective trials on a wide spectrum of conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease, functional gastrointestinal disorders, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, alcoholic hepatitis, hepatic encephalopathy, and neuropsychiatric conditions, and in limiting antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections...
September 2017: Current Infectious Disease Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417882/easl-clinical-practical-guidelines-on-the-management-of-acute-fulminant-liver-failure
#8
Julia Wendon,, Juan Cordoba, Anil Dhawan, Fin Stolze Larsen, Michael Manns, Didier Samuel, Kenneth J Simpson, Ilan Yaron, Mauro Bernardi
The term acute liver failure (ALF) is frequently applied as a generic expression to describe patients presenting with or developing an acute episode of liver dysfunction. In the context of hepatological practice, however, ALF refers to a highly specific and rare syndrome, characterised by an acute abnormality of liver blood tests in an individual without underlying chronic liver disease. The disease process is associated with development of a coagulopathy of liver aetiology, and clinically apparent altered level of consciousness due to hepatic encephalopathy...
May 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794797/acute-mesenteric-ischemia-guidelines-of-the-world-society-of-emergency-surgery
#9
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Miklosh Bala, Jeffry Kashuk, Ernest E Moore, Yoram Kluger, Walter Biffl, Carlos Augusto Gomes, Offir Ben-Ishay, Chen Rubinstein, Zsolt J Balogh, Ian Civil, Federico Coccolini, Ari Leppaniemi, Andrew Peitzman, Luca Ansaloni, Michael Sugrue, Massimo Sartelli, Salomone Di Saverio, Gustavo P Fraga, Fausto Catena
Acute mesenteric ischemia (AMI) is typically defined as a group of diseases characterized by an interruption of the blood supply to varying portions of the small intestine, leading to ischemia and secondary inflammatory changes. If untreated, this process will eventuate in life threatening intestinal necrosis. The incidence is low, estimated at 0.09-0.2% of all acute surgical admissions. Therefore, although the entity is an uncommon cause of abdominal pain, diligence is always required because if untreated, mortality has consistently been reported in the range of 50%...
2017: World Journal of Emergency Surgery: WJES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321156/current-knowledge-on-the-laboratory-diagnosis-of-clostridium-difficile-infection
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Adrián Martínez-Meléndez, Adrián Camacho-Ortiz, Rayo Morfin-Otero, Héctor Jesús Maldonado-Garza, Licet Villarreal-Treviño, Elvira Garza-González
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a spore-forming, toxin-producing, gram-positive anaerobic bacterium that is the principal etiologic agent of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Infection with C. difficile (CDI) is characterized by diarrhea in clinical syndromes that vary from self-limited to mild or severe. Since its initial recognition as the causative agent of pseudomembranous colitis, C. difficile has spread around the world. CDI is one of the most common healthcare-associated infections and a significant cause of morbidity and mortality among older adult hospitalized patients...
March 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373761/gastrointestinal-bleeding-in-patients-on-novel-oral-anticoagulants-risk-prevention-and-management
#11
REVIEW
Ka-Shing Cheung, Wai K Leung
Novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs), which include direct thrombin inhibitor (dabigatran) and direct factor Xa inhibitors (rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban), are gaining popularity in the prevention of embolic stroke in non-valvular atrial fibrillation as well as in the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism. However, similar to traditional anticoagulants, NOACs have the side effects of bleeding, including gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB). Results from both randomized clinical trials and observations studies suggest that high-dose dabigatran (150 mg b...
March 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780148/intraabdominal-hypertension-abdominal-compartment-syndrome-and-the-open-abdomen
#12
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William Kirke Rogers, Luis Garcia
Abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) is the end point of a process whereby massive interstitial swelling in the abdomen or rapid development of a space-filling lesion in the abdomen (such as ascites or a hematoma) leads to pathologically increased pressure. This results in so-called intraabdominal hypertension (IAH), causing decreased perfusion of the kidneys and abdominal viscera and possible difficulties with ventilation and maintenance of cardiac output. These effects contribute to a cascade of ischemia and multiple organ dysfunction with high mortality...
August 2, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693567/protocol-based-invasive-intracranial-pressure-monitoring-in-acute-liver-failure-feasibility-safety-and-impact-on-management
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Venkatakrishna Rajajee, Robert J Fontana, Anthony J Courey, Parag G Patil
BACKGROUND: Acute liver failure (ALF) may result in elevated intracranial pressure (ICP). While invasive ICP monitoring (IICPM) may have a role in ALF management, these patients are typically coagulopathic and at risk for intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). Contemporary ICP monitoring techniques and coagulopathy reversal strategies may be associated with a lower risk of hemorrhage. Our objective was to evaluate the safety, feasibility, impact on clinical management and outcomes associated with protocol-directed use of IICPM in ALF...
July 11, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579346/combined-spontaneous-bacterial-empyema-and-peritonitis-in-cirrhotic-patients-with-ascites-and-hepatic-hydrothorax
#14
Anwar Mohamed, Mohammed Atef, Ayman Alsebaey, Mahmoud Musa Elhabshy, Mohsen Salama
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: Spontaneous bacterial empyema (SBEM) is an underestimated condition in patients with ascites and hepatic hydrothorax with a high mortality. This study aimed to find whether spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) is a prerequisite for SBEM. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 3000 HCV-related cirrhotic patients with ascites and hydrothorax were screened for the presence of SBP (ascitic fluid neutrophils >250/mm(3)) and SBEM (positive pleural fluid culture and neutrophils >250/mm(3) or negative pleural fluid culture and neutrophils >500/mm(3) with no evidence of pneumonia/parapneumonic effusion on chest radiograph or CT)...
June 2017: Arab Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Publication of the Pan-Arab Association of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443154/drug-induced-liver-injury-do-we-know-everything
#15
REVIEW
Tamara Alempijevic, Simon Zec, Tomica Milosavljevic
Interest in drug-induced liver injury (DILI) has dramatically increased over the past decade, and it has become a hot topic for clinicians, academics, pharmaceutical companies and regulatory bodies. By investigating the current state of the art, the latest scientific findings, controversies, and guidelines, this review will attempt to answer the question: Do we know everything? Since the first descriptions of hepatotoxicity over 70 years ago, more than 1000 drugs have been identified to date, however, much of our knowledge of diagnostic and pathophysiologic principles remains unchanged...
April 8, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515843/emerging-concepts-in-alcoholic-hepatitis
#16
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Phoenix Fung, Nikolaos Pyrsopoulos
Severe alcoholic hepatitis is implicated as a costly, worldwide public health issue with high morbidity and mortality. The one-month survival for severe alcoholic hepatitis is low with mortality rates high as 30%-50%. Abstinence from alcohol is the recommended first-line treatment. Although corticosteroids remain as the current evidence based option for selected patients with discriminant function > 32, improvement of short-term survival rate may be the only benefit. Identification of individuals with risk factors for the development of severe alcoholic hepatitis may provide insight to the diverse clinical spectrum and prognosis of the disease...
April 28, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262529/effects-of-combined-prokinetic-administration-on-gastric-emptying-in-critically-ill-patients
#17
Afshin Gholipour Baradari, Mohammad Reza Khajavi, Abolfazl Firouzian, Abbas Alipour, Hojatallah Daneshpour, Yunes Panahi, Amirhossein Sahebkar
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: Combination of prokinetic drugs with different mechanisms of action is frequently used when feeding intolerance is not improved with a single agent. In this study, we evaluated the effect of combined infusion of neostigmine and metoclopramide on gastric passage in critically ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study is a randomized double-blind controlled trial in 90 patients between 20 and 60years of age who were under mechanical ventilation and had gastric residual volumes (GRVs) >120mL 3h after the last lavage...
March 2017: Arab Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Publication of the Pan-Arab Association of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395782/colon-ischemia-right-sided-colon-involvement-has-a-different-presentation-etiology-and-worse-outcome-a-large-retrospective-cohort-study-in-histology-proven-patients
#18
REVIEW
Lotte B Ten Heggeler, Lisette J H van Dam, Alderina Bijlsma, Marijn C Visschedijk, Robert H Geelkerken, Maarten A C Meijssen, Jeroen J Kolkman
BACKGROUND: Colon ischemia (CI), is generally considered a non-occlusive mesenteric ischemia disorder that usually runs a benign course, but right-sided involvement (RCI) has been associated with worse outcome. The poor outcome of RCI has been associated with comorbidity, but more recently also with occlusions of the mesenteric arteries. We performed a retrospective analysis of a large cohort of CI-patients to assess differences in presentation, etiology, and comorbidity between right-sided colon ischemia (RCI) and non-right-sided colon ischemia (NRCI), and their relation to outcome...
February 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395784/acute-mesenteric-ischemia-part-i-incidence-etiologies-and-how-to-improve-early-diagnosis
#19
REVIEW
Jussi M Kärkkäinen, Stefan Acosta
Acute mesenteric ischemia (AMI) is generally thought to be a rare disease, but in fact, it is more common cause of acute abdomen than appendicitis or ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm in patients over 75 years of age. In occlusive AMI, surgical treatment without revascularization is associated with as high as 80% overall mortality. It has been shown that early diagnosis with contrast-enhanced computed tomography and revascularization can reduce the overall mortality in AMI by up to 50%. However, only a minority of patients with AMI are being treated actively with revascularization in the United States, and the situation is very likely similar in Europe as well...
February 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395790/serological-markers-for-human-intestinal-ischemia-a-systematic-review
#20
REVIEW
Joep P M Derikx, Dirk H S M Schellekens, Stefan Acosta
Early and accurate diagnosis of intestinal ischemia is important in order to provide rapid and correct treatment and reduce morbidity and mortality rates. Clinical signs and symptoms are often unspecific. This systemic review sums up literature regarding human plasma biomarkers for acute mesenteric ischemia reported during the last ten years. Classic, general markers, including lactate, white cell count, base excess, show poor diagnostic accuracy for intestinal ischemia. Preliminary results for ischemia-modified albumin are promising, which is also true for the inflammatory marker procalcitonin...
February 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Gastroenterology
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