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New use of blood cleaning device saves high-risk patients with liver failure

(University of Maryland Medical Center) University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers report that a device that removes toxins from the blood can also effectively provide a bridge to liver transplantation or buy time for a traumatically injured liver to heal, suggesting broader uses for the device than previously thought.
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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Background and Aim: Data are scanty on allocating simultaneous liver kidney (SLK) based on model for end-stage disease (MELD) score. Diabetes mellitus (DM) and hypertension (HTN) are frequent in cirrhosis patients. We analyzed transplant recipients with DM and/or HTN to compare MELD-based outcomes of SLK to liver transplantation alone (LTA). Materials and Methods: Of 13,584 first deceased donor liver transplantation among patients with DM and/or HTN (1530 or 11.2% SLK), MELD score predicted SLK [1.02 (1.01-1.03)]. SLK was beneficial for 5-year patient survival at MELD score ≥43 (78.6% vs. 62.6%, P=0.017), but not at MELD score
Source: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: LIVER, PANCREAS AND BILIARY TRACT: Original Articles Source Type: research
AbstractThe aim of this study was to evaluate an exercise test in pediatric liver transplant recipients and its relation to their cardiac function. This cross-sectional study was conducted on 58 children who had successfully undergone orthotopic liver transplantation at least 6  months prior to the study, with the same age and gender-matched control group. M-mode, Doppler, tissue Doppler echocardiography and an exercise test were performed for all the participants. The VO2 values and METS in patients were less than the control (P = 0.001). Left ventricular posterior wall thickness in systole, left ventri...
Source: Pediatric Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
AbstractBackgroundThe treatment of intrahepatic recurrent hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has been poorly investigated, and the optimal treatment strategy remains unclear.AimsThe aim of this study was to compare outcomes between salvage liver transplantation (SLT) and re-resection (RR)/radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for intrahepatic recurrent HCC according to recurrence pattern.MethodsBased on postoperative histopathological examination, 122 patients with intrahepatic recurrent HCC were divided into an intrahepatic metastasis (IM,n = 75) group and a multicentric occurrence (MO,n = 47) group. The demograph...
Source: Digestive Diseases and Sciences - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
A British surgeon has admitted assaulting two patients by burning his initials into their livers during transplant operations
Source: ABC News: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news
Condition:   Liver Transplantation Intervention:   Sponsors:   Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris;   Agence de La Biomédecine Active, not recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
Simon Bramhall admits marking his initials on the livers of two transplant patients.
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Authors: Matsuda K, Toyama K, Toya T, Ikemura M, Nakamura F, Kurokawa M Abstract A 16-year-old boy with Epstein-Barr virus-associated hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) underwent allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation after conditioning with fludarabine, melphalan, total body irradiation, and rabbit antithymocyte globulin (ATG). A severe, persistent infusion reaction occurred after the initial administration of ATG. Investigations showed a rapid increase in the levels of liver enzymes and ferritin, and the reactivation of HLH was confirmed by marked hemophagocytosis in the bone marrow. Treatment w...
Source: Internal Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Intern Med Source Type: research
Discussion BM-MSCs and ADSCs showed in vitro characteristics suitable for tissue regeneration and fused with resident cells in engrafted tissues. The data suggest that paracrine effect is the prevalent mechanism inducing tissue recovery. Overall, BM-MSCs and ADSCs appear to be valuable tools in regenerative medicine for hearing loss recovery.
Source: Cytotherapy - Category: Cytology Source Type: research
ConclusionsSurvival of patients with early post‐transplant sepsis was poor and the incidence of sepsis was associated with the pre‐transplant serum PCT level. Re‐evaluation of the general condition and rescheduling of LT are considered in a patient with pre‐transplant serum PCT>0.5 ng/ml.
Source: Hepatology Research - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS Our results revealed the miRNA signature of DBCD liver grafts for the first time. The miR-146b-5p may have important clinical implications for monitoring liver graft function and predicating transplant outcomes. PMID: 29227984 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Medical Science Monitor - Category: Research Tags: Med Sci Monit Source Type: research
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