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Liver transplantation represents the most effective therapy for patients suffering from chronic end-stage liver disease. Until very recently, in Brazil, liver allocation was based on the Child-Turcotte-Pugh score and the waiting list followed a chronological criterion. In February 2002 the Model for End-stage Liver Disease (MELD) score was adopted for the(More)
Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis) is caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. Chagas disease following solid-organ transplantation has occurred in Latin America. This report presents the occurrence of Chagas disease despite negative serological tests in both the donor and the recipient, as well as the effectiveness of treatment. A(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Although laparoscopic cholecystectomy already occupies an important role in acute cholecystitis, a high rate of conversion continues to be referred to in the series published. One of the objectives of this study is to assess the preoperative factors that might lead to conversion. METHODOLOGY 100 laparoscopic cholecystectomies for acute(More)
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a primary malignant tumor of the liver. We evaluated the association of alleles and genotypes of polymorphisms of IL-18 (-607C/A and -137G/C), IFN-γ (+874T/A) and TNF-α (-238G/A and -308G/A) with the risk and severity of HCC. One-hundred-and-twelve patients with HCC and 202 healthy controls were studied. Single nucleotide(More)
Panels of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) produced against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) virus types O, A and C were selected for cell culture neutralization titre (NT), mouse protection index (MPI), trypsin sensitivity (TS) and avidity to different epitopes. The selected sets were used to assay the antigen concentration and the fit between FMDV vaccine and(More)
PURPOSE Clinical interventions and controlled access to the health care system can be improved by a Regulatory System (RS) and Clinical and Regulatory Protocols (CRPs). The objective of the present paper is to present the methodology used for elaborating the CRPs. METHODS The process used to elaborate the CPRs involved a scientific co-operation between(More)
BACKGROUND Conflicting results have been reported in studies evaluating the relationship between serum markers of iron overload, liver iron deposits, and HFE mutations (C282Y and H63D) in chronic hepatitis C patients, and also their impact on the response to therapy in these patients. AIM To evaluate the role of HFE mutations in the severity of liver(More)
This study evaluated the association of polymorphisms in the IL-18 (-607C/A and -137C/G), IFNγ (+874 A/T), and TNF (-238 A/G and -308 A/G) genes with susceptibility to HBV infection and severity of liver injury. A total of 259 chronic HBV-infected patients followed at the University Hospital, Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil, and 202(More)
Human leukocyte antigen-G (HLA-G) is a nonclassical HLA class I molecule involved in tumor escape mechanisms. Considering that the HLA-G 14bp insertion/deletion polymorphism is located at the 3' untranslated region (3'UTR) in exon 8, and since it has been associated with the magnitude of HLA-G production, we studied the association of 14bp(More)
INTRODUCTION Hepatitis B is common in Brazil, although there are regional differences regarding the degree of endemicity, the most frequent forms of transmission and the presence of different evolutive stages of chronic disease. The present study aimed to determine the clinical, demographic and epidemiological characteristics of patients chronically(More)