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BACKGROUND Hepatic steatosis has a high prevalence among morbidly obese patients. Its relation to steatohepatitis and cirrhosis has been extensively studied among these patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the behavior of hepatic steatosis with weight loss 1 year after bariatric surgery. METHODS This study is a historical cohort that compared(More)
BACKGROUND Although bariatric surgery has been shown to improve hepatic steatosis in morbidly obese patients, the effect of weight loss on hepatic fibrosis has not been determined. Since the prognosis of patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is closely related to the development of hepatic fibrosis, it is important to determine the hepatic(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatic steatosis is prevalent in obese patients. Although it requires histology for diagnosis, ultrasound may indicate its presence. We evaluated the importance of ultrasound in the diagnosis of steatosis in morbidly obese patients, and considered its clinical relevance for patients with BMI of 35-40 kg/m(2) without co-morbidities. METHODS 187(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate whether reduced activity of the anti-inflammatory HSP70 pathway correlates with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) progression and with markers of oxidative stress because obesity activates inflammatory JNKs, whereas HSP70 exerts the opposite effect. METHODS Adult obese patients (N = 95) undergoing bariatric surgery were(More)
BACKGROUND Although non-alcoholic hepatitis usually is asymptomatic and benign, this condition may progress to cirrhosis and hepatic failure. Some findings are similar to alcoholic hepatitis, but there is no history of excessive alcohol consumption. Among the factors associated with non-alcoholic hepatitis, obesity, diabetes and dyslipidemia are the most(More)
BACKGROUND We investigate the outcomes of pregnancy in women who undergone restrictive-malabsorptive procedure at Centro da Obesidade Mórbida-Hospital São Lucas (COM HSL-PUCRS), Porto Alegre, Brazil. METHODS All pregnancies started after the bariatric surgery and with estimated due date until June 2008 were eligible for the study. Only the first pregnancy(More)
BACKGROUND Bariatric surgery is considered the most effective treatment for obesity class II and III. However, postoperative side effects may occur, such as nutritional deficiencies resulting from reduced gastric capacity and alterations in nutrient absorption along the gastrointestinal tract. METHODS A total of 170 patients (136 women and 34 men)(More)
With the high prevalence of obesity and associated comorbidities, the costs of health services produce a great economic impact. The objective of this work was to evaluate the economic benefits of bariatric surgery and to relate the costs to the impact on the health of the individual. A historic cohort study was conducted, with review of medical charts of(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to determine the total content of trans fatty acids (TFA) in subcutaneous, retroperitoneal and visceral fat of morbidly obese and non-obese patients submitted to bariatric surgery or plastic and abdominal surgery. METHODS The adipose tissues were obtained by surgery; lipids were extracted, saponified and(More)
BACKGROUND Weight loss has been shown effective in the treatment of the obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome. Regrettably, many obese patients are unable to achieve sustained and useful weight loss by dietary means. Recently, bariatric surgery has emerged as an alternative to treat obesity and many of its comorbidities, although its role for sleep(More)