Colin E. Atterbury

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This study was performed to examine the relationships between portal pressure measurements and the presence of esophagogastric varices, the size of varices and the occurrence of hemorrhage from varices in 93 patients with alcoholic cirrhosis, using standardized measurements of portal pressure by hepatic vein catheterization. The mean hepatic vein pressure(More)
In a double-blind, randomized study the efficacy of lactulose was compared with neomycin-sorbitol in 45 episodes of acute nitrogenous portal-systemic encephalopathy (PSE) induced by dietary protein, azotemia, or gastrointestinal hemorrhage. All patients had underlying cirrhosis, and at the time of randomization had encephalopathy of at least grade 2(More)
A prospective controlled comparison of portal-systemic (PSS) and distal splenorenal shunts (DSRS) in cirrhotic patients who had survived hemorrhage from esophagogastric varices was undertaken 5 yr ago at five hospitals by the Boston-New Haven Collaborative Liver Group. The clinical and endoscopic criteria for massive hemorrhage were satisfied in 155(More)
Between 1975 and 1983, 303 cirrhotic patients with endoscopically proven major variceal hemorrhage were admitted to the participating hospitals of the Boston-New Haven Collaborative Liver Group. Of these, 274 were evaluated for admission to a prospective, randomized controlled trial comparing portal-systemic shunts with distal splenorenal shunts. The(More)
Surgical procedures that lower portal pressure, such as portacaval shunts, prevent variceal hemorrhage. Portal hypertension is the result of increased flow and increased resistance in the portal system. Pharmacologic therapy is aimed at altering these factors by the use of vasoconstrictors to reduce flow and vasodilators to decrease resistance. The current(More)
Infusions of intraarterial vasopressin (IAV) into the superior mesenteric artery have been shown to be effective in controlling hemorrhage from esophagogastric varices. Intravenous infusions of vasopressin (IVV), which can be initiated rapidly and require less sophisticated equipment and personnel, have also been reported to control variceal hemorrhage. We(More)
A randomized study was conducted in 37 hospitalized patients at six cooperating hospitals in which protein-intolerant cirrhotic patients were fed increasing amounts of either dietary protein or a branched-chain enriched amino acid solution (BCAA) until they attained an intake of 80 gm protein per day or equivalent or until they developed stage 2(More)
A 33-year-old man with Wilson's disease developed hemoptysis and radiographic evidence of nodular pulmonary infiltrates. A premortem diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma was made on the basis of alpha-naphthylannidase stains of pulmonary tissue obtained by open lung biopsy. We review all previous cases of Wilson's disease with this unusual complication and(More)