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BACKGROUND & AIMS Few data are available concerning the long-term prognosis of chronic liver disease associated with hepatitis C virus infection. This study examined the morbidity and survival of patients with compensated cirrhosis type C. METHODS A cohort of 384 European cirrhotic patients was enrolled at seven tertiary referral hospitals and followed up(More)
Chronic hepatitis may progress to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). HCC represents one of the most common human cancers. Incidence rates for this tumor vary widely on a worldwide, suggesting that environmental factors such as infectious microorganisms, carcinogens, or nutrition play a role in its pathogenesis. Several Helicobacter spp. colonize(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the distribution and clinical significance of hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes in European patients with compensated cirrhosis due to hepatitis C (Child class A) seen at tertiary referral centres. HCV genotypes were determined by genotype-specific primer PCR in 255 stored serum samples obtained from cirrhotics followed(More)
Chronic hepatitis may progress to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Progressive accumulation of mutations and genomic instability in chronic viral hepatitis might flag an increased risk of HCC development. Genomic instability at dinucleotide microsatellite loci in chromosomes 2, 13, and 17 and at 2 mononucleotide repeat loci was examined in(More)
RATIONALE Previous studies have shown that blockade of metabotropic glutamate 5 receptors (mGluR5) results in inhibition of nicotine self-administration in experimental animals. However, these studies have not established the behavioural mechanisms which mediate these effects or the extent to which the effects of mGluR5 antagonism on nicotine(More)
Evolution of HCV positive chronic hepatitis to cirrhosis has been reported to occur in about 30% of patients after five years of follow-up. In contrast, evolution of cirrhosis to decompensation and liver failure is slow, with a survival rate at 5 and 10 years of 91% and 79%, respectively. These findings support the hypothesis that histologic cirrhosis and(More)
BACKGROUND & AIM The relationship between Helicobacter pylori infection and peptic ulcer disease in cirrhosis remains controversial. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the role of H pylori infection and portal hypertension gastropathy in the prevalence of active peptic ulcer among dyspeptic patients with compensated hepatitis C virus(More)
The most cost effective strategy for antiviral therapy of chronic hepatitis C is the earliest identification and treatment of patients at risk of developing life-threatening complications such as hepatocellular carcinoma. Liver fibrosis represents the best predictor of unfavourable outcome. However, some patients with liver fibrosis already have a(More)
AIMS To compare the performance of instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR) with fractional flow reserve (FFR) in a real-life, prospective, single-center, and independent study. METHODS AND RESULTS Fifty-four patients were included and 89 angiographic intermediate lesions underwent functional evaluation with both iFR and FFR. FFR was used as the gold standard,(More)
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