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Ten patients with peritoneal tuberculosis who were operated on for suspected advanced ovarian cancer during a 5-year period were analyzed. These 10 cases constituted 1.4% of the 728 new gynecologic cancer cases diagnosed and treated at our department during the same time period. Data were obtained from patients' files and pathology reports. The mean age of(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a serious disorder with the potential to gradually progress to cirrhosis. It is generally associated with obesity, diabetes and hyperlipidemia. Currently, there is no established therapy for NASH. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of atorvastatin and ursodeoxycholic acid(More)
OBJECTIVES Levels of soluble receptor for advanced glycation endproducts (sRAGE) have been linked to several components of the metabolic syndrome. We tested the hypothesis that plasma levels of sRAGE may be associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. DESIGN AND METHODS We enrolled subjects with definite nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH, n=40),(More)
We congratulate Fracanzani and colleagues1 on their insightful article identifying factors associated with severe liver disease in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and normal aminotransferase levels. First, the authors have convincingly demonstrated that normal alanine aminotransferase (ALT) is not a valuable criterion to exclude(More)
INTRODUCTION Human adiponectin (ApN) is a 30 kDa glycoprotein of 244-amino acids which is extensively produced by adipocytes. ApN acts via two receptors, namely adiponectin receptor-1 (Adipo-R1) and adiponectin receptor-2 (Adipo-R2). Studies have shown the presence of Adipo-R1 and Adipo-R2 expression immunohistochemically in human colorectal cancers (CRCs).(More)
BACKGROUND It has been recently reported that serum paraoxonase (PON1) and arylesterase (ARE) activities may be significantly reduced in patients with chronic liver disease. The aim of the study was to investigate the relations between serum PON1 and ARE activities and the degree of liver damage in patients with chronic liver injury. METHODS We studied a(More)
OBJECTIVE Insulin resistance is considered a key feature of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In this setting, experimental studies have suggested a potential role of angiopoietin-like (ANGPTL) proteins in the pathogenesis of hepatic steatosis and the metabolic syndrome. In this study, we sought to investigate the plasma levels of ANGPTL protein 3(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Spontaneous ascites infection is a frequently encountered and important complication of decompensated liver cirrhosis. The immune system plays an important role in the development or eradication of this infection. A number of compositional and functional alterations in immune system cells have been demonstrated in cirrhotic patients;(More)
AIM To investigate whether serum levels of two soluble forms of extracellular cytokeratin 18 (M30-antigen and M65-antigen) may differentiate nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) from simple steatosis in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). METHODS A total of 83 patients with suspected NAFLD and 49 healthy volunteers were investigated.(More)