Félix García-Pajares

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INTRODUCTION Vascular complications show an 8%-15% incidence after liver transplantation and represent an important cause of mortality. An aggressive policy is necessary for an early diagnosis and treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS From 2001 to 2009, we performed 240 liver transplantations in 232 patients. We employed Doppler ultrasonography on days 1 and 4(More)
BACKGROUND Biliary complications, a major source of morbidity after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT), are increasingly being treated by endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Endoscopic management has been shown to be superior to percutaneous therapy and surgery. Covered self-expandable metal stents (CSEMSs) may be an alternative to(More)
OBJECTIVE Our aim was to prospectively compare the behavior of interleukin 18 (IL-18) levels and other immunological parameters during the first week of hospitalization between acute pancreatitis patients with and without severity criteria, as well as between patients with and without late pseudocyst development. PATIENTS AND METHODS In 36 patients with(More)
Longer survival for orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) patients over the last decade has focused emphasis on the metabolic complications that contribute to patient morbidity and mortality. The aim of our study was to analyze the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome (MS) and other risk factors after OLT among our patients at 1 year follow-up. From 2001(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS (i) To describe the demographic, clinical, virological and histological characteristics of the patients undergoing evaluation for indication of triple therapy against hepatitis C virus genotype 1, and to identify the reasons why candidate patients are excluded; and (ii) to evaluate the characteristics of the healthcare environment related(More)
The role of systemic immunity in the pathogenesis of cirrhosis is not fully understood. Analysis of transcriptomic profiles in blood is an easy approach to obtain a wide picture of immune response at the systemic level. We studied gene expression profiles in blood from thirty cirrhotic patients and compared them against those of eight healthy volunteers.(More)
BACKGROUND End-stage cirrhosis due to hepatitis C virus (HCV) is one of the most common indications for orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). Recurrence is universal and more aggressive than before OLT. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of antiviral therapy in recurrent HCV after OLT. Therapy was started even with mild(More)
Arterioportal shunt in the liver is a rare vascular disorder that may be due to congenital vascular malformation (hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia), trauma, iatrogenic causes (after a hepatic biopsy) or neoplasm. Initial treatment consists of transcatheter arterial embolization with different kinds of materials. We present the case of a 64-year-old(More)