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BACKGROUND Gut microbiota modifiers may have beneficial effects of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) but randomised controlled trials (RCT) are lacking in children. AIM To perform a double-blind RCT of VSL#3 vs. placebo in obese children with biopsy-proven NAFLD. METHODS Of 48 randomised children, 44 (22 VSL#3 and 22 placebo) completed the(More)
AIM To determine factors affecting the outcome of patients with cirrhosis undergoing surgery and to compare the capacities of the Child-Turcotte-Pugh (CTP) and model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) score to predict that outcome. METHODS We reviewed the charts of 195 patients with cirrhosis who underwent surgery at two teaching hospitals over a(More)
Nonparasitic cysts of the spleen are uncommon and often result from blunt abdominal trauma. Nonsurgical management of blunt splenic injuries increases the number of observations of the post-traumatic cysts. Complications (infection, rupture and hemorrhage) are lifethreatening, difficult to diagnose and require urgent surgical management. Until recently,(More)
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