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Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) may be involved in the damage occurring in the course of chronic HCV infection. Individuals with chronic hepatitis C present increased hepatic levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) and reduced levels of glutathione. To determine whether these observations are associated with serological evidence for ROS injury, MDA and protein(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Because the precancerous significance of gastric epithelial dysplasia (GED) is still under debate, this study attempts to ascertain whether a prospective follow-up of GED can contribute to clarifying its clinical and pathological relationships with gastric cancer (GC). METHODS One hundred twelve patients with mild (G1), moderate (G2), and(More)
OBJECTIVES The number of elderly patients diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is expected to increase. We compared the presenting features and outcome of HCC in elderly (>or=70 years) and younger patients (<70 years). DESIGN Multicentre retrospective cohort study and nested case-control study. Patients 614 elderly and 1104 younger patients from(More)
Oxidative DNA damage is thought to play an important part in the pathogenesis of H. pylori-induced mucosal damage. 8-OHdG is a sensitive marker of DNA oxidation and is repaired by a polymorphic glycosylase (OGG1) more effectively than by OGG1-Cys(326). The aims of this study were to ascertain the respective roles of H. pylori, cagA status and OGG1(More)
BACKGROUND Allocation of deceased-donor livers to patients with chronic liver failure is improved by prioritising patients by 5-year liver transplantation survival benefit. The Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) staging has been proposed as the standard means to assess for prognosis of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma. We aimed to create a(More)
Barrett’s esophagus (BE) is the most serious complication of GERD. In BE patients, this observational study compares the effects of antireflux surgery versus antisecretory medical therapy. Overall, 89 BE patients (long BE = 45; short BE = 44) were considered: 45 patients underwent antireflux surgery and 44 underwent medical therapy. At both initial and(More)
A consensus on the most reliable staging system for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is still lacking but the most used is a revised Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) system, adopted by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). We investigated how many patients are diagnosed in "very early" and "early" stage, follow the AASLD(More)
OBJECTIVE Although transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) is effective in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), it is not considered a curative procedure. Among the factors potentially interfering with its effectiveness is a hypothetical neoangiogenic reaction due to ischemia. In our study, we evaluated the changes in the levels of two angiogenic factors(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Little is known about the pathogenesis of liver damage related to hepatitis C virus. The presence of steatosis or increased ferritin levels, and preliminary data on the relevance of iron as a prognostic factor prompted us to ascertain whether hepatitis C virus-related liver damage might be mediated by iron accumulation. METHODS We(More)
BACKGROUND Cathepsin B (CATB) and cathepsin L (CATL), which are cysteine proteases, urokinase-(UPA) and tissue-type plasminogen activator (TPA), both serine proteases, and their inhibitor type-1 (PAI-1) are believed to play an important role in colorectal carcinoma (CRC) invasion and metastasis. The objective of this study was to measure CATB, CATL, UPA,(More)