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BACKGROUND AND AIMS Cirrhotic patients frequently undergo screening endoscopy for the presence of oesophageal varices (OV). In the future, this social and medical burden will increase due to the greater number of patients with chronic liver disease and their improved survival. In this study, our aims were (1) to identify clinical, biochemical, and(More)
BACKGROUND The aspartate aminotransferase-alanine aminotransferase ratio (AST/ALT ratio) has been used to noninvasively assess the severity of disease in patients with chronic liver disease (CLD). We previously demonstrated that progressive liver functional impairment is associated with an increase in the AST/ALT ratio. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the(More)
BACKGROUND The model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) score is a useful tool to assess prognosis in critically ill cirrhotic patients. However, its short-term prognostic superiority over the traditional Child-Turcotte-Pugh (CTP) score has not been definitely confirmed. The creatinine serum level is an important predictor of survival in patients with liver(More)
The aim of this study was to carry out two different dose estimation approaches in patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) treated with a myeloablative amount of 90Y-labelled ibritumomab tiuxetan (Zevalin®) in an open-label dose escalation study. Twenty-seven patients with relapsed/refractory or de novo high-risk NHL receiving one myeloablative dose of(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Serum levels of leptin, the adipocyte-derived hormone regulating food intake and energy expenditure in mammals, have been found to be increased in cirrhotic patients. The aim of the present study was to investigate leptin serum level in relation to anthropometric features and liver function in patients with viral chronic hepatitis or liver(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Leptin is a peptide which regulates food intake and energy expenditure. Moreover, it is involved in the homeostasis of body composition and is linked to the regulation of insulin signaling, thus playing an important role in liver fat storage. Steatosis is a common finding in chronic hepatitis C, and both viral and metabolic factors have been(More)
OBJECTIVE The presence of steatosis is a common histological finding in patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC). The causes of the severity of this condition are not yet clear, although both metabolic and viral factors supposedly are involved. In this study our aim was to examine the possible influence that leptin levels, hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA levels,(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Altered CA19-9 levels are commonly found in patients with liver cirrhosis though a clear explanation for this finding has not yet been given. The aim of this study was to investigate whether CA19-9 levels might be related to alterations in biochemical parameters and/or to functional impairment in cirrhotic patients with and without(More)
BACKGROUND Anti-hepatitis C virus (anti-HCV) patients with chronic liver disease (CLD) frequently show markers of previous hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Moreover, they may carry occult HBV infection. These features might influence clinical and biochemical features as well as stage of disease. AIM To assess the prevalence and clinical associations of(More)
OBJECTIVES To study whether determining alpha-glutathione S-transferase (alpha-GST) might improve the assessment of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients with near normal alanine aminotransferase levels (NNA). DESIGN AND METHODS We studied 119 viraemic CHC patients. They were subdivided into two groups according to the pattern of alanine aminotransferase(More)