Francisco Fuster

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Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) is a C-type lectin produced mainly by the liver that binds to a wide range of pathogens. Polymorphisms at the promoter and exon 1 of the MBL2 gene are responsible for low serum levels of MBL and have been associated with an increased risk of infections. We prospectively analyzed 95 liver transplant recipients. Well-known(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) eradication on the natural history of duodenal ulcer disease and the reinfection rate after treatment in a developing country. METHODS A total of 111 H. pylori-infected patients with duodenal ulcer were treated with either omeprazole or famotidine plus two(More)
Clonal cytogenetic abnormalities are found in 20-30% of patients with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML), while gene mutations are present in >90% of cases. Patients with low risk cytogenetic features account for 80% of CMML cases and often fall into the low risk categories of CMML prognostic scoring systems, but the outcome differs considerably among(More)
BACKGROUND Epidemiological differences suggest that treatments for H. pylori eradication should be locally validated. AIM To perform a cost benefit study of different treatment options for H. pylori infection. PATIENTS AND METHODS One hundred and sixty-seven patients with active duodenal ulcer and H. pylori infection who completed a 2-week treatment(More)
BACKGROUND Helicobacter pylori infection is not a risk factor for gastroesophageal reflux disease and it could even be a protector factor. AIM To study the relationship between H pylori eradication and gastroesophageal reflux symptoms in patients with duodenal ulcer. PATIENTS AND METHODS One hundred eleven patients with duodenal ulcer and treated for H(More)
During a workshop, hepatologists analyzed and gave recommendations about gallbladder polyps. They arrived to the following agreements: gallbladder polyps of less than 10 mm should be followed with ultrasonography at 3, 6 and 12 months if there is no enlargement. If there is enlargement, a cholecystectomy should be performed. Polyps larger than 10 mm should(More)