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OBJECTIVES Alveolar echinococcosis of the liver is a very rare and severe parasitic disease due to the growth of the larva of Echinococcus multilocularis. The aim of this paper was to describe a 20-year study of the epidemiological, clinical and therapeutic aspects of alveolar echinococcosis in eastern France. DESIGN One hundred and seventeen consecutive(More)
A total of 24 cases of hepatic alveolar echinococcosis (HAE) due to Echinococcus multilocularis was assessed by US and CT. The diagnosis was confirmed in all cases by immunologic and histologic study. Both US and CT patterns of HAE showed changes of liver morphology in both contour and size. Abnormal areas of parenchyma were nodular or in fields, irregular,(More)
Hereditary systemic amyloidosis comprises several autosomal dominant diseases caused by mutations in a number of plasma proteins, including the fibrinogen Aalpha-chain. Four mutations in the fibrinogen Aalpha-chain that are able to induce amyloidosis have been identified so far, the most common being the Glu526Val mutation. We have observed a family in(More)
OBJECTIVES To improve the detection of patients infected with hepatitis C virus. METHODS A study was undertaken in the general medicine setting in two hepatitis C networks. General practitioners volunteered and received training on hepatitis C, then were randomly assigned to one of two screening strategies: group 1: general practitioners prescribed(More)
Clinical symptoms of immediate-type hypersensitivity (ITH) and specific IgE against Echinococcus granulosus antigens are frequently present in patients with hydatid cysts. In alveolar echinococcosis (AE) due to E. multilocularis, clinical manifestations related to ITH have never been reported. The IgE-dependent humoral immune response was evaluated in 30(More)
To examine the effects of interferon (IFN) therapy on clinical, biochemical, and histological features in patients with compensated hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related cirrhosis, we have conducted a randomized, controlled trial of IFN therapy versus observation. Eight centers included a total of 99 patients with biopsy-proven cirrhosis. IFN-alpha2b, 3 million(More)
To assess the presence and the cellular distribution of hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA in the liver of 11 patients with confirmed HCV infection, a direct in situ reverse transcriptase-linked polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) method was performed on formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded biopsies. The oligonucleotide primers used were specific to the 5' non(More)
In a serologic survey for Echinococcus multilocularis infection, we screened sera from 7,884 subjects from the Doubs Departement in France, an area endemic for alveolar echinococcosis (AE) of the liver. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) with a highly species-specific antigen (Em2) and an E. multilocularis crude antigen (Emc) was used for(More)