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Abnormal liver biochemical tests are present in up to 30% of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and therefore become a diagnostic challenge. Liver and biliary tract diseases are common extraintestinal manifestations for both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (UC), and typically do not correlate with intestinal activity. Primary sclerosing(More)
Tissue fibrosis is a core pathologic process that contributes to mortality in ~45% of the population and is likely to be influenced by the host genetic architecture. Here we demonstrate, using liver disease as a model, that a single-nucleotide polymorphism (rs12979860) in the intronic region of interferon-λ4 (IFNL4) is a strong predictor of fibrosis in an(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) is associated with falls, traffic accidents, and overt HE. However, the association with survival is controversial. We assessed the effects of MHE on the long-term survival of patients with cirrhosis. METHODS We performed a prospective study of 117 consecutive patients with cirrhosis seen at a(More)
BACKGROUND & AIM This study assessed the involvement of metabolic factors (anthropometric indices, insulin resistance (IR) and adipocytokines) in the prediction of portal hypertension, esophageal varices and risk of variceal bleeding in cirrhotic patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS Two prospective and retrospective cohorts of cirrhotic patients were selected(More)
AIM To investigate the influence of metformin use on liver dysfunction and hepatic encephalopathy in a retrospective cohort of diabetic cirrhotic patients. To analyze the impact of metformin on glutaminase activity and ammonia production in vitro. METHODS Eighty-two cirrhotic patients with type 2 diabetes were included. Forty-one patients were classified(More)
BACKGROUND Over the past several years, hepatitis C therapy has been pegylated interferon and ribavirin based. Although protease inhibitor-based therapy has enhanced response rates in genotype 1, the recent advances in therapy have demonstrated a challenge in genotype 3, a highly prevalent infection globally. AIM To provide a comprehensive summary of the(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have associated non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, using tests of subclinical atherosclerosis. AIM To evaluate the influence of NAFLD on subclinical atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS We reviewed Pubmed and EMBASE. According to inclusion and exclusion(More)
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease encompasses a spectrum ranging from simple steatosis to steatohepatitis without excess alcohol intake and is considered to be the hepatic manifestation of metabolic syndrome. Recent studies indicate that non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is closely related to cardiovascular disease, especially to thickening of the(More)
Pharmacogenetics assesses inherited genetic differences in drug metabolic pathways and its role in medicine is growing. Ribavirin (RBV) and peginterferon were the standard of care therapy in hepatitis C virus infection during 15 years, with the addition of first-generation protease inhibitors at the beginning of 2010s. New direct-acting agents are the new(More)
BACKGROUND Insulin resistance has been strongly associated with the attainment of sustained viral response (SVR) in hepatitis C patients. AIM To determine, in a cohort of Spanish patients with chronic hepatitis C treated with peginterferon plus ribavirin (P+R), whether insulin resistance predicts SVR independently of interleukin-28B rs12979860(More)