Jonathan P Sturgeon

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Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) encompasses a spectrum of neuropsychiatric disorders related to liver failure. The development of HE can have a profound impact on mortality as well as quality of life for patients and carers. Ammonia is central in the disease process contributing to alteration in neurotransmission, oxidative stress, and cerebral edema and(More)
Susceptibility to developing infection is well recognized in cirrhosis: circulating neutrophil dysfunction, including excessive production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), is a major contributor to innate immune paresis, development of multiorgan failure, and survival. Platelets also play a key role in modulating inflammation by interacting with(More)
Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a rare complication of varicella zoster (chicken pox) infection. Its diagnosis can be delayed or missed, which increases mortality and morbidity, because it initially presents similarly to cellulitis. We present the case of a 5-year-old boy who presented with a swollen leg, the difficulties in the diagnosis of NF, and a review(More)
A 68-year-old lady with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease presented with vomiting and abdominal pain. On examination her abdomen was grossly distended, diffusely tender and hyper-resonant. Imaging showed dilated loops of bowel and free air in the abdomen with no intestinal perforation. The free abdominal air had come down from the thorax by(More)
Insulin use among inpatients is high and associated with severe and regular medication errors. An initial baseline audit showed a wide variation in the prescription of intravenous insulin within the trust. These included variation in the choice of fluid prescribed, electrolyte levels not consistently checked, handwritten illegible prescriptions, and varying(More)
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