Juan Carlos García-Pagán

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BACKGROUND Patients with cirrhosis in Child-Pugh class C or those in class B who have persistent bleeding at endoscopy are at high risk for treatment failure and a poor prognosis, even if they have undergone rescue treatment with a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS). This study evaluated the earlier use of TIPS in such patients. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND The Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) is hepatic venous outflow obstruction. What is known about the syndrome is based on small studies of prevalent cases. OBJECTIVE To characterize the causes and treatment of incident BCS. DESIGN Consecutive case series of patients with incident BCS, enrolled from October 2003 to October 2005 and followed until May(More)
Harry L.A. Janssen*, Juan-Carlos Garcia-Pagan, Elwyn Elias, Gilles Mentha, Antoine Hadengue, Dominique-Charles Valla, for the European Group for the Study of Vascular Disorders of the Liver Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University Hospital Rotterdam, P.O. Box 2040, 3000 CA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands Hepatic Hemodynamic Laboratory, Liver(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Our aim was to identify predictors of clinical decompensation (defined as the development of ascites, variceal hemorrhage [VH], or hepatic encephalopathy [HE]) in patients with compensated cirrhosis and with portal hypertension as determined by the hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG). METHODS We analyzed 213 patients with(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Although resection of hepatocellular carcinoma complicating cirrhosis is restricted to patients with preserved liver function, postoperative hepatic decompensation develops in some patients. The aim of this study was to determine the value of increased portal pressure in the development of postoperative hepatic decompensation. METHODS(More)
UNLABELLED Current recommendations for early anticoagulation in acute portal vein thrombosis unrelated to cirrhosis or malignancy are based on limited evidence. The aim of this study was to prospectively assess the risk factors, outcome, and prognosis in patients managed according to these recommendations. We enrolled 102 patients with acute thrombosis of(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS A 50% dysfunction rate at 1 year is one of the main drawbacks of the transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt procedure. Preliminary experimental and clinical studies suggest that the use of stents covered with polytetrafluoroethylene could tremendously decrease this risk. METHODS Eighty patients with cirrhosis and uncontrolled(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Recurrence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a relevant problem of liver transplantation programs. We evaluated the effect of antiviral therapy on disease progression in 81 HCV-infected liver transplantation recipients. METHODS Patients with mild hepatitis C recurrence (fibrosis stage F0 to F2, n = 54) were randomized to no(More)
BACKGROUND Nonselective beta-adrenergic blockers decrease portal pressure and prevent variceal hemorrhage. Their effectiveness in preventing varices is unknown. METHODS We randomly assigned 213 patients with cirrhosis and portal hypertension (minimal hepatic venous pressure gradient [HVPG] of 6 mm Hg) to receive timolol, a nonselective beta-blocker (108(More)
Portal hypertension is a severe, almost unavoidable complication of chronic liver diseases and is responsible for the main clinical consequences of cirrhosis. Measurement of the hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) is currently the best available method to evaluate the presence and severity of portal hypertension. Clinically significant portal(More)