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UNLABELLED The recent addition of immunoglobulin (Ig)G4-associated cholangitis (IAC), also called IgG4-related sclerosing cholangitis (IRSC), to the spectrum of chronic cholangiopathies has created the clinical need for reliable methods to discriminate between IAC and the more common cholestatic entities, primary (PSC) and secondary sclerosing cholangitis.(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Current treatment strategies in autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) include long-term treatment with corticosteroids and/or azathioprine. Here we determined the risk of relapse after drug withdrawal in patients in long-term remission and factors associated with such a relapse. METHODS A total of 131 patients (out of a cohort including 844(More)
BACKGROUND Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is strongly associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The aim of this study was to assess the IBD phenotype associated with PSC in a large well-phenotyped population-based PSC cohort using endoscopic and histopathologic criteria. METHODS PSC cases were identified and ascertained, fulfilling(More)
UNLABELLED Extensive population-based studies are much needed to accurately establish epidemiology and disease course in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). We aimed to obtain population-based prevalence and incidence figures, insight in disease course with regard to survival, liver transplantation (LT), and occurrence of malignancies, as(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS The natural history of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) has so far mainly been studied in tertiary referral centres. The aim of the present investigation was to describe the natural history of PBC in a large population-based cohort in order to identify risk factors for development of malignancies and disease progression. METHODS Four(More)
In 2008, the Netherlands Association of Gastroenterologists and Hepatologists (Nederlands Vereniging van Maag-Darm-Leverartsen) published the Dutch national guidelines for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus infection. New insights into the treatment of chronic hepatitis B with relevance for clinical practice have been adopted in these concise,(More)
UNLABELLED Osteoporosis is a common complication of chronic liver disease, and the underlying mechanisms are not understood. We aimed to determine if osteoclasts develop from osteoclast precursors in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of chronic liver disease patients with osteopenia compared with controls. PBMCs were isolated and(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Effectiveness of surveillance for hepatocellular carcinoma is controversial. We here explore its effects in "real life" clinical practice. METHODS Patients with hepatocellular carcinoma diagnosed in the period 2005-2012 in five Dutch academic centers were evaluated. Surveillance was defined as ⩾2 screening tests during three preceding(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Large population-based studies are much needed to accurately establish the epidemiology of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). We aimed to collect all PBC patients in a geographically defined area to evaluate the epidemiology of PBC and examine the possible association of PBC with smoking, age at menarche, age at first pregnancy and number of(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Although antiviral treatment for hepatitis C (HCV) is highly effective, side effects often occur, including weight loss, digestive symptoms, and impaired quality of life. We aimed at exploring the beneficial effects of preventive nutritional support. METHODS In a randomized controlled trial, 53 HCV patients were allocated to "on demand"(More)