Luciana Costa Faria

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BACKGROUND & AIMS Hepatitis B virus (HBV) recurrence after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) is significantly reduced by prophylaxis with hyperimmune antibody to hepatitis B surface antigen (anti-HBs) globulins (HBIG) and antiviral drugs. The role of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in HBV recurrence remains unclear. We investigated the association(More)
Mesenteric panniculitis is a rare disorder characterized by a tumor-like expansion of the mesentery due to variable degrees of fat necrosis, chronic inflammation and fibrosis. Its pathophysiology remains unclear despite the description of associations with inflammatory disorders or malignancies, especially lymphomas. The disease remains asymptomatic in(More)
BACKGROUND Pneumocystis pneumonia usually occurs in immunosuppressed individuals, generally those with underlying T-lymphocyte disorders. Patients with alcoholic liver disease display immune responses consistent with those observed in immunocompromised individuals and alcohol is a potent immunosuppressor. Long-term corticotherapy represents a risk for(More)
The pathogenesis of neuroschistosomiasis is largely unknown. Available evidence suggests that it depends on the presence of parasite eggs in the nervous tissue and on the host's immune response. We investigated the presence of immune complexes (ICs) in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of four patients with spinal cord schistosomiasis (SCS), and performed their(More)
BACKGROUND Tuberculosis (TB) is an important opportunistic infection in transplant recipients worldwide. The frequency of Mycobacterium tuberculosis disease varies among different regions, but the incidence of TB in adult liver transplant (LT) recipients is largely unknown. The estimated frequency ranges from 0.7% to 2.3%, with mortality rate up to 30%.(More)
I Alfa Institute of Gastroenterology, University Hospital, Federal University of Minas Gerais Belo Horizonte/MG, Brazil. II School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine Belo Horizonte/ MG, Brazil. III Department of Pathology and Legal Medicine, School of Medicine, Federal University of Minas Gerais Belo Horizonte/MG, Brazil. Email:(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on regular hemodialysis are at increased risk of acquiring hepatitis C virus (HCV). Although controversial, a distinct dynamic of the HCV load has been reported in this group - a lower HCV viremia compared to non-uremic patients. The reasons for this remain unclear, but the host immune response related(More)
Histoplasma capsulatum infection involving the larynx is a rare manifestation, especially in immunocompetent individuals and a high index of suspicion is needed to establish the diagnosis correctly. We report a case of a 50-year-old Brazilian man who presented with progressive hoarseness and throat pain for 4 months. Laryngoscopy showed a supraglottic(More)
Vanessa B. A. Brandão, Luciana C. Faria, Danielle M. Bicalho, Fernando H. Pereira, Agnaldo S. Lima, Teresa C. A. Ferrari Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Hospital das Clı́nicas, Servic o de Nefrologia, Belo Horizonte/MG, Brazil; Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Faculdade de Medicina, Departamento de Clı́nica Médica, Belo Horizonte/MG, Brazil;(More)