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BACKGROUND & AIMS Liver steatosis measurement by controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) is a non-invasive method for diagnosing steatosis, based on transient elastography. Its usefulness as screening procedure for hepatic steatosis in general population has not been previously evaluated. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of CAP(More)
Homozygous familial hypobetalipoproteinaemia (Ho-FHBL) is a rare co-dominant disorder characterized by extremely low levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and apolipoprotein B (apoB). Most patients with Ho-FHBL have mutations in APOB gene resulting in truncated apoBs. Some patients are asymptomatic, while others have fatty liver, intestinal(More)
BACKGROUND Totally extraperitoneal (TEP) endoscopic inguinal hernia repair is indicated for recurrent and bilateral inguinal hernias and traditionally is performed under general anesthesia. However, interventions that minimize pain and reduce opioid consumption have certain advantages for patients by avoiding side effects such as nausea and vomiting. The(More)
Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a common autosomal codominant disease with a frequency of 1:500 individuals in its heterozygous form. The genetic basis of FH is most commonly mutations within the LDLR gene. Assessing the pathogenicity of LDLR variants is particularly important to give a patient a definitive diagnosis of FH. Current studies of LDLR(More)
Familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is characterized by increased circulating low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol leading to premature atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. Although FH is usually caused by mutations in LDLR, mutations in APOB and PCSK9 also cause FH but only a few mutations have been reported, APOB p.R3527Q being the most(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with PCSK9 gene gain of function (GOF) mutations have a rare form of autosomal dominant hypercholesterolemia. However, data examining their clinical characteristics and geographic distribution are lacking. Furthermore, no randomized treatment study in this population has been reported. METHODS AND RESULTS We compiled clinical(More)
Familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is characterised clinically by an increased level of circulating LDL cholesterol that leads to lipid accumulation in tendons and arteries, premature atherosclerosis and increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Although Portugal should have about 20,000 cases, this disease is severely under-diagnosed in our country,(More)
Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is characterized by a raised concentration of LDL in plasma that results in a significantly increased risk of premature atherosclerosis. In FH, impaired removal of LDL from the circulation results from inherited mutations in the LDL receptor gene or, more rarely, in the gene for apo B, the ligand for the LDL receptor. We(More)
OBJECTIVE The ovarian vein syndrome is an uncommon clinical entity occurring secondary to ureteral obstruction caused by dilation of aberrant ovarian veins. After initial scepticism about its reality, many authors currently recognize the ovarian vein syndrome as a separate clinical entity, included among pelvic congestive syndromes. Excretory urography,(More)