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OBJECTIVE Chemerin and vaspin are new adipokines which may modulate inflammatory response and insulin sensitivity in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The aims of this study were to assess: (1) circulating levels of chemerin and vaspin and their association with liver histology and markers of liver injury in NAFLD patients; and (2) the relationship(More)
This prospective study intended to ascertain if cytochrome P450 dependent liver function is affected in early and late histological stages of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). The study included 32 female PBC patients (mean age 55.4 years, range 33-70) and 16 aged-matched healthy women (mean age 52.6 years, range 38-65). In every subject a 13(C)-methacetin(More)
Low caloric diet is a commonly accepted treatment in obesity. However, owing to moderate results, a pharmacological support has been proposed. As some efficacious drugs activate overall sympathetic activity, they might modify functions of the cardiovascular system. Three groups of subjects were studied: (1) nine obese women receiving only a standard(More)
BACKGROUND A mass of visceral adipose tissue is one of the most important determinants of progressive liver injury in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In accordance, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and fibrosis are believed to occur more commonly in morbidly obese patients compared with nonobese NAFLD patients. AIM OF THE STUDY Comparative(More)
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is one of the most common causes of heart failure with a prevalence of 1:2500. There are several primary and secondary etiologic factors, including gene mutations, infection agents, particularly viruses, toxins, autoimmune, and systemic disorders, and pheochromocytoma, neuromuscular, metabolic, mitochondrial, and nutritional(More)
Corticosteroids are used widely to treat many types of disease. In general, these drugs are considered safe for the liver; however, recent reports have demonstrated that high-dose methylprednisolone (MT) may cause severe liver injury. Here, we report a case of a 24-year-old female who was given pulsed MT therapy for multiple sclerosis. MT induced icteric(More)
A 57-yr-old man presented with clinical and laboratory signs of acute cholestatic hepatitis. Symptoms had appeared 7 wk after he was started on pravastatin 20 mg/day for hypercholesterolemia. A full evaluation including ultrasound, computed tomography, endoscopic cholangiography, and liver biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of intrahepatic nonobstructive(More)
BACKGROUND Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) includes a wide spectrum of liver diseases, ranging from pure steatosis to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and eventually to liver cirrhosis with its complications. Identifying advanced fibrosis in patients is crucial to evaluating prognosis and possible therapeutic intervention. A novel, simple, and(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Infection with H. pylori is an important risk factor for the development of gastric cancer and glandular atrophy is an intermediate stage in gastric carcinogenesis. While screening the patients with atrophic gastritis by endoscopy is unrealistic, a concept of "serological gastric biopsy" based on measurement of gastric secretory proteins and(More)
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) combined with fractures of long bones or large joints is often associated with enhanced osteogenesis (early fracture healing accompanied by hypertrophic callus formation and/or heterotopic ossifications). Humoral factors that cause enhanced osteogenesis in patients with TBI are not yet identified. The aim of this study was to(More)