Nathan Morelli

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In the last years, a model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) was suggested as a disease severity score for patients with end-stage liver disease awaiting liver transplantation. In the early 2002, United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) has proposed to replace the current status 2A, 2B, and 3 by a modified version of the original MELD score based upon(More)
INTRODUCTION Glycogen storage disease type Ia (GSDIa) is due to the deficiency of glucose-6-phosphatase activity in the liver, kidney, and intestine. Although significant progress has been achieved in the management of patients with GSDIa, complications still emerge. The potential for development of liver adenomatosis and kidney failure makes these patients(More)
The increase in the number of patients awaiting liver transplantation (OLT) has forced the use of cadaveric donors (CD) with suboptimal characteristics. Of these, donor age is perhaps the most investigated parameter. Although excellent outcomes were observed for OLT using CD aged over 60 years, the European Liver Transplant Registry (ELTR) Group found an(More)
Torque Teno Virus (TTV), a nonenveloped human virus of the Circoviridae family, is hepatotropic, causing liver damage, cirrhosis, and, rarely, fulminant hepatitis. It prevails in 10% to 75% of blood donors due to environmental differences, independent of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV)/HCV hepatitis, cryptogenic cirrhosis, alcoholic cirrhosis, and in(More)
Since February 2002, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) proposed to adopt a modified version of the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) to assign priority on the waiting list for orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). In this study, we evaluated the impact of MELD score on liver allocation in a single center series of 198 liver recipients(More)
Sirolimus (SRL) is an mTOR inhibitor that has been shown, in contrast to calcineurin inhibitors (CNI), to inhibit cancers in experimental models. Since February 2005, we introduced SRL in liver transplant patients in group a, in whom the primary disease was hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) associated with hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV),(More)
Patients diagnosed with acute alcoholic hepatitis (AAH) are routinely managed medically and not considered suitable for orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). The eligibility for OLT in these patients has been questioned due to the social stigma associated with alcohol abuse, based on the fact that AAH is "self-induced" with an unacceptably high recidivism(More)
The Authors consider the trans-scission approach as a quick and safe alternative approach for doing intrahepatic bilio-intestinal anastomoses for the surgical treatment of well confined cancers of hepatic hilus (type I and II of Bismuth e Corlette). This approach should be recommended particularly when the presence of anatomical variations makes the hilar(More)
The increasing number of clinical indications for liver transplantation has forced physicians to use livers procured from elderly cadaveric donors to expand the graft pool. However, the degree of ischemia/reperfusion damage in elderly livers remains poorly investigated. In this study, the outcomes of livers procured from a group (I) of young donors (n=12;(More)