Updates on Gastroenterology and Hepatology
July 5, 2023
Dr. Sears’s fun, fast-paced speaking style peppered with her wellness moments (and El Arroyo quotes) always make for an excellent learning experience. Her quick recap on acute pancreatitis...
Duration of Abstinence from Alcohol Prior to Liver Transplantation Does Not Lead to Increased Survival in Patients with Alcohol-related Liver Disease
March 1, 2023
Clinical question: How does the duration of abstinence from alcohol affect patient survival, allograft survival, and relapse-free survival in patients undergoing liver transplantation? Background:...
MELD 3.0 is a More Equitable and Accurate Predictor of Mortality in Patients with Cirrhosis than MELD-Na
March 1, 2023
Clinical question: How does Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) 3.0 compare to MELD-Na in regard to liver transplant waitlist mortality? Background: The MELD-Na scoring system has been proven...
Eliminating hepatitis by 2030: HHS releases new strategic plan
January 14, 2021
The United States “is currently facing unprecedented hepatitis A outbreaks, while progress in preventing hepatitis B has stalled, and hepatitis C rates nearly tripled.”
Updated USPSTF HBV screening recommendation may be a ‘lost opportunity’
January 12, 2021
The recommendation defines risk groups more narrowly than the CDC, AASLD, and some research suggests risk-based screening is ineffective for chronic conditions.
Liver injury linked to COVID-19–related coagulopathy
November 18, 2020
Cells that line the liver’s blood vessels produce high levels of factor VIII, a coagulation factor, when they are exposed to interleukin-6, an inflammatory molecule associated with COVID-19.
INR fails to predict bleeding in patients with cirrhosis
October 6, 2020
The investigators hope the study findings reinforce minimizing administration of fresh frozen plasma for inappropriate correction of international normalized ratio, which carries a multitude of adverse effects among cirrhotic patients.
Tools emerging to predict liver failure in cirrhosis
September 9, 2020
Systemic inflammation, with high levels of proteins, is one of the mechanisms that leads to organ failure.
NAFLD may predict arrhythmia recurrence post-AFib ablation
August 14, 2020
The presence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease adds a further modifiable target for preablation medical optimization, researchers say.
New CDC guidance for health care personnel exposed to HCV
July 24, 2020
Baseline testing of the source patient and the HCP should be performed as soon as possible, preferably within 48 hours of exposure.