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2009-08-25 12:22:22

Acute hepatocellular injury is a commonly encountered phenomenon in patients with cholelithiasis and concomitant common bile duct (CBD) stones. However, in clinical practice, it seemed to occur also in cholelithiasis patients without evidence of CBD stones. Its incidence and final outcome necessitated clarification.A research article to be published on August 14, 2009 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology addresses this question. The research team, led by Dr. Shou-Chuan Shih from Mackay...

2009-07-27 14:32:36

Following American Academy of Pediatrics (www.aap.org) guidelines for monitoring and diagnosing newborn jaundice or hyperbilirubinemia can result in better treatment and fewer cases of kernicterus, a form of brain damage caused by excessive jaundice, said a health services researcher at Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu) in a report that appears in the current issue of Pediatrics. "Little is known about how well pediatricians follow these guidelines," said the study's lead author Dr....

2009-07-26 20:09:47

Doctors at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond will perform a rare brain surgery this week on a 7-year-old girl, her mother said. Lexi Haas of Charlotte, N.C., suffers from kernicterus, a rare complication of jaundice. She can't talk or control the movement of her muscles. Doctors will bore two holes through Lexi's skull and thread tiny electrodes inside her brain, targeting the spot damaged by jaundice, The Charlotte Observer reported Sunday. Doctors will implant a...

2009-03-23 15:35:00

Study Challenges Common Medical Practice PHILADELPHIA, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For hundreds of years, doctors, nurses and midwives have visually examined newborn babies for the yellowish skin tones that signify jaundice, judging that more extensive jaundice carried a greater risk of illness. The yellowness comes from a blood byproduct, bilirubin, and a child that develops high levels of bilirubin has a potentially serious condition called hyperbilirubinemia. Now pediatric...

2008-10-30 14:50:01

Two studies published on Wednesday suggest that some of the intense care given to the smallest premature infants may be a little too intense. Light treatment for jaundice may overwhelm the smallest infants, one study said, while another questions the practice of giving insulin to premature newborns. Babies weighing less than 2 pounds (1 kg) were slightly more likely to die if they were given early light therapy for rising levels of bilirubin, the compound that can turn the skin yellow but,...

2008-09-26 18:00:59

Five years ago today, Kim and Thomas Champion welcomed their healthy daughter, Jessie, into the world. Within days of birth, Jessie developed severe jaundice, a common, but potentially life-threatening, condition when left untreated. Her doctors failed to test and treat her jaundice, which developed into kernicterus, a preventable, lifelong, debilitating, neurological syndrome. Jessie now suffers from numerous disabilities including quadriplegic cerebral palsy, severe motor skills impairment,...

2008-09-03 03:00:00

By Nakamura, T Kusuzaki, K; Matsubara, T; Satonaka, H; Shintani, K; Wakabayashi, T; Matsumine, A; Uchida, A ABSTRACT A 6-year-old boy with Alagille syndrome, characterised by marked hyperbilirubinaemia, presented with malunion of a pathological fracture of the femur with local bone atrophy and insufficient callus formation. During corrective osteotomy, it was noted that the femur was stained dark green, suggestive of bilirubin deposition. Histology of the resected bone revealed the presence...

2007-07-17 06:03:41

By Stipsanelli, K Koutsikos, J; Papantoniou, V; Arka, A; Et al Aim. The aim of this paper is to identify extrahepatic biliary atresia (EHBA) as the cause of cholestasis in neonates with prolonged jaundice and thus accelerate the decision for surgical intervention, which is critical for prognosis. Methods. We retrospectively studied 21 infants (13 girls, 8 boys) aged 2-16 weeks who have undergone ^sup 99m^Tc-mebrofenin iminodiacetate (^sup 99m^Tc-BrIDA) scintigraphy. They were referred...

2006-01-25 16:30:00

By Karla Gale NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Physicians in Charlotte, North Carolina describe three cases of severe liver toxicity that appear to have been caused by the antibacterial agent telithromycin, according to an online report of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Although there have been other reports of liver toxicity associated with telithromycin, "the biggest difference here was the outcome, with one patient dying and one requiring liver transplantation, which have not been reported...

2005-07-18 19:03:09

Drug-induced liver disease (DILD), a potential complication seen with some medications, is usually not life-threatening, but may occasionally be more severe with a high mortality, requiring a liver transplant in selected cases. During the last decade, drug-induced liver injury has led to the withdrawal of a number of drugs from the market. Hy's rule, an observation by the late Dr. Hyman Zimmerman, states that the combination of high liver cell damage as measured by liver enzymes and jaundice...

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Hepatitis B
2013-02-25 09:11:23

Image Caption: This electron micrograph reveals the presence of hepatitis-B virus HBV "Dane particles", or virions. Credit: CDC/Wikipedia Hepatitis B: What Is It? Hepatitis simply means a swelling or inflammation of the liver. The type hepatitis that a person contracts (there are 5 common forms) affects their long-term prognosis. The most common and most severe of these different types of liver infection is Hepatitis B, which is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). It is typically...

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Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'