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[Just as frail…]

VÁRADI András

NOVEMBER 20, 2005

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2005;15(11)

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[PREVENTION OF INFECTIONS IN CHRONIC HEPATITIS AND CIRRHOSIS]

PÁR Alajos, NEMESÁNSZKY Elemér

[Patients with chronic liver disease, mostly the elderly, due to their impaired immune response, frequently suffer from infections worsening the clinical course. This is sometimes overlooked in the everyday praxis. In patients with alcoholic liver disease both hepatitis A virus (HAV) and acute hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections can lead to fulminant hepatic failure, therefore their immunization with HAV and HBV vaccines is highly recommended, similarly, vaccination against flu and pneumococcus also may be indicated for alcoholics. In chronic viral hepatitis, alcohol abuse can result in rapid progression to cirrhosis and reduces the efficacy of antiviral treatment. Patients with chronic hepatitis C should also be vaccinated against superinfections by HAV and HCV. Co-infections by hepatotropic viruses and human immundeficiency virus (HIV) are frequent due to the shared routes of transmission. In HIVpositive patients the efficacy of the vaccination against HAV and HBV depends on the CD4 cell count, which also determined the timing of anti- HBV or anti-HCV treatment. Concerning the bacterial infections, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) is the most severe complication of cirrhosis. The prevention of SBP is orally administered, moderately absorbed quinolon (norfloxacin) as long-term selective intestinal decontamination against Gram-negative pathogens. Alcoholic patients are also susceptible for tuberculosis. Bacterial infections play a role even in portal hypertension and variceal rupture, furthermore, both gastrointestinal haemorrhage and invasive endoscopic procedures increase the risk of infection, therefore in such situations a short-term (5- 8 day) antibiotic profilaxis is necessary with norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin. Taking into consideration these points of view, it may be of privotal significance for the management of patients with liver disease.]

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[MANAGEMENT OF LIFE-THREATENING ENDOSCOPIC THERAPY-RESISTENT OESOPHAGUS VARICEAL BLEEDING]

ERŐSS Bálint Mihály, SZÉKELY György, SIKET Ferenc, LÁZÁR István

[INTRODUCTION - Liver cirrhosis has two serious consequences: hepatic failure and portal hypertension. Portal hypertension has two important clinical appearances: variceal bleeding and therapy resistant ascites. Variceal bleeding can be recurrent and resistant to endoscopic treatment. These complications can be prevented by implantation of Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS). CLINICAL CASE - A 59 year old male with cirrhosis due to hepatitis C, was hospitalized in our department in April 2004 with variceal bleeding. We tried to control the bleeding twice by band ligation, once by sclerotherapy and with the use of Sengstaken-Blakemore tube, but bleeding continued for three weeks despite the endoscopic treatment. The patient needed intensive care therapy and was treated with more than forty units of packed red cells and plasma. At that point we decided to implant a TIPS, which was carried out succesfully. After TIPS implantation no rebleeding occured and the shunt had good patency. Moderate hepatic encephalopathy was observed, which is a well known phenomenon, but it could be treated with pharmacologic therapy. CONCLUSIONS - In case of portal hypertension TIPS implantation can prevent from variceal rebleedings and may caus significant improvement in the quality of life.]

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[Experiences with fix combination of amlodipin-atorvastatin according to the ESH/ESC hypertension recommendation 2013]

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[BACKGROUND - Hypertension is a widespread disease in Hungary and worldwide as well. Combination products containing more effective agents in one pill have an increasing role in the treatment strategy. One of the most often used products is Amlator, in which the advantageous features of amlodipine and atorvastatin are combined. METHOD - During my investigation I treated a patient with just diagnosed hypertension, prescribing Amlator 20/5 pill once a day. Blood pressure measurements were registered at home in a blood pressure diary. After two months laboratory and ABPM measurements were administered again. Gathered data was compared and changes were analysed. RESULTS - During the first ABPM measurement the mean blood pressure was 150/90 mmHg. Laboratory measurements showed a moderate increase in cholesterol level (6.1 mmol/l), lipid values were in the normal range (LDL 3.0 mmol/l, HDL 2.61 mmol/l) and hypertriglyceridemia wasn’t observed either (0.97 mmol/l). The blood pressures measured at home showed a significant decrease using the prescribed medication. During the first month the average blood pressure was 133/80 mmHg. This shows an 11.3% decrease of the systolic value. At the second monthly inspection a decrease in the cholesterol level was noted (cholesterol 5.0 mmol/l, LDL 2.31 mmol/l, HDL 2.2 mmol/l, triglyceride 0.96 mmol/l). This is a 14.7% decrease. The second ABPM measurement showed a significant decrease in both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure values. The average blood pressure was 124/78 mmHg, which means a 17.3% decrease of the systolic value. CONCLUSION - Amlator proved to be an effective treatment of both hypertension and hypercholesterolemia.]

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[Too early publication? (priority of the Hungarian authors was saved by a South- American radiologist)]

RADÓ János

[It is supposed that the invention of diuretic (furosemide) renography was a premature discovery. This is suggested by the fact that it was rediscovered by more than one people. Author supported this contention by a statistical analysis of „citation intervals” performed on the basis of Garfield’s suggestions. The length of the time from the description of the procedure to the appearance of citations („citation interval”) proved to be an average of 21.3±9.6 (SD) years, significantly longer than in the case of the author’s five important other recognitions combined, where the average citation interval was 8.7±7.4 (SD) years (p<0.01). Camargo a South-American radiologist who first confirmed the original study, was later just in time the editor of a North American journal to save the priority of the original inventor Hungarian authors. In medical science the investigators take the risks in the interest of the patients including „publishing too early”.]

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[Post-career development of cardiometabolic changes and hypertension in competitive athletes]

LELBACH Ádám, KÁNTOR Márk, KOLLER Ákos

[Regular physical activity is essential in delaying the aging processes (e.g. arterial remodelling – stiffening, metabolism, bodyweight), the beneficial effects of competitive sports – especially strength sports – according to the recent data of the literature are questionable. The beneficial effects of physical activity on the cardiovascular (CV) system are well known, however less is known regarding the delayed impacts of high intensity competitive sports on the CV system, especially after the sport career is over. This review summarizes the effects of active competitive sport and the post-career period on the cardiometabolic system with special attention to the systemic blood pressure and the development of metabolic syndrome. After sport career, the welldeveloped high performance cardiovascular- and metabolic system suddenly is much less used, but still supported by sport-level diet. It is well known that hypertension is a significant pathogenic factor in the development of cardiovascular diseases, characterized – among others – by reduced elasticity of large- and medium- sized vessels thereby importantly contributing to the development of systolic hypertension. Inflammation and thrombus formation both play an important role in the development of vascular injury and atherosclerosis. The increased tone of microvessels can impair the blood supply of certain organs, including the coronary circulation. It has been ample shown, that regular non-competitive, aerobic exercise activities are important factors in preventing hypertension. Such pathological changes become more evident after the development of post-career obesity, as well as the development of hypertension due to the activation of the renin-angiotensin system through sodium retention and other metabolic changes (increased glucose tolerance, insulin resistance, type II diabetes mellitus). It has been ample shown, that regular non-competitive, dynamic aerobic exercise activities are important factors in preventing hypertension. The frequency, intensity, type, and time (FITT) principle of exercise prescription is the first and common therapeutic approach, which represents the translation of cardiovascular basic science research results into hypertension treatment, thus can provide a personalized physical activity program/therapy according to medical needs not just for the post-career sportspersons, but the wide range of patients.]

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DOMJÁN Gyula, GADÓ Klára

[The risk of thrombosis is increased about 5 to10 times during pregnancy and in the puerperium. Beside the classic risk factors, this is also due to special obstetrical causes. Delivery, especially Cesarean section further increases susceptibility to thrombosis. Prophylactic or therapeutic anticoagulant treatment can significantly reduce maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. Just like in the non-pregnant state, subcutaneous low molecular weight heparin or intravenous or subcutaneous unfractionated heparin is recommended in pregnancy if anticoagulation is indicated. Warfarin is contraindicated in the first trimester because of its teratogenicity and also in the third trimester because of its long-lasting effect. Heparin does not cross the placenta, but its long-term administration may cause several side effects. Dosage, starting time and duration of the treatment depend on the measure of the risk of thrombosis. In certain cases (such as antiphospholipid syndrome) anticoagulant therapy is supplemented by low-dose acetylsalicylic acid. The date of delivery can be electively planned to minimalize bleeding and thrombotic complications. Vaginal delivery is preferred because of its lower risk of bleeding compared to Cesarean section. Intensity of anticoagulant therapy in the peripartum period should depend on the risk of thrombosis. The third phase of delivery should be actively driven by giving oxytocin to avoid bleeding complications. Since anticoagulant therapy is often continued during breast-feeding, it is important to know that neither warfarin, nor heparin is secreted in milk. When planning the treatment, each case requires individual consideration based on the type and number of risk factors, gestation time and, importantly, compliance of the patient.]