Hepatitis C Virus Ebook

Alternative Hepatitis C Treatments

The therapeutic goals of Natural treatment for Hepatitis C are as follows: Decrease iral load Normalize liver enzyme levels. Enhance/regulate immune system function. Strengthen and promote healthy liver function. Protect the liver, prevent further damage. Virological response; i.e. viral clearance, viral reduction or elimination of the virus. Starve the virus by limiting levels of iron. Optimizing cellular levels of glutathione in the body, making detoxification of the liver possible and enhancing the immune system. Stimulate regeneration of the damaged liver cells. Use of antioxidants to combat the effects of free-radicals generated by the virus. Reduce inflammation. Slow viral replication. Replace all of the inflammation-damaged liver cells. Regulate immune function/prevent auto-immune problems. Cancer preventative measures. Reverse fibrosis to prevent and improve cirrhosis

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Hepatitis Introduction

Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver usually caused by a virus. Four viruses that may cause it are hepatitis A (HAV), hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis D (HDV) and hepatitis non-A, non-B (NANB). Most common of the types found in children is hepatitis A which is transmitted by the fecal-oral route. The incidence in children is increased in those living in crowded housing. The disorder is usually self-limiting with resolution within 2 to 3 months or may develop into chronic hepatitis. Symptomology varies with severity of the disease.

Hepatitis C Comorbidity

In developed countries, HAART has largely transformed HIV AIDS from a fatal to a chronic illness, thus allowing the emergence of significant comorbi-dities that may affect CNS function. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a prevalent comorbidity in HIV patients, especially among intravenous drug users, so we will focus primarily on this comorbidity and its cognitive effects. HCV has been shown to cause neuropsychological deficits among HIV- and HCV-positive individuals. Among advanced seropositive participants of the Manhattan HIV Brain Bank, HIV-and HCV-positive coinfected patients were more likely to receive a diagnosis of HIV-associated dementia and have greater impairment in executive functioning (Ryan et al., 2004). These cognitive differences were associated with HCV serology but did not correlate with indices of liver disease severity. Deficits in learning, motor skills (Cherner et al., 2005), attention and concentration, and psychomotor speed (von Geisen et al., 2004 Perry et...

Differentially Expressed Genes Associated With Hepatitis B Virus HBx and MHBs Protein Function in Hepatocellular

HBx and MHBs' products from hepatitis B virus-DNA (HBV-DNA), which become transcriptional transactivators of cellular and viral genes, are known to play causative roles in the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the biomolecular mechanism(s) for their roles in hepatocarcinogenesis in vivo remain poorly understood. To identify authentic cellular genes involved in HBx and MHBsl-transactivated carcinogenesis, we used mRNA differential display polymerase chain reaction (DD-PCR). We examined HBx and MHBs-positive or -negative HCC, which had chromosomally integrated HBV DNA, vs nontumor tissues, respectively, and differentially expressed genes in either type of HCC were identified and compared with each other. Using 240 different combinations of three one-base anchored oligo-dT primers and 80 arbitrary 13mers, 16 genes were differentially expressed in the HBx and MHBs-positive HCC including Ro RNA hY1, glutamine synthetase, factor H homologue 3' end, voltage-dependent...

Other Hepatitis Viruses

There are several other newly discovered viruses that have been added to the hepatitis alphabet of viruses, although subsequent research has shown not all of them belong in the group. This section briefly describes some of those viruses that may be shown in the future to be transmitted in utero or perinatally. GB Virus C or Hepatitis G Virus GB virus C (GBV-C) or hepatitis G virus was initially discovered using PCR-based techniques on stored blood specimens from patients with non-A to E hepatitis but was

Hepatitis Induces Oxidative Dna Damage Of Importance For Hepatocarcinogenesis

The necroinflammatory reaction seen in livers with viral hepatitis is the result of a host immune response to viral antigens.14 Recruited leukocytes and macrophages release reactive oxygen species in areas of infection, which create necrosis of target hepatocytes. The enhanced oxidative stress overwhelms antioxidant defense mechanisms and leads to damage of crucial macromolecules, including DNA. 8-oxo-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-oxo-dG) is continuously produced in liver tissue but in the case of a normal liver, is quickly removed by DNA repair enzymes. However, in chronic hepatitis, oxidative stress is enhanced and cell proliferation increased, which enables DNA replication to occur before the repair of genetic lesions is complete, resulting in mutations. This concept has been tested in the hepatitis B-virus (HBV) transgenic mouse animal model. These mice overexpress the HBV large envelope protein, leading to necrosis, inflammation, and subsequent development of HCC.12 A significant...

Viral hepatitis A virus

Infections caused by hepatitis A virus are most severe in adults. In children it is often asymptomatic and confers immunity. Symptoms appear 2 to 6 weeks after the initial infection and they consist of loss of appetite, fever, malaise, abdominal discomfort, nausea and vomiting. These are followed by signs of liver damage such as passage of dark urine, pale stools and jaundice. In older persons, the infection may cause long lasting liver disorder. Hepatitis A virus is spread through faecal-oral route, primarily person to person. It can also be transmitted through food (e.g. shellfish) and water as a result of sewage contamination or infected food handlers. Measures of prevention include safe disposal of sewage and treatment of water supply, good personal hygiene, in particular prior to handling food, and thorough cooking of shellfish. A vaccine is also available and food handlers as well as travellers are advised to be vaccinated.


Of hepatitis are self-limiting and resolve without complications. Hospitalization is required only when symptoms are severe, persistent, or debilitating. Approximately 20 of acute hepatitis B and 50 of hepatitis C cases progress to a chronic state. In Americans, 5 to 10 of patients with hepatitis have hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections. In third world countries, the rates are much higher. The most serious complication of hepatitis is fulminant hepatitis, which occurs in approximately 1 of all patients and leads to liver failure and hepatic encephalopathy and, in some, to death within 2 weeks of onset. Other complications include a syndrome that resembles serum sickness (muscle and joint pain, rash, angioedema), as well as cirrhosis, pancreatitis, myocarditis, aplastic anemia, or peripheral neuropathy.

Hepatitis viral

Acute hepatitis (typically presenting as acute jaundice) is generally caused by hepatitis A, B, C and E viruses, which belong to different virus families. These viruses also differ in their (a) modes of transmission, (b) geographical and epidemiological patterns, which explain various age-related incidence profiles, and (c) propensity to result or not in chronic infections. Hepatitis D (not detailed any further here) is a particular case, being caused by a defective virus that can replicate and cause disease only in individuals already co-infected or chronically infected with the hepatitis B virus. Table 5.5 illustrates the main differences between the hepatitis viruses. Table 5.5 Characteristics of the hepatitis viruses Table 5.5 Characteristics of the hepatitis viruses Hepatitis A Fulminant hepatitis Hepatitis B Fulminant hepatitis Chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver cancer Hepatitis C Fulminant hepatitis Chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver cancer Hepatitis E Fulminant hepatitis...

Hepatitis A Virus

Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is a member of the Picornavirus family. It is a single-stranded, plus sense (directly translated into protein) ribonucleic acid (RNA) virus approx 30 m in diameter. The HAV RNA has 7500 nucleotides and is translated to a single polyprotein that is cleaved by its own protease to yield individual viral proteins. Hepatitis A Hepatitis B Hepatitis C Serum HCV IgG, serum HCV RNA (qualitative and quantitative) Hepatitis D Hepatitis E Infants who demonstrate signs of hepatitis in the newborn period with a symptomatic mother may be tested for IgM antibody to HAV. Proper precautions to limit the exposure of others should be taken.

Hepatitis B Virus

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a member of the Hepadnavirus family. It is a large deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) virus with a circular chromosome that undergoes an RNA stage in the host cell during its replicative cycle. It subsequently produces viral DNA, which ultimately leads to synthesis of the viral proteins. The major proteins involved in HBV infection are the surface antigen (HBsAg), core antigen (HBcAg), and the e antigen (HBeAg). The HBsAg is an element of the outer surface of the virus HBcAg and HBeAg are different forms of the same polyprotein. HBcAg is made up of subunit proteins that form the genomic core of the full virus HBeAg is a truncated form of this protein that is thought to play a role in signaling for viral replication (4). Mothers who exhibit symptoms of acute hepatitis, including fever, jaundice, abdominal pain, and who by history engaged in high-risk behaviors for acquisition of HBV (e.g., promiscuous sexual practices, sex with a known HBV carrier, or intravenous...

Hepatitis C Virus

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a flavivirus that was determined in 1989 to be the major cause of transfusion-related non-A, non-B hepatitis. It is a single-stranded, plus sense RNA virus with a genome size of approx 9500 bp. It encodes for a single large polyprotein that is cleaved to form individual viral proteins. The virus displays marked heterogeneity, with six distinct genotypes, and numerous quasi-species attributable to hypervariable regions of the two envelope proteins that readily mutate. Currently, there is no established cell culture system for HCV, and chimpanzees are the only available laboratory animal model, so little is still known about the mechanisms of infection (2,3,8). HCV is spread primarily by blood-borne contact with infected blood. The most common risk factors identified are intravenous drug use and blood transfusion or transplantation prior to 1992. Sexual acquisition of the virus is a very inefficient form of transmission and has not been proven definitively in...

Hepatitis D Virus

Hepatitis D virus (HDV) is replication-defective RNA virus. HDV requires co-infection with HBV to complete assembly of new HDV viral particles (22). HDV infection presents as acute symptoms of hepatitis, with jaundice, fever, and abdominal pain. It can also present with acute signs of hepatitis in a chronic carrier of HBV who was previously well (2,22).

Hepatitis E Virus

Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is still a relatively newly discovered virus. HEV is a small, nonenveloped, single-stranded plus sense RNA virus. The viral genome includes 7500 bp that code for three sets of genes. HEV is genetically related to the Calicivirus family. It has two distinct geographic subtypes, the Asian and Mexican strains (23,24). HEV is transmitted by fecal-oral contact. It occurs primarily in outbreaks in underdeveloped countries but can also occur sporadically. The source of the outbreaks is contaminated water, and in endemic areas, HEV accounts for most cases of acute hepatitis. Most patients diagnosed with HEV in the United States are travelers who acquired the virus in a foreign country. The attack rate of HEV appears to be about 50 times less than that of HAV in infected households (1 vs 50-75 ) (23,24). HEV usually causes acute hepatitis in approx 75 of patients infected. The incubation period ranges from 15 to 65 days, and symptoms vary from mild to severe. Fulminant...

Classification Of Proteins

Tional proteins are enzymes, which have both binding and catalytic roles. In part, this reflects the degree to which the detailed structure is a requirement for the protein's function, which in turn relates to conservation of structure through evolution. But as with every attempt at classification, there are going to be examples that do not fit the pattern well. Most proteins of interest to the pharmaceutical industry belong to the general class of binding proteins, for instance, hormones e.g., insulin and bovine somatostatin (BST) , viral antigens (e.g., hepatitis B antigen), growth factors e.g., interferons, interleukins and colony-stimulating factors (CSFs) , and antibodies.

Primary Nursing Diagnosis

Emotional support of the patient and family is also a key nursing intervention. Patients and their families are often frightened and anxious. If the patient is awake as you implement strategies to manage the ABCs, provide a running explanation of the procedures to reassure the patient. Explain to the family the treatment alternatives and keep them updated as to the patient's response to therapy. Notify the physician if the family needs to speak to her or him about the patient's progress. If blood component therapy is essential to manage bleeding, answer the patient's and family's questions about the risks of hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission.

Risk Factors and Cancer

Both DNA and RNA viruses are responsible for about 5 of human cancer but are a more common causes of cancer in animals where they play a central role in the identification of oncogenes.25'26 About 5 of adult T cell leukemias lymphomas are due to human lymphotropic virus type I27 while Epstein-Barr virus accounts for 10-15 of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Burkitt's lymphoma (almost all children in central Africa and 20 of cases occurring elsewhere), 35-50 of Hodgkin's disease, and 40-70 of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (especially in southern Chinese).28 Hepatitis B virus accounts for 40-60 of hepatocellular carcinoma and hepatitis C virus for 20-30 .29 Some subtypes of the human papilloma viruses (HPV16 and HPV18) account for 90 of cervical cancer. HPV infection is now recognized to be a sexually transmitted disease with special risk from early sexual exposure before the cervix is fully mature. HPV viruses cause benign warts and may be involved in cancers of the oral cavity and upper respiratory...

Diagnosing Infection By Serologic Means

When maternal titers of antibody are high (e.g., HIV-infected mothers may have anti-HIV titers that exceed 1 million), the time required for sufficient half-lives to pass to render an ELISA assay negative may take as long as 15-18 months. For example, an HIV ELISA test often is performed at a 1 100 dilution of serum. If the maternal titer is 4 million at birth, a 33,000 reduction in titer (which represents 15 half-lives or 15 x 23 345 days) would still yield a positive assay. In fact, the average time to deplete maternal HIV and hepatitis C antibody in the infant is about 9 months.

Medicinal Ethnobotany

The best example of using this knowledge in drug discovery is the identification of Prostratin. While working in Samoa to identify plants with potential chemotherapeutic properties, Dr. Paul Cox documented the use of Homalanthus nutans for the treatment of hepatitis 16 . Surprisingly, when extracts of this plant were incidentally examined for anti-HIV properties, the extract appeared effective for treatment of HIV 17 . Eventually, this compound was shown to be effective at activating the latently infected T-cell pool 18 . Importantly, this population of cells is a principal reason for HIV persistence 19 .

Other Microbial Contaminants And Potential Biohazards

To their origin in the human reproductive tract (e.g., herpes virus, HIV, hepatitis B), and a careful combination of risk assessment (to avoid use of cells with a significantly raised risk of contamination with serious human pathogens), containment (e.g., use of sealed culture vessels, use of a Class II safety cabinet see Appendix 1 ), treatment of cell culture waste as if infectious), and quarantine of cell cultures newly arrived in the

Isolation And Identification

The selection, transport, storage, and processing of the specimen are crucial for isolation attempts to be meaningful. The ideal specimen is taken from the site of the lesion or symptoms as early in the course of the illness as possible. The risk of fetal exposure or infection is determined by the status of the mother. Herpes I or II, enterovirus, rubella, and varicella-zoster virus (VZV) are some of the viruses that may be isolated and that are clinically relevant to the fetus or newborn. Other important agents such as hepatitis B virus, HIV, and parvovirus B-19 are either extremely difficult to culture or cannot be cultured. Cells grown in culture are the in vitro progeny of cells obtained from living tissue. Cultures are started from dissociated pieces of tissue placed in nutrient media in a sterile culture vessel. Cells may grow in suspension or adhere to the surface of the vessel. Adherent cultures form sheets of cells attached to a clear glass or plastic surface. Primary culture...

AntiHAV Antimicrobics

Anti-HAV Abbreviation for antibody against hepatitis A virus. Anti-HBc Antibody to hepatitis B core protein. Anti-HBV Abbreviation for antibody against hepatitis B virus. Anti-HBs Antibody to hepatitis B surface antigen. Anti-HBsAg Abbreviation for antibody against hepatitis B surface antigen.

Construction of HumanSCID Chimeric Mice

CAUTION Maternal blood of fetal source material should be serologically tested for hepatitis B and C and for HIV infection. Because the results of these tests may be unavailable or inconclusive at the time of transplantation, handle all fetal tissues and xenografts under Biosafety Level 2 conditions.

Gender Ethnicracial And Life Span Considerations

Blood bank protocols have lowered the risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission from more than 25,000 cases before 1985 to a risk of 1 in 50,000 to approximately 1 in 150,000 currently. In spite of the decreased risk, many patients worry about contracting HIV when they need blood products. In reality, the risk of hepatitis B and C is much higher. If a blood transfusion reaction occurs, the fears and anxieties are compounded and may warrant specific interventions.

Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

Explain that the patient should notify the primary healthcare provider if she or he develops any discomfort in the first few months after transfusion. Attributing these signs to specific diseases may make the patient unnecessarily anxious, but the patient should know to notify the healthcare provider for anorexia, malaise, nausea, vomiting, concentrated urine, and jaundice within 4 to 6 weeks after transfusion (hepatitis B) jaundice, lethargy, and irritability with a milder intensity than that of hepatitis B (hepatitis C) or flulike symptoms (HIV infection).

HIVAssociated Dementia

One further word about neuropsychiatric manifestations of HIV hepatitis C virus (HCV) is highly comorbid with HIV, and HCV can create its own neuropsychiatric problems as well as exacerbate those caused by HIV. Screening for HCV is relatively straightforward, but current therapy for HCV infection is poorly tolerated and not effective for a substantial number of patients (Wainberg et al., 2003). Approximately four million people in the United States and probably more than 100 million worldwide are infected with HCV, yet it has been estimated that less than 30 of people with HCV know they are infected (National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Confer ence Panel, 1997). HCV is an important diagnosis of exclusion when treating neuropsychiatric complications of HIV.

Laboratory Assays For The Diagnosis Of Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus Disease

Isolation of HSV by culture remains the definitive diagnostic method of establishing HSV disease. If skin lesions are present, a scraping of the vesicles should be transferred in appropriate viral transport media on ice to a diagnostic virology laboratory. Such specimens are inoculated into cell culture systems, which are then monitored for cytopathic effects characteristic of HSV replication. Other sites from which virus may be isolated include the CSF, urine, blood, stool or rectum, oropharynx, and conjunctivae (38). Duodenal aspirates for HSV isolation may be indicated in infants with hepatitis, necrotizing enterocolitis, or other gastrointestinal manifestations of disease. Typing of an HSV isolate may be done by one of several techniques but is not generally available outside research laboratories.

Waste disposal medical waste

Medical waste includes needles, scalpels, laboratory samples, disposable materials stained with body fluids, and body tissue. This waste requires special care in handling, since needles and scalpels can cut handlers and transmit diseases such as HIV AIDS, hepatitis B and C and viral haemorrhagic fevers. Medical waste should be burnt in an incinerator, preferably as close as possible to the source, e.g. within the clinic or hospital grounds, but also downwind of hospital buildings and dwellings.

Proteinbased Features

On primary sequence analysis, just as one cannot predict water solubility based on knowledge of a protein's three-dimensional structure. However, if the authentic candidate protein has been well characterized in terms of its in vitro folding behavior, it might be possible to make some predictions. Also, as mentioned earlier, if a normally glycosylated protein is expressed in E. coli, the lack of carbohydrate can effect folding, especially by reducing the solubility of folding intermediates. The size issue requires a little more elaboration. Large multisubunit complexes with masses > 1 x 106 Da can quite happily accumulate in E. coli one of the best examples is the hepatitis core antigen (Wing-field et al., 1995). Many other more moderately sized oligomers, for example, tumor necrosis factor (TNF, a trimer), have been produced (Wingfield et al., 1987). The common feature here is that the monomeric unit is produced in a folded soluble state and that the monomers self-associate to form...

Antibodies Induced By Cytokine Therapy

The immunogenicity of two recombinant IFN-a subtypes and lympho-blastoid IFN-a was compared in a multicenter study employing 296 patients with different forms of chronic hepatitis (128). IFN-a2a was significantly more immunogenic (20 seroconversion) compared with IFN-a2b (7 ) or lymphoblastoid IFN-a (1 ). Recently, neutralizing IFN-a Ab were reported in 39 of patients with breakthrough hepatitis during treatment with recombinant IFN-a2a and IFN-a2b compared with 3 in complete responders, suggesting that the development of neutralizing Ab may cause response failure at least in some patients (135).

Unmet Medical Needs

HIV and hepatitis B and C via intravenous use Overdoses HIV hepatitis B and C, endocarditis Overdoses substantial burden of medical illness compared to age- and gender-matched US population controls.70 Drug-related complications occur not only in public sector patients, but also in a community sample of patients enrolled in a health maintenance organization.71 Some of the widely accepted medical complications are summarized in Table 7. Drug abuse is a leading contributor to the spread of AIDS, HIV, and hepatitis C, and drug abuse treatment can reduce the spread of these illnesses.8 Not unexpectedly, intravenous drug use causes various surgical complications.72

Mary Ann Cohen and David Chao

In 1967 Lipowski provided a classification of commonly encountered problems at the medical-psychiatric interface that is still relevant to AIDS psychiatry today. These problems (with a modification of the fifth item, discussed in Chapter 1 of this book) include psychiatric presentation ofmedical illness, psychiatric complications of medical illnesses or treatments, psychological response to medical illness or treatments, medical presentation of psychiatric illness or treatments, and comorbid medical and psychiatric illness. These five problems have been illustrated with casevignettes in Chapter 1. Somepersons withHIVand AIDS have no psychiatric disorder, while others have a multiplicity of complex psychiatric disorders that are responses to illness or treatments or are associated with HIV AIDS (such as HIV-associated dementia) or co-morbid medical illnesses and treatments (such as hepatitis C, cirrhosis, or HIV nephropathy and end-stage renal disease). Persons with HIV and AIDS may...

Viral diseases of rats

Laboratory and wild rats are the natural hosts. The virus is reported to be shed in the urine, feces, milk, and nasal secretions. A persistent infection occurs in rats for up to 14 weeks, if they are infected as infants, and may persist even in the presence of high antibody titer. Large doses and experimental infections have been used as models for viral teratological effects, cerebellar hypoplasia, hepatitis, and hemorrhagic encephalopathy. The two most common coronaviruses in rats are rat coronavirus (RCV), which is also known as Parker's Rat Coronavirus, and sialodacryoadenitis virus (SDAV). The properties of RCV and SDAV are very similar. Both viruses produce infections which have high morbidity and low mortality and are rapidly spread. They share antigens with each other and cross-react with some strains of mouse hepatitis virus. Both SDAV and RCV replicate in the respiratory tract, but SDAV affects the salivary glands and lacrimal glands more...

Consequences Of Congenital Or Acquired Human Herpesvirus 6 And 7 Infections

Several case reports have described fetuses or infants with HHV-6 infection, yet most have no abnormalities. Aubin et al. (25) first described in utero infection with HHV-6. These investigators examined 52 electively aborted fetuses from HIV-infected women from France and noted one fetus (26 weeks) with HHV-6 DNA distributed throughout fetal tissues. No abnormalities were identified. One study from Japan identified HHV-6 antigens in tissues from 2 of 30 (7 ) fetuses spontaneously aborted at 6-12 weeks fetal abnormalities were not described (26). HHV-6 DNA has also been found in fetal tissues of two of eight cases (25 ) of fetal hydrops (17 and 19 weeks of gestation) (27). However, both fetuses also had a chromosomal abnormality (Down syndrome and Turner's syndrome) possibly contributing to the hydrops. Fulminant hepatitis in two neonates (aged 3 and 5 days) has purported to be linked to congenital HHV-6 infection based on HHV-6 viremia in mother and baby (28) further...

Prenatal Evaluation Of The Mother And Fetus

Five of these six had fever plus a prolonged maculopapular rash. Sore throat not associated with painful oral ulcers or reactive cervical lymphadeopathy was also noted. Reactivated HHV-8 infection may also present with symptoms, as evidenced by the case of an immunosuppressed, HHV-8-seropositive adult who developed fever, hepatitis, a maculopapular rash, and pancytopenia secondary to marrow failure in association with detectable HHV-8 DNA in the plasma (62).

Homologous Cartilage Grafts

Today, most homograft cartilage is irradiated costal cartilage. Cartilage is obtained from donors who meet the criteria required for organ donation. The specimens are tested for VDRL, hepatitis B, HIV, tuberculosis, and slow viruses. The cartilage is then placed in sterile saline and exposed to 30,000-60,000 Gy g-waves to destroy cellular elements and pathogens, including viruses.14 This approach has the advantage of ready availability and does not require an additional surgical harvesting site.

Investigating the scene of death

Paramount to any investigation, evaluation, or inquiry is the knowledge of terminal events and pre-terminal characteristics of the victim. In most hospital deaths, this is readily provided by the medical record. In the world of forensic pathology, such history is often lacking, and reliance must be placed on an open mind with a conscious realization that drug abuse may have had a significant contribution to a person's death regardless of initial impressions. Infectious diseases such as hepatitis or endocarditis may be the result of intravenous drug abuse cocaine may trigger convulsions or precipitate hypertensive crises and myocardial ischemia CNS depressants may lead to positional asphyxia, etc.

Diffuse Liver Disease

In patients being screened for cirrhosis and possible transplantation, 10-20 of patients harbor a HCC (higher rates for patients with hepatitis B and C), and arterial phase imaging is the only methodology that with high sensitivity (70-80 ) can detect these patients 30 . Caution is recommended, however, as it is now known that many small benign lesions can enhance and simulate HCC, most prominently in patients with hepatic vascular disorders, particularly Budd-Chiari 31, 32 . Probably the best approach to a patient with just one or a few small enhancing nodules is to take the same approach as upon visualizing a lung nodule in a cancer patient - suspicious but not definitive.

Background Information

The analysis of hepatitis C virus epitopes is an excellent example for both applications. Puntoriero et al. (1998) focused on the hypervariable region 1 of HCV. Surveying over 200 isolates of the virus they were able to define a consensus motif for the 27 amino acid hypervariable sequence. They constructed a novel phage display library that represented over 107 variations of this epitope. This unique library was used to screen polyclonal sera of HCV-in-fected individuals until the most cross-reactive mimotopes were isolated. These were then

Risk Of Fetal And Neonatal Infection

Maternally derived neutralizing antibody does not necessarily protect against neonatal infection, although it does provide some protection against neonatal EV disease. Conversely, absence of or low neutralizing titer to an infecting EV serotype is a significant risk factor for development of symptomatic infection (38,72,73,84). Route of delivery has not been demonstrated to affect the incidence or severity of neonatal EV disease cases following cesarean section are described (3,34,38,72). Factors that are associated with severe neonatal disease include maternal illness prior to or at delivery, prematurity, early age of onset of illness (especially the first few days of life), multiorgan disease, severe hepatitis hepatic necrosis, positive serum viral culture, specific infecting serotypes (e.g., group B coxsackieviruses and echovirus 11), and lack of neutralizing antibody to the infecting serotype (32-34,36-38,84,85).

Longterm Health Consequences

A small number of victims have been chronically disabled by the earthquake. They are suffering from head injuries and spinal cord injuries, and some have developed paraplegia. Pseudodementia has been suspected among a sizable number of elderly victims. Heavy drinking caused alcoholic hepatitis in some victims. A high-risk group for chronic stress disorders is elderly males who lost their family members. However, large-scale epidemiologic studies have yet to be completed for the victims of the earthquake.

Philip Bialer Rosalind G Hoffman and Jeffrey Ditzell

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) coinfection has also become a major problem among those with HIV. Of persons injecting drugs for at least 5 years, 60 to 80 are infected with HCV (CDC, 2002). In China, 95 of HIV-positive heroin users were also infected with HCV (Garten et al., 2005). The sharing of contaminated needles can lead to multiple medical problems including skin infections, endocarditis, septicemia, and pulmonary emboli.

Evaluation Of The Neonate

If a newborn appears ill or if there are findings suggestive of hepatic involvement (e.g., hepatomegaly or jaundice) or bleeding, liver function tests should be obtained. Transaminase elevation or increased bilirubin suggests the presence of hepatitis. Ammonia levels may need to be monitored in the presence of severe hepatic involvement, especially if profound lethargy is present. In an infant with hepatitis or evidence of bleeding or in any newborn who appears clinically ill, the platelet count and coagulation profile should be monitored. A chest radiograph is indicated in the presence of respiratory or cardiac symptoms. Infiltrates may indicate pneumonia or heart failure, and cardiac enlargement suggests myocarditis or pericarditis.

Interpretation Of Diagnostic Evaluations

The primary causes of neonatal EV infections are the coxsackie B viruses and the echoviruses coxsackie A viruses are implicated less often (37). An association has been observed between EV subgroup and disease pattern, with coxsackie B viruses associated with meningoencephalitis and myocarditis and echoviruses associated with hepatitis and coagulopathy, but significant overlap exists (34,36,38). Coxsackie B virus-associated hepatitis and coagulopathy have been increasingly reported (99). Coxsackieviruses B2-B5 and echoviruses 6, 11, and 19 are frequently the causes of severe neonatal disease (34,36-38). Many other EV serotypes have also been reported to cause severe neonatal disease, however. In the absence of an epidemic situation or the occurrence of a unique disease manifestation, identification of the EV subgroup and serotype is generally not necessary and does not have an impact on clinical management.

Initial Evaluation Of The Patient With Substance Use Disorders

Early in the epidemic, heroin addiction led to a rapid spread of HIV and HCV among IDUs in the United States, since few addicts had access to clean needles and syringes. The increase in the purity and availability of heroin along with a decrease in its street price has led to a resurgence in the use of heroin over the past 15 years. There are 600,000 to 800,000 heroin addicts in the United States however, less than 20 are currently in treatment for their addiction (Community Epidemiologic Work Group, 2000).

Specific immune defenses

Interferons (IFN) are glycoproteins that, among other products, are released from virus-infected cells. In neighboring cells, interferon stimulates the production of antiviral proteins. These inhibit the synthesis of viral proteins by (preferential) destruction of viral DNA or by suppressing its translation. Interferons are not directed against a specific virus, but have a broad spectrum of antiviral action that is, however, species-specific. Thus, interferon for use in humans must be obtained from cells of human origin, such as leukocytes (IFN-a), fibroblasts (IFN-P), or lymphocytes (IFN-y). Interferons are also used to treat certain malignancies and autoimmune disorders (e.g., IFN-a for chronic hepatitis C and hairy cell leukemia IFN-p for severe herpes virus infections and multiple sclerosis).

Diagnostic studies

A diagnosis of cervicitis, typically due to Neisseria gonorrhoeae or Chlamydia trachomatis, must always be considered in women with purulent vaginal discharge. The presence of high-risk behavior or any sexually transmitted disease requires screening for HIV, hepatitis B, and other STDs.

San Pedro cactus Echinopsis spp Cactaceae

A temple carving depicting the San Pedro cactus has been found at an archaeological site in northern Peru and is more than three thousand years old. The cactus is also an important artistic motif throughout later periods, demonstrating continuous use from the distant past up to the present. Folk uses are not restricted to shamanistic vision quests, and San Pedro cactus is also deemed to be effective in the treatment of fever, hepatitis, and alcoholism.

Risk Of Fetalneonatal Infection

Maternal Varicella

Since the institution, about 30 years ago, of the recommendation for passive immunization of exposed newborns with VZIG as soon as possible after birth, it is rare for a newborn infant to die of disseminated varicella. Before VZIG became available, one study suggested a 20 fatality rate when the mother had onset of rash less than 4 days and up to 2 days after onset of rash at delivery (13). Infants in whom varicella is fatal often have a disseminated infection with pneumonia, extensive hemorrhagic skin vesicles, hepatitis, and thrombocytopenia. Mothers whose onset of rash is more than 48 hours after delivery may transmit varicella to their babies, but the disease is usually not severe because they transfer antibodies as well (7).

Major Depressive Disorder

Rates of major depression range from 8 to 67 (Acuff et al., 1999) however, up to 85 of HIVseropositive individuals report the prevalence ofsome depressive symptoms (Tate et al., 2003) that may not reach diagnostic threshold for a major depressive disorder diagnosis. Examples would include minor depressions and dysthymia. This may especially be true when taking into account the prevalence of depression in other medical illnesses that are comorbid with HIV, including HCV, end-stage renal disease, diabetes mellitus, and other endocrinopathies. Indeed, the impact of HIV disease on mental health was illustrated by a meta-analysis by Ciesla and Roberts (2001), who found that HIV-infected patients were almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with major depressive illness, irregardless of the symptomatic status of their HIVdisease.Theprevalenceand epidemiology of mood disorders are covered more extensively in Chapter 4 of this text. Valproate in patients with hepatitis C coinfection deserves...

Stephen J Ferrando and Constantine G Lyketsos

The landscape changed with the advent and widespread use of HAART in the mid-1990s. The incidence of HAD has declined (Sacktor et al., 2001a), but, since patients live longer, these disorders may have a stable or increasing prevalence. Further, milder forms of impairment persist in a substantial proportion of patients (Ferrando et al., 1998 Starace et al., 2002), with higher levels of immune functioning (Dore et al., 1999), and the course is highly variable, including fluctuation over time, progression, or even regression of the symptoms. Motor manifestations, while continuing to occur in some cases, are less frequent. Finally, comorbid and differential diagnostic considerations for the cause of these disturbances have shifted away from opportunistic infections toward entities such as substance abuse, hepatitis C coinfection, and the neu-ropsychiatric and metabolic side effects of antiretro-viral medications. To account for these shifts, the diagnostic criteria for HIV-associated...

Gallbladder Wall Thickening

Focal or diffuse gallbladder wall thickening is most commonly caused by cholecystitis. Noninflammatory conditions that may produce gallbladder wall thickening include heart failure, cirrhosis, hepatitis, hypoalbuminemia, and renal failure. Gallbladder carcinoma should be suggested when there are features of focal mass, lymphadenopathy, extension of the process to adjacent organs, hepatic metastases, or biliary obstruction at the level of the porta hepatis 1 . Xanthogranulomatous cholecystitis (XGC) is a pseudotumoral inflammatory condition of the gallbladder that ra-diologically simulates gallbladder carcinoma. There is a significant overlap in the CT features of XGC and gallbladder carcinoma. Both entities may demonstrate wall thickening, infiltration of the surrounding fat, hepatic involvement, and lymphadenopathy 2, 3 . Adenomyomatous

Differential Diagnosis

Hepatitis C infection, independent of HIV coin-fection and interferon ribavirin therapy, is characterized by multiple neuropsychiatric complaints, most frequently fatigue (up to 97 of patients), depression (up to 25 of patients meet criteria for a current depressive disorder and up to 70 have elevated scores on depression rating scales), and cognitive dysfunction (up to 82 impairment on some measures) (Crone and Gabriel, 2003). Compared to patients with HIV alone, patients with comorbid HIV and hepatitis C are more likely to have disturbances in executive function and dementia (Ryan et al., 2004). The pattern of cognitive impairment associated with hepatitis C is similar to that of HIV. Patients with mild liver disease tend to have impairment in attention and concentration, and patients with more severe liver fibrosis have problems with learning, psychomotor speed, and cognitive flexibility. Patients with end-stage liver disease and cirrhosis experience superimposed delirium (hepatic...

Diagnostic Highlights

Viral hepatitis seriologies hepatitis A virus (HAV) hepatitis B virus (HBV) hepatitis C virus (HCV) hepatitis D virus (HDV) hepatitis E virus (HEV) (See Hepatitis, p. 410) If patient has hepatitis acute HAV positive anti-HAV IgM acute HBV anti-HBV IgM HB surface antigen acute HCV anti-HCV antibody, HCV RNA HDV anti-HDV IgM, HDV antigen HEV not available Non A Non B all tests negative Identify patients with hepatitis virus leads to markers such as immunoglobulins (IgG and IgM), antigens, antibodies

Immunoglobulin Adsorption

IgG adsorption is usually an irreversible process there is practically no desorption of antibodies by dilution of IgG-coated polymer particles when they are diluted at pH 7, as can be seen in Fig. 2 36 . Thus, although adsorption isotherms from solution appear to be of the Langmuir type, it is not possible to determine equilibrium thermodynamics binding constants from this kind of experiment. Adsorption isotherms of IgG on polymer supports usually developed well-defined plateaus that were in the range of those calculated for a close-packed monolayer of IgG molecules 28,36-43 . The results obtained with the adsorption of a monoclonal antibody (MAb) (IgG1 isotope directed against hepatitis B antigen, HBsAg) on cationic and anionic polystyrene latex particles are shown in Fig. 3. Even when the protein has the same charge sign as its adsorbent, adsorption occurs spontaneously. These results constitute an example of well-defined plateaus 37 . It should be noted, however, that step-like...

Atrisk women should receive additional tests

Hexosaminidase A for Tay Sachs screening (serum test in nonpregnant and leukocyte assay in pregnant individuals), DNA analysis for Canavan's disease, cystic fibrosis carrier testing, serum phenylalanine level, toxoplasmosis screen, and Hepatitis C antibodies. 3. Testing for sexually transmitted diseases (eg, HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B surface antigen, chlamydia, gonorrhea) should be repeated in the third trimester in any woman at high risk for acquiring these infections all women under age 25 years should be retested for Chlamydia trachomatis late in pregnancy. D. CBC, AB blood typing and Rh factor, antibody screen, rubella, VDRL RPR, hepatitis B surface Ag.

Stephen L Dilts Jr Stephen L Dilts

The history of opioid use goes back thousands of years in human history. The Ebers Papyri from approximately 7000 B.C. refer to the use of opium in children suffering from colic (Deneau & Mule, 1981). In the Victorian era, the use of laudanum was socially acceptable. In the present day, opioids use is stringently regulated, especially in the United States however, demand by addicts results in the existence of a black market characterized by crime, disease, poverty, and loss of personal and social productivity. The sexually promiscuous intravenous heroin user is at high risk to contract and effectively spread the deadly acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) virus, as well as venereal and other infectious diseases, such as hepatitis C. High overall death rates are associated with opioid abuse, approximately 10-15 per 1,000 in the United States (Jaffe, 1989). The Drug Abuse Warning Network (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1995) indicates an alarming...

Clinical manifestations

Most episodes are precipitated by identifiable factors, including gastrointestinal bleeding, excessive protein intake, constipation, excessive diuresis, hypokalemia, hyponatremia or hypernatremia, azotemia, infection, poor compliance with lactulose therapy, sedatives (benzo-diazepines, barbiturates, antiemetics), hepatic insult (alcohol, drugs, viral hepatitis), surgery, or hepatocellular carcinoma.

Clinical assessment at third trimester visits

Testing for sexually transmitted diseases (eg, HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B surface antigen, chlamydia, gonorrhea) should be repeated in the third trimester in any woman at high risk for acquiring these infections all women under age 25 years should be retested for Chlamydia trachomatis late in pregnancy.

Steps to Increase Safety of Blood Derived Clotting Factor Products

Screening plasma for HIV, hepatitis (A, B, and C), parvovirus B19, syphillis, and cytomegalovirus is now a routine and standard practice. Traditionally, this was performed using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) testing, an extremely sensitive method for detecting pathogens 42 . More rapid and sensitive nucleic acid amplification testing (NAT) has been introduced in most North American and European countries since the late 1990s. NAT offers an increased margin of safety for clotting factor concentrates 41 , in that it enables detection of hepatitis A and parvovirus, both of which are relatively recalcitrant to many viral inactivation technologies (see below). 3. Viral inactivation steps. Heat treatment was first introduced as a virucidal measure in the mid-1980s. Viruses have varying thermal sensitivities, with viruses such as HIV being more susceptible to heat treatment than the hepatitis viruses 41,43 . Heat treatment can result in significant denaturation of...

Safety In The Human Immunology Laboratory

Immunologic study of the human immune system poses special safety problems associated with the risk for infection with human disease agents. Attention in recent years has focused on possible infection with the AIDS (HIV-1) virus. It should be noted, however, that human materials may harbor other dangerous pathogens, including hepatitis B virus (HBV), cytomegalovirus, EBV, and a host of bacterial pathogens.

Antitubercular Drugs

Isoniazid is bactericidal against growing M. tuberculosis. Its mechanism of action remains unclear. (In the bacterium it is converted to isonicotinic acid, which is membrane impermeable, hence likely to accumulate intracellu-larly.) Isoniazid is rapidly absorbed after oral administration. In the liver, it is inactivated by acetylation, the rate of which is genetically controlled and shows a characteristic distribution in different ethnic groups (fast vs. slow acetylators). Notable adverse effects are peripheral neuropathy, optic neuritis preventable by administration of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) hepatitis, jaundice.

Miscellaneous complications

Liver damage from drug abuse is often related to direct drug toxicity, allergic or idiosyncratic reactions, or various forms of hepatitis.4 Alcohol-induced fatty change, alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis are well-known entities which may exacerbate the effects of other drugs of abuse taken concomittantly. Hepatic damage from cocaine has been induced in laboratory animals5 but does not appear to occur in humans.1,6 Intravenous heroin addiction has been associated with a sometimes intense lymphoid infiltrate (occasionally with germinal centers) of the portal zones,7 often referred to as triaditis. This appears to be independent of viral hepatitis and may represent an immunologic phenomenon. These infiltrates are, however, not invariable with intravenous drug abusers and may be seen in apparently normal people (but usually to a lesser degree). Another nonspecific but fairly typical finding in heroin addicts is mild to moderate hepatosplenomegaly, sometimes associated with enlarged lymph...

Julia Skapik Alexander Thompson Andrew Angelino and Glenn Treisman

The cost of untreated psychiatric illness includes disability, increased medical expenditure, and societal costs such as crime and increased transmission of communicable diseases such as HIV and hepatitis B and C. The potential benefits of preventing crime and HIV transmission, and reducing disability far outweigh the added costs of treatment. The addition of psychiatric services to existing HIV AIDS clinics can cost as little as a few hundred dollars per week and can prevent emergence of multidrug-resistant viral strains through improved adherence, decrease HIV transmission by reduction in risk behaviors, and decrease disability in patients.

Pathological features

Depending on the results of the laboratory tests, those patients meeting the criteria above are classified into groups listed below. The following studies are suggested complete blood count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, chemistry profile, creatine kinase, antinuclear antibody, thyroid functions, serum and urine immunoglobulin studies (to include either immunofixation electrophoresis or immunoelectrophoresis, and HIV and hepatitis serology. The list of laboratory studies is not comprehensive. For instance, in certain clinical circumstances, other studies may be indicated, such as phytanic acid, long-chain fatty acids, porphyrins, urine heavy metals, a-lipoprotein, p-lipoprotein, glucose tolerance test, imaging studies of the central nervous system, and lymph node or bone marrow biopsy. Classification of CIDP

Medical Management Of Individuals With Severe Mental Illness

It is therefore necessary to aggressively screen individuals with mental illness for both HIV and other medical illnesses, such as diabetes, hepatitis, hypertension, and heart disease. It is helpful for both patients and providers to centralize care as much as possible, making all providers aware of all medical problems as well as the current treatment plan to provide a consistent message (Treisman and Angelino, 2004). Frequent pregnancy testing and on-site prenatal care may improve outcomes for pregnant women with HIV. It is important to incorporate preventative medicine whenever possible, including smoking cessation, weight management, and risk reduction this counseling has been often overlooked in patients with multiple medical problems and with HIV, but is even more crucial now that HIV AIDS has become a chronic illness. We emphasize that psychiatric providers should be vigilant about screening for medical illnesses, even using a standard medical review questionnaire for the...

Risk factors detection methods and control procedures

There is a strong association between invasive V. vulnificus infections and underlying medical conditions. Underlying predisposing conditions include chronic cirrhosis, hepatitis, thalassemia major and haemachromatosis and there is often a history of alcohol abuse. Less commonly, V. vulnificus infections occur where there are underlying malignancies, gastric disease, including inflammatory bowel disease and achlorhydria, steroid dependency and immunodeficiency. Males are markedly more susceptible than females and account for over 80 of infections (Oliver, 1989).

Introduction to Biopharmaceuticals

Advances in molecular biology, genetic engineering, process purifications, analytical chemistry and related disciplines have led to the production of large quantities of highly purified proteins facilitating drug development efforts. A number of these proteins such as insulin, human growth hormone (HGH), a-interferon, y-interferon, tissue plasminogen activator (TPA), granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF), granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF), Interleukin-2, erythropoietin, hepatitis B-vaccine and murine monoclonal antibody have already been

Special Stains And Molecular Techniques In The Diagnosis Of Infectious Agents

There have been considerable advances in the use of molecular techniques for rapid detection of pathogens, especially those that are fastidious or nonculturable. Some of the rewards of diagnostic molecular techniques include rapid turnaround time, increased specificity, enhanced sensitivity, ability to identify esoteric micro-organisms, quantitation, genotyping, and monitoring of drug resistance. Qualitative assays determine presence or absence of a nucleic acid consistent with the presence of an infectious agent. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) replaces the conventional process of biological amplification (growth in culture) with enzymatic amplification, allowing identification of as few as 100 copies of a particular deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequence (84). Reverse transcription PCR may be useful in detection of ribonucleic acid (RNA) virus infections, including hepatitis C virus, HIV, and enteroviruses (85,86). Because of the sensitivity, contamination is a constant threat, and...

Applications in Target Identification and Validation

Local or topical administration has shown some success in terms of downregulation of targets in different organs. In the eye, ocular neovascularization could be inhibited by targeting vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in a mouse model93 and in the lung, as will be discussed in more details later, targeting of heme-oxygenase-1 by siRNA enhanced ischemia reperfusion induced apoptosis.94 However, systemic administration with unmodified siRNA oligonucleotides has major hurdles due to the high clearance and the limited tissue distribution. Plasma stability of unmodified siRNAs is typically in the range of a few minutes. In preclinical animal models these issues have been overcome by intravenous injection of siRNA oligonucleotides at very high volumes into the tail vein of mice using a hydrodynamic transfection method originally set up for expression of plasmids.95 When applied for siRNA targeting Fas, a receptor associated with induction of apoptosis, mice were successfully...

Peptide Loading Of Mhcig Chimeric Protein By Passive Exchange

Although optimal peptide loading protocols may vary for specific MHC-Ig dimers, passive loading in the presence of excess peptide and -microglobulin has been used to detect antigen-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) using all the MHC-Ig complexes studied to date. These include using passively loaded MHC-Ig complexes to study human HLA A2- and murine Kb-, Ld-, and Db-restricted immune responses. In general, MHC-Ig is passively loaded over a several-day time course (2 to 5 days). Using passively loaded A2-Ig, the authors have analyzed a variety of antigen-specific human PBMC, including PBMC from patients with HIV infection, chronic immune-mediated disease, HTLV-1-as-sociated myelopathy (Greten et al., 1998 Carruth et al., 1999), and hepatitis C (unpub. observ.). In addition, recently published work details loading and use of Db-Ig in staining antigen-specific T cells (Selin et al., 1999). While passively loaded MHC-Ig complexes are generally sufficient to stain cells, they are not...

High Purity pdFIX Products

The use of enzyme replacement therapy (ERT), through administration of PCCs and pdFIX products, to treat hemophilia has no doubt enhanced the quality of life of the numerous recipients over the years, but has come at a considerable cost to many individuals receiving ERT. Numerous incidents from around the globe of HIV and hepatitis virus transmission through contaminated blood-clotting factor concentrates for hemophilia treatment have been reported 6,38-40 . Consequently, viral inactivation steps (Section were introduced in the mid-1980s to eliminate the risk of transmission of HIV and hepatitis diseases. Although HIV, hepatitis viruses, and other enveloped viruses have not been transmitted since the introduction of these viral inactivation steps, concern remains about the possibility of nonenveloped viruses (such as parvovirus and hepatitis A) being transmitted 41,42 .

Medical Complications Direct Results of Cocaine

Complications of intravenous cocaine use are multiple and include skin abscesses, phlebitis and cellulitis, and septic emboli resulting in pneumonia, pulmonary abscesses, subacute bacterial endocarditis, ophthalmological infections, and fungal cerebritis (Wetti, Weiss, Cleary, & Gyori, 1984). Injected talcandsili-cate may cause granulomatous pneumonitis with pulmonary hypertension, as well as granulomata of the liver, brain, or eyes (Estroff & Gold, 1986). Hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and delta agent are all too frequently by-products of intravenous drug abuse. In the past several years, concomitant with the increase in HIV infection, there has been an increase in pneumonia, endocarditis, tuberculosis, and hepatitis delta and other sexually transmitted diseases in drug users (see Chapter 19 on HIV and addictions for more information on cocaine and HIV AIDS).

Culture Of Human Corneal Limbal Stem Cells

Safety Note Human tissues should be handled in Biosafety Level 2 laboratories, using a laminar flow hood (see Chapter 1) and protective personal apparel as approved by the institutional review board as appropriate for this purpose. Serology should be obtained from each donor to exclude possibility of contamination with HIV and hepatitis.

Treatment of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy

Cholecystitis, peptic ulcer disease, or hepatitis can cause nausea and vomiting and should be excluded. Gastroenteritis, appendicitis, pyelonephritis, and pancreatitis also should be excluded. Obstetric explanations for nausea and vomiting may include multiple pregnancies or a hydatidiform mole.

Interaction Between Iron Alcohol And Hepatotropic Viruses

Theoretically, in livers with viral hepatitis displaying chronic necroinflammation and enhanced leukocyte production of superoxide and hydrogen peroxide, iron in excess could catalyze production of hydroxyl radicals and increase the damaging effect of the viral infection. This hypothesis has not yet been proven in vivo, but clinical findings point to a potential synergism between iron and the chronic virus infection. High liver iron contents decreased the response rate to alpha-interferon in chronic hepatitis C.51-53 In successful cases, liver iron content decreased following treatment with alpha-interferon,54 which was interpreted as secondary to reduced inflammation, as well as a factor influencing the improvement in liver histology. In line with these results are data demonstrating a beneficial effect on serum aminotransferase levels in hepatitis C patients treated with phlebotomies to remove excess iron, although clearance of the virus was not affected.55 Similarily, clinical data...

As Sources Of Distress

Fatigue is one of the most limiting of the HIV syndromes in terms of quality of life and its incremental impact on dealing effectively with advancing HIV disease, comorbid depression, and hepatitis C coin-fection. HIV-related fatigue decreases functional status, which in turn can lead to symptoms of isolation, Fatigue also plays an important role in HCV infection, as fatigue is a common complaint among sufferers of HCV both prior to and during treatment with biological agents such as interferon-based therapies. Four hundred and eighty-four HIV-seropositive subjects participated in a self-report trial which confirmed that HCV-coinfected patients demonstrated significantly more elements of distress compared to the HIV-only group in social, psychological, and biological arenas. The patients were also more likely to be in unstable social situations and to experience depression, fatigue, and reduced quality of life (Braitstein et al., 2005).

Current level of incidence 1621 Community incidence

Hepatitis A virus For hepatitis A virus, the community incidence varies significantly, depending on geographical region. This variability reflects an important aspect in HAV epidemiology with increasing levels of hygiene, the incidence of HAV infections has gone down to an estimated 10 cases or less per 100000 persons per year in low endemic regions (Mast and Alter, 1993). This is reflected by the decreasing seroprevalence of HAV antibodies, observed in most countries with high standards of living, with a concomitant increase in the proportion of non-immune, hence susceptible, individuals and a shift of infections to a higher age group in which the rate of subclinical infections is much lower. Figure 16.1 shows an example of the differences in age-specific seroprevalence for some countries across Europe (Stroffolini et al., 1991 Dubois et al., 1992 Beutels et al., 1998 de Melker et al., 1998 Beran et al., 1999 Dal-Re et al., 2000). The net result is that after an initial decline in...

Special Blood Products II Irradiated Blood Products and Transfusion Associated Graft Versus Host Disease

Regardless of the mechanism by which this rare event occurs, TA-GVHD exhibits clinical manifestations 4-21 days after the transfusion and is, therefore, a delayed adverse reaction to blood transfusion (Chapter 33). TA-GVHD affects the liver, skin, and gastrointestinal tract, giving rise to hepatitis, skin rashes, erythema and diarrhea. These clinical manifestations are similar to a graft versus host reaction

Dapsone Hypersensitivity Syndrome

Another uncommon, but severe, adverse side effect is the dapsone or sulphone hypersensitivity syndrome (DHS). The syndrome was first noted by Lowe and colleagues in 1950 and was subsequently termed so by Allday and Barnes. This drug reaction was first noted in patients with lepromatous leprosy, and the incidence of the syndrome has increased in the leprosy population since the introduction of multidrug therapy during the past decades. However, DHS has also been seen in patients with various dermatologic diseases, including LE. It usually occurs during the first 3-5 weeks after the start of therapy and consists of fever, malaise, exfoliative dermatitis, hepatitis, lymphadenopathy, hemolytic anaemia, eosinophilia, leukocytosis, and atypical lym-phocytosis. It is an infectious mononucleosis-like picture, although there is no sero-logic evidence of Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, or toxoplasma infection. Age, sex, and initial dose of dapsone did not seem to predict the development of...

Drug and disease interactions

The pharmacokinetics of several drugs have been shown to be influenced by concurrent disease processes.16 The clearance of many drugs decreases in those individuals with chronic hepatic disease such as cirrhosis. In contrast, in acute reversible liver conditions, such as acute viral hepatitis, the clearance of some drugs is decreased or the half-life increased and for others, no change is detected. The volumes of distribution of some drugs are unaltered in hepatic disease while an increase is observed for other drugs, especially those bound to albumin in individuals with cirrhosis. This phenomenon is due to the decreased synthesis of albumin and other proteins. The influence of liver disease on drug absorption is unclear. It is probable though that the oral bioavailability of drugs highly extracted from the liver is increased in cirrhosis. The reasons are decreased first pass hepatic metabolism and the development of portal bypass in which blood enters the superior vena cava directly...

Medical Alcohol Drug Abuse or Dependence Detoxification or Other Symptom Treatment with CC

Tolerance to the drug results in the need for increasing amounts, and the physiological and psychological dependence on the drug leads to maladaptive behaviors. Attempts to discontinue or control use of the drug lead to withdrawal symptoms, which, if left untreated, can range from feeling flulike symptoms to coma and possibly death. The withdrawal from a drug produces feelings and sensations opposite of the effects produced by using the drug. Withdrawal can be treated to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Chronic abuse of psychoactive substances may lead to complications, including pulmonary emboli, respiratory infections, trauma, musculoskeletal dysfunctions, psychosis, malnutrition disturbances, gastrointestinal disturbances, hepatitis, thrombophlebitis, bacterial endocarditis, gangrene, and coma.

Sodium Hypochlorite

Frequent use causes a yellow discoloration to skin, catheter, and clothes Soaking for 5 min with the disinfectant is required during transfer set replacement May cause skin irritation and reaction Very dry skin results from exposure to povidone-iodine Growth of Pseudomonas sp. was observed in an opened multi-dispensed bottle of povidone-iodine 31 Povidone-iodine does not kill viruses such as HIV or Hepatitis May cause sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis 28 More costly Sodium hypochlorite kills viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis

Hivaids Introduction

Infants with perinatal acquired AIDS are normal at birth but may develop symptoms within the first 18 months of life. Clinical manifestations in children include fever decreased CD4 count anemia decreased WBC count (less than 3,000 cells mm3) neutropenia (absolute neutrophil count of less than 1,500 cells mm3) thrombocytopenia myelosuppression vitamin K deficiency hepatitis pancreatitis stomatitis and esophagitis meningitis retinitis (common with low CD4 counts) otitis media and sinusitis (chronic or recurrent) lymphadenopathy hepatosplenomegaly recurrent bacterial infections (especially, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae) Mycobacterium infections (MAC) or tuberculosis cytomegalovirus (CMV) failure to thrive (in infants) chronic diarrhea neurologic involvement, (developmental delays and microcephaly in infants, or loss of motor skills in the older child) and pulmonary infections (Pneumocystis carinii PCP , lymphocytic interstitial pneumonitis LIP , and pulmonary...

Aflatoxins occurrence and significance

A fascinating aspect of the toxicology of aflatoxin B1 is the variation in response among different species and even between the sexes within a species. Indeed, for some animal species, such as the rat, it is among the most carcinogenic compounds known and yet in others, such as the guinea pig, it may not be carcinogenic. Although it is difficult to disentangle the interactions of aflatoxin with other carcinogenic agents, such as hepatitis B virus, it is clearly prudent to assume that aflatoxin B1 is a human carcinogen and a review of the risk assessment leading to this assumption is presented by Castegnaro and McGregor (1998). The reason for the diversity of response to aflatoxin B1 is because it has to be metabolised first and the balance of metabolism varies from one species to another. This aspect of the toxicology is reviewed by Moss (1998).

The TH2Bias of the Neonatal Immune System

The observations that the in utero environment supports TH2-type immune responses has given rise to a hypothesis that atopy in children derives from a persistence of this bias beyond birth (Donovan and Finn 1999 Holt et al. 1992 Holt and Macaubas 1997 Prescott et al. 1998a Prescott et al. 1998b). Normally, a shift occurs in an infant's immune system shortly after birth to favor the adult TH1-mediated responses. This developmental phenomenon is termed immune deviation (Holt et al. 1999). Atopic infants instead may increase the TH2 cells that were primed in utero (Kay 2001). Because macrophages that engulf microbes secrete IL-12, a cytokine that induces Natural Killer (NK) cells to produce IFNg and in general promotes TH1-type cells, it is believed that microbes are the chief stimulus of protective TH1-mediated immunity (Kay 2001). This idea leads into the hygiene hypothesis discussed earlier proposing that lack of immune deviation is due to an overly clean environment, that is, one...

Safe Use Of Biohazards And Infectious Biological Agents

Precautions described in this section should be applied to the routine handling of viable pathogenic microorganisms, as well as all human-derived materials, because they may harbor dangerous pathogens such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), cytomegalovirus (CMV), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), and a host of bacterial pathogens. In addition to the guidelines provided herein, experimenters can find a wealth of information about handling infectious agents in the government publications Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories and Working Safely with HIV in the Research Laboratory (see Literature Cited).

Clinical Disease Manifestations Of Hivassociated Cognitive Impairments

May present with a mild influenza-like illness and rarely a mononucleosis-like syndrome (Martin et al., 1992 Beckett and Forstein, 1993 Huang et al., 2005). A portion of these individuals will develop headaches, fever, myalgia, anorexia, rash, and or diarrhea within the first 2 weeks (Schacker et al., 1996 Lindback et al., 2000 Tyrer et al., 2003 Pilcher et al., 2004). Prior to seroconversion, the acute phase of viral infection is characterized by a rapid HIV-mediated loss of memory CD4+CCR5+ T cells within the mucosal tissues that results in potentially irreversible immune suppression (Veazey et al., 1998 Brenchley et al., 2004 Mehandru et al., 2004 Derdeyn and Silvestri, 2005). During this acute HIV infection, high levels of vire-mia and viral shedding at mucosal sites occur. Genital and oral ulcers, cancers, and coinfections with a number of sexually transmitted microbial pathogens, including herpes simplex and hepatitis viruses, syphilis, and gonorrhea, can also manifest during...

Clinical manifestation

Main identifiable causes drug induced, such as angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, penicillin, sulfonamides, fluoxet-ine, and thiazides rheumatic diseases, such as lupus erythematosus and Sjogren syndrome viral diseases, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and infectious mononucleosis hypocomplementemia occurs in patients with associated systemic diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus regardless of cause, disease tends to run chronic cours

Jigday of preformed vitamin A 3000 jigday of preformed vitamin A

Data on liver abnormalities in humans were used to derive a UL. Bccausc clcar toxicity has been demonstrated in numerous studies at doses above 15,000 jig day, only data involving doses less than 30,000 jig day of vitamin A were included in Table 4-9. Data were thoroughly evaluated for other potential causcs of liver abnormalities. The following criteria for selecting the data sets were used (1) data must show grossly elevated liver vitamin A levels or hypertrophy of Ito cclls, (2) no alcoholism, (3) no concomitant liver hepatitis, and (4) no hcpatotoxic drug use. While hepatitis A and B status arc known in most eases, testing for hepatitis C did not begin until the early 1990s and is unknown in most eases. Therefore, hepatitis C was not used as a criterion for exclusion. Two ease studies reported hypertrophy of Ito cclls in a 63-ycar-old woman after vitamin A intake of 14,000 jig day for 10 years (Minuk et al., 1988) and in a 36-ycar-old man who took about 15,000 ytg...

Lupus Erythematosus and Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

Often, antimalarial therapy precipitates PCT. Alcohol and sometimes estrogens and iron were also contributing factors (Callen and Ross 1981). The pathogenic pathways of the coexistence of PCT and LE remain unclear. The possible mechanisms are a common genetic fault, an acquired metabolic fault resulting in porphyria with preexisting LE, porphyria causing an autoimmune response, and a genetically determined metabolic fault for porphyria that is precipitated as a consequence of LE (Cram et al. 1973, Gibson et al. 1991). The hypothesis that lupoid hepatitis is a causative factor in patients with preceding LE is not convincing. The coexistence of both diseases is of great clinical importance. A possible complication, postulated by Callen and Ross (1981), is the treatment of PCT by phlebotomy or with antimalarial agents Since anemia may be present in some patients with LE, phlebotomy may be unwise moreover, phlebotomy can be an exacerbating factor for some patients with combined disorders....

Dermatologic Physical Exam

The strong association of LP with chronic liver disease and hepatitis in some European series has led some authors to recommend routine screening. This association has not been confirmed in North America, and at present it would seem prudent to coordinate additional testing with information revealed in the review from the general history.

Classification of Diabetes Mellitus and the Metabolic Syndrome

Immune-mediated diabetes, previously referred to as insulin-dependent diabetes, type I diabetes, and juvenile-onset diabetes, accounts for 5-10 of all cases of diabetes. Immune-mediated diabetes typically develops in childhood and adolescence, but has a variable age of onset ranging from infancy to the eighth and ninth decades of life. Abnormalities in glucose homeostasis result from severe insulin deficiency due to cell-mediated autoimmune inflammation (insulitis) and subsequent destruction of the b-cells of the pancreas. In T1DM, daily exogenous insulin administration is a life-sustaining intervention, and the absence of insulin can result in a state of acute metabolic decompensation known as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). Individuals with T1DM are at increased risk for other autoimmune disorders such as Graves' disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Addison's disease, vitiligo, celiac sprue, autoimmune hepatitis, myasthenia gravis, and pernicious anemia.

Coenzyme Q And Atherosclerosis

In contrast to coronary artery disease patients, a significant decrease in the plasma coenzyme Q10 redox status has been reported for patients with hyperlipidemia, liver disease (hepatitis, hepatoma, cirrhosis), or treated with percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty.75,103 105


Acute cholecystitis is by far the most common disease in the right upper quadrant. Other important diseases that resemble acute cholecystitis are pyogenic or amebic liver abscess, spontaneous rupture of a hepatic neoplasm (usually hepatocellular adenoma or carcinoma), hepatitis, and myocardial infarction.

Direct Detection

EM provides a valuable adjunct to the other methods for direct detection (7). The magnification achieved provides images of viruses that allow morphological identification of agents in original specimens. Diagnosis by EM is especially useful for agents that cannot be cultivated or are extremely fastidious, such as the agents causing human gastroenteritis and hepatitis. No a priori knowledge of which agents might be present in the specimen is required. A major disadvantage of EM is that, because of the great magnification, a minimum concentration of 105-106 virions per milliliter is necessary to have sufficient numbers of agents per field to view virions. For immune EM, the aggregation of a specific agent by antibodies can increase sensitivity but it is targeted to only one agent at a time. Agents of gastroenteritis such as rotavirus, astrovirus, and enteric adenovirus and of hepatitis such as hepatitis A virus were first identified by EM.


APAP is contained in over 100 over-the counter (OTC) preparations, and fulminant liver failure from APAP overdose is the second most common cause of liver transplantation in the United States (No. 1 cause hepatitis C). More than 100,000 analgesic overdoses per year, over 200 deaths, 46 due to APAP. APAP overdose hospitalizations are greater than all other overdose hospitalizations. APAP has replaced ASA as the analgesic-antipyretic of choice, especially for children secondary to safety profile, N-acetylcysteine (NAC) antidote, ASA toxicity, and Reye's Syndrome. APAP toxicity risk factors low hepatic gluta-thione stores in alcoholics and malnourished P450 enzyme induction from INH, rifampin, anticonvulsants, and chronic alcohol abuse.

Viral Transmission

As noted, fibrinogen is an essential factor in the glue and can be obtained from screened donor plasma minimizing the risk of hepatitis and HIV. Both fibrinogen and thrombin are subjected to a variety of treatments to minimize risk of HIV, hepatitis B and C, HTLV, EBV and CMV. Parvovirus B19 have been shown to be transmitted however most patients have antibodies to this making any infection subclinical. Viral inactivation has been shown to be greater that 9 log10 to 19 log10 for HIV-1, HSV-1 in fibrinogen, factor XIII and thrombin.1 While the risk is low, it has not been eliminated (Table 3.7).

Specific History

A careful medication history is essential, and any medication reported to cause an LP-like eruption should be discontinued. The features of these drug eruptions are sometimes strikingly similar to the idiopathic disease both clinically and microscopically, and offending drugs will be uncovered only by careful history. The list of medications that cause these reactions continues to grow and any agent should be suspect. These drug-induced eruptions are slow to clear and it is not unusual for improvement to take 2 or 3 months. LP has also been associated with an increased incidence of autoimmune diseases (Sjogren's syndrome, sicca syndrome, alopecia areata, vitiligo, ulcerative colitis, myasthenia gravis, and diabetes mellitus), chronic dermatophyte infections, and chronic liver disease (primary biliary cirrhosis, alcoholic cirrhosis, chronic active hepatitis B and C). The presence of a fungal infection is usually significant the authors have seen many cases of LP that clear and...


Some men may need additional immunizations, depending on several factors. Hepatitis is a potentially serious inflammation of the liver caused by different viruses. The hepatitis A virus is transmitted through food touched by an infected person or in water that has become contaminated with raw sewage. The vaccine for hepatitis A is administered in two doses. Men traveling to countries in which the disease is common should get the first dose at least 4 weeks before departure, but preferably much earlier because the second dose is given 6 to 12 months after the first. The hepatitis B virus is spread through contact with an infected person's blood or other body fluids. Healthcare workers who may be exposed to a patient's body fluids, dialysis patients, people with HIV, and men who live with 94 people infected with hepatitis B are at risk of getting the disease and should be Staying immunized. The hepatitis B vaccine is given in three doses. The second dose is Healthy administered 1 month...

Important points

Alcoholic hepatitis elevated liver function tests aspartate aminotransferase levels are more than twice as high as alanine aminotransferase levels in a patient who was just drinking, 2. Hepatitis A look for outbreaks from food-borne source no long-term sequelae. Serology positive IgM antibody to hepatitis A virus during jaundice or shortly thereafter. 3. Hepatitis B prevention is best treatment (vaccination) acquired through needles, sex, or perinatally. Transfused blood is now screened for hepatitis B, but a history of transfusion years ago is still a risk factor. Use hepatitis B immunoglobulin for exposed neonates and health care workers. Serology HBsAg-positive with unresolved infection (acute or chronic). HBeAg is a marker for infectivity (HBeAb -positive patients have low likelihood of spreading disease). The first antibody to appear is IgM anti-HBc, which appears during the window phase, when both HBsAg and HBsAb are negative. Positive HBsAb means that the patient is immune (due...