Category Archives: Lecture

Lecture: liver cysts

This lecture focused on the diagnosis and management of liver cysts.  The simple liver cyst is the second most common liver lesion behind the hemangioma.  A simple cyst requires no therapy and no follow up.  A complex cyst, however, is … Continue reading

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Lecture: primary biliary cirrhosis

Today’s lecture focused on the diagnosis of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), a non-supperative inflammatory condition of the small caliber bile ducts.  It is thought to be caused by a genetic predisposition, followed by an environmental insult.  No pathogen has been … Continue reading

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Lecture: graft vs host disease (GVHD)

Today’s lecture centered on graft versus host disease (GVHD).  This can occur after stem cell transplantation, when the donor T lymphocyte cannot recognize the host’s antigens (most commonly on skin, gut and liver, but other organs like lung sometimes involved). … Continue reading

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Lecture: HCV treatment update

Therapy for HCV is in the midst of transition once again, almost as if triple therapy with peginterferon/ribavirin/telaprevir(boceprevir) is becoming obsolete.  We are now well into phase 2 studies with triple and quadruple all-oral therapy and seeing tremendous results; SVR rates … Continue reading

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Lecture: cholangiocarcinoma

Today’s lecture focused on the topic of cholangiocarcinoma (CCA).  It is a rare tumor, and nearly 70% of them occur sporadically. However, there are several known risk factors, with the most common one being primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC).  Many cases … Continue reading

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Lecture: transplantation for HCV

Liver transplantation for hepatitis C (HCV) has its successes and difficulties, that’s for sure.  This lecture focused on post-transplant outcomes in viral hepatitis.  Twenty-five to 40% of liver transplants are for this indication, and the overall survival is slightly less … Continue reading

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Lecture: vWF as a marker of portal hypertension

This journal club reviewed the recent Hepatology article by an Austrian group that looked at the diagnostic and prognostic potential of von Willebrand factor (vWF).  They aimed to detect clinically significant portal hypertension (ie. HVPG >10mmHg);  and to evaluate levels for … Continue reading

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