Isabel Serra

Fundació Institut Investigació Germans Trias i Pujol, Badalona, Catalonia, Spain

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Publications (8)22.72 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is frequent among patients with alcohol use disorders. We aimed to analyse the impact of HCV infection on survival of patients seeking treatment for alcohol use. This was a longitudinal study in a cohort of patients who abused alcohol recruited in two detoxification units. Socio-demographic and alcohol use characteristics, liver function tests for the assessment of alcohol-related liver disease and HCV and HIV infection serologies were obtained at admission. Patients were followed until December 2008; causes of death were ascertained through clinical records and death registry. Cox models were used to analyse predictors of death. A total of 675 patients (79.7% men) were admitted; age at admission was 43.5 years (IQR: 37.9–50.2 years), duration of alcohol abuse was 18 years (IQR: 11–24 years), and median alcohol consumption was 200 g/day (IQR: 120–275 g/day). Distribution of patients according to viral infections was as follows: 75.7% without HCV or HIV infection, 14.7% HCV infection alone and 8.1% HCV/HIV coinfection. Median follow-up was 3.1 years (IQR: 1.5–5.1 years) accounting for 2,345 person-years. At the end of study, 78 patients (11.4%) had died. In the multivariate analysis, age at admission (HR = 1.71, 95%CI: 1.05–2.80), alcohol-related liver disease (HR = 3.55, 95%CI: 1.93–6.53) and HCV/HIV co-infection (HR = 3.86 95%CI: 2.10–7.11) were predictors of death. Younger patients (≤43 years) with HCV infection were more likely to die than those without viral infections (HR = 3.1, 95%CI: 1.3–7.3; P = 0.007). Among patients with alcohol-related liver disease, mortality rate was high, irrespective of viral infections. These data show that HCV infection confers a worse prognosis in patients with alcohol use disorders.
    Journal of Viral Hepatitis 08/2014; · 3.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Progression of liver fibrosis is associated with the risk of cirrhosis and end-stage liver disease. We aimed to evaluate fibrosis of the liver using three non-invasive indexes (FIB-4, Forns, and Pohl score) and its association with mortality of HCV-monoinfected and HCV/HIV-coinfected drug users. Patients and methods: longitudinal study in patients admitted to substance abuse treatment between 1994 and 2006. Socio-demographic data, drug use characteristics, blood samples for laboratory tests, and serology for HIV and hepatitis C virus infections were collected at admission. Patients were followed-up until December 2006 and mortality was ascertained through hospital charts and death certificates. Results: Four hundred and ninety-seven patients were included (83.1% men); median age at admission was 31 years (IQR: 27-35). The main drugs of abuse were opiates (89.5%) and cocaine (8.3%). Thirty-two percent of patients reported daily alcohol consumption. The estimated prevalence of advanced liver fibrosis (ALF) was higher among HCV/HIV-coinfected patients (9.2% to 17.3% depending on the index analyzed) than among the HCV-monoinfected patients (3% to 3.5%). Odds ratio (OR) for ALF were 3.3 to 6.0 times higher in coinfected patients as compared to the HCV-monoinfected. After a median follow-up time of 7.7 years (IQR: 4.1-9.9 years), almost 20% of patients had died. The estimated ALF at admission was associated with an increased risk of death (RR 1.85 to 3.89 depending on the index). Among those with ALF, mortality rates were similar in HCV-monoinfected and HCV/HIV-coinfected patients, as determined by the FIB-4 and Forns indexes. Conclusions: Estimation of liver fibrosis using serum markers may help with clinical decisions to facilitate access to treatment of chronic hepatitis C in this population.
    Current HIV research 06/2011; 9(4):256-62. · 1.98 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Systemic amyloidosis is a rare but life-threatening complication of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), most cases being reported among Crohn's disease (CD) patients. The only two available retrospective studies showed a prevalence ranging from 0.9% to 3% among CD patients. To evaluate the prevalence of secondary systemic amyloidosis in a large IBD cohort of a referral centre, and to describe its clinical characteristics and outcome. Patients diagnosed with amyloidosis were identified among 1006 IBD patients included in the IBD database of our centre, and their medical records were carefully reviewed. Among a total of 1006 IBD patients, 5 cases of amyloidosis were identified, all of them with CD, resulting in a prevalence of 0.5% for IBD and 1% for CD. Two patients died after developing renal failure. Two patients were treated with anti-TNF agents, showing a clinical improvement of their amyloidosis. Secondary amyloidosis occurs mainly in long-lasting, complicated, Crohn's disease and seems to be as prevalent among IBD patients as previously reported.
    Journal of Crohn s and Colitis 09/2010; 4(3):269-74. · 3.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Psoas abscess is a rare condition and is usually related to diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. The clinical presentation is often nonspecific, frequently delaying diagnosis. In our environment, Crohn's disease is the most common underlying condition in psoas abscess, although its occurrence in the course of Crohn's disease is also considered to be rare. We present a series of three patients with Crohn's disease who developed psoas abscess at different time points (at diagnosis of Crohn's disease, within the first year of disease, and years after diagnosis). We review the literature and focus on the clinical factors associated with the occurrence of these abscesses and the therapeutic approach to both this septic complication and the underlying disease.
    Gastroenterología y Hepatología 07/2009; 32(8):557-61. · 0.57 Impact Factor
  • Medicina Clínica 05/2009; 134(5):234-5. · 1.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection follows an accelerated course in patients co-infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); establishing the extent of liver fibrosis is crucial for disease staging and determining treatment strategy in these patients. The utility of noninvasive markers of fibrosis as alternatives to liver biopsy has not been well-studied in these patients. We evaluated the predictive value of serum transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1) and hyaluronic acid (HA) levels for determining the extent of liver fibrosis. Liver biopsies and blood samples were collected from 69 consecutive patients (74% male; median age, 41 years) between May 2005 and November 2006. Serum TGF-beta1 and HA were analysed using commercial kits. Aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase and gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase levels were elevated in 81%, 70% and 60% of patients, respectively. Fifty-three patients (90%) were on highly active antiretroviral therapy and the median CD4-positive cell count was 422 cells/microL. The extent of fibrosis according to Scheuer's scoring was 32% F0 (no fibrosis), 16.5% F1, 16.5% F2, 26% F3 and 7% F4 (cirrhosis). Mean serum TGF-beta1 was 36.1 +/- 14.4 ng/mL; mean serum HA was 75.2 +/- 85.0 microg/L. Serum HA was positively associated and significantly correlated with the stage of fibrosis (r = 0.56; P < 0.05). The area under the curve for discriminating mild (F0-F2) from significant (F3-F4) fibrosis in receiver operating analysis using HA was 0.83 (sensitivity, 87%; specificity, 70%). These data suggest that HA is clinically useful for predicting liver fibrosis and cirrhosis in patients co-infected with HCV/HIV. However, serum TGF-beta1 was not predictive of histological damage in co-infected individuals treated with HAART.
    Journal of Viral Hepatitis 02/2009; 16(7):513-8. · 3.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most common blood-borne infection in developed countries and co-infection with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is frequent in individuals with history of injecting drug use (IDU).We aimed to analyze liver transaminases in HCV monoinfected and HCV/HIV co-infected patients to assess the effect of HIV infection on liver enzyme elevations.We studied 429 current IDUs admitted to substance abuse treatment (82.5% males). Serum samples for liver tests, HIV infection and viral hepatitis serologies were obtained at admission. RESULTS: Median age was 30 years (IQR:27-34), median duration of IDU was 10 years (IQR:5-14), 52% of patients were HCV/HIV co-infected, 40.8% were HCV monoinfected, and 7.2% were HCV and HIV- seronegatives. Elevated AST was associated with male gender and lower CD8(+) cell count in the HCV monoinfected patients, and with age and lower cholesterol in the HCV/HIV coinfected subjects. ALT elevation was associated with younger age, higher body mass index and male gender in the monoinfected patients, and with higher CD4(+) cell counts and lower cholesterol in the co-infected group. Male sex was strongly associated with elevated ALT and AST transaminase in the monoinfected but not in dual-infected subjects.These data suggest that the effect of gender on liver enzymes may be lost in patients with HIV infection. The overall differences observed between groups regarding liver enzyme elevations are of clinical relevance in the management of IDUs with chronic hepatitis C.
    The Open AIDS Journal 02/2008; 2:82-8.
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    ABSTRACT: In the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), it remains unclear whether human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected injection drug users (IDUs) have durations of survival similar to those for comparable HIV-uninfected IDUs. The goal of this study was to compare survival durations of HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected IDUs for the period 1987-2004.Methods. Demographic data, drug use characteristics, and biological markers were obtained at the time of admission to a substance abuse treatment program. The outcome of interest was the duration of survival after admission, and the primary exposure was HIV infection. Vital status was ascertained by means of the mortality register by the end of 2004. Three calendar periods, which were defined on the basis of use of specific therapies, were considered: 1987-1991 (the antiretroviral monotherapy era), 1992-1996 (the dual combination therapy era and the era when methadone was introduced in Spain), and 1997-2004 (the era of HAART and of established methadone programs). We used Cox regression methods allowing for late entries to handle the contribution of persons who survived a given period and entered the following period with nonzero time. We compared HIV-uninfected and HIV-infected IDUs with adjustments for age, sex, and duration of follow-up after admission. A total of 1209 IDUs were admitted to the hospital during the period from January 1987 through December 2004, and 1181 were eligible for the study. The majority (81.3%) of patients were men. The mean age (+/- standard deviation) at admission was 27.8+/-5.6 years, and the mean duration of injection drug use (+/- standard deviation) was 7.6+/-5.0 years. The prevalences of HIV and hepatitis C virus infections were 59.0% and 92.3%, respectively, and the total duration of follow-up was 10.116 person-years. Although survival duration for HIV-uninfected IDUs in 1997-2004 was similar to the duration in earlier periods, the duration for HIV-infected IDUs improved significantly since 1997 (P<.01). Furthermore, among patients admitted in the last period, the survival durations for HIV-uninfected and HIV-infected IDUs was virtually the same (relative hazard, 0.89; 95% confidence interval, 0.44-1.81). The duration of survival of HIV-infected IDUs has improved substantially since 1997, reaching rates similar to the rates for HIV-seronegative IDUs who accessed the health care system in the era of HAART.
    Clinical Infectious Diseases 09/2007; 45(3):370-6. · 9.37 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

46 Citations
22.72 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2014
    • Fundació Institut Investigació Germans Trias i Pujol
      Badalona, Catalonia, Spain
  • 2009–2011
    • Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol
      • • Department of Internal Medicine
      • • Department of Rheumatology
      Badalona, Catalonia, Spain