[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Sarcoidosis is a systemic granulomatous disease which may involve many organs. In approximately 95% of patients there is liver involvement, with noncaseating hepatic granulomas occurring in 21 to 99% of patients with sarcoidosis. Liver involvement is usually asymptomatic and limited to mild to moderate abnormalities in liver biochemistry. The occurrence of jaundice in sarcoidosis is rare; extensive imaging procedures and the examination of liver biopsies permit a precise diagnostic. Ductopenia associated with sarcoidosis has been reported in less than 20 cases and can lead to biliary cirrhosis and liver- related death. We report here on a case of ductopenia-related sarcoidosis in which primary biliary cirrhosis and extrahepatic cholestasis have been carefully excluded. The patient follow up was 8 years. Although ursodesoxycholic acid appears to improve liver biochemistry it does not preclude the rapid occurrence of extensive fibrosis. A review of the literature of reported cases of ductopenia related to sarcoidosis is provided.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Increased ferritin levels are common in the course of chronic hepatitis C, regardless of antiviral therapy. Usually, this increase in ferritin levels has minimal clinical and biological impact, and drops after therapy discontinuation. We report here on a dramatic increase in ferritin levels in a cirrhotic patient with hepatitis C treated by ribavirin monotherapy and oral iron sulphate, and discuss the possible mechanisms of this deleterious effect.
European journal of gastroenterology & hepatology 06/2009; 21(11):1310-3. · 1.66 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Combination therapy with steroids and azathioprine is the reference treatment for autoimmune hepatitis, but potential adverse effects are numerous and intolerance can occur. We report a patient with a well-documented type 1 autoimmune hepatitis intolerant to corticosteroids and azathioprine therapy, in whom eight years of ursodeoxycholic acid monotherapy was associated with biochemical and histological remission.
Gastroentérologie Clinique et Biologique 12/2005; 29(11):1173-6. · 1.14 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purine analogues are major drugs in the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). We present four cases of nodular regenerative hyperplasia of the liver (NRH) developed in patients with IBD treated with azathioprine. All patients had either abnormal liver tests and/or low platelet count. Although biochemical and hematological abnormalities regressed after azathioprine withdrawal, the long term evolution of the hepatic lesions (and the risk to develop further complications including portal hypertension) remains to be determined. Male gender seems to be a major risk factor by providing a predisposing pharmacogenetic profile of purine analogue metabolism. Clinicians should be aware of this serious complication which may occur with any of the purine analogues (azathioprine, 6-mercaptopurine, and 6-thioguanine).
Gastroentérologie Clinique et Biologique 06/2005; 29(5):600-3. · 1.14 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Introduction
Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma is an invasive and destructive tumor, and may cause death by local extension or because of metastasis. We report the case of a patient with a giant squamous cell carcinoma of the nose and extension to the brain and discuss the main risk factors from this extension.
Resection of a giant squamous cell carcinoma was performed of the nose in a 45 year-old man after debulking radiotherapy. Histological examination disclosed a well-differentiated tumor and perineural involvement, with at least a 6 mm margin. A first relapse occurred on the orbital edge of the initial resection, the lesion was removed revealing an involvement of the infra-orbital nerve. Whilst the patient was receiving chemotherapy, a second relapse occurred responsible for ophthalmoplegia and loss of vision, with involvement of the left orbital apex, cavernous sinus and temporal lobe. The patient died from grand mal seizures.
Brain extension of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma of the head is rare. It develops along the anatomic pathways, especially perineural spread. Main risk factors for such a poor course are discussed, including the size of tumor, the anatomic site, the depth and perineural invasion.
Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie 08/2004; 131(8):791-794. · 0.67 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Portal hypertension is rare in the setting of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. We report here the case of a 73-year-old man presenting with diffuse high-grade B-cell lymphoma affecting predominantly the liver with large space occupying lesions. Histological examination of liver specimens showed abnormal large lymphoid cells whereas adjacent non-tumoural liver was normal. Portal hypertension was documented by upper gastrointestinal endoscopy that showed grade II oesophageal varices and measurement of portal pressures via transjugular approach showing increased hepatic venous pressure gradient (24 mmHg). We assume that portal hypertension was mainly related to these space occupying lesions.
European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology 01/2002; 13(12):1491-3. · 2.15 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Seven women and 3 men infected with hepatitis C virus, all of whom had failed to respond to therapy with either IFN-alpha or IFN and ribavirin, were treated with 200 mg/day of amantadine hydrochloride for 12 months. We found a significant decrease of serum ALT activity without any decrease in virus load. These results suggest that amantadine hydrochloride should not be used as monotherapy for patients who do not respond to treatment with IFN-alpha and/or ribavirin.