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Sepsis remains the primary cause of deaths in intensive care units of hospitals, and although several improvements in clinical management protocols have improved survival rates from sepsis, there are no reliable biomarkers for prognosis or therapies that can treat the pathophysiological bases of the disease. During the initial phases of sepsis there is a strong inflammatory response involving different inflammasomes. In particular, NLRP3, NLRC4, NLRP6, AIM2, and the non-canonical inflammasome are involved in the production of proinflammatory cytokines during sepsis. Although the production of these cytokines can damage different tissues and organs in the host and lead to organ failure and early death from sepsis, most septic patients develop an antiinflammatory response in which the immune system is deactivated. This immunoparalysis is an early response produced when there is an increase in the patient's proinflammatory mediators and affects, among other pathways, the activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome. Septic patients with an early deactivation of NLRP3 present more sepsis-related complications and higher mortality, therefore treatments that boost the immune system of these patients have emerged as novel approaches to reducing mortality from sepsis.
Background Cystic fibrosis (CF) has a vast and heterogeneous mutational spectrum in Europe. This variability has also been described in Spain, and there are numerous studies linking CFTR variants with the symptoms of the disease. Most of the studies analysed determinate clinical manifestations or specific sequence variants in patients from clinical units. Others used registry data without addressing the genotype–phenotype relationship. Therefore, the objective of this study is to describe the genetic and clinical characteristics of people with CF and to analyse the relationship between both using data from the rare disease registry of a region in southeastern Spain. Methods A cross-sectional study was carried out in people with a confirmed diagnosis of CF registered in the Rare Diseases Information System (SIER) of the Region of Murcia (Spain). The patients were classified into two genotypes according to the functional consequence that the genetic variants had on the CFTR protein. Results There were 192 people diagnosed with CF reported in the Region of Murcia as of 31 December 2018. Seventy-six genotypes and 49 different variants were described, with c.1521_1523delCTT (p. Phe508del) being the most common in 58.3% of the CF patients and 37.0% of the alleles. In addition, 67% of the patients were classified as a high-risk genotype, which was associated with a lower percentage of FEV 1 (OR: 5.3; 95% CI: 1.2, 24.4), an increased risk of colonization by Pseudomonas aeruginosa (OR: 7.5; 95% CI: 1.7, 33.0) and the presence of pancreatic insufficiency (OR: 28.1; 95% CI: 9.3, 84.4) compared to those with a low-risk genotype. Conclusions This is the first study in Spain that describes the mutational spectrum and its association with clinical manifestations in patients with CF using data from a rare disease registry. The results obtained allow planning for the health resources needed by people with this disease, thus contributing to the development of personalized medicine that helps to optimize health care in CF patients.
Background Achondroplasia is the most common form of skeletal dysplasia, with serious comorbidities and complications that may occur from early infancy to adulthood, requiring lifelong management from a multidisciplinary team expert in the condition The European Achondroplasia Forum guiding principles of management highlight the importance of accurate diagnosis and timely referral to a centre specialised in the management of achondroplasia to fully support individuals with achondroplasia and their families, and to appropriately plan management. The European Achondroplasia Forum undertook an exploratory audit of its Steering Committee to ascertain the current situation in Europe and to understand the potential barriers to timely diagnosis and referral. Results Diagnosis of achondroplasia was primarily confirmed prenatally (66.6%), at Day 0 (12.8%) or within one month after birth (12.8%). For suspected and confirmed cases of achondroplasia, a greater proportion were identified earlier in the prenatal period (87.1%) with fewer diagnoses at Day 0 (5.1%) or within the first month of life (2.6%). Referral to a specialist centre took place after birth (86.6%), predominantly within the first month, although there was a wide variety in the timepoint of referral between countries and in the time lapsed between suspicion or confirmed diagnosis of achondroplasia and referral to a specialist centre. Conclusions The European Achondroplasia Forum guiding principles of management recommend diagnosis of achondroplasia as early as possible. If concerns are raised at routine ultrasound, second line investigation should be implemented so that the diagnosis can be reached as soon as possible for ongoing management. Clinical and radiological examination supported by molecular testing is the most effective way to confirm diagnosis of achondroplasia after birth. Referral to a centre specialised in achondroplasia care should be made as soon as possible on suspicion or confirmation of diagnosis. In countries or regions where there are no official skeletal dysplasia reference or specialist centres, priority should be given to their creation or recognition, together with incentives to improve the structure of the existing multidisciplinary team managing achondroplasia. The length of delay between diagnosis of achondroplasia and referral to a specialist centre warrants further research.
Background In recent years, fluorescence imaging—relying both on parathyroid gland autofluorescence under near-infrared light and angiography using the fluorescent dye indocyanine green—has been used to reduce risk of iatrogenic parathyroid injury during thyroid and parathyroid resections, but no published guidelines exist regarding its use. In this study, orchestrated by the International Society for Fluorescence Guided Surgery, areas of consensus and nonconsensus were examined among international experts to facilitate future drafting of such guidelines. Methods A 2-round, online Delphi survey was conducted of 10 international experts in fluorescence imaging use during endocrine surgery, asking them to vote on 75 statements divided into 5 modules: 1 = patient preparation and contraindications to fluorescence imaging (n = 11 statements); 2 = technical logistics (n = 16); 3 = indications (n = 21); 4 = potential advantages and disadvantages of fluorescence imaging (n = 20); and 5 = training and research (n = 7). Several methodological steps were taken to minimize voter bias. Results Overall, parathyroid autofluorescence was considered better than indocyanine green angiography for localizing parathyroid glands, whereas indocyanine green angiography was deemed superior assessing parathyroid perfusion. Additional surgical scenarios where indocyanine green angiography was thought to facilitate surgery are (1) when >1 parathyroid gland requires resection; (2) during redo surgeries, (3) facilitating parathyroid autoimplantation; and (4) for the predissection visualization of abnormal glands. Both parathyroid autofluorescence and indocyanine green angiography can be used during the same procedure and employing the same imaging equipment. However, further research is needed to optimize the dose and timing of indocyanine green administration. Conclusion Though further research remains necessary, using fluorescence imaging appears to have uses during thyroid and parathyroid surgery.
Venetoclax-combination therapies are becoming the standard-of-care in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). However, the therapeutic benefit of these drugs in older/unfit patients is limited to only a few months, highlighting the need for more effective therapies. PP2A is a tumor suppressor phosphatase with pleiotropic functions that becomes inactivated in ~70% of AML cases. PP2A promotes cancer cell death by modulating the phosphorylation state in a variety of proteins along the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway. We therefore hypothesized that pharmacological PP2A reactivation could increase BCL2 dependency in AML cells and thus potentiate venetoclax-induced cell death. Here, by using three structurally distinct PP2A-activating drugs, we show that PP2A reactivation synergistically enhances venetoclax activity in AML cell lines, primary cells, and xenograft models. Through the use of CRISPR-Cas9 models and pharmacologic approaches, we demonstrate that the observed therapeutic synergy relies on PP2A complexes containing the B56α regulatory subunit, which expression dictates response to the combination therapy. Mechanistically, PP2A reactivation enhances venetoclax-driven apoptosis through simultaneous inhibition of anti-apoptotic BCL2 and ERK signaling, the later decreasing MCL1 protein stability. Finally, PP2A targeting increases the efficacy of the clinically approved venetoclax and azacitidine combination in vitro, in primary cells, and in an AML patient-derived xenograft model. These preclinical results provide a scientific rationale for testing PP2A-activating drugs with venetoclax combinations in AML.
Background KBG syndrome is a highly variable neurodevelopmental disorder and clinical diagnostic criteria have changed as new patients have been reported. Both loss-of-function sequence variants and large deletions (copy number variations, CNVs) involving ANKRD11 cause KBG syndrome, but no genotype–phenotype correlation has been reported. Methods 67 patients with KBG syndrome were assessed using a custom phenotypical questionnaire. Manifestations present in >50% of the patients and a ‘phenotypical score’ were used to perform a genotype–phenotype correlation in 340 patients from our cohort and the literature. Results Neurodevelopmental delay, macrodontia, triangular face, characteristic ears, nose and eyebrows were the most prevalentf (eatures. 82.8% of the patients had at least one of seven main comorbidities: hearing loss and/or otitis media, visual problems, cryptorchidism, cardiopathy, feeding difficulties and/or seizures. Associations found included a higher phenotypical score in patients with sequence variants compared with CNVs and a higher frequency of triangular face (71.1% vs 42.5% in CNVs). Short stature was more frequent in patients with exon 9 variants (62.5% inside vs 27.8% outside exon 9), and the prevalence of intellectual disability/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder/autism spectrum disorder was lower in patients with the c.1903_1907del variant (70.4% vs 89.4% other variants). Presence of macrodontia and comorbidities were associated with larger deletion sizes and hand anomalies with smaller deletions. Conclusion We present a detailed phenotypical description of KBG syndrome in the largest series reported to date of 67 patients, provide evidence of a genotype–phenotype correlation between some KBG features and specific ANKRD11 variants in 340 patients, and propose updated clinical diagnostic criteria based on our findings.
Background The clinical manifestations of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) usually appear in adulthood, however pediatric series report a high morbidity. The objective of the study was to analyze the clinical characteristics of young ADPKD adults. Methods Family history, hypertension, albuminuria, eGFR and imaging tests were examined in 346 young adults (18-30 years) out of 2580 patients in the Spanish ADPKD registry (REPQRAD). A literature review searched for reports on hypertension in series with more than 50 young (age <30 years) ADPKD patients. Results The mean age of this young adult cohort was 25.24 (SD 3.72) years. The mean age at diagnosis of hypertension was 21.15 (SD 4.62) years, while in the overall REPQRAD population was 37.6 years. The prevalence of hypertension was 28.03% and increased with age (18 to 24 years: 16.8%, 25 to 30 years: 36.8%). Although prevalence was lower in women than in men, the age at onset of hypertension (21 years) was similar in both sexes. Mean eGFR was 108 (SD 21) ml/min/1.73m2, 38.0% had liver cysts and 3.45% of those studied had intracranial aneurysms. In multivariate analyses, hematuria episodes and kidney length were independent predictors of hypertension (AUC 0.75). The prevalence of hypertension in 22 pediatric cohorts was 20-40%, but no literature reports on hypertension in young ADPKD adults were found. Conclusions Young adults present non-negligible ADPKD-related morbidity. This supports the need for a thorough assessment of young adults at risk of ADPKD that allows early diagnosis and treatment of hypertension.
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The nucleotide-binding domain leucine-rich repeat-receptor, pyrin domain-containing-3 (NLRP3) inflammasome contributes to the inflammatory response by activating caspase-1, which in turn participates in the maturation of interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-18, which are mainly secreted via pyroptosis. Pyroptosis is a lytic type of cell death that is controlled by caspase-1 processing gasdermin D. The amino-terminal fragment of gasdermin D inserts into the plasma membrane, creating stable pores and enabling the release of several proinflammatory factors. The activation of NLRP3 inflammasome and pyroptosis has been involved in the progression of liver fibrosis and its end-stage cirrhosis, which is among the main etiologies for liver transplantation (LT). Moreover, the NLRP3 inflammasome is involved in ischemia–reperfusion injury and early inflammation and rejection after LT. In this review, we summarize the recent literature addressing the role of the NLRP3 inflammasome and pyroptosis in all stages involved in LT and argue the potential targeting of this pathway as a future therapeutic strategy to improve LT outcomes. Likewise, we also discuss the impact of graft quality influenced by donation after circulatory death and the expected role of machine perfusion technology to modify the injury response related to inflammasome activation.
Background: The introduction of an experienced dedicated team is not a completely studied fact. Several studies reported a high external cephalic version (ECV) success rate when the procedure is executed by a single operator or a dedicated team. This study aims to compare the effectiveness and safety of the ECV when the procedure is performed by senior experienced obstetricians or by super-specialized professionals who composed a dedicated team. Methods: Longitudinal retrospective analysis of ECV performed in a tertiary hospital. From 1 January 2018 to 1 October 2019, ECV were performed by two senior experienced obstetricians who composed the dedicated team for ECV, designed as Group A. From 1 October 2019 to 31 December 2019, ECV was performed by two seniors obstetricians, designed as Group B. Ritodrine was administered during 30 minutes just before the procedure. Propofol was used for sedation. Results: 186 pregnant women were recruited (150 patients in group A and 36 patients in group B). ECV success rate increased from 47.2% (31.7–63.2) in Group B to 74.0% (66.6–80.5) in Group A (p = 0.002). The greatest increase in the success rate of ECV was seen in nulliparae, from 38.5% (21.8–57.6) in group B to 69.1% (59.4–77.6) (p = 0.004). Complications rate decreased from 22.2% (11.1–37.6) in Group B to 9.3% (5.5–14.8) in Group A (p = 0.032). Conclusions: The introduction of an experienced dedicated team improves ECV success rate, especially in primiparas, and it also reduces ECV complications rate.
Background: Xenotransplantation could be a source of organs for transplantation given the global organ shortage. It is important to know the opinion and variables that influence the acceptance of xenotransplantation of the professionals who will work in the genetic manipulation, production, and care of animals to be used for this purpose. Objective: Analyze the influence of religious beliefs on the attitude toward xenotransplantation in veterinary students. Methods: The study population included 2683 veterinary students from different courses and Spanish Universities. Instrument evaluation included a validated self-administered and anonymously completed questionnaire (PCID-XENOTx-Ríos). The survey was self-administered and completed anonymously. Consent to collaborate in the study was requested. Variables for the study included attitude toward xenotransplantation and toward religion, considering the following options: practicing Catholic, nonpracticing Catholic, non-Catholic, and atheist/agnostic. Statistics were performed using descriptive analysis, Student t test, -X2, and Fisher's exact test. Results: Of the total number of participants, 7 did not answer this question. Those in favor of xenotransplantation were 92.9% (n = 247) of practicing Catholics, 92.8% (n = 812) of nonpracticing Catholics, and 87.3% (n = 69) of those professing another non-Catholic religion compared with 93.5% (n = 1361) of those considering themselves agnostic/atheist (P = .037). Conclusions: Religion is an influential factor in attitudes toward organ xenotransplantation. Those who practice Catholicism and those who consider themselves agnostic/atheist are more accepting of organ procurement for transplantation than those who practice other religious doctrines.
Backgound: In the workup of follicular lymphoma (FL), bone marrow biopsy (BMB) assessment is a key component of FLIPI and FLIPI2, the most widely used outcome scores. During the previous decade, several studies explored the role of FDG-PET/CT for detecting nodal and extranodal disease, with only one large study comparing both techniques. Methods: The aim of our study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy and the prognostic impact of both procedures in a retrospective cohort of 299 FL patients with both tests performed at diagnosis. In order to avoid a collinearity bias, FLIPI2 was deconstructed in its founding parameters, and the bone marrow involvement (BMI) parameter separately included as: a positive BMB, a positive PET/CT, the combined "PET/CT and BMB positive" or "PET/CT or BMB positive". These variables were also confronted independently with the POD24 in 233 patients treated with intensive regimens. Results: In the total cohort, bone marrow was involved in 124 and 60 patients by BMB and PET/CT, respectively. In terms of overall survival, age > 60 y.o. and the combined "PET/CT or BMB positive" achieved statistical independence as a prognostic factor. In patients treated with an intensive regimen, only the combined "PET/CT or BMB positive" added prognostic value for a shorter overall survival, when confronted with the POD24. Conclusion: Our results show that in FL both BMB and PET/CT should be considered at diagnosis, as their combined assessment provides independent prognostic value in the context of the most widely use clinical scores.
BACKGROUND The complex genetics underlying human cardiac disease is evidenced by its heterogenous manifestation, multigenic basis, and sporadic occurrence. These features have hampered disease modeling and mechanistic understanding. Here, we show that 2 structural cardiac diseases, left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC) and bicuspid aortic valve, can be caused by a set of inherited heterozygous gene mutations affecting the NOTCH ligand regulator MIB1 (MINDBOMB1) and cosegregating genes. METHODS We used CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to generate mice harboring a nonsense or a missense MIB1 mutation that are both found in LVNC families. We also generated mice separately carrying these MIB1 mutations plus 5 additional cosegregating variants in the ASXL3 , APCDD1 , TMX3, CEP192 , and BCL7A genes identified in these LVNC families by whole exome sequencing. Histological, developmental, and functional analyses of these mouse models were carried out by echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, together with gene expression profiling by RNA sequencing of both selected engineered mouse models and human induced pluripotent stem cell–derived cardiomyocytes. Potential biochemical interactions were assayed in vitro by coimmunoprecipitation and Western blot. RESULTS Mice homozygous for the MIB1 nonsense mutation did not survive, and the mutation caused LVNC only in heteroallelic combination with a conditional allele inactivated in the myocardium. The heterozygous MIB1 missense allele leads to bicuspid aortic valve in a NOTCH-sensitized genetic background. These data suggest that development of LVNC is influenced by genetic modifiers present in affected families, whereas valve defects are highly sensitive to NOTCH haploinsufficiency. Whole exome sequencing of LVNC families revealed single-nucleotide gene variants of ASXL3 , APCDD1 , TMX3, CEP192 , and BCL7A cosegregating with the MIB1 mutations and LVNC. In experiments with mice harboring the orthologous variants on the corresponding Mib1 backgrounds, triple heterozygous Mib1 Apcdd1 Asxl3 mice showed LVNC, whereas quadruple heterozygous Mib1 Cep192 Tmx3;Bcl7a mice developed bicuspid aortic valve and other valve-associated defects. Biochemical analysis suggested interactions between CEP192, BCL7A, and NOTCH. Gene expression profiling of mutant mouse hearts and human induced pluripotent stem cell–derived cardiomyocytes revealed increased cardiomyocyte proliferation and defective morphological and metabolic maturation. CONCLUSIONS These findings reveal a shared genetic substrate underlying LVNC and bicuspid aortic valve in which MIB1-NOTCH variants plays a crucial role in heterozygous combination with cosegregating genetic modifiers.
Introduction: Clinical trials and real-life studies have been published showing effectiveness of benralizumab in severe eosinophilic asthmatic patients. The aim of the present study is to describe super-responders to benralizumab in a series of 79 patients who completed at least 1 year of treatment, and to compare super-responders with non super-responders. Methods: This is a multicenter study of the Register of Severe Asthma of the Region of Murcia (RE-ASGRAMUR) Group performed in eight hospitals under the conditions of routine clinical practice. Patients with zero exacerbations and no oral corticosteroid therapy for asthma were considered super-responders. We analyzed clinical, functional, and inflammatory parameters of selected patients. Results: In all, 50 of the 79 patients (63%) met the super-responder criteria. In addition, 36% of the patients (26/71) were considered as complete responders to treatment (superresponder + Asthma Control Test [ACT] ≥ 20 + forced expiratory volume in 1 s [FEV1] ≥ 80%). The super-responders were significantly older in age (P = 0.0029), had higher eosinophils count (P = 0.0423), higher proportion of nasal polyps (P = 0.036), and they had less severe disease at baseline. After 1 year of treatment, the super-responders had higher levels of ACT questionnaire (23 vs 19, P = 0.0007) and better percentage of FEV1 (83 vs 75, P = 0.0359). Conclusion: Almost two of the three patients treated with benralizumab were super-responders after 1 year of treatment and 36% had a complete response. Super-responders were associated with older age, higher eosinophils count, had nasal polyposis as comorbidity, and had less severe disease at baseline. This data illustrated the good real-life response of patients with severe eosinophilic asthma to the treatment with benralizumab.
Introduction and objectives This OBSErve Spain study, a part of the international OBSErve programme, evaluated belimumab real-world use and effectiveness following 6 months of treatment in patients with active systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in clinical practice in Spain. Materials and methods In this retrospective, observational study (GSK Study 200883), eligible patients with SLE receiving intravenous belimumab (10 mg/kg) had their disease activity (physician assessed), SELENA-SLEDAI scores, corticosteroid use, and healthcare resource utilisation (HCRU), assessed after 6 months of treatment versus index (belimumab initiation) or 6 months pre-index. Results Overall, 64 patients initiated belimumab, mainly due to ineffectiveness of previous treatments (78.1%) and to reduce corticosteroid use (57.8%). Following 6 months of treatment, 73.4% of patients achieved ≥20% overall clinical improvement, while only 3.1% of patients worsened. Mean (standard deviation, SD) SELENA-SLEDAI score decreased from 10.1 (6.2) at index to 4.5 (3.7) 6 months post-index. HCRU decreased from 6 months pre-index to 6 months post-index, with fewer hospitalisations (10.9% vs 4.7% patients) and ER visits (23.4% vs 9.4% patients). Mean (SD) corticosteroid dose decreased from 14.5 (12.5) mg/day at index to 6.4 (5.1) mg/day 6 months post-index. Conclusions Patients with SLE receiving belimumab for 6 months in real-world clinical practice in Spain experienced clinical improvements and a reduction in HCRU and corticosteroid dose.
Background and objective Clavipectoral fascia plane block has been described as an anaesthetic and analgesic strategy for osteosynthesis of midclavicular fractures. However, to date, only isolated cases have been published. The aim of this study was to evaluate the anaesthetic and analgesic efficacy of this new approach in midclavicular fracture surgery in a large case series. Material and methods Descriptive, observational study of 50 patients undergoing osteosynthesis of middle third clavicular fracture who received CPB block associated with supraclavicular nerve block. The primary objective was to assess pain on a VAS scale in the immediate postoperative period, and at 6, 12 and 24 h. Secondary objectives were to determine the degree of intraoperative sedation, perioperative morphine consumption, need for rescue analgesia, unplanned general anaesthesia, presence of motor and sensory blockade, and diagnosis of diaphragmatic paralysis. Results Postoperative pain was 1.04 (SD = 1.26) in the immediate postoperative period; 1.24 (SD = 1.42) at 6 h; 1.34 (SD = 1.92) at 12 h; and 0.96 (SD = 1.29) at 24 h. Mean total intraoperative fentanyl dose was 0.88 μg/kg. Postoperatively, nine patients (18%) requested rescue analgesia. There were no conversions to general anaesthesia, no motor or sensory blockade of upper extremities, and no hemidiaphragmatic paralysis. Conclusions Our series supports the anaesthetic and analgesic efficacy of CPB block for osteosynthesis of midclavicular fractures.
The risk of suffering from gonadal germ cell tumors (GCT) is increased in some patients with different sexual development (DSD), mainly in those with Y chromosome material. This risk, however, varies considerably depending on a multitude of factors that make the decision for prophylactic gonadectomy extremely difficult. In order to make informed recommendations on the convenience of this procedure in cases where there is potential for malignancy, this consensus guide evaluates the latest clinical evidence, which is generally low, and updates the existing knowledge in this field.
Aims To describe recent trends in the use and outcomes of temporary mechanical circulatory support (MCS) as a bridge to heart transplantation (HTx) in Spain. Methods Retrospective case-by-case analysis of 1,036 patients listed for emergency HTx while on temporary MCS in 16 Spanish institutions from January 1st, 2010 to December 31st, 2020. Patients were classified in 3 eras according to changes in donor allocation criteria (Era 1: January–2010/May–2014; Era 2: June–2014/May–2017; Era 3: June–2017/December–2020). Results Over time, the proportion of candidates listed with IABPs decreased (Era 1=55.9%, Era 2=32%, Era 3=0.9%; p<0.001), while the proportion of candidates listed with surgical continuous-flow temporary VADs (Era 1=10.6%, Era 2=32%, Era 3=49.1%; p<0.001) and percutaneous VADs (Era 1=0.3%, Era 2=6.3%; Era 3=17.2%; p <0.001) increased. Rates of HTx increased from Era 1 (79.4%) to Era 2 (87.8%) and Era 3 (87%) (p=0.004), while rates of death before HTx decreased (Era 1=17.7%; Era 2=11%, Era 3=12.4%; p=0.037) Median time from listing to HTx increased in patients supported with IABPs (Era 1=8 days, Era 2=15 days; p<0.001) but remained stable in other candidates (Era 1=6 days; Era 2=5 days; Era 3=6 days; p=0.134). One-year post-transplant survival was 71.4% in Era 1, 79.3% in Era 2 and 76.5% in Era 3 (p=0.112). Preoperative bridging with ECMO was associated with increased 1-year post-transplant mortality (adjusted HR=1.71; 95% CI 1.15–2.53; p=0.008). Conclusions During the period 2010–2020, successive changes in the Spanish organ allocation protocol were followed by a significant increase of the rate of HTx and a significant reduction of waiting list mortality in candidates supported with temporary MCS. One-year post-transplant survival rates remained acceptable.
Background Understanding the perception of the risks associated with xenotransplant, especially among professionals who will contribute to the care of the animals, is important for xenotransplant to become a clinical reality. The objective of this study was to analyze opinions regarding the risks of organ xenotransplant among veterinary university students in Spain. Methods The study population was 2683 veterinary students from different courses and universities in Spain. Instrument valuation: Validated self-administered questionnaire completed anonymously (PCID-XENOTx-Ríos). Consent to collaborate in the study was requested. Variables for the study: attitude toward xenotransplant and risks (infectious, immunologic, ethical/moral, philosophical, religious, other unspecified risks). Statistics: descriptive analysis, Student t test, χ² test, and Fisher exact test. Results Of the total number of respondents, 2646 students answered this question, with a completion rate of 98.6%. They considered immunologic risk 78.4% (n = 2074), infectious risk 48.6% (n = 1286), ethical/moral risk 10.7% (n = 284), philosophical risk 5.2% (n = 137), religious risk 1.5% (n = 40), and other risks 3.9% (n = 104). Significant relationships were observed between immunologic risks (P < .001), ethical/moral risks (P < .001), and other risks (P = .002). Conclusions Despite the consideration of different types of risks, the favorable attitude toward xenotransplant among veterinary students at Spanish universities is highly prevalent, and evidence-based information campaigns on the different risks associated with xenotransplant are important.
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  • Departamento de Immunología
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