Abstract. Fourteen patients with liver cirrhosis received oral prednisone or prednisolone ( mg per kg) randomised on two consecutive days. Serum. Abstract. The conversion of prednisone to the biologically active corticosteroid prednisolone and the degree of plasma protein binding of prednisolone were. Impaired conversion of prednisone to prednisolone in patients with liver cirrhosis. S MADSBAD, B BJERREGAARD, J H HENRIKSEN, E JUHL.
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Alcohol use is ubiquitous in the United States. Alcoholic liver disease is a major cause of mortality and morbidity both in the United States and globally. AH, alcohol use disorder, and alcoholic liver disease—related cirrhosis. Because there are no diagnostic tests for AH, eliciting an accurate history of alcohol use from a patient is paramount to its diagnosis.
This process may be challenging for several reasons. First, a patient may not be forthright in providing a factual drinking history. Second, a provider should ask about current and past alcohol consumption in a nonjudgmental way to obtain an accurate response, as patterns of alcohol use can change over time.
Third, even agreeing upon what constitutes a standard drink can be confusing and is often influenced by the use of colloquial terms or jargon such as jigger, forty, handle, quart, and fifth, and by provider -unfamiliarity. Diagnosing Alcoholic Hepatitis by Liver Biopsy.
Liver biopsy is considered the gold standard of diagnosis of AH and is required for inclusion in many, albeit not all, AH clinical trials. However, there are challenges that may impede the utilization of liver biopsy in clinical practice. Most patients with severe AH are already cirrhotic, and many have portal hypertension, either chronically or as a consequence of AH.
Therefore, many of these patients have a prolonged international normalized ratio INR , a low platelet count, or a combination of both, and present a bleeding risk.
In order to diminish the risk of bleeding, most liver programs in the United States have adopted a transjugular route. Nevertheless, liver biopsies are not routine in the United States as part of the evaluation of a patient with putative severe AH, whereas they are common practice in Spain, France, and Germany. A further component surrounding the need for and utility of liver biopsy in the diagnosis of AH revolves around the distinction between acute-on-chronic liver failure ACLF and AH.
ACLF is a relatively new concept in hepatology, with varying definitions proposed. In most definitions, ACLF describes a subset of cirrhotic patients with rapidly progressive decompensation, multiorgan failure, and high short-term mortality. Because nearly all patients with severe AH are already cirrhotic and often present with multiorgan dysfunction, it is possible that the majority of ACLF is simply severe AH.
Although liver biopsy is not essential to diagnose AH, it is useful in cases of diagnostic uncertainty, as differentiating severe AH from nonalcohol-related liver diseases based upon clinical parameters alone can lead to different management plans. Choosing a Prediction Model in Alcoholic Hepatitis.
There is no shortage of protocols designed to predict the outcome of a patient with severe AH, and it is important to learn how to use the prediction models currently available, as they share many similar elements Table 2. The discriminant function DF was first described by William Maddrey in The DF is highly sensitive to identifying patients with AH at risk of early mortality and has decades of study as the key inclusion criterion for -numerous prospective clinical trials of AH treatment.
However, its specificity is suboptimal, as many patients with a DF of 32 or higher survive even without AH-specific treatment. The DF is also limited as a static, dichotomous variable calculated at the time of admission. In the United States, the control PT is not commonly reported and usually requires a managing provider to contact a laboratory to confirm the correct value usually the mean of the reference range.
Because control PT values can differ by laboratory and change over time based upon reagents used and methodology, attention should be paid to this issue, especially in retrospective clinical research. The Lille model was born out of a clinical observation that an early change in bilirubin levels after initiation of glucocorticoids was associated with improved prognosis. The Lille model differs from other prediction models in that it was designed to influence clinical decision-making by augmenting the DF to assess the likelihood of response to glucocorticoids in a well-characterized, biopsy-proven cohort of AH patients with a DF of at least A Lille score of 0.
MELD accurately predicts outcome in AH and has the benefit of capturing renal function, which has been -independently associated with outcomes in severe AH.
MELD has the added benefit of being a commonly used dynamic and continuous model that can be measured at different time points to assess prognosis. However, there is no consensus as to the MELD threshold value defining poor prognosis at which glucocorticoids or other -therapies would be useful.
The score considers age and white blood cell count as shared variables with the other models. Given the high risk of short-term mortality, an AH model would preferably have a high sensitivity to identifying all AH patients at risk.
Additionally, a GAHS of 9 or higher identified patients who benefited from glucocorticoids, compared with a DF of at least 32 and a GAHS less than 9, where no appreciable difference between untreated or glucocorticoid-treated patients was found. The age, serum bilirubin, INR, and serum creatinine ABIC model is a newer prediction model, derived and validated in a Spanish biopsy-proven AH cohort, that stratifies patients into low, intermediate, and high risk of mortality at 90 days and 1 year.
Of note, mild or absent neutrophil infiltration confers points toward a higher risk of mortality compared with severe neutrophil infiltration. This may seem contrary to a higher serum white blood cell count conferring higher risk in the GAHS and Lille model, with a feature of systemic inflammatory response syndrome SIRS likely playing an unascertained role.
Several studies have performed retrospective application of the 6 clinical prediction models discussed above. Using heterogeneous study cohorts, these case series demonstrate that the clinical prediction models perform similarly well at predicting outcomes in AH, with the area under the curve ranging from 0. A recent study evaluated various combinations of the dynamic Lille model with static models for outcome prediction in AH.
Treatment of severe AH begins with cessation of alcohol consumption. It is unknown whether a safe lower threshold for alcohol consumption exists for patients with AH. Therefore, all patients with AH are advised to establish and maintain abstinence.
The roles of treatments in controlling craving for alcohol or of psychotherapies in supporting abstinence have not been established for AH. Based upon other forms of alcoholic liver disease, for which there are also a paucity of good data, patient-tailored psychotherapies are recommended once the patient has achieved sufficient health to participate. Many patients with severe AH and underlying cirrhosis have protein-calorie malnutrition, making nutritional replenishment an obvious place to begin treatment.
Enteral nutrition via a nasogastric tube is sometimes considered, although good data to support it are few. Enteral nutrition may also play a role in reducing bacterial translocation in the gut by maintaining gut barrier function that may reduce the incidence of infections. European investigators reported the results of a multi-center, randomized, controlled trial comparing 2 arms: The authors reported a significant improvement in 6-month survival rates on a per-protocol analysis On intention-to-treat analysis, however, no statistical difference was found in 6-month survival rates.
Glucocorticoids are the most extensively studied inter-vention in AH treatment, with more than 16 clinical trials that date back almost 40 years. There is currently a general agreement that glucocorticoids should be part of first-line therapy in patients with AH and a DF of at least 32 without contraindications. Aside from the fact that most clinical trials use prednisolone, there is also a pharmacologic concern over the diminished hepatic metabolism of prednisone the prodrug to prednisolone in a dysfunctional liver.
The putative mechanisms are impairment of the hepatic enzyme beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase, which renders the oxosteroids cortisone and prednisone biologically active, and impairment of ring A reduction of prednisolone, which leads to persistence of this biologically active metabolite. Depending on availability, oral prednisolone comes in liquid form and is often formulated with alcohol, making tapering difficult and prompting questions by pharmacists and patients.
Methylprednisolone tablets are another widely available option but require dose conversion, as the drug has a relative potency of 5: Practically, prednisolone tablets are preferred; however, if they are not available, prednisone may be used to treat severe AH.
Providers are often reticent to start patients with severe AH on glucocorticoids due to side effects and infection risk. There is a significant overlap between the clinical presentations of AH and sepsis.
Given these risks, a practical approach should be used in considering patients for glucocorticoids in severe AH. Upon admission, clinicians should obtain blood, urine, ascitic fluid cultures if present , and chest -radiograph and abdominal imaging eg, ultrasound with Doppler , and should avoid empiric antibiotics and intravenous contrast. Glucocorticoids should be started if a clinical diagnosis of severe AH is made and if cultures are negative at 24 to 48 hours with a low clinical suspicion of infection and a lack of other contraindications Table 3.
Furthermore, when cultures reveal an infection, glucocorticoids may be started after 48 hours of treatment with appropriate antibiotics. For example, 5 recent studies of glucocorticoids in severe AH had a median DF ranging from 54 to 71 with similar rates of mortality. Nonetheless, it is reasonable that the presence of a DF higher than 54 would cause the provider to thoroughly assess the patient for undiagnosed infection causing cholestasis of sepsis prior to initiation of glucocorticoids.
The Lille score should be calculated after 7 days of corticosteroid use. If the score is greater than 0. If any of the common complications of severe AH Table 3 develop during treatment, particularly infection and acute kidney injury, glucocorticoids should be stopped to avoid exacerbating the infection and because of the lack of data that glucocorticoids are salutary in severe AH with acute kidney injury.
In one study, glucocorticoids were not associated with a higher short-term risk of infections. The authors note that controlled infections may allow for resumption of glucocorticoids, as this strategy enables recovery of liver function, which is ultimately paramount in protecting against future infection and improving survival.
Pentoxifylline is a xanthine derivative that weakly mitigates production of tumor necrosis factor alpha in vitro. Because tumor necrosis factor alpha has been proposed to play a major role in the pathogenesis of AH, -pentoxifylline gained support as a treatment for AH.
A Cochrane meta-analysis reporting on 5 clinical trials of pentoxifylline in patients with AH and a DF greater than 32 concluded that pentoxifylline could not be supported or rejected for treating AH.
Three head-to-head clinical trials comparing pentoxifylline to glucocorticoids in Asia provided conflicting results. The study enrolled subjects. In brief, the STOPAH trial demonstrated that only prednisolone improved day survival rates and that neither prednisolone nor pentoxifylline alone or in combination improved longer-term survival at 90 days and 1 year.
Pentoxifylline was no better than placebo in reducing mortality, but was associated with fewer infections than glucocorticoids.
In order to achieve the necessary enrollment, recruitment was extended to community hospitals lacking the facilities to undertake transjugular liver biopsy. Therefore, the diagnosis of AH was based on clinical grounds alone.
The lack of liver biopsy confirmation of AH may have diluted the study population by including subjects without AH, thereby diminishing the study power. This indirectly supports the notion that the heterogeneity of severe AH made enrollment difficult despite its optimal study design and large size. The trial has largely shown that pentoxifylline is a failed therapy for AH while also demonstrating that prednisolone is ineffective beyond 1 month to improve survival.
Clinical trials of AH treatments typically exclude patients with active infection, acute kidney injury usually hep-atorenal syndrome , gastrointestinal bleeding, and acute pan-creatitis, all of which are frequent concomitant problems arising in this patient population. In a recent retrospective French study comparing patients with AH to those with AH and gastrointestinal bleeding, the latter group had a lower rate of infections, but no difference was found in 6-month survival rates with acceptable performance of the Lille model.
In mouse models of acute and chronic AH, N-acetylcysteine NAC has been shown to be ameliorative, presumably by reconstituting glutathione reserves to reduce oxidative stress.
Because 6-month mortality was the primary endpoint, the study was considered a negative trial for this combination therapy. Targeting the regenerative aspects of the liver in AH, granulocyte-colony stimulating factor G-CSF mobilizes hematopoietic stem cells, induces liver regeneration, and improves survival in experimental models.
This potential therapy for severe AH is intriguing given its promotion of hepatic regeneration rather than abrogation of inflammation. However, the origin of functional hepatic progenitor cells eg, liver, peripheral blood leading to regeneration is still in debate.
Until very recently, patients with severe AH were not considered appropriate candidates for LT, mainly on account of a lack of 6-month sobriety prior to LT.
Comprehensive psychosocial assessments by an addiction specialist were performed to identify those with lower risk of alcohol relapse. The authors used 2 methods to construct historical controls. While this pilot trial demonstrated the medical and surgical feasibility of early LT for severe AH, adoption of this strategy has been cautious given the uncertainty of the psychosocial assessment process and the ethical ramifications of this essentially new indication for LT.
The complex psychosocial profiles of potential candidates were also examined in detail. Importantly, the recipient who relapsed failed to meet these 2 criteria. These results and analysis provide an early roadmap for other LT centers considering this indication as a rescue therapy for severe AH. Due to the paucity of treatment options for AH, a major initiative from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has spearheaded large multi-institutional consortia with the task of identifying new therapeutic targets and performing early-phase clinical studies to develop and test new drugs for managing AH.
A review of these rational and targeted potential therapies has been published. An early example is from a clinical trial in which daily oral zinc mg , a known stabilizer of gut-barrier function, improved liver inflammation, fibrosis biomarkers, liver function, and clinical parameters albumin levels, Child-Pugh scores in alcoholic cirrhosis. This review of AH identified 4 key controversies that impact the diagnosis, prognosis, management, and treatment of patients with severe AH.
Liver biopsy can be useful in cases of diagnostic uncertainty with milder hepatic decompensation, but it is not required in order to diagnose AH. Oral prednisolone can be used with intravenous NAC to improve short-term survival in patients with severe AH. Concurrent enteral nutrition is emphasized, along with patient-centered psychotherapy when medically appropriate, to improve long-term survival.
Patients with severe AH who are nonresponders to medical therapy with good psychosocial profiles may be referred to transplant centers that are performing early LT for this indication. Looking forward, the ongoing multi-institutional consortia yielding new insights and treatments will shape the management of AH for years to come. N Engl J Med. Liver related mortality in the US is underestimated.
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Corticosteroids have an effect on practically every system of the body. They are important in normal protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolism, and for their role in controlling inflammation. They have both strong beneficial effects and a definite potential to cause negative side-effects. Prednisolone is used systemically in high doses in emergencies for anaphylactic reactions, spinal cord trauma, endotoxemic or septic shock.
It also is used to manage and treat diseases of practically every organ system in the dog and cat including: Prednisolone is given systemically to decrease inflammatory and immune responses. It is used in high doses in emergencies for anaphylactic reactions, spinal-cord trauma or shock. It is used in lower doses to treat allergic reactions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, hives, itching, inflammatory diseases, and to manage and treat immune-mediated hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia.
Other corticosteroids are preferred for intra-articular use. Barbara Forney is a veterinary practitioner in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
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