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See detailResponse of Black African patients with hepatitis C virus genotype 4 to treatment with peg-interferon and ribavirin
Nkuize, M; Mulkay, JP; Adler, M et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2013), 76

Aim : To compare responses to therapy of Black African (BA) and non-Black African (non- BA) patients with hepatitis C virus genotype 4 (HCV-4) residing in Belgium. Methods : In this retrospective ... [more ▼]

Aim : To compare responses to therapy of Black African (BA) and non-Black African (non- BA) patients with hepatitis C virus genotype 4 (HCV-4) residing in Belgium. Methods : In this retrospective multicenter study, 473 patients with HCV-4 were selected from databases at 7 Belgian centers ; 209 treatment-naïve patients (154 BA) had received treatment with peg-interferon (peg-IFN) plus ribavirin (RBV) and were included in the study. Results : There was a greater percentage of female patients in the BA group than in the non- BA group ; BA patients were also older, had a greater body mass index, and more frequently had abnormal glucose metabolism. The route of contamination was more frequently unknown in BA than in non-BA patients and BA patients had more HCV-4 subtypes. There were no differences in other demographic factors between the groups. Sustained viral response (SVR) and complete early viral response rates were significantly lower and relapse rates significantly higher in BA than in non-BA patients. There were no differences between groups in rates of dose modification or in drug tolerance. Conclusion : In our cohort, treatment-naïve BA patients with HCV-4 who were treated with peg-IFN and ribavirin had a much lower SVR rate than treatment-naïve non-BA patients with HCV- 4 who were treated with peg-IFN and ribavirin, and a higher relapse rate, possibly related to a weaker response to interferonbased therapy. Treatment may need to be adapted in this population. [less ▲]

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See detailBelgian multicentre experience with intestinal transplantation
Ceulemans, L; DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULg; DETRY, Olivier ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2013, March), 76(1), 07

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See detailUpdate of the Belgian Association for the Study of the Liver Guidelines for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C genotype 1 with protease inhibitors.
Orlent, H; Deltenre, P; Francque, S et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2012), 75(2), 245-259

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See detailHBV infection in Belgium: results of the BASL observatory of 1456 HBsAg carriers.
Deltenre, P.; Laleman, W.; Van Gossum, M. et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2012), 75(1), 35-41

Introduction : Nationwide studies are mandatory to assess changes in the epidemiology of HBV infection in Europe. Aim : To describe epidemiological characteristics of HBsAgpositive patients, especially ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Nationwide studies are mandatory to assess changes in the epidemiology of HBV infection in Europe. Aim : To describe epidemiological characteristics of HBsAgpositive patients, especially inactive carriers, and to evaluate how practitioners manage HBV patients in real life. Methods : Belgian physicians were asked to report all chronically infected HBV patients during a one-year period. Results : Among 1,456 patients included, 1,035 (71%) were classified into one of four phases of chronic infection : immune tolerance (n = 10), HBeAg-positive hepatitis (n = 248), HBeAgnegative hepatitis (n = 420) and inactive carrier state (n = 357 HBeAg-negative patients with ALT < upper limit of normal (ULN) and HBV DNA < 2,000 IU/mL). Using less restrictive criteria for ALT (1-2 ULN) or HBV DNA (2,000-20,000 IU/mL), 93 unclassified patients were added to the group of inactive carriers. These 93 additional inactive carriers were younger, more frequently males, with similar risk factors for HBV infection and histological features compared to inactive carriers according to recent guidelines. Recent guidelines on management of HBV patients were generally followed, but systematic HBV DNA measurements and HDV coinfection screening should be reinforced. Conclusion : In Belgium, an inactive carrier state was a common form of chronic HBV infection. Using less restrictive criteria for classification of inactive carriers did not modify their main characteristics and seemed better adapted to clinical practice. Recent guidelines on management of HBV patients should be reinforced. [less ▲]

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See detailSafety and cost of infliximab for the treatment of Belgian pediatric patients with Crohn's disease.
De Greef, E.; Hoffman, I.; D'Haens, G. et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2012), 75(4), 425-31

Biologicals have become an important component in the treatment of Crohn's disease in children. Their increased and long term use raises safety concerns. We describe safety and cost of infliximab in ... [more ▼]

Biologicals have become an important component in the treatment of Crohn's disease in children. Their increased and long term use raises safety concerns. We describe safety and cost of infliximab in Belgian pediatric Crohn's disease patients. All patients on infliximab as part of the present or past treatment for Crohn's Disease until January 1st 2011 were selected from an existing database. Information on disease phenotype, medication and adverse events were extracted. Adverse events occurred in 25.9% of patients exposed to infliximab of which 29.6% were severe. In total 31.7% of patients stopped infliximab therapy. The main reasons for discontinuation were adverse events in 45.4% and loss of response in 30.3%. No malignancies or lethal complications occurred over this 241 patient year observation period. Immunomodulators were concomitant medication in 75% of patients and were discontinued subsequently in 38.4% of them. The cost of infliximab infusions per treated patient per year in the Belgian health care setting is approximately 9 474 euro, including only medication and hospital related costs. Even though infliximab is relatively safe in pediatric CD on the short term, close follow-up and an increased awareness of the possible adverse reactions is highly recommended. Adverse reactions appeared in 25.9% of all patients and were the main reason for discontinuation. Treatment cost has to be balanced against efficacy and modifications in disease course. In the Belgian health care system, the medication is available to all patients with moderate to severe CD. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors determining therapeutic strategy at diagnosis and evolution of disease severity in a cohort of Belgian pediatric Crohn’s disease patients (BELCRO)
De Greef, E; Mahachie John, Jestinah; Hoffman, I et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2012)

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See detailUpper gastrointestinal tract bleeding management: Belgian guidelines for adults and children.
Colle, I.; Wilmer, A.; Le Moine, O. et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2011), 74

Upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) remains a common disease affecting 100 to 170 per 100 000 adults per year and causing thereby a significant burden to healthcare resources. Despite the improvements ... [more ▼]

Upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) remains a common disease affecting 100 to 170 per 100 000 adults per year and causing thereby a significant burden to healthcare resources. Despite the improvements in the management of this disorder, the associated mortality ranges from 5 to 14 %. Since the general management of UGIB is not uniform, the main objective of this work is to provide guidelines for the care of adults and children presenting with bleeding caused by gastro-duodenal ulcer or variceal rupture. Methods: In the absence of evidence-based recommendations, these guidelines were proposed after expert opinions reconciliation and graded accordingly. They are based on the published literature up to September 2010 and graded according to the class of evidence. Results: The current guidelines for the management of UGIB include recommendations for the diagnostic process, general supportive care, pharmacological therapy aiming at bleeding control, specific and endoscopic treatment of acute bleeding and follow-up for both gastro-duodenal ulcers and portal hypertension induced bleeding. [less ▲]

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See detailAre patients with HBV and HCV infection different? Comparison between 2 cohorts of newly diagnosed cases included in prospective registries of the Belgian Association for the Study of the Liver
De Vroey, B.; Moreno, C.; Laleman, W. et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2011, March), 74(1), 21

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See detailOutcome of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma listed for liver transplantation before and after the MELD-based allocation system within Eurotransplant. A BElgian multicentre retrospective study.
Vos, B.; Rogge, S.; Nevens, F. et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2011, March), 74(1), 13

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See detailDonation after Cardiac Death increases the number of liver grafts for liver transplantation
Ledinh, H.; HANS, Marie-France ULg; MONARD, Josée ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2011, March), 74(1), 10

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See detailLaparoscopic liver resection: monocentric university experience
Szecel, D.; ARENAS SANCHEZ, Maria Mara ULg; DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2011, March), 74(1), 30

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See detailDREAM 2020: Development of laparoscopic surgery and endoscopy in the university hospital of Kinshasa, DRC
Nsadi, Berthier; Veyi, D.; Kazadi, J. et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2011, March), 74(1), 14

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See detailEvolution over a 15 year period of the epidemiological profile of 2884 newly diagnosed HCV patients in Belgium.
LOLY, Jean ULg; GERARD, Christiane ULg; VAIRA, Dolorès ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2011, March), 74

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See detailTolerability of shortened infliximab infusion times in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases: a single center cohort study
Breynaert, C; Ferrante, M; Fidder, H et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2011, February)

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See detailScreening for colorectal cancer in asymptomatic average risk patients: role of imaging.
Hock, D.; Ouhadi, R.; Materne, R. et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2011), 74(1), 70-6

Early detection of colorectal cancer or advanced adenomas is a public health priority in many industrialized countries. There are various methods of screening average risk individuals for colorectal ... [more ▼]

Early detection of colorectal cancer or advanced adenomas is a public health priority in many industrialized countries. There are various methods of screening average risk individuals for colorectal cancer, and their effectiveness may depend on subjective parameters like local expertise and patient's preferences. This paper reviews these tests with special emphasis regarding imaging techniques that aim to provide less-invasive alternatives to optical colonoscopy (OC) which is the standard of reference. Both Double-Contrast Barium Enema (DCBE) and Virtual Colonoscopy (VC) have >90% sensitivity compared to OC in the detection of clinically relevant colonic lesions. Nevertheless, VC may have an edge over DCBE for technical and reproductivity reasons, as well as greater learning opportunities. Imaging techniques criticisms regarding diminutive and flat lesions, cost, radiation exposure and effects on gastroenterological practice are addressed. [less ▲]

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See detailIL28B polymorphism and the control of hepatitis C virus infection: ready for clinical use?
Orlent, Hans; Reynaert, Hendrik; Bourgeois, Stefan et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2011), 74(2), 317-322

Polymorphisms in the region of the interleukin-28B (IL28B) gene have recently been associated with spontaneous and treatment induced clearance of hepatitis C virus infection. The specific mechanisms of ... [more ▼]

Polymorphisms in the region of the interleukin-28B (IL28B) gene have recently been associated with spontaneous and treatment induced clearance of hepatitis C virus infection. The specific mechanisms of how IL28B polymorphisms affect HCV suppression remain unknown. It is a matter of ongoing debate how to incorporate the IL28B data into the current treatment algorithms with pegylated interferon-alpha and ribavirin. The eventual role of the IL28B genotype in new therapeutic regimes with direct antiviral agents needs to be explored in the ongoing and future clinical studies with these agents. [less ▲]

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See detailHepatitis C of genotype 2: the role of medical invasive exams.
Putzeys, V.; GERARD, Christiane ULg; Bastens, B. et al

in Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica (2011), 74(2), 277-80

BACKGROUND AND AIM: Hepatitis C virus genotype 2 is the third in order of frequency in Belgium. The aim of this study was to better define the genotype 2 carriers' epidemiology characteristics. METHODS ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND AIM: Hepatitis C virus genotype 2 is the third in order of frequency in Belgium. The aim of this study was to better define the genotype 2 carriers' epidemiology characteristics. METHODS: In a database comprising 1726 viremic hepatitis C virus patient from the south part of Belgium, the files of 98 genotype 2 carriers were reviewed. RESULTS: There was a strong association between genotype 2 and the mode of transmission. The rate of contamination by invasive medical exams was very high (23%), and statistically different from the one of the others genotypes. Eligibility for antiviral therapies and the rate of sustained viral response were high. CONCLUSION: HCV genotype 2 was highly associated with transmission by invasive medical exams. [less ▲]

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See detailMucosal gene expression profiling differentiates early from late ileal Crohn's disease
Arijs, I; Van Lommel, L; De Hertogh, G et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2011)

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See detailProfile of Belgian Pediatric Crohn's Disease Patients: Associations between variables at diagnosis
De Greef, E; Hoffman, I; Smets, F et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2011), 74

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