Primary biliary cirrhosis is chronic, progressive, autoimmune, cholestatic liver disease more common in middle-aged women. It is characterized by destruction of small to medium bile ducts, leading to cholestasis and frequently, end-stage liver disease.
Diagnostic features are chronic biochemical cholestasis, presence of antimitochondrial antibodies and the characteristic liver biopsy findings.
At present, the diagnosis is most often made in an asymptomatic patient who presents with abnormal lab results on a routine checkup or as part of workup for an associated illness.
A point-of-order test restriction algorithm for hospitalized adults with diarrhoea reduces bacterial stool cultures and ova and parasites testing, which results in substantial cost and time savings, according to a recent study.
Active endoscopic surveillance in patients with Barrett’s oesophagus (BE) promotes detection of earlier-stage oesophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) and may result in a small survival benefit, according to a recent meta-analysis.
The common antimicrobial agent, triclosan, has been implicated in colonic inflammation and the disease development of colitis and colitis-associated colon cancer, reveals a study appearing in Science Translational Medicine. [doi:10.1126/scitranslmed.aan4116]