Endoscopic biliary drainage leads to high technical success rate in HCC

Clinicians may be able to safely perform endoscopic biliary drainage for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma with jaundice and liver dysfunction with a high technical success rate, according to a study in BMC Gastroenterology.“[Child–Pugh] class C is an important predictor of the effectiveness of endoscopic biliary drainage in HCC patients with liver dysfunction with or without…

Acute-on-chronic liver failure has high global prevalence

Nearly one in four patients admitted for decompensated cirrhosis globally have acute-on-chronic liver failure, according to study results.Ruben Hernaez, MD, MPH, PhD, of Baylor College of Medicine, and colleagues wrote that it has been difficult to predict the worldwide prevalence and outcomes of patients with ACLF because there is no widely accepted definition for the…