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Randomized Controlled Study of Plasma Exchange Combined With Molecular Adsorbent Re-Circulating System for the Treatment of Liver Failure Complicated with Hepatic Encephalopathy.
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PMID:  22534479     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background/Aims: To evaluate the use of plasma exchange (PE) combined with the molecular adsorbent re-circulating system (MARS) for the treatment of liver failure complicated with hepatic encephalopathy. Methodology: A prospective randomized controlled study was conducted to compare the therapeutic effect of MARS treatment (MARS group, n=60) with that of PE combined with MARS treatment (PE+MARS group, n=60) in patients with liver failure complicated with hepatic encephalopathy. Results: The serum total bilirubin and blood ammonia levels were significantly decreased compared with pretreatment levels after 3 days of both the MARS treatment (p=0.0001, p<0.001) and PE+MARS treatment (both p<0.0001) and the Glasgow coma scale score was significantly increased (both p<0.0001). The 30-day mortality rate was 10.0% (6/60) in the MARS group and 11.7% (7/60) in the PE + MARS group. The per capita cost of treatment was significantly lower in the PE + MARS group than in the MARS group (p=0.0003). Conclusions: Both MARS and PE + MARS therapy can safely and effectively be used to treat liver failure complicated with hepatic encephalopathy, but PE + MARS therapy reduces serum total bilirubin level more effectively and is more cost-effective.
Yu-Kun Huang; De-Ming Tan; Yu-Tao Xie; Xue-Gong Fan; Yan Huang; Zheng-Bo Liu; Sha-Ling Li
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Hepato-gastroenterology     Volume:  59     ISSN:  0172-6390     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
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Created Date:  2012-4-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8007849     Medline TA:  Hepatogastroenterology     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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