Acute on Chronic Liver Failure SIG: The Role of Infection in the Development of ACLF

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Recorded On: 11/09/2018

Bacterial infections are common in patients with advanced cirrhosis — partly related to altered microbiota, partly related to increased bacterial translocation across the gut wall and partly related to compromised immune function of these patients. When bacterial infection occurs, the heightened inflammatory reaction that follows predisposes these patients to altered hemodynamics and direct tissue damage. Therefore, these patients are prone to develop organ failure and ACLF when bacterial infection occurs. This program discusses recent findings on how altered microbiota and inflammation are involved in the pathogenesis of organ failure and ACLF in cirrhosis. Approach to treatment of various organ failures as well as preventive measures will be discussed.

Jasmohan S. Bajaj

Gyongyi Szabo

Salvatore Piano

Florence Wong

Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao

Dr. Garcia-Tsao is Professor of Medicine, Chief of Digestive Diseases and Program Director of the Hepatitis C Resource Center at Veteran’s Administration-Connecticut Healthcare System, as well as Director of Clinical and Translational Core at Yale Liver Center. She is a past president of AASLD. She received her M.D. and training at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico. Her primary research focus is on clinical research which focuses on cirrhosis and its complications, and she also is involved in the study of bacterial infections in cirrhosis, a complication that is often overlooked.

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Introduction
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Altered Microbiota in Cirrhosis and Its Relationship to the Development of Infection
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Pathogenesis of ACLF in Patients with Infection
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Regional Differences in the Prevalence and Types of Infections in Cirrhosis
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Clinical Consequences of Infection: Organ Failures and ACLF
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Prophylactic Antibiotics in Cirrhosis: Are They Preventing or Promoting Infections?
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Open to view video. Presenter: Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao
Panel Discussion /Q&A
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