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1.  Can the duration of vomiting predict postoperative outcomes in hypertrophic pyloric stenosis? 
Annals of Saudi Medicine  2011;31(6):609-612.
Hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (HPS) is a common cause of gastric outlet obstruction (GOO) in infants. Prolonged GOO is believed to result in acid and electrolyte disturbances, gastric atony, and delayed postoperative recovery. We studied the impact of prolonged vomiting as an indicator of GOO symptoms on the post-operative outcomes in HPS.
A retrospective chart review of all patients who underwent pyloromyotomy at a tertiary care center between February 1997 and February 2009.
The duration of pre-operative vomiting was correlated with presenting electrolytes and acid-base balances, postoperative time to full feed, postoperative morbidity and duration of hospitalization.
Forty-seven patients were identified. At presentation, the median (range) for duration of symptoms was 14 (3-60) days, and surgeries were performed at 2 (0-6) days after admission. Apart from one case of postoperative wound infection, all patients had an unremarkable recovery. The unusually prolonged duration of vomiting in our cohort did not correlate with the mean (SD) preoperative chloride level of 93.9 (8.8) mEq/L, mean (SD) pH level of 7.5 (0.9), mean postoperative time to full feeding of 31 (15.1) hours, or mean duration of hospitalization of 5.1 (2.2) days.
Duration of vomiting in HPS at presentation does not seem to have a significant impact on the postoperative outcomes.
PMCID: PMC3221133  PMID: 22048507
2.  Sustained Virologic Response to Peginterferon α-2a and Ribavirin in 335 Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C: A Tertiary Care Center Experience 
This retrospective study assessed the efficacy, safety, and the predictors of sustained viral response (SVR) to a 48-week-course of peginterferon α-2a (Pegasys) and ribavirin combination therapy in 335 consecutive Saudi patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.
Materials and Methods:
Clinical, biochemical, and virological parameters were collected at time 0 (pretreatment) and at 12, 24, 48, and 72 weeks posttreatment. The mean ± SD age was 49.1 ± 13.0 years; 229 (68.4%) were males, mean ± SD body mass index was 27.8 ± 7.4, 85 (25.4%) were diabetic, 25 (7.5%) had renal impairment, 136 (40.6%) had previously received interferon ± ribavirin therapy, and 247 (73.7%) underwent pretreatment liver biopsy. Patients with genotypes 1, 2 or 3, 4 and mixed genotype were 60 (22.15%), 30 (11.0%), 148 (54.4%), and 34 (12.5%), respectively.
Early viral response (≥2-log10 HCV-RNA decline 12 weeks posttreatment) was achieved in 253 (75.3%). Patients who completed 48 weeks of treatment were 292 (87.1%); of these, 121 (75.6%) achieved ETVR, 161 (55.1%) continued to have SVR and 60 (20.5%) had a viral relapse following end-of-treatment response, that is 48.1 and 17.9% of all patients (n = 335), respectively. Nonresponders (NR) were 71 (24.3%) patients and 43 (12.8%) were unable to complete treatment (due to side effects or loss to follow up). Compared to the relapsers, patients with SVR were significantly younger (P = 0.000), nondiabetics (P = 0.015), had higher serum albumin (P = 0.007), had less pretreatment inflammatory grade (P = 0.011), infected with genotypes 2 or 3 (P = 0.014), and treatment-naïve patients (P = 0.001). However, in stepwise multivariate logistic regression analysis, only treatment naiveté and low pretreatment inflammatory score were the independent predictors of SVR (P = 0.005 and P = 0.018, respectively).
Combination therapy, if tolerated and completed, is effective in treating chronic HCV patients, especially those with no previous interferon therapy and lower pretreatment inflammatory grade.
PMCID: PMC2702904  PMID: 19568501
Antiviral therapy; hepatitis C genotype 4; predictors of viral response; viral relapse

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