Publications by authors named "Ulrike Teufel-Schäfer"

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Transient elastography correlated to four different histological fibrosis scores in children with liver disease.

Eur J Pediatr 2021 Mar 11. Epub 2021 Mar 11.

Department of Pediatrics, Lukas Hospital, Neuss, Germany.

Currently, liver histology is the gold standard for the detection of liver fibrosis. In recent years, new methods such as transient elastography (TE) have been introduced into clinical practice, which allow a non-invasive assessment of liver fibrosis. The aim of the present study was to investigate the predictive value of TE for higher grade fibrosis and whether there is any relevance which histologic score is used for matching. For this purpose, we compared TE with 4 different histologic scores in pediatric patients with hepatopathies. Furthermore, we also determined the aspartate aminotransferase-to-platelet ratio (APRI) score, another non-invasive method, to investigate whether it is equally informative. Therefore, liver fibrosis in 75 children was evaluated by liver biopsy, TE and laboratory values. Liver biopsies were evaluated using four common histological scoring systems (Desmet, Metavir, Ishak and Chevalier's semi-quantitative scoring system). The median age of the patients was 12.3 years. TE showed a good correlation to the degree of fibrosis severity independent of the histological scoring system used. The accuracy of the TE to distinguish between no/minimal fibrosis and severe fibrosis/cirrhosis was good (p = 0.001, AUC-ROCs > 0.81). The optimal cut-off value for the prediction of severe fibrosis was 10.6 kPa. In contrast, the APRI score in our collective showed no correlation to fibrosis.Conclusion: TE shows a good correlation to the histological findings in children with hepatopathy, independent of the used histological scoring system. What is Known: • The current gold standard for detecting liver fibrosis is liver biopsy. Novel non-invasive ultrasound-based methods are introduced to clinical diagnostics. • Most histological scores have been developed and evaluated in adult populations and for only one specific liver disease. What is New: • Transient elastography (TE) in children showed a good correlation to fibrosis severity irrespective of the utilized histological scoring system. • The aspartate aminotransferase-to-platelet ratio (APRI) showed no correlation with different stages of liver fibrosis in children.
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March 2021

Normal liver stiffness and influencing factors in healthy children: An individual participant data meta-analysis.

Liver Int 2020 11;40(11):2602-2611

Division of Gastroenterology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.

Background & Aims: Although transient elastography (TE) is used to determine liver stiffness as a surrogate to hepatic fibrosis, the normal range in children is not well defined. We performed a systematic review and individual participant data (IPD) meta-analysis to determine the range of liver stiffness in healthy children and evaluate the influence of important biological parameters.

Methods: We pooled data from 10 studies that examined healthy children using TE. We divided 1702 children into two groups: ≥3 years (older group) and < 3 years of age (younger group). Univariate and multivariate linear regression models predicting liver stiffness were conducted.

Results: After excluding children with obesity, diabetes, or abnormal liver tests, 652 children were analysed. Among older children, mean liver stiffness was 4.45 kPa (95% confidence interval 4.34-4.56), and increased liver stiffness was associated with age, sedation status, and S probe use. In the younger group, the mean liver stiffness was 4.79 kPa (95% confidence interval 4.46-5.12), and increased liver stiffness was associated with sedation status and Caucasian race. In a subgroup analysis, hepatic steatosis on ultrasound was significantly associated with increased liver stiffness. We define a reference range for normal liver stiffness in healthy children as 2.45-5.56 kPa.

Conclusions: We have established TE-derived liver stiffness ranges for healthy children and propose an upper limit of liver stiffness in healthy children to be 5.56 kPa. We have identified increasing age, use of sedation, probe size, and presence of steatosis on ultrasound as factors that can significantly increase liver stiffness.
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November 2020

Optimized Trientine-dihydrochloride Therapy in Pediatric Patients With Wilson Disease: Is Weight-based Dosing Justified?

J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2021 01;72(1):115-122

Center for Child and Adolescent Medicine, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University Hospital Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld, Heidelberg, Germany.

Objectives: The aim of the study was to investigate the efficacy and safety of trientine-dihydrochloride (TD) in pediatric patients with Wilson disease (WD) and the effect of different weight-based dosages on their clinical and biochemical outcome.

Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical data of 31 children with WD receiving TD therapy ages under 18 years at the time of diagnosis. Outcome measures included parameters of copper metabolism and liver function tests. To examine the impact of different weight-based dosages, 2 dosage subgroups were analyzed. Group 1 received less than 20 mg/kg TD per day, group 2 more than 20 mg · kg-1 · day-1.

Results: Median follow-up was 60 (5-60) months in the total study group. During TD therapy, nonceruloplasmin-bound copper was reduced from mean 1.53 (0.01-6.95) at baseline to 0.62 (0.01-4.57) μmol/l. 24h-urinary copper excretion diminished to 1.85 (0.8-9.6) μmol/day approximating the therapeutic goal of 1.6 μmol/day. Seven of 31 patients (22.6%) required discontinuation of TD treatment, in 4 cases it was because of adverse events (ulcerative colitis, gingival and breast hypertrophy, hirsutism, elevation of transaminases).Investigations about weight-based dosage showed no significant difference of any laboratory parameter between the 2 cohorts. But in terms of clinical safety, adverse effects because of TD were only found in 6.7% of children in group 1 (<20 mg · kg-1 · day-1, median follow-up 60 [9-60] months), whereas in group 2 (>20 mg · kg-1 · day-1, median follow-up 60 [14-60] months), it was 63.6%.

Conclusions: TD proves to be an efficacious alternative chelating agent for children with WD. Weight-based dosages above the recommended 20 mg · kg-1 · day-1 may increase the rate of adverse effects in pediatric patients.
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January 2021

Lipid Apheresis to Manage Severe Hypertriglyceridemia during Induction Therapy in a Child with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Pediatr Hematol Oncol 2020 Sep 6;37(6):530-538. Epub 2020 May 6.

Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Medical Center, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany.

PEG asparaginase is an important and established drug in the treatment of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Severe hypertriglyceridemia is a rare complication of PEG asparaginase in combination with glucocorticoids. We report a case of excessive hypertriglyceridemia in a child during ALL induction therapy successfully treated by lipid apheresis and give a literature review on the management of hypertriglyceridemia in children treated for ALL.
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September 2020