Specialties - Southern Medical Association

SMJ Article | Review Article

Tale of the Frail: Understanding Frailty in Cirrhosis

Abstract: Frailty is a dynamic condition that results in increased vulnerability to health stressors. Often associated with older adults, frailty is not limited to the geriatric population, although aging and disease burden often go hand in hand. This syndrome is recognized increasingly as an important factor in healthcare costs, rate...

Posted in: Liver Disease3

SMJ Article | Original Article

Cognitive Tests and Stool Frequency at Hospital Discharge Do Not Predict Outcomes in Hepatic Encephalopathy

Objectives: Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is associated with hospital readmissions and mortality. We sought to determine whether cognitive testing and stool frequency at discharge predicted 30-day readmission or death in cirrhotic patients admitted with overt HE. Methods: We approached consecutive inpatients with cirrhosis and overt HE when they were within 48...

Posted in: Gastroenterology23 Liver Disease3

SMJ Article | Original Article

Outcomes of Patients Hospitalized for Severe Acute Alcoholic Hepatitis

Objectives: Severe acute alcoholic hepatitis is a serious condition in individuals who consume significant quantities of alcohol. We aimed to identify risk factors for short-term mortality with this illness.Methods: Patients with severe acute alcoholic hepatitis admitted to our academic medical center from 2010 to 2012 were identified. Demographic features, laboratory...

Posted in: Gastroenterology23 Liver Disease3