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Alma Arellano, 1, who received a living donor liver transplant at University Hospital

A selfless act for a gravely ill child

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Transplants

Six weeks after she was born, Alma Arellano of Brownsville was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a serious liver disorder in which the bile ducts aren’t working properly. Within days, she underwent surgery at University Hospital to restore the flow of bile from her liver. While the ducts were repaired, Alma developed a series of infections that eventually caused her liver to fail. And because of her tiny size, it proved difficult to find a size-matched deceased donor liver to transplant into her. “She was literally slipping away from us,” said Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, the Carlos and Malú Alvarez University Distinguished …Read More >

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A close up of a test tube tray containing a number of purple-tipped vacutainer tubes, with green tubes in the background

New hope for hepatitis C patients

Categories: Infections  /  News  /  Research

Liver damage from hepatitis C is the No. 1 reason for liver transplants at University Hospital and across the country. But that may change in the wake of a new study involving San Antonio patients. The study showed an experimental combination of drugs effectively cured the infection in more than 90 percent of patients with cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver. The drug combination used in the study did not include interferon — a powerful drug currently used for hepatitis C that can have serious side effects, and often can’t be tolerated in patients with cirrhosis. “These results will change …Read More >

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A medical professional bottle feeds a newborn baby at the hospital

Helping babies who can’t eat

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  NICU

As a newborn, Eluterio Mireles’ tiny body lacked the normal length of intestine needed to properly absorb nutrients through normal feeding. It’s an uncommon problem, but not a rare one. And babies who suffer from it usually are fed intravenously — a therapy known as parenteral nutrition, or PN. While PN has been a lifesaver for babies such as Eluterio, doctors have long known that over many months — often until the intestine matures or an intestinal transplant is performed — PN treatment can damage the liver. Sometimes a liver transplant is required; other times the babies do not survive. …Read More >

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